Gay student suspended from high school for T-shirt’s message

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Brianna Popour, an openly gay student at Chesnee High School, in South Carolina, was suspended for wearing a T-shirt with printed big letters “Nobody Knows I’m a Lesbian”.

 

She said that she wore that shirt to reach out to other students who may be struggling coming out. But when school staff noticed the T-shirt, they sent her to the front office. They gave her two options, to take off her shirt or to go home.

 

She refused to take off the shirt, and started explaining that there is nothing in the school’s dress code that she violated. At the end, she was suspended.

 

Briana reported to WSPA 2 News: ““I’ve worn this shirt before and nobody’s ever said anything.”

 

As WCBD 2 News reporting: ““[dress code states] clothing deemed distracting, revealing, overly suggestive or otherwise disruptive will not be permitted.”

 

Barbara Popour, Brianna’s mother, said for WSPA: “[the school administrator] does not like people in his school wearing anything that says anything about lesbians, gays, or bisexuals.”

 

Also Ellen Kahn, director of the Children, Youth and Family Program at Human Rights Campaign Foundation, stepped in and condemned the school’s move, saying “it’s quite an extreme measure”.

 

She reported to 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.”

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Posted on June 24, 2016

Real-life gay dads and their kid featured in adorable commercial for Campbell’s Star Wars Soup

Real-life gay dads

If the gay dads in a new Campbell’s Soup commercial seem to have a natural chemistry with the child in the spot – and with each other – it’s because they are a real-life family.

Larry Sullivan and David Monahan and their son Cooper are the stars of a charming spot for the soup giant’s Star Wars offering. Each dad does his best to channel James Earl Jones ,they use Darth Vadar’s voice to tell Cooper: ‘I am your Father.’

The spot is one of several with the tagline ‘Made for Real, Real Life.’

Yin Woon Rani, Campbell’s VP-marketing activation, tells Ad Age that the family was so appealing that their 15 second planned spot was extended to also includes about 30 second version.

‘We use this phrase internally of this notion of “moment telling,” Woon Rani says. ‘We wanted to tell just very simple, telegraphic stories that didn’t always need the space of a :30. It was sort of a lucky extra because that story just ended up being so rich and so endearing.’

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Posted on June 23, 2016

LGBTI advocacy group publishes guidelines for firms to support transgender staff

LGBTI advocacy

‘There are great disparities in workplace equality that disproportionately affect the transgender community,’ said Out & Equal Founder and CEO Selisse Berry in the forward to the guide.

‘The Workplace Gender Identity and Transition Guidelines emerged from overwhelming requests from our corporate partners asking how to best support their transgender and gender-diverse employees.

‘Fortune 1000 companies reached out to us wanting to fully understand how to best support their transgender employees and coworkers.’

‘I am proud of the guidelines we’re presenting and confident that they will foster more inclusive policies and more welcoming workplaces for everyone in the LGBT community.’

‘This a brilliant and very welcomed initiative by Out & Equal,’ she told Gay Star Business.

‘Too many organizations exclude transgendered employees in their polices and guidelines. I’m really pleased that this new guide covers non-binary employees as well as those who wish to transition. This is essential reading for all employers.’

Workplace Summit is expected to attract around 3,000 visitors to the Hilton Antole Hotel in Dallas. Speakers including the openly gay Annise Parker who is Mayor of Houston, former NBA player Jason Collins; and Frank Bagiano who is the Chairman of First Data Corporation.

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Posted on June 22, 2016

Brazil and Peru have nothing to do with Presbyterian Church in USA over gay marriage

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Presbyterian churches in Brazil and Peru have ended their partnerships with the Presbyterian Church in USA! After the U.S. denomination changed its constitution because ofaccepting gay and lesbian marriages.
U.S. missionaries continue to work in Peru and Brazil, but not with churches that broke ties with the denomination.

The South American churches hold differing views on inclusion of gays and lesbians in the life of the church said Rev. Gradye Parsons.

“It’s a continuum of what people think God is calling them to do with LGBT issues. Some think they should be loved and changed, and some think they should be loved and accepted.” , he said.

Farrell said the denomination he was sorry to see the South American churches break their ties with Presbyterian church.
The Evangelical Presbyterian, Reformed Church of Peru, Presbyterian churches in Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras and Nicaragua and the Independent Presbyterian Church of Brazil were among the South American churches that partnered with the U.S. denomination.

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Posted on June 21, 2016

I choose you! This gay Pokémon proposal is too cute for words

Pokemon proposal

Loved-up gay planned to pop the big question to his boyfriend who loves Pokemons.

After popping the question Brett Graham became a true Pokemon master in epic style.

Pokemon adventures begin with a single choice – usually between a a water type, fire type, and a grass type.

Brett decided their life adventure should begin in the same way- custom-designing three ‘starter’ rings and Pokeballs to hold them.

He explained: “It took me a while to figure out the right way to propose to Max, but I’m pretty damned proud of what I came up with.

“A ‘grass type’ starter with a wooden inlay. A ‘fire type’ starter which is black with a red gem, and a ‘water type’ starter with a mother of pearl inlay.

“I’ve been scheming like a madman for months for supplies.
Brett added: “Max, for his part, has been telling me pretty much every day since we’ve started that he’s going to marry me. Somehow, I was still nervous when it came time to ask about making that official.

“At the beginning of every adventure, you need to pick a partner. I chose him. So, I figured if he said yes, he could decide what to wear on his finger.

Max said yes and picked a Fire type.

Next big surprise is already being planned by Brett.

He said of the other two rings: “He gets those, too. The significance of the choice is that whatever he picked as his official starter will ‘evolve’ at milestone anniversaries. I got plans.”

They were glad a rival didn’t come along and take the one of the other rings.

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Posted on June 20, 2016

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