Saturday, June 30, 2012

But what if I don't know how to make Jell-O?

The jot and tittle religious folk give me a headache. They love quoting from this verse and that, hemming it together and claiming that somehow the exercise proves they are right. “If you read verse 6 of chapter 9 of Matthew and verse 4 of chapter 14 of Ruth, you will see why you are doomed to burn in hell if you use your house key to pick your teeth on Thursday afternoons. Doing such a thing is offensive to the Father.”

A large percentage of the human race would have difficulty following the directions on the side of a box of Jell-O, so I find it particularly odd that if there is a god, that god would expect us to make sense of a huge hodgepodge collection of literature written centuries ago in a foreign language, and if we slip up that god will punish us forever.

U.S. Presbyterians, Episcopals debate gay ceremonies

U.S. Presbyterians, Episcopals debate gay ceremonies

The Unfair Criminalization of Gay and Transgender Youth

An Overview of the Experiences of LGBT Youth in the Juvenile Justice System 

Homeless L.A. Man Beaten in Antigay Hate Crime | Advocate.com

Homeless L.A. Man Beaten in Antigay Hate Crime | Advocate.com

Should everything be different?

I rejected the dogma I was raised with a very long time ago. And even though I never cut myself off from the concept of faith and reflecting on what exactly it means to have faith, I have been fairly skeptical for most of my adult life, and I would say even most of my teen years. But the idea that we live in a fallen world has been so ingrained in me that I believed it without ever really thinking about it until just a few years ago. I don’t mean I literally believed the story of the Fall from Genesis, but I did accept the basic idea that there was something fundamentally wrong with existence. The philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer once said, “Life is something that should not have been.” I think that statement is a crystallization of an idea that has permeated Western Civilization for centuries. I think it’s one of those things people accept without ever really reflecting on it, even people who aren’t particularly religious or spiritual. In the film Grand Canyon, the character Simon says, “Everything is supposed to be different from what it is.”

This idea can’t be blamed entirely on our Judeo-Christian heritage because you can find it in Plato, too. It may be a natural assumption considering what life is like for human beings. For most of human history, up to half of all children died before reaching the age of maturity. Many women died while giving birth. Life is filled with suffering and pain, and then we die. We live our lives knowing we’re going to die, too. That often casts a pall over our brightest days. We know the storm is coming. And if the natural process of disease and decline weren’t bad enough, human beings make it even worse for themselves by fighting and killing one another. It’s easy for us to imagine that things weren’t supposed to be like this.

But I reject the idea that life as we experience it is some kind of divine punishment. If there is some kind of reason or purpose for suffering and death, I don’t think it’s because we live in a fallen world. And I question the idea that everything should be different from what it is. I don’t mean to suggest the problems we experience in life aren’t problems for us, but either existence is what it is or if there’s some kind of purpose or meaning to existence, then maybe there’s some kind of essential quality of existence that gives rise to our problems. I think it’s arrogant for us to assume we have some way of knowing what a better world would be like.


“Yes, I know smoking is bad for me. So was falling for Tommy Knapp. I actually thought it was reasonable when he told me he had to pretend he didn’t know me when we were in school. After all, why would a cool guy like Tommy want his friends to know he liked someone like me? Some guys just have to learn by getting hurt, and I guess I’m one of them.”
The day our waiter forgot his pants.  ...not that I'm complaining.

Gameboy by Martin-Jan van Santen

Micahel Brown and company are lost in their vicious delusions of hate

Because my mother suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, I became accustomed to delusional thought processes. Delusions have their own internal “logic”, and the “logic” is designed to sustain the delusion. My mother couldn’t help but get lost in the fog because she had a serious brain disorder, but Michael Brown’s insanity is voluntary. He chooses his bigotry, and he chooses to reinforce it at the expense of LGBT people.

A few months ago I saw a clip of a conversation he had with Cindy Jacobs and her husband. (Cindy Jacobs is the so-called prophet who claimed the mysterious bird deaths in Arkansas was the result of the repeal of DADT.) Brown told the Jacobs that LGBT people are very sensitive to any kind of criticism and the reason for this is because they are outside the grace of God. I recognized this for the clever mental trick that it was. He gives himself permission to say the meanest, nastiest things about LGBT people, and if they dare complain, then he sees this as proof that he’s right. Anyone with any sense can see this self-serving “logic” for what it is, but he’s chosen to lose himself in his bigotry delusion. And there are just enough fools out there to make that delusion profitable for him. He plays the hero fighting the evil gays, and his followers give him unconditional praise…and money. And if an LGBT person fights back, he plays the victim. If an LGBT person tries to talk with him calmly, he becomes arrogant and pretends anyone who disagrees with him rejects truth. The man is a piece of work.

There was no reasoning with my mother when she was psychotic. In fact her doctor warned us against it. He said you can not beat psychosis with reason. When people have mixed up ideas, it’s only natural for us to want to try to explain to them why they’re wrong, but when a person is psychotic, you’ll only end up frustrating yourself if you try. The doctor advised us to not engage Mother about her delusions whenever possible. An d when it was necessary to say something about them--because we needed her to stop doing something disruptive or dangerous--we weren’t supposed to argue, but state firmly, “I don’t believe that.” “I don’t believe that your nephew Tommy who died three years ago told you to put that tube of toothpaste you’ve not paid for in your purse. Now put it back. If you don’t, you could be arrested and I won’t be able to stop that from happening. Put it back, now.”


My mother couldn’t help it, and she really did hear voices. It’s just that the voices weren’t real. She was a very sweet and gentle person when she was stable and medicated. And most of the time the things she said and did when she was psychotic were simply annoying and silly. And sometimes the things she did were funny. There’s nothing like getting up in the morning and finding three loafs of toast on the table. It can be exhausting when you have to deal with that kind of thing day after day, but sometimes you just had to laugh.

The things Michael Brown and company say and do are often vicious and not funny or merely annoying and silly, but there’s a lot of craziness in what they say and do. And because of that, I think it’s generally useless to try to engage them. That’s because there’re not merely confused, or mistaken, or ill informed. They don’t merely have a different opinion. They’re lost in their hate delusion, and they’re going to sustain that delusion for as long as they decide to live in a world of make believe where they are the heroes and LGBT people are the dragons they must destroy for their god. Not all homophobic people are like this, but I think a lot of the extreme cases like Michael Brown are. I don’t think we can hope to change them because they would have to be willing to give up their delusions, and they like their delusions. We can only expose them for the liars and manipulators they are and try to minimize the damage they do.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Sebastian Sauve getting dolled up before hitting the runway.

David triomphant, 1882
by Jules Elie Delaunay

Toronto Sears store.

From Our Archives: The 1969 Advocate Article on the Stonewall Riots | Advocate.com

From Our Archives: The 1969 Advocate Article on the Stonewall Riots | Advocate.com

Best Tweet Ever: Tom Cruise Shaves His Beard | Advocate.com

Best Tweet Ever: Tom Cruise Shaves His Beard | Advocate.com

Op-Ed: Cyndi Lauper on Ending LGBT Youth Homelessness | Advocate.com

Op-Ed: Cyndi Lauper on Ending LGBT Youth Homelessness | Advocate.com

Fred Karger Ends Campaign But Refuses to Endorse Romney | Advocate.com

Fred Karger Ends Campaign But Refuses to Endorse Romney | Advocate.com

House GOP Leaders Ask Supreme Court to Review DOMA Case

House GOP Leaders Ask Supreme Court to Review DOMA Case

DC Republicans Endorse LGBT Equality In Party Platform

DC Republicans Endorse LGBT Equality In Party Platform: The DC Republican Committee (DCRC) has included a call for LGBT equality in its party platform. “We, the Republicans of the District of Columbia support the belief that all individuals, without regard to sexual orientation, are entitled to full and equal protection under the laws and the Constitution and that everyone has the right to...

Remember the video that showed the elderly woman who was bullied by a group of middle school thugs? Well, leave to the folks over at WND to side with her bullies.

Read the attack here.

Is Michael Brown A Pedophile, Drug Abusing, Counterfeiting Thief From Albania?

Michael Brown admits that very few LGBT people condone predatory sexual behavior, especially against children, so I’m wondering what exactly was his purpose in conflating homosexuality and pedophilia in his blog post JERRY SANDUSKY, GAY ACTIVISTS, AND “CONSENSUAL” PEDERASTY. And why would he subject LGBT heroes and role models of the past to a kind of scrutiny that celebrated and well known heterosexuals aren’t generally subjected to?

Brown talks about Harvey Milk exploring the secret gay life of NYC starting when he was 11, and how he became sexually active at the age of 14. But Brown refuses to even consider what life must have been like for a gay kid going through puberty and adolescence in the 1940s. Would Milk have been interested in the shadowy underworld of quick sex with men if he could have openly admitted to his homosexual attractions and talked about his feelings with family and friends? Would he have elected to have anonymous sex in the bushes of a city park if he had been permitted to date boys from school openly and without shame? Brown also slams Milk for having a 16-year-old boyfriend when he was in his early 30s. What Brown fails to mention is that the 16-year-old ran away and traveled to NYC because it was impossible for him to express and explore his sexuality in his hometown in the south. Milk did not molest the young man. For a time they were in love, and they lived together. And they remained friends even after they broke up. Having a committed relationship with a 16-year-old who took it upon himself to leave home in search of a relationship with a man is hardly the same thing as raping a 12-year-old.

And so what if Walt Whitman admired young men? So what if he wrote poems about their beauty. Did he rape any? I’ve never heard of such a thing.

I wouldn’t care if school kids learned that Oscar Wilde employed the services of teenage male prostitutes if they also learned about the huge number of heterosexual men who employed female prostitutes in England at the time. Educators could have a discussion about how the prostitution problem was the result of prudish Victorian England suppressing and compartmentalizing open expressions of sexuality and how the poor and the marginalized were exploited as a result. And who were these teenage boy prostitutes? Gay boys who were thrown away by their Christian families?

Very few people are saints, and if you start looking for reasons to dismiss and criticize someone, you’ll quickly hit pay dirt. It may be true that very few of our LGBT heroes of the past led chaste lives. But then again very few of our heterosexual heroes led chaste lives. We don’t celebrate them for their misdeeds, and taking isolated incidents out of context isn’t fair.

What if we looked at celebrated heterosexual men of the past in the same way Brown is looking at gay men? John Adams was 29 when he married his wife Abigail who was 17. Edger Allen Poe was 26 when he married his 13-year-old cousin. It is widely believed that Thomas Jefferson had a relationship with Sally Hemings who was his slave, and she may have been as young as 14 when he took her to his bed.

As for Jerry Sandusky, I have no way of getting inside the man’s head, so I have no idea of what his sexual orientation is, but Jerry Sandusky has never identified as a gay man. He has been married to a woman for a number of years, and he claims he’s straight. He’s also a churchgoing Christian. Psychologists tell us that we can’t determine the sexual orientation of a sexual predator who victimizes minors by the sex of his victims. They say that a man can be heterosexual and still have the urge to rape and molest young boys. I don’t pretend to understand how that works, but Sandusky may very well be an example of that pattern. In any event, one could argue that Michael Brown has far more in common with Jerry Sandusky than most gay men, even gay heroes like Walt Whitman, so if we’re going to use Sandusky as an excuse to foment paranoia and distrust of certain individuals and groups, then maybe Michael Brown and those like Michael Brown should be at the top of our watch list.

One Million Moms ‘Highly Offended’ By Pride Oreo, But Stops Short Of Boycott

One Million Moms ‘Highly Offended’ By Pride Oreo, But Stops Short Of Boycott: ABC News may have invented the Kraft Foods boycott over the Pride Month Oreo, but One Millions Moms’ inevitable response doesn’t exactly change the story from fiction to fact. The hate-group affiliated organization lashed out at Kraft Foods today over the rainbow cookie posted on Facebook, urging supporters to write the company that they are...

NEW YORK CITY: Christian Churches Win Right To Hold Services In Public Schools

 
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Here's what one of the churches that operates out of a public school has posted on their website:

GAME (Gender Affirming Ministry Endeavor) is a ministry of the Village Church, a member of the Exodus International Church Network. The Village Church is committed to celebrating gender, the deeply Biblical reality of our identities. We believe that it is dehumanizing to compel anyone to found his or... her identity on sexual desires. So we resist efforts to coerce people into labeling themselves as “gay” or “lesbian” just because they have same-sex attractions. We harm people when we make the nature of their sexual attraction their identifying characteristic. Rather, all of us can find healing and direction through more deeply understanding and affirming our genders as women and men. Check out our Statement on Homosexuality for more details. We have a group that meets weekly and a church that is ready to walk with you. If you’d like to know more, email us or leave a voicemail at 646-863-6020. One of our GAME team members will contact you.

Rhode Island Will Vote On Marriage Equality Next Year

Rhode Island Will Vote On Marriage Equality Next Year: It’s hard to argue that the civil unions bill Rhode Island passed last year has been a “complete failure.” In the first nine months, only 52 couples bothered to get one of the sub-par unions. Now, Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox (D) has promised that he will call a vote on marriage equality next...

France Will Legalize Marriage Equality Next Year

France Will Legalize Marriage Equality Next Year: France’s Junior Minister for Family Dominique Bertinotti announced today that the country’s new Socialist government is set to legalize same-sex marriage next year. Upon his election last month, Prime Minister Fran├žois Hollande committed to advancing both marriage equality and same-sex adoption rights. The socialist party secured an absolute majority in Parliament, ensuring, as Bertinotti explained today, “Within...

Barton Falsely Claims 'There is not a Single Grocery Store in the City Limits of Detroit'

Barton Falsely Claims 'There is not a Single Grocery Store in the City Limits of Detroit'

Gay.net - Photos: Los Angeles Pride 2012 - Pt. 2

Gay.net - Photos: Los Angeles Pride 2012 - Pt. 2

Gay Cubans Demand Rights Ahead of Pride | Advocate.com

Gay Cubans Demand Rights Ahead of Pride | Advocate.com

Gay Couple's Wedding Photo Stolen and Turned into Attack Ad | Advocate.com

Gay Couple's Wedding Photo Stolen and Turned into Attack Ad | Advocate.com

Over 200 Professors And Therapists Condemn Faulty Gay Parenting Study

Over 200 Professors And Therapists Condemn Faulty Gay Parenting Study: Mark Regnerus’ flawed paper on gay parenting has won the acclaim of hate groups and ex-gay therapists and its publication seems to have been politically calculated with marriage equality opponents like the National Organization for Marriage. A group of 18 anti-gay religiously-biased professors defended the paper, but now, a group of over 200 professors and...

Pablo Monroy

Exodus Gives Up On "Ex-Gay" Therapy

Exodus Gives Up On "Ex-Gay" Therapy

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But Chambers is still saying that if you can't make a go of it with someone of the opposite sex, then you should live your life without love, intimacy, sex or affection....'cause that's what his god demands--the cruel bastard.

Debby "You Light Up My Life" Boone's Husband Performs Gay Marriages

Debby "You Light Up My Life" Boone's Husband Performs Gay Marriages

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Debby Boone is the daughter of Christianist homophobe Pat Boone.

Fischer: Healthcare Ruling Is "Legal Garbage" And Roberts Should Be Impe...

Crampton: ENDA is Insanity

The Boehler Family

Tammy and Rachel

Obamacare Will Help LGBT People Access Health Insurance

Obamacare Will Help LGBT People Access Health Insurance: Our guest bloggers are Andrew Cray, health policy consultant for LGBT Progress, and Kellan Baker, health care analyst for LGBT Progress. Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision on the health reform law, popularly known as “Obamacare,” is a major victory for the millions of Americans who will have access to insurance for the first time under the Affordable Care...

Clementi Family: ‘Sin Needs To Be Taken Out Of Homosexuality’

Clementi Family: ‘Sin Needs To Be Taken Out Of Homosexuality’: Last night, the Clementi family gave their first exclusive interview since Tyler’s suicide nearly two years ago. Evangelical Christians, the Clementi family now says that “sin needs to be taken out of homosexuality,” regretting some of their own discomfort when Tyler originally came out to them. Tyler’s brother James believes that Dharun Ravi’s webcam spying...

Advocate For LGBT Homeless Youth Named White House ‘Champion Of Change’

Advocate For LGBT Homeless Youth Named White House ‘Champion Of Change’: The White House has named Carl Siciliano as a “Champion of Change” for his work advocating on behalf of LGBT homeless youth. Siciliano is the founder and executive director of the Ali Forney Center, one of the nation’s few and largest shelters dedicated to create a safe refuge for LGBT young people with nowhere else...

Thursday, June 28, 2012

I was worried at first. I rubbed my eyes and blinked several times. For a couple of seconds I thought maybe I had a touch of sunstroke. But I quickly realized I was simply smitten, mesmerized by the beauty of a young man enjoying a warm summer’s day.

"When Mom and Dad got divorced, Dad moved in with Uncle Charlie. I knew from the start Charlie wasn't my real uncle, but I didn't get it until I was much older."

I sometimes have a thing for bears.

Sometimes a boy just feels like dancing in his skivvies.

A Thursday afternoon smile. :)



























"We had two mommies long before anybody knew what that meant."

Homophobic Christianist hate group Family Research Council has been invited to participate in the Republican Convention.

Homophobic Christianist hate group Family Research Council has been invited to participate in the Republican Convention.

Resist Southern Baptist 'Terrorism' by Mel White

Resist Southern Baptist 'Terrorism'

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Their ultimate attempt to distance themselves from the tragic consequences of their resolution is their claim that Southern Baptists "stand against any form of gay-bashing." In fact, their resolution is gay bashing at its worse, because it implies that in the end God, too, is a gay basher who will sentence the unrepentant homosexual to an eternity in hell. Ultimately, the Southern Baptist resolution is an act of what I call "holy terrorism."

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How Medicaid Expansion Affects Gay and Transgender Communities

How Medicaid Expansion Affects Gay and Transgender Communities: Our guest bloggers are Andrew Cray, health policy consultant for LGBT Progress, and Kellan Baker, health care analyst for LGBT Progress. The Supreme Court’s decision on health reform concludes a tense chapter in the life of the Affordable Care Act. The lawsuit decided today challenged the constitutionality of several important provisions of the law, including the expansion...

Justice Sought for Texas Teen Lesbian Shooting Victims as One Victim Fights for Her Life

SheWired - Justice Sought for Texas Teen Lesbian Shooting Victims as One Victim Fights for Her Life

Anti-Gay General Mills Protesters Mistake Hospitality For Bullying

Anti-Gay General Mills Protesters Mistake Hospitality For Bullying: All week, anti-gay activists are “dumping General Mills” outside the company’s headquarters in Minnesota to protest its opposition to the state’s marriage inequality amendment. The protests have been dismal, with only two or three dozen people bothering to show up — even less without counting  their children. Jeremy Hooper points out now that the Minnesota for...

Texas Professors Respond to New Research on Gay Parenting

Texas Professors Respond to New Research on Gay Parenting

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By casting his net so widely for children of supposedly gay and lesbian parents, and so narrowly for the children of heterosexual couples, Regnerus practically guaranteed that his study would find that those with so-called gay and lesbian parents would fare worse than those with so-called heterosexual parents.

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Bill Introduced for Equal Spouse Benefits for Gays in Military | Advocate.com

Bill Introduced for Equal Spouse Benefits for Gays in Military | Advocate.com

MN For Marriage's new claim: Our 'Dump General Mills' protests are tiny because company heads are bullying us!

MN For Marriage's new claim: Our 'Dump General Mills' protests are tiny because company heads are bullying us! 

Rev. Melvin Woodworth and his wife Candice support marriage eqaulity.

"You know you like my penis."

"I'll admit that I like your penis. The problem is I don't like you."

Barton: Activists Hijacked 'Gay' and the Rainbow to Distort God's Blessing on Mankind

Barton: Activists Hijacked 'Gay' and the Rainbow to Distort God's Blessing on Mankind

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And I'm sure the Founding Fathers said this, and I'm sure they were quoting directly from the Bible. :P

Minnesota Amendment Would ‘Limit The Status Of Marriage’

Minnesota Amendment Would ‘Limit The Status Of Marriage’: Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has announced the title for this November’s marriage inequality amendment. It will be called “Limiting the Status of Marriage to Opposite-Sex Couples.” This is a significant change from what the Republican-controlled legislature offered in its original legislation for the measure, which was “Recognition of Marriage Solely Between One Man and...

Gay Republicans Desert LGBT Community In Partisan Attack Of Healthcare Decision

Gay Republicans Desert LGBT Community In Partisan Attack Of Healthcare Decision: Both the Log Cabin Republicans and GOProud have responded negatively to today’s Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act. GOProud claimed that Obamacare “hurts gay and lesbian families” — despite the fact none of their own position statements actually support LGBT rights. LCR went a step further, with its Deputy Executive Director Christian Berle blaming...

Fischer: Gay Marriage Leads To Sex With Animals



Just like letting people eat salad will lead to cannibalism.

Hit And Run Red Band Trailer - Bradley Cooper, Kristen Bell Movie [HD]

Rainbow-colored Oreo a harbinger of more gay advertising

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“We are excited to illustrate what is making history today in a fun and playful way,” says Basil T. Maglaris, associate director of corporate affairs for Kraft, in an e-mail that toes the company’s sunny line. “Kraft Foods has a proud history of celebrating diversity and inclusiveness. We feel the OREO ad is a fun reflection of our values. There has been a lot of buzz about the image, and it shows how relevant OREO is to people even after 100 years.”

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Tens Swarm General Mill Protest

Tens Swarm General Mill Protest

Disagreeing with someone's religious beliefs is not bigotry. Many Christianists seem to think religious liberty is reserved for them.





San Francisco Vigil for Mollie and Christine

AIDS Quilt 25 Year Anniversary

Minnesota For Marriage--a homophobic organization that wants a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex partners from getting married--is still claiming a hacker posted a "God commands we kill the homos" message on their Facebook wall.

Minnesota For Marriage, in PR spin mode, begins deleting comments, banning users

Colbert: Oreos Are Coming Out Of The Pantry As Homo-snack-suals

Colbert: Oreos Are Coming Out Of The Pantry As Homo-snack-suals: Last night, Stephen Colbert took on the so-called “controversy” over Oreo’s decision to share a Pride Month rainbow-colored cookie on Facebook. Calling the cookie a “homosnacksual,” Colbert called upon other food products to “come out of the pantry” in regards to their political leanings. Surely Tony the Tiger believes that trans-vaginal ultrasounds are a “Grrrrrrrrrrross”...

Health Reform Isn’t Just Good For LGBT People – It’s Legal, Too

Health Reform Isn’t Just Good For LGBT People – It’s Legal, Too: In a huge victory for our families, our communities, and our country, the Supreme Court today upheld the Affordable Care Act. The finding that the law is constitutional includes the individual mandate, which is the requirement that every individual have health insurance coverage or pay a small amount of additional taxes. The court’s decision also...

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Stonewall: Out of the Closets and Into the Streets

Liberty Counsel defends homophobic Christianist Scott Lively.

Liberty Counsel defends homophobic Christianist Scott Lively.  Lively wrote a book in which he claims the Nazis were primarily gay, and he went to Uganda to warn people there of how evil LGBT people are.  This led to the Kill The Gays bill in that country.

AFA Promotes Barton's Christian-Persecution Bunk

AFA Promotes Barton's Christian-Persecution Bunk

The Summer of Loveliness: Tom Bianchi’s Sentimental Journey

The Summer of Loveliness: Tom Bianchi’s Sentimental Journey


Caucus Devoted To Ending Bullying Will Launch Tomorrow

Caucus Devoted To Ending Bullying Will Launch Tomorrow: The Anti-Bullying Caucus, a bipartisan caucus founded by Democratic Congressman Mike Honda and devoted to stopping bullying, will offically launch tomorrow. Honda and about three dozen other representatives are behind the new caucus, whose mission statement says that it is “committed to the belief that all communities deserve a safe environment to thrive, and that...

Federal Judge: Counseling Student Has No Right To Impose Anti-Gay Beliefs On Clients

Federal Judge: Counseling Student Has No Right To Impose Anti-Gay Beliefs On Clients: A federal judge in Georgia has ruled that Jennifer Keeton’s constitutional rights were not violated when Augusta State University expelled her from its counseling program for her unwillingness to abide by its professional ethics. Keeton insisted that homosexuality is an “immoral personal choice” and refused to affirm a gay client’s behavior as “right or healthy.”...

CDC Targets LGBT Community With Smoking Cessation Ads

CDC Targets LGBT Community With Smoking Cessation Ads: The CDC has expanded its graphic anti-tobacco advertising campaign to specifically target LGBT audiences. The ad, which features a rainbow motif and will appear in relevant publications, notes that the LGBT community smokes at roughly double the rate of the general population. Studies have also shown that gay and trans smokers are also less inclined to...

Focus on the Family Reveals How Colorado Wild Fires Are Providing a Valuable Lesson About Sex Ed

Focus on the Family Reveals How Colorado Wild Fires Are Providing a Valuable Lesson About Sex Ed

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How do you know you're insane? When your house is about to burn down and you start thinking about the supposed dangers of sex education.

Analysis: The Future of Exodus International — A New Leaf or New Lies?

Analysis: The Future of Exodus International — A New Leaf or New Lies?

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Trying to "rebrand" Exodus is like trying to rebrand the KKK.

Sexual Healing: Evangelicals Update Their Message to Gays

Sexual Healing: Evangelicals Update Their Message to Gays

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Even if they stop claiming they can change peoples' sexual orientation, they're still selling the idea that homosexuality and nonconformity to their concepts of gender are wrong. And they are selling those ideas because they charge people money for this nonsense.

Telling someone that their god doesn't want them to love in the way that comes naturally to them is like telling them their god doesn't want them to breathe air. It's destructive.

I think Exodus is rotten to the very core. There is no rehabilitating it in my eyes.

SB1172 California State Assembly Committee Hearing

The mini skirt for men.
If you had one of these, you could wash your man in the backyard. It's even on a platform so he won't get his toes muddy when he gets out.

Just ask Romney's five great-grandmothers.

Alabama Public Television Officials Fired After Opposing Anti-Gay Christian Right Programming

Alabama Public Television Officials Fired After Opposing Anti-Gay Christian Right Programming: The executive and deputy directors of Alabama Public Television were fired this month after expressing their opposition to new programming priorities on the state-operated public TV network. The Alabama Educational Television Commission (AETC), whose Republican-led board oversees APT, has been pushing to schedule programming from the religious right that emphasizes conservative, anti-gay ideology. At AETC’s...

From the Obama campaign...Keeping His Word: Equality for LGBT Americans

Rainbow Flag Tribute to Gilbert Baker, SF Pride 2012

Louis C.K. in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno June 25, 2012

Minnesota For Marriage Spokesman Claims Death Threat To Gays Was A Hack

Minnesota For Marriage Spokesman Claims Death Threat To Gays Was A Hack

New York Knicks’ Amar’e Stoudemire Fined $50,000 For Tweeting Gay Slur

New York Knicks’ Amar’e Stoudemire Fined $50,000 For Tweeting Gay Slur: The NBA has fined New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire $50,000 for calling a fan a “fag” on Twitter. The fan, who criticized Stoudemire’s performance in an earlier tweet, received a direct message response from Stoudemire containing the slur. Direct messages are meant to be seen by only the sender and the recipient, but the...

DeMint: God Has Put Christians "In Charge Of This Vineyard We Call America"




United States Senator Jim DeMint from SC makes it absolutely clear that he is a Christianist theocrat who thinks his beliefs trumps the beliefs of others.

Minnesota Marriage Inequality Campaign: Put Gay People To Death

Minnesota Marriage Inequality Campaign: Put Gay People To Death: If the extreme rhetoric of Minnesota for Marriage’s pastors is any indication, the campaign for Minnesota’s marriage inequality amendment is not hiding its anti-gay animus. The latest example makes it quite clear: on its Facebook wall, the campaign posted the infamous Bible passage Leviticus 20:13, which calls for gay men “to be put to death.”...

BULGARIA: Orthodox Church Priest Issues Call For Violence At Sofia Pride Parade

BULGARIA: Orthodox Church Priest Issues Call For Violence At Sofia Pride Parade

NOM Pickets General Mills Headquarters

NOM Pickets General Mills Headquarters

Minnesota for Marriage: Gays should be 'put to death'

Minnesota for Marriage: Gays should be 'put to death'


Fischer: Liberals Have Been Duped By Satan




So if you disagree with Fischer, Fischer believes you've been duped by Satan--an entity that he can't prove is real--and, in his mind, he believes this means he can dismiss you out of hand.

This is a delusional thought process.  Notice how the "logic" reinforces the belief that he could not possibly be wrong and those who oppose him could not possibly be right.

Fight Back Colorado

Pentagon Pride | OutServe Magazine

Pentagon Pride

ABC News Invents Anti-Gay Oreo Boycott

ABC News Invents Anti-Gay Oreo Boycott: Though an individual can choose to boycott a product, a boycott is, by definition, only effective if organized on a large scale. ABC News chose to ignore this distinction when it reported yesterday, “Oreo Pride: Rainbow-Stuffed Cookie Sparks Boycott.” The article highlighted the rainbow Oreo posted on Facebook this week, which was accompanied by the...

U.S. May Cut Aid To Uganda Because Of Anti-Gay Crackdown

U.S. May Cut Aid To Uganda Because Of Anti-Gay Crackdown: The Pentagon’s close ties with the Ugandan military — comprised of 120 U.S. advisers and $100 million worth of training, weapons and supplies since 2011 — may be in jeopardy due to Uganda’s escalating crackdown on its gay, lesbian and transgendered citizens. “LGBT issues” are a “caveat on U.S. support,” an American officials close to...

Ex-Gay Group’s Rebranding Makes It No Less Dangerous Or Wrong

Ex-Gay Group’s Rebranding Makes It No Less Dangerous Or Wrong: Media outlets across the country have published an Associated Press story today claiming, “Christian group backs away from ex-gay therapy.” Exodus International, an umbrella organization for various ex-gay ministries, is rebranding itself by no longer trying to “cure” people of homosexuality. According to its president, Alan Chambers, the group will now simply focus on helping...

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

My Summer With Jay

"Jay only touches me when his friends are around to see it happen, and when we’re alone he talks about his friends a lot, especially Blake.  My father paid for this trip, and when I told him that I wanted to bring Jay, he said that I was old enough now to make those kinds of decisions for myself.  I appreciated his confidence in me, but when I realized this wasn’t going to be the romantic adventure I thought it was, I wondered if I had actually earned my father’s trust.

After we arrived and settled in at the cottage, Jay casually mentioned that several of his fraternity brothers had rented a cottage not far from ours.  He tried to make it sound as if turning the summer into a group trip wasn’t a significant departure from our plans.  It broke my heart.  We talked about this trip all last spring, and he never said anything about bringing friends.  It was supposed to be just the two of us.
 
I’ve decided to make the best of it.  This is a beautiful place, and I know I’m lucky to be here, so I’m not going to act like a spoiled brat and pout the whole time.  …but some nights when we go to our separate bedrooms, I cry.

I’m going to break up with Jay when we go back to school in August.  I’m also going to tell him that it’s not fair for him to play games with the people in his life.  I’ll be nice about it.  Of course I was mad when I figured out what was going on, but I still care about him.  He needs to grow up is all.  If the friends he has now won’t accept him for who he is, then he needs to find new ones who will.  And if Blake doesn’t want him, there are plenty of other men who would jump at the chance to be with him.

Maybe some day we can both laugh at what happened here."    


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Little fictional story by Gary Cottle
I think I may have read this with one hand about 25 years ago. :P
But more than strange enough for San Francisco, New Orleans and Key West. :D





































“I like my cape, my peasant blouse, and my leopard print knit pants. I also like my miniature sailboat with its striped sails. When people call me names and tell me I should make more of an effort to fit in, I imagine I’m on my sailboat and heading toward a nicer place where I’m accepted for who I am and everyone is happy to see me.”

Pretty in pink.