Saturday, July 01, 2006

PUMP's "Outreach" at Youth Pride

YOUTH PRIDE -- the yearly "celebration" of Massachusetts teens' homosexuality, bisexuality, and transgenderism every May in Boston -- is sponsored by the Governor's Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth, and funded by your state tax dollars. A program called PUMP, supported by the Mass. Deparment of Public Health, has an "outreach" at Youth Pride. That means that their "peer leaders" or representatives ("men who have sex with men"; HIV/AIDS sufferers; male "sex workers", etc.) come speak with the teens at Youth Pride, and hand out WHO KNOWS WHAT information, and lead them WHO KNOWS WHERE.

If you go to PUMP's website, you can see where they direct their own clients: gay "hookup" bars and outdoor anonymous-sex rendezvous sites. If Senator Jarrett Barrios gets his way and gets his new SUPER COMMISSION on Gay and Lesbian Youth, you will see such connections -- between older homosexuals, and teen students bussed in by their high school GSAs (homosexual clubs, sponsored by the Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth) -- happening more openly, instead of under the radar.

We uncovered PUMP while following up on some leads from Boston Pride week, and noticed reference to a community "health" center called
Cambridge Cares about AIDS" (CCAA) -- which is listed as a funded resource by the Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health! CCAA caters especially to "sex workers" (who used to be called prostitutes) and "transgenders."

PUMP program ("Peers Using More Prevention") is for "men who have sex with men" (also MSM -- this new moniker means many of them may not label themselves homosexual, because they also have sex with women ... spreading AIDS around as part of the "bisexual" craze.) PUMP's web page shows very happy young men smiling ear to ear, and the adjoining text and advertising links lead readers to hook-up sites and gay bars! NOTE THEY CONDUCT "OUTREACH" AT YOUTH PRIDE! Here is their own description of their program:

PUMP is a peer-based outreach program for men who have sex with men throughout Greater Boston. The goal of the program is to offer non-judgmental HIV prevention and education, substance use counseling, and peer support to gay, bisexual, queer, questioning, or gay-for-pay men. We do this through public outreach and special initiatives, workshops, trainings, speaking engagements, and individual counseling on issues of interest to the community.

PUMP staff and volunteers are equipped with first-hand knowledge and experiences of the men we serve. We have staff available to answer questions about HIV risk, living with HIV/AIDS, STDs, substance use, exchanging sex for cash, accessing heath care needs, obtaining mental health support, dealing with discrimination or harassment, and more. We are available to help you meet your needs, when you need support.

PUMP conducts outreach at:
The Paradise (Cambridge)
Fellsway Park (Somerville) [cruising site]
The "Fens" (Boston) [cruising site]
Partyline (phone)

Special events (LGBT Health Week, Boston Pride, and Youth Pride) We are always seeking experienced or new outreach workers and peer educators who would like to give back to the community. Interested applicants should contact PUMP via email, explaining why you would like to work with PUMP, what your previous experience is working with men who have sex with men, and your availability. For more information, contact
Stephen Crowe, PUMP Program Coordinator at (617) 599-0231.

PUMP IS PROUD TO COLLABORATE WITH: ["a project by, for, and about men in the sex industry"]

The Boston homosexual newspaper InNewsWeekly reported a few weeks ago on the "trans" pride event at CCAA. Note that Trans Pride was an effort of Gunner Scott, the person behind GenderCrash, who also held a special event at this year's Youth Pride, and is connected to PUMP. Youth under 21 were welcome! So, as we've been pointing out, Youth Pride and the "Governor's Commission" and government "safe schools" people are involving our teens more and more in the Trans world.

Transcending the usual Pride
With Trans Pride and TransCEND, Boston's transgender community is about to celebrate
InNewsWeekly, June 07, 2006

"The trans community, thinks Boston-based queer/transgender social justice activist Gunner Scott, tends to come together around tragedies, at support groups and at conferences. Sure, the community is part of an alphabet soup of sexual- and gender-orientation labels, but it's sometimes seen as simply a tacked-on "T." That's why, this year for the first time, the trans community is holding Trans Pride. There isn't a march or a parade planned, just a safe space in which the trans community - including partners, friends and family - are invited to celebrate pride together.

" "I've been thinking about putting together a Trans Pride for a few years now," said Scott. "There was not an all-ages, space-specific event for the trans community so we decided to put one together." Co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, of which Scott is a member, and TransCEND - a new Cambridge-based care and education program for the trans community - Trans Pride, said Scott, if enough people attend, will become an annual event held in conjunction with the other pride events that sweep through the city in early June.

"It's the idea of "all-ages" that mattered most to Scott. For three years, the trans community has the Bounce Pride party, but if you weren't 21, you didn't get in. For a community that has fought for inclusion, it just wouldn't do to not have something for everyone.

"So, too, thinks the Massachusetts Department of Public Health HIV/AIDS Bureau, which issued a call for programs specific to the transgender women's community. Cambridge Cares about AIDS suggested, and was provided funding for, TransCEND (Transgender Care and Education Needs Diversity). ...

"Stephen Crowe, program coordinator of CCA's Peers Using More Prevention (PUMP) program by day, and Sir Loins, a regular performer at Jacques, by night, helped start TransCEND, and will join some of Boston's best-known performers...

"TransCEND brings together allies and friends, while providing a program by and for the trans community that works to address how discrimination impacts HIV prevention and health education.

"Created as a place without judgment, without pressure, according to its mission statement, it has available written information about issues about and related to the trans community, safer sex and injection packets, and offers individual and group support on issues such as hormones, HIV, silicone, and sex."
It's incredible how our society plays along with the politically-correct denial accompanying the AIDS epidemic. Public funding pays for many ill-conceived programs which surely encourage the spread of the epidemic, rather than restraining it. A week ago, we revealed the "guerrilla theater" in the Fens anonymous sex cruising area (supported by Fenway Community Health and Starbucks).

Needless to say, we believe HIV/AIDS sufferers should receive compassionate care, help with housing, etc. And we admire those who are able to help in this way. What we don't understand is why such programs as CCAA and Fenway -- and the state Dept. of Public Health -- play along with and encourage men in the deadly "gay" lifestyle. Even CCAA's anonymous HIV testing program tells clients they may not be ready for the trauma of an AIDS test, so it's OK to put it off.