Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Anti-gay talking head who wants to 'recriminalize homosexuality' elected to Michigan legislature

I hate to be the bearer of such news but Gordon Klingenschmitt wasn't the only insane anti-gay spokesperson to win a seat in a statewide legislature:

This is Gary Glenn. He was former head of the Michigan chapter of the American Family Association. He is now a Michigan state legislator. The above video of him telling Christians to ignore court rulings supporting marriage equality should give you an idea where he stands.

And according to Right Wing Watch:

Glenn has denounced efforts to curb anti-LGBT bullying in schools as a “Trojan Horse” plot by “homosexual activists” who want to “segregate students” and suggested that schools ban clubs like the Gay-Straight Alliance for “promoting behavior that [is] self-destructive and harmful to young people.” Instead, Glenn thinks that if schools “truly cared about young people who are ensnared by deviant behavior, they would tell them the truth that homosexuality is harmful and to be avoided.” In previous election cycles, Glenn has attempted to defeat gay Michigan candidates. In a robocall against one gay candidate, he used the word “homosexual” no less than ten times.

 But the main you should know about Glenn is this:

Glenn . . . wants to recriminalize homosexuality, which he says is “a proven threat to public health and safety . . ."

It was that lovely wish which led Glenn and I to clash on my blog in 2010 over not only his belief that homosexuality should be recriminalized,  but his opinion of the so-called "homosexual lifestyle."

 I whipped his ass using information which I later put in my book, How They See Us: Unmasking the Religious Right on Gay America  which you can download from here - ( )  or  here ( - hint! hint! about our potential method of attack when these folks start spilling their lies.

To put it nicely, if I had whipped Glenn any worse with regards to his errors he tried to pass off as truth, he would have volunteered to go out on the street at night to "make me some money."

Generally speaking though, Glenn's and Klingenschmitt's election to their state legislatures promises some interesting times for the lgbt community. Interesting and successful times to demonstrate the need for  lgbt equality if we play it right.

So swallow your shock and anger and get ready for the game.

'Zany anti-gay activist now state legislator' & other Wednesday midday news briefs

If you ask me, a bunch of huge planes flew over America yesterday and sprayed the entire country with poppies and opium. You want proof of that? This guy is now a Colorado state legislator:

Meet 'Dr. Chaps' Gordon Klingenschmitt: Colorado's New Anti-Gay, Demon Hunting State Legislator - Hey, don't get discouraged. Give anti-gay figures room to talk. They always make the case for lgbt equality.

 In other news:

The 2014 midterms - Thank you Jeremy Hooper (the Tully Blanchard to my Arn Anderson. Yes, I am putting the "band" back together ) for your concise and excellent look at last night's . . . thing.  

Maura Healey Becomes First Openly Gay Attorney General In The Country - Oh yeah, this happened. 

 Brittney Griner attacked in China - And unfortunately this. 

 What does Republican Senate takeover mean for LGBT issues? - Lastly, take a breath, brothers and sisters. A setback doesn't mean a loss and when you look at it, last night was not necessarily a setback, although it can set the stage for a potential setback. But that can be averted.

Lgbts shouldn't pull back our demand for equality because of mid-term election results

It's over, done and through like a root canal or a colonoscopy. Amid all of the blaming, finger pointing, weeping, and grinding of teeth, let me remind folks of something:

Yesterday, a judge ruled for marriage equality in Kansas and in South Carolina, it looks like marriage equality will be coming any day now as a federal judge is poised to rule in our favor.

Progress in the arena of marriage equality continues to march forward. Although with this new Republican Senate coupled with the Republican House, I suspect that there will be new roadblocks put in the way via an attempt to push an anti-marriage equality constitutional amendment or pushing an extreme idea of  "religious exemptions" as a bill.

Whatever the case may be, the question I asked yesterday still stands. What is the lgbt community prepared to do? We have the momentum and at least partly knowledgeable of the roadblocks that will try to be put in our way. Sometimes greatness, survival, and immortality comes from how one handles adversity.

Are we going to cower in the corner waiting for the boogieman to come in our house and attack us or are we going to defend what we earned while at the same time planning to get more?

You know where I stand. At the front door with my hair rolled up, one hand on my hip, and the other holding a huge rolling pin.

Bring it on.

Editor's note -  I have a real feeling that the lgbt community will be needing this in the next two years. I say start now. If you are faced with an army who you know will attack, go after them first . For those who want to skip the site and go straight to the booklet, GO HERE: