LGBTQ* Breaking News
(that made the moderators scream with joy)
Jason Collins (bravely) raises his hand for professional (active) queer* athletes!
Read more from his Sports Illustrated exclusive interview HERE
LGBTQ* Tumblrs You Should KNOW
Adventures In Gay follows at mid-twenty something as he comes out, while living in NYC and working towards a career in animation.
Some of the comics are NSFW
LGBTQ* Videos You May Have Missed
(following from the Advocate)
The video, filmed and posted to YouTube by Jacob’s father, Jonathan Rudolph, shows the younger Rudolph taking the stage to accept the Class Actor award during the school’s senior class awards. Rudolph notes that while he’s acted in several plays over his academic tenure, he’s been acting every day as something he’s not: a straight person.
"Most of you see me every day, you see me acting the part of straight Jacob," says Rudolph, as the crowd quiets. "When I am, in fact, an LGBT teen."
Note from Ruth Elizabeth:
Coming out takes courage and strength in every arena but to do so in a public forum is quite the statement. Each of the moderators have struggled (and we continue to struggle) with knowing when and how to come out to our family, peers, coworkers, and the rest of the world. We must weigh our safety and desire to be treated like everyone else with our need to be who we are and advocate for the rights of others like us. Props and support from the KNOWhomo family, Jacob—you are an incredibly brave young man.
LGBTQ* Quotes on Coming Out (You Might Have Missed)
Mika, on coming out, in an interview with the Advocate.
I think it’s first and foremost important to say it’s OK to be conflicted and it’s OK to be afraid but that’s not the way it has to be. And also I will say that I truly benefited from a tolerant environment.
Heartwarming Conversation of the Day
Any time you question the power of your voice, your presence, the things you discuss on Tumblr, and all that makes you unique, remember there are people who are in awe of you and thankful for your voice.
Thanks electradaddy! We are so glad you are sharing your voice/blog/insights with us.
Keep On, Keeping On!
LGBTQ* Comedy, Performance and Randomness
“Coming Out At Christmas” — London’s Gay Men’s Chorus 2006
A Christmas Carol To Start Your Holiday Season.
To the tune of “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”
Coming Out on Christmas Day
I intend to drop a bomb,
On my dear old dad and mom.
For this year, without a doubt,
Is the Christmas I come out.
First I’ll get their full attention.
Then I’ll drop a subtle mention
“Lovely tree, and by the way,
Some of my closest friends are gay.”
That should do the job OK,
When I come out on Christmas Day.
Oh say can you see it now?
Watch my parents have a cow.
Or perhaps, if fate is kind,
They’ll insist that they don’t mind.
Then they’ll say “We always guessed,
After all, look how you’re dressed.
Seven earrings in each ear?
We’re not quite that dense, my dear.”
They’ll be talking, anyway,
When I come out on Christmas Day.
Coming out to everyone
Makes the winter doldrums fun.
It’s a noble thing to do.
Why don’t you come on out too?
Make a choice, damn consequence.
Lift your voice, get off the fence.
Shout it from the highest roof
Gay is great, and you’re the proof.
Make this Christmas bright and gay.
Come on out on Christmas Day.
LGBTQ* Projects to Make You Feel Warm and Fuzzy
Looking for an inspiring holiday message from a mom who cares? As you navigate the holidays at home, in or out of the closet, these moms want to let you know that you are loved and important not in spite of your place under the umbrella, but because of it. I’m tearing up already in gratitude.
(following from Your Holiday Mom)
This season, supportive moms have gathered to send a holiday message to all LGBTQ children, teens and young adults who are without family support and who would like a “stand-in Holiday Mom”–or 40! Knowing that not every mother is ready to accept her own LGBTQ child exactly as-is (as hard as this is for us to imagine), we moms have written to extend our love beyond that of our own family…From US Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2012 through January 1, 2013, you’ll find letters, audio posts, and videos created by moms who are lovingly supportive of ALL children who identify as LGBTQ. This is the kick-off video which comes from the 2011 audio recording that was the spark of inspiration for this site.
LGBTQ* Stories of High School Sweethearts You May Have Missed
(trigger warning: language, definitions, confusion of sex and gender terms in article)
How a pageant princess and colonel’s son fell in love…
To the casual observer, this young couple look just like any other teenagers in love.
But pretty Katie Hill and her boyfriend Arin Andrews share a unique bond - they were both born as the opposite sex.
Katie, 18, spent the first 15 years of her life as Luke, son of a Marine colonel, while Arin, 16, was born a girl called Emerald who excelled at ballet dancing and won beauty contests.
Both struggled with their sexuality all through their childhoods and were teased and bullied but their lives were changed when they both began hormone therapy and later met at a trans support group in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and instantly fell in love.
Katie said: ‘All I saw was a handsome guy. We’re perfect for each other because we both had the same troubles growing up.
'We're both size five, so we even swap our old clothes our mum's bought us but we hated.
'We look so convincing as a boy and a girl, nobody even notices now. We secretly feel so good about it because it's the way we've always wanted to be seen.'
Happy Halloween and a Very Wonderful Samhain, Everyone!
Be safe tonight. Don’t do anything you wouldn’t want to explain to a cousin at a family reunion! Call a taxi or a sober friend. Have a fabulous evening.
Keep On, Keeping On!
LGBTQ* Television, Talk Shows, and Coming Out
Rosie O’Donnell discusses Ellen Degeneres on her show (following Ellen’s coming out)
*note the Lebanese joke years BEFORE Glee*
LGBTQ* YouTube Videos You May Have Missed
Stephen Answers 7 Questions
Stephen Ira (mattachinereview.tumblr.com)
By the way, he is a fellow Nerdfighter!
Quintessential Movies from the Gay (male) Film Canon You Should Know
LGBTQ* Books To Keep On Your Radar
A Boy’s Own Story by Edmund White
A Boy’s Own Story is the first of Edmund White’s highly acclaimed trilogy of autobiographical novels that brilliantly evoke a young man’s coming of age and document American gay life through the last forty years.
The nameless narrator in this deeply affecting work reminisces about growing up in the 1950s with emotionally aloof, divorced parents, an unrelenting sister, and the schoolmates who taunt him.
He finds consolation in literature and his fantastic imagination. Eager to cultivate intimate, enduring friendships, he becomes aware of his yearning to be loved by men, and struggles with the guilt and shame of accepting who he is. (text from GoodReads)
LGBTQ* Insight and Ideas
An Effective Ally…
• Respects confidentiality.
• Allows individuals to lead the direction of the conversation, lets them
make their own choices, and listens, listens, listens.
• Talks to LGBT family, friends, and coworkers.
• Avoids assumptions and stereotyping.
• Tries using gender-neutral terms when talking about significant others,
spouses, and partners.
• Expects to make some mistakes, but doesn’t use them as an excuse
for not acting.
• Acknowledges how homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism have
operated in their life.
• Educates themself about issues facing LGBT people.
• Has a sense of humor.
• Knows when and how to refer somebody to outside help, and to get
professional adult intervention when necessary.
An Effective Ally Doesn’t …
• Have all the answers.
• Try to “fix” problems
• Proceed with an interaction if boundaries or personal safety have been
Photo from: NYU’s Ally Week. Copied from: Toronto District School Board’s website