TheBody.com Launches Pride2011 Center to Affirm and Empower LGBT Youths

Published: June 28, 2011

ARLINGTON, Va., June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — As we mark 42 years since the Stonewall riots — the defining moment that heralded a new era of gay rights in the U.S. — it’s all too easy to take LGBT Pride for granted. Particularly in light of the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York this past weekend, it is tempting to use such landmarks to laud the LGBT community’s accomplishments over the past four decades. But even in a time of warranted celebration, today’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth need more than proverbial chest-beating and flag-waving to build the confidence and strong sense of self that can help them thrive in a society still laden with gay stigma.

That’s why TheBody.com has launched its new Pride2011@TheBody.com center. TheBody.com, part of HealthCentral, is the Internet’s most complete source of support, community and information about HIV/AIDS, a condition inextricably tied with gay rights. This new center will inspire LGBT youths and their allies to stand up against the hardships they may face, make educated health decisions and express confidence in themselves for who they are.

The Pride2011@TheBody.com at TheBody.com features:
•Perspectives: A unique collection of writings by LGBT bloggers, community members and allies, all of whom share powerful reflections on their own lives and struggles to overcome stigma.
•We Are the Youth: A photojournalism project that chronicles LGBT youths from around the country, capturing the voices of young people whose stories aren’t often told.
•Insightful Discussion: Original content exploring causes of, and solutions to, some of the key obstacles faced by LGBT youth, including a roundtable with experts examining homophobia within families.
•E-Cards: A compelling and entertaining set of customizable cards that convey a plethora of LGBT themes. (Brought to you through our partnership with Visual AIDS, a contemporary arts organization committed to HIV prevention and AIDS awareness.)

"Deep stigma and homophobia are still very much a part of American culture," says Myles Helfand, editorial director of TheBody.com. "People who are afraid to even say they’re gay, bisexual or transgender are much less likely to seek out the health care and support they need to stay out of danger and free of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. By providing a platform for LGBT folks to encourage and inform one another, we can do our part to create a safer, more affirming world in which LGBT youth can become confident, healthy LGBT adults."

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