The Pride Network

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About

The Pride Network strives to develop a more involved and informed LGBTQ community giphythrough leadership programs and practical solutions that build, educate and empower sustainable community networks.

The Pride Network envisions a society where strong community leaders create and sustain networks toward a more conscious and engaged LGBTQ culture. The Pride Network also looks to a time when a fundamental part of being an LGBTQ person is the opportunity to access a community that empowers and informs the individual about their collective past, present, and future.

Volunteer Leadership

christenChristian Fuscarino is an LGBTQ community leader, and founder of The Pride Network. He is the former Northeast Region Coordinator for GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, where he worked with high school GSAs for six years. In 2007 Christian joined the Pride Connections Center of New Jersey as a program developer for urban gay youth. That same year he won the National Academy of Television Arts and SciencesStudent Emmy” award for his “End the Silence” public service announcement raising awareness of anti-LGBT bullying in schools. He is a graduate of Hofstra University where he was recognized as Hofstra Man of the Year for his student organizing work on campus. Christian has been recognized by President Barack Obama, members of Congress, and members of Senate for his dedication to the LGBTQ community. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Our History

2008: The Pride Network was founded at Hofstra University by Christian Fuscarino to create a safe, social, stronger, and more unified LGBTQ community on campus by providing educational programs and a network of students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

2009: The Pride Network forms chapters in order to apply a similar concept used at the university in communities. Chapters now are working to connect people, organizations, and companies with the LGBTQ movement by using community workshops and programs that engage individuals to be leaders.

smilie-lead-with-pride2010: Smaller community organizations in New Jersey dissolve and join efforts with The Pride Network in order to help end bias and prejudice in schools by providing education and practical solutions to facilitate change. The Pride Network offers it’s first Gay-Straight Alliance Summit. The Hudson Pride Connections Center becomes a 501c3 fiscal sponsor of The Pride Network.

2011: The Pride Network is now offering programming in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. A public service announcement with RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant, Carmen Carrera is produced to help raise awareness about the importance of volunteering.

2012: The Pride Network becomes an independent 501c3 non-profit organization. The Community Agent Training Program and the SPEAK Summit Program are launched.

Financial information:  The Pride Network falls under a small tax-exempt category for the aids-awareness-aids-red-ribbon-smiley-emoticon-000509-facebookIRS. Small tax-exempt organizations are only required to file an annual electronic notice, Form 990-N, Electronic Notice (e-Postcard) for Tax-Exempt Organizations not Required To File Form 990 or 990-EZ. This filing requirement applies to tax periods beginning after December 31, 2006, and may apply to organizations that previously were not required to file returns. To inquire about the annual electronic postcard filing for The Pride Network, please email IRS@ThePrideNetwork.org

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Canada & Greeders ~ The Hidden Hatred

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I have watched, listened and learnt so lets talk about Canada, where men account for three terry-2015out of every four suicides, with seven men dying by suicide every day. And the risk is even greater for gay and bisexual men. Where the middle class and above are cherished, honored and respected and all others degraded and sentenced to a life of struggles, desperation the result of most suffering from mental health issues, resulting in…suicide. The hidden hatred within it’s walls for the most vulnerable of it’s population,  LGBT peoples, Indigenous people’s, Muslin peoples and outsiders if you will etc, a place where still today Racism still runs ram-pit, not to mention a place that even women are beaten and badder beyond belief and murdered or cast out and Homelessness is raging out of control for forks sake , and I can go on.

Now at a ripe 56 years old and an OUT non-closeted member of the hidden LGBT community in Canada all my life I know only too well the difference between doing whats right because it’s legislation and doing whats right because it’s comes from the heart. Being called names, beaten up and even sexually assaulted, also where for the most part kids and adults alike are being diagnosed with depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder which is the norm.

slide_360376_4031618_compressedAnd due to this perception by society, which sickens me to the core, I am shocked when I realize the closeted LGBT people I have met over the years in Canada whom still hide and spend their whole life suffering in pain and anguish, hiding behind a woman in marriage or just a relationship terrified to be themselves.

In Canada, only one in five people with depression get appropriate treatment. And in Ontario, only one in three patients discharged from psychiatric hospitalization will get a follow-up within the month. Why is Canada doing so poorly in helping people with mental illness? {because it’s not from the heart but rather for Greed~Terry.K}

Dr. Paul Kurdyak and Sanjeev Sockalingam explain why treatment is so difficult to come by. Paul Kurdyak is an expert advisor with EvidenceNetwork.ca, a psychiatrist and clinician scientist at CAMH (the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health). Sanjeev Sockalingam is a psychiatrist and Deputy Psychiatrist-in-Chief at the University Health Network and Associate Professor at the University of Toronto.

With all due respect I also have to say that more than 70 countries have Anti-Gay Laws (Death penalty) which include country’s like Russia, Sudan, Saudi Arabia and Iran to name a few.

I do have respect for the leaders of these counties in question (excluding the newly formed American Government, whom should know better) for being honest unlike, Canada whom have created fake legislation said to protect all citizens, that I have fought and suffered to obtain more than 30 years, which in reality, I believe it’s only to quit those protesting, because as sure as I sit here, they will stick a knife in your back the first chance they get whom I have no respect for at all.

As a survivor of a suicide attempt at 19 years of age I now long for my time to cease on this planet, which I truly believe to be hell.

There are only two types of people I despise, and that is Liar’s, perjurer, deceiver’s and thieves, call them what you like but Canada is over whelmed with this type of individual that I call Greeders whom will walk on or over anyone to satisfy their own needs & greed, the place that if you Rob a bank, your life is finished but that same bank can rob you without repercussions.

Millions of people continue to live in places that outlaw same sex relationships and prosecute people for being gay. In five countries and in parts of two others, homosexuality is still punishable with the death penalty, while a further 70 imprison citizens because of their sexual orientation. ~ United Nations Feb 10, 2014.

slide_360376_4031617_compressedBelow is what one man from Ireland had to say about living in Canada after immigrating here to Vancouver and being here just five years, this is an excerpt from his review Pros & Cons of living in Canada:

High taxes, not just on wages but on everything you purchase and sometimes yearly on certain things like the value assessed property tax, high commercial tax, high living tax, just high tax on everything like GST and HST.

The pay gap between struggling and comfortable is so far removed from reality that half the people in Vancouver can’t afford to leave Vancouver because it costs so much just to survive.

Services, all of them are expensive. I never once imagined an incoming call could be considered a charge.

I have once again filed a Claim in The Federal Court of Canada against the Royal Bank of Canada on January 21, 2017 and I don’t even know if it’s been accepted or declined to date!

These are a few of my thoughts on the evils and how my Country has failed me!

Article by Terry.K posted Febuary 5, 2017

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Employment Standards Claim Kinden v. easyhome (goeasy Limited) #70178062

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From: Proulx, Arlene (MOL)  Date: Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 4:56 PM
Subject: Employment Standards Claim #70178062-6 mailed-by: ontario.ca

Good afternoon Melvin:

I received your voicemail Friday January 27 2017 requesting a return call.

chuckie-human2I would like to confirm that we have received a total of 9 emails from you. The emails that have been received have been attached to your claim for review.

Please be advised that your claim has been escalated for further investigation by a higher level officer than myself due to the reprisal allegation. Claims with reprisal allegations are investigated by a higher level officer.

Your claim is currently in the queue awaiting assignment to an officer. Once an officer at the higher level becomes available, your claim will be assigned and that officer will contact you.

Sincerely,

Arlene Proulx
Employment Standards Officer #1128
Provincial Claims Centre – Employment Standards Branch
Ontario Ministry of Labour

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Also below you will find the regulations and the process taken by the Ministry of labour for allegations of Reprisal under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA)

Update:  Above is taken from a email received regarding the Ministry of labour Claim yesterday, in regards to my allegations of reprisal, harassment and workplace voilence which 4798are separte issues but the harassment discrimination and violence is another issue that I want closure on as well and I don’t mean money because that solves nothing, I want Justice this time around, I want to pursue these judge-smiley-emoticonmater’s because they did with out a doubt continually refused all my request for a transferr  while the harassment continued. Then when I filed the claim on Feb 1, 2016 at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario for arbitration, to ask that they decide if I should be granted a transferr or not, six weeks later on March 14, 2016, easyhome (goeasy limited) terminated my employment in reprisal. The links to the official documents and MOL regulations and legislation are supplied below as well

Reprisals 

PART VI
REPRISALS BY EMPLOYER PROHIBITED

Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) provides workers with rights and responsibilities. It prohibits employers from penalizing workers in reprisal for obeying the law or exercising their rights.

Under Section 50 of the OHSA, an employer cannot

  • dismiss (or threaten to dismiss) a worker
  • discipline or suspend a worker (or threaten to do so)
  • impose (or threaten to impose) any penalty upon a worker, or
  • intimidate or coerce a worker…

… because a worker has

  • followed the OHSA and regulations
  • exercised rights under the OHSA, including the right to refuse unsafe work
  • asked the employer to follow the OHSA and regulations.

A worker also cannot be penalized for

  • providing information to a Ministry of Labour inspector
  • following a Ministry of Labour inspector’s order, or
  • testifying at a hearing about OHSA enforcement
    • in court
    • before the Ontario Labour Relations Board
    • at a grievance arbitration, and
    • at a coroner’s inquest

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We Matter~Indigenous youth who are feeling alone

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I Matter~You Matter~We Matter

e861fb7b5d22fc4a6f97d642b05b8b72We Matter is a national campaign designed to share the message to Indigenous youth struggling with suicidal thoughts and other hardships that no matter how hopeless or lonely things feel, there is always a way forward.

Suicide rates for Indigenous youth are several times higher that of other Canadians, as well as instances of addiction, abuse, violence, and many other issues. We believe this doesn’t need to be the case.

OUR MANDATE

native-girls2Our mandate is to communicate to Indigenous youth that their lives matter, and to provide resources to encourage and support those in crisis while fostering unity and resiliency. We provide a forum for people across the country to share video messages of hope and positivity with youth who are going through a hard time. By sharing our stories, our words of encouragement, and our authentic messages of hope and resilience, we help to make a community stronger. We remind youth that I matter. You matter. We matter.

MEET WE MATTER

The We Matter Campaign was concepted in the summer of 2016 by two First Nations with-love-smiley-emoticonsiblings, Kelvin and Tunchai Redvers, whom started We Matter with the belief that hope can be brought to Indigenous youth who are feeling alone.

Growing up in the Northwest Territories, they saw potential to connect Aboriginal youth, and provide help and guidance in an interactive, multi-media format. You can take part – by creating a video, artwork, or story – or simply watching and sharing (to friends, family, facebook, or even schools), you can also visit us at our website or facebook.

OUR GOALS

As We Matter grows, we hope to have video, art and written submissions from every Aboriginal community across Canada so that all youth can feel the support of their home community. We encourage you to add your voice. Your feelings of sadness, your feelings of hope, your own lived experience and your resilience can help remind youth why their lives matter. Every voice added makes a real difference.

 CANADA IS HUGE, AND NOT ALL COMMUNITIES HAVE READILY ACCESSIBLE INTERNET CONNECTIONS.

We are reaching out to share our messages in hard copy formats. Please connect with us if you would like to bring We Matter to your community. info@wemattercampaign.org

boy-girlfriend-it-gets-betteritgetsbetter-300x183Our model of sharing messages of hope and resiliency was based on the It Gets Better Project, an initiative to share videos of hope and positivity with LGTBQ youth. These messages remind youth that life becomes easier and gets better if they can get through the difficult teenage years.

We thank the It Gets Better Project for their ongoing support as our Organizational Partner, and encourage you to visit their website for more videos addressing community, strength and resiliency in the face of adversity.

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OUR PARTNERS

We Matter has only been possible thanks to the kind support of the people and organizations who believe in a world where Aboriginal youth have the resources to overcome hardships, struggles with mental health, and suicidal ideation. Please visit Our Partners page to learn more.

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Madonna Is Billboard’s 2016 Woman of the Year

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When the 11th annual Billboard Women In Music event hits New York City this winter, royalty will be present. 

Following a year where she extended her record as the highest-grossing female touring artist of all time, Madonna will receive Billboard’s 2016 Woman of the Year award. 

madonna-4Madonna is one of a miniscule number of super-artists whose influence and career transcend music,” said Janice Min, president and chief creative officer of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group. “With her creative vision, relentless innovation, and dedication to philanthropic causes, she is an inspiration to hundreds of millions of people around the world, all while shattering every career record out there. She is an important feminist on top of that, a one-of-a-kind artist who’s used her influence to change the conversation around women, sexuality and equal rights.

From her Prince tribute alongside Stevie Wonder at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards to her political Met Gala appearance to her indelible commentary on the 2016 election, Madonna has remained a constant force in pop culture and source of cultural conversation over the past year.

madonna-smilie-living-for-loveHer Rebel Heart Tour, which wrapped in March, solidified her status as one of the biggest touring acts of all time. Madonna sold more than 1 million tickets and walked away with $170 million. That makes her the highest grossing solo touring artist in Billboard Boxscore history (the archives go back to 1990) with a staggering $1.31 billion in total concert grosses.

In addition to being the first female pop star with true control of her career and image, Madonna is the best-selling female recording artist of all time. She’s earned 8 No. 1 albums (and 21 top 10 albums) on the Billboard 200 and 12 No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100. With her 46th No. 1 on the Dance Club Songs chart in 2015, she extended her own record for the most No. 1s on a single Billboard chart. She also holds the record for the most top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with 38.

heart-caseIn addition to her ongoing chart dominance, her philanthropic efforts are effecting real madonna-smiliechange in the world. Madonna’s Raising Malawi organization is currently constructing Malawi’s first pediatric surgery and intensive care unit, which will double the number of life-saving surgeries performed on children each year, provide intensive care after critical surgeries, and train specialized Malawian medical staff. The Mercy James Institute of Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care facility will open in 2017.

The seven-time Grammy winner will receive the honor at the 11th annual Women in Music event, held Dec. 9 in New York City and airing nationally on Lifetime on Dec.12. The star-studded event is held in conjunction with the publication of Billboard’s Women in Music list, which identifies the 50 most powerful female executives in the industry each year.

Article posted Oct 14, 2016 by BillBoard Staff

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GLBT Historical Society “Learning From Our Past, Creating Our Future”

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Terry Beswick the executive director of the GLBT Historical Society

The elections of 2016 have left so many of us disappointed and worried about what’s next, tumblr_n7vgfoxgte1sp6e2vo1_r1_250and while we at the GLBT Historical Society share these concerns, we recognize that we directorhave a special role in creating the change we’d like to see.

Our unique responsibility is to help put our contemporary  challenges into historical context. In this way, we as a community will be better prepared to overcome obstacles, avail ourselves of promising opportunities and, ultimately, build a better future for LGBTQ people and our allies. This process begins with an understanding of our past and of the ways that understanding can inspire a society of greater respect for all.

Over the last year, the Historical Society has made great progress in preserving, protecting and sharing our history:
  • smiley20deliveryWith strong support from our members and donors, we moved our archives and offices to a new, spacious location in the mid-Market neighborhood of San Francisco. We now have over twice as much room for our archives, allowing us to process a backlog of donations and to acquire new collections.
  • freddie-smilieOur volunteer-staffed GLBT History Museum celebrated its five-year anniversary in the Castro, and over the course of 2016, we expanded the calendar of new exhibitions and programming. We’re especially proud of our continuing efforts to ensure the museum better reflects the great diversity of our community.elton-new-smilie8
  • If we meet our year-end fundraising goal, our 2016 budget will surpass the previous year by 50 percent. Some of the sources of this growth: We brought back our fabulous annual gala, raising more than $60,000. And thanks to strong support from the community, our membership increased by 30 percent.

Of course, we have a lot more work to do, both within the LGBTQ community and with the general public. I believe our community is in a unique position to build cultural awareness and understanding among all our families and communities of origin, not only about gender and sexuality, but also about issues of racial, economic and social justice that glbt-historical-societyinevitably affect LGBTQ people.

That’s why the GLBT Historical Society recently launched Vision2020, our four-year campaign to establish a New Museum of LGBTQ History and Culture in San Francisco. We’re working to create a full-fledged educational institution to support dialogue and discovery for locals of all ages and for visitors from around the globe.

We’re aiming to raise $75,000 for our Vision2020 campaign by the end of the year, with the first $30,000 in new donations matched dollar for dollar by three generous donors. We are more than halfway there — and with support from the community, we’ll not only meet the goal, we’ll exceed it. All funds raised will be used to help prepare us to launch a full-fledged capital campaign for the New Museum of LGBTQ History and Culture. Here’s where to make your donation.

As we look forward to exciting plans for 2017, we’re immensely grateful to all those who make our work possible. As always, your ongoing support will be crucial to our success.

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Gender Identity and Gender Expression (Canada)

There are a variety of individual experiences of gender and of gender expression. The terms “gender identity” and “gender expression” include a wide range of gender diversity.

🌈 Gender Identity 🌈

smilie-orangeGender identity is each person’s internal and individual experience of gender. It is their sense of being a woman, a man, both, neither, or anywhere along the gender spectrum.

A person’s gender identity may be the same as or different from the gender typically associated with their sex assigned at birth. When a person’s gender identity is different from the gender typically associated with their sex assigned at birth, this is often described as transgender or simply trans.

Gender identity is not the same as a person’s sexual orientation.

🌈 Gender Expression 🌈

Gender expression is the way in which people publicly present their gender. It is the presentation of gender through such aspects as dress, hair, make-up, body language, and voice.

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Julia Roberts’ Humantarian Efforts Honored at GLSEN’s Respect Awards

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The honorees at the 10th-annual event also included Danny Moder, Derek Hough and student Cliff Tang

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The Beverly Wilshire ballroom hosted accomplished actors, writers, producers, directors, activists and a very famous A-lister on Friday night for GLSEN’s Respect Awards Los Angeles, but it was a group of LGBT teens from the organization’s student ambassador program that garnered the most praise and respect from the lively Hollywood crowd.

roberts2Even that Oscar winning A-listerJulia Roberts who was honored with the night’s Humanitarian Award with absentee hubby Danny Moder – seemed star struck by the students, whose courage in rising above bullying to live truthful lives was on full display throughout the evening. “The young people in this room have encouraged me infinitely,” she said during her closing acceptance speech close to 10 p.m., a time she joked would normally be in line with her second REM cycle. “I’m so moved, I’m so amazed and I feel that it is now our responsibility as the Moder family – me and the four of them who didn’t come – to support all of you in this room in any and every way we can.”15_3_41-1

Moder couldn’t make it because he was in Texas, relayed Roberts, but Ryan Murphy could. The multi-hyphenate presented the actress with her award and in the process praised the couple’s philanthropic efforts on behalf of GLSEN, UNICEF, Heal the Bay, Stand Up to Cancer and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. On a lighter note, Murphy dubbed the Moders “damn fine role models” and noted that Roberts filmed the classic Pretty Woman in the same hotel 25 years ago. (Reg Bev Will, anyone?)

Speaking of her screen work, Murphy also said that Roberts is one of the main reasons his julia-smilieHBO film The Normal Heart got made. During her 0001speech, Roberts (who sat next to her agent, CAA’s Kevin Huvane) said she was thrilled to be recognized but she’s fully aware of what her role in the process really is.

“It’s a bit of a fraud because there is so much power and conversation that goes on in this room that is separate from us,” noted Roberts, who also had a witty retort for Murphy, telling him, “Twenty five years is a long time, Ryan.” “I realized tonight that I serve a purpose as a finger pointer … a good finger pointer. The one that says, ‘Look over here. Look at this young man.’  A humanitarian is a person who brings attention to the welfare and good works of others. In that regard, we are that. We are all that. I feel like this award should be the big mom award because that is what moms do all day, every day.”

The real names of the night’s other big awards are the Chairman’s Award, the Inspiration anim_tvAward and the Student Advocate of the Year Award. The event – an annual fundraiser that recognizes the work of individuals, networks and companies who are creating change for LGBT students and peers in K-12 schools – pulled in more than $1.2 million for GLSEN, announced Kevin Brockman during the night’s opening remarks from the podium where he stood alongside Kathy Kloves.

The scribe, who is married to Harry Potter screenwriter Steve Kloves, enthusiastically praised her gay son as “handsome,” adding, “It doesn’t matter to me that my son is gay or straight, I just love my son for who he is.”

awardsKloves and Brockman, who serves as both executive vp global communications for the Disney/ABC Television Group executive and chairman of the board of GLSEN, served as the night’s co-hosts along with DreamWorks’ Chip Sullivan. Brockman and Sullivan got several nice shout outs during the evening for their tireless work on behalf of GLSEN, a national education org that works to ensure safe schools for all students by providing educational materials, policy, student organizing programs and educator training initiatives.

But back to the awards. NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt grabbed the Chairman’s trophy and proved to be a fitting recipient due to his involvement in bringing many gay characters and storylines to the small screen as well as his standing as the only gay broadcast television chairman.

NBC Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler presented Greenblatt with his award and provided the packed room with many reasons to laugh. First she praised his credits, judge-smiley-emoticon-1mentioning his work in bringing marginalized characters and under-served communities to the forefront on such shows as The L Word, Six Feet Under, Chicago Fire, The Voice and The New Normal, among many others. Then she mentioned that he’s “guided us and our network back to No. 1.” “What Bob can’t say tonight is suck it everybody,” she laughed. “We’re No. 1 and you’re not!” respect-signPoehler also added: “(Bob) knows that television is a powerful and intimate medium that comes into your homes and you watch people act and you learn how you want to act and who you want to be. And most importantly, he kept Parks and Recreation on the air.” In accepting his award, Greenblatt remembered an early time in his career when he worked at Fox which put Darren Star’s Melrose Place on the air. (The original series, not the “tacky remake on the CW,” he joked). The year was 1994 and one of the main characters, who was gay, was to film a scene that called for a same-sex kiss. Instead of heart-smiley-facepushing the conservative boundaries of the time, the network “dipped the screen to black until the kiss was over,” said Greenblatt, who admittedly was too low on the totem pole to fight the network and advertisers. “It was really disheartening to see a network so afraid … that they literally turned the lights out. The battle I lost then only motivated me to push harder for the cause as time went on and I’m happy to say it did get easier very quickly.”….. continue reading»»»»»»

Article by Chris Gardner for the Hollywood Reporter Oct 18, 2016

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He Continues To Make A Difference

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smilie-gay-faceOctober is LGBT History Month!smilie-gay-face

October is a great time to include positive representations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, history and events in your classroom and assess opportunities for LGBT-inclusive curriculum throughout the year.

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

k14225952-2GLSEN (pronounced “glisten”) was founded in 1990 by a small, but dedicated group of teachers in Massachusetts who came together to improve an education system that too frequently allows its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) glsenstudents to be bullied, discriminated against, or fall through the cracks.  Over 25 years later, that small group has grown into the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for LGBTQ students.We face a pervasive problem with a set of new challenges. 8 out of 10 LGBT students are still harassed at school each year because of who they are.
We are working to change that.

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ELA and History Resource: Matthew Shepard (Grades 9-12)

small-heart GLSEN, the Matthew Shepard Foundation, Lesléa Newman and Candlewick Press have collaborated to develop  He Continues to Make a Difference: Commemorating the Life of Matthew glsenShepard, a resource for high school educators interested in:

• Commemorating and learning from the life of Matthew Shepard

• Teaching themes of empathy and social justice

• Implementing LGBT-Inclusive curriculum while meeting reading and writing standards

• Supporting LGBT students

Using Lesléa Newman’s award-winning book of poetry, OCTOBER MOURNING: A SONG FOR MATTHEW SHEPARD, as a foundation, educators can foster meaningful dialogue with students while meeting English/Language Arts and Social Studies standards.

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small-heart He Continues to Make a Difference is a resource for high school educators that includes information and best practices for supporting LGBT students and developing an LGBT-inclusive curriculum, along with classroom resources and lessons aligned with ELA Common Core State Standards. Click HERE to learn more.

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This resources was developed by GLSEN, the Matthew Shepard Foundation, Lesléa Newman and Candlewick Press. Click HERE to learn more about the partners and their offerings.

Introduce Matthew’s Place to your LGBTQ Students!

small-heart MatthewsPlace.com is an online community and resource site for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer and questioning youth ages 13 to 24. The LGBTQ safe space works to rainbow_smiley_face_heart_sticker-rd5be97d5a76f437391dd913496598a30_v9w0n_8byvr_512support youth, combat bullying, and give young people a platform to make their voices heard.

Matthew’s Place features interviews with individuals in the LGBT and allied community and an in-depth list of shelters, outreach centers, and empowerment programs that are welcoming of youth regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Matthew’s Place is a program of the Matthew Shepard Foundation. The foundation was founded after the death of Matthew Shepard following a traumatic attack he suffered in one of America’s most notorious anti-gay hate crimes in Laramie, Wyoming.

Since its creation, MatthewsPlace.com has received hundreds of thousands of unique visitors who have used its 50-state resource and service directory; read inspirational interviews with LGBT and allied professionals, political leaders, entertainers and activists; participated in chat sessions with rainbow007Matthew Shepard Foundation staff and special guests; and viewed written and video blogs by LGBT youth across the country. 

The site is inspired by the intense need for information, support and services by LGBTQ youth, particularly in rural areas where in-person services and organizations are sparse or nonexistent. The site hopes to inspire happiness, health, and positive choices among LGBTQ youth.

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At the foundation of small-heart He Continues to Make a Difference is Lesléa Newman’s award-winning OCTOBER MOURNING: A SONG FOR MATTHEW SHEPARD. Watch the trailer and read below to learn more.

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On the night of October 6, 1998, a gay twenty-one-year-old University of Wyoming student named Matthew Shepard was lured from a bar by two young men, then savagely matthew-shepard3beaten, tied to a fence on the outskirts of Laramie, and left to die. Five days later, Lesléa Newman arrived on campus to give the keynote speech for the University of Wyoming’s Gay Awareness Week. October Mourning is Newman’s deeply personal response to the events of that tragic day and its brutal aftermathThis work of poetic imagination explores the impact of the vicious crime through fictitious monologues from various points of view, including the fence to which Matthew was tied, the deer that kept watch beside him, and even Matthew himself.

reading-geek-female-girl-smiley-emoticon-000536-largeOCTOBER MOURNING: A SONG FOR MATTHEW SHEPARD is a cycle of sixty-eight poems that serves as an illumination for readers too young to remember and as a powerful, enduring tribute to Matthew Shepard’s life and legacy. Click HERE for more information about the book and accompanying resources.

 

 

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GLAAD launches countdown to Spirit Day 2016!

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The degree and kind of a man’s sexuality reach up into the ultimate pinnacle of his spirit ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

pink-happy-heart-smiley-emoticonToday Sept 15, 2016 GLAAD launched the official countdown to Spirit Day, the largest and most visible campaign in the world working to advance acceptance of LGBTQ youth. Spirit Day takes place on October 20th and inspires millions around the world to wear purple or ‘go purple’ on their social media accounts, creating a united stand against bullying and in support of LGBTQ youth.

“Since its inception, Spirit Day has brought unparalleled attention to one of the most painful issues that disproportionately affects LGBTQ youthbullying,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. According to GLSEN’s most recent National School smilie-family-better3Climate Survey, 85% of LGBT students report they have been verbally harassed with 65% percent reporting that they have heard homophobic remarks frequently or often in school. GLSEN also reported that 30% of students missed at least one day of school in a given month because they felt unsafe or uncomfortable in their school environment. Ellis adds, “Young people are our future, and it’s imperative that we empower them to be the leaders of tomorrow. With updated anti-bullying resources in multiple languages, Spirit Day 2016 is sure to reach more youth than ever with messages of acceptance and support.”

Every year, Spirit Day draws the participation and suport of celebrities, corporations, media outlets, sports leagues, schools, faith institutions, national landmarks, and individuals. This year, Spirit Day is made gayheart possible by the generous support of its presenting partners Target and Wells Fargo, official partners, Dow, Google, NBA and WNBA, NFL, and WWE, and supporting partners, American Eagle Outfitters, Barilla, Chobani, Comcast NBCUniversal, Kellogg’s, Kirkland & Ellis, Toyota Financial Services, and Zipcar.

waving_crossed_gay_pride_flags“LGBTQ youth deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential. To be comfortable with and proud of who they are. To be free to be exactly who they were born to be, “said Laysha Ward, Executive Vice President & Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, Target. “Target is excited to be a Spirit Day presenting partner, working with GLAAD to raise awareness around the issue of bullying in the LGBTQ youth community.”

“A child’s true potential should never be diminished by fear,” said John Lake, Wells Fargo’s LGBT segment leader. “We see Spirit Day as a powerful tool to raise awareness of the challenges faced by kids who identify as LGBTQ and to show our solidarity as an ally. We are committed to working alongside GLAAD to help combat bullying and protect LGBTQ youth – an effort that remains at the core of our decades-long commitment to the LGBTQ community.”

smileTo celebrate the countdown to Spirit Day, GLAAD also released crucial anti-bullying resources for educators, parents, and students. GLAAD’s Anti-Bullying Resource Kit provides tools and information teachers the aide in keeping bullying out of the classroom and help both teachers and parents support LGBTQ youth. Additionally, GLAAD released the Spirit Day Kit, which helps people of all ages bring Spirit Day directly to their community, including schools and local media outlets.

Coinciding with National Bullying Prevention Month, Spirit Day began in 2010 after a high untitled-1school student posted the idea to her Tumblr page following the suicide deaths of several LGBTQ and LGBTQ-perceived young people. Previous Spirit Day participants include The White House, The Empire State Building, Britney Spears, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Cher, Shaquille O’Neal, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The View, The Talk, The Tonight Show, the NBA, the NFL, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, WWE, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, the Las Vegas Strip, and more.

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George Michael – Biography {Part 1}

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“It is infantile superstition of the human spirit that virginity would be thought a virtue and not the barrier that separates ignorance from Knowledge” ~ Voltaire

Global superstar George Michael continues his extraordinary career when he releases

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Symphonica’, his sixth solo album, on March 17. ‘Symphonica’ was recorded during the tour of the same name of 2011 and ‘12 and was co-produced by George himself, alongside

the late, legendary Phil Ramone. ’Let Her Down Easy’, the lead single from ‘Symphonica’ is now at radio on and will be released on iTunes/digital platforms on March 17. ‘Let Her Down Easy’ was written and originally performed by Terence Trent D’Arby.

Since he entered our lives in 1982 with the ground-breaking slice of exuberance that was ‘Wham! Rap (Enjoy What You Do)’, George Michael has become an international artist of the highest smiley_emoticons_kingrestless05order. He has sold well over 100 million albums in a world where Germany’s population is 80 million and the United Kingdom’s is 63 million. He’s topped charts from Austria to Australia. He’s sold-out stadiums from Tokyo to Tampa. He re-defined popular music with his debut solo album, 1987’s ‘Faith’ and has subsequently crafted a substantial, enormously popular body of work.

Perhaps, though, the real starting point is Radlett, a commuter town of 60,000 souls, north-west of London, where some scenes of Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange were hugefilmed. It’s where young Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou (born 25 June 1963) and his loving, tightly bound, part-Greek-Cypriot, part-English family moved from their original North London home. Like teenagers the world over, George and his best friend, fellow Bushey Meads Comprehensive student Andrew Ridgeley, would dream of pop stardom, of making it big: “I wanted to be loved,” admitted George. “It was an ego satisfaction thing”. Deep down, the pair of dreamers understood that it wasn’t going to happen. These things just didn’t happen.

Yet, these things do occasionally happen and as Wham!, the duo would encapsulate the early-’80s. From that first single to their last, 1986’s ‘The Edge Of Heaven/Where Did Your Heart Go’, they sold 25 million records and they departed in a blaze of glory before 72,000 people at Wembley Stadium on June 26 1986, their friendship as strong as it was in the beginning. Wham! never got old and never lost their exclamation mark, but along the way, smilie-chuckie-boy-choose4George won the first of his three Ivor Novello Songwriter Of The Year awards in 1985. They had two US Number 1 singles and a Number 1 album – titled ‘Make It Big’ to commemorate those Bushey Meads dreams – they became first western band to play China and George began his long but mercifully mostly undocumented commitment to charity work with a performance on Band Aid’s ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ and by donating all Wham! royalties from their ‘Last Christmas/Everything She Wants’ single to Ethiopian famine relief.

Even when Wham! were in their pomp and George was contributing to his friend and sparring partner Elton John’sNikita’ and ‘Wrap Her Up’, it was plain that George’s destiny was solo and that his new, more mature songs were too worldly, too adult to fit into the format of a good-time duo. He’d already dipped a toe in solo waters in 1984 with a song he’d written as a 17-year-old (“a very precocious lyric!” he quipped) while riding the number 32 bus home as a teenager.  c7083371a65741383023fa36151b7ca8 ‘Careless Whisper’ (credited to Wham! Featuring George Michael in the US) not only introduced one of the great lines in popular music, “guilty feet have got no rhythm”, but showed that there was more to George than the instant joy of ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go’ and ‘Young Guns (Go For It)’. ‘Careless Whisper’ charged to Number 1 in America and topped the charts in Australia, Canada, France, Holland, Italy, Ireland, South Africa, Switzerland and the UK, amongst others.

Just to prove ‘Careless Whisper’ was no fluke, before Wham!’s final hurrah, George’s second solo single, ‘A Different Corner’  e675ce7a59019d38159539eb08934af7 topped the British charts and went Top 10 in the US, Australia, Austria, Germany, Holland, Ireland and Switzerland. As someone once almost said, you didn’t have to be a weatherman to see which way the wind was blowing.

His first post-Wham! offering wasn’t even a solo effort. Instead, hot on the heels of singing alongside Stevie Wonder on a glorious ‘Love’s In Need Of Love Today’ at the world’s george-2leading soul venue, Harlem’s Apollo Theater, George became the first white male vocalist to duet with Aretha Franklin, whom he described as “the best female soul singer in the world”. The magical, life-affirming, Grammy-winningI Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)’ swept its way to Number 1 on both sides of the Atlantic, Australia, Ireland and Holland.

Then, shortly after George contributed vocals to ex-Shalamar chanteuse Jody Watley’s self-titled album came the iconic, groundbreaking ‘Faith’, which would eventually top charts in the UK, US, Australia, Ireland and Holland before going 10X Platinum in the US and 5X Platinum in the UK. Released in October 1987 and recorded earlier that year at Puk, in Judland, somewhere in the Danish countryside (it was a tax year thing; but George just yearned for home) and Sarm West Studio 2 in West London, it surprised everyone who suspected that for all Wham!’s obvious style and swagger, they might have lacked real depth.

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Faith’ is the one written (except for his childhood and current friend David Austin’s sterling contribution to ‘Look At Your Hands’), produced and arranged by George himself. It’s the one which stayed atop the American charts for 12 weeks and the one which spawned four of his six number one US singles: ‘Faith’ itself, ‘Father Figure’, ‘One More Try’ and ‘Monkey’.

moneyWidely acclaimed as the British ‘Thriller’, ‘Faith’ sold over 10 million copies in the US alone (it’s found its way into almost 25 million homes worldwide), it transformed George Michael from global teen idol to global adult superstar – in the process coining one of his least favourite phrases “doing a George Michael” – and it paved the way for the extraordinary delights to come.

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And ‘Faith’ was the album which made the Michael mantelpiece sag with awards: a Grammy for Album Of The Year; three American Music Awards (Favourite Album (Soul/R&B); Favourite Male Vocalist (Soul/R&B) and Favourite Male Vocalist (Pop/Rock)) plus an MTV Award for ‘Father Figure’ (Best Direction) and Ivor Novello Awards for Songwriter Of The Year and International Hit Of The Year.

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Welcome to the Show ~ Adam Lambert

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Take your flaws in stride, nurture your talents, take pride in your Queerness, and share all the love you have. — Adam Lambert

After recording the song a few months ago, I felt very compelled to create a video to further communicate it’s meaning. adam-lambert-does-epic-kermit-the-frog-impersonation-socialI notice such diversity in my audiences when I’m on tour: Young, old, male, female, Trans, Gay, Straight, White, Black, Asian, Hispanic, and every beautiful in-between. The common bond is that they are all HUMAN BEINGS. No matter how we identify, the human heart has a universal set of emotions and needs.

Sure it’s idealistic, but couldn’t we be recognising our similarities, instead of our differences? It all comes down to Identity. We as a society are obsessed with how to classify and define each person. There are new labels invented monthly for how to describe new “types”. In some cases, these labels are needed to empower us and give us clarity, but it seems that at some point, all the categorising can become quite divisive.

Welcome To The Show is an anthem about facing exactly who you are and OWNING it. Its intended as a mantra to inspire strength and PRIDE.

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103006574I’ve seen so many people trapped by the identity they put so much effort into maintaining, or shunned by choosing not to. I have fallen into that trap myself True Individuality seems daunting in our age of social media popularity contests. Sometimes it’s terrifying to face your true, whole self, stripped of any pretence. The good, the bad, the cracks, and the scars. I am no stranger to the feeling of not liking myself.

Once I get past my own body image issues, I realise that I sometimes also neglect my own spirit. Living in a world filled with so much hatred sometimes makes cultivating self-love a adam-smilie2very difficult task. I have always struggled with this as I’m sure many of you have. My path is a kind of paradox in that I get to share my craft with the world, but also be willing to throw myself to the wolves. To dare to be different, but still wanting to be accepted. There is vast beauty to be found in life’s contradictions. This non-binary reality allows us to lead happy, expressive lives, and yet this very freedom comes with great risks. I’m not alone in this limbo.

This is the first time I’ve produced my own music video. With the help of my friend and long – time collaborator Lee Cherry, we set out to co-direct something notably honest. I spoke with Laleh (the brilliant songwriter who is featured on the song) and we agreed on the vulnerability we wanted captured on screen.

I think the more we as artists share 5bffa15e76893ea4c1a195f63963e6fc6dcdfc193992012ourselves openly, the more someone outchuckie-guitar there may feel inspired to do the same. I also felt a strong feeling of empowerment in creating this video independent of the label system. It was time to shoot this one on my own.

This video isn’t about selling a song, or product placement, or racking up viral views. This is intended simply as a creative expression. What resulted on set came from a very free and organic headspace that allowed me to connect with the camera as if it were each person who’s supported me over the last 7 years.

ithank youThis video is a thank you to all of you who have lined up to see the Original High World Tour. To everyone who has listened and shared my songs and given me the purpose to keep moving forward. It’s a thank you to all of you who choose to accept and Love who YOU are! We hold each other up! I want you to keep celebrating exactly who you are, even if you don’t fit into the worlds ideas of what they think you should be.

“Through my art, I pledge to bring empathy and courage to anyone who has been made to feel unworthy or ashamed while daring to be themselves. “

smilie_tanz_073Directed by Lee Cherry and Adam Lambert with Post Production and VFX by Studio Private. Listen and download Adam’s new single “Welcome to the Show” feat. Laleh at http://smarturl.it/adam.wtts.

Download Adam Lambert’s most recent album “The Original High” featuring “Another Lonely Night” and “Ghost Town” now at http://adamofficial.com.

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The Tyler Clementi Foundation

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About the Tyler Clementi Foundation

boygirl3The Tyler Clementi Foundation is an organization created by the Clementi family which seeks to prevent bullying through inclusion, assertion of dignity and acceptance as a way to honor the memory of Tyler Clementi: a son, a brother and a friend.

In 2010, Tyler’s death became a global news story, highlighting the impact and consequences of bullying while sparking dialogue amongst parents, teachers, and students across the country. The story also linked to broader issues impacting youth and families such as LGBT inequality, safety in schools, youth in crisis, higher education support systems, and cyberbullying.

Not only does the foundation continue to carry the important message about the suicide risk facing many LGBT youth, which can be three to seven times more at risk for suicide giphythan other youth, but The Tyler Clementi Foundation recognises that our message of standing up to bullying speaks universally across all cultures and identities.

Since 2011, The Tyler Clementi Foundation was born out of the urgent need to address these bullying challenges facing vulnerable populations, especially LGBT and other victims of hostile social environments. Through programs such as #Day1, which provides free downloadable toolkits customised for different communities, the foundation encourages leadership in creating safe spaces where individuals are able to stand up to bullying and embrace diversity.

Tyler’s Story

Meet Tyler. His story inspires thousands.

tylerDecember 19, 1991 – September 22, 2010

Smart, talented and creative: Tyler Clementi was deeply loved by family and friends for his kind heart and bright spirit. At the young age of 18, he became a victim of a horrible act of cyber-harassment and humiliation. His story puts a human face on the consequences of cruelty, which has been faced by millions of others suffering in silence in their schools, colleges, teams, workplaces, or faith communities. Tyler’s story has inspired tens of thousands of youth and adults to be Upstanders in the face of bullying, harassment and humiliation across the globe.

Read about bullying statistics here.

A Passionate Young Man

Tyler could think outside the box.

He grew up with a passion for music. Tyler began playing the violin in the third grade and became an accomplished violinist. He 2539718-1843096140-fiddlperformed in numerous orchestras and was awarded with several accolades for his musical contributions.

Tyler was also an enthusiastic bicyclist and unicyclist.

By combining his knowledge with creativity and talent, he taught himself to play the violin while unicycling! He understood that we all must learn to embrace unique qualities in others and in ourselves.

Coming Out

Another quality Tyler learned to embrace was his young, gay self.

The summer after his high school graduation, Tyler had just begun the important journey of coming out to close family and friends. Tyler was brave and honest about who he was, but this was still a difficult, vulnerable time for him.

toolkitIn August of 2010, Tyler began studying at Rutgers University where he was excited to learn, grow and have the freedom to live openly as a gay man.

He began playing violin at the institution’s high level orchestra. Only a few weeks into his first semester, Tyler’s musical gifts earned him a seat in an orchestra comprised primarily of upperclassmen and graduate students. Tyler was one of only two incoming freshman who made the graduate school orchestra.

Targeted for humiliation

Within weeks, Tyler became the victim of a horrible act of cyber-harassment, a type of bullying or cruelty that takes place using the internet.

At college, Tyler was immersed in his studies and violin practice. One night, Tyler asked imvulgbticonhis dorm mate, Dharun Ravi, for some privacy because he had a date. Ravi agreed but what Tyler didn’t know was that Ravi was planning a horrible act of humiliation; he secretly pointed his computer’s webcam at Tyler’s bed, and then left.

During one spying session, Tyler’s roommate captured him in an intimate act and invited toolkitothers to view it online. Many other students at the university contributed to this invasion of privacy by not standing up to report or stop what was happening to Tyler.

Tyler discovered what his abuser had done. When he viewed his roommate’s Twitter feed, he learned he had widely become a topic of ridicule in this new social environment. He also found out that his roommate was planning a second attempt to broadcast from the webcam.

Several days later, Tyler Clementi ended his life by jumping off the George Washington Bridge. He was eighteen years old.

#Day1

#Day1 Works by….

  • A person in authority leading the pledge
  • Clearly stating behavior expectations and responsibilities
  • Addressing the issue early (on Day 1!)
  • Getting verbal confirmation back

Download your free two-page handout specifically designed for your community ripby clicking here

#Day1 has worked with many organizations and celebrities sharing our strategy to end bullying! Learn why it works, how it will help your school and how you can get in touch with us to share your Day 1 Stories.

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Model Legislation for Eliminating the Gay and Trans Panic Defenses

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“Be a full-time student of life, and learn every day, then there would be no surprises.” ~ Sourav Adhikari

Williams Institute Scholars Provide Model Legislation to Eliminate Use of Gay and Trans Panic Defences 

smilie-borg“Gay panic” and “transgender panic” defences have been asserted by defendants in criminal trials throughout the U.S. since the 1960s.  In these cases, defendants have argued that their violent behaviour was a rational response to discovering that the victim was LGBT

The defences are rooted in irrational fears based on homophobia and transphobia, and send the message that violence against LGBT people is understandable and acceptable.  When successful, these defences have resulted in murder charges being reduced to manslaughter or another lesser offence.
 
To date, only one state, California, has banned defendants from asserting gay or transgender panic defence by statute.  In this brief, Williams Institute scholars present model language, based on the language adopted in California, that other states may use to eliminate use of the defences through legislation

gayheartThe model legislation offers language to prohibit defendants from using gay and trans panic defences under each of the major defences theories of provocation, insanity/diminished capacity, and self-defence.  In addition, the brief provides an overview of the ways in which the defences have been asserted in trials throughout the last several decades, and evaluates potential constitutional challenges to state legislation eliminating use of the defences.

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Williams Institute Fall Salon

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Join fellow donors and supporters of the Williams Institute for cocktails and hear from the Institute’s Faculty Chair, Doug NeJaime, about recent and upcoming research and its impact on LGBT law and policy.

A Conversation on Religious Liberties

Date: Weds Oct 5th ~ Time: 6PM – 8PM  Address: Will be provided once RSVP is submitted

To RSVP to the event, please fill out this form by September 30, 2016. ~ We look forward to seeing you!

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Sir Ian McKellen: ‘military roles are my revenge on the warmongers’

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“If that’s what masculinity is then I don’t want any part of it at all. I think gay men are more masculine than straight men. Because, guess what? They love other men!” ~ Ian McKellen

Sir Ian McKellen says some of his most famous roles have been inspired by wanting to get revenge on people who “start wars, perpetuate them and glory in them”.

ianpatrictThe actor, who is about to appear in the West End with Sir Patrick Stewart in Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land, said he had “probably played even more military men” than his co-star.

He told ES Magazine: “Gandalf is a soldier, Magneto is a soldier, Richard III, Coriolanus, Macbeth. And I think the reason is because I want my revenge on them all.

“The people who start wars, perpetuate them and glory in them. ‘God save our gracious Queen, send her victorious?’ I’m sorry. What does that mean?

Sir Patrick became a supporter of the charity Combat Stress after appearing on family history show Who Do You Think You Are? and discovering that his Second World War veteran father — who he describes as an “angry, disappointed and at times violent man” — suffered from post- traumatic stress disorder.

smilie-chuckie-star-trek2He said the discovery helped make sense of a “chaotic” childhood, adding: “It released me from so much anger.”

The two men play a pair of writers whose late-night drinking session takes a sinister turn in No Man’s Land, which opens at Wyndham’s Theatre next month after a UK tour and a run in New York, and follows their success sharing a stage in Waiting For Godot.

The actors, who both grew up in the North, said they disagreed with the Brexit vote.

Sir Ian added: “Everything that’s good about being British is related to Europe.Sir Patrick is considering applying for US citizenship in order to have his say on its politics.

He said: “There are fundamental things still to be done for the equality of race in the United States. It is still essentially a racist country.”

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Article by Stephanie Rafanelli and Robert Dex ~ Wednesday 31 August 2016

Stewart decided to try his hand at a recital of Swift’s hit Blank Space during an appearance on NPR’s Ask Me Another.

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The HRC Foundation

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equalThe Human Rights Campaign and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation together serve as America’s largest civil rights organisation working to achieve LGBTQ equality. By inspiring and engaging individuals and communities, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBTQ people and realise a world that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

The Human Rights Campaign envisions a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people are ensured equality and embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

Human Rights Campaign Story

The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 1.5 million members and 20026supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organisation, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

Our History

The Human Rights Campaign Fund was founded by Steve Endean in 1980 as one of the first gay and lesbian political action committee in the United States. The Fund’s mission was to provide family-smilie3financial support on behalf of the gay and lesbian community to political candidates who supported gay civil rights legislation. Vic Basile served as the Fund’s first executive director.

The Fund quickly rose to prominence – after its first election cycle in 1982, the Fund was the 17th largest independent political action committee in the United States.

In 1995, under Executive Director Elizabeth Birch, the organisation dropped “Fund” from its name and expanded its reach far beyond political lobbying work. Programs such as the Workplace Project and the Family Project became part of the newly created educational arm, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. All of HRC’s research, communications, marketing and public relations functions were greatly expanded. It was a key transformation that paved the way for the powerful organisation that it is today.

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HRC Foundation

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation improves the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people by working to increase understanding and four starencourage kiss-the adoption of LGBTQ-inclusive policies and practices.We build support for LGBTQ people among families and friends, co-workers and employers, pastors and parishioners, doctors and teachers, neighbours, and the general public. Through the following programs and projects, we are enhancing the lived experiences of LGBTQ people and their families, as we change hearts and minds across America and around the globe.The HRC Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organisation.  Click here for a comprehensive look at the work of the HRC Foundation, where you can download a .pdf of the HRC Foundation Overview of flip through the digital version. Highlights of our programs and projects follow.

HRC’s Children, Youth & Families Program

Becoming a parent, sending your 5-year-old to kindergarten, watching your teenager graduate from high school – these are life’s biggest moments. For LGBTQ parents and 4q5sewkLGBTQ children, they can also be some of life’s most challenging moments. That’s where HRC’s Children, Youth and Families Program comes in.

Through innovative training and direct consultation with schools, child welfare agencies and other service providers, HRC’s Children, Youth and Families Program creates welcoming, affirming and supportive environments for LGBTQ prospective parents, LGBTQ-ledfamilies, and LGBTQ youth.

The program’s projects include:

  • HRC’s All Children – All Families Project, which trains child welfare professionals to improve agency policies and practices around LGBTQ foster and adoptive families, as well as LGBTQ children and youth;
  • HRC’s Welcoming Schools Project, which offers professional development and curriculum for schools to create learning environments that embrace family diversity, avoid gender stereotyping and end bullying; and
  • HRC’s Youth Well-Being Project, which is anchored by the annual Time To Thrive conference, and promotes safety, inclusion and well-being for LGBTQ youth.

HRC’s Health & Aging Program

Going into the hospital is stressful enough without worrying about getting inferior care just because of who you are. The Health & Aging Program works to ensure that LGBTQ people receive optimal treatment in hospitals, clinics and elder care old-person-helped-to-walk-smiley-emoticon—times of vulnerability when respect and sensitivity are crucial. The program evaluates healthcare and elder facilities from an LGBTQ standpoint, trains current and future care providers, and is a powerful national advocate for LGBTQ health and aging needs.

Projects under the program include:

  • The Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), which reports on LGBTQ equity and inclusion in healthcare facilities across the country and trains their staff to provide welcoming, knowledgeable care to LGBTQ patients.
  • Educational outreach, which brings the heath and aging concerns of LGBTQ people to a wide range of audiences nationwide, including health professional schools, elder services providers, policymakers and researchers…continue reading »»»»»»

Equality Center

centerConveniently located at the corner of 17th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW in the heart of Washington, DC’s central business district, the Equality Center is steps away from several major city avenues and three Metro lines, as well as various restaurants, shopping, and hotels.

The Equality Center is comprised of the Equality Forum and the Conference Center. Both of these adaptable event spaces can be transformed to fully serve your individual needs.

black man-star3Whether you’re looking for a corporate event space or a party venue, DC has few better options than HRC’s Equality Forum. The modern, airy design makes it a unique venue for lectures, training’s, receptions, dinners, commitment ceremonies, weddings, and other events which require a large, creative space.

Equally versatile, the Conference Center is appropriate for both formal gatherings and party space rental. Adjacent to the Equality Forum, it serves as a perfect weekday, evening or weekend event space in DC. It is made up of three separate but adjoining rooms which may be opened to create one large room. All three rooms connect to an open hallway, complete with a long buffet suitable for catering or visual displays.

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Harvey Milk Foundation

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“Hope Will Never Be Silent”~ Harvey Milk

Harvey Milk Ship Naming Ceremony To Take Place Next Week

usns_harvey_milkNavy Secretary Ray Mabus and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi are among the dignitaries expected to attend next week’s historic ship captain-smiley-emoticonnaming ceremony in honour of Harvey Milk.

The Harvey Milk Foundation announced Wednesday that the ceremony will take place Tuesday at Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay Area.

U.S. Naval Institute News reported earlier this month that Mabus will name a fleet oilier the USNS Harvey Milk. 

Milk, who served aboard a submarine rescue ship during the Korean War, was the first openly gay elected official of a major U.S. city. He won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977 on a pledge to back gay and lesbian rights. He was murdered by a disgruntled former supervisor the following year.

“Uncle Harvey knew that our individual actions of open authenticity would be the key to harvey4Sailor-sailor-navy-costume-smiley-emoticon-000802-facebookchanging the lives of LGBT people everywhere,” Stuart Milk, Milk’s nephew and co-founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation, said in a press release. “And it was his belief in the power of that visibility which gave him the courage to face those bullets that he both anticipated and would ultimately take his life. As a proud Navy veteran, Uncle Harvey was committed to public service, aided by courage, persistence, and the belief that our shared journey is enriched, and not weakened, by our diversity.”

Also expected to attend the ceremony are Mayors Edwin M. Lee of San Francisco and Kevin Faulconer of San Diego. The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus will perform at the ceremony. The chorus also performed at the San Francisco unveiling of the Milk stamp in 2014, read the article from On Top Magazine. »»»»»»

OUR WORK

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Our work in the last several months, The Harvey Milk Foundation took impressive strides toward these lofty and important goals. Our volunteers worked tirelessly to make global progress, not just for the LGBT community, but for all targets of hate, discrimination and ignorance.

Here are some highlights from the past year

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In 2012, the United Nations, British Parliament and International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) worked collaboratively to bring HMF founder, Stuart Milk, to the UK to present a major talk on LGBT human rights before a full meeting of the House of Lords.

Stuart Milk4The foundation also worked with Southwark Playhouse in London to produce the first European production of Emily Mann’s award-winning play, Execution of Justice. The play sold out all of its 45 performances at the theatre’s 240-seat Main House, providing needed financial support to Stonewall UK, a leading LGBT charity.

While Milk was in the UK, the BBC recorded three separate interviews with Stuart Milk for broadcast on BBC-World News, BBC-The Strand, and BBC-World. During these wide-ranging discussions Stuart addressed the continuing struggle to decriminalise homosexuality in many Commonwealth nations, and the further advancement of LGBT inclusiveness in civil societies.

flagge-regenbogen-whirlpool-60x90And HMF sponsored and partnered again with UK based 17-24-30  for our third annual “No to Hate” rally in London’s iconic Trafalgar Square. Ministers and Deputies and most importantly activists from several minority communities participated alongside London past and present Mayors and national officials. The rally has gathered up to 10,000 people per year for a moving candlelight vigil to combat hate crimes and support all targets of hate around the globe

Following the success of 2011’s Harvey Milk Foundation/Equality Italia “Seven City Human Rights Tour,” HMF partnered with the Rome LGBT Center as they dedicated their new building and library to Harvey Milk. The President of the Province of Rome attended as Stuart presented the Center with a bronze bust of Harvey—the original artist’s proof for the striking bust at San Francisco City Hall, read more highlights »»»»»»

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OFFICIAL BIOGRAPHY OF HARVEY MILK

milkcity-hal2lHarvey Milk, was a visionary civil and human rights leader who became one of the first openly gay elected officials in the United States when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. Milk’s unprecedented loud and unapologetic proclamation of his authenticity as an openly gay candidate for public office, and his subsequent election gave never before experienced hope  to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered (LGBT) people everywhere at a time when the community was encountering widespread hostility and discrimination. tumblr_n7vgfoXGtE1sp6e2vo1_r1_250His remarkable career was tragically cut short when he was assassinated nearly a year after taking office.

Harvey was born May 22, 1930, in Woodmere, New York. Harvey and his one sibling, Robert, worked in the family’s department store, “Milks”; his Lithuanian born father, William, served in the U.S. Navy and as did his spirited, independent mother Minerva, also of Lithuanian heritage, who was a “Yeomanette” during World War I. Harvey came from a small middle-class Jewish family that had founded a Jewish synagogue and was well known in the New York  “Litvaks” community for their civic engagement. He knew he was gay by the time he attended Bayshore high school, where he was a popular student with wide-ranging interests, from opera to playing football.

Harvey-Blue-Navy-Dress-Uniform-jpgWhile in college at New York State College for Teachers (now State University of New York) in Albany, where he studied math and history, Milk penned a popular weekly student newspaper column where he began questioning issues of diversity with a reflection on the lessons learned from the recently ended World War. He graduated in 1951 and enlisted in the Navy. He attended Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, and subsequently was based in San Diego, where he served as a diving instructor. In 1955, he was discharged with the rank of lieutenant junior grade.

Following his time in the Navy, Milk entered the civilian working world in New York, as a public school teacher on Long Island, as a stock analyst in New York City, and as a production associate for Broadway musicals, including Jesus Christ Superstar and Hair. During the 1960s and early 70s, he became more actively involved in politics and advocacy and he demonstrated against the Vietnam War.

Late 1972, Milk moved to San Francisco, where he opened a camera store on Castro Street, in the heart of the city’s growing waving_crossed_gay_pride_flags gay community. It quickly became a neighbourhood centre. Milk’s sense of humour and theatricality made him a popular figure. Little more than a year after his arrival in the city, he declared his candidacy for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. He lost that race, but emerged from the campaign as a force to be reckoned with in local politics.

After some area merchants tried to prevent two gay men from opening a store, Milk and a few other business owners founded the Castro Village Association, a first in the nation organising of predominantly LGBT businesses, with Milk as president. He organised the harvey7Castro Street Fair in 1974 to attract more customers to area businesses. Its success made the Castro Village Association an effective power base for gay merchants and a blue print for other LGBT communities in the US.

In 1975, he ran again for the combined San Francisco City/County supervisor seat and narrowly lost. By now, he was established as the leading political spokesman for the Castro’s vibrant gay community. His close friend and ally Mayor George Moscone, appointed him to the city’s Board of Permit Appeals, making Milk the first openly gay city commissioner in the United States, learn more about The Harvey Milk Foundation’s work, and his nephew Stuart Milk   »»»»»»

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Catina Mezereon releases music video showing solidarity for Pride and Orlando

Untitled-1For through the citizens of every conceivable ancestry who make this city their own, we see living proof that opportunity can be accessed by all, that what unites us as human beings is far greater than what divides us, and that people from every part of this world can live together in peace. ~ President Obama

drummer-smiley-emoticongt magazine3Upcoming music sensation Catina Mezereon (aka CAT) has introduced herself to the world with her debut track“stronger” features a video dedicated to the recent tragedy in Orlando .

This new garage and house anthem is produced by eDaBeatFreakz & Incredilbes and showcases her powerful, soul-ladened vocals inside a video full of hope and support for Pride. Featuring footage from the aftermath of the Orlando shooting, it also features a positive message of solidarity and defiance in the face of such hate.

She’d previously tweeted her support for the terrible tragedy in Orlando via her Twitter account.

ElvisDiscovered while studying fashion at the London School of Fashion & Design, she made music during her free time; resulting in one of her demos making its way to the ears of multi-platinum Grammy award winning artist and rapper, Pras Michel (The Fugees).

A remix package, including a remix featuring legendary UK grime mc Ghetts, is expected to be released in the coming weeks.

Watch Catina’s video for Stronger below…

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You can download the single in the coming weeks via Catina’s official iTunes page. Follow via Instagram here.

Article posted 4th August 2016 by William J Connolly for GT Magazine.

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The Matthew Shepard Foundation

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The Matthew Shepard Foundation empowers individuals to embrace human dignity and diversity through outreach, advocacy and resource programs. We strive to replace hate with understanding, compassion and acceptance.

About Us

the-shepardsOn October 7, 1998, Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old student at the University of Wyoming, was brutally attacked and tied to a fence in a field outside of Laramie, Wyoming. and left to die. On October 12, Matt succumbed to his wounds in a hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado.

In the aftermath of Matt’s death, Judy and Dennis Shepard started the Matthew Shepard Foundation to honour his life and aspirations. Because of the tragedy endured by the Shepards.

“The beginning principle of the Foundation was to teach parents with children who may be questioning their sexuality to love and accept them for who they are, and to not throw them away.”

clipart-girl-wearing-pink-glasses-smiley-emoticon-Through her personal appearances across the country and around the world, Judy Shepard shares Matt’s story to highlight the importance of standing up for the LGBT community.

Since our formation, the Foundation has centred its efforts on providing a voice and support for LGBT youth with our online resource center Matthew’s Place, helped pioneer the country’s first federal hate crimes legislation with the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, and create dialogue about hate and acceptance within communities with special support for The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later.

stop-homophobia-d76466947It is our sincerest hope that, one day, the Foundation may be able to close its doors. But the same hate and violence that sparked the Foundation’s formation still exists today, both at home and abroad. We will continue to work tirelessly to ensure safety, visibility and inclusiveness for the entire LGBT community until that ideal becomes reality.

Matthew’s Story

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matthew shepard3The story of Matthew Shepard began on December 1, 1976 when he was born to Judy and Dennis Shepard in Casper, Wyoming. He went to public school in Casper until his junior year of high school when he moved with his family to Saudi Arabia. Matt had to finish his high school education at The American School in Switzerland because there were no American high schools in Saudi Arabia at the time. In both high schools, he was elected by his peers to be a peer counselor. He was easy to talk to, made friends easily and actively fought for the acceptance of all people.

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emoticon gif animated smile glitter 56The horrific events that took place shortly after midnight on October 7, 1998 would become one of the most notorious anti-gay hate crimes in American history and spawned an activist movement that, more than a decade later, would result in passage of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, a federal law against bias crimes directed at lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people. Two men, Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson, abducted Matt and drove him to a remote area east of Laramie, Wyoming. He was tied to a split-rail fence where the two men severely assaulted him with the butt of a pistol. He was beaten and left to die in the cold of the night. Almost 18 hours later, he was found by a bicyclist who initially mistook him for a scarecrow.

Matt died on October 12 at 12:53 a.m. at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado with his family by his side. His memorial service was attended by friends and family from around the world and garnered immense media attention that brought Matt’s story to the forefront of the fight against bigotry and hate.

ar12648297317694The life and death of Matthew Shepard changed the way we talk about, and deal with, hate in America. Since his death, Matt’s legacy has challenged and inspired millions of individuals to erase hate in all its forms. Although Matt’s life was short, his story continues to have a great impact on young and old alike. His legacy lives on in thousands of people who actively fight to replace hate with understanding, compassion, and acceptance.

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Michele Josue, friend and filmmaker: “As the media stripped my friend of his humanity, I made a promise to myself that when I was emotionally and artistically ready, I would share, with the world, who Matt really was — in the only way I knew how, through film.”

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Judy Shepard, Matt’s mother and president of the Matthew Shepard Foundation: “I hope people will be reminded that Matt was an ordinary boy who experienced both struggles and triumphs in his life, that he was real to so many people … People see parts of themselves in Matt, both good and bad, and then the message sinks in, that these victims are more than icons or figures. They’re people who feel love, pain, happiness and sadness. They had lives familiar to our own, but somehow some of us are allowed to live when others aren’t. When people see and hear about the real Matt, the Matt we knew, it’s my hope they’ll understand what we’re fighting so tirelessly for.”

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The Science of Happiness

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“A free eight-week Science of Happiness course that will offer practical, research-backed tips on living a happy and meaningful life.”  ~ The Huffington Post

A-ROTFLWe all want to be happy, and there are countless ideas about what happiness is and how we can get some. But not many of those ideas are based on science. That’s where this course comes in. “The Science of Happiness” is the first MOOC to teach the ground-breaking science of positive psychology, which explores the roots of a happy and meaningful life

Starts on September 6, 2016

5192644573003776grandpa-and-child-smiley-emoticonStudents will engage with some of the most provocative and practical lessons from this science, discovering how cutting-edge research can be applied to their own lives. Created by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, the course will zero in on a fundamental finding from positive psychology: that happiness is inextricably linked to having strong social connections and contributing to something bigger than yourself—the greater good. Students will learn about the cross-disciplinary research supporting this view, spanning the fields of psychology, neuroscience, evolutionary biology, and beyond.

What’s more, “The Science of Happiness” offers students practical strategies for tapping into and nurturing their own happiness, bbq including trying several research-backed activities that foster social and emotional well-being, and exploring how their own happiness changes along the way.smilie-face

The course’s co-instructors, Dacher Keltner and Emiliana Simon-Thomas, are not only leading authorities on positive psychology but also gifted teachers skilled at making science fun and personal. They’ll be joined by world-renowned experts discussing themes like empathy, mindfulness, and gratitude—experts including Barbara Fredrickson, Paul Ekman, Sonja Lyubomirsky, and Jon Kabat-ZinnHealth professionals who register can earn continuing education units for their participation.

Consider signing up for this course with a friend or group tweet about your registration, share it on Facebook, and use the buddy system to stay on track. Join the conversation on The Greater Good Science Center Facebook page, or in the BerkeleyX: GG101x The Science of Happiness Facebook group.

What you’ll learn

  • Discover what happiness is and why it matters to you
  • Learn how to increase your own happiness
  • Understand the power of social connections and the science of empathy
  • Discover what is mindfulness and its real world applications

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The First Smart Band that Lights Up Your Night

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Sometimes you learn more from losing than winning. Losing forces you to reexamine. ~ Pat Summit

Introducing the Love is Louder Light Band ~ Customize your band with millions of colors, responsive Light Effects and swappable Tiles. Connect with friends and send light signals.

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The Gemio Band uses millions of colors and Light Effects to express your style and connect you with the friends, events and causes that you care about. Learn more about the Gemio Band here.

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LGBTSupport.org is a non-profit organisation dedicated to assisting members of the LGBT communityLGBTSupport.org offers a FREE online forum where members can go to get peer to peer smilie hai2advice, and support. As well as a place to share the joys, and fun times in life. To visit our online forums please visit LGBTSupport.boards.net. At LGBTSupport.org we strive every day to provide a safe, loving, caring and trusting environment where members of the LGBT community can safely share the day to day struggles that they are facing in their lives. We will also work to provide financial assistance to members of the LGBT community when they are facing hardship or are in need of assistance leaving an unhealthy situation. LGBTSupport.org will always be a place where your story will be heard and your voice will mean something.

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Founder 

As the founder of LGBTSupport.org my passion is helping those in need. It doesn’t matter if it is something as simple as someone having a bad day, or something as extreme as being rejected by their family I want everyone to know that they can come to me when they need someone to talk to. I’m always here to help.

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As the Co-Founder of LGBTSupport.org I am always here to help. Having two beautiful daughters of my own, I know how important it is to always provide a loving, caring environment for not only my children, but for anyone in the world who may need it.  I want to make everyone feel like they are loved, and cared for. Because they are.

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We had an unfailing belief in our creativity and work ethic through a slow start and many challenges along the way. What evolved has become a world-class packaging business with wonderful long-term client relationships that have made every bit of the adventure both a pleasure and a gift.

rainbow-dog-leashes2santa suiteFifteen years later, we were inspired to integrate our speciality packaging knowledge into equally compelling and visionary gift concepts.  That dream is being launched with what we believe to be the most exciting commemorative gift.  June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court Ruling legalised same-sex marriage. It is a date in America that should be cherished and remembered.  It is a date that unifies us and marks LOVE as the inalienable right of all Americans by establishing marriage as a union that is available to all without prejudice.

In the wake of the Pulse tragedy in Florida, $5 from every bracelet sold will go to the Go-FundME established by Equality Florida… read morelimitedWe hold the 6-26-15 Love Is Love™ Bracelet will be a bridge, a unification, and a universal symbol of acceptance and love.

madameLove, Fidelity, Devotion, Sacrifice, and Family…. ideals we cherish!

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A Bracelet for Everyone! Wear it, Share it, and Celebrate!

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How did London tube riders react to a fake bully?

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Confidence is what happens when you’ve done the hard work that entitles you to succeed. ~ Pat Summit

Julius DeinJulius Dein, a 21-year-old London-based prankster recently uploaded a video he calls a social experiment, where he clapper-clapper-film-movie-smiley-emoticon-000232-largetests how people on the tube will react if they saw homophobic bullying occur in front of them.

In the experiment, Dein plays a homophobic character who harasses a gay couple, played by actors Adam Ward and Josh Green. Videographer Michael J. Needham captures the reactions as Dein makes comments like, “That’s disgusting, man,” “Are you actually for real?” and throws slurs at the gay couple.

chuckie-tomThe premise is similar to the episode of ABC’s What Would You Do? that centred about gay couples having public displays of affection.

The result is overwhelmingly hopeful, as different people tell off Dein and tell him to get off the subway and mind his own business. One man in particular threatens, “If you don’t get off the train, I’ll throw you off the train.” Another tells him, “That’s love, that’s love, that’s love. There’s love all over this place.”

Watch the video below:

the-world-cup-smiley-trophy-animationThere is, however, one outlier who begins voicing similar sentiments–at one point even claiming, “They’ve got more rights than we have nowadays.” As the individual, whose face is blurred out, continues with his homophobic rant, Dein looks to the camera shocked that someone is agreeing with his character’s insults.

bobbyAt the end, Dein points to the camera and reveals that it was an experiment all along. As those who intervened sigh with relief, we’re also relieved that there are people out there who will stand up for victims of bullying and discrimination.

Article by Charline Jao ~ Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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Sweetie Darlings! – Patsy and Edina Open An Absolutely Fabulous London Pride!

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“Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.” ~ Confucius

‪#‎PrideMonth #SpecialFeature ~ “COLORS” ~ As Pride Month wines down, does not mean we have reached our Goals for there is much work yet to do, this only ends the annual awareness month as the task continues.

patsy&EdniaPublic relations guru Edina Monsoon and Fashion news legend Patsy Stone lady3- - Copy(Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley,) dressed to the nines in completely age-inappropriate designer labels,  opened London Pride today for hundreds of thousands of LGBT and straight ally revelers. The infamous fashionistas had the huge honour of cutting the rainbow ribbon on the huge annual Pride London event.

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‘Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie,‘ directed by Mandie Fletcher and produced by Jon Plowman and Damian Jones, will be released by Fox Searchlight Pictures in the US on July 22nd, 2016,  and Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie will be released in UK cinemas on 1st July 2016, watch the trailer here.

🙂 small-heart Sweetie Darlings small-heart  😉 as a treat I have included an episode for those who remember and lolfirst-timers are also sure to get a chuckle, as for myself, I never missed an episode, for the most part living in the Gay village in Toronto at the time, a couple of the local bars put “Edina & Patsy” on the big screen every week and if I wasn’t there with friends watching on the big screen, we all gathered every week at one of our homes to watch, so check it out below and enjoy 🙂 Love & Peace Terry.K

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Article by Will Kohler ~ JUNE 25, 2016

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