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My Teen Changes Their Queer Identity Every Week and I Can’t Take It Anymore 

 

I need some help gaining perspective on my 15-year-old child’s whiplash approach to gender and sexuality. For the last three years, they have been on a journey with regard to their sexuality, declaring and changing identities one every few weeks or months, even when those identities have been both contradictory (how can one be both asexual and polyamorous?) and hypothetical (my kid isn’t dating and hasn’t dated). They are committed to being anything but cisgender and hetero, and that identity—whatever it turns out to be—appears from their actions and words to be the central part of their sense of self. They spent a lot of time on queer wikis, looking up new possible identities. They avidly “ship” fictional characters into same-sex couples, express anger/disappointment when shows/books have hetero couples, and talk constantly about LGBTQIA issues, representation, etc.

I have been, and want to be, supportive. My kid deserves to be loved and celebrated for who they are, and however their identity settles out is fine with me. But I am also struggling with these rapid changes. In the last two weeks, my kid has changed their name once and pronouns twice, colored their hair, worn exaggeratedly feminine eye makeup, pinned their hair up to look masculine, purchased a bikini and a dress and then asked me to buy them a binder (because they think it would be “fun” to look like a boy sometimes). At this point, it feels like they’re trying on identities like costumes, and that makes me very uncomfortable. None of it feels authentic—it seems more like a bid to stand out in a crowd or perhaps to find the limits of my acceptance.

I have worked so hard to make sure my kids know they are loved unconditionally, but if this kid is looking for a boundary, maybe I should set one? I literally squirmed when I wrote that sentence; setting a random limit on acceptance goes against everything I believe. But at the same time, I am so, so tired of hearing about their identity day after day after day and of trying to keep up with the changes. They’re a great, smart, interesting kid for a dozen different reasons; their gender/sexuality is just one aspect of their personality. Would it be wrong of me to say, in essence, “I love you, and will never not love you. When you figure out your identity let me know, and in the meantime can we maybe stop talking about it all the time?” Also, as the world opens up and my kid spends more time outside of our home, can I/should I ask them to be more thoughtful in how they present themselves? It seems to me that trans and nonbinary people cannot simply change their identities and expression for “fun,” so my kid’s behavior feels a little bit like cosplaying in a way that could be hurtful. Or do I just keep keeping my mouth shut, do my best to remember this week’s identity, and pray that this phase ends soon?

—Tired and Confused

My Teen Changes Their Queer Identity Every Week

Three family members are charged with child abuse 'after they shaved the word

City councilor facing calls to resign says gender identity is “magical thinking”

She Told Everyone How Painful Her Gender Confirmation Surgery Was. And Then She Died.

Fourth-Graders Told Not to Tell Parents About Questions on 'Equity' Survey They Were Forced to Fill Out

Tags: Advice, Children, Choices, Confusion, Education, Enforcement, LGBTQ, Mental Health, Parental Burden, Sex Identity, Treatment, Video, Violence, Youth

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26-Jul-2021


'Killing kids to own the libs': Americans horrified after Tennessee shuts down all child vaccination programs 

 

Tennessee Republicans' war against childhood vaccinations reached a new level on Tuesday after Tennessean reported that the state's health department "will halt all adolescent vaccine outreach – not just for coronavirus, but all diseases – amid pressure from Republican state lawmakers."

'Killing kids to own the libs'

Gun Dealers Can Sell Handguns To 18-Year-Olds: Appeals Court

Two children are on life support and five more in the ICU in Mississippi suffering from COVID, as Indian Delta variant cases surge in the state

Not child's play! Firearms company is slammed for selling custom kit to make Glock 19s look like LEGO toy guns

Suspect, 36, who is accused of murdering woman, 67, in London before headless body was found

Marco Rubio offers to help Black Lives Matter activists move to Cuba

Student charged with putting Hitler quote in school yearbook

Black staffer for Democrat Rep. Brad Schneider SUES his office after her white supervisor told her to 'get a rope and put it around her neck'

Woman, 50, who 'shot dead co-worker in a silly argument about moving tables'

Michigan father, 28, is arrested for 'using explicit photos of his seven-year-old daughter as currency

Tags: Ban, Children, Choices, Contagion, Coronavirus, Employment, Environment, Guns, Laws, Murder, Politics, Safety, Sex, Sexual Abuse, Vaccine, World, Youth

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15-Jul-2021


Family raises concerns after student excluded from cheer team photo 

 

A Layton woman has raised concerns after her sister, who has Down syndrome, was excluded from a team photo in the yearbook.

Family raises concerns after student excluded from cheer team photo

Tags: Celebration, Children, Education, Etiquette, Inclusion, Youth

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16-Jun-2021


Defiant teachers wear skirts to school after student cruelly sent to psychologist 

 

Teachers across the country have joined the Clothes Have No Gender movement (#laropanotienegenero), sparked when 15-year-old Mikel Gómez was punished for wearing the clothing in October last year.

In a now-viral TikTok video, the teen explained that he wore the skirt to challenge gender norms and support women’s liberation, but was promptly pulled out of class and taken to a psychologist who grilled him on whether he identified as a woman.

Defiant teachers wear skirts to school after student cruelly sent to psychologist

Tags: Education, LGBTQ, Mental Health, Opinion, Youth

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08-Jun-2021


NYC shrink tells Yale audience she fantasizes about shooting white people in head 

 

Khilanani opened her remarks by telling the audience, “I’m gonna say a lot of things, and it will probably provoke a lot of responses, and I want you to just maybe observe them in yourself.”

“Nothing makes me angrier than a white person who tells me not to be angry, because they have not seen real anger yet,” she said — before talking about how she “systematically” cut off most of her former white friends “around five years ago.

Later in the talk, Khilanani claimed that conversing with white people about racial issues was “useless because they are at the wrong level of conversation.

“We keep forgetting that directly talking about race is a waste of our breath,” Khilanani continued. “We are asking a demented, violent predator who thinks that they are a saint or a superhero to accept responsibility. It ain’t gonna happen.

NYC shrink tells Yale audience she fantasizes about shooting white people in head

Vince Staples Fires Back at Critics Who Say He Allows Asian Crips to Use N-Word

77-Year-Old Veteran’s Mic Purposely Cut Off During Speech About Black History on Memorial Day

India sees rise in child trafficking as result of pandemic

High school senior denied diploma after wearing Mexican flag over gown

Tags: Children, Culture, Education, Heritage, Opinion, Psychology, Racism, Sex, Sexual Abuse, Slavery, Threat, Treatment, Video, Women In Charge, Youth

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04-Jun-2021


NYC school encourages kids to stop using words like ‘mom,’ ‘dad’ in ‘inclusive language’ guide 
 

A Manhattan private school aiming to use more “inclusive language” is encouraging its students to stop using the terms “mom,” “dad” and “parents” because the words make “assumptions” about kids’ home lives.

The Grace Church School in Noho — which offers academic courses for junior kindergarten through 12th grade — issued a 12-page guide to students and staff explaining the school’s mission of inclusivity.

NYC school encourages kids to stop using words like ‘mom,’ ‘dad’ in ‘inclusive language’ guide

Tags: All Rights, Children, Choices, Cold, Culture, Education, Environment, Future, Identity Loss, Inclusion, Parental Burden, Substitute, Training, Words, Youth

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11-Mar-2021


Kids aren't learning LGBTQ history. The Equality Act might change that. 

 

The Equality Act, which would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation and gender identity, is moving to the Senate after being passed by the House of Representatives – and it could affect what's taught in classrooms.

The Equality Act would enable protections within education, particularly on how teachers implement LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum.

"It signals to educators who are not part of our community that they, too, can hopefully implement language, representation and curriculum that is LGBTQ inclusive," Sophia Arredondo, director of Education and Youth Programs at the LGBTQ+ education advocacy group GLSEN, told USA TODAY.

LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum is lacking in many classrooms. Nationally, 19.4% of respondents to GLSEN's 2019 National School Climate Survey said they had been taught positive representations of LGBTQ+ people, history or events in their schools.

Kids aren't learning LGBTQ history. The Equality Act might change that.

Tags: Education, Inclusion, LGBTQ, Policy, Politics, Youth

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08-Mar-2021


Court: Parents of child who killed himself can sue educators 

 

The parents of an 8-year-old student who killed himself after being persistently bullied can move forward with a lawsuit against the Cincinnati school district that alleges wrongful death and other charges, a federal appeals panel ruled Tuesday.

The lawsuit's allegations also charge school officials with intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress and failure to report child abuse. The lawsuit says Taye was bullied at his elementary school starting in first grade, with the bullying escalating in his third grade year.

Other students punched and kicked him in assaults and on Jan. 24, 2017, knocked him unconscious by throwing him against a bathroom wall, the parents say in the lawsuit.

He stayed home sick the next day, returned to school Jan. 26 and was bullied again in the bathroom by students who took his water bottle and tried to flush it down the toilet, his parents say. He killed himself that evening in his bedroom.

Court: Parents of child who killed himself can sue educators

Teen endures homophobic slurs & flying food cans while walking home because they “don’t belong”

Tags: Awareness, Carrie's Revenge, Children, Complaint, Death, Education, Employment, Environment, Etiquette, Gay, Hate, Health, Homophobia, Hostility, Humiliation, Hypocrisy, Judgment, Leaders, LGBTQ, Mental Health, Murder, Neglect, Neighbor, Parental Burden, Parental Crime, Politics, Safety, Suicide, Youth

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29-Dec-2020


Men Find Bromances 'Emotionally Rival' Romantic Relationships, Study Reveals 

 

Men find that platonic friendships with other men 'emotionally rival' their romantic relationships with women, according to a study in Men and Masculinities.

Those surveyed said 'the lack of boundaries and judgment' in their friendships with other men resulted in 'elevated emotional stability, enhanced emotional disclosure, social fulfilment, and better conflict resolution, compared to the emotional lives they shared with girlfriends'.

Most of the participants answers to the survey also made reference to the fact they felt more like they could be their real self with their bros.

As one respondent said: "Tim knows I love listening to Taylor Swift and Beyoncé, but I keep that quiet [around my girlfriend] because she would judge me. I feel like I have to be more manly around her."

Men Find Bromances 'Emotionally Rival' Romantic Relationships, Study Reveals

Tags: Bromance, Choices, Environment, Evolution, Friendship, Investment, Lifestyle, Men In Charge, Mental Health, Nature, Priorities, Psychology, Relationships, Self-esteem, Study, Support, Treatment, Youth

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25-Dec-2020


Help! My Mom Keeps Trying to Force Plastic Surgery on Me. 

 

I’m a college student who’s a little chubby and doesn’t have perfect skin, but I’m able to look in the mirror and smile. Unfortunately, my mother doesn’t feel the same way about me. When I became a teenager she started telling me about the benefits of plastic surgery. I simply don’t want to do it. I have tried explaining this, from polite statements, to tantrums, to cold indifference, with no effect. Once, when I was in high school, she told me she wanted me to come with her to visit my grandmother, but she pulled up to a plastic surgeon’s office, where it turned out she had set up an appointment. It took my tears to convince the doctor that we were there without my consent. After we left, she refused to talk to me for a month. Now she constantly insists that men will not be interested in me because of my nose or other things. I’m going to a therapist, and it helps emotionally, but the therapist also doesn’t see a way out. My father doesn’t get involved in family issues and usually ends up saying if my mom wants something for me, it’s for my benefit. I’m going back home this summer. Next term, my face might not look how it does now! What can I do?

Help! My Mom Keeps Trying to Force Plastic Surgery on Me.

Tags: Advice, Beauty, Hate, Mental Health, Parental Burden, Parental Crime, Psychology, Self-esteem, Surgery, Youth

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13-Dec-2020


Teaching Kids Respect – How To Raise Respectful Children / Dad University 

 

Remember, if you want to be respected, you have to show respect.

Teaching Kids Respect – How To Raise Respectful Children / Dad University

Tags: Advice, Children, Choices, Daddy Squish, Etiquette, Evolution, Future, History, Instructional, Mental Health, Parental Burden, Parental Crime, Parenting, Performance, Survival, Training, Video, Youth

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28-Nov-2020


School tells girls not to show knees because it distracts male staff 

 

Parents and students at an Irish preparatory school are blasting administrators after female students were told not to wear tight clothing that could “distract” staff members.

Last week, female students at Presentation College Carlow in Carlow, 53 miles south of Dublin, reportedly were told at an assembly not to wear revealing clothing, including tracksuit bottoms and gym leggings.

A petition called the policy sexist and noted that male students’ attire was not discussed.

“Today all the girls from each year in Presention [sic] College Carlow were called out by their Year Head/ Dean of discipline and were told that they were not allowed to wear leggings or tight bottoms for PE as they cannot show off the ‘female anatomy’ as it is distracting to the female and male staff of the school- not the students,” the petition description says.

School tells girls not to show knees because it distracts male staff

Tags: Discipline, Education, Environment, Etiquette, Evolution, Fashion, Horniness, Leaders, Policy, Sex, Woman's Rights, Youth

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25-Nov-2020


We Walked In on My Husband With a Man. Now Our Son Is Acting Homophobic. 

 

A few weeks ago, I was supposed to take my sons to an outdoor activity that ended up getting canceled due to weather. We found out about the cancellation when we were halfway there. Before I turned around, I texted my husband that we would be heading home and never got a text back. This wasn’t unusual, as he usually puts his phone on “do not disturb” while he’s working. When we got home, I opened the door to find my husband and his best friend, “Ryan,” completely naked, and having fairly rough sex on our dining room table. They had music blaring, so they didn’t hear us come in, and my sons and I were all in shock and just stood there for a good 30 to 60 seconds before I was able to shut the music off, and they realized what was going on and could cover up. Obviously, this is a bit of a chaotic situation.

Ryan is like an uncle to my kids, has dinner at our house several times a week, has occasionally lived with us, and he and my husband actually work together. My husband and I are planning on staying together and are still trying to figure a lot of things out. Here’s the problem: My younger son (6) is pretty oblivious and thought Uncle Ryan was wrestling with his dad. My middle son (9) is very confused about the mechanics of what we saw (we’ve had the sex talk with him, but in hindsight, we made the mistake of only talking about heterosexual sex). My older son (12) is having a very difficult time. My middle son has a lot of questions that I’m not really sure how to answer, and I’m not sure how much detail I should be going into, and who should be leading this conversation (me? my husband? a doctor?). I’ve been getting phone calls home from my older son’s school. Ever since the incident, he has apparently been making derogatory remarks about gay people, using slurs, and is also refusing to speak to his father (they were previously pretty close). The school is threatening to expel him. We’re on the waitlist for individual and family therapy, but I was wondering if you guys had any advice about what to do with my two older sons?

—What Now?

We Walked In on My Husband With a Man.

Tags: Advice, Cheating, Children, Choices, Environment, Gay, Hate, Hypocrisy, LGBTQ, Men In Charge, Mental Health, Neglect, Parental Burden, Parental Crime, Reaction, Sex, Sex Identity, Youth

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15-Nov-2020


Help! How Do I Talk to My Husband About the Creepy Thing He’s Doing on Instagram? 

 

Q. My husband’s “Likes”: We have close family friends with a beautiful and charming 19-year-old daughter. She is like a niece to us. My husband has made her uncomfortable twice by remarking, “Mmm! Look at Kelly!” when she’s entered a room dressed up for an outing or work. (The “Mmm!” being the sort of sound one makes in appreciation of a delicious-looking food, for example.) Her discomfort was clear—she turned red and exited the room both times.

He now is following her on Instagram and “likes” EVERY single post she puts up. (And she posts frequently!) I’ve spoken to him about not commenting on her appearance, especially with the loud, “Mmm!” noise. He seemed slightly mortified. Do I need to suggest he stop with all the Instagram attention? It seems kinda creepy to me, but perhaps I am seeing something that isn’t even an issue. I remember receiving unwanted attention from middle-aged men in my teen years, so I could be projecting here.

Help! How Do I Talk to My Husband About the Creepy Thing He’s Doing on Instagram?

Salt Life Co-Founder Reportedly Admits to Killing Teen Girlfriend

Tags: Advice, Awareness, Business, Choices, Crime, Daddy Squish, Environment, Etiquette, Family, Marriage, Men In Charge, Murder, Parenting, Priorities, Relationships, Respect, Responsibility, Safety, Sex, Threat, Youth

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09-Nov-2020


Ask Amy: Am I a busybody for telling her what her 13-year-old is doing? 

 

Dear Amy:

Recently, I noticed that the 13-year-old daughter of some close friends has been posting sexually provocative photos of herself on Instagram.

This is a public account, and strange men make sexual comments on her posts and she responds with lewd remarks that couldn’t be printed in a family newspaper.

I find it alarming, and so I notified the girl’s mother (who’s not on social media) and she thanked me for speaking up, but she also gave an excuse along the lines of “she’s just precocious.”

Meanwhile, the content continues. I think this is dangerous for the girl, but I also feel like it’s in the parents’ hands now. Is it right to continue to stay silent, once I’ve said my piece?

Ask Amy: Am I a busybody for telling her what her 13-year-old is doing?

Tags: Awareness, Children, Choices, Complaint, Environment, Family, Nature, Neglect, Neighbor, Parental Laziness, Protest, Responsibility, Sex, Social Media, Youth

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04-Oct-2020




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