File this under crazy

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The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of Indiana has gotten plenty of press attention when the Governor of Indiana Mike Pence made it legal to discriminate against the LGBT community (and other minority groups) if that’s what your religion believes in.  There is similar legislation in place now in Arkansas (shocking).  Here is a little nugget of information straight from HRC on their blog.

The wave of anti-LGBT bills filed across the country continues to swell. As of today, lawmakers have introduced more than 85 anti-LGBT bills in 28 state legislatures.

Some state legislative sessions have already drawn to a close, but other state legislatures will be in session for several more weeks or even months.  So far this year 34 anti-LGBT bills in nine states have been defeated or failed to meet key legislative deadlines, but two have passed — one in Arkansas and one in Indiana.

To me, the bottom line is simple.  Religion should not be used to justify hate.  If a religion is preaching hate it’s wrong.  It’s actually that simple.  There is no room for debate here.  Here is the other thing.  We should all know better.  Especially people in the government.

As it turns out, companies are outraged as well.  Apple, Walmart, Salesforce NASCAR and Subaru have all spoken out against the laws  The list of supporters is growing by the hour.  Indiana is facing very real backlash which will ultimately result in a loss of revenue for the state.

In closing, check out this quote…“Discrimination is always wrong, always beneath the dignity of our nation, and always a shameful legacy to leave our children.” – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.  I agree Nancy.  And good for you for making to very clear.

Hope the world wakes up and soon. We have come so far and yet have so much further to go…

History in the making

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How amazing is this?!

On 3/6, HRC delivered The People’s Brief to the US Supreme Court.  Over 200,000 people added their names to The People’s Brief which asked the Supreme Court to provide marriage equality to same-sex couples in the United States.  The People’s Brief has more signatories than any amicus brief ever submitted to the Supreme Court.  BAM.  

Obergefell v. Hodges is the marriage equality case that will be heard by the Supreme Court on 4/28/15.  This case is a HISTORIC moment in history.  Specifically for gay rights movement.   I had the HONOR of hearing the named plaintiff, Jim Obergefell  speak recently.  Long story short, Jim and his partner were together for 20+ years.   Sadly, Jim’s partner John Arthur was diagnosed with ALS so they had to make some very tough decisions.  Jim and John bravely decided to seal the deal and get married.  They had to leave the state to do this as they couldn’t get married in their own home state of Ohio.   Through the generous help of friends and family, Jim and John flew to Maryland to get married.   Jim required a medical team in order to travel as he was bedridden due to the advancement of ALS.  They married in June of 2013 and John died several months later.

When hearing Jim speak, you can’t help but get emotional.   Here he is grieving as his life partner is diagnosed with a terminal illness.  There are many different rights that come with being married.  One of which is having your partner listed as your surviving spouse on your death certificate.  Something to think about…a heterosexual couple can get married with zero restrictions or conditions.  They are provided all the legal benefits of marriage and their relationship is acknowledged regardless of the duration of their relationship.  Imagine what it must feel like to not have your 20+ year relationship acknowledged by same government you have paid tax to your entire life.
Hopefully, we will soon look back at the fight for marriage equality and say “remember when”.   It feels pretty darn good to be able to say I am on the right side of history 🙂

Please read and share!

The 2015 HRC Corporate Equality Index report has been released.  This is an extremely important report that highlights where companies rank on their treatment of LGBT employees.  I personally think all companies should have a perfect score of 100 as discrimination is a black and white topic where there are no shades of gray here.

We should all be informed on which companies are doing the right thing and as part of such, be mindful on where we conduct business.  That’s a really PC way of saying we shouldn’t support businesses that discriminate.  Companies like Starbucks, Apple, and Google get a perfect score of 100.  The amazing is that the list of perfect scores has been growing at a great rate!

Take a look and download here.

HRC’s “All God’s Children” Ad Features Trailblazing State Legislator Alyce Clarke


What a brilliant campaign by HRC! The All God’s Children spots will run in Mississippi where I am sure you guess…is not the most gay-friendly state in the USA.  Through their community outreach, HRC was able to identify an opportunity to speak to a community and hit the issue at it’s core.  In Mississippi, the issue happened to be a deeply religious community who viewed gay as “sin”.

This campaign starts the conversation and is speaking to people directly and in a way that fits their lives.  HRC has also opened an office in Mississippi and has feet on the street.  GOOD FOR THEM.

Same Sex Couples Wed in Pennsylvania

After Ruling, Couples Rush to Alter

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I’m just reading the news on my flight out to LA and getting all teary eyed over this.   (more…)

Department of Defense Pride!

Love it!!!

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Gotta love Starbucks and Oprah!

You know…I just LOVE Starbucks! Did you see their fabulous Mother’s Day post on their blog? Oprah proclaims “2 moms are better than 1”.  Yes they are!!! Ahhh!!! Mariah hand up in the air and waving.

Of course, some idiots have major issues with this.  As in the past, Starbucks has been criticized for their support of equality.   Bigots are stating that Starbucks “continues to support sexual sin”.   This just shows you how backwards these bigots are.  They can’t even get out of their own way.  Starbucks is NOT promoting sexual anything.  They are promoting EQUALITY and not backing off.

I applaud Starbucks and Oprah.  Good for you for being on the right side of history.

 

The power of equality

I have been meaning to write about this for some time now.  Former Mozilla CEO Branden Eich caused quite the controversy when his donation to the anti-gay group Yes on 8 surfaced.  Eich donated $1,000 to a group in California that was fighting VERY HARD (and dirty) to make sure California did not allow same-sex marriages.  Proposition 8 (which I lived through while living in Huntington Beach) was about making sure gays couldn’t marry in CA.  It was a ballot to make gay marriage illegal. 

You can read about my experience with Prop 8 here.   Mozilla competes directly with Apple’s Safari, Google’s Chrome and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer internet browser.  All 3 competitors are pro-equality.  Very pro-equality actually.  The folks using the browsers and most importantly developing for the browsers are also pro-equality.  Something very interesting happened.  All of a sudden reality (reality defined as being a bigot is WRONG) slapped Mozilla in the face.

The idiot/bigot CEO was forced to step down shortly after his donation went public and the company received a very ugly and angry reaction from the public and tech industry.  The great news for us all here is that the tide HAS SHIFTED.  People realize that being a bigot is WRONG.  Being anti-gay is WRONG.  You can’t hind behind religion or “personal beliefs”. 

Hopefully this will be a lesson to all.  Either get with the program or deal with the repercussions.  There were some jokes made about there being a “gay mafia”.  I don’t think this was the case here.  Now if you’re in fashion, beauty or entertainment…you better watch out for the gay mafia.  We are very powerful and will cut you!! Hey…we have got to stick together and defend ourselves.  And by the way, the gay mafia includes our straight allies.

That is all.

Kisses!

 

 

Michael Sam makes history!

Michael Sam hugging his boyfriend in an emotional moment.

Michael Sam hugging his boyfriend in an emotional moment.

Michael Sam has made history by becoming the FIRST openly gay NFL player.  He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams.  So yea, FINALLY we have an openly gay NFL player.  As I have said before and I’ll keep saying it…Honey, there are a bunch of queens running around the field for ALL major sports.

This is the beginning of the ship turning (in the right direction).  Michael had a very emotional reaction when he found out he was drafted and it was caught on camera.  During that reaction, he kissed his partner.  A few notes before I go on.

1.  Many straight players have the EXACT same reaction that is caught on camera.  They cry.
2.  Many straight players kiss their wives or girlfriends on ESPN ALL THE TIME.

Ok, now I’ll continue.  There are idiots out there who are saying that it was inappropriate to show 2 men kissing on ESPN because kids may be watching.  My answer to that is GOOD.  Your kids should be exposed to 2 men kissing.  It is completely normal and fine you moron.  Media has the power to shape what we view as normal.  If you grow up seeing 2 men or 2 women kissing on TV it will be “normal” to you.  Just as it is to see men and women kiss.

This just shows how some people simply don’t live in reality.  To say that it is inappropriate to show 2 men kissing on TV is discrimination in it’s purest form.  The sad thing is that many people just don’t see that.  Why is it ok to see half naked women on almost every ad out there? Why is it ok to see men and women kiss on ads everyday?

Some folks in the NFL have put their foots in their mouths already by tweeting bigoted comments.  The NFL has fined them and done the right thing.   Don Jones is one of the idiots who showed the world just how dumb he is by tweeting his dis-approval of the kiss.  He was fined and had to issue a statement apologizing.  Question for you…and for everyone out there.  How would people react if someone tweeted or said something racist about a black man? I think we have all seen what happens (Donald Sterling).   Why is it is any less offensive or wrong to make comments about gay people? It’s the same.  Anyone who says it isn’t is misinformed.  Bigotry is bigotry.

Some food for thought.
Kisses!!

Check out the ESPN article on Michael Sam here.
Check out the CNN article on the reactions to the kiss here.

Amazing new album by RuPaul!

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So RuPaul has been one of my favorite artists for years now.  I remember showing my mom how to sashay and shante in the kitchen to Ru’s “You Better Work” when I was a little boy 🙂

RuPaul is probably one of the most under-appreciated artists of our time.   Some of her songs are a bit niche in that they speak to the LGBT community very directly (for example, Tranny Chaser…the song is genius) but overall, each album makes you want to get up and DANCE HUNTY!!

Through the years, Ru has come out with some AMAZING albums.  Champion and Glamazon are hands down two of my favorite albums EVER.  You can check out all of Ru’s albums here.  I promise, you’ll ask yourself why these albums were not on the top of the charts.  Download Born Naked here or check it out on Spotify or Amazon.

Born Naked is Ru’s latest and is just GENIUS.  The first song, “Freaky Money” will certainly make you want to get up and dance.   VERY NYC.  “Sissy That Walk” will also get you up and dancing.  What I love about Ru’s albums is that you can listen all the way through and not get bored.  My favorite song on the album is “Let the Music Play”, a duet with Michelle Visage.

Check it out and let me know what you think.

Founder of Westboro Baptist Church DEAD

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Crazy ass mofo…may he rest in peace

 

So Fred Phelps has died.  Crickets….

He was the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church.  He was 84 and his children are confirming that he has croaked.  He must be in heaven now because that is where people who have dedicated their lives to evil go…
I’ll say it.  The world is better off with him gone.  Here are some lovely tweets from the “Church”

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ArkansASS high school refuses to include bio of gay student in yearbook

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I hate to say it but this does not surprise me at all.  I have been to AR several times for work and let me tell you…not the most forward thinking place.  I will say…Fayetteville is lovely little town (technically a city) though.

Taylor Ellis is a student at Sheridan High School and was one of seven students asked to write a bio for the yearbook.  Long story short, the school is refusing to publish this bio because he talks about being gay.  Ok…so how is this not discrimination? Would it be ok to not publish a person’s bio because of their race, religion or gender?! It is so hard to imagine how people (even in Arkansas) don’t get this.

HRC has a petition that you can sign here which is calling for the school to add the bio and calling this an ‘act of discriminatory censorship’.  As always, good work HRC.

Lastly, it seems that Sheridan Superintendent Brenda Haynes and Principal Rodney Williams made this decision.

 

Congrats Jason Collins!

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Isn’t this just heartwarming!?? We officially have our first openly gay NBA player! This is major.  Jason recently made headlines when he came out and is now making history.  Jason will join the Brooklyn Nets <— That’s right New York!!! Yaaaasss!!! Another reason to love NYC…sorry, I digress.  I apologize for my gay glitter outburst.  Here is what the Nets GM Billy King had to say, “The decision to sign Jason was a basketball decision,”.  “We needed to increase our depth inside, and with his experience and size, we felt he was the right choice for a 10-day contract.” <— Yaaasssss!!!!! Oops.  Sorry… Ok.  Back to the professional writing.

Have you heard of Athlete Ally? They are a great organization that supports the LGBT community as it pertains to professional sports/athletes.  Fabulous organization.  Check them out.  Their executive director released the following statement:  “We are entering a new era of inclusion with Jason Collins, the Brooklyn Nets and the NBA at the forefront,”.  “Jason may be the first, but he’s not the last. It’s because of him and the unprecedented leadership of professional leagues like the NBA that we’ll see more and more LGBT athletes at all levels of competition.”.

I can tell you from first-hand experience that there are plenty of gay or bi-sexual athletes in the NBA, NFL, MLB and so on…by the way, first-hand experience doesn’t mean I had relations with them! Get your mind out of the gutter! And while I’m at it, I can also tell you that organizations like the MLB for example are quite quick to dish out nondisclosure to silence anyone who may or may not have knowledge that a player is gay.

Back to Jason.  So happy for him.  This is one small step but a step in the right direction.

Kisses!

 

 

Another reason to love Beyonce

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Fabulous Beyonce has done it again.  Proven that she is truly in a class of her own.  Beyonce is selling cute underwear sets on her website.  It’s a “Your’s & Mine” set of underwear.  What’s so cool about this? They come in the following options.

-Male, female

-Male, male

-Female, female

Well done B! Kisses!  You can buy there here

LOVE for the 11-year bullied boy who attempted suicide

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This is just amazing.  The You Will Rise project is a a blog that is dedicated to sharing stories through art and empowering folks that were bullied.    They started an ArtForMichael blog that is art specifically for Michael Morones who was bullied at school by kids for liking the TV show My Little Pony.  Michael later attempted to take his own life and is still in critical condition.  I wrote about that horrible sad store here. 
This is a heartwarming effort to make a tragic situation a little less tragic.  Let’s all continue to send Michael our best wishes and be sure to check out ArtForMichael

Kudos and a big hug to the folks who started this blog.  This story gets me every time.  I just can’t imagine how this poor boy felt.  At 11. 

Please do all that you can to spread awareness.  Gender roles are made up.  We can break the cycle through education and being open-minded.

Attorney General Eric Holder is amazing

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Amazing man: Eric Holder

More federal rights coming for same-sex marriages! The new Department of Justice memo instructs federal government lawyers to give same-sex marriages “full and equal recognition, to the greatest extent possible under the law”.   Attorney General Eric Holder will be speaking at a HRC event Saturday and some of the quotes below are from his upcoming speech.

-Some of the effects of the memo include allowing a same-sex spouse to refuse to provide testimony in a civil or criminal case that might violate their marital privileges.  A right that straight-couples currently have.

-Same-sex couples can for bankruptcy together

– Same-sex spouses can visit their federal inmate spouses

-Same-sex couples will be recognized equally in programs like: the Radiation Exposure Compensation Program, the September 11’th Victim Compensation Fund and the Public Safety Officer’s Benefits Program.

-The Public Safety Benefits program means that gay law enforcement officers and firefighters will have the same rights as their straight counterparts.

Holder also said, “This program is one way that we, as a country, stand by the families of those who put themselves in harm’s way to keep our communities safe, and we must never do that selectively,”.  “When any law enforcement officer falls in the line of duty or is gravely injured, the federal government should stand by that hero’s spouse – no matter whether that spouse is straight or gay.”. 

Good for you Mr. Attorney General.  I would love for him to run for President some day.  This man is everything a politician should be and an amazing role model for all. 

We may have our first openly gay NFL player!

 

Good for you honey!! Yes!!

 

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Michael Sam

Michael Sam was named a first-team All-American after the 2013 season.  He was the Missouri defensive lineman.  He is also eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft and guess what else?!?!  He just came out of the closet! So this means that he could potentially be the first openly gay player in the NFL.  He is what he had to say to ESPN (and honey, let me tell you.  There are plenty of gays on ESPN already…), “I am an openly, proud gay man,”  “I understand how big this is…It’s a big deal. No one has done this before. And it’s kind of a nervous process, but I know what I want to be … I want to be a football player in the NFL.”

The NFL released the following statement: “We admire Michael Sam’s honesty & courage,”  “Michael is a football player. Any player with ability and determination can succeed in NFL.”

This is a huge step forward for the NFL.  It’s only a matter of time before the NFL is a big old rainbow 🙂

 

11-year-old boy attempts suicide after being bullied

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Michael Morones

This is so heartbreaking.  An 11-year-old boy tried to take his own life in late January.  Michael Morones was allegedly teased relentlessly by the lids in school  Why you ask? Because he loved to play with the ‘My Little Pony’ toys.  He remains in critical condition and may have sustained permanent brain damage as a result of his suicide attempt.  Additionally, he currently has a tube in his throat.  

Here is what his mother had to say to reporters.  I am literally crying as I am reading about this and writing.  “He’s the kid that never walks. He dances everywhere,”.  “He’s so full of energy. He’s always on the move… We won’t know for months how much is going to heal. It could even be years before we find out what potential for healing he has.”.

I have written a good amount about gender roles and how BS it all is.  I have also illustrated examples of how marketers have decided “pink is for girls” and “blue is for boys”.  Check out some of what I have to say here. 

Reports are stating that Michael was so upset because kids at school were calling him gay for liking a “girls TV show”.  This is just disgusting.  This is 100% on the parents of those children who are so ignorant and close-minded.  As I have repeatedly mentioned, there is NO SUCH THING as “girls” and “boys” tv shows, toys, colors, etc.  This is a value that marketers place on things to segment consumers and SELL TO THEM.  That is all there is to it.  Then we have gender roles and homophobia which is perpetuated by religion through various propaganda vehicles.

This cycle has GOT TO STOP.  Please help spread this story and share awareness.  Share on social media, tell a friend.  Do your part.

Woman gives her cat away because she thinks it’s gay…

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I really can’t.  Apparently a woman in Nigeria claims that her cat was gay so she disowned the cat.  She had the cat for 7 years…she disowned the cat because she claimed the cat had displayed “an un-natural sexual behavior” and that she found it “a contradiction of the laws of nature”.  Saddest of all, not one single person came forward to rescue the cat.  Last year, a dog was put down in Nigeria after the owner has disowned it for believing it was gay.

As you know, Nigeria has some pretty strict anti-gay laws.  Sounds to me like Nigeria could use a bit of an education boost.

This man is bat-shit crazy!

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Yikes!! Cecil Chao, a BILLIONAIRE from Honk Kong is offering $130 MILLION to any man who can “turn his daughter straight”.  This is the kind of stuff that you just can’t make up.  Chao initially offered $65 Million in September of 2012 when his daughter Gigi eloped with her female partner in France.  In January of 2013 he was quoted as saying, “I would not force her to marry a man. But obviously I would, from my point of view, prefer her to be married and to have grandchildren.”.

FYI, so far there have been 20,000 men who have failed at this “task”. 

Here is what Gigi had to say to the South China Morning Post, “I don’t think my dad’s offering of any amount of money would be able to attract a man I would find attractive”.  “I would be happy to befriend any man willing to donate huge amounts of money to my charity Faith in Love, provided they don’t mind that I already have a wife. Third and lastly, thank you Daddy, I love you too.”.

Yes HUNTY!! That’s right!! PS Daddy, I love you too is the perfect touch.  I would have done that or gone ape-shit angry in my quote.  One of the two.

Needless to say, this shows just how ignorant some people are.  This guy has no idea how offensive and hurtful this is to his daughter.  What a complete d-bag.

Obama and gay

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HRC just released an interesting little study.  President Obama apparently has used the word “gay” 272 times in the past 5 years.  That is the most on record for a US President.  This is really a great step forward for our community.  It should be noted that President Clinton came in second place with using the word gay 216 times during his presidency. 

Here is what the President of HRC, Chad Griffin had to say, “Words matter an enormous amount, and when President Obama uses his platform to declare that LGBT people are just as American as anyone else, it has a huge and historic effect,”.  “Evidence suggests that when people know us, they don’t want to discriminate against us.”  Chad brings up an excellent point! The more you know…sounds cliché doesn’t it? But it’s so true. 
Some other news worth mentioning here.  Republican Presidents George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan never used the word “gay” in any of their presidential remarks.  George W Bush did use gay in a public speech twice! Both times, anti-gay propaganda….uh huh. Here is a bit of advice for the Republican’s in America.  Get your heads out of your asses on social issues if you ever want to be in office again.  You’re embarrassing for this country!! Leave women, gays and all other minorities alone!!!

That is all.  Kisses!

 

Looking premiers tonight on HBO!

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So excited to check it out! The much anticipated show finally airs tonight.   Lots of people are excited about this show as there hasn’t been much in the way of gay series recently.  Looking airs tonight at 10:30 PM on HBO.

Here some information on the show from their official page.  

‘Looking’ offers up the unfiltered experiences of three close friends living — and loving — in modern-day San Francisco. Friendship may bind them, but each is at a markedly different point in his journey: Patrick (Jonathan Groff) is the 29-year-old video game designer getting back into the dating world in the wake of his ex’s engagement; aspiring artist Agustín (Frankie J. Alvarez), 31, is questioning the idea of monogamy amid a move to domesticate with his boyfriend; and the group’s oldest member — longtime waiter Dom (Murray Bartlett), 39 — is facing middle age with romantic and professional dreams still unfulfilled.

The trio’s stories intertwine and unspool dramatically as they search for happiness and intimacy in an age of unparalleled choices — and rights — for gay men. Also important to the ‘Looking’ mix is the progressive, unpredictable, sexually open culture of the Bay Area, with real San Francisco locations serving as a backdrop for the group’s lives. Rounding out the ‘Looking’ world are a bevy of dynamic gay men including Kevin (Russell Tovey), Lynn (Scott Bakula), and Richie (Raul Castillo), as well as a wide-range of supporting characters like Dom’s roommate Doris (Lauren Weedman), Agustín’s boyfriend Frank (O.T. Fagbenle), and Patrick’s co-worker Owen (Andrew Law).

‘Looking’ was created by Michael Lannan and is executive produced by Sarah Condon (‘Bored to Death’) and Andrew Haigh, who wrote and directed the critically-lauded ‘Weekend.’

Puta (AKA Putin) says gays better leave kids alone!

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So I reported earlier this week that Russian President Puta said that gays will be “safe” in Russia during the Olympics.  Well he recently added to that with a small caveat.  They will be safe as long as “they leave the children alone”.  He reminded the press that his anti-gay laws clearly banns gay “propaganda” among minors, gay folks can’t talk to people under 18 about gay rights.  

His PR folks are working hard.  He also said that “We have no ban on the non-traditional forms of sexual intercourse among people,”.  “We have the ban on the propaganda of homosexuality and pedophilia. I want to stress this: propaganda among minors. These are two absolutely different things: a ban on certain relations or the propaganda of such relations.”.  The irony here is that Putin is totally ok with spreading this anti-gay propaganda.  The anti-gay propaganda is what should be illegal.  As for pedophilia, I am pretty sure this is not a gay-only issue.  

Well Puta Putin, you may just want to save what little respect you have left and admit you’re a bigot and wrong.  Just sayin.

Kisses!

“Homosexuality is not a civil right, it’s a human wrong”

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Idiot and Oklahoma state legislator, Sally Kern

So this lady is interesting. Sally Kern, has said and continues to say some pretty awful things.  Clearly someone who is brainwashed by her religion, she once said that homosexuality is “the biggest threat our nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam.”.  Hmmm.  Ok.  Well our friend Sally just did it again! Anyone else thinking of Britney Spears Oops I Did It Again?!? Sorry.  I get sidetracked easily.  She just said that homosexuality is not a human right.  Instead, it is “a human wrong”.  She went on to say that people aren’t born gay.  Isn’t it funny when ignorant people speak? She also believes that the earth is only a few thousand years old…Her most recent hate-filled comment is because of the recent rulings stating that banning same-sex marriage is un-constitutional.  

I say she should join forces with Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin to join the dumbest women in politics group.  Granted…the group of dumbest men in politics is much bigger.  You know…because men are typically not as smart as women but that’s another story 🙂 

Can’t make this stuff up folks.

Kisses!

New film at Sundance Film Festival about a mom’s transition from mom to dad

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Yaaassss!! This looks amazing! Here is the official movie description from the Sundance website. 

 

Sixteen-year-old Billie is blindsided by the news that her mother is planning to transition from female to male and that, during this time, Billie will live at her father’s house. Billie and her mother have always been extremely close, so the two make an agreement they will meet every Tuesday during their year apart. As her mother transitions and becomes less emotionally available, Billie covertly explores her own identity and sexuality with two older schoolmates, testing the limits of her own power, desire, and independence.

Director Sophie Hyde’s methodical, but organic, approach to filmmaking results in a deeply authentic, bittersweet, and textured experience. The fictional 52 Tuesdays was shot on a regimen of chronological Tuesdays, allowing the characters to develop and evolve visually and emotionally, their natural highs and lows unfolding before us. The role of technology becomes central as both parent and child use modern tools to document and alter their lives, impelling themselves—and everyone around them—to arrive at a place of naked honesty.

 
Check out showtimes here.

This will make you pause and think

 

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Kaique Batista dos Santos (Facebook picture)

Warning this is pretty upsetting.  I hate reading stories like this but I think it is very important to raise awareness of things like this.  A 16-year old boy was tortured to death in Brazil by a gang of skinheads after attending a gay-themed party near the stadium that will host the World Cup ceremony this summer…  Kaique Batista dos Santos, 16, has ALL OF his teeth PULLED out with iron rods and then was kicked/beaten to death…This is making me tear up and just feel sick.  There is something very human that happens to us when we read things like this.  It touches us somewhere deep…at least those of us with a heart.

Here is what is sister said, “These thugs enjoy beating and torturing with their bare hands and they are please to take the lives of homosexuals.”.

A vigil will take place in memory of the fallen teenager in Sao Paulo on Friday and the official statement from the Department of Public Safety is that this report is “confidential”.  BS.  Do something about it.

Such a tragic loss.  16.  An innocent life taken because of the horrible propaganda that is spread about the gays.  This has got to stop.  And something that people need to get is that every time gay marriage is denied or every time you hear a preacher at Church say that being gay is sin, it quietly supports this type of behavior.  This is a fact.  That is why I say any sort of anti-gay propaganda is supporting hate-crimes.  Please think about this and pass the message on.

Putin feels the heat

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As you know, Russian President Vladimir Putin has received harsh criticism over his anti-gay laws. Wonder why? Ya jack ass. Anyway…Putin or Puta as I prefer to call him (look it up), keeps trying to dismiss all the concerns about his anti-gay laws. He claims no athlete will face discrimination. Really?? How is that going to be possible if you have anti-gay laws?? Are you going to create some sort of special law that gives the athletes a special group of rights? Here is what Putin had to say on Thursday to the foreign ambassadors. “The Olympic Games will be held in full compliance with the Olympic charter, without any discrimination on any basis. Russia will be rooting for its own athletes of course, but we wish success to all the athletes,”. He went on to say, “I am confident the Olympics will bring nations closer together and help strengthen friendship, trust and partnership around the world,”.

Sounds to me like he got himself a great PR guy or gal. You also may have read that many world different leaders will not be attending Thai Olympics this year. President Obama of the US and UK Prime Minister David Cameron to name a few… Also, US President Obama has named quite a few gays to attend the Olympics as US delegates. Something tells me he would be pretty pissed if anyone laid a finger on them…

Eat it Putin.

That is all. Kisses!

Quick rant: Civil rights

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It’s slowly happening.  Judges are starting to get their heads out of their asses and saying that laws banning gay marriage are unconstitutional.  NO SHIT! Liberty and justice for all.  ALL! That includes the most fabulous people. 

Just a quick rant as I am reading news about how US District Judge Terrence Kern ruled that Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the US Constitution.  Way to go Oklahoma! Will be interesting to see how this plays out.  I’ve said it before, I give national marriage equality 5-10 years max in the USA.  Probably closer to 5.

 

Gay can be cured! With magic!

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Banned advertisement from the ant-gay group Core Issues

Over in London, there is a group called “Core Issues”.  It is a Christian group that is focused on helping turn people straight! Magically of course because THAT IS NOT POSSIBLE! What’s next? Mind you this group has had their ads banned in London because they are “extremely offensive” and now there is a bill in the parliament that will make this type of group illegal under tighter laws around the psychotherapeutic industry.

The practice of the “gay cure” or “gay conversion” therapy is widely condemned by professionals.  Conversion therapy has been proven to cause depression, anxiety and suicidal tendencies.  Core Issues openly practices conversion therapy…but that’s not what they say.  Here is what their spokesperson had to say, “It’s not conversion therapy. It’s about assisting people to change from unwanted sexual attraction if they want to have this therapy.”.  That’s right.  It’s about changing people’s feelings that YOU don’t like.  I wish they would just own it.  

This is dumb. Even for a Republican from Texas

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Rep. Louie Gohmert (Idiot)

Texas is known for having some interesting characters.  Well Rep. Louie Gohmert just proved that things are certainly bigger in Texas.  Especially idiots.  Gold old Louie said that the judges who passed marriage equality “need some basic plumbing lessons.”.  He had the following to say during a ‘meeting with conservatives’ event, “…Basically, we haven’t seen any biological evidence to support marriage being between a man and a woman…”.  It is so funny when folks who think the world is 2000 years old start talking about biology.  It’s like ok, the world is 2000 years old, God created everything in 7 days and oh yea…biology is great when we can use it to discriminate.  

Louie is also known for saying that the gays are causing societies downfall with the “gay agenda”.  More irony.  These people spewing hate talk about agendas… I wonder if they can even spell agenda.

Bottom line, this guy and all his like-minded friends are on the wrong side of history.  Using religion to promote bigotry has been done since religion has been around.  Sadly, it is not religion itself that is the issue.  It’s always the people.

Yay Britain!

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Marriage equality has finally come to Britain! Two quick notes here.  1. I like many people didn’t realize Britain didn’t have marriage equality.  They actually had civil-unions since 2005.  2.  Any country with a QUEEN best have gay marriage! Ok?? Heyyyyy..

Sometimes I write like I am just talking to one of the girls…sorry about that.  Ahem.  Serious tone.

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow announced the great news on Wednesday.  The “Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill,” will legalize same-sex unions in England and Wales.  Queen Elizabeth have her official ok to the law as a formality.  According to the Associated Press, this law will allow gay couples to have both civil and religious (as long as the religious organization wants to) ceremonies in England and Wales.  

Good for you Britain! Hopefully the USA won’t be too far behind 🙂

Oh Mormon Church…

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The Mormon Church just released a SHOCKING statement saying that they don’t want gay marriages conducted in their temples.  However, feel free to marry your sister.   Ok, I added the sister part but…let’s be real folks.  Uh huh.

Here is a statement from the Mormon Church that I actually agree with: “Just as those who promote same-sex marriage are entitled to civility, the same is true for those who oppose it,”.  This is true.  Just because their view point is clearly bigoted, they are entitled to it.  You can’t force someone to think differently.  That said, they don’t have the right to influence politics or infringe on the rights of others.  
“Consistent with our fundamental beliefs, Church officers will not employ their ecclesiastical authority to perform marriages between two people of the same sex, and the Church does not permit its meetinghouses or other properties to be used for ceremonies, receptions, or other activities associated with same-sex marriages,”.  “Nevertheless, all visitors are welcome to our chapels and premises so long as they respect our standards of conduct while there.”.  Well…they have the right to their opinion.  I think it’s unfortunate that an organized religion would exclude a chunk of their own but that is their choice.

Will be interesting to see how the organized religions handle this going forward.  The head in the sand approach is starting to wear thin with people that can think for themselves and as people are more educated now.

Yes! Utah same-sex marriages recognized federally! Go USA!!

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This is tremendous news!! As you know, the idiots in Utah don’t recognize same-sex marriage at the moment. After thousands of marriage licenses were handed out, the Supreme Court extended a stay to the old bigoted law that prohibited marriage equality. Well…guess what just happened? No Utah hasn’t gotten it’s head of it’s wacky ass. Instead, the federal government has stepped in and essentially said “enough”.

Attorney General Holder said gays “should not be asked to endure uncertainty regarding their status” as Utah figured their &hit out.

He went on to say, “I am confirming today that, for purposes of federal law, these marriages will be recognized as lawful and considered eligible for all relevant federal benefits on the same terms as other same-sex marriages,”. “These families should not be asked to endure uncertainty regarding their status as the litigation unfolds.”

Ummmm. Brilliant. Finally sounds like the Feds are getting something right. Major props. Of course this has lawsuits written all over it. You now have a class of citizens in Utah that have FEDERAL equality but do not have state privileges. Additionally, you have all the gay couples that are married in one of the decent (or pro-equality) states who don’t have federal rights. Honestly, this is a huge mess. Something tells me we will have marriage equality federally in the next 5-10 years. That seems like a very long time to me though given the fact that it is 2014.

Comment for Utah Governor Herbert: You will be laughed at when we look back on this. Not only are you wrong with your bigoted opinion but you will have the honor of being one of the elite few that openly and proudly went out of their way to take rights away from American citizens. You and your kind have done exactly the opposite of what America is about.

Lastly, the last official Gallup poll in July of 2013 said 54% of Americans support marriage equality. I think that number is much higher but that does confirm 1 thing that all of is forward thinking folks know. Half of the population is dumb as rocks…that’s not just here in the USA. People all over the world are idiots. Isn’t it grand? 🙂 <—that's my dry sense of humor. Kisses!

Do NOT protect gays from human trafficking

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Janice Pauls- probably needs to count a bumpy road as a date…

This is pretty disturbing.   Lawmakers in Kansas are talking about a new human-trafficking law that also protects LGBT individuals.  Different groups of people are protected under various human-trafficking laws and the purposes of the various laws are to protect.  Other than the obvious point that human-trafficking of any kind is wrong, you may ask yourself what is wrong with protecting gay individuals.   Good question.  Rep. Janice (Jan) Pauls does NOT want to protect gay individuals and is not pleased that this new law calls out sexual orientation as a protected class.  Pauls states that gays and lesbians are currently not a protected class in Kansas and that it would be bad to add them as a protected class in this law because technically in Kansas, they are not protected.  Also, she goes on to say that it may harm the individual because religious organizations often help take people in.  She fears that a religious organization may turn someone away if they are gay

So many things wrong with this situation…not sure where to start.  Let’s keep it simple.  This lady is clearly a bigot and a nasty person.  The fact that you would even bring this up is nothing short of evil.  It is so sad to see that someone could be so close-minded to bring up his or her personal BS views on a human-trafficking law.  Next, if a religious organization would turn someone away for any reason who has come for help…well then that religion should take a serious look in the mirror and re-think it’s definition of immorality.

Another athlete comes out!

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Thomas Hitzlsperger

This time it was German FORMER soccer player Thomas Hitzlsperger.  I have no idea how to talk the language of sports so I figured it would be best use Wikipedia…or I may say something completely wrong (like touch down at a baseball game…it happened).

Wikipedia bio: Thomas Hitzlsperger (born 5 April 1982) is a German former footballer who played as a midfielder. He spent the early part of his career playing for Aston Villa in England (accompanied by a short loan spell at Chesterfield), before returning to Germany to play for Stuttgart, where he won the Bundesliga in 2007. In 2010 he signed for Italian side Lazio, before moving back to England to join West Ham United later that year. He then had brief spells with Wolfsburg and Everton.

Hitzlsperger also represented the German national team, earning 52 caps and being selected for the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2008. Following a series of injuries, he retired from football in September 2013.

As it states above, he retired in Sept. of 2013.  Yet another FORMER athlete that comes out.  I’ll take it.  I have written about athletes coming out and how I think we need more active athletes coming out.  In my opinion, athletes are scared to lose lucrative endorsements and fear not being “part of the team” so they stay closeted.  

Hitzlsperger spoke with German newspaper Die Zeit  and said he came out right before the Winter Olympics intentionally in support of the community.  “I think this is a good moment for it,”.  “The Olympic Games in Sochi are coming up and I think we need critical voices against the campaigns of several governments against homosexuals.”.  GOOD FOR YOU!! And yes yes yes!

Hitzlsperger went on to say “Homosexuality is ignored in football,”.  “To this day, I don’t know one player personally who has expressed himself on the topic,”.  “As absurd as it might sound in 2014, in soccer, ‘gay’ is still a swear word. You even say ‘gay pass’ after a weak pass to another player,”.  Sadly, he admitted to using the ‘gay’ slur himself.  Just goes to show you how (blissfully) ignorant athletes can be.  

I say GOOD FOR HIM and I look forward to more athlete taking that brave step out of the closet.  This is truly the civil rights issue of this generation and it is a shame that it is taking so long to move forward! 

Equality on hold in Utah

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The Supreme Court has pleased equality on hold in Utah. Utah’s AG was granted his emergency stay of the bigoted law banning same-sex marriage.

There was no reasoning offered and this stay is “pending final disposition”. This is truly a shame and slap in the face of equality.

Read more here.

Evander Holyfield needs to get his head checked

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Boxing “champ” Evander Holyfield had some verbal vomit last night on the show “Celebrity Big Brother”. He compared being gay to being handicapped and being gay “is something that can be fixed”.

Hmmmm….Evander, you half-wit, similar to the damage to your brain from being hit so much, being gay is not something that can be fixed. Unlike your horrible point of view, being gay is also something that shouldn’t be fixed. Damn man, you need to start wearing a helmet! Sad to say, but at least he has an excuse. He’s brain is probably mush at this point. What’s the excuse for all the other idiots out there saying similar things??

I was reading this morning that people are calling for him to be kicked off the show. I know a lot of folks out there will say that he was just practicing free speech. To those people I say, what would happen if he made an anti-black comment? What our friend Evander and most other bigots don’t get is that bigotry is bigotry. Sadly for Evander, he is a member of a community that has faced similar bigotry. You would think he would have enough common sense to realize that?
As I keep writing about, all bigotry roads lead to religion. The easy solve would be for people to face the fact that we shouldn’t take religious scriptures so literally.
That is all. Kisses!

Quick rant: Outing people

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Aaron Schock image used for “hypothetical” purposes only

You should never out someone. Well…that is almost never. I do believe there is one small exception to that rule.

If someone is a public figure and using that fame as a stage to spew anti-gay hatred, they should be outed. Not because they are a public figure but because the my have chosen to use that spotlight to shame the very community they belong to. For example, if a politician is publicly anti-gay and votes to limit gay rights….this person should be exposed for the 1. Bigot that he/she is and 2. Sham that he/she is.

That is all.
Kisses!

Straight NFL player fired for supporting gays

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I normally don’t write about sports because…you know, it’s a complete waste of time but this is pretty interesting.

Chris Kluwe was the punter for the Minnesota Vikings from 2005-2012.  He claims the NFL fired him for his support of same-sex marriage.  He even wrote an article about it (click here for the article).  This has caused quite the scandal.  Other NFL players are coming out in support of Chris, which is great to see.  This brings up the topic of homophobia in professional sports.  Anyone with half a brain should be able to figure out that there are obviously gay players in the MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL.  Assuming 1 out of 8 (I think it is more like 1 out of 5) people is gay…do the math.  I think the pro-sports teams are scared to show their support for gay rights because they are too scared to step outside the box and go against man-made gender roles.  Manly men supporting gays??? That would just be too much.  A gay man being a manly man playing sports?!? Well that would just be CRAZY! The other and primary concern is $$$.  The major leagues are scared that they will lose some of their fan base by having a gay player.  Why? Because they think that sports fans just couldn’t handle a gay player.  A very smart mentor of mine once told me that all roads lead to money.  This is indeed a very true statement.  This is the same reason national brands have been so slow in incorporating gays in their advertisements.

Back to the topic at hand.  Brendon Ayanbadejo is another NFL player who says that Chris is “100% right” when he says he was fired for his support of same-sex marriage.  Brendon went on to say “You’re talking about a guy who was the first or second in every punting category in terms of performance in Minnesota Vikings history.”.

Moving visual poem by Iranian poet

The poem is called “I” and is pretty cool. The video is produced by the International Gay And Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) and by J.D. Kamran. It shows the struggle of the LGBT community in Iran. Being gay is illegal in Iran like it is in many neighboring countries. Not only is being gay illegal but the crimes against the LGBT community are too much and too disturbing to list. It is truly a different world and we should all be thankful for our freedom.

Here is the touching poem. Be sure to check out the video too.
I have always been here
In the black and white of stories
I have always been here
Here, in the empty frame of pictures
I have always been here
In the hidden closet of poetry
In the broken crystal of moments
I have always been here
Not in the pit stoned to death
Not on the gallows
Not in death
I have always been here, in life
Listen to the sound of my voice
Hear my call
Recognize me
I have always been here

Holy Crazy!

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Trestin Meacham : trestinfast.blogspot.com.

Only Utah can bring you this special type of crazy.  Are you ready folks?? Trestin Meacham, crazy man, is on a hunger strike until Utah stops same-sex marriages.  He has already lost at least 25 lbs. and is living off bottled water and vitamins.  Here is what crazy has to say, “I cannot stand by and do nothing while this evil takes root in my home,”.  “Some things in life are worth sacrificing one’s health and even life if necessary.  I am but a man, and do not have the money and power to make any noticeable influence in our corrupt system. Nevertheless, I can do something that people in power cannot ignore.”.  

Hmmm…wonder what crazy a$$ cool-aid this nut job is drinking.  As a man of the God ( I am guessing that is what he thinks he is ), are there no other things in this world that are upsetting you? Gay marriage is upsetting you THIS much? Starving kids, homeless people and countless wars are TOTALLY cool.  Gay marriage…time to starve myself.  Ok fruit loop.  

Click here to watch the news clip and click here if you want to check out his blog.

Here is the description from his blog:

I began a fast on Saturday the 21st of December; and will continue the fast until the State of Utah exercises its right of nullification.  I will go without food or drink, but will continue to drink water, and take weekly vitamin supplements.

On Friday the 20th of December, a federal judge overturned the State Constitution of Utah and ruled against and its restriction against same sex marriage.  In so doing, Article 1 Section 8 and the 10th Amendment of the U.S Constitution were violated.  Even worse a law voted on by a strong majority of the people of Utah was rescinded, thus robbing the people of their voice in government.  And if this law remains, the natural rights of free speech and religious freedom, vouched safe by the first Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, will be violated.  

This has nothing to do with hatred of a group of people.  I have friends and relatives who practice a homosexual lifestyle and I treat them with the same respect and kindness that I would anyone.  This is about religious freedom, and an out of control federal government. 

So…here is my advice for Trestin.  Good luck to you sir.  Question for you though.  Since you are fighting this holy fight, why not just cut out water and vitamins? Surely, you will live due to a miracle from God.  Sounds like you are full of something already.  Just go with it bud.  Let us all know how it turns out.

Kisses!

 

 

New book: “Maybe He’s Not Gay”

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Let me just say that I CAN’T with these people.  There.  Got that out.  I feel better.  Let’s move on.

Do you know who Linda Harvey is? I didn’t either until I read all about her lovely new book called “Maybe He’s Not Gay”.  She is essentially a bigot that hides behind her faith while she spews hate.  Very similar to most bigots.  I am really torn on this.  While I fully support free speech and think this lady should have the right to write this book, I think the book is quite damaging and harmful.  I think it’ll do damage to anyone that comes in contact with it.  It PAINS ME to think about the poor child who has a parent who would actually purchase this.  If anything, this book is proof that not everybody is fit to be a parent.  

Keeping it respectful and professional here for a moment.  Let’s just review a few things.

ALL CHILDREN NEED SUPPORT AND LOVE FROM THERE PARENTS to establish a positive sense of self.  There are thousands and thousands of studies that support this.  
-LGBT youth have the HIGHEST rates of suicide, anxiety and depression.  This is one of the SADDEST things I can think of.  We are not born to hate.  We are conditioned to by religion and society’s idea of what is “normal” (this ideology is based off what religion’s define as “normal”)
-I want us all to be very clear here.  If a parent has a child who thinks he or she is gay and that parent does ANYTHING but 100% support that child, it is a form of child abuse.  The sooner society recognizes that, the better off we will all be.

Back to crazy! Here is what Linda has to say about her book.

“”I’m gay.” As more and more young people announce this is their identity, it’s time to take a closer look. It’s a profound declaration, a new civil right (they are told) and it’s “who you are.” But there’s a problem. Are we sure this is the truth? Does this identity bring the promised liberation and the key to a whole new life? Does it lift the burden of secrecy – or begin a different kind of struggle?”<— Yes, it brings on a completely different kind of struggle because bigots like you are using religion as a weapon to hurt innocent people.  Go f*ck yourself you dumb c*nt.  And YES, it is a CIVIL right to be free and who we are.  Put the bible down for a second and better educate yourself.  Oh, I’m done being professional.  Forgot to give you a warning.

Here is Linda’s bio from her book.

About the author 
Linda Harvey is the president and founder of Mission America (www.missionamerica.com). She is an author, speaker and radio host who has reported on sexual identity politics for twenty years. Raised in a liberal home, Linda became a Christian and changed her mind and heart about some of the most volatile issues of our time. A former teacher who became an advertising executive, then head of a Christian pro-family group, Linda has been interviewed by media outlets from coast to coast. Since 2009, she has been the host of the Mission America radio show broadcast throughout Ohio. The author of numerous articles on homosexuality, youth culture and Christian faith issues, Linda has spoken to adult and youth audiences all over North America. She is also a wife and mother of two. <– Those poor kids.  

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Bigot and horrible person- Linda Harvey

 

Duck Dynasty Clock: “Heil Hitler.”

I am SO over the drama that is Duck Dynasty and will limit any mention of it going forward but this is too funny/good not to share. Someone found a Duck Dynasty clock in Walmart that seems to say ‘Heil Hitler.”.
I seriously doubt the makers of this clock would have it say this. Sadly, would anyone be surprised if it was real?

Pope Francis: Not a fan of the gays

This shouldn’t be too surprising.  Openly anti-gay Bishop Charles Scicluna says he met with Pope Francis and the pope was very much against gay couples adopting.  Pope Francis has been in the news a lot this year labeled as a “more liberal” pope.  Let’s be clear here. If you are not supporting equality you are against it.  There is no reward for being less of a bigot than others.

2013 was not a very gay friendly year for the Catholic Church.   There have been MANY anti-gay statements made by Bishops all over the world this year.  The highlight for me was when Bishop Thomas John Paprocki performed an EXORCISM on gay marriage in Illinois! The runner up for me this year was when Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan said Catholic Church was being “caricatured as being anti-gay”.  He wasn’t kidding.  That is the scary thing!

One more thing for us to all be clear on. The Pope runs the show at the Catholic Church.  He would silence his Bishops if he wanted to.  Pope Francis is 100% against equality.  Granted, he may be less public with his bigotry.

Hopefully the Catholic Church (and all other organized religions) will focus on more important and relevant things in 2014.  Things like preaching love, teaching people to be kind, preaching tolerance and most importantly, modernizing dated views on gender roles and the LGBT community.

Boy Scouts: Gay is ok

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The BSA (Boy Scouts of America) will begin accepting gay youth on 1/1/14. They are hoping this will go over smoothly without much attention. What the hell are they scared of? Rainbows won’t start shooting out of your ass if you aren’t a bigot…don’t worry. Other than some Churches cutting their sponsorships there hasn’t been much bad press for the BSA. The Catholic and and Mormon Church are still on board for now.

I anticipate some crazies will make a fuss out of this. Religious organizations, anti-gay organizations and some conservative groups. Ironically, the people that are always against pro-equality movements are the exact people who should be promoting it.

Here is what I have to say to the BSA. Good job. Took you WAY too long to make this happen but better late than never. Ignore anyone who is opposed to equality and remember that you shouldn’t want bigots supporting you.

It’s about time we let gay youth know they are loved, respected and that they have their place in society.

Gay couple kicked out of bar for being gay

Just read this story and had to comment. A gay couple was thrown out of a country-western bar in Texas for dancing together. Justin Meyer, 21, and James Douglas, 30, say the owner of Cactus Canyon in Victoria, Texas kicked them out for two-stepping together. The reason provided you ask? “Security Reasons”.

Here is what a bar spokesperson had to say, “It’s not acceptable for men to dance together in the type of business that we run.”. So basically they run a bigoted organization that promotes discrimination. Congratulations.

This is why the LGBT community needs federal rights and protection as a minority group.

Quick rant: People voting on gay rights

This is why we should NEVER let civilians vote on CIVIL rights.  

That is why the government is here.  To protect the citizens.  Not just take money, steal money, lie and all the other stupid things that they currently do.  PROTECT your TAX PAYING citizens.  By the way, the gays have some of the highest disposable income.  This makes us GREAT tax paying citizens that contribute MORE than the average person.

We should take a look at history.  What would happen if we let “the people” vote on civil rights for other minority groups?

Kisses and rainbows. That is all.

Legend Alan Turing Pardoned (for being gay)

Way to go UK government! Well folks, Alan Turing has been pardoned for his HORRIBLE crime of being gay in the 1Way to go UK government! Well folks, Alan Turing has been pardoned for his HORRIBLE crime of being gay in 50’s. The pardon came from Queen Elizabeth the second. Turing is a true legend, leader and hero. He is known for multiple contributions to computer sciences but is best known for his work in cracking German codes during the Second World War. His code-breaking skills helped bring many Nazis to justice. Turing was openly gay and not ashamed of who he was. Truly ahead of this time. Unfortunately, homosexual acts were criminal in the UK at the time and he was convicted of “gross indecency” because of his relationship with another man. He was convicted in 1952 and accepted treatment of a chemical castration (estrogen injections to kill his sex drive). Turing committed suicide in 1954, shortly after his 1952 conviction.

Here is what British Prime Minister, David Cameron, said in a statement: “His action saved countless lives. He also left a remarkable national legacy through his substantial scientific achievements, often being referred to as the ‘father of modern computing.’ ”

Great reminder of how far we have come with civil rights and also a reminder that we have a long way to go as well.

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Ohio getting closer to marriage equality!

Well this is just FABULOUS! A federal judge in Ohio is helping push the state towards marriage equality by stating that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional in regards to death certificates.  DEATH CERTIFICATES?! How about a ban on same-sex marriage is just plain old CRAZY and unconstitutional but I’ll take what I can get!

Judge Timothy Black ruled Monday that Ohio must recognize unions of same-sex couples.  The ruling specifically addressed death-certificates due to a lawsuit filed by a gay couple but also addressed marriage equality.  This is great news as Black is challenging the marriage ban. 

This ruling came from a lawsuit filed by a few gay couples.  Each couple had one partner that was dying and the surviving partner wanted to be recognized as married (as they should be) on the death certificate.  

Here is what Black had to say on the matter, “Once you get married lawfully in one state, another state cannot summarily take your marriage away,”.

As a reminder, voters passed Ohio’s gay marriage ban in 2004.  SO CRAZY that people can vote on CIVIL rights.

Suck it equality opponents!

This is fabulous.  You have to love it when idiots are reminded that they are idiots.  As you know, the ban on gay marriage was just struck down in Utah for being unconstitutional (DUH!).  As I mentioned in my last note on this (you can read that here), the Utah Attorney General (Brian Tarbet) and governor (Gary Herbert) was pushing HARD for an EMERGENCY STAY of the old bigoted law.

Great news folks.  On Sunday, the US 10th Circuit Court of Appeals denied Utah officials’ request for an emergency stay of the same-sex marriage ban.  Doesn’t equality just smell great?! I just don’t get these people who are STILL on the wrong side of history.  WAKE UP!! Gay marriage will not impact heterosexual marriage in any way!! If you are worried that it will, you are probably a closeted gay and want to get gay married yourself! BAM!

Here is what Gary Herbert the Governor of Utah had to say.  “I am very disappointed an activist federal judge is attempting to override the will of the people of Utah.  “I am working with my legal counsel and the acting attorney general to determine the best course to defend traditional marriage within the borders of Utah.”.  NEWSFLASH you idiot.  Utah is the polygamist capital of this country.  Please do not preach traditional marriage you dumb f*ck.

Are you excited about this?!?! Want to tell folks in power at Utah just how excited you are?! Click here to do that.