Submitted by redwards on Mon, 02/25/2013 - 12:44pm
Friday, March 8th is International Women's Day! Listed below are just some of the exciting events our member centers are hosting in honor of International Women's Day. Check to see if they're any events being held in your area!
Prior to the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) in 2011, an estimated 48,500 lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals were serving on active duty or in the ready reserve in the US military, and an additional 22,000 were in the standby and retired reserve forces, accounting for approximately 2.2 percent of military personnel. But have these numbers changed since the repeal? A Military Timespoll found that just one of the soldiers surveyed had come out to his unit since the repeal of the policy.
By now we’ve all seen this video of a police officer giving a homeless man a pair of boots, however, we need to take a moment think about the true face of homelessness and poverty in New York City. Of the 50,000 people experiencing homelessness more than 20,000 are children, as reported by the Coalition for Homelessness. There are over 11,000 families living in shelters and, according to a 2005 Vera Institute of Justice report for NYC Department of Homeless services, 89% are headed by women.