Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Reasons why the 'sanctity' of proms MUST be preserved from Constance McMillen

I'm having the misfortune of being ill today, which means no long expositories on the evils of the religious right.

But just because I'm feeling not so happy today doesn't mean you have to suffer, so from infoMania, here is a new, original take on the Constance McMillen prom controversy:

Related post:

Why gay marriage is 'wrong'

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Porno Pete strikes again and other Wednesday midday news briefs

Peter LaBarbera's Sexual Orientation Test - Read if you want a good laugh.

Mississippi Strikes Again (At Another Innocent Young Lesbian Girl) - Just can't stop picking on the children.

Trans People And Jails - an important issue which needs discussion.

Lou Engle Answers Uganda Rally Critics
- A lesson in being verbally dishonest.

And here is a larger breakdown of exactly how Engle lies:

Uganda Update: Lou Engle & TheCall Respond to Critics with Lies and Distortions

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Undercover at an ex-gay camp

Ted Cox, a writer at AlterNet, spent a weekend undercover at "Journey into Manhood,” a 48-hour weekend retreat designed to help gay men become straight."

What he experienced is a macabre mixture of the bizarre and sad:

I sat on the floor between the outstretched legs of a camp guide, my head leaning back against his shoulder. The guide sat behind me, his arms wrapped around my chest. This hold was called “The Motorcycle.” Five men surrounded the two of us, their hands resting gently on my arms, legs and chest.

There were about ten other groups like this sitting on the floor in the darkened room: one guide giving “healing-touch therapy” while the surrounding men rested their hands on the receiver. Some men were held in the Motorcycle position. Others were turned towards their guide, cradled the way a parent would hold a sobbing child who had just scraped her knee on the sidewalk.

In one corner of the room, a portable stereo played Shaina Noll’s song. At one point, the staff members all sang out in unison, their voices filling the high walls of the camp lodge. Somewhere in the room, a man sobbed over the sound of the music.

It was the first night of “Journey into Manhood,” a 48-hour weekend retreat designed to help gay men become straight. In that room, about fifty men — some thirty “Journeyers” and fifteen staff members — sat on the carpeted floor of a ranch lodge two hours outside of Phoenix, Arizona. Most of the men, except for a few of the staff members, struggled to overcome their attraction to other men.

Sometime during all that holding and touching and singing, while I was cradled in the Motorcycle position, I felt it: the unmistakable bulge pressing through his tight jeans. It was the first time in my life I had a felt another man’s erection.

It's nothing to laugh at. Unfortunately, society has conditioned so many people to be ashamed of their God-given sexual orientation. More here at AlterNet.

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