Jamaica is often said to hold the world record for the most churches per square mile. There's a public place of worship for almost everyone. Unless youre gay. Correspondent Lisa Biagiotti, producer Micah Fink and director of photography Gabrielle Weiss from World Focus report on the secret underground church that is welcoming gay men and women to practice their faith.
Does HIV Look Like Me?
The DOES HIV LOOK LIKE ME? United States campaign, produced by Hope's Voice International, a leading HIV and AIDS education organization, is expanding to communities and countries around the world. The campaign consists of videos created by ambassadors; young people between the ages of 15 and 29, living with HIV or AIDS (YPLHIV/A). The ambassadors are human rights leaders standing up to fight misconception, stigma and inequality with their faces, voices and individual stories.
As we pass 30 years of this epidemic, we recognize it is time for an approach that features young people. The fear-based campaigns that have dominated the global response to the epidemic have made people in society afraid of those living with HIV or AIDS. The DOES HIV LOOK LIKE ME? United States campaign is proud not to use fear, but instead corrects the misconceptions and shares the realities surrounding the lives of those living with HIV or AIDS. This helps to end stigma by encouraging communities to have open dialogue.
The DOES HIV LOOK LIKE ME? United States campaign is mobilizing young people to define their disease in turn redefining their life and ending stigma. Watch a few of the videos from this campaign below!
President Obama: It Gets Better Video
As part of the It Gets Better Project, President Obama shares his message of hope and support for LGBT youth who are struggling with being bullied. President Obama is committed to ending bullying, harassment and discrimination in all its forms in our schools and communities. That’s why he recorded this message.
Last year, the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services joined forces with four other departments to create a federal task force on bullying. In August 2010, the task force staged the first-ever National Bullying Summit, bringing together 150 top state, local, civic, and corporate leaders to begin mapping out a national plan to end bullying. The task force also launched a new website, www.bullyinginfo.org, which brings all the federal resources on bullying together in one place for the first time ever.
If you’re a young person who’s been bullied or harassed by your peers, or you’re a parent or teacher who knows a young person being bullied or harassed, here are a few resources that can help you:
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LBGTQ youth by providing resources and a nationwide, 24 hour hotline. If you are considering suicide or need help, call: 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386).
BullyingInfo.org is a project of the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP) focused on providing tools and resources for youth, parents, teachers and mental health providers to prevent and address bullying.
It Gets Better Project
President Obama’s video is just one of thousands of videos submitted by people across the country to inspire and encourage LGBT youth who are struggling. You can watch more videos at ItGetsBetterProject.com.
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