Charlotte Moore (Cavatica) from Raleigh, North Carolina has created a PSA against homophobia after the Twitter hashtag #ToMyUnbornChild attracted homophobes to publicly announce that they would murder their child if he or she was gay.

#ToMyUnbornChild became a trending topic on Twitter a few weeks ago, and while most people used it to write loving tweets to their future children, some homophobes decided to do just the opposite.

@Homophobes, a Twitter account that retweets homophobes to expose their ignorance, published an article of 100 extremely homophobic tweets, which gained quite a bit of attention around the web.

Charlotte Moore was inspired, and decided to write and direct a PSA using the tweets. The video was produced by Brian Lee and Nick Heim. 

From the video’s description:

I got the idea on a Thursday. By Sunday, we — me, my boyfriend, and whatever friends we could find to help us — had it filmed.

It’s easy to dehumanize hate speech online because we’ve gotten so used to seeing it. We tell ourselves that it’s the product of trolls, of random, anonymous strangers. 

Except they’re not. They’re real people. Many of them will be parents. And some of their children will be gay.

The homophobic tweets, which were compiled using Storify, gaining nearly 300,000 views, 4,000 tweets, and thousands of reblogs and likes from our Tumblr post and another Tumblr user. The post was covered by the Huffington PostThe New Civil Rights MovementQueertyTowleroadBuzzfeed,AmericaBLOG, and several other blogs.

Last weekend, @homophobes also published a satirical guide on how to “rid the gay” from your child.

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 Article crossposted to Tumblr on Equalitopia Blog

Obama signs Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal

In a historic achievement for gay rights, President Obama signed the Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal this morning, which will allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military.

"This is a good day, this is a very good day." Obama said. "No longer will tens of thousands of Americans in uniform be asked to live a lie, or look over their shoulder in order to serve the country that they love."

Last weekend, the US Senate voted to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell. On Monday, Robert Gibbs, the White House Press Secretary, tweeted:

President to sign repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy on Wednesday at 9:15 AM...

The repeal is not immediately effective, reports the New York Times. The change will go into effect once Obama and defense officials certify the military's readiness.

(Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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FCKH8 just launched their second PSA, after the success of their first PSA, which launched two months ago. Since then, $200,000 was raised to support the fight for equal marriage rights. They campaign has sold over 40,000 t-shirts.

FCKH8 is a campaign directly supporting the groups leading the fight for equality, including; American Foundation for Equal RightsEquality CaliforniaCourage CampaignLambda Legal. $5 from each shirt sold goes towards those groups.

The campaign was launched on October 10 by Luke Montgomery. Back in 1993, Luke changed his last name to “Sissyfag," in an effort to make a point about discrimination against gays and lesbians.

"FCKED up Homo H8 has a lot to do with the suicide R8! is at it again with "FCK BULLIES." F-bomb dropping kids, drag queens, senior citizens & shirtless hotties take on anti-gay bullies at schools & churches as well as homo H8ing families & voters. T-shirt sales go to benefit queer youth counseling & suicide prevention."

(via LaurenKitsune)

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Teen comes out to anti-gay parents on hidden camera show, public reacts

ABC's hidden camera show What Would You Do? staged a scene where a teen came out to his anti-gay parents. They captured bystanders' reactions.

In the middle of a cafe, a son comes out to his dad who reacts by saying things like "my son is not gay!" and "this is a mistake—turn your life around."

Some bystanders stepped in to defend the teen while others stayed out of it or even left. Some stated that they didn't want to get involved. One man told them they should take the argument elsewhere.

After a few reactions are captured, they switch the dad out for anti-gay mom, who received similar reactions.

One woman interrupts the dad and voices her opinion:

"I understand completely because it wasn't my dream to have two autistic children either, but you know what? I'm going to fight for them and I'm going to love them. I'm going to do what I have to do for them. You should do the same for your son, because what you're doing to him involving everyone around here, is wrong."

Coincidentally, one bystander was the parent of a student at Rutgers University, where a gay student committed suicide earlier this year.

Previously, What Would You Do? covered anti-gay bullying and gay public displays of affection.

(via Towleroad)

:note: Crossposted from Equalitopia Blog

Show your support for World AIDS Day. Visit these organizations to see how you can get involved and make donations: World AIDS Day, UNAIDS(RED), World AIDS Campaign and The Global Fund.

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