Saturday, January 30, 2016

What the lgbt community can expect from a Ted Cruz presidential administration . . .

I've said this repeatedly and I am going to keep on saying it until it is drummed into collective psyche of lgbt community.

Donald Trump may be getting all of the attention, but Ted Cruz has been getting much of the religious right support. Either way, the lgbt community would be highly ignorant to either sit the 2016 election out or get distracted by tangents of Hillary vs. Bernie or some side argument of "snowflakes" and the "academic lingo" which serves to DO NOTHING but strangle and divide us.

I like to be simple and direct, so let me put it this way. If there ever is a Ted Cruz Administration, the following inferences by the picture below is what the lgbt community can expect. And even if we see ourselves as winning regardless, we need to ask ourselves do we even want to begin this battle:

Editor's note - to answer your question, that link in this tweet is to my booklet on anti-gay propaganda. Perhaps if our community focused attention on that issue for a change, we could rip away the stranglehold perception that the anti-gay evangelical right represents all Christians.

Friday, January 29, 2016

'Witch hunt against Iowa lgbt youth group continues' & other Fri. midday news brief

Jussie Smollett
Anti-Gay Iowa Lawmaker Says He's Sick Of Reading About How Anti-Gay He Is - The smallest violin in the universe plays for him, but it's what happens when you engage in a witch hunt against an lgbt youth group - a witch hunt, I might add, which was began by one of those anti-lgbt leaders that activists in our community ignore in their pursuit of "queer studies." Yes, I am being snarky. While we fight amongst ourselves, our kids are like sheep in the wilderness and the wolves are assembling.

Bradlee Dean: Gay People Have Never Once Been Victims Of Hate - I rarely feature this 80s Gunner Axel Rose wannabe reject but his unbelievable statement gives us a window in the mind of anti-lgbt activism.  

Religious groups want Nebraska's gay marriage ban kept on the books - And I want Rob Kardashian to be one of my many love slaves. That doesn't mean it's going to happen.

  'Empire' Star Jussie Smollett On Being A Gay Man With 'An Extremely Open Heart' - More lgbts of color in the public eye!!!!

 This Young Trans Filmmaker At Sundance Wants To Revolutionize Trans Storytelling - This sounds very interesting. I'm all for it.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Rubio promises to 'uphold the Constitution' (except for when he tries to take rights away from gay families)

After viewing THIS commercial, there is no other way to put it: Sen. Marco Rubio is an opportunistic, pandering, despicable phony. He attempts to come across as so religious as if he wants you to imagine heavenly choirs singing and a halo appearing above his head. Then he claims to "uphold the Constitution" while implying that President Obama has not done so.

Isn't that lovely?

Apparently, in Rubio's world, "upholding the Constitution" means scheming to take away hard earned constitutional  rights from same-sex couples and their families while complaining about being seen as a "bigot" for doing it.

The audacity alone is simply nauseating.

'Who was the anti-gay VA legislator caught on cruising on gay site?' & other Thur. midday news briefs

Who Is He? Antigay Republican Lawmaker Caught Cruising Grindr - An anti-gay state lawmaker in Virginia was caught "chasing" on a gay online cruising site. We don't know who he is because the news site which broke the story won't reveal his name. What would you do? It's a difficult call but it is a news story so no malice intended but I would put the chyle on blast. 

The Latest Anti-Gay Oklahoma Bills Are Almost Too Crazy to Believe - Just how insane are those 26 anti-lgbt bills filed in Oklahoma? I hope you are holding on to something. 

 An open letter to the GLAAD Media Awards - It goes without saying that the elimination of the 'Outstanding Blog' category was a blow to us bloggers. It shouldn't have happened. 

 Bigot Lawmaker Says He Wants Option to Send His Kid to Gay Conversion Therapy as Hawaii Considers Ban: WATCH - How do you feel about lobotomies? They are equally harmful and fraudulent.  

Indiana And South Dakota Kick Off Backlash Against LGBT Rights - Looks like both Indiana AND South Dakota do in fact need to be economically spanked.

Homophobia always comes down to 'gay sex' and children

"Porno" Pete Labarbera and Dave Daubenmire are two of the slimiest, most repulsive anti-lgbt activists in existence. But they also share a degree of candidness which should give our community perspective when it comes to reasons behind homophobia.

No matter how anti-gay groups like the Family Research Council and personalities like Tony Perkins and Franklin Graham attempt to disguise it, no matter how folks like Kim Davis give false appeals to their supposed "deeply held Christian faith," in the end, homophobic bigotry comes down to what LaBarbera and Daubenmire obsess about - gay sex and kids. The quality of our lives and families seem to always be reduced to sweaty precautionary fantasies. The difference between folks like Daubenmire and LaBarbera and "mainstream" anti-gay groups and personalities is how the latter can play the game of inference:

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

An open letter to the GLAAD Media Awards

I adore the GLAAD Media Awards. For the past two years, I was fortunate to be a nominee for 'Outstanding Blog' and I cannot tell you how proud it made me feel.

I have been blogmaster for Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters for over nine years and my goal is simply to educate the public on anti-gay propaganda and the groups who use this propaganda to exploit ignorance, fear, and religious opposition to lgbt equality. Often times, what I do can be considered to be dull, without "queer flavor," and repetitive. However, I consider it important because we are way behind in educating the public when anti-gay groups like the Family Research Council and leaders such as Tony Perkins and Franklin Graham are looked upon as authentic religious leaders rather than homophobic purveyors of lies they are.

I am an African-American male from the southern state of South Carolina. I have never been to the supposed gay meccas of New York or any other big city save San Francisco (and I had a rotten time). As such, I don't fit the pattern of the conventional well-dressed younger twink or older well-to-do white mostly male lgbt leader or activist one sees on television or reads about in our magazines and online publications. The only thing I have to contribute my full intelligence and skill to the community is my blog.

So being honored by GLAAD as a nominee for 'Outstanding Blog' on two occasions meant a lot to me. It increased my profile and sent the message that anyone in our community with enough heart, skill, discipline, and patience can make a positive impact in pursuit of our equality.

However, this year, GLAAD has chosen to eliminate the 'Outstanding Blog' category, probably permanently. And this sends a negative message to grassroots and non-celebrities like myself. The GLAAD Media Awards should help to elevate new leaders, not push them away because lack of notoriety or fame. It's not just solely about visibility, but also acknowledging and cultivating new spokespeople and leaders. And you can't do that by focusing specifically and only on prominent celebrities and national media. Our acquisition and securing of rights, respect, and dignity relies on not only those who are in the media's eyes, but also those who cultivate and aggregate the news behind the scenes. Many a time, these individuals do not reach the masses on the same level of national publications and celebrities, but they are nonetheless equally important to our community. 

While I've had a enjoyable time imagining myself in certain scenarios after winning the award (i.e. my imitation of actress Gloria Grahame stumbling to the stage after winning her Oscar is a hoot), winning was never really the point. It's the acknowledgement that  I am making a positive difference in the community. Granted, some say one shouldn't expect vocal validation of such things. 

I say such things help. They motivate and they send messages out to not only the nominees and the winners, but also to those wondering how they can put their talent to good use for the community. Some of us don't sing. We don't act. We aren't employed in major newspapers. We don't have "hot bodies." We aren't in the public eye. But we are talented nonetheless. 

The one thing we don't deserve is a cold shoulder.

'Oklahoma files a record 26 anti-gay bills' & other Wed midday news briefs

Oklahoma introduces record 26 anti-gay bills - There is a record 26 anti-gay bills filed in Oklahoma. 26?! What the hell do they think we are doing so ugly that they have to file 26 bills against us? I'm beginning to think that it's not homophobia. It's jealousy. 

UPDATE – BREAKING: Indiana Senate Committee Kills Anti-Gay 'RFRA On Steroids' Bill - Perhaps Indiana doesn't need to be spanked again.  

GLAAD announces Media Awards nominees - Nominations for the 27th annual GLAAD Media Awards are announced. But keep your eyes open for a brewing controversy. GLAAD eliminated the 'Outstanding Blog' category, thereby leaving some of us less famous, more grassroots oriented folks out in the cold (and also keeping yours truly from getting a third consecutive nomination). Some folks are not happy with this shift. Will something come of it? Keep your eyes peeled. We will see. 

 Here's A Prom Night Game-Changer For Queer Teens Everywhere - Wonderful article!

 Trump Embraces Radical Anti-Catholic, Anti-Gay Pastor - Because apparently EVERY GOP candidate has to have at least one anti-gay radical supporting them.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

BREAKING - Anti-gay hate group leader Tony Perkins officially endorses Ted Cruz

According to Media Matters,Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council just endorsed Ted Cruz for president.:

And in case you need a reminder, that's Tony Perkins, who once said that gays are the pawns of Satan:

And his group, the Family Research Council, called a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for its deliberate spreading of lies about the lgbt community:

Again I say that Donald Trump as president is a scary thought because he is a bloviating clown in over his head.

Ted Cruz is scarier because of whose support he eagerly garners. If he becomes president, the only thing lgbts will be able to decide is how deep in the closet will he shove us all. Or maybe he will make the decision for us. Either way, it's NOT a good thought. Resting on our laurels after winning marriage equality would be a mistake because the @#^! just got real.

Related post: 16 reasons why the Family Research Council is a hate group

FL pastor - gays are stalking, murdering children who won't have sex with them

For those who think that our victory in winning marriage equality last year means a nice shift in the so-called culture war, the following item from my friend Joe Jervis should tell you otherwise:

The Florida Senate Judiciary Committee today postponed until next week its hearing on SB 120, a comprehensive LGBT anti-discrimination bill. The committee ran out of time because it first heard public comments on SB 110, which as written would allow businesses to refuse to serve LGBT customers. Speaking in support of the bill were a slew of haters and alleged ex-gays, including a local pastor who recounted the 2008 murder of a Fort Lauderdale high school student by her childhood friend. According to the pastor, the slain girl “was not of a homosexual nature” and was killed when the other girl’s advances were rejected. The pastor went on to claim that homosexual potential killers are stalking Christian children in the hallways of schools all over Florida. “They are very forceful and they are very demanding towards those of a Godly nature,” he declared. Watch below. By a 7-3 vote down party lines SB 110 was approved for advancement to the full Senate 

You can gripe and call this pastor every name in the book, but it won't do any good. Until we take the time to demand a conversation on anti-gay propaganda and yank homophobes from behind whatever religion they hide their bigotry, expect to hear stuff like this over and over again.

Like a dog chasing its tail.

'Tenn. marriage equality supporters stop anti-gay proposal for now' & other Tue. midday news briefs

Some in a Tenn. county aren't happy with anti-gay proposal

Hundreds Of Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Shut Down County Commission Meeting Over Anti-Gay Proposal - No screaming, no rude shouting. Just showing up in large numbers to show that you mean business sometimes is just enough.
 This Is What It's Like To Have A Trans Parent - Exposing people to good information and education always eradicates ignorance.  

Mat Staver: Gays Are Imposing A 'Jizya' Tax On Christians In America - To the unaware, a "jizya" is merely Staver's way to combine homophobia with Islamophobia. Ridiculous concept but he is trying mighty hard.

Democrats And Republicans Unite To Support LGBT Rights In West Virginia

Bill prohibiting discrimination against LGBT gains GOP support - How's this for a double miracle? Bills supporting lgbt rights is gaining bipartisan support in two states - Florida and West Virginia.

Portugal's outgoing president vetoes gay adoption bill - Booooooo!

Monday, January 25, 2016

The opponents of marriage equality are afraid to debate this . . .

Certain opponents of marriage equality (whom I won't give the time of day) are whining because lgbts don't want to continue to debate the idea.

When they say "debate,"  what they mean is yet again obscuring the issue and making themselves sound like the victims of a supposed intolerant gay community out to brand them as "bigots" simply because they portray themselves as believers in "traditional marriage."

It's a crock for two reasons. Number one - why should we continue this debate? We did everything the right way and won marriage equality fair and square via the courts. Why is the lgbt community always having to put ourselves in the position to justify our existence or our rights even after we won said rights"? It's an insult to our dignity.

Secondly, and most importantly, when opponents of marriage equality tend to talk about having a debate, they are always bragging on the number of folks who voted in referendums against marriage equality. However, they seem to never want to talk about why some of these folks voted the way they did.

It's less about "protecting traditional marriage," and more about being exploited by fear tactics implying about how gays want to corrupt children, like so:

 So enough with the pity party. When opponents of marriage equality are ready to discuss the tactics they used to get voters on their side, I might be willing to entertain a debate.

Bear in mind, I said might.

'Parents, students attacking new GSA' & other Mon. midday news briefs

Tennessee Parents Wage War On Gay-Straight Alliance, Compare Club To ISIS - Tennessee again. Progress is always met with resistance. Just keep pushing. 

Students Wear 'Straight Pride' Signs In Tennessee High School After Gay-Straight Alliance Formed - B comes after A. When the parents act foolish, why should we be surprised when some children copy their behavior. 

 Anti-gay right angry at Biden for speaking against anti-lgbt violence, persecution - Repeat of this morning's post for those who missed it. The title speaks for itself, unfortunately. 

 Bill would toss adoption preference for heterosexual couples - This would be a wonderful step in making sure that all children have good homes. 

 The Olympics Just Became Much Friendlier For Transgender Athletes - Good for the Olympics!  

This 'Kiki' Clip Picks Up Where 'Paris Is Burning' Left Off - This is one documentary I am waiting to see . . . 

 Kim Davis: God Chose Me To Stand Against Gay Marriage - This just in - God apparently looks like and sounds like Kim Davis.

Anti-gay right angry at Biden for speaking against anti-lgbt violence, persecution

Vice president Joe Biden recently spoke about the persecution of lgbts in other countries during a roundtable discussion in Switzerland:

"LGBT people face violence, harassment, unequal treatment, mistreatment by cops, denial of health care, isolation -- always in the name of culture. I've had it up to here with culture. I really mean it," he said, striking the table with his palms. "Culture never justifies rank, raw, discrimination or violation of human rights. There is no cultural justification. None. None. None."

Of course leave it to the American Family Association's fake news site, One News Now to totally misrepresent his words:

Speaking in Davos, Switzerland, on Wednesday, the VP pressured business leaders to take the lead in pushing other countries to adopt special rights and elevate the status of homosexuals. He then complained about culture.

"I've had it up to here with culture. I really mean it," he said. "Culture never justifies rank, raw discrimination or violation of human rights." He also spoke of a "straightjacket" imposed by culture on people who might otherwise be supportive of the LGBT lifestyle.

Not only did the site omit his entire statement but it also allowed Peter Sprigg from the equally anti-gay Family Research Council to weigh in:

Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council finds it strange Biden would talk of culture imposing a straightjacket on people.

"... Actually the pro-homosexual movement is dedicated to putting a straightjacket on people and making it impossible for them to even express the view that marriage is the union of a man and a woman or that children do better with a mom and a dad," Sprigg tells OneNewsNow.

The FRC spokesman says "the shoe is really on the other foot, in terms of a culture imposing limits on people" – adding that what Biden is ignoring is that an important part of culture is people of faith. 

"It shows a certain contempt for people's religious views for him to say that he's 'had it up to here with culture,'" Sprigg expresses.

He adds that every culture and every religion has the right to pass judgment on whether to believe homosexual conduct is appropriate.

According to an Aug. 9, 2013 issue of Buzzfeed, there are 76 countries in which there are  anti-gay laws and the punishment for breaking these laws are severe:

Punishments range from fines to short and lifelong prison sentences, hard labor, forced psychiatric treatment, banishment, whippings, and death by public stoning.

So a question should be asked. Where does the so-called Christian group the Family Research Council stand on anti-gay persecution? Does the organization approve of people being put in jail, whipped, or even murdered for simply being gay? 

It sounds like to me, based on Sprigg's words, that FRC has no problem with these awful acts.  Apparently in FRC's world, having to do your job, even if it means serving gays, is persecution. But being put to death for being gay? That's simply an allowable cultural difference.

Friday, January 22, 2016

'Tenn. ministers file sad lawsuit to stop marriage equality' & other Fri midday news briefs

Ministers seek to invalidate state law on marriage licenses - And the Tennessee controversy about marriage equality continues as three ministers are now trying to suing to stop marriage equality, including preventing the Williamson County Chancery Court clerk from issuing marriage licenses. And they include this guy. Remember him from last night's post?:

In other news:

 No, LGBT Children's Books Do Not 'Endanger' Kids - Doggone right! It's about time we defend our literature.

 UK To Allow Gay Couples’ Marital Status On Overseas Death Certificates - Sad story with a semi-happy ending. 

 A Gay Military Family Shares Their Journey To Fatherhood - We need more stories like this just in case folks conveniently omit our families (talking to you, Sen. Marco Rubio) 

  Va. man charged under federal hate crimes law - I hate stuff like this, but it's necessary.

Family Research Council - 'But he is gaaaaaay!'

Eric Fanning
There is a strong possibility that Acting United States Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning will be officially confirmed. If this take place, he will be the first openly gay man to hold the position.

Naturally the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council seriously opposes this. However, instead of a reasonable argument, the organization has chosen to post a free-form tangent ramble which basically says one thing:

You can't appoint this man because he is GAAAAAAY!

An excerpt is as follows:

What the White House didn’t destroy with budget cuts, it devastated with sexual experimentation. Now, with the Army desperately struggling to meet recruitment goals, President Obama is nominating an activist who will drive people farther away: Eric Fanning. The former Air Force Secretary has been the White House’s pick to take over for Army Secretary John McHugh, who stepped down last fall. But after months of serving as the acting leader, Fanning continued to hold the job without the Senate’s vetting -- exasperating Republicans like John McCain (R-Ariz.). “You don’t put people in jobs until they are confirmed by the Senate,” he said last week. “That’s pretty straightforward.”

Sensing Fanning might face some opposition (he’s been a gay activist for almost two decades), the administration bypassed the rules for government vacancies. With his time expired, Fanning agreed to step down until his confirmation hearing -- the first of which took place in the Senate Armed Services Committee today. Members had plenty of fodder for the discussion since Fanning has been open about his LGBT advocacy. Before rising to one of the highest civilian positions in the military, Fanning served on the board of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, where he caught a vision he hoped to push in the ranks. In an interview with the Washington Blade in 2013, Fanning made his agenda clear: he wants to use his influence to push open transgenderism in the ranks. “I think that the military is stronger, institutions are stronger, and society is stronger the more inclusive that we are,” Fanning said. “So, wherever we can root out discrimination, I think it’s a positive thing.”

With our servicemen stretched to the max, America needs a secretary whose priority is military readiness -- not political correctness. The Pentagon has already wasted valuable time on sensitivity training, EEO instruction, and tolerance sessions at the expense of combat skills. Now, the Senate is considering the appointment of a man who wants to unleash gender confusion and “non-discrimination” policies on an Army struggling to meet wartime demands. As both Governor Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.) and Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) have pointed out, our commander-in-chief is “more interested in promoting homosexuality in the military than he is in defeating our enemy.” So why would the Senate give the president a chance to exacerbate the problem?'

Confirmations like Fanning’s are only setting in place moral and cultural landmines that are sure to detonate when Obama leaves. At the very least, Americans deserve honest answers about what Fanning plans to do to protect the rights of every soldier.

Is this the best FRC can do? Obviously the organization must be slipping.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

'Why anti-lgbt propaganda must be stomped down' & other Thur afternoon news briefs

This bozo, conservative commentator Larry Tomczak, is a perfect reason why we must never stop combatting anti-lgbt propaganda. Many of us know that the Paul Cameronesque junk he spouts is false. But I've been hearing it for 20 years and unfortunately there is always someone willing to believe it.

Tennessee House Panel Rejects Natural Marriage Defense Act - Sanity reigns in Tennessee . . . at least for now.

 Senator seeks protections for same-sex marriage objectors - A bill in Georgia easily worse than the monstrosity which "ate" Indiana.

 Poll: Damage from RFRA lingers, but severity unclear - Speaking of which, Indiana is still trying to recover.  

Employer To Pay Transgender Woman $115,000 In Job Discrimination Settlement - Sweet! Give it up! Turn it loose!

Lgbts, Democrats - don't screw up the 2016 election

Editor's note - Today's news briefs will be delayed until this afternoon

I've been mostly staying out of this Hillary Clinton vs. Bernie Sander primary fight because I know how nasty these things can get. I am ready to vote for whoever comes out on top.

But for all of you "purists" (particularly in the lgbt community) who will either vote for your candidate or no one at all, let me just say don't cut off your nose to spite your own face. There is a choice here and it goes way beyond the primary.

And if you don't make a choice, one will be made for you. And the alternative is a serious bitch. Just a few videos to remind you of this fact:

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Prancing Elites bring a breath of fresh air to both the lgbt and African-American communities.

I've never really been one for reality tv shows, but I can make an exception for the Prancing Elites. They are a wonderful group of talented guys who bring much needed diversity to the public faces we see in the lgbt community and also challenges the false idea of the uber masculine black men which unfortunately exists in African-American community:

From The Huffington Post:

 "The Prancing Elites Project" follows a group of queer, black, gender non-conforming individuals from Mobile, Alabama as they navigate the nuances (and dangers) of being queer in the deep south while coming to live as their authentic selves. Made up of Adrian Clemons, Kentrell Collins, Kareem Davis, Jerel Maddox and Tim Smith, "The Prancing Elites Project" is a bold and powerful look at a group of queer people who are thriving in a part of America traditionally considered extremely homophobic.
 . . .  "We are a black gay male and gender non-conforming dance team from Mobile, Alabama, and we're fabulous!" Clemons told The Huffington Post. "We were rejected in high school from auditioning for the dance teams, so we came up with our own group called The Prancing Elites. Here in Mobile, we struggle with a lot of discrimination because of who we are and what we do. Basically we stand to let everyone know it's OK to be who you are, and to feel comfortable in the skin you’re in. Also live your life for you, because honesty starts within yourself! We, The Prancing Elites, live to BUCK another day!"

'Tenn lawmakers willing to harm the poor to stop marriage equality' & other Wed midday news briefs

Tennessee Lawmakers Will Throw Poor People Under The Bus To Oppose Marriage Equality - Tennessee lawmakers want to pass an anti-marriage equality law which will not stand, but will cost the state's taxpayers $8.5 billion; money which partially  would be cut from the state’s health care program (TennCare), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Because Jesus said destroy gay marriage even if you have to starve poor folks in the effort . . . I think.

 Republican Frontrunner For Montana Governor Has An Extreme Anti-LGBT Past - And he is trying to hide it. A millionaire funder of anti-gay hate groups just steps away from a gubernatorial office. Spooky as hell. 

Montana Governor Honors MLK Day By Signing LGBT Anti-Discrimination Executive Order - Which means no more good acts like this.  

Australia’s “Embarrassing” Marriage Laws Exposed By Same-Sex Couple’s Honeymoon Tragedy - An awful tragedy made worse by ignorance. One half of a gay couple dies on their honeymoon, but Australia won't recognize the marriage.  

Washington State Lawmakers: Transgender People’s Bodies Are ‘Security Concerns’ - The influence of anti-gay groups on state policy. A little notch we need to to tend to.

 Jennifer Roback Morse: Leaving 'The Gay Lifestyle' Takes More Courage Than Coming Out - This sister is blowing an out-of-tune horn in a played-out band.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

James Dobson + Franklin Graham = bigots obsessing about 'gays recruiting children' & bisexual orgies

Franklin Graham
Two virulent homophobic religious leaders, Franklin Graham and James Dobson, recently got together to talk about lgbt issues and its a miracle that the microphone didn't melt.
What you are about to hear is a serious reason why the media needs to practice discernment in deciding who to anoint as "go-to" religious leaders in this country. I mean I know they can find folks, shall we say, less "obsessive" about the lgbt community:

James Dobson
On his radio program today, Dobson played excerpts from his discussion with Graham at the event, in which called for Christians to keep their kids away from gay people and to take over school boards across the nation in order to remove gay-friendly programs.

 "We have allowed the Enemy to come into our churches," Graham said. "I was talking to some Christians and they were talking about how they invited these gay children to come into their home and to come into the church and that they were wanting to influence them. And I thought to myself, they're not going to influence those kids; those kids are going to influence those parent's children." "What happens is we think we can fight by smiling and being real nice and loving," he continued.

 "We have to understand who the Enemy is and what he wants to do. He wants to devour our homes. He wants to devour this nation and we have to be so careful who we let our kids hang out with. We have to be so careful who we let into the churches. You have immoral people who get into the churches and it begins to effect the others in the church and it is dangerous."

 Graham then went on to lament that "homosexuality is taught to be okay" in schools and "that is why I want to get the school boards back" before insisting that he loves gays and therefore feels obligated to tell them that "you cannot stay gay and call yourself a Christian." That eventually promoted Dobson to rail against the entire LGBT agenda by once again absurdly misunderstanding bisexuality. "You know what the 'B' stand for?" Dobson asked. "Bisexual. That's orgies! That is lots of sex with lots of people!" 

These aren't religious beliefs. These are lies and prejudice obscured by the cloth of Christianity and covered up by the Bible. It's no different than an anti-Semitic claiming that "Jews killed Jesus" or a racist using the story of the Tower of Babel to justify segregation and the New Testament to justify slavery.

Regardless of what their religious beliefs are about homosexuality, the need to prop it up with horror stories about recruiting gays children and bisexuals getting into orgies more than proves the fact that behind the facade they put up, Dobson and Graham are two very nasty charlatans.

They are Christianity's real problem, and not the lgbt community.

Hat tip to Right Wing Watch

'GOP panders to anti-gay groups, Clinton gets HRC endorsement' & other Tue. midday news briefs

Clinton gets HRC endorsement.
Seven GOP Candidates Seek To Out-Pander One Another In Courting The Religious Right - Those who don't think lgbt issues won't be a part of this election are only fooling themselves. 

MLK Day Speaker Doubles Down on Anti-Gay Views, Says He Loves LGBT CommunityVIDEO - We got a problem in Florida. 

 Anti-Gay Lawmakers Revive 'Witch Hunt' Against LGBTQ Youth Conference - We have a larger problem in Iowa and it demonstrates how we cannot ignore anti-gay leaders and organizations no matter how insane their rhetoric seems. This particular one has gotten state lawmakers to "investigate" and LGBTQ youth conference. And you know what I mean by "investigate."

  Shutt receives South Carolina Leadership in Law Award - One of the great unsung advocates of lgbt equality (and a good friend of mine) in the South gets her due Just more proof that we are doing amazing stuff down here in the South.  

Hillary Clinton Scores Endorsement From Biggest LGBT Rights Group - Something sure to make some folks on my side of the spectrum go into orbit in a positive and negative way.

Family Research Council's hypocritical money request about religious liberty

Tony Perkins
Tony Perkins and the anti-gay hate group, the Family Research Council likes to create alternate realities in which there are dark smoke-filled rooms of folks (mostly lgbts) plotting to destroy Christianity. It would be funny if they weren't so serious. Imagine waking up and reading the following in an email like I just did:

Christian faith forms the very foundation of America's greatness.

President Obama and others who want a society where religion is limited to the four walls of a church on Sunday need a lesson in American history. Biblical values and morality are not impediments to "progress" that need to be bulldozed out of the way. In fact, they kindle the light that makes America, in Ronald Reagan's words, "the shining city on the hill." President Obama is so focused on forcing his radical cultural agenda on America that he seems to neglect everything else. With ISIS terrorizing the world, our economy stalled, unemployment rampant, and our nation's borders vulnerable, he is obsessed with pushing gender-neutral bathrooms and accommodating those in the military who identify as transgender. The net effect of Obama's leadership, or lack thereof, in the next twelve months will have a lasting impact on the future of your family. Under President Obama, America is suffering less from a political crisis than from a moral crisis.
But "only if." 

Only if we allow President Obama and his allies on the Left to proceed unhindered.

Yes, their attack on religious freedom in the next twelve months will likely be very deliberate. In fact, the tip of their spear will be an attempt in Congress to force the deceptively titled "Equality Act" on the American people. This sweeping legislation, if signed into law by President Obama, would grant special privileges to those who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. At the same time, it would strip Christians and others of their religious freedom and require them to comply with the LGBT agenda in many areas of public life under threat of the law. 

I wonder which "others" would Tony Perkins be talking about, seeing that he doesn't believe that religious liberty should apply to the Muslim community.

And that last paragraph is a serious hodgepodge of anti-gay talking points - "special privileges," "LGBT agenda," "religious freedom" ?

I was partially expecting him to go for the classic "recruiting children."

Friday, January 15, 2016

'Ted Cruz picks up another anti-gay endorser' & other Fri. midday news briefs

Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz Touts Endorsement Of Anti-Gay Extremist Paul Blair - I keep telling folks that Ted Cruz is spookier than Donald Trump.

 Rep. Dold becomes first Republican co-sponsor of Equality Act - The Equality Act is a pro-lgbt law, by the way. I can just hear heads pop. 

New Teacher Shuts Down Homophobic Language In Classroom - Wonderful story!  

Anglicans sanction US Episcopal Church over gay marriage - But apparently folks seem to think that it's actually Kim Davis being persecuted . . .  

LGBT Christians React With Fury Over The Anglican Communion Suspending Pro-Gay Church - More to the above story for the benefit of those who think that one cannot be an lgbt Christian.  
Theodore Shoebat Calls For SWAT Teams To Raid The Homes Of Gay Couples And Seize Their Children - From Right Wing Watch: 
This is the same Theodore Shoebat who was featured alongside several congressmen and GOP presidential candidates in an anti-gay "documentary" produced by Janet Porter, who is now running for a seat in the Ohio legislature.

Trans Love in the Black Community

When it comes to lgbt issues, my African-American community is sorely way behind on discussions and education.  This issue about the transgender community is just one of many. And it highlights the benefits of listening and understanding before making judgements:


Thursday, January 14, 2016

'GOP candidates teaming with ANOTHER homophobic pastor' & other Thur midday news briefs

Rick Scarborough
Five GOP Candidates To Join Pastor Who Says AIDS Is God's Punishment For Gay People - And the fact that this is under the radar except for a few places is one of the reasons why people don't trust the media and pundits. 

Mike Huckabee Throws A Fit While Defending Duggar Family In Iowa - Or what happens when you confront a posturing anti-gay talking head on his hypocrisy. 

 Here's Why It's Important That Kim Davis Was at the State of the Union - You may get tired of hearing about Kim Davis, but you had better knock off the jaded apathy and understand what and WHO she represents. It's DEFINITELY NOT over.

 I Watched Charlie Sheen on The Dr. Oz Show So You Don't Have To - Charlie Sheen talked about being HIV positive on the Dr. Oz Show and it was not a good thing. My friend Mark S. King breaks it down.

 TN Lawmaker's Bill That Would 'Void' Same-Sex Marriages Scheduled For Vote - An illegal bill, but look out for it.

 Florida Experts Debunk The Transgender "Bathroom Predator" Myth - Slowly but surely we are going to destroy this lie.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence wants to get spanked on lgbt rights again

Anti-gay talking heads flanked Pence when he signed the 'religious liberty' bill last year.

There is a line from Shakespeare's King Lear which I repeat at times:

"To willful men, the injuries they procure must be their own schoolmasters."

What it means is that if a man is so stubborn that he will not change a disastrous course, well then he must learn from the mistake by the negative results of his actions.  Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is one such man.

After the huge debacle last year when he signed a vicious anti-gay bill into law (under the guise of religious freedom), one would think that Pence would at least have learned from it. One would think that he wouldn't want to go through all of that national embarrassment again.

Think again. From The New Civil Rights Movement:

For a brief moment during Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's State of the State Address on Tuesday, it sounded as though he might have learned his lesson from the state and national outcry over his decision to sign an anti-LGBT “religious freedom” law last year.

It sounded as though, after 10 months of studying the issue, Pence would finally heed the calls of Democrats, some business-minded Republicans, LGBT advocates and hundreds of the state’s employers, by endorsing a statewide law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

"Our state Constitution declares that all people are created equal, and I believe that no one should be harassed or mistreated because of who they are, who they love, or what they believe," Pence said near the end of his widely anticipated speech. "We cherish the dignity and worth of all our citizens. Here in Indiana, we are an open and welcoming state that welcomes anyone, and anyone that doesn’t know that doesn’t know Indiana."

Then, things took a dramatic turn for the worse.

"Hoosiers also cherish faith, and the freedom to live out their faith in their daily lives," Pence added. "Whether you work in a church or a synagogue or a temple or a mosque, religion brings meaning to the daily lives of millions of Hoosiers and no one should ever fear persecution because of their deeply held religious beliefs."

And of course folks aren't happy. According to Yahoo:

After Tuesday's speech, the group Indiana Competes, which represents prominent state business interests — including Cummins Inc., Eli Lilly and Co. and the NCAA — expressed disappointment with Pence's remarks.

"We were looking for a moment of leadership, and what we got is a shoulder shrug," said group spokesman Peter Hanscom, who said Pence's conciliatory words won't stop discrimination against gay people in employment, housing and public accommodation.

Pence's stance is ridiculous. He is yet another politician who places lgbt equality and religious beliefs in opposing camps while knowing fully that this notion comes from anti-gay industry talking heads masquerading as voices of faith. 

Apparently he has learned nothing from the last go round.  I have a feeling that he will learn this time. So well in fact that he will know it in his sleep. That is if he doesn't already.

'59 reasons why the fight for lgbt equality is not over' & other Wed. midday news briefs

President Obama
59 Anti-LGBT Bills Are Active Nationwide - Fifty-nine reasons to stop pussyfooting and start taking religious right groups more seriously than we are. These bills are coming from someone somewhere who is getting paid big money to cause all of this havoc. We need to recognize the main enemy of lgbt equality and it's NOT religion. 

GOP Lawmaker Moves To Ban Same-Sex Parents From Fostering Children With 'Family Structure' Proposal - Even AFTER the ruckus and controversy about discriminating against same-sex couples, some in Kansas are pushing this mess. We can't let our guard down for one minute.

  Creepy Virginia Toilet Proposal Could Require Genital Inspections, Critics Fear - And in Virginia, folks seem to be so scared of fictional trangender "predators" that they may be willing to expose their children to actual predators. 

 Obama's State Of The Union Speeches Show His Dedication To LGBT Rights - Yes, in spite of what some have said, Obama is committed to lgbt equality. A good question is what are we going to do after he is no longer president to continue to ensure our equality.  

Tony Perkins' Selective Posturing on Religious Liberty - When it comes to religious liberty, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council is a huge hypocrite.

Dear Kim Davis, you are being exploited!!

Dear Kim Davis,

I don't know you and I don't want to know you and frankly folks are tired of you. However, a lot of us do respect your beliefs, just not the way you choose to push them. So I say this as a concerned person. The people handling you and pushing you to the public don't care about you. They are using you to harm marriage equality. They are exploiting you to garner attention and pity. Think I am wrong?

Then ask yourself this. If they bent over backwards to garner you an invitation to the State of the Union, then why didn't they advise you that being attired like a honkytonk hitchy mama from hell wasn't exactly the best thing to do? Not ragging on your physical appearance and all, but you make $80,000 a year. So girlfriend, why:

Just something to think about.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Revealed - How Kim Davis got her SOTU invite

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) provided the ticket for Davis

Thanks to the Huffington Post, we now know how the anti-gay hate group the Family Research Council got Kim Davis an invite to Obama's State of the Union address:

It's been a mystery all day on Capitol Hill: Which member of Congress invited controversial Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis to the State of the Union address? Well, we finally have an answer. It was House Freedom Caucus Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).

There's a reason the secret was kept so well. Jordan did not know he had invited Davis until The Huffington Post asked him about it and he checked with his staff.

"I didn't invite anyone," Jordan initially said late Tuesday afternoon, as he was jogging to House votes. When pressed on whether he had given his ticket to the Family Research Council, which then gave it to Davis -- which is what a Democratic aide told HuffPost had happened -- Jordan said he would have to confirm with his office. "I don't know," he said.

"My understanding is they gave them to the Family Research Council," Jordan said, promising to call his staff and get back in touch.

Jordan was later spotted in the Capitol basement, on the phone with his communications director, confirming what had happened.

"Yeah, so we gave a ticket to -- at the request of the Family Research Council -- we gave the ticket to Kim Davis' family," he said

Oh well.  We all can take luxury that while Davis and her lawyer from another anti-gay hate group, the Liberty Counsel, will be sitting in a floor seat mad at the fact that marriage equality is a reality, Jim Obergefell - the plantiff in the case which legalized marriage equality - will be sitting with First Lady Michelle Obama as a special guest.

As far as I'm concerned, that's VERY appropriate

'NOM wants empty seat at SOTU address to protest marriage equality' & other Tue. midday news briefs

So who gave Kim Davis the formal invite to the SOTU.  No one is talking.

NOM: Leave An Empty Seat At SOTU To Represent The '50 Million Voters Whose Votes Were Stolen' By SCOTUS Gay Marriage Ruling - Oh you are breaking my heart! If NOM and its allies had done their work honestly instead of relying on lies to scare voters, they would have had a coherent SCOTUS argument against marriage equality instead of it all blowing up in their faces

Who Invited Kim Davis To The State Of The Union? - We know that the Family Research Council arranged it. We just don't know who made the formal invite. Ooooo tell me, please!!!  

The Brutalism of Ted Cruz - THIS is the guy the religious right supports because supposedly he is going to bring "morality" to the Oval Office. Hardly. 

 Tony Perkins: 'Blood On Our Streets' Because Of Gay Marriage, Family 'Confusion' - What?!! Again, how did this man and his organization get in the position to invite people, such as Kim Davis, to the president's State of the Union address?  

First Openly Gay Nominee For Army Secretary Steps Down As Acting Secretary After John McCain Tantrum - Now see, this here is some bull@!%#  

16 LGBT Must-Dos in 2016 - Eh. I've never been one for fun and frolic, but have at it.

Anti-gay hate group gets Kim Davis a seat at State of the Union address

So anti-gay Kentucky clerk Kim Davis is attending President Obama's final State of the Union address.

That's not the real story. The real story is that the equally anti-gay (so much so that it has been declared a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center) Family Research Council arranged for her to attend. How many hate groups do you know can arrange for someone to attend such a high function as a State of the Union address?

Perhaps the lgbt community should stop focusing so much on the pawn (Davis) and make a greater effort in stopping the entities pushing the pawn (FRC, etc).  The fact that FRC continues to have influence in spite of its history of lies, distortions, and homophobia is not only an indictment of the culture in Washington, but it's also a serious indictment of the lgbt community and our leadership.

There is simply no excuse for pussyfooting around and allowing this organization to push its falsehoods without some seriously intelligent pushback:

Related post - What Reporters Should Know About Ted Cruz's Evangelical Hype Man

Monday, January 11, 2016

Ben Carson puts his entire foot in his mouth, heel and all

Dear Ben Carson,

Please stop talking. It just destroys me that your ridiculous run for president is ruining your legacy as a top-notch surgeon. But if you keep talking about the lgbt community like this, I swear you are going to start making Sarah Palin seem like Einstein:

No,no, no! This is not what an intelligent black man of any political affiliation is supposed to sound like on television. It just makes you want to take up pimping.

Hat tip to Right Wing Watch.

'LGBT community pays tribute to David Bowie' & other Mon. midday news briefs

Tributes are pouring in for David  Bowi

How David Bowie Undeniably Changed The Way We Think About Gender And Sexuality - I never really heard of David Bowie before his "Let's Dance" album but because of it, I sought to learn a lot about him. He was definitely a trendsetter. 

 LGBT People Reveal Why David Bowie Was So Important To Them - Yes he was . . .  

Redefining What It Means to Be a Gay Black Man -  Wonderful post. Goodness KNOWS we need redefinition. Might I recommend that first we receive more visibility for our diverse talents.

 Va. bill would block local anti-LGBT discrimination ordinances - Ugh! And if it's successful, welcome to the new war on lgbt equality.  

Santorum: Allowing Gay Marriage Like Changing 'The Chemical Equation For Water' - It's depressing to realize how much attention people like Rick Santorum gets from the regular press. That's why we have to cover him. 

 Roy Moore Can't Be Impeached And He Can't Be Re-Elected, So Guess Why He's Attacking Gays Again? - Cause he wants to be governor of Alabama. Whoops! I ruined the surprise. Well it really wasn't one.

David Bowie dies at 69 of cancer

Well this is crappy news to begin a week with. From David Bowie's webpage:

David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.

He may not have been gay, but he was a hero to many of us with his outrageously public embrace of flamboyance and androgyny. Of course that didn't cover up the fact of how talented he was as an artist or the various styles of music he mastered.

R.I.P. David Bowie

Below is my favorite David Bowie song:

Friday, January 08, 2016

'Six reasons why Roy Moore should have NEVER been a judge' & other Fri. midday news briefs

Roy Moore

6 Things You Should Know About Alabama's Chief Justice Roy Moore - I'm sorry but what the heck is wrong with folks in Alabama for giving THIS bozo power?

GOP Lawmakers In Two Southern States File Bills Comparing Same-Sex Marriage To Forced Sterilization - It is my unfortunate duty to tell you that one of those states is my own - South Carolina.

What It’s Like To Escape Ex-Gay Therapy — And Then Defeat It - Ah yes. The disappearing fraud of ex-gay therapy. Thank goodness. I once participated in my own ex-gay therapy in high school. It was weird. Sort of like the 'Miami Vice' arc when Crockett's evil personality took over his mind.

Will Obama include LGBT issues in final State of the Union? - He'd better.

This 8-Year-Old Boy's Very Special Dream Just Came True - This is so wonderful. I approve of this BIG TIME!

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Hate group Family Research Council applauds Roy Moore's sad, illegal attempt to halt marriage equality

Roy Moore
Come on, Tony Perkins and the Family Research Council. Even YOU know better than to applaud Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore's illegal  - and FUTILE - action to halt marriage equality in Alabama

Then again:
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is used to being in headlines -- but Wednesday's weren't exactly accurate ones. Like several of the country's clerks and judges, Roy Moore made no secret of where he stands on same-sex marriage -- and he's fought it with every judicial tool at his disposal. And while some have accused him of defying the Supreme Court's decision to redefine marriage, the reality is that Moore is simply holding out until an official decision is reached in his state.

Most people are probably wondering: Didn't the Supreme Court already make that determination for Alabama in Obergefell? The answer is yes and no. Last spring, before five justices decided to rewrite thousands of years of natural law, the Alabama Supreme Court had upheld the state's marriage amendment. Now that the Supreme Court has ruled, there's some confusion as to what the state's decision means in light of that. Right now, the Alabama Supreme Court is currently considering the impact of Obergefell on its ruling last March.

FRC president Tony Perkins
Until it rules, Chief Justice Moore is telling probate judges to continue to follow his administrative order from last March: "Until further decision by the Alabama Supreme Court, the existing orders of the Alabama Supreme Court that Alabama probate judges have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license contrary to the Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment or the Alabama Marriage Protection Act remain in full force and effect."

To be clear, this is an administrative order -- not a ruling on the merits. All it does is simply reaffirm Moore's position while the Alabama Supreme Court deliberates. The media, however, seized on the memo to probate judges as proof that Justice Moore is somehow rebelling against the courts. In reality, he's simply doing what he can to delay the process and force others to act -- instead of willfully allowing same-sex "marriage" in Alabama on his watch. Nothing that Justice Moore has done is outside of his authority or the boundaries of his role. Until the state supreme court rules (and there's little doubt as to how they will), no outcome from the high court is final. In the meantime, we applaud Justice Moore for morally and constitutionally opposing an unjust ruling -- and ensuring that the state's process is followed before the redefinition of marriage is unleashed there.

There is NO confusion. SCOTUS declared marriage equality legal and that's the end of it. Let's not play games here. Roy Moore is a cheap, dictatorial demagogue who seems to think that HIS religious beliefs supersedes America's laws and court procedures.  He is a fool with power, which makes him a somewhat dangerous fool, but a fool nonetheless.

And the fact that the Family Research Council jumps through hoops to defend his madness more than adequately demonstrates its anti-gay animus and gives proper justification as to why it was declared to be an anti-gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Now meanwhile, in the REAL world:

Two federal prosecutors in Alabama say that Alabama probate judges are not free to disobey the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage and deny gay couples marriage licenses, despite an order from Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore.

"The Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court has issued an administrative order, directing probate judges that they may not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last year on marriage equality," according to a statement issued Wednesday night by U.S. Attorneys Joyce White Vance of the Northern District of Alabama and Kenyen Brown of the Southern District of Alabama.

"We have grave concerns about this order, which directs Alabama probate judges to disobey the ruling of the Supreme Court," Vance and Brown stated. "Government officials are free to disagree with the law, but not to disobey it. This issue has been decided by the highest court in the land and Alabama must follow that law."