Friday, September 10, 2010

Know Your LGBT History - The Proud Family

The Proud Family is a popular Disney animated series about the adventures of an African-American family and most specifically the daughter in the family, Penny Proud.

It is also a show that actually dealt with the bullying of an lgbt youngster without actually mentioning the word "gay."

In the episode Who You Callin' A Sissy, one of Penny's friends, Michael gets called a "sissy" after he defeats another young man on the basketball court. While everyone is shocked, Michael laughs it off.

However, soon the other children either start to tease or avoid Michael. And yet he still laughs it off.

Then the episode gets weird. Apparently a mysterious unseen monster begins attacking and humiliating Michael's supposed friends, the ones who began turning their back on him.

The entire thing culiminates at the school dance where Penny has to confront the "monster," who turns out to be (spoiler alert) Michael's personified anger (pertinent part of the clip starts at 6:04):

I don't know. I thought it was a good treatment of the situation. There seemed to have been a tiptoeing around the issue of the bullying of lgbt youth, but in the end, the message of the cartoon redeems all - no one should be bullied for being who they are.

Past Know Your LGBT History Posts:

Know Your LGBT History - Suddenly Last Summer

Know Your LGBT History - Gay TV Now

Know Your LGBT History - Stewardess School

Know Your LGBT History - Up the Academy

Know Your LGBT History - Don't be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood

Know Your LGBT History - A Different Story

Know Your LGBT History - Victim

Know Your LGBT History - The Color Purple

Know Your LGBT History - Making Love

Know Your LGBT History - A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge

Know Your LGBT History - Noah's Arc

Know Your LGBT History - Ode to Billy Joe

Know Your LGBT History - Adorable Adrian Adonis

Know Your LGBT History - The Night Strangler

Know Your LGBT History - All in the Family

Know Your LGBT History - Tongues Untied

Know Your LGBT History - The Celluloid Closet

Know Your LGBT History - Querelle

Know Your LGBT History - Theatre of Blood

Know Your LGBT History - Strange Fruit

Know Your LGBT History - Designing Women

Know Your LGBT History - The Children's Hour

Know Your LGBT History - Sylvester

Know Your LGBT History - Once Bitten

Know Your LGBT History - The Boys in the Band

Know Your LGBT History - Christopher Morley, the crossdressing assassin

Know Your LGBT History - Midnight Cowboy

Know Your LGBT History - Dracula's Daughter

Know Your LGBT History - Blacula

Know Your LGBT History - 3 Strikes

Know Your LGBT History - Paris Is Burning

Know Your LGBT History - The Women

Know your LGBT History - Soul Plane

Know Your LGBT History - The Player's Club

Special Know Your LGBT History - Fame

Know Your LGBT History - Welcome Home, Bobby

Know Your LGBT History - Barney Miller

Know your lgbt history - The Jerry Springer Show

Know your lgbt history - Martin Lawrence and that 'gay guy' on his show

Know your lgbt history - The Ricki Lake Show

Know your lgbt history - Which Way Is Up

Know your lgbt history - Gays in Primetime Soaps

Know your lgbt history - Boys Beware

Know your lgbt history - The Boondocks

Know your lgbt history - Mannequin

Know your lgbt history - The Warriors

Know Your LGBT History - New York Undercover

Know Your LGBT History - Low Down Dirty Shame

Know Your LGBT History - Fortune and Men's Eyes

Know your lgbt history - California Suite

Know your lgbt history - Taxi (Elaine's Strange Triangle)

Know your lgbt history - Come Back Charleston Blue

Know your lgbt history - James Bond goes gay

Know your lgbt history - Windows

Know your lgbt history - To Wong Foo and Priscilla

Know your lgbt history - Blazing Saddles

Know your lgbt history - Sanford and Son

Know your lgbt history - In Living Color

Know your lgbt history - Cleopatra Jones and her lesbian drug lords

Know your lgbt history - Norman, Is That You?

Know your lgbt history - The 'Exotic' Adrian Street

Know your lgbt history - The Choirboys

Know your lgbt history - Eddie Murphy

Know your lgbt history - The Killing of Sister George

Know your lgbt history - Hanna-Barbera cartoons pushes the 'gay agenda

'Know your lgbt history - Cruising

Know your lgbt history - Foxy Brown and Cleopatra Jones

Know your lgbt history - I Got Da Hook Up

Know your lgbt history - Fright Night

Know your lgbt history - Flowers of Evil

The Jeffersons and the transgender community  

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Transgender officeseeker smeared by Sally Kern group and other Friday midday news briefs

GOP Senate Candidate Pat Toomey: No On Hate Crimes Legislation - Too late. We already got it.

Group backing Sally Kern calls her transgender opponent Brittany Novotny ‘a confused it’ - Ah yes. Sally Kern. Woman's answer to Peter LaBarbera.

GLAAD Urges Media to Expose Anti-Gay Candidates - I've got a better idea. How about we raise such a stink about these candidates (with GLAAD leading the way) that the media can't HELP BUT TO put attention on their nasty positions.

Why Not Just Invite Terry Jones To the Values Voter Summit? - EXCELLENT point by People for the American Way about the "let's burn the Koran pastor."

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Lesbian couple fighting Florida's anti-gay adoption law

In this hoopla regarding Don't Ask, Don't Tell, let's not forget the other situations involving lgbt equality, most specifically gay adoption in Florida:

Vanessa Alenier's fight to raise an infant relative seized by state child welfare administrators ended up Wednesday exactly where she had hoped it wouldn't: in a Florida courtroom filled with lawyers and advocates on both sides of the state's politically charged gay-adoption law.

Alenier, who accepted custody of her relative after the state Department of Children & Families seized him from a mother they declared unfit, had hoped her adoption of the boy would occur quietly and without the political spectacle that had surrounded previous adoptions by gay Floridians. But on Wednesday morning, Alenier and her partner, Melanie Leon, sat quietly as a three-judge panel of the Third District Court of Appeal heard arguments by attorneys on both sides.

``This isn't what we wanted,'' Alenier said following the hearing. ``We just wanted a quiet adoption.''

Alenier took custody of the baby boy just days after he was born on Jan. 9 2009. She fostered the child before requesting an adoption -- which Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Maria Sampedro-Iglesia approved last January.

Since 1977, Florida has allowed gay men and lesbians to foster abused and neglected children -- but specifically forbids them from adopting. The law now is facing its most serious challenge in decades, as three South Florida judges have declared it unconstitutional and approved adoptions by gay families.

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