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Tenn. Rep Blames Parents For Teen Suicides

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Wow. Just wow.

Tennessee State Rep. Jerry Faison apologized Tuesday after saying poor parenting and improper values were the main causes of teen suicides, and not bullying.

The remarks Faison apologized for had possibly referred to two Tennessee teenagers, Phillip Parker and Jacob Rogers, who took their own lives after being constantly bullied for their sexual orientation.

Here's what Faison said, exactly:

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Ke$ha Films Music Video In Response To Gay Teen Suicides And Bullying

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Check out the photos (above) to see Ke$ha on the set of her new music video, We R Who We R, which is being directed by Hype Williams.

Ke$ha wrote the song in response to the recent wave of gay teen suicides and anti-gay bullying incidents.

As we've said before, we're not crazy about the song itself, but we def appreciate the message in the song!

We'll be curious to see how the video turns out. Looks pretty intense!

[Images via On Location News.]

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Elton John Promotes Tolerance In Light Of Gay Suicides!

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He always seems to be right on the mark when he speaks about these matters!

Elton John has come forward to express his dismay and disappointment not only with the recent string of gay bullying in this country that have led to devastating suicides, but also with the hateful, homophobic and callous comments that are being written on internet message boards by anonymous posters regarding the tragedies!

He explains:

"People were saying gays should be beaten up, we're not part of God's universe. What kind of mentality is this? When I first came here, it was such a loving country. It's never been in a more horrible place. This is not the America I love. We've come so far, with a black president, it's mystifying that this can still be going on. Jesus Christ taught tolerance. That's the example we should follow. We should forgive, understand, be compassionate. We're not all the same. Thank God! It would be so boring."

He also uses that viewpoint as an explanation for agreeing to sing at conservative Rush Limbaugh's wedding this past summer:

"We talked a lot before I did it, and I was surprised how much I liked (him). If I had done it just for the money, I could have seen 40 years of my reputation go down the tube. As a gay man, I felt it my duty to find out what this guy thought. I did that before I played there. I felt there was a real reason for me going. I said, 'I suppose you're wondering what the fuck I'm doing here,' and they collapsed in laughter. It took the heat off. I said, 'I'm probably the most famous gay man in the world. I'm coming in peace. Please, let's not say people are horrible because they're different. That's not acceptable in this day and age.' It was a good audience. There's much more of a person in there than the public knows. I believe dialogue is a way forward. Come on, what era are we living in?"

Wonderful insight! And such a way with words!

You can't deny that the man makes a strong case for himself!

We think John has the right attitude with this! At the end of the day, we all don't have to agree with one another, but there is no reason and no excuse for anyone to make anyone else feel as if they are any less of a human being, or treat them as such!

It's time to not only promote tolerance, but also respect!

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