Sunday, September 30, 2012

Are You Registered To Vote? Spread The Word!

You can still register to vote.  Check the deadline for your state and share this post!!

UPDATE: California Governor Signs Ban On Anti Gay Reparative Therapy For Minors

California Governor Jerry Brown
This is great news!!  These therapies are harmful to anyone undergoing them.  Governor Jerry Brown did the right thing by signing this bill.

Via SFGate:

California has become the first state in the country to ban controversial therapy practices that attempt to change the sexual orientation of minors after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill to outlaw them Saturday.

The bill, SB1172 by Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance (Los Angeles County), bars mental health practitioners from performing so-called reparative therapy, which professional psychological organizations have said may cause harm. Gay rights groups have labeled them dangerous and abusive.

"This bill bans non-scientific 'therapies' that have driven young people to depression and suicide. These practices have no basis in science or medicine and they will now be relegated to the dustbin of quackery," Brown said in a statement to The Chronicle.

Well said, Governor!!  Read the article at SFGate for a more in depth understanding

Friday, September 28, 2012

Tell California Governor To Sign Ban On Anti Gay Reparative Therapy For Minors

There's no on-off switch for gays
Governor Brown needs to hear from pro gay advocates to sign this bill.  SB 1172 would ban all the harmful ex-gay therapies for California minors.  These therapies have been proven to be both ineffective and harmful.   Make your voice heard! 

Via TowleRoad:

A bill which was passed on August 30 that would ban harmful "ex-gay" therapy for minors has been sitting on Governor Jerry Brown's desk since then, and he has until midnight on Sunday to sign it.
The Courage Campaign writes:

At any moment, Gov. Brown will make a decision on SB 1172. It's a bill, sponsored by Sen. Ted Lieu, that would end psychological abuse of minors in California by preventing ex-gay "therapy" from being performed on them by deceitful mental health professionals -- the kind of therapy that can lead to alienation, depression, and LGBT kids taking their own lives.

Gov. Brown is under pressure from conservative, anti-gay organizations to veto the bill in an election year -- and he needs to hear from YOU. He has until Sept. 30th to sign SB 1172, he could sign or veto the bill today.

Sign the Courage Campaign's petition here.

Barney Frank Explains How "Mitt Gets Worse"

Teen Gay Bully Mitt Romney

Barney Frank explains how Mitt Romney would be bad for the LGBT community and that Mitt Romney has become more anti gay over the years.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Honey Boo Boo Is So Pro Gay!! Thanks Uncle Poodle!

I have never seen an episode of this show.  I'll say one thing.  Honey Boo Boo has a new fan. Yes, she calls her gay uncle "Uncle Poodle".

Via The Advocate:

Reality TV star Honey Boo Boo loves her “Uncle Poodle,” which is Alana’s pet name for her gay uncle Lee. On last night’s season finale, she jumped into her uncle’s arms in glee when he arrived to teach her a new routine. Then Alana became perhaps an unlikely voice for LGBT acceptance in her interview with the cameras. “Ain’t nothin’ wrong with bein’ a little gay, everybody’s a little gay,” she says in her normally self-assured way. Watch video of the moment from Gawker.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Austin City Council Will Vote To Support Marriage Equality

Austin will be the first city in Texas to declare its support for gay marriage.  When my husband and I decided to move to Austin from Los Angeles, we knew that Austin would be a welcoming city.  I am happy to be living here, knowing that our 20 year relationship is honored and supported.

Via Instinct Magazine:

We've been meaning to make a trip to Texas (where everything is apparently "bigger") and we're pretty sure our first stop will be in Austin!
All signs point to the Austin City Council making Austin the first city in the state to formally back marriage equality in a resolution vote on Thursday!
More after the jump!
According to the Dallas Voice:
"Sources tell us the resolution is all but certain to pass, making Austin the first city in the state to formally back marriage equality.
More than 1,700 people signed a petition in support of the resolution posted by Equality Texas last month.
The resolution is sponsored by Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole and Councilwoman Laura Morrison. It is backed by Equality  Texas, the Human Rights Campaign, the Anti-Defamation League, the NAACP, and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

French President Hollande Calls For Decriminalization Of Homosexuality At UN

French President François Hollande 

Another world leader speaks out for equality.  The new French President is also pushing for gay marriage legalization in his country.

Via Towle Road:

French President François Hollande yesterday made an historic speech to the UN General Assembly, calling on the body to reject the criminalization of homosexuality around the world.
Hollande told those assembled that France would lead the way in an honorable fight for universal human freedoms:

Said Hollande: "France will continue to engage in all these struggles: for the abolition of the death penalty, for women's rights to equality and dignity, for the universal decriminalization of homosexuality, which should not be recognised as a crime but, on the contrary, recognized as a [sexual] orientation.

He added:"'All members countries have the obligation to guarantee the security of their citizens, and if one nation adheres to this obligation, it is then imperative that we, the United Nations, facilitate the necessary means to make that guarantee. These are the issues that France will lead and defend in the United Nations. I say this with seriousness. When there is paralysis... and inaction, then injustice and intolerance can find their place."

Monday, September 24, 2012

Mimi Imfurst: Leave Mitt Romney Alone!! Funny Video

Mimi Imfurst from Rupaul's Drag Race has an hilarious new video mocking Ann Romney's recent comments.  Worth the viewing!

Via AmericaBlog:

It was only a matter of time before one of these came out in response to Mrs. Romney's call for people to stop criticizing her husband because political campaigns are "hard."  This video does a surprisingly good job at overall satirizing Mitt Romney's campaign.  It's less about his wife, and more about him.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Pope Lies About The "Threat" Of Gay Marriage In France

The head of the Catholic church is once again demonizing gay and lesbians and offering no proof whatsoever to back up his hateful claims.  He is claiming we threaten heterosexual marriage when we demand the same rights and responsibilities.  This time, he is lying to the French people, who are working to grant gays and lesbians marriage equality.  Ask yourself what is the true threat to society?  Is it a gay couple wanting to be recognized by their government or a religious leader inspiring fear and hatred?

Via Gay Star News:

The head of the Catholic church, Pope Benedict XVI, told a group of French bishops visiting Castel Gandolfo that the introduction of gay marriage will threaten society and the family in France.
The Pope attacked yesterday (21 September)France’s plans to legalise same-sex marriage without mentioning the issue directly.
He said: ‘The family is threatened by a conception of human nature that is proven to be defective, ... defending the family and life in society is prophetic and anything but regressive. Marriage and the family are institutions that must be promoted and defended from every possible misrepresentation of their true nature, since whatever is harmful to them will in fact be injurious to society itself.’

Friday, September 21, 2012

Chick-Fil-A Still Giving To Anti-Gay Hate Groups

Anti-gay business owner Dan Cathy
Despite some recent reports about Chick-Fil-A reversing their policies, nothing has changed.  Chick-Fil-A is still promoting hatred.  Even if they did change their policy, the Cathy family is still in charge.  

Via Huffington Post:
As a result of questions regarding a change in Chick-fil-A’s anti-gay giving — despite the fact it was supporting an anti-gay group this week — the chain has clarified in a new press release that nothing has changed.
A part of our corporate commitment is to be responsible stewards of all that God has entrusted to us. Because of this commitment, Chick-fil-A’s giving heritage is focused on programs that educate youth, strengthen families and enrich marriages, and support communities. We will continue to focus our giving in those areas. Our intent is not to support political or social agendas.
As we have stated, the Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender. We will continue this tradition in the over 1,600 restaurants run by independent Owner/Operators.
Remember that Chick-Fil-A money goes to certified hate groups.  These are groups that actively work to deny the LGBT community our rights.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Secret Romney Video: Proclaims His Disdain For Half The Country

Mother Jones has released a very damning video of Mitt Romney at a closed door fundraiser to a crowd of millionaires, where he voices his lack of caring for 47% of Americans.

Via Mother Jones:
"There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax." - Mitt Romney
 What a dick!

Oh, and there's some serious irony as to who leaked the video to Mother Jones. Jimmy Carter's Grandson!

Via New York Magazine:

Additional pieces of the tape were then added to a YouTube account called"Anne Onymous" starting three weeks ago. "There was a minor uproar about it on Twitter when I found [the first clip], so I kept doing research on it and that eventually led me to be able narrow down who it originated from," said Carter. Via Twitter, he contacted the person who claimed to have secretly taped and uploaded the video, and then sought to help publicize the remarks. "That seemed to be the purpose of [the filming] — to get it to a larger audience," Carter said.
Having worked with Corn before, Carter noted, "It was a natural fit." He put the anonymous video source in touch with the Mother Jones reporter and then butted out, knowing he was onto something. "Any time that you can find a clip that strengthens the narrative already established, that's what becomes a big deal," Carter explained. "I've been trying to get paid for this but it hasn't worked out yet. This might help."

We'll, at least Carter was motivated by Mitt's God...Capitalism

UPDATE Found at

The Tax Policy Center found that in 2009, following the financial crisis, 17 percent of households did not pay any federal income tax or payroll tax, mostly students, the elderly and the disabled.  (my emphasis)

So, Mitt has disdain for mostly students, the elderly and the disabled because they are a bunch of freeloaders!!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Are You Voting For Romney? If So, Why?

I really want to know your reasoning.  I want to have a civil conversation.  Is this even possible?

Out Actor Rupert Everett Disapproves Of Gays Raising Children

Wow!  He decides to spout his "opinion" without basing it on any facts, or studies that prove that in some cases, being raised by gay parents may even be better.  He seems to equate gays raising children to the fact there are "too many children on the planet".  Wouldn't these children be better off being raised by gays and lesbians than in foster homes? Just saying.

Via The Telegraph:

The star of the 1998 film Shakespeare in Love blazed a trail for gay actors when he came out as homosexual 20 years ago.
However, he has been criticised by gay rights groups after giving an interview in which he decried same-sex couples who have children.
The 53-year-old told the Sunday Times Magazine that his mother Sara had met his boyfriend but “still wishes I had a wife and kids.”
“She thinks children need a father and a mother and I agree with her,” he said. “I can’t think of anything worse than being brought up by two gay dads.
“Some people might not agree with that. Fine! That’s just my opinion."
Oh Rupert, your "opinion" is simply wrong.  Your words carry weight and right now, your words are damaging gay and lesbian families.  Your uninformed "opinion" feeds the right wing radicals who will use your quote and run with it.  You are such a disappointment!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Romney Advisor Attempting To Remove Obama From Kansas Ballot

Kris Kobach
This is really going to go over well with the electorate (sarcasm alert).  If you're losing, just remove your opponent from the ballot.  Republicans just don't want there to be a fair election.  If you're wondering why I am posting this story...well...just look at him!!  Crazy can be hot, after all!  He has compare gays and lesbians to drug users and polygamists.
Via Talking Points Memo:

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, an informal advisor to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, said on Thursday he and his fellow members of a state board were considering removing President Barack Obama from the Kansas ballot this November.
Kobach is part of the State Objections Board along with Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, all Republicans. The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that on Thursday the board agreed consider whether to take Obama off the ballot because they said they lacked sufficient evidence about his birth certificate.
“I don’t think it’s a frivolous objection,” Kobach said, according to the Capital-Journal. “I do think the factual record could be supplemented.”
The board is looking at a complaint filed by Joe Montgomery, of Manhattan, Kan., who claimed the Obama is not a natural born U.S. citizen and so is ineligible to be president. The man appears to be part of a group of conspiracy theorists known as “birthers,” who deny Obama’s birth certificate is real.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Is Mitt Romney "Lying For The Lord"?

Mitt Romney has said that his "Mormon Values" are what let him into politics.  We hear that from many politicians, but many religions don't have the concept of "lying for the lord".  The concept states that lying is acceptable if it advances the interests of the Mormon faith.  This brings a whole new understanding of Mitt's constant changing of his positions on almost every issue over the years, during the primaries and now in the general election.  Will he say anything to win the presidency?  If so, it looks like he has the blessing of his church to do just that.

Via AmericaBlog: 

It's a Mormon thing. It's called Lying for the Lord. And it's a tenet of the Mormon faith that, Mormons think, gives them to the right to tell you a bald-faced lie, so long as it's a lie that somehow furthers the Mormon cause.

What else to call the Mormon's laughable statement today that their posthumous baptism last year of President Obama's mother was a "rare" mistake that might have been done by "pranksters."

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Rev. Emily C. Heath Explains Religious Liberty For Christian "Victims"

Rev. Emily C. Heath shows the difference in true religious persecution and playing the victim card.  So many right wing christians claim that they are being oppressed because they can't impose their beliefs on other people. They need to take the quiz below.
I'm a religious person with a lifelong passion for civil rights, so this is of great interest to me. So much so, that I believe we all need to determine whether our religious liberties are indeed at risk. So, as a public service, I've come up with this little quiz. I call it "How to Determine if Your Religious Liberty Is Being Threatened in Just 10 Quick Questions." Just pick "A" or "B" for each question.
1. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) I am not allowed to go to a religious service of my own choosing.
B) Others are allowed to go to religious services of their own choosing.
2. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) I am not allowed to marry the person I love legally, even though my religious community blesses my marriage.
B) Some states refuse to enforce my own particular religious beliefs on marriage on those two guys in line down at the courthouse.
3. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) I am being forced to use birth control.
B) I am unable to force others to not use birth control.
4. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) I am not allowed to pray privately.
B) I am not allowed to force others to pray the prayers of my faith publicly.
5. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) Being a member of my faith means that I can be bullied without legal recourse.
B) I am no longer allowed to use my faith to bully gay kids with impunity.
6. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) I am not allowed to purchase, read or possess religious books or material.
B) Others are allowed to have access books, movies and websites that I do not like.
7. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) My religious group is not allowed equal protection under the establishment clause.
B) My religious group is not allowed to use public funds, buildings and resources as we would like, for whatever purposes we might like.
8. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) Another religious group has been declared the official faith of my country.
B) My own religious group is not given status as the official faith of my country.
9. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) My religious community is not allowed to build a house of worship in my community.
B) A religious community I do not like wants to build a house of worship in my community.
10. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) I am not allowed to teach my children the creation stories of our faith at home.
B) Public school science classes are teaching science.
Scoring key:
If you answered "A" to any question, then perhaps your religious liberty is indeed at stake. You and your faith group have every right to now advocate for equal protection under the law. But just remember this one little, constitutional, concept: this means you can fight for your equality -- not your superiority.
If you answered "B" to any question, then not only is your religious liberty not at stake, but there is a strong chance that you are oppressing the religious liberties of others. This is the point where I would invite you to refer back to the tenets of your faith, especially the ones about your neighbors.

Friday, September 7, 2012

NFL Player's Letter Destroys Anti Gay Maryland Politician

Chris Kluwe
What a great response to a government official, who is trying to silence the voice of a pro gay marriage athlete.  It's sad that a football player needs to school a politician on the first amendment, and school he does.

Thank you both for supporting our rights and for standing up to hatred.

Via Deadspin:

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo has spoken out in favor of a Maryland ballot initiative that would legalize gay marriage. Yahoo has published a letter that Maryland state delegate Emmett C. Burns Jr. wrote last week to Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, urging him to "inhibit such expressions from your employee." This is Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe's response to Burns.
Dear Emmett C. Burns Jr.,
I find it inconceivable that you are an elected official of Maryland's state government. Your vitriolic hatred and bigotry make me ashamed and disgusted to think that you are in any way responsible for shaping policy at any level. The views you espouse neglect to consider several fundamental key points, which I will outline in great detail (you may want to hire an intern to help you with the longer words):
Brendon Ayanbadejo
1. As I suspect you have not read the Constitution, I would like to remind you that the very first, the VERY FIRST Amendment in this founding document deals with the freedom of speech, particularly the abridgment of said freedom. By using your position as an elected official (when referring to your constituents so as to implicitly threaten the Ravens organization) to state that the Ravens should "inhibit such expressions from your employees," more specifically Brendon Ayanbadejo, not only are you clearly violating the First Amendment, you also come across as a narcissistic fromunda stain. What on earth would possess you to be so mind-boggingly stupid? It baffles me that a man such as yourself, a man who relies on that same First Amendment to pursue your own religious studies without fear of persecution from the state, could somehow justify stifling another person's right to speech. To call that hypocritical would be to do a disservice to the word. Mindfucking obscenely hypocritical starts to approach it a little bit.
You can read the entire letter here. It is worth it!
Here is the back story

Sunday, September 2, 2012

DNC will Correctly Tie Romney Policies To George W. Bush

The GOP did their best to try and make us all forget about the man who almost destroyed the economy, George W. Bush.  We should also make the point that "W", along with Karl Rove and former closet case Ken Mehlman demonized the gay community, with several state anti gay marriage initiatives to win the 2004 election.  

Via Talking Points Memo:

Two days before their convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, Democrats are gearing up to present the election as a choice between President Obama’s vision for the future and a return to Bush era policies of the last decade.

Democrats made the rounds on the Sunday talk shows to preview their re-election pitch to Americans, emphasizing that it would be a choice between going forward — their campaign slogan — and letting Mitt Romney double down on the policies of President George W. Bush that caused the economic downturn.
“What you’re going to hear this week in Charlotte is a president who is going to present a clear agenda for the future that talks about how we build a sound economy and lift the middle class in this country,” Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod said on “Fox News Sunday.” But Republicans’ ideas, he continued, “are derivative of what we did in the last decade, that brought our economy to its knees.”
A Bill Maher segment makes the point that the GOP did their best to ignore the devastation that Bush caused. The DNC will be wise to remind every American about that devastation, because Romney wants to return to those same devastating policies.

John Stewart's Brilliant Takedown Of Clint Eastwood And Mitt Romney

OK, not directly a gay related story but so worth your time to watch all 3 videos below.  This is John Stewart at his best!  It succinctly  explains what is wrong with the republican party with regard to their extreme and unjustified hatred of President Obama.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Indiana Newlywed Couple Gives First Dance To Same Sex Couples At Their Wedding

Via Truth Wins Out
Reading this story made me so happy!  It was a wonderful thing that this newlywed couple did to show support for their LGBT friends.  Indiana does not even recognize civil unions, like so many other states in this country.  
A pair of newlyweds in Indianapolis, Indiana, called attention to marriage inequality on the day of their own legally recognized wedding by reserving the first dance for same-sex couples, reports Truth Wins Out.
Meg Liffick and Joe Ball got married last weekend in Indianapolis, and when it came time for the couple's traditional first dance, Ball read a statement explaining that they wanted to offer the privilege of the first dance to their LGBT attendees who are still legally denied the right to marry.