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Health Journalism At Richard Wright Public Charter School

Students at Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts had the opportunity to learn about journalism this academic school year in a new way. The Urban Health Media Project partnered with Richard Wright to co-instruct a journalism course on health issues that helped students acquire skills such as interviewing, writing, creating...

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Content & Programs Update– Summer 2021

Our Spring workshop, “Home Sick: How Where We Live Impacts Health,” was a big success, with 19 students from seven cities producing five high-quality feature stories on the health effects of homelessness, lead poisoning, unaffordable housing and neighborhood-level violence. All but one of the stories have been published. (We’re still looking for a Miami-area...

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Message from UHMP CEO

What a kickoff to summer!  On June 18, UHMP and the Washington Blade co-celebrated the release of the Blade’s Youth Pride and Mental Health special edition with a reception at the uber-hip nonprofit arts and culture venue, Dupont Underground.  Stay tuned for at least one fall UHMP exhibit and reception there this fall, most...

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LGBTQ myths debunked with science and facts

By Vanessa Falcon, Pamela Rentz and Mary Stapp MYTH: Being gay is a “choice” Americans are evenly split on whether sexual orientation is a choice, or is determined by nature, according to a 2015 Pew Research Center survey, with roughly 40 percent of respondents on either side. But, the percentage of people who believe...

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Pride offers LGBTQ youth opportunities for community

By Adrian Gibbons and Mary Stapp For teenagers, many of whom are not out, Pride month can mean everything. Whether it is a parade where they can watch from the sidelines or the solidarity expressed in rainbow flags posted around their towns, some LGBTQ teens get quiet comfort in knowing the celebration simply exists....

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Pride centers this father-daughter relationship

By Vanessa Falcon and Mary Stapp Eden Ungar, now 19 and a student at University of Kentucky, vividly recalls the day she came out to her father, Stuart. She was a freshman in high school and the two were driving to the gym. She told him she’d be going to the upcoming Louisville Pride...

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New shows moving away from old stereotypes of gay life

By Dillon Lives Ever since the lifestyles of LGBTQIA+ people have become more visible through social media, we have become better represented in movies and shows designed for viewers of all types and ages. This gives young people who are figuring out their sexuality a chance to be seen and heard. But it is...

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Queer youth found creative approaches to self-care during pandemic

By Adrian Gibbons Isolation, whether because of the pandemic, physical or mental health issues, or a combination of those, has affected everyone this year. For LGBTQ youth, already marginalized by society and often lacking support in their own families, it has been especially difficult. A Trevor Project survey conducted at the end of 2020...