Gay Teachers Coming Out: Risky Business
You wouldn’t think it, but it’s still not perfectly safe for teachers to come out as gay. Here’s an interesting article from the Chicago Tribune that goes into more detail.
Bigham was a special-education teacher for the Multnomah Education Service District in Portland and had recently been named the state’s teacher of the year when he mentioned his then-partner, now-husband, in a speech before the state school board.
What followed, Bigham said, was a cascading series of demands by his supervisors that he not go public with his sexual orientation.
You can check that out, here. They get into other examples, too. The bottom line, though, is you can’t just come out as gay everywhere without paying a price for it.
More Gay Characters On TV
This isn’t a bad article, but I’m not sure how relevant it is with regard to TV as a medium. Unless they’re including all streaming TV, and they’re not just focused on just network TV. I just wonder about who still watches network TV. We don’t watch network TV anymore, and most people I know don’t. We stream, or record cable shows. In the same respect, it’s a good article and it makes some excellent suggestions.
Chances are, you won’t have heard of As If, the TV show that shocked me into coming out as gay. It aired more than 15 years ago on one of the U.K.’s few network TV channels on Sunday mornings, a spot primed for those nursing a hangover—or, in my case, 13-year-olds in the throes of adolescence who, like a child, hadn’t grown out of the habit of waking up early on weekends (that soon changed). There was even a very short lived American remake, which lasted all of seven episodes.
Here’s the rest. I’ve posted about some great streaming TV shows with LGBTQIA characters, from Here and Now, to Sense 8.
Gay China Gets Louder and Revolts
I never knew much about LGBTQIA people in China, but it seems that most have depended on social media for content and support. Recently, this was threatened and there was a huge revolt.
On Friday, Sina Weibo, a social-media platform, announced that it was banningcartoons, games and videos containing gay themes, in an effort to comply with cybersecurity laws. Users reacted furiously. By Monday, the anger had grown so intense that the service reversed course and said the “clean-up no longer targets gay content.” For the government, which has long sought to restrict gay themes in media, it was a nearly unprecedented rebuke.
Here’s more. When are “they” going to realize they can’t control something like this. If they’re going to try to screw around with us, they’re going to be in for huge backlash.
A PG Rated Gay Romance
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