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David and Tori Stivers, with their son, Grant

David Stivers, the Co-President of PFLAG Atlanta recently spoke on October 23 at Georgia Equality’s Rally for Marriage in Atlanta, Georgia, where marriage supporters made the case that Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens should stop defending marriage discrimination.

Hello, my name is David Stivers and I am co-President of PFLAG Atlanta.  PFLAG’s mission is to educate, advocate, and provide support for LGBT people and their families.

This is my wife, Tori. We fell in love and were married in Atlanta 30 years ago last June.  When we were planning our wedding, no one said we should rethink our decision, or that our choice of a life partner was somehow inappropriate.  The state of Georgia trusted our judgment and remained silent.  Actually, they didn’t care one way or the other about our marriage.  They weren’t interested if it lasted 30 years or 30 minutes.  As far as Georgia was concerned, we were on our own; our marriage would succeed or fail based on its merits or faults.  Thirty years later, Georgia was right to trust our judgment, because our marriage succeeded.

My two daughters were also married in Georgia and the state was silent about their choice for husbands.  Walking my daughters down the aisle on their wedding days was an experience I’ll never forget.  Nor will I forget how happy they and their husbands were on their special day.

Our 30-year marriage also produced a son.  He was an intelligent, creative, handsome child; from the time he was seven years old, he wanted to be a movie director.  He worked hard in school and in college and focused on his goal, which has now come to fruition with him working in the film industry. We are so proud of him and his accomplishments.

One other thing about our son is that he is gay.  Now, suddenly, the state of Georgia seems very interested in his choice for a spouse. Even worse, Georgia constitutionally forbids him from marrying the person he loves. As his father, I can’t understand why. This is blatantly unfair and discriminatory treatment.  He is a productive citizen who has paid Georgia taxes and contributed to his community in many ways.  And yet, he is not permitted to marry the person he loves.  He not only deserves Georgia’s support and trust, but has earned it.

I would very much like to attend my son’s wedding and throw a lavish party for him and the person he loves, just as I did for my two daughters.  I hope Georgia will allow me to do that in the very near future.  Thank you.


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Gender-Bending Crime Fighter Hits Television, Stirs Up Controversy


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There’s a new TV character in town, a 12-year-old-boy-turned-girl-crime-fighter on Hub‘s new children’s cartoon program, SheZow. Hub, a cable network owned by parent companies Discovery Communications and Hasbro Inc., is hoping their new superhero(ine) will bring in viewers and interest.SheZow

The Los Angeles Times reports:

In “SheZow,” a 12-year-old boy – named Guy – uses a magic ring to transform himself into a legendary crime fighter. When evi lurks, Guy says, “You go, girl!” and becomes SheZow.

“When I first heard about the show, my reaction was ‘Are you out of your minds?'” said Margaret Loesch, chief exeutive of the Hub. “Then I looked at it and thought, ‘This is just funny.'”

Not everyone is as amused as Loesch however. Conservative blog Breitbart tagged “SheZow” with the moniker of “transsexual” and reported:

Nothing says “child-appropriate material” quite like gender-bending underage superheroes…That show follows the adventures of a 12-year-old boy named Guy who uses a magic ring to transform himself into a crime-fighting girl. Yes, you read that correctly. When Guy says the magic words – “You go girl!” – he becomes SheZow, wearing a purple skirt and cape, as well as pink gloves and white boots.

Breitbart also suggests that Loesch “may or may not have been high (and leftist) when she greenlit this project.” The New York Daily News reported on GLAAD‘s response to the conservative backlash:

…a spokesman for GLAAD fired back that criticizing the animated series for “promoting” transgender themes is, well, cartoonish.

“This Breitbart News article is just a laughable attempt at attention seeking, comparable to Jerry Falwell attacking the Teletubbies, and demonstrates a profound ignorance of transgender people since this show doesn’t include any,” said GLAAD’s Rich Ferraro.

SheZow” represents a departure from the more gender-constricted programming readily available for young children. However, Hub sees the new show as a possible boon to their business, which is currently struggling against juggernauts like Nickelodeon and Disney:

…who knows, maybe if “SheZow” is a hit, Hasbro can start merchandising her white go-go boots, and her ring.

“We’ll see, won’t we?” Loesch said

Here is the show’s intro:

This article was reposted from Towleroad.


Link to this article: http://www.pflagatl.org/2013/05/gender-bending-crime-fighter-hits-television-stirs-up-controversy/

 

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