Art Teacher Fired for Being Gay

It’s a shame that one ignorant parent can destroy someone’s career. I’m glad that there are others standing up for her; others that see this woman’s true value. With so many art/music/writing programs being stripped by the government, teachers like Mrs Bailey are vital to the development of children. LGBT teachers are not interested in indoctrinating children in their lifestyle as we all understand we’re born as we are. Except transgender people. They were born in the wrong body.

Former students and parents from an elementary school in Arlington, Texas, say they are devastated a beloved art teacher was suspended after she told students she was married to a woman.

Stacy Bailey, who twice won teacher of the year at Charlotte Anderson Elementary, was suspended last September after the district “received complaints from parents about Ms. Bailey discussing her sexual orientation with elementary-aged students,” according to a press release from Mansfield Independent School District. The suspension was first reported by the Dallas Morning News.

“Parents have the right to control the conversation with their children, especially as it relates to religion, politics, sex/sexual orientation, etc,” the press release read.

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Gloria E. Anzaldua 1942-2004

As I have on one other occasion, I’d like to try to establish and continue a trend of shining a spotlight on people who have been part of the foundation of the LGBT community. The first was Alan Turing. Today, it’s Gloria E. Anzaldúa. Briefly, this is what Wikipedia says about her life.

[She] was an American scholar of Chicana cultural theory, feminist theory, and queer theory. She loosely based her best-known book, Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, on her life growing up on the Mexican-Texas border and incorporated her lifelong feelings of social and cultural marginalization into her work. She also developed theories about the marginal, in-between, and mixed cultures that develop along borders.

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In the same way that Anzaldúa often wrote that she felt that she could not be classified as only part of one race or the other, she felt that she possessed a multi-sexuality. When growing up, Anzaldúa expressed that she felt an “intense sexuality” towards her own father, animals, and even trees. She was attracted to and later had relationships with both men and women, although she identified herself as a lesbian in most of her writing. Anzaldúa wrote extensively about her queer identity and the marginalization of queer people, particularly in communities of color.

Further reading on her life can be found on the following links:

Gloria E Anzaldúa: Five facts about the cultural scholar you need to know
American National Biography Online
The Gloria E. Anzaldua Foundation

Goodreads reviews of her book Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza

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TX Bill Requires Women to Have Fetal Funerals

This is absolutely sick and I will not be travelling to Texas ever again for the foreseeable future. IF I move West again, I will naturally have to drive through Texas, but I will not spend a penny more than I absolutely have to in order to get through it. The government HAS NO RIGHT TO CONTROL A WOMAN’S BODY!!!!!!!

Texas legislators have introduced a bill colloquially known as the “fetal funerals” law, and as if that name isn’t disturbing enough, what the new decree stipulates is even more horrifying.

Senate Bill 8, as it’s officially titled, mandates a few things: first, that all fetal remains must be buried or cremated—this means that whether you have an abortion or miscarry, you’ll have to have a funeral of sorts for your lost fetus. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: The Handmaid’s Tale is real life.

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TX to Hire Random Contractors to Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses by Phone

Maybe I should sign up to do this. They do stipulate that the “random contractor” doesn’t have to live in the county. They don’t stipulate that the contractor has to live in Texas.

Last Wednesday, the Texas Senate approved a bill that would allow religious clerks to opt out of issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The measure now goes to the Republican-dominated House, where it stands a good chance of passing. For the most part, the Texas bill mirrors other Republican proposals designed to let religious clerks refuse to recognize the validity of same-sex marriages. But it has one fascinating addition: The measure allows county courts to hire random people to issue same-sex marriage licenses so that anti-gay clerks don’t have to.

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I Love Pharrell

This guy is so amazing!!!

Pharrell made it clear that hate has no space in this day and age.

The singer sat down with Ellen DeGeneres to promote the soundtrack for “Hidden Figures.” He was originally supposed to appear alongside his “I See A Victory” duet partner, Kim Burrell, but she was disinvited following a video leak of her spewing anti-gay rhetoric at the Love & Liberty Fellowship Church in Houston.

DeGeneres said she chose not to have Burrell on Thursday’s show because the homophobic remarks were directed at her and who she chooses to love.

“There’s no space, there’s no room for any kind of prejudice in 2017 and moving on,” Pharrell said, adding that he loves the gospel singer just like he chooses to love everyone. “We all have to get used to everyone’s differences and understand that this is a big, gigantic, beautiful, colorful world, and it only works with inclusion and empathy. It only works that way.”

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Texas has a Bathroom Bill

True Confession: after typing that headline, the next thing that came to mind was: ‘Texas has a whorehouse in it!’ (it’s from Best Little Whorehouse in Texas if you’re unfamiliar).

Anyway, this is a road we’ve been down before, though no one in Texas has acknowledged that the same bill in NC is on the way out. I suppose the Texas Right expects everyone to carry around their birth certificates to prove which bathroom we should be entering? Those Christians need to quit bothering any of us regarding our bodily functions.

Texas could soon follow in the footsteps of Indiana and North Carolina and pass its own “bathroom bill” in the upcoming legislative session. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has made passage of such a bill, which could require transgender Texans to use the restroom which corresponds to the gender on their birth certificate, a priority.

The proposal threatens to split the Texas Republican Party, which controls all three branches of government in Austin. Proponents include the lieutenant governor and the Senate he leads, while the Texas House of Representatives is more sympathetic to the state’s business community. The politically powerful chamber of commerce and the Texas Association of Business both strongly oppose any bathroom bill.

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Pastor Predicts Homosexual Deaths in 2017

Contrary to ignorant Christian belief, lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered folk are not immortal. It might be nice if we were, but try as we might, the Gay Agenda hasn’t funded the research for it. *sigh* So yes, we do grow old and eventually, sadly our lives come to an end. I don’t understand why Ellen is going to have this foul beast on her show, but it’s due to happen January 5th.

A pastor went on a homophobic rant and has warned that homosexuals will die in 2017.

Pastor Kim Burrell claimed that homosexuality is an “evil spirit” and that it “embarrasses the kingdom of God”.

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Texas Bill Would Out Students to Parents

Please, if any of you live in Texas, I urge you to do all you can to prevent this bill from becoming a tragic part of the law of that state. This law fosters mistrust and will only serve to alienate youth from adults in general. It’s heartbreaking. Representative Burton seeks to destroy families and potentially put thousands of children onto the streets of Texas cities. How is this right??

A Texas state lawmaker has proposed a law that critics say would force schools to out gay students against their will to their parents.

State Rep. Konni Burton filed Senate Bill 242 just days after Donald Trump was elected president, amid increasing reports of harassment and violence against minorities across the country.

Elliott Griffin, Burton’s chief of staff, told the Houston Chronicle the bill was “written in response to the Fort Worth school district issuing new guidelines about transgender students.”

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Pro-LGBT Shirt Banned From High School

Unbelievable what we teach kids today; the message we convey loud and clear with our actions. We continually foment hatred.

School administrators reprimanded a 13-year-old girl for showing up to school wearing an LGBT-positive T-shirt this week, deeming the message “distracting” and “disruptive.”

The shirt bore the phrase, “Some people are gay. Get over it!” in rainbow-hued letters, and was worn by Ali Chaney of Copperas Cove, Tex. “It’s just a shirt, and it’s not hurting anybody,” Chaney, who is gay, told KCEN-TV.

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