Friday, July 31, 2015

'Competing pro-gay and & 'religious liberty' bills in Congress' & other Fri midday news briefs

In Congress, competing bills promote LGBT rights and religious liberty - Those still celebrating our marriage equality victory are missing out on all of the fun. "Religious liberty" vs. "lgbt equality." Well you know who I AM rooting for (btw a few more retweets wouldn't hurt. hint, hint, hint):
Modern-Day Martin Luthers Show Support for Ousted Gay Methodist Minister - More proof that when the media talks about lgbt issues, they generally let anti-gay evangelicals bogart the issue. They aren't the only folks of faith and a lot of the others actually support the lgbt community.

Gen Con Threatens to Pull $50 Million Convention Out of Indiana If LGBT Protections Are Abandoned - How do I put this . . . . HAHAHAHA!

Rep. Steve King Says Obergefell Ruling Means You Can Marry a Lawnmower - My lawnmower may not be able to sign a marriage certificate, but dag it's got BACK! Just don't turn it on. Like any other spouse, it never shuts up. 

Restaurant Owner Overwhelmed By New Business After Standing Up To An Anti-Gay Bully - I just love a happy ending.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Gay leaders are NOT a threat to Boy Scouts - here is the proof

Now that the Boy Scouts have moved in the direction of allowing local chapters decide whether or not gays can serve as scoutmasters, various anti-gay groups and personalities are playing the homosexuality = pedophilia card and spinning stories of boys being molested by gay men.

Of course this is untrue and my friend Matt Baume has just come out with a video refuting the horror story:

'Anti-gay right stirring up lies in Houston again' & other Thur. midday news briefs

Todd Starnes will be stirring up lies in Houston soon.
The Next Major LGBT Rights Battle Is Happening In Houston - And Conservatives Are Telling Its Story - Here we go again with Houston. Like any good horror movie monster, the anti-gay right keep coming with their lies. We just have to build better ways to debunk them. Getting tired is for wimps.  

Daily Show Debunks ‘Anti-Christian Discrimination’ Myth - Jon Stewart may be leaving but as long as The Daily Show keeps running these vignettes, I'm cool. 

Same-Sex Couples Are Securing Retroactive Recognition Of Their Marriages - Now this is nice. I TOTALLY approve! 

 In a Word, What It Means to Be Gay - "Magic. A whole lot of magic." (Bet you don't know what movie THAT came from.)  

Anti-Gay Baker Claims He Is Really Battling Satan, Nazism - You turned down an order from a lesbian couple and then shared their personal information on Facbook, you NIMROD. I fail to see the comparison.  

Pat Robertson: Gays Can Become Straight If They 'Start Acting Like Men' - And now, I am speechless . . .

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Rep. Louie Gohmert fails to debunk homosexuality, does prove that God has a weird sense of humor

Both the saddest and scariest thing about the following comment made by Rep. Louis Gohmert R-Texas (to a group of young conservatives. Pray for them even if you're an atheist.) is not that he actually thinks it makes sense. It's that he is a practically an unbeatable elected official in a conservative territory and his party is the majority in the House. This means that if he isn't already, he could be head of a committee which the very livelihood of Americans could depend on.

When you ignore some homophobes, they don't go away. They just get elected to public office, proving that maybe God has a weird sense of humor.

Rep. Louie Gohmert R-Texas
"We could take four heterosexual couples, married, and put them on an island where they have everything they need to sustain life. Then take four all-male couples and put them on an island with all they need to sustain life, take four couples of women, married, and put them on an island, and let’s come back in 100 to 200 years and see which one nature says is the preferred marriage""

I don't think I can add anything to that except wouldn't it be scary to contemplate that Gohmert could live 100 to 200 years?

'The anti-gay right's obsession with gay butts' & other Wed midday news briefs

Peter LaBarbera (seen in both pics) likes to talk about gay anal sex.

Paging Dr. Freud: These 9 antigay crusaders have an unshakable obsession with men’s buttholes - As much as it kinda makes me feel uncomfortable to a degree, we do need to have a real conversation on the fact that many anti-lgbt activists reduce all of our lives to matters of anal sex, as if it is something that all gay men and no heterosexuals participate in.

 'They Want To Let Sodomites Queer Our Country': How Christian GOP Activists Lobbied TX AG On SCOTUS - When folks say we should ignore anti-gay groups and personalities, I will now point out THIS reason why we shouldn't. No matter how disgustingly crazy they may seem, when they have the ear of any government official, we got trouble.

Judge Throws Out Key Argument In Transgender Student Restroom Case - Read the ENTIRE article. This is the very definition of an "activist judge" the religious right likes to criticize. But they won't be criticizing HIM anytime soon. 

The Same-Sex Couple Turned Away By Sweet Cakes By Melissa Speak Out - Yes! We need to read the couple's side. The anti-gay right truly monopolized this controversy. 

Baptist Pastor Sends An Open Letter To The LGBT Community - It's not a nice letter. Feel free to laugh.

 Far-Right Pastor: Christians 'Should've Stormed The Capitol' To Protest Gay Marriage - Oh please. The 'Christians' he refers to are more secure with sitting in comfortable pews in air conditioned churches while wringing their hands in sadness about how "persecuted" they are.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Anti-gay groups counting on national 'religious freedom' bill to curtail lgbt equality

For those who have been wondering about my tweets this week, they weren't solely to promote my booklet. It's because the following, according to Media Matters, is coming and the lgbt community should be ready for it:

In response to the Supreme Court's historic marriage equality ruling, conservative media has endorsed a newly proposed federal bill called the "First Amendment Defense Act" (FADA). Though conservatives have touted FADA as an effort to protect religious liberty, critics warn the bill would undermine the government's ability to combat anti-gay discrimination. 

And what damage can the FADA do? Plenty. This is just one of a few examples listed. I suggest folks read the Media Matters link for others:

ACLU: FADA Would "Open A Pandora's Box Of Taxpayer Funded Discrimination." Ian S. Thompson, legislative director for the American Civil Liberties Union, highlighted FADA's far-reaching consequences:
[P]rominent members of the House of Representatives, as well as leading anti-LGBT organizations, are pushing a bill - disingenuously titled the First Amendment Defense Act - that would open the door to unprecedented taxpayer-funded discrimination against LGBT people, single mothers, and unmarried couples. Its parade of horribles would:
  • allow federal contractors or grantees, including those that provide important social services like homeless shelters or drug treatment programs, to turn away LGBT people or anyone who has an intimate relationship outside of a marriage 
  • let commercial landlords violate longstanding fair housing laws by refusing housing to a single mother based on the religious belief that sexual relations are properly reserved for marriage 
  • permit a university to continue to receive federal financial assistance even when it fires an unmarried teacher simply for becoming pregnant 
  • permit government employees to discriminate against married same-sex couples and their families - federal employees could refuse to process tax returns, visa applications, or Social Security checks for all married same-sex couples 
  • allow businesses to discriminate by refusing to let gay or lesbian employees care for their sick spouse, in violation of family medical leave laws [ACLU, 7/20/15]

Media Matters also points out that FADA has been built on inaccurate talking points funneled via the media by anti-gay groups - i.e. claims that churches will be forced to marry gay couples or lose their tax-exempt statuses or that religious schools be targeted by the IRS for being against marriage equality.

However, Media Matters failed to mention the anecdotal horror stories of "Christian" businesses being supposedly forced to serve gay customers and clerks of courts who object to issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. I'm sure these examples will play a huge part in the GOP and anti-gay groups attempting to pass this bill.

And when I say anti-gay groups, I mean the usual suspects, i.e. the National Organization for Marriage, the Family Research Council, the American Family Association, the Liberty Counsel. For years, these groups have demonized gays via lies, distorted science, and fear mongering designed to exploit the ignorance of those who believe that homosexuality is a sin.

This is just another attempt by them to do more of the same. Par for the vulgar course.

'Anger at new Boy Scout policy, minister wants to scare lgbt juvenile offenders' & other Tues midday news briefs

In case you haven't heard, yesterday the Boy Scouts lifted its ban on gay Scout leaders, which means gays can serve as scouts and leaders. First out of the gate weeping and knashing is Rev. Gordon Klingenschmitt with horror stories of gays molesting young boys. Now before you ask why should we care what a crazy homophobe thinks, I should tell you that this particular crazy homophobe is a Colorado state legislator. Like him or not, he has a degree of power. Scary, isn't it?

Minister Fights For Right To Counsel LGBT Juvenile Offenders That They’re Going To Hell - Oh hell naw!!  

VIDEO: South Carolina Pastor Rails Against Sex Education - Naturally he rails against us lgbts. 

 Sen. Jeff Merkley: It Doesn’t 'Feel Right' To Separate LGBT Equality Act From 1964 Civil Rights Act - Amen. 

Gay teacher’s honesty inspires student to come out - Wonderful article!

Monday, July 27, 2015

How much of a two-faced hypocrite is the Rev. Franklin Graham? This much . . .

President Obama's recent visit and subsequent statement on the persecution of Kenyan lgbts have caused a lot of talk.

The Rev. Franklin Graham expressed his opinion via Facebook:

Bear in mind that Obama wasn't lecturing anyone. He was simply speaking out against the persecution of lgbts in Kenya; persecution includes a jail sentence up to 14 years for simply being gay, as well as being beaten, raped, or murdered for the same reason.

The fact that a "minister of God" is more concerned with attacking someone who speaks out against  persecution rather than the persecution itself is bad enough. But with that criticism, Graham brought new meaning to the term "hypocrite."  Below the entry chastising is this one from July 25:

I will not play the "Oppression Olympics" here. I refuse to. Kenyan lgbts and Mrs. Bibi are both victims of persecution. There is no difference between the two situations. Except for in Graham's mind.

How can a man who claims to follow Christ speak against one form of persecution (religious) and then turn a blind eye another form. How can a man of Christ actually criticize someone for speaking up for the victims he deliberately ignores?

A better question would be does Franklin feel that lgbt Kenyans deserve to be put in jail, chased by mobs, brutally raped, or murdered because of the so-called sin of homosexuality?

If so, he is NO man of God.  What he should be called is something I will not repeat for the sake of the children and those with sensitive stomachs who read this blog

'Obama stands up for Kenyan lgbts, how you can help defeat 'religious liberty' lie' & other Mon. midday news briefs

Obama stands up for Kenyan lgbts

Obama Defends Gay Rights on Kenya Trip - I have objected tremendously to some of the headlines and spin of this story. Obama did NOT lecture anyone regardless of what some headlines say. Nor was he smacked down. After being warned not to, Obama simply took a stand for gay Kenyans who are being brutalized and persecuted in their own country.

 Welcome To Lesbian History Week - I feel embarrassed about not knowing about this. But now that I do, it's a wonderful idea for education.

The Texas Supreme Court Just Upended Houston’s LGBT Protections - What happened Friday was some bull#@!%. Even though there are clearly not enough signatures because of irregularities, read what the court said. It will get you furious.

Lawsuit Claims That People Who Want LGBT Americans Treated Equally Are The Real Bigots - This lawsuit could have a NASTY effect on lgbt equality. I would like to say that this clerk won't win, but I don't want to jinx it.

For Transgender Americans, Legal Battles Over Restrooms - An ugly battle which our transgender brothers and sisters DID NOT start but we will ALL finish it with them.

 Last but not least:

I know some folks didn't get to see this morning's post. If you want to read it, go here. However to make matters simple, I announced a twitter campaign to remind folks about the reality behind the "religious liberty" argument. I developed a series of tweets featuring the words and lies of  groups and personalities behind this "religious liberty nonsense. The purpose is to educate and remind people that the "religious liberty" is merely homophobia with a soft touch propagated by folks with a long history of demonizing the lgbt community. If you don't want to read the article, then just retweet the following. They are the first in a series. Trust me when I say that they are mere "cocktail canape" when compared to future tweets I have developed:

THIS is how we defeat the 'religious liberty' lie

One thing missing from this conversation about "religious liberty" are the facts about the groups behind it. While the media and our community focuses on the clerks, bakers, and other businesses who are suddenly claiming a "God exemption" to not treat us as regular taxpayers or take our business, very few people seem to be talking about the groups and personalities who have successfully made the phrase "religious liberty" one we are all repeating.

In other words, it's a crock masterminded by anti-gay groups behind the push against marriage equality and the push against lgbt non-discrimination ordinances before that and the push against gay adoption or gays teaching in schools before that. I think you get the picture here.

"Religious liberty" has nothing to do with protecting people's religious beliefs.  It's merely ugly, stale homophobia in a new package. Rip that package off and you will find the same mindset of bigotry propagated by the same anti-gay groups and personalities who make their living off of exploiting that bigotry.

Last weekend, I developed a few tweets which focuses on questionable words and actions of the people and groups behind the "religious liberty" argument. The tweets also question WHY would the national GOP want to work with these individuals and groups to create a sort of federal religious liberty law.  Included is a link to my booklet where people can read more info about how these groups spread anti-gay propaganda.

By all means, please "favorite" and retweet the following below. And remember that it's only the first batch. I am presently working on the second batch and they are doozies:

Friday, July 24, 2015

'Anti-marriage equality book condemned for being weak, unoriginal' & other Fri midday news briefs

Ryan T. Anderson's latest anti-marriage equality book blasted for being weak, unoriginal.

Ryan T. Anderson Accidentally Highlights The Weakness Of The Lost Fight Against Marriage Equality - Ryan T. Anderson of the Heritage Foundation is supposed to be the new, more intellectual voice of the anti-marriage equality movement. However, you wouldn't know that from his newest book. With fallacies galore, anti-gay dog whistles, and ridiculous arguments which ignore reality, Anderson AND his book serves as a metaphor to why the anti-marriage equality movement lost at SCOTUS. With his wonderfully vicious, but true review of Anderson's book, Zack Ford of Think Progress shows that a pound of sugar sprinkled on stale food doesn't obscure the simple fact that it's still stale food. And rumor control has it that Anderson is FURIOUS at Zack for his review so you KNOW what Zack wrote was good.

Lesbian couple breaks silence: We filed complaint against Oregon bakery to ‘stop being bullied’ - Yet again how we lose when anti-gay groups bombard the press with their anecdotal lies of "gay bullies." We are just NOW hearing the other side of the story regarding the anti-gay Oregon bakery.  

The GOP Plan to Stoke Anti-Gay Bigotry in 2016 - Michelangelo Signorile hits ANOTHER home run. We have GOT to stop underestimating anti-gay groups and their power. While we are celebrating marriage equality, they are recalibrating their message and there is NO excuse for us to be in a situation to again play catch-up.  

Ted Cruz’s Hearing on Supreme Court’s Marriage Equality ‘Tyranny’ - Ted Cruz will NEVER be president, but I don't envision him leaving the Senate any time soon. He makes me ALMOST miss Jesse Helms.  

Obama Ignores African Leaders’ Calls to Keep Quiet on Gay Rights - Just to be clear, that's MY president who did that (two snaps up!)

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Video: How Fox News helps the anti-gay right push false 'religious liberty' talking point

As this video demonstrates, the pivot from attempting to stop marriage equality to the false talking point of "protecting religious liberty" is rather easy for the anti-gay right, particularly when they have an entire propaganda network (under the guise of "covering the news) helping them marshal the technique. I sincerely hope that years from now, people will look back at Fox News with the same disgust as the majority of us now look at McCarthyism.

'Maddow schools Santorum, Disney is aiding in the 'gay agenda'' & other Thur midday news briefs

Rachel Maddow
“You’re fundamentally wrong on civics”: Rachel Maddow schools Rick Santorum on the Constitution - Maddow had more restraint than me. I would have gone for the jugular, figuratively of course. 

AP, Florida Media Call Transgender Homicide Victim A "Man Dressed As A Woman" - It wouldn't hurt these folks to show respect to the young lady. I want to say other stuff, but young lgbts read this blog.

 GOP Outrage With Roberts Court Over 'Judicial Tyranny' Reaches Fever Pitch - In which we learn that the term "judicial tyranny" is merely a catchphrase used by the losers of court cases to cover up the fact that they did a slack job defending their point of view, such as in the case of marriage equality.  

Here's The Next Major Fight For The LGBT Community - Oh this is gonna be good!

 Some LGBT advocates not on board with Equality Act  - . . . as soon as we iron out some things. 

 Kerry raises LGBT rights with Nigerian president - Good! Lgbt equality and safety is a worldwide issue. Let's never forget that.  

BarbWire Pundit: Kids Are 'Being Seduced And Devoured By The Disney Demoniacs' - Oh come on. I had just a LITTLE crazy to the news briefs.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Attacks on Planned Parenthood, gays only harms Christianity

"Dr. King said that the end has to be pre-existing in the means. In other words, there's no right way to do the wrong thing. The fact that there are no ethics, there are no scruples, in people who claim to hold the moral high ground and who seek to indict others for offering compassionate care that is accepted in general by the public, it is the ultimate irony. It is the ultimate paradox that you will deceive to bring about truth. I don't understand how that works."

This wonderful passage was a part of a piece recently published by Cosmopolitan magazine and written by Dr. Willie Parker. Parker was defending Planned Parenthood senior director of medical research, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, who was recently victimized in a supposed video expose which purported to imply that her organization was making profit off of selling aborted fetuses.

It sounds disgusting, but video was distorted and edited to cast Nucatola as a villain as well as deliberately give the false impression that Planned Parenthood was marketing human tissue from abortions. The organization behind it is one of those right-wing groups dedicated to eliminating a woman's right to an abortion because they feel that abortion is murder and a sin and therefore it is their Christian duty to stop it.

And right on cue, folks such as Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback are demanding investigations into the workings of Planned Parenthood. Across twitter, nasty comments and ugly hashtags against Planned Parenthood are spread by people who claim to be Christians, even though it has been shown to them that the videos in questions are distorted.

And I keep telling myself that I've seen this scenario before - i.e.  supposed Christian groups deliberately lying in the name of God  but this time by either the spread of junk science or the distortion of legitimate science in order to prove a supposed Biblical belief about a group of people along with "Christian" elected officials who create policy based upon these lies.

I should know it well. I've spent eight and a half years fighting it on this blog. It's when so-called Christian groups target the lgbt community with lies to prove the false idea that homosexuality is  a "dangerous lifestyle."

And why? Because according to their religious beliefs, homosexuality is a sin.

But in both cases - the one involving distorted videos of Planned Parenthood and the other involving junk science and distorted studies to defame lgbts -  I have to ask do the groups and individuals creating these false images really think God approves of their actions? Do they think that a lie told in the name of God is somehow a good thing? Does lying in the name of God suddenly make that lie into truth?

I doubt that these individuals will seriously harm Planned Parenthood in the long run and thanks to a lot of intrepid bloggers (myself included), the lies they tell about lgbts don't have as much power as they once did.

However, it saddens me to think how they hurt  Christianity. These deliberately false attacks on Planned Parenthood in the name of God are similar to the ones perpetrated against gays in the name of God. And both attacks will do nothing but depict Christianity as a weapon of lies.

God doesn't like ugly, even when it's supposedly done in His name.

'Writer says 'Christian persecution complex' is embarrassing fraud' & other Wed. midday news briefs

Writer Barry Dixon nails the message of this cartoon in his column.

Please Stop With The Christian Persecution Complex. You’re Embarrassing The Faith - This is one of those column which makes me jealous because it's so good I wish I had written it. 

This Dad Can’t Bring His 6-Month-Old Daughter Home Because He’s Gay - Excuse the hell out of me?!!  

Harrisonburg’s Eastern Mennonite University expands non-discrimination policy to include married LGBTQs - Wonderful!!  

Pastor Asks Governor Haley For The Right To Exclude LGBT People - This madness is the result of journalists who get paid handsomely to educate people NOT doing their jobs. One more time folks - CHURCHES ARE NOT REQUIRED TO MARRY GAY PEOPLE!!!!  

A Golden Girl’s Legacy Brings Hope To LGBT Youth - I always liked the late actress Bea Arthur. What she did for lgbt youth during her life and after she passed only cements my feelings about her.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Liberty Counsel's homophobia, vicious animus on display with attorney's callous attitude

There are times when anti-gay groups and spokespeople are their own worst enemies. Just give them a platform and watch them undercut their claimed beliefs in morality and fairness.

Take for example, the court case in Kentucky involving Kim Davis, the clerk who says she will not give out marriage licenses to same-sex couples because of her religious beliefs. The judge is expected to rule in August but that didn't keep her attorney, Roger Gannam from the Liberty Counsel, from speaking to the American Family Association's fake news site, One News Now.

And his words about the gay couple seeking to marry does wonders to illustrate the animus which led anti-gay groups and their supporters to lose in their fight against marriage equality:

"We were able to see through her testimony that this case, more and more, is really about the plaintiffs wanting to force Kim Davis to issue a marriage license despite her sincerely held religious beliefs," the attorney explains. "It's not about the plaintiffs' desire to get married."

Kentucky law stipulates that marriage license applicants can get a license in any county – so the plaintiffs could have driven a short distance to obtain the license elsewhere. As Gannam points out, they were certainly willing to put out extra effort to go to court Monday.

"They drove two hours to a county where they could have gotten a license if they wanted one," he notes. "They drove an hour last week to court to a county where they could've gotten a license if they wanted one. And they could've gotten a license in just about every county in between that they passed through if they had wanted one."

Gannam argues that the case is about "crushing dissent" and forcing Christians out of public office.

And there we go again with the ridiculous notion that our desire to marry is actually a part of a nefarious plan (which by the way, I have yet to get the memo about) to silence people against marriage equality and keep "Christians" out of public office.

I could say a lot about Gannam's ridiculous conspiracy theory and how his appropriation of the term "Christian" (as if to say that lgbts cannot be Christians) insults me.

But I would rather talk about his callous comments regarding the same-sex couple.

'American religious right attempting to create global backlash to lgbt equality' & other Tues midday news briefs

The Global Backlash To America's Gay Rights Triumph - This makes me sicker than words can express. American anti-gay groups and figures know that they have lost the so-called culture war in THIS COUNTRY  so, like bullies, they peddle their crap overseas to victimize the religious beliefs and ignorance of other countries, thereby leading these countries to terrorize their own lgbt citizens. What's the solution? Knowledge. Yes. I am peddling my free booklet here but I want to express more than that. We are a slack community in demanding accountability from our journalists, newspapers, and magazines. We yawn and make jokes while the lazy folks in the Beltway media copy and paste talking points about anti-gay groups supposedly protecting "religious liberties" and we don't demand something more when the latest faux journalist or think tank  publish another collection of  deliberate and badly researched trash masquerading as a book pushing the false notion that progressive folks are "intolerant" to those supporting supposed "evangelical beliefs." We do nothing even we know that they are lying. We don't demand better accountability even when we know that they are lying. We don't demand truth even though we know that they are attempting to omit their extensive history of scapegoating our community. Why? Because we think we are winning. Mythology tells us that in the Trojan War, the Trojans were defeated because they let their guard down when they thought they had won. What we do as the American religious right instigates persecution against our brothers and sisters overseas is OUR Trojan War moment. 

Sweeping Federal LGBT Rights Bill Will Be Introduced This Week - Now this is good news. It may not pass, but that's not the point. We are showing that we are at the gate and we won't leave until the door is open, whether it is opened peacefully or we push it in.  

This Woman Is Stuck In An Iowa Jail Simply Because She Is Transgender - I read the story. It is accurate and IT IS A HOT MESS! 

 After Losing On Same-Sex Marriage, Conservative Christians Find A New Enemy - Guess what. The religious right's support for "religious freedom" only means the freedom to believe what THEY believe.  

Pat Robertson: Gay Marriage To Legalize 'Love Affairs Between Men And Animals,' Pedophilia - You just KNEW someone would tie those bogus anti-Planned Parenthood "expose videos" to the lgbt community.  

Gay Priest Fired From Chaplain Job Asks Pope To Meet LGBT Catholics In U.S. - One of my new heroes.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Rick Perry, do you really want to tangle again with the gay community?

According to Think Progress, former Texas Governor and presidential candidate Rick Perry made a statement against allowing gay scoutmasters in the Boy Scouts:

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry expanded on his beliefs on gay Boy Scout leaders Sunday, saying on Meet the Press that he didn’t think openly gay Scout leaders belonged in the Boy Scouts.

Meet the Press’ Chuck Todd asked Perry, who served as the governor of Texas from 2000 – 2015, whether his views on openly gay scout leaders had changed since 2008, when he wrote that “openly active gays, particularly advocates, present a problem. Because gay activism is central to their lives, it would unavoidably be a topic of conversation within a Scout troop. This would distract from the mission of Scouting; character building, not sex education.”

Perry said he still stood by that statement.

“I believe that scouting would be better off if they didn’t have openly gay Scout masters,” he said.
Perry also said that he would oppose a new Boy Scouts policy of allowing openly gay Scout leaders — something the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) looks poised to adopt.

Does Perry really want to go another round with the lgbt community after the last time.  For those who can't recall, when Perry ran for president in 2012 elections, he ran this anti-gay commercial decrying gays serving openly in the military:

The repercussions were immediate and unrelentingly negative. The ad was seen as either so homophobic or so inane that it not only divided his staff, but made him a laughing stock (the parodies were practically endless). Folks even noticed that the jacket he wore was also worn by the late Heath Ledger in the classic gay-themed movie Brokeback Mountain and that the background music was inspired by Aaron Copland, a gay composer.

The ad, along with a couple of other gaffes, reduced Perry's campaign to shambles.

So Perry, if you didn't learn not to mess with us last time, "you gon learn today."

'Where does Huckabee stand on the 'religious liberty' of hospitals?' & other Mon. midday news briefs

Does Huckabee think hospitals should be able to use religion to turn people away?

Mike Huckabee: Gay Marriage 'Violates Nature And Nature's God' - Chalk it up to either Mike Huckabee getting carried away when being interviewed by a friendly source when it comes to his ignoring SCOTUS on its marriage equality decision or me being paranoid, but in the context of marriage equality and lgbt rights in general, why is he mentioning hospitals when it comes so-called religious liberty? I'm curious to know where does Huckabee stand when it comes to hospitals possibly denying potential patients and using "religious liberty" as an excuse.  We seriously need some clarification here:

" . . .You can reverse the executive orders as it relates to how the president has said you’re going to make this a mandatory issue throughout federal government but you also instruct the attorney general to defend religious liberty and the rights of people of faith and conscience whether they’re business owners acting as individuals, whether they’re hospitals, churches, schools, adoption agencies. It doesn’t matter what it is. That no one’s religious liberty will be trampled upon because they refuse to bow to something that violates nature and nature’s God. Words, that by the way, I borrowed right out of the Declaration of Independence. . ."

Republicans In Iowa Compare The Fight Against Slavery To The Fight Against Gay Marriage - There they go again. Republicans are incredibly skilled at the use of language to influence the populace. However, I really don't think the slavery connotation is going to help them here.

Indiana-Style Bill Promoting Anti-Gay Discrimination Gains Steam In Congress - It's called the First Amendment Defense Act and it's a load of junk.  

Veterans Kicked Out Of The Military Because They Are Gay May Get Help From Democrats' New Bill - Now THIS bill is a wonderful idea as opposed the one above. 

 Former Pastor Suggests Christians Should Fight Gay Rights With Guns - He's a fool but pay attention to his reasons why he holds his positions. The anecdotal stories didn't come from him. They came from anti-gay groups like the Family Research Council and right-wing organizations such as the Heritage Foundation. It only takes one fool to be emboldened by one lie . . .

Marriage equality opponent embroiled in HUGE gay scandal


At one time, former Minnesota Archbishop John Nienstedt was one of the most powerful and vocal opponents against marriage equality.

Now however, his reputation is in disgrace after resigning due to allegations of sex abuse coverups. To make matters worse, he is embroiled in a personal scandal which may serve to make him the latest stereotype of the adage that those who decry homosexuality the loudest are actually gay themselves.

From The Star Tribune:

Former Archbishop John Nienstedt said he remains “dumbfounded” by the allegations of personal misconduct that emerged last year during an internal church investigation of his behavior — a report that the archdiocese now is considering making public.

 . . . Commissioned by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, the probe looked into claims that Nienstedt had engaged in behavior that was inappropriate for a priest. The Star Tribune has learned that investigators collected affidavits from priests, former seminarians and a former priest alleging actions, some dating to the Detroit area in the early 1980s, that range from inappropriate touching to visiting a gay nightclub.

 . . .  In one affidavit, a priest in Harrison Township, Mich., reported seeing Nienstedt at a gay nightclub in Windsor, Ontario, just across the border from Detroit in the 1980s. “I recall seeing John — and there is no doubt in my mind that it was him based on my prior interactions with him — at the Happy Tap,” the Rev. Lawrence Ventline wrote in his affidavit. “He appeared to wave me off as I was coming — and I backed off because I did not want impose on him.”

Another affidavit from a Michigan priest said that Nienstedt pulled up to his car in an area frequented by gay men one December in the early 1980s and asked him if he had any “poppers,” an inhalant used by gay men to enhance sexual pleasure. When he got into Nienstedt’s car, and Nienstedt recognized him as a former student, he changed the subject, the priest told the Star Tribune.

 . . .  Nienstedt denied all the allegations, point by point and in general. He also stressed that none of the people who filed affidavits claimed that he “ever abused any minor, had a sexual relationship with any individual, or committed any crime.”

Friday, July 17, 2015

'Gay parents still having to fight for families to be legally recognized' & other Fri midday news briefs

Gay couples are still fighting for legal family recognition.

Sexual Orientation Discrimination Is Barred By Existing Law, Federal Commission Rules - A wonderful victory for the lgbt community. 

Even After SCOTUS Gay Couples Having To Fight To Be Legally Recognized As Parents Of Their Children - This doesn't make any sense at all! And it's an ugly shame.

 I confess: I hate going to church - How the church pushes lgbts away from God is a subject which needs more discussion. 

 Jeb Bush Says LGBT Non-Discrimination Should Be A States’ Rights Issue - Didn't folks say the same thing about segregation?

 Local Newspaper Bans Gay Wedding Announcements, Tells Employees To Not Voice Any Opinion – Or Quit - Surely you didn't think all of today's news briefs would be "sunshine and lollipops," did you?

Republican presidential candidates aren't supporting lgbt equality

The upcoming 2016 presidential election is crucial when determining whether the lgbt community will continue our march to equality or will we be hit with an ugly backlash.

With that in mind, the Human Rights Campaign has created several short videos of the Republican candidates for president and where they stand on lgbt equality.

And it doesn't look good. Still, it is necessary that our community know these facts:

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Public officials to Ohio judge - DO THE JOB YOU ARE BEING PAID TO DO!

Kudos to Equality Toledo for this. It is called striking back at those who would deny the lgbt community our constitutional rights:

Nearly 30 public officials signed a petition, released today, calling on Toledo Municipal Court Judge. C. Allen McConnell to “fulfill the duty of his elected position” after he refused to marry a same-sex couple last week.

The signatures, collected by Equality Toledo, include several Toledo City Council members, all three Lucas County Commissioners, and former Mayor Mike Bell. Equality Toledo plans to post the petition on social media.

“We are disappointed that Judge Allen McConnell has refused to fulfill the duty of his elected position,” the statement reads in part. “If he does not agree with the laws of the United States of America, he is free to work to change them — either as a citizen or as a member of a legislative body. But as judge, he has absolutely no discretion — he must apply and follow the law, including the ones with which he does not agree.”

 . . .  Judge McConnell refused to marry a same-sex couple July 6 when the two came to his duties court. He released a statement the next day saying his “personal and Christian beliefs” prevented him from performing the marriage. The Toledo women were married by Toledo Municipal Court Judge William Connelly, Jr. later that afternoon. 

The irony of the entire situation is that the Family Research Council added in its two cents before the petition, exploiting the fact that the judge is an African-American as if to imply racism on behalf of those wanting McConnell to do his job:

 The African American judge, who says the civil rights struggle is what "inspired his career," explained, "On Monday, July 6, I declined to marry a non-traditional couple during my duties assignment. The declination was based upon my personal and Christian beliefs established over many years. I apologize to the couple for the delay they experienced and wish them the best." As Alliance Defending Freedom pointed out, "The ability of the couple to find someone to solemnize their ceremony in 45 minutes illustrates that there is no substantial government interest in forcing this judge to violate his sincerely held beliefs." Yet, liberal activists -- the same ones who insisted the country could find common ground between marriage and religious liberty -- will accept nothing less than complete capitulation on faith. If that means trampling a man's sincerely-held beliefs, so be it.

Whatever. Since when does the Family Research Council actually give a #@^!# about issues affecting the African-American community?  Just like Mike Huckabee, FRC only supposedly plays "defense" for black people when they want to pit them against the lgbt community.

'Anti-gay groups still planning, hubris knocks out the Duggar family' & other Thur. midday news briefs

Hubris smacks down the Duggar family.

Inside The Conservative Plan To Continue The Fight Against LGBT Equality - If you even THINK that the anti-gay right will give up simply because we won the right to marry, you are living on another planet. Kudos to Carlos Maza for this report and pay special attention to this part:

 In a presentation titled "Dealing With Media," conservative author and right-wing activist Jason Mattera suggested that the key to winning public opinion was to invert the dominant media narrative about LGBT equality by decrying LGBT activists as intolerant bullies while painting religious conservatives as the real victims in the culture war. Leftists are "the most intolerant, bigoted people on the planet. And that is, they want Christianity purged from the public square," Mattera declared. He urged his audience to portray the fight for LGBT equality as intolerant when talking to reporters or appearing on TV: "Why do they hate diversity? Why do they hate tolerance? I'm for a multiplicity of viewpoints. Isn't that what America is about? Why does that person want to compel me to do something I don't want? What is it about fascism that appeals to them?" That "flip the script" tactic -- essentially calling LGBT activists bullies -- has been widely successful in influencing conservative media coverage of the fight for LGBT equality in recent years. Stories about anti-gay bakers and florists who are fined for refusing service to gay customers have helped motivate the recent wave of "religious freedom" laws and gin up opposition to non-discrimination efforts that protect LGBT people. 

TLC officially cancels ’19 Kids and Counting’ after Josh Duggar admits to molesting girls as a teen - Everyone KNEW this would be the end result. The Greeks had a word this entire scandal - hubris.

The Past Repeats: Christian Right Turns to Nullification to Counter Marriage Equality - IF the anti-gay right attempts this, they are going to be marching straight down the road to self-destruction. But the question is how much havoc will they cause before the end comes.  

How Obamacare Is Helping Protect Trans People’s Right To Health Care - Wonderful news part 1.

 Judge rules Utah should put 2 moms on baby's birth certificate - Wonderful news part 2  

How Scott Walker's Gay-Bashing Blew Up in His Face - Take a big ole bite, Scotty.

Caitlyn Jenner steals the show at the ESPYs with eloquence and courage

If you missed Caitlyn Jenner receiving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs last night, you missed an awesome moment. It was wonderful how she used her moment to talk about the problems the transgender community faces, particularly the plight of transgender children.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

We should never forget the damage caused by anti-gay propaganda

From Right Wing Watch:

James David Manning, the anti-gay Harlem pastor who has struck up an alliance with the anti-government group Oath Keepers, took to his “Manning Report” YouTube program yesterday to explain his theory of how people become gay. Just as various diseases are spread through sexual intercourse and saliva, Manning explained, so too is the “sodomite demon.” If you have had sex with or even kissed or been at the same restaurant as someone who has such “demons in their blood,” he warned, you may have been “introduced to these demons in your life, sodomy, when you had no defense.”

Some of you are no doubt laughing yourselves silly and you should. Idiocy like this is waaaay out of the mainstream.

But if your laughter leads you to forget, perhaps you need a lesson in history. There was a time when junk like this was endorsed by individuals seemingly in the mainstream. There are these images for example, which throw out pretty much the same vile connotation:

'Scott Walker implies that gays are pedophiles' & other Wed midday news briefs

Scott Walker
Scott Walker’s Offensive Claim About Gay Men And Children - I personally think that Walker will be the Republican nominee for president and if he wins, he will backdoor workers nationwide with as much zeal as he did those in Wisconsin. His implied comments about gays just underlines the fact that this man shouldn't be elected as dogcatcher.

Few School Districts Have Anti-Bullying Policies Protecting LGBT Students - THIS is a consummate disgrace.

 Heroic Texas Librarian Helps Save LGBT-Themed Books Targeted By Anti-Gay ResidentsVIDEO - Wonderful lady!  

Tolerance wins in Texas! Watch Christians storm county meeting to censor LGBT books — and fail - More on the above insanity. Based on the stories I read as a child (Little Red Riding Hood getting eaten by the wolf, Rapunzel becoming pregnant by the visits of the prince to her tower (how the heck did you think the witch found out), Jack climbing the beanstalk and stealing the giant's treasures (that was before the sanitized version of the story which claimed that the giant had originally murdered Jack's father), a book showcasing lgbt lives seems rather tame.

 LGBT Elder Americans Act Introduced in Senate - Our community doesn't talk about the problems and issues of elder lgbts and it's high time that we do. 

 5,000 men and women to go naked to teach Obama a lesson about gays - You just KNOW this will not have the intended effect.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Anti-gay leader claims gay parents will lead their children to hell

It was bound to happen. Anti-gay personalities and spokespeople are so upset over 50-state marriage equality that they are now making ugly comments about children in same-sex households.

From Right Wing Watch:

Last night, Vision America's Rick Scarborough spoke at St. Andrew Baptist Church in Panama City, Florida, as part of the church's weekly "Spiritual Revolution - Reclaiming America" series, where he declared that the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision will kill this nation and warned that children will now be adopted by gay parents and wind up in Hell.

I guess Scarborough fails to realize how such rhetoric serves to alienate everyone except for the those truly converted to his rancor. And this isn't a large group. Even so, folks like Scarborough can call us anything they want. But they should really leave out kids out of their tantrums.

No matter because the gay community still have the right to marry, no matter what Scarborough or anyone else can drudge up by way of a scream. Comments like his should only make us stronger and more resolved to get everything we need besides marriage equality.

'Franklin Graham puts his two cents in about Caitlyn Jenner, moves into Kanye West territory' & other Tues midday news briefs

Franklin Graham - the white, evangelical version of Kanye West.

Franklin Graham says he finds it ‘hard to swallow’ that Caitlyn Jenner got Courage Award - Okay, I get the entire freedom of speech thing, but when a public figures feels the need to comment negatively on almost every lgbt public event, we are moving into demagogue territory here. And it doesn't matter that lgbts are ignoring Graham. His words are emboldening a bunch of ignorant folks. 

Anti-Gay Clerk: Following The Law Is A Violation Of My Rights - I present Exhibit A of the point of the above brief. One saving grace about this nut is that he is very vocal of the fact that he does not want to give ANY marriage license to ANY gay couple even though he knows its discrimination. And he will NOT resign either. He moved way past integrity a while back and is now deeply entrenched into ego. By all means, please proceed, sir.

  God V. Gays Is a False Narrative - Yes it is! And it's about time we started calling it out as such. Lgbts are people faith and we know how to pray and trust in God. Just because certain individuals now bogart the narrative doesn't mean that their view of religion is the only one which matters.  

Poll Finds Most Small Business Owners Oppose Anti-LGBT ‘Religious Freedom’ Laws - I bet you didn't even know THAT. 

 Ford Worker Fired For Anti-Gay Comment Sues For Religious Discrimination - Important case to watch. The notice he was responding to contained NOTHING about sex or the like. He posted a viciously nasty retort and is now claiming that he did so because of his faith. If he wins, then I guess folks can say all sorts of ugly things about lgbts and hide behind their religion.  

Pentagon Confirms Plans To Lift Ban On Transgender Military Service - And that would be awesome!

Monday, July 13, 2015

NOM makes awful attempt to distort marriage equality poll

Brian Brown, NOM tries to manipulate data.
Poor National Organization for Marriage. The organization is so delirious over its loss at SCOTUS that it is now attempting to convince supporters that there is now momentum against marriage equality:

 The evidence that the country is not embracing this ruling mounts every day. A nationwide survey of voters conducted by Reuters found that only 51% of Americans support same-sex 'marriage' following the Supreme Court ruling — a considerably smaller percentage than many national polls found prior to the ruling — and nearly two thirds of Republicans oppose the Supreme Court decision. Reuters noted that this will likely ensure that opposition to the Supreme Court ruling will be a pivotal issue in the selection of the Republican presidential nominee. 

The article in question by Reuters did say that a large number of Republicans  do not agree with the recent SCOTUS decision. And it the article also said that 51 percent of Americans in general support marriage equality after the ruling.

But NOM conveniently omitted to mention how many Americans in general do not support marriage equality. That number and what it means for Republican candidates who are publicly opposed to marriage equality reveal a totally different story than the one NOM is attempting to peddle :

When asked in general whether they support allowing same-sex couples to marry, 51 percent of Americans say they do, while 35 percent oppose it. Forty-eight percent of independent voters back gay marriage, making it difficult for a conservative Republican to win general election votes on the issue.  

Seems to me that NOM is still in the hole it was in before the ruling, i.e. more Americans support marriage equality while the anti-gay group finds outself outside the mainstream. And the more the NOM tries to dig out of that hole, the filthier it gets.

I do adore watching pigs rut in their natural habitat.

'Anti-gay judge wants gay couples to sign waiver before he marries them' & other Mon. midday news briefs

Todd Starnes - Christianity's worst nightmare.

Texas judge will perform same-sex weddings — but only if couples acknowledge his anti-LGBT beliefs - Someone must be out of his mind. I have NEVER heard of such a thing!  

Watch Fox host deliver unhinged anti-LGBT sermon: Chick-fil-A ‘is the official chicken of Jesus’ - When people ask me why does American Christianity get such a bad rap, I generally say two words - "Todd Starnes." 

Todd Starnes Delivers Ignorance-Packed Sermon About the “War on Religious Liberty” - More about Starnes' crazy weekend activities. I know he works for Fox but even THAT network should have standards. 

 Fox News' Special Report Demeans Transgender Teens As Impressionable Children With A Mental Disorder - Then again . . .  

The international war on LGBT people - About that lie that lgbts are attempting to persecute folks. . . .   

Huckabee: Christians Must Be 'Willing To Suffer' For Disobeying Gay Marriage Ruling - Yeah, yeah, yeah. You first, Huckabee. And we all KNOW that neither you nor the rest doing the talking about persecution will lose anything, ESPECIALLY those fat bank accounts.

 'Rumplepimple,' Children's Book, Wants To Normalize Same-Sex Relationships For Children - Because it needs to happen. The ignorant will think we are talking about sex, but to hell with them because we aren't.

The real story behind lgbt equality struggle is being ignored

For over three decades, anti-gay groups created this false image of the gay community.

Last night, I made the discovery that my work was used in a letter to the editor in the Grand Forks Herald:

The Huffington Post's Alvin McEwan characterizes the ACP as "a sham group camouflaging religious right distortion as legitimate research" and cites University of Minnesota professor Greg Remafedi, who claims the group has "distorted his work." And in fact, the list of scientists whose research has been distorted to support the religious right's bigotry against the LGBT community is staggering.
It was pretty cool to be cited and obviously the young lady read my online booklet, How They See Us, because she cited info from page 10 regarding the list of researchers whose work have been distorted by the anti-gay right.

But then the euphoria faded and I got a bit angry. Not at her, mind you, but the situation in general.

On two pages, I listed at least 12 examples over a number of years in which anti-gay groups and personalities have been caught lying about or distorting research.  How in the world did the media, including ours, miss this?

Do journalists dig for information anymore? While we busy ourselves with esoteric terms, while those who claim to be our allies (i.e. Kirsten Powers) write sloppy books hoping to follow the trend of fake pity for anti-gay groups and organizations who finally themselves out of the mainstream, and while those same anti-gay groups and organizations (and their allies at places such as Fox News) spin false stories of anti-Christian persecution at places such as bakeries, the real story seems to be getting ignored.

That real story is the over 30 year history of lies, distortions, and bearing of false witness by anti-gay groups designed to stigmatize the lgbt community.  Until THAT story is told, no matter how many victories we win, the lgbt community will always find ourselves on the defensive, trying to justify not only our existence but our right to have a normal life.