|Discredited, transphobic author Abigail Shrier goes the extra mile to make life hell for LGBTQ kids.|
Thursday, December 30, 2021
'Transphobic author trying to get two teachers fired for supporting LGBTQ students' & other Thur midday news briefs
Wednesday, December 29, 2021
Editor's note - In light of all of the nonsense going on with school districts attempting to censor books dealing with sexuality and gender, it's important to realize what it's all about. Those behind these actions may claim they are attempting to protect the children, but that's what they always say .It's their eternal mantra.
The post below was published last year, but it is still relevant. Nursed in the mind of every liar attempting to render LGBTQ people invisible because of 'the children' are hysterically bad notions about LGBTQ lives. Even if they don't publicly admit it. Also, while these images may seem comical, it's important to remember the present day damage done by those who believe them to be fact.
. . . I thought I would take a jaunt through the history of homophobic images via a publication I have used on many occasions.
Homosexuality: Legitimate, Alternate Deathstyle was created and published in the mid 1980s by a man named Dick Hafer. As you can see below, it spotlit all of the anti-LGBTQ stereotypes of the day and presented them as facts. And as you can also see by the second image, several noted public figures at the time (including a Congressman who died this year), endorsed it as fact. There really is no need to refute this booklet because it basically refutes itself. But it's important for that things like it be remembered for two reason:
1. It is a wonderful, albeit nauseatingly foul, historical resource on homophobia in the United States.
2. If you took a look at the images, you would see that the religious right/anti-LGBTQ industry are saying pretty much the same things about our community as this book, but with more subtlety and less shock. It's not that hard to go from "homosexuality is a dangerous lifestyle" to "Christians need religious liberty to protect their rights from the homosexual agenda."
(Click on the images to make them larger)
Tuesday, December 28, 2021
My most treasured LGBTQ moment of 2021 - Learning that the first drag queen was a gay black man named William Dorsey Swann
As 2021 comes to an end and 2022 is coming around the corner, it is with a great deal of sadness that I have to even mention the jerks and jackasses who attempted to make life harder for LGBTQ people. BUT jerks and jackasses are a side dish of life and we all have to deal with them. They can try to make your life more difficult and at times can succeed even for just a moment. But then you learn to deal with them and win.
And the one way of dealing jerks and jackasses who plague LGBTQ people is remembering who we are and why we fight. Remember that you should fight for those coming up after you. And you should honor those who came before you. And speaking of the latter, one of my most treasured moments came this year when I found out about William Dorsey Swann. As the video above notes, Swann gay black man who was a former slave and the self-described drag queen. And that's only the beginning of his story. He became the first American on record who pursued legal action for LGBTQ rights. He was unsuccessful, but paved the way for Stonewall and our entire movement in general.
For a gay black man like myself, this discovery is gold. After so many years of being rendered invisible in the African-American civil rights movement and pushed into the background of the LGBTQ equality movement, the discovery of how much LGBTQ people of color were actually there and in the foreground of both movements (particularly visible in portion of Black history where we generally aren't mentioned) means the world to me.
Editor's note - Unfortunately, no pictures or film footage of Swann exists. The footage in the video are of the vaudeville duo of Gregory and Brown.
Wednesday, December 22, 2021
'Utah billionaire leaves Mormon church, donates $600,000 to LGBTQ group' & other Wed midday news briefs
Tuesday, December 21, 2021
This may become an annual post for this blog.
I already posted this in 2019 and 2020. But this year, with some Americans exploiting the Christian faith as a weapon to discriminate, seize government power, and (yes) undermine the fight against a pandemic, this Saturday Night Live cartoon short is especially important. As well as the lesson it tries to give.
Monday, December 20, 2021
In a show of brazen hypocrisy, the Family Research Council sent out the following tweet on Monday:
FRC is all full of holiness about the "Christ Child." I guess that means we are supposed to forget the time the group smeared transgender children by falsely implying that they are predators
To say nothing of the numerous times the group falsely implied that the LGBTQ community was trying to 'recruit' children and supposedly teach them about gay sex.
'Teacher accused of being a 'predator' simply for starting Gay-Straight Alliance' & other Mon midday news briefs
Sunday, December 19, 2021
A good friend of mine sent me this video. It was created in 2009 by the news satire organization, The Onion but it still holds up today. I should tell you though that I had to watch it twice before realizing it was a parody. It walks a very thin line and could bring back awful memories to some readers. But I think that it does make a good point in its own way with regards to the masculine and feminine roles we attempt to drill into our children.
Don't be so insistent to force your child to take a role to ease your frame of mind.
Friday, December 17, 2021
'Mother lost custody and went to jail after she supported her kid's gender identity' & other Fri midday news briefs
Thursday, December 16, 2021
Family Research Council teams up with Russian disinformation to lie about pro-trans policies in high schools
|Russian leader Vladimir Putin (top) and Family Research Council president Tony Perkins (bottom) are both claim that they are protecting children with their attacks on LGBTQ people.|
This week, a trans woman in California, Christynne Wood, won a settlement from a fitness center which discriminated against her.
Anti-LGBTQ hate group the Family Research Council exploited the incident for its latest attack on transgender Americans. In its whine, FRC offers up the usual nonsense about "men in locker rooms," making sure to demonize transgender women and girls as "naked men" who may be present when wives and daughters enter locker rooms. More of the same lies and appeals to fears.
Then the group said the following in an attempt to tie President Biden into the situation:
And yet, this is the "progress" Joe Biden wants to bring to every locker room in America. And while grown-ups can fight these issues at places like Crunch, what's really terrible is when schools impose this on students -- and no one is allowed to complain! At its best, it's unfair to girls. At its worst, it's dangerous. Two teenagers in Loudoun County will have scars for the rest of the life because a policy like this one gave a boy in a skirt access to rape and assault two girls. But that hasn't stopped the Left from pushing schools to throw children's privacy to the wind and cast their lot with radical transgender policies like this one. If that makes you or your daughter uncomfortable, this president's response is a lot like Christynne's: "too bad."
. . . the policy was passed by the school board on August 11 -- months after May 28, when the assault was reported to have taken place, making it impossible for the suspect to have used the protections “as an advantage to get into the bathrooms.” The myth that trans-inclusive bathrooms allow predators to attack women has been repeatedly debunked; additionally, assaults and harassment are already illegal regardless of whether bathrooms allow trans people. In fact, the suspect was later charged in a second assault in Loudoun County that was reported to have taken place in “an empty classroom.” The suspect has now been arrested and detained in juvenile detention.
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Receiving photos of mutilated bodies with the warning “you’re next” rattled gay rights activist Nikita Tomilov but when he saw surveillance men outside his home, he fled Russia for good. The threats via social media came from Pila - Russian for “saw” - a homophobic group which has said it was behind the fatal stabbing in July of an LGBT+ activist whose name was among a dozen on their widely-circulated assassination “blacklist”.
“I went to the police when I saw two masked men lurking outside my apartment, but they said they couldn’t do anything without proof that these men were there,” Tomilov, 22, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation via Skype from a European country. “What kind of proof could I bring them? And my family members started receiving threats as well. I realised it was too dangerous for me to stay in Russia.”
"We are not forbidding anything and nobody is being grabbed off the street, and there is no punishment for such kinds of relations, . . . You can feel relaxed and calm [in Russia], but leave children alone, please."
'LGBTQ advocates hail Canada's ban on conversion ('ex-gay') therapy' & other Thur midday news briefs
Wednesday, December 15, 2021
|Jeff McCall claims that he was a trans woman and a gay prostitute before becoming a leader in the 'ex-gay' movement. However, accusations have come up that he has not been truthful about his 'ex-gay' status.|
The ex-gay movement was once a powerful component of the religious right's war against LGBTQ America. But thanks to LGBTQ groups, activists, bloggers, and the simple fact that many leaders of this movement simply got tired of lying to themselves, it has fizzled tremendously.
But there are still some components out there causing problems.
Jeff McCall is an 'ex-gay' leader who claims that he is a former trans woman and a gay prostitute who was delivered by God. Now he leads an annual - and very sparsely attended - event called the Freedom March in which he and others 'ex-gays' march in DC proclaiming their so-called deliverance from the supposed "homosexual lifestyle."
However according to Truth Wins Out, a group which has been pivotal in the slow demise of the 'ex-gay' movement, McCall hasn't exactly been truthful.
The group sent the following press release out on Wednesday:
Truth Wins Out condemned Freedom March founder Jeffrey McCall today as a hypocritical fraud after he admitted online to multiple hookups and romantic attachments with men, even as he continues to shamelessly lead “Freedom March” parades of so-called “ex-gays”. Given the tawdry revelations, Truth Wins Out calls on the Freedom March to permanently shut down and stop conning people into believing that they can “pray away the gay.”“Jeffrey McCall is a self-serving con artist who runs a fraudulent organization that preys on vulnerable and desperate LGBTQ people who grow up in religious homes,” said Truth Wins Out’s Executive Director Wayne Besen. “If McCall had an ounce of integrity he’d apologize for his rank hypocrisy and shut down his odious Freedom March racket before it ruins more lives. McCall’s own actions prove that he has no ability to ‘help’ anyone, starting with himself.”In an online post to his cult followers, McCall wrote (The typos are his):In 2020 I met someone that I was trying to help (I was helping in other ways he didn’t deal with SSA) which lead to me being unfaithful to Jesus and giving my heart away. After denying what I wanted with him I then went on to fall sexually with a man when I felt wounded and lonely. This lead to multiple falls with men over time. (None of these men were Christians or people from ministry) Everytime I fell I would truly repent and turn away again. I would feel Gods love, mercy, and forgiveness sometimes before I could even finish the prayer.Despite his repeated failures in practicing what he preaches, McCall’s organization hosted a Freedom March this November in West Palm Beach, Florida. On the group’s Facebook Page, McCall is shamelessly peddling his book, For Such A Time: From Transgender to a Son of God. . . Truth Wins Out attended the 2021 Freedom March in Washington, DC, along with conversion therapy survivor Jared Dixon. Our efforts to counter Freedom March lies can be viewed in our new video, Jared Goes to Washington, which already has over 15,000 views.
'Study finds that hormone therapy linked to lower suicide risk for trans youth' & other Wed midday news briefs
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
I have never seen the television show True Blood and I am not completely familiar who this character Lafayette is. I do know two things, however.
Unfortunately the actor who portrayed him, Nelsan Ellis, has left us for another plane of existence (which is a shame because he was incredibly talented.)
And the black LGBTQ community would do well with more heroes like him - whether fictional or actual. Especially with idiots like Dave Chappelle exploiting homophobia and transphobia in the black community to make a cheap buck. And other individuals creating fake hate crimes which only serve to backfire on us.
'Juror in Smollett trial reveals what convinced them of actor's guilt' & other Tue midday news briefs
Monday, December 13, 2021
SC Congressional candidate (who was once caught lying about his military service) says right-wing Christians need to take over America for God
This is what awaits us if we don't get off of our butts and vote en masse in next year's midterm elections:
Mark Burns, an unabashed Christian nationalist MAGA pastor who is running for Congress in South Carolina, spoke at the ReAwaken America conference in Dallas, Texas last week, where he once again declared that any law that contradicts the Bible must be overturned and proclaimed that now is the time for right-wing Christians to “take over” the country.. . . “Are we ready to declare war on every demonic spirit?” Burns asked. “Are we ready to take over? Somebody shout, ‘Take it back, take it back.’ Shout, ‘Take it back!’ We’re here to declare war on Satan. How many here know that this is a God nation, this is a Jesus nation? And liberals are trying to take God out of everything we hold dear. Are you gonna let them do it, Texas? I said are you gonna let them take God—somebody say, ‘Never! Shout, ‘Never!’ This nation was founded on Judeo-Christian principles. This nation was founded on the fact that Jesus is the messiah.”“Let me go ahead and piss off the mainstream media,” Burns continued. “Any law that is a law right now that’s contrary to the word of God should be outlawed and abolished in this nation. Do you believe that Jesus should be at the center of American politics in the United States of America?”
“We’re here to take over,” Burns later declared. “We’re here to take over, God help me. We’re here to take over. We’re here to take over!”
South Carolina preacher Mark Burns, who regularly introduces Trump at his campaign events, had listed on his church’s website that he had a Bachelor of Science degree and served six years in the Army Reserve.Burns, however, was never in the Army Reserve. He was in the South Carolina National Guard, from which he was discharged in 2008, CNN found. As far as a Bachelor’s degree, North Greenville University told CNN he only attended the school for one semester. Burns admitted that he did not finish his degree when CNN asked him about it.When CNN confronted Burns about the various professional and social exaggerations he had featured on his biography, Burns first said the page had “obviously” been either “manipulated or either hacked or added.” But the site host, Wix, said there was no evidence of a hack.
'Parents of gay teen who died by suicide dedicated to help other LGBTQ teens' & other Mon midday news briefs
Sunday, December 12, 2021
It was just a few months ago that One Million Moms, an evangelical astroturf group funded by the American Family Association (AFA) — which is a certified anti-LGBTQ hate group — was upset that a cosmetics company was promoting a razor product for women, calling it “inappropriate” to suggest women shave. Now, unironically, the same group — led by one woman, Monica Cole — is calling for a boycott of Sephora because their new ad doesn’t only feature women. In fact, Cole is peeved that the ad includes a two men in a relationship sharing a kiss when “Sephora’s primary customer base is women.”. . .One Million Moms regularly decries “cancel culture,” while launching continuous nonstop “boycotts” of various companies that offend their delicate sensibilities. The boycotts consist of launching “petition” campaigns, requesting people fill out a generic contact form on their page and sign up for the group’s emails as a form of protest.. . . In 2019, the group infamously caused Hallmark to ban an ad temporarily because it featured a lesbian couple, before the company’s management stepped in and did a 180. Since then, Cole and the AFA have made pushes against all sorts of brands that dared show support for LGBTQ people. Whether it was cartoons with dogs, dishwashing liquid, fruit, hummus, Oreos, movies with cyclops, or wrapping paper, the One Million Moms group has been there, trying to cancel anyone who dares recognize the existence of LGBTQ people.
Friday, December 10, 2021
Thursday, December 09, 2021
|One of the simplest outfits to wear when you've declared 'War on Christmas.'|
It's that time of year again. Visions of snowy days, sugarplums, brightly colored tinsel, and the 'War on Christmas.' No one really knows how this notion started. All we know is that it comes annually like arthritis in the winter or those gosh-awful movie remakes to remind us that while there is good in the world, evil is never that far behind.
It's the lovely time of the year in which conservatives entities like Fox News and conservative evangelicals either manufacture a moral panic from some isolated incident like a Christmas song excluding lyrics about Jesus or simply make up a lie (usually about someone praying or a Nativity scene) to push an alarmingly hysterical idea that evil forces (i.e. LGBTQ people, 'leftists,' socialists, pro-choice activists, etc etc) are plotting to destroy Christmas. Or at least take it away from its 'Christian' roots. They do it every year because people respond better when you make them fear something and puff up their egos at the same time.
I say if we are going to have a War on Christmas, let's go all the way. And the first thing we should consider is attire. It is important to send the message that we are seriously going to wreck Christmas A good outfit can go a long way into sending the message.
It's always good to have a theme. You want to coordinate your outfits so that there is a linear message sent. Any theme will do but always remember that creativity is the key. Now since I grew up in the 1970s, I am going to present a blaxploitation theme. Feel free to copy or create your own.
Wednesday, December 08, 2021
Conservative pundit's latest attack on trans youth underscores bigots' shift from homophobia to transphobia
Wednesday evening I read something in Media Matters which nauseated the hell out of me:
The bestselling “LGBTQ+ Book” on Amazon is Johnny the Walrus -- a hateful picture book by The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh that compares the gender identities of trans youth to a young boy who imagines he is a walrus. Amazon mislabeled the book into its LGBTQ+ Books section and, as a result, is promoting harmful anti-trans views to its consumers interested in LGBTQ stories.Walsh is a prominent podcast host at The Daily Wire, a right-wing media outlet and a cesspool of bigotry and hatred which frequently targets the LGBTQ community. Walsh himself has
a long record of espousing extreme anti-LGBTQ rhetoric, including falsely comparing best practice medical care for trans youth to “molestation and rape” and calling doctors who serve trans youth “pedophiles” -- and now he has used Amazon’s mislabeling to claim he is an “LGBT author” and “one of the leading LGBT voices in the country.”Johnny the Walrus is an anti-trans allegory that compares a child imagining that he is a walrus to society affirming and accepting trans youth, including by providing lifesaving, best practice medical care when kids go through puberty. In reality, research shows that transgender youth are best able to succeed when their teachers and families accept and affirm their gender identity, which has been proven to reduce their risk of experiencing depression, homelessness, and suicidal ideation.