2 boys voted ‘Cutest Couple’ at NY High School

Courtesy of Carmel High School

Photo Courtesy of Carmel High School

The senior class at a suburban New York High School voted two boys as ‘Cutest Couple’ this year. Carmel High School seniors Dylan Meehan and Brad Taylor started dating each other a year ago.

“Yeah, our friends are giving it to us about being Internet famous,” said 18-year-old Dylan Meehan, a senior at Carmel High School.

“We’ve never had any problems at all,” added 17-year-old senior Brad Taylor. “As a matter of fact, before the results, people were telling us ahead of time, ‘You guys are going to win hands down.’”

However, officials were concerned enough that they checked with the boys and their parents before the “cutest couple” selection was memorialized in the yearbook.

Congratulations to Carmel High School for being accepting of the LGBT Community. Share your thoughts in the comment section.

Youtube Coming Out Videos Debate

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I’m sure all of you have looked at coming out videos on Youtube at some point. Each day somebody who is gay, lesbian, bisexual and/or transgenered submits videos to share their stories with others. These videos help out many kids or even adults who are dealing with coming out. You have a choice to watch these videos or not. The people who are submitting these videos get a lot of feedback either positive or negative. I would like to share with you all one of the negative feedbacks from somebody that is straight. Check out the video below:

Here’s the Link to “35. Why is it with the gay and lesbian issue and coming out? Zippy Poozelah” Youtube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogC_v9C_y_Q

Question: Is it okay for LGBTQ people showing their coming out stories online especially when straight people don’t get to say hey I’m straight?

My stance is that it is okay to post coming out videos. I am gay and these videos and blogs out there on the web have helped me deal with my own sexuality. My view is if you don’t like a certain video than don’t watch. Everybody is entitled to their own views. We all wish we could be straight and life would be easier. I feel straight people mostly don’t understand what we have to deal with on a daily basis. Be sure to share your views about this in the comments section.

Soccer player Robbie Rogers comes out

Robbie Rogers

Robbie Rogers, a professional soccer player decided to come out as gay and quit the sport. At the age of 25, he was released from the Leeds United last month and explained why he quit soccer on his website.

“Now is my time to step away. It’s time to discover myself away from football. It’s 1 A.M. in London as I write this and I could not be happier with my decision. Life is so full of amazing things. I realized I could only truly enjoy my life once I was honest. Honesty is a bitch but makes life so simple and clear. My secret is gone, I am a free man, I can move on and live my life as my creator intended.”

Roger’s played for the Columbus Crew of the MLS before playing for Leeds and most recently League One’s Stevenage. Born and raised in LA, currently living in London.  By coming out, makes him one of a small number of pro-footballers since Justin Fashanu in 1990 to announce publicly.

The Chicago Fire of the MLS owns his rights and head coach Frank Klopas said this after hearing about Rogers’ coming out: “Yesterday I thought he was a very good player and I still think that today. Should Robbie want to return to the game, we would still be open to him being part of the Fire.”

Roger’s also writes on his website:

“For the past 25 year I have been afraid, afraid to show whom I really was because of fear. Fear that judgment and rejection would hold me back from my dreams and aspirations.   Fear that my loved ones would be farthest from me if they knew my secret.  Fear that my secret would get in the way of my dreams.”

He tweeted by writing this on his twitter account:

@RobbieRogers “http://www.therobbierogers.com/ Just getting some sh*t off my chest. http://fb.me/2G6VcA57v

Support for Professional Soccer Player Robbie Rogers is spreading across the world. He wrote Saturday a update on his twitter account by saying:

@RobbieRogers “Thank you everyone for all of the support and love. Wasn’t expecting this.”

Share your support or opinions in the comments section. Do you think it was a good decision to step away from the sport to deal with his own personal issues reguarding his sexuality? Should he return to soccer in the future? Share your thoughts.

Weatherman Sam Champion Engaged

ABC’s Good Morning America Weather Anchor and Editor, Sam Champion, is officially engaged to his longtime boyfriend.

Sam Champion and Rubem Robierb

Sam Champion is the latest of big names to publicly announce that he’s officially gay and getting married.  This weekend, MSNBC’s news anchor Thomas Roberts married his partner Saturday in NYC.  CNN’s Anderson Cooper officially came out as gay during the summer.  There’s a trend for well known television personalities to come out and/or announce their engagements.

Champion is engaged to his longtime boyfriend, Brazilian-born photographer Rubem Robierb.

“We’re getting married New Year’s Eve in Miami,” the 51-year-old weather guru told The Times of his engagement to Rubem.

“We’ll do it [in New York] officially, and then have a party in Miami,” boyfriend Robierb added.

The couple told ABC News “We are thrilled and so excited and thank everyone for their good wishes.”.

We thank these television personalities for coming out publicly and talking about gay issues.  It’s not easy being in the spotlight and holding it in at your job for awhile.  We wish Sam Champion and his boyfriend all the best!

Bisexuality Exists

Bisexuality does exist and is celebrated throughout the world each year. Every year on September 23, Bisexuality day is observed by members of the bisexual community and their supporters.

There is a flag dedicated to bisexuality. The colors of the bisexual pride flag are pink, purple and blue which represents the community in unity. We usually only see the gay pride flag which represents all colors of the rainbow.

Bisexuality is romantic or sexual attraction or behavior toward males and females. Most who call themselves bisexual like both sexes close to equally and it’s hard to give up one sex sexually.

There are many critics out there who believe bisexuality is just a phase or a way to hide their real sexuality. How do you feel about bisexuality? Does it really exist out there in your opinion?

I was bisexual for a few years and ultimately decided that I was into men more. I do believe that you can be in love with both sexes for the rest of your life. Being bisexual is tough because you have to deal with critics and your dealing with both sexes. If you are bisexual share your story in the comments below.

LGBT vs. Straight PDA

No matter what your sexual orientation is, you want to show affection to your significant other even when you’re out in a public place. Many homosexual couples get nasty looks often and are told to stop when they are in a public place. Straight couples tend to get away with doing whatever in public even if they are kissing intensely.  Why is it that when straight couples kiss or hug each other in public nobody complains or tells them to stop?

I guess you all know the answer to this question but it’s just annoying to think about. People will always judge us in the LGBT community because they just don’t know the truth about us.  The gay stereotypes that are out there are completely false. I feel that both gay and straight couples should be held to the same standards.  A lot of gay couples get in trouble for just holding hands. Sometimes it’s just gross when you see a straight couple making out like crazy right in front of you.  I do feel it depends on where you live and there will be places that are more accepting to gays.  I do feel that we as bisexuals or gays should respect people’s opinions by not making out like crazy but we should be allowed to hold hands.

I saw this cool story a few months ago from the news of a photo showing a marine returning home and kissing his boyfriend at a homecoming. Here’s the link: http://articles.nydailynews.com/2012-02-27/news/31105894_1_locking-lips-gay-men-and-women-gay-veteran. The outpouring of support has been overwhelming for Sgt. Brandon Morgan and his partner Dalan Wells once the photo was made public.  We’ve come a long way as a society!  I’m sure there will also be haters out there but who cares what they think. There’s nothing wrong with kissing who you love.

Amazon Founder Gives $2.5 Million

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos and his wife have pledged $2.5 million to help a campaign that supports passing a same-sex marriage referendum in Washington State on the November Ballot.  Mr. Bezos, quickly becomes one of largest financial backers of marriage equality around America.

Quotes courtesy of the New York Times article:

“To get this from a straight, married couple sends a powerful message that marriage is seen as a fundamental question of fairness,” Zach Silk, the campaign manager for Washington United for Marriage, said Thursday in an interview.

Bill Gates and Steven A. Ballmer of Microsoft each gave $100,000 to the referendum campaign, according to its officials.

Same-sex marriage was legalized by Washington’s Legislature in February after a concerted push by Gov. Christine Gregoire, a Democrat. But opponents collected enough signatures to put the legislation to the voters.

Mr. Bezos was approached via e-mail on Sunday by Jennifer Cast, one of Amazon’s earliest employees and a lesbian mother of four children who is now a fund-raising chairwoman of the pro-referendum effort.

“I want to have the right to marry the love of my life and to let my children and grandchildren know their family is honored like a ‘real’ family,” Ms. Cast wrote. “We need help from straight people. To be very frank, we need help from wealthy straight people who care about us and who want to help us win.”

In the e-mail, Ms. Cast described in detail the pain she endured as a young adult and the difficulties she faced publicly acknowledging her sexuality. At the end, she pointedly asked him to donate between $100,000 and $200,000 to the referendum cause.

“Jeff, I suspect you support marriage equality,” she wrote. “I beg you not to sit on the sidelines and hope the vote goes our way. Help us make it so.”

She hit “send” and waited.

Two days later, on Tuesday, she received a reply while in a car with her family. Recalling that moment, she said she had to read it out loud twice to make sure she had read it right.

“Jen,” the e-mail said, “this is right for so many reasons. We’re in for $2.5 million. Jeff & MacKenzie.”

 

 

Boy Scouts Vote for Homophobia

The Boy Scouts of America announced it would continue to deny membership to gay scouts and scout leaders on Tuesday, saying the policy would protect the rights of families that prefer to address issues of sexuality in private.

This week, ended a two-year evaluation by the organization of their policies relating to gays being allowed to join which led them to reaffirm their decision.  They had both sides weigh in on the issue including celebrities, CEOs and Boy Scout activists.  This was a huge first step for the LGBT community even though gays still can’t join because the Boy Scouts of America did decide to look into the issue.  You never know if in the future with more pressure on the organization they might have to change their policies.

“The vast majority of the parents of youth we serve value their right to address issues of same-sex orientation within their family, with spiritual advisors and at the appropriate time and in the right setting,” said Bob Mazzuca, chief Scout executive.

“While a majority of our membership agrees with our policy, we fully understand that no single policy will accommodate the many diverse views among our membership or society,” he said.

In 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of the Boy Scouts of America to ban gays whose conduct, the Boy Scouts argued, violated its values.

This decison is a major blow to activists Jennifer Tyrrell, a lesbian mother from Ohio who was ousted as a Scout den leader and treasurer in April because of the organization’s policy and Zach Wahls, an Eagle Scout with two lesbian mothers.

“A secret committee of 11 people can’t ignore the hundreds of thousands of people around the country — including thousands of Eagle Scouts, scout families, and former scouts — that want the ban on gay scouts and scout leaders removed,” Tyrrell said in the same statement.

“We’ve heard this line before, and I’m sure they’ll keep saying this until the day they decide to change the policy. … We know where this is headed,” Wahls said in a statement. “Above all, what is most disappointing about today’s announcement is the secretive nature surrounding how this conclusion was reached.”

GDUSA Opinion:  It is time for the LGBT community to join together and make sure we protest their policies until they allow gays to openly join the Boy Scouts of America organization.  I was unaware that this policy was in place to begin with and it’s a shame a kid would be singled out because he was gay.  Let’s stand up for what we believe in!

Advice: Labels Don’t Matter

Most curious guys or gals when figuring out their sexual orientation tend to focus too much on labeling themselves.

Labels

I personally caught myself one day, and asked myself this one simple question, “Does labels really matter?”, which helped me come to terms with my own sexuality.  Let me take the time to introduce myself to you since this is my first post on GayAgenda.com.  For the past two years, I’ve been blogging about masculine bisexual and gay guy’s issues.  I’m going to discuss those same issues that are close to me and also discuss issues relating to the entire LGBT community.  I’m a masculine gay dude in my mid-twenties living the life in USA.  Yeah, I didn’t reveal my name since I’m still semi-closeted so call me Gay Dude USA or (GDUSA) for now.  I used to consider myself bisexual until I realized that I was into guys more.  Yeah, I guess u can call me gay even tho I hate being labeled.  I feel that as a society we let labels get to us.

I’ve spoken to many guys who consider themselves bisexual but struggle with that label.  Gay guys sometimes ignore you online if you say that your bisexual because they feel you are going through a phase.  Gay stereotypes tend to get in the way of some guys accepting that they actually like men more so they call themselves bisexual.  Bisexuality does exist and it is okay to be attracted to both men and women.  Most likely you will be attracted to one sex over the other but you might still keep an open mind.  Bisexuality is not just a phase!  Please stop saying that because there is such a thing.  You can be very stable and like both sexes maybe more than the other.  Even though once again it’s only a label.

What if I find a really hot girl attractive?  hmm am I still gay?  Yes, I still find certain woman attractive.  If I ever did meet a girl and we connected of course I’d consider dating her.  I do find myself spending the rest of my life most likely with a guy though.  Okay, so I guess that’s where I can call myself gay then.  Why am I even labeling myself?  We label ourselves way too much.

Today’s Advice: Don’t rush into giving yourself a label and coming out in public though until you are sure.  This is a very personal thing and you probably want to be comfortable with your feelings before announcing it to the world.  Just explore your sexuality and it’s okay to not label yourself right away.  What’s the difference if you are bi or gay?  You’re still the same person that you were before you started becoming curious with your sexuality.