Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Religious right hopes to con Georgia with newest 'anti-Christian persecution' victim

Eric Walsh, the religious right's 'religious liberty' symbol.

In the past, the religious right  has always played the "homosexuality is a dangerous lifestyle" card in order to fight our advancing equality. In the wake of minds changing about the lgbt community and several high-profile losses (including in the case of marriage equality), they have shifted their argument by playing the "persecution card."

It's a simple tactic. They exploit a public incident by exaggerating it immensely and publicizing it even more (making sure to control the conversation) in order to advance an argument that the progression of lgbt equality will lead "Christians" to lose their businesses and rights if they don't kowtow regardless of their religious beliefs.

'The lgbt community outlasts another bigot, but . . .' & other Wed midday news briefs

We laugh at overt homophobia but can't fight it when it's covertly semantic.

R.I.P. Jack Chick – Here’s His Top 5 Most Homophobic Religious Tracts - One of the most offensive homophobes has passed away but his awful characterizations of the lgbt community lives on. The lgbt community has outlasted another enemy, but as the next article demonstrates, what Jack Chick overtly put out can still be used against us in a covertly semantic manner and our leaders lose easily lose their heads instead of knowing how to fight it. 

Top LGBT Leaders Are Divided Over Compromising On The Bathroom Fight - Easily the most depressing article of the year: 

Conservatives have blocked LGBT nondiscrimination bills by claiming transgender people pose a threat in women’s restrooms. How to break the logjam? Some LGBT leaders say it’s time to support bills that cover housing and employment, but not public accommodations — and largely avoid the bathroom issue. 

Yeah, because the religious right won't see this as a capitulation and transfer their fear tactics to other fights. After all, it's not like they don't want us to have SOME rights. Listen. When it comes to lgbt equality, the big elephant in the room has always been the organizations who move people via exploitation of religion and fears about the lgbt community. They did it by aligning gay men with pedophilia, lgbts in general with AIDS, or our desire to marry to a desire to destroy Christianity. And now is the newest model of scaring people with images of "boys showering with girls" or "grown men using the bathroom with little girls." These are all the same fear tactics and lies repeated for as long as I can remember, but we don't publicly recognize them or call them out an aggressive manner.  In our fight for equality, we have yet to confront groups like the Family Research Council and people like Franklin Graham on the level they should be confronted. Our leadership seems to wait until they make the first move and then play defense and catch-up. Instead of fighting individual battles, there needs to be a GENERAL calling out of religious right groups and their tactics. In naming some of these organizations as hate groups, the Southern Poverty Law Center did a lot of that. But we should have and we still can. This so-called cultural battle should never be about why the lgbt community is deserving of equality under the law. The onus should be on the groups who seek to deny us that right. We have proven ourselves time and time again in the courts and in the marketplace of ideas. We should constantly ask organizations like FRC, the American Family Association and people like Bryan Fischer and Franklin Graham, "why do you all feel that we shouldn't have equality. And most of all, what's with all of the lies you tell in the name of morality and Christianity?"

 Bisexual Guys Open Up About Their Experiences Dating Both Men And Women - There are sa lot of myths about the bisexual community which need to be refuted.  

How Implicit Bias Affects the Health of Black Gay Men - Siiiiigh!

Political ad featuring mother of Pulse Nightclub victim is the one people should watch

I will be honest. I cringe when it comes to using victims of tragedies in political ads. Having said that, this ad packs a wallop. It features Christine Leinonen, the mother of Christopher “Drew” Leinonen — a young man shot and killed along with his boyfriend, Juan Guerrero, and 47 others at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Ms. Leinonen talks about how her son supported Hillary Clinton and why it is important why we should vote for Clinton. It's both sad but very tasteful and also to the point. I commend Ms. Leinonen for her courage and bravery in the face of her loss.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Golden Girls starring Trump, Pence, and Putin

 I apologize for my lack of posts today and I can't really blame the election for this one. A serious personal family matter kept me busy. It's all taken care of now and it reminded me just how blessed I am to have so many people concerned about me and my family.

On that note, I'm just going to go lighthearted and repost a video which I think gives an almost good conceptualization of this presidential election. I say "almost" because recent events lead me to believe that Korean dictator Kim Jong-un should be replaced by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange (I just know I'm going to catch hell for that one):

Monday, October 24, 2016

Support of Trump exposes ugliness, hypocrisy of religious right

If there is one good thing which comes out of this nasty election (other than the desired result), it's that the need for power has exposed the religious right. In supporting Donald Trump in spite of all of his many moral flaws, groups like the Family Research Council and people like Franklin Graham have revealed that their so-called Christian faces (under which they also demonize lgbts) are merely a mask. Behind that mask are power hungry, egotistical entities willing to work around the values they claim to uphold.

And if you need more proof of this, check out the following tweets, courtesy of People for the American Way's Right Wing Watch.

They are from a Trump rally at Regent University, the "Christian" college founded by televangelist and The 700 Club host Pat Robertson:

You can see more here (if you can stomach it).

'17 horror movies only lgbt people fully understand' & other Mon. midday news briefs

Scenes like this made 'A Nightmare on Elm Street 2' a covertly gay horror movie.

17 Horror Films Only LGBT People Understand - Yes, I am leading the news briefs with a frivolous article? Why? Because this election (even though it's careening to the desired results) is bringing me down. And I suspect that it's also doing it to a lot of my lgbt brothers and sisters. So let's be frivolous for a second (even though the list makes a huge error by omitting the original Fright Night (1985).

'We Won!': Trans Girl Can Now Use Girls' Bathroom at Military School - Victory in a controversy I mentioned last week.  

Gay Republican group praises Trump even after voting not to endorse him - I swear, those Log Cabin Republicans . . .  

10 Things LGBT People (And Everyone Else) Should Consider Before Getting Married - In my case, it's finding a groom. 

 Trump campaign mischaracterizes ISIS as anti-gay donor to Clinton - A mischaracterization which should have been tackled a long time ago.

Accommodating transgender students shouldn't be difficult

An interview from a while back but highly educational. Nathan Smith from GLSEN talks about why it isn't (or rather shouldn't e) difficult to accommodate our transgender youth in schools.

Friday, October 21, 2016

'Six religious right leaders who support Trump in spite of sexual assault charges' & other Fri midday news briefs

Any day FRC's Tony Perkins can be set up for future 'shading' is a good day.

6 Homophobes Standing By Donald Trump Despite That Little Sex Assault Problem - Line them up and memorize their names.  I don't want to forget ANYBODY for the sake of throwing future "shade."

Trans Girl Barred From Using Girls' Bathroom at U.S. Military Base School - Yet another story about how this bogus "bathroom predators" junk is hurting our transgender children. And yet another example of how it's only an issue when folks looking to stir up trouble make it one. 

 Thousands of Gay, Bi Men to Be Pardoned in the UK for ‘Gross Indecency’ Convictions - It certainly took them long enough. 

 Here’s How Marriage Changed These Two Men’s View On Creating A Family - I'm posting this article because it made me teary (just a little). Especially the part about the open adoption.

“One Attack A Week”: New Scrutiny On Adelaide’s Gay Hate Crimes - A problem affecting any segment of the lgbt community anywhere affects us all.

The movie about being black & gay told by those who are black & gay

I've done a post on Moonlight before, but since I feel this is a pivotal movie on so many levels, another post is due:

Tonight is the premiere of what I hope will be a multi-successful, much honored movie, Moonlight:

Based on an unproduced, semi-autobiographical play by Tarell Alvin McCraney, “Moonlight” is the story of Chiron, an introvert living in the Miami projects with his crack-addicted mother (Naomie Harris). Kids pick on him because he’s not as butch as the other boys. “What is a faggot?” he asks Juan, a neighborhood drug dealer (Mahershala Ali) who shows compassion for Chiron. Juan and his girlfriend, Teresa (Janelle MonĂ¡e), become surrogate parents. Chiron escapes to their orderly home for the food and comfort often denied to him. He struggles to understand his sexuality and his poverty, and he has nowhere else to turn. “My mama does drugs?” he asks Juan, and we melt with sympathy. “Moonlight” comprises three chapters, each a short film unto itself. In the first, Chiron (Alex R. Hibbert) is a grade-school boy who’s been branded with the nickname Little because he is smaller and daintier than the others. In the second division, Chiron (Ashton Sanders) ages into a teenager, able to fight back but keener to avoid confrontation, including that of his mother, who makes him hand over cash to feed her addiction. It’s in this phase of the film that Chiron realizes his only friend Kevin (Jharrel Jerome) might be gay, too ― what that means exactly, he still isn’t sure. But Kevin won’t defend Chiron outside of their private enclave, and the violent homophobia continues. In the third division, Chiron (Trevante Rhodes) has become a hardened drug dealer himself, pumped-up muscles and fake grills concealing a truth he’s determined to bury. Loneliness radiates off of him. 

Read more about Moonlight here

Thursday, October 20, 2016

'Spirit Day combats bullying of lgbt youth' & other Thur. midday news briefs

Editor's note - Last debate is over (Thank God) and soon I will be back on schedule of monitoring and exposing the religious right. And that's not just words. I've been doing some serious reading and research. New junk seems to be on the horizon and it would be my great pleasure to put a couple of folks on blast.

But until then, bear with me:

Social media goes purple for Spirit Day to fight bullying of LGBT youth - Happy Spirit Day, folks! 

 Johns Hopkins to resume gender-affirming surgeries after nearly 40 years - In response to transphobic and homophobic actions by faculty members, Johns Hopkins University is righting a serious wrong with regards to the transgender community. 
Donald Trump Is Exploiting LGBT People To Perpetuate Islamophobia - Well duuuuh!

 ‘Walking While Trans’ Can Be A Death Sentence In The U.S. - An important story

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

'Judge deals Obama's transgender bathroom policy a setback' & other Wed. midday news briefs

Small setback on the road to equality
Judge largely maintains nationwide ban on Obama transgender school bathroom policy - Don't get discouraged. The fight for equality was NEVER supposed to be easy. 

I Am Young, I Am Gay, I Am Black: Australia’s First Openly Gay Aboriginal Politician Enters Parliament - Awesome reminder from Australia just how universal we are as a community.

  Donald Trump’s Long-Held Promise To Pick Rabidly Anti-LGBT Supreme Court Justices - Yes he will pick awful anti-lgbt justices. I don't care how far ahead Clinton is. THIS battle isn't over until he goes down in defeat. HARD DEFEAT. Vote!

  ‘My Faith Shattered’: In Viral Letter, Watermark Church Revokes Gay Man’s Membership - If THAT happened at a black church . . . never mind. I think my pastor knows about my blog so I don't want to get into trouble.

Jerry Falwell, Jr. under fire for censoring anti-Trump article in Liberty University newspaper

Jerry Falwell, Jr.
In his zeal to support GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, Liberty University president Jerry Falwell, Jr. is losing integrity amongst his students.

Politico just reported the following:

The president of Liberty University censored an article critical of Donald Trump, according to the sports editor of the school's official newspaper, the Liberty Champion.

The editor, Joel Schmieg, posted a statement on his Facebook account claiming it was Jerry Falwell Jr., the university's president and a Trump supporter, who spiked the column, which criticized Trump for lewd comments he made on a hot mic during a 2005 taping of "Access Hollywood."

"Yesterday I was told [Falwell] was not allowing me to express my personal opinion in an article I wrote for my weekly column in the Liberty Champion about Trump and his 'locker room talk,'" Schmieg wrote.

"I understand Joel's frustration regarding the situation," Cierra Carter, the opinion editor for the Liberty Champion, told POLITICO. "Our president has been very vocal with his opinions during this election season and we'd like that same privilege." 

The article goes on to point out that this is the second time Falwell's support of Trump has pitted him Liberty University students. Last week, a group of students issued a statement against Trump and called out Falwell for continuing to support the GOP nominee in spite of allegations of sexual assault.