Tag: civil rights

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

What I Learned from The Austin Marriage Equality Rally

On Saturday, November 8, 2009, Christopher and I jumped in my car and began the long drive to Austin, Texas. We had seen on facebook that nearly 200 people had confirmed to attend a marriage equality rally in Austin, Texas to show solidarity with the election in Maine. We had hoped for a large turnout; however, upon arriving at the rally point, only about 20 people were standing around the small stage, still furiously attempting to make their signs for the impromptu rally.


November 8, 2009 0

Listening Live to a Legendary Gay Activist: Cleve Jones

When he took the stage, I expected him to immediately dive into a persuasive case for his cause. Instead, the audience was treated to stories from the life of a man who has become a legend in the LGBT activist movement. His opening line was “For those of you who expected Emile Hirsch, I am sorry to disappoint you. But I just want to say, I really was that hot.”

Clearly, I am talking about Cleve Jones. Friend of Harvey Milk, creator of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and currently an organizer for the National Equality March planned for October 11th in Washington, D.C.


September 2, 2009 1

SCLC Works to Overcome Oppression in Order to be Oppressive

Ask just about anyone on the street if they support civil rights and they will likely say yes, but ask specific questions and you’ll hear a wide variety of responses.

Rev. Eric P. Lee, the President of the Los Angeles chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Council (“SCLC”) has come under fire by members of the purported civil rights organization. The scrutiny isn’t because Rev. Lee is against civil equality, but instead, because he supports civil equality.

The SCLC was formed in the late 50’s in response to the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The group, popularized by Martin Luther King, Jr., has been a leadership organization for civil rights for decades. Unfortunately, not all members agree that civil equality applies to all people.


July 17, 2009 0

Kay Bailey Hutchison Says No to Civil Rights (not just gays either!)

The Senator from Texas, who hopes to win over voters and become the next Governor of Texas in 2010, has a history of voting against legislation regarding civil equality. In fact, the ACLU scores the senator at only 25% when it comes to her voting record on civil rights, the Human Rights Campaign scored her at 0%, and the NAACP scored her at only 18%. Here’s a snippet of her record:

Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (S. J. Res. 1)
Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (S. 625, 2002 and S.2549, 2000)
Voted YES on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business.(S.1173, 1997)
Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (HR 3396, 1996)
Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (S. 2056, 1996)
Voted YES on loosening restrictions for cell phone wiretapping. (S. 1510, 2001)


May 8, 2009 4

Stupid Things People Say About Gays: God’s Truth Can Save Children with Gay Tendencies

When I was a child, I was taught that certain words were bad, that you don’t use them. For example, I was taught that the word “shit” was a bad word; therefore, I was barred from saying it and instead had to say, “dodo.”


April 30, 2009 0

Stupid Things People Say About Gays: Hate Crimes Legislation Will Protect Incest and Pedophilia

I haven’t done a “Stupid Things People Say About Gays” in a while. Lots has been happening, but there’s certainly no shortage of stupid things people are saying. Here’s the latest from the AFA (American [heterosexual only] Family Association):

Congress is set to give legally protected status to 30 sexual orientations, including incest. Because of pressure from homosexual groups, Congress has refused to define what is meant by sexual orientation in H.R. 1913, the “Hate Crimes” bill. This means that the 30 different sexual orientations will be federally protected classes.


April 28, 2009 2

LGBT Activist Debate: Which Right is Priority?

During the April 20, 2009 Twitter Town Hall Meeting for LGBTQ activists and allies, an interesting debate was raised, essentially asking, should LGBTQ activists put all their resources toward one right at a time such as Marriage Equality or Employment Non-Discrimination, or continue to pour our resources into all aspects of Civil Rights?


April 20, 2009 1

Heaven Hath No Rage Like Love Turned Hatred

In “their” latest video, anti-gay folks are declaring that they are coming together in love to protect marriage… wait, no. Anti-Gay Christians are Satanists.


April 8, 2009 1

I Do.

“I Do.” Who knew that two words consisting of three characters could result in such intense debate? Who knew that those two words would result in countless tears, not of joy, but of sorrow?


April 7, 2009 2