Thursday, September 30, 2021

Family Research Council needs to be reminded that it doesn't own values of morality, faith, or family



One of the LGBTQ community's 'favorite' hate groups, the Family Research Council has the above ad floating around on its webpage.  It's the usual "gays are out to wreck society" meme we have come to expect from Tony Perkins and company. With this particular one though, it's not necessarily what's being said which is the entire problem. It's what being implied.

FRC falsely portrays us as outsiders by implying that we are threatening religious liberty (because apparently LGBTQ people cannot be people of faith), children's health (because apparently children cannot be LGBTQ), and parental rights (because its impossible for LGBTQ adults to be parents or raise families in general).

It's an interestingly and unfortunate way for FRC to pass along the lie that the concepts of faith, family, etc aren't open to us. We supposedly can't have those things because we are evil anomalies. Therefore all we ever do is attempt to wreck them for the so-called normal people. The truth is those concepts aren't foreign to us and we embody them everyday in spite of attempts by groups like FRC and people like Perkins to strip us of them.

Just because these folks label us as freaks and outsiders doesn't mean we have to accept it. But it does mean that from time to time we should remind them that they own nothing that they have to be persuaded to extend to us.

'Students stage massive walk-out after trans girl was blocked from locker room' & other Thur midday news briefs

Students stage massive walk-out after a trans girl was blocked from the locker room - While you have nonsense about 'parents' raging against critical race theory being taught in schools (when it is actually NOT being taught in schools), vital articles about school kids standing up for their LGBTQ peers and teachers are being ignored. 

Orlando school elects its first transgender homecoming queen - I reiterate my first point. 

The Joy of Gay Sex Author Charles Silverstein Goes Deep 40 Years Later - Because good sexual health is an important issue for LGBTQ people. 

Drag has gone mainstream. Here’s how it continues to change the world for the better. - After getting unfairly maligned for the longest, it's about time for this to happen for drag.

Ex-Murrieta Valley High cheer coach sues after firing, alleging anti-LGBTQ discrimination - The struggle continues.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Video: Evicted for being LGBTQ. Without the Equality Act, it could happen to any of us.

With so much off-the-wall stuff going on, it is easy for LGBTQ Americans to get distracted. But that's one thing we cannot afford to be. We are still faced with situations which can undermine or eliminate our rights, equality, and families. The above video merely points that out. Queen Hatcher-Johnson tells her story about being evicted for being transgender. And I doubt that she is the only LGBTQ American who has faced this. 

''Hallowed Ground' looks at the Civil Rights Movement through LGBTQ+ lens' & other Wed midday news briefs

Bayard Rustin, openly gay Civil Rights Movement activist who was the head organizer of the 1963 March on Washington.

'Hallowed Ground' Looks at Civil Rights Movement Through LGBTQ+ Lens - And it's about time, too. LGBTQ people of color have been omitted from the history of the Civil Rights Movement for too long. 

Indya Moore Is Co-Starring in the New Aquaman Sequel - And it better be a good role. Just saying.

Transgender, intersex activists participate in White House listening session - I'm going to say it again - this would have never happened under Trump or any other GOP administration. 

Chesapeake School Board adds revisions for LGBTQ students in nondiscrimination policy; updates COVID protocols - At the very least, a step in the right direction. 

Liz Cheney just apologized to LGBTQ Americans. Is it too little, too late? - That's a good question.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Religious conservatives are now embracing racist voter suppression laws in bid to undermine abortion and LGBTQ rights

Religious right leaders such as Family Research Council president Tony Perkins are embracing and pushing racist voter suppression laws in a bid to undermine abortion and LGBTQ rights.

The religious right gained a lot of power during the Trump years and apparently they are willing to stoop to voter suppression in order to keep that power and gain more. Via a passive aggressive support of Donald Trump's big lie of voter fraud (because they aren't going to come out and openly support the lie), religious right groups and figures such as the Family Research Council and its president Tony Perkins and the Alliance Defending Freedom are exploiting the phrase "election integrity" with as much deceptive skill as they exploited other phrases such as "religious liberty" or "save women's sports."

I noticed this a while back so I am glad that someone with more writing talent, resources, and reach is taking this on. Historically, African-American and LGBTQ people have had the same enemies trying to undermine our rights. This merely adds an explanation point to that fact.

In the Vox article,  How the Christian right embraced voter suppression, Sarah Posner breaks it all down:

For decades, the Christian-right foot soldiers who form the backbone of the Republican Party have regularly and enthusiastically showed up for legislative battles over religious freedom and reproductive and LGBTQ rights. On September 1, they scored one of their biggest victories yet: the Texas Heartbeat Act, which bans abortion after six weeks of pregnancy and deputizes private citizens to report anyone who helps a woman obtain an abortion. 

 Six days later, religious conservatives celebrated another critical legislative victory, one that signaled a new frontier in their movement. In the east Texas city of Tyler, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed the Election Integrity Protection Act of 2021, passed in late August after Democrats fled the state in a futile effort to stop it. The new law severely restricts voting access in Texas, with the biggest impact on voters of color; Abbott hailed it as a “good paradigm for other states to follow.”

 . . . The Christian right’s ability to mobilize its own voters has long made it one of the most potent forces in American politics. But this year, evangelical leaders have embraced a new strategy, one with direct roots in the outcome of the 2020 election: Religious activists have taken up the cause of “election integrity,” pushing bills to crack down on voter fraud, even though no evidence of widespread fraud in US elections exists. In the process, they’ve helped restrict ballot access for millions of Americans — the most regressive wave of voting measures since the Jim Crow era — and drawn a direct connection between their new cause and their core religious beliefs. 

 The goal is to protect the gains made by the Christian right during Donald Trump’s presidency, especially in the federal courts, and to restore the White House and Congress to Republican control. The biggest prize, of course, is the US Supreme Court, where — not coincidentally — all three of Trump’s appointees declined to block the Texas abortion bill from taking effect, signaling their willingness to overturn Roe v. Wade.

You can read the entire article here. It's definitely worth a read and share.

'LGBTQ -themed books removed from Fairfax County high school libraries' & other Tue midday news briefs

 

LGBTQ-Themed Books Removed From Fairfax County HS Libraries - And then they lied about the content of the books. Why am I not surprised? 



Monday, September 27, 2021

Homophobic anti-vaxxer catches COVID. Profanity-laced meltdown seems to be his side-effect.

Homophobic anti-vaxxer Josh Bernstein 

I do not rejoice when an anti-vaxxer is suddenly stricken with COVID and I generally don't spotlight such a thing because it's kinda morbid. But you will understand why the following is an exception to my rule.

Josh Bernstein (not the explorer) is an extreme conservative commentator far to the right of the genocidal Atilla the Hun crossed with serial killer Delphine LaLarue. He is an extreme homophobe (once referring to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg as "Pickle Pete, the sodomite from South Bend") and an anti-vaxxer to the point of threatening to shoot anyone who tries to vaccinate him.

You know where I'm going with this. He now has COVID. But that's not the subject of this post. Stories of anti-vaxxers catching COVID is as old and tired as those family reunion episodes talks shows used to inundate us with.  The real story is that, according to Right Wing Watch, Bernstein has been in quarantine from last week and he may be going "stir crazy." So much profanity.  Such an ugly imagination

 You've been warned.

'Culprits identified in viral video of attack on Gay-Straight Alliance' & other Mon midday news briefs

Culprits identified in viral video of Florida high schoolers attacking Gay-Straight Alliance - Good. Pluck all of those turkeys. 

Playwright Matthew L√≥pez makes history as first Latino to win Tony for best play - Gay folks rule at the Tony Awards. What is an example of an evergreen headline. 

Police departments across U.S. are mandating LGBTQ training - And it's about time, too. 

Kenya bans tender gay film for being ‘demeaning to Christianity’ and ‘unsuitable for children’ - Give me a break, Kenya. 

Caitlyn Jenner has work to do after betraying trans athletes during California governor campaign - But will she?

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Liz Cheney denounces her past opposition to gay marriage

Rep. Liz Cheney

Let me be clear about something.

 I am not a fan of Rep. Liz Cheney. I don't like her general positions, her past attacks on Obama nor am I posting this to somehow forget that she opposes gun control, a woman's right to chose an abortion, Obamacare, or other positions I favor. But I will give her props on what she said during a recent 60 Minutes interview with regards to her past opposition to marriage equality. No jumping through hoops. No long-winded explanation. Her statement was refreshingly simple.

The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney was an ascendant Republican leader before the Jan. 6 riot, yet she is increasingly defined by her public opposition to Trump and his hold on the GOP. Cheney, 55, noted that she still talks with her father every night and that they share the same views on rejecting Trump.  
 Liz Cheney famously broke with her family in 2013 by opposing gay marriage ahead of a failed Senate bid. Her objections caused a rift with her sister, Mary, a married lesbian. Mary’s spouse, Heather Poe, posted on Facebook that year that Cheney’s position was offensive and that I always thought freedom meant freedom for EVERYONE. 

 In the interview, Cheney said her opposition to gay marriage was misguided and she channeled her sister-in-law’s Facebook post in explaining why she changed her position. I was wrong. I was wrong,” she said. Its a very personal issue and very personal for my family. I believe that my dad was right. And my sister and I have had that conversation … Freedom means freedom for everybody.

On that one thing, I don't mind saying that I agree with her.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Is 'Cruising' a disgusting movie or a misunderstood cult classic?

 In 1980, a movie called Cruising came out and caused a firestorm. It starred Al Pacino as a New York detective who goes undercover  as a gay man in the leather district in order to find a serial killer. It was controversial because it was vile and sordid. It took a lot of negative stereotypes about gay men and went into overdrive, particularly the one about realizing that you're gay causes you to become a killer. Needless to say it caused extensive protests even while being made and subsequently bombed at the box office.

I've seen it and thought it was disgusting. But once I showed a clip of it to a younger gay man - as in grew up in the post Ellen DeGeneres comes out/ Will and Grace world. He didn't find it to be as nauseous as I did. And that's the subject of this blog post. I have included the trailer and a full scene (NSFW) of Cruising as well as interviews with protestors. I'm curious to hear your thoughts. Feel free to respond in the comments section

    

'False story of two girls 'groping and French kissing' on LGBTQ float causes controversy at school board meeting' & other Thur midday news briefs

A video pushed by this group helped to spread a lie that two girls were 'groping and French kissing' on an LGBTQ float. The story isn't true, but it has caused controversy.


LGBTQ pride float sparks controversy at Williamson Co. school board meeting - This is a perfect of how even acknowledging LGBTQ people causes some folks to overreact. The situation was that two LGBTQ students are on video kissing on a parade float. They were accused of French kissing and groping each other. The kiss was a mere peck on the lips. No groping. No French kissing. You can see it via the link and judge for yourselves.

Priest Busted Stealing Parish Money For Drugs and Gay Sex Parties - How many times is this going to happen? 



Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Right-wing pastor claims homosexuality is a demonic spirit taking over children because it wants our seed . . . or something like that

Kent Christmas

One of the "duties" this blog has when it comes to monitoring religious right lies is to remind LGBTQ folks that lies spread about us in the past can't ever be easily dismissed. This is because they continue to be repeated and believed by a segment of the population.. I don't like doing and folks don't like being reminded of it, but it's necessary.

Take for example this claim by religious right pastor Kent Christmas in what looks like a megachurch sermon. He adds a new dimension to the "gays want to recruit" children lie:



Okay, who told him. Seriously can't you queens keep a secret?  And don't think I didn't catch the part about "seed." Let's NOT go there.


Hat tip to Right Wing Watch

'The controversy of straight actors portraying LGBTQ characters' & other Wed midday news briefs

Rami Malek

Hollywood loves queer stories, but apparently not queer actors. - I don't prescribe to the theory that only LGBTQ people should play LGBTQ characters. I think that misses the point. The point is not making LGBTQ people feel like commodities, i.e.actors exploiting our lives to gain awards and acclaim. Heterosexual actors shouldn't be called brave for portraying us while issues of actual LGBTQ people get minimized or ignored. 

How an Atlanta basketball team went from Republican hands to LGBTQ ownership - Oop! 

Biden highlights LGBTQ rights in UN General Assembly speech - Like I said before, voting matters. 

11 Hispanic people who had an impact on LGBTQ rights in America that you may not know - Our history is multicultural and universal. 

Trystan Reese on how to deal with bullying while raising amazing kids - Awww! These aren't tears. I've been eating onions. LOL

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Hate group still finds time to scare folks about LGBTQ people in between undermining pandemic fight and women's health


I swear that this email from hate group the Family Research Council was so sweet that it nearly brought me to tears:


This year, FRC has raised the alarm about the Equality Act, a sweeping rewrite of civil rights law that would enshrine into law discrimination against citizens with biblical and traditional views of morality.

 That proposed bill attempts to erase freedom of thought and belief, along with the ability to hold a different opinion while remaining free from government retribution. 

 Unfortunately, the constant barrage from LGBT activists and allies in the White House, mainstream media, and Big Tech is tempting some to give up or give in. 

 While the Equality Act may yet advance, talk on Capitol Hill has shifted to a so-called "compromise" bill. Some are being conned into backing the Fairness for All Act, an ill-advised and poorly drafted "compromise" bill that fails to prevent the harms that would be inflicted by the Equality Act. 

Yet a new poll out last week by a group promoting the legislation claims that a majority of Americans support its approach. Family Research Council is among a small remnant calling out both bills as dangerous threats to religious liberty, women's rights, children's health, parental rights, the medical profession's conscience rights, and more. We must remain active and engaged to halt the destructive ideologies of the Left, who attempt to use radical laws to influence all of society. To ensure FRC has the resources needed to voice your values -- at the grassroots level and to our nation's leaders -- can you give today? 

 The Equality Act would mandate government-imposed inequality and unfairness by requiring acceptance of a particular ideology about sexual ethics, leaving no room for differing opinions and legitimate public debate. For instance, it would force women and girls to share bathrooms, locker rooms, showers, and even battered women's shelters with biological males who identify as female. Further, medical professionals would be mandated to perform gender transition procedures against their conscience or professional opinion. 

 Under any name, the Equality Act intends to normalize dangerous hormone therapies, shockingly permitted in some states without parents even being aware. With these bills, the state is telling private religious citizens, educators, student-athletes, and wedding service providers: "Submit, or else. Your religion be hanged." For those who think the Fairness for All Act (which is essentially Equality Act-lite) will placate the Left, they've got it wrong. LGBT activist groups have already said they object to it. The ACLU, Human Rights Campaign (the nation's largest LGBT advocacy organization), LAMBDA Legal, and GLAAD would simply use that halfway measure as a springboard to push for full enactment of Equality Act policies. LGBT activists are relentless in their push to force all Americans -- including those of faith -- to affirm their ideology. 


Isn't it "touching" that no matter how busy the Family Research Council is attacking women's health or undermining President Biden's attempt to contain the COVID pandemic, the group still finds time to scare the hell out of people about the LGBTQ community in order to fundraise. That's called "coming to the dance with the one who brought you."

If I may, though. Y'all have got to come up with new code words. Claiming that we want to "force all Americans to affirm our ideology" is so 1990s. Get more contemporary. Mention something about Lil Nas X and his 'satan shoes.' 

Also, it's time to discuss giving LGBTQ people a cut of the proceeds. You are using us to make money so a couple of dollars every now and then isn't asking too much.

I'm serious. I got stuff on layaway I need to get out.

'Biden pushes for more LGBTQ protections on anniversary of DADT repeal' & other Tue midday news briefs

President Biden

Biden pushes for more LGBTQ protections on anniversary of 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal - We will see how this works out but still, Donald Trump would have never done any of this. 

Lil Nas X's 'Montero' album and the power of unabashed queerness - Early frontrunner for Grammy's 'Album of the Year?' 

Angry and afraid, Afghanistan's LGBTQ community say they're being hunted down after Taliban takeover - The withdrawal from Afghanistan did hurt some of our brothers and sisters. We cannot deny that. 

How televangelist Tammy Faye Messner became a gay icon - Great article.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Veterans dishonorably discharged for LGBTQ orientation to get full benefits


One would think that during the 10th anniversary of the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, the following development would receive more attention. It's still good news. And let's not get all caught up in speeches. 

Just break off those benefits.

From ABC News:

LGBTQ veterans who were given other than honorable discharges from the U.S. military due to their sexual orientation are eligible to receive full benefits, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced on Monday.  "LGBTQ+ Veterans are not any less worthy of the care and services that all Veterans earn through their service, and VA is committed to making sure that they have equal access to those services," the department said in a statement.

The policy statement comes on the 10th anniversary of the repeal of the controversial 1993 law known as "don't ask, don't tell," which banned LGBTQ service members who were open about their sexual orientation from serving in the military. Overall, an estimated 100,000 were discharged from the U.S. military due to their sexual orientation, including an estimated 14,000 service members who were discharged under "don't ask, don't tell," during the 17 years that it was in effect, according to the VA. 

"This historic move ends an unjust practice and creates a smoother pathway for life-saving benefits like healthcare, pensions, and housing assistance to finally go to the LGBTQ service members, as well as people with HIV, who were discharged during and before Don't Ask, Don't Tell only because of who they are," said GLAAD Chief Communications Officer Rich Ferraro in a statement. "On the ten year anniversary of the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, we've seen LGBTQ service members serve strong and proud and today's move from the VA will help so many LGBTQ and other veterans who were unjustly removed from service prior to the repeal."

Check out the ABC News article for the complete story.

 I will say one thing, though. Voting matters. Do you really think that Trump would have done this if he had remained in the White House? Any LGBTQ American claiming that he and Biden are different sides of the same coin needs to have a seat.

'GA governor cites nonexistent 'AIDS vaccine' in attack on Biden's efforts to halt COVID' & other Mon midday news briefs

GA governor Brian Kemp


Clueless GOP governor cites nonexistent “AIDS vaccine” to bash Joe Biden - Georgia governor Brian Kemp makes a fool of himself in an attempt to criticize needed vaccine mandates.

U.K. Appeals Court Overturns Puberty Blockers Ban for Youth Under 16 - In case you didn't hear this wonderful news which took away a weapon the religious right was using to deny transgender children decent healthcare.

'Everybody’s Talking About Jamie' portrays a moving story about coming out — as a drag queen - I have been hearing wonderful things about this movie. 

Would-be politician created video game where players shoot gay people at pride parades - The creator claims that game is not meant to be violent. Regardless, it sounds pretty damn tacky to me. 

‘Southlake’ podcast episode exposes school’s inaction against LGBTQ bullying - It's nice to see the media focusing on more important things than Nicki Minaj's cousin's testicles.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

'Pose' swept out of major Emmy awards, but still legendary and groundbreaking show

I was hoping that what I would end up writing tonight would be about the television show Pose sweeping the Emmy awards or at least making history by winning the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series.

But such wasn't to be. It was the night of The Crown as that critical favorite - and very well done television show - swept the major categories while Pose ended up with no major Emmys this year (although it did win three at the Creative Emmys last weekend). And it was the show's last year with the stunning season finale which left many of us in tears while others with sore hands from applauding. 

Oh well. It is what it is. But let's not forget, that in its three seasons, Pose has been nominated for 20 Emmys while winning four, including Best Actor in a Drama Series, and one special honor. 

Lastly, Pose getting shut out of the major Emmy awards this year in no way diminishes its status as a groundbreaking television show. It's certainly not the first that we've seen something like this in the entertainment medium.

In 1976, the Broadway musical Chicago was very popular and got 11 Tony award nominations. However it was shut completely out of the winner's circle thanks to an equally stunning and more popular musical A Chorus Line (which got 12 Tony nominations and wins including Best Musical and three of the four acting in a musical categories). In 1985, the Steven Spielberg directed hit motion picture The Color Purple led the Oscar pack with 11 nominations only to be totally shut out with no wins.

Pose will be fine. At least a lot better than I was when I watch the ending.  But awards or no awards, Pose has a special place in my mind.  It preached to me a truth that was so stunning that I sometimes turned the channel because it was like the face of the divine - too bright and powerful to behold. But I always found myself coming back. It was a show which simply talked about self-love and self-empowerment to a community which the majority of society wants to ignore. My community.

Friday, September 17, 2021

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Video - 15 Golden Girls Characters We Love To Hate

If there is one thing I learned during Donald Trump's time in the White Office (which is officially known as the years we all went to the other side of the mountain) it's that sometimes you have to take a break from it all and have a little light fun for the sake of your sanity. So there were days in which I took time off from the mission of this blog to spotlight frivolous and fun stuff. This blog post will be one of those times.

The above video is for those hardcore fans of The Golden Girls who have seen just about every episode and can repeat ever choice line from their hearts. These are 15 Golden Girls Characters We Love To Hate.

Speaking solely for myself, there was one I really hated and another who was so hateful that I rather liked her. I wished she were in more episodes.

Hat tip to Stay Golden for the video.

'Shepard Smith discusses being 'token gay' at Fox News for 25 years' & other Thur midday news briefs

Shepard Smith

Shepard Smith Discusses Being 'Token Gay' at Fox News for 25 Years - I'm all ears.

DOJ expands probe into anti-LGBTQ prison violence in Georgia after 44 murders in the past year - "The Department of Justice (DOJ) has opened an investigation into the allegedly deplorable conditions in Georgia state prisons, sparked by an ongoing investigation into anti-LGBTQ sexual violence committed by prisoners and staff in Georgia." 


Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Video: The Fox News Virus is killing Americans

 
Many years from now when the story of the COVID pandemic is told, I hope that it will include the ugly truth about Fox News. As you watch this video of its various pundits attacking vaccines, please remember that the network itself has a vaccine mandate. This means that all, if not the vast majority of Fox News employees in this video have been vaccinated. Yet they still undermine vaccines to the point of endangering their viewers and extending this pandemic. One can accuse me of exaggerating to the point of extreme dramatics, but I stand by the belief that this is a serious calamity. This is not a game. Fox News is instigating the needless deaths of many Americans and no one seems to give a damn.

'Anti-gay lawmaker ordered to apologize to child he kicked during homophobic tirade' & other Wed midday news briefs



Antigay state lawmaker ordered to apologize to child he kicked in the balls during homophobic tirade - He should have to do more than that.

A Scholarship for People Living With HIV Turns Dreams Into Reality - A really good article and a wonderful endeavor.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Texas made LGBTQ adoption more difficult to 'solve its foster care crisis.' It's not working.

Today is an interesting lesson on sad juxtapositions. 

The above video is LGBTQ Nation's Authentic Voices (Presented by Chevrolet) spotlighting Stacey and Cheralyn Stevenson. They are a couple who had been turned away from an adoption agency in Texas for being gay. 

In 2017, Texas governor Greg Abbott signed a law which allowed "faith based" adoption agencies to use their religious beliefs to discriminate against prospective couples. And you know what this type of law always means for LGBTQ couples wanting to foster or adopt. In the above video, the Stevensons talk with Lance Bass about how they were able to have a family and are also helping other LGBTQ people to create their own families.

With regards to the Texas law, at the time it was signed by Abbott, its author - State Rep James Frank - said he wrote it to "help Texas solve its foster care crisis."

So did this law do the trick?  Nope.

According to Raw Story:


Texas is facing a foster care crisis as Gov. Greg Abbott's (R-TX) government has failed to secure safe homes for the 15,000 children in the system. A class-action lawsuit was launched after it was revealed that children were sleeping on the floors in offices or in hotels. Children were sexually abused, given the wrong medication, neglected and more, the Texas Tribune reported. 

 . . . A report released this week revealed "501 children spent at least one night in an unlicensed placement in the first half of this year alone. Some children spent more than 100 consecutive nights without a "proper" placement. The report found that 86% of these children were teenagers, and many of them require intense or specialized care, due to serious mental health needs or past trauma, that they likely weren't receiving."


I don't think there is anything else needing to be said.

'Homophobic pastor who mocked AIDS deaths becomes COVID death statistic' & other Tue midday news briefs

Colorado pastor who mocked AIDS deaths and spread vaccine conspiracy theories dies from COVID-19 - Oh this is big. Bob Enyart was an EVIL motherf@cker:

 Christian radio host Bob Enyart became infamous during his career for reading obituaries from people who died of AIDS while playing the Queen song "Another One Bites the Dust."

Texas is pushing the most anti-trans bills in the country. Advocates fear deadly consequences. - Here we go again and again. 

Revisiting the gay dentist framed as an AIDS murderer: He “didn’t do it.” - From my friend Mark King. A balancing of the books.

Lil Nas X thanks “the gay agenda” as he takes top trophy at the VMAs - Heeeey!

Monday, September 13, 2021

Family Research Council not being 'pro-life' about COVID pandemic as it claims to be about abortion

How the Family Research Council and its president Tony Perkins is exploiting the COVID pandemic raises questions about their claims to be 'pro life.'

In early September, the Supreme Court refused to stop a Texas law which restricted women from having abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. It contains no exemptions for rape or incest and creates a multitude of problems for women with regards to the actual date and knowledge of their pregnancy. Naturally many people and groups have spoken against it.

On the other hand hate group the Family Research Council has spoken out for the law via tweets and postings:



In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Texas law can remain in effect. Justices Alito, Thomas, Gorsuch, Barrett, and Kavanaugh have allowed the Texas law to remain enforceable, while Justices Roberts, Breyer, Kagan, and Sotomayor would have stayed the law. The majority did not rule on the substance of the law but rather sided with what Texas had argued: it’s unclear whether the named defendants can or will seek to enforce the Texas statute. 

For example, Planned Parenthood named a pro-life advocate as a defendant because they believe he is likely to enforce the statute. The Court rightly rejected this argument. The minority would have blocked the law while litigation took place below. Thankfully, they fell one vote short of a majority. This means that while litigation continues regarding the Texas heartbeat ban on the merits, Texas will remain essentially abortion-free. A brilliant litigation strategy has led to many abortion appointments being canceled and lives saved. It’s a beautiful opportunity to show the country how valuing and supporting life should become the norm in every state. The unborn in Texas live another day, and that is a historic and beautiful victory. - Explainer: What Is Happening with Texas’ New Pro-Life Law?, September 2, 2021

 

We could argue about FRC's point of view in relation to the Texas law, but I would rather do it while contrasting the position the group has taken on the COVID pandemic. Due to certain conservative groups, 'news' organizations, and anti-vaxxers, the pandemic continues. It is now causing havoc to children as these recent headlines show:


Pediatric COVID Cases Surging To All-Time Highs As Children Head Back To School, September 8


Meanwhile, several GOP governors have undermined efforts to contain the pandemic by working against schools and businesses trying to take steps to curtail it. 

FRC  has taken a very interesting stance on it all.  From day one the group exploited the situation to attack public schools and while shilling for homeschooling, which is a position it held long before the pandemic:


. . . COVID opened the eyes of many families to the fact that public schools aren’t the only option. When schools closed, families were forced to adjust. Some families began homeschooling and discovered, despite doubts, that they could do it. They also discovered homeschool co-ops, churches, and other groups that provide support for parents and community for families who reclaimed control of their children’s education. 

 . . . the ongoing response to the coronavirus from their local public school continues to be untenable for many families. From the beginning, public and private schools responded in radically different ways to the coronavirus. During the fall and winter of 2020, 60% of private school students received in-person instruction while only 24% of public school students were. That disparity likely would have been even greater but for jurisdictions that made it illegal for private schools to hold in-person classes. This also reflects the difference between systems that are responsible primarily to parents and systems that are responsible primarily to politicians. While teachers’ unions fought to keep schools closed, parents were desperate to keep their children from falling behind. Many of those who found options outside the public school system now have no intention of returning. Many public schools that parents relied on and trusted all but abandoned students and families during a crisis – a fact parents aren’t likely to forget. -  Back to School is Different This Year, August 6

Also, FRC has applauded the efforts of GOP governors to undermine the fight against the pandemic.  Last week President Biden announced a new policy which would require business with over 100 people to mandate either vaccines or weekly testing. FRC president Tony Perkins came out against the policy on Friday, claiming that it is anti-freedom. He even compared it to the 9/11 terrorist attack:

Twenty years ago today, Americans went to sleep never imagining the next morning would change our lives forever. We woke up to a once-in-a-generation nightmare carried out by extremists who despised our way of life, our liberties, and our God. Their hatred killed 3,000 innocents that day, but it did not kill America. Unfortunately for the terrorists, the people of this country were resilient -- even in unspeakable tragedy. We mourned, flew bigger flags, and rebuilt. It would have never occurred to us then that two decades later one of the greatest assaults on our sovereignty would come from our government itself. That the man we'd elect as president would one day tell us that confronting a deadly threat is "no longer about freedom and personal choice." 

When Joe Biden looked into the camera and told us that we had lost the right to make our own health care decisions, no buildings exploded, no lives were lost. But it was still an attack on America and our core values. In many ways, it has the very real potential to do what 9/11 didn't: destroy the free foundations of our country. The White House will say that its vaccine mandate is about public safety and common sense -- and that to beat the pandemic, we all have to give up some liberties. As John Daniel Davidson writes so insightfully for the Federalist, that's a lie. This is about government coercion and raw power -- and nothing, Biden made clear Thursday, will stand in their way of either.

Meanwhile, COVID and misinformation about COVID continues to flourish due to right-wing propaganda sources,  'covidiots' doing 'their own research', and the GOP head towards the deluge rather than away from it  (some in anticipation of a 2022 mid-term election and a 2024 presidential run). People - particularly our kids - are getting infected, taking horse dewormer medicine, and dying left and right.

And in the midst of it all, FRC seems to be playing political games by making sure that every move it makes benefits positions already held while detrimenting its opponents. Some would call the group  smooth, others would call the group intelligent, and still some others would call it predatory. But no one should call it pro-life.  If FRC actually cared about valuing life, the group would be helping to end the pandemic, or at least protect children from its ravages, instead of benefitting from the chaos.

But who are we kidding?  The Family Research Council obviously thinks of  the "pro-life" designation in the same manner it thinks of children both born and 'unborn' -   nothing more than props to be used for its pleasure.

'LGBTQ teen seeks forever family after being abandoned by adoptive parents' & other Mon midday news briefs



LGBTQ+ Teen Seeks Forever Family After Abandonment by Adoptive Parents - OMG! I bet stories like this happen more often than people think.
 
First Out Trans Bishop Installed by Lutheran Denomination - The religious right and conservative right-wing evangelicals do not own the patent on religious beliefs. 

Gay Black men rarely saw themselves on screen. Michael K. Williams changed that. - Even though I never saw an episode of The Wire, I've heard a few gay men say this. 

Combating LGBTQ stigma in Africa - Mercy! Good luck with that one.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Charges of racism the latest twist in conflict between HRC and former head Alphonso David.

Alphonso David is leveling a charge of racism against the Human Rights Campaign.


All I will say is that it's mess like this which demonstrates how religious right groups are more plugged into their audience than some major LGBTQ groups are supported by our community. If you mentioned the name of the Human Rights Campaign to some of us, you would receive either a collectively uninterested shrug or an angry tirade in which the phrase "Gay, Inc." would be mentioned several times. There is no unity. Only division, tirades, and mistrust. It's nothing short of a miracle how the LGBTQ community have survived - and won - against homophobia in America.


Former Human Rights Campaign (HRC) President Alphonso David opened up about the fallout from the investigation into former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) that eventually led to his own firing last week. David sat down with out MSNBC anchor Jonathan Capehart in an appearance on the Sunday Show to discuss where he is going from here. David alleges that he was treated differently based on his race at the organization, citing past presidents and leaders who were white that were not being pushed to resign after controversies followed them.

 . . . (Alphonso) David continued, “This organization was created in the 1980s and largely has been viewed as an organization for white men. And I came on, as a Black man, to really challenge some of the systems that have been ingrained in this institution, and I am being treated this way — I am being treated differently, I believe — because of my race.” David notes that previous HRC presidents have “engaged in activities or made statements that caused disruption… that resulted in protests in front of the building. “They were not asked to resign. I was asked to resign without a shred of evidence. I was asked to resign without any findings. I was asked to resign without a report,” David alleged. “I was told there would be an announcement on Saturday if I were to resign, to make it quiet over the holiday weekend. They wanted this to go away.” 

 . . . .“We can’t change the rules in the middle of the game . . . “ can’t decide to conduct an independent investigation and then decide not to issue findings and not decide to issue a report, and ignore transparency. If we are a human rights organization, if we are a movement that is transparent, we need to make sure that movement is transparent for all of us.  

Check out the entire article. Ugly, complicated, and extremely messy - three things we as a community do not need right now.

Thursday, September 09, 2021

The LGBTQ people who lost their lives on 9/11

Mark Bingham was a gay man who lost his life on 9/11 while helping to stop the terrorists from taking more lives.

The 20th anniversary of 9/11 is coming up on Saturday and our nation will mourn the lives lost in that awful terrorist attack.  Lou Chibbaro Jr. and the Los Angeles Blade reminds us that the LGBTQ lives were also taken on that awful day:


A total of 2,996 people died in the 9/11 attacks, including 19 terrorists who hijacked four jetliners whose passengers included Americans and citizens of 78 countries, according to history.com. 

 . . . Among those who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks was American Airlines co-pilot David Charlebois, an out gay man and member of the National Gay Pilots Association, who was on American Airlines Flight 77, which the terrorists crashed into the Pentagon. 

 Also among the terrorists’ victims in the 9/11 attacks was public relations executive and rugby enthusiast Mark Bingham of San Francisco, who contacted his mother by cell phone shortly before the United Airlines jet he was taking from Newark, N.J. to San Francisco crashed into the countryside in western Pennsylvania. 

 Surviving family members of other passengers on that flight have said they too were called by their loved ones who told them some of the passengers were planning an attempt to somehow regain control of the jet from the terrorists. 

 Bingham’s mother, Alice Hoagland, who at the time was a United Airlines flight attendant, said she believed her son joined other passengers to prevent the terrorists from carrying out what authorities said was their plan to crash the jet into the U.S. Capitol or possibly the White House. She said her son’s reputation as a fighter for civic justice, along with a past episode where he fought off muggers, led her to believe he was among those who foiled the terrorists’ plans to fly the jet to Washington. 

 An investigation into the 9/11 attacks by a federal 9/11 commission later found that flight data recordings from the cockpit of United Airlines Flight 93, where Bingham was among 44 people aboard, showed that one of the four hijackers who took control of the jetliner shortly after its takeoff responded to an attempt by passengers to storm the cockpit by deliberately steering the plane into a downward direction at about 500 miles per hour, causing it to crash into an empty field near the town of Shanksville in western Pennsylvania at 10:10 a.m. All 44 people were killed.

There were so many others. So many lives taken. And Chibbaro does a wonderful job detailing their lives.

'Teacher resigns after being told to sign letter promising not to talk about being gay' & other Thur midday news briefs

Teacher resigns after being told to sign a letter promising not to talk about being gay - Completely speechless here. 

Report: Black Panther Sequel to Include Queer Love Story - Oh? 

Carl Bean, singer, clergyman and queer rights activist, dead at 77 - One of our heroes went home to glory. 

Protesters march in Brooklyn after two men attacked in alleged anti-gay assault - The work is never done.

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

Screaming into the Void - 15 Years of Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters

Me with my 2017 GLAAD Media Award


On Monday, this blog turned 15 years old.

It's been a labor of love these past 15 years and it came from a lot of pain. My growth as a gay man began in earnest while I was in college in the early 1990s, but it was a stilted growth because of the climate. We didn't have Will and Grace or Ellen DeGeneres back then. Homophobic shame was the norm and even rumors that you were gay would cause you a lot of trouble and even a possible beatdown in some cases. I especially know about the near beatdown. People said ugly things about you behind your back and psychologically put you in some force field of shame which you couldn't penetrate no matter how much of a good person you were.

And above it all was an ugly ambiance created by rumors and lies believed by many and pushed by religious right groups. Gays recruit children, gays have lots of sex, gays have health issues because they love anal sex so much. Gays stuff gerbils up their rectums.  It sounds a bit funny now (particularly that last lie) but when you are a gay man in an environment where you have to keep silent for fear of violence and rejection, hearing that stuff damages your soul. Your world stops and you play mental games with yourself in order to stop thinking about what you need to do or how will your future be. The majority of my heterosexuals college mates had dreams about getting married, having successful careers, raising families and such. The only dream I had as a gay man back then was what the hell do I do to get my life on track and how do I not wind up a bitter, lonely old gay man getting my ass kicked by a hustler in a seedy hotel room.

It was inconceivable for me to plan where and how I would end up. Realizing that I'm gay took all control out of my life. It lasted that way until a number of years later due to two reasons. One - I got older and with age came a fuck you world attitude. Secondly with that attitude came anger at all of the time I wasted in fear. And that anger pinpointed to all of the mess I heard from sources like Pat Robertson and The 700 Club and various other religious right groups and individuals.

So, to speed up the story to the present, that was the main reason why I've been here for 15 years writing and pulling out the receipts. When the media implies that this so-called culture war about LGBTQ rights is a religious issue, don't believe their false narrative. It's a lie. The war over LGBTQ rights is about a deliberate slander, a mass stigmatization of an innocent group of Americans through junk science, cherry-picked science and out-and-out lies spewed by a group of religious hypocrites using terms like "religious liberty," "pro-family," and "Judeo-Christian" to hide their basic homophobia.

'Charges filed against student who assaulted pride flag wearer on a dare' & other Wed midday news briefs

Charges Filed Against Student Who Assaulted Pride Flag Wearer on Dare - What kind of mess is this?

Meghan McCain gets iced out of Pete Buttigieg’s baby celebration on Twitter - Uh uh, girlfriend. Don't even try. 

Caitlyn Jenner hit a new low with her sickening views on the Texas abortion ban - She depresses the hell out of me. 

Conversion Therapy Is a Controversial Practice That Targets LGBTQ+ People—Here's What to Know - Break it down.

Tuesday, September 07, 2021

Some Americans prefer a dangerous deworming drug over safe vaccines. What's wrong with these people, Jesus!!!

 

These days, conservatives seem to be less publicly consumed with LGBTQ people. That's not say that they aren't planning something particularly nasty. But it is to say that their times is divided between two ugly goals - trying to overturn Roe vs. Wade and undermining President Biden on everything he's doing. 

The latter means fighting COVID.  Many Republicans and conservatives refuse to get vaccinated or wear masks. Instead, they are using ivermectin. What is ivermectin? A deworming drug for farm animals. But because it has been prescribed in some cases to eliminate lice and worms in humans, some folks have been medicating themselves with it. 
 
And mostly because pundits like those on Fox News and idiots like Rep. Lou Gohmert and podcaster Joe Rogan have been heavily pushing it. 

Naturally, this is causing lots and lots and lots of poisoning. Physicians and the Food and Drug Administration have been pleading with folks to stop trying to treat COVID with this drug, but they aren't listening. They refuse vaccines because they claim they are dangerous, but have no problems with taking a deworming drug which they been told does no good and is highly dangerous.

The above commercial makes fun of the fruit of their labors and it is hilarious. But entire thing bothers me. What's wrong with these people!!!!

'Catholic schools can't fire teachers for being gay, federal court rules' & other Tue midday news briefs


Catholic schools can’t fire teachers for being gay, federal court rules - Batten down the hatches. My feeling is that if the schools get tax dollars, they shouldn't be allowed to fire teachers for being gay.



Opinion: My journey from anti-gay activist to LGBTQ ally - Don't act stank, folks. I open my arms to anyone wanting to help the community.

Monday, September 06, 2021

Video: 'Hollywood Montrose was the gay 80s hero we never knew we needed'

 
As we shake the cobwebs off from our Labor Day holiday and launch ourselves into this coming week, I would like folks to do a small favor for me. From time to time, I like to feature videos from LGBTQ pop culture historian Matt Baume because his work is excellent and highly educational. This time, he has done something I find to be somewhat controversial. He pushes a theory that a gay character from an 80s comedy who could be seen as insulting to us was actually positively significant.

 I remember the 1987 movie Mannequin and the gay character Hollywood Montrose (played by the late Meshach Taylor) embodying so many seemingly negative homophobic stereotypes  - flamboyant, loud, completely mincing, etc. etc. But after watching Baume's video, I actually reconsidered my feelings about this character because Baume makes a good point. Watch this video and tell me what do you think.

Thursday, September 02, 2021

Family Research Council playing the coward's game with COVID pandemic

 


I received the following email from the Family Research Council:


With rising inflation, radical ideologies sweeping through our schools, and a culture that is increasingly hostile to marriage and children, American families are facing new and more difficult challenges. Instead of proposing real solutions that help families overcome the challenges of today, President Biden has proposed a top-down plan written by America's elites, many of whom do not have children. Currently the U.S. Congress is assembling this plan into a $3.5 trillion bill aimed at raising taxes and forcing an unwanted liberal ideology on families.

 This week, we are highlighting Pray Vote Stand: Biden's "American Families Plan". We encourage you to watch this broadcast on demand now to hear FRC's Mary Szoch, Joy Pullmann of The Federalist, Charmaine Yoest of Heritage Foundation, and Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) outline the problems with Biden's "American Families Plan" and discuss alternative polices that will truly help all families flourish. Deuteronomy 6 says our most sacred responsibility is to raise children who love and embrace biblical truth. Will you join us in prayer for boldness and intentionality to raise up our children as spiritual champions using the prayer points below? 

You will notice that nowhere in the email does FRC even begin to talk about COVID. This is not accidental. The absence of talk about COVID is most striking on the section of FRC's webpage entitled Prayers for Back to School. The section is comprised of 30 prayers which are nothing more than generalities backed by Biblical verses, including:

Pray that parents would lead their children well, modeling a vibrant life of prayer, faith, and Bible study.

Pray that parents would embrace their role as the chief disciple-makers in the home. (Deuteronomy 11:19) 

Pray that parents deciding between public, private, and homeschooling would have the wisdom, resources, courage, and support necessary to do what is best for their family. (Proverbs 3:5-6) 

Pray that Christian students would set an example of purity for their peers in both word and deed and walk in a manner worthy of their calling as followers of Christ. (1 Timothy 4:12; Colossians 1:9-10)

Pray that students returning to in-person schooling would experience smooth transitions as they adjust to the often-changing rules and requirements put in place by school administrators to combat the pandemic. (Philippians 4:13) 

Pray that students would have an attitude of respect for teachers. (Titus 3:1-2) 

 Pray that teachers would have wisdom and insight as they help students start a new school year/semester. (1 Kings 3:9) Pray that Christian teachers would have the boldness to teach facts and critical thinking rather than ideologies and agendas contrary to God's truth. (Joshua 1:9)

 Pray that school administrators would respect religious liberty and biblical values. Pray that they would resist the temptation to cave to pressure from anti-faith groups. (Ephesians 6:13) 

I guess in a normal time, those would be seen as suitable prayers. But this isn't a normal time. In fact based upon these recent headlines, children are going back to school in times which are far from normal:

More Than 500,000 Children Nationwide Test Positive for COVID in Three Weeks Since Schools Reopened



But there is no mention of COVID in any of FRC's back to school prayers. 

The point is this - there is a huge problem in America with vaccine-denial and general misinformation about COVID and it is heavily in two groups - Republicans and evangelicals. As convenience would have it, these happen to be the two groups which comprise FRC's base of supporters. 

While I'm certainly not accusing FRC of sowing that mistrust, the point should be made that it doesn't look like the group is taking the lead position in eliminating it either. In fact, it's not farfetched to accuse the group of downright cowardice in the way it sidesteps mentioning COVID; particularly even when requesting prayers for our kids as they go back to school environments where they are likely in danger of contracting COVID.

If only FRC cared about protecting America's children from COVID with as much fervor as it falsely accuses President Biden or LGBTQ people of trying to harm them.

I guess it's a matter of priorities.