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GayTies News for October 27, 2016

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Refocusing After Marriage Equality

Now with marriage equality under our belt, it's time to focus on another major issue: anti-gay violence and gun violence in general. Violence is nothing new for the LGBT community. Between 2012 and 2015, of the 88 LGBT people who lost their lives due to anti-LGBT violence, more than half (47) were shot to death. While these overall numbers may seem small, on a per capita basis LGBT people are much more likely to be the targets of violence than other groups covered in federal hate-crimes law. This violence ― and other types of anti-LGBT discrimination ― are associated with greater mental health burden and, in turn, higher rates of suicide among LGBT people than the general population. Both hate violence and suicide are more deadly when guns are involved. That’s why LGBT individuals and organizations should embrace enactment of a reasonable gun control agenda as a top priority in ensuring the safety of the LGBT community.

Much of the public’s focus on gun control is to prevent massacres like the one that took place in June at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando when 49 people, most of them Latino gay men, were murdered. But of the 33,000 people who are shot to death each year, about 21,000 die by suicide and 11,700 die by homicide. The burden of gun violence falls disproportionately on marginalized populations, and that includes LGBT people.

Studies routinely show that sexual and gender minority Americans report substantially higher rates of suicide attempts than their cisgender and heterosexual peers. The overall U.S. population has a 4.6 percent lifetime suicide attempt rate, but more than 40 percent of transgender adults and 10 percent to 20 percent of sexual minority adults report having attempted suicide at least once in their lives. Stricter gun control laws will not change these shockingly high rates of suicide attempts among LGBT people. But gun control measures enacted at the state level, such as more comprehensive background checks and promotion of safer gun design and storage, strongly correlate with lower suicide rates ― and that can save LGBT lives.

LGBT people are more likely to be targets of hate crimes than any other group in America. In 2014, 18.6 percent of reported hate crimes were perpetrated on the basis of the victim’s sexual orientation and 1.8 percent was perpetrated on the basis of the victim’s gender identity. Anti-LGBT hate crimes are also more violent and result in hospitalization more often than those based on race, religion, or disability. In 2015, 15 percent of anti-LGBT hate crimes were classified as aggravated assaults, meaning a gun or other deadly weapon was used. Hate violence claims the lives of LGBT people at a disproportionate rate, especially LGBT people of color, transgender women, and gay men.

Within days of the Orlando massacre, the Human Rights Campaign adopted a new policy resolution “that the safety of LGBTQ people in the United States requires the adoption of commonsense gun violence prevention measures.” Equality California launched “Safe and Equal,” a campaign “to end gun violence by advocating for tougher common sense gun safety laws at the federal and state levels.” Other LGBT rights organizations around the country, together representing more than 2.2 million people, pledged in an open letter to join the movement to end gun violence. These are much welcomed, important steps in the right direction. But we could be doing more.

A reasonable gun control agenda that could result in fewer deaths of LGBT people by firearms would include the following:

• Reinstatement of the federal ban on assault weapons, which ended in 2004
• State and federal bans on the purchase of guns by those who have been convicted of domestic abuse or hate crimes or who are included on the TSA’s no-fly list
• Background checks on those purchasing firearms at gun shows or online
• Promotion of safer gun design and storage
• Lifting the federal ban preventing the U.S. Centers of Disease Control from researching the causes of gun violence

After the Supreme Court issued its ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges that brought marriage equality to all 50 states, there was much talk about what the movement should focus on next. Addressing gun control to ensure the basic safety of LGBT people is a worthy goal. (10/23)

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All About Our Chat Rooms
Of course, ANY member can go into the chat rooms at ANY time; it's a free gay chat room service. You do not have to be a premium member to use it. All you do is go into chat by clicking on the “Chat” link in the green header. As soon as you click to enter the chat room, that link changes to a red flashing “Chatting Now.” This is so everyone will know you are in there and they can enter also, if they wish. The book icon you see at the bottom of the chat window explains the simple features about chatting.

There are three popular ways to start a chat:

1. The first is spontaneous. Whenever you see the flashing “Chatting Now,” go in there.

2. Another good way is to arrange it. If you want to chat with someone you see on line, message them to meet you in chat, either right then, or a set a pre-arranged time later. You can also message someone who is not on line, and set a pre-arranged time to meet in chat. Some members will use our personal Ads to meet guys for chat.

3. The other way is to start an international group chat. Here is how to do that.

Here are the 3 steps to start an online chat group session:

First click on “Last 100 logins” green link on the home page and scroll through the profiles to see who is currently online.

Second, type out (or copy and paste) a short invite such as: “I am creating a group chat session in 5 minutes, please click on 'Chat Rooms' and meet us there.”

Third, send this message to ALL those gay chat lovers currently “on line” who selected “Cyber / chat buddies” as one of their interests.” Usually you see about a couple dozen members who are currently on line, AND interested in chat. Use the "Send message" link under each member's photo and simply paste that message invite, and send it.

Do this sort of quickly so everyone gets the invite within a few minutes or so. In group chats, do not get selective. Message everyone you see online.

And …. that’s it. You are done. Chat with any of them, or let them chat with each other. It may be helpful for you to explain some features of chat, while you are in chat.

We suggest that before you send out your group invites, go into the chat room first and click on everything. Get a little bit familiar with the rooms, how to have private “whisper” chats, and especially click on the book icon, which contains very simple chat instructions.

It is not critical, but the rooms are for different subjects of chat. People can chat in the Lobby, or go into a subject room to be with those of similar interest. The Kinky Basement is for guys into kink talk as well as beating off, the Boner Room is for all kinds of jo scenes, and the Friendship Lounge is for guys seeking a non-sexual chat with cyber friends. And, you may see other rooms which members have created, because you can create your own room, for your own purpose.

What to chat about? Well, of course, all your erotic personal stuff. But also about gay clips on Gayties. Gay videos are a hot social network topic here, as well as kink and romance. We ask everyone to be courteous and patient as we all get to learn more about how chat works. Finally, we suggest one other thing, … be adventurous and have fun.

From the Admin...

How to Start Online Chats

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All About Upload Photos

  • Posted on 01/31/2014
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How to Write a Personal Ad

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