Thursday, April 29, 2021

Group behind bills targeting trans kids once defended imprisoning gays and sterilizing transgender people

THIS is the group with the bullseye on transgender children.

Editor's note - Unfortunately, the Texas Senate did pass the bill which could criminalize parental support of trans children and lead to those children being taken out of the home. It now goes to the House.

As we watch the attack on our trans children via statewide laws backed by a narrative of lies, it's important to remember from who and where it's all coming from.

According to an article in March from The American Independent:

Many of the proposed bills introduced in state legislatures have been connected to the right-wing group Alliance Defending Freedom, which has drafted some or all of the legal language used in them, provided testimony in favor of anti-trans measures from purported experts in state legislatures, and conducted public relations campaigns to promote the bills and attack the federal Equality Act.

 The group works under the umbrella of "The Promise to America's Children" coalition with other right-wing organizations, including the Heritage Foundation and the Family Policy Alliance, to attack transgender rights. The Alliance Defending Freedom has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which cites its work to recriminalize sexual acts between consenting LGBTQ people, support for sterilization of transgender people, and promotion of myths about pedophilia and LGBTQ sexuality. 

 According to its 2017 tax returns, the nonprofit group brought in over $55 million in donations. It has over the course of its 27-year history poured millions of dollars into the fight against LGBTQ rights and the right of women to have abortions. 

 . . . In its attacks against transgender people over the years, the Alliance has insisted on misgendering them, referring to transgender women as "males" and "biological males." It has also demonized gay people in publications, saying that pedophilia and homosexuality are "often intrinsically linked" and that there is a "definite link" between "child molestation and later homosexual behavior." Claiming that there's a plot against Christians, the group's founder, Alan Sears, compared activists for LGBTQ equality to "Nazis" who were "tightening the screws" against Christian churches and claimed they were manipulating data on LGBTQ suicides in order to "entrap more children in a dangerous behavior."

While religious right groups like the Family Research Council or the American Family Association are front and center,  ADF pushes its anti-LGBTQ agenda in the background. 

And overseas.

'Texas Senate determined to redefine supportive parents of trans kids as child abusers' & other Thur midday news briefs


Texas Senate is set to redefine supportive parents of trans kids as child abusers - THIS is going to be a disaster.

Hundreds of people showed up to protest a school board meeting over a nonexistent LGBTQ policy - Imply awful lies about LGBTQ people and children, then watch the puppets dance.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Franklin Graham upset that Biden is allowing the LGBTQ rainbow flag to fly at American embassies. He'll have to get over it.

Get over yourself, Franklin Graham.

Recently on his Facebook page, Franklin Graham whined about President Biden's decision to allow US embassies to fly the LGBTQ rainbow flag:

Just because something is “authorized,” that doesn’t make it right! Why should a flag representing one group of people and a specific agenda be literally raised up above all others and allowed to fly at our embassies and consulates? The embassies represent the United States of America on foreign soil—only the U.S. flag should be flown. Not the gay pride flag, not the Christian flag, not any other flag. The previous administration had a one-flag rule that the Biden administration has rescinded. Our U.S. flag represents the sacrifice, the honor, the unity, the patriotism—and the blood—that made America great. Pray for our nation and our leaders.

Yeah, whatever. There are a few details Graham omitted about Biden's decision: 

 Secretary of State Antony Blinken has authorized US embassies to fly the Pride flag, according to a State Department cable first reported by Foreign Policy. Blinken gave US diplomatic outposts the greenlight to fly the rainbow flag before May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, and to keep it on display through Pride Month in June. But the top US diplomat in the cable also said that this was not mandatory, leaving it up to diplomats to "determine that such a display is appropriate in light of local conditions," per the New York Times, which also reviewed the cable. 

 . . . This move reverses a decision from the Trump administration, which rejected requests from US embassies to fly the Pride flag. Then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who publicly opposed same-sex marriage, said only the US flag should appear on the flagpole at US embassies. 

 While Graham attempts to pull a "I'm not being homophobic, I just think that only the American flag should fly at US embassies" narrative, I'm willing to be that his attention - as well as that of the Trump Administration's - was brought to the situation simply because it was the rainbow flag flying at the embassies.

I personally don't see anything wrong with flying the rainbow flag at embassies. It's not mandatory, it's not permanent, and it highlights the fact that LGBTQ equality and safety is a worldwide issue. That's what scares Graham and company about the issue. It ruins their negative narratives about LGBTQ lives, families, and issues.  It reminds them that we matter.  And they hate that.

Also, if I can be just a tad vulgar, I am happy that Graham choose to write out his concern instead of giving a speech about it. I probably wouldn't have been able to understand what he was saying because I've gotten so used to his head up Donald Trump's ass these past four years. Isn't it amusing that Franklin Graham has the audacity to have spent four years doing the Humpty Dance with the devil in the White House and then think he can admonish people to pray? 

'Penn governor says he'll veto ban on trans athletes in women's sports' & other Wed midday news briefs


Pennsylvania gov says he'll veto ban on transgender athletes in women's sports - Good for him.

Lisa Murkowski’s GOP primary challenger is an anti-LGBTQ zealot opposed to medicine & vampires - A generation of nuts running for Congress. We are in so much trouble. 

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Anti-transgender legislation falls short for a third time in South Carolina

Wonderful news out of South Carolina and I simply have to brag about it.  From South Carolina United for Equality and Justice:

 . . . the South Carolina House Judiciary Committee voted down H.4153, a bill that would prohibit transgender youth in middle and high school from participating in student athletics. Today’s vote marks the third time nearly identical measures have been rejected in the 2021 legislative session – first on March 16 when the House Judiciary Committee tabled H.3477 and then again when lawmakers’ attempt to include an anti-transgender proviso in the South Carolina budget was defeated. This vote marks another major step forward in the ongoing fight against anti-LGBTQ policies in South Carolina.

 SC United for Justice & Equality released this statement about this step forward.

 “We are relieved and grateful that, once again, lawmakers have rejected their colleagues’ blatant attempts to discriminate against transgender student athletes. Today’s vote sends the message that H.4153 - just like its predecessor, H.3477 - and any other bill that discriminates against transgender people has no place in South Carolina.” 

The bill was defeated by an 11-13 vote and based upon various tweets, legislators opposing the bill did NOT come to play games:



However, as SC United for Justice & Equality pointed out, a few other anti-trans bills remain to be decided on by the legislature:

 As South Carolina’s 2021 legislative session comes to a close, several other anti-transgender bills remain pending. Last month, a companion bill to H.4153 and H.3477 was introduced in the Senate, where it remains in committee.

 In March, lawmakers introduced H.4047, which would prohibit transgender people under the age of 18 from receiving essential medical care and create a school climate where they are unable to be themselves. The bill would make it a felony for medical professionals to provide transition-related care to transgender minors. Conviction could result in up to a 20-year prison sentence for the medical provider. These bills could be reconsidered in 2022. 

'Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club gives brutal answer to Tucker Carlson's bigotry' & other Tue midday news briefs


Yeah, this is the right look for Tucker Carlson.

Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club Sends Particularly Pointed Note To Tucker Carlson - A short but appropriate note to that jerk. 

The rightwing backlash is inevitable. It’s how we handle it that matters. - Thank you. We knew it was coming. You do not cower like a chickenshit in the face of it.

Judge tosses suit that sought to block transgender athletes - Just in case you didn't hear this bit of good news. 

Monday, April 26, 2021

Open letter to James Dobson - After your support of Donald Trump, you have no right to preach to America about 'God's judgement'


James Dobson apparently thinks we've forgotten about his support of Donald Trump

It's always both amusing and infuriating when conservative evangelicals attempt to lecture the rest of us on values and morality while simultaneously pretending that the past four years didn't happen and they never bent over backwards to support Donald Trump or make excuses his many negative excesses.

James Dobson is today's example of religious right hypocrisy: 

 . . . let me tell you why this particular Easter has even greater significance for me as a follower of Christ. It is because without His death and resurrection, there would be no hope for America. I would be in despair today because of the wickedness that is besieging our homeland. Though I am not a prophet, it appears to me that divine judgment has befallen our nation. The evil one, Satan (who always has only been able to operate within parameters permitted by the Lord, e.g., Job 1:7, 12), appears to be unleashing his assault on our culture with even greater ferocity. He is creating chaos in our cities and schools, and is stalking the halls of government. It is as though, because we have replaced the truth with a lie, God has given us over to a reprobate mind. (Romans 1:25, 28) 

Why do I draw such a conclusion? It is because our nation is divided into warring camps, with violence and pestilence plaguing the land. Sixty-two million babies have been murdered in cold blood, and hundreds of millions of additional federal dollars have been allocated to expand the unborn holocaust. And the institutions of marriage and the family are under siege. Our birthrate is falling, and our children are being taught hate and sexual perversion in our government schools.

 How can a holy God look upon such debauchery and stay His righteous hand? He cannot. As Thomas Jefferson wrote, "God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever.

I think you can guess why I had a hard time not titling this post James Dobson can kiss my black ass. Dobson has always exuded (more like oozed) an especially repugnant type of oily self-righteousness, but the obliviousness with which he cloaks his latest "God is going to strike America down" ramble is especially repulsive. He seems to have totally ignored the last four years and especially his place in it. 

I hope he reads this letter so that he can be reminded:

Dear James Dobson,

Your little piece today about God's judgement on America was interesting in light of a few facts you seem to hope that folks in this country ignored.

You unabashedly supported Donald Trump, easily the worst  president in our country's history. You gave him undeserved comments of support when he gave you things:

When you weren't giving him praise, you jockeyed for front row position in photos with him:

And when the religious magazine, Christianity Today, called for Trump's removal because of his corruption and lack of character, you defended him while avoiding the issue of his character:

“I have read a new editorial published by Christianity Today that promotes impeachment of President Donald Trump. The editors didn’t tell us who should take his place in the aftermath. Maybe the magazine would prefer a president who is passionately pro-abortion, anti-family, hostile to the military, dispassionate toward Israel, supports a socialist form of government, promotes confiscatory taxation, opposes school choice, favors men in women’s sports and boys in girl’s locker rooms, promotes the entire LGBTQ agenda, opposes parental rights, and distrusts evangelicals and anyone who is not politically correct. 

By the way, after Christianity Today has helped vacate the Oval Office, I hope they will tell us if their candidate to replace Mr. Trump will fight for religious liberty and the Bill of Rights? Give your readers a little more clarity on why President Trump should be turned out of office after being duly elected by 63 million voters? Is it really because he made a phone call that displeased you? There must be more to your argument than that. While Christianity Today is making its case for impeachment, I hope the editors will now tell us who they support for president among the Democrat field. That should tell us the rest of the story.”

And that in itself is ironic seeing how you called out Bill Clinton in 1998 during the Lewinsky scandal for what you perceived was a lack of character on his part:

What has alarmed me throughout this episode has been the willingness of my fellow citizens to rationalize the President’s behavior even after they suspected, and later knew, that he was lying. Because the economy is strong, millions of people have said infidelity in the Oval Office is just a private affair–something between himself and Hillary. We heard it time and again during those months: “As long as Mr. Clinton is doing a good job, it’s nobody’s business what he does with his personal life.” That disregard for morality is profoundly disturbing to me.

 . . . As it turns out, character DOES matter. You can’t run a family, let alone a country, without it. How foolish to believe that a person who lacks honesty and moral integrity is qualified to lead a nation and the world! Nevertheless, our people continue to say that the President is doing a good job even if they don’t respect him personally. Those two positions are fundamentally incompatible. In the Book of James the question is posed, “Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring” (James 3:11 NIV). The answer is no. . . . 

What changed James? What's with the lack of consistency? You were front and center to rail against Clinton, but basically ignored a myriad  of opportunities to be a moral voice when it came to Trump. Not when he defended the racists in Charlottesville or had protestors teargassed before walking to a church and holding a Bible up for photo op, not after all of the lies he told. And not even when his inept stewardship in the fight against COVID cost over 500,00 American lives.

Where were you, James?  Or better yet, I have a more pertinent question for you.

Why in the hell should anyone pay any attention to you now? What gives you the right to assume that you are still a moral voice? Particularly in light of your behavior these past four years. You seem to think that the designation was given to you as a birthright and no actions on your part would strip you of it.  

That's not how it works. No matter how you plead concern for America's moral soul or God's judgement, a lot of us are ignoring you because we saw your actions during the last four years. Many more are paying attention because of the same reason - we saw your actions during the last four years. To put it mildly, we are pissed. We saw how you and others like yourself abandoned all pretext of morality and values in pursuit of an orange-incrusted golden calf and the trinkets of power he gave you. You ignored, you obfusticated, you made excuses. Hell, you even lied to keep the goodies coming.

You've  got one hell of a nerve. Do you think we're stupid? Do you think we weren't paying attention to all of the times you kissed Trump's lying ass?  Where do you get off in thinking that after your behavior over the past four years,  you can justifiably retake your place as a religious moral leader? And you really didn't deserve that designation in the first place. You have no place to preach about God to us because you abandoned God. And your actions make me wonder if you even believed in God in the first place or saw Him as a commodity to gain power and influence - a commodity which you tossed aside once the power came into your grubby hands.

So to put it plainly, kindly fuck off. You may have still have some naive supporters or even supporters who are two-faced and double dealing as yourself, but it doesn't excuse your lies or deception. Not in our eyes and especially not in the eyes of God.

If you are truly fearful of 'God's justice,' I suggest you worry less about America and more about yourself. A lot of us now see exactly for what you really are. 

Most of all, God sees you.

'Advocates warn of 'unprecedented' wave of anti-LGBTQ bills' & other Mon midday news briefs

'State of crisis': Advocates warn of 'unprecedented' wave of anti-LGBTQ bills - They are focused on erasing ALL of us. They seem to think SCOTUS is going to help them out. I am reticent of their desires.

The Biden administration is appointing two out women to the Defense Department - Yet another reason why voting matters for the LGBTQ community. 

Montana grants religious exemption to discrimination laws & hate groups are cheering - Keep on perverting the definition of 'religious freedom.' 

Caitlyn Jenner and Donald Trump: Two Egomaniacal Peas in a Pod - Caitlyn Jenner's announcement that she is running for governor of California has pleased NO ONE.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Video - 22 Times Elektra Abundance (of POSE) Was A Total Savage


 Just a little something/something to ease us into the week. 

This video is entitled 22 Times Elektra Abundance Was A Total Savage, but it should be titled 22 Reasons Why Elektra Abundance is the POSE's Queen of Devastation. Its description says it all: 

 From the hit FX show, "Pose," Elektra is the cunning, calculating, and opportunistic matriarch of the House of Abundance (and later the House of Wintour) whose often the reigning champion of the Balls. However, the only thing that can supersede her runways is her ability to read a bitch to filth!

Friday, April 23, 2021

'Good news for trans kids in ND, ridiculously stupid news out of Arkansas' & other Fri midday news briefs

North Dakota Senate sustains transgender sports bill veto - Good!

Tucker Carlson agrees that best practice health care for trans youth allows people to “basically molest” children - Tucker Carlson is a bloodsucking moron. He's more dangerous to youth than any of us.

“Malicious” videographer walks out of same-sex couple’s wedding - What this videographer did sounds deliberate. He knew he was dealing with a same-sex couple. 

Arkansas lawmakers vote to expand transgender athlete ban - They are authorizing the attorney general to sue schools which violate the ban. I think that would be rather stupid. They would have to prove in court that the ban is necessary and I don't think they can.

Inside the 'troubling rise' of religious denial-of-service cases against gay couples - This is dangerous. It was never about weddings or cakes.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

10 LGBTQ-Oriented Films Which Grabbed Oscar Gold

From wins for Best Costume Design, to Best Screenplay to Best Actor and Actress and finally to Best Picture, here are 10 LGBTQ- oriented films (which I am sure you have seen already) which nabbed Oscar gold. However, I noticed that there at least two crucial film missing from the list. Can you tell me what they are? Or better yet, list the LGBTQ movies which should have grabbed Oscar gold.

'Church threatens to 'shun' divorced lesbian unless she 'repents'' & other Thur midday news briefs


Church sends divorced lesbian a letter saying she’ll be shunned by community unless she “repents” - Oh really? I won't say what I want to say. 

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

A more nauseating than titillating gay scandal has possibly engulfed Tucker Carlson

It is a possibility that Tucker Carlson is about to 'go through some things.'

Usually, when a noted conservative looks to be involved in a gay scandal, folks on my side of the spectrum have a good time with pointing out said conservative's hypocrisy. If the stories about the one involving Fox News personality Tucker Carlson bears out, this isn't going to be one of those scandals.  I'm sure it's going to get a lot of people enraged. And it should. It's not funny in the least.

Recently, there were rumblings that  Carlson was attempting to get in front of a huge scandal which was coming his way. If Twitter is accurate, it looks like it just hit and it has nothing to do with his constant racist dog whistling.

According to the online magazine Mic:

 On Wednesday, that "it" appeared to be, at least in part, Tucker's claim that he was a member of the "Dan White Society" and the "Jesse Helms Foundation" — two groups with decidedly ignominious namesakes, as highlighted on Twitter by author Travis Akers.

White, as Akers notes, is the former California politician who murdered San Francisco Mayor George Moscone, and city supervisor Harvey Milk — an LGBTQ+ icon California's first openly gay elected official — in 1978. Long-serving North Carolina Republican Sen. Jesse Helms, meanwhile, was among the most racist, homophobic members of Congress within the past century, having opposed nearly every instance of civil rights legislation and openly calling members of the LGBTQ+ community "weak, morally sick wretches." 

Raw Story said the following:

The "organizations" do not appear to exist, but if the image is actually from Carlson's yearbook, it paints a very clear picture of Carlson's views at the time.

Mic was quick to point out that the yearbook page has not been verified by anyone, including Carlson. But in the court of public opinion by way of Twitter, Carlson is presently being skewered, flambeed, and basically dragged and roasted. I will definitely be keeping up with this story as more details come in.

'Transgender billionaire may move out of Tennessee over anti-LGBTQ bills' & other Wed midday news briefs

Jennifer Pritzker

Trans Billionaire May Move Out of Tennessee Over Anti-LGBTQ Bills - May? Heck, move girlfriend! Make them suffer if they don't us right.

Gay teen was suspended for wearing nail polish. He finally won. - Good for him. He fought for his rights and won. 

Nearly a third of young gay people have attempted suicide, study finds - With positive changes comes new problems to address. 

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Family Research Council shows its dog whistling and passive-aggressive racism after Derek Chauvin verdict

It's not that black lives don't matter to the Family Research Council. It's just that black lives don't matter if they can't be used for fundraising and scaring FRC's predominantly white audience.

I've called out the Family Research Council and its president, Tony Perkins, numerous times on this blog for the scapegoating  of LGBTQ people via their myriad of lies (check the posts to the right). But this may be the first time I've pointed to the group's dog whistles in terms of racial matters.

Earlier this week, Rep. Maxine Waters gave a speech in Minnesota as people awaited the verdict of the trial of Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd.  After the speech, she addressed reporters' questions and caused a firestorm:

She emphasized that “We’re looking for a guilty verdict … for murder,” referring to the trial of Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd in May. . . . The case went to the jury Monday. At one point, she was asked what she thought protesters should do if the jury did not find Chauvin guilty of the murder charge. It’s unclear if she heard the entire context of the question, so part of it was repeated: “What should protesters do?” 

 This is the controversial part. 

 Here’s how she responded: “Well, we’ve got to stay on the street. And we’ve got to get more active. We’ve got to get more confrontational. We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business.”

Conservatives, such as Newt Gingrich and Tucker Carlson, claimed that she was encouraging protestors to riot. Her comments also caused some concern trolling from people like pundit Don Lemon. And then the Family Research Council and Perkins had to put their two cents in:

Apparently, today's liberals don't just start riots in their own cities -- they'll travel halfway across the country to start one in yours. Of course, the woman they call "Kerosene Waters" has been starting fires for years, but in Minneapolis, the situation is different. The entire city is hanging on by a thread. Thanks to the perfect storm of the Derek Chauvin trial and the shooting of Daunte Wright, a community that's been on edge for days is one court verdict away from a full-scale firestorm. The last thing anyone there needs is an excuse to turn the city into another pile of smoldering ash. And yet, this congresswoman certainly seemed determined to give them one. 

 "We've got to stay on the street, and we've got to get more active," Waters told the protestors Saturday night. "We've got to get more confrontational. We've got to make sure that they know that we mean business." If Chauvin isn't convicted of George Floyd's death, she warned, "We cannot go away... We've got to demand justice. We've got to make sure that they know that we mean business." If that means Minneapolis burns to the ground, well, it's not her district. If violence breaks out on the streets, it won't be her constituents that could lose businesses, property, their sense of safety, and sleep. As for the Left's double standard on violence, Waters is the current standard-bearer.

FRC was channeling memories of unrest which took place last place year.  The protests were about the murders of black men by police officers, but right-wing organizations like FRC omitted that part and focused on the violence and destruction of property, which was mostly done not by those protesting but outside provocateurs and skirmishes between racists groups (such as the Proud Boys) and anti-racist individuals.

'Marjorie Taylor Greene pushes highly improbable story about drag queen and children' & other Tue midday news briefs


Marjorie Taylor Greene

Marjorie Taylor Greene wants a drag queen “arrested & charged” for being near children - Of course she did. Because she is a couple of fries short of a combo. And yes the story she alludes to is bogus. 

'It's not safe': Parents of transgender kids plan to flee their states as GOP bills loom - Meanwhile, here is something which is causing actual harm to children. 

Hundreds of Montana students to protest transgender sports ban bill at state capitol - These legislative attacks on trans kis are backfiring. 

Monday, April 19, 2021

LGBTQ community outlives another homophobe. Judith Reisman supported blaming gays for the Holocaust

Judith Reisman is the latest homophobe which the LGBTQ community has outlived.

So many have come against the LGBTQ community attempting to take away our rights and safety. And they have all failed. They fall by the wayside and yet we are still here and still fighting. Judith Reisman is the latest.

From PinkNews:

Notorious anti-LGBT+ author Judith Reisman, who has blamed “homosexuals” for the rise of the Nazi party and the Holocaust, has died aged 85. Reisman spent her three-decade career on a relentless campaign against long-dead sex researcher Alfred Kinsey and the Kinsey Institute which he founded. 

 But Reisman, who has often been described as the “founder of the modern anti-Kinsey movement” believed that the researcher was responsible for everything from pornography, to sexual assault, and even claimed, without evidence, that he was a paedophile. Vehemently anti-LGBT+, Reisman was a supporter of conspiracy theorist Scott Lively’s book The Pink Swastika, which blames gay people for the Holocaust. The author, who had a PhD in communications yet was a visiting law professor at the anti-LGBT+ Liberty University, wrote multiple bizarre research papers, with titles like Kinsey, Sex and Fraud and ‘Soft Porn’ Plays Hardball.

The Southern Poverty Law Center had this to say about Reisman:

If you have heard of Reisman, it’s probably due to her unrelenting pseudoscientific campaign against Kinsey and the Kinsey Institute. In Reisman’s mind, Kinsey is the cause of all things wrong in the world, including pornography and sexual assault. Her latest work, Sexual Sabotage, which was published in 2010 by the far-right conspiracist WND Books, calls Kinsey a “traitor” to America because in Reisman’s mind, he and his researchers deliberately set out to defame the Greatest Generation and destroy the world. She has repeatedly claimed that Kinsey was a pedophile (there is no evidence to support her contentions), and went so far as to sue the Kinsey Institute for defamation in 1991 when they responded to her wild claims. The suit was dismissed with prejudice in 1994, a year after her conservative lawyer left the case. 

Even Kinsey’s death is a conspiracy, in her mind. Reisman claims that he died of “brutal, repetitive self-abuse” (i.e. masturbation) when in fact he died of heart problems and pneumonia. Some of her other theories are equally dubious. She claims that pornography and homosexuality are imbued with what she calls “erototoxins,” or mind-altering chemicals. In her world, pornography literally rewires the brain and makes it susceptible to things like homosexuality. Little wonder, then, that Reisman is also a staunch crusader against homosexuality, which she often falsely links to pedophilia.

 . . .  Reisman kicked off her career in 1984 when she was awarded a huge grant – just over $700,000 – from the Reagan administration’s conservative Department of Justice to study thirty years of American pornography for evidence of child sexual assault.

 Controversy followed, whether it was about the amount she was awarded, the process by which she got the money (awarded by right-wing publisher Alfred Regnery) or other matters. A December, 1984 article in the American University student paper (where Reisman was based at the time) noted that she appeared to have misrepresented herself on her résumé as the author of a book when in fact she was not. Reisman claimed it was a “secretarial error and poor proofreading”. 

Regardless, the study went on, and when it was completed in 1986, it was panned as unscientific. American University refused to publish it. Loretta Haroian (now deceased), an actual expert on childhood and sexuality, called the report “vigilantism: paranoid, pseudoscientific hyperbole with a thinly veiled, hidden agenda.” 

 That didn’t stop Reisman, however. She published the study in 1989 through her own Institute of Media Education (an on-and-off think tank), of which she was the president. She’s been publishing ever since in the right-wing echo chamber. Her articles and commentary appear with frequency in conservative and hard-right publications like WND, RenewAmerica and Human Events. 

Just one thing to say - bye girl. You will not be missed.

'Poll says Americans overwhelmingly do not support anti-transgender laws' & other Mon midday news briefs


New poll shows Americans overwhelmingly oppose anti-transgender laws - And by a large amount, too.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Video - Coming Out To Your Aunties


With the junk happening with all of these anti-trans bills, I think we should take a brief  moment to laugh just a little. And this video is just the thing to get us in the mood and ease us into the week. Granted, I know some may get offended, but remember its all in good fun. A gay black man comes out to his aunties and gets an positive reception. But then . . . well you will just have to watch the rest of the video.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Putting Parents in Jail and Conducting Genital Checks - Anti-Transgender Legislation Just Got More Deranged

Over the past few days, this spate of bills throughout the country targeting transgender kids has sunken to a level of surreal vulgarity.  The narrative has moved from one of "protecting women's sports and children" (which it never was about anyway) to eradication and humiliation.

In Texas, they are considering a bill which would punish parents for supporting their transgender children. 

According to LGBTQnation:

Texas’s S.B. 1646 would redefine child abuse to include “consenting to or assisting in the administering or supplying of, a puberty suppression prescription drug or cross-sex hormone to a child,” as well as other gender-affirming health care procedures, even though puberty blockers are reversible and have been found to significantly reduce suicidal thoughts for trans people.

This bill has been receiving a lot of negative attention and most recently, a speech by a Texas mom, Amber Briggle, in front of the Texas legislature went viral. Biggle tearfully asked legislators not to pass this bill because it would put her at risk for supporting her transgender son. You can see the speech in the above video.

 And as bad as it looks in Texas, Florida made things worse with its anti-trans bill.

According to MSN:

The GOP-led Florida House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 70-44 along party lines to pass HB 1475, which would ban transgender female athletes from competing on women’s athletic teams in both high school and college while subjecting some students-athletes to “genital inspections” before they can play. Also called the “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act,” the measure effectively states that student-athletes who were biological males at the time of their birth cannot compete on women’s athletic teams. Student-athletes born biological females may still compete on male or female teams. According to the legislation, disputes regarding a student’s sex under the law would be resolved with a “health examination and consent form” verifying the student’s biological sex.

The Hill goes into more detail:

"A dispute regarding a student's sex shall be resolved by the student's school or institution by requesting that the student provide a health examination and consent form or other statement signed by the student's personal health care provider which must verify the student's biological sex,” says the bill, which provides for “routine sports physical examination” of students’ reproductive organs, genetic makeup or testosterone levels.

In other words, if someone challenges an athlete's gender in accordance to bill (should it become law) than the student would have to submit to a genital check.  That's simply nasty, not to mention humiliating on so many levels. The bill now goes to the state senate.

All of this anti-trans legislation was meanspirited to begin with. But now, it's just out of control. I don't know if this was the goal of those who wrote and proposed this legislation, but here we are.

I'm scared to contemplate what's going to happen next. There is no other place to go but lower.

'Republicans quietly pushing 'ex-gay therapy' bills into anti-LGBTQ fight' & other Thur midday news briefs

Republicans Quietly Push ‘Conversion Therapy’ Bills In Anti-LGBTQ Fight - Not surprising. If they target one of us, they are targeting all of us. 

What Senate Majority Leader Schumer Is Saying About the Equality Act - Important because this fight could go either way. 

Anti-gay bias led to 'serious flaws' in Toronto serial killer investigation - I HATE posting stuff like this but it is necessary.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The Family Research Council whines that the NCAA's support of trans athletes is 'intimidation'

And in the category of  Best Hypocritical Whine of Persecution,  the winner is hate group the Family Research Council for claiming that the NCAA's support of transgender youth against bills targeting them amounts to intimidation:

In case companies hadn't noticed, now isn't exactly a good time to drop a bombshell about radical politics. Either the NCAA hasn't been paying attention to the massive uproar in Georgia, or they don't seem to grasp the intensity of the pushback. Either way, most Americans (including the moderate ones), are fired up about the abuse Republicans are taking over election reform -- and this time, they don't mind saying so. That's bad news for a woke collegiate sports association who's used to dangling a few championship games in front of states and getting their way. 

 When the NCAA first tried this stunt -- way back in 2016 -- it was meddling in the North Carolina privacy bill. Now, five years later, they're upping their extremism by joining the fight against girls' sports. In a statement Monday, the association reminded everyone that their loyalty isn't to women's rights but to "transgender student-athletes," the smallest fringe group of competitors in America. This commitment, they claim, is "grounded in our values of inclusion and fair competition." What it's not grounded in, normal people will argue, is science, morality, common sense, or true equity.

Notice how FRC works a little note in supporting the so-called election reform bills being pushed across the country by the GOP. Aside from demonizing transgender Americans, the group has been surreptitiously pushing support of these bills even though they have been called out for being acts of voter suppression sparked by the lie that Donald Trump lost last year's election due to cheating.

But when it does come to demonizing transgender Americans, FRC isn't any slouch in that department, either. Notice how it speaks about the NCAA's stance not being in grounded in science, morality, common sense, or true equity, when the exact opposite is true.

Science - Many physicians, medical organizations, and researchers have said that these bills have no basis in science

Morality - These bills are a part of a plethora of legislation targeting and scapegoating transgender people - particularly children in general - through disinformation. These bills range from banning trans athletes to denying trans children affirming healthcare. The Family Research Council has played a huge part in this. In one case, FRC deliberately lied about healthcare for trans children by comparing it to "chemical castration." Where is the morality in lying about healthcare while knowing that the denial of this healthcare could be detrimental to children?

Common sense - Supporters of these bills banning trans athletes could not pinpoint any problems which would make them necessary. 

True equity - taking all of these things into account, supporting any of these anti-trans bills, including the one banning trans athletes, has nothing to do with equity. It has much to do with lies, hysteria, and moral panics.

Since FRC peddles the idea that it is an organization which stands up for morality and a "biblical worldview," the following verse from the Bible best describes what it is attempting to do:

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. - Isaiah 5:20

'Trans kids bravely defending themselves in the face of bad legislation' & other Wed midday news briefs


So many trans kids have been standing up for themselves and others during this time of ridiculous transphobic legislation.

 In other news: 

Parents expected to raise concerns for LGBTQ policies in Lee County schools - And here we go again. Discrepancies and rumors must be addressed. 

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

1992 episode of Donahue talk show highlights the fury of past gay rights debates



This video is dedicated to those who don't remember how it was for LGBTQ people back in the day before we became more "popular" than we were before, was too young to know, or wasn't born yet. This 1992 episode of Donahue was fire as our folks and members of the religious right went back and forth about gay pride parades and pro-LGBTQ ordinances. You'll notice how some anti-LGBTQ arguments have fallen by the wayside while others remain with us. Also, back then diversity wasn't a strong suit in either community. But mostly if what you see and hear gets you angry, simply console yourself with the fact that things have moved considerably in our favor since 1992.

'Gay teen's family sues school where he was bullied before he died' & other Tue midday news briefs

Gay teen’s family sues the school where he was relentlessly bullied before he died - If schools cannot or will not protect our kids, they will pay a price. Monetarily of course.

Bill barring trans athletes from sports could cost SC chance to host NCAA championships - If South Carolina pushes this bill, then it should suffer. It is my state but it's long past time that it learns the price of bigotry. 

6 celebrities who have come out as LGBTQ in 2021 - Just six? We gotta step it up. LOL

Monday, April 12, 2021

NCAA stands in the corner of trans athletes against state bills targeting them

The NCAA is standing in support of trans athletes against a barrage of state bills targeting them

From NBC:

The NCAA, which regulates college athletics in the U.S., backed transgender athletes Monday, saying it won’t hold championship events in locations that aren’t “free of discrimination.” 

 As Republicans in more than two dozen states target transgender athletes, the NCAA Board of Governors said it "firmly and unequivocally supports the opportunity for transgender student-athletes to compete in college sports." 

 It said its "more inclusive" policy for transgender athletes, which requires testosterone suppression treatment for transgender women to compete in women's sports, means “inclusion and fairness can coexist for all student-athletes, including transgender athletes, at all levels of sport.” The board said it would monitor situations regarding trans athletes' participation without specifically mentioning states that have banned it or are considering bans. It did say the "environment" could affect the locations of championship games.

 "When determining where championships are held, NCAA policy directs that only locations where hosts can commit to providing an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination should be selected," the statement said. "We will continue to closely monitor these situations to determine whether NCAA championships can be conducted in ways that are welcoming and respectful of all participants." 

 Asked whether the statement meant the NCAA wouldn't hold championship games in states that passed laws limiting trans athletes' participation, a spokesperson said, "The Board of Governors continues to monitor the situation and has not made a decision regarding championships." 

 Advocates, many of whom have been calling on sports organizations and businesses to take a stand, said the statement was a welcome development. "Dangerous proposals around the country are putting transgender young people at risk," Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen, deputy executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, said in a statement. "The harm is real and is felt very personally by transgender kids just trying to live their lives as who they really are. The NCAA is making it clear that their Board of Governors supports transgender athletes, and the board should hold those states passing these harmful laws accountable."

The move by state legislatures in 30 states to ban trans athletes is the result of a false narrative that trans female athletes hold an advantage over cis female athletes and are "stealing" victories, records, and scholarships from them. In spite of all of the hype given to this belief, those pushing these bills haven't  been able to find any evidence proving that it is true.  Last month, over 500 college athletes signed a letter asking the NCAA to not host championships in states which ban trans athletes.

'Conservatives are out to stop cancel culture. They should look in the mirror' & other Mon midday news briefs


Conservatives are out to stop cancel culture. They should look in the mirror. - Preach it!

How The Prom's Breakout Star Jo Ellen Pellman Is Helping Queer Kids - Happy to spotlight anyone helping our kids. 

Mike Pence’s “traditional” organization for “freedom” will have a hate group leader advising - In anticipation for his presidential run, Pence wants to get back to his "roots."

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Would you have defended Andrew Dice Clay against so-called 'cancel culture?'

For those in the LGBTQ community who whine about "cancel culture" or proclaim that some in the community are "too sensitive," here is a 1987 clip of comedian Andrew Dice Clay doing stand-up about us. Stuff like this helped to wreck his career. The irony is that if it came out now, so many folks, including some of us would actually defend this mess.


 What do you think?

Thursday, April 08, 2021

Repost - Sterilization, irreversible surgeries and chemical castrations - How religious right lies corrupts the conversation about trans children

Editor's note - Probably a first for this blog. I am going to re-run a post I published on Wednesday. The post, Sterilization, irreversible surgeries and chemical castrations - How religious right lies corrupts the conversation about trans children, is probably one of the most important pieces I've written in a long time. The religious right have declared war on our transgender children by pushing bills across the nation targeting them and particularly the affirming healthcare they need. And as usual when the religious right declares war on our community, they knowingly tell lies. But there is something exceedingly awful about this time. They know that their lies are specifically hurting transgender children but they simply do NOT care. This is easily the worst thing groups like the Family Research Council and the Alliance Defending Freedom has ever done.  To undermine LGBTQ rights and health is one thing. But to deliberately harm children is simply vile. 

This post will run all weekend. Please read and share if you can.

This week,  Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson vetoed the bill which would outlaw transgender healthcare for minors. And then by a simple majority, the state legislature overrode the veto, making Arkansas the first state to outlaw affirming healthcare for transgender children.

The Family Research Council sent out a press release celebrating what the Arkansas legislature did:

Today, Arkansas became the first state in the nation to enact legislation that prohibits gender transition procedures on minors, prevents taxpayer funds or medical insurance mandates to pay for them, and provides legal remedies for minors who have been permanently disfigured and/or sterilized by them.

 On Tuesday afternoon, in quick succession the Arkansas House (72-25) and Senate (25-8) overrode the governor's veto of the Save Adolescents From Experimentation (SAFE) Act. Family Research Council praised the state legislature for its effort to protect minors. 

 Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement: "The SAFE Act's successful passage into law is a victory for children and their health and safety. The state of Arkansas has taken the lead in the race to protect children from a political movement that advocates for using off-label drugs and experimental procedures on minors. 

 "As the name implies, the Save Adolescents From Experimentation (SAFE) Act protects minors from unscientific, experimental, and destructive gender transition procedures that interrupt their natural development and irreversibly alter their bodies. As a growing number of individuals come forward to share their stories of being permanently disfigured and/or sterilized, there is a growing and urgent need for other states to follow Arkansas' lead by protecting minors from life-altering procedures such as puberty-blocking drugs, cross-sex hormones, and irreversible surgeries. 

The  consistent repetition  of phrases like "life altering procedures" and "irreversible surgeries" and words like "disfigurement" and "sterilization" in FRC's press release isn't happenstance. It has been part of a deliberate attempt to "nauseate" instead of "educate" and exploit unfounded fears for a cynical purpose. By conjuring up false images of minors being forced to undergo surgeries altering their gender and given drugs which would permanently damage their health, those who have been pushing these anti-trans bills - like FRC - have been deliberately appealing to hysteria in a somewhat successful attempt to drown out the voices of the medical professionals who know better and the transgender youth who they falsely claim that they want to protect.

It's an old but highly successful tactic. 

In the past,  religious right groups claimed that marriage equality would "corrupt the innocence" of children.  Or that any pro-LGBTQ legislation would be make it easier for gays to "recruit children" because apparently we need to "refreshen our ranks." They know what they say are lies but they don't care as long as it gives them attention and an advantage, no matter how insane the claims sound.

For example, this is what FRC said in another press release defending Fox News personality Tucker Carlson's lie about transgender healthcare when Governor Hutchinson defended his veto on Carlson's show:

The governor also said he would have supported the bill if it was simply limited to banning castration. But as Carlson pointed out, "This is chemical castration... If you stop puberty and suppress the sex hormones, you're chemically castrating someone." And he wasn't wrong: Like many other "gender clinics" for children, the Arkansas Children's Hospital web site acknowledges on page 2 of this "FAQ for Youth" that puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones are "irreversible."

In attempting to defend Carlson, FRC told a huge lie. The link the organization cited does not say that puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones are "irreversible." The following is the quote FRC distorts:

What is transition and how do I know if it’s right for me?  - social transition is changing your outward appearance (hairstyle, clothing, gender expression) along with your name and pronouns. It is completely reversible. ~medical transition alters physical and sexual characteristics of the body. This can include hormone therapy and surgery, and is not reversible. Medical transition can only happen if your parents/guardians and doctors agree this is right for you.

And guess what? The chemical castration claim is also a lie. It is yet another way of bombarding people with horror stories which appeal to their fears instead of their intelligence. In truth, the following facts about healthcare as it relates to trans youth are so easy to find.  And - further surprise - it has nothing to do with "irreversible surgeries" or castrations:

Reuters - As reported by the Thomson Reuters Foundation in Feb. 2020, a global rise in the number of teenagers seeking to go through gender reassignment has spurred a series of court cases around the age at which young people are able to choose to transition – and who has the final word. Gender reassignment surgery is widely restricted to adults over the age of 18 (here)
The World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s (WPATH) standards of care here , explain the three categories of physical interventions for adolescents. These consist of fully reversible interventions such as hormone suppression to delay puberty, partially reversible interventions such as hormone therapy, and irreversible interventions such as surgical procedures. The association advises that “moving from one stage to another should not occur until there has been adequate time for adolescents and their parents to assimilate fully the effects of earlier interventions.”

 Genital surgery should not happen until the individual reaches the age of majority to give consent in a given country and have lived continuously for at least 12 months in their gender identity, according to the association. Puberty-suppressing medications are reversible, as explained in a 2016 report by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians and the American Academy of Pediatrics here . The report categorizes hormone therapy and gender-affirming surgeries for “older adolescents” and “adults”, not children.

Mayo Clinic - Use of GnRH analogues doesn't cause permanent changes in an adolescent's body. Instead, it pauses puberty, providing time to determine if a child's gender identity is long lasting. It also gives children and their families time to think about or plan for the psychological, medical, developmental, social and legal issues ahead. If an adolescent child stops taking GnRH analogues, puberty will resume. 

When it comes to trans youth, it's not about surgeries or drugs. It's about affirming and supporting who they are. It's about accepting them for who they are and leading them safely down the path to who they are meant to be.

Seriously, this entire attack on transgender children and their healthcare was totally unnecessary if wanting to protect children was the goal.  There was no need for legislation or talking points if wanting to protect children was the goal. There was no need for lies and horror stories if wanting to protect children was the goal. There is enough experts out there and enough information for anyone who truly cared about trans children.

But here is the problem. Those pushing these bills blocking affirming healthcare for trans youth simply don't care. They claim that they want to protect children but to some of them, it's all about their own definition of a world in which children fit their narrow construct.  To others, it's another notch in their belt for the 'culture war.'

To both parties, transgender children are simply collateral damage.