Support equality this holiday season

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HRC just released their 2014 Corporate Equality Index.  This is a great resource to understand which companies support equality and the LGBT community.  This report rates companies based on their policies.  Be sure to support the top scoring companies this holiday season and all year long.
A few highlights this year.
-This year marks the first time in history that over 60 percent of the Fortune 500 include both sexual  orientation and  gender identity protections
-This year, a record 3O4 businesses achieved a top rating of 1OO percent
-91 percent of the Fortune 500 include “sexual orientation” in their nondiscrimination policies and 61 percent include “gender identity.” The majority of the total Fortune 500 — 67 percent — offer equivalent medical benefits between spouses and partners and 28 percent offer transgender-inclusive health care benefits, including surgical procedures.
-Top scoring retailers & internet services include eBay, Groupon, Google and Yahoo.  All have a score of 100.  Amazon and AOL have a score of 90.
-Exxon Mobil Corp. is the #1 Fortune 1000 company and has a score of -25 (NEGATIVE).  GET YOUR GAS ELSEWHERE.
-The top Fortune 1000 companies include Chevron Corp., General Motors Co., General Electric Co., Ford Motor Co., Hewlett-Packard Co., AT&T Inc., Bank of America Corp., McKesson Corp., Verizon Communications Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Apple Inc., International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) and Citigroup Inc.

You can download the full report here: HRC 2014 Corporate Equality Index.  Also, be sure to check out the ‘what you can do to help’ page here.

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More proof that bigots are all stupid

More proof that bigots are all stupid

I really love publishing proof that bigots are idiots. More proof folks. The Ruth Institute, a group devoted to “fighting marriage equality”, showed the world just how STUPID they are when they posted a graphic with spelling and punctuation errors. Guys…really. Learn basic spelling and grammar before making bold political statements.

Idiots.

Homophobic baker found guilty for refusing to bake a wedding cake for gay couple

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Charlie Craig, left, with his husband Greg Mullins; Masterpiece Cakeshop owner and asshole, Jack Phillips (right)

Charlie Craig and Greg Mullins were denied a wedding cake because they were gay.  Jack Phillips, owner of a bakery in Colorado refused the business of the couple last summer.  Luckily for us all, a civil court just found this idiot guilty of discrimination because he violated Colorado’s anti-discrimination law when he refused to bake the cake.

Here is what Greg Mullins had to say to KDVR Friday.  “Being denied service by Masterpiece Cakeshop was offensive and dehumanizing especially in the midst of arranging what should be a joyful family celebration.  We are grateful to have the support of our community and our state, and we hope that today’s decision will help ensure that no one else will experience this kind of discrimination again in Colorado.”.

The bigot (Phillips) told Denver’s KDVR that his religious belief prevented him from serving the couple.  He used the “religious liberty” argument in court and his attorney tried to use First Amendment as well.  Last July, Phillips said “I am a follower of Jesus Christ.  So you could say it’s a religious belief. I believe the Bible teaches [same-sex marriage is] not an OK thing.”.  REALLY? What else does the bible teach you?! Anything about being a decent person maybe? Go get an education! You KNOW that anyone using this excuse is either gay themselves or they are hiding some SERIOUS skeletons in their closet.

So the best part of this story is what the judge said when ruling that this was indeed discrimination.  Judge Robert Spencer of the Colorado Office of Administrative Courts announced the decision Friday.  He said because the Jack Phillips, who owns Masterpiece Cakeshop, previously made cakes for the wedding of two dogs, his claims that a wedding between two men contradicted his religious beliefs didn’t hold up.   LOVES IT!!

Just another example of idiots using religion to fuel their bigotry.  So transparent and obvious.

Gay teacher fired for getting married

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Michael Griffin, former teacher at Holy Ghost Preparatory School in Bensalem, Pa.

Michael Griffin taught Spanish and French at Holy Ghost Preparatory School in Bensalem, Pa., for 12 years.  On Friday, he was informed by the school’s headmaster that his impending marriage to his partner of over 10 years “contradicts the terms of his teaching contract.”.  SERIOUSLY.  It violates his contract to get married.  What kind of backwards, bull-shit contract is this?! 

Here is the message Griffin posted on his Facebook page.  “Today I applied for a marriage license since NJ now has marriage equality.”.  “After 12 years together I was excited to finally be able to marry my partner.  Because of that, I was fired from Holy Ghost Preparatory School today. I am an alumnus of the school and have taught there for 12 years. I feel hurt, saddened, betrayed and except for this post, am at a loss for words.”.  This is wrong no matter how you come at the situation.  

The school’s headmaster, Father James McCloskey, openly admitted that he let Griffin go because he was gay.  Here is what he had to say.  “At a meeting in my office yesterday, teacher Michael Griffin made clear that he obtained a license to marry his same sex partner.  Unfortunately, this decision contradicts the terms of his teaching contract at our school, which requires all faculty and staff to follow the teachings of the Church as a condition of their employment. In discussion with Mr. Griffin, he acknowledged that he was aware of this provision, yet he said that he intended to go ahead with the ceremony. Regretfully, we informed Mr. Griffin that we have no choice but to terminate his contract effective immediately.”.

Griffin told NBC that he believes he violated the following section from his contract:  “all teachers are expected to uphold lifestyles compatible with the moral teaching of the Roman Catholic Church.”.   Time for the Roman Catholic Church to re-examine their definitions of “morals”.

Because the school is a private organization, it is within their right to fire someone for any reason they choose.  It should also be noted that sexual orientation is not a protected class in Pennsylvania.

More hate from anti-gay group

More hate from anti-gay group

The Illinois Family Institute, an anti-LGBT Christian organization, released this STUPID fake nutrition label comparing same-sex marriage to junk food. Seriously?!?!

Get a clue folks.

Great piece of art

Take a look at this really cool piece of art that challenges what it means to be attractive.  Take a look here.

 

Another update on the alleged anti-gay receipt note

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So this is just getting stranger and stranger as the story continues.  As you know, Dayna Morales claimed to have received a VERY ugly note instead of a tip from an anti-gay mom.  There is an ongoing investigation now into Dayna’s story.  Now people are coming forward and saying that she has a history of telling lies.  Per the last update, the family who allegedly left the hate-filled note came forward saying they did leave a tip and that the note on the receipt was fake.
Dayna is currently suspended from her waitressing job until the investigation is complete.

Really hoping that this whole thing wasn’t a lie.  That would be worse than it actually happening.

MUST WATCH documentary

Have you heard of Facing Fear? If not, you will. This truly touching documentary/short-film brings together victims of hate crimes and their attackers. The film takes a look at how a victim has forgiven their attacker AND provides insight into the mindset of someone committing the hate crime.

Here is the official synopsis of the film.
SYNOPSIS

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Matthew Boger (left) and Tim Zaal

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Tim and Matthew giving a presentation to students
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As a 13 year-old, Matthew Boger was thrown out of his home for being gay. While living on the streets of Hollywood, he was savagely beaten in a back alley by a group of neo-Nazi skinheads. Boger managed to survive the attack and escape life on the streets. Twenty-five years later, Boger found himself in a chance meeting with a former neo-Nazi skinhead, Tim Zaal. The two men soon realized that they had met before…Zaal was one of the attackers who beat Boger and left him for dead.

With their worlds turned upside down, the two embarked on a journey of forgiveness and reconciliation that challenged both to grapple with their own beliefs and fears. Neither could imagine that it would to lead to an improbable collaboration…and friendship.

FACING FEAR retraces the haunting accounts of the attack and the startling revelation that brought these men together again. Delving deep into their backgrounds, the roots of the ideologies that shape how they handle the reconciliation process are exposed. Self-doubt, anger and fear are just a few of the emotions they struggle through as they come to terms with their unimaginable situation.

Shot on location in Los Angeles, the film is the theatrical directorial debut for Jason Cohen. Edited by the award-winning Tom Christopher with cinematography by Svetlana Cvetko (Academy Award-winning INSIDE JOB), the film takes an introspective trip through the world of early 80’s Hollywood while delicately addressing past events that shaped the men involved, from early childhood to their present relationship.

Madonna’s open letter to Russia

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There has been a lot of news recently surrounding Russia’s public and shameful anti-gay stance.  Several celebrities have spoken out publicly on the topic.   Ricky Martin, Lady GaGa, Wentworth Miller, Cher and Greg Louganis are just a few of the people who have said WTF?!?!

Madonna just released the following open letter asking her supporters to “fight against the Russian government’s campaign of hate”.  Madonna has recently joined HRC’s ‘Love Conquers Hate’ campaign.  You can support the FABULOUS HRC campaign HERE by ordering a t-shirt (DO IT!!).

Here is what lady M had to say.

Right now in Russia, LGBT people… are being targeted by hateful new laws that outlaw support for LGBT equality. Even with the 2014 Sochi Olympics just a few months away, fair-minded Russians are facing fines, harassment, and violence at the hands of thugs. 

“At this dangerous moment in Russian history, we as advocates have a responsibility to speak up and take our hopeful message global. That’s why I’m joining HRC’s Love Conquers Hate campaign, in hopes that more and more fair-minded people around the world will stand up and fight against the Russian government’s campaign of hate… 

“The goal of these hateful laws (in Russia) is to leave LGBT Russians feeling isolated. Worthless. Completely alone. Together, we can send a message to LGBT Russians that the world is on their side, and that those who seek to support them aren’t alone in this fundamental fight for fairness. It’s time for love to conquer hate everywhere, for everyone. I hope you’ll stand with me in this fight.”

Really funny (and true): Things not to say to someone when they come out

BuzzFeed did a great job here with things NOT to say to someone after they come out.  Kind of funny but at the same time, they hit on some really great points.  LOVE THIS! If you haven’t already, check out our tips on supporting someone as they come out.  Read here!

19 Things NOT To Say To Someone When They Come Out To You

1. “I knew it!”

2. “Maybe you’re just confused.”

 

3. “Are you sure?”

 

4. “Wait, this doesn’t mean you’re into me…does it?”

 

5. “But like…how did you decide?”

6. “Maybe this is just a onetime thing?”

 

7. “You’re just doing this because it’s cool to be trans now.”

 

8. “No, you’re not.”

 

9. “Why would you want to make things harder on yourself?”

 

10. “I just think you’re too young to make this kind of decision.”

 

11. “Are you just giving up?”

 

12. “Is this just because you’ve had trouble finding a girlfriend?”

 

13. “You’re just doing this to spite me.”

 

14. “I just don’t want you to go to hell.”

 

15. “I guess it’s fine as long as you’re not some drag queen or transsexual.”

 

16. “Not if you plan on living under my roof.”

 

17. “Maybe you should see a therapist first… You know, just so you can be sure.”

 

18. “OK, but please don’t tell your grandparents. It would kill them.”

 

19. “Well, no one’s perfect.”

 

See the original post here.

 

Gay rights movement

A truly inspiring video that chronicles the progress of the gay rights movement.  This will move you.


What an amazing video form Europe on same-sex parents.   Take a look.

Shopping tips!

This holiday season, be sure you support companies that are pro-LGBT.  Make a statement with your wallet!
Companies on the “nice” list include: Apple, Starbucks, Amazon, Microsoft, Target, Ford and many many others.

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Check out the HRC Equality Index here for a complete list of companies that support the community.

Catholic Church is a complete victim :(

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The Catholic Church has been “outmarketed” by the liberal media regarding gay rights.

According to the Associated Press, Cardinal Timothy Dolan says the Roman Catholic Church has been “outmarketed” on the issue of gay marriage and has been “caricatured as being anti-gay.”.  The delusional Cardinal went on to say that the Church would not give up on the topic.  When asked why the church is essentially a joke because of their stance on gay marriage, Dolan says it’s a tough battle when forces like Hollywood, politicians and “some opinion-molders” are on the other side.  I’ll spare the horrific bible quotes here but click here if you’d like to read some of the ways the Church is being “caricatured as being anti-gay.”

So let me get this straight…people really HAVE JUST come out in support of LGBT rights in the past few years.  And it isn’t even EVERYONE.  The Church has maintained it’s anti-gay propaganda and brainwashed thousands of societies for as long as we know.   The choice of words here is nothing short of comical.  With all due respect Cardinal, we think you should seriously get a grip of reality.  If you are going to be on the wrong side of history, you may as well just own it.  The LGBT community is one of MANY scapegoats developed to divert attention from the MANY wrong doings of all major religions (not just the Church).

You can watch the interview tonight (Sunday 12/1) on NBC’s “Meet The Press”.