On August 12, President Obama will award the Presidential Medal of Freedom
-- the nation's highest civilian honor -- to the late gay-rights pioneer
. Lesbian tennis star Billy Jean King and Teddy Kennedy will also be honored that day. Previous recipients
include Martin Luther King, Aung San Suu Kyi, Colin Powell (twice), Muhammad Ali, Mother Theresa, Elie Wiesel, Vint Cerf, George Tenet (Bush fail
), Irving Kristol (WTF?) Dick Cheney, Walter Cronkite, Julia Child, and Lucille Ball. Now about that DOMA thing
Sassy lesbian couple in Florida celebrates 70 years together
after having to keep their relationship secret for decades. You go, girls!
Teh gay can be cured. So declared the most influential sexologists of the late 20th century, William Masters and Virginia Johnson
, in 1979, providing much-publicized
for the "conversion"
theory, and dozens of right-wing efforts to prove that homosexuality is a psychological aberration that can be fixed
. Or were those case studies fabricated?
In his new biography
of the couple who helped spark the sexual revolution, Thomas Maier uncovers the truth and the cover-up.
Oh noes, those gay newlyweds
are causing Biblical rainstorms!! An ominous new TV ad
by the National Organization for Marriage -- who helped pass Prop. 8
in California -- features a "rainbow coalition" of folks to warn America that marriage equality advocates want to "take away" your "freedom" by pushing the issue "far beyond same-sex couples." Unfortunately for NOM, the profound seriousness of this threat has been undermined by a leak of audition reels
for the ad.
Gay marriage equals incest and pedophilia. Abortion equals the Holocaust
. Or so thinks "America's Pastor Rick "Saddleback" Warren
, bestselling author of The Purpose-Driven Life
, vocal supporter of Proposition 8
, and the spiritual leader chosen by President-elect Obama to give the invocation
at his inauguration. But hey -- don't call him a homophobe: He even eats dinner
It's morning in America again -- but for the thousands of committed gay couples who got married in California
[warning: Dan Fogelberg music, sweet visuals], the long nightmare of intolerance and hate is not yet over
with the probable victory of Proposition 8. Supported by the anti-equality stances of Sarah Palin
and "divinely" inspired others
, and paid for by members of the Mormon Church
and the mother of Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater
, many of the ads
for Prop. 8 featured the faces of Obama and Joe Biden, who declared their opposition to the initiative but refused to support equal marriage rights
for all, preferring to talk about "civil unions." Even excellent Democratic-leaning politics sites like Talking Points Memo were saturated with the deceptive ads
, which overwhelmed those comparing the proposition to other forms of discrimination in California's history
The Surge is working [tm] -- but for gay Iraqis who face a murderous new spate of violence
by theocrats and militiamen, notsomuch
. "More than 430 gay men have been murdered in Iraq since 2003... [but] many officials say they feel that in a country at war, there are more pressing concerns than gay rights."
Warning: Explicit sexual content.
"These firefighters dedicated their lives to save the lives of others. They did not sign on to become unwilling props to a controversial political and social agenda," says Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, representing a group of brave men in uniform who were subjected to "vile sexual taunts" at a San Diego gay pride parade
. Via Gawker
NewsFilter: Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the chapel, teh gay menace strikes again. The GOP-dominated Senate Judiciary Committee backs the Constitutional amendment to prohibit states from recognizing same-sex marriages
. In a fractious hearing, Republican chairman Arlen Specter shouted "Good riddance!
" when Senator Russ Feingold (D-Wisconsin) walked out. Laura Bush recently advised her party's candidates not to campaign on this issue and to handle it with "great sensitivity
." Maybe next time.
Are you a Republican candidate for Senate facing a tough election
and having trouble getting endorsements from your own party
? It's time to take in an all-American baseball game with the Commander-in-Chief
, target teh gay menace
, and amend the US Constitution
so American voters don't have to see any more of this
over their morning corn flakes. "I think this will save him," Burress said of DeWine. "I think this move right here, regardless of the reason, will send him back to Washington."
Of course, it's not just a GOP thing
two teenagers. Their crime? Making love. Homosexuality is a crime under Sharia
law. Meanwhile, newly "liberated" Iraq moves closer to embedding traditional Islamic laws in its new constitution, reducing rights for women
. Will Iraqi gays
be the next to suffer the wrath of "Allah's law" after years of secular oppression under Saddam Hussein?
Gay sex -- so good, it just might destroy the planet. Family Research Council
founder Paul Cameron
is frequently cited as an authority on sexuality by the religious right
. In his view, "lesbians are particularly good seducers" and the thrill of gay sex is like "pure heroin" -- which is why homosexuality must be stopped before we all suffer gay-orgasm death, apparently. (I don't know about you, but after reading Cameron, I could sure use a... something in my mouth.) [via TBogg
Birds do it, bees do it...
homosexual attachment and lovemaking are widespread in the animal kingdom, say biologists like Bruce Bagemihl, author of "Biological Exuberance
." [For a longer, better-edited version of the same article, go here
, but NYT reg. required.] Not everyone
agrees, particularly those apt to quote the Bible to justify claims of a "natural revulsion to perverse sex