Uplifting Stories

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It’s Friday and I don’t have the Friday Guys to lift my spirits so I thought I would share with you a few uplifting stories in their place:west point cadet

Knights Out a West Point support group for LGBT soldiers posted these pictures on their Facebook page of two officers escorting their boyfriends to the military academy’s formal winter dances in upstate New York last weekend called the Yearling Winter Weekend (for sophomores) and another event called Cows (for juniors). This, 16 months after the Pentagon lifted its ban on gays in the military.

The repeal of the ban took effect in September 2011, and since then the Pentagon has been reviewing its policies west point 2to determine what military benefits could be opened to same sex partners without violating DOMA (Defence of Marriage Act).

On Tuesday, the military announced it is now officially ready to extend some spousal benefits to same-sex partners of service members.

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BMGay Star News published a story this week about a feisty grandmother who took on the pastor at her church whose anti LGBT sermon didn’t sit well with her. The grandson who goes by the on-site name BMMiller10 on Reddit said his grandmother changed her conservative views after he came out to her last year. After her pastor singled out another gay teenager in front of an entire congregation, promising to ‘address the problem of homosexuality’, she apologized to the teen and walked out.

She said: ‘There are a lot of problems here, and him being gay is not one of them.’ Since then the grandmother has left the church, apparently to the ire of the anti-LGBT pastor. For the full story here’s the link.

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The Walt Disney Company announced on February 1st that George Kalogridis has become Walt Disney World’s first openly gay president in Orlando, Florida. Mr. Kalogridis is Disney World’s fifth president. He was previously president of Disneyland in California since 2009. The 59-year-old Kalogridis has been with the Walt Disney Company since 1971 when he landed a job bussing tables at Disney World. For more information here is an article in South Florida Gay News. In his new position Mr. Kalogridis will be in charge of more than 66,000 employees. He was featured in a 2011 It Gets Better video where he talked about “anyone who has ever been bullied, teased, or harassed for being different.”

Here’s the Disney It Gets Better video

 

 

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10 comments

    • Jamie

      I’m so glad you like these stories. They help to make up for all the negative ones. Disney is tops in my book too. 😀

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  • Oh, I love this post so much! :biglove:

    And count me among those who thought the NHL was one of the least homophobic leagues in the Majors. What with Brendan Burke’s legacy, Sean Avery saying he’ll support anyone, etc.

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  • Here are some reasons to love hockey!

    Great story about transgender goalie Cory Oskam sharing the ice with Vancouver Canuck Cory Schneider:

    http://canucks.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=653098

    The Tampa Bay Lightning would support a gay teammate:

    http://www.tampabay.com/sports/hockey/lightning/lightning-would-support-a-gay-teammate/1273557

    And let’s not forget that the You Can Play Project was established in memory of LGBT college hockey player Brendan Burke, and a heartening number of NHL guys have done work on its behalf (with two current NHLers, San Jose Shark Tommy Wingels and Phoenix Coyote Andy Miele, on its board of directors):

    youcanplayproject.org

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    • Wow Trix

      What great links. I’ll be sure to include them in my weekly update on Sunday.

      I knew about the You Can Play Project as, being Canadian, I’m familiar with Brendan’s legacy.

      I wasn’t aware of Tampa Bay’s statements nor did I know Cory’s story. What a coup, skating with his idol, especially in light of hockey’s reputation as the most homophobic league in the Majors.

      Thanks again for sending me these links Trix.

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      • Happy to do it! I didn’t know the NHL had had a bad rep regarding gay athletes, since I remember the 2006 Sports Illustrated poll where 79.9% of NHLers polled would welcome an openly gay teammate (compared to 61.5% of MLB players, 59.6% of NBA players, and 56.9% of NFL players). Of course, those were samples of about 350 current players in each league…

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    • Hey Jeffrey

      Aren’t these stories great. I needed cheering up and I’m glad you approve.

      The Friday Guys may be back – you never know. 😀

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