Rainbow Bridges provides guidance on integrating LGBT refugees. (Photo: Claudia A. De La Garza/flickr via Feet in 2 Worlds)

A Guide to Helping LGBT Refugees Integrate

Immigration, LGBTQ May 3, 2012 at 5:33 pm

An increasing number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from across the world are flocking to the United States. Though their reception here in America is far from ideal, they are often fleeing worse discrimination. Some organizations are trying to help these refugees, and to show others how to do the same.

Rafi Daugherty was raised as a girl in an Orthodox community in the Midwest, but transitioned to his male identity as an adult. (Photo via The Jewish Daily Forward)

‘It Gets Better’ for LGBT Jews, Too

Culture, LGBTQ April 19, 2012 at 12:44 pm

To accompany the release of the “It Gets Better” book, based on the web series that urged LGBT teens to look forward to a brighter future, The Jewish Daily Forward published three young Jews’ accounts of their journey to adulthood.

LGBT Advocates Say State Budget for Homeless Youth Falls Short

LGBT Advocates Say State Budget for Homeless Youth Falls Short

Housing, LGBTQ April 16, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Since state funding to programs for runaway and homeless youth was drastically cut in last year’s budget, advocates have fought to restore the funding. This year’s allocation saw a slight uptick, but the increase fell far short of the restoration they had hoped for.

Joy Ladin's new memoir chronicles her transition from male to female. (Photo by Lisa A. Ross via The Jewish Daily Forward)

Review: A Gender Transition at Yeshiva University

Culture, LGBTQ March 29, 2012 at 12:19 pm

The Jewish Daily Forward reviews the new memoir by a Yeshiva University professor, Joy Ladin, who transitioned from male to female.

(Photo from FilAm)

Transgender Filipina Sex Workers Stay in U.S. Despite Dangers

Immigration, LGBTQ March 23, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Transgender and transsexual people often face stereotypes and abuse. But for immigrants, especially those who engage in sex work, living as a transgender person brings on a whole slew of other challenges, including social stigmas, cultural conflicts and threats of arrest and deportation, FilAm reports.

(photo by ESPA)

LGBT Group Fires Chief Over Handling of Marriage Fight

LGBTQ, New York March 13, 2012 at 9:30 am

Less than a year after the Empire State Pride Agenda contributed to the success of legislation that brought same-sex marriage in New York, the organization’s board fired its executive director.

Rev. Carmen Hernandez, second from the left, and othe community members, cuts the ribbon to the LGBT Chamber of Commerce's first office in the Bronx's Bedford Park neighborhood. (Photo by Catherine Fonseca)

LGBT Chamber of Commerce Open for Business in Bronx

Bronx, In the News, LGBTQ March 9, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Rev. Carmen Hernandez founded the NYC LGBT Chamber of Commerce in 2007, but at the time she didn’t have an office for the organization. Last month, five years later, the NYC LGBT Chamber of Commerce inaugurated their new office space at 394 Bedford Park Boulevard.

The Ecuadorian transsexual Jessica Guaman held a picture of herself during a protest against stop-and-frisk practices in October 2010.  (Photo by Zaira Cortes / EDLP)

Transsexuals Say They Too Are Victims of Stop-and-Frisk

Crime, LGBTQ March 8, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Much of the discussion of the New York City Police Department’s “stop-and-frisk” practices have focused on young black men, who make up a high proportion of those stopped. But in a recent article El Diario focuses on another group that says they have been harassed by police — transsexuals.

High school students went to Albany yesterday to urge support for the DREAM Act.

Voices in Focus: Tragedy in Yonkers, DREAM Act Rallies, and the Torah on Homosexuality

Culture, Education, Immigration, LGBTQ February 15, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Here’s what’s on our radar this morning from the community and ethnic media.

Pier 45, known as the Christopher Street Pier, in the West Village.

Police presence may rob gay teens of riverside refuge

In the News, LGBTQ February 3, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Advocates for gay teenagers in Greenwich Village are warning that NYPD plans to build a police outpost in an abandoned information booth on Pier 45 could make the area unwelcoming to the young people who hang out there.