LGBTQ youth disproportionately incarcerated in the U.S. juvenile justice system

LGBTQ youth disproportionately incarcerated in the U.S. juvenile justice system

Almost 60% of incarcerated girls are sexual minorities

LOS ANGELES - A new study by scholars at the Williams Institute found that sexual minority youth are incarcerated at disproportionately high rates. Once they are incarcerated they are more likely to be held for long periods of time and experience sexual victimization.
    Sexual minority youth include those that identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual, as well as those that identified as mostly straight but had some attraction to the same sex.    
Key findings include:
* Almost 60% of all incarcerated girls are sexual minorities.
* Sexual minority youth are 2-3 times more likely to be held in custody for more than a year compared to heterosexual youth.
* Gay and bisexual boys were nearly 11 times more likely than straight boys to report having experienced sexual violence by peers.

Kansas City PrideFest 2017 to feature exciting national acts

27-Apr-17 67By Ciara Reid, staff reporter

KANSAS CITY - There are few certainties in life – death and taxes being the two items cited most – but for those in the LGBTQ community, we can add another: the annual gay Pride festival. Every June, Kansas Citians (and surrounding communities) attend the city’s Pride festival for the performances, music, and the chance to make new friends.
    This year’s list of performers is stacked: Material Girl on Friday, June 2; Australian pop star Betty Who is slated to perform Saturday, June 3; and Well Strung, slated to perform June 3, are just a few of the big names onboard.
    Liberty Press had the chance to ask Bill Svoboda, events coordinator with EventPros, the company organizing KC PrideFest, about what goes into planning the festival and what might be in store for this year’s attendees.

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Wichita’s premier roller derby league rebrands as ICT Roller Derby

27-Apr-17 58WICHITA –  Entering into its 11th season, Wichita’s roller derby league, formerly ICT Roller Girls, is now officially ICT Roller Derby.
    The change comes at a time when the sport, worldwide, is making efforts to become more inclusive. As of the 2017 season, men, as well as women, are invited to skate with ICT Roller Derby. The league’s junior team, ICT Roller Juniors, is now also accepting male skaters ages 11-17.
    “As members of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association since 2010, we’ve looked to the organization for leadership in shaping the current and future state of roller derby. As WFTDA has committed to inclusive and anti-discrimination practices as well as partnered with the Men’s Roller Derby Association we decided it was time to have a gender-inclusive team and a roller derby team for everyone in Wichita,” the Director of ICT Roller Derby, Susan Weathers, said.
    Information on how to get tickets to see ICT Roller Derby live, as well as details about how to join, are available online at www.ictrollerderby.com. l

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