How not to react when your child tells you that he’s gay
He was kicked out of the house after this *sigh*
Sadly America has a widespread problem with teens being kicked out of their homes because their parents don’t agree with who their kids happen to fall in love with. According to a survey in 2013 an incredible 40% of all homeless kids in the Unites States identify as queer. That means over one million queer kids. Let that number sink in for a second. And more than half of them were victims of sexual assault on the streets after their parents kicked them out.
If you are in a similar situation please know that there are people who will move mountains to help you. If you don’t know where to go please reach out to the Youth Helpline; their hotline number is available toll-free under 1-800-246-PRIDE. The helpline is staffed Monday through Friday from 5pm to 9pm, Pacific Time. If you live in another country and need help finding the number of your local LGBT helpline drop us a mail and we’ll try to find it for you as soon as possible.
"My daughter is six years old. She transitioned, which means she changed her outward appearance from male to female and started living full time as her true gender, when she was four. Until that point she was quite a rough and tumble little boy with a buzz cut and a shark tooth necklace."
And so begins the absolutely beautiful speech Debi Jackson gave earlier this year about her transgender daughter, AJ, in Kansas City. As Jackson continues, she outlines how her family came to realize that AJ is transgender, what happened the first day she went to school "in girl clothes" and the bigotry her family faced.
But the best part of the video may be when Jackson addresses the comments she’s heard about her daughter and sets the record straight about statements like you "wanted a girl so you turned your child into one" and "kids have no idea what they want or who they are — my kids wants to be a dog, should I let him?" Spend six minutes and get to know Jackson and her family a little better. You’ll be happy you did.
For some Americans “Freedom” means that Christians and “conservatives” should be allowed to discriminate everyone who isn’t straight like they used to and often enough still discriminate everyone who isn’t white. On the other hand they liken those who demand the freedom to love whoever they want to the Nazis. Literally. In their eyes not wanting to be treated as a second class citizen because of your sexual preference makes you just as bad as those guys who killed millions of Jews, gays, intellectuals and socialists in concentration camps in World War II. Literally.
This mind-set is once again expressed in a film US senator Rick Santorum is producing in the wake of a verdict from the US Supreme Court that ruled that companies are people and can have religious views and therefore are allowed to circumvent the law that would require them to cover women’s contraceptives in their health care plans (which, unlike Viagra that these companies don’t object to at all is something many women actually need) and also gives them the freedom to just ignore laws made for example to protect queer employees from discrimination.
Please read more about you being a Nazi on Bilerico and watch the trailer for the film below…