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Evangelical woman tells church to go fuck themselves after they insist she disown her queer daughter
After spending 20 years as a member of an Evangelical church, Susan Cottrell was absolutely convinced that “being gay was somehow wrong.” That is, until her own daughter came out as bisexual.
In a powerful new TED talk, the mother of five says her perspective completely changed the moment her 20 year-old-daughter, Annie, called from college to say: “Mom, I’ve got something to tell you. I’m attracted to girls. I think I’m bisexual. I prayed about it, Mom. I resisted, but it won’t go away.”
Cottrell’s immediate response: “Don’t give in. We’ll support you. How can I help?”
Up until then, Cottrell regularly attended a Bible study class where she and her peers were constantly told “homosexuality is a sin and we can’t accept it.”
Now, she had a choice to make.
Letting go of the “no gender” utopia
Now that the U.S. government is threatening to define gender as only male or female, we need to fight more than ever for transgender rights. But the idea there should be no gender categories and we should live in a label-free world, as some have argued, is a utopian dream.
Pioneering scholar Dennis Altman spoke for many gay and lesbian activists at the beginning of the modern queer rights movement in 1971 when he suggested the battle for acceptance of human and legal rights for gay and lesbian people had only one goal: the eradication of the need for any such rights at all.
According to Altman, categories of sexuality were a necessary evil, but in an ideal world they would be replaced by “a new human who is no longer imprisoned by limitations of sexuality and compassion….”
Cultural theorists Daniel Harris and Bert Archer continue to embrace Altman’s original utopian vision. Harris gleefully announced the death of both gay culture and straight oppression in his 1997 book, The Rise and Fall of Gay Culture:
A Teen Was Allegedly Sexually Assaulted With A Broomstick At A Prestigious All-Boys Catholic School In Toronto
Police in Toronto are seeking information on multiple incidents of alleged sexual and physical assaults at a private all-boys Catholic school after videos of two of the alleged assaults surfaced on social media earlier this week.
St. Michael’s College School in Toronto has expelled eight students and suspended one after videos of two separate incidents — one which involved allegations of sexual assault — were circulated online.
Toronto police said Friday that its investigation into one of the incidents — in which a student was allegedly sexually assaulted with a broomstick by a group of boys in a locker room — has opened a “number of occurrences involving incidents of alleged assaultive and sexually assaultive behavior” at the school.
Six Americans file class action lawsuit against Vatican claiming U.S. Catholic clergy sexually abused them
Trans youth are twice as likely to be sexually assaulted or raped in the US
British Comedian Offers Hilarious and Heartwarming Advice for Parents of Gay Kids
On Saturday night’s episode of The Jonathan Ross Show, British comedian John Bishop shared heartfelt words of advice for fellow parents with gay children. The 51-year-old, who has previously spoken about one of his sons coming out as gay, said, “Just love them for who they are and allow them to feel safe, and then those little digs and the little knocks and the little abuse that they subtly get that we don’t know about, perhaps won’t penetrate as deep.”
Rose McGowan's heard more LGBTI MeToo stories 'than the media would ever cover’
Rose McGowan has talked about the impact of MeToo movement among LGBTIs, saying she’s ‘humbled’ when community members share their stories with her.
Speaking at Damian Barr’s Literary Salon in London last month, the activist said she’d heard more stories ‘than the media would ever cover’, particularly from gay men and boys.
The former Charmed actress became a figurehead for the MeToo movement, which fights against sexual abuse and assault, after becoming one of the most high profile accusers of disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein last year.
Asked by GSN at the event: ‘Would you like to see the the MeToo movement reverberate deeper among the LGBTI community and specifically gay men?’ Rose gave a detailed and thoughtful response.
‘‘Society is only really as sick as its secrets’
Gay Star News
Case reveals shame, trauma of male sex trafficking victims
Why has a ‘No Gays Allowed’ billboard gone up in Times Square?
A billboard that says “NO GAYS ALLOWED” was put up in Times Square in New York City.
The sign is part of a campaign by a group called Citizens for Transparency to shed light on the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a hate group that has been behind several recent legal campaigns to limit protections for LGBTQ people.
The billboard directs people to NoGays.org, a website that gives information about ADF’s agenda, which includes fighting anti-discrimination laws, supporting conversion therapy, and promoting the myth that allowing transgender people to use the appropriate restroom will lead to violence against women.
How the First LGBTQ Mariachi Became an Outlet for Advocacy
What social power does music have? Where does that power come from?
Mariachi musicians Carlos Samaniego and Natalia Melendez found out the hard way—first through discrimination, ridicule and professional blackballing among their musician peers, then via the challenging path of advocating for the acceptance of gay, lesbian and transgender people in the mariachi world.
Conversion Therapy Is Still Happening And It's Killing LGBTQ Teens
This year, two movies about conversion therapy (or the idea that homosexuality and queerness are curable diseases) have hit the big screen to critical acclaim. Boy Erased, based on the memoir of the same title by Garrard Conley, and The Miseducation of Cameron Post, based on the novel by Emily Danforth, tell the stories of two teenagers from religious communities whose families enroll them in programs that promise to rid them of their same-sex attraction.
As someone from a religious background, I was moved by how realistic both films were about the pain of growing up in a community that rejects a major facet of your identity. But what I truly found to be one of the most emotional moments of Boy Erased was, in the film's final moments, when modern day conversion therapy facts started to appear on-screen. The film says that 700,000 LGBTQ people have been subjected to conversion therapy.
And it’s entirely true— conversion therapy is a reality. It’s still fully legally in 36 states, and strains of it run through too many religious communities to count. It's estimated that 20,000 LGBTQ teens will be subject to conversion therapy by a healthcare provider, and nearly 60,000 will be subject to "treatment" from a religious counselor before they turn 18.
Kentucky Baptist Convention severs ties with churches that support hiring gay employees
A student threatened to bomb his high school to ‘cleanse’ it of LGBT kids
A South Carolina teenager has been charged with making a bomb threat against his school and specifically naming LGBTQ students as a target.
Jonathan Logan-Guy Radford, 18, allegedly tweeted that he wanted to “cleanse” Byrnes High School in Duncan, South Carolina, of LGBTQ people.
“The ultimate cleansing of all anti straight and non Christians will happen to day at 8:10 at James F Byrnes High School,” said one of the tweets, which is no longer publicly available.
Barbra Streisand & GLAAD Send a Message to Voters: 'America Is Better When We Stand Together'
Barbra Streisand has partnered with GLAAD to encourage LGBTQ voters to hit the polls on Tuesday for the midterm elections.
Barbra Streisand Says She Has to
The religious right is already waging war on LGBTQ legislation in the next Congress
All the signs point to a blue wave on Tuesday that will return the House of Representatives to Democratic control. (On the other hand, the Senate is a long shot, at best.)
Politicians from both sides of the aisle have all but conceded that Republicans have virtually no chance of holding onto their majority. That includes religious right leaders, who are now laying out their strategy to stop Democrats from passing any legislation that would help LGBTQ people.
In particular, they have declared war on the Equality Act, a measure that would add gender identity and sexual orientation to existing civil rights protections.
The Equality Act Would Outlaw LGBT Discrimination. Will It Ever Be Passed?
Transgender gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist says Trump 'wants to eradicate my community'
Tyler Joseph grabs rainbow flag from audience in Twenty One Pilots gig
Twenty One Pilots frontman Tyler Joseph grabbed a rainbow flag from the audience and proudly draped it around him.
Performing at the Capital One Arena in Washington DC last night (31 October), Joseph walked out into the crowd.
He spotted a rainbow Pride flag in the audience and reached out his hand to grab it.
Gay Star News
Inside the Fight to Uncover the Truth About Trump’s Anti-LGBT Crusade
In the wake of an explosive anti-transgender memo leaked from the Department of Health and Human Services and published by the New York Times, LGBT advocates have questions: Who proposed that “sex” be defined by original birth certificate? Was there any pushback? Who, if anyone, was consulted?
But under an administration that has not exactly been forthcoming on LGBT issues, the only way to get answers might be through Freedom of Information Act requests, the Human Rights Campaign says.
The Daily Beast
Almost half of all LGBT people in the US live in states with no workplace protections
A new report reveals how far the United States has to go before achieving workplace equality for LGBT people.
The Movement Advancement Project (MAP), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and Lambda Legal released the report today.
Are LGBT Workers Protected from Discrimination? assesses the current state of federal and state-level protections for LGBT employees.
A little over half (52%) of all LGBT adults in the US live in states with some employment protections. 48%, however, live in places with no protections in the workplace whatsoever.
Gay Star News
Twins transition together from female to male: 'Whatever we went through, we went through together'
A set of twin brothers who transitioned from female to male are sharing their story in hopes of helping others who may be struggling with their own identity.
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Jack Grafe and Jace Grafe, 23, grew up in a Christian home in Maryland. They currently live in Georgia. Both were assigned female gender at birth and later revealed themselves to one another as transgender when they were teenagers.
"Having a secret like this feels like having a 100-pound backpack strapped to your back for your entire life," Jace Grafe, who was given the name Jennifer at birth, told "Good Morning America" in a statement.