Gay USA - Nov. 20-26, 2012

OUR SPECIAL GUESTS THIS WEEK at the top of our show are from New Alternatives for Homeless LGBT Youth, a program in New York City that works to feed homeless youth, get them off the streets and into high school and college, and to connect them with housing, medical care, and more. Joining us are the program’s founder and executive director, Kate Barnhart, who is also an ACT UP veteran who has worked with at-risk young people for 18 years, and Destiny James, a young lesbian who has struggled to move from homelessness to high school and is now making plans to attend college with the help of New Alternatives. You can learn more about the program, including how to volunteer and contribute at www.newalternativesnyc.org. Andy will be hosting a reception and fundraiser for New Alternatives on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 3-5 PM at his home at 445 W. 23rd St., #4-F, New York. If you would like to attend, please bring a donation for New Alternatives and RSVP to [email protected] IN THE NEWS THIS WEEK ON “GAY USA” WITH ANN AND ANDY: Now it can be told: How advocates won those four marriage referenda with new messaging. Contributions to the National Organization for Marriage are sinking – and mostly come from only one or two donors anyway. A Minnesota teen is denied the sacrament of confirmation as a punishment for opposing a gaybashing marriage amendment. An “ex-gay” Christian conducted mass rapes and then the murder of his wife. Howard Wallace, a pioneering gay labor activist, dies at 76 in San Francisco. LGBT people continue to take over the world: a lesbian elected Speaker of the Oregon House and the first out gay elected official in Chile. French Catholics get religion and march against same-sex marriage. World AIDS Day is December 1. For activities in your area, go to www.worldaids.org. For local screenings of the ACT UP documentary film, "United in Anger," go to www.visualaids.org. Andy reviews the new Broadway production of “Annie” directed by James Lapine. MEMORIAL for Donald Suggs in New York:

Donald Suggs, veteran gay and AIDS activist and former board member of Manhattan Neighborhood Network responsible for bringing “Gay USA” to MNN: Saturday, Dec. 8th at 1 PM at St. Mark’s on the Bowery, 2nd Avenue at 10th St.

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