Gay former pro-hockey player Brock McGillis: ‘You can play sport and be gay’

Gay former pro-hockey player Brock McGillis: 'You can play sport and be gay'

Get your Sparkle on to celebrate gender identity this weekend This is the lineup at UK Black Pride 2018 Brock McGillis. | Photo: Instagram Former pro-hockey player Brock McGillis wants hockey players to know that it’s okay to come out and be gay.

McGillis played in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), as well as professionally in the States and Europe. This was about 10 years ago.

When he was playing, he said his career suffered because he wasn’t out and it took a toll on him ’emotionally and physically’. So much so that he wouldn’t wish it on his worst enemy.

‘It was a nightmare,’ he said in an interview with Edmonton News . ‘I was constantly depressed [and] I was suicidal.’ Incredibly moving speech by @brock_mcgillis – “We’re all weirdos, and that’s beautiful” @thehockeyconf #HockeyConf2018 pic.twitter.com/rxIPDUWln4 — Alexandra Mountain (@ajrmountain) 6 July 2018 So he knew something had to change. He started dating men, but he didn’t tell anyone about it.

When he finally got the courage to come and embrace his true self, his confidence came back.

Since then, Brock McGillis spends his time being an advocate for change and wants hockey to be more inclusive. Hockey becomes more inclusive

Canadian hockey player Jessica Platt plays for Toronto Furies and came out as transgender earlier this year.

In an Instagram post, she said: ‘After a lot of thought I would like to announce that I am transgender.

‘I am fortunate enough to be able to live my life as who I am meant to be as well as follow my passion and play the game I love.

‘With the support of my family, friends, the CHWL and the Toronto Furies I am able to live my dream while being true to myself. I hope that others will be as fortunate as I am, now and in the future.

‘I want people to know you don’t have to quit pursuing your dreams to be the person you were meant to be,’ she said.

Just a few months ago, Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson – who play leading gay characters – visited an ice hockey match at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

They had the honor of dropping the puck at the beginning of the match.

H/T: Edmonton News

Updated regulation in Delaware schools would bar students from self-identifying their gender without parental permission

Updated regulation in Delaware schools would bar students from self-identifying their gender without parental permission

Get your Sparkle on to celebrate gender identity this weekend This is the lineup at UK Black Pride 2018 Bear alert: Bear Week Provincetown starts now and is going to be amazing Schools in Delaware may be reversing protections for transgender students. Photo by Lorie Shaull Delaware is reversing a 2017 regulation that would allow students to self-identify their gender and race at school. The Regulation

Known as Regulation 225, these protections were backed by both educators and LGBTI activists.

‘We have a diverse population of students inside of each public school in Delaware,’ said Delaware State Education Association (DSEA) president Mike Matthews.

‘We need to make sure that all students feel safe, secure and supported when they enter the doors to their school. I’m proud of this organization for supporting Regulation 225, which will help protect students against discrimination in our schools no matter their race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity or sexual orientation.’ The Reversal

Now, Democratic lawmakers in the state have apparently given into the Republicans’ criticism of the bill. So while the state’s Republicans are celebrating this regulating being overturned, many are concerned about how it will affect the wellbeing of transgender students.

‘Under the revised, so-called school anti-discrimination regulation, students who are transgender will not be treated consistent with their core identity or accommodated in any way unless the school requests permission from a parent or guardian,’ the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Delaware said in a statement.

On the other hand, a Facebook group opposed to the regulation, United Opposition to DE Regulation 225 , is celebrating.

‘This is a victory,’ members of the group wrote. ‘The regulation is useless now.’

Those opposed to the regulation allegedly take issue with the ‘trans agenda’ and the idea that a child will be ‘keeping secrets’ from parents (who may not be supportive). Protecting trans students in Delaware

‘Transgender students are already at risk of violence in schools and family rejection,’ Delaware ACLU director Kathleen MacRae said in the statement released by the organization.

‘This proposed regulation increases the odds that both of these negative impacts will harm more Delaware youth. Students should not be forced to choose between abuse at home or basic dignity at school—such as being called by appropriate gender pronouns or being able to use facilities that match who they are—simply because of widespread ignorance about and bigotry against transgender people.’

MacRae called on Delaware Governor John Carney to fix this regulation before it becomes finalized.

‘Regulation 225 is not yet final,’ MacRae wrote. ‘The ACLU of Delaware encourages Delawareans to tell Governor Carney that he cannot run from this issue. He must either stand up for these vulnerable students or abandon them. It is his choice.’

No, this isn’t a real Pride flag—it represents pedophiles

No, this isn't a real Pride flag—it represents pedophiles

Get your Sparkle on to celebrate gender identity this weekend This is the lineup at UK Black Pride 2018 Bear alert: Bear Week Provincetown starts now and is going to be amazing A fake Pride flag used by pedophile groups like MAPs Groups of pedophiles are attempting to be part of the LGBTI community.

A group known as MAPs (or Minor Attracted Persons, not to be confused with the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies ) has been circulating its own version of the Pride flag. Another term for ‘pedophile’

MAPs attempts to soften the idea of pedophilia by insisting it’s not wrong if there is no contact.

‘”John” was suicidal. He had been bullied by trolls on social media for most of his life for being different. The bullies were primarily people who claimed, based on their religious beliefs, that “John” was going to hell and deserved to die. They described how they would kill him on his twitter page and people supported their hate. Desperate for help, John sought treatment for his shame, depression, and suicidality. Although he was scared to share about himself with a stranger, he felt desperate for help as he had NO desire to harm anyone, ever. Once he shared about his attraction to children, his therapist told him, “I don’t treat sex offenders,”’ a passage on The Prevention Project about MAPs reads.

‘First, let’s be clear. “John” is not a child molester nor is he a sex offender. He has an attraction to children. He is also fervent about helping prevent child sexual abuse by speaking out against it and by showing his support of global child sexual abuse prevention programs on his social media. “John” deserves support as do others who have a minor attraction. After all, isolation and depression are known to increase one’s risk of doing something they might regret.
By the way, we have talked to “Janes” who are women who identify as anti-contact, non-offending pedophiles and like “John”, they have no desire to sexually harm children.’

Considering the long-standing trope that LGBTI people are rapists and/or child molesters, the fact those who actually have attraction to children are attempting to co-opt LGBTI spaces is disturbing. Social media reactions

Many on social media are warning LGBTI people and allies to be wary of the MAPs flag during Pride season. Additionally, many also called out the problematic nature of using a term like ‘minor attracted persons’ to normalize pedophilia. PSA TO MINORS: IF YOU SEE THIS “””PRIDE””” FLAG ANYWHERE BE WARNED
this flag is for MAPs, which stands for minor attracted person(s)
THIS IS A FLAG FOR PEDOPHILES pic.twitter.com/agx2ryySqx — Fish! (@COMMUNIST_FISH) June 28, 2018 Anyway folks both of these flags are for MAPS aka pedophiles.
The first one is the lesbian flag and lemme just say lesbians you deserve so much better.
Watch out for these PEDOPHILE FLAGS pic.twitter.com/lvo2l53kIG — A mistake (@putstheheinhomo) June 30, 2018 A “MAP” is a “Minor Attracted Person.” Basically a pedophile. They go by lots of terms, like NOMAP and SOMAP and stuff like that, saying if they’re “non offending” or they ask for consent from the child, that it’s okay. They say “don’t use pedophile as an umbrella term” — Angel Star (@nastymusicpig) July 1, 2018 MAPs are not a thing.
“minor attracted person” ???? miss me with that bullshit, pedophilia is pedophilia. they are pedophiles. call them what they are. don’t use their destigmatized version of the word. pedophile. — # (@RidersOvRohan) July 1, 2018 i do not trust people who call pedophiles MAPs — Tempo (@TempoFunktron) July 2, 2018 Idk where this MAP culture on tumblr started but it needs to stop wtf Pedophile is not a sexuality stop admitting being proud to having sex with minors you are literally disgusting? ??? — hit it fergie (@cherryisaghost) July 1, 2018 MAPs are pedophiles
MAPs are pedophiles — Spencer Nguyen (@just_raito) July 7, 2018 This stupid fucking “Map” shit is pissing me off. It’s just a bunch of pedophiles trying to make people think there not bad uwu and pulling in people with pocd instead of encouraging people to go to therapy for intrusive thoughts and just honestly fuck you — [alarmed beeping] (@Vafertor) July 7, 2018 Can we stop sugar coating pedophiles by giving them acronyms like MAP (minor attracted person)
Pedophiles are pedophiles and should be called and treated as such
Yall wild asf for that one — sarahlouwho (@Sensationalsfx) July 7, 2018 If you’re a “MAP” (see: pedophile) stay the fuck away from me thanks — forest frog (@sulfidi) July 7, 2018 opinions that shouldnt be considered radical: – pedophiles are disgusting.
– sexualizing minors is disgusting.
– “maps” a.k.a. pedophiles will never be part of lgbtqia+ community as pedophilia is a paraphilia, not a sexual orientation anyway thanks for coming to my tedtalk — do sviDANYA (@lunaticsalt) July 5, 2018 Unless MAP stands for “murdering all pedophiles”, stop fucking calling them that. — things alex lost in the fire (@tellytings) July 2, 2018 maps are pedophiles. map is just another term for pedophile. they are pedophiles. do not be distracted by the term, they are pedophiles. call them pedophiles. — sunshine (@pussyxvulture) July 2, 2018 Offline and in the real world

This isn’t just happening online, either. A photo of drag kid Desmond Napoles was recently used on a flyer in Oregon, promoting a fake Pride event for pedophiles. The posters were allegedly distributed by a group called the National Association of Man-Boy Love (NAMBLA).

When Napoles and his family learned about his picture being featured on the flyer, they took to Instagram to urge people in Oregon to ‘tear them down immediately.’ THIS IS DISGUSTING! . I am offended, angry, and yes, hurt. If you see these signs, please tear them down immediately. . . . Hi! I’m Desmond from NYC. I’m a drag kid, dragutante, draganista and a total drag slayer. . I’m the youngest member of the iconic voguing House of UltraOmni and the founder of the first ever drag house for drag kids, the @hausofamazing. . I’m an awarded LGBTQ+ advocate. My motto is “Be Yourself, Always” . . My looks are androgynous and my style is ‘avant drag’. I’m inspired by RuPaul, the Club Kids, the Blitz Kids, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Marsha P. Johnson, Dragula, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, and Comme Des Garçons. . A big thank you to my fans, the Amazies. . . . #noh8 . #altdrag #androgynous #avantdrag #babydrag #boysinmakeup #brooklyndrag #clubkid #clubkids #drag #draganista #dragart #dragartist #dragkid #dragkids #draglife #dragmodel #dragpunk #dragqueen #dragqueer #dragslayer #dragsuperstar #dragutante #nycdrag #queerartist – #desmondisamazing #beyourselfalways #amazies #hausofamazing – #houseofultraomni – booking: @pegmgmt A post shared by Desmond is Amazing (@desmondisamazing) on Jun 19, 2018 at 6:34pm PDT

Kerala announces a quota for transgender students in universities

Kerala announces a quota for transgender students in universities

Get your Sparkle on to celebrate gender identity this weekend Pride 2016 in Kerala Kerala, a state in South India, has recently announced their new requirements for colleges and universities—the allotment of two additional seats reserved for transgender students. The announcement

Following a recommendation by the social justice department, this order was issued by the government’s department of higher education.

‘Social Justice Department has recommended and forwarded the request for issuing special order for reserving seats for Transgender Students for various courses in Universities and affiliated Arts and Science Colleges,’ the government order reads.

‘In the above circumstances, Government are pleased [to] sanction two additional seats in all courses in Universities and affiliated Arts and Science Colleges exclusively for admitting transgender students subject to the fulfillment of qualification,’ the Department of Higher Education stated.

‘The government is pleased to sanction two additional seats in all courses in Universities and affiliated Arts and Science colleges exclusively for admitting transgender students subject to fulfillment of qualification,’ Secretary MG Ranjith Kumar said in a statement.

This order has been issued to the presidents and registrars offices of multiple state universities including Kerala, Mahathma Gandhi, CUSAT, Calicut, Kannur, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, and Thunchathezhuthchan Malayalam Universities. Trans people from Kerala react

Transgender people in Kerala welcomed this new order.

‘Higher Education Department of Kerala issues a GO (government order) asking all Higher Educational Institutions in the state to reserve two seats, for all courses across colleges and Universities, for Transgender Students. A few transgender students, who had applied for various courses in Ernakulam Maharajas College, couldn’t get through the merit based admission process. They then approached the state Social Justice Department, which along with other departments initiated this major step towards inclusive education,’ an LGBTI group in Kerala wrote on Facebook. ‘This will empower transgender students to conquer many heights. Often they are forced to discontinue their studies midway. It will also help them be open about their identity and rub shoulders with everyone,’ trans activist Raga Ranjini told The Hindustan Times. Anything else?

Last month, the Kerala State Literacy Mission Authority (KSLMA) launched a new program that provides scholarship money and housing for trans students.

A survey conducted by KSLMA found that about 50% of trans people in the region live on a monthly income of 1,000 Rupees [$14.54; £10.94; €12.37] or less.

Indiana church booted from building after posting anti-LGBT sign

Indiana church booted from building after posting anti-LGBT sign

© NewsChannel15 An Indiana church has been kicked out of its building after posting a sign that said “LGBTQ is a hate crime.”

A member of Remnant Fellowship Church in Auburn confirmed to ABC-affiliate WPTA21 that they had been forced out, following reports that the church appeared to have vacated the building.

The church placed the signed, reading, “LGBTQ is a hate crime against God. Repent,” outside the church late last month, sparking backlash.

The church member declined to comment to WPTA on whether they had plans to relocate. The church also appears to have deleted its Facebook page, where it previously defended the sign.

A pastor told WPTA that the church placed the sign in an effort to “reach young people and steer them away from a lifestyle they believe is harmful to them.”

Sadiq Khan says London LGBT+ community will help fight worldwide rights risk

Sadiq Khan says London LGBT+ community will help fight worldwide rights risk

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said London’s LGBT+ community are key to what makes the city a global leader on rights and that we must not be complacent, facing a risk around the world of those rights being denied or even reversed.

Speaking to PinkNews, the Mayor said that he was attending Pride to “Celebrate the best of humanity, the best of London but also the massive contribution the LGBT+ community makes to our city. Economically, socially, culturally – we cannot be complacent.

“It is still the case in 2018 that our fellow Londoners are suffering discrimination, persecution, some hate crimes simply for being who they are and that cannot be right.

“So as the Mayor of London it’s important that I’m here as an ally, to show my solidarity but also to send a message around the world that one of the reasons we are the greatest city in the world is that we don’t simply tolerate the LGBT+ community, we embrace it, we respect it and we celebrate it.” (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Pride In London) Khan acknowledged that there is a genuine risk, even in the UK and London, that LGBT+ rights could not only slow in progress but even begin to be reversed. He echoed a call voiced by Diane Abbott for London and the UK to do more for LGBT+ people seeking asylum.

He said “One of the wonderful things about the last few decades is the progress that we’ve made in our city and in our country. We mustn’t be complacent, though.

“In the past we’ve discussed how we can speed up progress but now I’m really concerned it could go backwards, not just in London but around the country.

“And one of the things that makes me worry about that is what I’m seeing around the world. We’re seeing the persecution of people because of who they are, because of who they love around the world – suffering real danger to themselves, their families or who they love.

“We’ve got to be a beacon for the rest of the world but we’ve also got to provide a helping hand.” (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Pride In London) He continued “We can’t be selfish and say ‘you know what, things aren’t bad here so we’re just going to keep what we’ve got and forget about the rest of the world. We can show the world how we did it, we can lead by example – not in an arrogant way but by saying ‘you know what, this is how we did it.’

We know that when London speaks, the world listens. The world watches. And we’ve got a big advocacy role to play, as well, in making sure that we promote LGBT+ rights.”

Khan finished by acknowledging the role the LGBT+ community has played in promoting all areas of human rights –

“And you know what, the LGBT+ community should be so proud – they’ve played a big role in promoting LGBT+ rights, they’ve played a big role in promoting rights in relation to race, in relation to gender, in relation to religious belief, in relation to age, in relation to disability. You have shown that it’s important to make sure there’s equality full stop.”

Khan was supposed to lead the Pride in London parade, with NHS staff to celebrate 70 years of national healthcare. However, the parade was allowed to be hijacked by anti-trans protestors which Pride in London attributed to hot weather.

London Pride: 20 photos of LGBT+ celebration no one can stand in front of

London Pride: 20 photos of LGBT+ celebration no one can stand in front of

Pride in London this year has been fraught, after an anti-trans group hijacked – and were seemingly allowed to lead – the parade. But thousands of attendees celebrated being LGBT+ and that pride sticks harder than glitter on soft furnishings. Here’s some of our favourite photos.

1. It’s about having multifaceted identities (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Pride In London) 2. and Pride is about being seen exactly how you want to be (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Pride In London) 3. And it’s always about being proud (Photo by Mark Milan/Getty Images for Barefoot Wine ) 4. And loud No compatible source was found for this media. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Pride In London) 5. And educating (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Pride In London) 6. And saving lives (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Pride In London) 7. And fighting for that (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Pride In London) 8. And loving who you love (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Pride In London) 9. And loving who you are (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Pride In London) 10. And celebrating those who went before (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Pride In London) 11. And including the next generation (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Pride In London) 12. And dressing every way you can express your identity (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Pride In London) 13. And sometimes that’s football (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Pride In London) 14. Whether you’ve care about it for the past 62 years or not (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Pride In London) 15. And being witty (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Pride In London) 16. And gorgeous (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Pride In London) 17. And coming out together (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Pride In London) 18. in all the colours of the LGBT+ rainbow (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Pride In London) 19. Even if you’ve not come out before (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Pride In London) 20. And it’s a celebration of everyone whose existence is defiance and it’s yours as much as you are (Photo by Mark Milan/Getty Images for Barefoot Wine )

Police investigate after cow seen in back of a car on M4 near Briton Ferry

Police investigate after cow seen in back of a car on M4 near Briton Ferry

Pictures appearing to show a cow in the back of a car have been seen by thousands on Facebook Police have launched an investigation after reports a cow was seen in the back of a car on a motorway.

Motorists were stunned after apparently seeing the large animal in the light blue 04 reg Volkswagen Passat on Friday evening.

South Wales Police said officers were looking into whether any road traffic or animal welfare offences had occurred.

The RSPCA said it was "extremely concerned" about the images. Man on horse tries McDonald’s drive-thru

Too much cheese lands driver in pickle

Tree-transporting L-driver in trouble

Photographs being shared on social media appear to show a small or young cow taking up most of the back window of the estate car. The image was posted on Facebook on Friday evening One image shows the car going past junction 42 of the eastbound carriageway.

It is not known why the animal was in the back of the car.

An RSPCA spokeswoman said: "This is a completely unacceptable way to transport a large, farm animal.

"This represents an animal welfare concern but also a risk to the safety of the driver and other road users.

"We would strongly urge people never to transport an animal like this."

Penalties for overloading a car include fines of up to £300 as well as three penalty points.

The AA said overloading vehicles can put strain on the tyres and affect the handling and the braking – which also affects stopping distances.

London Pride parade: 30,000 march as huge crowds line route

London Pride parade: 30,000 march as huge crowds line route

Hundreds of thousands of people have lined the streets of central London for the city’s annual LGBT Pride celebration.

About 30,000 people from almost 500 LGBT groups are taking part in the parade, watched by spectators on the parade route from Regent Street to Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square.

The parade was officially opened on Saturday by the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan , and the women and equalities minister, Penny Mourdant, who also participated in the event.

A further 20,000 people applied to march in the parade but were not permitted to do so after organisers capped the total at 30,000 in a decision that the march co-founder and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell said amounted to “anti-LGBT+ discrimination” . Sadiq Khan and Penny Mourdant (left) open the Pride In London parade on Saturday. Photograph: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images London Pride, which organises the event, said allowing everyone who wanted to march to do so was “not practical at present” and that if it did so the parade could take nine hours.

Groups taking part in the parade include Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre; Xtend, a support group for gay parents; and Educate & Celebrate, which aims to make schools LGBT-friendly places.

To mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS this year, groups representing various parts of the health service are playing a prominent part in the parade.

Alison Camps, co-chair of Pride in London, said: “The NHS is more important to the LGBT community than ever. It’s their 70th anniversary so we wanted to say happy birthday and acknowledge the amazing work they do.”

The start of the event was overshadowed by a protest by a small group of lesbian anti-trans activists, some carrying signs with slogans such as “transactivists erase lesbians”.

The decision to allow the protesters to remain in the parade has been criticised by some.

A Pride in London spokesperson said: “Given the hot weather and in the interest of the safety for everyone attending today’s event, the parade group was allowed to move ahead. We do not condone their approach and message and hope the actions of a very small number of people does not overshadow the messages of the 30,000 people marching today.”

As well as floats from corporate sponsors including Barclays, Virgin Atlantic and Metro Bank, political parties are also participating. Pride in London (@PrideInLondon) LGBT Labour is a campaigning organisation, campaigning for LGBT+ rights both inside and outside of the Labour Party, including contributing to our Party’s manifesto and assuring the Labour Party overall remains committed to supporting our community. We support LGBT candidates pic.twitter.com/SmIzefKZoX July 7, 2018 The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, said his party stood by those fighting injustice and intolerance in a tweet on Saturday. Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) To everyone celebrating #Pride today, and everyone fighting back against injustice and intolerance, the Labour Party stands with you. #PrideInLondon #PrideMatters pic.twitter.com/8R16n8pD5o July 7, 2018 Christopher Wylie, the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower, tweeted: Christopher Wylie 🏳️🌈 (@chrisinsilico) Happy #Pride ❤️✨ Remember that Pride began as a protest and we still have a lot more work to achieve full inclusion, including within our own community. Real equality is not just legal rights, it’s how we treat people each day. Keep supporting each other! #PrideInLondon pic.twitter.com/2evm5H1wNE July 7, 2018 After the parade ends on Whitehall, performers including Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Alexandra Burke will entertain crowds in Trafalgar Square, while thousands are set to take to the streets of Soho for informal celebrations.

Thai cave rescue: Boys and parents send letters of love and reassurance

Thai cave rescue: Boys and parents send letters of love and reassurance

An exchange of letters between relatives and the 12 Thai boys and their coach who are trapped in a flooded cave has been released.

Below is a selection of some of the messages: the letters from inside the cave are on the light coloured paper, while the responses are on the darker paper (some of the exchanges have been annotated).

Letters from boys: Letters from Night and Note Letter from Mig Mig: Don’t worry about me, I miss everyone… The Navy Seals take care of me very well.

Love everyone.

Mark: Mum you’re at home, how are you? I’m fine. Can you tell my teacher. Letter from Nick Nick: Mum, Dad, Nick loves Mum and Dad and siblings. If I can get out, Mum, Dad please bring me mookatha (BBQ) to eat.

Nick loves Mum, Dad and siblings [drawing of a heart].

Pong: I love Dad and Mum. Don’t worry about me I’m safe.

Love you guys. Letter from Bew Bew: Don’t worry Mum, Dad. Bew disappeared for two weeks. Afterwards I will go to help Mum sell things at the shop. I will hurry to go there.

Tee: Don’t worry, I’m very happy. Dad, Mum, siblings, family. The author of this is not known The author of the letter above is not known but it has been translated as this: "What we want to say: The kids say don’t worry. We are all strong. When they come out they want to eat many things.

When they come out they want to go back home immediately. Teacher, don’t give us lots of homework!"

Relatives’ response: To Mark: Now Mum has come and is waiting for you in front of the cave. Miss you. Don’t feel neglected. (Mum Hom) loves Mark a lot. Take care.

To Night: Dad and Mum are still waiting to arrange your birthday party. Son, you must make your body strong. Mum knows that you can do it. Don’t think too much. Dad and Mum, including sister Nam, grandpa, grandma, and grandpa/ma. Oh and your relatives, everybody is always encouraging you.

Dad and Mum love you.

Dad Bun Mum O.

To Nick: Take care of yourself. Dad and Mum are waiting for you. Dad Beeh and Mum Nang and your younger sibling Bonus.

To Bew: Dad, Mum miss you son. Always love you. To Pong: Take good care of yourself and be strong, Dad and Mom and everyone are waiting for you and hope to get you back home safely. Thank you, coach, for taking good care of the 12 sons.

I want to tell the coach not to feel bad, all parents have to thank the coach for taking good care of our sons.

To Mig: Nobody should give up. We wait for you in front of the cave.

Grandpa Lek wishes good health to Mig. Don’t be afraid, no-one blames you.

Letters from boy and coach: Letters from Tan and coach Ekkapol Chantawong (known as Ake) Tan (nickname Titan): Mum and Dad don’t worry about me, I’m fine. Tell my brother to be ready to bring me fried chicken.

Love you.

Ake (coach): To all parents, now the kids are fine… And I promise I will take care of the kids as best as I can. Thank you for everyone’s that come to help. And I’m really sorry to the parents.

Ake: To my grandma, I’m ok, I’m fine. Don’t worry about me too much. And take care of yourself. Auntie, tell grandma to cook numpak (a vegetable dish) and pork skin for me. When I get out I will go to eat. Love you guys.

Relatives’ response: Letter to Titan To Titan: Titan, I am waiting for you in front of the cave. I love you son and miss you a lot. You should be patient and willing to fight and be strong. I am waiting for you outside. You can make it. I believe you can make it. I give you all my support. Love you loads. Your Dad misses you as well and he loves you very much. Love "

To Ake: I am waiting for you in front of the cave. Don’t think too much, my nephew. Take good care of yourself. Nobody blames you for anything. Auntie, granny and yr sister (brother). Auntie asks you to put up a fight.

Ake, this is Titan’s mom. Be strong. Love and care about your wellbeing as always. This big sis is also waiting for you in front of the cave. Please bring the kids out.

Letters from boys: Letter from Adoul Adoul: Now don’t worry about us already. I miss everyone. I really want to go back as fast as possible.

Dom: I’m fine. But the weather is a bit too cold. But don’t worry about me. But don’t forget to do my birthday party.

Relatives’ response: Letter to Adoul To Adoul: Mum and Dad want to see your face, son. Mum and Dad pray for you and your friends, so we can see each other soon. After you’re out from the cave, you should say thank you to everyone who’s come to help you…

And coach Ake, I really thank you for taking care of all the kids, and keeping them safe…