Queer Notes, May-June 2011

June 4, 2011

Middle school student Noah Hornik of Palo Alto, Cal., is organizing the “It Gets Indie” benefit concert in San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall to raise awareness and support prevention of Queer youth suicide. Noah was motivated by suicides of Queer youth, witnessing numerous incidents of harassment, and the passage of Proposition 8.

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As U.S. Congressman Barney Frank announced plans in early April to reintroduce the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)–this time gender identity inclusive–Transgender woman Meghan Stabler gave powerful testimony in favor of the proposed Texas ENDA introduced by Representative Mike Villareal. Her demotions, and the pay reductions that came with them, forced her to struggle to maintain her home and pay child support. One of her friends was fired after announcing plans to transition to being a woman, and had to leave Texas to get work.

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Prime Minister Igor Luksic will provide police protection to the participants at the May 31 first-ever Pride parade in Montenegro, a conservative country which has shown hostility towards Queer people. Luksic said, “Let the people take a walk and we will show that we are civilized.” Civilized enough, Luksic hopes for Montenegro to become part of the European Union.

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