Monday, December 30, 2013

Gay Couple Will Get Married On Rose Parade Float

Danny Leclair (left) and Aubrey Loots will marry during the Rose Parade
This is great! I love that children watching the parade will be able to see this amazing expression of love!

On the heels of conservatives screaming about "religious liberty" and "freedom of speech" for Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson, they are now calling for a boycott of the parade unless the gay marriage is dropped.

Via L.A. Times:

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s float, “Living the Dream: Love Is the Best Protection,” was created to celebrate victories in 2013 for gay marriage advocates, including Supreme Court decisions upholding the repeal of California’s Proposition 8 and striking down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act. 
Foundation spokesman Ged Kenslea said the organization supports legally sanctioning same-sex marriage because it encourages more stable relationships among gay men as well as behavior that will prevent the spread of HIV. 
“We believe that marriage saves lives,” he said.
Well said!  I will be watching this with pride!!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

UK Pardons Gay WW2 Hero Alan Turing

Alan Turing
The Queen has granted a pardon to World War 2 hero Alan Turing.  He was convicted of gay sex crimes and chemically castrated after he helped save the free world from the Nazis. He later committed suicide.

Via Talking Points Memo:

Turing's contributions to science spanned from computer science to biology, but he's perhaps best remembered as the architect of the effort to crack the Enigma code, the cipher used by Nazi Germany to secure its military communications. Turing's groundbreaking work -- combined with the effort of cryptanalysts at Bletchley Park near Oxford and the capture of several Nazi code books -- gave the Allies the edge across half the globe, helping them defeat the Italians in the Mediterranean, beat back the Germans in Africa and escape enemy submarines in the Atlantic. 
"It could be argued and it has been argued that he shortened the war, and that possibly without him the Allies might not have won the war," said David Leavitt, the author of a book on Turing's life and work. "That's highly speculative, but I don't think his contribution can be underestimated. It was immense."
We all owe our freedom, in part, to this man.  He was treated terribly at the time.  Some in our society would treat him the same way today.

Friday, December 20, 2013

So True!!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

'Duck Dynasty' Patriarch Shocking Anti Gay Remarks In GQ Interview

Duck Dynasty Patriarch Phil Robertson

Wow!  This is epic for all the wrong reasons!

Via Talking Points Memo:

The patriarch of "Duck Dynasty," America's biggest cable television show, shared his views on "sin," homosexuality, and world religions in an epic interview that appears in the January issue of GQ. 
Phil Robertson, the elder statesman of the show's family of self-described "Bible-thumpers," told the magazine that in America today "everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong." 
“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men," Robertson said before paraphrasing a Bible verse. "Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”
He then tries to claim that he doesn't judge anyone.

Though he clearly has strong criticism for "homosexuals" and others he feels have sinned, Robertson said he doesn't judge them.  
“We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job," Robertson said. "We just love ’em, give ’em the good news about Jesus—whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ’em out later, you see what I’m saying?" 
Uh, just did!!  I think he forgets that people outside of backwoods Louisiana can actually read.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Advocate Names Pope Francis Person Of The Year

My view on this has changed since the announcement that Francis was the new Pope.

On the heels of Time Magazine naming Pope Francis person of the year, the nation's oldest gay magazine The Advocate has granting the head of the Roman Catholic church the same honor.  Even though the church's stand on LGBT issues have not changed, his words of tolerance and non-judgement have stirred quite a conversation within the religious and non-religious communities! I kind of agree with both publications.  

Via The Advocate:

The most influential person of 2013 doesn't come from our ongoing legal conflict but instead from our spiritual one — successes from which are harder to define. There has not been any vote cast or ruling issued, and still a significant and unprecedented shift took place this year in how LGBT people are considered by one of the world's largest faith communities...  
...Pope Francis's stark change in rhetoric from his two predecessors — both who were at one time or another among The Advocate's annual Phobie Awards — makes what he's done in 2013 all the more daring. First there's Pope John Paul II, who gay rights activists protested during a highly publicized visit to the United States in 1987 because of what had become known as the “Rat Letter” — an unprecedented damning of homosexuality as “intrinsically evil.” It was written by one of his cardinals, Joseph Ratzinger, who went on to become Pope Benedict XVI. Since 1978, one of those two men had commanded the influence of the Vatican — until this year.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Russian Actor Ivan Okhlobystin Calls For Gay Holocaust

He is an actor in the Russian version of "Scrubs."  Funny, huh?

Via QueerRussia:

During Novosibirsk tour “Spiritual talks” on December, 8 Russian actor Ivan Okhlobystin, 47,  made several harsh homophobic remarks while fully packed venue greeted them with applause. 
Okhlobystin said: “I myself would shove all live gays into furnace. This is Sodom and Gomorrah, I as a beliver in God can not treat this indifferently, this is a live threat to my kids!… I do not want my kids to think that faggots are normal. This is lavender fascism. If a person can not choose someone of an opposite sex for procreation – this is a overt sign of mental abnormality, so they should be denied of voting rights”, NGS NEWS reports.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Pastor Rick Warren Confirms He Is Motivated By Fear And Not By Love

Anti Gay Pastor Rick Warren
Rick Warren is a Christian Pastor.  Jesus spoke of love, above all else.  When it comes to gay marriage, Pastor Rick is guided by fear.  This quote from his latest Piers Morgan interview on CNN verifies this.

Via TowleRoad:
Towards the end of the clip, when asked by Morgan if he could envision a time in the future where he and other Christians support full equality for LGBT citizens, Warren shot down the idea with the following answer that led to scattered applause in the audience: 
"I cannot see that happening in my life. I fear the disapproval of God more than I fear your disapproval or the disapproval of society."
When all is said and done, Rick Warren is a very small man, speaking from a place of fear.  I think it's sad that he claims to speak for so many Christians.  I think that the LOVE that the man he worships preached is so much more than Pastor Warren can comprehend.  In a way, I feel bad that Rick's vision of "love" is so limited.

Watch interview below.