A month ago I heard about Flour Bluff High School in Corpus Cristi, Texas. A 17-year-old student there named Nikki Peet was trying to start a gay-straight alliance (GSA).
However the Flour Bluff ISD Superintendent Julie Carbajal swiftly moved to block the creation of this student group as ‘non-curricular’ and when pressed about the Jocks for Jesus group meeting on the same campus said I guess I will kick that group off campus too until this all blows over. Continue reading
Historic Los Angeles Housing Protest Against Redline Lending and Community Segregation
The 10 most segregated urban areas in America. Continue reading
1988 NAMES Project Aids Quilt
– Phylicia Rashad on No More Down Low
Yesterday I came across a video of Al Franken and Wendy Walsh introducing the Student Non-Discrimination Act at a press conference and it got me thinking about the many recent news stories of mothers, sisters, and brothers advocating for gay human rights after the death of a family member.
In that post I failed to mention so many other family members like Mary Griffith of Prayers for Bobby who became a gay rights activist after her son took his life. In fact I have far too many posts remembering these sons and daughters lost to anti-gay violence at school or at the hands of school age children to mention them all in a single post. Continue reading
These young poets each speak in a different voice… Continue reading
Eighth grader Dawn Henderson of Dallas, LA wore a t-shirt to school last week that was considered so distracting she was ordered by the principal to remove it immediately.
What was the distracting message on this t-shirt?
As soon as I finish this blog, I’m ordering up a few of these distracting shirts as door prizes.
The shirt costs $20 and proceeds support counseling and suicide prevention. And by the way, if you’re a fan of the f-bomb you’re gonna love the site that sells these shirts. If you’re not be warned, if you start clicking on the video files you’re gonna hear the f-word a – l o t . And I mean the one that rhymes with duck not drag.
Oh and I guess while I’m busy spending money I don’t have online, I may as well order up a copy of Dan Savage’s new book It Get’s Better: Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living. I just saw that Dan’s going to be in Portland at Powells next month doing the good work sexpert’s do when they become parents and have to start making the world a better place for their children.
And dang if Staceyann Chin doesn’t have a new memoir out too. The Other Side of Paradise: A Memoir.
She really is all that.
Yikes, even in all the darkness the times sure are blooming for new voices and new ideas.
Thanks a lot Dawn, now I’m out $100 bucks. 😉
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Thanks Thinking Queerly ! I needed to see some young people doing something amazingly positive today!