Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!





55 Percent Of Washington Voters Would Uphold Same-Sex Marriage Law

55 Percent Of Washington Voters Would Uphold Same-Sex Marriage Law: A new poll conducted by the University of Washington Center for Survey Research found voters in Washington “would support a state gay marriage law if it’s approved by the Legislature.” “Of voters surveyed, 55 percent indicated they would uphold a Legislature-approved same-sex marriage law if it were challenged by referendum,” while 38 percent said they...

Video: Bryan Fischer vs. NH's repeal bill. Yes, you read that correctly

Video: Bryan Fischer vs. NH's repeal bill. Yes, you read that correctly

Rick Santorum cites Bryan Fischer, Bob Vander Plaats and Alan Keyes in his new web ad blasting Herman Cain’s postion(s) on abortion.

Fischer: "Dark Energy" Behind Liberalism

No "cross-dressing" on Halloween for Mormons

LDS Halloween event's no "cross-gender" costume flier angers some residents

Eric Cantor Booed For Opposing Marriage Equality

Rick Santorum: Mitt Romney Is To Blame For Same-Sex Marriage

Rick Santorum: Mitt Romney Is To Blame For Same-Sex Marriage: Rick Santorum blamed Mitt Romney for the growing acceptance of same-sex marriage during an event in Iowa on Saturday. “Guess who didn’t rebuff the courts. Governor Romney,” Santorum said, referring to the Massachusetts Supreme Court’s 2004 ruling which found that denying marriage to same-sex couples is unconstitutional. He went on, “Governor Romney issued those marriage...

Ex-Gay Therapist Offers Duplicitous ‘Apology’ To Attract New Gay Clients To Harmful Treatment

Ex-Gay Therapist Offers Duplicitous ‘Apology’ To Attract New Gay Clients To Harmful Treatment: Richard Cohen is one of the most public purveyors of reparative ex-gay therapy, promoting and lecturing about the scientifically-unsound belief that gays and lesbians can change their sexual orientation. The American Counseling Association permanently expelled Cohen in 2002, but his bizarre reparative techniques have attracted mainstream media attention from outlets like CNN and MSNBC. On...

University Of Michigan Faculty Threaten Exodus If Domestic Partner Benefits Lost

University Of Michigan Faculty Threaten Exodus If Domestic Partner Benefits Lost: The Michigan House of Representatives has already approved a bill that would eliminate domestic partner benefits for all state employees, including staff and faculty at the state’s 15 public universities. Faculty at the University of Michigan are suggesting there will be a mass exodus if the bill passes and that the change will severely hurt...

Report: Fox News Downplays Stories About Anti-LGBT Bullying, Suicide

Report: Fox News Downplays Stories About Anti-LGBT Bullying, Suicide

Anti-Gay North Carolina Senator James Forrester Dead At 74

Anti-Gay North Carolina Senator James Forrester Dead At 74: North Carolina state Sen. James Forrester (R) has died at the age of 74. Forrester was one of the leading proponents of North Carolina’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, which will be on the ballot in May. He had described Ashville as a “cesspool of sin” for its high concentration of LGBT residents and argued...

Catholic Bishops' 'Marriage Guy' Says Satan Makes People Gay

Catholic Bishops' 'Marriage Guy' Says Satan Makes People Gay

Perry's Cornerstone Speech Highlights

Transgender student expelled from private Riverside university

Transgender student expelled from private Riverside university

Boy Scouts and Catholic Church, both anti-gay, both covered up abuse

Boy Scouts failed to report abuser

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I think it's telling that Joey says that he tried to tell his father that the scout master tried to rape him and his father beat him for it. Even the father participated in the coverup.

As I've pointed out before in regards to bullying, boys are not allowed to be victims. Or at least they weren't when I was growing up. If you were a victim, it meant the bullies were right about you--according to the boy code. So it was difficult for a boy to ask for help. I think back in the 70's many men would have found it deeply shameful to have a rape victim for a son, and they conveyed that to their sons. In doing that, they actually turned some boys into perfect victims--ones who were afraid to speak out.

Of course it's shocking that institutions like The Boy Scouts and the Catholic Church would cover things like this up, but how they handled this points to a wider cultural problem. Many have figured out that sexism is often involved in the victimization of girls and women. Our society has become less sexist over the years, but I think one of the reasons we've not had even greater success is that we've only looked at one side of the issue. Traditionally women and girls have been viewed as property. The flip side of that is men and boys are supposed to take care of themselves. Even little boys have this expectation placed on them, certainly any boy over the age of 10.

The reason cultural conservatives resist efforts to address bullying and abuse is because instinctively they know that in doing so you're striking a blow at patriarchy. They blame women and girls for being victims, and they fight like hell to keep that stigma alive. They don't want to admit that in a society where women and girls are at the mercy of men, men can take advantage, and this has proven to be too much of a temptation for a huge number of them. They want to maintain that men are by and large competent and dependable masters of woman.

And they're going to fight doubly hard to prevent a widespread societal aknowledgement that men and boys can be weak and defenseless. That's getting way too close to looking behind the curtain and finding out the Wizard of Oz is just a clueless, dithering nincompoop who really isn't all that powerful. They're willing to sacrifice a few men and boys to keep the illusion alive.

A Gaymer's Story

A Gaymer's Story

Talk Show Appearance Leads To Jail For Three Gay Men In Ghana

Rick Perry Endorses New Hampshire’s Marriage Repeal Effort During Awkward Speech To Anti-Gay Group

Rick Perry Endorses New Hampshire’s Marriage Repeal Effort During Awkward Speech To Anti-Gay Group: Rick Perry endorsed efforts to repeal New Hampshire’s same-sex marriage law on Friday, during an awkward and uncomfortable address to the anti-gay group Cornerstone Action. “As conservatives we believe in the sanctity of life. We believe in the sanctity of traditional marriage,” Perry was quoted as saying. “And I applaud those legislators in New Hampshire...

Gay rights pioneer Axel Axgil, first to enter same-sex civil union, dies at 96

Gay rights pioneer Axel Axgil, first to enter same-sex civil union, dies at 96

County Prosecutor Anticipates Filing Assault Charge Today Over Classroom Beating of Gay Ohio Teen

Parents urged to support, safeguard children as they explore gender

Parents urged to support, safeguard children as they explore gender

Why LGBT people are the 99 percent, too

Why LGBT people are the 99 percent, too

The Homosexual Agenda School

Edgar Maxence - Henri-Marie-Aristide, 1894

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Beauty By The Brook

Jane doesn't know Dick.

Spock me anytime.

Lesbian H.S. Couple Crowned at Homecoming

Lesbian H.S. Couple Crowned at Homecoming


Anti-gay hate preacher and musician turns on anti-gay presidential candidate Michele Bachmann.

EXCLUSIVE! Bradlee Dean Dumps Bachmann: "Lady, You Stink!"

Mitt Romney's Gay Rights Record Questioned By Obama Adviser David Plouffe

‘StudentsFirst’ Campaigns Against Bullying While Giving $70,000 To Anti-Gay MI GOP Legislator

‘StudentsFirst’ Campaigns Against Bullying While Giving $70,000 To Anti-Gay MI GOP Legislator: The self-described “education reform” group StudentsFirst, headed up by former Washington, D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, has recently forayed into pro-LGBT and anti-bullying activism. It filmed its own “It Gets Better” video and also opened up its blog for anti-bullying activism. The four most recent blog entries on its site are all about these issues...

LGBT Sandwhich?

Sometimes a lady can love a lady.

Paul Boche

Lord Alfred "Bosie" Douglas (1870-1945)

Self Portrait by George Owen Wynne Apperley (1884-1960, English)

Stephen James Napier Tennant (21 April 1906 – 28 February 1987) was a British aristocrat known for his decadent lifestyle. It is said that he spent most of his life in bed.

Mercure, Jacques-Augustin Pajou (1730-1809)

Friday, October 28, 2011

A Boy's Own Story Book Cover

Cose Friends

Peter Orlovsky & Allen Ginsberg

I am free?

I don't blame that coat, I want to hold him, too.

Nikolai Argunov painted the son of a Russian nobleman dressed as Cupid circa 1790.

Interesting contrast.

Cool Socks

LGBT Folks Mourn Death of “Ask Beth” Columnist

LGBT Folks Mourn Death of “Ask Beth” Columnist  


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By the time Winship retired in 1998, the Times writes, one young adult had written her: “I grew up in a small town as a gay teen. Reading the letters in your column from other gay teens, along with your reassurance and frank and honest information, helped me realize that I was not some freak of nature, helped me through one more day, and I believe, may have saved my life.”

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Rutgers-Eagleton: 52% of NJ voters support same-sex marriage

Support for legalizing gay marriage jumps to 61 percent when the issue is framed in terms of “marriage equality,” the favored description of advocates for same-sex couples.

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It's tough if you're an erstwhile moderate Mormon trying to win support from Christianist bigots.

From World Net Daily:

10 reasons Christians should reject Romney

Peter LaBarbera is now calling broken windows a "terror-attack."

From LaBarbera:

Liberty Counsel Interview Examines Terror-Attack against AFTAH, Christian Liberty Academy

UFC Prez Urges Gay Fighters to Come Out

UFC Prez Urges Gay Fighters to Come Out

No Gay President For Ireland This Time: David Norris Concedes Defeat

No Gay President This Time: David Norris Concedes Defeat

News Anchor Came Out to Fulfill A Promise He Made As A Kid

News Anchor Came Out to Fulfill A Promise He Made As A Kid

Teacher Says It Wasn't Him, Facebook Comments Hacked

Teacher Says It Wasn't Him, Facebook Comments Hacked

Christian Parents Beat Daughter to Death, Claim It Was Suicide

Pro-gay marriage NH group begins anti-repeal push - Boston.com

Pro-gay marriage NH group begins anti-repeal push - Boston.com

Why Marriage Matters - Pastor Michael Gray

Election Threatens To Undo Spain's Gay Marriage Law

Election Threatens To Undo Spain's Gay Marriage Law

Catholic Bishops Fear That Support For DOMA May Mark Them As Bigots

Catholic Bishops Fear That Support For DOMA May Mark Them As Bigots: Bishop William Lori of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops testified before a House Judiciary subcommittee on Oct. 26 about the “grave threats to religious liberty that have emerged even since June.” Lori specifically singled out the administration’s refusal to defend the constitutionality of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act and state efforts to...

Lesbian Servicemember Fights To Protect Well Being Of Her Family

Gillibrand’s New Adoption Bill Hopes To Reverse Discrimination Against Same-Sex Parents

Gillibrand’s New Adoption Bill Hopes To Reverse Discrimination Against Same-Sex Parents: Our guest blogger is Crosby Burns, special assistant for the LGBT Research and Communications Project at American Progress. Today, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced federal legislation that would bar discrimination against prospective LGBT adoptive or foster parents. The “Every Child Deserves a Family Act” prohibits any organization that receives federal assistance and is involved in adoption...

Pentagon’s Benefits For Military Same-Sex Partners Fall Short Of Equality

Pentagon’s Benefits For Military Same-Sex Partners Fall Short Of Equality: A day after the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) filed suit upon behalf of gay troops whose partners do not have access to spousal benefits, the Pentagon has released a memo identifying 14 benefits that gay servicemembers can access. Six of these benefits are “new” since the guidelines originally released upon the repeal of Don’t Ask...

Fischer: Jesus Would Oppose And "Take A Whip" To Occupy Wall Street

Fischer: Jesus Would Oppose And "Take A Whip" To Occupy Wall Street

Liberty Counsel: SPLC Doing To Us Just What Nazis Did To Jews

Rep. Trent Franks Calls Marriage Equality A "Threat To The Nation's Survival"

Wrong answer, Kirk.





American History 101 With Professor Kirk Cameron
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Cameron appeared on TBN's Praise The Lord with Christianist pseudo-historian Rick Green.

Paul & Jeanette Rediker - Why Marriage Matters Maine

Op-ed: HPV Infection Is a Gay Men’s Health Crisis

Op-ed: HPV Infection Is a Gay Men’s Health Crisis


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If it has been so hard to get girls vaccinated, for fear of encouraging heterosexual sex, it is no surprise that public health authorities in the U.S. have been reluctant to recommend HPV vaccination to protect boys who, when they become sexually active, may engage in same-sex anal sex.

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Tory MP who appeared in anti-bullying video once called homosexuality a sin

Tory MP who appeared in anti-bullying video once called homosexuality a sin

Why Uganda’s Anti-Gay Legislation Is the World’s Business

Why Uganda’s Anti-Gay Legislation Is the World’s Business

New York Gov. Cuomo Calls On ‘Every State’ To Pass Marriage Equality

Truth Wins Out responded to a frivolous lawsuit threat by Linda Harvey

 



 

Benjamin Franklin: Writer, inventor, statesman and friend to gays

Benjamin Franklin: Writer, inventor, statesman and friend to gays

Exodus 'Gay Cure' Ministries Queensland What Happens Inside

Cuomo Urges States to Allow Gay Marriage

Cuomo Urges States to Allow Gay Marriage

Peter Sprigg is for the recriminalization of homosexuality, and he once suggested that gay people should be deported.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Smile for the camera while Daddy gets molested.

I didn't have that reaction.

Oh, you're straight?

Coalition Urges New Hampshire Lawmakers To Focus On Jobs, Not Marriage Repeal

Coalition Urges New Hampshire Lawmakers To Focus On Jobs, Not Marriage Repeal: Standing Up for New Hampshire Families — a coalition of New Hampshire residents and business leaders — held a press conference today urging state lawmakers to abandon efforts to repeal the state’s same-sex marriage law and focus on jobs. On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to approve a measure that would...

Australian Legislator: Same-Sex Marriage Proponents Are Heterophobic

Australian Legislator: Same-Sex Marriage Proponents Are Heterophobic: As Australian lawmakers debate legalizing same-sex marriage, MP Rob Messenger accused the gay community of oppressing his “tolerant western Christian” point of view and challenged advocates to “explain their heterophobia.” “I will feel discriminated against if gay people, a minority group, try to interfere with my traditional cultural values and impose their own,” he said.

Quran-burning Pastor Terry Jones is apparently putting down the matches and entering the presidential race.

Today's prayer from the Family Research Council

"Pray that DOMA will be preserved! May the people elect a President and Congress next November who will pass, and may the states ratify a Federal Marriage Amendment that will protect the definition of natural marriage as found in the Bible."

--FRC

The Jones and Yarhouse study: What does it mean?

The Jones and Yarhouse study: What does it mean? by Warren Throckmorton

Full on Orwellian doublespeak from Bryan Fischer. He even goes so far as to claim "the left is profoundly anti-science."

Bryan Fischer: Study proves gays aren’t “born that way"

Barton: Biblical Rule Best For Women

Long-lost relation, thought slain by John Wayne Gacy, alive and well and living in South Florida

Cook County sheriff's effort to identify 8 unknown victims of serial killer digs up family's prodigal brother

Chris Colfer on Conan

Grayson: It's Class Warfare vs. Class Surrender

WSYX-WTTE: Mother Calls Son's 'Caught-on-Tape' Beating a Hate Crime

Pro Rugby Player Comes Out

Old Redcliffians' skipper Jed Hooper happy to reveal that he is gay

Keeping It Unnatural With Pat Buchanan

Keeping It Unnatural With Pat Buchanan

28 Percent Of Audiences Watch LGBT-Inclusive TV Programming

28 Percent Of Audiences Watch LGBT-Inclusive TV Programming: Twenty-eight percent of audiences and advertisers watched programing that included LGBT characters, and such programs represented 24 percent of “broadcast primetime scripted and reality shows last season,” Nielsen is reporting. Interestingly, “LGBT-Inclusive characters were incorporated into shows that skewed towards Eastern and Pacific viewers and were less watched by Midwesterners. This differential was most pronounced...

Shorter University’s New ‘Faith Statements’ Ban Gay Employees

Shorter University’s New ‘Faith Statements’ Ban Gay Employees: Georgia’s Shorter University, a Southern Baptist college, has adopted new “faith statements,” including a “Personal Lifestyle Statement” all employees must agree to. The statement requires them to “reject as acceptable all sexual activity not in agreement with the Bible, including, but not limited to, premarital sex, adultery and homosexuality” and dictates that they can be...

Odonnell_on_MSNBC.mp4

First Openly Gay NBA Player: Homophobia Is A ‘Massive Problem’ In Athletics

First Openly Gay NBA Player: Homophobia Is A ‘Massive Problem’ In Athletics: John Amaechi was the first openly gay former NBA player and has just accepted an Officer of the British Empire Medal. Upon receiving it, he condemned homophobia in athletics, which he described as a “massive problem” that is often ignored or “relegated.” He also singled out how little is being done about it in soccer...

DOMA undermines families’ access to medical

MSNBC - 8 Soldiers Suing To Overturn Defense Of Marriage Act

After Two Anti-Gay Groups Oppose Lesbian Judge, Senate GOP Suddenly Decides To Oppose Her

After Two Anti-Gay Groups Oppose Lesbian Judge, Senate GOP Suddenly Decides To Oppose Her: Earlier this month, the Senate confirmed Judge Alison Nathan to a federal judgeship in New York. Shockingly, Nathan is only the third openly gay attorney confirmed to a lifetime appointment on the federal bench, and President Obama is only the second president to place an out judge on the bench. The lion’s share of Nathan’s...

How David Barton Is Secretly Shaping Curricula Across The Nation

How David Barton Is Secretly Shaping Curricula Across The Nation

How David Barton Does History

How David Barton Does History

ACT! Demands Donations To Fight Imaginary Sharia Invasion

Robertson: Christians should not join Occupy Wall Street

Servicemembers And Veterans Challenge Constitutionality Of DOMA

Servicemembers And Veterans Challenge Constitutionality Of DOMA: A group of gay military servicemembers and veterans are filing suit today against the Defense of Marriage Act, highlighting the inequality faced by same-sex partners of those in the military. If plaintiff Massachusetts Army national Guard Maj. Shannon McLaughlin were to be deployed overseas, her wife, Casey, would be barred from taking their 10-month old...

Joel Osteen: Maybe Gays Will Stop Being Gay ‘If We Will Love Them’ Enough

Joel Osteen: Maybe Gays Will Stop Being Gay ‘If We Will Love Them’ Enough: Mega church leader Joel Osteen reiterated his belief that being gay is a “sin” during an interview with the Washington Post’s Sally Quinn, but said that gay people should still purchase his new book “Everyday a Friday” and learn from its message of empowerment. “They don’t have to let people steal their power, especially all...

Family Research Council wants gay men to die

FRC: The CDC is quick to point out that the vaccine also protects against anal, mouth, and throat cancer--but they downplay the fact that these cancers are almost entirely the result of men having homosexual sex!


Apart from the cost of the shots (upwards of $140 million a year), perhaps the most infuriating aspect of all this is the government's insistence that we look for ways to minimize the impact of promiscuity instead of working to encourage the end of it. Rather than asking young people to change their behavior, society is scrambling to enable it. It's like trying to address the problem of drunk driving by making better airbags. We can't tackle long-term safety with short-term solutions. And unfortunately, tiptoeing around the fundamental problem--premarital sex and homosexual sex--shows how far off course we are.

Read more here.

Video of NYPD brutality at Occupy Oakland solidarity march

According to Brown, we should ignore most of Leviticus EXCEPT the supposed prohibition against homosexuality.

Time For Linda Harvey To Face The Music

BISHOP THOMAS J. TOBIN: Gays are valued, but their disgusting sin shouldn't be tolerated

Read Tobin the Terrible's homophobic rant with a side order of fake compassion here.



Tobin the Terrible: For the umpteenth time, let me repeat what I’ve written previously, that: “men and women with same sex attractions are valued members of the human family and must be treated with the same respect and love as every other child of God..."







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Yeah, Tobin, tell us how much we’re valued BEGRUDGINGLY right before you tell us we’re horrible sinners and that society should reject gay rights. You’re respect for us seems so damned sincere--not. 

When I saw this picture, I was immediately reminded of the novel The Lord Won’t Mind by Gordon Merrick.

The Lord Won’t Mind was the first overtly gay themed novel I ever read. I managed to get hold of a copy when I was in high school. I saw it in a book catalogue that I regularly got in the mail, and I ordered it. Doing this made me quite nervous. I was terrified someone would find out I had ordered this dirty little queer book. But I simply had to have it.

It came in a plain brown wrapper just like all the other books I had ordered. My mother was seriously out of it at the time, and my father was completely uninterested in books--he hadn’t read a book since he was in school--so he just assumed I had ordered yet another classic. Haha


The novel, which was published in 1970, was about two young men in their early 20’s, Peter and Charlie. I believe they were still in college at the beginning. They were described as handsome with a privileged background. They were the type of young men who hung out in country clubs, drove sports cars and traveled to Europe. One was shy and vulnerable and the other was athletic and outgoing. They immediately developed an intense romantic relationship, but trouble starts when the shy one quickly realizes he’s gay and declares he’s in love with his new friend. The other wants to go on pretending he’s straight and only messes around with boys for fun. The sex scenes were remarkably graphic, and I was pleasantly shocked by that.

When Dad brought the package home from the post office, I took it to my room, opened it up and I began reading. I read and read and read until I was finished. I devoured that book. It was basically a romance novel for gay guys, and I was starved for such a story. I remembered that I literally trembled when I read it the first time, and my heart was skipping beats all over the place. I wanted Peter and Charlie to be real. I wanted them to like me. And I wanted to somehow slip into their story.

What if the 'good guys' apologized?

What if the 'good guys' apologized?


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Our church is not the only villain here. Most organized religions have played a role in creating an atmosphere of ignorance and hate. Parents who do not accept the sexuality of their children play a significant role. And parents like me have played a role. I loved my son and accepted his sexuality, but I failed in not understanding the power of the messages that made him feel unsafe and unaccepted.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Someone just told him NARTH bills itself as a scientific organization.

Peace

Looks like he needs a bath. Maybe someone would like to offer to help.

Snappy Dressers

This could be the beginning of something beautiful.

"You could buy a guy dinner first, you know?"

Look at what I found in the bullrushes near my cabin in the woods. :)

Illinois Republican Senators Unanimously Support Discrimination Against Same-Sex Couples

Illinois Republican Senators Unanimously Support Discrimination Against Same-Sex Couples: The Civil Rights Agenda (CRA), an Illinois-based group, has indicated that every Republican in the Illinois Senate has co-sponsored SB 2495, a bill solely designed to empower religious groups like Catholic Charities to discriminate against same-sex couples in civil unions when providing adoption and foster care services. In a press release, CRA executive director Anthony...

Eleven or Thirteen More Dead Gay Kids Ought To Do It

Eleven or Thirteen More Dead Gay Kids Ought To Do It

Dominionism And Democracy

Dominionism And Democracy

Ga. Pastor Sues Over Demon Mascot

Ga. Pastor Sues Over Demon Mascot

Charisma Magazine suggests that maybe Harold Camping should go to jail for his false prophecy.

That's funny considering they regularly feature people like Cindy Jacobs and Lou Engle.

From Charisma News:

Should Harold Camping Be Jailed for False Prophecy?

A Christianist finally admits we have a bullying problem in our schools, but he seems to think it's mainly about Muslims bullying Christians.

Read about his "anti-bullying campaign" here.

Christianists seem to think liberty means that we are free to worship as they do.

Mat Staver says 'Militant atheism' at it again

Fischer: Iraq War A Waste Because Muslims Hate Freedom

Mo'Nique Stands Up for Marriage Equality

Brian Brown thinks Herman Cain should sign NOM's Marriage Pledge

From NOM: 
Urge Herman Cain to Sign the Marriage Pledge!

Another teacher gets in trouble for anti-gay rant on Facebook

Video - KOAM TV 7 Joplin and Pittsburg




Image from JMG

Making Public Policy Work for All Households...including those headed by LGBT people

Making Public Policy Work for All Households

Public policy has not kept up with the changing reality of the American family. Our laws and discourse largely ignore the roughly 2 million children being raised by LGBT parents...

Tony Perkins thinks we deserve to get STDs if we have sex he doesn't approve of.



Image from JMG