Anti-gay preacher comes to campus, student response is incredible


An anti-gay preacher at James Madison University in Virginia was met with an amazing response from students. Just watch!

Remember kids, Christians do not teach or preach hatred and Jesus loved everyone.

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Supporting our youth – Your Holiday Mom


The holiday season is upon us, but you would never know it watching the evening news. The holidays are a time to rejoice, to celebrate love and life…but recent tragedies and the worst of humanity has been on display recently. Amidst all the negativity and turmoil, I wanted to share something joyful, uplifting and full of the true spirit of the holidays.

A group of 40 moms (and a few dads) banned together under the common goal of sharing their love for LGBT youth in need of it this holiday season called Your Holiday Mom. The moms are mostly straight, some with children of their own and some without. Some have several children and from large extended families and others are single moms with no extended family. Some have LGBT children, some do not. Many of the 40 moms have not met the founder or each other, they simply came together to offer a message of love and to be a stand-in mom for an LGBT youth that may have been rejected by their own family.

Each of the 40 volunteers have recorded a video and written an open letter in which their offer to be a surrogate mom to a lonely LGBT child this season. Youth can sign up to receive emails each day from Thanksgiving until New Years, or they can read the letters online if they wish to remain anonymous.

In case you were unaware, LGBT children are often rejected or become estranged from their families as young teens and many are the victims of religious intolerance. LGBT teens are all too often told to leave their homes or are subjected to emotional abuse until they run away, even as psychologists contend that the greatest indicator of how successful a gay teen will be as an adult is the acceptance and support they receive from their family when they come out. Organization such as Your Holiday Mom or the It Gets Better project are working to offer love and support to these teens yearning desperately to know they someone is out there and someone cares.

And I will leave you with one final thought. Maybe the term LGBT youth is misleading or causes many to fixate on the LGBT rather than the most important part, the youth. The average age of a homeless LGBT youth is 14 years. Thus, thousands of children out there are 11, 12 and 13 years old and living on the streets, homeless. Imagine an 11- or 12-year-old being tossed from his/her home and forced to live on the street. This statistic shocks me, and should shock the public conscience as much as any recent news story. This is neglect, and these children need a voice…you may not be able to do everything, but you can do something…just as the 40 moms of Your Holiday Mom have done. Make your voice heard, give rejected LGBT youth a voice.

 

Gay Youth and Society…It Gets Better


There is an inherent flaw in our society, one that we must live and battle with no matter who we may be.

We live in a categorical society, one which deems it necessary to assign a label to everything. Black or white, liberal or conservative, gay or straight, and on and on. There is little room for shades of grey, and many get entrenched in one side or the other, preaching the correctness of their side and missing the subtle nuances that are entirely true for both sides of the dividing line.

But what happens as a result of these labels and predefined bins we must all accept as our definition of self within society? Terrible things if our label happens to be one other than the ‘norm’ (the norm that society has chosen and promotes). Let’s just stick with the gay label. If you are gay, you are going against the societal norm and must constantly fight against oppression, misunderstanding, and pressure to question your lifestyle and ability to love. And for what? Am I any less capable of loving? Am I any less of a person? NO! Of course not.

So why do we let society fight against us? Why do we struggle incessantly for acceptance and to be allowed just to be ourselves? Why?

So many promising lives have been cut short due to discrimination, lack of self worth, and HATE. And for what? Because they were different? Is that worth ostracization to the point of compulsion to take one’s own life?

I hope one day we can look back at this civil rights movement and be glad we no longer have to lobby society for our right to be us. I hope one day we can realize the hopes of the It Gets Better Project and we can tell the youth that once upon a time some people thought gays did not deserve full equality.

But until that day, I will continue to call, write, lobby, and advocate. I do it not just for myself, but for all of the young people unfortunate enough to be growing up in an area of the world that homophobia reins. I do it to let them know that it is okay to be gay and it really will get better. There are people out there who love you for who you are and you will find those people. In time, it will get better and the world wants you to be around to see it. We need you around to witness the tides of history shift.

If you ever doubt….if you ever find yourself thinking it would be easier to give up than to fight, reach out to someone and listen when they tell you…It gets better, society will one day shed the labels used to subjugate and hate.

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Representative Steve Simon Defends Justice, Fairness, Wholeness, and Compassion


Minnesota House Representative Steve Simon discusses how much of sexuality is nature v. nurtue. He offers that sexuality is a gift from God, and asks how many gays must God create before we accept that He wants them around…

Children’s Story About a Same-Sex Penguin Couple Tops Library Complaint


“And Tango Makes Three” is a children’s book based on the adorable true story of two chinstrap penguins named Roy and Silo who live in the Central Park Zoo. Roy and Silo are both male penguins, and they adopted and raised a chick named Tango. The story is touching and the book helps parents teach children about same-sex couples.

My personal favorite is the final line of the book:

And like all the other penguins in the penguin house, and all the other animals in the zoo, and all the families in the big city around them, they went to sleep.

Adorable, right? Well, not according to the American Library Association. The book once again topped the list of most frequently challenged books. (It was also number one in 2007, 2008, and 2009.) According to the American Library Association:

A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that a book or other material be restricted or removed because of its content or appropriateness.

How tragic is it that this book that helps children to understand a topic most parents do not know how to even approach is being attacked and taken off of shelves for being controversial? When are we going to start teaching our kids about inclusion? Why not tell kids about different people? We need to tell our children that is is okay to be gay. Because, if we don’t…we could lose them before they learn that it gets better…

Keep that in mind.