Monday, October 27, 2014

Italian Gay Activists Charged For Kissing At Anti-Gay Protest

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Unbelievable. Two gay rights activists have been charged with a public order offense for kissing during a protest in Italy.

Irish news source The Journal states the men are among six activists charged for disturbing the peace while they expressed opposition to a March 29 protest held by the Sentinelle in Peidi, or Standing Sentries, a group that is against the legalization of same-sex marriage.

The activists are accused of calling the group's members "bigots" and "fascists," while four of them are accused of holding an unlawful demonstration, according to a police report, which states two male activists shared “a long and passionate kiss on the mouth … in front of many families with children and teenagers, many of them minors, leaving passersby disgusted at such a display,” when asked to leave.

Human Rights Watch has demanded the charges be dropped. Watch video of the protest, posted by Italian-based LGBT group Omphalos Arcigay Arcilesbica below. The kiss happens at around the 0:50 mark.

Food For Thought: Dolly Parton

"They know that I completely love and accept them, as I do all people. I've struggled enough in my life to be appreciated and understood. I've had to go against all kinds of people through the years just to be myself. I think everybody should be allowed to be who they are, and to love who they love. I don't think we should be judgmental. Lord, I've got enough problems of my own to pass judgment on somebody far as the Christians, if people want to pass judgment, they're already sinning. The sin of judging is just as bad as any other sin they might say somebody else is committing. I try to love everybody."

--Dolly Parton, on her gay icon status and anti-LGBT Christians

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Bette Midler Covers "Waterfalls"

The Divine Miss M tries her hand at TLC's iconic hit "Waterfalls," for her upcoming album It's The Girls, featuring a collection of songs performed by girl groups, including The Supremes, The Ronettes and The Chiffons. Listen to it below.

What do y'all think?

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

New Campaign Features Black Southern Pastors Speaking Out For LGBT Justice

 A movement of black churches supporting LGBT equality called "Many Voices" has launched a series of videos featuring LGBT-affirming pastors from the South. Conducted in North Carolina, the interviews challenge the perception all black pastors disapprove of homosexuality.

“All people are worthy of God’s love,” said Rev. Sadler, one of the interviewees in the series. “In essence, sex is at the core of the biblical message. Our fear of sexuality is inconsistent with the biblical text. Our job is not to keep people away…our job is to be open in our welcome.” 

The videos are part of a campaign Many Voices, which works to build relationships between church leaders and the black LGBT community, and offers training and resources.

Watch the interviews above. H/t

British Study Says PreP Highly Protective Against HIV

An analysis of a British study of prophylaxis, or PreP, has proven it is effective against HIV for gay men, men who have sex with men, and transgender women, according to the Clinical Trials Unit of Public Health England.

"Results of the PROUD Study, which began earlier this year, have been so encouraging that participants currently on the deferred arm of the study, who have not yet started PrEP, will be offered the opportunity to begin a PrEP regimen, consisting of a daily Truvada tablet, ahead of schedule, says a press release sent out Thursday by the health service. So far PrEP is available in England. only through the study.

“The exact number of HIV infections that PrEP prevented is not yet known,” says the press release. “PROUD clinics are aiming to have follow-up visits (including HIV tests) with all trial participants by the end of the year, which means results will be available early in 2015.” But the exact number is known, it is not expected to change the conclusion about the effectiveness of PrEP, the release notes.

Read more HERE.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Gay Marriage Ban

Marriage equality has arrived in Arizona. A federal judge struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage, refusing to put a hold on the ruling while the stay decides whether to appeal. Which means, Arizona is now the 31st state where LGBT couples can wed.

"The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently ruled that substantially identical provisions of Nevada and Idaho law that prohibit same-sex marriages are invalid because they deny same-sex couples equal protection of the law, the right to which is guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States," Judge John Sedwick wrote in his four-page ruling. "This court is bound by decisions of the Court of Appeals."

Arizona Attorney General Thom Horne plans not to appeal the decision.

"I have decided not to appeal today’s decision, which would be an exercise in futility and which would serve only the purpose of wasting taxpayer’s money," Horne said, according to the Blade. "The probability of persuading the 9th circuit to reverse today’s decision is zero. The probability of the United States Supreme Court accepting review of the 9th circuit decision is also zero."

Read the rest HERE.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Southwest Louisiana Group Community Mission Chapel Hosts Secular Service

Photo Credit: KPLC TV

Community Mission Chapel, a group made up of atheists, agnostics, freethinkers and humanists in South Louisiana, hosted their monthly chapel service, a church-like event featuring music and short speeches--or sermons if you like--Sunday.

Community Mission Chapel, or CMC is hosted by Jerry DeWitt, a former Pentecostal pastor who deconverted to atheism after decades in the ministry. DeWitt wrote about his experiences in his book Hope After Faith, (find out more about it HERE). 

As you might expect, a group of non-religious folks holding service that has the feel of a church service has attracted some side eyes.

 "We've definitely received ridicule for being in this part of the country, it's kind of a given," DeWitt told KPLC. "In most people's minds, this territory belongs to certain types of religion."

Check out it KPLC's report below (and peep that handsome fellow with the dreadlocks and eyeglasses sitting in the third row:) Yes I went to yesterday's service, and while my first thought upon hearing about CMC was "Wait a minute, I thought one of the upsides of being an infidel was I didn't have to go to church," I enjoyed myself, and agree with the group's mission to build a secular community, especially in the south.

KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Stephen Colbert Asks Biographer If Space Travel Made Sally Ride Gay

Missouri Judge Orders State To Recognize Outside Same-Sex Marriages

A judge in Kansas City has ordered the state of Missouri to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples that were performed in other states. The ruling,  handed down by Judge J. Dale Youngs, could impact at least 5400 couples who entered into marriage outside of the state.

'"While having a standardized definition of marriage that promotes 'consistency, uniformity, and predictability' may be a legitimate governmental interest," Youngs wrote, " there is no logical relationship between that interest and laws that discriminate against gay men and lesbians who have been married in jurisdictions in which same-sex marriages are legal."

The 10 couples who filed the suit, Barrier v. Vasterling, in February, do not ask for the state to repeal its ban on same-sex marriage, but simply seek recognition of their out-of-state marriages. They were represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri."

Read more HERE.

Random Jam: Disclosure 'When A Fire Starts To Burn"

I might have to slide back through the sanctuary if they played this track in church. Peep the video and see what I mean.

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