LGBTQ group Single Step, based in Bulgaria, provides critical support to LGBTQ youth and their families.
The advocacy group has dropped a gorgeous, heart-stopping video for their Be Yourself campaign urging young folks all around the world to take pride in who they are.
Featuring amazing athleticism and stunt work, the video was created to be “an artistic manifestation of courage, self-expression, human connection and community.”
“The world doesn’t want me to be me; pressures me to be less of me.
Maybe my family only loves this version of me that isn’t me.”
“I wanted to create a coming out story that is universal, that everyone can relate to on some level,” said director Sandro Suppnig. “A piece to inspire young people to have the courage to be their true self, using parkour as a metaphor for finding inner strength by belonging to a community. If this film helps only one person, I have achieved what I wanted.”
“Nothing I can do but be who I am, you see?
My identity doesn’t come off so easily.”
Single Step founder Ivan Dimov shared, “One year ago I had a vision of a young man in distress standing on the edge of a cliff. And he takes one crucial step… I am deeply grateful to the amazing team that created Be Yourself, for their dedication and heart.”
That’s the highest level of support Gallup has recorded since the polling firm began asking Americans about their views on the issue in 1996.
Back then, a mere 27% of those polled supported gay marriage.
It will come as no surprise that politically speaking there’s a wide chasm between Democrats and Republicans on the subject.
The recent data shows that 83% of those who identify as Democrats said they support legally recognized same-sex marriage; only 44% of Republican respondents say they support marriage equality.
And those all-important Independent voters? A healthy 71% of independents said they were in favor of legally recognised same-sex marriage.
One reason for the increase in support could be from visibility: according to Gallup, one in 10 LGBTQ+ adults were married to a same-sex partner in 2017.
“This means that Americans are more likely to know someone who has married a same-sex partner, and the visibility of these marriages may be playing a role in overturning some folks’ previously held opposition to their legal status,” Gallup said.
Same-sex marriage became legal in all 50 states in the U.S. in June of 2015 following the historic Obergefell ruling by the Supreme Court.
• Chilean film A Fantastic Womanmade history last night at the Oscars as the first film with a main transgender storyline and starring an out transgender actress to win at the Academy Awards taking home the statue for Best Foreign Film.
• Donald Trump’s self-determined deadline on a legislative fix for “Dreamers” came and went today. The courts stopped the government from deporting “dreamers” but, what now?
• The always ethereal Lana Del Rey covers “You Must Love Me” from the film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita.
Sir Andrew penned the song specifically for the film and went on to win the Oscar for “Best Original Song.” I’ve always felt the new tune helped Madonna take home the Golden Globe for Best Actress for her performance as “Eva Perón.”
Lone Star Q is reporting that the Dallas City Council today approved a Comprehensive Statement of Support for the LGBT community on Wednesday.
By a vote of 13-2, the Council agreed to support the LGBT equality resolution. Council members Vonciel Hill and Sheffie Kadane voted against the resolution.
Councilman Jerry Allen chairs the committee and has worked on the
resolution over the last three months. After the vote he said, “This is
a historic day for Dallas — for equality, civil rights, inclusion.”
While the resolution doesn’t create any specific policies, it does give authorization to the city manager’s office to pursue initiatives, such as equal benefits for LGBT employees, improving the city’s score on a national gay-rights index, and lobbying for pro-equality state and federal legislation.
Norwegian sports and outdoor clothing retailer XXL has released an ad timed for release during the Sochi Games that sends a message in support of the LGBT community: sport is for everyone – “whatever team you play for.”
I tend to not mention stories with a basis in religion on The Randy Report unless it comes wrapped in such warped distortion from what I know my Christian friends to be. My best friend is a priest and not in any way a bigot. I celebrate other’s religious beliefs as long as they don’t harm others.
But I do want to share this video and story today. These are the kinds of Christians we need today. And while I’m no expert, THIS sounds like what my Christian friends believe. Not the crap you hear from Westboro Baptist Church and other bigots of that ilk.
Rob and Linda Robertson are outspoken advocates for LGBT equality and are passionate about communicating to gay Christians that God loves them exactly as they are and wants to use them exactly as they are to change the world.
Sadly, they lost their openly gay son Ryan when he came out to them and didn’t find the love and support he needed. Truth Wins Out has their story here.
Santa Fe County Officials just voted to support marriage equality in the state. While the resolution doesn’t legalize same-sex marriage, it makes a strong statement about the county’s position on the subject.
The Santa Fe County Commission, with near unanimous support, approved a resolution Tuesday that supports both marriage equality in New Mexico and a recent decision by the Santa Fe county clerk to deny two men a marriage license – an action that’s made her the subject of a lawsuit. Commissioner Liz Stefanics said the resolution puts the County Commission “on the record as supporting same-sex marriage” and sends a message “that we wish the state Supreme Court to rule and make this matter clear for all the people here in our state.”
New Mexico has no law on the books specifically allowing or banning marriage equality.