"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.
Including the “guess the gay” game
A new project created in support of queer youth is making the city of Bangkok a much more colourful place. Launched in commemoration of the 2014 International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17, the School Rainbow project "promotes the drawing of rainbows, symbolizing diversity, around school gates and other settings where youth meet," according to organizers. As part of the project, Thai students chalked enormous rainbows in schoolyards around Bangkok "with the aim of bringing awareness to the problem of bullying," before the organizers talked about queer kids’ right to a safe education with the students.
Any child would likely be lucky to have Jeff and Hillary Whittington as parents. Ryland Whittington may be especially lucky. Ryland, the Whittingtons tell us through this amazing video they made, is a transgender boy. Now seven, his parents have documented his story with love and understanding and honesty. Jeff and Hillary tell how they brought Ryland into the world, learned their child needed hearing implants at the age of one, then discovered “Ryland had more to share with us.”
They spent a few years saying Ryland was just going through a phase, but soon realized it wasn’t. “When the family dies, I will cut my hair so I can be a boy” Ryland told them. “Why did God make me this way?,” he asked.
When the Whittingtons learned 41 percent of transgender people have attempted suicide, they decided to embrace Ryland as a boy rather than risk losing him. The Whittingtons made this beautiful and inspiring film for the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast. They posted it to YouTube on Tuesday. Three days later, it has gone viral, seen by more than 350,000 people already.
“We are overwhelmed with the kind, loving messages from many people,” the Whittingtons told The Huffington Post. “While this journey has been difficult at times, we have come to a place where our family is ready to come out and try to help other families facing similar situations. Our hope is that by sharing our story, we can begin to make the world a more loving place where people can be their authentic selves.”
PS: The video might not be available in Germany, if you want to see it anyway you could try a plugin like ProxTube for Firefox (let us know in the comments if you know an easier way, thanks!)
Put kids in front a computer, an old computer, and see what happens. Watch the whole thing
Found by Beauty Hunter
This ad got the actors and producers into quite some trouble…
Each of the actors were fined $5 million VND and the production company was fined $50 million VND for producing this TV commercial by the Vietnamese government. The actors and director were also prohibited from working for 6 months in any paid jobs, filmed projects, music videos, TV commercials or concerts.
A teen’s worst nightmare comes true in a new TestBKK ad promoting STD tests. TestBKK, a Thai organization dedicated to promoting condom use and regular testing, created the ad below to show “there are more awkward things than getting tested.” Touché.
A new children’s book from author Daniel Errico, The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived is a classic fairy tale, but with a twist: the main character just happens to be gay. The story starts out conventionally enough. Cedric, a pumpkin farmer turned knight, is the hero of the tale.
Yuzuru Hanyu, 19-year-old figure skating wunderkind and officially milkboys-approved cutie pie stunned the sports world today at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi by delivering a fantastic program that earned him a new world record and made him the first man to get more than 100 points for his short program! You don’t want to miss this…
Let’s hope he can snatch gold today! In the meantime… enjoy this UPDATE: We had a video of his world record short program here but it was deleted by Vimeo. You can still see the video here.