Thursday, May 21, 2015

Anti Gay Duggar Family Has A Huge Sex Abuse Problem

Update 1: Josh has resigned from the hate group FRC since the allegations have surfaced.

Josh Duggar, One of the countless Duggar children was accused of sexually assaulting young girls, including his sisters, when he was a minor. His father waited a year to report this to the authorities. Josh is currently employed by the anti gay, certified hate group Family Research Council.

Via The Daily News:

The Duggar family might have dug themselves into a shocking scandal. 

 Josh Duggar, 27, the eldest son in the famous reality TV family, was investigated for underage sexual abuse in 2005 after his father Jim Bob turned him in to Arkansas police, In Touch magazine reported this week. 

According to the publication, the “19 Kids and Counting” patriarch went to police after he caught his son leaving a young girl’s bedroom and “learned something inappropriate happened,” a source said.

Josh, who was a minor at the time of the alleged incident, was investigated for sexual assault in the fourth degree, but the charges were not pursued because of a bizarre turn of events. 

The state trooper who took the report was later convicted of child pornography and is serving a 56-year prison sentence. 

By the time there was interest in reopening the case, the statute of limitations had passed and the investigation was dropped.

The Duggar Parents have issued a statement:

"Back 12 years ago our family went through one of the most difficult times of our lives, When Josh was a young teenager, he made some very bad mistakes, and we were shocked. We had tried to teach him right from wrong. That dark and difficult time caused us to seek God like never before. Even though we would never choose to go through something so terrible, each one of our family members drew closer to God. We pray that as people watch our lives they see that we are not a perfect family. We have challenges and struggles everyday. It is one of the reasons we treasure our faith so much because God's kindness and goodness and forgiveness are extended to us – even though we are so undeserving. We hope somehow the story of our journey – the good times and the difficult times – cause you to see the kindness of God and learn that He can bring you through anything."

Outed "Grindr Pastor" Told Gay Teen He Was Going To Hell

Earlier this week, Queerty outed anti gay Reverend Matthew Makela by showing his profile on the gay "hook up" app Grindr. Apparently, he is a top who likes to cuddle. 

Now, we hear from a gay teen from Reverend Makela's Church. 

Via CBS affiliate in Flint MI:

A mother came forward with new accusations against the local pastor who resigned after being outed as gay.

Jennifer Kish is angered over the recent revelation that Matthew Makela might be gay, not because of his alleged sexual preference, but because of how he treated her son while they were parishioners at his church. She said what that pastor told her son nearly drove him to suicide.

Makela is a Midland pastor who resigned after being outed by a website. The website said it outed Makela because of his outspoken stance in recent years against homosexuality, a stance one woman said was particularly harmful to her family.

Jennifer Kish said her then 17-year-old son Tyler suffered from serious depression and was considering suicide because he was told by Makela he was going to hell because he was gay.
"If he was going to go to hell for being gay then he might as well go to hell by committing suicide," Jennifer Kish said, regarding what Makela told her son.

Watch the video below.


Head of Boy Scouts Robert Gates Calls To End Ban On Gay Scout Leaders

Robert Gates via Wikipedia
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who now heads the Boy Scouts has called for an end to the ban on Gay Leaders.

Via BuzzFeed:

The president of the Boy Scouts, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, told the organization Thursday that its current blanket ban on gay leaders “cannot be sustained” and called on the group to revise the rule “sooner rather than later.”
Gates was at the helm of the Pentagon at the end of “don’t ask, don’t tell” and is now leading the Boy Scouts as it addresses its ban on gay members. In 2013, the scouts ended its ban on gay youth members but maintained its ban on gay adult leaders.
According to his prepared remarks, Gates said that “events during the past year have confronted us with urgent challenges I did not foresee and which we cannot ignore.” Gates also said some local councils already are “in open defiance of the policy” — specifically referencing the actions of the Greater New York Council, on which BuzzFeed News previously reported — and “the social, political and juridical changes taking place in our country” surrounding gay rights.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Happy 69th Birthday, Cher!

Cher at 1988 Oscars Photo: WJLA
Cher turns 69 today! Happy Birthday, Diva!! Here is a personal favorite "Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves"

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American Support For Gay Marriage At All Time High

Public opinion has been consistently increasing in favor of Marriage Equality over the past few decades.  

Support for same-sex marriage has reached an all-time high, according to recent polls. A new survey from Gallup shows a record 60 percent of Americans now say they approve of legalized same-sex marriage.
The trend measured by Gallup closely matches results from other polls that have been measuring public opinion on same-sex marriage. An ABC/Washington Post poll conducted in April found that 61 percent of Americans approve. Similarly, a Quinnipiac University poll from the same month measured approval at 58 percent.
Approval of same-sex marriage has grown at a rapid rate in the last two decades. When Gallup first surveyed Americans on the issue in 1996, only 27 percent approved. Nineteen years later, that number has more than doubled, growing 5 points in the last month alone.

Ireland Marriage Equality Vote Set For May 23rd

Marriage Equality Supporters via Irish Times
Ireland could be the first country to approve Gay Marriage by popular vote on May 23rd.

Via The Daily Buzz:

For Ireland to get this far is nothing short of a phenomenal achievement. Homosexuality was only decriminalised in 1993; the Civil Partnership Act passed in 2010. The dedication of LGBT rights groups has changed hearts and minds. And now, Ireland is staging a referendum that enjoys support from all major political parties and the majority of the public, something unimaginable just a decade ago.
Recent polling shows those is favor of marriage equality leading. Here is a wonderful "yes vote" video. 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

U.S. Condemns Violent Anti Gay Statements Of Gambia's President

Gambia President Yahya Jammeh via wikipedia
Gambia President Yahya Jammeh is an extreme anti gay bigot. These are the words of a truly evil person. These words literally kill. I am glad that the U.S. is condemning this hate speech. 

Via Washington Blade:

“If you do it [in Gambia] I will slit your throat,” Jammeh reportedly said. “If you are a man and want to marry another man in this country and we catch you, no one will ever set eyes on you again, and no white person can do anything about it.” 

The remarks are the latest action from the Gambia leader enabling anti-gay violence in the country. In October, Jemmeh signed into a law making “aggravated homosexuality” punishable by life in prison. As defined under the law, “aggravated homosexuality” includes “serial offenders” of homosexuality as well as engaging in homosexual conduct with a minor or while having HIV. 

Here is National Security Advisor Susan Rice's statement of condemnation:

Tomorrow, the international community will mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. This day and every day, the United States stands in solidarity with members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community and all those around the world who work to advance the unassailable principle that LGBT rights are human rights. The recent unconscionable comments by Gambian President Yahya Jammeh underscore why we must continue to seek a world in which no one lives in fear of violence or persecution because of who they are or whom they love. We condemn his comments, and note these threats come amid an alarming deterioration of the broader human rights situation in The Gambia. We are deeply concerned about credible reports of torture, suspicious disappearances – including of two American citizens – and arbitrary detention at the government’s hands. The United States in late 2014 acted on The Gambia’s crackdown against its LGBT community and wider human rights violations by ending trade preferences, and we are reviewing what additional actions are appropriate to respond to this worsening situation. We repeat our call for the Gambian government, and all governments, to lead inclusively, repudiate intolerance, and promote respect for the universal rights and fundamental freedoms of all people.