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19-Year Old Gay Teen’s Suicide: Part 2 – “The love that dare not speak its name now never shuts up.”

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Yesterday we began our five-part series, “19-Year Old Gay Teen’s Suicide” with Part 1: “Watch The Bigots Who Pushed Him Over The Edge.” (See part three: 19-Year Old Gay Teen’s Suicide: Part 3 – “Gay” Same As “Fornicator, Adulterer, Bigamist, Prostitute”) In it, we showed you a video of a so-called concerned citizen whom I dubbed “Mr. Slippery Slope,” who had the gall to stand in front of his town’s mayor, city council and fellow citizens to protest a proclamation to name October “Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender History Month.”

You’ll remember Mr. Slippery Slope predicted with certainty, should the proclamation be adopted, that homosexuality will be “infiltrated” into the schools, schools will be forced to teach about how people came out, there will be pictures of gay sex shown to children in school, “recruiting children into these lifestyles will be very easy,” hate crimes laws will be passed to discriminate against anyone who speaks out about homophobia, the bible will be banned, the bible will be called a hate book, clergy will be put in jail…

Sick.

Sadly, it is words like this, and the words you’ll hear below, that pushed nineteen-year old Zach Harrington into suicide. Yes, Zach’s parents believe their son’s death came as a result of hearing three hours of “debate” on the merits of something as innocuous as a proclamation honoring LGBT history.

The Norman, Oklahoma newspaper reports Harrington’s father, Van, while blaming the comments from the debate for his son’s suicide, doesn’t hold them solely responsible. “Van Harrington said he feels a lack of acceptance from society and what he calls a “toxic meeting” last month is what finally pushed Zach over the edge.”

I also believe we have the professional bullies to blame for this ignorance, ignorance that caused this young man’s death, and that caused the death of ten other teens in September alone.

Today, watch this Norman citizen say, “The love that dare not speak its name has become the love that never shuts up.” He then compares a proclamation for “Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender History Month” to a proclamation for “wife-swapping.” Classy. “In conclusion,” he says, “If you choose to vote this down, no one will be physically harmed.” Think again.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=dqVTe_7L1Ss%3Ffs%3D1%26hl%3Den_US

Our thoughts are with the families of all teens who succumbed to suicide after enduring anti-gay hate. It is my hope that all the people who had a hand in spreading that hate, homophobia, and ignorance, turn their lives around and embrace people’s differences as much as their similarities.

I invite anyone from Norman to contact me to share their thoughts on the proclamation, and on the life and death of Zach Harrington.

Thanks to NGBlog‘s YouTube channel for providing these very important videos.

(See the next installment: 19-Year Old Gay Teen’s Suicide: Part 3 – “Gay” Same As “Fornicator, Adulterer, Bigamist, Prostitute”)

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Ron DeSantis Is ‘Sick’ of Your ‘Judgment’ of Unvaccinated Floridians: ‘Nobody’s Trying to Get Ill Here’

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Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis held a press conference Tuesday, announcing he is “sick” of people’s “judgmental” attitude toward those who, after months of vaccines being available, for free, and within five miles of the vast majority of Americans (and even available in-home for some,) have chosen to not get vaccinated against the deadly coronavirus that’s killed 629,927 Americans so far.

“We obviously have some people that are not vaccinated that have been admitted to hospitals. Are you going to sit there, are you going to sit there, and are you going to sit there and criticize, or we going to try to treat and try to help the folks? You know, I’m just sick of this judge – I’m sick of the judgment, the judgmental stuff on some of this stuff, nobody’s trying to, to, to get ill here, okay?” DeSantis complained.

Just 49.1% of Florida adults are fully vaccinated.

Florida is currently the “epicenter” of the coronavirus pandemic. DeSantis’ state continues to break daily records for number of people hospitalized for coronavirus, and now “leads the nation in kids hospitalized for COVID.” It’s also breaking records for number of new cases daily. Not surprisingly, coronavirus deaths are also spiking:

“There’s people that were hermits for a year and a half that wore six masks and did that and still contracted it,” he declared, apparently still not understanding the CDC guidance was to protect others from contracting coronavirus.

The AP reported Sunday that “DeSantis has resisted mandatory mask mandates and vaccine requirements, and along with the state Legislature, has limited local officials’ ability to impose restrictions meant to stop the spread of COVID-19. DeSantis on Friday barred school districts from requiring students to wear masks when classes resume next month.”

“Okay,” continued the Florida governor, who is widely expected to run for president in 2024, “so, so let’s just be real here and let’s just, let’s not indulge these things that somehow ‘it’s their fault’ for not doing it, so, okay we’ll see you guys later.”

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‘Tyrants’: Conservatives Freak Out as NYC Becomes First to Require Proof of Vaccination for Restaurants and Gyms

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Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday will formally announce New York City will soon require anyone entering a restaurant, bar, theater, gym, or other indoor events, like concerts, to provide proof of vaccination in a city that is lagging. It is an effort to motivate New Yorkers to get vaccinated and to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, now that the delta variant accounts for nearly all new cases.

“The policy is similar to mandates issued in France and Italy last month and is believed to be the first of its kind in the United States,” The New York Times reports.

In New York City, 72% of adults have had one dose of the vaccine (the national average is 70%), and just 66% have had two doses or are fully vaccinated. In The Bronx just 58% of adults are fully vaccinated, Brooklyn sits at 60%, and Staten Island is at 62%.

Rather than use this as an opportunity to help protect themselves and others from the deadly coronavirus which has killed 629,913 Americans and infected at least 35,900,045 people across the country, anti-science conservatives are lashing out once again.

Joe Borelli, a Trump-supporting Republican and the minority whip of the New York City Council immediately threw a racial twist on the news.

J.D. Vance, once an anti-Trump conservative author – now a pro-Trump Republican venture capitalist and candidate for the U.S. Senate from Ohio declared, “I can’t think of any disease or pandemic in American history that prompted this level of control.”

Georgia State Law law professor Anthony Michael Kreis proved just how wrong Vance was:

NYC-based comedian Dave Smith, who appears on Fox News programs, claims we’ve been living under a “Chinese-style” system and didn’t even know it.

Fox News personality Lisa Boothe thinks there are people who are not at risk from COVID. Also, children who cannot get vaccinated are exceptionally at risk, and even those who are vaccinated can contract the virus – and spread it to those who have not been vaccinated.

Andrew Surabian, who was called “Steve Bannon’s political right hand in charge of strategy” in a Politico advertorial, declares America is living under government “segregation and discrimination” for requiring vaccines to enter certain businesses, despite every child in America, and anyone enlisting in the Armed Forces, being required to have up to 18 vaccinations.

Deneen Borelli, another Fox News personality and author of “Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation” calls it “Jim Crow” and claims “Most black New Yorkers are not vaccinated.”

 

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NY Gov. Cuomo ‘Sexually Harassed Multiple Women’ Says State Attorney General

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New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo “sexually harassed multiple women,” and created a hostile work environment, breaking federal and state law, according to state Attorney General Letitia James.

“The probe found Cuomo sexually harassed current and former state employees,” NBC News reports. “It also found the Governor and his team retaliated against a former employee for coming forward.”

Cuomo has repeated denied touching anyone inappropriately and said he would wait for the investigation to conclude before discussing any possible future decisions.

 

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