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Japan school introduces poster campaign to explain LGBT identities to children
via Gay Asia News

A school in Japan is embarking on a new poster campaign to explain lesbian, gay, bisexual, and asexual identities to children and reduce the rate of LGBT-related bullying.Entitled ‘Who will you come to like?’ the poster is part of a series on healthcare issues called Kokoro Kenkou no Nyusu roughly translated from the Japanese to mean Mental Health News although kokoro or “heart” can also refer to emotional or spiritual well-being.
The poster using easy to understand explanations tells of differences between straight, gay, bisexual and asexual individuals, as well as explanations of how sexual orientation is discovered, and how it is innate and cannot be modified by outside pressures, according to ROYGBIV.
“Adolescence is a time when one generally discovers their sexual orientation… is innate and it cannot be changed by intervention, so there is no need to change your preferences,” the poster says. “When it comes to understanding one’s sexual orientation, one should take as much time as is needed,” it added.
This particular poster in the photo was posted outside the nurse’s office at Saitama Prefecture’s Sayama Keizai School of Economics.

Read more here.

Japan school introduces poster campaign to explain LGBT identities to children

via Gay Asia News

A school in Japan is embarking on a new poster campaign to explain lesbian, gay, bisexual, and asexual identities to children and reduce the rate of LGBT-related bullying.

Entitled ‘Who will you come to like?’ the poster is part of a series on healthcare issues called Kokoro Kenkou no Nyusu roughly translated from the Japanese to mean Mental Health News although kokoro or “heart” can also refer to emotional or spiritual well-being.

The poster using easy to understand explanations tells of differences between straight, gay, bisexual and asexual individuals, as well as explanations of how sexual orientation is discovered, and how it is innate and cannot be modified by outside pressures, according to ROYGBIV.

“Adolescence is a time when one generally discovers their sexual orientation… is innate and it cannot be changed by intervention, so there is no need to change your preferences,” the poster says. “When it comes to understanding one’s sexual orientation, one should take as much time as is needed,” it added.

This particular poster in the photo was posted outside the nurse’s office at Saitama Prefecture’s Sayama Keizai School of Economics.

Read more here.

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Submitted by jupiterxjakarta

Mount de Sales Academy, a private Catholic school in Macon, Georgia has just fired Flint Dollar, its band leader, because he announced he plans to marry his partner of 6 years at a ceremony in Minnesota. According to Dollar, the school knew he was gay when he was hired but stated it was fine as long as it “didn’t interfere with his teaching.” 

Parents and students are currently rallying around Dollar and have launched a Facebook page, a Twitter campaign with the hashtag #savedollar, and a petition at Change.org urging the academy’s president, David Held, to reconsider the termination. https://www.change.org/petitions/david-held-reconsider-the-termination-of-mr-flint-dollar
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Mount de Sales Academy, a private Catholic school in Macon, Georgia has just fired Flint Dollar, its band leader, because he announced he plans to marry his partner of 6 years at a ceremony in Minnesota. According to Dollar, the school knew he was gay when he was hired but stated it was fine as long as it “didn’t interfere with his teaching.”
Parents and students are currently rallying around Dollar and have launched a Facebook page, a Twitter campaign with the hashtag #savedollar, and a petition at Change.org urging the academy’s president, David Held, to reconsider the termination. https://www.change.org/petitions/david-held-reconsider-the-termination-of-mr-flint-dollar

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Campus Pride Releases 2013 ‘Top 25 LGBT-Friendly Universities And Colleges’ Listing

via Huffington Post

Campus Pride, a nationally-recognized organization dedicated to making colleges and universities safer, more inclusive spaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals, released its annual list of the “Top 25-LGBT Friendly Colleges And Universities” in the country today.

Each campus included in the final listing achieved 5 stars overall in the index, plus 5 stars in sexual orientation and 5 stars in gender identity/expression for an LGBT-friendly campus. In addition, the campuses had to have 4.5 stars or above (or the highest percentages) in all eight LGBT-friendly factors.

Free of charge, any college or university is invited to participate in the index by self-assessing their campus climate through a set of 50+ questions, corresponding to eight different LGBT-Friendly factors:

1. LGBT Policy Inclusion
2. LGBT Support & Institutional Commitment
3. LGBT Academic Life
4. LGBT Student Life
5. LGBT Housing
6. LGBT Campus Safety
7. LGBT Counseling & Health
8. LGBT Recruitment and Retention Efforts.

Here is the list of Top 25 LGBT-Friendly Universities in U.S.

  • Case Western Reserve University
    Cleveland, OH
  • Connecticut College
    New London, CT
  • Ithaca College
    Ithaca, NY
  • Carleton College
    Northfield, MN
  • Macalester College
    Saint Paul, MN
  • Oberlin College
    Oberlin, OH
  • Portland State University
    Portland, OR
  • Princeton University
    Princeton, NJ
  • Rutgers University
    Piscataway, NJ
  • Southern Oregon University
    Ashland, OR
  • Stanford University
    Stanford, CA
  • The Ohio State University
    Columbus, OH
  • University of California, Riverside
    Riverside, CA
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
    Santa Cruz, CA
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
    Chicago, IL
  • University of Maryland, College Park
    College Park, MD
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    Amherst, MA
  • University of Michigan
    Ann Arbor, MI
  • University of Minnesota - Duluth
    Duluth, MN
  • University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
    Minneapolis, MN
  • University of Oregon
    Eugene, OR
  • University of Pennsylvania
    Philadelphia, PA
  • University of Southern California
    Los Angeles, CA
  • University of Washington
    Seattle, WA
  • Washington State University
    Pullman, WA

1 year ago · 36 notes · Source

glaad:

VICTORY! We’re so happy for our friend Coy Mathis, who won her case after she was discriminated against by her school because she is transgender. Big kudos to the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund!

Awesome awesome awesome news! Read more here on glaad.

glaad:

VICTORY! We’re so happy for our friend Coy Mathis, who won her case after she was discriminated against by her school because she is transgender. Big kudos to the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund!


Awesome awesome awesome news! Read more here on glaad.

1 year ago · 30,016 notes · Reblogged from glaad

Eighth-Graders Surprise Gay Teacher With Heartwarming Video

By Jase Peeples - The Advocate

An amazing story from a gay eighth-grade teacher in the Canadian province of Ontario is making the rounds on the Internet after being posted to Reddit.

The teacher recounts how two students in his “tough class” planned a surprise for him by playing the pro-equality song “Same Love” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis for the rest of their peers as a tribute to him:

I teach Grade 8 (13-14 years old) in Ontario, Canada. I am gay, and my students have known this for about a month or so. I am in my first year of teaching, and I teach something of a “tough” class.

In particular, I have one group of boys that can be a bit of a pain in the neck. Never keep their hands to themselves, always talk out of turn, have gotten in fights, etc. There is one boy in this group (he will be known here as Harry) who is a little quieter than the others, but very popular. He’s a bit tough to get close to, and seems like the type to be resistant to new ideas and different people. He hangs out with another tough kid (let’s call him Mark), who is loud and boisterous and often rude.

Now that it’s so close to the end of the year, I do a “YouTube of the Day” with them every morning. Kids can send in a short YouTube video for me to show to the class, I preview it, and if it’s appropriate, I play it. So this morning, Harry comes up to me and says, “I have a video I want to play.”

Now, I preview things for a reason. There are enough horror stories out there of teachers accidentally showing their kids porn for me to be very careful what I show my class. So I tell him to send it to me because, y’know, them’s the rules.

“I really want to show it,” he says back. “You’ll like it, I promise. It’s a music video.”

Given what Harry listens to, I’m wary. He listens to a lot of rap and hip-hop, and that’s fine, but I’ve heard some non-school-appropriate language come out of the music he listens to. So I ask him if it’s appropriate for school; he tells me yes.

This kid is many things, but he has never lied to me, that I’m aware of. Not once. So… I take a deep breath and tell him okay. What the heck.

(Note: I did read the lyrics, and they were beautiful, but what came next was unexpectedly awesome.)

So he goes on over and pulls it on up, and on comes a song I have never heard before. The artist is rapping about growing up gay, about the struggles of being gay, and about standing up in the face of hatred and homophobia. “Same Love,” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. The video (linked) was beautiful.

And there’s Harry, proudly watching along with the rest of the class as the artist stands up for those gay kids who struggle, and the video shows a difficult, lonely life culminating in a fabulous wedding. Harry. My “tough kid.”

The video finishes, the kids applaud, and I thank him, and he says to me, “I told you you’d like it.”

And then his loud, rude friend Mark says: “That was for you, Mr. K.”

The whole class applauded again – for me this time – and then I cried. I cried the proudest tears I have ever shed.

Harry and Mark… they might tick off every teacher they ever have, but today they gave this teacher a moment he’ll never forget.

1 year ago · 73 notes · Source

Picture from imgur:

"We just got back from the prom." "Did you have dates?" "Um, yeah."

Umm, isn’t this incredibly cute? :)

Picture from imgur:

"We just got back from the prom." "Did you have dates?" "Um, yeah."

Umm, isn’t this incredibly cute? :)

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