...when statistics show that as many as 40% of the nation’s homeless youth are gay or transgender, compared to 3-5% of the overall youth population, we have to acknowledge that we’re facing a crisis. The disparity suggests that gay and transgender youth stand a much higher chance of becoming homeless because of abuse, neglect and familial rejection due to sexual orientation or gender identity that drive them to the streets.The kids on the Christopher Street Pier that day, and the other gay and transgender youth living on the streets who make up the 40% have done nothing wrong, other than being born the way they were supposed to be. And because of who they are, these kids have been forced to leave their homes, subjected to abuse or worse.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Contact: Wayne Besen, Executive Director
Heartbreak and Horror in Texas Shocks Nation, Says TWO
Burlington, Vt. – Truth Wins Out called for swift justice today after two teenage girls in a five-month relationship were shot in a Portland, Texas park with one of the girls dying from head injuries.
Mollie Judith Olgin, 19, and Mary Christine Chapa, 18, were found in knee-deep grass in a nature area in Portland on Saturday. Olgin, who recently moved to Corpus Christi, died; Chapa, of Sinton, was taken to the hospital where she had surgery and is listed in serious but stable condition, according to local NBC affiliate kristv.com.
“We call on the police and public officials in Portland to ensure that justice is served and the savages behind this sadistic slaying are placed behind bars,” said Truth Wins Out Executive Director Wayne Besen. “We are deeply saddened by the heartbreak and horror that just occurred in Texas. We hope that Chapa fully recovers and our thoughts are with both families in this tragic time.”Truth Wins Out is a nonprofit organization that fights anti-LGBT extremism. TWO specializes in turning information into action by organizing, advocating and fighting for LGBT equality.