Friday, September 30, 2016

Major reports: HIV, CA anti-discrimination order, UNHRC appointment

There is a new report, with videos, called “HIV: The Long View” discussing barriers to long term care for people with HIV, link here.
I may be getting an article written by the group, in New York City and Red Bank NJ.

One question of concern to me would be how common new HIV infection is occurring today specifically among gay men.  Among younger men in a campus setting, could it interact with other specific health threats like Meningitis (especially type B)?

In another matter, California Governor Jerry Brown has signed an executive order to protect LGBTQ students from discrimination at private universities, Equality California link here.

The United Nations Human Rights Council has posted a Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expert, Vintit Muntarbhorn from Thailand. 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Center Global reception in October; Adoption Information Forum at DC Center in November

Center Global, of the DC Center, will hold its 4th Annual Reception on Thursday Oct. 6, 2016 in Washington DC in the Chastleton Ballroon on 16th St.  The basic ticket is $20 and it appears you must have a Paypal account to reserve it (the account can be linked to a credit card for automatic refreshing).  There are many enhanced sponsorship levels.  On the other hand, some CG events (like monthly dinners) are closed.

There will be an event on Oct. 19 regarded undocumented GLBT, details here.  The story of Washington Post reporter Jose Vargas comes to mind (Movies: May 30, 2014).

The DC Center will also sponsor an Adoption Information Night Nov. 16, details on Facebook here.  The event would seem to be of interest mostly to same-sex couples, but there is increasing, if guarded acceptance (and maybe even need) for singles to adopt.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Debate Party at Number 9 in Washington DC

Last night I attended a “debate party” at Number 9 in Washington DC, near Logan Circle.

Both levels were packed by the time the debate started.  It became impossible to even get to the top of the stairs.

The crowd acted as if Hillary Clinton won the debate with a blowout (see the TV blog).

AGLA was there, but it was impossible to find anyone by the time the debate started. 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Trip to New York: connections to a gay short film in a bar

I did indeed visit the Big Apple this weekend to see the play "Lured" (about the way the Russian 2013 anti-gay propaganda law goads anti-gay violence) and to be interviewed by someone with a connection to the Paul Rosenfels Community and the former Ninth Street Center.

I did visit the Therapy on the upper West Side in the Theater District, still no cover and still a lively dance bar.  That was Saturday night, and everyone knew what had happened in Chelsea.

Sunday night I visited the Toolbox, on the Upper East Side, site of the short film "Seeking Jack Tripper" which had played in DC Shorts.

Yes, I was near the site of the Chelsea blast Saturday night, and made video, which I have posted on Wordpress blogs so far.  There will be more to say later.  Call it being in the wrong place at the right time. 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Big picture on LGBTQ asylum seekers continues to get more nuanced

I’ve come across some more important stories on LTGTQ asylum seekers.

One was a story by John Riley from the Metro Weekly in May, 2016.  A number of people have come here with partners or on work or student visas and gotten “stuck” when visas expired, and have sought asylum.  You can’t work for the first six months after seeking it.  In a number of cases, people have been housed by private resources with little public attention, but there has been more attention to this since the summer of this year than before.

There is an organization which focuses on LGBTQ in North Africa and the Middle East (MENA). Called Spectra, link here.
Today, on “Who wants to be a millionaire?” there was a question about which group was barred from immigration before 1990, and the correct answer was gays (not unwed mothers).  The change in immigration law in 1990 is documented here, and the change with regard to HIV occurred in 2010 (CDC).

There is an increase in stories about abusive landlords and Central American asylum seekers,  in general, like in Washington’s City Paper.

Monday, September 12, 2016

I missed the Gays Against Guns DC demo Sept. 6, Facebook instructions confusing; Blade has details

Chris Johnson in the Washington Blade reports the development of a video about gun safety, by a survivor of the Pulse massacre, Chris Hayden, with video link here.

And Michel Laver report on a die-in outside the Rayburn building on Sept. 6, by the DC Chapter of Gays Against Guns, Code PINK, and WERK for Peace, link here.  The Group’s Facebook page is here  but doesn’t always have clear directions.

I attempted to find it around 1 PM Sept. 6 and did not find it.  Instead I checked Capitol Street South (as directed), and looked around the Supreme Court but did not think of walking a little further down Independence to find the Rayburn Building.

The Blade also has a front page story by Lou Chibarro, Jr. about the FBI arrest of a man in Florida for explicitly threatening a repeat of the Pulse attack at other locations in Florida, using Nazi-like ideology. The FBI moved in after the man was caught in a routine traffic violation by local police.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Trump seems vague on LGBT, even undocumented, in the military; the first lesbian Miss America contest

Two big stories this morning, and given time constraints (on me) I’ll let the original reporters speak for themselves.

A lesbian activist asked Donald Trump (at the NBC national security debate with Hillary Clinton, hosted by a permissive Marr Lauer) how he would handle LGBT, especially trans now (integration just starting) and also undocumented people in the military (which I was surprised could happen), Christ Johnson story here. Trump was non-committal but not necessarily hostile.  He seems to be aware that he LGBTQ vote can matter.

And Monica Hesse has a story in the Washington Post about lesbian Miss America candidate Erin O’Flaherty.