Sage, the nation’s oldest service and advocacy group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender seniors, last week unveiled its online National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, underwritten by several foundations and a grant from the federal Department of Health and Human Services.
Joining forces with 10 other groups, including the American Society on Aging and the National Institute of Senior Centers, Sage has ambitious plans for this first-ever site. It wants to serve organizations for gay seniors, as well as housing and service providers, and to help older adults themselves. It intends to offer publications, a directory of organizations and programs, personal stories, interviews with leading experts, and more. The list of topics it expects to tackle is long, from health care access to H.I.V. and aging to transgender elders.
I know a lot of LGBT folks are unhappy with the unfulfilled promise to overturn DADT (among other things) but lets stop for a moment and think about the significance of the President of the United States, the leader of the free world, making a big public statement directed at queer youth.
And it happens to be a heartfelt, well-written speech.
In response to recent teen suicides, hundreds of people have stepped up to tell young LGBT youth that it gets better. One of the latest to post a video is Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who reflects on the progress the country has made and will continue to make. The video was posted on YouTube, on the It Gets Better Project channel. The project was created by author, sex columnist and activist Dan Savage.
You can read more about the It Gets Better Project in Dan’s column on the The Stranger.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Among gay men in the United States, blacks are more likely than whites to believe that homosexuality is “wrong” – and these feelings might be contributing to the black men’s higher risk of HIV infection, researchers suggest.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2006 African-Americans accounted for nearly half (45%) of new infections in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Also, according to recent estimates, they account for a disproportionate 24 percent of reported HIV cases among gay and bisexual men in the U.S. The reasons are not clear. Studies have not found a higher rate of risky sexual behavior among black men versus white men — but a range of factors are likely at work.
“Traditional methods of HIV prevention, like condom distribution, remain incredibly important,” says independent filmmaker Dave OʼBrien, 33, who wrote, directed and co-developed IN THE MOMENT, “Whatʼs missing among a younger generation of gay guys is any real discussion about HIV and safer sex. IN THE MOMENT is a sexy and entertaining way to capture their attention and stimulate dialogue regarding real-world sexual situations many gay men face today.”
IN THE MOMENT starts with an authentic, sexy and sometimes humorous web soap opera that explores the full range of factors that come into play in sexual decision making among young gay men. Issues like self-esteem, dating, relationships, age, body image, addiction and others are addressed as key factors in the lives of the characters. The episodes are broken into 3-5 minute “webisodes” that are easily accessible on most computers. The webisodes are a starting-place for discussion. Users create their own IN THE MOMENT profile on the site and use it to communicate on message boards and with other members.
Allentown may soon be the second city in the state to offer health benefits to partners of gay employees. A bill extending the employee benefits to same-sex couples was expected to be introduced last Wednesday, but was pulled at the last minute after the city’s solicitor’s office expressed some concerns over language in the bill. City Council has declined to release the legal opinion, citing lawyer-client privilege. However, council President Michael D’Amore, a sponsor of the bill, said the legal concerns are technical, and he expects to introduce the bill as early as the next meeting, Oct. 20.