A Mormon Mother’s Unconditional Love for Her Transgender Son

Written by scott on July 27th, 2014

GraysonCheck out this great story from Equality Utah about a mother of a transgender son and her love for him.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

From Equality Utah and the Transgender Awareness Project comes the story of Grayson Moore, a self-described “sheltered, Utah Mormon boy,” and his mother Neca Allgood, who realized Grayson was transgender long before he told her. In the video, Neca recalls how after they discussed her revelation: “I assumed (Grayson) would say ‘I have a boy’s brain.’ But he didn’t. He said ‘I have a boy’s soul.’”

What a beautiful story – and a wonderful mother. It’s amazing to see a Mormon family accept their transgender son like this, especially when she is the one who asks her son if he is transgender.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up 7/27/14

Written by scott on July 27th, 2014

Gay WeddingHere’s our daily quick round-up of the marriage equality and LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we just didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

Australia, NSW: The NSW labor party has announced that it will allow members to vote for a marriage equality bill, but will not force them to do so. full story

USA: So far the official GOP response to President Obama’s executive order on LGBT employment is crickets. full story

USA: Ambassador John Berry, the U.S. ambassador to Australia, called for LGBT rights around the world. full story

USA, Colorado / Florida: NOM has so far been mysteriously silent on marriage equality wins in Colorado and Florida this week. full story

USA, New Mexico: The county clerk who kicked off the marriage equality revolution in his state says Dona Ana county issued almost 900 marriage licenses to same sex couples this last year. full story

USA, New York: Former NOM spokesman and new director of player development for the New York Giants David Tyree says he would support a gay player on the team. full story

 

Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: The Enchanted Manor, Valley Village, California

Written by scott on July 26th, 2014

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Marriage Equality Round-Up 7/26/14

Written by scott on July 26th, 2014

Gay Wedding - HandsHere’s our daily quick round-up of the marriage equality and LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we just didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

Africa: President Obama is being urged to speak out for LGBT rights during an upcoming summit with African leaders. full story

Italy: Same-sex spouses of U.S. servicemembers and Defense Department civilians working in Italy will ow have access to the same benefits as straight spouses. full story

Italy: Intesa Sanpaolo, Italy’s second-largest bank, will offer marital leave to same sex couples who want to marry. full story

USA: Project Runway’s Tim Gunn says he feels conflicted about transgender models on the runway. full story

USA, Alaska: The state Supreme Court says surviving same sex spouses of someone killed on the job should have access to the state’s workers’ compensation law. full story

USA, Arizona: In a move that surprises no one, Scottsdale based “Alliance Defending Freedom, a group who exists solely to make life hell for same sex couples, is defending the state’s marriage equality ban. full story

USA, Florida: The Florida Family Policy Council slammed Rep. David Jolly for supporting marriage equality. full story

USA, Florida: Equality Florida is focused on more than just marriage rights for gays and lesbians. full story

USA, Indiana: The ACLU won’t sue the state to force recognition of marriages performed after the state’s ban was overturned. full story

USA, Indiana / Wisconsin: The Seventh Circuit has set a new date for arguments in the two marriage equality cases, August 26th – and has denied both states’ request for an en-banc hearing. full story

USA, Michigan: A bill to ban conversion therapy for minors has been introduced in the state House. full storyhttp://joemygod.blogspot.com/2014/07/michigan-bill-to-ban-ex-gay-torture-of.html” target=”_blank”>full story

 

Does Discussing the Economic Benefits Cheapen the Argument for Marriage Equality?

Written by scott on July 26th, 2014

Taxes and LGBT CouplesJust about every time a state debates same-sex marriage, a report emerges giving a multimillion-dollar figure to how much the state’s economy would be boosted by all those weddings. Gay-marriage supporters then tout the studies as another good reason to support recognition of such unions.

Most recently, this happened in Texas. UCLA’s Williams Institute reports that gay marriage would bring close to $182 million in wedding business to the state over the first three years. And Equality Texas, one of the organizations fighting for marriage rights, took the bait. “Allowing gay couples to marry here would give an economic boost to caterers, florists, event venues, and others who make a living through wedding planning,” Chuck Smith, executive director of Equality Texas, said according to the Dallas Observer.

But these kinds of figures are actually a very bad argument for same-sex marriage rights. Economic benefits and costs are not relevant to discussions of civil rights and cheapen the debate. Rights are rights.

Authored By Karin Klein – See the Full Story at the LA Times

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French Mayor Who Opposes Same Sex Marriage Officiates at Gay Son’s Wedding

Written by scott on July 26th, 2014

France - Google MapsA French mayor who still thinks gay marriage “is not what nature intended” nevertheless officiated at his gay son’s wedding.

Pink News reports:

Despite being a long-standing critic of same-sex marriage, Raymond Bardet, mayor of Ville-la-Grand in south-eastern France, officiated the ceremony last Saturday. He told the Dauphine Libere:

“My son was getting married, there was no question of letting anyone else do it. If I had asked a deputy to celebrate the marriage, people could have thought that I was criticising my son or that we had fallen out. Only two and a half months ago I discovered that my son was gay. I am his father and I would be the one to celebrate his union, as I would have done for his sister. I didn’t know his partner, but he’s a good person and they make a beautiful couple together. I saw two smart men, very content together. We always think that it doesn’t affect us, that was my way of seeing things, I never questioned it.”

But despite all that, he still opposes marriage equality. It’s beautiful that he did this for his gay son, but it’s sad that he is still trapped in his own prejudices.

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Seriously? What Marriage Equality Opponents Are Saying

Written by scott on July 26th, 2014

Seriously?Here’s the the latest in our ongoing series of some of the crazy things the anti-gay marriage equality opponents are saying and doing around the world.

Being Gay is Like Being a Methodist
Maggie Gallagher gives gays a backhanded defense, acknowledging they are real, but then insisting the choose to be that way.

“When Christians tell me that homosexuality is ‘socially constructed’ and therefore not a ‘real; permanent feature of human existence, I generally respond ‘I know gay people exist the same way that I know that Methodists exist. I’ve met them.’ In other words, not all categories that are real are founded on fixed unchangeable essences. Sexual orientation as a concept is a way of organizing ‘given reality’ (sexual attraction) into a communal identity, the strongest kind. It is therefore not at all like race, and but rather more akin to religion. I never ever think of myself as a heterosexual, nonetheless my own ideas about my experience of sexuality (‘we are born male and female and called to come together in love in this thing called marriage’) are core enough to my identity and my sense of what is required for communal good that I am willing to suffer rather than renounce them, if necessary. They are not positions I hold, they are part of who I am.”

It’s the closest I’ve seen her come to recognizing the humanity of the LGBT community. But we still have a bit of work t do on the whole “choice” part.
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Gays Want to Prey on Little Children Sexually
Michelle Bachmann is at it again, throwing some huge chunks of red meat th the homophobic base.

“I believe that we’re going to see coming an effort for multiples in marriage, not just two, but multiples in marriage. I think they wanna legalize that. I think also they want to abolish age of consent laws, which means children would… we would do away with statutory rape laws so that adults would be able to freely prey on little children sexually. That’s the deviance that we’re seeing embraced in our culture today.”

Seriously, where the hell does she get this stuff? Has anyone in the LGBT movement in this country advocated for even lowering the age of consent laws, let alone abolishing them? Have any of the major LGBT groups said a single thing about advocating for “multiples in marriage”? No – the only people who bring these things up are homophobes like Bachmann. Makes you wonder…
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All Transgender People Are Liars
Dr Gordon Klingenschmitt, a right-wing former US Navy Chaplain, just essentially called all transgender folks liars. Speaking about a transgender woman who is suing Hobby Lobby over bathroom access, he said:

“And that not only should ban him from access to the ladies bathroom — whether or not he has the surgery, he still has XY chromosomes, he’s still a man, he’s just lying about it on his birth certificate… No one whose testicles are crushed or whose male organ is cut off shall enter the assembly of the Lord.”

I think Rachel Maddow was right – “The biggest divide in this country is not between Democrats and Republicans, it’s between people who care and people who don’t care.” and these anti-gay folks not nly don’t care about their fellow men and women, they actively hate some of us.
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Sure, You Can Hold Your Parade – At the Dump
St. Petersburg officials are trying a new tact this year to deny the LGBT community the right to have a Pride rally. Pink News reports:

“When refusing requests, officials are obliged by law to suggest alternative venues, which was abused to suggest ludicrous locations, including the remote village of Novosyolki, and a landfill site on Vasilievsky Island.”

So the city is literally calling its LGBT citizens garbage. Nice.
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Florida Marriage Equality Takes Another Step Forward in Miami

Written by scott on July 26th, 2014

FloridaAnother Florida marriage equality ruling – this one from a state judge in Miami-Dade County.

Equality on Trial reports

A state judge in Miami-Dade County, Florida, has struck down the same sex marriage ban, in a case brought by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). The case was argued earlier this month. The court noted the long string of wins in court – this decision is the thirty-second win – in striking down the ban: “The recognition that the right to marry encompasses categories of people not traditionally considered to be accorded that right has been slow in coming, but it has become increasingly obvious that it is not constitutionally permissible to deny same-sex couples the right to marry.”

The decision has been put on hold pending appeal.

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Seriously? What Marriage Equality Opponents Are Saying

Written by scott on July 25th, 2014

Seriously?Here’s the the latest in our ongoing series of some of the crazy things the anti-gay marriage equality opponents are saying and doing around the world.

Obama’s Executive Order is Liberal Progressive McCarthyism
Former Southern Baptist Convention official Richard Land called the new executive order protecting LGBT employees who work for federal contractors “liberal Mccarthyism”: “It really is getting down to liberal McCarthyism. You know, the question is, are you now, or have you ever been, opposed to homosexual or lesbian or gay bisexual transgender behavior? If so, then you’re not fit to be the CEO. If so you’re not fit to give the prayer at the inauguration. if so you can’t have a Federal contract… It is liberal, progressive McCarthyism.” OK, let’s go through this. Because one guy resigned after not just his anti marriage equality leanings came out but his anti Jewish ones as well – he resigned, he was not fired – under pressure from his own capitalistic company, not from gay rights advocates, and because a President who supports marriage equality choose not to have someone speak for whim who doesn’t, it’s liberal, progressive McCarthyism.” Against those two purported cases of discrimination, we can stack up the thousands upon thousands of “homosexual or lesbian or gay bisexual transgender” who have been fired for being who they are, who have been kicked out of housing, who have been beathen and abused and thrown out of their own families. You want to talk about discrimination? Let’s talk.
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Obama’s Executive Order Means You’ll Be Interviewed By an FBI Agent in Drag
Conservative radio host Sandy Rios’ voice practically drips poison as she conflates drag with being transgender. “That, ladies and gentlemen, was the sound of your President signing two executive orders to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender federal contractors and employees from from workplace discrimination. That means of course that, maybe in six weeks or so your doorbell will ring and you will have the privilege of being interviewed by an FBI agent, male, wearing a dress, because that’s really what this does mean.” The nastiness and bile from these people toward the transgender community is palpable – totally overlooking the fact that a man in a dress is something totally different from someone who was born transgender. But hey, it scares the base.
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Gays Will Demand Incest Rights Because Game of Thrones
They’re on to us – the anti-gay right has finally figured out that The Game of Thrones is our gay agenda bible. Michael Brown, head of the anti-gay Coalition of Conscience, says: “Gay activists constantly tell us that there’s no such thing as a slippery moral slope and that the acceptance of homosexuality will not lead to the acceptance of other sexual practices, such as incest. The facts prove otherwise, and it is clear that we are rapidly sliding down the very slope whose existence they deny. With increasing frequency and openness, the media are now promoting and even celebrating incest. The popular HBO series Game of Thrones also features an adult, brother-sister sexual relationship. And there is no slippery slope!” Seriously? Harry Potter features a magical school that only magicians can attend by riding a magical train. Planning on attending classes there soon, Mr. Brown?
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Only 2% of the US is Gay? I Don’t Buy It

Written by scott on July 25th, 2014

titleOn July 15, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a statement that just over two percent of Americans over 18 identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual. This statistic–the outcome of polling 34,500 adults–muddies the already murky numbers attempting to quantify America’s homosexual population. (Other reports suggest as much as 20 percent of America is gay). Frankly, this new CDC stat feels as if it’s hanging on the underside of a reasonable margin of error, and with no accusation of bad motives by the CDC, I don’t buy it.

The degrees of separation between society-at-large and homosexuals are closing in as more people acknowledge being gay, thus bringing homosexuality into the fold of many who were previously unaware they were touched by it. While it’s dubious to say that a number has a feeling, the impact of gay America feels larger than two percent.

In fairness to the CDC, as a health-oriented organization it benefits from raw data produced from consistently controlled variables. Concrete numbers are plainly more effective when dealing with the health issues of any population. Perhaps the results are less indicative of the prevalence of homosexuality than of the reluctance homosexuals (or anyone anything other than 100% straight) feel to openly discuss their sexuality.

Authored By Charley Carroll – See the Full Story at Dot429

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