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Emma González is the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School senior who delivered a fiery speech against Trump and the NR...A during an anti-gun rally on Saturday. People of Twitter coaxed González that she should run for President, González joked that she’s already President — of her schools Gay-Straight Alliance. 🔥YES! Thanks to @mattpwolf for sharing and @buzzfeed for info. Photo by Nicole Raucheisen. #emmagonzalez #gaystraightalliance
Truly an extraordinary family. “We believe you! We believe you.”
Playing at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, this looks like a must-see.
"Somewhere in the suburbs, Isaac has returned from Afghanistan under unusual circumstances to help take care of his ailing father, who once ruled the house with an iron first, only to discover a household in revolt. The insurgent: his mother. Liberated from an oppressive marriage, and with Isaac’s newly-out transgender sibling Max as her ally, she’s on a crusade to dismantle the patriarchy. But in Mac’s sly, subversive comedy, annihilating the past doesn’t always free you from it. It leaves so many of our so-called normative and progressive ideas about gender, family, the middle class -- and cleaning -- in hilarious and ultimately tragic disarray."
>>> Volunteering can get you tickets!!
This is always a great event hosted by Metro Wellness and GLSEN. This year's summit will be held in Tampa. PFLAG St. Pete (Lefty and I) will be doing a workshop on "coming out to parents and family." It's one of many informative workshops to be held throughout the day, along with dinner and a dance. All free. Check it out!
This will be the last opportunity to support Tampa Pride with a fun night at drag queen bingo. There's always great prizes from local Ybor establishments. Hope to see you there.
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The PFLAG National Scholarship Program is now accepting applications. The deadline is March 26, 2018. Good luck!
Sharing this great post.
When I cringe at "gender reveals" it's not because I'm not excited that you're going to be a parent.
When I pop in and type "You can't tell gender from an ultr...asound!" It's not because I'm trying to rain on your parade.
When I say "They aren't girl or boy parts until your kid tells you they are!" It's not because I'm trying to call you out.
When I say "Stop teaching your kid that girls have a vulva and boys have a penis!" It's not to confuse you and make you roll your eyes.
When I say "You know your infant doesn't care about the color of literally anything around it, right?" It's not because I'm trying to crush your joy.
When I say "Everything is gender neutral!" It's not to be a pain your ass.
When I say "There's more than just boy or girl." It's not to point out that I'm more aware than you.
When I say "Boys can play with dolls & girls like getting messy too!" It's not necessarily because I think you don't know that on some level.
I say it because kids need better from us. I cringe when I hear things like:
"I'm raising my boy like a boy and my girl like a girl."
"I need a blue bumbo because I'm having a boy and this pink one won't work!"
"When my kid tells me they want to play something else or be something else, I'll let them. But until then, I'm doing it my way."
It scares me in a way you can't fathom. It gives me so much anxiety that I can't even put it into words.
If you are reactive instead of proactive, how is your kid supposed to know it's okay to go against the grain? How are they supposed to know they have options?
When you say "I was so happy to have a son!" Or "I always dreamed of having a daughter!" How will they feel comfortable telling you that you don't have one?
That's a lot of responsibility and pressure to put on a small kid. Too much.
I got lucky that I'd heard of trans kids before my daughter told me she was a girl. I knew not to tell her she was wrong. She knows herself better than I do. Both of em do.
But this isn't about my kids. It's not even wholly about binary trans kids. It's also about the 1 in 1,500 intersex kids. It's also about every kid who doesn't live up to their gender role expectations and feels more comfortable doing something else. It's hugely about non-binary trans kids who don't fit in either box and feel like they have to pick one, but are miserable with either choice.
It's about women who get bullied out of STEM fields and get their sexuality assumed because of things like their attire and hairstyle.
It's about men who are accused of being "whipped" when they're loving husbands and attentive fathers. Or of being "a pussy" when they show any emotion.
It starts with a "gender reveal" and ends in 58% of kids like mine attempting suicide before they're old enough to vote.
I don't sound like a broken record because it's fun and I want to be a Debbie Downer who ruins your excitement and joy. It's because I see at least one post every week from a parent who's in the ER with their kid who attempted to take their own life, or who is posting to say that no matter how hard they tried, the world was too much and they're burying their child.
It's because we are not just responsible for our own kids. We're responsible for the general climate that other people's kids grow up in too. If you teach your son that only girls paint their nails and a male classmate shows up with theirs painted, you really think that's not gonna confuse your kid? You really think they're not going to say something and potentially hurt another kid? I'm here to tell you that's not the case. If you tell your daughter that she can't cut her hair short because "that's for boys and lesbians." You don't think that's sending her a message that's gonna have a ripple effect? Get real.
We have to do better. We have to proactively teach them that whoever they are and whoever anyone else is, is okay. That whether they're a boy or girl is up to them, not their genitals. We have to stop saying BS like "Boys will be boys!" And "Little girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice!" "You're a boy because you have a penis." "You're a girl because you have a vagina." It's not true. The evidence is out there. Kids get it. They don't need long explanations, they just need different ones than the ones they're getting.
We owe it to them to do better. No child should be afraid to be who they are. No child should feel like death is more appealing. No child should be making fun of another kid because they don't fit the mold. No kid should be afraid. The binary isn't real and people shouldn't be color coded.
It's open season on transgender students. The Education Department won't investigate or take action on any complaints filed by transgender students who are banned from restrooms that match their gender identity. The Education and Justice Departments withdrew the Obama-era guidance on transgender restroom access in February 2017. Those students are going to need your support. Donate to your local PFLAG chapters. PFLAG Wesley Chapel/Pasco, PFLAG Dunedin, PFLAG Tampa, PFLAG St Pete.