Friday, May 25, 2012

Via JMG: Updated Electoral Projections

I'm going to try and remember to post one of these every Friday until November. The interactive version with the latest polling data can be found at Huffington Post.

Via AmericaBlogGay:

President Obama takes on Black America's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy

Aisha C. Moodie-Mills from the Center for American Progress raises a fascinating notion: That President Obama's embrace of marriage equality has fueled in the black community a much-needed discussion about gay civil rights.  Great piece in the Atlantic, here are a few grafs: The most profound impact of Obama's "evolution" on same-sex marriage could come in the form of dismantling...

Via AmericaBlog Gay:

On marriage, leadership mattered - and it paid off

Mike Signorile:And there's a lesson here for all progressives -- and for the Obama campaign. We were told by the Democratic strategists and the campaign pollsters, the Democratic establishment, that coming out for marriage equality would be harmful to the president. The establishment pundits, gay and straight, were defending the White House, giving the president a pass, as were the establishment...

Via AmericaBlog Gay:

Huge shift in black support for marriage in Maryland following Obama endorsement

These numbers are almost too good to be true.  But they come from PPP, one of the most respected polling firms. 57% of Maryland voters say they’re likely to vote for the new [same-sex] marriage law this fall, compared to only 37% who are opposed. That 20 point margin of passage represents a 12 point shift from an identical PPP survey in early March, which found it ahead by a closer 52/44...

Obama Campaign Launches New Site And Video In Praise Of LGBT Rights Advances

Obama Campaign Launches New Site And Video In Praise Of LGBT Rights Advances

Updated site: LGBT Americans For Obama.

Reposted from Joe

Trent Arrives Home on the USS Carl Vinson 5/23/12

JMG Editorial Of The Day

The New York Times yesterday posted an editorial about Dr. Robert Spitzer's recanting of his infamous "ex-gay" research and its conclusions.
Dr. Spitzer, who just turned 80, has acknowledged that his survey was deeply flawed. In a letter to the editor of the Archives of Sexual Behavior, which had published his study, he said he had no way of knowing whether the patients who said they had changed were deceiving themselves, lying or reporting accurately. He apologized for making “unproven claims” about reparative therapy and for any harm he may have caused to anyone who “wasted time and energy” undergoing the therapy. Critics have noted that the people interviewed were nominated by centers that were performing the therapy and that there was no control group and no clear definition of what counted as therapy. There is also some evidence that reparative therapy can lead to depression or suicidal thoughts and behavior. It is absurd, potentially harmful, pseudopsychiatry. It should have been rejected long ago.

Reposted from Joe

Via Tricycle Daily Dharma

Tricycle Daily Dharma May 25, 2012

To Give Without Bargaining

The body breaks, things change, life ends. Only when impermanence is fully apprehended do we really have the chance to serve, to give without bargaining.
- Bonnie Myotai Treace, Sensei, "The Sword Disappears in the Water"
Read the entire article in the Tricycle Wisdom Collection