Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving from Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters

Barring anything interesting happening, this will be my last post before the Thanksgiving holidays. I will begin posting again either Sunday or Monday. Enjoy this holiday with family - all of your family whether related or not. Love each other and yourselves this holiday. Because you are worthy of love. 

'North Kansas City school district returning LGBTQ books to shelves after pushback' & other Tue midday news briefs

North Kansas City School District returning LGBTQ books to shelves after pushback - Nothing like a good old fashioned threat of a lawsuit to get folks to act right. 

Texas parents step in after threats of violence get children’s story time event cancelled - It's nice to see this type of story of parents stepping in against bigotry for a change. 

Monday, November 22, 2021

Conservative complains about a gay Santa, gets reminded on Twitter that it's not all about her

No doubt if I called Ellen Troxclair a wannabe in the spirit of Lauren Boebert or Marjorie Taylor Greene, she would take it as a compliment. 

It's not. 

Troxclair is merely the latest person whose lack of intellect and general kindness are equally matched by their ignorance and mania. And like the two aforementioned, she is seeking high office. More specifically she is running for state office in Texas for "freedom," "the Constitution" and against "socialism."

That should give you a good indication as to what direction she is coming from. But just in case you need further information, check out this tweet she sent out this weekend:

So what do you think she feels is more inappropriate? A gay Santa Claus? Or the fact that he has a black boyfriend? In the end, it doesn't matter cause girlfriend got ratioed hard. A lot of folks tweeted her back to laugh at her, while others objected to her idea that a gay couple is an inappropriate thing for kids to see. 

And yes, even I participated.

'Right-wing pastor claims that gay men and Big Bird are coming for your children' & other Mon midday news briefs

Mario Murillo

Right-wing pastor claims gay men and Big Bird are coming for your children - How come he got a memo and I didn't? 

Sunday, November 21, 2021

NC's homophobic Lt Gov Mark Robinson compares being gay to flies, maggots, and cow manure


Mark Robinson

It would appear that North Carolina Lt. Gov Mark Robinson is trying to get to the governor's mansion on the backs of LGBTQ people. He has been basking in the backlash of homophobic comments he made about us in the past such as when he claimed that we want to 'recruit' children by supposedly forcing pornographic material on them in school libraries or also calling us called us filth and demonic.

And of course like so many other folks spewing that mess, he claims that his religious beliefs are leading him to say these things. He claims that he is saying these things with love in his heart for LGBTQ people  The thing is when one keeps spouting hatred like Robinson does, the religious beliefs excuse runs a bit thin. Still, he will probably to continue to hide behind his religious beliefs for these new comments:

Robinson, a Republican who is expected to run for governor in 2024, questioned the “purpose” of being gay; said heterosexual couples are “superior” to gay couples; and that he didn’t want to explain to his grandchildren why two men are kissing if they see that on television. 
Robinson made the remarks Sunday, Nov. 14, at Berean Baptist Church in Winston-Salem. They’re the latest statements he has made against gay, lesbian and transgender people, leading some state Democrats to call for his resignation. The White House previously called his remarks “repugnant” and said they spread hate. 
In Winston-Salem, Robinson compared being gay to “what the cows leave behind” as well as maggots and flies, who he said all serve a purpose in God’s creation. “If homosexuality is of God, what purpose does it serve? What does it make? What does it create? It creates nothing,” Robinson said. 

Robinson is simply repulsive here. LGBTQ people shouldn't have to justify ourselves or our lives because some dreary, inadequate loudmouth hypocrite is under the false impression that his religious beliefs allows him to spout off indiscriminately and then pretend to be the victim when criticized for it.

But it does prove a point. Robinson is the actual face of the anti-LGBTQ right - the face that they fear that America will eventually see. Behind all of the nonsense about 'religious freedom,' concern about children, morality and values are the contorted mind of sick individuals which are distorted by either hate or the sad inability to be real with themselves. 

I'm no psychiatrist so I generally don't give a damn about the mental inner workings of bigots. However, in Robinson's case, I will make a small exception when it comes to giving a 'diagnosis' of what he truly is.

Psychologically, Robinson is a pig. He is a greedy gluttonous fool gorging himself on notoriety which comes from exploiting his office to defame a group of people who he knows doesn't have as much power to fight him back.  What's worse is how he wallows in the harmful aftermath of his words with as much eagerness as an actual pig rolls around in slop. The difference is that the pig knows it's covered in slop.  Robinson has fooled himself into thinking that he's covering himself with something a bit more fragrant. He is a bloated mess oozing the nauseating stench of bullying and plain meanness.

I am more concerned about the damage his words do those who aren't as strong to ignore them.  Our LGBTQ kids have enough to handle while dealing with the homophobia of some of their peers. The words of a self-inflated selfish jackass who is unfortunately in a prominent position (Robinson) could do as much damage to them as the slings and arrows of the bigots they are forced to see on a daily basis. If Robinson had a shred of maturity, he would know this.  Or maybe he's too busy trying not to make oinking noises between each utterance of homophobic insults.

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Florist agrees to pay settlement to gay couple (after almost a decade of playing the victim)

Hopefully Barronelle Stutzman has used up her 15 minutes of fame as a 'Christian victim.'

On Thursday, the LGBTQ community received a good bit of news that a religious right tactic intended to enshrine homophobic discrimination as law suffered another setback.

From NBC News:

A settlement was reached Thursday in the nearly decade-old case of a Christian flower shop owner in Washington state who refused to provide a same-sex couple flowers for their wedding despite the state's anti-discrimination laws. The U.S. Supreme Court left intact the state court rulings against Barronelle Stutzman, the owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, in July. Shortly afterward, Stutzman petitioned for a rehearing. Stutzman withdrew her petition Thursday and agreed to pay a settlement of $5,000 to the couple, Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed. 

 . . . The case dates to 2013, when Stutzman refused to provide flowers for the couple's wedding. She said it would violate her Southern Baptist beliefs and her “relationship with Jesus Christ.” Using an argument similar to that of Colorado baker Jack Phillips in the hot-button 2018 Supreme Court case Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, Stutzman argued that her floral arrangements are works of art and that having to create them for same-sex weddings would trample on her freedom of expression. 

A lower court ruled in 2015 that Stutzman broke a Washington law that bars businesses from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation. The state Supreme Court ruled in favor of the couple in 2017 and then again in 2019, finding that selling flowers for a wedding “does not inherently express a message about that wedding.”

Stutzman's case, as well as that of Jack Phillips and several others, were played up in the media by conservative and religious right groups in claiming that laws protecting LGBTQ Americans would automatically lead to anti-religious discrimination. And while these groups sounded the alarm for small business owners such as Stutzman and Phillips, there was a belief that their goal was to generate a precedent in which personal religious beliefs could be seen as a viable excuse for anti-LGBTQ discrimination even in secular enterprises. And also that non-discrimination laws created to protect LGBTQ Americans would be automatically seen by their nature as discriminatory against religion.

In Stutzman's case, religious right and conservative groups were falsely claiming that she stood to lose her business, her livelihood, and her savings because of the case. Stutzman herself fully participated in spreading this lie. But in 2019, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said that she would have been given a $1,000 court ordered penalty and also fined $1 in attorney fees. 

The courts, including SCOTUS, short circuited any belief that religious beliefs are a justification for anti-LGBTQ discrimination. When they would rule for the business owner in these cases, the decision would be incredibly narrow and actually underscored the fact that LGBTQ Americans deserved protection from discrimination.  This also took place in other cases such as the Fulton case earlier this year in which religious right groups argued that Christian adoption and foster care agencies have a right to LGBTQ tax dollars even if they practice anti-LGBTQ discrimination. While though ruling for the Christian adoption agency against the city of Philadelphia, the court struck that notion down.

'D.C. Corrections officer sues department over anti-gay harassment' & other Thur midday news briefs

D.C. Corrections Officer Sues Department Over Antigay Harassment - And I hope he wins. 

These new, LGBTQ+ holiday films and series are going to make the yuletide hella gay this holiday season! - Thank you for making the 'yuletide gay' comment, which no doubt others have been repeating this entire holiday season.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Chicago students defend LGBTQ -themed book from obscenity claims and banning

For the second day, there are reports of a backlash to this nonsense about banning books in school libraries. And today's report is better than yesterday's.

According to The Daily Beast:

Students are clapping back after a book about sexual orientation and gender identity sparked a protest at a Chicago-area high school board meeting Monday night. Conservatives lined up to demand that Gender Queer—a coming-of-age book about gender identity—be pulled from the library at Downers Grove District 99 High School, where only two copies are reportedly accessible for a student population of nearly 5,000. 

 However, students called BS on complaints that the book peddles pornography and sexually explicit content. Instead, they turned the tables on what they said were attacks on homosexuality and free speech. Nearly 200 people attended the school board meeting in Downers Grove that quickly erupted into a book boycott fight, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Those opposed to the book held signs and banners expressing their disgust, claiming that the book exposed children to homoeroticism and pornography. 

The Chicago Sun-Times pointed out how students took a lead role in decrying the attacks on Gender Queer: 

 Lauren Pierret, a 17-year-old senior at Downers Grove North, said she didn’t know “Gender Queer” existed until last week. “This isn’t being forced upon your kids, but it gives kids who would be interested in this story a choice to read it,” she said. 

 Pierret also questioned why other books that feature sex scenes such as “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Angela’s Ashes” were available in the library but not facing the same criticism. “Let’s not present getting rid of ‘Gender Queer’ as censoring our children from sex,” she told the school board. “It’s homophobia.”

 Josiah Poynter, an 18-year-old senior at Downers North, said he understands “this novel has scenes in it that are mature and sexual to say the least, [but] it’s not like we haven’t been given books with sex in them before. “Inclusion matters to young people,” he told the school board. “This is why we must have this book in our school’s library. Inclusion brings an opportunity to grow in a safe environment. It brings comfort to people who feel unsolved and cast out.”
And those were only a few of the students who made wonderful points about censorship, free speech, and the need for inclusion. 

I figure that it will take a couple of more pushbacks before the mainstream media actually gives damn.

'Five ways you can show up for trans people this Trans Awareness Week - and beyond' & other Wed midday news briefs

5 meaningful ways you can show up for trans people this Trans Awareness Week – and beyond - Take notes.

9 quotes from LGBTQ celebrities that will comfort you as you’re coming out - And I live for this. When I was a child, LGBTQ celebrities wouldn't come out of the closet, to say nothing about giving words of comfort. Progress is wonderful. 

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Conservative Supreme Court - We hear a lot of fear mongering about what this court may do to our equality. While that jury is out, so the speak, this article provides a bit of needed levity. 

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Virginia school board decides against removing books after controversial 'book burning' statements

All of this nonsense about banning supposedly sexually explicit books from school libraries was bound to create a backlash sooner or later. And when it happened, it was delicious.

According to the Associated Press:

A Virginia school board rescinded a directive for staff to pull books with “sexually explicit” books from libraries early Tuesday after hours of passionate public comment. The Spotsylvania County school board voted 5-2 to reverse the order amid public backlash, but some board members said they’ll continue to take a stance against the inclusion of what they view as offensive material in school library books, The Free Lance-Star reported. Board members Rabih Abuismail and Kirk Twigg, who spoke of burning books at last week's meeting, did not support the reversal.

The comments made by Abuismail and Twigg favoring burning books could be speculated as a reason why the directive was rescinded. The comments went viral across the nation and underscored to many the dangers of this latest hysteria. Images of various book burnings throughout history, including those in Nazi Germany before World War 2, were invoked.

According to LGBTQNation, at the meeting before the vote, various parents, students, librarians, and teachers addressed the school board, voicing their anger directly to them:

“[Your behavior] is the most egregious example of unprofessionalism I have ever witnessed,” one parent said, according to Adele Uphaus-Conner, a reporter for the Free Lance-Star. “The only course of action I see fit for you is a formal public apology to all the librarians in this county & for you to submit your resignation from the school board.” 

 “You have labeled books you have no knowledge of and placed shame upon them,” said a district librarian. “You have no right to judge anyone or what they read.” 

 . . . “If you are scared of a community you are supposed to represent, this is not the job for you,” said another student. 

'Target's Pride nutcracker will probably be the talk of the holiday season' & other Tue midday news brief

Target's Pride Nutcracker Is Making the Yuletide Gayer - This ought to be a hit. People love stuff like this. I can just imagine the religious right.