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September 13, 2018

Ellen Meets Young Valedictorian Who Got Kicked Out by Parents for Being Gay

The gay valedictorian who was rejected by his parents for being gay made an appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show on Monday (10 September).

18-year-old Seth Owen spoke to the Emmy Award winning host about how his parents discovered his sexuality, and subsequently sent him to a gay conversion therapy program.
“In my sophomore year of high school, my dad went through my phone and found out that I was gay,” he told Ellen.
“So they sent me to conversion therapy, and then after a few months, that ended.
“The dangerous part about that is, as a patient, I believed that this health care professional was doing what was best for me.”
After asking his parents if he could stop attending the teachings of their anti-gay church, Owen was forced to leave home and stay with his best friend’s parents.
A few weeks later, after Owen received the financial aid package for his dream university, Georgetown, he came to the realisation that he couldn’t afford to attend.
His former teacher and mentor, Jane Martin, then set up a GoFundMe page to raise money so he could attend college.
The story unexpectedly went viral and his fundraising total skyrocketed to $140,000.
Owen revealed to Ellen that he was going to use the remaining GoFundMe money to create a scholarship for other students.
After hearing his story, Ellen surprised Owen with a contribution of $20,000.
“We’re partnering again this year with Cheerios to encourage one million acts of good, and they’re inspired by young people like you,” she told Owen. “They’re going to help you start your scholarship with this check for $25,000.
Watch the moment below.

Published on Sep 11, 2018
Ellen sat down with Florida teen Seth Owen, who after coming out to his parents was kicked out of his home earlier this year after refusing to attend church. As a high school senior, he was named valedictorian and accepted to Georgetown, but his parents are no longer willing to pay his tuition. Friends and family started a GoFundMe for Seth to help him pay for college, and now he wants to help other LGBT kids in similar situations.

September 11, 2018

Jackie Chan Estranged Gay Daughter Elta Ng is Currently Homeless Due to Homophobia

Elta Ng is Chan's daughter with former beauty queen Elaine Ng, with whom the actor had an affair while married to his current wife Joan Lin. on left NG's
Partner Andi Autumn

Jackie Chan’s estranged daughter and her partner claim they’ve been homeless and sleeping under a bridge “due to homophobic parents.”
Etta Ng, 18, and her girlfriend Andi Autumn posted a short video to YouTube last week claiming that they’ve run out of options because their friends and family have refused to offer them support.
“We’ve been homeless for a month due to homophobic parents. We pretty much slept under a bridge, and other things,” Ng said.
“We’ve gone to the police, we’ve gone to the hospitals, the food banks, the LGBTQ community shelters and all of them just don’t give a s—,” she continued.
Autumn added, “We will have to be split up if we go to any kind of government facility.”
“We don’t know what to do at this point,” Ng continued. “We just want to let people know what’s going on because at this point it seems ridiculous that no one can help. I don’t understand.”

 Jackie chans daughter Etta Ng Chok Lam and Andi Autumn Homeless
Ng is Chan’s daughter with former beauty queen Elaine Ng, with whom the actor had a relationship with while married to his current wife Joan Lin. The actor, who made $49 million last year according to Forbes, has not spoken publicly about his daughter but has acknowledged he had an affair.
Speaking to the website Coconuts, Elaine denounced her daughter’s claims, saying she needs to find a job.
“I feel that if they have no money, they should go find work,” she said. “They shouldn’t film a clip telling others they are broke and who Etta’s father is. People all over the world work hard and don’t rely on someone else’s fame to get money.”
Ng previously told the Express that the actor, 64, has “never existed in my life. I will never regard him as a father.”
“I would not say that he is my dad. I would say, ‘Oh, Jackie Chan, an actor,'” she said.
Ng went public with her sexuality and introduced the world to Autumn in a series of touching emotional Instagram posts last October.
Sharing a photo of herself silhouetted against a rainbow back ground on Instagram, she wrote in the caption, “🌈 #lgbtqai #lgbt #lesbian#androgynous.”
The teenager’s partner, Canadian social media influencer Autumn, then took to Instagram to confirm they were dating. 
The couple quickly received a lot of support from fans and commenters, which blew Ng away.
“I am in awe at the amount of support and love poured my way,” Ng wrote in the caption. “I am speechless at how followers went to my Girlfriend @andiautumn and my account to show us both so much positivity.
“People all over the world have been rooting us on as Hong Kong media continues to mock,” she continued. “I’ve grown up in a world of negativity and close mindedness but I am at that point where I realise that I can use my experience to tell my truths and help others just like me.”
Autumn shared with fans just what her girlfriend means to her.
I am in awe at the amount of support and love poured my way. I am speechless at how followers went to my Girlfriend @andiautumn and my account to show us both so much positivity. People all over the world have been rooting us on as Hong Kong media continues to mock. I've grown up in a world of negativity and close mindedness but I am at that point where I realise that I can use my experience to tell my truths and help others just like me. Thankfully I've grown since the days I was powerless and uncertain what the world has for me. Thank you for the enormous outpour of love and acceptance. 🌈❤️🙌🏻💪🏻 我對於大家的支持和愛感到十分驚喜與感激。你們在我和我女朋友 @andiautumn 的instagram户口留下的正能量實在令我感恩。多謝來自世界各地的你們給我的祝福,令我感到恩惠,當香港傳媒不斷去評論我的生活時,令我感受到無比的壓力。我從小在一個佈滿負面和封閉的環境下長大,但是隨著社會進步,我希望能夠利用我的故事來説出真相從而幫助其他和我處境一樣的人。我曾經對於世界和未來感到非常無助和迷惘,但慶幸身邊一直有不同的人去支持和鼓勵我,令我想通了,成長了。最後我想再次多謝大家的關懷和接受。🌈❤️🙌🏻🦄 #lgbt #androgynous #lgbtqai #loveislove #lovewins #lovealwayswins #lesbian #love #support #🌈 #androgynous #queer #gay #gaygram #loveyourself #advocacy
Thank you to all of those who have shown love and support towards @stolenmilktea and I. We appreciate everyone's kind words and it's honestly giving us more energy to fight for what's right. We will continue to share our journey and hope we can help others along the way. Let's make this world a peaceful and understanding one. #pansexual #lgbtqai #loveislove #lovealwayswins #queer #loveyourself
“I’ve never met anyone like @stolenmilktea,” she wrote in the caption. “She has given me a chance to fully express the running thoughts in my head.
“We’ve been pushed down again and again but its worth it knowing we will get through it together, side by side,” Autumn continued. “We are living in such an international city and yet so many people have their minds closed off.
“But, none of it matters when I know every morning your going to be next to me,” she added. “I love you . 💟.”
A request for comment from Chan’s rep was not immediately returned. and People

August 7, 2018

Spelled For Being Gay {In Pictures}-by Brazilian Artist Nayara Leite

Brazilian photographer Nayara Leite has been exploring the lives of six Brazilian homosexuals who were expelled from their homes when they told their families they were gay.
Leite asked them to send her a happy photograph of them as a child, which she then burnt - an act she feels reflects the rejection they had experienced. One of them was unable to provide a picture, as everything was destroyed by her family.

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"My mother judged me a lot. It was a tremendous emotional abuse. She said I could never have a family.
"My father asked me if I knew I was going to suffer from prejudice within society.
"I said that I knew I would, and that I was already suffering inside my own house - with the people I loved the most.
"It's as if you die, and that all the dreams that the parents project onto their kids are over."

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"If it was a choice, I wouldn't choose to go through all of that.
"The first time that my grandfather expelled me from home, he treated me like a prostitute. 
"He shouted at me for bringing my girlfriends back to my house, and slapped me. 
"I threatened to call the police, grabbed my things and left."

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"When my mother found out that I was gay, she started crying a lot and passed out. 
"I took her to the hospital and when she came back she asked me to leave. 
"She didn't want me living with her any more, because she wouldn't accept my sexuality. 
"That was so painful for me. I could never imagine that my mother, my only family, would do that to me."

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"My father was no longer talking to me because he didn't accept the fact that I was a lesbian. Then he expelled me from home and didn't let me take anything with me. I had just turned 18.
"It's really hard to explain what I felt when I got expelled from home, I only know it hurts. 
"It hurts because you don't have a reason why they did it. 
"I realised that I was in hell for a long time. 
"It drives me mad the way people think that being gay is a choice - that we are gay by influence. 
"They barely know our struggle to survive through dark times."

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"The fact that I am gay really disturbed my parents.
"I wasn't what they planned for me to be. I didn't meet their expectations.
"My father beat me so much the day that he saw me kissing my boyfriend, that my clothes got torn. 
"I don't know how, but I ended up naked. 
"He grabbed my arm and said: 'Tonight you'll sleep on the street'." 
"My father tried to kill me. 
"He pulled me and started to hang me with a telephone cable. 
"My mother saw that happening and threw a glass jar at his head. If my mother hadn't intervened, I would have been killed. 
"He even burned all my belongings. I only kept the clothes I was wearing."

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August 2, 2018

Valedictorian Teen Rejected by Parents Because He is Gay{{GO Fund-Me$70Kfor College}}

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 Parens with short memories of what is to have a kid, particularly when
he is growing up smart and decent. Who destroyed those parens mind against their kid? Did he used drugs and robbed to support this habit. It happens often enough. No not Seth. Seth became what Owen's cruel god made him🦊

A GoFundMe campaign has raised over $70,000 for a Florida valedictorian to attend college in the fall after he was ostracized by his family for being gay.
Seth Owen, 18, from Jacksonville, Florida, was given an ultimatum earlier this year to either leave home or stay and attend a church that “outwardly attacked him and his sexual orientation,” according to the GoFundMe page.
 Seth Owen

 “For his own well-being and safety, Seth chose the later,” the campaign’s description said. “He’s been living with friends and working to sustain himself financially since. His parents have refused to support him emotionally or financially because they deem his sexual orientation inconsistent with their religious beliefs.” 
Owen was accepted in Georgetown University after graduating from First Coast High School in Jacksonville with a 4.16 GPA, reported NBC News. However, considering his recent altercation with family, he feared he would no longer have the financial support to attend the prestigious college.
According to the GoFundMe page, Owen was awarded a financial aid package based on the premise of parental support. After his parents ostracized him, he then “appealed the decision with letters from mental health professionals, school personnel, mentors, and community organizers.” However, the institution refused to amend the decision.
The online fundraiser page was started by Owen’s high school biology teacher, Jane Martin, who decided to reach out to the community for help in raising money for his first year’s tuition. 
“Seth was just a kid that really stood out to me,” she told NBC News. "He was super ambitious and was always trying to go above and beyond to make sure he could be as successful as possible."
Created on 18 June, the campaign had set a goal of $20,000 to cover his first year of university. On Wednesday morning, 1,133 people had donated a total amount of $70,700—more than three times its initial target.
Owen told NBC News that his Southern Baptist parents sent him to conversion therapy after he came out to them during his sophomore year of high school.
“I was writing a paper, and my dad decided to check my phone late in the evening,” he revealed. “He found a damning photograph of me and another guy. Nothing inappropriate, but it clearly indicated that I was gay.”
In February, Owen’s family issued him a choice: get out or continue to attend church. The teenager decided leaving was better for his wellbeing as he could not face attending a church that had attacked him in the past for being gay.
“They talked very negatively about the LGBTQ+ community. They said that gay people would not serve in the church. Then they were talking about transgender people as though they weren't human, and that really, really bothered me,” Owen said.
On Monday, Martin posted an update to the GoFundMe page from Owen, thanking the community for their contributions and kindness.
“I must begin by emphasizing that I simply cannot say thank you to you all enough. My dreams have come true because of you all,” he said.
“Through this entire process of sharing my story, I have been shown by an abundance of loving and generous people that Jacksonville is a place of growth and support. I appreciate that you all have given me the reassurance to live authentically and the ability to continue to be relentless and tenacious in pursuing my dreams.”

July 23, 2018

The Battle For Gay Rights In Israel is For Parenthood Not Marriage and The Community is At an Uproar

Protestors blocking a road during an LGBT protest in Be'er Sheba, July 22, 2018.

Thousands of Israelis walked out of their workplaces and took to the streets Sunday, to protest the government’s denial of gay men’s rights to have children through surrogacy.
The protest over the legislation highlights how in a country where marriage is governed by religious authorities, parenthood is seen as the key to equality.
The new legislation loosened surrogacy regulations in Israel, giving single women and women unable to become pregnant for medical reasons the right to apply for state support for surrogacy. However, an additional clause that would have granted the same rights to single fathers – and, by extension, gay couples – was nixed.
What sparked the protest?
Last Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stunned and infuriated the LGBT community with a dramatic flip-flop on a commitment that would legalize supporting surrogate births for single people in Israel. Netanyahu promised, but then withdrew, his support for a clause that would allow single men, as well as women, to access surrogacy.   
Until last week, eligibility for legal surrogacy services in Israel was only available to “a man and woman who are a couple.” The bill brought to the Knesset by the country’s Health Ministry proposed also giving the same right to single women who wished to have children.
All attempts to explicitly make single-sex couples eligible were rejected early on in the legislative process.
The LGBT community rallied behind a widely supported effort to also allow single men – whether heterosexual or homosexual – to be allowed to father children using a surrogate under the new law. Early last week, the prime minister pledged he would back such a change, even making a video declaring his support. 
But at the last minute he reversed his position in the face of opposition from ultra-Orthodox (or Haredi) parties, who threatened to withhold their support for the Jewish nation-state bill – a top priority for Netanyahu – and threatened the stability of his governing coalition.
Netanyahu defended his decision, saying he did so in order not to derail the entire bill and deprive single women from accessing the right to surrogates. He promised that if a separate bill extending rights to men was proposed, he would support it.
Wait, didn’t Israel just have a massive Gay Pride Month? Is it LGBT-friendly or not?
Israel has made tremendous inroads when it comes to public acceptance of LGBT lifestyles in recent decades. Homosexuality is not only accepted in liberal left-wing circles, but a leading member of Netanyahu’s Likud party, MK Amir Ohana, is also openly gay. In fact, it was Ohana who proposed the clause on the Health Ministry’s bill that would allow for the inclusion of single men. 
Tel Aviv in particular has a thriving LGBT culture: it was recently named the world’s leading gay travel destination.
Openly gay and lesbian individuals can also be found in leading roles in the business community – hence the unusually high levels of corporate support for Sunday’s protest, particularly in the high-tech community.
For a time, Israel led the way among Western nations when it came to legally establishing equality for gay partners on financial rights, particularly the Tel Aviv Municipality. The Israeli army has also pioneered the creation of guidelines for both gay and transgender soldiers, due to the fact that the country’s universal draft brings these populations into the military at a far higher rate than armies that rely solely on volunteers.
But when it comes to matters of personal and family status, the LGBT community hits a glass ceiling: All matters of marriage, divorce and the status of children are either completely controlled or heavily influenced by the ultra-Orthodox parties, who push back against any legislation condoning homosexuality – which in their eyes contravenes Jewish law.
There’s no same-sex marriage in Israel. Why is this anger over surrogacy and not marriage rights?
The inability of gay couples to legally marry in Israel is indeed frustrating and infuriating for the growing number of same-sex couples, who must marry abroad for their status to be officially recognized in Israel or hold alternative ceremonies in Israel that don’t carry legal weight. The idea of legalizing same-sex marriage enjoys widespread public support
But in this struggle, the LGBT community understands that its problem is part of a much larger issue: There are many groups who are unable to legally marry in Israel due to the absence of any form of civil marriage.
Because of the stranglehold of the Orthodox Chief Rabbinate in Israel on marriage, there is no framework that allows two individuals of different religions to legally marry. Furthermore, Jewish citizens are often required to go through agonizing efforts to “prove” their Jewishness before the state will agree to marry them as Jews.
Within the Jewish population, there are other groups forbidden to marry, such as divorced women who wish to wed a Cohen (people with the surname Cohen are descendants of the priests on the Temple 2,000 years ago, according to Jewish tradition), or those who are considered mamzers (certain illegitimate children under Jewish religious law).
Repeated efforts to introduce legislation that would establish civil marriage have failed. So LGBT couples are not alone in their fight for marriage equality. And like the other groups who are discriminated against in marriage, their weddings abroad are legal: they have been recognized as such since 2006.
However, when it comes to having children – in both the case of adoption and now in surrogacy – the LGBT community is the sole target of what it views as a violation of a basic right.
What makes this protest uniquely Israeli?
Whether it is embedded in Jewish DNA or the scars of losses in the Holocaust, Israel is an unusually child-centric country, with a culture and social norms that emphasize and revolve heavily around family life. 
This is borne out in the country’s fertility rates. Israel is an outlier in the Western world when it comes to the number of children per family: Its rate of fertility has been rising, not falling.
Even when one excludes the two populations with the largest families – the ultra-Orthodox and Arab communities – the Jewish state stands out compared to the rest of the developed world when it comes to its enthusiasm for being fruitful and multiplying.
Since the establishment of the state 70 years ago, Israeli government policies have been explicitly pro-family. In recent years, this has been evident in the accessibility and affordability of IVF for couples and single women facing infertility issues. Fertility treatments take place in Israel at 13 times the level of the United States on a per-capita basis.
In Israeli society, bearing and raising children is viewed as a basic right. And LGBT culture has been singled out for how central a role child-rearing has played in it.
Part of the success in penetrating the Israeli cultural mainstream has been that, for the most part, gay men and lesbians have been deeply interested in settling down and establishing families. Over the past decade, Israel has seen a baby boom among both gay men and lesbians. But due to biology, only gay men have been forced to invest tens of thousands of dollars and face years of bureaucratic hurdles in the efforts to realize their dream of becoming fathers.

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