May 24, 2011
New videos are on line at http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/05/23/us/20110523-coming-out.html showing three teenagers coming to terms with their sexuality in various parts of the United States. Two are thoughtful gay guys,one of whom has been physically attacked in his neighborhood. The third shows a 14-year-old lesbian member of a church which accepts her sexuality.
These personal stories are directed at young people, like others which have been published on line in the last year, ever since the website entitled http://www. itgetsbetterproject.com was established last September.
Another web source is http://www.stltoday.com/news/multimedia/html_185a5c96-f906-11df-90a7-00127992bc8b.html . It shows excellent interviews by the Associated Press, asking two questions: what do you think people have the hardest time understanding about your life as a gay in America; and how has being gay influenced your life.
But these new stories are not about how things get better, but about how to cope NOW with the way you are…..teens talking to other teens.
These young people had the courage to be photographed and to tell their honest stories, in order to help other teens coming out. We hope they will help some readers, and if they do, we hope you will tell others on Facebook–at PflagAlamance’s site there.
May 14, 2011
A powerful commercial directed at high school kids is reportedly being shown now in Ireland. It shows an influential way to deter thoughtless homophobia, playing on young people’s instinct to support each other. Click on http://www.feastoffun.com/videos/2011/04/02/video-powerful-irish-anti-gay-bullying-ad/.
May 8, 2011
Steve Simon, Member of the House of Representatives in Minnesota, asked his colleagues “How Many Gays Must God Create Before We Accept that He Wants Them Around?”
Arguing against an amendment to the Minnesota state constitution, he asks first “Is Sexual Orientation Innate? Think About It.” Then he says he thinks it is …..and more.
His brief comments are circulating on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXpOA3jPC04. Go there.
May 2, 2011
A bill has passed the California State Senate which will ask teachers to include information about gays and lesbians in social science curriculums. Historical information about the civil rights of gays and their protest movements would be included when the second half of the 20th century is studied.
“It is very basic to me that people dislike and fear that with which we are less familiar,” said Mark Leno, who sponsored the bill and is one of the first openly gay men elected to theCalifornia state senate.
According to the New York Times, he went on to say that studying gay history will help students view their gay classmates as regular members of society, rather than misfits. For the full article see http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/16/us/16schools.html?scp=1&sq=California%20may%20require&st=cse