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When a Child’s Courage lands you at the White House!

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When our daughter Sophia was 10 years old, she came downstairs and announced to her Papi and me that she had written a letter to President Obama. Never did we think this incredibly emotional and authentic expression would change all of us forever. Sophia’s letter, and President Obama’s personal response back to her, was read around the world and landed …

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Say YES to Families! – A Story of Empowerment in Ireland

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Families Some people hate ‘em, others adore ‘em – ‘families’ as the poet Philip Larkin says ‘they fuck you up don’t they?’ Perhaps, is my response to that. During the Yes Equality campaign in Ireland in 2015 families became a central element of our struggle for social justice for lgbt people through a referendum on the right to marry. Who …

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Family love in Lebanon against all odds

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I was fifteen years old when I came out to my Mom. I actually screamed it in her face. I was just another teenager except that I had a really hard time understanding my sexuality in a context where there was no support from anyone. I even thought I was the only gay person in the world. Luckily the internet was …

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