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Limerick Gardaí to make history with rainbow flag at gay pride parade

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Henry street garda station in Limerick will make history this weekend, when it becomes the first in Irish history to fly a rainbow flag during the city’s gay pride parade on Saturday.

What’s more. the symbol of support for the LGBT community was an initiative of local Gardaí themselves, according to Limerick Pride Chairperson Dave Cuddihy, who said he was “taken aback by the gesture.”

Speaking to TheJournal.ie today, Cuddihy said Gardaí from the Henry Street station had been very proactive in reaching out to the gay community in Limerick, ahead of this year’s Pride festival, which is currently ongoing.

They approached [the organisers] last week, and basically said: ‘This is everything we’re going to do to support the LGBT community.’

It was the last thing we expected.

The flag will be a huge symbol, but what’s equally important is the practical steps they’ve taken to provide support for the community that will last beyond the week [of Limerick Pride].

 

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Gardaí in Limerick have made dedicated community officers available to members of the LGBT community.

They have also set up a special email address, to allow safe and discrete reporting of any potential homophobic or worrying incidents, during Saturday’s parade and afterwards.

In an earlier statement, Chief Superintendent David Sheahan, based in Henry Street, stressed the importance of LGBT people being comfortable reporting any troubling incidents, and said the flying of the flag was a part of that.

In the event of a homophobic or abusive incident, members of the public are encouraged to contact their nearest Garda station, or contact the National LGBT Liaison Officer in Garda Racial and Intercultural Diversity Office at 01-666-3150/3817.

Garda Diane McAuley is the appointed LGBT Liaison person for Henry Street Garda station, and can be reached at henry_street_community@garda.ie, or 061-433-538.

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Cuddihy, however, isn’t expecting any problems.

Limerick is always very open and accepting. We really don’t see or hear of many homophobic incidents, either during Pride or any other time.

Local people and businesses love getting involved, basically – Limerick embraces Gay Pride.

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Article source: http://uk.news.yahoo.com/limerick-garda-history-rainbow-flag-gay-pride-parade-134524185.html

Calgary Pride features sports panel, athletes marching in parade, this weekend

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

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Chandler Whitney, John Fennell and Lindsay Alcock join Cyd Zeigler, Egale Canada and the US Consolate for a conversation about LGBT athletes and issues in sports.

The US Consolate is teaming up with Egale, Canada’s national LGBT rights group, to present a discussion Friday at 7pmMT about LGBT athletes and bias in sports. Calgary – dubbed by some the “Texas of Canada” – is the perfect spot for the talk. I’ll be there on the panel, along with college baseball player Chandler Whitney, Olympic luger John Fennell and Olympic skeleton racer Lindsay Alcock. Michael Pelz will moderate the conversation. The event takes place at the Hyatt Regency in Calgary.

You can get free tickets here for the discussion.

In addition, various LGBT athletes and straight pro athletes will be marching in the Calgary pride parade.

From Egale:

Egale is very excited to announce that it will be co-hosting a panel discussion reception and reception panel discussion featuring Canadian Olympians John Fennell and Lindsay Alcock. Also joining the panel are Cyd Zeigler, co-founder of outsports.com and notable LGBT advocate, as well as Chandler Whitney, outfielder with the Walla Walla Warriors from Washington state.

Coinciding with Calgary Pride, and co-hosted by the US Consulate, this panel discussion will examine the challenges connected to overcoming homophobia in sports, and the role human rights should play at major international sporting events.

Following the recent controversy over lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights at the Olympics in Sochi last February, Egale believes it is a particularly salient time to advance this discussion.

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Article source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/calgary-pride-features-sports-panel-052921301.html

LGBT Women Are Poorer and Less Healthy Than Other Americans

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

The saying goes “the greatest wealth is health,” but there is one group that is lacking in both areas: the women of the LGBT community.

Lesbians as well as bisexual and transgender women report more financial instability and worse health than not only LGBT men, but also straight men and women, according to a Gallup well-being study released this week.

“Women [in the study] have this more significant financial disadvantage probably because they’re getting doubly the effects of being LGBT and being women,” said Gary Gates, author of the study.

This double whammy of sorts is due to a confluence of factors working against them. Namely, that LGBT women are exactly that: women, and they are subject to the male-female salary gap just like their straight counterparts, said Susan Cochran, a professor at the UCLA School of Public Health. This sexist gap exists even among minimum wage jobs, where women are paid 13 percent less than men.  

And many LGBT women are less likely to live with a partner, so they don’t reap the same financial benefits that come with a two-adult household, like shared expenses and dual incomes, said Cochran.

“At the end of the day, they just earn less,” she said. “And they earn less over longer periods of time.”

The Gallup study, which is based on more than 80,000 interviews conducted over the first half of 2014, looks at five basic areas of well-being: sense of purpose, community involvement, physical health, financial stability, and social interactions.

Only 27 percent of LGBT women in the study reported thriving financially, compared to 39 percent of straight women and 40 percent of straight men. Financial well-being was determined based on a variety of survey questions about standard of living, the ability to afford basic necessities, and amount of financial worry. 

An LGBT woman’s monetary struggle doesn’t just mean budget vacations and smaller homes; these shortfalls in funding can have serious repercussions when it comes to health. LGBT men and women are less likely to have health insurance or the financial means to pay for medical care, according to Gallup research released Tuesday. Twenty-five percent of LGBT adults reported not having enough money to pay for health care needs in the last year, while only 17 percent of heterosexual adults reported this problem.

And it is LGBT women who may need health care the most. They smoke and drink more than their heterosexual counterparts, and bisexual females often struggle with weight and psychological issues, according to the 2013 National Health Interview Survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The health risks of LGBT women are compounded by the fact that they are often less likely to have regular doctor visits.

“For women, health care is often organized around the need for birth control,” said Cochran. “That’s one way in which women are pulled routinely into health care.”

LGBT women don’t often have a need for birth control and they are also less likely to raise kids, said Cochran, which is the other factor that may draw women to a doctor’s office. In fact, LGBT women are nearly twice as likely to lack a personal doctor than heterosexual women. This may be why only 24 percent of of LGBT women in the well-being survey reported “thriving” when it comes to physical health, compared with 36 percent of heterosexual women.

So although all signs point to progress for the LGBT community, from the recent sweep of gay marriage victories to President Barack Obama’s executive order barring discrimination, there are lingering stigmas that restrict real equality. The key to addressing these discrepancies is through data, said Gates: collecting more information about people’s sexual orientation and gender identity and how it relates to their overall well-being.

“While social acceptance of LGBT Americans has improved in this country, the LGBT community still too frequently experiences discrimination and stigma that negatively affects its financial, physical, and emotional health,” Gates said in a statement.

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Original article from TakePart

Article source: http://news.yahoo.com/lgbt-women-less-healthy-poorer-other-americans-001058739.html

7 Rivers LGBT Center gets new home, new image

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

La Crosse’s LGBT resource center has a new home, a new name and a renewed commitment to serving the area’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The Center, 7 Rivers LGBTQ Connection — formerly the 7 Rivers LGBT Resource Center — moved from its space at 309 Pearl St. to 230 S. Sixth St. this month. Community members are invited to an open house at the new location on from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

The move coincides with the nonprofit’s 10th anniversary as well as a major rebranding effort aimed at boosting the center’s visibility as a leader in sexual orientation and gender identity issues and promoting its mission of providing a safe, welcoming place for LGBTQ members to connect.

“This is a professional setting that allows us to be more diverse in what we can offer our members,” said Jackson Jantzen, the Center’s executive director. “We want to let people know we’re here as an organization to serve.”

The new location provides a larger location for group meetings, greater visibility for signage in the downtown area as well as increased privacy for members who may be struggling with gender identity and have not yet come out, Jantzen said.

The Center hosts a number of programs and initiatives that include a support group for LGBTQ youth, cultural competency training for caregivers of LGBTQ elders, a gay-friendly professional networking group and community outreach in local schools, health providers and businesses. It also organizes community events like La Crosse Pride, which will be Sept. 12-14.

One of the most prominent gay resource organizations in western Wisconsin, the Center faced financial difficulties in 2012, laying off full-time director Roseanne St. Sauver. Board members took time to reorganize, and Jantzen took over in March of 2013.

“I was amazed (the board members and volunteers) were able to keep the doors open,” Jantzen said of the transition. His goal is to provide stability to the organization and extend the Center’s financial and programmatic vision into the next five years.

Besides a new name and tagline, the rebranding includes a revamped website, a new logo and plans for billboard advertisements and radio spots, said Kathy Van Kirk-Przywojski of Vendi Advertising. A longtime corporate sponsor of the Center, Vendi did the work pro bono as a part of their Vendi Share program.

“We saw the need for how an elevated brand identity could really help (the Center) with awareness and perception,” said Van Kirk-Przywojski, whose daughter benefitted from attending the LGBT youth group in high school. “Hopefully this will help people understand how the Center benefits the community.”

Trempealeau resident Chris Olson was a founding member of the 7 Rivers LGBT Resource Center when it opened in 2004, but her first experience with LGBT support groups was more than 30 years ago in Anchorage, Alaska.

“It wasn’t easy for anybody to be out then,” Olson said, recalling the Anchorage LGBT center’s understated, almost secretive location in the back of an unlabeled building. She credits that center and the support she received there for saving her life.

For La Crosse to have a prominent, active and visible center in the heart of its downtown sends a welcoming message to the LGBT community and its allies.

“I think every community needs an LGBT center,” she said. “I think it’s important that its presence is made known for every kind of conceivable group it could help.”

Article source: http://lacrossetribune.com/news/local/b345b3bb-0dfc-5305-946e-3f2078ccc823.html

Ugandan Activists Doubt Claims of Death by Stoning

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

A prominent Ugandan LGBT advocacy organization has asked local authorities to investigate claims from a pair of American organizations that recently launched fundraising efforts around claims that LGBT Ugandans have been stoned to death, reports BuzzFeed.

Confusion, secrecy, and doubt surround the claims, from U.S.-based Friends New Underground Railroad and Safe Passage Fund, alleging that seven LGBT Ugandans had been subjected to stoning, with five reportedly dying as a direct result of the practice. The sixth victim allegedly was burned to death after surviving the stoning, the seventh reportedly died of injuries sustained in a separate attack. 

Several prominent activists believe those claims may be false and could play into the hands of homophobic forces rallying support in the east African country.

“There are cases of mob justice [in Uganda], but it’s not usually an organized stoning like in the Bible and in Nigeria,” Ugandan activist Adrian Jjuuko told BuzzFeed. Jjuuko is executive director of the Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum, a group at the forefront of the successful legal challenge to Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act, which was invalidated on a legal technicality by the country’s Constitutional Court August 1.

“That’s how I first smelled a rat, that maybe is something is not right,” Jjuuko said, referring to the claims of death by stoning, which appears to be a practice uncommon in Ugandan society. BuzzFeed reports that stoning is virtually unheard of in Uganda.

The specific claims of the two American groups in question notwithstanding, false claims of abuse and executions of LGBT Ugandans — whether by foreign or domestic groups — play into the hands of the same homophobic forces responsible for the enactment of the draconinan law, which imposed lifetime prison sentences on many LGBT people and lengthy jail terms on friends, family, neighbors, and landlords who did not report known LGBT people to authorities. Ugandan LGBT rights activists pointed out that foes of equality in east Africa have long said that claims of violence against LGBT people are vastly exaggerated, so false reports could undermine LGBT equality supporters’ credibility.

“This has turned out very sensitive here,” Frank Mugisha, executive director of Sexual Minorities Uganda, wrote in an email to other LGBT activists, which was shared with BuzzFeed. “Since the people behind the story stand [behind] it, we have decided to ask the higher authorities in the Ugandan police to investigate.”

Jjuuko’s group actually sent emissaries to investigate the stoning claims and came up with no evidence to corroborate them. Officials with the organization interviewed dozens of people, including motorcycle taxi drivers, village officials, and others in the locales closest to where the New Friends Underground Railroad said the deaths had taken place. The Quaker group, which is based in Washington State, accompanied its report of alleged stoning deaths with an urgent call for $5,500 in donations.

But according to Jjuuko’s organization, one of the villages New Friends Underground Railroad described does not even exist.

For its part, New Friends Underground Railroad says it must operate under extreme secrecy in order to protect the lives of its constituents in Uganda.

“I understand that it is an unsubstantiated hate crime, and I don’t know what to tell you except that we’re going to release information as we’re asked, but we can’t do that now because we’re protecting peoples lives,” New Friends Underground Railroad coordinator Gabi Clayton told BuzzFeed‘s J. Lester Feder in a phone interview.  

Another New Friends organizer, described by BuzzFeed as the group’s only member with “experience in international relief work,” goes by the pseudonym of American Civil War-era Quaker activist Levi Coffin II.

“Let me make this clear: none of you … will have any direct contact through us with any of our conductors,” Coffin said in an August 12 email obtained by BuzzFeed. “Security risks are far too great. … The contacts were all in agreement that they will not talk with you, nor meet with you. One said he would take you on a tour to the place when he believes it is safe to do so. Which is not now. There are far too many people in hiding in this area.”

Yet even as Coffin’s sources say they are “in hiding,” a small and invitation-only LGBT Pride event recently went off without violence or police harassment in broad daylight alone the shores of Lake Victoria.

There is no word yet on how the Ugandan police investigation into the American groups’ claims is expected to unfold.

Article source: http://www.advocate.com/world/2014/08/26/ugandan-activists-doubt-claims-death-stoning

Zul Nordin: Apakah PR menyokong dasar LGBT?

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Ini kerana rakyat Malaysia berhak tahu pendirian DAP, PKR dan PAS sebelum PRU-14

zulnoordin0329PETALING JAYA: Bekas Ahli Parlimen Kulim-Bandar Baharu, Datuk Zulkifli Noordin mencabar pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat (PR) supaya menyatakan pendirian mereka mengenai isu Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual dan Transgender (LGBT).

Di dalam entri terbarunya di zul4kulim.blogspot.com menyatakan persoalannya, apakah PR menyokong dasar LGBT ini.

“Inilah yang diperjuangkan oleh penyokong dan pendukung LGBT di Malaysia termasuk Bar Council yang menjadi penyokong kuat pakatan pembangkang.

“Adakah mereka akan membenarkan dan menghalalkan budaya songsang ini dalam negara Malaysia,” soalnya.

Zul Nordin juga mencabar Lim Kit Siang, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang dan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim menyatakan pendirian mereka sekarang.

“Ini kerana rakyat Malaysia berhak tahu pendirian DAP, PKR dan PAS sebelum PRU-14,” katanya.

Sebelum itu beliau menceritakan kisah mengenai sebuah  keluarga dari Kentucky, Amerika Syarikat yang telah mengamalkan LGBT dalam kehidupan mereka.

Nick Bowser, 27 asalnya seorang perempuan bernama Nicole. Bianca, 32, asalnya seorang lelaki bernama Jason.

“Mereka bertemu dan jatuh cinta, sebelum kedua-duanya menukar identiti jantina masing-masing.

“Jason telah mengadakan hubungan kelamin sehingga Nicole mengandung dan melahirkan dua anak lelaki bernama Kay dan Pax,” jelasnya.

Katanya lagi, setelah kelahiran anak-anak itu, Bianca menukar jantina menjadi lelaki bernama Jason lalu bertukar identiti menjadi ayah. Manakala Jason menukar jantina menjadi wanita bernama Bianca lalu bertukar identiti menjadi ibu.

“Hukum Allah dilanggar, hadis Rasulullah dicemar dan fitrah kemanusiaan dibubar. Inilah akibatnya apabila budaya LGBT dibenarkan dan dihalalkan,” ujarnya.

Article source: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/bahasa/2014/08/26/zul-nordin-apakah-pr-menyokong-dasar-lgbt/

In U.S., LGBT More Likely Than Non-LGBT to Be Uninsured

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

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Poll: LGBT Americans Still Lag Straights in Measures of Well-Being

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

While LGBT Americans have made great strides toward equality in the past few years, a new poll provides evidence that we still have far to go.

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey, released today, shows LGBT Americans, especially women, reporting lower levels of well-being than non-LGBT adults. The poll, which measures well-being across five broad categories, showed LGBT adults with an average score of 58, while straight respondents averaged 62.

The difference was greater for women — 57 among lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women, 63 for straights — while gay, bisexual, and transgender men had an average score of 59, compared to 61 for heterosexual men.

The categories of well-being measured are financial, physical, social, community, and purpose. There was great disparity in the financial measure — LGBT respondents had an average score of 29, versus 39 for non-LGBT participants. The score for lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women was 27, compared to 39 for straight women. For gay, bisexual, and transgender men the average was 32, versus 40 for straight men. This category reflects questions about standard of living, ability to afford basic necessities, and financial worry.

The physical well-being category showed women at a particular disadvantage. LGBT adults as a whole had an average score of 26, while non-LGBT people came in at 33. Lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women averaged 24, versus 36 for straight women. The difference between straight men and gay, bisexual, and transgender men was not statistically significant. Physical well-being includes questions regarding alcohol, drug, and tobacco use; current disease burden and past diagnoses; exercise; and eating habits.

“These disparities associated with sexual orientation and gender identity highlight the ongoing need for the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity measures in data collection focused on health and socio-economic outcomes,” wrote Gary J. Gates, a Williams Distinguished Scholar at the Williams Institute, a think tank at University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, in a commentary on the survey results. “Availability of better data that identify the LGBT population will help researchers, healthcare policymakers, and healthcare providers craft better strategies to understand and prevent well-being disparities associated with sexual orientation and gender identity.”

The poll was conducted via telephone January 1 through June 23 of this year, with a random sample of 2,964 LGBT adults and 81,134 non-LGBT adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

Article source: http://www.advocate.com/health/2014/08/25/poll-lgbt-americans-still-lag-straights-measures-well-being

We Need More Gay Sex on TV

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Today marks the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, and, judging by the nominations, it’s been a banner year for LGBT representation on scripted television. Among the honored characters are a bisexual vice president (Kevin Spacey on Netflix’s House of Cards), a gay police chief (Andre Braugher on Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine), a closeted university provost (Beau Bridges on Showtime’s Masters of Sex), a gay dad (Jesse Tyler Ferguson on ABC’s Modern Family), a host of HIV activists (Matt Bomer, Mark Ruffalo, and Joe Mantello on HBO’s The Normal Heart), and a prison full of lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning female inmates (Taylor Schilling, Natasha Lyonne, Uzo Aduba, and Laverne Cox, who also became the first trans actress to ever receive an Emmy nomination, on Orange Is the New Black).

As encouraging as these nominations are for the state of quality in LGBT representation in media, there is “room for improvement,” as GLAAD’s Wilson Cruz said in response to the media advocacy’s organization report Where We Are on TV. According to GLAAD, the 2013-2014 television season actually included fewer LGBT series regulars on scripted primetime shows from the previous year (3.3 percent, as compared to the record-breaking 4.4 percent of last season).

But the real omission isn’t in whether LGBT characters exist, it’s in letting them live full lives. Truly well-rounded, three-dimensional representations necessitate having gay characters whose sex lives have not been omitted or cast in a shameful light.

The problem isn’t universal. For lesbians and bisexual women on TV, sex lives have never been healthier, according to Tracy Gilchrist, editor in chief of the women’s entertainment news site SheWired (a sister site of The Advocate). She points to shows like Pretty Little Liars, The Fosters, and Grey’s Anatomy as gold standards for showing fully realized gay women.

“We’re in a great place,” Gilchrist diagnoses. “A few years ago, all we had was The L Word, and that was the exception. But today, everyone’s taking steps in the right direction.”

But progress is moving slower on the other side of the gender divide. Outside of premium cable and streaming services like Netflix, sexual acts between two men are few and far between. Any gay couples that exist tend to be neutered, as in the case of ABC’s Modern Family.

Though hailed for its popular gay couple Mitch and Cam, the show never really explores their sexual attraction to one another. Their first televised kiss barely amounted to a peck and only came after the arrival of their adopted daughter in September 2010. The next notable smooch would come nearly four years later at their wedding. Modern Family is far from explicit in any of its main characters’ bedrooms. Still, by contrast, straight couples on the show have varied stories that deal with spicing things up in the bedroom or fear of getting caught in the act by their children.

This pussyfooting around the portrayal of gay men’s sex lives is rooted in a “crisis of masculinity,” Gilchrist maintains. The fear of the ick factor and its potential to scare away straight male viewer, influences how writers and showrunners depict these relationships, if it all. 

The problem isn’t only on television, it’s even in film, where maybe it’s worse. Director Steven Soderbergh said last year that his Liberace biopic, Behind the Candelabra, had to air on HBO because film studios rejected it for being “too gay.” In a more recent example, take Love Is Strange, which released this weekend in select cities. The touching romantic drama tells the story of a longtime couple — played by John Lithgow and Alfred Molina — as they cope with the repercussions of getting married when it becomes legal in New York. It shows mild cuddling and swearing at best, and yet received an R rating from the Motion Picture Association of America. 

The film’s director, Ira Sachs, pointed to the double standard still held to gay portrayals in a recent interview with The Advocate.

“I saw most of the R-rated movies of the 1970s in their first run,” said Sachs. “My parents were divorced, and like many kids of the times, my dad would take us on Saturdays to see movies like Death Wish, Dressed to Kill,and The Godfather. I have a strong feeling that many of those same people — mostly men — are still on the MPAA board today, making these arcane decisions very out of step with our times.”

At “Dynamic and Diverse,” a recent pre-Emmy Awards event hosted by the Television Academy and SAG AFTRA, the stars threw in their own recommendations for which shows could use more romantic storylines for LGBT characters. For some, the recommendations entered the realm of fantasy and wish fulfillment. 

Actor and comedian Jason Stuart joked that he would be up for the challenge of portraying a gay man with a sex life on television. “I’d like to see Jason Stuart — oh, that’s me! — have a relationship with Esai Morales on a new show called Me and My Guy,” Stuart says. “And every week, at the end of the show, I get to kiss him passionately, because I love him so much. And then we could talk about political issues … in bed.”

For others, like the Emmy Award-winning actor Dan Bucatinsky, who made headlines for an oral sex scene with his character’s husband on ABC’s Scandal, Hollywood is asked to puncture the ziplock on diversity in programming that may be divided between blue and red state audiences.

“The shows that you least expect to see gay characters” are the ones most in need of a gay romance, Bucatinsky says, saying procedural dramas such as CSI, Law and Order, and NCIS  could become shows “where the badasses get out of their cars and pull their guns and get the robbers and then go home to their husbands.”

Though Bucatinsky’s Scandal character was killed off, and Fox has pulled the plug on that long-standing TV bastion of queer youth coming of age known as Glee, the upcoming season looks promising. A sex scene between two men has already been teased in a trailer for ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder, also created by Scandal maker Shonda Rhimes. Fox’s Empire, created by out director Lee Daniels (Precious, Lee Daniels’ The Butler), features the talents of actor Jussie Smollett, who plays the ostracized gay son of a music mogul — a role that seems ripe for sexual drama. Another Fox series, Red Band Society, tackles ableism by showing hopitalized teens who are also in the throes of young love. Moreover, they are administered by a male nurse played by Wilson Cruz, who told Xfinity that his character was made gay “by my insistence.”

“This is GLAAD at work,” Cruz said. “We need more gay characters on TV. We need more LGBT characters of color on TV.” And his list goes on. It all leads to a day when network television reflects real stories of LGBT Americans who, in their own lives, aren’t afraid to love.

Article source: http://www.advocate.com/arts-entertainment/television/2014/08/25/we-need-more-gay-sex-tv

Gay Bathhouses Struggle To Stay Afloat As LGBT Lifestyle Becomes More Accepted

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Over the last two years, the LGBT movement has taken strides never before reported within our nation. Formerly a country where being homosexual was considered a taboo that was known but never spoken, things have changed as more of the country comes to accept that gay people are here, and they are happy.

Here on The Inquisitr, we brought you reports of the LGBT community’s progression of their lifestyle to be accepted among all people. A lot of the news pertains to states accepting gay marriage in which Virginia might allow the union soon if its ban is deemed unconstitutional. Also, a lot of celebrities have taken the mantel of supporting LGBT activities and equality. Julia Roberts received an LGBT reward recently and Joe Biden has been reported to say that LGBT movement is more important than tradition and culture.

For some businesses, the country’s acceptance of the LGBT lifestyle is actually hurting them. For one business, it is quite ironic because they were supportive of the LGBT lifestyle prior to the country doing so. Why? This businesses provided services for gay people before being gay was accepted.

According to an article by Fox Business, gay bathhouses were businesses hidden within the dark shadows of society, even during a time when being gay was risky if the public found out. During those times, gay men and women would go to these bathhouses to commune (and fornicate) with each other without fear of judgment from society. Now that the LGBT lifestyle has assimilated to an extent of normalcy in society, these businesses are seeking attention just to stay open.

Peter D. Sykes was the owner of Hollywood Spas before it closed back in April.Peter D. Sykes was the owner of Hollywood Spas before it closed back in April.

Peter D. Sykes was the owner of Hollywood Spas before it closed back in April.

Greater acceptance of gays has lessened the need for the bathhouses, but the owners of such establishments are not surrendering so easily. Some are utilizing aggressive online advertising and community outreach. Other are adopting the 5-Star Resort approach with upscale amenities such as plush towels and marble baths. And for a bathhouse in Ohio, hotel rooms and a nightclub were added to the premises.

Despite some of the bathhouses’ attempts to stay significant in today’s society, some just can’t muster enough of an appeal for the LGBT community to continue operations. According to an article by Yahoo News, Hollywood Spa – one of the largest bathhouses in Los Angeles, California (regarded as the bathhouse capitol of the United States) – closed last April. Peter D. Sykes, its former owner, said fewer customers and rising rent put an end to four decades of business.

“Bathhouses were like dirty bookstores and parks: a venue to meet people. Today, you can go to the supermarket.”

The interior of the now-closed Hollywood Spas. The bathhouse was open for about four decades before it closed its doors permanently.The interior of the now-closed Hollywood Spas. The bathhouse was open for about four decades before it closed its doors permanently.

The interior of the now-closed Hollywood Spas. The bathhouse was open for about four decades before it closed its doors permanently.

In conclusion, the best statement given about the future of gay bathhouses was given by Todd Saporito, CEO of Flex Spas. He says that more progressive views on homosexuality are not consistent across the nation ergo some states will underscore the necessity for modern bathhouses while others will not. Still he is not taking anything for granted, regardless of location.

“Bathhouses at some level will go extinct if you don’t offer something more than a towel.”

What is your opinion about the death of the gay bathhouse? Better yet, what is your opinion about gay bathhouses in general? To those who support LGBT, do you think that gay bathhouses are no longer significant in today’s society? Please let us know in the comments below.

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Article source: http://www.inquisitr.com/1432280/gay-bathhouses-struggle-to-stay-afloat-as-lgbt-lifestyle-becomes-more-widely-accepted/

WATCH: 'Horrors' of Marriage Equality Hit Home In Irish Parody

Monday, August 25th, 2014

A farcical short film made by Irish group LGBT Noise features a straight couple barricaded in their home in against a “horrifying” world, where too much equality has forced them to keep their son “safe” in a box.

The video was produced in advance of Sunday’s pro-LGBT March for Marriage in Dublin, which likely inspired many to join the ranks of those “normal” people who support marriage equality referenced in the hilarious video, shot in the style of classic Hollywood apocalyptic horror films.

John and Mary, the straight couple at the center of the short film, fittingly titled Armagayddon, recall that it was legions of heterosexual friends of Ireland’s “five or six” gays who marched — and voted — in support of equality, turning the entire country into a hellish, postapocalyptic wasteland where those “normal” people like Mary and John must barricade themselves behind barred windows and locked doors.

Demonstrating the societial destruction wrought by marriage equality, John and Mary’s neighbor, Adam — who we later find out is married to an unseen man named Steve — dares to knock on the couple’s door. As John clutches a shotgun behind the locked door, Adam humors the homophobes, asking if they’re all right, then telling them “I brought you some groceries- sorry, supplies. I’ll just leave them here, OK?”

Text at the video’s conclusion seems aimed at all those who believe John and Mary’s fatalistic expectations of an Ireland that embraces equality for LGBT people: “Marriage equality: It’s not the end of the world, lads.” 

Ireland will vote on a marriage equality referendum next year. Just last week, a new poll by the Sunday Times revealed that 86 percent of Irish citizens support same-sex couples.

Watch Armagayddon below:

Article source: http://www.advocate.com/world/2014/08/24/watch-horrors-marriage-equality-hit-home-irish-parody

LGBT Americans Report Lower Well-Being

Monday, August 25th, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) report lower well-being than non-LGBT Americans. LGBT Americans have an average Well-Being Index score of 58, lower than non-LGBT adults’ score of 62. Importantly, these differences hold true even after taking into account the effects of gender, age, race and ethnicity, educational attainment, state of residence, and population density.

The disadvantage in overall well-being is more acute for LGBT women than for LGBT men. LGBT women have a Well-Being Index score of 57, well below the score of 63 for non-LGBT women. LGBT men also lag behind their non-LGBT counterparts in overall well-being, but not by as much — 59 vs. 61, respectively.

These findings are based on 2,964 interviews with LGBT adults and 81,134 interviews with non-LGBT adults conducted Jan. 1-June 23, 2014, as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey. The Well-Being Index is constructed on a scale of 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating better overall well-being. The index includes questions that fall into five broad areas: purpose, social, financial, community, and physical. Each of these well-being elements consists of multiple questions on related topics that Gallup uses to categorize respondents into three groups: thriving, struggling, and suffering.

Across all five elements of well-being, LGBT Americans — particularly LGBT women — trail their non-LGBT counterparts, even after taking into account possible differences in the demographic and geographic characteristics of LGBT and non-LGBT adults.

Financial Well-Being: LGBT Americans’ Biggest Hurdle

The financial element is where the LGBT community falls furthest behind the non-LGBT population. LGBT Americans are 10 percentage points less likely to be thriving financially than their non-LGBT counterparts. For women, the difference is slightly above average, while for men it is slightly below.

Financial well-being is made up of questions about standard of living, ability to afford basic necessities, and financial worry.

These findings are consistent with research from UCLA’s Williams Institute, which shows that the LGBT population is at a disproportionate risk for poverty and food insecurity.

Physical Well-Being: A Sore Spot for LGBT Women

Physical well-being is another area in which there are stark differences between LGBT and non-LGBT Americans, particularly among women. One in three non-LGBT Americans are thriving physically, compared with about one in four LGBT Americans. This difference is entirely driven by LGBT women, as differences by LGBT status among men are not statistically significant.

Physical well-being includes questions related to alcohol, drug, and tobacco use; current disease burden and past diagnoses; exercise; and eating habits.

A variety of factors could contribute to LGBT women’s disproportionately lower physical well-being. A recent analysis of the 2013 National Health Interview Survey reported higher levels of smoking and alcohol consumption among LGB women than among non-LGB women, as well as elevated weight and psychological distress among bisexual women.

Social Well-Being: LGBT Americans Less Likely to Thrive

LGBT Americans are less likely than their non-LGBT counterparts to be thriving in their social lives. Thirty-five percent of LGBT adults are thriving socially, compared with 41% of non-LGBT adults. The gaps for men and women are the same.

Social well-being includes questions about relationships with friends and family, personal time, and received encouragement and support.

Community Well-Being: LGBT Women Less Connected to Where They Live

LGBT Americans are less likely than their non-LGBT counterparts to be thriving in community well-being — 32% vs. 38%, respectively. This difference by LGBT status is largely driven by women. LGBT status is not a significant factor in men’s assessments of their communities.

Community well-being includes questions about community pride, involvement, and safety and security.

Purpose Well-Being: LGBT Women Lagging Behind

Overall, LGBT Americans trail non-LGBT Americans in reporting a strong sense of purpose in life (33% vs. 37%, respectively). This gap reflects the substantial difference that exists between LGBT women and non-LGBT women. The comparable figures for men do not vary by LGBT status.

Purpose well-being is composed of questions about having an inspiring leader, daily activity, goals, and strengths.

Bottom Line

Despite evidence of decreasing social stigma directed toward the LGBT community in the U.S., LGBT Americans — particularly LGBT women — show a wide range of well-being disparities compared with their non-LGBT counterparts. In measures of physical health, financial security, sense of purpose, social life, and community attachment, data from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index reveal that LGBT adults experience a wide range of well-being challenges.

These disparities associated with sexual orientation and gender identity highlight the ongoing need for the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity measures in data collection focused on health and socio-economic outcomes. Availability of better data that identify the LGBT population will help researchers, healthcare policymakers, and healthcare providers craft better strategies to understand and prevent well-being disparities associated with sexual orientation and gender identity.

Gary J. Gates is a Williams Distinguished Scholar at the Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law. A national expert in LGBT demographics, he has a Ph.D. in public policy from Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University.

Survey Methods

Results are based on telephone interviews conducted as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey Jan. 1-June 23, 2014, with a random sample of 2,964 LGBT adults and 81,134 non-LGBT adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

For results based on the total sample of LGBT adults, the margin of sampling error is ±2 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.

For results based on the total sample of non-LGBT adults, the margin of sampling error is ±0.4 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.

Interviews are conducted with respondents on landline telephones and cellular phones, with interviews conducted in Spanish for respondents who are primarily Spanish-speaking. Each sample of national adults includes a minimum quota of 50% cellphone respondents and 50% landline respondents, with additional minimum quotas by time zone within region. Landline and cellular telephone numbers are selected using random-digit-dial methods. Landline respondents are chosen at random within each household on the basis of which member had the most recent birthday.

Samples are weighted to correct for unequal selection probability, nonresponse, and double coverage of landline and cell users in the two sampling frames. They are also weighted to match the national demographics of gender, age, race, Hispanic ethnicity, education, region, population density, and phone status (cellphone only/landline only/both, and cellphone mostly). Demographic weighting targets are based on the most recent Current Population Survey figures for the aged 18 and older U.S. population. Phone status targets are based on the most recent National Health Interview Survey. Population density targets are based on the most recent U.S. census. All reported margins of sampling error include the computed design effects for weighting.

In addition to sampling error, question wording and practical difficulties in conducting surveys can introduce error or bias into the findings of public opinion polls.

For more details on Gallup’s polling methodology, visit www.gallup.com.

Article source: http://www.gallup.com/poll/175418/lgbt-americans-report-lower.aspx?utm_source=tagrss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=syndication

Ahead of Next Year’s Expected Vote, Vast Majority of Irish Support Marriage Equality

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Ireland is overwhelmingly supportive of same-sex couples, according to a recent poll that found 86 percent of residents approve of gay and lesbian couples, reports Pink News.

Despite the fact that nearly 85 percent of Irish people identify as Roman Catholic, according to the Central Intelligence Agency’s World Fact Book‘s July estimate, the nation has evolved toward greater acceptance of LGBT people.

The recent poll, which PinkNews reports came from the Sunday Times surveying 954 respondents, bodes well for an expected 2015 referendum in which Irish voters will decide whether or not to allow same-sex marriage in the country. This year’s poll numbers indicate a seven percent increase over stated support last year. 

“This is another welcome demonstration of the transformation in attitudes to lesbian and gay people and of the generosity of Irish voters in their willingness to extend equal status and dignity to lesbian and gay people and lesbian- and gay-headed families,” Kirean Rose, chair of the Dublin-based Gay and Lesbian Equality Network, told U.K. LGBT outlet PinkNews.

GLEN has been involved in promoting LGBT equality on the island nation for more than a decade. According to a timeline on the group’s website, the long trek toward changing Irish minds about the need for marriage equality began in 2002.

That was when a four-member group from GLEN’s ranks collaborated with government officials to compile a first-of-its-kind report about how to implement a path toward equality for LGBT people. By 2006, several legislative developments provided some domestic partnership options for same-sex couples in Ireland. 

Since then, Ireland’s LGBT community has experienced triumphs and stumbles along the way to the current moment, when Ireland seems to be on the precipice of embracing marriage equality. GLEN lamented the “lost opportunity” in 2006 when the high court rejected a Canadian lesbian couple’s application to have their marriage recognized in Ireland.

But in 2011, Ireland enacted legally recognized civil unions for same-sex couples. By July of 2013, more than 1,000 same-sex couples had registered in civil partnerships, which grant many of the legal benefits afforded by marriage, according to GLEN

While Ireland’s LGBT community has been growing in support and visibility, the country’s best-known out person might be independent senator David Norris, who is often credited with almost singlehandedly abolishing Ireland’s law banning same-sex sexual contact. In 2011, Norris was a top contender for the country’s presidency, though he ultimately finished fourth in the election. Earlier this year, Norris delivered a stirring speech about homophobia in the Irish senate and the European Parliament. Watch a video of that speech here.

Article source: http://www.advocate.com/world/2014/08/24/ahead-next-year%E2%80%99s-expected-vote-vast-majority-irish-support-marriage-equality

LGBT community rallies at state Capitol

Sunday, August 24th, 2014








Stephanie Warshaw committed herself to the love of her life on Saturday, on the steps of the Capitol building in Lansing, with a sea of rainbow-colored flags waving in the summer sun.

Although Warshaw’s marriage won’t be legal with Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban, she said Saturday’s commitment ceremony, hosted by Michigan Pride, was the closest she and her partner, Amanda Hart, could get to the real thing.

“This is what it should be. It shouldn’t matter that I love her and want to marry her,” Warshaw said of the ceremony, becoming emotional. ”It was so nice to have people supporting us, because my family doesn’t.”

Warshaw and Hart, along with about two dozen other same-sex couples, were joined in love on Saturday as part of Michigan Pride’s 25th annual state-wide pride march, rally and commitment ceremony.

Michigan Pride Chair and Festival Director Emily Horvath, a MSU alumna, said the event is the largest of its kind in Michigan and draws LGBT community members from all over the state. 

“For so many years we have done a commitment ceremony as a sign of protest against the ban on gay marriage,” Horvath said. “It’s something we do symbolically to show we want those marriage rights, deserve those rights and respect the idea of marriage.”

During the rally, gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer and running mate Lisa Brown gave speeches voicing their support of LGBT rights. 

“Mark and I get it, we know love is love,” Brown said. “Discrimination against the LGBT community has no place in Michigan.”

The rally also had other speakers educate attendees on topics like AIDS and HIV prevention, and offered support for young members of the community to celebrate “gay culture.”

“Brothers and sisters, this is 2014,” Schauer said during his speech. “It’s time for Michigan, our Michigan, to get on the right side of history. To treat all michiganders with respect and dignity.”

Michigan Pride ended the rally, parade and commitment ceremony by holding a festival in Old Town. 



Women’s volleyball team kicks it with local reporters at 2014 media day

Article source: http://statenews.com/article/2014/08/lgbt-community-celebrates-at-capitol

6 Awesome Gay Rights Videos That Everyone Should See

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

The battle for LGBT rights is viewed by many as the civil rights movement of our time. More than half the country’s states—31 of them—ban same-sex marriage, and LGBT discrimination is rampant.  

There’s also plenty to celebrate. On Thursday a federal judge declared Florida’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, though the case is pending. If no appeals are successfully made, the swing state, where the issue has been especially contentious, will join Washington, D.C., and 19 other states in allowing gay people to tie the knot. Tolerance among youths is also at an all-time high. According to a recent poll, eight out of 10 young adults support gay marriage.

What’s turning the tide? A case can be made that PSAs like the ones below have made a huge difference. Shared on social media, they’ve helped educate—and amuse—a swath of the population that might otherwise be isolated from the issue.

“Armagayddon”

Irish gay rights group LGBT Noise has created a genius way to promote its upcoming march for equality. In this video, gay zombies take over the world, and a married man and woman shut themselves in their home after Ireland legalizes gay marriage. Priceless quote: “We tried to blend in, but the weddings were unbelievable! I felt completely underdressed.”

Pro-Gay Olympics 

Putin’s antigay propaganda didn’t sit well with the Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion. So the group made this cheeky PSA—noting that, really, the Olympics “have always been a little gay.” 

Honey Maid’s “Love”

In March, when the graham cracker brand released a commercial that celebrates all types of families, it incited an outpouring of hateful messages. Not long after, Honey Maid responded with this thoughtful video.

Funny or Die’s “The First Gay Bachelor” 

George Takei and Jesse Tyler Ferguson parody the popular reality program, showing that a gay marriage competition would be just as entertaining and ridiculous.

College Humor’s “Gay Men Will Marry Your Girlfriends” 

This PSA hilariously threatens homophobes. 

Burger King’s Proud Whopper

In celebration of San Francisco’s gay pride week, the fast-food chain offered its customers the Proud Whopper, a Whopper in a rainbow wrapper with a special message: “We are all the same inside.”

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Original article from TakePart

Article source: http://news.yahoo.com/6-awesome-gay-rights-videos-everyone-see-230813843.html

Tyler Oakley, Hannah Hart to Present Google With GLAAD Award

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Google is going to get an award from GLAAD.

The tech giant, along with its video-sharing subsidiary YouTube, will be honored at the GLAAD Gala San Francisco: Game Changers event, set for September 13.

The companies will receive the LGBT media advocacy groups’s inaugural Ric Weiland Award, which is named after the gay technology pioneer who was among the first employees at Microsoft. Weiland went on to become a notable philanthropist for LGBT causes, and the award honors his spirit of making change in the digital age.

The honor recognizes Google’s many campaigns in support of LGBT people, including its backing of the campaign to repeal Proposition 8, its LGBT-inclusive healthcare coverage, its rainbow-themed Google doodle that supported LGBT athletes during the Sochi Winter Olympics, and YouTube’s recent #ProudToPlay campaign, which pushed for equality in sports.

The Ric Weiland Award will be presented by LGBT YouTube stars Hannah Hart and Tyler Oakley, the gay vlogger who was also the cover subject for The Advocate’s “40 Under 40” this year.

Hosted by Orange Is the New Black star Taryn Manning, the gala will also honor Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, who rose to the national spotlight as lead plaintiffs in the case that ultimately struck down Proposition 8, Hollingsworth v. Perry.

For ticket information, visit GLAAD.org.

Article source: http://www.advocate.com/politics/media/2014/08/21/tyler-oakley-hannah-hart-present-google-glaad-award

LGBT community showing its pride Friday and Saturday in Norfolk

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

NORFOLK — PrideFest is the largest annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender festival in Southeastern Virginia. Festival goers have even more reason to celebrate as Virginia appears to be moving closer to recognizing same-sex marriages.

Among the scheduled speakers are Norfolk’s Tim Bostic and Tony London, the two men challenging Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage.

“People are feeling very validated about who they are. And that hasn’t always been true here in Hampton Roads,” said orgainzer Michael Berluchi.   “And so we’re really inspired to see that people are stepping forward and stepping out in perhaps the first time in their lives.”

PrideFest organizers say 2014 has been a pivotal year for LGBT rights across the country, but especially right here in Virginia with a US District Judge ruling Virginia’s marriage ban unconstitutional and unwavering support from VA Attorney General Mark Herring.

“We are so excited about this year’s PrideFest. As LGBT members of the community, we have a lot to be proud of in Hampton Roads and we want to share that pride with our allies, friends and neighbors,” says Laurel Quarberg, President of Hampton Roads Pride. “This is sure to be THE party of the summer and I hope everyone—gay AND straight—comes out to help us celebrate.”

The theme of this year’s 26th annual festival is “Learn. Love. Be.” The Saturday festival in Town Point Park is free and runs from noon to 7 p.m. It has entertainment, food and gifts for purchase and activities for children and adults.

More information on the PrideFest 2014 Facebook page. 

Friday, organizers will celebrate the Third Annual Pride Block Party at Decorum Furniture at 20th Street and Llewellyn Avenue from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Article source: http://www.wvec.com/news/local/LGBT-community-showing-its-pride-Friday-and-Saturday-in-Norfolk-272295191.html

Recently out Masters swimmer and Outsports reader Logan Dawson finds freedom at Gay Games

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

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Logan Dawson came out just two years ago. He found a new appreciation for his LGBT community at the Gay Games.

Swimming has been such an integral part of my life. The pool is where I go to maintain balance in my life. It’s where I go to clear my head. It’s where I go to be alone with my thoughts.

As I’ve grown older, I’ve come to be more appreciative of what swimming has provided me throughout my life. As a young high school swimmer, I never would have guessed that swimming would one day be my key to experiencing an entire week of being my true, authentic self. Last week swimming gave me that opportunity – the chance to experience the 2014 Gay Games in Cleveland, Ohio.

I currently swim with a US Masters team in Indiana, but I decided to compete in Cleveland with a group of gay Colorado swimmers with whom I bonded last summer. Over the course of five days I medaled in all five of my individual events (four silver and one bronze) and almost swam faster than a couple of my best times from my high school swimming days. I participated in three relays, and we medaled in two of them. We even set a Colorado Masters Swimming State record on our way to a gold medal in the 400 medley relay! I was very happy with my performance in the pool, but the social aspect of the Gay Games made my experience mean so much more.

I only started coming out a little over two years ago, just as I was beginning graduate school at Purdue University. Up until last week my experiences with gay life had been pretty much limited to attending a couple Pride festivals and a few LGBT events on campus. Being a single gay male in a small college town in Indiana is much different from living in a gay mecca like New York City, Los Angeles, or DC. Because my social life in small-town USA is so much different from what it could be in a bigger city, I looked at Gay Games 9 as my opportunity to spend an entire week immersed in “gay life.”

Spending a week around thousands of other gay athletes made me feel right at home. I didn’t have to think twice about how long my eyes wandered as an attractive guy walked by on the pool deck. Also, the competition aspect of the Gay Games made striking up a conversation with a guy much more organic. Whether at a bar or on the pool deck, I was comfortable with simply introducing myself and asking a guy what sport he was competing in or how his swims were going during the week. Sure, that type of conversation can happen at any other Masters swimming meet, but I felt completely different in Cleveland because I knew the majority of the other competitors were just like me.

Reflecting on my week of competing and socializing in Cleveland, I truly believe participating in the Gay Games was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Being in Cleveland gave me the opportunity to grow as a gay man. I met so many interesting people and developed some friendships I think will last. I’m already looking forward to my next International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics (IGLA) meet where I can reconnect with some of the great people I met in Cleveland.

I hope every LGBT athlete can one day experience this same sense of affirmation that I found through the Gay Games. I learned about the Gay Games just last summer while reading Jeff Commings book, “Odd Man Out – An Autobiography: True Stories of a Gay Black Swimmer.” Reading about his experiences at the Gay Games and other IGLA meets is what encouraged me to make sure that I was in Cleveland this year. I hope that sharing my story might encourage another LGBT athlete to compete in the next Gay Games or join a gay sports league or team.

It’s truly an amazing feeling to compete in a sport that you love while being surrounded by a family of people just like yourself!

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Article source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/recently-masters-swimmer-outsports-reader-144046566.html

Protest is 'in the DNA' in Manchester: City's role in LGBT rights recognised in history tour

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

The LGBT History Tour will return to the People’s History Museum this week to celebrate Manchester Pride.

The tour looks at LGBT history in the contexts of what was happening in Manchester at the time from the Peterloo Massacre right up to the present day.

Jeffrey Evans is a historian who specialises in LGBT history. He has examined the collection on offer during the tours and believes that Manchester was central to the development of LGBT rights.

“There’s always been a subculture,” Evans said. “As early as the 18th century there were places where you could go if you were a man who wanted to have sex with another man. It was the Arches underneath The Exchange in St Ann’s Square.”

There were serious consequences, though, and Manchester man Thomas Rix was hanged for having sex with another man in 1806. In fact, it wasn’t until 1967 that homosexuality was decriminalised, a move that Manchester played a key role in according to the historian.

“Manchester in the 1950s and 1960s was at the forefront of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality,” he said.

The group still exists today and was the start of improving life for LGBT people in Manchester and across the country.

“After that, for the first time, people could live semi-independent lives away from the family because that wasn’t where the money was made. Money was made in the factories so if you’re a young man or a woman you’d have money in your pocket, you could be independent and in a city like Manchester or Liverpool you could actually have a private life.”

“You weren’t in a village where everybody knew your business, you could start courting with someone that your parents maybe didn’t approve of but they wouldn’t know because Manchester’s big enough to get lost in.”

In 1988, Clause 28 which banned the “promotion” of homosexuality in schools as a “normal family relationship” was met with bigger protests in Manchester than anywhere else. Manchester is home to the Lesbian and Gay Foundation and had the first LGBT centre which began as the Manchester Parents Group in 1989 and is still going strong.

Now host to the longest running Pride festival in the country, Evans believes that the development of a commercial gay scene and being a University city both contributed to Manchester pioneering LGBT rights. along with some good old Northern grit.

“We have in Manchester and the north west a proud tradition of protest against injustice, abuse of power and human rights. It’s in the DNA.”

The LGBT History tour runs from 1:15-2:00pm on Friday, August 22. You can book tickets here.

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Article source: http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/whats-on/protest-in-dna-manchester-citys-7652584

Las Vegas rolls out red carpet for LGBT tourists, even if it can't offer marriage

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

By Michelle Rindels, The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – While gay couples still can’t get married in the marriage capital of the world, Las Vegas wants to let them know they — and their money — are more than welcome to the buffet of other activities Sin City has to offer.

The city’s tourism authority recently launched its first mainstream TV campaign aimed at the LGBT community: a commercial featuring a hunk and a heavy dose of innuendo. The first gay nightclub inside a Las Vegas Strip casino opened up this summer.

And casino pools that struggled to distinguish themselves in the high-flying world of day-clubs have found a niche in gay pool parties.

The efforts have landed the city among the top destinations for gay travellers, who LGBT tourism experts say are more likely to be childless, take more trips and tend to have more disposable income than the average visitor.

But some business leaders fear that Nevada’s same-sex marriage ban is preventing Las Vegas from reaching its true potential among the demographic.

“We have reached a point in the state of Nevada where our current laws governing gay and lesbian marriage have made our most vital industry, tourism, uncompetitive,” said Michael Weaver, senior vice-president of marketing for Wynn Resorts.

“Nevada resorts, restaurants, caterers, florists, photographers and musicians all need to be allowed to compete with the 19 other states that allow the freedom to marry,” he said.

While the state’s gay marriage ban winds its way through the courts, Las Vegas’ marketers are losing no time in building up the image of an edgy, LGBT-inclusive adult playground.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority website sidesteps the wedding question and trumpets non-binding commitment ceremonies, honeymoon packages at the Paris casino and musical acts revered among LGBT fans — icons including Cher, Celine Dion and Elton John have held court in town.

And then there’s the suggestive commercial launched this spring that extends the “What Happens Here Stays Here” mantra.

It starts with a man and a woman approaching a Vegas hotel counter together, and then the woman runs off to the bathroom. When a sharply dressed man steps up, the attendant asks if the two men are checking in together.

They give each other the once-over in a moment that suggests “This is Vegas, so … maybe?”

“People love that ad,” said Jim McMichael, the diversity and cultural marketing manager of the tourism authority. “It allows people to understand no matter what your background, come to Vegas and have a great time.”

The TV spot, which airs on Bravo and gay-focused cable channel Logo, comes on the heels of a 2012 print ad campaign targeting LGBT travellers. It featured frumpy, middle-aged straight couples enjoying themselves amid a sea of chic gay and lesbian couples.

The tagline? “Everyone’s welcome. Even straight people.”

“With the downturn in the economy, we needed to make sure we were reaching to as many markets as possible,” McMichael explained.

Las Vegas isn’t the only gambling town looking to capture LGBT market share. Atlantic City has promoted itself aggressively in paid and social media as an ideal destination for same-sex weddings, honeymoons and bachelor or bachelorette parties.

Sin City stands as second most popular U.S. vacation destination for gay and bisexual men, behind New York City and tied with San Francisco and Chicago, according to a survey by Community Marketing Inc., a research and consulting firm that studies LGBT consumer habits.

Las Vegas ranks third among lesbian and bisexual women, behind New York City and San Francisco and tied with Chicago, according to CMI. The other cities at the top of the list are more established bastions of LGBT pride. Many boast “Gayborhoods,” such as San Francisco’s Castro District, that date back decades.

“Vegas kind of came out of nowhere in the LGBT market” about five to 10 years ago, according to John Tanzella, president and CEO of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association, adding, “They’re creative, they’re cutting edge.”

Many resorts rank high on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, a barometer of which businesses have policies friendly to LGBT employees and a travel guide of sorts among LGBT travellers.

Still, Las Vegas remains a popular destination simply because it’s Las Vegas.

On a recent night, a group of young men wearing matching black and blue T-shirts arrived at Liaison, the city’s newly opened gay nightclub, to celebrate the upcoming wedding of their friends Tom and Matt.

Inside, shirtless male go-go dancers in goggles and scuba bottoms danced atop the club’s booths. Vintage paintings on the wall showed pairs of muscular men in a rowboat together and playing racquetball. A towering drag queen touched up makeup in the ladies room.

Bryan McGonagill, 28, who came from Atlanta to attend the bachelor party, said he was excited to learn an upscale gay club had opened on the Strip. But he said Las Vegas would have been the top choice for the group even without its latest overtures to the LGBT community.

“We would’ve gone regardless,” he said.

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Associated Press writer Wayne Parry in Atlantic City, N.J., contributed to this report.

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Gay Games a revelation for former college football player

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

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Nebraska kicker Eric Lueshen found a community of LGBT athletes in Cleveland, all with a love of sport.

Last week I had the privilege of experiencing my first, and definitely not my last, Gay Games in Cleveland and Akron. Although I wasn’t participating, just being in the presence of so many LGBT athletes from all over the world was inspiring. It made me reflect on a time when I felt like I was alone, the only openly gay athlete at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. I was the lone gay kicker on the football team, fighting for acceptance on and off the field.


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Never in my life had I imagined so many LGBT athletes from a multitude of sports all congregating in the same place for one special event. Here I was no longer alone. Though at times there were some language and cultural differences, our love of sport, good competition and the fact that each of us were members of the LGBT community brought us together. We are a family. 

Not only was I able to share my personal story of struggling to be loved and accepted as an openly gay Husker football player with fellow athletes, I also had the honor of hearing other athletes’ stories. Some of these stories were incredibly uplifting, yet some were heartbreaking.

A former Olympic swimmer shared with me how his team and country supported him as an openly gay athlete and were proud to have him represent their country. A former Division 1 basketball player told me how his coach called him into his office one day and told him he had a choice to make — “You can be gay, or you can choose to play basketball.” He, and I use this term loosely, “chose” to be true to himself and to live openly and honestly as a gay man.

We all know that our sexuality is not a choice. My heart ached for him knowing that he had to turn away from the sport he loved because his own coach was uncomfortable with the fact that he was gay. Luckily this basketball player made friends with other gay men who shared a love for basketball, and now he plays competitively in a league and at the Gay Games.

The past year and a half has been monumental in the LGBT sports movement. With the coming out of high profile athletes such as Jason Collins, Michael Sam, Derrick Gordon, and Ian Thorpe, athletes of all ages have found the courage to come out themselves. No longer do LGBT athletes have to feel alone like I did a decade ago. The times are changing.

As the Cleveland Gay Games are proof, there are thousands of LGBT athletes just like you and me out there in this world. Don’t be afraid to live life on the other side of fear. I encourage all LGBT athletes to join me at the 2018 Gay Games in Paris, where I fully intend on competing. #BeTrue.

Eric Lueshen was a kicker on the Nebraska football team from 2003-2005. He can be reached via email elueshen@gmail.com or followed on Twitter (@Elueshenary).

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Vegas offering all but marriage to LGBT tourists

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas tourism officials want the LGBT community to know that they and their money are more than welcome in Sin City, even if they can’t get married there.

The city’s tourism authority launched its first mainstream TV campaign this spring aimed at the LGBT community. The first gay nightclub inside a Las Vegas Strip casino opened up this summer, and visitors can now choose from two different gay pool parties each weekend.

The efforts have landed the city among the top destinations for gay travelers, who researchers say are more likely to be childless and tend to have more disposable income than the average tourist.

But some fear that Nevada’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage is holding Las Vegas back from reaching its true potential as a wedding destination.

Article source: http://news.yahoo.com/vegas-offering-marriage-lgbt-tourists-063637246.html

LGBT advocacy within companies works

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Activism in the workplace surrounding lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues is often effective at changing a company’s social policies – even before government mandates bring about change, according to a new study by a UConn sociologist.

The study, “Benchmarking Diversity: Social Movement Outcomes in the Workplace,” led by Professor Mary Bernstein, is part of a wider investigation into the impact of social movements in organizations and institutions in regard to changes in corporate policy.

Working with two collaborators, Bernstein reviewed data from hundreds of corporations, law firms, and nonprofit organizations in a variety of areas including domestic partner benefits, , employee recruitment, and philanthropic support. She presented her initial findings this week at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association.

“What we find is that the most important determinant … is whether a business has an LGBT resource group that operates officially within an organization,” Bernstein said. “We also find that benchmarking is important, that companies look at what other companies are doing.

“Diversity has become a best practice,” she adds. “Once major companies become more friendly to LGBT people, others follow suit. They have decided they have an investment in best practice.”

Businesses often enact policy changes regarding LGBT employees before the government, Bernstein said. “It’s very much about recruiting and retaining diverse employees, improving workplace efficiency, and expanding markets.”

The researchers will continue to study the data for other findings. They are interested in how employee resource groups affect a variety of workplace issues. And they are examining state nondiscrimination policies and how they affect companies conducting business with organizations located in other states that may have different .

“Oftentimes, LGBT employee resource groups will meet with each other through national organizations like Out and Equal and they can apply pressure,” Bernstein said. “They can say that if your customers who are other companies have these policies, then you ought to have these policies as well. We find quantitative support for those activities.”


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LGBT artifacts added to National Museum of American History’s collection

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

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DoSavannah celebrates LGBT commitment

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Savannah’s LGBT community is hosting an expo and commitment celebration this weekend you’re invited! Get the details, celebrate 40 years with Oatland Island, learn about the PUP Crawl and get weird at Wyrm-con.

Get ready for the Pup Crawl!

The Humane Society for Greater Savannah has hosted one or two PUP Crawls every year since 2011, and last August’s event raised $3,000. For 2014’s August crawl Aug. 21, HSGS development associate Lauren Grant hopes they can beat that number.

Participating bars include the start/finish location, The Rail Pub, along with Ampersand, Corleone’s, Dub’s Pub, Molly MacPherson’s and Feather Freight (formerly Murphy’s Law).

What: PUP Crawl fundraiser for Humane Society for Greater Savannah
When: 6-9 p.m. Aug. 21
Where: Starts at The Rail Pub, 405 W. Congress St.
Cost: $10 for cup and map
Info: www.humanesocietysav.org

It’s not Halloween, but if you notice a hoard of storm troopers, wizards, hobbits, fairies and scaly creatures descending upon the Starland District on Aug. 23, follow them. You might just end up at one of the coolest, most bizarre parties happening in Savannah this weekend.

Ahead of Atlanta’s sci-fi/pop culture convention Dragon Con, The Wormhole is throwing a costume party called “Wyrm-Con,” where local nerds can enjoy drinks, entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, a retro video game tournament and burlesque show.

What: Wyrm-Con 2014
When: 10 p.m. Aug. 23
Where: The Wormhole, 2307 Bull St.
Cost: $15 general admission, $40 VIP at www.ticketfly.com
Info: www.wormholebar.com

The Lowcounty Coastal Empire’s LGBT community is coming out this weekend!  The inaugural LGBT Wedding EXPO is Sunday, August 24th, followed by a mass commitment ceremony at The Mansion on Forsyth Park.

Cuples can mingle with wedding industry taste makers, event planners, jewelers, real estate agents, lawyers and get catering and floral help too. Then comes the main event! Couples who would legally marry if they could in the state of Georgia unite to collectively exchange vows.

Rev. Dale Worley of Unity of Savannah and the Rev. Steve Schulte of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church will officiate with a reception to follow from 4-6 p.m.

What: GaySavannah.com’s 2014 LGBT Wedding EXPO and Mass Commitment Ceremony
When: Noon-6 p.m. Aug. 24
Where: The Mansion on Forsyth Park
Cost: Free admission
Info: www.gaysavannah.com

Oatland Island Wildlife Center turns 40 this year and you have two chances to celebrate.

The first party is Oatland’s 40th Anniversary Celebration from 6:30-10 p.m. Aug. 30. It costs $35 per person, and only adults are allowed because of the types of drinks served. Besides beer and wine, they’ll offer heavy hors d’oeuvres.

The next celebration is the following day, Aug. 31, and all ages are welcome for the Oatland’s 40th Birthday Party. The family celebration includes birthday cake, of course, and features consistent with a wildlife center: Animal encounters, planetarium presentations and trail walks that include a historical quiz.

It’s from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and costs $3 for adults and $1.75 for children, which is 40 percent off typical admission.

What: Oatland’s 40th Anniversary Celebration
When: 6:30-10 p.m. Aug. 30
Where: Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Road
Cost: $35, adults only
Info: 912-395-1500 or www.oatlandisland.org

What: Oatland’s 40th Birthday Party
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 31
Where: Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Road
Cost: $3 for adults, $1.75 for children younger than 18
Info: 912-395-1500 or www.oatlandisland.org

 

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Smithsonian accepts archival material from Baltimore's LGBT community center

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Old photographs, newspapers and other miscellaneous “gay pride ephemera” from the last half-century of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history in Baltimore will be added on Tuesday to one of the nation’s most esteemed museum collections.

Officials at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will accept the archival materials from the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore (GLCCB), and add them to its growing collection of items documenting LGBT history.

The collection is part of the museum’s “mission to document the full breadth of the American experience,” it said in announcing several new additions it will be accepting — including the original transgender pride flag and show scripts and other correspondence from the creators of the popular and long-running NBC sitcom “Will Grace.”

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“The pursuit of civil rights in America is woven throughout our history,” said John Gray, the museum’s director, in a statement. “It is a tale of struggle and accomplishment as the nation strives to fulfill its ideals. We are grateful to our donors for assisting us to fulfill our mission to help the public understand the past in order to make sense of the present and shape a more humane future.”

Dan McEvily, a spokesman for the GLCCB, said it is “thrilling” to see the organization’s history become part of the storied collection of the Smithsonian.

The museum’s total collection includes more than 3 million objects from across the American experience, including items that explore “the infinite richness and complexity of American history,” it says. Its LGBT collection dates back to the 19th Century, and includes materials from the early gay rights movement as well as from groups that oppose gay rights — including the controversial Westboro Baptist Church.

The museum is located near the Washington Monument on the National Mall, at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue in northwest Washington. Its LGBT collection has been displayed to commemorate various occasions, including anniversaries of the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City against police harassment, which are widely considered to be a jumping-off point for broader gay rights activism in the country.

Kelly Neel, the GLCCB’s acting executive director, was scheduled to sign a deed of gift at a ceremony with other donors on Tuesday. Also in attendance will be Monica Helms, the creater of the transgender pride flag; David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, the creators of “Will Grace.”

Additionally, David Huebner and his spouse Duane McWaine will be in attendance. Huebner is the former U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa and was the first openly gay ambassador in the Obama administration. The couple are donating their diplomatic passports and other items to the museum’s collection.

The GLCCB first began the process of preserving its archives in 2012, as it prepared to move out of its longtime home in Mount Vernon. At the time, its records were in disarray in the attic. An archives committee was formed, and the group began cataloging items, including back issues of what is now its Gay Life newspaper.

The GLCCB eventually brokered a deal to store and begin properly itemizing its archives at the University of Baltimore’s Langsdale Library, with the collection focusing on Baltimore-centric items and history.

The items now going to the Smithsonian are either duplicates of what can be found at UB, or are items that aren’t specifically relevant to Baltimore but are still historically significant within the nation’s broader LGBT scope, McEvily said — such as early advertising and organizational materials from the National Association of LGBT Community Centers.

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Sinn Féin criticises 'no' for LGBT lights

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

The Craigmore viaduct outside Newry, photographed by Evan Connolly from Coleraine.Newry and Mourne District Council voted against lighting Craigmore viaduct in the colours of the rainbow flag

Councillors who refused to light up a County Down viaduct for 2014 Newry Pride festival are “living in the dark ages”, a Sinn Féin councillor has said.

On Monday, Newry and Mourne Council voted against installing a £3,800 lighting system to shine the colours of the rainbow onto the Craigmore viaduct.

SDLP and UKIP members of the council defended the move because of the cost.

Sinn Féin’s Liz Kimmins said the decision came after what she claimed was a “nasty homophobic” debate.

Sinn Féin proposed the estimated £3,800 one-off lighting system be put in place for the 2014 Newry Pride Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) event.

The motion was defeated.

‘Financial constraints’

Speaking on BBC Radio Ulster’s Talkback programme, a UKIP councillor said the motion was a “totally un-budgeted” proposal.

Henry Reilly said the cost to light up the arches for the Pride event was not viable when the council faced “such financial constraints”.

Ms Kimmins hit back at criticisms over the expense – claiming it was an “equality issue”.

“I believe that the councillors are hiding behind a camouflage in this issue around costs,” she said.

“This is an equality issue because we all know the council has made exceptions in the past and last night there was a severe homophobic tone throughout that debate from a number of our councillors.”

Ms Kimmins argued the funding was not a “waste of ratepayers money”.

“The members of the LGBT are also ratepayers and they’re entitled to reap the benefits of the rates as well,” she said.

The Sinn Féin councillor also accused the SDLP of seeming to have “schizophrenic tendencies” when it came to making decisions over LGBT rights.

‘Supportive’

SDLP councillor Michael Carr said the party was neither “schizophrenic” nor “homophobic”.

“The SDLP is fully supportive of Newry Pride and gay rights. Last night’s decision is in no way reflective of our steadfast support for the LGBT community,” he said.

The Newry Rainbow Community said it was appalled at the decision.

In a statement, the organisation said, “Those councillors who voted against the proposal cannot hide behind considerations of cost, as the proposal would have installed the infrastructure that could have been used to mark, and support, a range of events throughout the year, including St Patrick’s Day and the 12th July.

“It is clear that this knee-jerk reaction was triggered by the mention of rainbow colours and support for the LGBT organisation and is therefore deeply rooted in homophobia.

“Newry Mourne District Council now has serious questions hanging over its commitment to the promotion of good relations.”

A spokesperson for Newry and Mourne District Council told the BBC the decision was not homophobic, but was based on budget and cost.

He said the council’s good relations policy at Mourne District Council was underpinned by Section 75 statutory duty to “promote good relations between persons of different religious belief, political opinion or racial group.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-28850105

LGBT groups call Vikings settlement a step forward for equal rights

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

The settlement of a dispute between the Minnesota Vikings and a former player who alleged homophobic actions by the team was seen by local and national gay rights organizations as a positive development for pro sports.

On Tuesday, the Vikings announced that it would donate money to five lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) groups over the next five years to avoid a lawsuit threatened by former punter Chris Kluwe, who accused the team of releasing him May 2013 in response to his outspoken support for same-sex marriage.

In an article published by deadspin.com in January, he also alleged that special teams coordinator Mike Priefer made multiple homophobic remarks during the 2012 season.

In response, the Vikings commissioned a six-month investigation of the allegations. A 29-page summary of the 150-page report released last month concluded that Kluwe was let go because of his performance on the field, but that Priefer did make one discriminatory comment: “We should round up all the gays, send them to an island and then nuke it until it glows.”

Priefer later apologized and was suspended for three games in this year’s season.

Officials for gay rights organizations said Kluwe’s willingness to call out the Vikings on the issue marks progress for gay equality in pro sports culture.

“Chris Kluwe did what many others often don’t have the courage to do when they witness injustice — he challenged it,” Charles Joughin, spokesman with the Human Rights Campaign, said in a statement. “We may never see the complete report or know the full extent of Mike Priefer’s homophobic language. But Chris Kluwe’s steadfast commitment to equality and justice sparked an important dialogue; one that resulted in a positive message being sent to young people across the country.”.”

“No one should ever have to be subjected to discriminatory rhetoric like that, regardless of whether you’re in the board room of the locker room,” Joughin said.

Phil Duran, legal director of OutFront Minnesota, said the resolution of the Kluwe dispute — along with the debut this year of the first openly gay NFL player, Michael Sam of the St. Louis Rams — is an indication of changing attitudes in pro sports, which Duran said is often seen as homophobic.

Duran said pro sports are perceived as being behind other corporate America workplaces in being inclusive to the LGBT community. He hoped that by raising the conversation, Kluwe’s dispute with the Vikings can lead to cultural changes so that “we’ll feel that it’s our team, too.”

Kluwe insisted the settlement benefit LGTB groups, and he received no money.

“I think we’re making a lot of strides. I think we are making a lot of advances but there is still more work to be done,” Kluwe said. “I think there are probably still gay players in the NFL that are afraid to come out because they’re worried it will affect their livelihood, and until that changes, then there’s still work to do.”

Chris Tomasson contributed to this report. Richard Chin can be reached at 651-228-5560. Follow him at twitter.com/RRChin.

Article source: http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_26366445/lgbt-groups-call-vikings-settlement-step-forward-equal?source=rss

Smithsonian Adds LGBT History to Museum Collection

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

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Hundreds of photographs, papers and historical objects documenting the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are being added to the Smithsonian Institution’s collection Tuesday, including items from the popular TV show “Will and Grace.”

Show creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick along with NBC are donating objects to the National Museum of American History. The collection includes original scripts, casting ideas, political memorabilia surrounding the show and the series finale. The network agreed to donate props, including a pill bottle and flask, a sign from “Grace Adler Interior Design” and Will Truman’s framed college diploma.

Kohan told The Associated Press that the Smithsonian’s interest in the show featuring gay principal characters was a validation they never dreamed about when the sitcom began airing in 1998. “Will and Grace” ran through May 2006 depicting four friends both gay and straight, eventually ending with the main characters coupled off with children.

“These particular guests that were invited into people’s living rooms happened to be your gay friends,” Kohan said. “I don’t think people really had the opportunity to have that before, and it served to, I think, make people recognize that your close friends were gay.”

“The fact that it’s in the American history (museum), maybe we were a part of something that was bigger than we ever imagined,” Kohan said.

The donation is part of larger effort to document gay and lesbian history, an area that has not been well understood at the museum. Curators are collecting materials from LGBT political, sports and cultural history objects from Arizona to Maryland.

Some items being donated include the diplomatic passports of Ambassador David Huebner, the first openly gay U.S. ambassador confirmed by the Senate, and his husband; materials from a gay community center in Baltimore; and photography collections from Patsy Lynch and Silvia Ros documenting gay rights activism.

From sports history, the museum will receive a tennis racket from former professional player Renee Richards who won a landmark New York Supreme Court decision for transgender rights after she was denied entry to the U.S. Open in 1975.

“There have always been gender non-conforming people in the U.S., and we’ve made contributions and lived life since the beginning of the country,” said Curator Katherine Ott who focuses on sexuality and gender. “It’s not talked about and analyzed and understood in the critical ways in which it should be. So for us to build the collection means we can more fully document the history of this country.”

“Will and Grace” used comedy to familiarize a mainstream audience with gay culture, said Curator Dwight Blocker Bowers. It was daring and broke ground in the same way “All in the Family” did in the 1970s around issues of bigotry and tolerance, Bowers said.

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Vikings will donate to LGBT groups as part of Chris Kluwe settlement

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

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The team will provide funding to five organizations as part of a resolution with its former punter.

The specifics of the settlement between the Minnesota Vikings and former punter Chris Kluwe remain private, but we now know that it will include a financial donation on the Vikings’ behalf toward gay rights groups.

The Vikings pledged to “provide continued financial support for human rights and anti-hate causes, resulting in a substantial and material benefit in the fight against gender preference discrimination,” the team announced in a statement Tuesday.

The Vikings will provide five undisclosed charities with funding for the next five years, according to Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press.

The team also promised to enhance its employee sensitivity training and build awareness of LGBT issues in pro football.

“I’m pleased that the issue has been resolved,” said Kluwe, who threatened to sue the team after allegedly being released in response to his gay rights activism. “I intend to continue to speak out on behalf of marriage equality, and I am pleased to be a part of the impact the Vikings material charitable contributions will have on LGBT and related causes.”

Kluwe, as he’s wont to do, expounded on Twitter.

A six-month investigation into the matter concluded that special teams coach Mike Priefer made an anti-gay slur in front of Kluwe, resulting in a three-game suspension for the coach.

Kluwe threatened the suit after the Vikings refused to make the details of the investigation public. He tweeted Tuesday that the report will not be released as part of the settlement but that there were no “systemic problems being covered up.”

Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said the Vikings “appreciate Chris Kluwe’s contributions to the Minnesota Vikings as a player and a member of this organization during his eight seasons in which he established many team records as our punter, and we wish him and his family the best in the future.”

“In regards to this matter, our focus remains on maintaining a culture of tolerance, inclusion and respect, and creating the best workplace environment for our players, coaches and staff,” he said.

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Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

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UCR Once Again Included on Campus Pride’s List of Most LGBT-Friendly Universities

Monday, August 18th, 2014

UCR Once Again Included on Campus Pride’s List of Most LGBT-Friendly Universities

Annual ranking includes 50 schools that are leaders in LGBT-inclusive policies, programs and practices

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UC Riverside was recognized as one of the top-50 schools for LGBT students by Campus Pride.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Campus Pride, the leading national organization for LGBT student leaders and campus groups, has included the University of California, Riverside on its annual survey of the nation’s Top-50 LGBT-Friendly Colleges and Universities.

“UCR has worked hard to create policies and resources that make our campus LGBT-inclusive,” says Nancy Tubbs, director of the LGBT Resource Center. “But really it come down to our students, faculty, staff and alumni building community.”

Tammie Tran, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience in 2014, said she noticed visible support from across the campus community.

“There are numerous staff and faculty proudly displaying Ally placards indicating that they have been educated in LGBT issues,” Tran said. “Queer youth need to know that if they are looking for a safe environment to be themselves and to gain a world class education, UCR is the university they have been searching for.”

Tubbs added that this community-building begins before the academic year even starts, during Highlander Orientation.

“Over 4,000 new students attended the Building Our Common Ground activity, and so many Highlanders moved forward to share they have close friends and family who are LGBTQ, or that they, themselves, are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer. UCR celebrates our diversity, including sexuality and gender identity,” Tubbs said.

Senior women’s studies major Lex Soto wasn’t surprised by UCR’s inclusion on the list.

“UC Riverside has been the most welcoming and comfortable place for me to grow as an LGBT identified student,” Soto said. “Since I have been at the University of California, Riverside I feel like I have had the freedom to grow more into my identity and the encouragement to be myself.”

The 2014 list marks the first time that Campus Pride has included 50 schools. UCR has previously appeared on the list when it contained just 25.

“For six years in a row, Campus Pride has seen an increase in the number of campuses coming out as LGBT-friendly and making notable improvements to LGBT academic life, so we decided to honor 50 campuses with our national distinction,” Shane Windmeyer, executive director of Campus Pride, said in a statement. “Today the Campus Pride Index has over 425 campuses featured online and for the first time ever we have 56 campuses who achieved the highest five stars overall rating, the largest number to date.”

To be listed among the top-50, a college had to achieve five stars overall as well as have the highest percentages across the eight LGBT-friendly benchmarks for policy, program and practice, which include:

  • LGBT Policy Inclusion
  • LGBT Support Institutional Commitment
  • LGBT Academic Life
  • LGBT Student Life
  • LGBT Housing
  • LGBT Campus Safety
  • LGBT Counseling Health
  • LGBT Recruitment and Retention Efforts

UC Riverside has long been a leader in LGBT-inclusive policies, programs and practices. These include the LGBIT Studies Minor, Stonewall Hall Gender Inclusive Housing, transgender-inclusive health care, and the Kalyn Smith-Tranquil’son Memorial Fund, which assists students who lose family support because of their involvement in the LGBT community.

The campus annually hosts regular LGBT educational programming, conferences and events. In recent months, these have included an evening with transgender actress Laverne Cox of the acclaimed series Orange is the New Black, a lecture by Aaron Gardner of the Riverside County Department of Public Health on “LGBT Health and Wellness Profile: A Review of the Health of LGBT Residents Living in Riverside,” and the well-attended Tabla and BlaqOUT conferences.

“UCR students are getting exposed to all the sides of the LGBTIQ spectrum and I feel this contributes to students being more accepting of UCR LGBTIQ students,” explained Jorge Delos Santos, a senior women’s studies and anthropology major who co-hosted a workshop on issues facing undocumented queer students. “UCR has become a safe place where any student who identifies as LGBTIQ can talk about issues that affect them and know they have the support of UCR faculty and staff.”

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Poll: LGBT Americans Less Likely to Be Religious

Monday, August 18th, 2014

While 41% of non-LGBT Americans identify as highly religious, only 24% of LGBT Americans feel the same

Article source: http://time.com/3101372/lgbt-religion/

40 Under 40: Gregory Varnum's LGBT Encyclopedia Picks Up Where Wikipedia Ends

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Gregory Varnum, 31
Detroit
@GregVarnum

By day, Gregory Varnum is the director of external relations for Equality Michigan, a statewide LGBT rights organization. In the past, he’s served in dozens of different capacities in the movement, including executive director of the National Youth Advocacy Coalition, board member for the Harvey Milk Foundation, and public policy adviser for the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan. But that is to be expected from a guy who founded his own company — Varnum Enterprises, a Web design and network consulting firm — at age 12.

That would be laudable enough, but Varnum found another corner of the LGBT rights universe where he could have an impact. WikiQueer, which Varnum founded two years ago, came about when he realized Wikipedia’s entries dedicated to LGBT history were just not cutting it.

WikiQueer started because he said he kept noticing “the need for a truly comprehensive wiki by and for the LGBT communities, free of any community politics.” Between big partnerships with groups like GLAAD and the recruitment of hundreds of authors and editors from around the globe, WikiQueer stands to have a global impact like few other sources of information. Unlike wikis with a mainstream audience, WikiQueer can go broad and deep on a ton of topics ranging from asexuality to Zoroastrianism, all while logging the history of LGBT people, a task full of controversy and politics in itself. While there are some projects that overlap with Wikipedia’s nonprofit organization, Wikimedia — like the LGBT Free Media Collaborative — or other projects that operate independently, like Queergle (a gay Google, if you will), WikiQueer stands alone.

Just don’t expect the humble activist to take much credit for any of it — as with any a wiki, Varnum says the work that goes into WikiQueer involves a democratic community effort. Earlier this summer, Varnum began working on installing features that will make it easier for anyone unfamiliar with wiki code to create articles, and he’s looking for some developers to work with on continuing to find better ways to aggregate data from places like Wikipedia and the Movement Advancement Project’s Equality Maps.

But even with all of this coding and research, Varnum enjoys his side projects.

“As geeky as it sounds, working on the wikis relaxes me,” he says. “It is nice to be able to check off some quick tasks on such visible platforms that anyone else on the Internet can help contribute to as well.”

Article source: http://www.advocate.com/40-under-40-emerging-voices/2014/08/18/40-under-40-gregory-varnums-lgbt-encyclopedia-picks-where

400,000-Membered American Bar Association Backs LGBT Rights in US, Globally

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

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Attorneys David Bois (L) and Ted Olson (R), who argued against the California law Proposition 8, arrive to speak to the media after arguing their case before the Supreme Court in Washington March 26, 2013. U.S. Supreme Court justices signaled on Tuesday that they are reluctant to embrace a broad ruling finding a fundamental right to marriage for gays and lesbians across the United States.

The American Bar Association, which has more than 400,000 members, has adopted a new resolution calling for an end to “discrimination” against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the Unites States and around the world.

LGBT people have “a human right to be free from discrimination, threats and violence based on their LGBT status,” states the resolution passed at the ABA annual meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, this week, and goes on to condemn “all laws, regulations and rules or practices that discriminate on the basis that an individual is a LGBT person.”

The resolution, passed by the ABA’s 560-member House of Delegates and posted on the association’s website, urges the U.S. Government, “through bilateral and multilateral channels, to work to end discrimination against LGBT people and to ensure that the rights of LGBT people receive equal protection under the law.”

The national attorneys’ organization calls on the governments of countries around the world to repeal “discriminatory laws, regulations and practices.”

It also urges other bar associations and attorneys in places where “discriminatory laws or incidents of targeting of LGBT people” exist to work to defend “victims of anti-LGBT discrimination or conduct.”

In 2011, the association’s House of Delegates adopted a resolution urging “federal, state, tribal, territorial, and local officials to prevent and remediate the existence and dangers of bullying, including cyberbullying and youth-to-youth sexual and physical harassment.”

The 2011 resolution also called on the officials to adopt “institutional protections particularly for those children at risk of these acts resulting from actual or perceived characteristics such as race, religion, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.”

There are at least 13 LGBT groups and projects at the ABA, according to the association’s website. This includes the National LGBT Bar Association, formerly known as the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association and which is an affiliate of the ABA with a delegate to the House of Delegates.

Even federal judges in many states have struck down state amendments and laws banning same-sex marriage as unconstitutional since the U.S. Supreme Court last June repealed a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA.

Same-sex marriage is currently recognized in 19 states – California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington – and the District of Columbia.

Article source: http://www.christianpost.com/news/400000-membered-american-bar-association-backs-lgbt-rights-in-us-globally-124933/

Facebook Defends $10,000 Donation to Anti-LGBT Politician

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Disclosures filed with the Utah Lieutenant Governor’s office have revealed Facebook, Inc. donated $10,000 to the reelection campaign of Republican Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, an anti-LGBT politician who has fought fiercely against the legalization of same-sex marriage.

The news, which was first reported by local Utah LGBT magazine QSaltLake, quickly began circulating through the internet and when the Huffington Post questioned Facebook about its support of a politician actively working against the rights of LGBT people, a spokesperson for the social media juggernaut responded with an email defending the donation.  

“Facebook has a strong record on LGBT issues and that will not change, but we make decisions about which candidates to support based on the entire portfolio of issues important to our business, not just one,” the spokesperson wrote. “A contribution to a candidate does not mean that we agree with every policy or position that candidate takes. We made this donation for the same reason we’ve donated to Attorneys General on the opposite side of this issue – because they are committed to fostering innovation and an open Internet.”

This isn’t the first time Facebook has supported controversial candidates. According to Newsweek, the company created its own Political Action Committee in 2011 and 41 percent of the contributions from that PAC have gone to politicians who have voted against LGBT rights.

In response to Facebook’s contribution to Reyes, QSaltLake assistant editor Robert Henline has launched a Change.org petition, requesting the social network make “an equal or greater contribution” to the anti-gay politician’s opponent for the office of Utah Attorney General, Charles Stormont, who supports equality for LGBT people.

“I’m an activist within the community, and Sean Reyes has drawn my distaste for his comments about the LGBT community,” Henline told Huffington Post. “So I wanted to see who was funding his campaign, and when I looked through the disclosures, I discovered that Facebook was his second-largest contributor. Being a Facebook user, I have always assumed that it was pro-equality and pro-diversity, so it shocked me.”

At the time of this writing, the petition has received over 2,800 signatures.

Article source: http://www.advocate.com/politics/2014/08/17/facebook-defends-10000-donation-anti-lgbt-politician

Back to School: Campus Pride Releases 2014 List of "Top 50 LGBT Friendly Colleges and Universities"

Sunday, August 17th, 2014
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“More than ever colleges today want to be viewed as LGBT-friendly and a welcoming place for all students. LGBT students and their safety impacts the recruitment efforts of the entire campus,” said Windmeyer.

(PRWEB) August 17, 2014

Campus Pride announced today the annual Campus Pride 2014 Top 50 LGBT-Friendly Colleges Universities. The listing highlights the positive efforts to improve safety and academic life for LGBT students as well as the top institutions leading the way.

“More than ever colleges today want to be viewed as LGBT-friendly and a welcoming place for all students. LGBT students and their safety impacts the recruitment efforts of the entire campus,” said Windmeyer. “Upper-level administrators are now understanding how LGBT-friendliness is key to future institutional success. This Top 50 list is proof.”

This is the first year Campus Pride has released a list of the fifty “Best of the Best.” In years past, Campus Pride has only featured a “Top 25 List.” The listing is based on the final responses to the Campus Pride Index, a national benchmarking tool which self-assesses LGBT-friendly policies, programs and practices. The tool is free of charge and can be found online at http://www.CampusPrideIndex.org.

“For six years in a row, Campus Pride has seen an increase in the number of campuses coming out as LGBT-friendly and making notable improvements to LGBT academic life, so we decided to honor 50 campuses with our national distinction,” said Shane Windmeyer, Executive Director of Campus Pride and the creator of the Campus Pride Index. “Today the Campus Pride Index has over 425 campuses featured online and for the first time ever we have 56 campuses who achieved the highest 5 stars overall rating, the largest number to date.”

Unlike the Princeton Review LGBT rankings, the Campus Pride Index is based in research on policy, program and practice and is conducted “for and by” LGBT experts in the field of higher education. Annually campuses update and use the Campus Pride benchmarking tool to improve LGBT life on campus. For the third year in a row, over 80% of participating colleges improved their ratings from the previous year. In addition, the number of campuses located in the South increased this year, as did the number of religiously-affiliated campuses and Minority Serving Institutions.

According to Windmeyer, “there is a lot to be learned” from the Top 50 campuses on this listing. Many of these campuses are specifically addressing recruitment and academic retention efforts for LGBT students as well as concerns for transgender student safety. The Top 50 also geographically mirrors more progressive areas of the country where there has been a history of LGBT support and advocacy.

“While this Top 50 list demonstrates the positive progress to support LGBT students within higher education, we must also commit ourselves to the campuses not on the list — in rural areas, Southern states and other types of campuses like two year colleges, Historically Black Colleges Universities and religious-affiliated campuses – where pioneering LGBT work to create a safe learning environment is still a real struggle,” Windmeyer said.

According to Campus Pride, a college had to achieve 5 stars overall in order to be in the Top 50 this year as well as have the highest percentages across the eight LGBT-friendly benchmarks for policy, program and practice. The listing this year includes colleges with student populations from 1600 to over 50,000, public and private schools alike. Each college listed on the Top 50 has a profile page with more details about the campus ratings online. The Top 50 list is in alphabetical order, as follows:

Amherst College

Augsburg College

Brown University

Central Washington University

Connecticut College

Cornell University

Dartmouth College

Emory University

Harvard University

Indiana University

Ithaca College

Macalester College

Northern Arizona University

Oberlin College

Oregon State University

Pomona College

Portland State University

Princeton University

Rutgers University

San Diego State University

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Southern Oregon University

Stanford University

Syracuse University

The Ohio State University

The Pennsylvania State University

Tulane University

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, Riverside

University of California, Santa Barbara

University of California, Santa Cruz

University of Central Florida

University of Chicago

University of Illinois at Chicago

University of Maryland, College Park

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

University of Michigan

University of Minnesota – Duluth

University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

University of Oregon

University of Pennsylvania

University of Rhode Island

University of Southern California

University of Vermont

University of Washington

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Warren Wilson College

Washington State University

Washington University in St. Louis

Campus Pride is the leading national educational organization for LGBTQ and ally college students and campus groups building future leaders and safer, more LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities. The organization provides resources and services to thousands of college students and nearly 1400 campuses annually. Learn more online at CampusPride.org.

Media Contact: Rebby Kern,

Media Communications Manager, Campus Pride

704-277-6710 ext 6 or rebby(at)campuspride(dot)org

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LGBT art work on display for Cedar Valley Pridefest

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

WATERLOO | Cedar Valley Pridefest is giving more LGBT artists an audience this year.

Pridefest planners added an art show to this year’s celebration. The artwork is on display at the Plaid Peacock, 316 W. Third St., in downtown Waterloo. More than 50 pieces are on display there through Aug. 22. After that, the art will be moved to a display at the annual Cedar Valley Pridefest celebration Aug. 23.

The show helps expand the daylong event, said Chris Schwartz, Cedar Valley Pridefest board member.

“It’s an all-inclusive celebration of the talents of the LGBT community,” Schwartz said.

The number of submissions impressed organizers.

“I was confident we’d have enough for a show, but I didn’t think we’d have this much,” Schwartz said.

The art includes a variety of talents and media. The works include oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings, sketches, photography, sculptures and ceramic pieces of art. Artists featured in the show range in age from as young as 7 years old to retirement age.

Having the show at the Plaid Peacock gives the artists more exposure and creates some publicity for this year’s event, Schwartz said. Plaid Peacock was an early supporter of Pridefest when it was established, he added.

Jessica Struck-Young, co-owner of Plaid Peacock, said she is happy to host the show.

“We really believe in what Pridefest brings into the Cedar Valley,” she said.

The celebration will be held on the 300-block of West Fourth Street in downtown Waterloo from noon until midnight Aug. 23. The art work will be on display in a tent in the parking lot on the west side of Fourth Street.

An education series and a series of films are also being added to this year’s Pridefest.

The films will be shown on Thursdays from Aug. 21 through Sept. 4 in the Law Court Theater at the Waterloo Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. “The New Black” will be shown Aug. 21; “Raid of the Rainbow Lounge” on Aug. 28 and “Broken Heart Land” is scheduled for Sept. 4.

Tickets are $9 at the gate for adults, children 12 and under will be admitted for free.

More information can be found at cedarvalleypride.com.

Article source: http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/6f2e02a6-61d9-50a8-a855-86ad328711f0.html

Looking Out: With Robin Williams’ death, an LGBT icon falls to a familiar threat

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

His eccentricity, boundary-pushing bravado and brilliant knack for flamboyance could have all made it so on their own, but it was perhaps Robin Williams’ way of taking up queer characters with just the right balance of warmth and pitch-perfect irreverence that made us love him most.

Yes, Williams — gay cabaret owner in “The Birdcage” and the one-and-only dad-in-drag “Mrs. Doubtfire,” among other favorites – was an icon for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community just as much as he was a cherished persona for anyone in the world who loves comedy and could tell a genius of the form when they saw one.

Williams’ death by suicide this week was no doubt more cutting for many in the LGBT community because of the support he’d shown for them and theirs, decades before many of their own family and friends would do the same. But it should also strike a chord for the intense relevance that the newly-revived national conversation around depression and suicide has for so many LGBT youth.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, LGBT kids are “at increased risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors, suicide attempts, and suicide.”

In an overview of the issue on its website, the CDC references one study that showed lesbian, gay and bisexual students in 7th through 12th grades were more than twice as likely to have attempted suicide as their heterosexual peers. More than twice.

It also cites a second study of 7th- and 8th-graders that found students “who were questioning their sexual orientation reported more bullying, homophobic victimization, unexcused absences from school, drug use, feelings of depression, and suicidal behaviors than either heterosexual or LGB students.”

Just this week, a coalition of youth advocates spoke out about the need for more support for LGBT kids in the state’s education, foster care and juvenile justice systems. And one mental health expert, in reaction to Williams’ death, mentioned a lack of child psychiatrists and wrap-around services for those suffering mental health issues in the community as major barriers to preventing tragic outcomes like suicide.

When Gov. Martin O’Malley formed a state commission in 2009 to address suicide in the state, vulnerable populations — including members of the LGBT community — were explicitly targeted for intervention efforts, and that work continues. Still, there is much to be done.

Perhaps something to focus on should be one more finding from the studies cited by the CDC: Lesbian, gay and bisexual students who did not experience homophobic bullying reported the lowest levels of depression and suicidal feelings of all student groups. In other words, it’s not their identity that is giving them hell, but others who disapprove.

 

 

Article source: http://www.baltimoresun.com/features/bs-gm-looking-out-with-robin-williams-death-a-lgbt-icon-falls-to-a-familiar-threat-20140814,0,5198119.story?track=rss

Four Questions Reveal Horrifying Situation for LGBTs in Kenyan Refugee Camps

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

With a budget of hundreds of dollars when thousands are needed, Victor Mukasa, executive director of the Kuchu Diaspora Alliance (KDA), is operating a cross-border operation to house and protect Ugandan LGBT refugees in Kenya, where a current effort to promote a stone-the-gays bill is underway.

Mukasa, who now lives in Baltimore, is one of the world’s most visible transgender Africans and one of Uganda’s most well-known LGBT activists. In his new home, he feels safe from the threat of murder which befell his fellow cofounder of Sexual Minorities Uganda, the late SMUG Executive Director David Kato. Kato was killed following the publication of a list of Uganda’s “100 Top Homos” by a now defunct tabloid newspaper in Kampala, the Ugandan capital.

Mukasa  works from American shores to help lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender people (sometimes self-identified with the Swahili-originated Ugandan term, “Kuchu”) in east Africa in the face of terrifying situations for LGBTs in Kenyan refugee camps. He described a particularly disturbing incident during a recent QA with The Advocate.

The Advocate: How does the decision by the Ugandan Constitutional Court overturning the Anti-Homosexuality Act impact Ugandan LGBT refugees in Kenya and elsewhere — will they rush to go back to Uganda?
Victor MukasaThe decision by the Constitutional Court was based on a technicality and not the key issues of human rights within the petition. It was a win indeed, but that has not changed our people’s attitudes towards LGBT Ugandans. Uganda remains unsafe for LGBT individuals. You are aware that the ruling is undergoing plans for petitioning before the Supreme Court of Uganda. There has been a lot of negative reactions to the ruling; threats by politicians and religious leaders, and hostility from the public toward LGBT persons. Besides this, we still have sodomy laws on our law books under the penal code. These laws target the act. They have caused a lot of suffering to LGBT Ugandans even before the Anti-Homosexuality Act was passed.

What are their conditions like in refugee camps?
The Kuchu Diaspora Alliance-USA (KDA-USA) is aware of the presence of Ugandan LGBT refugees in camps in different parts of the world. However, we have focused on the situation of those in Kenya. There are two types of LGBT refugees in in Kenya: those in the Kakuma Camp, northwestern Kenya and the urban refugees living in Nairobi and neighboring cities.

The conditions for both types are horrible. In Kakuma Camp, they have lately been under attack because of their perceived sexual orientation by fellow refugees, mostly, Sudanese and Somalians. The refugees report that there is no protection from the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR); and the police have been reported to threaten the victims with application of Kenyan law, which prohibits homosexuality. One such attack took place on June 27, 2014.

A Ugandan LGBT refugee was stoned by Sudanese refugees who claimed that homosexuals do not deserve to live among human beings. The attackers went ahead and raided the area where the LGBT refugees camped and attacked them too. Efforts to get protection from the UNHCR were in vain. The police in Kakuma are reported to have harassed the victims even further. The LGBT refugees, for fear of being killed by their attackers, left the camp and spent the night at the UNCHR offices only to be ordered to return to the camp the following day without any protection. These kinds of attacks happen every now and then.

Some LGBT refugees who have spent a long time in the camp had got jobs such as teaching in the camp schools. Once it was learnt that they are gay, they were dismissed from their jobs. So they cannot work in the camp and yet have needs that they cannot afford to get. Such needs include medication, food, clothes, transport to the UNHCR offices to process their documents, hygiene essentials, among others.

For the urban refugees, mainly in the capital, Nairobi, housing, medication and food are the major problems. A lot of gay men have resorted to commercial sex work in order to survive. Recently, the KDA-USA launched an online crowdfunding initiative on GoFundMe.com. Our hope was to raise $10,000 in the shortest time possible. The donations are very few and at the end of July, we were able to send $850 to the urban refugees for 17 small rooms that accommodate 35 LGBT refugees. Many have fled Kakuma Camp because of the unbearable conditions there and as a result, the numbers of homeless LGBT refugees are rising in Nairobi. We hear of different initiatives supporting them financially but the refugees themselves do not know where those funds go. They need help and that is why the KDA-USA has stood in the gap.

 

Article source: http://www.advocate.com/world/2014/08/16/four-questions-reveal-horrifying-situation-lgbts-kenyan-refugee-camps

LGBT rights: Will we go round in circles?

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Kirsten Han is a Singaporean blogger, journalist and filmmaker. She is also involved in the We Believe in Second Chances campaign for the abolishment of the death penalty. A social media junkie, she tweets at @kixes. The views expressed are her own.

“The purpose of the proposed event you have stated in your application is related to LGBT advocacy, which remains a socially divisive issue. We regret to inform you that your application is rejected in the interest of public order. You may wish to consider conducting your event at the Speakers’ Corner instead.”

“One People, One Nation, One Singapore,” said this year’s National Day Parade (and many of the parades in previous years, too).

Except, it appears, if you’re gay. Then your very presence – especially if this presence occurs in close proximity to that of other gay people – is “socially divisive”. In such a situation you are no longer part of the people or the nation.

In such a situation you are a “public order” concern and should probably take your “homosexual lifestyle” to Speakers’ Corner, where an invisible force-field will effectively neutralise a situation that would cause public order issues anywhere else on the island.

This is my takeaway from the Singapore Police Force’s decision to deny a permit to the Pink Run, jog-a-thon that is just one of many IndigNation events this year. (IndigNation is an annual month-long LGBT festival that involves talks, discussions and screenings around the theme of LGBT rights and advocacy in Singapore.) Organisers have since had to cancel the event, which would have taken place on Saturday.

The “socially divisive” aspect of the LGBT rights movement comes from the pushback from conservative segments of Singaporean society, who seem to be particularly vocal this year. I assume that the public order concern stems from the worry that conservatives will show up at the Pink Run to protest the event, which may then lead to confrontations.

Instead of warning potential protesters about provoking trouble, the police force has chosen to penalise the many LGBT people and their allies who have no intention of causing violence or chaos, and who simply want to participate in a peaceful – even healthy – event. This decision grants the conservative groups an indirect win; they don’t even need to actually show up in protest for the state to bend to their will. Just the suspicion of their disapproval is enough for the state to clamp down on the visibility and rights of the LGBT community.

The alternative the police had presented to organisers of the Pink Run is so pathetic as to be laughable (incidentally, it also highlights the problem of the state trying to box every civil society activity into a small, easily-forgettable corner of the country). Hong Lim Park is only 0.94 hectares (0.0094 square kilometres) in size. Does the police honestly expect joggers to just run round and round the park for the duration of the event?

 

Article source: http://sg.news.yahoo.com/blogs/singaporescene/lgbt-rights-round-circles-030610888.html

2014 List Of Top LGBT Schools Includes More Southern And Religious Campuses

Friday, August 15th, 2014

The best-ranked 50 colleges in the United States for LGBT students were named by Campus Pride Friday, doubling the size of previous years’ list to highlight, as the organization says, the “best of the best.”

While the colleges in this year’s listing of top campuses are slightly concentrated in progressive regions in the country, the organization touts that there are more southern schools in the overall list, as well as more religiously-affiliated campuses and campuses minority-serving institutions.

Shane Windmeyer, the executive director of Campus Pride, said more colleges than ever have been expanding and improving efforts to recruit and keep LGBTQ students, which was why the organization increased the size of this year’s list.

The list is a result of a nation-wide survey of colleges, and universities conducted for and by LGBT experts in the field of higher education. About 80 percent of the 425 colleges that participate in the survey showed some form of improvement over last year’s scores.

More information about each college can be found at CampusPride.org.

Amherst College
Augsburg College
Brown University
Central Washington University
Connecticut College
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Emory University
Harvard University
Indiana University
Ithaca College
Macalester College
Northern Arizona University
Oberlin College
Oregon State University
Pomona College
Portland State University
Princeton University
Rutgers University
San Diego State University
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Southern Oregon University
Stanford University
Syracuse University
The Ohio State University
The Pennsylvania State University
Tulane University
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Riverside
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Central Florida
University of Chicago
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota – Duluth
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
University of Oregon
University of Pennsylvania
University of Rhode Island
University of Southern California
University of Vermont
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
War?r?en Wilson College
Washington State University
Washington University in St. Louis

Article source: http://www.advocate.com/education/2014/08/15/2014-list-top-lgbt-schools-includes-more-southern-and-religious-campuses

LGBT community reacts to ASU player coming out

Friday, August 15th, 2014

PHOENIX – 22-year old Raja Interpreter is openly gay and now works as a volunteer mentor for the Valley LGBTQ youth organization One-n-Ten.

He can be seen on the softball field on a regular basis nowadays, but growing up with what he described as being called feminine by his classmates, prevented him from taking part in sports.

“Kids can be hurtful and say really mean things,” said Interpreter. “And it really got to the point where my confidence level…I couldn’t go out there and do it.”

It’s why ASU football player Chip Sarafin’s announcement he’s gay matters even more to him.

RELATED: Arizona State offensive lineman Chip Sarafin tells magazine he’s gay

A guy in his age group, growing up in a time of less acceptance towards the LGBT community, now feeling comfortable in his own skin.

“Now we have someone coming out and saying ‘Hey, I’m gay and I’m doing it,’” said Interpreter.

Justin Owen with Phoenix Pride, one of the largest LGBTQ organizations in the Valley, agrees.

“It’s really showing the community as a whole and especially our youth up and coming, that it’s ok to be who you are no matter what stereotype you might fall in,” said Owen.

Interpreter hopes Sarafin’s announcement will encourage LGBT youth to play the sport of their choice. He’s doing it as a young adult, and he’s more confident than ever in her skills.

“My coach likes to say, I have a good, strong, bat swing,” said Interpreter.

Article source: http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/central-phoenix/valley-lgbt-community-reacts-to-asus-chip-sarafins-coming-out

Out on the Street Congratulates Trevor Burgess, First Openly Gay CEO of a Publicly Listed Bank

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Out on the Street, an initiative of Out Leadership, which is dedicated to cultivating LGBT and ally senior leaders to create global business opportunity, congratulates C1 Bank CEO Trevor Burgess on becoming the first openly gay CEO of a publicly listed bank on the New York Stock Exchange (BNK). C1 Bank, Tampa Bay’s leading community bank successfully completed its IPO on August 13, 2014.

“Trevor has long served as a visibly out and pioneering role model for both the financial services industry and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community,” stated Todd Sears, Out Leadership’s Founder. “As a leader who has remained true to himself throughout his career, and as the financial services industry’s first openly gay CEO, we admire Trevor’s personal courage and commend his authentic leadership.”

“The Wall Street CEOs below join me in congratulating Trevor on this historic milestone. We hope the path he is forging will continue to inspire other LGBT leaders across corporate America to become even more visible. We wish him, his husband Gary and their daughter Logan, and his entire leadership team the very best as they embark on an exciting new chapter.”

Jacques Brand, CEO North America, Deutsche Bank

“As a long time supporter of the LGBT community, Deutsche Bank is proud to offer our congratulations to Trevor Burgess for his courage and authenticity. We know that the ability to be oneself at work is fundamentally important to individual and organizational success.”

Irene Dorner, President and Chief Executive Officer, HSBC USA

“Leaders who feel comfortable being open about their sexual orientation are more productive and engaged, which directly impacts the success of their organizations. As a strong supporter of diversity, HSBC offers sincere congratulations to Trevor on leading the way with this IPO, and our best wishes for continued success.”

Lord John Browne, Advisory Board Member, Out Leadership, former CEO, BP, and author of “The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out is Good Business”

“Role models like Trevor prove that being open and authentic is no barrier to success. I hope that his story encourages those in the closet to let go of the fears which hold them back, and that he serves as an example for LGBT people in business to follow.”

Dan O’Connell, CEO, Vestar Capital

“Authentic leadership takes courage, self-awareness and the ability to forge ones own path. Trevor’s willingness to lead openly and authentically is a great example for other leaders to follow, and I wish him continued success.”

About Out Leadership

Out Leadership develops innovative and forward-thinking initiatives to leverage LGBT opportunities across a range of industries. Designed to engage senior leaders, our global initiatives seek to impact business results, increase visibility, develop talent and drive equality forward. These initiatives operate within three industry-specific verticals: Out on the Street, Out in Law, and Out in Insurance. Each vertical hosts cutting-edge programming for its industry and offers unique opportunities for cross-industry collaboration across Out Leadership broadly and through our emerging leader platform, OutNEXT.

Member Firms

To see a listing of Out Leadership’s member firms, please visit:
http://outleadership.org/about-us/membership/

For more information, please visit http://outleadership.org.

Contact:

Out Leadership
Ryan Roemerman
C: 917.336.0604 ext. 705
ryan.roemerman@outleadership.org

Article source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/street-congratulates-trevor-burgess-first-183800304.html

Out on the Street Congratulates Trevor Burgess, First Openly Gay CEO of a Publicly Listed Bank

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Out on the Street, an initiative of Out Leadership, which is dedicated to cultivating LGBT and ally senior leaders to create global business opportunity, congratulates C1 Bank CEO Trevor Burgess on becoming the first openly gay CEO of a publicly listed bank on the New York Stock Exchange (BNK). C1 Bank, Tampa Bay’s leading community bank successfully completed its IPO on August 13, 2014.

“Trevor has long served as a visibly out and pioneering role model for both the financial services industry and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community,” stated Todd Sears, Out Leadership’s Founder. “As a leader who has remained true to himself throughout his career, and as the financial services industry’s first openly gay CEO, we admire Trevor’s personal courage and commend his authentic leadership.”

“The Wall Street CEOs below join me in congratulating Trevor on this historic milestone. We hope the path he is forging will continue to inspire other LGBT leaders across corporate America to become even more visible. We wish him, his husband Gary and their daughter Logan, and his entire leadership team the very best as they embark on an exciting new chapter.”

Jacques Brand, CEO North America, Deutsche Bank

“As a long time supporter of the LGBT community, Deutsche Bank is proud to offer our congratulations to Trevor Burgess for his courage and authenticity. We know that the ability to be oneself at work is fundamentally important to individual and organizational success.”

Irene Dorner, President and Chief Executive Officer, HSBC USA

“Leaders who feel comfortable being open about their sexual orientation are more productive and engaged, which directly impacts the success of their organizations. As a strong supporter of diversity, HSBC offers sincere congratulations to Trevor on leading the way with this IPO, and our best wishes for continued success.”

Lord John Browne, Advisory Board Member, Out Leadership, former CEO, BP, and author of “The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out is Good Business”

“Role models like Trevor prove that being open and authentic is no barrier to success. I hope that his story encourages those in the closet to let go of the fears which hold them back, and that he serves as an example for LGBT people in business to follow.”

Dan O’Connell, CEO, Vestar Capital

“Authentic leadership takes courage, self-awareness and the ability to forge ones own path. Trevor’s willingness to lead openly and authentically is a great example for other leaders to follow, and I wish him continued success.”

About Out Leadership

Out Leadership develops innovative and forward-thinking initiatives to leverage LGBT opportunities across a range of industries. Designed to engage senior leaders, our global initiatives seek to impact business results, increase visibility, develop talent and drive equality forward. These initiatives operate within three industry-specific verticals: Out on the Street, Out in Law, and Out in Insurance. Each vertical hosts cutting-edge programming for its industry and offers unique opportunities for cross-industry collaboration across Out Leadership broadly and through our emerging leader platform, OutNEXT.

Member Firms

To see a listing of Out Leadership’s member firms, please visit:
http://outleadership.org/about-us/membership/

For more information, please visit http://outleadership.org.

Contact:

Out Leadership
Ryan Roemerman
C: 917.336.0604 ext. 705
ryan.roemerman@outleadership.org

Article source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/street-congratulates-trevor-burgess-first-183800304.html

Out on the Street Congratulates Trevor Burgess, First Openly Gay CEO of a Publicly Listed Bank

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Out on the Street, an initiative of Out Leadership, which is dedicated to cultivating LGBT and ally senior leaders to create global business opportunity, congratulates C1 Bank CEO Trevor Burgess on becoming the first openly gay CEO of a publicly listed bank on the New York Stock Exchange (BNK). C1 Bank, Tampa Bay’s leading community bank successfully completed its IPO on August 13, 2014.

“Trevor has long served as a visibly out and pioneering role model for both the financial services industry and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community,” stated Todd Sears, Out Leadership’s Founder. “As a leader who has remained true to himself throughout his career, and as the financial services industry’s first openly gay CEO, we admire Trevor’s personal courage and commend his authentic leadership.”

“The Wall Street CEOs below join me in congratulating Trevor on this historic milestone. We hope the path he is forging will continue to inspire other LGBT leaders across corporate America to become even more visible. We wish him, his husband Gary and their daughter Logan, and his entire leadership team the very best as they embark on an exciting new chapter.”

Jacques Brand, CEO North America, Deutsche Bank

“As a long time supporter of the LGBT community, Deutsche Bank is proud to offer our congratulations to Trevor Burgess for his courage and authenticity. We know that the ability to be oneself at work is fundamentally important to individual and organizational success.”

Irene Dorner, President and Chief Executive Officer, HSBC USA

“Leaders who feel comfortable being open about their sexual orientation are more productive and engaged, which directly impacts the success of their organizations. As a strong supporter of diversity, HSBC offers sincere congratulations to Trevor on leading the way with this IPO, and our best wishes for continued success.”

Lord John Browne, Advisory Board Member, Out Leadership, former CEO, BP, and author of “The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out is Good Business”

“Role models like Trevor prove that being open and authentic is no barrier to success. I hope that his story encourages those in the closet to let go of the fears which hold them back, and that he serves as an example for LGBT people in business to follow.”

Dan O’Connell, CEO, Vestar Capital

“Authentic leadership takes courage, self-awareness and the ability to forge ones own path. Trevor’s willingness to lead openly and authentically is a great example for other leaders to follow, and I wish him continued success.”

About Out Leadership

Out Leadership develops innovative and forward-thinking initiatives to leverage LGBT opportunities across a range of industries. Designed to engage senior leaders, our global initiatives seek to impact business results, increase visibility, develop talent and drive equality forward. These initiatives operate within three industry-specific verticals: Out on the Street, Out in Law, and Out in Insurance. Each vertical hosts cutting-edge programming for its industry and offers unique opportunities for cross-industry collaboration across Out Leadership broadly and through our emerging leader platform, OutNEXT.

Member Firms

To see a listing of Out Leadership’s member firms, please visit:
http://outleadership.org/about-us/membership/

For more information, please visit http://outleadership.org.

Contact:

Out Leadership
Ryan Roemerman
C: 917.336.0604 ext. 705
ryan.roemerman@outleadership.org

Article source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/street-congratulates-trevor-burgess-first-183800304.html

Out on the Street Congratulates Trevor Burgess, First Openly Gay CEO of a Publicly Listed Bank

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Out on the Street, an initiative of Out Leadership, which is dedicated to cultivating LGBT and ally senior leaders to create global business opportunity, congratulates C1 Bank CEO Trevor Burgess on becoming the first openly gay CEO of a publicly listed bank on the New York Stock Exchange (BNK). C1 Bank, Tampa Bay’s leading community bank successfully completed its IPO on August 13, 2014.

“Trevor has long served as a visibly out and pioneering role model for both the financial services industry and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community,” stated Todd Sears, Out Leadership’s Founder. “As a leader who has remained true to himself throughout his career, and as the financial services industry’s first openly gay CEO, we admire Trevor’s personal courage and commend his authentic leadership.”

“The Wall Street CEOs below join me in congratulating Trevor on this historic milestone. We hope the path he is forging will continue to inspire other LGBT leaders across corporate America to become even more visible. We wish him, his husband Gary and their daughter Logan, and his entire leadership team the very best as they embark on an exciting new chapter.”

Jacques Brand, CEO North America, Deutsche Bank

“As a long time supporter of the LGBT community, Deutsche Bank is proud to offer our congratulations to Trevor Burgess for his courage and authenticity. We know that the ability to be oneself at work is fundamentally important to individual and organizational success.”

Irene Dorner, President and Chief Executive Officer, HSBC USA

“Leaders who feel comfortable being open about their sexual orientation are more productive and engaged, which directly impacts the success of their organizations. As a strong supporter of diversity, HSBC offers sincere congratulations to Trevor on leading the way with this IPO, and our best wishes for continued success.”

Lord John Browne, Advisory Board Member, Out Leadership, former CEO, BP, and author of “The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out is Good Business”

“Role models like Trevor prove that being open and authentic is no barrier to success. I hope that his story encourages those in the closet to let go of the fears which hold them back, and that he serves as an example for LGBT people in business to follow.”

Dan O’Connell, CEO, Vestar Capital

“Authentic leadership takes courage, self-awareness and the ability to forge ones own path. Trevor’s willingness to lead openly and authentically is a great example for other leaders to follow, and I wish him continued success.”

About Out Leadership

Out Leadership develops innovative and forward-thinking initiatives to leverage LGBT opportunities across a range of industries. Designed to engage senior leaders, our global initiatives seek to impact business results, increase visibility, develop talent and drive equality forward. These initiatives operate within three industry-specific verticals: Out on the Street, Out in Law, and Out in Insurance. Each vertical hosts cutting-edge programming for its industry and offers unique opportunities for cross-industry collaboration across Out Leadership broadly and through our emerging leader platform, OutNEXT.

Member Firms

To see a listing of Out Leadership’s member firms, please visit:
http://outleadership.org/about-us/membership/

For more information, please visit http://outleadership.org.

Contact:

Out Leadership
Ryan Roemerman
C: 917.336.0604 ext. 705
ryan.roemerman@outleadership.org

Article source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/street-congratulates-trevor-burgess-first-183800304.html

Out on the Street Congratulates Trevor Burgess, First Openly Gay CEO of a Publicly Listed Bank

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Out on the Street, an initiative of Out Leadership, which is dedicated to cultivating LGBT and ally senior leaders to create global business opportunity, congratulates C1 Bank CEO Trevor Burgess on becoming the first openly gay CEO of a publicly listed bank on the New York Stock Exchange (BNK). C1 Bank, Tampa Bay’s leading community bank successfully completed its IPO on August 13, 2014.

“Trevor has long served as a visibly out and pioneering role model for both the financial services industry and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community,” stated Todd Sears, Out Leadership’s Founder. “As a leader who has remained true to himself throughout his career, and as the financial services industry’s first openly gay CEO, we admire Trevor’s personal courage and commend his authentic leadership.”

“The Wall Street CEOs below join me in congratulating Trevor on this historic milestone. We hope the path he is forging will continue to inspire other LGBT leaders across corporate America to become even more visible. We wish him, his husband Gary and their daughter Logan, and his entire leadership team the very best as they embark on an exciting new chapter.”

Jacques Brand, CEO North America, Deutsche Bank

“As a long time supporter of the LGBT community, Deutsche Bank is proud to offer our congratulations to Trevor Burgess for his courage and authenticity. We know that the ability to be oneself at work is fundamentally important to individual and organizational success.”

Irene Dorner, President and Chief Executive Officer, HSBC USA

“Leaders who feel comfortable being open about their sexual orientation are more productive and engaged, which directly impacts the success of their organizations. As a strong supporter of diversity, HSBC offers sincere congratulations to Trevor on leading the way with this IPO, and our best wishes for continued success.”

Lord John Browne, Advisory Board Member, Out Leadership, former CEO, BP, and author of “The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out is Good Business”

“Role models like Trevor prove that being open and authentic is no barrier to success. I hope that his story encourages those in the closet to let go of the fears which hold them back, and that he serves as an example for LGBT people in business to follow.”

Dan O’Connell, CEO, Vestar Capital

“Authentic leadership takes courage, self-awareness and the ability to forge ones own path. Trevor’s willingness to lead openly and authentically is a great example for other leaders to follow, and I wish him continued success.”

About Out Leadership

Out Leadership develops innovative and forward-thinking initiatives to leverage LGBT opportunities across a range of industries. Designed to engage senior leaders, our global initiatives seek to impact business results, increase visibility, develop talent and drive equality forward. These initiatives operate within three industry-specific verticals: Out on the Street, Out in Law, and Out in Insurance. Each vertical hosts cutting-edge programming for its industry and offers unique opportunities for cross-industry collaboration across Out Leadership broadly and through our emerging leader platform, OutNEXT.

Member Firms

To see a listing of Out Leadership’s member firms, please visit:
http://outleadership.org/about-us/membership/

For more information, please visit http://outleadership.org.

Contact:

Out Leadership
Ryan Roemerman
C: 917.336.0604 ext. 705
ryan.roemerman@outleadership.org

Article source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/street-congratulates-trevor-burgess-first-183800304.html

Out on the Street Congratulates Trevor Burgess, First Openly Gay CEO of a Publicly Listed Bank

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Out on the Street, an initiative of Out Leadership, which is dedicated to cultivating LGBT and ally senior leaders to create global business opportunity, congratulates C1 Bank CEO Trevor Burgess on becoming the first openly gay CEO of a publicly listed bank on the New York Stock Exchange (BNK). C1 Bank, Tampa Bay’s leading community bank successfully completed its IPO on August 13, 2014.

“Trevor has long served as a visibly out and pioneering role model for both the financial services industry and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community,” stated Todd Sears, Out Leadership’s Founder. “As a leader who has remained true to himself throughout his career, and as the financial services industry’s first openly gay CEO, we admire Trevor’s personal courage and commend his authentic leadership.”

“The Wall Street CEOs below join me in congratulating Trevor on this historic milestone. We hope the path he is forging will continue to inspire other LGBT leaders across corporate America to become even more visible. We wish him, his husband Gary and their daughter Logan, and his entire leadership team the very best as they embark on an exciting new chapter.”

Jacques Brand, CEO North America, Deutsche Bank

“As a long time supporter of the LGBT community, Deutsche Bank is proud to offer our congratulations to Trevor Burgess for his courage and authenticity. We know that the ability to be oneself at work is fundamentally important to individual and organizational success.”

Irene Dorner, President and Chief Executive Officer, HSBC USA

“Leaders who feel comfortable being open about their sexual orientation are more productive and engaged, which directly impacts the success of their organizations. As a strong supporter of diversity, HSBC offers sincere congratulations to Trevor on leading the way with this IPO, and our best wishes for continued success.”

Lord John Browne, Advisory Board Member, Out Leadership, former CEO, BP, and author of “The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out is Good Business”

“Role models like Trevor prove that being open and authentic is no barrier to success. I hope that his story encourages those in the closet to let go of the fears which hold them back, and that he serves as an example for LGBT people in business to follow.”

Dan O’Connell, CEO, Vestar Capital

“Authentic leadership takes courage, self-awareness and the ability to forge ones own path. Trevor’s willingness to lead openly and authentically is a great example for other leaders to follow, and I wish him continued success.”

About Out Leadership

Out Leadership develops innovative and forward-thinking initiatives to leverage LGBT opportunities across a range of industries. Designed to engage senior leaders, our global initiatives seek to impact business results, increase visibility, develop talent and drive equality forward. These initiatives operate within three industry-specific verticals: Out on the Street, Out in Law, and Out in Insurance. Each vertical hosts cutting-edge programming for its industry and offers unique opportunities for cross-industry collaboration across Out Leadership broadly and through our emerging leader platform, OutNEXT.

Member Firms

To see a listing of Out Leadership’s member firms, please visit:
http://outleadership.org/about-us/membership/

For more information, please visit http://outleadership.org.

Contact:

Out Leadership
Ryan Roemerman
C: 917.336.0604 ext. 705
ryan.roemerman@outleadership.org

Article source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/street-congratulates-trevor-burgess-first-183800304.html

Out on the Street Congratulates Trevor Burgess, First Openly Gay CEO of a Publicly Listed Bank

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Out on the Street, an initiative of Out Leadership, which is dedicated to cultivating LGBT and ally senior leaders to create global business opportunity, congratulates C1 Bank CEO Trevor Burgess on becoming the first openly gay CEO of a publicly listed bank on the New York Stock Exchange (BNK). C1 Bank, Tampa Bay’s leading community bank successfully completed its IPO on August 13, 2014.

“Trevor has long served as a visibly out and pioneering role model for both the financial services industry and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community,” stated Todd Sears, Out Leadership’s Founder. “As a leader who has remained true to himself throughout his career, and as the financial services industry’s first openly gay CEO, we admire Trevor’s personal courage and commend his authentic leadership.”

“The Wall Street CEOs below join me in congratulating Trevor on this historic milestone. We hope the path he is forging will continue to inspire other LGBT leaders across corporate America to become even more visible. We wish him, his husband Gary and their daughter Logan, and his entire leadership team the very best as they embark on an exciting new chapter.”

Jacques Brand, CEO North America, Deutsche Bank

“As a long time supporter of the LGBT community, Deutsche Bank is proud to offer our congratulations to Trevor Burgess for his courage and authenticity. We know that the ability to be oneself at work is fundamentally important to individual and organizational success.”

Irene Dorner, President and Chief Executive Officer, HSBC USA

“Leaders who feel comfortable being open about their sexual orientation are more productive and engaged, which directly impacts the success of their organizations. As a strong supporter of diversity, HSBC offers sincere congratulations to Trevor on leading the way with this IPO, and our best wishes for continued success.”

Lord John Browne, Advisory Board Member, Out Leadership, former CEO, BP, and author of “The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out is Good Business”

“Role models like Trevor prove that being open and authentic is no barrier to success. I hope that his story encourages those in the closet to let go of the fears which hold them back, and that he serves as an example for LGBT people in business to follow.”

Dan O’Connell, CEO, Vestar Capital

“Authentic leadership takes courage, self-awareness and the ability to forge ones own path. Trevor’s willingness to lead openly and authentically is a great example for other leaders to follow, and I wish him continued success.”

About Out Leadership

Out Leadership develops innovative and forward-thinking initiatives to leverage LGBT opportunities across a range of industries. Designed to engage senior leaders, our global initiatives seek to impact business results, increase visibility, develop talent and drive equality forward. These initiatives operate within three industry-specific verticals: Out on the Street, Out in Law, and Out in Insurance. Each vertical hosts cutting-edge programming for its industry and offers unique opportunities for cross-industry collaboration across Out Leadership broadly and through our emerging leader platform, OutNEXT.

Member Firms

To see a listing of Out Leadership’s member firms, please visit:
http://outleadership.org/about-us/membership/

For more information, please visit http://outleadership.org.

Contact:

Out Leadership
Ryan Roemerman
C: 917.336.0604 ext. 705
ryan.roemerman@outleadership.org

Article source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/street-congratulates-trevor-burgess-first-183800304.html

   
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