Friday, August 30, 2013

Know Your LGBT History - Three's Company

I've always believed that Three's Company (1977-1984) was a good comedy which skirted the line in early seasons between funny and downright insulting. It was about three roommates - one guy and two women - sharing an apartment together. The landlord, Mr. Roper, is totally against the three living together until he is made to believe that the man, Jack, is gay. Of course Jack isn't gay and that leads to interesting plotlines and stupid jokes regarding sexual orientation. One episode in particular was the 1978 second season episode, Strange Bedfellows:

Past Know Your LGBT History Posts:

'Ordinance fight shows hypocrisy of anti-gay 'Christians'' and other Friday midday news briefs

San Antonio LGBT Anti-Discrimination Law Draws Hundreds To 'Pray' In Protest - This article demonstrates the hypocrisy of so many anti-gay "Christians." On one hand, they talk patronizingly about loving gays while at the same time lauding a councilwoman who called us vile names. The problem with so many wannabe Christians is that they take opposite positions on gays at the same time and then get angry at being called two-faced. 

NOM political director to head CA’s anti-trans effort (#MoreThanMarriage) - So much for NOM only being "concerned" about marriage. 

How Chris Christie Is Leading A 'Sex Cult' And Turning New Jersey Into Gay Saudi Arabia - There are SOOOO many things wrong with that headline, article, thought, and words grouped together.

HHS Extends Medicare Coverage for Same-Sex Spouses in Nursing Homes - Sweet! 

 Liberty Counsel’s Ex-Gay Rhetoric Is Too Extreme Even For Focus On The Family - Hmmmm. This may get interesting.

Corsi: Gay marriage is wrong because sex is not about fun

Jerome Corsi, World Net Daily's go-to-guy when it comes to Obama conspiracies - such as the supposed fake birth certificate and Obama is gay - tackled the subject of marriage equality at a recent conservative event in Oregon.

Naturally, he is against it, but how he defends his position is kinda . . . well extremely hilarious:

“Our founding fathers knew that if we went this direction, there was no more moral compass and you won’t be able to explain to your children — you’ll have to face the fact that we lost holding the line on one of the most principle issues in the Bible, and that is sex is not about fun,” he remarked. “If you want to have fun, read a book, go to a movie. Sex is about the procreation of children. It’s a sacred responsibility that is meant by God to have men and women commit their lifetime to children.”

On the risk of sounding snarky, I think Corsi misspoke. He actually meant to say that sex with HIM is not fun.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Court upholds CA ban on 'ex-gay' therapy for minors

How's this for a sonic boom:

A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld the nation's first-of-its-kind law in California prohibiting health practitioners from offering psychotherapy aimed at making gay youth straight.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that the state's ban on so-called conversion therapy for minors doesn't violate the free speech rights of licensed counselors and patients seeking treatment
The activities of pastors and lay counselors who are unlicensed but provide such therapy through church programs would not be covered under the law.

The case before the appeals court was brought by professionals who practice sexual-orientation change therapy, two families who say their teenage sons benefited from it, and a national association of Christian mental health counselors. They argued the ban infringes on their free speech and freedom of association and religious rights. The counselors also argue it jeopardizes their livelihoods.

However, in a 3-0 ruling, the court panel held that California has the power to prohibit licensed mental health providers from administering therapies deemed harmful, and the fact that speech may be used to carry out those therapies does not turn such bans into prohibitions of speech.
The law says therapists and counselors who treat minors with methods designed to eliminate or reduce their same-sex attractions would be engaging in unprofessional conduct and subject to discipline by state licensing boards.'

Time to pass that same law in other states.

'Vile right-wing host smears gays, African-Americans, the Obamas' and other Thursday midday news briefs

Stan Solomon: Trayvon Martin Deserved To Die And So Does 'That Faggot' Dan Savage - How's this for proof about the common enemy of gays and African-Americans? Our movements are connected every time so-and so's like this guy open their mouths.  

Obama Connects Anti-Gay Discrimination With Racial Prejudice In Historic Speech - How very appropriate after the above news brief.  

The Daily Caller Just Can't Stop Defending Russia's Anti-Gay Crackdown - Keep it up, guys. Make yourselves irrelevant. 

Michigan Religious Conservatives Rely On Regnerus To Oppose Marriage Equality - This is why we must fight constantly. Even when it's refuted, members of the religious right will still utilize bad research.

 Miller On Fox: "Operation Or Not," Chelsea Manning Is "Living The Next 35 Years ... As A Woman" - Poor Dennis Miller. 9/11 definitely changed him. He became less funny and more of an asshole.

Gay presence at 50 anniversary of 1963 March on Washington

This is just too awesome for words. GLSEN's Executive Director, Eliza Byard speaks at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. In 1963, folks weren't even talking about gay equality. Now we have a place at the table at this momentous event.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Live blog: "The Life and Legacy of Bayard Rustin" panel discussion

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Join the Human Rights Campaign, Center for Black Equity, Hilton Worldwide and Verizon for a panel discussion and reception honoring the life and legacy of Bayard Rustin.

The event features:

The Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton, U.S. House of Representatives, District of Columbia, friend and colleague to Rustin during the 1963 March on Washington

Mandy Carter, National Coordinator, Bayard Rustin Commemoration, National Black Justice Coalition

Damien Conners, National Executive Director/COO for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Inc(SCLC)

 MacArthur Flournoy, theologian, author, and preacher, is the Director for Faith Partnership and Mobilization for the Human Rights Campaign

And moderator Earl D. Fowlkes, Jr., President & CEO, The Center for Black Equity

'Pat Robertson, CBN attempting to suppress 'AIDS rings' video' and other Wednesday midday news briefs

The Gay AIDS Ring Video Pat Robertson Doesn't Want You To See - YEP! It's official. Pat Robertson REALLY stepped into it this time.

 MOW ‘Master Strategist’ Bayard Rustin Finally Recognized - I KNOW that I am not alone when I say IT'S ABOUT TIME!

Latest 'ex-gay' claim: Wayne Besen 'may be responsible for countless HIV infections' - So now the "ex-gay" industry is attacking one of my mentors, Wayne Besen. I feel sorry for them because Wayne don't play.  

New York Times: Prisons Should ‘Do The Right Thing’ For Transgender Inmates - Yes they should. Period.  

Despite DOMA Ruling, Gay Veterans May Still Be Denied Marriage Benefits - This here is disgusting. They fight for our freedom and they are being denied. 

Editor's note - Tune in tonight for a special post on Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters. And no, it's NOT about my book. LOL!

Nebraska's ban on gay adoption, foster care challenged in courts

Unbelievable. I didn't even know that Nebraska had a ban on gay adoption and foster care. From Reuters:

Gay and lesbian couples in Nebraska should be allowed to serve as foster or adoptive parents to children who are in state custody, according to a state court lawsuit filed on Tuesday.

A lesbian couple and two gay couples filed the lawsuit in a Lincoln district court arguing the state policy created in 1995 banning them from becoming foster or adoptive parents to children under care of Nebraska is unconstitutional.

The lawsuit comes two months after the U.S. Supreme Court threw out a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act, which barred same-sex couples from federal marriage benefits.

 . . . Nebraska's policy prohibits the state's department of health and human services from issuing foster-home licenses to or placing children with people who identify themselves as homosexuals or to people who are unrelated, unmarried adults living together.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Pat Robertson: Gays deliberately spread AIDS through special rings they wear

UPDATE – I think it’s safe to assume that we have a SERIOUS controversy here.  According to the New Civil Rights Movement, Robertson has forced youtube to take down the video mentioned in this post.  You will notice that even the video from Right Wing Watch (included in this post) seems to be gone. But never fear, if you want to see the video, click on this Huffington Post link.

Mark this one down. I think Pat Robertson has gone so far that even he feels the need to dial himself back. At the end of this clip, he clearly says that gays spread AIDS through special rings we supposedly wear:

Apparently that comment about gays spreading AIDS due to special rings has caused a huge controversy. According to Right-Wing Watch, CBN - Robertson's network - first edited the remarks away then removed the youtube video.

Later that day, Robertson tried to rescind his comments. I think he made things worse:

 "I was asked by a viewer whether she had a right to leave her church because she had been asked to transport an elderly man who had AIDS and about whose condition she had not been informed. My advice was that the risk of contagion in those circumstances was quite low and that she should continue to attend the church and not worry about the incident.

"In my own experience, our organization sponsored a meeting years ago in San Francisco where trained security officers warned me about shaking hands because, in those days, certain AIDS-infected activists were deliberately trying to infect people like me by virtue of rings which would cut fingers and transfer blood.

"I regret that my remarks had been misunderstood, but this often happens because people do not listen to the context of remarks which are being said. In no wise (sic) were my remarks meant as an indictment of the homosexual community or, for that fact, to those infected with this dreadful disease." - Pat Robertson, in a statement emailed to me by the head publicist for the 700 Club.

'Right-wing still angry that they don't get to discriminate against gays' and other Tuesday midday news briefs

NRO's Dennis Prager: LGBT Non-Discrimination Efforts Breed "Fascism" - Because apparently nothing says "facism" like equality. Yes, that confuses me, too. 

 Hawaiian Bishop: Discriminating Against Same-Sex Couples Is Just - This bishop's points are just sad. And they get sadder when Think Progress refutes them.

 Jamaica Mob Traps And Barricades 5 Gay Men In House (VIDEO) - This is scary as hell. 

ADF warns of a worldwide, pro-LGBT 'war' - And the religious right are conjuring up visions of war using crosshairs (again). And what's worse? Of course they are smearing the lgbt community but didn't even make the crosshairs pink in color (bad joke, sorry).

 Republicans Say It’s Unfair To Compare Civil Rights To LGBT Rights - Of course they say this while simultaneously attempting to keep gays from marrying and African-Americans from voting.

Louis Farrakhan and homosexuality 40 years ago

How's this for a nauseating blast from the past? I found this clip on youtube and just had to share it. It's 1972 footage of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan talking about homosexuality. Check out how the audience is filled with his supporters cheering him on:

Monday, August 26, 2013

Bryan Fischer: Russian anti-gay law is the public policy the religious right have been advocating

There are times in which you laugh at the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer (which is most of the time) and then there are times in which you should listen to him.

Bryan Fischer says what I'm sure a vast majority of members of the religious right are thinking but are afraid to say out loud. This clip is a perfect example. In it, he defends that awful anti-gay law in Russia. Fischer claims that Russia is ahead of the United States when it comes to dealing with lgbts and that folks on his side of the spectrum have been advocating for such a law:

 The lgbt community here in America would do well to not only pay attention to Fischer's words but also make sure as many other people as possible listen to them. As nauseating as he is, Fischer shows the true face of the religious right, i.e. the homophobic and hateful one they try to hide.

And it is a face we must work to make America see.

Hat tip to Right Wing Watch

'Anti-gay group exploiting 9/11 to fight marriage equality' and other Monday midday news briefs

Disgusting: Illinois Family Institute uses 9/11 anniversary to pray against gay people's marriages! - Regardless of how you feel about marriage equality, this sort of thing is tacky and in very poor taste.

Fox's Shannon Bream Suggests Businesses Have A Right To Discriminate Against Gay People - No they don't. Like a commentator remarked in the post, if you replaced the word "gay" with any other minority group, you would get a different response than the tired argument of "religious liberty." And those who call themselves journalists really need to do more than Bream did with this one-sided piece of crap she calls a news segment.

 Alabama judge validates lesbian mom’s visitation rights to her children - Damn skippy!  

Same-sex couple's names on Iowa birth certificate 'a little surreal' - Surreal but appropriate.

Liberty Counsel's Matt Barber smears NJ lawmaker over 'ex-gay' therapy ban

Liberty Counsel member and anti-gay activist Matt Barber is one who never lets the truth keep him from spinning a tale of evil gays plotting to take over America.

I think he really outdoes himself in his latest spin in both the depths he stoops to and the nausea he creates.

In the piece 'Gay' lawmaker to Christians: 'We'll take your children,' Barber is attacking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for signing a state bill outlawing "ex-gay" therapy for minors.  Like he tends to do, Barber creates a fictional connection between homosexuality and pedophilia and cherry-picks CDC statistics to create the false image of homosexuality being a supposed negative lifestyle:

But what about the title of the post, which no doubt reels potential readers in. Did a gay lawmaker tell Christians that gays will be taking their children because of the law? Of course not.

The title of Barber's post is as fictional as the post itself :

Things get more sinister yet. On Wednesday, New Jersey Assemblyman Tim Eustace, who sponsored the bill and is openly homosexual, bombastically compared change therapy to “beating a child” and suggested that the government take children seeking change away from their parents. He told Talk Radio 1210 WPHT, “What this does is prevent things that are harmful to people. If a parent were beating their child on a regular basis we would step in and remove that child from the house. If you pay somebody to beat your child or abuse your child, what’s the difference?” Mat Staver responded on the same program: “It is shocking to hear the law’s sponsor threaten parents that the state will remove their children from them if they provide the counsel they need and which helps them. This is the ultimate nanny state,” he said. 

So no. A gay lawmaker never made the statement or implied in any way or form that gays will be snatching the children of Christian parents.  Eustace was making a hypothetical comparison in which he made no threats nor even mention Christians at all.

Barber's group, the Liberty Counsel, will be suing New Jersey over the "ex-gay" therapy ban. If Barber's bad lie an example of their defense, then the state has nothing to worry about.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Know Your LGBT History - Billy Squier and the 'Rock Me Tonite' video

If you don't know who Billy Squier is, blame the video below.

In the early 80s, Squier was a hard rocker with several hits and he was on the verge of superstardom. Until the video for his song, Rock Me Tonite premiered.

The song itself was a huge hit, but the video has been called one of the worst, if not the worst music video ever for a number of reasons. Personally, I think his dancing was a hot mess. But others cited the homoerotic subtext in the video, i.e. the satin sheets, the pink clothing he put on, as well as him writhing on the floor. Nowadays, that's old hat, but in the 80s homoeroticism was a huge no-no in rock videos. Even singers like Prince and Mick Jagger "butched it up" a bit back then. And while Boy George of Culture Club was wild, he walked a very tight line between bizarre and gay.

Many, including Squier himself, said that the video totally destroyed his career by alienating a huge part of his fan base. Whatever the case may be, take a look and judge for yourself:

Wikipedia has a huge entry on the Rock Me Tonite video and the havoc it wrecked on Squier's career.

Past Know Your LGBT History Posts:

'Right-wing FURIOUS that courts won't let them discriminate against gays' and other Friday midday news briefs

Right-Wing Media Cry "Tyranny" Over Enforcement Of New Mexico's Non-Discrimination Law - Sorry guys, but you have the follow the rules just like everyone else. If you let photographers discriminate on the basis of "religious beliefs" today, tomorrow it may be apartment complex owners, or restaurants, or maybe even pharmacies. It's neither fair nor right.

5 most absurd, self-pitying gripes of the Christian Right - I'm amazed that the author found just five.

Senator Claims Pentagon Policy Allowing Gays To Marry Harms Straight Couples - Tell you what. Give us the right to be legally married in all 50 states (like straight couples have) and we wouldn't need a policy like this one.  

Daily Beast Publishes Piece Suggesting Prison Is Pretty Great For Transgender People - I read that piece and it was a HOT MESS! Whatever happened to standards a publication should follow when publishing material?  

Center for Marriage Policy Worries Lesbians Will Trick Gay Men Into Fathering Their Children And Become Their Slaves - Ooo Lawd!

Bryan Fischer anoints Christians as the ‘new Black’ after court ruling

The New Mexico Supreme Court just ruled against a wedding photographer who refused to service a gay couple, saying that “personal religious beliefs” is not grounds for discrimination.

Naturally,  Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association is all broken up over the ruling:

Cry me a river, Fischer.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

MLK's son speaks about his father's legacy in the gay community

This wonderful interview that Michelangelo Signorile conducted with Martin Luther King III, the son of MLK, is an excellent antidote for all of the times the wannabes and never-will-bes attempt to co-opt the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement and MLK to plant a wedge between the lgbt and black communities.

King also voiced support for the boycott of the Russian Olympics due that country's anti-gay policies. But this part is very poignant to me:

King III also discussed his father’s legacy on civil rights and claims by some anti-gay religious conservatives, including some black minsters, that his father would not have supported LGBT equality. MLK's widow and King III's mother, Coretta Scott King, eventually became a champion of LGBT rights and gay marriage. Gay advocates are included among the speakers at the rally this weekend commemorating the march, and LGBT groups are busing in attendees.

“What I know, for sure, is that dad was beyond the average person in terms of what he chose to embrace and accept,” King III said. “One of the most significant persons -- the most significant person in fact -- who helped to organize the March on Washington was Mr. Bayard Rustin [who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Freedom this year by President Obama]. And Mr. Bayard Rustin was openly gay. The point is, if dad had problems with gays I don’t think he would have embraced someone in a such a significant role. I think that as he worked to advocate for civil and human rights, he was talking for everyone, not just for people of color. That’s where my mom was throughout her life.”

You read more about the interview here. But try to listen to it all if you can.

'Is Scott Lively taking credit for Russian homophobia?' and other Thursday midday news briefs

How A Global Anti-Gay Activist Reached Into Russia - Homophobe Scott Lively seems to be taking credit for the anti-gay debacle in Russia while he is facing a lawsuit for another anti-gay debacle in Uganda. 

The Seven Most Ignorant Reactions To Bradley Manning Coming Out As Chelsea - I would be accused of having my head in the sand if I ignored the situation regarding Chelsea Manning.

 WND Touts Hate Group's Distortion Of Pentagon Policy On Same-Sex Marriages - World Net Daily teaming with the Family Research Council? It's one of those proverbial matches made in the lower part of hell.

 “Dangerously Uninformed”: Fox News’ Fact-Free Campaign Against Protections For Transgender Students - Isn't calling Fox News "dangerously uninformed" an extreme oxymoron?

Albany pols push for ban on gay ‘conversion’ therapy for teens, citing new N.J. law - Yes! Big time yes!

Video proof that homophobia rots your brain

Andy Warhol once said that in the future, everyone will be famous for at least 15 minutes. Methinks he was predicting youtube. This observation was very astute, but highly unfortunate for some homophobes who seem to think that their personal observations about our community deserve a wide audience. I challenge you to get through at least five minutes of this "common sense" video without choking on laughter.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Religious right talking head wants 'civil disobedience' over marriage equality

As many times as some of my African-Americans brothers and sisters get angry to hear the gay rights movement being compared to the civil rights movement, I wish some of them would show a little of that fire when someone like the Liberty Counsel's Matt Barber besmirches the name of the civil rights movement.

Dear Matt, NO ONE on your side of homophobes can be compared to Martin Luther King, Jr. Please get over yourself.

'Another fake story of anti-Christian persecution revealed to be wrong' and other Wednesday midday news briefs

No, This Air Force Sergeant Was Not Fired For Opposing Marriage Equality - One of the most dangerous attacks on lgbt equality are stories like this - anecdotal claims which are pushed and driven hard by the right-wing media and helped by lgbts eager to demonstrate how objective they are BEFORE the truth comes out. Usually, the truth is totally different from the claims driven by religious right groups. When stories like this come out, please wait to hear the entire incident before commenting. 

Maggie Gallagher issues actual response to Gov. Christie (which is just like the one she says was issued in error) - So Maggie Gallagher issues a statement regarding Gov. Christie signing a ban on "ex-gay" therapy for minors . . . and it's just like the first statement she claimed she didn't make. It's as if she didn't realize that we would be waiting regardless of how long it did take her to make a statement.

 Maggie Gallagher Confirms Her Support For Junk "Ex-Gay" Therapy - More on Maggie Gallagher's doublespeak. I swear this woman doesn't seem to realize that we can read her like an old trashy novel.  

Liberty Counsel Will Sue Over New Jersey ‘Ex-Gay’ Ban - Of course those crazy folks at the Liberty Counsel will sue.

 Sampson McCormick Becomes First Openly Gay Black Comedian To Headline Washington D.C.'s Howard Theatre - I told y'all last week to keep your eye on Sampson. He has the potential to be a huge star.

What the heck are cannibalism and sodomy merit badges?

Some people's hatred of gays absolutely amazes me. Here are Christian Right talk show hosts Kevin Swanson and Dave Buehner still whining over the fact the decision to allow openly gay Boy Scout members:

Swanson: Manhood is a problem and the Boy Scouts are going to lead the decline since the final decision came down that the Boy Scouts as a national organization are going to invite homosexuals into the troops.

Buehner: Which is just a matter [of time] until they invite homosexuals, active homosexuals, to be leaders of the troops and pretty soon you’re going to have the sodomy merit badge. Christians are fleeing like rats.

Swanson: And after that I guess it’s incest; after that I guess it’s the cannibal merit badge, where I guess you cut up human flesh, fry it—

 Buehner: Cook it in a Dutch oven out in the wilderness.

 Swanson: So that’s what the Boy Scouts are doing, they are trying to add abomination on abomination, effectively going into God’s word, trying to find the thing that God really, really, really hates the most. The sins listed in the Bible, going through the lists of sins in the Bible, finding the very worst ones and creating merit badges for them is where the Boy Scouts are headed.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Eight minutes of homophobic trash for your amusement

Wanna-be filmmaker and arch-homophobe Janet Porter is at it again. The following trailer is from her supposed upcoming documentary The Criminalization of Christianity.

To put it nicely, the trailer is a hot mess of homophobia. She throws everything at the viewer from the so-called recruitment of children to "ex-gay" nonsense.

And she doesn't do it alone. Also starring in the trailer are:

Former chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt who, amongst other things, recently said that Jesus will strike down "sodomites" and throw them into hell,

Scott Lively, who is responsible for helping to push the "kill the gays" bill in Uganda and is now embroiled in a huge lawsuit over it,

Former Concerned Women for America and Family Research Council spokesman Robert Knight, who seems to spread anti-gay propaganda with every other sentence,

Harry Jackson who once claimed that marriage equality will destroy children and that voting for Obama will bring "divine judgement" on America,

and Brian Camenker, head of the hate group, Mass Resistance, who once compared educators who support lgbt-inclusive schools to Nazi concentration camp guards.

With a line-up like that, you know Porter created, don't you?

The world's first audio/visual laxative.

Hat tip to Right-Wing Watch

Related post: How They See Us: Unmasking the Religious Right War on Gay America

'Right-wing BLAST Gov. Christie for signing 'ex-gay' therapy ban' and other Tuesday midday news briefs

Right-Wing Media Blast Chris Christie For Signing "Ex-Gay" Therapy Ban - Apparently the right-wing is so angry at Christie that they don't like nor his mama right now. All except Maggie Gallagher. She backtracking from comments attributed to her. 

Tim Donnelly, California Politician, To Pull Son Out Of Public School Over Transgender Students Bill - His son said he would not use the bathroom alongside a transgender teen.  Donnelly had to pull the child out of school, otherwise he would just bust from constant suspicion.

Teacher applies GLAAD CAP in exchange with Laurie Higgins. You can too! - And THIS is why I say there needs to be more information out there regarding the ugly rhetoric and lies of the religious right. If the information isn't out there, then folks who want and need it cannot receive it. 

 The 5 Weirdest Ideas From Conservatives’ New Talking Points Against Marriage Equality - And here we go again.  

Harvey: Gays Seek to 'Absorb the Personality and Identity of Another Person' - OMG! Now she thinks we are something from Star Trek. I get to be "Q." He may be a villain but the brother can dress!

American Family Association spokesman - Punish gays like drug abusers

It's been noted on many occasions that Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association doesn't like gay people, but I think even he would admit that he went too far in this rambling explanation as to why gays should be punished like drug abusers.

Hat tip to Jeremy Hooper.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Video gives a vindictive, unfair portrait of the transgender community

This has to be the single most vindictive display of transgender bashing I have ever seen on video not involving violence.

From Media Matters:

For the past several weeks, conservative media outlets have been stoking fears about a new California law that will allow transgender students to have access to school facilities and sports teams that match their gender identity. The law has drawn criticism from outlets like Fox News, which warns that the law will allow boys to sneak into girls' bathrooms and engage in inappropriate behavior.

Case in point: Media Research Center Content Specialist Dan Joseph, who on August 15 released a video in which he poses as a transgender female and asks a woman if she would be comfortable with him using the same restroom as her.

That point of the video happens at 5:31. Media Matters also says:

Other than attempting to feminize his voice, Joseph doesn't present himself in any way as a female in the clip. He is wearing men's clothing, has a full goatee, and goes by his male name, "Dan." His impersonation is a perfect example of everything that's wrong with how conservative media imagine transgender people.

Unlike Joseph's character, most people who are actually transgender make efforts to present and appear in a way that matches their gender identity. Transgender women don't typically walk around in men's clothing will full faces of facial hair. They don't typically refer to themselves as "a transgender." And they certainly don't stand outside of women's restrooms announcing themselves and asking passerbys for permission to "go in there... and change and shower and stuff."

Media Matters points out that the purpose of this video is not to give accurate information about the transgender community, but to gin up fear and anger by amplifying the homophobic stereotypes created about transgenders.

I couldn't agree with this more.

'NJ Gov Christie signs bill outlawing 'ex-gay' therapy for minors' and other Monday midday news briefs

Chris Christie Signs New Jersey Bill Banning Ex-Gay Therapy For Minors - I think its safe to assume that Chris Christie won't be getting the Republican nomination for President any time soon, not if the religious right has anything to say about it. 

Matt Barber says he will never accept my marriage (*even though he absolutely will, at least in law) - For the second time, Matt Barber, we don't care whether or not you accept our marriages. I mean who the hell are you that we should care? 

Parker: Gay Rights Advocates 'Hijacked the Civil Rights Movement' And Are 'Destroying Black Communities' - Says the woman receiving wingnut welfare for being the head of a - as I see it as now - nonexistent organization which does nothing but lend its name to whenever conservatives or the religious right wants a black face. 

 Judge orders Colorado State Patrol to pay $768,268 to gay ex-trooper - Fairness wins. 

 San Antonio Nondiscrimination Bill Triggers Community’s Homophobia - It's sad how the wolves came out of the woodwork.

Drag queen show on Air Force base = anti-Christian persecution?

And the newest anti-gay lie which will hit the streets will involve the Air Force. According to Todd Starnes of Fox News:

The U.S. Air Force said that a well-known drag queen group was invited to perform on base during a “Diversity Day” celebration because drag is a “symbol of gay pride and unity. But the performance sparked outrage among some airmen who called the drag show “totally offensive and inappropriate.”

Jewels and the Brunchettes performed to a small crowd at the Los Angeles Air Force Base on Aug. 8, the military confirmed.

The Air Force said in a statement to Fox News that “Diversity Day” featured eight cultural groups and was meant to “foster equality and diversity in the workplace.”

Photographs provided to Fox News show an individual wearing a giant wig and sporting form-fitting dresses performing to a sparse crowd underneath the American flag.

“Drag acts to this day represent the struggle for freedom and equality of the LGBT community, while at the same time providing a deep-rooted historical form of entertainment for the LGBT culture,” said Peggy Hodge, a spokesperson for the Office of Public Affairs.

And the offended airmen? Well we don't know who they are. Starnes allegedly only quoted one:

One airman, who asked not to be identified, told Fox News he was offended by the performance and said it had no place on a military base.

“I am really surprised that this happened on a military installation,” the airman told Fox News. “I get that people want to be able to have committed relationships with members of the same sex, but this crossed the line.”

The airman said it was ironic that the Air Force is cracking down on Christians being able to openly share their faith but they would allow individuals to dress in drag.

How do I put this nicely? I smell bullshit. As luck would have it, the American Family Association's One News Now also ran a story on this same issue using the same talking point as Starnes but from the mouth of Bryan Fischer:

Fischer points out that while the Air Force is apparently okay with drag queens, it continues to be hostile to Christian chaplains, officers, and enlisted personnel who publicly share their faith.

 "Right now the American military, particularly the Air Force, is extremely hostile to any kind of expression of Christian faith,” he laments, “and they have clearly come down on the side of sexual perversity over biblical values in this case – and that ought to be a concern to every American citizen." The AFA spokesman says the Air Force has not yet responded to his group’s request to meet with military leaders to discuss what AFA considers blatant acts of “anti-Christian hostilities” aimed at those in the Air Force – including chaplains – who publicly share their faith.

So that's going to be the new talking point - " Christians are being persecuted in the Armed Forces while gays get special treatment."  Diversity Day has nothing to do with this complaint by Starnes and Fischer that Christians are being treated unfairly on military bases. They have been complaining about this for a while now, regardless of the fact that the Pentagon has said this is not going on. From a May 2, 2013 article in the USA Today:

"The U.S. Department of Defense has never and will never single out a particular religious group for persecution or prosecution," Pentagon spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen said in a statement. "The Department makes reasonable accommodations for all religions and celebrates the religious diversity of our service members."

"Service members can share their faith (evangelize), but must not force unwanted, intrusive attempts to convert others of any faith or no faith to one's beliefs (proselytization)," Christensen added.

Neither Starnes nor Fischer will tell you that there have been several complaints and incidents of Christian members of the military either aggressively attempting to convert non-Christian soldiers or violating the military's position of religious neutrality. One case led to a lawsuit in 2008 involving Army Spc. Jeremy Hall, an atheist who claimed he was discriminated against.

And none of those incidents have anything to do with the policy of allowing gays to serve openly in the military. The attempt to combine the two is a sad effort to attack the idea of gays in the military while playing the "anti-Christian persecution" card.

No doubt we will be hearing more about this incident. Now that Starnes has put the incident out there - as he has done many a times with several fake moral panics - we should expect other religious right and conservative groups to amplify the talking point to the level that it will be pushed by the mainstream media.

Meanwhile, those on our side of the spectrum will be caught twiddling our thumbs . . . again.

Friday, August 16, 2013

'Bakery under investigation for anti-gay discrimination' and other Friday midday news briefs

Sweet Cakes By Melissa, Oregon Bakery, Under State Investigation For Anti-Gay Discrimination - A lot of folks who feel that business should discriminate aren't from the generation that remembers that this sort of behavior was a hallmark of segregation, anti-Semitism, and racism against other ethnic groups. And I ask again, if we allow secular discrimination based on the argument of "religious liberty," then where is the line drawn? We open a nasty door. 

Russian Track Star Defends Anti-Gay Laws, Then Claims She Was ‘Misunderstood’ - The old story told again. Someone says something homophobic, gets called out because of it, and finally says they were misunderstood.

  U.S. Olympic Committee: Athletes Should ‘Comply’ With Russia’s Anti-Gay Law - This is not good. It's a powder keg just waiting to explode.  

No, Fox, There Isn't A "Reverse Don't Ask Don't Tell" Targeting Christians - Ugh. A network which pushes anti-gay propaganda is spooky.

 Prop 8 proponents, having already ignored constitutional validity, now determined to ignore millions of Californians - Poor Prop 8 supporters. Prop 8 is DEAD and you can't resurrect the corpse, so stop trying.

Donnie McClurkin and homophobia in the 1950s

A lot of folks seem to not understand just why are gays angry at Donnie McClurkin. Some have remarked to me that he is merely sharing his "testimony" of how he was molested as a child and how God delivered him from "homosexuality" which he acquired due to that rape. No matter how many times I attempt to press upon folks the absolute wrongness of McClurkin's connection of pedophilia with homosexuality, they still don't get it. So I decided to try another tactic. The following is a 1950s video which implies the same message as McClurkin's. It demonstrates just how wrong McClurkin is with his "testimony."

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Colbert Report spotlights LGBT ordinance of small town in awesome video

This segment of the Colbert Report, about Vicco, KY, becoming the smallest U.S. town to pass an LGBT fairness ordinance is just too awesome for words

'WWE supports openly gay wrestling superstar' and other Thursday midday news briefs

WWE Superstar Darren Young Comes Out As Gay During TMZ Interview - Knowing the world of professional wrestling, I withheld any belief that this was true. However, based upon the official statement made by the WWE, this is on the up and up:

 "WWE is proud of Darren Young for being open about his sexuality, and we will continue to support him as a WWE Superstar. Today, in fact, Darren will be participating in one of our Be A Star anti-bullying rallies in Los Angeles to teach children how to create positive environments for everyone regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation." 

Let's be honest. Young is the first openly gay WWE superstar, but he is not the first gay wrestler. There have been rumors of others for a long time and it is known that former long-time wrestler and WWE mentor, Pat Patterson, is openly gay and in a relationship.

In other news:

 NOM now officially an anti-trans organization - I think we are going to be seeing more of this, unfortunately.  

 Florida Condo Association Allows Married Residents Only: Sorry Gays - Yet another way not being allowed to marry encourages anti-gay discrimination.  

Federal Judge Allows Uganda Lawsuit Against Scott Lively to Go Forward - Sweet! Even if they don't eventually win, what Lively did in Uganda will finally come out in full detail.

Religious right exploiting fear, ignorance over law to protect transgender students

Recently,  California governor Jerry Brown signed what has been called a historic bill which guarantees transgender students equal access to facilities - including bathrooms - based upon their gender identity. The bill also allows them to compete on sports teams based upon their gender identities.

And naturally conservatives and the religious right are screaming bloody murder as well as conjuring up false images of boys invading girls' bathrooms and showers in order to rape them.

Of course none of these things has ever happened in the several other states who have protections in law for transgender students. However, we all know that people tend to forget their senses when it looks as if their children are threatened.

It's something religious right groups count on. A prime example of this hysteria comes from the following CNN debate:

CNN invited hate group leader Randy Thomasson to appear on the network to condemn a new California law ensuring the rights of transgender teens to use facilities and participate in programs corresponding to their gender identities. Thomasson appeared along with the Transgender Law Center's Masen Davis, a transgender male. At the end of the segment, Thomasson told Davis and host Brooke Baldwin, "Hey, good to talk to you ladies." Appearing on the August 13 edition of CNN Newsroom, Thomasson, president of the anti-LGBT hate group Save California, peddled standard transphobic tropes about "sexually confused" transgender individuals, before closing with his snide remark:

The truth of the matter is that there is nothing to fear with this law:

In reality, the measure would merely affirm current law which prohibits California public schools from discriminating against transgender students. Allowing access to appropriate facilities and participation on school teams is an important step to deal with the high rates of bullying and harassment faced by transgender students.  As a recent decision by the Colorado Rights Division stated, refusing this kind of access to transgender students “creates an environment that is objectively and subjectively hostile, intimidating, or offensive.”

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Comedian tells the truth about being gay in the Black church

After all of this Donnie McClurkin crap, I want to spotlight something positive about lgbts of color. And something which will make me laugh.

Openly gay black comedian, Sampson, manages to do it for me. He is funny, refreshing, and an excellent role model for lgbts of color. Keep an eye out for this guy. He is very talented.

'World Net Daily accuses gays of turning Dr. King into 'a queen'' and other Wednesday midday news briefs

WND Columnist: "Homosexual Lobby" Trying "To Turn Dr. King Into A Queen" - So, with an absolutely preposterous column World Net Daily takes a break from pushing false claims about Obama's birth certificate to "defend" Martin Luther King, Jr's legacy from gays.  . . . stop laughing.

Cable News Networks Invite Hate Group Leaders To Discuss Transgender Inclusion - And of course they make complete fools of themselves but the point is where is the balance? 

September Is 'Ex-Gay Awareness Month,' According To Family Research Council Groups - Be still my gas. 

Harvey: LGBT Rights Leads to the 'Oppression' of Parents - Linda Harvey is ALWAYS good for a laugh.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Donnie McClurkin misleads during interview about his homophobic rhetoric

And the Donnie McClurkin game of lying continues.

The "ex-gay" gospel singer has been steadily making the rounds of the radio shows and Christian media after being unceremoniously dumped from Saturday's concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington.

McClurkin was uninvited due to past comments he made regarding homosexuality, including implying that homosexuality is linked to pedophilia.

On Tuesday morning, he was on the Tom Joyner Morning Show explaining his side of the story. It was a very sad interview because it was one-sided and totally inaccurate in a big respect. Joyner and co-interviewer Roland Martin pretty much did everything but reach into their pocket and hand McClurkin money for his troubles.

I found the interview extremely nauseating. But one exchange between Martin and McClurkin caught my attention. According to the transcript:

ROLAND MARTIN:  Do you believe it’s fair, Donnie?  I mean the comments that gays and lesbians are upset about you made more than a decade ago about formerly being gay, talking about it as being a sin.  You made those comments more than a decade ago.  Is it fair for an activist to, you know, a decade later to say, oh, because he made those comments in that period he shouldn’t do something today here in 2013?

DONNIE MCCLURKIN:  Well, it’s not fair, and it’s been an ongoing battle. It’s been an ongoing political battle.  But in fairness we’re talking about a peace rally.  And we’re talking about a group of people who have been lobbying for a long time for equality and tolerance.  But now to have none concerning anybody else who said anything that is against, or not through their agenda.  I don’t have a problem. 

But Martin is inaccurate. McClurkin's anti-gay rhetoric is more recent than a decade ago. According to Rod McCollum from his blog, Rod2.0 Beta:

In November 2009, McClurkin preached an incendiary attack against LGBT youth and newly out gospel singer Tonex at the Church of God in Christ's Holy Convocation Youth Service in Memphis. McClurkin's hateful sermon went viral across the internet. McClurkin compared LGBT youth to "vampires" and added: "I see feminine men, feminine boys, everywhere I go.

And a portion of this is on video beginning at 6:17:

Now in all fairness, Martin - being the interviewer - is allowed to get some facts wrong. But wasn't it up to McClurkin to correct him?

As a matter of fact, I noticed that in the interview, McClurkin made no attempt to address specifically his comments about gays, except for to say the following:

 You can’t call me a homophobic if I’ve been a homosexual. That’s quite a stretch.  But for them to think that it’s fair, or okay, or tolerant, to uninvite someone simply because they have opposing views, but have never said anything derogatory about them, just simply gave my testimony about what happened with myself.

He also said:

I believe that (the Mayor) owes the City of D.C., an apology. He’s done a disservice to the faith based community. And I can take the blow, but he needs to be more concerned about his constituency.  And to do something like this at a Martin Luther King peace rally is totally against what Martin Luther King stood for.

McClurkin should be aware that King also stood for honesty and before he continues to cling to his cross of martyrdom, he should practice a little himself.

The cruelest thing said about same-sex families thus far by NOM

When opponents like Jennifer Morse of NOM's Ruth Institute claim that they speak against marriage equality and lgbt rights because they supposedly love gays, keep the following Facebook comment in mind:

Hat tip to Jeremy Hooper.

'American right-wing media helping Russia defend anti-gay crackdown' and other Tuesday midday news briefs

NOM Attacks Iowa Ethics Official For Being ‘Biased And Incredibly Unprofessional’ - And when you stop laughing, check out the article. It's rather good.

California's Assembly Bill 1266 For Transgender Student Rights Signed By Governor Jerry Brown - Considered to be a historic signing by all . . .  

Fox & Friends Calls CA Transgender Rights Bill "Very Scary," A "Slippery Slope," And "Social Engineering Run Amok" . . . except for Fox News because apparently the airheads on Fox News and Friends are "proficient" in the law. 

Monday, August 12, 2013

Video of Donnie McClurkin verbally attacking gays

As I remarked early Sunday morning, the shuck-and-jive by Donnie McClurkin and his supporters has already started.

 McClurkin, you will remember, was uninvited Saturday night from the 50th anniversary concert of the 1963 March on Washington.

Now I have said why I felt McClurkin should not have been invited in the first place. I also said that in the controversy, which was sure to follow, both McClurkin and his supporters will spin as if McClurkin is a victim of discrimination and intolerance because he considers himself as "delivered from homosexuality through Jesus."

The American Family Association's One News Now is  claiming that McClurkin may have grounds to sue via an anti-discrimination ordinance.  Of course this is nonsense. McClurkin himself, in a recent video, is claiming that he was "threatened and bullied."

Rod McCollum in his blog, Rod2.0, said:

McClurkin never fully explained the controversy behind his Washington D.C. booking and only provides an oblique, cursory reference. "This is all about a stand that I took," said the gospel legend and Pentecostal minister. "But I was never was derogatory against any lifestyle." 

Donnie McClurkin is a liar.  His stance has been extremely derogatory.  The video above is him at a the 2009 COGIC Youth Conference. McClurkin is having what he seems to think is a religiously infused train of thought about the problems in the black community

But check out 6:17 when he begins harping on "feminine men." Then he says the following:

"No, no no. Don't applaud like it's a bash. It's because we failed. We failed! We didn't father our children."

Then later in the video, starting at at 8:38, McClurkin talks about how he was molested when he was eight-years-old. It's an awful story which he proceeds to make worse by linking pedophilia to homosexuality. It's a vulgar, disgusting ramble which McClurkin seems to be saying that existence of gay men is due to a lack of good parents and an abundance of evil predators.

I don't care how much screaming or talking in tongues he does, I don't care how "anointed" he is supposed to be,  McClurkin doesn't know what he is talking about. My heart goes out to him. It was an awful thing what happened to him as a child but gay men are not the products of pedophilia or rape. It's an ugly thing to imply and for him to now claim that he has not been derogatory towards gays when we have the evidence on tape is sad.

As I said before, I had already given my opinion about McClurkin being uninvited. The 1963 March on Washington was coordinated and successfully engineered by an openly gay black man, Bayard Rustin, who had to stay in the background of the African-American Civil Rights Movement because of ignorance and homophobia.

In light of this, what in the hell was anyone thinking inviting someone like McClurkin to this celebration? It's an insult to not only Rustin's memory, but in light of hearing McClurkin's comments, the spirit of the 1963 March itself.  The march was about freedom from ignorance and bigotry - two qualities which McClurkin demonstrated that he had so much of that they could have been oozing out of his pores along with the sweat.

But no matter how you feel about this controversy, count to yourself just how many times will McClurkin and his supporters address the ugly comments he made in the above video instead of playing the victim.

Count how many times McClurkin and his supporters will just happen to evade specific details regarding his rhetoric. 

If you are truly a man of God, Mr. McClurkin, you shouldn't be afraid to address what you have said. You shouldn't run away from your words.

I, and so many others, await hearing from you, especially those "feminine men" you talked about.

Many of them happen to be very good friends of mine.

Religious right spokesman thinks Americans supports Russia's anti-gay laws

To some folks, the lgbt community seems to be a cash cow. We have too many people earning a living attempting to defame us or deny us equality. We collect them unfortunately.

For example, here is yet another one, Austin Ruse of the C-FAM (Catholic and Human Rights Institute.)  Now earlier, he actually defended Russia for its draconian anti-gay laws. Today, while substituting for another religious right radio show host, he not only continues to defend the law but actually claims that most people in America would actually defend the law. Of course, watch how he defines this law as an attempt to keep gays from "recruiting" children:

Somehow, I have a hard time believing this. Perhaps its because of the source. You see, there is something else you should know about Ruse which is solely my opinion of him.

The man's an idiot, a 24-carat moron whose mind is a blank slate just ready to pop in whatever religious right propaganda against gays that exists.

And I say this because I have had contact with Ruse in the past. In 2009, we butted heads on my blog in regards to a pro-lgbt resolution at the United Nations. We went back and forth in the comments section of this post.

 I found one part of his nonsensical rambling so amusing that I simply had to make a blog post out of it. Apparently Austin thinks that there are 20 gender identities. However, watch how he tap dances around the subject when asked to name them.

Hat tip to Right Wing Watch.

News brief special: Fox News becoming headquarters of funneled anti-gay propaganda

A while back, I told the lgbt community to watch out how for Fox News because the network will soon become a news entity where anti-gay propaganda would be able to be pushed to millions without the courtesy of a pushback or correction. From Equality Matters comes several examples of how this is slowly but steadily happening:

Fox's Gutfeld Mocks "Confused" Students Who Would Benefit From California Transgender Rights Bill

Fox's Todd Starnes Suggests Obama Is Secretly Gay For Supporting LGBT Athletes  

Fox’s Starnes Mocks Obama For Supporting Gay Olympians 

 Daily Caller Launches Weekly Column From Todd Starnes, Fox's Resident Mouthpiece For Anti-Gay Hate Groups 

 Fox News Gins Up “Bathroom Bill” Fears To Dismiss Protections For Transgender Students  

Fox's Erickson Dismisses Transgender People: "A Person Is Born Male or Female And That's Their Gender"  

Fox News Relies On Anti-LGBT Hate Groups To Condemn Protections For Transgender Students

 The only thing I can do thus far is report that this is happening. But it will take a large lgbt organization to start educating and raising hell about this. Hello, GLAAD!

Members of the religious right seem to be obsessed with 'gay sex'

Some members of the religious right, such as this guy - former chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt, think about gay sex too much to be complaining about it.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Get over yourself, Donnie McClurkin. You reap what you sow

Bayard Rustin
“I ask you, does it make sense to honor the 50th anniversary of a march whose coordinator was shoved in the background due to homophobia by inviting someone as a headliner who is committing the same offense against gays in the present? Absolutely not.”

There is going to be a controversy regarding Saturday night's concert in Washington, DC regarding the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. From the blog of B.Scott:
Gospel singer Donnie McClurkin, who back in 2002 declared God delivered him from “the curse homosexuality,” did not appear in a Saturday evening concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, after several gay activists objected to his participation in the event.

McClurkin was scheduled to perform at the D.C. government-sponsored concert with other singers at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial during the “Reflections on Peace From Ghandi to King” event. But at the request of Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D), who fielded concerns from the activists Friday, the Grammy-winning singer decided not to perform.

“The commission on human rights and Donnie McClurkin’s management decided that it would be best for him to withdraw because the purpose of the event is to bring people together,” said Gray’s spokeswoman, Doxie McCoy. “Mayor Gray said the purpose of the event is to promote peace and harmony. That is what King was all about.”
However, in a statement released on video, McClurkin took issue with how the situation was portrayed. He said the mayor “uninvited me from a concert that I was supposed to headline.” He said “I was asked not to attend.”

The video is here if you want to watch it. Of course McClurkin makes out like he was the victim in this situation. In a comment on his video, McClurkin says the following:

CIVIL RIGHTS ARE FOR, straight, religious, secular, male, female, all cultures and colors. Let's not mistake that everyone who lives here in america...everyone should have equal rights..whether we believe them to be right or wrong. They're just BASIC rights for ALL~! My spiritual stance is right...but cannot infringe on anyone's choice to do as they choose as long as it a basic right. everyone will not follow our christian what do we do with those who don't...don't give them the right to live civilly? This isn't a even if I, you or we don't agree...everyone has to be able to live a full life.

But Mr. McClurkin, what about those children you maligned in 2009 at the COGIC youth conference?  In 2009, McClurkin said the following about lgbt children at the conference:

 I see feminine men, feminine boys, everywhere I go ... No, don't applaud 'cuz it ain't funny. It's because we failed. I see them everywhere."

In that same post I linked to (from Rod McCollum - Rod2.0 Beta), McClurkin said the following about lesbians:

"These young girls are just as bad as the boys in homosexuality, you don't see it. They can hide ... but there are some evil young hard butch girls."

In 2008 while in Barbados, he compared gays to drug dealers and prostitutes:

"The lifestyle began to grow. The girls did not want a broken man . . . . In homosexuality, there's always someone to abuse you. My lust for man and lust for God was pulling me one way and tearing me apart." .. "He said Donnie, go and talk to others. I don't condemn it, so don't condemn them. God does not hate the homosexual, he hates the sin," said McClurkin, adding he is now a sincere, compassionate man, who keeps his masculinity, is ready for a wife and who is "transformed by the blood of Jesus". 

But here is the thing. Nowhere in the video did McClurkin address those comments he made; comments which most likely had a lot to do with him being disinvited from the concert. And don't expect him or anyone defending him to mention those comments. My guess is that they are going to turn the situation around to make him seem like a so-called victim of the alleged homosexual agenda.

And that, my friends, is my problem with this incident - the dishonesty which i am guessing will come from McClurkin and many of his defenders.

My personal opinion is that McClurkin is not the type of person I would have invited in the first place to sing at a concert honoring a march on civil rights, particularly not THIS march.

You see, the 1963 March on Washington was coordinated and successfully accomplished by Bayard Rustin, an openly gay African-American who was an integral part of the African-American civil rights movement.  Rustin also mentored Dr. King on nonviolent resistance.

Rustin had to serve in the background because of the homophobia of the times not only from the white community, but also the African-American community.  Several prominent civil rights leaders did not want him involved and one, Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, was going to start a rumor that he and Dr. King were lovers.

So Rustin never got his due for what he did in the Civil Rights Movement. Now I ask you, does it make sense to honor the 50th anniversary of a march whose coordinator was shoved in the background due to homophobia by inviting someone as a headliner who is committing the same offense against gays in the present?

Absolutely not.

The irony of it all would most likely escape McClurkin. Instead of trying to create an aura of victimhood for himself, perhaps he should think about those whom his rhetoric victimized.

Had today's technology been around back then, I doubt Rustin would have exploited it to address the attacks on his sexual orientation. I somehow don't see Rustin posting videos of himself complaining about how he was treated. Rustin didn't care about such things. He only cared about the cause of social justice.

Maybe McClurkin should take the hint.

Religious right spokesman is tired of being 'sodomized'

According to Dave Daubenmire, this post is exactly what he talks about "being sodomized by the Left." But I just can't help myself. He is easy pickings. And he has such a "purty lil' mouth."

Friday, August 09, 2013

Know Your LGBT History - A tribute to Bayard Rustin

I have featured my personal hero, Bayard Rustin, before in a segment of Know Your LGBT History but with this week's news that President Obama will be posthumously awarding him the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the highest award given to a civilian in this country - I thought I would make today's post a special tribute featuring the documentary on Rustin's life, Brother Outsider.

I especially like the name of the documentary because there are so many times in which I feel like an outsider to both the lgbt and black community. The black community doesn't seem to want us as lgbts and the gay community sometimes ignores us, tries to whittle down our cultural specificity, or confines us in ideological or intellectual cages:



Past Know Your LGBT History Posts:

'NOM absolutely furious about upcoming investigation' and other Friday midday news briefs

NOM: Campaign Finance Disclosure Investigation Is A ‘Witch Hunt’ That Violates Civil Rights - NOM should stop whining and follow the law. Just what is this organization hiding? 

US: Californian doctor diagnoses gay patient with ‘chronic homosexual disease’ - This is soooo wrong and it was not meant to be a joke.  

Happy Friday! Here's the AFA's top surrogate calling for my criminalization - Oh look. Bryan Fischer is expressing a wish to jail gays again. Well I wish I had a harem comprised of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jackie Earle Haley, Nate Torrence, Stephen Geoffreys, Lance Kerwin, Rob Kardashian and a clone of the late Michael Jeter but that doesn't mean I'm going to get my wish either, bub. 

 Rios Will 'Not Affirm' That Obama's A Muslim, Only That His Priorities Are 'Islam First and Homosexuality Probably Second' - How come we're not first! The bum! Never trust a man!