Month: November 2009

Gay Student Beaten Because Administrators Ignored Pleas for Help

I don’t expect a lot from our public school system, particularly in Texas where they teach to the test. However, this takes the cake for irresponsibility.

Jayron Martin, a 16 year old freshman at Langham Creek High School, was told by a friend that a group of kids were going to attack him. He advised the administration and was told they would call the group into the office, but they didn’t.


November 19, 2009 2

Equality Florida’s Orlando Office Vandalized – Yeah, I’m Pissed

It’s not uncommon for LGBT groups and organizations to suffer at the hands of ignorant, bigoted, hateful people who wish nothing more than… dare I say, fags to die. If you doubt that these hatemongers teach that to their flock and families, just take a look at the messages scrawled on the walls at Equality Florida’s Orlando Office and the results of the anti-gay movements battle against us becomes clear. They want us dead.

That’s just one of the photos from Equality Florida’s website. Other messages were more on point, including the scrawled Swastika, a symbol now associated with the persecution and murders of hundreds of thousands of people during German occupation – and yes, that included us “fags.” Another message for the queers from our fun loving fellows, “”Die Fags.”


November 17, 2009 0

Restore Equality 2010: When They Fight, They Give Us Hope

Perseverance will pay off in California next year. Restore Equality 2010 officially launched its petition drive along with a social networking site, today. The statewide group is a coalition of organizations committed to repealing the unconstitutional Proposition 8 which narrowly passed last November, damaging thousands of families in the state and destroying what could have been the election’s most prized lesson: prejudice and discrimination are a thing of America’s past.


November 16, 2009 4

LGBT Life in the UK: Yours in Solidarity

Away from the insultingly ignorant stereotypes of a femme, happy life as a gay guy in Britain, I just wanted to pitch some statistics to make you really think about how difficult LGBT life can be in the UK. One in five LGBT have experienced a homophobic hate crime or incident in the last three years. One in eight have been a victim in the last year. Three in four of those experiencing hate crimes or incidents did not report them to the police. Only six per cent reported them to third parties. Only one per cent of all victims report that the homophobic hate crime or incident resulted in a conviction.


November 15, 2009 0

San Antonio Man Murdered for Making Sexual Advances on Another Man

A San Antonio man was murdered in front of a local bar after he allegedly made a sexual advance toward another man. Enrique Santos, 22, has confessed to the murder of 50 year old, Jorge Sgetelmeg, stating that a fight broke out after Sgetelmeg purchased some beer for Santos. According to Santos’ confession and affidavit, Sgetelmeg and he were sharing the beer in his SUV. Sgetelmeg made a sexual advance at Santos and Santos punched him several times in the face before removing a rock from his pocket and hitting him several more times – then chocking the man with a neck tie.


November 14, 2009 2

Closet Talk: Dr. Michael T. Schmitt – Same-Sex Marriage’s Threat to Heterosexual Identity

I was first introduced to Dr. Michael T. Schmitt’s work by way of jaysays.com’s resident scientist, Jude. After seeing his video presentation, I knew I had to have him on the show. Dr. Schmitt, along with Dr. Justin Lehmiller and Dr. Allison Walsh, published the article, “The Role of Heterosexual Identity Threat in Differential Support for Same-Sex ‘Civil Unions’ veruses ‘Marriages’ in the journal Group Processes and Intergroup Relations.


November 11, 2009 2

Ft. Worth City Council Passes Inclusive Non-Discrimination Policy

The Fort Worth City Council listened to several hours of comment on the recommendation of the Diversity Council to add transgender language to the city’s non-discrimination policy.

The GLBT community was present with well over a hundred representatives. Many spoke in support of the new change in law, including transgender people, parents of transgender people, gays, lesbians, and even straight allies.

In opposition were several people from the community including several lawyers, conservatives, and Christians. While most contended that they were not hateful of gay people they feared the new ordinance, it’s language, and its affect on the youth of the community.


November 11, 2009 0

Hearing Tomorrow in Ft. Worth on LGBT Inclusive City Policies to Spark “Christian” Protests

Tuesday evening in Fort Worth, Texas may prove to be a night of fireworks for gay rights in the state. Recent events in Texas have brought the need for gay rights legislation on a local, state and national level to the forefront.

In the last year, events in San Antonio, Dallas, El Paso, and Fort Worth have each reminded the GLBT community of the pain and suffering that goes along with being gay in the twenty-first century.


November 9, 2009 0

Queer Culture and the Reasons You Should be an Activist.

No matter how you spin it, there is something for everyone in being an activist. Within the broad gay community, we have developed our own labels. Some of those labels cross the boundaries into the straight world, some are fairly queer specific. Queers United covers many of these gay phrases under “Word of the Gay,” which I link to several times in this post.

This listing was inspired by conversations with various people within the gay community about “assimilation” and the fear that the marriage movement is absorbing our “queer” identities. I disagree with that ideology, but that is not the point here. The point is, “I’m here to recruit you.”


November 9, 2009 1

LGBT Lessons for Straight People: I Hate Gays But I’d Die for their Civil Rights.

I like to read comments from readers on news articles. I’ve read so many that it is rare that I find one with a new point. I admit it. The general public is a broken record when it comes to their point of view.

So I was surprised to find this comment. What intrigued me the most is that this person takes complete ownership of his feelings. He doesn’t invoke religion, tradition or biology. He does invoke incorrect psychology, and then he turns 180 in a surprising way.


November 8, 2009 4