Thursday, June 16, 2016

NEWS: Canada's Only LGBT High School, Saskatoon Mayor’s ‘Lifestyle Choices’ Statement Disappoints, Daniel Rodriguez Wins Mr International Spain, Producer Fred Caruso Dead at 41

Triangle Program, Canada's Only LGBT High School, a Safe Space for Students 
For almost every one of the dozens of students who attend the Triangle Program, an alternative school run out of the Metropolitan Church of Toronto, traditional school would mean a life of bullying and exclusion. But for the lesbian, gay, bi, trans and questioning students in the program, Canada's only LGBT high school, which was founded in 1995, is a haven. "I don't think I'd be anyone" without Triangle, said Chavva-Tal McLaughlin, a graduate from the program. "No, this program saved my life." Anthony Grandy and Jefferey White have been teaching at Triangle since the early days. "We use the Ministry of Ontario curriculum but we infuse it with LGBTQ issues," White said. (CBC)

Saskatoon Mayor’s ‘Lifestyle Choices’ Statement Disappoints LGBTQ Community 
Saskatoon Pride Festival co-chair Danny Papadatos said it felt like pride officials had wasted their breath in conversations with Mayor Don Atchison after he read a statement released Monday. “Any conversations that we’ve worked towards with trying to build a relationship with Mayor Don Atchison have really gone to waste,” Papadatos said. An initial statement, released from the Saskatoon mayor’s office in the wake of the fatal shooting at a gay bar in Orlando, quoted Atchison as saying “everyone should be safe in our communities regardless of their lifestyle choices, religion or ethnicity.” Just over four hours later, the sentence was amended to read: “members of the LGBTQ2 community, those with different religious beliefs, or ethnicity should be safe in our communities.” (Global News)

Openly Gay Man Wins Mr International Spain for First Time 
For the first time a openly gay man has won the popular beauty pageant, Mister International Spain. 23-year-old Daniel Rodriguez beat 47 other contestants in the competition and said being gay has never been a problem for him. When asked about the sexuality of the other contestants, Rodriguez joked he could not tell. “Although they say that we have a radar to recognize others, I'm pretty bad at that,” he told ABC. (Gay News Network)

RIP: Fred Caruso, 41, an Off-Broadway Producer and Film Director, Died by Suicide on Monday in Las Vegas 
An Off-Broadway producer and film director died Monday in an apparent suicide in Las Vegas after posting a chilling and long note to say goodbye on Facebook. Fred Caruso, 41, scheduled the emotional letter to go live Monday night on the Facebook page for the 2009 film, 'The Big Gay Musical,' which he co-wrote and co-directed. The letter detailed the painful turmoil he suffered internally for years, and also revealed that he tried to take his life last week by taking 30 Ambien pills. Caruso, who was also behind the Off-Broadway hit 'Newsical', said that in his final moments he had found 'peace' and begged his friends not to post memorial posts on social media. (Daily Mail)