“A youth leader’s role has opened up in Bagsly. For any youth that would like to step in to the role please email Bagsly gmail account and attend the next up coming meeting. Adviser’s will be talking to youth that would like to enter in to the role as youth leader. Please let us know as soon as you can.
Walter Henson lead Bagsly adviser”
Sarah Noone’s advice for applications:
“In Regards to Applications: Please include answers to the following questions! We will talk much more at the meeting, but this is a way to get to know you in advance. Thanks :)
Name + Grade + School + Preferred Gender Pronouns
1. What leadership roles have you held in the past? (School Clubs, Volunteer work, sports teams, work experience, etc etc) (Not limited to LGBT activities)
2. Why would you be a good BAGSLY leader? (Be specific!)
3. On a scale of 1-10, how busy is your schedule?”
Imagine getting an ultrasound for your soon-to-be born child and instead of being told his or her gender, you’re told your child’s sexuality. In a new ad campaign for marriage equality launched by Australia’s Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gay (PFLAG), that’s exactly what happens to one straight couple.
This was posted on our facebook page. Its a very interesting commercial, I would recommend watching it.
Sophia here. I’m running the BAGSLY tumblr page now, and I’ll be posting frequently. If you haven’t already liked our facebook page, please do!
Canada has lifted a policy that banned men who have sex with men (MSM) from donating blood, though certain restrictions still apply.
Like the policy currently in place in the United States, Canada’s policy enforced a lifetime ban on donation by MSM as a way of “protecting” the blood supply from diseases like HIV that are associated with gay sex. Now, MSM will be able to donate as long as they haven’t had sex with another man in the last five years.
“Recent scientific data and advances in transfusion safety led us to review the exclusion of men who have had sex with another man. This change is scientifically justified and will in no way endanger the high degree of safety of blood products,” Dr. Marc Germain, vice president of medical affairs at non-profit blood management organization Héma-Québec, said in a separate news release.
According to Héma-Québec, there is still the need for an exclusionary period, due to the fact that some groups are “at risk of infections that can be transmitted through transfusion.” The organization went on to say, “The frequency of HIV transmission among men who have had sex with other men (MSM) is still higher today than in the general population.” In 2011, approximately 46.7 percent of people living with HIV in the country were MSM.
This is a step in the right direction — and the U.S. should be taking note — but it’s not enough. The deferral period in Britain and Australia is one year; in South Africa, it’s six months. Hopefully one day we’ll realize that this is a policy rooted in ignorant stereotypes, and we’ll abolish it entirely.
We will be discussing bisexuality and pansexuality and the prejudices that bi/pan people can face from the straight community and from LGBTQ people. We will also start planning for an “It Gets Better” video! If you need a ride or have any questions, email us at email@example.com