Archive for August, 2013

Kate’s Letter to Chelsea ( and all of us).

I’ve been reading and re-reading the published letter from Kate Bornstein to Chelsea Manning, and trying too select a portion to excerpt. I’ve picked one, finally, but this reading project has brought me to a new awareness of the letter. Isn’t this the letter that every coming out Queer person wishes they had received? And in a way- since it is public ally published, I can’t find any reason why each and every little girl,[Read More…]

Why Gay Republican is an Oxymoron

Why Gay Republican is an Oxymoron

Contemporary efforts like voter suppression and rigid immigration controls are about preserving what a privileged class has and realizes it is losing. The work of the NRA to attack all gun laws is designed to help perpetuate fear of white men with guns, and at the same time impede fighting real gun violence, which is often within minority communities.

August 21, 2013 Comments are Disabled Activism, general, Homosexual
Why are they threatening to boycott the Olympics?

Why are they threatening to boycott the Olympics?

Missing from any discussion of the the boycott seems to be mention of why a boycott is being discussed. Ultimately, the goal is to help gay, lesbian, bi, trans, and queer people, especially youth in Russia.

August 20, 2013 Comments are Disabled Activism, general, Homosexual
Questions About Nikolai Alekseev Complicate Olympics Choices

Questions About Nikolai Alekseev Complicate Olympics Choices

Some who are pushing for gay athletes to compete at the Russian Olympics in Sochi, justify their efforts by pointing out that at least Russian gay activist, Nikolai Alekseev wants to see the Olympics there so that it can be used to draw attention to the plight of queer people in Russia. But now questions are arising as to if Alekseev is all right or if something has happened to him. (bolding is mine) Something strange[Read More…]

August 19, 2013 Comments are Disabled Activism, general
Those fighting a Sochi boycott are harming the LGBTQ Community.

Those fighting a Sochi boycott are harming the LGBTQ Community.

I am so over the rhetoric being expressed against a boycott of the SOCHI Olympics! I respect that everyone is entitled to an opinion, but really, why all the opposition to this idea?

August 19, 2013 Comments are Disabled general
Why Statewide Nondiscrimination in Pennsylvania Matters

Why Statewide Nondiscrimination in Pennsylvania Matters

I have often had folks question if gays and lesbians are really discriminated against enough that a state law protecting them in employment, housing and public accommodations is necessary. They say, “But I’ve never heard of someone being discriminated against.”  This story comes from Florida, but the same could happen here in Pennsylvania: A Florida condominium association says it won’t allow gay or unmarried heterosexual couples to purchase a home in its development, stating that[Read More…]

August 18, 2013 Comments are Disabled Activism, general, LGBT Discrimination: Exploring Laws and Policies

Germany To Offer Third Gender Option On Birth Certificates

A new German law stipulates that children who are born of indeterminate gender no longer have to be categorized as “male” or “female.”

August 18, 2013 Comments are Disabled Transgender Discrimination & Issues
Crimes against humanity: Scott Lively

Crimes against humanity: Scott Lively

Real mission work is not at stake here, nor will it be harmed by this court case. What will be impacted however, is the way some power brokers charade their attacks on groups of people as if it were simple biblical teaching, and possibly that can be stopped by this case.

August 17, 2013 Comments are Disabled general, Homosexual
Bayard Rustin: The intersection of race, economic equality and gay rights.

Bayard Rustin: The intersection of race, economic equality and gay rights.

Found this awesome quotes in a NPR story about Bayard Rustin, who is one of my personal heroes. The whole post is worth reading, so check it out. “What Rustin took away from Randolph, especially, is the recognition that economic issues and racial justice issues are completely intertwined,” says his biographer, John D’Emilio. In an effort to discredit the march, segregationist Sen. Strom Thurmond took to the Senate floor, where he derided Rustin for being[Read More…]

August 16, 2013 Comments are Disabled general
Focus on Olympic Boycott Misses the Big Picture

Focus on Olympic Boycott Misses the Big Picture

I want to address first, the fallacy that Johnny Weir and Blake Skjellerup have any business thinking their idea means much just because they are Olympic athletes. If Blake would choose to remain in the closet out of financial considerations, why would he think that having one’s life placed in danger is not a reason to put a halt to the Olympics being held in Russia? They would do better to pressure the IOC to move the Games to a safer place.

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