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Jason Collins Will Receive The Courage Award At The GLSEN Respect Awards!

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This. Is. AWESOME!!!

The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network will be giving Jason Collins the Courage Award at the end of this month at the GLSEN Respect Awards for being the first openly gay, active athlete in the NBA, MLB, NFL, or NHL!

Executive Director Dr. Eliza Byard says they are THRILLED to be honoring Jason, saying:

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Attention, Monsters! Born This Way (The Country Road Version) Is Officially On Sale TODAY For Charity!

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What a beautiful gesture!

Although Lady GaGa originally released the 'Country Road Version' of her smash single, Born This Way, as a gift to her fans and in honor of her Twitter garnering 9 million followers, the track has had such an overwhelmingly positive response that she's now decided to officially issue the anthem for sale TODAY, with a portion of of the proceeds going to GLSEN, the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network!

AMAZING!

CLICK HERE to do your part and download the track!

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Modern Family Honored For Its Diversity

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Yet another award for the ABC hit show Modern Family!

The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network honored the show this weekend in Los Angeles for its portrayal of a diverse America, which includes gay couple Mitchell and Cameron, played by Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet.

And with the recent string of gay-teen suicides, openly-gay Ferguson had something to say about his childhood experiences:

"I do have the same sort of mixed feeling, in the light of everything that's happened. However, I think an event like this echoes the sentiment that we need to change. This cannot continue happening.

I actually had to leave eighth grade and go to another school because it got so bad, so I certainly sympathize with these kids. Honestly, back at my 10-year reunion, I didn't even remember any of those bullies' names. Frankly, they weren't doing nearly as good as me. So, it was very vindicating."

It DOES get better!!

And bravo to Modern Family for promoting diversity!

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Update! Lesbian Teen Stands Her Ground Despite School Board Revoking Prom!!

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What a brave girl!!

We reported earlier that a Mississippi county school board cancelled prom for an entire high school after a lesbian student attempted to fight a rule that banned her from bringing her girlfriend to the dance.

The student, Constance McMillen, returned to school today for the first time since the announcement, and despite backlash from her peers, is holding her ground!!

McMillen says:

"My daddy told me that I needed to show them that I'm still proud of who I am. The fact that this will help people later on, that's what's helping me to go on. Somebody said, 'Thanks for ruining my senior year.' I guess they would rather do that than what's right, what's constitutionally correct. It's a small town in Mississippi, and it's run by an older generation with money. Most of them are more conservative and they don't agree with it."

Poor thing!!

She seems like such a smart, well-adjusted young woman with a good head on her shoulders!!

Daryl Presgraves, spokesman for the advocacy group Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education network, says:

"A lot of schools actually react rather than do the research and find out what the rights of these students are. It sends a message that these students shouldn't be treated the same."

So unfair and sad.

We said it before, but hang in there, Constance!!

We know how hard this must be for you, but by holding your head up high and not backing down, you are no doubt inspiring TONS of gay kids everywhere to believe in who they are!!

We think you're a real hero!!

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