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An appeal [21 Jan 2007|06:22pm]

tko_ak
Firstly, I apologize if this sort of post isn’t allowed, but I found this community to be relevant to my search, so here I am.



I run gsa_lj, one of the largest and fastest growing gay-straight alliances on LiveJournal. However, despite our initial mission to be a support network for youth, the focus of the community has evolved. Our members are largely educated, mature, and eager to expand their horizons. Previous outreach efforts have been made to teachers, parents, and those of faith in an effort to diversify our ranks.

Personally, I'm a gay Republican with a libertarian streak, although most members are liberal. Considering the nature of this community, I thought you might be interested.

Discussion of relevant politics and current events are common, but the community is multi-faceted. I’m attempting to further increase the level of intellectual discourse. We’re always looking to better ourselves.

I ask that you join our efforts, if you’re interested in such issues. At the very least, check out the community. See the type of posts and comments that are present. Read our user-info page, and see for yourself why our members are satisfied. I have a feeling you’ll be impressed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me.

-Jamie
jlhobson@gmail.com

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[02 Feb 2006|08:10pm]

sydpenguinbunny
Armed Teen in Massachusetts Attacks Gay Bar Patrons

How awful! I hope all three people who were injured are alright. How horrible can people be?? I mean, people are just going about their business and someone comes in with an ax to try an kill them???

Does anyone know what hospital the victims are at? We should all band together and send them cards.

I seriously hope the little prick who's the perp gets the full sentence possible. Too bad there's no death penalty for attempted murder. IMO, there should be the same sentence for attempted murder as for murder... You shouldn't get points for not succeeding.

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[30 Dec 2005|12:11pm]

___hhrlove
[ mood | worried ]

Hi I'm new here, I just wanted to post a letter that I want to write to my dad but I'm afraid to do it, I don't know if it's good enough or whatever, and it'd be great if someone could help me out. The letter is under the cut.
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Gay Liteature For Sale [25 Sep 2005|03:33pm]

chemical_sex

http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQfgtpZ1QQfrppZ25QQsassZwackogezus

Sorry if this is not allowed

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[14 Jun 2005|07:53pm]

sydpenguinbunny
Save John Lennon's Honor PetitionCollapse )

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[11 Apr 2005|12:57am]

tigerroars
     Why does it seem like gay guys like to perform in
the theater more than straight guys? Why do so many like to sing on stage? And
why do a lot of them talk and talk and talk until there is nothing left to talk
about, and then proceed to talk about nothing? I've been giving these questions
a lot of thought lately and ended up answering them with two more questions...
What is it that a severely repressed people would lack? They would lack freedom
of expression. What do the theater, vocal performances, and constant chattering
provide? ... Avenues of expression. "If this is true," I thought, "then why do I
hate acting, singing, and why am I a quiet person, a minimalist when it comes to
talking?" Then I remembered this website, and the first thing that came to my
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this was interesting [04 Mar 2005|10:52am]

musicboy88
okay, I was on one of my forums, and someone sent me a PM and it had a link to this:
http://www.exodus-international.org/

I'm not good with links, so, just copy and paste, but, I just found it really interesting, and hilarious.

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its bullshit [21 Feb 2005|05:01pm]

flamechampion
[ mood | cynical ]

I would like to know why it is so many straight people can be "OK" with people being gay, but as soon as a guy and guy or girl and girl start trying to date, all of a sudden there is something MAJORLY wrong with that. I see this as a form of hypocrisy or facade that straight people put up to pretend that they are ok with homosexuality when they really arent. This has just been bothering me as of late because it is how my parents, and some people i know, are. I also hear about this same situation from friends of mine, i just want to hear feedback on peoples experiences with this, and what you all think about it personally.

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Fag [16 Feb 2005|05:21pm]

randomguy3

http://www.livejournal.com/users/catelin/179683.html

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Kinda X-Posted places [07 Feb 2005|02:21pm]

x__gimmeacookie
Hi...um...some of you may have already know of me. Anyways...the thing is that I am doing an Oratary Advocation for Speech and Debate semi-finals for speech. Anyways....the topic is the legalization on gay marriage and I am argueing pro. Um...comment with any useful website or even your opinions with evidence...



<3


Zelle

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*shakes head sadly* [20 Jan 2005|11:15am]

_shardsofme_
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/click/rss/0.91/public/-/1/hi/world/americas/4190699.stm

US conservatives attack a music video featuring cartoon hero SpongeBob Squarepants for being "pro-gay".

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off topic [01 Jan 2005|07:29pm]

tigerroars
I have 12 Gmail invites if anyone is interested!

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[31 Dec 2004|01:21pm]

lostinthemist
Forgive me if this isn't allowed, but..

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Ironic? [24 Dec 2004|08:50pm]

do_the_drew89
[ mood | amused ]

Does anyone else find this ironic?

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first time posting... [21 Dec 2004|01:37pm]
rated_pg18

Gay student forced to leave school


Academy forced him to leave after learning of Web site he created

11:04 PM CST on Monday, December 20, 2004

By KENT FISCHER / The Dallas Morning News

Three weeks ago an 18-year-old honor student at Trinity Christian Academy was cruising toward graduation. He had already been accepted to a prestigious university, and the final months of high school seemed a mere formality.

He was a varsity athlete and a winner of service and citizenship awards at the fundamentalist private school in Addison. He was active in the school theater, was a yearbook editor and helped younger students with Bible study.

Trinity Christian was his second family, the student said, and by every indication he was one of the school's favorite sons.

But when the school's top administrators learned that the student had created a Web site where teens chat about homosexuality, he said they gave him a choice: either leave quietly or face expulsion for "immoral behavior," which is prohibited by the school's code of conduct.

In a matter of days, the student, who is gay, went from prized student to sinner outcast.

Today, the student attends high school in Plano, and students, teachers and administrators at Trinity Christian are left debating whether forcing the withdrawal of a popular lifelong student was the "Christian" thing to do. The case also shines a light on the moral culture clash with which private fundamentalist schools are increasingly wrestling.

"I feel completely violated," said the student, who had attended Trinity Christian since kindergarten. "The big lesson here for me is that you can't really trust anybody. That, and I should have kept my mouth shut."

Initially, the student, who is legally an adult, gave The News an on-the-record interview regarding the case. Later, after telling his parents about the interview, he asked that The News not publish his name. The student's parents declined to comment.

Trinity Christian administrators would not talk specifically about the case. Headmaster David Delph issued a general statement about the school's discipline policy.

"As a community of Christian families we also believe the Bible provides insight to help us discern God's desire for our conduct," the statement reads in part. "Therefore we demand high Biblical standards of behavior from our students both academically and socially. Our families are asked to embrace these standards of conduct by signing a covenant with the school when students are admitted. Within this framework of Biblical standards and academic rigor, an atmosphere of enhanced learning, character development, and love are allowed to flourish."

John Craig, regional director for the Association of Christian Schools International, said honor codes at Christian schools play a critical role in establishing a school's culture.

"A school has the right and responsibility to fulfill its mission, and that may involve rules that not everybody is going to agree with," said Mr. Craig, who is based in Dallas. "But the honor code makes it clear so there can be no misunderstanding: Here's who we are, here's what we're about, and here's what we're trying to accomplish with our students."

Legally there is no middle ground: As a private religious school, Trinity Christian was well within its rights to force the student's withdrawal, said Brian Chase, a lawyer with the Dallas office of the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, which advocates for gay rights. Also, Texas has no law prohibiting discrimination against someone based on sexual orientation.

But simmering under the surface are questions about forgiveness, compassion and redemption.

"This is the problem that many Christian schools are bumping into today, more so than ever, because our culture is changing," said Dr. John McCart, president the Texas Organization of Christian Schools. "If schools don't know exactly what their position is, they're hung."

Those who work with gay teens say the expulsion of gay students from private fundamental school is quite common.

"I've heard of kids being outed in chapel in front of the whole school," said Marc Adams, who runs a Seattle-based group called Heartstrong that counsels gay students attending religious schools. "It happens all the time. It's just that so few people come forward to talk about it."

Since its creation in 1996, Heartstrong has counseled 831 students whose sexual orientation got them kicked out of their religious schools, Mr. Adams said.

"And those are only the ... [students] who found us," he said. "There are thousands more that we never reach."

Mr. Craig of the Association of Christian Schools International, which accredited Trinity, said students and parents shouldn't sign the codes if they're not going to take them to heart.

"When you sign something, that's your word," he said.

The student acknowledges that he signed the honor code, which in part states that students agree "to live by the standards of the Code which have been established for my own good and the good of the entire school community." The student also said he knew he could get into trouble at the school for being gay.

"I love TCA, and I think it's a great school," said Brian Reinhart, a Trinity Christian graduate and a friend of the gay student. "But I'd have to say that their decision was political."

Mr. Delph, Trinity's headmaster, declined to address such criticism. The statement he issued, however stated: "We strive to handle each situation, as Jesus Christ would. Since love is at the core of Jesus' nature, we try to ensure each student is surrounded by an abundance of loving care during any disciplinary process."

Current and former Trinity students say heterosexual students who've been sexually active also have been forced to leave the school.

Trinity Christian receives no government support; its annual $15 million budget is wholly supported by tuition, fund raising and investments, according to its federal income tax return. With nearly 1,500 students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12, it's one of the area's largest private schools. High school tuition starts at $11,200 per year, plus fees.

The student said he began telling friends and teachers about his homosexuality last spring after hearing a Bible teacher announce in class that gays were bound for hell. He said teachers and counselors at the school were supportive and understanding.

Ironically, he said, his popularity among students began to rise when word got out.

"Suddenly," he said, "I was the cool gay kid."

But he said administrators didn't think he was "cool" last month after a student brought his Web site to their attention.

The site, which is not pornographic or sexually explicit, is a place for gay teens to meet, chat and post pictures of themselves. The student said a similar site was instrumental in his coming to terms with his own sexual identity.

As of Thursday, his site had 1,724 registered members. He announced his forced expulsion on his Web site. Others on the Web have published similar accounts of his story.

One day last month the student said he saw some Trinity Christian students looking at his site in the school library. On a whim, he posted an online survey on the site asking how many users were Trinity Christian students.

When confronted, the gay student acknowledged setting up the site and admitted he is gay, he said.

He also asked school administrators not to tell his parents about his homosexuality.

"Next thing I know, Mom and Dad are walking in the door," he said.

The student said several school administrators and teachers, in an attempt to help keep him from being expelled, coached him on how to handle the situation.

He should tell the headmaster, for example, that he wasn't gay. Instead he should say that he was "confused." He should say he wanted to be straight. He should agree to counseling. He should also take the Web site offline immediately.

"I did all of those things, but it didn't matter," he said.

The student said a few administrators told him his Web site was the key issue because it encouraged other teens to explore their homosexuality. So in a sense, the student said they told him, he was fostering the immorality of others.

Facing expulsion, the student said he chose to lie so his high school records would be free of disciplinary actions.

Nevertheless, "I love Trinity," the student said. "The faculty, the kids, they were my family for 13 years. They can't take that away."

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An interesting question [21 Dec 2004|12:26pm]

randomguy3

In today's Times: Should heterosexuals be allowed to govern our country?. The interesting part of the article starts just over halfway down.

A look at the flip side of the coin in light of recent events.

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Sorry if this was already posted... [16 Dec 2004|03:45pm]

derek2600
Haha...New research on Abraham Lincoln suggests things we've suspected all along ...



Joshua Speed, with whom Lincoln shared a bed for four years.

The New York Times reports... Read more...Collapse )

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[16 Dec 2004|09:19am]

tigerroars
http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/features/story/0,11710,1369643,00.html

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unbelievable [12 Dec 2004|01:17am]

fairyspell
The moderators at the community queer of all places rejected my last post.

*shakes head*

What are the early signs of stroke again...? </pissy>

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[12 Dec 2004|12:18am]

fairyspell
I beg everyone to take 15 minutes of your life, 15 short minutes of your day, and read this speech given by Larry Kramer.

I am overwhelmed by the brutal honesty and raw truth of all the subjects and the manner in which he speaks of them and to us all.



http://www.queerday.com/archives/006898.html

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