Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Support to the DoD ComprehensiveReview Working Group Analyzing theImpact of Repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’tTell”


United Nations: It's Okay to Kill the Gay

NEW YORK, NY -- Last week, the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly voted on a special resolution addressing extrajudicial, arbitrary and summary executions. The resolution affirms the duties of member countries to protect the right to life of all people with a special emphasis on a call to investigate killings based on discriminatory grounds. The resolution highlights particular groups historically subject to executions including street children, human rights defenders, members of ethnic, religious, and linguistic minority communities, and, for the past 10 years, the resolution has included sexual orientation as a basis on which some individuals are targeted for death.

These two teenagers, suspected of being gay, were executed in Iran in 2005.


Chris Hughes's New Cause

Chris Hughes, a cofounder of Facebook and chief digital organizer for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, launched a new venture today — Jumo.com — which aims to use social networking tools to connect people to the nonprofit causes and charities important to them.

...The Jumo launch comes just a day after Hughes and his partner, Sean Eldridge, announced  there are matching donations until the end of the year to gay rights causes Freedom to Marry, Empire State Pride Agenda, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, and Equality Maryland.

Obama backs Pentagon report on gay troops

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is calling on the Senate to act to overturn the "don't ask, don't tell" ban on openly gay people serving in the military.

"Today's report confirms that a strong majority of our military men and women and their families-more than two thirds-are prepared to serve alongside Americans who are openly gay and lesbian. This report also confirms that, by every measure-from unit cohesion to recruitment and retention to family readiness-we can transition to a new policy in a responsible manner that ensures our military strength and national security. And for the first time since this law was enacted 17 years ago today, both the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have publicly endorsed ending this policy.

"With our nation at war and so many Americans serving on the front lines, our troops and their families deserve the certainty that can only come when an act of Congress ends this discriminatory policy once and for all. The House of Representatives has already passed the necessary legislation. Today I call on the Senate to act as soon as possible so I can sign this repeal into law this year and ensure that Americans who are willing to risk their lives for their country are treated fairly and equally. Our troops represent the virtues of selfless sacrifice and love of country that have enabled our freedoms. I am absolutely confident that they will adapt to this change and remain the best led, best trained, best equipped fighting force the world has ever known." - President Barack Obama.


DADT Remarks From Gates, Mullen

In prepared remarks released Tuesday with the Pentagon Working Group study on "don't ask, don't tell," Defense secretary Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen praised the report's findings and pushed Congress to act on repealing the 1993 law.


Log Cabin R. Clarke Cooper Asks John McCain To Change His Mind Again

Dan Savage: John McCain Is A Bigot

90210 Gay Kiss (11-29-10)

World AIDS Day: How to Get Tested

Maddow on DADT and Obama

Coming Out at Christmas - London Gay Men's Chorus

Prop 8 battle rages on

Premature sour grapes from Christian haters.

Illinois Vote on Civil Unions Today?

The Illinois House of Representatives could vote on a civil unions measure for same-sex couples as early as Tuesday during the lame-duck session. The bill has a strong chance of passage in the senate and Governor Pat Quinn has pledged to sign it.

Depp: Disney Hated “Gay” Captain Sparrow

In a new Vanity Fair interview, Jonny Depp says that Disney was not enthusiastic about his flamboyant portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean, with one person from the company even asking whether the actor was gay.

According to the Associated Press, “Depp talked about it in an interview with rocker Patti Smith for the January edition of Vanity Fair magazine. Depp said Disney ‘couldn't stand’ his Sparrow and one person there even asked if Sparrow was gay. Depp told the Disney executive ‘all my characters are gay,’ and he said that ‘really made her nervous.’”

I Kissed A Boy by Boy Interrupted - Max and Mike

Dan Savage On The Colbert Report

Monday, November 29, 2010

Gay Rights Orgs Double Up

Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes and his partner, Freedom to Marry political director Sean Eldridge, have a made a huge commitment to the nonprofit push for marriage equality nationwide. The couple will match donations made to Freedom to Marry, Empire State Pride Agenda, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders and Equality Maryland for the rest of this year.


Mayor Mark Foley?

Former Florida congressman Mark Foley, who was forced to step down after sending multiple lurid instant messages to male staffers, looks to be eyeing a run for mayor of West Palm Beach.

What a scary thought.

Anderson Cooper: Gaga Got Me Drunk

Anderson Cooper says Lady Gaga got him drunk on whiskey while he was interviewing the pop star in London for a profile on 60 Minutes.

And then she set him up with her pool boy and the two had a grand ol' time in the cabana. ...okay, that's just my fantasy.

Religious Right on Dangers of Environmentalism

Fundamentalists saying crazy things. It's truly funny, and scary, to watch them attack the science of environmentalists considering the junk science they use to attack LGBT people.

The Dominionists have decided it's not really about stewardship. To them it's about ownership and entitlement. They think God gave them the Earth, and they aim to take possession. And "saving the planet" is for the birds if you're a Premillennialist.

Poll: Most favor gays serving openly

A new survey out Monday from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life shows that 58 percent of Americans favor allowing gay and lesbian members of the military to serve openly. Less than a third of respondents (27 percent) say that gays and lesbians should not be permitted to serve openly in the Armed Forces.


Bryan Fischer Talks Crazy

"In a strange way, it is a badge of honor for these groups to be tagged now by the SPLC as hate groups. It’s a sign of desperation on the part of the SPLC, and a sign that they are so threatened by the truths that these groups speak that they are now flailing about trying to silence them rather than to debate them. They’ve given up winning on points, and so have taken to trying to run them off the field. Their strategy now is not to persuade the public but to demonize their cultural adversaries.

"I’ve often maintained that liberals, progressives, Democrats, socialists, Marxists, etc. - they’re all the same under the covers - hate free speech. They hate freedom of religion, and they hate freedom of the press, because such freedoms threaten their stranglehold on public discourse and their goal of indoctrinating the American people with their non-traditional moral values. They hate the First Amendment, for the very reason that it was designed by the Founders to protect robust public discourse on political and social matters." - American Family Association radio host Bryan Fischer.


This man has to be insane. So we're the ones trying to demonize him now, are we? OMG!

Palin On Willow’s Antigay Rant

In an interview with Sean Hannity of Fox News, Sarah Palin appeared oblivious to the seriousness of her daughter Willow’s use of the word “fa**ot” against a young man on Facebook who criticized the former Alaksa governor’s new reality TV show.


(You can watch the interview at the Advocate.)

Good God! I think I'll vomit. What a narcissistic, self-serving response. She mischaracterizes what happened, and then she makes out like she and her family are the victims...as always.

I'm secretely an optimist.  I was hoping that Palin would actually do the right thing here. I hoped she would say homophobia is wrong, bullying is wrong, and people should teach their kids not to go around calling people the "f" word. That's what a leader would have done, but I guess Sarah Palin isn't a leader. I'm not surprised, but I am disappointed.

Franco, Hathaway Tapped for Oscars

James Franco and Anne Hathaway have been confirmed as cohosts of the 83rd Academy Awards.

Franco has appeared in the films James Dean, Milk, and Howl, while Hathaway costarred in Brokeback Mountain.


Antigay Reggae Artist Protested in Sacramento

Protesters cited lyrics from Capleton such as “bun out ah chi chi,” which translates to “burn out the gay man.”


Kenya Prime Minister: Arrest All Gays

“We will not tolerate such behaviours in the country,” he said. “The constitution is very clear on this issue and men or women found engaging in homosexuality will not be spared.”


Southern Poverty Law Center Vs. Family Research Council

Perkins has no shame. The stats that he quotes are made up, and the American College of Pediatricians is a fake group. Most of the few doctors that belong to this group are part of NARTH which is the homophobic group that George Rekers was associated with. (Rekers is the one who was caught with a young gay male pros...titute whom he claimed he hired -- from rentboys.com -- to lift is luggage.)

The Christian homophobic hate machine generates it's own junk science and junk stats to support their bigotry.

"Citing the American College of Pediatricians on homosexuality is like citing the cigarette lobby on the health benefits of smoking. Of course, Tony Perkins knows this, yet he was still sleazy and dishonest enough to cite the group, proving SPLC’s original point that FRC is a certifiable hate group with the sole aim of demonizing LGBT people."

Lover Official Music Video - Tom Goss

The video features Goss as the bereaved partner of an army soldier (DC actor Ben Horen) killed while on duty in Afghanistan. Among those playing medics who come to the aid of the wounded soldier are several former servicemembers who were discharged under the military's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy: Mike Almy, David ...Hall, and Danny Hernandez, all of whom are active members of SLDN.

Jonathan Hopkins - Pentagon's Report On DADT Out 11/30/10


Australia: Gay Sen. Pushes Party on Marriage

Australia's gay finance minister broke with her party Saturday when she said she supports motions toward legalizing marriage equality,  The Sydney Morning Herald reports.


Graham: Not Enough Votes for DADT Repeal

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said on Fox News Sunday that the Senate has "nowhere near" enough votes to repeal the law that bars gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Thad Thayer: Dr. Laura Totally Turned Her First Boyfriend Gay

I’m not at all surprised to hear that Laura Schlessinger won’t be leaving the airwaves after all. I knew she couldn’t retire from the spotlight. I met Ms. Schlessinger a few years ago, and she struck me as the type of person who liked a lot of attention. Some may be surprised by that. I have heard her described as demure, but her off-air persona isn’t quite the same as the one most who listen to her radio broadcasts are familiar with. Face to face, Ms. Schlessinger is a lot more vivacious…in a way that didn’t strike me as charming, I should add.

Back in 2005, we both attended a dinner in honor of Responsible Blonds in the Media, sponsored by the Blond Journalists Association, an organization dedicated to improving the reputation of blond journalists. I was covering the event for the paper I was working for at the time, The Bellville Bee. As luck would have it, I was seated next to Ms. Schlessinger. I was rather surprised to see her there. With all due respect to the Blond Journalists Association, their annual dinner isn’t exactly high profile. I was bold enough to ask Ms. Schlessinger why she had chosen to accept the invitation. Her reply: “Free food.” I suspect that free wine also had something to do with it. She finished her first glass before the entrĂ©e was served. She in fact tilted her head back and held her wine glass upside down over her face, and when she was satisfied that she had gotten the last drop, she opened her mouth wide and made an ostentatious show of licking her lips. She then held up her glass and called out for more.

When her demand wasn’t immediately met, she curtly and loudly said to a waiter, a young black man of about twenty-five who was busy at the next table, “Boy, I want some more. Hop to it, please. I think they hired you to serve us, not to stand in the corner picking a banjo.”

After the waiter graciously filled Ms. Schlessinger’s glass, she looked at me and said, “I’ve found that you have to keep on them or they’ll slack off.” Then after a pause, she asked, “Do you mind if I use the “n” word?”

I said, “I would rather you didn’t.” Admittedly, I was a bit startled by the question, and I’m sure I sounded more than a little judgmental.

Ms. Schlessinger gulped down half of her second glass of wine, sighed and said with some annoyance, “Fine then. Everybody is so PC these days.”

When she was on her third glass, Ms. Schlessinger declared she would like to show me a “special picture” of her son, and after fishing through her purse a moment, she produced a snapshot. She said, “Didn’t my boy have a cute little butt when he was a child?”

To my amazement, the boy in the photo was nude, and he wasn’t an infant on a bearskin rug. He wasn’t even a grade school boy. The young man was about 13 or 14, and it appeared as though he had been caught drying off after getting out of the shower. His back was to the camera, and he was looking over his shoulder with a disgusted expression on his face.

I focused on the photo a moment, smiled nervously, and shook my head out of politeness.

Ms. Schlessinger said to the photo, “Such a perfect butt.” She brought the photo up to her lips and rapidly kissed it several times, making noticeable smacking sounds that drew the attention of several people around us, and then she dropped the photo back into her purse.

When Ms. Schlessinger had nearly made it to the bottom of her fourth glass, she informed me that she had watched Boogie Nights the night before.

“I’ve seen it more than 100 times. It’s my favorite movie. I’m always surprised by just how big Mark Wahlberg is.”

Before I had the chance to say anything about Wahlberg using a prosthesis in the film, Ms. Schlessinger went on to add, “He looks a lot like my first boyfriend, Sammy Dorfmeister.”

Ms. Schlessinger explained that she and Sammy had kept their relationship “pure” for quite some time, but when Sammy’s mother died when they were in the tenth grade, she felt the need to reward him in some way. She said that she took a close up picture of her “vee-jay” -- she snorted with laughter at her use of the term “vee-jay” -- using a Polaroid camera and taped it to the inside of a huge, two foot tall condolence card with a sad clown on the cover, and under the revealing photo, she wrote “I’ll be your mama now.”

At this point, Ms. Schlessinger’s face grew dark, and she stared intently at her wine glass. She was gripping her glass so hard I was afraid she would break it. Suddenly she said in a low, frightening voice, “When that faggot came back to school the next week, he told me he was gay...as if he was proud of it. And then he never spoke to me again.”

“Ms. Schlessinger!” I said in shock.

She quickly turned her head to look at me and said in a high, defensive voice, “I did not turn Sammy Dorfmeister gay!”

I was speechless. We both just sat there peering at one another. I was confused and disoriented, and Ms. Schlessinger was livid.

Finally she seemed to get hold of herself and quickly softened. In fact her mood swing was so severe that I began to suspect she was not merely drunk. I thought that perhaps she was also mentally ill.

“Forgive me,” she said. And then in a tone that I can only surmise was meant to be flirtatious, she added, “You know, I’m not nearly as buttoned-down in real life as I am on my radio program. How about you come up to my room later?”

“Ms. Schlessinger, I’m gay," I said.

That effectively ended the conversation.

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Illinois Family Institute: Civil Unions Will Lead To Polygamous Marriages

The Illinois Family Institute, a SLPC-certified hate group, says that if civil unions are approved in Illinois, polygamous marriages will be next.

Hmm  Makes you wonder why all those Mormons are so against gay marriage.

Homophobe Dr. Laura -- who isn't a psychologist but pretends to be -- ain't goin' nowhere after all.

Dr. Laura Staying on Radio

Three months after announcing she would sign of from her current radio show at the end of the year in the wake of her now infamous “n-word” rant, Dr. Laura Schlessinger will debut a new 3-hour radio show on Sirius XM in January.

Good Answer

Matt Barber Talks Crazy

"So, center-right America: If you happen to believe in the sanctity of natural marriage and that, as a culture, we're best served by honoring the Judeo-Christian sexual ethic of our forefathers, you're now an official 'hater.'

"Of course, the tired goal of this silly meme is to associate in the public mind's eye mainstream conservative social values with racism, white supremacy and neo-Nazism. The ironic result, however, is that, as typically occurs with such ad hominem and hyperbolic attacks, the attacker ends up marginalizing himself and galvanizing his intended target (I'm rubber, you're glue and all that).

"Hence, beyond a self-aggrandizing liberal echo chamber, the SPLC - and by extension the greater "progressive" movement - has become largely, as it stews in its own radicalism, just another punch line. It's often said that the first to call the other a Nazi has lost the argument. Congratulations, conservative America: They're calling you a Nazi. Carry on."


Oh, how the bullies grumble when the tables are turned.

BTW, Barber's fellow homophobe, Scott Lively, not only claimed that gays were Nazis, he claimed that the original Nazis were gay, including Hitler.  :P

Pope Benedict: Even If God Did Make You Gay, You Still Should Not Be Gay

He said it was still an open question whether homosexual inclinations are innate or arise early in life. In any case, he said, if these are strong inclinations, it represents "a great trial" for the homosexual. "But this does not mean that homosexuality thereby becomes morally right. Rather, it remains contrary to the essence of what God originally willed," he said.


So God may have made me gay, but if "he" did, that wasn't "his" original plan, so I should ignore my feelings and instincts, even though I'm not hurting anyone, and do what this self-castrated old drag queen says because she pretends to speak for God and millions are foolishing enough to believe her?

New Dad Neil Patrick Never Happier

Fatherhood agrees with actor Neil Patrick Harris who says he's never been happier during an interview with The Talkearlier this week.

Apple Removes Antigay App

Apple has apparently removed the antigay app the Manhattan Declaration, which called for users to fight marriage equality, from its iTunes store. The decision comes after thousands protested the company's decision to approve the Manhattan Declaration for download in the first place. Apple has been known to reject good number of gay-related mobile apps, which is part of what frustrated many gay consumers when they learned that an antigay app had been approved.


Lesbians Lead Oscar Race

Annette Bening and Julianne Moore, who play a crisis-facing lesbian couple in The Kids Are All Right, and Natalie Portman, as an unstable ballerina who has a possible same-sex hook up with her rival in Black Swan, are considered the front runners for best actress Academy Award, according to Entertainment Weekly. Dave Karger, one of the industry's most reliable awards pundits, names the three women as the best bets to receive Oscar nominations when they're announced in January.


I watched this earlier.  I didn't find this out until afterwards, but it's supposedly based on an episode in George Hamiton's life.  Now that I know this, one of the jokes strikes me as particularly funny.  At one point George's mother tells teenage George that he should go to the beach with his brother - who is gay, btw - because he's as pale as a nun's behind.  It was an enjoyable film.  Not very heavy. 

Thursday, November 25, 2010

10 Random Facts About Davey Wavey

Decatur Central's Single Ladies Video.avi

Truth Hurts When You're a Lying Bigot

Family Research Council Demands Apology

The religious right group Family Research Council is demanding an apology from the Southern Poverty Law Center after the SPLC, a civil rights organization, labeled the FRC a “hate group” because of its antigay rhetoric.


Brian Brown Is Ever So Pissed About NOM Being Labeled A Hate Group

"This is an absurd distraction emanating from a once-great organization’s real mission---with all the actual hate groups out there, how can Southern Poverty Law Center stoop so low? This report is not an attack on NOM but on the majority of Americans who believe that to make a marriage you need a husband and wife. It is also further proof of what NOM has been saying: today’s gay marriage movement is no longer about tolerance, live or let live—it’s about driving out dissenting voices from the public square."


Recently posted on NOM's Facebook page by their moderator, Louis Marinelli.

LKL - Dolly Parton On Her Gay fans

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Christian Cancer That Threatens America by Gary Cottle

Nearly all of the antigay hate groups listed in a recently published Southern Poverty Law Center report are Christian faith-based organizations. The antigay movement is a Christian cancer. And this cancer not only threatens the gay community, it is a threat to our democracy.

These groups spew so much hate directed toward gays that it is sometimes difficult to focus on anything else they might have to say, but if you can manage to filter through the lies and distortions that are meant to do violence to the gay community, you’ll discover that these groups aren’t merely antigay, they are anti-American as well.

Most are theocrats. They believe that our nation’s laws should reflect their religious beliefs. In their minds, laws don’t need a rational justification. They don’t believe that they need to demonstrate practical benefits for restricting the freedom of others. In their view, if it’s part of their religion, it should be law.

Most do not value the separation of church and state. In fact many claim that the separation is a leftwing conspiracy. Many profess that America was founded as a Christian nation, and it is their goal to “reclaim America for Christ.”

Many are dominionists. They believe that God has given the faithful dominion over the earth until Jesus returns. Many believe in the literal second coming of Jesus Christ, and many believe that this event is imminent.

There is a common belief among Christians of this strip that God has blessed this country because America has some special role to play in regards to their end times mythology. And there is a common fear that if this country does not fulfill it’s supposed divine purpose, God will punish it.

These Christians are using this fear to foster hatred of LGBT people, and they are doing it as a kind of rallying cry. The ginned up prejudice and bigotry of gays is not an end in and of itself. The propagation of hate is meant to help consolidate political power. Their ultimate aim is to replace our democracy with a Christian theocracy.

Of course many, if not most, Christians in this country do not, as a rule, concern themselves with plans to impose their religious beliefs onto the rest of us. Many are overtly opposed to Christian fundamentalism. But there are millions who are willing to defer to the supposed wisdom of self-appointed fundamentalist Christian leaders because they are fooled by all of the God talk. And there are other conservative Christians who may not be fundamentalist Protestants but are willing to align themselves with the fundamentalist antigay hate crowd because there is a convergence of belief centered on this issue and a few others, and they are also arrogant enough to believe that the law should reflect their religious views.

It is easy to dismiss this crowd as crackpots. And they are, for the most part, way out of the mainstream. But it would be folly to dismiss their political acumen. They were able to sabotage gay marriage in California and in Maine. Just weeks ago, they were able to unseat three State Supreme Court Justices in Iowa. You hear many elected politicians at the local, state and federal levels echoing their rhetoric. They are highly motivated, well organized and well funded. The Christian right is a political machine to be reckoned with.

Although their views may be considered extreme by most, their motives don’t generally get a lot of scrutiny. They are often characterized as well intentioned but perhaps a bit behind the times. And they are in fact behind the times. They seem to idealize the 1950’s, especially as it was represented in television shows such as Leave It To Beaver. Their fantasy is an America where all hardworking, Bible believing people are deservedly middle class. Their fantasy is an America where divorce is practically unheard of, an America where no one would dream of wanting an abortion, an America where mothers stay at home, and fathers go out into the world to earn a living. It should be noted that this model, aside from the promise of material affluence for all of God’s “chosen people,” is very close to a model that would work better in an agrarian society. This is fitting since they resist all attempts to reinterpret Christianity for the modern era. We’re aware of how vicious they can be in their attempts to keep homophobia alive despite all that we’ve learned about human sexuality in the past one hundred and fifty years. We’re aware just how willing they are to fight tooth and nail to have so-called creationism taught in school as a legitimate alternative scientific viewpoint. If you’re going to believe that a book written centuries ago is the perfect and undisputed word of God, if that’s the basis of your faith, then anything that contradicts what is written in that book may be seen as a threat to your faith.

We all know Bryan Fischer for the snaggletoothed homophobe that he is. We’ve become accustomed to his antigay hate speech. But some of the things that Bryan Fischer has to say that aren’t directly gay related are worth examining. Earlier this week it was reported in the press that Bryan Fischer claims he would like teenagers to finished high school by the age of 16 so they can get married sooner and presumably start raising children sooner. He claims that sixteen-year-olds are sexually mature and they need marriage as an outlet to channel their sexuality. He claims that God is the one who set our biological clocks and we should structure our society around this.

Well, it’s true that teenagers are often a pretty randy lot, and our society often ignores this fact or makes a joke of it. Many parents aren’t prepared to accept the idea that their teenagers may have sexual needs. Others simply turn the other way and allow their kids to deal with their burgeoning sexuality on their own. But despite the fact that our society may not be dealing with teenage sexuality very well, somehow I don’t think marrying them off at 16 is the right solution. Fischer makes it clear that he fears young people will become sexually active before getting married. He is aware of the fact that statistics show that most are deciding to wait until they are in their mid to late 20’s before getting married, and many are deciding to forgo marriage altogether. But what Fischer, and millions like him, fail to take into account is that there are reasons why you don’t see a lot of sixteen-year-olds getting married anymore. Times have changed. Marriage is no longer approached in the same practical and businesslike way that was common in the past. We now expect romance and compatibility. And few of us want out parents to decide who we will marry. Women are no longer expected to be subservient to their husbands. And in this day and age, children born to teenage parents are far more likely to grow up in poverty. We live in a post-industrial, high tech society. We do not live in Biblical times. The mores and customs that served an ancient Middle Eastern society do not necessarily fit our reality, and pretending that our needs haven’t changed is to live in a dream. So yes, Bryan Fischer and his ilk are behind the times, but they are so behind the times one might say they’re delusional.

If you’re not gay, and you ignore the hostility that people like this direct toward the gay community, you might think that this out-of-date worldview is merely quirky, but it is actually much more malignant than that, and not just for gays. They are chipping away at the separation of church and state. They are chipping away at respect for minority views. And they are spreading the idea that the majority should be able to impose their beliefs onto others simply because they’re in the majority. In a modern, pluralistic society this simply won’t work, and if respect for minority groups and minority views go by the wayside, then we are all at risk because we are all part of a minority in one way or another.

Would any other group that shows such contempt for our democratic ideals be given a pass? For far too long the Christian right has been able to coast by using their antigay hate speech as a shield. As long as they keep the heat on the gays, and as long as that is socially acceptable, many will probably go on ignoring them or even lend them support. And therein lies the danger, and not just for gays, for it is not just gays that they’re after. They believe that this country belongs to them, and they want it back.

Milan Kundera wrote in his novel, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, “the criminal regimes were not made by criminals but by enthusiasts who were convinced they had discovered the only road to paradise.” He was speaking of the criminal regimes of 20th century Europe which were secular in nature, so his use of the word “paradise” was metaphoric, but the conservative Christians of this nation believe they have discovered the only road to paradise in the literal sense, so you can believe they have the fire in the belly, and just like all the totalitarians that went before them, they ignore the pride and egotism at the heart of their vision. They refuse to accept any aspect of reality that contradicts their vision. And they are willing to destroy anyone or anything that stands in their way. The LGBT community has been seriously harmed by conservative Christians in this country. We know what these people are capable of doing in the name of morality. Sadly, many of our fellow Americans don’t seem to get it.

Antonin Scalia: The 14th Amendment Should Not Apply To Homosexuals

“The due process clause has been distorted so it’s no longer a guarantee of process but a guarantee of liberty,” Scalia expounded. “But some of the liberties the Supreme Court has found to be protected by that word - liberty - nobody thought constituted a liberty when the 14th Amendment was adopted. Homosexual sodomy? It was criminal in all the states. Abortion? It was criminal in all the states.” “The way to change the Constitution is through amendments approved by the people, not by judges altering the meaning of its words,” he added.


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

10 Anti-Gay Myths Debunked

Ever since born-again singer and orange juice pitchwoman Anita Bryant helped kick off the contemporary anti-gay movement more than 30 years ago, hard-line elements of the religious right have been searching for ways to demonize homosexuals — or, at a minimum, to find arguments that will prevent their normalization in society. For the former Florida beauty queen and her Save Our Children group, it was the alleged plans of gays and lesbians to “recruit” in schools that provided the fodder for their crusade. But in addition to hawking that myth, the legions of anti-gay activists who followed have added a panoply of others, ranging from the extremely doubtful claim that homosexuality is a choice, to unalloyed lies like the claims that gays molest children far more than heterosexuals or that hate crime laws will lead to the legalization of bestiality and necrophilia. These fairy tales are important to the anti-gay right because they form the basis of its claim that homosexuality is a social evil that must be suppressed — an opinion rejected by virtually all relevant medical and scientific authorities. They also almost certainly contribute to hate crime violence directed at homosexuals, who are more targeted for such attacks than any other minority in America. What follows are 10 key myths propagated by the anti-gay movement, along with the truth behind the propaganda.


Click on the link to read about the ten antigay myths.

SPLC’s Intelligence Report: Gays Targeted for Hate Crimes Far More Than Any Other Minority in America

Homosexuals are far more likely to be victims of a violent hate crime than any other minority group in the United States, according to a new analysis of federal hate crime statistics in the latest issue of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report, released today.

The SPLC’s analysis of 14 years of hate crime data found that homosexuals, or those perceived to be gay, are more than twice as likely to be attacked in a violent hate crime as Jews or blacks; more than four times as likely as Muslims; and 14 times as likely as Latinos. The findings are based on FBI hate crime statistics from 1995 to 2008, the period for which there is complete data. The basic pattern also holds true in individual years.


Happy Thanksgiving!

Love, It's a Guy Thing

Yeah, baby!

Oh, I wouldn't call her a beast -- that's a little harsh -- but one wonders what that hairy hunk sees in her.

Dan Savage - Gays Most Targeted Minority

Dan Savage went on CNN and slammed them for inviting representatives of hate groups, such as Tony Perkins -- as designated by The Southern Poverty Law Center -- to appear on the network.  He pointed out that issues regarding blacks and Jews are not covered in the same way.

Palm Ad - Business As Usual

Pope Benedict XVI and Vatican on condoms: Men and women can use condoms to prevent spread of HIV

There's not a divinely inspired double standard after all.

Pope Benedict has clarified his recent landmark statement — that the use of condoms is sometimes morally justifiable to stop the spread of AIDS — by saying that the declaration was meant to cover women and transsexuals, and not just men.

UFC Commentator Joe Rogan Slammed for Antigay Slurs

Ultimate Fighting Championship commentator Joe Rogan is in hot water for calling a reporter at Fighter’s Only magazine a “fa**ot” — then calling him a “c**k sucker” in his written apology.


[DVD] Dieux Du Stade 2011 - Sebastien Homo & Flavien Basson

The French rugby club Stade Francais is out with its 2011 calendar, another in the annual flesh fest of hot rugby players and other jocks baring all for our entertainment. The calendar is now for sale and costs $41.

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Cardinal opposes civil unions

SPRINGFIELD -- The head of Chicago's Roman Catholic archdiocese Monday portrayed legislation authorizing civil unions between gay and lesbian couples as an initiative that would ''change the nature of marriage'' and urged state lawmakers to reject it.

"...the public understanding of marriage will be negatively affected by passage of a bill that ignores the natural fact that sexual complementarity is at the core of marriage.''


So much for the argument that if we settle for separate and unequal civil unions the theocrats and homophobes will settle down and back off.

White House Talks HIV Prevention

By Advocate.com Editors

The White House Office of National AIDS Policy’s director, Jeffrey S. Crowley, weighs in on this morning’s announcement that the antiretroviral drug combination Truvada can help prevent uninfected gay men from contracting HIV in an exclusive statement to The Advocate.
Is ONAP pushing for/supporting additional trials on PReP on other segments of the population?
ONAP recognizes that one study is not definitive and this single study was focused on one population. Key federal partners including the NIH, CDC, and USAID have been active participants in a global effort to examine this issue in different populations and answer other critical questions in order for us to know how to use these findings as part of a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to HIV prevention. Several other studies are underway. ONAP is pleased that numerous researchers from across the globe are working collaboratively to find answers to these critical research questions.
Can you offer any specifics on involvement between ONAP and researches on other PreP drugs, etc?
ONAP has collaborated closely with numerous stakeholders, including some of our nation’s leading prevention researchers. Scientists at NIH that funded the research leading to today’s results as well as scientists at CDC and other agencies were active participants in developing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.


The Washington Post reports:
When gay men at high risk of becoming infected with HIV through sex take a daily dose of antiretroviral drugs, their chance of catching the virus drops by at least 40 percent, according to a new study.

The protective benefit could be as high as 95 percent if a person is extremely attentive about not missing a dose, the research on nearly 2,500 men on four continents found.


Gates Dismissed McCain's Repeal Concerns

Sen. John McCain in a letter sent to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates:   “I urge you and Admiral [Michael] Mullen to modify the review and the survey instrument, or to conduct supplemental surveys, aimed at ensuring that the question of whether the DADT policy should be changed is answered."

Gates responds on Oct. 25:  “I do not believe that military policy decisions — on this or any other subject — should be made through a referendum of Servicemembers.”


I doubt McCain would normally believe military policy should be decided in such a fashion, but for reasons only McCain can explain, he has decided to make a big stink about this issue. 

"It Gets Better" — Love, Pixar

New HIV drug gives hope for prevention

A major study shows for the first time that a drug duo widely used to treat the AIDS virus can block HIV infection, researchers said today.
The drugs tenofovir and emtricitabine, packaged as a once-daily pill and sold in drugstores as Truvada, reduced HIV infections by an average of 44% among gay and bisexual men who took the drug, compared with those taking a placebo. Men who reported being the most diligent about taking their pill each day reaped an even bigger benefit, reducing their risk by 73%.

Mullen Named to GQ Men of the Year

Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has been named a man of the year by GQ, which calls the nation’s highest-ranking military member a “game changer” for his Congressional testimony that accelerated “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal earlier this year.