Monday, August 27, 2012

Evangelical Anti Gay Activist And Prop 8 Supporter Arrested For Child Molestation

Photo credit: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s DepartmentCaleb Douglas Hesse
Do the most twisted elements on the religious right scream the loudest about the "evils" of homosexuality just to deflect attention from their own perversions?  I'll let you be the judge.

Via Back2Stonewall:

A longtime anti-gay activist, California Prop 8 donor,  and  elementary school teacher was taken into custody on August 17th after admitting inappropriate contact with young boys.Caleb Douglas Hesse, a teacher for the Morongo Unified School District since 1987 (most recently, he was teaching first grade at Friendly Hills Elementary School in Joshua Tree) and a longtime youth volunteer with the virulently homophobic Evangelical Free Church of Yucca Valley, has  confessed to sexually abusing “numerous underage boys,” with authorities believe the crimes occurred between the early 1980’s and as recently as a week ago.”
Investigators say Hesse met the majority of the victims during overnight outings with a youth group at the Evangelical Free Church.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Joe Biden Praises Gay Activists For "Freeing The Soul Of The American People"

These are profound words coming from our Vice President.  He is saying to the world that this country is better because of gay activists.  The simplicity of his statement disguises the impact that they will have on young gay americans who hear them.  Thank you, Vice President Biden.  Your words are greatly appreciated!
Vice President Joe Biden thanked gay rights advocates Sunday for advancing not just their own civil rights, but also the “civil rights of every straight American.”
“You are freeing the soul of the American people,” Biden said to loud applause during a stop in Provincetown, Mass., according to a pool report.

Biden honed in on the LGBT issues during his campaign speech at the Pilgrim Monument and Museum, which is located in a prominent gay community in Cape Cod. “If I had to use one adjective to describe this community it’d be courage," Biden said. "You have summoned the courage to speak out, to come out. We owe you.”

In May, Biden expressed his support for gay marriage ahead of President Barack Obama, creating an uncomfortable moment for the White House and culminating in Obama's decision to clarify his own position of support two days later.

San Francisco 49ers Make The First NFL "It Gets Better" Video

Another step in the right direction.  It's always wonderful for struggling LGBT youth to see their sports heros and other role models speak out in their support for gay rights and speak out against bullying.

Via The Advocate:

The San Francisco 49ers have become the first NFL team to make an It Gets Better video featuring multiple players.

Safety Donte Whitner, linebacker Ahmad Brooks, and defensive tackles Ricky Jean Francois and Isaac Sopoaga appear in the video, voicing support and encouragement for LGBT young people.

“The San Francisco 49ers are proud to join, to let all LGBT teens know that it gets better,” Whitner says. “On behalf of the entire 49ers organization, we are on your side, and we promise it gets better.”

Friday, August 24, 2012

The True Extreme On The Left Is Never Reported

This image, originally posted on Atheism Reddit, shows the true extremes on religion in government and marriage equality.  Look at this image, understand the implications of how these issues have been framed and spread the word.  The cause of marriage equality is the neutral position.

Found at Huffington Post:

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Anti Gay Pastor Convicted Of Public Masturbation

Convicted Public Masturbator Grant Storm
Wow!  This "man of God" who crusaded against the annual gay festival "Southern Decadence" in New Orleans was, in fact, partaking in his own little version of southern decadence.  In the video below, Cenk Uygur makes the point that the loudest preachers of "morality" are usually the most depraved members of the religious right.  This is, once again, proven correct.

Via Huffington Post:

A prominent Louisiana-based Christian pastor known for his anti-gay stance was convicted of obscenity yesterday after beingcaught masturbating at a public park near a children's playground last year.
As reports, Rev. Grant Storm was sentenced to three years' probation after the incident in Lafreniere Park. Storm is quoted as calling public masturbation "a thrill" in his confession. However, despite an eyewitness account cited by the New Orleans Times-Picayune which stated that 55-year-old pastor had been "looking at the playground area that contained children playing, with his zipper down" at the time of his arrest, authorities denied any suspicions that he was a pedophile.
"Lafreniere Park is a public place," Judge Ross LaDart is quoted as saying when he announced the verdict, according to the publication. "Lafreniere Park is a place that was chosen by this defendant to engage in a history of masturbation."

Washington Post Columnist Dana Milbank Confuses Hate And Violence

Dana Milbank
It is ironic that Dana Milbank accuses those who have criticized his column, calling into question the SPLC's hate group designation of The Family Research Council, of not being nuanced in their view of the situation.  It is Dana who doesn't understand that you can be a hate group and not be violent.  His view that it is violence that should trigger the "hate group" designation is deeply flawed.  The lies that The Family Research Council spreads about the gay community can inspire violence.  The SPLC calling them on that hatred is appropriate and necessary.  

From  Via Huffington Post:

Milbank was invited on my SiriusXM show to discuss the column he wrote last week which has generated much controversy on social media. In the comments section on the Washington Post’s web site and on Twitter and Facebook, many criticized Milbank’s defense of the FRC as a “Washington think tank” which thus shouldn’t be called a hate group, and his calling the Human Rights Campaign and the SPLC “reckless” for terming the FRC a hate group. The controversy reached a point where Washington Post deputy editorial page editor Jonathan Diehl sent a tweet out defending Milbank, but that only inflamed the controversy as Dielhl referred to "idiotic' emails he had received on the topic....
...“The hate group category, is with the exception of the Family Research Council, a bunch of neo-Nazi and Ku Klux Klan-like groups, and while they may say all kinds of wacky things at the FRC, they’re a Washington think tank, not a group that puts on sheets and organizes lynch mobs,” Milbank said.
Milbank seemed not to know, nor would he address it when pointed out, that the SPLC lists many groups on its website that are not violent, or even claim to oppose violence, but which propagate hate as well. The hate group list includes the Nation of Islam and the Conservative Citizens Council.
You can listen to the entire interview here.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Onion: Tampa Bay Gay Prostitutes Gearing Up For Flood Of Closeted Republicans

This hilarious video is NOT SAFE FOR WORK and well worth watching.  The price list for the various "services" is great!

Auto Shop Stands Up For Bullied Gay Student And Restores His Vandalized Car

This is a wonderful, heartwarming story about a local business that goes out of their way to make things right for a bullied college Student.

Jordan Addison told WDBJ-TV that his car was vandalized four times between March and May of this year and that someone even keyed “die” into the side of the vehicle because he is gay.
Addison said the lowest estimate he received to fix the car was $2,500, but that he just couldn’t afford to repair it. Some Roanoke businesses heard what happened and pitched in to fix the damage for free.
“Once I saw the vandalism that was done to it I said that’s uncalled for we’re gonna fix your car that’s the least we can do,” said Quality Auto Paint and Body’s Richard Henegar Jr.
The auto body shop repainted the car and even added in $10,000 worth of extras for Addison.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Michelangelo Signorile Invites Hate Group Leader Tony Perkins To Talk About Hate

Michelangelo Signorile
Michaelangelo Signorile is a very skilled debater but does it really matter?  Will Tony Perkins ever  admit that his words and actions are hateful?  His very livelihood relies on demonizing gays and lesbians.  I know this debate would not change his mind but it may change the minds of some people watching it.  I say "bring it on"!!
Dear Mr. Perkins,
Let me again express my strong condemnation of the shooting at the Family Research Council offices, as well as my support and concern for all those affected. Security guard Leo Johnson, who took a bullet (and luckily did not lose his life, and is currently in stable condition), is a hero who saved others from being shot. I'm enormously grateful for that. As I wrote here last week, whatever the gunman's motives, they are twisted and utterly unacceptable. This shooting is an outrage and should send a chill through everyone on both sides of these debates. You and I have debated gay rights, civilly, on TV and in other media. That's how these disagreements should always be addressed: via civil discourse, never through violence....
...Perhaps you recall that in July 2008, a man armed with a shotgun went on a shooting rampage inside a church in Knoxville. The Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, like many Christian churches and denominations across the country, is welcoming of LGBT people. The gunman killed two people and severely wounded several others. Police said that the killer's motive was to target gays and liberals. "This isn't a church, it's a cult," the killer wrote in a four-page letter he had left behind. "They embrace every pervert that comes down the pike.... [T]he only way we can rid ourselves of this evil is kill them in the streets, kill them where they gather."

I wouldn't claim, as you did with regard to the SPLC, that the FRC gave that killer a "license to shoot." No one knows what's inside the mind of a premeditated killer. But I would ask: Where do people like this killer get the distortions and ugly mischaracterizations that convince them that gay people are evil? More so, where do others who wouldn't engage in gun violence but who do harm to LGBT people in other ways -- firing them from their jobs, throwing them out of their homes, bullying them in schools -- get their misinformation about gay people? They get it from a wide array of sources that contribute to a culture that demonizes LGBT people. And you and the Family Research Council are among those who feed into that culture.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Virginia Baker With Poor Reading Comprehension Skills Refuses Biden Visit

Chris McMurray
Chris McMurray and his wife own a bakery in Radford, VA.  He was approached to have his bakery host  Vice President Joe Biden for a press visit.  
McMurray said the Vice President's entourage got to the point and made its pitch.
"She said they have selected 'Crumb and Get It" to be his stop on his way to Blacksburg and was wondering if that was ok."
Here's the part that might make other business owners crazy.
"This is an opportunity of a lifetime but essentially I said 'No offense to you or the campaign but I just decline you guys coming in here. At that time she said 'Are you sure? There's going to be a lot of press, a lot of activity,’" McMurray said.
Why in the world would a new business owner say "no" to a photo op with the Vice President of the United States?
McMurray said it was President Obama's recent remarks about small business and who built what.
"Very simply, ‘you didn't build that’” McMurray said. “Speaking of small businesses and entrepreneurs all across this country and actually last night my wife was up all night. No sleep, she's worked a full 24 hours."
Now, to be fair to Mr. McMurray, I don't know if anyone pointed out the fact that he didn't fully understand the President's quote.  President Obama was referencing the "roads and bridges" when he said "you didn't build that".  The news report doesn't say one way or another.  
Once again, here is Obama's full quote in context:
"There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me, because they want to give something back. They know they didn't — look, if  you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own. You didn't get there on your own. I'm always struck by people who think, 'Well, it must be because I was just so smart.' There are a lot of smart people out there. 'It must be because I worked harder than everybody else.' Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.
"If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn't get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet."
Why did I post this on the blog when there seems to be no "gay" angle to this story?  Because when I watched the video below, my gaydar went through the roof.  Seriously! Who is she trying to POTRAY?!!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Julia Child Auto Tuned For Her 100th Birthday

Wonderful!  Simply, Wonderful!

Tony Perkins Hates Being Called A Hate Monger

Family Research Council's Tony Perkins
After the Terrorist shooting at the Hate Group Family Research Council Headquarters, its Founder Tony Perkins says that being labeled a hate group is the cause of the shooting.  He blames the Southern Poverty Law Center for...well...telling the truth about their hateful ways and accurately designating them as a hate group.  Perkins claims that he is just espousing a "traditional biblical view" of homosexuality but ignores other "traditional biblical views" or simply doesn't care about them.  

Via Huffington Post:

As authorities revealed details about the Family Research Council shooting, the head of the influential conservative organization blamed the attack on "reckless rhetoric," but then delivered his own politically-charged remark, saying critics gave the accused gunman "a license to shoot an unarmed man."
Tony Perkins' comments Thursday fanned already-inflamed statements from both sides, tapped into deep divisions over abortion and gay marriage, and drew more finger-pointing.
Here are some of the lies and hatred that the Family Research Council has been spreading.  

From The Southern Poverty Law Center:

“Gaining access to children has been a long-term goal of the homosexual movement.”
— Robert Knight, FRC director of cultural studies, and Frank York, 1999

“[Homosexuality] … embodies a deep-seated hatred against true religion.”
— Steven Schwalm, FRC senior writer and analyst, in “Desecrating Corpus Christi,” 1999

“One of the primary goals of the homosexual rights movement is to abolish all age of consent laws and to eventually recognize pedophiles as the ‘prophets' of a new sexual order.”
-1999 FRC pamphlet, Homosexual Activists Work to Normalize Sex with Boys.

“[T]he evidence indicates that disproportionate numbers of gay men seek adolescent males or boys as sexual partners.”
— Timothy Dailey, senior research fellow, “Homosexuality and Child Sexual Abuse,” 2002

“While activists like to claim that pedophilia is a completely distinct orientation from homosexuality, evidence shows a disproportionate overlap between the two. … It is a homosexual problem.”
— FRC President Tony Perkins, FRC website, 2010


The Southern Poverty Law Center Responds:

Perkins’ accusation is outrageous. The SPLC has listed the FRC as a hate group since 2010 because it has knowingly spread false and denigrating propaganda about LGBT people — not, as some claim, because it opposes same-sex marriage. The FRC and its allies on the religious right are saying, in effect, that offering legitimate and fact-based criticism in a democratic society is tantamount to suggesting that the objects of criticism should be the targets of criminal violence.
As the SPLC made clear at the time and in hundreds of subsequent statements and press interviews, we criticize the FRC for claiming, in Perkins’ words, that pedophilia is “a homosexual problem” — an utter falsehood, as every relevant scientific authority has stated. An FRC official has said he wanted to “export homosexuals from the United States.” The same official advocated the criminalizing of homosexuality.
Perkins and his allies, seeing an opportunity to score points, are using the attack on their offices to pose a false equivalency between the SPLC’s criticisms of the FRC and the FRC’s criticisms of LGBT people. The FRC routinely pushes out demonizing claims that gay people are child molesters and worse — claims that are provably false. It should stop the demonization and affirm the dignity of all people.

UPDATE 2: Here is a much more comprehensive list of all the hatred that the Family Research Council has spread. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Unhinged Pro Gay Terrorist Shoots Up Anti Gay Hate Group's Headquarters

Do you see what I did there?  I described the situation accurately.  Both sides in this story are wrong; The Family Research Council for spreading lies and hatred about the gay community and the idiot "gay activist" who reacted to that hatred with violence.

Via The Washington Post:

A security guard at the Family Research Council was shot and wounded Wednesday morning after a scuffle with a man who expressed disagreement with the group’s conservative views in the lobby of the group’s headquarters in downtown Washington, authorities said.
D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said the shooter walked into the lobby of the building at about 10:45 and was confronted by the security guard as if the guard were asking him where he was going.
The man then took out a gun and opened fire on the guard, Lanier said. The guard and others wrestled the man to the ground, disarmed him and waited for police, she said. The guard was then taken to the hospital and is in stable condition, the chief said. FBI officials said the guard was shot in the arm.

John Avarosis at AmericaBlog makes the point that the FRC has a 20 year track record of ruining the lives of the LGBT community.  We as a community need to make that point over and over again, while condemning violence of any kind, including gay bashing!

Anti Gay Cereal Arsonist And Chick Fil A Spokesman Both Die Of Heart Attacks

General Mills Protester Michael Leisner
Michael Leisner is the second high profile Anti Gay "activist" who has recently died of a heart attack.  The first was Chick Fil A chief Spokesman Don Perry.  My condolences to both families.  

What do you suppose anti gay extremists would have said if both of these men were pro gay activists?  Do you think the right wing religious zealots would have called this God's judgement?
Michael Leisner, the gay marriage opponent who received national attention after video of his failed protest at General Mills went viral, has died, according to police.
The pastor at Leisner's church in Minnesota told the Smoking Gun that the 65-year-old died of a heart attack in his car on Saturday "while waiting in his car for two of his children to finish playing tennis."
Leisner's protest, which was aimed at General Mills' support of same-sex marriage, was posted to YouTube on Aug. 5. It shows the man igniting a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios on the lawn at the corporation's headquarters in Golden Valley, Minn. However, the fire gets out of control, and he is forced to abort the demonstration and flee the scene.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Funny Video: Steve Kardynal "Chatroulettes" Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe"

This may be the best thing I've seen on the interwebs, EVER!!  If you're not familiar with Steve Kardynal from his "Shake Weight" video, you're missing out on some funny shit!!

Yummy!...on both screens!!
Here's the Video in all it's glory!

Here is the "Shake Weight" Video

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Calendar Shows Famous Gay Couples Throughout History

Calendar front cover
We still need to see this.  Gay children need to know about this, especially in these times, when our freedom of speech is considered less valid than those who oppose us and our relationships.  We need to hold up these examples to show the world that we have always existed and we always will.  

Via The Advocate:

Ryan Grant Long's education encompassed graphic art and design, LGBT studies, anthropology and sociology. It all comes to bear in his MFA project from 2009. Below, Long writes on the project:
For my MFA thesis show, I designed a calendar that explores same-sex affection throughout history. I chose the calendar format for several reasons, not least of which is that the calendar is one of the most ubiquitous art forms on the planet. In contrast, LGBT people are often cast as the abnormal, subversive or abject "Other," even (or especially) in academic "queer theory" discourse. This work stands to correct that, inasmuch as homosexuality is a normal variation of human sexuality, and gay people have always existed and contributed to society. At the same time, this work intentionally overcorrects and almost takes on the form of hero worship, in its focus on great historical figures, and compositions and poses that echo those of conventional romantic images found in romance novels, movie posters and storybook fairy tales.

Mahmud of Ghanzi founded the Ghaznavid Empire and ruled as a sultan. He fell in love with Malik Ayaz, a Turkish slave, and their relationship became the epitome of idealized love in Islamic legend and Sufi literature. As the story goes, Ayaz asked Mahmud who the most powerful man in the kingdom was. When the sultan replied that it was himself, Ayaz corrected him, claiming that in fact Ayaz was the most powerful, since Mahmud was his slave. The "slave to a slave" became a favorite trope in Persian literature. —R.G.L.

Check out the entire Calendar here.

Friday, August 10, 2012

DINKs: Dual Income, No Kids...No Regrets

I believe in reincarnation.  I believe that this is one of many lives that I have lived and will live.  In this life, I have chosen to not have children.  I do not regret this decision.  I live with my Husband of 19 years.  We have a great life together.  We are childless and content.  perhaps in the next life.

Michelangelo Signorile makes the point of not wanting children and being happy with his life.  As gay marriage becomes more acceptable, so does gay parenting and the pressure gay couples feel to have children.  I'm with Michelangelo.  If you don't want children, don't have them.  Don't fall into the false belief that having children will make your life complete.   Only you can do that.

Via Huffington Post:

I do not want kids. I never wanted kids. Even as a kid.
Don't get me wrong: I'm really happy for my gay and lesbian friends who've always wanted kids and who now have them. I like children; often find them fascinating, cute, and cuddly; and have nieces and nephews I adore. I just wouldn't want to spend a lot of my time raising them, and though each of us could master things we might think we couldn't, I don't think I'm particularly well-suited to it. Why do something just because you might be able to do it?
There have always been blessings and curses to being queer in America. As far as I'm concerned, one of the blessings is that having kids is not only not expected but, for gay men especially, difficult to do. As a result, you can focus much of your life on work you love, and on other creative, intellectual, and political endeavors, and not get caught up in these "having it all" debates. When I first came to realize I was gay in my early teens, one of the things that went through my mind, amid the self-loathing and the fear, was, "Whew! I do not have to have kids."
I know there are many straight people like me, and, sadly, a lot of them have kids anyway. They're loath to admit that they didn't want to have kids, except when you're sitting around with them late at night, having a few drinks. Their kids don't necessarily turn out bad; some turn out to be highly successful and productive people. But what of the parents and their lives? Even as they now love their children and speak of "rewarding" aspects, they really didn't want to spend their lives raising children -- they've told me so -- but they did it just because they felt that they had to do it. It was what was expected.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

President Obama Opposes Boy Scout Gay Ban

As does Mitt Romney.  Even with the Chick Fil A "reframing" loss, the march for gay rights is gaining momentum.  For the sitting President and his challenger to both vocally support opposition to this ban says volumes on the status of the "culture war"
President Barack Obama expressed his opposition to the Boy Scouts of America's reaffirmation of its policy of excluding gays on Wednesday.
The president called the rule, which was renewed in July after a two-year review, "discrimination" in a statement to theWashington Blade.
“The President believes the Boy Scouts is a valuable organization that has helped educate and build character in American boys for more than a century,” White House spokesperson Shin Inouye said. “He also opposes discrimination in all forms, and as such opposes this policy that discriminates on basis of sexual orientation.”
The ban has been faced with opposition by some former scouts, several of whom returned their badges in protest of the rule. Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney also expressed opposition to the ban, saying "all people should be able to participate in the Boy Scouts regardless of their sexual orientation."

Friday, August 3, 2012

And, On A Lighter Chick Fil A Note

OMG! I so need to be BFFs with this guy!  Funny stuff!!

Are Chick Fil A Protests Counterproductive? Hell No!!

The Greensboro four protesting for dignity
Since the Mike Huckabee Chick Fil A appreciation day on Wednesday, many gay activists have questioned the wisdom of protesting Chick Fil A's financial support of hate groups.  I can't believe I had to write that sentence!

Granted, the homophobes won the battle by "framing" this as both a fight against freedom of speech and freedom of religion.  How dare we threaten the economic livelihoods of all those Chick Fil A employees because of the CEO's voicing of his "biblically based beliefs".  Should we even be making a big deal over a chicken sandwich? Once again, this is not about a chicken sandwich.  This is about demanding respect for who we are.  This is about calling out any group that actively fights against our rights, whether they make a chicken sandwich or collect change at shopping malls.

Guy Branum writes very eloquently about this point by comparing it to the silly things that were protested over by the African American community during the civil rights era and Ghandi in his battle for rights in India.  They chose ordinary circumstances to point out the injustice they faced every day.  It is very much worth the read.

Via Huffington Post:

In 1960, there was no legal barrier to a black man becoming president. From a federal legal perspective, distinctions based on race were officially nearly non-existent. But black people couldn't sit at the lunch counter at the Woolworth's in Greensboro, North Carolina, and that was a problem. African Americans could still get food from Woolworth's, it's not like this issue was any actual impediment to their lives. It was just an indignity, an indignity that re-instantiated a stratified culture, that told every kid, black and white, growing up in Greensboro that African Americans didn't matter. In 1960, four men declared they would no longer suffer that stupid little indignity, and it helped change the world.

Don't let anyone tell you this was not worth it.  It is very much worth telling the world that this man is wrong, that this corporation harms the gay community by donating to hate groups and saying that gay marriage is destroying America will not be ignored.  

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Amtrak Starts Advertising To Gay Families

My Husband and I took a trip to Fort Worth on Amtrak a few months ago and LOVED it.  The seats are roomy, the dining car was very enjoyable and the observation car had a great panoramic view of the beautiful Texas landscape.  

J.C. Penney did it and now so has Amtrak. It has launched a promotional campaign that includes gay families.

As part of an effort to market its standard discounted family travel program, for the first time, the national passenger rail company included gay families in its materials. In an online ad sent by Instinct magazine to its email subscribers, a photo of same-sex parents with their child is featured.
Two version of the ad, one with a picture of a male couple and another with a female couple, were distributed.  Both versions include the headline: Priceless Family Moments Are Now Affordable.  The ad goes on to promote Amtrak's 50% off campaign for children age 2 to 15 who are traveling with an adult, and directs readers to its gay travel