Monday, May 21, 2018

Franklin Graham believes 'religious freedom' should be used to justify homophobia, but not LGBTQ acceptance

Franklin Graham exposes the lie of 'religious freedom

Conservative evangelicals are all about "religious freedom." That's the buzzword they use to give a gentler tone to their desire to businesses and agencies denying services to the LGBTQ community while in some cases still receiving tax dollars.  They claim that people and organizations shouldn't be made to sacrifice their "deeply held personal beliefs."

Don't be fooled. It's a lie. A spin. A cynical bit of dishonesty on their part.  Take Franklin Graham for example. He gone on and on several times about "religious freedom," even to the point claiming that Christians are under attack and being "persecuted" by the so-called LGBTQ agenda.  Franklin has even praised Trump as being a defender of "religious freedoms."

So imagine my surprise (or rather non-surprise) at reading the following on Graham's Facebook page today:

'Connecticut wants more LGBTQ families to adopt and foster children' & other Mon midday news briefs

Connecticut Wants More LGBT Families to Adopt and Foster Children - In response to laws allowing adoption agencies to take tax dollars while discriminating against the LGBTQ community, Connecticut just took a wonderful step forward.

Inside the Fight Against America’s Wave of Anti-LGBT Adoption Bills - You had better believe we are fighting against these dreadful bills. 

Defense bill amendment would protect open transgender military service - This would be wonderful if it happened, but I still want to know how much Pence and anti-LGBTQ leaders were involved in shaping that bad policy in the first place. THAT's the gold. 

Here’s why psychiatric hospitals are so bad at helping transgender patients - Definitely a needed article. 

Family Research Council is terrible, and its president Tony Perkins just got appointed to an international commission - Another article on how disgusting and deceptive Tony Perkins and the Family Research Council are. Why? Why not. There is no such thing as too many articles on that particular subject. But there is such thing is not enough attention paid to it.

To some bigots, gays simply breathing is 'promoting a homosexual agenda'

I want you to read the following article which was published by SPLC-designated hate group American Family Association's One News Now:

Texas parents are commending their local school board for suspending an elementary art teacher who repeatedly refused to stop promoting the LGBTQ lifestyle to her students.
Besides being suspended for pushing the LBGTQ agenda on students, Charlotte Anderson Elementary teacher Stacy Bailey was also pressuring administrators to modify the district's anti-discrimination policy to include LGBTQ language, according to Dallas News
Texas Values Policy Analyst Nicole Hudgens maintains that the mainstream media distorted the story to help further the homosexual agenda. 
"And the media took the story, totally twisted it and said she was fired for asking questions,” Hudgens explained. “And in reality, she was placed on paid leave because she was talking about issues that were inappropriate for elementary school students."
The conservative advocate also pointed out that at a recent board meeting, concerned parents outnumbered those who were there to push for adding sexual-orientation and gender-identity policies in the school district. 
"They were outnumbered by parents who said, 'We don't want this in our school district, nor do we believe that it's right that it's being talked about – that these issues are being discussed in our elementary school,'" Hudgens noted. 
The school board told those in attendance that any policy review would take place after the elections this month – and after new assignments to the review committee are in place.

The One News Now article was badly written and contained numerous errors. It claims that parents supported Bailey's dismissal but the link it included from the Dallas News  contained quotes from  many students and parents who actually supported Bailey. In fact the article featured a photo of them holding up signs of support.

Friday, May 18, 2018

'GOP candidate films herself harassing trans woman using the restroom, trying to fundraise from it' & other Fri midday news briefs

Jazmina Saavedra, who shall be known as 'a waste of space,' is trying to get to Congress by harassing trans women.

GOP House candidate live streams herself challenging transgender woman for using women's restroom - What kind of crap is this? I was reluctant to post something about this for fear it would scare my transgender sisters, but the story has gone viral. I just want my transgender sisters AND brothers to know that if an incident happened where I was on the scene, I would have YOUR back.

California Pro-Trump Candidate Is Fundraising Off Her Harassment Of A Transgender Woman - And she is trying to raise money off of it. There aren't enough words to express my anger over this.

CDC to roll back data collection on the health and well-being of LGBT people - THIS is dangerous to the LGBTQ community. It would eliminate a much needed resource to accurately gauge LGBTQ health and beat back anti-LGBTQ propaganda about our lives.

Religious right’s new battleground: Hurting kids to attack LGBT rights - They always have a nasty angle and they always lose. They are going to lose again.

GLAAD to Publish LGBTQ Children’s Book Series, Starting With ‘Prince & Knight’ (Exclusive) - Wonderful! I totally am for this.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Twitter explodes with anger over appointment of hate group leader Tony Perkins to religious freedom committee

Family Research Council's Tony Perkins

A lot of people on Twitter are NOT happy that Family Research Council's Tony Perkins was appointed to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Needless to say, they are being very vocal with their disapproval.

'Hate group leader Tony Perkins blistered in Daily Beast column' & other Thur midday news briefs

Trump Adviser Tony Perkins Just Got a Global License to Spread His Anti-LGBT Hate - One positive about members of the anti-LGBTQ industry getting more power under Trump is them also getting more attention. We tend to forget that a lot of folks don't know length of the venom they spew, so when mainstream publications focus on them, it is the first time many Americans are becoming knowledgeable about who they are. With that in mind, I wish more of them would get such blisteringly vicious introduction as FRC's Tony Perkins got in The Daily Beast yesterday. Brutal piece by Jay Michaelson, which makes for wonderful reading AND sharing.

Gay couple faces deportation after seeking immigration marriage waiver - OH HELL NO! 

Black Gay Men, We Must Treat Each Other Better - The first thing we need are conversations like this. Gay black men are face uniquely difficult struggles in terms of racism, homophobia (external and internal), and false ideas of masculinity in the black community. 

Beirut Pride Canceled After Organizer Is Detained By Authorities - The struggle is real and it is difficult. . . . 

Trans woman live-tweets her 86-year-old grandmother’s amazing response to her coming out - . . . but not impossible to win. It's always a blessing to see that those you love demonstrate how much they love you.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

LGBTQ 'Conversion Therapy' Survivor: 'They Got Some Weird Joy Out of Torturing Children'

 This riveting video serves as a reason why we must fight to outlaw the fraudulent practice of "ex-gay" or conversion therapy (especially for children) and not allow the religious right to divert the argument with the false concept of "religious liberty" or "religious freedom." Your religion does not give you the right to harm anyone, especially children.

 Hat tip to the Human Rights Campaign.

'Trump nominates homophobic extremist Gary Bauer to religious freedom committee' & other Wed midday news briefs

Gary Bauer
Trump nominates homophobic former Family Research Council chief to board of ‘religious freedom’ crusaders - It's bad enough that Tony Perkins was nominated to serve on this committee. The situation has just become worse because Trump has nominated Gary Bauer. Perkins may be a rabid homophobe, but Bauer is something worse. He was the first president of the Family Research Council, and was pivotal in trafficking all sorts of anti-LGBTQ propaganda. Before then, he worked in the Reagan Administration. And if we are to believe the words of the late C. Everett Koop, the Surgeon General at the time, Bauer deliberately undermined his efforts to educate Reagan about the AIDS crisis when it was first breaking out because he felt that it was God's punishment and people should die because of it. 

Gary Bauer - the anti-gay talking head who undermined the fight against HIV/AIDS in the Reagan Administration - My 2014 post on what Bauer did in the early 80s. 

Republican religious extremist who sponsored anti-gay First Amendment Defense Act loses primary - Ha! Ha! Too bad, so sad (okay, not to sad.)

Malcolm Kenyatta Makes History With State House Primary Victory - By becoming the first openly gay candidate of color ever to win a state House primary in Pennsylvania!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Remember when religious freedom panel appointee Tony Perkins called gays 'pawns of the enemy,' i.e. Satan?

Tony Perkins, one of the most prominent anti-LGBTQ activists in the country and leader of the SPLC-designated hate group the Family Research Council, was just appointed by Sen. Mitch McConnell to serve on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Does it even matter what the committee is all about? It can't be positive if Perkins is on the committee. Now I could got into details about why the SPLC considers his organization a hate group and I could talk about the many times FRC and Perkins himself have deliberately relied on junk or cherry-picked science and outright lies to denigrate and smear the LGBTQ community.  But I will simply leave links to those moments.

Instead, I think the video below from 2011 of Perkins calling gays "pawns of the enemy," i.e. Satan is enough to show why putting this man on any religious committee is simply ridiculous.

'Trump's CDC pick once worked with group which claimed AIDS was 'God's judgement' against gays' & other Tue midday news briefs

Why Trump's new CDC director is an abysmal choice

 We need some type of clarification on Robert Redfield, Trump's pick to lead the Centers for Disease Control. He once worked with a group which claimed that AIDS was 'God's judgement' on gays.  Redfield also allegedly designed policies which harmed infected personnel in the military. We need to find out  what he now believes about HIV/AIDS and a multitude of other issues.  It has been CDC data which served as the steel wall against anti-LGBTQ industry junk science. I've used this data many times to refute anti-gay propaganda. So I am extremely bothered by anyone with a questionable background leading the group.

Lawmakers inquire about 'troubling' removal of SBA's LGBTQ resources - Don't let the Trump Administration get away with any attempt to erase the LGBTQ community. 

Fox contributor Pastor Robert Jeffress lies and claims people “manufactured” his bigoted comments - Fool, they got you on video and in writing. 

Cameroon police arrest 25 men for homosexuality because ‘Cameroon has laws to enforce’ - The struggle is universal.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Anti-LGBTQ hate group employee defends anti-gay adoption law with skillful evasion

I had a very nice twitter conversation today with Kellie Fiedorek of the Alliance Defending Freedom regarding the recent law passed in Oklahoma which allow adoption agencies to receive taxpayer funding while discriminating against the LGBTQ community.

For those who don't know, the Alliance Defending Freedom has been called a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center due to its diligent attention to undermining LGBTQ rights on many levels. From writing anti-transgender student bills to defending discrimination against the LGBTQ community to helping efforts to put gays in jail simply for their sexual orientation in countries like Belize and Jamaica, ADF is a one-stop shop for attempts to put bigotry and homophobia into laws.

And (surprise, surprise) ADF also has a hand in crafting bills like the one just passed in Oklahoma.

Of course ADF doesn't actually come out of the box screaming about the "homosexual agenda" like other folks we know, such as Peter LaBarbera or Linda Harvey. Instead, ADF is very passive-aggressive, sort of like a racist organization which says that "it's not anti-black, just pro-white."

The sad thing is, as you will read in photocopied Twitter thread below, ADF employees come across nice. So nice in fact that you almost forget what the organization is actually about  (Editor's note - please pardon the spelling errors and the typos on my part) :

'Pence addresses LGBTQ-unfriendly college, credits Trump with supposedly more people believing in God' & other Mon midday news briefs

Mike Pence addresses one of the most LGBTQ-unfriendly colleges in the country - And that's not the most shocking thing about the situation. Check out the news brief below.

WATCH: Mike Pence says more Americans believe in God now because Donald Trump is president - This right here is the most shocking. And he is probably right if he is talking about the number of Americans who have sank to their knees crying "Oh God! Why is this fool in charge!" 

Anti-gay adoption bills mask messages of old bigotry with false appeals to religious freedom - My post from earlier this morning because if you haven't read it yet, you really should. 

LGBTQ Groups Call New Oklahoma Adoption Law Discriminatory - THIS is what I'm talking about in the above news brief. 

Scott Lively Wants To Be The Champion Of ‘Authentic Conservative Homosexual’ Voters - He means self-hating, closeted gay voters.

Anti-gay adoption bills mask messages of old bigotry with false appeals to religious freedom

When we attempt to take advantage of our fairly won marriage victory by going through the  rituals and routines it encompasses, that same religious horde conjures up the argument that innocent inquiries into wedding shops and bakeries or desires to simply start a family via foster care or adoption are actually strategic plots to undermine and destroy Christianity. And that people and industries whose so-called religious beliefs would never be "protected" if they were exploited to deny service because of race, religion, or gender suddenly need a blanket of protection against the gay community because we are acting as if we are normal Americans.

Don't be fooled by the lies folks say regarding the law in Oklahoma, the soon-to-become law in Kansas, and several other similar laws which allow adoption and foster care agencies to discriminate against gays while receiving tax dollars.

The proponents of these contraptions masquerading as bills and laws will  claim that agencies doing a service shouldn't have to betray their "core beliefs." Then they will tell you exaggerated anecdotes and spin awful tales of how supposedly gays are targeting Christians for financial ruin and how that these laws are the only thing standing between having successful businesses and people losing their homes, livelihood, etc.

Their spin is so good that you tend to forget that behind it is a syndicate of religious zealots and organizations with lots of money, lots of media savvy, a lot of connections to government, and a self-righteous mindset which makes them immune to any type of self-examination that doesn't end with God coming down from Heaven and anointing them with crowns while  a host of angels sing their praises.

Let me speak for other side of the issue, i.e. the men, women, children, and families who are and will be damaged by these laws. No one is paying attention to us. No one seems to care about our core beliefs or our livelihoods while preening, precisely coiffed men and women ooze fake sincerity as they repeat rehearsed talking points about "religion being this nation's cornerstone," etc. etc.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

'Homer's Phobia' was a groundbreaking episode of 'The Simpsons'

Editor's note - Enjoy tonight's fun post. I am currently working on a little something which has been on my mind due to these bills and laws allowing adoption agencies to receive taxpayer funds while discriminating against the LGBTQ community. And I will be taking the unusual step posting it early tomorrow morning.

 In 1997, The Simpsons looked at homophobia in an Emmy-award winning episode entitled 'Homer's Phobia.' I'm guessing that a lot of folks reading this post saw the episode and found it as hilarious as I did. Over 20 years later, the episode still holds up as one of the funniest ones in television history. With the right level of comedy and education, it never comes across as trying too hard to be comedic or PC. In this video, my friend Matt Baume gives more details about how groundbreaking 'Homer's Phobia' was.

Friday, May 11, 2018

'Another anti-gay evangelical willing to ignore Stormy Daniels hush money payment' & other Fri midday news briefs

Matt Barber
Matt Barber Covers For Trump On Stormy Daniels, Says Hush Money Payment Was ‘Just The Regular Course Of Business’ - Late to the party, but just as hypocritical as those already present. Super Christian Matt "we need to start talking more an in graphic detail about gay sex to disgust people enough to not support gay equality" Barber claims that the hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels was "ordinary legal settlement."

Editor's note - according to GLAAD, Barber just loves talking about the LGBTQ community in ugly tones. Maybe he would love us more if we started paying off heterosexual porn stars . . .

House Dems demand answers on LGBT removal from SBA website - As the Trump Administration eliminates mentions of the LGBTQ community from another government website, Congressional Democrats want answers. I want answers, too. Who specifically is behind this mess? 

A teacher claims he was fired for his sexuality in federal discrimination lawsuit - That's right! Sue and take all the money! 

Georgia Democrat ‘loves homosexuals,’ but not equality - Girlfriend, we need to have a SERIOUS talk . . .

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Alex Jones, Infowars verbal attacks on lesbian community reveal sad inadequacies

I apologize for exposing you to this awful video. From Media Matters:

Anyone watching Infowars long enough would notice host Alex Jones’ remarkable obsession with a very specific subset of the global population: lesbians. Jones’ unhinged tirades about innumerable topics have rightfully made him a target for online mockery and the protagonist of numerous internet memes. But there’s something more sinister than funny in the way that Jones and some of his guest co-hosts depict, mock, and dissociate from lesbians to Infowars’ hundreds of thousands of viewers. ones’ guest co-hosts -- including Gavin McInnes, founder of the chauvinistic fraternal organization Proud Boys, Infowars contributor Owen Shroyer, and anti-feminist troll Milo Yiannopoulos -- mimic his hateful rhetoric. That treatment ranges from sexist, sophomoric mocking of lesbians for their supposed appearance to the dangerous perpetuation of the absurd idea that lesbians are depressed because they need a man or have turned to women after having a “bad experience with men in their life.”

This is disgusting, it's nasty, it's grotesque. But it is part of the mindset which has put this country in the state it's in today, i.e. being led by incompetent dumbass who is supported by a  right-wing media obsessed with gaining money and ratings, conservative evangelicals abandoning their supposed integrity in a quest for secular power, and online moronic trolls who don't care about anything else other than "triggering liberals."

On the other hand, a bunch of pathetic wannabe alpha males attacking the "dreaded other," in this case the lesbian community, to cover up for their own obvious inadequacies is probably the best definition of what's going on these days.

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

NC GOP Congressional candidate Mark Harris has long history of opposing LGBT rights

Mark Harris
A primary win by a  pastor in North Carolina should catch the attention of the LGBTQ community.

According to Patheos:

Incumbents are typically favored in American elections, but that didn’t save GOP politician Rep. Robert Pittenger from his primary challenger, the anti-gay pastor Mark Harris last night. The surprise upset puts Harris, who helped lead the fight to ban same-sex marriage in North Carolina, against Democrat and Marine Corps veteran Dan McCready. It also puts a somewhat reliable Republican seat into a toss-up.

. . . Harris isn’t just a pastor; he is a fiercely anti-LGBTQ activist known for opposing civil rights and claiming that being gay is a choice. He is best known as a point man for a state amendment to ban same-sex marriages that was ultimately found unconstitutional. More recently, he led forces to repeal protections in Charlotte for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals.

And don't think for a second that marriage equality being legalized by SCOTUS will cause Harris to respect it should he get elected to Congress. On his campaign webpage, Harris said he would support conservative judges who would "revisit" the marriage equality ruling; the translation being he would support putting people on the bench whom he knows would strike down marriage equality before they were even sworn in.

A former blogging compadre of  mine, Jeremy Hooper, has a long file on Harris from when he covered the 2012 NC marriage equality vote. The following audio of Harris denigrating marriage equality and the LGBTQ community (in the name of religion, of course) is all you need to hear to know that if this man went to Congress, life for us would become more difficult. It's bad enough that the anti-LGBTQ industry already has much of Trump's attention and a hand in developing policies. Just think of how much more anti-gay havoc Harris would help them cause.

'LGBTQ community does well in primaries, now on to November' & other Wed midday news briefs

Primaries were held for last night and the winners will move on to November. For all of you "proper peoples" and concern trolls bellyaching about the LGBTQ community being in danger of being one issue voters, go straight to hell. While we should have a diverse desire when it comes to our voting choices, there is nothing wrong with us wanting to get our own elected or at the very least getting pro-LGBTQ candidates elected.  It's time we started being just a tad bit more selfish in that regard.

Antonio Wins Ohio Senate Primary; 10 LGBTQ Candidates Move on to November - LGBTQ candidates and allies were highly successful in Ohio. One of the winners, Rick Neal, has the potential to be Ohio's first gay Congressman. And Nickie Antonio just became the first LGBTQ to serve in the Ohio state senate.

Toxic Republican Loses in West Virginia, But Winner's Anti-LGBT - But in West Virginia . . . 

Family name helps Pence brother win GOP bid for House seat - That nauseating Mike Pence has a brother and he just won the GOP nomination for the Congressional seat which Pence once held.

A Gay Marriage Opponent Just Ousted A GOP Incumbent in North Carolina - And a pastor who wants to vote for judges who would overturn the marriage equality decision won the GOP nomination for Congress. The Democrats got a former Marine running against him.

And according to HRC, these pro-equality candidates won their primaries:

In other news: 

Grandma Smacks Down Son’s Anti-LGBT Nonsense With Perfect Comeback - Handle yo' bizness, grandma! 

Grenell admonishes Germany on Iran deal in first week as ambassador - Trump appoints a gay ambassador, which the religious right doesn't raise even a word of complaint about. This is why. It is also why he was opposed by various LGBTQ organizations. 

Trump’s Ambassador to Germany Stokes Furor Over Iran Just One Day Into Job - More about the above news brief.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Anti-LGBTQ activist again proves why GLSEN's Day of Silence is needed

Linda Harvey
Every year,  GLSEN puts on a successful Day of Silence, spotlighting the problems LGBTQ youth face in America's schools.And almost every year anti-LGBTQ activist Linda Harvey bellyaches and whines about "recruitment" and "sodomy."

So why should this year be any different?

A mom who writes a popular blog, Katy Faust, reported receiving a note from her daughter’s high-school principal encouraging participation in the upcoming “Day of Silence.” 
 Both this principal and the Florida teacher used GLSEN’s talking point language about how the purpose is to protest alleged discrimination and “erasure” of those involved in these deviant behaviors. What “erasure”? These troubled “LGBTQ” kids still show up at school, attend classes, get grades and increasingly help drive out any Christian influence. Is sodomy to be commonplace and normalized? Hopefully, that will never happen.  
But in what twisted scenario would these kids “disappear”? Only in their compromised imaginations, and their creator God would always know their names and would love for them to draw closer to Him. 
An elementary school in San Leandro, California, posted a general message on the school website, presumably from the administration, announcing the upcoming “Day of Silence,” which ALL students were to observe with “… a grade level appropriate classroom discussion and the opportunity to participate in a silent lunch period.” The purpose was to honor those who have been “persecuted for their differences.” What differences? The truth is missing here, possibly on purpose. Homosexually identifying people are not different humans and are hardly silenced.

Harvey is a twisted homophobic hot mess. If she would only listen to herself, she would realize that she is proof as to why GLSEN's Day of Silence is needed.

'Oklahoma, Kansas undermining gay adoptions is no way to fix foster care system plagued by child deaths' & other Tue midday news briefs

Oklahoma and Kansas set to ban LGBT adoption — instead of fixing foster care systems plagued by child deaths - Giving tax dollars to adoption agencies while allowing them to discriminate gays is not a good solution for Oklahoma and Kansas, two states plagued with child deaths in their foster care systems. But they are probably doing it anyway. It's getting past ridiculous and cruising to "heartbreaking" territory.

National TV news ignored adoption and foster care bills that allow discrimination against LGBTQ parents - Meanwhile, we can always count on the national media to ignore this mess until it no doubt reaches a boiling point. We have to stop thinking of the media as crusading to right wrongs. Many are out for ratings and a buck. They want conflict and will hold their carpets out to the first person guaranteeing it. And that unfortunately sometimes is the religious right. Let's be as aggressive to get our faces and our people on these channels.

Conservative groups fighting subpoenas in Trump transgender lawsuits - If you blink, you will miss this very important story. It's not just the Family Research Council fighting the subpoenas but also the Heritage Foundation and Center for Military Readiness. That's three anti-LGBTQ groups fighting against releasing information which would show just deeply they were involved in Trump's ridiculous trans ban. And I heard rumors about specific names - Tony Perkins - Family Research Council, Ryan T. Anderson - The Heritage Foundation, and Elaine Donnelly - Center for Military Readiness. It's getting more and more interesting. 

Transgender media visibility helps reduce transphobia, new study shows - Yep! And that goes for the rest of the LGBTQ community, too. 

Ignorant On-Air Rant Against 'Destructive' Gays Leads Radio Station to Suspend Former GOP Official - And he was challenged while telling those lies. THIS is why we need to challenge these liars publicly and often.

At ‘Ex-Gay’ Rally ‘Activist Mommy’ Warns Of ‘War On Our Children’ Hiding Behind Rainbow And Glitter - The same hypocritical "song and dance" that the LGBTQ community has been attacked by - "we don't wish to discriminate or harm gays, but they are nasty degenerates who are trying to recruit children . . etc. . . . etc."

Monday, May 07, 2018

Jay-Z's mother, Ms. Gloria Carter, accepts special GLAAD award, gives wonderful speech about love & acceptance

The second half of this year's GLAAD awards took place Saturday and one of the best moments in my mind was when Gloria Carter, mother of rapper Jay-Z, accepted a special award for herself and her son for the song, 'Smile.'

In the song 'Smile,' Jay-Z, tells of his mother’s struggles and of his unwavering love and support for her: “Mama had four kids, but she's a lesbian. Had to pretend so long that she's a thespian. Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate. Society shame and the pain was too much to take. Cried tears of joy when you fell in love. Don't matter to me if it's a him or her. I just wanna see you smile through all the hate.”

Carter lent her voice to “Smile” during the outro, powerfully stating: “Living in the shadow. Can you imagine what kind of life it is to live? In the shadows people see you as happy and free. Because that's what you want them to see. Living two lives, happy, but not free. You live in the shadows for fear of someone hurting your family or the person you love. The world is changing and they say it's time to be free. But you live with the fear of just being me. Living in the shadow feels like the safe place to be. No harm for them, no harm for me. But life is short, and it's time to be free. Love who you love, because life isn't guaranteed. Smile.”

At the GLAAD awards, Ms. Carter spoke eloquently of love and acceptance. That enough was awesome, but the fact that it came from an older lesbian of color made the moment much better because they are the voices that we don't often hear from, but definitely need to.

''Ex-gay' march a huge failure' & other Mon midday news briefs

‘Ex-gays’ humiliated in DC when no one showed up for their big rally - For years, those who practice "ex-gay" therapy said there were hundreds of them and then we would say "well then why don't y'all have a march to prove it." They just did. It didn't go well for them. My heart goes out to those who desperately believe that they can somehow "cure" themselves. But we have to press the the point that the main point of so-called ex-gay therapy is not to cure people, but to undermine the LGBTQ community, our equality, and safety.

‘Dying because of hypocrisy’: Ex-megachurch pastor says Trump-loving evangelicals are digging their own graves - They ain't digging fast enough as far as I'm concerned. 

Gay Candidate known for wearing high heels wins mayor's race in Texas - Alright! Work it, Mr. Mayor!

America’s Only Openly Transgender Mayor Has Been Voted Out of Office - You win one, you lose one. And vice versa.

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Disney's long & complicated issue with gay characters

Remember how some folks flipped out, while others applauded last year when Disney announced that there would be a gay character in the live action version of Beauty and the Beast? Apparently the joke was on all of us. According the above video (very well-done and thorough), Disney has a very long and complicated history regarding gay characters dating back to the 1930s.  Check out some history and prepared to be shocked . . . or have your suspicions validated.

Friday, May 04, 2018

Family Research Council exploiting needy children to further degrade the LGBTQ community

A bill passed this week in Kansas and another passed in Oklahoma will allow adoption agencies to discriminate against gays and still receive taxpayer dollars on the grounds of so-called religious liberty.

This will harm children by reducing the number of families who would take them in. Not only that but it's degrading and unfair to gay tax payers because it openly says that entities which do not treat us fairly can help themselves to our money.

But leave it to the Family Research Council to distort the situation, making the LGBTQ community seem like the villains:

LGBT activists have been fond of saying that same-sex marriage would never affect you. Well, now, it's not only affecting you -- it's affecting needy kids. 
Across the country, Christian charities and adoption services have been bracing themselves against wave after wave of attack from liberals, desperate to kick them out of the child welfare industry. As far as these extremists are concerned, no organization -- including an explicitly religious one -- should be allowed to operate if they hold a biblical view of marriage. In places like Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Massachusetts, their crusade has gone so far as to close down one of the largest child placement services in the area -- Catholic Charities -- because it refused to compromise its core beliefs. 
Fortunately, in some states, the bullying is prompting a counter-attack from common sense lawmakers, who think it's well within a charity's right to decide which homes are the best and most loving options for children. In Oklahoma, the state legislature followed in the suit of at least five other states, sending a measure to Gov. Mary Fallin's (R) desk that would give religious groups the freedom to exercise their faith in their placement policies. Democrats were so irate during the debate that the presiding officer threatened to have one member removed. 
In nearby Kansas, legislators acted hours later, passing their version of the "Child Welfare Inclusion Act" 63-58 in the House and 24-15 in the Senate early this morning. "This is a matter of activist groups who don't like certain religious beliefs and they want to use the power of the government to crush people that operate according to those religious beliefs," said Michael Schuttloffel, the director of the Kansas Catholic Conference. With, as the AP points out, an already overloaded foster care system, the state can't afford to lose a single provider – let alone one of Kansas's biggest. 
Governor Jeff Coyler (R) must have agreed, promising to make the bill law. "Catholic Charities and other adoption agencies are key to the fabric of our communities. I look forward to signing this bill because it increases the opportunities for needy children to find loving homes." Hopefully, his counterpart in Oklahoma will follow suit, recognizing that liberal activists are more concerned with pushing their intolerant agenda than they are with finding children good homes.

It's not accidental that FRC omitted same-sex couples who adopt children. To the group, families like that either don't exist or don't count. And it's also not by accident that the organization lied about Catholic Charities. No one forced them to shut down. They chose to shut down because they couldn't have things both ways - i.e. discriminate against gays while taking our money.

It's rather vile of FRC to claim that the LGBTQ community is harming innocent children when we are merely asserting our rights as taxpayers and when the organization itself has done NOTHING to help children needing adoption except for conjuring up ways to degrade the LGBTQ community. FRC doesn't care about children needing to be adopted more than it cares about keeping the LGBTQ community under heel.

Related post:

To the Family Research Council, anti-Christian persecution is bad but anti-LGBTQ persecution is appropriate - It's been a busy week for the hate group. Earlier, it praised Trump for protecting Christians from international persecution then a day later, slammed the Obama Administration for doing the same thing for the LGBTQ community.

News brief special - Franklin Graham, evangelical right weaponizing 'religious liberty' to harm same-sex families, steal gay tax dollars

So Franklin Graham thinks that adoption agencies which discriminate against gays should have a right to take gay tax dollars under the lie of "religious liberty"  and "religious freedom."

Kansas governor will sign law making it legal to ban gays & lesbians from adopting - First Oklahoma, now Kansas. "Religious liberty" and "religious freedom" are weapons being used against LGBTQ families, equality, and safety. 

Trump is a Liar, But That Doesn’t Bother the Court Evangelicals - Trump's lies don't bother the religious right because they have use for him. He is their key in attempting to reshape America in their twisted image, and this especially includes curtailing LGBTQ equality. 

Religious Right Cheers Trump Push For Federal Agencies To Fund Religious Groups - Like that crap he signed yesterday. Evangelicals don't care about Trump's lies or how he is ruining the country. They only care about what they want. 

Trump Just Handed a Weapon to Anti-LGBTQ Cretins of Every Stripe with New ‘Religious Freedom’ Executive Order - More about yesterday's nonsense. 

Most Americans Don’t Want Businesses To Discriminate Against LGBTQ People: Study - The majority of Americans DO NOT want this, but we have make our voices known.

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Religious right spokesman - Christianity is the only religion which has First Amendment rights

 A needed reminder as to who the enemies of LGBTQ equality are in this country. Some in the LGBTQ community turn our backs on religion in general due to how we have been treated in the past. That's your right but I submit to you that this isn't a good idea. As the farce called the National Day of Prayer showed us on Thursday and this video of the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer insane ramblings about how only Christians (and by Christians, he means conservative evangelicals) are protected by the First Amendment, it may be a good idea for the American LGBTQ community to not cast a blanket of criticism over religion in general. It's obvious that certain segment of Christianity has shown itself to be a huge problem in this country. Especially when on considers how much power Trump is giving them.

One last thing - Wiccans do not worship the devil nor do they worship witchcraft. Another lie via Fischer.

Hat tip to Right Wing Watch

'Trump, evangelical anti-LGBTQ right make National Day of Prayer into a ridiculous sham' & other Thur midday news briefs

Evangelical anti-LGBTQ right celebrate National Day of Prayer with their 'replacement Jesus.'

Tweets and posts serve as reminders that Trump and the evangelical anti-LGBTQ right are making the National Day of Prayer into a ridiculous sham:

To the Family Research Council, anti-Christian persecution is bad but anti-LGBTQ persecution is appropriate - And other than trying to ignore the Stormy Daniels controversy is this. Days before the National Days of Prayer, only The Family Research Council would have the audacity to slam the Obama Administration's efforts to keep the LGBTQ community safe from international persecution a day after it praised Trump for keeping Christians safe from the same thing.

Mandatory LGBT history lessons for schoolchildren approved by the Illinois Senate - This headline makes it sound like coercion but personally I think it's a good idea.

HISTORIC: New Hampshire Approves Transgender Non-Discrimination Bill - Way to go, New Hampshire!

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

To the Family Research Council, anti-Christian persecution is bad but anti-LGBTQ persecution is appropriate

Someone needs to tell the Family Research Council that fighting religious persecution and fighting anti-LGBTQ persecution is not an either/or situation

On Tuesday, the Family Research Council praised Trump for supposedly calling out Nigeria for its persecution of Christians:

As toxic as our culture can be, Americans still take going to church safely for granted. In places like Nigeria, the simple act of showing up to worship can be deadly. Late last month, the world was horrified to read that another remote village in the African country lost another 19 people to a mass shooting at church. Radical Islamists walked into the service and opened fire, killing two priests and 17 others. The ones who survived watched helplessly as the Muslim herdsmen set fire to more than 50 of their homes. And the violence shows no sign of stopping. 
Yesterday, in a joint press conference with the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, President Trump called out Buhari for not making more of an effort to protect the country's men and women of faith. "We are deeply concerned by religious violence in Nigeria including the burning of churches and the killing and persecution of Christians. It's a horrible story," Trump said bluntly. "We encourage Nigeria and the federal state and local leaders to do everything in their power to immediately secure the affected communities and to protect innocent civilians of all faiths including Muslims and including Christians." 
It was a bold move to challenge Buhari publicly -- one that proves the president's deep sincerity on the issue of religious liberty. Although Nigerian officials have taken the threats of ISIS and Boko Haram more seriously, the Fulani herdsman are proving to be more deadly than either. The situation becomes even more delicate when you consider that Buhari is Fulani and also Muslim, which has led several people to wonder if he's trying hard enough to end the bloodshed.

Don't get me wrong. If this happened the way the Family Research Council claimed it did, then good for Trump. People shouldn't be imprisoned, murdered, or persecuted in any way for their religious beliefs.

 And the same goes for sexual orientation. Too bad the Family Research Council doesn't feel that way.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

2011 Flashback - 16 Reasons Why the Family Research Council is a Hate Group

Barring any changes, due to real world events, there will be no midday news briefs Wednesday. With that in mind, I decided to pull a post out of the archives which is very pertinent to current events. In 2011, I wrote '16 Reasons Why The Family Research Council is a Hate Group ' and since that time, many reasons can be added. However, these reasons (from falsely accusing GLSEN of exposing children to explicit sexual material to comparing gay men to pedophiles to time and time again distorting credible studies to denigrate the LGBTQ community) are sufficient enough to make my point of just how dangerous FRC is to the equality and safety of the LGBTQ community. Particularly when one takes into account that due to Trump, the  group currently has a more influential hand to create policy than it did in 2011.

August 15, 2011 - GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) issues a cease-and-desist letter against the Family Research Council demanding that the organization remove video falsely accusing GLSEN of distributing an explicit safe-sex guide to children. FRC subsequently changed the video, tacitly admitting that it was pushing a falsehood against GLSEN.

June 13, 2011 - Two years after claiming to remove "studies" from its website because they contained "outdated material," FRC sneaks the studies back on its website. One of the studies includes citations to the work of Paul Cameron, a highly discredited research.

February 28, 2011
 - In order to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), FRC distorts research in order to compare gay men to pedophiles.

February 16, 2011 - FRC spokesman Peter Sprigg makes the claim that same-sex households are inferior to two-parent heterosexual households by using studies which have nothing to do with same-sex households. Sprigg, by the way, has earlier voiced opinions that gays should be exported out of the United States:

'Drag queens planning mass protest for Donald Trump's visit to Britain' & other Tue midday news briefs