Free screening of “Gen Silent”

On Wednesday, October 24 there will be a free screening of “Gen Silent” at the Melwood Screening Room, 477 Melwood Avenue in Pittsburgh. Refreshments will be served at 6 PM. The film starts at 6:30 PM. Gen Silent startlingly discovers how oppression in the years before Stonewall now affects older LGBT people with fear and isolation. For more about the film, go to stumaddux.com.

Watch the trailer:

June 27th is National HIV Testing Day

National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) is an annual campaign coordinated by the National Association of People with AIDS to encourage people of all ages to “Take the Test, Take Control.”

Too many people don’t know they have HIV. In the United States, nearly 1.2 million people are living with HIV, and almost one in five don’t know they are infected. Getting tested is the first step to finding out if you have HIV. If you have HIV, getting medical care and taking medicines regularly helps you live a longer, healthier life and also lowers the chances of passing HIV on to others.

Homophobia may reveal denial of own same-sex attraction

From CBS News:

Do homophobic people actually fear their own unconscious feelings? A new study suggests that people who repress their own sexual attraction to the same sex are more likely to express hostility towards gays.

“In many cases these are people who are at war with themselves and they are turning this internal conflict outward,” study co-author Dr. Richard Ryan, professor of psychology at the University of Rochester, said in a university written statement.

In four separate experiments conducted in the U.S. and in Germany, each involving an average of 160 college students, researchers attempted to measure any differences between what people say about their sexual orientation and how they actually react. Their findings are published in the April issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Read the full article on the CBS News Website.

Richard Ryan, a professor of psychology at the University of Rochester, co-authored of the study, explains…

Kudos to Glee for “the talk” with gay teen

If your parents never talked to you about sex…or if they did and it didn’t go well, maybe you should watch the last episode of Glee. The scene in which Burt Hummel talks to his gay son, Kurt, is a shining example of how parents should talk to their kids when discussing sex for the first time. Kids need to know about protection, of course, but they also need to know that they matter and that casual sex really isn’t so casual…at least not when you’re that young.

Follow this link to watch the scene.