President Obama Proclaims June 2013 LGBT Pride Month in the USA

US: Oklahoma tornado: Search for survivors continues. At least 24 dead (inc 9 children), at least 230 injured, unknown missing – 210513 1830z

Officials in Oklahoma have revised to 24 the number of bodies recovered after a tornado devastated the town of Moore, Oklahoma. Earlier, 51 people were reported killed.

Officials attributed the higher number to counting bodies twice in the chaos following the storm that struck late Monday. They said additional bodies could yet be recovered.

At least 240 people were injured.

The tornado with winds of 320 kilometers an hour demolished an elementary school and reduced homes to piles of splintered wood in the suburb of Oklahoma City. Rescue workers pulled several children alive out of the rubble of two schools that were hit. Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin said “hearts are broken” for parents looking for their children. She deployed the state National Guard and extra police to assist with rescue operations.
Tuesday, 21 May, 2013 at 14:24 UTC RSOE

Heavy rain is currently hampering search and rescue efforts in Moore, OK. State Governor confirms at least 230 injured & that there may be more missing. President Obama:

“We will back up our prayers for the people Oklahoma with deeds for as long as it takes”

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Oklahoma tornado: Search for survivors continues

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The BBC’s Alastair Leithead reports on the “vast, post-apocalyptic” landscape left behind

Emergency workers in the US are continuing to search for survivors of the gigantic tornado that tore through a suburb of Oklahoma City on Monday.

Rescuers worked through the night and into the morning in the rubble in Moore, the worst-hit area.

Entire neighbourhoods were flattened by winds of up to 200mph (320km/h).

At least 24 people were confirmed dead, including nine children, the chief medical examiner said. Earlier, officials said 51 were confirmed dead.

“We have got good news. The number right now is 24,” Amy Elliott, chief administrative officer at the Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, told reporters.

“The prior figure of 51 dead may have included some double-reported casualties.”

At one point, as many as 91 people were feared dead.

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Oklahoma Tornado: Obama’s Pledge To Survivors

President Obama says all available resources will be sent to Oklahoma, after a devastating tornado left at least 24 people dead.

Gallery: Tornado Rips Through Oklahoma Town

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Live Stream: Monster Tornado Strikes Oklahoma

President Barack Obama says Americans will support victims of the Oklahoma tornado by “opening our homes and hearts to those in need”.

At least 24 people are known to have died in the disaster, including nine children, some of whom were killed as they sheltered in a school.

President Obama told emergency services they would have “all the resources they need at their disposal”.

In a televised address, he said: “Our prayers are with the people of Oklahoma.

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Joe Scarborough took these pictures of the devastation in Moore

“Our gratitude is with the teachers who gave their all to shield those children, to the neighbours and first responders who raced to help as soon as the tornado passed and to all those who searched as darkness fell.”

Meanwhile, it emerged that in Moore – one of the areas worst hit by the tornado – plans for a safe room to protect residents from severe weather had been put on hold.

In February, authorities said they were struggling to secure funds for the shelters and described requirements set out by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a “constantly moving target”.

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Entire streets have been destroyed by the tornado

Mick Cornett, the Mayor of Oklahoma City, described the tornado as “the storm of storms”.

As it struck neighbourhoods in and around Moore, ferocious winds of up to 200mph flattened entire streets, rendering thousands of people homeless in just 45 minutes.

The death toll, originally put at 51, was later revised to 24 when officials admitted some of the casualties may have been double-counted.

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This before and after picture shows the devastation at Plaza Towers school

FEMA administrator Craig Fugate said it was “difficult to get a handle on exactly how many people may still be missing”, while a police spokesman told a news conference that the number of dead could rise in the coming days.

President Obama said: “The people of Moore should know their country will remain beside them for as long as it takes.

“There will be homes and schools to be rebuilt, businesses and hospitals to reopen, parents to console and first responders to comfort. They will need our continued love and attention.

“In time, we will need to fill the empty spaces with love and laughter.”

A child is pulled from beneath a collapsed wall at the Plaza Towers Elementary School.
Rescuers free a young girl from the wreckage of Plaza Towers

At Plaza Towers Elementary School, seven children died in a pool of water when the two-mile wide tornado tore off the roof of the building and knocked down walls.

Terri Watkins of the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management said at least 100 people have been pulled alive from heaps of rubble and twisted metal.

Governor Mary Fallin said: “We’ve seen the resilience, courage and strength of our people. We will rebuild and we will regain our strength.”

As rescue teams continue to search for survivors, forecasters have warned of more severe weather to come.

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The path taken by the tornado as it swept through Oklahoma

Weather Channel meteorologist Kevin Roth said areas east and south of Oklahoma City were most at risk, with other parts of ‘tornado alley’ also threatened.

“Tornadoes, damaging wind gusts and large hail are possible throughout the threat area,” he said.

Meanwhile, the heartwarming moment a survivor was reunited with her lost dog was captured during a live TV interview.

Barbara Garcia was reliving the terror she felt when the twister obliterated her home, when her dog crawled out from beneath the rubble.

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Videos

5/20/13 Moore, OK Devastating Tornado

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Published on 20 May 2013

Large, violent tornado plowed through Moore, OK. We intercepted the tornado from within a half mile by South Moore High School. Complete destruction…prayers needed!

Moore, Oklahoma Tornado from May 20, 2013.

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Published on 20 May 2013

This is video captured of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado on May 20, 2013. This video contains from beginning to end of the lifecycle of the tornado.

Moore Tornado 2013 – Moore, OK HD Video Compilation

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Published on 20 May 2013

Colt Forney and Sean Cobb shoot video of the deadly Moore, OK tornado on Monday, May 20, 2013.

5/20/2013 Moore to Depew, OK Wall Cloud Tornado

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Published on 20 May 2013

Scene 1: Moore wall cloud on east side of city near Midwest City.

Scene 2: Possible tornado near Meeker, OK

Scene 3: Brief tornado south of Depew, OK

Shepard Smith Delivers Emotionally-Charged Report On Oklahoma Tornado

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Published on 20 May 2013

A deadly tornado tore through the Oklahoma City suburbs on Monday, destroying a school and devastating a community.

According to the Associated Press, dozens of deaths from the Oklahoma tornado were reported by the state medical examiner’s office. The deadly weather followed Sunday’s tornadoes, which killed two in Shawnee, Okla.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado emergency, which CNN reports as a rare occurrence.

The Associated Press has more coverage of the tornado below:

Officials at two hospitals say they’re treating nearly 60 patients, including more than a dozen children, after a massive tornado hit suburban Oklahoma City. Integris Southwest Medical Center spokeswoman Brooke Cayot (KAY’-ot) said 10 of 37 patients being treated at that facility Monday are listed in critical condition. Twelve are in serious and 15 others are listed in fair or good condition. Five of the patients are children, including two who came from the Plaza Towers Elementary School, where an Associated Press photographer saw several children being pulled from the rubble. Cayot could not confirm the children’s conditions. Spokesman Scott Coppenbarger says another 20 patients of various ages are being treated at OU Medical Center. He says eight of them are children.

Moore, OK Tornado – May 20, 2013

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Published on 20 May 2013

Video of the Moore, OK tornado of May 20, 2013 as it was doing damage. I was with fellow research scientist Adam Clark of NSSL/CIMMS (he is filming). We were located at SE 24th St. and S. Eastern Ave, about a mile away.

Dog survives Moore OK Tornado

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Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin Talks About Moore, OK Tornado

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Published on 20 May 2013

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin spoke at a press conference about the Moore, Oklahoma tornado and the next steps to be taken in the aftermath.

May 20 2013 Moore, OK Tornado Damage Aerial Footage

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Published on 20 May 2013

May 20 2013 Moore, OK suffered a direct blow by a devastating tornado which took a similar path as the May 3, 1999.

Talala, OK Tornado May, 20 2013 The Storm Patrol

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Published on 20 May 2013

We intercepted this tornado near Talala, OK it lifted just before it got to highway 169. For more videos and to follow us live check out http://www.thestormpatrol.com, @thestormpatrol on twitter or facebook.com/thestormpatrol

Oklahoma Reporter Emotional Report on Tornado that Destroyed Elementary School

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Published on 20 May 2013

MOORE, Okla. — A monstrous tornado at least a half-mile wide roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds up to 200 mph. At least 51 people were killed, and officials said the death toll was expected to rise.

The storm laid waste to scores of buildings in Moore, a community of 41,000 people south of the city. Block after block lay in ruins. Homes were crushed into piles of broken wood. Cars and trucks were left crumpled on the roadside.

The National Weather Service issued an initial finding that the tornado was an EF-4 on the enhanced Fujita scale, the second most-powerful type of twister.

More than 120 people were being treated at hospitals, including about 70 children.

Rescuers launched a desperate rescue effort at the school, pulling children from heaps of debris and carrying them to a triage center.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin deployed 80 National Guard members to assist with search-and-rescue operations and activated extra highway patrol officers.

Fallin also spoke with President Barack Obama, who offered the nation’s help and gave Fallin a direct line to his office.

Many land lines to stricken areas were down and cellphone traffic was congested. The storm was so massive that it will take time to establish communications between rescuers and state officials, the governor said.

In video of the storm, the dark funnel cloud could be seen marching slowly across the green landscape. As it churned through the community, the twister scattered shards of wood, pieces of insulation, awnings, shingles and glass all over the streets.

Volunteers and first responders raced to search the debris for survivors.

At Plaza Towers Elementary School, the storm tore off the roof, knocked down walls and turned the playground into a mass of twisted plastic and metal.

Children from the school were among the dead, but several students were pulled alive from the rubble. Rescue workers passed the survivors down a human chain to the triage center in the parking lot.

James Rushing, who lives across the street from the school, heard reports of the approaching tornado and ran to the school, where his 5-year-old foster son, Aiden, attends classes. Rushing believed he would be safer there.

“About two minutes after I got there, the school started coming apart,” he said.

Tornado Moore Oklahoma May 20th 2013

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Published on 20 May 2013

Time Lapse video of the Moore OK Tornado: May 20th 2013. Watch the full destruction to rope and dissipation.
As of 9 pm, the death toll was 51, at least 20 were children. These numbers are climbing. The children and faculty found dead in Plaza Towers Elementary School were in the basement, drowned from flood water. This will be the deadliest twister on record and proof that funding of the NOAA NWS Storm Prediction Center and warning systems should never be considered to be cut!

BREAKING-Oklahoma City Tornado-RAW CAUGHT ON VIDEO

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Moore, OK Tornado *Spencer Basoco*

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Published on 20 May 2013

Violent tornado striking Moore, OK from Spencer Basoco.

Massive Tornado moves through Moore Oklahoma 200 MPH Winds 5-20-2013

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Published on 20 May 2013

We have gathered information related to Monday’s tornado on the south and eastern sides of the Oklahoma City metro area.

Each note is time-stamped. This information is relatively unfiltered.

The severe weather has passed through the OKCPS boundary area. The OKCPS transportation department is resuming bus drop offs and all elementary and middle schools will dismiss at this time. (3:44 pm)

Students will be held at Moore schools until the weather passes. There is a plan in place for shelter. (2:56pm)

Newcastle Police: Getting numerous reports of tornado on ground. (2:53pm)

Due to tornado warning in the metro all OKCPS elementary schools and middle schools will not be dismissed until further notice. OKCPS will alert all parents and students when the schools will be released. (2:52 pm)

Warr Acres having street flooding problems. (2:41 pm)

Mid-Del Schools are holding their buses until the storm passes. (2:35 pm)

Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office: Residents in Little Axe are being allowed to go back to their homes with the exception of those who live on Barker Drive. Downed power lines are the reason for the delay in allowing them to return home. Two intersections remained closed. They are Indian Hills and 168th and Indian Hills and Woodland Way. (12:24 pm)

Moore, OK Deadly Tornado from KFOR live broadcast (May 20, 2013)

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Published on 20 May 2013

This is a recording of the local KFOR broadcast of the deadly Moore, Oklahoma tornado from its origination just outside of Newcastle to the final spinning rope nearly 40 minutes later near Lake Stanley Draper.

May 20th, 2013 Oklahoma tornado damage about 1 hour after.

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Published on 20 May 2013

Sorry for the shaky video, I was checking vehicles. Tornado ripped out the engine block of a car and took away a manhole covering. I’m not sure what that loud hissing sound was, but it was coming from where I start the video and I found it better to probably stay away from it.

Talala, Ok Tornado. May 20, 2013

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Published on 20 May 2013

Tornado in Talala, Oklahoma

Moore, Ok Tornado, 20 May 2013

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Growing number of dead in Oklahoma City tornado

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Published on 20 May 2013

As seen on KOIN 6 News at 6 p.m. Monday, May 20, 2013.

ME: I Expect Death Toll From OK Tornado to Rise Significantly Higher (1AM 5/21/13 Update)

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Published on 20 May 2013

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5/20/2013 Moore, Ok Tornado. Just a few minutes before touchdown. Left once sirens went off.

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Tornado Oklahoma city 320 Km/h…. 20/05/13

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Published on 20 May 2013

tornado en oklahoma grabado por un amigo.

Tornado Emergency in Oklahoma

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Published on 20 May 2013

WXK85 Oklahoma City, OK
SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
316 PM CDT MON MAY 20 2013 – NOT CURRENT

Moore, Oklahoma Tornado: Assessing the Injured

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Published on 20 May 2013

Hospital worker Brook Cayot discusses treating victims of the Oklahoma tornado.

Moore Tornado Video: Entire Neighborhoods in Oklahoma Devastated

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Moore,Oklahoma tornado 5.20.13 Storm Tracker:Worst Thing Ever Seen in My Life

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published on 20 May 2013

Donations are being taken —
The Salvation Army are taking tornado donations at KFOR-TV

146th ASOS aids search and rescue operations for Moore tornado

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Published on 21 May 2013

Oklahoma National Guard Airmen from the 146th Air Support Operations Squadron perform search and rescue missions at night using thermal imaging technology.

More videos on Youtube

Goaty would like pass his heartfelt condolences to those who lost their loved ones, and to those hurt or otherwise affected, following yesterday’s tornado. Thinking also of those involved in the search and rescue operation, hoping they are able find more people.

LGBT: 1 in 4 young gay people assaulted in England, 47% threatened or intimidated – New research 041112 1840Z

One in four young gay people assaulted

Initial findings of the widest research into gay people in England has found more than half self-harm
04 November 2012 | By Joe Morgan

One in four young gay people are assaulted, 47% have received threats, and more than half have self-harmed.

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One in four young gay people have been assaulted in England, and more than half have self-harmed.

The new research, which also found nearly half (47%) have received threats or intimidation as a result of being gay.

As reported by The Independent On Sunday, the figures come from Youth Chances, the biggest social research project into young LGBT people in England.

Dan Baker, Youth Chances project manager, said despite it being 2012, it is still a hard environment to grow up gay.

‘Self-harm jumped out as a really alarming statistic,’ he said. ‘Self-harm is a way of people expressing an internal issue that they might not be able to express. Maybe Britain is not as tolerant as we thought.’

The statistics for self-arm among gay people are significantly higher than the national average of one in 12 young people. Two thirds of women said they had hurt themselves on purpose, compared to 37% of men.

Transgender young adults were the most vulnerable, with four out of five saying they had deliberately harmed themselves.

Youth Chances believes its research shows public attitudes have yet to catch up with the legal system.

Baker said: ‘There’s a lot of great equality now, such as allowing gay couples to adopt and have civil partnerships.

‘But, despite the progress, there seems to be lots of cases of harassment and even assault.

‘If people are being taunted or attacked because of who they are, it shows public opinion behavior hasn’t caught up with legislation.’

Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell told the British paper: ‘These statistics are really shocking; they ought to be a wake-up call to every parent, teacher and community leader. As a society, we are still failing LGBT kids on a massive scale.

‘Even today, around half of schools have no anti-bullying program specifically addressing homophobia. Kids are not born bigoted, they become bigoted.

‘All the evidence suggests that education can help combat bigotry and promote understanding and acceptance.’

The three-year project will eventually survey 15,000 young adults. The initial findings are based on the responses of the first 3,500.

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November is Anti-Bullying month and Anti-Bullying week is 19th – 23rd November. This is a perfect time to challenge homophobia bullying affecting young people in our schools. Take action now!

Advice on resolving gay/ homophobic bullying (Link to bullying.co.uk)

Samaritans Helpline

Two out of every five victims of school homophobic bullying contemplate suicide, says survey

Southwark Primary School becomes first to offer training days to support staff in tackling homophobic bullying

“Homophobic bullying is endemic, it damages children’s lives and contributes to the lowering of standards. Homophobic bullying has gone unchecked in our schools for many years resulting in countless individuals suffering physical and emotional damage and seeing their live chances compromised as a result.

School leaders may express hesitation in engaging in this work, for fear of offending parents or people of faith. However, our role as school leaders is to face challenge and drive forward innovation for the sake of the brilliant young people in our care.”

• Shaun Dellenty is deputy headteacher at Alfred Salter Primary School in the London Borough of Southwark. Follow him on Twitter @ShaunDellenty
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A taste of what young (and not so young) LGBT people are up against…..

LGBT youngsters are are surrounded by  homophobic slurs on Twitter just see for yourself on this website that tracks these slurs in real time: http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/interactive/2012/oct/02/no-homophobes-language-count

See also “Tracking casual homophobia”  http://www.economist.com/blogs/johnson/2012/10/language-twitter

Here are some related videos:

LGBT Bullying and Suicide: It Does Get Better

This is what President Obama says:

In the US, Dr. Ron Holt is a clinical psychiatrist, who is passionate about ending bullying and suicide, enhancing the knowledge of medical providers regarding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) healthcare and educating the public about the consequences of homophobia. http://audacityofpride.com/

Bullying and How You Should Deal With It – 

Bullied teen Lesbian comes out to her mum

EDEL 244 iMovie Project. Heart-breaking……