Monday, November 15, 2010

School accused of trying to keep lesbian students from graduating

This is a hot mess:

In spite of all of their lies, the religious right is correct about one thing. This so-called culture battle is about our children. And notice, I said "our children." The problem has been we have allowed these so-called pro-family groups boggart the conversation and take sole possession to certain terms like "morality" and "family." We have also unfortunately allowed them to covertly omit our lgbt children from the conversation regarding the future.

They don't own that conversation alone. We have a stake in it. More than that, we have a duty to make sure that our lgbt children get fair representation and support when situations like this arise.

We owe that to them.

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Situation in Michigan exposes the religious right's greatest fear - strong lgbt youth

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Situation around DADT repeal gets insane and other Monday midday news briefs

McCain Moves The Goal Posts Again On DADT, Now Claiming The Pentagon Study Isn’t Good Enough - As fast as his wife flipped flopped on her support of DADT, Sen. John McCain does some flip flopping of his own.

Bombshell: two gay military groups back removal of DADT repeal to pass Def Auth bill - Cue all hell breaking loose . . . now.

Pentagon study leaks are aiding repeal effort - Well this is nice to know.

Ore. college takes down anti-gay posters - Read the article before you start bloviating about "free speech."

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Situation in Michigan exposes the religious right's greatest fear - strong lgbt youth

An amazing and positive incident took place recently in Michigan:

Jay McDowell, a teacher in Howell, Michigan, was temporarily suspended without pay earlier this month after telling a student wearing a Confederate flag and a student making anti-gay remarks to get out of his class. At a school board meeting on Friday, openly-gay fourteen year-old high school student Graeme Taylor came to McDowell's defense, thanking the teacher for doing "an amazing thing" in a town home to the KKK, and urging the school board to give McDowell his pay and reverse the disciplinary actions:

Some may debate about McDowell's original actions but the significance of this video cannot be ignored.

When I was 14, I can't remember anyone of my age standing up boldly and declaring that they are gay or lesbian. Nor do I remember a teacher being put into a situation where he or she had to be defended for standing up for an lgbt student.

And I have to ask the simple question: does this child look indoctrinated to you?

Does he bear the hazy glaze of someone who has been brainwashed and manipulated?

Does he sound coerced?

Certainly if we are to believe the words of the religious right when they spin the lies of how lgbts supposedly "market our lifestyle" to children, he should be.

But he doesn't. Taylor is an intelligent child who speaks in a clear and concise manner that is neither forced or coached.

Recently, we have had the misfortunate to bear witness to what happens when lgbt youth do not get the love and support they need in order to accept themselves and their God-given sexual orientation.

And we keep talking and talking, continuing to press the issue that if our lgbt youth aren't supported then they are bound for a sadness and possibly an unfortunate end.

In this young man, we see something that we should take note.

Graeme Taylor's words, his confidence, and his bravery to stand up is a perfect example of what happens when lgbt youth are supported, when they are told they have nothing to be ashamed about, and when they are told that it is okay for them to accept themselves

This young man is the single thing that religious right groups fear the most - public proof that all of their stories and fear tactics about lgbts and children (that especially means you, Candi Cushman and Focus on the Family) blow up in smoke due to a simple thing called truth.

I would like to see more of this truth because quite simply, we can never have enough of it.

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Focus on the Family's attack on anti-bullying efforts take centerstage on AC 360

Focus on the Family cites George Rekers in fighting anti-bullying efforts

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