LGBTQ* & PFLAG Information You May Have Missed
Text below by amazing Tumblr blogger PFLAGmom (pflagmom.tumblr)
“Their two major goals are: 1. to place on the 2014 Missouri ballot an initiative banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. and 2. A constitutional amendment supporting marriage equality in Missouri. These are daunting tasks to say the least. But this just may be the time to get this done. I live in a small town in Missouri and our local public school system (where my son had to fight to get the GSA recognized 6 years ago) has recently added sexual orientation and gender identity to its nondiscrimination statement. This is huge!! I’m involved now in a letter-writing campaign at my university to have our non-discrimination statement amended to add sexual-orientation. This year, our Board of Governors may actually pass it! Now- to the state level!
It is estimated (based on polls) that up to 60% of Missourians support nondiscrimination protection for LGBT people. We just need to get the measure on the ballot THEN fight to get it get it passed.”
If you are a registered voter in Missouri or have friends/family who are, please read the rest of the post HERE. Together we can make each corner of the world a safer and more inclusive place.
Anti-Bullying Laws in the American School System
Maps provided by GLSEN
Steve Sack — artist
LGBTQ* Meeting, Dating and the Web
In the last few weeks many of you have emailed me asking about “safe” places on the internet to meet people. While I’ve responded on a one-on-one basis with quite a few of you, many anons have also sent me the same question. Below you will find some sites as well as SAFETY tips when dating online.
Please remember, I am not an expert nor should you only do the suggestions below. You are smart, attractive and intelligent. Treat yourself with respect and expect it from others. BE SAFE & Keep On, Keeping On! -R.
1.) Always be cautious and aware of any and all personal information you give out online
2.) Never supply the place you work or where you live online
3.) Think before you give out your number. Correspond through email or messaging first. If your email is a school/work email or has your full name in the title, create an email used strictly for communication online.
4.) IF YOU MEET IN PERSON
- Do it during daylight hours and in a public space
- Tell a friend/family member/co-worker that you care going out and have someone call and check on you at a later time that day
- If possible, do NOT share a vehicle when you first meet. This is for everyone’s safety.
If a person is not comfortable or pushes you to break any of the above suggestions, it could be a sign of an unsafe situation.
LGBTQ* Friendly Dating/Meeting Sites
www.okcupid.com - Ok Cupid
www.pof.com - Plenty of Fish
www.jsingles.com - Jewish Singles
www.lesbianpersonalsonline.com - Lesbian Personals
www.gay.com - Gay.Com
www.match.com - Match.com
www.myPartner.com - My Partner
LGBTQ* College, Education and Safe Spaces
America’s Gay-Friendly Colleges Ranked
The results are based on more than 120,000 surveys of students throughout the U.S. And not surprisingly some of the most gay-friendly schools also have top academic reputations and are located in major cities in the Northeast, while schools that don’t protect the rights of LGBT students tend to be religious-based (like Notre Dame that scores in the top 20 worst), often excluding sexual orientation and gender identity in any discussion about campus life. The worst schools also don’t provide any resources for LGBT students – no student center, no health services and certainly no social groups.
2011 Best Gay-Friendly Colleges
The top 5 best:
1. New York University (New York, NY)
2. Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
3. Emerson College (Boston, MA)
4. Wellesley College (Wellesley, MA)
5. Bennington College (Bennington, VT)
2011 Worst Gay-Friendly Colleges
The top 5 worst:
1. Wheaton College (Wheaton, Ill.)
2. Grove City College (Grove City, Pa.)
3. Brigham Young University (Provo, UT)
4. Hampden-Sydney College (Hampden-Sydney, Va.)
5. College of the Ozarks (Point Lookout, MO)
LGBTQ* Illustrations, Art and Media Expression
Breaks to Bullying
Transgender History can be found as far back as the 18th Dynasty. Pharaoh Hatshepsut ruled Egypt for two decades (from 1479 to 1458 BC).
However, transgender and transsexual equality, rights and recognition has little U.S. history. Sadly, the history which is supplied is met with more anger, inequality and bitter ending than hope. It’s time to change that.
Speak Up for Others.
Create History for the Generations to Come.
For more information:
Note from Know Homo: This blog was posted on March 22nd. — Sadly, a transgendered individual faced this very dilemma late April in Baltimore, Maryland. The attack on this woman was so violent (in the Female restroom, ironic with the post above) that she had a seizure and was hospitalized for the violent actions taken against her.
THIS MUST STOP.