Christian Rock Star Comes Out

I have to admit that I really like seeing high profile Christians coming out as gay vs anyone else. There’s something so satisfying when their family’s world is shattered. I mean if God created you, don’t you think God knows that you’re gay? If you believe he doesn’t make mistakes and that he knows your inner-most thoughts/desires, then it’s logical he knows that he made you gay. You were gay before you were born. Humanity is the one with the problem of homosexuality. An artist who creates something knows every detail of his or her creation. You may not like parts of that creation, but the one who created it will know every intimate detail and be perfectly at ease with any flaws discovered.

Trey Pearson, the founding member of Christian rock group Everyday Sunday, kept his sexuality secret for decades. Then, on Tuesday, he came out as gay in an open letter to his fans, published in (614) Columbus, explaining the daily difficulty he faced in pretending to be something he wasn’t for fear of how his church, his God, his family and his friends would respond.

“I grew up in a very conservative Christian home where I was taught that my sexual orientation was a matter of choice, and had put all my faith into that,” Pearson wrote.

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Foster-care agencies step up efforts on behalf of LGBT youth

This is GREAT to see. I know there are a lot of children in foster care and they all need help, but far too often LGBT youth are marginalized. I’m thrilled to see they are being focused on. Now if adoption rules and regs would just step up their game and allow more gay and lesbian couples to adopt, there would be fewer kids out there without a stable family.

NEW YORK (AP) — When she entered a foster-care group home in 2012, Delilah Ramos was, by her own description, a hard-drinking teen with a wild streak. And as a lesbian, she was unsure how her sexual orientation would be received.

Today, three years later at age 19, Ramos could leave Marian Hall, her group home in Manhattan. But she wants to stay two more years.

“I consider this building a safe place,” she said. “I’m really grateful, living here.”

Her positive experience reflects a profound transformation in how gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youths across the United States are treated after they enter foster care.

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How Coming Out Can Make Gay Teens Happier at School

I wish I had come out in high school at least. I was bullied for sure even without being out. I think standing with someone against bullies is always a good thing. I mean even if you have friends who will support you, there’s just something that makes it easier with someone you care about or love at your side.

A new study finds that gay teens who come out in high school have higher well-being than those who keep their sexual orientation secret.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender teens who are out have lower levels of depression, better self-esteem, and increased life satisfaction, according to the study from University of Arizona researcher Stephen Russell, which was published in the current issue of the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.

In the past, LGBT teens have often been counseled to conceal their sexual orientation for fear of increased victimization and bullying, Russell says, but this new research, which looked at 245 LGBT young adults, shows that the benefits of being out outweigh the risks. Unfortunately, students who identify as LGBT experience bullying in high school whether or not they are out, according to the research. But the students who disclose their sexual orientation or gender identity report higher self-esteem and less depression.

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Walking Dead to get gay character

My girlfriend loves this show. Personally I don’t see the attraction, but I find that those who love vampire themed stories (and she does; her favourite being the Black Dagger Brotherhood) also enjoy zombie stuff.

The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman set tongues wagging earlier this month when he floated the possibility that original survivor Daryl Dixon could be gay, telling, “It’s been discussed.”

Now, the AMC hit’s showrunner, Scott M. Gimple, is weighing in on the “Is-he-or-isn’t-he?” buzz.

“We know all sorts of things about the characters that we haven’t revealed,” he shares, before insisting, “[But] we’re not holding back information on Daryl’s sexuality as any sort of big reveal. The fact that there’s still a question as to what Daryl’s orientation is in Season 5 absolutely speaks to Daryl’s character; he is a very guarded, very closed-off individual in a lot of ways. We have been able to see him ever so slowly open up and show the other characters aspect by aspect as to what makes him tick. That’s been a very satisfying journey for all of us on the creative side to portray. [And] he’s still on that journey.

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White House To Proceed With Federal Contractor LGBT Executive Order

This is HUGE!

WASHINGTON — The White House Monday will announce that new rules barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity are being drafted, BuzzFeed has learned.

More than two years after the White House first rejected pursuing an executive order implementing the protections, President Obama is moving on the issue a week after talking about the important role that administrative action can play in advancing LGBT rights.

At a question-and-answer session at the White House last week, Obama spoke about how transgender students can now “assert their rights” following recent Education Department action laying out an expanded view of sex discrimination protections under Title IX.

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Boy Scouts boot openly gay scout leader

Seriously? Deliberately injecting his sexuality into the job??? FFS people!

An openly gay Boy Scouts troop leader in Washington state was abruptly removed from his post for “deliberately injecting” his sexuality into the job, the Boy Scouts of America announced on Monday.

Geoff McGrath, scoutmaster of Seattle’s Troop 98, was being profiled by NBC News when the organization said it was severing ties with him.

“Our policy is that we do not ask people about their sexual orientation,” Boy Scouts spokesman Deron Smith said in a statement to NBC. “And it’s not an issue until they deliberately inject it into Scouting in an inappropriate fashion.

“The National Council has revoked his registration,” Smith added.

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Zambia’s First Lady Steps Out To Oppose Sexual Orientation Discrimination

I’m glad someone like Dr Christine Kaseba-Sata is stepping out in this way so that more LGBT individuals in countries all across Africa will start accepting them.

Zambia’s first lady, Dr Christine Kaseba-Sata, called for an end to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation during a reception hosted by UNAIDS on Tuesday evening in the country’s capital, Lusaka.

This took human rights activists by surprise — this year has seen a rapid deterioration of LGBT rights in the country, with arrests of men on sodomy charges and the prosecution of activist Paul Kasonkomona for calling for the decriminalization of homosexuality during a television appearance. Recently there has also been a waving of outings of LGBT people by Zambian tabloids.

“Silence around issues of men who have sex with men should be stopped and no one should be discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation,” Kaseba-Saba said. “Rather, we should address reproductive health issues around this issue.”

She also reportedly said those working on public health issues among men who have sex with men have the president’s support despite the increasingly homophobic climate in the country.

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Court decides if gay juror can be taken off case

I served on a jury in January of this year. I know both sides do what they can to stack the jury in their favour. It’s part of the legal process. Naturally, both sides are going to want people most likely to rule in their favour, so no matter how unfair this seems, it’s part of our legal system. The reasons given for his removal are all valid reasons. It’s not really fair to either side if you cannot be impartial. And in my opinion, the fact that this juror works for the court system is probably the #1 reason he was removed from the jury. They don’t want anyone who works in the legal system on a jury, no matter how insignificant their job may be. I think they view that as coming close to having a trial between three lawyers – one for the defence, one for the prosecution and one for the jury. The other reasons are probably just supporting reasons.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A multibillion dollar case between two giant pharmaceutical companies grappling over arcane antitrust issues has unexpectedly turned into a gay rights legal imbroglio that raises questions over whether lawyers can bounce potential jurors solely based on their sexual orientation.

The case before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Wednesday centers on whether Abbott Laboratories broke antitrust laws when it increased the price of its popular and vital AIDS drug Norvir by 400 percent in 2007. But broader public attention likely will be given to the three-judge panel’s look at whether Abbott wrongfully removed a juror in the case brought by competitor SmithKlineBeecham.

The cost increase angered many in the gay community. SmithKlineBeecham, meanwhile, claims it was meant to harm the launch of its new AIDS treatment, which requires the use of Norvir. And the company contends “Juror B” was removed simply because he was gay.

“It’s a big deal,” said Vik Amar, University of California, Davis professor. “The headlines from this case are going to be about antitrust law — it will be about sexual orientation in the jury pool.”

Before trials, lawyers for both sides are allowed to use several “preemptory challenges” each to remove someone from the jury pool without legal justification.

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Sidney Crosby on gay rights

Another sportsman on our side. 🙂

The climate around the 2014 Sochi Olympics is unique. With the host nation taking an extreme approach to anti-gay legislation, athletes participating in the games have come into focus for their thoughts on the matter. Considering the NHL Players’ Association’s intimate relationship with the You Can Play Project — an organization that advocates equal rights regardless of sexual orientation — some players have been put in a difficult position.

Many have chosen to provide no comment as a strategic approach to avoid distraction. Some of the more prominent players have voiced their opinions or, at the very least, insinuated them.

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Employment Non-Discrimination Act Passes Senate Committee

Like most Americans, I had assumed all this time that there was some sort of protection for us against being fired from our jobs. Although I told one co-worker a few years ago about my “orientation” in a rather indirect manner, I don’t typically speak of my relationship to anyone but close friends. It’s certainly none of their business. I also know that my current employer has previously employed a Lesbian and she left on her own terms, not due to being fired over her “orientation”. I know that’s not always the case, but I think in the future I would endeavour to find employment somewhere that is either gay friendly or where, like here, they don’t give a fig. So, I’d never dream of working at a religious institution of any kind.

I hope this protection moves forward. Soon.

WASHINGTON — LGBT rights advocates chalked up a win on Wednesday as a Senate committee passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a bill that would ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions passed the bill, 15 to 7. All Democrats supported it, along with three Republicans: Sens. Mark Kirk (Ill.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Orrin Hatch (Utah). The Republicans who voted no included Sens. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Mike Enzi (Wyo.), Richard Burr (N.C.), Johnny Isakson (Ga.), Rand Paul (Ky.), Pat Roberts (Kansas) and Tim Scott (S.C.).

Kirk is a cosponsor of the bill and was expected to support it, while Murkowski was mum when asked on Tuesday how she planned to vote. Hatch told The Huffington Post on Tuesday that he planned to support the bill.

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