Warren Radebe was 24 when he first began coming out to his friends. In his native Johannesburg, South Africa, Radebe invited one of his best friends from primary school, along with his friend’s girlfriend, to meet someone special.
According to the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, 20 to 40 percent of youth who are homeless nationwide identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer/questioning (LGBTQ). A walk through Uptown Charlotte makes apparent the crisis of homelessness affecting local youth, one that reflects this nationwide trend.
Throwing a dart at a board. That’s one way to decide where you’ll go on vacation.
You’ve heard it. You’ve condemned it. You think it’s anti-gay bigotry to say it. But, I’m going to say it again, as even former National Gay & Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman has in the past: HIV is a gay disease.
My one pillar of refuge as a depressed and trauma-ridden teenager was the downtown library. I’d select about six or seven books and read into the sunset. I’d skip alongside characters as they found lost love and said their goodbyes to dying grandmas.
How would you describe the LGBT-friendliness of your past or current college campus experience?