The Latest News Page

Posted by MK on Aug 20, 2014 @ 8:05 am
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Our frequently updated Latest News Page has recent headlines, links and images for stories about and affecting LGBT youth and their allies.

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New Jersey’s governor, despite being an attorney, appears not to understand the status of marriage equality in his own state.

Speaking about New Jersey’s legalization of same-sex marriage, he apparently commented that “[a]bsent a change in the legislature, I think at the moment it’s settled law in New Jersey.”

But it would take more than a “change in the legislature” to undo the freedom to marry in the Garden State.
Click here or on ‘Read More’ to view the full post.

Carl Siciliano speaking at rally on LGBTQ youth homelessness

As part of a broader effort to update and expand the Youth Allies Resource Library, I am building a new page with information for and about LGBTQ homeless youth and those who advocate on their behalf.

The first version of this work-in-progress appears here. Feel free to send along requests and suggestions at any time.

MK

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Additional Recent Resource Update: Envisioning Equality: LGBT Maps & Infographics.

Rally participants

This is the third of three posts with videos from the June 2 rally organized by the National Campaign for Youth Shelter in Washington Square Park (New York City).

In the first post about the rally, I included videos of Edie Windsor, Chris Bilal, the Reverend Melvin Miller, and Jennifer Louise Lopez. In a second post, I included videos of David Mixner, Cathy Marino-Thomas, Emanuel Xavier, and Martin Boyce. This third post has videos of Wade Davis, Carl Siciliano, Mark Herrington, and Jerry Jones. I’ve also included a video of some dancers who took the stage right before the rally began. Click here or on ‘Read More’ to view the full post and to see the videos.

Rally participants holding sign for LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent

As I noted in an earlier post, I attended and took videos at a rally this week organized by the National Campaign for Youth Shelter in Washington Square Park (New York City).

In that first post about the rally, I included videos of Edie Windsor, Chris Bilal, the Reverend Melvin Miller, and Jennifer Louise Lopez. In this second post (below), you’ll find videos of David Mixner, Cathy Marino-Thomas, Emanuel Xavier, and Martin Boyce. In a third post, you’ll find videos of Wade Davis, Carl Siciliano, Mark Herrington, and Jerry Jones.

Click here or on ‘Read More’ to view the full post and to see four of the videos.

Edie Windsor speaking at rally

This past Monday evening, I attended a fantastic rally in Washington Square Park (New York City) organized by the National Campaign for Youth Shelter (NCYS). NCYS, a collaborative project of the National Coalition for the Homeless and the Ali Forney Center, aims to bring greater national attention to youth homelessness.

A diverse and impressive group of speakers—including Edie Windsor, Carl Siciliano, the Reverend Melvin Miller, Wade Davis, Chris Bilal, Jennifer Louise Lopez, and David Mixner—spoke passionately about the challenges faced by homeless youth, including those who are LGBTQ, and about the need to protect and provide care for them. Junior Labeija, pictured above with Edie Windsor, emceed the event. Click here or on ‘Read More’ to view the rest of the post and to see the first four of the my thirteen videos from the rally.

Envisioning Equality: LGBT Maps & Infographics

Posted by MK on Jun 4, 2014 @ 3:27 pm
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This summer, I’m developing a new Youth Allies page with links to useful LGBT “equality maps” and other infographics from all around the web. The page will focus first and foremost on youth issues, but will also link to maps and graphics about employment discrimination, marriage equality, censorship and more.

I’ll also publish an occasional blog post on the maps and graphics—particularly where I spot a discrepancy among them that requires some explanation.

Click here or on “Read More” to check out the first iteration of the new page. And feel free to send questions, requests, and other ideas!

MK

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[Update: Give Out Day has been extended to 11:59 p.m. Friday May 16.]

Today, on National Give Out Day, I’ll be donating to a couple of organizations that work to support homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and queer youth (and to prevent homelessness among LGBTQ youth). As the Give Out Day website explains, “every donation you make to your favorite LGBTQ charity” before 11:59 p.m. gives that charity “a chance to win MORE MONEY through awards and prizes.”

Please consider giving to an LGBT cause today. Equality opponents are well funded, but less than 5% of the LGBTQ community gives to LGBTQ-related charities. Click here or on ‘Read More’ to learn more and to see an additional video.

This brilliant video from the comedians at Heck Bender is a bit edgier than the stuff I usually post, and I hesitated before posting it, as I worried that some people might think that I (or the video) was making light of violence. But after giving it more thought (and talking with others), I’ve concluded that my initial worries were misguided. Click here or on ‘Read More’ to view the full post and to see additional videos.

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In a post last month, I explored the absurdity of the Boy Scouts of America’s frequent claim that “the topic of sexual orientation” does not have a “role” in Scouting, pointing out how frequently the BSA discusses−and celebrates−heterosexuality.

This follow-up post looks at how the organization’s attempts to restrict Scouts’ LGBT-supportive expression stand in conflict with the official Boy Scout Handbook and other BSA materials. Click here or on ‘Read More’ to view the full post.