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Internet Backs Man Who Wants to Include 'Black Family' in Wedding Photos
Reddit's "Am I The A**hole" (AITA) forum under a throwaway account, the man—who's white—explained that he briefly lived with his best friend's family, otherwise known as his "Black family," as a teenager after his parents kicked him out.The post has garnered more than 11,000 upvotes and over 700 comments from Redditors who argued that his best friend's family should be included in his wedding photos, considering they were the ones who took him in after his biological family cast him out.At the beginning of his post, the man explained that his sister "outed" him as gay to his "very wealthy, conservative parents" when he was 16."After a long back-and-forth between them and me, they decided to kick me out two days after my 17th birthday," he said.According to a 2017 study from Chapin Hall, LGBT youth are "120 percent more likely to experience homelessness than their heterosexual and cisgendered peers," Newsweek reported.The study found that of the U.S.'s 1.6 million homeless youth, more than 40 percent identified as LGBT. This homelessness rate, said the study, is "rooted in the lack of acceptance of LGBT youth, both in and outside their homes.""Most homeless LGBT people end up on the streets before their 18th birthday, and about a quarter first experience homelessness before they celebrate their sweet 16," the study found, according to Newsweek.Fortunately, the Redditor said his friend's family took him in after his parents kicked him out."In the six months I lived there, my friend's mom became my mom, and her dad became my dad.
Meet the gay stylists playing a key role in Spain’s Holy Week
Working with rich fabrics, fine lace and flowers, gay stylists have long played a quiet but pivotal role in dressing the Virgin Mary figures carried through the streets of southern Spain during Semana Santa, or Holy Week.But their participation in this week of religious processions which marks the peak of the Catholic calendar comes at a price: silence about their sexual orientation.And it's a compromise that is making them increasingly uncomfortable."Seville's Holy Week is a contemporary festival dating back to the end of the 19th century and the gay community has been involved since the very beginning," says Rafael Caceres, an anthropology expert at Pablo Olavide University in the southern city of Seville.The Andalusian capital is a hive of activity ahead of Holy Week, which starts on Palm Sunday on April 10 and culminates on Easter Day when Christians remember the death and resurrection of Jesus.Many thousands throng the streets to watch life-sized models of the Virgin Mary and Christ carried through their locality by different 'brotherhoods' religious associations.The figures are painstakingly dressed and adorned by volunteers at religious associations.Pedro Pablo Perez Ochavo of Seville's Ichtys Cristians LGBT+H, which lobbies for equality within the Catholic Church, said there were always "florists, embroidery specialists, jewellers, stylists" who worked together on the Virgin Mary figures - and "almost all of them are gay".Carlos Carvento, a 26-year-old dancer and drag queen from Cordoba, said that even within their religious associations, gay men could usually find "a way to fit in", and one in which "their artistic work and persona is valued".Others agreed the Church tended to adopt a laissez-faire attitude,