March 2010 Archives

''The Times continues to editorialize about the "pedophilia crisis," when all along it's been a homosexual crisis. Eighty percent of the victims of priestly sexual abuse are male and most of them are post-pubescent. While homosexuality does not cause predatory behavior, and most gay priests are not molesters, most of the molesters have been gay. ''Here's what's really going ... [Read]

''THERE IS NO WAY EASY TO SAY THIS. kEITH HAS BEEN STAYING WITH ME FOR A FEW DAYS, AND THIS MORNING AT 7:45 I FOUND HIM DEAD IN MY LIVING ROOM CHAIR..... WE KNOW NOTHING YET ABOUT CAUSE OF DEATH OR AMYTHING.'' Part of a post to the Facebook page of Keith Kimmell, a gay man from Oklahoma who had ... [Read]

''I brought the Articles of Impeachment to the House Floor today at approximately 10:15am. I was not ruled out of order as I had expected to be, but was not able to get a vote. The Articles have been moved to House Judiciary Committee for hearings to be held today at 3pm. Please come to testify, or simply to show ... [Read]

Transgender woman murdered in Queens, NY

Posted by JD Uy
March 31, 2010 12:54 PM |
''We found her on her bed. She was naked. Everything in the apartment was destroyed. All her Marilyn Monroe pictures were destroyed.'' Barbara Vega relaying the death of Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar, 29, to NY Daily News. Gonzalez-Andujar, a pre-op MTF transgender was found face-down in bed in her home in the Queens borough of New York City. AP reports that the ... [Read]

''I'm very upset that we had to cancel this. It was a very well-done production. But I could not have lived with myself if someone got hurt.'' Mark Holtorf, teacher for a class on directing at Tarleton State University where a presenters of "Corpus Christi," a play about a gay Christ-like figure, were first forced to change its scheduled time ... [Read]

''I am sorry that my recent public recollection of those discussion of 15 years ago inaccurately reflected your thinking on some specific social issues in the military. It is also regrettable that I allowed you to be pulled into a public debate. As a fellow Marine, I have the depest respect for you personally and professionally. NATO and the ... [Read]

Ricky Martin reveals he is gay and proud

Posted by JD Uy
March 29, 2010 5:50 PM |
''These years in silence and reflection made me stronger and reminded me that acceptance has to come from within and that this kind of truth gives me the power to conquer emotions I didn't even know existed. ''What will happen from now on? It doesn't matter. I can only focus on what's happening to me in this moment. The ... [Read]

''My grandmother doesn't believe in it [same-sex relationships] but still stands behind me no matter what. She's a conservative Christian but respects that it's my life. She doesn't think discrimination of any kind is right.'' Constance McMillen, a high school lesbian who won a partial victory against prom discrimination, telling CNN about homophobia she faces even among her own supportive ... [Read]

''The filmmakers provided a copy of this film to GLAAD in February, and for weeks the organization had been supportive to the filmmakers. In fact, GLAAD representatives advised the film's producer, director and cast on how to describe the film to its core constituency.'' Statement from the Tribeca Film Festival regarding the film ''Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives.'' The low-budget film's ... [Read]

''We forced them to return home by Sunday. We also told them not to make a media statement.'' Mohammad Chaeruddin, secretary-general of the Islamic Defenders Front, a fundamentalist Muslim organization in Indonesia that successfully put a halt to a conference about gay issues in Surabaya, East Java. (Jakarta Post) ''There are indications that the event could trigger a social crisis ... [Read]

''For the first time in a PPIC Statewide Survey, Californians are more likely to say they favor (50%) same-sex marriage than oppose it (45%). Support among all adults had never surpassed 45 percent since January 2000. Today, a record high 49 percent of likely voters favor same-sex marriage and 45 percent oppose it. Proposition 8, passed by voters in 2008, ... [Read]

''If they are willing to do it with a guy, they'll do it with any guy. It's a job... We have one gay guy who always dictates who he's going to do it with. I'd much rather work with straight guys.... Czechs would do it anyway. [They are entrepreneurial] always looking to make an extra buck.'' William Higgins speaking ... [Read]

''The record shows Constance has been openly gay since eighth grade and she intended to communicate a message by wearing a tuxedo and to express her identity through attending prom with a same-sex date. The Court finds this exipression and communication of her viewpoint is the type of speech that falls squarely within the purview of the First Amendment. The ... [Read]

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''More than one. My partner, Jim, and I were walking from -- it was a nice day! We walked from one House office building to another. There was a great deal of shouting, you know, waving of fists and signs, and sort of people getting very close and yelling. And a number of the comments were homophobic.... Really, sadness. As ... [Read]

Daniel Choi (center) speaking with entertainer Kathy Griffin (right). In the lower left corner, notice HRC President Joe Solmonese speaking with gay rights activist Robin McGehee. ''Harriet Tubman once said she had freed 1,000 slaves but could have freed so many more if they only knew that they were slaves. People don't always know that they are in fetters. Even ... [Read]

''I'm gay.... From some seventy years of personal experience, I can tell you that there's not much "gay" about being homosexual. For the first twenty years of my life, I had to live in the shadows, in a culture that was -- at least outwardly -- totally hostile to any hint of that variation of life-style.... ''This declaration of ... [Read]

''There are going to be 30 people that I can say I helped make their day unforgettable.... As an event that's never really been tried with the GLBT community before, we had no idea how to project what the demand was. But I think that we also have gotten a lot of leads and a lot of people have noticed ... [Read]

''I'm excited to meet other student and community leaders from across the country who are working to address anti-LGBT bullying and discrimination in schools.... GLSEN's Safe Schools Advocacy Summit is a great opportunity to learn more about how I can use the platform I've been given to continue my work to make schools places where everyone can feel safe and ... [Read]

''That's the reason I deleted my Twitter account because I said on there that I believed in gay marriage because everyone should have the right to love each other, and I got such hate mail about my being a bad person.'' Quote from Parade Magazine's web-only outtakes with singer and actress Miley Cyrus . One year ago, Cyrus used her ... [Read]

''It's my personal belief that the video's getting so much attention, not because of thsoe themes -- because I've done those themes before haven't I? I've done those in many of my videos. But it's because I'm with Beyonce, and it's because there are so many homosexual themes, and transsexual women, and transgender women in the video. And suddenly it ... [Read]

Asked for comment, Dutch military officials expressed astonishment. The spokesman for the Netherlands Ministry of Defense, Roger van de Wetering, told VOA Sheehan's assertions are "total nonsense" and that he "cannot believe that a man of that rank is stating such a thing." He added that he had never heard Sheehan's allegation before from any source in the Netherlands ... [Read]

''You get a lot of time to think when you're in prison.... I made lots of friends, you know. I've got lots of friends that are out now that I'm still friendly with... people that were, for me, a kind of real saving grace when I was locked up.... So, yeah. There's been some positive things that came out of ... [Read]

''It was my honor 2 share [the] podium w Lt. Dan Choi today. I understand he's been arrested in front of the White House. I dig that dude! Balls!'' Tweet from comedian Kathy Griffin after her appearance at today's rally in DC against ''Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'' The event appeared to be a joint venture between the Human Rights Campaign ... [Read]

''DC! it's ON! Rally against "don't ask, don't tell" Thurs march 18. Noon @ Freedom Plaza. I need u. I'm hearing anti gay groups r coming.'' Latest tweets from Kathy Griffin. She says she also met with the Servicemembers Legal Defense Group, which is also holding it's annual Dinner & Lobby Day this Saturday, March 20. (OfficialKathyG) "Calling all DC ... [Read]

''This time we have to speculate whether she has a male member or not. And whether it's been cut off or not.... And then we've got Beyonce and Gaga -- gay, lesbian lovers! I mean, it's disgusting Megan.... This is just poison for the minds of our kids. And for our minds for that matter.... Our world if filled with ... [Read]

''It's a makeover show where me, Nina Poon, and Jamie Clayton travel all over the country transforming women, using what we've learned transforming ourselves.'' Laverne Cox speaking about the new VH1 reality TV show "TRANSform Me." The program debuted Monday night, and the ladies helped makeover Nicole, an Alabama woman who'd lost 55 pounds and suffered from a lingering, oversized ... [Read]

''I did this because I wanted to exercise my inherent rights as a citizen. I wanted people to widen their minds and look outside their tiny mind boxes, to see that even 10-year-olds can have logical opinions, and to accept that I am intelligent person like most people. I believe activism is important. Activism is change. It is the fuel, ... [Read]

''I'm at the Glaad awards with my lesbian lover, Meredith Vieira. She says hi.'' Funny Twitter post from Joy Behar. The veteran comedian, and one of "The View's" 5 talk show hosts, accepted an award in New York from GLAAD for "Excellence in Media." Last year, she launched her own program on CNN, and it became an immediate favorite of ... [Read]

''You see, the Massachusetts Supreme Court, when it started this, this move toward same-sex marriage, actually defined marriage -- now get this -- it defined marriage as simply, 'the establishment of intimacy.' Now, how dangerous is that. I mean -- I don't mean to be absurd about it, but I guess I can make the point of absurdity with an ... [Read]

''I played by 'don't ask, don't tell... I just don't agree with what the Rapid City police department did. ... They violated a lot of internal policies on their end, and I feel like my privacy was violated.'' Sgt. Jene Newsome, a nine-year veteran who was (honorably) discharged from the Air Force. She tells AP and KOTA-TV that police from ... [Read]

''The National Organization for Marriage is sponsoring robo-calling of DC residents asking if they think marriage should be between only one man and one woman. Since marriage equality is now a fact in the city the reasons for this survey might not be apparent.'' Taken from the GLAA Forum of Washington, DC at 4:31pm today, regarding a recorded telephone ... [Read]

''I have a license in the United States Supreme Court. But I have a secret weapon, and her name is Marge, and she's my sister. She argued that case before the 4th Circuit.... You know last Wednesday they started marrying fags in DC.... I picketed when they did the Lawrence vs. Texas case.... What, are you kidding me? [Gay] enablers? ... [Read]

''We're here today to remind Elton John that he has to die.... If we were Muslims, a fatwa would have been taken out on Elton John, but we're Christians.'' Neal Horsley, an anti-abortionist with extremist religious views who, according to AP, has been arrested for "making terroristic threats" outside of Elton John's Atlanta home. He also posted video of his ... [Read]

''In 1990, aboard the U.S.S. Jouett, I was awakened when a senior officer, Lt. Commander Massa, seemed to be groping me. (I was a lieutenant at the time.) I believe he may have been drinking.'' Stuart Borsch, one of a handful of former Navy colleagues of Eric Massa who, according to The Atlantic, are now coming forward with or confirming ... [Read]

''Oh, my God. That's really messed up because the message they are sending is that if they have to let gay people go to prom that they are not going to have one.... A bunch of kids at school are really going to hate me for this.'' Constance McMillen, an 18-year-old female senior who wanted to bring her sophomore girlfriend ... [Read]

''Falls Church is a really gay high school.... I had an interest in make-up and fashion, and instead of trying things out on my friends, I decided to try them out on myself.... I learned a ridiculous amount. I'd had no drag friends before.'' Tatianna (a/k/a Joey Santolini) a contestant on the current season of "RuPaul's Drag Race.'' She hails ... [Read]

''Discrimination based on factors such as one's sexual orientation or parental status violates the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution. Therefore, discrimination against enumerated classes of persons set forth in the Virginia Human Rights Act or discrimination against any class of persons without a rational basis is prohibited. ''Employment discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated by ... [Read]

''Well, here's that answer, I'm not going to answer that.... Why don't you ask my wife, ask my friends, ask the 10,000 sailors I served with in the Navy.... Well, but it's an insulting... No, no, not me. It insults every gay American, because somewhere it... It somehow classifies people'' From a Larry King Show interview with Eric Massa, the ... [Read]

''The children, in that it permanently denies them the chance to have a permanent home with their gay caretaker. So they will forever be in a state of foster care. It violates the rights of the parents by treating them differently than their straight counterparts without any rational basis.'' Rob Rosenwald, lawyer for Martin Gill, his partner and two boys ... [Read]

''While gays and lesbians face a lot of the same active discrimination as racial minorities, they are not automatically at the same socioeconomic disadvantage as racial minorities tend to be. And as long as identifying as gay carries negative consequences, checking the "gay" box will say a lot more about you than just your sexual preference.'' Closing statements from Gabriel ... [Read]

''Really? You're gonna shoot the gay guy down? I never have had a problem saying who I am.... I am who I am. I was never in, as they say. Never.'' Actor Sean Hayes speaking with The Advocate about his displeasure with that magazine's past decision to publicly out him as being gay. For several years, Hayes played Jack McFarland ... [Read]

''I brought this on myself. And if I've had restless nights, it's all because of my doing.... Well, I've always believed that I could keep my personal life personal, and my public life public. But through my own actions, I have made my personal life public.... Well, I am gay. And, uh, so, I -- those are the words that ... [Read]

''Parents living in open discord with Catholic teaching in areas of faith and morals unfortunately choose by their actions to disqualify their children from enrollment. To allow children in these circumstances to continue in our school would be a cause of confusion for the student in that what they are being taught in school conflicts with what they experience in ... [Read]

''Think of it as like Mayberry.... That's when I grew up -- the '60s. That's what life was like. I want Florida to be known for making those kinds of movies: Disney movies for kids and all that stuff. Like it used to be, you know.'' Orlando, Florida Republican Stephen Precourt who reportedly has proposed a $75 million tax credit ... [Read]

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''Michael's friends and family say he was not gay. If that is true, then I owe a huge apology to the Osmond family and to Marie Osmond for the words I wrote here. I read several published sources before I said anything, but--I did not know him, and I don't know his family either. I just reacted and said what ... [Read]

''Providing health care to a gay or lesbian partner -- a basic human right, according to Church teaching -- is an end in itself and no more legitimizes that marriage than giving communion to a divorced person legitimizes divorce, or giving food or shelter to an alcoholic legitimizes alcoholism.... More importantly, the greatest asset of the agency -- its staff ... [Read]

''So the bottom line is that what the secular world means by the word 'marriage' is not even close to what the Church means. Is it time for us to accept this and start using a different word? Perhaps it is and I would like to propose a new (really an old) term and hear what you think. I ... [Read]

We write today to express our concerns regarding outdated, medically and scientifically unsound deferral criteria for prospective blood donors. With hospitals and emergency rooms across the country in constant and urgent need of blood products, we believe certain blood donor deferral policies should be reviewed and appropriately modified and modernized while ensuring the blood supply meets the highest possible ... [Read]

''I think Michael was distraught because he was conflicted over his sexuality and didn't believe he could ever come out as a gay man to his religious Mormon family.'' Quote appearing in the National Enquirer under a headline that reads, "Marie Osmond Suicidal after Gay Son Leaps 8 Floors to His Death." It's reported that Marie Osmond's son, Michael Blosil ... [Read]

''Donald E. Wildmon, chairman of American Family Association (AFA) for more than 30 years, has resigned as chairman of the board for the national ministry. The resignation comes following several months of hospitalization. A bite from a mosquito carrying the St. Louis encephalitis virus caused Wildmon's illness.'' Press release from the extremely anti-gay American Family Association on the final retirement ... [Read]

''Well, my career was pretty on fire when I took this project ['Clash of the Titans']. I did this movie, and then 'Making Love' came out the same year. I played sort of the first normal gay character. I think the audience and perhaps critics became confused. My career kind of slowed down after that.'' Actor Harry Hamlin speaking with ... [Read]

''In D.C., outreach to African-Americans wasn't part of the campaign. It was the campaign.'' Michael Crawford of DC for Marriage explaining to AP the importance of reaching out to the African-American majority of Washington, DC during the hard-fought political struggle over same-sex marriage equality. Crawford, who is expanding his efforts to a national level, could be seen frequently at rallies ... [Read]

''This is very much about our lives, and about our ability to protect ourselves and our family, so we wanted to be really intimately involved. So, we've been participating every step of the way.'' (via Metro Weekly) ''We thought this had been going on for like a year. We came down yesterday: We decided, 'Hey, we're gonna get married since ... [Read]

''A State Senator has been arrested. He's accused of driving drunk in a state-issued vehicle. And tonight, sources are telling CBS13 that this Senator, Roy Ashburn, a father of four, a Republican from Southern California with a history of opposing gay rights, was actually seen at a gay nightclub, called Faces, in Sacramento before he was arrested.'' From a CBS13 ... [Read]

''They are happy about the seriousness of the charges. They have waited a long time for this day to come.'' Susanne Gustin, legal representative for a Salt Lake gay couple, David James Bell and his partner, Dan Fair. The men suffered a brutal beating from their neighbors in July of 2008. Apparently, Bell had been invited to party at the ... [Read]

''@JessieDymack Stand tall. Be proud of who you are. Don't break promises. Want to learn. Represent well. But more than anything, be safe.'' Latest tweet appearing on ActuallyNPH, said to be the Twitter feed of gay actor Neil Patrick Harris. He was replying to an Australian teen musician who says his family would not understand his coming out as gay. ... [Read]

"It's pretty black and white about whether homosexuality is a sin. And as a Christian, that's what I believe.... Am I anti-gay? No. I feel like -- I feel like I love everyone.... I do have gay friends.... I think that some of them are -- um, they say, you know -- they still lo -- some people, I mean, ... [Read]

''Opponents of gay marriage are asking the Supreme Court to put a hold on the District of Columbia's new law allowing same-sex couples to wed.... Court papers filed Monday with Chief Justice John Roberts argue that Washington residents should be able to vote on the matter.'' The latest, and hopefully last, bit of sour news about anti-marriage activists who are ... [Read]

New employees and current employees requesting revisions in benefit coverage will be affected by this change. Catholic Charities will continue to honor the health plan coverage that current employees have as of March 1, 2010. As of March 2, a new plan will be in effect that will cover new employees and requests for benefit changes by current employees. The ... [Read]

''I thought it could be a bit awkward at first, to dress down and have people looking at you. But when you're naked and everybody else is naked, you feel like you're dressed up because everybody else looks the same.... It's really a weird experience. You could think there would be something sexual behind, but there's not.'' A male ... [Read]