Carl Nassib Says Coming Out Was “Stressful” But Did It For LGBTQ Youth

Carl Nassib, of the Las Vegas Raiders, says coming out as gay was "stressful" but also exciting to bring LGBTQ visibility and representation to the NFL.
Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib (images via Instagram)

In his first public remarks since the end of the NFL season, Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib says coming out as gay was “stressful” last summer but he felt strongly about bringing visibility and representation to the NFL for LGBTQ youth. Continue reading “Carl Nassib Says Coming Out Was “Stressful” But Did It For LGBTQ Youth”

InstaHunk Inspires ‘Kum & Gay Rights’ Gas Station T-Shirt

Instagram hottie Justin Moore
Instagram hottie Justin Moore
Justin Moore (via Twitter)

Justin Moore, half of the very popular Instagram couple Justin and Nick, shared with his followers last December that he actually has a favorite gas station and it’s called – wait for it – Kum & Go.

During a video stream with fans, he remembered he wanted to buy some merchandise from the gas station, like, a trucker hat.

“Somebody remind me that I want to get Kum & Go merch … for those of you who don’t know … Kum & Go is a gas station. Kum & Go is a real gas station,” said Moore. But after checking online, the hottie found his hat was out of stock.

So, he wrote the powers that be and suggested, on top of hats, that they add jockstraps to their list of merch. Because…why not?

“Dearest Kum & Go, I would very much like to purchase the Kum & Go Foam Front Trucker Cap, but- upon examining your merchandise webpage- have realized it is out of stock,” wrote the scruffy influencer. “Might I also suggest a Kum & Go jockstrap eventually becoming part of your merchandise collection (have you seen the excitement around the Chromatica jockstrap by Lady Gaga or the new Nike jockstraps?)!”

Moore got a response thanking him for the suggestion. He also kept in touch via Twitter with the company, and the messages paid off this week.

On Thursday, Moore received a T-shirt from the company, but instead of the Kum & Go logo, the tee read “Kum & Gay Rights” – in rainbow colors!

Not only that, but the company is now selling the “Kum & Gay Rights” tees and tank tops on the official website with $10 from each purchase to be donated to the Trevor Project.

You can buy the shirts at the company’s online store. but hurry as the limited edition tees are only on sale through February 19.

 

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Congress Approves 988 Suicide Hotline

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The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, which when implemented will allow Americans to simply dial ‘988’ to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, instead of the current ten-digit number.

Passage of the bill authorizes the funding mechanisms needed for 988 to be successful and it contains several key LGBTQ-inclusive provisions, including requirements for LGBTQ cultural competency training for all Lifeline counselors and the establishment of an Integrated Voice Response option for LGBTQ youth and other high-risk populations to reach specialized care.

Sam Brinton (they/them pronouns), Vice President of Advocacy and Government Affairs for The Trevor Project, commended Congress in a statement saying, in part, “This passage is a historic victory, as this is the first explicitly LGBTQ-inclusive bill to pass unanimously in history — and 988 will undoubtedly save countless lives.

The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people.

According to The Trevor Project’s 2020 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health:

  • 40% of respondents seriously considered attempting suicide in the past twelve months, with more than half of transgender and nonbinary youth having seriously considered it
  • 68% of LGBTQ youth reported symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder in the past two weeks, including more than 3 in 4 transgender and nonbinary youth
  • 48% of LGBTQ youth reported engaging in self-harm in the past twelve months, including over 60% of transgender and nonbinary youth
  • 1 in 3 LGBTQ youth reported that they had been physically threatened or harmed in their lifetime due to their LGBTQ identity
  • 46% of youth report they wanted psychological or emotional counseling from a mental health professional but were unable to receive it in the past twelve months

(via The Trevor Project)

More Than One Third Of LGBTQ Youth Have Seriously Considered Suicide

The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth, has released the results of its first-ever National LGBTQ Youth Mental Health Survey, and the results are deeply concerning.

The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth, has released the results of its first-ever National LGBTQ Youth Mental Health Survey, and the results are deeply concerning.

Conducted between February 2018 through September 2018, the massive survey includes responses from 34,808 LGBTQ young people.

The results show a staggering 39 percent of respondents had seriously considered attempting suicide in the previous 12 months.

When looking at just transgender/non-binary respondents, 54 percent said they’d seriously considered suicide.

Eighteen percent of the respondents admitted to attempting suicide in the past 12 months; 29 percent of trans/non-binary youth reported a suicide attempt.

Sixty-seven percent reported someone had attempted to change their sexual orientation or gender identity through so-called ‘conversion therapy.’ 

Of those who underwent conversion therapy, 42 percent admitted to attempting suicide.

When you break down the numbers, 32 percent of LGB youth who underwent conversion therapy reported a suicide attempt in the last 12 months, while the number jumped to 57 percent for trans/non-binary youth.

Conversion therapy has been discredited as ‘pseudoscience’ and widely denounced by leading professional medical associations including the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Psychological Association.

Currently, 18 states have outlawed conversion therapy involving minors.

The research also showed that 71 percent of LGBTQ youth reported being discriminated against, and 21 percent reported experiencing physical threats or abuse.

Discrimination definitely had an impact on suicidal thoughts as 23 percent of those who experienced discrimination reported a suicide attempt in the last 12 months as opposed to 11 percent of respondents who did not.

The survey is part of The Trevor Project’s commitment to compile data and research to aid in improving the organization’s life-saving services for LGBTQ youth.

In sharing the results, The Trevor Project aims to elevate the voices and experiences of LGBTQ youth and shed more light on the dangerous practice of conversion therapy.

You can find the full results of the new survey here.

If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless or suicidal, reach out to The Trevor Project 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 1-866-488-7386 or www.TheTrevorProject.org/Help

Perfect For Pride – ‘Shave With Pride’ Set From LGBTQ Ally Harry’s

Even though I’m a beard kinda guy, I still have to shave to trim things up to look neat and presentable (for those times when I’m not at my computer blogging).

So, I was stoked to see this ‘Shave with Pride‘ set by Harry’s – the men’s grooming company.

I discovered Harry’s shaving blades years ago and I’m a fan. They’re high quality and their prices can’t be beat.

But their Shave with Pride set is way cool.

Encased in a colorful, distinctive box designed by artist José Roda to represent the individualism of the LGBTQ community, the set comes with a rainbow no-two-are-alike iridescent handle, three blades, shave gel and a travel cover to protect fingers when fishing in a dock kit while traveling.

But wait – there’s more!

While the set costs just $25, Harry’s is donating 100% of the proceeds to The Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth.

You’re basically making a donation to The Trevor Project and getting this way cool shave set as a bonus!

Makes a great Father’s Day gift, too, folks 🙂

Harry’s has a long history as an ally for the LGBTQ community.

In April, the grooming company released a new ad that causally includes a transgender man in the spot with narration that tells them, “You can shave to feel like you.”

The one-minute spot by the men’s grooming brand, titled ‘Shave, or Don’t,’ makes it clear Harry’s has your back whether you shave or not.

Last year, the shaving giant debuted their Shave with Pride set (designed by Craig & Karl) celebrating Pride Month with 100% of the profits going to GLAAD, which works through entertainment, news, and digital media to share stories from the LGBTQ community that accelerate acceptance.

And, Harry’s is a proud sponsor of London Pride.

“Harry’s has a proud history of working with organizations that help challenge out-dated stereotypes and who aim to shift attitudes and behaviors that devalue marginalized groups,” said Harry’s co-founder Jeff Raider.

“Our support for Pride is a natural extension of that. As a company, we embrace individuality and celebrate diversity, so we’re extremely proud to be an LGBTQ+ ally.”

The men’s grooming brand also produced an acclaimed three-minute short film on the meaning of ‘masculinity’ featuring a young boy explaining how to be a man to an alien.

I’m told the Shave with Pride set has been so popular, Harry’s website was cleaned out. But, you can still order by clicking over to Target here.

Ryan Murphy Plans To Give Millions To Help Elect Pro-LGBTQ Politicians

Ryan Murphy (Credit: Getty on behalf of The Trevor Project)

Out producer/director/writer Ryan Murphy announced at The Trevor Project’s annual gala on Sunday night that he is on a mission to vote out of office anti-LGBTQ lawmakers.

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

Janet Mock presented the Hero Award to Ryan Murphy and the cast of POSE.

Murphy accepted the award and shared, “When I was 19, in Indiana, I myself called a suicide hotline. Overwhelmed by the AIDS crisis, by the fact that I was the only ‘out’ person in my friend group, the only ‘out’ person I knew at the time, and alienated from my family, I felt profound despair. I made a call one late night in November. I made a connection, got some hope, and carried on. It’s powerful life saving work this organization does. In my roundabout way, I know this first hand.”

Murphy also told the audience he will launch a multi-million dollar initiative in 2020, “Pose Gives Back,” to target those legislators in Congress who work against the rights of LGBTQ Americans, according to Variety.

“Why don’t we consider ever targeting the people who are causing the problem here?,” the TV guru asked the crowd. “The homophobes, the trans naysayers, and the small restricted and dangerous minds who are causing so many young people to needlessly hate themselves and doubt themselves…”

Noting the results of this year’s midterm elections which saw over 20 anti-LGBTQ politicians defeated in a single night, Murphy says he felt inspired.

“We are going to send a message which says you cannot make discrimination against us a political virtue anymore,” said the 54-year-old producer of Pose and American Horror Story. “You can’t keep killing our vulnerable young people by promoting and nationalizing your rural, close-minded anti-constitutional viewpoints.”

Calling out some lawmakers by name, including Senators Susan Collins, Lindsey Graham, Mike Lee and Congressman Steve King, Murphy said, “I want these hateful and wrong politicians to go, and to stop polluting our moral and ethical ether.”

According to Murphy, “Pose Gives Back” will provide financial support to at least 20 pro-LGBTQ candidates in 2020 in conjunction with corporate sponsors.

He ended his speech announcing a $50,000 donation to The Trevor Project.

You can watch Murphy’s acceptance speech and announcement below from The Trevor Project’s livestream below. Trans activist/writer Janet Mock introduces Murphy at the 124:00 mark.

The gala evening raised over $1.5 million Sunday night for The Trevor Project’s mission to help LGBTQ teens in crisis.

On a lighter note, Pose stars MJ Rodriguez and Billy Porter thrilled the gala audience with a reprise of their duet of “Home” from The Wiz. Watch below.

MJ Rodriguez and Billy Porter (Credit: Getty on behalf of The Trevor Project)

Music Video: Eli Lieb “When You Need A Friend”

Openly gay singer/songwriter Eli Lieb went back to his old high school to spread love and support after a young teen transgender boy committed suicide
Eli Lieb

Out singer/songwriter Eli Lieb shares this uplifting music video for his song, “When You Need a Friend,” which Eli wrote in the aftermath of a young, male transgender student as his old high school committing suicide.

Backed by The Trevor Project, Eli returned to his old school to reach out to kids there and spread some love.

Premiering the new video on NewNowNext, Eli shares:

“I wrote, ’When You Need A Friend’ inspired by his memory, but also for anyone in need,” he says. “I wanted people to know that times can be really tough but if you keep fighting through them, there’s a bright future ahead. I also wanted people to feel like they have a friend in me, even if they don’t know me personally. I want people to feel like when they play this song, that I am there with them offering support.”

If you read The Randy Report with any regularity, you know I’m a big fan of Eli and his music. Click here for more of my coverage of Eli.

Hit play on the video below, and you can also check out my recent interview with Eli for The Randy Report podcast.

Out Music: Ty Herndon “Fighter”

Out country star Ty Herndon shares the music video for his new single, “Fighter,” from his album House On Fire with this warning via Facebook:

WARNING- The version of this video contains strong and disturbing images. I wanted to share this version of the video #FIGHTER with you guys. We did this powerful imagery for my performance The Trevor Project Trevor Live. Some of you may find it disturbing. I know i certainly did. Most of you know me as a country singer. I am also a man who believes in the power of love not hate. And I often sing about it. When I was first approached about using these images, I rejected it. Then after much thought and prayer I realized that this is the truth for many young LGBTQ youth in the world today. I see it often when I travel around making appearances for organizations like GLAAD Human Rights Campaign LA Pride Dallas Pride ChicagoPride.com & so many more. It is my greatest prayer that we can all stand together and love one another- No matter what color or shape our spots are. I know this one fact clearly- from my own journey- None of us are perfect. As my Maw Maw use to say, We are all just beautiful messes. So be strong and journey on with a big open heart – And pay it forward with grace- knowledge and love. Just a reminder that all proceeds from the download of this song go towards The Trevor Project.

Ty’s new album, House On Fire, available here.

I previously shared the first single from the album, “That Kind of Night,” here. It was also one of my Top 5 LGBT songs of 2016.