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NBC Hires Adam Rippon as Correspondent for the Rest of the Olympic Games

NBC Hires Adam Rippon as Correspondent for the Rest of the Olympic Games

Adam Rippon will work as a correspondent for NBC “on a variety of platforms, including television, digital and social media” for the remainder of the Olympics, according to network spokesman Greg Hughes.

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Rippon, who won his first Olympic medal last week, was attacked by Donald Trump Jr. on Tuesday night for speaking out about Vice President Mike Pence’s anti-gay record.

Said Rippon earlier this week: “Being here at the Olympics it does give me a louder voice. And I’ve got a big mouth and a loud voice. But it has given me a platform. I think it’s so important that I use this platform to my advantage. I think that me using my voice has given my skating a greater purpose. I’ve gotten so many messages from young kids all over the country that my story has resonated with them and it’s incredibly powerful…In the past week I’ve heard a lot of people like, ‘whoa, Adam Rippon should tone it down.’ I can’t tone it down. I’m being me. And I’m being myself. And I’d be doing myself an injustice, and I’d be doing an injustice to those kids who don’t feel like they’re comfortable to be themselves.”

He added, talking to reporters: “I talked to you about how I felt before the Games. And you know, it’s brought a lot of attention and questions to my other teammates. I don’t want to distract from their Olympic experience and I don’t want my Olympic experience to be about Mike Pence.”

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HRC Foundation’s Groundbreaking 2018 Time to THRIVE Conference Comes to a Close

HRC Foundation’s Groundbreaking 2018 Time to THRIVE Conference Comes to a Close

On Sunday, HRC Foundation’s fifth-annual Time to THRIVE Conference in support of LGBTQ youth came to a close.

The annual event is held in partnership with the American Counseling Association and the National Education Association, with AT&T, BBVA Compass and Toyota as presenting sponsors. The HRC Foundation’s premier national event addresses safety, inclusion and well-being for LGBTQ and questioning youth, and brings together youth-serving professionals to discuss best practices for working with and caring for LGBTQ youth and their faimilies in schools, community centers, health care settings and beyond.

After attending their final breakout workshops and training sessions, the Time to THRIVE contingent heard from Chris Mosier, the first transgender member of Team USA, during the closing plenary. Mosier spoke to the importance of LGBTQ inclusion in sports, and affired LGBTQ youth that it is possible to be themselves and compete in the sports that they love.

HRC Foundation was honored to present transgender trailblazer Gavin Grimm with its final Upstander Award of the weekend for serving as a leader for LGBTQ youth everywhere and taking his fight for equality all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States. Star of TLC’s “I Am Jazz” and 2017 HRC Upstander Award recipient Jazz Jennings presented the award to Grimm.

Lastly, attendees were introduced to the 2018 class of HRC Youth Ambassadors as HRC’s Sarah McBride closed the program. 

.@HRC Foundation’s new cohort of Youth Ambassadors and @SarahEMcBride take the stage to close out our fifth annual #TimeToTHRIVE Conference! Learn more about these advocates at https://t.co/VdAUjT1leQ. pic.twitter.com/Sg2kp2oJEU

— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) February 18, 2018

Time to THRIVE is the premier national convening of educators and youth-serving professionals to build awareness and cultural competency, learn current and emerging best practices and gather resources from leading experts and national organizations in the field. Time to THRIVE took place Feb. 16-18, 2018 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek in Orlando, Florida.

Read our Time to THRIVE Day One and Day Two recaps.

.@TheChrisMosier has an inspiring message for #LGBTQ youth. #TimeToTHRIVE pic.twitter.com/oSgecdJFqB

— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) February 18, 2018

There is something so powerful about being in a room full of LGBTQ+ people affirming our identities, experiences, & truths. #TimeToTHRIVE

— Nikos Giannopoulos (@BeaconMrG) February 18, 2018

Trailblazing athlete & Rogers Park neighbor @TheChrisMosier addressing #TimeToTHRIVE on leading the way for transgender athletes & the power of youth sports on kids’ lives

— Rep. Kelly Cassidy (@RepKellyCassidy) February 18, 2018

Spoke @HRC ‘s #TimeToTHRIVE Conference about my lived experience and had the incredible opportunity to introduce Al Smith Jr. who is the group VP and the Chief Social Innovation of @Toyota. He is an amazing person doing great work in our community and our wold. pic.twitter.com/6W3h4oYZjR

— Roddy Biggs (@RoddyBiggs) February 18, 2018

We are so proud of our Youth Council leaders who presented on a youth panel today at the Human Rights Campaign’s Time to THRIVE conference! Thank you all for sharing your inspiring stories! #TimetoTHRIVE #HRC pic.twitter.com/BMZD5V6GUD

— Zebra Coalition (@ZebraCoalition) February 18, 2018

Thank you @HRC on another fantastic #TimeToTHRIVE conference! https://t.co/vuqlZjcUb4

— Tyler Clementi Fndtn (@TylerClementi) February 18, 2018

Some of Team ACA at #Timetothrive – David Kaplan, Kent Butler, Josh Stanley, Gerard Lawson, and Rich Yep. Thanks @HRC & @VinniePompei @ellenbkhan @CounselingViews pic.twitter.com/a4xbmgPswd

— Richard Yep (@Richyep) February 18, 2018

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Must-See LGBTQ: New episodes of ‘Andi Mack’ and ‘The Magicians’

Must-See LGBTQ: New episodes of ‘Andi Mack’ and ‘The Magicians’

Photo Credit: SyFy

Grab the remote, set your DVR or queue up your streaming service of choice! GLAAD is bringing you the highlights LGBTQ on TV this week. Check back every Sunday for up-to-date coverage in LGBTQ-inclusive programming on TV.

Wednesday brings a brand new episode of The Magicians. The third season of the science fiction drama is upping the stakes as out gay major player Eliot becomes King of Fillory. In this week’s episode, The Quest of the Seven Keys continues as Margo and Eliot rope most of the gang into a gigantic plan, meanwhile Quentin and Penny try to retrieve a lost item. The Magicians: Wednesday, 9pm on SyFy.

In this week’s episode of Andi Mack, Cyrus’ bar mitzvah festivities commence, and Andi and her friends and family all join him in the celebration, which is full of landmark events for more than just Cyrus. Andi Mack: Friday, 8pm on Disney Channel.

Sunday, February 18th: Here and Now (9pm, HBO); Counterpart (Starz); The Chi (10pm, Showtime)

Monday: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (8pm, The CW)

Tuesday: I Am Jazz (9pm, TLC)

Wednesday: This Close (Sundance Now); Schitt’s Creek (8pm, Pop TV): The Magicians (9pm, SyFy)

Thursday: Nashville (9pm, CMT)

Friday: Andi Mack (7:30pm, Disney Channel)

February 18, 2018

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Two Kids Try Dressing as One Tall Man in Trenchcoat to Get Into ‘Black Panther’

Two Kids Try Dressing as One Tall Man in Trenchcoat to Get Into ‘Black Panther’
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Two kids decided they wanted to go to the new Marvel superhero film “Black Panther,” but they didn’t want to pay for two movie tickets, so they tried to dupe the movie theater’s manager. The two young men went to the theater disguised as one “tall man” under a trench coat, but unsurprisingly, their plan didn’t…

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Day Two of HRC Foundation’s 2018 Time to THRIVE Conference Wraps

Day Two of HRC Foundation’s 2018 Time to THRIVE Conference Wraps

The second day of HRC Foundation’s fifth annual Time to THRIVE Conference wrapped on Saturday after a day full of featured speakers, special guests, breakout panels, workshops and film screenings.

The event is held in partnership with the American Counseling Association and the National Education Association, with AT&T, BBVA Compass and Toyota as presenting sponsors. In its fifth year, HRC Foundation’s premier national event addresses safety, inclusion and well-being for LGBTQ and questioning youth, and brings together youth-serving professionals to discuss best practices for working with and caring for LGBTQ youth and their faimilies in schools, community centers, health care settings and beyond.

During the morning plenary, attendees heard from Congresswoman Val Demmings (D-FL); Cheryl Greene, Deputy Director of HRC Foundation Welcoming Schools; Rey Ocañas, Director of Corporate Responsibility and Reputation at BBVA Compass; Nikos Giannopoulos, Rhode Island Teacher of the Year; Zoey Luna, who serves as an HRC Foundation Youth Ambassador; Dr. Kathleen Ethier, Director, Division of Adolescent and School Health, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Daniel Downer, an HRC HIV 360° Fellow; and more.

Nikos Giannapolous; Rhode Island Teacher of the Year; Time to THRIVE

We must realize our differences are our #STRENGTH. God made us exactly the way God wanted us to be. It’s okay to celebrate you and be your #AUTHENTIC self. It’s time to thrive! @HRC pic.twitter.com/ikoAX8FEDd

— Rep. Val Demings (@RepValDemings) February 17, 2018

The Time to THRIVE contingent spent the remainder of the morning in breakout training sessions and workshops – including on the legal rights of LGBTQ youth in K-12 public schools and creating LGBTQ-inclusive schools, resisting racism in our communities and achieving an HIV-free generation.

There are not enough words in the world to express what it means to have my daughter’s Kinder teacher present at @HRC #TimeToThrive. Teachers save lives. #ThankATeacher #LGBTQ pic.twitter.com/6XpwzPAiuO

— Vanessa Ford (@VanessaFordDC) February 17, 2018

The lunch plenary featured inspiring speakers, including Rick Wilson, AT&T’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Human Resources; and Native two-spirit couple Adrian Stevens, artist and dancer, and Sean Snyder, designer and dancer.

Additionally, producer and author Jacob Tobia facilitated a panel discussion on non-binary and gender non-conforming idenities with HRC Youth Ambassadors Sean Bender-Prouty, Sameer Jha, Jonathan Leggette and Tyler Yun. The group discussed navigating the gender spectrum and what it means for each individual to identify as non-binary or gender non-conforming.

“Gender is like ice cream, there’s a whole spectrum of flavors and toppings.” Producer and author @JacobTobia hosts a non-binary panel discussion with @HRC Youth Ambassadors during the #TimeToTHRIVE afternoon plenary. pic.twitter.com/HpVL4YdGGH

— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) February 17, 2018

Following an afternoon of workshops, the night concluded with screenings of the movies “Crowning Change: The Erin O’Flaherty Story” and “15: A Quinceañera Story with Zoey Luna,” followed by question-and-answer sessions with O’Flaherty and Luna, respectively.

Time to THRIVE is the premier national convening of educators and youth-serving professionals to build awareness and cultural competency, learn current and emerging best practices and gather resources from leading experts and national organizations in the field. Time to THRIVE is taking place Feb. 16-18, 2018 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek in Orlando, Florida.

Read our Time to THRIVE Day One recap here.
 

Matthew Shepard will never know his story changed the trajectory of my life; solidified in me a knowing that I could not live in this world without working everyday to make it safe for ALL people. So honoured to meet Judy and Dennis Shepard at #TimeToTHRIVE. pic.twitter.com/ldt7WTPSFe

— JJ at the Y �� (@delctautonomist) February 17, 2018

“We’ve made diversity and inclusion a priority at @BBVACompass because it is a business imperative. That purpose of opportunity would mean nothing if we didn’t stand for equality along with the @HRC.” –@ReyOcanas #TimeToTHRIVE pic.twitter.com/fm5lDsNutU

— BBVA Compass (@BBVACompass) February 17, 2018

 

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Rhode Island Teacher of the Year Nikos Giannopoulos (@beaconmrg) speaks to the importance of #LGBTQ visibility in schools at @HRC Foundation’s #TimeToTHRIVE Conference. pic.twitter.com/lHMGrlA8j0

— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) February 17, 2018

Ever feel like there’s more on the inside that people may not see? Love the Welcoming Schools program for helping elementary kids students learn about identity and acceptance. @HRC #TimeToTHRIVE pic.twitter.com/hVNGDvdd74

— Dr. Joshua Stanley (@drjstanley) February 17, 2018

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