Monday, August 29, 2016

'LGBT youth & the criminal justice system - a real problem' & other Mon. midday news briefs

Bea Arthur's shelter for homeless LGBTI youth to open early 2017 - One celebrity who put her money to good us. 

These Two Dads Almost Lost Their Son In A Bizarre Surrogacy Case - Uh THIS case involves an actual "activist judge." 

 Brian Brown: 'Normalizing Pedophilia' Goal Of Obama Administration And 'Secular Left'- Yep, Brian Brown is still here. He's not going away any time soon, unfortunately.

Gay Muslims deserve love and support of lgbt community

Though this video is two years old, it accentuates a point we should all remember.

In spite of the opinions of some folks, gay Muslims exist. Rather than generalizing and attacking their religion, the lgbt community needs to give them love and support:

Friday, August 26, 2016

'Phony study on lgbt community called out again' & other Fri. midday news briefs

The Truth About The Massive New Study That Has Captivated Anti-LGBT Groups - Zack Ford of Think Progress provides more proof that the recent "study"/report attacking the lgbt community is yet another anti-lgbt industry fraud. But we all need to start paying attention to the fact that it probably won't be the end of fake studies coming from Catholic universities and right-wing think tanks like the Heritage Foundation with the goal of exploiting science to smear us. In the past, anti-lgbt groups such as the Family Research Council manufacture their own in-house "studies." Now they seem to be relying on these new, albeit, still fraudulent entities. Don't just insult it. Call it out. 

Texas AG to schools: Disregard fed’l guidance for trans students - Because those fraudulent studies will be used in court to justify actions like what the Texas AG did in this article. Our lgbt children are at risk. 

 Where in the Bible does it say you can’t be transgender? Nowhere. - I LOVE this column for so many reasons. It's intelligently written, challenges lazy notions of Biblical beliefs, and the comments section is practically on fire.  

Bryan Fischer Decries Name-Calling, One Day After Calling LGBT Activists 'Bigots' And 'Haters' - Poor Bryan Fischer. A hater AND a hypocrite.

'Why Does God Hate Me?' a wonderful film on self-acceptance

What do you do when your parents want you to join them in protesting at a gay pride parade, but you are secretly gay yourself?

That's the plight of a young man in this powerful, 16 minute movie, Why Does God Hate Me? 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

'NC Gov runs ad implying that transgender people are predators' & other Thur. midday news briefs

NC Gov. McCrory goes low: Misleading new campaign ad says trans people want to molest children - WOW! My nominee for the lowest campaign ad of 2016. Behind in the polls to challenger Roy Cooper, NC Gov. Pat McCrory exploits a child molestation victim to imply that transgender men and women are predators in ad seen above.

 North Carolina Agrees 'Bathroom Bill' Is Hurting The State's Reputation - The ad exists probably because of McCrory's stubbornness. Oh well. It's his election career's funeral.  

Police refuse to arrest homophobic attacker despite witnessing assault - This is a mess.

 Tony Perkins: I never said God causes disasters, but He can and does - Even when hate group leader Tony Perkins lies, he can't even do THAT right.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Anti-lgbt news site uses report to create fake narrative about 'gay gene'

Even with bad research they can manipulate for their own aims, members of the anti-lgbt industry cannot resist heaping on more lies.

This week, I've published several posts dealing with a research report - not a study - with a severe anti-lgbt bias. The paper, reviewing over 200 other studies, came to the conclusion that no one is born gay or transgender. Even though the report received  negative critiques over its missteps, (such as the journal which published it, The New Atlantis, was not peer reviewed,  and the fact that one of the authors, Dr. Paul McHugh, has a history of anti-lgbt animus) conservatives and the anti-lgbt industry have been pumping it up as some sort of shocking new development, as well as feeling free to make additions to the report's so-called finding.

The American Family Association's fake news site One News Now had this to say:

Two distinguished scholars at Johns Hopkins University have released a lengthy, three-part report concluding that there's not sufficient evidence to prove homosexuals and transgenders are born in that condition – in other words, there is no "gay gene."

The site then proceeded to get quotes from a member of the conservative Heritage Foundation and anti-lgbt activist "Porno" Pete LaBarbera - but not medical professionals - to further it's narrative about a gay gene. But there is nothing in the report, as politically motivated as it is, about a "gay gene." For those who are not aware, the idea that there may or may not exist a "gay gene" is a straw man argument furthered by the anti-lgbt industry when they attempt to refute the notion that people are born lgbt. 

'Neo-Nazis exploiting Orlando to lure the lgbt community' & other Wed. midday news briefs

Neo-Nazis trying to exploit gay fear over Orlando.

Racism & Rainbows: How Neo-Nazis Are Flirting With The LGBT Community - Like emotional vultures, neo-nazis are exploiting the lgbt community's sadness and fear about Orlando to lure us in. At least some of us. Don't fall for it. 

The Killing of Khalid Jabara is an American Tragedy - And before you think that lgbts wouldn't fall for the lure of neo-nazis, this tragic story reminds you that ANY person in ANY community is susceptible to the lure of prejudice and hate. A gay man's Islamophobia led him to terrorize a family and finally murder one of them.  

Louisiana LGBTs Pick Up the Pieces After Historic Flooding - How the recent Louisiana flood affected the lgbt community. 

 College football athletic trainer comes out as gay in rural Arkansas, finds acceptance - A wonderful story about coming out. 

 Matt Barber: 'We Shouldn't Be Surprised' That Gay People Commit Suicide Because 'The Wages Of Sin Is Death' - And look what crawled out of the bowels of a bloodsucking knid. 

Flag illustration by Diana Quach

American Family Association marketing fraudulent ex-gay therapy to children

A friend of mine sent me the following article featuring the above comic:

A Christian group has amended the Bible with comic books that support ‘gay cure’ therapy – and they’re giving them out to children. The American Family Association, which is strongly opposed to LGBT rights, has partnered with Revival Fires International to give away 65,000 copies of the ‘Truth for Youth’ Bible across the US, encouraging evangelical teens to “commit to give the Bibles to their unsaved friends in school”.

As well as a copy of the New Testament, the specially-edited Bible created by Pastor Tim Todd includes comics on subjects including homosexuality – a subject that is notably absent from the (ostensibly) original Word of God.'

However, the new Bible’s teachings appear far from child-friendly.

 . . . The six-page comic appears to take place during a violent clash between stereotypically-drawn LGBT activists and Christian protesters, seeing the “queers” throwing rocks and tear gas at the Christians. The group is later confronted by a ‘doctor’ who endorses gay cure therapy … despite the practice being disavowed in real life by every major medical authority in the US  . . .. 

The article says that the comic then encourages children to seek "counseling" with an "ex-gay" therapy group Pure Life Ministries.

And they say we "recruit" children?

I should also point out that several states, including California and New Jersey have outlawed the practice of subjecting children to ex-gay therapy citing its dangers and fraud. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Daily Beast shines light on anti-lgbt doctor Paul McHugh

Paul McHugh
A member of the anti-lgbt industry is catching a lot of attention because of an negative study he co-authored but it's not the attention he probably wanted.

Former John Hopkins professor Paul McHugh co-authored a paper which claimed that there is no evidence that people are born gay or transgender. This study was trumpeted by several religious right and anti-lgbt publications even though others were quick to point out how its credibility is damaged by the motivations its publishers and authors.

One party which did this was The Daily Beast. In a short, but straightforward article, The Daily Beast called out McHugh and revealed his long history of anti-lgbt bias:

There is plenty of evidence to show that this isn’t McHugh’s first anti-LGBT rodeo. In 2006, he was quoted as saying that sexual abuse in the Catholic Church was the result of “homosexual predation on American Catholic youth,” as GLAAD noted. Four years later, he filed an amicus brief supporting California’s same-sex marriage ban, arguing that “sexual orientation is, in part, a choice.”

 In 2014, McHugh wrote a widely-cited anti-transgender op-ed for the Wall Street Journal that contradicts position statements from several major medical organizations including the American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association.

 Most recently, in the spring of 2016, he helped write a position paper for the American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds), a small Gainesville, Florida-based organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center has called “an anti-LGBT hate group.”

That position paper called health care for trans youth a form of “child abuse.” “It may be an intrinsic problem of American psychiatry to fall into a craze or cult-like misdirection once a decade,” McHugh previously told The Daily Beast about his involvement with that ACPeds paper. “Transgenderism seems to be this decade’s version.”

So it’s no surprise to see McHugh’s name crop up yet again in connection with another round of headlines questioning LGBT identities. In their new paper, McHugh and Mayer express skepticism over the concept of “sexual orientation,” writing that “we may have some reasons to doubt the common assumption that in order to live happy and flourishing lives, we must somehow discover this innate fact about ourselves that we call sexuality or sexual orientation, and invariably express it through particular patterns of sexual behavior or a particular life trajectory.”

The Daily Beast article then goes through a long process of featuring statements and work of several more legitimate medical bodies who refute McHugh's position, including the American Psychological Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the World Professional Association of Transgender Health.

All in all, it's an article which our community should remember because we know how the anti-lgbt industry operates. Regardless of any refutation, we will be seeing and hearing them cite McHugh continuously.

Related posts:

Meet The Doctor Social Conservatives Depend On To Justify Anti-Transgender Hate

Paul McHugh - GLAAD Commentator Accountability Project

'LGBT athletes outperformed anti-lgbt countries in Olympics' & other Tue midday news briefs

Team LGBT Olympic Medal Count Beat Every Country that Criminalizes Gay Sex - Granted, there were a lot of things I didn't like about this year's Olympic Games, but the prevalence of successful lgbt Olympians is something we shouldn't ignore.

 Top 10 Questions about Religious Liberty, Jesus, and LGBT People - A pertinent piece because lgbts are also people of faith. This lgbt vs. Christianity narrative is a lie. It's always been a lie. 

Texas AG Ken Paxton Finally Agrees to Meet One of His Young Transgender Victims - This promises to be interesting.

A New Regnerus? Anti-Equality Groups Promote New Study on Sexual Orientation and Gender - More info about the phony anti-lgbt study which came out yesterday. Guess who is promoting it in spite of its errors.  

18 Tips For LGBT Teens In High School, From People Who Have Been There - Honey, I got a list of things to say . . .

Anti-lgbt industry relentlessly pushes against equality with no regard for truth

One thing the lgbt community must take into account about the anti-lgbt industry is how relentless members try to be. They feel that they are being divinely led to stand against homosexuality so with that regard, they ignore general rules of practice.

That is to say to them, any demonizing lie told about the lgbt community gets repeated no matter how many times it has been refuted. And any positive fact about our equality gets disputed, no matter how outrageous the stream of argument may sound.

We saw an example of the former yesterday when they came out with yet another study distorting science to demonize the lgbt community. Like so many others, this study has been called out for falsehoods and misrepresentations.

And we see an example of the latter with this video of the Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver. claiming that the Obergefell decision by SCOTUS, which legalized marriage equality, is not the law of the land.

But it is the law of the land:

Monday, August 22, 2016

'Transgender youth harmed by federal judge ruling' & other Mon. midday news briefs

While the anti-lgbt industry and other anti-transgender activists gloat over today's ruling blocking the Obama Administration from enforcing transgender guidance in schools, here is some thought of who is really at stake and at harm  - our transgender youth

Transgender student gives personal account of controversial issue

In Texas Transgender Suit, Who’s Facing Harm?

In other news:

J.K. Rowling Shuts Down Christian Group Over Olympically Homophobic Tweet - Rowling goes off on a "Christian" group for a spiteful and homophobic tweet.  

Janet Porter: God Will Hold You Accountable For Not Voting For Trump - Lovely. Janet Porter steps back from hating on lgbts to go crazy for Trump. That can't be good. 

 Kim Davis’ fight is officially over as judge dismisses cases as ‘moot’ - And we can still get married. We win regardless of how her people spin it.

Weird questions gay couples get

Calling all of my gay friends in relationships, since I am not in one (shut up!), I need to ask you - have you been asked these questions?

Friday, August 19, 2016

James and Shirley Dobson sell out their 'values' to endorse Trump

Need any more proof that a. Donald Trump isn't a friend to the lgbt community like he claims to be and b. all of the talk from religious right groups and figures about "traditional values " is just a bunch of bunk? Watch the following video in which religious and anti-lgbt figures former Focus on the Family head James Dobson and his wife, Shirley endorse Trump for president. Apparently to them,  a racist, xenophobic, egotistical man who lies at the drop of a hate (such as when he claimed Obama founded ISIS)  is exactly the man America needs as president to "preserve" morality:

'Fake medical group targeting transgender kids' & other Fri midday news briefs

Fake medical group targeting transgender kids.

Fake Medical Organization Publishes Lie-Ridden Manifesto Attacking Transgender Kids - A group funneling homophobic lies (such as gay men rub themselves with feces) as legitimate medical facts is attacking transgender children. Anti-lgbt lies and distortions are like lumps in oatmeal. You find yourself constantly having to constantly beat them down. 

Pastors rarely asked to wed same-sex couples - Another anti-lgbt lie (pastors will be forced to perform same-sex weddings) meets truth. Not that it will stop anti-lgbt activists from repeating the lie, but there nothing wrong with creating a paper trail of truth to refute the lie. 

 Battle lines of church and state: Fired over same-sex marriage, educator sues Paramus Catholic - I feel this way - if a religious school is getting tax payer money in any way, shape, or form then any kind of discrimination is wrong. 

We Must Help LGBT Athletes From Repressive Countries, Says Olympian Who Proposed To His Boyfriend - Got lots of hills to climb . . .  

After Media Spends Months Pretending Trump Is LGBT Friendly, He Hires Head Of Bigoted Website To Run His Campaign - Simply reiterating what needs to be reiterated.

Linda Harvey quietly continues to smear positive lgbt education in schools

It's relatively easy for us to get distracted by the madness of this election. But let's not forget that there are some who are still declaring war on our community and our kids. Such as Linda Harvey:

Linda Harvey
"Be wary. While much of America is over here protesting the invasion of bathrooms, homosexual behavior is quietly being inserted into the school curricula while few are looking, as if it did no harm, as if it truly were an inborn identity like race. Especially watch for outrageously pornographic sex ed programs to be launched, the details of which you as a parent are unlikely to receive unless you push past all the roadblocks the school will erect. The latest trend is to enact “inclusive” sex ed under the banner of being “comprehensive.” But that means they will just be ramping up the normalization of teen sex and abortion and now, homosexual behavior as well."
Ignorance and hate never sleeps. And neither should we. Figuratively speaking, of course.