Rainbow Rundown: Queer youth distrust police, have high support for BLM

Hello October! Spooky season is fast approaching and Halloween is just around the corner! Welcome to your fifth installment of the Rainbow Rundown, Charlotte Pride’s weekly recap and review of important, engaging, and timely LGBTQ news, arts, entertainment, upcoming community events, and more. Here, you’ll find recaps from local, regional, national, and international sources to round out your week. (Read our first installment from the beginning of September to learn more about the Rainbow Rundown and why we’ve started this series.)

As we enter our second month of the weekly Rainbow Rundown, we’ve taken some time to identify ways to make your experience better. You’ll notice some of those changes in this edition:

Upcoming Events replaces Arts & Entertainment Briefs
First, as we did last week, we’ve replaced the arts and entertainment briefs with a section on upcoming local and regional events. We’ll begin mixing arts and entertainment news into the either the national/international news round-up or the local/regional news round-up, wherever it best fits.

Shorter, more succinct top stories
Second, after a full month of creating the Rainbow Rundown, we’ve realized that shorter is better. This is, after all, an end-of-week recap and it’s designed to be a quick way for you to easily digest the week’s news and goings-on. From here on out, you’ll notice our write-ups on the week’s top stories are much shorter.

You can contribute! Plus, ways to provide event information and news tips
Finally, we want you to know that we always welcome your contributions and additions — particularly on upcoming local and regional events, as well as news tips. As we continue building our online and virtual programming, our goal is to drastically increase the ways and frequency with which we are sharing local experiences and stories. With that in mind, we’ve created opportunities for you to either contribute your own written pieces/essays/artwork/etc. or to easily and quickly provide us information on upcoming events or news tips.



New blog layout
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In this issue of the Rainbow Rundown:

  • 70% of LGBTQ youth have distrust for police, high support for Black Lives Matter
  • California governor signs four new LGBTQ-affirming laws
  • Drug use is highest risk factor for gay and bi men who become HIV-positive
  • News from around the country and world
  • Local and regional news spotlight
  • Upcoming events

70% of LGBTQ youth have distrust for police, high support for Black Lives Matter

A graph showing poll results. Click the link on the image to access an accessible version via Axios.

Freshly reported this morning by Axios, a new poll of youth aged 13-24 and conducted by The Trevor Project and Morning Consult shows that LGBTQ young people overwhelmingly distrust police.

The top takeaways, according to Axios:

  • More than 70% of LGBTQ youth say they have little to no trust in police, especially among Black LGBTQ and trans and/or non-binary, according to a Morning Consult/Trevor Project poll out Friday.
  • 77% of trans and/or non-binary youth and 75% of Black LGBTQ youth surveyed little-to-no trust in the police.
  • 47% of straight/cisgender youth and only one-fourth of white straight/cisgender youth shared the same sentiment.

The Trevor Project reports directly: White straight and cisgender young people are the only demographic with high trust in police.

The poll also finds high support for Black Lives Matter movements among young people, but that support is largely driven by LGBTQ youth, in particular Black LGBTQ youth.

Overall, 82% of LGBTQ youth support Black Lives Matter movements. Among Black LGBTQ youth, support stands at 84%.

Read the Axios top takeaways here.

Click here to read the full press release and findings from The Trevor Project.

California governor signs four LGBTQ-affirming laws

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed four LGBTQ-affirming laws last week, with a new law expanding protections for incarcerated transgender people being perhaps the most impactful.

The four new laws expands California’s already wide-ranging protections for LGBTQ people and includes:

  • A new law requiring state correctional facilities to ask inmates their gender identities and pronouns and house them accordingly.
  • A new law requiring health officials to collect and track LGBTQ demographics related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • A law creating the state’s new Transgender Wellness and Equity Fund, which will assist trans, non-binary, and intersex people with housing and health care.
  • A new law equalizing access to insurance and insurance rates for HIV-positive people.

Click here to read more details on the new laws from LGBTQ Nation.

Drug use is single-biggest HIV risk factor for gay and bi men

Photo by Cottonbro via Pexels

A new study from the City University of New York points to crystal methamphetamine use as the single biggest risk factor for American gay and bisexual mean becoming HIV-positive. The study included 4,800 people, almost all of them queer cisgender men between the ages of 16-49.

From The Advocate:

Of all those who became HIV-positive, over a third (36 percent) were persistent meth users. Men aged 36-45 reported the most meth use, and those living in Western states had the highest incidence of the drug.

“Methamphetamine exacerbates HIV risk via increasing sexual libido while simultaneously reducing inhibitions,” the authors stated, according to AIDSMap. “Our findings highlight the need to address methamphetamine use and its associated risks among sexual and gender minorities, the likes of which may also serve to help end the HIV epidemic.”

Read the full report from The Advocate.

News from around the country and world

Local and regional news spotlight

Upcoming Events


Saturday, October 3, 2020
1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Click here for more information and to register for free

PFLAG Charlotte invites you to our third annual conversation At the Intersection of Faith and LGBTQ Identities! All are welcome! Bishop Tonyia Rawls leads off the event with an inspirational keynote address. Event Moderator, O’Neale Atkinson, Time Out Youth’s Interim Executive Director, will introduce interactive table group discussions, followed by a moderated Q&A with Bishop Rawls. We can’t wait to “see” you! Tickets are FREE. Please plan to attend “live” as this session will not be recorded.

Charlotte Black PRide – Your Vote Matters

Sunday, October 11, 7pm
Via Facebook Live

Black LGBTQIA, Do you think your vote don’t count? Lets Talk!!! Hear why we need to Vote the whole ballot and understand the voting process. For this important Sunday Conversation we welcome three prominent Black Woman leaders to help you understand why your vote matters. If your vote didn’t matter, they wouldn’t try so hard to suppress it! Moderated by former Charlotte City Councilmember LaWana Mayfield with guests Collette Alston of the African American Caucus of Mecklenburg County and Kendra Johnson of Equality NC.

Young adult novelists host Q&A

Wednesday, October 14, 7pm
Via Zoom – Click here to register for free
Click here for more detailed event information

Park Road Books hosts a Q&A with three young adult novelists, with each author exploring topics ranging from their LGBTQ characters to race, intergenerational trauma, and feminism. Authors at this event include Charlotte-based Adam Sass, Raleigh-based Tracy Deonn, and Durham-based Nita Tyndall.

Adam Sass’ book, Surrender Your Sons, is about a boy sent to a conversion camp, and “…while the narrative does explore queer pain, family rejection, depression, emotional and physical trauma. Surrender Your Sons more importantly celebrates queer strength and resilience. Connor is a strong, brave, and confident protagonist in an alarming situation, backed up by a richly developed cast of supporting characters, fighting against an enemy straight out of the headlines.”( American Library Association).

Nita Tyndall’s book, Who I Was With Her, is about a girl who is bisexual but is not ready for everyone to know, the book alternates between the time following her secret girlfriend’s untimely death and their time spent secretly together, focusing a lot on how she is forced to grieve in secret. This realistic fiction focuses on bisexuality, identity, and gender norms.

Lastly, Tracy Deonn’s book, Legendborn, focuses heavily on topics such as institutional racism, intergenerational trauma, and feminism. The book’s narrative is a blending of Arthurian legend and traditions of the African American South set at UNC Chapel Hill.

Featured Photo: A photo of a Black Lives Matter protest captured by Brea Soul, via Nappy.


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