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Atlanta Megachurch Pastor Rejects His Father’s Offensive Anti-Gay Bigotry: VIDEO

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Atlanta Pastor Andy Stanley, the son of a Baptist preacher who once hired armed security guards on horseback to protect his church from Atlanta gay pride, has rejected his father’s anti-gay stance and voiced his support for LGBT youth, reports Raw Story.

Stanley, who is pastor at North Point Ministries, one of the biggest churches in the U.S., said Christians must stop driving LGBT teens away from the church.

His father Charles Stanley, pastor of the First Baptist Church Atlanta, has said AIDS is God’s punishment for America’s acceptance of homosexuality. He also believes that being gay is a choice.

However, speaking at the Catalyst Conference in California last month, Andy Stanley said:

“There is not consensus in this room when it comes to same-sex attraction. There is not consensus in this room when it comes to gay marriage. We just can’t continue to look into the filter of our politics at our spirituality. It’s got to be the other way around — and specifically when it comes to this issue.

“If all the Christians for just one year, would quit looking at porn, would quit smoking weed, would quit having premarital sex, would quit committing adultery, would pay their taxes, and every church just foster one kid — in one year our nation would feel different.

“There are so many Christians, so basically — if we would just be better Christians, everything we would like to see changed for the most part would change.”

In the past, Andy Stanley has spoken out against religious right to discriminate laws because “serving people we don’t see eye to eye with is the essence of Christianity.”

He added”

“Jesus died for a world with which he didn’t see eye to eye. If a bakery doesn’t want to sell its products to a gay couple, it’s their business — literally. But leave Jesus out of it.”

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Miley Cyrus Announces Launch Of Foundation To Support Homeless LGBT Youth

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Singer-songwriter Miley Cyrus announced this week that she's launching the Happy Hippie Foundation to support homeless and LGBT youth reports the AP. Cyrus said the death of trans teen Leelah Alcorn and Bruce Jenner's coming out as trans spurred her to use the fame and attention she receives and re-direct it into a good cause:

"The position I'm in, I feel like I've got a lot of power. But so many kids don't feel that way. They're under their parents' rule.

"When you have all eyes on you, what are you saying? And that's what I had to ask myself a lot. It's like, I know you're going to look at me more if my (breasts) are out, so look at me. And then I'm going to tell you about my foundation for an hour and totally hustle you."

Cyrus generated media attention when she brought a homeless man as her date to the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, where he accepted an award on the singer's behalf. In the AP interview, Cyrus revealed that not all of her previous relationships could be considered "straight or heterosexual." She declined to elaborate. 

Cyrus recently shot a series of music videos with other stars including Joan Jett and Ariana Grande to help raise funds for the foundation; the video with Joan Jett officially debuted this Tuesday on the foundation's Facebook page.

You can watch Cyrus' kill it with Joan Jett as they perform "Different," AFTER THE JUMP...

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Wisconsin Teen Commits Suicide Days After Coming Out as Transgender

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Cameron Langrell, a 15-year-old freshman from Racine, Wisconsin committed suicide last week days after coming out as transgender on Facebook.

Cameron's parents believe bullying at school was a contributing factor in the suicide.

The Racine Journal Times has more on the tragedy (note: male-pronouns are used to refer to Cameron):

Last Thursday his mother, Jamie Olender, and stepfather, Eric Olender, came home shocked to find that Cameron had taken his own life in the basement sometime that day.

“There were absolutely zero warning signs,” Jamie Olender said. “He busted out all the lights and his intent was clear.”

He loved to play piano. He also loved dance. Singing was his passion and next year he was set to join the school choir. He would have loved being a high school cheerleader. He wanted to try out for “American Idol.”

“He was always bullied for being feminine,” Jamie Olender said. “We told him to be who you are.”

Cameron’s parents knew their child was unique since he was a toddler. “Ever since he was very little, we knew Cameron felt differently,” she said. “He used to dance, twirl, sing and was all about that kind of attention. His brother would be in a football game and he would try to get people to notice his dance routine.”

OlenderWISN 12 adds Jamie and Eric (right) want the school district to do more to combat bullying. “There needs to be more within the school, not just some outside resource. It needs to be taught in school,” Jamie said.

A spokeswoman for the district released the following statement: "We are heartbroken by the loss of Cameron. Our district crisis team has stepped up to provide support for all of our Horlick students, staff and families these past several days. We have programs in place to ensure all students have a positive place to learn.
We will continue to work with our entire Horlick family to enhance these programs."

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with financial burdens on Cameron's family. 


Bill Banning 'Ex-gay' Conversion Therapy for Minors Heads to Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's Desk for Signature

Oregon is on its way to become the fourth jurisdiction to ban 'ex-gay' conversion therapy for minors following a State Senate vote today in favor of a bill banning the practice.

BrownThe bill was overwhelmingly approved by the State House back in March and now heads to the desk of openly bisexual Governor Kate Brown (right), who is expected to sign it into law.

Said NCLR #BornPerfect Campaign Coordinator and Staff Attorney Samantha Ames:

"This lifesaving law will protect the health and well-being of LGBT youth in Oregon and ensure that licensed mental health professionals cannot abuse their position of trust to do lifelong harm to children and tear families apart. We applaud Basic Rights Oregon and bill champions Rep. Rob Nosse and Sen. Sara Gesler for their unshakeable leadership in guiding this bill through the legislative process, as well as the courageous survivors who testified on its behalf."

California, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia have all banned the practice. 


Ellen Tags Along With Gay Teen and His Straight Best Friend to See How Their Prom Date Went: VIDEO

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Last month we reported on Anthony Martinez, the gay student at Desert Oasis High School, who tweeted that he really wanted a guy as his date to prom. Jacob Lescenski, his straight best friend, stepped in with a "promposal" that might be the sweetest display of true friendship ever.

Shortly after their story went viral, Ellen invited the two best friends on her show to let more of the world know their story and to reward the couple with two $10,000 checks for making a difference.

Ellen's camera crew were on hand at the prom this past Saturday to see how the special night (and the duo's memorable/nerve-wracking slow dance) went down. Jacob's parents were also interviewed and what they had to say really put things in focus.

"For a lot of people it really touched them to not really worry too much what someone else might think," said Jacob's mom. "It's amazing that two juniors in high school could actually make the world think a little bit." added Jacob's dad.

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Davey Wavey Interviews Gay Teen and His Straight Best Friend About Their Prom Date: VIDEO

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By now you have likely seen the all too adorable promposal by a straight Las Vegas, Nevada teenager to his gay best friend that set the internet ablaze. What began as one friend asking another to the prom quickly exploded to become a viral sensation. The friends, Jacob Lescenski and Anthony Martinez, got to go on Ellen and had the picture of their promposal shared by other celebrities including Miley Cyrus and Ashton Kutcher. Teen Vogue even followed the duo around as they got styled and ready for their big night.

Davey Wavey was also on hand to cover the boys' trip to prom and got a chance to sit down and chat with them afterwards about what it was like to become viral sensations and why they think so many people responded to their story. 

RELATED POST: 'Teen Vogue' Documents Gay Teen And His Straight Best Friend On Their Hella Cute Prom Night

Asked whether he was worried whether people would think he is gay for taking Anthony to the prom, Jacob responded, "Being judged is not something I'm worried about. Because I know who I am and the people I care about know who I am and I don't need to worry about what the other people think....For me I was just trying to make my best friend happy."

The boys went on to share that their slow dance was the most memorable and most nerve-wracking part of their prom, with everyone forming a giant circle around them to watch and cheer them on. 

Jacob and Anthony each have their own thoughts on the broader message behind all the attention they have garnered. Be sure to check them out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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