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Teammates rally around gay Texas high school football player after his parents shun him

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According to Out Sports, a gay high school football player and cheerleader experienced acceptance from everyone in his school — but not from his parents.

“Despite growing up as a gay person in conservative Texas, I was embraced by my school and teammates on various sports,” Austin Hodges, who  wrote in his essay. “I can’t say the same for my family, my home life or my community.”

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When his parents found a love letter he wrote to his first boyfriend as a freshman at Anahuac High School, they reacted violently.

“As soon as I walked into the house,” Hodges wrote, “my dad started yelling at me and saying many hurtful things that are just too hard to even type. My mom was screaming as well, saying it was ‘my choice’ to be that way. As she saying this, she grabbed my hand and said just as it would also be my choice to not let her burn my hand on the hot stove as she was pressing it closer and closer.”

After the incident with his parents, he decided to come out at school. During sex ed, his biology teacher asked him how he would prevent a girl from getting pregnant, to which he replied “I’m GAY so I don’t have to worry about that.”

The teacher, and the rest of the school, responded positively to Hodges. He continued playing football, but also joined the school’s drill team (essentially a cheerleading dance squad), and would perform with them during halftime before going back out on the field to play ball.

He went on to graduate and is starting his sophomore year at the University of Houston this fall.

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You can read Hodges’ entire first-person account of his extraordinary high school years via Out Sports.

 


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Colbert names Trump’s siege on DC the ‘Tinyman Square’ incident

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It wasn't quite Tiananmen Square, where a still-unknown number of Chinese protesters were murdered by the government in 1989, but it was the closest thing President Donald Trump managed to score this week.

After watching the footage of the military tear gas, beat and shoot at protesters so Trump could march from the presidential bunker to St. John's Church for the cameras.

"It was like Tiananmen Square," Colbert deemed. "Except, in Trump's case, Tinyman Square."

Trump claimed on "The Fox & Friends" that no one was tear-gassed, so it's unclear what was stinging people's eyes and making them cough, choke and tear up. The Park Police released a statement saying it wasn't tear gas. While the moment was captured on video from dozens of different camera angles, one protester actually grabbed a canister of Oleoresins Capiscum, or "OC," the gas that was used.

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Vladimir Putin must love watching the US fall apart: columnist

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New Yorker columnist Susan Glasser made the astute observation that if Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted to destabilize the United States with the election of President Donald Trump, he's clearly achieved his objective.

It was reported in March that Russian intelligence services are working to incite violence using white supremacist groups to try and sow racial chaos in the United States ahead of the November election.

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Conservative columnist links all Republicans to the attack on Lafayette Square

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Monday afternoon, President Donald Trump decided to walk across Lafayette Square for a photo-op. To get there, however, it took an outright battle with mounted park police, police covered in body armor and rattled Secret Service members who had just rushed the president to the bunker several nights before. Armed with semi-automatic weapons and military gear, they staged a siege on Lafayette Square against unarmed hippies, woke whites and people of color, again, forced to fight for justice.

Writing for the Washington Post Wednesday, conservative columnist Max Boot attacked Attorney General Bill Barr, who accepted responsibility for demanding that demonstrators be tear-gassed, beaten and shot with rubber bullets. Like Bull Conor ordering fire hoses on students marching in Birmingham, Alabama, Barr's attack on Lafayette Square for a photo-op proved he is willing to do what it takes to stroke the fractured ego of a president forced to cower in a bunker.

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