Monday, December 30, 2013

Gay Couple Will Get Married On Rose Parade Float

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

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

Via L.A. Times:

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

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

UK Pardons Gay WW2 Hero Alan Turing

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

Via Talking Points Memo:

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

Friday, December 20, 2013

So True!!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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

Duck Dynasty Patriarch Phil Robertson

Wow!  This is epic for all the wrong reasons!

Via Talking Points Memo:

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

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

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Advocate Names Pope Francis Person Of The Year

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

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

Via The Advocate:

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

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Russian Actor Ivan Okhlobystin Calls For Gay Holocaust

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

Via QueerRussia:

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

Saturday, December 7, 2013

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

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

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

Watch interview below.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Elton John Speaks Out Against Anti Gay Law At Russian Concert

We will see if the concert promoters will be charged and fined for Elton's statement like Lady Gaga's promoter.

Via AmericaBlog:
Elton John sharply criticized Russia’s new anti-gay “propaganda” law onstage during his concert in Moscow this evening. 
Elton’s criticism of the law is itself illegal under the law, which bans any speech or actions that might influence a child into thinking that being gay is less than evil. 
Here’s the video, and below, thanks to Joe Jervis at JoeMyGod, we have the transcript.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Luxembourg Now Has A Gay Prime Minister

Xavier Bettel, right, with his partner Destenay Gauthier. Picture: Facebook Source: Facebook
The tiny country of Luxembourg now has a gay Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and a gay deputy Etienne Schneider.  

Via The Advocate:
Xavier Bettel was selected to form the next coalition government by Grand Duke Henri, the country's head of state, according to BuzzFeed. If the Socialist and Green parties can broker a coalition, he will become the next prime minister. He said he would appoint Etienne Schneider, the gay leader of Luxembourg's Socialist Workers Party, to be the vice-prime minister. 
In addition to strengthening the small country's economy, Bettel said he wanted to bring marriage equality to Luxembourg within his first year in office. 
Bettel said the climate has changed for LGBT politicians since he first entered the field in the late 1990s.
The Advocate report was posted November 18 2013, before Bettel was sworn in today.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Are Dustin Lance Black And Tom Daley A Couple?

Olympic Diver Tom Daley

Academy Award Winner Dustin Lance Black

Olympic Diver Tom Daley ended any speculation yesterday when he posted on Youtube that he is dating a man.  I'm not sure if this means that Tom is gay or bisexual. Now, reports are coming in that that man is Oscar winning writer Dustin Lance Black.  Does that mean that Dustin gets his toaster? Does this make them the new gay power (bottom) couple?  Sorry! It was there for the taking!

Via E Online:
Olympic diver Tom Daley surprised fans yesterday when he came out and told the world via YouTube that he was dating a man. 
Now, everyone is wondering who the lucky guy is. Well, we have the answer...and he's an Oscar winner! 
Sources exclusively tell E! News that Daley has been dating Dustin Lance Black, the 39-year-old writer who won an Academy Award for his screenplay for Milk, the 2008 biopic about gay rights activist legend Harvey Milk (Sean Penn also won an Oscar for playing Milk in the flick).

Monday, December 2, 2013

Hawaii Says Aloha To Gay Marriage And Aloha To Anti Gay Bigotry

I think you can figure out which is which!  Congratulations to the 15th State to make Gay Marriage legal.  They are also making it possible to apply for the license and get married on the same day. Well done, Hawaii!!

Via The Christian Science Monitor:
Retired professors Rod Powell and Bob Eddinger have been partners in life since they met at the University of Hawaii in 1977. On Monday, they joined in marriage on the first day their home state allowed same-sex couples to form such unions. 
Powell, 78, and Eddinger, 74, have raised three children and cared for ailing parents in their 36 years together. They tied the knot on Monday to be among those marking the civil rights milestone for gays and lesbians."I said to Bob, 'Would you choose me again?' And he looked at me and said 'I choose you every day.' And I think that says it all about how we feel about each other," Powell said in an interview before they signed their marriage papers. 
"We chose to do it this day to celebrate it as a very significant forward movement in the transformation of society toward equality and justice," Powell said....
...Hawaii helped start the national gay marriage discussion more than two decades ago when a same-sex couple was denied a marriage license, leading to a court fight that eventually prompted Congress to pass the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. Part of that law, which stipulated that marriage was between a man and woman, was struck down earlier this year by the U.S. Supreme Court. 

The Chicago Gay Hockey Association Video: Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas"

If this doesn't put you in the Holiday Spirit, nothing will!! Adorable!

From their Youtube channel:

The players of the CGHA have a very special holiday message for you!
We want you to put aside your differences. And to spend some time getting closer to your family and friends. If you take a step back and look, you may surprise yourself with how much you have in common with people. The person next to you on the train could become your best friend. After all, aren't we all just looking for love? Don't forget to laugh a little. And sing a little. Happy Holidays y'all! 
The Chicago Gay Hockey Association (CGHA) is Chicago's Official gay hockey organization. The CGHA is a registered 501c-3 organization. | @ChiGayHockey

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Actress Maria Bello Comes Out As Lesbian

This is a surprise to me! I need to have my gaydar recalibrated. Maria Bello has been in some amazing films like "A History Of Violence" and, more recently "Prisoners." Good for her! Congratulations, Maria!  Your son is lucky to have an open and honest mother as a role model!

Via US Weekly:

Maria Bello has come out as gay -- in a big way. The 46-year-old actress revealed she's been in a long-term relationship with her best female friend in a column that was published in the New York Times on Friday, Nov. 29. In the heartfelt passage titled "Coming Out as a Modern Family," the star shared the first time she opened up about her love life to her 12-year-old son Jackson.
One year earlier, Bello -- known for her work in Coyote Ugly and Grown Ups -- decided to give a relationship with her best friend a try. The realization happened when she was reading through her old journals in her California garden."I read about the handful of men and the one woman I had been in romantic relationships with, passages rife with pain and angst. It seemed when I was physically attracted to someone, I would put them in the box of being my 'soul mate' and then be crushed when things didn't turn out as I had hoped," she wrote. 

Young Gay Men Should Look At This World AIDS Day InfoGraphic

So many young people are not protecting themselves from HIV.  Please play safe!!

Click image to open interactive version (via Ammo).
Click image to open interactive version (via Ammo).

USA Network Runs "Modern Family" Promo With 2 Gay Dads And Son

Marvin (left), Daniel (right) and their son Marvin Daniel

Found this at JoeMyGod. Can you hear the right wing heads exploding? Cue the outrage in 3,2,1...