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.

 

Anti-gay law gets veto

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Governor Brewer vetoed Arizona’s proposed anti-gay bill

 

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer just did the right think and vetoes a bill that would have PROMOTED discrimination in Arizona.  Senate Bill 1062 would have allowed businesses to deny service to gays and lesbians claiming “religious beliefs”.  You have got to love how religion is being used by bigots (yet again) to promote discrimination. 

I respect Governor Brewer for her position.  She said that she made the right choice for Arizona and I agree! Many republicans have come out against this horrific bill which is nice to see.  People are slowly getting their heads out of their asses. 

Brewer said, “I call them as I see them, despite the cheers or the boos from the crowd,” and alled the bill “broadly worded”.  She went on to say, “To the supporters of the legislation, I want you to know that I understand that long-held norms about marriage and family are being challenged as never before. Our society is undergoing many dramatic changes,”

She went on to say “However, I sincerely believe that Senate Bill 1062 has the potential to create more problems than it purports to solve. It could divide Arizona in ways we cannot even imagine and no one would ever want.  Religious liberty is a core American and Arizona value, so is non-discrimination.” <———— YAAASSSSSSS

This makes me smile. 

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. 

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.