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Two Ontario School Districts Cut Funding For A Play About A Gay Couple's Fight To Go To Prom

Two school boards in Southwestern Ontario decided to take away the funding for a local youth theatre program.

Specifically, the youth theatre program is called the Grand Theater’s High School Project. The members of the London, Ontario program were sad when the Thames Valley District School Board and the London Catholic District School Board cut $30,000 of funding because they didn’t support the production of the play Prom Queen.

“This is a Canadian musical about true events that happened to high school students, when one boy stood up and said, ‘I can make a difference in the world,’ and (succeeded),” Grand Theatre artistic director Dennis Garnhum said to The Toronto Star, “This is a very celebratory piece.”

Prom Queen tells the true story of Marc Hall. Hall went to a school in Oshawa, Ontario and succeeded in sueing the Durham Catholic District School Board in 2002 over the right to bring a male date to prom.

The two school districts who pulled their funding from the program used the excuse that they’re concerned about the language and portrayals in the play’s script (which partially uses dialogue from the actual court transcripts).

“(It features) a lot of derogatory terms for gay people and profanity found throughout that, quite frankly, if students used that language on the playground they would be suspended,” said Thames Valley District School Board chair Matt Reid.

“There were other more alarming aspects including having a priest blackmail a student... and having a teacher betray the student and lie (in court) under oath.”

That said, the districts don’t want people to think that they are being homophobic. In fact, Reid, who’s gay himself, doubled down on the play's questionable language and portrayal of adults being the reason that the funding was cut.

“The portrayal of adults in the script is not consistent with our approach and belief in the critical and caring roles that our adults play in the lives of our students.”

In addition, he’s concerned that younger viewers, like the elementary schoolers who often take trips to see the High School Project shows, would not be able to see the performance.

“I want students to be exposed to the theatre and have a love for the arts, but there would be too many parents who would have too many issues with the way (the story) is being portrayed,” Reid said.

That said, program director Garnhum still defends the play.

“(The play”) uses derogatory terms like ‘faggot’ to make a point,” Garnhum said. “This is a play about being called a faggot... I’m sure students in schools across North America use the word. The way you erase that is by identifying it.”

Luckily, an online crowdfunding campaign emerged and raised $40,000 to support the production which is scheduled for September.

h/t: The Toronto Star

A Teen Came Out To Mom Through Splash Mountain Playback

We have your daily dose of fun and coming out stories in this one post.

In the age of promposals and viral videos, a California girl named Gina thought of an interesting way to come out to her mother.

She decided to leave a surprise message for her mother to find after enjoying the ride on Disneyland’s Splash Mountain.

We only wish the daughter had documented the moment when her mother saw the picture after the ride. We’re sure that was a real “Gotcha” moment.

But despite the fun and creativeness of Gina’s coming out, a lot of people are, understandably, distracted because of the other riders.

Many people commenting on the original post couldn’t stop but wonder, “What’s up with the other girls?”

Despite a few distracting faces, we want to share our support of Gina and her mother. We hope the best for you two from here on out.

h/t: Queerty

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.

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, 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.