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LGBT seniors more likely to be poor, isolated March 30, 2010

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By Ruth Schneider, 365gay.com
03.25.2010 11:00am EDT

A new report from Movement Advancement Project sheds light on stereotypes of senior members of the LGBT community.
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The report finds “LGBT elders are more likely to live in poverty, face social and community isolation, and lack appropriate health care and long-term care” according to a news release on the group’s Web site.

The report, called the first major collaboration between LGBT groups and advocates of the elderly, provides a road map for advocates to help seniors age. The report includes input from Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders, American Society on Aging, National Senior Citizens Law Center, Center for American Progress and AARP.

“Most Americans already face challenges as they age, but LGBT older adults have the added burden of a lifetime of stigma; familial relationships that generally lack legal recognition under the law; and unequal treatment under laws, programs and services designed to support and protect older Americans,” the release said.


How social media is changing gay activism

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By Ruth Schneider, 365gay.com
03.25.2010 7:00am EDT

Greg Porter checked his Twitter messages one recent morning and found a very hateful message.

The day before, Porter posted a tweet on his @MU_gay_prof Twitter account asking “#gay why can’t we give blood?” with a link to a column on the outdated Red Cross policy that bans gay men from giving blood. The response came the next day. An account for “Ricky Joaquin,” who appears to be a Brooklyn resident, tweeted “because we don’t want your fag blood.”
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Porter was angry. He was hurt. The 61-year-old former mass communication professor at Marquette University used social media to respond. He knew a “teaching moment” when he saw one.

“Within seconds, though, my anger turned to sorrow regarding the circle of bigotry,” he wrote in a blog about the incident. The link he posted in his response was retweeted several times, exponentially increasing the number of people it reached with each retweet.

“I haven’t sent this person a [direct message] yet, but I want to thank him for the inspiration and give him a link,” said Porter.

Porter’s story is just one way the LGBT community is using social media to further gay rights causes, fight homophobia and promote education. Between blogs, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, activists are using the power of social media to increase the reach of their advocacy messages.

Indeed, social media is the place to be – a survey found that 69 percent of women 17-25 rate Facebook as their favorite site; for men in the same age group, 56 percent called it their favorite site. In all, more than 400 million people use Facebook. This week, industry data showed Facebook generates more hits than Google.

“Social media has had a tremendous impact on all advocacy, for better or worse,” said Sree Sreenivasan, a dean at Columbia University’s School of Journalism where he teaches a course in social media. “If you are smart, you can use it to amplify audiences, to raise more money.”

Last year, The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force hired Sarah Kennedy just to handle social media for the nonprofit organization. As the interactive media coordinator, Kennedy exchanges tweets daily with the more than 3,000 followers of the Task Force’s twitter account. And the group’s more than 8,000 Facebook friends see her news posts daily.

“I believe that is the number one key to social media. That it is social. In the past, organizations have sent out newsletters to inform them about their work,” Kennedy said. Now there are tweets, posts, blogs and videos to spread the message. “Before LGBT groups had social media, there wasn’t always that level of information.”

Sreenivasan agrees that some people forget the social aspect. “They use it to broadcast instead of listen,” He said. “They use it to point to themselves instead of to point at something interesting about them.” He stresses the need for listening to what others say and encouraging an open dialogue.


Even More Gayness for Glee!

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Even More Gayness for Glee!

March 15, 2010 by Jason Shaw
Even More Gayness for Glee!

Glee is one of the campest TV shows on the box, not only a success State side, but also a big hit over here in dear old England. It’s like 80’s show the Kids From Fame, but with more glitz, glamour and colour, It’s also far far more gay than fame ever was.

And it’s set to get a whole lot gayer! Yep, Glee creator Ryan Murphy, chatting to E! news dropped secrets about the new series set to hit American screens 13th April and UK TV sets in September.

First of all music wise, those smiley boys and girls wont be doing any Coldplay or Bryan Adams numbers, as both refused permission for their tracks to be featured in the show. But Lady GaGa and Madonna have said yep, ”We’re doing an episode that’s a tribute to theatricality,” the creator explained. “We reached out to Lady GaGa and she said, ‘Yes, I’d love to be a part of it’. So we will be doing Lady GaGa this season.”

“I’ve worked with Madonna before,” Ryan said, ”I admire her greatly and I’m friends with her a little bit socially. I called her up and wrote her a letter and said we want to write up a tribute to you and she said yes and she co-operated in every way possible. We do ten songs altogether. Jane Lynch, who plays Sue Sylvester is going to do ‘Vogue’.”

Now, in other news of the show, it’s top gay character, little Kurt, is gonna get a love interest. Yep Kurt is going to no longer be a singleton, swooning over Glee mates, he’s gonna get a boyfriend in upcoming episodes of the show. Murphy explained that Kurt, who is played by Chris Colfer, is going to get together with a “fabulous” partner.

“I’m not interested in him being gay bashed, I’m interested in him being popular and confident and a role model.” The show mastermind added that Kurt’s new boyf isn’t what you’d expect – ”He’s very different, but equally fabulous. I want them to be the power couple of the school.”

Am I too old to be excited by this, just a little, but hey, in these days when there is so much doom and gloom in other news, isn’t it great to have a little bit of escapism? Plus, they’ve hit on a winning formula with Glee, a youth programme, that, through the clever use of old songs, classic hits also appeals to the parents and the older generation.

Come on, scan the track listing of the two Glee albums and I defy you not to be at least humming some if not all of the assembled songs!


‘Housewives’ Zolciak confirms bisexuality

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‘Housewives’ Zolciak confirms bisexuality
Thursday, March 25 2010, 19:17 GMT
By Catriona Wightman, Entertainment Reporter

Kim Zolciak has announced that she is bisexual.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta star confirmed rumours that she is dating DJ Tracy Young in an interview with Life & Style.
“It was a gradual situation,” she explained. “Our first kiss was passionate and exciting.”
Zolciak, who had previously appeared to dismiss the reports, insisted that she had never denied the relationship.
“I’ve never denied anything,” she said. “I don’t lie. I’m not embarrassed by anything I’ve ever done in my life. But I wasn’t ready to discuss it when the story broke. I hadn’t even had the chance to talk to my family about it. It was so unfair.”
However, Zolciak added that she hopes she will be an inspiration to women in a similar situation.
“I’m among the millions of parents who have been in a gay or lesbian relationship,” she explained. “It hasn’t been an easy road lately, but I feel there are no mistakes in life. Everything happens for a reason.
“To have the opportunity to speak for myself and to have people understand what I’m going through is really special. I myself was confused and scared at first. Being able to speak from my heart and get this all out, it’s a huge relief for me.”


Robert Pattinson’s Not Gay…Only is Good at Acting!

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Pattinson’s Not Gay…Only is Good at Acting!

March 27, 2010 by Jason Shaw
Pattinson’s Not Gay…Only is Good at Acting!

Twilight star Robert Pattinson, yes the odd, but hot looking star is Twilight and New Moon has again pissed on rumours about his sexuality, declaring yet again he’s straight. It was during an interview with Details Magazine, that the new boy on the block ignited gossip about the choice if sex he prefers when he joked he was “allergic to vagina.”

However, The Sunday Times interview last weekend revealed this home grown talent is indeed a member of the heterosexual gang! He was asked to comment about the gay love scenes in last year’s film ‘Little Ashes‘ his reply was “strange” Then added “Although when it comes down to it, it’s just as awkward with a girl, especially if you are straight and with a girl you don’t like. Anyway, Javier was really cool. After we had been pretending to have sex on this balcony in Barcelona, he was like, “We have such a strange job.”

So concrete proof that Robert Pattinson, or Rpatz as he seems to have become known is a firm batter for the straight team. Will it stop those rumours? Will it heck, but then again as most top stars know, it pays to keep people guessing – it keeps you in the headlines and on the gossip pages almost constantly. Not to mention the pages of gay blogs and news sites!


Zimbawe – A Homophobic African Nation

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Zimbawe – A Homophobic African Nation

March 26, 2010 by James Hipps
Zimbawe – A Homophobic African Nation

A new constitution is being drawn up in Zimbabwe under a power-sharing deal and LGBT advocacy groups have asked for LGBT inclusion, recognition and protection to be written in.

However, Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s president says there is no way rights for LGBT citizens will included in the document.

Mugabe was quoted earlier today on State radio as saying the request by Western groups that support LGBT equality is “insanity.” Mugabe once described homosexuals as “lower than pigs and dogs”, and has stated that homosexuality is “white man’s disease.”

According to Mugabe;

“Those who engage in homosexual behaviour are just crazy. It’s just madness. Insanity. We can’t do it or the dead will turn in their graves.”

Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe’s prime minister supports Mugabe’s opinion and stated:

“Women make up 52 per cent of the population… There are more women than men, so why should men be proposing to men?”

The Gay and Lesbian Association of Zimbabwe (GALZ) says the country’s gays live in fear which forces them to live in the closet. It would appear the groups website, http://www.galz.co.zw/ has been removed, perhaps by Zimbabwe government officials.


9 misconceptions about lesbians

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By Nikki Dowling, The Frisky
March 2, 2010 — Updated 1544 GMT (2344 HKT)

(The Frisky) — There are a lot of misconceptions about lesbians. I’m confronted with them daily and, frankly, hearing this stuff is like getting smacked in the face with a wet rag.

Usually, when someone fires off a stereotype, I am so shocked that I just stand there, staring, opening and closing my mouth like a big, dumb goldfish.

So I’m going to take this opportunity to get up on my soapbox and stamp out all the stupid, ignorant misconceptions I have heard over the years. Hopefully, next time I hear one of these things I can eloquently explain why it’s untrue rather than just stammering, “What!? Jerk!”

Lesbians hate men. Actually, I find that often the opposite is true. A lot of gay women I know have a ton of guy friends and find that they get along with dudes as well as with chicks. I like checking out girls and my straight lady friends aren’t so interested in doing that. I feel very comfortable with my guy friends because they don’t care about how I look and don’t gossip to nearly the same degree. That said, I am very, very close to some of my female friends. There is definitely a very special bond between people of the same gender.

Being gay is easier than being straight because you’re dating someone who is the same gender as you. I wish this were true, but it isn’t. Guys complain that girls are impossible to figure out and I agree. I don’t understand my own emotions and feelings half the time, let alone another woman’s. Oh yeah, and if you think having sex with someone who has the same parts as you is easier, you’re wrong there too. You know how it’s easy to put mascara on yourself but not on someone else? Yeah, it’s kind of like that.

There is always a “man” and a “woman” in lesbian relationships. Nope. My girlfriend and I both happen to be pretty feminine. I have seen lesbian couples where both women are on the masculine side, too. Believe it or not, lesbians care a lot about personality, just like straight couples. We don’t just go around trying to fill a gender deficiency. Who we are attracted to doesn’t have a whole lot to do with how we ourselves look. Rather, it has to do with … who we are attracted to. Wow, what a concept!

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Lesbians have daddy issues or were sexually abused as kids. Puhleeasee! My sexual preference has nothing to do with trauma or some kind of damage that happened to me as a child. Imagine, for a moment, what this conversation would look like if it went the opposite way. Straight woman: I’m straight. Lesbian: Ooooh! Do you have a really bad relationship with your mother?! Straight woman: No. Lesbian: Well, you must have been sexually abused by a big, mean lesbian as a child. Ridiculous, isn’t it?

If you are a lesbian you’ve never had a meaningful relationship or been in love with a man. This is a hard one to make people believe, but it isn’t true. When I was younger, I identified as bisexual and had a three-year relationship with a man whom I loved a lot. A few years after we broke up, I realized I couldn’t date or sleep with men anymore because I didn’t feel sexually attracted to them. Things change, OK? A woman who has a relationship with a woman is free to identify as straight when the relationship ends, so why can’t I do the opposite?

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Lesbians get committed really fast and don’t cheat. The old joke that a lesbian’s second date is renting a U-Haul is stupid. Like straight couples, some become a “we” very fast, and some don’t. Oh yeah, and you know how promiscuity happens in some hetero relationships and not in others? Surprise! That also happens with homosexual couples. Let’s stop stereotyping women as commitment-obsessed, clingy crazies, OK?

Women who like women — especially bisexual chicks — are just dying to take part in your threesome. Obviously, this varies depending on the person. I, myself, do not want to share my girlfriend with anyone. I’d rather drink a bottle of shampoo than watch someone else touch her. And, no, I do not want to have sex with you and your boyfriend. By the way, girls, my involvement in your sex life isn’t going to make your BF love you more.

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Lesbians don’t wear lingerie. Wrong again. Girls wear sexy underwear for their boyfriends and girls wear sexy underwear for their girlfriends. The difference? Lesbians are aware of how uncomfortable that crap is and appreciate it more.

It’s just a phase. Roar! Nothing incites rage in me like the old it’s-just-a-phase crap. When I was straight, no one told me it was just a phase. Like a lot of these other misconceptions, you wouldn’t say it to a straight person, so don’t say it to me. It’s hurtful and offensive because tons of thought, anguish and emotion went in to figuring out my sexuality. To dismiss it as a phase is also to say I wasted months of my life thinking about something that isn’t real.