Will Trinkle, Juan Granados and their 2 year old son, Oliver recently got the business-end of Virginia politics when they were denied a family membership to Roanoke Athletic Club based on the fact that their family consists of gay parents.
The couple of eight years sued the Roanoke Athletic Club and its parent company Carilion Clinic, and won! Deets after the hop.
One gym in Virginia is putting its big, straight foot down, and letting two gay dads know that their illegal behavior won’t be tolerated. Qweerty reports that the Roanoke Athletic Club denied the family package that Will Trinkle and Juan Granados applied for – after initially accepting it.
Trinkle, Granados and their 2 year old son, Oliver intended to use the gym like any other family, but soon after their application was accepted, the Trinkle-Granados family (yeah, that’s right, family) received a letter in the mail letting them know that the prior acceptance was “by mistake.” Ya know, because since Virginia doesn’t recognize gay marriage or same-sex civil union, the Trinkle-Granados family isn’t considered…well…a family.
Here. We go. Again.
A father in New Jersey was notified by his school that his autistic 10 year old son Akian was violent in his classes. Stuart Chaifetz had never known his son to be violent, so he wanted to know what was happening. He had a meeting with the IEP team. A behaviorist was called in to do a report. Nothing came up that would explain Akian’s outbursts – even when provoked by the behaviorist.
Chaifetz suspected the worst – that his son was being bullied by his teacher. So, he put a wire on him and recorded six hours of audio. It changed Chaifetz’s life.
“What I heard on that audio was so disgusting, vile, and just an absolute disrespect and bullying of my son,” says Chaifetz in a video he posted on his website, “…that happened not by other children, but by his teacher and the aides, the people who are supposed to protect him.”
President Barack Obama commented publicly this morning on the Trayvon Martin shooting case. In very personal terms, Obama spoke about Martin’s parents, and considered how he’d feel in the situation. In what most news outlets are considering the apex of the speech, Obama says that “if I had a son he’d look like Trayvon.”
If you need to catch up on the Trayvon Martin case, you can read a timeline over at ABC. If you want the TL;DR, this is as close as it gets: George Zimmerman, a self-appointed neighborhood watch “captain”, shot 17 year old Trayvon Martin, and no one’s sure why. In addition, Zimmerman may have made racist remarks, which were captured during a 911 call. The local police flubbed the handling of the case, as local police often do. There have been multiple calls for justice, including a “Million Hoodie March” and a Change.org petition with over 1.5 million signatures.