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The growing acceptance of same-sex marriage has created high expectations for those who come out of the closet. But that’s not always the case. Instead of waiting until later in life, some are revealing their sexuality while they still depend on their families. That’s helped to produce an epidemic of homeless LGBT teenagers who are thrown out of their homes to survive on the streets. Family rejection is sometimes violent, and often based on religion. Can faith be a way of healing families, as well as breaking them up?

Also. how is media coverage affecting public support for airstrikes in Iraq and Syria? Plus, did the suspension of Ray Rice from NFL football really require a videotape?

Banner Image: Homeless youth in San Francisco, CA; Credit: Sean Gloster

Producers:
Evan George
Katie Cooper
Claire Martin

Is Media Coverage Feeding a War Fever? 6 MIN, 30 SEC

President Obama will address the nation tomorrow night to explain his new strategy for dealing with the Islamic State. Today’s Washington Post finds a big increase in public support for airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, but confidence in the President has not increased. Greg Mitchell was the longtime editor of Editor and Publisher magazine, which covers the newspaper industry. He’s now a blogger and author of books including So Wrong for So Long: How the Press, the Pundits—and the President—Failed on Iraq.

Guests:
Greg Mitchell, The Nation (@GregMitch)

SO WRONG FOR SO LONG

Greg Mitchell

The Rising Number of Homeless Gay Teens 35 MIN, 24 SEC

The Pew Research Center, a polling firm, reports that 92% of adults who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender say society has become more accepting of them in the past 10 years. But for some young people that’s just not true. Last month, when 20-year old Daniel Pierce talked to his family about being gay, he recorded the encounter on his cellphone. Daniel Pierce’s tape struck a chord with a lot of people. More than $100,000 in donations poured in to help him survive without the support of his family. That happened just after this month’s Rolling Stone magazine published a lengthy account titled, “The Forsaken: A Rising Number of Homeless Gay Teens are being Cast Out by Religious Families.”

Guests:
Alex Morris, Rolling Stone (@AlexMorrisNY)
Carl Siciliano, Ali Forney Center (@AliForneyCenter)
Wendy Montgomery, Mormon parent
Caitlin Ryan, San Francisco State University's Family Acceptance Project

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Family Acceptance Project
Ali Forney Center

Ray Rice Domestic Violence Video and NFL’s Delayed Response 8 MIN, 10 SEC

An elevator surveillance tape has now gone viral, and Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been “suspended indefinitely” from professional football. But the details of his brutal attack on the woman he later married were reported in detail seven months ago. What took so long? And what’s next for other cases of domestic violence in the NFL? Juliet Macur is sports columnist for the New York Times.

Guests:
Juliet Macur, New York Times (@JulietMacur)

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