Barring anything interesting happening, this will be my last post before the Thanksgiving holidays. I will begin posting again either Sunday or Monday. Enjoy this holiday with family - all of your family whether related or not. Love each other and yourselves this holiday. Because you are worthy of love.
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
'North Kansas City school district returning LGBTQ books to shelves after pushback' & other Tue midday news briefs
Monday, November 22, 2021
No doubt if I called Ellen Troxclair a wannabe in the spirit of Lauren Boebert or Marjorie Taylor Greene, she would take it as a compliment.
Troxclair is merely the latest person whose lack of intellect and general kindness are equally matched by their ignorance and mania. And like the two aforementioned, she is seeking high office. More specifically she is running for state office in Texas for "freedom," "the Constitution" and against "socialism."
That should give you a good indication as to what direction she is coming from. But just in case you need further information, check out this tweet she sent out this weekend:
You can no longer walk though the Christmas children’s section of a bookstore with your kids without being bombarded with inappropriate content -featured by staff who want to “make people” read it. Why does there have to be a leftist agenda to EVERYTHING everywhere all the time? pic.twitter.com/zUjwUy1ZOI— Ellen Troxclair 🇺🇸 (@EllenTroxclair) November 21, 2021
So what do you think she feels is more inappropriate? A gay Santa Claus? Or the fact that he has a black boyfriend? In the end, it doesn't matter cause girlfriend got ratioed hard. A lot of folks tweeted her back to laugh at her, while others objected to her idea that a gay couple is an inappropriate thing for kids to see.
And yes, even I participated.
'Right-wing pastor claims that gay men and Big Bird are coming for your children' & other Mon midday news briefs
Sunday, November 21, 2021
It would appear that North Carolina Lt. Gov Mark Robinson is trying to get to the governor's mansion on the backs of LGBTQ people. He has been basking in the backlash of homophobic comments he made about us in the past such as when he claimed that we want to 'recruit' children by supposedly forcing pornographic material on them in school libraries or also calling us called us filth and demonic.
And of course like so many other folks spewing that mess, he claims that his religious beliefs are leading him to say these things. He claims that he is saying these things with love in his heart for LGBTQ people The thing is when one keeps spouting hatred like Robinson does, the religious beliefs excuse runs a bit thin. Still, he will probably to continue to hide behind his religious beliefs for these new comments:
Robinson, a Republican who is expected to run for governor in 2024, questioned the “purpose” of being gay; said heterosexual couples are “superior” to gay couples; and that he didn’t want to explain to his grandchildren why two men are kissing if they see that on television.
Robinson made the remarks Sunday, Nov. 14, at Berean Baptist Church in Winston-Salem. They’re the latest statements he has made against gay, lesbian and transgender people, leading some state Democrats to call for his resignation. The White House previously called his remarks “repugnant” and said they spread hate.
In Winston-Salem, Robinson compared being gay to “what the cows leave behind” as well as maggots and flies, who he said all serve a purpose in God’s creation. “If homosexuality is of God, what purpose does it serve? What does it make? What does it create? It creates nothing,” Robinson said.
Friday, November 19, 2021
'LGBTQ elder care facilities open nationwide, but discrimination persists' & other Fri midday news briefs
Thursday, November 18, 2021
|Hopefully Barronelle Stutzman has used up her 15 minutes of fame as a 'Christian victim.'|
On Thursday, the LGBTQ community received a good bit of news that a religious right tactic intended to enshrine homophobic discrimination as law suffered another setback.
From NBC News:
A settlement was reached Thursday in the nearly decade-old case of a Christian flower shop owner in Washington state who refused to provide a same-sex couple flowers for their wedding despite the state's anti-discrimination laws. The U.S. Supreme Court left intact the state court rulings against Barronelle Stutzman, the owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, in July. Shortly afterward, Stutzman petitioned for a rehearing. Stutzman withdrew her petition Thursday and agreed to pay a settlement of $5,000 to the couple, Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed.. . . The case dates to 2013, when Stutzman refused to provide flowers for the couple's wedding. She said it would violate her Southern Baptist beliefs and her “relationship with Jesus Christ.” Using an argument similar to that of Colorado baker Jack Phillips in the hot-button 2018 Supreme Court case Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, Stutzman argued that her floral arrangements are works of art and that having to create them for same-sex weddings would trample on her freedom of expression.A lower court ruled in 2015 that Stutzman broke a Washington law that bars businesses from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation. The state Supreme Court ruled in favor of the couple in 2017 and then again in 2019, finding that selling flowers for a wedding “does not inherently express a message about that wedding.”
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
For the second day, there are reports of a backlash to this nonsense about banning books in school libraries. And today's report is better than yesterday's.
According to The Daily Beast:
Students are clapping back after a book about sexual orientation and gender identity sparked a protest at a Chicago-area high school board meeting Monday night. Conservatives lined up to demand that Gender Queer—a coming-of-age book about gender identity—be pulled from the library at Downers Grove District 99 High School, where only two copies are reportedly accessible for a student population of nearly 5,000.However, students called BS on complaints that the book peddles pornography and sexually explicit content. Instead, they turned the tables on what they said were attacks on homosexuality and free speech. Nearly 200 people attended the school board meeting in Downers Grove that quickly erupted into a book boycott fight, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Those opposed to the book held signs and banners expressing their disgust, claiming that the book exposed children to homoeroticism and pornography.
Lauren Pierret, a 17-year-old senior at Downers Grove North, said she didn’t know “Gender Queer” existed until last week. “This isn’t being forced upon your kids, but it gives kids who would be interested in this story a choice to read it,” she said.Pierret also questioned why other books that feature sex scenes such as “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Angela’s Ashes” were available in the library but not facing the same criticism. “Let’s not present getting rid of ‘Gender Queer’ as censoring our children from sex,” she told the school board. “It’s homophobia.”Josiah Poynter, an 18-year-old senior at Downers North, said he understands “this novel has scenes in it that are mature and sexual to say the least, [but] it’s not like we haven’t been given books with sex in them before. “Inclusion matters to young people,” he told the school board. “This is why we must have this book in our school’s library. Inclusion brings an opportunity to grow in a safe environment. It brings comfort to people who feel unsolved and cast out.”
'Five ways you can show up for trans people this Trans Awareness Week - and beyond' & other Wed midday news briefs
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
All of this nonsense about banning supposedly sexually explicit books from school libraries was bound to create a backlash sooner or later. And when it happened, it was delicious.
According to the Associated Press:
A Virginia school board rescinded a directive for staff to pull books with “sexually explicit” books from libraries early Tuesday after hours of passionate public comment. The Spotsylvania County school board voted 5-2 to reverse the order amid public backlash, but some board members said they’ll continue to take a stance against the inclusion of what they view as offensive material in school library books, The Free Lance-Star reported. Board members Rabih Abuismail and Kirk Twigg, who spoke of burning books at last week's meeting, did not support the reversal.
“[Your behavior] is the most egregious example of unprofessionalism I have ever witnessed,” one parent said, according to Adele Uphaus-Conner, a reporter for the Free Lance-Star. “The only course of action I see fit for you is a formal public apology to all the librarians in this county & for you to submit your resignation from the school board.”“You have labeled books you have no knowledge of and placed shame upon them,” said a district librarian. “You have no right to judge anyone or what they read.”. . . “If you are scared of a community you are supposed to represent, this is not the job for you,” said another student.
'Target's Pride nutcracker will probably be the talk of the holiday season' & other Tue midday news brief
Monday, November 15, 2021
|Moms for Liberty caused controversy in Tenn earlier this year by lying about a same-sex kiss on a float.|
Whenever I hear anyone play the black community vs. LGBTQ community angle, I get depressed on so many levels. As a gay black man, I feel like I'm being pulled and dissected. I feel as if no one cares about me as a person because they see me as a commodity to their struggle.
And then there is the fact that often times, both communities have the same enemies. Take the group Moms for Liberty, for example. That's a group which earlier this year caused a ruckus in Tennessee by falsely portraying an innocent kiss between a same-sex students into a lurid grope.
The kiss was a "blink and you'll miss it" peck, but thanks to the lies put out by Moms for Liberty, the incident was blown up into a huge, unnecessary controversy punctuated by a bunch of ignorant folks corralling a school board meeting with nonsense about kids "French kissing" and "groping" each other.
And surprise, surprise, Moms for Liberty - which is actually not a group of concerned parents, but astroturfed GOP operatives who, according to Media Matters:
. . . strategically harassing school board members, teachers, and administrators across the country, is deeply tied to anti-civil rights advocacy. Beyond opposing education about the history of racism in America, the organization also recommends reading an American history book by a far-right conspiracy theorist that is sympathetic to slave owners, and the co-founder of the organization actively opposed desegregation efforts while formerly serving on her school board. The organization’s staunch opposition to teaching “critical race theory” (CRT) perfectly fits in with its connection to anti-civil rights advocacy. CRT is actually a body of specific academic and legal scholarship, but this group and others have self-servingly (and incorrectly) rewritten the definition to essentially encompass any discussion of race or oppression.
Moms for Liberty recommends The Making of America by W. Cleon Skousen as a “helpful” text “when discussing the founding documents” of the United States . . . Skousen's book is also sympathetic to slave owners, calling them “the worst victims” and writing that “in some ways, the economic system of slavery chained the slave owners almost as much as the slaves.” Skousen himself was a supporter of the John Birch Society, an anti-civil rights organization that claimed the “African-American freedom movement was being manipulated from Moscow with the goal of creating a ‘Soviet Negro Republic’ in the Southern United States.”
'Groups object to SC Gov's attempt to ban LGBTQ books from school libraries' & other Mon midday news briefs
|SC Gov Henry McMaster|
Sunday, November 14, 2021
Thursday, November 11, 2021
Apparently the GOP has found a new target to create hysteria amongst its base.
There seems to be a bullseye painted on the book Gender Queer: A Memoir, with legislators and other elected officials as well as the astroturfed parental concern groups and spokespeople pointing to images in the book they claim are pornographic.
In other words, they have all conveniently found a focal point and will attempt to exploit it to the fullest extent to radicalize their supporters and demonize efforts to educate people on the lives and plight of LGBTQ people and specifically our LGBTQ kids.
It demonstrates two things - 1. That the nonsense over Critical Race Theory is apparently dying out. 2. How easy it is for them to pivot to targeting LGBTQ Americans.
Here are just a few of the instances in which it is happening:
Debate over explicit memoir becomes a focus of GOP gov races - GOP gov candidates are clearly mimicking a successful strategy ov VA Gov-elect Glenn Youngkin by targeting books as 'the enemy' of parents.
GOP governor bans LGBTQ book in school library as ‘obscene’ - In my state of South Carolina.
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Evangelical group claims that 'the Left' is putting drag queens in children's shows to introduce them to gay sex . . . or something like that
|According to the Family Research Council, Billy Porter as the fairy godmother in 'Cinderella' is part of a 'leftist plot' to get children interested in gay sex.|
Conservative evangelical organization the Family Research Council has never abandoned the false claim that LGBTQ people are trying to 'recruit' children for sex. The group simply engages in creative ways to state it. Such as the following email:
. . . The far Left has been trying to normalize abnormal sexual behavior through the media for years.
From Amazon's musical "Everybody's Talking About Jamie," about a 16-year-old becoming a drag queen to "Cinderella," featuring Billy Porter as a cross-dressing fairy godmother -- there is now a constant stream of agenda-driven content being created for and directly targeted at our children.
And that's not all: PBS in New York City faced significant backlash for a broadcast of its "Let's Learn" series. The target audience (children three to eight years old) learned something alright -- from drag queen host "Lil Miss Hot Mess." In addition to singing from his book "The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish" to the tune of "The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round," Lil Miss explains to children what a drag queen is: "[We are] everyday people who like to play pretend and dress up as often as we can," he said, adding, "I think we make pretty good role models."
PBS, which rakes in a significant amount of taxpayer dollars, has been overwhelmed by complaints from angry parents. And no wonder, considering the man hosting the show happily commented, "I think we might have some drag queens-in-training on our hands."
Oh the horrors!
For those who aren't keeping score, the email is a sequel to FRC's last hysterical money ask when it claimed that Disney, LEGOs, Skittles, and Kellogg's were plotting to 'indoctrinate' children into homosexuality.
Like the last email, FRC is merely trying to scare people. In fact when one eliminates the fear which FRC (and other right-wing sources such as the Daily Caller which was responsible for the non-controversy involving "Lil Miss Hot Mess) infuses into the situation, it's easy to recognize what's going here. Just a bunch of tired hypocrites fueling parental fears to the point of hysterics in order to fundraise. To them, everything showing how LGBTQ people contribute to the diversity of our country (and especially our families) is a plot. Just like to them, any thoughts or mentions of LGBTQ people must be semantically branded with ideas of sexual intercourse. The more vulgar and depraved, the better.
And they especially brand drag queens as if they were cautionary creatures parents used to frighten their children with if they stepped out of line. Forget the monsters like Peg Powler, Nelly Longarms or Jenny Greenteeth which parents evoked to scare their kids from straying too far from home. To FRC, drag queens are monsters to spook strictly the parents. Don't let your children even get close to them. And be careful of any program using them because they are trying to change your children. If you don't, your child may wake you up in the morning to tell you that he or she is gay. Or bisexual. Or transgender. Even worse, you may catch them wearing make-up and doing odd things with those Barbie dolls and He-Man action figures you bought them for Christmas.
While that is a bit over the top, it's akin to the connotative effect the Family Research Council hopes to have on its supporters when it comes to LGBTQ people. That's the irony of groups like the Family Research Council. They claim to be fighting depravity, but the depravity they rail against is usually what they have put into other people's minds.
'Right-leaning Facebook pages earning lots of interaction on posts about trans issues' & other Wed midday news briefs
Tuesday, November 09, 2021
“During the AIDS crisis, can you imagine if gay men and intravenous drug users, or the vast majority of people with AIDS, had they been pariahs the way the non-vaccinated are? But it would’ve been inconceivable.”
The nearly 8-minute film features previously unreleased audio of former Reagan press secretary Larry Speakes scoffing at, and making light of, persistent questions in a span of three years (1982-1984) on the disease's outbreak from reporter Lester Kinsolving. The audiotape, which includes reporters openly laughing at the notion of a "gay plague," puts the administration's lack of response in perspective."As you can hear in the tape, the whole AIDS issue was treated by Speakes and the press pool, for that matter, as a joke. I'd like to think that the Reagan administration didn't realize what they were grappling with at first," Calonico told MSNBC.Reagan did not utter the word AIDS until 1985, following the death of his friend, Hollywood actor Rock Hudson, from the disease. He did not speak about the disease at length until near the end of his second term in 1987 during an AIDS conference in Washington, D.C. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, "36,058 Americans had been diagnosed with AIDS and 20,849 had died," by the time Reagan made that speech. Reagan also reportedly prevented his surgeon general, C. Everett Koop, from being more aggressive about raising public consciousness of the disease.
'Transphobic tweet final straw for soap opera: 'General Hospital' releases troublesome cast member' & other Tue midday news briefs
Monday, November 08, 2021
Fox News aired 88 segments about a sexual assault in VA to lie on trans kids, pro-trans policies in schools
Years ago when Fox News was gaining power, some of us predicted what would happen should that propaganda crap shack folks call a network turned its full force against the LGBTQ community. The election last Tuesday in Virginia demonstrated what we were afraid of. And Media Matters has the details:
Right-wing media weaponized a sexual assault at a Loudon County, Virginia, high school in order to spread anti-trans disinformation and make trans rights into a wedge issue in Virginia’s gubernatorial election -- despite trans-inclusion having nothing to do with the assault. In particular, Fox News aired 88 segments in just over a three-week period about a student sexually assaulting a classmate in a girls bathroom.After right-wing outlet The Daily Wire published a story about the assault, which included an interview with the survivor’s father, right-wing media twisted the story into an opportunity to perpetuate the myth that trans-inclusive bathrooms allow predators to attack women. In the October 11 story, the assault survivor’s father asserted that the attacker “is apparently bisexual and occasionally wears dresses.” In addition, he falsely claimed that kids are using the trans-inclusive bathroom policies “as an advantage to get into the bathrooms.” However, as Media Matters previously reported, the policy was passed by the school board on August 11 -- months after May 28, when the assault was reported to have taken place.. . .From October 11, the day of the Daily Wire’s published interview with the survivor’s father, through November 4, Fox News aired 88 segments that discussed the assault.Key findings include:Fox’s so-called “straight news” programs aired 33 segments about the assault, accounting for over one-third of the total segments. The remaining 55 segments were from its opinion programs.Fox & Friends and its weekend counterparts as well as Fox & Friends First, the network’s weekday early morning show, together aired the most segments (26) about the assault. The Ingraham Angle and Fox News Live aired the second-most segments (7 each), followed by America Reports With John Roberts & Sandra Smith (6 segments). Tucker Carlson Tonight aired 4 segments on the topic.On October 26, one day after a Loudoun County juvenile court judge “found sufficient evidence” that the “teen sexually assaulted a classmate in the girls’ bathroom,” coverage of the story peaked, with Fox airing 10 segments on the subject. The second-most segments per day occurred on October 13, two days after the Daily Wire report was published, and October 27, two days after the judge’s verdict. Fox aired nine segments on the topic each day.Fox hosts and guests repeatedly tried to use the story to bolster the debunked bathroom predator myth. In one segment, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) claimed, “Maybe [Attorney General] Merrick Garland's Department of Justice should be looking into Loudoun County School Board superintendent who can't protect young girls from being raped by boys pretending to be girls." In another, Fox News host Jesse Waters called the incident a “transgender bathroom rape cover-up.”Fox hosts also incorrectly claimed that the district’s trans-inclusive bathroom policy allowed the teen to sexually assault another student. On October 21, Fox host Will Cain asserted that the father of the survivor “wanted accountability from the school board after their transgender policies led to his teenage daughter being allegedly raped in the school bathroom by a man in a skirt.”
|'The Eternals' are a hit.|
Sunday, November 07, 2021
Not a long post and certainly not one meant to be ugly. And I certainly hope that no one responding will be rude. Let's not go in for personal insults.
At its recent gala, the Log Cabin Republicans awarded former First Lady Melania Trump "with the Spirit of Lincoln Award for her commitment to enhancing personal freedom, encouraging individual responsibility, and ensuring equality under the law for all Americans."
I have a simple question. What the heck did she ever do for the LGBTQ community? Name me one thing. Just one.
Friday, November 05, 2021
Religious right bragging how their transphobia helped GOP win VA governor's race' & other Fri midday news briefs
Thursday, November 04, 2021
'Critical Race Theory' opponent expresses desire to censor part of Civil Rights Movement because it would put police in bad light
Editor's note - this may not be an LGBTQ-themed article per se. But then again maybe it is. The activist in this piece expressed a desire to censor part of the Civil Rights Movement in which police and firemen used fire hoses on children during the 1963 Birmingham protest. She implied that it would put policemen in a bad light to other children. You just know how she would feel about Stonewall.
We know that Critical Race Theory is not an actual thing being taught to children in K-12 schools. We know that the GOP exploited fears about it to scare white suburban voters. We also know that it has generated considerable success for them, particularly in the recent Virginia governor race. And lastly, we all know that Republicans will be using this culture war dog whistle in an attempt to take back Congress next year.
But none of this seems to be registering to folks like it should. I personally think that it's due to an inability to conceive what's going on here and what it could lead to. Those of us concerned with the erasing of history (for whatever reason, both actual and imagined) can't seem to get our message across.
So why don't we turn to those groups and so-called concerned parents leading this 'fight' against Critical Race Theory and listen to what they have to say.
A recent CBS article vocalizes what I'm talking about:
In Tennessee, (Robin) Steenman and other members of Moms for Liberty have pushed to eliminate portions of a widely-used language arts curriculum called Wit & Wisdom from area schools. They take issue with some of the reading materials about the civil rights movement geared for grade-school students."Grade two, module three, has five or six books. One of them is Martin Luther King and the March on Washington, which of course that should be taught. But how should it be taught? What should we focus on when we teach it?" Steenman asked."There's one specific example in this book ... there's a very famous photograph of firemen spraying children that were engaged in protest in I believe it was Birmingham. It's a terrible photo, they're doing harm to children, Black children, they're blasted by fire hoses. And it shows that to these second grade children. Most kids up to that point have idolized the policemen, the firemen." "I don't want them to see racism yet — to engage, to learn racism. They can teach history but let's not teach racism," Steenman said.
Wednesday, November 03, 2021
VA governor race was the warning to black and LGBTQ communities. You will be targeted as 'the enemy' during the midterms.
On Tuesday night, GOP candidate for Virginia governor Glenn Youngkin won his race in part by scaring white suburban voters. He implied to them that their precious boys and girls are in danger in the state's schools because classrooms are teaching them to be ashamed of being white, transgender girls are lurk in the dark corners of school bathrooms seeking to rape them, and that librarians are attempting to indoctrinate them with obscene books featuring homosexuals.
Scaring white suburban voters that their children are being targeted was a winning formula. That's what happened and that's what our mainstream media should be saying. But they won't. Instead they give us the same tired narrative of what the Virginia election may mean on the national front and how it will doom President Biden, which is symbolic of how overpaid, lazy and completely lacking of diversity they are.
We shouldn't be astounded too much about what Youngkin achieved. Scaring white suburban voters is a hallmark of winning campaigns and he's not the first candidate to benefit from it. George Bush won the presidency in 1989 in part by conjuring up images of scary black convicts committing assaults and rapes with his Willie Horton ad. The National Organization for Marriage won more than few referendums against gay marriage by claiming that it would corrupt children.
With his dog whistles against Critical Race Theory (even though it's not being taught in K-12 classrooms in Virginia), exploiting a terrible event in which a young girl was sexually assaulted in a high school bathroom (which had nothing to do with trans kids or laws and ordinances protecting them in schools), and issues about gay-themed books (which weren't even available in elementary schools), Youngkin combined racist, homophobic, and transphobic tropes to make a powerful weapon.
'Bisexual Superman and gay Eternals are giving the homophobes all sorts of fits' & other Wed midday news briefs
Tuesday, November 02, 2021
Iowa school board candidate proposes outing kids who check out books on LGBTQ topics (the manic season of midterm elections is already upon us)
|Vin Thaker wants to out kids who check out books on LGBTQ topics.|
A proposal by an Iowa school board candidate signals just out of hand the upcoming 2022 midterms may become.
According to LGBTQNation:
A conservative Republican running for the school board in Waukee, Iowa has a radical plan for fighting diversity and education. Vin Thaker, part of a conservative slate trying to take over the board, wants to out children who check out books on LGBTQ topics. He also wants the person who ordered the book to stand trial in front of the board. Thaker posted his proposition on Facebook in response to another user about books on LGBTQ topics available in the district’s school libraries.
The latest frontier of the conservative culture wars is the local school board, where low turnout elections are meeting deranged conservative beliefs. In Iowa, the Waukee school district removed three queer books for teens from its library system last month. The books — “All Boys Aren’t Blue,” “Lawn Boy” and “Gender Queer” — were taken out of the Northwest High School Library after a community member (not parent) read some spicy (you could say explicit) scenes from the books at an Oct. 25 meeting of the Waukee Community School District School.But where the book banning really caught fire was when school board candidate Vin Thaker posted about the pro-LGBTQ book borrowers on Facebook last week. Thaker wants to know the name of every kid who checked out one of the pro-LGBTQ books. Shocking! And scary! I was reading all kinds of shit I didn’t want my parents to know about when I was in high school. (Thaker’s comment was highlighted by an Iowa Democratic group trying to elect Democrats to the school board.) This move incensed Thaker because the screenshot only disclosed that he wants do whatever the school board equivalent is to a subpoena to children’s library records. What Thaker actually wants to do is get all the students’ names, notify their parents, and then make “the person who ordered these titles” defend their choices.
'Homophobe interrupts school board meeting with rant about 'sodomy alliances' and fecal matter' & other Tue midday news briefs
Monday, November 01, 2021
FRC president Tony Perkins claims gays are using LEGOs, Skittles, Rainbow Disney, and cereal to indoctrinate children
Hate group the Family Research Council goes where the outrage is. Its fundraising email calls 'wokeism' a danger to American children, but the propaganda screams homophobia. Apparently, directly targeting LGBTQ people as a danger to children isn't as lucrative as wrapping up the same old hysteria into a deceptively brand new package and calling it 'wokeism.'
The irony is that the stuff which FRC president Tony Perkins lists as dangerous isn't dangerous. In fact, these incidents and products which Perkins claims are detrimental to children bring about the opposite effect because they underscore a simple truth - that LGBTQ children and same-sex families exist.
There is nothing sexual about it and if Mr. Perkins feels that his family suffers because of this, then that's solely his problem. If he feels that he and his organization has a right to erase these children and families, well he needs to get off of his high horse.
America belongs to LGBTQ children and same-sex families as much as it belongs to Perkins. Nor does he, his group, or anyone who supports FRC have any right to define children and families to fit their narrow definitions. LGBTQ children and same-sex families have every right to receive public support and acknowledgement. They are no danger to anyone.
I can't say the same for the propaganda of Perkins and FRC.
'Will SCOTUS overturn marriage equality? Barney Frank doesn't think so' & other Mon midday news briefs
|Former Congressman Barney Frank|
Sunday, October 31, 2021
'NOW That's What I Call Family Values DVD' - For parents who fear their children are being 'indoctrinated into homosexuality'
Friday, October 29, 2021
'No charges for Wyoming librarians for making LGBTQ-themed and sex ed books available to young people' & other Fri midday news briefs
|One of the books in the center of a Wyoming controversy.|
Thursday, October 28, 2021
NC Lt Gov Mark Robinson believes that being LGBTQ is just about sex. And he wants to force LGBTQ people to live in accordance to that belief.
|NC Lt Gov Mark Robinson|
North Carolina Lt Governor Mark Robinson seems to be having the time of his life riding the controversy he started a while back by railing against LGBTQ people and LGBTQ-themed books in schools. He has been steadily playing the victim by claiming that the so-called evil and intolerant gay community has been slurring him because he only wants to protect the children from homosexuality.
According to Right Wing Watch, on Tuesday, Robinson held conference call with equally homophobic nut E.W. Jackson. During this call, he hinted on running for governor (God help NC if he does.) He also made the following statement, which LGBTQ people have heard from folks like him so many times, we can recite it from memory:
“One of the reasons why they’re attacking me is because of my religious beliefs,” Robinson griped. “I am a firm believer, and I’m not shy about saying this: homosexuality and transgenderism are sin. According to the tenets of my Christian faith, that is sinful behavior, and it is sinful for people to wrap themselves up in it and identify themselves by it, and it is immoral for people to promote it to other people.”
“In this country, you have the right to be able to be a homosexual and transgender person, there’s no doubt about that, and I’ll stand up for your rights to be able to do that,” he continued. “But as far as you going into schools and promoting it to young people and trying to push your feelings or your lifestyle on someone else, that is an absolute no go.” “Just because I disagree with your lifestyle doesn’t mean that I hate you or that I want to take away your constitutional rights,” Robinson said.
Robinson repeats the same nonsense that we've to deal with from his sort on so many occasions and it proves that when you break it down, LGBTQ people aren't the aggressors here. We aren't the ones attempting to force people to condone or accept any standard of behavior.
People like Robinson are.
His controversy has nothing to do with keeping children from harm or his religion. It's about a man with a limited view of a group of people attempting to force said group of people to live in accordance to his limited view. Robinson has a right to his personal beliefs. He has a right to believe that homosexuality is a sin and that the LGBTQ identity is all about sex.
But what he doesn't have is the right to force LGBTQ people to conduct ourselves in accordance to his standards. To him, our identity has nothing to do with who we are, but his perverted idea of what we supposedly do in the bedroom. And that's not our problem. He has no right to reduce the complexity and diversity of LGBTQ lives to simply sexual encounters. He has no right to render our families invisible. He has no right to render LGBTQ kids in schools invisible either.
And he definitely has no right to mandate how we should behave. We shouldn't have to edit, censor, or transfer any part of our lives simply to suit the stupidity of a man who thinks that God has given him dominion to transfer his sick ideas about LGBTQ people onto LGBTQ people. I would suggest that Robinson get over himself. Stop using his religious beliefs as an excuse to stigmatize people or expect them to behave as if he gets to dictate who they are.
LGBTQ people do not have lifestyles. We have lives. Robinson needs to get one.
'GOP lawmaker demands schools tell him if they have books on racism & LGBTQ people' & other Thur midday news briefs
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
|Congressman Bob Good|
Members of the religious right and the anti-LGBTQ industry blame us for so many things. Maybe Virginia GOP Congressman Bob Good got tired of waiting for blame us every time something bad happens in the world and instead decided to shoot for blanket scapegoating.
While opposing a domestic violence prevention bill, a Republican claims nearly everything that “plagues our society” is a result of failing to follow “god’s rules for and definition of marriage” pic.twitter.com/z4ktzEpx8m— Acyn (@Acyn) October 26, 2021
In the days of my youth, he would be called a 'nut' but thanks to today's political climate, he is called 'Congressman' by some and a 'faithful warrior of Jesus Christ' by others.
It goes without saying that his scapegoating of the LGBTQ community is as bogus as his morality and integrity. To me that's a good thing. One reason is obvious. The other reason is that it would have depressed me tremendously to contemplate that us LGBTQ people have so much power, but I still can't get Rob Kardashian to be my love slave.