Voices Out of the Silence

Day of Silence 2015

Today is the Day of Silence, when many students from middle school to college choose not to speak, in order to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBTQ bullying and harassment. LGBTQ youth and those with LGBTQ parents still face challenges—but there are slow changes for the better.

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Save the Date: 10th Annual Blogging for LGBTQ Families Day Is June 1

Blogging for LGBTQ Families Day 2015

I’m thrilled to invite you all to join me for the 10th Annual Blogging for LGBTQ Families Day on Monday, June 1! There might be some special things in store as we celebrate 10 years! Anyone who wants to show their support for LGBTQ families is welcome.

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U.K. Retailer Features Lesbian Moms, Gay Couple in New Ad

Matalan ad

U.K. clothing and housewares retailer Matalan has a new ad campaign to highlight their tag line, “Made for Modern Families,” and they’ve included a pair of lesbian moms and a gay male couple among the diverse families they’re profiling.

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LGBTQ Kids’ Books Challenged Again

2014 Book Challenges

The American Library Association (ALA) has released its annual list of the 10 most frequently challenged books—and once again, ones with LGBTQ content are on it.

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Youth Leaders Say #ItsOurTurnNow to Support Marriage Equality

Hashtag

Inspired by the idea of a 12-year-old girl, youth leaders from several national organizations have launched #OurTurnNow, a social media campaign “to raise youth voices in support of nationwide marriage equality.”

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Of Travel and Trailer: Part III –The Chevy Colorado

Chevy Colorado

The brand-new Chevy Colorado Z71 that arrived in our driveway was a screaming scarlet that would make most women I know either want to play firefighter or find a lipstick to match (or possibly both). My spouse and I were testing the truck for a week courtesy of Joe LaMuraglia, the LGBT communications manager at GM (see my previous post), since we needed something to pull our new camper. With the Colorado, we’d found a vehicle that made us want to throw on our flannel shirts and haul around some lumber.

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Diverse Family Emojis Don’t Go Far Enough

Emoji

Apple has just introduced families with same-sex parents, along with a variety of skin tones, to its emojis for messages and e-mails. That’s great. The problem? Those two features are mutually exclusive.

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Help Public Radio Reporter with Story on DIY Insemination

Egg and sperm

I’m passing along this request from a reporter with WNYC, New York Public Radio. He’s doing a story on methods of lesbian and gay conception over the years, and is looking for people to share their stories.

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White House Shows its Rainbow Colors This Week

whitehouse

It was a big week in LGBTQ news at the White House—or a big week in federal news for the LGBTQ community, depending on how one looks at it.

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Florida Poised to Reject Adoption Discrimination

Orange tree

There’s a little more sunshine in the Sunshine State today. The Florida Senate yesterday blocked an effort by the state House that would have allowed any private adoption agency to discriminate based on prospective parents’ sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as family status and religious or political beliefs.

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LGBTQ Parenting Roundup

LGBTQ Parenting Roundup

Stories about LGBTQ parents and our children that I haven’t covered elsewhere!

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