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Gays and the Political Psychology of Disgust

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

disgustWhen Michael Sam kissed his boyfriend on television to celebrate his successful draft into the NFL, some viewers were disgusted. The charged comments that followed demonstrated that when it comes to public displays of gay affection, some people have a gut reaction to recoil. But why? The answer to that question is not fully known, but scientists are beginning to establish an understanding of how biology and the environment may interact to form such reactions.

First, it’s important to understand that disgust in humans can be good. We should recoil from the truly gross things that can harm us–festering wounds, rancid meat, and feces, to name a few examples, are dangerous incubators of infection. “Disgust is apart of what is referred to as the behavioral immune system, which protects us from dealing with items and individuals that might make us sick, that might kill us,” says Patrick Stewart, a political scientist at the University of Arkansas (and not of X-Men, Star Trek fame).

But it’s not adaptive when healthy groups of people are reacted to in the exact same way as if they were pathogens. Here’s the state of the science of disgust right now.

Authored By Brian Resnick – See the Full Story at the National Journal

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USA: Grindr Jumps Into Politics for Gay Rights

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

Grindr for the Greater GoodToday Grindr officially announces its plan to mobilize gay men as a political bloc in the 2012 elections by delivering geo-targeted messages about equality issues to its 1.5 million U.S. users — and to call those users to action. Grindr for Equality, a social effort developed by Grindr, is this call to action, informing gay men in the United States about the issues, urging them to vote for candidates based on those issues, and getting out their vote in order to have a decisive impact on this upcoming election.

Grindr for Equality will work to enhance GLBT rights this election season by doing the following:

Creating awareness regarding GLBT equality issues being voted on in November;
Encouraging Grindr users to register to vote, providing them with sources that’ll show them nearby poll locations, and prompting them to vote when the time comes; and

Promoting knowledge of those presidential candidates and state and local candidates who support GLBT initiatives.

See the Full Story at Echelon Magazine

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Marriage Equality is About People, Not About Politics

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

In both Maine and New Hampshire, gay marriage is once again in the news, but for quite opposite reasons.

In Maine, where a marriage equality law was overturned by a people’s veto measure in 2009, gay-marriage advocates are planning a petition drive to put the matter before voters in 2012. In New Hampshire, which has had a law on the books since 2010, two repeal bills are being retained by the House Judiciary Committee and are expected to come up before the Legislature early in the next session.

It is wearying to keep returning to this issue over and over again — to write yet one more editorial in favor of equal rights for all people, to remind readers in both states that loving relationships are to be encouraged, no matter the gender configuration. But just when it seems the political and human rights arc might finally extend far enough to allow all to marry, there are reminders that too many do not share this view.

Full Story from Seacoast Online

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If Churches Play Politics, They Should Pay Taxes

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

I have written in recent weeks about the anti-gay marriage amendment that Minnesota’s state GOP placed on their 2012 ballot.

Critics have seen it as a particularly blatant attempt to write Minnesota off President Obama’s 2012 win column by offering a tempting carrot to draw out the evangelical vote – at the expense of an apparently disposable minority.

Remember that same-sex marriage is already prohibited in Minnesota by statute. So the truth is there’s just no way to talk about this unnecessary amendment other than to call it what it is: a political ploy wrapped inside an anti-gay attack. But the state’s most prominent conservatives get very upset when you call it that.

Full Story from Irish Central

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Minnesota Gay Groups Call Catholic Church on Political Campaigning

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Archbishop John Neinstedt says Minnesota’s bishops will be distributing “more than one million” DVDs across Minnesota just weeks before the election. Part of an orchestrated campaign against same-sex marriage, the DVDs were funded by an anonymous donor and produced by the Knights of Columbus, a group that donates to the National Organization for Marriage, which is also running anti-gay marriage ads in Minnesota. While Neinstedt says the effort isn’t about politics, the state’s largest LGBT advocacy group slammed the new campaign.

Dennis McGrath, spokesman for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, told the Minnesota Independent that the campaign is titled, “Preserving Marriage in Minnesota.”

The DVD itself, “One Man, One Woman – Marriage and the Common Good,” is a hodgepodge of anti–gay marriage arguments including statements by Maggie Gallagher, founder of the National Organization for Marriage, who says gay marriage will be taught in schools if it is legalized. (The 14-minute video can be viewed at this Knights of Columbus website.)

Full Story from the MN Independent

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