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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Anti-Gay Jamaican Reggae Singer To Perform

Sizzla, a Jamaican reggae singer who has previously been denied a visa to Britain because of his anti-gay lyrics, will be allowed to incite hate crimes against gays tonight at the Cleveland House of Blues. A show at the West Hollywood House of Blues has been cancelled after protests by the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center. The House of Blues chain is owned by comedians Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi.

Their mission statement:

"to promote racial and spiritual harmony through love, peace, truth, righteousness and non-violence"

Unless you are gay or lesbian, I guess.

Sizzla (aka Miguel Collins) has in the past been dropped from the MTV Music Awards as well as a British awards show. His most recent European tour was cancelled following LGBT protests and entry was denied to other countries after his UK visa application was turned down. Death threats were made by his supporters to British LGBT activist Peter Tatchell and were taken so seriously that he was given around the clock police protection.

Sounds like the promotion of spiritual harmony through love to me.

Update: Pam posts that BlogActive has an action item on this. Go.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Don't Ask, But Do Tell!

When the New York Musical Theatre Festival begins September12, Yank! will debut. Yank!, directed by Igor Goldin, is a musical about being gay in the military during WWII with a score that features swing, big band and boogie-woogie. It is billed as a production that "explores what stories get told in wartime, what gets remembered, and how WWII became the great catalyst for bringing gay men and women together".

Who knew?

Sign it Arnold

The California Assembly just passed legislation (47-29 vote) banning discrimination against lesbians, gays and transgendered citizens in regard to employement, housing and the delivery of goods and services.

The govenator has 12 days to sign the bill into law.

Oh no! Not the Girl Scouts

This is choice. Rober Knight (the eloquent spokesman mentioned in the previous post) has this to say about the speakers the Girl Scouts USA will have at their annual conference this year:

"The choice of the first two speakers indicates that the Girl Scouts show no sign of slowing their plunge into hard-core feminism and political advocacy...."

Who are these crazed lesbian feminists that are plunging the Girl Scouts deep into the dark abyss of hard-core feminist thought? Kavita Ramdas, the president and CEO of the Global Fund for Women and Dr. Johnnetta Cole, a candidate Bill Clinton floated for Education Secretary back in the good ol' days and president of Bennett College in Greensboro, NC. The sin against Ramdas is her promotion of abortion and feminism (there is that damn word again!) - I think Cole must be evil because she can be associated with Clinton. Actually, it turns out she gave a speech last year at a Women & Power conference organized by Omega Institute. Guess what? They had the nerve to promote the Vagina Monologues during the conference. Dastardly.

Poor Ann Curry of Today Show fame is the third speaker. I hope she hides her voter registration card.

This Will Not Make The Family Value Freaks Happy

So - guess what? Turns out that single moms and lesbian couples really can raise their sons just fine, thank you. Maybe even better than hetero couples.

Of course the nay-sayers (mainly Robert Knight speaking for Concerned Women for America) spout out sound bites such as this little gem:

"typical feminist ideology masquerading as social science"

Cry baby. Bet he wasn't raised by lesbians or a feminist.

Gay & Lesbian Gender Gap

It seems that gays and lesbians aren't exempt from gender gap concerns. This article sums it up nicely. Being a white male will always carry privileges.

No Friend of Dorothy

Someone broke into a Grand Rapids museum and stole a pair of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland (who was born in Grand Rapids in 1922) during filming of "The Wizard of Oz". The shoes were insured for 1 million bucks. The shoes were on loan and were scheduled to be picked up next week.

Well, someone is going to look very authentic this Halloween.

2% - And I'm Not Talking About Milk

GLAAD reports that gay & lesbian characters will represent less than 2% of the over 700 characters seen in the upcoming fall dramas and comedies presented by the broadcasting network.

Some shows where we are visible are listed here and here. LGBT folks are still grossly underrepresented according to GLAAD statistics (and my personal take). And with Will & Grace sadly coming to the end of their run things aren't exactly looking up. You can find a review of the season here.

Support the shows and networks listed by spreading the word to friends and family and by writing letters to tv executives. They'll put their money where the mouths are. How else to you explain The Dukes of Hazzard?

Maryland Begins Gay Marriage Debate Today

A Baltimore circuit court judge will hear arguments today challenging the state's prohibition of same-sex marriage. Maryland is one of six states - Washington, California, New York, Connecticut and New Jersey the others - that have pending legal challenges to marriage laws currently on the books.

Redneck School Bans Non-Academic Clubs

This year there will be no non-academic clubs at White County High School in north Georgia. The reason? Some open-minded students - both gay & straight - wanted to start a club they called Peers Rising in Diverse Education.

Two days after the administration gave them the go ahead the new policy was implemented. Guess who showed up at many of the very contentious school board meetings debating this radical notion that we really can make our world a better place by teaching diversity, tolerance and love? You guessed it - Fred F'in Phelps. Must have been at night. Hope they handed out garlic necklaces.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Openly Gay Candidate Paired with Partner in Ad

Brian Eller is a candidate for the Manhattan borough presidency and has decided to show is partner in commercials for his campaign.

He'd have my vote if I lived in Manhattan.

Pope Wants to Officially Ban Gay Priests

Pope Benedict XVI is contemplating a new set of papal instruction to ban the ordination of gay men as priests. This new instruction would, for the first time, permit seminaries to require that all new seminary candidates be heterosexual.

Looks like there will be a priest shortage soon.

Salon Writer Changes Byline

Sportswriter Chris Kharl has been living as a woman since 2003 but recently added the final touch. Her most recent Salon article ended with the byline: "Christina Kharl is a sportswriter who lives in Washington, D.C., metropolitan area".

Christan Kharl is one of the founding columnists of Baseball Prospectus and is well respected for her baseball knowledge and in-depth analysis of the game. So far very few people noticed the addition of the extra four letters.

I, for one, hope no one cares.

International Conference for Gay Muslims

Sexuality and women's rights will be the dominate topics this weekend during the Al-Fatiha international retreat in Atlanta. Al-Fatiha is the nation's only organization dedicated to serving the gay, lesbian, transgendered & bisexual Muslim population. The meetings this year will discuss sexuality and the role of women in Islam with the entire weekend conference entitled "Sexism, Misogyny and Gender Oppression: Breaking Down the Systems of Patriarchy".

Two events over the weekend will be open to the public. One is a short film festival dedicated to gender and sexuality in the Islamic world with a panel discussion to follow. The panel will be lead by Asra Q. Nomani, author of "Standing Alone in Mecca: An American Woman's Struggle for the Soul of Islam". The other is an awards ceremony, mixed prayer and keynote address. The address will be given by the author of "Quran and Woman", Dr. Amina Wadud. She is considered a scholar of Islamic theology and jurisprudence.

On a side note - Dr. Wadud has been the subject of criticism before, most recently this past March, for leading a Friday prayer service in New York's the cathedral of St. John the Divine before 100 men and women. This broke with the tradition of having only male imams host such a service.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

How Low Can You Go?

Pretty damn low it seems.

Our resident escapee from the looney bin, Fred Phelps, is at it again. Yesterday in Smynra, TN he spread the hate messasge even further by waving anti-gay signs at the funeral of two soldiers killed in Iraq. His reason? God is punishing American soldiers for defending a country that harbors gays.

On an up note, there were so many counterdemonstrators to the Phelps Klan that the police had to be called in to protect the SOB. Too bad. They should have turned a blind eye. Permit or not.

For the record - the church that Phelps spews from has a congreation made up mainly by his children, grandchildren and in-laws. The family that goes over the edge together, stays together.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Grand Dragon & Imperial Wizards Breathing Fire

If you are in the area show your support for the gay Methodists that are meeting in Asheville over the Labor Day weekend.

The Kooky Kinky Krazy clan idiots are ready to protest. The meeting is expected to attract 500 attendees. The purpose of the conference is to encourage the Methodist Church to be open to gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual Christians.

March of the Penquins Inspiration

Here's a book that looks like fun. Read the Love and Penguin post by Andrew Sullivan for the scoop. He's better than me. I know. Goes without saying.

Pride in Israel

Read about this initiative to help forge the links between gay & lesbian Jews in American and their counterparts in Israel. The most recent mission took place in mid-August and included excursions throughout the country as well as meetings with politicians, educators and civil rights activists.

Quick Links

Looks like divorce and same-sex marriage are both evil.

McCain backs an Arizona initiative banning gay marriage.

The world didn't stop spinning. More legislators back gay marriage in Massachusetts.

Kanye West getting bashed for being open-minded and criticizing anti-gay lyrics from rap artists.

Rev. Sharpton takes on the black community and homophobia.

Oppostion to Roberts' Nomination

HRC, The Task Force, NCLR & PFLAG announce oppostion to Roberts' nomination here.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Jerry Falwell Changing His Tune?

Not sure I actually buy it - but the HRC recently issued a "thank you" to the more-often-than-not-very-reverend Falwell early this month because of statements he made that hinted that he believes equal access to housing and employement are basic civil rights that should be offered to everyone. He went on to say this:
Civil rights for all Americans, black, white, red, yellow,the rich, poor, young, old, gay, straight, et cetera, is not a liberal or conservative value. It's an American value that I would think that we would pretty much all agree on.

Falwell also spoke earlier this summer at an Exodus conference - the twist is that he spoke very warmly about the group Soulforce. Soulforce is an activist group, founded by Mel White, that seeks to end the oppression that gays and lesbians feel from organized religion. It seems that in 2001 the Soulforce headquarters was moved across the street from Falwell's church in Lynchburg and the outreach (or lobbying) of Falwell began.

Sounds great if he puts his money where his mouth is. Of course this is the same man that blamed the 911 attacks on "the pagans, the abortionists, and the feminists and the gays and lesbians". I think his recent heart operation has him rethinking his strategy for getting through the pearly gates. Let's hope he's having, well, a change of heart. I'm not betting on it - hatemongers seldom change their cloak.

More Falwell news:

Let's see if he can keep his horns from sprouting out over this bit of news. He's thankfully and rightfully lost the fight to keep this site quiet.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Cutting Edge of Diversity

Eastman Kodak is considerd to be on the cutting edge of diversity with their new sensitivity training and guidelines to help promote acceptance and better understanding of transgendered employees. The company is one of only 16 around the nation that explicitly includes transgendered workers in their diversity policies.

Top 10 Schools Most Accepting of LGBT Students

The Princeton Review just published their annual list of "The Best 361 Colleges" and included the top 10 colleges most accepting of LGBT students:

  1. New College of Florida, Sarasota
  2. Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnestota
  3. Wellesley College, Wellesely, MA
  4. Eugene Lang College, New York City
  5. Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
  6. St. John's College, Annapolis, Maryland
  7. Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA
  8. Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin
  9. Emerson College, Boston
  10. Harvey Mud College, Claremont, CA
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Fred Phelps at it Again

Seriously insane anti-gay "man of the cloth" Fred Phelps has done it yet again. This time he has accused King Carl Gustaf of Sweden of being gay. He-that-shall-not-be-named went off on this most recent bend because of a ruling against a fundamentalist minster in Sweden. The minister was found guilty of breaking hate speech law during his own pulpit-beating sermon against homosexuality {via 365gay}.

This little nugget of hate wrapped in the cross is posted on his web site (a link will not be posted here) - he goes on to say that Sweden is a "land of sodomy, bestiality and incest". He further slanders the King with hateful rhetoric and goes so far as to insult his children. The Swedish government has expressed concern to the US Ambassador there and the royal family is consulting with their own lawyers.

Someone please stop him. He is filled with hate and self-loathing and will stop at nothing. This is the same nut that thought it would be fun to picket at the funeral of Matthew Shepard.

Gay Games Ambassador

Prominent South African Olympic beach volleyball player Leigh-Ann Naido has stepped up to become the first African member of Gay Game Ambassadors. This international group of prominent individuals strive to promote and support the principles of the Gay Games.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Mecca for Black Gays & Lesbians

According to a recent article posted by the AP, Atlanta has become a mecca of sorts for black gays and lesbians. Atlanta now has the largest concentration of black same-sex couples of any other state in the South and is rapidly gaining on Chicago. Many new gay residents site reasons such as moderate cost of living, family roots, and some of best HIV-fighting resources in the nation. Also, each Labor Day the black gay festival, organized by In the Life Atlanta, has attendance of around 30,000 people.

Trust me. This doesn't exactly mean that the South is rolling out the welcome mat for us gay folks. But maybe, just maybe, the tide is turning.

The Intous Movement

After reading article after article about the Exodus movement I'd had enough. First, it's a crock. Second, well - it's a crock. So I thought - let's have an Intous movement. For those of us who are gay or lesbian and love it!

We have shirts and other gear here (click the Pride tab).

We're looking for contributing writers as well. We need info from the serious to the ridiculous that may make readers laugh, cry and get angry enough to act.

Take our motto (why not? It was stolen and heavily edited from Exodus)
Freedom from heterosexuality through the power of my girlfriend/boyfriend.

and run with it!

Comments, contributions and thoughts welcome!