Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Holiday Week Scale UP and OUT

January is off and running as far this forum is concerned with numerous events, activities, fundraisers and just plain ole stuff that now seems to need a date on my calendar. Here it goes again, too much stuff to do and so little time to either do it or plan for it! But never mind, if I'm not use to it by now, I never will. Therefore as the schedule begins to fill with the notion that "there's just not enough hours in the day" feeling, we journey on to do what we can. With that said, so does COP 24/7. With our latest refresh I've decided that we will follow "blog trends" if you will and do more "snapshot" items with images or videos taking the lead. As everyone knows, we live in a "blink nation" where you've got to "hit it and quit it" with as much gusto as possible. Let's face it and yes it does bother me, but folks don't have time to fool around with a lot of details, just some quick factoids and a picture. Therefore, this forum will move onward with swift headlines, quick facts, great image and news feature spikes. Hopefully I can get more info passed on in those fleeting eyeball moments of those who either are subscribers, onlookers, gawkers, or followers. Its all in the name of keeping it real and staying as current as possible in this changing landscape. Now let's vibe shall we...

Inaugural Fever

Can you feel it?  NO??. Well in case you may not, don't think that you won't hear at least one thing about this weeks 57th Presidential Inauguration of President Barack Obama. Its just a given that the wall to wall coverage will either be loved or possibly hated by those who for unknown reason seem to think that he's not actually President of the United States. As the week unfolds with sightings, observations and all manner of minute details being fodder for the talking heads to share with the public, this forum joins the Frey with links and related items to the event. First up the kahuna of websites:  which has "all things inaugural and more. Just click it to this site to get the updates, directions, ticket info and whatever about the event. No matter you politics, you've got to give to us as we celebrate our ability to do this peaceful passage of power every four years. Now if we can just get the damn Congress in line to get down to business, we would all be better for it. In the meantime, Salute President Obama and VP Biden on a job well done. Its all about "four more for 44!"

Gay Man Discharged Under DADT Selected as Inaugural ‘Citizen Co-Chair’

David Hall, a former Air Force Sergeant discharged under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” has been selected to stand with President Obama as one of eight “citizen co-chairs” highlighting the president’s first-term accomplishments at this weekend’s swearing-in ceremony.
Hall wrote an open letter to President Obama after his discharge as part of SLDN’s “Stories from the Frontlines” campaign. He continues to fight for full LGBT military equality as Director of Development for OutServe-SLDN.
Hall will join openly gay poet Richard Blanco on stage during Monday’s ceremony. Pro-equality Rev. Luis León was recently tapped to deliver the benediction, replacing Pastor Louis Giglio who withdrew his name from the program last week.

Watch: Important Documentary on LGBT Homeless Youth

“Outside,” a powerful independent documentary now available on, seeks to understand LGBT homeless youth, who make up 40 percent of the homeless population.
The film, which Natalie Avery independently produced and directed, follows four gay homeless youth over the course of four years as they navigate daily life on the street.

“Outside,” which won Regional Emmy for Best Documentary in the topical category in 2009, explores the reasons why LGBT youth have a higher risk of homelessness, the role society may play in placing them at risk and how LGBT youth may endanger themselves.
At HRC, we believe that we have a responsibility to ensure the safety and well-being of LGBT youth.

As we uncovered in our groundbreaking study in 2012 of LGBT youth, the deck is stacked against young people growing up LGBT in America. With an increase in public awareness about anti-LGBT bullying and harassment and the strikingly high number of LGBT youth who are homeless, in foster care or living in high-risk situations, it is critical that we better understand the experiences, needs, and concerns of all LGBT youth.

In June, HRC President Chad Griffin and civil rights leader Dr. Julian Bond visited a youth homeless drop-in shelter for young men and women here in Salt Lake City. Though we have made tremdendous strides on the path to equality, we must do more to help LGBT youth who continue to struggle to live openly and safely.

Watch the award-winner film, "Outside," in its entirety here and visit to learn more about HRC’s study “Growing Up LGBT in America.”

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