Bullied gay teen explains why he decided to fight back

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A video of Jordan, a 16-year-old high school student, punching a homophobic bully went viral this week. Jordan said later that the incident occurred after years and years of build-up.

Jordan was a guest on the Tamron Hall Show where he and his mom broke down in tears when speaking about the homophobic bullying he has endured.

Jordan was suspended after the fight and he is now being home-schooled after his mother saw how he was being treated by his high school.

“It seemed like I was getting in more trouble for reporting [the bullying] than I was if I didn’t say anything at all,” he said. “It was doing me more harm than it was good.”

Biological sex is a spectrum & many people are not happy about it

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You know how people who deny the existence of more than two sexes or genders often claim to just care about the science when they spew their hateful and ignorant BS? It’d be extremely easy to prove them wrong on both counts if they’d actually be willing to listen to scientists. They aren’t though.

This SciShow video explaining that there are in fact more than two sexes for example got hundreds of dislikes on YouTube only 6 minutes after being published. The video is over 13 minutes long…

The gay 90s & sitcoms

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TV is gayer than ever which is great news. But even back in the 90s there were plenty of queer characters on the small screen. But a lot of the representation 20+ years ago was more problematic than progressive. Shows routinely pushed stereotypes and cliches and more often than not the gay characters were the butt of the joke and not much else.

Matt Baume’s YouTube show Culture Cruise takes a closer look LGBTQ representation in the sitcoms of the 90s with a special focus on Frasier, a show that in some regards was ahead of its time.

Gay teen slaps the homophobia out of his cowardly bully

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High school student Jordan Steffy was bullied by homophobes at his school since 2nd grade. This week he decided that he had enough and fought back when a classmate called him a faggot.

He posted a video in which the bully can be heard throwing the slur at Jordan while trying to physically intimidate him (and being almost comically incompetent at it) before Jordan gives him a pretty good slap.

Another video of the incident, which you can see below, was watched almost seven million times within three days. You can hear the bully say “don’t fucking put your hands on me faggot.” After attempting to slap the homophobia out of him, Jordan warns him to not call him that word again.

According to Jordan both him and the bully were suspended by the school. Jordan’s mum defended him for standing up for himself and decided to look into homeschooling because she believes the school handled the situation poorly by letting the bullying going on for years and then punishing Jordan for eventually fighting back.

When Florida had a committee to terrorise gay people

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Starting in the 1950s, a Florida state committee spent years stalking, intimidating, and outing hundreds of LGBTQ people. And they got away with it. Amid a national witch hunt for communists and an ascendant civil rights movement, a group of Florida politicians with a mission to preserve racial segregation in the state created a powerful group called the Florida Legislative Investigation Committee.

Commonly called the “Johns Committee” for the influential state senator Charley Johns who spearheaded it, the Committee went after civil rights activists by arguing they were backed by communists. But when those investigations failed, they turned to a new group to target: LGBTQ people. Today, over 50 years later, some Florida legislators are calling for the state to finally come to terms with this part of its history.

In the Vox series Missing Chapter, Ranjani Chakraborty revisits underreported and often overlooked moments from the past to give context to the present. Join her as she covers the histories that are often left out of our textbooks. Our first season tackles stories of racial injustice, political conflicts, even the hidden history of US medical experimentation.

Queer teens need more than anti-bullying statutes

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On October 20, 2010, offices, classrooms, and social media profiles around the world became awash in the color purple, the stripe of LGBTQ+ pride flag associated with “spirit.” It was the first observance of Spirit Day, the now-official LGBTQ+ holiday devoted to anti-bullying advocacy. But before the spirit of Spirit Day moved millions to voice their support for queer youth, it moved a high school sophomore from Vancouver to speak out. Her name was Brittany McMillan, and it was her viral Tumblr post decrying the homophobic bullying that influenced the suicides of five teens across the country that inspired the international event we recognize today.

Nearly a decade since McMillan’s original call to action, Spirit Day has become a global phenomenon, with participants from Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown to drag queen Peppermint to queer icon Paula Abdul joining LGBTQ+ community members and allies in offering empathy and support to LGBTQ+ youth who have experienced bullying. Yet perhaps the most stirring take from this year’s Spirit Day so far has come from Pose star Angelica Ross. “We all need to take a stand against all forms of bullying. But we have to go beyond just turning our profile pictures purple,” she told GLAAD. “I see a lot of folks out there giving us lip service.”

Spirit Day may be bigger than ever, but as Ross suggests, queer and transphobic bullying is as prevalent as ever, too — and calls to action may not be enough to curtail it. While events like Spirit Day are no doubt essential for spreading awareness, it’s going to take both structural, state-level legal reforms and school-by-school policy changes to curb LGBTQ+ youth bullying. Recent studies have shown that neither on their own will be enough.

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We still need Pride. Very much so.

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Some people are calling for an end to Pride events because we supposedly don’t need them anymore. Meanwhile trans women are still being shot, gay couples are being beaten up in public and teenagers are driven into suicide. All in the United States, all just within the last few days.

Others countries are just now having their first Prides and there too it becomes painfully obvious why they’re so urgently needed in this day and age.

The video below shows footage taken after the first-ever Pride march in Kharkiv, Ukraine, the country’s second largest city. It shows a queer boy being slapped, kicked, stomped and chased by an angry anti-gay mob until a courageous photographer steps in to help the teen escape.

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