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President Obama celebrates gay pride month
http://www.examiner.com/article/president-obama-releases-lgbt-pride-month-proclamationPresident Obama celebrates gay pride month... more
Choi sent a tweet calling David Axelrod a "dumb fuck", then deleted it and sent another tweet with the same unhelpful comments about President Obama, but without the profanity. I have spoken privately to Choi in the past and offered him advice, which he clearly did not follow, so this time I talked to him publicly.
@ltdanchoi: Shameful that @BarackObama denies us marriage and full citizenship. (Add militant anger here...) @davidaxelrod
@allanbrauer to ► .@ltdanchoi I thought you were a compelling, though very unfocused and confused young man, and needed some coaching.
@allanbrauer to ► .@ltdanchoi You have passed from being a useful voice for the LGBT community to an embarrassment for whom I must apologize to others.
@allanbrauer was so spot on.Choi sent a tweet calling David Axelrod a "dumb fuck", then deleted it and... more
Bradlee Dean, an evangelist preacher and death metal drummer who is known for his anti-gay rhetoric, was invited by Minnesota Republicans to deliver an opening prayer in the state House chamber Friday.
Praying before the Minnesota legislature in a track suit, Dean suggested that President Barack Obama wasn’t a Christian.
“I end with this,” he said. “I know this is a non-denominational prayer in this Chamber and it’s not about the Baptists and it’s not about the Catholics alone or the Lutherans or the Wesleyans. Or the Presbyterians the evangelicals or any other denomination but rather the head of the denomination and his name is Jesus. As every President up until 2008 has acknowledged. And we pray it. In Jesus’ name.”
The Minnesota Independent noted that Dean has a history of controversial remarks, “including advocating the incarceration of gays and lesbians, that the LGBT community is trying to usher in Sharia law in Minnesota, that gay men molest an average of 117 children “before they get caught,” and that Muslim nations that execute gays are more moral than American Christians.”
Republicans were forced to call in the chaplain to redo the prayer after Dean left.
Republican House Speaker Kurt Zellers later apologized in a floor speech.
“I denounce him, his actions and his words,” Zeller said.
The prayer came as Minnesota lawmakers were considering a constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriage.
Dean is known to be close with Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann.
"Are you Kidding me???"Bradlee Dean, an evangelist preacher and death metal drummer who is known for his... more
North Carolina Marriage Equality Opponents Want To "Put A Big Letter Of Shame On The Behavior" And "Perversity"Republicans in North Carolina are hoping to pass a state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, even though gay and lesbian couples already don’t have the right to marriage under statute. One leading proponent of the ban believes that an amendment, which could potentially be included on the 2012 ballot if it passes the legislature with three-fifths of the vote, would pass because “the public in my opinion knows the difference between perversity and diversity” and that residents “don’t want them here.” The News Observer reports:
Supporters of a bill that would ask voters to write a ban on same-sex marriage into the state Constitution say it has its best chance at passage since they started pushing for it in 2004.
Sen. James Forrester, a Gaston County Republican, has filed the bill consistently for nearly a decade, but the proposal never made it to a full vote. Democrats held control of both the House and Senate for most of those years.
With Republicans now controlling the legislature, Forrester is looking forward to hearings and a victory.
"I think we have enough votes to get it passed," he said. Republicans hold majorities in both chambers, and similar bills in past years have drawn bi-partisan support.
The state already has a law banning same-sex marriage, but supporters of the constitutional amendment said the law isn't enough. The law is vulnerable to changes by future legislatures, Forrester said, or to a judge who thinks it's wrong.
The amendment "prevents a liberal judge from saying 'no,' " Forrester said.
Mecklenburg County Commissioner Bill James, a longtime supporter of the ban, said the amendment would make a moral statement.
"The purpose is not just to prevent Massachusetts people coming down," he said. "It's also to put a big letter of shame on the behavior. We don't want them here. We don't want them marrying. If you're going to do it in San Francisco, it's your own business."
In an e-mail last week, James predicted easy passage. "Bet it will pass with over 60 percent," he wrote. "The public in my opinion knows the difference between perversity and diversity."
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/north-carolina-marriage-equality-opponents-want-put-big-letter-shame-behavior-and-perversityRepublicans in North Carolina are hoping to pass a state constitutional amendment to... more
"The initiative will be officially launched next month at the start of "LGBT History Month" – an initiative to encourage teaching about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual issues.
The lesson plans, spread across the curriculum, will be offered to all schools, which can choose whether or not to make use of them.
But critics last night called the initiative a poor use of public money which could distract from the teaching of "core" subjects.
Maths – teaching statistics through census findings about the number of homosexuals in the population, and using gay characters in scenarios for maths problems;
Design and technology – encouraging pupils to make symbols linked to the gay rights movement;
Science – studying animal species where the male takes a leading role in raising young, such as emperor penguins and sea horses, and staging class discussions on different family structures, including same-sex parents;
Geography – examining the transformation of San Francisco's Castro district in the 1960s from a working-class Irish area to the world's first "gay neighbourhood", and considering why homosexuals move from the countryside to cities;
Languages – using gay characters in role play scenarios, and teaching "LGBT vocabulary".
The lesson plans, written by teachers and backed by the Department for Education, will be available for schools to download from the Schools Out website.
For younger children, the plans will suggest using images of same sex couples and also promoting books such as "And Tango Makes Three", which is about two male penguins raising a young chick, inspired by actual events at New York's Central Park Zoo.
The Schools Out organisation, which runs the month-long event, declares on its website that the aim is to "celebrate the lives and achievements of the LGBT community" and "encourage everyone to see diversity and cultural pluralism as positive forces".
However, Craig Whittaker, Conservative MP for Calder Valley and a member of the Education Select Committee, said: "This is nonsense.
We have enough problems in our country, where we are too far down the national comparative league tables in these core subjects.
"Teachers should concentrate on teaching the core subjects, so we become the best at those again. I don't see how introducing LGBT themes into those subjects is going to help.
"This is not about being homophobic, because there are other schemes around the education system which support the LGBT agenda."
John O'Connell, from the TaxPayers' Alliance, added: "Parents will wonder if this is the right use of funds and time in those subjects, particularly when we keep hearing how tight budgets are."
Sue Sanders, from Schools Out, defended the project.
She said: "These lessons are not big tub-thumping lessons about LGBT and nothing else.
"All we are attempting to do is remind teachers that LGBT people are part of the population and you can include them in most of your lessons when you are thinking inclusively."
David Watkins, a teacher involved in the scheme, said: "We don't want teachers to start out saying 'This is a gay lesson.' We just want lessons that don't ignore that there are lesbian and gay people who suffer from issues and problems.
"When you have a maths problem, why does it have to involve a straight family or a boyfriend and girlfriend? Why not two boys or two girls?
"It's not about teaching about gay sex, it is about images and exposing children to the idea that there are other types of people out there."
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/8275937/Gay-lessons-in-maths-geography-and-science.html"The initiative will be officially launched next month at the start of "LGBT... more
A Chicken Chain’s Corporate Ethos Is Questioned by Gay Rights Advocates | The New York Times
The Chick-fil-A sandwich — a hand-breaded chicken breast and a couple of pickles squished into a steamy, white buttered bun — is a staple of some Southern diets and a must-have for people who collect regional food experiences the way some people collect baseball cards.A Chicken Chain’s Corporate Ethos Is Questioned by Gay Rights Advocates | The... more
Too bad it’s 100% correct.
“Every red state you see in this map has made it OFFICIAL LAW to afford different rights to different groups of people, based entirely on sexual preference. I hope DADT’s repeal marks the beginning of the end for this in the New Year.” Click on image.Too bad it’s 100% correct. “Every red state you see in this map has... more
And still a great excuse to get silly!
http://insidethecostumebox.blogspot.com/2010/12/rocky-horror-picture-show-still-great.htmlAnd still a great excuse to get silly!... more
With internet access on mobile phones, companies set age limits and blocks on sites which are over 18. However, the block are preventing many with being able to access news a LGBT community sites like pink news.
First to receive complaints from customers was T-Mobile, but more companies have been revealed to block sites like Virgin Mobile, 3, O2 and Vodafone.
"Sixteen-year-old reader Harriet Bettany told us: "I’m with Virgin Mobile and am unable to access most LGBT-related websites. Amongst those I can't access are the Queer Youth Network and Gay Youth Corner, sites meant for under 18s. [...] Some of those who complained reported that they had been told that the problem was down to the Independent Mobile Classification Board (IMCB)."-Pink News
The block could mean a legal breach in the Equality Act, with websites now considering legal action.With internet access on mobile phones, companies set age limits and blocks on sites... more
Last week it was shocking to read the filmmaker Kiana Firouz was told by the Home Office to conceal her homosexuality, after they refused her asylum.
Today a report by Stonewall called No Going Back, reports on the institutional discrimination within the asylum system and hopes to improve the system for LGBT asylum seekers.
The report highlights issues like the frequent deportation of legitimate LGBT asylum seekers by the UK border agency. While also showing evidence from Border Agency workers that there's no guidelines for helping LGBT applicants.
"‘We’re beaten every day, chopped up, mugged, persecuted, abused. As long as you’re recognised, you’re victimised. Every day in fear. Tomorrow you might die.’ Harrison, Jamaican asylum-seeker
‘Colleagues have said they don’t know what questions to ask; we feel rude prying and embarrassed about asking these questions.’ Sarah, UKBA case worker
Between 2005 – 2009, 98 per cent of cases involving people claiming asylum in the UK on the basis of their sexual orientation were refused by the Home Office. (UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group, 2010)."-Stonewall www.stonewall.org.uk/nogoingbackLast week it was shocking to read the filmmaker Kiana Firouz was told by the Home... more
William Gheen, head of the conservative, anti-"amnesty," anti-illegal immigration group Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), spoke at a Greenville, S.C. Tea Party rally this weekend and called for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to "come out of that log cabin closet."
According to Gheen, being gay is "a secret that Lindsey Graham has."
Gheen told the crowd: "I hope this secret isn't being used as leverage over Senator Graham, so today I think Senator Graham, you need to come forward and tell people about your alternative lifestyle and your homosexuality."
"Barney Frank is more honest and brave than you," Gheen continued, referring to the openly-gay Massachusetts congressman.William Gheen, head of the conservative, anti-"amnesty," anti-illegal... more
Did you watch? Share your thoughts on "Her Name Was Steven" at Pam's House Blend. http://www.pamshouseblend.com/diary/15522/reactions-to-cnn-presents-her-name-was-stevenDid you watch? Share your thoughts on "Her Name Was Steven" at Pam's... more
CNN Presents "Her Name Was Steven" premieres March 13 & March 14 at 8PM ET.
Mya B. takes us on a journey throughout history to analyze the various stereotypes of black men. From sexual discussions in the home to losing their virginity, black men talk openly about their struggles and successes in America.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1T74BLCqhQMya B. takes us on a journey throughout history to analyze the various stereotypes of... more
Homophobia and bigotry in Washington state won a small victory. A referendum meant to overturn Washington state's "everything but marriage" domestic partnership law qualified for the November ballot. The secretary of state's office reports that sponsors of Referendum 71 have enough valid petition signatures to put the newly expanded domestic partnership law to a public vote.
The new law was to expand existing domestic partnerships to give gay and lesbian couples all the state-provided benefits that married heterosexual couples have. However, the efforts of Christian extremists and other homophobic bigots have put justice and fairness into question. It will be up to Washington voters to grant their gay brothers and sisters equality and human dignity.
If you oppose gay marriage, does that make you homophobic?Homophobia and bigotry in Washington state won a small victory. A referendum meant to... more
In this video, we learn that in 2008, the controversial champion racehorse, Ship's Captain, came out as being gay. The controversy swirled, but the horse's trainer says people should focus on the horse's abilities, not his sexuality.In this video, we learn that in 2008, the controversial champion racehorse,... more