Tender Friends

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What happens in the locker room stays in the locker room, but what happens in the dugout stays on national TV if the camera happens to be pointed that direction.

While battling it out with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves players Ronald Acuña Jr. and Ozzie Albies took a breather off the field, sharing an adorable cuddle and tender head caress.

The clip began to circulate on social media with many users critiquing the “uncomfortable” embrace. The negative feedback prompted a dialogue around toxic masculinity and why some men are unable to express emotions positively and healthily.

Gay Teen gets kicked out by Parents, still finds Success

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For almost all kids the senior year of high school is fraught with stress, obstacles and challenges. But its safe to say most teens don’t have the year Seth Owen just faced: In the middle of his sophomore year in Jacksonville, Florida, his father decided to take an unapproved dive into his son’s cell phone, and in doing so realised Owen was gay.

His Christian parents gave him an ultimatum: submit to so-called “gay-conversion therapy” and attend their anti-queer church or leave the house. Speaking to News4Jax, Owen explained, “They made it clear the intention was to make me straight.”

While he continued to live with his parents, Seth found reasons to stay away from home. From after-school programs to swimming, Owen says he felt like he was “doing something good with the struggle instead of doing something damaging.” When he finally put his foot down about the anti-LGBTQ church, he was forced to move out this past February with no financial or emotional support from his parents.

“I was really, really upset,” Owen shares. “It was extremely hurtful to know that I was walking out that door not knowing what lay ahead and feeling I don’t know how to explain it, it was devastating, absolutely devastating.”

Sleeping on friends couches and holding down jobs to support himself, Owen did what seems almost impossible: he maintained a 4.16 GPA becoming the co-valedictorian of First Coast High School’s class of 2018.

Owen had already been accepted to Georgetown University receiving a $50,000 scholarship. But, the remaining $27,000 of the $77,000 annual tuition was to be covered by his parents. With no support in sight from his parents, one of Owen’s teachers created a crowd funding campaign that received more than twice as much money as needed.

“I don’t think thank you is good enough,” Owen says. “Of course I am extremely grateful, but I think thank you doesn’t say it. Now it’s time to pay it forward.” With an inspiring attitude, Owen says he plans to become a defence attorney for neglected teens who find themselves in situations like his.

Research found that American kids & teens that are queer are twice as likely to face homelessness than straight youth, and those who are homeless are at a significantly higher risk of violence and death compared to straight youth.

Is this Commercial turning innocent Kids into Jock-sniffing Kinksters?

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The laundry detergent Gain recently released an ad that has the web buzzing for its homoerotic undertones. In the new Gain jockstrap commercial, two young boys try to play a trick on their dad by dropping a jockstrap on his face while he naps. To their surprise, the jockstrap’s scent makes him smile — because it’s been washed in Gain laundry detergent, of course, not because Dad is secretly a jock-sniffing perv.

Naturally, the new Gain commercial has some prudish folks clutching their pearls and talking about how “inappropriate” and “dirty” it is. But anyone who has ever been a boy knows that kids (like the ones in the commercial) regularly make butt, poop and fart jokes. So they’re not angels; they’re basically pre-pubescent frat boys.

And look who their role model is: A hunky DILF who leaves his budgie-smugglers idly laying in plain sight like some sort of masculine lingerie. Any man who leaves his jockstraps right in his children’s view is basically flaunting his musky genitals and delectable buttcheeks around the house anyway. Is it any wonder his kids literally wanted to throw some of dad’s own man-stink back in his face? The poor boys have probably been dealing with dad’s post-game scents and dirty jocks for god knows how long.

When the boys lower dad’s stanky mankies into his sleeping face, the joke’s on them — dad likes the smell of his own junk … and he’s probably not the only one. We noticed Mom’s not around. Maybe there is no Mom — see what I’m getting at, boys?

It’s not the detergent he’s smelling, kids. Oh sure, Gain is a fine product, but it takes more than the smell of Oxi Boost or Febreeze to get him smiling in his dreams. In fact, dad doesn’t just smile, he spoons with the jockstrap and curls his athletic fingers around that man-sling like a huffing junkie grasping a paint rag. Dad is addicted to jockstrap smells, okay?

And it looks like Dad’s influence is rubbing off on his impressionable young sons as his eldest boy curiously rips the jockstrap away from Dad’s horny-yet-drowsy clutches to get a big whiff of Dad’s jock too. We imagine the younger brother will secretly take a sniff after dinner, wondering all the while if this is why the other kids in Little League all make fun of him.

Basically, the Gain jockstrap ad is going to turn everyone gay. And if you watched it, you’re already gay. Now go buy a jockstrap, you gay, jockstrap-sniffing perv, you.

American Trans Kids

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As the debate continues over which bathroom transgender people should use, a more complex question is emerging about how early the medical transition begins for trans kids. Families and doctors are rewriting the rules as they decide when and how to start medical intervention before transgender youth hit puberty.

About 2 percent of American youth identify as transgender, and that estimate is conservative since the population is likely underreporting. “I feel comfortable saying that any survey of LGBT identity likely underestimates the full population because it only accounts for one part of sexual and gender minority status, ‘identity’,” said Bianca Wilson of the Williams Institute, a national think tank at the UCLA School of Law that advances sexual orientation and gender identity law.

In addition to fighting for acceptance, transgender children and their families are faced with medical questions that could be life-changing. These decisions are even harder for those young trans and gender nonconforming people who don’t have family support. Estimates show that about 40 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBT.

This documentary explores the emotionally charged and rapidly evolving issues faced by trans youth and their parents in a time of drastic political and societal change.

Can Preferences be racist?

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This is going to be controversial: In a new episode of MTV Decoded, Dylan Marron tackles an ongoing problem in the gay community: racism. Particularly, the sexual racism found on dating apps.

“When gay men are confronted with their racist language, many try to explain it away as ‘a preference.’” Marron says. “I mean, they can’t help it, it’s just how they feel. As if they were captive to some mystical, romantic force that naturally discriminates against people of colour.”

Before you get all defensive, hear him out: “This is where structural racism comes into play. Because preferences are actually shaped by learned values. When you’re judging a person based solely on their racial background, you’re acting on generalizations you’ve learned to associate with that person’s appearance or heritage. You can’t say it’s their personality because you shut them down before you even got to know them.”

Watch the full video below:

The choice to be unafraid

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Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon was honoured with the Visibility Award at the Human Rights Council annual gala on Saturday — and as we’ve come to expect from him, he completely stole the show with his poignant words.

“When I was little I used to care so much about what others thought of me,” he said. “I was mindful of the way I dressed, my mannerisms, the way I talked. I was afraid people would think I was weak. I was afraid of making mistakes. I was afraid that I wouldn’t be welcomed by the LGBTQ community because someone like me wouldn’t be the role model they were looking for. Maybe I was too gay, and maybe I was just too myself. Throughout my life, I have fallen short many times. I have felt depressed. I felt not good enough. And I felt like there would never be a day where I would feel like I belong. I was living life afraid. I remember hearing the quote, ‘What would you do if you weren’t afraid?’ I remember really hearing it, and honestly asking myself, ‘What would I do differently?’

“I remember making the choice to be unafraid,” he continued. “I made the choice to not care what others thought of who I was. I was going to be truly me. This was the biggest and most important decision I’d ever made: To live fearlessly. To take risks. To let go of my fear of what others may think of me, and to always keep learning. You will find that you will have your greatest success when you wear your scars proudly. Through my shortcomings and from my successes, I’ve learned that a champion is more than a medal. It’s a mindset.”

He closed with a powerful, inclusive sentiment: “To all the young kids out there, whether you are gay, straight, bi, trans or still on a journey of self-discovery; whether you are white, black, or any color in between, you are smarter than you think. You hold more strength than you may ever know. You are powerful. No matter where you have come from or where you are going to, there is someone who looks up to you, and they will find inspiration in your strength of just being yourself. Be a role model, and never forget that you can be someone’s champion. You are a winner. When we all come together, we can change the world.”