Alex Blaze


Filed By Alex Blaze | May 19, 2007 2:00 PM | comments

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  • The New York Times profiles gay homeless youth shelters:
    One girl said she started living on the streets after her mother beat her for dressing like a boy. Another said she ran away from home after her father pulled a gun on her for hanging around with so many "tomboys." A third said she left home after a family acquaintance raped her because she was a lesbian and he wanted to "straighten her out." But gathered at Ruth's House, a 10-bed emergency shelter for gay homeless youths here in east Detroit, they all said that for the first time they felt safe.
  • The American Prospect examines how studies that seem to support traditional gender roles pick up more media traction than studies that show the opposite:
    It seems that a researcher can garner more press just by publishing a study with results that social conservatives wish to hear. And if the research doesn't suit conservatives' worldview, they can always find a way to twist it. Take, for example, the "Queen Bee" syndrome: the idea that women in managerial positions wish to remain the only females at that level of power and achieve this by sabotaging the careers of other women. The "Queen Bees" were a hot topic of discussion in conservative circles of the internet a few months ago. Why? Because a sociological study, not about "Queen Bees" at all, found that women rated the promotion chances of a fictional female manager as lower than did the men in the same study, and the researchers of the study decided to call this "prejudice."
  • Human Rights Watch released their yearly homophobic "Hall of Shame":
    Under a provision supported by the Bush administration, however, at least one-third of PEPFAR prevention funds must be spent on programs promoting abstinence until marriage. These programs discriminate against lesbians and gays and put their health at risk. Since lesbians and gays cannot marry in most countries, including all 15 PEPFAR countries, abstinence programs convey a message that there is no safe way for them to have sex, and deny them information that could save their lives.
  • Keith Boykin thanks Jerry Falwell for giving him a start in writing:
    As young people are exposed to new ideas and meet new people, they gradually begin to challenge the bigoted dogma taught to them by their parents and grandparents. Falwell was 73 when he died, but I can guarantee you that the world in which he lived will not be here 73 years from now. The days are numbered when men like Falwell can exploit the public fear of change to support their bigotry. In due time, he and his peers will be exposed and judged by society for choosing the wrong side of history.
  • Jim Burroway investigates Paul Cameron's admiration of a Nazi:
    In other words, Cameron writes about Rudolph Höss, a notorious war criminal who was executed for his crimes after the war, because Höss's theories of homosexuality matches Cameron's.

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