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Gay Swedish Teen Told To Clean Up Homophobic Graffiti

SwedenProof that not only Americans enjoy blaming and punishing the victim, a gay teenager in Sweden reported the slur "dirty fag" scrawled on the bathroom walls at his school only to be told by the principal to "erase it himself."

Perhaps unsurprisingly, other teachers had seen this instance of homophobic graffiti directed at the student as well as several others, but have never taken any action against it.

The student has since left the school for an internship in order to escape the bullying that he endured for two years, and he has reported the incident to Sweden's Discrimination Ombudsman accusing the school of discrimination.


'Fabulous' Gay Student Crowned Prom Queen at Connecticut High School: VIDEO

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17-year-old Danbury High School senior Nasir Fleming was crowned Prom Queen last week in front of hundreds of cheering students in a video posted online.

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Fleming, who says he was bullied as a child, "wanted to send a message about the absurdity of gender labeling, the toxicity of discrimination and the importance of being yourself" he told the CT Post, and accepted the nomination as queen, and not king. He was nominated for both:

Dattilo said Fleming received, and accepted, the nomination for prom king last year, though he didn't attend the event. She said she wasn't surprised he was nominated for king again this year.

"He's a very likable person," Dattilo said.

His nomination as queen was more of a surprise, and Fleming said he isn't sure about the intent of the students who submitted his name. It might have been a joke about his sexuality, he said, or maybe it was meant positively. Ultimately, he concluded, it doesn't matter.

"Either way, I'm still fabulous," he said.

Said Fleming on his YouTube page:

"Even though I identify as male, winning this title is a statement against transphobia. As gay people, more or less, are becoming accepted in society, transgendered people are still discriminated against severely. If I can win a title that is outside of my gender, there is no reason why a trans-person should have any problems winning titles in his/her gender (Prom Queen, Miss America, etc). Stop the hate, start the love."

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Teachers Fired from Catholic Schools for Being Gay Request Meeting with the Pope

The Human Rights Campaign has sent a letter to the Vatican requesting an audience with the Pope on behalf of nine teachers who have lost their jobs at Catholic schools for being LGBT or supporting an LGBT person.

FrancisSays the letter, in part:

We write to you today with humility to request a Papal audience. With loving eloquence you have explained that the role of the Church is to restore what is broken and unite what has been divided. In this spirit of wholeness and reconciliation, we hope you will agree to meet with us and our families to hear our stories.

“We have devoted years, some of us even decades, to serving our communities as teachers, leaders and role models. We have made a conscious choice to work within the Catholic Church because we strongly believe that a Catholic education prepares our young people to be responsible citizens, men and women for others. For each and every one of us, our employment was far more than just a job – it was a reflection of our core Catholic values.”

...All of us were fired for whom we love – whether it be for committing ourselves to one person, and one person only, for the rest of our lives, or for embracing and supporting our own children unconditionally. Love is one of the greatest gifts God bestows upon us, and we can think of nothing more sacred than loving another human being through challenges, sicknesses and times of distress. The Church celebrates this type of sacred commitment. But for some reason, it rejects that same commitment when it’s between loving LGBT people. For some reason, it rejects that love when a mother embraces her LGBT child.

Read the full letter here.


Florida Lawmaker Warns Standardized Testing Company Will Turn Kids Gay: VIDEO

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Florida State Rep. Charles Van Zant, speaking at an education convention in Orlando back in March, warned that a non-profit organization hired to implement new standardized testing in the Sunshine State is out to promote an LGBT agenda and indoctrinate children into homosexuality, Think Progress reports. Said Zant:

"Please, go on their website. Click the link to what they're doing with youth and you will see what their agenda really is. They are promoting as hard as they can any youth that is interested in the LGBT agenda and even name it 2-S, as they define as having two spirits. The Bible says a lot about being double-minded.

These people, that will now receive $220 million from the state of Florida unless this is stopped, will promote double-mindedness in state education and attract every one of your children to become as homosexual as they possibly can. I’m sorry to report that to you.

The ‘these people’ Zant refers to is the American Institutes for Research (AIR). The state of Florida hired AIR to incorporate new educational standards into its standardized testing so as to keep up with the standards found in Common Core, an education initiative intended to develop educational benchmarks that has been voluntarily adopted by 44 states. 

Common Core was sponsored by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) but has been used as of late as a rallying cry for the right to accuse President Obama and liberals of trying to indoctrinate children into homosexuality. Of course the accusation that LGBT persons and their advocates are secretly looking to recruit children into becoming gay is nothing new but rather a tried and true trope used by the far right (recall the Briggs Initiative, also known as Proposition 6, that Harvey Milk fought in California in the 70s). 

Speaking of recruiting students to become gay, ThinkProgress also points out the curious conclusion fact check website PolitiFact.com reached after examining the voracity of Van Zant’s remarks: 

According to PolitiFact’s investigation, the American Institutes for Research (AIR), which has been contracted to administer Florida’s testing, does produce resources designed to support LGBT youth. However, the organization only provides these materials if they are requested, but the Florida Department of Education has only asked for English language arts and math tests. Thus, concludes PolitiFact, “We found no evidence that when AIR administers tests in Florida that the testing process will involve recruiting students to become gay.” 

This analysis seems to imply that if Florida were utilizing AIR’s LGBT youth resources, there might be some truth to the premise of Van Zant’s claim. However, there has never been any evidence collected to support the claim that there is any way to manipulate or change a person’s sexual orientation.

After ThinkProgress posted their piece calling out PolitiFact, PolitiFact posted the following update:

We should note that our previous fact-checking shows people can’t be recruited to a particular sexual orientation. In 2011, GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty said scientists are “in dispute” about whether being gay is a choice, and we rated that claim False.

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GOP Candidate Ray Moore Warns Of 'Holocaust' From Teaching Evolution & Homosexuality: AUDIO

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South Carolina GOP lieutenant governor candidate Ray Moore is shoring up his conservative bona fides by claiming that schools are pushing a "silent holocaust" against churches and Christianity by teaching evolution and protecting LGBT students from abuse. While speaking with conservative talk show host Steve Deace, Moore said,

80 percent of Southern Baptists youths are leaving the church and abandoning the Christian faith, and we think all of this is pretty much attributable to government schooling. We think the main culprit is public schooling. So there’s a holocaust, a silent holocaust going on in our evangelical churches.

And thus was Godwin's Law invoked and Moore immediately lost the argument. Undeterred by the utter insanity of comparing dropping attendance rates in churches to the wholesale slaughter of almost 6 million Jews in one of the greatest ethnic cleansing movements of the 20th century, Moore continued by comparing gay marriage to a virus:

[S]o why is same-sex marriage and abortion and all of these viruses latching on to our society so readily? And we think part of it is government-sponsored education where they’re thoroughly and aggressively teaching socialism, humanism; turning their hearts away from Christ.

You can listen to Moore's interview below.


Mark Zmuda, Gay Catholic School Principal Fired for Marrying a Man, Hired by New School

Mark Zmuda, the Eastside Catholic High School vice principal who was told he must divorce his husband or be fired, has found a new job, KING5 reports:

ZmudaThe Mercer Island School District announced that Mark Zmuda will become an associate principal at Mercer Island High School, effective July 1...

...The Mercer Island Superintendent Dr. Gary Plano will recommend that Zmuda is confirmed as associate principal. According to a release from the district, Zmuda was chosen from more than 60 applicants for the position.

"Mark impressed me with his knowledge of best-instructional practices, his integrity and work ethic and his commitment to the success of all students," Dr. Plano said in a release.

Zmuda will also serve as the school's athletic director.

Zmuda's firing inspired major protests from students and faculty at Eastside Catholic and caused Sister Mary Tracy to resign.

Zmuda is now suing the school.


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