Demi Lovato contemplated suicide when she was only seven

Lovato recently put out a documentary. | Photo: YouTube/Demi Lovato Demi Lovato revealed she considered taking her own life when she was 7 years old.

She recently appeared in a discussion with US TV host Dr. Phil.

‘At seven I knew if I were to take my own life that the pain would end,’ she told him.

Lovato has long been transparent and honest about her struggles with mental health. It’s an issue she’s used her voice and platform for which to advocate.

Previously, she’s opened up about battles with depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, and having bipolar disorder.

She also supports other people’s struggles and journeys. For her current tour, she’s offering free therapy sessions for fans before the show. ‘I hadn’t dealt with it yet’ Lovato continued, telling Dr. Phil she believes a lot of it stemmed from issues with her birth father.‘That I hadn’t dealt with yet,’ she said, referring to his own mental health problems and then his death in 2013.‘Now I’ve got older and I’ve been able to grieve the loss of him and I’ve been able to step back and look from a distance that he was mentally ill and it wasn’t his heart that meant to […]

Teens who hide their sexuality are at a higher risk for suicide

Researchers say there are ways to prevent suicide risks. | Photo: Unsplash/Sydney Sims A new study warns that teenagers who hide their sexuality are at a higher risk for suicide.

The study, in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine , ‘examines the association between sexual orientation discordance and suicidal ideation/suicide attempts’.

Sexual orientation discordance is defined as ‘the mismatch between the various dimensions of sexual orientation’.

In other words, teens who identified as heterosexual but only had sexual contact/experience with members of the same sex or both sexes. Alternatively, youth identifying as gay/lesbian but only having experience with members of the opposite sex or both sexes.

Why does this discordance exist?

According to the study, factors such as homophobia, lack of opportunity to act truly, or fluidity explain this phenomenon. Furthermore, ‘societal norms may put pressure on sexual minorities to present a sexual identity inconsistent with their true sexual identity or to act in a manner inconsistent with their sexual identity’. The numbers are alarming Researchers surveyed nearly 7,000 teens across the US. They asked them 99 questions relating to health, suicide, and sexual identities.Ultimately, they drew conclusions between various identity traits and the risk of non-fatal suicide behaviors. For example, women are […]

His boyfriend of 13 years committed suicide – now he’s fighting back

Naz and Matt on a cruise. | Photo: Naz and Matt Foundation Matthew Ogston met Nazim Mahmood in November 2001. They were both at a gay nightclub in Birmingham, England.

‘I had recently come out to myself,’ Matt tells me on the phone, recalling that period in his life. ‘In other words, I recently accepted myself.

‘Just a couple months later, I had a night out. I didn’t really know any gay people. I was sitting there in the nightclub feeling sorry for myself and along came this sweet, delicate voice that said: “May I sit here, please?”‘

Matt says, quite simply, they never stopped talking for 13 years. ‘We fell in love so quickly,’ he remembers. ‘We were both in similar situations in that we weren’t out to our parents.’ They moved to London, when Ogston says they were looking forward to sharing their lives and being themselves.

Until Naz took his own life at 34 when he jumped from the balcony of their shared flat in London. Naz and Matt in Brazil. | Photo: Naz and Matt Foundation Naz’s family is Muslim and they confronted him about his sexuality in 2014. He had previously made the decision never to come out […]

Anna Wintour Will Be Honored at Annual LGBT Center Gala

Anna Wintour Anna Wintour will be honored for her contributions to the LGBT community next month at the annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center gala dinner at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.

The center will recognize the publishing doyenne at their April 19 event with the Trailblazer Award for her “unwavering support and encouragement of the LGBTQ community within both the fashion and media industries,” according to the organization.

Last year, The Center honored Hillary Clinton at the fund-raiser, which brought in more than $1.75 million to support its various programs. Marc Jacobs was also honored with the organization’s Visionary Award, explaining how Wintour’s Met Gala gives him a certain level of social anxiety each year.

“It feels a little weird to be recognized when I just see myself as being true to myself,” Jacobs said. “The night [of the Met Gala] itself gives me a little bit of anxiety, but every social situation does. I’m really awkward socially.”

The center was founded in 1983 and from its West Village headquarters provides critical health and welfare services to the LGBT community.

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Bars investor snaps up Victoria Embankment site for LGBT-friendly venue

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan poses for a selfie with onlookers as revellers take part in London Pride, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) parade in London The team behind popular Soho nightspot Circa on Wednesday inked a deal to invest in opening another LGBT-friendly venue in London.

Circa’s owner Baby Bull has signed a long lease to take over more than 7000 square feet at Hungerford House on Victoria Embankment. No price was revealed.

It plans to transform the property to include a nightclub in the basement, where LGBT-friendly club nights will be hosted, and all-day dining and drinking space on the ground floor.

Emma Cousins at property firm CDG Leisure, which brokered the deal, said: “The popularity of Circa has illustrated a demand for more LGBT-friendly venues in the capital.”

She added that she expects the new site “to become a much-needed addition to London’s nightlife scene”, boosted by its central location and high footfall in the area.

A report last year warned that more than half the capital’s LGBT+ venues have closed in the past decade.

LGBT groups urged rejection of Trump judicial nominee who said gay marriages are ‘troubled”

© Getty Images LGBT advocacy groups are demanding that the Senate reject President Trump ’s nomination of Gordon Giampietro to a federal court in Wisconsin because of comments he’s made, including that same-sex relationships are “troubled.”

The groups noted radio interviews in 2014 and 2015, first reported by BuzzFeed, in which Giampietro said children are best raised by heterosexual couples.

He also said that said legalizing same-sex marriage would open the door to a brother and sister being married, and urged listeners to ignore Justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority opinion in the Supreme Court’s landmark marriage equality case.

Trump has nominated Giampietro to be a federal district court judge in Wisconsin’s Eastern District.

In a letter to the Senate Wednesday, Lamda Legal and 40 national, state and local LGBT groups said the White House should withdraw the nomination.

They said the Wisconsin attorney’s remarks about same-sex marriage and same-sex relationships should disqualify him, and that he failed to disclose the radio interviews on the application he filed with Wisconsin’s Federal Nominating Commission.“Mr. Giampietro has left no doubt that he would be willing to use the federal bench to curtail LGBT protections,” the groups said.BuzzFeed also reported that Giampietro wrote on the website Catholic Thing in […]

Miss Transgender UK hoping to inspire and support LGBT people in the community

Bea Wood A transgender woman from Scunthorpe has spoken about her future plans to help inspire and support LGBT people in the community.

After searching through beauty pageants stating that all participants must be naturally born females, Bea Wood came across the Miss Transgender UK pageant.

The pageant, which took place last year, doesn’t score people according to beauty or size, but on votes from the crowd and the amount of charity money raised.

Bea, 29, raised more than £1,000 and was crowned Miss Transgender UK, as well as winning most inspirational outfit.

She is now in the process of setting up her own support service and hopes to inspire other LGBT people to be themselves by winning Miss Transgender UK.

Bea has a number of exciting plans for 2018 including competing in Miss Mystic Beauty in October and taking part in a world-record attempt for the longest catwalk on water in May.She will also be competing in a Miss UK competition organised by Dream Street Models.Bea, who now lives with her partner Donna Shipley, has set up an aptly-named foundation called Bea Yourself and plans to set up a support service."It is in the early stages but my aim is that with the […]

In Eastern Caribbean LGBT People Face Bias, Violence Under Colonial-Era Laws

( Bridgetown, Barbados, March 21, 2018 ) — Discriminatory laws in Eastern Caribbean countries make lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) people targets for discrimination, violence and abuse, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

The 107-page report "’I Have to Leave to Be Me’: Discriminatory Laws against LGBT People in the Eastern Caribbean" covers seven countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. All seven countries have versions of buggery and gross indecency laws, relics of British colonialism, that prohibit same-sex conduct between consenting persons. The laws have broad latitude, are vaguely worded, and serve to legitimize discrimination and hostility toward LGBT people.

"While people are rarely prosecuted for these crimes, the laws single out a vulnerable social group," said Boris Dittrich, LGBT advocacy director at Human Rights Watch. "The laws give social and legal sanction for discrimination, violence, stigma, and prejudice against LGBT people."

The report is based on interviews with people from all seven countries during February 2017 with a total of 41 self-identifying LGBT people between the ages of 17 to 53 by Human Rights Watch researchers, working closely with the Eastern Caribbean […]

LGBT communities brace for criminalization

The Indonesian parliament is expected to vote in favor of proposed Criminal Code amendments that will criminalize consensual same-sex behavior and sex outside of marriage (extramarital and premarital). This vote will disproportionately impact lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people along with thousands of heterosexual adults in intimate non-marital relationships.

For the LGBT community, this is blatant betrayal; betrayal by fellow Indonesians, betrayal by moderates in parliament, and betrayal by President Joko Widodo, who campaigned on a platform for human rights in 2014 – the first president in nearly 70 years who is not from the political elite or the military, often celebrated as the “people’s president.”

From the outside, what I see in Indonesia is an unfettered rise of Islamist power, shredding the reputation that Indonesia has long held: a country with the largest Muslim population in the world that practices a tolerant, moderate Islam. For the last 26 months, there has been an erosion of pluralist, moderate Islam fueled by Islamist hardliners. Moving away from moderate Islam

The majority religion of Indonesia has been moderate Islam. In 2017, Widodo declared that Indonesia is still a nation of moderate Islam despite indications that the country is moving backwards on […]

LGBT activists physically attack Dutch Christians protesting erotic ads

NIJMEGEN, Netherlands, March 21, 2018 ( LifeSiteNews ) — You’d think that a manufacturer of men’s business suits would favor a conservative image, but not Holland’s Suitsupply.

The clothing manufacturer angered many families in the Netherlands with its sexually-explicit advertising, which appears on posters and billboards. In the past, the firm has used photographs that exploit naked or near-naked women; more recently, they have shown men in homoerotic poses. More than 5,000 of these advertisements have been posted in Holland.

In response, 10 men belonging to the Dutch pro-family organization Stichting Civitas Christiana held a demonstration in Nijmegen’s Keizer Karelplein Square on March 10. They all wore suits.

In response, a crowd of approximately 150 LGBT activists, including members of Antifa, held a violent counter-protest. They were not wearing suits. While police and politicians looked on, several LGBT activists darted across the few feet that divided them from the pro-family demonstrators to hit them or throw glitter in their eyes. The young men of Stichting Civitas Christiana held signs reading “Stop Suitsupply” and “God’s marriage=1 man + 1 marriage” and handed out flyers.

“They were hypocrites because they were preaching that we should be tolerant (of) them, but they were very aggressive,” said […]