Month: December 2009

A Republican Gay Club, the Illinois Senate Race and Andy Martin

After launching a smear ad against his opponent, Mark Kirk, Illinois Republican Senatorial candidate, Andy Martin, claimed that homosexuality isn’t the issue. However, the non-issue of homosexuality was the primary focus of the ad released by the Martin campaign. Here’s a transcript:

“I’m Andy Martin, Republican candidate for United States Senator. I approved this message because Illinois Republicans deserve the truth about their candidates.

I have over forty years of experience and integrity fighting corruption, and fighting for the truth in politics.”


December 29, 2009 0

Man Pays Prostitute to “Fix” his Gay Son… allegedly

How deep does homophobia have to go before society, at large, admits that it is a serious problem? Police in Queensland, Australia are currently investigating a man who allegedly paid a prostitute to rape his 15 year old son because he thought his son was homosexual. According to reports, the man took the boy to a motel, gave a female prostitute $50.0o and told his son that he wanted to see a unsed condom to evidence that he was getting what he was paying for.


December 23, 2009 4

Evangelical Church Moves to be Accepting of Gay Parishoners

Although it is unlikely that the mainstream Assembly of God church will change their view that LGBT people are damned to hell and therefore, not worthy of civil equality (let’s face it, that’s the argument, plan and simple), one church, the Highland Assembly of God near Denver, CO, has opened its doors to openly gay and lesbian attendees. But when Pastor Mark Tidd proclaimed the church a welcoming place, he lost more than just a few members of the church.

But Tidd isn’t phased by the protests from the mainstream Assembly of God church against his inclusive ideas.


December 22, 2009 2

eMarriage License Proposal Could Change Geography of Same-Sex Marriage

Adam Candeub and Mae Kuykendall are law professors at Michigan State University in Lansing. The two have been researching an interesting new way for states to issue marriage license. They’ve proposed that states allow people to apply for marriage licenses online, dubbing the proposal “eMarriage.” Candeub told NPR:

“What we’re arguing for is that states should formalize in their laws what they’ve always been doing in smaller degrees in specific areas, which is, allow people outside their states to use their laws.”


December 14, 2009 3

Stupid Things People Say About Gays – Transgender People are Deluded and Don’t Exist

For those that may not be familiar with Bilerico.com, essentially, it is an LGBT blog community which reports on issues relevant to our community. The Bilerico Project has over 80 contributors/editors and alumni including some of the most respected names in the LGBT rights movement like, Donna Rose, Jillian T. Wise, David Badash, Joe Solomenese, Kip Williams, Kate Clinton and many, many more. Their list includes the L, the G, the B and the T and reads as a who’s who in the equality movement. Many authors there are my friends, many have been guests on Closet Talk and I always value their opinions and ideas.


December 11, 2009 6

Stupid Things People Say About Gays: Standing up for Your Rights is Terrorism

According to recent news reports, Tarlach MacNiallais, 47, a prominent LGBT activist was tackled and beaten by a bouncer at the Guadalajara De Noche restaurant in Jackson Heights, New York. According to reports, MacNiallais was beaten because he was dancing with a man.

MacNiallais has indicated that the bouncers approached him during the dance and advised him that he could not “do that here,” because, the Guadalajara De Noche restaurant, “is not a gay bar.”

The attack ensued when MacNiallais retorted, “I have just as much right as anyone else.” The bouncer tackled MacNiallais and even hit him with a chair – a response that seems appropriate for the crime of dancing with someone of the same sex [insert sarcasm here].


December 10, 2009 0

ARE YOU SPEAKING? Information on How to Speak Out.

Lady Gaga asked President Obama at the National Equality March “ARE YOU LISTENING?”

I ask you. “ARE YOU SPEAKING?”

Today the Examiner reported that Reps. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Jared Polis (D-CO)

“…said the House is set to pass bills to provide health coverage for the same-sex partners of gay federal workers and to protect all gay and transgender employees from job discrimination. They said they expect a domestic partner benefits bill to come up for a vote by the end of the year and the employment bill to reach the floor early in 2010.

Baldwin and Polis said they are also confident that the House will include a provision in the military spending bill to repeal the Clinton-era “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, which prohibits LGBT people from serving in the U.S. military.”


December 7, 2009 0

ENDA: Call to Action NOW

In 29 states, it’s still legal to fire someone because they’re gay; in 38 states it is legal to fire someone for being transgender. ENDA will make it illegal to fire a person based on their sexual orientation or genetic identity (as usual, some restrictions apply). Here is a Summary of legislation and cosponsors.


December 6, 2009 0

Is Any Publicity Really Good Publicity? Adam Lambert v. Uganda

After Adam Lambert’s performance on the American Music Awards resulted in people screaming about gay kisses all over the internet and thousands of calls complaining to the network, ABC canceled two scheduled appearances bythe performer . Since then, activists far and wide have called out ABC for its discrimination against Lambert. Then the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (“GLAAD”) stepped in.

At first, ABC remained mum on why Adam’s appearances were canceled, but after questions became louder, they responded that Adam wasn’t axed because of his sexual orientation, but because he can’t stick to a script.


December 4, 2009 1

There was a Time when Jesus Tried to Kill Me

I first started begging for death at 14 years old. Oddly, the same thing that led me down the path to pleading for death was the very thing that saved my life – religion. I knew what was considered a “sin” by the church (which in my family amounted to anything other than being miserable): no shorts for men, no haircuts for women, no playing cards, no alcohol, no cigarettes, no sex until marriage, no jewelry other than a wedding ring, no cussing, no taking of one’s own life (or the lives of others) and don’t forget to say your prayers. It seemed there were so many things I wasn’t allowed to do without being damned for all eternity. But there was one thing no one told me – homosexuality is a sin. This oversight was likely due to the fact that sex was never mentioned in church or otherwise.


December 3, 2009 11