NOM: So into protecting children, they’ll take one kid’s pic and blast it ’round the web for political purpo$e$

This writer has already said that, if operating on an emotional level looking at the larger movement rather than personal passions, the “FckH8″ video campaign never seemed like the smartest of political strategies. And I’m not gonna apologize for that. Because it didn’t and still doesn’t strike as all that pragmatic, to this site and its writer, at least. (**I recognize and respect that others strongly disagree)

But that all being said: The National Organization For Marriage’s latest effort to exploit and flip the aforementioned video campaign for its own purposes has taken the game to a whole new level of offense. Because look, check out this button ad NOM’s created to promote their own cause:

Nom Banner Protectchildren

The boy in the image? Yea, that would be one of the kids from the FCKH8 video. As in: A kid whose pro-equality parent/s presumably know about his involvement. As in: A kid who never asked for NOM’s “protection.” As in: A kid who is not one of NOM’s children, but rather a young member of NOM’s pointed opposition. As in: A kid who NOM says is exploited via his sanctioned participation in the FCKH8 campaign, yet feels is being “protected” by this unsanctioned, forcible participation in NOM’s own fundraising efforts. How dare Maggie and Brian and company use this kid in this way?!



When I say that the video doesn’t strike me as smart politically, I’m speaking only about the language. The anger, the passion, the sick-of-it tone, the drive to inject humor into the whole thing: That’s of course all 100% understandable. Anger, passion, and sick-of-it-iness that is 100% DIRECTED AT NOM AND ITS SELF-APPOINTED JOB PROTECTING SOCIETY AND ITS CHILDREN! So for NOM, the ones who are always crowing about kids being “indoctrinated” in this way or that, to now further their self-appointment by using this one kid as their little victim in need of saving?! Well forget the political strategy attached to FCKH8: This attempt to flip it and exploit the underage participants is just further proof that the only families NOM cares to “protect” are the ones that SCREW=.




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NOM Responds To Being Told To FCK Off: Is This How Gay Advocates Will ‘Indoctrinate Our Kids’?

Guess who's got a problem with Luke Montgomery's FCKH8.com promo videos? The National Organization for Marriage, of course. Letting kids tell haters to FCK off is a gross exploitation of children, you see, and their attacks on Christian fundamentalists just makes things worse. But if you sign NOM's petition, there will be sunshine and butterflies in the world again.


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Study: positive family attitudes have major health and well-being implications for LGBT kids

For the first time, researchers have established a clear link between accepting family attitudes and behaviors towards their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children and significantly decreased risk and better overall health in adulthood.  The study shows that specific parental and caregiver behaviors — such as advocating for their children when they are mistreated because of their LGBT identity or supporting their gender expression — protect against depression, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts in early adulthood. In addition, LGBT youth with highly accepting families have significantly higher levels of self-esteem and social support in young adulthood.

This may seem obvious to we LGBT folk, but as we know it is not necessarily obvious to parents, friends and other family members.  For example, watch members of a California family describe their individual paths to understanding these truths in this amazing video.

Major research findings include:

* Family accepting behaviors towards LGBT youth during adolescence protect against suicide, depression and substance abuse.

* LGBT young adults who reported high levels of family acceptance during adolescence had significantly higher levels of self-esteem, social support and general health, compared to peers with low levels of family acceptance.

* LGBT young adults who reported low levels of family acceptance during adolescence were over three times more likely to have suicidal thoughts and to report suicide attempts, compared to those with high levels of family acceptance.

* High religious involvement in families was strongly associated with low acceptance of LGBT children.

Results of the research are being translated into practical tools for parents by the study’s author Dr. Caitlin Ryan and her team at the Family Acceptance Project in collaboration with Child and Adolescent Services at the University of California, San Francisco, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  They use a behavioral approach to help ethnically and religiously diverse families decrease rejection and increase support for their LGBT children to reduce risk for suicide, depression, substance abuse, and HIV, to promote well-being and to prevent homelessness and placement in custodial care. This approach helps communities and providers to engage diverse families as allies in decreasing their LGBT children’s risk and increasing their well-being while respecting the family’s deeply held values. This work is being conducted in English, Spanish and Chinese with families from all ethnic backgrounds, including immigrant and very low income families, and those whose children are out-of-home in foster care and juvenile justice facilities.

The study is published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, a journal of the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses, in a peer-reviewed article titled “Family Acceptance in Adolescence and the Health of LGBT Young Adults.”
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Sarah Palin Has No Problem With Daughter Willow Calling Facebook Kids ‘Faggots’

How is mother Sarah Palin responding to the news that her 16-year-old daughter Willow called a schoolmate a "faggot" on Facebook? By blaming the lamestream media, natch!

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Ari Gold Is Doing It For the Kids

ARI GOLD X390Singer Ari Gold describes the video for his new single “Make My Body Rock” as a deconstruction of heterosexual marriage and the way children are often used to satisfy their parents own selfish desires.
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Michelle Obama: Adults Need To Teach Kids Bullying Is Not Okay

Kids will follow our lead. They will follow our example, but we've got to set it. … All of these young people regardless of their race, their sexual orientation, they are gifts to us. They have so much to offer and it's just terrible to find out that kids are letting this part of their life define everything about who they are going to be.

—Michelle Obama, on Ellen today, about the responsibility adults have in fighting school bullying. She says she tells Malia and Sasha they have a responsibility to speak up if they see someone being bullied. [via]


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Tony Perkins: Gay Kids Hang Themselves Because They Know Their Sexual Orientation Is Wretched

There's no correlation between inacceptance of homosexuality and depression and suicide. … These young people who identify as gay or lesbian, we know from the social science that they have a higher propensity to depression or suicide because of that internal conflict.

—Tony Perkins, the perpetual liar and Family Research Council president the media continues to treat as a reasonable person worth listening to, denounces the idea that kids suffering from "abnormal" homosexuality kill themselves because they are bullied


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Most Of America Believes 2,000-Year-Old Man Hanging On a Cross Is To Blame For Gay Kids Killing Themselves

Who's ready for some fun statistics-backed blame gaming! A survey conducted last week reveals some 65 percent of Americans believe organized religion is connected to higher rates of suicide among LGBT youth, while 72 percent say religious institutions are behind "negative viewers" of queers. Nearly a third of Catholics (more than twice as any other religious denomination) would give their own church's handling of homosexuality a D or F. And while four in ten respondents say all places of worship would receive a D or F grade, roughly the same number would their own temples an A or B rating. (Read: Everybody's views are skewed.) But in the middle of religious institutions being attacked, at least Christians and Jews — who disagree on some of the most basic tenants of life, creation, and the lord — are coming together on something: Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for the U.S. Military and Metropolitan Jonah of the Orthodox Church in America both agree that repealing Don't Ask Don't tell could totally harsh on their shared belief that homosexuality is disgusting.


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Florida’s Martin Gill Can Keep His Adopted Kids: DCF Won’t Appeal. (But …)

Florida's Department of Children and Families will not appeal last month's state appeals court ruling declaring unconstitutional the state's ban on gay adoption, which uphold the November 2008 ruling of a lower court. It's great news for Gov. Charlie Crist, who can finally stop forgetting whether he supports it or not. DCF will modify its adoption forms so applicants are no longer asked if they are gay (!). There's still one possibility of appeal: Attorney General Bill McCollum, lover of rentboy patrons, could move ahead by himself.

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If Jarrett cares about LGBT kids killing themselves, her boss should stop saying gays aren’t equal

Here’s an excerpt of White House adviser Valerie Jarrett’s remarks tonight at the HRC annual “No Excuses” dinner.

I cry bullshit. From Politico:

–From Jarrett’s prepared remarks: “Recently, we’ve all been shocked and heartbroken by the deaths of several young people who had been harassed and bullied for being openly gay – or because people thought they were gay. It’s a terrible tragedy. And it has turned a harsh spotlight onto an issue that often doesn’t get the public attention it deserves: the struggles of LGBT youth, the enormous pain that too many experience as a result of bullying, and the desperate, tragic decision by some young people who feel that their only recourse is to take their own lives. …

“No young person should have to endure a life of relentless taunts and harassment, just because they’re gay. On behalf of President Obama, I want to make clear that this administration is firmly committed to working with you and other advocates. For we all have to ensure that we are creating an environment in our schools, our communities, and our country, that is safe for every person, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.”

If you care so much about gay kids being bullied and committing suicide, then start being our fierce advocate. Stop defending DADT and DOMA in court. Stop the DADT discharges now. Start doing something, anything, on getting ENDA passed and DOMA repealed, like you promised. And, if the President isn’t too busy calling more female basketball stars, maybe he could be bothered to make even one phone call to even one Senator on DADT repeal.

Oh yeah, and the next time you claim to be shocked and saddened by all these gay kids killing themselves, ask yourself what message you’re sending when you tell those same kids that they don’t deserve to be married, they don’t deserve to love and be loved, because God wouldn’t like it. (Of course, Barack Obama was for marriage equality before he decided to be President, but then again, he was for a lot of things before he became President.)

Words, words, words, Valerie. We’ve heard it before. And we’re over it. Words mean nothing from this President. When you and your boss finally decide to actually support full equality, when you decide to actually become our fierce advocate on DADT, DOMA and ENDA, then get back to us.  Our kids are killing themselves.  And you’ve got more important things to worry about.  Come 2012, so will we.




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