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Listen: Parents Disown and Assault Child After He Comes Out As Gay

(Warning: disturbing audio and language used.)

Disturbing video footage of a gay man coming out to his parents was just posted to Reddit with the title “How Not to React when Your Son Tells You that He’s Gay.”

In the video, the parents explain that they will “no longer support him” and ask him to leave. As the video continues, the argument becomes more tense and the parents allegedly hit him and then continue to yell slurs at him.

Reddit user rythymknight posted the video to Reddit saying that the individual in the video is his boyfriend. He also provided some more information about his current status:

"He does have somewhere to stay for now until he gets on his feet. Unfortunately, his car was taken back as well. It seems terrible right now, but I feel confident that he will make it through this and be OK."

(via @davey)

Posted by Dan Leveille at 10:53pm
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Introducing Equaldex News

With the ever-changing landscape of LGBT rights, headlines are surfacing each day ranging from groundbreaking laws being passed to small-town achievements.

Equaldex’s new LGBT News feature creates a platform to share and discover links to interesting stories about LGBT rights and LGBT culture. Equaldex’s new voting system surfaces the most popular and freshest stories.

Over the past months, Equaldex has been evolving into a comprehensive resources for information about LGBT rights across the globe, however, one area many users have asked for is to provide more insight into more than just the laws.

Earn Karma by Sharing Interesting Content

"Karma" are points you earn each time your posts or comments get upvoted. Once you receive enough karma, you gain the ability to downvote content.

Distribution of LGBT News

News submissions can be tied to a region, which then distributes those stories across the site (news tagged with Wisconsin will be distributed to the LGBT rights in Wisconsin page and the LGBT rights in the United States page). After some vetting, interesting news stories are also distributed to Equaldex’s Twitter account.

Try it out: Explore and submit LGBT News!

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Support Your Favourite LGBT Organizations When You Make a Purchase on Amazon
Donating to your favourite LGBT organizations just got easier! Amazon recently launched Amazon Smile, a feature where the company will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to an organization of your choice. 
Amazon’s database includes almost a million charities, schools, and other nonprofits, including many LGBT organizations.
"Tens of millions of products" on Amazon are eligible for AmazonSmile donations, and those are marked as "Eligible for AmazonSmile donation." All you need to do is select an organization and shop!
Can’t think of an organization to donate to? Here are just a few LGBT organizations available on AmazonSmile:
Iola Foundation (The It Get’s Better Project)
Human Rights Campaign Foundation
Trevor Project
Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Inc. (GLAAD)
GLSEN, Inc.
Which organization will you be donating to?
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Support Your Favourite LGBT Organizations When You Make a Purchase on Amazon

Donating to your favourite LGBT organizations just got easier! Amazon recently launched Amazon Smile, a feature where the company will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to an organization of your choice. 

Amazon’s database includes almost a million charities, schools, and other nonprofits, including many LGBT organizations.

"Tens of millions of products" on Amazon are eligible for AmazonSmile donations, and those are marked as "Eligible for AmazonSmile donation." All you need to do is select an organization and shop!

Can’t think of an organization to donate to? Here are just a few LGBT organizations available on AmazonSmile:

  • Iola Foundation (The It Get’s Better Project)
  • Human Rights Campaign Foundation
  • Trevor Project
  • Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Inc. (GLAAD)
  • GLSEN, Inc.

Which organization will you be donating to?

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Posted by Dan Leveille at 11:44pm

WATCH: Child Yells at People Outside Church That Vowed to Support Gay Marriage

A church in North Carolina vowed to stop performing marriages until its pastors are allowed to officiate weddings for gay couples. A young boy stood outside the church yelling remarks to the churchgoers and their support of same-sex marriage.

The Church posted the following statement:

"On the matter of same-sex marriage, Green Street UMC sees injustice in the legal position of state government and the theological position of our denomination.  North Carolina prohibits same-sex marriage and all the rights and privileges marriage brings.  The Leadership Council has asked that their ministers join others who refuse to sign any State marriage licenses until this right is granted to same- sex couples."

(via Reddit)

Posted by Dan Leveille at 3:36am
Gay Couples Kiss in Front of Westboro Baptist Church Protesters

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 27: Two same sex couples kiss in front of Westboro Baptist Church protesters, at the U.S. Supreme Court, on March 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. Today the high court is scheduled to hear arguments on whether Congress can withhold federal benefits from legally wed gay couples by defining marriage as only between a man and a woman.

(Mark Wilson / Getty via Huffington Post)

Gay Couples Kiss in Front of Westboro Baptist Church Protesters

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 27: Two same sex couples kiss in front of Westboro Baptist Church protesters, at the U.S. Supreme Court, on March 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. Today the high court is scheduled to hear arguments on whether Congress can withhold federal benefits from legally wed gay couples by defining marriage as only between a man and a woman.

(Mark Wilson / Getty via Huffington Post)

Posted by Dan Leveille at 6:40pm

"New Morning": A new anti-gay-marriage commercial

The Campaign for American Values PAC just launched this anti-gay-marriage commercial endorsing Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. The ad attacks Obama’s support for gay marriage.

(via Queerty)

Posted by Dan Leveille at 4:49pm

North Carolina Pastor: Put Gays And Lesbians In Electrified Pen To Kill Them Off

Pastor Charles L. Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church — located at 3283 Providence Mill Rd, Maiden, NC 28650 — is seen here from a service posted to the church’s website dated May 13, 2012 calling for the starvation and ultimate death of “queers and homosexuals.”

(via Huffington Post)

Posted by Dan Leveille at 1:27pm

NBA, GLSEN and Ad Council’s Official Think B4 You Speak PSA

NBA players Grant Hill and Jared Dudley shot a PSA for GLSEN and the Ad Council’s Think Before You Speak campaign on April 12, 2011. The PSA is the first phase of a partnership between GLSEN, the NBA and the Ad Council to address anti-LGBT language among teens. Learn more about the campaign at thinkb4youspeak.com
Posted by Dan Leveille at 11:05pm

Homophobic #ToMyUnbornChild tweets turned into PSA

Charlotte Moore from Raleigh, North Carolina has created a PSA against homophobia after the Twitter hashtag #ToMyUnbornChild attracted homophobes to publicly announce that they would murder their child if he or she was gay.

#ToMyUnbornChild became a trending topic on Twitter a few weeks ago, and while most people used it to write loving tweets to their future children, some homophobes decided to do just the opposite.

@Homophobes, a Twitter account that retweets homophobes to expose their ignorance, published an article of 100 extremely homophobic tweets, which gained quite a bit of attention around the web.

Charlotte Moore was inspired, and decided to write and direct a PSA using the tweets. The video was produced by Brian Lee and Nick Heim. 

From the video’s description:

I got the idea on a Thursday. By Sunday, we — me, my boyfriend, and whatever friends we could find to help us — had it filmed.

It’s easy to dehumanize hate speech online because we’ve gotten so used to seeing it. We tell ourselves that it’s the product of trolls, of random, anonymous strangers. 

Except they’re not. They’re real people. Many of them will be parents. And some of their children will be gay.

The homophobic tweets, which were compiled using Storify, gaining nearly 300,000 views, 4,000 tweets, and thousands of reblogs and likes from our Tumblr post and another Tumblr user. The post was covered by the Huffington Post, The New Civil Rights MovementQueerty, TowleroadBuzzfeed, AmericaBLOG, and several other blogs.

Last weekend, @homophobes also published a satirical guide on how to “rid the gay” from your child.

More info:

Posted by Dan Leveille at 4:36pm