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Brazilian High School Students Wear Skirts To Support Transgender Classmate

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Students at a Brazilian high school have shown their support for a transgender fellow student by wearing skirts for a day, reports NewNowNext.

17-year-old Maria Muniz says she never felt happy as a boy and decided to come out as transgender by wearing a skirt to school. However, she was fined by a teacher and also forced to wear trousers.

Speaking about the support she has received from her classmates, Muniz said:

“I am really happy about the way my classmates supported me and I hope it serves as an example to others to feel encouraged to do the right thing. I was always taught at school to accept who you are, I am only trying to live that.”

Photos of the student protest have since gone viral. Twitter users are showing their support for Maria and her classmates with the hashtag #VouDeSaia, meaning "I'm going in a skirt" or "wearing a skirt." (Check out current tweets using ther hashtag #VouDeSaia HERE).

The school’s principal has since revealed he is considering relaxing the dress code:

“It is not about orientation. All our students are equal. The uniform determines male and female clothing, but we will study a new manual of coexistence.”


Virginia Students Show Homophobic Preacher The True Meaning Of Christianity - VIDEO

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Reminding the world that not all Christians are focused solely on hatred for their fellow man, a homophobic preacher who appeared on the campus of James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia earlier this week had his hateful speech drowned out by students with a Christian message of peace and love, reports Huffington Post.

According to witnesses, Ross Jackson, who is the founder of Revival Mission Ministries, launched into sermons condemning a variety of "sinful acts," including homosexuality, drinking alcohol and listening to country music.

He is also reported to have yelled “all homos are going to hell” at a crowd gathered at one of the talks.

However, students at the university were not willing to allow Jackson to get away with his hate-speech. Student-journalist Lauren Hunt live-tweeted the preacher’s appearances, noting his arrogant approach to student opinions.  Other attendees brought rainbow-colored flags and protest signs, while one group of students stood in full view of Jackson to sing Christian hymns about love, drowning out his words.

According to Hunt, Jackson called the singers and guitar player a "pervert leader and his band of followers." However, Hunt tweeted “the students' singing has overpowered the voice of the preacher.”

According to the university’s newspaper, Jackson was forced to leave the college campus Wednesday after he was issued a police summons for assault and battery, as well as a no trespass notice.

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PepsiCo Announces New Campaign Supporting GLAAD Anti-Bullying Spirit Day Campaign - VIDEO

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Last Friday, PepsiCo announced “Purple On!” campaign to support GLAAD’s October 16th annual Spirit Day, which inspires millions of Americans to wear purple to take a united stand against bullying and show support for LGBT youth, reports LGBT Weekly.

NooyiPepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi [pictured right] said:

“PepsiCo is deeply committed to building a workplace environment where all of our associates can bring their whole selves to work and are empowered to reach their full potential. That’s why we are pleased to partner with GLAAD in support of Spirit Day, which fosters a spirit of inclusion in our communities."

As part of the campaign, PepsiCo is encouraging employees to wear purple on October 16th and to share GLAAD’s anti-bullying messages and resources

Spirit Day coincides with the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network’s (GLSEN) “Ally Week." According to GLSEN’s 2011 National School Climate Survey, 63.5 percent of LGBT students reported feeling unsafe at school and 81.9 percent reported verbal harassment because of their sexual orientation. 

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Tyler Oakley Interviews First Lady Michelle Obama: VIDEO

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First Lady Michelle Obama sat down with gay vlogger Tyler Oakley to talk about her new Reach Higher initative encouraging young people to complete an education beyond high school. She also revealed some college facts about herself: her job while in school, how often she visited home, whether she ever failed a test, her biggest fear about going off to college, and her proudest moment while at Princeton. 

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Discrimination Against Gay Teachers In Ireland To End Soon

Ireland’s Minister of State at the Department of Justice & Equality, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, has indicated that a forthcoming change in legislation will ensure that public service workers will no longer face discrimination based on sexual orientation, marital status, or gender identity, reports The Journal.

6a00d8341c730253ef01a73e1313c7970d-800wiThe Irish government announced in June that it intended to introduce an amendment to the Employment Equality Act.

The Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI), which “has vigorously campaigned for amendment of the act in order to remove the cloud of fear and intimidation which hangs over many of our members because of its continued existence,” said that it welcomes Ó Ríordáin’s commitment to amend Section 37 of the Employment Equality Act.

Ó Ríordáin said:

“This has been of particular concern to those in the education and health sectors where many schools and hospitals are funded by the state, but run by a religious order.

"The consequence of this Act can have a chilling effect on concerned workers who are divorced or are single parents, as well as members of the LGBT Community, as it can mean that they cannot be open about their status in their workplace.

"In education, it denies many young LGBT people role models, as their LGBT teachers cannot openly identify their sexuality.”

The TUI added, “It should go without saying in 2014 that nobody should be discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation or family status."

Ireland is set to hold a referendum on same-sex marriage in early 2015.


Founder Of Internatonal Gay & Lesbian Review Guilty Of Sex With Underage Boys - VIDEO

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Walter Lee Williams, the founder of the International Gay & Lesbian Review, has pleaded guilty to having sex with underage boys he met online, reports The Desert Sun.

Williams was a Fulbright Scholar, a tenured professor at the University of Southern California, and the founder of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives. His 1998 book The Spirit and the Flesh: Sexual Diversity in American Indian Culture, won the Gay Book of the Year Award from the American Library Association, The Ruth Benedict Award from the Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists, and the Award for Outstanding Scholarship from the World Congress for Sexology. Jpeg

According to the FBI, under the guise of academic research, Williams traveled to the Philippines and elsewhere to have sex with underage boys. Ten victims between ages 9 and 17 have been identified.

He pleaded guilty last Friday to one federal count of engaging in illicit sexual contact in foreign places.

In exchange for his plea, prosecutors have agreed to recommend a prison sentence of no more than five years, 10 years of supervised release, lifetime registration as a sex offender and $25,000 in restitution to be divided between seven of his victims.

Richard L. Arlington, a one-time roommate of Williams’, was arrested last year in connection with the case. Arlington, who shared illicit computer images of children with Williams, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and will be sentenced November 17th.

Williams and Arlington were members of the Buddhist Universal Association in Los Angeles, which advocated for “extreme sexual freedoms,” according to the FBI.

District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez set December 15th for Williams’ sentencing.

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