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I have been nominated for an award - 'Outstanding Digital Journalism – Multimedia' - by GLAAD for my story on homeless LGBT youth from last summer. I'm honored to be nominated and very glad this issue has been getting the awareness it should. I'd like to thank my interview subjects - exceptional young people - for sharing their stories. #glaadawards
NEW YORK – A yellow cab creeps along a desolate Manhattan street, following Aludein Marks and a friend on a cold spring night.Marks, a teen who identifies as...
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My latest story, let me know what you think. 

In many cases, LGBT youth choose or are forced to leave home because their families don’t accept them. Once homeless, they are exposed to the perils of street life: violence, survival sex, and, in some cases, HIV.

“It’s hard for me to imagine a worse and more harmful expression of homophobia in our time than the fact that there are hundreds of thousands of kids who are being rejected by their families and put out onto the streets,” said Carl Siciliano, executive director of the Ali Forney Center, a shelter for LGBT youth in New York. 
NEW YORK – A yellow cab creeps along a desolate Manhattan street, following Aludein Marks and a friend on a cold spring night.Marks, a teen who identifies as...
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'Slap in the Face': New Age Limit Could Hurt Gay Boy Scouts

The move means those young men from 18 to 20 years old currently participating as youth members in Scouting will have to meet adult membership standards -- which bar openly gay adults - likely by next spring.
The Boy Scouts of America will limit the maximum age of youth in its programs to 18 years old in 2015, down from 21, the organization told NBC News late Tues...
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My latest on the Boy Scouts and gay participants.

With one Facebook post, the Eagle Scout was out as gay - and out of a summer job.

“I viewed my sexuality as something I was going to keep private. It was my private life. I wasn’t going to share it with the BSA,” said Garrett Bryant, 19, noting he did that because he loved Scouting and didn’t want to leave the program. “They made an issue of my sexuality. I was perfectly content with staying in the closet with the Scouts.”
PHOENIX -- Garrett Bryant said he did everything he could to keep his sexual orientation from the Boy Scouts, the organization he first joined as a third-gra...
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My latest - how do you think this GED hurdle can be overcome?
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Hi Miranda would you get back to me on my email please?
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“My immediate reaction was frustration with myself, because I felt if I had done what this kid did … he wouldn’t have to be going through this, hopefully,” said Kimball, referring to Andresen’s coming out in July to his troop in a letter.
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This is my latest, let me know what you think. What term should be used?

"Whenever I write stories about illegal immigrants, I receive complaints that I should “drop the ‘i’ word” (which is also the name of a campaign to end the use of the term “illegal” when referring to illegal immigrants).

In the interest of bringing this debate into the open, we solicited a few short opinion pieces from leading voices on immigration issues. We also asked the co-editor of the AP Stylebook, a key arbiter of word usage for journalists, to share his thoughts."
Whenever I write stories about illegal immigrants, I receive complaints that I should “drop the ‘i’ word” (which is also the name of a campaign to end the use of the term “illegal” when referring to i...
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"It's hard to know that my husband is fighting for his country and he's working long days and long hours and we still have to struggle to keep food on the table and gas in our cars," said Shirley Starkey, 45, whose husband, a Marine of 11 years and a sergeant, has been deployed twice to Afghanistan and once to Iraq.
SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Yetter, a Navy sailor for 17 years, works a second job as a security guard and donates blood plasma twice a ...
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Nice article. There is more to the weapons evaluation group story, btw. :)
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"Given the strong feelings - the passion - involved on both sides of this matter, I believe strongly that to re-open the membership issue or try to take last year's decision to the next step would irreparably fracture and perhaps even provoke a formal, permanent split in this movement - with the high likelihood neither side would subsequently survive on its own.

"... And who would pay the price for destroying the Boy Scouts of America? Millions of Scouts today and Scouts yet unborn. ... Thus, during my time as president, I will oppose any effort to re-open the issue."
The new head of the Boy Scouts of America, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, said Friday he supports inclusion of gay adults in Scouting but opposes re-...
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Thoughts and prayers with those who lost loved ones. Just devastating. I hope twister season is over pronto!
The victims include an Iraq veteran and two young brothers. A widow and a father and two of his daughters.The deadly tornadoes buffeting the South since Sund...
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My latest on the Boy Scouts and gay membership ... 

Church Hosting Boy Scout Troop Led by Gay Man Kicked Out of BSA

The Boy Scouts of America said Sunday that it was contacting leaders and parents of the children in Troop 98 and its affiliated Cub Scout pack to tell them that Rainier Beach United Methodist Church is no longer authorized to be a charter partner.

Boy Scout troops must have a charter partner, which often offers a place to meet and financial support. The scouting organization bans gay adults from membership, and an openly gay man, Geoff McGrath, runs the troop at Rainier Beach.

“Because the church no longer agrees to the terms of the BSA chartered organization agreement, which includes following BSA policies, it is no longer authorized to offer the Scouting program,” Deron Smith, a Boy Scouts spokesman, told NBC News in an email. He added that the organization was “saddened by this development.”
The Boy Scouts organization has told a Seattle-area church that it can no longer host a troop because the church has vowed to keep a gay man on as troop lead...
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This is one time I agree with the Boy Scouts. A leader should not be gay, and this is from a mom that has a gay son.
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Hey, really enjoyed your article for NBC News. Would love to pitch you on a story. If you may be interested, my email is johnbakerdentist at Gmail
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