Monday, August 15, 2011

Via JMG: Photo Of The Day

Married at last after almost 40 years. Read the full story.

Via JMG: Crazy Eyes: I'll Reinstate DADT

Yesterday Rep. Michele Bachmann told CNN that if elected, she'd "probably" work to have DADT reinstated.
Bachmann, a favorite of the ultraconservative Tea Party movement, said she would revisit the policy if she reaches the White House. "The 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy has worked very well," she told CNN's "State of the Union." "I would be in consultation with our commanders, but yes, I probably will" reinstate the ban, she added. The ban was overturned in a law adopted in December 2010 that first required the top military officer, the defense secretary and the president -- who is also commander-in-chief -- to certify the change would not harm military readiness and that the armed forces were ready to carry it out.
GOProud will be thrilled.

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Via JMG: Seen At Montreal Pride

JMG reader Earl reports that Crazy Eyes was the only American to be included in a shaming of homophobes at Montreal's pride parade.

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Via JMG: Friendly Voices - Adam Levine

"I can single-handedly dispel any ideas that sexuality is acquired. Trust me, you’re born with it. My brother is gay, and we knew when he was two. We all knew. We all really wanted to provide some cushion for him and constantly let him know that it’s OK. A lot of people don’t want their kid to be gay and will fight it at all costs. But I’ve got news for you—it’s a losing fucking battle. The more you fight it, the more fucked-up your kid’s gonna be. You’ve just gotta embrace it from the beginning. That’s the only way to deal with it as a family. Otherwise, you’re just screwing yourself over, and you’re gonna make your kid miserable." - Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, speaking to Out Magazine.

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Via JMG: Abstinence Works Because It Works

Despite all the data to contradict his position, Texas Gov. Rick Perry sits there and shamelessly tells the show's moderator that "abstinence education works." Watch this clip for a horrifying preview of the next year in GOP politics. (My apologies for the ad at the beginning.)

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Via JMG: 2012 Candidates On LGBT Issues

Marriage Equality USA provides the above chart of the positions held on LGBT issue by declared 2012 presidential candidates. Embiggen for details or go here.

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Via JMG: GLSEN Fires Back At FRC

Last week I posted the latest lie-filled video attack on GLSEN by the shameless Christianist liars at the Family Research Council. Today GLSEN advises that they have sent a cease-and-desist letter to the FRC, demanding the removal of the video.
The false statements in the FRC video can do real and lasting harm to our work. FRC has made those false and defamatory statements in an obvious effort to raise money, undermine GLSEN’s work and maintain the status quo: school systems where LGBT students face unacceptable levels of harassment and violence and where anti-LGBT bias is a weapon of choice for bullies. We must respond forcefully and aggressively to defend our ability to fulfill our mission, and to protect ourselves and our partners in this critical work – the countless people in school communities across the country who work with GLSEN and our chapters to ensure safe and affirming schools for all students, utilizing our resources, attending our trainings, advocating with us for urgently needed change to make a positive difference in schools.
I'm betting that the FRC ignores the letter.

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It gets better - ThoughtWorks

Via AmericablogGay: Bachmann, who equated homosexuality to Satan, now claims she doesn’t judge gays

Busy weekend for GOP politics.
Michele Bachmann, the winner of the Ames straw poll, told David Gregory that of gays, "I don't judge them. I don't judge them." And, "I ascribe honor and dignity to every person...They have honor and dignity." Really? She's got a long history of homophobia, to the point of saying, "It’s a very sad life. It's part of Satan." Gregory played the clip from the 2004 speech where she made those remarks -- and actually did a good job trying to pin her down. Note how Bachmann tries to downplay her extreme hatred for gays when she speaks to broader audiences. Won't work. Her vicious homophobia and Marcus' ex-gay therapy issues will dog her campaign.

I don't think the GOPers realize how energized the LGBT community has become over the past few years. Barack Obama, who is ostensibly an ally, learned it first-hand. Right now, the Republicans are scrambling to get the right-wing homophobic vote. But, that's a shrinking group. More and more Americans are on our side. And, that's especially true for young voters. It's not 2004. And, I suspect the GOPers will be hearing a lot more from the LGBT community as they campaign.
Second-class citizenship won't sell in 2011-2012. And, that goes for civil unions, too.

Via JMG: Tweet Of The Day - Cher

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Via JMG: Crazy Eyes: I Don't Judge Gay People

She just believes we're "of Satan" and that we all need to be brainwashing into being straight Christians. Watch Meet The Press host David Gregory rip her to shreds.

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