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12 Year Old Beaten Up In Florida Schoolyard For Wearing Gay PRIDE Flag [WARNING: Sensitive Video]

12 Year Old Beaten Up At Florida School For Wearing Gay PRIDE Flag [WARNING: Sensitive Video]

Leo Hoffman, a 12-year-old is child was beaten up at Seminole Middle School in Largo, Florida last weekend for wearing a rainbow PRIDE flag as a cape at a Memorial Day weekend school event.

Leo was at a picnic at their middle school during when a male student confronted them. The boy grabbed the flag and put it in the garbage, but Leo went to get it back.

Another boy took the flag away again and pushed Leo to the ground and stepped on them. A melee between students then ensured with a tug-of-war with the flag between those standing up for Leo and those who attacked him.

Dr. Michael Moss, principal of the school said\ the alleged attack during the Memorial Day weekend and that five of the main boys involved have been suspended and others were assigned to an alternative school.

“We teach our students to accept and respect everyone for who they are. This is a district that values diversity and promotes inclusion.

Video of the attack has been shared online by Leo’s sister Ashleigh, and has gone viral.

The school is now set to introduce an anti-bullying program when the students return later in the year .

Texas State Board of Ed Rejects Teaching Students About Respect for LGBT People

Texas State Board of Ed Rejects Teaching Students About Respect for LGBT People

The Republican-controlled Texas State Board of Education rejected proposals in a series of votes Thursday and Friday to teach students in public school health classes that everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.

Board member Ruben Cortez, D-Brownsville, proposed standards requiring students in Grades 7-8 and high school be able to define and differentiate between sexual orientation and gender identity. Two other proposals called for students to learn that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their orientation or identity. Board Democrats and one Republican backed all four proposals, but nine Republicans voted them down.

“Imagine the tragic message state board members have sent by refusing to acknowledge that LGBT students even exist in our classrooms,” said Carisa Lopez, political director for the Texas Freedom Network.,The board had a chance to stand with young people who are looking to feel safe and respected in their schools. A majority of board members chose to abandon them and stand with the bullies instead.”

Mary Elizabeth Castle, policy advisor at the 501(c)(3) non-profit anti-LGBT hate group Texas Values countered: “Today, we are grateful that the State Board of Education voted to stick to education and teach children how to live a healthy and productive life as opposed to confusing them with controversial political ideologies. The statewide Health standards look nothing like Austin ISD’s radical sex education propaganda; and efforts to politicize Science failed.”

"The Good Place" Actress Jameela Jamil Comes Out As Queer

“The Good Place” Actress Jameela Jamil Comes Out As Queer

“The Good Place” actress Jameela Jamil came out as “queer” yesterday on Twitter after addressing a backlash started by tran-actress Trace Lysette over Jamil’s involvement in “Legendary,” an upcoming HBO Max ballroom competition show.

“I kept it low because I was scared of the pain of being accused of performative bandwagon jumping, over something that caused me a lot of confusion, fear and turmoil when I was a kid.” Jamil said.

It is not clear what part of the community she identifies with as of this posting,

The drama started when “Transparent” trans-actress Trace Lysette criticized the decision to hire someone who was not part of the culture. (As she often does with every role she loses a roll she wants or feels slighted by casting “I interviewed for this gig. As the mother of a house for nearly a decade it’s kind of kind blowing when ppl with no connection to our culture gets the gig. This is not shade towards Jameela, I love all that she stands for. If anything I question the decision makers,” Lysette said on her Twitter.

“I know that my being queer doesn’t qualify me as ballroom,” Jamil has said. “But I have privilege and power and a large following to bring to this show, (as does the absolutely iconic Megan Thee Stallion,) and its beautiful contestants and ballroom hosts.

Jamil posted the following on Twitter:

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James Corden Blasts Bill Maher For Fat Shaming: "It's just bullying." - VIDEO

James Corden Blasts Bill Maher For Fat Shaming: “It’s just bullying.” – VIDEO

The “Late Late Show” host issued an emotional rebuttal in a segment on his show in which he shared his personal experiences.

James Corden has clapped back against Bill Maher’s pleas for fat-shaming to “make a comeback.”on his latest episode of “Real Time”

“We have gone to this weird place where fat is good. It’s pointing out that fat is unhealthy, that’s what’s bad,” Maher said. “Fat shaming doesn’t need to end. It needs to make a comeback. Some amount of shame is good.”

Corden said he was surprised at Maher’s rant because Maher had been “pleasant” with him in the past. He also noted that “fat-shaming never went anywhere and is actually more harmful than helpful.

There’s a common and insulting misconception that fat people are stupid and lazy and we’re not. We get it. We know that being overweight isn’t good for us and I’ve struggled my entire life with trying to manage my weight and I suck at it.

We’re not all as lucky as Bill Maher. We don’t all have a sense of superiority that burns 35,000 calories a day. Fat-shaming is just bullying and bullying only makes the problem worse. 

Corden ended his segment with a word of advice for Maher: While you’re encouraging people to think about what goes into their mouths, just think a little harder about what comes out of yours.

From one husky boy to another: Bravo James. Now please pass the cheesecake.

Library Cancels LGBT Prom After ‘Activist Mommy’ Launches Anti-Gay ‘Perversion’ Attack Campaign Using Facebook

Library Cancels LGBT Prom After ‘Activist Mommy’ Launches Anti-Gay ‘Perversion’ Attack Campaign Using Facebook

The Florida Times-Union reports:

Beatrice Palmer cleared her schedule for Friday evening. Among a typical busy week of drag gigs, she planned to make an appearance at a prom night before her next show. The local drag entertainer and producer wanted to be there for the 100 teenagers who signed up to attend the Storybook Pride Prom at Riverside’s Willowbranch Library dressed as their favorite book characters or in drag Friday night.

After the Jacksonville Public Library canceled the night of music, dancing and costumes Monday morning, Palmer wants to reschedule the event. The decision came Monday morning after the library received hundreds of phone calls supporting and protesting the Storybook Pride Prom. Hundreds commented on and shared the library’s Facebook post canceling the dance to express their disappointment.

Elizabeth Johnston, a popular blogger and author who goes by “The Activist Mommy,” asked her hundreds of thousands of Facebook followers in a post Friday to call Willow branch and “express your disgust that this perversion is taking place in a taxpayer funded library.” Johnston did not return the Times-Union’s request for comment before publication.

Johnson used Facebook as a major tool in her attack by doxing the library and publishing its phone number . Facebook would not respond or remove the reported posts from Back2Stonewall. Harassment, bullying, and hate speech are all against Facebook’s terms of service.

Said Johnson:

Christians have been complacent, tolerant, and silent for far too long. If you love the citizens of our nation, if you love the children and the drag queens and the gay pride dancers, then you will fight for a world where this sin is no longer promoted.

Melania Trump: "I’m The Most Bullied Person In The World."

Melania Trump: “I’m The Most Bullied Person In The World.”

Yahoo News reports:

Melania Trump has raised a fair share of eyebrows since she launched her pet project, Be Best, because it aims, in part, to combat cyberbullying — with critics accusing her husband, President Trump, of being one of Twitter’s most egregious offenders.

But the first lady shrugged off charges of hypocrisy to promote her anti-bullying initiative during this month’s solo trip to Ghana, Malawi, Kenya, and Egypt. Now a newly released interview excerpt shows the first lady defending her work with Be Best for a personal reason: She sees herself as a victim of bullying.

“I could say I’m the most bullied person on the world,” she told Llamas. “One of them — if you really see what people [are] saying about me.”

 

Melania. It’s not bullying if saying that you are a soulless gold-digging whore is the actual truth.

 

 

Directors of ‘Chicago’ Under Fire After B'way Veteran Kills Himself After Brutal Bullying

Directors of ‘Chicago’ Under Fire After B’way Veteran Kills Himself After Brutal Bullying

The directors of the musical “Chicago” on Broadway Walter Bobbie and Leslie Stifelman, are under investigation following the suicide of veteran actor Jeff Loeffelholz, on June 29th following a brutal rehearsal stating in notes that Bobbie and Stifelman had bullied and humiliated him in front of the rest of the cast in order to compel him to leave the show and avoid the Producers/NAMCO’s contractual obligation to ‘buy out’ his contract.

Loeffelholz, was a longtime standby for the role of Mary Sunshine,

Fellow Broadway actors and friends have launched a “Justice for Jeffrey” campaign.

According to the campaign:

According to Loeffelholz’s own handwritten notes after the rehearsal, he went upstairs where he greeted the dance captain with a hug and the usual pleasantries and when asked how he was, he replied he was great but he was “ready to rehearse.”

At that point Hyslop said he received a text from Bobbie saying he hadn’t slept all night and was running late. By now it was 1:15 and much of the cast had started to arrive. Bobbie finally arrived at 1:20 and after small talk with Stifelman and Hyslop he said to Loeffelholz, “I want to hear you sing,” adding that Loeffelholz was “never on” and he wanted to know why. Loeffelholz hadn’t performed the role since the last week of February.

Loeffelholz sang Mary Sunshine’s signature song, “A Little Bit of Good.” Silence from Bobbie until he said, “Again.” Loeffelholz sang it again. Bobbie then told Loeffelholz he should quit “overperforming it and being draggy” (i.e., like a drag queen), because “it is not a drag role. You need to be believable,” according to Loeffelholz’s notes.

Loeffelholz sang it again at which time Bobbie told him he couldn’t hear his lower register and he asked Loeffelholz for “more volume! I don’t believe what you’re telling me!”

Bobbie then said he was very disappointed and upset and stormed into the theater’s lobby at which point Stifelman took over the rehearsal instructing Loeffelholz to start in the middle of the song, adding “You always do it wrong.”

Loeffelholz sang it again. Bobbie entered the theater again and Stifelman repeated to him that Loeffelholz always does this part of the song incorrectly and could they do it again, according to Loeffelholz’s notes.

Loeffelholz sang it again after which Stifelman told him he was singing the wrong notes and that it was impossible for her to follow him when he performs the role.

Loeffelholz sang “A Little Bit of Good” for the sixth time. Stifelman alleged that Loeffelholz was “oversinging it and talking too much,” according to Loeffelholz’s own handwritten notes. Stifelman had Loeffelholz sing the middle part and told him he was singing the wrong lyrics. Loeffelholz’s notes simply state, “I was not.”

Stifelman then asked Bobbie if he wanted Loeffelholz to sing it again. Bobbie said no, adding, “We’ve wasted enough time.” Bobbie then said to bring in the rest of the cast and Loeffelholz approached him. “I walked up to Walter and he just stared at me,” his notes read. “I stared back and wanted him to say something.”

“I appreciate your loyalty,” Bobbie finally said to Loeffelholz, according to his notes. “But I am an actor too, and you have to respect the production.

Full post here.

Producers Fran and Barry Weissler held an emergency cast meeting on Friday night, according to the New York Post, to address the outrage following Loeffelholz’s suicide.

The Weisslers have hired attorney Judd Burstein, to investigate the alleged bullying incident.

“My obligation here is to find the truth about what happened without regard to the consequences which flow from my finding.” said Burstein.

New Poll Shows Almost 50% of LGBT Workers Report Feeling Bullied in the Workplace

 

Numbers have been released that state four out of 10 LGBT workers report feeling bullied at their place of employment because of their sexual orientation. This is  11 percentage points higher than the national average of all workers combined, according to a Harris Poll for CareerBuilder., which surveyed 3,420 employees, including 238 LGBT workers.

The findings state that the LGBT workers say that  they were picked on for their personal attributes, such as their appearance or gender, while 47 percent said they were gossiped about. LGBT workers also said they were ignored, falsely accused of mistakes or judged on different standards than other workers. 

The number of LGBT workplace bullying has grown since the 2016 election, said David Kilmnick, CEO of The LGBT Network.

“It has such a negative impact, not only to the LGBT person, which is a given. If you’re being bullied for who you are, it will impact how one feels safe in one’s workplace.  Taking the issue to HR might not always solve the problem because not all employers are prepared to handle workplace bullying, Kilmnick said. He added that his group is stepping up workplace training to help businesses build a more inclusive workplace.”

The impact on workers can be long-lasting, CareerBuilder said. About one out of five LGBT workers who said they were bullied at work had health-related problems because of it, while 15 percent said they had called in sick because of the bullying. 

Workers who are experiencing bullying should take notes to document their interactions with the bully and keep them in a safe place, CareerBuilder said. Sometimes standing up to the bully can work, with about 20 percent of bullied workers saying the behavior stopped after they confronted their aggressor.

32 states currently DO NOT have LGBT non-discrimination and work place protection laws in place

Kennedy Dynasty Grandson Arrested For ‘Defending Gay Friend’ In Bar Fight

Kennedy Dynasty Grandson Arrested For ‘Defending Gay Friend’ In Bar Fight

22-year-old Conor Kennedy, the grandson of Robert F Kennedy Jr, was arrested after an altercation at the Bootsy Bellows nightclub in Aspen, Colorado after leaping to the defense of a gay friend who was being harassed in a bar.

According to the Aspen Times, the fight started when a group of men hurled a homophobic slurs at a gay friend of Kennedy’s.

Kennedy, a Harvard rugby player, asked the men to apologize, but the altercation turned physical and a fight broke out.

He was arrested and has been charged with disorderly conduct.

His father Robert F Kennedy Jr confirmed the incident, telling the Aspen Times he was proud of his son for defending his friend.

RFK Jr. said: “Conor has always reacted against bullying. I’m happy he stood up for his friend.

A further statement from Kennedy’s reps  released a statement saying that “Multiple witnesses to the incident have reported that two men assaulted Conor Kennedy after he rebuked them for directing a homophobic slur and threats to his close friend.”

“They also report that Mr. Kennedy was cooperative, compliant and respectful toward the police from the moment they arrived on the scene.

“Mr. Kennedy looks forward to a full airing of the incident.”

Police say they are “following up” on Kennedy’s allegations of homophobia relating to the incident

Conor Kennedy is the grandson of late New York Senator Robert F Kennedy, and the great nephew of John F Kennedy.

 

Mission: America Hatefrau Linda Harvey Is Sick To Death About Hearing About The Gays!

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“Enough is enough. Have you noticed that the promotion of homosexuality seems to be almost everywhere you look these days? From movies and TV shows to commercials, mass-market paperback novels and even children’s media. As you’ve heard me say many times, the topic of sexual deviance has sadly permeated the climate of our public schools. The mainstream media breathlessly covers homosexual so-called rights as an issue way out of proportion to its relative importance. When the Supreme Court struck down portions of state and national marriage laws last summer, you’d think the first person had landed on Mars. Meanwhile, much more important issues like human trafficking, child abuse or the daily slaughter of unborn babies in this country get little attention. The only thing that will overcome this darkness is for parents to stand up, even if it’s uncomfortable. It’s not hateful to do so and your willingness to draw the line in the sand and say no to homosexual propaganda may be the action that saves a life.” – Columbus, OH Hate-frau and anti-gay group leader of Mission: America Linda Harvey, speaking on her podunk radio show on GLSEN’s  Day Of Silence.

And we’re pretty sick of listening to Harpy Harvey talking about us. How symmetrical.