For They Know Not What They Do

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For They Know Not What They Do is not an wasy watch. The documentary by Daniel Karslake follows four religious families who share the stories of how they each dealt with their children coming out to them as queer.

There’s Rob and Linda, who tearfully recount how their evangelical church encouraged them to put their son Ryan in conversion therapy. There’s David and Sally, lifelong Presbyterians who had to come to terms with their youngest’s identity as a transgender woman. There’s Harold and Coleen, who slowly came around to supporting their child to transition. And then there’s Victor and Annette, a Puerto Rican couple living in Florida whose son Vico fears coming out to them and his grandmother, with whom he lives back in Puerto Rico.

This look at the ways religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity intersect in the United States is unafraid to delve into ugly realities that affect kids and families all over the country.

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Alabama public TV bans cartoon episode to protect kids from learning that gay people exist

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Alabama is in the news a lot lately. It’s one of these states with stricter abortion laws than Kuwait or Saudi Arabia. But while kids in Alabama are never too young to birth the children of their rapist, they are apparently too young to know that gay people exist.

The first episode of the 22nd season of the kids’s TV show Arthur features the character Mr Ratburn marrying his aardvark partner, Patrick. Alabama Public Television refused to run the epsiode. Instead they showed an old episode, and announced it had no plans to show the premiere.

In a statement to AL.com, APT programming director McKenzie explained the broadcaster’s decision to not air the episode.

“Although we strongly encourage parents to watch television with their children and talk about what they have learned afterwards – parents trust that their children can watch APT without their supervision. We also know that children who are younger than the “target” audience for Arthur also watch the program.”

In 2005, an episode of an Arthur spinoff, Postcards from Buster, was pulled by APT because it featured a girl with two moms. APT didn’t run that episode either, citing the same “trust with parents.”

Arthur creator Marc Brown responded a day later:

“I’m really proud of that episode. And I will defend it to anybody who wants to talk about it. Why shouldn’t their teacher marry another man? We all know people who are gay, who are trans, and it’s something that is socially acceptable. Why is there this discomfort that it takes a leap into our national media?

I don’t want children or people who are different to feel excluded. That’s not the kind of world we want to live in. And we want children to be educated so they can see there’s not just one type of family. Everyone should feel represented. I think we did that with Arthur.”

Let’s move!

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Hey everyone! If you’re a regular visitor you might have noticed that I had a lot of technical trouble with the site over the last few months. From atrocious load times to the site just going down completely. The hoster I used to be with got bought by another company late last year and that’s when the problems started.

On top of that milkboys actually became a bit more popular lately (we had over 50% more visitors than usual for the last four weeks!) which is awesome but also makes the server perform even worse.

As you know I’m working on a relaunch of the site and I’d like to use that opportunity to also switch to a new hoster. I put a lot more work into the site lately (I hope it shows :p) and I’d hate for that work to go to waste because the site barely loads for many people.

I read a ton of reviews of different hosters (especially from people who host “adult” sites) and found one that seems perfect for milkboys.

I can save a lot of money by paying for a full year upfront but even though that’s cheaper overall, I don’t have that kind of money lying around of course.

So if you’d like to help pay for the hosting and some other expenses related to the relaunch (like the license of the new site theme) you can do so through the GoFundMe campaign below!

https://www.gofundme.com/milkhosting

Every donor gets a supporter account of course!

The duration of the account is the same you would get if you’d use Patreon to support milkboys ($3/month). Thank you so much for your loyalty & support! 💖

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