Category Archives: Bullying
The White House announced on Tuesday its endorsement of legislation that would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity via The Equality Act.
The Washington Post reports:
Speaking to reporters, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the administration “has been reviewing for several weeks” the bill. “It is now clear that the administration strongly supports the equality act,” he said, adding it would advance the civil rights of “millions of Americans.”
Earnest added the White House would “work to ensure that the legislative process produces something that balances “the bedrock principles of civil rights with the religious liberty that we hold dear in this country.” Although there is little chance that this Congress will approve the legislation — which was introduced in July by Democratic Sens. Jeff Merkley (Ore.), Tammy Baldwin (Wis.) and Cory Booker (N.J.) — President Obama’s support elevates to greater prominence the question of whether lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans need greater legal safeguards.
And while the majority of the community and its leading organizations support the Equality Act fully, he once LGBT equality grassroots group GetEQUAL led by Heather Cronk and Angela Peoples is asking the LGBT movement to focus on race and transexual issues instead and not support amending the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director Gregory T. Angelo also states that his group does not support the legislation.
While as for now as long as the Republican party holds the House and senate hostage it’s little more than a
The world’s most famous naked athletes, the Warwick Rowers, are back with their seventh calendar for 2016.
Take a peek behind the scenes at our naked photo shoots on glamorous locations in England and Spain, while they explain why the calendar means so much to us and why they are working to challenge homophobia in sport.
Of course, this is not airing in the US – But Coca Cola is making a big gay bold statement in Latin America.
A new short film and advertisement called “The Text”, written and directed by Dustin Lance Black for Coca-Cola, centers on bullying and two gay teens in love.
Black was recruited by Coca-Cola to direct three shorts for the company to air in Latin America that challenge young people to choose compassion over bullying. As Black told AdWeek, one of the campaigns was specifically “aimed at the LGBT community.” The intent Black says was to show “a crossroads moment where you’ve got to make a decision: Are you going to go the way of kindness, or are you going to go for the easy joke when someone’s having a tough time?” The moral being that, “If you do something with acceptance and kindness, you can create a true friendship.” WATCH HERE
A new anthem for summer 2015!
Singer / Songwriter Mikey Wax has a best friend who is gay. “His words of hope and happiness after the Supreme Court ruling inspired this song. I truly believe that despite race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation, love always wins.”
In celebration of the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling that guarantees a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, on-the-verge pop artist Mikey Wax has unveiled his tribute single “Love Always Wins (#LoveWins)” featuring Prophecy, and RyanSeacrest.com had the exclusive world premiere recently.
The trumpet-laden track, which is the namesake of the viral hashtag inspired by SCOTUS’ 5-to-4 vote, celebrates the historic decision with anthemic lyrics that recognizes the country’s progressive strides and the core reason for decades of same-sex litigation and activism.
E! Entertainment immediately placed the song in their promo commercial for Caitlyn Jenner’s new TV series “I Am Cait”. The promo will run 6-8 weeks!
WATCH AND LISTEN AND CRANK UP THE SOUND!
GREAT! We have Marriage Equality…….now how about LGBT Employment Discrimination? I can marry my partner, but then my boss can fire me if wants to (in most states).
IN A NEW video of real people talking about civil rights progress that’s helped them – and then the big reveal at the end hits you like a gut punch: it’s 2015, and it’s still legal to fire and discriminate against people simply because they’re LGBT.
The newest provocative spot from FCKH8.com (“Potty-Mouthed Princesses”) spotlights that despite progress in so many other areas, laws across the country continue to deny gay people basic anti-discrimination protections on the job.
In the video, available here https://youtu.be/tdVSxmh6YTA , people from various walks of life – women, blacks, disabled people – each identify major civil rights milestones in America. Each speaker represents a year when others like them were finally offered legal protection from discrimination in the U.S. – from African Americans becoming citizens in 1866, to people with disabilities getting access to public places through the Americans with Disabilities ACT in 1990. Each is wearing a T-shirt printed with the year they gained a fundamental right.
When the two gay men holding hands who are the video’s final subject are revealed, their T-shirts display question marks. “It’s 2015, and there is still no federal law protecting LGBT people against discrimination. What’s our year?” they plead.
“In an era when it feels like progress is so rapid, including the Supreme Court ruling that was so important, we knew people would be shocked to discover there’s still this huge national inequality,” video producer Mike Kon said. “It sounds unbelievable and disappointing: you can get married on Saturday, but then you can still be legally fired for being LGBT when back at work on Monday.”
In addition to raising awareness of the issue through its viral video, FCKH8.com is encouraging people to get involved in the conversation on social media and support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), legislation proposed in the United States Congress that would prohibit discrimination in hiring and employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity by employers. The social-change T-shirt company also encourages people to “speak out and stand out” for the cause with shirts that make provocative, change-motivated statements.
Reacting to the recent untested Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) ruling that found that anti-LGBT job discrimination was already illegal under existing protections based on sex, FCKH8.com activists are pushing for more definitive on-the-job protections. “Congress need stop to step up to the plate and protect LGBT Americans from discrimination and finally pass explicit and clear job protections with ENDA” Kon said.
IMPORTANT POSITIVE MESSAGES ON COMING OUT!
Those of us who are out, sometimes forget, the struggles, the anxiety, the questioning, that goes on in your mind BEFORE you are out….
Come out! Come Out! Where ever you are!
115,000 gay men told us!
Because of the Internet, online gay communities like PlanetRomeo are able to offer support for gay men that they may not be able to get anywhere else. Being at the heart of 1.8 million men globally, we have access to both the audience and resources to do this research for the very first time.
Incredibly, more than 115,000 gay men from all over the world participated in the HAPPINESS survey.
We initiated the research and collaborated with the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz (JGUM), Germany who designed a qualified scientific questionnaire and executed the survey.
ICELAND GAYS were the HAPPIEST.
UGANDA GAYS were the unhappiest 🙁
See how your country stacks up. (United States came in 29th out of 127).
YAY!!! The biggest You Tuber in the world comes out!!!
Film maker, actor, singer, youtube sensation Joey Graceffa comes out to the world!
May 16th he released his first music video DON’T WAIT.
May 18th he uploaded YES I AM GAY!
May 19th he filmed his birthday / coming out party!
And of course – the BOOK!
CELEBRATE YOUR GAYNESS!
It was all over the news for the last few weeks!
All Anthony Martinez wanted was a guy to take him to prom. What he got was an over-the-top “promposal” from his best friend Jacob Lescenski, who is straight. Inspired by their friendship, Teen Vogue joins these BFFs as they get ready for their big night out.
Kill The Faggot’ is a shooting gallery style video game that awards points for the number of gay and transgender people players shoot dead while deducting points for any heterosexuals killed.
Online gaming website Steam have removed a controversial video game from availability after complaints were made about it’s violent homophobic and transphobic content by users.
‘Kill The Faggot’ was created and uploaded by Skaldic Games to Steam’s Steam Greenlight section which allows game developers to showcase their games and let the Steam user community decide which ones they want to be made commercially available through Steam.
Steam does not actively vet games for offensive content but developers must pay $100 to get their game onto Steam Greenlight as a quality control barrier.
The game description for ‘Kill The Faggot’ read ‘Hate gays? Want to unleash your frustration with the “LGBT” community? Well now is your chance.’
‘Murder gays and transgenders [sic] while avoiding killing straight people. Get points before time runs out.’
The game contains what Skaldic Games describes as ‘lots of fully voiced lowbrow innuendos’ which includes a transgender character shouting ‘you want to chop [off] my wiener?’ and gay men are labelled in the game ‘AIDS carriers’ to be ‘eliminated.’
Players are awarded 100 points for each ‘gay fag homos killed’ and 150 points for each ‘transgender freaks killed.’
Randall Hermann whose Twitter page notes that he is a “composer, 3D artist, game programmer/designer, skateboarder, and follower of Jesus Christ.” His IMDb page lists a number of video game credits.claims he made the game to “prove a point”
Hermann wrote: “These people that think if you are even remotely homophobic, you are ‘hateful’ and a ‘bigot,’ and do everything they can to destroy you in every vicious way possible. So I decided to go down a path that most developers are afraid to go down: to piss these people off by making the most overly offensive game possible to these idiots to prove a point.”
Skaldic Games are claiming that the game was not intended to encourage hatred or violence towards LGBTI people but to protest political correctness in the gaming industry by making the ‘most overly offensive game possible to these idiots to prove a point.’
‘As for an apology – ain’t gonna happen,’ Skaldic Games wrote in a statement in response to their game being pulled from Steam.
‘To everyone that got overly offended. Good, that’s what we were going for. Just wait for our next game we are working on, its gonna be way more offensive as this one [sic].’
The game is still available for people to download on the Skaldic Games website.
- Scouts For Equality has challenged Boy Scouts President Bob Gates to overturn the Scouts’ policy banning gay adults!
- Anyone can make a donation directly to the Boy Scouts to support the challenge – but the Scouts won’t get the money unless they reverse their discriminatory policy
- $53,000 has been raised ! 4 days LEFT!
This is made possible by the new crowdfunding platform Challeng.org, which aggregates charitable donations to enact social change. This campaign is the official launch for Challeng.
IN 2013 Openly gay teen Jadin Bell from Oregon hung himself two weeks ago after being pushed to do so by bullies at his school and on the Internet. Bell was just 15 years old.
His father Joe Bell began a trek across the country to educate young people about the effects of bullying and homophobia.
As he made his way across the country, Joe Bell walked through rain squalls, slept in ditches and talked to anyone who would listen about how his gay son had killed himself after being taunted and bullied at school.
Mr. Bell’s artificial knees ached and his feet were mapped with blisters, but he told friends and strangers that he was determined to make it on foot from his home in eastern Oregon to New York City, where his son, Jadin, 15, had dreamed of one day working in fashion or photography. “I miss my son Jadin with all my heart and soul,” he wrote on Facebook in late May. “I know you’re with me on this walk.”
Within a few months Joe was tragically struck and killed by a semi truck while on his nation-wide walk in October of 2013. Heart wrenching story. Mr. Bell’s American journey — one that drew attention from local newspapers and attracted thousands of followers on social media — ended in an instant on a two-lane road in rural eastern Colorado. He was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer whose driver had apparently fallen asleep, the state police said.
This amazing story is currently being penned by Brokeback Mountain screenwriters Diana Ossana and Larry McMurtry, Deadline reports.
A24 is producing with Fukunaga’s Parliament of Owls production company, Daniela Taplin Lundberg and Riva Marker of Red Crown Productions, and Eva Maria Daniels of VisionChaos Productions. Red Crown’s Daniel Crown will executive produce.
Countdown to Mother’s Day!
Very seldom in life do we meet people with such amazing gifts that we are left stunned. Earnestine Robinson is one of those rare people. She is able to create music so intricate, many consider it impossible to do without a background in music. Despite no formal music training, with her faith and family, she rises from humble southern roots to become an unlikely composer of classical music that takes her all the way to Carnegie Hall and to a world premiere in Europe.
Earnestine does not question her source. She trusts God to guide her and just continues to create extraordinary music that has taken her all the way to Carnegie Hall three times.
While some stories are interesting and others explore and push the reader to think, it is usually the inspirational stories that touch the soul. Her book “Driven by Faith” is a “must-read” for anyone who has struggled to answer the question, “Why am I here?”
Earnestine’s gift is more than just creating some of the most beautiful music you will ever hear. It’s also about family, faith and giving back. To this end, Earnestine and her family are holding a contest, one that could include you and your mother.
Join us for this very unique “Countdown to Mother’s Day!”
1. Submit in 500 words or less your special Mother’s Day story. It can be funny, sentimental, inspirational, bold or all of these and more. Submit HERE.
2. Each day, prior to Mother’s Day, come back and share special thoughts you have on the upcoming special day on Earnestine’s timeline on Facebook.
3. Share your thoughts with all your friends.
The first 100 people to actively post on Earnestine’s timeline will win the opportunity to participate in a special live, online Earnestine Robinson Master Class. She will discuss and take questions on how to find your purpose and the role of faith in reaching your destiny.
On Mother’s Day, three winners will be chosen and each receive a $100 gift card from Amazon and a copy of Earnestine’s book “Driven By Faith”. Each of the stories will be posted on Earnestine’s Facebook page.
Make this your best Mother’s Day ever!
Today, the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, in partnership with Born This Way Foundation, launched the Emotion Revolution initiative to build awareness of the critical role emotions play in young people’s learning, decision-making, and overall wellness.
The initiative will begin with an unprecedented online survey of high-school age youth nation-wide, exploring how young people feel, how they want to feel, and how to bridge the gap between the two. This data will strengthen the scientific understanding of how to most effectively build positive school climates and empower young people with the emotional tools they need to lead happy, healthy, and productive lives. The survey is available at EmotionRevolution.org beginning today, April 9, 2015.
Results from the survey will be presented at the Emotion Revolution Summit in October. Hosted at Yale University, the Summit will feature youth participants from around the country as well as special guests, including Yale President Peter Salovey, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence Director Marc Brackett, and Born This Way Foundation Co-Founders Cynthia Germanotta and Lady Gaga.
The summit will serve as a platform to unveil the findings of the study as well as offer youth the opportunity to share their ideas for creating improved learning environments with key educators, academics, and policy makers. A major goal of the summit is to create momentum around the national social and emotional learning (SEL) movement and to provide youth and educators with the resources they need to accelerate positive changes in their schools and communities.
The need for an Emotion Revolution has never been greater. Far too many young people today are feeling overwhelmed, isolated, and bored. According to the American Psychological Association, for the first time high school-age youth are feeling more stressed than adults. Left unchecked, such emotions can impair mental and physical health, interfere with learning, and hinder prospects for future success. The Emotion Revolution is dedicated to helping to reverse these trends.
“Born This Way Foundation is excited to partner with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence on this important initiative,” said Cynthia Germonatta, Co-Founder and President of Born This Way Foundation. “Our organizations are dedicated to empowering young people in order to make the world a kinder and braver place. This survey is a fundamental step towards accomplishing that goal.”
“Emotions drive learning, decision making, relationships, and health. Research has shown us repeatedly that the skills of emotional intelligence profoundly impact a person’s ability to thrive – academically, personally, and professionally,” said Marc Brackett, Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. “The Emotion Revolution survey will allow us to take the emotional temperature of young people around the country, improving our understanding of how to best equip them with the tools they need to succeed in every facet of life.”
THE GAILY GRIND goes backstage during this week’s taping of American Idol and interview the Top 8 contestants. They ask each contestant what are their thoughts on LGBTQ fans – Jax and Joey have the most gay friends, of course. But others also expressed they had gay friends and gay relatives. How refreshing!
Check out the full article at the Gaily Grind!
Oakland Athletics pitcher Sean Doolittle and his girlfriend, Eireann Dolan, stepped in to head off what she described as a negative response to the team’s first LGBT Pride Night this coming season, the San Jose Mercury News reported.
Late last week, Dolan offered to buy tickets for the A’s June 17th game against San Diego, saying several season ticket holders were refusing to attend and trying to sell their tickets because they were uncomfortable with the event.
“If you’d like to sell your tickets to June 17th’s LGBT Pride Night game, I will buy them from you at face value. As many as I can. No judgments. No questions asked,” she wrote on her blog. “From there, I will donate any tickets I purchase to the Bay Area Youth Center’s Our Space community for LGBTQ youth.”
She revealed in the post that her biological mother is part of a same-sex couple living in San Diego.
“In fact I’m starting to suspect that the Athletics focus-grouped this event idea with just my two moms and nobody else,” she wrote. “It couldn’t be any more perfectly tailored to my moms than if the team announced that NPR’s Terry Gross will also be throwing out the first pitch and there will be a free notepad giveaway on which my moms can write down all of the reasons I should have majored in something more practical in college.”
On Monday, Dolan said, Doolittle agreed to match her donations up to $3,000. She also started an online fundraising campaign to purchase more seats to donate to the youth center group.
Read More at Raw Story
WHAT IF ….gays discriminated against Christians? We quit doing there flowers, we quit cutting their hair, we don’t serve them drinks or food in bars or restaurants, we don’t provide ANY SERVICES FOR THEM?!
This is Truth Wins Out’s second video in its “Religious Freedom Farce” campaign, which highlights the real-world consequences of laws that purport to protect religious liberty, when in reality they only promote exclusion. In our new video, we show how such laws can open a can of worms and backfire on the “Christian” sponsors of such bills.
“If LGBT people can be discriminated against based on faith, so can Christians,” said Truth Wins Out Executive Director Wayne Besen. “There are millions of Americans who are not Christian and may abuse these laws to exclude people based on their Christian beliefs. This, of course, would be unacceptable and wrong, but one of the many unintended consequences of these divisive laws that promote prejudice.”
In our latest ad, a gay man who runs a theater company forbids a Christian from buying tickets to a show after he sees a cross hanging from his neck. Citing the “Church of Harvey Fierstein,” he directs the Christian to go to a theater that shows “Passion of the Christ.” This is a plausible example of what could occur under such ridiculous bills that allow the gutting of anti-discrimination laws based on declarations of “sincere” faith. The video dramatization was created for Truth Wins Out by Chicago-based performance artist Eric Clements and filmmaker Ben Nissen.
“We are actually putting judges in the untenable position of deciding whose faith is sincere and whose is not,” said Truth Wins Out’s Executive Director Wayne Besen. “These laws also violate separation of church and state, because courts will be required to decide which religions are real and which are concocted for the sole purpose of discrimination. But doesn’t that unconstitutionally create ‘acceptable’ state sponsored religions, while others are decaled officially unacceptable?”
The first ad in our campaign, “Religious Freedom Café,” takes these “religious freedom” bills to their logical conclusion. It focuses on an African American man who is told to leave a restaurant because serving black people is against the owner’s religious beliefs. WATCH NOW
You’ve probably heard it, if not said it yourself, but you’ll be certain to think twice about using a phrase like “that sweater is so gay” after hearing this story. A one-of-a-kind, first-ever, truly ‘gay sweater’ will be unveiled today during Toronto Fashion Week. What makes it gay? It is custom knit from the donated hair of more than 100 LGBT people committed to changing the way the word “gay” is used in society today.
Debuting just in time, ahead of this summer’s upcoming Pride Week celebrations in Toronto, New York, San Francisco and London, The Gay Sweater was created by the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD) to spark a rich dialogue on what makes something ‘gay’. Through #TheGaySweater project, they hope people will understand that it is incorrect and offensive to use language like ‘that’s so gay’ to negatively describe something.
A short film showcasing the inspiration behind this #TheGaySweater and the making of this unusual piece can be viewed here: thegaysweater.ccgsd-ccdgs.org
This is pretty cool!
They say any publicity is good publicity…but in the case of Dolce and Gabbana, they must be regretting their comments right about now! The public backlash has been huge!
Bravo host Andy Cohen, who just announced the launch of his own SiriusXM channel, had a special message on the Monday, March 16 episode of Watch What Happens Live! in regards to the comments.
“Even though I love this suit, it wouldn’t be fun for me to wear it again,” he said. “But it will be so much fun for me to have you wear it, knowing we were able to support an amazing cause while also screwing Dolce & Gabbana out of at least one sale.”
The suit, which retails for between $1,100 and $2,000, is being auctioned on eBay with a current bid of around $3,500.
Fashion designer Stefano Gabbana has vigorously defended his criticism of gay adoptions, using social media to create a range of hashtags and slogans – but none have really taken off.
They say, BOYCOTT ELTON JOHN! In a post Monday Gabbana shouted “Fascist!” and took direct aim at the singer: “#boycotteltonjohn”. On his Instagram account, as you might expect, there was quite a lot of support for his criticism of Elton John among the hundreds of comments.
#SupportDolceGabbana, has around 2,700 tweets. But both are up against #BoycottDolceGabbana which has been used more than 30,000 times.
Singer Ricky Martin, the father of twins born by a surrogate mother, called on the pair to “wake up” in a message on Twitter, admonishing the designers that their voices were too powerful to spread hate.
NOW, Gabbana said in a statement that “it was never our intention to judge other people’s choices. We do believe in freedom and love.”
Dolce says he was expressing his view about family based on his experience growing up in a traditional Sicilian family “made up of a mother, a father and children. I am very well aware of the fact that there are other types of families and they are as legitimate as the one I’ve known.”
Dolce said he was expressing his personal views “without judging other people’s choices.”
In a 2006 interview with an Italian newspaper, Dolce (of Dolce & Gabbana) expressed views against gays adopting, saying:
“I am opposed to the idea of a child growing up with two gay parents. A child needs a mother and a father. I could not imagine my childhood without my mother. I also believe that it is cruel to take a baby away from its mother.”
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana say: ‘The only family is the traditional one’ – in an interview with Italy’s Panorama magazine.
Sir Elton John has called for a boycott of fashion label Dolce & Gabbana after the legendary designers criticised same-sex families.
In a scathing post on picture sharing site Instagram, the furious singer branded Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana “judgmental” and “archaic”.
It followed an interview with the designers in Italy’s Panorama magazine in which the pair said: “We oppose gay adoptions. The only family is the traditional one.
“No chemical offsprings and rented uterus: life has a natural flow, there are things that should not be changed.”
Dolce added that procreation “must be an act of love”, saying: “You are born to a mother and a father – or at least that’s how it should be.
“I call children of chemistry, synthetic children. Rented uterus, semen chosen from a catalog.”
Gabbana added: “The family is not a fad. In it there is a supernatural sense of belonging.”
How can gay people say this???? You are in the public eye and gay people buy your clothes! LIE if you disagree.
An estimated 37% of LGBT adults have had a child and there are an estimated 6 million children with LGBT parents.
source: Telegraph UK ….. read more
No wonder this went viral this week! The Ad Council did an excellent job communicating love is love.
While the vast majority of Americans consider themselves unprejudiced, many of us unintentionally make snap judgments about people based on what we see—whether it’s race, age, gender, religion, sexuality, or disability. This may be a significant reason many people in the U.S. report they feel discriminated against. Subconscious prejudice—called “implicit bias”—has profound implications for how we view and interact with others who are different from us. It can hinder a person’s ability to find a job, secure a loan, rent an apartment, or get a fair trial, perpetuating disparities in American society. The Love Has No Labels campaign challenges us to open our eyes to our bias and prejudice and work to stop it in ourselves, our friends, our families, and our colleagues.