I am the boy who never finished high school, because I got called a fag everyday. I am the girl kicked out of her home because I confided in my mother that I am a lesbian. I am the prostitute working the streets because nobody will hire a transsexual woman. I am the sister who holds her gay brother tight through the painful, tear-filled nights. We are the parents who buried our daughter long before her time. I am the man who died alone in the hospital because they would not let my partner of twenty-seven years into the room. I am the foster child who wakes up with nightmares of being taken away from the two fathers who are the only loving family I have ever had. I wish they could adopt me. I am not one of the lucky ones. I killed myself just weeks before graduating high school. It was simply too much to bear. We are the couple who had the realtor hang up on us when she found out we wanted to rent a one-bedroom for two men. I am the person who never knows which bathroom I should use if I want to avoid getting the management called on me. I am the mother who is not allowed to even visit the children I bore, nursed, and raised. The court says I am an unfit mother because I now live with another woman. I am the domestic-violence survivor who found the support system grow suddenly cold and distant when they found out my abusive partner is also a woman. I am the domestic-violence survivor who has no support system to turn to because I am male. I am the father who has never hugged his son because I grew up afraid to show affection to other men. I am the home-economics teacher who always wanted to teach gym until someone told me that only lesbians do that. I am the woman who died when the EMTs stopped treating me as soon as they realized I was transsexual. I am the person who feels guilty because I think I could be a much better person if I didn't have to always deal with society hating me. I am the man who stopped attending church, not because I don't believe, but because they closed their doors to my kind. I am the person who has to hide what this world needs most, love. I am the person ashamed to tell my own friends I'm a lesbian, because they constantly make fun of them. I am the boy tied to a fence, beaten to a bloody pulp and left to die because two straight men wanted to "teach me a lesson"--- if you believe that homophobia is wrong, feel free to reblog this
A group of 80 US mayors unveiled a campaign Friday to win support for same sex marriage during a conference in the US capital…
The campaign, a nonprofit organization based in New York, is seeking to win legislation giving legal recognition to same sex marriage as well as the financial and tax benefits associated with marriage.
Mayors attending the US Conference of Mayors who agreed to participate in the campaign said they would advocate for the laws.
“If we truly believe in family values, we should value all families,” said Villaraigosa, president of the US Conference of Mayors.
As Marty McFly, he took us Back to the Future. Now, through his work leading The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF), actor and activist Michael J. Fox is helping to usher in a new future for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD)—one filled with hope.
“I know without fail that we are getting closer—day by day, year by year—to the breakthroughs that will make finding a cure inevitable,” Fox tells Neurology Now. “A lot of work lies ahead of us. But this is a responsibility we have, and we want people to know someone is trying to get this work done.”
The Canadian-born Fox, now 50, became a household name worldwide in the early 1980s, starring as the endearing preppy Alex P. Keaton on the smash TV series Family Ties.
Success on the small screen paved the way for movie stardom, and in 1985 Fox turned in one of the most iconic and beloved performances of modern movie history: Back to the Future’s Marty McFly, an ’80s teen who experiences serious culture shock when he travels back in time to the poodle-skirts and soda shops of his parents’ adolescence in the ’50s. The Steven Spielberg–produced film was an extraordinary success, both critically and commercially, and spawned two sequels.
Then in 1991, while filming Doc Hollywood (in which he played, ironically, a doctor), Fox began to experience strange physical sensations. Later that year, when he was 30 years old, he was diagnosed with young-onset (Parkinson’s disease).
Fox stepped down from full-time acting in 2000. At the time, he’d been starring as Mike Flaherty, Deputy Mayor of New York City, on the TV show Spin City—a role he’d been playing since 1996 and for which he had earned another three Golden Globe awards and another Emmy.
Less than a year after Fox stepped down from full-time acting, MJFF (The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research) was born.
“It’s ironic that I had to quit my day job to do my life’s work,” Fox says. “I’ve been fortunate to have had not just one, but two careers that I’m passionate about.
And I’m convinced that I couldn’t have had one without the other. Television plucked me from obscurity and, in many ways, helped prepare me for challenges and opportunities that I never saw coming but that were the greatest of my life.” […]