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@ the Circle in the Square Theatre - I saw Fun Home - phenomenal play! 
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Why This YouTube Star's Coming Out Matters
+JoeyGraceffa comes out, tells fans "Don't Wait"

Following years of speculation and rumors, YouTube celebrity and entrepreneur +Joey Graceffa came out to his fans in an emotional (and well-directed) music video appropriately titled, "Don't Wait."

Joey is a 23-year-old YouTube actor/producer with more than 4 million YouTube subscribers, and an equally strong following on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. His fans have helped him fund and secure web series, book launches, international tours, and secure lucrative brand sponsorships. He posts daily vlogs, which invite his millions of viewers into his lives every day. His viewers have seen him at some of his most depressing moments and at some of his happiest. He's posted vlogs about his experiences following an enlightening visit to see his therapist, or playing with his husky puppy, or navigating life in hustle-and-bustle Los Angeles.

More important, however, is the demographics of Joey's viewers: youth (tweens and teens) seeking escape and distractions from real-life pressure that we all experience when we're 10, 12, 13, and 14 years old. These young people don't mindlessly watch Joey's vlogs everyday after school - they learn from him. They worship the ground he walks on and aspire to be equally, if not more successful than he is. These young people admire Joey's willingness to broadcast his life - often heartbreaking and all too-real - online in video. 

For years, fans have asked Joey to put the rumors to rest. One young fan once wrote to Joey, "I hated you because you're hiding it causing your life and youtube life fake. [sic]" Many viewers simply didn't care. One wrote that the only thing relevant was his happiness. The fact is that Joey's coming out will serve as a beacon of hope to countless young people. Visibility is important. Using one's celebrity status for good is important. Yes, celebrities earn a living by building and leveraging their audience's support -- but when they leverage that support to help a child going through hell know that "it gets better" and that "it's OK", it makes a world of difference. 

Joey Graceffa took a bold move when he came out. He came out when he was ready. That's all anyone could ask for, isn't it?  He'll hopefully now be able to be more authentic and use his celebrity and talent to support his youth LGBTQIA subscribers - all millions+ of them.

Link to "Don't Wait" on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kcwo_mhyqTw
#DontWait   #EmbraceYourTruth   #Youth   #LGBT  
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Listen to #SCOTUS hear oral arguments for #MarriageEquality
 
LISTEN: Audio from Obergefell v. Hodges #SCOTUS Oral Arugments Available Here http://j.mp/1DHVNCr

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HRC seeks to improve the lives of LGBT Americans by advocating for equal rights and benefits in the workplace, ensuring families are treated equally under the law and increasing public support among all Americans.
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On the eve of the marriage equality hearings at the Supreme Court, I stand in solidarity in Times Square with my fellow LGBT people and our allies urging the Court to vote in favor of equality.

#MarriageEqualityNow #LoveCantWait
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No such thing as equality on this subject.
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Would You Still Love Him If He Is Gay?
Homophobia = Child Abuse 

April is National Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention Month. Parents/guardians are supposed to love their children. But, some 40% (~ 400,000!!!) of homeless teens in the US are LGBT. These youth were abandoned or kicked out of their homes by their families. In NYC, more than 4,000 homeless LGBT teens are left with fewer than 500 available spots in homeless shelters. "Reparative" therapies, verbal insults, etc. are also forms of child abuse and need our attention. Homophobia is a form of abuse. The hate/fear isn't healthy for children -- or their parents.

Turning your back on a child is unacceptable -- and it's a form of child abuse. Try and support the youth in your community. If you witness abuse or can help support local nonprofits that provide resources to these young people, stand up and #dosomething .

(Image provided by the Ali Forney Center)
http://www.aliforneycenter.org/get-involved/childabuse/
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Racism from congressional Republicans spilled its way into debate on the House floor this afternoon.

Some folks simply still don't get it. But y'know what protesters around the country (world) say in response: "You may not get it yet. And, sure, you're part of the problem. But, now you'll listen."  #facepalm
Republican Bob Goodlatte says his Judiciary Committee won’t “rest until we make progress” on police and criminal justice reform. But the Virginia Republican’s initial public effort to build consensus quickly degenerated into partisan mudslinging on Tuesday, suggesting Goodlatte and cop reform advocates have a long way to go...
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+Joseph Parker PMP You intro saying that you've "got to be careful from a response like" mine, however I don't see how/why there's a difference in your remarks.

Why wouldn't I be able to consider the position of the Democrats? Am I more or less biased than you are? If you've been subscribed to me long enough, which I believe you have - I'm sure you remember my previous positions, of which I am glad to have evolved. 

Make no mistake: while the GOP had support in its early days from many black Americans - the GOP is not the party it once stood for. With all due respect, I'm a little surprised to be having this conversation. The GOP once stood for freedom and equality; it acknowledged how black Americans were abused and wanted to afford every opportunity to empower people. Today, that message isn't the same - it couldn't be further from what it was. Are you familiar with Hobby Lobby, US v. Windsor, etc?? And, what say you to the few remaining black members in Congress from the Civil Rights era who are Democrats? That they're misled, lying?

I have come face-to-face with Republicans, who lack compassion, who say that I should never have the right to marry, who say that I am to blame for our country's poor state of civil and racial affairs. Meanwhile, I have spent time working with Democrats at home in New York and elsewhere, to generate ideas, organize them, promote them, and help our communities - whether it's the black community, LGBT community, senior community, etc. You can look at left-leaning news organizations vs. right-leaning news organizations to see your difference. Where's the "decades" for which Democrats had control nationwide to provide for housing and equity programs? I cannot name 1 Republican in my hometown who has stuck their neck out to defend or advocate on behalf of black people. I can, however, count on both hands, Republicans from my hometown who have exhibited microaggression, blunt racism, and/or housing inequities. And, yes, while our experiences help define who we are, our ideologies, and greater beliefs - facts are facts. One party is concerned with societal and social welfare where the other is concerned with looking out for the individual and the folks at the "top". This isn't bias - it's polling, it's news, it's the comments from GOP leaders themselves, and it's their manifest.
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While I do not agree with the OP here, it's refreshing to see to see someone step up to this with so much appreciation of the issue at-hand and regard for our plight through all of this. I'm sharing some of my thoughts overall to the conversation, in hopes of contributing to productive dialogue. 

My social feeds last night - like others - were non-stop. I'd just left a meeting and when I saw the alert of the Governor's request of additional officers and support from the National Guard I wasn't quite sure what to think. After scrolling through feed and reading a few articles I had to ask myself what one might expect to hear from Dr. King in the midst of all of this; then, on Twitter, a user posted a statement from Dr. King - which, I believe he wrote whilst sat in a cell in Birmingham, of his disappointment of the "white moderate" which may be applied in a more general scope: "I must confess ... I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is ... the white moderate, who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of a tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: 'I agree with you in the goal you seek, but i cannot agree with your methods of direct action'; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a 'more convenient season'."

Then, I logged into Facebook and saw a friend share a graphic depicting an articulated, non-reactionary quote from an individual, supported by many activists and scholars of Black Studies, who writes that she she supports the riots and that, "It is not our duty to convince you that we are worthy of life and protection under the law. That's not our case to make. You are not God. It is instead our duty to hold you accountable to the reality of our power when you have let the fantasy of white supremacy consume you." This was around the time I read a brilliant article from The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates, which I bet many of you've read already, but: for others interested: "When nonviolence is preached as an attempt to evade the repercussions of political brutality, it betrays itself. When nonviolence begins halfway through the war with the aggressor calling time out, it exposes itself as a ruse. When nonviolence is preached by the representatives of the state, while the state doles out heaps of violence to its citizens, it reveals itself to be a con. And none of this can mean that rioting or violence is "correct" or "wise," any more than a forest fire can be "correct" or "wise." Wisdom isn't the point tonight. Disrespect is. In this case, disrespect for the hollow law and failed order that so regularly disrespects the community." http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/04/nonviolence-as-compliance/391640/#disqus_thread

Then, this morning I woke to see that these brilliant social/analytical/justified articles and statements didn't make the news. Instead, what went viral was the photo/video of a Baltimore mother disciplining her son, who was participating in the riots, without regard for what brought us here in the first place. /Sigh.

The events certainly differ - no question about that, in my opinion. I wonder if the post from the OP's dear friend relates to empathy? There was a lovely post from an amazing black queer activist two years ago who wrote after the Boston Bombing about an erosion of empathy she noticed in minority communities: "POC have always been capable of connecting to [your stories]. Because all our lives we are told white people’s stories--through news, television, movies, etc.--our ability to see white people as people has been pretty solid. (This is also probably due to the fact that we have never needed an excuse to kidnap, enslave, or mass murder you, which is always easier to do to a race of people when you can deny their humanity). But even in the face of all the evil that white people have perpetrated against us, most of us, in the face of some individual white person or small group of white people in pain or suffering, have still been able to feel compassion. Sympathy. Empathy. But lately…it’s getting more and more difficult to feel those things"

I do not think that the OP is turning their back on anyone. We've been connected on G+ long enough for me to have read their posts and appreciate where they're coming from. :)

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I noticed a post by a dear friend expressing that they did not care about Nepal, or Bruce Jenner, and that they wanted a fund for the riots in Baltimore, to show them that fund. Being one of the ones who has been sharing links for People Finder from Google, and Restoring Family Links from The International Committee of the Red Cross(it's part of my job), I felt it important to shed some light on how the events differ.

Here is why I care about the massive earthquake in Nepal, the volcano eruption in Chile, and Bruce Jenner, & am merely shaking my head in disbelief and embarrassment at the riots in Baltimore.

Volcano eruption in Chile/Earthquake in Nepal - these two events were not acts of man, they were acts of nature. This means that they could not be prevented or helped, and it was no one's fault. Damage suffered by both events was staggering. Hospitals were overwhelmed, resources were exhausted, the death toll for the earthquake rose to over 4000 and could get to 10,000. I believe it is our job as humans to help each other as much as we possibly can to get through in the face of severe adversity like this. A long time ago, I made service to others the foundation of my career, and for a reason. For this reason, to be exact.

Bruce Jenner - We have reached a turning point in the conversation and push for LGBT rights. IMO, this was something that should have never been an issue in the first place. But because it is, and since transgender people notably are an underserved and underrepresented group, the more attention and exposure to the topic, the better.

Baltimore Riots - even after years upon years in the struggle for race equality, we, as a people, still do not know how to ask for what we want. In the case of Freddie Gray, let's review what we do know:

-Freddie and another man were spotted by cops
-Freddie took off running assuming, and rightfully so, that they were going to arrest him
-Cops pursued him
-Cops, upon finding that he had a switchblade on him, apprehended him
-Freddie lapses into a coma while in police custody as a result of a spinal cord injury
-Received medical treatment, but apparently it wasn't too timely
-Freddie dies in the hospital

Now having reviewed all the information, I would agree that there are a lot of holes in the story, and that more answers are needed, but what of it that gives you cause to then go and destroy an entire neighbourhood over it? Your own neighbourhood, to be exact. Why give our naysayers even more just cause to vilify and oppress us? I for one welcome a good effective riot, like Rosa Parks remaining seated on a bus, and the boycott of all public transportation afterwards. But setting fire to people's businesses & their homes, looting in the streets, injury to 7 police officers, all leading to unsafe conditions for your other fellow humans who have to contend with it, just because of a few holes in the story of a death of a young man, just doesn't cut it. It was an unnecessary riot and I do not support it.

For all those who will come on this post after reading it and say that I am turning my back against my people, come at me bro, and come at me sis. If I was a parent, and I saw my child out there with that nonsense I would do the same as that mother did, because I refuse to stand by and not call people out when they are being foul. Because I do care. And in this case, it was a foul, because "a warrior acts, only a fool reacts."

Photo credit: +International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) 
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Beautiful, compassionate statement from +The White House that everyone - Democratic or Republican - can and should agree with.
#BornPerfect  
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Appreciate the sentiment of his words?!!
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Republican Fight Against Abortion Stalls Confirmation of US Attorney General
GOP fight to keep abortion out of human trafficking bill and anger at the president stalls confirmation

Loretta Lynch is a well-respected, hardworking attorney with a reputation of getting stuff done. She would also be the first black female US Attorney General.

Republicans are fighting to keep an abortion bill out of human trafficking legislation - something that has absolutely nothing to do with the Justice Department or Ms. Lynch's would-be-office. But, as usual, Republicans are so obsessed with the anti-abortion lobby that that they will stall the confirmation of an individual to the president's cabinet.

#TheObstructionContinues   #ConfirmLoretta  
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"I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again." - Quaker Proverb

Kenn is a young media professional in the Greater NYC area. He is a graduate of political science and legal studies. He's interested in communications and media production. 

He's passionate about civics education, youth empowerment and human rights. A strategist and aide to leading local, national, and international political figures, he is driven by his dream of a more compassionate and empathetic world. 

"Well, you're gonna win.... Or you're gonna lose. Either way the sun's gonna come up the next morning." Coach, Friday Night Lights

Kenn enjoys learning about cultures and individual's life experiences (a reader of biographical accounts). Google+ is a brilliant forum to broaden cultural and international understanding, and foster communication between individuals that may never have the opportunity to meet vis-a-vis. 

Oh, and please call him Kenn. ;) 


Television Series to Watch:
  • Extant, CBS*
  • The Good Wife, CBS
  • How To Get Away With Murder, ABC
  • State of Affairs, NBC*
  • Empire, NBC*
  • Transparent, Amazon Studios
  • Looking, HBO
  • Downton Abbey, PBS
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