Friday, May 5
by Sue on Fri 05 May 2006 07:09 AM EDT
From Raw Story comes news that Iraqi police accused a 14 year old child of corrupting the community because he had sex with men. His punishment was to be dragged from his family's home and shot more than 4 times.
The child's name is Ahmed Khalil.
According to international lgbt rights group OutRage! Ahmed, like too many children in our world, was prostituting himself for money to help his impoverished family.
OutRage reports that the police have been infiltrated by the Shia paramilitary Badr Corps which has been violently enforcing Sharia law. The Shia spiritual leader, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has issed a fatwa against homosexuals.
Ahmed was being sexually exploited by adult men in his community. To feed his family. And, so, he was executed.
Local Iraqi gay activists are working to rescue children forced by poverty into selling their bodies and documenting the increase in homophobic executions.
Visit the Iraqi LGBT UK site for more information.
Thursday, May 4
by Sue on Thu 04 May 2006 07:01 PM EDT
by Sue on Thu 04 May 2006 06:46 PM EDT
Today my good friend David over at 2 Political Junkies has an excellent skewer of Ricky Sanctimonious' <gasp> HYPOCRISY.
Apparently, Ricky is willing to support Republican Don Sherwood who acknowledged that he had a five year affair and settled a lawsuit with his lover after she accused him of choking her.
Ahem. David does a good job on this one. Go read it.
by Sue on Thu 04 May 2006 06:23 PM EDT
Oh, those whacky Episcopalians --- doing their best to drag Pennsylvania back into the Dark Ages. Up to bat this time is the Very Reverend Paul F. M. Zahl, dean of Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania.
Let me catch you up. This coming weekend, we'll see the election of a bishop for the Episcopal Diocese of California. Three of the seven candidates are gay! (emphasis mine). So a pro-homo vote could further alienate the church from the Anglican Communion. An anti-homo vote could preserve the union ... for now.
Enter Reverend Zahl with a comparing " the election of a gay bishop in California to "a terrorist bomb, which is timed to destroy a peace process."
Nice, huh? This is the kind of hate-speak you expect from Jimmy Dobson and Jerry Falwell and the other right wing lunies skulking around looking for homo-trouble. I'm guessing Zahl has a man-crush on Nigerian Archbishop Peter Akinola, that bastion of Christian compassion and feels the need to bring the hatred back home to the good old USA.
The Human Rights Campaign and Integrity, the LGBT Episcopal caucus, are calling for an apology.
Damn right, Reverend Susan. Zahl is yet another big Christian hypocrite who is using ugly divisive tactics to further his own agenda. He's on a witch hunt and, apparently, has no qualms about it.
If this is what passes for spiritual leadership in our lovely state, then we desperately need all the prayer we can get.
Wednesday, May 3
by Sue on Wed 03 May 2006 07:51 AM EDT
From last week's Tribune-Review, I found this little item about a young Catholic middle school child who was the victim on-line bullying. According to his mother, classmates put up a faux My Space profile identifying the young man as gay. This happened hand in hand with unspecific physical bullying.
So what happened to this kid? His grades plummet and his mother gets involved. She contacts the school (Word of God in Swissvale) which does nothing b/c it wasn't a school issue. She then contacts the Diocese of Pgh. She contacts the police. She contacts My Space and gets the profile taken down. Then she contacts other parents to let them know what is happening.
As proof the school doesn't take it seriously, I need only point out that the Word of God secretary spoke with the press. God bless secretaries. If the principal of the school cannot take the time to address this issue, God help the kids. Perhaps she's too busy covering up a scandal to pay attention?
Good for Mom. But her next call should be to the GLSEN (Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network). Because unlike the school and diocese, these folks take bullying seriously. And since this directly involves harassment based on sexual orientation, who better than the homos to help Mom figure it all out?
Because while she's done a great job trying to protect her son and other children in the school, her next step isn't going to be productive.
What the Catholic environment should be doing is teaching (and modeling) anti-bullying behavior in and out of school. Punishing the perps won't begin to address the underlying problems. Parents in this school need to come together and insist that the school take a proactive stance on bullying so the kids get the tools they need to protect themselves.
Consorting with the homosexuals seems contrary to Catholic teachings, but who better to help parents respond to bullying than the current number one target in America? We get it from every direction -- government, church, workplace, random bystanders, etc.
Mom - contact GLSEN. Your son deserves more support and help than the Catholic Church is going to provide in this incident.
Tuesday, May 2
by Sue on Tue 02 May 2006 06:51 PM EDT
Words I thought might never cross my lips ... Hurrah for Ohio!
The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that public employees can be disciplined for discrimination even if they are following religious beliefs. This is a big victory for gay rights advocates because it gives teeth to workplace non-discrimination policies.
The case involves a Baptist prison chaplain, William Akridge, who refused to allow homosexual prisoners serve as leaders at his non-denominational events.
Akridge was disciplined for discriminating and sued, claiming his right to discriminate was constitutionally protected because it was Christian-based.
The court thought otherwise, noting:
Hurrah for Ohio!
Speaking as an openly gay woman, I can testify that it is very troubling at work when I encounter the attitude that gay-hate must be tolerated as an outgrowth of Christian beliefs. And I encounter that attitude much more frequently than I ever imagined.
Thus, I am heartened to learn that the courts are upholding non-discrimination protections in the workplace. Especially in lands of anti-gay marriage constitutional amendments.
Hurrah for Ohio!
(cross-posted on Big Gay Picture)
(hat tip to GayNews@yahoogroups.com)
Monday, May 1
by Sue on Mon 01 May 2006 06:54 PM EDT
Tribune-Review columnist Mike Seate has recently made repeated forays into gay issues, commenting on Rene Portland as well as the straight-appeal of beloved gay bar True. His most recent column examines anti-gay activists outrage with that icon of the gay community ... Wal-Mart.
Yes, of course, its because Wal-Mart is selling DVD copies of Brokeback Mountain. Immoral, family values, blah, blah, blah.
Seate takes a few obvious shots, most notably questioning whether any self-respecting homo would set foot in Wal-Mart. He's clearly a man who is okay with homos as long as stay in our place and don't get all outrageous (paging Ivana Trailer).
But Seate does make an interesting point at the end of his column:
Surely it ain't so! My life is filled with all sorts of gay drama. Why just tonight I not only cooked dinner but, in a fit of lesbian petulance, I left the dirty dishes in the sink to sneak up to my computer. (Honey, I really will do them before bed.) Earlier today, I went to Shop'N Save and bought dental floss for my partner. And, before drifting off the sleep, I have a load of socks to sort.
Mike, next time you are on Pittsburgh's North Shore (aka North Side), your chocolate martini is on me.
by Sue on Mon 01 May 2006 12:52 PM EDT
Here's a sad fact: Russian Orthdox Catholics are working in unity with
skinheads to oppose gay rights.
police had to hold back a crowd of bottle-tossing skinheads and Bible-
clutching church folks who were protesting a gay event at a local club.
Not to be outdone by the Christian-Skinhead connection, Russian Muslims are
threatening to kill gays if they proceed with plans to celebrate Pride.
PrideFest is scheduled for May 26 and 27 in Moscow. If the city bans the
event, organizers plan to take the matter to the European Court of Human
Sounds like a crowd where Fred Phelps would feel right at home.
Sunday, April 30
by Sue on Sun 30 Apr 2006 02:39 PM EDT
From the Center for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights in Philadelphia...
by Sue on Sun 30 Apr 2006 09:30 AM EDT
Rene Portland wins basketball games. She brings out the basketball best in her players. She knows her craft. But is Rene Portland is a good coach?
Being a parent is not about exerting total control over your children and forcing them to become the person you want them to be. Even parents of lgbt kids. Portland's methods belong in the realm of the so-called gay conversion progams, not at the helm of a top-ranked university's athletic teams.
I'm not a coach, but I did run track in high-school for several years under a good coach who brought out the best I had to offer (Hello, Mr. Shar, wheverer you are). He set clear expectations, both for performance and behavior. But they were all related to the sport, not an attempt to regulate my entire existance. I was one of three women who lettered that year even though I had the lowest ranking on team. That letter means the world to me because it represents finding something important inside myself that I never knew was there. That came in handy when I had my big gay moment at age 29
Portland is an unabashed homophobe and all the sanctions in the world are not going to penetrate her nasty little mind. She doesn't belong at Penn State, period. Perhaps Liberty University is looking for a coach?
(cross-posted from Big Gay Picture)