Monday, July 21, 2014

Minnesota Vikings suspend coach for 'round up all the gays' comment - Washington Times

Minnesota Vikings suspend coach for 'round up all the gays' comment - Washington Times: The Vikings announced the punishment Friday after an investigation, carried out by two Minneapolis attorneys, concluded the coach made a “single homophobic statement” to Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, Talking Points Memo reported.

Mr. Priefer reportedly once said, “We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows.” He admitted to making the comment after Vikings long snapper Cullen Loeffler confirmed it, according to a summary of the report that was released by the team.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Court Finds Oklahoma Cannot Ban Gay Nuptials - NYTimes.com

Court Finds Oklahoma Cannot Ban Gay Nuptials - NYTimes.com: DENVER — A federal appeals court here on Friday struck down a second conservative-leaning state’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, ruling that Oklahoma could not deny gay couples their “fundamental right” to wed.

The 2-to-1 decision came less than a month after the same panel of judges for the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit decided that Utah’s ban was unconstitutional. It was another legal victory for gay couples as a range of legal challenges to state bans on same-sex marriage edges toward the United States Supreme Court.

In a related development Friday, the Supreme Court said Utah is not required to recognize the marriages of about 1,000 same-sex couples there while state officials pursue appeals.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Small South Carolina town rallies for fired gay police chief - CBS News

Small South Carolina town rallies for fired gay police chief - CBS News: When openly gay police chief Crystal Moore was fired by a mayor who condemned her lifestyle as "questionable," she feared her two decade career in law enforcement in this town was over.

Then, this conservative, small town rebelled.

The people of Latta, who voted overwhelmingly for a state amendment banning gay marriage eight years ago, turned against the mayor, stripped him of his powers and the town council rehired Moore. They said her dedication to the town mattered more than her sexual orientation.

Pastor Led Son’s Gay Wedding, Revealing Fault Line in Church - NYTimes.com

Pastor Led Son’s Gay Wedding, Revealing Fault Line in Church - NYTimes.com: Frank chose to endanger his own career by officiating at his son’s same-sex wedding. The actions that followed — a rebellion in his congregation, a church trial, a defrocking and then, last month, a reinstatement — have made the Schaefers symbols of the conundrum facing much of American Christianity: How does religious doctrine on homosexuality respond to the longings for spirituality and community from congregants and family members who are gay?

Monday, June 30, 2014

One Town's War on Gay Teens | Politics News | Rolling Stone

One Town's War on Gay Teens | Politics News | Rolling Stone: Like many 13-year-olds, Brittany knew seventh grade was a living hell. But what she didn't know was that she was caught in the crossfire of a culture war being waged by local evangelicals inspired by their high-profile congressional representative Michele Bachmann, who graduated from Anoka High School and, until recently, was a member of one of the most conservative churches in the area. When Christian activists who considered gays an abomination forced a measure through the school board forbidding the discussion of homosexuality in the district's public schools, kids like Brittany were unknowingly thrust into the heart of a clash that was about to become intertwined with tragedy.

Why Gay Teens Are Being Expelled From Christian Schools | Culture News | Rolling Stone

Why Gay Teens Are Being Expelled From Christian Schools | Culture News | Rolling Stone: At certain schools, a student need not even engage in acts of sexual "impurity"; simply identifying as gay or acting in support of a gay friend can lead to dismissal. "The Academy reserves the right, within its sole discretion, to refuse admission of an applicant and/or to discontinue enrollment of a student . . . participating in, promoting, supporting or condoning pornography, sexual immorality, homosexual activity or bisexual activity; or displaying an inability or resistance to support . . . the qualities and characteristics required of a Biblically based and Christ-like lifestyle," reads the "Academy/Home Partnering Agreement" at Providence Christian in Lilburn, Georgia, a school with religious underpinnings very similar to those at the school Tristan attends. "No 'immoral act' or 'identifying statements' concerning fornication, adultery, homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality or pornography will be tolerated," warns the Cherokee Christian Schools in Woodstock, Georgia. "Such behavior will constitute grounds for expulsion."

Friday, June 27, 2014

Idaho veteran donates burial plot so fellow vet can be buried with same-sex spouse - The Washington Post

Idaho veteran donates burial plot so fellow vet can be buried with same-sex spouse - The Washington Post: A former U.S. Army colonel is offering his burial plot to fellow veteran Madelynn Taylor so that she can be buried with her wife, a request that had been denied by state officials citing Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Madelynn Taylor, 74, knew she didn’t have much time left after her wife, Jean Mixner, died in 2012. Last December, Taylor decided to get her affairs in order and went to the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery to inquire about a shared burial plot.

Her request was denied.

Gay veteran denied burial with partner in state cemetery | KTVB.COM Boise

Gay veteran denied burial with partner in state cemetery | KTVB.COM Boise: A 74-year-old Navy veteran says she wants her partner buried with her in the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery. Officials say the couple can't be buried together because same-sex marriages aren't recognized in Idaho.

Madelynn Taylor served six years in the Navy from 1958 to 1964. She says her whole family was in the military. "It's what we did. When we were 18, you picked a service and joined."

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Mega-Bookstore Stocks Ex-Gay Torture Manuals / Queerty

Mega-Bookstore Stocks Ex-Gay Torture Manuals / Queerty: Now that pray-away-the-gay abuse is rapidly falling out of favor in the United States, its purveyors are apparently looking for opportunities overseas.
That’s how books like I Want To Stop Being Gay, How To Prevent Homosexuality and Gender Confusion In Childhood wound up on the shelves at El Corte Ingles, Spain’s largest department store.
The books are the work of dangerous creep Joseph Nicolosi, one of the most well-known American antigay “therapists.”
Of course, therapeutic treatments to change a person’s sexuality have no scientific basis, are not recognized by any reputable medical organization, and are generally repudiated by real doctors (including the World Health Organization).
But that hasn’t stopped Nicolosi from experimenting with his mad science on the unfortunate souls who come to him for help. Nicolosi is particularly interested in preying on teens with his non-therapy.

12-Year-Old Transgender Boy Granted Historic New Birth Certificate / Queerty

12-Year-Old Transgender Boy Granted Historic New Birth Certificate / Queerty: Underscoring a significant shift in Canadian law, a 12-year-old transgender boy in Alberta has been granted a new birth certificate officiating his status as male.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A Letter to "Activist" Dan Savage, Who Continues to Bully My Trans Sibling

A Letter to "Activist" Dan Savage, Who Continues to Bully My Trans Sibling: Dan Savage doesn’t often crop up in my day to day conversation – I prefer to talk about things I actually care about – but when he does, it’s never positive. Discussing him with members in my queer community means discussing his biphobia, or talking with my polyamorous friends about his problematic concepts regarding those types of relationships, which are never fun conversations. They’re mostly depressing conversations, as it is disheartening that such a large figurehead for the queer community has these poisonous opinions that people pick up on and run with (a list of such poisonous opinions can be found here). So when I heard that Dan Savage used the t-slur, yet again, this was old news.

However, this time, it was different. Why? Because on Thursday, May 22, Savage’s target was a 17-year-old University of Chicago student.



Hmm. Why is he a member of 'It Gets Better'?

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Hillary Clinton's Gay-Marriage Problem - Conor Friedersdorf - The Atlantic

Hillary Clinton's Gay-Marriage Problem - Conor Friedersdorf - The Atlantic: Hillary Clinton didn't refrain from supporting same-sex marriage for political reasons—before last year, she earnestly believed that marriage equality should be denied to gays and lesbians. That's the story the 66-year-old Democrat settled on when NPR host Terry Gross pressed her on her views. The admission is easily the most significant in the interview with the former senator, secretary of State, and presidential candidate, though much of the subsequent media attention has focused on the perception that there was a "heated exchange" where Clinton "lashed out" at her interviewer.* The mild tension stemmed from persistent questioning as Clinton obfuscated on an issue that could damage her chances in a 2016 primary but is relatively unlikely to hurt her in a contest against a Republican, given that her coalition is so much stronger on gay rights than the opposition.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Rick Perry reportedly compares homosexuality to alcoholism | MSNBC

Rick Perry reportedly compares homosexuality to alcoholism | MSNBC: Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry reportedly compared gay people to alcoholism at an event in San Francisco on Wednesday.

The moderator at the Commonwealth Club of California asked him if he considered homosexuality to be a disorder, according to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle.

“Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability to decide not to do that,” Perry allegedly said. “I may have the genetic coding that I’m inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue the same way.”

Anti-Gay Ugandan Minister Elected UN President | The Bilerico Project

Anti-Gay Ugandan Minister Elected UN President | The Bilerico Project: Sam Kutesa, Uganda's corrupt foreign affairs minister and a key spokesperson for President Yoweri "Jail the Gays" Museveni, has been elected to the presidency of the United Nations General Assembly.

In this ceremonial yet prestigious position, Kutesa -- who defends Uganda's draconian anti-gay law and calls homosexuality abhorrent and offensive -- will preside over a body that is regularly addressed by major world leaders, including U.S. President Barack Obama.

Oklahoma Republican Believes Homosexuals Should Be Stoned To Death

Oklahoma Republican Believes Homosexuals Should Be Stoned To Death: On Tuesday, a website based in Oklahoma, MooreDaily.com, ran a story featuring Facebook conversations from a Republican candidate for the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Scott Esk, who is running in Oklahoma’s 91st District, made a number of posts last summer critical of homosexuality and stating that “we would be totally in the right” to execute gays by stoning them. He stated during the Facebook conversation that while he is a libertarian, and stoning gays to death is kind of against those principles, he feels that it would morally be the right thing to do by God, and that it is a shame that this nation ignores things that are worthy of death.

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Obamacare, aka the ACA, is great for gay rights.

Obamacare, aka the ACA, is great for gay rights.: A new story out of Florida further confirms my suspicion. The Huffington Post reports that two Florida insurance companies are under fire for discriminating against patients with HIV, slapping them with a 40 percent co-pay on each of their HIV drugs, plus a $1,000 deductible per drug per month. (The new regulations limit co-pays to $10, though insurance companies have long endeavored to work around that restriction.) Given the complex cocktail of drugs HIV patients must take, this would quickly bankrupt many patients—and often did in the dark days before Obamacare.

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Lawsuit Challenges North Dakota Gay Marriage Ban - ABC News

Lawsuit Challenges North Dakota Gay Marriage Ban - ABC News: Seven couples filed a federal lawsuit Friday challenging the constitutional prohibition on same-sex marriage in North Dakota, making it the last state in the country with a ban to be sued by gay couples seeking the right to marry in their home state.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Fargo, challenges both North Dakota's ban on gay marriage and its refusal to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who legally wed in other states. That means cases are currently pending in all 31 states with gay marriage bans. Judges have overturned several of the bans since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act last year.

Monday, June 02, 2014

Medicare Ban on Sex Reassignment Surgery Lifted - ABC News

Medicare Ban on Sex Reassignment Surgery Lifted - ABC News: Medicare can no longer automatically deny coverage requests for sex reassignment surgeries, a federal board ruled Friday in a groundbreaking decision that recognizes the procedures are medically necessary for some people who don't identify with their biological sex.

Ruling in favor of a 74-year-old transgender Army veteran whose request to have Medicare pay for her genital reconstruction was denied two years ago, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services review board said there was no justification for a three-decade-old agency rule excluding such surgeries from treatments covered by the national health program for the elderly and disabled.

Efforts to Repeal Maryland Trans Bill Fall Short – Metro Weekly

Efforts to Repeal Maryland Trans Bill Fall Short – Metro Weekly: Supporters of LGBT equality in Maryland are celebrating a hard-fought victory after opponents of a transgender nondiscrimination bill failed to turn in the requisite number of signatures needed to put them on the path to placing it on the ballot in hopes of eventually overturning it.  The measure, known as SB 212 or The Fairness for All Marylanders Act, was signed into law by Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) on May 15 and is slated to go into effect on Oct. 1. When the bill goes into effect, it will be illegal to discriminate against transgender people in employment, housing, credit and access to public accommodations based on their gender identity or expression in the 20 counties currently lacking such protections. Gender-identity discrimination is already prohibited in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard County, Montgomery County, and the city of Hyattsville.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Anti-Gay Christian Group Refuses To Accept Mail With New Harvey Milk Stamp

Anti-Gay Christian Group Refuses To Accept Mail With New Harvey Milk Stamp: Fundamentalist Christian group American Family Association is urging members not to accept any mail postmarked with the U.S. Postal Service’s newly released Harvey Milk stamp, the first U.S. stamp to feature an openly gay elected official.