The Meaning of Matthew - Judy Shepard, Remembering Matthew.
IN THE LIFE features excerpts from Judy Shepard's speech at the National Equality March on October 11, 2009; And an interview about her published book..."The Meaning of Matthew". The book was published to honor the memory of her son and to help other parents with LGBT children to understand them and the difficulties they might face and how to help them cope with the coming out process and encourage them to support and love their children.
AIDS is Not a Bad Persons Disease - Golden Girls
Check out the video below of a classic scene from the Golden Girls when Rose believes bad people get AIDS and Blanche sets her straight. Remember to not believe everything you hear from your friends. There are many myths about sexually translated diseases including HIV and how it is transmitted from one person to another. Remember to get all the facts from a credible source by either visiting our STD pages or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for all of your other health questions.
Black Gay America is a social community to unite and promote the beauty, style and history of the LGBT Black & Hispanic community world wide. It is a free community open to everyone. To check it out, CLICK HERE.
My AIDS Campaign are personalized campaigns for people to share their stories of how HIV/AIDS impacts them. It has a unique story behind how is was created. After thinking about how to get as many people to make a difference as possible, the campaign was conceived. It is based on individuals, not the program. Every person has a different story as to how HIV/AIDS affects them. From being HIV positive to testing for it, giving care or being related to someone that is, everyone has some connection to the epidemic. Share your story or find out more about the My AIDS Campaign.
Argentina Transgender Rights Bill Campaign
On the early morning of July 15 of 2010, Argentina became the first country in Latin America to grant full marriage rights to same-sex couples. Such a tremendous human rights victory did not take place in a vacuum: It counted with the support of the government of Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and it was the culmination of a long and effective marriage equality campaigned led by the Argentinean LGBT Federation (FALGBT), a coalition of LGBT organizations throughout the country.
Even then, as they pulled efforts and resources towards the marriage equality fight, the FALGBT never lost focus on what they said would be their next battle: The push for a law which would allow transgender individuals to change their name on their ID's and birth certificates.
Several bills have been introduced in the Argentinean legislature and the day has come for debate on the law. From xQsi Magazine:
On Thursday, August 18, 2011, the Argentinian Congress will begin the debate on a proposed gender identity law. If passed, this law would allow anyone to correct hir name, gender and image registration in all public records through a quick and simple procedure.
Currently, trans people who wish to obtain a government ID with their true gender and name must wait years for a judges ruling, often being denied and forced to go through a lengthy and costly appeals process.
In preparation, the Argentinian Federation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans people (FALGBT) and the ATTTA (Asociación de Trasvetis, Transexuales y Transgéneros de Argentina) launched earlier last week, the campaign “Identidad: Derecho a ser” (“Identity: The right to be” in English). As part of the campaign, ATTTA and the FALGBT contracted Director Juan Pablo Felix and producer Matías Romero to come up with the first video for the transgender rights campaign. It's amazing. Take a look:
You just found out you are HIV positive. What do you do now? It can be a very scary time, and you will undoubtedly have MANY questions. The diagnosis may have caught you completely off guard, or maybe a part of you already knew and had been emotionally preparing for this day. In either case, don’t beat yourself up. Try to stay calm and rational. Don’t hide away ashamed of your status, and go untreated.
1) Find an ASO
2) Find a doctor
3) Treat underlying conditions
4) Seek support
5) Check work benefits
6) Starting Meds
7) Paying for HIV Medication
8) Ask questions and Follow up
9) Tell your doctor everything
10) Get involved and stay connected
Remember your life is not over with HIV. While HIV is NOT a death sentence like it once used to be, it is a LIFE sentence. HIV is now considered a manageable disease that you’ll hear relatable to diabetes. Every 3-6 months you’ll need to see your doctor and have lab work done. You’ll need to take your medications morning and/or night and try not to miss a dose. Many have found a “new life” after being diagnosed with HIV. Please read the full article with descriptions of these 10 suggestions by visiting this website.
Durex - Love is Blind Advertisements
These are some great advertisements from Durex on how love is blind!
My Ballroom Life is a program of the Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC). The Ballroom CARES! program is a partnership between the House and Ball community (HBC) and community organizations, in an effort to provide the foundation for community mobilization and improve the health and well being of everyone in the House and Ball community. GMHC’s Ballroom CARES! program provides leadership trainings, empowerment workshops, and community events and activities, to support community networking, community mobilization, and to promote a healthy community.
For more information about Ballroom CARES, please contact Luna "Legacy" Ortiz at 212-367-1017 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
In The Life Media produces change through innovative media that exposes social injustice by chronicling lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender life and providing there audiences with effective ways to advance equality within and beyond our communities. Watch one of their videos below discussing the ball culture in New Jersey. The 1990 documentary "Paris is Burning" revealed the vibrant and decadent ball culture of New York City. Today, in Newark, New Jersey, the ball scene is thriving but with an emphasis on alterative families, safe-sex education, and positive role-modeling providing direction and hope for LGBT minority youth.
How can public health officials fight the spread of H.I.V. among young gay black men?
H.I.V. infection rates have stabilized in much of the American population -- an achievement that public health officials say points to the effectiveness of various long efforts, including H.I.V. education in schools, which began in New York in 1987. But data released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that rates are increasing sharply in one subgroup: young gay black men.
"Black teenage boys who realize they are attracted to men are often too poor to move to gay-friendly cities like San Francisco or New York," wrote Times reporter Donald G. McNeil Jr. This could lead many to hide their sexuality and engage in furtive, perhaps riskier sex. "They often lack health insurance, meaning they do not get checkups where a doctor might suggest testing," the article adds. "And while new surveys find that they use condoms at about the same rates as young gay white and Hispanic men, sex tends to stay within racial groups and more older black gay and bisexual men are infected."
How could public health officials close the race gap in H.I.V. infection rates?
Read the discussion here!
Really Funny Condom Commercial from Durex
Watch this really funny condom commercial from Durex using condom balloon animals to make their point of "Get It On", but while being safe!
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