Showing posts with label LGBT. Show all posts
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November 10, 2018

Half of UK Have Experienced Depression, 52% For Gays

More than half of LGBT people in the UK have experienced depression in the past year, according to a LGBT charity.
Stonewall says 52% of the 5,000 lesbian, gay, bi and transgender people it surveyed said they'd struggled with it.
That's higher than average - mental health charity Mind says that, in the general population, 25% suffer from a mental health issue each year.
"The results are alarming but sadly they're not surprising," says NHS clinical psychologist Chris Wilson.
"They do reflect what we see in clinical practice."

'I was always called names'

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Image captionBree says she was worried her love for playing football at school would make her a target
Bree, who's 19 and lives in London, says she's struggled with her mental health because of her experiences as a young gay teen.
"When I was at school, I was always the butt of the gay jokes and it made me feel ill," she tells Radio 1 Newsbeat. 
"I guess you'd say I'm your stereotypical lesbian. So at school I was always called names at every opportunity they had."
When she realised she was gay at 13, Bree says she was "terrified" her friends would find out because of their homophobia towards LGBT people.
"It's really depressing to realise that everyone around you thinks that you're disgusting and you can't actually do anything to change it."
Bree says she's now "comfortable" with herself and her sexuality, but even now says she suffers from anxiety when she is in public with her girlfriend.
"On the depression side of things, things are a lot better now, but you still do get that anxiety when you go out and you feel like you could be outed," she says.

'It was a tough place to be inside my head'

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Image captionCharlie, not pictured, struggled with alcohol addiction for 10 years
Charlie, not his real name, 29, says the mental health problems he experienced as a teen later led to alcohol problems.
He's only recently been able to deal with them.
"It was a tough place to be inside my head," the 29-year-old says. 
"There was no education on mental health and no education on LGBT issues - or even the existence of LGBT people in a normal, functioning role in society." 
Charlie says he began using alcohol in his late teens to feel more confident and "forget about all the stuff that was inside my head".
"From the age of eight to at least 16 or 17 I had to hide what I was feeling. 
"As those emotions got harder to deal with, it was harder to hide them and that caused a lot of strain on my brain, which led me to develop anxiety and depression throughout my teenage years."
Charlie is now in rehabilitation for alcohol addiction, but says he's sad to think of what he's "missed out on" during his life due to his mental health issues.
He urges young LGBT people to speak to someone they trust if they are experiencing mental health issues.

June 3, 2018

Cuba Formalize Constitutional Reforms After The Castro's Exit, LGBT Hope For Piece of the Little Pie

Cuban President Miguel Diaz Canel applauds former President Raul Castro at the Cuban Parliament at the Convention Palace in Havana, on 2 June 2018
Presidential term limits and the legalization of same-sex marriage are amongst reforms being proposed by Cuba's national assembly.
The intention is to constitutionally formalize the island's economic and social opening-up while maintaining the "irrevocable nature of socialism".
Former President Raúl Castro will lead the potential reforms, President Miguel Diaz-Canel has announced.
Mr. Díaz-Canel took over from Mr. Castro as the country's leader in April. 
The Castro brothers, first Fidel and them Raul. ruled the country between 1959 and 2018.
Mr. Díaz-Canel is an avowed socialist. In his inaugural address, he declared that there was "no room in Cuba for those who strive for the restoration of capitalism"
The last constitutional reform in 2002 decreed that the socialist character of the political system in Cuba was "irrevocable".
Most ordinary Cubans are keen to see what the parliament will decide on the island's economic and social future.
The BBC's Cuba correspondent, Will Grant, reports that small business owners are hoping for Cuba's movement towards a more mixed economy, while LGBT rights activists are hopeful there will be an acceptance of changes to the concept of marriage as strictly between a man and a woman.
There is no timetable for the constitutional reforms to take place and any reforms are likely to be gradual, our correspondent cautions. 

May 25, 2018

On New Gallup Poll Self Identified LGBT Has Risen 4.5%

                 Not More Gay Babies Born Gay But More LGBT Are Identifying as Such

  • The rise in LGBT identification mostly among millennials
  • LGBT identification is lower among older generations
  • 5.1% of women identify as LGBT, compared with 3.9% of men
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The percentage of American adults identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) increased to 4.5% in 2017, up from 4.1% in 2016 and 3.5% in 2012 when Gallup began tracking the measure. The latest estimate is based on over 340,000 interviews conducted as part of Gallup's daily tracking in 2017. Gallup's LGBT estimates are based on those respondents who say "yes" when asked, "Do you, personally, identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender?" Extrapolation to the latest census estimate of adults 18 and older in the U.S. suggests that more than 11 million adults identify as LGBT in the country today.

U.S. Adults Identifying as LGBT, 2012-2017
Do you, personally, identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender?

% LGBT3.

The expansion in the number of Americans who identify as LGBT is driven primarily by the cohort of millennials, defined as those born between 1980 and 1999. The percentage of millennials who identify as LGBT expanded from 7.3% to 8.1% from 2016 to 2017, and is up from 5.8% in 2012. By contrast, the LGBT percentage in Generation X (those born from 1965 to 1979) was up only .2% from 2016 to 2017. There was no change last year in LGBT percentage among baby boomers (born 1946 through 1964) and traditionalists (born prior to 1946).
LGBT identification is lower as age increases, although there is a particularly large jump between millennials and those in the next oldest generation, defined as Generation X. 

The roughly one-percentage-point increase (0.8 points) in LGBT identification among millennials from 2016 to 2017 is the biggest year-to-year increase among any age group since tracking began in 2012. In contrast, the percentage of traditionalists and baby boomers who identify as LGBT has declined slightly since 2012, while the LGBT percentage among Generation X is up slightly. Gender Gap in LGBT Identification Expands
Women continue to be more likely to identify as LGBT than men, and this gender gap expanded last year.
Overall, 5.1% of women in 2017 identified as LGBT, compared with 3.9% of men. The change among men over time has been minimal, with the LGBT percentage edging up from 3.4% in 2012 to 3.7% both last year and this year. On the other hand, the percentage of women identifying as LGBT has risen from 3.5% in 2012 to 5.1% today, with the largest jump occurring between 2016 and 2017.

Percentage of U.S. Adults Identifying as LGBT by Gender and Race/Ethnicity, 2012-2017

White, non-Hispanic3.
Black, non-Hispanic4.
Asian, non-Hispanic3.

The LGBT percentage has risen among all race and ethnic groups since 2012, although not on an equal basis. Hispanics and Asians have seen the greatest increase, thus contributing the most on a relative basis to the uptick in LGBT identification nationwide. Whites and blacks have seen the least change.
The relative rank order of the LGBT percentages among these four race and ethnic groups has remained roughly the same over the last several years. At 6.1%, Hispanics continue to be the single race or ethnic group most likely to identify as LGBT, while the 4.0 % of whites who identify as LGBT remains the lowest. LGBT identification among blacks and Asians, 4.9% and 5.0%, respectively, is essentially midway between the estimates for Hispanics and whites.
LBGT Identification Highest Among Lower Income Groups
LGBT identification is more common among those with lower incomes, as has been the case consistently since 2012. The income gap is larger this year than it has been, with 6.2% of those making less than $36,000 a year in household income identifying as LGBT, compared with 3.9% of those making $90,000 or more. There are no major differences in LGBT identification by educational attainment, although the percentage of postgraduates who self-reported as LGBT is slightly lower than those with less formal education.

Percentage of U.S. Adults Identifying as LGBT by Annual Household Income and Educational Attainment, 2012-2017

Less than $36,0004.
$36,000 to <$90,0003.
$90,000 or more3.
High school or less3.
Some college3.
College graduate2.

Bottom Line
This 2017 update on LGBT identification underscores two significant conclusions. First, the percentage of adults in the U.S. who identify as LGBT has been increasing and is now at its highest point across the six years of Gallup's tracking of this measure. Second, the increase has been driven almost totally by millennials, whose self-reports of being LGBT have risen from 5.2% six years ago to 8.1% today. Baby boomers and traditionalists have actually become slightly less likely to identify as LGBT since 2012, while the LGBT percentage among Gen Xers has risen only marginally.
As LGBT demographic expert Dr. Gary Gates noted in his report on Gallup data last year: "A variety of factors can affect the willingness of adults to identify as LGBT. These can include how comfortable and confident survey respondents feel about the confidentiality and privacy of data collected." Thus, it is possible that those in the younger generation who are LGBT are feeling increasingly comfortable over time with their sexual orientation, and thus are more likely to identify as such. Self-reported LGBT identification among older Americans is much more stable.
Self-identification as LGBT is only one of a number of ways of measuring sexual and gender orientation. The general grouping of these four orientations (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) into one question involves significant simplification and other measurement techniques which ask about each of these categories individually yield different estimates. Additionally, self-identification of sexual orientation can be distinct from other measures which tap into sexual behavior or attraction.
The value of the Gallup data is the use of a constant question wording over time and the largest yearly sample sizes of any effort to measure sexual and gender orientation in the U.S. (the Census does not regularly include such questions in its population updates). Therefore, the upward trajectory in these estimates of the LGBT adult population provides an important social indicator relating to this key aspect of contemporary American society.

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These 2017 results are based on telephone interviews with a random sample of 340,604 U.S. adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, collected from Jan. 2 to Dec. 30, 2017, as part of the Gallup Daily tracking survey and the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index survey. Estimates for years 2013-2016 are based on similar sample sizes, with the estimate for 2012 about half as large. The margin of error for each year of data collection is ±0.1 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. Margins of error for population subgroups are larger depending on sample size. All reported margins of sampling error include computed design effects for weighting.
The 2017 sample of national adults includes a minimum quota of 70% cellphone respondents and 30% landline respondents, with additional minimum quotas by time zone within a region. Landline and cellular telephone numbers are selected using random-digit-dial methods.
Learn more about how Gallup Daily tracking works.

May 5, 2018

Chicago Man Who Threatened Pulse-Style Massacre Tracked Down, Then Let Go!

 Shane Sleeper reportedly planned to gun down members of his local LGBT community at gay bars.

Police in Illinois have located a suspect accused of planning terror attacks on gay bars after mistakenly releasing him from jail.
Shane Sleeper, 31, was initially arrested by police in February and has been held in jail since then. Originally, he faced misdemeanor charges of obstructing and resisting a police officer. The state attorney’s office later dropped those charges, but only to streamline the process of charging Sleeper with a felony for making a terrorist threat. (Previously, Sleeper had announced plans to “[make] Orlando come to Chicago” by gunning down members of the LGBT community at Chicago gay bars.)

Chicago Police Department
But wires were crossed when the attorney’s office failed to notify local police of the reason behind the change—and when jail officials saw that Sleeper’s misdemeanor charges were dropped on May 1, he was released from custody.
“We were never notified by the State’s Attorney’s office or the Chicago Police Department that he was to be indicted on felony charges,” a spokesperson from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office told NBC Chicago.
Local authorities quickly banded together once news of the mishap came to light, and Sleeper was tracked down this afternoon, less than two days after his accidental release. He was arrested without incident around 12:30pm on Chicago’s North Side, reports The Chicago Tribune.
A man charged with threatening violence at gay bars in Lakeview was taken into custody Thursday afternoon, two days after he was accidentally released from Cook County Jail, officials said.
Shane Sleeper was arrested without incident at about 12:30 p.m. on the North Side by the sheriff’s fugitive apprehension unit, according to Cara Smith, policy chief for Cook County Sherif Tom Dart.
Officials say an apparent communication breakdown between the state's attorney's office and the sheriff's office led to the release of Sleeper, 31, on Tuesday night.
Sleeper was arrested in February and initially charged with misdemeanor charges of obstructing and resisting a peace officer, according to Smith. In one of his threats, Sleeper allegedly said “Orlando will come to Chicago,’’ an apparent reference to the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla.
On Tuesday, the misdemeanor charges were dismissed and felony charges of state terrorism, hate crime and harassment were filed against Sleeper, according to state’s attorney’s office spokesman Robert Foley. Sleeper was ordered held without bail.
Smith said the sheriff's office only knew of the misdemeanor charges being dismissed, not about new felony charges being filed against Sleeper. So he was released.
“Preliminarily, it appears that the only cases he was being held on were dismissed and the sheriff’s office was never notified of any additional charges that were brought,’’ Smith said. “We were never notified. Our phones are on 24 hours a day. We complied with the only court order we received."
But Foley countered that the sheriff’s office is responsible for custody of defendants.
“Mr. Sleeper was in custody when the sheriff’s office brought him to court yesterday,’’ Foley said in emailed statement. “He was arraigned in a felony trial court room, where he was assigned a no bail status and left in the custody of the sheriff’s office.”
During the hearing before Cook County Judge Matthew Coghlan, Sleeper was arraigned on charges of falsely making a terrorist threat, a hate crime, harassment through electronic communications, criminal trespassing, stalking, assault, false personation of a police officer and telephone harassment, Foley said.

April 28, 2018

The "T" on LGBT Does Not Stands For "Gay" But "Trans" NYT Does Not Know That

 The New York Times ran a headline last summer: "In One Day, Trump Administration Lands 3 Punches Against Gay Rights." But the first punch that day had nothing do with with gay rights: It was "a tweet from President Trump announcing a ban on transgender people serving in the military."
The Times — which I get delivered, read daily, and which makes up 92% of my recycling — gets this wrong a lot.
adamfoxie🦊 totally agree with Dominic Holden (Buzzfeed) on this opinion editorial. I understand "Gay" has been used by me and others as a universal term to make things simpler for others but this is no longer so and is unfair for the Transgender and Transexual communities to be bulked in with a majority (G) of this minority (T) clasification. When we talk about human and civil rights is good to know who we are referring to in a particular way.
But this isn’t just about the Times. It’s about how transgender people are understood in America. Misconceptions about gender identity frequently animate prejudices against transgender people, driving many of the stories about them that become news. Media should clear up those misunderstandings, not fuel them.
Referring to transgender issues as “gay” reinforces the myth that transgender people are defined by sexual predilection. Look no further than campaigns to deny transgender people's access to restrooms to see how their gender identity is equated with dangerous sexuality.
I've covered LGBT issues for more than three years at BuzzFeed News. I'm gay as a basket of rainbows, for the record, and I’ll admit that I’ve bungled my words on trans issues a few times, particularly on Twitter. There were times I thought the language of LGBT politics was too pedantic or repetitive, especially to unfamiliar readers. But I was wrong — and so is the Times.
When the Times covered the death of LGBT advocacy lawyer David Buckel this month, the headline called him a "gay rights" champion. But one of his career-defining accomplishments, which the article noted above his work for marriage equality, was a landmark lawsuit over the murder of a transgender man.
The paper also routinely calls LGBT organizations “gay rights groups” in stories about trans issues. In an especially awkward example, it reported on “gay rights advocates who were angered by Mr. Trump’s abrupt decision to bar transgender people from any military job.”
The Times prizes its loyalty to the facts. But the fact is, many transgender people don’t identify as gay.
According to the US Transgender Survey of 2015, the largest and most recent report of its type, a majority of transgender people aren’t straight or gay — rather, researchers found they identified as queer, gay, straight, bisexual, and asexual.
But anti-LGBT activists work hard to conflate gender identity with sexuality. A campaign this year in Massachusetts claims transgender people are suffering from “gender confusion” and warns that a state nondiscrimination law enables “sexual predators who claim ‘confusion’ about their gender as a cover for their evil intentions.”
Or check out the Family Research Council, which seeks to roll back LGBT rights. In its 2015 report titled Understanding and Responding to the Transgender Movement, it says that the “three major patterns of transgender desire” all have erotic motives: males attracted to males, those with a sexual fetish for cross-dressing, and females attracted to females.
That is, the group contends most transgender people are basically gay.
The Times sometimes gets the distinction right — referring to transgender issues as such, and running “LGBTQ” in headlines — but it’s not the standard, according to its guidelines.
Danielle Rhoades Ha, a spokesperson for the Times, sent me an email citing the company’s stylebook entry, which says “LGBT” should be used “sparingly outside quotes; the abbreviation is cumbersome if used repeatedly, and it may still be unfamiliar to some readers.”
It may be true that some Times readers don’t know the meaning of LGBT. But a scan of recent Times headlines shows lots of shorthand terms that might be unfamiliar to some readers: “DACA,” “ACLU,” and “Pruitt” aren’t universally known, either.
“Certainly there are times when in looking for shorthand descriptions, we stumble over this,” said Rhoades Ha, adding that “we should avoid conflating gay and transgender issues (though of course many organizations, laws etc. deal with both).”
The Times often refers to those LGBT organizations as "gay rights" groups — such as herehere, and here — including the Human Rights Campaign and GLAAD.
“All media outlets, including the New York Times, should clearly identify whether an issue affects the entire LGBTQ community or if it only affects a specific part of the community,” Sue Yacka-Bible, a spokesperson for GLAAD, which advocates for accurate media coverage on LGBT matters, said by email.
Yacka-Bible noted the Trump administration has singled out transgender people in some of its recent moves, adding, "When discussing the proposed ban on transgender military service or legislation designed to exclude transgender people from public spaces like bathrooms, it's imperative that media be specific about who is being targeted by these attacks.”
Sarah McBride, the national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, said that while media coverage has improved across outlets, “We still sometimes see the use of troublesome and outdated terminology. As an LGBTQ civil rights organization, transgender equality lies at the heart of our work and mission, and we encourage reporting that reflects that community-wide reality.”
LGBT people share a common cause — they’re discriminated against for refusing to meet sex stereotypes and gender roles (like having same-sex partners or identifying differently from their sex designated at birth).
And yet, that connection does not erase what makes LGBTQ people different. Transgender people are subjected to a unique set of challenges, from rampant discrimination in health care to outsize rates of violence. So media coverage shouldn’t erase those challenges, either.
Dominic Holden is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. 
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