Just this past month 5 more gay or gay-perceived teens committed suicide in this country.
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), run by Maggie Gallagher and her sidekick Brian Brown, has spent tens of millions of dollars in the past three years to bully and bash lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people and anyone who dares to support their full equality. Everything NOM does only furthers hate and homophobia.
Yesterday Maggie finally weighed in on the suicide of Tyler Clementi, one of the most recent of the five young men who took their own lives in the last month. She had the gall to say, “Nothing in the press accounts suggest the kids who did this were motivated by homophobia.”
Big hearted Maggie and the wealthy mystery backers of NOM say they care deeply about children. Then stop the vicious attacks. Stop the bullying. Let all people live their lives honestly and openly.
NOM’s Real LGBT Agenda
On April 10, 2010, at a NOM program in New Orleans run by Brian Brown, the only other speaker was Thomas Messner, a NOM consultant and Visiting Richard and Helen DeVos Fellow at The Heritage Foundation.
Messner (above) was the first to speak the truth about NOM’s real agenda when he said:
“Gay marriage legitimizes homosexuality.”
That is exactly what NOM wants to prevent, period. Its purpose is to make LGBTQ people feel inferior and inflame homophobia under the guise of stopping gay marriage. We must not let them succeed; too many lives are at stake.
The 5 Most Recent Victims
Billy Lucas, 15 years old, died September 9, 2010.
Billy had been harassed at his Indiana school for many years. The day before his suicide, there was an alleged incident where he was bullied again at lunch, and was told him to go hang himself. He hanged himself in his barn next to his beloved horses the very next day.
Seth Walsh, 13 years old, died September 19, 2010.
After repeated bullying from other students in his Tehachapi, California hometown, Seth hanged himself from a tree in his backyard. After nine days in a coma, he died on Sept 19th. Police said after questioning the students who may have been involved, many broke down in tears, never expecting such an outcome.
Tyler Clementi, 18 years old, died September 22, 2010.
Tyler was a gifted musician and freshman at Rutgers University. He killed himself after his roommate secretly recorded him with another male student, and then the video was broadcast online. His last words, posted on his Facebook account 10 minutes before his death, were chilling, “Jumping off the gw bridge sorry.”
Asher Brown, 13 years old, died September 23, 2010.
Asher shot himself to death after excessive anti-gay bullying apparently isolated him from classmates in his Houston school. Frustrated by the continued harassment and lack of support at school, he took his life the following day.
Raymond Chase, 19 years old, died September 29, 2010.
Raymond was an openly gay sophomore at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. He hanged himself in his dorm room after repeated bullying.
Help Stop NOM
Go to the wonderful new web site set up by the HRC and Courage Campaign, http://nomexposed.org and take action today. NOM must be stopped before one more child is hurt.
Fred Karger Founder www.RightsEqualRights.com
Young Bisexual and Gay men: personal stories: REX
Created: Sunday, 03 October 2010 02:00
Written by Joe L. Sosa, Jr
I knew at a very young age that I knew I was gay. But I could not admit this to anyone and always worked around it. It hurt me to keep this inside. There was always the comments behind your back, which hurt deeply. People can be so cruel at times. But later in life I finally realized that I am who I am and that cannot be changed no matter what. I also realized people where gonna either like me for what I am or they weren't. Good friends will be there; bad friends will shy away. I know now you get to a point in life that you finally realize this and you come out to certain people about it. Remember the caring people will stick with you and support you.
I remember one day later in my life that all of a sudden I needed to tell Mom about it. She was so happy that we had the conversation and always wanted to talk to me about it, but didn't want to upset me. Wow that was a great day and I felt so much better
My suggestions to young gay people is find a good friend and discuss it, you will feel better. Also when the time is right you will know when it's time, let the right people know. If they love you they will be there for you and treat you as you should be treated. But be careful not everyone can handle this. Good luck!
(Sacramento) Yesterday Governor Schwarzeneggersignedthe Unemployment Benefits Act (AB 2055), which ensures that same-sex couples in California have access to unemployment benefits. The bill was introduced by Assemblymember Hector De La Torre (D-South Gate) and sponsored by Equality California.
“We thank the governor for signing this bill, which will provide same-sex couples who plan to enter into a domestic partnership with access to benefits that heterosexual couples who are engaged already enjoy and that affect the wellbeing and security of their families,” said Geoff Kors, executive director of Equality California.
“Although this legislation helps chip away at the discrimination same-sex couples face, the fact is that domestic partnerships are not the same as marriage, and the only real solution is to restore the freedom to marry in California so that same-sex couples are truly equal under the law. We thank Assemblymember De La Torre for his advocacy and leadership.”
Currently, couples who are engaged to be married are eligible for unemployment benefits if one of the partners must leave his or her job in order to move closer to his or her future spouse. This bill would extend the same rights to couples who plan on entering into a domestic partnership. The bill is especially beneficial for same-sex couples because they are prohibited from legally marrying and therefore unable to receive these benefits.
“AB 2055 will bring equity to imminent domestic partners and help keep families and couples together,” Assemblymember De La Torre. “By guaranteeing this right to imminent domestic partners fairness under the law will be enforced, family unity will be preserved, and all committed relationships will be given equal opportunity to unemployment benefits.”
This year is shaping up to be a good’en for gay movies. I’ve put together a list of some that I’m looking forward to in 2010, and you should be too…
…The producers of Make the Yuletide Gay leave the camp comedy behind and step in a different direction withSticke Figures, a drama about a young, gay artist who returns to his home town for the funeral of an ex-girlfriend and then discovers she’s bequeathed him something that’s going to turn his world upside down. The rather lovely Matthew Montgomery stars…
…Will gay porn superstar Brent Corrigan be able to – ahem – pull off the move into ‘proper’ gay movies? He co-stars with Dante’s Cover, Charlie David, in a sexy, time-travelling drama. With this pair starring, Judas Kiss is already guaranteed to look good…
…If you loved last year’s hit Brit gay movie Shank and found its mix of gritty realism, sex, violence, romance, action and powerful acting a breath of fresh air, chances are you’re gonna love this year’s Release, from the same team…
Got a good pedigree this one – the writer/directors have an Oscar on their mantelpiece. Expect much trippiness…
…Kind of like Sex And The City – but with fuzz, gay movie Bear City is about a bunch of gay friends having funny and rude encounters among New York’s bear scene as the hairy cubs gear up for a weekend of partying.
Bear City is having the finishing touches applied as we speak and will be growling its way onto screens later this year…
…Not everybody loves Philip Morris, especially all the film distributors who said “no” to the movie way back in Sundance 2009, but I Love You Philip Morris will finally get a cinema release in March.
Ewan McGregor and Jim Carrey bring some Hollywood ‘A’ list (and buggery) to a very indie movie in this story of a conservative cop (Carrey) who reassesses his whole life after a near-fatal car crach, then comes out as gay to his wife and family and embarks upon a life of crime, falling in love with his cellmate (McGregor) along the way.
The movie is rated ‘R’ and you even have to be over 17 to watch the trailer… Dorothy, I don’t think we’re in Brokeback territory anymore…
…Reminding us that there is a ‘T’ in LGBT cinema, Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives high-kicks its way onto screens very soon. You know, I think that’s all I need to say on that one!
Moving further afield, there are several foreign-language movies out this year to peak the interest:
…Raging Sun, Raging Sky is either 3 hours of art-house, softcore porn or a powerful, experimental film about love and desire that transcends mere sex and uses a healthy dose of mythology, depending upon your point of view.
But with cult, Mexican director, Julián Hernández (Broken Sky), behind the lens, one thing’s guaranteed: this gay movie is going to look stunning (just check out the trailer…
…Eyes Wide Open is a gay movie from Israel about a married butcher, and father of 4, from Jerusalem’s ultra-orthodox Jewish community who tries to solve a mid-life crisis by having a gay affair with a handsome, 22-year-old student – and judging from the pics of actor Ran Danker, I can see why (just Google Image him). Lots of intense drama, heartache and soul-searching ensues…
…Give Me Your Hand was actually released last year in its native France, but this gay movie will be getting a showing around the rest of the world this year. Starring real-life twin brothers Victor and Alexandre Carril as quarrelling brothers trying to get to Barcelona for their mother’s funeral.
This is a good-looking, gay road movie with all that angst, passion, understated action and complex feelings that French movies do best…
…”Are we in a co-dependent relationship?” is a question we’ve all asked at some point. The pretty, young gay pair who feature in Soundless Wind Chime get to act it out in one of the most exciting cities in the world, Hong Kong.
In fact that’s only the first part of this gay movie about Chinese immigrant, Ricky, and Swiss drifter, Pascal. Plenty of twists and turns to keep you watching as the action moves to Pascal’s home country…
Let me know about any gay movies I haven’t mentioned that should be on the list.
Four different class reunions will take place this month involving local schools. Here are the planned reunions:
Hanford High School's Class of 2000 is announcing its 10 year reunion Oct. 8 in the Tachi Hotel Blue Oak Room in Lemoore.
Hanford High School Class of 1950 will hold its 60th class reunion Oct. 9 at Alicia's Cafe.
The Hanford High School Class of 1958 will be having a mini 52nd Class Reunion get together Oct. 16 at Mi Fiesta Banquet Hall, 400 E. Sixth St., Hanford.
Raymond Chase Commits Suicide, Fifth Gay Youth To Take Life In Three Weeks
Johnson and Wales student Raymond Chase, 19, took his own life this past Wednesday, according to theAdvocate.
Chase, a sophomore reported as openly gay, apparently hanged himself in his dorm room. According to Now Public, the circumstances surrounding his death are not yet known.
Johnson and Wales Vice President Ronald Martel e-mailed students with the news Thursday:
Today I contact you with the deeply sad news of the passing of Raymond Chase, sophomore, 19, culinary arts major. The campus community is mourning the loss of this vibrant young man who leaves many JWU friends and teachers, and a loving family of Monticello, New York.
Funeral arrangements are not available at this time. As we obtain more information that can be shared, we will do so. Ray's JWU friends and the university are planning a memorial service for the campus community. Those details will be forthcoming.
Many consider this -- the fifth suicide by a young gay person in the past few weeks -- as a national call to action. According to the Miami Herald, Campus Pride (which recently released a study on attitudes towards LGBT students on campus) issued a statement in reaction to the deaths:
...the recent pattern of LGBT youth suicides is cause for grave concern. Campus Pride demands national action be taken to address youth bullying, harassment and the need for safety and inclusion for LGBT youth at colleges and universities across the country. We must not let these tragic deaths go unnoticed. Together we must act decisively to curb anti-LGBT bias incidents, harassment and acts of violence.
Project Runway Star Reveals He's HIV Positive
Created: Saturday, 02 October 2010 11:40
Written by Joe L. Sosa, Jr
[A true example of someone who wants others to know that HIV people are not alone a brave man who shared his experience and status with the WORLD what a way of coming out again......We applaud you Mondo!!! ^Joe Sosa]
The secrets came out during Thursday night's episode ofProject Runway.
Chief among them: for the first time ever, contestantMondo Guerra publicly acknowledged that he is HIV positive.
The shocking announcement came after the aspiring designers were asked to create a textile pattern based on their own personal stories.
Guerra, 32, created a graphic pattern incorporating positive signs to represent his HIV positive status. Shortly after, the contestants' family members -- including Guerra's mother -- made a surprise visit to Parsons School of Design in NYC.
"I haven't disclosed this information with my mother: I've been HIV positive for 10 years," Guerra, 32, said in the confessional. He then decided not to open up to her until later because "it was her first time in New York and I just didn't want to bring her any pain."
So why did Guerra keep the news of his illness to himself for so long?
"Growing up in a religious, Catholic family, it would be an issue of morals and disrespect," Guerra explained. "This has been so hard to keep a secret from my parents because I love them."
After the contestants showcased their designs on the runway, Marie Claire's Nina Garcia inquired about the thought process behind Guerra's pattern. Though he initially dodged the question, he came clean before the judges made their final decision.
"That's very brave of you," said host Heidi Klum, shortly before announcing Guerra as the challenge winner.
Now that his secret is out, Guerra says he can finally breathe a sigh of relief.
"I feel better now. I feel free," he said. "I think it was my opportunity to share something and maybe help others."
An Important Message - From Ellen DeGeneres (Gay Suicide)
Created: Saturday, 02 October 2010 09:30
Written by Joe L. Sosa, Jr
Thank you so much Ellen for making that announcement and letting America know this needs to stop, even more powerful cause you can relate to the Gay Community it self. Wake Up America and start listening it's time to stop this anti-gay bullying!!!
Judy Shepard: A Lack of Empathy Helps LGBT Suicide Thrive
Judy Shepard, the mother of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard, who was murdered in a hate crime nearly 12 years ago, appeared on the CBS Early Show this morning to address the recent wave of news coverage surrounding the issue of LGBT bullying, and particularly bullying that leads to young LGBT people committing suicide.
But there has been a noted uptick in media coverage surrounding the issue, particularly since July 2010. Then, Justin Aaberg, a 15-year-old student in the Anoka-Hennepin school district in Minnesota,committed suicide after rampant anti-gay bullying. Here was a particular awful scenario, where anti-gay parents and adults in the district actively fought efforts to address LGBT bullying, and distributed information that suggested gay people were disordered and could change.
Since then, news media and blogs have covered the stories of Billy Lucas, Asher Brown, Seth Walsh, Tyler Clementi, and now Raymond Chase, a sophomore at Johnson & Wales, a college in Rhode Island. Chase was found in his dorm room earlier this week, after he hung himself. All were gay students.
In the wake of all of these stories, Judy Shepard spoke to CBS about the connection between bullying, hate crimes, and suicide. But she added something sorely missing from this debate: that the way our politicians and legislators handle LGBT issues sends a damning message to LGBT youth that they are second class citizens, not entitled to full civil rights. It's this sentiment, Shepard claims, that also helps foster climates where LGBT bullying and LGBT suicide can become heartbreaking realities.
"[Politicians] should be granting basic civil rights to the gay community instead of continuing to try to deny them. To me, that's what it is, basic civil rights. To deny them service in the military or job security on the federal level, or even the right to marry and receive all those benefits that are derived from that, is just unfair and, in my view, un-American," Shepard said, noting that even though it has been 12 years since the death of her son Matthew, the climate that LGBT people face can still be deadly in too many pockets of the country.
It's also an important reminder that all of us play a part in curbing the climate where violence toward LGBT people can thrive. Politicians have a role. Educators have a role. Students have a role. Parents have a role.
All of us have a role. And according to Shepard, that role is to be both proactive at addressing bullying, and to express empathy to try and understand the lives of people who are different from us.
"I just think it's so important to try to communicate to our children and/or students empathy, to understand what other people's lives are like, and a general rule of accepting everyone for who they are and respecting them, just for being here," Shepard said. "What we do at school needs to be followed up at home. And what we do at home needs to be followed up at school. I think we just think someone else is taking care of it, and, evidently, they're not."
Check out the video of Shepard on this morning's broadcast below. (Note: If the video doesn't show up,check it out here.)
Accidental hero and articulate voice of the modern civil rights movement, Judge Vaughn Walker announced today that he will retire from the federal bench, effective February 2011.
"Concluding 21 years of judicial service, I leave the bench with the highest respect and regard for the federal judiciary, its judges and their staff and the essential role they fulfill in our constitutional system," Judge Walker wrote in a letter of resignation to President Obama.
[The Gay Community thanks you for serving and upholding the California Constitution and for overturning Prop 8 ^Joe Sosa]
Debate guide: Brown vs. Whitman
Created: Tuesday, 28 September 2010 14:50
Written by Joe L. Sosa, Jr
First Debate Starts September 28 at University of California, Davis
Gubernatorial candidates Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown will meet Tuesday night in Davis for the first of three televised debates before the Nov. 2 election. Sponsored by The Bee, KCRA-TV, Capital Public Radio and the University of California, Davis, the hourlong debate at the Mondavi Center will begin at 6 p.m. Here is a guide to watching the debate, with assessments of the candidates gleaned from political experts; the candidates' answers to a few questions; and a look back at some memorable California debate moments.
Watch for debate coverage and analysis in The Bee and at sacbee.com:
5:30-6 p.m.: Bee Editorial Page Editor Stuart Leavenworth takes your questions in the live chat and tells you what to watch for from the candidates.
6-7 p.m.: Bee columnists Dan Walters and Dan Morain offer instant analysis from the debate.
7-7:30 p.m.: Leavenworth rates the candidates' performances.
Complete news coverage and analysis of the debate in The Sacramento Bee and atwww.sacbee.com
Noon-1 p.m.: The Bee's Head-to-Head team of Pia Lopez and Ben Boychuk takes your questions and debates the debate.
London Fashion Week may have ended, but people are still buzzing about British model Alexa Chung's military state of mind when she arrived at the Burberry Prorsum show. She did anything but camouflauge in a fitted, army green shirt dress with epaulet-esque shoulder ornaments and matching belt.
It seems as though the Madewell colaborator has perfected the indie-type, purposefully "not quite polished look" with her loosely pulled-back hair and the threads dangling from the bottom of her slightly wrinkled dress.
She softens the military look and artfully punctuates her outfit with small exclamation points of detail like her petite, studded, bronze over the shoulder bag and brown booties.
It's no secret that starlets are showing in fashion shows and lunch dates in military-inspired dresses, shirts, jackets and cargo pants. With our picks for frugal alternatives, you'll be armed and ready for an army look of your own.
This Charlotte Russe military shirt dress for $32 amps up the battlefield-ready feel with pyramid studs, a chain sleeve detail, an adjustable belt and some added functionality with two front pockets.
A good pair of booties, in brown or black, is something worth spending some money on, but you'll only have to part with $49.95 for these Madden Girl Ranitaa Bootie Ankle Boots from DSW. These booties are ideal for dressing up a bulky sweater dress for fall or to pair with some super skinny jeans.
The grand total, before taxes, is $96.94. It really does feel great to achieve a look worthy of Alexa Chung on a budget. Happy shopping.
Have an outfit you're dying to buy but need a frugal alternative? E-mail us a picture. We're up for the challenge.
-- Jenn Harris
Photo, from top: British model Alexa Chung arrives at the Burberry Prorsum Spring-Summer 2011 show at London Fashion Week Sept. 21 (Credit: Paul Hackett / Reuters); military shirt dress from Charlotte Russe (Courtesy of Charlotte Russe); Cross body bag from Target (Courtesy of Target); brown booties by Madden Girl. (Courtesy of DSW).
Bill sought to expand protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender prisoners
Sacramento – Last Friday, Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Prisoner Safety Act, AB 633, on the grounds that the bill was too similar to a prisoner safety bill he vetoed last year. Introduced by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), the bill was designed to prevent violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and especially transgender people in the state prison system. The bill received bipartisan support in both the State Senate and Assembly and is co-sponsored by Equality California, the Transgender Law Center and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.
“The governor’s reluctance to codify vital protections for LGBT prisoners into state law is truly heart-breaking,” said Equality California Executive Director Geoff Kors. “This bill was, in fact, different from the LGBT prisoner safety bill we sponsored last year in that it would have required the state to adopt national LGBT prisoner safety guidelines. The legislation would have been an important tool in preventing violence against LGBT prisoners and ensuring that they have access to the same safeguards under the law as other inmates. Despite this setback, we will work on administrative reform and will continue to partner with Assemblymember Ammiano to bring legislation next year when we have a new governor to ensure that similar legislation is passed and signed into law.”
According to a study by UC Irvine commissioned by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, 69 percent of transgender inmates report sexual victimization while incarcerated.
“By vetoing AB 633, Governor Schwarzenegger has yet again neglected to help alleviate violence in California prisons,” said Masen Davis, Executive Director of the Transgender Law Center. “Transgender people are thirteen times more likely to be sexually assaulted in prison than non-transgender inmates. The National Prisoner Rape Elimination Commission Standards are well-researched, practical and promising. It is shameful that implementation of these standards has been further delayed.”
AB 633 promotes safety for and prevents assaults against LGBT people in the prison system by amending the Sexual Abuse in Detention Elimination Act (SADEA) of 2005. The bill would have included information provided by inmates regarding their own safety concerns related to sexual orientation and gender identity on the list of factors for consideration when assessing whether inmates were at a heightened risk for assault. The list of current factors includes, age, type of offense and prior time served.
“I am extremely disappointed that the governor chose not to protect and empower one of the most vulnerable groups in the state’s penal system,” said Bamby Salcedo, President of the Trans-Latina/o Coalition. “As someone who has been through the California penal system, I experienced firsthand the injustices that transgender prisoners face. My life was constantly endangered, I was harassed by other inmates and I was even a victim of sexual assault. This bill would have gone a long way in preventing LGBT inmates from experiencing the abuse I faced.”
In addition, the legislation would have: required the state to adopt a portion of the National Prisoner Rape Elimination Commission Standards, designed to safeguard LGBT inmates; required the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation not to automatically segregate LGBT inmates, a condition considered to be punitive, and safeguarded LGBT inmates from having to disclose their sexual orientation or gender identify to prison officials. The bill would have also saved the state money due to decreased litigation and healthcare expenses.
The legislation originally developed following a Senate Public Safety Committee meeting held in San Francisco in December 2008 and is chaired by Senator and former Majority Leader Gloria Romero (D-Los Angeles). The meeting, which was sponsored by Equality California along with Just Detention International, the Transgender Law Center, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the Transgender, Gender Variant and Intersex Justice Project, exposed the dire issues facing LGBT people in California prisons in order to produce concrete solutions.
Kings Community Action Organization and Panda Express in Hanford are joining forces for KCAO's Restaurant Charity Days fundraiser from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday. During that time, anyone bringing in a special flier will have 20 percent of their party's total bill (dine-in or take-out) donated to the KCAO Barbara Saville Women's Shelter.
For more information or to obtain a flier, contact KCAO at 582-4386.
American Family Association Rejoices Over Ann Coulter's Homocon 2010 Speech
"Ann took them straight on and gave them some straight talk I doubt they were ready for. There is no amount of sugar that will help this medicine go down. According to the leftwing websitePolitico.com, she complimented the Christian audiences before whom she speaks by telling these homosexuals that the people who get her 'gay jokes are gays.' Christians get them, she hinted, but 'out of sweetness they don’t laugh at the gay jokes.' Alas, she was suggesting, if only Christians were as mean-spirited as everyone says they are! I have to leave my gay jokes in the green room because those Christians are just too darned civil and courteous and kind!
"Then she let the air out of the tires on the tired argument that homosexual marriage is the civil rights issue of our day. Reminding them that blackness is an innate characteristic but sexual behavior is a choice, same-sex marriage, she said pointedly, 'is not a civil right -- you’re not black.' As Gen. Colin Powell himself said, the comparison between homosexual behavior and race is 'convenient but invalid.' People are born black, but they are not born gay. And many people who enter the homosexual lifestyle later leave it. So there are plenty of ex-gays, but you will never meet an ex-black.
"So Christians are too tolerant to make fun of gays, homosexuals have no civil right to marry, and homosexuals can’t claim oppressed minority status. This from the keynote speaker at HomoCon, who got at least five figures to get right in the grill of her hosts. Anybody at HomoCon want their money back?" - American Family Association radio host Bryan Fischer, who says he now takes back all the rotten things he said about Ann Coulter when he first learned about her Homocon appearance.
National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NGMHAAD)
Created: Monday, 27 September 2010 14:52
Written by Joe L. Sosa, Jr
On September 27, 2008 NAPWA launched the first National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NGMHAAD). NGMHAAD is a new idea designed to refocus attention on a community that has long been affected by the HIV epidemic here in the United States and abroad. It is a call to action that comes at time of heightened complacency about HIV among gay men. Yet the nation faces a resurgence of new HIV infections among gay men. Throughout the year, community based organizations (CBOs), health departments, faith based organizations, corporations, labor organizations, elected officials and other individual and collective stakeholders participate in national HIV/AIDS Awareness Days. These days raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and often focus attention on communities or groups that are disproportionately impacted by the epidemic. The National Association for People Living with AIDS (NAPWA) is proud to be the originator of National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) which encourages HIV testing and AIDS awareness in communities across the country. This year, NHTD garnered support from celebrities, seventy-nine Mayors, members of Congress, major media outlets, and literally thousands of community and government organizations who helped get the word out that people need to take the HIV test and take control of their health. NGMHAAD will build upon NHTD's success by using methods already proven to be effective in increasing HIV testing and raising awareness about HIV/AIDS.
A TIME FOR ACTION
The fact is that the HIV epidemic is far from over for gay men. Consider that:
Fifty-three percent of new HIV infections occurred among men who have sex with men (MSM) in 2006
From 2001 – 2006, men who have sex with men (MSM) across all racial and ethnic groups were the only transmission category with significant increases in HIV diagnoses
HIV incidence has been increasing steadily among gay and bisexual men since the early 1990s, consistent with increases in risk behavior, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and HIV diagnoses among MSM
Gay men comprise over half of the total number of total HIV/AIDS cases in the United States
More than 500,000 gay men of all colors have died in the United States.
Despite these numbers, gay men are only tangentially represented in national AIDS Awareness Day. An awareness day devoted solely to gay, bisexual, same gender loving and transgendered gay men fills a glaring gap in national HIV/AIDS consciousness raising efforts.
NGMAHAD's goals are to 1) raise awareness about HIV/AIDS among gay men, 2) encourage HIV testing, early diagnosis and linkage to care, 3) promote better understanding of the complex factors that drive HIV transmission among gay men, and 4) obtain broad based support to acquire needed public and private resources and sound governmental policies to prevent new infections among gay men and to provide treatment for gay men living with HIV/AIDS. In 2008, we simply seek to announce the initiative and begin to garner interest in and generate support the concept. Over the course of the next year, NAPWA will establish a national steering committee to plan for an expanded activities and broad based national participation.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
There are numerous ways for you to participate in the observance of National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. These include:
Officially endorse NGMHAAD
Issue media advisories
Host local HIV testing and educational events targeting gay men
Visit the NAPWA web-site at www.napwa.org. You can sign-up an official sponsor of National Gay Men's Awareness Day here. We will also post MSM HIV fact sheets and other materials to support any activities you undertake on that day and throughout the year.
A group of strangers, one of whom is a murderer, are stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm. It’s another superbly intriguing tale from the foremost mystery writer of her time. A classic Agatha Christie.
SHOW DATES: September 24, 25, October 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17.
Friday and Saturday shows will begin at 7:30pm; Sunday shows begin at 2:30pm. (Doors and box office open a half hour before showtime)
This production of Mousetrap will be directed by Charmayne Huntley. Cast/crew: Mollie Ralston- Brittany Jo Sleeper Giles Ralston- Devin Alexander Christopher Wren- Henry Gonzales Mrs. Boyle- Wyleen Luoma Major Metcalf- John Luoma Ms. Casewell- Teresa Langdon Mr. Paravacini- Corey Ralston Sergeant Trotter- Sean Hopper
Assistant- Debra Garske Lights- Garrett Bazzle
The Temple Theatre is located just east of China Alley in Hanford, California, at 514 East Visalia Street. One block due west from Valley Pool & Spa. You can also call us for directions
TICKET PRICES: Adults- $10 Seniors/Students- $8
For tickets call 559-584-7241
We will call you back to confirm your reservations. Reserved seats will be held until 5 minutes before show time and then they will be released. Please call us if you are going to be late
White House predicts action this fall on military ban repeal
Created: Friday, 24 September 2010 13:44
Written by Joe L. Sosa, Jr
The Senate is likely to vote to repeal "Don't ask, don't tell" after the November elections, according to White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina and David Plouffe, President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign manager. Plouffe, speaking at a book signing event, told a crowd that Republicans in the Senate feared a vote on DADT repeal before the midterm elections would have depressed their voter turnout. Messina, speaking at his alma mater in Montana, predicted the repeal would pass this fall with bipartisan support.
At MTV's Video Music Awards, Lady Gaga made headlines for bringing two gay armed forces veterans with her as her dates. Both veterans were expelled from the army based not on their performance but because of their sexuality.
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell," a law enacted in 1993, prevents gay and lesbian servicemen and women from serving openly in the military. Since then, more than 13,500 service members have been discharged under the law. Last week the House of Representatives deemed the law unconstitutional.
This law reflects antiquated public views and fear about homosexuality. Today, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll conducted this year, 75 percent of Americans support gays serving openly in the military. Our culture is becoming more and more accepting of homosexuality in general. Just look at all of the beloved gay celebrities, musicians and characters in television shows and movies recently.
Some may feel concerned about the prospect of HIV/AIDS making its way into the military. They should be aware that each person who enters the military is screened for this disease. Those who are HIV/AIDS positive are not allowed to enter the armed forces. Others may feel that homosexuality may make the men and women in the armed forces uncomfortable. However, 73 percent of military personnel are comfortable with homosexuality, according to a 2006 Zogby International study. If the people this law was designed to protect are at ease with this idea, then why is the law still in place? Additionally, more than two dozen countries around the world already allow gays and lesbians to openly serve. Of the original NATO members, only the U.S. and Turkey still prohibit their service. The U.S. has always been a socially revolutionary country. Why are we behind on this issue?
We must also keep in mind the positive implications repealing this law has for our armed forces. Today, 75 percent of young Americans, as estimated by the Pentagon, are unfit for service; reasons range from lack of education to weight issues. The government is inadvertently turning away and discharging a treasure trove of qualified service members simply because of their sexuality. It is similar to the prohibitive laws against women and people of different races from serving in our military in the past. The government is basically shooting itself in the foot.
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is one of the final federal laws preventing gays and lesbians from retaining equal rights. Though significant progress has been made in the gay marriage debate on the state level in recent years (gay marriage is now recognized in 10 states), federal action has still been scant. If the federal government can repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," it will be a major step forward to providing gays with the full rights citizens in our country are given. Our country's Constitution allows for equal rights for all, and yet this significant group in our nation is still underprivileged.
Our society's view of homosexuality has been radically progressive in the past few years. There are only a few obstacles remaining for the gay community to overcome in their search for equal rights. My hope is that this article's argument to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" isn't needed by press time, and that the Senate took progressive action on Tuesday and deemed this law unconstitutional.
When Lady Gaga was asked to explain the raw meat dress she donned at the VMA's, she explained it was in protest of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." She told Ellen DeGeneres, "If we don't stand up for what we believe in, we don't fight for our rights, pretty soon we're gonna have as much rights as the meat on our bones." It is time to allow these men and women to serve.