Community Response to Tragedy

By : Alex Storer
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After horror struck Orlando on the morning of June 12, 2016 it took monumental effort for a grief-stricken community -for people- to come together and address the needs of everyone affected, specially of those directly impacted. Long-established leaders as well as emerging ones found themselves at the forefront of a massive task: to build up this once colorful and joyful community. A haven for LGBTQ+ people had been stolen and the LGBTQ+ Latinx community suffered a devastating loss. Layers upon layers of challenges, from language barriers to immigration status, came to surface. To take care of all those involved was not and it still isn’t an easy mission. However, in the strength and resiliency that characterizes a community with a long record of fighting oppression and hatred, a united front was there to pick up the pieces and guide the process to becoming whole again. Join us for a special Diálogo session with Representative Carlos Guillermo SmithTerry DeCarloRoxy Santiago and Christopher J. Cuevas as they share the paths they’ve taken to respond to tragedy, to honor those lost and to continue fighting for the community

US monument status won’t guarantee Stonewall Inn’s future

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NEW YORK (AP) – The area surrounding the Stonewall Inn is poised to become the first national monument dedicated to gay rights, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the property will always be a bar.

There’s actually nothing in the national monument designation or even the city’s landmark law to prevent New York’s most famous gay bar from someday becoming a coffee shop, a frozen yogurt joint or anything else.

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Missouri man accused of ‘recklessly infecting’ 2 with HIV on trial

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ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — A man who prosecutors say recklessly endangered other gay men by having sex with them and not revealing he was infected with the virus that causes AIDS is on trial in Missouri.

Gay rights activists and some legal reform groups say Michael L. Johnson’s case highlights outdated laws. They say such laws in Missouri and more than 30 other states criminalize a medical condition and deter those at risk of infection from seeking help.

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NAACP discusses the status of gay marriage within its ranks

By : Susan Clary
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Julian Bond, the revered civil rights activist and protégé of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., famously boycotted the funeral of King widow Coretta Scott King in 2006 because the mega church chosen by her children was anti-gay.

So when he put together an LGBT workshop on July 15 at the NAACP’s 104th Annual at the Orange County Convention Center, all of the participating panelists were passionately in favor of LGBT rights.

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