Category Archives: Youth

Gay Male Models Rhodes Twins Come OUT


YouTube personalities and male models Austin and Aaron Rhodes have had a significant social media following since they began loading clips to their channel nearly six months ago.

This week, the 20 year old pair decided to start off 2015 in a major way by utilizing their platform to both come out as gay to their father over the phone while recording the event in order to share it with their followers — and the world.

This video inspires a roller coaster of emotions, as the boys initially struggle to get the words out. When they finally do, their father offers a  good  response to his sons: “It’s the way things are, you know? You’re grown people. You grew up in a lot different generation than me. I just don’t really know what to say — you know I love you both and that’ll never change.” – – I wish parents would not say things like, “It’s just the way it is ” – or “well it’s  your’s  your life….” – IT’S  NOT A CHOICE. But I am sure the news caught him off guard and at least it was not a negative response.


You may remember last summer, another set of male twins, Adam and Luke came out to their family on YouTube.


Tyler Oakley


Tyler Oakley is a new and exploding  American YouTube personality!  He is an  advocate for LGBT youth, and discusses  social issues including healthcare and education. Oakley presents on various topics including queer politics, pop culture, and humor on a regular basis.  YOUNG PEOPLE  LOVE HIM!

He’s like  a very young  Davey  Wavey – and more G  Rated!

Find Tyler:
Bonus Videos:


Jeza Belle’s Pink Panty Dropper cocktail

Internationally known New York City drag queen, actress, comedienne, columnist, and cocktail connoisseur Jeza Belle will make her publishing debut on October 7, with The Harlot’s Guide To Classy Cocktails.

Part drink recipe book, part he-larious drunken memoir, the coffee table book contains Jeza’s own classy (The Dietrich) and, uh, not-so-classy (MAI Cock is TAI-ed Back) cocktail recipes along with the favorite drinks and messy memories of some of the world’s most famous drag queens, among them, Sherry Vine, Latrice Royale, Barbie Breakout and Rupaul’s Drag Race contestant,Yara Sofia. (See the full list of twisted queens here.)


Other queens featured include a #1 Billboard artist, reality show winners and contestants, social media sensations, rising pop stars, and a bevy of other bevvy lovers from over a dozen countries on six continents.

New York’s own Lady Bunny wrote the book’s hilarious introduction.

The Harlot’s Guide to Classy Cocktails will be available on October 7 in hardcover and eBook (iBook, Kindle, Nook) formats. Much more to come from Jeza Belle in anticipation of the books’ debut, including a trailer video, website, and a weekly reveal of each of the featured queens starting in August.Meanwhile, check out Jeza’s YouTube channel where you’ll find her zany comedic/sci-fi web series, “Jeza and the Belles” and clips of her live at various NYC clubs, such as Caroline’s Comedy Club and The Duplex.

You can find her celebrity interview column for Starpulse here.     


Gay Twins Come Out


Two gay twin vloggers  to watch for!


We are fraternal twins who decided to start a youtube channel about our lives after we came out to each other after work one night.

Our Channel will include weekly videos about different topics that pertain to our lives and also funny challenges and games so thanks for watching and I hope you enjoy!

We love you all!

– Adam and Luke 😀




Michael Egan Sues Bryan Singer – Date Rape with a Minor

michael egan bryan singer

Former child model who accused X-Men director of sexual assault ‘was also drugged and raped by a businessman after Siegfried and Roy show’

  • Michael Egan has filed a lawsuit against director Bryan Singer, saying he abused him when he was 17 years old in Hawaii and California
  • Singer’s lawyer has said records show he was in Toronto at the time
  • Egan said he was abused by Singer and others involved in a Hollywood sex ring starting when he was 15


  • Now a 2003 affidavit has emerged in which a victim believed to be Egan details the sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of 2 businessmen

Read more


Gay News from Oregon – Students Make GAY IS NOT OK shirts

students who bully and hate gays

Students wearing anti-gay T-shirts to class disrupted Oregon City High School’s celebration of unity Friday.

Friday was National Day of Silence. It’s where students take some form of silence to call attention to the bullying of the LGBT community in schools.

Two students told KATU News that if the school is supporting Day of Silence, then they have the right to speak out against it.

They wore T-shirts to school that said, “Gay Is Not Ok” and “Gay Day Is Not OK,” which is a reference to Day of Silence. They sought out a KATU reporter to be interviewed.

Why were the shirts allowed???




LGBT Youth in Jamaica Allowed to live in Sewers

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How sad is this?

Around 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1, police officers led by Cmdr. Christopher Murdock lowered a ladder into an open sewer in New Kingston, the Jamaican capital’s financial district. The sewer, damp and strewn with trash, flowed out of the business district housing several banks, large hotels, and shopping arcades. And it was home to a group of youths Murdock wanted gone.

Their alleged crime: stealing. Murdock said he had received more than 30 reports of theft and robbery since the group, ranging in age from teens to early twenties, had moved into the sewer several months before, and he was becoming concerned that the stretch of Trafalgar Road that runs over their makeshift home was becoming unsafe for people to walk.

But Murdock’s televised remarks following the Sunday raid left the impression the kids were unwanted for an entirely different reason: “The aim of this operation was to remove men of diverse sexual orientation who continue to plague the New Kingston area.”


FAST FORWARD  to today –

Jamaican police tried again last week to evict homeless LGBT youth from the sewers in New Kingston where they have been forced to take refuge.

The police have previously tried to burn the youth out of the gullies on the pretext that they attract criminals.

When the youths were brought before the court on Friday, March 7, the judge fined them for their so-called “calumnious language” but also advised the police that the sewers are a public space. Hence the youngsters have every right to be there. With no other options, the kids have simply returned to living in the sewers.

Dwayne’s House, a Jamaican organization established to feed and clothe the youngsters living in the sewers, paid the small fines for some of the arrested youth. See the Web page of Dwayne’s House for more information or to contribute (in the United States or in Canada).


So sad.


12 Year Old Boy Disscusses LGBT Issues

marcel neergard gay youth

Gosh, these gay kids get younger and younger! I guess I knew when I was 10 or 11 – but know knew how to come out in the 70’s. There was no internet!

Meet Marcel Neergaard who sometimes writes for Huffington Post. He is a LGBTQ youth activist, singer, avid reader and cat fanatic.

“I am often picked on because of who I am,” 12-year-old Marcel Neergaard writes in a new piece on The Huffington Post“Sometimes being openly gay is like having a sign above my head that flashes ‘Different’ in neon colors.”

The article paints a heartbreaking portrait of what life is like for too many gay youths in America.


Families are Forever – The journey of a Mormon Family to Accept their Gay Son

This movie trailer brought tears to my eyes. Imagine being brought up Mormon, and 13, knowing your church rejects you – and your family might also – thoughts turn to suicide. 

Families are Forever which premieres at Frameline 37: the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival on Saturday, June 22, 2013 chronicles the journey of a devout Mormon family living in a conservative community who attended Church every Sunday,
actively served in their ward, went door-to-door to stop same-sex
marriage in support of California’s Prop 8 and whose lives were turned
upside down when their 13-year-old son admitted he was gay.

On the cusp of becoming an Eagle Scout, 13-year-old Jordan hid his
sexual orientation for fear of rejection by his family and Church like
many adolescents from socially and religiously conservative families who
are told they’re “confused” or that “It’s just a phase.” Like other
LGBT Mormon children and adolescents he daily walked past yellow Prop 8
yard signs and internalized painful messages that reinforced feelings of
isolation and despair as he began to realize that his family was
rejecting people like him.

Called “riveting” by the Salt Lake Tribune, Families are Forever is a
powerhouse addition to the Family Acceptance Project’s inspiring family
education video series that is helping prevent suicide, HIV,
homelessness and other serious health risks by increasing family support
for LGBT youth – in the context of family, culture and faith
backgrounds. This new video adds to critical research-based educational
materials the Family Acceptance Project is producing for families with
LGBT children, including the first “Best Practice” resources for suicide
prevention for LGBT youth and young adults and the first for LGBT
Mormons in the Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention.

As with other family education materials and videos from the Family
Acceptance Project – an acclaimed research, education and family
intervention initiative at SF State University that helps diverse
families to support their LGBT children – Families are Forever is part
of a planned series of short documentaries that show the journey of
ethnically and religiously diverse families from struggle to support of
their LGBT children to give LGBT youth and families hope and to show how
diverse families learn to support their LGBT children. A collaboration
between Peabody award-winning documentary filmmaker, Vivian Kleiman, and
award-winning clinical social worker, Caitlin Ryan, these documentaries
are changing lives and building healthy futures for LGBT children and


“Many LGBT youth and families have never seen acceptance and support
expressed by parents and caregivers for their LGBT children.” said Dr.
Caitlin Ryan, Director of the Family Acceptance Project. “Our videos
show individual stories of family acceptance that speak to families from
a wide range of backgrounds and help them understand that how they
respond to their LGBT children has a powerful impact on their health,
mental health and survival.”

Mitch Mayne, an openly gay Mormon religious leader in the San Francisco
Bay Ward of the Mormon Church knows this firsthand: “Religiously
conservative families have little access to accurate information and
many believe they have to choose between their child and their faith. A
cornerstone of the Family Acceptance Project’s work is to integrate
research, culture and faith to inspire and educate diverse and very
conservative families on how to love their LGBT children. This video
will literally save lives.”

Families are Forever screens at the Victoria Theatre in a documentary shorts program at 3:30 pm. More information about the film at Frameline is available at:


Gay Teen Taunted and Set on fire! Murderer only Gets THREE YEARS in prison


 Jordan Sheard, (right), 20, was sentenced this week
for the manslaughter death of gay UK teen Steven Simpson (left), whom
he doused with tanning oil and lit ablaze after taunting him about his
sexuality at the teen’s 18th birthday party. Simpson, who was autistic,
died from his burns the next day in the hospital.

The Yorkshire Post reports:

Sheffield Crown Court heard that Jordan
Sheard, 20, flicked the lighter and Steven went up in flames with Sheard
and others running away instead of helping him. The teenager, who
suffered from Asperger’s syndrome, a speech impairment and epilepsy,
died in hospital from 60 per cent burns the next day.

Judge Roger Keen told him: “What it did
was engulf him in a fire. You tried to briefly assist and then you ran
away. That in my judgment is serious aggravation.”

The court
heard the only person who went to Steven’s aid was neighbor Sean Banner
who burned himself in the process. But when Mr Banner returned to his flat in Pleasant View, Cudworth, near Barnsley, he was initially
arrested on suspicion of murder. 

Sarah Wright, prosecuting, said that
earlier in the evening Sheard, who vaguely knew Steven, and two others
joined his birthday party and were let in despite having not been invited.

Simpson was openly gay and had moved in to the flat because he had been bullied at his other address.

The Daily Mail adds:

The court heard that as Mr Simpson became increasingly drunk at his party, he was dared to strip to his boxer shorts.

Defendant Jordan Sheard, 20, who had
gatecrashed the house party, was seen taunting the host, who was openly
gay, and then scrawling obscene and homophobic insults on his bare
stomach, face and forearm. After 2am, a partygoer took the Calypso
tanning oil from Mr Simpson’s bedroom and, as it was poured over him,
others chanted: ‘Light it, light it.’

Miss Wright said: ‘Steven did not object; he seemed to be enjoying the situation.’

(why didn’t anyone stop this at that point???)

the court heard that Sheard then held a cigarette lighter to Mr
Simpson’s groin, and instantly the highly flammable liquid caught alight
and flames engulfed his body. Instead of putting out the fire, Sheard
ran away.

Sheard received  ONLY three and a half years in prison. What is wrong with them?? HE SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN  LIFE!!!!  I am so angered by this. 


Is Sheldon Stephens an Innocent Victim?

KEVIN CLASH “the voice of ELMO” in trouble again. But this story really  annoys me. 

The age of consent is as low as 14 in some places around the world. And here is kid,  Sheldon Stephens says he was 16 when he met Clash at a
social networking function for actors.  Soon after, Stephens says the
two began a sexual relationship that escalated over a period of years.  Not just one evening. This was not rape. 

claims he was taken to Clash’s New York pad by chauffeured limo. While
there, he alleges Clash smoked crystal meth during their sexual
escapades. He says Clash also gave him poppers to intensify the

And I ask, did anyone twist your arm Sheldon??  
Did you enjoy it??  
I think this kid is trying to “extort” money from the situation. 

TMZ reported, Clash has been sued previously  by the three men — each of whom
claims Clash engaged in sexual activity with them when they were minors,
causing them mental and psychological damage.

The men claim they
only recently became “aware” of the damage that was done — which is
why it took them so long to sue — but Clash says that’s BS. And so do I. 


One Direction is SO GAY! These boys are constantly kissing, touching, grabbing on each other!

PROOF One Direction is GAY GAY GAY!

BUZZ FEED has put together an AMAZING collection of photos
showing the boys touching each other, kissing each other, even licking each other!

Yes, they *say* they’re just bandmates…

Best friends, even. But “Directioners” — as their emphatic fans so
name themselves — aren’t so easily convinced. The evidence of inter-1D
love and lust, well-documented by fans hungry for the big gay truth, is
hard to refute. Sure, it might just be surging pubescent
hormones. Or innocent displays of European man-on-man affection. Or, I
don’t know, some kind of elaborate, cruel, taunting joke.



An 8 Year Old Boy Teaches His Class About Harvey Milk

Can you imagine learning about Harvey Milk in 2nd grade?! I was shocked when I first read “Amelia’s” column on Huntington post last year, that proclaimed, “When Your 7-Year-Old Son Announces, ‘I’m Gay’ !”

She tells “Considering that my son has a longstanding crush on Glee’s
Blaine and regularly refers to him as “my boyfriend,” I thought there
was a fair chance that he would someday say, “I’m gay.” But my kid is
only 7 years old. I figured I had a few years before we crossed that
threshold (if we ever did), probably when he was 14 or 15. I never
thought it would happen this soon……
”  read more.
Fast forward one year later, this young boy is telling his classmates about Harvey Milk! “The other students had never heard of Harvey Milk. They were engaged in
what my son had to say. They listened and then started asking
questions and expressing their disbelief.

 They had the same questions
that my son had asked me: Why would people hide being gay? Why did
people think being gay was bad? What were Twinkies? My kid answered all
the questions like a pro

Should LGBT be Changed to GSD?

First there was GLBT. 

Which sort of flipped to LGBT over the years.
And more recently, sometimes people say LGBTQ mand other variations. 
But now, some folks in London, think it should all be changed to GSD. Gender and Sexual Diversities. And according to a poll, many people do want to see it changed. I for one, disagree. I think it would a mistake to change. But what do I know?!

Pink Therapy director Dominic Davies and fellow therapist Pamela
Gawler-Wright suggested GSD, or “Gender and Sexual Diversities,” as a
more inclusive community term in a new video posted on the group’s Facebook page.

In the clip, Davies noted that the term LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgender) still excluded “a whole batch of people who didn’t feel
able to go to mainstream counseling organizations and also wouldn’t
necessarily be welcome at LGBT counseling organizations,” including
asexual people and those in otherwise non-traditional relationships,
such as swingers.

 Added Gawler-Wright: “Now we’re allowing more of a spectrum…people
need wider language, people need better language to have that
conversation … We exist at this time in a different way of thinking
collectively and inclusively.”

Officials on the group’s Facebook page echoed those sentiments. “The
point we’re trying to make is not that our community shouldn’t be called
LGBT, it’ that actually our community is SO much BIGGER than simply
LGBT,” they noted.

What do you think?


The Pope Will Live at Vatican and be Protected from Sexual Abuse Arrests FOREVER


According to Reuters:

The final key consideration is the pope’s potential exposure to legal claims over the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse scandals.

2010, for example, Benedict was named as a defendant in a law suit
alleging that he failed to take action as a cardinal in 1995 when he was
allegedly told about a priest who had abused boys at a U.S. school for
the deaf decades earlier. The lawyers withdrew the case last year and
the Vatican said it was a major victory that proved the pope could not
be held liable for the actions of abusive priests.

Benedict is
currently not named specifically in any other case. The Vatican does not
expect any more but is not ruling out the possibility.

“(If he
lived anywhere else) then we might have those crazies who are filing
lawsuits, or some magistrate might arrest him like other (former) heads
of state have been for alleged acts while he was head of state,” one
source said.


Boys Scouts Could Soon End Gay Ban

 WOW!  Finally!  The Boy Scouts are finally caving to pressure, to change their ways!

As early as next week, the Boy Scouts of America may announce it will
allow gay Scouts and troop leaders, a spokesman for the group has told

The Boys Scouts  have been losing funding left and right over the last year. 

If this policy shift is approved by the national board meeting next
week, it will be a sharp reversal of the Scouts’ decades’ old national
policy banning homosexuals.

“The policy change under discussion
would allow the religious, civic or educational organizations that
oversee and deliver Scouting to determine how to address this issue,”
BSA spokesman Deron Smith said in a statement to USA TODAY.

The announcement comes after a campaign to change the policy that lasted
more than a year and garnered more than 1.2 million online signatures
at, according to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against
Defamation (GLAAD), an advocacy group.
“The Girl Scouts, 4H Clubs and the U.S. military are fully inclusive,
and that’s what we need from the Boy Scouts of America,”  GLAAD said.
“Until then there will be young people out there who are harmed by

New Kind of Scouts Accepts EVERYONE

 YEA for  Brooklyn dad Todd Schweikert!

The Boy Scouts is an antiquated sinking ship losing funding left and right! So Todd wanted to look for an alternative. 
  DNA Info reports:

Schweikert, a 33-year-old Windsor Terrace
resident whose son goes to P.S. 154, researched several alternative
scouting options, including groups like Camp Fire. He settled on the
Baden-Powell Service Association to be the parent organization of his
troop. Like other traditional scouting groups, BPSA teaches “woodcraft,”
or how to survive outdoors. BPSA troops also use what’s called the
“patrol method” to divide scouts into teams that each have a leader
nominated by other scouts.

BPSA troops are open to both boys and
girls, and unlike the Boy Scouts of America, there is less talk of God
and religion
in official scouting laws, Schweikert said. The troop
welcomes kids as young as 5 years old, who are known as Otters. At age
8, scouts graduate to Timberwolves.

His 7-year-old son is a charter member of the 5th Brooklyn Scouts,
which accepts boys, girls and all sexual orientations while believing
that prejudice is best snuffed out like an untended campfire.

“The tipping point was the BSA’s approach to gay scouts and the gay
and lesbian parents,” Schweikert wrote in an email to The Huffington
Post. Any form of discrimination, no matter how small, is never ok and
not something I can endorse and wish to teach to my children.

Schweikert told HuffPost that he has received a “great response from gay and lesbian parents, as well as straight.”

Schweikert’s troop, to be called the
Fifth Brooklyn Scouts, will meet weekly at the Brooklyn Society for
Ethical Culture on Prospect Park West. The location is well-positioned
for excursions to Prospect Park for “nature observation,” but scouts
will also embark on overnight camping trips and weekend hikes. The troop
will learn classic scouting skills like knot-tying and community
service projects, and they’ll earn badges after they accomplish specific


Gay News Flash: MERCK Pulls Funding from Boy Scouts

The Merck Foundation became the latest corporate leader to speak out against the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on gay scouts and scout leaders.

 The Merck Foundation announced that it will suspend all funding to the BSA and will consider funding the organization again when the BSA ends the discriminatory ban. The Merck Foundation joins other BSA sponsors including the Intel Foundation and the UPS Foundation in choosing to provide financial support to only those organizations that align with the company’s non-discrimination policy.

In a statement on Merck’s site, they explained:

The BSA’s policy of exclusion based on sexual orientation
directly conflicts with the Merck Foundation’s giving guidelines.  The
Foundation re-evaluated funding for the BSA when the organization
restated its policy that excludes members on the basis of sexual
orientation.  Merck Foundation has notified the BSA of this decision.

As part of the broader review of funding decisions in 2013, the
Foundation is currently assessing all current and future funding
commitments to ensure that it is not funding organizations with policies
contrary to its own.

UPS has also PULLED FUNDING!  And Verizon is now being asked to stop, as well. 



Young Avengers Teen Super Heroes

Mainstream comics’ 

introduces a gay couple (kind of)

By Shaun Knittel

Best Gay News Magazine Staff Writer


Marvel Comics has announced a renewed focus on its Avengers
comics. The company is set to release a spin-off about a team of teenage
superheroes called, Young Avengers. 


Queerty reports, “Joining Kid Loki, Miss America and Marvel
Boy are Wiccan and Hulkling, one of mainstream comics’ most prominent (and
cutest) gay couples.


Wiccan and Hulking were actually a part of an earlier Young
Avengers title created by gay screenwriter Allan Heinberg) that was sadly
canceled some time back.”

Writer Kieron Gillen says, they will be the “core romantic
couple of Young Avengers.”

“Wiccan will make a big mistake,” warns Gillen, “that
threatens his relationship with the shape shifting Hulkling.”

“Do they have Grindr in the Marvel Universe?” asks Queerty.

“Fundamentally, ‘Young Avengers’ used to be about being
sixteen,” said Gillen, who also gave a brief summary of how the character
grew up in the original series. “I wanted to do something different.
Instead of being a book about being 16, it’s a book about being 18. It’s about
approaching the world on your own terms.” Gillen stated he plans to
explore the superhero convention from top to bottom. “Most of the books
that have ‘Avengers’ in the title is about the ideal. It’s about super heroism
and living as one of Earth’s Mightiest Mortals. … It’s a book about optimism
and how optimism tends to get crushed.”

Gillen characterized the book as “very natural,”
saying, “There’s nothing that is less cool than desperately grasping to be

He wants to focus on the full range of teenage problems
through a superhero lens. 


Trevor Project Honors Katy Perry with HERO Award

Katy Perry Honored As a Trevor Hero

By Shaun Knittel
Best Gay News Magazine Staff Writer


On December 2, The Trevor Project honored international
super star Katy Perry with the Trevor Hero Award and Audi of America with the
Trevor 2020 Award at “Trevor Live” in Los Angeles, California at the Hollywood Palladium.


This high-profile annual event benefits the life-saving,
life-affirming work of The Trevor Project, which provides crisis intervention
and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ teens and young adults.


“I am so proud to be honored by The Trevor Project as a
Trevor Hero,” said Katy Perry. “I hope all LGBTQ youth know that they are as
valuable as anyone else, that they are amazing and unique, and make the world a
more vibrant place. Trevor’s life-saving, life-affirming work helps youth find
the future they deserve. I want every young person to choose to have a tomorrow
and to dream for the future.”


“And if they don’t get to hear it enough, I hope they know
that they can pick up the phone to call the Trevor Lifeline, or log on and talk
to someone on TrevorChat,” Perry continued. “It’s okay to ask for help. You are
worth it. Make a pledge to yourself to get help if you need it, because we need
you in our lives.”


“The Trevor Project is proud to have honored Katy Perry with
the Trevor Hero Award and Audi with the Trevor 2020 Award,” said Abbe Land,
Executive Director and CEO of The Trevor Project. “Trevor Live is where
entertainment and cultural change align to send a message to young lesbian,
gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth that they deserve a bright
future, and it starts the moment you reach out to The Trevor Project.”


Michael Patrick, Media and Entertainment Communications
manager at Audi I said, “Audi is grateful to be able to help encourage LGBTQ
youth to take pride in themselves and the communities that support them.  Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders, and
being a true leader means being unique and being authentic.”


The Trevor Project is the leading national organization
providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay,
bisexual, transgender and questioning young people under 24. Every day, The
Trevor Project saves young lives through its free and confidential lifeline,
in-school workshops, educational materials, online resources and advocacy.
Honored by the White House as a Champion of Change, The Trevor Project is a
leader and innovator in suicide prevention.


Learn more at


Michigan Teacher suspended for allowing Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ pro-marriage equality song “Same Love.”

South Lyon’s Centennial Middle School in Michigan suspended performing arts teacher Susan Johnson for letting a student play Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ pro-marriage equality song “Same Love.” 

Even though the song is about celebrating everyone, the school sided with an offended student and told Johnson to take three-days off, two of which were without pay.
 “I was paralyzed. I really didn’t understand why I was being suspended,” she told the local Fox News affiliate. “I’m very disappointed in the bias, the bigotry that I feel that they’re really hiding behind.”
 “I really love my kids and I never want to hurt them, but I also know that there’s a lot of bullying and there’s a lot of gay bashing and racial issues going on in our country and I want the kids to feel comfortable in my class no matter who they are,” said the teacher, who has contacted the ACLU about the matter. 
The school wouldn’t comment on the situation, saying, “We don’t go on camera here in South Lyon.”



Ann Coulter Tweets Parents Should Disown Gay Children

Was this serious?  Or a sick Joke?
Conservative media pundit Ann Coulter tweets: “Last Thursday was national ‘coming out’ day. 
This Monday is national ‘disown your son’ day.”
The ultra-conservative pundit’s tweet was quickly slammed by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
(GLAAD), which noted that Coulter’s “joke” added “to the idea that
family rejection of LGBT young people is expected, or even ‘normal.'”

GLAAD reacts:

I recognize that this is a joke, and that
she is not really taken seriously in any context anyway, but with this
coming right after National Coming Out Day, at the start of Ally Week
and just days before Spirit Day, I thought this would be a good
opportunity to talk about this idea of hers. There was a time in our
culture’s history when, if thousands of LGBT kids were to come out on
the same day, the next week genuinely would be exactly what Ann
describes, all across the country. Fathers disowning their sons and
kicking them out onto the street. Mothers locking up their daughters or
sending them to charm school. Children forced to undergo electro-shock
or even worse forms of “therapy” to rid themselves of their orientation.
To learn how to not be true to themselves.

And although we’ve come a long way from
those ideas as a cultural collective, I have no doubt that last week,
more than a few American households experienced the tragedy that Ann
joked about. Approximately 50% of LGBT youth experience some degree of
family rejection. There are as many as 100 thousand homeless LGBT youth
on our nation’s streets, and it’s estimated that LGBT youth make up as
much as 40% of our nation’s homeless youth population. LGBT youth who
are completely rejected by their parents are more than 8 times as likely
to have attempted suicide. Pretty funny, right?

Again, I know it’s a joke, but ANYTHING that adds to the idea that
family rejection of LGBT young people is expected, or even “normal”
enough to be casually joked about, causes harm. The kind of harm that
Spirit Day was specifically created to protect against.
So this week we’ll let the rest of America stand up for those young
people. With Spirit Day on Friday, I thought it would be a nice thought
to list some of the corporations and individuals who will be standing up
against Ann Coulter’s idea, and showing their support for LGBT youth
this week by going purple:

Facebook, the NBA, Major League Soccer, Times Square, the New York
Stock Exchange, the hosts of ‘Good Morning America,’ ‘The Talk,’ ‘E!
News,’ ‘Chelsea Lately,’ Dianna Agron, Sir Ian McKellen, Fun.,
Bernadette Peters, the cast of Days of Our Lives, Joel McHale, Cesar
Milan, the Duke Energy Tower, Toyota Financial Services, AMC
Entertainment, NBCUniversal, Nielsen, Omnicom Group, American Apparel,
AT&T, PepsiCo, American Airlines, Thomson Reuters, Warner Bros.

Not to mention the millions of everyday people across North America
who will be participating, and standing up in support of every LGBT
young person, including – and especially – those who came out last week.
Like I said, I’ve never taken Ann Coulter seriously, and I’m certainly
not going to start now. But the idea of family rejection is one that
does deserve serious attention as a society. Go purple on Friday, not
just to show LGBT young people that you support them, but to show Ann
Coulter what you stand for.

Why would she joke about this??