Youth group opens in Denton

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Rev. Pamela Wat

The LGBTQ youth program in Denton met for the first time on Friday, Oct. 21 at Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. The Rev. Pamela Wat reported a good turnout of teens, young adults and adult volunteers.

Beginning Nov. 4, the church will be open every Friday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for OUTreach Denton. All LGBTQ youth and allies are welcome. Once that meeting becomes established, a Wednesday night gathering once a month may be added.

Wat said that they went through a list of activities that Youth First Texas has done successfully.

“The thing they wanted to do is hear adult coming out stories,” she said.

“For some, that night was the first time they had met an out LGBT person.”

Before the meeting, Wat was worried that the youth who attended would be afraid to talk.

“But they were open, sharing, talking,” she said. “They let their guard down and the healing started immediately.”

The initial group included mostly teens ages 14 through 17. Older students in Denton have GLAD, the college group at University of North Texas.

Wat said she thought most of the teens that attended came from safe environments. She said that some drove themselves, but most were dropped off by parents.

“We need to do more outreach to spread the word without spreading where we might get negative attention,” she said. “We haven’t broken into the school system yet.”

At its first regular meeting, the group will work on fliers and a website.

“At some point, we expect to affiliate with Youth First Texas,” Wat said, “but at this point we’re continuing under the name OUTreach Denton but following the same policies and procedures that YFT sets out.”

Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1111 Cordell St., Denton. Fridays at 7 p.m.

— David Taffet

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition November 4, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

Police investigating anti-gay fliers in Ky.

COVINGTON, Ky. — Police in northern Kentucky are investigating who blanketed a neighborhood in anti-gay fliers two days after the Covington City Commission held a press conference reaffirming the city’s human rights ordinance.

The Kentucky Enquirer reported that fliers were posted on poles and placed on windshields throughout the MainStrasse neighborhood sometime Wednesday night, Aug. 25 or Thursday morning, Aug. 26.

The fliers come in the wake of a series of crimes that police and residents believe have targeted the city’s gay community.

The Covington Police are investigating who is responsible for the fliers, which contained anti-gay epithets and called homosexuality a perversion.

—  John Wright

Anti-Gay Fliers Found In Northern Kentucky City

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Covington, Kentucky has seen a sudden increase in anti-gay crimes over the last couple of months. Members of the gay community have been called gay slurs and, even worse, beaten and stabbed.

Three days days ago, residents found anti-gay fliers plastered all over the MainStrasse neighborhood, home to many in the gays and lesbians. The fliers were loaded with hateful language calling gay people a "parade of perverts" and claiming they suffer from a "mental disorder."

A hateful white supremacy group called National Alliance was listed as a contact on the fliers but the organization has denied any involvement. Still a local rep named Robert Ransdel did say he does share the same beliefs.

Said Ransdel: "I think as a whole, as a society, people are getting very kind of exasperated by the continued pushing of this unnatural behavior. Unfortunately, there's some among us who can't channel that toward constructive efforts and unfortunately do lash out."

But how do you go about ridding the city of it's homophobia when even members of the police force are anti-gay? According to Cincinnatti.com, some residents have also accused the police of unfairly harassing members of the gay community.

Covington police Lieutenant had this to say about the fliers: "The remarks in here are disparaging to say the least, insulting, and that's why we're taking this so seriously.

Further proof that anti-gay sentiments are a big problem in the city: Click here to watch as drivers shout anti-gay slurs at a gay man being interviewed by a local news station.

Zero Tolerance For Hate Crimes in Covington, which was created in response to the attacks, will hold an event tonight to call attention to the crimes.

Watch a news report from the local Covington ABC affiliate, AFTER THE JUMP.


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—  John Wright