Quote of the Day: A ‘Redneck’ Dad’s Reaction To His Son’s Coming Out

From Out Magazine’s profile article of Brandon and Benjamin, a gay couple from Montana:

The two met a little over a year ago, and now live together in Washington State, but they go back to visit Brandon’s family in Montana as often as they can. Despite the region’s general conservatism — Brandon says his father is “somewhat of a self-proclaimed redneck” — they’ve experienced incredible support.

“[My dad] was the person I was most nervous to tell [that I was gay], but [he] wound up being the easiest,” Brandon says. “His response was, ‘I don’t give a shit. You’re the same person. Just try and find someone who likes to hunt.’ And Ben loves to hunt, so no problems there.”

And that’s what it’s about folks, share interests; whether you’re hunting for a fabulously tailored Tom Ford outfit to pair with your Whitney sunglasses or you’re on the turkey hunt with your Winchester and Long Beard XRs.

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Which U.S. State Will Legalize Same-Sex Marriage Last?

With marriage equality cases to be heard before the Supreme Court in April of 2015 and many states in one status of marriage limbo or another, The Washington Post opines on which state may be the last in our nation to legally allow gay couples to wed:


Current status: Decision overturning prohibition is under appeal.

Arkansas, in our estimation, seems less likely to be the last to allow gay marriage for the simple fact that it will be the subject of enormous scrutiny over the next two years. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be hard-pressed not to use as an example the state for which she served as first lady in discussions of the need to expand civil rights — especially as she tries to demonstrate her commitment to the topic.
Odds it is last: 15-1



Current status: Case before the Supreme Court. Continue reading

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Checking in With Washington, D.C.’s First-to-Wed Same-Sex Couples

On the five year anniversary of when it became legal for same-sex couple to marry in Washington, D.C., The Washington Post checks in with three of the couples. For two, it made things much easier, but for one out of state couple, marriage limbo still exists:

Delia and Rebbeca Taylor
“Before we got married, when we were cross with each other we used to say, ‘Does this mean that we’re going to break up?’ ” Delia remembers. “Sometimes in jest and sometimes not quite so much. But divorce has a lot more weight to it. So we don’t even speak in those terms anymore. I don’t know if that’s just because we’ve matured a bit and time’s gone by, and we value what we have that much more. Or if it’s the license.”


Terrance Heath and Richard Imirowicz
It is 8 p.m. on a school night, and Terrance Heath is upstairs singing “Puff the Magic Dragon” in a soft baritone as he tries to lull his 7-year-old son, Dylan, to sleep. Downstairs, Terrance’s husband, Richard Imirowicz, is talking to the couple’s other son, 12-year-old Parker, about his taekwondo lesson.

This is what 2015 looks like for an interracial, legally married gay couple with Continue reading

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Advice on Being an Out LGBT Teacher from Johnny Jonte Boucher

In a blog post for the Dallas Morning News, teacher Johnny Jonte Boucher, has some first-hand advice for those who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender and in the teaching profession about being yourself while still managing to keep your job:

1. Bond with families
I use technology to help me out here on the time commitment—I send mass texts using the Remind app and website. Tell them how the day went. Send pictures often. Talk about class goals and what you all are learning. Involve parents in a project or a fundraiser for something the class needs. It builds a sense that this class is not you and the kids; it is your connection with an entire community of families. Create a group email list and send out updates and parenting articles you love. Make a teacher Instagram and send the link to all the parents. When they know you, that’s where the trust grows.


4. Bring your family around
This may seem “in your face” if you were raised in a place with tons of shame, but seeing you and your partner together will normalize your life to the PTA, to your coworkers, and, don’t forget, to the child who will grow up and struggle with this, too. How many children will you teach in your career? If just one out of ten kids will experience pain and bullying about who they love or how they understand their gender, the memory of you and your partner will stick with them.

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LGBT Affirmation and the Evangelical Church

On The Huffington Post, Heidi Hall authors an article about the beginnings of a shift in attitudes toward affirming the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) members of the Evangelical Church. A change which Hall notes is due in part to the church’s own members:

A handful of large evangelical churches are publicizing their supportive stances. The Highlands Church in Denver was among the first, suffering deep drops in attendance and donations but now recovering. EastLake Community Church in Seattle announced its LGBT inclusion and affirmation; Mitchell spent a February weekend there, huddling with church leaders.

But there remains a high price: Last year, the Southern Baptist Convention expelled New Heart Community Church in La Mirada, Calif., after its pastor changed views on homosexuality. More recently, the Chicago-based Evangelical Covenant Church cut off funding for a church plant in Portland, Ore., when its pastor announced his support for LGBT equality.

Several factors are coming into play in the pastors’ decisions, observers say. Continue reading

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Music Review: Neal McCoy’s ‘Pride – A Tribute to Charlie Pride’

Album Cover of Pride A Tribute to Charlie Pride by Neal McCoyI didn’t even have to listen to this one to know that I was going to love it. The combination of the classic songs from Charlie Pride and Neal McCoy’s voice set up a can’t-lose scenario with this CD. Neal covers eleven of Pride’s well-known hits like “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone”, “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'” and “Just Between You and Me” among others. Neal McCoy does these songs justice and then some. McCoy has something something fun about his tone and voice that works so well in some of the more upbeat tunes. On the softer and slower ballad ones, his voice is clear, crisp and a great match for Pride’s numerous hits.

In addition to the great sounding album, the songs shows that country music has varied in its sound since long before recent memory. Continue reading

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Why It Gets Better: Lesbian and Gay Seniors Tell Us Via Video

From the website Queerty.com, comes this little gem of Lesbian and Gay seniors explaining what life was like for them when they were young; their thoughts on the world today for LGBTs; and advice for young LGBT folks.

Just the emotional reactions to their commenting on the world of today, shows why it gets better.

The video is produced by LGBT Community Center of the Desert and Video Blogger Davey Wavey. A touch of the cowboy hat to both the Community Center and Davey Wavey for creating something that highlights LGBT seniors and provides us a glimpse of LGBT history (the red light means the police are coming).

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