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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.”

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.”

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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.

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

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‘Bond is dead’: White dudes flip out over casting of a black woman as next Agent 007

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On Monday, the Daily Beast reported that the new 007 -- the special agent in the James Bond series -- will be portrayed by the black actress Lashana Lynch.

The announcement set off predictably racist and sexist reactions.

Perhaps the most prominent right-winger to voice his displeasure was Ben Shapiro, who complained that it didn't make sense for Bond to be a woman because of the character's signature seduction moves.

"Bond is about the guns and the girls," Shapiro said, noting that a woman in a seductive role was not realistic.

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REVEALED: The government just ‘dramatically’ expanded its investigation of Jeffrey Epstein

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Federal investigators have been able to “dramatically expand” their investigation into financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein as prosecutors bring sex trafficking charges against him, Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Rossmiller said in court on Monday.

The government revealed the expansion of the case at the day’s bail hearing. In searching the defendant’s house, investigators found an old passport with Epstein picture and a fake name that listed Saudi Arabia as the location of his residence, the prosecutor said.

The judge was surprised at this revelation, NBC News reported, asking the attorney, “Say again?”

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Will Hurd becomes first GOP lawmaker to condemn Trump’s ‘racist and xenophobic’ attacks on Dems

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Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) on Monday became the first Republican lawmaker to unequivocally condemn President Donald Trump's racist attacks against four Democratic lawmakers.

When asked by CNN's Christiane Amanpour about Trump's weekend tweets, in which he told Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) to “go back” to their countries despite the fact that all four are American citizens, Hurd did not hold back on repudiating the president's statements.

"Those tweets are racist, and xenophobic," he said. "They’re also inaccurate. The four women he’s referring to are actually citizens of the United States."

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