Literally "Happy chance," but it means "Nice to meet you" in Arabic. (I chose the name when I was living in Egypt.)
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QPoC Housing Resources and Initiatives: an incomplete list
Hello everyone! This is an incomplete list of LGBTQ shelters/initiatives that provide housing as well as assistance to LGBTQ PoC/ QPoC. If there are any shelters/initiatives I have left off please add them to this list, and then please let me know. While this list covers all 50 states in the U.S., please feel free to add the ones from your country, territories, or place of origin. We need as much as we can get. Thank you.
List of states in the U.S. and all Shelters (Please add more):
THE ARK OF REFUGE
The Ark of Refuge runs a 15 person transitional living facility specifically targeting LGBTQ young adults in San Francisco.
LA GENTE UNIDA
La Gente Unida is an organization serving the needs of
LGBTQ Latinas and Latinos in the Denver and Colorado
PO Box 11714
Denver, CO 80211
•District of Columbia
http://www.1800runaway.org/ (National Runaway Switchboard)
Fellowship of Lights: Runaway and Homeless Youth
Phone: (410) 285-7496
Fellowship of Lights provides emergency housing and supportive assistance for foster care involved and homeless and runaway youth, ages 12-17 in two shelter facilities, and operates after school programs for elementary and middle school aged children and youth in Baltimore City.
THE AUDRE LORDE PROJECT
The Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People
of Color community organizing center, focusing on the
New York City area.
85 S. Oxford Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
147 W. 24th Street, 3rd floor
New York, NY 10011-1911
SYLVIA RIVERA LAW PROJECT
Sylvia Rivera Law Project provides free legal services to
transgender, intersex and gender nonconforming lowincome
people and people of color. It represents and
advises clients in a variety of contexts.
147 West 24th Street, 5th floor
New York, NY 10011
Toll Free: 866-930-3283 Fax: 212-337-1872
Youthworks (Bismarck-Mandan Area)
Phone: 701-255-6909 (24-hour Crisis Line)
1 877 837 1801 (toll-free)
Youthworks is a resource for homeless youth in North Dakota. The Bismarck location has a peer mediation program, a cultural achievement program, and a Turnabout program for those at risk. They also provide services to runaway and homeless youth including individual, family counseling and mediation; group counseling; attendant care; juvenile diversion; transitional housing; support groups; emergency food, clothing and shelter; advocacy; crisis intervention and emancipation preparation
Phone: 701 232 8558 (for 24-hour Crisis Line, press 2 during message)
1 877 897 1213 (toll-free)
Youthworks is a resource for homeless youth in North Dakota, with drop in-hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. They also provide services to runaway and homeless youth including individual, family counseling and mediation; group counseling; attendant care; juvenile diversion; transitional housing; support groups; emergency food, clothing and shelter; advocacy; crisis intervention and emancipation preparation.
•Northern Marianas Islands
WIND RIVER COUNTRY INITIATIVE FOR YOUTH
Wind River Country Initiative for Youth is an alliance of
LGBTQ and allied people of Native American and
Caucasian ancestry who work to address multiple
oppressions at the local level.
Insert Name of Country and Shelters Below:
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Source Citations Page and Additional Readings, Master posts, etc.
Note: These resources are lengthy and span all corners of LGBTQ homelessness. If you feel that these resources aren’t comprehensive enough, or if you would like to add your own, please let me know.
boost please. this is an incredibly useful list and hopefully some people might find it useful.
So, the above is awesome, that a mainstream media outlet acknowledges the difficulties of mental illness and the things you cannot do to “fix” it. But I am also blown away by the fact that Hank Pym has bipolar disorder. Apparently he was diagnosed in some plotline in 2007 that I hadn’t read, so it’s not recent news, but it’s news to me and I’m kind of…impressed? I think?
And confused about how to treat it. Narratively, it’s a brilliant retcon, because it explains 99% of Hank’s erratic behavior (and boy is he erratic; even Magneto makes more sense than Hank Pym). It’s also nice to see major characters struggling with these issues, challenges not derived from action or experience but from wonky brain chemistry.
It has been a problem for me that I have really liked what they’ve done with Hank recently, especially in Avengers AI. Because one of Hank’s defining characteristics, in the minds of fans, has been that he assaulted his wife. (He punched Janet in the face in the process of building a giant killer robot to attack the Avengers so that he could swoop in and save them and prove he was still Avengers material.) The assault was a major plotline and, for the era, extremely well-done — none of the other Avengers dismiss the abuse as anything but abuse, they all rally around Janet, and Hank is divorced and imprisoned for it.
But if you introduce the idea of undiagnosed mental illness, then the whole thing gets murkier. Because there’s no pattern of abuse, at least not in the 616 (in Ults there is a definite pattern). He hits her, once — and once is too many times, don’t get me wrong. It is 100% never appropriate to hit your partner, and it rarely stops at “once”. But the reaction to the assault makes it clear that this is anomalous behavior for Hank. And if he’s mentally ill, the fact that he lacks a pattern of abuse means that his mental illness is likely a major factor in his behavior. Jan still did exactly right, getting out and getting a divorce, but it still means re-evaluating Hank Pym’s place in the pantheon of superheroes.
So I don’t know if this is a weird apologia, if this somehow lessens the impact of that story. Or it could be a brilliant retcon that allows us to actually like Hank Pym again. I really want it to be the latter, because I want to like Hank, but I also don’t want this to be just a reason to invalidate Jan’s experience. I don’t know that it does, in that it all still happened and she still had to deal with it; it’s just that now we know Hank was operating with diminished capacity for self-control. So I don’t know.
Either way, it’s really interesting.
[From Avengers AI #5, 2013.]
Huh. My first thought was actually worry that the bipolar + the spousal abuse reproduces the stereotype that mentally ill people are inherently dangerous to be around. It can also go the other way, more like what you were talking about, by suggesting that abusers aren’t in control of themselves and therefore can be cured or can’t be blamed for their actions. (I’m not saying no former abuser can go on to not be an abuser; I’m saying this is a way to make a lot of excuses for abusers. It basically opens a million doors to “I just can’t help myself.”) I haven’t read the comics in question, so I can’t really say whether either of these things is actually at issue or not because it depends a lot on how they handle it.
I can say, though, that at least here they’re doing a damn good job of representing the condition itself. When I read this panel I didn’t even know who I was looking at, but I thought, “Welp, this sounds awful familiar to bipolar ol’ me, must be a mental illness story.”
"Ali was a homeless man, and the legend of Bliss Street. I have personally crossed Ali countless times on his street.
A few months ago, Ali died on the coldest night of Beirut because he was living on pitiful conditions. Ali’s death triggered short-lived actions to help the homeless in Beirut (for one or two weeks).
I painted this mural a few hundred meters from Ali’s street to immortalize him, to remind us that we should not wait the death of another Ali to help others.
I wrote “Ghadan Yawmone Afdal”(Tomorrow is a better day) while listening to a song of the similar title by Mashrou’ Leila, in the hope that tomorrow will be a better day.”
Yazan Halwani, Lebanese graffiti artist.