XY, the equally loved and reviled gay teen magazine is staging a comeback.
Why is it a good thing? There's a reason why I tagged this 'self-help'. It's a wellness issue. But with gay youth in turmoil and in need of affirming imagery, info, and sense of community to know they're not alone (or disordered) ....
... writer/photographer Alan Bennett Iligan answers that question better than I could in Once I Was A Twink Who Wanted To Be A Writer.
After telling his story relating to XY he finishes with these two sentences. It is so well stated it should be shouted from rooftops.....
"...Somewhere there is a boy hiding in his bedroom, searching for some small way out, some small chance to connect and believe in something better, some small bit of hope. Sometimes the one thing that stands between that boy hanging himself and waiting out one more night is a magazine that puts two boys kissing on its cover."
may sometimes ruffle feathers but in the article below he is speaking truth.
This associated video should be spread far and wide.
... who could argue there is no need for that? ~
This video examines the rarely addressed relationship between Black self-concept, culture, sexuality, masculinity and the capacity to self- and community to protect itself from HIV and self-destruction.
(read full article - PRWEB) "In 1990 [the first Black AIDS institute in the country] ... removed AIDS and HIV from its name and focus, and became an African American wellness and cultural center. This revised strategy attracted legions of African Americans in for services.
The Cost of Stigma
Stigma is the invisible mark on individuals targeted by fear and misinformation. This month on IN THE LIFE, we look at the power of stigma within our justice system and how the myths and fear that spread with the AIDS epidemic gave rise to laws criminalizing HIV transmission. And we meet researchers who consider stigma as a possible key link between bisexuality and poor health.
Thanks to Gay Jamaica Watch
Nationally known gender activist Riki Wilchins combines straightforward prose with concrete examples from LGBT and feminist politics, as well as her own life, to guide the reader through the ideas that have forever altered our understanding of bodies, sex and desire.