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‘Rainbow Profile Pictures for Sex Offenders’ – Homophobia NOT Satire

Sunday, July 12th, 2015
Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was one of 26 million people who used the rainbow filter on his profile picture. SOURCE: Facebook

IT’S LATE – my phone rings. It’s someone I haven’t heard from in a while. I answer.

His greeting is warm, but it sounds like he’s been drinking.

He chats about Facebook – he says he doesn’t use it much but he’s logged in and noticed the rainbow filter on my profile picture, the only one among his list of friends on the site.

He says he is concerned because he has just read an article claiming that sex offenders have been ordered to use rainbow profile pictures on social media so others can easily identify them as potential predators. Click to continue »

California 12 Year Old Dead in Apparent Suicide After Bullying

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Ronin ShimizuThis one hits a bit close to home – it’s in the next city over from where we live, and one of our friends who runs a store there said Ronin was a regular visitor to his store.

Queerty reports:

Last year, middle schooler Ronin Shimizu (pictured) did a very brave thing: He signed up to be the only boy on his school’s cheerleading team. According to sources, 12-year-old Shimizu loved being on the squad. His classmates at Folsom Middle School in California, however, didn’t approve and teased him relentlessly for it, calling him “gay” and hurling other insults his direction. The bullying got to be so severe that eventually Shimizu left Folsom Middle School to be home schooled. Then on Wednesday of this week, his parents found their son dead, the victim of an apparent suicide, though police are not releasing any additional details about the death.

Despite the success of the “It Gets Better” campaign, we’re clearly not reaching all these kids. And while we don’t know for sure that Ronin was gay, it shouldn’t matter. He was bullied and called “gay” by his peers, and no matter what the cause, bullying should not be condoned in our schools. What more can we do to reach kids like Ronin before they take this tragic step?

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