The Point Foundation

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MISSION

The Point Foundation empowers promising lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put waving_gay_pride_flagbefore them – to make a significant impact on society.

The Point Foundation (Point) is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students of merit. Point promotes change through scholarship funding, mentorship, leadership development, and community service training.

SCHOLARSHIP FUNDING

Point provides a direct financial contribution toward the many different costs of attending the nation’s top educational institutions, such as tuition, housing, textbooks and class fees.

MENTORSHIP

boy-hoodiePoint mentors build rewarding, personal relationships and serve as exemplary role models for the organization’s scholars, as well as provide scholars with advice on academic and professional career decisions.

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Point provides training in leadership development, accountability and advocacy for its scholars through its programs, conferences, and by providing scholars with internship opportunities at other nonprofits and leading companies.

COMMUNITY SERVICE TRAINING

Point promotes philanthropic efforts and a culture of giving back to community by requiring its scholars to work with their mentors to design and complete an annual community service project.

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See how our efforts to empower promising LGBTQ students have left a permanent imprint on the landscape and made a significant impact on society.

The Situation

    • Those with degrees earn higher incomes, are healthier, and have lower rates of unemployment and poverty throughout their lives.1
    • smiley_del_orgullo_gay_3d_poster-rfbe9637d5f504e5581a47c12ef7a2aeb_awet_8byvr_512In academic years 2011-2013, debt incurred by undergraduate and graduate students averaged $28,720 and $43,524, respectively.2
    • One-third of LGBTQ students seeking financial aid reported delaying attending a four-year undergraduate and/or graduate program for reasons related to affordability or debt.3
    • Of those students, 41.3 percent cited lack of familial support as accounting for their lack of affordability.4students-hear-gay

    • Nearly 85 percent of students hear “gay” used in a negative way (e.g., “that’s so gay”) frequently or often in high school.5
    • Students who experienced victimization based on their sexual orientation reported higher levels of depression and lower levels of self-esteem than those who reported lower levels of such victimization.6
    • Nearly one-third of LGBTQ students drop out of high school, which is three times the national average.7one-third-of-lgbtq-graphic-2

  • Many students find that colleges are the first environments where organizations bd_prideaccept, teach, and offer companionship for students based on their sexuality. In fact, LGBTQ students seeking scholarships cite the presence of an on-campus LGBTQ center as the third most important factor when choosing a school.8
  • Youth who are out to their immediate family or out at school report higher levels of happiness, optimism, acceptance and support through multiple measures. Not surprisingly, they also report higher levels of in–person participation with LGBT organizations at school and in the community.9

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The Elton John AIDS Foundation

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ABOUT US

aids-awareness-aids-red-ribbon-smiley-emoticon-000509-facebookWe fund frontline programmes that help to alleviate the pain – whether physical, emotional or financial – of those living with, affected by or at risk of HIV/AIDS, and to continue the fight against this worldwide pandemic so that no one is left behind.

OUR GOALS

AIDS is the most devastating modern day disease. By the end of the 20th century, 50 years worth of public health gains were annihilated by AIDS, which continues to destroy lives. Our vision today, along with thousands around the world, is to create an AIDS free future through science, support and most of all compassion.

NO MORE DISCRIMINATION

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Stigma is still HIV’s most deadly symptom. We have cheap, easy ways to test for HIV, and ever more effective drugs to treat the HIV virus. We cannot use them if people living with or very vulnerable to HIV are shunned, hidden, or denied their human rights. Compassion cures discrimination. It needs no special training or qualifications, just a belief that all people deserve the chance to protect themselves and others. Without compassion, we cannot create an AIDS free future.

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NO MORE HIV INFECTIONS

aids-awareness-magnetweb2We fund a huge range of projects – from mobile testing units at football matches to sending SMS text reminders to pregnant women. They all make HIV testing easy, affordable, reliable and above all are offered to everyone without judgement or discrimination. It’s essential that HIV testing is a routine part of public health. The work we fund is always linked to national systems, and we lobby governments ensure the structures are in place to maintain and expand them.read-more

NO MORE AIDS DEATHS

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HIV medicines are now available for as little as $100 a year. Enlightened donors, NGOs and governments have made them available to over 16 million people living with HIV. These medicines not only save lives, they make people living with the virus up to 96% less infectious. So it turns out compassion for those who are sick has also been the best prevention plan. We fund programmes that expand affordable, quality medical treatment to reach those who urgently need help and are still waiting.

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At the Elton John AIDS Foundation we believe that AIDS can be beaten. Our goal is to create an AIDS free future for everybody in this world. With enough support, love and creativity, we know this is possible.

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MR STANFORD will be donating 70% of the Retail Price from our on line sales of the RED collection to the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

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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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Newton Abbot College Awarded Anti-Bullying Accolade

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“Teamwork allows common people to obtain uncommon results”. ~ Pat Summit

NEWTON Abbot College has won another award for their anti-bullying work at the school. imagesFollowing their selection as one of only three national showcase schools for their anti-bullying work, fourteen Anti-Bullying ambassador students and two members of staff travelled to London for the invitation-only Diana Award Anti-Bullying event.

The students were greeted upon arrival by some of the Diana Award staff members and VIP guests for the event, including internet vlogging sensation, Marcus Butler, former Doctor Who, Christopher Ecclestone, and Union J member, JJ Hamblett, before participating in the main showcase event.

Untitled-2The school video of Newton Abbot College was shown for the first time and the College’s anti-bullying team was invited on stage to receive their Diana Award Anti-Bullying Champion accolade.

Year 10 anti-bullying prefect Zoe McAuliffe said: “The event was absolutely fantastic and I feel extremely proud to be part of both Newton Abbot College and its anti-bullying work, as we are the only school in the area to have been recognised in such an amazing way.

“Anti-bullying work in schools is so important and I am looking forward to becoming more involved next year and helping other students to stay safe and happy in their college environment.”

Head of House and Head of Anti-Bullying, Anne Farnham, added: “The Facebook event was an amazing opportunity for the College to celebrate the many years of anti-bullying work we have put in.

god_said_no_12The showcase accolade and subsequent Champion Award is the recognition of all the hard work, initiative and enthusiasm shown by our students over the last few years. I could not be more proud of the team, the work they do and the College as a whole.”

Article by HEDanielClark for Herald Express  Posted: July 15, 2016

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Heads Together ~ A Mental Health Campaign

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“Bottling everything up can become self-destructive and as men we can be socially awkward. CALM offers a way to break the silence.”~ Esco Williams, musician

Through our work with young people, emergency response, homeless charities, and with veterans, smilie-sherk3we have seen time and time again that unresolved mental health problems lie at the heart of some of our greatest social challenges.

-king-of-the-worldToo often, people feel afraid to admit that they are struggling with their mental health. This fear of prejudice and judgement stops people from getting help and can destroy families and end lives. Heads Together wants to help people feel much more comfortable with their everyday mental well-being and have the practical tools to support their friends and family.

Being the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Charity of the Year is the perfect springboard for the Heads Together campaign. We cannot wait to see hundreds of runners hitting the streets of London next April to end the stigma and change the conversation on mental health once and for all.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are spearheading the Heads Together campaign to end stigma around mental health. Heads Together aims to change the national conversation on mental health and well-being, and will be a partnership with inspiring charities with decades of experience in tackling stigma, raising awareness, and providing vital help for people with mental health challenges.

fairy tale princess2There has been huge progress made to tackle stigma surrounding mental woman2health in recent decades, but it still remains a key issue driven by negative associations, experience and language. Through this campaign, Their Royal Highness’s are keen to build on the great work that is already taking place across the country, to ensure that people feel comfortable with their everyday mental well-being, feel able to support their friends and families through difficult times, and that stigma no longer prevents people getting help they need.

They are privileged to be working with partner charities who have achieved so much in tackling stigma, raising awareness, and providing vital help for people with mental health challenges. The team of charity partners working on Heads Together covers a wide range of mental health issues that are close to The Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry’s passions.

They are:

There will be a number of ways to get involved and show your support for the campaign. Sign up to join the campaign and be kept up to date here and apply to run for Heads Together in the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon. Heads Together runners will raise vital funds and awareness for our charity partners and play their part in starting conversations on mental health with their friends, families and workmates.

Heads Together is an initiative coordinated by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, registered charity no. 1132048

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U.N. Panel Moves to Curb Bias Against L.G.B.T. People

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GENEVA The United Nations’ main human rights body on Thursday adopted measures to strengthen protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, despite fierce resistance from Muslim and African countries.

smilie-teacher2The body, the 47-member Human Rights Council, voted to appoint an independent expert to monitor and report on violence against individuals on the basis of sexual orientation rainbowand gender identity. The initiative passed, 23 to 18, with six abstentions.

The vote came after a heated debate during which supporters invoked the victims of the Orlando, Fla., massacre and opponents denounced the measure on religious and cultural grounds.

The debate lasted nearly four hours and was peppered with procedural motions and amendments intended to scuttle the initiative or water it down.

The expert will look into ways to curb violence against gay, bisexual and transgender people; report annually on developments; and support national efforts to combat violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation.

But the Saudi Arabian ambassador, Faisal Bin Hassan, filed a motion to block the resolution, saying that it “ran counter to our beliefs and culture.”

Pakistan’s ambassador, Tehmina Janjua, saying the resolution promoted “certain notions, concepts and lifestyles on which there is no consensus,” proposed a series of amendments on behalf of Islamic states that would have stripped all reference to sexual orientation and gender identity.

“Remember Orlando,” the Mexican ambassador, Jorge Lomónaco, told the packed council chamber. “Let us give hope and dignity to millions.”

discriminationThe Nigerian envoy, Peters Omologbe Emuze, objected even to the title of the resolution: “Protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”

The British ambassador, Julian Braithwaite, said in response: “By voting against this resolution you are voting to block the U.N. from trying to stop violence and discrimination. How is that acceptable?”

“This affects people in this room, and people in my team who are L.G.B.T.,” he continued. “Are you saying it is O.K. to discriminate against them based on their sexual orientation and gender identity? To hit, torture, or possibly kill them? Because that is what you are supporting, if you vote against this resolution.”

Human rights groups hailed the outcome.

peace“By creating a U.N. expert, the Human Rights Council has given official voice to those facing violations because of their sexual orientation or gender identity the world over,” John Fisher, the Geneva director of Human Rights Watch, said in a statement.

“There can be no turning back.”

Article  for the New York Times bJune 30, 2016

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Fanning hints at implementing trans service in Pride video

Untitled-2“It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.” ~ Confucius

smileys-cz-7Weeks after his confirmation as the first-ever openly gay Army secretary, Eric Fanning has created a video celebrating June as Pride month on behalf of the U.S. Army. In the aftermath of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal, Fanning recalls that just four years ago the Pentagon hosted its first official celebration commemorating Pride for its service members and Defence Department officials. 

Untitled-1“We’ve grown stronger as a military, and as a nation, as we’ve worked to be more inclusive and open up opportunities for individuals who previously didn’t have them, opportunities for people to be part of the greatest mission there is: Defending our nation’s security,” Fanning said.

Ticking off progress in implementing racial integration after World War II, allowing openly gay people to serve and permitting women in combat, Fanning hints at removing another barrier in the armed forces — the ban on openly transgender waving-soldierservice — in the time ahead.

“As we continue to open up opportunities for even more Americans, we get closer to the full American Dream that we represent and protect,” Fanning said. “The threats we face as a nation are growing more complex, and we are better open to meet those challenges in we pull from the best all our country has to offer.”

The Pride video comes on the heels of an interview in which Fanning participated on the smilie-don3“Today Show” with Matt Launer, who asked the secretary if he appreciates being referred to smileys-cz-15as the first openly gay Army secretary, or would prefer that wasn’t the case.

“I’ve gotten used to the fact that this is going to be a part of anytime I get a new job or something,” Fanning said. “When it first happened, I was more bothered by it because I didn’t quite have the track record that people know now, and I wanted to focus on qualifications. Now I embrace it. It’s so important to so many people, I realize, and something I didn’t have 25 years.”

Transgender people are currently barred from military service as a result of medical regulation. Defence Secretary Ashton Carter has ordered a review of the policy with regard to implementing open service, but it appears to have stalled out at the Pentagon.

rainbowIn an interview with the Washington Blade in 2013, Fanning became the first senior defence official to voice support for openly transgender service. His uniform counterpart, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, is not on record with that view and is quoted in a recent New York Times article as citing “serious significant issues need to be completely vetted and studied.”

Article  by Chris Johnson posted June 3, 2016 for The Washington Blade

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Mexico says yes to marriage equality

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This week during a ceremony to commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT)

President Enrique Peña Nieto announced that he would be sending a package of initiatives to Congress to legalize same-sex marriage in Mexico.

mexicoThe initiatives would imply a constitutional reform to Article 4 establishing that marriages should be celebrated without discrimination due to ethnic origin, disability, social or health condition, religion, and now gender or sexual orientation. Furthermore, the Federal Civil Code would also be reformed to ensure marriage equality. 

This historic moment follows and alludes to key rulings by the Supreme Court of Justice, which last year established that state bans against same-sex marriage were unconstitutional; since the ruling is considered “jurisprudential thesis”, it didn’t invalidate existing state laws, couples still needed to sue the state in order to be married. Thus the President’s action eliminates this legal move and establishes the right to marry permanently in the Constitution and Civil Code

1285354-CincoDeMayo-038Growing up in Mexico City, I experienced a dynamic, cosmopolitan city filled with diversity and novelty. However, one thing missing from the majestic views of the Mexican capital were rainbow flags; there was a vibrant gay community but it was usually unseen, confined within the spectrum of its own sub-culture. People knew of “gays” but there wasn’t any interest in having a serious discussion of their rights. Stereotypes and a lack of information severely hindered people speaking out about their sexual orientation and gender identity. That social environment only added to the numerous questions, fears, and insecurities I was overwhelmed with when I realized I was gay, and the much needed conversations to adequately address the needs of my community seemed far way.

a104abdf008736cc243c9f4e9acdd51eEven though the legislative process will now have to take its due course, this announcement is an enormous step towards the inclusion and defence of the Mexican LGBT community. Despite significant legal progress in measures targeting discrimination in health services, labour rights and bullying, according to the 2010 National Survey on Discrimination in Mexico (ENADIS), 52% of those surveyed believe that the main issues for LGBT people is discrimination, followed by a lack of acceptance (26.2%) and stigma (6.2%). Even more daunting, 4 out of 10 people would not be willing to share their household with someone who is gay. 

1285379-tn_CincoDeMayo-003This announcement, and the full participation of the federal government in commemorating IDAHOT, continued to lift the veil that has shrouded past conversations about LGBT rights. The fact that the President, and all the ministries and agencies that make up the Executive engaged in symbolic actions of support—such as changing their social media icons to support LGBT rights on this date for just the second time in Mexico’s history—is worth recognition. Even more so, the fact that a president openly discussed the freedom of sexual orientation and gender identity in terms of public policy and guaranteed constitutional rights is paramount. 

These reforms do not only impact couples that want to get married—it impacts every single member of the LGBT community that has felt ignored, that had to hide his or her mexican_girlsexual orientation or gender identify, that endured bullying, rejection, violence, discrimination and even death. This goes beyond “acceptance” by the general public, this is about equality, rights, and standing against discrimination. Through these initiatives, Mexico voiced an historic sí in favor of marriage equality, and permanently opened the door that promotes the visibility and inclusion of LGBT people and their needs in public policy and law. This is certainly just a first step, but the depth of its footprint will be felt in the lives of millions. 

Article By Vanessa Calva Ruiz ~ May 21, 2016

Vanessa Calva Ruiz is a member of the Mexican Foreign Service currently serving as the Liaison to the U.S. Senate at Mexico’s Embassy to the United States. 

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The Origins of Alan Turing ~ A Short Biography

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We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done. ~ Alan Turing

small-heartAlan Mathison Turing was born on 23 June 1912, the second and last child (after his brother John) of Julius Mathison and Ethel Sara Turing. The unusual name of Turing placed him in a distinctive family tree of English gentry, far from rich but determinedly upper-middle-class in the peculiar sense of the English class system.

alanAlan Mathison Turing OBE FRS was a pioneering English computer scientist, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and theoretical biologist. His boyhood scientific interests were a trial to his mother whose perpetual terror was that he would not be acceptable to the English Public School. At twelve he expressed his conscious fascination with using ‘the thing that is commonest in nature and with the least waste of energy,’ presentiment of a life seeking freshly minted answers to fundamental questions. Despite this, he was successfully entered for Sherborne School. The headmaster soon reported: “If he is to be solely a Scientific Specialist, he is wasting his time at a Public School.” The assessment of his establishment was almost correct.

His work introduced a concept of immense practical significance: the idea of the Universal Turing Machine. The concept of ‘the Turing machine‘ is like that of ‘the formula‘ or ‘the equation‘; there is an infinity of possible Turing machines, each corresponding to a different ‘definite method’ or algorithm.

small-heartIt is hard now not to think of a Turing machine as a computer program, and the mechanical task of interpreting and obeying the program as what the computer itself does. Thus, the Universal Turing Machine embodies the essential principle of the computer: a single machine which can be turned to any well-defined task by being supplied with the appropriate program. ideas provided the principle, the practical means, and the motivation for the modern computer, a single machine capable of handling any programmed task.

The Alan Turing’s Crisis

Alan Turing was arrested and came to trial on 31 March 1952, after the police learned of his sexual relationship with a young Manchester man. He made no serious denial or defence, Policeinstead telling everyone that he saw no wrong with his actions. He was particularly concerned to be open about his sexuality even in the hard and unsympathetic atmosphere of Manchester engineering.

small-heartRather than go to prison he accepted, for the period of a year, injections of oestrogen intended to neutralise his libido.

His work on the morphogenetic theory continued. He developed his theory of pattern formation out of instability into the realm of spherical objects, such as the Radiolaria, and also on the cylinder, as a model of plant stems. He set as a particular goal the explanation for the appearance of the Fibonacci numbers in the leaf patterns of plants — most noticeable in the close-packed spirals of sunflower heads and fir cones.

Besides this he refreshed his youthful interest in quantum physics, studying the problem of wave-function reduction in quantum mechanics, with a hint that he was considering a non-linear mechanism for it.

small-heartHe took a new interest in the representation of elementary particles by spinors, and in relativity theory.

A factor in his life unknown to most around him was that he had also continued to work for GCHQ, the post-war successor to Bletchley Park, on the basis of a personal connection with Alexander, now its director. But since 1948, the conditions of the Cold War, and the alliance with the United States, meant that known homosexuals had become ineligible for security skateboarding-smiley-emoticonclearance. Turing, now therefore excluded, spoke bitterly of this to his one time wartime colleague, now MI6 engineer Donald Bayley, but to no other personal friends. State security also seems the likely cause of what he described as another intense crisis in March 1953, involving police searching for a visiting Norwegian who had come to see him. Concern over the foreign contacts of one acquainted with state secrets was understandable, and his holiday in Greece in 1953 could not have been calculated to calm the nerves of security officers.

Although unable to tell his friends about questions of official secrecy, in other ways he actively sought much greater intimacy of expression with them and with a Jungian therapist. e861fb7b5d22fc4a6f97d642b05b8b72Eccentric, solitary, gloomy, vivacious, resigned, angry, eager, dissatisfied — these had always been his ever-varying characteristics, and despite the strength that he showed the world in coping with outrageous fortune, no-one could safely have predicted his future course.

small-heartHe was found by his cleaner when she came in on 8 June 1954. He had died the day before of cyanide poisoning, a half-eaten apple beside his bed. His mother believed he had accidentally ingested cyanide from his fingers after an amateur chemistry experiment, but it is more credible that he had successfully contrived his death to allow her alone to believe this. The coroner’s verdict was suicide.

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It’s up to society now to put a stop to LGBTI bullying

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“Love does not discriminate, Neither should our laws” ~ Sir Ivan

Report is insightful but it sounds an alarm

socerAs a gay person, the feel-good halo effect of the positive outcome in the marriage referendum is wonderful and empowering. The knowledge that most of the electorate was on the side of LGBT equality became simultaneously a weight off our shoulders, and a comfort blanket.irish LGBT people speak of increased visibility around the country, of seeing more gay couples holding hands, of benefiting from the open conversations that were had at kitchen tables, of feeling bolstered by the solidarity straight people offered to their LGBT family members, friends, co-workers, team-mates, and people they didn’t even know.

be-happyThe march of social change can very often be staccato, two steps forward and one step back. This week, with the release of the LGBTIreland Report, a national study of the mental health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in Ireland, the halo effect was dimmed with the findings of how LGBTI youth suffer in our country. LGBTI young people have twice the level of self-harm, three times the level of attempted suicide, and four times the level of severe or extremely severe stress, anxiety and depression of a comparative group of young people.

There have been other reports over the years on the mental health of LGBT adults and young people, and they all make for tough reading, but in the context of such a huge step towards a more tolerant and accepting society, this one felt even more urgent.

We need reminding that opening the institution of marriage to same sex couples is just one aspect of creating a better society for LGBT people, that we’re still in the process of undoing centuries of discrimination.

What’s also important to remember is that LGBTI young people are not a homogeneous group. The experiences of young people across a spectrum of gender and sexuality can be very different. The services offered by one of the commissioners of the report, BeLonGTo, cover an equally complex group of people. Whereas many youth services can often be drawing from a fairly homogeneous demographic, be that geographical or socio-economic, an organisation such as BeLonGTo deals with a vast array of backgrounds, experiences, and a complex intersectionality that colours the lives of LGBTI young people.

bewellThe report found that 20 per cent of LGBTI students felt they belonged completely in their school. Half of LGBTI students personally experienced anti-LGBTI bullying. Some 67 per cent witnessed bullying of other LGBTI students in their school, something that reinforces an atmosphere of discrimination even if it isn’t directly experienced by a young person. One in four missed or skipped school to avoid negative treatment due to being LGBTI. One in four considered leaving school early, and approximately one in 20 quit school. The report also showed that there has not been a significant reduction in day-to-day victimisation and harassment of LGBTI people since the Supporting LGBT Lives study in 2009.

Three quarters of those surveyed have been verbally abused due to being LGBTI, 30% in the last year.

While the outcome of the marriage referendum was a good one, the homophobia and anti-gay equality sentiment that LGBT people had to deal with during this period – across media, social media, referendum literature, and on the doorsteps while canvassing – was extraordinarily testing.

We owe a great debt to LGBT people for having the collective resilience to pull through that period, but as much as the positive reinforcement LGBT people received during 2015 will live on, so will the negative impacts.

It is incredibly difficult for young people to have peers or family members collaborate in homophobia that is still part of slang, a default code of bullying, or a general intolerant social atmosphere.

boy-hatThe Department of Education’s anti-bullying procedures for primary and post-primary schools stated in 2013: “The inclusion of LGBT posters on notice boards, discussions with parents about specific statements of welcome and respect for LGBT members of the school, community, teaching the Social, Personal, Health Education (SPHE) resource, Growing Up LGBT and participating in LGBT awareness events are just some of the ways in which a school can address homophobic and transphobic bullying.”

Schools need to be strict on bullying across the board, as well as teaching resilience to young people, arming them with the tools they need and will need to combat discrimination now and later in life.

Groups that specifically work with LGBTI young people, such as BelongTo, need to be supported and funded appropriately to continue the great work they are doing. It’s work that doesn’t just help young people, or offer sanctuary, but it’s also work that saves lives.

ok2The LGBTIreland report is informative and insightful, but it sounds an alarm as well. If parents, families, schools, peer groups and communities don’t tackle homophobic and transphobic bullying, young LGBT people will continue to suffer, they will continue to self-harm, they will continue to contemplate or act on suicide, they will continue to have difficult childhoods and experience misery and exclusion.

It is our duty as a society that aspires to care for and protect all children, to stop young people being harassed for who they are.

Article by Una Mullally  ~ posted Thu, Mar 24, 2016

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Man imprisoned for being gay to get posthumous pardon from Trudeau

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‘It’s great that the young Trudeau is finishing the work that his father started,’ lawyer says.

images (31)Prime Minister Justin Trudeau intends to posthumously pardon Everett George Klippert who, because he admitted to police in the 1960s that he was gay, was deemed a dangerous sexual offender and sent to prison.

“The prime minister intends to recommend that a pardon under the authority of the Royal Prerogative of Mercy be granted posthumously to Mr. Klippert,” Trudeau’s office said in a media release.

The move was cheered Sunday by gay-rights advocates.

“It’s fantastic that he’ll get a posthumous pardon,” lawyer Doug Elliott told CBC News.

As well, the statement said the Liberal schalesgovernment will also look to see whether pardons are “warranted” after reviewing the cases of other individuals who in the past were convicted on charges such as gross indecency and buggery.

“As Canadians, we know that protecting and promoting fundamental human rights must be an imperative for governments and individuals alike, and this includes gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation,” the weekend statement said.

Trudeau’s office credited Klippert’s case for being “instrumental” in Canada’s decision to decriminalize homosexual acts between consenting adults.

images (9)Gay-rights activist applauds government commitment to review other cases of men convicted when homosexuality was a crime, you can also check out the video from CBC News here.

Indefinite prison sentence

6i3zxbkmKlippert was questioned by the RCMP in 1965 during an arson investigation in Pine Point, N.W.T. He wasn’t involved in the fire, but voluntarily said he’d had sexual relations with four men. He was charged with four counts of gross indecency, all for consensual, private, non-violent acts.

In 1966, Klippert was visited in prison by a Crown-appointed psychiatrist who concluded that Klippert’s homosexuality was “incurable,” and that he therefore met the criteria regarding dangerous sexual offenders.

A judge agreed and sentenced Klippert to preventive detention, meaning an indefinite term in prison.

The sentence was backed up by the Supreme Court of Canada in 1967, although Chief Justice John Cartwright suggested the laws regarding homosexuality be clarified, and that incarceration of harmless homosexuals was not their intention.

judge-smiley-emoticon-1The Klippert case stoked considerable media and political interest. Just six weeks later, Pierre Trudeau, the Liberal government’s justice minister (who would later become prime minister) introduced a bill that, among other things, called for the decriminalization of private, consensual homosexual acts between people over the age of 21.

“It’s great that the young Trudeau is finishing the work that his father started,” Elliott said.

Before homosexuality was decriminalized in 1969, people were routinely charged with gross indecency — a charge almost always applied to homosexuals — but rarely for private, consensual acts.

Klippert was released from prison on July 21, 1971. He was 69 when he died in in 1996.

images (4)“I never understood: Why didn’t Pierre Trudeau let him out in 1969 when they decriminalized gay sex?” Elliott said. “They kept the poor guy who was responsible for shining a light on this issue in jail for another couple of years.”

Last week, the prime minister confirmed he will march in Toronto’s Pride parade on July 3, a move that would make history with Trudeau being the first sitting PM in Canada to take part in the event.

Article for CBC News  ~ Posted: Feb 28, 2016


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“Holding The Title of Advocate and Acting As Such”

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923004_10151331384711890_1479766938_nA topic that I have been wanting to voice my opinion on for some time now. The middle and upper classes of our LGBT+ college’s of the international community, you applaud same sex marriage as our last great battle, guess again, you are forgetting and insulting those who have been completely left behind and struggling to find acceptance, dignity and peace, particularly in the midst and rise of LGBT+ youth suicides and homelessness.be-happyThe LGBT+ community is not with out Greed & Hatred of their own peoples, yes we have with in our own ranks that very same disregard for human existence and the right to life but they claim to be advocate’s for the community! Well your lack of advocating and silence speaks otherwise as I believe it’s only a destination to gain respect from the community, and your silence is a design to protect and draw attention away from your own status.

I was told in a round about way many times by select prominent figures in the North American LGBT+ community to keep quiet zip  and go away, one comes to mind as recent as this morning, reminding me I’m doomed for failure. This really astonishes me to the core of understanding how one can be so self centred and look away from how LGBT+ youth are suffering, it’s inhumane to say the lest.

I can only speculate that the reasoning for this was and is to protect their own public standing from being jeopardized. If this is your choice, you should have remained in the closet, and leave us warrior’s to man the front lines. smileys-cz-7
 
Well let me make it clear once and for all, I am “NOT” going any where and I am going to continue advocating for these youth, our future generation of LGBT+ people’s will not endure what I have in my life time or not to the same extreme.
Yes I have had a hard life and my fight at first was for my own life and well being, the reason I decided years ago that it just wasn’t acceptable, and spoke up for my rights as a Canadian citizen and a human only to be tortured myself beyond belief.
 
As long as there is a breath in me, I just cannot and will not sit back and watch kids being tortured and sentenced to death only because of who they are, a visible minority.
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So to my advocate colleges, just go lay on your beach, enjoy yourself and your riches, the sun and all the respect and kindness you can handle, the dignity and fruits of life because I got this!
I will leave you with something to think about, A good Example to follow (UNFE)

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Davey Wavey makes a case for respecting LGBTI elders

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 With a Trillion Tons of Gratitude to Davey Wavey

The YouTube celebrity will curse anyone unable to show respect to the older members of the LGBTI community


davey3troubled-old-man-smiley-emoticonThe title of Davey Wavey’s recent YouTube video is all you need to know: ‘show some f**king respect.’ The YouTube sensation is done with older gay men being mocked.

‘I am so sick, and so tired, of seeing young gay guys walk into a club…and they’ll be like, “Ewww, that old creepy gay guy is so disgusting. He’s so gross. He looks like Santa Claus.”‘

The reason this attitude spikes DW’s anger is because us older gay men have made a lot of things possible, from marriage equality to gay/straight student alliances in high schools.

angry-old-man-smiley-emoticonpeace-gay‘The people of his generation are literally the only reason that you can walk down the street, in your pink f**king tank top, holding your boyfriend’s hand, and not get your ass beat,’ Wavey says.

Somebody is preaching today! While Davey’s words are focused on gay men, we at GayStarNews raise our coffee cups to all our LGBTI elders.

Watch DW’s clip below. Share it. Let’s try to to be respectful of each other, no matter where we are on this crazy, beautiful, journey!


Article by James Withers for GayStarNews ~30 January 2016

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LGBT History Month Daily Icons “Edie Windsor”

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“I trust the Constitution. Sometimes there’s a mistake but mostly we move forward. I think justice will prevail.”


 

October was LGBT History Month, B.P will continue to Highlight LGBT Icons throughout November, today’s featured LGBT Icon ~ “Edie Windsor

meqEdith “Edie” Windsor was the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court case United States v. Windsor, a landmark legal victory for marriage equality.

Windsor is a former top-ranking technology manager at IBM, where she began her employment in 1958. In 1987 the National Computing Conference honored her as a Pioneer in Operating Systems.

hearts-love-myspace-glitter-graphic-14In 1963 Windsor met Thea Spyer, a psychologist, in New York. The two began a lifelong relationship, which they hid from their employers for many years. The couple were engaged for 42 years.

 

The couple’s inability to legally marry prompted Windsor to publicly advocate for marriage equality and to take her case to court. No stranger to LGBT activism, Windsor provided leadership in numerous LGBT organizations and regularly participated with Spyer in history-making LGBT rights events.

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4667279-Smiling-balls-happily-in-love-Stock-Vector-smiley-face-cartoon160x300LGBTBannerWhen Spyer was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Windsor became her caregiver, eventually entering a domestic partnership with her in New York in 1993. Because the state did not yet offer same-sex marriage rights, the couple wed in Canada in 2007, two years before Spyer’s death.

In New York, Windsor volunteered for East End gay organizations, the LGBT Community Center, and the 1994 Gay Games. She helped form Old Queers Acting Up, an improv group that uses comedy to address social issues, and she served on the board of the Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE).

imagesWindsor’s court battle propelled her into the national spotlight. When she filed a lawsuit in 2010, she sought to claim the federal estate tax exemption for surviving spouses. Although she and her partner were legally wed in Canada, the U.S. Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) limited the federal definition of “spouse” to heterosexual unions only.

 

In 2013 the Supreme Court ruled in Windsor’s favor, overturning Section 3 of DOMA and setting a precedent that laid the groundwork for national marriage equality in 2015.

Windsor’s story is featured in the 2009 documentary “Edie and Thea: A Very Long Engagement.


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LGBT History Month Daily Icons “Michael Sam”

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“I’m not afraid to tell the world who I am.”


October was LGBT History Month, B.P will continue to Highlight LGBT Icons throughout November, today’s featured LGBT Icon ~ “Michael Sam

f572b4f1c2a44e6d492aab99905ea655In 2014 Michael Sam became the first openly gay player drafted by the NFL. The defensive end was drafted by the St. Louis Rams and spent time on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad. He signed with the Montreal Alouettes in 2015, but stepped away from the team just months later, citing “personal reasons.”

In 2015, when Sam signed a two-year contract with the Montreal Alouettes, it made him the first openly gay playerrainbow in the Canadian Football League (CFL). In 2015 he also competed on the 20th season of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”

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football_helmet_emoticon_happy_lg_nThe native Texan overcame a difficult childhood, living at one point in his mother’s car. Sam showed talent for football in high school, where he played both defensive and offensive tackle. He was offered several scholarships and chose to attend the University of Missouri to play for the Tigers. He is the first of his family to attend college.

160x300LGBTBannerSam was named first-team All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation and was a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award. In 2014 he helped Missouri beat Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl Classic.

Football-superbowl-smiley-emoticonWhen Sam was drafted into the NFL, his emotional reaction was broadcast on national television, during which he kissed his boyfriend. President Barack Obama congratulated him, along with the Rams and the NFL, for “taking an important step forward today in our nation’s journey.” Sam’s name and number 96 became the sixth-best-selling jersey in the NFL that season.

1413_A1191ASam has received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award and was named GQ’s Man of the Year. He was a finalist for Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year.


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LGBT History Month Daily Icons “Dusty Springfield”

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“My sexuality has never been a problem to me, but I think it has been for other people.”


October is LGBT History Month, as B.P continues to Highlight Icons, today’s featured LGBT Icon ~ “Dusty Springfield

clipart-love-you-girl-smiley-emoticon-256x256-ba77Dusty Springfield was an English singer and record producer best known for her sultry, soulful sound. Born Mary Isobel Bernadette O’Brien in London (she got the nickname Dusty for playing football with the boys), Springfield was one of the most successful British female performers in history, with six top 20 singles in the United States and 16 in Europe. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the U.K. Music Hall of Fame.

thingIn 1958 Springfield joined her first singing group, The Lana Sisters, later forming The Springfields with her brother. She first received attention for her hit “I Only Want to Be With You,” and later with a string of solo songs like “Wishin’ and Hopin’” and “Son of a Preacher Man.”

During the late 1960s and early ’70s, Springfield was romantically linked to Norma Tanega, a California-born singer-songwriter who wrote a few of Springfield’s songs such as “Go My Love.” During an interview in 1970, Springfield said, “People say that I’m gay, gay, gay, gay, gay, gay, gay, gay. I’m not anything.”

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make-up-female-girl-makeup-smiley-e160x300LGBTBannerSpringfield received acclaim in 1969 when she released “Dusty in Memphis,” an album that was awarded a prestigious spot in the Grammy Hall of Fame. She also became known for her blonde bouffant, heavy makeup and colorful evening gowns—a style emblematic of the Swinging Sixties.

Springfield spent many years out of the public eye, reappearing in 1987 to collaborate with the Pet Shop Boys on “What Have I Done to Deserve This,” which topped both the U.S. and U.K. music charts. By the 1990s, Springfield’s music was experiencing a renaissance, appearing on several film soundtracks, including Pulp Fiction.

friends-fem-friends-girls-female-smiley-emoticon-000250-largeShe was linked to many women during her life, including photojournalist Faye Harris and singer Carole Pope. In 1982 she married actress Teda Bracci, whom she met at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. Though the wedding wasn’t legally recognized, they lived together for two years.

Later in life, Springfield became a camp icon, attracting gay fans and drag impersonators. In 1994 a breast cancer diagnosis took a toll on her career.


ar12648297317694Dusty2Springfield’s inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame came just two weeks after her death. At the induction, her friend Elton John said, “I just think she was the greatest white singer there has ever been … Every song she sang, she claimed as her own.”

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Ellen Degeneres: “I didn’t ever think I was going to come out”

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“Do we have to worry about who’s Gay and Straight, can’t we just love everybody and judge them by the car they drive?” ~ Ellen Degeneres

ellen-degeneresIn 1997, Ellen DeGeneres became an unintentional activist when she announced she was gay.

group_smileyThe decision, Ellen admits in this new clip for Oprah’s Master Class series, was one she never thought she’d make.

“I certainly didn’t ever that I was going to come out,” she says. “Period. And I didn’t think I’d be coming out on a show, ever.”

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LGBT History Month Daily Icons “Elaine Noble”

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“I was elected in spite of being gay.”


October is LGBT History Month, as B.P continues to Highlight Icons, today’s featured LGBT Icon ~ Elaine Noble

Cand_SmileyElaine Noble served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives for two terms starting in 1975, becoming the first-ever openly gay candidate elected to a state office. Noble says that during her controversial, groundbreaking campaign, her windows were shot out, her car was vandalized, and she and her staff suffered ongoing harassment. She still managed to win the election.

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“I was elected in an largely Irish Catholic town,” she later said. “There was a level of animosity in all strata of society against homosexuality.” Noble’s victory came three years before Harvey Milk, the gay San Francisco supervisor, was shot to death.

images160x300LGBTBannerIn 1977 Noble was among the first delegation of gays and lesbians invited to the White House by President Jimmy Carter. She helped form the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus with Ann Lewis, the sister of former U.S. Congressman Barney Frank. Frank was not out about his sexuality at the time.

Noble ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate and went on to work for Boston Mayor Kevin White. At the time, she was romantically involved with the writer Rita Mae Brown.

smilie_shop_011In 1986 Noble helped create the Pride Institute, an LGBT alcohol and drug treatment center in Minneapolis. She eventually moved to Florida to teach and sell real estate. She also became involved in the local Democratic Party. In 2009 she helped raise money to build the Palm Beach LGBT Center.

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LGBT History Month Daily Icons “Robin Roberts”

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“It’s about focusing on the fight and not the fright.”

October is LGBT History Month, as B.P continues to Highlight Icons, today’s featured LGBT Icon ~ “Robin Roberts

0001Robin Roberts is an award-winning broadcast journalist and co-anchor of ABC News’ “Good Morning America.” She became an outspoken advocate for cancer research, after being diagnosed twice with the disease. She won a 2012 Peabody Award for her reporting on the issue.

31Zy9wX5twL._SX300_Born in Alabama, where her father was a Tuskegee Airman, Roberts was an athlete who excelled at school. She was a standout on the Southeastern Louisiana University women’s basketball team. The University retired her number in 2011, and she was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012

Early in her broadcast career, Roberts predominately covered sports for Southern television affiliates and radio stations. She joined ESPN in 1990. As a sportscaster, she became well known for her catch phrase, “Go on with your bad self.”

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160x300LGBTBannerABC named Roberts co-anchor of “Good Morning America” with George Stephanopoulos in 2005. The show has since earned four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Morning Program.

Roberts made headlines in 2007 after going public about her breast cancer treatment and again in 2012 when she was diagnosed with MDS, a disease formerly known as pre-leukemia.

After a bone marrow transplant from her sister, she collaborated with the Be the Match registry to publicize the need for bone marrow donors. Since then, more than 56,000 people have registered to donate bone marrow.

hearts-love-myspace-glitter-graphic-14Her courage and advocacy have been recognized with numerous honors from organizations like The Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program and The Susan G. Komen Foundation. She received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY’s in 2013. The same year, she came out as a lesbian on Facebook, saying she was grateful for her “longtime girlfriend Amber Laign.”

In 2014 Roberts received the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism and was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame.

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Love & Hip Hop’s Miles Talks Being Gay

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*Inquiring minds wanna know and so our media partner/associate, Cherise “CNikky” Nicole went and found out.

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And then there is a special called “Out In Hip Hop” airing on VH1 with hip hop artists and pastors debating homosexuality in the genre right after “L&HH:H.”lp_smiley_band
OK, let’s check out the convo between Miles and CNikky:

What’s going on with you and your boyfriend Milan?

7_8_129“I feel like, since it is the first same sex relationship on Love and Hip Hop between two males, we have this red light under us and this microscope on our relationship and it’s hard, you know what I mean? We’re like every other relationship, you know what I mean? We fight, we argue, we break up to make up. And all that other stuff, so it’s just been hard. We’ve been riding this rollercoaster since the show has aired. You know we’re dealing with it, we’re moving forward.”

As of today are you together?

“Today, we are working on keeping things together! Today we are pushing things together! Like, no we’re not letting go. We’re fighting, but, I’m making it work.”

If you’re a “Gay” rapper, why do you rap about women?

smilebambol“I think even on the Out in Hip Hop special you’ll see the controversy between the two. Because, you’ll have rappers in the LGBT community who consider themselves, Gay rappers. They rap, for the community. I don’t consider myself a Gay rapper. I’m a rapper who is not afraid to say who he lies with or who he is. I’m a free rapper. I get in the booth, I write and that’s bad. It is what it is.”

What do you think about Dej Loaf and her girlfriend’s situation? Should she come out as well?

“You know what? I can relate to that because everyone needs to be comfortable in their own time. You know what I mean? Just because you ready right now, doesn’t mean I’m ready right now. It’s a process for everybody. If she ain’t ready, she ain’t ready. If she is, she is. Don’t force nobody to do nothing though.”

Did God tell you to come out on this show?

“It was definitely God that told me to do this, but I still had my reservations. ”

How has being religious affected your decision to come out?

3339111171_bigstock_embarrassed_emoticon_845629_xlarge“This is why I’m 27 and barely coming forth with this. It was being raised in the church and being a pastor to the youth at one point in my life that has definitely kept my feelings in for so long. Trying to figure out who I am, why I have these feelings. If I’ve always been taught my entire life that this is wrong. To lie with another man is an abomination. Or a woman lying with another woman is an abomination. How can I ever be secure and happy with myself if I’ve always been taught that was wrong? I’s been a rollercoaster ride. But, I know that I’m helping people.”

Was there a time, when your life was so dark, you considered suicide?

pros4“There was a time when I was just driving down the freeway and I was just thinking, praying and talking to God. Just not understanding why I felt like this, why I had these feelings? What’s wrong with me? Am I a bad person? It says in the Bible that people that have these feelings and act on them go to Hell. And so, I was like, what’s wrong with me? I don’t do anything? I don’t hurt anybody. I’m a good man. Why do I have these feelings? And I just pulled over because I was ready to drive off the road. And I just sat there and prayed and cried.” continue reading >>>>>>


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LGBT History Month Daily Icons “Frank Mugisha”

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“I am a gay man. I am also Ugandan. There is nothing un-African about me.”


October is LGBT History Month and B.P will Highlight Icons all Month long, today’s featured LGBT Icon ~ Frank Mugisha

hearts_046Dr. Frank Mugisha is one of the most famous and outspoken advocates for LGBT rights in Uganda, a country where being gay is a criminal offense. He is the executive director of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) and advocates on behalf of LGBT Ugandans who face prison or even death for being openly gay. He has received both the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award and the Thorolf Rafto Memorial Prize for his work.

When Mugisha was 14, he came out to his strict Catholic family. Many family members and friends disowned him. The rejection later inspired him to create Icebreakers Uganda, a group to help other young people with the coming-out process.

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090410_Top 5_icons_PacMan.hmedium160x300LGBTBannerIn 2014 he came out publicly about Uganda’s anti-homosexuality law, which not only outlawed homosexual acts and compelled citizens to report suspected homosexual activity, but also mandated life imprisonment for LGBT citizens. “I want my fellow Ugandans to understand that homosexuality is not a Western import,” Mugisha said, “and our friends in the developed world to recognize that the current trend of homophobia is.”

Mugisha was also a plaintiff in a lawsuit against American evangelist Scott Lively for his work on Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill. Mugisha has received death threats for his ongoing advocacy, but he has said, “For me, it is about standing out and speaking in an environment where you are not sure if you will survive the next day; it is this fear that makes me strong, to work hard and fight on to see a better life for LGBTI persons in Uganda.”

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Coming Out On Facebook

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Daily Average Of New American LGBT Members Triples In Past Year

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100_percent_happy_rainbowfacebook-rainbow-filter-icon2In connection with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) anti-bullying Spirit Day on October 15, Thursday, Facebook Research announced that the number of Americans who “come out” as homosexual on the social network is higher and increasing. The social media giant’s post included details such as numbers and locations of people coming out, which included those who changed their sexual orientation status. The daily average of new LGBT community members has tripled during the past year.

22Facebook reported that 6 million of the social {5700758472228864} network’s U.S users identify themselves as LGBT, including 800,000 coming out in the past year, according to USA Today. The daily average of Facebook users newly identifying themselves as gay or lesbian is three times higher than one year ago.

rainbow007In addition, the number of status changes skyrocketed on the day that the U.S Supreme Court made same-sex marriages legal nationwide, in June. The figure of “out” people surged 250 percent compared to last year’s National Coming Out Day.

The social network defines “coming out” in two ways. People can update their Facebook profile to show same-gender attraction, or choose a custom gender.

Facebook Research also reported that the number of Likes and follows for pro-LGBT pages and organizations are also increasing.

purple_crazy_eyes_smiley_face_plate-rf22d5362f2c24e0190e3ed41c9696af3_ambb0_8byvr_324The statistics of Americans coming out online differs in various regions. New York and Nevada have the highest figures, while Mississippi and Alabama have the lowest numbers, according to NBC News.

blue_purple_glitter_peace_sign_with_silver_borderEarlier this year Gallup released a nationwide poll revealing Americans believe that 23 percent of the country is gay or lesbian. However, it was a major overestimation. Just 3.8 percent of the population identifies themselves as a LGBT community member.


Article By Steve Pak | Oct 16, 2015


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LGBT History Month Daily Icons “William Rufus King”

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“The law established by the Creator, which has existed from the beginning, extends over the whole globe.”


October is LGBT History Month and B.P will Highlight Icons all Month long, today’s featured LGBT Icon ~ “William Rufus King

quotidienWilliam Rufus King was the 13th vice president of the United States for six weeks before he died of tuberculosis, making him the shortest-serving vice president in American history. He was the third vice president to die in office.

Pat_SmileyKing served in the U.S. Congress for nearly 30 years. He was elected a U.S. representative from North Carolina and a senator from Alabama. He won a record-breaking 11 elections to the position of president pro tempore of the Senate. He also served as minister to France.

A Democrat, King was a Unionist with moderate views on slavery and westward expansion. He helped draft the Compromise of 1850, a series of bills that attempted to diffuse tensions between the North and the South.

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smile160x300LGBTBannerA native of North Carolina, King purchased property along the Alabama River. At what came to be known as “King’s Bend,” he operated one of the largest plantations in the state. He and others founded the nearby town of Selma, which King named after a site in a classical legend.

For most of his adult life, King enjoyed a close relationship with James Buchanan, the 15th president of the United States. For 10 years, he and Buchanan (neither of whom ever married) shared a home in Washington, D.C. Nicknamed the “Siamese twins,” they regularly attended social functions together. Andrew Jackson referred to them as “Miss Nancy” and “Miss Fancy.”

avionmilitIn January 1953, vice-president-elect King became gravely ill. He left for Cuba, hoping to regain his health in a warmer climate. When he was unable to return to Washington in time for the inauguration, he took the oath of office in a town near Havana. It is the only time in the nation’s history that an executive official has been sworn in on foreign soil.

King is interred in a mausoleum in Selma. The U.S. Senate displays a bust of him in its collection.

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Visibility club prepares for Spirit Day

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The degree and kind of a man’s sexuality reach up into the ultimate pinnacle of his spirit. ~Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, 1886

October 15 is Spirit Day where millions wear purple to stand against bullying and to show their support for LGBT youth. Photo: Kate Bunster
October 15 is Spirit Day where millions wear purple to stand against bullying and to show their support for LGBT youth. Photo: Kate Bunster

The ninth period bell rings on a Thursday afternoon. Some kids headed to the bus, others straight to the Niskayuna High School media room. Em Remillard stands in front of the room and gets everyone’s attention. They quickly stop their chatter and direct their attention to the front to discuss this week’s agenda written on the board: middle school visits, utopia dance, “Freeheld,” “Rocky Horror,” Spirit Day T-shirts. “We accept all opinions,” Remillard reminded the group before they begin. This is the Visibility Club and Remillard is vice president.

Treadmill-Smiley-RonaldWilsher.com-The Niskayuna High School Visibility Club has been in existence since 1993, the first one of the Capital Region. Currently, there are at least 12 other area high schools that also have gay-straight alliance clubs.

The Niskayuna Visibility Club exists to promote acceptance and respect for LGBT students. Although it’s been around for quite some time, the club only received school funding as of last January. Co-adviser Mary-Jo Pierpont is going into her second year with the club.

autocollants_de_smiley_darc_en_ciel-rcefc1ec4064c4da2bed424ebd89fcac0_v9waf_8byvr_512“My involvement with Visibility has shown me the specific challenges, struggles and issues that LGBTQA [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Questioning, and Allied] youth face every day. At the same time, it is impressive to see how our LGBTQA youth become comfortable and empowered knowing that their school is creating a safe environment for everyone,” said Pierpont. “I feel very privileged to be associated with the members of this club and know that their involvement will create a more inclusive school environment.”

That particular day, Visibility had many exciting upcoming events to discuss, such as plans to go see “Freeheld,” a new movie starring Ellen Page, who came out last year, and is a love story about a same-sex couple.

smileAfter discussing the agenda, the meetings usually proceed with an exercise they do called “roses and thorns,” where they go around the room and each member shares a positive and negative experience they have had since the last meeting.

“It’s better to have a balloon in a room of balloons than a balloon in a room full of spikes,” said Linda Borges, co-adviser of Visibility.

Two weeks ago, James Shultis, from the Albany Pride Center came in as a guest speaker to talk to the students about support options available to LGBT students. Shultis also administered activities and addressed different issues with the club.

anim_tv“Visibility Club has given me a voice,” said Emily Yaroszeutski, a junior, who joined the club after viewing an anti-bullying video in her freshman health class. “It’s an accepting environment and gives me something to look forward to each week.”

This week was no exception. The Visibility club officers broke out purple shirts and art supplies to decorate for Spirit Day, a day to show support for LGBT youth and stand up to bullying, on Oct. 15. Spirit Day began in 2010 as a day for individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, and public figures to wear purple, which symbolizes “spirit” on the rainbow flag. Each student created a shirt that was meaningful to them, some decorating their shirts with rainbows, some writing phrases and others just adding a splash of color.

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124629_originalBy 4 o’clock, the shirts are all decorated, ready to be worn proudly on Spirit Day. As the students are packing up, Remillard reads off LGBT facts from different time periods to the club. Some of them are sad, but they remind us all of how far we’ve come. When they get to the present day, they pause.

“And finally,” Remillard says. “In 2015, same sex marriage was seen as constitutional in the U.S.”


On October 14 Britney will wear purple for her Vegas show, while guests will be handed matching bracelets on their way inside the Planet Hollywood venue where she performs.
The hotel will also show a Spirit Day message outside the venue, to raise awareness and support for the cause, Watch Brit’s message below:

Video courtesy of GT Magazine


ARTICLE POSTED BY: Gazette Reporter KATE BUNSTER OCTOBER 13, 2015


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LGBT History Month Daily Icons “Elsie De Wolfe”

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“I opened the doors and windows of America, and let in the air and sunshine.”


October is LGBT History Month and B.P will Highlight Icons all Month long, today’s featured LGBT Icon ~ Elsie De Wolfe

smileys-painting-887798Elsie de Wolfe, later known as Lady Mendl, introduced the world to the art of interior design. She saw the home as a medium for self-expression.

s5208The native New Yorker began her career as an actress before becoming a prominent figure in London and Parisian high society. After a decade in the theater, she shifted her creative energies to decorating. She started a business in 1905 and quickly landed her first big job: New York’s Colony Club, an exclusive new club for women.


During World War I, she volunteered as a nurse in France and was awarded the Croix de Guerre for her heroism.

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160x300LGBTBannerimagesAs an interior designer, de Wolfe’s clients included Amy Vanderbilt, Cole Porter and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. She helped set the style for the world’s elite, introducing a light color scheme and chintz fabrics at a time when dark wood and heavy Victorian curtains were in vogue. She also helped popularize animal prints, faux finishes and chaise longues. In her autobiography, “After All,” she called herself a “rebel in an ugly world,” saying, “I opened the doors and windows of America, and let in the air and sunshine.”

smile-e-smiley-che-salta-immagine-animata-0141De Wolfe regularly wrote for popular magazines of the day, such as Good Housekeeping and The Delineator. Her articles were assembled into an influential book, “The House in Good Taste” (1913), which became a best seller.

genderIn 1926 at the age of 61, de Wolfe surprised many when she married Sir Charles Mendl, a British diplomat in Paris. Since 1892 de Wolfe had been living openly in a lesbian relationship with Elisabeth Marbury—a successful theatrical and literary agent, who became one of the first female Broadway producers. The women remained together until Marbury’s death in 1933.

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