Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Katherine Heigl really HATES balls...REALLY!

O.K. so this makes me love Katherine Heigl!...because she hates balls?  NO!  It's because she is a strong advocate for spaying and neutering.  Plus, this video is hilarious!!

Found this at Unicorn Booty:
Katherine Heigl has dedicated her life to ridding the world of balls. Not yoga balls, not tennis balls. Testicles. And why wouldn’t she? They change size unpredictably. They look awful unshaved. They’re muppet-like. Hitler and John Wayne Gacy came from them. 


Surely you can take it from here with your own list of why balls are the scourge of the earth and the low-hanging downfall of civilization. Or you can just press play and let Katherine do the talking in this short for Funny or Die.


Straight Rugby Star Goes Naked In Gay Magazine For Charity

That is some seriously manly eye candy!! He is very pro gay rights and an AIDS activist!  Me likey!!


Via The Advocate:
Rugby star Sacha Harding has bared all for a photo shoot for the U.K. magazine Gay Times to support Elton John’s AIDS foundation.

“AIDS is such a devastating disease for so many people around the world and I was honored to get this opportunity to try and do my part to help raise awareness of the disease and ultimately save lives," Harding says.

Last year Harding, who plays with Bedford Blues, was also voted "Britain’s manliest man" after winning a nationwide competition organized by men’s grooming brand the Bluebeards Revenge.




This gets a HUGE Gay Men To That!!

Another Family Values Republican caught in Meth For Gay Sex Scandal



Former Arapahoe County Sheriff Pat Sullivan was taken into custody on Tuesday, accused of trying to exchange methamphetamine for a sexual encounter with an adult man.

The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office says the investigation into Sullivan, 68, began on Nov. 17 after deputies got tips that Sullivan was involved in distributing and using meth.

After the South Metro Drug Task Force and sheriff's investigators say they saw Sullivan give meth to the man around 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sullivan was taken into custody without incident.

He is being held on a $250,000 bond at the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office Detention Facility pending the filing of criminal charges. The Patrick J. Sullivan Jr. Detention Facility is named after Sullivan.

Sullivan is being held in isolation, according to Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson.



This never gets old!! The former Sheriff also served as co-chair of Citizens Against the Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado which kept the legalization of medical marijuana of the ballot in 1998.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

"Gay Friendly" Mom Finds Gay Billboard Offensive!!

Uh...I lived in L.A. for seven years.  I have driven past many billboards that were actually offensive.  This isn't one of them.  This billboard show two shirtless guys...almost kissing.  The mom complains that she is forced to explain the billboard to her nine year old son.  Here's a suggestion..."it's a business that helps gay men meet each other"...DONE!

Via Studio City Patch:

I never thought this would be me: A liberal feminist complaining about a sex-positive, homosexual billboard. Like that would ever happen.

Well, it has and here it is. Because I’m also a single mom complaining about her child’s premature loss of innocence, caused by driving past this billboard every day on the way to elementary school. Twice a day, since the image is on both sides of the billboard on Cahuenga, the only way to get to and from school for many Valley View Elementary families.
You try explaining the “Zero feet away MANHUNT MOBILE” phone application to your 9-year-old son. A 9-year-old who loves Army guys, and so noticed the dog tags right away. 
It’s not the blatant porn-iness of the over-lit image, or that it is of two men. It would be equally annoying if it were hetero. It’s the fact that I am forced to figure out a way to frame to my fourth-grader the fact that some people like to find causal sex partners fast using their mobile phones. 
I know some would tell me to use the opportunity for an illuminating conversation. But I don’t need Manhunt Mobile to set my Important Talks Agenda. Our family really could have gone awhile longer without that particular conversation—and should’ve been able to do so.
I guess what bugs me the most is the double standard.  There are TONS of straight sexualized billboards, much more explicit than this one, all over the streets of L.A. that I am sure our "gay friendly feminist" drives by with her son in the car. She made a choice to only complain about the gay one.  She needs to make this "a teaching moment"...for herself.


This reminds me of this commentary from The Advocate where more "gay friendly" parents were concerned that, during play dates, their gay parent friends showed any displays of affection in front of their children:
The conversation ended and we cleaned up our kids and paid the check. As we were heading for our cars, one of them turned to me casually and asked a favor:

“Oh, look ... I meant to ask you this earlier,” he said casually. “You guys don’t ever, you know, kiss — in front of the kids, do you? Not like, by accident or when you didn’t realize they were there ... but like, if they’re having a playdate or anything — you guys don’t strike me as the types who are into PDA?”

God forbid your precious snowflakes see two men display their love for each other.  It's not like you have ever kissed in front of them.  If you are so "gay friendly" what is the difference?  

Same Sex Partner of Fallen State Trooper Fighting for Benefits

People say we want "special rights" when we demand the right to legally marry.  What we want is equal rights.  This couple has been together for 15 years.  They shared a home, they raised a son, they loved each other.  Now the state of Missouri is denying the surviving partner death benefits that are available to legally married opposite-sex partners.  This is not a special right, this is common decency for any spouse who loses their law enforcement partner.


Via The Advocate:
Cpl. Dennis Engelhard died on Christmas Day 2009 after he was hit by a car as he investigated an accident. While spouses and opposite-sex partners of Missouri state troopers can receive an annuity of 50% of the employee’s salary, Glossip is being denied the benefit. Glossip is raising a teenage son, who Englehard considered a stepson.

Marine Gen. Formally Opposed To "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Repeal Now Says It's a A Non-Issue

AP Photo/Cliff Owen
It's good to see that this transition has been as smooth as possible.  No unit cohesion, combat readiness or effectiveness problems.  I wonder what those still opposing the repeal will now use as an argument? 


Via AP:
Marine Gen. James F. Amos, the face of opposition in the military to lifting the ban on gays serving openly, now acknowledges his concern has proven unfounded that repeal would undermine the war effort. In fact, he says, Marines have embraced the change. 


In an Associated Press interview, Amos called the repeal in September "a non-event."


..."We attribute this success to our comprehensive pre-repeal training program, combined with the continued close monitoring and enforcement of standards by our 
military leaders at all levels," Smith said.



Saturday, November 26, 2011

Beautiful Gay Marriage Rights Ad From Australia!

I found this Via The Advocate:  It really is a beautiful ad that appeals to people's emotions instead of their logic.  That can be very powerful!  I've watched it twice and I have teared up both times.  It also doesn't hurt that the lead is adorable!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Great GLBT Rights Ads From Argentina

This is a great way to make people empathize with the GLBT community.  In Spanish with English subtitles.

Via Babbeando:
A year ago, Argentina became the first country in Latin America to grant same-sex couples full marriage rights. Before this year is over, the Argentinean congress might very well pass a groundbreaking transgender-rights law extending health care protections to transgender individuals and making it easier for trans folk to change their ID's to better reflect their gender identity without requiring proof of gender reassignment surgery.

Getting to this point has certainly taken years of work by Argentinean LGBT organizations, activists, advocates and allies.  It has also inspired some pretty amazing television and online video ads.

The following two ads come from the Observatory for the Promotion of Sexual Diversity Rights in Salta or Obs.Salta for short and were made possible through grants from the United Nations (turn "annotations" on for my on-screen translation).





Thursday, November 24, 2011

I Am Grateful For All The Gay Rights Pioneers!

Memorial service video for gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny.

Via TheAdvocate.com:

Video from a memorial service held last week for the gay rights pioneer shows why our movement’s political leaders are so thankful for Frank Kameny.
The video below reflects highlights from the service held in the historic Cannon Caucus Room, featuring a remembrance by William Eskridge Jr., a professor of jurisprudence at Yale University, and Reps. Barney Frank  of Massachusetts, Eleanor Holmes Norton of the District of Columbia, and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin.
When in college, Baldwin, the first openly lesbian congresswoman who is now running for U.S. Senate, notes she had little by way of resources to look to and credits Kameny’s example during this time of her need. 
Kameny became known as the first gay person to fight the federal government because of his dismissal on the grounds of homosexuality from his job as an astronomer in 1957. Norton compared this act by Kameny to Rosa Parks’ refusal to sit in the back of the bus as an act of defiance of the South’s segregation laws.




Frank Kameny Memorial from www.gayusathemovie.com on Vimeo.

Fox News Viewers Less Informed Than People Who Watch No News!

Screen cap of Fox New deliberately confusing climate with weather
There are also 6 previous studies on global warming, health care, health care a second time, the Ground Zero mosque, the Iraq war, and the 2010 election* that show Fox New viewers are the least informed of all.  This current study shows that people who watch no news at all are more informed than Fox News viewers.  That's a great accomplishment for Fox because, in my opinion, this is actually their goal.  The don't want their viewers informed...they want them convinced.  And that is a huge difference!


Via CrooksAndLiars.com:
I know it will shock every reader of this blog to discover this, but this groundbreaking study proves what we've all known: Watching Fox News will make you stupid. Or keep you stupid. Or something. What it won't do is inform you. As Christian Finnegan pointed out to David Shuster on Countdown, Fox News' goal is not to inform, but to "provide light intellectual cover for the gut prejudices you already have."
Fairleigh Dickinson University conducted a poll of about 700 New Jersey residents. They adjusted the results for partisanship and came to the following conclusion:
Sunday morning news shows do the most to help people learn about current events, while some outlets, especially Fox News, lead people to be even less informed than those who say they don’t watch any news at all.


*via ThinkProgress.org

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Poor Anti-Gay Bullies Are Such "Victims"

Woe is she!  Poor Greg Quinlan, who claims not to crave cock anymore is whining that he and other anti-gay bullies are being bullied.  How dare we call them out on their hatred and homophobia!

Via The Advocate:
“Ex-gay” advocate Greg Quinlan is one of the latest conservatives to cast himself as a victim, and it has gay activist Wayne Besen steamed. 


Quinlan, president of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays, who says he is an ex-gay, did an interview last month with a Washington, D.C., TV station in which he described “hatred” and “bigotry” directed at ex-gays, who he said deserve protection under hate-crimes laws. He accused Besen, executive director of Truth Wins Out, of saying, “Somebody needs to run Greg over. He needs to be hit with a bus. Somebody should inject him with AIDS.”


On a side note: Gregory was married to a woman who claimed not to crave vagina anymore.  They were paraded around fundamentalist circles as "proof" that gays and lesbians can become straight.  They Divorced in 2007.

The entire basis of "Ex-gay" therapy requires you to believe that there is something wrong with being gay and that it has to be changed.  They lost me at "something wrong with being gay" so they can fuck off!

Alleged Proof Padre Pio Faked Stigmata Revealed In New Book

Surprise! Another religious huckster exposed for his huckstery.  Can't people just do good works without trying to throw in the magic stuff?  

Italy's Padre Pio used carbolic acid to cause bleeding wounds on his hands that he claimed were replicas of Christ's, according to a new book.

Pio, a former monk who died in 1968 aged 81, wore gloves because his hands bled constantly for 50 years in what were revered as stigmata wounds. He became Italy's most loved saint after he was canonised by Pope John Paul II in 2002. But a new book has heaped more scorn on the claims that his wounds were duplicates of those suffered by Jesus during the crucifixion. Italian historian Professor Sergio Luzzatto has discovered documents including a letter from a pharmacist who arranged carbolic acid for Pio.

My favorite part of this story is this quote:

His claims were dismissed by the Catholic Anti-Defamation League in 2007.

Pietro Siffi, the president of the League, said at the time: "We would like to remind Mr Luzzatto that according to Catholic doctrine, canonisation carries with it papal infallibility.


Ah, yes Papal infallibility!!

Need more of that papal infallibility?


Spanish Gay Boys Making Out On Al Jazeera Live Broadcast!

Young Spanish guys making out is always a hot thing but doing it live on an Al Jazeera broadcast reporting the conservative electoral victory in Spain makes it even hotter!!


via UnicornBooty.com:
During controversial news network Al Jazeera’s coverage of the election results, a gay couple “video-bombed” the news coverage and began passionately making out as the reporter discussed the conservative’s “crushing victory.”






Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Local Episcopalian Congregation Loses Historic Building Over Gay Bishop Hoopla

This undated file photo shows
Christ Church of Savannah,
 founded in 1733, in Savannah, Ga. 
They are in Savannah, Georgia.  They decide to leave the national organization because another congregation in New Hampshire affirmed the first openly gay bishop.  They then join a diocese is Uganda, that bastion of gay tolerance!!  Now they're upset that the National organization wants to keep the property.  Aren't Christians always preaching about taking responsibility for your actions? They voted to leave the church...now, leave the church!!

Via AJCblog:
The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that a Savannah congregation of a 278-year-old church that revolted over the affirmation of a gay bishop will have to give up the historic building to the national Episcopal church....


...Lower courts had ruled in favor of the national organization, with the state Court of Appeals pointing out that Episcopalians have a hierarchical denomination ruled by bishops rather than one controlled by congregations.



Monday, November 21, 2011

Evil Pope Says People With Poor Ethics Get AIDS

So, the infallible Benedict is at it again, blaming those ethically challenged gays, hemophiliacs, Africans and babies for the AIDS that they deserve!  I'm so glad I gave up Catholicism for Lent!


Via JoeMyGod:
"Above all, it is an ethical problem. The change of behavior that it requires – for example, sexual abstinence, rejection of sexual promiscuity, fidelity within marriage – ultimately involves the question of integral development, which demands a global approach and a global response from the Church. For if it is to be effective, the prevention of AIDS must be based on a sex education that is itself grounded in an anthropology anchored in the natural law and enlightened by the word of God and the Church’s teaching."


-Pope Benedict at the closing Mass of his visit to Africa. 

Homeless LGBT Youth Struggle For Survival

We have got to do better than this!  I didn't come out to my parents until I was an adult.  I was afraid of what they would think or do if I told them.  It turns out I was fortunate to have parents that love me no matter who I love.  There are many who are not so lucky.


(Courtesy Cathy Renna/Ali Forney Center)
 Via NPR:
A number of studies of homeless youth in big cities put forth a startling statistic: Depending on the study, somewhere between 30 and 40 percent of homeless youths identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
It's largely because gay youths are more often kicked out of their homes than straight youths. And even if they are not kicked out, they may feel so uncomfortable that they leave.
In New York City, nearly 4,000 young people are homeless every night — many of them gay....
...There are only 250 beds for 3,800 homeless kids in New York City; waiting lists are huge. Facing a $10 billion deficit, Gov. Andrew Cuomo made compromises with the New York state Legislature. Budget cuts would have taken 100 of those beds away. The city council restored monies cut from both the city and state budgets, so no beds have been cut. A spokesperson said Cuomo asked all local governments to take more responsibility for their budgets by eliminating waste and prioritizing vital programs.


You can check out the website and donate to the Ali Forney Center by CLICKING HERE.



Irrelevant Pres. Candidate Rick Perry Signs Iowa Anti-Gay Pledge

In between giving allegedly drunk speeches and sinking in the polls, Texas governor Rick Perry is busy being a homophobic tool.  


Via ThinkProgress.org:
Rick Perry has joined fellow Republican presidential contenders Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum in signing a controversial marriage pledge from Iowa’s FAMiLY LEADER. The social conservative organization is headed by failed gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats and has positioned itself as a gateway to Iowa’s Republican caucus goers. The pledge likens homosexuality to polygamy, adultery, or polyandry and asks candidates to vow that being gay is a choice that poses serious health risks like “shorter life expectancy.” An earlier draft also claimed that children were better off under slavery than they are under Obama.


So, if idiots like this oppose gay marriage, aren't they really promoting homosexual promiscuity? Just sayin'.


Did I say "allegedly drunk speech"? O.K. Judge for yourself.

Sen. Bernie Sanders On The Causes Of The Deficit


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Revising your views on immorality photograph

This pic has been all over the internet.  It sums up the problem with all fundamentalist religions.  


It Gets Betterish- Gay Republican- Very Funny New Web Series

The first episode in a very funny new web series.

Favorite line in this episode:


"You won't be worried about taxes when Sarah Palin is PISSING ON YOUR FACE."

Uhm...Yum!!

I'll just put this right here.


Rick Santorum: "Our country will fall" as a result of Gay Marriage

So, Mister Frothy Mix is still at it.  Once a homophobe, always a homophobe.  Sister Christian turns into Chicken Little when that scary phrase "Gay Marriage" is uttered.  Boo!!....committed relationship!!...EEEK!!!


Via ThinkProgress:
Rick Santorum reiterated his support for a federal marriage amendment denying marriage to gays and lesbians during Iowa’s Thanksgiving Family Forum. The former Pennsylvania senator promised to campaign against marriage equality in all 50 states and warned that “the family is the bedrock of our society, unless we protect it with the institution of marriage, our country will fall.” Watch it:

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Gay Soldier Shares Reaction To GOP Debate Boos

So, the GOP is first to scream "un-American" when you disagree with them...about anything!  But booing an active duty soldier currently serving in Iraq is perfectly acceptable...because he's gay. And none of the Republican presidential candidates call the audience members out on it because they are too busy kissing extremist ass!
Here is an excerpt of the soldier being interviewed.
Via The AP:
"When the actual booing occurred, my gut dropped out, because my first inclination was, did I just do something wrong?" he said. "The answer, obviously, wasn't very supportive of gay people, and there was a lot of fear of how the Army would take the question."
He did not have to wait long to find out. At breakfast later that morning, the segment was playing on the chow hall television. Hill immediately tracked down his commander, who told him she had no problem with what he'd done but that she would need to run it up the chain of command. She later relayed the response.
"She said, 'What the military's most concerned with is that you are OK, because it's a lot of pressure on you and we want to make sure if there is anything we can do to help,'" he recalled.
It's pretty amazing that the military has come so far with this issue.  It's great to hear that this is the reaction that he got from his chain of command!

Here is the video of the gross behavior of the debate audience:


WOW!

Bill Allowing Fed Employees Domestic Partner Benefits Introduced In Both Houses Of Congress

It would be a great step forward to get this passed.  With the current makeup in the House, I'm not sure I see this going very far.  Joe Lieberman can be a tool on many issues, but it's good to see him doing the right thing here and props to Republicans Ros-Lehtinen and Collins for bucking their parties anti-gay activities.


Via The Advocate:
Legislation was introduced today in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to provide for domestic-partner benefits for federal government employees.

Independent senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and Republican Susan Collins of Maine introduced the bill in the Senate, as they have in previous sessions. Democrat Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, who is one of the four openly gay members of the House, and Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida introduced it in that chamber.

“The federal government must set an example as an equal opportunity employer,” Baldwin said in a press release. “If we are to treat all federal employees fairly and recruit the best and the brightest to serve in government, we need this legislation.”

Friday, November 18, 2011

Uhm...Yum!!

I'll just put this right here!



Early 80's Duet With Michael Jackson & Freddie Mercury To Be Released



O.K. This could be really cool... I was a big fan of The Beatles releasing the John Lennon Demos (Free As A Bird etc...) because they took their time and did it right.  I'm looking forward to hearing the finished product!

Via Gay.net:


According to The Sun, Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor have been given permission by the Jackson estate to work on material recorded by the late legendary singers.
"The Michael Jackson estate are happy for us to go ahead with the music,” said Brian May. "But it's not something that we can rush."
The demos were recorded at Jackson’s house in 1983 while Queen was touring America and their release has been hotly debated. However, May assures fans the tracks will be handled with respect and integrity rather than cranked out for quick cash.



A Gay Writes In Nashville: Shane Stevens on "Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys."

"Oh, the times, they are a changin'"



Via TheBoot.com:

Shane Stevens is an openly gay hit country songwriter, pop recording artist and reality TV star, making his debut on tonight's (Nov. 18) season two premiere of the Sundance Channel's "Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys."

The Days Of "Ketchup As A Vegetable" Are Back

Tomato paste on pizza as a vegetable?...Seriously?

This is what happens when conservative republicans try to control the agenda. Seriously?  We have an obesity epidemic and they are fighting for more french fries and pizza for school lunches!

Via The AP


"Who needs leafy greens and carrots when pizza and french fries will do?


In an effort many 9-year-olds will cheer, Congress wants pizza and french fries to stay on school lunch lines and is fighting the Obama administration's efforts to take unhealthy foods out of schools.


The final version of a spending bill released late Monday would unravel school lunch standards the Agriculture Department proposed earlier this year. These include limiting the use of potatoes on the lunch line, putting new restrictions on sodium and boosting the use of whole grains. The legislation would block or delay all of those efforts.


The bill also would allow tomato paste on pizzas to be counted as a vegetable, as it is now. USDA had wanted to only count a half-cup of tomato paste or more as a vegetable, and a serving of pizza has less than that."

Kelly Osbourne: Transgender People "some of the bravest people on Earth"

This is one of those "teaching moments".  Good for you, Kelly!


Via The Advocate


Television personality Kelly Osbourne apologizes for her recent gaffe using derogatory terms to describe transgender people, whom she calls "some of the bravest people on Earth," in an essay posted on the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's blog.

Mister Chase - Fuck You Very Much- Lip Sync (Lily Allen)

A musical message to all the homophobes! Not Safe For Work language!!