From Louisiana State University’s The Daily Reveille:
Legislative assistant Michael Beyer said Rep. Jared Brossett is also working with EQLA to address housing discrimination against LGBT people.
Beyer said many LGBT groups do not focus as vehemently on housing and tend to direct most of their attention on Continue reading
From The Bay Area Reporter:
A San Francisco panel reviewing LGBT aging issues has zeroed in on housing as the number one concern in its report it is preparing to send to city leaders at the end of March.
According to a draft version of the LGBT Aging Policy Task Force’s 78-page report it shared with the Bay Area Reporter , the volunteer body has concluded that the number one problem LGBT older adults are dealing with in the city is ensuring they have stable housing. Continue reading
Two North Philadelphia residents, Rusty Doll and Lisa Sipes, have been pouring resources into renovating a rowhouse for the use of homeless LGBT youth. Doll had originally purchased the home for his own use, but an encounter with a young, homeless gay man changed those plans.
Sipes and Doll, who met as neighbors in a North Philly building, are creating the LGBT “safe house” with their soon-to-be nonprofit Change Philly Today and hope to have the two-bedroom home up and running by June 1, with room for up to eight people.
The LGBT community, particularly young adults from 18 to 21, is one of the fastest-growing homeless populations in Philadelphia and the country, Doll said, and often its members feel unwelcome at home or even are forced out.
“Sometimes it’s not even the parents, it’s the shunning of the parents’ family and friends that can make it happen,” Doll said. Continue reading
Sex-columnist, gay activist and speaker, Dan Savage deconstructs how effeminate gay men have moved fop foible to fully realized on Television screens. From the Slog:
The swishy gay men on Under the Gunn or Drag Race aren’t sitting around waiting to be rescued. And reality TV’s swishy gay men have one other thing over swishy gay men on sitcoms: they’re real. They’re three-dimensional, living, breathing human beings. They can be funny, yes; humor is a weapon that effeminate gay men have long used to deflect and defeat the hostility they encounter. But the swishy gay men on Logo and Lifetime aren’t just funny. They’re fucking talented. And they have real lives and real goals and the ability to realize them. Another difference: effeminacy on sitcoms isn’t just code for unemployable loserdom, it’s code for unfuckable eunuch. Project Runway and Under the Gunn, in contrast, have given us a string of effeminate gay sex symbols, from Daniel Vosovic to Jack Mackenroth to Sam “Sassy Sam” Donovan.
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One of my favorite country artists and a talented performer is looking for funding help from her fans to help produce her next album. From Country Weekly:
Terri Clark is coming up with a campaign for her new album that will directly engage fans and take them through the entire album-making process. The “I Wanna Do It All” singer is partnering with the direct-to-fan platform PledgeMusic for her next studio album, set for release later [in 2014].
From the Pledge Music page:
Together (You, Me, & PledgeMusic), we’re going to revolutionize the way we make my next studio album. Releasing a record this way allows me to have a closer connection with you guys throughout the entire recording process, AND allows me to Continue reading
Details of the envisioned event are sketchy, but the hope is to stage an event that is family-friendly by day with adult entertainment at night.
The event “is our opportunity show Southeast Texas that we’re proud of who we are, proud to be part of this community and that the community is proud of us,” said Chance Henson, a Legacy Resource Center community health worker involved in the planning.
As soon as June, rainbow flags will fly as the community and its allies walk down Broadway Street toward Orleans Pub in downtown Beaumont, culminating with an event fashioned after the Boomtown Film and Music Festival.
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While a lot of focus in early 2014 has been on legislation that furthers discrimination, New Orleans Gambit reports on a more positive legislation effort coming to the Bayou State’s chambers:
A no-stone-left-unturned approach is being taken by Rep. Austin Badon, D-New Orleans. His House Bill 199 would add new discrimination protections under state law for four categories: age; disability; gender identity or expression; and sexual orientation.
“This is really about basic human rights,” Badon says. “People should not be discriminated [against] for anything.”
Badon’s legislation would insert anti-discrimination language into 62 different areas of law that would cover Continue reading