Feed the Gays

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Jimmy Kimmel broke down last week’s headline-making ruling allowing a California bakery to refuse to make cakes for same-sex weddings in a way that should make it easy to understand for everyone why this ruling is a problem.

How Homosexuality actually benefits Evolution

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This talk from Dr. James O’Keefe MD gives us a deeply personal and fascinating insight into why homosexuality is indeed a necessary and extraordinarily useful cog in nature’s wheel of perfection.

Two Gay Dads making the World a bit of a better Place

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Rob Scheer wants to make sure no other child in the foster care system has an experience like the ones he and his children had. Warning: descriptions of abuse. Submitted by Kimmo

Homeless Queer Youth in the UK

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Over 10,000 young queer people were made homeless in the UK last year, new figures show. Freedom of information requests from 234 councils across the country show 45,000 18-24 year-olds came forward to local authorities in past year.

Figures from the Albert Kennedy Trust show that of young homeless people in the UK, about 25% are queer. Therefore, of the astonishingly high number of young people who have come forward to say they are either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless – an estimated 11,250 are queer.

However, with more than 100 local authorities not providing information – the Guardian reports the real number could be much higher.

The AKT figures make the LGBTI representation among homeless young teens hugely disproportionate. Additionally, they also show coming out is the reason nearly four in five of the young LGBTI teens AKT spoke to become homeless.

Moreover, once homeless, queer youth are more likely to experience targeted violence and discrimination. They are also more likely to abuse drugs, face sexual exploitation, and take more risks in their sex lives.

Speaking at the announcement of their partnership with National Student Pride, Tim Sigsworth, CEO of the Albert Kennedy Trust says:

“AKT believe that youth homelessness is the most pressing human rights issue facing the UK LGBT+ community. No young person should have to choose between a safe home and being who they are.”

Gay singer Troye Sivan has spoken out about LGBTI homeless youth

Troye Sivan spoke to queer kids in New York about being homeless. The singer visited the Ali Forney Center in New York City and spoke to three LGBTI youth aiming to turn their lives around.

Sivan met Skye, Maddox and Lala, who all had their different reasons for being homeless. The three are part of the centre’s youth ambassador program and are looking to, and working on, turning their lives around.

“As a community, we’ve come so far,” Sivan said. “But we clearly have a very, very, very long way to go. Now it’s my job, and our job, to keep pushing that forward and keep moving things in the right direction.”

Some Senior Advice

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When these folks were teenagers just realising they might be gay, the idea that they could be allowed to actually marry the person they end up loving some day probably seemed crazy to them.

Just imagine what we could achieve from here on, where we could be once the current queer teen generation turned into seniors.

Gay Conversion “Therapy”

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Conversion therapy is the practice of “curing” gay people by trying to turn them straight through counselling and lifestyle restrictions. At the Journey into Manhood program, men pay more than $600 to attend a weekend retreat where they participate in exercises and activities the staff members claim will help them battle their same-sex ­orientation. The only qualification to become a staff member is to have successfully completed the program.

The report meets with the founder of reparative therapy, Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, who is illegally practising on minors in the State of California, and investigates the controversial legal battle to fight conversion therapy for individuals under 18 years of age.

It also attends the annual Gay Christian Network Conference and features interviews with former “ex-gay” leaders including John Smid of Love in Action, who is now married to his gay partner, and hears the gruelling stories of the individuals who have survived this brutal practice.

Cult Kids: Brainwashed by the Westboro Baptist Church

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This documentary follows the story of the Westboro Baptist Church as families split and children were brainwashed into picketing funerals and bashing gays. A look into the lives of one of America’s most despised organisations.