Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Transgender Win In Vermont Primary

Christine Hallquist has become the first transgender person to become a gubernatorial nominee of a major U.S. political party. Democratic primary voters in Vermont selected Hallquist as their nominee for governor. She joins three other openly LGBTQ candidates who received the Democratic nomination for governor this cycle including Kate Brown of Oregon, Jared Polis of Colorado & Lupe Valdez of Texas. Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund stated, “Christine’s victory is a defining moment in the movement for trans equality & is especially remarkable given how few out trans elected officials there are at any level of government. Many thought it unthinkable a viable trans gubernatorial candidate like Christine would emerge so soon. Yet Vermont voters chose Christine not because of her gender identity, but because she is an open & authentic candidate with a long history of service to the state & who speaks to the issues most important to voters.” Billy Jean King Tweeted, “Congratulations to Christine Hallquist on winning the Democratic primary for VT governor. As the first openly transgender candidate to be nominated for governor by a major party in the U.S., she is a courageous trailblazer who has inspired many to live an authentic life.” Christine defeated four primary opponents with a strong campaign organization & robust ground game while running on her extensive experience as CEO of a Vermont electric utility company. If she wins in November Hallquist will become the first openly transgender person to serve as governor of a U.S. state & the second openly LGBTQ person ever elected governor.
For More Info: christineforvermont.com
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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

LGBTQ People At Risk In USA

LGBTQ people & their families are particularly at risk with the Trump administration, Congress & state governments ongoing attacks on crucial public programs that provide vital support to people in need. A survey conducted by the Center for American Progress found that LGBTQ people & their families are more likely to participate in public assistance programs than non-LGBTQ people & their families. For example 20.9 percent of LGBTQ people & their families receive health care from Medicaid while only 12.9 percent of non-LGBTQ people & their families do. This disparity is even larger when it comes to nutrition assistance: LGBTQ people & their families receive help from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) at more than twice the rate of non-LGBTQ people & their families. Caitlin Rooney, co-author of the report stated, “Cuts to these programs would devastate support systems for millions of Americans but they are likely to hit the LGBTQ community even harder.” LGBTQ people with disabilities & their families would be especially harmed by benefit cuts. About 41 percent of LGBTQ people with disabilities reported that they or their family received SNAP benefits, compared with 16 percent of LGBTQ people without disabilities. LGBTQ women in particular depend on benefits programs to make ends meet. About 26 percent of LGBTQ women receive SNAP benefits while 9.7 percent of non-LGBTQ women do. Transgender individuals & their families would also be hit hard. According to the survey transgender people & their families are five times more likely to receive public housing assistance than cisgender people & their families.
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Monday, August 13, 2018

Against The Tide Cape Cod Events

Against the Tide is a family-friendly, multi-sport event to benefit the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC). This swim, kayak, walk or run fundraising event will be held for the 19th year at DCR's Nickerson State Park in Brewster, MA on Saturday August 18th & on August 19th MBCC will have a team running in 2018 New Balance Falmouth Road Race. The funds raised through Against the Tide helps support & expand their community education program "Let’s Talk Prevention: Reducing Toxic Exposures", the MBCC Research Video Series, MBCC Webinar Series & the newly-introduced environmental health program for high school students. Cheryl Osimo, MBCC's Executive Director & Co-Founder of Silent Spring Institute stated, “MBCC looks forward to the upcoming Against the Tide events August 18th on Cape Cod, as these inspiring events bring together citizens from all across the Commonwealth to show their support of our unique mission of prevention. On August 19th, the MBCC Team will once again take part in the New Balance Falmouth Road Race. Each year our Road Race Team is made up of exceptional individuals who train for this challenging race & raise funds on our behalf. Together with the Against the Tide events, funds raised by the MBCC Road Race Team go a long way in helping MBCC to serve as an invaluable bridge between research & medical communities to educate our citizens while advocating for the policy changes necessary to protect the health of our children, grandchildren & future generations.” MBCC is the only non-profit in the state dedicated to the prevention of breast cancer from environmental causes.
For More Info: mbcc.org
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Sunday, August 12, 2018

LGBT Leaders & Allies Against Hate

With the anniversary of the bloody murderous attack on Charlottesville, Virginia by white nationalists, white supremacists, alt-right & Neo-Nazis Jason Kessler & other rally organizers are even more emboldened with plans to bring their message of hate to the nation’s capital today. Candace Bond-Theriault, Director of the Task Force’s Democracy Project stated, “White nationalism is a divisive message of hate that seeks to suppress the rights of all others. From the ballot box, to the lunch counter, the cake shop & to who sits in the White House, white supremacists seek a world free of anyone they deem other, be it those that are Black, Jewish, non-white, women, LGBTQ, or anyone else that disagrees with their message of hate.” Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland stated, “Hate has no place in our society & these white supremacists & the racism & bigotry they spew are not welcome in our state today, this weekend, or ever. As we face this invasion of vile & perverted ideology infesting our region, we stand united in our conviction that a diverse & inclusive Maryland is a stronger Maryland. We stand ready to provide any needed assistance to our regional partners as they prepare to deal with the ramifications of these despicable rallies. I have directed state agencies, including the Maryland State Police, Maryland Emergency Management Agency & the Governor's Office of Homeland Security, to coordinate efforts with their D.C. & Virginia counterparts to ensure the safety of all of our citizens.” Let’s honor the memory of Heather Heyer who was murdered by a white nationalist terrorist on the anniversary of her death & keep her loved ones in our thoughts.
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Friday, August 10, 2018

Grace Moreno To Be Honored

Grace Moreno, Executive Director of the Massachusetts LGBT Chamber of Commerce will be this year's honoree at OUT MetroWest’s fifth annual Come Out & Celebrate Gala on Friday September 21st at Verve - Crowne Plaza Hotel in Natick, Massachusetts. Grace has dedicated her career to advocacy for all people, regardless of their race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity. As executive director of the Massachusetts LGBT Chamber of Commerce Grace is currently fostering economic growth & viability for LGBT owned & allied businesses, corporations & professionals throughout the Commonwealth. For more than 25 years as a senior executive, startup nurturer & mission-driven entrepreneur Moreno has led state & national nonprofit organizations. Come Out & Celebrate raises funds for youth programs, Drop-in, Nexus, Umbrella & WAGLY. Sawyer Bethel, LICSW OUT MetroWest’s Executive Director stated, “Even with all of the summer fun, we're hard at work getting ready for our fifth annual Come Out & Celebrate Gala on September 21st. Please join us as we celebrate Grace Moreno & OUT MetroWest’s work to enrich the LGBTQ community in MetroWest Boston. You'll be treated to cocktails, dinner & an inspiring program featuring important voices from the LGBTQ civil rights movement.” To continue the celebration there will be dancing & dessert beginning at 9:30P. This year’s Host Committee includes Angelique Tung, Chair, Noah Augustine, Leona Bessonova & Guimel DeCarvalho, Ineke Ceder, Kim Comatas, Susan Catterall Francis, Tatyana Goldwyn, Corie Mieth, Rise Shepsle, Hilary Smiley & Donna Tambascio. Tickets are $125.
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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Conference Addresses LGBT Elders

This year’s 14th International Federation on Ageing (IFA) Global Conference that takes place in Toronto, Canada through August 10th includes a heightened focus on LGBT aging with three special “town hall” sessions, numerous workshops & an LGBT-inclusive “Addressing Inequalities Summit.” As part of the conference, SAGE this country's largest & oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT seniors released the results of a groundbreaking report, highlighting first-of-its-kind data that illustrates the experiences of LGBT older people across the globe. Michael Adams SAGE CEO stated, “Invisibility & isolation among older sexual orientation & gender identity minorities across the globe leads to neglect & abuse. This survey produces critically important data to understand the social attitudes that reinforce this discrimination & isolation, an invaluable first step toward breaking the invisibility & focusing attention on the needs of these highly vulnerable elders.” Dr. Jane Barratt, Secretary General for the International Federation on Ageing concluded, “It is quite evident that despite progress to protect the rights of the LGBT community, there is still a great deal of work to be done. Older LGBT individuals continue to face layers of discrimination - this is unacceptable & must be addressed through a clear action plan that seeks to eradicate behaviors that impact a person’s human rights.” As part of the IFA Conference, SAGE & its partners will call on governments, industries, organizations & individuals to protect the rights of LGBT older people.
For More Info: sageusa.org
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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

New LGBTQ Family Campaign

The Biden Foundation has launched “As You Are” a family & community acceptance campaign to raise awareness of the importance of family acceptance in the lives of LGBTQ young people. Despite unprecedented gains in legal protections by our LGBTQ community over the last decade, LGBTQ youth continue to be among the most at-risk youth populations in America. Specifically, LGBTQ young people are disproportionately more likely than their non-LGBTQ peers to experience homelessness, suffer from depression & experience suicidal ideation. Vice President Joe Biden stated, “I’m so proud to announce the Biden Foundation has launched this campaign. “We’ll use our resources to highlight the harms of family rejection & lift up research, best practices & personal stories to powerfully show the significant value of family acceptance.” The “As You Are” campaign is collecting personal stories from LGBTQ youth, parents, siblings, educators, social service providers, coaches & others to help educate the broader public about the critical importance of affirming, accepting & supporting our LGBTQ young people & the harms these youth face when their families & communities reject them. Because stories like these have incredible power the Foundation will share these narratives with the hope that they will serve to inspire, to create communities, to heal families & to change the broader culture to ensure a bright future for all LGBTQ young people. Building on Vice President & Dr. Biden’s commitment to equality the Biden Foundation is working to leverage existing networks & institutions to support, serve & advocate for LGBTQ communities. The Biden Foundation is dedicated to working toward a future where all people are treated with dignity & respect, including LGBTQ people. 
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