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Fred Karger's campaign website shut down

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Fred Karger, the openly gay man running for the Republican nomination for president of the United States, received surprising news last week when the company managing his campaign website told him it was being shut down. 

The group, Terra Eclipse, informed Karger that his site would be shut down days before the New Hampshire primary. They chose to end their relationship with Karger because of another website he launched, Top10CraziestMormonBeliefs.com, in which Karger listed, well, exactly what the site sounds like (not one of his classier moments). 

This isn’t Karger’s first run-in with the Mormon church; he previously filed complaints pertaining to the church’s spending on Prop 8 which led to the church being found guilty of election fraud. More details from the Advocate:

Terra Eclipse owner Martin Avila could not be reached for comment but Karger released text of a letter he alleges Avila sent to him, in which Avila allegedly wrote, “While your campaign has every right to express views using tactics of your own choosing, our company also has the right to freely associate with our clients. In light of these actions, which not only appear to be completely irrelevant to a campaign for President of the United States, but also constitute an insult to and mockery of individuals of particular faiths, we are exercising our right to terminate your NetBoots account and disassociate with your campaign, as reserved in our Terms of Service.. I invite you to contact our attorneys should you wish to pursue the matter further.”

As much as I like Fred Karger as a person, I’m tempted to agree with Terra Eclipse. I fully believe Karger’s website about Mormon beliefs was out of line and no way to address whatever concerns he had with the church’s behavior. Maybe cutting off his campaign website entirely was a little much, but I don’t think Karger should be let off the hook for his irresponsible behavior and disrespect to the Mormon faith.

What say you?

We were just discussing him during our last meeting. Can’t wait to see what the club thinks of this

Gender nonconformity a risk factor for child abuse

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Children who display behavior unlike what’s expected for their sex are more likely to face abuse, according to new research from the Harvard School of Public Health. 

The study, published in the journal Pediatrics last week, says that gender nonconforming kids are more likely to suffer physical, psychological or sexual abuse from adults. “Discrimination against nonconformity” affects about 10 percent of kids and is likely to leave lasting effects, including post-traumatic stress disorder. 

Using the nationwide study Growing Up Today, researchers looked at responses from 9,000 young adults who recalled childhood experiences. These memories included feelings of masculinity or femininity, media characters they imitated and whether they suffered abuse.

Those who reported the most gender nonconformity were more likely to have been physically, psychologically or sexually abused, the study says. Young adults who didn’t conform to gender norms in childhood were twice as likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder than those who did conform.

This is such important work, and it’s one of the biggest reasons we need to let our kids dress how they want, play with the toys they want and make the friends they want. Kids are kids no matter how they identify, and how we treat them at an early age makes a huge difference. 

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