Dad’s Reaction to His Son’s New Little Mermaid Doll

This picture makes me so happy– look at that cute little face with unbridled happiness in his eyes! This is the expression someone makes when they are loved and accepted for who they are!

Father, Mikki Willis, could have reacted in many ways when his son, Azai, opted for a Little Mermaid Doll, but this story has a happy ending. While our society teaches us that subscribing to stereotypical gender-norms will help you “succeed” in life, Willis shows us that true success comes from knowing you’re loved and accepted as you are from an early age. Having a rock-solid foundation helps raise kids into productive, successful humans.

“Now how do you think a dad feels when his son wants to get this?” asked Willis… take a look and see his beautiful reaction!

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Today’s Roundup of Breaking News Headlines

Luxury brand Barneys just released a stunning set of photos of diverse couples on their Window blog. These photos take an intimate look into what modern marriage looks like. SPOILER: it includes interracial + same-sex partners. #LoveWins #LoveIsLove

 

Millions of Americans Have Nothing to Celebrate on the Fourth of July because the fact is “millions of indigenous people have died as a consequence of American imperialism.” Simon Moya-Smith, a culture editor at Indian Country Today told Mic. Retrieved from Mic // By Jon Levine July 03, 2015

 

Former Democratic VA Senator Jim Webb Announces Presidential Bid // Retrieved from Vox by  on July 2, 2015

 

Bernie Sanders Draws a HUGE Crowd in WisconsinNo One Expected Bernie Sanders to Raise as Much Money as He Just Raised // Retrieved from The Guardian + Mic By Zeeshan Aleem July 02, 2015

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More Stupid from the South – Jindal Bans Gay Marriage

photo credit: Times-Picayune

Just a few days ago, Louisiana governor Piyush “Bobby” Jindal said “We don’t have a choice, our agencies will comply with the court order” in response to the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage for same-sex couples.  Jindal promised to respect the ruling.

Not a week has past since he made that promise. Jindal’s spokesperson Mike Reed told the press last night that “Jindal has decided Louisiana same-sex couples need to wait for yet another court’s decision,” The Times-Picayune reported late Wednesday night. “Our agencies will follow the Louisiana Constitution until the District Court orders us otherwise.”

Then Jindal signed an executive order giving clerks religious right to not issue marriage licenses. 

The New Civil Rights Movement journalist David Badash says “Jindal’s state-wide ban on recognizing the legally performed marriages in his own state means couples cannot change their names on drivers licenses and other important legal documents, adoptions could be on hold – or at least the names of both parents on birth certificates could be refused – and even death certificates cannot include a same-sex spouse’s name.”

Hey Piyush, guess what? You can play all the legislative games you want but you can’t stop love!

 

 

Today’s Roundup of Breaking News Headlines

A Tennessee store put up a “no gays allowed” sign — and it’s totally legal  Retrieved from Vox // by  German Lopez on July 1, 2015

GOP 2016 Candidate Courting Black Voters Meets With Guy Who Says Blacks Were Better Off as Slaves – Paul Rand’s visit with Cliven Bundy  Retrieved from Mother Jones // By Russ Choma  on June 30, 2015

Six arrested during protest against detention of LGBT immigrants Retrieved from Washington Blade // by Michael K. Lavers – June 30, 2015

ANOTHER Church Burns In The South Retrieved from NYTimes // by By ALAN BLINDER and KATIE ROGERS on JULY 1, 2015

Transgender Civil Rights

 

 

 

 

 

What an incredible week we just had– the Supreme Court ruled in favor of both affordable health care + marriage equality! As I said in a previous post, I am happy beyond belief that American’s are one step closer to experiencing true equality – however – it seems we still have a far way to go. John Oliver’s popular HBO TV show Last Week Tonight, was particularly poignant in outlining the ways in which we  still demonize + discriminate against LGBT people.

John goes into the many ways in which transgender people face discrimination + hate simply by just being themselves. One interview was with a transgender solider that literally said that serving as a solider in Afghanistan “feels like a vacation because I can truly be myself.” Never thought I’d hear Afghanistan and the words “truly be myself” in the same sentence…  + the fact that this solider feels more comfortable in Afghanistan than in his own country is nothing short of tragic.

Here is a clip of Last Week Tonight in case you missed it. If you don’t have time to watch it, the main takeaway is that we as a nation must lose the labels + educate ourselves + our children on what it means to be LGBT – and here is a simple answer for you: LGBT people are simply people, no different than any other human on this earth. We are all individuals with our unique experience + perspective – therefore differentiation + labels aren’t needed because we are all the same 🙂

 

LGBTQ Workplace Discrimination

I figured I’d wait 24 hours before talking about the sad state of affairs in the majority of states in the union… I didn’t want to bring this up yesterday when Love Won! While I am ecstatic beyond belief that every American is now legally allowed to get married, the fact is 31 states do not have separate protections specifically for sexual orientation + gender identity. This means that it is completely legal for an employer to terminate employment based on a persons sexual orientation or gender identity. Check out this infograpic from Vox that shows the states that have protections for LGBTQ people and those that don’t.

Currently, 19 states ban discrimination based on sexual orientation + gender identity, while only 3 additional states ban discrimination based on sexual orientation. Equal rights activist, Michelangelo Signorile, is so right: Its Not Over!

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Of course it is a monumental shift for all American’s to now have the right to marry – it seems the fight for true equality is far from over.  The lack of civil rights laws in the 31 states in the union that do not protect LGBTQ people from workplace discrimination need to be changed. Equal Protection under the law, right?

14th Amendment – Equal Protection: All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Where does your state stand? Would love to know your thoughts on this – comment below!

 

LOVE WINS!

 

 

 

I am so proud to be an American on this day! The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Marriage Equality which means gay marriage is legal in all 50 states!

Needless to say, the internet is blowing up in response to the court decision. I absolutely love that #LoveWins is trending on Twitter 🙂 Its amazing to to read all the positive comments people have in response to this monumental decision!

This tweet from Bipartisan Report, an Internet News aggregator, was just too hilariously brilliant not to share: