Barely Legal Gay Characters; Cyndi Lauper and LGBT Youth Homelessness; Transgender Professor Wins 1 Million In Court

Barely Legal Gay Characters

Tony and I have a 16 year old niece who recently came out as gay, and she’s dating a fantastic 16 year old girl. They’re both getting support from all family, including parents. They have their entire lives ahead of them, and it’s so refreshing to see young gay people get a chance to have the youth that gay people (and all gay people up until very recently) like me were denied. 
I think I’m aware of things like this because I have been writing gay erotica and erotic romance for a very long time. One of the things the industry has always frowned upon are barely legal characters. In fact, there is a list of things considered “taboo” that most publishers won’t even go near. And even though the concept of barely legal rides a thin line, it is something I’ve always been concerned about.
First, this is one definition of “barely legal” at Urban Dictionary. 
1) The age at which a girl is just old enough to have sex without getting the older man in trouble with the law. 
It works the same way for barely legal guys, too, gay or straight. 
My bottom line here is that it’s creepy and more than questionable, especially nowadays with a new revelation about sexual abuse in Hollywood and the media coming out almost daily. A lot of these young women (and men) who were/are being sexually abused were/are barely legal.
The only reason I’m posting about it is because there’s a new Hollywood film that’s getting all kinds of critical acclaim for having a straight male character who is a 24 year old predator go after a 17 year old gay boy who is barely legal. And I’m finding that most people are not even aware of the fact that there is this concept of barely legal. I’m thinking (hoping) maybe if they knew they’d see something wrong with this and they wouldn’t support it.
Well now you know. You know that this is not a good thing. Barely legal content is when a 24 year old straight male character goes after a 17 year old boy. If that doesn’t bother you, that’s fine. But you should know that’s really what this is about, and there’s no way to twist it and spin it into something else.   
In any event, I’m not even mentioning the movie. The truth is the movie is up for awards, and people who would normally never support anything barely legal are praising this one. And I think that’s just because it’s gay content. If it were straight content it would be considered Lolita.   
Cyndi Lauper and LGBT Youth Homelessness
On a far more positive note, here’s a story about how Cyndi Lauper wants to help make a world a nicer place for LGBT youth. And there are a lot of LGBT young people who need help. The most vulnerable usually fall prey to older sexual predators. 
Cyndi Lauper’s career got a boost in the LGBTQ community, and she has returned that affection many times over with some serious charity advocacy and action. In 2008 Lauper founded True Colors Fund, a non-profit organization designed to end homelessness among LGBTQ youth. A staggering 40% of all youth experiencing homelessness are LGBTQ. These young people face the struggles of homelessness, in addition to prejudice around their sexual orientation or gender identity – making them less likely to get help and more likely to remain homeless. This is the challenge Lauper’s True Colors Fund hopes to help solve.
Transgender Professor Wins 1 Million In Court
I must have missed this one because I don’t remember reading anything about it, or posting about it here. And it’s definitely something I would have posted about because these cases are changing the way transgender people are treated in the workplace. 
A jury found on Monday that Southeastern Oklahoma State University violated Rachel Tudor’s civil rights in Tudor v. Southeastern Oklahoma State University, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Here’s the rest.  It sounds as if this was a very painful experience. 

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