College Dance Student Raises $60K For Tuition After Parents Disown Him For Being Gay

  • metta

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    Nov 07, 2015 6:50 PM GMT
    College Dance Student Raises $60K For Tuition After Parents Disown Him For Being Gay

    "I didn’t believe it was possible. I thought I would be stuck in my small town, surrounded by people who didn’t like me, doing something I hated. Now I will have the chance to make something of myself and all of you have had a huge part in making that dream a reality.”

    http://www.towleroad.com/2015/11/joel-andrew/
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    Nov 08, 2015 1:53 PM GMT
    Awesome! I cannot for the life of me understand how the parents who have made this child together could treat him so cruelly...but it seems to happen a lot. Good luck to you, young man.
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    Nov 08, 2015 2:41 PM GMT
    Yeah, we get a lot of gay teens here in South Florida who are disowned by their Christian fundamentalist and Right Wing families. This area attracts them because of the warm weather, where they can live on the streets if need be, far better than in a snow-belt State, and we have a fairly large and out gay population.

    Some of these booted kids aren't even 18, cases of 16 & 17, didn't even get to finish high school when they were thrown out. icon_sad.gif You'd think the families would be charged with a crime, but they rarely are. Their defense is to say the kid ran away, even if it was never reported. And the social workers and police here have a dilemma, because a minor must be returned to their family, but the child doesn't want to return to that abusive environment again, and some States won't easily accept the kids into their protective services without lengthy procedures.

    Plus, sad to say, these kids will turn to street hustling to make money, from being rent boys to classic prostitution, turning quick tricks at clubs, and also go-go dancers if they have a body and the talent, kept boys by older men (interestingly I've never encountered older lesbians who have "kept" girls), and other unsavory, unhealthy and unsafe ways to survive.

    I also saw some of it when I lived in Seattle. Not the same friendly weather as Florida, but another large gay population, and not far from some very extremist Right Wing and Mormon concentrations in Oregon. So tragic to see that, and it defies human understanding and compassion.
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    Nov 08, 2015 3:25 PM GMT
    I always wondered what happened to Southbeach's son.
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    Nov 08, 2015 9:15 PM GMT
    Radd saidI always wondered what happened to Southbeach's son.

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    Nov 08, 2015 9:42 PM GMT
    Radd saidI always wondered what happened to Southbeach's son.

    Southbeach isn't the one here who has an abandoned son.
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    Nov 08, 2015 9:45 PM GMT
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    Radd saidI always wondered what happened to Southbeach's son.

    Southbeach isn't the one here who has an abandoned son.
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    Who has an abandoned son for real? My post was just a joke because if anyone here were to disown his son for being gay it would be Southbeach since he hates anything to do with gays.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Nov 09, 2015 2:25 PM GMT
    Parents who throw their gay kids out in the street before high school graduation should be charged with a crime, heavily fined and thrown into jail. icon_mad.gif