Tuesday, December 20, 2016

NEWS: Meryl Streep, Gay Men Harassed, Mindfulness, Speedo Adventures, Tim Ramsey, Malta, Influencers, Trinity Western

Meryl Streep to Be Honored With Major LGBT Award
With Donald Trump and Mike Pence poised to take over the White House, bringing with them a starting lineup of cabinet picks with illustrious histories of opposing LGBT rights, what might have been seen as almost superfluous just one year ago — an endorsement of a celebrity by a major gay rights group — takes on new levels of significance in 2017. Perhaps that's why the Human Rights Campaign, the country's largest LGBT civil rights organization, is tapping one of Hollywood's biggest guns for special recognition at its annual East Coast banquet. The group is honoring Meryl Streep at its 2017 HRC Great New York Gala, to be held Feb. 11 at New York's Waldorf Astoria. The achievement is overdue. The 19-time Oscar-nominated actress — arguably as iconic a gay screen icon as Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn and Judy Garland before her — has never before been given a major award for her contributions to LGBT culture and advancement.

Pizza Restaurant Worker 'Verbally Abuses' Two Men Hugging Inside Shop
The gay men - who do not want to be named for fear of reprisals - videoed the alleged abuse at a branch of the fast food chain in Hayes, Middlesex. Among other expletives, the employee calls one of the customers a "gay b******" and hits out and kicks at the pair after ejecting them from the restaurant where they were ordering food. WATCH VIDEO HERE

Science Confirms: Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation Are Legit
Mindfulness appears helpful in a wide spectrum of health conditions. It’s not understood why, but stress reduction appears to be the common link.

Man Attempts to Fly Home in Speedo
When his teammates dared him to fly home in a Speedo, a brave swimmer took the plunge.

Did You Know That 1 in 4 LGBTQ People Have Been Harassed Online?
According to a survey of about 1,000 Australians on online harassment conducted by Norton, one in four LGBTQ people report experiencing harassment online due to their sexual orientation. According to Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), one third of LGBTQ youth report experiencing sexual harassment online and 27 percent report feeling unsafe online, period.

Tim Ramsey Founded LGBT Charity, Just Like Us, To Help Provide The Support He Never Got at School
Creating school environments where every child can be themselves isn’t a “liberal craze.” It’s what every child deserves: the chance to realise their potential and be accepted for who they are. Who wouldn’t want that? In fact, schools are legally required by the Equality Act 2010 and Ofsted to tackle homophobia and develop understanding about LGBT+ issues. However much they veil their prejudice as a legitimate grievance against “the liberal elite” doesn’t hide what they are: homophobic.

Why The Tiny Island of Malta Has Europe's Most Progressive Gay Rights
Malta, the tiny southern European island with a population of just over 420,000, made history earlier this month by becoming the first European country to criminalize “deceptive and harmful” conversion therapy, defined as any practice which aims to change, repress or eliminate a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. These are bold moves for a predominately Catholic country that only began allowing divorce in 2011, and is the only member of the European Union that still considers abortion of any kind to be a criminal offence. Yet Malta is ranked number one in the ILGA-Europe (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) ranking of all 49 countries in Europe in terms of their respect of human rights and equality.

9 LGBTQ Influencers On The First Time They Heard the Word 'Gay'
For many people in the queer community, their first impression of the word "gay" was purely negative. They heard it not from a loving parent or supportive friend, but as a slur from some second-rate bully on the playground, desperately honing their stand-up routine. First impressions are powerful, and that's grounded in science. Researchers have found that it's easier for people to maintain positive emotions about a person if their initial contact with the person was also positive. If a child's first contact with an older queer adult is affirming, it's possible their understanding of the identity will be as well.

Law Society of B.C. to Appeal Trinity Western Decision
The Law Society of British Columbia intends to appeal last week's decision that found it must recognize future lawyers from a Christian law school. Now, the law society is seeking leave to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court of Canada, arguing that the decision is a matter of national significance. The dispute stems from the university's controversial community covenant that bans sexual intimacy outside of heterosexual marriage, which the law society has argued discriminates against LGBTQ people.