Tuesday, June 22, 2010

An ugly flashback courtesy of Anita Bryant

A Facebook friend pointed this out to me so all credit goes to him.

This is an interview with the infamous Anita Bryant from 1990. It's important that the entire lgbt community, particularly the younger generation, take in and remember our history, whether it be good or bad.

What strikes me is Bryant's continued ignorance. She falsely accused gays of being pedophiles and claimed that it was her "Christian duty" to do such. Who knew Jesus dealt in lies.

The more things change, the more they stay the same when it comes to folks in the religious right, don't they?

One more thing: Bryant's career is still in tatters and probably will never recover. Not celebrating, mind you. Just pointing that out..

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More on the AFA's attack on Home Depot and lgbt families and other Tuesday midday news briefs

Love your dads, become part of an AFA condemnation - Apparently there is more to the story than what I posted this morning about the American Family Association's attack on Home Depot. Long story short - those pictures used by the AFA in it's attack, particularly the one with the child who is proud of his two dads, were meant to be positive images of lgbt families. This means the AFA, in the name of "morality" and "truth" exploited those pictures to present a false image of the lgbt community. Kind of makes you angry, doesn't it? It should.

Gay and Transgender Youth Homelessness by the Numbers - There simply is NO EXCUSE for this.

Gays will get leave to care for partner's sick child - Almost forgot about this bit of good news.

Costs prompt AIDS expert to close S.F. practice - This ain't good.

Dispatches from Greg Quinlan’s Crazy Space - Just when you have seen it all, supposed "ex-gay" Greg Quinlan produces a new spin on Obama Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.

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Home Depot attacked for supporting THE GAYS

I received the following "action alert" from the American Family Association via an online friend of mine:

According to the 2010 Southern Maine Pride website, Home Depot signed on as a major sponsor of its 2010 Gay Pride events. But simply financing and marching in the parade wasn't enough for the big box chain.

Home Depot also signed on as a "festival" vendor, conducting Kid's Craft Workshops for children in the midst of loud and boisterous gay activities.

To this end, Home Depot is basically encouraging the attendance of children at events which openly expose them to transvestites, cross-dressers, and homosexual activists

. . . Gay pride events have a long track record for offensive public displays of homosexual conduct. Obviously, Home Depot is OK with the idea of exposing children to an unhealthy and risky environment. So much so, it is willing to also celebrate it by participating in its promotion, as demonstrated in these photos from the 2010 Maine and Boston events.

And do you want to see the two photos which the AFA claims is proof that children are being exposed to danger during gay pride? Here they are:

Oh the horror! Someone call Batman. Unfortunately this isn't the first time that the religious right have attacked Home Depot for sponsoring a Pride event. Last year, the Liberty Counsel's Matt Barber made the same illogical argument. And it probably won't be the last.

Unfortunately some pride parades do have the reputation of being a bit risque, but not all pride are the same.

It's like I said last year at the time of Barber's attack on Home Depot:

a. many same-sex families include children

b. not all Pride events fit the stereotype of half naked men and women running around in open areas dancing to disco music and bumping and grinding into each other.

Down here in Columbia, SC, we are proud of the fact that our lgbt festivals (including Black Pride held this week) are highly family friendly.

The American Family Association's diatribe proves just how the religious right want to paint us into a corner when it comes to children. They are always quick to imply that we harm children but never address the fact that we are raising children.

Think about it. When folks like Maggie Gallagher and Barber talk about how same-sex marriage will hurt children, they never acknowledge the fact that lgbt families have children.

It's not an unintentional oversight.

Related post:

Matt Barber's ignorance is a blast from the past

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