Rob Watson

Rob Watson is Director of Partners and Alliances Communication for Hitachi Data Systems and blogs on evoL = . He has served as the president of the board of directors for Santa Cruz AIDS project and is a dedicated activist for the LGBT community. He was a foster care parent and became the adoptive parent of his two sons. They reside in Northern California.

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A gay dad sounds off on the Kansas teacher who’s getting fired for fighting homophobia

Scene from "Love Is All You Need"
Tom Leahy made a bad call when addressing the bullying he saw in his eighth grade class. Here, Rob Watson writes a letter explaining why he shouldn't lose his job. ...

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A gay dad sounds off on the “purity” parents who want to keep LGBT info out of sex ed

Deanna Rabuck
Deanna Rabuck is worried about the “purity” of her daughters, which she fears will be tainted if LGBTQ issues are taught in school. ...

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A gay dad’s open letter to the Kentucky county clerk who won’t do her job

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis
"At every turn, Kim Davis violates the principles of responsibility and citizenship I'm trying to teach my children. I decided to write her a letter." ...

A gay dad’s open letter to the antigay Christian billboard couple

“This billboard is funded 100% by your generous donations,” the Odgaards typed into the Facebook page of their new tax-exempt charity, God’s Original Design Ministry.
The Odgaards are at it again, and this time they're trying to shame gay people with 1,000 antigay billboards. Rob Watson decided to write them a letter. ...

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How this mom reacts to homophobic vandalism is amazing

This is what Miranda DeLong found painted on her garage door when she came home late at night.
Their garage was sprayed with heinous graffiti. But their solution was ingenious. ...

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Meet the filmmaker who wants to save little kids who feel “different”

“Ryland [pictured] is very happy to be part of this project," says filmmaker Sarah Feeley. "He wants the world to know that it's okay that he has cochlear implants and that he’s transgender."
Sarah Feeley's touching short film focuses on a six-year-old named Ryland. From birth, Ryland had two pieces of information to impart upon his parents: The first was that he's deaf. The second was, despite displaying female characteristics, he's a boy. ...

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A gay dad sounds off on Christians debating whether to attend a friend’s same-sex wedding

Catrina Burks is assisted up the steps in Bronson Park before Rev. Nathan Dannison unites her and her wife Marashette Burks in marriage in Kalamazoo, Mich. on Friday, June 26, 2015.
On the Friday of the Supreme Court marriage equality ruling, the news hit like a rainbow colored Tsunami. That day, for me, and many LGBT people I know, was a awash with shock, awe and wonderment. Everything was coming up ...

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A gay dad sounds off on the terror threatening to be unleashed on California families

Anti-gay rights demonstrators outside San Francisco City Hall in 2008.
It's time to take the lunatics seriously. Months ago, it was announced that a crackpot lawyer in California had paid a $200 filing fee to propose the “Sodomite Suppression Act." The proposition, if codified, would make it legal to massacre ...

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A gay dad’s letter to the Australian couple who threaten divorce if marriage equality is realized

Sarah and Nick Jensen
Something one learns as a parent is that children are often not rational in their behavior. When something happens that is not to their liking, they strike out in a variety of fashions, many of which do not line up ...

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A gay dad’s letter to Michelle Duggar

Michelle Duggar
The Duggars were not just a benign family in which a horrific situation unfolded. They were advocates and proponents, not just of their own “lifestyle”, but in attacking various personas within the LGBT community umbrella, my family being one such ...

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