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Sept. 1, 2017 — Minority stress due to stigma, prejudice, and discrimination puts LGBTQ people, especially youth, at heightened risk for negative health effects. Guest: Ilan Meyer, Ph.D., Distinguished Senior Scholar at the Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at the UCLA School of Law.
LATEST OUTCASTING OVERTIME
Atrocities in Chechnya
Sept. 1, 2017 — OutCasting youth participant Dante reflects on atrocities in which gay and bisexual men are being kidnapped, tortured, and killed, with no intervention from the US and scant attention by the mainstream media. Update (Sept. 3): The New York Times reports that Canada has quietly been allowing Chechens to seek safety there.
It is with a combination of sadness and gratitude that we note the death of Edie Windsor on September 12, 2017. Edie's lawsuit against the federal government over her unequal treatment by the treatment following the death of her wife, Thea Speyer, resulted in a 2013 Supreme Court ruling the struck down Section 3 of the infamous Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the anti-gay ruling enacted in 1996. Section 3 defined marriage as between a man and a woman, and when the Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional, same-sex couples became eligible for the more than 1,100 federal rights and programs that had been denied to them. Two years later, in the Obergefell case, the Supreme Court declared that the other operative section of DOMA, Section 2, was also unconstitutional, thus making marriage equality the law of the land. Edie was a pioneer with a beautiful legacy. You can read more about her life in The Advocate, The New York Times, New York City's Gay City News, and The Washington Post. To hear more about her case, listen to our two part series with civil rights attorney Evan Wolfson, a key architect of the marriage equality movement.
OutCasting, public radio's groundbreaking LGBTQ youth program, is produced monthly by MFPG — Media for the Public Good, Inc., a national nonprofit public media production organization with a local public radio heritage: for many years, we owned and operated a public radio station just north of New York City — WDFH FM 90.3 Westchester Public Radio.
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OutCasting is seeking new youth participants in NY's Lower Hudson Valley, Michigan, and candidates for our Board of Directors
YOUTH PARTICIPANTS — We're always looking for new youth participants for OutCasting — LGBTQ youth (closeted or out) and straight allies of high school or college age. You must be able to attend weekly production sessions, which are generally held in the afterschool or evening hours. Our home studio is in Westchester County, just north of New York City. We also operate an OutCasting bureau at Michigan State University in East Lansing.
NEW BOARD MEMBERS — We are looking for highly qualified people to join MFPG's Board of Directors. Ideal candidates should have previous non-profit board experience, willingness and preferably experience in non-profit fundraising, and a strong and supportive interest in LGBTQ issues. It's not necessary for you to be physically located in the New York area. Please read more and then contact us if you're interested in applying.