Box Turtle Bulletin

Box Turtle BulletinNews, analysis and fact-checking of anti-gay rhetoric
“Now you must raise your children up in a world where that union of man and box turtle is on the same legal footing as man and wife…”
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Jim Burroway

November 16th, 2005

Have you noticed that when it comes to talking about gays and lesbians, nobody is short of an opinion backed by a “well-known fact”? But how do you know if these facts can be trusted? Where do they come from?

Welcome to the debut of Box Turtle Bulletin. This web site is intended to offer the best, in-depth analysis of what is being said and written about the gay community. This web site is not just for gays and lesbians, but for anyone who wants to get to the bottom of the “facts” that are being tossed around. Whoever you are and wherever you stand, this web site is for you.

What’s Deal With The Box Turtle?
The idea of Box Turtle Bulletin came from a line from a 2004 speech that was attributed to John Cornyn (R-Tex) at the Heritage Foundation:

“It does not affect your daily life very much if your neighbor marries a box turtle. But that does not mean it is right… Now you must raise your children up in a world where that union of man and box turtle is on the same legal footing as man and wife.”

And that got me thinking: What did the Box Turtle do to deserve all of this? As far as I could tell, all that box turtles ever wanted was simply to be left alone. Which is all that most gays and lesbians ever wanted as well: to be left alone and to be free to live their lives just like anybody else.

Those thoughts led straight to this web site. To see where we go from here, read About Us: The Tale of the Box Turtle. And while you’re at it, be sure to look over our Mission and Principles.

What’s Next?
This isn’t a blog. It probably won’t be updated daily. But I hope to provide frequent updates based on what’s happening in the news, the latest research on issues of importance to gay men and women, the world of politics, and any other interesting information as it comes along. And from time to time, I hope to provide more in-depth analysis on specific issues of interest to gay men and women and their families.

This web site is a work in progress. As time goes on, new features may be added, and old plans and ideas may be scrapped. Much of what happens here depends upon the time and resources of those who participate, and right now that is just me. But if you are an author or researcher who would like to help out, your contributions will be deeply appreciated.

A Favor
I have only one favor to ask. This thing is just getting started, so please be sure to pass along this web site to anyone who may be interested. If you have a web site, a link to this site will be greatly appreciated. If you find this information useful, please drop me a line. If you have a burning topic that needs to be presented, please share your thoughts. But most importantly, spread the word.

So have a look around and get informed. What you do next is entirely up to you.