Today the Human Rights Campaign – the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization – issued a nationwide action alert following news of a number of bullying and harassment-related suicides around the country. The alert asks Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to speak out immediately and to push every school in the nation to implement anti-bullying policies inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity. HRC’s Welcoming Schools program provides a model of best practices for elementary schools in order to teach children respect and tolerance early on to prevent violence later in middle and high schools.
Archive for September, 2010
Campus Pride Reissues Report on LGBT Harassment at Colleges & Universities in light of Suicide of Rutgers University Freshman Tyler Clementi
Campus Pride cites suicide as sobering example of findings in the “2010 State of Higher Education for LGBT People” released last week at a U.S. congressional briefing on Capitol Hill
“While finger pointing is unlikely to serve any constructive purpose, some plain old-fashioned outrage is very much in order. If you don’t speak up when both your political allies and opponents do a number on you, one thing is certain: they will do it again.”
The Latino HIV Task Force of the City of Houston and its community partners will offer free HIV tests in north, east and southwest Houston on October 15 as part of the annual National Latino AIDS Awareness Day.
Servicemembers United, the nation’s largest organization of gay and lesbian troops and veterans, expressed deep disappointment today with the failure of Senate leadership and moderate Republicans to reach an agreement that would have succeeded in breaking the filibuster on the motion to proceed on the defense authorization bill. This year’s defense authorization bill contains a provision that would finally enable the repeal of the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law.
Scissor Sisters joins Lady Gaga on the early 2011 run of her Monster Ball World Tour, beginning with the February 19 show at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and including two consecutive nights at New York City’s Madison Square Garden Arena (February 21 & 22) and shows in numerous other cities. See below for itinerary.
VIDEO: Lady Gaga Urges Fans, Senate to Fight “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
On the fifth-year anniversary of the catastrophic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Houston GLBT Community Center will raise funds for the LGBT Community Center of New Orleans at the Houston center’s monthly charitable bingo game. The funds will be raised through the sale of tickets for the raffle that is one of the features of First Saturday Queer Bingo, a Center program. This month’s bingo will will take place on Saturday, September 4, beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Ken Mehlman, former chairman of the Republican National Committee and co-chair of President George W. Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign, who ran what was arguably the most hate-filled homophobic campaign in American political history, came out last week in a slick public-relations campaign-type interview served up by The Atlantic magazine.
t was a dark and stormy night—actually, among the darkest and stormiest nights ever recorded on the Gulf Coast. Remembering those inclement, terrifying weeks that were Hurricane Ike, Thunderclap Productions presents The Great Storm, 10 new short plays—some comedies, some dramas—revealing backstories commemorating the two-year anniversary of the storm.