Friday, October 20, 2017

'Hate group trying to gross America out with book about gay sex' & other Fri midday news briefs

This propaganda book is nothing new. It presents the same old lies about gays wrapped in a new package.

MassResistance Wants To Gross America Out With Book About Gay Sex - It's an old but popular propaganda tactic of the anti-LGBTQ industry. Exploit preconceived notions and underlying curiosity about gay sex by establishing false talking points and relying on junk science and cherry-picked legitimate science to prove said points. It's as old as the "gay men want to recruit children" lie. I should write a book on it. Wait a minute. I did. 

There’s a rising global tide of crackdowns on LGBT communities - They are trying to test us but they won't defeat us. 

How two female playwrights are risking their lives to fight homophobia in Africa - Fight on, my sisters!

Jeff Sessions never thought ‘religious freedom’ would allow anti-LGBTQ discrimination - Yeah right. And I'm Scarlett O'Hara from 'Gone with the Wind.' 

Flier At Cleveland State University Encourages LGBTQ Students To Kill Themselves - Then the university claimed that the flier was "free speech." Then folks got really pissed ... 

Parents infuriated after football coach directs players to mock student with gay parents - This here is some mess. But it does show that more people care about doing the right thing. Other parents and students prevented this junk from happening.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Jeff Sessions won't answer question about his 'religious liberty' guidance and anti-LGBTQ discrimination

There is so much nonsense, chaos, and confusion ala Trump that we are in danger of missing things happening which are important to the future of our equality. On Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions faced a Senate committee and was asked questions about his "religious liberty" guidance memo.

The anti-LGBTQ industry trumpeted Sessions's guidance memo, claiming that it "protects" Christians from having to choose between their faith and their jobs. Those of us who know better says that it is the latest in the war on LGBTQ equality by the religious right and their supporters. In the committee hearing, we finally got to the meat of our problems with the idea of so-called religious liberty. The exchange above between Sessions and Sen. Dick Durbin is the reality of the dangers of Sessions's guidance memo and the idea of "religious liberty" as it is being pushed by the anti-LGBTQ industry.

It's not by accident that groups like the Family Research Council and the Alliance Defending Freedom, as well as people like FRC president Tony Perkins tend to shy away from a thorough debate about "religious liberty." And it's not by accident that Durbin's question left Sessions stymied and tongue-tied.

'Anti-LGBT industry hoping to play 'divide & conquer' plan to defeat pro-trans policies' & other Thur midday news briefs

Remember this mess? Expect the anti-LGBTQ industry to exploit something like it to divide our community.

Values Voter Summit Panelist: ‘Divide & Conquer’ To Defeat ‘Totalitarian’ Trans Inclusion Policies - Remember that "drop the T" crap some gay folks were pushing (as in abandon the transgender community while pursuing equality.) The anti-LGBTQ industry thinks that it's a wonderful strategy. So much so that they will be pushing something along the same lines along with other plans to denigrate the entire community. So folks deal with the fact that there should be and will be NO abandoning in this so-called culture war. If one of us goes down in flames, we all go down in flames. We are in this TOGETHER.

Two states brace for public campaigns against transgender equality - Speaking of which . . . 

White Nationalism and Christian Right Unite at Values Voter Summit - The sad thing is that there was no internal struggle with so-called Christians. They just want power. 

The U.N. Wants American Businesses to End Anti-LGBT Discrimination - Money always talks.

Settlement Proposed In North Carolina Transgender Bathroom Lawsuit - Could be good news for the transgender community. We'll see. 

HuffPost: Roy Moore’s Charity Accepted Donation From Nazi-Founded Group - The next time the LGBTQ and African-American communities start fighting over legacies, they both need to be reminded that they have a lot of the same enemies.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Trump's judicial nominee continues to show why he shouldn't be appointed to the federal bench

Trump judicial nominee Jeff Mateer

According to Vice, in a 2015 speech to the National Religious Liberties Conference, Trump's judicial nominee to the federal bench in Texas, Jeff Mateer, admitted that he discriminates against gays:

“Guess what? I attend a conservative Baptist church. We discriminate, alright. On the basis of sexual orientation, we discriminate.” 
 . . . That remark is just one of many that Mateer — who’s currently the first assistant attorney general in Austin, Texas — made during a pair of speeches at the conference. In them, Mateer provided a roadmap for businesses to discriminate against LGBTQ people without legal repercussions. In the two speeches — titled “Seven Things Every Christian Employee Should Know” and “Are You Ready? Protecting Your Church or 501(c)(3) Ministry” — Mateer also said the Constitution doesn’t mandate the separation of church and state and that diversity training “brainwashes” people into accepting the LGBTQ lifestyle.   Citing both speeches, 36 LGBTQ advocacy organizations sent a letter to the Senate on Tuesday demanding that its members vote down Mateer’s nomination. His comments, the letter states, “disqualify” him from public service.

Comments taken from the speeches are a veritable cornucopia of reasons as to why Mateer has no business on the federal bench.

Among them, Mateer said the separation of church and state is nowhere in the Constitution, diversity training is reprogramming, churches should be able to endorse candidates, marriage equality is illegal in spite of the SCOTUS decision legalizing it, and "honest conviction" allows employers to discriminate.

During the time of the speech, Mateer as employed as general counsel for First Liberty Institute, a religious right organization. He is already under fire for other past statements, including claiming that transgender children are a part of "Satan's plan." This latest development only adds to his troubles.

Hat tip to The New Civil Rights Movement.

'Trump judicial nominee played 'Nazi Germany' card in attack on LGBTQs, Obama Admin.' & other Wed midday news briefs

It's LGBTQ Pride in SC! Check out articles in news briefs for more information.

Trump judicial nominee invoked Nazi Germany in describing treatment of Christians in US - See, I knew all of those claims comparing the Obama Administration to Nazis would come back to haunt some people. Just another notch as to why Jeff Mateer shouldn't have a lifetime appointment as a federal judge. His attacks on the LGBTQ community was bad enough.

Night Moves - With a move to a two-day festival, Famously Hot South Carolina Pride is courting a bigger audience. Can it do so without losing sight of itself? - It's LGBTQ Pride time in South Carolina. And guess what intrepid blogger has been asked to bring his 2017 GLAAD Media Award and to say a few words. What should I wear? How should I do my hair? 

As S.C. Celebrates Pride, Some Signs of Change in the Dominant Political Party? - And with this year's Pride comes the fact that slowly but sure, SC is changing for the better. It's still gonna take a little work but I'm always down for a fight. 

New York’s highest court’s first openly gay judge is sworn in - Quietly but steadily. 

Inside The Fight For Transgender Americans In The Mountains Of North Carolina - Meanwhile in NC, the transgender community aren't taking any slack. 

Tony Perkins Says LGBTQ People In The Military Create ‘Moral Confusion’ That Makes Men Harass Women - Dang, Tony. Sit your ass down!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Evangelical hate group tries & fails to justify support of Trump

Trump and conservative evangelicals have a predatory relationship.

Hate group the Family Research Council is furious about the criticism its recent Values Voter Summit and Trump, who gave a keynote address,  has received. In its latest  Washington Update, the group whined specifically about North Carolina pastor and activist William Barber

Barber had called the summit "heretical extremism" during an appearance on MSNBC and criticized Trump for addressing the group.

FRC head Perkins said the following about Barber's words:

Before the motorcade even arrived at the venue, liberals had fired their first shots. First, they took aim at Donald Trump for speaking to a "hate group." When that didn't work, they started in on Christians, shaming them for supporting a man they claim "contradict[s] Jesus directly." Conveniently (and selectively), they quote Scripture to make their point, desperate to prove that conservatives are betraying their faith by sharing an agenda with the president. "We have to stop pretending that these men and women are leaders in the Christian church," Rev. William Barber argued. Why? Because they appreciate a leader who will finally go to bat for that church? Say what you will about Trump's past or his fiery personality, he's done more for Christian conservatives than any president since Ronald Reagan -- and this is only his first year!

This isn't blind allegiance on the part of evangelicals. This is the earned respect of a man who's kept his promises. We wanted to move public policy, and this president has. Look at what he's done since taking office: defunding global abortion, protecting religious liberty, rolling back President Obama's social experimentation in the military, appointing originalist judges, overturning the HHS mandate, and fighting for mothers and their unborn children. As I've said before, our support isn't unconditional. But Donald Trump has done more to restore a pro-family, pro-faith culture in eight months than George W. Bush did in eight years! Were Christians foolish for supporting him?

Yet still, people like Rev. Barber fumed, "Last week, the men and women who crowded into that D.C. ballroom claimed to be attending a values conference. But instead, they proved yet again how morally bankrupt a vocal segment of Christians has become." Morally bankrupt for advocating for the unborn? Morally bankrupt for advocating for the freedom to live according to stated biblical values? Rev. Barber, who was a part of the Democratic National Convention, which called for forcing taxpayers to fund abortion and pushed religious freedom to the back of the bus so that sexual libertines could impose their values on the nation, is looking in the mirror of moral bankruptcy.

Even though he clearly didn't mean to, Perkins justified the criticism aimed at FRC and other so-called moral groups and evangelicals for supporting Trump. Since taking office, Trump has been a disaster who has thus far accomplished nothing. He is unfocused, immature, and has a tendency to either shamelessly lie or pick petty fights with members of his own party. He has taken the side of white supremacists, attacked the First Amendment right of individual Americans and the media, and whines about being treated unfairly when quoted specifically and directly.And I haven't even mentioned the sexual harassment accusations or the "grab them by the pu**y" comment.

It is this man, Perkins claims, who is restoring a pro-family, pro-faith culture. That, my friends is a big load of horse shit.  Perkins can talk about "restoring a pro-family, pro-faith culture" all he wants. Talk is cheap when everyone sees how quickly and eager you are to kiss the ass of the devil.

'Russian man first to go on record about anti-gay purge in Chechnya' & other Tue midday news briefs

They are 'purging' LGBTQs in Chechnya. We have on-record testimony from a victim.

Russian man is first to go on record as a victim of antigay purge in Chechnya - And what he has to say will put a chill in your bones. 

36 LGBT Groups Demand Withdrawal of Jeff Mateer Nomination - No Jeff Mateer, no one has forgotten about you. You have a special place on our sh!t list.

Me Too: The Difficult Truths About Gay Men And Sexual Assault - Goes without saying. 

Trump was asked to explain his support for an anti-LGBTQ extremist. It didn’t go well. - Does anything go well with this monstrosity polluting the Oval Office? 

Celebs, Rights Groups Appalled By Trump’s Reported Quip That Pence Wants To Hang Gays - Speak of the monstrosity, jokes like this is never funny. Direct your attention to the first item on today's news briefs.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Conservative evangelicals gladly turn their backs on integrity for the power Trump gives them

They can deny it all they want, but evangelicals have turned their backs on their faith to embrace Trump.
There is one itsy-bitsy, nonetheless significant positive of Trump being in the White House.

The rest of the country is seeing what the LGBTQ community has always known about the religious right. For all of their talk about values, morals, and their "Judeo-Christian" faith, their efforts have solely been about their desire to control lives and gaining power.

And they simply don't care what avenue they travel to get that power.  I don't think I'll ever get tired of these "why does the religious right support someone as immoral as Donald Trump" articles like the one Politico recently published:

Several senior White House officials say they've never heard Trump reference the Bible privately or pray in the Oval Office — even though he has, at times, asked Vice President Mike Pence to pray. He swears frequently, even startling some aides with his coarse language. He was famously caught on tape saying he could grab women by their genitals because he is famous. In New York, he was well-known for cheating on his wives and encouraging coverage of his sex life in the tabloids. 
Though he has declared the Bible to be his favorite book, just ahead of his autobiography, he has not exhibited a deep knowledge of it. On the campaign trail, one of his more famous moments was calling the communion "my little wine and my little cracker" and incorrectly calling Second Corinthians "Two Corinthians." 
Yet he has told advisers he sees evangelicals as among his most important constituencies, and he has enjoyed fervent support, as evidenced by another rapturous reception on Friday at the Values Voter Summit. A Reuters poll in September showed more than 60 percent of white evangelicals back Trump, far higher than his overall approval rating, which has often fallen below 40 percent. 
“Trump has been focused like a laser beam on the evangelical vote since the day he entered the presidential race in June 2015, and that has never changed," said Ralph Reed, founder and chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, who said Trump called religious leaders repeatedly during the campaign.

Several people who know Trump say he appreciates that evangelicals have been loyal to him — and he wants to keep them in the fold, almost as he would valuable business customers.

It gets even better:

. . . several religious leaders said, they feel Trump is fighting for them in a cultural war that has been heading in the other direction. 
"They believe they have a commander in chief that is effectively using the bully pulpit to advance a Judeo-Christian framework that has been minimized, scrutinized and ostracized for the last few decades," said David Brody, who has enjoyed tremendous access to White House officials as a correspondent for the Christian Broadcasting Network. He says his viewers overwhelmingly support Trump and see him as unfairly under attack, a view shared by a dozen religious leaders interviewed for this story.

Seems to me that if these so-called religious people can fold up their supposed integrity to support Trump with all of his deliberate warts and all, whatever faith they practice probably should be minimized and shunned.

'Trump jokes about Pence wanting to hang gays' & other Mon midday news briefs

Trump’s sick ‘joke’ about how much Pence hates LGBTQ people - Again Trump opens his big mouth and makes a Freudian slip. We all know Pence's record on the LGBTQ community. And none of it is good. It's a tasteless joke on its own but gets even more tasteless when one remembers that Trump gave a speech last weekend to a room full of people who want to, at the very least, criminalize homosexuality. 

The Danger of President Pence - Speaking of Pence, here is the article which documents Trump's "joke."

Sessions Confounds Critics By Aiding Murder Prosecution In LGBTQ Case - Even a wolf in sheep's clothing gets caught up and starts to bleat every now and then. 

Australian Children's Rights Groups Say Yes To Marriage Equality - Meanwhile in Australia, we are still fighting. 

 Gay lawmakers create first LGBTQ caucus in Arizona Legislature - Long overdue.

Pastor calls Values Voter Summit 'heretical extremism . . . perpetrating a fraud'

There has been a justifiable complaint that if last weekend's Values Voter Summit isn't representative of all Christians, then why don't other Christians, particularly Christian leaders,  speak out against it.

One has publicly spoken against it and his words were blistering in their tone and accuracy. William Barber is a minister in North Carolina and a community leader who is heavily involved in progressive activism. And unlike other ministers who hide behind twitter, Barber takes an active role in leading protests and getting arrested for his beliefs.

Joy Reid conducted an interview with him Saturday in which he called out the Values Voter Summit for a multitude of things, including, as he puts it, replacing the values of Christ for cash.

" . . . from Jeremiah 22 to Jesus and Matthew 25, Christian values for nations and political leaders has to do with love and justice, equality, stopping exploitation of the vulnerable, caring for the poor, caring for children, welcoming immigrants, helping the sick and loving all, And by these standards, the so-called Values Summit is not about Judeo-Christian values, it’s not about Christianity, but the values of a heretical rhetorical extremism funded by a whole lot of money, perpetrating a fraud on the American people.”

In addition, he also called out Trump for being the first president to address the group.

“What the president did was irreligious, it is an anathema to Christian values. He boasted about taking health care, that’s not Christian. He promoted arrogance, he promoted warmongering — these are not Christian values — and it’s high time that we call it out,”

Friday, October 13, 2017

Donald Trump & the Values Voter Summit - jack meets ass (or vice versa)

The religious right trades Jesus for Donald Trump

Editor's Note - HUGE shout out to those on our side who are attending that vile Values Voter Summit to document all of the madness. You are doing wonderful work because if I was there, I would have already been Granny Clampett with the switch.

President Trump Claims People ‘Don’t Use The Word Christmas Because It’s Not Politically Correct’ - The best way to describe the Values Voter Summit is the the official moment when the religious right traded in Jesus for Donald TrumpA bunch of bigoted jackasses kissing the butt of an idiot as he claims he saved a"Judeo-Christian" values the day after he sabotages health care for millions of people. That's about it. WE ALWAYS SAID MERRY CHRISTMAS YOU JERK!

Trump claims he 'met with the president of the Virgin Islands.' That's him. - AND he makes a complete fool of himself besides.

Trump gets hero’s welcome at Christian summit - For a "nicer" view of Trump at the summit, go here.

For up-to-date information on this hot mess of a summit, go to Right Wing Watch (and swing some money to PFAW for their wonder efforts.) But for you can expect, allow me to repost the following:

Values Voter Summit promises to be an orgy of hypocrisy and hate

Family Research Council 'Values Voter' Summit will see religious right meet alt-right

Last but not least, how can we forget the meat of the summit - rampant, virulent homophobia:

Here’s what’s in the grab bag at the anti-LGBT Values Voter Summit - Oh you are going to LOVE this.

This Is The Anti-Gay Pamphlet Handed Out At The Values Voter Summit - Another look at the mess.

This is the pamphlet advertising a book referenced in the last two news briefs. I personally liked it better when it this:

You see, that's a secret of anti-LGBTQ propaganda. It's the same lies year after year, decade after decade. But it's put in a different package every time.

To break it down, THIS is how the Values Voter Summit attendees see the LGBTQ community. And by their actions, they want to confine our being into this fictional image.

For more information about the comic book, Deathstyle, see -

  #TBT - 'Homosexuality: DEATHSTYLE'

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Values Voter Summit promises to be an orgy of hypocrisy and hate

Don't let them fool you with their false piety and flowery language about protecting faith, God, and country.

The Family Research Council's upcoming weekend event, Values Voter Summit, will be nothing more than a bunch of self-righteous, hateful folks giving both Christianity and conservatism bad names as they gather to lick the boots of a madman and plan what mayhem they will cause for those of us who don't fit their definition of purity.

Kinda like a Nazi rally without the ugly battleship grey uniforms.

Trump will be giving the keynote address Friday night, no doubt leaving the crowd drooling over what they can get away with his Administration. And, according to Right Wing Watch, the following are a few of the other attendees (aside from the usual cast of vile characters - Tony Perkins, James Dobson, Todd Starnes, Michelle Malkin, etc):

Roy Moore:

Moore is likely to get a hero’s welcome in spite of revelations this week that he took more than $1 million from the nonprofit he founded, the Foundation for Moral Law, between 2007 and 2012, which the Washington Post reported “far surpassed what the group disclosed in its public tax filings most of those years.” On top of that, Moore’s political career has been funded in part by Michael Peroutka, who has been active in Christian Reconstructionist and neo-Confederate groups and promotes the idea that a certain interpretation of biblical law should trump civil laws. Moore has repeatedly put his own religious beliefs above the law. He is intensely hostile to legal equality for LGBT Americans, arguing that homosexual relationships should be criminalized. And his avowed devotion to religious liberty seemingly extends only to those who share his faith.

'Sessions openly defends anti-LGBTQ discrimination' & other Thur midday news briefs

Jeff Sessions
Attorney General openly defends anti-gay discrimination - It's all about JESUS! The folks who push this nonsense are clearly hiding their motives. It's not about baking a cake or arranging flowers. It's about what it has always been about - oppression. They simply change the lie. They used to say "gays are trying to corrupt children." They shifted that argument to attack the transgender community and now are saying "LGBTQ equality will deprive Christians of their rights." Know the pattern and types of lies and tell everyone. Unfortunately we can't seem to do that because folks are paying too much attention to the trees instead of noticing the forest. It's not about a cake so stop talking about cakes. Stop defending these bakers, florists, etc. 

A hate group's anti-LGBTQ law just went into effect in Mississippi. Here's what you need to know. - Other than it's crap, there is plenty that needs to be known.

Saying Queer People Should Stop Coming Out Isn’t Just Stupid, It’s Absolutely Offensive - Brought to you from the school of "black people should stop talking about racism," and "women should stop talking about sexual harassment." 

Caitlyn Jenner calls Trump administration the “worst ever” for LGBT+ rights - Girlfriend, what took you so long? 

White Evangelicals Are Why America Can’t Have Nice Things - Rather harsh tone but rings true. This was posted in June but it's remains relevant.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Trump keynoting your 'Christian' conference is nothing to brag about

Aside from the other stuff I posted last night about the Family Research Council's upcoming Values Voter Summit, there is a new development.

Apparently Donald Trump will be the first sitting president to be the keynote speaker at the summit.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, announced late Tuesday in a statement Trump would speak on Friday at the conference, which is taking place over the weekend at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. 
“Values voters have waited eight years for a leader who puts America’s mission first and respects the values that made America into a great nation,” Perkins said. “Values voters are coming to our nation’s capital thankful to hear from a president who is fulfilling the promises that he campaigned on. Since the early days of the campaign, President Trump allied himself with values voters, promising to put an end to the 8 years of relentless assault on the First Amendment

It's ironic - and deliberate on my part - that I would include Perkins's false comment about Obama assaulting the First Amendment on the very day that Trump threatens to shut down NBC  simply because the network ran a story he didn't like.

It's just part and parcel of the conundrum that is the cozy relationship with Trump and right-wing evangelicals. This is the group which continues to support him as his ratings plummet. And that's simply because he gives them what they want - access and the power to change the government to their liking regardless of the negative effects it could have; particularly to the LGBTQ community.

Based on his behavior before and especially after he won the election, FRC and others celebrating Trump keynoting their upcoming summit is yet another sign of how they really are. Behind the pious words, sincere look, and slogans of faith, country and God are a people so hungry for power that they have desecrated themselves in front of the entire nation.

When they chose to publicly support or rationalize Trump, right-wing evangelicals showed America how eager they were to trade the values they claimed to uphold for the "privilege" of diving  head first and mouth open into a vile mucky swamp.

What's happening now is that they are repeatedly dipping themselves into the fetid ooze that is Trumpism in some sort of grotesque baptism.  They are clearly pretending that the muck is clean water which will wash away their sins.

What are they going to do when they realize that there are some stains that can't be cleaned and there are some smells you simply can't wash away?

'National Coming Out Day - unstoppable & unapologetic' & other Wed. midday news briefs

Happy National Coming Out Day! One day, I may tell y'all stories about my origin (my origin? that makes me sound like a super hero . . . . or villain). But not today. Come out and be out if you can. If you are unable to, at the very least be honest with yourself and take it step by step. You don't have to apologize or give an explanation for your life:

In other news:

Letter From 114 House Democrats Challenges Trump’s Decision To Ban Transgender Troops - Don't let him ignore this letter.

Trump Administration Pulls Out of Stonewall Event, Sought Assurance That No LGBT Pride Flag is on Federal Land - Leave it to the Trump Administration to pull such a petty move as this.

New evidence reveals Russia targeted LGBTQ Americans on Facebook - Oh Good Lord!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Family Research Council 'Values Voter' Summit will see religious right meet alt-right

Steven Bannon, who mainstream alt-right views in Breitbart will be a speaker at FRC's Values Voter Summit this weekend.

It's that time again when hate group the Family Research Council will have its annual so-called Values Voter Summit  this upcoming weekend (so named because the organization high jacked the word "values.")

It's always a drag to read about when FRC and various other prominent religious right members and conservatives come together to spin their lies about the LGBTQs,Muslims, and other so-called unworthy communities or wring their hands in false abject misery of how America has supposedly fallen and they stand between it and an wrathful God wielding a thunderbolt of calamity.

This year, however, it will be nauseatingly different. With Trump in office handing out all sorts of goodies such as access and anti-LGBTQ policies and executive orders, the summit promises to be worse with them in a good mood.

But in the midst of that junk, there will be another difference which cannot be ignored. I think it's not farfetched to say that this will be an official joining of the religious right and the alt-right.

From FRC:

On Friday, October 13, former Deputy Assistant to the President, Sebastian Gorka, will address the 12th Annual Values Voter Summit taking place at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Thousands of grassroots activists from around the country will gather in the nation's capital to hear from Gorka and other confirmed speakers which include House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), Reps. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), RSC Chairman Mark Walker (R-N.C.), Chris Smith (R-N.J.), Dr. Bill Bennett, Laura Ingraham, Dana Loesch, "Duck Dynasty's" Phil Robertson, Todd Starnes, Steve Bannon, Judge Roy Moore, Lt. Col. Oliver North, and more. FRC Action's Values Voter Summit is co-sponsored by AFA Action, American Values, Christian Healthcare Ministries, Association of Mature American Citizens, The D. James Kennedy Center for Christian Statesmanship, The Heritage Foundation, United in Purpose, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, and Family Research Council. An exhibit hall, book signings, radio row, media row, and much more will be packed into this three-day conference.

Two new and very interesting faces will be headlining the summit - former Trump Administration officials Sebastian Gorka and Steve Bannon. Both men are controversial figures for their comments and alliances.

According to Rolling Stone, Gorka wasn't popular in the Trump Administration and no one really knew what his position was:

t's not easy to find out exactly what Gorka does in the White House for his $155,000 salary. In terms of policy, according to The New York Times, Trump's recent pro-Saudi Arabia tilt was "driven by two advisers, Stephen K. Bannon and Sebastian Gorka." But a former top White House official tells Rolling Stone, "His only job appears to be to go on talk radio or Fox News to defend the indefensible." That he does constantly, spinning the administration's confused, roller-coaster ride of a foreign policy; slamming "the fake-news industrial complex," on CNN; supporting a Supreme Court decision as "a slap in the face" to critics of Trump's Muslim travel ban, on talk radio; and, on MSNBC, explaining Donald Trump Jr.'s secret meeting with a team of Russians peddling dirt as "a massive nothingburger."

'Mississippi 'religious liberty license to discriminate against gays' bill becomes law' & other Tue midday news briefs

Monday, October 09, 2017

If the Family Research Council isn't a hate group, why can't it refute SPLC's charges?

You can run but you can't hide from your own words, FRC.

The Family Research Council continues to blast SPLC for calling it out as a hate group. I won't to showcase it's charges this time because they are no different than the last times. All you need to know is FRC continues to play a "weapons of mass destruction" game with SPLC by accusing the organization having "offshore accounts," supposedly denigrating Christians and slandering people.

What FRC doesn't do, what it hasn't done since this entire thing began, is refute SPLC's charges that it is a hate group. Bear in mind, SPLC didn't just make these charges. It supplied proof in terms of statements from FRC employees and detailed incidents. So it seems to me that if FRC isn't a hate group, why can't the group simply refute the things SPLC is saying?

The material is on the organization's webpage. 

Contrary to what the FRC has repeatedly claimed, we do not list the FRC as a hate group because of its opposition to gay marriage or because of its religious beliefs. Instead, we list the FRC because it engages in baseless, incendiary name-calling and spreads demonizing lies about the LGBT community. 
The FRC portrays gay people as sick, evil, perverted, incestuous and a danger to the nation. It insists that gay people are “fundamentally incapable” of providing good homes for children – a myth that has been rejected by all relevant scientific authorities. One of its key leaders has actually said that homosexual behavior should be criminalized.
Perhaps the FRC’s most dangerous lie is its claim that pedophilia is a “homosexual problem,” to use Perkins’ words. Here’s what the American Psychological Association says: “Despite a common myth, homosexual men are not more likely to sexually abuse children than heterosexual men are.” The APA adds, “There is no scientific support for fears about children of lesbian or gay parents being sexually abused by their parents or their parents’ gay, lesbian or bisexual friends or acquaintances.” 
Linking the LGBT community to pedophilia is not an expression of a religious belief, as Perkins would have it. It’s simply a lie – and a particularly ugly one at that. Constantly portraying gay people as sick, evil, perverted, incestuous and a danger to the nation simply adds fuel to the fire.

And then there are the statements. Such as this one:

“The videos are titled ‘It Gets Better.’ They are aimed at persuading kids that although they’ll face struggles and perhaps bullying for ‘coming out’ as homosexual (or transgendered or some other perversion), life will get better. … It’s disgusting. And it’s part of a concerted effort to persuade kids that homosexuality is okay and actually to recruit them into that lifestyle.” — FRC fundraising letter, August 2011

And these:

“The reality is, homosexuals have entered the Scouts in the past for predatory purposes.” – FRC Vice President Rob Schwarzwalder, on radio’s “The Janet Mefferd Show,” Feb. 1, 2013.

"We believe the evidence shows … that relative to the size of their population, homosexual men are more likely to engage in child sexual abuse than are heterosexual men." — Peter Sprigg, "Debating Homosexuality: Understanding Two Views." 2011.  
 “While activists like to claim that pedophilia is a completely distinct orientation from homosexuality, evidence shows a disproportionate overlap between the two. … It is a homosexual problem.” — FRC President Tony Perkins, FRC website, 2010

These are the very things FRC need to address if it wants to prove that it's not a hate group. But I have feeling that the group won't and we all know why.

So get used to the "hate group" label, Family Research Council. You earned it and you can't simply wipe it away.

'Jeff Sessions consulted with anti-LGBTQ hate group before issuing 'religious liberty' memo' & other Mon midday news briefs

Jeff Sessions consulted with an anti-LGBT hate group before issuing his memo. Knowledge is power. Let's give the world power. 

Trump and Sessions roll back LGBTQ protections, fulfilling promise to hate group Alliance Defending Freedom - Not only did Sessions promise this to ADF, according to this article, he consulted with ADF to create the infamous guidance memo. 

 The main thing you need to remember about ADF

 Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is the largest anti-LGBTQ hate group in the nation and is representing plaintiff Jack Phillips in the upcoming Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission Supreme Court case. The case may determine whether businesses serving the public have the right to discriminate against LGBTQ people under the guise of “religious” or “artistic freedom.” ADF is also currently part of a joint effort, alongside a number of other anti-LGBTQ groups and hate groups, to undermine the “hate group” designation made by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). As such it has co-signed two letters opposing the designation and formally joined an “SPLCexposed” campaign. The group has supported a number of extreme, anti-LGBTQ positions, including criminalizing homosexuality. ADF (then called the Alliance Defense Fund) formally supported the criminalization of sodomy in the U.S. in 2003 when it filed an amicus brief in Lawrence v. Texas defending state sodomy laws in which it called “same-sex sodomy … a distinct public health problem.”  
When the court struck down anti-sodomy laws, ADF called the ruling “devastating” and continued its work supporting the criminalization of gay sex abroad, including in Jamaica, Belize, and India. According to SPLC, ADF representatives regularly slander and demonize LGBTQ people, including by pushing the myth that pedophilia and “homosexual behavior” are “often intrinsically linked.” An affiliated lawyer has also called marriage equality a sign of the “degradation of our human dignity” that has “led to a deification of deviant sexual practices.” The group is also leading the national campaign for “bathroom bills” targeting transgender youth. 

 I intend to raise as much hell about it as possible. Please help me.

In other news:

This Australian church donated $1 million to fight same-sex marriage - Just like the Catholic and Mormon churches did in America. And they lost. 

Here’s What Happened When The Daughter Of An Anti-LGBTQ ‘Family’ Group Exec Came Out - When family members of anti-LGBTQ industry leaders come out, I personally think God is trying to tell them something. And they hardly ever listen. 

29 Tweets That Will Make Gay Men Laugh For Like, Five Whole Minutes - This is so wrong. But it's so &%@! funny!

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Mike Pence's tantrum over national anthem protest showcases his hypocrisy and homophobia

This is sure to blow up into something stupid, but before the distractions happen, I want to put the incident into a nice perspective. First the incident:

Vice President Mike Pence walked out of Sunday’s NFL game between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers as several 49ers players knelt in protest during a rendition of the national anthem. “While everyone is entitled to their own opinions, I don’t think it’s too much to ask NFL players to respect our Flag and our National Anthem,” Pence wrote on Twitter minutes after leaving the game in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Pence also tweeted: 

Do you know what disrespects our flag, national anthem, and especially our soldiers even more, Mr. Pence? Saying nothing while Trump attempts to kick out transgender soldiers and Jeff Sessions attempts to strip the entire LGBTQ community of our equality under the guise of religious liberty.

Rumor control is that you, Mr. Pence, have been heavily involved in these efforts.

And do you know what is equally disrespectful? Refusing to give a clear answer when you are asked on national television (while you were governor of Indiana) on whether or not you support anti-LGBT discrimination.

Pence's actions today is a prime example of what's wrong with all of this bull about flag waving and jingoistic nonsense about loving America.

Patriotic symbols, words, and actions don't mean a damn thing when you have no problem treating your fellow Americans like crap.

Friday, October 06, 2017

News brief special - Is Sessions Trump's 'point man' in undermining LGBTQ rights?

Jeff Sessions
Jeff Sessions Just Issued New Guidance On Protecting “Religious Liberty” - Just as I was sitting down to work on something else, this sprung up. It may mean nothing. But then I don't trust Jeff Sessions. At all: 

In developing the guidance, the Justice Department consulted with religious and political groups with a history of opposing protections for LGBT people. A Justice Department official said those groups included the Mormon Church, the Alliance Defending Freedom, and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Justice Department also consulted with the the American Civil Liberties Union, which supports LGBT rights. An official said the department did not consult “specifically” with LGBT groups. Particularly irritating to conservatives, former President Barack Obama issued an executive order in 2014 that banned discrimination against federal workers and contractors on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, and issued guidance that says Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects transgender workers. A Justice Department official, asked if the new guidance would conflict with the Obama executive order, said that order remains in effect and would continue to apply to non-religious contractors. The new guidance does not legalize discrimination, the official said.

Sessions Memo Attempts To Undermine LGBT Rights As Pledged By Trump - Another look at the developing situation. 

Under Trump and Sessions, the Department of Justice has recast itself as LGBTQ Americans’ staunchest opponent - NASTY! 

LGBTQ Groups Blast Jeff Sessions For Reversing Trans Workplace Protections - Speaking of which, I think this will be unfortunately a common occurrence.

  35 People Who Transitioned On How It Impacted Their Mental Health - No matter what, our people will not be stopped in the pursuit of being their authentic selves. 

 Tent City Sprouts on National Mall For ‘Holy Spirit Woodstock’ and Dominionist Rally - When the Dominionists get together, it can only mean trouble for us folks.

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Disturbing video of 1960s anti-gay lecture to children reminder of why we fight for equality

Whenever I get discouraged about the progress of LGBTQ equality or the liars who come up against us, I sometimes watch the above video for good old fashioned anger. Sometimes you need a little touch of righteous indignation to warm yourself up. It's like a fire which cleanses and clarifies your mind.

It's not a fake video. According to the Miami New Times:

Dade County Detective John Sorenson of the Orwellian "Morals and Juvenile Squad" addresses a 1960s gathering of Florida's youth. In less than a minute he lets all the baby-faced members of that cadre know that they really, really better not be gay.
. . . The clip, which was first unearthed in the PBS documentary, Stonewall Uprising, doesn't mark the only time the gays got Sorenson all hot and bothered. In April of 1996, Channel 4 aired a documentary called the "Homosexual," which was directed against "the homosexual child molester and toward the parent who never thought it could happen to his or her son." Sorenson was also a dominant voice in that documentary. Just to make sure everyone knew, once again, that if they "turn queer" -- which apparently happens to one out of three of us -- that "the rest of [his or her] life will be a living hell."

It doesn't matter what Trump and the religious right throw against us because we will win. Probably not the easy way, but anything worth winning is worth fighting for with everything you have, even if you have to be carried off of the proverbial field. We will NEVER go back to times like this. In any shape or form.

 And our LGBTQ kids will never be subjected to this mess either.

'Trump Administration aims two negative strikes at transgender community' & other Thur midday news briefs

With 'friends' like Trump, the LGBTQ community doesn't need the religious right.

It's one of those days. The Trump Administration aims two strikes at the transgender community:

Jeff Sessions Just Reversed A Policy That Protects Transgender Workers From Discrimination

Trump Administration Asks Court To Dismiss Lawsuit Against Transgender Military Ban

What do we do? A friend on twitter gives the best advice:

Honestly, I can't even get mad anymore. We knew this would happen eventually, so why get upset? Just fight back. 

 And I suggest we do that in the voting booth, talking with each other, organizing amongst ourselves (while trusting each other), organizing with others. And above all, don't forget what you are feeling. Let that guide you to sensible actions with a concrete conclusion. All discipline. No distractions.

India’s Stand On Homosexuality At The UN Is A Major Blow To Human Rights - Apparently India is also in the doghouse because of a certain UN vote. 

First ‘Bisexual Representation Award’ Winners Announced - Cool! 

Peter LaBarbera Is Outraged At Gay Couple On Star Trek, Wonders Where The Ex-Gay Characters Are - Lawd hammercy with this zany man.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Sam Brownback hems & haws about anti-LGBTQ persecution, hate group tries to cover for him

Sam Brownback, governor of Kansas and Trump's pick for Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, had his hearing today on Capitol Hill. He'll probably be confirmed, but that doesn't mean the hearing was easy. He got a few battle scars courtesy of Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va).

It was a memorable exchange on many levels, specifically how anti-LGBTQ hate group The Family Research Council tried to underplay it:

 Today, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on the nomination of Governor Sam Brownback (R-Kans.) to be the Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, a job then-Senator Brownback was pivotal in creating in 1998 to address religious persecution and genocide around the world. Despite the purpose of the post being to advocate for religious liberty broadly, Governor Brownback noted that some on the Committee focused on other issues. 
 Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said he was concerned because Governor Brownback rolled back an executive order in Kansas that provided extra privileges for state employees based on sexual orientation. Governor Brownback replied he didn’t think it was the role of the executive branch to provide such privileges when the legislature did not pass a law to do so. Senator Kaine continuously drilled down on Governor Brownback, and even asked Governor Brownback if he was aware that there are countries where people who identify as LGBT are criminalized because of their sexual orientation. Senator Kaine also asked whether Governor Brownback thinks there is a circumstance where religious freedom can justify criminalizing people because of their LGBT status. Governor Brownback replied that he did not know what that justification would be.

Regarding FRC's last statement,

Senator Kaine also asked whether Governor Brownback thinks there is a circumstance where religious freedom can justify criminalizing people because of their LGBT status. Governor Brownback replied that he did not know what that justification would be.
in the immortal words of the actress Betty Gabriel in the classic scene of the horror movie, "Get Out:"

"NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO . . ."

In other words, FRC gave a badly truncated retelling, which the following clip courtesy of the Human Rights Campaign, proves (cued up to 4:50 - the exchange in question):

FRC being its usual deceptive self doesn't bother me as much as Brownback not giving a direct answer to Kaine's simple question.

'What It's Like To Be Given Electric Shocks To "Cure" You Of Being Gay' & other Wed midday news briefs

Inducing electric shock to 'eliminate homosexual feelings' was a reality.

This Gay Man Was Given Repeated Electric Shocks By British Doctors To Make Him Straight - An intense reminder of our history and the dangers of "ex-gay" therapy. 

Haley tries, fails to explain UN vote against rebuking use of death penalty to target LGBTQ people - Oh boy. Another Trump Administration controversy involving the LGBTQ community. 

This Texas church has stopped marrying straight people until it can hold same-sex weddings - More proof that when there is talk of the LGBTQ community, faith, and religion, right-wing conservative evangelicals are allowed to hog up the discussion.

Miami-Dade rejects ban on gay-conversion therapy - Speaking of the item higher up on this list . . .

Analysis: Politics Overshadows Substance in LGBTQ Employment Case - Under Trump and Sessions, the Justice Dept as it pertains to LGBTQ rights is a mess.

  Showcasing images, experiences of people with LGBTQ parents - Because they don't get as much attention as they should and I have a feeling that it is deliberate.

Photo taken from Truth Wins Out

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

How the LGBTQ community lost all of those marriage equality votes - the simple answer

The following graphic below gives a clue to the exciting project I'm working on. It's not the final draft. But it is a graphic you can copy, paste, and use in an argument. In fact, I really wish this was an argument which we pressed in talking about our marriage equality win, particularly when the opposition goes on its tangent about "activist judges legislating from the bench." Stay tuned because when I'm done, this graphic will merely be a small part of a larger undertaking:

'US votes against UN resolution condemning death penalty for same-sex relations' & other Tue midday news briefs

There is a certain bothersome law which may take effect in Mississippi on Friday. Let's thrash it.

US Votes Against UN Resolution Condemning Death Penalty for Blasphemy, Adultery and Same-Sex Relations - And we didn't explain our vote:

" The resolution passed 27-13, with seven nations abstaining. America joined just 12 other countries – among them Burundi, China, Egypt, India, Iraq, Japan, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia – in voting against the United Nations Human Rights Council's resolution." 

 And I'm confused. Doesn't Trump want to ban immigrants from coming into the US from many of those countries? Supposedly some of it had to do with "concerns about anti-LGBTQ oppression."

Mississippi’s HB 1523 Is The Most Sweeping Anti-LGBT Law In The U.S. And It Takes Effect Friday - Probably the most far reaching "religious liberty" anti-LGBTQ bill is about to become law in Mississippi on Friday. The law allows doctors, lawyers, and teachers to use the "religious liberty" excuse to discriminate. The irony is that the courts see nothing wrong with it because it has not been determined YET how much harm could this law do to LGBTQs. In other words, the law being implemented is what the religious right wants. But it's implementation will probably eventually doom it. See graphic above.

LGBT students in Tennessee could lose anti-bullying protection - Meanwhile, in Tennessee.

These LGBTQ Groups Were Formed After Pulse. Here Are Their Messages For Vegas - Read and listen.

How LGBTQ Stars Are Changing Society Through Pop Culture - You had better believe it!

Monday, October 02, 2017

The 'Gays Will Marry Your Girlfriends' war, as told by the queer Ken Burns (me)

Tomorrow, I intend to get back to the work of this blog - going after and calling out the anti-LGBTQ industry. Today is a special circumstance. I felt that not only my LGBTQ brothers and sisters but all of my brothers and sisters needed something light and downright silly to combat the tragedy of Las Vegas. Those who feel drained by man's inhumanity to each other, please don't feel alone. I've felt drained all day and even found myself acting out in a manner and place I would have never dreamed I would.

So I want to continue my look at comedy, this time regarding marriage equality. First, allow me to give a little background. Back in the day, there was something called an "answer song." Wikipedia defines it as "a song (usually a recorded track) made in answer to a previous song, normally by another artist. It is also known as an answer record. The concept became widespread in blues and R&B recorded music in the 1930s through 1950s. Answer songs were also extremely popular in country music in the 1950s and 1960s, most often as female responses to an original hit by a male artist."

In the 1980s, it was best defined by the infamous, yet unheard of by the mainstream population, "Roxanne Wars.," hip-hop feud which allegedly saw 30 to 100 answer records made. (See, you just learned some history.)

With today's technology, we have things called "answer videos," which are pretty much the same thing as "answer songs." The following video "Gay Guys Will Marry Your Girlfriend" was made during the marriage equality fight. It was witty and hilarious. But little did we know that a few folks had something to say about it:

First the video:

Then heterosexual men called our bluff:

 Then our sisters, the lesbian population, came to our defense:

Now with all of this talking, you just KNOW that the heterosexual sisters had got something to say. And they were NOT happy:

And now the heterosexual men are in a doghouse. And who do they reach out to to get them out of trouble? Who else but us gay men. And as a show of good faith, we reveal certain powers that we've always had:

At this point, I want to say that all of this is strictly tongue-in-cheek. I don't mean any disrespect. In fact, I'm merely sitting in a corner drinking from a huge pot of tea with the tiniest immersion of vodka.  You will remember that in my last post, I said I was imitating Joan Crawford. I even sneaked a tiny pill in. At this stage, I'm also appropriating a little Judy Garland.

Today's news briefs will be about joy, happiness, and laughter

I suppose I just can't hop into bed and wish that this day was over. Or better yet, grow translucent wings, gain a magic wand, and the power to keep the events of the Las Vegas shooting from happening.

I can't preach or talk about anything in my usual critical stance, folks. Nor do I feel like putting out news briefs. God, I feel so very bad over the entire thing. It's a kind of sadness that takes away all of your purpose and makes you ask why. Nothing else. Just why.

But I find that when things like this happen, it helps to let the feeling wash over you. Don't try to keep them inside. And do something light. This morning I think I listened to Fleetwood Mac's 'Dreams' about five or six times (so I have a thing with Stevie Nicks. Sue me.)

Also, at the very least, if I can't provide words, at least I can provide a bit of solace in my own way. This is my blog but consider it backstage at the Oscars in the past and me as Joan Crawford bringing my bar with all of the fixings (research the damn thing. I can't explain everything to y'all). But instead of alcohol, I bring some comedy clips. Enjoy them. Get offended. Laugh your ass off. Just do anything to bring out your emotions. Everyone is welcomed:

Equality Forum's list of LGBT heroes a diverse, controversial group

Editor's note - All of my prayers go out to the victims of the recent shooting in Las Vegas. And I implore everyone not to jump to any conclusion. Let's get the facts.

October is LGBT History Month, so here are the Equality Forum's list of LGBT Heroes (which one day will include me). Some you may agree with. Others may upset you. Others you may not have even  known about: