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  •  okay (none)
    I think it's heartless to reject your daughter for being a lesbian, of course, but it doesn't seem like that's what happened.  

    Maya wrote: A couple days ago I got my official two-week warning that I have to be out of this apartment; so finally for real I'm getting cut off.  I got no severance or anything like that from my sudden termination of employment (don't I have freedom of speech? the right to protest Bush without losing my job? Hehe... most people would think that working under a parent would be security but for me it's quite the opposite.)

    Nothing about being LGBT activist, even.  Just protesting Bush.  Why should Keyes put his adult daughter up in an apartment and pay her to protest the leader of his party?  

    •  It is because she's speaking at an LGBT rally (none)

       There is a link in the diary and this entry she wrote a while back

      http://www.xanga.com/item.aspx?user=Xmisled0youthX&tab=weblogs&uid=169219829

       though she also did protest Bush on the 20th

      •  There is no evidence (2.50)
        There is no evidence that the two events are linked.  Maybe daddy kicked Maya out because she's 19 and won't go to school or get a job.  

        There are plenty of things I wouldn't pay for my kids to do, and being republican activists would probably top the list, along with robbing banks and raping women.

        Frankly, I think this diary is a cheap shot.  

        •  Why does Tomato Obsever hate Maya Keyes? (none)
          For Christ's sake, did you even read the part where she was going to Brown? Where she had a job working for her father, despite their differences showing him the love and respect that he refused to return?

          Alan Keyes hates gays. Maya Keyes is gay. Maya Keyes agrees to speak at LGBT event. Alan fires Maya, kicks Maya out of her apartment. Nope, no connection there at all, he's just mad that his hardworking, honorable, college-bound daughter - wasn't working or going to college?

          Get a fucking clue, and get a fucking heart.

          I do not pray that God is on my side. I pray that I am on God's side. - Abraham Lincoln

          by Desroko on Fri Feb 04, 2005 at 09:44:34 PM PST

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          •  Don't jump to conclusions about me (none)
            When it comes to defending the rights of all people, I am as passionate as any parent who sees it as a fight for her childrens' lives could be.

            I'm just wondering what was the final straw in this particular case.   Maya didn't keep her orientation a secret, so I don't see that there's evidence there's a connection between that and his cutting her off. She certainly didn't connect those particular dots, did she?  I would think if it were the case, she would go ahead and say so.  

            Anyway, I won't say anymore.  I just thought it would be worthwhile to point out the lack of evidence.

        •  This post (none)
          did not deserve a troll rating in the least fucking bit.  Stop abusing ratings just for somebody stating something that you disagree with.

          Maya Keys has been out since before the election, and it wasnt because she was outted here.  She campaigned for her father, and his gay-bashing agenda by virtue of her working for his campaign, after she was already out.

          How in the world are you troll rating somebody for sticking to the facts?  She was kicked out of her house months after she was out.

          Alan is a slimeball hate-filled man who preys (or attempts to) on the hate-based fear of the far right but that doesnt excuse dishonesty in arguement on our part.

          He may have kicked her out for speaking at a LBGT event but he didnt kick her out becuase she came out or she woudl have been kicked out months and months ago.

          That troll rating is absurd.

          Orwell is spinning in his grave

          by tlh lib on Sat Feb 05, 2005 at 01:48:42 PM PST

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    •  I think the job is confusing things (none)
      Well, I think the issue is that plenty of parents support their children financially beyond the age of 18 even though they are under no obligation to do so. Was Maya's job the only way her family supported her financially? (If so, was it even her parents' money?) That's kind of a weird setup. It allows them to cut her off by "firing" her, instead of coming out and saying the ugly truth.

      If they also gave her money independently of that, then they have cut that off too. Plenty of 19 year olds get on without their parents' money, but in general they have had time to prepare for that, often with their parents' help. Being thrown in the deep end is a shock to the system. Still, 19 is 19 and one should be prepared to be independent at that age.

      •  I think that (none)
        once you commit to send your kid to college, and I say this as a parent with a kid in college, you have to hold up your end of the deal.

        Sure, Alan Keyes has the right to do anything he wants....

        but banishing his daughter gives the Gay and Lesbian community the perfect opportunity to adopt Maya, set up a scholarship fund, and give her the tools to be a productive adult.

        As a matter of fact, if some group, like the Human Rights Campaign which has the resources to raise enough money to let Maya finish at Brown

        this is an excellent way to shame Alan Keyes...

        plus counter propaganda in the African American Community about gay marriage, and show that family values are not the sole province of Right Wing Homophobes.

        •  I agree (none)
          once you commit to send your kid to college, and I say this as a parent with a kid in college, you have to hold up your end of the deal.

          That's a very reasonable attitude and in fact a very good way of putting it.

          As for the rest, absolutely.

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