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Bigotry in Arkansas and The Roadmap For Future Discrimination

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Matt Baume

In a follow-up video to last week’s yummy fireside chat on the ongoing “cake wars” and why bakeries in certain states can’t refuse to do business with gay folks, Matt Baume tackles Arkansas’ new law banning local governments from passing LGBT anti-discrimination protections.

Taking viewers on a trip back in time to uncover the insidious origins of the bill, Baume reveals how the benign-sounding “Intrastate Commerce Improvement Act” could very well serve as a blueprint for future anti-LGBT laws across the country.

As Baume says, if there’s anything we learned from Star Wars Episode I, it’s that “the best way to conceal a great evil – an evil that can shake a Republic to its very foundations – is to make it incredibly boring.”

Authored By Matt Baume – See the Full Story at

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There’s No Place for Anti-Bi Bigotry

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

Emerson-CollinsWithin the big LGBT tent, there are myriad strong and specific spaces and groups for lesbians, gay men and — even more so lately — transgender individuals who wish to avail themselves of the opportunity to organize or socialize with those who have shared experiences.

However, it seems those who identify as bisexual are often left out, ignored or outright rejected from those spaces by a great deal of dismissive judgment from within the community.

Certainly it comes as no surprise that bisexuals experience ridicule or oppression in the broader heterosexual society similar to that experienced by homosexuals. But that they experience a different version of the same skepticism within the community is disheartening. It actually seems bisexuals are more easily accepted in transgender groups and spaces than in gay or lesbian ones. This is likely a result of the degree to which the transgender community still struggles far more greatly for acceptance in the broader culture than the gay community does.

Why is that? Why are gays and lesbians so likely to respond derisively to bisexuals after experiencing so much judgment for our own sexuality? It ultimately boils down to prejudice, and that it happens inside our community where we are all well-versed in the impact of prejudice makes it that much worse.

Authored By Emerson Collins – See the Full Story at The Dallas Voice

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Hiding Bigotry Behind Specious Arguments

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

You know what I admire about bigots? And I’m not referring to the merely prejudiced, mutter-out-of-the-corner-of-their-mouth bigots, but the real wackos, the warped, scary, neo-Nazi, open Klansman, proudly sign-their-name haters.

You know what’s kinda great about them?

At least they’re candid. No pussyfooting around for them. They state their hate boldly, cast their slurs loudly and only then try to back it up with whatever false theories they believe support their irrational hatreds.

For everyone else, it’s the other way around. They timidly roll out their specious argument first, as if that were the important part, the crucial logic that made up their impartial minds, and led to their subsequent negative opinion, an unfortunate by-product.

Authored By Neil Steinberg – See the Full Story at the Chicago Sun Times

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NC, USA: Amendment One is “Bigotry on the Ballot”

Monday, April 30th, 2012

North Carolina's Amendment One is "Bigotry on the Ballot"North Carolina already has a law barring same-sex marriage, but the state’s Republican-controlled Legislature is not satisfied. It devised a measure to enshrine this obvious discrimination in the State Constitution and placed it on the ballot of the state’s May 8 primary election — a test of tolerance versus bigotry that ought to be watched closely nationwide.

In their zeal, lawmakers got careless with the wording of the measure, known as Amendment One. It would constitutionally prohibit recognition not just of same-sex marriages, but of other legal arrangements like civil unions and domestic partnerships. That could harm all unmarried couples, imperiling some children’s health insurance benefits, along with child custody arrangements and safeguards against domestic violence.

The campaign against the amendment is being spearheaded by a coalition of civic, religious, business and civil rights leaders and groups. One of Amendment One’s most vocal opponents is the Rev. William Barber II, president of the state chapter of the N.A.A.C.P. Mr. Barber draws a strong link between the proposed amendment and struggles against racial unfairness, an appeal with special resonance following the publication in March of memos from the National Organization for Marriage, one the most prominent groups fighting same-sex marriage, about driving “a wedge between gays and blacks.”

Full Story from The New York Times

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Call it what it is: Bigotry

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

The rights of minorities have never been popular. That’s one of the reasons rights are cemented into constitutions, the most fundamental law and the hardest to change.

Yet the Iowa House’s move to amend the state Constitution and end marriage equality is pushing in just the opposite direction. Despite this paper’s slanted headline: “Bill introduced to allow public to vote on same-sex marriage,” this is a move to take rights away.

The Iowa House has dropped all pretense with its wording: “Marriage between one man and one woman shall be the only legal union valid or recognized in this state.” That’s not a defense of freedom of religion, of the right of churches to recognize what they want. It’s a call for official state discrimination. It excludes not just civil marriage but the Marriage Lite of civil unions and domestic partnerships.

If you are against marriage equality, you are by definition a bigot. You might be a “nice” person who bakes cookies for the neighbor and loves kittens, but you’re a bigot. In some ways that makes it even worse because it legitimizes it to other people. You’re Fred Phelps with cookies. You are prejudiced against gay people, and believe they should not be given the same rights as others. You are simply arguing that your particular prejudices and bigotries should be endorsed with the force of law–just as bigots have throughout the ages.

Full Story from the Des Moines Register

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