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Boyfriend supported and joined her girlfriend’s talent presentation until winning Miss Gay Calapandayan 2019

Boyfriend supported and joined her girlfriend’s talent presentation until winning Miss Gay Calapandayan 2019

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  • A Miss Gay contestant of Calapandayan in Subic has been supported by his boyfriend during her talent presentation
  • She drew a portrait of Superman who looks like her father; her father was her number one fan
  • Parcon hopes and prays to the Lord that someday she could meet a guy who looks like her father and luckily, she did

Some of the LGBTQ+ members were still hiding their relationships to a guy in public. Either they were afraid that they might be judged by other people or they might not be ready to tell everyone about their relationship.

But one of the Miss Gay contestants of Calapandayan in Subic has been supported by his boyfriend during her talent presentation.

A Facebook user named Reighn Lupague posted a photo and a video clip of a contestant named Jerry May Parcon, who called out his boyfriend on stage to show support during her talent presentation in the competition.

In an interview with Lupague via Messenger, who had witnessed the competition, the talent she showcased was singing while doing a drawing and it was very heart-touching.

Lupague said that she started her talent show by telling a story about her number one fan. Unfortunately, her number one fan died as she felt so sad for what happened.

She even asked God “Why” and then she revealed the drawing. She drew a portrait of Superman who looks like her father; her father was her number one fan.

Parcon hopes and prays to the Lord that someday she would meet a guy who looks like her father and luckily, she did.

Suddenly, she called her boyfriend to join her on stage and most have noticed that her boyfriend really looks like the portrait she made earlier. Then they kissed and proudly shared the love they have for each other.

Lupague had captioned his post “Get a guy na susuportahan ka sa contest mo and even sasamahan ka pa during the talent. Di ko kinaya to. Sayang di nacapture yung kiss 😍”

At the end the competition, Jerry Mae Parcon brings home the crown of Miss Gay Calapandayan 2019.

Indeed, love does not choose who you choose to be with; the importance of having a relationship is acceptance of being who you are.

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Sean Borja, an Atenean Law Valedictorian tops Bar Exams, he is the new voice for the LGBTQIA

Sean Borja, an Atenean Law Valedictorian tops Bar Exams, he is the new voice for the LGBTQIA

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  • Borja knew of his identity as gay but was too ashamed of it due to his experience being bullied.
  • He fully overcame his struggles and wanted to encourage other LGBT community members to come out.
  • Topping the Bar Examination could give him a platform to push for LGBT rights.

An Atenean Law School valedictorian Sean Borja topped the November 2018 Bar Examination among 1,800 candidates and scored 89.3 percent.

“I was shouting out of happiness and my parents came out of the room shouting as well,” said Borja, who waited for the exam results at home.

Being valedictorian of his class, many have set high expectations to top the exam. With the result he received as a topnotcher, he could now release the pressure he once felt.

“I guess when you’re valedictorian; a lot of expectations come out. So a lot of the faculty told me after graduation, ‘Hey top the bar ha,” he said.

There was definitely that pressure going into the Bar exams. But I just thought, ‘Hey you know, I guess I don’t owe anybody anything anyway.’ If I were to top the bar, it has to be something that I wanted for myself as well.”

In his elementary school days, Borja knew of his identity as gay but was too ashamed of it due to his experience being bullied. But he fully overcame his struggles and wanted to encourage other LGBT community members to come out. Topping the Bar Examination could give him a platform to push for LGBT rights.

“Other than the mundane, I think what I would really want to show is to keep pushing my limits to show that people like me, people from my community can achieve so much if people will just listen and look out for us,” Borja told ANC.

One of his Facebook post in November 2017, he had stated how LGBT have been discriminated and they could not become somebody else but as an entertainer.

“For a long time, I was made to believe that members of the LGBT community could never be anything beyond mere providers of entertainment. The moment we come out, we will never make CEO, President, or Senior Partner. After all, society itself has charted our destiny to become marginalized, second-class citizens,” Borja said.

“Eh bakla ka eh, so hanggang parlorista ka lang. O di kaya talk show hosts. So don’t ever make the mistake of telling anybody about who you are. Don’t come out. Fake it.”

Borja even said to ANC that “There were a lot of times I doubted myself… I did overcome those doubts, those insecurities. I’m just happy to be myself.”

Borja ended up in law school when he initially had a “quarter-life crisis” and could not make up his mind about pursuing law studies.

“I figured out I was really bad in business so I thought law might be the way for me,” he said.

As a new lawyer who had topped the bar exam, he wanted to “provide a voice for people who don’t necessarily have that. In the sense that not everybody might have the courage to speak up what their rights are or what they want.”

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The LGBT Community was happy as they congratulate him for his success.

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“Trent” is who everyone needs: Gay guy praises straight friend for fully accepting gender identity

“Trent” is who everyone needs: Gay guy praises straight friend for fully accepting gender identity

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  • Bryce had expressed his gratefulness in having such a kind of friend who accepted him for who he is
  • With his viral post, some gays also shared their same story of having a straight guy friend
  • Bryce was so delighted with the reply on his viral tweets, as he emphasized that having such a friend as Trent feels so reassuring, considering that there are some gems with amazing hearts

It’s usual for us to see a group of friends hanging out with same gender identity but a viral tweet of a gay nursing student prompted people to praise their straight best friends, as well.

On April 7, a nursing student from New Orleans named Bryce shared his conversation with straight best friend on his Twitter Account.

Bryce had expressed his gratefulness in having such a kind of friend who accepted him for who he is. He also noted on his post that everyone needed someone like Trent, his straight guy friend.

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A lot of Twitter users agreed with the viral post, especially gays who were so happy in knowing that there is someone like Trent who doesn’t care what other people think if a straight guy like him would hang out with gays.

Bryce’s sweet post has attracted more than 22 retweets and 220 likes, which prompted other users to share their stories about their straight guy friends by using the name “Trent” to associate him with the straight person who makes them happy and accepted.

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With all the positive reactions, Bryce was so delighted with the reply on his viral tweets, as he emphasized that having such a friend as Trent feels so reassuring, considering that there are very few gems with amazing hearts.

Bryce is also happy to know that it is not only he who found a friend like Trent in their life. Though he said that there’s so much hate in this world, still, he finds hope for love to win.

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No Obstacle can Stand in the Way of Two People in Love

No Obstacle can Stand in the Way of Two People in Love

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“Love knows no reason, no boundaries, no distance. It has a sole intention of bringing people together to a time called forever.”
H. H. Fowler, Love Knows No Bounds

In this age of instant communication, emoticons are replacing words, body language replacing language and visuals replacing text, but to Kay Elio Flanagan and Jerro Oliver, it was more than that. Via the social media, they both came to know each other on a facebook page for LGBTQIA Community.

Flanagan, 27 from UK caught the attention of Oliver, 19 from Las Piñas, Philippines.

According to him, Jerro send a friend request to him, but was too shy to drop him a private message (PM). Normally he ignores friend requests from strangers, but this was an exemption, he found himself curious on this guy and is interested to get to know more about him. It was a few days after Oliver’s birthday that they both started exchanging messages. This was  in July 2018.

For Flangan, love is love regardless of gender, sexuality, age, and race. What he has with his partner is a long-distance relationship for now. For him it’s hard, but it’s only for a short-term. Their love for each other will keep the bond stronger and deeper, no matter what. One day, he and his partner will live in the world he described as ‘San Junipero’.

His Second Visit to the Philippines.

Though this is not his first time to come to the Philippines, he and Jerro arranged a meet up in September in that same year.

He was staying somewhere in Parañaque City and  they decided to meet.

“After speaking to him for a few hours, I quickly realised that I like this guy and developed a crush on him,” confessed Kay.

Later that day,  they went malling at SM and he let out his feelings toward Oliver, “I admitted to him that I had a crush on him. I asked if I could see him again.”

He agreed to meet with him, again.

“We spend a few more days together and he also admitted that he had a crush on me, too.”

The Feeling was Mutual.

What attracted him the most about Jerro is his his smile and his eyes. He shared, “Every time he smiles and I look into his eyes, I melt, I feel so happy and want to kiss him and told him tight.“

“My partner thinks I’m handsome and that always attracted him to me, and he’s crazy about my personality.“

“It’s crazy, but I started to deeply fall in love with him and he was falling for me as well.

“Be was waiting for me to catch him, and I caught him from falling, as he fell into my arms and we became partners on the 25th of September.

“I was on vacation in the for four weeks, and I ended up spending almost every day with him. As the days and weeks passed by, I was having such a good time with this him, he really impressed me a lot, and he made me some personal gifts as a surprise. Some of which were artwork. He painted and drawn stuff for me, which I found out he’s a self-taught artist.

“Towards the end of my stay, I didn’t want to leave, so I decided to extend my stay one more week, and I told my employer that I changed my return flight. Also I hold a multiple visa so I could afford to do it,” essayed Kay.

The Couple’s Common Grounds.

Their common interests such as being fitness buffs, both of them love watching movies, travelling, dining out, bowling, pool, swimming, and simply having fun, trying to enjoy life to the full.

Kay shared, “We have done a lot of travelling.We hang out with my friends and his friends.”

When they are together at home, they often spend hours and hours of talking in the bedroom or on the sofa.

Both of them are motivated to succeed in life and be able to inspire people that to dream is the beginning of something great.

Kay also revealed that he’d like to be an T director and wants to lots of money in order to help his family and do charity work. That part, he and Oliver and him share the shame burden and vision. He admitted that both their families aren’t well-off that is why they click because they had the same motivation in life. 

As an individual, Flanagan is a hopeless romantic and finding one true love is his ultimate goal and he has found it in the person of Jerro. 

His partner, though a little younger, what he saw in him is a smart guy. Jerro is  a swimmer, and is able to go to school due to his scholarship and high grades.

Oliver is pursuing currently marine engineering, but what really got him is that he’s an amazing artist.

Today, March 25, Kay and Jerro celebrates their six months as a couple. Prior to meeting Oliver, Flanagan already hadthree  serious relationships and his partner had no relations whatsoever.

When he went back to UK, they get to talk everyday. The eight-hour difference in the UK and the Philippines did not hinder them from keeping their communication lines open. On Christmas day, both agreed that they will meet again on Valentine’s Day. Without wasting tine, Kay booked a flight and came back to the Manila in February.

In January, their love has become more intense and he intended that when things go well on his next visit–he already has a plan if things would go well between them–staying for another four weeks. But before the day of his return they went through hardships, but still they both found a way to meet again and come up with their do-it-yourself (DIY) presents for each other.

Weeks went by, both knew that their love is for keeps and they want to commit themselves as domestic partners. Both  gave their notice of marriage to the UK embassy. On March 1, both tied the knot together.

Flanagan described their decision as, “We become the happiest people alive and got married under UK law, as same sex marriage.”

 

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A lesbian grants her mother’s wish to have a baby, who she thought was dying

A lesbian grants her mother’s wish to have a baby, who she thought was dying

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  • A teen beauty contestant in Wowowin introduced her mom as “pogi”
  • It was revealed that the contestant’s mom was a lesbian
  • Mama Che wrongfully thought her own mother was dying so she granted her wish to have a grandchild by getting pregnant

In the ‘Pera o Kahon’ segment of Willie Revillame’s ‘Wowowin’ on Tuesday, a teen beauty contestant introduced her mother as “pogi” to the curiosity of the host and the audience.

Asked why she did so, the contestant named Angel, said her mother was a lesbian. As the segment allows the contestants to share their life stories, the senior high school student proceeded to relay her story.

Angel aims to be an accountant or a business woman in the future to alleviate her family from poverty. She’s the only biological daughter of her lesbian mother, Mama Che.

Her mother adopted another child into their family. Angel never met nor knew her father growing up.

Revillame interrogated Mama Che on her decision to get pregnant, even though she’s a lesbian. The woman answered that the incident only happened because she initially thought her own mother was dying and doggedly wish for her to have a grandchild.

Wanting to fulfil her mother’s ‘dying request,’ Mama Che said, “Sige, bibigyan kita ng apo ‘tas liliko na’ko,” alluding to her decision of switching her gender and sexual orientation after she bears a child.

When asked by the host to leave her child with a message, the lesbian mother told Angel, “’Nak, alam mo naman, kahit ganito ko binuhay kita, pinalaki ka namin ng Mommy mo, alam mo naman ‘yun mula’t sapol kahit baby ka pa, kami na ng Mommy mo ‘yung nag-aalaga sa’yo, sumusuporta, gumagabay sa’yo. Nagpapasalamat ako sa’yo dumating ka sa buhay namin ng Mommy mo.”

Angel who was visibly teary-eyed in the video was very thankful of her mother and grandmother too. The grandmother appeared in the video clip as well, looking very healthy and hale.

“Ni-request ko po ‘yan (sa anak ko) para ho magkaroon kami ng kasama dahil dadalawa lang kami. Nagpapasalamat ako at hindi ako nagkakamali dahil napakaganda ng apo ko,” the proud grandma declared.

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Transwoman gets honest to her straight date; his response is amazing!

Transwoman gets honest to her straight date; his response is amazing!

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  • A transwoman admits to a guy her sexual identity
  • A transphobic is someone who shows dislike against transsexual or transgender people
  • One of the netizens misinterpreted her post and said that it is not  being transphobic but rather having a preference

To have a stronger relationship, all you need is to be honest, all the time. Just like a transwoman who admitted to a guy her sexual identity.

A Twitter user named Tiffany Monroe‏ @tiffanymonroee posted the response of a guy to whom she admitted that she is a transwoman and the guy accepted her for who she is. “I told this guy I was trans and look at his response.”

As she was being accepted, she called out to all transphobic persons who quoted on her tweet. A transphobic is someone who shows dislike against transsexual or transgender people.

But one of the netizens misinterpreted her post and told her that it is not being transphobic, but rather having a preference.

Tiffany replied and explained that there is really a difference between having a preference and being transphobic. But for her, it can’t be considered as a preference once you’ve already encountered a transwoman because that is optional.

And she added that her tweet was only intended for transphobic men.

As a reply to her explanation with the way she posted on her tweet, by pointing out she was accepted and proved that the guy was a real man, it turned out like calling the attention of anyone who doesn’t feel the same.

After all the negative and positive reactions, she thanked all the people who had given positive reactions to her tweet. But to all those who were being rude and transphobic, she just shook them off.

 

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Being a gay icon, Hugh Jackman reveals his love for gay-related stories

Being a gay icon, Hugh Jackman reveals his love for gay-related stories

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  • Hugh Jackman shared his thoughts and support for the LGBT+ rights, as well as marginalized groups, women, and minorities who have been continuously discriminated
  • Jackman said “he’s not gay” but stated “there isn’t anything shameful”
  • “I have absolutely no idea…I love telling stories. It was my absolute privilege playing Peter Allen.”

Hugh Jackman’s performance went viral as he performed, with students in the Oceania Voices, last year, their rendition of ‘This is Me’ from the film ‘The Greatest Showman’ in Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand last Wednesday, February 27.

On a press conference, Jackman was asked what more he could do to address his status as a gay icon.

After that question, according to Newshub, the performer laughed and said: “I have absolutely no idea…I love telling stories. It was my absolute privilege playing Peter Allen.”

The actor was referring to his 2003 Tony-winning performance as Peter Allen in ‘The Boys from Oz,’ a musical about a musician who was dying of HIV and reveals himself as gay after marrying Liza Minelli who was also a singer.

For being so convincing to his wife Deborra-lee Furness, Jackman told the story through his award-winning performance.

“Deb, my wife, came to see it about 40 times. She loved that show. She was in the bathroom at one point […] Deb was in the stall, and she could hear two women outside going ‘Is he or isn’t he?’ She was just listening for about two minutes, then she just yelled out, ‘He isn’t!,’” Jackman said.

Jackman shared his thoughts and support for the LGBT+ rights, as well as marginalized groups, women, and minorities who have been continuously discriminated.

“I’m all for it in every single aspect and I’m proud to be a part of any solution to [discrimination] through storytelling,” he added.

But then, over a decade’s rumors about Jackman’s sexuality have already been following the actor.

According to CBS executive Vinny Favale, in October, following allegations of workplace misconduct, reports surfaces that Jackman is “gay,” as well as describing Jackson’s marriage to Furness as “fake.”

Previously, Jackman said “he’s not gay” but stated “there isn’t anything shameful.”

In an interview last 2018, Jackman said that he is not particularly upset about it.

“Some dudes do get upset, some dudes say: ‘Don’t say I’m gay,’ [but] I am good,” Jackman said.

Hugh Jackman has previously said he’s not gay, but specified “there isn’t anything shameful” about being gay in a 2009 interview.

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Catholic priests should be allowed to marry, Pres. Rodrigo Duterte suggests

Catholic priests should be allowed to marry, Pres. Rodrigo Duterte suggests

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  • Duterte’s ‘solution’: Priests should be allowed to marry
  • President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday said Catholics priests, even those who are gay, should be allowed to marry

President Rodrigo Duterte, who has been a vocal critic of the Catholic Church, advocated on Sunday that Catholic priests should be allowed to marry, even those who are gay.

“That’s the only solution there,” Duterte said in the local dialect during a distribution of cash grants in Cebu.

“Even the gay ones, allow them to marry, same sex marriage. I am in favor of that para matapos na. Matapos na ang problema,” he said but did not specify on what problem it alluded to and what it would actually solve.

Coincidentally, the President made the remarks on the same day that Pope Francis declared an “all-out battle” on “abominable” abuse crimes involving the clergy at the end of an unprecedented Vatican summit.

The summit was announced in September by the Argentine pontiff when the Church was facing abuse-related scandals right and left and across multiple continents which further scraped his leadership and the Church’s credibility.

In previous interviews, Duterte claimed about 90 percent of Catholic priests are gay, but did not provide any concrete proof then to back his claim.

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GMA Network’s ‘Asawa Ko, Karibal Ko’ misrepresents LGBT community, says a Netizen

GMA Network’s ‘Asawa Ko, Karibal Ko’ misrepresents LGBT community, says a Netizen

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  • Venus is supposedly a transwoman but is portrayed by a cisgender woman
  • The TV series “Asawa ko, Karibal Ko” is using the same formula from “Ika-6 na Utos” where two women would have a fight over the same man
  • “Asawa Ko, Karibal Ko” of GMA Network misinterprets LGBT community especially transwomen
  • If GMA network couldn’t give a better representation of the trans and LGBT community, it is best to cancel the TV series “Asawa Ko, Karibal Ko”

A post on a twitter account, mentioned the afternoon primetime series of GMA Network, “Asawa ko Karibal Ko,” in misinterpreting the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community, specifically transwomen, when he pointed out his insights one by one.

First, he mentioned that one of the main characters, Thea Tolentino, who plays the role of Venus is supposedly a transwoman but is portrayed by a cisgender woman.

To differentiate the terms as defined by Wikipedia, a transwoman is a woman who was assigned a male gender at birth but undergone the process of hormone replacement therapy and sex reassignment surgery, while a cisgender is a term for people whose gender identity matches the sex that they were assigned at birth.

He suggests that to be able to portray the character better, the actress should be a transwoman.

The netizen tweeted, “@gmanetwork’s “Asawa Ko Karibal Ko” misrepresents the LGBT community, specifically transwomen. First, Venus, one of the main characters, who is supposedly a transwoman, is portrayed by a cisgender woman, Thea Tolentino.”

Secondly, he is expecting to see the everyday struggles of the trans community but it seems that the TV series “Asawa ko, Karibal Ko” was using the same formula from “Ika-6 na Utos” where two women would fight over the same man.

“Second, instead of discussing everyday struggles of the trans community, and the LGBT community in general, it uses it’s tired “Ika-6 Na Utos” formula where two women would have a weekly, if not daily, campy fight over a man.”

Thea Tolentino’s transwoman character is compared to Ryza Cenon’s Georgia in “Ika-6 na Utos” in being very good performances as antagonists. This could, however, lead to the wrong interpretation and image of the LGBT community.

“Third, while Thea Tolentino has a convincing performance as an antagonist, her trans character is written like Ryza Cenon’s Georgia in “Ika-6 Na Utos” – which shifts her narrative as a trans, into another cliche character. Worse, it further increases the stigma against the LGBT.”

And looking at the GMA Network’s Youtube channel comment section, more often, the comments reek of discrimination, hate, and transphobia. He also mentioned that if the GMA Network couldn’t give a better representation of the trans and LGBT community, it is best to cancel the TV series “Asawa Ko, Karibal Ko.”

“If we are going to check the comments section in GMA’s YouTube channel, more often than not, comments reek discrimination, hate and transphobia. If @gmanetwork can’t give a better representation of the trans and LGBT community, it’s best to cancel “Asawa Ko Karibal Ko”.”

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Kids fostered by same-sex couples have better performance in school

Kids fostered by same-sex couples have better performance in school

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  • There are greater chances that children from same-sex couples are more likely to graduate
  • Socio-economic conditions of same–sex households where the children have grown up maybe a factor in their academic performance as well
  • Researchers recognized that they were unable to conclude if the gender of same-sex couples mattered in the performance of the children due to their samples

A research conducted in the Netherlands, surveying the school performance of children raised by same-sex couples, have achieved better test results.

The study was presented at the American Economic Association conference and was written about in The Washington Post last January.

They conducted their study at the Belgian University KU Leuven where the economic researchers compared the academic achievements of 1,200 kids raised by same-sex couples and more than a million children raised by the opposite-sex couples who were born between 1995 and 2005.

“Our findings indicate that children particularly benefit from same-sex couples compared to opposite-sex couples if the couple is cohabiting rather than married,” researchers wrote in the paper, titled “School Outcomes of Children Raised by Same-Sex Couples: Evidence from Administrative Panel Data.”

On the results, there was greater chances of children from the same-sex couples to be more likely to graduate.

They added: “Further, we also find that children from same-sex couples continue to outperform children from opposite-sex couples in secondary education. Our results suggest that children from same-sex couples are 6.7 percent more likely to graduate than children from opposite-sex couples.”

They believed that socio-economic conditions of the same–sex household where the children have grown up maybe a factor in their academic performance.

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“Our results mostly support the selection approach stating that given the time-consuming and costly procedures for same-sex couples to obtain children, same-sex parents typically have a high socioeconomic status resulting in higher parental investment,” they state in the paper.

Researchers said that once they have a control for variables such as income, education and age, the performance of kids raised by same-sex couples differed to those raised by opposite-sex couples was reduced.

“Nonetheless, the positive association was not entirely removed,” researchers added.

The researcher recognized that they were unable conclude if the gender of same-sex couples mattered in the performance of the children due to their sample, and they were not able to include results about children raised by single, LGBT+ parents or bisexual and transgender couples.

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