Youth Courage Awards - CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
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Many LGBTQ youth struggle day to day living in environments that threaten their well-being, from enduring physical and emotional abuse from family members, to being kicked out of their homes, to seeking social services from providers that have no training on the issues facing LGBTQ youth, to confronting bullying and harassment in public schools coming from both students and the school administration. They find themselves ostracized, marginalized, and in psychological or even physical danger. The Colin Higgins Foundation is seeking nominations of LGBTQ youth activists that have transformed their experiences with discrimination into opportunities to inspire others by taking action, rallying support, and working to transform the systems and institutions that impact their lives.
This year the Foundation will be awarding $10,000 grants to:
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two-Spirit, Queer and Questioning youth activists (through age 18) who have bravely stood up to hostility and intolerance based on their sexual orientation and/or gender identity and triumphed over bigotry through working for LGBTQ rights and social justice.
The deadline for all nominations is 5pm PST, Thursday, February 28, 2013. Late nominations will not be accepted.
- Check out this great opportunity for LGBTQ youth activists!!
The Times of Harvey Milk, the Oscar-winning 1984 documentary about the martyred gay politician, is among the 25 films designated this year for preservation by the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.
Rob Epstein’s film won the Academy Award as Best Documentary. Other gay-relevant films selected this year include Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the 1961 adaptation of Truman Capote’s novella with Audrey Hepburn starring, and the 1950 Judy Holliday comedy Born Yesterday,directed by George Cukor.
“The Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Va., will work to make sure that each title is preserved for future generations either through its own preservation program or through collaborative efforts with other archives, movie studios and independent filmmakers,” the Los Angeles Times reports.
“These films are not selected as the best American films of all time, but rather as works of enduring importance to American culture,” Librarian of Congress James M. Billington said in a statement released this morning. “They reflect who we are as a people and as a nation.”
The registry chooses 25 films each year. This year’s group brings the total to 600.
Transgender icon Carmen has died in Sydney aged 75 after months of poor health.
She died in St Vincent’s Hospital of kidney failure on Thursday morning, the Gay NZ website reports.
Born in Taumarunui in 1935 as Trevor Rupe and one of a family of 13, she moved to Sydney to become a sex worker…
Tuesday, November 1, 2011, is All Saints’ Day. Considered to be a principle holy day in the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar, All Saints’ Day has also been embraced by many Protestant denominations as a time to recognize church members who have died in the past year.
As LGBT History Month draws to a close, GLAAD would like to take the opportunity of All Saints’ Day to acknowledge the LGBT advocates and allies who have passed this year.
In mid-January, Lutherans celebrated the life and legacy of Bishop Paul Egertson, a longtime advocate for the full inclusion of LGBT people in the life of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). In 2001, Egertson, joined by three other bishops, oversaw the ordination of Rev. Anita Hill. Hill’s ordination sparked headlines, as the ELCA’s guidelines required that openly gay and lesbian ministers within the church be celibate. After Egertson’s passing, Hill spoke to the L.A. Times, calling the bishop, “a wise and compassionate advocate and ally.”
At the end of March, GLAAD learned of the passing of Isaac Kwock. Kwock, an active organizer who served LGBT youth and other vulnerable communities, was a supporter of numerous LGBT-affirming organizations including Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders (SAGE), Project Home, The Door, and the Hetrick-Martin Institute.
Also in March, GLAAD mourned the loss of actress and humanitarian Dame Elizabeth Taylor. In 1985, Taylor co-founded the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR). Taylor observed that there was a critical lack of public and political recognition of HIV/AIDS, and she was personally moved by the experience of losing close friends and loved ones, including her Giant co-star Rock Hudson. GLAAD honored Taylor with the Vanguard Award at the 11th Annual GLAAD Media Awards for her tireless advocacy.
In June, GLAAD was saddened to learn of the loss of Dana Turner, a longtime advocate in the LGBT community, particularly in the area of transgender issues. Most notably, Turner assisted the Sylvia Rivera Law Project in providing support to transgender, intersex, and gender non-conforming people in prison.
Out lesbian, and former Deputy Mayor of San Francisco, Jean Harris, passed away in early July, leaving behind a legacy of decades of contributions to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. Harris was a founding director of Basic Rights Oregon and led the efforts to defeat the anti-LGBT Oregon Ballot Measure 9 in 2000. Jim Carroll, interim executive director of Equality California asserted that Harris’s “legislative advocacy, grassroots organizing, and coalition building became the bedrock for the modern LGBT justice movement in California.”
Writer, musician, performer, educator, and advocate David Blair passed away in July. Blair not only performed as a solo artist, but he also often worked with the Urban Folk Collective, releasing more than seven records through these joint projects. Blair had recently released a book of poetry entitled Moonwalking.
Poet, journalist, and advocate Ifti Nasim passed away in July. At the age of 21, Nasim emigrated from Pakistan to avoid persecution and an arranged marriage. Nasim founded SANGAT/Chicago, a South Asian LGBT organization, in 1986. Poetry was an important passion of Nasim’s. He was noted for penning the first book of openly-gay themed poetry in Urdu. In 1996, Nasim was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame.
The last gay Holocaust survivor, Rudolf Brazda, passed away in early August. Brazda was imprisoned at Buchwald concentration camp from 1942 until 1945, when it was liberated by United States forces. Earlier this year, Brazda was knighted in the French Legion of Honor.
GLAAD profiled Gary Hess, a gay former Navy Commander, in October in celebration of LGBT History Month. Hess, who passed away in August, advocated for an honorable, rather than dishonorable, discharge from the military. In response to Hess’ federal suit, a three-person panel was convened, and concluded that Hess’ discharge would be honorable.
Tireless advocate for the LGBT community, Jake Layton, passed away in late August. As chair of Toronto’s Board of Health, Layton implemented public education programs, created a special team dedicated to HIV/AIDS prevention, and successfully campaigned for changes to provincial laws that banned anonymous HIV testing. As a leader of the new Democratic Party, Layton adamantly supported marriage equality legislation.
GLAAD was saddened by the death of Christina Santiago, a leader in Chicago’s lesbian community. Santiago was one of five people tragically killed when a stage collapsed at a concert at the Indiana State Fair. She and her fiancée Alisha Brennon were among the first couples to get engaged in June when Illinois legalized civil unions for gay and lesbian couples. In 2007, the Windy City Times recognized Santiago’s advocacy by listing her as one of the 30 Under 30 LGBT leaders. She also received Howard Brown Health Center’s Spirit Award in 2010.
Bishop Walter Righter passed away in mid-September. While serving in a bishopric in New Jersey, Righter made the groundbreaking decision to ordain Barry Stopfel, an openly gay man, as a deacon in the Episcopal Church. This action paved the way for further inclusion of LGBT people within the Episcopalian tradition.
In mid-October, GLAAD learned of the passing of Frank Kameny, a crucial figure in the history of the movement for LGBT equality. In 1957, Kameny was fired from the U.S. Civil Service Commission when they discovered that he was gay. Kameny sued and argued his case to the Supreme Court. Although the court denied his petition, the lawsuit was noted as the first civil rights claim based on sexual orientation. Kameny, co-founder of the Mattachine Society, coined the phrase “Gay is Good” and was a pioneer of the movement for LGBT equality. The Smithsonian Museum of American History celebrated Kameny’s life with a commemorative exhibit in his honor.
Lawyer and longtime LGBT rights advocate, Paula Ettelbrick, passed away in October. As Lambda Legal’s first staff attorney, Ettelbrick worked on cases particularly related to issues surrounding the HIV/AIDS crisis. In 1997, Ettelbrick negotiated New York City’s domestic partnership law, which extended the same legal benefits to domestic partners as spouses. She was also one of the driving forces behind the legal strategy that would eventually lead to the U.S. Supreme Court overturning state laws that had made it illegal to be LGBT.
And finally, today GLAAD recognized the life and work of Aristide J. “AJ” Laurent, a historic journalist and advocate. While working at ABC news, Laurent co-founded The Los Angeles Advocate in 1967. Later, the newspaper would go national and become known as The Advocate. Beyond the newspaper, Laurent was an advocate for LGBT equality, attending marches, speaking out against police harassment, and joining the Aids Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP).
due to my current internet restrictions I am going to try and use a podcast to answer questions and start some awesome convo about some stuff that should be getting more attention (feminist organizations, musicians, artists, etc).
Anyway, if you’re
- an artist who is willing to be interviewed
- an artist willing tohave their art/music featured
- a feminist activist with a story to share
- a volunteer who wants to highlight an awesome feminist organization
- any combination of the above
please shoot me an email = blogATfuckyeahfeministsDOTcom.
the community here has really grown and I’m so honoured/thankful to be connected to you all so I want to try and give back and involve you all more.
I will be answering questions (and transcribing the audio!) once things get underway.
hope to hear from you
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Jean Harris, a longtime lesbian activist who helped elect gay candidates as well as establish domestic partnerships in California and defeat an antigay ballot measure in Oregon, has died at age 66, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Harris was found dead at her Palm Springs, Calif., home June 25 by her partner, Denise Penn. Harris had several serious health problems, but an autopsy has been ordered to determine the cause of death.
Harris was known as “the lesbian Al Sharpton” for her flamboyant and confrontational style. “She could be a pain,” California Democratic Party chair John Burton told the Times. “She’d push and sometimes people got upset with her, but she cared enough to not be nice in order to achieve the community’s goals.”
A native of California’s Orange County, Harris became instrumental in San Francisco politics, helping elect two lesbians to the city’s Board of Supervisors and a gay man to the school board in 1990. She also served as chief of staff to Supervisor Harry Britt, who succeeded Harvey Milk after his 1978 assassination.
In 1996 she became the founding director of Basic Rights Oregon, that state’s largest gay rights group. The organization was key to the defeat of a 2000 ballot initiative that would have prohibited discussions of homosexuality in Oregon public schools.
Returning to California, she was named executive director of the Alliance for Pride and Equality, now Equality California. In 2001 she worked with state Assembly member Carole Migden to pass legislation establishing domestic partnerships for gay couples. She later worked on Howard Dean’s presidential campaign and as a staffer for leaders of the California legislature.
“Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the danger of controversy, speak your mind and fear less the label of ‘crackpot” than the stigma of conformity.”
-Thomas J. Watson Sr.
Derrick Martin, the 18-year-old Georgia high school student who fought for and won the right to take his boyfriend to his prom, has posed for the No H8 campaign.
Other notables who posed for photographer Adam Bouska are Hairspray director Adam Shankman (far right, with Martin), former Menudo member Angelo Garcia, and speed skater Blake Skjellerup. The photos were taken by Bouska at the Andaz hotel in West Hollywood as part of the official West Hollywood Pride shoot on June 12 as the latest in his ongoing series as a silent protest against California’s Proposition 8.