HHNY COAT DRIVE FOR THE DOOR YOUTH CENTER- TONIGHT
Help out those in need this winter season and bring your warm clothing to HHNY for donation to The Door. Please bring new or gently worn clean items of winter clothing for donation and help change lives! Complimentary wine and cheese for those who donate
24 Jan 2017 in Blog, by
This Dad Is Icing Gender Norms By Allowing His Boy To Dress Up As Elsa for Halloween
An amazing dad has proved that Disney princesses can be the costume choice of both boys and girls. Letting go and preconceptions of what his son should be wearing, he let Caiden pick what he wanted to wear this Halloween. And it turned out to be Elsa from Frozen. ‘Anyone that knows us, knows we generally let Caiden make his own choices, to an extent,’ he told his friends on Facebook. ‘Well, he has decided on a Halloween costume. He wants to be Elsa. He also wants me to be Anna. Game on.’ Challenge accepted. Game on Dad. ”Keep your masculine bullshit and slutty kids costumes, Halloween is about children pretending to be their favorite characters. Just so happens, this week his is a princess.’ ______ By Joe Morgan via Gay Star News
07 Oct 2015 in Blog, by
Pope Francis Gives Blessing To Author Of Gay Children’s Book
Pope Francis sent a blessing to the author of a children’s book that has been censored in Italy due to its same-sex themes. Francesca Pardi, author of Piccolo Uovo or Little Egg, received a letter dated July 9 from the Vatican’s secretariat of state. A blessing from Pope Francis was enclosed in the letter, according to Father Manuel Dorantes, assistant to the director of the Press Office of the Holy See. “His holiness is grateful for the thoughtful gesture and for the feelings which it evoked, hoping for an always more fruitful activity in the service of young generations and the spread of genuine human and Christian values,” wrote Rev. Msgr. Peter B. Wells, according to The Guardian. Piccolo Uovo traces the journey of an unhatched egg in search of a family. Along the way, it encounters different family structures, including two lesbian rabbits raising a family, a pair of gay penguins, a hippo who is a single parent and two kangaroos who have adopted polar bear cubs.     Pardi told the Guardian she was surprised to receive the letter, which came in response to a package of children’s books and a letter she sent to the pontiff in June. “It’s not that I think […]
31 Aug 2015 in Blog, by
Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Residence For Homeless LGBT Youth Celebrates Its 4-Year Anniversary
  Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Residence in Harlem, N.Y. is celebrating its upcoming four year anniversary as the shelter for homeless LGBT youth opened its doors for the first time four years ago in September 2011. Lauper’s 30-bed housing facility was designed for youth 18-24 and comes with indoor and outdoor community spaces and created with energy efficiency in mind. Residents do have to pay rent, but the rent is adjusted to the residents’ income level; counseling and job placement services are also available on the premises to assist residents. Lauper appeared before a Senate subcommittee on Capitol Hill earlier this year discussing efforts on alleviating homelessness among LGBT youth and addressing factors that lead to LGBT homeless. If you haven’t already, take a video tour of Lauper’s True Colors Residence and check out some of its amenities and services it offers, below: _____ By Anthony Costello via Towleroad  
26 Aug 2015 in Blog, by
Girl Scouts Choose Transgender Girls Over $100,000 Donation
Megan Ferland told Seattle Metropolitan that the Girl Scouts of Western Washington were “thrilled” to pull in a $100,000 donation earlier this year. Thrilled! And who wouldn’t be? One hundred thousand dollars is quite the haul. So, yeah, the reaction was pretty big, too. “We have these little clapper thingies, and the clappers go mad when we get that kind of gift,” Ferland, the council’s chief executive, told the magazine. But then Ferland learned that the gift came with a stipulation, Seattle Met reported: The donor wanted a promise that the money wouldn’t be used to support transgender girls. So that donation — all $100,000 of it — went back to the donor. “Girl Scouts is for every girl,” Ferland told the magazine. “And every girl should have the opportunity to be a Girl Scout if she wants to.” This week, the Girl Scouts of Western Washington set about trying to recoup the funds they thought they once had. They didn’t try to hit up the original donor again but instead started an online fundraising campaign. “$100,000 is a lot of money,” their Indiegogo page states. “In fact, it’s almost a third of our entire financial assistance program for this year — […]
03 Jul 2015 in Blog, by
…and the WINNER IS!!!
Among the thousands of people who marched in New York’s Pride March on Sunday was this little 8-year-old boy, who dazzled everyone with his fierce and fabulous strut. (Bonus points for on-point fan skills.) We don’t know the little fellow’s name, but he reminds us of what Pride is all about—the freedom to be yourself without shame or judgment.His mom actually posted a comment on the NewNowNext Facebook page, responding to questions about whether his appearance was “appropriate” “He has always been very gender fluid when it came to toys and his development. He preferred fashion dolls to action figures. I looked at both in the store and figured that the action figure was as much a doll as a Barbie, so if he wanted the one marketed to girls, that was fine with me. He also likes to play with trains, especially wooden subway trains. He never wanted to play sports and likes to draw pictures and do word searches. He goes to ballet class and loves to dance. He loves drag queens and thinks that it is fantastic that boys can play dress up and become beautiful girls, even after they grow up. He, himself, likes to play dress up in […]
01 Jul 2015 in Blog, by
Gay New Jersey High School State Wrestling Champ Comes Out On College Recruiting Trip
Gay high school wrestling champion Alec Donovan wants colleges recruiting him to know he’s gay. He hopes sharing his story will help other LGBT athletes struggling with who they are. It was on a recruiting trip to Limestone College in South Carolina that Alec Donovan finally answered “the question.” Donovan had just won the New Jersey high school state championship in the 145-pound division of the NJSIAA/Rothman Institute Wrestling Championships. Along with him on the recruiting trip was another New Jersey wrestler who had placed in the state tournament. “Rumor is you’re bisexual,” the other recruit said to him. “Is it true?” It had been a long journey for Donovan, once fraught with fear, depression and suicidal thoughts since realizing he was gay as a high school freshman. Now a senior approaching graduation, he had climbed out of the abyss all the way to a state title and a peace of mind. There were a select few close to him who knew his secret, but he had never shared it with other top wrestlers. “The rumor isn’t true,” Donovan told the other recruit. “I’m not bisexual… I’m gay.” The recruit was “cool with it” and found it fascinating. He asked Donovan if he could […]
11 May 2015 in Blog, by
Hip Hop It’s Easter! See What This Cute Little Bunny Is Wearing…We Heart Her!
Texas Shop Accuses Mother of ‘Child Abuse’ for Letting Daughter Wear Suit Mother Rachel Giordano stands by her 5-year-old ‘tomboy’ daughter Maddie, after being told by a salesperson that her support promotes the girl’s ‘wrong behavior.’ As Indiana and Arkansas contemplate codifying a “license to discriminate” against LGBT people in law, one Texas mother’s experience provides a troubling potential preview for gender-nonconforming shoppers. On Saturday, North Texas resident Rachel Giordano took her 5-year-old daughter Maddie on a trip to Denison clothier Martha’s Miniatures for a special treat: The young girl would get a formal outfit to celebrate Easter. When they arrived, Maddie made her usual choice and headed straight to the “boy’s” suit section, reports local news station KHON-TV. “She’s a tomboy. She’s preferred to dress in boys clothes since she was about 3 years old,” Giordano told the local network. “She just gets a suit every year. She looks for to it. … She’s kind of different. She just wants to wear a suit and tie, and Easter’s the perfect time for it because there’s always cute stuff out.” Giordano says she was happy to help her daughter pick the clothes she liked best, but it soon became clear that […]
05 Apr 2015 in Blog, by
It Does Get Better For LGBT And Questioning Youth
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning adolescents who face bullying and other types of abuse have been told in the media, “It gets better” – and new research supports that claim. In a multi-year study of LGBTQ youth, researchers found that being the victim of bullying and other abuse was linked to psychological distress, but both distress and victimization decreased as the adolescents grew up. “I think we should be very happy that it does get better, but I think it’s important not to forget victimization is important and happens very early,” said Michelle Birkett, the study’s lead author. “It’s not good enough to just wait. It should be tackled early on so kids don’t have to experience it.” “I want it to get better sooner,” said Birkett, a research scientist at the IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. LGBT youth are at increased risk of being bullied. For example, they were twice as likely as their peers to report being physically assaulted at school, in a survey of 10,000 teens by the U.S.-based Human Rights Campaign. In 2010, columnist and author Dan Savage created the “It Gets Better Project” in […]
29 Jan 2015 in Blog, by