A homeless shelter for LGBT youth is nearly ready and was slated to open downtown this November. However, city zoning issues have forced it to push back matters to next year.
Around 40 percent of the country’s 1.6 million homeless youth identify as being LGBT, according to a 2012 Williams Institute study. The Thrive Youth Center, which is in the process of becoming a nonprofit, is aiming to open the city’s first shelter for LGBT Youth; specifically between the ages of 17 to 24.
Mental health experts are asking that a Texas regulatory agency bans the use of so-called ‘reparative therapy’ for gays and lesbians, the request follows a major effort by some leading Republicans to leave the controversial therapy untouched.
Reparative therapists believe they can change a person’s sexual orientation through counseling. And this summer, during the Texas Republican Party Convention, a faction of the state party took that belief further, adding a resolution supporting reparative therapy as a plank in the party’s 2014 platform.
Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 3:15 pm
Tim Cook, the head of the world's most iconic technology company, has come out today in an op-ed on Bloomberg Businessweek, saying he's never denied his sexual orientation but "I haven't publicly acknowledged it either, until now.
"Being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day," Cook writes.
Originally published on Mon October 13, 2014 7:19 pm
Ancient Rome may have been open to all sorts of sexual mores, but modern Italy is less so. The country lags far behind its European Union partners in guaranteeing equal rights for homosexuals.
Gay couples have no legal recognition or adoption rights in Italy, and a bill presented last year outlawing discrimination on the grounds of homophobia has been bogged down in parliament by right-wing opposition.
Originally published on Thu October 2, 2014 3:34 pm
Facebook has apologized for a policy that drew criticism from LGBT groups after it led to the deactivation of dozens of accounts belonging to drag queens. While the policy itself will stay in place, Facebook says, it will be changing how the rule is enforced.
The Human Rights Campaign says it'll take a lot more than a petition to convince them that a company's Corporate Equality Index Score, which measures how a company treats lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people, should be lowered.
But that's exactly what Matt Hileman, a San Antonio transgender man, wants to happen with AT&T's perfect score. It was last year when Hileman, who worked at AT&T, said he overheard two of his co-workers talking about transgender people in a threatening way.
Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 6:53 pm
When actors John Lithgow and Alfred Molina came by NPR's New York studios, they brought with them a loose, joking rapport — the shorthand of longtime friends. "Fred and I had known each other for 15-20 years," says Lithgow — who calls Molina "Fred."
Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 3:04 pm
Mercedes Ricks may be the perfect candidate to help launch a new cultural push in Magnolia, Miss. The 50-year-old native of Colombia ended up in this tiny south Mississippi town by way of New Orleans nine years ago.
"I met these ladies from here," Ricks says after greeting guests in the barroom next to her Mariposa restaurant. "They invited me to come spend a weekend in Magnolia. We were going to go to the river and drink beer, and Katrina happened that weekend."