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Ofsted downgrades some schools due to curriculum problems

Let us be clear about this headline ‘Christian schools downgraded by Ofsted over homophobic teachings’,  it is ill conceived and really sensationalism at its worse; the report clearly states that the downgrade is about the curriculum, and it is illustrated in the following paragraph:

Concerns have been repeatedly flagged about the use of ACE in British schools in the past, with an investigation in 2014 raising concerns about ACE textbooks teaching that homosexuality is a choice, evolution is a lie, abortion is wrong, and AIDS can be avoided by following the Bible.

not just about homophobic teachings.  This is a long running problem between Ofsted and schools which are following the ACE curriculum, an import from the USA, and very obviously very right wing in its beliefs and teachings.

A Balanced Curriculum

I have no objections to any curriculum as long as it is balanced and fair, and importantly accurate and factual.  Our country has a long history of adjusting its curriculum as things have been found out that change our concepts and thoughts – we must not allow bigots to control the educational system and the lives of our childrenCurriculum, Ofsted, ACE and schools

A number of private Christian schools have threatened legal action after having their status downgraded by education watchdog Ofsted, partly for failing to “promote respect” for LGBT people and British values.

Source: Christian schools downgraded by Ofsted over homophobic teachings · PinkNews

‘The Pulse’ gay night club in Orlando

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I was deeply shocked to hear of the sheer scale of the casualties at ‘The Pulse’ gay night club in Orlando.
It is hard to comprehend the enormity of the act and the awful nature of the suffering of the members of the LGBT community.
Those who survived will never be the same again, while the lives of so many, mostly young victims out enjoying themselves on a Saturday night have been cruelly and abruptly ended.
Such attacks on gay venues, with high casualty rates, have occurred before – in London, the US and Israel, while there have been single murders in Belfast like that of Darren Bradshaw at the Parliament Bar (and the Rev David Templeton), and more recently three gay men who were killed in London by a bomb at the Admiral Duncan pub.

 

Northern Ireland is no stranger to mass murder.  Our community knows there is a reservoir of hatred out there that can be motivated to action by political organisations and by religious hate speech. In this case it was Islamist.
The people of Belfast will I know express their solidarity with the people of Orlando, a city in Florida many of us know well and have visited.  Your pain having to bury so many fine people will be hard to bear.

I have asked that our City Hall officials put arrangements in place to allow citizens to show their sympathy to our American friends and that the City Hall gates be opened for people to gather in the grounds on Tuesday at the planned demonstration of support.
Jeff Dudgeon (Belfast City Councillor and NIGRA Treasurer)

 

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USA Rugby and International Gay Rugby sign Memorandum of Understanding to eliminate homophobia in Rugby

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Via press release

USA Rugby signed a memorandum of understanding with International Gay Rugby (IGR) Thursday, September 10, setting forth a partnership that will see the national governing body for the sport of rugby union in the United States promote a diverse and inclusive environment in all levels of Rugby, working to end homophobia in all areas of the game.

In March 2015, IGR recently signed an agreement with World Rugby to collaborate on the promotion of equality and inclusivity in rugby around the world, actively seeking to globally remove homophobia from the game. The agreement with USA Rugby focuses mainly on the domestic side of the game in the United States to ensure registered members of USA Rugby are provided with the tools and education necessary to combat discrimination, be it based on sexual orientation, perceived sexual orientation, or identification.

USA Rugby recognizes the right of any player, official, coach, and spectator to be involved in rugby without bullying, discrimination, or exclusion of any kind, and celebrates the differences that make its members unique.

Nigel Melville, CEO of USA Rugby said “USA Rugby is thrilled to be joining IGR in the advancement of diversity and inclusion throughout the sport of rugby, as well to eliminate homophobia from the game. Following in World Rugby’s footsteps, we are steadfast in ensuring that rugby remains and continues to grow as a sport for individuals from all walks of life.”

USA Rugby will work with its own member associations, clubs, and unions to improve acceptance of LGBT members, provide educational tools to support in the elimination of perceived and institutionalized homophobia in the game, and help support IGR events.

“IGR is very proud of the leadership that USA Rugby continues to show around equality, diversity and inclusion in Rugby. The signing of this agreement is a great example of the commitment of USA Rugby to eliminating homophobia from the sport at all levels. We look forward to our continued partnership in creating a safe and homophobia free environment for all players, proving that rugby is the most inclusive sport in the United States and in the World.” Jeff Wilson, Chairman of International Gay Rugby (IGR) said.

IGR provides its 56 member clubs in fifteen countries developmental support and resources in several aspects of club organization through leadership and community engagement . Also, IGR member clubs host global, continental and regional tournaments and events celebrating the diversity and inclusion rugby community. The Mark Kendall Bingham Memorial Tournament is the flagship global event for IGR Member Clubs. Named after a gay American rugby player who died on United Flight 93 on September 11, 2001, the Bingham Cup is IGR’s World Cup of gay and inclusive rugby.

The Nashville Grizzlies RFC will host the 2016 Mark Kendall Bingham Memorial Tournament in the “Music City” of Nashville, Tennessee from Monday, May 22 through Sunday, May 29. This will be the first since 2010 that the tournament has been held in the USA and is the first time it has ever been held in the mid-south.

“The Organizing Committee is excited to partner with USA Rugby” said Jon Glassmeyer, the president of the Mark Kendall Bingham Cup 2016 Organizing Committee. “This agreement demonstrates USA Rugby’s commitment to inclusiveness and sets an example for other national unions around the world.”

Craig Dillon asks: Where are the successful gay British YouTubers?

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Open Youttubers

There is a dark shadow hanging over the British YouTube community.

On the site that has always been a place for openness and community a number of it’s biggest stars might not feel as comfortable about their sexuality and gender identity as their American cousins.

A simple comparison between the ten most popular British YouTubers and the ten most popular American YouTubers reveals a big difference. There are zero *openly* gay YouTubers on the British list, whereas the American list is almost completely compiled of LGBT YouTubers like Tyler Oakley, Connor Franta and Ingrid Nilsen.

It’s a well known fact among those in the inner circle of the YouTube community that there are a few on the list who identify as LGBT, and most are open about it, with their friends and family. So why do they not feel able to come out to their audiences in the same way the American YouTubers do?

What is the real reason behind these popular British YouTubers staying in the closet?

On paper, the UK is a much more open and accepting country than the U.S, we’ve had marriage equality since 2014 and legal same-sex activity since 1967. So what is the real reason behind these popular British YouTubers staying in the closet?

Many are happy to ‘clickbait’ the topic of coming out for views, such as Joe Sugg’s My Big Announcement video where he used pictures of him kissing his roommate and fellow YouTuber Caspar Lee in the thumbnail. Or the video featuring the Harries Twins called Twin Twinks learn Gay Slang, so if the topic of coming out is a guaranteed way to boost your profile, why are so few actually coming out?

One possibility is the Tom Daley theory. More interest is generated from playing the “is he isn’t he game.” Before Tom Daley came out, thousands of men and women would check his instagram daily, looking for any clues to reveal his true sexuality. Once Tom opened up and came out as bisexual, there was no more sport in it, we all knew the answer. No one other than major fans had a reason to stalk his instagram anymore. He joined the ranks of the insanely attractive famous gay men that none of us have any chance of dating.

So is this the real reason British YouTubers won’t come out? Or is it more about their “fangirls”? Most of the top YouTubers have around a 90% female audience, and the assumption is that being gay will upset a large amount of young female viewers who dream about these boys every night.

Are these valid reasons to stay in the closet? By implying they’re straight and keeping up the illusion, are the YouTubers so many people look up to refusing to be role models for young British LGBT teens looking for guidance?

New Partnership Seeks To Promote LGBT Acceptance In U.S. Rugby

CREDIT: NAM Y. HUH, AP

As the Rugby World Cup gets ready to kick off this week, USA Rugby has signed a “memorandum of understanding” with International Gay Rugby (IGR) that has a very lofty goal: To end homophobia in all areas of the sport domestically.

While several gay rugby players have come out in recent years, high-profile incidents of homophobia have colored the sport’s progress on LGBT issues. Last November, openly gay rugby official Nigel Owen was subjected to homophobic abuse by England fans when refereeing a match against New Zealand, and admitted that despite being a top referee — he will officiate in the upcoming World Cup — he had considered quitting his job due to the frequent homophobic slurs hurled at him by fans in the stands and in social media.

Here in the U.S., a recent international study on homophobia in sports, Out on the Fields, singled out America as the worst English-speaking country. According to the survey, 70 percent of Americans believed that homophobia is more common in sports than it is in the rest of society, and 84 percent have experienced or witnessed homophobia in sports.

“First and foremost, this is a huge step for the sport of rugby and the sports community in general,” Hudson Taylor, founder and executive director of Athlete Ally, said of the memorandum. “I know that this is definitely going to make it easier for LGBT people to participate in rugby in the future, and also make it easier for those who are active now to come out.”

The memorandum itself doesn’t provide any concrete rules or resources aimed at getting rid of homophobia in the sport, but Thomas Hormby, the press officer for the IGR rugby team Nashville Grizzlies, told ThinkProgress he considers the language in the memorandum — “USA Rugby recognizes the right of any player, official, coach, and spectator to be involved in rugby without bullying, discrimination, or exclusion of any kind” — strong enough to render it a significant step.

“I think that you start with changing policies, and that helps change the culture,” Hormby said.

This memorandum comes on the heels of a banner month for the rugby LGBT community, as two high-profile players, British rugby league player Keegan Hirst and English rugby union star Sam Stanley, both came out as gay and received great support from the public.

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In March, World Rugby signed a similar memorandum with IGR — an organization that has 56 amateur teams around the world, and hosts the gay world cup of rugby, the Bingham Cup. (Named after Mark Bingham, the gay rugby player who died on September 11, 2001 on United 93, and is believed to be one of the passengers who stormed the cockpit and overtook the hijackers.)

The popularity of International Gay Rugby has certainly helped make the rugby community at large more open to LGBT inclusion, as have other trailblazers. Ian Roberts, a popular Australian Rugby League player, came out way back in 1995; Owens came out in 2007, becoming the first active gay rugby official; and two years later, Welsh rugby union stand-out Gareth Thomas announced that he was gay.

Through it all, Ben Cohen, a huge rugby star, became a prominent LGBT and anti-bullying advocate. His voice — as such a popular and respected player, and as a representative of the straight community — was invaluable.

“When you have people in positions of power that believe it’s the right thing to do, then change starts to happen,” Taylor said. “There’s an assumption that all male athletes are straight, and that goes along with that hypermasculinity. That’s an obstacle for athletes who want to come out, but it’s an asset when allies speak out.”

The progress for LGBT inclusivity in rugby isn’t happening in a vacuum. In the U.S., gay marriage is finally legal everywhere after the Supreme Court ruled this summer that state bans on gay marriage were unconstitutional. According to Taylor, the average age of a person coming out has gone from 26 to 16 in the last 25 years, which has made schools, both K-12 and collegiate, much safer spaces for LGBT athletes. This week, Princeton offensive linemen Mason Darrow became the first active Division I football player to come out.

Darrow told Outsports that his teammates and coaches have been nothing supportive. In fact, his head coach Bob Surarce was relieved when his lineman told him the news — he was afraid that Darrow was going to tell him he was injured.

There has been some progress in prominent sports leagues in the United States, too, with athletes such as Michael Sam, Jason Collins, and Robbie Rogers publicly coming out, and organizations such as Athlete Ally and You Can Play working directly with leagues to address LGBT issues. But there is still a long way to go in the pro ranks — since the average career span of is so short, too many gay athletes get stuck weighing the risk versus the reward of coming out, and decide not to take the chance.

“As an athletic community, we haven’t done enough to take away those risks,” Taylor said. “We need more coaches, athletes, owners, sponsors, and fans to be explicitly visible about their support for LGBT athletes.”

Statements like the one that USA Rugby made this week can make a difference — if they are backed up by continued action and support to end homophobia in the sports. Words alone aren’t enough.

“We’re not at the beginning of the end, we’re at the end of the beginning,” Taylor said. “There’s a tremendous amount of education that still needs to occur if we want LGBT community to be embraced in sports.”

Supreme Court rules gay marriage law of the land

In a historic ruling, the Supreme Court extended gay marriage rights to couples in all 50 states.

Same sex marriage is now legal in every state in the United States after a historic Supreme Court ruling declared that the right to marriage equality is enshrined under the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment.

In what marriage equality advocates have called the most important civil rights case in a generation, 5 out of 9 court justices ruled in favor of same-sex marriage. This means the remaining 14 states that did not recognize same-sex marriage, most of which are in the South and Midwest, will no longer be able to enforce bans on the marriages of gay couples.

The results of this historic case, known as Obergefell v. Hodges after an Ohio man who sued the state to get his name listed on his late husband’s death certificate, mark a long-sought victory for LGBT rights activists who have campaigned for decades in favor of marriage equality.

“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves,” Justice Anthony Kennedy said in his closing opinion.

“Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed.”

Each of the four opposing justices issued separate dissenting opinions. “This court is not a legislature. Whether same-sex marriage is a good idea should be of no concern to us,” wrote Cheif Justice John Roberts.

“If you are among the many Americans — of whatever sexual orientation — who favor expanding same-sex marriage, by all means celebrate today’s decision,” Roberts said, reading his opinion from the bench. “But do not celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it.”

The Obama administration supports same-sex marriage, and many high-profile politicians such asPresident Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton took to their Twitter accounts to celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision.

Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. #LoveWins— President Obama (@POTUS) June 26, 2015

Proud to celebrate a historic victory for marriage equality—& the courage & determination of LGBT Americans who made it possible. -H— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 26, 2015

The ruling will not take effect immediately because the court gives the losing side around 3 weeks to ask for the decision to be reconsidered.

According to UCLA’s Williams Institute, which tracks the demographics of gay and lesbian Americans, there are an estimated 390,000 married same-sex couples in the United States.  Another 70,000 couples living in states that do not currently permit them to get married are expected to hear to the alter over the the next three years, the institute says.  Roughly 1 million same-sex couples, married and unmarried, live together in the United States.

Marriage Equality Round-Up – June 4th

Here’s ‘gayapolis’ daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

POP CULTURE: A petition has been started asking the Olympic Committee to remove Caitlyn Jenner’s medals. full story

POP CULTURE: Jennifer Hudson has released a new song and video celebrating marriage equality. full story

POP CULTURE: E! released a preview of Jenner’s upcoming reality show–I Am Cait. full story

POP CULTURE: AT&T wants everyone living openly to share their stories by creating their own 15-second “This is Me” video to tell the world how they live proud every day. full story

AT&T Campaign

POP CULTURE: Skyy Vodka launched #ToastToMarriage and a new line of shirts to celebrate marriage equality. full story

#ToastToMarriage Skyy Vodka

POP CULTURE: On its Facebook page, American Airlines posted this Pride Month logo and wrote, “Proud to support the LGBT community and its allies.” full story

American Airlines

POP CULTURE: The radio host weighed-in on Caitlyn Jenner’s transition, arguing Republicans should reject Caitlyn Jenner, even if she agrees with them politically.full story

POP CULTURE: The Duggar parents appeared on Fox News to insist that their molester son was much better than those transgender pedophiles who want to enter public bathrooms. full story

INTERNATIONAL: Gay Star News has an overview of the state of LGBTI rights around the world. full story

INTERNATIONAL: U.S. officials on Tuesday insisted a U.S.-led pan-Pacific trade agreement has sufficient safeguards to ensure the rights of LGBT people and other marginalized groups in the countries that ratify it are protected. full story

ARGENTINA: Both of the Argentinean appeals court judges involved in the decision to reduce the sentence of a convicted child abuser because they claimed that his six-year-old victim was gay have now both resigned. full story

AUSTRALIA: A Catholic Bishop in South Australia has compared children of gay couples to children forcibly removed from Aboriginal families. full story

GERMANY: A German minister could be facing prosecution over her comments comparing gay marriage to incest and polygamy. full story

INDIA: The Delhi government has vowed to investigate a gay ‘cure’ racket in the city after a newspaper expose of the unethical practice triggered an avalanche of public outrage. full story

SOUTH KOREA: The Pride event in South Korea’s capital has been banned by police, but organisers have vowed to march regardless. full story =

UGANDA: NOM Chairman John Eastman hopes that Uganda reinstates the life sentence for homosexuality “in short order”. full story

UKRAINE: A campaign of billboards in Ukraine hopes to change the way people address LGBT issues, calling for people to “speak properly” and use the equivalent of “gay” instead of “faggot”. full story

UK: A group at Sheffield Hallam University are researching trans people’s access to toilets. full story

UK: Reverend Chris Newlands has called for the Church of England to catch up on trans issues. full story

UK, NORTHERN IRELAND: A city councillor in Belfast has said she tried to kill herself rather than come out as gay, because when her father did it “broke [her] mum’s heart.” full story

UK, NORTHERN IRELAND: Veteran actor Patrick Stewart has come out in favor of Ashers Bakery which was last month found guilty of discrimination for refusing to write “support gay marriage” on a cake. full story

USA: Media Matters for America cleverly debunks the right-wing claim that trans-inclusive school policies endanger students. full story

USA: The Department of Defense is celebrating gay pride month with a rainbow makeover. full story

DoD Pride

USA: As the Supreme Court prepares to issue a ruling on same-sex marriage, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) is calling on Congress to protect the freedoms of religious institutions. full story

USA: Hillary Clinton’s campaign released a series of LGBT rights shirts. full story

Hillary gay rights shirt

USA, ALABAMA: State Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has suggested that some people in the marriage equality movement hope its legalization will destroy the United States
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USA, ALABAMA: Legislation that would take the state of Alabama out of the business of issuing marriage licenses died in the House of Representatives committee. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: Bisexual Sonoma teen takes his own life after years of bullying. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: The Intolerant Jackass Act filed by activist Charlotte Laws in late March got the go ahead to start collecting signatures. full story

USA, COLORADO: The school that barred a gay valedictorian from coming out during his commencement speech says it will investigate what happened but is defending itself against accusations of discrimination from U.S. Rep. Jared Polis. full story

USA, FLORIDA: Leesburg and Greenacres have passed LGBT civil rights ordinances for their communities expanding the number of towns with laws protecting sexual orientation to eleven. full story

USA, INDIANA: Governor Mike Pence issued a welcome to pride letter for Indianapolis that doesn’t mention gay people, or pride. full story

USA, IOWA: In a surprise move, a local Chick-fil-A franchise is catering an Iowa gay pride picnic. full story

USA, KANSAS: The Hobbit’s Gandalf the White and Harry Potter’s Professor Albus Dumbledore are getting married opposite The Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) next weekend in Topeka. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: The executive director of a Mississippi LGBT advocacy group has resigned after making a series of anti-trans comments on his social media pages. full story

USA, NEW JERSEY: A jury in northern New Jersey is scheduled to hear opening arguments in the fraud trial of a nonprofit that offers so-called “gay conversion” therapy. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Rachel Maddow looks at how the anti marriage equality bill could open the door to discrimination for other reasons. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: The vote to try to override the Governor’s veto of the anti marriage equality bill has been delayed in the House, which ends its current session Friday. full story

USA, OKLAHOMA: The state’s Department of Corrections has halted all prison weddings — apparently to avoid having inmates enter same-sex marriages. full story

USA, TEXAS: Anti gay groups are calling on Governor Abbott to bring the legislature back for a special session to pass an anti marriage equality bill. full story

USA, TEXAS: Plans are underway in smaller cities around Texas for the Supreme Court’s Day of Decision of marriage equality. full story

USA, TEXAS: The state government is stalling plans to update marriage forms until the US Supreme Court rules, which could delay the start of same sex weddings in the state. full story

USA, TEXAS: Lambda Legal is warning government officials who defy the Supreme Court on marriage equality – they could be sued personally and might face punitive damages. full story

USA, UTAH: God bought two billboards in the state to proclaim his love for gays.full story

Did This LGBT Study Actually Do More Harm?

  BY BRENDEN SHUCART MAY 20 2015 4:00 AM ET

Did this study on free public transportation’s effects on LGBT homeless youth get in its own way — and prevent good policy?

Above: Sylvia’s Place, a homless shelter for LGBT youth in New York.

There is a crisis facing the LGBT communities, as pressing as teen suicide, as complicated as substance abuse, and as critical to our collective futures as the fight to end HIV, and it is intrinsically bound up in all three. Homelessness among LGBT youth has become endemic in the United States, and if we don’t act soon the ramifications will haunt queer communities for generations.

The number of LGBT youth living on the streets is staggering. The Williams Institute put out a report several years ago that estimated a full 40% of all homeless youth are LGBT. This figure is widely agreed upon, but as Mark Erwin, director of community development at the Ruth Ellis Center, near Detroit, says, “…no one truly knows how many LGBTQ youth are experiencing homelessness for two important reasons: Youth may not identify as homeless, or want you to know, even if they qualify under HUD’s definitions, or youth may not disclose their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

But the exact number is almost irrelevant. LGBT individuals make up somewhere between 4% and 10% of the national population; even if only 20% of homeless youth were queer, the number would still be hugely disproportional to the general population.

We have a moral obligation to rescue our queer siblings from this dangerous situation, coupled with the practical consideration that the longer these kids are on the streets, the more likely they will have been exposed to drugs, crime, and HIV.

So when I came across an article in the Edmonton Journal with the nerdishly intriguing title “Giving Homeless Youths Transit Passes Brings Stability to Their Lives, Study Finds,” my interest was piqued. And while “Routes to Homes,” the study cited, did shed some light on the interplay between homelessness and access to transportation, it wasn’t as rigorous or elegant as it could have been — and its usefulness suffers as a result.

The study sought to assess the impact of public-transit assistance on the lives of homeless youth. It took 40 young people (ages 15 to 22) without stable or consistent housing situations and randomly assigned them into one of two groups, with the first receiving monthly bus passes and the second an allotment of bus tickets.

At the beginning and the conclusion of the study, participants answered questionnaires detailing demographic information as well as “questions on previous housing and services, and involvement with transit and city police; and, completed a short exploratory survey” dealing with the participants’ perception of their own support systems, support seeking, community belonging, and safety. In addition, those participants who completed the study participated in group interviews that focused on the intervention’s perceived impact, participant satisfaction, and recommended changes to the program.

The study’s authors conclude that the impact of free access to mass transit on these youth was “overwhelmingly positive” and that the results “indicate that transportation is a critical component of an integrated program to move street youth towards homes and employment.”

But how critical a component? How much benefit did the participants gain from the training program? How much good would the passes have done by themselves? The study indicates that receiving counseling, etiquette training, and free access to public transit improved the lives of several homeless kids living in Canada, but not a lot beyond that. Its structure robs us of the ability to make any kind of serious cost-benefit analysis beyond noting that monthly passes are marginally better for homeless kids than bus tickets.

The authors of “Routes to Homes” freely admit that their study faced a number of limitations, most notably that it was a small study with limited funds and retention — 40% of the initial participants didn’t complete the final survey or attend the group exit interview despite the $20 awaiting them upon completion.

A control group composed of individuals randomly selected to receive neither transit assistance nor public transportation skills and etiquette training would have benefited the study by giving a baseline of success to measure the other two groups against, without significantly increasing the cost of the program. And less involvement from the Community Advisory Committee would probably have benefited the study’s general applicability as well.

But for all its shortcomings, “Routes to Homes” presents a tantalizing possibility; a more rigorously designed study, properly focused, and adequately funded — could go a long way toward ending the shameful epidemic of homelessness facing the most vulnerable members of our communities.

Young Gay Film Maker Needs Help To Get To Cannes

By The Gay UK, Apr 17 2015 08:20AM

The ultimate high for every established filmmaker is to have your work accepted by the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, so you can imagine what a remarkable achievement this is when you are still a student and this is your very first film. This is exactly what happened to Robert Doobay a student at the University of Central Florida

Earlier this year in January he created a film with the help of his two best friends Gordon and Andrew for Campus Movie Fest 2015, and when it came to awards time they took home the Top Four and Best Directing Awards. They then got an offer of a screening in Hollywood this coming July, but then in early April, he received an email with news that their short film had been selected to play at Cannes.
Attending Cannes will open up huge doors for anyone who attends, as they will be able to network with industry professionals, attend production workshops, buy and sell rights to production companies, and, of course, watch great films. The problem, a huge one for a student, is that it costs money to get there, so Robert has opened an appeal for help raise this on gofundme.com
We are happy to lend our support and we think you will too after you watch his wee film which will hit a chord with anyone who has ever had a Grindr encounter.
Click on the link to the film, and then you can click on the link to donate. Every little bit will help send this talented young man on his way to fulfill his dream (and maybe encourage him to even get back on line again).
Click here to go directly to the GoFundMe page

Gay Sex Rings

Editorial:  Gay Sex Rings have for various reasons been in the news in Northern Ireland.  Obviously when you read the article from GayStarNews you will be shocked and if you have family travelling abroad you will have worries.  You are right to be worried, however you cannot prevent every harm that is out there, all you can do is prepare your love ones, and friends, by making certain they are aware to be careful and to setup regular check-in times so that you can raise alarms when appropriate.

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Hungarian man faces 155 years’ jail for running gay sex slave ring in Miami

He kept three young gay men locked up in a house as ‘sex slaves’ and forced them to prostitute themselves for up to 20 hours a day
Andras Vass

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A 25-year-old Hungarian man is facing 155 years in prison after 12 jurors found him guilty of human trafficking and racketeering on Thursday.

Andras Vass and two other men, Gabor Acs and Viktor Berki were arrested last October for running a company called Never Sleep Inc which forced three young men to prostitute themselves for up to 20 hours a day.

The Miami Herald reported that according to the arrest warrant, the company in 2012 flew the three men aged 20-22 to New York City, where they lived in a cramped one-bedroom apartment and were forced to have sex with customers or with each other on webcam.

Up to eight men lived and worked in the apartment.

In August 2012, the group moved their operation to Miami-Dade.

The court heard that the ringleaders kept their passports, and threatened them and their families back in Hungary if they refused to work.

According to the authorities, the ringleaders met two victims in Hungary through a website called GayRomeo.com while another was ‘living with gypsies’ as a male prostitute in Hungary when he met one company representative through Facebook, the Miami Herald reported.

The victims were promised they would make US$3,500 to US$5,000 a month for legal escort work.

Vass faces a minimum of 21 years and up to 155 years in prison. He will be sentenced June 2.

Acs and Berki, a former policeman in Hungary, are still awaiting trial.