Wishing you all a Happy National Coming Out Day. I forgot to talk about this in the video as it had to be a quick one: Remember how important it is for you to accept your friends when they come out to you. You might be the first person someone tells and it’s so important for that first coming out experience to be a good one. Be kind to each other! <3
In wake of the CW network developing a new show about the life of a transgender teenager, HuffPost Live sat down with several teens who identify as transgender last week to discuss their experiences. One transgender teenager, Ryan Cassata, stressed the importance of educating one’s parents about transgender issues as crucial to gaining a system of familial support for one’s gender identity.
Barilla pasta’s CEO says: “We won’t include gays in our ads, because we like the traditional family.” He then urged gays to buy another brand of pasta.
FUCK THE PASTA POLICE
We told our son that he had to choose between Jesus and his sexuality. Choosing God, practically, meant living a lifetime condemned to being alone. So, just before his 18th birthday, Ryan, depressed, suicidal and disillusioned, made a new choice.
“And we pray that God can somehow use our story to help other parents learn to truly love their children. Just because they breathe.”
Hero. #harveymilk #lgbt #icon #activist #sf #bayshore #equality #hope #peace #love #gay #rights
Source: Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice, Second Edition, Routledge, 2007
Me: ”Baby, back when Harvey Milk was a little boy, everyone thought gay people were bad.”
Son: ”All gay people aren’t bad.”
Me: ”No, all gay people aren’t bad, but that’s what people used to think.”
Son: ”That’s stupid.”
Me: ”Harvey Milk told gay people to come out of the closet and show everyone that gay people were good people too.”
Son: ”All the gay people were in closets?”
Me: ”Not real closets, baby. That’s just what we call it when gay people pretend they aren’t gay.”
Son: ”Why would they do that?”
Me: ”Then Dan White shot and killed the mayor of San Francisco and Harvey Milk.”
Son: ”Did he go to jail forever?”
Me: ”No, honey, he didn’t. Mr. White said he shot them because he ate too many Twinkies.”
Son: ”What are Twinkies?”
“On this day in a second-grade classroom in the Midwest, Harvey Milk was on the same stage as Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth and Elizabeth Cady Stanton: an important civil rights leader in our country, someone everyone should learn about.”