Monday, February 15, 2021

Eagle Bar, Corky Blankenship, COVID-19 Victim-Blaming, Robbie Rogers & MORE!

Video Captures Cop Lunging At Trans Woman
(Hamilton, Canada) The footage shows the resident — a transgender woman with disabilities — telling the officer her neighbour has made a complaint against her. The footage shows the resident — a transgender woman with disabilities — telling the officer her neighbour has made a complaint against her. She also says he is the superintendent and he made past complaints about her. CBC has agreed to withhold the woman's name because she is concerned for her safety. In the video, she says the neighbour is trying to allow renovations that are contrary to the zoning of the home and he is trying to evict her. The superintendent is "harassing his tenant and making it construed to be the opposite," she says. "Can I finish my sentence?" one officer says. "If you damage his property, you are going to be arrested." The woman says she didn't damage any property. "Please don't speak to me like that," she says. In a raised voice, the officer says: "I'll just speak over you because clearly you're unreasonable and you don't listen. "If you damage his property, you are going to be arrested. So do not damage anything. Is that clear? Thank you." The woman says she understands and, as the officers are leaving says "Enjoy your bullying of a position." That's when the officer is seen turning around and lunging toward the woman as she quickly shuts the door. More.

COVID-19 And Victim-Blaming Has Made It More Difficult To Care For People Living With HIV/AIDS
For the 1.2 million Americans living with HIV or AIDS, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to undermine their physical, mental, social, and economic wellbeing. These impacts on health are exacerbated in Black and brown communities — particularly Black sexual- and gender-minority men and women and Black cisgender women — who are coping with the realities created by COVID-19, ongoing systemic discrimination, and a plethora of other social inequities that create additional vulnerabilities to their overall health. More.

Assuming Your Child Is Straight Is A Bad Idea

Heteronormativity is the cultural assumption that it is “normal” for people to be cisgender and straight, and that any identities falling outside of the confines of those norms are therefore abnormal. Assuming your child will grow up to be straight is an example of heteronormative thinking. To be clear, assuming your kid is straight can do far more harm than simply making an ass out of you. It can damage communication between you and your child, and, if they turn out not to be straight, it can really hurt your kid and break their trust. More.

States With The Most Hate Groups
Following the violent insurrection that took place at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, investigators have looked into the role hate and extremist groups may have played in the attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election. FBI and Department of Homeland Security officials raised concerns at a 2020 Senate hearing that extremists across the ideological spectrum, including white supremacists, pose a threat to public order and national security. The number of hate groups in America peaked in 2018, at 1,020 such organizations. In 2020, that number declined to 838 — equivalent to 2.5 hate groups for every million people. In some states, the concentration of hate groups is far greater. More

Corky Blankenship, LGBTQ Activist In Denver, Dead at 76

Corky Blankenship

Corky Blankenship, a Denver native and a longtime activist in the Denver LGBTQ community, died Friday morning in Denver Health Medical Center of COVID-19. He was 76. “Corky will be remembered for his love of life and his devotion to causes like homelessness and human rights,” said The Center on Colfax on Instagram. Blankenship was living in San Francisco when Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to any office, was assassinated, shot dead on Nov. 27, 1978. Blankenship told The Denver Post that he was on the verge of tears all day when Milk was killed. More.

As Suicides Rise, Young Survivors Make Case For Hope
“Each and Every Day” represents studies in courage, both in life and in the MTV documentary about young people and suicide. In frank and revelatory conversations, nine survivors recount what took them to the brink and how they fought, and continue to fight, to keep claim on themselves and their right to live. Latino and Indian American participants said they’ve dealt with the prejudice that psychological issues are shameful, while LGBTQ participants share their own burdens. With suicides by young people already on the rise in recent years and the relentless pandemic piling on pressure, a film giving voice to those who attempted or considered suicide takes on more urgency. It airs commercial-free at 9 p.m. EST Tuesday on MTV. More.

Remembering Eudy Simelane – International Footballer Who Was Killed For Being Gay In 2008
An international footballer, coach and aspiring referee, Eudy Simelane dedicated her life to the sport. She was one of the first openly gay women to live in her township of Kwa-Thema in South Africa and was a well-known LGBT+ activist. But because of her sexuality, Simelane was brutally raped and murdered in 2008, aged just 31. This is the story of her life and how the legacy of her death is still impacting South African society. More.

'Pride Week' For Canadian Public School Rejected
(Red Deer, Alberta, Canada) A central Alberta school board's decision to reject plans for Pride celebrations and instead declare an official "Diversity Week" sends a callous message to queer students, LGBTQ advocates say. Officials at the Red Deer Public School Division say they remain committed to inclusion, maintaining that the newly declared celebration of diversity will recognize the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ students. But critics say the vote diminishes the experiences of queer students. Alex Pugatschew, vice-chair of the Red Deer Queer Community Association, said many in the community are angry at the vote and fearful about the implications for students who already feel ostracized. Pugatschew said the idea behind "Diversity Week" is offensive. Pride is meant to empower marginalized people in the queer community and should not be lumped in with what she characterized as a generic lesson on school history. More.

National AIDS Memorial Observes Black History Month with AIDS Memorial Quilt

During Black History Month, the National AIDS Memorial honors Black lives lost to AIDS with a specially curated selection of 56 blocks of the AIDS Memorial Quilt (the Quilt). The exhibition uses the beauty and power of the Quilt to bring to light stories of the countless men, women and children who have died, and the impact AIDS has had on Black Americans. “This virtual exhibition shares stories of hope, healing and remembrance to honor Black lives lost to AIDS,” said John Cunningham, Executive Director of the National AIDS Memorial. “Our hope is that it helps raise greater awareness about the ongoing struggle with HIV and the impact systemic barriers have to positive health outcomes, particularly among the Black community.” More.

Decrying "Cancel Culture" Has Become A Propagandistic Conservative Talking Point
What, suddenly Powerful White Men and Their Allies Behaving Badly are somewhat more suspect, their status online and elsewhere more precarious? Excuse us for not weeping over your newfound vulnerability. More.

LA Gay Leather Bar Eagle Asking For Help

Popular Silver Lake leather bar Eagle LA has turned to the popular fundraising site GoFundMe to help with financial strain due to its closure during COVID-19. Eagle has gone through many name transformations. It became The Outcast (1972-1983), and the Gauntlet II (1983 -2005) before becoming the Eagle LA in 2006 under Charlie Matula and business partner Vince Quattrocchi. To save the bar from closing permanently, Matula has started a GoFundMe campaign, seeking $240,000. More.

On This Gay Day: Soccer Player Robbie Rogers Came Out
Soccer player Robbie Rogers came out as gay on February 15th 2013 via a post on his personal blog saying, “Secrets can cause so much internal damage. People love to preach about honesty, how honesty is so plain and simple. Try explaining to your loved ones after 25 years you are gay. I always thought I could hide this secret. Football was my escape, my purpose, my identity. Football hid my secret, gave me more joy than I could have ever imagined”. Later in the year Rogers signed with LA Galaxy. At the time very few professional soccer players had come out publicly while they were still actively playing the game, a statistic that remains today. Rogers later started dating television producer Greg Berlanti. In 2016 the coupled welcomed their first son via surrogacy. They were married in 2017. More.

Robyn Crawford wrote a book about her close association with Whitney Houston. The two were friends, and then ultimately became lovers for a short period before Houston signed her first record deal. More.

Father Forces Women To Sexually Abuse His Son
A Maltese man who forced women to sexually abuse his then seven-year-old son so that he did not “grow up gay” has been sentenced to eight years imprisonment. The court was told that the 65-year-old man from the city of Siġġiewi in Malta, “didn’t want his son to be gay because he already had two gay family members”, Malta Today reported earlier this week. The man’s two cousins were gay. The man has not been named to protect the identity of the child. More.

Frequent Social Media Use Impact 'Depressive Symptoms' For LGBTQ Youth
Frequent social media use can impact depressive symptoms over time for LGBTQ youth, according to research from a Washington State University communication professor. Traci Gillig, an assistant professor in the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University, found that when LGBTQ adolescents attended a social media-free summer camp, they experienced a reduction in depressive symptoms, as outlined in her 2020 research "Longitudinal analysis of depressive symptoms among LGBTQ youth at a social media-free camp". More.

How A Queer Black Quebec City Woman Is Helping Others Be 'Unapologetic'

Michelle Osbourne moved to Quebec City to create spaces where women of colour could feel they belong. As a Black woman who didn't speak French, she felt like she was living in a different world. "I can't be silent. I'm a Black, queer, Anglophone woman living in Quebec City. Just my being is political," she said. Osbourne discovered that not much was planned in her adopted city for Black History Month, so last year she started Project Femme Noire, a photo series featuring Black women. She is now in the process of turning the project into a full-fledged non-profit, which she plans to use as a platform for women of colour to network, learn, and talk about issues they're dealing with. More.

Best LGBTQ Honeymoon Destinations for 2021

2020 was an unexpected write off due to coronavirus and with many people unable to hold their weddings, 2021 and 2022 are expected to be extremely busy for honeymoons. If you’re planning your honeymoon then look no further. We have given you a selection of our favourite gay honeymoon and lesbian honeymoon destinations that will welcome you no matter who you love. More.

Stereotypes Are Harmful And Erase Bisexual Identity
As a proud bisexual woman, I wanted to unpick some myths and misconceptions around bisexuality, and spotlight the experiences of fellow Bi+ people. Because we've all heard the stereotypes. And boy are they damaging. Bisexual people are greedy. They can't pick a side. They're confused. They're closeted. Bisexual men are gay. Bisexual women are looking for attention. More.

Bayard Rustin - Unsung Hero Who Broke Barriers for Black LGBTQ Community

If you grew up before the 21st Century, it’s likely you never heard of Bayard Rustin in history class. Rustin, a gay man, was the architect of the 1963 March on Washington, noted for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech. More.

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