High school suspended gay student for wearing ‘provocative’ T-shirt
A gay student was suspended from high school after refusing to take off her “Nobody Knows I’m a Lesbian” T-shirt.
Brianna Popour said that she wore it to reach out to others who may be struggling to come out. But when she came to Chesnee High School, in South Carolina, she claims she was told to take off the shirt or to go home.
She refused to take off the shirt, and argued that there was nothing in the school’s dress code that she violated wearing it. But anyway, she was suspended.
Brianna stated to WSPA: “I’ve worn this shirt before and nobody’s ever said anything.”
According to WCBD 2 News: “[dress code states] clothing deemed distracting, revealing, overly suggestive or otherwise disruptive will not be permitted.”
Brianna’s mother, Barbara Popour, told WSPA: “[the school administrator] does not like people in his school wearing anything that says anything about lesbians, gays, or bisexuals.”
Director of the Children, Youth and Family Program, Ellen Kahn, at Human Rights Campaign Foundation, condemned the school’s act saying “it’s quite an extreme measure”.
She told Dailymail.com: “It’s not only hurtful to Brianna who was simply expressing who she is. But it creates a much more hostile and tense environment for other LGBT students, and other students who want to be more supportive.”
June 24, 2016
Outed Republican against LGBTI protections loses city council race in Indiana
Brent Randall has lost his race for a seat on the city council in Goshen, Indiana.
The Republican candidate Brent Randall was outed during the campaign when it surfaced that he has a profile on a gay dating site that he keeps active.
Last month shortly after Randall went on the record against amending the city’s civil rights ordinance to include sexual orientation and gender identity, he got outed.
Randall, 53, has confirmed that he has a profile on the site but said he does not consider himself gay or even bisexual.
He didn’t change his views on a hypothetical change to the civil rights ordinance saying he believes ‘in my heart of hearts that our gay and lesbian communities are protected currently under the law.’
‘I don’t know why they feel they need special protections when there are other categories that might need protections,’ he said last month. ‘My little experimentation over the last six years hasn’t changed my view on that.
In 2009 Brent Randall got divorced ,after being married with a woman for 22 years and insisted he has not met anyone on the profile.
Brent Randall and Democrat Adam Schart were both running for office for the first time.Brent Randall lost to Adam Schart 1,075 votes to 560.
June 19, 2016
Caitlyn Jenner Changes View On Gay Marriage: ‘Everyone’ Should Wed The ‘Person They Love’
Does Caitlyn Jenner finally support gay marriage? After sounding like she was against the idea on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show,’ Cait took to her blog to say that everyone should be able to marry the ‘person they love.’
Many fans questioned whether Caitlyn Jenner, 65, was really in favor of gay marriage after an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Sept. 8. Ellen actually called Caitlyn out and said, “It’s funny cause you’re still kind of a little not on board with it,” after the I Am Cait star offered her tepid support for gay people being allowed to marry. Now, the former Olympic gold medal winner has taken to her blog to clarify her thoughts on the subject.
“Like many people, there was a time when I didn’t realize how important it is for gay couples to have the right to get married. But after hearing from my gay friends and learning more about the hardships they faced because of discrimination, it became clear to me that everyone should be able to marry the person they love,” she wrote one her website CaitlynJenner.com. We love that Caitlyn made such a strong statement.
“She still has a judgment about gay marriage,” DeGeneres told Stern. “And I said, ‘You’re wanting people to understand and accept you…and you still have a judgment about gay people and marriage.’ “
June 14, 2016
A Restaurant Allegedly Kicked Out Gay Couple on Their Anniversary
A gay couple in Ireland is saying that a Dublin restaurant kicked them out midway through their anniversary dinner because nearby customers couldn’t stomach same-sex hand-holding. One of them wrote an angry, anonymous letter, which was published in the Irish magazine GCN:
“My partner and I were in a Dublin city centre restaurant celebrating our second anniversary and we were being physically tactile with each other. Not kissing the faces of each other or anything, but holding hands and looking into each other’s eyes. A waiter came to our table and told us that customers at another table were complaining about us. He suggested that we stop showing each other physical affection.
We asked to see a manager, who said something similar, adding that he had no problem with gay people. When we said we had every right to show each other affection, the manager said that it was unfortunate that other customers were uncomfortable, and suggested that we leave. He told us we wouldn’t be charged for our meal.”
The writer says that they both felt humiliated by the whole thing, and pretty disappointed in Ireland, too: “We like to think of Ireland as a place where gay people are fully accepted and respected, especially since the landslide passing of the same-sex marriage referendum, but if my experience last week is anything to go by, this is still a surface image.”
February 24, 2016
Bloody Sculpture Draws Attention to FDA’s Ban on Gay Donors
The display known as ‘Jordan Eagles: Blood Mirror’ is being exhibited as a protest to the federal ban preventing most LGBT men from donating blood.
It has been referred to as seeking “to create an open dialogue and effect change around the US Food & Drug Administration’s current discriminatory policy on blood donations from gay and bisexual men.”
“Blood Mirror” by Jordan Eagles uses blood donated by nine gay and bisexual men. It’s encased in resin.
The blood mirror is designed as a three-sided rectangle – allowing visitors to step inside the piece. The aim of it is to see themselves reflected through the blood.
It’ll be shown at Trinity Church on Wall Street from Monday through Dec. 1, World AIDS Day.
Eagles says he wanted to create the 7-foot-tall interactive sculpture to show the blood could have been used to save lives.
The Food and Drug Administration instituted a lifetime ban on blood donations from gay men in 1983 in response to the AIDS crisis. This year, it proposed an updated policy allowing donations from gay men if they remained celibate for a year.
“Blood Mirror” was previously on view at the American University Museum in Washington, D.C.
February 22, 2016
Seven-Year-Old Student Forced To Leave School Over Gay Dad
An Australian private school has told the father of a seven-year-old girl she would not have been welcome had it known her parents were gay.
Brendan, who asked for his last name to be withheld to protect the identity of his daughter, raised allegations of discrimination on the basis of his sexuality against Foundation Christian College
The school is located in Mandurah, the second-largest city in Western Australia.
According to the Mandurah Mail, after Brendan’s daughter told school friends he was gay, principal Andrew Newhouse told Brendan that his daughter could only stay at the school if she did not speak of her father’s sexuality or his relationship with his partner.
Brendan said: “(My daughter) got talking about Tony Abbott and gay marriage and mentioned that her dad is with (my partner) and she was shut down by her teacher and then the teacher had to explain to the class what ‘gay’ is.”
He was later called to go into a meeting, but he thought that it would be about her education and how she was going in class.
Brendan continues: “I was told that they don’t promote ‘gay’ at the school and (my daughter) was unable to talk about my life between (my partner) and me and general stuff about what a kid talks about with her parents.”
“The (school) board are firm in their view that families have a mother and father who raise children jointly.”
“She could mention my name, but she couldn’t talk about us being gay or relating to us as a couple, so pretty much to a seven-year-old, we were forced to say to (my daughter) that she wasn’t allowed to talk about Daddy or (my partner) at all.”
February 20, 2016
Jennifer Lawrence says Kim Davis ‘makes me embarrassed to be from Kentucky’
‘Don’t even say her name in (my) house’
Both Jennifer Lawrence and controversial Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis are from Kentucky.
A bad name was given to her state because of Davis’s fight against issuing marriage licenses same-sex couples based on religious grounds.
In a new magazine cover story Oscar winning actress refers to Davis as ‘lady who makes me embarrassed to be from Kentucky’.
The day Davis was released from a jail in Kentucky after six days,a famous magazine interviewed Jeniffer Lawrence.
She was imprisoned because she ignored the federal judge’s order to stop standing in the way of
marriagelicenses being issued.
‘Don’t even say her name in this house,’ Lawrence said. ‘All those people holding their crucifixes, which may as well be pitchforks, thinking they’re fighting the good fight. I grew up in Kentucky. I know how they are.’
The Hunger Games star said that she was raised a Republican but is not a fan of the conservative political party’s stance on social issues.
‘I just can’t imagine supporting a party that doesn’t support women’s basic rights,’ she says. ‘It’s 2015 and gay people can get married and we think that we’ve come so far, so, yay! But have we? I don’t want to stay quiet about that stuff.’
January 19, 2016