Saturday, February 28, 2015

South Carolina college with two out gay athletes bans homosexuality in the name of God - Outsports

South Carolina college with two out gay athletes bans homosexuality in the name of God - Outsports: After two volleyball players came out as gay, Erskine College, its Board of Trustees and its athletic department were pressured to make the school an inhospitable place for gay athletes.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Antigay Hate Group Publishes Ominous Map With Directions To LGBT Organizations Across The Country / Queerty

Antigay Hate Group Publishes Ominous Map With Directions To LGBT Organizations Across The Country / Queerty: Well, this is kinda creepy.
The American Family Association just published a “bigotry map” that lists the addresses of LGBT organizations and charities around the country.
The purpose of the map?
To identify “groups and organizations that openly display bigotry toward the Christian faith,” the AFA claims.
But it gets even creepier.
The map also gives specific directions on how to get to the various offices in case people want to… visit?

Former Baseball Player Jason Burch Comes Out, Regrets Waiting This Long / Queerty

Former Baseball Player Jason Burch Comes Out, Regrets Waiting This Long / Queerty: “Looking back, I wish I had told the whole world that I’m gay from day one.
That feeling of being relied upon, that people must turn to you as a closer to make things right, to have that role – and to have people have that feeling about me in that role – as a gay man, I think that would have been a powerful message.
If we are talking about changing people’s opinions, I do think that would have been a powerful message. But I wasn’t really thinking about that at the time.”

Straight Men Are Kissing — Here's Why | Acumen | OZY

Straight Men Are Kissing — Here's Why | Acumen | OZY: 89 percent of straight male college students had kissed a bro on the lips.
And 37 percent of them made out. Surprised? Professor Eric Anderson, the study’s lead author, certainly was. For one, no one had ever thought to poll whether straight men kissed men because, well, “that’d be gay,” Anderson, a sociologist at the University of Winchester, notes. Which couldn’t be farther from the truth. Kissing is just another sign of camaraderie to many young Brits, like a hearty ass-slap in American football, he says.

Russia’s Hottest American Actor Makes Bold Move By Coming Out Publicly / Queerty

Russia’s Hottest American Actor Makes Bold Move By Coming Out Publicly / Queerty: Odin Biron may not be a household name here in the United States, but hop over to Russia and he’s one of the country’s hottest television actors.
The 30-year-old Minnesota man has made a name for himself starring on the popular medical sitcom Interns, the Russian version of Scrubs. The show attracts an average of 3.7 million viewers per episode and is a huge hit among Russian audiences.

Oklahoma: Bill Intended to Protect ‘Conversion Therapy’ Advances - NYTimes.com

Oklahoma: Bill Intended to Protect ‘Conversion Therapy’ Advances - NYTimes.com: Legislation that would protect the practice of therapy that seeks to change people’s sexual orientation or gender identity was approved Tuesday by a State House committee. As other states ban or consider prohibiting so-called conversion therapy, the Children, Youth and Family Services Committee approved the bill 5 to 3 without debate and sent it to the full House. The measure will most likely face a tougher audience there, as medical, psychological and sociological organizations that have condemned the practice mobilize their opposition to it.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Kevin Swanson Begs You Not To Buy Communist Lesbian Girl Scout Cookies | Right Wing Watch

Kevin Swanson Begs You Not To Buy Communist Lesbian Girl Scout Cookies | Right Wing Watch: Religious Right activists have long campaigned against the Girl Scouts of the USA, and pastors Kevin Swanson and Dave Buehner of Generations Radio have now joined in by urging listeners not to purchase Girl Scout cookies.

“Please, I beg of you, do not buy Girl Scout cookies,” Swanson said. “Please, I beg of you, stop buying Girl Scout cookies.”

But if they do, he said, they should “take a big, fat, black magic marker” and “start marking out all of the references to the Girl Scouts of America on all the boxes.” Swanson warned that the “wicked” Girl Scouts are promoting “lesbianism” and abortion, calling the cookies “food offered to idols.”

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Gay Alabama Lawmaker Threatens To Expose Colleagues' Marital Infidelities

Gay Alabama Lawmaker Threatens To Expose Colleagues' Marital Infidelities: Alabama's only openly gay legislator is putting her anti-gay colleagues on notice: If they keep espousing family values rhetoric as a reason to oppose marriage equality, she'll start making their marital infidelities public.

"I will not stand by and allow legislators to talk about 'family values' when they have affairs, and I know of many who are and have," wrote state Rep. Patricia Todd (D) on Facebook over the weekend, as reported by the TimesDaily in Alabama. "I will call our elected officials who want to hide in the closet out."

Todd's post came after a federal judge ruled Friday that Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. She told The Huffington Post that she decided to issue her threat after reading some of the anti-gay rhetoric coming from certain elected officials in the state.



Bahahah ... you go, girl!

Oklahoma GOP wants to restrict marriage to people of faith

Oklahoma GOP wants to restrict marriage to people of faith: For the record, marriage is a legal contract between two consenting adults, and as a legal contract it is governed by the state. A wedding, on the other hand, may or may not be a religious ceremony, depending upon the wishes of the couple.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Reactions to Christian Bakery Owners' Potential Discrimination Fines

Reactions to Christian Bakery Owners' Potential Discrimination Fines: Aaron and Melissa Klein, the co-owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, said they declined to accept the couple’s order because the wedding violated their Christian beliefs against same-sex marriage.

The couple could pay up to $200,000 in fines and damages. In an investigation last year, state officials found that the bakery violated the couple’s right to equal treatment in places meant to serve the public. Oregon law prohibits discrimination in those places.

Gay Marriage in Alabama Begins, but Only in Parts - NYTimes.com

Gay Marriage in Alabama Begins, but Only in Parts - NYTimes.com: Despite a federal judge’s rulings legalizing same-sex marriage, most probate judges in Alabama on Monday refused to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, escalating a legal showdown that echoed the battles over desegregation here in the 1960s.

Monday, February 09, 2015

GOP Presidential Hopefuls And Members Of Congress Appear In New Anti-Gay 'Documentary' | Right Wing Watch

GOP Presidential Hopefuls And Members Of Congress Appear In New Anti-Gay 'Documentary' | Right Wing Watch: Today, Faith 2 Action's Janet Porter sent out an email to activists excitedly announcing that she is finishing up editing a new anti-gay documentary that she intends to release at the National Religious Broadcaster's Convention in Nashville at the end of this month.

Porter, who was a longtime Religious Right activist and radio host until she lost her program due to her increasing radicalism only to re-emerge as an anti-abortion activist and right-wing social media entrepreneur, has brought together a who's who of hardline anti-gay activists, members of Congress, and presidential hopefuls for her film entitled "Light Win: How To Overcome The Criminalization Of Christianity."

Among the participants are Rep. Steve King, Rep. Trent Franks, Rep. Louie Gohmert, Rep. Tim Huelskamp, Sen. Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, David Barton, James Dobson, Mat Staver, Phyllis Schlafly, Scott Lively, Alveda King, Brian Camenker, Frank Pavone, Robert Knight, John Stemberger, and, of course, Porter herself, who can been seen walking around in the woods with a lantern, warning that gay activists are seeking to turn Christians into criminals."



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Sunday, February 01, 2015

Gay couple 'kicked out of Uber taxi for kissing and cuddling' accuse driver of homophobia - Mirror Online

Gay couple 'kicked out of Uber taxi for kissing and cuddling' accuse driver of homophobia - Mirror Online: A gay couple claim they were kicked out of an Uber taxi in London for kissing and cuddling each other.

Corey Watts and Jordan Sloan say they were left shocked by the driver's reaction as the cab company launched an investigation into the incident saying it does not tolerate any form of discrimination.

The driver has since been suspended.

Iain Lee and Justin Dealey experience homophobic abuse

The Gay Gene Won't Save Us | VICE | United States

The Gay Gene Won't Save Us | VICE | United States: The idea that people are born gay, or that homosexual desire is genetic, comes up most frequently as an argument against discrimination or oppressive laws targeting LGBT people. In response to terrifying legislation like Uganda's "Kill the Gays" bill, which outlawed homosexuality, gay activists and supporters have argued it's inhumane to punish LGBT people because they cannot, in fact, change. To those who believe that same-sex desire is a choice, or a deficiency, the "gay gene" theory suggests these feelings aren't our fault. If we can't help our same-sex attractions, and if we were born this way, it's certainly unfair to punish us for them—no matter how personally off-putting you find our sex lives.

For many people, however, being gay is not a biological decree. We've moved toward an understanding of queerness that embraces gray areas—relying on the gene theory steamrolls all that nuance. Plenty of self-identified gay, lesbian, bisexual, and queer people don't look forward to a future in which we can be tested for a gay gene. We probably wouldn't pass anyway.

Friday, January 30, 2015

The Myth of the Gay Community - The Atlantic

The Myth of the Gay Community - The Atlantic: The major issues facing gay individuals beyond marriage equality are defined by their intersectionality. This concept acknowledges overlapping forms of injustice that may affect an individual whose sexuality, gender, race, or economic status compound their day-to-day experiences with power and authority. For this reason, the central issues facing gay individuals are not felt equally among subsets of the gay identity, and do not register as a problem in our collective ethos. Consider youth homelessness, not an issue traditionally linked to the gay community. But while 5 percent of youth identify as LGBT, 40 percent of all homeless youth do. For gay children, different religious and cultural traditions between families can make coming out an experience of love and compassion or an instantaneous loss of support and family that seemed in harmony the previous day. It is a dichotomy I am lucky to be on the former side of, and one that is hard to imagine experiencing. Almost half of American children without a place to call home identify themselves as a sexual minority, yet the double-edged sword of this vulnerability leaves them without a voice in a national dialogue about a community that claims to consider them as members.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Couple who hid love for 72 years finally marry

Couple who hid love for 72 years finally marry: A wedding took place in early September in Iowa. But it wasn't just any ordinary wedding, it was a wedding between two people who have been together for 72 years and finally made it official. Two women, Vivian Boyack and Nonie Dubes, who have loved each other since 1942.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

On Same-Sex Marriage, the Supreme Court Will Have to Tackle the Question of Rights - Atlantic Mobile

On Same-Sex Marriage, the Supreme Court Will Have to Tackle the Question of Rights - Atlantic Mobile: Since the Supreme Court’s order Friday agreeing to hear four same-sex marriage cases, some professors and reporters have raised a troubling possibility: Could the Court have “stacked the deck” against full marriage equality by the way it phrased the “questions presented” by the cases? These are framed in terms of the states’ powers rather than of individual rights. These court watchers have suggested that they may point to a “compromise” that would mean less than full marriage equality—that is, a holding that states must recognize marriages performed by other states but may continue to refuse to marry same-sex coulples themselves.

Supreme Court to Hear Four Cases on Same-Sex Marriage - Atlantic Mobile

Supreme Court to Hear Four Cases on Same-Sex Marriage - Atlantic Mobile: In what will be a landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear four cases challenging same-sex marriage bans in four states on Friday. Their ruling, which is expected by June, would mark the culmination of a decade-long civil rights struggle that seeks marriage equality for millions of gay and lesbian Americans.

The justices granted certiorari to four couples, one each from Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan, and Kentucky, challenging those states' same-sex marriage bans. In November, a Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled agains the four couples and upheld the bans. That decision created a circuit split among the federal judiciary, a schism of constitutional interpretation that the Supreme Court alone can (and often does) repair.