Dec 22, 2012

On Being a Gay Statistician



I just read this great article on Huffpost by Guy Branum, and it resonated strongly with my own feelings on this subject. You should definitely read the whole thing, but here is a bit of it:

I had no clue Silver was gay. He's got a nice, interchangeably Jewish name, which, in the context of politics and journalism, just seemed normal. Therefore, I assumed he was "normal" for that job in most other ways: mid-50s, white, heterosexual.

But he's not. He's 34 and gay, which is awesome. The "Out 100" has, for most of its history, been dominated by performers (most of whom came out well into their careers) and activists working to promote gay rights -- professional gays or folks in gay professons. So now, at long last, we have a dude who's doing something unrelated to homosexuality who killed it this year. Good for us, no?

Well, no, actually. "To my friends, I'm kind of sexually gay but ethnically straight," Silver says in the Out feature. He is also said to consider "gay conformity as perfidious as straight conformity."

[snip]

So why the refusal by many, gay and straight, to define gay men and women as a culture or subculture?

When I was 17, like a good, politically minded Jewish boy, I read Benjamin Netanyahu's book A Place Among the Nations. In it he explained that the Palestinians were not a people, just Jordanian tenant farmers with no distinct culture. I believed him. Then, a few years later, I was reading an article from Germany in the 19th century that explained that Yiddish wasn't a real language, just corrupted German, a jargon. I started to realize that denying the existence of a culture is a really great way of denying the needs of that culture. Yiddish isn't the language of a people, just bad German. Palestinians aren't a distinct culture, just some people who should move out of Israel. Gay bars and Grindr aren't the cultural tools of a people, just trashy behavior.

Keeping gays from identifying as a group is a great way of keeping us from supporting each other and our rights. But even the people who would deny our rights still acknowledge that we have shared culture. Any schoolyard bully or gender policing frat boy knows what a fag is. We have litanies of stereotypes for "fags" and "dykes," and they're just all kinda bad. So we want to define homosexuality as an act, define a culture associated with homosexuality, but insist upon the right of people committing homosexual acts to distance themselves from that culture.


The article may use Nate Silver as an example, but it addresses a much broader problem. I have encountered this many times. The assumption that "gay" is an identification and not identity, that it is a culture you could opt out of, instead of a minority you belong to. It is very clear to me that we are the most self-harming group of people in the history of mankind, because it is possible for us to "pass", to hide who we are, and we do it constantly because we are taught from birth that "gay" = "less than straight". The result? Teen suicides, identity issues going well into adulthood, and a slow progress of gay rights due to the fact that a good two thirds of our community are either in the closet, or ashamed of it and distancing themselves from it.

It has been our greatest weakness that we are able to escape who we are as a group. Black people can't pass, and neither can women or Hispanics. They are who they are, and because they can't be in a closet, they have had to face it, deal with it and grow strong in the process. Yet so many gays still treat homosexuality as something to be ashamed of and hide, try to escape any labeling if they can, and will be the first to denounce gay culture, as if it is a fixed thing that - once branded with it - changes everything about you. When the truth is we ARE gay culture. What we do is gay culture because we are gay. And if we want to not be defined by being gay, we should teach the world - and apparently ourselves - that gay can be anything we decide it to be.

Dec 13, 2012

Marriage Equality in Illinois Just a Few Weeks Away?



Illinois same-sex marriage advocates are pushing for a January vote.

After counting heads and consulting with legislative leaders, the chief sponsors of a bill to permit same-sex couples to get married in the state disclosed this morning that they intend to push for a vote in the General Assembly's lame-duck session, which will occur over two weeks just after New Year's.

And, in an indication of how big a campaign the pro side is launching, they've hired the firm founded by top presidential adviser David Axelrod to help them with media, organization and outreach to potential supporters, including corporate officials.

Make sure to read the full article. As an Illinois resident, I am pretty excited about this. We have the Governor behind us, and pushing for an early vote, as well as other state officials. Let's hope we don't drag this one to a state ballot...

The Pope Endorses Genocide



Because Sidious hasn't done enough to harm us (and Christianity all across the globe), he just effin BLESSED Uganda Parliament Speaker Rt.Hon. Rebecca Kadag, who last month promised to give Uganda the infamous Kill The Gays Bill as a "Christmas gift to Christians".

Since then the bill has supposedly been watered down to only "imprisonment for life", although details remain very murky to say the least. Which, of course, hasn't stopped hate groups from endorsing it, including one of its fathers, Scott Lively, who is currently being sued for crimes against humanity.

The Don't Kill The Gays But Imprison Them For Life And Possibly Still Kill Them Secretly Anyway bill is still pending...

Oh, and by the way:



Just saying.

Dec 7, 2012

Breaking: Supreme Court Will Grant Hearing to Prop 8 and DOMA


The Supreme Court finally stopped cock-teasing us and announced that it will grant hearing of both the Prop 8 and DOMA cases. While Prop 8 really didn't need a hearing (and hate groups are jumping gleefully, pointing this out and claiming it's a sign that SCOTUS will overturn the 9th Circuit's decision), I am definitely excited about DOMA, since they have picked the Windsor case - the one with high scrutiny that has a higher chance of being upheld by the Supreme Court. Personally, I am optimistic, and after ten consecutive courts declared that abomination as unconstitutional, I'm having a hard time imagining SCOTUS deciding otherwise, even with all the conservative doom and gloom that presides over it.

More on the subject:

AFER
Huffington Post: Gay Voices

Various Reactions

And The Actual Decision

Nov 24, 2012

Why You Simply Can't Vote GOP. Ever. Period.




This is a video from a while back, talking about Romney in particular, but I figure it gives a very good explanation why nobody in today's GOP should ever be voted for, no matter how "normal" they appear. Do I believe there are no decent people in that giant party? Hell no. In fact, I imagine there are still more decent people than the Horde of Crazy. But does it matter really? When the crazies are so powerful within the party structure that you simply HAVE to fall in line, or your career is dead? And the higher you go in the food chain, the more obvious this becomes. Forcing pledges on people, supporting presentation of fairy tales and facts on equal terms in schools, being anti-everyone non-white or male... This is not a party that can sustain a thinking voting pool. And if it wants the moderate, independents voter back, it needs to show him that it doesn't need the crazy religious nutjobs, that they do not define the policies the party promotes.

Because what good is a moderate Republican, if he is a tiny island of sane in a sea of crazy that his election into whatever office he occupies opened the door for?

Nov 19, 2012

Wedding Trade Expects Boost From Gay-Marriage Laws






To nobody's surprise, ABC News has this here article about the business boost expected from gay marriage being legalized in the states of Maine, Maryland and Washington. Here's some of it:

Nearly 18,000 same-sex couples in those states will exchange vows in the first three years after the new laws are in effect, estimated The Williams Institute, a national think tank at the UCLA School of Law, and the laws should generate at least $166 million in wedding spending in the three states over the next three years from in-state couples alone, boosting tax revenues and creating new jobs.
Wedding-related spending for in-state couples is projected be about $16 million in Maine, $63 million in Maryland and $89 million in Washington.

The numbers go up when figuring in out-of-staters who travel to those states to be wed. In Maine, for instance, the new law could boost the state economy by $25 million and create up to 250 new jobs in the coming three years, said Lee Badgett, research director at the Williams Institute and an economics professor at the University of Massachusetts.

Make sure to read the whole article. This is another blow in the face of hate groups whose rhetoric often includes how harmful gay marriage is for small businesses.

Nov 8, 2012

"Every Time People Have Voted on Gay Marriage, They Have Voted Against It... Update: Never Mind!"



Nobody can deny that marriage equality won on Tuesday, or that it won in a dramatic reversal of the trend. The biggest argument hate groups have used - that it's all the workings of us evil homofascist, helped by "activist judges and politicians", and that when the people have a say, they reject it - was not just tentatively dented, it was crashed, killed and destroyed in an across the board landslide that left no room for doubt and no way to call it a fluke - in FOUR states people were asked to stand with marriage equality or against it, and in ALL FOUR they chose to stand on the side of justice and human dignity. It is a resounding defeat of bigotry that has already changed the marriage discourse forever, and will have serious implications in future fights.

Meanwhile, hate groups, GOP nut jobs and self-appointed Christian Neanderthal moralists all across America are - as Joe hilariously puts it - "having the sadz", and whining their precious hearts out. They were outspent, the poor dears, after pouring millions into pointless hatred. The Four were "deeply liberal". It was an "uphill battle". Gotta love a language change and role reversal. All in all, this is what Tony Perkins, Maggie Galaghar, Brian Brown and the ever so magically quaffed Kalley Yanta have to say about what happened on November 6:




Yes, I feel not a shred of graciousness in myself right now. Victory tastes good!

A Dramatic Win For Justice, Vision And Equality



Two months ago I made the decision to stop blogging until the 2012 Election was done. Too much information, too much static, too many barbs thrown in all directions. Now that the craze is over though, and I've come down from the full body orgasm high from Tuesday, I can resume programming.

WE WON!

All across the board we won. Our President, out senators, our rights won in a way that not even I expected. The American people said a resounding NO to fear mongering, religious bigotry and the unquestioned superiority of rich white males.

I could gush all over our victories (and i will in another post about our Four Out of Four historic triumph), but instead, I'll just leave you with this here video in which the love of my life Rachel Maddow summarizes all that went well on Nov. 6. Enjoy.


Sep 8, 2012

Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom"




I don't normally review entertainment on this blog, but I think this show more than merits the attention. I hurry to disclaim the hell out of this review by saying that other than The Social Network, I'd had no previous experience with Sorkin's writing prior to watching the first season of The Newsroom, so I will not be comparing it to his previous works.

The show focuses on a news team in the made up ACN network, led by superstar anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels). After years of hiding in his comfortable job and ignoring the low level of political discourse in the country and the ignorance of his viewers, Will finally reaches meltdown point at a lecture in Northwestern University, and unleashes a scathing speech that resounds throughout the media. That's when his idealistic boss Charlie Skinner (Sam Waterson) sees an opportunity and brings in a new producer - the talented Mackenzie MacHale (Emily Mortimer) who has had a tumultuous relationship with Will in the past. Together, they turn "News Night" into a critical engine, devoted to informing, educating and revealing the truth no matter the cost.

The plot of The Newsroom is fairly simple, and the character interactions are there more as decoration than the point of the story. A lot of their relationships have a goofy, comical vibe, even in the serious moments, and it is easy to see that Sorkin's goal has been to expose the degradation of the news in the US by showing us an idealized version of what they could be. Will McAvoy is a former prosecutor, borderline genius, and a man with unflinching integrity in the face of falsehoods who stops at nothing to expose them. His entire team is devoted to finding the truth, reporting it first, and reporting it in the best possible way

There are two things that make The Newsroom so compelling. One, Sorkin's trademark "on crack" dialogues. People talk a lot, talk fast, all over each other, and it's dynamic to the point of vertigo. It tip-toes on the edge of becoming just blabbering and talking for the sake of talking, but mostly it stays clear of it. What it does though, is create an environment that feels so alive and active that you have no choice but to believe that those people will report the news to you seconds after they happen.

The second part - and by far the strongest element of the show - is the subject matter. The story takes place between early 2010 and August 2011. Which means that it deals with social and political events that are as up to date as you can be without dramatizing the world in real time - from the oil spill in the Mexico gulf to Osama's assassination. A huge chunk of the show is devoted to unmasking and debunking the lies of the Tea Party and the absurd level of incompetence and lack of political understanding that its members exhibit. However, The Newsroom is not some "liberal" propaganda. Will is portrayed as a proud Republican who cannot stand that his party has been hijacked by fanatics with neither knowledge, nor respect of the political process, and Sorkin is careful to make the distinction between "Republican" and "Tea Party" (as well as steering clear of Mitt Romney who gets only one little barb in the last episode).

I used the word "dramatizing" in the previous paragraph, and I think I will do it again. Because this is what makes The Newsroom the amazing experience that it is. The fact that if you see what's wrong with the politics in this country, and can't stand how no source of information is untainted by partisanship, you have the chance of experiencing the news in a dramatized form, with characters reporting the truth in the way that you would want them to in real life, yet ones who aren't just reporters, but also people you get attached to as the season goes. The perfect blend of the pros of both fiction and non-fiction, with barely any of the cons (with the possible exception of some soapy drama occurring here and there). The Newsroom has the potential to be an eye-opener in the real world, and I am extremely excited about Season 2, which will air next year.

Sep 5, 2012

Prop 8 And DOMA Cases Distributed For the Supreme Court September 24 Review

So says Prop 8 Trial Tracker. The review will decide whether the cases would be taken up, left for a next review session or denied. In case you need an update, we are hoping for Prop 8 to be left alone, as that would make the 9th Circuit's decision final. However, Section 3 of DOMA needs to go, and it is highly unlikely that SCOTUS will pass the case. Fingers cross. The endgame is coming!

Aug 16, 2012

After FRC Shooting, Brian Brown Calls for "Civility"



After a man shot a security guard at the Family Research Council's headquarters in DC yesterday, now the hate groups are having a field day piously condemning gays for being the rabid dogs they've always claimed we were (never mind that the shooter has yet to be identified as gay). Now Brian Brown from NOM calls for "civility". Lucky for us though, not everyone is a moron and the CNN host actually confronts Brown on his hypocrisy.

Jul 25, 2012

Bran Brown Talks About Chick-fil-A: Help! They're Being Oppressed!



I am literally stunned into silence by this. Hypocrisy on a cosmic level: when we're boycotting Starbucks, Home Depot or JC Penny, it's "standing up for marriage", but when people do it to your side, it's "hateful gays bullying us". Really?

REALLY?!

Not to mention the flabbergasting temerity of saying that Dan Kathy's family is being "persecuted simply for their personal beliefs". Because nothing says "personal" quite as well as $2 000 000 donated to hate groups.

I just hope it's just Brown being evil, and not outright demented and not seeing the gigantic absurdity of what he's saying.

Jul 24, 2012

Minnesota Hate #29: We Should Prevent Children From Learning About Gay People!



Is it me, or are they getting more and more vague and tired? Yes, Kalley, if you don't stop marriage equality, soon it will not be ok to hate gay people in Minnesota. Sorry to break it to you, but that's the point. Why not go deal with you half score children and leave us normal people to live our lives as we see fit?

Jul 23, 2012

The Muppets Have Dumped Chick-Fil-A

This is beyond awesome. After CFA's CEO Dan Cathy managed to completely propel his company into the "culture war" (label courtesy of NOM) - first by proudly confirming his support of hate groups, and then by promising The End of The World In Torrents of Fire if gay marriage passes - now everyone jumps on the "choose a side" wagon. And it's the Muppets, of all people, who really stick it to CFA. From their Facebook page:

The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors.  Lisa Henson, our CEO is personally a strong supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the payment we received from Chick-Fil-A to GLAAD. 

Not just refusing to take any more of their money, but also donating all of what they already got to the evil gay agenda is all kinds of cool. It's also a good contrast to the fact that many gay people I know still eat in Chick-Fil-A with all sorts of smug justifications...

Meanwhile, hate groups are trying to have a national "eat at Chick-Fil-A day". Made me giggle a bit...

Jul 2, 2012

Chick Fil-A Keeps Donating Money to Anti-Gay Organizations

I have been boycotting Chick Fil-A ever since I learned of their support of hate groups. I stumbled upon this article in the Advocate today, showing that apparently they are still at it, or at least were in 2010. In a time where most major businesses in the country are openly supporting gay rights and equality, this is a disgustingly backward attitude and I hope it keeps hurting them more and more until they go under.

Too bad about those waffle fries though...

Jun 20, 2012

Astonishing X-men #51



Astonishing X-men #51 is out today, with Northstar and Kyle's wedding as the main event. While coming in the middle of a storyarc that has nothing to do with it, the issue is almost exclusively dedicated to the wedding, yet it still feels a bit short and glossing over the controversy that people expected from it. There isn't much "choosing sides" here, not much conservative drama, and I actually like that. The wedding feels much more real with the main problems being the grooms being nervous about it.

The art does the event enough justice, even though Mike Perkins isn't going to be a favorite of mine any time soon. The real gem here is Marco Djurdjevic's variant cover (posted above) which blows me away. The digital image doesn't do it justice - in real life the coloring is perfect and the artwork is just breathtaking.

All in all, Marvel's first gay wedding passes with flying colors. Can't wait to see what half-baked sensationalist rip-off DC will come up with...

GOProud Endorses Mitt Romney

Wow. Just... wow. A "gay" group endorses a candidate who pledged to NOM that he would write discrimination in the Constitution of the US? Welcome to being gay and Republican.

From their press release:

“President Obama and his friends on the left want this election to be about divisive social issues, because the President’s record on jobs and the economy is indefensible,” continued LaSalvia.  “At this critical juncture, we need a President with the experience and expertise to turn this economy around.  Someone who knows how the free markets work – former Governor Mitt Romney is that candidate.”
“Not only does President Obama not understand how the free markets work – he is openly hostile to free market capitalism,” said LaSalvia.  “President Obama’s repeated attacks on Governor Romney’s private sector record underscore this President’s fundamental lack of understanding of how our economy works.  Instead of demonizing free markets, President Obama should be focused on creating an economic environment that encourages free market investments and creates jobs.”
“It is clear that the ‘hope and change’ of candidate Obama in 2008, has been replaced with ‘jealousy and envy,’” said LaSalvia.  “Obama’s divisive attacks appeal to the absolute worst in Americans.” 
GOProud is the first and only organization representing gay Americans to endorse Governor Romney’s Presidential bid.  “The truth is that this election is too important to wait or to sit on the sidelines,” continued LaSalvia.  “We plan on spending every day between now and November working to make Obama a one term President.”

Well, of course you are the  only organization, you morons! The rest aren't demented...

Jun 9, 2012

Presidential Proclamation




Not much to say here really. I would kill to have a copy of that document though...

Jun 6, 2012

Another Federal Judge Rules DOMA Section 3 Unconstitutional

They just keep piling. This one is in NY. Edie Windsor was required to pay estate taxes after the death of her wife, Thea Spyer, which she would not have been owed had their marriage been recognized by the federal government.

Regardless whether a more "searching" form of rational basis scrutiny is required where a classification burdens homosexuals as a class and the states' prerogatives are concerned, at a minimum this court "must insist on knowing the relation between the classification adopted and the object to be attained. The search for the link between classification and objective gives substance to the equal protection analysis. Additionally, as has always been required under the rational basis test, irrespective of the context, the court must consider whether the government's asserted interests are legitimate. Pursuant to those established principles, and mindful of the Supreme Court's jurisprudential cues, the court finds that DOMA's section 3 does not pass constitutional muster.

Metro Weekly has the whole story.

Jun 5, 2012

9th Circuit Denies En Banc Hearing

Yes! The 9th Circuit refused to allow an en banc hearing of the Prop 8 case. Here's the ruling itself, and now begins the 3 months stay during which time the hate groups can try and get the Supreme Court to kick their asses too. After the grace period has passed, Prop 8 will be struck down.


Jun 4, 2012

9th Circuit to Decide on Course of Action on Prop 8 Trial Tomorrow



According to Prop 8 Trial Tracker:

If that happens, Judge Reinhardt’s narrow opinion stands, and the proponents of Proposition 8 can then petition for certiorari at the Supreme Court. If the Supreme Court were to deny review, the Ninth Circuit’s decision would stand, and Proposition 8 would be struck down. Gay and lesbian couples would be allowed to marry in California. If the Supreme Court grants review, there will be briefing and oral argument and a decision next year.

How the Fight Against Gay Marriage Hurts Not Just Couples, But Also the States


Enlarge or go to the source.

How real those numbers are I can't say, but I like them.

Bryan Fischer: It's Totally Ok To Discriminate Agains Same Sex Couples





Good times with crazy Right Wing nutjob Bryan Fischer. The good news - he explicitly agrees DOMA discriminates against us. Which is all that matters. The moment you agree with this premise, and you fall back on religion, the battle is as good as lost for you.

May 31, 2012

Breaking: Federal Appeals Court Finds the Key Component of DOMA Unconstitutional

Awesome! The Boston Federal Appeals Court declared today that Section Three of the Defense Of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.

From AP News:
 
BOSTON (AP) -- A federal appeals court Thursday declared that the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutionally denies federal benefits to married gay couples, a ruling all but certain to wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court.
In its unanimous ruling, the three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston said the 1996 law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman discriminates against gay couples because it doesn't give them the same rights and privileges as heterosexual couples.
The court didn't rule on the law's other politically combustible provision, which said states without same-sex marriage cannot be forced to recognize gay unions performed in states where it's legal. It also wasn't asked to address whether gay couples have a constitutional right to marry.

And here's part of the ruling via Metro Weekly:


[M]any Americans believe that marriage is the union of a man and a woman, and most Americans live in states where that is the law today. One virtue of federalism is that it permits this diversity of governance based on local choice, but this applies as well to the states that have chosen to legalize same-sex marriage. Under current Supreme Court authority, Congress' denial of federal benefits to same-sex couples lawfully married in Massachusetts has not been adequately supported by any permissible federal interest.

May 30, 2012

Minnesota Hate #22: Marriage is Only Religious Really



As usual, Kalley is full of santorum. My favorite moment is when she explains how marriage has NEVER BEFORE been separated from Religion, since the dawn of existence, and it has been in the last 10 years that the evil gays have started doing it. Never mind that the Church wasn't hip on marriage until the middle ages, and that most other places in the civilized world have a ratio of less than 50% of couples actually bothering with any religious ceremony for their civil marriage...

May 29, 2012

European Parliament Denounces Consideration of Anti-LGBT Legislation




Good times with politics. The European Parliament adopted a resolution condemning every country that has or is debating anti-LGBT legislation. With 403 for, and 105 against, the resolution specifically talks about Russia, Moldova, Latvia, Lithuania, and Ukraine. Of those, only Latvia and Lithuania belong to the EU and have any reason to care, but it's a very good thing none the less, and I like the difference in voting too.

Check Pink News for more.

May 22, 2012

Minnesota Hate #21: Hating Gays? Who, us?





As usual, both dear old Kalley and her fabulous haircut fail to address any possible argument against gay marriage, other than "it just isn't good!" And they totally don't hate gays by the way. It's all about the rest of society!

May 21, 2012

Dharun Ravi's Sentence

So finally, Dharun Ravi - found guilty on all charges in the case of spying on his dorm roommate Tyler Clementi who then ended his life - got his sentence. A month of prison, 3 years of probation, 300 hours of community service, no deportation and a $10 000 fine. I was among the people who didn't want him to get the book thrown in his face, but even so this sentence seems insultingly gentle. I would likely not give him more than 6 months of jail time, but the fine and community hours are laughable.

What do you think?

May 16, 2012

Video: Freedom to Serve, Freedom to Marry: The Story of Monica and Naomi



Another video in my "Tales of Inequality" series (check tag for previous one). I think anyone who believes this to be a just situation, needs to be put through the same hell. Yunno, for the sake of justice...

May 11, 2012

Come For The Crazy Lady, Stay For The Dude In The Back!



Watch it. Watch the whole thing. Let yourself be drowned in the lisping lull of her speech, the hypnotic magic of her voice... or just observe the reactions of the guy behind her...

I promise you, this is by far the dadaist thing you'll see today.

May 9, 2012

Breaking: President Obama Endorses Marriage Equality



The news world just exploded an hour ago, as Barack Obama just became the first President in the history of the United States to publicly come out in support of marriage equality while in office. You can find news about it everywhere, and meanwhile here's the video.


While you're at it, go sign this thank you note as well.

This is a tremendous victory for marriage equality worldwide, and I only want to say: in your face, North Carolina!

May 8, 2012

North Carolina Amendment 1 Has Passed

Amendment 1, banning same-sex marriage, civil union and ANY other protection for same-sex couples has just passed. The results are still coming in, but even so, the estimated numbers are in the high 50s FOR the Amendment.

Congratulations, North Carolina! Welcome to the Middle Ages!

Video: It Could Happen to You



Take the time to see this video. It is heartbreaking and had me choking back tears... both of sadness and outrage. That people can be so monstrously bigoted. And that we still have to argue about whether it's right or wrong to discriminate against others if you don't like them.

May 4, 2012

Clash of the Titans: Brian Brown VS Dan Savage



If you've been following the gay drama in the last week or so, where Dan Savage gave the "stop believing the bullshit in the Bible" speech, and all the hate groups got their panties in a twist about it (details and video here, plus more coverage here and here). Well, today Brian Brown - the leader of NOM - issued this hilarious challenge:

"Let me lay down a public challenge to Dan Savage right here and now: You want to savage the Bible? Christian morality? Traditional marriage? Pope Benedict? I'm here, you name the time and the place and let's see what a big man you are in a debate with someone who can talk back. It's easy to make high-school girls cry by picking on them. Let's pick on someone our own size! I'm here, any time, any place you name, Dan Savage. You will find out out how venal and ridiculous your views of these things are if you dare to accept a challenge."

As you could imagine, only a few hours later, and in the spirit of total awesomeness, Dan responded with this:



I can't wait to see if Brown will actually go through with it, because I firmly believe this challenge was never meant to be actually accepted. Either way, stay tuned for more hilarity.

P.S. - Few things are funnier than the word "nomblog", and at the moment I can't think of any of them.

Civil Unions Bill Clears Colorado House Committee

In a deliciously ironic twist, Republican-led Colorado House Judiciary Committee passed the Senate-approved civil unions bill, thanks to a 6-5 majority led by the Republican Rep. B. J. Nikkel who was originally against it.

The bill still has a few committees to go before it reaches the House itself, but the 33-32 Republican majority there means that once it does, chances are strong it will be passed. From there, it's smooth sailing as the Democrat Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has promised to sign it.

The true beauty of this (you know, other than all that equal rights thing) is that Colorado is the home state of one of America's leading hate groups, Focus On the Family.

More at Prop 8 Trial Tracker.

May 1, 2012

Minnesota Hate #18 - Gay Marriage Will Force Everyone To Have an Open Relationship!



Kalley Yanta dumps another portion of "studies" with scary percentages and unspecified sources, to tell us that because some couples are not monogamous, we should not let "the gays" marry or LIFE ON EARTH WILL BE DESTROYED!

If Thy Child is Gay, Beat It Out of Them

Second Good as You link for the day, and this is excruciatingly disgusting. A video of Sean Harris, the Senior Pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Here's the transcript:

So your little son starts to act a little girlish when he is four years old and instead of squashing that like a cockroach and saying, “Man up, son, get that dress off you and get outside and dig a ditch, because that is what boys do,” you get out the camera and you start taking pictures of Johnny acting like a female and then you upload it to YouTube and everybody laughs about it and the next thing you know, this dude, this kid is acting out childhood fantasies that should have been squashed.
Can I make it any clearer? Dads, the second you see your son dropping the limp wrist, you walk over there and crack that wrist. Man up. Give him a good punch. Ok? You are not going to act like that. You were made by God to be a male and you are going to be a male. And when your daughter starts acting to Butch you reign her in. And you say, “Oh, no, sweetheart. You can play sports. Play them to the glory of God. But sometimes you are going to act like a girl and walk like a girl and talk like a girl and smell like a girl and that means you are going to be beautiful. You are going to be attractive. You are going to dress yourself up.”
You say, “Can I take charge like that as a parent?”
Yeah, you can. You are authorized. I just gave you a special dispensation this morning to do that.

It's what Jesus would want...

Jon Stewart on Obama and Tony Perkins



Via Good as You. A definite mus, especially Cam 3!

Apr 25, 2012

Equal Marriage in the UK - A Video and a Petition



A beautiful ad in support of marriage equality in the UK. Absolutely worth watching.

And here is the petition that comes with it.

Apr 24, 2012

Apr 21, 2012

Obama Administration Endorses Student Non-Discrimination Act



A great development from yesterday - the Obama administration officially endorsed the Student Non-Discrimination Act. From Metro Weekly:

White House spokesman Shin Inouye tells Metro Weekly, "The President and his Administration have taken many steps to address the issue of bullying. He is proud to support the Student Non-Discrimination Act, introduced by Senator Franken and Congressman Polis, and the Safe Schools Improvement Act, introduced by Senator Casey and Congresswoman Linda Sanchez. These bills will help ensure that all students are safe and healthy and can learn in environments free from discrimination, bullying and harassment."


Also check out Huffington Post and Joe. My. God. for more quotes and links to resources on the subject.

Apr 19, 2012

Anti-Gay Discrimination Bill Progresses in Colorado

I mentioned this a while back. Despite One Colorado's efforts, Focus on the Family managed to place a legalization of anti-gay discrimination on the November ballot. Should this pass, it will allow gay people to be denied housing, employment, literally anything really, on the basis of "religious freedom".

Here's a Note from Brad Clark from One Colorado:

I’m sitting in the Secretary of State’s office. Today’s title board hearing just finished up. Despite having some of the best legal minds in Colorado working for us and mounting a strong legal case, we lost our initial challenge to Focus on the Family’s deceptive ballot initiative to write discrimination into our state Constitution.

Now we have to take our challenge to the Colorado State Supreme Court. If we don’t, this dangerous measure is all but certain to appear on our ballot this fall. If enacted, this measure’s radical effects will be felt in Colorado for decades to come—and would have far-reaching implications for LGBT Coloradans.

[snip]

This extreme measure would undermine all the advancements we’ve made to protect LGBT people from discrimination in housing, public accommodations, and employment. An employer could fire a transgender person when she comes out. A mortgage lender could deny financing to a gay couple. Everything we’ve done to protect our community could be undone.


You can follow the link to find out how you can help the cause. I find it absolutely disgusting that in 2012 such a thing could be up for voting. Is this country moving backward in time? What does it take for people to get it into their heads that Church and State are separate for a reason?

Apr 17, 2012

Minnesota Hate #16 - There Are Very Few Gays Really



There aren't that many gays, and the general population doesn't really like them anyway, so why do we even need to be talking about it? After all, the hate groups' numbers say people are against gay marriage, and they can't be wrong, right? Right?

The United Dominion of Christian Clarity Is Upon Us

Yay for things getting called with their real names! Not that it's a surprise to anyone.

You are cordially invited to:

The First National Convention

of The Christian Party of America ® (CPA)

Dates and Times: April 20 from 7:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.,

April 21, 2012 from 8:30 A.M. to 5 P.M. and 7 P.M. until close

Location: The Hilton of Raleigh/Durham Airport, North Carolina

Please make plans to attend this exciting event, the first quadrennial convention of the Christian Party of America, at which we will introduce our party to the nation. The list of speakers includes Michael Peroutka (former Presidential candidate), Dr. Patrick L. Wooden, Sr. (Pastor of the Upper Room Church of God in Christ), Tami Fitzgerald (Director of Vote for Marriage NC), Jeff Lewis (Co-Director of the Patriot Coalition), Don Watson (CPA National Vice-Chairman), and Clell M. Drumheller, II (CPA National Chairman). Also, there will be various activities for all in attendance. Besides, you will have the opportunity to tour the beautiful eastern North Carolina area.


Hear the good news and rejoice! And you might notice who is leading the prayer - Pastor Patrick "Gay Men Wear Diapers" Wooden, who I'm sure will have many and more delightful insights on gay men physiology...

If nothing else, this scareshow might give the GOP a chance to cleanse itself of the talibangelicals. If we put all the crazies in their own party, we can finally see how big the loud Christian Cabal of Evil actually is...

Apr 16, 2012

Praying the Gay Away

Michele and Marcus Bachman's clinic sees a second scandal regarding ex-gay Christina therapy. From Huffpost:


Documentary filmmaker Kristina Lapinski, who is currently at work on "GAY U.S.A. the Movie," went undercover at Bachmann & Associates, the Minnesota-based Christian counseling clinic co-owned by Marcus and Michele Bachmann, and once again captured a staff member conducting what she described as "reparative" therapy.

Lapinski says she played the part of "a confused 24 year old lesbian who had just moved from California to Minnesota to marry her long time male friend, Jake, all to please her Christian parents" while making an appointment. After speaking to counselor Sheila J. Marker about her situation, Lapinski says Marker then pulled out a Bible, informing her that God intended only men and women to come together, and captured the experience on a hidden pen camera.


Make sure you read the whole article. Poor, poor Crazy Eyes with her God-fixed husband... As much as I despise the wretched woman, I don't wish an "ex-gay" on anyone.

Apr 11, 2012

Dr. Robert Spitzer on "Ex-Gays": Oops, Might Have Been Wrong on That One!

In a move that serves as a significant blow to "ex-gay" programs and anti-gay organizations, Dr. Robert Spitzer repudiated his much-criticized 2001 study that claimed some "highly motivated" homosexuals could go from gay to straight. His retraction occurred in an American Prospect magazine article that hit newsstands today. Spitzer's rejection of his own research, which was originally published in the prestigious Archives of Sexual Behavior, is a devastating blow to "ex-gay" organizations because it decisively eliminates their most potent claim that homosexuality can be reversed through therapy and prayer.

"Dr. Spitzer's repudiation of his 2001 study is an earthquake that severely undermines the validity of 'ex-gay' programs," said Truth Wins Out's Executive Director Wayne Besen, who criticized the study in his 2003 book, Anything But Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth. "Spitzer just kicked out the final leg from the stool on which the proponents of 'ex-gay' therapy based their already shaky claims of success."


You can read the full article here and Huffpost also has an entry about it. Poor "ex-gays" have now lost one of their main arguments. Can you imagine - now all those three hundred leaflets they were going to pass around in those two schools somewhere in their "Day of Dialogue" are going to have to be reprinted! Deep, deep sadness...


Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/04/11/4406240/dr-robert-spitzer-renounces-infamous.html#storylink=cpy


Apr 8, 2012

Family Equality Council: "The Outspoken generation"



Family Equality Council - "the national organization that connects, supports and represents the two million children in this country being raised by parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender" - launched a new project, titled "The Outspoken Generation. From their page:

The program is designed to empower these young adults to raise their voices in support of LGBT families by speaking publicly at community events across the country, in front of local, state and national legislative bodies, and directly to the media.

[snip]

Family Equality Council Executive Director Jennifer Chrisler said the program was borne out of conversations with LGBT families over the last year. However, she said the need for the initiative became increasingly clear following recent news that the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) considered a strategy of recruiting the children of LGBT parents to criticize their own families. It’s clear that NOM will stop at nothing in their efforts to demonize LGBT parents, and their malicious attempts to spread misinformation about these families will not go unanswered.

“We are now seeing the first generation of children, who were lovingly raised by LGBT parents, coming into young adulthood,” said Chrisler. “We know, from our conversations with these young people and from our experience with them, that they are terrific kids who are thriving and succeeding in life by any measure you choose to use. Many of them are now telling us that they are eager to tell the truth about their families. Who better to refute the myths and lies of hate groups like NOM than our grown up children?”


I love the idea and can't wait to see videos of kids with same-sex parents. Here's a great video from Zach Wahls - one of the two co-chairs of the program, who became famous after his speech in front of the Iowa House Judiciary Committee.



Here's a bit more about him and the initiative, as well as a link to his Iowa speech, from Huffpost.

Apr 7, 2012

Geekiness: Wiccan and Hulkling's First Kiss

I realize this is as nerdy as one can get, but I am super excited about it. Childish as it would sound, I didn't know it was coming, and my heart skipped a beat when I opened the page and saw it.

A little background. Wickan (Billy Kaplan) and Hulkling (Teddy Altman) are part of Marvel Comics' Young Avengers - a new group of teenage heroes that first appeared in 2005, and after an initial run of 12 issues were relegated to different mini-series instead of an ongoing book. Wiccan - supposedly carrying the soul of one of Wanda Maximoff's dead twin boys - is a warlock, while Hulkling is a Krull-Scree hybrid with shape-shifting powers. They have been openly gay and in a monogamous relationship since the very beginning (there is even a hilarious yet touching coming out scene for Wiccan in one of the early issues), but they had never actually kissed until now. In the final ninth issue of the epic Avengers: The Children's Crusade miniseries (which brought Wanda back, among other earth-shattering events) writer Allan Heinberg finally gave the fans what they'd wanted since Young Avengers #1 - Billy and Teddy's kiss.

This is a remarkable moment for mainstream comic book gay heroes for a number of reasons. First of all, it is to my knowledge the first one in the Marvel universe between major characters in a best-selling series. Second, it is the first such scene between teenagers. But most importantly, unlike any other previous gay kiss, it is not the culmination of a buildup and a way for the characters to finally admit their feelings. No, instead, it is something that we know those two kids must do all the time. They have been in a committed relationship since before they were even introduced. But Heinberg chose the smartest and most meaningful way to show them being intimate with each other - by doing it when the story called for it. In a scene set after the dramatic events of the main plot. The impact of the scene is even bigger because of how naturally it fits the narrative.

And, as you can see below, Jim Cheung's art is nothing short of breathtaking:


Apr 6, 2012

Mormons Tell You That It Gets Better

This is probably the weirdest thing you'll see tonight - an LGBT group in Brigham Young University (considered one of the most LGBT-unfriendly campuses in the country) have made an "It Gets Better" video. I think it's really touching. Please take the time to see it:





And because we both know you were checking out Adam:





You're welcome :p

A Teen’s Brave Response to “I’m Christian, Unless You’re Gay”



I stumbled upon this article a few days ago on Facebook, and then someone posted it on my own timeline a day later. Weird coincidence, I guess, but either way, I just had to share it with you. Here's the intro:

I received the following email today in response to my post I’m Christian, Unless You’re Gay. I had decided a couple months ago that it was time to let the whole thing rest, but this response was so powerful, I couldn’t not share it with you all. It was from a woman who simply called herself, “One proud mom.”


Make sure you read the whole article. I hope this is a real story, because it's a very promising thing for a Christian parent to does such an 180.

Apr 5, 2012

#tomyunbornchild

n early March, the hashtag "#tomyunbornchild" became a worldwide trend on Twitter. By and large, these tweets were loving, hopeful messages to the next generation -- but many people saw it as an opportunity to express hate speech towards LGBT children: http://storify.com/homophobes/100-homophobes-who-would-kill-their-gay-child

Reading their bile, the only thing I could think was: how would we feel if we heard actual parents saying this to actual children?

I got the idea on a Thursday. By Sunday, we -- me, my boyfriend, and whatever friends we could find to help us -- had it filmed.

It's easy to dehumanize hate speech online because we've gotten so used to seeing it. We tell ourselves that it's the product of trolls, of random, anonymous strangers.

Except they're not. They're real people. Many of them will be parents. And some of their children will be gay.

But what can we DO about it? I don't think there are any easy answers.

Whenever you believe life begins, I hope we can all agree: life is essential, and rare, and precious. We can't stop anyone from having kids. But we can resolve to stop this toxic cycle. We can wish better for our own children. And we can support the kids who weren't so lucky.



Apr 4, 2012

Still Totally Gay...

This lovely video is part of the "Day of Dialogue" project - Focus on the Family's hateful answer to the Day of Silence. The goal - to use the fact that the little faggots are keeping their mouth shut to try and indoctrinate them with ex-gay propaganda. So here's Chris with his heartbreaking tale of woe.



Too bad really. The kid is clearly not happy. Pretty cute too. Oh well...

Apr 2, 2012

DOMA's Immigration Context Under Attack Again

Via Prop 8 Trial Tracker:

Immigration Equality has filed a new lawsuit challenging the Defense of Marriage Act as it applies to the immigration rights of gay and lesbian bi-national couples. The complaint, which can be found here, notes the reasons that the Defense of Marriage Act treats same sex couples dealing with immigration issues particularly harshly:

The discriminatory impact of DOMA is particularly acute in the immigration context. For immigration purposes, whether the federal government recognizes a couple’s marriage can determine whether a family may remain in the United States and live together, or may be torn apart.

The group’s press release says:

Five lesbian and gay couples filed suit today in the Eastern District of New York, challenging Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prevents lesbian and gay American citizens from sponsoring their spouses for green cards. The lawsuit, filed on the couples’ behalf by Immigration Equality and the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, alleges that DOMA violates the couples’ constitutional right to equal protection.

“Solely because of DOMA and its unconstitutional discrimination against same-sex couples,” the lawsuit states, “these Plaintiffs are being denied the immigration rights afforded to other similarly situated binational couples.” Were the Plaintiffs opposite-sex couples, the suit says, “the federal government would recognize the foreign spouse as an ‘immediate relative’ of a United States citizen, thereby allowing the American spouse to petition for an immigrant visa for the foreign spouse, and place [them] on the path to lawful permanent residence and citizenship.”


Make sure you read the full post. For me this is a particularly important issue, as the immigration side is the biggest reason of why DOMA is harmful to me specifically. I hope this case adds to the pressure this abomination is already under.

Mar 30, 2012

NOM's Uglyness Exposed, Part III - Now With Republican Twist



After the National Organization for Marriage was ordered in court to make their financial dealings public, we have seen their agenda to "drive a wedge between gays and blacks", as well as the plan to find "non cognitive celebrities" to promote gay-hate. Today, another cute tidbit from NOM's disgrace came up, only this time it points to an altogether different type of marriage-deterrent (if signing Evil Pledges of Evil is any indication) - Republican runner for presidential nomination, Mitt Romney. Huffpost has an article about it. Seems Romney gave $10 000 to NOM in 2008, but did so sneakily, through a PAC. Here's a bit of the article:

But when Romney eventually made his donation, he did so quietly, and through an unusual channel. Records filed by Romney's Free and Strong America PAC with the Federal Election Commission did not include details of that $10,000 donation. Nor did NOM's public 990 form. In fact, record of the payment was only uncovered Friday when the pro-gay rights Human Rights Campaign was sent a private IRS filing from NOM via a whistleblower. The Human Rights Campaign shared the filing with The Huffington Post.

Asked for comment, an aide to Romney said that the donation was made through the Alabama chapter of the Free and Strong America PAC. State records confirm this. However, the 990 NOM filed lists the donation as having come from PO Box 79226 in Belmont, Massachusetts.

Romney is far from the only national politician to take advantage of Alabama's lax campaign finance and disclosure laws. Several others have set up PACs in the state, for the purposes of raising money. Alabama does not put a limit on the individual amount that a donor can give to a PAC.

But the secretive nature of the donation raised the eyebrows of Human Rights Campaign officials. Romney, after all, didn't have to send his check to NOM through the Alabama chapter of his PAC.


I wonder how much more will surface from NOM's financial documents. Can't wait to see their further humiliation.

Mar 29, 2012

NOM's Uglyness Exposed, Part II



A few days ago the media exploded with NOM's plan to "drive a wedge between gays and blacks". We always "know" organizations like that have those secret agendas, but "knowing" and actually knowing for a fact are different things, and it is likely NOM will never be able to come back from this. There was much rejoicing. However, race-baiting is not the only awesome piece of embarrassment on the document. As Huffpost notes in this article, they are also looking for "glamorous" but also "non cognitive" celebrities to help further the cause:

Here's the bottom line: Hollywood with its cultural biases is far bigger than we can hope to be. We recognize this. But we also recognize the opportunity - the disproportionate potential impact of proactively seeking to gather and connect a community of artists, athletes, writers, beauty queens and other glamorous non cognitive elites across national boundaries.

Famous dumb people, unite!

Mar 27, 2012

Minnesota Hate #13 - We Have Numbers!!!



STOPPING GAY MARRIAGE MAKES ECONOMY BETTER! NEWS AT 11!

I am not even going to bother checking those numbers and sources. I can bet my left testicle that they are either completely made up, or enough of the statistics and context is obscured so that they say what Kalley Yanta's evil blonde wig wants them to say.

NOM's Uglyness Exposed, Part I



The Human Rights Campaign has published internal NOM communiques that were unsealed yesterday as part of Maine's investigation into NOM's financial dealings. You can see the whole document if you follow the link. Meanwhile, probably the most horrendous item on the agenda is the explicitly stated goal of driving "a wedge between gays and blacks—two key Democratic constituencies." That an organization that is supposed to be devoted to "protecting marriage" has such a blatantly political purpose surprises no one, but the racism is just staggering. Here's the full quote, and some more:

“The strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks—two key Democratic constituencies. Find, equip, energize and connect African American spokespeople for marriage, develop a media campaign around their objections to gay marriage as a civil right; provoke the gay marriage base into responding by denouncing these spokesmen and women as bigots…”

[snip]

"The Latino vote in America is a key swing vote, and will be so even more so in the future, both because of demographic growth and inherent uncertainty: Will the process of assimilation to the dominant Anglo culture lead Hispanics to abandon traditional family values? We must interrupt this process of assimilation by making support for marriage a key badge of Latino identity - a symbol of resistance to inappropriate assimilation."


I expect this will cause irreparable damage to NOM (which is a personal "favorite" of mine among the hate groups because of Orson Scott Card's presence on their board of directors). I'm curious however as to how the rest of the hate groups will respond. As much as I want to see NOM burn, I expect a passionate cry of "Help! We're being oppressed!" instead of addressing the issue of naked race-baiting.

The news has already gone mainstream, but major news outlets are yet to address it. Anyway, more on the story, as it develops.

Mar 22, 2012

Tyler Clementi - The Story of a Suicide



In September, 2010, Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge, after his roommate used a webcam to spy on his hook up with an older man. The tragedy became national news, and an example of cyber bullying to be made symbol of. Recently, the roommate Dharun Ravi was found guilty of most charges, including invasion of privacy and bias intimidation (hate crime). His verdict is due in May, but in the mean time, opinions vary as to what part of this is justice, and what - making an example. That bullying is a horrifying problem in the US is undeniable, and that cyber bullying is largely ignored by the law is a sad fact as well. However, many details of this particular case were misrepresented by the media, trying to paint Ravi as a bloodthirsty gay-basher who posted Tyler's sex-tape online thus ousting him. In fact, there was no sex-tape, no sex even, it was never "posted" anywhere, and Tyler was already out. However, even if many facts were not entirely clear, one was undeniable - a gay teenager ended his life after a gross invasion of his privacy.

I was recently made aware of this wonderful article from the New Yorker:

The Story of a Suicide

It is very long, and detailed, but if you want to have as comprehensive an account of the events as possible, I think it is invaluable. It is a horrible tale of ignorance and stupid mistakes born of careless arrogance and insecurity. And as a member of JUB (which is mentioned here), I can't help but be reminded that there might be other Tylers, right now, posting topics asking for advice, reaching out for help. And I ask myself if I have in me the words to prevent another tragedy...

Mar 20, 2012

Minnesota Hate #12 - It's All About the Kids, But Only If You're Gay!



So yeah, marriage is to promote procreation. But even though old and infertile people can't procreate, that's ok, cause they aren't gay.

Mar 19, 2012

The President of Liberia Has Certain Traditional Values



It's the first part that's really relevant. Tony Blair's face is a mask of discomfort, of course. I can't believe this monster has won the Nobel Prize for Peace. What a joke...

Edit: In case it's not entirely clear what my problem is, let me just say that in Liberia homosexuality is a crime, punishable by up to a year in prison.

Mar 15, 2012

Today in Republican Hate 03.15.2012

Good times with Republican gays. GOProud's 2012 Agenda is up, and again they seem to try and mimic everything the GOP stands for (which is eating babies, skinning kittens and drowning puppies of course), including this piece of beauty:

EDUCATION REFORM – The answer to the serious problem of bullying is not more federal intervention in education. Instead, we support empowering parents and families by supporting school choice initiatives and protecting the right of parents to homeschool their children.


Again I want to just quote Joe on this one:


After a horrific year of bullying-related suicides in which the anti-gay Christian hate machine mobilized in numerous jurisdictions, installing or bidding to install laws that force teachers to watch silently while LGBT kids are beaten, GOProud says "Let the local schools do as the local anti-gay groups command."

This is, yunno, in case anyone needed more reasons to be disgusted by GOProud...

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Meanwhile, Focus on the Family is pushing for a petition for Colorado voters to make it legal to deny housing, employment, and services to any person on the basis of religious objections. Translation - "Give us the right to kick gays any way we want to". LGBT rights group One Colorado is warning citizens against this:

The initiative’s language — which focuses on “religious liberty” — is incredibly deceptive. It doesn’t make clear the widespread implications of enacting this law. Implications that don’t just impact LGBT people — but all Coloradans.

Imagine a law that allows a pharmacist to refuse to fill a birth control prescription. A law that permits an employer to refuse to hire people on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. A law that gives protection to teachers who refuse to teach sex education or evolution. All for the sake of so-called religious freedom.


They also need financial assistance to fight this absurdity. Chip in if you can.

GLAAD Launches Commentator Accountability Project


I am absolutely in love with this idea! GLAAD is starting a project to make journalists aware of the hate speakers they often unwittingly invite to discuss LGBT issues, supposedly to present another side. From GLAAD's page:

The GLAAD Commentator Accountability Project (CAP) aims to put critical information about frequent anti-gay interviewees into the hands of newsrooms, editors, hosts and reporters. Journalists or producers who are on deadline often don't have the time to dig into the histories of a commentator. Audiences need to be aware that when they’re not talking to the mainstream media, these voices are comparing LGBT people to Nazi Germany, predicting that equal treatment of LGBT people will lead to the total collapse of society, and even making accusations of satanic influence.

The Commentator Accountability Project is bringing all of these statements to light, while calling attention to the sentiments behind them. We will show that the commentators who are most often asked to opine on issues like marriage equality or non-discrimination protections do not accurately represent the "other side" of those issues. They represent nothing but extreme animus towards the entire LGBT community.


What follows is a list of names of hatemongers which might be educational to read through. You should contact GLAAD if these people appear in your local media.

Help! My Bigotry is Being Oppressed! #1



AFA host Kevin McCullough being slightly weirded out by being called out on his hate speech.

So, um, us gays hate straight people for having sex and having babies, so we'll stop them by, uh, asking to get married! Cause we're evil and stuff. But that's ok, cause gays don't REALLY exist. So why all the hate for this guy? So so very very unfair...

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Meanwhile, "Gay Activists Try To Suppress Biblical Viewpoint From The Media", apparently, or so Gary Schneeberger, vice president of communications for "Focus On The Family", says, adding his voice in the general hate group outrage for GLAAD's new Commentator Accountability Project which I blogged about in the previous post. Other oppressed bigots include the "Liberty Council"'s spokesperson Matt Barber, who says that GLAAD Can't Silence Christians, failing to note that GLAAD isn't trying to...

"They need to understand -- liberals and secularists -- that as Christ followers, we will never, ever stop speaking God's truth in love," Barber comments. "We appreciate when they reveal who they really are here and reveal the weakness inherent within their own arguments by attempting to silence those who would dare to dissent with their radical secular socialism."

Hopefully journalists with a conscience will do what's right.


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Another monster whose hatred is being oppressed is Evangelical monster Scott Lively who just got sued in Massachusetts court by a Ugandan LGBT rights group for inciting the persecution and murder of homosexuals in their country.

The lawsuit maintains that beginning in 2002, Mr. Lively conspired with religious and political leaders in Uganda to whip up anti-gay hysteria with warnings that gay people would sodomize African children and corrupt their culture.

The Ugandan legislature considered a bill in 2009, proposed by one of Mr. Lively’s Ugandan contacts, that would have imposed the death sentence for the “offense of homosexuality.” That bill languished after an outcry from the United States and European nations that are among major aid donors to Uganda, but was reintroduced last month.


Lively is of course outraged by the vermin's temerity:


“I am an American citizen [being targeted] over the persecution of homosexuals as they define it as a crime against humanity – for speaking the truth of the Bible in a foreign country.”


Poor bastard...

Mar 14, 2012

Minnesota Hate #11 - It's All About the Kids!



As usual, Kalley is filled with love and compassion. Marriage is for raising children. Oh, and you must make them yourself. No cheating with adoption!

Meanwhile ex US vice president Walter Mondale has come out against the Minnesota marriage amendment. Just saying...