On this day in 2006, I began this blog. It was initially meant to promote my upcoming self-published book by the same name, which was published the next year.
To be honest, the book was an embarrassment. It was badly written and badly edited, but it did open doors for me. A lot of people sat up and took notice to the truth that so-called pro-family groups were demeaning the lgbt community through junk science, cherry-picked research, and lies.
While the book died a quick death, this blog continued and through the years has allowed me to consistently push the truth behind the lie that homosexuality is a supposedly negative lifestyle.
Below are the list of things I was able to accomplish in the years through Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters. I've been blogging for eight years in addition to holding down a regular full-time job. I don't get paid for it and I definitely haven't been doing this for fun. I've been trying to make a difference in the world in my own way. Too many times in the past, members of the lgbt community have fallen victim to ignorance and hatred perpetrated by propaganda which paints us as evil, diseased, child-molesting monsters. Too many of us have had our potential snuffed out by the vindictiveness of false religious people whose nastiness are buoyed by the lies of groups like the Family Research Council, the American Family Association, the National Organization for Marriage and unfortunately too many others to name.
Only the lgbt community can put a stop to this madness. And we will.
The list below is to serve as a reminder to myself and others that this struggle is not about fame, money, or flamboyance. No matter who you are or where you are, no matter if you are well-known or not as well known, respected by many or none at all, you can still make a positive difference in this world if you have ability, desire, endurance, and above all, heart:
Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters eight year accomplishment list:
- Over one million hits
- Readers on six continents and in several countries, including Russia, China, South Africa, Nigeria, England, Japan, Australia, and the Netherlands
- 2014 GLAAD Media Award nomination - Outstanding Blog
- 2010 Order of the Pink Palmetto – SC Pride
- Two-time Ed Madden Media Award nominee- SC Pride
Posts published by:
- Huffington Post
- Pam’s House Blend
- Daily Kos
- Firedoglake/Justice for All
- Ms. Magazine
- Truth Wins Out
- The Daily Beast
- Lawrence O’Donnell
- Melissa Harris-Perry
- Fox News online newspaper
- People for the American Way’s Right-Wing Watch
- Andrew Sullivan
- The Advocate
- National Black Justice Coalition
- Equality Matters
- Southern Poverty Law Center
- Dallas Voice
- Box Turtle Bulletin
- The New Civil Rights Movement
- The Human Rights Campaign
- The Washington Post
- Attended Netroots Nation 2014, 2011, 2012
- Created and maintains a list of researcher & professor complaints of how anti-gay groups distort of their work
- Work used by the Southern Poverty Law Center in naming anti-gay organizations as hate groups
- Helped in campaign to get Hardball’s Chris Matthew to make correction concerning citation by Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins
- Helped in campaign to make Hardball’s Chris Matthews accountable for anti-gay group spokespeople appearing on his show
- Helped to expose NOM’s attempt to funnel bad research, i.e. The Mark Regnerus study to the courts
- Published countless posts exposing anti-gay groups and anti-gay spokespeople distorting research, citing cherry-picked research, and outright lying to demonize the lgbt community
- Series of posts helped expose right-wing attack on Obama appointee Kevin Jennings
- Developed “Know Your LGBT History” series of posts looking at lgbt history in American society, including film and television.
- Interviewed three times on the Michelangelo Signorile radio show (one time with Signorile, the other two times with guest hosts)
- Interview with Jamila Bey on Voice of Russia America
- Assisted in publicizing GLAAD’s Commentator Accountability Project
- Live-blogged a 2013 panel discussion on the life and legacy of civil rights leader Bayard Rustin for the Human Rights Campaign