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Man arrested for allegedly setting teen on fire

Joseph Raymond ZeockA 61-year-old man who allegedly set fire to a male teen during a sexual encounter was arrested early Tuesday.

Joseph Raymond Zeock, 61, was arrested in Gwinnett County on Tuesday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The arrest came a day after Woodstock police put out an alert seeking help from the public to find Zeock. Zeock is charged with aggravated battery, first degree cruelty to children, false imprisonment and solicitation of sodomy.

According to an alert by the Woodstock Police issued today, "On July 12, 2011, at approximately 9:00 p.m., Woodstock Police Investigators responded to Grady Hospital in reference to a person injured. Upon arrival, Investigators met with a 17 year old male who stated that Joseph Raymond Zeock, also known as J.R., had set him on fire.

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First ‘Gaybie Hawkins Dance’ brings LGBT teens together for fun, fellowship

Queer youth in Cobb County are proclaiming their identities proudly and ready to show off on the dance floor with the first “Gaybie Hawkins Dance” — a way for LGBT teens from outside Atlanta to gather with others who are like them.

Planned for Feb. 18 and organized by the Metro Atlanta Queer & Allied Teens (MAQAT), the dance — a gay take on traditional Sadie Hawkins Dances — aims to become an annual party held near Valentine’s Day.

Being open about your sexual orientation and gender identity in the very socially conservative Cobb County (home of Newt Gingrich) is not easy, but is something queer teens want desperately to be able to do.

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Federal agencies work to address LGBT suicides

A national task force dedicated to suicide prevention among LGBT youth will be part of the new National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. The Alliance, launched by Secretary of Health Kathleen Sebelius and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in September, is a public-private partnership supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration.

Pamela S. Hyde, administrator of SAMHSA, revealed the plan for an LGBT youth task force in a five-page letter sent last month in response to an inquiry from leaders of the U.S. House’s LGBT Equality Caucus.

The task force will be led by Charles Robbins, head of The Trevor Project, which operates an LGBT youth suicide prevention program nationwide, and Kevin Jennings, the Department of Education’s Assistant Deputy Secretary for the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools. Jennings, an openly gay appointee, founded the Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network.

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By the numbers: New York City teenage sex statistics

6.9 Percent of sexually active male teens in a New York City survey who said they had sex either with males and females or only other males. 11.9 Percent of sexually active female teens in the survey who said t...
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Candlelight vigil planned for Saturday to commemorate recent gay teen suicides

A candlelight vigil is planned for Saturday to commemorate the rash of suicides in the past few weeks of several LGBT young people due to bullying.

The Atlanta chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence known as the Order of the Flaming Sugarbakers are organizing the vigil, called "A Time to Remember," that will begin at Brushstrokes in Ansley Mall at 7:30 p.m. and then march to 10th and Piedmont.

“[The suicides] are breaking our hearts,” said Rick Westbrook, aka Rapture Divine Cox. “We’ve all dealt with bullying growing up. We want our queer youth to know that it does get better.

“We want to remember the people who thought they had to end their lives and let them know it gets better and there are people who can help them make it stop,” he added.

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Parents should admire gay prom teen’s courage

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Helping gay youth ‘Evolve’

There is no charge for admission to “Evolve!,” YouthPride’s largest fundraiser of the year, so organizers hope attendees will give generously to help prevent suicide by providing counseling for LGBT and questioning youth ages 13-24.