Friday, November 30, 2012

Citibank Refuses Petition To Condemn Uganda’s ‘Kill The Gays’ Bill

Citibank Refuses Petition To Condemn Uganda’s ‘Kill The Gays’ Bill: Citibank is one of the largest businesses and employers in Uganda, but the company refuses to take a position against the proposed “Kill The Gays” bill. Over 500,000 have petitioned the company, as well as Barclays, to come out against the odious proposal if only to protect its employees and customers in the country. Citibank...

Sally Field Says More Parents Must Advocate for Their Gay Kids | Advocate.com

Sally Field Says More Parents Must Advocate for Their Gay Kids | Advocate.com

Reagan Commission Member Calls For End To HIV Criminalization Laws

Reagan Commission Member Calls For End To HIV Criminalization Laws: Dr. Colleen Conway-Welch was a member of President Reagan’s original commission to investigate AIDS, and she now says it’s “probably past time to go back” and reevaluate the laws criminalizing HIV per the commission’s recommendations. These recommendations included creating “affirmative duties” for those infected with HIV to disclose their status to sexual partners or be...

The Supreme Court took no action Friday on the ten same-sex marriage pleas now on the docket.

Maybe Monday.

Homeless for the Holidays 1. Rigo - Combating Hopelessness


Macklemore Responds To Teacher’s Suspension Over Playing His Song In Class

Macklemore Responds To Teacher’s Suspension Over Playing His Song In Class: Michigan teacher Susan Johnson was suspended for three days, two without pay, simply for playing a song about marriage equality in her class. That song, “Same Love” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, raises questions about how people are treated for being gay. Now, Macklemore has responded to her mistreatment: I believe that Ms. Johnson getting...

US: Rabbinical Council of America does not endorse gay “cure” conversion therapy

US: Rabbinical Council of America does not endorse gay “cure” conversion therapy

Ugandan Gay Group Claims Bill Still Contains Gay Death Penalty Clause

Ugandan Gay Group Claims Bill Still Contains Gay Death Penalty Clause

The Two Most Ridiculous Claims In Yesterday’s Anti-Marriage Equality Decision

The Two Most Ridiculous Claims In Yesterday’s Anti-Marriage Equality Decision: Yesterday, George W. Bush-appointed Judge Robert Jones upheld Nevada’s practice of denying marriage equality to gay couples. Like a similar decision by a Reagan-appointed judge in Hawai’i, Judge Jones goes out of his way to resolve any uncertainties in the law in the light most unfavorable to equality — although, in fairness to Jones, his...

Man fights to clear gay criminal record from 1950s

Man fights to clear gay criminal record from 1950s

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Fragile


I wouldn't mind being her for a little while just to experience what it's like to drive straight boys crazy. :) Love the boots. 

In World AIDS Day Speech, Hillary Clinton Details Plan To ‘Usher In An AIDS-Free Generation’

In World AIDS Day Speech, Hillary Clinton Details Plan To ‘Usher In An AIDS-Free Generation’: In advance of this year’s World AIDS Day on Saturday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton outlined a blueprint to continue advancing recent gains in HIV education and treatment, eventually leading to a future AIDS-free generation. Clinton cited the dramatically dropping number of new infections across the globe, the growing numbers of HIV-positive individuals gaining access...

Unconditional Love Reparative Therapy Style | Warren Throckmorton

Unconditional Love Reparative Therapy Style

UK Sees Highest Gay And Bi HIV Infection Spike Ever

UK Sees Highest Gay And Bi HIV Infection Spike Ever: A new study finds that in the United Kingdom, more gay and bi men were diagnosed with HIV in 2011 than in any year since record-keeping began. It is the first time that the number has surpassed heterosexual diagnoses since 1999. According to the Health Protection Agency, 3,010 gay and bi men tested positive in...

Secretary Clinton Delivers Remarks at the 20th Anniversary of GLIFAA


Denver Post: Civil Unions On Fast Track

Denver Post: Civil Unions On Fast Track

Ugandan Trans Woman Pens Courageous Open Letter to Parliament | Advocate.com

Ugandan Trans Woman Pens Courageous Open Letter to Parliament | Advocate.com

Clinton Reaffirms Commitment to LGBT Equality, But Mum on Uganda's Anti-Gay Bill

Clinton Reaffirms Commitment to LGBT Equality, But Mum on Uganda's Anti-Gay Bill

STUDY: Homophobia And Income Inequality Impede HIV Services For Gay Men

STUDY: Homophobia And Income Inequality Impede HIV Services For Gay Men: A new worldwide study of gay men and men who have sex with men (MSM) finds that there are some severe consistent barriers to accessing HIV prevention and treatment services. According to the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF), homophobia and stigma serve as barriers to accessing condoms, lubricants, HIV testing, and HIV treatment across...

STUDY: LGB Americans Face Significant Health Disparities Compared to Heterosexuals

STUDY: LGB Americans Face Significant Health Disparities Compared to Heterosexuals: According to a study compiled by Oregon public health officials, lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) Americans are susceptible to a host of sexual and mental health issues at significantly higher rates than heterosexuals. In addition to facing higher levels of food insecurity and poverty, the study finds that LGB adults are less likely to have...

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

U.S. officials dispute media reports on Uganda anti-gay bill

U.S. officials dispute media reports on Uganda anti-gay bill

Current TV Hosts Apologize For Supporting Salvation Army

Current TV Hosts Apologize For Supporting Salvation Army: Yesterday, Current TV host Stephanie Miller allowed Salvation Army Major George Hood to claim his church organization is not anti-gay, though its record clearly demonstrates otherwise. Miller and Current TV colleague Bill Press had also launched a competition to raise money for the Salvation Army over the holiday season. In a written statement as well...

34 Years Later, Harvey Milk's Legacy Lives On


Illinois Marriage Vote By January?

Illinois Marriage Vote By January?

Congresswoman Speier Introduces Resolution Condemning Ex-Gay Therapy

Congresswoman Speier Introduces Resolution Condemning Ex-Gay Therapy: This morning, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) introduced the Stop Harming Our Kids (SHOK) resolution, which encourages states to follow California’s lead and protect minors from ex-gay therapy: It is the sense of Congress that sexual orientation and gender identity or expression change efforts directed at minors are discredited and ineffective, have no legitimate therapeutic purpose...

[Official Video] Carol of the Bells - Pentatonix


The Associated Press Bans Homophobia

The Associated Press Bans Homophobia

Another First: CIA Recruits Gay Spies

Another First: CIA Recruits Gay Spies

Lexington Human Rights Commission Rules Against Discriminating T-Shirt Company

Lexington Human Rights Commission Rules Against Discriminating T-Shirt Company: Back in march, the Kentucky-based T-shirt printer Hands On Originals refused to print apparel for the Lexington Pride festival, claiming that as a Christian company, the order violated its values. The Gay and Lesbian Services Organization (GLSO) filed a complaint, and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission has now ruled that Hands On Originals...

St. Louis County Passes LGBT Nondiscrimination Protections

St. Louis County Passes LGBT Nondiscrimination Protections: In spite of the National Rifle Association’s misguided attempt to obstruct the proposal, the St. Louis County Council voted 4-3 Tuesday night to approve nondiscrimination protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The ordinance will apply to employment, housing, public accommodations, and hate crimes provisions. The vote only came after over two hours of...

Lesbian Victim Claims Beating Was Not A Hate Crime

Lesbian Victim Claims Beating Was Not A Hate Crime: Mallory Owens, the Mobile, Alabama woman who was beaten violently last week by her girlfriend’s brother, is now saying that the incident was not a hate crime. Owens’ mother originally said that the brother’s actions were motivated by her sexual orientation, but Mallory and her girlfriend are now saying that there were other reasons that...

Young Americans Continue To Put Themselves At Risk For HIV Virus, CDC Warns

Young Americans Continue To Put Themselves At Risk For HIV Virus, CDC Warns: Young people between the ages of 13 and 24 aren’t getting regularly tested for the HIV virus, even though rates of infection are growing among that demographic, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control finds. Even though recent gains in HIV treatment and prevention, both here in the U.S. and around the world...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

In New Novel, Glenn Beck Warns of Squirrel-Worshipping Socialists

In New Novel, Glenn Beck Warns of Squirrel-Worshipping Socialists

Dolly Parton Addresses Lesbian Rumors, LGBT Following and Losing a Drag Contest

SheWired - Watch: Dolly Parton Addresses Lesbian Rumors, LGBT Following and Losing a Drag Contest

Carnival Reverses, Will Allow Drag On Drag Cruise

Carnival Reverses, Will Allow Drag On Drag Cruise: After reports that passengers on a cruise featuring performers from RuPaul’s Drag Race would not be allowed to dress in drag themselves, Carnival Cruise Lines has apologized and reversed its policy. Carnival President and CEO Gerry Cahill is sending the following letter to passengers explaining the apparent miscommunication: The group, “Drag Stars at Sea,” includes...

'Homophobia' and 'Islamophobia' are the right words for the job

'Homophobia' and 'Islamophobia' are the right words for the job

Supreme Court's Marriage Precedents


U.S. envoy meets Ugandan leaders over anti-gay bill

U.S. envoy meets Ugandan leaders over anti-gay bill

Rep. Jackie Speier To Introduce House Resolution Against "Ex-Gay Quackery"

Rep. Jackie Speier To Introduce House Resolution Against "Ex-Gay Quackery"

New Index Rates Cities By LGBT Inclusion

New Index Rates Cities By LGBT Inclusion: The Human Rights Campaign has produced a new Municipal Equality Index, designed to rate cities’ LGBT policies in a parallel way to its well-known Corporate Equality Index. For its first publication, the index features 137 cities, including the country’s 50 largest cities, the 50 state capitals, and 75 municipalities with a high proportion of same-sex...

Libya Militias To Hand Over Arrested Gay Men To Government

Libya Militias To Hand Over Arrested Gay Men To Government: Twelve gay men who became the subject of international concern yesterday are to be handed over to the Ministry of Justice, according to a senior official with the Libyan militia that captured them, and that there was never a chance of execution. In an interview with the Libya Herald, the official said that while the...

The Time is Now - Let's Talk UAE


SPLC Files First-Ever Consumer Fraud Suit Against An Ex-Gay Group

SPLC Files First-Ever Consumer Fraud Suit Against An Ex-Gay Group: The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed a first-of-its-kind lawsuit against ex-gay group JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing), accusing it of consumer fraud for peddling a “cure” for homosexuality. The complaint features four young men and two of their parents as plaintiffs, including Chaim Levin, who has been very vocal about how the...

Monday, November 26, 2012

He likes watching his buddy eat ice cream cones.



Tea Party Nation Attacks the 'Anti-Constitutional Legislation of Civil Rights' | Right Wing Watch

Tea Party Nation Attacks the 'Anti-Constitutional Legislation of Civil Rights' | Right Wing Watch

France to Open World's First Gay Mosque | Advocate.com

France to Open World's First Gay Mosque | Advocate.com

AP Bans Usage Of "Homophobia"

AP Bans Usage Of "Homophobia"

Facts And Myths About Uganda’s ‘Kill The Gays’ Bill

Facts And Myths About Uganda’s ‘Kill The Gays’ Bill: As the Uganda Parliament prepares to once again consider the infamous “Kill The Gays” bill, a lot of confusion about what the “anti-homosexuality” bill actually does has once again arisen in the media. Many news outlets — notably the BBC, among others — reported last week that lawmakers had dropped the death penalty provision, but without confirmation...

India Delhi gay LGBT pride parade 2012 part 2


United Nations Condemns Executions Based On Sexual Orientation Or Gender Identity

United Nations Condemns Executions Based On Sexual Orientation Or Gender Identity: The Third Committee of the United Nations voted last week to condemn executions based on an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity. This is a distinct reversal from 2010, when the same committee stripped “sexual orientation” from the resolution, which also never included gender identity before now. Numerous Islamic countries and the Vatican attempted to...

Federal Judicial Council Orders Married Gay Couple Reimbursed For Denial Of Marriage Benefits

Federal Judicial Council Orders Married Gay Couple Reimbursed For Denial Of Marriage Benefits: Citing multiple court decisions declaring the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, the Judicial Council of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a lower federal court to reimburse a court employee’s husband for costs arising from the judiciary’s failure to provide the same-sex couple with equal benefits: Christopher Nathan, 39, of San Francisco...

Life expectancy in older people with HIV could exceed the average – as long as ART keeps working

Life expectancy in older people with HIV could exceed the average – as long as ART keeps working

Star Bellied Christians

Over the years I have grown to detest the exclusionary phrase “brothers and sisters *in Christ*”. It seems to me that if the religion you practice doesn’t lead you to feel a special bond with all of life, all of humanity, the universe entire, or at least the desire to feel a special bond with all those things, then it’s really more of a snobby social club, like one of those restricted country clubs with members who think they’re classy and privileged and deserving of privilege, while those who don’t belong because they don’t want to belong or because they’re not allowed to join might be inclined to think of the members as assholes. I’ve known many Christians, and most of them aren’t this way, but there are quite a few who divide people into two classes, those who are saved--according to their dogma--and those who are not. Of course they would claim that they love everyone and they are not being exclusionary. But it’s obvious from the way they talk that they see those who are “not saved” as outsiders and those who are saved as “special” and more worthy of their concern and friendship. And the only way to become “special” in their eyes is to accept their beliefs. These are the Star Bellied Christians.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Indian gay rights parade demands greater tolerance

Indian gay rights parade demands greater tolerance


Former First Lady of France supports marriage equality.

France: Carla Bruni-Sarkozy throws her (slender) weight behind gay rights bill

Good to know.


Dawn of a New Day for Marriage Equality (TV Version)


A smile is the prettiest think you can wear.


Life is a mystery.

In the series Cosmos, which originally aired on PBS in 1980, Carl Sagan explained that the universe is expanding, and he said that one of two things might happen. Matter could become so dispersed that all the magical chemical processes that produce and sustain stars and life would cease and the cosmos could become cold and dark. Or at some point the expansion could reverse itself and all the matter in the universe could revert to that pre Big Bang singular point.

If the latter should happen, there could be another Big Bang, and a new universe could come into existence. This process could have happened an infinite number of times already.

There could be other dimensions to reality so that all possible outcomes are given their due course. And black holes might instantly take us to the other side of the galaxy or even the universe, or they might lead to other universes. Our entire universe might work as a single atom in another universe.

It’s amazing and more than a little scary. We’re so small, so vulnerable, and we blink in and out so quickly. Life is a mystery.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

It's About Love


I am thankful for peanut butter and the genius who first combined peanut butter and chocolate. I am thankful for tall pretty boys with long legs. And when they wear boots and short shorts….I am especially grateful for that.

UN Draft Resolution Against Extrajudicial Executions Includes Gender Identity | Advocate.com

UN Draft Resolution Against Extrajudicial Executions Includes Gender Identity | Advocate.com

Tall Tales of Porno Pete | Dan Savage: American Savage | TakePart TV


Former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman Makes New Conservative Push For Marriage Equality

Former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman Makes New Conservative Push For Marriage Equality: Former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman came out in 2010, and earlier this year apologized for participating in the anti-gay tactics that were part of President George W. Bush’s re-election campaign. Now he has launched a new non-profit, Project Right Side, to recruit conservatives to support marriage equality. He introduced the campaign in a Wall Street...

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Spooky


Daily chart: Wedding equality | The Economist

Daily chart: Wedding equality | The Economist


Outgoing GOP San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders tells Union-Tribune that getting behind marriage equality was the most important thing he did as mayor.

Exit interview: Q&A with San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Did Not Impact Armed Services Retention

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Did Not Impact Armed Services Retention: The repeal of Don’t ask, Don’t Tell took effect September 20, 2011, and according to the Defense Department’s retention report for fiscal year 2012 (October 1, 2011 – September 30, 2012), the repeal had no negative impact on retention goals. Over that year, all four branches of the armed services met or exceeded their retention...

Churches Serving As Polling Places Posted Views On Same-Sex Marriage, Abortion During Election

Churches Serving As Polling Places Posted Views On Same-Sex Marriage, Abortion During Election: With several reported incidents this election cycle of churches that served as polling places touting their opposition to same-sex marriage and abortion, separation of church and state advocates are reviving calls to eliminate churches as polling sites. In Minnesota, where the Catholic Church has been the most vocal proponent of a ballot measure to ban...

Frank Ocean Talks About Coming Out

Frank Ocean Talks About Coming Out

Happy Thanksgiving from AFER


Elmo Puppeteer Kevin Clash Resigns | Advocate.com

Elmo Puppeteer Kevin Clash Resigns | Advocate.com

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This is the gay equivalent of Clintonesque “bimbo eruptions”. They say it was consensual, they don’t claim they were traumatized, and they might be a little fuzzy on their math--“He may have polished my knob three days before or three days after my eighteenth birthday, I can’t remember now”--but they want some of that Elmo money anyway. But in any event, I can’t be bothered with this at the moment because I’m too busy throwing out my Elvis records, burning the Declaration of Independence, and throwing myself over a cliff because I’m the direct descendent of a man who was thirty years old when he married his fifteen-year-old bride.

256 Transgender People Murdered In 2012


Inventing David Geffen Trailer | American Masters


Pushed Through The Cracks: Transgender Lives And Deaths On The Day Of Remembrance

Pushed Through The Cracks: Transgender Lives And Deaths On The Day Of Remembrance: Crossposted from Open Society Foundations. The list seems endless. Deoni Jones, age 23. Stabbed to death in Washington, DC. Agnes Torres, age 35. Decapitated and thrown in a ditch in Atlixco, Mexico. Anil Aayiramthengu, age 39. Throat slit in Thangassery, India. Thapelo Makutle, age 24. Throat slit and mutilated in Kuruman, South Africa. Barbarita Alemán...

Ohio High School Petitions For Gay-Straight Alliance

Ohio High School Petitions For Gay-Straight Alliance: Last month, students at Celina High School in Ohio protested administrators’ decision to censor two students shirts when they chose to openly identify as lesbian. Over 20 students wore homemade “Straight But Supportive” shirts showing their support for the LGBT community, and they too were threatened with suspension if they didn’t remove the “political” shirts...

HIV Testing Will Now Be Covered Under Obamacare

HIV Testing Will Now Be Covered Under Obamacare: The experts on the U.S. Preventative Task Force, a government-backed panel of scientists and medical professionals, are now recommending that every American between the ages of 15 and 65 be tested for HIV. Since the Affordable Care Act requires insurers to cover the preventative services that are recommended by the task force, regular HIV testing...

Washington Couple Invites Others To A Mass Gay Wedding

Washington Couple Invites Others To A Mass Gay Wedding: Back in February, Teresa Guajardo and Tina Roose reserved the Washington Capitol Rotunda for December 15 to hold their wedding. Roose calculated that would be the first Saturday after marriage equality becomes law assuming voters passed Referendum 74. In addition to a tribute to the legislature for passing the law, Roose explained that the Capitol...

Transgender Day Of Remembrance In Video And Graphic

Transgender Day Of Remembrance In Video And Graphic: The International Transgender Day of Remembrance is a time to mourn members of the trans community who’ve been lost to violence or mistreatment, but also a time to remember the important contributions trans people have made to society. The following video commemorates the 265 trans people that have been murdered across the globe this year...

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Toronto Argonauts would welcome a gay teammate

Toronto Argonauts would welcome a gay teammate

How Marriage Equality Supporters Beat The "Princess" Ad

How Marriage Equality Supporters Beat The "Princess" Ad

You Can Play - Toronto Marlies Pledge


Monday, November 19, 2012

Vatican Defrocks Activist American Priest Over Ordination Of Female Clergy

Vatican Defrocks Activist American Priest Over Ordination Of Female Clergy

Parada Gay 2012 - Copacabana, Rj @ 18/11/2012


Over a million party in Rio for gay pride

Over a million party in Rio for gay pride

Two-Year Losing Streak for Anti-Gay Groups: Nov 19 Marriage News Watch


Love Wins

Love Wins Video

"On election night 2012, crowds took to the streets of Capitol Hill, Washington, to celebrate the reelection of President Barack Obama and the passage of Referendum 74."

INFOGRAPHIC: Trans Community Faces Unique Health Disparities

INFOGRAPHIC: Trans Community Faces Unique Health Disparities: Transgender Awareness Week continues today in the lead-up to tomorrow’s observation of the International Transgender Day of Remembrance. Fenway Health has developed an infographic to highlight various health inequities that transgender people experience, including lacking access to health insurance, being denied care because of their identities, and facing higher rates of depression, substance abuse, and...

U.S. Navy Ends Policy Preventing HIV-Positive Servicemembers From Serving Overseas

U.S. Navy Ends Policy Preventing HIV-Positive Servicemembers From Serving Overseas: Our guest blogger is Katie Miller, Special Assistant for LGBT Progress. The Department of the Navy has updated its policy to allow HIV-positive Sailors and Marines to be assigned overseas and on select large ship platforms. According to the LGBT military organization OutServe-SLDN, this policy shift represents “the biggest change in military HIV policy since...

Military Academies Adjusting to Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Military Academies Adjusting to Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

The Evolutionary Mystery of Homosexuality

The Evolutionary Mystery of Homosexuality

A few thoughts on the history of our species.

A number of years ago, I heard an anthropologist claim that people in primary cultures or hunter/gatherer societies probably worked only about twenty hours a week. Then the other night I watched an episode of the History Channel’s Mankind: The Story Of All Of Us and the claim was made that the transition to an agrarian way of life had a negative impact on our general health and standard of living. A less varied diet made us shorter, and living so close to domestic livestock exposed us to disease, and since we adopted permanent homes that needed to be defended, we became more prone to war and violence.

All of this made me wonder if civilization is actually a good thing. Maybe we took a wrong turn. It also made me think that perhaps the Garden of Eden myth comes from our collective memory of our hunter/gatherer past. Maybe we instinctively desire to live closer to nature as we once did for thousands of years.

I’ve read that primary cultures tend to emphasize the feminine. Rather than male angry, violent sky gods, they worship nurturing earth goddesses. Imagine the dramatic difference in mentality. Rather than existing in a world where you have to fight to survive, you live in a world of abundance, a world that embraces you and provides for you, and all you have to do is roll yourself out of bed in the morning and go find something to eat.

I suspect that Christianity was an attempt to reclaim some of that feminine energy. Jesus was a pacifist, not a warrior, and he urged his followers to stop worrying about their possessions and about survival and simply live.

In any event, I don’t think the message really sank in with most Christians. Most of Christian history is full of war, violence and lust for political power and material possessions. And the whole ugly mess has been hidden behind the facade of neighborly love.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Gay Actors Dominate Peoples Choice Awards Comedy Category | Advocate.com

Gay Actors Dominate Peoples Choice Awards Comedy Category | Advocate.com

FRANCE: Topless "Nuns" Clash With Anti-Gay Marriage Catholic Protesters

FRANCE: Topless "Nuns" Clash With Anti-Gay Marriage Catholic Protesters

FEMEN for gay marriage. Catholics start beating the women


Paris - Protesters Scuffle Over Gay Marriage (Fem Activists vs Catholics) Nov 18 2012


Sorry for being a blunt bitch.

About twenty years ago I belonged to a support group, and at one point we were asked to write down what we thought of the other members without revealing who we were. When I opened up my notes I found several wrote that I was blunt, but a couple also said I was honest and fair, so I guess that makes it okay. LOL 

"Every boyband needs a gay one, and I’m Union J’s" --Jaymi Hensley

Jaymi Hensley of the boyband Union J comes out.


Jon Gnarr, Mayor Of Reykjavik











via JMG

A preacher, a teacher, a soldier's parents, a GOP leader: Allies in marriage votes

A preacher, a teacher, a soldier's parents, a GOP leader: Allies in marriage votes

Friday, November 16, 2012

Boy George


Bryan Fischer and the Cultural Unity of the United States | Warren Throckmorton

Bryan Fischer and the Cultural Unity of the United States

ON THE ROAD: Official Trailer


Meet The GOP’s Judicial Farm Team, Part I: A Constitutional Right To Fire Women

Meet The GOP’s Judicial Farm Team, Part I: A Constitutional Right To Fire Women: The following is the first in a series of posts about the annual meeting of the GOP’s most influential legal group. No organization did more to shape our federal judiciary than the conservative Federalist Society. President George W. Bush raided their membership to identify his nominees to the federal bench. Their annual lawyers’ convention this...

Keep Calm And Love Canadian Boys


Trans Woman Fights Charges She’s A Danger To Her Son

Trans Woman Fights Charges She’s A Danger To Her Son: Jessica Lynn, a trans woman living in California, is fighting for the right to see her son. When she separated from her wife, her ex (now living in Texas) was supportive of her transition, but that changed when Lynn said she wanted to talk about it with their 13-year-old son. The ex filed a temporary...

Meghan McCain: If GOP Doesn’t Wake Up, May Leave Party

Meghan McCain: If GOP Doesn’t Wake Up, May Leave Party: In a sharply worded The Daily Beast op/ed Friday, Meghan McCain warned the Republican Party that if it does not “wake up” and modernize on social issues, she may leave her party. Noting that, “I don’t fit into the traditional Republican box that the wingnuts who have hijacked my party think all Republicans should,” she...

King County will open Recorder's Office in Seattle just after midnight on Dec. 6 to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

King County to open early on Dec. 6 for gay marriage licenses

Oregon Democrats Nominate Country’s First Lesbian House Speaker

Oregon Democrats Nominate Country’s First Lesbian House Speaker: Democrats in the Oregon House of Representatives have chosen Rep. Tina Kotek to be their next Speaker, which will make her the first lesbian woman to ever lead a state legislative chamber in the U.S. She will also be Oregon’s first LGBT speaker, joining Washington, California, Colorado, and Rhode Island, who also have or are...

Ian McKellen supports Stonewall's Anti-Bullying campaign


Gay Vote Proved a Boon for Obama

Gay Vote Proved a Boon for Obama

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Dead soldier’s friend tells why a funeral dress was the only way to honor him.

Dead soldier’s friend tells why a funeral dress was the only way to honor him.




“Kev was like my brother--we would have done anything for each other. We said that whoever died first, the other one had to wear a pink dress with green spots to the funeral--and we shook on it. It was mainly his idea and the more I think about it, I’m sure Kevin knew something was going to happen. I looked for the exact dress but couldn’t find one anywhere. I eventually picked up the green one in Primark and bought the pink pop socks to make it look even sillier. It’s what Kev would have wanted. Kev told his whole family about the pact, so I couldn’t back out. I had a word with him at the graveside and asked if he liked the color--I’m sure I could hear laughter coming out of the ground. Kev was a true hero and someone I’m proud to call my best mate.”

Bob Segar - Old Time Rock N' Roll


The Science of 'Morning Wood'


WATCH: Transgender Americans Say, ‘I Am…’

WATCH: Transgender Americans Say, ‘I Am…’: GLAAD and the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) are commemorating Transgender Awareness Week with a series of new videos from their “I AM: Trans People Speak” series. In the clips, trans Americans discuss their experiences being trans, as well as many of the other aspects of their identities that define them. MTPC’s Gunner Scott explains...

Worldwide Transgender Murders Increased By 20 Percent In 2012

Worldwide Transgender Murders Increased By 20 Percent In 2012: The Trans Murder Monitoring project reports that over the past twelve months, 265 transgender people were murdered across the world. This is a 20 percent increase from last year, when 221 trans murders were reported. The increase may reflect improvements in reporting, which also suggests the actual numbers are much higher than are currently known...

Chris and Shawn's 'Public' Gay Wedding


Maternal Love


The love was sweet, soothing, quiet
And I always knew it was there
It was there under the strange cackles
The popping of her gum
The popping of her rocking chair

The maniacal popping
Obsessive, excessive, insane
The chatter, the crazy, crazy chatter
Even more incessant
But at the core was a quiet and gentle love

It wore you down, that popping and chatter
There was no end to it
There was always more and more and more
No matter how many times you begged for mercy
Still there was always that quiet and gentle love, too

When the popping and chatter exploded into drama
When the monotony of unfathomable absurdities parted
When the fear frothed into threats of violence
And her voice trembled with hatred for her “enemies”
I knew the core was still there, somewhere

She shattered like glass every day
She chattered and popped and laughed
Ah, those crazy, mean laughs, derisive and cruel
But then in a quiet moment she would settle
She would relax and smile, warmly and show that which was not broken.

It's Stiles and Derek, the cutest couple on TV.






Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A work in progress.

I’m in the process of outlining a novel I want to write next year set in a house like this, except I imagine the old place as more dilapidated. It’s about two boys in their last year in high school. They fall in love, and this house which belongs to the mother of one of the boys--she travels a lot, so they usually have the place to themselves--becomes their sanctuary. It takes place in mid 1980s West Virginia, and since the world around them won’t allow them to be open about their feelings for one another, they create their own world. They have their own prom on the porch. They are still together, and they have since inherited the house and turned it into a B&B. I first wanted to write this story back when I was in high school, but I just couldn’t make a go of it back then, and that’s because I didn’t have a boyfriend, didn’t know any gay couples, didn’t see any gay couples on TV. I couldn’t imagine the details or figure out how my characters would maintain a relationship in such a hostile environment. So I think it’s time for me to write that story. And even though things have changed, I don’t think there’s nearly enough simple, romantic boy meets boy stories out there, especially ones with a happily ever after ending.
 
Photographer and subjects unknown.

 

Chimney Rock Park, North Carolina



Big Rich Texas Tip: Stylish Adult Baptism


REPORT: Majority Of Fortune 500 Companies Protect Trans Employees

REPORT: Majority Of Fortune 500 Companies Protect Trans Employees: The Human Rights Campaign has released this year’s Corporate Equality Index, and for the first time ever, a majority of Fortune 500 companies (57 percent) have nondiscrimination protections that include gender identity. In addition, 42 percent of the 688 companies that participate in the study now offer trans-inclusive health coverage for their employees. A record...

FLORIDA: Gay Man Kills Himself Over The Reelection Of President Obama

FLORIDA: Gay Man Kills Himself Over The Reelection Of President Obama

Anonymous Threatens Uganda's Pols

Anonymous Threatens Uganda's Pols

SantaConcert, with the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus


Poll Shows Age Gap On Marriage Equality, Marijuana, And DREAM Act

Poll Shows Age Gap On Marriage Equality, Marijuana, And DREAM Act: A new Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted in the days after the election shows a huge age gap on the issues of marriage equality, legalizing marijuana use, and supporting DREAM Act-like measures that create a path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants. Young people (age 18-29) overwhelmingly support all three issues, while those over 65 reliably...

Trans student talks about how he's being treated at school.

Transgendered student denied access to men’s washroom

George Osborne: gay marriage must be Tory policy

George Osborne: gay marriage must be Tory policy

Huygens and His 17th Century Space Aliens

Christiaan Huygens 1629-1695 was a Dutch astronomer who made great strides in understanding the rings of Saturn.  His father Constantijn Huygens was a patron and friend of artists, poets, writers, philosophers and scientists.  And Holland at the time was a liberal center for the arts and scholarly pursuits.  It was in this nurturing environment that Huygens imagined life was possible on other planets in our solar system, and he imagined that it was possible that planets orbited far away stars.  He wrote and published a book about his speculations in the 1690s shortly before his death.  He did so without fear of persecution.  That’s astonishing when you consider women were being hanged as witches here in this country at about the same time Huygens’ book was published and that Galileo was found guilty of heresy for claiming the Sun was at the center of the universe when Huygens was a child.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

While eating dinner, I watched a little CNN--because I’m masochistic that way--and I learned that people actually have sex. Sometimes they have sex with people much older or much younger than themselves. Sometimes they have sex with people other than their spouses. It’s shocking. Who knew? …and how can I get in on the action?

Corey is coming out.


Happy Thanksgiving!


I can't even count the number of times I thought I had made my peace with something in my own mind only to have the same old feelings of hurt, shame, embarrassment, anger and disappointment spring up again at a later date.


5 Reasons Why the Christian Right Is Warning of a 'Revolution' | Michelangelo Signorile

5 Reasons Why the Christian Right Is Warning of a 'Revolution'

Exclusive: Lee Atwater’s Infamous 1981 Interview on the Southern Strategy

Exclusive: Lee Atwater’s Infamous 1981 Interview on the Southern Strategy

Bill O’Reilly Decries ‘Secular Progressives’ Who Are ‘Bent On Destroying Traditional America’

Bill O’Reilly Decries ‘Secular Progressives’ Who Are ‘Bent On Destroying Traditional America’

Rahm Emanuel, mayor of Chicago: Marriage equality is the next step in our nation’s march forward. Illinois must lead the way.

Time for marriage equality in Illinois

Gay Voters Were Essential To Obama Winning The Popular Vote

Gay Voters Were Essential To Obama Winning The Popular Vote: The Human Rights Campaign has crunched some numbers about the impact of lesbian, gay, and bisexual voters (exit polls were not transgender-inclusive), and found that LGB voters may have made the difference that guaranteed President Obama won the popular vote. According to the data, 76 percent of LGB voters supported the President Obama, accounting for...

Game On: Marriage Equality in the South


New Date Set for Prop. 8 at the Supreme Court

New Date Set for Prop. 8 at the Supreme Court

...AFER’s federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8 at its private Conference on Friday, November 30.

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...we will likely find out if our case will be heard by the nation’s highest court, or if marriages can resume in California, by Monday, December 3.

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Push Expands for Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

Push Expands for Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

Dan Savage has created a Tumblr for those who wish to thank the straight people who helped us win in Washington, Maine, Maryland and Minnesota.

Straight Up Thanks

Gay ‘cure’ therapy is harmful says UK government

Gay ‘cure’ therapy is harmful says UK government

Elections And Polls Reveal Geographic And Political Divides On Marriage Equality

Elections And Polls Reveal Geographic And Political Divides On Marriage Equality: Last week’s victories in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington are the latest signifiers that support continues to grow for marriage equality. But recent data suggest that the trend is not consistent across all geographical regions and communities, including some interesting results from those states. Pew Research Center conducted a poll on same-sex marriage just two...

INFOGRAPHIC: The 113th Congress Will Be The Most Diverse In History

INFOGRAPHIC: The 113th Congress Will Be The Most Diverse In History: Though Congress remains whiter, older, and more male than the nation as a whole, the incoming class will be the most diverse in history. The 113th Congress will be more representative of the United States from race to religion, and from gender to sexual orientation. It will look more like America with 4 new African...

UPS Ends Charitable Giving To Boy Scouts Of America Over Anti-Gay Discrimination

UPS Ends Charitable Giving To Boy Scouts Of America Over Anti-Gay Discrimination: UPS has confirmed that it has implemented a new policy for its charitable giving that will disqualify groups like the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. The UPS Foundation posted the following on its site yesterday: The UPS Foundation seeks to support organizations that are in alignment with...

Monday, November 12, 2012

Homophobic Expectations Influence Perception

When Percival Lowell (1855-1916) read that there appeared to be something like canals on the surface of Mars, he decided to investigate for himself. He spent a significant amount of his life looking at Mars through telescopes in the early morning hours and drawing maps of what he saw. Lowell was convinced he had observed evidence that there was once intelligent life on Mars. Lowell was sure the canals had been built by Martians. Lowell turned out to be wrong, and his beliefs serve to illustrate how our expectations can influence our perceptions. We often see what we expect and want to see.

Lowell was a visionary, someone who was following his dreams, and although his conclusions were often off base, his determination and enthusiasm is inspirational. However, our all too human tendency to see things as we expect and want them has a darker side. Bigotry is born of this trick of the mind.

I once had an argument with a homophobe who was convinced that all gay men behave like the participants of San Francisco’s Folsom Street Fair, and he was sure that this proved our nature was savage. I informed him that he was mistaken and that his assumption indicated that he was biased, but he demanded that I prove him wrong. I stopped communicating with him at that point. It was obvious his mind was made up, and he was not interested in me as a person. To him, I was other, some strange creature that was to be feared and hated.

I don’t think that gay men would be any less human or any less deserving of respect even if all of us did behave like the participants of the Folsom Street Fair. But since I know myself, and since I’ve come to know a number of other gay men, I’m aware that we are not all alike. Some gay men, given the chance, would fully participate in the high jinks of the Folsom Street Fair or some similar event someplace else. Some may do so because they enjoy it and feel no need to restrain themselves. Others might do it as a kind of rebellion against sexual repression and shaming. Some gay men might go to an event like that and observe. Some might get some level of satisfaction out of looking at images and reading of detailed accounts of what goes on there. Some gay men may never think of going there but don’t think any less of those who do, and then there are some gay men who condemn such open displays of sexuality to one degree or another.

In regards to the Folsom Street Fair, our attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors run the gamut…just like straight people. But try telling that to someone who wants to view us in a certain light. To them, we are not fellow human beings or individuals. We have been assigned to play a certain role in their imagination, and they’re not about to let us mess up their weird, highly sexed, grand inner pageant. They project onto us their own insatiable lust, and we become outward reflections of the sex monsters that they dare not admit live inside their own psyches, and that’s that. When we discover someone is like that, we may as well growl at them and have a good laugh at their foolishness.

Boy Scouts of America No Longer Eligible for Grant Funding from The UPS Foundation

Boy Scouts of America No Longer Eligible for Grant Funding from The UPS Foundation

Which States Are Next for Marriage Equality: Nov 12 Marriage News Watch


Kyrsten Sinema To Be Congress’s First Openly Bi Lawmaker

Kyrsten Sinema To Be Congress’s First Openly Bi Lawmaker: Today, the Associated Press called Kyrsten Sinema (D) winner of her Arizona Congressional race, making her the first openly bisexual member of Congress. She is also only the second LGBT woman elected to Congress after Senator-elect Tammy Baldwin (D-WI). Sinema joins other history-maker Mark Tokano (D-CA) as part of what will be Congress’s largest LGBT...

The Antichrist Arrives Gangnam Style!


Behind Gay Marriage Momentum, Regional Gaps Persist | Pew Research Center

Behind Gay Marriage Momentum, Regional Gaps Persist

Bob Larson: Exorcism of a Luciferian Demon


Sunday, November 11, 2012

National Equality March - Tomb of the Unknown Soldier


Tammy Wynette-Stand By Your Man (60's)


Guinness advert - "Men and women shouldn't live together"


Adult Mad Libs!


Use A Condom


Maureen Dowd: Mitt Romney is the president of white male America

Maureen Dowd: "Romney and Tea Party loonies dismissed half the country as chattel and moochers who did not belong in their “traditional” America. But the more they insulted the president with birther cracks, the more they tried to force chastity belts on women, and the more they made Hispanics, blacks and gays feel like the help, the more these groups burned to prove that, knitted together, they could give the dead-enders of white male domination the boot. The election about the economy also sounded the death knell for the Republican culture wars."

2012.11.10 - Gay right parade in Hong Kong


What makes a gay soldier different from a straight soldier?


Saturday, November 10, 2012


Little soldier boy with fairy wings. Hope he flies away to a better life.


The blue late afternoon light of December.












































I now live in Merced, CA, and Merced really doesn’t do winter. It’s a little chilly here in December, January and February, and we get a little rain, but that’s it. This is in start contrast to what winters were like in West Virginia, which is where I lived most of my life. There are certain things about winter that I don’t miss at all--those long stretches of frigid temperatures in January and February, snow that doesn’t met for days and turns icy and crunchy, ice covered sidewalks and roads, that blinding morning and early afternoon light that fails to provide any warmth. It was sometimes hard to keep yourself warm in winter, and getting out of the house was sometimes dangerous. But there are some things I miss…like breathing in the crisp, clean air, letting it fill my lungs. That was invigorating. Watching the fog come out of my mouth was fun. Falling snow is beautiful. And the world covered in fresh snow is beautiful. And that blue late afternoon light in December… I miss that.

Photographer and subject unknown.


It would be nice.


Sumo Wrestlers At The Beach


Friday, November 9, 2012

I'm Scared, too, Charlie.


Marriage Equality In CT Turns 4


Quick Guide To When Marriage Equality Expansions Takes Effect

Quick Guide To When Marriage Equality Expansions Takes Effect: The American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) has posted a guide for when the new expansions of marriage equality will take effect. Washington’s law will take effect December 6 (30 days after the election). Maine’s law could take effect as early as December 6 as well, but it depends on when the governor officially proclaimed...

"Your love keeps lifting me higher and higher."


Gay penguins become fathers

World first as gay King penguins become fathers


How Major State Newspapers Covered The Fight For Marriage Equality

How Major State Newspapers Covered The Fight For Marriage Equality

Jarrett: Obama "So Absolutely Delighted" With Marriage Equality Votes

Jarrett: Obama "So Absolutely Delighted" With Marriage Equality Votes

Big Brother winner proposes to boyfriend


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Ari Fleischer, former Bush White House press secretary, says the Republican Party will never be pro-gay.




"The big issue that Republicans are going to have to wrestle with is the Hispanic issue. It's not the social issues. You're not going to make the party pro-choice and pro-gay rights and think you've made the Republican party the party that's the popular party. We have a party like that. It's the Democratic Party." - Ari Fleischer, former Bush White House press secretary, speaking on CNN.

Victory For Mark Takano, Congress’s First Gay Person Of Color

Victory For Mark Takano, Congress’s First Gay Person Of Color: Mark Takano (D) has declared victory in his California Congressional race that had earlier been too close to call. Not only does Takano join the largest delegation of openly LGBT members of Congress ever, but he also makes history as Congress’s first-ever openly LGBT person of color. The only out candidate whose race remains to...

Romney campaign: We lost Florida

Romney campaign: We lost Florida

 
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With Florida’s 29 Electoral College votes, Obama will have 332 votes to Romney’s 206.
 
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Beck and company blame Chris Christie for helping Obama win reelection...and then they show a huge amount of hostility toward fat people.

Watch here.

Jared Loughner and Mental Illness

Jared Loughner, the gunman who shot Rep. Gabby Giffords and killed six others, received seven life sentences today. I’m glad that Loughner will never have the chance to shoot anyone else, but in my opinion, demonizing Loughner--who is clearly mentally ill and who, by all accounts, was in the midst of a psychotic episode when he went on his killing spree--will not help.

Most who know me well are aware that my mother suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. Thankfully, she never got hold of a gun and blew anyone away while she was psychotic, but if she had done something like that, it would NOT have been because she was evil or because she was a bad person. She was severely mentally ill, and there were periods in her life when she was unable to grasp what was going on in the real world around her. Most of the time, this meant she was more of a risk to herself than anyone else. We had to watch her like a parent would watch a toddler. It was exhausting, and frustrating, and you can bet I did my share of bitching at her for doing stupid and possibly dangerous things. But ultimately the bitching was completely and totally pointless, and that’s because she wasn’t trying my patience for the fun of it. She was mentally ill, and blaming someone for being mentally ill is as irrational as blaming someone for having a nightmare.

Some people have diseases that attack their lungs. Some have diseases that attack their kidneys. Some have heart disease. AND SOME HAVE BRAIN DISEASE. You can shake your moralizing finger all you want to, preach until the cows come home, pontificate until you’re blue in the face, throw every person like Jared Loughner under the prison, and it will not prevent one single person on this planet from experiencing a psychotic episode.

The human brain is a very fragile thing, and certain people are vulnerable. We need to figure out how to get these people the help they need BEFORE they do something awful, and we need to do that while also respecting and protecting civil liberties. We know that governments can and will use its power to commit citizens for political purposes. It’s happened before. Individuals have been known to “put away” family members for nefarious reasons. We have to guard against these things, but we also need to face the fact that a certain number of people among us are so mentally ill they are a threat to themselves and others. These people need our help, not our scorn and condemnation.

Gay Civil Unions Sponsor Named Colorado House Speaker

Gay Civil Unions Sponsor Named Colorado House Speaker: Democrats took back the Colorado House of Representatives in this year’s election, and as expected, they have nominated Mark Ferrandino as Speaker. When he is officially voted in as speaker on January 9, he will be the first openly gay leader to serve in that position. Ferrandino was the sponsor of civil unions legislation that...

W. Va. elects first openly gay state legislator

W. Va. elects first openly gay state legislator

Why A Marriage Equality Referendum Is The Wrong Strategy For New Jersey

Why A Marriage Equality Referendum Is The Wrong Strategy For New Jersey: This week’s victories for marriage equality in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington certainly raise hopes for other states to recognize same-sex couples as well, but some of the enthusiasm for New Jersey has been misplaced. The New Jersey Star-Ledger wrote today that it’s “time for New Jersey to vote on gay marriage,” calling on the...

A Big Leap for Marriage Equality

A Big Leap for Marriage Equality

Rachel Maddow - Time for the right to leave the bubble


The Moment Marriage Equality Wins in Maine


Dan Savage: We Couldn't Have Done It Without Them [straight people]

We Couldn't Have Done It Without Them

Moving Beyond The Invisibility Of Transgender People In The 2012 Elections

Moving Beyond The Invisibility Of Transgender People In The 2012 Elections: It’s fair to say that the 2012 elections were a big victory for the LGBT community, in terms of both issues and candidates, but that is much more true for the LGB than it is the T. Certainly the transgender community can benefit from same-sex marriage laws; some states will recognize their gender identity and...

French Cabinet Advances Same-Sex Marriage Legislation

French Cabinet Advances Same-Sex Marriage Legislation: Despite concerns that opposition would delay the debate, the French Cabinet (the administration of President François Hollande) has advanced a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. Hollande had promised the legislation when he took office in May; he and his Socialist Party control majorities in both houses of Parliament, ensuring little can obstruct the bill from passing. Should...

Beautiful Pictures Of Two Women From Maryland Getting Engaged On Election Night

Beautiful Pictures Of Two Women From Maryland Getting Engaged On Election Night


Victory Fund celebrates huge night for gay candidates

Victory Fund celebrates huge night for gay candidates