A couple’s newborn baby faced discrimination because of their sexual orientation. The discrimination is 100 percent legal.
Michigan residents, Jami and Krista Contreras, took their newborn baby to the doctor, and their daughter was denied care.
“Is our doctor coming in? She said no-I’m going to be your doctor, your doctor prayed on it and decided she won’t see you all today,” Krista said in an interview with ABC 7.
The couple is speaking out in the new ‘Beyond I do’ campaign that aims to raise awareness about the issues the LGBTQ community experiences.
The couple was surprised to learn that the discrimination is legal, and hopes to educate their friends and peers about the law.
“We spoke to other people and they would say well they can’t do that… that’s not legal and we looked into it and it was legal,” Jami said.
Even though the couple has faced discrimination in the past because of their LGBTQ lifestyle they never imagined it would impact their baby girl.
“It was horrifying and humiliating and we just kept thinking god she’s 6 days old and she’s already experiencing discrimination,” Krista said.
Watch their story below.
Acclaimed journalist Ronan Farrow came out as ‘part of the LGBT community’ in a speech on Monday (9 April) night.
A 2013 article in Vice originally outed Farrow as gay, but Farrow himself never acknowledged his sexuality until now.
The nonprofit LGBTQ scholarship fund Point Foundation awarded Farrow with their Courage Award. Fellow journalist Thomas Roberts introduced and presented the award to Farrow.
During his speech, he said: ‘Being a part of the LGBT community – which recognized that reporting I was doing early on and elevated it, and has been such a stalwart source of support through the sexual assault reporting I did involving survivors who felt equally invisible – that has been an incredible source of strength for me.’
In his speech, Farrow discussed his reporting on LGBT topics, such as trans issues and queer youth.
‘But the truth is, in reporting these stories, you realize we’re the end of the beginning, not the beginning of the end,’ he continued. ‘And the only way to change that is to make sure as a culture, as a society that we truly see LGBT people because that’s what ultimately changes people.
‘Each and every LGBT person who has to go through a process of accepting themselves and turning rejection and isolation into strength is richer and more creative and more determined for that journey.’
After proclaiming himself part of the community, he called LGBT people ‘some of the bravest and most potent change agents and leaders’.
A recognizable name
Farrow is the son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen. Or Frank Sinatra — possibly.
He’s best known for his journalism work helping expose Harvey Weinstein, which really gave momentum to the #MeToo movement.
He has also used this platform and voice to defend his sister, Dylan Farrow, in her accusations against their father. Dylan Farrow alleges that Allen sexually abused her as a child.
Ronan Farrow is estranged from Allen. In a New York Times cover, he was quoted saying: ‘He’s my father married to my sister. That makes me his son and brother-in-law. That is such a moral transgression.’
This is in reference to Allen’s relationship to Soon-Yi Previn. Previn is Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter. Her relationship with Allen began when Previn was 21 and Allen was 56.
Riding the wave of Love, Simon’s success—and just in time for Pride—Netflix is premiering its own gay-teen romantic comedy this June.
Alex Strangelove tells the story of Alex Truelove (Daniel Doheny), a well-rounded senior with a wonderful girlfriend named Claire (Beach Rats’ Madeline Weinstein), and a bright future ahead of him. But as Alex works towards achieving one last teenage milestone—losing his virginity—he meets Elliot (Antonio Marziale), a handsome, charming gay kid from the other side of town.
The new arrival sends Alex on a rollercoaster ride of emotions as he explores his sexual identity and navigates the pitfalls of high school. Joanna Adler, Isabella Amara, and William Ragsdale also star.
Director Craig Johnson (The Skeleton Twins) describes the movie, produced by Ben Stiller, as “a fun, funny, and flirty film located down the street from Pretty in Pink, around the corner from Superbad, and right next door to new neighbor Love, Simon.”
Strangelove will be released in selected theaters and on Netflix June 8.
Venezuelan diver Robert Páez, who competed in the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics, came out publicly as gay this week in an essay written for OutSports.
“I believe that I was born gay,” Páez, 23, writes. “As I got older I became more aware of it, and as I grew—like with so many others—it became my great dilemma. It was a source of worry that I was interested in things like dancing and fashion, things that in my culture were for women and gays. I shied away from doing many things. I was at times ashamed to go out into society, to face who I really was.”
Páez, who came to believe that he is gay “because God created me and he wanted it that way,” has learned to accept his sexuality with “pride and courage.”
“I understood that this was and would be my truth forever, and my own self-acceptance was only in my hands,” the athlete says. “Yet even as I found those answers, I worried about how my family would feel. What would my brothers say? How would my friends react? Or people out there watching me from the stands?”
Páez came out to his mother at 18, shortly after representing Venezuela at the 2012 Olympics in London. “She knew how to accept me as I was,” he recalls. “And although she cried, and it hurt a little bit, in the end she took it very well.” His siblings and father have also ultimately accepted him.
“Many times we as gay men, fearing who we really are, find a girlfriend to make our family believe that we are what they call a ’real man,'” Páez continues. “I wish I could show other gay men that we are not deceiving anyone, but we are cheating ourselves of being faithful to who we are as people.
“In sharing my story, I hope to help make homosexuality as common of a word as heterosexuality,” he concludes. “We have to read it, say it, and accept it with clarity and maturity. We have to understand that we are all equal.”
“Accepting ourselves and respecting ourselves are big first steps. Life is too beautiful to be hidden in a closet.”
The 2020 U.S. Census will ask couples living in the same household to define their relationship as “same-sex” or “opposite-sex.”
The question is the Census Bureau’s first major attempt to count the number of gays and lesbians living in the United States.
According to a March 29 report, data about relationships is used in “planning and funding government programs that provide funds or services for families,” as well as to understand changing households.
There are still no questions pertaining directly to gender identity or sexual orientation, so transgender people and single gay, lesbian, and bi Americans won’t be counted. The Bureau had considered questions about sexual orientation, but they were nixed from the most recent draft, reigniting the debate about LGBT inclusion in the survey.
“This survey helps the Census Bureau understand how best to reach communities that are historically undercounted,” Meghan Maury, policy director for the National LGBTQ Task Force, said in a statement. “Not counting LGBT people means less money for social programs and less democratic representation, and that’s just not fair.”
Cecilia Chung of the Transgender Law Center hopes the Census Bureau will expand its survey to include more inclusive questions.
“These are all labels,” she told NPR “But if we don’t have the proper labels when we try to look at the picture, there will be a lot of missing pieces, like jigsaw puzzles.”
The Census Bureau also plans to include a question about citizenship on the 2020 questionnaire, drawing ire from activists who worry it could prevent millions of immigrants from filling out their forms and therefore skew the results.