Amy Contrada
A Conservative (formerly)
in Massachusetts
 

Youth & Trans Sex Work

NIH LifeSkills Project, Mass. LGBT Youth Pride, and the Dancing Boys of Boston:
Supporting transgender male youth in prostitution

            SPECIAL REPORT  

By Amy L. Contrada  ©2013     

June 30, 2013

Many have noted that “LGBT” youth programs encourage teens to develop homosexual or transgender “identities,”  channeling them into difficult and often dangerous environments. These programs harm many youth,  rather than helping them out of their confusion.

In Boston, an NIH-funded study and taxpayer-funded health agencies are actually supporting young men to continue in their "transgender" identities. While transgender males are at very high risk for sexually-transmitted diseases, drug use, and even suicidal behaviors, and many transgender males work as prostitutes, the NIH project  apparently does not advise them to leave this "lifestyle"  just to be careful and practice "safer sex."

These young men need real help, not exploitation disguised as help.


Lining up for the parade at 2009 Mass. LGBT Youth Pride in Boston.
Transgender advocacy groups took the lead. [MassResistance photo]

LifeSkills” NIH Study Supporting Young “Transgender Women” (who are really young men)

A MassResistance video on Massachusetts LGBT Youth Pride on the Boston Common (held on May 19, 2012) documents a group from Fenway Health recruiting young “transgender women” (males), ages 16 and up, for a research project by the National Institutes of Health (NIH, funded by the federal government) called Project LifeSkills.


LifeSkills recruiting at LGBT Youth Pride 2012: See MassResistance video here. (The videographer who shot
this video also collected many of the materials reproduced in this report at that event.)

The LifeSkills project acknowledges that many “transgender women” are engaged in prostitution (now euphemistically called “sex work” by its advocates).


LifeSkills recruiting card handed out at Mass. LGBT Youth Pride in 2012.

The stated goal of the LifeSkills project is to reduce high-risk sexual behaviors and thereby reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS within the “community.”


From Fenway Health’s LifeSkills recruitment material. Fenway is one of
the health agencies conducting the LifeSkills study for the NIH.

How is LifeSkills going to help these young men reduce their high-risk behaviors? Through  “empowerment,” support groups, “ballroom” events, HIV/AIDS and STI information, encouraging condom use, and frequent HIV testing. There is no indication that they will be encouraged to leave behind their transgender “identities,” stop injecting opposite-sex hormones, cease engaging in anal intercourse, or abandon prostitution.

The official description of the LifeSkills research study states:

The LifeSkills study is a randomized controlled trial funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The study is recruiting in two U.S. cities: Chicago and Boston.

The purpose of the LifeSkills Study is to assess a group-based program, called LifeSkills, which was first developed in Chicago for trans women by trans women.

The 6 session LifeSkills program aims to empower young trans women by helping us to gain more knowledge about HIV and build the life skills needed to reduce HIV risk behavior and stop the spread of the virus. The program is led by trans women in Boston and Chicago and also includes HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing and counseling and assessment visits 4 times over a year-long period. [Emphasis added.]


Above: Image on ProjectLifeSkills.org homepage.

LifeSkills explains why this project is needed:

Trans-specific HIV prevention programs are struggling to catch up to other HIV prevention interventions. There is a need for comprehensive trans-specific HIV prevention programs that are evidence-based (i.e., have been shown to work) and that meet our unique circumstances as young trans women.

The LifeSkills study aims to fill this scientific gap by testing the efficacy of a unique group-based prevention program, delivered by trans women for trans women, to decrease risk for HIV infection transmission and re-infection in our communities.

We are trying to distinguish our communities and incorporate the unique factors we face and experience relating to HIV risk, and which make our HIV prevention needs different from, for example, those of men who have sex with men. We also want to build upon our strengths and avoid a deficits-based approach. It is time to be empowered. [Emphasis added.]

It is not explained what is meant by the “unique circumstances … young trans women” face. But LifeSkills acknowledges that “sex work” is a major issue within the “transgender women’s” community:

The LifeSkills curriculum contains specific content regarding the context in which HIV risk takes place for many of us, including securing safe housing and employment, and directly addresses the economic allure of transactional sex work, all of which are day-to-day realities for many of our young trans women and which complicate comprehensive HIV prevention efforts.

For example, we know that transactional sex work may help solve more immediate problems in our lives, such as securing food and housing, paying for gender transitioning, and earning extra income that may help our families. Similarly, substance and alcohol use may help us to cope with depression and discrimination, yet both sex work and substance use can place us at risk for HIV or other STIs. We need to talk about it. Know our risk boundaries and limits. Care for ourselves, protect ourselves, and empower ourselves.

Empowerment includes feeling part of a sisterhood of trans women, from many generations, standing in solidarity together, celebrating our beauty and diversity, and knowing that we are worth saving. [Emphasis added.]

The “sisterhood of transwomen” is apparently aided by a “brotherhood of transmen” (female-to-male, FTM transsexuals). A lead researcher on the Boston project was photographed at the 2012 LifeSkillz Ball wearing a T-shirt reading promoting “FTM” identity. Various FTM transgenders were shown in attendance.


LifeSkills researcher wearing FTM T-shirt at LifeSkillz Ball in 2012. [Photo: Jenn Alton]

Four major Boston health institutions are collaborating on the LifeSkills study: Fenway Health, the Sidney Borum, Jr. Health Center (linked to Fenway Health), the Justice Resource Institute (JRI), and Boston Children’s Hospital (Gender Management Service). Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago is also participating in the study.


Card and “Boston HAPPENS” bracelet handed out at Mass. LGBT Youth Pride 2013.
Boston Children’s Hospital offers “free and confidential safer sex education and
resources” for ages 13 and up. They also run a controversial “
gender clinic” for children.
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Recruiting Transgender Male Youth
          
Recruitment flyer (2-sided) handed out at Youth Pride 2012 by Fenway Health.

 


LifeSkills recruiting cards handed out at Youth Pride 2012 and 2013.

Youth support groups and clinics are always present at Mass. LGBT Youth Pride events, handing out condoms, lubricant, candy, HIV/AIDS information pamphlets, and urging the youth to be tested for HIV/AIDS.


Mass. LGBT Youth Pride 2013 had tables full of condoms (as in previous years). One group handed out
the “Safe Equipment Kit” above, complete with condoms, lubricant, HIV/AIDS information, and a mint.

The LifeSkills team fitted right in at Youth Pride, recruiting for the second year in a row on May 18, 2013. Still operating under the umbrella of Fenway Health, they promoted their “LifeSkillz 2013 Anniversary Ball” and directed youth to photos from their 2012 ball.

Below is an online LifeSkills recruitment notice: “Are you a Transgender Woman?” (Definition: “On the MTF spectrum” means male-to-female, including males who cross dress; have had cosmetic procedures; inject opposite-sex hormones; or have had surgical  breast enhancement, removal of the penis, and even “neo-vagina” constructive surgeries.
 

 


Where LifeSkills is sending these young men: The “ball culture” or “ballroom scene”


Here is LifeSkills’ advertisement handed out at Mass. Youth Pride for their 2013 celebratory ballroom event:


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The "LifeSkillz Ball" is part of the sexually charged “ballroom scene” (described below). This 2013 event was co-sponsored by BAGLY (Boston Alliance of Gay Lesbian Bisexual & Transgender Youth), which works closely with the Mass. Commission on LGBT Youth (as an official member group). At the ball, BAGLY offered “safer sex packets,” and admission reimbursement for attendees who got “free HIV testing” on site. Competition categories included butch queen, female figure (male competitors), male figure (female competitors), and “sex siren: sexy and safe.”


Most ballroom participants are male, but here a young female [FTM] competed
for “male figure” prize at LifeSkillz Ball in 2012. [
Jenn Alton photo]

Underscoring the emphasis on the “ballroom scene,” one of the emcees of the 2013 LGBT Youth Pride festival “walks” (competes at balls) as a member of the “House of Prodigy.”


Member of the ballroom “House of Prodigy” was emcee at 2013 LGBT Youth Pride.
[MassResistance photo
]

It's not just that annual ball where the youth can strut their stuff. BAGLY holds monthly “ball” events co-sponsored by TransCEND (an adult male-to-female transgender support group, part of AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts).Come learn about the ballroom scene. Learn to walk the runway,” reads the invitation passed out at Youth Pride. And the unspoken subtext: Mingle with adult transgenders ... (TransCEND has handed out information at the Youth Pride festival since at least 2011.)


Card handed out at Mass. LGBT Youth Pride 2013 advertising
the monthly ball event run by BAGLY and TransCEND.


Youth mingling with adult transgender prostitutes


TransCEND works with adult “transgender women” (meaning men), many of whom are involved in “sex work.” Until some time in June 2013, their web site included a
page supporting legalization of prostitution (dead URL http://transcendboston.org/en/t-rights/sex-work), and linking to sex-worker activists through SWOP-USA (Sex Workers Outreach Project). A screenshot of that TransCEND page from early June 2013 is shown below:

TransCEND’s “T Rights/Sex Work” web page read:

Supporting our sisters currently doing sex work, whether it's on the street or online is an important part of our work at TransCEND. Many of us, and many of the girls we work with, have been there. Our community space, house parties and groups are places where sex work can be discussed openly and without judgement….

Note the signs in the photo of the demonstration on the old TransCEND web  page:

 Outlaw Poverty, Not Prostitutes
Decriminalize Prostitution
Sex Workers Unite!

The SWOP-USA page that TransCEND linked to includes this video of a cross-dressing man promoting political activity by prostitutes:
 


The cross-dressing man in the video asks: “Are you a transvestite or a transgender sex worker?”
The
video leads viewers to the Sex Worker Open University web site.

How many teens were drawn into these sex work discussions by TransCEND?

Past Promotion of Prostitution and Transgenderism

Early on, the “gay rights” movement openly called for legalization of prostitution. In 1972, a national coalition of homosexual activists met in Chicago and issued a “gay rights platform” including these demands:

3. Repeal all state laws prohibiting solicitation for private voluntary sexual liaisons; and laws prohibiting prostitution, both male and female.
6. Repeal of all laws prohibiting transvestism and cross-dressing.
7. Repeal of all laws governing the age of sexual consent.  

At the GLBT March on Washington, D.C. in 1993 — the first to formally recognized “bisexuals” and “transgenders” — the platform demanded “repeal of all sodomy laws and other laws that criminalize private sexual expression between consenting adults.”

 


Cross-dressing young men showed off at the 2005 BAGLY prom, ending
Youth Pride Day in Boston. [BAGLY photo]


In
2006, a contingent of youth from BAGLY attended a workshop on prostitution at the ultra-radical “Creating Change” conference, sponsored by the
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. This is further evidence that BAGLY (Boston Alliance of Gay Lesbian Bisexual & Transgender Youth) and associated state-sanctioned groups in Massachusetts are encouraging “sex work” in their youth support organizations. As reported by Americans for Truth about Homosexuality:

As the leftist arm of the homosexual movement, the Task Force’s annual “Creating Change” conference — now in its 19th year — tells us where they want to take America. “Sex work” for teenagers? Don’t judge it as wrong. Prostitution? Legalize it but don’t tax it. Partnering with sexual sadists, pornographers and “fetishists”? Hey, they have their “rights,” too ….

[A panel discussion] “What’s $Got to Do With It?: Sex Work, Economics, and Class” [focused on prostitution]. The [NGLTF] program continues:

“…The stigma connected to sex outside of heterosexual, monogamous, inside-marriage-only norms affects the lives of both queers and sex workers. … And sex workers across the US, often time with LGBT sex worker activists at the forefront, are demanding respect for their rights.

“This workshop will explore the diversity and contradictions of the sex industry involving issues of sexuality, gender, race, class and more, with an emphasis on encouraging participants to support sex workers’ fight for their rights. Panelists will discuss alternatives to criminalization, the maximization of health and safety for sex workers, and how feminist, queer theory, and sexuality discussions engage the issue of sex work.”

There were 77 seats available in the meeting room, very few empty, with an additional 8 or 10 people standing. In the front row, directly in front of the panel, sat teenage students from Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth (“BAGLY” — “a youth-led, adult-supported social support organization”)….

One of the teenage boys [from BAGLY] on the front row raised his hand and asked: “How do you get started?” He explained: “We suspect that one of the youth in our group is leaning toward sex work. What should we do?”

The panelists did not suggest deterring the youth from pursuing sex work or encouraging the youth to think about a college education. They suggested listening, remaining non-judgmental, and perhaps discussing safety, “but not to the extent that he feels stigmatized.” [Emphasis added.]


Two young men at Mass. LGBT Youth Pride in 2009. [MassResistance photo]

Confirming this ongoing effort to legitimize sex work, a June 2013 national conference on “trans health” in Philadelphia included numerous workshops supporting transgender or transsexual “sex workers”:

  • “Trans Sex Work and the Law” (updating decriminalization efforts)
  • “Storytelling, theater, and writing workshops to support people who are transgender and/or involved in the sex trades” 
  • “Taking Care of Business: A Group Discussion for FTM [female-to-male] Sex Workers” (“teaching clients about your body * working stealth * disclosure when working on the internet vs the street * working in porn - what are the opportunities? ”)
  • “TWAT/fest Presents: Trans Women Artists Creating Media” (including a discussion of sex work}
  • “Creating a Safer Space to Discuss HIV/STI Risk with Trans People Engaged in Sex Work”
  • “Sex Workers and Trafficking Survivors”
  • “Our Health: Health and Wellness Strategies of Trans* Folks in the Sex Trade”
  • “They Can’t Take That Away From Us: Fighting ‘Condoms As Evidence’”
  • “Addressing the Health Care and Social Service Needs of Trans* Folks in the Sex Trade”  

Similarly, the sexual radicals have long been pushing transgenderism and its associated “culture.” GLSEN founder Kevin Jennings’ 1993 report for the Massachusetts Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth included the need to support “transgender” students.

The effort by youth “support groups” to encourage young men to enter the “transgender” male-to-female world has been going on for some time. In 2000, JRI/Boston GLASS handed out a packet at the GLSEN-Boston conference (the infamous “Fistgate” event). Its contents may be seen here. Perhaps the most shocking item was the pamphlet (below) on “Using a Condom” showing a male body with erect penis and female-appearing breasts putting on a condom. (The pamphlet also showed how to safely self-inject opposite-sex hormones.)


Page from pamphlet handed out by Justice Resource Institute/Boston GLASS at the infamous
 GLSEN-Boston “Fistgate” conference in 2000. [MassResistance photo]

 

   
   


Lining up for the BAGLY prom ending Youth Pride Day 2010. [MassResistance photo]

BAGLY’s transsexual director and co-founder, Grace Sterling Stowell, was also founding member of the Mass. Governor’s Commission in 1992, and regularly gives workshops at GLSEN conferences and school staff trainings across Massachusetts. BAGLY has always played a huge role at Youth Pride, and runs the LGBT queer prom that ends the day.

 


Grace Sterling Stowell, transsexual director and co-founder of BAGLY, and past
Vice Chair of the Mass. Commission on LGBT Youth. [MassResistance photo 2009]

Above: Card handed out at Mass. LGBT Youth Pride 2012. Transgender
propaganda has been a part of Youth Pride since its inception. (Note
BAGLY’s transsexual director, the drag emcees, and the cross-dressing performers.)

    

How the “Ballroom Scene” fits in with those radical goals

The prostitution issue is now resurfacing as part of the “ballroom scene” which overlaps with the world of sex work. The LifeSkills project makes this connection clear. Government supported groups working with LifeSkills – BAGLY, Boston GLASS, and TransCEND – regularly host “ball” events for youth.


Boston GLASS handouts at Mass. LGBT Youth Pride 2013: Condoms and lubricant.

Boston GLASS is the “Gay & Lesbian Adolescent Social Services” wing of the Justice Resource Institute (JRI). GLASS’s former director was queer activist and lesbian erotica poet, Letta Neely. In 2004, “she described GLASS as a place for LGBTQ youth between the ages of 15 and 25, and mostly of color, to gather for cooking, reading from their extensive library, or voguing (a type of dance).” Voguing refers to the “ballroom scene” performance style. Note Neely’s emphasis on the ballroom scene, and the high age limit she gives for this nominal “adolescent” support group (making opportunities for “experienced” adults to hook up with teens).

According to Wikipedia,

Ball culture, the house system, the ballroom community and similar terms describe the underground  LGBT subculture in the United States in which people "walk" (i.e. compete) for  trophies and prizes at events known as balls. Those who walk often also dance and vogue while others compete in various genres of drag often trying to pass as a specific gender and social class. Most people involved with ball culture belong to "houses" led by a single leader. "Houses," also called "families," are groups composed primarily of the  LGBTQ Community, banded together under a respected "house mother" (sometimes a drag queen or a transgender person, but not always) or even a "house father."


“House mother” at 2012 LifeSkillz ballroom competition [
Jenn Alton photo].
 Identified as
LifeSkills Project team member
Athena Khan A.K.A, Mother Bulah.

Videos expose the degradation of the ballroom scene

Here are three shocking videos (all under 1 minute) which expose the degrading, sexually charged messages this “ball culture” is really all about. How youth participation in them will help to reduce high-risk behaviors is impossible to imagine. 

Watch Young male “Niecy” at a Boston GLASS event video (posted at MassResistance; photo grab below).


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Scene featuring “Niecy” (center, in black leotard) dancing at GLASS event in 2012. (See video here.)  



See X-rated "ballroom scene" dancer in video here [photo grab below]. Unclear if this is a male or female.
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X-rated dancer (male or female?) who performed at 2012 LifeSkillz Ball
(photo below):


Scene from 2012 LifeSkillz ball. [Jenn Alton photo]

SEE ALSO these videos:
2 young men competing at a Boston GLASS event here. 
      &
BAGLY ball events
here and here.

Trafficking of young women = bad; but trafficking of young men = good?

There has been a lot of attention recently in the media on sex trafficking of young women. Boston’s Justice Resource Institute (JRI) has a program specifically helping teen girls and young women escape from the bondage of prostitution (“My Life My Choice”). A recent article (Verily Magazine) on this problem explodes the myth that working as a prostitute is “empowering,” stating that it’s really more akin to slavery:

[A former prostitute said] … that at the time she partook in the commercial sex industry, “I would have argued anyone to death about the empowering nature of sex work,” she said. It “felt empowering, but was it? Absolutely not.” It was “the most degrading work in the world. How are you supposed to get out?”

(Note the use of the word empowering – reminiscent of LifeSkills’s claim that its program is about “empowering transgender women.”)

The Boston Globe recently highlighted JRI’s new program helping young male prostitutes leave “the life” in a column entitled, “Exploited boys remain invisible.” And there was outrage in recent years in the national media over the exploitation of the “Dancing Boys of Afghanistan.” (See Washington Post, 2012; PBS “Frontline,” 2010.)

But why is there not similar concern for young men being drawn into a sexually exploitative and unhealthy “transgender” world in the U.S.? Why is the same health organization (JRI) that has a program to help girls and young men exit sex work actively supporting young transgender males in the “ball culture” through its GLASS program and the LifeSkills project? Similarly, the TransCEND organization and an associated group “Youth on Fire” (both run by AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts) support the “community” rather than trying to dissuade youth from living that life.


Card and condom handed out by “Youth on Fire” at Mass. LGBT Youth Pride 2013.
Note the age spread invited: 14-24.

Promotion of transgender identities endangers youth

The rate of suicidal behaviors is very high among transgenders. The transgender “male-to-female” population is at especially high risk for contracting HIV/AIDS. (See CDC here and here.) Furthermore, the CDC reports that young black and Latino men – those primarily involved in the “ballroom community” – are especially hard hit by HIV/AIDS:

Black adolescents: In 2009, 73% of all diagnosed HIV infections in youth aged 13–19 years were among black youth, even though blacks represented only 17% of the population in that age group. Men in the black and Hispanic communities have much higher rates of HIV/AIDS than the larger community.

Transgender males  especially "sex workers"  are disproportionately targeted with violence. (See reporting in "gay" publications, for example here and here.)

Yet our government-sponsored institutions and major health organizations –
Massachusetts Commission on LGBT Youth, Fenway Health, JRI/Boston GLASS, TransCEND, BAGLY, Boston Children’s Hospital (see here and here), and Chicago’s Children’s Hospital – are encouraging teen boys and young men to adopt and maintain “transgender” identities.


      Young male cross dressers at Mass. LGBT Youth Pride 2013. [MassResistance photo]
       

Mass. Commission on LGBT Youth: Using “ball culture” to promote transgenderism

A 2011 report from JRI for the Mass. Commission on LGBT Youth recommends the “ball culture” as a support for LGBT minority youth: 

The study participants expressed that there are very few support structures for them. Many said that Boston GLASS is one of the few places where they can find people who understand and support who they are both ethnically and sexually….

The study participants expressed that there is not much of a community in the Greater Boston area among GLBT youth of color. They stated that the only community that exists relates to two segments of society. One of these segments of society which creates a sense of community is comprised of the social service agencies that primarily serve this population. The second segment that creates a sense of community is ball culture and the ball room scene. Ball culture is comprised primarily of GLBT persons of color who participate in competitive, elaborate events (called balls) and compete in a variety of categories. Many ball participants express that the ball room scene allows them to escape the oppression of homophobia and hate on the “outside,” because ball culture creates “a community that’s...amorphous, inclusive, and diverse...a space where gender, class, sexuality, and race coalesce and collide for one moment in time.”  [p 21; emphasis added]

Who are the “GLBT youth of color” served by Boston GLASS? “Bambi” in the photo below is perhaps typical. He works for BAGLY, according to his Facebook.


Young male “trans woman” Bambi, who works with BAGLY [from his Facebook].

Dangers of the “ball culture”

The ball culture has been pushed for many years by some “health professionals.” The 2004 GLSEN-Boston Conference, themed “Beyond Boundaries,” held a workshop entitled, “Are you coming to the function? An exploration of the underground ball and house culture in the GLBT community.” A MassResistance volunteer attended and took notes:

Two employees of the Urban Youth Institute (part of Justice Resource Institute) led a positive discussion of the ballroom scene. Their “services” at the functions – HIV/AIDS and STD testing – were reactive, not preventative. Beyond that, they would give no advice to the youth since they believe providers have to remain non-judgmental about behaviors. Other than reducing the spread of disease (“risk reduction”), health agencies have no role, they believe.

The MassResistance attendee continued in this oral report:

You can see that [the health service providers are] trying to find their target population, people with these problems, so by attracting them, they’re doing what they like to do which is having these house balls….

[Describing video shown in workshop:] The vocabulary words that simply jumped out at me first were the ones that I would understand to be offensive. They would be sexually offensive, and they would also be offensive because using the term “craft” means using another person’s credit card to get expensive clothing so you can dress for a ball. “Craft” meant how you get your expensive dresses, or have your expensive hair done, and all of these. Because this is a beauty contest … there’s a tremendous number of categories, of what you’re wearing, and how you’re walking, and all of your rap dancing where they invent all these moves, and they get evaluated and judged on all of this stuff. So there’s a runway, and it’s just like a fashion show, and there are judges.

It’s highly competitive. And that’s where I’d say you’ve got your addictive behavior, you’ve got your compulsive behavior. Because here they are, seeking acceptance, and by dressing a certain way, or wearing their hair, or their skin – there was nothing that was not a category to be judged. And that included even if you had a gap between your front teeth, you would be failed, off the runway! Because it’s the perfection of perfections here.

Why are they doing this? If you know about sexual abuse or child abuse, you know how these children keep coming back no matter how awful the parents are to them. They come up with some other creative idea of how they might be acceptable.… This is like a beauty contest, but also for dancing. But also there would be this behavior-like movement stuff – I don’t know if you’d call it dancing, it was theatrical, like psychodrama – and they would act out these behaviors.

So their world and their vocabulary are not offensive to them. But if you are really a guy who is dressed as a girl, and if you really look like a girl, you would be “soft cunt”, because that’s what it means. And that’s a compliment. Don’t think it’s offensive. So here we are in this world, which is a completely separate world, this is the “house ball.” In this world they have their own words, and their own vocabulary, and their own lingo. Now that’s very adolescent, isn’t it? Young people love this stuff.

Compare the ballroom scene recommendations (by LifeSkills, BAGLY, JRI, etc.) to this dissenting voice within the black community, warning of the dangers for the young people who get drawn in. “The Ballroom Scene: The Downside of a Black Gay Subculture” at Black Youth Project (2009) confirms that many of these young men work as prostitutes:  

Many “Ball Room Kids” that I have come in contact with dropped out of high school. Many of them run away from home and live with friends. In the mist of finding acceptance, the negative side to this “scene” is creating a gay culture of poverty and a lack of success….

Most people that I have met in the ballroom scene do not have jobs. While this of course does not apply to everyone, there are three general avenues that I have found common for people in the ballroom scene to support their lifestyle. 1.Stealing  2. Crafting  3. Escorting [prostitution]

All of these things are illegal in most, if not every part of the country. I been in stores and turned around to see a particular ballroom kid hiding shoes or clothes in their bag and walking out the store. Crafting is a term used in the ballroom scene. Its [sic] means to find someone’s social security number and steal their identity. I have friends that are victims to people who “craft.” They get phones, credit cards, and even buy cars with other people’s identities. I personally think escorting or prostituting is one of the most self-detrimental ways to make money in this “scene.” Especially with Aids/HIV still running rampant amongst the gay black community. I know some situations where individuals in the ballroom scene escort so they can get enough money to have a sex change. [Emphasis added.]

Sticker handed out in recent years at Mass. LGBT Youth Pride from
Justice Resource Institute, which includes Boston GLASS.

What is really going on?

The reader may well ask what is really going on in the NIH LifeSkills study and these taxpayer-funded support groups. In addition to the outright promotion of transgenderism, there is non-judgmental acceptance of sodomy and prostitution.

Younger and younger teens are being drawn into this sad, unhealthy, and crime-infested world, often without parents’ knowledge.

Support groups are drawing youth away from family and healthy communities, constructing a dangerous and false sense of “community.” Confidential sex advice and HIV-STI testing are done for minors by Children’s Hospital, the Borum Clinic, and others, without parents knowing.

WHERE'S THE OUTRAGE?


Note that the Borum Health Center offers confidential care (no parental involvement)
for ages 12 and up. It includes a directory of similar groups in the Boston area.
It was handed out at Mass. LGBT Youth Pride.

   


Flyer handed out at Mass. LGBT Youth Pride 2012: Fenway Health recruiting “transgender women” (as in photo) and
“men who have sex with men" for trial of a rapid HIV test product. Note the use of the word “community."

   

More scenes from Mass. Youth Pride 2013:


Modeling the fine art of makeup at Mass. LGBT Youth Pride 2013. [Photo by
convicted sex offender, Bill Berggren, for edgeboston.com]


Common scene: Cross-dressing male mingling with teens at Youth Pride 2013. [MassResistance photo]

 
Two young women at Youth Pride 2013.  [MassResistance photo]

Question:  Is it possible to be transgender and bisexual
at the same time? Or is there a category for tri-sexual?  It's all so confusing.