April 19th, 2012
Today is Yom Hashoah, the internationally recognized date set aside as the Holocaust Remembrance Day. The date corresponds to the 27th day of Nisan on the Hebrew Calendar to commemorate the 1943 Warsaw ghetto uprising. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will host a live webcast of the National Days of Remembrance ceremony in the US Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C. this morning at 11 a.m. EDT.
White House LGBT Conference on HIV/AIDS: Atlanta, GA The White House will host the next of its series of conference s on LGBT issues today on the topic of HIV/AIDS. The conference is hosted by the White House Office of Public Engagement and the White House Office of National AIDS Policy in partnership with Morehouse School of Medicine, and takes place today from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta.
Early Voting Begins on North Carolina’s Amendment 1: NC. Early voting begins today in North Carolina’s primary, in which the major issue remaining is Amendment 1, which would amend the North Carolina constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage (even though it is already prohibited by law) along with any other state recognition of any sort of relationships, gay or straight, outside of marriage. When the proposed amendment was first placed on the primary ballot, it was feared that an anticipated contested Republican presidential primary coupled with an absence of an urgent reason for Democrats and independents to go to the polls would spell doom for the Tar Heel State’s LGBT community. But now that the GOP primary race has effectively ended, prospects for Amendment 1’s defeat have brightened considerably. If you live in North Carolina, get yourself and everyone you know to the polls now.
As for everyone else, if you donate now, your gift will be doubled with a matching gift from several leading North Carolina citizens (only one of whom is gay; the rest are straight allies). Please make your donation today to Protect ALL NC Families to defeat Amendment 1.
Dick Sargent: 1930. His best known role was that of the second Darrin in the 1960s sitcom Bewitched, after having taken over that role in 1969 when Dick York was forced to leave due to ongoing health problems. It was a fortuitous second chance for Sargent: he was the producers’ first choice for the role in 1964 but was forced to turn it down because he was under contract with Universal Studios to appear in the short-lived sitcom Broadside, a WWII comedy about four girls on an island with 4,000 sailors. (Hilarity allegedly ensued, but only for one season.) Before he got his second chance at Bewitched, Sargent appeared in several films and television programs which helped pad his resume with a growing list of solid if not particularly memorable roles.
He never really made it onto the A-list, bit he did have a solid run opposite Elizabeth Montgomery as America’s favorite put-upon Mortal. And what a strange, gay time he must have had on the set, with openly-flamboyant Paul Lynde as practical-joker Uncle Arthur and the closeted and conflicted Agnes Moorhead as Endora (a character whose style and sarcasm deserves the everlasting homage of drag queens everywhere.) The series ended in 1972 and immediately went into syndication for whole new generations to enjoy. Meanwhile, Sargent kept working in minor roles and voiceovers for commercials and cartoons.
In 1974, he appeared with lesbian Fannie Flagg in the game show “Tattletales,” in which Hollywood couples would try to guess each others’ answers to embarrassing questions about marriage, sex, or other coupley topics. They were, ostensibly, “dating” for the game show’s purposes. Sargent finally came out on National Coming Out Day, October 11, 1991, over concerns about high suicide rates among gay teens. He revealed that when he was a student at Stanford he twice tried to kill himself when he realized he was gay. the following summer, he was Grand Marshall of the Los Angeles Gay Pride parade alongside his former Bewitched co-star and friend, Elizabeth Montgomery. He became involved with the AIDS Project Los Angeles and the American Foundation for AIDS Research. He died in 1994 of prostate cancer.
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In this original BTB Investigation, we unveil the tragic story of Kirk Murphy, a four-year-old boy who was treated for “cross-gender disturbance” in 1970 by a young grad student by the name of George Rekers. This story is a stark reminder that there are severe and damaging consequences when therapists try to ensure that boys will be boys.
When we first reported on three American anti-gay activists traveling to Kampala for a three-day conference, we had no idea that it would be the first report of a long string of events leading to a proposal to institute the death penalty for LGBT people. But that is exactly what happened. In this report, we review our collection of more than 500 posts to tell the story of one nation’s embrace of hatred toward gay people. This report will be updated continuously as events continue to unfold. Check here for the latest updates.
In 2005, the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote that “[Paul] Cameron’s ‘science’ echoes Nazi Germany.” What the SPLC didn”t know was Cameron doesn’t just “echo” Nazi Germany. He quoted extensively from one of the Final Solution’s architects. This puts his fascination with quarantines, mandatory tattoos, and extermination being a “plausible idea” in a whole new and deeply disturbing light.
On February 10, I attended an all-day “Love Won Out” ex-gay conference in Phoenix, put on by Focus on the Family and Exodus International. In this series of reports, I talk about what I learned there: the people who go to these conferences, the things that they hear, and what this all means for them, their families and for the rest of us.
Prologue: Why I Went To “Love Won Out”
Part 1: What’s Love Got To Do With It?
Part 2: Parents Struggle With “No Exceptions”
Part 3: A Whole New Dialect
Part 4: It Depends On How The Meaning of the Word "Change" Changes
Part 5: A Candid Explanation For "Change"
Using the same research methods employed by most anti-gay political pressure groups, we examine the statistics and the case studies that dispel many of the myths about heterosexuality. Download your copy today!
And don‘t miss our companion report, How To Write An Anti-Gay Tract In Fifteen Easy Steps.
Anti-gay activists often charge that gay men and women pose a threat to children. In this report, we explore the supposed connection between homosexuality and child sexual abuse, the conclusions reached by the most knowledgeable professionals in the field, and how anti-gay activists continue to ignore their findings. This has tremendous consequences, not just for gay men and women, but more importantly for the safety of all our children.
Anti-gay activists often cite the “Dutch Study” to claim that gay unions last only about 1½ years and that the these men have an average of eight additional partners per year outside of their steady relationship. In this report, we will take you step by step into the study to see whether the claims are true.
Tony Perkins’ Family Research Council submitted an Amicus Brief to the Maryland Court of Appeals as that court prepared to consider the issue of gay marriage. We examine just one small section of that brief to reveal the junk science and fraudulent claims of the Family “Research” Council.
The FBI’s annual Hate Crime Statistics aren’t as complete as they ought to be, and their report for 2004 was no exception. In fact, their most recent report has quite a few glaring holes. Holes big enough for Daniel Fetty to fall through.