Jerusalem House, Atlanta's oldest and largest provider of housing for homeless and low-income individuals affected by HIV/AIDS, is in the running for a $250,000 grant from the Home Depot Foundation.
The local nonprofit was also awarded a $25,000 grant last year as part of the Aprons in Action campaign where users of the social networking site Facebook voted for one of three nonprofits per month.
Each of the monthly finalists will now have one month to secure as many votes for their organization as possible. Click here to vote: https://www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation?sk=app_112064278918490
Jerusalem House had this to say on its Facebook page:
Some 1,200 people have signed a petition on Change.org calling for PBS and the makers of children's show “Sesame Street” to let perennial roommates Bert and Ernie marry. The petition, created by Lair Scott, was posted two days ago. A Facebook page created for the cause has 400 fans.
The petition reads:
In this horrific age of LGBT kids taking their own lives, they need to know that they ARE BEAUTIFUL and their lives are worth living. Aside from those that are committing suicide, the bullies that facilitate these tragedies need to learn that homophobia is NOT okay. They need to know that acceptance of their fellow human beings would indeed plant a seed of peace that will reverberate throughout the world. We are not asking that Sesame Street do anything crude or disrespectful. Only that they allow Bert & Ernie to marry or even add a transgender character to the show. It can be done in a tasteful way. Let us teach tolerance of those that are different. Let Sesame Street and PBS Kids be a big part in saving many worthy lives.
Despite attack on gay men, St. Lucia not homophobic
Re: “Gay Atlanta men attacked in St. Lucia hate crime” (March 6 and March 18)
As a St Lucian I know that anti-gay bias is not the sentiment of the whole island. Most people on the island are grew up in the Catholic Church and we all know about anti-gay preaching all over the world. It is not the teachings of “Black preachers” as someone mentioned... I grew up in a church lead by white American/Canadian priests. The attack was based on the ignorance of a few men. I am very sorry about what happened to the men because no one should have to go through an attack like that while on vacation. That is not the St Lucia I remember, it truly is paradise. Just want everyone reading this to know that the men who attacked the tourists were ignorant and do not represent the entire population.
Credited with helping fuel uprisings in faraway places such as Egypt and Libya, Facebook is also revolutionizing the gay rights movement — and the overall LGBT experience — across the United States.
The social networking site was the primary tool used by grassroots organizers in numerous cities throughout the country as they planned protests in response to the passage of Prop 8, the gay marriage ban, in California in 2008. It has amplified the visibility of gay-affirming campaigns such as National Coming Out Day and the National Day of Silence, and provided broad exposure for new initiatives including the No H8 photo project and National Spirit Day, when people were encouraged to wear purple and infuse purple into their profile photo to express solidarity against anti-gay bullying.
But Facebook’s effect on LGBT lives has been far more personal than organizing and getting the word out about gay events. For LGBT adults, the site has dramatically altered the coming-out process — either making it easier by replacing countless, emotionally wrought conversations with friends, co-workers and people from one’s past, or complicating the effort to remain closeted when every status update or photo you post is showered with flattering comments from people of the same sex.
Facebook — where you can read all about the ups and downs of people's relationships — is now adding "In a Civil Union" and "In a Domestic Partnership" to its relationship statuses.
Some LGBT people are able to record their relationships as "married" because they've been married in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, New Hampshire, Vermont, or Washington, D.C , the few states that have legalized same-sex marriage.
But now in a move for more inclusivity, Facebook is adding more options for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people who can't legally married but are in legal relationships.
Re: “Why our ‘Queer of the Year’ is now our ‘Person of the Year’” (www.thegavoice.com, Dec. 28, and discussion at www.facebook.com/thegavoice)
"I think I’d rather be called queer than gay. I’m not really sure why; I’ve just always liked the word better."
"The definition states strange, unusual, etc. There is nothing strange about me. There is nothing strange about us as a group."
"I embrace being queer."