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God has Spoken… to me

January 12, 2010 By: jaysays Category: Commentary, Featured, Thought of the Gay

Atheists for JesusAs many regular readers know, I’m an atheist; therefore, when I say this, please don’t take it lightly.  It was after much contemplation that I decided to go public with this very personal moment in my life. Tonight, I spent many hours in the kitchen working on making some candy.  It’s a long process and messy – so the clean up often takes as long as the making.  Thereafter, I was a bit tired and stepped outside for some fresh air.  I began thinking hard about things in the world – the economy, marriage equality, the criminal trial against the cop that beat Duanna Johnson, and other things relevant.

It was then that God spoke to me.  I’m not sure why I was chosen, but after much consideration, there is no logical explaination for what occured other than it was the voice of God.  While it isn’t freezing outside, it is chilly; however, a warm wash came over me and I began to see a light – slowly growing brighter and brighter.  Then the voice came through, clear and in English (not some weird tongue).  At these moments, one would expect something extraordinarily profound, perhaps even a burning bush or two, but that was not the experience at all.  Instead, it was simply a kind, warm voice.  God spoke only one word, “Now.”

Either God wished to promote the National Organization for Women, or there is a message in that word.  I haven’t discovered the message yet, but I hope to.

Now…

All that being said, I now wonder how many of you are thinking, “Jay has lost his mind.”  If that is what you are thinking, you may be right – or perhaps, I’m destined to become a prophet…

or perhaps, I’m lying.

How would you know if God spoke to me?  You’d simply have to take my word for it, wouldn’t you?  Just like we take the word of Moses, or the word of Joseph Smith who founded the Mormon Church a scant 180 years ago, or even the word of Maggie Gallagher, the founder of the National Organization for [Heterosexual Only] Marriage.

So why don’t you believe me?

Of course, God didn’t speak to me.  God has never spoken his word to my ears.  I’m either not worthy, or there is no God.  But those that fight hard against same-sex couple and invoke his words likely haven’t spoken to God either.  In fact, any that claim a direct link to God would likely either be considered “crazy” or a “liar”.  What changed in the past 180 years since the founding of the Mormon church that made us stop believing that humans can speak directly to God or angels?

I suppose the right wing would argue that the gays are to blame for that, too.

Goodnight, and God speed… or is that speak.

Evangelical Church Moves to be Accepting of Gay Parishoners

December 22, 2009 By: jaysays Category: Commentary, Featured, Religion

Rainbow Jesus - Are Evangelicals changing their minds?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 evangelical 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, he states:

Our position is not one of lenience, but a matter of justice.

And therein, Tidd responds to the actuality of the gay debate in the United States.  Religion is imposing its ideology on the meek – but it should be a matter of justice.  Does Pastor Tidd’s movement indicate that the church may start recognizing the difference between social justice and persecution in the name of religion — or is their little hope that mainstream evangelicals will ever see the light?

Unfortunately, because evangelical history, at least in the United States, sends mixed messages, those questions can’t easily be answered.  Although the evangelical churches for the most part no longer preach that blacks are soulless and cursed by Ham as they once did, they still preach that a woman should serve man.  In some cases, extending those teachings further to prohibit women from wearing jeans or cutting her hair.

Perhaps what we will see is a slow migration in the evangelical church, as with that of women’s rights, where evangelicals will no longer seek to impose legislation restricting women from wearing jeans or cutting their hair and recognize such laws as strictly religious, not civil.

As the bumper sticker on the minivan in front of me this morning read: “Want to live in a country rule by religion? Move to Iran.

Will the Mormon Church Reconcile with Gays and Lesbians?

June 23, 2009 By: jaysays Category: Commentary, Featured, Thought of the Gay, Uncategorized

mormonrainbowHow many members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints does it take to make a movement?  Apparently, the answer is 482, which at the time of this post is the number of signors to “A Plea for Reconciliation” from ldsapology.org.  The group consists of LDS members, former members and others who believe in the equal value of every soul regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or worldly condition.  The Petition for Reconciliation begins:

We the undersigned, in the spirit of love and peace, earnestly seek to create a climate for reconciliation between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and gays and lesbians who have been affected by the policies, practices and politics of the Church. We recognize that issues surrounding sexuality and gender orientation are complex; that understanding of these matters has evolved, especially over the past several decades, and are continuing to evolve as scientists, therapists, theologians and others continue to explore and ponder their meaning and significance; We believe that people of good will may have differing views about homosexuality, while maintaining amicable relationships.  [via ldsapology.org Petition to the Mormon Church, or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for reconciliation with Gay and Lesbians.]

Some would argue that it just gets better from there. But is the gay community ready to accept an apology from the LDS Church?  I’d like to think so.  After all, without forgiveness on the part of both groups, there can be no progress.

Closet Talk: Marlin’s Story. From Christ to Queer

June 18, 2009 By: jaysays Category: Closet Talk, Community Outreach, Featured

Closet TalkMarlin used to be a Church of Christ pulpit minister.  Now, he’s an out and proud gay man.  He left the pulpit, in effect, to “come out” of the closet he had been hiding in for 42 years.  Marlin and I discussed the coming out process, he’s preaching about homosexuality, the effect of his coming out on his faith, conversion therapy/left handedness and religious arguments against homosexuality.

The full conversation is available below:

God, Organized Religions and Gay.

June 13, 2009 By: geekgirl Category: Commentary, Community Outreach, Religion

religious toleranceIn the fight for equal rights for LGBT folks, gay activists are often confronted with religious groups who are anti-gay. Some of these groups are very vocal and have also poured a lot of money into convincing legislators and everyday citizens that our world will be destroyed if we give equal rights to gay people.

Obviously, I don’t believe this or I wouldn’t be here blogging on a gay man’s website. But it does raise the question: Are all religious groups like this? We all personally know Christians who are gay or support gay rights. I attend the United Church of Christ, an open and affirming church, which I have seen described as a left of left cult that isn’t even Christian. Clearly, these individuals haven’t taken the time to familiarize themselves with this denomination or they would know what good people these are.  Gee, kind of like…… they don’t know any gay people so it’s ok to dehumanize them too.

What about other denominations? Where do they stand on gay rights? The answer is there is a growing movement in literally every denomination that supports gay rights.

The Lutheran Church, that one started by Martin Luther that gave us Protestant faiths, as in Protest, has been making progress toward the acceptance of lesbians and gays. These Lutheran churches are called Reconciling in Christ. I was pleased and surprised to see this in today’s news.

The Southeastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America oversees Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. ……The resolution showing support for gay clergy and their relationships was approved in a 238 to 183 vote. The synod also passed a statement on human sexuality that calls for a “greater understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity.”

“I am old enough to remember when pastors being held to a higher standard meant that if you were divorced, not only did you have to suffer that pain, but you could no long be a pastor in the church,” said Rev. Dale Sillik of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lilburn.

“Thankfully the church looked deeper and wider into what our Lord said, and found Christ in the grace to see beyond those words, to the truth that God had given those people to ministry.”

First, I want to point out this is happening in the Deep South, which is perceived as the most intolerant of gay people. I truly applaud these Lutheran ministers. They have looked into their hearts to find truth and compassion. I think that last sentence says it all. “the grace to see beyond those words…”

Reading more deeply into the meaning of words is a reoccurring theme as humans become more enlightened. We read deeper and deeper into our Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence. We didn’t stay frozen in time, accepting slavery, accepting that only white men with property have rights. We read more deeply into the words. Some people believe that the Bible came directly from God. I don’t believe this. I believe the Bible was written by humans, greatly influenced by their culture and ability to understand the world in the context of the times.

Before we examine how faith and religious organizations are changing in our world, let’s look at this concept that the Bible is carved in stone (no offense Moses). These quotes are from a website Fundies Say the Darndest Things.

“To say the Bible was written by men and may contain inaccuracies completely contradicts the word of the Bible. “

“Make sure your answer uses Scripture, not logic.”

“If your original Hebrew disagrees with my original King James — your original Hebrew is wrong. If your original Hebrew agrees with my original King James, your original Hebrew is right. “

Well, these are opinions and all I can do is point out that the statements are absurd. Let’s examine a claim by one poster who cites Bible passages to prove their point. Now we’re getting somewhere.

The Fact the Earth is Flat is not my opinion, it is a Proved Fact! While all we need to know is that the Bible says the Earth is flat (Is.40:22, Ez.7:2, Dn.2:35; 4:10-11,20, Mt.4:8)… but for a second can you imagine what these so-called ‘scientists would have us believe — If the earth really was round, that would mean there arre (sic) people who are HANGING DOWN, HEAD DOWNWARDS while we are standing head up.

I have my both my childhood Bible and my husband’s childhood Bible. Mine is the original King James version from 1600 while my husband’s is revised. (GASP!).  I looked up every single chapter and verse in this quote. Let’s look at Dn 2:35, which is Deuteronomy. My book says “Only the cattle we took for a prey unto ourselves and the spoil of the cities which we took.” My husband’s says “Only the cattle we took as spoil for ourselves, with the booty of the cities which we captured.” It might be me, but that doesn’t seem to say anything about the earth being flat.

Two of the quoted verses do mention the earth. One, Matthew 4:38 says, in my Bible says , “Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world”. The other verse is Ezekiel 7:2 which says “thus saith the Lord God unto the land of Israel; An end, the end is come upon the four corners of the land”.

From this, would you conclude that the earth is flat? Or could there be other interpretations? You might be thinking, of course the earth isn’t flat. You didn’t address the Bible verses that say being gay is wrong. No, I haven’t. But I will. Just as soon as I can find a reputable theological source on those verses. So for now, you will have to stay in suspense. Besides, you already know….. that no matter what I find as the original words and intent, I will still consider those the words of people writing in the context of their time. In other words, nothing will make me believe them. So is it worth my time and yours for me to address those? Let me know.

Now, that we’ve had our Saturday fun, let’s move on to the more serious topic at hand. Can a person be gay and be a Christian, or be a member of an organized religion? Of course.  Believing in a supreme being isn’t about sexual orientation. It’s about your belief in how the universe was created, what makes it tick. Many straight people are atheists or agnostic. There is no moral advantage to believing in a supreme being or any organized religion. Many of my close friends are atheists or agnostic and they are the most caring people I have ever known.

Whether you are straight or gay, this is my message for you. Each of us goes through life on our own journey, our own path. Be true to yourself. Your whole self, from flesh to mind to heart to spirit. If we all embrace the values of compassion and respect, seeking understanding and acceptance of others, the world can benefit from our diversity. I go to church because our minister has a way of making me feel better about myself. I find his sermons enlightening and they touch a part of my being. I go to be part of a group of people that actively help others in our community and far away places. I don’t go because I’m afraid of God’s judgment or hell. I don’t need the threat of punishment in order to behave with values. If you are seeking a spiritual life, gay or straight, I hope you use your heart and look inwardly to find that guidance, rather than being afraid of words that have been written, translated, rewritten and retranslated. If God did speak to people 2000 years ago, why can’t s/he speak directly to you?

I’ve collected websites from many faiths that support LGBT folks, as well as links to the work that HRC and GLAAD are doing with different faiths. I believe that every day, we will see more and more clergy and faiths stepping forward to speak up for gay rights.

Christian (general):

Worldwide Directory of Open and Affirming churches

Metropolitan Community Churches

Jewish:

Aleph

GLBT Jews

Hindu:

Galva 108

Catholic:

Dignity USA

Presbyterian – More Light Presbyterians:

MPL.org

Various churches:

http://www.operationrebirth.com/affirmingchurches.html

http://www.lafof.org/P20-Links.html

Mormon:

http://mormonsformarriage.com/

Lutheran – Reconciling in Christ:

LCNA.org

Methodists:

Umaffirm.org

Baptists:

Rainbow Baptists

Episcopalian:

Integrity USA

Quaker:

FLGBTQC – quaker.org

GLAAD:

GLAAD (faith information)

HRC – Human Rights Campaign:

HRC’s Religious Information

jaysays.com contributor geekgirlGeekgirl is a straight woman, a mom and has been married for 32 years to the same wonderful man. She believes in Buddhism and attends the United Church of Christ. She is a molecular biologist, her best friend is a lesbian, and she believes that every human deserves equal rights, respect and a life free from hate, fear and discrimination. The only thing she hates is pickles.

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

April 28, 2009 By: jaysays Category: Stupid Things People Say About Gays

Stupid Things People Say About GaysI 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.

Come on now… how much more ridiculous can you get.  Someone call Bullshit already…. ok, “BULLSHIT!”  Here’s the actual text of the bill, which states what a “Hate Crime” is:

[A Hate Crime ] is [a crime] motivated by prejudice based on the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of the victim, or is a violation of the State, local, or tribal hate crime laws.

Now, because I like to play God’s Advocate and show this in a more telling light, I’ll be the first to admit that “sexual orientation” is not currently legally defined by the Hate Crime’s legislation; however, to argue that “incest” is a sexual orientation rather than a sexual act is completely bogus, speculative and would never hold up in any legitimate argument – not that the AFA is renowned for “legitimate” arguments.  Generally, when the law fails to specifically define a term, the term is given its “usual and customary meaning.”  In this case, sexual orientations usual and customary meaning is:

One’s natural preference in sexual partners; predilection for homosexuality, heterosexuality, or bisexuality.  [sexual orientation. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Retrieved April 28, 2009, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/sexual orientation]

One may note that neither the word incest nor bestiality is referenced in the usual and customary definition of sexual orientation.

The AFA has also made claims that the Hate Crimes legislation would prevent preachers from preaching homosexuality as a sin in church; however, they obviously have not read the bill which is very specific in defining hate crimes as a “crime of violence” a term defined by Section 16, Title 18 of the United States Code:

The term “crime of violence” means:

(a) an offense that has as an element the use, attempted use, or threatened use of physical force against the person or prop­erty of another, or

(b) any other offense that is a felony and that, by its nature, involves a substantial risk that physical force against the person or property of another may be used in the course of committing the offense.

Therefore, unless the preacher specifically uses, attempts to use or threatens the use of physical force against a person or their property, they can say whatever they want.  If you are a member of a church that does use, threatens to use or attempts to use physical force against ANYONE, I highly suggest you realize that only SATAN would allow such treatment and consider a new church that has not been infultrated by Satan in the guise of God.  Remember, “Thou Shalt Not Kill.”

More from fellow blogger, SistersTalk.

Student Responds to the Laramie Project’s Burial in Oklahoma

April 11, 2009 By: jaysays Category: LGBT News, Youth Issues

News reports and blog commentary over the firing of Debra Taylor, an Ethics and Street Law teacher at Grandfield High School in Oklahoma, have been varied.  According to initial reports, Ms. Taylor was asked to resign after attempting to teach the play, “The Laramie Project,” to her senior class.   The reason initially provided was that the district could not allow the gay-related play to continue because of its homosexual tones.  However, in an interview District Superintendent, Ed Turlington, claimed that the reason the district asked the play to be removed from her lesson plan was because it contained vulgar language.  But what was the real reason?

Because Ms. Taylor and Mr. Turlington obviously have an economic or social interest in their stories, jaysays.com located one of Ms. Taylor’s students and requested his side of the story.  According to Mike (name changed to protect the innocent), a 17 year old senior at Grandfield High School, Ms. Taylor had been teaching the play for about a month without incident.  In fact, prior to teaching the story, Ms. Taylor was required to obtain approval for the play, and approval was given.

However, another teacher in the school, Mrs. Charlene Turlington (wife of the Superintendent) had heard Ms. Taylor was teaching a “gay” play and reported this to her husband, the Superintendent.

It is here I must note the absence of a proper chain of command.  There is a principal, A.J. Mays, at the school, which would ordinarily be the person to report these issues to, however, nepotism often prevails and the Superintendent was informed of the gay play by his wife.

It was then that Ms. Taylor had to stand before her students and advise them that the play was being cancelled.  Many of the students were angered by the play’s cancellation, including Mike. According to Mike, Mrs. Taylor advised him that the play was being cancelled because of reports that Mike was being picked on for his involvement in a “gay” play; an allegation which Mike denies.

Although the play had been cancelled, the battle line was drawn.  Within a couple of days of the cancellation, Mrs. Turlington approached Mike to obtain a script of the play.  She used her authority to manipulate and threaten Mike and made claims that he owed her because she did not report him for a previous small infraction of the school rules.  Mrs. Turlington’s tactics were unethical at the least.

On Mrs. Taylor’s last day at the school, the Superintendent, Mr. Turlington, came to Mike’s class to discuss the cancellation of the play.  He asked the class if they have any questions related to the cancellation.  Mike asked why the play was cancelled and Mr. Turlington responded, “… because people in this community aren’t comfortable with that subject.”

Mike inquired further and asked, “About the gay subject?”

The answer was a far cry from Mr. Turlington’s reports to main stream media.  He confirmed the play was cancelled because of the gay subject matter by answering the question, “Yes.”

Thus, again we see fear and hatred of gays running our school system and society; however, when people inquire, lies are told to protect those propagating the hatred from the deserved disciplinary actions.

According to Mike, none of Ms. Taylor’s students he had spoken with had any problem with doing the play and all of them were unhappy about the play’s cancellation.

Mrs. Taylor held a mock funeral for the play upon its cancellation.  She took the students outside and they each wrote a note, tied the note to a balloon and released the balloons.  Mike’s note read, in part:

Mr. Turlington is a homophobe.

There is a happy note to this story.  The result of the cancellation of the play has taught Mike, as he says, “more about ethics than I can dream of.”  Of course, he learned “ethics” from the lack of ethics shown by Mr. and Mrs. Turlington, not from the play or from Mrs. Taylor.  He also states he has received a ton of support and learned a valuable life lesson, “Don’t hate or discriminate anyone because they are black, white, tall, short, fat, skinny, disabled, gay or straight.  You should be an advocate for love, show compassion for those that are different and be tolerant of all in school and in life.”

In my communications with Mike, he ended his emails with this note, “Grandfield High School – Where Laramie can never be.”

To this, jaysays: Please continue to attempt to revoke students of their rights to learn about all aspects of the world.  In doing so, you are teaching them the importance of learning from all different view points.  Excellent job Mr. Turlington.  I commend you on showing your students how NOT to be bigots and how hurtful bigotry and discrimination can be.

Inquiries to the Superintendent were not answered.

Special thanks to MJ for her invaluable assistance, comments and guidance.

Top Web Filmmakers Unite for Anti-Prop 8 Web Series

March 12, 2009 By: jaysays Category: LGBT News, Marriage Equality

Imagine if constitutionally protected rights were invalidated – that’s what you’ll see in the series being produced by The Fine Brothers (and actually they are pretty good looking guys).  Here’s the first video which explores taking away the right to freedom of religion:

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE FINE BROTHERS:

Hollywood, CA — 03/11/09 – Benny & Rafi Fine (http://www.TheFineBrothers.com), one of the most popular internet filmmakers of all time, have released the first of five episodes in a web series against Proposition 8, which overturned same sex couple’s marriage rights and is currently back in the California courts. The series, entitled “Prop 8: The Web Series”, puts an irreverent comedic spin on the controversial proposition. Each episode presents various rights from the California Constitution, and presents a “What if?” scenario of what it would be like if those rights were taken away. Known for their sometimes controversial brand of satire, the Fine Brothers hold nothing back in making a bold statement for equality for all.

The Brothers attempted to find a company willing to help produce the series to no avail, and decided to make it independently out of their own pocket. Filming took place in part at the home of a married same sex couple, film composer Joseph Carrillo and Gregory Frye whose marriage hangs in the balance of the upcoming court ruling.

The cause brought in a large cast of well known talent from across the web video community. The episodes star not only the brothers themselves, but also includes Sara E. R. Fletcher from Fremantle’s “Secret Girlfriend” and her husband Brad, Maxwell Glick from “LonelyGirl15”, Woody Tondorf from HBO Labs, Channel101.com veterans Scott Chernoff and Andy Goldblatt, Tubefilter reviewer and screenwriter Lindsay Stidham, rising YouTube star Shane Dawson, actress and activist for IndustryForCharity.org Lisa Schwartz, stage and screen actress Katie Locke O’Brien, and comedienne Dayyanah Coleman.

The series will be distributed over the next 90 days until a decision is made on the lawsuits that followed the passing of the proposition.

“We hope we do not have the chance to release all of the episodes of the series, and that the state does the right thing and overturns Prop 8 to restore equal rights for same sex couples across the state”, said Benny Fine, the older brother. “We have plans to continue using our large fanbase and exposure on the web to create similar content for as long as it takes until this is changed on the federal level”, added Rafi Fine.

About The Fine Brothers:
Benny & Rafi Fine are one of web video’s pioneers, creating content for nearly five years and receiving millions of views from every website imaginable. They are most well known for their LOST parodies and Movie Spoiler videos, and are currently in production with Comedy Central, Just For Laughs and iKlipz among others.

Additional information can be found on their online press kit:
http://www.TheFineBrothers.com/press-kit

They are represented by Abrams Artists Agency and Ziffren Law and can be reached at TheFineBros@gmail.com

Marijuana Found to Cure Homosexuality

March 10, 2009 By: jaysays Category: Commentary, Thought of the Gay

I’ve been trying to find a way to infuse truth into the statement, “Marijuana Cures Homosexuality.” The problem is, I haven’t hired the Anti-Gay Agenda’s advertising firm. What is it about their rhetoric that makes statements like, “homosexuals are the biggest threat to America” (uttered by Chris Buttars) so believable? Finally, I figured it out. God makes it believable.

By declaring your faith in “God” or making claims that you are speaking God’s word, you automatically become believable in the U.S.A. – after all 76.5% of American’s identify as “Christian” according to a 2001 ARIS study.

It was then I realized, to have authority in such an asinine statement as “Marijuana Cures Homosexuality,” I must first invoke God. But how? I decided a little research was in order and turned to my old friend, Google.

As it turns out, by taking singular bible quotes out of context, I can show that Marijuana cures Homosexuality:

The Lord said unto me, ‘I will take my rest and I will consider in my dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs.’  — Isaiah 18:4-5

And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more. — Ezekiel 34:29

It is obvious that God used Marijuana and even more apparent that marijuana would prevent man from bearing the shame of homosexuality. Perhaps marijuana advocates should use this argument in their next ad campaign… legalizing marijuana will put all this “gay” behind us.

By invoking the word of God, I have found that I can argue for, or against, just about anything.  In fact, many pro-gay websites and blogs have taken the position that the Bible does not condemn homosexuality while anti-gay blogs use it to argue against homosexuality.  I realized that for me there is no truth in either debate.  Both arguments are hypothetical and debating what “God” thinks about homosexuality is a bit like debating what “Romeo” wanted out of his relationship with “Juliet,” the only difference is when debating God, you debate it as truth.

Galveston Texas Gay Bar Attacked by Anti-Gay Stone Throwers

March 04, 2009 By: jaysays Category: Hate Crimes, LGBT News

Just south east of Houston, TX sits the island city of Galveston, or whats left of it after Hurricane Ike.  Galveston is most famous as the home of legendary rocker, Janis Joplin.  But morbid news is abound.

Three men, two brothers and a cousin, shouted anti-gay slurs at patrons of Robert’s Lafitte and stoned them due to their sexual orientation.  One man, Marc Bosaw, required 12 staples to close the wounds.  Another man was hit in the jaw by a rock.  Thankfully, the attack did not result in any persons death.

Patrons chased the gay bashers and were able to obtain a description which led to their arrest.  Bosaw stated:

I thought with all the things going on, especially politically, that we would be more accepted and not just randomly attacked.  I don’t see any room for hate right now.

Regrettably, this attitude of gays being more accepted continues to permeate the LGBT community as I discussed more in a prior post.  It is because of these attacks that we must remain a united front and continue to combat this hatred.  It is time to stand against this violence.  “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”

via Galveston gay bar attack draws rare use of law w/ video | Front page | Chron.com – Houston Chronicle.