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Carl Siciliano, founder and executive director of The Ali Forney Center, talks to Randy about the current #HarlemNoHate Campaign which aims to raise funds to help the Center purchase a church in Harlem to expand it's services for homeless LGBT youth.
The poetic irony is that the pastor of the church, Rev. James Manning, has spent years spewing vitriolic hate speech towards the LGBT community in Harlem.
Pastor Manning is notorious for signage at the church with messages such as “Jesus would stone homos” and that all supporters of LGBT people should be cursed with cancer, HIV, madness, and eternal damnation.
"The biggest reason our youths are driven from their homes is because of homophobic and transphobic religious beliefs of their parents. If we are able to obtain the space it would truly be a triumph of love over hatred," says Siciliano.
The church is being put up for auction due to unpaid bills and tax liens on February 24th. The goal of the #HarlemNoHate campaign is to purchase the church and make what was once a place that put religious-based hate on broad display, and turn it into a safe haven for young LGBT.
The Ali Forney Center is the largest and most comprehensive organization in the nation dedicated to housing LGBT youth. AFC serves youth aged 16-24, and provides emergency and transitional housing, street outreach, a drop-in center, medical and mental health treatment, a vocational/educational program, and a counseling project for the families of LGBT youth.
Listen as we talk about the difficulties homeless LGBT youth face and how you can help.
You can donate to the #HarlemNoHate campaign by clicking here.
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This Monday is a brand new episode of Graphic Policy Radio and joining us are the team behind the webcomic Bash Back. The comic is described as "a story of the Queer Mafia" from the minds and creativity of writers Kelsey Hercs and Lawrence Gullo and artist Fyodor Pavlov. The webcomic is updated each Monday.
After thousands of years of bloodshed, torment, and ridicule, now is the time to take what is ours. Bash Back comic is a cathartic, hyper-violent, contemporary queer revenge fantasy.
Kelsey Hercs is a playwright and performer based in New York City. Bash Back is her first foray into writing for comics, and she is thrilled that this project is the one she's cutting her comic-writing teeth on.
Russian emigre Fyodor Pavlov is a freelance illustrator, comic artist and smut peddler. In print, Pavlov’s work can be found in Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, The Ouroboros Cycle, Queerotica: A Comics Anthology, and more. His latest comics foray is the art of Bash Back. Together with his husband and creative partner Lawrence Gullo, he co-directs Dr. Sketchy's NYC, throws costume parties and raises a very spoiled cat.
Lawrence Gullo - Writer, colorist, and graphic design for Bash Back. Artist and performance artist. Speaker on transgender issues.
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Faith is the first comic to star a plus-sized superhero! Graphic Policy Radio welcomes special guest, writer Jody Houser who is part of the team at Valiant Comics bringing Faith to life in one of the year's most anticipated comics.
Jody Houser earned her MFA in Creative Writing at Emerson College in Boston, where she completed her master's thesis in screenwriting and was a winner of the Rod Parker Fellowship for Playwriting.
She began experimenting with webcomics in 2006 and is the creator behind the webcomic Cupcake POW!, which has updated weekly since 2010 and is currently available on comiXology Submit.
Jody has been a contributing writer to numerous comic anthologies including Womanthology: Heroic and Womanthology: Space from IDW, CMYK: Magenta from Vertigo, and Avengers: No More Bullying from Marvel, as well as Dead Roots and Rise: Comics Against Bullying. Recently, Jody has written Orphan Black for IDW and Agent May for Marvel.
Faith was the break out star of Valiant's Harbinger. A psionically gifted “psiot” she has always aspired to greatness. Now this once-ordinary teenager is taking control of her destiny and becoming the hard-hitting hero she’s always known she can be – complete with a mild-mannered secret identity, unsuspecting colleagues, and a day job as a reporter that routinely throws her into harm’s way! Well, at least she thought it would… When she’s not typing up listicles about cat videos, Faith makes a secret transformation to patrol the night as the City of Angels’ own leading superhero – the sky-soaring Zephyr! But flying solo is going to be tougher than she ever thought.
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Can we actually share our body of Christ in the Ascension Center as Spiritual Beings who are called ACE Metaphysicians? We are sharing our spiritual gathering of metaphysicians. We want to share that we enjoy our communication of information sharing. Would we allow ourselves to know of those who are sharing the Spiritual Goddess Energy with the "Laying on of Hands" as more than annointing the head? Various topics feel as though they are on trials. Using the word GOD with a Big G is that now a thing of the past. Is GOD now strictly the SOURCE and CO-Creation? We are each sharing our own life stories as we write them with our own choices. How do we maintain who we are in our art, culture, traditions? We are getting into some heavy topics in 2016 including what is important as Christians? Why is believing seen as something bad? If everything is energy then we are all energy. We are all of the co-created source. We are called creationist as metaphysicians who share in culture, rituals, traditions, symbols and ceremony. However what are we now allowed to do in our churches? Is churches and the people who made this country great a thing of the past? What is going on? No Bible in a court of LAW? Why? Intereesting stuf we should know. Know your rights as a citizen/
Politicians during election periods in their campaigns always promise to do better and offer workable policies upon forming government. However, is this a reality or simply campaign jargon, because the case for Zambia has shown that in an economy solely dependant on a donor funded budget and major industries owned by foreign multi nationals the major questions needing attention is that; What is Zambia's economic policy? Do Zambia's political parties present any economic ideologies to argue their quest for State House? Join our power packed ZBTR round table team.
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It's a new year and that means "best of" lists are flooding the internet as folks say what they think topped 2015. The Graphic Policy Radio team of Brett and Elana this Monday discuss what they think are the best comics and graphic novels of 2015!
Didn't get to read a lot of comics? Wondering what you might have missed? Thinking about where to start in 2016? This is the show for you to get ideas as to some of the comics that topped last year.
We of course want to hear from you too! Tweet us your thoughts @graphicpolicy
Tonight we are back with another show where we will be asking the question, is honesty the best policy when dating or in relationships? So...you may want the truth but can you take it? There are a number of reasons why people refuse to share what they know to be true, especially when you have a need to know. The question is do we all deserve the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?
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Tonight we are back with part 2 to this show where we will be asking the question, is honesty the best policy when dating or in relationships? We are going deeper tonight. Join us for more conversation....
So...you may want the truth but can you take it? There are a number of reasons why people refuse to share what they know to be true, especially when you have a need to know. The question is do we all deserve the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?
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