Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Savage remembers seeking the counsel of his doctor about AIDS thirty years ago

The first adult authority figure that I came out to who wasn't a member of my family: my pediatrician. I'd been seeing him since I was a child and he was still my doctor. After my third or fourth visit about "a small skin blemish," he asked me what I was really worried about. I remember what I said to him: "I'm gay and I don't want to have AIDS." I don't remember what he said to me, but I'll never forget the look on his face. It was this combination of pity, panic, disappointment, and judgement. I never saw him again.  --Dan Savage


Transgender McFatter senior crowned prom queen

(Gay South Florida) -- They’ve bullied and taunted her, calling her names and writing on her locker.

And now, the seniors at McFatter Technical High School have elected Andrew Viveros their 2011 prom queen.


Local Couple Charged with Hate Crimes in Alleged Gay Attack

(KSPS Channel 2 News) --  A man and woman were arrested at Ruth Hardy Park following a dispute over a parking spot in downtown Palm Springs on May 21st.

Palm Springs Police said 24-year-old Russell Bates and 19-year old Abigail Sheehy got angry and started yelling "derogatory slurs" at the gay couple before punching them.

One of the victims even lost some teeth during the assault, according to Palm Springs Police Sergeant Troy Castillo.


Bernice King Leaves Post at Long's Church

(The Advocate) -- Bernice King, the antigay daughter of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., is stepping down as an elder of embattled pastor Eddie Long's New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.


Iowa Republican launches campaign in support of same-sex marriage

(Des Moines Register) -- A former Republican senator next week will unveil a new advocacy group for conservatives who support same-sex marriage.

The group, being launched by former Sen. Jeff Angelo, challenges the GOP’s standard opposition to same-sex marriage.


KKK Versus Westboro at Memorial Day Protest

(The Advocate) -- A group of demonstrators affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan staged a counterprotest Monday against members of the antigay Westboro Baptist Church at Arlington National Cemetery.


Sesame Street's pinko puppets brainwash our kids

That's the claim by a right-wing author who says he's exposed a left-wing plot behind some top TV shows

(The Independent) -- The TV series Friends undermined family values; Sesame Street taught ethnic minorities about civil disobedience; Happy Days had a subtle anti-Vietnam subtext; and the 1980s cop show MacGyver tried to persuade pistol-packing Americans that guns are bad. That, at least, is the considered opinion of Ben Shapiro, an investigative author and right-wing columnist who will publish a detailed exposé tomorrow telling how Hollywood producers, writers and actors have been secretly using TV to promote what he calls a "radical" left-leaning political agenda.

"Sesame Street tried to tackle divorce, tackled 'peaceful conflict resolution' in the aftermath of 9/11 and had [gay actor] Neil Patrick Harris on the show playing the subtly-named 'fairy shoeperson'," notes Shapiro.

Progressive Military Chaplains Fight Back

(The Advocate) -- ...Capt. John F. Gundlach, a retired Navy chaplain and member of the Forum on the Military Chaplaincy:

On May 23, the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), a group of conservative Christian attorneys, sent out a press release that could be regarded as a distress call. They stated that religious freedom in the military is at risk. At the same time, 21 conservative religious groups ADF represents sent letters to the three military Chiefs of Chaplains and to others, including the service secretaries and several rightwing members of Congress, urging the creation of special regulations to protect their right to religious free speech.

What are ADF and these groups afraid of? They fear that their chaplains and other military members who are anti-gay because of their religious beliefs will be discriminated against. Lifting up this perceived threat serves as a rallying cry for religious conservatives and the politicians who support them, but it’s really an S.O.S. It’s the Same Old Stuff they have been saying since “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” appeared to be headed for the regulatory scrap heap.

This S.O.S. may seem real enough to them, but what are the facts? Will religious conservatives in the military no longer be able to practice their religion? Will their chaplains have to refrain from preaching against homosexuality (their term, not mine)? Not at all. Chaplains have always had the right to preach according to the tenets of the religious bodies that endorse them — and they still will. Will anti-gay chaplains be forced to conduct same-sex weddings in military chapels? Of course not. They will continue to conduct rites and sacraments as allowed by their religious bodies. And the same principle applies to conducting religious education and pastoral counseling. The one thing that every chaplain is required to do, regardless of their religious perspectives, is care for everyone. If these chaplains can’t minister to gay and lesbian service members themselves, they are obligated to refer them to another chaplain who can.

So where is the threat to religious freedom? And where could their right to free speech be limited? It will no longer be acceptable to speak about fellow gay and lesbian service members in demeaning ways in the workplace and other public settings. The fact that this has ever been acceptable by anyone anywhere, but especially by chaplains, is regrettable. And chaplains from the religious groups who are now demanding protection from discrimination have been some of the worst offenders. They, and others who agree with them, may continue to think and believe what they want, but outside of those areas where their religious speech is protected, they may now have to keep their bigotry to themselves.

I agree that religious freedom is a precious right that we must hold inviolate. It is a right that all service members serve to defend, and which all should be able to enjoy. By all, I mean those who are religiously liberal as well as those who are conservative, and by those who are gay as well as straight. Are ADF and the religious groups they represent as willing to defend the same rights and protections for others they claim for themselves? Are they as willing to acknowledge the right of chaplains from gay-friendly denominations to perform gay weddings in military chapels? And are they as willing to speak up for those who suffer discrimination because they are gay? If not, their pleas for special protection from discrimination for themselves are self-serving and unworthy of consideration.

Their continued protests are an S.O.S. in another respect too. Public attitudes toward sexual orientation and equality have changed. A recent poll conducted on behalf of the Human Rights Campaign concluded that a majority of Christians favor protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people from discrimination. Eighty-six percent of respondents stated that their faith leads them to conclude that the law should treat LGBT people equally. A majority of Christians further believe that condemnation of LGBT persons by religious leaders does more harm than good.

Clearly, ADF and their conservative clients have good reason to send out an S.O.S. — their cause is sinking. As a new generation of Americans join our Armed Forces, a generation that has grown up knowing that LGBT people are no threat to their persons, their marriages, or their religion, the protests of groups like ADF and their clients will seem archaic and totally out of touch. And many will wonder why these groups don’t have a more important religious message to share.


Ugandan woman branded by iron over sexuality faces deportation from UK

Asylum claim of Ugandan lesbian attacked by three men in her home country has been refused by UK immigration authority

(The Guardian) -- A Ugandan woman who was branded with a hot iron in her home country as a punishment for her sexuality, is facing forced removal from the UK.

HIV ads pulled from Brisbane bus shelters

(Herald Sun) -- HIV campaigners are outraged a safe sex promotion featuring a fully clothed, hugging gay couple has been pulled from Queensland bus shelters. 

The Queensland Association for Healthy Communities launched its "Rip and Roll" advertisements a week ago and today learned they were being scrapped after about 30 complaints.

...Adshel, the company that provides advertising for Brisbane's bus shelters; Goa Billboards; and the Advertising Standards Bureau were targeted in an orchestrated campaign by the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL).


NBA Ready for Out Players?

(The Advocate) -- The NBA would be "surprisingly accepting" of openly gay players, Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash said in an interview with The New York Times.


Scottish Minister to Quit Over Gay Clergy

(The Advocate) -- The Reverend Andrew Coghill will quit the Church of Scotland over its move to consider the ordination of openly gay clergy.

The Scotsman reports on the decision by Coghill, whose church is in the Outer Hebrides. He is the second minister to announce plans to leave over the gay clergy issue; the Reverend Roddy MacRae announced last week that he would depart.


Robertson: Opposing Islam Just Like Opposing The Nazis

Pat asks why is it that we can't speak out against an institution that is intent on dominating us?  Why indeed, Pat?!  Why indeed?!

Vanessa Williams for HRC's NYers for Marriage Equality

Tony Perkins & James Robison: America Needs Godly Leaders

CNN - Former Rugby Star Ben Cohen Tackles Anti-Gay Bullying

Defend Marriage Rally #4

This Could be the End for Equality Maryland: May 30, 2011 Marriage News ...

Boris Ignatovich, Shower, 1935

Monday, May 30, 2011

Pavel Baranov by Cecilie Harris

Pavel Baranov by Cecilie Harris from Cecilie Harris on Vimeo.

The death of Hippolyte -- Joseph Desiré Court (1797-1865)

Fate of N.Y.'s same-sex marriage bill hinges on votes of undecided state senators

(Democrat and Chronicle) -- ALBANY — ...Eight senators — including the two who represent Dutchess County — indicated they are undecided on whether they would support same-sex marriage legislation if the bill comes to a vote, a survey of all 62 senators found.

The measure would need 32 votes for adoption in the Senate, and 26 senators, all Democrats, indicated they would back the bill. Twenty-eight senators expressed opposition — possibly leaving the measure's fate in the hands of the eight undecided lawmakers, five Republicans and three Democrats.


Bryan Fischer Wants Blasphemy and Profanity Outlawed

The Family Research Council A Hate Group?

Survey: Gays Gaining Global Acceptance

(The Advocate) -- An international study shows that most countries have become more accepting of LGBT people over the last two decades, but the reverse trend is evident in former socialist countries.


U.S. Responds to Moscow Gay Pride Arrests

(The Advocate) -- The U.S. State Department says it is concerned with the violent arrest of several LGBT activists in Russia, including Americans Andy Thayer and Dan Choi.

..."Freedom of assembly is a fundamental right all members of the OSCE committed to, including in the Moscow declaration and as recently as the Astana summit. As nationwide legislative elections approach, constraints on the ability of Russian citizens peacefully to gather and express their views will be closely watched in evaluating the integrity of the electoral process.  We call on Russian authorities to work with municipal officials to find better ways to safeguard these fundamental freedoms."


I'm surprised that the International Conspiracy to Indoctrinate Boys into Homosexuality is allowing this painting to be seen by the general public.  :P


Marshmallows = Happiness

Stills from the film Les amours imaginaires (Heartbeats) by Xavier Dolan.
Youtube trailer:


Portrait of the beautiful & talented 22 years old canadian actor, director, writer and producer Xavier Dolan. Including excerpts from his films : Miroirs d'été (short film) - J'ai tué ma mère (I killed my mother) & Les amours imaginaires (Heartbeats)

Song: Bang Bang by Dalida. Included in the original soundtrack of "Les amours imaginaires" (Heartbeats)

Amazon page:

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Gay Marriage Fights in New York and Minnesota Turning Ugly

(The Huffington Post) -- Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage claims that his organization wants a respectful discussion as to the merits of being against gay marriage.

However based on the actions of NOM -- and the organizations it is partnering with in New York and Minnesota -- one can't help but to question the veracity of Brown's statement...


Cornel West And Carl Dix Would Agree: Marriage Equality Needs More Black Public Support

(Queerty) -- ...So considering that Tavis Smiley, one of America’s biggest African-American radio personalities, just stated his belief that marriage is between a man and a woman, it’s nice that Jeff Girard, a gay activist currently filming his life as he lives in his SUV, took the time to get Smiley’s radio co-host Cornel West and civil rights activist Carl Dix on record stating their support for marriage equality. West added that the civil rights movement and queer rights movement have a lot to learn from each other and that each group should not get into a game of “our suffering is worse than your suffering.”

Click link to watch video:

Old Navy Debuts Gay Pride T-Shirts For It Gets Better

(Moxie Bird) --  Old Navy, taking a cue from…oh wait, NO OTHER MAJOR RETAILER EVER, is launching a line of rainbow-themed Pride shirts next Monday. Four designs will be available, sized for men, women and babies. And Old Navy will donate 10% of the proceeds to the It Gets Better Project (aka the source of all those YouTube videos that make you bawl your eyes out).


Illinois Civil Unions to Take Effect

(The Advocate) -- Gay and lesbian couples will be eligible to apply for civil union licenses in Illinois beginning Wednesday, the Associated Press reports.

Civil union ceremonies may be held one day after an application is approved, according to the AP. Gov. Pat Quinn signed the civil unions bill in January.


Civil Unions in Illinois Next Week, Christians Angry

I'm Horny... So Horny..! (Homoerotic Mix)

Peter Tatchell: Police colluded with Neo-Nazis at Moscow Pride protests

(Pink News) -- Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell reports from Moscow Pride after a day of clashes between gay rights campaigners, Neo-Nazis and the police.

We witnessed a high level of fraternisation and collusion between neo-Nazis and the Moscow police. I saw neo-Nazis leave and re-enter police buses parked on Tverskaya Street by City Hall.

Our suspicion is that many of the neo-Nazis were actually plainclothes police officers, who did to us what their uniformed colleagues dared not do in front of the world’s media. Either that, or the police were actively facilitating the right-wing extremists with transport to the protest...


Saturday, May 28, 2011

My Lucky Day!

Rachel Maddow Blocks Santorum's Attempt To Fix Google Problem!

Civil unions law draws protests downtown

(Chicago Tribune) -- Opponents of the new law that will allow same-sex civil unions rallied at the Thompson Center today demanding that Illinois voters be allowed to decide the fate of the issue through referendum.

...“There’s a battle between gay rights and religious freedom,” said Peter LaBarbera, president of the group Americans for Truth...


Georgia Pol Comes Out to Stop Rumors

(The Advocate) -- A Georgia state representative held a press conference Friday, during which he came out while combating rumors that he had traded state funds and lobbyist gifts for sexual favors from men.


Choi Beaten, Arrested in Russia

(The Advocate) -- Army veteran and gay activist Dan Choi, Chicago activist Any Thayer were among at least 18 people who were mobbed at a gay pride parade in Moscow by police and a group of Neo-Nazis on Saturday.


Police Arrest Gay Pride Marchers in Moscow

Bel Ami: A classic car race in the woods turns in an amazing orgy!

It happens all the time...in my imagination.  :P


Yes, Thank God!

This is Freddy, my (pretend) boyfriend.

Freddy is bookish and not very talkative. He can sit for hours reading or thinking, and then suddenly he’ll break the silence by sharing some arcane fact. He listens intently to everything I say. Sometimes he responds, sometimes he doesn’t. He’s a grad student writing a thesis on ancient Sumer. At parties he gravitates toward a far corner where he goes largely unnoticed by the crowd, but those who do strike up a conversation with him are invariably dazzled by his gentle wit and offbeat observations. Two or three times a week, Freddy becomes very needy and clingy. I hold him, and after a few moments, he allows me to do unmentionable things to his person. He often giggles and says he doesn’t know why he makes me so randy. I try not to be a pest.

I won't be home for dinner, dear.

 I have some...um...business to take care of.

Our Gender Bending First Couple

Walk Softly And Carry A Winged God

Come on in. What are you waiting for?

Freedom to Love

Don't We All?

Even Boys

Friday, May 27, 2011

Activists seek ban on military participation in gay weddings

(The Washington Post) -- Conservative legal activists and Christian leaders said Thursday that they will sue on behalf of military chaplains if the Senate does not pass a Republican version of the annual Pentagon policy bill that includes language barring Defense Department employees from participating in same-sex marriage ceremonies.


Sports appear finally ready to welcome gay athletes in the locker rooms

(New York Daily News) -- When Dave Kopay came out in 1975, three years after he retired from the NFL, he figured gay athletes' fight to win mainstream acceptance and respect would be measured in years, not decades.

...He still sounds shocked, more than 30 years later, by the hostility he encountered when he was interviewed by reporters and talk-show hosts about the book, and by the ugly phone calls and letters he received from anti-gay bigots.

...America's locker rooms, once longtime bastions of homophobia, have experienced a quiet but important transformation. Gay athletes, once shunned and marginalized, are finally welcome.


Second Fox Guest Bashes CA Diversity Program For Creating “Gender Confusion”

(Equality Matters) -- In its second segment on the subject in several hours on Thursday, Fox News once again spotlighted a California school that recently introduced students to a lesson on gender diversity in an effort to reduce bullying and create a welcoming environment for all children.

...It’s still unclear what exactly Dacus believes students will be “indoctrinated” into believing.

Is he really worried that an hour-long lesson about gender diversity will convince students to become transgender or gay? What exactly is the “price” that children will pay because of “gender confusion?”

U.S. Adults Estimate That 25% of Americans Are Gay or Lesbian

(Gallup) -- WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. adults, on average, estimate that 25% of Americans are gay or lesbian. More specifically, over half of Americans (52%) estimate that at least one in five Americans are gay or lesbian, including 35% who estimate that more than one in four are. Thirty percent put the figure at less than 15%.


Gay Teens Crowned Prom King And Queen

(WMTW News 8) -- What started as an effort to get people talking about acceptance at Sanford High School led to the crowning of the school's first gay prom king and queen.

Watch video at:


Parents keep child's gender secret

(Parentcentral) -- ...When Storm was born, the couple sent an email to friends and family: “We've decided not to share Storm's sex for now — a tribute to freedom and choice in place of limitation, a stand up to what the world could become in Storm's lifetime (a more progressive place? ...).”


Conversion therapy: she tried to make me 'pray away the gay'

Two years ago, Patrick Strudwick began challenging therapists who claimed they could change a patient's sexuality. This week he won his battle against one

(The Guardian) -- They described her as "reckless", "disrespectful", "dogmatic" and "unprofessional". They said she showed "no empathy" towards her client. Why? Psychotherapist Lesley Pilkington had tried to turn a gay person straight.

In a landmark ruling this week, Pilkington, 60, was found guilty of "treating" a patient for his homosexuality. A hearing of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy – the largest professional body for therapists – concluded that the treatment she gave constituted "professional malpractice".

Lesbian Sues Sheriff Over Forced "Ex-Gay" Therapy

(The Advocate) -- In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Georgia, Amanda Booker claims that a sheriff’s department forced her to see “ex-gay” therapists paid by the county rather than take her to mandated psychiatric treatment.


NY Senator Reverend Rubén Díaz Objects to Mayor Bloomberg's Speech

"It was disturbing today to hear Mayor Michael Bloomberg trivialize the suffering and agony of African Americans during the slave era by comparing it to the push to legalize homosexual marriage.

"Slavery in America destroyed countless human lives. The slave trade involved kidnapping people from their homes in Africa, placing them in bondage, shackled, whipped and abused on cargo ships until sold here in America. At that point their families and their lives were subject to the whims and cruelties of their masters. Even after Emancipation, former slaves, who were freed faced lynch mobs, segregation and denial of basic opportunities for housing, education and employment. Peaceful efforts to address these injustices were met with police in riot gear, fire hoses and violent dogs.

"There is no just comparison between America’s struggle to overcome the evils of slavery and the promotion of the lifestyle of homosexuality. It is preposterous for Mayor Bloomberg to degrade and minimize the plight of African-Americans in this civil rights struggle by equating it with the effort to push to legalize homosexual marriage.

"As all survivors of the 'Holocaust' will likely agree, comparing the unique evil of that genocide to other tragedies in the world devalues its lesson to the world. While the dictionary may have its official definition, it means so much more and is not allowed to be tossed about to make a point.

"Black Americans should not sit back and let Mayor Bloomberg compare the long struggle of their ancestors against American slavery to the current fight for a lifestyle choice. The effort to redefine marriage to include a man and a man or a woman and a woman can never be compared to the struggle against slavery.

"Before Mayor Bloomberg attempts to borrow from history for comparisons, he should take a look at the uncivil discourse that is taking place by those whose goals he has embraced.

"Black leaders should not allow Mayor Bloomberg or anyone else trivialize their suffering and their history!"


Mayor Bloomberg calls on New York State to legalize same-sex marriage

Bloomberg's Case for Marriage Equality

(The Advocate) --
New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg delivered a significant address Thursday afternoon in which he made an intellectual and personal case for the marriage equality bill that could come before the state legislature within weeks.

The nearly 20-minute speech, delivered in Manhattan before more than 150 invited guests of the administration, positioned marriage equality as the next step in the inevitable expansion of “freedom, liberty, and equality” that has defined the American experience through the abolition of slavery, workers’ rights, women’s rights, and minority civil rights. The mayor made special mention of New York City as the home of the Stonewall Inn, site of the 1969 uprising credited with sparking the modern gay rights movement.


Catholic Charities Ends Adoptions

(The Advocate) -- Catholic Charities of Rockford, Ill., has stopped providing adoption and foster care services rather than comply with a new civil unions law in the state.


Why Republicans Should Support Gay Marriage

Too bad this wasn't his attitude a few years ago when he played a significant role in getting all those all those anti-gay marriage amendments passed.

Marriage Rally In The Bronx: People Need To Speak The Truth!

'Camp' Camp 2011 Mini-Documentary


Thursday, May 26, 2011

Daniel Choi @ Moscow Pride2.wmv

Wal-Mart, Salem radio dump Bradlee Dean

(The Minnesota Independent) -- Wal-Mart and Salem Communications have severed ties with two entities run by pastor Bradlee Dean, who made headlines last week for a controversial prayer before the Minnesota House of Representatives. David Brauer reports that AM 1280 The Patriot, owned by Christian broadcaster Salem Communications, dropped Dean’s “Sons of Liberty” radio show, and Nick Pinto writes that Wal-Mart has told Dean’s ministry, You Can Run But You Cannot Hide, that it can no longer fundraise in the parking lots of its Minnesota locations.


Louise Marinelli is going on a Summer Marriage Equality Tour

(Marinelli's blog) -- Last year, I helped organize the 2010 Summer for Marriage Tour with the National Organization for Marriage. Over the course of 30 days, we traveled more than 10,000 miles to spread a discriminatory message I once believed in to oppose same-sex marriage.

Ironically, it was that very summer tour that led me to change my mind and come to support marriage equality.

Read about the details at Marinelli's blog:

Settlement reached in Eddie Long case

(AJC) -- Some current and former members of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church expressed relief Thursday that sexual misconduct lawsuits against the church and its prominent leader, Bishop Eddie Long, have been resolved.

Attorneys involved in the four lawsuits against Long, the LongFellows Youth Academy and the 25,000-member Lithonia megachurch said the case had been settled but declined to comment further. The case is expected to be dismissed "with prejudice" -- meaning the defendant cannot be sued by the plaintiffs again in the same alleged offense -- by close of business Friday, said Barbara Marschalk, who represents New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and LongFellows Youth Academy.

B.J. Bernstein, who represents the four men who sued Long, New Birth and the academy, also confirmed the lawsuits had been settled. The academy was named in three of the suits.

House Passes Defense Bill With Antigay Amendments

(The Advocate) -- The House of Representatives on Thursday approved its version of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act with three controversial, antigay amendments, one of which is aimed at delaying repeal implementation of "don't ask, don't tell."


Belinda and Son on Coming Out

Actor-activist James Duke Mason chats with his mother, singer Belinda Carlisle about the way his coming out affected their family, advice for confused parents, and how former first lady Nancy Reagan is "down with the gays."

Harold Camping Q&A: Camping claims no responsibility for suicidal followers

Harold Camping says not responsible for suicidal followers, will not admit mistake (VIDEO)

(IBTimes) -- Harold Camping, the Doomsday prophet who falsely predicted that May 21, 2011 would be the End of the World, said at an Open Forum on Monday that he is not responsible for the suicidal acts committed by deceived followers.

Lyn Benedetto of Antelope Valley, Calif. slit the wrist and throat of her two daughters and then slit her own, claiming to prevent them from going through the “Tribulation” on May 21, 2011. However, her neighbor discovered the attempted murder and suicide early enough for ambulance to take them to a nearby hospital to be treated.

At the Open Forum of Family Radio in Oakland, Calif. on Monday, Camping said he was not responsible for the acts committed by his followers. And he was also not prepared to tender any public apology or admit that he had made a mistake about his Doomsday prediction.