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Dan Reynolds speaks out against gay ‘cure’ therapy at Billboard awards
Dan Reynolds continues to prove his status as an LGBTQ ally.
The American singer-songwriter, who graced the cover of GAY TIMES in January year, and his band Imagine Dragons were the winners of the Top Rock Artist award at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards this week.
Dan used the opportunity to highlight a cause close to his heart, dedicating his speech to LGBTQ youth who have been – or are at risk of being – put through the harmful practice of gay conversion ‘therapy’.
“I just wanna take this moment to say there are still 34 states that have no laws banning conversion therapy, and on top of that 58% of our LGBTQ population live in those states,” he said.
“This can change, but its gonna take all of us talking to our state legislators [and] pushing forward laws to protect our LGBTQ youth.”
Anime Did Not Make My Son Gay
No, anime did not make my son gay. He’s bisexual, anyway. Anime didn’t “do” that to him either. I won’t link to certain places online that contain ludicrous opinions about how children can be “made” gay (or on the spectrum of LGBTQ) because of the friends they choose, the toys they play with, or the entertainment they enjoy. I won’t give those ignorant people more traffic. My son watched lots of shows, including anime. He is bisexual. My daughter watched lots of shows, including anime. She is straight. A study of n=2, but if you want to get into the latest science of why homosexuality is a natural expression of humanity, check out this article based on a TED talk by James O’Keefe. Back to anime.
When my children were young, I returned to college and befriended a group of geeks who introduced me to anime and manga. I distinctly remember seeing manga once in high school on Long Island in the ’90s: A Chinese exchange student brought in an oddly thick and small comic book. When I asked him about it, he explained that in Asia comics were books called “manga” and, even though cartoons were mostly for children in America, that wasn’t the case in Asia, where manga and “anime” were created for all age groups. I remember the cover looking a bit racy and he bashfully explained that this particular manga was definitely not for kids.
These students have developed technology to protect their high schools during a shooting
In the era of mass shootings, some high school teens are taking their safety into their own hands.
Two groups of high school students have been recognized in a nationwide contest for developing contraptions that would increase safety during a school shooting.
A team from Owensville High School in Owensville, Missouri, designed a simple auxiliary steel lock that would add an extra layer of protection to classroom doors.
And students from Richland Two Institute of Innovation in Columbia, South Carolina, devised an electromagnetic system that remotely locks doors and covers windows to seal off classrooms from threats.
TO PREVENT SCHOOL SHOOTINGS, TEXAS LEGISLATORS WANT TO FOCUS ON MENTAL HEALTH
NO GUNS FOR TEACHERS, AMERICAN EDUCATORS SAY, DEMAND MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES INSTEAD
Protest over racist private school video ends in student victory
A four-day sit-in by angry students at the tony Ethical Culture Fieldston School in Riverdale ended Thursday after administrators finally complied with a long list of demands, an organizer told The Post.
Without access to showers or beds, nearly 100 kids spent three nights inside a school building to protest administrative apathy towards racial issues at the famously liberal institution.
The action was launched after the emergence of a video last month that depicted several apparently intoxicated Fieldston students using the phrase “crack n—-” at an off campus gathering.
Ex-NFL Star Sexually Abused as Teen Speaks Out After Michael Jackson Documentary: 'I Felt Complicit'
Al Chesley was 13 when he says a neighborhood police officer began to sexually assault him.
Compelled by his abuser to keep the acts — and his shame — a secret, “I felt complicit,” Chesley tells PEOPLE after watching the HBO documentary Leaving Neverlandthis link opens in a new tab. After the documentary, Chesley joined other survivors for an Oprah Winfrey special, After Neverland, which explored child sexual assault allegations against pop icon Michael Jackson with accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck and the documentary’s director, Dan Reed.
The film has pushed through a barrier to propel the wider conversation into the open. “For too long the topics of male sexual assault and abuse have been considered socially taboo,” says Matthew Ennis, president of the advocacy and support nonprofit 1in6this link opens in a new tab, named for the estimated percentage of men who experience sexual violence in their lifetime, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Rosie O'Donnell Reveals She Was Sexually Abused by Her Father as a Child: 'It Started Very Young'
Child Sexual Abuse Allegations Are About More Than Your Heroes
iZombie Star Rahul Kohli Reveals He Was a Victim of Sexual Abuse as a Child
iZombie star Rahul Kohli is opening up about being a victim of sexual abuse.
The London-born actor, 33, broke his silencethis link opens in a new tab on both Twitter and Instagram Monday, explaining he no longer wanted to keep his abuse a secret.
“The longer I keep my secret, the longer I feel like I’m protecting someone who doesn’t deserve it and letting down others who are too afraid to step forward and confront their own past,” Kohli wrote.
South Carolina school rejects 4th grader’s essay supporting LGBTQ rights
Elizabeth Foster, the principal of Anderson Mill Elementary School — a public school in the town of Moore, South Carolina (population 13,739) — reportedly rejected the inclusion of a 4th grade student’s essay promoting LGBTQ-acceptance from a book of student essays “on society.”
The principal believed the 10-year-old student’s essay would “make other parents upset … due to the type of school this is, the people that work here and the students and families of the students that go here,” creating an “undesirable situation at the school,” according to a lawsuit filed in federal court by the child’s parents.
SHAME, SHAME, SHAME Muslim parents encourage kids to chant outside primary school for promoting ‘gay lessons’
Fight over brownie leaves teen boy dead
Police say a fight over a brownie has left a 14-year-old Houston boy dead of a stab wound to the eye and another 14-year-old boy on the run from authorities.
Houston Independent School District police say the boy died Friday of the knife wound suffered Wednesday afternoon.
A Couple Was Arrested For Child Abuse After An Olive Garden Waitress In Kentucky Shared A Photo Of Them On Facebook
Gay man and trans woman suing Burger King over employee 'hate crime attack'
During Her Vegas Show, Lady Gaga Had Some Choice Words for Homophobic VP Mike Pence
On Saturday night in Las Vegas, during her current concert residency “Enigma,” Lady Gaga had some harsh words for the current U.S. president and vice president. Naturally, the crowd ate it up. But it was the Lady Gaga Mike Pence criticism in particular that had people in the audience — and those who have watched online — really applauding the beloved pop star.
Georgia Legislator, Arrested At Work, Says She Was ‘Singled Out As A Black Female Senator’
Georgia state Sen. Nikema Williams (D-Atlanta) was arrested along with more than a dozen other protesters at the Georgia State Capitol on Tuesday afternoon at a demonstration asking the state to “count every vote” from last week’s gubernatorial election. Protesters shouted “Let her go!” as Williams was handcuffed while the General Assembly was in session.
Williams, a civil rights advocate who organized domestic workers for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, was charged with misdemeanor obstruction of justice and spent about six hours at Fulton County Jail in Atlanta.
“There are countless Georgians who cast their ballots and still don’t feel like their voices are heard,” she said in a statement after being released. “I joined them down on the floor, and I was singled out as a Black female senator standing in the rotunda with constituents.”
Andrew Gillum Shreds Donald Trump With Just 3 Little Words
The winner of Florida’s gubernatorial race is still up in the air, but even if he loses, Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum can take pride in at least one thing: he bested Donald Trump on Twitter.
And he only needed three words to do it.
On Monday, the president argued that the Florida election should be called in favor of Republicans Ron DeSantis and Rick Scott even though doing so would buck the state’s recount procedures.
However, he came out on top with his response to Trump’s conspiratorial tweet.
Rihanna to President Trump: Please Do Stop My Music at Campaign Rally
President Trump’s use of popular music has landed him in hot water again, this time with Rihanna.
The superstar singer took to Twitter to protest the fact that her song “Don’t Stop the Music” was reportedly played at a campaign rally Sunday for Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Sunday.
Washington Post White House bureau chief Philip Rucker tipped Rihanna off that her hit song had made an appearance at the event.
“[Neither] me nor my people would ever be at or around one of those tragic rallies,” Rihanna tweeted back at Rucker.
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 Gerrymandered Campus
Are you ever confused about where you should vote? Do you worry whether your vote counts? Reporter Kamaya Truitt looks at the strange case of North Carolina A&T State University, which state legislators divided into two congressional districts. Student activists say it’s a case of gerrymandering to split the Black vote. They’re mobilizing to make sure their voices are heard.
Symone D. Sanders On "Why We Must Vote!"
On August 22, 1964, Fannie Lou Hamer went before the Democratic National Committee to insist that the Mississippi Freedom Party, an organization she started to help African-Americans register to vote, be seated to integrate the all-White Mississippi delegation to the Democratic National Convention.
Then President Lyndon B. Johnson tried to silence Hamer. His aides and allies pressured her not to speak, and in a final effort to keep her from being heard, President Johnson called an impromptu press conference so her words would not be televised.
Fortunately, his plan to distract reporters backfired: Hamer’s 13-minute testimony detailing the inequities visited upon Black people who just wanted to vote in the land they called home was aired later that evening on prime time.
Hamer was a political force who would not be ignored. A local leader who thought globally, she knew she could not afford to sit back and let the injustices of her time go unchallenged and unchecked.