Video: Single Step “Be Yourself”

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.”

“I am exactly who I am supposed to be.”

Watch the video below.

Gallup: 67% Of Americans Support Marriage Equality

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This year’s Values & Morals poll from Gallup shows 67% of Americans support same-sex marriage today.

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.

News Round-Up: March 5, 2018

Some news items you might have missed:

• Man Crush Monday – Fitness model Quin Bruce (above) has pretty much mastered the “far-away wistful gaze.” #woof

• According to a national tracking survey, support for LGBTQ people across the country has fallen for the first time in four years.

• Researchers from Johns Hopkins Medicine and Harvard University have found transgender people are increasingly opting for gender confirmation surgery. From 2000 to 2014, researchers found such surgeries have increased fourfold.

• Chilean film A Fantastic Woman made 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.”

New poll shows solid majority of Americans support same-sex marriage

A new McClatchy-Marist Poll shows opinions towards the LGBT community continue to change for the better at an exponential rate.

From the new poll:

• Adults as a whole support marriage equality 54-38 percent

• Young adults 18-29 favor same-sex marriage by 75-18 percent

• Adults 30-44 favor same-sex marriage 55-38 percent

• Adults 45-59 favor same-sex marriage 49-40

• 71 percent of American adults say they know someone who’s gay.  In 1999, a Pew poll showed that 60 percent of Americans said they didn’t know anyone who was gay.

• 48 percent said they wouldn’t be upset if one of their children told them they were gay.

I wonder what Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage will think of these results?

Happy Friday, Brian!

Dallas City Council votes overwhelmingly for LGBT resolution

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.

Rob and Linda Robertson for The NALT Project

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.

The story of how God taught them to love their gay son can be found at Linda’s blog, http://JustBecauseHeBreathes.com.

New Mexico: Santa Fe county approves resolution in support of marriage equality

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.

From SDGLN:

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.

Church sign of the day

Father Rod Bower posted a photo of the church’s sign board in Mann St with the message “Dear Christians, some people are gay, get over it, Love God” on Wednesday.

Within 24 hours, the post had more than 100,000 hits, 1000 shares and 3000 likes.

Father Bower said he was “overwhelmed” by the massive response.

“Normally one of my posts might get a few thousand views, but nothing like this,” he said.

“This has gone international now – there are people liking it all over the world and it is just a little sign in Gosford.”

Gosford is a city located on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia

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