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Dear Abby Defends Gay Grandmother Shunned By Homophobic Son And Daughter-In-Law

Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 7.12.07 AMA gay grandmother wrote a heartbreaking letter to Dear Abby asking for advice on how to reconcile with her homophobic son, and religious daughter-in-law, who is keeping her from seeing her grandchildren claiming that he needs to protect his children from people that are gay and that he doesn't want them to know anyone who's gay, including their own grandmother. 

"Heartbroken's” letter reads:

I came out of the closet when my son was 4. I thought I had taught him not to judge because of a label.

He is now 30, with a wife and two adorable children who own my heart.

When my granddaughter was born, my partner and I were at the hospital. We have visited them often, and they have visited us.

But after my grandson was born last year, my son quit speaking to me.

I have asked him numerous times what the issue is.

His response is: "I have to protect my children from people who are gay. I don’t want them to know anyone who is gay."

His wife and her family are very religious, and I think this is the real reason. What can I do?

-Heartbroken Gay Granny

Dear Abby wisely responded, telling the heartbroken grandmother to redirect her maternal instincts toward LGBT youth whose parents have rejected them after coming out and justly commented on her son’s homophobic antics with Abby’s signature wit.

Abby’s response:

Dear Heartbroken: If your son is under the mistaken impression that he is going to somehow "protect" his children by isolating them from gay people, he must be living in an alternate reality.

Does he also plan to immigrate to the moon?

I suspect that you have put your finger squarely on the reason why your son is now ostracizing you.

His wife seems to wield the power in that family, and she could benefit by learning more about homosexuality and her religion, which I assume preaches love and tolerance for one’s fellow man rather than judgment and exclusion.

You can’t force your son and his wife to have contact with you if they don’t want to.

Leave open the possibility that they may, over time, reconcile their love for you with their faith.

For your own emotional well-being, it’s important that you find other outlets for your maternal instincts and go on with your life because any child would be blessed to be a part of it.

Sadly, a large number of LGBT young people are rejected by their parents when they come out.

These kids would benefit greatly from having a positive adult mentor such as you.

This could be your golden opportunity to make a significant, positive difference in someone’s life. Contact Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays at pflag.org to find out how to get involved.

Dear Abby, aka Jeanne Phillips, is known for her staunch support for LGBT people backing same-sex marriage and justly taking homophobic submitters to task while simultaneously offering polite, but direct constructive criticism.


Piece Together The Puzzle of Last Night's Questionable Decisions With Gay-Dramedy 'The Morning After': VIDEO

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Peru Flores, a semi-finalist out of 300 competitors in Dramatic Interpretation in the National Forensics League National Tournament (2009), has started an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for his new gay-dramedy film The Morning After. Flores stars in the movie as the character Tomas, who wakes up to a series of unfortunate events after a night of questionable decisions:

"After a night of questionable decisions, Tomas wakes up to a full day of unfortunate events. Although at times humorous, Tomas is faced with the bitter reality of his relationship with those around him-good and bad. 

"Eager to learn what really happened, he sets out to pick up these pieces from the night before. The Morning After deals with toxic relationships and assuming the consequences to our most regrettable actions, while dealing with the LGBT subject matter that resembles real life more so than its current portrayal in the media."

In a statement on The Morning After webpage, Flores states he was inspired to create the film as an alternative to the entertainment industry's one-dimensional stereotypes and offer a diverse, representative look at our nation's diverse culture.

Said Flores:

"The Morning After is a direct response to this problem. By creating a story that puts different characters under circumstances usually portrayed by your typical Caucasian 20-something with narrow socio-economic backgrounds, I ever so subtly aim to change the perspective that the people have of us in the media. Sure, it might seem like something you've heard or seen before at first, but that is exactly the point- to prove that we can have the same storylines, problems, LIVES, as the other people on screen.

"The Morning After is a story most of us have experienced, often regretted, but not often confess. It is my stepping stone into discovering a wide array of interesting characters that reflect the present day New York that I know to be true." 

Notable cast members include Stephen Hanna from the Broadway cast of Billy Elliot The Musical and On The Town, The Morning After Co-Producer Lauren Monroe, Rutgers University graduate and Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework Craig MacArthur, drummer Rob Raco of The Brilliancy, Comedian and Umbrellababes creator Jason Burke, web series The Happiest People in New York creator Rebecca Steele and UCB Improv performer Caleb Schaaf.

Shooting is scheduled for February in New York City. The campaign closes on Jan. 24, and as of today has raised $1,155 of it’s $5,500 total. Donation reward increments for sponsors range from receiving a DVD copy of the film to a night out on the town with the producers and cast, an improv show and dinner. You can follow the film’s developments on The Morning After’s official webpage and Facebook page.

Watch the Indiegogo crowdfunding video for more information about The Morning After's plot and characters, AFTER THE JUMP...

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4th Grader Writes Touching Letter About Equality And Transgender Sister To Santa

Screen Shot 2014-12-30 at 10.34.39 AMA proud mother shared a touching letter her 9-year-old son wrote to Santa about equality and his transgender sister with The Huffington PostThe mother also said her son shared it with the class and it left his teacher in tears. "When he brought the letter home, I knew it was a special letter. He tells me his teacher was crying. The other kids took it in their stride. It's not a big deal," the mother said.

The letter reads:

"Dear Santa,

I wish for everyone to have equality[--] black, white, brown, gay, transgender, and every other race. I wish for familys [sic] to love each other even if their [sic] trans or gay. I wish for no shootings, no hate, and no racism. My big sister[’s] name is Molly. She used to be called Sam but she came out as trans [when] she was 18. She took hormones that made her look and sound more like a girl. Luckly [sic] my family and I accepted her, but some familys [sic] are not like that[.] [P]eople have killed their children because of them being transgender or gay. I want that to stop, and start the love.

Love, B"

The mother, who is part of an "online support group for parents with trans* youth," said she's proud of her son whose older sister Molly, who is now 20, identifies as trans. "He's obviously paying attention to what is going on. He asks lots of questions and has a great amount of empathy. He has a huge heart and has great pride in his sister," wrote the mother to The Huffington Post. Although many transgender people are still being murdered for who they are in today's world, the idea of true equality amongst the next generation is a tangible notion. 


Gay Coming-of-Age Aussie Drama 'Subject To Change' to Premiere Next Year: VIDEO

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A new Aussie drama pilot from Daniel Mercieca and Rory Delaney called Subject to Change featuring two gay leads is set to debut in festival screenings in 2015 with a chance for a TV pick-up by the end of the year. The show is a coming-of-age narrative set in the working class suburb of Hedley, Australia and focuses on three close friends (neat freak Ben, tomboy Karly and drama queen Evie) who must face complex and difficult emotions while growing up in suburbia.

Mercieca, producer and film director of the pilot, created the show to introduce new, positive role models who grew up in surbubia instead of major cities in Australia where pride flags and "wear purple" days are frequent. Mercieca personally funded 75 percent of the production costs of the film and is seeking further donations for the project.

Watch the teaser for Subject to Change, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Tylenol Ad Features Two Moms In Modern Spin On Famous Norman Rockwell Painting: VIDEO

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Tylenol posted a short series of videos to their YouTube page for their "For What Matters Most," campaign featuring three modern families coming together for the holidays resembling Norman Rockwell's classic holiday painting Freedom From Want. One of the ads featuring a lesbian couple and their family-the Beser Carr Schneider Musich's, with the other ads featuring the Garza family and the Yee Hoshida family and their holiday experiences.

Watch the Beser Carr Schneider Musich family share their story on how their family comes together for the holidays, in the vein of Norman Rockwell's famous painting, AFTER THE JUMP...

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[h/t Bilerico Project]

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Student Writes Heartfelt Letter To Gay Teacher After Lesson On Bullying

Screen Shot 2014-12-16 at 4.08.56 PMA 9-year-old student wrote a heartwarming letter to her teacher after he told his students he was gay during a lesson on bullying reports Pink NewsThe letter comes after the teacher, listed as Mr. R., was teaching a lesson during the school's anti-bullying week and asked the Head of the school if he could tell the class that he was gay after learning that nearly the entire class heard the word "gay" used as an insult. The Head of the school supported R. and allowed him to share his life with his students; he was thrilled with the results after confiding his sexuality.

Said R.:

"The reaction was fantastic – there were a lot of gasps and shocked looks and some basic questions – do you have a boyfriend, etc., but after a couple of minutes they were over it and we moved on to the rest of the lesson."

A few days after sharing his sexuality with his students, one of them slipped him a letter. Names in the letter have been blocked out for privacy.

The letter in its entirety:

"Dear Mr. R.

"Even though you’re gay, I will always treat you the same way as I do now. I still think about you the same way as I used to. You’re a great teacher and these are just some of the word’s (sic) that I would describe you as: great, amazing, fantastic, brilliant, awesome and brave.

"The reason why I say brave is because you shared a personal secret which was very brave.

"You don’t have to feel scared because I know that everyone in the class feels the same way as I do.

“From A x x

PS. Mr. R., We are proud of you”

The letter brought R. to tears, and upon thanking her for the touching letter she simply replied, "It's just your life." For R. it's a relief to finally unveil a part of his life that he kept hidden, and use it as a compassionate educational experience for his students.

Said R.:

"For my class it was a surprise sure but, to them, it was just something simple and easy to file away as another piece of information. There was no judgement, no follow up, just acceptance.

"Now, I can mention my fiance as easily as any other teacher and my class know me a little better. I’ve had a lot of letters and cards over the years, but this one I know I’ll keep forever." 


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