Happy Gay News for April 25, 2009

Happy day all! Thanks for the day off yesterday – I’m enjoying a wonderful vacation in the sun. So let’s catch up on the happy gay news for today, Saturday, April 25, 2009.

Lesbian Mom Gets Deportation Reprieve

While we are still fighting for the The Uniting American Families Act, at least this one family gets to remain one.

Shirley Tan of Pacifica, California was set to be taken from her partner of 23 years, Jaylynn Mercado, and their 12-year old twin boys after her immigration status came into question in January…However, on the evening of Wednesday, April 22, Tan got good news of her deportation reprieve. Senator Diane Feinstein of California introduced a private bill in Congress that will buy Tan nearly two more years in the United States.

Read more…

Maine: Bishop supports ‘rights and obligations of civil marriage’ for all state citizens

This happy story is a great reminder that not all religious people are anti-gay or anti-gay marriage.

During a hearing April 22 in Augusta, Maine, a representative of Episcopal Diocese of Maine Bishop Steven Lane told legislators that they ought to “extend the rights and obligations of civil marriage to all Maine citizens.”

“To deny those rights to certain persons on the basis of sexual orientation is to create two classes of citizens and to deny one group what we believe is best for them and for society,” Lane said in testimony submitted by Heidi Shott, the diocese’s canon for communications and social justice.

Read more…

Russell Simmons Shows Support for Marriage Equality

…as your friend and supporter, we know you can do much more, if you forget about what the poll numbers say and let your heart lead. You have recently done this in showing support for the legalization of gay marriage.

Read the entire unedited letter…

Beloved Bea Arthur dies at age 86

While the loss of  such a talented actress and wonderful human being is sad, we should celebrate her life since she made so many of us laugh.

Joe.My.God did a fun compilation of movie clips: http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2009/04/bea-arthur-86.html

People are sharing their thoughts about her on AfterElton: http://www.afterelton.com/blog/michaeljensen/gay-fave-bea-arthur-dies

“A Spot of Good News”

Take a moment to read this sweet story about two guys going to Prom together on Pam’s House Blend: http://www.pamshouseblend.com/diary/10619/a-spot-of-good-news

Happy Gay History, Birthdays, and Quotes

Happy history for April 25:

1993– The third March on Washington, DC, has an estimated attendance one million people.

1995– Lawrence, Kansas, passes an ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. The law, the culmination of a 7-year struggle, is the only one of its type in the state of Kansas.

2007– The European Union passes a resolution calling on Poland to stop encouraging its leaders to discriminate publicly against gays, and sends a mission to Poland to investigate. The EU acted in response to an announcement by Poland’s deputy education minister that the conservative Catholic country was proposing a law to punish teachers it deemed were promoting homosexuality.

Happy history for April 24:

1947– Pulitzer Prize-winning lesbian author Willa Cather dies in New York City at age 73. (OK – this isn’t happy, but my partner is related to Willa Cather, so she is beloved in our home.)

Birthday

April 24, 1952– Jean-Paul Gaultier, French fashion-designer, born in Arcueil. Gaultier worked for Madonna.

Happy Gay Quote

“The dead might as well try to speak to the living as the old to the young.” – Willa Cather

For more history, birthdays, and quotes…

That’s all for today. Have a happy day!

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Happy Gay News for April 23, 2009

Happy day all! Let’s get to the happy gay news for today, Thursday, April 23, 2009.

Connecticut Governor Rell signs marriage equality bill

One more reason that I think I would love to live in Connecticut.

This is a great day for loving, committed couples in Connecticut, their families, and everyone who supports marriage equality.  We congratulate and thank Gov. M. Jodi Rell, Sen. Andrew McDonald, Rep. Mike Lawlor, and the other legislators who voted for this bill, as well as Love Makes a Family, and other organizations and activists, including HRC members, for working to build support for this legislation.  This is another important step toward equality, and it’s exciting to see another state legislature overwhelmingly pass marriage equality legislation. (Joe Solmonese)

Read more…

Washington Governor OKs Transgender Hate-Crime Protection

It’s official! Governor Chris Gregoire signed the SB5952 today.

Senate Bill 5952 added “transgender” to the definition of sexual orientation in the state’s hate crime law, meaning people who commit violent crimes against someone because of gender identity or expression can be charged with hate crimes and face harsher penalties.

Read more…

New Jersey Voters Support Gay Marriage

Not only does someone pump your gas for you in New Jersey (seriously, I love that law), but chances are that person might also support gay marriage.

A new poll finds New Jersey voters support allowing gay couples to marry…This poll finds 49 percent supporting gay marriage; 43 percent are opposed.

Read more…

NC Presbyterian churches could allow gay ministers

A Presbyterian group representing 150 central North Carolina congregations has narrowly approved a constitutional change that could enable gays to serve as ministers and elders…The Rev. Lou East of Epiphany Presbyterian in Greensboro added: “I believe God’s church is big enough for all of us.”

Read more…

Why women are leaving men for other women

CNN picked up an Oprah.com story (that now I’m picking up) about female sexuality.  It’s an interesting read. Here’s a little snippet:

In a 2004 landmark study at Northwestern University, the results were eye-opening. During the experiment, the female subjects became sexually aroused when they viewed heterosexual as well as lesbian erotic films. This was true for both gay and straight women.

Among the male subjects, however, the straight men were turned on only by erotic films with women, the gay ones by those with men.

“We found that women’s sexual desire is less rigidly directed toward a particular sex, as compared with men’s, and it’s more changeable over time,” says the study’s senior researcher, J. Michael Bailey, Ph.D. “These findings likely represent a fundamental difference between men’s and women’s brains.”

Read more…

11th annual Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

If you’re in South Florida, sounds like this year’s Film Festival will be great.

Organizers of the 11th annual Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival say they’ve learned their lesson — this year’s program won’t be headlined by dark, weird, experimental movies that two years ago drove away some filmgoers. Instead, audiences will get more mainstream gay comedies and dramas — plus notorious Pink Flamingos director John Waters live on stage and Twilight heartthrob Robert Pattinson on-screen in the nude.

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Gay-themed library celebrates opening in Fort Lauderdale

A gay library!  I will have to make a pilgrimage.

The Stonewall Library and Archives, a collection of gay-themed materials that was the subject of political controversy two years ago, celebrated its grand opening in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday…The grand opening coincides with the Gay and Lesbian Literary Arts Festival, which will be held at the library Friday and Saturday.

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Gay rights groups in NY suburbs honor Harvey Milk

His legacy lives on.

A network of Long Island gay and lesbian advocacy groups is honoring slain gay rights hero Harvey Milk.

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Various Voices: sing, if you’re glad to be gay

This story is for my friends in the gay men’s chorus…

As 60 gay choirs from around the world arrive in the UK for a special festival, our correspondent discovers what changed their tune from political anger and mourning to celebration and joy

Read more…

Today’s Happy Gay History

1968 – The Student Homophile League at Columbia University pickets to protest the psychological theory that homosexuality is a mental illness.

Today’s Gay Birthday

1791 – James Buchanan, 15th US president (1857 – 1861). Whether or not the bachelor president was gay is in dispute, but his very closest friend, Senator William Rufus De Vane King was called “Miss Nancy” by his detractors.

Today’s Gay Quote

“We all look at Nature too much, and live with her too little.” – Oscar Wilde

Read more for the full history lesson…

My Indulgent Story of the Day – La Femme Nikita

I gasped.  Yes, I literally gasped when I saw this tweet from Natazzz: “YouTube Thursday: Peta Wilson in La Femme Nikita“.  This is one of my favorite shows ever, so I found Natazzz’s post quite fun.

Peta was also in a Bally commercial. If this doesn’t want to make me go to the gym, nothing will:

Watch more Peta Wilson on natazzz.blogspot.com

That’s all for today from Florida where the weather is perfect, the sunset is lovely, and my puppies are exhausted from their first full day at the beach. Life is good (and my t-shirt agrees).

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Happy Gay News for April 22, 2009

Happy day all! There’s just tons of happy gay news today, Wednesday, April 22, 2009, so let’s get to it.

Washington’s Governor Gregoire Signs Transgender Hate Crimes Bill

Good stuff!  Love me some state of Washington!

Washington’s hate-crime law makes it a felony to threaten, damage the property of, or physically injure someone because of ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, disability or sexual orientation.  The law Gov. Gregoire just signed will expand the definition of sexual orientation to include “gender expression or identity” so that our hate crimes statutes protect transgender people too. (Pam’s House Blend)

And special love to Equal Rights Washington, Washington Student Lobby, and David Iseminger, in particular. Great work!

Read more on Pam’s House Blend…

Nevada Senate Passes Domestic Partnerships

Although it still has a little ways to go before becoming law, this is a great reminder that we are making progress everywhere.

Read more on Box Turtle Bulletin…

America’s First Transgender Mayor: “I Dress To Thrill”

Congratulations to Stu Rasmussen, Mayor of Silverton, Oregon, who is our country’s first transgender mayor.

Read more on the Gay News Blog…

www.sturasmussen.com

Ancient Gay Marriage

Gay marriage is not a new concept.

As Africa was the birthplace of civilization it should come as no surprise to find that the earliest known reference to same-sex marriage in history can also be found there. (World of Wonder)

Read more on World of Wonder…

Great Twittering from GLAD Today

GLAD Twittered from the Maine marriage equality hearing today.  There are some amazing stories (even at Twitter length) from GLBT families.  You should definitely take a moment to read through today’s coverage. Here are a sampling of some of my favorite Tweets:

This bill about two people, who love each other, have agreed to care for each other, as long as they both shall live. (Bill sponsor Senator Dennis Damon)

Rep Kange: It is wrong to send rights of a minority out to a majority vote.

Kate’s mom: You know proponents are serious when they are willing to acquire mothers-in-law!

Bev: With wife Sue, son Ben. With lovely gram in wheelchair and lots of family.

Bev: Another Ben was her grandpa. Staunch Catholic, was afraid to tell him till his 60th wedding anniversary. He was happy for her.

Bev: Beg you to allow my grandfather to see my legal marriage from heaven.

Bob Talbot: Older civil rights leader. Married white woman. They said it was against nature. Sound familiar?

Bob Talbot: Discrimination was wrong 40 years ago; it’s wrong now! (APPLAUSE)

Paul Rediker, wife, and 2 beautiful adult daughters. We are Catholics and support LD 1020.

Mr. R: I’m a bear protecting his cubs. One daughter, straight, will get married this summer. One daughter, gay, cannot.

Mr. R: We love our daughters equally. Marriage is not a prize or a privilege, it’s a right. Rights belong to everybody.

Philip Spooner: 86 yr old Republican. All 4 sons, including gay son, were in the service. Was WW II medic.

Mr. Spooner: Was in Battle of the Bulge and liberation of Paris. What do you think I fought for? Equality.

Mr. Spooner: This is a nation worth dying for. I’ve seen consequences of systems that make some people less than others.

Mr. Spooner: Raised all our boys to be hardworking Americans, and they all did good. Let gay people have the right to marry. Thank you.

…Dr. Daniel Summers, pediatrician speaking on behalf of American Academy of Pediatrics in support of LD 1020.

Dr. Summers: Love & devotion of g/l couples to their children differs not a bit from that of straight people. Quality of parenting counts

Dr. Summers: We support LD 1020 because it has important implications for children, and can help them emotionally and financially.

There is lots more…and it is so worth the read!

http://www.twitter.com/GLADLaw

Britney comes out for gay marriage following Miss California row

I am really tired of this Miss California story.  However, I am enjoying hearing who is speaking out against her.

Expressing her thoughts through Twitter, Britney wrote: “Love is love! People should be able to do whatever makes them happy!”

Devout Christian Miley Cyrus also used her Twitter page to show her support for same-sex marriage inisisting Jesus loves people of all sexual orientations equally: “Jesus loves you AND your partner and wants you to know how much he cares! thats like a daddy not loving his lil boy cuz hes gay and that is WRONG and very sad! like i said everyone deserves to be happy.”

Read more from PinkNews…

Adoption and fostering by gay couples to become easier in Scotland

Scotland’s Children’s Minister, Adam Ingram, has announced that the Scottish Government will introduce regulations to make it easier for gay couples to jointly adopt children. A decision that has already outraged the Scottish Catholic Church.

Read more from PinkNews…

Justice for Angie Zapata

Although this isn’t really a happy story, justice being served is such a good thing. Allen Ray Andrade is guilty first degree murder and multiple other counts. He was sentenced to life without parole.

It was the first time in the nation that a state hate crime statute resulted in a conviction in a transgender person’s murder, the advocacy group Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation said. (CNN.com)

Read more on Pam’s House Blend…

Read more on CNN.com…

http://twitter.com/justiceforangie

Today’s Happy Gay History

1999– New Hampshire’s ban on adoptions by same-sex couples is overturned by the state senate by a vote of 18-6.

Today’s Gay Birthdays

1766– Anne Louise Germaine Necker, aka Madame De Stael, near Paris. De Stael seduced and lived for 19 years with Juliette Recamier the most celebrated beauty of her time.

1858– Ethel Smyth, opera composer, suffragette, and admirer of Virginia Woolfe, in Marylebone, England.

1946– John Waters, American film director.

Today’s Gay Quote

“I thank God I was raised Catholic, so sex will always be dirty.” – John Waters

Read more (if you also want the the not happy gay history for today)…

That’s all for today. Happy Earth Day 2009 everyone!

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Happy Gay News for April 21, 2009

Happy day all! Let’s get to the happy gay news for today, Tuesday, April 21, 2009.

A Gaythering Storm from FunnyorDie.com

Recent GLAAD honoree FunnyorDie.com has released a new video today:  A Gaythering Storm: There is a storm being caused by gay marriage and we are all in serious trouble. I thought it was pretty darn funny.

…soon gay people will start falling out of the sky, onto our homes, onto our churches, and onto our families. A downpour of gay people threatening the way we live. And this gay rain army won’t stop. They’ll come at us marching. Not marching, more like a dance. They’ll dance at us. And it will be choreographed. And it will be good.

Watch the video

www.giantgayrepellentumbrella.com

Dining Out For Life

I do love to dine out with friends, don’t you?  It’s even better when this simple pleasure also raises money for good causes. Dining Out For Life is an annual dining fundraiser event that raises money for AIDS service organizations.

The national Dining Out For Life day is April 30, 2009. However, if you live in Atlanta, then your Dining Our for Life day is tomorrow, April 22, 2009. We just always have to do things differently down here.

www.diningoutforlife.com

Volunteer Appreciation Week

Happy volunteer appreciation week! If you aren’t currently volunteering, consider giving a little time to an organization that needs a little of you.

Gay History, Birthdays, and Quote of the Day

Today in gay history…

2005– The Spanish Parliament passes a law legalizing gay marriage and adoptions by gay couples in Spain.

Get Your Learnin’ On here …

That’s all for today.  Happiness to all!

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Happy Gay News for April 20, 2009

Happy day all!  Let’s get to the happy gay news for today, Monday, April 20, 2009.

NY Voters Favor Gay Marriage By ‘Significant Margin’: Just Released Poll Finds 53% To 39% Approve Of Bill Currently In State Senate

I ♥ New York and New York ♥ me…and you!

Last Thursday, surrounded by state and community leaders, Governor Paterson announced he would introduce the exact same gay marriage bill his predecessor had two years ago. The bill had passed the New York Assembly by a surprisingly wide margin, 85 – 61, in large part thanks to Assemblymember Daniel J. O’Donnell, who spoke at last week’s press conference, saying, “Someday soon, after 28 years of being engaged, I’m going to actually be allowed to be married.

Read more …

Automakers Court the LGBTQ Community

Yet another story about how the LGBTQ community is so important to the economy. Fun video from LOGO 365 Gay News:

Top 50 Rabbi List Includes LGBT Allies

Last month GLAAD featured a national survey of Jewish synagogues by Jewish Mosaic and the Institute for Judaism and Sexual Orientation. The survey documented great support for LGBT inclusion by rabbis and the need for clear practices for that welcome.

A timely follow up to the survey is Newsweek’s annual compilation of the 50 most influential rabbis released on April 4. Many of the rabbis on the list are already demonstrating their acceptance of LGBT issues including marriage for gay and lesbian couple – further supporting the survey’s data on LGBT inclusion.

Read more …

Gay History, Birthdays, and Quote of the Day

Get Your Learnin’ On here …

That’s all for today.  Happiness to all!

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You Can Catch More Flies With Honey Than With Vinegar

In my regular job, I make things.  It doesn’t really matter what, so let’s say I make sprockets.  So I come into work this morning ready to be an effective sprocket maker and am greeted with an email similar to the following:

“Your new sprocket has gone from useful to useless. I hate it. Don’t you people know what you are doing?”

What is your gut reaction?  Mine: “Ouch!”  In a knee jerk reaction, I might have also floated a few colorful descriptions of the bearer of this nastiness.

While I try to remember that this venom is a result of this person’s own pain, it is often difficult for me to not take things personally.  That, however, is my own battle, but it is one that many of us struggle with.

However, maybe this person was just never taught how to be nice.  Maybe they were just yelled at themselves. Maybe they feel like nobody listens to them unless they scream.  I don’t know.  But I try to remember that this little piece of meanness is coming from a person who is in pain.  So I try to not look at the outward expression, but only see/imagine the pain this person must be in, and that retracts my defenses.

So let’s step back and take a big picture, detached view of this situation:

First, we have the sprocket maker just trying to do her job. Second, we have a sprocket user who wants a change.

Now when we look closer, we see that the sprocket user has just ticked off the sprocket maker.  Now the sprocket maker is defensive and not feeling inclined to make the user happy.

So how could this situation have gone better?  Well, what was the real objective? The user wanted something different. So what about this:

“I’m a repeat user of your sprocket and have really enjoyed using your product.  However, the recent change has taken away a feature I’ve often used, so I hope you will consider reimplementing it.”

Ahhhhhh, now isn’t that better?

I share this experience because I need the reminder as much as everyone else that you get more flies with honey than with vinegar.  So be kind to one another today, and you’ll find that you’ll not only have a happier day, you’ll be more effective.

And if you are the recipient of a bit of vinegar today, see the pain in the messenger, not the expression of the pain.  No matter how much they want you to believe that the vinegar is about you, it isn’t.

Love and happiness to all. ♥

p.s. More happy gay news wrapup tonight.  Thanks for giving me the weekend off.  🙂

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Happy Gay News for April 17, 2009

Happy day all!  Let’s get to the happy gay news for today, Friday, April 17, 2009.

Day of Silence

The Day of Silence got lots of great publicity today.  And I saw the following tweet

#dayofsilence has made it to the top 4 hash tags: http://hashtags.org/trends/… @dayofsilence is top three on #followfriday

Lots and lots of info on their Twitter page and their Facebook page.

Want to read more? Check out coverage from my neck of the woods:

Ga. students keep quiet for gay rights: National Day of Silence brings awareness to harassment young people face in school

Amherst Discussing Transgender Protections

A few years ago my partner and I vacationed in Western Massachusetts.   We stayed in Northampton, ate delicious popovers in Amherst, and we found both towns as charming as they could be.  So I felt some kind of strange pride when I read this story since I loved these towns so much.

Amherst could join Northampton as the only communities in western Massachusetts to offer protection to transgendered individuals through bylaws and ordinances.

Read the full story in the Amherst Bulletin

Source: http://twitter.com/TGworldNews

2M4M.org

OK, nothing about the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) can be construed as happy in my book, but a GLBTQ ally swooping in and registering the domain name for their anti-gay marriage campaign is simply hysterical. NOM started a 2 million for marriage” (2m4m) campaign, but a fabulous non-gay man noticed that they hadn’t bothered to grab the 2m4m.org domain name.  So this wonderful ally to the GLBTQ community registered it and created the “Two Men 4 Marriage) web site.  Love him! I posted a story about this site a few days ago because I love his sarcastic piece: Ten Reasons Gay Marriage Is Wrong. Read more from OutQ News www.2m4m.org

Gay History, Birthdays & Quote of the Day

http://blog.grassrootsequalitynetwork.com/

That’s it for today.  Happiness to all!

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If You Don’t Have Anything Nice To Say…

I was listening to Gayle King this morning on XM satellite radio, and she was discussing how Jamie Foxx said some crazy stuff about Miley Cyrus.  We can assume whom Miley was directly this this  Tweet to: “if you cant say something nice dont say anything at all [sic].”

My first thought was that her response was a little juvenile and simplistic (not enough coffee yet), but a few sips of coffee later and I realized that it was simple, but really appropriate.  I’m glad she didn’t toss more crap around, and I’m glad she stood up for herself.  You go girl!

And then my half-caff mind starting musing on the Day of Silence, and how what we say is so powerful, as is our silence.

There is a lovely little book called “The Four Agreements” by Toltec teacher Don Miguel Ruiz. The first Agreement is “Be Impeccable With Your Word”.  I don’t have the book with me to quote from, but what stuck with me was that our words are our magic.  We can create and destroy with them.

So in honor of the Day of Silence, may I remind you of the Rule of Three: whatever energy that you send out will return to you times three.  Although I am not Wiccan (I’m more of a spiritual cowgirl), I do think there is truth to this belief.  So cast your words carefully because they are powerful. What beauty can you create?

Have a fabulously wonderful day! I wish you all happiness! ♥

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Happy Gay News for April 16, 2009

Happy day all!  Let’s get to the happy gay news for today, Thursday, April 16, 2009.

NY Governor Introduces Gay Marriage Bill

Some say it was a premature move, but big hugs to Governor Paterson for doing the right thing! A few snippets from the press conference:

Silence should not be a response to injustice, and that if we take no action we will surely lose, maybe we’ve already lost.

I’m wondering if I’m in a time warp… the [previous] governor introduced the same bill in 2007, so I read today that I’m rushing things? … This to me is an issue for families, not just for walking down the aisle… but for 1300 to 1400 rights that don’t exist unless a couple is married.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg also spoke at the press conference:

I don’t think the government should be in the business of telling us who we can and who we can’t marry… and we’re not asking anyone to behave in any way inconsistent with their beliefs.

Read/Watch More…

Good As You’s video of the press conference

New York Governor Calls Lack Of Gay Marriage A “Crisis Of Leadership”

Washington State Expands Gay Partnerships

What is in the air in the state of Washington?  Can we bottle it and ship it down here to the Bible Belt, please?  They’ve been sending the GLBTQ some major legislative love recently!

Read/Watch More…

Washington State Gays Get ‘Everything But Marriage’

Nonviolence 4 Equality

Joe.My.God twittered about a new group, Nonviolence 4 Equality.  Their tagline is “Training LGBT people in civil disobedience and direct action.”  Sounds pretty interesting.  Check out their web site, to learn more: www.nonviolence4equality.org

Gay and Lesbian Travel Industry Thrives in Economic Recession

“While some Americans have put aside travel plans during the recession, the gay and lesbian community has refused to sacrifice vacations—and the travel industry is taking notice.”

Read entire article

(from LGBTtweets)

Gay History, Birthdays & Quote of the Day

http://blog.grassrootsequalitynetwork.com/

Gay Word of the Day

http://queersunited.blogspot.com/2009/04/word-of-gay-dutch-girl.html

University of Georgia: “Is homophobia associated with homosexual arousal?”

New scientific study to prove what we already suspected.  You gotta laugh.

http://www.oblogn.com/2009/04/15/university-of-georgia-is-homophobia-associated-with-homosexual-arousal/

(via queerunity)

The effeminate sheep and other problems with Darwinian sexual selection

Interesting read.

http://seedmagazine.com/content/article/the_gay_animal_kingdom/
(via queerunity)

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Our Fabulous GLBTQ Youth

Tomorrow’s Day of Silence is aimed mostly at students.  But if you aren’t a student, you can still help.

I volunteer with this amazing organization in Atlanta, YouthPride. YP provides a safe space in the nation’s largest center dedicated exclusively to GLBTQ youth.  A cyber center, discussion forums, free professional counseling, movie nights, monthly dances, suicide prevention, and free HIV testing are just a few of the programs and services offered.

There are many great organizations that help our GLBTQ youth.  In honor of the National Day of Silence tomorrow, would you please consider supporting one of these great organizations?  These centers always need financial help, and they also need kind adults to help support their work.

At volunteer orientation, most adults say that they want to volunteer for YouthPride because they wish they would have had a safe space to support them when they were coming out.  Then once they have volunteered, they say they do it because the youth are so rewarding to work with.

Do what feels right to you: give your time or give your money.  Just please help support these organizations that give our youth a safe space to be who they really are.

And if you are lucky enough to get to know some of these fabulous individuals that are our GLBTQ youth, your life will be forever enriched.  Despite rejection from their friends, families, problems at schools, they are still full of hope.  They are simply amazing, but they need your support.

So please take this opportunity to support our GLBTQ youth. You’ll be so happy that you did! ♥

More Information

http://www.dayofsilence.org

http://www.youthpride.org

Google Directory of Gay Youth Organizations

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