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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
Rainbow Color World Map with south facing Up on Black Background and white border

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.

Martha Coakley, Attorney General of Massachusetts


There was great news last week for safe-schools and LGBT-equality advocates in Massachusetts, where the governor signed a measure strengthening the state’s anti-bullying law.

The many advocates who worked for the bill’s passage—including the organization Mass Equality and state Attorney General Martha Coakley—deserve wholehearted thanks and congratulations from those who believe in safe schools for all youth. Still, it’s worth pointing out an inaccuracy that appears in statements issued by the law’s supporters as well as in the media. Some advocates, journalists and bloggers have suggested that the law requires schools to single out specific groups, including LGBTQ students, for special protections. This is incorrect, though I recognize that the law may appear ambiguous on this point, at least at first glance.

Clarifying this issue may help prevent confusion among those who must work to implement the law; it may also help ensure that, moving forward, safe-schools advocates who favor inclusive policies don’t inadvertently feed into anti-LGBT talking points. Click here or on ‘Read More’ to view the full post.

[Update: The legislation has been approved and signed by the governor.]

Take action to support safe schools in Minnesota!

The Human Rights Campaign reports that Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk will bring the Safe and Supportive Schools Act to a vote this Thursday. As HRC explains, “[t]he vote in the Senate has been seen as the key hurdle to this essential legislation being signed into law. In the last legislative session the bill was blocked in the senate in the final hours after passing the House.”

The legislation would significantly expand the state’s anti-bullying law, currently one of the weakest in the nation. Among many other things, the bill would specifically require schools to address bullying based on actual and perceived sexual orientation and gender identity.

In its blog post, HRC provides a way for folks in Minnesota to contact their senators (click on the “quick and effective tool” link within HRC’s blog post).

OutFront Minnesota provides additional information about the bill, and about the organization’s safe schools work, at this link. Outfront also produced the video above. [Update for Safari and iOS users: I've just gotten reports that the video does not play on Safari, including Safari on some iOS devices. But it should work on Chrome and Firefox, as well as Chrome for iOS. You can also see it by visiting YouTube at this link.]

MK

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Arkansas on Green School Chalkboard

I was disappointed to read that gay Arkansas student Taylor Ellis has faced increased homophobia after speaking out against his school’s anti-gay censorship. Administrators at Sheridan High School, south of Little Rock, are refusing to include an interview with Ellis in this year’s yearbook, because the interview discusses Taylor’s coming out as gay. Click here or on ‘Read More’ to view the full post—and to learn how to help.

Confused Man with Question Marks Above Head

The gay-straight alliance saga continues in Florida’s Lake County.

In court papers filed in connection with the second lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida (ACLU) against the Lake County School Board, the board continues its deeply hurtful battle to block the formation of a gay-straight alliance (GSA) as an officially recognized student club at a local middle school. The ACLU is correctly arguing that the school board is violating federal law, including the Equal Access Act and the Constitution.

The school district’s latest filings include several misleading, odd, offensive and just plain sloppy arguments, including an outlandish contention that the GSA, if allowed to form, would engage in “sexual” “advocacy.” Click here or on ‘Read More’ to view the full post.

California map in blue

I’ve again updated this post: California’s New Transgender Equality Law & the Effort to Repeal It: Frequently Asked Questions.

The updated version improves the section discussing legal developments outside of California; for example, it better incorporates recent news from Maine, where the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a transgender student in a discrimination case brought by GLAD. The updated version also includes information from a fantastic February 11 post by Luke Brinker of Equality Matters (a project of Media Matters); Brinker’s posts debunks some of the right wing myths and hysteria over California’s new law.

MK

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Victory for Transgender Youth in Maine

Posted by MK on Jan 30, 2014 @ 3:55 pm
Maine on School Chalkboard---

In a major victory for Maine’s transgender youth, the state’s highest court has ruled that denying a transgender girl the use of a girls’ restroom at her school violated her rights under the state’s Human Rights Act. Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) won the case on behalf of Nicole Maines, who was barred from the restroom during the fifth grade at Orono Elementary School. A lower court had ruled against her. Click here or on ‘Read More’ to view the full post.

Computer Screen with Speech Bubbles

A series of Google Hangouts will provide opportunities this week (and next Monday) to learn more about the intersection of LGBT and intersex (LGBTI) equality issues, athletics, the situation in Russia and the 2014 Sochi Olympics. An impressive group of organization leaders, athletes, educators and others will participate in the on-line conversations.

Uprising of Love’s website explains:

The Olympic games in Sochi are approaching quickly, and all eyes are on Russia. With many focused on the recent criminalization of LGBTI “propaganda,” and a highly publicized wave of hate crimes against LGBTI youth, the main-stream media has promised to shed light on the status of LGBTI rights in Russia during the Olympic games in Sochi. We will also be making efforts of our own to assure there is a progressive, diverse, and productive conversation about LGBTI rights taking place while the world celebrates in a country with a proven record of discriminating against its LGBTI citizens.

It Gets Better Project & Uprising of Love are teaming up with a number of the country’s leading LGBTI organizations to host a series of Hangouts during an Olympics inspired LGBTI Rights week. These Hangouts will engage the larger community in discussion about the importance of acceptance in sports while also discussing LGBTI rights generally.

Click here or on ‘Read More’ to learn more about the on-line events.