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  • The Internet wants to give Chelsea Manning a hug

    01/15/2017 3:35:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | January 15, 2017 | Evan Greer, internationally touring queer singer/songwriter, parent, and activist
    Chelsea Manning saw injustice and stood up for what’s right. Now, she’s serving a 35 year sentence in an all-male military prison. She’s been systematically abused by the U.S. government, held in conditions that the UN considers to be torture, and has attempted suicide twice during her 7 years behind bars. But now there’s hope. NBC reports that she is on President Obama’s “short list” for commutation. The news has sparked a groundswell of support for Chelsea online. Hundreds of thousands of people have already taken action to support her, but now the message is simpler than ever. But now...
  • Federal judge who pushed rights of prisoners, gays retiring [Thelton Henderson]

    01/11/2017 12:01:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 10, 2017 7:48 PM EST | Sudhin Thanawala
    A federal judge who lost his job as a Justice Department attorney after loaning his car to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and then pushed for gay rights, police reform and health care for prisoners during his time on the bench is retiring. More than five decades ago, Thelton Henderson became the first African-American attorney in the U.S. Justice Department’s civil rights division — a position that brought him close to King and other civil rights leaders. Henderson later went into private practice and served as a dean at Stanford Law School before President Jimmy Carter appointed him to...
  • Married lesbian couple to lead prominent D.C. Baptist church

    01/09/2017 6:35:05 PM PST · by upchuck · 56 replies
    WaPo ^ | Jan 9, 2017 | Lauren Markoe
    Calvary Baptist Church, a progressive Baptist landmark in the heart of downtown Washington, has named a gay couple as co-pastors. Sally Sarratt and Maria Swearingen were presented to the congregation during worship services Jan. 8 and are set to begin their new jobs Feb. 26... The 155-year-old church severed ties with the Southern Baptist Convention in 2012: It was at loggerheads with the group on several issues, including the SBC’s stance against homosexuality. Calvary Baptist still affiliates with American Baptist Churches USA...
  • Gold standard study's striking findings: children of heterosexual parents happier, healthier

    01/05/2017 2:02:46 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 13 replies
    http://www.presentation-r2l.org/children-raised-in-the-intact-biological-family-fare-better-by-the-v | May 20, 2014 | Charles O'Connell
    ‘Gold standard’ study’s striking findings: children of heterosexual parents happier, healthier The most scientifically credible studies show that children of heterosexual parents fare better on numerous indicators of personal well-being than children of homosexual parents. Authored by Mark Regnerus, a sociology professor at the University of Texas at Austin, the study was published in the July 2012 issue of Social Science Research. Children of lesbian mothers are nearly 12 times (≅ 1200%) as likely to say they were sexually touched by a parent or adult as those raised in intact biological families. Asked if they had ever been raped, 31...
  • Kim Burrell under fire for comments about gays and lesbians

    01/02/2017 4:14:23 PM PST · by Coleus · 57 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 01.02.17
    NEW YORK (AP) — Gospel singer Kim Burrell says she makes "no excuses or apologies" for a sermon at a Houston church where she referred to gays and lesbians as perverted.A tape of Burrell preaching at the Love & Liberty Fellowship Church began circulating online. She said that "the perverted homosexual spirit, and the spirit of delusion and confusion, it has deceived many men and women." She referred to specific homosexual acts as perverted.Meanwhile, Burrell is scheduled to sing a duet with Pharrell next Thursday on the talk show "Ellen," where host Ellen DeGeneres is one of show business' most...
  • U.S. judge blocks transgender, abortion-related Obamacare protections

    12/31/2016 9:21:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 31, 2016 | Steve Gorman
    A federal judge in Texas on Saturday issued a court order barring enforcement of an Obama administration policy seeking to extend anti-discrimination protections under the Affordable Care Act to transgender health and abortion-related services. The decision sides with Texas, seven other states and three Christian-affiliated healthcare groups challenging a rule that, according to the judge, defines sex bias to include "discrimination on the basis of gender identity and termination of pregnancy." In granting an injunction one day before the new policy was to take effect, U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor held that it violates the Administrative Procedure Act, a federal...
  • Texas judge halts federal transgender health protections

    12/31/2016 5:12:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 31, 2016 7:07 PM EST | Paul J. Weber
    A federal judge in Texas on Saturday ordered a halt to another Obama administration effort to strengthen transgender rights, this time over health rules that social conservatives say could force doctors to violate their religious beliefs. The latest injunction signed by U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor comes four months after he blocked a higher-profile new set of transgender protections — a federal directive that required public schools to let transgender students use bathrooms consistent with their gender identity. Several of the Republican-controlled states that brought that lawsuit, including Texas, also sued over the health regulations that were finalized in May....
  • Obama’s only Navy secretary pushed an agenda of social change. Now, he leaves with a warning

    12/30/2016 2:13:50 PM PST · by kevcol · 112 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 30, 2016 | Dan Lamothe
    “You make the decisions you think are right, right now, regardless what you think is going to happen in the future,” Mabus said. “But we are stronger because of this integration. That is undeniably true. So, if it gets rolled back, you’re weakening the United States military. You’re weakening the Navy. You’re weakening the Marine Corps. If that’s what you want to do, okay. But you have to be honest about it.”
  • Ark. LGBT activist John Schenck dies one year after his husband of 41 years

    12/29/2016 7:16:01 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 59 replies
    KTHV ^ | December 29, 2016 | Reed Brewer
    CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) -- John Schenck, the co-founder of the Gay Pride Parade of Conway, has died. Schenck's husband and partner of nearly 41 years, Robert Loyd, died, from a heart attack last December. Schenck and Loyd moved to Arkansas in 1978 to care for Loyd's mother, who lived in Damascus. Loyd, who worked as a hairdresser in West Palm Beach, Florida, and Schneck eventually opened a salon on the outside of town. They named the gas station-turned-salon The Lion's Den. It proved so successful, they expanded to Greers Ferry and Heber Springs. In 1986, Schenck and Loyd moved to...
  • EIGHT underage boys had accused a Minnesota teacher and his husband who died in a murder-suicide....

    12/28/2016 7:52:53 PM PST · by Morgana · 68 replies
    dailymail.uk ^ | December 28, 2016 | Regina F. Graham For Dailymail.com
    FULL TITLE: EIGHT underage boys had accused a Minnesota teacher and his husband who died in a murder-suicide of sexual abuse A Minnesota elementary school teacher and his husband had sexual conduct with eight underage boys, according to a police report following a four-month investigation. South St. Paul police closed the investigation into teacher Aric Babbitt and his husband, Matthew Deyo, and released the documents this week. The couple was found dead August 25 in an apparent murder-suicide with gunshot wounds on Lopez Island in Washington state. Neither was charged in relation to the abuse allegations.
  • Ivanka hecklers get blasted online after outburst

    12/23/2016 8:45:34 PM PST · by conservative98 · 137 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 23, 2016 | Carl Campanile and Laura Italiano
    The pro-Trump Twitterverse is lobbing hundreds of angry posts and meme attacks at the Brooklyn husbands who were kicked off a plane at JFK after one yelled at future First Daughter Ivanka. The Cobble Hill couple, attorney Daniel Goldstein and Hunter College Urban Studies Professor Matthew Lasner, are being trolled as “jerks,” “misogynists,” “political terrorists,” “heterophobic bigots,” and all manner of ­offensive gay slurs. A flood of one-star pans also is filling the Amazon review page for Lasner’s new book, “High Life: Condo Living in the Suburban Century.” Meanwhile, a Trump confidante said Ivanka will probably keep flying commercial because...
  • Mother of gang member who killed 17-year-old transgender woman goes on rant saying victim was.....

    12/23/2016 7:09:39 PM PST · by Morgana · 62 replies
    dailymail.uk ^ | December 23, 2016 | Liam Quinn For Dailymail.com
    FULL TITLE: Mother of gang member who killed 17-year-old transgender woman goes on rant saying victim was living in sin as a homosexual The mother of a gang member who confessed to brutally murdering a transgender teenage girl in a hate crime has claimed her son's victim was 'living in sin'. Kelly Wilkins, from Mobile, Alabama, is the mother of 29-year-old Josh Brandon Vallum - who pleaded guilty to a hate crime on Wednesday over the killing of 17-year-old Mercedes Williamson. Williamson was found dead and partially buried in a field on June 3, 2015. Vallum confessed to the killing,...
  • Vicious trolls launch wave of death threats at family of transgender girl, 9, who made history.....

    12/23/2016 7:43:57 PM PST · by Morgana · 66 replies
    dailymail.uk ^ | December 23, 2016 | Liam Quinn For Dailymail.com
    FULL TITLE: Vicious trolls launch wave of death threats at family of transgender girl, 9, who made history by appearing on the cover of National Geographic A brave nine-year-old transgender girl who appeared on the cover of National Geographic has been targeted by trolls, some of whom have called for her parents to be 'exterminated'. Avery Jackson, from Kansas, was born a boy, but announced to her mother Debi that she was a girl at the age of four. The nine-year-old made history this month when she became the first transgender person to appear on the prestigious magazine's front-page. Avery's...
  • Why We Put a Transgender Girl on the Cover of National Geographic

    12/22/2016 10:38:33 AM PST · by detective · 120 replies
    National Geographic ^ | December 22, 2016 | Susan Goldberg
    Lots of people are talking about Avery Jackson, a nine-year-old girl from Kansas City who is the first transgender person to appear on the cover of National Geographic. Since we shared photos of the cover of our special issue on gender on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, tens of thousands of people have weighed in with opinions, from expressions of pride and gratitude to utter fury. More than a few have vowed to cancel their subscriptions.
  • North Carolina Senate defeats bid to repeal controversial 'bathroom bill'

    12/21/2016 9:34:19 PM PST · by ColdOne · 21 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 12/261/1 | fox/ap
    The North Carolina Senate Wednesday voted down legislation to repeal the controversial law known simply as the “bathroom bill,” months after the measure limiting LGBT protections triggered an economic backlash for the state. ADVERTISEMENT The Senate voted 32-16 against the repeal effort before voting by the same margin to adjourn, ending the special session two days after the Charlotte City Council gutted an ordinance that in March led the state's General Assembly to pass House Bill (HB) 2. The state House also adjourned without voting. The repeal legislation, Senate Bill 4, caused new turbulence by imposing a six-month moratorium on...
  • ‘National Geographic’ just made history with its new cover (Transgender BS)

    12/17/2016 3:46:10 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 99 replies
    Fusion ^ | 12/16/2016
    As part of its January 2017 issue exploring our evolving understandings and definitions of gender, National Geographic is featuring nine-year-old transgender rights activist Avery Jackson on its cover—the first time a trans person has made the cover of the magazine. Jackson rose to stardom last year when she began documenting her transition with “Avery Chats,” a series of YouTube videos describing how she came to understand her identity at such a young age and eventually came out to her parents as trans. “When I was born, doctors said I was a boy, but I knew in my heart I was...
  • CNN’s Lemon: Pence ‘Does Not Love Gay People’ (Oh the Horror!)

    11/20/2016 5:08:48 AM PST · by brucedickinson · 128 replies
    During Friday’s broadcast of “CNN Tonight,” anchor Don Lemon stated that Vice President-Elect Mike Pence “has rallied and railed against” and “does not love” gay people. Lemon said, “Mike Pence has rallied and railed against gay people, and tried to shoot down and block gay legislation.” He added, “Mike Pence does not love gay people. His record shows that he does not love gay people.”
  • Andrew Sullivan Calls Trump ‘Fascist,’ But Predicts He’ll Win

    11/04/2016 4:29:51 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 39 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    On yesterday evening’s Hardball, an overwrought Andrew Sullivan stopped just short of chewing the scenery, while repeatedly referring to Donald Trump and Ann Coulter as fascists. But precisely because of Trump’s supposed fascist fear-mongering, Sullivan predicted that “Trump is going to win this election.” Former New Republic editor Sullivan claimed that we are in a “fascist moment” because white Americans are reacting to the country becoming majority-minority. Calling Ann Coulter “the other fascist” along with Trump, Sullivan cited Ann’s book “Adios, America” as epitomizing the fear of the foreigner driving Trump’s support. View the video here.
  • FOX News Anchor Shepard Smith Finally ‘Comes Out,’ Admits He’s Gay

    10/18/2016 6:02:19 PM PDT · by TangoLimaSierra · 78 replies
    21stcenturywire.com ^ | 10/18/16 | 21wire
    For many viewers, this came as no surprise, but for many FOX conservative loyalists, this latest news would have come as a shock. FOX News host Shepard Smith joins other high-profile gay cable news anchors like CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon. A number of high-profile media critics including top-rated talk radio host Michael Savage, have recently raised the alarm that FOX News is undergoing a liberal facelift following the departure of its news head Roger Ailes over a number sexual harassment cases.
  • Op-ed: Sainthood for Mother Teresa exposes the delusion of religion

    09/11/2016 4:48:33 AM PDT · by detective · 43 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Sep 10 2016 | Gregory A. Clark
    In canonizing Mother Teresa as a saint ("Pope declares Mother Teresa a saint," Sept. 5), the pope publicly confirmed the essential tenets of Catholicism: That God could have stopped Catholic priests from raping altar boys. But, overall, He didn't want to. And millions throughout the world rejoiced in this good news. Such is religion.
  • Mike Pence, Trump's Likely VP Pick, Is Too Anti-Gay Even for Republicans

    07/15/2016 12:08:47 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 47 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | July 15, 2016 | Jay Michaelson
    The Indiana governor and culture warrior would balance the ticket with a twice-divorced, proud philanderer at the top -- except he legalized discrimination against LGBT people with a law so extreme other GOP states rejected it. In choosing Mike Pence as his running mate, Donald Trump has shored up the GOP's religious base. But based on the Indiana governor's disastrous run-in with pro-business Republicans and moderates last year over gay rights, Trump may have just lost the election. [Snip] Unlike Newt Gingrich and Chris Christie, Pence has been a right-wing culture warrior for his entire career. As Samantha Allen detailed...
  • Amid Shouts of 'Shame,' House GOP Defeats Gay Rights Measure

    05/19/2016 5:37:10 PM PDT · by massmike · 63 replies
    http://abcnews.go.com/ ^ | 05/19/2016 | ERICA WERNER
    Democrats shouted "Shame! Shame!," but seven Republicans switched their votes and defeated a measure to protect gay rights. The final vote was 213-212 after the chaos on the House floor. That was enough to defeat an amendment by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., aimed at upholding an executive order that bars discrimination against LGBT employees by federal contractors. Maloney and other Democrats were incensed. "They literally snatched discrimination from the jaws of equality," Maloney said. He said he had approached Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., as McCarthy worked on GOP colleagues to vote against the measure. McCarthy told Maloney to...
  • Texas GOP may distance support for gay 'reparative therapy'

    05/13/2016 7:00:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 13, 2016 6:54 PM EDT | Paul J. Weber
    The Texas Republican Party considered a platform Friday that would soften support of widely rebuked “reparative therapy” for gays while still preserving some of the toughest anti-gay language on any party plank in the U.S. The new platform also would oppose bathroom rights for transgender persons — an unsurprising move after the state’s Republican lieutenant governor said Friday that Texas is ready to forfeit billions of federal dollars rather than comply with a new Obama administrative directive on transgender rights in public schools. …
  • Manny Pacquiao posts Bible verse that states gay people should be killed [Luke 6]

    02/19/2016 4:48:43 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 76 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 2/18/2016 | Chuck Schilken
    Manny Pacquiao is not backing down from his stance against homosexuality. Less than a day after the Filipino boxer and politician lost his sponsorship deal with Nike because he compared gay people to animals, Pacquiao took to Instagram early Thursday morning and posted some Bible verses that support his views. One of them, Leviticus 20:13, states in no uncertain terms that homosexuals should be killed: "If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on...
  • Lena Dunham takes over Hillary Clinton's Instagram account

    01/09/2016 8:29:12 AM PST · by massmike · 74 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 01/09/2016 | Ted Johnson
    Lena Dunham is taking over the Hillary Clinton campaign Instagram account as she stumps for the candidate in New Hampshire this weekend. "Hey y'all! I made it to New Hampshire and I'm thrilled to be taking over the HRC Instagram! Warning: I'm pretty focused on my outfits," Dunham wrote. The post got almost 10,000 likes as of Friday, but also some critical reactions to Dunham's involvement in the campaign. Dunham also has been making campaign appearances with FIFA Women's World Cup champion Abby Wambach. Meanwhile, Clinton will appear on "The Ellen Show" on Monday.
  • Just in Time for Christmas, 'New York Times' Finally Finds Perfect Story

    12/27/2015 3:28:08 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 27, 201544444 | Michael Walsh
    A once great newspaper's descent into special-interest, sex-obsessed self-parody is now complete. Even if the Gray Lady did have to travel all the way to ladyboy Indonesia to find the subject closest to its Leftist heart just before Christmas. The headline says it all: Transgender Muslims Find a Home for Prayer in Indonesia No, really. As the call to prayer boomed over this midsize university town on a recent Sunday evening, rows of conservatively dressed Muslim women laid out their prayer mats, bowed toward Mecca and murmured prayers in Arabic. As dusk fell, it was a ritual being carried out...
  • The Religious Right Is Right to Be Scared: Christianity Is Dying in America (Barf alert)

    12/27/2015 9:00:02 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 75 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 26 Dec 15 | Jay Michaelson - LGBT Activist
    <p>Among the Christian Right, and most Republican presidential candidates, it’s now an article of faith that the United States is persecuting Christians and Christian-owned businesses—that religion itself is under attack.</p> <p>Why has this bizarre myth that Christianity is under assault in the most religious developed country on Earth been so successful? Because, in a way, it’s true. American Christianity is in decline—not because of a “war on faith” but because of a host of demographic and social trends. The gays and liberals are just scapegoats.</p>
  • If You Are Not Comfortable Being Naked Around Other People, You Are Not an Adult

    12/03/2015 7:45:40 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 110 replies
    Slate ^ | December 3, 2015 | By Mark Joseph Stern
    In a recent disquieting article for the New York Times, Choire Sicha investigates a curious new challenge for gyms: Some men want to shower and change without ever being publicly nude, and they expect their gyms to build locker rooms that accommodate that desire. Drawing upon the experiences of gym managers and architects, Sicha explains that over the last quarter-century, men have grown increasingly uneasy with being naked in the locker room. While older men generally remain comfortable being undressed among others, younger ones insist on maximum privacy, pining for a way to strip, shower, and change clothes without even...
  • STD rates rise dramatically, especially among men

    11/23/2015 10:23:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/20.2015 | By Carina Storrs
    The news in this year's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report on sexually transmitted diseases is not good. The number of cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea in the United States increased between 2013 and 2014, after being on the decline for several years. Cases of syphilis, which have been on the rise for the last decade, shot up in 2014. Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis are the three most common STDs in the United States that are also notifiable, meaning health departments are required to report new cases to the CDC. (HIV and shigella are also notifiable STDs.) Chlamydia is...
  • BeyoncĂ© Ignored the LGBT Community in Houston

    11/05/2015 12:59:55 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 47 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | Posted: 11/04/2015 4:12 pm EST | Carlos Maza
    It kills me to write this post. I have spent more time worshiping Beyoncé than just about any other pop star. I've spent countless hours dancing to "Grown Woman" alone in my apartment. I've been the only guy in a dance class aimed at teaching the "Single Ladies" dance, and I loved every second of it. Beyoncé has been queen in my life since the first time I watched the "Crazy In Love" video. But. Over the past few months, Beyoncé has repeatedly refused the opportunity to speak out against the legalization of discrimination against LGBT people in her hometown......
  • What It's Like To Be a Transgender 6-Year-Old Girl,

    10/31/2015 7:36:25 PM PDT · by napscoordinator · 69 replies
    People ^ | 31 October 2015 | JENNIFER HEYDE
    To keep up with the adventures of the Keswani family, visit PEOPLE.com/keswanis. It's been a big year for the transgender community, thanks in large part to Caitlyn Jenner. But not every member of the community is 66: Devina Keswani, the youngest of three children in PEOPLE's new web series, The Keswanis: A Most Modern Family, and a proud Girl Scout, is just 6. "One [of my classmates] hates transgender, and he hates me because I'm transgender," Devina says, adding, "Before that he liked me, but now he hates me. He spits at me and pushes me."
  • New anti-HERO ad drags abc13 into political fight

    10/20/2015 3:05:09 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 6 replies
    ABC Inc., KTRK-TV Houston ^ | Monday, October 19, 2015 06:26PM | Ted Oberg
    HOUSTON (KTRK) -- On the first day of early voting, two new ads were released to abc13. Both of them are available here, but we are told will start airing on broadcast and cable television Tuesday. Lt. Governor Dan Patrick held a news conference Monday to unveil his offering. In the 30-second spot paid for by Patrick's campaign, the Lt. Governor stands against a flag draped background and tells viewers, "City of Houston Prop One is not about equality. That is already the law of the land. It's about allowing men in women's locker rooms and bathrooms."
  • Annise Parker hits back at Lance Berkman for anti-HERO advertisement

    10/08/2015 5:11:00 AM PDT · by pkajj · 26 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | October 7, 2015 | John-Henry Perera
    Mayor Annise Parker took a moment on Twitter to bash former Houston Astros star Lance Berkman after he voiced opposition toward the city's equal rights ordinance known as HERO. In late September, Berkman recorded an advertisement for the Campaign for Houston PAC, a group that is opposed to HERO. "My wife and I have four daughters," Berkman says in the ad. "Proposition One, the 'bathroom ordinance,' would allow troubled men to enter women's public bathrooms, showers and locker rooms. This would violate their privacy and put them in harm's way. That's just wrong." The mayor called Berkman a hypocrite for...
  • U.S. Soldiers Told to Ignore Afghan Allies’ Abuse of Boys

    09/20/2015 11:28:19 AM PDT · by Theoria · 73 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 20 Sept 2015 | Joseph Goldstein
    In his last phone call home, Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr. told his father what was troubling him: From his bunk in southern Afghanistan, he could hear Afghan police officers sexually abusing boys they had brought to the base. “At night we can hear them screaming, but we’re not allowed to do anything about it,” the Marine’s father, Gregory Buckley Sr., recalled his son telling him before he was shot to death at the base in 2012. He urged his son to tell his superiors. “My son said that his officers told him to look the other way because it’s...
  • Anderson Cooper Flips out on (Trump) Guest: I’ve Been Overseas More Than You in Your Little Life

    09/17/2015 10:12:41 PM PDT · by springwater13 · 65 replies
    Anderson Cooper snapped at a pro-Donald Trump guest tonight and apologized by the end of the segment. Cooper was particularly worked up about Trump’s answer to a rallygoer who was ranting about all the Muslims in the United States. When Dean said he was taking things out of context and brought up how Muslim training camps are a real concern, Cooper said, “I’ve spent more time overseas than you ever have in your little life.”
  • LGBT Group Burns Kim Davis With Billboard in her Hometown

    09/13/2015 6:04:06 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 80 replies
    YahooNews ^ | September 13, 2014 | Christopher Spata
    LGBT Group Burns Kim Davis With Billboard in her Hometown By Christopher Spata Dear Kim Davis, it's going to be pretty difficult for you to ignore this giant billboard that just went up in your hometown to remind you that your views on marriage are a little outdated​ ancient. The billboard, which according to Mashable was paid for by the LGBT advocacy group Planting Peace, reads: "Dear Kim Davis, the Fact that you can't sell your daughter for three goats and a cow means we've already redefined marriage." Davis, a county clerk in Kentucky, was released from jail last week...
  • [VA] Judge denies transgender student’s request to use boys’ bathroom

    09/04/2015 5:23:22 PM PDT · by markomalley · 68 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/4/15 | Julie Zauzmer
    A federal judge has denied a transgender teenager’s request to allow him to use the same bathroom as his peers at his public school in Virginia. Instead, the judge ruled Friday, the teenager must continue using a separate, private bathroom that he has said makes him feel “singled out and humiliated.” Gavin Grimm, a teenage boy who was born female, used the boys’ bathroom for seven weeks with no problem, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which brought a lawsuit against the Gloucester County School Board on his behalf. But then parents heard about the teen using the boys’...
  • Lesbian Couple, Like Kentucky Clerk, Standing up for Beliefs (tissue alert)

    09/02/2015 3:05:20 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 41 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 2, 2015 | Claire Galofaro
    As April Miller drove to work, still too stunned to grasp the magnitude of the fight erupting around her, an old song crackled over the car radio. "Will you still love me for the rest of my life?" the band Chicago sang. "I can't go on if I'm on my own." Miller pulled over. And for the first time since she and her partner stepped into the vortex of history, she wept. [Snip] The couple has lived quietly together for years, never intending to lead a battle that has consumed their town of Morehead, where Miller is a tenured university...
  • Man proposes to his boyfriend in Texas Methodist Church that prohibits gay marriage - and gets...

    08/27/2015 5:45:01 PM PDT · by Morgana · 75 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 27 August 2015 | Catherine Townsend For Dailymail.com
    FULL TITLE: Man proposes to his boyfriend in Texas Methodist Church that prohibits gay marriage - and gets a standing ovation from the congregation A Texas man gave his boyfriend a proposal to remember when he got down on one knee in front of the entire congregation at their local Methodist Church – receiving a standing ovation in the process. Trevor Harper, 36, and Davis Covin, 30, who live in Austin, have been dating since 2006 and have been proud and active members of the First United Methodist Church of Austin for the past two years. Mr Harper said the...
  • Americans Greatly Overestimate Percent Gay, Lesbian in U.S.

    08/26/2015 8:35:31 PM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 46 replies
    Gallup ^ | 05/21/2015 | Frank Newport
    PRINCETON, N.J. -- The American public estimates on average that 23% of Americans are gay or lesbian, little changed from Americans' 25% estimate in 2011, and only slightly higher than separate 2002 estimates of the gay and lesbian population. These estimates are many times higher than the 3.8% of the adult population who identified themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender in Gallup Daily tracking in the first four months of this year.
  • Ted Cruz thinks scientists invented climate change

    08/03/2015 3:11:48 PM PDT · by GoneSalt · 77 replies
    grist.org ^ | 8/3/2015 | Katie Herzog
    Remember Ted Cruz? Way back last spring, it seemed the Texas senator could be the front-runner for the most extreme, anti-reason candidate in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. That was, of course, before Donald “All Mexicans Are Rapists” Trump captured the attention of the American populace, turning what was your standard 47-candidate presidential primary into a giant, media-fueled train wreck that the nation’s Democrats are slowly driving by with equal parts horror and delight. Unfortunately for all candidates who are not Donald “Pass the Hairspray” Trump, you’ve basically got to believe in phrenology, bloodletting, and finding Jesus in...
  • A Thousand Points of Hate: Couple Plans Massive Series of Anti–Gay Marriage Billboards

    08/02/2015 8:11:27 AM PDT · by GoneSalt · 47 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/1/2015 | Samantha Cowan
    Some highway billboards are the same wherever you go across this great land of ours: McDonald’s, Target, Walmart. Others are more regional (where is the line at which Carl’s Jr. becomes Hardee’s, anyway?). Some are particular to states, and those road-tripping through Oklahoma will likely see billboards directing them to visit online adult toy shops and to alert law enforcement about any methamphetamine use they come across. And in one small part of the state—the town of Durant, in the southeast corner—visitors and residents may now feast their eyes upon a message against marriage equality. The plea comes from Betty...
  • If being gay is not a choice, why so much proselytizing?

    07/20/2015 2:34:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 7/20/15 | Newsmachete
    Scott Walker was asked whether being gay was a choice. This was important to ask because homosexuals are an estimated 1%-2% of the population (not including transvestites who declare themselves gay, which actually makes them straight), so I understand the need to constantly talk about this little group at the expense of issues affecting the other 98%. So Walker was asked whether being gay is a choice and so far, unlike other gay-topical questions, he has only given one answer, which is "I don't know." But what I want to know is, if being gay isn't a choice, why is...
  • Scott Walker backtracks on reaction to gay Boy Scout leaders

    07/15/2015 3:01:13 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 114 replies
    Politico ^ | 07/15/2015 | Adam Lerner
    Scott Walker stumbled over his own prior comments Wednesday, saying that when he called on the Boy Scouts to reinstate a ban on gay leaders because it “protected children,” he meant the ban protected them from media scrutiny. “The protection was not a physical protection,” Walker said Wednesday at an event in South Carolina, according to The New York Times. Rather, the Wisconsin governor continued, he was referring to “protecting them from being involved in the very thing you’re talking about right now, the political and media discussion about it, instead of just focusing on what Scouts is about, which...
  • Archbishop: School that fired gay teacher showed ‘character’ (Waldron Mercy, Philly)

    07/13/2015 12:26:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 13, 2015 2:50 PM EDT
    The archbishop of Philadelphia said Monday that Roman Catholic school officials who fired a married gay teacher showed uncommon “character and common sense.” Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said the nuns and board members who run Waldron Mercy Academy are not seeking controversy, but simply following the church’s teaching. Chaput, in a statement, thanked school leaders “for taking the steps to ensure that the Catholic faith is presented … in accord with the teaching of the church. They’ve shown character and common sense at a moment when both seem to be uncommon.” …
  • Pat Buchanan warns of another Civil War: The time of mass right-wing civil disobedience is at hand

    07/12/2015 9:31:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    Salon ^ | July 10, 2015 | Scott Eric Kaufman, assistant editor
    "A secession of the heart has already taken place," he said using rhetoric that is in no way inflammatory.In his latest column at WorldNetDaily, paleoconservative commentator Pat Buchanan argued that given the Supreme Court’s ruling that legalized same-sex marriage and the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s decision to remove the Ten Commandments monument from the state capitol grounds, a “rebellion” unlike any seen since the Civil Rights Movement “is likely to arise from the right.” Buchanan situated this “coming era of civil disobedience” in a long tradition that began with the Founding Fathers. “What else was our revolution but a rebellion to...
  • Mundelein Mayor Defends Controversial Remarks on Gay Marriage

    07/06/2015 11:19:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Mundelein Mayor Steve Lentz on Monday defended widely criticized comments he made about the legalization of gay marriage and other societal issues during an Independence Day speech. "If people are curious about what I said, go listen to it," Lentz said of the 11-minute speech, which can be found on YouTube and Facebook. play video video Lentz July 4 speech Near the midpoint of his remarks Saturday morning at the village's Fort Hill Heritage Center, Lentz said he wanted to "address the elephant in the room" and started talking about the Supreme Court's recent ruling on marriage equality. He called...
  • The Blatant Ignorance of Republican Presidential Candidates

    07/02/2015 9:30:44 PM PDT · by Mariner · 31 replies
    Esquire ^ | July 2nd, 2015 | By Charles P. Pierce
    The symptoms of the prion disease are beginning to become so obvious that even some of our more prominent pundits are beginning to notice them. For example, even former Karl Rove life-coach Ron Fournier has noticed the severe lack of Abraham Lincolns in the current GOP presidential candidates. And noted climate-denialist and baseball drone George Effing Will has staked out the bold position that many of these candidates have gone so far around the bend that they've crossed some kind of termination barrier. It is, therefore, especially disheartening that Cruz, who clerked for Chief Justice William Rehnquist and who is...
  • CNN: Obama's approval rating grows following memorable week

    06/30/2015 1:03:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | 06/30/2015 | By Jennifer Agiesta, CNN Polling Director
    <p>Could Barack Obama's great week mark a turning point in his poll numbers?</p> <p>After months of stagnant approval ratings, a new CNN/ORC poll finds that for the first time in more than two years, 50% of Americans approve of the way Obama is handling the presidency. And his overall ratings are bolstered by increasingly positive reviews of his treatment of race relations and the economy.</p>
  • Gay men blow kisses, taunting guy in ‘Ask Me About Jesus’ shirt; watch his reaction

    06/29/2015 6:09:55 PM PDT · by Jacvin · 54 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | 6/29/2015 | Michael Dorstewitz
    The Supreme Court’s decision Friday that same sex marriages are constitutionally guaranteed hasn’t brought the love out from the left — it’s brought out their hate. And it’s disgusting. Jeffrey Luscombe, who describes himself as a gay, Canadian freelance writer, thought it was humorous when a black man, wearing an “Ask Me About Jesus” sweatshirt, was blown kisses by a group of men as he tried to make his way through a gay pride event.