Thursday, August 25, 2011

Via JMG: TEXAS: More Sexual Allegations Against Rick Perry From Backer Of Anti-Perry Ad

Ron Paul supporter Robert Morrow appeared on Austin's Outcast radio show this week to make some pretty wild sexual allegations against Rick Perry, including a story about a visit to strip club. This is the guy who last week published a newspaper ad urging anybody who'd had sex with Perry to come forward.

OutCast Austin - Volume 173 - 08/23/2011 - Interview with Robert Morrow 


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Via JMG: CENSUS: America's Ten Gayest Cities

That is, gayest in terms of the percentage of self-identified same-sex couple households. I'm surprised that Wilton Manors is behind Provincetown, but that's probably due to migration to the recently popular-with-the-gays Oakland Park, which is next door and comes in at #10.

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Via JMG: Photo Of The Day - Jack Layton Tribute

In Toronto's Phillips Square, hundreds of residents have created chalk tributes to the late progressive leader Jack Layton, who died of cancer last week at the age of 61. Layton was considered Canada's most passionate and effective ally of the LGBT community and his passing has affected the gay political world like nothing in recent memory.

Via JMG: Crazy Eyes To Keynote FL Hate Group

Michele Bachmann, who lately claims she is uninterested in discussing "frivolous topics" like LGBT rights, will nonetheless be the keynote speaker at the annual convention of the Florida hate group that funded the successful ballot measure banning same-sex marriage. Remember, she "respects your dignity," even though you are "of Satan."

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Via AmericablogGay: CA GOP cuts gay prez candidate Karger out of state convention

I don't know how GOProud is going to spin this one?  But I'm sure they will. 

Even as Republican leaders say they're eagerly wooing all candidates to the state GOP convention Sept. 16-18 in Los Angeles, Karger says his request to attend and address the party activists has apparently been refused.
"I have been waiting for my invitation and it never came," Karger, 61, a 38-year resident of Laguna Beach, told The Chronicle last week. "And I called up a couple of weeks ago and explained my position."
That's when a party official, Karger said, left a "terse" message: "The schedule is completely filled."
That certainly isn't very "big tent" of them, now is it? Sometimes you gotta wait a really long time for those conservatives to come around. Of course, if he had just pretended to be straight, or married to one of the candidates, he might even be in the running for First Lady.

Via AmericBlogGay: New research finds the closet is bad for workplace performance

The closet is an ugly, ugly place. And, it just be bad for business. Fascinating new research from UCLA, explained by Tom Jacobs at Miller-McCune:

Don’t ask. Don’t tell. Don’t do your job as well. 

That’s the implication of newly published research, which links poorer job performance with uncertainty about a colleague’s sexual orientation.
“Supporters of policies that force gay and lesbian individuals to conceal their sexual orientation in the workplace argue that working with openly gay individuals undermines performance,” writes a trio of researchers led by UCLA’s Benjamin Everly. “We examine this claim in two studies and find the opposite effect.”
These findings, published the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, are certainly timely. The military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” rule, in which gay soldiers are discharged if they reveal their sexual orientation, will be repealed Sept. 20. Last week, presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said she was in favor of reinstating that policy — which would be within her authority as president.
Social conservatives argue that serving with openly gay soldiers could harm troops’ “unity and effectiveness.” While unity is hard to quantify, effectiveness is not, and this study suggests allowing openly gay soldiers could actually enhance it.
A couple months ago, we posted research from the Center for Work-Life Policy that showed almost half of college grads aren't out at work. This new study could lead one to conclude that could be harming workplace performance for everyone involved.
The new UCLA study, by Everly and his colleagues, Margaret J. Shiha and Geoffrey C. Hoa, can be located here.