Friday, January 15, 2010

We're excited to welcome our new Communications Intern, Danielle, with her inaugural blog! Too bad it was a slower news week for us...


North Carolina PFLAG Chapter To Give Three $1000 Scholarships for the 2010-2011 Academic Year

The Salisbury/Rowan chapter of PFLAG, one of the most recognizable organizations for advancing civil and social rights for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender people, will be offering three $1000 scholarships to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or straight ally students. The scholarships are to be used during the 2010-2011 academic year.

The Salisbury/Rowan chapter is was the first organization in North Carolina to create a specific scholarship for local GLBT students.

Appalachian State University to Launch Oral History Project Focused on GLBT Individuals in Appalachian Region

Appalachian State University faculty members have received funding to comprise the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members of the community living in the Appalachian region.

The project will include interviews from members of the community. Participants may choose to remain anonymous or to reveal their identity. Participants will have the opportunity to: review the transcriptions of the interview before it is released, choose the method the interview is recorded and choose the date the interview will be made public.


High Cost Procedures Force Users to the Black Market

Pump-up parties, frequented by some members of the transgender community, are known for promoting the use of FDA unapproved liquid silicone injections as alternatives to pricier cosmetic procedures. These black market products are potentially harmful because the silicone injection can permanently disfigure, cause long term health problems or kill its users.

According to a study in 2006, 11 out of 44 women or transwomen died from using the liquid silicone injections during a 15 year period. These startling statistics sheds light on the year long health care reform debate. If these procedures could be performed at legal clinics at low cost, many lives could be saved.

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