Kids about Equality: Part XXIV

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There’s so many of these “kids say adorable stuff about marriage equality” videos and they’re pretty much always the same…

But you know what’s cool? When a kid that might have been influenced by its parents or the media or who knows what actually comes around and changes their opinion based on the information they sought out on their own, when they are determined to make up their own mind and come to all the right conclusions: Check this out!

Coming Out with PowerPoint

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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.”

The Courage Game

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Why does visibility in sports matter? Why is it important that people in professional sports, idols to many kids and adults, don’t have to hide who they are? Here’s why:

When 12-year-old Braeden Lange was being bullied by classmates after coming out to his friends and family this spring, he was so distraught he considered suicide.

Desperate to help, his father started scouring the internet for resources, and stumbled across a decade-old TV feature of out former Dartmouth College lacrosse goalie Andrew Goldstein, the first openly gay male athlete to play in any American professional sport league.

A simple email from Lange’s father to Goldstein, now a doctor and medical researcher in Los Angeles, sparked the conversation that eventually created Philadelphia’s first Courage Game, a lacrosse contest intended to encourage and support gay youth while promoting equality.

Want to know how the story continues? Check out the video below:

I’d rather go blind

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…than to see you walk away. We’re back :) And what better way to celebrate than with Mr Ronan Parke? I’ll have a detailed post about why we were gone and how we’ll try to avoid doing it again in the future once and for all later, for now let’s just enjoy this…