Monday, August 28, 2006

Christian Coalition Leader Molests Underage Girls

I guess I must have missed this in Massresistance's latest update:

The longtime leader of the Oregon Christian Coalition and staunch opponent of gay rights admits in a newly released police report that he sexually touched three underage girls years ago, despite denials of such behavior to a newspaper.
Funny they didn't even talk about it on the radio show that bills itself as "stories you won't hear in the media".

Though, I'm a bit confused because Amy said this past weekend on the show that "Words didn't have any meaning" in Massachusetts yet it appears that the denials made by this Oregon Christian Leader had no meaning at all. I guess they would have only reported it if it was underage boys instead of underage girls.

In their lastest post they talk about the male staffer in Dorchester who was charged with the statutory rape of young girl. Interesting enough, the only parts of the story Massresistance highlighted are:

"he then offered her $40 to have anal sex"

"a lot of pain."

"He had been in charge of a Baker House program for preadolescent boys."

Go figure! They must have been too busy reading Bay Windows to notice the story about the Christian Coalition leader.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Love Really DOES Make a Family

Massresistance is back to bashing gay families. In the lastest post which reeks of jealousy, they rant, raves and basically foam at the mouth about a same sex couple which was named "Parents of the Year":
What better way to hasten their utopian society than place as many children as they can get their hands on with "families" headed by GLBT same-sex couples? Who
cares if heterosexual couples have played by the rules and waited years on end with no adoptive placement?
Uh, NO. Our idea of a utopian society is where children AND families are safe from abuse, physically, emotionally AND verbally no matter if those families are headed by same sex couples, opposite sex couples or single parents households. The post neglects to mention that same sex couples usually take children that are not wanted by heterosexual couples.

If you read the real story you find out that the child was taken from a drug addicted mother was born 3 months premature and weighed 2 1/2 pounds when he was born. (Do they ever tell you the full story?)

The story of these men bring to mind the story of my aunt and uncle (in full disclosure, they are my aunt and uncle by marriage) This amazing couple adopts children that are not wanted. They were foster parents for a child born from a crack addicted mother, yes, the child was a crack baby that needed a lot of care. After they had the child for awhile my aunt and uncle were contacted again because the drugged addicted mother had another child (read another crack baby) and they wanted to know if they could care for another needed child. They said yes. These children are now going up in a wonderful loving home.

So when I hear about these men, who took a child no one wanted and are raising him in a loving family I applaud them because I know its not easy. What is easy is to point the finger and say:
Well, there are lots of heterosexual couples in their 20s and 30s dying to adopt a little child. But they are routinely passed over.
but offer no facts or examples just rhetoric.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

A Busy Week

Man oh man, there's so much stuff happening that this post could go on for days (inside joke for those readers who also listen to Massresistance on the radio)

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Revue Your History with Varla Jean

This is the video which first appeared on the Gay cable channel Logo when it premiered last year. If you get a chance it is hilarious!

Varla Jean Merman is the superfabulous creation of Jeffery Roberson. Her newest show is Anatomically Incorrect and if you want to see it you have to hurry to Provincetown since its only playing two more weekends.

Update: After talking with Varla's manager, Mark, I learned that Varla is performing in Ptown until Sept 23rd so you still have 4 more week to see the reigning Queen of Provincetown!

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Pension Protection Act of 2006 and Fairness for Same Sex Couples

President Bush signed the Pension Protection Act of 2006 this past week. It is being held as the most extensive revision of the nation's pension law in three decades. This Act is great news for gay and lesbian couples:

Two little-noticed features of the law was praised by gay rights groups. Under the law, a person's retirement benefits could transfer to domestic partners or other beneficiaries such as sibling or parent. And workers could draw on retirement funds for medical or financial emergencies involving domestic partners or other beneficiaries.

The Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights group, said it was the first time federal legislation has on a broad basis treated same-sex couples similarly to married couples. "Today marks an important day for fairness under the law in America," said its president, Joe Solmonese.

Therefore gay couples will no longer be hit with the tax penalty when a retirement account is automatically withdrawn when one's partner dies. He or she can now roll it over to their own retirement account.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

More GOP Mis-Statements

Wow, it's only been hours since I posted about the Sen. Allen making a racist remark and now it appears that the Republican canidate for Governor, Bob Beauprez, in Colorado has chosen as his running mate a woman, Mesa County commissioner Janet Rowland, who referred to same sex marriage as beastiality. The Democratic canidate for Governor demanded the Republican drop Rowland from the ticket. But:

Beauprez campaign manager John Marshall said Rowland regretted the remark and has apologized.

"We all say things we don't mean sometimes,'' Marshall said. ''That's what happened.''

Ah, she said something she didn't mean, well do you think it's a step up from saying something you didn't know was a racial epithet? (oh, I guess I was wrong when I said that they weren't still targeting gay people)

What's going on here?

First it was GOP Governor Willard Romney making a tar baby remark and now we have GOP Senator George Allen making another racial remark?

Of course, like Romney, Sen. Allen claims he didn't know it was a racial term.

The Washington Post is reporting that Sen. Allen's past in which he loved the confederate flag and kept a noose in his office is coming back to haunt him. Oh, Sen. Allen, like Romney, is also considering a run for president in 2008.

Americablog is also picking up what the Washington Post didn't:
Nice of the Washington Post to, yet again, ignore the fact that Macaca isn't just a genus of monkey - in French it's also a slur for dark-skinned people of North Africa, and George Allen's French-speaking French mother just happened to come from North Africa. No, that's not relevant to the story, but the genus of Macaca in Latin is. Uh huh.
It appears that since all the anti-gay amendments have been approved they're now onto people of color. How many times are we going to hear them apologize that they didn't know what they said was wrong? Wow, what a slate of officers we have in contention for the presidency, I can't wait!

Friday, August 11, 2006

The APA Weighs in on "Ex-Gays"

The American Psychological Association issued the following statement:
For over three decades the consensus of the mental health community has been that homosexuality is not an illness and therefore not in need of a cure. The APA's concern about the positions espoused by NARTH and so-called conversation therapy is that they are not supported by the science. There is simply no sufficiently scientifically sound evidence that sexual orientation can be changed. Our further concern is that the positions espoused by NARTH and Focus on the Family create an environment in which prejudice and discrimination can flourish.
This was in response to the "ex-gays" protesting the APA for rejecting conversion therapy. NARTH, the National Association of Research and Therapy of Homosexuality has no scientific evidence that people can alter sexual orientation yet they are demanding that the APA change its current position which says that such unsubstantiated efforts can often be destructive and damaging to patients.

According to Truth Wins Out some of the methods these "Conversion groups" use include exorcisms, repossessing a client's Calvin Klein underwear because it is deemed "too gay," taking Prozac and drinking Gatorade in an effort to make men more masculine. I saw some guy beating a pillow with a tennis racket on CNN then cuddling a man in his lap as a way to change his orientation, it was hilarious!

Tuesday, August 8, 2006

First Came the Tar Baby...

Now, anti-gay Gov. Willard Romney is joking about the Civil War:

``Governor Romney was clearly joking when he referred to the Civil War as the `war of Northern aggression' to an audience in Charleston," said Eric Fehrnstrom, his spokesman, who was at the event. ``Everyone laughed, because they understood he was using it in a humorous context."

Fehrnstrom described a joke that Romney recently made when speaking at The Citadel, the military school in Charleston.

Romney talked of baseball player Johnny Damon's leaving the Red Sox to join the Yankees. Romney told them that he and the audience have common ground: They both hate Yankees.

``It was just a passing reference," Fehrnstrom said. ``Everywhere the governor speaks, he tells a joke."

But not to be left out, he still talked (joked?) about gay marriage, stem cells and abortion too. I'm still waiting for his "jokes" about blind people, little people and disabled people since everything seems to be a joke with him.

UPDATE: There's a letter to the Editor in the GLOBE (8/9/06) about Romney "goofing"on the Civil War:
GOVERNOR ROMNEY claims that his reference to the Civil War as the ``war of Northern aggression" was a joke (``Aide insists Romney just being civil," Page B1, City&Region, Aug. 8). It was red meat for neo-Confederates, but an insult to the memory of the 18,000 Massachusetts men who died defending the Union. It's also false history: It was South Carolina state and Confederate troops that fired on the Stars and Stripes at Fort Sumter in April 1861, initiating the war.

Romney would rightly consider it an insult to his Mormon faith if someone asked ``How many wives do you have, governor?" and then tried to pass it off as ``a joke." Even in politics, some things are never a joke.

Friday, August 4, 2006

Legal Marriage Rulings Illogical

Ellen Goodman in today's Boston GLOBE hits the nail on the head on the recent marriage rulings in New York and Washington:
NOW I got it. After hours spent poring over Washington state's Supreme Court decision upholding the ban on same-sex marriage, I've finally figured it out. The court wasn't just ruling against same-sex marriage. It was ruling in favor of ``procreationist marriage."
Well if that's true, isn't it time for the legislatures in Washington and in New York, which issued a similar ruling against same-sex marriage this summer, to follow their own logic? If marriage is for procreation, shouldn't they refuse to wed anyone past menopause? Shouldn't they withhold a license, let alone blessings and benefits, from anyone who is infertile? What about those who choose to be childless? Nothing borrowed or blue for them. Indeed the state could offer young couples licenses with sunset clauses. After five years they have to put up (kids) or split up.
While I usually leave the legal analysis of court rulings to my husband even I could figure this one out. If they're allowing opposite sex couples who have no desire, whether by choice or biology, to get married there is no rational reason to ban same sex couples the same rights especially when many same sex couples have children.

Thursday, August 3, 2006

Top Colleges for LGBT Students & Allies

The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students was just released on August 1st. It lists the best 100 colleges and universities for LGBT students. I'm proud to say that I'm an alumni of one of the top 20!
This new guide profiles the 100 U.S. institutions with the top "Gay Point Average" on critical LGBT issues such as:
  • Gay-affirmative policies
  • Campus events
  • Queer student perspectives
  • Housing for LGBT students
  • Local gay hangouts
  • Gay-friendly support resources
  • Queer studies
To see the whole list you have to buy the book but here's a Top 20 list of the Best of the Best:

American University
Duke University
Indiana University

Oberlin College
Ohio State University
New York University

Princeton University
Pennsylvania State University
Stanford University

Tufts University
University of California--Berkeley
University of California--Los Angeles
University of California--Santa Cruz
University of Massachusetts--Amherst
University of Michigan

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities
University of Oregon
University of Pennsylvania

University of Puget Sound
University of Southern California