Far From Home

On any given day, as many as 10,000 LGBTQ young people do not have a safe place to sleep. In some U.S. cities, 30% of the homeless adult population is LGBTQ. Alphonso David, the President of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), testified in a hearing before the House Financial Services Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee addressing anti-LGBTQ discrimination in housing and lending.

“No one should be turned away from an apartment, kicked out of their home, or sent back to the street simply because of who they are or whom they love. LGBTQ people and our families demand fair and equal access to housing opportunities. We want affordable homes, we want quality schools, and we want to feel safe when we lay our heads down at night,” said HRC President Alphonso David.

Source: HRC

Musical Chairs

Monica Toro Lisciandro, a teacher specializing in musical theater at Covenant Christian School in Palm Bay, was quickly fired after the school received an anonymous call complaining about Lisciandro’s personal relationship with a woman and her participation in LGBTQ+ support groups.

“I want kids to see me and know that you can be a Christian and you can be gay. You can be gay, you can teach at a Christian school,” Lisciandro told Florida Today.

Palm Bay community members derailed the process of passing a human rights ordinance in 2016 that would have included LGBTQ+ individuals.

The school is now “aggressively pursuing another teacher to finish the class and (direct) our play.” Yeah, good luck finding another musical theater teacher to replace the ousted LGBTQ one.


Can’t Hold Us Down

New York-based center Apicha Community Health Center, which serves people of color and the LGBT+ community, was told that it could not run Facebook ads to promote public awareness of PrEP because it “hadn’t been authorized to run ads about social issues, elections or politics.” Well, at least that’s the official response Facebook provided.

Facebook and CEO Mark Zuckerberg have recently received Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s wrath, and plenty of media coverage, for allowing political ads promoting downright lies to run on its platform. So obviously lies are ok, but ads promoting education and awareness are the devil.

Since the removal of the ads, Apicha Center has taken matters into their own hands. Their team took to Instagram to post content created by and featuring API men talking about PrEP.