October 25, 2021

Gay men’s Comment by PM Boris Jonson Censored as “Too Homophobic"


British prime minister Boris Johnson’s comments about gay men had to be censored by Dave for being too homophobic.


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On Thursday evening, Nish Kumar’s sketch show Late Night Mash made a mock news segment spoofing the ruling Conservative Party leader’s track record for offensive comments.

The bit saw calls from the premier for the public – “as they always do” – to show more respect in public life.

Posing as a news reporter commentating live from 10 Downing Street, comic Jason Forbes said: “The prime minister urged more tolerance amongst all communities in Britain, including tank-topped bum boys, hot totty, girly swots and Muslim women who look like letterboxes.”

When the clip was shared on social media, a message from Dave, owned by UKTV, flashed on the screen revealing that the segment had to be censored because Johnson’s historic comments breached Dave’s guidelines.

“These are real quotes from Boris Johnson,” the message stated, “but they violate our brand guidelines so we had to censor them.”

Host Kumar shared the video on his Twitter, writing: “Pretty cool that we aren’t allowed to broadcast things the prime minister has said because they’re too racist.”

Indeed, Johnson, 57, made a slew of incendiary comments throughout his early career as a journalist.

The “bum boy” quote dates back to a 1998 column in The Telegraph newspaper about gay lawmaker Peter Mandelson’s resignation from the New Labour cabinet.

Boris Johnson’s Telegraph column, in which he writes about ‘tank-topped bum boys.’ (Telegraph/Business Insider)
Boris Johnson’s Telegraph column, in which he writes about ‘tank-topped bum boys.’ (Telegraph/Business Insider)

“Weep, O ye shirt-makers of Jermyn Street, ye Cool Brittania tailors and whatever exists of human finer feeling,” Johnson wrote at the time.

“In the Ministry of Sound, the tank-topped bum boys blub into their Pils.”

Boris Johnson: Comments have been ‘made to seem offensive’

When writing for The Specactor in 2000, then-editor Johnson launched an attack against Labour for its opposition to Section 28, the loathed legislation that banned schools and local authorities from even mentioning LGBT+ lives.

“This British legislator is voting in favour of Labour’s appalling agenda,” he wrote, “encouraging the teaching of homosexuality in schools, and all the rest of it, while his taxes are going on the Paris Metro and the SNCF. Where are the shrieks of protest?”

Johnson then referred to Muslim women in hijabs visiting his constituency in Uxbridge and South Ruislip as “looking like letter boxes [and] bank robbers” in a satirical piece published in The Daily Telegraph in 2018.

Speaking during a BBC Question Time leaders’ special three weeks before the 2019 general election, Johnson suggested that any offence around his past comments was manufactured.

“If you go through all my articles with a fine-tooth comb and take out individual phrases,” he said, “there is no doubt that you can find things that can be made to seem offensive and of course I understand that.”

PinkNews contacted the Prime Minister’s Office for comment.

Survey in H.S./ Illinois Asks if QueersShould Use Same Facilities as Normal People

   


                                
A survey made its way around a southern Illinois high school asking if students want "queers" to be able to use school bathrooms.
 

A survey asking students if they think "queers" should be allowed to use the school restroom with "normal people" circulated at an Illinois high school this week, the latest of a recent slew of reported attacks on LGBTQ students across the country. 

The survey was distributed at Anna-Jonesboro Community High School in Anna, Illinois, on Wednesday by an unidentified number of students who called themselves the "Anti-Queer Association," according Rob Wright, the school's superintendent.

It asks students to vote either "(YES) I WANT QUEERS TO GO IN THE BATHROOM" or "(NO) I DON'T WANT QUEER KIDS TO GO TO THE BATHROOM WITH US NORMAL PEOPLE.

A survey made its way around a Southern Illinois high school asking if students want "queers" to be able to use school bathrooms.↙↙ via WPSD

A survey made its way around a southern Illinois high school asking if students want "queers" to be able to use school bathrooms.

  Wright told NBC News that only a few copies of the poll were handed out before the school discovered them Wednesday morning, but an image of the survey was posted on Facebook. He added that the number of students involved in the debacle was "very limited" and that disciplinary measures were taken against them. 

"I really can't give any specific information regarding any individual students or what those measures were taken, but I can tell you that this type of harassment is taken very seriously by the district," Wright said. "We're not going to tolerate it under any circumstances."

The Rainbow Cafe LGBTQ Center in nearby Carbondale, Illinois, shared a post on Facebook letting local queer youth know they are supported and the center is "working with statewide agencies to determine the best course of action."

Michael Coleman, a board member of the Rainbow Cafe LGBTQ Center, told WPSD-TV, an NBC affiliate that covers Southern Illinois and the surrounding area, that students had been reaching out to the center in response.

“They really feel very unsafe in that environment in Anna-Jonesboro and that they felt that nothing was going to get done,” Coleman said. “That by us taking that stand, that initiative, they really feel like it’s not going to happen anymore.”

In just the last several weeks, there have been a number of reported incidents of anti-LGBTQ harassment in schools.

At a high school near Jacksonville, Florida, several weeks ago, students were accused of harassing classmates in a gay-straight alliance club and stomping on Pride flags. In Georgia last month, a high schooler was charged with attacking another student draped in a Pride flag in a school cafeteria. And this month, students at a high school in Missouri held a peaceful protest following what a parent described as a bullying incident of a gay student that led to a physical altercation. 

These reports come as Thursday marked Spirit Day 2021, an annual celebration where people show their support against the bullying of LGBTQ youth by wearing the color purple.

Recent surveys also show that bullying of LGBTQ students remains a pervasive issue in the U.S.

study this year by The Trevor Project, an LGBTQ youth suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization, found that 52 percent of LGBTQ middle and high schoolers reported having been bullied in person or online in the past year. Transgender youths reported higher rates of bullying than cisgender gay, lesbian and bisexual youths — 61 percent and 45 percent, respectively.

And 29 percent of LGBTQ middle schoolers in the survey who were bullied attempted suicide in the previous year, compared to 12 percent of those who said they were not bullied, The Trevor Project found. Over 34,000 LGBTQ youths were surveyed for the study last year.

Wright said private bathrooms are available for students in the school's principal and nurses offices. He added that counseling has always been and will remain available for students who inquire for it.

"We see this in the real world with adults having a hard time expressing their differences in an appropriate manner," Wright said. "We have to start doing that with our students at this age, too, and know that everybody's welcome and everybody deserves to be treated with respect and dignity."

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October 24, 2021

Inhuman Putin Criticizes 'The Cancel' Culture Which He Calls Gay and Trans


A Killer of men and Women he disagrees with speak the word human to refer to others. I guess that is why he never care how many  Gays were Killed in Chechnya by his Pal Rahman
Chechen Rahman, persecuted of the LGBT community and good buddy of Putin who most think this killer is very human because he is not gay

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Russian President Vladimir Putin again attacked Western liberalism in a fiery address on Thursday, blasting so-called cancel culture and advances in gay and transgender rights.
Speaking at the annual meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Putin stressed that his country should adhere to its own “spiritual values and historical traditions,” while steering clear of “sociocultural disturbances” in the West.

The very human Putin who thinks people born different than him are not human

 

Some Westerners believe “the aggressive deletion of whole pages of their own history, reverse discrimination against the majority in the interests of minorities … constitute movement toward public renewal,” Putin said. “It’s their right, but we are asking them to steer clear of our home. We have a different viewpoint.”

Putin, who told the Financial Times of London newspaper in 2019 that liberalism had become “obsolete,” has loudly advocated for what he considers to be traditional family values. In his Thursday remarks, he said the notion that children are “taught that a boy can become a girl and vice versa” is monstrous and “on the verge of a crime against humanity.” 

He also suggested that transgender rights supporters were demanding an end to “basic things such as mother, father, family or gender differences.”
The authoritarian leader has sought to portray himself as a symbol of virile masculinity — for instance, by being photographed shirtless on horseback — while ramping up a state-led pressure campaign on sexual minorities in Russia.

Putin rules a country where there have been numerous credible reports of the torture and imprisonment of gay men. In 2013, he signed an anti-“gay propaganda” law that Human Rights Watch said prompted increased hostility toward LGBTQ communities and made it harder for children to access information about nontraditional relations.

The effect has been particularly profound in schools, where some Russian teachers characterize LGBTQ people “as a symptom of perversion imported from Western Europe or North America,” the rights watchdog said.

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Putin’s rhetoric is not dissimilar to those of many right-wing populist leaders in Eastern Europe and the United States, who have targeted sexual minorities in an attempt to shore up support.

The Thursday remarks reflect efforts to rally “hardcore conservatives and supporters of traditional values” around Putin, wrote Tatiana Stanovaya, head of the Moscow-based R.Politik think tank, on a Telegram channel.

“This ideological spin, which is becoming more and more official and concrete, is the main aid to repressions, much stronger than any election,” she said.

Putin is trying to show that he “stands for values that will not divide society and throw it into chaos,” said Matthew Sussex, a Russia expert at the Australian National University. “On the one hand, it’s a unifying message. But on the other hand, it does hit … the transgender and gay communities that the Russian government has continued to target.”

Despite the attack on liberal values, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that the speech should not affect Russia’s relationship with Western countries.

“Russia has been, is and will be an integral part of Europe,” he said.
Meanwhile, asked by former Trump adviser Christian Whiton on Thursday to comment on the likelihood of the former president seeking the White House again in 2024, Putin initially demurred.
Instead, he asked the adviser who his choice would be. When Whiton said Trump, Putin responded with a smile and said, “I understand you.”

The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that Russia conducted a sweeping and unprecedented campaign to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. Putin has denied any involvement.
Isabelle Khurshudyan in Moscow contributed reporting.

Over 60 House Dems Want The State Dept.To Eliminate Ban on Talking Gay Marriage




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More than 60 House Democrats are calling on Secretary of State Antony Blinken to lift the State Department's blanket ban on U.S. diplomats lobbying for gay marriage in an official capacity.

The lawmakers' request comes after testimony in June from Scott Busby, the acting principal deputy assistant secretary in the State Department's Bureau on Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, revealed that the department's official policy is to not "advocate for or against same-sex marriage overseas."

In a letter addressed to Blinken on Wednesday, the group of lawmakers said the policy was "outdated" and should be "rescinded as a matter of urgency."

"We do not ask the State Department to speak to marriage in every country or context," the representatives wrote. "But we do ask the Department to provide the opportunity to U.S. personnel to defend our values and the dignity of our LGBTQI families at appropriate moments when the power of our example might make a meaningful difference."

The effort, which has the support of 61 Democrats, is being led by members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, including Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas, Rep. Dina Titus of Nevada and Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island, who is one of the 11 openly LGBTQ members of Congress. 

The U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in 2015, and  28 other countries have done the same, including in Asia and Central America. 

In 71 other nations, however, same-sex relations are criminalized, according to Human Dignity Trust, a global advocacy group for LGBTQ rights. In 11 of those countries — including Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Iran — homosexuality is punishable by death, according to the group.

The lawmakers acknowledged in their letter that while many countries "are not at the point" to legalize gay unions, "where marriage is a significant public issue abroad, we trust you would want your Administration to be standing on the right side of history."

Mark Bromley, chair of the Council for Global Equality, a Washington-based advocacy group that promotes LGBTQ rights abroad, agreed, saying that U.S. diplomats should be advising international lawmakers on passing same-sex marriage in countries where it is a "real possibility," including Japan, Chile and the Czech Republic. 

"It might have made sense 20 years ago, but now we're at a point where there are countries where having the U.S. speak up and explain our own path to marriage equality could make a difference," Bromley said.

However, he added that the State Department's policy "came from a good place," arguing that in countries where homosexuality is still criminalized, talks of gay marriage may disincentivize lawmakers from legalizing same-sex relations. 

"What the embassies have to do first and foremost is listen to the LGBTQI community and ask them, 'What can we do that would be helpful or not helpful?'" Bromley added. 

During his 2020 presidential campaign, Joe Biden pledged to advance global LGBTQ rights and reverse the Trump administration's "utter failure to defend American diplomats who speak out for LGBTQ+ rights abroad." 

In February, the president issued a memorandum to "promote and protect the human rights" of LGBTQ people around the world. The memorandum also directed U.S. agencies to review and rescind "inconsistent directives" that counter the administration's objective to expand LGBTQ rights globally.

The State Department did not respond to NBC News' request for comment regarding the letter from House Democrats.


October 23, 2021

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How Gay Marriage Equality Won in the U.S. πŸ‘¬πŸŒˆ πŸ‘­

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I was there and it was more important and incredible than the man walking on the moon. Every step leading up to it I watched with admiration and hope. But only when Gov.Mario Cuomo kept his promise to bring it to New York (about 2 yrs before the Supreme court) and pushed and made deals to make sure the Republicans he needed and anti marriage Democrats. It came to the last minute but the count went for us with more than we needed. Some lost their seats in Albany but there are no apologies. They did the right thing. The marriage was not for me I was newly single but not dating. I had just broken up with my partner (on unreligious grounds, but of coarse there is always more than one issue, this was a 2 yr.Rel) in Fl.. The point was that as a community we needed it and we needed everything the straight Folks had to be treated equally. There were and still are many guys and girls that don’t believe in it,  articulating this as a government program or a religious institution which in reality is neither as long as two people are not made to do it but are doing it voluntarily and taking and knotting the bow to each other. You can have anyone witness it starting with your god or no god. Priest or no priest. Up to the couple. But one needs those that give out the civil rights to give us what they give others to obtain our government benefits which  belong to all. Why should we not obtain from the government we pay for to get what is ours on excuses of sex. That is not including all the other lies that they said about us.
Before we go to the main story I wanted to give you an introduction to something I help fight for the community I belong. I will also will like to add one name in New York which should always be mentioned  when gay marriage in New York is mentioned. Mario Cuomo Jr, I know there is an underground movement to unseat powerful Democratic or Liberal, Moderate men that support us. One should be treated fairly on sex accusations, just had a reader in social media ask if I was going to kidnapped him?  All I said was when I have my apartment where Im going if you are there You are welcome to come. Sexual abuse I guess and Sex was not mentioned but I know  “La redada” when I see even without seeing it.. But with the excuse of he touched me so I was sexually abused. We need more than your friends testifying after decades but that is only applied to us not even if the guy is going to be a Justice of the Supreme Court. You have two accused sexually abusers there, those do not count. They are of the right party in power. We should be smarter and not let it happen to our people (our people are fair people of any party). This smells so bad to me. Its when I look who occupies the jails and is two minorities of Americans. Blacks and hispanics. Everyone should do their time but when you see only one side which commits as much crimes, except they are not prosecuted something smells.
What anybody does in their bedroom like we do in ours with consenting adults in no one business of no one! If they broke the law bring the investigation and proof. One picture with a comedian that always touched men and women and this time mimic a to slapp a nurse in the butt and it wasn’t  until he was in the senate making major decisions in an environment which was toxic created by a man accused of worse things but his people stood behind him and nobody touched him until the next election which he lost but he still running around a free man and never will be prosecuted on the sexual crimes he is accused of doing by so many women. We lost a senator in a powerful committee and others in New York, a Good governor for instance the second Governor, And who cares if the governor visits a prostitute as long as he pays like everybody else? 
This is all in the name of gay marriage...the fight goes on for the Z Generation which already starts coming out pre teen. Because of what you and I have done.Gay marriage brought about a wind sweeping the world with others doing the same thing because what New York does and what The United States does good or bad is followed world wide. We will continue this discussion. Be free to join.
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In the decades since Roe v. Wade, public sentiment about abortion has remained fairly steady.

By contrast, in the mid-1990s, only around a quarter of the country supported gay marriage, and then, somehow, just 15 years later, those numbers had nearly doubled.

Sasha Issenberg, author of “The Engagement: America’s Quarter-Century Struggle Over Same-Sex Marriage,” tracks the twists and turns that the fight for same-sex marriage in America took, from a power struggle over a parade in Hawaii to shifts in elite opinion, which all brought gay marriage from a “quirky,” niche issue in the 1990s to being federally accepted by 2015.

Main takeaways

  • Just 30 years ago, same-sex marriage wasn’t on most politicians’ radars. In fact, in 1996, the Defense of Marriage Act (or DOMA) —  which later became a massive hurdle for the gay rights community in passing marriage legislation — was perceived by some Democrats as a short-lived ploy by Republicans to drive a wedge between Clinton and the gay community during an election year. At that point, marriage was far from the main issue that the gay community was concerned with, and it ended up entirely leapfrogging other rights and protections, such as job and housing discrimination.
  • One central reason marriage was able to skip the line was because of some especially wealthy proponents, according to Issenberg. While same-sex couples found that different types of legal contracts could mimic many of the legal functions of marriage, such as allowing hospital visitation, one key marital element was missing: protection from the estate tax. Keeping assets in the hands of a spouse rather than the government mattered a lot to the uber-wealthy, such as Tim Gill — an openly gay man who had become rich during the dot-com bubble. In 2005, he gathered like-minded elites to fund a campaign to get a case on same-sex marriage in front of the Supreme Court. The hope was to be heard by 2025, but they far exceeded that goal when same-sex marriage was legalized for the entire country in 2015.
  • The massive shift in public opinion, as well as the speed at which it happened, was unprecedented. Many civil rights issues take roughly 75 years to succeed, such as overturning Jim Crow-era laws or achieving suffrage for women. In this case, polls indicate that the largest reason people shifted their views on gay marriage was realizing that they had personal connections with gay and lesbian people, and more people were coming out than ever. Politicians then had to conform to public sentiment. For instance, it was a changing Democratic base that pushed Barack Obama in 2012 to announce that his thinking on the issue “had evolved,” Issenberg says.

Texas Values today: 'Stomped on Orphans and Gay Kids'


 

 Governor Greg Abbott and his lunatic right-wing primary challenger have decided that the route to office in Texas today is to pick on children, orphans and gay teenagers contemplating suicide.
 

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One person died by suicide in Texas every two hours in 2019, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), “which oversees suicide prevention in the state, found that since 2000, Texas has seen an overall increase in suicide mortality of 36%,” according to a February 2021 report from The Center Square, a self-described conservative news website.

“The rate of suicide mortality in women increased by 50% from 2000 to 2020, HHSC reports, and the rate of high school males who attempted suicide more than doubled. Suicide is now the second leading cause of death for individuals between ages 15 and 34 years old in Texas,” according to The Center Square.

That report added: “Suicide rates in Texas increased by 18.9% from 1999 to early 2020, the CDC reports. But the HHSC found this increase to be significantly higher.”

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission webpage is opaque on the subject of suicide; the HHSC brushed off my inquiries.

The American Journal of Preventive Medicine reported in February 2019 that lesbian, gay and bisexual young people are five times more likely to attempt suicide than straight youths, indicating “a need to conduct suicide prevention activities across age groups, including youth.”

The study analyzed more than 120,000 suicide deaths of people 15 and older in 18 states from 2003 to 2014, according to a March 2019 report from NBC News. 

 
More than twice as many people died by suicide in Texas in 2017 than in alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents, according to the AFSP.

And how did Texas Gov. Greg Abbott respond to this? Two weeks ago he took offline a state website that offered help to homosexual young people who were contemplating suicide.

Why would Abbott do such a thing?

He did it because another ignorant and vicious right-wing politician — Abbott’s primary challenger — accused Hizzoner of “promoting transgender sexual policies to Texas youth.” That is: a state-sponsored suicide hotline was pandering to homosexuals. And youth.

“These are not Texas values, these are not Republican Party values, but these are obviously Greg Abbott’s values,” real estate developer Don Huffines said in a video that quickly went viral on Twitter. “That’s why we need a change. That’s what my campaign is about,” said Huffines, who represented the Dallas-Fort Worth area in the state Senate from 2015 to 2019.

The Houston Chronicle subsequently reported: “The webpage published by the Department of Family and Protective Services linked to a suicide prevention hotline and other resources ‘dedicated to helping empower and celebrate’ young LGBTQ people.

“Within hours, the webpage was gone.

“So was the entire website for the Texas Youth Connection, a division of Family and Protective Services that steers young people to various resources, including education, housing and those on its LGBTQ page as they prepare for life after foster care.”

Orphans, and children who have been in foster care, are even more likely to kill themselves, or try to, numerous studies have shown. 

 
So now we know where Abbott’s sympathies lie, if he even knows what sympathy means, or ever felt it for anyone other than himself, or is capable of it:

Not with Texas, or children, or young people, orphans, but solely with Greg Abbott’s chances in the next election, running on what I call the “Go ahead and kill yourself, gay guys” platform.

That’s “cancel culture” with a vengeance.

Abbott did not reply to The New York Times’ request for comment, so I didn’t bother to call him.

I did try to contact Huffines, though.

No one answered calls to his real estate development company in Dallas.

His “Huffines for Governor” website (“Husband. Father. Patriot.”) does not include a phone number, which seems unusual in someone running for office.

I refused to join Facebook to send him a question, or “Join Me [Him]” by sending him my email address.

His campaign website states, inter alia, (trying to keep the words small for you, Mr. Huffines): “The blue wave election of 2018 resulted in Democrats taking virtually all of Dallas County, including Don’s seat in the Texas Senate. Nevertheless, Don remained determined to intensify the fight against harmful left-wing policies statewide and in the governor’s office.”

Excuse me?

Left-wing policies in Greg Abbott’s office?

The governor who offers a $10,000 bounty for anyone who informs on any woman who seeks an abortion in Texas? And her doctor?

Abbott? Whose party has introduced more anti-gay legislation in the past year — particularly targeting young people and school boards — than any other three states combined? (I stopped counting after 27.)

Pardon me while I clutch my breast and die. 
 
So, Abbott, unhinged, and his no-hinges-at all primary challenger think the way to office today in big, strong, brave Texas is to pick on children, gay teenagers and orphans. Anything to propel them into the next rung on their greasy, pathetic ladders.

I guess those are “Texas values” today.

October 22, 2021

More Than Half Of The Z Generation is Gay, Bi and Out to Parents


                                                The new generation Z
 

“As great news as this is, still this is no Panacea because of the barriers for the LGBT community of all ages and backgrounds
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A majority of gay and bisexual Generation Z teenage boys report being out to their parents, part of an uptick in coming out among young people that researchers have noted in recent decades, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. However, stigma and religious beliefs still prevent some young people from disclosing their sexual identity.

This study offers a glimpse into the coming out practices of Generation Z, those born between 1998 and 2010, a group that researchers are only beginning to study.

"This study is encouraging in that it shows that many teens, including those under 18 years old, are comfortable with their sexuality," said lead author David A. Moskowitz, PhD, assistant professor of medical social sciences at Northwestern University's Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing. "At the same time, we must be cautious, as the data also point to some of the same barriers and discrimination that previous generations have faced. Work still needs to be done." 

In the study, published in the journal Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, researchers examined survey data from 1,194 13-to-18-year-old boys, all of whom identified as gay, bisexual or as being attracted to people regardless of gender. The data were collected as part of an HIV prevention study between January 2018 and January 2020. 

Participants were asked demographic questions, such as their race and age and social questions such as their religious affiliations and the frequency with which they attended religious events. They were also asked to respond on a scale of 1 to 4, with 1 being strongly agree and 4 being strongly disagree, to a series of statements to gauge their attitudes about their own sexual identities. These statements included, "Sometimes I think that if I were straight, I would be happier" and "If there were a pill to make me straight, I'd take it." They were also asked a series of questions, such as, "How many times has someone chased you because of your sexuality?" 

Researchers found that 66% of those surveyed were out to their mothers or other female parental figures and 49% were out to their fathers or other male parental figures. In the 1990s, in contrast, an estimated 40% of adolescent boys were out to their mothers and less than 30% were out to their fathers, according to the researchers.

The study also found that white participants were more likely than Black participants to be out to a parent or parental figure. Those identifying as gay were more likely to be out to a parent than bisexuals or those unsure of their sexuality. Participants who said they were not religious were more likely to say they were out to a parent than teens who identified as religious. Teens who were not fully accepting of their identity were less likely to come out than those who embraced their identity. 

"This gives us an understanding of the factors that move teenagers to share this type of information with the people closest to them," said Moskowitz. "We can now compare these practices with how other generations deal with these issues and think about what it all means for future generations."

More study is needed to fully understand how this generation views sexuality, according to the researchers.

"An important next step would be to determine the coming out practices of females in this age group," Moskowitz said. "This study provides a roadmap for such an effort. In the meantime, these findings should be helpful to those who work with teenagers identifying as sexual minorities." 

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Article: "Demographic and Social Factors Impacting Coming Out as a Sexual Minority Among Generation-Z Teenage Boys," by David Moskowitz, PhD, AndrΓ©s Alvarado Avila, BA, and Brian Mustanski, PhD, Northwestern University and Jonathon Rendina, PhD, MPH, Hunter College of the City University of New York. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, published online April 26, 2021.

Contact: David A. Moskowitz, PhD, can be reached at david.moskowitz@northwestern.edu.

A copy of the article can be found online at https://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/releases/sgd-sgd0000484.pdf

The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA's membership includes nearly 122,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people's lives.

Russian Court Declares ”Male State”(Anti Gay, Racist, Anti Feminist) Group as “Extremist"


Vladislav Pozdnyakov has left Russia, with his current whereabouts unknown.




NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia -- A court in Russia has declared a notorious anti-feminist, anti-LGBT, racist group known as Male State an extremist organization.

The Nizhny Novgorod regional court in the Volga Federal District on October 18 banned the online-group's activities in Russia.

The Interior Ministry's antiterrorist center described the group at the hearing as an organization that promotes ideas of "radical patriarchate with a goal to change the country's constitutional structure."

The group was created online by Vladislav Pozdnyakov in 2016 and its members were openly racist and misogynist, advocating extreme right-wing views, and even calling for morality police.

Members celebrated Adolf Hitler's birthday and railed against Russian women they felt were destroying the Russian nation through immoral behavior such as homosexuality or consorting with foreigners.

Pozdnyakov called the community's ideology "national-patriarchy." In many cases, the group's members threatened to attack feminist and gay activists and organized online bullying of many activists.

In July 2020, the social media site VK blocked the Male State community, which at the time had about 170,000 members, for calls for violence. Pozdnyakov's TikTok account was blocked in April 2020. The community, however, continues to exist in various closed forums and Telegram channels.

Two months ago, Pozdnyakov's group made headlines after its members organized high-profile online bullying and DOS-attacks against two restaurants in Russia - Yobidoyobi and Tanuki, for using people of African descent in their commercials.  

In July, the group threatened to "kill" the children of journalist Anna Mongait after she interviewed a same-sex couple for her TV program.

In 2018, Pozdnyakov was convicted of inciting hatred toward women and handed a two-year suspended prison term. He then left Russia. His current location is unknown.

With reporting by Mediazona

Netflix Employees Walk Out on Protest to Chappell’s Anti Trans Comments-Netflix Admits Goofing


 
LOS ANGELES (AP) 

Netflix employees who walked out Wednesday in protest of Dave Chappell’s special and its anti-transgender comments were joined by allies who chanted “Trans lives matter,” getting pushback from counter-protesters who also showed up.

A pre-noon rally at a Netflix office-studio complex drew about 100 people, most on the side of an estimated 30 workers at the streaming giant that joined in afterward. Some were willing to identify themselves as Netflix employees, but all declined to provide their names.

Joey Soloway, creator of the groundbreaking Emmy-winning comedy “Transparent,” was among the speakers at the rally. 

Chappelle’s decision to share “his outrage as comedic humiliation in front of thousands of people, and then broadcasting it to hundreds of millions of people is infinitely amplified gender violence,” they said.  

“I want trans representation on the Netflix board, this (expletive) week,” the writer-director said.

Ashlee Marie Preston, an activist and the event’s organizer, addressed the rally and spoke to The Associated Press afterward. She said that calling out Chappelle for his remarks wasn’t enough.

“It was important to shift the focus to the people that sign the checks, because Dave Chappelle doesn’t sign checks, Netflix does,” Preston said. “If we have companies like Netflix who aren’t listening to their employees, who are forcing their employees to participate in their own oppression, that’s unacceptable.”

“We’re here to keep people accountable. We’re not going anywhere,” she said, adding that efforts are underway to start a dialogue with Netflix executives.

There were a few moments of shoving and pushing among the competing demonstrators, but the conflict was mostly limited to a war of words.

Leia Figueroa, a student from Los Angeles, doesn’t work at Netflix but said she wanted to back the walkout. While the streaming service offers positive fare for the LGBTQ community, she said, it’s having it both ways by also offering a show like Chappelle’s that includes disparaging comments about trans women.

If Netflix wants to be “an apolitical platform then they should be that,” Figueroa said. “But they’re saying things like ‘Black lives matter’ and ‘We don’t stand for transphobia.’ If you say things like that, then you have to be vetting all of your content to reflect your values.”

As she spoke, a protestor shouted, “We like jokes.” n

“I like funny jokes, and transphobia is not a joke,” Figueroa replied.

Belissa Cohen, a former journalist, said she was on hand to “support Netflix’s decision not to pull” the special.

“We want to show that there isn’t unanimous support about transgender ideology when it comes to Netflix viewers,” Cohen said.

She was among about a dozen people who carried placards reading “Free speech is a right” and “Truth is not transphobic.” Opposite them were those carrying signs that included “Black Trans Lives Matter” and “Transphobia is not Funny.”

Elliot Page, who stars in Netflix’s “The Umbrella Academy” and is transgender, tweeted that he stands with the trans, nonbinary and people of color working at Netflix who are “fighting for more and better trans stories and a more inclusive workplace.”

Team Trans(asterisk), which identifies itself as supporting “trans people working at Netflix trying to build a better world for our community,” posted what it called a list of “asks” being made of Netflix by trans and nonbinary workers and allies at the company.

They are calling on the company to “repair” its relationships with staff and the audience with changes involving the hiring of trans executives and increased spending on trans and nonbinary creators and projects.

“Harm reduction” is another demand, which according to the list includes acknowledgment of what it called Netflix’s “responsibility for this harm from transphobic content, and in particular harm to the Black trans community.”

It also called for disclaimers to flag content that includes “transphobic language, misogyny, homophobia” and hate speech.

In a statement, the media watchdog group GLAAD said it salutes the Netflix’s employees, allies and LGBTQ and Black advocates “calling for accountability and change within Netflix and in the entertainment industry as a whole.”

The employees who walked out uniformly referred reporters to the GLAAD statement.

Netflix ran into a buzz-saw of criticism not only with the special but in how internal memos responded to employees’ concerns, including co-CEO Ted Sarandos’ assertion that “content on screen doesn’t directly translate to real-world harm.”

Sarandos also wrote that Netflix doesn’t allow titles that are “designed to incite hate or violence, and we don’t believe ‘The Closer’ crosses that line.”

In interviews Tuesday, Sarandos said he failed to recognize that “a group of our employees was really hurting,” as he told The Wall Street Journal, and that his comment about the effect of TV on viewers was an oversimplification.

Terra Field, who identifies herself on Twitter as a senior software engineer at Netflix and as trans, posted tweets critical of Chappelle’s special immediately after it aired and the comments were widely shared.

In her posts, Field said the comic was being criticized not because his remarks are offensive but for the harm they do to the trans community, especially Black women. Field included a list of trans and nonbinary men and women of color who she said had been killed, adding in each case that the victim “is not offended.”

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This story corrects the spelling of the first name of Belissa Cohen.

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