Tag Archives: LGBT youth

Canadian Rockers Walk Off The Earth Debut Empowering Video About Trans Youth With Alright

It’s a great track. Mashable has the review: Walk Off The Earth wants you to know that it’s okay to be yourself. In the latest video for the band’s new song “Alright,” premiering here on Mashable, the group sends an inspiring message about self-acceptance and empowerment. Aimed particularly at trans youth, the video stars a young girl named Ellie who ...

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NEW JERSEY: Teacher Accused Of Rigging Election In Favor Of Transgender Homecoming Queen

A Trenton high school is an uproar after parents accused a teacher of rigging this weekend’s homecoming queen election in favor of a transgender student. The Trentonian reports: A transgender teen was crowned Homecoming Queen at Trenton Central High School’s homecoming game Saturday, and sources with intimate knowledge of activities at the school say the vote was a fraud. A ...

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Feds Issue Formal Call For End To Ex-Gay Torture

A division of the US Department of Health and Human Services today issued a formal call for the end of so-called conversion therapy. Reuters reports: The report released today by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) comes less than a year after the Obama administration endorsed efforts to ban the practice, which aims to change a person’s ...

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CHINA: Undercover Activists Film Electroshock Treatment At Ex-Gay Torture Centers [VIDEO]

Quartz reports: Homosexuality has not been classified as a mental illness in China since 2001, yet some clinics still offer to “cure” gay people of what they describe as a “condition.” In response, some Chinese activists have been going undercover to expose the clinics’ use of controversial practices. A recent report by the UK’s Channel 4 offers a glimpse of ...

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#SPIRITDAY: GLAAD Invites Presidential Candidates To Wear Purple On Thursday In Support Of LGBT Youth

And every GOP candidate makes sure NOT to wear purple. Via press release: Today, GLAAD issued an invitation for candidates running for President of the United States to join millions of Americans taking a stand against bullying for Spirit Day this Thursday by “going purple” in support of LGBT youth. “While every candidate running for President doesn’t agree with us ...

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October 23rd: Ali Forney Center’s Annual Gala

New York City’s Ali Forney Center will hold its annual fundraising gala for homeless LGBT youth on Friday, October 23rd in downtown Manhattan at Capitale. Tickets are still available! Comedian and Orange Is The New Black star Lea DeLaria will be the evening’s host and there’s an always terrific after-party following the main event. The following night, Saturday the 24th, ...

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Southern Baptist Seminary Head Albert Mohler Denounces Ex-Gay Torture: Praying Is More Effective

Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, spoke today at the opening of a conference which addresses the critical problem of millions of gays shoving their homosexy ways down everybody’s throats. According to Mohler, ex-gay torture is just a big waste of time because the only way to cure The Gay is by praying to Christ Himself. The ...

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GLAAD: Spirit Day 2015 Is Coming [VIDEO]

I’ve got my one purple shirt ready. Clip recap: “Bullying creates real despair and desperation. It can take a lot of years to shake it off. And some kids don’t make it that far. Layer on top of that someone trying to figure out their sexuality, and the fact that teachers and family might actually be part of the bullying, ...

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Ali Forney Center To Pope: We’re Not Sinners [VIDEO]

Clip recap: “Over 200,000 LGBT youths are homeless in America. The biggest reason LGBT youths cannot remain in their homes is due to the religious beliefs of their parents. Watch brave clients of the Ali Forney Center describe the abuse and rejection they suffered. Every child deserves to be loved.”

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BRITAIN: Prince William Denounces Homophobia

At an event honoring his late mother, today Prince William condemned homophobia and anti-LGBT bullying. From the Daily Mail: During an hour-long training session William vowed that if he saw anyone bullying a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender‎ person he would step in and confront the abuser after comforting the victim. ‘I would try to confront, to tackle the person. ...

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Rainbow Doritos Are Sold Out For 2015

According to Frito-Lay, all 10,000 bags of rainbow Doritos have been sold and no more will be produced, at least not this year. The promotion netted $100,000 for the It Gets Better Project, which will receive 100% of the receipts. Meanwhile all of Teabagistan continues to quiver in impotent rage and rain down vile abuse on the company’s social media ...

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Boycott Alert: Doritos Partners With It Gets Better, Launches Rainbow-Hued Cool Ranch Chips

Oh, this WILL be fun. Via Yahoo News: Here’s a way to add some color to your chips and salsa platter: Doritos is producing rainbow-colored chips in partnership with nonprofit It Gets Better. Doritos Rainbows are a limited-edition version of its Cool Ranch-flavored tortilla chips to show the chipmaker’s support of the LGBT community. The chips come in shades of ...

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NEW HAMPSHIRE: Conservative GOP State Rep. Eric Schleien Introduces Bill To Ban “Ex-Gay” Torture

“This year President Barack Obama Called for End to ‘Conversion’ Therapies for Gay and Transgender Youth. I am in full support of defining this in the law for what it is — abusive and fraudulent. Out of that commitment — I have officially submitted a first draft of legislation that would ban the abusive practice of sexual conversion therapy for ...

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Matt Baume: The History Of Ex-Gay Torture [VIDEO]

“Did you know people have tried to cure homosexuality with forced cuddling, horse stroking, and monkey testicles? Let’s take a disturbing tour of the last hundred years of insane ex-gay cures, some of which are still being practiced by quacks to this day.”

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ILLINOIS: Gov Signs Bill Banning Ex-Gay Torture

Via press release from the Human Rights Campaign: Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed House Bill 217 into law, making Illinois the fifth jurisdiction—behind California, New Jersey, the District of Columbia, and Oregon—to protect LGBTQ youth from the dangers of conversion therapy. House Bill 217, which protects LGBTQ youth from mental health providers attempting to change their sexual orientation or gender ...

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BRAZIL: Oscar-Winner Dustin Lance Black Directs Anti-Bullying Short For Coca-Cola [VIDEO]

AdWeek reports: Black was recently tapped by Pereira & O’Dell to direct three short films for Coca-Cola in Latin America, challenging young people to choose compassion over bullying. One of the films, “The Text,” revolves around gay teens. Another series of ads, from JWT New York for Tylenol, examines the makeup of the modern family. Next up for Black: When ...

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Hilarious Troll Battles Haters On Target’s Facebook Page

Using the Target logo and a fake name, a hilarious troll took to Target’s Facebook page to battle the haters who are ever so pissed about the company’s coming gender-neutral toy aisles. AdWeek has the details: Brands can’t be as honest as they might like in dealing with haters on Facebook. But sometimes other Facebook users can do it for ...

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KENTUCKY: Recently Out High School Basketball Player Left Out Of Yearbook Tribute To His Team

Outsports reports that a Kentucky high school did not include a recently-out basketball player in its yearbook tribute to their team. Richard Maldonado was the team’s starting point guard. Cyd Zeigler writes: “This is the latest slap in the face of Maldonado and the entire LGBT community by a high school administration that simply won’t accept that one of its ...

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NEW JERSEY: Liberty Counsel Again Appeals “Ex-Gay” Torture Ban To US Supreme Court

In March 2015 the Supreme Court smacked down the Liberty Counsel’s appeal of New Jersey’s “ex-gay” torture ban. Today they are trying again, this time with a different client and different angle. Via press release: Liberty Counsel is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review New Jersey Assembly Bill No. 3371 (“A3371”), which prohibits minors from receiving any form of ...

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Target Toy Aisles To Go Gender-Neutral

The wingnuts are screaming about this. From Target’s corporate blog: Over the past year, guests have raised important questions about a handful of signs in our stores that offer product suggestions based on gender. In some cases, like apparel, where there are fit and sizing differences, it makes sense. In others, it may not. Historically, guests have told us that ...

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