US: Pansexual college student fundraises tuition after being cut off by family

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A pansexual student at the University of Pittsburgh is crowdfunding her tuition expenses after being cut off by her family because of her sexual orientation.

Kate Koenig told HuffPost Live that she was cut off by her family after they found her online blog where she stated she was pansexual and dating a transgender man.

She says her first worry after being cut off was how she was going to pay for school. On her GoFundMe page, Koenig says she has search for loans without co-signers, but could not find one.

Koenig, who plans to study English, German, and history, plans to spend the upcoming fall semester at a community college due to her current inability to cover tuition at the University of Pittsburgh.

She is currently trying to raise $15,000 (

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Brian Doyle’s Story From The Let Love Define Family Series

installment features an interview with Brian Doyle, age 41, a Los Angeles-based Financial Services Professional and Life Insurance Agent with New York Life. Recently Brian attended a RaiseAChild.US event at the Andaz West Hollywood hotel for prospective foster and adoptive mothers where he was to work at an information table for his employer, which pursues an LGBT customer base. He was in for a surprise! — Corinne Lightweaver, RaiseAChild.US.

Corinne Lightweaver: So, Brian, it was really nice to have you at our Motherhood Celebration. I remember you raising your hand from your table at the back of the room and wanting to share something personal with the room full of guests. I wonder if you could tell me more about it.

Brian Doyle: I was moved by the whole event. I was just coming to help out with our resource table. I didn’t know that I would have such a personal connection with the event!

But during the family panel discussion, when the two moms and their three sons were sitting at the front of the room, I wanted to share with them my own experience growing up with two moms. I just remember as a kid it would have been great if I had heard from somebody that it was okay what was going on — no matter what you hear from many kids at school. As long as somebody is there to love you and to support what you’re doing and care about you, it doesn’t really matter if it’s two moms, two dads, or a mom and a dad. Not that those kids were having any issues, but I wanted to let them know that people grow up all the time with two moms and two dads and become very successful.

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US: Virginia Family Foundation to fast for 40 days over same-sex marriage

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An anti-gay group has announced it will hold a 40-day fast to combat same-sex marriage.

The Virginia-based Family Foundation has announced a coordinated fast, in order to influence the US Supreme Court into rejecting same-sex marriage when it hears the first of a series of appeals cases in October.

The group said: “Jesus has issued a trumpet call and declared a holy fast to gather his people together for a time of consecration, to purify our way of thinking and cleanse our way of living.

“Our state and nation are mired in confusion and post-modern thinking and nowhere is this more evident than in the current debate raging about what constitutes marriage.

“The Supreme Court begins their session on October 6th. We fully expect them to take a marriage case sometime in the next year.

“Join us for 40 Days of Prayer, Fasting and Repentance for Marriage from August 27 through October 5, 2014.

“Our 40 Days will culminate on October 5th just before the court begins their session.”

A federal appeals court is expected to rule on Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban soon, after District Judge Arenda Wright Allen first struck down a law banning same-sex marriage in the state in February,

Following the ruling, the ban will head to the Supreme Court.

Watch the group’s creepy movie-style trailer below:

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Can you guess the difference between Iran’s Modern Family remake and the original?

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Iranians unknowingly love gay-inclusive US comedy series Modern Family.

The Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting TV channel has rewritten US sitcom Modern Family without gay dads Mitch and Cam, whose plot line has been replaced with that of a straight couple.

The network’s new show Haft Sang is a near scene-for-scene remake of Modern Family, but with some character’s genders changed in some circumstances to avoid pre-marital mixing of men and women.

Haft Sang translates to ‘Seven Stones’, a traditional ball game in the Middle East and Asia where two teams compete to build or destroy a pile of stones.

Fans of the US sitcom, who illegally download American shows to get around Iranian state censorship, discovered the similarity between Modern Family and Haft Sang.

One of these fans put together a comparison video to show how blatantly Haft Sang duplicates Modern Family.

Watch a clip below:

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