I'm glad to see PFLAG, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays weigh in on the Tracy Morgan incident. His thoughts on parental reaction to a child coming out seemed to place it squarely in their purvey. 

While parents stabbing their children for coming out is rare, violence is less so. And the foundation that a child should be rejected because he or she is gay or gender-non-conforming is, unfortunately, not rare at all. Surveys show that as many of 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBT. It is not coincidental with how prevalent the reaction to coming out is to toss a child out of the home, or make their home life intolerable.

Coincidentally, here's a recent report on the epidemic of LGBT youth homeless from the streets of Nashville, TN, the same locale that Morgan delivered his hateful thoughts on parenting a gay child.

They don't sound particularly impressed with Morgan's apology. From the PFLAG blog:

“At a time when bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth is at an all-time high – when kids are being assaulted, are dying – to joke about committing violence against a child is outrageous and reprehensible. As a celebrity, Mr. Morgan needs to understand that his words have power; inciting violence against gay and lesbian kids in the name of comedy – stating that he would stab his own son to death if he was gay – is absolutely unconscionable. A simple apology is not enough – Mr. Morgan must take meaningful action to prove the sincerity of that apology,” said Jody Huckaby, Executive Director of PFLAG National.

They do good work. Of course, it isn't always easy to love any child unconditionally, but parents who do struggle with accepting an LGBT child will find PFLAG an invaluable resource for bringing their family closer together.

We in the LGBT community are lucky to have them on our side. Carry on PFLAG.

Update: GLAAD has a good suggestion, appearing on CNN, Executive Director, Jarrett Barrios said:

Morgan’s comments provide a “green light” for discrimination against gay people and called on the comedian to “meet with the parents of kids who’ve killed themselves or lost their lives in the hands of violence” and “homeless gay kids who have been kicked out because of their parents’ homophobia.”

I am kind of a believer that this is a good route to educating people. At least try walking them through a show of penance, so they can see where their hateful rhetoric leads when people take it to heart.

Whether they revelation or not, at least it can provide a media spotlight on serious problems that are too often ignored and work to educate others.

I'm glad to see PFLAG, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays weigh in on the Tracy Morgan incident. His thoughts on parental reaction to a child coming out seemed to place it squarely in their purvey. 

While parents stabbing their children for coming out is rare, violence is less so. And the foundation that a child should be rejected because he or she is gay or gender-non-conforming is, unfortunately, not rare at all. Surveys show that as many of 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBT. It is not coincidental with how prevalent the reaction to coming out is to toss a child out of the home, or make their home life intolerable.

Coincidentally, here's a recent report on the epidemic of LGBT youth homeless from the streets of Nashville, TN, the same locale that Morgan delivered his hateful thoughts on parenting a gay child.

They don't sound particularly impressed with Morgan's apology. From the PFLAG blog:

“At a time when bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth is at an all-time high – when kids are being assaulted, are dying – to joke about committing violence against a child is outrageous and reprehensible. As a celebrity, Mr. Morgan needs to understand that his words have power; inciting violence against gay and lesbian kids in the name of comedy – stating that he would stab his own son to death if he was gay – is absolutely unconscionable. A simple apology is not enough – Mr. Morgan must take meaningful action to prove the sincerity of that apology,” said Jody Huckaby, Executive Director of PFLAG National.

They do good work. Of course, it isn't always easy to love any child unconditionally, but parents who do struggle with accepting an LGBT child will find PFLAG an invaluable resource for bringing their family closer together.

We in the LGBT community are lucky to have them on our side. Carry on PFLAG.

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