A law soon to be introduced in Indiana by Sen. Scott Schneider (R) would borrow and manipulate language from the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), that was originally designed to prohibit the government from burdening the religious beliefs of otthes to an anti-gay discrimination law would allow a business owner to use their religious beliefs to justify refusing service to LGBT individuals. .This state law, would supersede any local municipal nondiscrimination laws that are currently in effect in that state to protect LGBT people.
Those involved in the writing and support of this law are so shameless that they are not even trying to hide their bigotry and willfully admit that the law is specifically being written to discriminate against the gay community.
Micah Clark of the American Family Association explained to The Indianapolis Star that the bill would allow small businesses to refuse services to LGBT individuals and also that it would allow adoption agencies to refuse to place children with same-sex couples. The Indiana Family Institute made an end-of-year fundraising pitch that promoted the legislation, noting examples of small businesses who were facing discrimination complaints from same-sex couples. Schneider claims, however, that the bill will not discriminate against anyone, but would simply “protect freedom and protect religious liberty.”
These laws are very dangerous and unless we fight against them using everything in our power they set a precedent of discrimination that hearkens back to the Jim Crow laws. So while HRC is making hokey commercials down South in Chad Griffin’s birth state of Arkansas. Who is going to help fight this type of discrimination in the Midwest?
Yesterday we were finally able to inspect our drop-in center in Chelsea, half a block from the Hudson River. Our worst fears were realized; everything was destroyed and the space is uninhabitable. The water level went four feet high, destroying our phones, computers, refrigerator, food and supplies.
This is a terrible tragedy for the homeless LGBT youth we serve there. This space was dedicated to our most vulnerable kids, the thousands stranded on the streets without shelter, and was a place where they received food, showers, clothing, medical care, HIV testing and treatment, and mental health and substance abuse services. Basically a lifeline for LGBT kids whose lives are in danger. We are currently scrambling for a plan to provide care to these desperate kids while we prepare to ultimately move into a larger space that will better meet our needs. The NYC LGBT Center has very kindly and generously offered to let us temporarily use some of their space, and we hope to determine the viability of that on Monday.
We have been deluged with kind offers from people who wish to volunteer and donate goods. Unfortunately, we will have to provide our services in the time being in much smaller spaces that won’t accommodate volunteers or allow for much storage space. The best way people can reach out to help in this very challenging time is by making monetary donations. Please go to our website.
It is heartbreaking to see this space come to such a sad end. For the past seven years it has been a place of refuge to thousands of kids reeling from being thrown away by their parents for being LGBT. For many of these kids coming to our drop-in center provided their first encounter with a loving and affirming LGBT community. I thank all of you for your care and support in a most difficult time.
this latest hurricane news is especially heartbreaking since it involves the most vulnerable of our community our own LGBT youth who have been through so much hardship and heartbreak already.
I know that everyone is pushed to the limits trying to do what they can and donate to the victims of Hurricane Sandy. But the Ali Forney center is one of the few resources in New York City that homeless at risk youth have. If everyone could just dig a bit deeper and help it would make a world of difference and just might help save a young gay persons life.
Today Lady Gaga announced the launching of the Born This Way Foundation, which will aim to further inspire young people.
With the help of her mother Cynthia Germanotta, Gaga has launched the intiiative to “establish a standard of Bravery and Kindness, as well as a community worldwide that protects and nurtures others in the face of bullying and abandonmen”
The foundation will work with a number of partners, including the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the California Endowment and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.
The foundation will focus on “youth empowerment and equality by addressing issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development and will utilize digital mobilization as one of the means to create positive change.”
lThe October snow that passed over New York City has left the OWS protesters in Zuccotti Park soaked, freezing, and miserable.. Today they’ve posted a plea for donations of dry socks, snow gloves, waterproof boots and many other winter items
If you are in the NYC Area and can help PLEASE DO!
London police have released the below CCTV surveillance video of a gay bashing caught tape in hopes the public can provide them with information that can lead to the arrest of those involved.
Four men can be seen following, then assaulting, two gay men on their way home after a night out in Charing Cross Road, leaving one unconscious in the street.
Detective Constable Camilla Phillips, of Westminster police, said: “This was a particularly nasty attack, completely unprovoked.” Anyone with information should contact police on 020 7321 9388 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111
In what can only be described as another heartless move to balance a states budget. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is planning to completely end state funding for homeless youth shelters.
Recently homeless youth and Ali Foley Center resident Raciel Castillo sent the following letter to Governor Cuomo and I’d like to share it with you.
Governor Cuomo, I understand that you intend to end the funding from New York State to support youth shelter beds. This means that on July 1st, many of us will be put out of our shelter beds and be thrown out to the streets. I want you to understand that this will put our lives at risk.
It is hard to be a homeless kid, having nowhere to stay and feeling alone and unwanted. For me the worst part was feeling hopeless. I know a bunch of homeless gay kids who have told me that they considered suicide. People think it is just because of bullying in schools, but it is also because of being rejected by our families and forced to make it on the streets. One of my friends tried to throw herself in front of a subway. She said she was tired of being invisible. Thank god some of my friends were able to hold her back.
Governor Cuomo, I want you to understand how terrible things are for homeless kids. I want you to understand how mean and reckless it is to cut support for kids out on the streets. I have lots of friends who have nowhere safe to sleep. I know some who have to prostitute themselves just to have a place to sleep. Kids get beat up and hurt on the streets. The Ali Forney Center is named after a kid who was murdered on the streets. Too many of us were thrown out by parents who refuse to care about us. Please Governor Cuomo, don’t throw us away also.
I BEG ALL OF YOU to sign THIS LETTER to Gov. Cuomo NOT TO CUT this funding. You need not be a New York resident to raise your voice, because so many of New York City’s homeless kids flee here from other states it is not only up to New Yorkers to help these poor kids. What kind of society do we have when we keep giving tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires and we can’t fight for and fund shelters for homeless CHILDREN?
Please feel free to retweet, repost and pass this along and help these poor kids.
It’s the shelters and group homes roofs that keeps them alive, but it’s the lack of hope and respect that will kill them. Tweet
With one philanthropist donating $18,000 over the last few years. The UFGLBTFilmFund needs at least $12,000 to reach the minimum requirement to fund a GLBT Film Collection endowment within the UF Libraries. The additional $13,000 will be spent immediately to jump start the Collection by purchasing as many of the movies listed in Steven Paul Davies’ book: “Out at the Movies: A History of Gay Cinema” and digitize them.
This is a GREAT cause. The endowment will be used to secure commercially available GLBT films in order to make them readily available to future generations of students, faculty and researchers nationwide with an ultimate goal of creating the premier GLBT Film Collection in the Southeast United States. (Which could surely use one)
We CLICK 100’s of times everyday on ads, links, videos, and yes some of us even porn links. (You know who you are.)
So lets do a good holiday deed and CLICK and help the University of Florida win this Pepsi challenge so future generations to come will have an LGBT media library to help them.
Just CLICK! – PASS THE WORD! – RETWEET – FACEBOOK – REPOST!
They REALLY need our help. They are ranked #188 and the voting ends Dec 31st.
C’mon now, do we really want UFGLBTFilmFund to be beaten by the The Cedar Park High School band who wants to spend 25K on Tuxedos and Dresses? Band tuxedos are so pase’!
Police and worried loved ones are searching for actor Andrew Koenig, best known for playing “Boner” on ‘Growing Pains,’ who went missing in Vancouver a week ago.
Koenig, 42, was last seen on Feb. 14 and he missed his flight out of the Olympic host city two days later, according to a statement from TV host Dave Holmes on MaximumFun.org. Authorities are searching for the actor, who has recently been working as a camera operator on the comedy podcast, ‘Never Not Funny.’
While in Vancouver, he was staying with burlesque artist Jenny Magenta, who took to Facebook on Friday to ask for help in finding Koenig, whose parents told her he may be “severely depressed” about something.
For four years, Koenig played Mike Seaver’s affable best friend Richard “Boner” Stabone on ‘Growing Pains.’ He was written off the show in 1989 when “Boner” signed up for the Marine Corps. He’s not gay, and probably not even Bisexual but he is a part of my 80’s childhood and IMO he was always much cuter than Kirk Cameron. Also he might be in trouble, depression is a terrible thing, believe me I knowm so I thought I should give a shoutout to anyone out there who might see or run into him.
Anyone with any information about Andrews whereabouts please contact Det. Raymond Payette of the Vancouver PD at 604-717-2534 or ask him to please contact his family