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04/19/2007


San Francisco's Massive LGBT Homeless Population Gets Big Assist from LGBTQ Connect: VIDEO

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On October 7, organizers held the first LGBTQ Connect, an event to help the city's LGBT homeless population at the San Francisco LGBT Center.

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In an eye-opening film, filmmaker Marc Smolowitz highlight's the city's homeless problem and the ways that The Mayor's Office of HOPE, Project Homeless Connect, and AIDS Housing Alliance are helping them.

Watch the short film, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Assisted by sponsorships from Metta Fund, Sass Social Justice Fund of Horizons Foundation, Dignity Fund, Haas, Jr. Foundation, 80 service agencies came together to connect the city's homeless LGBT with organizations that can help them.

Important to think about, especially as we celebrate Thanksgiving.

You can find out how to volunteer at Project Homeless Connect. No word on when the next LGBTQ-specific connect will be held but you can follow on their Facebook page.

Watch the short film, AFTER THE JUMP...

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New Trailer for 'Pier Kids: The Life,' the Documentary About NYC's Homeless LGBT Youth of Color: VIDEO

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Last month, we previewed Pier Kids: The Life, the Kickstarter-funded documentary centered on the struggles of LGBT homeless youth of color in New York City.

In preparation for the launching of the Kickstarter campaign on November 1st, a new teaser trailer has been released. Here is the video's description:

Pier Kids: The Life examines the legacy of Stonewall and the Gay Rights Movement it ignited by following the lives of DeSean, Krystal, and Casper, three gay and transgender youth of color who, after being pushed out of their home because of their sexuality, have become homeless on the same street the riots took place more than forty years ago.

Nearly 40 percent of homeless youth are LGBT, according to a report conducted last year.

Watch the teaser trailer, AFTER THE JUMP... 

(via joe.my.god)

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Powerful Short Film Paints Stark Picture of What LGBT Youth Encounter When Families Reject Them: VIDEO

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Jamie Foxx, Elton John, Lisa Vanderpump, Lisa Ling, David Furnish, James Woods, and Bruno Tonioli appear in a short film from the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center that paints a stark picture of what an LGBT youth might go through during the first week he or she is rejected from their home.

Watch "Any Given Tuesday", AFTER THE JUMP...

The Center tells us:

Young writer/director Trent Kendrick and producer Michael Fossat were so inspired by their tour of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center—and so touched by the plight of the many homeless LGBT youth the Center serves—that they developed and produced this short film to heighten awareness and promote support for the Center.

Filmmaker Roland Emmerich, one of the Center’s largest donors, is hosting the film's debut at a benefit dinner this Saturday night, Oct. 19. Co-hosts of the event include Bryan Lourd, David Geffen, Jane Lynch, Amy Pascal, Ryan Murphy and Dustin Lance-Black.

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New Doc 'Pier Kids: The Life' Examines the Struggle of NYC's Homeless LGBT Youth of Color: VIDEO

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After his own 10 year battle with homelessness, first-time director Elegance Bratton decided to create a documentary about the unique plight of black LGBT homeless youth in New York City. That film, "Pier Kids: The Life," focuses on the lives of three 'pier kids' - youth who are both queer and forced onto the street. According to Out magazine:

The name originates from the youth population that congregates along Christoper Street in New York City's Greenwich Village and the surrounding piers during the nights and weekends. As many may be aware (but ignore), some of them sell their bodies for money, some of them are strung out on dope; all of them are treated unequally by a society that refuses to accept them, and refuses to help them.

Nearly 40 percent of homeless youth are LGBT, according to a report conducted last year. 

Watch the debut trailer for "Pier Kids: The Life" AFTER THE JUMP...

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Over One Quarter Of San Francisco's Homeless Identify As LGBT

For the first time ever, the San Francisco Human Services Agency surveyed a sample of the city's homeless population about their sexual orientation and the results are startling. Of the 1,000 surveyed, 29 percent said they were gay, bisexual or transgender, which is about twice as high as the percentage of the residents in the city overall. The San Francisco Chronicle reports:

SfThe numbers suggest that more effort may need to go toward providing special services - such as beds set aside for LGBT people in shelters or social workers with special training in LGBT issues - to get gay people off the street and into temporary, and eventually permanent, housing, homeless advocates said.

"It's great to finally have these numbers. What we get from this is that homelessness is a queer issue," said Jennifer Friedenbach, executive director of the Coalition on Homelessness. "And when we look at our system, it's not particularly gay-friendly."

She's talked to gay and lesbian people who experienced homophobia in homeless shelters, and she said that transgender people staying in shelters experience abuse at "three times the rate" of straight people.

Friedenbach noted that the city is hoping to provide 24 new shelter beds set aside for LGBT people this year. 


Cyndi Lauper And Adam Lambert Belt Out 'Mad World:' VIDEO

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Cyndi Lauper and Adam Lambert took the stage to sing Tears for Fears' classic "Mad World" at the holiday fundraiser for Lauper's True Colors campaign, a movement aimed at combating LGBT homelessness.

Watch Andy Cohen introduce Lauper and Lambert, who then do their thing, AFTER THE JUMP.

[Video via JMG]

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