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Gays Belong on Deserted Islands

November 13, 2008 By: jaysays Category: Stupid Things People Say About Gays

In the second post exposing the stupid things people say about gays, we will analyze the following comment:

Just like it’s common sense that gay behavior is unnatural. Why can’t we just put all gays on a deserted island and see how long they last? hmon20002000
(28 years old)

Let’s start at the beginning, “…gay behavior is unnatural.” Seed Magazine took an in depth look at homosexuality in the animal kingdom, and, I believe it is indisputable (except by the illiterate) that the animal kingdom can be used to demonstrate what is natural. The study found that Giraffes, Big Horn Sheep, dolphins, killer whales, gray whales, West Indian manatees and others participate in and ejaculate from homosexual activities. Japanese macaques are lesbians, and the closest living primate to humans, the Bonobos engage in lesbian sexual encounters every 2 hours. It also explains that homosexuality has been documented in over 450 vertebrate species. That’s a lot of unnatural behavior in nature. The article is nearly 3,000 words, you can view it here. For further evidence that homosexuality naturally occurs, please watch the following video:

As to the second part of the stupid comment by hmon20002000, “Why can’t we just put all gays on a deserted island and see how long they last?” The answer is clear, we would survive a very very long time. Not only because the greatest gay anthem ever written or performed is entitled, “I Will Survive” but also because we have lesbians. I am a believer that the lesbian is the true root of the homosexual community. Lesbians, stereotypically, grow things, like herbs and corn. They know soil – and guess what, we gay men know a thing or two about plants – just ask any florist. So yes, we would eat… likely an organically grown assortment of fruits and vegetables which will keep our lipids low and we will outlive all heterosexual McDonald’s eating Americans… on our own Isle of Lesbos.

Connecticut to Allow Gay Marriages as of Today, November 12, 2008

November 12, 2008 By: jaysays Category: LGBT News, Marriage Equality

Today, “Gay Marriage” took a step forward, helping to equalize the standings from the backward step of California’s passage of Proposition 8.  Effective today, Connecticut has become state number two in the United States to allow same-sex couples marriage rights; Massachusetts is the only other state to allow for such marriage rights.

Several States allow for Civil Unions or recognize marriages performed in other jurisdictions.  For example, if a same sex couple were to marry in Connecticut or Massachusetts, the State of New Mexico would recognize the marriage, the law applicable states:

All marriages celebrated beyond the limits of this state, which are valid according to the laws of the country wherein they were celebrated or contracted, shall be likewise valid in this state, and shall have the same force as if they had been celebrated in accordance with the laws in force in this state. – NMSA

Other states which recognize domestic partnership or civil union include Vermont, New Jersey and New Hampshire.  Several jurisdictions offer limited recognition of same sex couplings such as Maine, Washington, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

For more information on the Connecticut’s legalization of same-sex marriage, see CNN’s article: Connecticut Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage – CNN.com.

Why Gays Want to Marry Even Though They Can’t Reproduce

November 11, 2008 By: jaysays Category: Stupid Things People Say About Gays

With Proposition 8 in the news, people have come out from under their rocks in droves.  With that, comes numerous, sometime unintelligible comments on various websites about gay people.  Such stereotypes and stupidity have only been fueled by the church.  Therefore, I have started a new multi-part series regarding the stupid things people say (or type) about gays.

We’ll start with a quote found on YouTube which was responsive to a Pro-Prop * LDS video:

I respect that gay people are the way they are, but why would they want to get married if they can’t reproduce? If they adopt or do other things to get a child, they could corrupt the child as well. Why would they want to inflict harm upon a child that did not do anything to deserve it?  Violist (13 years old – isn’t that cute?)

I think you’ve missed the point here.  It’s not about the civil issues of marriage, but about the benefits of German engineering.  Since the result of marriage is obviously reproduction by your standards, by allowing gay people to get married, we could then get pregnant and rightfully purchase a Volkswagen without being judged by heterosexuals for being unpregnant Volkswagen purchasers.  This inalienable right is not just for straight, pregnant women any more is it Ms. Brooke Shields?  Such extreme homophobia is evidenced in the following video:

Gun Sales High After Obama Election – But Why?

November 09, 2008 By: jaysays Category: Commentary, Thought of the Gay

Analysts will argue that the recent spikes in gun sales after an Obama victory are due to gun fanatics fearing that Obama and a Democratic majority Congress will restrict gun laws further.  See: Obama election prompts surge in US gun sales | World news | guardian.co.uk.  However, could that be the real reason, or is there a deeper one?

For years white folk have feared the black man, moving from neighborhood after neighborhood as black neighbors move-in, which lead to the coining of the terms “White Flight.”  Now, as a black/white man prepares to take the highest seat in American government, whites can’t just up and move, so what must they do?  Arm themselves.

Or perhaps, the plot is even more sinister.  A coup perhaps, or perhaps all the media hype about assassination attempts are starting to get to people’s heads… really, who needs an AR-15 assault rifle?

Of course, Obama clearly stated in his pre-election debates and speeches that he will not support any legislation which takes away the right of American’s to bear arms.  But then again, we’ve been told many things by presidents and presidential candidates.  Take the following for example:

George Bush (the First) stated he would not raise taxes.  Then the economy happened and he regrettably was forced into raising taxes.  Or Clinton’s little lie about not having sexual relations with “that woman,” when he did.  Or the bigger lie of George W. Bush, when he stated that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction.  But perhaps the most disappointing lie of all was from former President Ronald Reagan who told American voters that he would never forget us.

So perhaps Obama was just saying that, perhaps he will take away the right to bear arms – the near future will tell.

RELIGULOUS – Bill Maher’s Film-Documentary Regarding the Ridiculousness of Religion

November 09, 2008 By: jaysays Category: Commentary, Religion

I’ve been meaning to post a bit about this film for some time.  Unfortunately, I’ve been too caught up in the wonderful world of political triumphs and failures and, in spite of having seen this film a couple of weeks ago, am only just now getting around to a posting about it.

First, I went into this film with fairly low expectations.  I do enjoy Bill Maher’s comedy and rants, and I agree with a lot of his “philosophies” (for lack of a better word).  He makes very good points, but lately, I’ve found him to be less funny and more condescending – and after reading his book, “New Rules” a couple of years ago, I decided it was time to find a new comedic hero.

This film has completely restored my faith in Bill Maher.  He was funny, witty and a lot less insulting than I expected him to be.  Religion is a difficult thing to talk about, particularly when you are saying that it is all based on fiction and is the cause of war.  Bill Maher successfully stated his case by interviewing various religious personalities – and he did so without crossing the line too often.  Some might feel he was too gentle on a few people; however, had he been more agressive, his message may have been lost and he may have experienced even more ridicule from the religious wrong.

Perhaps more surprising was the audience for the film.  I expected a lot of liberal looking hippy-types smelling of patchouli – what I got was a large group of ladies who looked as though they left church just to come see the film.  When I saw them enter the cinema, I thought they were there to report back to their congregation about the evils of Bill Maher and this film; however, they spent the majority of the film laughing loudly and chatting quietly about the content.  The smiles on their faces as we left suggested they were not church ladies at all, but non-patchuli wearing hippies.

Kudos to Bill Maher for his smart, funny and enlightening film that made me laugh out loud and has kept me thinking for two weeks (so far at least).

Here’s the trailer:

The Dorothy Effect

November 08, 2008 By: jaysays Category: LGBT News, Marriage Equality

Yesterday while on my afternoon commute, I was considering the passage of California’s Proposition 8 and the recent media frenzy over the election of Barack Obama to the Presidency.  I couldn’t figure out how Proposition 8 could have passed and how, for the first time in the history of the United States, voters voted to remove a civil right already provided.  Then, it hit me.

The Dorothy Effect –  The Dorothy Effect shall heretofore be the gay equivalent of the Bradley effect.  Voter’s took to the booth and, in its sanctuary, voted Yes for Proposition 8 while publicly proclaiming that the land of the free and the home of the brave treats all men equally in the eyes of the law.  This is the only explanation for the election outcome.

That’s at least the excuse I’m making in order to continue to be proud of my countrymen for the overwhelming support of Barack Obama.  That’s the rationale I’m using in an effort to regain my sense of humor… and in the spirit of united-ness, I would like to offer you my interpretation of why November 5, 2008 was likely one of the greatest moments in American history:

That evening, I was channel flipping.  From Fox to CNN to MSNBC – anything to avoid a commercial.  Cameras kept panning the crowd at Grant Park, a crowd overwhelmed with emotion and hope.

That crowd consisted of both black and white and the most remarkable thing about the entire evening… not one white man checked to make sure he still had his wallet.

Remember to laugh hard, even when its hard to laugh.

Now let’s hope that the news stations get over Wardrobe Gate quickly and Sarah Palin is never heard from again on the National scale.

jaysays.com – Let Freedom Ring (or I the Homosexual)

November 06, 2008 By: jaysays Category: Commentary, Thought of the Gay

Jay - Let Freedom Ring

Jay - Let Freedom Ring

I woke up the morning of November 5th, 2008 feeling like I was part of the world again and went to bed feeling defeated and empty.  That morning, I felt like an American and I was ready to take on the responsibility that comes with such an elusive title.  But I was shown again that in spite of what we learn, we are not born American but must be accepted as Americans.

What did I learn?  To be an American means you are a part of a group of people who think they are better than you when they are not.  To be an American means to claim your belief in Jesus even if you don’t.  To be an American one must fit the mold and wear the flag on their lapel and stand up against the immoral and stand up for the moral.  To be an American, one must forget the brothers and sisters that stood next to you when you were not an American.

California’s Proposition 8 passed.  Gay marriage is now constitutionally banned in the only state where there was hope that Gay marriage would be recognized with no residency requirement.

For me, I blame my faithful imaginary friend, Jesus and I blame a community who has often had backs turned to them, and now turns its back on others.

69% to 31%.  That’s the statistic of Black voters.  69% of them voted in favor of Proposition 8. My sorrow runs deep.  Those minorities I’ve stood up for and stood up with now stand against me.

In Texas, before and again shortly after the dragging death of James Byrd, we marched.  I, hand and hand with others, drudged through the cold wet streets of Austin and we said, “NO MORE!”  We demanded hate crimes legislation.  We the homosexual stood next to you as members of the United States of America.  We shouted for you and we chanted for you and we chanted for ourselves and you chanted for us and we were one people – all 500 of us that were willing to fight the cold rain so that we could say to the State of Texas – “NO MORE!” and together we forced the James Byrd Hate Crimes Act into law in Texas.

Now, those brothers that stood with me stand against me.  Those that called out for my help now ignore my pleas.  Because now they are Americans – part of the in crowd… and I am still the disinfranchised.  So the next time you march down Martin Luther King Drive, will you still allow me to be there with you as we once were or do I no longer fit the qualifications for membership?

Now, after writing all that, I feel much better.  And after taking a look at the below links, I feel even better… keep up the good work America – may we all someday be considered Americans.

Eating Out Loud blogger, Allen, has started the Let Freedom Ring Campaign.  jaysays.com is proud to participate and encourages you to do the same.  As soon as I get home with Christopher, we will be sharing our photo!

Prop 8: Let Freedom Ring! | Eating Out Loud.

To participate, take your photo, post it to your blog and visit:

Diary of a Modern Matriarch: Let Freedom Ring.

You are also encouraged to read Mathew Weaver’s commentary for Deadline USA:

Gay rage at Proposition 8 | World news | guardian.co.uk.

Yes We Can – An America For Change

November 05, 2008 By: jaysays Category: Commentary, Thought of the Gay

In Obama’s historic and most memorable acceptance speech as the President Elect of the United States of America, he proclaimed:

It’s the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled. Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been just a collection of individuals or a collection of red states and blue states.We are, and always will be, the United States of America.

And I wept.  I cried for the country I had forgotten was with me, not against me.  I cried for the country I thought was dead but had suddenly risen from the grave.  I cried for all the martyrs of the American Dream, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Harvey Milk, Addie Mae Collins, James Chaney, Brandon Tina, Jonathan Daniels, James Byrd and the multiples of others who died because of the color of their skin or their denial of denying themselves and they stood up and said, “Yes we can.”  I cried because I had given up on the USA and no longer felt the pride I had felt so many years ago to stand up and salute the red, white and blue.  I was both proud and humbled.  And then, he spoke to me:

This is our time, to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth, that, out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope. And where we are met with cynicism and doubts and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can.

For being reminded not to abandon my hope, to not be the cynic, to never forget that I too am an American, I stretch out my hand to you and say, “Thank you Senator from Illinois, the next President of the United States of America.”

For a full transcript of Barack Obama’s 2008 acceptance speech for the Presidency of the United States of America, please follow the below provided link.

TEXT of President-Elect Barack Obama Speech | Views | TheRoot.com.

Alex Okrent’s Blog: Equality is a Moral Imperative

November 04, 2008 By: jaysays Category: LGBT News, Marriage Equality

I suppose some would complain that since the election has heated up, I’ve covered too serious of topics, forgetting my ordinarily laugh at the world self and instead substituting for more serious topics (hence the “seriously”).  Well, this post is no exception… seriously.

Some will remember President Elect Obama’s (no I don’t think I’m being too premature) open letter to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community from February 2008.  Reading that letter now, as Obama’s campaign comes to a close and American’s cast their votes, I find myself wondering, “Does he mean it?”  We all remember the promises of Bill Clinton – taking our money and passing laws such as “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” and “the Defense of Marriage Act.”  We don’t ALL particularly fault Bill Clinton for these measures, but it was certainly a slap in the face to those of us that put  our hearts and money where our mouths were.  Granted, I did not vote for Bill Clinton in his 1992-1996 bid, I was too young to vote – but I was listening, and I was aware.

In the wishy washy game of politics, there’s just no way to know whether or not we will experience the same slap from Barack Obama.  Considering his more recent commentary that he is against “gay marriage,” it looks as though we are set for failure; however, I have a dream, but more than that, I have hope.

To read the full text of Obama’s Open Letter to the LGBT Community, please see Alex Okrent’s Blog at:

Barack Obama and Joe Biden: The Change We Need | Alex Okrent’s Blog: Equality is a Moral Imperative.

Obama’s Plan for America – Equal Rights and Exclusionism

November 03, 2008 By: jaysays Category: Commentary, Thought of the Gay

We all know President George W. Bush has been noted for his antics while intoxicated, be it on alcohol or other substances, but did you know about Obama’s history with narcotics?  Obama, in his book, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance wrote:

Junkie.  Pothead.  That’s where I’d been headed: the final, fatal role of the young would-be black man, Except the highs hadn’t been about that, me trying to prove what a down brother I was.  Not by then, anyway.  I got high for just the opposite effect, something that could push questions of who I was out of my mind, something that could flatten out the landscape of my heart, blur the edges of my memory.  I had discovered that it didn’t make any difference whether you smoked reefer in the white classmate’s sparkling new van, or in the dorm room of some brother you’d met down at the gym, or on the beach with a couple of Hawaiian kids who had dropped out of school and now spent most of their time looking for an excuse to brawl.  …  You might just be bored, or alone.  Everybody was welcome into the club of disaffection.

Oddly, in all that, I didn’t even pause at the drug use, instead, I was struck by the “club of disaffection.”  That line caught me and held on to my breath for a moment.  I, too, have been welcomed into the club of disaffection – back then I was “hip” rather than worried about breaking a hip.  I bonded deeply at that line with Barack Obama.  The difference was that I wasn’t trying to be black enough or white enough, but trying to forget that the world, generally, loathed the homosexual – or at least felt the homosexual was less of a person than our heterosexual counterparts.

We are the disaffectioned, the blacks, Asians, Hispanics, gays, atheists, Arab and any number of other minority groups in America, now joined together in the club of disaffection.

But that isn’t the case.  Each of the disaffectioned ones claim our own club with our own colors and, like the affectioned ones, ignore those that aren’t in our club.

That’s where Barack Obama has gone wrong for me.  He has forgotten, in spite of a career based upon civil rights, that civil rights are equal rights for one and all.  That’s not to say I won’t proudly cast my vote tomorrow for Barack Obama – former pothead and future president (nothing new there).  I only hope that in his quest for civil rights, he remembers me as I will always remember him.

First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist, so I said nothing. Then they came for the Social Democrats, but I was not a Social Democrat, so I did nothing. Then came the trade unionists, but I was not a trade unionist. And then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew, so I did little. Then when they came for me, there was no one left to stand up for me.’ First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist, so I said nothing. Then they came for the Social Democrats, but I was not a Social Democrat, so I did nothing. Then came the trade unionists, but I was not a trade unionist. And then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew, so I did little. Then when they came for me, there was no one left to stand up for me. — Martin Niemöller (Niemoller)