Family Acceptance Project

playbill from The Inheritance

What Did The Gay Community Inherit?

I was lucky to see “The Inheritance” before Broadway theatres shuttered its doors on Thursday, March 12, 2020, the next day. Playwright Matthew Lopez’s play, an import from London where it received an Oliver Award, is a “dramady” (part comedy, part drama) about gay culture now and in the time of AIDS. It was an…

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School Is Out, But The Cyberbullies Can Taunt Your LGBT Child

God only knows when schools and college will discontinue shuttering their doors. Just because your LGBTQ child isn’t face-to-face with the school bully doesn’t mean he isn’t being harassed online, 24/7.   We’ve all heard about cyberbullying resulting in suicides for those who are being abused on-line. GLSEN that studies the climate for LGBTQ students…

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What Traditional Couples Can Learn From Gay Marriage

Almost four years ago, when gay marriage was legal, a reporter named Christopher Katis from an LGBT publication QSALTLake,” interviewed me about whether kids of gay parents fared better than those raised by heterosexual parents. His curiosity was stoked by a study by the University of Melbourne that had released the first official results from…

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What the Defeat of the HB Bill 1057 Means to Trans Kids in S.Dakota & Other States

  South Dakota’s House Bill 1057 that sought to block physicians from providing puberty blockers and gender confirmation surgery to help minors (under 16) change their gender was defeated this past week. It’s stalled for a year anyway and I hope forever! If the bill had passed, South Dakota doctors who were caught performing gender-affirming…

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Hallmark Should Cater To All Families

Original Dec. Ad with Same-sex Brides Reinstated Last month, One Million Moms (1MM) launched a campaign calling on Crown Media, Hallmark’s parent company, to pull several ads for the wedding planning site Zola.  A Hallmark account representative told a Zola ad buyer that “we are not allowed to accept creative that are deemed controversial.” The…

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“What God Has Wrought, Let No Man Put Asunder”

My husband is a Methodist, one of 13 million strong of the second largest denomination. I probably am too as I was named after my father John Wesley whose namesake was the founder of Methodism, and with his brother Charles, wrote many hymns sung from the Methodist hymnal. Last week, United Methodist Church leaders from…

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You Are What You Eat: Chick-fil-A

In the past, the restaurant chain Chic-fil-A has ruffled the feathers of its potential liberal clientele because of its known reputation donating to anti-gay Christian organizations such as The Salvation Army, Paul Anderson Youth Homes, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. CEO Dan Cathy of Chick-fil-A, founded in 1946, does not believe in gay marriage.…

Transgender Awareness Day of Remembrance

Transgender Awareness Week Is Almost Over, But The Fight For Transgender Equality Persists

Each year, Transgender Awareness Week is November 13-19.  It’s a time for transgender people and their allies to highlight the community, share their stories and talk about the issues they face daily such as discrimination in health care, housing, workplace, at school, in restaurants, restrooms, airport, and interactions with law enforcement.  It’s a chance to…

National Adoption Day

November is Adoption Month, But NOT for Everyone

There are approximately 125,000 children waiting to be adopted from foster care in the United States. The Williams Institute of Law at U.C.L.A. reports that 114,000 same-sex couples in the U.S. are raising kids and many of them have become parents through adoption or fostering. Or surrogacy for that matter. Seems like a match made…

Should you bring your significant other to Thanksgiving?

Should You Bring Your LGBT Significant Other to Thanksgiving Dinner??

You’re in love.  You want to introduce your significant other to your family and the world. However, don’t let “smoke get in your eyes.” Thanksgiving may not be the best time for your boyfriend/girlfriend to get acquainted with your relatives. Before you act hastily, consider these points: Are you “out” to your family?  If not,…

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You Don’t Have To Come Out On National Coming Out Day

October 11 is the 31st annual LGBTQ Coming Out Day.  The purpose of the day is to educate the public about LGBT orientation, reduce bullying, and support allies of the LGBT population in their fight for equality. Although it would be ideal if everyone felt they could come out,  LGBT children have their own timeline. …

U.S. Supreme Court

Human Dignity is at Stake

Can someone be fired for being LGBT?  Today, the Supreme Court justices are hearing three historic cases on LGBT equality.  The three plaintiffs are:  Gerald Bostock, Donald Zareda and Aimee Stephens, all fired from their jobs for gender identity and expression. Although the cases will not have a decision until next year, most likely in…

Bisexuals aren't confused

It’s a Legitimate Orientation and Shouldn’t be Erased

For a person having a bisexual orientation, the orientation is not chosen even though the sex of the partner may be.  The annual Bisexual Awareness Week ( September 16-23, 2019), co-sponsored by GLSEN, celebrates bisexuals who make up more than 50% of the LGBT community.  The Williams Institute, a policy think tank for LGBT policy…

Gay Parent Ally

Know Your School’s LGBT Rights

You’ve done your homework as a parent to prepare your child for possible bullying, harassment.  According to GLSEN figures, you can expect bullying.  Approximately 85% of high school students report being harassed in school because of their real or perceived sexual orientation, 64% of students document that they are harassed because of their real or perceived gender…

Make The School Your Ally

Make The School Your Ally

Last week, I addressed preparing your LGBT child for possible bullying during the school year.  It’s a straight parent’s homework! Most importantly, you want to make the school your ally.  How do you do this? Talk to the school personnel to discover what they regard as bullying.  However, keep in mind that often teachers and…