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“Queer Santa” is Coming to Make Sure LGBTQ Homeless Teens Get Presents

“My family did find out I was gay after I was grown and they disowned me.  So it’s very important to me to make sure that all children are taken care of.” Every Christmas in Denver, Queer Santa comes to town. A few weeks ago at The Center on Colfax,…

Senator Threatened With Execution While Fighting for LGBTQ+ Teens

Scott Wiener wants to close a loophole in California’s law that discriminates against queer youth, and right-wing extremists are now abusing him with death threats and accusations of pedophilia. A lawmaker in California is claiming he has been doxed and threatened with “public execution” for his attempts to close a loophole in…

Mum writes heartfelt apology to her son after becoming ‘hysterical’ when he came out as gay

The mother of the gay Australian TV presenter Patrick Abboud has written him a heartfelt letter apologising for her terrible reaction when he came out. Growing up in Sydney, Abboud was raised in a strict Arabic household where he didn’t even know that being gay was even an option. For…

High School Valedictorian Comes Out as Bisexual to Ovation From Class

As New York City was gearing up for WorldPride, the valedictorian of a high school in New York (which has not been named) came out as a “proud bisexual man” in a moving speech to his graduating class. The room erupted in cheers when the student, Mason Bleu, shared his…

A 15-Year-Old Gay Bullying Victim Died by Suicide. Now The Community is Rallying.

Nigel Shelby was a 15-year-old a high school student in Huntsville, Alabama. A freshman at Huntsville High School, Shelby had faced homophobic bullying from classmates – bullying that let to Shelby taking his own life.  “We were saddened to learn this morning of the death of Nigel Shelby, one of…

Comedian Stacey Harkey Comes Out as Gay to Raise Awareness of LGBTQ Youth Suicide

“Fun Fact: I’m gay.” Comedy star Stacey Harkey has come out publicly in a powerful statement to his followers, laying down his mission to be a positive role model for LGBTQ youth. The star – who is a part of the comedy group Studio C – is a practising Mormon…

Growing Up Southern Baptist and Finding My Queer Identity

I left Christianity but still respect it.   I was probably 12 years old when I realized my religion didn’t accept me. While I grew up in Southern Baptist circles, my parents weren’t active churchgoers. But in Jackson, Mississippi, children couldn’t quite grow up without the interference of Christianity. Vacation…

Why Are Millennials Most at Risk for HIV Transmission?

A host of social, cultural, and financial factors are keeping young people at high risk of contracting HIV.   In the age of PrEP, it’s alarming that young gay and bisexual men ages 25 to 34 had the highest number of new HIV diagnosis in 2016, more than any other…

LGBTQ Youth Targeted with ‘Gay Cure’ Videos on Social Media

An evangelical group in the US has revealed that it used Facebook and YouTube to target 18-to-35-year-olds with adverts promoting so-called ‘gay cure’ therapy.   Anchored North strategically used advertising capabilities on the platforms to target young people who they considered having “secular world views”. The organisation – which creates…

LGBTQ Youth Are Twice As Likely to Face Homelessness

New research claims that homeless youth that are LGBTQ are twice as likely to face homelessness than straight youth, and those who are homeless are at a significantly higher risk of violence and death compared to straight youth. The study, from Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, included a…

The Gay Cousin’s Holiday Survival Guide

Being the gay cousin doesn’t have to mean fiery doom anymore! I know there are countless others like me out there. If, during the holidays, you’re the only one who’s wearing a sweater with a V-neck so deep it can quote Shakespeare by heart, singing along to Mariah’s “All I…

New #LoveOverBias Winter Olympics Ad Spotlights Moms of LGBT Youth

“Ooh child, things are gonna get easier…” Keep some tissues handy because Proctor & Gamble has released a new ad for the Winter Olympics and it’s a tearjerker. The commercial, titled “Thank You, Mom” shines a spotlight on mothers of LGBT youth and is part of P&G’s new campaign #LoveOverBias.…