My Favorite Thing Today: ‘My Turn’

Young man on the phone
Young man on the phone
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I recently came upon a Twitter thread from 2019 that literally made me stop and catch my breath.

On March 4, 2019, one Twitter user asked the question: “What is the kindest thing a stranger has done or said to you?”

Several stories were posted, but this one, from Joe in Chicago, stood out for obvious reasons.

A phone call to an LGBTQ book store from a confused young man results in a tribal instinct to protect by taking ‘that call.’

FCC Approves New 988 Suicide Prevention Phone Number

A stressed young man considers suicide
A stressed young man considers suicide
39 percent of young LGBTQs have considered suicide

In a unanimous vote, the five members of the Federal Communications Commission approved plans to establish a three-digit phone number for suicide prevention.

The new three-digit number – 988 – will make it easier for those in crisis to reach suicide prevention experts and help reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues.

“988 has an echo of the 911 number we all know as an emergency number,” Chairman Ajit Pai said at the commission’s meeting. “And we believe that this three-digit number dedicated for this purpose will help ease access to crisis services, it will reduce the stigma surrounding suicide and mental health conditions, and ultimately it will save lives.”

A report by the FCC released in August called for specialized services for LGBTQ youth, veterans, and other populations at high risk.

Based on a survey of more than 34,000 respondents, a 2019 study by The Trevor Project found 39 percent of LGBTQ youth seriously considered suicide in the previous twelve months.

Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control reported that in 2017 suicide was the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34.

CNN reports the proposal calls for an 18-month timeline which will give phone companies time to implement the 988 number. The time period also allows for public comment on whether it will take more time to do so or if it can be done earlier.

Sam Brinton, head of advocacy and government affairs for The Trevor Project, said in a press release, “The Trevor Project applauds the FCC for unanimously approving the proposal to adopt 988 as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number.”

“Shortening the Lifeline number to three digits, along with transferring calls to those who can best serve high-risk populations like LGBTQ youth — who are more than four times more likely to attempt suicide than their peers — will save lives,” added Briton. “It is critically important that this proposal is implemented as swiftly as possible and that all Lifeline counselors are provided with LGBTQ cultural competency training to best serve LGBTQ youth in crisis.”

Until the new phone number is up and running, those in crisis can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or The Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386.

(source: CNN)

News Round-Up: November 28, 2018

• Hottie Dave Marshall is an openly gay pro-wrestler in Australia who uses his OnlyFans account to raise money for suicide prevention after his dad took his own life last year.
Dave Marshall and Ronnie

Some news items you might have missed:

• Hottie Dave Marshall is an openly gay pro-wrestler in Australia who uses his OnlyFans account to raise money for suicide prevention after his dad took his own life last year.

• Openly gay super-producer Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story, Pose, GLEE, Assassination of Gianna Versace) is getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

• This far-right pundit says women become lesbians because they’re too ugly to love. By that logic, he must be a screaming queen.

• Cher showed up at her own Broadway showThe Cher Show – last night, and the crowd lost its mind.

• Judy Sheindlin, more famous as TV’s Judge Judy, made an astounding $147 million last year before taxes making Sheindlin the world’s highest-paid television host. The lion share of that was for selling the rights to her 5,200-episode library, as well as future episodes of the show, to CBS for an estimated $100 million.

• A man was brutally beaten, robbed & humiliated during an Instagram hook-up.

• A gay Virginia firefighter got married in 2014 and suddenly became the ridicule of not only fellow firefighters but his superiors. He was eventually filed for early retirement after being told he would be fired if he didn’t resign. He’s now suing for lost wages and benefits.

• Check out Upsahl’s new music video, “The Other Team,” about unrequited feelings and crushing on people that don’t like you back.

The lyrics focus on those folks who are swinging for somebody else’s ‘other team,’ so there’s lots of missed connections between characters throughout the video. Definitely has some ‘Breakfast Club’ vibes, so it really takes you back to high school and the whirlwind of emotions that go with it