Monthly Archives: September 2012

Michelle Obama has said a gay teen recently thanked her and the president for their support of gay marriage.

 

Michelle Obama has said a gay teen recently thanked her and the president for their support of gay marriage.

The First Lady made her comments in an interview with Access Hollywood.

“I’m probably more hopeful than I’ve ever been because I can see the changes and I can see it in our kids,” she said. “I get to see so many great signs of this country’s growth. Kids who now feel like, for the first time, if they’re gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, that they feel like they have a place. … One kid came up to me yesterday on the photo line and he said, I would have committed suicide if it wasn’t for what your husband did.”

Mrs. Obama also listed “important conversations about marriage equality” and repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the policy which for 18 years barred gay and bisexual troops from serving openly, as important accomplishments of the Obama administration.

 

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Another Gay High schooler update. Just catching you up on the past 3 weeks that yeah missed!

Heeey Heeey Heeeeey. Another Gay High schooler update. Just catching you up on the past 3 weeks that yeah missed!

Categories: Gay Teens

Lady Gaga on Howard Stern

 

Lady Gaga on Howard Stern in 2011. Of course Howard Stern is my idol. What’s classic about this is really the first maybe 5-10 mins. Howard and Robin are reading off Gaga’s fans threats on twitter to them. How Howard and Robin describe them is hilarious. As they state it’s like being attacked by the drama club and they bust out laughing.

With that said, Lady Gaga is certainly an interesting young person with great intelligence navigating her way to finding out who she really is. She’s got an incredible voice that shines through in the studio without all the fanfare. She’s more suited for rock n’ roll like a Pat Benatar or Alanis Morissette rather than hyper mixed pop music.

She is of course anti-bullying and vocal about it. The irony is that her fans are the biggest bullies on the social networking sites like Twitter. I think Howard and Robin summed up why. They also urged Lady Gaga to keep them under control. lol But Gaga fans bully behind a computer because its safer, they wouldn’t to your face. I love and appreciate Lady Gaga, but I can’t stand her fans the same way I love Jesus, but I can’t stand his followers. I guess that’s why they are all simply that, just followers and not leaders. Jesus and Lady Gaga should both keep their followers in line and in control. They’re all missing the messages of the ones they so worship. Anyway, great hour long interview regardless:

 

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Mom who ‘smooshed’ son’s alleged bully: No regrets

I love this woman!  Now this is someone standing up for someone else who is being bullied.  What I love about her even more is she ‘has no regret’s’ and would do it again.  So would I as we all should.  If no one is going to do anything about it, then time to take matters into our own hands.

A Florida mother who faces child abuse charges after a school bus brawl was caught on camera says she has no regrets about going after a teenager she says was bullying her son.

“I mean, I really, honestly can’t say I won’t do it again,” Felecia Phillips, 35, of Bunnell, Fla., told NBC Orlando affiliate WESH.com of Wednesday morning’s fight. “I just wanted him to leave my son alone, you know? What’s the problem?”

The trouble began on Tuesday, according to Phillips, when her 15-year-old son, Terez Smith, got beat up at Flagler Palm Coast School by a friend of the teen she confronted on the bus, 17-year-old Justin Mickens.

Worried about her son’s safety, Phillips decided to accompany Smith on Wednesday to the bus stop. Before the students even got on the bus, Phillips and Mickens began to argue, and Phillips pushed the teen, witnesses told deputies. Phillips believes Mickens was behind the attack on her son.

Watch the school bus surveillance video from WESH.com

“Words kept going back and forth or whatever, and he called me out,” Phillips said. “And I smooshed him in his face or whatever.”

Mickens slammed Phillips to the ground as the bus arrived, deputies said. Phillips then allegedly followed him onto the bus, grabbing his hair as the bus driver yelled that she needed to get off the bus and other students tried to stop the brawl.

“She chased me on the bus and pulled me by the back of my head,” Mickens told WESH.com. “I don’t even talk to her son. I don’t even hang around him … None of that ain’t true.”

Phillips was arrested and charged with child abuse and trespassing on school property. Her bond was set at $2,500.

After paying bond, she told Florida’s News4Jax.com she felt Mickens got what he deserved.

“That’s what they need; a good old-fashioned whooping,” she said. “We’re not able to do that because we end up in jail– child abuse charges.”

Mickens is not currently facing any charges, Debra Johnson, a spokeswoman for the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, told NBC News on Thursday. When he pushed Phillips, he was acting in self-defense in the deputies’ opinions, she said.

Phillips’ son, Smith, defended what she did.

“I feel great about it because I know a lot of people wish they had a mom that had their back,” he told News4Jax.com. “Some parents, when you tell them, they just ignore it.”

Smith is just looking to get an education, Phillips told 10 News in Tampa, and she didn’t feel bad about confronting the boy who was “messing” with her son.

“I don’t want anybody picking on him, and messing with him. Leave my son alone,” Phillips said. “He’s not looking for trouble. I don’t even raise my kids that way. He’s not messing him, why are you messing with him? So no, I don’t regret it.”

The Flagler County school district discouraged other parents from dealing with bullying in the fashion that Phillips chose to.

“While we encourage parents to be involved in their students’ education, we don’t encourage parents to go onto buses. Buses are really for students only; parents are certainly welcome to speak to bus drivers through the window, through the door, but they shouldn’t come on buses to handle incidents like that,” Mike Judd, senior director of school operations for Flagler County public schools, told NBC News on Thursday.

“If there’s a problem they either need to contact law enforcement or school administration, but they should not take matters into their own hands,” he said, adding he didn’t know if Phillips had reached out to authorities prior to Wednesday’s altercation.

 

Categories: Bullying, Young Adult

Clint Eastwood clears the air with Ellen on his stance with Republicans and Gay Marriage

 

Everyone remember Clint Eastwood speaking at the Republican convention and they all were up in arms.  I saw people stating things like, “I will never watch another movie of his again.”  Come on really?  Just because someone sides with Republicans does not mean that they don’t support same sex marriage.  Clint Eastwood has always been vocal about his support.  He clears the air with Ellen Degeneres on his beliefs.   And I agree with him.

 

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Madonna’s MDNA tour 2012 gets positive raving reviews from critics despite the negative press among petty gossip columnists

It’s no surprise that gossip columnists and couch critics get a high by posting negativity rather than focusing on the positive when it comes to Madonna.  We will focus on the positive which far outweighs the negative and if they were doing their job they would’ve accurately reported the truth.   The reviews for the Madonna MDNA tour have been positive and in abundance.

Critical reaction to the MDNA Tour has been mostly all positive reviews.  The New York Times wrote, “Madonna and her team do know how to dazzle.”[66] New York Daily News called the show “an idea-intensive, message-packed riddle wrapped in an enigma that must be seen to be believed,” arguing that the show’s risky artistry “deserves praise.”[67] A journalist from The Jerusalem Post described the show in Tel Aviv as an “assault on the senses”. He further comments, “Despite the confused ideas underlying the performance, it’s difficult to imagine somebody not enjoying a Madonna concert. Say what you will about the Kabbalah-studying, gun-toting, fashionista of pop music – and everyone has something to say – but the woman knows how to put on a good show”.[68] Berliner Morgenpost wrote: “Madonna live in 2012 is still magical and unmatched,” [69] Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia said “the blonde ambition lights up with her art and magic a packed Palau Sant Jordi,” [70] while newspaper El País said “Madonna shows her intelligence, femininity and elegance in a danceable and spectacular show,” [69][71] 

Shirley Halperin from The Hollywood Reporter wrote, “With three decades of superstardom under her belt, Madonna has pretty much perfected the art of mass entertainment with a hint of scandal. So it should come as no surprise, even in the Holy Land, that her show would open with a giant cross, the clang of a church bell and cloaked clergymen”; while the show was given a positive review, the fact that the tour contains many songs from the MDNA album was criticized.[72] Saeed Saeed from The National states the performance in Abu Dhabi saw Madonna “bearing her soul”. He says, “While her previous Sticky and Sweet tour saw her lightly poking fun at herself and her various musical guises throughout the years, this concert was at times brutally dark and suffocating and as much an emotional exorcism as a performance”.[73] Ingo Schmidt from WDR 2 gave a positive review of the show in Cologne, Germany. Calling Madonna “provocative and sexy”, he writes: “Madonna has substantiated her claim to the title of “Queen of Pop” and that “she surprised her enthusiastic audience erotically and provocatively.” He also noted that “she dominates even after 30 years on stage.”[74] Neil McCormick from The Daily Telegraph assessed the concert, assigning it 4 out of 5 stars, and wrote, “[t]he real highlight of this show was a stripped back version of ‘Like A Virgin’… Madonna proved herself more than equal to be challenge of all her young pretenders”.[75] 

Kat Keogh from Birmingham Mail gave a positive review at the performance in Birmingham. Giving the performance 4 out of 5 stars, she reveals: “Thousands of fans gave a regal welcome as her Madgesty took the stage”, that “the pure theatre of her performance was enough to sustain the 11,000 strong audience” and “the feel good classics proved why the 53 year old is the original and the best.”[76] Madonna’s performance in Edinburgh also received generally positive reviews. Beverley Lyons from Daily Record stated: “Madonna’s still in Vogue with fans” and “this was a remarkable show – and a night when we saw a softer side to the Queen of Pop.”[77] 

Madonna’s sold out performance in Zurich, Switzerland also received positive reviews. Critics praised the show stating: “Madonna makes Swiss fans happy again four years after the Sticky & Sweet Tour. They also noted how “the pop-giantess delivered a perfectly choreographed show, leaving space for political messages” and “Madonna’s achievements in the music industry not negotiable.” [78]Madonna’s performances in the United States have been met with critical acclaim. During her performance in Philadelphia, Glenn Gamboa from Newsday wrote that “her latest reinvention might be her most revealing yet” because “her wild, nearly two-hour show is closest to reflecting her current state of mind, while building yet another artistic, well-choreographed slacklining spectacle.”[79] Marc-André Lemieux from Le Journal de Montréal gave a positive view of her performance in Montreal, writing: “the indestructible icon has proposed a concert sometimes dark, sometimes light, but always entertaining and challenging” and commenting that the show is “a fascinating exercise that reflects the journey of a pop singer who has reached her full artistic maturity.”[80] 

Ottawa Citizen named her “[a]n entertainer who, admittedly, outdoes all her imitators and progeny when it comes to dancefloor pop – a point made clear when she slyly incorporated Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” into “Express Yourself”. And such hits as “Like a Prayer”, sung near the end of the set, might even have been a religious experience for some 16,000 adoring fans” in Montreal.[81] Sarah Rodman from Boston Globe praised her performance in Boston at the TD Garden writing: “the truly, remarkably indefatigable pop superstar powered her way through a performance just shy of two hours and heavy on the razzle dazzle but light on hits” also noting how Madonna “remains impressively fleet of foot, dancing nearly non-stop, and when she sang live, perfectly competent of voice, even if the mix didn’t always do her favors and her crew was impressive.” [82] 

Jon Parales from New York Times also gave a positve review: “Madonna, at 54, isn’t giving in to pop obsolescence. The concert is a display of energy and nutty inventiveness, with Madonna costumed as everything from baton twirler to folk dancer”, adding that “the concert is less a story than an excellent excuse for extravagant, perpetually surprising production numbers involving more than three dozen performers, while it turns some of Madonna’s past hits inside out.”[83] Hardeep Phull from the New York Postacclaimed her performance in Yankee Stadium, writing: “the shock-and-awe tactics have been a staple of her 30-year career, but right now they seem to be an especially savvy move” and that the show “remains a master class in performance and spectacle.”[84] Chris Cobb from Ottawa Citizen called the performance in Ottawa: “a Broadway show on wheels” and writing: “in a sense it doesn’t really matter what songs Madonna chooses to sing because the spectacle, with all its bells and whistles, is all.”[85]

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“Sexting” is linked to risky sex among teens

 

One out of every seven Los Angeles high schoolers with a cell phone has sent a sexually-explicit text message or photo, according to results of a 2011 survey that also found “sexters” more likely to engage in risky sex behaviors.

In the new study, the LA teens who had sent racy texts were seven times more likely to be sexually active than those who said they’d never sexted.

“No one’s actually going to get a sexually transmitted disease because they’re sexting,” said Eric Rice, a social network researcher from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, who led the new study.

“What we really wanted to know is, is there a link between sexting and taking risks with your body? And the answer is a pretty resounding ‘yes,’” he told Reuters Health.

A study of Houston, Texas, high schoolers out earlier this summer found one in four teens had sent a naked photo of themselves through text message or email, and those kids were also much more likely to be having risky sex. (See Reuters Health story of July 2, 2012).

Rice’s findings, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, are based on 1,839 students in Los Angeles high schools, most of whom were Latino. Three-quarters of them owned a cell phone that they used regularly.

On a survey sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, just over 40 percent of teens with a cell phone said they’d had sex, and about two-thirds used a condom the last time they did.

Rice said the rate of teen sexting in Houston may have been slightly higher than in Los Angeles because of demographic differences – but that overall the two reports are consistent.

“Somewhere in the middle is probably a pretty good estimate of what’s going on nationally,” said Jeff Temple, a psychologist and women’s health researcher from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston who worked on the Houston study.

His research found that girls in particular who’d sent naked photos were more likely to engage in risky sex, to have had multiple recent sex partners or to use alcohol and drugs before sex.

“Sexting appears to be a reflection or an indication of actual sexual behavior,” Temple told Reuters Health.

“What they’re doing in their offline lives is what they’re doing in their online lives.”

Rice agreed that was the most important finding to take away from both studies. “That may be a no-brainer to some parents, but it may be alarming to others,” he said.

“This is a behavior that a minority of adolescents are engaging in, but that minority is engaging in a group of risky sexual behaviors… not just sexting.”

With sexting, there’s also the concern that naked photos will end up on the Internet and teens will be bullied online, or that students who receive explicit texts could be charged with child pornography.

Researchers still have a lot of questions about sexting, including which students are most likely to sext and what other behaviors or personality traits may be more common among sexters. Temple and his colleagues are currently working on a study to see what typically comes first among teens – sexting or sex.

For now, Rice said parents and teachers may be able to use media coverage of the latest celebrity or politician sexting controversy as an in to talk to teens about sexting and actual sex – especially because the two are so closely linked.

“Sexting might be an easier conversation for teachers to start having with teens than a full-on conversation that starts, ‘Let’s talk about sex,’” he said.

By Genevra Pittman

SOURCE:  http://bit.ly/jsoh2P Pediatrics, online September 17, 2012.

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– SEPTEMBER 17, 2012

 

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Not all gay guys that make comments about flamboyant gays are flamboyant themselves

 

 

Not all gay guys that make comments about flamboyant gays are flamboyant themselves, that’s ALSO a stereotype.  I’ve also noticed that flamboyant gays tend to be more critical about everyone else and other gays more than others. I know that’s a stereotype, but I’ve witnessed a lot of them do that. I’ve seen enough that it appears to be all of them, but that’s a dangerous generalization and I apologize if you feel offended by that.  It’s not my intention just stating what I know.

How do we change the perception of an entire planet?  Society disses on gays and gays diss on gays.  No wonder our self-esteem is lower than everybody else’s. Again I made another stereotype because I know regular guys who just happened to be gay who are perfectly content and don’t wear their gay label on their sleeve. Most are shocked to find that they’re gay. Why are they shocked though? Because he’s not wearing short shorts and working it like a fashion runway model? Why would one assume that that’s what a gay person is? Because that’s what has been rammed down our throats on all these godawful Hollywood shows. Glee is one of them. The gay guys they have on the show are the stereotypical gay. Why didn’t they make one of the regular jock guys gay as well? Oh right because regular jock guys aren’t gay. And if you believe that then you’re really living in an isolated bubble.

I love this quote: “The problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Jack Young confronted homophobic bullies at Brighton Pride, and was beaten up and bottled for his bravery

 

Jack Young confronted homophobic bullies at Brighton Pride and they responded by beating him up and bottling him.

A straight British 18-year-old was beaten up for standing up to anti-gay bullies after a post-Pride party in Brighton.

Jack Young was bottled in the street after confronting people who were shouting homophobic abuse on Saturday (1 September).

Young told his mother, Sue Fallon, who then went onto Wipe Out Homophobia’s Facebook page to share his story. As reported by The Argus, she said she was ‘extremely proud’.

Fallon said her son became separated from his friends while on a night out with friends in the British seaside city.

He then came across a group of people who were making offensive remarks about the gay community.

After confronting them, he was hit with a bottle and beaten up, leaving a large gash and several cuts on his face.

Fallon, 41, said: ‘Luckily it does not look that bad. But all I can think of is what might have been.

‘I am extremely proud of my son for what he did.

‘I know for a fact that if he came across the same situation again he would react the same, it’s just how he is.’

She said she was ‘overwhelmed’ by the kind words of support, and said she wished he would make a statement to the police.

‘[The police] have been round to speak to Jack but he does not want it to go any further.

‘This he says, is because there is no point, they would not get caught. They know they have done wrong and one day they will all get theirs.’

Police have hailed Brighton Pride 2012 a ‘great success’ despite arresting 40 people over theft, drugs, being drunk and disorderly, common assault or affray.

 

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A Bullied Student Finds an Inspiring Hero with Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen Degeneres hosted a show about a bullied gay teenager whose car was vandalized and the auto body shop owner who repaired the young man’s car for free.  Then she awarded each one a $25,000 check from Cover Girl.

Last March, Jordan Addison, a broke college student who happened to be gay had his car vandalized with homophobic slurs and the words “die” and “fag” keyed into the sides of his car door.  Someone also shattered his front windshield and slashed his tires.

The Roanoke, Virginia teenager drove with the hate-speech scrawled on his car for nearly six months, until the owner of a local auto body shop stepped in and after hearing about it through the town.

Richard Henegar Jr., an angel who owns Quality Auto Paint and Body in Roanoke, completely repainted Addison’s car, updated the interior and installed a new stereo — all at no cost to the student.  

Henegar estimated the repairs would have cost around $10,000, but said he believed helping Addison was the right thing to do.  “I just felt compelled to help this young man,” Henegar told Ellen. “He did not deserve to be the victim of such a violent hate crime and discrimination of no sort — I don’t take kindly to it. It’s not nice.”

Both men appeared shocked when DeGeneres handed them the over-sized checks, which Addison said will go towards paying down his student loans. Henegar said the money will help support Quality Auto Paint and Body, a company his father founded and invested his life into.  Watch the moving video of the show knowing that there are actually good people out there.

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