Posts by Alexandra Bolles, Associate Director, Campaigns & External Engagement

Advocate and Blogger Jeremy Hooper Becomes Best-Selling Author

Equality advocate, Good As You site editor and creator, #glaadcap contributor and master of wit Jeremy Hooper can now add best-selling book author to his list of accomplishments. If It’s a Choice, My Zygote Chose Balls: Making Sense of Senseless Controversy, released earlier this month, is part memoir, part social commentary, and all parts awesome.Read More

Focus on the Family Blames Gay Teens and Activists for Unhappiness

Focus on the Family affiliate CitizenLink said in a radio segment this morning that teens “who identify as homosexual and transgender” are unhappy and engage in risky behavior not because they face discrimination, but rather because of how they self-identify. This claim is in response to a recently released report from HRC, called Growing Up LGBT in America.Read More

LGBT Youth Face Pervasive Discrimination, But Remain Hopeful

HRC released Growing Up LGBT in America yesterday, the first in a series of reports based on the largest known survey of LGBT youth to date. The report finds that LGBT youth experience more rejection and intolerance and less support in comparison to their non-LGBT peers.Read More

Retired NFL Player Wade Davis Comes Out to the Public

Former pro football player Wade Davis publicly announced yesterday that he is gay. The 34-year-old cornerback who played with Tennessee Titans, the Seattle Seahawks, and the Washington Redskins spoke with Outsports and SB Nation about being a gay athlete and his current work with disenfranchised lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, questioning, and non-conforming youth.Read More

Violence Against Transgender People and People of Color is Disproportionately High, LGBTQH Murder Rate Peaks

The murder rate of people who are LGBTQH is at its highest, according to a recently released 2011 report from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs. The report also shows that transgender women, people of color, and youth and young adults are at a disproportionately high risk of being victims of what the NCAVP terms hate violence.Read More

World's Largest Trans-Specific Conference in Philadelphia Today--June 2

Today marks the kick-off of the three-day long Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference (PTHC). With more than 2,000 people expected to attend, this 11th annual gathering represents the world’s largest trans-specific conference. According to its Web site, the conference offers “workshops and activities focused on the health and well-being of transgender people, communities and allies.”Read More

Study Shows Stereotypes about Bisexuality are Harmful

Stereotypes about bisexuality are both unfounded and quite literally unhealthy, according to studies recently published in the Journal of Bisexuality. The studies show that the bisexual community is diverse and subject to discrimination from gay and straight people alike, which negatively impacts the health and social lives of people who identify as bisexual.Read More

NFL Players Speak Up As Allies For Gay Athletes

A dozen professional football players were asked this week about their thoughts on gay athletes and expressed unanimous support to Outsports.com--a story that has been picked up by mainstream media outlets. The reports show that the NFL is not only tolerant of gay athletes, but in fact could be an environment that fosters understanding and acceptance.Read More
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