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View Article  14 year old "gay" child executed in Iraq

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. 

View Article  Rumor has it ...

He's Back!

Commence with the lesbian happy dance!

View Article  2 Political Junkies Call Out Santorum's Family Value Hypocrisy

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. 

View Article  Ambridge seminary leader describes gay bishop as "terrorist bomb"

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

"Paul Zahl's comments comparing the election of a gay bishop to a 'terrorist bomb' is hate speech that has no place in any faith based discourse," said Reverend Susan Russell, director of Integrity, the national gay and lesbian Episcopal caucus.

"Such language does nothing to advance our public discourse, does everything to further polarize and alienate and is antithetical to the love God calls us all to offer each other."

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.

View Article  Why Pgh Catholic Schools should contact GLSEN

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.

[Mom] said even though the incident did not occur at school, she would like to see those responsible disciplined.

"I know the school cannot handle every problem," she said. "But in the Catholic environment, (the school) expects more socially and morally from students."

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. 

 

View Article  Ohio: Gay Rights Trump Religious Freedom

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, however, interpreted scriptures to say he would be punished if he complied. "The leaders that the chaplain selects implicitly implies an endorsement and approval of the lifestyle of the selected leaders," Akridge explained. He added that a gay choir director "would violate my conscience and make me guilty in the sight of God."

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:

Although it may be that Akridge could have disbanded the choir and/or praise band entirely, the facts appear to be that he did not do so; rather he openly and intentionally excluded an inmate from such groups," the appeals court said.

"Even if the ODRC [Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction] had no interest in the existence of the band, this would not vitiate its interest in preventing discrimination and its consequences."

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)

 

View Article  The Trib's Mike Seate - Homo Friend or Foe

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:

So lighten up American Family Association. "Brokeback Mountain" itself is enough to prove that the lives of gay people are no more interesting or weird than anyone else.

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.

View Article  Russian Christians Partner with Skinheads on Gay Rights
Here's a sad fact: Russian Orthdox Catholics are working in unity with
skinheads to oppose gay rights.

On Sunday
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
Rights.

Sounds like a crowd where Fred Phelps would feel right at home.
View Article  PA Amendment Vote Expected This Week

From the Center for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights in Philadelphia...

April 28, 2006 Constitutional Amendment Set to Run in PA House
The House of Representatives is in session [the week of May1]and the bill is posted on the voting calendar. This means that a vote can occur at any time.

The House Appropriations Committee voted the so-called "Marriage Protection Amendment" out of Committee on April 24th. This was the next procedural step to running the bill, HB 2381, on the House floor.

We have heard from legislators that both supporters and opponents to the amendment have been contacting them in unprecedented numbers.

It is critical that constituents continue to contact them and ask them to oppose the amendment. If you have not talked to your Representative recently, please do it now! Please ask your friends and family in Pennsylvania to contact their legislator.

If you don't know who your state Representative is, go here.

View Article  Rene Portland: Could PFLAG Help?

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?

A front-page story in today's
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette takes an in-depth look at Portland's background, including her professional successes. She uses a "Mommy" approach to her team -- monitoring their clothing, their social lives, their volunteer work and so forth. She's had players live with her family and drew in her own mother as the team granny.

She sounds like every overbearing mother I've ever met. She apparently obsesses more about her player's ladylike behavior than their grades (and their overall well-being). I suspect that like many control freaks, Rene believes that if they would just do it her way, happiness and success is bound to follow.

The story indicates that this is Portland's last warning; one more homophobic incident and she'll be terminated. Penn State is like the parent in the checkout line lecturing their child "I'm going to count to three ...one ...two ... I really mean it ... two and a half ...don't push me ... two and three quarters ..." while the child in question gleefully continues to misbehave.

This serves to illustrate that Portland is not about following the rules; she's about following her rules. In her mind, Penn State administation should get out of the way and let her do her job. Non-discrimination language is fine, as long as it doesn't conflict with her way of doing things.

Portland's idea of "mothering" is more akin to Mommy Dearest than Mother Knows Best.

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)
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