Monday, March 11, 2013

3.11.13 - Gay News Review

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via Towleroad News #gay by Andy Towle on 3/11/13
Blankfein
Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein spoke with CBS News about taking a stand for marriage equality and that while he personally believes in it, the reason he took a stand for it publicly was for his company:
"The only reason why most people are interested in what I have to say is because of what I represent at Goldman Sachs, and therefore I only use my platform for Goldman Sachs issues. This issue is a business issue. It’s a civil rights issue, but it’s also a business issue."
Added Blankfein:
"The ability for employment benefits to be shared among spouses, the ability to move people who are dependent on visas for trailing spouses, all hinges on being able to deal with families of gay people in the same way that you deal with families of straight people. Otherwise, they can't move around. People are not happy, and we can't attract a whole set of very talented people...Even if it's comfortable here, it might not be comfortable, you know, a hundred yards from this place, and, for all I know, there are still people, today, who are living lives burdened by not being able to reveal who they really are and are living in a state of discomfort. That is really unfortunate, and I feel sorry. I don't know who they are, but there has to be someone. I feel sorry for them, and I am not yet saying that we are in a world where everything is easy for everybody."
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

via Salon.com > LGBT by on 3/11/13
Four years ago, after the state's supreme court ruled a ban on gay unions was unconstitutional, Iowa became the third state in the country to legalize same-sex marriage.
Since then, the lives of average Iowans have remained pretty much the same, says Molly Tafoya, communications director for the gay advocacy group One Iowa. Which isn't the outcome many opponents had warned against. "It's, quite frankly, a disaster," Brian English, a spokesman for the Iowa Family Policy Center, said in 2009 after the court handed down its ruling.
But there are no disasters to be found, Tafoya told CNN Radio. “The sky hasn’t fallen and nothing really has changed for the day-to-day." Well, except one small thing: "I think we’re seeing a growing acceptance among Iowans, who just see this as the new normal here.”
Including among lawmakers who once staunchly opposed marriage equality. Like former state senator Jeff Angelo, who has come to understand that the heated and inflammatory rhetoric of the 2009 debate had little to do with real life, how real Iowans cared for their families and worked together in their communities:
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via The New York Times's Facebook Wall by The New York Times on 3/11/13
Meet Dennis Hope, the man who claims to own the moon. For three decades, he has built a thriving business by “selling” land plots in space. “I think outside the box, actually now I’m thinking outside the planet,” Mr. Hope said in this short Op-Doc.


The Man Who Sells the Moon - Op-Docs
Related article: http://nyti.ms/YT6vDB Please visit http://nyti.ms/Y5LX8D in order to embed this video This short documentary looks at Dennis Hope, a Nevada ...

via Queerty by Lester Brathwaite on 3/11/13
ubangi-clubA block of Seventh Avenue in Harlem, between 131st and 132nd Street will be the new home to an eight-story, 115-apartment building. But to make way for the new, one must get rid of the old, including the iconic Ubangi Club.
The Ubangi Club was housed, along with Connie’s Inn, in the former Lafayette Theater and an abutting structure where the new apartment complex will soon stand. Once known as the Harlem Club and the Harlem Tavern, when the speakeasy re-opened as the Ubangi Club in 1934, Gladys Bentley, a butch lesbian jazz singer backed up by a chorus of gay men, became the headliner.
gladys-bentleyIn his 1945 autobiography, The Big Sea, Langston Hughes wrote that Bentley was “an amazing exhibition of musical energy – a large, dark masculine lady, whose feet pounded the floor while her fingers pounded the keyboard — a perfect piece of African sculpture, animated by her own rhythm.”
Bentley’s debut performance at the Lafayette left a queer taste in the mouth of the New York Age‘s theater critic, who was “actually quite put off by the production’s cross-gender representations and the allusions to ‘perverse’ sexuality,” according to James F. Wilson, executive director of the CUNY Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies and author of Bulldaggers, Pansies, and Chocolate Babies:
A large and ungainly woman (if I may say so), who cuts her hair and dresses in tuxedos and calls herself Gladys Bentley, albeit that her troupe of six refer to her as a “gorgeous man”…and she refers to her six boys as “fellows” and then apologizes to them for so doing. As a matter of fact if these boys were put into dresses they would be indistinguishable from the chorines. I, personally, could not enjoy their part of the show as I had a burning desire to rush out and get an ambulance backed up against the stage door to take them all to Bellevue for the alienists to work on.
“Gladys Bentley’s lesbianism, tuxedo and wicked double-entendre rewrites of popular tunes were definitely part of the draw, along with her backup chorus line of flamboyant black gay men,” George Chauncey, the chairman of Yale’s history department, told The New York Times. “It had a more egalitarian and welcoming flavor, in both racial and sexual terms, than the segregated Cotton Club ever did.”
At the height of her career, Bentley openly flaunted her lesbianism, even reportedly marrying her white lesbian lover in a much publicized ceremony. She was frequently harassed for wearing men’s clothes, however, and would later recant her homosexuality to continue making a living during the ultra-conservative McCarthy Era. She died of influenza in 1960.
Half a century later, the home of her jazz age triumphs will fall to the march of modernity. Though a fifth of the new apartments will be dedicated to low-income families, The Times reports that preservationists are still dismayed at losing yet another historical treasure. Wilson laments that he used to point to the old Lafayette and the Ubangi, and tell students, “If only these walls could talk.”
“Sadly,” he said, “I guess we’ll never have the chance to hear what they’d have to say.”
Photos: Climbing Kilimanjaro’s Flickr; Bitch Magazine

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson says he was flattered by an online article describing him as a cougar

we are not all "honey boo boo"

My friends don't miss a beat.

It always bothered me.

via Towleroad News #gay by Andy Towle on 3/11/13
Kazaky
Ukrainian stilletoed synth pop group Kazaky, who should know something about crazy laws, serves it up again in a gritty prison video on just that topic.
Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...
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Documents recently released by the University of Texas show that a widely discredited study on family structures by associate professor Mark Regnerus was funded by a right-wing antigay group, and intended to provide proof that gay and lesbian parents are inadequate in order to present that argument to the Supreme Court.
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If you missed the expo, you can still peruse our virtual exhibition hall of music, couture, cowboys and queer art from the 20th annual GLBT Expo — you'll love it.
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PolicyMic

12 States That Will Probably Legalize Gay Marriage in 2013-2014
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Over the last two decades, support for same-gender civil marriage grew rapidly, from only 12% in 1988 to 53% in 2012 — with similar results across 53 legislatures (50 states, the federal District, the Puerto Rico territory, and Congress), and ...

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via Gay/Lesbian News on 3/11/13
A torrent of briefs filed from the anti-gay groups trying to protect marriage discrimination are full of inaccuracies, distortions, lies and obfuscations.

via New gay images on Photobucket by xyukix on 3/11/13
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Well they look a bit gay xD But I like it somehow :o

via The Guardian's Facebook Wall by The Guardian on 3/11/13
Why did the bodies of 110 men suddenly wash up in the river running through Aleppo city six weeks ago? A Guardian investigation found out

http://gu.com/p/3e8e4/tw

Image shows bodies revealed by the Queiq river's receding waters.

Photograph: Thomas Rassloff/EPA

Blogger Andrew Sullivan states that many Catholic cardinals are secretly gay

via Queerty by Dan Avery on 3/11/13
adventure time
Apparently Adventure Fuck (NSFW) the gay-porn version of the cult-fave cartoon Adventure Time, came out in May 2012. But it’s new to us–and probably you too.
 The video comes from Boy Crush, the studio that gave us Bustin Beeber and Captain Americock. But instead of Jake and Finn, though, we’re given porn pups Angel Kelly, Kyler Moss and Conner Bradley doing all kinds of things you’d never see on a television cartoon—even one on Adult Swim.
Judging from the stills we saw, there’s not much effort to capture the show’s trappings, but maybe that’s for the best.
Have you watched Adventure Fuck? Give us the lowdown in the comments below!


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via Queerty by Lester Brathwaite on 3/11/13
franco-sxsw
I’ve lost three kind of advertising campaigns now because the companies say they don’t like my image, but I know that it’s directly related to the films that I put out at Sundance. So you could say that there’s still this kind of homophobia or prejudice against certain kinds of material in mainstream cinema.”
- Beleaguered heterosexual queer filmmaker James Franco discusses the lack of truth in advertising with Gay.net.


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via Steve Rothaus' Gay South Florida by Steve Rothaus on 3/11/13
Posted by the Love March Movement to YouTube:
The Love March Movement is dedicated to being a persistent voice in the Jamaican media for sexual purity.
If you are in agreement with the message above please, that the buggery law should be kept, and you are Jamaican and over 18 years old, please contact us so that you can sign the Petition to the Prime Minister. Please contact us at lovemarch2012jam@gmail.com.
The Buggery Law is important for protecting our country from several undesirable outcomes:
1. The Buggery Law guides the educational institutions of our nation. It is the law preventing children of all ages from being taught that homosexuality is normal behaviour; this being a serious concern especially for parents that disagree. In nations like Canada such classes are mandatory and parents have been told that they cannot remove their children from them.
2. It naturally follows that eventually, just like how we have Inter-School's Christian Fellowship (ISCF) in high schools, that we would possibe have a Lesbian-Gay-Bisexua-Transgender-Fellowsh­ip in the schools.
3. Pedophilia -- is a concern because scientists have presented to the government in Canada that pedophilia is just another sexual orientation. The train of thought is that just as the homosexuals have argued saying "I can't control my feelings for.. men.. it is natural"... in the same way Pedophile have the same "natural attractions".
4. Zoophilia -- this is where one expresses sexual desire for animals. The law serves to declare to society what behaviour is acceptable. The buggery law also criminalizes anal sex between a man and an animal. Repealing it would actually be saying that this behviour is acceptable. Additionally, in the States there has been a legal defense for a man that has had sex with his donkey, again on the basis that ""I can't control my feelings for.. my donkey.. it is natural". This is the reality of the world we live in.
5. Loss of Freedom of Speech -- In Canada Dr. Kris Kepling was sued for writing to the newspaper saying that he doesn't think that homosexual material should be included in schools. He was fined Canadian $10,000. Even more recently, a pro-family activist has been charged for hate speech, because he was distributing a flyer that spoke vehemently about homosexuality. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that where the act (anal sex), was characteristic of the group (homosexuals) then speaking against the behaviour is equivalent to speaking against the vulnerable group. He was ordered to pay court fees and a gay couple who were offended. This is the serious breakdown of democracy that is taking place at the hands of the homosexual agenda world-wide.
6. Loss of Freedom of Religion -- In England, Lilian Lydale, a Christian marriage officer was fired because she refused to marry a gay couple, on the basis of her religious beliefs. She even offered to have a co-worker fill the shift for her, but she was turned down. The court ruled that she did not have that right to decline the clients,a nd that she should lose her job.
7. Gay Marriage -- This would cause serious damage to the family structure and is of serious concern. Though down the line, we can see easily that this is on the road of the repeal of the Buggery Law. Gays in France understand how destructive this is, and have their own campaign against gay marriage.
All in all, we are protecting the nation from death and destruction, the fruits of the secularist, homosexual agenda.
Great Defender, may you protect us and our children, and our children's children.
Love and Honour!
Daniel Thomas
President, Love March Movement
PS. The Love March Movement stands firmly against all acts of violence as violence is also a sin.

via Towleroad News #gay by Andy Towle on 3/11/13
Kaplan
At a rally on Saturday at Roseville, California's Westfield Mall protesting the ejection of a gay couple (below) for kissing, Keith Kaplan, the VP of development at Westfield, apologized for the incident:
"I am here today to unequivocally state that everyone is welcome here at Westfield and we sincerely apologize by any actions taken by any of us that made anyone feel otherwise...I am particularly proud to represent our company at this event. I live in Hollywood with my partner Mike for over 20 years..."
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
Roseville Patch reported on the event:Roseville
Speakers included Beverly Kearney, who originated the event, and David Larson, a former Roseville City Council candidate and founding president of Sacramento's Rainbow Coalition. Keith Kaplan, the mall’s vice president for development, also addressed the crowd.

Kearney, said she wants everyone to feel welcome in public places. “It is time for a revolution,” she said. “We cannot accept discrimination anymore.”

Larson, called for a future where gay couples can openly show general affection in Roseville. “What is important 'today' is the history we are making 'today' in Roseville,” Larson said. “And what is important is how we make that history.”

Attendees like Dan McGhan, who kissed his partner a few times during the event, came to show support for Chesmore and Guzman. The couple were not seen attending.

“I’m not (usually) a big supporter of public displays of affection, but if someone does a little bit I don’t think they should be kicked out of a mall,” said McGhan, 49 of Sacramento. “More and more people are showing affection and we don’t want them to go through this.”

Galleria officials laid out a virtual red carpet for the event-goers providing amenities with servers offering attendees complimentary bottled waters, Mrs. Fields cookies and hot chocolate. They also commissioned an arched-entryway made of rainbow-colored balloons.
Chesmore


via The New York Times's Facebook Wall by The New York Times on 3/11/13
Do you think Harvard administrators should have secretly searched the e-mail accounts of 16 resident deans in an effort to learn who leaked information about a student cheating scandal?


Harvard Search of E-Mail Stuns Its Faculty Members
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Faculty members expressed dismay that Harvard administrators secretly search e-mail accounts to see who had leaked a memo about cheating.

Cardinals, including U.S. Roger Mahony, left, and Timothy Dolan, third from left, arrive for a meeting at the Vatican, Monday March 11, 2013. Cardinals have gathered for their final day of talks before the conclave to elect the next pope amid debate over whether the Catholic Church needs a manager pope to clean up the Vatican's messy bureaucracy or a pastoral pope who can inspire the faithful and make Catholicism relevant again. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)A couple of U.S. cardinals are getting serious attention.

People observe a moment of silence near a tsunami-devastated disaster prevention office building in Miyagi prefectureWhen it comes to radiation exposure from the triple meltdown at Fukushima’s Daiichi nuclear power plant two years ago, the 91 boys and girls at the Fukushima Aiikuen orphanage are probably some of the most closely-watched kids in the prefecture.

In this Jan. 25, 2013 file photo, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick leaves federal court in Detroit. A court spokesman says Monday, March 11, 2013, that jurors have reached a verdict in Kilpatrick's corruption trial. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT (AP) — Jury convicts ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick of racketeering conspiracy charge.

Fall"I was a little dazed but, critically, not unconscious," Mark Roberts said.

FILE - People embrace by the ancient stone circle of Stonehenge, in southern England, as access to the site is given to druids, New Age followers and members of the public on the annual Winter Solstice, in this Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 file photo. British researchers have proposed a new theory for the origins of Stonehenge: It may have started as a giant burial ground for elite families around 3,000 B.C. New studies of cremated human remains excavated from the site suggest that some 500 years before the Stonehenge we know today was built, a larger stone circle was erected at the same site as a community graveyard, researchers said Saturday March 9 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)Researchers studied the cremated bones of 63 individuals from around 3,000 B.C.

A U.S. soldier secures the scene after U.S. forces shot on an Afghan truck, center, killing two passengers and injuring another on the road between Kabul and Bagram, Afghanistan, Monday, March 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Ahmad Jamshid)A police officer opened fire on U.S. and Afghan forces at a police headquarters.

U.S. President Barack Obama talks on stage at the Department of Interior in WashingtonThe president will shed some light on how he views Organizing for Action’s mission.

Breitbart's "Big Journalism" website trumpeted a story it picked up early Monday morning about liberal Times pundit and Nobel-prize-winning economist Paul Krugman filing for bankruptcy. It would have been quite the story — were it not more satire from the site that Breitbart loves watching other outlets fall for.

A seventh-grade boy who threatened suicide in a post on Instagram has received thousands of letters from strangers telling him not to hang in there. Noah Brocklebank of Columbia, Md., posted a photo of his cut-up arm to Instagram on Jan. 26 along with a chilling note: "Day of scheduled suicide, February 8th, 2013, my [...]

Dead pigs float in a branch of Huangpu River in Pinghu, Zhejiang provinceThe government says the discovery won't impact health in the city.

Eighteen months after repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' transgender soldiers must remain closeted

Gay rights opponents are attempting to shut down a production of Paul Rudnick's 'The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told'

Showtime's upcoming 'Real L Word' documentary will look at lesbian culture outside Los Angeles & New York City

A Florida school board is expected to vote Monday on a proposed policy banning gay-straight clubs

-puts on glass- screwed him YYYYYYYYEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHI'll go sit in the corner now

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A personal take on homophobia in Russia
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Pascale Harter presents personal stories, reportage and analysis from correspondents and writers around the world. In this edition, Paul Henley comes face to face with homophobia in Russia. The country's parliament is backing a ban on so-called ...


via homophobia - Google News on 3/10/13

RT



Canada's French launch $7mn campaign to fight homophobia
RT
The Canadian province of Quebec is launching its new five-year anti-homophobia ad campaign, costing the public US$7 million. The project asks people to question their open-mindedness, despite a majority saying they are comfortable with homosexuality.
Quebec launches anti-homophobia campaignCBC.ca

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via homophobia russia - Google Blog Search by Jim Buzinski on 2/8/13
Atmosphere and laws in Russia represent potential problems for gay athletes.

via homophobia russia - Google Blog Search by Jim Buzinski on 7/27/12
Where is the lobby to act against the homophobia affecting millions and the sexism affecting billions? We need to be that lobby, and the International Olympic Committee must be the target for action for change in sport.





The NFL, champion of homophobia
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
In the sweaty, macho world of professional sports, the NFL sets the standard for homophobia. It's North America's only major professional league that has yet to fine, suspend or even reprimand one of its players for uttering an anti-gay slur. The NFL ...
UFC Fighter Rashad Evans Offers Powerful Statement in Support of Marriage ...Towleroad

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3.11.13 - Gay News Review
 
 
 
 
 

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  • LGBT
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via Towleroad News #gay by Andy Towle on 3/11/13
The Guardian's Patrick Strudwick puts the kibosh on the Mail on Sunday's weekend headline that started a snowball of proclamations (here, included) that Queen Elizabeth II was coming out for gay rights:
QueengayrightsFighting for gay rights? The Queen won't even mention them. She dare not speak our name – that is, if you believe she is even referring to gay people; if you buy the newspaper's inference that "other grounds" denotes an "implicit support of gay rights".

Let us assume it does mean that, and that Stonewall's assumption is correct. How does keeping ma'am about a minority help? Jesus never mentioned homosexuality – has that dissuaded many of his followers that "love thy neighbour" does not in fact mean: "as long as his partner's not called Steve"?

No, to refrain from specification is to collude with silence, the Grand Pause that keeps lesbians and gay men invisible, suffocating in marriages of inconvenience or trapped in police cells...
...The Mail on Sunday's splash is to be applauded, given its apparent heralding of a more liberal stance for the paper, an intriguing contrast to the Daily Mail. But this charter isn't a fight for gay rights, it's a vague whisper muffled by the screams of gay people awaiting the noose.

If only the alleged intention were expressed explicitly, unequivocally. Most Commonwealth nations, injected by our colonial laws and Old Testament homophobia in the first place, need it. Desperately.
Longtime activist Peter Tatchell agrees:
TatchellShe's made no such explicit commitment and not used any such words.

Indeed, in her 61 years on the throne, the Queen has never publicly uttered the words lesbian or gay. She is a patron of hundreds of charities but none of them are gay ones. Not once has she visited or supported a gay charity.

For the last four years, I've been pressing Buckingham Palace over the Queen's failure to acknowledge the existence of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people - and got nowhere.
Not surprisingly, the Commonwealth Charter does not include any specific rejection of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. This was vetoed by the homophobic majority of member states. They blocked its inclusion.

This makes the Queen's charter signing even less of a big deal. It is certainly not the breakthrough for LGBT rights that some people are claiming.

Nevertheless, it is true that some Commonwealth Secretariat officials interpret the charter wording that rejects discrimination on 'other grounds' as including a rejection of anti-gay discrimination. It is claimed that this catch-all phrase was inserted to circumvent the objections of homophobic Commonwealth countries. Possibly.

via Towleroad News #gay by Andy Towle on 3/11/13
Towleroad has obtained screenshots from a pack leader of a survey sent out by the Boy Scouts of America asking them to rate the acceptability of various scenarios related to gay scouts and scout leaders, along with some additional questions about its policies.
In early February, the BSA announced that it would not vote on lifting the ban then but delay it till May.
BsaThe questions in the survey seem pointed, to say the least:
Bob is 15 years old, and the only openly gay Scout in a Boy Scout troop. Is it acceptable or unacceptable for the troop leader to allow Bob to tent with a heterosexual boy on an overnight camping trip?
Tom started in the program as a Tiger Cub, and finished every requirement for the Eagle Scout Award at 16 years of age. At his board of review Tom reveals that he is gay. Is it acceptable or unacceptable for the review board to deny his Eagle Scout award based on that admission?

Johnny, a first grade boy, has joined Tiger Cubs with his friends. Johnny's friends and their parents unanimously nominate Johnny's mom, who is known by them to be lesbian, to be the den leader. Johnny's pack is chartered to a church where the doctrine of that faith does not teach that homosexuality is wrong. Is it acceptable or unacceptable for his mother to serve as a den leader for his Cub Scout den?

A troop is chartered by an organization that does not believe homosexuality is wrong and allows gays to be ministers. The youth minister traditionally serves as the Scoutmaster for the troop. The congregation hires a youth minister who is gay. Is it acceptable or unacceptable for this youth minister to serve as the Scoutmaster?
David, a Boy Scout, believes that homosexuality is wrong. His troop is chartered to a church where the doctrine of that faith also teaches that homosexuality is wrong. Steve, an openly gay youth, applies to be a member in the troop and is denied membership. Is it acceptable or unacceptable for this troop to deny Steve membership in their troop?

A gay male troop leader, along with another adult leader, is taking a group of boys on a camping trip following the youth protection guidelines of two-deep leadership. Is it acceptable or unacceptable for the gay adult leader to take adolescent boys on an overnight camping trip?
Other questions include this one, which is asked both before and after the questions asked above:
The current Boy Scouts of America requirements, stated above, prohibit open homosexuals from being Scouts or adult Scout leaders. To what extent do you support or oppose this requirement?
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Different organizations that charter Boy Scout troops have different positions on the morality of homosexuality. Do you support or oppose allowing charter organizations to follow their own beliefs when selecting Boy Scout members and adult leaders, if that means there will be different standards from one organization to the next?
What is your greatest concern if the policy remains in place and openly gay youth and adults are prohibited from joining Scouting?
What is your greatest concern if the policy is changed to allow charter organizations to make their own decisions to admit openly gay Scouts and leaders?
Do you believe the current policy prohibiting open homosexuals from being Scouts or adult Scout leaders is a core value of Scouting found in the Scout Oath and Law?
If the Boy Scouts of America makes a decision on this policy that disagrees with your own view, will you continue to participate in the Boy Scouts, or will you leave the organization?
How likely is it that you would recommend volunteering in the Scouting program to other friends or acquaintances?
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I heard about it on the news awhile ago. Thought you guys might like it.

You and your tomfoolery

Where he talked about the greater an amount of distance you are from something tragic, the less you care.

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Left, Madonna in the "Bedtime Story" video. Right, Azealia Banks' artwork for her new single. Of course, the similarities end there.

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Yesterday, a sidewalk bigot did not get away with calling a gay man a "faggot".
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
Bigot3Michael Hartney writes:
This afternoon, my partner Turtle walked out of our apartment to grab a bite. Before he even left our block, a man called him “faggot” as he passed. Rather than let the guy get away with it, Turtle decided to confront this man about his hateful behavior. And he filmed it.
Notice how well Turtle handles himself in this video. No need to fight hate with hate; calling him “slick hair” is as hateful as Turtle gets (which is hilarious and awesome). He lets that ignorant clown have it with poise and decency. Not surprising, considering Turtle is the absolute best guy around and I couldn’t be prouder of him.
Our neighbors saw this altercation, and told Turtle that this man has been harassing their thirteen year-old son for years, sometimes even calling him “faggot” while the kid was in recess at school with his peers. They know who he is and where he lives. They’ve been too scared for the kid’s safety to do anything about it. But it’s going to end today.
Turtle is going to be filing a complaint today, according to Hartney:
I don’t know what’s going to happen yet, but hopefully this jerk will learn that we’re not going to put up with this crap in our neighborhood anymore. On the bright side, this charmer is already in talks with DC Comics to illustrate Orson Scott Card’s Superman story. It’ll be the first comic book drawn completely in douchey hair gel.
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...


Nine dead in Afghan blast during Hagel visitOfficials say an Afghan police officer opened fire inside a police station while U.S. forces were visiting.

Mindy Morgan reads a note at the memorial where six teens were killed in a car crash on Park Ave. in Warren, Ohio on Sunday, March 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott R. Galvin)The SUV smashed into a guardrail and flipped over into a swampy pond.

FILE - Costumed actors, promoting the Halloween premiere of the AMC television series "The Walking Dead", shamble along the Brooklyn Bridge while posing for pictures in New York, in this Oct. 26, 2010 file photo. Clemson University English professor Sarah Lauro says people are more interested in zombies when they're dissatisfied with society as a whole. As of last year, Lauro said, zombie walks had been documented in 20 countries. The largest gathering drew more than 4,000 participants at the New Jersey Zombie Walk in Asbury Park, N.J., in October 2010, according to the Guinness World Records. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)The horror movie villains are part of a historical trend.

Will Fractured House Republicans Unite on Budget?Paul Ryan is set to release his plan to balance the budget by 2023.

The popular however inevitably controversial online betting site InTrade shut down abruptly on Sunday, citing an ongoing investigation and casting skepticism on Irish law in a vaguely worded statement. "With sincere regret we must inform you that due to circumstances recently discovered we must immediately cease trading activity on www.intrade.com," the statement says, detailing that all trading on the site must cease, accounts must be settled and all transactions stopped immediately. ...

President Barack Obama will travel to Capitol Hill this week to hold separate meetings with the Democratic and Republican caucuses in the Senate and the House. The agenda: Discuss legislative priorities, with the budget and taxes and spending likely to be at the top of the list. Obama began reaching out to Republican members of [...]

... if the guy you like is into you or not (or if he's gay, or you've been friend-zoned).

But will it blend?

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Canada-Gay_FlagMost of us were awakened to the altruistic nature of our neighbors to the north in Argo, when the Canadian ambassador let State Department staffers on the run from Iranian extremists hide in his home.
Now comes word the Canadian government is helping LGBT people in Uganda fight the country’s odious “kill the gays” bill, which was put back on the docket in November.
The Department of Foreign Affairs gave $200,000 last month to local activist groups combating the measure, which will increase penalties for committing or refusing to report homosexual acts. (The death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality” has been added and subtracted so many times we’re not sure whether it’s off the table or not.)
“Canadian officials have conveyed concerns with the bill to Uganda’s Foreign Ministry, [and are] working closely with Ugandan civil society” a DFA spokesperson told the National Post.
The funds, some of which have been earmarked for Kenya, will also help sexual minorities flee the country if the bill passes.
In February, the Canadian government ceased funding the evangelical relief group Crossroads Christian Communications because it preached against homosexuality.


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