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Watch the Second Trailer For "Love, Simon"

The latest trailer for the upcoming film Love, Simon is out.

If you don’t know, Love, Simon is the next gay film to watch in this year. It’s not because the film is the next artsy movie project to take awards season by storm. In fact, it’s being highly anticipated because its almost the exact opposite of that.

Love, Simon is a film that is being backed by a major production/distribution company, the same that worked on The Fault in Our Stars. Gay film fans and cinephiles are hoping that means the film will get wider recognition thanks to its wider theater release.

As for the story itself, it’s based off of a popular teen novel titled Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.

The film follows a closeted teen named Simon who shares his daily woes with an anonymous online buddy. But then the online pen pal reveals that he is not only a schoolmate, but that he knows Simon.

If you’re interested in the film, check out the trailer down below and look forward to seeing it in U.S. theaters on March 16.

Let's Talk About Martin Luther King Jr.'s Influence On Gay Rights

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr Day, everyone.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the greatest men in history. He was a religious, cultural, and political leader who influenced a nation and helped make the Civil Rights movement successful.

That said, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was still a man of his time (and a religious man of the 60s at that), so he didn’t get it all right.

On this day of celebration for his life and legacy, we want to talk about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's contribution to gay rights.

Note: this article isn't to put him down, but to be realistic about his influence on the LGBTQ community (which this site serves).


In a post we shared last year, we talked to you about a response he had during a Q&A session for a magazine.

Stanford University discovered the transcript to the magazine and within, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr responded to a teenage boy who was struggling with his sexuality.

The boy wrote:

“My problem is different from the ones most people have."

“I am a boy, but I feel about boys the way I ought to feel about girls. I don’t want my parents to know about me. What can I do? Is there any place where I can go for help?”

Dr. King’s response?

“Your problem is not at all an uncommon one. However, it does require careful attention. The type of feeling that you have toward boys is probably not an innate tendency, but something that has been culturally acquired."

“Your reasons for adopting this habit have now been consciously suppressed or unconsciously repressed."

“Therefore, it is necessary to deal with this problem by getting back to some of the experiences and circumstances that lead to the habit."

“In order to do this I would suggest that you see a good psychiatrist who can assist you in bringing to the forefront of conscience all of those experiences and circumstances that lead to the habit."

“You are already on the right road toward a solution, since you honestly recognize the problem and have a desire to solve it.”

Dr. King's response to this kid is nothing short of depressing and disappointing. But, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a religious leader in the 1960s. It was the general consensus at the time to have such thoughts as this. 

To give him the benefit of the doubt, perhaps this was a political move. Maybe he privately supported LGBTQ rights, but his religious position prevented him from supporting it publicly.

Perhaps, if he had lived past 1968, he would have eventually changed his perspective on the LGBTQ community and publicly supported us.

For instance, his wife did. Coretta Scott King supported gay rights from 1983 till her dying day in 2006.

In addition, two of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s most trusted advisors and friends were James Baldwin and Bayard Rustin.

Baldwin is remembered as one of the greatest black writers of America. On top of that, he was also gay. Baldwin's "I Am Not Your Negro" depicts his close relationship with Dr. King and Malcolm X, as well as his own involvement with the Civil Rights Movement.

As for Rustin, he not only advised Dr. King, but he's also noted as being a driving force behind the organization and success of the March on Washington.

And, of course, Bayard Rustin was openly gay. Dr. King repeatedly defended Rustin as his advisor and friend against others who questioned Rustin because of his sexuality.

We have to acknowledge both the good and the bad. Dr. King did share those words to the boy saying homosexuality was a sickness. That is fact and not something we should forget for convenience. That said, he also included two black, gay men in his inner circle.

Despite his negative response to a gay teen looking for guidance, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a visionary leader for equality. His fight for equality in terms of race greatly translates to the fight for equality in terms of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Dr. King's rhetoric towards all men (and women) being treated as equal is being used today in the fight for LGBTQ rights, even if that wasn't his intention at the time.

Overall, Martin Luther King, Jr. was both a man of his time and the man of his time. While he did not openly support LGBTQ rights, his private life and public rhetoric gave way to supporting us years later.

And no matter what, he is missed.

Happy Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, everyone. Instead of fighting (or idolizing him beyond recognition), lets remember the man in all his capacity.


Update 1/15/207:

This article has been expanded and elaborated on to include information like Dr. King's friendship with James Baldwin and a clearer definition of the article's message. 

This Commercial For Lip Balm Included A Gay Romance Twist

A Thai lip balm commercial is making the waves for showcasing a BL/gay storyline.

It seems the lip balm company KA Lip Care from Thailand (which ships internationally) knows its target demographic well as the company decided to make it latest commercial into a high school drama with a gay twist.

The advertisement starts with a high school teen confronting another after the boy broke his little sister’s heart.

But soon the boy finds out there’s more going on with the story and the commercial suddenly takes a gay twist.

Some feel this commercial is a surprise and triumph for television in Thailand, but it isn’t quite that.

First off, Thailand is actually a very LGBTQ friendly place. Despite Taiwan being the first Asian country to legalize gay marriage, many think of Thailand when they think of gay Asian getaways.

On top of that, Thailand has an ever increasing interest in BL television.

BL, or Boys’ Love, is the genre of comics, web series/tv shows, and movies that focus on gay romance. But keep in mind, these BL stories are often created with a female audience in mind (This follows along the similar idea of straight men loving lesbian porn).

Thailand constantly has new BL shows releasing with campy and cheesy flairs like Make It Right the Series or Two Moons the Series. And, lately the genre is growing to include more mature/realistic series like Gay Ok Bangkok, Together With You, and Part Time the Series.

All that said, while this commercial certainly isn’t new for Thailand and is still female audience focused, it’s also noted representation for gay romance and people in Asia. And that’s pretty cool.

Researchers Say One in Every Four LGBTQ Youth Attempts Suicide

A study by the Journal of the American Medical Association is pointing out that one in every four LGBTQ teens attemps suicide in the United States.

The study, which was published recently but is based on data from 2015, was penned by UPenn’s Wharton School researchers Theodore Caputi, Davey Smith, and John Ayers. Together, the three looked over data about “sexual minority adolescents," which they ultimately decided would represent LGBQ youth (If you're wondering where the "T" is, more on that later).

Within the 15,624 people who participated in the survey, 40% admitted that they had seriously considered suicide at least once before. The three then compared that to the 14.8% of straight respondents who said the same.

But that’s not all. 34.9% of LGBQ youth admitted that they had planned to commit suicide at least once while 11.9% of straight youth said the same.

Lastly, 24.9% of LGBQ adolescents admitted that they attempted suicide at least once in the past year. The researchers then compared that to the 6.3% of heterosexual teens who had done the same.

“The most staggering finding, the one that really makes you think, is just how prevalent these suicide-risk behaviors are in the LGBQ adolescent community,” said Caputi, “Research has shown that suicide-risk behaviors are an indicator of extreme distress.”

“The more I researched the connection between suicide risk and teens who identify as sexual minorities, the more interesting it became,” he said.

“In particular, these results were so striking it was clear this work could have some real-world impact informing policy.”

Ayers then went on to talk to Reuters Health about the horror (and reality) of the statistics.

 “We must recognize LGBQ teen suicide is a national public health crisis and bring extraordinary resources to bear to address the crisis,” he said.

That said, this is only the start of researching the topic. For instance, the data that Ayers and his colleagues used had a significant lack of data about transgender youth.

“Limited by the lack of data for suicide risks among transgender adolescents’. Plus, its ‘60% response rate … may limit generalizability.”

For now, this is a start in the right direction, but there is more to be done.

Conservatives So Afraid of One Kansas Student's Rainbow Decoration, They Stopped A Long-Standing Tradition

One high-schooler in Kansas was upset after conservatives ended a long-standing tradition at the school to stop him from expressing himself.

At Marion High School in Marion, Kansas, there was a long-standing tradition where seniors got to paint their parking spots.

17-year-old Logan Waner decided to paint his with a rainbow flag.

“I mostly chose to paint the flag because it’s simple enough and I’m a horrible artist,” he said on Facebook. “It described me well enough, so it just felt right.”

As you’re probably guessing, that didn’t go over well. The school principal, Tod Gordon, privately met with Waner and suggested the student change his design, which caused Waner to go to Facebook and share his distress.

Gordon later said that his intention wasn’t to hurt the teenager but to protect him from the inevitable controversy.

“I wasn’t trying to change it because of the design,” Gordon told the Marion County Record. “I just didn’t want him to be subject to any extra attention, that’s what I was trying to avoid.”

Keep in mind that several other designs such as a confederate flag, bible verses, and Trump’s MAGA slogan were deemed non-controversial.

Then, when someone vandalized Waner’s spot by covering it with black tar and paint, Waner’s supporters appeared.

“Almost everyone in the school is helping him (clean it),” Waner’s friend Miran Stephenson told the Wichita Eagle. “The principal went out with a power washer. I’m just really happy that everyone is helping. It just show him the support he needs.”

But with the support came the opposition. One of the biggest faces and voices against Waner’s spot is County resident Chuck Seifert. Not only did Seifert park his car over the spot to keep people from seeing it during homecoming weekend, but he also regularly went to school board meetings to complain.

“Just so you all know, I’m going to be here at school board meetings until I hear you have done something to that,” Seifert said. “I think it needs to be done, it’s bad enough we have to see it on TV every night.”

“I don’t know why somewhere we don’t stand up at the lowest form of government here, not demeaning anybody, but this is the lowest form of government in our country, is the school board,” he said. “Somewhere’s we got to stand up. They’ve taken us over, and if we don’t stand up, we’re almost a socialist nation now, and we’re getting worse every day.”

“I am not a hater, I have no problem with people, I just don’t like it thrown in my face,” Seifert added.

Then last week, the board met again and decided to find a resolution to the situation. Their decision? They voted 4-3 in order to end the tradition of seniors painting over parking spots altogether.

As for Logan Waner’s thoughts?

“I really don’t know what to say, but I guess congrats to the school board for taking away their students’ freedom of expression and originality,” he said.

h/t: LGBTQNation

Watch: The First Trailer For "Love, Simon"

The first trailer is out for the upcoming film Love, Simon.

We reported on this film earlier as being one to watch. No, this isn’t the next gay Oscar bait film that’s been praised at indie film award ceremonies. In fact, the reason this film is on everyone’s radar is because it’s the total opposite of that.

Love, Simon is potentially the first gay film to get public attention because of it being backed by a large distributing company. This isn’t going ot be a film that’s only showing in four theaters across the country. This gay teen film will be readily available in your backyard.

The story is based off of Becky Albertalli’s novel Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda and follows 17-year-old Simon Spier who’s still closeted to his friends and family, but is falling for an anonymous online chat buddy who says they go to the same school.

The film stars Nick Robinson (of the former tv show Melissa and Joey and the film Jurassic World) as well as being co-starred by Josh Duhamel, Jennifer Garner, Miles Heizer, Tony Hale, and Katherine Langford.

If you want to check out the trailer, you can see it down below.

A Man Shot & Killed His 14-Year-Old Son Because He Was Gay

14-year-old Giovanni Melton was shot and killed by his own father on Thursday because of the father’s homophobia.

Melton lived in Las Vegas, Nevada and was considered selfless and charismatic by his friends.

What they may not have known was the Giovanni lived mostly with just his older brother in a condo.

His mother had abandoned them according to court records, Meanwhile, the father, Wendell, had already allegedly abused them and faced charges involving illegal firearms.

“Giovanni was abused physically and mentally and spiritually for many, many years,” said Sonja Jones, the boys’ former foster mother, to Las Vegas 3 News.

“He hated the fact that his son was gay,” she said. “I’m sure that inside of his mind, he would rather have a dead son than a gay son.”

Jones also added that the brothers told her that the 52-year-old Wendell once pulled a gun on Giovanni after finding him with another boy.

And it seemed that tension between the two only escalated to a deadly scene as Wendell later called the police this past Thursday and when first responders arrived they found Giovanni shot. He died later that day.

Wendell has since been arrested and is charged with murder, child abuse, and prohibited person possessing a firearm.

“I hope they throw the book at him. I hope he never sees the light of day,” said Jones. “I hope every day when he looks in the mirror, he sees his son’s face.”

Jones has also started a GoFundMe page to help Giovanni’s older brother pay for funeral expenses.

Gay Homecoming King Had The Last Laugh Against His Critics

A gay teen in Texas got the last laugh against critics in his school.

Joel Mireles decided he wanted to run for Homecoming King at Brazoswood High School in Clute, Texas. While he thought that the winner would be someone “who’s in athletics or usually it’s football,” it turns out that he won.

That said, of course there were haters out there who weren’t happy with the results. That eventually led to someone creating #NotMyKing shirts and selling them among the other students.

“My friends kept showing me all these posts on social media that were really negative about me,” Mireles tells WMAZ.

“I didn’t want to go eat lunch because I thought people were looking at me so I stayed in the theater classroom and told my mom to come pick me up early.”

 

Luckily, Mireles turned that low point into a victory when he decided to buy a shirt of his own.

“I just thought, if I bought one, it would be a statement saying, ‘This isn’t affecting me and you guys aren’t hurting me.”

Then, a cousin of his took a picture of him all dressed up and that photo has now gone viral.

Part of the message that went with the photo goes:

“My younger cousin worked his butt off to put his name out there to be elected Brazoswood Homecoming King. It was a proud moment considering not a lot of people in my family have the guts to really go for something like that. He won. He worked for something and won. Soon after, a lot of kids were on the internet saying some really, really hateful things. Jealous kids. They even went to the extent to make shirts stating #notmyking.

I was angry, almost in tears, but Joel reassured me, “It’s okay, it doesn’t bother me. I won! They can’t take that from me.”

While Mireles does know the student who made the t-shirts, according to Chron.com, he has decided to be the bigger person and let it all go under the bridge.

Gay Bronx Teen Who Stabbed His Bullies Says "I Was Afraid For My Life"

We have an update on the gay teen from the Bronx who was arrested for stabbing two of his bullies in school.

The New York City Police Department has decided to reduce the charges of 18-year-old Abel Cedeno from second-degree murder to manslaughter.

Cedeno was arrested at the end of September, on the 27th specifically, after he stabbed two of his classmates which severely injured one and killed the other.

Cedeno, who pleaded not guilty to the second-degree murder charge, faced a grand jury this past Tuesday, October 17.

Cedeno’s bail was set at $500,000, which his attorney, Christopher R. Lynn, called outrageous.

At the courthouse, Cedeno was initially supposed to appear in front of a judge, but his defense team, who’re also once a part of the council for the Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights, waved that appearance and moved over to the grand jury session.

That said, Cedeno was able to reach out to news outlets and share his version of the story.

Abel Cedeno says that the reason he stabbed his two classmates was because he was afraid for his life.

He alleges that the two classmates, Matthew McCree who died and Araine LaBoy who was seriously wounded, attacked him in class first (while two teachers watched). On top of that, the two supposedly have ties to gang members.

As Cedeno told Gay City News, “[McCree] hit my face twice. The second time I snapped. All the years of bullying, and I couldn’t control my body and started to defend myself.”

That’s when Cedeno says he pulled out the knife that he carried around for protection and used it against his attackers.

While there are some that don’t believe Abel Cedno’s side of the story, those against him are not representing themselves well.

Outside of the courtroom on Tuesday, supporters of both Cedeno and McCree gathered.

Ava Talley, of the New York Transgender Advocacy Group, recounted to Gay City News that McCree’s family and supporters were yelling out homophobic slurs in the crowd.

“His family keeps saying he was not a bully, but they use homophobic and transphobic rhetoric,’ Talley said. ‘His whole group of supporters was doing it.”

In addition, McCree’s family have denied his involvement with gangs, but Cedeno's supporters carried screenshots of gang members confirming that McCree was one online and in some comments gang members even claimed they would avenge McCree avenge him.

“We’re getting threats now," Cedeno’s sister Vanessa (shown above) said. "We just want justice for Abel. No one wanted for this to happen. He was bullied from the sixth grade and would come home with bruises. The schools failed him. My brother should not be in jail. We shouldn’t have to be afraid to be ourselves, especially in school.”

The school is also under investigation for allowing such violence and bullying to happen within.

Gay Teen From The Bronx Was Arrested For Murdering His Bully

Image via Metro USA

A gay teen in the Bronx has been arrested for murder.

Yesterday, on Wednesday, September 27, cops arrested 18-year-old Abel Cedeno, for stabbing two of his fellow classmates.

One of the classmates, Matthew McCree died in the altercation and the other, who’s identity hasn’t been shared, was rushed to the hospital in a critical condition.

While we wait for Cedeno’s arraignment to happen later today, more information has been flooding towards why this happened in the first place.

Cedeno has shared with police, and they’ve shared with us, that Cedeno was dealing with bullying and that on that specific day the two classmates were throwing pencils and spitballs at him.

“He said he was being harassed but that is about all he said,” explained NYPD Chiefof Detectives Robert Boyce. “It was teasing. He called it harassment, but other students, not these two. And that’s important to point out.”

Image via NY Daily News

But, despite what the police are saying there seems that more to Cedeno's story.

Cedeno’s friends have stated that Cedeno wasn’t just being bullied and was being harassed due to his sexuality and race (albeit, as the police say, most likely not by the two he attacked).

“The kids were calling him a fa***t, calling him a s**c,’ said friend Savannah Hornbeck, 34. “After it had been reported numerous times and there was no reaction from the school, Abel felt (there was) no other way out.”

Family friend Iris Couvertier also spoke on Cedeno's behalf,  “He said that they hit him in the face. He said it’s because he’s gay or bisexual."

But not all of his friends defended him.

“No one should experience bullying but there’s a way to handle it,” added friend Asia Johnson.

Again, we’re still waiting on the arraignment and investigation to continue, but it looks like this might be a high-profile case as even New York City mayor Bill de Blasio is getting involved.

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