Growing Up Hayden

 

We’ve named our blog, Growing Up Hayden because we feel it’s a testament to what it is to live in the now, in a world where the LGBT community is fighting for acceptance and equality.  Our content is focused on all aspects of what it is to live, love and thrive in what’s still a very judgmental world.  Growing Up Hayden is a live narrative that we hope will continue to illustrate positive changes and a more and more loving, open and welcoming world.

The Do-Gooders

The Do-Gooders

The good news? The truth is, there’s just not enough of it. We absolutely want more. Here are a few examples of do-gooders we’ve come across lately. May this whet our appetites for more and inspire us all to do some good and spread some love.


 

Scotty’s Brewhouse

When so many business owners were ganging up against the LGBT community, Scott Wise, an employer of over 1300 people in Indianapolis wrote a loving letter of acceptance. It warms our hearts to read a story about an LGBT-friendly sports bar in the heart of Indianapolis.

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As Gov. Mike Pence was signing SB 101, which legalized discrimination against LGBT people, Indiana businessman Scott Wise was drafting an open letter about his feelings on the subject. The devout Christian wanted the public to know that he does not agree with the sentiments behind the new law and will never discriminate against anyone because of their sexual orientation. He wrote:

I’m a business owner. I’m a role model for 4 children, many of my employees and I hope for even some in the Indiana community. I love God and Jesus and am a born again, 3 years removed, baptized Christian.

I employ over 1300 people in the state of Indiana. Several of my employees are openly gay, proud and happy which include hourly, employees, management and corporate executives. Most importantly, I consider all of them my colleagues and even more so, my friends.

I have no idea how many other people I employ are gay and I don’t really care. On the flipside, I also have no idea how many are straight. Why should I? I have no idea how many of my guests are gay, or Jewish, or Indian, or any other descriptive demographic status that is utterly unimportant in running a business, nor any of my personal business. I am trying to teach my team to simply give excellent customer service to a guest that pays our wages and allows us to have a job. The ONLY thing I would ever ask from our guest is that they treat our restaurants and our staff with the same respect, politeness, courtesy, etiquette and manners that we should all hold each other accountable to as human beings, not just restaurant employees and guests.

We want to show support for this business owner who has so proactively been out front on this issue for us.

*Source: Outsports Cyd Zeigler


Brentwood Photography

When Clint Brentwood lost a client after he changed his Facebook profile to reflect his supportive stance of same-sex marriage, he didn’t flinch.  The clients wanted their $1500 non-refundable deposit back and instead of keeping it, this guy got creative in an LGBT friendly way of paying it forward.

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This is Clinton Brentwood Lee, a photographer from St. Petersburg, Florida. He has traveled the world for more than 15 years shooting weddings and other events for his company Brentwood Photography.

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On Friday, like many people on Facebook, Lee changed his profile picture and cover photo for his business page to show support for marriage equality in the wake of the Supreme Court’s historic ruling.

“All we see is love,” he wrote.

Lee told BuzzFeed News it was important for him to share on his business page “what we stand proudly for.”

“I think it’s important to show support for gay marriage because we are all human beings just wanting the same thing,” he said. “Someone to love us, and the same protection and rights under the law. Everyone deserves their ‘happily ever after.’”

While many people showed support for the photos, one client didn’t. The client wrote Lee and told him they would no longer be using him for their upcoming wedding because he supports same-sex marriage.

The client wrote:

Greetings Brentwood. We would just like to inform you we will NOT be using your services for out [sic] wedding. My fiancé and I support traditional marriage between a man and a woman and don’t want our money going to places that supports [sic] otherwise. Secondly I would like to inquire about how we can get our retainer back from you. Thanks.

Lee posted his killer response to the couple as well:

Wow, I’m not really sure what to say here. I would say this disappoints me, but I actually find this to be a good thing because our company now would now not like to work with you as well.

It’s not that because you have a different view from us, but it’s because, since you don’t like an support gay marriage, no one else should be able to have it. That’s like me not liking broccoli, and demanding that everyone else in the world should not have broccoli either! If you’re not in favor of gay marriage that’s fine, don’t marry a woman.

Personally, I was taught not to judge others and to love everyone else. So I will try not to judge you here and say anything more as to my opinion of you.

At Brentwood Photography we see love in all forms. Now as far as your retainer goes, I hope you’ll read the first article in the contract you signed stating that this retainer is nonrefundable.

But don’t you worry, I’m not going to keep it!

Because of this conversation, I have decided to donate your $1500 to GLAD [sic] [the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation], a group created to help and support gay rights.

So let me be the first to say [redacted], thank you very much for your donation and support for this great cause!

I couldn’t have done it without your money.

Sincerely and with Love,

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The post has since been liked more than 26,000 times, with some people praising Lee for taking a stand for his beliefs.

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But some people have sent him hate mail. Lee said he is sure he will lose clients for his post, but he doesn’t care.

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Lee said the messages have been mostly positive, and he knows he did the right thing.

“I think it’s truly beautiful the amount of positive messages and words of encouragement I have received; it has been about 90% positive and 10% gut-wrenching, sad personal attacks,” he said. “The hate that comes out of these people’s mouths make me want to cry, but the 90% give me the strength to stay strong and not doubt what I did.”

He added that he wants to make it clear the client signed a contract stating that the deposit was nonrefundable.

“I had a few people call me a crook, and say that I should give the money back, but they don’t seem to understand that the retainer is paid for and there to protect us,” he said.

The original client also sent him a message back, saying posting their exchange on Facebook was “annoying and distasteful.” Lee wrote he is “Sorry/not sorry.”

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He also shared with BuzzFeed News the client’s original response to his message.

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The amount of people the post has reached has been overwhelming, he said.

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“I wish I could see my client’s face as she reads how her and intolerance has kind of backfired,” he said. “I’ve had several professional photographers write me saying they are now inspired to take a stand as well.”

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*Source: BuzzFeed News Stephanie McNeal


Eireann Dolan and her Oakland A’s LGBT tribute

She might be the pitcher’s girlfriend but she’s a cheerleader for more than just her man.  When some fans expressed their discomfort with an LGBT night at the stadium and wanted to sell their tickets, this amazing gal presented herself as the perfect buyer.  She donated the tickets to the the Bay Area Youth Center’s Our Space community for LGBTQI youth.

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The girlfriend of Oakland Athletics pitcher Sean Doolittle is being praised for her response to a forthcoming LGBT Pride Night that will be hosted by her boyfriend’s team.

Eireann Dolan, who was raised by two moms, said she was “disheartened” to see responses to the June 17 event from “people who, for whatever reason, do not support this night of inclusion and community” who were vowing to sell their tickets on social media, the San Jose Mercury News first reported.

“Everybody is entitled to their own beliefs and as long as nobody is getting hurt, I’m happy. I also can’t stop you from selling your tickets,” she wrote on her blog. “I won’t tell you that you are wrong or that you are not allowed to think or act that way.”

She continued, “So, A’s fans; if attending a baseball game on LGBT Pride Night makes you at all uncomfortable, it is probably a good idea to sell your tickets. And I have the perfect buyer. ME!”

Dolan has offered to buy tickets from fans who felt uncomfortable attending the event and donate them to the Bay Area Youth Center’s Our Space community for LGBTQI youth. She also launched an online fundraising campaign in order to buy more seats for the group, and Doolittle followed up by agreeing to match his girlfriend’s donations up to $3,000.

Dolan’s campaign, dubbed “Filling The Stands On Pride Night,” had raised over $16,000 at the time this story was first published.

Meanwhile, the Oakland A’s released a statement to the Mercury News in response to Dolan and Doolittle’s beneficence, noting, “We are hopeful that the support that has been expressed for the event in the past few days will make it an even more successful first-year event and demonstrate that the A’s organization welcomes and supports the inclusion of all fans.”

*Source: Huffington Post Curtis M. Wong


Marjorie Silva

The owner of Azucar Bakery in Denver was sued for not baking a cake for a customer.  The customer wanted the cake to read, “God Hates Gays” and Silva refused.  “We never refuse service,” she said in a Huffington Post article to My Fox Houston.  “We did feel that it was not right for us to write hateful words or pictures against human beings.”

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The owner of a Colorado-based bakery is facing a religious discrimination complaint after she refused to bake a cake decorated with anti-gay images and phrases.

Marjorie Silva, who owns Denver’s Azucar Bakery, tells USA Today she was approached in March 2014 by a customer named Bill Jack, who requested several Bible-shaped cakes with phrases like “God hates gays” written in icing. In addition, Jack wanted an image of two men holding hands with an “X” on top of at least one of the cakes, according to the report.

We never refuse service,” Silva told My Fox Houston. “We did feel that it was not right for us to write hateful words or pictures against human beings.”

Although Silva says she offered to bake the cake and sell extra frosting to Jack so that he could write whatever he wanted, that apparently wasn’t enough. The customer responded by filing a complaint with the Civil Rights division of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), saying he was being discriminated against because of his religious beliefs.

In a statement released to Denver’s KUSA-TV, NBC9, Jack said, “I believe I was discriminated against by the bakery based on my creed. As a result, I filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights division.”

Jack, who is identified by the news station as a founder of the “non-denominational” Christian organization Worldview Academy, then added, “Out of respect for the process, I will wait for the director to release his findings before making further comments.”

Silva responded to her supporters with an image on her bakery’s official Facebook page:

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“It’s unfair that he’s accusing me of discriminating when I think he was the one that is discriminating,” she also told KUSA-TV, NBC9.

With more U.S. states implementing same-sex marriage legislation, bakeries have become an unlikely battleground for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in recent months. In 2014, the owner of Colorado’s Masterpiece Cakeshopvowed to stop preparing wedding cakes entirely after a local court ruled he’d discriminated against a pair of gay grooms-to-be when he refused to sell them a cake.

“I do what I do because I love doing what I do and I believe it’s what God’s designed for me to do,” Jack Phillips told Fox News’ Elisabeth Hasselbeck via Raw Story in 2013. “I don’t feel that I should participate in their wedding, and when I do a cake, I feel like I’m participating in the ceremony or the event or the celebration that the cake is for.”

In September 2014, baker Melissa Klein broke down in tears at the Values Voter Summit over the closing of the Oregon bakery she and her husband, Aaron, owned and operated. The couple, who owned Sweet Cakes by Melissa, had faced national backlash over their refusal to bake a lesbian couple’s wedding cake, and is now reportedly facing a $150,000 fine from the state of Oregon over the 2013 incident.

*Source: Huffington Post Curtis M. Wong


 

 

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We Are All God’s Children

Most Republican and Christian business owners believe it’s wrong to turn away LGBTI customers

Two-thirds of small business owners from across the political spectrum oppose discrimination against gay people in US – but one in three still believe it’s OK

Founder Scott Tayloe was recently quoted in this Gay Star News article.

Although the corporate world has largely embraced diversity and inclusion practices, workplace advocates recognize that persuading small and medium-sized businesses to step up to the plate remains more of a challenge.

That’s not to say that those smaller businesses are not unaware of LGBTI issues – particularly in the US.

In fact, given recent high-profile court cases where businesses such as bakeries have refused service to same-sex couples, it’s something that most businesses owners have been forced into thinking about.

According to a survey released today, a majority of small business owners believe it is unacceptable for companies to withhold goods or services from lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people based on an owner’s religious beliefs.

The survey was undertaken by the Small Business Majority; a US-based small business advocacy organization.

The research took place in late April – before the SCOTUS ruling but while the issue of religious freedom bills was making headlines.

It was carried out by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, who undertook an online survey of 500 small businesses.

Of those, nearly half (475) of the survey participants identified themselves as Republican, 33% said they were Democrats and 19% said they were independent.

The survey’s main findings were as follows:

• Two-thirds (66%) of small businesses say business owners shouldn’t be able to deny goods or services to someone who is lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender based on the owner’s religious beliefs. Forty-five per cent strongly believe this. However, the remaining 33% believed that it was OK to deny services to gay people if it clashed with one’s religious beliefs.

• Additionally, 55% of Republican small businesses and 62% of Christian small business owners oppose denying goods or services based on an owner’s religious beliefs.

• Eight in 10 entrepreneurs support a federal law to protect LGBT individuals against discrimination in public accommodations, such as restaurants, hotels and other businesses that are open to the public. Nearly half (47%) strongly favor a federal law banning this type of discrimination. Twenty per cent were opposed to any such federal law.

• Sixty per cent believed it to be wrong for a business owner to fire someone for being LGBT, while 40% believed it was acceptable.

You can read the full report here.

In its conclusion, the poll’s authors said: ‘These data show that small business owners don’t think it’s right for LGBT people to be turned away from a business for religious reasons, including wedding-related services.

‘Additionally, small business owners in this poll recognize the importance of protecting their employees, and they know workplace nondiscrimination policies that protect LGBT employees make smart business sense, help attract and retain talent, and that they’re the right thing to do.’

The results were welcomed by Josh Driver, the founder of Open for Service – an organization that helps businesses to advertises the fact that they are open to all.

‘Anytime we hear about LGBT rights in the US, Open For Service sees a surge in business registrations.’

‘Constantly, we get feedback from owners that identify as Christian and/or Republican who agree that turning people away is bad business. It’s understandable to see the news stories and assume that one group or another would gladly shut the door on someone, but in reality it’s just not the case.’

The survey was also welcomed by Deena Fidas, head of Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Workplace Equality Program: ‘This study confirms that much of the business community, including small and mid-size businesses, believe that discriminating against the LGBT community is both wrong and makes for bad business.

‘But there remains a sub-group of business owners who, in the absence of consistent federal anti-discrimination protections for the LGBT people, will continue to act on their discriminatory beliefs.

‘The study highlights the need for comprehensive legislation to ensure LGBT equality in employment, public services, housing, and more.’

‘Ten years ago I think we would’ve seen a much higher percentage stating their acceptance of denying services, so I’m encouraged actually to see that more aren’t in favor of denying services,’ added Scott Tayloe, the founder of Hayden’s List, a business review directory for the LGBTI community.

‘I don’t think religion should be used to exclude people, when we are all God’s children.’

Source: Most Republican and Christian business owners believe it’s wrong to turn away LGBTI customers | Gay Star News

HL’s TOP 10 LGBT Videos and Ads

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Our top ten videos and LGBT advertisements

With so many mixed responses to the SCOTUS ruling last week, it’ll be interesting to see what companies and politicians begin to ‘come out’ as LGBT friendly.  So far, here are our favorites — the brave and the first few to publicly declare their stance.  Who’ll be next?


 

Ten: President Barack Obama

“You didn’t do anything to deserve being bullied.”

This is an old video, but it’s more valid today than ever.  We’re glad that even five years ago this was on the White House radar.  We especially love that the president publicly recognizes  that the LGBT community makes the country a better place.


Nine: Allstate “Safe in My Hands”

“If you could only see, there is only light where you think there’s shadow.”

A cartoon that comes to life, we love this ad, every single time we watch it.  And yes, like you, we sing along.  Well done, Allstate.


Eight: Cornetto Ice Cream’s “Cupidity”

“The fear of loss is stronger when truly has something to lose.”

This short film, narrated by Lily Allen is so clever, cute and romantic we find it irresistible.  Watch it but beware, it’ll make you’ll fall in love, too.


Seven: Cheerios

“We couldn’t keep all this love and luck for ourselves.”

The gay couple who never thought they’d have kids because they were gay.  They met on a blind date, fell in love, and have a beautiful daughter now.


Six: Burger King

“Do gay people even eat fast food?”

Burger King takes a very simple idea to creatively illustrate a beefy point.  Some people get it, some people don’t.  This is a great idea…and frankly, our stomachs are growling.


Five: Wells Fargo

Two moms learn sign language so they can communicate with their future adopted daughter.  Loving and warm and moving it’s illustrative of the exemplary extent some will go to fulfill a dream and become a family.


Four: Clean and Clear

“I’ve always known who I am.” #SeeTheRealMe

Before Caitlin Jenner’s time, there lived a girl named Jazz Jennings, a girl trapped in a boy’s body.  This commercial is a testament of bravery and being true to one’s self.  Go Jazz, you’re an inspiration to all of us!


Three: Airbnb

Love is Welcome Here #HostWithPride

“If these people knew that I was trans and we were queer, would people talk to us?  Would they be kind to us?”

This video is remarkably representative of a large cross section of real-life LGBT couples.  Mixed race, sixty-plus, queer, gay, lesbian, transgender; this is one of our favorites because it is so very human — the thing we all have in common — and therefore has the capacity to conjure great compassion.


Two: Tylenol

“Family isn’t defined by who you love but how.” #HowWeFamily

This is a beautifully crafted ad, posing the poignant question, “When were you first considered a family?”  They ask, was it when you fell in love, when you got married, when you had kids…  And then a shift in octave occurs and the new question they pose is “When did you first fight to be considered a family?”  Watch this ad and be not only moved but changed.


One: Expedia

#Find Your Understanding

This ad is a three-minute rendition of “Father of the Bride” on LGBT steroids.  A father comes to terms with the fact that his daughter is a lesbian and will be marrying a woman.  Mother and father of the bride fly across the country to attend their daughter’s wedding and really glorious, real moments are captured of this family’s love and acceptance.  A candid and genuine portrait.  Have your tissues ready.

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TOP 10 BEST & WORST REACTIONS OF SCOTUS

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Everything’s Coming Up Rainbows: Love Now Legal Nationwide

Friday, June 26th, 2015: a historical mile marker for the United States. Courthouses across the U.S. are now open for business, serving straight AND same-sex marriages. Here are some of our favorite (and least favorite) reactions, stories and tweets:


One:

God @TheTweetOfGod: “If the Founding Fathers were alive today they’d all start marrying each other.”


Two:

Slate.com reports how Fox News reacts – We can only watch and wince, almost feeling bad for them.


THREE:

Yes, finally. A passionate, conservative voice of reason. Thank you, CNN contributor S.E. Cupp.


FOUR:

The GOP Candidates’ Responses
We don’t get it either. The best part about what they think? It doesn’t matter anymore!
P.S. Our “favorite” (as in “least favorite”) here: it’s a draw between Mike Huckabee and Rich Santorum.


FIVE:

The Rainbow-Lit Whitehouse
What a beautiful beacon of hope! The light after the storm and exactly what a rainbow is all about.


SIX:

Tim Cook’s tweet hits the nail on the head — love, as with marriage, is all about perseverance.
“Today marks a victory for equality, perseverance and love.” — Tim Cook


SEVEN:

Ellen DeGeneres. Let’s face it: anything she says is amazing and we love her.
“Love won. #MarriageEquality” — Ellen DeGeneres


EIGHT:

Dan Savage, you count twice for these tear-jerker Tweets.
“1/2. Telling my parents I was gay in 1980 didn’t just mean telling them that I was sexually and romantically attracted to other boys.” — Dan Savage


NINE:

“2/2. I was also telling them that I would never have children and that I would never be married. That was then. This is now.” — Dan Savage


TEN:

Here’s to Vinicius Vacanti for hitting two birds (or should we say four old dinosaurs?) with one stone:

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HL Happenings: King and King

Two kings and one inspiring teacher

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Once upon a time in a far away place called The Netherlands, two artist friends, Stern Nijland and Linda de Haan, decided to work together once a week illustrating a project.  Because they both loved fairy tales, they established the parameters of their project: it begin with “once upon a time” and end with “happily ever after.” Working side by side at the same table, at the same time, on the same paper, they focused on their drawings.  Their illustrations soon bore a story about a prince who doesn’t fall in love with the most beautiful princess in the world, but instead with her brother.  The artwork was their main focus.  The story they ended up with they say, was “sort of a nice side effect.”

When their book was published in 2002, De Haan and Nijland were thrilled.  Little did these artists from this faraway land know that their whimsical illustration project would become a much talked-about book across the Atlantic for more than a decade to come. Since 2000, attempts to ban the book have ended up in court across the nation.

In Oklahoma in 2005, senators wanted to relegate the book to the adult section of the library.  Because of its “controversial content” it was decided it would be placed out of reach of children and must not be placed on bookshelves lower than sixty inches or five feet from the ground.  (Side note: to ride most roller coasters you must be at least forty-two inches tall).

The book’s most recent controversy was stirred up last week in a North Carolina elementary school.  As it happens all over the world, children were being children in Mr. Omar Currie’s class.  When the bullying began, Mr. Currie did what came naturally — he seized the moment, recognizing it as teaching opportunity.  He decided to read his third grade class “King & King” by Linda De Haan and Stern Nijland.

“When the student first approached me about the bullying I considered reporting it to the office, said Currie.  “I quickly decided against this because I knew that would end with the student only encountering more bullying in retaliation. Many mistakenly see punishment and consequences as the way to solve behavior issues in our classrooms and schools.  While consequences can have a short term benefit, it is unlikely that the punishment will change the student’s behavior. However, if I read a book about acceptance that reflected the very difference they were bullying the student over, it might begin a dialogue and then a lasting change.”

And begin a dialogue it certainly did.  When we reached out to the authors of “King & King” about their book being in headlines across the U.S. as a result of Mr. Currie’s actions, they had this to say: “First of all, it was very surprising to us that the book stirred up so much commotion. This is still the case, after all those years, since we made the book not as a special theme book but more as another, special fairy tale about love. The picture does not really show a kiss.  It’s more like when you watch a cartoon and zoom out at the end: living happily ever after. In our opinion it is not a shocking image in any way.  Did we have a preconceived idea that this was the first same sex kiss? No, we did not even think about that,” says Nijland.Kingkiss

“We heard about the teacher and have seen a few reports about it,” says de Haan.  “Bizarre. We think the teacher (and the children and school) don’t deserve all this commotion. We hope he stays at the school, parents should be proud wt h a brave teacher, and we think he might make the difference over there.”

When he made the decision to read the book, the thought his school would be supportive of his decision.  “Oh how wrong I was,” Currie said.   In an article written by Billy Ball in Indyweek.com says that since his decision to read the book, “…school officials—prompted by parents’ complaints—held a public hearing in the school’s gym and reviewed the book twice to determine if it should be banned. Both times the school’s Media Review Committee sided with keeping the book, but the school’s principal, Kiley Brown, mandated a policy forcing teachers to notify parents of every book read in the classroom—a policy Currie adamantly opposes.”

“I truly believe love, compassion, and understanding are the three things that could fix the root of bullying,” Curry says.  “As their teacher, my students trust I will keep them safe. I cannot do this when I fail to give certain groups equal representation in my classroom and within my instructional decisions. When we are silent we “otherize” groups, and we create the social structures that lead to bullying.

Silence is the true danger.  Currie recognizes this as do entire cultures, like the Dutch, which have a history of being a more open and accepting society than the U.S. About those who’ve wanted to ban the book over the years, Nijland says, “For me this is simply unbelievable. Because it is an innocent children’s book. When you tell small children this is a forbidden book, it probably only makes them want to read it even more. Parents can make the decision not to take the book home, or not to by it. There is nothing explicit or sexual about the book. It is a happy colorful love story about two princes. I believe some parents are afraid of the contents of the book and how it might affect their children. Maybe some people believe same sex love is a disease, even contagious. Maybe they are afraid it will plant some seeds in their children’s minds, which I believe is not possible in a bad way.  Maybe if people read the book it will change their mind and maybe that will see it has no shocking content.”

De Haan and Nijland believe it’s important for children to learn about different kinds of families.  “…when you tell them in a nice, friendly way about this, especially at a young age, children take for granted that this is just a part of life,” says Nijland. “Small children don’t feel it’s strange or bad about it.  There are all kinds of families and relationships in life, why not in books? A fairy tale picture book seems like a nice way to do that. For older children, who struggle with their identity or sexuality, it is important that there a stories and book that they can relate to!  And for all children that grow up in ‘different’ families, it is important that these books are available, to show them: look, your family is normal too, for them to feel accepted by for instance classmates.

Nijland and Stern have not let the controversy stop them from forging ahead.  In 2004, the artists wrote a sequel to “King & King” called “King & King & Family,” about how the kings visit a jungle while on their honeymoon and see that all kinds of creatures from different walks of life have families.  They feel something is missing in their life but they aren’t quite sure what.  When they return home, a little girl pops out of their suitcase and they decide to name her Daisy, adopt her and raise her as a princess.  (The book, however, we were disappointed to hear, is unfortunately out of print.)

As the Dutch artists had hoped, Mr. Currie has indeed made the difference.  A teacher who embraces lifelong learning, he works tirelessly and passionately to enable discovery for his students.  “I purposefully chose the theme of ‘explorers’ for my classroom so my children will be ready to face the challenges of a twenty-first century global society. It is my goal to push both my children and myself to be innovative thinkers and strive for a compassionate understanding of the world we live in.”

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HL Happenings May 24th: How can you win a $250 Delta Airlines Gift Card?

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Heyyy Birmingham! Do you love raising your voice for your community? How about winning free stuff? Hayden’s List is proud to kick off our first ever Pride Tour in your great city and to celebrate we are giving away fabulous prizes.

To find out how you can get rewarded for “Raising Your Voice”, visit our Pride Fest page today.

See you soon Birmingham!

Don’t live in Birmingham? HL may be coming to a city near you, check out our full Summer Pride Tour schedule here.

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