Month: June 2017

Housing Discrimination LGBTQ Know Your Rights

Stay Informed: What to Do When Homeowners Discriminate

Like all things, society evolves. Many things that were unfairly seen as “taboo” a few decades ago are now perfectly legal and generally accepted. This happened with interracial marriage, and in recent years we’ve seen it extend to the LGBTI community. The Supreme Court has ruled gay marriage legal in all 50 states, but does that mean the discrimination ends?

Not always. Unfortunately, there are still blurred legal lines where discrimination and some people’s religious beliefs are involved. Fair housing laws can be one of those areas.

Housing Discrimination LGBTQ Know Your Rights

State Laws Vary

Laws vary by state when it comes to protection for housing and the LGBTI+ community. Some states do have laws in place to protect the LGBTI+ community from housing discrimination. In these states, it may be easier to fight discrimination.

The states that do not have these laws may allow discrimination based on the landlord or home seller’s religious beliefs. This is sort of a gray area and court decisions in cases like this may vary from situation to situation.

Most landlords and rental companies will have standard tenant selection guidelines that all applicants must meet. If you feel that you meet all of the guidelines and are still denied housing, there may be something more going on that you could investigate. All that should really matter is meeting the guidelines that are on paper, and not a person’s race, gender, religion or sexual orientation. Sadly, this is not always the case, and it’s good to stay informed on the laws in your area.

What Other Laws are in Place?

Those in the LGBTI+ community can potentially turn to Federal laws that are in place in order to protect themselves from discrimination.

You can check the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for examples of situations that are considered discrimination. Take action right away if you feel you are being treated unfairly.

What Else Can You Do?

If you feel you are being discriminated against, the first thing to do is talk to the landlord or home seller first. Keeping a civil relationship could be positive if you are still planning on living on their property, and there may be a misunderstanding occurring.

However, if you find you are likely being discriminated against, a second step to take is contacting the local housing authority and initiating an investigation into the problem. This often works better in states that have anti-discrimination laws in place, but even if not, launching an investigation into the issue can be worth it to raise awareness and spread the understanding that discrimination will not be tolerated quietly any longer.

If contacting the housing authority does not resolve the problem, or if you live in a state that is not covered by the anti-discrimination laws, you may want to contact a lawyer. Sometimes legal action can be the best way to stop the discriminatory behavior and there are steps a lawyer can take to help you right away.

No one deserves to be discriminated against for their sexual orientation, gender, race or religion. Unfortunately, many people still don’t agree. In a perfect world, we’d all judge a person based on their character, but until that day comes, we have to stay informed and try to protect one another.

Housing Discrimination LGBTQ Know Your Rights

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Housing Discrimination LGBTQ Know Your Rights

Stay Informed: What to Do When Homeowners Discriminate

Like all things, society evolves. Many things that were unfairly seen as “taboo” a few decades ago are now perfectly legal and generally accepted. This happened with interracial marriage, and in recent years we’ve seen it extend to the LGBTI community. The Supreme Court has ruled gay marriage legal in all 50 states, but does that mean the discrimination ends?

Not always. Unfortunately, there are still blurred legal lines where discrimination and some people’s religious beliefs are involved. Fair housing laws can be one of those areas.

Housing Discrimination LGBTQ Know Your Rights

State Laws Vary

Laws vary by state when it comes to protection for housing and the LGBTI+ community. Some states do have laws in place to protect the LGBTI+ community from housing discrimination. In these states, it may be easier to fight discrimination.

The states that do not have these laws may allow discrimination based on the landlord or home seller’s religious beliefs. This is sort of a gray area and court decisions in cases like this may vary from situation to situation.

Most landlords and rental companies will have standard tenant selection guidelines that all applicants must meet. If you feel that you meet all of the guidelines and are still denied housing, there may be something more going on that you could investigate. All that should really matter is meeting the guidelines that are on paper, and not a person’s race, gender, religion or sexual orientation. Sadly, this is not always the case, and it’s good to stay informed on the laws in your area.

What Other Laws are in Place?

Those in the LGBTI+ community can potentially turn to Federal laws that are in place in order to protect themselves from discrimination.

You can check the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for examples of situations that are considered discrimination. Take action right away if you feel you are being treated unfairly.

What Else Can You Do?

If you feel you are being discriminated against, the first thing to do is talk to the landlord or home seller first. Keeping a civil relationship could be positive if you are still planning on living on their property, and there may be a misunderstanding occurring.

However, if you find you are likely being discriminated against, a second step to take is contacting the local housing authority and initiating an investigation into the problem. This often works better in states that have anti-discrimination laws in place, but even if not, launching an investigation into the issue can be worth it to raise awareness and spread the understanding that discrimination will not be tolerated quietly any longer.

If contacting the housing authority does not resolve the problem, or if you live in a state that is not covered by the anti-discrimination laws, you may want to contact a lawyer. Sometimes legal action can be the best way to stop the discriminatory behavior and there are steps a lawyer can take to help you right away.

No one deserves to be discriminated against for their sexual orientation, gender, race or religion. Unfortunately, many people still don’t agree. In a perfect world, we’d all judge a person based on their character, but until that day comes, we have to stay informed and try to protect one another.

Housing Discrimination LGBTQ Know Your Rights

The post Housing Discrimination LGBTQ Know Your Rights appeared first on Seasons of Pride.

Housing Discrimination LGBTQ Know Your Rights

Stay Informed: What to Do When Homeowners Discriminate

Like all things, society evolves. Many things that were unfairly seen as “taboo” a few decades ago are now perfectly legal and generally accepted. This happened with interracial marriage, and in recent years we’ve seen it extend to the LGBTI community. The Supreme Court has ruled gay marriage legal in all 50 states, but does that mean the discrimination ends?

Not always. Unfortunately, there are still blurred legal lines where discrimination and some people’s religious beliefs are involved. Fair housing laws can be one of those areas.

Housing Discrimination LGBTQ Know Your Rights

State Laws Vary

Laws vary by state when it comes to protection for housing and the LGBTI+ community. Some states do have laws in place to protect the LGBTI+ community from housing discrimination. In these states, it may be easier to fight discrimination.

The states that do not have these laws may allow discrimination based on the landlord or home seller’s religious beliefs. This is sort of a gray area and court decisions in cases like this may vary from situation to situation.

Most landlords and rental companies will have standard tenant selection guidelines that all applicants must meet. If you feel that you meet all of the guidelines and are still denied housing, there may be something more going on that you could investigate. All that should really matter is meeting the guidelines that are on paper, and not a person’s race, gender, religion or sexual orientation. Sadly, this is not always the case, and it’s good to stay informed on the laws in your area.

What Other Laws are in Place?

Those in the LGBTI+ community can potentially turn to Federal laws that are in place in order to protect themselves from discrimination.

You can check the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for examples of situations that are considered discrimination. Take action right away if you feel you are being treated unfairly.

What Else Can You Do?

If you feel you are being discriminated against, the first thing to do is talk to the landlord or home seller first. Keeping a civil relationship could be positive if you are still planning on living on their property, and there may be a misunderstanding occurring.

However, if you find you are likely being discriminated against, a second step to take is contacting the local housing authority and initiating an investigation into the problem. This often works better in states that have anti-discrimination laws in place, but even if not, launching an investigation into the issue can be worth it to raise awareness and spread the understanding that discrimination will not be tolerated quietly any longer.

If contacting the housing authority does not resolve the problem, or if you live in a state that is not covered by the anti-discrimination laws, you may want to contact a lawyer. Sometimes legal action can be the best way to stop the discriminatory behavior and there are steps a lawyer can take to help you right away.

No one deserves to be discriminated against for their sexual orientation, gender, race or religion. Unfortunately, many people still don’t agree. In a perfect world, we’d all judge a person based on their character, but until that day comes, we have to stay informed and try to protect one another.

Housing Discrimination LGBTQ Know Your Rights

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“EARTHLINGS” by Jeffrey Eric Funk — Grab your FREE copy today!

“EARTHLINGS” by Jeffrey Eric Funk — Grab your FREE copy today!

For a limited time, EARTHLINGS (digital sheet music/two-part choral) is available for FREE! From the musical Glee Club Smarties™ comes an upbeat song for young singers. Earthlings celebrates all creatures—”all sizes, shapes and colors, young and old together, filling the world with love.” This light-hearted rock original from Jeffrey Eric Funk brings a great message of love among all people. Fun…

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Pulse Orlando Benefit Album

At the one-year mark of a day that shall live in infamy, Centaur Entertainment released one of the most important benefit albums ever created – the Official Pulse Orlando Gay Days Benefit Album.

What happened on Sunday, June 12, 2016, was a horrific day in Orlando and in our nation. Pulse Nightclub in Orlando became the site of the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman on U.S. soil, resulting in the untimely deaths of 49 innocent souls.

On May 4, 2017, onePULSE Foundation unveiled plans for the creation of a permanent memorial and announced the formation of a national Board of Trustees, including the establishment of a significant fund. This fund will support the construction and maintenance of the memorial, community grants to care for the survivors and victims’ families, an educational program to promote amity among all segments of society, endowed scholarships for each of the 49 angels and ultimately a museum showcasing the historic artifacts and stories from the event. Our goal is to create a sanctuary of hope around this tragic day in our history that honors the 49 innocent lives that were taken, the 68 injured victims, the families that were forever changed, survivors from inside the club, the rapid responders and healthcare professionals.

Enter Centaur, a GGrammy-nominated record label, and also the largest LGBT record label.  Centaur decided to produce a benefit album to help fund the onePULSE Foundation and Memorial and got the approval of Pulse owner, Barbara Poma.  Centaur reached out to artists, record labels, DJs, remixxers and more to create a coalition of people and companies to donate their time, services and love to an album to achieve this goal.  One Hundred percent (100%) of proceeds from the sale of this album will go directly to the onePULSE Foundation.

“We wanted to send the message that we as an LGBT community, and we as a nation, can and will rise up, remember the 49 innocent angels, and return to the dance floor unafraid and with our angels by our sides,” said Nick De Biase, Centaur’s president and the album’s producer. “Love always conquers hate!”

De Biase reached out to the owner of Pulse, Barbara Poma, and the two shared a heartfelt and tearful conversation. “Centaur understood the difficult road we were traveling, “ said Poma. “On behalf of our Board of Trustees, we thank everyone you for your support. This is a defining mission and healing initiative for those involved and we are grateful to find supporters who share our vision and understand the sacred responsibility to which we have been entrusted.”

The special songs on this benefit album take on a new life and an even deeper meaning when heard and listened to in light of the Pulse tragedy.  DJ Randy Bettis, who helped to compile these songs, carefully crafted them into a continuous mix.

  • When I’m Dreaming, a beautifully haunting song from Peyton. “Don’t say goodbye, you know it makes me cry, that this is not right, not even close. Still I feel you like the sun upon my face. ‘Til I breathe you in, like a warm summer’s day. And I’ll see you, when I’m dreaming”
  • Music Lifts Me Up is a high-energy vocal dance floor filler that reminds us how much of a fun, and historically cherished place, the dance floor is (and should remain).  “There’s no person, place or thing that makes me wanna sing, like I do with the music … The music lifts me up”
  • Everybody’s Beautiful by Miasha … “Do what’s gonna please you, give yourself amnesia, you know the DJ needs ya. Everybody’s beautiful when their dancing, so dance tonight”
  • Rise Up features an exclusive remix from Barry Harris.  If ever there were an anthem to exemplify the importance to overcome – prejudice, hatred, oppression, fear, hopelessness – it is this song.  “When silence isn’t quiet, and it feels like it is getting hard to breathe. And I know you feel like dying, but I promise you, we will take the world to its feet.
  • All we need is hope, and for that we have each other!  We will rise up … for you! And we’ll do it a thousand times again … for you!
  • Under Pressure – David Bowie and Queen’s classic song is given a new feel with an incredible remix from HumanJive. “Pressure pushing down on me, pushing down on you, no man ask for … It’s the terror of knowing what this world is about …Why can’t we give love one more chance? Cause love’s such an old fashioned word and love dares you to care for the people on the edge of the night, and love dares you too change your way of caring about ourselves, this is our last dance, this is ourselves under pressure.”
  • I Didn’t Know My Own Strength – “I lost touch with my soul. I had nowhere to turn, I had nowhere to go. Lost site of my dream. Thought it would be the end of me. I thought I’d never make it through, I had no hope to hold on to. I thought I would break.  I didn’t know my own strength.”
  • Proud – “What have you done today to make me feel proud? It’s never too late to try …There’s still so many answers I don’t know. To question is how we grow. Step out of the ordinary. Change, we need a change. Do it today.”
  • Over The Rainbow – 2-time Grammy nominee Tony Moran’s amazing production matched the soaring vocals of 2-time Tony Award winner Lillias White and turned this classic into a pop-dance anthem. “Somewhere over the rainbow way up high, there’s a land that I’ve heard of once in a lullaby. Somewhere over the rainbow skies are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream, they really do come true.”

Even if you are not a fan of dance or pop music, buy a copy of the Pulse Orlando Benefit Album and listen to it.  We dare you not to be changed!

One Pulse – One Love!

Track List

  1. When I’m Dreaming – Peyton (Eric Kupper Original Mix)
  2. Music Lifts Me Up – Dirty Disco feat. Marvel (Dirty Disco Mainroom Remix)
  3. One Night In Heaven – Toy Armada & DJ Grind feat. Inaya Day (Original Mix)
  4. Everybody’s Beautiful – Miasha (Marc Stout Club Mix)
  5. Rise Up – AD (Barry Harris Club Anthem Mix)
  6. Dreamer – Janice Robinson (Barry Harris 2016 Mix)
  7. Under Pressure – Glamazon (HumanJive Remix)
  8. I Didn’t Know My Own Strength – Savannah Love (Ronnie Maze Ext. Mix)
  9. This Is What U Came For – Parasol (DJ Shocker Remix)
  10. Over & Over Again – Nathan Sykes (Elephante Radio Mix)
  11. Proud – NTT (Centaur Classic Remix)
  12. Over the Rainbow – Tony Moran feat. Lillias White (Club Mix)

Available on www.TheOutClub.com, iTunes, Spotify, Beatport, Amazon, Google and many more!

Pulse Orlando Benefit Album

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STI Checks for Gay Men

Sex between men can be fun, vibrant and steamy, however, it should also be safe. While using condoms and being open and honest with sexual partners is a great step towards this goal, a powerful tool in the safe sex repertoire of the gay community is regular Sexually Transmitted Infection “STI” checks.  STIs are sexually transmitted diseases caused by bacteria, viruses or parasites that can be passed between sexual partners through contact with bodily fluids and infected areas.

STI Checks for Gay Men

Often they can have no symptoms and can cause a number of long-term health issues such as depressed immune systems, infertility, and erectile dysfunction.

Therefore, to stay free of anxiety and ensure that you are protected from disease anybody who is sexually active should have annual check-ups for common STIs.

Leading STIs include chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, herpes, HPV, syphilis, and trichomoniasis.

While the general impression is that STI checks are painful, long or expensive, modern medical practices have made them easy, accessible, quick and gay-friendly. The majority of STIs can be checked through a simple urine or blood sample, or a swab of the infected area:

  • Chlamydia: Swab of genital or urine sample.
  • Gonorrhea: Swab of genital or urine sample.
  • Genital herpes: Swab of affected area if symptoms are present, if not present a blood test.
  • Syphilis: Blood test or samples from a sore.
  • Trichomoniasis: Swab of the infected area, physical exam or sample of discharge.
  • HPV: Visual diagnosis.

Getting tested for HIV has become even easier, clinics have been set up around New South Wales for men who have sex with men for free HIV testing. These tests are confidential and results can be released to you within 30 minutes of taking a test!

You can even set up a reminder to take the test every 6 months, or every 3 months if you have more than 10 partners in a 6 month period or are actively engaging in sex without a condom. HIV tests can be a blood test or swab from the inside of the mouth.

All of these STI can usually be checked at your normal medical center. A test for all seven of these common STIs can take as little as 15 minutes at the doctor and most practices in Australia can bulk bill the session, meaning that the government will pay the total cost of the STI checks.

It’s free, it’s simple and it’s quick, meaning there really is no excuse not to do it!

It is also very important to engage in a conversation with your partners about your STI status and the last time you were tested. This allows you to make informed choices about how you might approach sex with your partner, the importance of using a condom and even personal preferences. Plus, it is always easier to do something when the experience is shared. So an open, honest dialogue based on trust can be a great way to understand the position of each person and discuss what you can do to make your sex safe and fun!

STI Checks for Gay Men

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REVIEW: The Halloween Children by Brian James Freeman and Norman Prentiss

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THE HALLOWEEN CHILDREN by Brian James Freeman and Norman Prentiss (Random House Publishing Group – Hydra) The authors of The Halloween Children are sneaky geniuses in the art of storytelling—adepts who snatch your attention, get you invested and immersed in the tale and then hint at something sinister in a subtle way that provokes dread, horror and suspense. It’s as if they flick a juicy “thought…

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