The New York Times recently launched a feature on Coming Out. Featuring hundreds of solicited stories and many more reader submissions, the project is a powerful addition to the recent outpouring of support for GLBT folk who face discrimination and bullying throughout their lives – and for people who face the choice between with being honest about themselves or living a lie. They already have two videos up.
The first one has the story of John Alburquerque, 19, from the Bronx and details his experience as a gay youth and being bashed:
The second is an out member of the ROTC and his experience as a young gay cadet. You can watch it after the jump…
Please join Queer Rising this Sunday at the New York AIDS Walk for Ruben Diaz’s Drag Race!
Date: Sunday, May 15th
Location: Riverside Drive & 95th Street (along the route of the NY AIDS Walk)
In short, this Sunday is the AIDS Walk in New York City. Since 1986, this walk raised more than $116 million for HIV programs and services in the tri-state area, and is now the largest AIDS fundraising event in the world.
Unfortunately, this year, NY State Senator Ruben Diaz (D, Bronx), has decided to throw his own bigoted, anti-marriage equality event in the Bronx on the same day in an attempt to divert attention from the AIDS Walk. This is particularly offensive and disgusting given the tragic reality that the people in the Bronx continue to suffer more deaths from HIV/AIDS than any other NY borough.