Obama’s Plan to Help End Homelessness Among LGBT/T Youth

From SheWired


The Obama administration unveiled a plan Tuesday that is intended to end chronic homelessness by 2015 and homelessness among families, youth, and children by 2020 – and LGBT youth are one of the target populations being included in the initiative.

“On any given night in America more than 640,000 men, women, and children are without housing,” said Shaun Donovan, secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. “While some are scarred by war, others are families who have recently lost their home; still, others are youth aging out of foster care or are perhaps unable to stay with families [that are] hostile to their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

The plan uses 19 federal agencies in support of accomplishing four goals: ending chronic homelessness in five years; preventing and ending homelessness among veterans in five years; preventing homelessness for families, youth, and children in a decade; and setting a path for ending all homelessness.

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New York State Senate Passes Dignity for All Students Act

From Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund


SignatureJune 23, 2010 – New York State is on its way to having its first statewide protections based on gender identity and expression!  Last night, the New York State Senate passed the Dignity for All Students Act by a whopping 58-3.  The Dignity for All Students Act was passed earlier this year by the Assembly and now heads to Governor Paterson’s desk.  He’s been a tremendous friend of the LGBT community, and we urge him to once again show his support by quickly signing this bill into law.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students in New York face tremendous amounts of bullying and harassment. One recent survey conducted by GLSEN found that 79% had been verbally harassed in the past year because of their sexual orientation and 62% had been verbally harassed because of how they expressed their gender.

The Dignity for All Students Act would allow teachers, parents, students, and school administrators to address bullying and bias-related behavior of all kinds that interfere with student safety and learning.  The Act will foster the development of rules to prevent and respond to discriminatory harassment and hate violence.  It will establish teacher, staff and administrative training guidelines.  Discrimination awareness will be incorporated into civility and character education curricula.  And incidents of bias harassment will have to be reported to the State Education Department.

In addition to protecting students on the basis of gender identity and expression, the Dignity for All Students Act protects students on the basis of sexual orientation, race, color, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, weight and disability.

We’re grateful to the Empire State Pride Agenda for its leadership on this issue, and to organizations like NYAGRA, GLSEN and the other members of the DASA Coalition who have worked to pass this legislation.  Much of the credit goes to the many individuals who called, wrote to, and met with legislators to tell them why it was essential that New York join the growing list of states that protect students from the bullying and harassment that can destroy a student’s chances of success.  And we applaud the lead sponsors of this legislation, Assemblymember Daniel O’Donnell and Senator Tom Duane for their determination in getting this bill passed.

With the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Pride March here in New York just around the corner, the New York State Senate has reminded us that when we work together and raise our voices in unison, we can make the kinds of change that positively impact the lives of some of the most vulnerable members of our community.  That’s truly something that should make us all proud.

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Republican Senator’s ‘women’s issues’ aide sliced girlfriend with knife and threatened to kill her

Louisiana Republi-Nazi and alleged diaper-baby trick of a Call Girl who died in suspicious circumstances, David Vitter aide in charge of women’s issues resigned due to charges of violent physical abuse of his former girl friend.

Raw Story

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 — 10:20 am

Louisiana Sen. David Vitter accepted the resignation of a longtime aide Wednesday after a news report disclosed repeated brushes with the law dating to the 1990s, the Republican’s office said Wednesday.

ABC News reported that the aide, Brent Furer, pleaded guilty in 2008 to charges stemming from a knife-wielding altercation with an ex-girlfriend and still is wanted on an open warrant in Baton Rouge stemming from an unresolved misdemeanor DWI charge.

The report said Furer eventually pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor charges, including threatening harm and destruction of property, in connection with the altercation with his ex-girlfriend.

Vitter spokesman Joel DiGrado said Vitter’s office was aware of that incident two years ago, and that the aide left the office for several months during that time as the court adjudicated the case, ordering a fine and community service.

Continue reading at: http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0623/gop-senators-womens-issues-aide-sliced-girlfriend-knife-open-warrant/

The latest scam of thew always misogynistic Republi-Nazis is that we should support their Eva Brauns  and Leni Riefenstahls and if we do not then we are not really feminist.

To which I say, “Bullshit!”  The Republi-Nazis have labeled every single movement for equality and social justice that the poor,  working people, ethnic and racial minorities, women and LGBT/T people have ever organized as being communistic.

At the same time they pander to the Klan and every single LGBT/T hating Christo-Nazi organization that comes down the pike.

Thanks to them we do not have the Equal Rights Amendment in our Constitution.

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