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Patrick Haggerty was a teenager in rural Dry Creek, Washington, in the late 1950s. In this StoryCorps animated short, The Saint of Dry Creek, he remembers the advice his father, a dairy farmer, gave him when he realized his son was gay. Haggerty’s interview was recorded as part of the StoryCorps OutLoud initiative, and this film is in partnership with the It Gets Better Project.
Submitted by Thilo
Coming out to friends and family can be a hurdle, but coming out to a group of strangers in a public setting is another feat entirely. That didn’t keep Benton Sorensen from coming out as transgender during a class presentation about inspiration. After showing a picture on the overhead projector of a young girl with a pretty smile and long, light brown hair, Sorensen confidently shares his story of female-to-male transitioning with a classroom full of strangers.
Our society places an incredible amount of pressure on all of us to fit its predetermined heteronormative standards of sexuality, sometimes making it difficult for any person on the queer qpectrum to find a voice. But Sorensen’s experiences shared in both his class PowerPoint as well as on his YouTube vlog make him a fearless proponent for trans education and acceptance. “Our professor assigned us an ‘inspiration’ project,” he writes in the video’s description. “We had the freedom to do whatever we wanted with it, so I thought it was a great opportunity to come out to my new class and tell them that I am a female to male transgender.”
Submitted by Gotham
Imagine you’re a lawmaker in the US state that is ranked #2 in number of teen pregnancies. You’re a Conservative who doesn’t quite like the idea of teens getting it on with each other before they’re married. So what do you do?
Easy! You just pretend sex doesn’t exist! Which, of course, means proper sex education at school is a big no-no and condoms can’t be mentioned because they’d just encourage those horny teens to fuck their brains out!
Luckily some people in said state aren’t complete nutbags stuck in the time of witch hunts and chastity belts. So if we can’t talk about condoms going over teenage dicks we’ll just talk about socks going over teen shoes. No matter if you’re into athletic or dress shoes… there we go: sox-ed.
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