Pink Everest: Nepal Appeals For Gay Tourists
Nepal wants you! Well, they want your money. Nepal is still considered a fairly conservative Hindu nation, but they are willing to put that aside if you want to visit. They badly need a piece of the multibillion-dollar gay tourist market because they believe it may help pull the nation out of poverty. So they have launched an international campaign to draw GLBT travelers to destinations in Nepal. Pretty amazing for a place, that just a few years ago, had police beating GLBT folks in the streets. Now, the issue of gay rights is almost not an issue at all. With many terribly progressive measures being singed into law, some of them focused on GLBT citizens, and with further expansion encountering little opposition, it is obvious Nepal is set to make lasting change for GLBT people.
Government Funds GLBT Senior Resource Center
Tuesday, the White House announced in February that it will issue a three-year, $900,000 contract to a coalition of GLBT senior organizations, including Boston’s LGBT Aging Project. This will be the first federally funded national resource center devoted to providing support and education for GLBT elders.
The Center will be responsible for educating mainstream service organizations about the existence and unique needs of the GLBT elder community; it will educate GLBT organizations about the existence of gay, lesbian bisexual, and transgender senior citizens, and it will also educate the GLBT community about planning ahead for future care needs as they age. I's say that's a plan for our future.
"We are delighted to be part of this groundbreaking collaboration," Lisa Krinsky, director of the LGBT Aging Project, said. "We are so pleased that the Administration on Aging has recognized LGBT older adults and caregivers. We look forward to working with our colleagues across the country to create this first-ever national Resource Center for LGBT elders."
Chilean LGBT Infrastructure Damaged By Earthquake
Reports are now coming in on how much the infrastructure for GLBT citizens in Chile has been disrupted since the earthquake. Chile’s forefront gay rights group, Movimiento de Integración y Liberación Homosexual (Homosexual Integration and Liberation Movement), just released preliminary findings on earthquake damage to the GLBTQ community infrastructure in Chile. The homes of many Chilean GLBTQ activists are in poor condition and many other activists are still missing. The Frida Kahlo Lesbian Cultural Center was completely destroyed and the command center of the Chilean AIDS Prevention Corporation and ACCIONGAY in Valparaíso was heavily damaged and is "ready to fall down." South of Santiago, in Paine, the gay pub Vunker "was rendered completely uninhabitable." "The most serious problem we are facing is that various activists have lost their relatives and friends," MOVILH said.
Report Questions Excluding Gays fFom Some Studies
It looks like some people still just want GLBTQ people to not be seen, not be heard, and not be counted. Three scientists, from the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, in a letter in the New England Journal of Medicine, have pointed to several dozen studies which require participants to be "in a reciprocal relationship with a person of the opposite sex." Now, there are lots of studies that should be exclusive, for scientific reasons, but the three scientists found restrictive studies on a drug for attention-deficit disorder, a treatment for those erection problems after cancer surgery, studies on sexual function in persons who have diabetes, depression sufferers, and benign enlargement of the prostate gland as men get older. None sound like they need a cloistered sample to be scientifically sound. One reason for this bias is that when a researcher seeks federal funds for their work, they must disclose why a study excludes a group based on gender, race or ethnicity. But guess what, we don't have that protection. No explanation is needed for exclusion based on sexual orientation. This cycle gets further perpetuated when future studies include participation criteria from earlier trials on a similar subject. It si a subtle form of discrimination, but it is still discrimination.
Episcopal Church Approves 2nd Gay Bishop
The Episcopal Church, further expressing its' support of GLBT folk, has approved the election of a lesbian assistant bishop in the Diocese of Los Angeles. Rev. Mary Glasspool of Baltimore is now the second openly gay bishop in the Anglican global fellowship, diocese officials said Wednesday. She is taking a lot of heat for her confirmation and having to endure some pretty ugly verbal abuse from conservatives, but said this in a printed statement, "I am ... aware that not everyone rejoices in this election and consent, and will work, pray and continue to extend my own hands and heart to bridge those gaps, and strengthen the bonds of affection among all people, in the name of Jesus Christ." Glasspool has a partner, who she met while working in Massachusetts. The two have been together since 1988. I'd say a celebration is in order!