Mom Smacks Down Ignorant Questions In Passionate Defense Of Trans Daughter: VIDEO| Gay News | Towleroad

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Debi Jackson — a self-described “conservative southern Baptist” mom from Alabama who wanted a boy — recently spoke in passionate defense of her six-year-old transgender daughter A.J. who began transitioning into a female appearance at age four.

In her heartfelt speech, Jackson describes her daughter’s transition as well as the parental intolerance and ignorant questions raised by others who blame Debi for her daughter’s transition:

“Kids have no idea what they want or who they are. My kid wants to be a dog! Should I let him?”…

“There’s a profound difference between wanting to be something in imaginary play and in declaring who you are insistently, consistently, and persistently — those are the 3 markers that set transgender children apart, and my daughter displayed all of them.”

“Kids shouldn’t have to learn about sex at such a young age.”

Well, I agree, so it’s a good thing that being transgender has nothing to do. Gender identity is strictly about how a person views him or herself on the inside and it is completely separate from who we are attracted to.”

“God hates transgender people. They are sinners and going to hell.”

My God taught us to love one another. Jesus sought out those who others rejected. Some people choose to embrace biblical verses that appear to say that transgender people are being wrong. I choose to focus on verses like I Samuel 16:7 which says “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height for I have rejected him.’” The Lord does not look at the things that people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. My daughter is a girl at her heart. She knows it.

According to PFLAG’s blog A Note To My Kid — a place where “ parents, families friends, and allies of the LGBTQ community the opportunity to share their unconditional love, via notes, photos, and videos” — Jackson has also “started a website for parents of transgender and gender nonconforming children: trans-parenting.com.


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Family Adopts 15-Year-Old Gay Teen Who Was Disowned By His Family

Family Adopts 15-Year-Old Gay Teen Who Was Disowned By His Family / Queerty.

With nowhere else to turn, he returned to his friend Aubrey’s house. Her family once again took Corey in, this time permanently.

“Initially we set Corey’s bedroom up in our basement,” Dale explained. “We gathered what we could since he didn’t bring anything with him. His first bedroom in our home was made of walls with moving blankets tacked to the ceiling. There was a bed, a nightstand, an old dresser and a box fan. That kid was so freaking happy … Made me cry to see Corey with next to nothing and be happy about it.”

Weeks later, Mindy and Dale filed a petition to formally adopt Corey. On the day of the court hearing, Corey’s birth family didn’t show up to contest the adoption.

“I want the world to know that Corey is a beautiful human being,” Mindy toldOut In Santa Cruz. ”I want the world to see Corey’s pain and know it is not necessary. Sexuality is such a small part of who we are. First and foremost Corey is a loving, genuine, caring, intelligent human being. Who he is attracted to and who he marries is of little significance.”

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Virginia’s Ban on Gay Marriage

The ruling was announced late Thursday evening. The order released around 10 p.m. stated the following:

“The Court finds Va. Const. Art. I, § 15-A, Va. Code §§ 20-45.2, 20-45.3, and any other Virginia law that bars same-sex marriage or prohibits Virginia’s recognition of lawful same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions unconstitutional. These laws deny Plaintiffs their rights to due process and equal protection guaranteed under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.”

via Federal Judge Strikes Down Virginia’s Ban on Gay Marriage| Gay News | Towleroad.

New Facebook gender options welcomed by transgender community

There’s going to be a lot of people for whom this is going to mean nothing, but for the few it does impact, it means the world,” said Facebook software engineer Brielle Harrison, who worked on the project and is herself undergoing gender transformation, from male to female. On Thursday, while watchdogging the software for any problems, she said she was also changing her Facebook identity from Female to TransWoman.

New Facebook gender options welcomed by transgender community.

Eighty percent of congregation quits after Indiana church forces out gay choir director | The Raw Story

A church in Indiana has seen about 80 percent of its members leave after a gay choral director was forced out over his sexual orientation.Adam Fraley told The Herald Bulletin that he worked for the United Methodist Church in Alexandria for six years and attended with his partner. When a new minister took over the church last year, Fraley said that he resigned because of pressure about his sexual orientation.

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I Was An NFL Player Until I Was Fired By Two Cowards And A Homophobic Bigot

I Was An NFL Player Until I Was Fired By Two Cowards And A Bigot

Throughout the months of September, October, and November, Minnesota Vikings special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer would use homophobic language in my presence. He had not done so during minicamps or fall camp that year, nor had he done so during the 2011 season. He would ask me if I had written any letters defending “the gays” recently and denounce as disgusting the idea that two men would kiss, and he would constantly belittle or demean any idea of acceptance or tolerance. I tried to laugh these off while also responding with the notion that perhaps they were human beings who deserved to be treated as human beings. Mike Priefer also said on multiple occasions that I would wind up burning in hell with the gays, and that the only truth was Jesus Christ and the Bible. He said all this in a semi-joking tone, and I responded in kind, as I felt a yelling match with my coach over human rights would greatly diminish my chances of remaining employed. I felt uncomfortable each time Mike Priefer said these things. After all, he was directly responsible for reviewing my job performance, but I hoped that after the vote concluded in Minnesota his behavior would taper off and eventually stop.

via I Was An NFL Player Until I Was Fired By Two Cowards And A Bigot.

Some People Are Boycotting The Rose Parade Because Of THE GAYZ: LAist

Here’s an insane missive from the group:

The Rose Parade shouldn’t be used by gay activists to promote the gay agenda, and a rose parade float is no place to flagrantly display a gay wedding. But I guess they think they can pervert this year’s theme “Dreams Come True,” to allow this disgusting exhibition. Tell them NO! Tell their sponsors NO. Tell them you will boycott the parade by not watching or attending, and that you will NEVER watch or be part of it again.

In all honesty, it’s extremely sad to see something like this in this day and age, where marriage equality is more commonplace than it has ever been and people are making genuine steps to make this country a better place for all Americans. The fact that these people exist is a scary reminder that we still have a long way to go.

Some People Are Boycotting The Rose Parade Because Of THE GAYZ: LAist.

British Member of European Parliament Comes Out as Transgender| Gay News | Towleroad

BRITISH MEMBER OF EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT COMES OUT AS TRANSGENDER

BY KYLER GEOFFROY

Nikki Sinclaire, a British member of the European Parliament, has revealed in a new autobiography that she underwent a sex change at the age of 23. Sinclaire gave a follow-up interview with The Sun, stating that she first realized she should have been a female at the age of three.

“It sounds weird, but I knew something was wrong even then – I’ve always felt I was in the wrong body. I remember dressing up as a girl on my first day of school. It then started to happen every day. The other kids knew I was different,” she said.

In her early 20s, Sinclaire began hormone replacement treatment before undergoing the sex change. Sinclaire says that complications from the surgery nearly killed her, but maintains that it was a necessity for her well-being.

“If I hadn’t become a woman I would have led a lonely, neurotic life, forever out of place, endlessly consulting doctors and therapists at public expense. As it is I have become a happy, fulfilled achiever and I have repaid, in tax, the cost of my NHS operation many times over.”

Moving forward, Sinclaire says she doesn’t want her past to overshadow her ambition of becoming a cabinet minister at Westminster.

“I feel passionately that true equality happens only when your colour, creed, gender or sexuality is not a label used next to your name. We are not there yet.”

via British Member of European Parliament Comes Out as Transgender| Gay News | Towleroad.

Courageous Conversations

By Marsha Aizumi

It started with a simple request.
Could I come in and help your district support LGBTQ students at an even higher level? But, Dr. Linda Wagner, at that time the Monrovia Superintendent, and presently the Anaheim City School District Superintendent, had bigger visions. Why not help multiple districts support their LGBTQ students to feel safer and more accepted? And so on October 16th, 2013, 72 participants, representing 22 school districts met to listen, dialogue and gain resources to make their campuses even safer for LGBTQ students. In attendance were seven superintendents, seven assistant superintendents, and multiple leaders from as far away as Bakersfield, Lancaster, Irvine and Manhattan Beach.

Dr. John Deasy, Superintendent for Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), one of the largest districts in the nation, provided the keynote address. “It is not about tolerance. It is about acceptance. We have to give a voice to those who don’t have a voice yet. Remaining silent is abandoning our role of being there for our students.” Dr. Deasy passionately expressed that educational leaders need to visibly set the bar of acceptance for all who walk onto their campuses. As he spoke from his heart, the audience was drawn in. A sense of calm and ease began to flow into the day. Participants recognized we are all on this journey together, we doing the best we can with the knowledge we have and we are all here to do our jobs better by gaining more knowledge.

Two presentations followed Dr. Deasy’s opening comments. One from two LAUSD experts, Dr. Judy Chiasson and Stephen Jimenez-Robb, focused on balancing California laws with finding the heart to do the right thing. They used several examples where LAUSD made decisions from their heart, even when the laws did not require their action. In addition, the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) represented by Dr. Robert McGarry, as Senior Director, provided the participants with a wealth of information and Safe Space Kits to begin introducing both elementary and secondary schools to valuable suggestions on making their schools more welcoming.

To respond to questions that participants may have had following the presentations, a panel with Dr. Chiasson, Dr. McGarry, and Stephen Jimenez was provided, adding Ariel Bustamante from the Gay Straight Alliance Network (GSA Network). Sara Train, one of the lead organizers for Courageous Conversations and Project Spin Coordinator served as the moderator for the panel, as well as emcee for the event. The panel addressed questions about accommodations for transgender students, LAUSD’s new campaign where staff wearing rainbow
badges, and distict specific questions regarding struggles within districts.

The day closed with my son Aiden and I sharing our story. I spoke about the fear and struggles of a mother and made the analogy that districts are like families. Families love their children and districts care about their students. We are all learning and growing. I stated that districts could never make as many mistakes as I made . . . and yet here I am with my son and we are closer than ever, because in the end the love and care were things that mattered most. Aiden shared his experiences of bullying and harassment in school. He also shared the positive changes he has seen in the past few years at the school he attended. In our evaluations, one participant called my son, courageous. I couldn’t agree more with that assessment of Aiden, but of course, I am his mother.

Besides the presentations, multiple resources around the room were available. Visibly present were resources from PFLAG, a national organization that supports LGBTQ individuals and their families. I currently sit on the PFLAG National Board and Aiden sits on the PFLAG National Transgender Advisory Council. Five local chapters of PFLAG sent representatives, as well as resources.

Also in attendance was a newly formed coalition made up of various PFLAG chapters, GSA Network and other supportive individuals and organizations. The Southern California Safe Schools Coalition was present not only to support this event, but to be a future resource for the school districts who might want specific knowledge or trainings.

As participants walked out of the room, an air of hope and possibilities followed them. I believe that our LGBTQ students will be a little safer when they walk onto the campuses of the 22 districts that attended. And although it was just a beginning . . . . that is where all of us had to start.

Marsha Aizumi is an educational consultant and author of Two Spirits, One Heart. Visit Marsha at www.marshaaizumi.com

WATCH: Rep. Wasserman Schultz On How She Explained The Meaning Of “Gay” To Her Young Son / Queerty

During an interview with SiriusXM Radio, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL 23rd District) talked about the future of marriage equality in America.

“I think the country has evolved to a point where the majority of Americans embrace marriage equality,” she said. “And that is the right thing.”

(Florida, of course, still has some work to do. In 2008, a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was added to the state’s constitution, which lawmakers have kept in place even after the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on DOMA in June.)

In the interview, Rep. Wasserman Schultz also recounted the time her son, who was in fourth grade at the time, asked: “Mom, what does being gay mean?”

She explained that the question was prompted by a TV commercial.

“I [was] standing on a crossroads here in my child’s life,” she recalled. “This is the moment when people either turn their children into bigots and narrow-minded individuals or they have an opportunity to open their eyes to tolerance. Of course, I had always intended to choose tolerance and understanding.”

Rep. Wasserman Schultz is currently promoting her new book For the Next Generation: A Wake-Up Call to solving our Nation’s Problems. She has been a longtime supporter of LGBT rights and marriage equality and carries a 100% rating from the HRC for her pro-gay rights stance.

Watch Rep. Wasserman Schultz’s interview below.

 

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