Shouldn’t we expect better in this day and age? Nope, because ‘MURICA!
Whatever you say, Princess Crazypants.
It’s like some religious groups are scrambling to see which one can isolate itself from the rest of society first.
Which is a bigger “threat to justice and peace”: allowing a loving couple of the same sex to marry, or an institution which harbors and protects child molesters? Think carefully, Mr. Pope, because society is quickly tiring of your Dark Ages mentality and rampant corruption.
Want to read an interview with an actual Phelps, ex-member of the batshit-crazy Westboro Baptist Church? It’s fascinating and really drives home what neanderthals these people are.
Q: I remember reading somewhere that your father treated your mom like trash. Can you give examples if what he did to her and if that played a part in you leaving?
A: He pulled her arm out of the socket. He beat her with his fists, his feet and a mattock handle. He cut all her hair off, down to where her scalp showed through because she wasnt in subjection. He screamed and threw things like a child having a temper tantrum.
Imagine that as the image you have of the person who defines your world and how safe you feel in it. I dont mean to get melodramatic, but I only have so much time and opportunity to impress the reality of the situation on you.
Ugh, what a depressing thing. I’m lucky that my family have been 100% cool with the gay thing and even welcoming my partner into the fold without a second thought, especially considering their political leanings. They’re conservative but not hatefully so. A lot of people I know have had a very different experience–maybe not to the point of making them homeless, but definitely alienating them by passing religion-fueled judgment.
And as much as my mom drives me nuts with her Obama/Muslim crazy talk, she’s never been anything but supportive to me and welcoming to my partner. She even asked him to be a pallbearer for her mother’s funeral! I think if she was the religious type things may have been different, but she’s not–so she’s free to make up her own mind on how to feel about things. Her parents (mostly her dad) were hardcore Republicans but not the churchy types. They encouraged their daughters to learn and think for themselves, but with a conservative slant. This is probably why my mother is an interesting mix of contradictions. Because of her upbringing she’ll always vote Republican and swear that “the liberals and socialists” (who are all Muslim sympathizers, of course) will destroy this country…and yet she’s pro-choice, pro-environment, and pro-gay marriage. Yeah, I don’t fully get it either!
As many as 40 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBT, and a new Williams Institute study of youth shelters confirms this estimate. Between October 2011 and March 2012, 354 agencies completed surveys about their clients and found that about 40 percent of their homeless and non-homeless clients were LGBT 9 percent of whom identified as bisexual. About 30 percent of clients using housing-related services like emergency shelter and transitional living programs were LGBT.
What was particularly disconcerting about this study was how evident family rejection contributed to this disproportionate number of homeless LGBT youth.
Of all the agencies’ LGBT homeless clients, 68 percent have experienced family rejection and more than half 54 percent experienced abuse in their family. Fortunately, nearly 80 percent of the service providers who work with clients under the age of 18 are doing family acceptance-related work, though only about half of providers working with older youth offer such resources.
This excellent article in Rolling Stone shows just how far some will go to demonize homosexuals. In this case, an entire town (in Michelle Bachmann’s home district, no less) got into the act, forbidding school teachers from even approaching the subject in their classes, no matter what the context. The trail of teenage suicide bodies they left behind did nothing but embolden their religion-fueled orgy of hate against anything and anyone associated with the “gay lifestyle.”
This shit will make your blood boil, and the below excerpt is only a taste of what the full article delves into.
LGBT students were stunned to be told for the first time about the existence of the neutrality policy that had been responsible for their teachers’ behavior. But no one was more outraged to hear of it than Tammy Aaberg. Six weeks after her son’s death, Aaberg became the first to publicly confront the Anoka-Hennepin school board about the link between the policy, anti-gay bullying and suicide. She demanded the policy be revoked. “What about my parental rights to have my gay son go to school and learn without being bullied?” Aaberg asked, weeping, as the board stared back impassively from behind a raised dais.
Anti-gay backlash was instant. Minnesota Family Council president Tom Prichard blogged that Justin’s suicide could only be blamed upon one thing: his gayness. “Youth who embrace homosexuality are at greater risk [of suicide], because they’ve embraced an unhealthy sexual identity and lifestyle,” Prichard wrote. Anoka-Hennepin conservatives formally organized into the Parents Action League, declaring opposition to the “radical homosexual” agenda in schools. Its stated goals, advertised on its website, included promoting Day of Truth, providing resources for students “seeking to leave the homosexual lifestyle,” supporting the neutrality policy and targeting “pro-gay activist teachers who fail to abide by district policies.”
Asked on a radio program whether the anti-gay agenda of her ilk bore any responsibility for the bullying and suicides, Barb Anderson, co-author of the original “No Homo Promo,” held fast to her principles, blaming pro-gay groups for the tragedies. She explained that such “child corruption” agencies allow “quote-unquote gay kids” to wrongly feel legitimized. “And then these kids are locked into a lifestyle with their choices limited, and many times this can be disastrous to them as they get into the behavior which leads to disease and death,” Anderson said. She added that if LGBT kids weren’t encouraged to come out of the closet in the first place, they wouldn’t be in a position to be bullied.
via Rolling Stone
Tee-hee! I love it when conservative turds (conservaturds?) like this float to the surface. Just another closeted hypocrite caught in a very public way. I’m done feeling sorry for these assholes. (Oh wait, I never really did…)
I hope he bought a giant dildo that gave his cornhole a nasty skin rash.
SOUTHAVEN, Miss. — Receipts show Southaven Mayor Greg Davis, a Republican who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2008 on a family-values platform, charged the city $67 for a purchase at a gay sex shop in Canada.
The Mississippi auditor on Nov. 2 demanded Davis pay back more than $170,000 for personal expenses billed to taxpayers. There are no criminal charges from the auditor’s investigation. The FBI confirmed Dec. 7 that it is investigating Davis after the auditor’s probe showed possible violations of federal laws.
Well, now! Looks like Washington State may actually join the civilized world and legalize same-sex marriage. Currently your only option is to register as domestic partners, which offers many of the same benefits but also lacks certain crucial ones.
This story is somewhat timely for me personally. My partner and I have been registered domestic partners for several years now, so we had no worries about it when it came time to refinance our mortgage. Imagine our shock when we filled out all the paperwork and had a nice new rate locked in, only to find out that we weren’t registered with the state as domestic partners, only the city of Seattle. What the what?? Well, chalk that up to ignorance on our part–I think we mostly did it for insurance purposes and then quickly forgot about it. So we had to register with the state within a few days in order to keep our locked-in rate and avoid a bunch of hassle, so we used the state’s “expedited” registration service: pay an extra $50 and they’ll do it quick. So within two days were officially registered with the state, only a few days before the deadline. Nice! It’s as close to married as we’ll get for a while, maybe ever.
Washington’s domestic-partnership law provides same-sex couples legal benefits similar to those of marriage. Pedersen has played a leading role in expanding the law over the past several years, but gay-marriage advocates say that law does not go far enough.
“We’ve always said that domestic partnership was not an end to itself but a path toward marriage,” Murray said.
The prospect of pushing gay-marriage legislation to a floor vote next year is getting more serious consideration than it has in the past, he said.
The New York Legislature’s vote in June to legalize gay marriage does not factor much into the decision, other than “every time a state passes marriage and the world doesn’t fall apart … it helps,” Murray said.
In addition to New York, the states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont and New Hampshire and the District of Columbia issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
It took the Washington Legislature nearly 30 years to pass its gay-rights law in 2006, House Bill 2661. The measure, which was controversial at the time, added sexual orientation to an existing state law that banned discrimination by race, sex, religion, national origin, marital status and other categories.
Now Murray says the state is ready for gay marriage.