People of Color

Issues impacting LGBT communities of color

Panama's Boy Scouts Also Close Door to Gay People

Panama's National Scouts' Association has adopted a policy to prohibit gay people from being scouts or scout leaders, and in addition, a representative of the organization has said that it plans to "help" change the sexual orientation of those who are gay. Meanwhile, Costa Rica's Scouts' association has affirmed its respect for the sexual orientation of all its members.

Notimex (via El Diario la Prensa)
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July 20, 2012

New "Back of the Line" Report Highlights HIV Epidemic Among Black Gay Men

Black gay men in the United States are at the highest risk of contracting HIV of any people in the world, according to a new report released by Black AIDS Institute. And with a 60 percent chance of being infected by age 40, inadequate access to health care and resources as well as a lack of institutional attention to black gay men, not risky behavior, are to blame.

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South Africans Protest Anti-LGBT Violence on Nelson Mandela's Birthday

Freedom lovers around the world celebrated Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday, but thousands of LGBT South Africans used the day to highlight the continued discrimination and a rising wave of hate crimes sweeping the country. From the article: "Connecting to Mandela’s 67 years of public service, advocates held 67-minute protests throughout the nation and called upon the African National Congress to take a more affirmative stance against homophobia."
Queerty.com
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July 19, 2012

Florida lieutenant gov: ‘Black women who look like me’ aren’t lesbians

Facing allegations of a sexual liaison with a female aide, Florida Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll offered a novel defense this weekend: black women who look like her aren’t gay. From Tampa Bay’s News 9: Lt. Governor Carroll made the comments Saturday in Orange Park, at the opening of a campaign office for Mitt Romney. Carletha Cole claims she walked in on a sexual encounter between Carroll and Carroll’s travel aide, Beatriz Ramos. Cole worked as an administrative assistant to Carroll. Cole is a grandmother and a minister.
The Grio
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July 17, 2012

Atlanta: 3 Sentenced In Attack On Gay Man

It was a violent attack caught on videotape and posted online for those across the country to see: Four men shouting anti-gay slurs as they beat another man outside a southwest Atlanta convenience store. Atlanta , Police Department Dareal Damare Williams is wanted for his alleged part in the Feb. 4 robbery and attack on Brandon White outside an Atlanta store. Fulton County Sheriff’s Office Dorian Moragne, 19, is one of three men police have been seeking for allegedly beating Brandon White, an attack captured on video and posted on the Internet
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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July 16, 2012
July 13, 2012

You Did it! Isis King Film Hello Forever Reaches Goal on Kickstarter

Not too long ago GLAAD blog readers were introduced to Hello Forever, a film starring transgender model and actress Isis King about Filipina women trying to overcome obstacles and find a way out of poverty. The filmmakers took to Kickstater in hopes to raise funds to cover post-production costs and festival submission fees. With your help they met their goal, and Isis shared her excitement on Twitter.
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STUDY: 40 Percent Of Homeless Youth Are LGBT, Family Rejection Is Leading Cause

It has previously been estimated that as many as 40 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBT, and a new Williams Institute study of youth shelters confirms this estimate. Between October 2011 and March 2012, 354 agencies completed surveys about their clients and found that about 40 percent of their homeless and non-homeless clients were LGBT (9 percent of whom identified as bisexual). About 30 percent of clients using housing-related services (like emergency shelter and transitional living programs) were LGBT.

ThinkProgress
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July 12, 2012

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