Showing posts with label Homophobia in Families. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Homophobia in Families. Show all posts

March 11, 2016

Father’s Homophobic FB Rant about son’s “Gay Play”

Father reported for homophobia after complaint about 'gay play' at son's school
Julian Marsh wasn’t happy (Picture: MEN News)

A parent allegedly posted a homophobic rant on Facebook after his son’s school staged a play where two princes fell in love.
Julian Marsh wrote a public post on social media complaining his son came home ‘talking about gays, saying he had learned about gays.’
He accused the school of social engineering and claimed: ‘I think people who promote PC sex to kids below 11 border on paedophilia and are depraved. 

‘It has nothing to do with gay sex that upset us but the lack of parental consent, a bit like finding the school had decided it has the right to vaccinate your kids for you and did it without your consent because it knows best.’
Now the headteacher of Sacred Heart RC Primary in Atherton, near Wigan, has vowed to stand up to homophobia. Carrie Morrow said she was shocked the workshop aimed at teaching children about diversity was criticised by a ‘small minority’ of parents on Facebook.

Sacred Heart RC primary school in Atherton (Picture: MEN)

Actors from a theatre company came in to perform the fairytale where two princes fall in love, to teach pupils there are many different kinds of relationships.
But not everyone was impressed. Mr Marsh was reported to police by another user for his comments, along with another man, and both have since been spoken to by officers.
‘I know for some schools it is not an easy aspect of the curriculum to teach, but our pupils handled it with maturity and sensitivity,’ Ms Morrow said, adding she was proud to be one of the first schools locally to publicly stand up to homophobia.

As well as watching the play, children were asked to design a logo for Wigan’s first Pride festival and were told when it was acceptable to use the word gay.
When Mr Marsh was approached by the Manchester Evening News, he said he was not homophobic and did not wish to comment further.

GMP Police

A police spokesman said: ‘Shortly after 10.25pm on Sunday February 28, police were called to reports that a number of homophobic comments had been made on Facebook.
‘This was investigated as a hate incident but it was determined that the comments did not amount to a criminal offence.
‘Local resolution officers spoke to all parties involved and advised two men of their future conduct on social media.’ 

November 17, 2014

Colin Farrell comes out with his Gay Brother to fight the Homophobia he has experienced

Colin Farrell is fighting a fight in Ireland but with nothing other than words and his gay brother. He is fighting for gay marriage in Ireland and to fight the homophobia that is stopping it. What a good bro! Not too many people are blessed with a straight brother that would stop his successful life and say I want to fight for my gay brother. It seems that unlike families that really have no idea how their siblings suffer from homophobia and the everyday life of a gay person. I thought that only another gay person could know this but Colin is showing that if you take interest on your brother, sister son or daughter you can come to the point of Colin who seems to know what his brother is and what he goes through and have been through. Here Here for Collin!      Adam Gonzalez

Colin Farrell has written a heartfelt op-ed for the Sunday World, a paper in Ireland, in which he pleads for readers to vote for same sex marriage rights. The actor, born and raised in Dublin, candidly and intimately opens up about his gay brother, Eamon, and his sibling’s awful experiences with homophobia growing up in the Irish country.
Farrell writes, “I think I found out my brother wasn’t grovelling in heterosexual mud like most boys our age when I was around 12. I remember feeling surprised. Intrigued. Curious. Not bi-curious before you start getting ideas. I was curious because it was different from anything I’d known or heard of and yet it didn’t seem unnatural to me. I had no reference for the existence of homosexuality. I had seen, by that age, no gay couples together. I just knew my brother liked men and, I repeat, it didn’t seem unnatural to me.”
“My brother Eamon didn’t choose to be gay. Yes, he chose to wear eyeliner to school and that probably wasn’t the most pragmatic response to the daily torture he experienced at the hands of school bullies,” says the actor. “But he was always proud of who he was. Proud and defiant and, of course, provocative. Even when others were casting him out with fists and ridicule and the laughter of pure loathsome derision, he maintained an integrity and dignity that flew in the face of the cruelty that befell him.”
Farrell notes, “I don’t know where those bullies are now, the ones who beat him regularly. Maybe some of them have found peace and would rather forget their own part of a painful past. Maybe they’re sitting on bar stools and talking about ‘birds and f*ggots’ and why one’s the cure and the other the disease.” He goes on, “But I do know where my brother is. He’s at home in Dublin living in peace and love with his husband of some years, Steven. They are about the healthiest and happiest couple I know. They had to travel a little farther than down the aisle to make their vows, though, to Canada, where their marriage was celebrated.”
“That’s why this is personal to me. The fact that my brother had to leave Ireland to have his dream of being married become real is insane. INSANE,” writes Farrell. “It’s time to right the scales of justice here. To sign up and register to vote next year so that each individual’s voice can be heard.”
Farrell further points out, “How often do we get to make history in our lives? Not just personal history. Familial. Social. Communal. Global. The world will be watching. We will lead by example. Let’s lead toward light.” The full piece appears in the Sunday World print edition. Farrell is pictured above with Eamon in 2003. What do you think of his column?
Shari Weiss

September 5, 2014

Young gay Disowned by family Receives Nearly $100,000 in Support


A harrowing five-minute video of Daniel Ashley Pierce’s family berating him over his homosexuality has earned the 20-year-old sympathy and support from around the globe. A lot of support: A Gofundme account collecting donations to support Pierce after he was kicked out of his family’s Georgia home brought in nearly $100,000.
Earlier this week, Pierce posted an update to the crowd funding page asking supporters and friends to direct future donations to the Atlanta-based charity that’s helping him rebuild his life.
adamfoxie posted on the 30th of August the story:
That charity, Lost-N-Found, provides support to homeless LGBT youths in the area and helps them find housing. “It’s important for all of you to know that right now, what I need most is time to think and work through the next steps in my life,” Pierce wrote. “Right now, I’m safe and definitely feel your love all around me. Thank you!”
Pierce’s video, which is titled “How not to react when your child tells you that he’s gay,” now has nearly 6 million views on YouTube. It is, he has said, a secret recording of his family’s “delayed intervention” months after he came out as being gay. The camera captures the audio of the confrontation between Pierce and his family, but not the visuals.
In an interview with the Huffington Post, Pierce said that his father, stepmother and grandparents were in the room.
A woman who is apparently Pierce’s grandmother says that she has “known you were gay since you were a tiny boy,” and then continues to condemn the “choice” he has made to be gay.
Pierce responds: “I have not made a choice.”
She disagrees: “You can deny it all you want to, but I believe in the word of God, and God creates nobody that way.”
The discussion and the confrontation rapidly escalate.
Pierce’s grandmother is heard telling him he needs to move out of the house, “because I will not let people believe that I condone what you do.” 
Another woman, apparently Pierce’s stepmother, angrily tells Pierce: “You know you wasn’t born that way. You know damn good and well you made that choice. You know that [your father] has done everything he can to raise you. … He didn’t need to blame himself.”
After a short argument between Pierce and his stepmother over the content of a Facebook post about his father, people are heard yelling expletives and anti-gay slurs as Pierce tells his relatives not to hit him.
“You’re a disgrace,” a man who appears to be Pierce’s father tells him shortly before the end of the video.
“I’m not a disgrace,” Pierce replies.
Pierce told the Huffington Post in an e-mail that he recorded the exchange because, he said: “I wanted to make sure there was evidence in case something happened.”
His relatives, he told Huffington Post, have since instructed him — via voicemail — to remove the video from YouTube. He has not complied.
On Facebook, Pierce identifies himself as a business administration major at Georgia Highlands College, according to the Atlanta Constitution-Journal.
In his initial appeal for funding, Pierce wrote that he “was basically beaten and thrown from my home of 19 years,” adding: “They took everything including my college text books. I intend to use this money to get the basic things I need such as a bed, text books, medical stuff and transportation.”
The full video is below. Warning: The video contains graphic language and may be disturbing. 

Abby Ohlheiser is a general assignment reporter for The Washington Post.

August 30, 2014

Family of Georgia Gay teen Turns on him and Kicks him Out


When Daniel Ashley Pierce told his family last October that he was gay, his stepmother seemed to be supportive, and his father had no response.
All that changed Wednesday, when Pierce’s family attempted to stage a delayed intervention, berating the 20-year-old for “choosing” to be gay and demanding that he move out of the family’s home.
But Pierce, who, according to his public Facebook page, is studying business administration at Georgia Highlands College in Rome, might have the last word, as a video he recorded of the confrontation has gone viral.
The five-minute, profanity-laced video, originally posted by a friend of Pierce’s, has logged more than 2 million views, and a GoFundMe site set up to raise money for Pierce’s living expenses has raised over $56,000 in one day. On the video, which doesn’t show faces, a conversation among Pierce and family members escalates into a physical altercation with screaming and profanity. In a Facebook posting about the incident, Pierce said, “What a day. I thought that waking up at 9:48 and being 15 mins late to work was going to be the biggest problem today. But I didn’t know that my biggest problem was going to be getting disowned and kicked out of my home of almost twenty years. To add insult to injury, my stepmother punched me in the face repeatedly with my grandmother cheering her along. I am still in complete shock and disbelief.”
More than 21,000 comments have been left on the YouTube video of the confrontation.
Thursday night, Pierce posted another note on Facebook: “Thank you for all of your support. I need some down time for myself and I am in a safe place.”

(video is been darkened because of brutality but you still  have a clear conversation)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

August 28, 2013

NC Woman Arrested for Trying To Beat The Gay Out of Her Son

A North Carolina woman who allegedly attempted to “beat the gay” out of her teenage son is facing child abuse charges, police report.
Responding to a 911 call, a cop arrived last Saturday evening to the Whiteville residence Mary Gowans, 41, shares with her children. An officer noted there “was yelling and screaming from several subjects outside the house.”
According to a Whiteville Police Department report, the teenager told an officer that Gowans, seen at right, had instructed his younger brother to “strike him repeatedly and he was instructed not to fight back.”
The victim told police that his mother then made him strip to his underwear and “proceeded to strike him with a belt across his body.” The brothers told police that their mother“stated that she was going to beat the gay out of him.”
Gowans also allegedly struck the victim “with a stick that left a large abrasion on his left shoulder.” The victim’s injuries were photographed after the he was transported to the office of a magistrate.
Free on bond, Gowans is scheduled for an October 9 District Court hearing in the child abuse case. She was previously busted this year for assault and battery and, following the abuse bust, was collared for driving without a license and driving with a child in the car’s front seat.

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