I know I rarely post anything of actual importance and I know none of you give a crap about what I say, but please read this.
I am from the very very very Republican state of Kansas, where our politicians have just passed a bill called the Kansas House Bill 2453 where it allows businesses and government employees to deny service to same sex couples. [x] [x] [x]
I, personally will not just stand here and take this unlawful discrimination from this God awful House of Reps, nor anyone else. There are so many things wrong with this bill that I can’t even type them out at this point. I am just so sickened by my home state and these representatives.
So, I am begging each and everyone of you to please sign this petition which opposes the bill. If you do not want to sign the bill, please at least reblog this post so others can see it. We only need 1,702 votes left, so PLEASE reblog this!
While the situation in Russia is dire, it’s hardly the only place to have instituted a law banning “gay propaganda.” In fact, as a map from the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Networkillustrates, eight U.S. states — Alabama, Arizona, Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Utah — have laws banning the promotion of homosexuality in schools.
It still shocks (and mostly just disappoints) me how SHOCKED people are when I tell them that it is 100% legal to be fired simply for being gay.
They look at me like I’m lying and say things like “nooooo, that can’t be right?”.
I have been fired twice (in Ohio) for being openly gay.
I have been asked:
- to not wear my wedding ring
- Not acknowledge my wife’s existence
- To “just say you have a husband”
- To just not answer “yes” when people ask if I’m married because “you’re not REALLY married”
- To not bring my wife to the company FAMILY Christmas party
- Let people just assume we’re sisters
- Just make it easier on everyone and “just say you’re divorced”
These were not requests made from some Mom and Pop shop, I was a corporate executive for a large chain of high volume restaurants. My boss was the Director of Human Resources, and she would walk into my office and say the most ignorant things you can imagine.
People in America need to be educated on the reality that is life as a gay person in this country.
It’s not all gay pride parades and appletinis.
We need a leg to stand on.
We need people to wake up and educate themselves on the rights we are denied.
We need people…gay, straight, and in between, to open their eyes, stop ignoring what doesn’t directly effect them, and educate themselves.
Now add in the places you can be fired or not even hired EXPLICITLY because you’re trans, shall we?
(Hint: that would be every state, with only a handful of city governments standing in opposition)
Here’s a comic I made a long time ago and never published. The text is from the introduction to A New Queer Agenda by Joseph N. DeFilippis.
This is really good and full of important, sad truths.
Since making the announcement last spring that he is a gay professional basketball player, Jason Collins has been widely praised, but he is still waiting for a call from an N.B.A. team. Any N.B.A. team.
Remember, this is the former candidate for President of the United States who said:
"There isn’t even one study that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas."
"If we took away the minimum wage we could potentially virtually wipe out unemployment completely."
"There are hundreds and hundreds of scientists, many of them holding Nobel Prizes, who believe in intelligent design"
“And what a bizarre time we’re in, when a judge will say to little children that you can’t say the pledge of allegiance, but you must learn that homosexuality is normal and you should try it.”
"We will talk a little bit about what has transpired in the last 18 months [since Obama was elected] and would we count what has transpired into turning our country into a nation of slaves."
"Not all cultures are equal"
"We need to have profound compassion for the people who are dealing with the very real issue of sexual dysfunction in their life, and sexual identity disorders. This is a very real issue. It’s not funny, it’s sad. Any of you who have members of your family that are in the lifestyle-we have a member of our family that is. This is not funny. It’s a very sad life. It’s part of Satan, I think, to say this is gay. It’s anything but gay."
give her a proper Tumblr welcome.
This is your annual reminder that The Salvation Army threatened to close all of their New York City soup kitchens if they were going to be forced to stop discriminating against their gay employees. I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t want to donate to any charity that would use the hungry as a bargaining chip to get what it wants. There are better charities to donate to. There are charities that donate 100% of their money to the people they’re trying to help, rather than taking some of that money and using it to fight against gay rights (as the Salvation Army does.) There are charities that don’t state on their website that homosexuals are morally obligated to live a life of celibacy. There are charities that accept everyone and help EVERYONE.
For more information on how exactly the Salvation Army is anti-gay and, just in general, horrible, you can click here.
And please, if you’re my friend, or if you know any gay people, or even if you’re just not an asshole, PLEASE stop going bargain-hunting at the Salvation Army. And stop donating your money to them. There are better places for clothes. There are better places to donate.
I am sick. I knew they were anti-equality and I knew that they refused aid, but this is disgusting. I am truly sorry for all the times I put money in those buckets over the years. :( :(
I have clothes and furniture from the salvation army. :/
When asked by The Barna Group what words or phrases best describe Christianity, the top response among Americans ages 16-29 was “antihomosexual.” For a staggering 91 percent of non-Christians, this was the first word that came to their mind when asked about the Christian faith. The same was true for 80 percent of young churchgoers. (The next most common negative images? : “judgmental,” “hypocritical,” and “too involved in politics.”)
Later research, documented in Kinnaman’s You Lost Me, reveals that one of the top reasons 59 percent of young adults with a Christian background have left the church is because they perceive the church to be too exclusive, particularly regarding their LGBT friends. Eight million twenty-somethings have left the church, and this is one reason why.
Patients in Medicare- and Medicaid-participating hospitals now have the right to choose their own visitors during a hospital stay, regardless of whether or not the visitors are family members.
According to new guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, hospitals can’t discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.
Patients will also be allowed to name a person of their choice, including a same-sex partner, to make medical decisions on their behalf if they are medically unable to do so.
The new guidance updates the Conditions of Participation, which are standards that apply to all Medicare- and Medicaid-participating hospitals, critical access hospitals, and patients in those hospitals even if they aren’t on Medicaid or Medicare.
Hospitals will need to have written policies that explain visitation rights, as well as clear guidance on when hospitals may restrict access based on reasonable clinical needs.
This is far too sensible. It’ll never work.
Please please please go through. This would benefit same-sex couples as well as people in long-term relationships who are not married (and/or choose not to be).
ETA: It also just make sense in general. Why is it that only immediate family can visit? I live pretty far away from most of my family; I’d want to have close friends visit me if I were in the hospital with a serious condition.
Choose your own visitors. What a strange and unusual notion!
No really, my immediate family doesn’t live anywhere near here, I would want my uncle on the list before any of them, and my unmarried partner-in-crime before everyone. Plenty of people would rather have their best friend at their side than a parent. We need this change.
When I was seeing patients in clinic for a research study, one of my sickest patients was an elderly man who was in a lot of pain, and his male partner managed everything for him - talked to the doctors, took notes, kept the records, everything, and he did it so lovingly. After we talked, he asked me to make a copy of something for him, and he hesitated a long moment before handing it over to me. It was a health-care proxy/medical power of attourney legal document. He looked at me like I might tear it up or run away with it, like he was taking a risk in handing it to me. I made him several copies straight off and brought it back to him. It broke my heart. I’ve honestly got tears in my eyes right now just thinking about it, because it’s so goddamn unfair. The other people there didn’t need a legal document to be there, it was just assumed that they are the spouse and they have the right automatically. To have so much riding on a piece of paper and having to be ready for other people to try to deny you the right. I hope this guidance helps that to change.
Lauper says in the press release, “In New York City, a very disproportionate number [up to 40 percent] of homeless youth identity as LGBT. Even more disturbing are reports that these young people often face discrimination and at times physical assault in some of the very places they have to go for help. Our primary goal is to provide a physically and emotionally safe and supportive environment that will empower our young residents to be the self-loving, happy and successful individuals they were meant to be.”
Support: you’re doin’ it right.
For real? That’s fantastic.
Perhaps desperate that societal support for marriage equality and other LGBT issues continues to grow, anti-gay hate groups seem to be showing their true colors more and more, abandoning tame “protect our family values” talking points for flagrantly pro-bullying rants. MassResistance, in particular, is increasing its visibility, attacking Mitt Romney by painting him as pro-gay, partnering with the Family Research Council to smear GLSEN, and today inspiring fear in the American Family Association’s “news” outlet that the anti-bullying “It Gets Better” project might soon be used in schools. Oh dear!
The OneNewsNow “article” is merely a pedestal for MassResistance’s Brian Camenker to remind people of the group’s campaign against the “It Gets Better” project:
CAMENKER: The homosexual movement discovered in the early 1990s that they could use this tactic of claiming safety or anti-bullying or anti-suicide to do anything. They’ll scream and holler that if you don’t let them into the schools to give their program, then you favor kids killing themselves.
In addition to an archive of “Dan Savage’s sick and obscene attacks, writings, and statements,” MassResistance maintains a page designed to rebut the “It Gets Better” campaign as well as The Trevor Project, which provides suicide prevention resources for young people. Here are the four “big lies” MassResistance worries that these LGBT-affirming resources provide:
“LIE” #1: “You were born that way and can’t change.”
“LIE” #2: “It gets better.”
“LIE” #3: Suicide is caused by hate and intolerance.
“LIE” #4: Promoting homosexuality as being normal and natural is good for troubled kids.
MassResistance would rather young people get the following messages:
1: Homosexuality is an “addiction,” and “the worldwide ex-gay movement has shown that people can heal and change if they desire.”
2: “It DOESN’T get better,” because “male homosexual behavior takes 20 years off one’s life” and “loneliness and depression are par for the course.”
3: The real reason gay (“gay”) teens contemplate suicide is “because they’re horrified at the disgusting things they’re doing to themselves.”
4: Promoting homosexuality is “psychological trauma” that harms kids “emotionally, psychologically, and certainly medically.”
H/T: ThinkProgress LGBT
This is horrible. Why can’t people just be respectful and agree to disagree?
I would love to go after these MassResistence people. They make me so angry. This is basically encouraging gay kids to kill themselves.
Going to a Town || Rufus Wainwright
I’m so tired of America
One in four gay teenagers living in the US state of Massachusetts are homeless, says a new study.
Findings by the Children’s Hospital Boston also indicate that 15% of bisexual teenagers are homeless - compared to three percent of heterosexual teenagers.
6,300 public high school students were questioned as part of the study. 5% of respondents identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual - and LGB respondents accounted for 19% of the homeless questioned.
The full report will be published in the Online American Journal of Public Health.
our progressive state