Friday, September 22, 2017

'Democrat senators are not happy about Trump's anti-LGBTQ court nominee' & other Fri midday news briefs

Anti-LGBTQ activist Jeff Mateer once said transgender youth are a part of 'Satan's plan.' Trump nominated him to the federal bench. Of course, folks aren't happy about it. Did I mention that Mateer also supports 'ex-gay' therapy?


Harsh questions await Trump's Texas court nominee who sees 'Satan’s plan' in transgender kids -  Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who sits on the Judiciary Committee has indicated there will be some serious questions when Jeff (transgender youth are a part of "Satan's plan") Mateer comes in front of the committee. Another committee member Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, isn't exactly singing his praises either. 

Mateer’s Nomination is a Brazen Attack on LGBTQ Americans - Trump's definition of standing up for the LGBTQ community seems to be filling his administration with folks who work against our equality. Apparently Mateer  is the latest. See what happens we folks get distracted by the antics of a clown put in charge. You watch him do a floppy dance but miss his hands lighting a fuse.

White House silent after revelation nominee called trans kids ‘Satan’s plan’ - Meanwhile, the White House is pulling the classic Mariah Carey "I don't know her" position on Mateer.

In other news: 

What Alabama’s GOP Senate Frontrunner Told Me Should Scare The Daylights Out Of You - Roy Moore has spooked me for years because the possibility of him having more power in our government was always there. 

Michigan Civil Rights Commission declines to reinterpret civil rights law to include LGBT - oh come ON, y'all!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Hate group leader Tony Perkins doesn't get the irony of his 'righteous government' comments



Self-righteous hypocrites generally don't take this short of a time to show their true faces as Tony Perkins, president of anti-LGBTQ hate group the Family Research Council, did in this video. Twenty-seven seconds has to be considered a record.

 Allow me to finish - Yes Tony, people do think politics (and government) is generally corrupt and dirty when people like you and your hate group exist to exploit it for your own self-righteous purposes. A righteous government does not discriminate against its own people and disguise it with a more palatable term of "religious liberty." Nor does it work to dehumanize transgender men, women, and children with misinformation and common stereotypes.

 Also, a righteous person in government is not an overblown, immature, overemotional creep who brags about grabbing women in their private areas, lies constantly, working to eliminate healthcare for millions of people, discarding the Biblical edict against taking care of strangers,and - so I don't forget to mention it - is suspected of  conspiring with a foreign government to steal an election. 

And a righteous group doesn't take the side of this leader. It doesn't ignore his faults, explain away his evil, nor cheer lead his efforts to harm the less fortunate. A righteous group doesn't sacrifice religious integrity for political power and access.

But you and your organization have done so and continue to do it.  So let me ask you something?

 Aren't you glad you weren't struck by divine lightning when you were spinning the junk in that video?

'Fake news site run by gay men underscores class problem in LGBTQ community' & other Thur midday news brief

How I feel after writing  the brief below regarding the fake news site.

L.A. Alt-Media Agitator (Not Breitbart) Clashes With Google, Snopes - Fans and followers of this blog know that no matter how negatively I've felt about a situation, I've always attempted to show a degree of decorum in describing my displeasure.

 But not this time because this here is some MAJOR bullshit. Seriously our community needs to have a discussion on how our "class problem" plays a huge role in hindering our fight for equality. Let me break it down like this - during the African-American civil rights movement, it didn't matter if black folks were rich or poor. It didn't matter how they dressed or what they looked like. To racists attempting to hold them down, they were treated like less than human because they were black. It wasn't something they could hide even a little bit.

Unfortunately in our community, we got some folks with a few bougie points, i.e. they were born into wealth, so-called privilege, didn't have to deal with discrimination as much as a lot of us, or even had the good fortune to fellate the right person and they are in a situation where they have easier access to things the rest of us don't. And they use these things in ways which, in the long or short run, damage the community. And they aren't touched because their class privilege insulates them.

Which brings me to these motherf$ckers  in THIS article above. They have a news site which generates lots of interest and they use it to spread crap and create confusion. And it is a bit pro-Trump.  To get a good idea of their mindsets, check out what one of them says about Donald Trump:

 They are critical of Donald Trump on some policy points (including his transgender military ban) but view him as a salutary influence in politics. "He may be a buffoon, and he may make some really bad mistakes during his presidency, but he's still an anti-establishment figure. A vote for him was a vote to smash the system." 

Who cares if he pushes lies about the transgender community, puts the physical and psychological lives of our transgender kids in jeopardy? Who cares if he appoints federal judges who don't even hide their bigotry about the LGBTQ community? Who cares if the folks who have for years tried to deprive us of our equality are key advisors in his administration? None of this will get through to these fake-ass journalists. They have their money, their circle of friends, their condos, their brunches with mimosas, and all other things which form the stereotypes of pampered gay men to keep them warm. It's the rest of us who are out in the cold being chased by the wolves with crosses seared in their fur.

Jive ass motherf$ckers.

 (takes a deep breath. puts on some Prince in his mp3 player)

In other news: 

Obergefell Is Already Under Attack - We would be deceiving ourselves if we didn't realize that the ruling which brought marriage equality to America was under attack even as it was announced. But pay attention to the long term plan here. This is what the fools in the above post is helping to cause.

Trump wants crude anti-LGBTQ activist as pick for federal judge - My post from yesterday because people like this awful man right here are key to the above news brief. The LGBTQ community should pay attention to who Trump wants to appoint to the judiciary. They can create more lasting damage than an executive order.

Imagine Dragons Lead Dan Reynolds Hosts Festival For LGBTQ Youth With Blessing Of LDS Church - This is a good thing and it cheers me up. 

2 months after arson fire, Phoenix LGBT youth center debuts new home - More cheering news. LGBTQ folks may be beset with setbacks but we are never defeated.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Trump wants crude anti-LGBTQ activist as pick for federal judge


 From Right Wing Watch:

 CNN reported today that Jeff Mateer, a former attorney for the Religious Right legal group First Liberty Institute who President Donald Trump recently nominated to a lifetime seat as a federal district court judge in Texas, has a long history of extreme anti-LGBTQ positions, including saying that transgender children are part of “Satan’s plan” of “destruction” and speaking at a 2015 conference organized by Kevin Swanson, a far-right pastor who has advocated for the death penalty for gay people. 
A Right Wing Watch review of others of Mateer’s speeches and interviews further reveals a clear hostility toward legal protections for LGBTQ equality and reproductive rights
The video below is from a 2015 speech entitled 'The Church and Homosexuality."

. . . CNN notes that , “Mateer said that the Supreme Court decision allowing same-sex marriage could lead to what he called ‘disgusting’ new forms of matrimony” such as “people marrying their pets.” Earlier in the presentation, Mateer told the audience that the “elephant in the room is homosexuality and the agenda that this small group is seeking and imposing on the rest of us” and the “legal attacks that that group of individuals and their surrogates are unleashing on the rest of the country.” He added that the U.S. was facing a “clash of absolutes” between “religious liberty rights” and “what is now being raised as a new sexual orthodoxy,” warning that “the other side” wants to see “enshrined in the Constitution” the “right to engage in homosexual conduct and be protected in that”:



For the sake of modesty and my own blood pressure, I will NOT post the video footage of what he said about transgender children..

'Fox News Channel rejects powerful ad on gay adoption' & other Wed midday news briefs



Watch the new gay adoption ad Fox won’t run because it’s ‘too powerful’ - This is HUGE. Just watch the ad above. Fox News can waste time featuring witches on their "news programs," dog Black Lives Matter, lie about Dreamers, and kiss Donald Trump's tookis, but won't run the above ad. Sometimes it's not about what a propaganda network focuses on, it's about what it deliberately ignores.

Former basketball player says university denied her a job for no longer identifying as gay - To your battle stations, folks. The religious right has a new media darling. She is a so-called former lesbian, African-American, and has a huge "sexy" (as in catches the media's eye big time) angle to exploit. Expect the possibility of a media blitz. However, like all times the religious right target our community with a controversy, the truth of the matter contradict the "sexy" angle. Don't sacrifice good old fashioned doubt before you read the full story. Don't sacrifice truth for the sake of parity. That practice has been one of our biggest flaws when combating the anti-LGBTQ industry.

Anti-LGBTQ hate group Alliance Defending Freedom attacks Michigan elementary school for trans-inclusive policy - A need-to-know article with a sad irony. The tactics these groups claim we use to supposedly infiltrate schools are the ones THEY are using.

  Brazil Overturns Ban On Ex-Gay Conversion Therapy - In Brazil?! Well shit.

What It’s Like To Be Black, Gay And HIV-Positive In Birmingham - Wonderful, thought-provoking piece.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

John Aravosis spills the tea on the religious right leader who likes gay sex art

Long-time progressive activist John Aravosis, along with Cliff Schecter, has a wonderful podcast called UnPresidentedThrough UnPresidented, Aravosis and Schecter hope to "empower the Resistance in the age of Trump"  by bringing a much needed honest and wry style in talking about today's political scene.

God knows we need honesty in political talk these days and with everything going down like a Mel Brooks movie, we need folks with a wry style to explain it to us. John and Cliff more than fit the bill.

I highly recommend that folks download and subscribe to it, particularly after John's revelations today.

John talks about an estate sale he went to across the street from his condo last weekend. Needless to say, what he found there was a certain piece of highly sexual artwork (and I'm being delicate here. John is explicit about what he saw.)

And the kicker? The estate and the artwork belonged to the son of two very prominent, very homophobic religious right activists.

Without going into too much detail because I really want you to listen to this (starting at 6:55), before he passed away, the father made a lot of money writing about not being "left behind." And the wife is known for being a really "concerned woman for America."

In fact, the son, the one who owned the artwork and of course is gay, worked for his mother during her "concerned" behavior.

The tea John spills is good and spotlights yet another case of extreme anti-LGBTQ activists having gay children.




You can go here to find out more on how to download and subscribe to UnPresidented.  


And - because this needs to be said - I get no monetary benefit for this. Just a large degree of bitchy satisfaction.


'Alt-right is now feuding with a Netflix cartoon' & other Tue midday news briefs


Alt-right continues war on Netflix by accusing a new show of promoting pedophilia - If it's not the "religious right," it's the "alt-right." BTW, the show is risque but not does not promote pedophilia. I doubt it even has anything to do with the LGBTQ community, but we know how these things will eventually yank us into the mix. 

Sen. Cotton: Wait for DOD study to decide on trans military service - Sounds reasonable but then again, don't hold your breath. This IS Sen. Tom Cotton. 

Shonda Rhimes Thinks It's "Embarrassing" That We're Still Celebrating So Many Emmys Firsts - She does have a point. Every time LGBTQs and/or people of color win something for the first time, people think we've rounded some corner. It only means the corner is in sight.

  New York City Announces New Initiatives to Help LGBTQ Youth - This is wonderful!

Monday, September 18, 2017

The 'gays will do something nasty to your children' card is a potent global tool for homophobia

There is a wild public vote going on in Australia about marriage equality. I'm not sure on the particulars but as far as I know the vote is nonbinding. However, that hasn't kept the anti-marriage equality side from wildly spewing all sorts of horror stories from every direction, particularly the claims about how marriage equality will harm children:






Don't these propaganda flyers and newspaper ads remind you of our fight? They should:

'Rapper Kid Rock hints on possible Senate run with attack on LGBTQ community' & other Mon midday news briefs

Kid Rock
Kid Rock opens Senate bid with anti-LGBT rantFrom last week but cannot be underestimated. Before the time in which the Orange disaster is infecting the White House like a monster in a low-budget Roger Corman movie, I would have laughed this off. But now, I realize that this fool running for a Senate seat in Michigan AND winning is remotely possible and even the word "remotely" inserted in my statement doesn't keep me from being fearful. And now he is attacking the LGBTQ community.

 Now for all of you "proper peoples and progressives," please stop reading while I start "machine gunning  shade" because certain things NEED to be said. 

Why the hell should anyone take Kid Rock seriously? I mean the man looks scuzzier than the deepest, hairiest part of Satan's armpit.  The man is more ratchet than a fake Gucci purse wrapped up with duct tape at a swap meat. 

In the article he claims people are scared to call "Jesus" by name. Kid Rock looks like he needs to forget calling "Jesus" and start calling the name of various soaps and lotions. Then he has the nerve to rag on the transgender community using the same tired old lies about "bathrooms." I'm gonna go ahead and admit that I'm less worried about transgender men and women in restrooms and more worried about does Kid Rock even wash his hands or wipe while in the bathroom. 

 Yeah, I'm being cruel and I don't give a shit. It's high time that we stop playing games and stop attempting to pick "sense" out of "nonsense." After Trump, I'm leaving NOTHING to chance. And with our opposition in the religious right having the shameless ability to get behind any candidate who can get them what they want, I bet if the situation called for it, all it would take is a few meetings and media moments for them to declare Kid Rock as a "baby Christian" or some of that crap they did with Trump. Yes, that's what I'm saying. If they can get something out of it, the religious right will support this guy:

Probably the best side (ugh) of the wannabe Senator from Michigan, Kidd Rock.

And if Kid Rock decides to run, you might as well get used to the above picture. I'm gonna put it everywhere, particularly on religious right twitter feeds. 

 In other news:

Here are the best LGBTI moments from this year's Emmys - Earlier, I was much too harsh on last night's Emmy awards. In retrospect, they were really good and especially groundbreaking for our community. 

Trans Actors For Trans Characters - I do agree with this sentiment. 

White guy surprised by anti-Asian racism on Grindr - The LGBTQ community is not free from racist sentiment. No community is. That's reality so folks need to stop being so shocked when it pops up. 

Here's What Happened At The "No" To Same-Sex Marriage Campaign Launch - In a non-binding people's vote regarding marriage equality in Australia, the "no" side is engaging in the SAME rhetorical crap we have had to deal with here. Hell, they are even using stuff from American anti-LGBTQ hate groups. It's all they have.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Lena Waithe, lesbian of color, makes Emmy Award history with well-deserved victory

If only all of my weeks could start off this way:



Lena Waithe and Aziz Ansari’s Emmy win made history on Sunday night. The two earned the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series at the 69th annual awards for the “Thanksgiving” episode from Season 2 of Netflix’s “Master of None.” Waithe, the first black woman to be nominated in the category, is now the first black woman to win in the category. . . . In her acceptance speech, Waithe thanked her “LGBTQIA family,” telling them, “I see each and every one of you.” “The things that make us different, those are our superpowers,” she continued. “Every day when you walk out the door, put on your imaginary cape, and go out there and conquer the world. Because the world would not be as beautiful as it is if we weren’t in it.”

The award-winning episode, 'Thanksgiving' had to do with Waite's character coming out as a lesbian to her mother (portrayed by the legendary Angela Bassett, who herself was nominated for an Emmy for 'Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series' for the episode,)

 

Both Waithe's story and victory prove one thing. In the LGBTQ community, we ALL have stories to tell and very few of them are the same. Instead of talking up diversity, we need to support each other and provide those of us who need it opportunities to get those stories out there. There is no one homogenized LGBTQ community. We are different mixtures and flavors which blend together to form a richness which no degree of hate or ignorance can extinguish. Don't be afraid of celebrating and respecting the mixtures.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Family Research Council asks for God's help in its war of lies against SPLC


According to People for the American Way's Right Wing Watch, the anti-LGBTQ hate group Family Research Council is calling for a new ally to join its fight against the Southern Poverty Law Center.

And, all jokes aside, I really don't think it's going to work out in the group's favor. You see, FRC just made a public prayer to God about the matter:"

“Pray that the SPLC’s leaders, deeds, and motives will be exposed and that their influence will diminish. May God mercifully reach into the lives of the SPLC’s leaders, staff, and supporters, and convict them of the wrong they are doing. May the Holy Spirit lead them to repentance. May many encounter Christ dramatically, just as Rabbi Saul before he became the Apostle Paul, who was on his way to destroy followers of Christ. May the American press and Big Business cease and desist from promoting the SPLC. May those who have helped instigate the present divide among Americans cease to sow seeds of division. Rather, may their stockpiled millions of dollars be used to heal the divisions in America they have helped to create. Protect and prevent the innocent and vulnerable from falling prey to SPLC’s fundraising schemes. Keep them from entanglement with the deeds of the SPLC. Finally, we pray that you would hinder the SPLC from inspiring the harm of one more person and move them to take sincere Christ-followers and Christian organizations off their ‘Hate List’ and issue a much needed apology.”

Bear in mind, just who FRC is praying to.

This is the "the truth shall set you free" God. The "therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another"' God. The "then keep from speaking evil and from telling lies." God. The "thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor" God.

FRC seems to have mistaken God for one of their naive followers or at least one of the propaganda spewers from Fox News. The group thinks it can demonize LGBTQs, conflate us with pedophiles, make all up all sorts of nasty innuendos about our sexual behavior, and generally declare us as a public health menace, but then expect God to suddenly take its side over the group (SPLC) which has not only called them out for it BUT has the proof (i.e. receipts) to back up its charges?


Word to the wise, FRC.  You're making yourself look completely hypocritical. What does it say about the "personally held religious beliefs" you claim to hold so dear if you are praying to your God to help you cover up your lies? 

'LGBTQ seniors in CA gain victory in spite of Fox News' & other Thur midday news briefs

In spite of the lies of Tucker Carlson, LGBTQ seniors in CA, especially members of the trans community, are now protected from abuse.

California Legislature Approves 'Bill Of Rights' For LGBT Seniors -In spite of Tucker Carlson, the Fox News Network cadre of lies, and distortions about free speech, LGBTQ seniors, particularly transgender seniors, are now protected in California.

Linda Harvey: Criticism of The Nashville Statement Is A Precursor To Persecution Of Conservative Christians - Linda pines for the time when the LGBTQ community would simply take abuse. Sorry, girlfriend. Those days are way in the past. 

After death of LGBTQ rights activist Edith Windsor, community thanks her - Damn right. We owe Ms. Windsor the world. 

Ted Cruz's Pollster Is Flooding Australians With Antigay Robocalls - Why the hell are these jokers interfering with another country's decision about marriage equality?

Just A Bunch Of Tweets Searching For The True Definition Of Gay Culture - These tweets are very astute.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A short, delightful history of homosexuality on film

I'm not always gunning for the jugular of religious right groups. There are times in which I enjoy glimpses of LGBTQ history, such as the video below.

It was created in 2015, right after marriage equality became legal. I found it to be quite astute and a very good history lesson about how we have been portrayed on film. How many of these movies have you seen?


Alabama's largest paper issues warning about anti-LGBTQ activist Roy Moore' & other Wed midday news briefs


Alabama’s Largest Paper Issues Blistering Attack On Roy Moore: Look At How Much He Hates LGBTs [VIDEO] - The above video and accompanying post (hat tip to Joe Jervis) doesn't come as a caution but a severe warning. Moore, who was removed from the Alabama's Supreme Court for attempting to circumvent the SCOTUS ruling on marriage equality, is the front runner for the Alabama US Senate seat. And should he win, count on him causing havoc for the LGBTQ community. Don't wait for the inevitable. Don't wait until the last minute and then attempt to stuff all of your anger in a march. Start planning now. We have allies in Congress. But this man will be an enemy. A dangerous one. 

 LGBT Rights Pioneer Edith Windsor Has Died At 88 - Yesterday, one of the greatest heroes of our community met her reward. Ms. Windsor proved you are never too old to fight for your rights and maintain your dignity. We are a much better people for her presence and grace. 

It’s Official: Donald Trump Is The Most Anti-LGBTQ President In U.S. History - That doesn't mean we are going to lose to this turkey, though. The LGBTQ community has faced larger obstacles and won. Trump will be no different.

51 Of The Most Hilarious Signs From Marriage Equality Rallies Around Australia - They are still fighting for marriage equality in Australia and the folks there know how to do it.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Family Research Council's newest symbol of SPLC persecution is yet another fraud

Carol Swain, FRC's fake symbol of 'SPLC persecution'

In the mind of the Family Research Council, there is a huge rebellion of credibility against the Southern Poverty Law Center, For those who don't know, FRC has been feuding with SPLC ever since the organization called out its deliberate lies about the LGBTQ community by giving it the label of a hate group in 2010.

Since then, FRC has been taking potshots at SPLC, even falsely connecting it with a near shooting at  FRC headquarters in 2012 and the shooting in DC earlier this year which saw member of the House of Representatives hospitalized.

But try as it may, and even with the help of other anti-LGBTQ hate groups and like minded conservative groups, the only thing FRC is doing is making a complete fool of itself.

Take today's Washington Update for example:.

Retired Vanderbilt professor Carol Swain explains "What It's Like to Be Smeared by the Southern Poverty Law Center" in a strong column for the Journal, which hasn't exactly been holding back its skepticism of Richard Cohen's group. For Dr. Swain, institutionalized prejudice is nothing new. As an African-American woman, she's been threatened, protested, and verbally abused for exposing students to other views in one of academia's elite laboratories of radicalism. Now, she can add "targeted by the SPLC" to her long list of distinctions, which among other things, accuses Carol of expressing hatred toward minorities – which is ridiculous since she is a minority! 
Still, Swain insists, she "wears the SPLC's mud as a badge of honor because I know I am in the company of many good men and women who have been similarly vilified for standing for righteousness and truth." But, Carol writes soberly, the SPLC's labeling has had "has had a lasting impact on my life and career. Offers from other universities ended and speaking opportunities declined. Once you've been smeared in this way, mainstream news outlets are less likely to cite you as an expert of any kind." 
But, she continues, "Some of those vilified by the SPLC have been subjected to even worse treatment. The Family Research Council and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise have been violently attacked by individuals inspired by the propaganda the SPLC regularly dishes out -- which is often accepted without criticism and passed on by media, law-enforcement agencies and universities." Like others at the Wall Street Journal who think SPLC's "hate list" feeds the polarization it claims to be fighting, Carol knows Cohen's group has one goal (articulated, conveniently, by former staffer Mark Potok): "destroying" the groups it opposes.

First of all, the man who shot Scalise, James Hodgkinson, was not inspired by SPLC. He once "liked" SPLC's facebook page, a far cry from being inspired. So, pardon me for saying so, but Swain is a liar.

Sen Al Franken blasts Trump nominee on ties to anti-LGBTQ hate group, triggers right-wing snowflakes


This is wonderful.

 Last week, Senator Al Franken calls out Trump's judiciary nominee, Amy Barrett, on her links to anti-LGBTQ hate group the Alliance Defending Freedom. His astute series of questions sent the religious right and their allies into fits as evidenced by these headlines via conservative news sources:

Senator Franken Smears Alliance Defending Freedom with ‘Hate Group’ Label

Citing the SPLC, Sen. Al Franken Compares Alliance Defending Freedom to Pol Pot

Franken charges Trump judicial nominee with hate group ties

No matter how triggered these right-wing snowflakes became, Franken was correct in every statement he made about ADF. And it's not the first time Franken has taken religious right groups and their supporters to the "woodshed." In 2011, during another Congressional hearing, he called out Focus on the Family's Tom Minnery for misrepresenting a study.

The LGBTQ community should copy Franken's behavior in warring against these hate groups who seek to take away our equality.

1. Call these anti-LGBTQ groups exactly what they are - hate groups. DO NOT give an quarter or an inch based upon their claims about merely defending religious freedom or "personally held beliefs.

2. Educate yourselves on WHY these organizations are hate groups. In the video above, Franken broke down the nefarious activities of ADF in detail. Nothing can refute generic claims about "religious liberty" more effectively than specific details contradicting the claims.

3. Be firm and unyielding. Control the narrative always. These groups and individuals are always putting us on the defensive. Based upon their actions, they have questions to answer. Demand that they do. Turn the narrative from us to them. Every time.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

The central reason why the LGBTQ community lost the Prop 8 vote (and other referendums)

Last week, I hinted on a new project about the religious right's demonization of the LGBTQ community. At the time, I wasn't ready to give complete details. However, right now, I am ready to drop a small hint as to what that project will be.

It's a simple hint because the project (provisionally named HELL) is a simple, but effective one which I hope will bring a much needed degree of seriousness and examination of history when it comes to how anti-LGBTQ groups and personalities have spent countless years dehumanizing us.

There has been lots said about the initial losses we suffered in our fight for marriage equality; the constant defeats we endured in referendum after referendum, which culminated in the shocking loss regarding Prop 8 in 2008 ; the loss which, for the time being, banned marriage equality in the state of California. Supposedly we were supposed to win that won, so when we loss, fingers were pointed, ugly things were said, and unspoken divisions were put out in the open.

However, the Prop 8 loss shared a similarity (which for the purpose of my upcoming project) like so many other referendum fights. Unfortunately, it was a similarity which very few brought up.

In the future, it shall be.  But for now, enjoy the truth of the meme (click on it if you want to enlarge it.). It will be a sign of things to come:



Friday, September 08, 2017

'Steve Bannon trying to get anti-LGBTQ former judge elected to Senate' & other Fri midday news briefs

Roy Moore

Why Steve Bannon’s Next Act Revolves Around Alabama And The Religious Right - Former Trump advisor Steve Bannon and his propaganda site, Breitbart, are working in Alabama to get Roy Moore elected to the United States Senate. This akin to Darth Vader teaming up Aliens to get them more food sources, but without the humor of the situation. If Moore gets to the US Senate, the LGBTQ community will have a new problem

DACA Reversal Could Be ‘Death Sentence’ for LGBTQ Immigrants - I repeat - Trump's awful move on DACA affects us too. 

Russia Isn’t Happy About Canada Secretly Helping LGBTQ Refugees Escape Violence in Chechnya - They can go to hell. Russia that is. 

Back-to-School Worries for Gay Parents- Glad this is getting noticed.

Trump DOJ To Supreme Court: Making Gay Wedding Cake Would Violate Baker’s Rights - By the way, this shit happened. I don't care how many people criticize Hillary Clinton. All I know is that HER justice department wouldn't be doing this crap. Let's get a little selfish, folks and think of our concerns too while some of us try to save the entire world. 

The First White President - Not necessarily an LGBTQ issue per se, but the piece is so smoking, so on-point that it needs to be read by ALL OF US.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Religious right pastor claims he has talked with Trump about judicial appointments

There is a verse in the Bible which says "pride goeth before a fall." Someone needs to tell that to pastor and Trump advisor Robert Jeffress.

From People for the American Way's Right Wing Watch:

Trump is talking about judicial appointments with THIS man

Texas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress, who serves as a top evangelical ally to President Donald Trump, told Christian radio host Sandy Rios today that he met with Trump last week to discuss moving his judicial nominations through the Senate. Jeffress, who has declared that God has authorized Trump to go to war with North Korea, pronounced that God had intervened to make Trump president and said that Trump’s border wall and his attacks on the media are soundly based in the Bible, told Rios that he told Trump that Senate Republicans were holding up his nominations.

“Listen, I want to be very clear about this, Sandy. I had the chance to talk to the president and his team last week about this bigger issue of these federal judge nominees being blocked,” Jeffress said.

. . . Jeffress has a well-documented history of homophobic statements that include labeling gay people as either pedophiles or child abusers, claiming that the gay rights movement will welcome the Antichrist and suggesting that homosexuality will lead to the “implosion of our country.” The megachurch pastor also has a record of hostility to Muslims, Jews, Mormons and Roman Catholics.





Are you scared yet?

Anti-LGBTQ hate groups wages pathetic war against SPLC

Right under our noses, conservative and religious right groups are waging a serious war with the Southern Poverty Law Center because the organization has rightfully labeled many of them as hate groups. They have amassed a lot of attention for their efforts on twitter, on the right-wing blogsphere and on pseudo-news programs such as the one anchored by Fox News personality Tucker Carlson.

It's ugly to see but also funny in a way. For all of their fury, organization, and discipline to their narrative, the only folks they are resonating with are the ones who already share their opinions.  Even worse for them, their desire to slander SPLC only opens up new avenues to have the debate that they don't want.

In other words, in spite of all they do and say, all it takes is a video, a post, or an article to dismantle their false cards. And the SPLC (and others such as yours truly) own these "receipts" and then some:

Right Wing Ramps Up Campaign Against Southern Poverty Law Center - People for the American Way's Right Wing Watch breaks it down. Say what you will about the religious right, they are organized and discipline in pushing their lies.

Tucker Carlson defends hate group that wanted to criminalize homosexuality because its members aren't Nazis - I never liked Tucker Carlson even when he wore that bow tie. Since getting his own show, Carlson has been doing awful work to normalize homophobia and bigotry. 

Time for the receipts: 

Namesake of ministry suing SPLC once endorsed obscenely homophobic comic - My post from last night. After that awful shooting early this year in DC, many on the right attempted to link the assailant, James Hodgkinson, to SPLC because he reportedly "liked" its facebook page. If one uses that logic, what can we say about the D. James Kennedy Ministries because it's namesake endorsed an viciously homophobic comic? 

SPLC's list of anti-LGBT groups and actions - Educate yourself about these groups and why SPLC calls them hate groups. 

 Last but not least, my favorite receipts

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Namesake of ministry suing SPLC once endorsed obscenely homophobic comic

A ministry currently suing the Southern Poverty Law Center for being designated as an anti-LGBTQ hate group may soon learn the lesson about past actions coming back to bite.

D. James Kennedy Ministries, based at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, has filed a federal lawsuit in Alabama against the Montgomery-based Southern Poverty Law Center for calling the ministry a hate group. The lawsuit was filed Aug. 22 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama in Montgomery. The lawsuit alleges that the SPLC "illegally trafficked in false and misleading descriptions of the services offered by DJKM and committed defamation against DJKM arising from the publication and distribution of false information that libels the ministry's reputation and subjects the ministry to disgrace, ridicule, odium, and contempt in the estimation of the public," according to a statement by the ministry. 
The ministry is named for the late TV Evangelist D. James Kennedy, who was the longtime pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church and host of the nationally syndicated "Coral Ridge Hour" TV program. He died in 2007. Kennedy played a role in helping form the conservative Presbyterian Church in America denomination, which organized in Birmingham in 1973 at Briarwood Presbyterian Church.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has made it clear that anti-LGBTQ hate groups are designated so because they demonize the LGBTQ community in the most lurid, inaccurate terms:

The religious right in America has employed a variety of strategies in its efforts to beat back the increasingly confident LGBT rights movement. One of those has been defamation. Many of its leaders have engaged in the crudest type of name-calling, describing LGBT people as "perverts" with "filthy habits" who seek to snatch the children of straight parents and "convert" them to gay sex. They have disseminated disparaging "facts" about gays that are simply untrue — assertions that are remarkably reminiscent of the way white intellectuals and scientists once wrote about the "bestial" black man and his supposedly threatening sexuality.

And that brings up to the late James Kennedy. The D. James Kennedy Ministries has a huge section dedicated to his life and his work.  One thing it doesn't have is when Kennedy endorsed the following 1986 comic book:



How do we know Kennedy endorsed this comic book? Because his endorsement is the first one on the back cover, with his official title as "Senior Minister, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church."

Reflections on 11 years as a blogger, Trumps's attack on Dreamers split evangelical coalition, & other Wed midday news briefs


Eleven years ago, this blog began because there needed to be a spotlight on the junk science, lies, and discredited arguments religious right groups were using to dehumanize the LGBTQ community and deny us our God-given equality.

Since that time, a lot of progress has been made in calling out groups like the Family Research Council, the Alliance Defending Freedom, and others. Thanks to groups like Media Matters and the Southern Poverty Law Center fueling the discussion, the tactics of these groups have entered the public debate and will not be going away. I like to think I was a part of that.

However, so much more needs to be done. It has been my biggest disappointment how the LGBTQ community leadership - and community in general - have been dropping the ball on this. Even before Trump took office, we constantly find ourselves drawn into repetitive little skirmishes. Bathroom bills, religious liberty bills, etc.  Before our very eyes, the same lies which exploited the fear of gay men and children are being used against our transgender brothers and sisters. And while we fight like hell against in these skirmishes, we fail to weave the thread, i.e. bring into the public debate how all of these attacks on us are connected. How arguments against marriage equality, transgender rights, LGBTQ equality in general are following the same distorted patterns.  We fight the arguments emanating from the anti-LGBTQ empire but have not taken the initiative to attack the empire itself.

We allow ourselves to be put in the position time and time again to have to justify our existence even though we have won major victories in terms of our families, our children, even our private sexual behavior. We fight from a reactive position rather than a proactive position.  And we shouldn't be doing that. We are winners and we need to start acting like winners. We need to start demanding that these groups justify their lies and their tactics. There is nothing wrong with us picking a verbal debate with religious right groups before they begin their latest attack on our physical and spiritual persons. There is nothing wrong with us, just out of the blue, demanding answers to their constant lies about how we harm children.

As they are becoming more aggressive in pushing back against being labeled as hate groups and hungrier because Trump is in office, we shouldn't just be sitting and waiting. It is a war. A war of position, debate, and narratives.   It's time we took control of all of these things.

On that note, I am announcing that I am developing a new visual project. Provisionally, I call it "HELL." And when I'm done with it, I hope that it will be hell . . . for the opposition


In other news:

Southern Baptist Minister: Anti-LGBT “Nashville Statement” Is An “Expression Of Love” - Why is it that every time the religious right shows us love, it makes us feel that we've been pistol whipped for Valentine's Day?

This 6-Year-Old Spent A Year Of Her Life Fighting To Use Her School’s Bathroom - Why we must always not be blase about standing up for our rights. We aren't just standing up for ourselves, but also our children. 

Trump Abandonment of DREAMers Splits Religious Right - Looks like some members of the religious right are showing just a tad bit of integrity. 

47 LGBT Groups Send Letter Opposing Trump’s Justice Department Pick Eric Dreiband - We got another one of Trump's appointments to knock on his ass. 

  Anti-LGBTQ hate group submits pro-discrimination arguments to Supreme Court - Small case with large repurcussions.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Trump has evangelical leaders wrapped around his finger


Robert Jeffress (top) and Tony Perkins (bottom) are just two of the many evangelical leaders Trump has wrapped around his finger by catering to their egos.

If there is one positive to Trump being in the Oval Office, it's that his time there is exposing a lot of these so-called Christian leaders as the power-hungry charlatans they are.

A very good article by Religious News Services, All the president’s clergymen: A close look at Trump’s ‘unprecedented’ ties with evangelicals, while pretty much objective, gives a picture of the embarrassing way several right-wing white evangelicals and black pastors who generally partner with them on other initiatives are freely throwing away what little religious integrity they have because Trump "gives them so much access."

Since inauguration, there have been meetings, dinners, photo ops and conference calls, according to participants. And there have been countless other encounters, including some at prayer events and signing ceremonies and a concert at the Kennedy Center. On Sept. 1, some from the group were back in the Oval Office as the president declared a National Day of Prayer for victims of Hurricane Harvey. Texas pastor Robert Jeffress led another laying-of-hands benediction that cast Trump as a national savior. 
 “Father, I thank you that we have a president … who believes in the power of prayer,” he said. “This country has been bitterly divided for decades upon decades, and now you have given us a gift, President Donald Trump.” 
 . . .And unlike the business advisory councils that disbanded over the president’s response to violence by white supremacists last month in Charlottesville, Va., the evangelicals are still standing by him. Extensive interviews with key participants — as well as public statements and photos — reveal that a cadre of conservative Christian religious leaders — mostly white and male (with notable exceptions such as White and Suarez) — has the ear of the politically powerful on matters of national priority, from judicial appointments to immigration and criminal justice reform. And while presidents before have consulted with spiritual advisers — evangelist Billy Graham is the best-known example — the current group’s members certainly appear to care not only about Trump’s own spiritual well-being, but also have concrete views about a range of issues and make no secret of wanting policy changes.

Franklin Graham, you are a fake and a liar

There will be no news briefs today. But there will be a post. A certain charlatan needs to be figuratively dragged online.

I don't know about you but I am so damn tired of Franklin Graham's ability to get away with being noted as a prominent religious leader even though he wouldn't know Jesus if he got His autograph at the Sermon on the Mount.

It's a sad commentary on Christianity in America when this man is interviewed, usually one-on-one and given the ability to spout lie after lie about the LGBTQ community. Whether being the recipient of interviews which turn into shameless monologues or writing junk on his facebook page and soaking up the "amens" from his ignorant sheep (followers, my ass), Graham is a shining example of the dangers of demagoguery which drapes itself around a cross, thereby masking his true predatory nature.

 And he won't be touched. Graham has too much prestige to be harmed by a true look at his motives and claims. However, to suit my personal satisfaction and to have some record of someone calling this evil man out for what he is, I'm going to speak my peace.


What's gotten me riled up? This junk on his facebook page:



See, junk like this is the mess I was talking about in my post from last night. Graham attacks the SPLC for rightfully labeling anti-LGBTQ organizations as hate groups. He also lies about why SPLC calls out these groups.

Monday, September 04, 2017

When will the LGBTQ community call out the 'game' instead of 'playing the game?'

I recently read an article by a friend of mine which brings to mind the LGBTQ community's problem with calling out religious right groups and figures. The Purge Of Transgender People From American Life Has Begun by Brynn Tannehill was a tad morbid for my tastes, but she made a much needed revelation and a point our community has to consider.

Basically, Tannehill pointed out that Trump's negative policies directed at the transgender community may be  following a game plan put forth by anti-LGBTQ hate group the Family Research Council. FRC has had a huge amount of access to the White House since Trump took office.

Tannehill's words rang true and they are cause for alarm. But I can't help thinking that we've been here before. As a matter of fact, we have been here so many times in the position of playing the defensive against a wanton attack on our equality and humanity. .

And I can't help thinking that the LGBTQ community will always play desperate catch up as long as we continue the same playbook we have always followed.

It's a familiarly sad playbook:

The groups and people forming the religious right, or the anti-LGBTQ industry (because it is an industry invested in either scaring Americans or catering to their religious egos with every attack on our community), launches an attack against us via an anecdotal incident or a new initiative designed to take away our equality. They have their talking points and media plan ready.

The LGBTQ community answers back with meek, carefully worded force derived from surprise and from the position that we don't know enough about our opposition to take control of the narrative. Or we answer from the other end of the spectrum - loud, counterproductive, ideas about visible protests filling the air soon to be overtaken by internal squabbles on tactics, identity, privilege, lack of trust, lack of discipline, etc.

Meanwhile we fail to notice how similar religious right attacks on the LGBTQ community are. For example, the attacks on the transgender community (i.e. bathroom bills supposedly passed for the sake of safety of women and children) is no different than attacks made against gay men in the past.

In other words, we go from one lie:




To another:



with the same blueprint. As a matter of fact, the exploitation of parental fears seems to be a key component to religious right attacks on the LGBTQ community in so many areas:







And it's not just lies about children.

If one was to replace the word "gay" with "transgender" in arguments against trans people serving in the military, he or she would practically be reliving the "gays in the military" argument of the early 90's over again.

Basically, in every battle against LGBTQ equality, the religious right uses the same debunked arguments continuously. And why do they do it? Because no one calls them out on it. Not  the media, the public at large, or the LGBTQ community. In the case of the public, it's ignorance. In the case of the media, it's unfortunate expediency.

But in the case of the LGBTQ community, it's downright laziness. We're like mice in a maze following the same directions repeatedly, constantly playing the game of the anti-LGBTQ industry instead of calling it out as a game.

We get sidetracked with somewhat important (but time-wasting) internal squabbles, tangents about religious beliefs, or silly public demonstrations which amount to nothing but psychological masturbation.

It's time what we realize that this is war. Not a physical war, mind you, but one  using strategy,  exploitation of fear, and the entitlement of religion. Groups hiding behind "personal religious beliefs" seek to openly declare the LGBTQ community as villains or erase our lives, our children, and our families by consciously omitting them

It's not a war which can be won by solely participating in street protests, or facebook memes, or constantly being put on the defensive by organizations who devote a hell of a lot of time and money than we realize to eradicating our equality. Nor can it be won by claiming that if you ignore religious right groups and their shenanigans, they will go away. They aren't going away.

We need more than people protesting in the streets. We need people in front of the cameras, on the editorial pages, in front of communities. We need people with enough patience behind the scenes developing framework. We need everyone focused on one common goal - telling the story of the long war of lies and fear against the LGBTQ community. And the key to this is acknowledging we have an enemy, knowing that enemy, and not taking the enemy's bait by waiting for them to put us on the defensive yet again.

 Will the LGBTQ community be prepared to do that? Finally?