A new study teases out certain striking complexities within the broad group of teens commonly ‘lumped’ into the same ‘LGBT youth’ category.
A new study finds that online, LGBT youth don’t face the same effects of bullying as in the ‘real world.’
Prepping for Here + Now: New Geographies in Contemporary Queer Photography, an upcoming show we’re in at Silver Eye Center for Photography.
The show is curated by our friend (and equally talented photographer), Rafael Soldi. Stop by if you’re in the area (it’s also Pride weekend in Pittsburgh)!
Work will be up May 15 - June 19, 2014
Opening Reception: May 15th, 2014.
NOTE: Eligible applicants are all those who:
o Reside in New York City;
o Openly identify as LGBTQI;
o Hold neither US citizenship nor a green card*;
o Are working towards a Bachelor’s Degree at an accredited, nonprofit New York City school;
o Have completed at least one full academic year at a United States college or university; AND
o Have a current, most recent, or cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 or higher**
*We also welcome applications from individuals seeking or already granted asylum in the United States.
**Renewal of this scholarship requires that recipients maintain a GPA of at least 3.25 each term.
NOTE: Scholarships will be awarded on the bases of both need and merit. Candidates should:
o Have a clearly expressed need for financial support;
o Have and be able to maintain an excellent academic record; AND
o Demonstrate interest and involvement in their school and/or local community
by DANIEL HOSANG
Sixto Cancel says his ultra-religious foster family frequently talked about their disdain for his homosexuality at the dinner table, trashed his room and called him homophobic slurs. While he was still a teenager, he says, they kicked him out of their Connecticut home after he had lived there for nearly a decade.
Another really great resource, again contributed to in part by Dean Spade. A short (1.5 page) chart of queer issues, the mainstream response, and alternative queer responses, edited by queer youth for more inclusivity.
A new study shows that gay youth of color also face homelessness, and racial discrimination.
….This is a NEW study? Like, this is NEWS to folks?
The reason “It Gets Better” caught on with politicians and celebrities is because it’s great PR and it requires absolutely NOTHING from them in the way of real action.
I just need that entire comment on my blog:
“It’s just a bullshit PR campaign, nothing more. Telling kids to put up with bullying until they leave school is not constructive advice. It’s cruel. School boards, school administrators, teachers, etc., need to have zero tolerance policy for bullying. It’s not uncommon for teachers to bully unpopular kids themselves. That’s where the changes need to be made. But that requires action, and it requires standing up to conservatives who fight anti-bullying campaigns tooth and nail (often claiming that bullying gay people is a christian right). The reason “It Gets Better” caught on with politicians and celebrities is because it’s great PR and it requires absolutely NOTHING from them in the way of real action.
It’s cruelty to tell a kid to tolerate bullying. And to whom is this campaign even directed? The fat gay kids that Savage makes fun of himself? It’s a campaign aimed at good looking white boys with great bodies and upper middle class families. Yes, THEY will do better once they start hitting the gay bars. But for most average looking kids from working class families, they will find a gay community that’s often very much like High School, with cliques and teasing and rejection. Gay kids need to get support from society, and the kids that need that most are the kids that Savage himself would mock and demonize; kids of color, working class and poor kids, fat kids, kids with acne, and kids who are otherwise marginalized in society AND in our community.
Even when you look at the videos on YouTube, you see politicians who’ve come out against marriage equality, sports teams that would never accept a gay person in their ranks, and celebrities who just want some good press. The gay kids who participate are often great looking white boys, who you know will be accepted in the gay community, and are already leading charmed lives. It’s a campaign for the people Savage likes…sexy white male teenagers with athletic bodies who will be greeted with open arms.
I’ll take the campaign seriously when Savage speaks out on behalf of marginalized gay kids, and criticizes the gay community for iots racism and other prejudices. But he’s the biggest bigot and bully of the bunch, and that’s been proven from his many years as a “columnist.” I often couldn’t believe how conservative, prejudiced, and intolerant he was in those columns.”
Also trans people.
Dan Savage doesn’t care about the T, and he’s been actively, grossly cissexist on many distinct occasions.
Not to mention asexuals, women, lower-class people, etc.
Let’s face it kids, Dan Savage is the most hypocritical douchebag in the queer rights movement.
But yes I agree with everything that has been posted above.
don’t forget that he thinks bisexuals in general need to “make up their mind” and that male bisexuals are essentially unicorns
I once had an extended argument over when he was glitter-bombed because he’s a huge hypocritical transphobe. You can’t claim to be a trans* ally and then hurl transphobic slurs at your enemies. There’s no complicit-by-ignorance-and-stupidity argument to be made there - that’s just straight up transphobia. He is not an ‘activist.’ He is making a great living by essentially capitalizing on the intersection of his hegemonic identities and a burgeoning pinkwashed economy.
liking all the commentary here, and yeah that’s always bugged me about the “it gets better” campaign; it should be made better for kids NOW, not just waiting for them to get older and for their life to stop sucking
Always reblog criticism of Dan Savage and “It Gets Better”. (via autumnyte)
I’m in this video: It Gets Better Because We Make It Better. My group had the same concerns - we wanted to help, but you can’t just wait for thing to get better on their own.
DAN SAVAGE MADE MONEY AND FAME BY EXPLOITING DEAD QUEER YOUTH.
think about it.
All of this shit right here.
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On the 44th Anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion, we THANK the QUEER HOMELESS YOUTH who helped spark the riots and have fought in the movement that has brought deep change to the lives of LGBTQ folks all around the world!
Sylvia Rivera, Marsha P. Johnson, Jackie Hormona and the many, many INVISIBLE others, we honor you!!
Connect with the personal histories, creativity and activism of queer street-involved youth from Stonewall to today, during the Queers in Exile: the Unforgotten Legacies of LGBTQ Homeless Youth exhibit at Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art.
JULY 17-28, 2013
Shout out to the homeless queers youths, jailed trans women, queer people of color struggling with intersecting oppression, and poor rural queer kids who survive homophobic abuse from their communities while Katy Perry gets recognition for their struggles.