**Re-blog of an older story that got deleted when my site crashed**
Episode 3 of the Tyger Leone: Straight, No Chaser podcast addresses the controversy surrounding American Idol finalist, La’Porsha Renae’s statement regarding the LGBT community.
During a media conference call, La’Porsha was asked about her home state’s [Mississippi] new House Bill 1523 “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act” -which is very anti-LGBT. This bill allows businesses the right to deny those in the LGBT community service, based off of their (business owners) religious beliefs.
La’Porsha is quoted as saying:
This is how I feel about the LGBT community: They are people just like us. They’re not animals as someone stated before. They’re people with feelings. Although all of us may not agree with that particular lifestyle for religious reasons, whatever the reason is, you still treat each other with respect. Everybody is a human being. We should be able to coexist with one another.
I am one of the people who don’t really agree with that lifestyle. I wasn’t brought up that way. It wasn’t how I was raised. But I do have a lot of friends and a lot of people that I love dearly who are gay and homosexual and they’re such sweet, nice people. We should just respect each other’s differences and opinions and move on.
After this statement was released, she took to Twitter to do some damage control, which as we know can dig people deeper into a hole.
— La'Porsha~Renae (@laporsharenae) April 9, 2016
Sadly, some of the “Renaetion” was not here for this -at all. A great portion of La’Porsha’s support came from the LGBT community, so for her to make the statements that she made, and calling LGBT a “Lifestyle”/”Life Choice”, didn’t sit well with them [understandably so].
This brings me back to today’s podcast. I am joined by my dear friends and members of the LGBT community; JaVonni Brustow -Founder of VM3 Media which houses PopGlitz.com, as well as Teonny Spears -Editor-in-Chief and Master Blogger at PopGlitz. They are two of my closest gay friends, and with my being a straight woman, I can’t speak 100% on what goes on in their daily lives, or why words like: “lifestyle” can cut so deep, so I thought it would be good to let them explain it to all of us.
Both of these guys have very different opinions on what’s seen as offensive, in the LGBT community, and what’s not. They also come from different political backgrounds and home environments. It made for an interesting conversation.
Enjoy the podcast below and share your thoughts on this important debate…
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