Archive for May, 2012
- Trans woman first to compete and then win a seat in Thai elections
- Italian gay movement starts its own party for next general elections
- (Another) American pastor wants the government to kill all gay people
- California state senate votes to ban "ex-gay" therapy for teenagers
- Toddler singing “No homos gonna make it to heaven” applauded by church
- Media propaganda: To avoid counting civilian deaths, U.S. president Obama
re-defined the word "militant" to mean all military-age males in a strike zone
- Three heavyweight committees of EU Parliament recommend to bury ACTA
- Israeli Interior minister suggest African migrants are criminals infected with HIV
- Sex trafficking “charities” caught making up data and stealing money
- In ten American states guns kill more people than car accidents do
A survey conducted by the National Strategy for Black Gay Youth in America has some staggering results about Black gay teens. According to the results, 43% of Black gay teens have contemplated or attempted suicide due to issues related to their sexuality. But that’s not all, the survey had more stunning findings.
22 percent experienced mental abuse related to their sexual orientation
26 percent experienced anti-gay bullying
11 percent are HIV positive; 7 percent do not know their status
8 percent have been homeless due to their sexual orientation
9 percent have been sexually abused as a result of their sexual orientation
10 percent have been physically abused as a result of their sexual orientation
Other findings revealed that over half of those who were surveyed are either disowned or still in fear of being disowned. And 90% need their families to be accepting in order to make gay life more bearable.
These results are just a glimpse into the lives of Black gay teens. This report is the first of three to be released later this year. So there will be more interesting information released about the young Black queer community. [via Bilerico Project]
A few people why intrigued by the ballet pictures posted here recently. If you’re among them you might want to check out the documentary First Position. Other than the trailer below there’s a clip specifically about boys in ballet here. [Found by Declan, thanks!]
This is the song Sweden won the Eurovision Song Contest with. And this is the song you’ll hear on every gay pride parade across Europe this summer. It’s no surprise that Loreen, who was born in Stockholm as the child of Moroccan immigrants, took the cake but she wasn’t Sweden’s only bet in the contest: More than a third of the 42 participating songs were written by Swedish composers who seem to be the top of the class since people like Max Martin wrote hits for acts like the Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears.
(Fun fact: Loreen won by a margin that was way bigger than her lead in the melodifestivalen, the Swedish preliminaries for the Eurovision Song Contest. Some of the strongest competition she got back then came from Ulrik Munther who made it to the third place with his song Soldiers)
Personally I liked Iceland’s song as well even ‘tho it wasn’t just as good as Sweden’s; a certain other milkboys admin, while cheering for Sweden, thought that Cyprus was great, one of the admins of the milkboard thought Serbia might win and Jedward from Ireland were at least pretty cute
And while the decision to let Azerbaijan host the contest after winning last year was criticised in vain at least some people tried to squeeze in some politics. The Swedish TV host mentioned gay rights, Loreen met with civil rights activists in Baku (and was harshly criticised for doing so by the local regime) and German entertainer Anke Engelke, while presenting Germany’s vote, said: “It’s good to be able to vote and to have a choice. Good luck on your journey, Azerbaijan. Europe is watching you".