Thursday, January 31, 2013

Owner Wants Dog To Be Euthanized...Because The Dog Is "Gay"

Elton has been saved by Stephanie Fryns

So, this guy is is both a homophobe and an idiot.  Dogs "hump" or "mount" to show dominance over other dogs.  
A Tennessee dog owner sent his pet to be euthanized because he suspected the dog was "gay." Fortunately, the pup was later adopted.
A Jackson, Tenn., resident surrendered his "gay" dog for euthanization to the Jackson Rabies Control Animal Shelter on Jan. 29 because he saw his male pitbull/American bulldog mix "humping" another male dog, the Examiner reports.
The Huffington Post confirmed with Jackson Rabies Control, a high-kill shelter, that the dog had been surrendered because his owner believed he was "gay."

Don't be gay, Sparky!!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Chick-Fil-A's Dan Cathy Is Either A Reformed Homophobe...Or Not

Campus Pride executive director Shane L. Windmeyer (left) and Chick-Fil-A's  Dan Cathy
Huffington Post is all gaga (not her) about Dan Cathy and the supposed softening of his anti-gay beliefs and actions.  Activist and Campus Pride executive director Shane L. Windmeyer blogged that he was invited to meet with Dan for a conversation and better understanding of each other's viewpoint.

Yes, after months of personal phone calls, text messages and in-person meetings, I am coming out in a new way, as a friend of Chick-fil-A's president and COO, Dan Cathy, and I am nervous about it......Never once did Dan or anyone from Chick-fil-A ask for Campus Pride to stop protesting Chick-fil-A. On the contrary, Dan listened intently to our concerns and the real-life accounts from youth about the negative impact that Chick-fil-A was having on campus climate and safety at colleges across the country. He was concerned about an incident last fall where a fraternity was tabling next to the Chick-fil-A restaurant on campus. Whenever an out gay student on campus would walk past the table, the fraternity would chant, "We love Chick-fil-A," and then shout anti-gay slurs at the student. Dan sought first to understand, not to be understood. He confessed that he had been na├»ve to the issues at hand and the unintended impact of his company's actions. .....Even as Campus Pride and so many in the community protested Chick-fil-A and its funding of groups like Family Research Council, Eagle Forum and Exodus International, the funding of these groups had already stopped. Dan Cathy and Chick-fil-A could have noted this publicly earlier. Instead, they chose to be patient, to engage in private dialogue, to reach understanding, and to share proof with me when it was official. There was no “caving”; there were no “concessions.” There was, in my view, conscience. 

What does ThinkProgress think about this?

But Windmeyer fails to actually explain any concrete changes taking place at the company. The company’s donations to FRC and Exodus were piddling — no more than $1,000 in any given year — compared to the millions of dollars it apparently will continue to give to anti-gay organizations like the Marriage & Family Foundation and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Windmeyer’s arbitrary decision that this constitutes an improvement for the company cannot be substantiated until the 990 forms are publicly released. Even still, they represent the company’s giving in 2011 and bear no reflection on the public backlash it received this summer for Cathy’s anti-gay comments.

So, I understand that opening a dialogue with your enemies can actually be a valuable thing.  We will need to welcome them into the fold when they see the "error of their ways".  What we also really need to understand is that we can forgive but we should really never forget!  And we should except, if not demand, an apology from the Dan Cathy's of the world.  

Sunday, January 27, 2013

125,000 March For Marriage Equality In France

Sign reads "Jesus had two fathers and a surrogate mother". Love it!!

The pro-gay marriage demonstration was far smaller than anti-gay marriage demonstration, but the latest polls favor gay marriage by a wide margin.  

Via ABC News:

Tens of thousands of people marched in Paris Sunday in support of a government-sponsored bill that would legalize marriage and adoption for same-sex couples. Demonstrators waved banners emblazoned with phrases such as "Equality of rights is not a threat" as they began marching Sunday from Denfert-Rochereau square in the southern part of the city. The march drew 125,000 demonstrators into the streets, according to police. That was well above the number counted by police at a similar march in December, but far less than the estimated 340,000 that turned out for a demonstration by those opposed to the proposal two weeks ago. About 63 percent of French people favor legalizing gay marriage, according to a survey released Saturday, up from 60 percent in December. The French parliament is due to begin debate on the bill Tuesday and the bill is essentially guaranteed to pass the Socialist-dominated parliament. If it is approved, France would become the 12th country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage.

Fort Bragg Military Spouses Club Reverses Denial Of Membership To Lesbian Wife

 Ashley Broadway (left) with her wife, Lt.Col Heather Mack (right) and their son Carson

It looks like the homophobic military spouses club at Fort Bragg was shamed into offering Ashly a full, permanent membership, after she was named "Military Spouse of the Year" by Military Spouse magazine.  Congratulations to Ashley for standing up for her rights!
FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- A woman married to a female Army officer at Fort Bragg and who was recently denied membership in its officers' spouses club said that she has been invited to become a full member.
Ashley Broadway said late Friday that she received the invitation from the club's board in an email.
The invitation came on the same day that Broadway also learned she'd been named Fort Bragg's 2013 "Military Spouse of the Year" by Military Spouse magazine. She is married to Lt. Col. Heather Mack, who gave birth this week to a baby girl, the couple's second child.
"I'm pleased, I'm happy," Broadway said Friday. "As soon as things calm down with the baby, I want to get involved. I hate that it took so long for them to come to this conclusion . . . I think if anything it's brought up a larger issue: We have two classes of service members and how they're . . . not treated equally."

Saturday, January 26, 2013

The Right Wing Lie About Obama Spending

One more right wing lie exposed
Obviously, not a gay story.  But, it's just another example of how the right wing lies in the face of reality.  They always do it to the gay community and, in this case, Obama's spending.  They so desperately need to hold on to their "big-spending liberal" lie because, if they don't, their reality crumbles.

Via Market Watch:

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Of all the falsehoods told about President Barack Obama, the biggest whopper is the one about his reckless spending spree.
As would-be president Mitt Romney tells it: “I will lead us out of this debt and spending inferno.”
Almost everyone believes that Obama has presided over a massive increase in federal spending, an “inferno” of spending that threatens our jobs, our businesses and our children’s future. Even Democrats seem to think it’s true.
But it didn’t happen. Although there was a big stimulus bill under Obama, federal spending is rising at the slowest pace since Dwight Eisenhower brought the Korean War to an end in the 1950s.

Openly Gay And Welcomed Into The U.S. Congress

Speaker Boehner (left) posing with Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (right) and his family

The New York Times covers the new openly gay, lesbian and bi members of congress:

WASHINGTON — When Mark Takano ran unsuccessfully for Congress twice in the early 1990s, his opponents tried to smear him as a “homosexual liberal” and a “nutzoid.” One of them even had pink fliers printed that asked, “A Congressman for Riverside ... Or San Francisco?”
When he ran again last year, he won by almost 20 points. “Flash forward 18 years,” Mr. Takano said recently, “and the very macho building tradesmen are behind me. I’m getting pictures with them in their hard hats.”
For decades, the words “gay” and “Congress” were usually seen together only in stories of scandal and shame: an arrest after an illicit proposition in an airport bathroom, accusations of trawling for sex on a phone service. When Gerry E. Studds came out 30 years ago, the first congressman to do so, it was only after an affair with a 17-year-old Congressional page was revealed.
But in the 113th Congress there are six openly gay or bisexual members in the House — a small but tangible sign that their presence at the highest levels of government is no longer something only whispered about. The Senate has its first lesbian, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin. The lawmakers’ partners, no longer relegated to the shadows or introduced generically as “friends,” stood beside them on the House floor when they were sworn in this month. Their adopted children are attending Congressional retreats.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Rhode Island House Passes Gay Marriage Bill

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee

It still needs to pass the Senate.  Gov. Lincoln Chafee will sign it into law if it does.
The Rhode Island House of Representatives passed a marriage equality bill on Thursday (24 January) bringing the tiny New England state one step closer to legalizing gay marriage.
The House easily passed the legislation by a vote of 51-19 but it now faces what is expected to be a much tougher battle in the State Senate.
It will next face a Senate committee which must vote in favor of the bill being sent before the full Senate for a vote.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Amazing Randi Comes Out...At Age 81

The Amazing Randi
I love this!!  He has been out to his friends and family for years!  Here is a video of him talking about this.


Magician and scientific skeptic James Randi has been performing magic tricks since he was a kid—though he prefers to call what he does "conjuring," he explains, "because 'magic' would be controlling nature by way of spells and incantations ... They don’t work." In his Big Think interview, Randi chronicles his decades-long career as a "conjurer," and his beginnings as an escape artist. He has broken out of 22 jails, and by his early 20s, he had broken Houdini’s record for the longest submersion underwater in a coffin. Perhaps not surprisingly, he says he has had some close calls, nearly losing his life at least twice...

...Randi also speaks about why he finally came out publicly as gay at the age of 81, saying that the public reaction has been "wonderful," and noting that he could have never come out as a young man. "I would have gotten stoned," he said. "I would have gotten beaten up every day, I’m sure, by the kids at school.  But not anymore.  That day, I hope, is passed."

Gay Man Alleges Anti Gay Attack And Cover Up By NYPD

NYPD officers moving security camera before alleged gaybashing

Why would the police officers move the security camera?  Why would they not want what happened recorded?

Via Crooks And Liars:

A Brooklyn man has filed papers to sue the city over an alleged hate crime committed by the NYPD. The Daily News reports that on Sunday night around 2:50 a.m., two officers came to Jabbar Campbell's Crown Heights apartment following a noise complaint. Campbell was hosting a gay pride party for about 80 people and some of the party-goers were dressed in drag. Those officers left after telling guests outside the apartment to keep it down, but about ten minutes later another group of officers arrived and rang the buzzer. Campbell saw an officer turn a security camera in his vestibule, and when he went downstairs, they were banging on his door with flashlights. "There was a sergeant, he yelled ‘get him!’ and that’s when I got attacked," Campbell told the Post. “They kept saying, ‘stop resisting’ but I wasn’t resisting. I didn’t have any time to respond.”
Campbell claims that two officers held his arms back while one pushed his head down, and another officer repeatedly punched him in the face. “They were yelling ‘you f---ing fag!’ and ‘homo!’” he said. “I couldn’t block the blows. I was fighting to stay conscious but I was blacking out because of the hits I was taking.” Campbell was left with a concussion, a black eye, a split lip, and a bloody mouth, and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Words Of Peace From The Bible - Three

As we continue the new year, let's reflect on the book our right wing Christian opponents use to justify denying us our rights.  Some of the verses are directly related to homosexuality and some are not.  All show that taking the bible literally is kind of silly because, hopefully, we have evolved beyond these words.

This verse involves mediums and fortune tellers:

A man or a woman who acts as a medium or fortuneteller shall be put to death by stoning; they have no one but themselves to blame for their death.  (Leviticus 20:27 NAB)

Russia Moving Backwards On Gay Rights


Its seems that Russia is moving in the wrong direction with gay rights.  Despite Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's claim that he is against this law, it looks like the proposed law is moving forward in the Russian Parliament.

Via AP:

MOSCOW — Kissing his boyfriend during a protest in front of Russia’s parliament earned Pavel Samburov 30 hours of detention and the equivalent of a $16 fine on a charge of “hooliganism.” But if a bill that comes up for a first vote later this month becomes law, such a public kiss could be defined as illegal “homosexual propaganda” and bring a fine of up to $16,000. The legislation being pushed by the Kremlin and the Russian Orthodox Church would make it illegal nationwide to provide minors with information that is defined as “propaganda of sodomy, lesbianism, bisexuality and transgenderism.” It includes a ban on holding public events that promote gay rights. St. Petersburg and a number of other Russian cities already have similar laws on their books. Read more: 

Obama The First President To Mention Gay Rights In Inauguration Speech

Barack and Michelle Obama

Another milestone for our country.  2013 is starting off as a great year for gay rights...after a great 2012!
President Obama’s speech for his second inauguration broke new ground in inclusiveness, with the first use of the word “gay” in reference to sexual orientation and a call for LGBT equality.
“Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law — for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well,” Obama said.
He also invoked the Stonewall riots of 1969, which marked the beginning of the modern gay rights movement, as a milestone in civil rights history. “We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths — that all of us are created equal — is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall,” the president said.
Gay CNN reporter Anderson Cooper commented on the historic nature of the speech. “For a president who only recently, to use his word, evolved on the issue of same-sex marriage, he made very forceful statements in this inaugural address, actually, historic statements on equal rights for gay and lesbian Americans,” Cooper said.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

From DODT Discharge To Inaguration Committee: David Hall Honored

Michelle Obama with David Hall
This is wonderful! Another gesture from the White House in support of the gay community!


David Hall, an Airman and ROTC cadet who was discharged when his commanding officers confirmed his sexual orientation, is one of eight "citizen co-chairs" for President Barack Obama's Inauguration committee. 

Randy Rainbow Sings Evolution of Gay In Two Minutes

If you haven't already seen his Chick fil A video, it is a must!  Here he is singing the evolution of the word gay, sung to the melody of "Be our guest" from Disney's "Beauty And The Beast".

Saturday, January 12, 2013

American's Attitude About Gays Being Sinners Is Changing Quickly

The Evangelicals are right.  There is a culture war...and we are winning.

Via USA Today:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Americans who believe being gay is a sin are now a minority — a shift that a Southern Baptist-affiliated research group links to President Barack Obama's changed opinion of gay marriage. A November survey from Nashville-based LifeWay Research found 37 percent of Americans polled said "yes" when asked if homosexual behavior is a sin. Forty-five percent said it was not. Seventeen percent didn't know. That's a major change from LifeWay's September 2011 survey, when 44 percent said homosexuality was a sin, 43 percent said it wasn't and 13 percent didn't know. The survey results, released late Thursday, didn't surprise the Rev. Cindy Andrews-Looper of Holy Trinity Community Church in Nashville, a congregation with a large number of gay members. When her church opened in the mid-1990s, most gay and lesbian members were in the closet, she said. Today, they've found more acceptance in the religious community and in the community at large.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Words Of Peace From The Bible - Two

As we continue the new year, let's reflect on the book our right wing Christian opponents use to justify denying us our rights.  Some of the verses are directly related to homosexuality and some are not.  All show that taking the bible literally is kind of silly because, hopefully, we have evolved beyond these words.

This verse involves adultery:

  If a man commits adultery with another man's wife, both the man and the woman must be put to death.  (Leviticus 20:10 NLT)

Dept. Of Defense Blocking LGBT And Progressive Websites being blocked by the defense department

The DOD is not blocking anti-gay and right wing websites.  The policy of banning gays may have changed but the culture still needs to catch up.  The DOD just needs to own up to their bias and remove the anti-gay censoring of the internet.

Via AmericaBlog:

Possibly the most incredible thing in the entire Pentagon statement is the following:
Personal pages and blogs are blocked in accordance with DoD policy allowing military commanders the option to restrict access to personal pages for operational security reasons.
Really?   That’s the excuse – you banned us for national security reasons.  But Red State is fine, it doesn’t jeopardize US national security.
How exactly does it compromise operational security to let US service members read AMERICAblog and Pam’s House Blend and Towleroad, but it doesn’t jeopardize operational security for them to read Red State?  You can only add content to my blog by commenting.  And you can comment on Red State as well.  So why is the Pentagon now claiming that reading AMERICAblog and other gay blogs (and some straight ones as well, such as Daily Kos) is now a threat to national security?

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Kelly Clarkson Shows The Correct Way To Respond To Gay Rumors

Kelly Clarkson shows how a straight person can respond to rumors about being gay.  Don't act insulted.  Say something nice about the gay community.  End with "I'm just not into that" type of quote.  It's really not that hard.
Kelly Clarkson is unfazed by the gay rumors that have followed her for years. In fact, the rumors have lead to her getting hit on by some of "the hottest girls ever," she said.
While speaking with Cosmopolitan magazine for the February 2012 "Love Issue,"Clarkson addressed the gay rumors, saying she thinks speculation grew because she hadn't been dating anyone for a while.
"People think, 'Oh, she's been single for too long,'" she said. "That's kind of an insult to the gay community. Being single doesn't mean you're gay. But I'm never insulted by it, obviously. I mean, I get hit on by the hottest girls ever. Oh, my god, if I were a lesbian, I would be so in luck. But it's just not my thing."

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Billy Graham's Son Franklin Graham Demonizes Gays To Raise Money

Doesn't it always come down to money with these guys?
Forget the fiscal cliff; televangelist Billy Graham's son Franklin Graham says marriage equality sends us teetering on the edge of the "spiritual cliff." In ablog post last Thursday,Graham wrote that our country’s financial problems "are nothing compared to the spiritual and moral cliff that is far more destructive to our nation than any economic concerns. Since the recent election, we’ve seen same-sex couples lining up at courthouses in several states to receive their marriage licenses, and hundreds of people gathering in public places to light up marijuana cigarettes in the states where it has just been decriminalized."
He says that these marriages are only the "tip of the iceberg," as "media-friendly gay and lesbian behavior" on TV is just a reflection of "the moral corruption that has infected our entire nation."
What does the prodigal son want  you to do to fight these "dark days"? Pray, read the Old Testament, and send him money, apparently. 
See Graham's original money raising blog post here.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

My Heartfelt Gratitude To The Westboro Baptist Church...Really

Why would I be grateful for the Westboro Baptist Church, you ask?

1- They are known to most Americans as the anti-American, anti-soldier church for picketing soldiers' funerals, making them hated by most of the country...and the world.

2- They are known to hate gays and are now picketing Maryland for making gay marriage legal in the state.

They have now successfully linked being anti-american with being anti-gay!  The gay community could not have done a better job linking the two ideas.

Let's help them spread the word...being anti-gay is very un-American!!

The Westboro Baptist Church is anti-american

The Westboro Baptist Church is anti-gay

Anderson Cooper And Kathy Griffin Video Highlights From Last Night

Happy New Year to you from GayMenToThat!  I hope you enjoy this highlight video of Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin from their New Years Eve coverage.  Kathy is at her best and Anderson does what he can to contain her.