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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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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Same-Sex Couples Will Have Equal Access to Fertility Coverage Under New California Law| Gay News | Towleroad

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This Tuesday, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that would allow unmarried and same-sex couples to access insurance coverage for the same fertility treatments that married, different-sex couples are provided, the AP reported:

The legislation, AB460, clarifies the non-discrimination provision of an existing state law that requires health plans to offer coverage for fertility treatments, except for in vitro fertilization.

Despite the existing law, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, said many same-sex couples have been denied the coverage. In praising Brown’s signature on his bill, Ammiano said reproductive medicine should be for the benefit of everyone.

“To restrict fertility coverage solely to heterosexual married couples violates California’s non-discrimination laws,” he said in a statement. “I wrote this bill to correct that.”

The new law will take effect in January, and contains language prohibiting insurance plans that offer fertility coverage from discriminating on any grounds, including “domestic partner status, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status … sex or sexual orientation.”

Fertility issues for same-sex couples can be a hot-button issue, politically: when the French legislature approved a bill legalizing marriage equality in the country, fertility rights were left out of the debate.

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A Grandfather’s Letter To His Daughter About her Disowning Her Gay Son.

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Dear Christine:

I’m disappointed in you as a daughter. You’re correct that we have a “shame in the family”, but mistaken about what it is.

Kicking Chad out of your home simply because he told you he was gay is the real “abomination” here. A parent disowning her child is what goes “against nature”.

The only intelligent thing I heard you saying in all this was that “you didn’t raise your son to be gay”. Of course you didn’t. He was born this way and didn’t chase it any more than he being left-handed. You however, have made a choice of being hurtful, narrow-minded and backward. So, while we are in the business of disowning our children, I think I’ll take this moment to say goodbye to you. I now have a fabulous (as the gays put it) grandson to raise, and I don’t have time for heart-less B-word of a daughter.

If you find your heart, give us a call

– Dad

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Mormon Mom Who Fought for Prop 8, Now Fights for Gay Son – Yahoo!

Mormon Mom Who Fought for Prop 8, Now Fights for Gay Son – Yahoo!.

“There were times when I wasn’t eating or sleeping,” she said. “I needed to find answers to help him.”

She first bought books from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was told that her son’s homosexuality was a “choice,” a “popular thing to do,” and a “phase” he would outgrow. “None of that applied to my son,” she said.

Finding nothing that would help her, she turned to the medical community and learned that homosexuality was not a choice but an identity. Eventually, she came across research from the Family Acceptance Project and learned she didn’t have to choose between her faith and her son.

“It felt like a ray of sunshine in the middle of the darkest period of my life,” said Montgomery. “It gave me hope.”

Her husband agreed: “You can’t just leave some void for a young child to [think], ‘God doesn’t have a plan for me anymore,'” Tom Montgomery, 41, says in the documentary. “I need to fill him with purpose. And give him, show him, this is not the end of the world, this is the beginning of your world.”

 

Undercover as a gay man – Salon.com

Undercover as a gay man – Salon.com.

 

I never anticipated that coming out as gay would feel this raw, this emotional, this terrifying. It isn’t a fear that life won’t go on; rather, that life won’t resolve in some way. The questions and the stereotypes, and fear for all of the relationships I might lose, consume me. I don’t want to lose my friends, and I don’t want my family to hold me at arm’s length. I do not want to be the black sheep of the family, or the different gay brother or son. I want to be me. But having been raised in a conservative religious home, I know these hopes aren’t reasonable. Living in the culture of the “Bible Belt” makes the prospect of feeling simultaneously normal and gay likely impossible. I cannot imagine what coming out would be like if I were really gay. One year may seem like a long time, but a lifetime would be more than I could ever adjust to.

NYT Writer John Schwartz On His Teenage Son’s Tumultuous Coming Out / Queerty

New York Times correspondent John Schwartz and his wife, Jeanne, had a suspicion their son Joe might be gay from an early age—and it never really fazed them. But three years ago, the same day Joe came out to his classmates, he tried to take his own life with an overdose of pills.Joe was only 13.In his new memoir, Oddly Normal, the elder Schwarz recounts the years leading up to Joe’s suicide attempt and places it against a larger backdrop of both great social change and persistent bigotry.As part of Queerty’s exploration of LGBT families in all their permutations, we talked with Schwarz about his son and their experience together with Oddly Normal.

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