Gay news today is centered more around news of movement such as acceptance of same sex marriage. While such regulations publicized by certain governments go a long way in addressing important and life-altering challenges for the LGBT community, there is lesser focus on addressing other concerns such as mental health issues. Physical and mental healthcare forms one of the basic needs of the gay or LGBT community and news related to these matters can help inform individuals of new developments as well as help equip them to handle issues better. Forms of mental anguish and trauma in the LGBT community are often a result of fear which fuels anxiety, depression, and other stress-related problems. News related to people and/or agencies which could help gays as well as other individuals in LGBT community to stand up to and overcome the negative impact of discrimination can prove to be of great help to all the community members.
‘…I always knew that I was gay. I remember seeing heterosexual couples and knowing that I wasn’t like them. I would get very depressed about not being like other kids… I would wonder what I could do to rid myself of this awful feeling…’ is a refrain you could get to see on anonymous forums and helplines, both online and in print. Worryingly, these could emerge from respondents as young as 14-16 year-old youths. And innumerable LGBT youths have similar feelings. While any number of accounts of rejection of gays by family or friends, together with verbal and physical abuse are seen and heard, there are not many news focussing on agencies or people who can help gay individuals accept their orientation – agencies that propagate that LGBT have not chosen their orientation – they are born LGBT just like some people are born with white skin and some with black skin.
It is important that ‘Gay news’ or ‘LGBT news’ relates more to the community and provides information of practical use to the LGBT community. Today the term ‘LGBT or gay news’ is more about actions taken by authorities to help the community. These news items may also highlight steps taken towards welfare by those in positions of authority.
However, it is not that there are no organizations that represent or defend the gay community. There are several agencies which work with the media to help portray fair and accurate images of the community through gay and other LGBT community news. Among the greatest benefits of these agencies is the news and information that they make accessible to the gay community. Information is key to opening up avenues for betterment of life, as well as to ensure that individual do not suffer due to a lack of knowing. News items, whether they focus on gays in particular or on the LGBT community as a whole, can contribute significantly towards ensuring the safety and happiness of individuals.