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GLBT News Nov 2011 e.mailer

GLBT News Nov 2011 e.mailer

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This is a free publication and may be distributed with attribution to the publisher, Worley Rodehaver and the GLBT News. Want to subscribe - write: map@ella.net . Michael Chanak is a associate editor and columnist.
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Page 1November, 2011
A Memorial, Servicewas held Sunday,November 6 at Truth& Destiny FellowshipUCC in Northside forDarius ThesavedoneChambers
It was a time of sharing and comfort.His mother, RosaHardy and nieceattended. Donations toassist with expensesof returning hisremains to Selma,Alabama for thefamily service andburial were taken.Chambers moved toCincinnati about threeyears ago and quicklybecame involved withlocal LGBTQ organi-zations.He served as a boardmember of EqualityCincinnati and volun-
Former Equality Cincinnati Board member killed for his cell phone
In Chicago 
teered with HRC. Herecently lost his job inCincinnati and movedto Chicago in hopes of working with a newlyfunded program toaddress the HIV/AIDSepidemic among menof color being admin-istered by the Centerat Halstead.Unfortunately, hedied after being fatallybeaten by two teen-agers who wanted hiscell phone. Hisassailants have beenapprehended and bondhas been set at $1Million each with thecase being adjourneduntil November 21stin Chicago.GLSEN GreaterCincinnati issued thisstatement. “We weresaddened to hear thatDariusChambers,an EqualityCincinnatiboardmember,was beatento death inChicago in atotallysenselessact. From allaccounts
Darius Thesavedone Chambers
a commitment tosocial justice, faith,family and friends....”Local attorney, ScottKnox, said “Unspeak-ably sad terrible thatlife is so dirt cheap tosome. It always makesme feel so helpless. –How do we instillmore respect for life inpeople?”Attorney FreemanDarius’ life was aboutDurhamsaid,When Ithink of Darius, Ithink of akind,gentle,loving and joyfulman, whowas pas-sionateabout justice, lovedGod and gave of himself to others. Iwas fortunate to know
him. He will be missed.”
Emma Jean Mar-shall, one of hisfriends in Birming-ham, Alabama, said,“Darius offered me somany words of com-fort during the passingof my son last yearOctober 29,2010 andmade sure he kept intouch with me fromthat day fourth tocheck on me to makesure I was ok. He eventold me I was stillpretty like I use to beback in the days. Ilove you Darius Restwell my friend!!!”If you would liketo donate to assistwith his burial, con-tact Pastor LesleyJones at Truth &Destiny Fellowship,via Facebook or call513-628-7515.
Chillicothe area student
Gay bashed”Gay bashed”Gay bashed”Gay bashed”Gay bashed”
A 15-year-old boywas viciously beatenbecause he’s Gay. Theincident occurred atUnion Scioto School(
) northwest of Chillicothe, Ohio.The beating took place in a classroomfull of students andwas video taped. Onthe tape a much biggerboy says something tohim. The smaller boytries to walk away, butthe bigger boypunches him, once,then again. Then overand over while thesmaller boy curls onthe ground, writhingin pain. “I coveredmyself, I shielded mybody, and he just kepthitting me,” the victim
, Page 2, Col.. 1
GLBT Teen? Problems? Contact th
Trevor Project Hotline—1-866-488-7386 GLSEN Hotline—1-866-934-9119 
Page 2—GLBT N
November, 2011
“Always be yourself,”
Billy Elliot 
This Newspaper is supported entirely by income fromour Advertisers. Editorials/Opinions are the opinions of the writer or organization and thepublisher assumes responsibility only for Editorials, Opinions or Commentary written by the publisher or editor(s). Views expressed inOrganizational or Independent columns or in Letters to the Editor are those of the organizations or writers.This Newspaper is distributed FREE at Advertisers' locations, through community organizations and other outlets. The publisher assumes noresponsibility for content, accuracy or validity of Advertising.
Vol. 15, No. 11; November, 2011
Contents © GLBT News, 2011
Publisher/Editor—Worley RodehaverAssociate Editor—Michael X. ChanakAdvertising—Karen Halazayn, 513-979-4295Transportation—Joe Wilks
Greater Cincinnati GLBT News
“Hatred and bitterness can never cure the disease, only love can do that.”
Martin Luther King
This publication is dedicated to those
t is our goal to record the positive contributions
people make to their community and the localcommunity at large. While AIDS and Hate CRIMES are certainly not positive things, we seek to draw thepositive from the negative. We hold up Paul Delph and Matthew Shepard and their families as models of how human beings should or could react to each other and how families should support loved ones whoselives are not in the box right wing religious zealots want themin. Delph, a multi-talented Cincinnatian, diedof AIDS in 1996. His mother shut down her business to care for him. Shepard died in 1998, victim of a hateCrime and his mother worked for years to get passed a national Hate Crimes Bill, which is now law.
who have or have died from AIDS or Hate Crimes
MAP ublications, 1727 Highland, Cincinnati, OH 45202, 513-241-7539
is published monthly in Cincinnati, Ohio.
GLBT News and UPDATE, Worley Rodehaver and Michael X. Chanak are on Facebook
said later.
“Nobody didanything [to help me].”
Despite the brutalbeating being caughton video, the bully re-ceived only three dayssuspension.However, thebasher, Levi Sever,also 15, was latercharged with onecount of assault forthe brutal beating.The video was madeby the aggressor'scousin and posted toFacebook. The video,also showed class-mates standing by asSever waited for thevictim to arrive in theclassroom, thengrabbed him, pushedhim to the ground andbeat him.The
reports:Unioto High Schoolstudent Levi Severwill appear later inRoss County JuvenileCourt to answer to thecharge filed by theoffice of ProsecutorMatthew Schmidtfollowing an investi-gation by the sheriff'soffice. Schmidt wasnot available forcomment when theDispatch story waswritten. Sever isaccused of assaultingHuston at the highschool on October 17,with the victim'smother contending hewas targeted becausehe is Gay. The casehas captured nationalattention.The Union-Sciotoschool district has ananti-bullying policythat protects forgender, race, religion,ethnicity, nationalorigin, and disability— but not sexualorientation or genderidentity.Student leaders atnearby ChillicotheHigh School (
)organized a press con-ference to furtherdistance themselvesfrom the controversysurrounding thealleged assault atUnioto High School.Initial reports insome out-of-townnews media referredto the aggressor as “aChillicothe HighSchool student,”leading some readingabout or hearing thereport to think theincident happened atChillicothe HighSchool. In the daysthat followed, CHSPrincipal Jeff Fisherand ChillicotheSuperintendent JonSaxton said theyreceived hundreds of e.mails, many of themnegative, from peoplewho wrongly assumedthe incident took placeat CHS.“It hurt,” Fishersaid. “Driving toschool, hearing aColumbus radiostation reference a‘Chillicothe HighSchool student’ atleast 17 times beforegetting around tomentioning the schoolthat was actuallyinvolved, that upsetme.”Saxton issued astatement and filmed aYouTube videomessage to clarify theincident did not occurwithin the schooldistrict, but studentcouncil leadersdecided to clear theair, according to the
Chillicothe Gazette
.The students, withhelp from Fisher,highlighted efforts byCHS to create aninclusive and safeenvironment for allstudents and invitedrepresentatives fromstate and national Gayrights advocacygroups to join them.Bret Thompson wasappalled when he readabout the UniotoSchool District’s laxhandling of such aserious incident. Bretstarted a petition on
demand-ing that the schooldistrict enact an anti-bullying policy thatwill protect LGBTstudents to preventfuture beatings likethis one.The victim’s mom,Rebecca Collins, saysthis wasn’t the firsttime her son wasbullied for being Gay.In fact, just two daysbefore the beating, herson posted a picture of himself on Facebook,and the boy who laterbeat him up com-mented that thepicture was “the defin-ition of a fag.”A statement fromChillicothe’s LGBTQPeer Group reads:“We can only say thatwe are deeply sad-dened by the tragicevent itself and theslow response of theschool to address theseriousness of it. Yetwe are also encourag-ed and full of pride forthe many people, com-munity members andallies alike, who havestepped forward in ourarea to address theUnioto assault as wellas the serious lack of protections for all of the children in our cityand county schools.They are working sideby side with their in-dividual expertise,experience, andpassion to create andadvocate standards forour schools that holdall students equal andaccountable. It is in-spiring.”Jac Stringer of 
Midwest Gender-Queer
, a Cincin-natian, wrote on hisBlog, “The video (
of the beating
) has goneviral, but since I tendto find the promotionof such things withoutthe express consent of those involved to beexploitative andsickening you will notfind it on this blog (
nomatter how ‘moving’ it may be to the audi-encelooking on from thesafety of the present 
).Unioto Schools servestudents mainly inUnion and SciotoTownships in RossCounty. Chillicothe isthe county seat.
—from Page 1
Related story, Page 8
Page 3November, 2011
A new Grief Groupat the Gay and Les-bian CommunityCenter offers facili-tated discussion aimedat learning to build re-sources and find sup-port monthly, the firstWednesday at 7 p.m.Having 20 yearsexperience as a pro-fessional socialworker, Facilitator BillAbney saw the need inGreater Cincinnati fora safe and supportivegathering space forsurvivors. The Grief Group is for anyoneover 18 years of agewho has recentlyexperienced the deathof someone close.Bill Abney wasawarded his MSWfrom the University of Cincinnati in 1998. Henow works for Hamil-ton County Jobs andThe Burkhart Insurance Agency was recently named one of therecipients of the Five Star Auto & Home Insurance ProfessionalAgent Award.Five Star Professional partnered with Cincinnati Magazine toconduct research to identify a select group of insurance agents whoare exceptional in both their ability and their commitment to overallsatisfaction. Fewer than one percent of the 13,290 in the Cincinnatiarea residents holding insurance licenses were selected.A survey was provided to all Cincinnati area residents whopurchased a home over $100,000 within a 36-month period (
Sep-tember 2007 to September 2010
), 12,500 subscribers of CincinnatiMagazine and 250 mortgage and title companies. Respondentswere asked to evaluate insurance agents they knew through per-sonal experience and to evaluate them based on nine criteria. Bothnegative and positive evaluations were included in the scoring.The final list was reviewed by a panel of local insurance companyexecutives, professional and trade association officers and othersdirectly involved in housing-related businesses.
Pictured left to right,
Debbie Hutton
Susan Himmelsbach
and agency owner
Jeff Burkhart
. The agency has been licensed with State Auto since 1957
Grief Group at center 
Phone numbers for Cincinnati 513-244-2500 & Covington 859-292-8080.
Family Services. He isa former president of the center board, is acenter volunteer and adirector on its board. 
If you have additionalquestions please e.mail
St. John UnitedChurch of Christ,520Fairfield Avenue,Bellevue, Kentucky,invites you to theannual World AIDSDay Prayer Service onThursday, December1
at 7:30 p.m.This year’s servicewill be filled with artsong selections fromthe AIDS Quilt SongBook, hymns of faithand hope, poetry andand liturgies fromaround the world.A reception willfollow in the Fellow-ship Hall.
World AIDS Day Service 
Anonymous HIVTesting will be offeredby the St. John FreeHIV Testing Programsupported by theNorthern KentuckyHealth Department atthe church in room201 from 4 p.m. to 7p.m. Please use theaccessible entrance off the parking lot.For directions andmore information visit
Contact The ReverendKeith M. Haithcock at859-261-2066.
AIDS Quilt Display
There will be an AIDS Quilt Display be-ginning at noon on World AIDS Day, Decem-ber 1, at The World PEACE Bell in Coving-ton. The display will be at the Visitor’s Cen-ter until Sunday December 4 at 7 p.m. accord-ing to Michael Connett of the The Michael WConnett LIVING Trust/SouthBankHIVe

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