05/21/2015

Edmonton Catholic School Board Moves To Allow Transgender Girl Access To Girls' Bathroom

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After a meeting of minds at the Catholic school board of Edmonton, a young transgender girl will finally be able to use the bathroom that she feels most comfortable going into. Originally the seven year old girl’s school opted to have her use a special, gender-neutral bathroom apart from the other children, something her mother took issue with and brought to the attention of higher ups within the Catholic school board and the Alberta Human Rights Commission.

Initially, the school board informed the girl’s family that it wouldn’t take her complaint into consideration until the Commission judged that their issue had any merit to it. Patricia Grell (above center), trustee to the board, insisted that the group act faster, speaking out against her fellow board members in person and online via her personal blog.

"No parent wants to have the conversation with their child about encouraging them wanting to live, and encouraging them that they are not a disgrace to God," Grell said. "So you go and you pray in your own sanctuary and here comes Patricia Grell. The answer to my prayers."

Grell’s agitation drew the attention of Debbie Engle, head of the board, who quickly submitted a motion to have Grell dismissed from the body. Grell was set to appear before the board to explain her outspokenness on Monday when it suddenly decided to drop the issue.

“The mover of the intended motion advised that she wished to withdraw that single item, and as a result, the board determined that it was not necessary to proceed with today’s meeting,” the board’s press release read. “The agenda item was to discuss the public nature of board business and may be addressed at a future date.”

While the girl will be allowed to use the girls’ bathroom at her school going forward, it’s important to point out that no official decision has been made for the entirety of the province. The board has said it will consult with the Archdiocese of Edmonton, medical specialists, parents and educational experts in the creation of a new bathroom policy. 

"For the first time in quite some time, [my daughter] was able to use the bathroom alone and so that made her feel wonderful," the girl’s mother explained to the CBC, adding her uncertainty about the rules for other children like hers. "Is this a today solution and then next year it's a different solution? I'm very torn."

Posted May. 21,2015 at 2:40 PM EST by in Canada, Transgender | Permalink | Comments (11)


Eric Stonestreet Reveals How Playing Gay on 'Modern Family' Changed His Life: WATCH

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If you knew nothing about Eric Stonestreet other than his performance as Modern Family’s flamboyant Cameron Tucker, you’d probably assume that the actor was, in fact a gay man. According to Stonestreet, a straight, married man, however, his experience with gay men growing up was rather limited. Stonestreet, a native of Kansas, had little to no interaction with anyone who identified as LGBT. Since joining the cast of Modern Family in 2009, though, Stonestreet feels as if his interactions with the gay community have grown exponentially and changed his life. 

“I’m more on the front lines of what it means to stand up for peoples’ equality and to try people that you don’t choose to be gay,” he explained in an interview with the Huffington Post. "I'm just more active in that community and I feel a little bit more responsible for people's words and actions," he said.

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Posted May. 21,2015 at 2:15 PM EST by in Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family, Television | Permalink | Comments (12)


The OXD Mirror: Welcome Summer with Tropical House Tunes and the Return of The Magician

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / RU BHATT 

Belgian producer & DJ Stephen Fasano, a.k.a. The Magician, is an artist we've enjoyed since the inception of Occupy The Disco. He originally caught our ear with his brilliant remixes and his long standing series of mixtapes, called Magic Tapes, but it's on his original tracks where he truly gets a chance to shine.

Following the success of last year's 'Sunlight' (more on that track below), he releases his first original track in 6 months, 'Together'. The catchy lyrics, bubbling melody and thumping basslines make the whimsical tune a surefire way to to bring joy to any dance floor.

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Posted May. 21,2015 at 1:50 PM EST by in Music, Music Recommendations, Occupy the Disco, Ru Bhatt | Permalink | Comments (1)


Boy Scouts Leader Robert Gates Calls for End to Ban on Gay Adults: READ

In remarks prepared for a meeting of Boy Scouts of America leadership today, BSA president and former Defense Secretary Robert Gates called on the organization to drop its ban on gay adult leaders, Buzzfeed reports:

GatesGates was at the helm of the Pentagon at the end of “don’t ask, don’t tell” and is now leading the Boy Scouts as it addresses its ban on gay members. In 2013, the scouts ended its ban on gay youth members but maintained its ban on gay adult leaders.

According to his prepared remarks, Gates said that “events during the past year have confronted us with urgent challenges I did not foresee and which we cannot ignore.” 

Gates stated that the BSA must acknowledge that local councils are already "in open defiance" of the ban, citing the Greater New York Council as an example. Last month, the council hired openly gay 18-year-old Pascal Tessier to serve as a leader at its scout camp this summer. 

Gates continued:

BsaNor can we ignore the social, political and juridicial changes taking place in our country - changes taking place at a pace over this past year no one anticipated. I remind you of the recent debates we have seen in places like Indiana and Arkansas over discrimination based on sexual orientation, not to mention the impending U.S. Supreme Court decision this summer on gay marriage. 

I am not asking the national board for any action to change our current policy at this meeting. But I must speak as plainly and bluntly to you as I spoke to presidents when I was director of CIA and Secretary of Defense. We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be. The status quo in our movement's membership standards cannot be sustained.

We can expect more councils to openly challenge the current policy. While technically we have the authority to revoke their charters, such an action would deny the lifelong benefits of scouting to hundreds of thousands of boys and young men today and vastly more in the future. I will not take that path.  

Read Gates full remarks, AFTER THE JUMP...

Zach Wahls, executive director of Scouts for Equality, reacted positively to the news.

“Dr. Gates has built his reputation on straight talk, and I’m glad he’s fully endorsing a re-evaluation of the Boy Scouts’ ban on gay adults,” he said in a statement. “It seems like the Boy Scouts will continue an internal dialogue about the subject and that a full vote within the next year or two is imminent.”

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Posted May. 21,2015 at 1:24 PM EST by in Boy Scouts, News, Robert Gates | Permalink | Comments (14)


Meet Ireland's Heterophobic Cab Driver: VIDEO

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Ahead of Ireland's same-sex marriage referendum tomorrow, taxi service Hailo has released a hilarious video that aims to show what gay cab passengers often have to put up with.

In the clip, the Dublin driver takes a phone call from a colleague who complains about a straight couple "holding hands" in the cab. "Jaysus, if I'd knew they were straight before they got in I would have just sailed past them, Deco", he says.

To show just how ridiculous discrimination is, we created a little hidden camera prank… #DriveForEquality https://t.co/AKlaItiU97

— Hailo Ireland (@HailoIreland) May 19, 2015

The driver explains to a passenger "we don't normally take heteros in the car" although he has nothing against them and even has a straight uncle.

HAILO's #DriveForEquality is offering people free rides to polling centers tomorrow.

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It's Cane and Abel, not Jane and Abel.

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Posted May. 21,2015 at 1:00 PM EST by in Gay Marriage, Ireland, Law - Gay, LGBT, Video | Permalink | Comments (4)


Gordon Klingenschmitt Concerned Bans On 'Ex-Gay' Therapy Will Increase Demonic Possession: VIDEO

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Anti-gay Colorado Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt has voiced his concern that gay people will no longer be able to rid themselves of demons if “ex-gay” conversion therapy is banned, reports Right Wing Watch.

Speaking on his “Pray In Jesus Name” program, demon-obsessed Klingenschmitt explained that judges are “cooperating with the demonic spirit inside of the homosexual addict and those judges are now reinforcing the sin and saying you cannot be delivered, you cannot cured, you cannot be healed".

In February, Klingenschmitt said the bakery owners in Oregon who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple are “a blessing” to gay people because they refuse “to participate in their acts of sodomy”.

Yesterday, it was reported that a bipartisan Illinois House majority approved House Bill 217 which aims to protect LGBT youth from “ex-gay” therapy. A federal bill banning the discredited practice has also been introduced

Listen to Klingenschmitt’s latests ramblings, AFTER THE JUMP

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Posted May. 21,2015 at 12:29 PM EST by in "Ex-Gays", Colorado, Gordon Klingenschmitt, Health, Religion, Video | Permalink | Comments (26)


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