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A student comes out in an essay. Check out this beautiful exchange between a teacher and student.
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June 6th, 2011 by Admin
For years, the Giants have proven that they sincerely care about their community.
In the last year, it has been great to be a fan of the San Francisco Giants. Celebrating in the streets of the Mission District after the team’s World Series win last fall was awesome. The pride that the city has for its baseball team — often referred to as underdogs and freaks — is heartwarming. And now the Giants have become the first pro sports team to make an “It Gets Better” video in support of LGBT youth. The Giants are taking a giant (no pun intended) step forward by becoming the first pro sports team to support the It Gets Better Project, which attempts to provide hope to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teenagers in their quests for respect and acceptance. …Others who have sent such messages include President Obama and members of the cast of the hit television show “Glee.”To see the Video Go to:Acceptance Gay Lesbian It Gets Better Video LGBT Youth SF Giants
June 12th, 2010 by Admin
Coming out to oneself can be a confusing and difficult process with several hurdles to cross. First, there’s making the discovery that you are gay. Then, there’s coming to terms with your same-sex feelings. Next, it’s wondering, am I the only one with such feelings? It’s challenging for sure. Society may be more accepting of gay people than ever before, but there is still a stigma attached to same-sex attraction, and of course, the biggest obstacle for most people is the fear that their families won’t be accepting. That happens, but people can change. A favorite quote from Carol Lynn Pearson: When dogma collides with reality, when the people involved are those you love, you see with different eyes. Even unaccepting parents can begin to see things differently with time.
If you are at the point in your process that you are ready to come out, there are lots of books that can help you and your parents. Also, for support check out www.PFLAG.org to find a chapter near you.Acceptance Coming Out Gay Lesbian GLBT Issues PFLAG Sexual Orientation
May 10th, 2010 by Admin
The Rest of the Way: A Coming Out Story for Parents and Gay Children by Enid Jackowitz is now available at Malaprops Book Store and Cafe in Ashville, NC. Hear Enid speak about her journey from rejection and homophobia to acceptance and advocacy at Malaprops on Monday, August 9, 2010 at 7 PM.Acceptance Coming Out Gay Lesbian Homophobia Malaprops Book Store
April 19th, 2010 by Admin
Janice Langbehn and Lisa Marie Pond were setting sail on a vacation cruise with three of their four children in February 2007. The cruise was a celebration of their 18 years together as a couple. But, before the ship left port, Pond suffered a massive stroke and was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital (JMH) in Miami.
Because she was not considered “Family” Jackson Memorial administrators refused to allow Janice into Mary’s hospital room. It was tragic that the hospital’s narrow definition of “Family” kept Janice from her beloved partner of 18 years at such a crucial time when she so needed the comfort of her family. Left alone for eight hours Mary slipped into a coma and died. It’s hard to believe that people could have been so callous and uncaring to allow that to happen.
This tragic incident was the catalyst that changed Jackson’s policies and procedures regarding LGBT families. In a move that sets a new standard for Florida hospitals, Jackson Memorial Hospital has adopted a comprehensive set policies and procedures that respect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) families. Thanks go to Equality Florida for their work in helping to ensure that LGBT families are respected, protected, and supported. JMH CEO, staff, and administrative leaders are working closely with the LGBT community to upgrade hospital policies and training procedures with the goal of making Jackson a model for how hospitals should treat gay and transgender families and patients.
Just days ago, President Obama sent out a memo stating in part, “Gay and lesbian Americans are “uniquely affected” by relatives-only policies at hospitals. They are often barred from the bedsides of the partners with whom they may have spent decades of their lives—unable to be there for the person they love, and unable to act as a legal surrogate if their partner is incapacitated. In his memo the President asked the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a rule that would prevent hospitals from denying visitation rights to civil partners, effective immediately.
…And not a moment too soon.
“It gives me and my family some comfort to know that by sharing our story we have helped to change Jackson’s policies for the better.”- Janice LangbehnAcceptance Anti discrimination policies Equality Florida Gay Lesbian Jackson Memorial Hospital LGBT Equality President Obama Visitation Rights
March 24th, 2010 by Admin
For anyone working with kids—here is a great resource. It’s Elementary. This amazing documentary film should be mandatory for teachers to watch. Children have questions. This film gives adults ways to talk with kids about prejudice toward gays. I saw it years ago and loved it.
It’s Elementary takes cameras into classrooms across the U.S. to look at one of today’s most controversial topics – whether and how gay issues should be discussed in schools. No political debate here. The film takes the point of view of the school children. At its heart are inspiring scenes in which elementary and middle school teachers find creative ways to confront anti-gay prejudice.
It’s Elementary is the first film of its kind to address anti-gay prejudice by providing adults with practical lessons on how to talk with kids about gay people. Hailed as “a model of intelligent directing,” It’s Elementary shows that children are eager and able to wrestle with stereotypes and absorb new facts about what it means to be gay or lesbian.
Since it aired on more than 100 public television stations in 1999, It’s Elementary has fueled a growing movement of educators and parents — gay and straight alike — who are committed to preventing pervasive homophobia and anti-gay violence. The film shows what happens when kids in kindergarten through eighth grade discuss lesbian- and gay-related topics in age-appropriate ways. It’s Elementary models excellent teaching about family diversity, name-calling, stereotypes, and community building.
It’s Elementary has won numerous awards, has been acquired by nearly 3,000 educational institutions, and has received widespread acclaim from educators, policymakers, parents and religious leaders. Check it out!Acceptance Gay Lesbian GLBT Issues Prejudice Teachers
March 1st, 2010 by Admin
The Rest of the Wayby Enid Duchin Jackowitz Create Space Publishing Reviewed by: Dave Parker, PFLAG National Board of Directors Past President of PFLAG Transgender Network Recipient of the Human Rights Campaign Legacy Award 2010
What a wonderful book!The Rest of the Way refers to the Talmudic story many Christians think of as the Prodigal Son. In the Talmudic version, when the king asks his son to come home, the son replies that he cannot travel that far. The king responds, “Then come as far as you can, and I will meet you the rest of the way.” This book is about Ms. Jackowitz’ journey the rest of the way when her older son comes out to her as gay. There are a number of books about coming out by gay, lesbian, bi, and transgender people telling their stories. There are also a number of books by therapists and other professionals dissecting the struggles most gender variant people go through. The Rest of the Way is more about how coming to terms with the author’s son’s gay identity leads the author toward much greater awareness of herself. Like many of us, Ms Jackowitz’ life was constrained by her need to meet other people’s standards. This need is deeply ingrained in all of us. We learn from our earliest awareness that some actions and attitudes are accepted (or demanded) in our social environment while others are taboo. Accepting her son’s reality meant giving up many of those acceptable attitudes and accepting many of those she was taught were taboos. The Rest of the Way takes us along on her journey. It is one those of us who love our children must also travel. Our journeys require a great deal of thoughtful insight into our own needs and recognition that we cannot accept changes in someone else without changing ourselves. Acceptance Book Review Gay Lesbian GLBT Issues The Rest of the Way
January 24th, 2010 by Admin
The Rest of the Way: A Coming Out Story for Parents and Gay Children, by Enid Duchin Jackowitz is now available in the Orlando area at Borders at the Winter Park Village. In telling the story of how her son’s coming out effected her family, the author takes us on a journey from homophobia and rejection to a place of acceptance and advocacy. People from over 30 Countries have visited the author’s website.
For more information and to read Testimonials check out www.restoftheway.com.Acceptance Borders Coming Out Book FL Gay Lesbian Homophobia The Rest of the Way: A Coming Out Story for Parents and Gay Children Winter Park
January 23rd, 2010 by Admin
Check out the NBC’s Today show, on Thursday, January 28, 2010 for a piece on children who come out in middle school.
When he was thirteen and in the 8th grade, Richard Walsh came out to his parents and a few close friends. Richard said, “I started to notice I was different when I was in the 6th grade, and I wasn’t thinking the same things the boys in my class were,” he said, adding he began saying something to people because he felt like a liar. “My parents were very accepting …and they’ve been very supportive of me, as well.”
But at school, things didn’t go well. Richard said he was teased and called derogatory names. “Middle school was difficult after I came out because everybody (at that age) is still trying to piece themselves together,” he said.
When Walsh got to high school, he decided he wanted to be part of a solution for harassment in the schools –not just for the gay students, but for all the students. As a result, he helped form a Gay Straight Alliance group and became active in the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) –a national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students — to raise awareness and promote tolerance of everyone.
After high school, Walsh intends to continue his work as an advocate for the gay community
To learn more about Chillicothe High School’s Gay Straight Alliance, go online to www.chillicothegsa.com.
The NBC “Today” segment featuring Richard Walsh is expected to air between 7:30 and 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 28.
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