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Just A Bunch Of Awesome Parents Supporting Their Kids During Pride
People in the LGBTQ community don’t always have the support of their families. But there are many parents who embrace their LGBTQ kids.
During Pride Month, countless parents attended parades and other celebrations with their LGBTQ children or participated in their honor. Here are some uplifting photos of supportive parents at Pride events around the world...
LGBTQ+ Athletes Star in Powerful New Nike Film for Pride Month
Nike returns with a short film featuring several larger-than-life LGBTQ+ athletes for its BeTrue campaign during Pride month.
The film is a call to encourage athletes who dare to compete, whether or not they are on a level playing field with the other athletes in their sport. Professional athletes like WNBA star Sue Bird probably know a thing or two about the ways women are treated on and off the court, versus their male counterparts.
“For female athletes in a league that’s trying to grow in the U.S., the ‘rules’ we’re following are geared toward men,” Bird of the Seattle Storm, told Out on Wednesday. “So that might be the WNBA versus the NBA, and some of the ways they view us, or the standards they want to have. Things have always been done a certain way, and it’s never been thoughtful for different groups of people, so how can you succeed in that world?”
Gay Son Takes His Proud Dad to L.A. Pride
NYC park steps to become city’s largest Pride flag
Does Federal Law Protect LGBTQ People? This Poll Reveals A Serious Misconception
According to a new survey, almost half of all Americans wrongly believe that federal law protects LGBTQ people from discrimination. In a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Tuesday, 45% of respondents incorrectly claimed that federal anti-discrimination protections apply to LGBTQ Americans, when in fact, no such protections exist due to longstanding opposition from conservatives.
“When you talk to people across the country, regardless of where they stand on LGBTQ equality, so many don’t know that in 30 states LGBTQ people are still at are risk of being fired solely because of their gender identity or sexual orientation,” Charlotte Clymer, the Human Rights Campaign's press secretary for rapid response, told Reuters. “These things are flying under the radar for most Americans.”
BEING GAY IS LINKED TO THESE BIOLOGICAL MECHANISMS, SCIENTISTS SAY
Years and Years star Dino Fetscher on the “vital importance” of LGBTQ representation
This Dad Gave Out Hundreds of Hugs at the Pittsburgh Pride Parade, and the Photos Are So Emotional
Africa is doing better on LGBTQ rights than you think
Christian hate-preachers plan anti-LGBTI conference during Orlando Pride
Boys can wear skirts, girls can wear pants for school uniforms in Mexico City
‘We are announcing something very simple but for us very transcendent. I think the times have passed in which girls have to wear a skirt and boys have to wear pants,’ Sheinbaum said.
‘Boys can wear skirts if they want and girls can wear trousers if they want.’
According to her comments, the new policy will come into effect immediately. It does away with the old policy stating ‘just as the skirt is the basic garment of a girl’s daily school uniform, so trousers are for boys’.
Sheinbaum, who is a member of the left-wing political Morena party, described the policy as ‘a condition of equality, of equity’.
Education Minister Esteban Moctezuma supported Sheinbaum’s decision. He also suggested other states in the North American country may soon follow suit.
Gay Star News
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.
My child is friends with a trans kid, has a gay teacher and he doesn’t bat an eyelid. What’s wrong with the Parkfield parents?
I recently used these precious column inches to support Parkfield Community School, whose “No Outsiders” programme teaching understanding of LGBT+ people and relationships had been met with protests from religious parents. Mystifyingly, my 800-word decree did not undo centuries of heteronormative prejudice and preconceptions, so here I am again, unwilling to let this go.
If anything, the protests have intensified, with 80 per cent of Parkfield’s pupils having been taken out of school by parents who are mostly from Pakistani Muslim backgrounds. Quite understandably, many people have been concerned about an “open season” being declared on a group who, even in mainstream outlets, are so often subjected to liberal doses of Islamophobic vilification and dehumanisation. I hope it will be clear that I would be every bit as robust in sticking up for Muslim folk whose way of life was being prejudged or invalidated as I am about to be for LGBT+ people.
Parents have accused the school of “promoting homosexuality”. This presents a rather skewed understanding of what the Department for Education’s relationships and sex education programmes entail, as though primary school teachers are going to act out erotic encounters between Action Man figures, rather than simply open up a conversation to allow the children to see that there is nothing to fear from people who are different.
Dad dies after he defended daughter from boyfriend: cops
Police say a Texas dad died after he was assaulted while protecting his daughter from her boyfriend.
Eric Garica of Austin died Thursday following a violent confrontation with his daughter’s 24-year-old boyfriend, Jamie Apodaca, after asking him to leave the family’s home, the Austin American-Statesman reported.
The fight reportedly started Saturday night when Apodaca accused Garica’s daughter of cheating on him and called her derogatory names.
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
Sally Field and Gay Son Sam Greisman Come Out for Equality Act
Multiple Academy Award and Emmy winner Sally Field has been a fierce advocate for LGBTQ rights, especially since she spoke publicly about her gay son Sam Greisman at a Human Rights Campaign event in 2012. Now she and Greisman appearing in a video together extolling the virtues of the Equality Act and just why the country needs it.
In a video for HRC, Field and Greisman chat back and forth via a video call about his being gay and how the Equality Act could impact so many American lives if Congress were to pass it.
The legislation, introduced in Congress earlier this month, would amend federal law to provide a wide range of protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It would ban discrimination not only in employment but in housing, credit, public accommodations, education, federal financial assistance, and federal jury service.
Man Beat Up Teen Who Was Allegedly Molesting 5-Year-Old as Community Rallies to Fund Legal Defense
Strangers have donated more than $30,000 to cover legal expenses for a 20-year-old Ohio man following his arrest last week on accusations he assaulted a 17-year-old he allegedly caught molesting a 5-year-old.
Richard Adams is out on bond following his arrest Thursday on a single count of felonious assault.
A statement from the Eastlake Police Department confirms the allegations against Adams, who is accused of beating the teen after allegedly walking in on him sexually assaulting the little boy.
According to local reports, Adams has acknowledged attacking the teen.
Drag queen performs 'Baby Shark' at toddler's request, and Twitter applauds
Drag performer Marti Gould Cummings fancies himself a crowd pleaser, but he may have met his biggest fan yet: a 2-year-old boy who saw Cummings perform the hit children’s song “Baby Shark” at a drag brunch this weekend in New Jersey.
The performance was caught on camera and posted to Instagram and Twitter, where it has amassed more than 500,000 views in two days.
This high school prom bans same-sex guests, even after a lawsuit about it
A high school is coming under fire for banning same-sex guests at their prom.
Students at Tremont Attendance Center, a public school in Tremont, Mississippi, were told to sign paperwork that bans same-sex guests to prom.
“Guests must be 10th grade-21 years old and of the opposite sex,” a liability release form says.
“This is a night set aside to honor and celebrate our Juniors and Seniors and will be treated as such,” the form says in the same paragraph, possibly as an explanation for the ban on same-sex guests.
Parents protesting over LGBT+ lessons in Birmingham told they risk attracting ‘extreme fringe movements’
Parents protesting about LGBT+ lessons at a Birmingham primary school have been warned that they risk attracting “extreme fringe movements”, by the city’s council.
The advice came as hundreds signed a petition supporting the school’s diversity programme.
Parents and staff at Parkfield Community School, where most pupils are Muslim, were urged by the council to “come together” amid a row over teachings on same-sex relationships.
It comes after a number of demonstrations by some parents who claim their children are too young for the topic. Some families took their offspring out of the school in protest.
Actor Matt Dallas reveals execs told him not to publicly come out as gay
Matt Dallas revealed executives of hit show Kyle XY told him not to publicly come out as gay.
The 36-year-old played the title character in the American science fiction television series for three seasons from 2007.
‘I was told to stay in the closet,’ he revealed. ‘Not talk about my sexuality, to be on every red carpet with a girl on my arm – because you could not be successful if you were openly gay in the entertainment industry, at least in front of the camera.’
‘I wish I had not taken that advice,’ he added.
Gay Star News
New York Archdiocese shutting down 7 Catholic schools
Bedeviled by fading enrollment and aged facilities, seven more Catholic schools will shutter permanently at the end of the academic year, the Archdiocese of New York announced.
Five of the doomed schools are in New York City — two in Manhattan, two in the Bronx and one in Staten Island.
Saint Rose of Lima Elementary School in Harlem, established in 1924, and Saint Brigid Elementary in the East Village, founded in 1856, will both cease to operate, officials said.