Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Ask E. L. James Hashtag; Domestic Partnership Benefits; Ginormous Penis Scares People

Ask E. L. James Hashtag

On Monday there was a question and answer on Twitter with the author of Fifty Shades of Grey, E. L. James. Some are claiming it was an event gone wrong and they're blaming her PR people. Others seem to think it's the most brilliant idea any PR people have ever had. After all, she is promoting a new book right now.

In any event, it seems that everyone who has been holding back what they think of Fifty Shades of Grey let it all come out, in public, on Twitter. The results ranged between social commentary about women to Twilight fanfic...and if there is anyone left on the planet that didn't know Fifty Shades originated as Twilight fanfic, I think it's safe to say that's over now. It was interesting for me because I found FSoG long before it went mainstream. I also know people who either love the book or despise it.

LONDON — Twitter Q&A sessions are a notoriously risky business, particularly if you're the author of a a set of books as widely known (and widely parodied) as the Fifty Shades series.

I followed it on and off all day and was surprised to see readers mention negative things about the book I hadn't realized before. For example, rape culture.

You can read more here, with examples of tweets.

Last Thursday I went to dinner at a friend's house and the new E. L. James novel came up in conversation. There seems to be a division right down the middle. Those who know books and publishing think of James as the antichrist and those who don't know much about publishing are willing to die for her and for Fifty Shades of Grey.

Some of you might not like my opinion, but whether you like the book or not I think any book that can spark that kind of controversy did something right for a change. After all, millions of people bought the book and paid top retail dollar, and even more showed up to the movie.

And, here's a link to a NYT book review. 

Domestic Partnership Benefits

Interestingly, with the recent SCOTUS ruling on same sex marriage comes a new batch of issues. This time it's domestic partnership benefits.

A number of large employers have been moving away from domestic partnership benefits. Prior to the Supreme Court ruling, Verizon, IBM and Delta Airlines, among others, had already stopped offering domestic partnership benefits in states that had marriage equality. Their ultimatum to employees: if you want benefits for your partner, marry him or her.

“With no legal barriers to same-sex marriage, it is likely some employers will eliminate their benefits for unmarried same-sex partners,” Todd Solomon, who has written a book on domestic partner benefits, told The New York Times. 

You can read the rest here. 

It sounds fair, but there are a few gray areas.

Ginormous Penis Scares People

There's an STD epidemic in Norway and they've taken some serious steps in trying to control it...with a great big penis. 

To combat this ignominious distinction, Norwegian sex-ed organization RFSU produced a PSA featuring a human-sized penis running up to unsuspecting strangers then ejaculating gold glitter on them.

You can check the "ginormous" penis out here. 

Kind of reminds me of the Pillsbury Dough Boy, with  a penis shape and two perfectly round dinner rolls at the bottom.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

You Can Get Married...RIGHT NOW; Turkish Police Use Tear Gas At Gay Pride; Mike Huckabee, Again; Gay Pride In Korea Faces Hate

You Can Get Married....RIGHT NOW

One of the TV shows I watch for pure entertainment is Judge Judy, and I don't watch much TV. I usually find her common sense approach refreshing and it's amusing to see how many absolutely clueless people are out there in the world.

I also pay attention to the cases and how most people never think about the future. This is especially true with couples who buy property together, sign leases together, buy furniture together, and "play house" together without actually getting legally married. It never fails. A couple...gay or straight...will start out with good intentions and wind up two years later in court suing each other and Judge Judy will tell them without being legally married there's not much she can do and she's not going to waste her time dividing up their dishes, pots and pans.

With that said, I've seen a lot of gay couples celebrating the SCOTUS ruling last week, and rightly so. It was a huge historic event, and it should be celebrated. Yes, "love wins" and we can all do a happy dance and have a happy cry for getting something...equal rights...we should have had all along in the first place. However, I've also seen couples who've been together for many, many years talk about planning their weddings in the future...like months from now. And frankly, I have to wonder why they aren't running out to get legally married as soon as they can to protect themselves legally...just in case. We've waited YEARS for this...lifetimes.

If you are a gay couple and you've been together for a number of years, and you own property together, share bank accounts, investments, cars, and all those other things responsible grown up people do in life you might want to think about getting married as soon as you can and plan for a wedding celebration in the future. Make it legal now, celebrate later. Because unless you have worked things out legally in a creative way that protects you or your spouse from paying inheritance taxes and dealing with relatives looking for what they can get, you might be playing Russian Roulette with everything you've worked so hard to build over the years.

I don't think I'm being too dramatic in this case. I've seen it happen too many times to older gay couples...and even younger gay couples. One suddenly passes away, unexpectedly, and the other is left in a financial nightmare from which he or she may never recover.

Unless you're living in a state where they are trying to fight the SCOTUS ruling, you don't have to be one of those people anymore.   
Turkish Police Use Tear Gas At Gay Pride

I think it's important to focus on lgbt issues globally, too, especially in Muslim countries. Here's what happened at a gay pride event in Turkey. It's been creating outrage all over the world.

Turkish police used water cannons and tear gas to clear a gay pride rally from Istanbul's central square Sunday. 

Between 100 and 200 marchers were chased away from Taksim Square after a police vehicle fired several jets of water to disperse the crowd.

It wasn't immediately clear why the police intervened to push the peaceful if noisy rally away from the area. 

This year, however, the timing of the parade coincides with the holy month of Ramadan, something that could cause conservative Muslims to bristle.

The rest is here.  

Mike Huckabee, Again

I remember when I was a kid, even though my concept of politics was limited, we had politicians on both sides who at least seemed to conduct themselves with dignity. They didn't come across as sideshows, not even the worst. These comments by Mike Huckabee seem to suggest he's taken the sensationalized Sarah Palin route and all he's doing it baiting people and hoping there will be trouble.
"I don't think a lot of pastors and Christian schools are going to have a choice," the a former governor of Arkansas and Baptist minister said on ABC's "This Week." "They either are going to follow God, their conscience, and what they truly believe is what the scripture teaches them or they will follow civil law." 

There's a video clip and the whole thing is actually a rant. He compares the President lighting up the White House with Rainbow colors to what it would be like if he put up a nativity scene on the White House lawn at Christmastime.

First, I couldn't care less what he puts out on the White House lawn. I wasn't all that thrilled with Obama's stand on same sex marriage up until now, when it suited Obama politically, and I'm not all that thrilled about the rainbow colors on the White House lawn either. I'm supposed to be celebrating an equal right to marry that I should have had all along. That's not easy to parse if you have any amount of self-respect.

Second, the main point is that the rainbow colors don't signify anything religious, the nativity does. And while I have nothing against the nativity, and I even have one in my own home at Christmas, I don't believe in government getting involved in anything religious.

I'm starting to think Huckabee knows he doesn't have a chance in hell at winning the White House. Why else would have make such ridiculous comments? You know, or maybe you don't, these guys make a lot of money making statements like this.

Kool Aide comes in many different varieties.

You can read more here and watch Huckabee on video.    

Gay Pride In Korea Faces Hate

At least the division between equal rights and Christians isn't just in the US. It's happening in Korea, too. And it IS a division between equality and the religious rants of those who want to keep other people down. That's the bottom line. Last I heard no one LGBT is stopping anyone from practicing any religion.

Gay pride faced Christian outrage in central Seoul in a showdown that dramatized the conflict between Korea’s deeply conservative values and the country’s latter-day surge toward democratic equality.

Advocates and foes of gay rights clashed after a gay pride rally on the grassy plaza in front of Seoul City Hall that drew several thousand people — many celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing marriage between gay couples.

As they cheered, sang and danced inside the plaza, thousands of foes of gay marriage shouted slogans and epithets from beyond rows of policemen. The  policemen, pouring from dozens of police buses, probably outnumbered both the gay ralliers and their foes.

You can read the rest here. 

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Celebrate Marriage Equality; Surviving In the Wilderness with a Hot Young Guy; Best Nude Beaches

Celebrate Marriage Equality

This is one of those lighter pieces that gives 10 great ways to celebrate marriage equality. And we should be celebrating...even though there are still some serious issues other LGBT are dealing with. I don't like to play them down.

But this is a good one:

Put your money where your mouth is:

If the right to marry the person you love (even if you don’t know him or her yet) is something that makes you a proud gay, consider all of our brothers and sisters who are still in the trenches, fighting for equality. Assuming you’ve got a little something to spare, we’re sure Amnesty International’s marriage equality organization would love to hear from you — and your bank account.

You can read more here. It's not over with yet. The fight still continues.

Surviving In the Wilderness with a Hot Young Guy

Here's something about how to survive in the wilderness. To be honest, I have trouble finding my keys in the morning and there isn't a guy good looking enough to make me do this.

We’d like to amend our list of things we’d want to be equipped with if stranded in the wild.
Here’s the old list:
  1. Sunglasses
  2. iPod loaded with enough Queen, David Bowie, Grace Jones and Bjork to last a lifetime
  3. Catered lunches
There's more here, with photos and a video. Check out the comments about "this guy," too.

Best Nude Beaches

I've been to nude beaches many times and I found something interesting each time I went. For the first fifteen minutes you feel nude, but after that you don't even realize you are nude. It's not erotic anymore, and it just feels completely natural.

When we gave you The World’s 10 Best Gay Beaches it became clear you wanted to skip the tan lines and feel the heat. If you’re looking for clothing optional options that include sun, sand and surf get thee to a nude beach!

You can check them out here. Of course the photos are all good looking young guys. It's been my experience that you won't usually find them nude there as often as you will those guys who follow a very strict pizza and doughnut diet.

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Film Review: Amish Romance "Love Finds You In Charm" with Trevor Donovan and Danielle Chuchran

Film Review: Amish Romance "Love Finds You In Charm" with Trevor Donovan and Danielle Chuchran

I know it's a little odd for me to be reviewing a film like this, however, I read the book, Love Finds You In Charm, a few years ago never thinking it would one day become a film, and I'm posting now as a blogger, not a publisher writer. There's a difference, and I always make that clear here on the blog. My reading taste in fiction runs anywhere from Jonathan Franzen, to James Franco's abstract fiction, to Debbie Macomber "porch swing" romances. Over the years I've posted reviews on all of them, including J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy. In fact, I rarely ever read anything in the genre in which I write anymore.

With that said, the general premise of the film, Love Finds You In Charm, revolves around a beautiful young Amish woman, Emma, who begins to question her life in the Amish community, with the young Amish man who wants to marry her, and whether or not she can live such a narrow existence. She reads Jane Austen in her barn and dreams about another life. She's not sure exactly what she wants, but she knows she wants to find out if there's something different out in the world. So her father sends her to Charm, Ohio, where she spends the summer with relatives.

Once in a while a book or film comes along that captures the setting perfectly...with feeling. I'm often disappointed when that doesn't happen, especially with an Amish romance. I have been known to cut across six lane highways after spotting a sign for an Amish farm market, especially if it's in the fall and there are pumpkins, mums, and homemade cheese. In this case, Love Finds You In Charm doesn't disappoint. It actually was filmed on location, in Charm, Ohio, and the setting is portrayed in such a brilliant way you find yourself daydreaming about actually living there. I live in Bucks County, PA, with a lot of equestrian farms and farm markets. But in the fall they don't grow the pumpkins here. They fill a farm with pumpkins from California and let people pretend they are picking them. There's also a strong New York and Philadelphia influence and we often lose a lot of the original charm of years ago as a result. We're kind of "quasi country chic," with million dollar town homes and condos on the river. I didn't see that in this film. I saw the kind of farm life authenticity that takes the viewer away to a world with which they aren't familiar. Pure comfort and escapism.

When Emma arrives in Ohio, on a train that looks as much fun to ride as any farm market is to visit, she immediately meets a young man named Noah, played by Trevor Donovan. If you have followed Donovan's career over the years, which I actually haven't, you'll know he's known for playing a variety of parts and characters. This time, as Noah, Donovan filled the strong hero part perfectly, and you can see that clearly by the expression on Emma's face the instant she steps off the train. There's also nothing vulgar or too intense about it. The portentous scene where they meet is plain and simple, and it shows the beginning of what we hope will be an interesting relationship. Without giving any spoilers, Noah is the beginning of what might become an interesting adventure for Emma. The kind that she's been reading about in Jane Austen books.

It's the little things in a book or film that create the intensity of the "romance" for me. In this case, there's a scene where all it takes is Noah putting a sea shell up to Emma's ear and telling her it's the ocean. Or when he raves about her cheese-making skills and wants to know "the secret ingredient." By that time I wanted to know what it was, too. Again, all done with simple gestures and poignant lines that create the kind of romance we don't see often anymore in films.

However, this isn't about the cheese. The story goes much deeper than Emma's relationship with Noah. While she's working at one of the most wonderful farm market's I've ever seen, she befriends another young woman who is also rethinking her life, but as an "English" woman, not Amish. I once posted a guest post by an Amish man who lives in a place just like Charm, and I've kept in touch with him since then. I'm not an expert on Amish life, but I've learned that the Amish refer to anyone who isn't Amish as "English." In any event, Emma finds a few things in common with this other young woman who is questioning her own life, which also adds a little drama to the story I didn't expect to see...and Noah becomes even more of a hero. 

Then there's a handsome young guy who works as a food blogger who comes to town and runs into Emma at the Farmer's Market. He tastes her homemade goat cheese...chèvre...and loves it so much he wants to do a feature on her in the food blog. It's also evident that he's interested in more than Emma's cheese and Noah's not too thrilled about that. This is all done with subtle comments, glances, and expressions, which you never have to question once. And it's hard to predict what the ultimate outcome will be even when you reach the middle of the film. I don't usually mind it when I can predict the ending of a film or book...as long as it's happy ending. But in this case I really did find myself wondering how it would all wind up. 

If I were to continue I would no doubt wind up adding spoilers and I ate it when reviews do that. I think that's shabby reviewing and it ruins something special for those who haven't seen the film or read the book. However, from the wood cutting scene where Noah slams that log with all his brute force, to the scene where Emma just stares at him with glazed eyes, I found this to be one of the fastest films I've seen in a long time. Back in the 1980's there was a wonderful, classic book titled, "Cold Sassy Tree," by Olive Ann Burns. Burns died right after the book was published. They adapted the novel to film, too. And that's what Love Finds You In Charm reminded me of in so many ways, yet completely different. It's one of those movies you can keep on DVR and watch many times in the future with people of all ages.

The film is being aired on UPTV, Uplifting Entertainment, and here's a link to their web site with more information. It originally aired on June 7, 2015, and they aired it again last night. I don't know much about UPTV but I would imagine they will be airing it again sometime soon. I also did a simple search and it looks like you can watch it online, too. I'm not posting links because I'm not sure if those web sites are legal or not, and with my own experience with book pirates I don't like to take those chances. But if it's not online yet, I'm sure it will be soon enough for those of you who read this blog in the UK and other countries.


Chief Justice Roberts on Marriage; Scalia on Marriage; Joe Biden on Marriage Equality

Chief Justice Roberts on Marriage

I think everyone by now knows how SCOTUS ruled on same sex marriage, and they know some of the details about why they ruled the way they did. Here's an interesting piece about Chief Justice Roberts.

Roberts’ main objection is the legal reasoning behind the majority opinion. His preference was to let the issue play out through the ballot box instead of letting what he dismissively calls “five lawyers” to determine whether marriage is a right.

“If you are among the many Americans — of whatever sexual orientation — who favor expanding same-sex marriage, by all means celebrate today’s decision,” Roberts said. “Celebrate the achievement of a desired goal. Celebrate the opportunity for a new expression of commitment to a partner. Celebrate the availability of new benefits. But do not celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it.”

I know and understand what he's saying, however,  there are varying opinions on this. Plus, I think it would have taken years and years of more discrimination and inequality if this had been played out through the ballet box. And frankly, I'm not a fan of allowing people who believe in the most simplistic religious teachings decide my future when it comes to equality.  Because that's what this all comes down to: religion and how it's been interpreted through the years as a from of control.

I was especially glad to hear about today's ruling when I heard a gay priest that will never admit that he's gay, condemn the ruling. There's just something fundamentally wrong with that. Trust me, I know plenty of gay priests who do the same thing and live separate lives on the down low. And this is the part that Chief Justice Roberts leaves out of his reasoning...the cold simple truth. I'd rather not have people like that voting on my future in the ballot box. The Constitution exists for a reason.

You can read more here. 

Scalia on Marriage

I wish they hadn't used an English Bulldog with this article. I love English Bulldogs and I think it does a disservice to them. However, it's an interesting piece about how Justice Scalia has become a caricature of himself.

“The nature of marriage is that, through its enduring bond, two persons together can find other freedoms, such as expression, intimacy, and spirituality,'” Scalia quoted from the majority opinion before adding, “Really? Who ever thought that intimacy and spirituality [whatever that means] were freedoms? And if intimacy is, one would think Freedom of Intimacy is abridged rather than expanded by marriage. Ask the nearest hippie.”

Hmmm. If we were to ask our nearest hippie, we’re pretty sure same-sex marriage would have been the law of the land starting sometime in the sixties.

The rest is here, with more than a few comments.

Joe Biden on Marriage Equality

I actually saw this on Twitter earlier yesterday and I retweeted it because I thought it was amusing. There's a parody account for Jill Biden that tweeted this:

"Joe is running through the halls with a rainbow flagged tied like a cape high fiving everyone."

And, you can check out a photo here.

In general, I'm sure the Vice President is happy, and so are a lot of other people. Oddly, I did notice that a few gay men were having issues celebrating the ruling. One wrote a glum blog post about HIV/AIDS and how so many died. Another kept commenting on social media about how he's now been "validated" as a real citizen...commenting in a sarcastic way. Both of them are very strong points only people who are gay and over 30 will understand. It's a time to celebrate, but it's a little hard to celebrate what we should have had all along.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

SCOTUS Rules Gay Marriage Legal Across America

SCOTUS Rules Gay Marriage Legal Across America

It's not every day history is made in quite this way. In fact, I can only think of a few instances in my lifetime like this. So many people have been waiting, hoping, and even praying that this would one day come to pass. It seems like ages ago when my husband and I were legally married in Vermont, only to return home to Bucks County, PA, where we still weren't considered legally married.

The White House has tweeted a gif that shows the remarkable pace of legalization for same-sex marriage in the United States: Massachusetts was the first state to legalize it in 2004; by 25 June 2015, 36 states had legalized gay marriage and Alabama was waging a protracted battle in the courts to keep its ban in place.

Starting 26 June 2015, all 50 states will be required to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

You can read the rest here. 

It's been legal here in Pennsylvania for about a year, but I'm mostly thrilled for friends in other parts of the US who can now also legally wed.

What Is Straightsplaining? Manspreading; Photos of Past NY Pride

What Is Straightsplaining?

I see a lot about mansplaining (definition links below) these days, but never too much about straightsplaining. And I think that's because most gay people don't even know there's a word for it. They know what the concept is. Like me, they experience straightsplaining on a daily basis, but don't know there's an actual term they can now use in defense. So I thought I'd do a very short post about it for those who don't know what straightsplaining is.

In short, straightsplaining is when straight people coming from places of privilege talk about gay people as if they know everything there ever was to know about being gay. But it gets more complicated.

There are several different degrees of straightsplaining. That word, inspired by the increasingly common "mansplaining," describes the practice of straight people explaining how gay people are, or what gay people do, or how gay people do what they do, or why. This second-hand information can range from being virtually benign to chronically malignant. It is detailed below in that order, more or less. Come, let's explore this discursive cancer.

There are detailed examples, here. As I said, I experience this almost daily. There's an excellent example of how a review of HBO's "Looking" goes wrong when it's written by a straight reviewer.

Well, if you're going to take to task a gay man's assessment of gay culture, you should at least know your terminology. Positing that first sentence the way that he does, it seems that Seitz is pointing out a contradiction in Lowder's work, which would mean that Seitz thinks that being a "queen" is somehow tied to promiscuous sex, which... what? And just why exactly does Queer as Folk's more explicit handling of gay sex invoke "hounds of hell" in Seitz's eyes?

I love when straight people review shows like "Vicious," and they don't have the first clue, but think they do. 

I've actually learned to be very polite about straightsplaining. I rarely get upset. I think most straight people who do this aren't aware they are doing it...even though they still think they know more than the gay man about being gay. However, you get the wrong gay man and you might be in for a few shocks you didn't expect. He could bury you :)


Manspreading, unlike mansplaining, is when a man sits down, spreads his legs almost as wide as he can, and sits back without a care in the world. Most men don't even realize they're doing this. People...not me...complain it takes up too much space on public transportation and some men have allegedly been arrested for it.

However, there is hope for it...

Now thanks to a dedicated team of researchers we now have a greater understanding and our sympathies have shifted. These poor men have been diagnosed with a genetic condition known as “manspreaditis,” which causes them to walk with their legs permanently divided past the point of comfort. So next time you see one of these poor unfortunates, show some sympathy instead of scorn and shift over.

There are a few excellent examples of good looking men spreading their legs, here. And there's a video. As you can imagine, this article is more about the comments than anything else.

But more important, as you would also imagine there are dolts who actually take this shit seriously and have no idea that it's meant to be funny.

The nation is getting really stupid with everything needing to be discussed and named nowadays… but spreading your legs this wide is ridiculous and childish. No one’s sack is that big and if it is they need to get checked for a tumor. I hate little overcompensating idiots who spread their legs that wide like they’re wearing a damned diaper. There’s just no need and it’s clearly a lack of empathy for those around them as well as a total lack of class and decency. Look at some of those pics, just plain silly. Kudos to the people who got them arrested, maybe they’ll grow up a bit. Other people need space to sit too, wannabe alpha males with tiny sacks spreading like there’s a mattress in your panties.

Photos of Past NY Pride

Here's a piece with images of past NY pride events that capture the times and the expressions of those who lived them.

It’s high holy days for the gays. Pride is being celebrated all across the country. From Tampa to Chicago, Boston to Honolulu, cities large and small are getting into the rainbow spirit and drawing crowds of historic proportions.

As we approach New York Pride, the city that started it all back in 1970, we thought we’d take a look back at Prides past. Based on these photos, most of which are from the 70s and 80s, one thing is abundantly clear: Pride never goes out of style!

Here's the link. They're actually very good. And I think like most people around my age, I look at these things with a retro sense of pride even though I never experienced it first hand.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Gay Marriage, Schools and Taxes; The Rainbow Flag and Hate; Hillary's Pride Month Video

Gay Marriage, Schools, and Taxes

This is something I never realized until I read this article. Conservative religious schools in the US are worried about legalized same sex marriage for monetary reasons, not the religious reasons you hear about all the time.

The religious schools are concerned that if they continue to ban gay relationships, the Internal Revenue Service could take away their tax-exempt status as a violation of a “fundamental national public policy” under the reasoning of a 1983 Supreme Court decision that allowed the agency to revoke the tax-exempt status of schools that banned interracial relationships.

In a recent letter to congressional leaders, officials from more than 70 schools, including Catholic high schools and evangelical colleges, said that a Supreme Court ruling approving same-sex marriage would put at risk all schools “adhering to traditional religious and moral values.”

You can read the rest here. Now I'm starting to wonder what else might be challenged if SCOTUS rules in favor of same sex marriage this week.

What I still don't get is how these religious people think their religious and moral values are going to be compromised if LGBT people get the same equal rights as everyone else in the US. It's not as if gay men will become gay Catholic priests. THAT would be unthinkable...because you NEVER see a gay Catholic priest, said no one ever. 

The Rainbow Flag and Hate

I think this next article I'm linking to shows how some people feel about left wing gay activism. It's about the rainbow flag, but it goes far deeper. They equate the rainbow flag with hate and other things that gay activists have been accusing them of doing for years.

Under the banner of what is dishonestly called a gay pride or gay “rights” flag, hate, fascism, and intolerance has festered for years, specifically against Christians and conservatives.  Under the auspices of a “rights and equality” symbol, Leftists have been on a rampage to take way the rights of others through bullying, lies, and online terrorism.

The list of misdeeds and victims resulting from an increasingly emboldened Big Gay Hate Machine continues to grow.
Under this banner of hate, people are outed against their will,  terrorized out of business merely for being Christian, bullied and harassed for thoughtcrimes; moreover, “hate crimes” are being manufactured to keep us divided, Christians are refused service, death threats are hurled, and Christianity is regularly smeared as hate speech.

You can read the rest here. The author also mentions he wants the confederate flag taken down, too. So I have to wonder what's going on beneath the surface of all this.

Hillary's Pride Month Video

This is the first time I'm seeing this. Hillary Clinton who is running for President released a video that celebrates same sex marriage.

Speaking over footage of marriage proposals or of wedding ceremonies, Clinton says: ‘Being LGBT does not make you less human. And that is why gay rights are human rights. And human rights are gay rights.’

You can watch it here. Say what you will, but she's paying attention and she's going down on the right side of history with this one.  You just can't take that away from her on this issue no matter how hard you try to twist, spin and turn.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

30%: Marriage Is Not Monogamy; Justice Scalia and SCOTUS Ruling; False Arrest For Spreading HIV

30%: Marriage Is Not Monogamy

Here's a poll taken by Queerty, about how their readers feel about marriage and monogamy. It's actually more than that, though. LGBT people were asked a series of questions about marriage that range from whether or not SCOTUS will rule in our favor to how some view marriage and religion.

Here's the answer about monogamy:

This one is not going to make Pat Robertson happy either. One-third of you agreed that marriage does not necessarily include monogamy, favoring the Dan Savage term “monogamish.” Perhaps because of this appreciation for sexual flexibility, only five percent predicted same-sex couples will have a higher divorce rate than opposite-sex marriages. Nearly 13 percent believe opposite-sex couples actually will divorce at a greater rate (it could hardly be worse!). (Nearly 80 percent said divorce rates have little or nothing to do with the gender of the married couple.)

I actually think this is pretty spot on when I think about all the same sex couples in long term relationships I've known over the years. I also think this could apply to heteronormative couples as well...at least to those who tell the truth. 

You can read the rest here. The reply to the question about religious marriages is also pretty accurate...I think.

Justice Scalia and SCOTUS Ruling

Everyone's speculating and parsing everything on how SCOTUS will rule on same sex marriage this week. Now it's reached a point where some are suggesting that Justice Scalia may have dropped a hint.

In short, Scalia is trying to limit the right to marry to just that–the right to marry. Adoption by married couples, for example, is a separate issue. Scalia argues that unless something is “deeply rooted” in American tradition, the Court will need to be shown exactly how it is a fundamental right. And guess what’s not exactly rooted in American tradition.

Scalia’s reasoning could be used by opponents of same-sex marriage who want to define it as narrowly as possible. Being married wouldn’t necessarily grant you other rights, like protection from vendor discrimination or parental rights. You would have to prove those separately.

You can read more here. As someone in the comments said, it would be in everyone's best interest if Scalia recused himself from this one.

Here's another related piece.

False Arrest for Spreading HIV

I didn't know how else to title this, because it's so backward and so far-fetched that when I saw the headline I'm linking to I actually blinked.

Evidently, an Oklahoma City man was arrested for spitting on a woman because the woman claimed he was spreading HIV. I'm not joking. Spitting.

The alleged “victim” told authorities that she and 32-year-old Apollo Gonzalez got into an argument on Saturday. During the squabble, Gonzaelz, who the woman claims was drunk, spit in her face.

“The [woman] said it is well-known that [Gonzalez] is HIV positive and [Gonzalez] admitted to me he had HIV,” the police report stated.

The cops arrested him at the scene for “knowingly transferring the HIV virus and assault and battery.”

You can read the rest here. I thought everyone knew how HIV was spread by now. Evidently not. So if you don't know there's a link with the article that will explain it in more detail. But it's not spread through spitting or casual contact.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

M/M vs Gay Fiction, Again; Maggie Gallagher on Conversion Therapy; Jackie Mason Slams Gays; Cher's Oh So Brilliant on Twitter

 M/M vs Gay Fiction, Again

I rarely ever post on this topic anymore because, frankly, in the past ten years I've seen it all, read it all, and even experienced it all. I even had one author approach me on social media and tell me that another author he met at a conference claimed that I didn't support straight women writing gay fiction, and she had a few more words about me. I didn't even know who she was. Yes, it always gets back sooner or later. I've since blocked her from all social media accounts simply because I want nothing to do with people who spread that kind of gossip at writer's conferences. 

Of course nothing could be farther from the truth, and if you search this blog and go back at least five years you'll see more than a few posts where I mention that I not only support women writing M/M, I encourage them. Look at it this way. If I didn't support them would I have gone through the trouble and the expense to indie publish The Women Who Love to Love Gay Romance, an anthology with all women authors, whom I paid out of my own pocket? But more important, I write new adult hetero fiction with a pen name, and I'll be doing this a lot more in the future, because I love that genre. I'm doing the same thing straight women writing gay fiction are doing. So it just wouldn't make sense to claim that I don't support all writers writing whatever they want to write...and I mean that across the board in any genre.

So when I come across blog posts like this one and I share them, it's because I'm actually surprised that this conversation is still happening after all these years. Personally, I recused myself from this discussion a while ago.

Here's an excerpt:

Actually, I read a review of a book by Kade Boehme that dealt with this as well and the gay reviewer called it a perfect example of why women shouldn’t write about gay men, because the whole thing was a ridiculous concept and so on. Not only did his review show that he did not read the whole book, he also did not seem to realize that Kade is actually a male, gay author.

You can read the rest here. I have absolutely no idea who Kade Boehme is and I have no idea who actually authored this piece. But I believe the author, "Marc," is a reader/reviewer for a web site that reviews M/M romance. There are a few interesting comments at the bottom, too.

Maggie Gallagher on Conversion Therapy

I think Gallagher is the founder of The National Organization of Marriage...NOM. She recently made a few comments about how she finds conversion therapy amusing.

“Apparently, you can change your racial identity, but if you do, you are lying. You can dress up as a woman on the cover of Vanity Fair, and everyone must believe you are in fact female. But when it comes to sexual orientation, even the attempt to change your identity or behavior must be viewed as an imposition against the laws of nature, if not nature’s God.”

It looks as if Maggie Gallagher needs to do a little work on herself. She knows she's getting attention with statements like this and people like her love the attention.

You can read the rest here. 

Don't miss the comments. The only thing I wish people wouldn't do in comments like these is fat-shame. It's just not a cool thing to do, not even to Maggie Gallagher.

Jackie Mason Slams Gays

It seems as if old comedians just can't understand anything about LGBT people and equal rights. In the past year several comedians...including Bette Midler and Jerry Seinfeld...have made homophobic comments that just don't work anymore and they didn't even realize they were doing it. I don't think it's because you can't tell gay jokes anymore. I think it's because you can't tell gay jokes like you told them in 1970. After all, Ellen seems to be doing okay and she's still getting more laughs than most people out there.

“Before, you couldn’t pick on homosexuals because it was bad taste,” said the shuttered laff factory, “because homosexuals were a persecuted minority. Now, it’s exactly the opposite. Homosexuals can attack and abuse you. And people who are in favor of same-sex marriage could abuse you, but you can’t say a word against same-sex marriage.”

Bet you ten to one he still has a flip top phone.

You can read the rest here. 

I also read something interesting in a print magazine I can't link to. Jerry Seinfeld is claiming he won't perform at colleges anymore because they don't "get" his humor. Could it be that Seinfeld, the straight white man coming from a place of huge privilege, doesn't get the reason why those without his power didn't laugh at his jokes?

It's not about gay jokes. It's about telling clever gay jokes. There's a difference. 

Cher's Oh So Brilliant On Twitter

I've probably mentioned before that I've never, ever understood the Cher gay icon thing. I just don't get it. And yes, I swear on everything scared I'm a gay man. However, Cher does give bold Tweet and she obviously resonates with *some* gay men, so that's something.

I'm not quoting any of them here because I don't believe in getting political here on this blog. I think someone, somewhere, should at least try to remain objective in a world where there doesn't seem to be any objectivity left anymore.

But you can read them all here, and there are comments you seriously don't want to miss.

The only problem I have here is that once again, a huge segment of the gay male community is dismissed, bullied, and attacked for what they believe...this time by Cher and other gay men. 

You might find this interesting, too. It's a piece from CNN about Cher allegedly firing dancers for reporting alleged sexual assault...and racism. I haven't seen any updates on this, or much about it in any of the gay presses. It's probably still in litigation. If anyone has an update, please share it with me.

While the complaint alleges racial discrimination by Cher, accusing her of hiring a white, blonde dancer over a more qualified African American, the lawsuit centers on California's whistleblower law that protects employees who are fired for reporting illegal activity.

If you don't trust CNN, you can do a simple search and read more about this in other reputable places. 

Here's one from "black youth project" an excellent place I frequent often because I trust it completely.

Three black backup dancers filed a lawsuit against Cher on Thursday claiming they were wrongfully fired from her current tour. The trio also alleges the singer engaged in racial discrimination after rejecting another black dancer from joining her onstage.

Then there's this...

A lawyer for the dancers said that such claims have been made by dancers on Cher’s tour for more than a decade.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

What Are Click Farms? When NYT Outed Jim Parsons; Florida Cop and Teenage Lesbian; Big Brother Transgender Contestant

What Are Click Farms?

If you do a simple search for click farms you will find several articles about how they are becoming the new "sweat shops." The article I'm linking to now focuses more on what click farms are, and how they manipulate and guide social media for everyone.

But first, here's a wiki definition for click farm, and below is an excerpt from that page. Next time you check out your favorite author or celebrity you might want to think twice about their alleged fan base. I don't think it's possible to single anyone out because everyone's doing it, and they're doing it to survive. In other words, if everyone is doing this and you're trying to survive in this kind of competitive atmosphere you'd be an idiot not to do it, too.

It was found that “31% will check ratings and reviews, including likes and Twitter followers, before they choose to buy something”. This shows the increasing importance that businesses, celebrities and other organisations put on the number of likes and followers they have. This creates monetary values for likes and followers which means that businesses and celebrities feel compelled to increase their likes to create a positive online profile.

You see it all the time, and you wonder. 

This is from The New Republic. It goes into more detail about how social media is so carefully manipulated these days. 

Most of the accounts Casipong creates are sold to these digital middlemen—“click farms” as they have come to be known. Just as fast as Silicon Valley conjures something valuable from digital ephemera, click farms seek ways to create counterfeits. Google “buy Facebook likes” and you’ll see how easy it is to purchase black-market influence on the Internet: 1,000 Facebook likes for $29.99; 1,000 Twitter followers for $12; or any other type of fake social media credential, from YouTube views to Pinterest followers to SoundCloud plays. Social media is now the engine of the Internet, but that engine is running on some pretty suspect fuel.

You can read the rest here. I run across this every day, mostly on Twitter. I find it harder to manage Twitter than other social media because there's so much fakery and anonymity it's impossible to tell who is real and who isn't...which leads me to believe most of it's fake, from the snarky Twitter woman with the laser tits to that Twitter guy who thinks he invented sarcasm.  

When NYT Outed Jim Parsons

I remember this vaguely, but not in detail. Jim Parsons of "Big Bang" was outed during an interview with the New York Times. I didn't realize until now that he was that surprised at the time.

In the interview with The New York Times for the 2012 revival of the The Normal Heart: when asked whether, as a gay man, acting in a story about the HIV crisis was ‘meaningful,’ he was able to respond 'yes'.

It was the first time the actor had confirmed, officially, he is gay.

'I can't tell you what a wonderful thing that was, what a gift he gave me with one question. It was suddenly out there and official,’ he told his interviewer and fellow actor, James Lipton.

I can imagine it was wonderful. I know the feeling well.

You can read the rest here. 

Florida Cop and Teenage Lesbian

In this disturbing story, a Florida cop allegedly forced a teenage lesbian into stripping during what was a routine stop for making an illegal u-turn.

The youngster, who does not want to be identified, was taken to a room and she charges the officer told her 'to take off my pants or I was going to get arrested.'

'He said let me see your behind. He looks at me up and down and asked me if I was on my menstrual,' the alleged victim said to CBS4 News.

'I told him yes. How did you know? And he said he was asking me a simple question.'
Menocal allegedly asked the teenager if she were a virgin and how she had sex with her girlfriend.

The rest is here. No comment.

Big Brother Transgender Contestant

It's summer again, and Big Brother will begin again. I've done posts about BB for years that range from homophobic comments to the worst kind of racism. I'm too lazy to link, but for the record this is the only reality show I ever watch...or watched. 

In any event, this summer BB will have a transgender house guest.

It was a a big reveal meant for next Wednesday when the CBS summer reality series Big Brother returns for its 17th season.

But TMZ caught wind that one of this year's houseguests is a transgender woman named Audrey Middleton and ran with the story.

So the show's host, Julie Chen, officially shared the news on the daytime show The Talk which she co-hosts.

This should be interesting. BB doesn't always have the best reputation with these things, and more often than not it could be said they sensationalize and exploit LGBT people for monetary gain and higher ratings. In the same respect, I watch it because I find it's an excellent exercise in what happens when you put a group of average people together fighting for a grand prize of a half a million dollars. They'll do anything for a buck. In that respect, it's a brilliant game of strategy and physical endurance. I'd do it.

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Queer Eye For the Straight Guy?? One Million Moms Go After Yogurt; Rainbow Detective Series Box Set on Amazon

Queer Eye For the Straight Guy??

Ted Allen, from TV's Queer Eye For the Straight Guy, made a few comments about how he thinks the TV show helped change a generation of TV viewers. I'll comment below, but read it all, not just the first part.

“When we made Queer Eye, we never saw ourselves as important or as activists. We were proud of being out. We were the first television show, that I know of, that had an entirely openly gay cast… I’ll never forget the first time I watched Matt Lauer try to say the word ‘queer’ on TV. I mean, it’s not a word people threw around a lot, and it was a very political word. I didn’t like the title at the beginning. I’ve come to realize I was wrong, because I think the provocative nature of it was balanced with the sweetness of the way the show ran most of the time. It worked out… The main thing about Queer Eye that I will say is that, in an era before the Internet was everywhere, we heard from hundreds, probably thousands, of gay kids who said, ‘Thank you for putting some gay people on TV that my parents can actually like. Firefighters liked us, cops, marines. I mean, it was a very good show."

I actually do remember, and I remember it very well, the first time I watched Queer Eye For the Straight Guy. At first, I was excited/eager because it was a gay TV show, with gay people. There was nothing else gay on TV. Then I watched one episode and that was enough for me...and for Tony. We just looked at each other and shook our heads. When we mentioned the show to friends after that, our friends basically felt the same way we did. That's because there was nothing at all to which we, as gay men, could relate.

However, I'm not knocking the show. I think it did help push gay people forward in its own limited way. And when you look at something collectively that way, that's never a bad thing. I'm also sure there were many gay men who could relate to the show, and there's nothing wrong with that either. So it did have an impact on gay and pop culture in some ways. 

As you would imagine, the comments are mixed, which shows just how diverse gay men can be. That's the thing I'm always hoping people "get." Not all of us care about fashion, fabrics, and accessories. Many of us care more about cars and baseball.  

The rest is here. 

One Million Moms Go After...Yogurt!!

The title is pretty self-explanatory. The anti-gay crusaders known as One Million Moms are now going after a yogurt company because the yogurt company featured lesbians in an advertisement. Lesbians in a bed, wearing wedding rings.

Within moments, that spectral organization known as One Million Moms rose up from the gulley in which it sleeps, instantaneously firing out a nutso press release that reads in part: “Chobani should be ashamed of their latest commercial for attempting to normalize sin by featuring two women naked in bed together… This commercial not only promotes same sex relationships by including two lesbians, but also same-sex marriage because the two women wear matching wedding bands.”

You can read the rest here. The comments are worth checking out here, too. I just wish they wouldn't use ableist language so often...words like "nutso." That's wrong and I don't think I'm being too PC about that. We don't snark that way about cancer or any other illness and we shouldn't be doing it to people who have emotional illnesses.

Someone in the comments also mentions that the "One Million" part of this group of moms isn't accurate. I don't know that for certain, though.

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Zac Efron Cups His Private Parts; Steve Grand's Parents Finding Out He's Gay; Fran Drescher Had Gay Husband Sex

Zac Efron Cups His Private Parts

Zac Efron is filming Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates and during one scene he was shot cupping his balls...in a wrestling singlet.

 Zac Efron was snapped in a very revealing wrestling singlet while filming Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates with Adam Devine in Hawaii. He can pin us anytime he wants.
If you’re in the mood to redecorate and have a few extra thousand lying around, maybe you can pick up a Warhol or two (like the one below). Christies is auctioning off many iconic works of the late pop artist. Check out some of the auction in this Flipagram.

You can check that out here, along with an other mention about Jessica Lange returning to American Horror Story.

Steve Grand's Parents Finding Out He's Gay

Everyone has a coming out story...or an outing story, as the case may be. But this link about how Steve Grand's parents found out he was gay is bittersweet.

They found out from an AOL Instant Message Chat I was having with a friend when I was 13. They confronted me about it shortly after. Like a lot of parents in their position, especially at the time, they didn’t know what to do. So they sent me to a Christian therapist to help figure out what to do. There was a lot of ex-gay literature going around back then and I think it gave them false hope that I could actually become straight. We’ve all come such a long way. I don’t like to dwell on what happened so long ago. They definitely regret the way they handled it, and so do I, but we all have to move on in life at some point.”

The rest is here.

I didn't know that, and I'm sorry he had to go through that. I think I was one of the lucky ones. My parents always said they knew...or suspected...but they never forced me to see any weird Christian therapists, and my gayness was never treated as if it were a disease.

Fran Drescher Had Gay Husband Sex

I'm not talking about Fran Drescher having sex with someone's gay husband. Fran Drescher is straight, a straight white women.

However, Fran married a gay man.

And now she's commenting on the sex she had with the gay man.

I have a gay art dealer, a gay dermatologist — not to mention my hairdresser. I have a gay ex-husband! People always say to me [of her ex], ‘How did you not know?’ He loves decorating and fashion and clothes, but we actually did have sex a lot. I didn’t know at the time, though, that in his mind he was fucking the bartender at Olive Garden.”

With the gay art dealer, and the gay dermatologist, it sounds as if she has a lot of gay pet poodles.

You can read the rest here. I think she's full of crap.

One comment said it best:

He probably WAS fucking the bartender at Olive Garden.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Activists and Gay Marriage Decision; The Relentlessly Gay Yard; New Era For Gay Rights

Activists and Gay Marriage Decision

I hope everyone realizes that SCOTUS is going to rule on whether or not gay marriage should be legal across the board, this month. Most people who understand the constitution believe it's unconstitutional to deny same sex couples legal marriage. This is why I was never in favor of people voting on things like this. I don't want my civil rights determined by the average person in the US the same way I wouldn't want the rights of a Christian conservative to be determined by the average person. The is why we have a constitution.

In any event, here's an article that talks about how activists are preparing for the SCOTUS ruling.

New Mexico Pastor Steve Smothermon says he is ready to go to jail to protect his religious freedom. And he is not the only one.

Smothermon is one of more than 50,000 people who have signed a pledge to engage in social disobedience if the U.S. Supreme Court issues a ruling this month that would legalize same sex marriage across the country.

"We want to help people, but we are not going to be forced by the government and society or the politically correct to say we are going to believe in it," said Smothermon, senior pastor of Legacy Church in Albuquerque. "If they said, 'Listen pastor, we are going to put you in jail if you don't honor this.' I am going to say, 'Then put me in jail.' "

What can you say to that? Put him in jail then.
You can read the rest here. It's an interesting article that goes into more detail about the history of same sex marriage and how it has been handled by both political parties over the years. And things seem to be constantly changing.

Growing support for same sex marriage among young Republicans, polling data and the fact it is already legal in 37 states and the District of Columbia is enough for some in the party to say it is time to let the issue go.

The Relentlessly Gay Yard

This is where I have to wonder about gay news publications. I saw this in one online gay publication and didn't know it went this far into detail. Evidently, a straight woman's yard in Baltimore has been dubbed "relentlessly gay" and neighbors want her to tone it down...or else. Yes, a straight woman was targeted for having a yard that is too gay. 

After the woman was threatened by neighbors she posted the note and it's receive a lot of attention. 

Then she started a gofundme campaign seeking $5,000 dollars for more rainbow yard ornaments and she's received $12,000 so far.

Needless to say... I need more rainbows... Many, many more rainbows….
So, I am starting this fundraiser so I can work to make my Home even More "relentlessly gay" If we go high enough, I will see if I can get a Rainbow Roof!
Because my invisible relentlessly gay rainbow dragon should live up there in style!

Only one comment from me. Before Tony and I lived in a private home, we lived in a town house community for the first ten years we were together. There were HOA rules that everyone had to follow. Strict rules. I'm talking Catholic school rules. Those rules ranged from having ONLY tan umbrellas outside to approval of all landscaping. You couldn't put up colored Christmas lights, only white lights. As far as I know there is no HOA in this woman's neighborhood so maybe the neighbors that find her yard art offensive should move to places that police these things.

New Era For Gay Rights

A lot of people think that if SCOTUS rules in favor of legalizing same sex marriage all of our problems are over. However, there is a lot to consider.

There are a number of ongoing realities to take into account. There is no federal law protecting L.G.B.T. Americans against discrimination in employment, housing, or public accommodation. That means that, in some places, they can be legally married but then legally fired for doing so. The prevalence of serious health issues and homelessness among L.G.B.T. youth remains disproportionately high. And the global human-rights abuses against L.G.B.T. people are, of course, staggering.

The rest is here. It's an interesting article that takes what you already know to another level. I don't always link the the New Yorker because I often find them too elitist...pee elegant...for my own taste. However, this mentions a few interesting points that everyone should know.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

160K Respond to Christian Couple; "Looking" Fight Over Monogamy; Pope Francis on Gay Marriage, Again

160K Respond to Christian Couple

In short, a Christian couple in Australia vowed to get a divorce if gay marriage ever becomes legal in Australia. In response to that 160 thousand people responded with this:

More than 160,000 people plan to throw a massive party the day a Christian couple files for divorce if Australia adopts marriage equality later this year.

There's even been a facebook page created:

Now, a Facebook event page has been created celebrating the Jensen’s impending divorce.

The party is being hosted by one Jesse Mount, who writes: “I invite everyone who supports marriage equality to come celebrate the DIVORCE of Nick & Sarah Jensen!”

“They have decided that being married together in a country where it’s legal for a man and a man to marry, or a woman and a woman, is just too horrible,” the invitation continues. “They’d much rather be divorced and I think we should all support and celebrate in their decision when the date finally does come.”

You can read the rest here. The couple makes a statement about why they don't want gay marriage, which is the typical statement we've seen so far that only promotes ignorance and hate. One, they obviously don't know any gay couples. Two, maybe they really do want a divorce and this is the best excuse they can come up with.

In any event, it is history and I think newsworthy so that we can revisit this time twenty or thirty years from now and remember people like them.

"Looking" Fight Over Monogamy

I've seen a few posts about this lately and I'm not all that surprised. Evidently, gay men of all ages "discuss" monogamy and relationships and not everyone agrees with everyone else. That's the most delicate way I know how to put that.

In fact, I know gay couples who have been together for over thirty years and it's not uncommon to hear that one or the other was "spotted" at a local cruise area looking for afternoon sex...on the down low. I also know gay couples who've been together for many years and they are completely monogamous. The examples I could give are infinite, including one where I'm writing about two fictional characters who have an agreement where they will bring a third sex partner into their relationship every so often but they won't have sex with anyone else on their own.

Here's the statement Jonathan Groff made:

I would say probably the epic fight over monogamy I had with Russell [Tovey] in the final episode. It really hit close to home. I had the monogamy conversations a million times with boyfriends and friends. Will we? Won’t we? What would it be like? It’s just something that’s been talked about a lot in different facets of my life.”

I doubt there's a gay couple alive who hasn't at least approached the subject. I've been there and so have most of my friends.

I also think this is a good example of how gender politics isn't as important in some gay relationships as it is in straight relationships. We're talking about two men discussing open sex. Not a man and a woman.

Pope Francis On Gay Marriage, Again

Oh yeah, the Pope is at it again. 

I tend to look at this a little differently because I was raised Catholic, I know how the Catholic Church deals with things, and I'm familiar with the don't ask don't tell silent rule. In other words, I went to a religious ceremony in a Catholic Church a few months ago and I would bet money that every priest on the alter was gay. I kept poking Tony and pointing the gay priests out. I've posted before about the two gay Catholic priests I knew, and also the time we were in a gay bar and a group of Catholic priests who taught me in school walked into the bar. In fact, I could literally write a long book on what I know about gay Catholic priests who sneak and lurk in the darkness. If you notice, the Pope never addresses these things.

So when the Pope makes statements like this I don't take them to heart. I also know many Catholics who have no problem with gay marriage or anything LGBT.

On the heels of Rome’s LGBT pride parade last weekend, Pope Francis immediately marched out and made some blandly offensive proclamations regarding the sanctity of marriage. “Children mature seeing their father and mother [happy],” he droned airily, to an audience of 25,000 dozy worshippers. “What great richness this diversity is, a diversity which becomes complementary, but also reciprocal. It binds them, one to the other.”

I've also known a few nuns I would swear were lesbians. So while that does make things a little more complicated due to the official Church ruling on LGBT people, it doesn't mean that all Catholics agree with, or support, everything the Pope says. He seems like a nice man, and we just pretend we do and we kiss his ring as a show of tradition and respect.

And then there's this. Now the Pope is getting into climate change. I never weigh in on this because I do believe we have to take care of the environment, but I'm also on the fence about some things because the "science" says two different things most of the time. The argument continues, and now the Pope is getting involved in this, too.

You can read about that here.

For those of you very left wing liberals who are on a crusade to save the environment from all that is wicked and evil, you might find this quote from the Pope interesting. I'm not being glib about this either, so don't shoot the messenger. I didn't say this. The Pope did. Here you go:

Within the church, many conservative Catholics have questioned the pope's heavy emphasis on the environment and climate change over other issues such as abortion and marriage.

Francis does address abortion and population issues in the encyclical, criticizing those in the environmental movement who show concern for preserving nature but not human lives.
I wish I could get the Pope to read this:

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