June 18th, 2016
One day Donald Trump is down with gay marriage. The next day he says he’ll appoint judges to overturn the “shocking” marriage decision. The next day he says nobody will be better than him on gay rights. The next day, he retweets a thumbs-up photo of him alongside one of Dallas’s most prominent anti-gay preachers.
How’s a gay boy to know what to believe? I know it’s confusing, but thankfully we have Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), who co-chairs Trump’s House Leadership Committee, to clear it all up:
“What I’m done with is trying to articulate or explain or answer for what Donald Trump says,” Hunter said. “I think he’ll be a great president. I think he’ll make good decisions on the economy, on the border, on national security, but it doesn’t mean we endorse what he says. I think what he says and what he’ll do are two different things.”
The Post reporter asked him, “So what should we believe when he says something? What should we believe when it comes out of his mouth?”
“What he said,” Hunter replied.
“But you just said you don’t necessarily believe what he says is what he’s going to do,” said the reporter.
“Right,” Hunter said. “True. But him talking about things and saying things about things is different than him saying what he’s going to do. I think he’ll do what he says he’s going to do. I’m not trying to parse words; I think he’ll do what he says he’s going to do. But he says things about things that I don’t endorse, and I’m not going to try to articulate for him.”
“Talking about things and saying things about things is different than him saying what he’s going to do.” That totally needs to be Trump’s new campaign slogan.
Despite Hunter’s position as one of Trump’s most visible supporters on Capitol Hill, he added, “Yeah, it’s not my job to answer for Donald Trump. Really. I’m not even a surrogate. I’m just an endorser.”
June 18th, 2016
Hillsborough County (Tampa) officials raised a rainbow flag outside the Hillsborough Center in memory of the victims of the Pulse gay night club massacre in Orlando. The flag went up on Wednesday after the County Commission voted to honor the Orlando victims, but not before the County Commission heard complaints from local anti-gay activists. “I want to say that these people that were killed were Americans, “said longtime conservative activist Terry Kemple. “They weren’t LGBT. … They were Americans.” He added:
“I have to say that it wasn’t that long ago that you all voted to take down a plaque that had the Confederate flag on it because it might offend some people,” Kemple said. “I can assure you that if you vote to raise the rainbow flag above county center, it will offend some people.”
The commission voted 5-1 to fly the flag and to recognizes this month each years as LGBT Pride Month. The flag went up soon after. Just one day after it was raised, Republican County Commissioner Stacy White, who was not present during the Wednesday meeting, called for the flag’s removal:
In an email sent to the the county human relations director Peggy Rowe on Thursday, White said he received an anonymous complaint from a county employee that the presence of the flag was “nearly unbearable” for her to pass on her way to work and created a “hostile work environment.”
Calling the rainbow flag a “divisive, politically-charged symbol,” White asked Rowe if it could become an HR problem for the county. If it does, then White said he wanted a special meeting of the county commission to consider removing it.
…“It is still – in my view – unconscionable that the county administrator didn’t express to the board that this divisive symbol might create an uncomfortable workplace environment for many of his employees,” White wrote.
The Tampa Bay Times has reprinted White’s email to Rowe and county administrator Mike Merrill’s response.
June 18th, 2016
On Thursday, Colorado-based pastor Kevin Swanson discussed the Pulse gay night club massacre in Orlando on his radio program:
Why do homosexuals murder homosexuals?” he asked. Because, according to Romans 1, “God gave them up to vile passions.” “Violence” and “murder,” he said, are deeply tied to homosexuality.
“What’s the bottom line as we view what’s happening in Orlando today?” he said. “I think it is, again, the Romans 1 scenario, it is that God gives them up.”
The Orlando massacre, Swanson added, shows what happens when God’s “restraints have been lifted entirely and when God doesn’t restrain, people go nuts in their sins.”
Swanson isn’t just any fringe extremist. Last November as the Republican primary season was really heating up, Swanson hosted the Freedom 2015 conference in Des Moines, Iowa. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, and former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal joined Swanson on stage for a Q&A session. Shortly after, Swanson closed out the conference a ringing defense of his belief that gay people should be put to death. He screamed:
Yes! Leviticus 20:13 calls for the death penalty for homosexuals! Yes,! Romans Chapter 1 verse 32 the Apostle Paul does say that homosexuals are worthy of death – his words, not mine! And I am not ashamed! I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
He went on to explain that he wouldn’t advocate the government round up and kill gay people… yet.
They need time to repent! Do you understand? American needs time to repent! You say “why don’t you call for it?” American needs time to repent! Of their homosexuality, their adultery, and their porn addictions. … America is steeped in a destructive form of homosexuality. Friends, they’re bound for hell! Do you understand? It’s not so much an issue of the death penalty. It’s an issue of God’s judgement that’s hanging upon this nation today!
The Daily Agenda for Saturday, June 18
Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old
A native of Acapulco, Mexico, Luis, was an Emergency Medical Services student at Seminole State College. He loved his job at Universal Studios, where he was a ride attendant at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter ride. He loved his job. J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, mourned Luis in a Twitter post featuring a smiling Luis in a Hogwarts uniform.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 13, 2016
Josh Boesch worked with Luis at Universal and said, “He was always a friend you could call. He was always open and available.”
Olga Glomba, who also worked with Luis at Universal, said Luis was “a funny, sweet, nerdy guy without a mean side. He just wanted to make people smile.”
Universal employees and friends also gathered on Tuesday at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to pay tribute to Luis and Xavier Serrano, another shooting victim who worked there as a parade performer.
Luis had visited Disney World hours earlier during the day of the shooting and posted a photo to Facebook with several “true friends who become family,” according to the caption. Boesch said that Vilema posted on social media about going to Pulse the night he died.
His funeral mass is scheduled for today.
The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta issued a report saying that the strange occurrences of the skin cancer known as Kaposi’s sarcoma, and the rare and rarely-deadly Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia that was killing gay men for more than a year (Jun 5), may be spread by some kind of an infection. The report, which appeared in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, said that researchers in Southern California interviewed eight living patients with KS and/or PCP, and the close friends of seven others who had died, and found:
Within 5 years of the onset of symptoms, 9 patients (6 with KS and 3 with PCP) had had sexual contact with other patients with KS or PCP. Seven patients from Los Angeles County had had sexual contact with other patients from Los Angeles County, and 2 from Orange County had had sexual contact with 1 patient who was not a resident of California. Four of the 9 patients had been exposed to more than 1 patient who had KS or PCP. Three of the 6 patients with KS developed their symptoms after sexual contact with persons who already had symptoms of KS. One of these 3 patients developed symptoms of KS 9 months after sexual contact, another patient developed symptoms 13 months after contact, and a third patient developed symptoms 22 months after contact.
In hindsight, we know that HIV typically has an incubation period of from a few months to ten years or more. Knowing what we know today, we can’t really say that those patients had actually infected each other in the ways this report tentatively suggested, Nevertheless, in 1982, this evidence suggested something very notable:
The probability that 7 of 11 patients with KS or PCP would have sexual contact with any one of the other 16 reported patients in Los Angeles County would seem to be remote. The probability that 2 patients with KS living in different parts of Orange County would have sexual contact with the same non-Californian with KS would appear to be even lower. Thus, observations in Los Angeles and Orange counties imply the existence of an unexpected cluster of cases.
What to make of this cluster?
One hypothesis consistent with the observations reported here is that infectious agents are being sexually transmitted among homosexually active males. Infectious agents not yet identified may cause the acquired cellular immunodeficiency that appears to underlie KS and/or PCP among homosexual males. If infectious agents cause these illnesses, sexual partners of patients may be at increased risk of developing KS and/or PCP.
The report cautioned that the evidence, so far, was inconclusive. It acknowledged another hypothesis that “KS or PCP does not lead directly to acquired cellular immunodeficiency, but simply indicates a certain style of life.” At the time, all sorts of “style of life” questions were still being investigated. The number of sexual partners, multiple STD infections, drug use — especially poppers — these were all under suspicion. Nearly a year later, France’s Pasteur Institute would identify a suspected virus (May 20). That finding was confirmed by American researchers almost another year after that.
The daytime dramas known as soap operas had been a staple of radio, and then television, for some sixty years, but by the 1990s, the genre was looking increasingly tired and outdated thanks to the popularity of daytime talk shows like Jerry Springer, Sally Jesse Rafael and Rikki Lake. With the soaps now competing with real-life drama (or at least a facsimile thereof) from these sensationalistic talk shows, producers understood that they needed to bring their story lines to the 1990s or loose whatever audience they still had.
ABC’s One Life to Live, which had been on the air since 1968 with a story line tackling women’s issues and race, seemed the obvious candidate to run a new story line exploring homophobia and the difficulties of being a gay teen. Billy Douglas (played by Ryan Phillippe), a newcomer to the town of Lianview, was reluctant to tell anyone about his homosexuality, especially his parents. He did, however, confide in the town’s compassionate pastor, Rev. Andrew Carpenter. But a scheming woman who Carpenter scorned (there’s always at least one in a soap opera) began circulating rumors around town that the pastor had been molesting Billy. In a dramatic scene, the entire town, led by Billy’s parents, confronted Carpenter and demanded that he resign, the pastor delivered a riveting sermon against the evils of prejudice and homophobia. This led Billy to take a public stand in support of Carpenter — and to come out to his parents.
In 2010, Phillippe talked about what it was like to play a gay teen in 1992:
Me and the guy who played my boyfriend might’ve held hands once or twice, but that was it. The age of those characters had something to do it, but things also weren’t as liberal in 1992. Still, I felt lucky to play the first gay teenager on television — not just daytime but television, period. What was so amazing about that for me was the response I got through fan letters that my mother and I would read together. Kids who’d never seen themselves represented on TV or in movies would write to say what a huge support they found it to be. One kid said he’d considered suicide before seeing a character like him being accepted. I also heard from a father, a mechanic, who hadn’t spoken to his son since he came out. When our show came on in his shop, it gave him some insight and understanding as to who his son was, so it opened up communication between them. As much as you can write off how silly the entertainment industry can be, it can affect change and make people see things differently. That’s beautiful.
Phillippe’s character left Lianview to attend Yale later that summer, and Phillippe left One Life to Live for good in 1993. He went on to appear in the films I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) and Crash (2004). One Life to Live’s last episode aired on January 13, 2012.
(d. 1939) An Australia-born painter, Agnes Goodsir joined a mass exodus of artists from Down Under seeking the artistic stimulation and freedom that had blossomed in Paris in the early 20th century. That’s where Goodsir studied at the Académie Delécluse, the Académie Julian and then the Académie Colarossi.
Her constant companion was Rachel Dunn, who was depicted in several of her paintings, including Morning Tea (1925), Girl with Cigarette (1925), The Letter (1926) and The Chinese Skirt (1933). She was best known for her portraits including, reportedly, one of Mussolini. When she died in 1939, she left her remaining paintings to Rachel Dunn, who sent about forty to Agnes’s family in Australia and others to Australian galleries. The Agnes Goodsir memorial scholarship at the Bendigo Art Gallery, where her work first appeared, is named in her memory.
June 17th, 2016
Trump flew to Dallas yesterday for a campaign stop at Gilley’s. Among his many rambling, incoherent statements which have no apparent relationship with reality, Trump made another play for the gay vote. “As far as gays are concerned,” Trump said of Saudi Arabia, “they throw them off buildings.” (Fact check: Saudi’s don’t; that’s ISIS, although Saudi Arabia does have the death penalty for homosexuality.) “They kill gays in these countries. So you tell me: Who is better for the gay community and who is better for women than Donald Trump?”
Yeah. Who’s better?
But wait. Before you answer that question, consider this: later that night, Trump retweeted this:
That’s Robert Jeffries, pastor of Dallas’ notoriously anti-gay First Baptist Church, who said this last February:
“What is happening is that we are becoming desensitized to the persecution of Christians just not globally, but also in our Country. The fact is that we are being told that Christians who refuse to serve a wedding cake to a gay couple, that they are extremists, its OK to take their livelihood and shut down their business,” Jeffress said. “I believe that we are getting desensitized to that, which will pave the way for that future world dictator, the Antichrist, to persecute and martyr Christians without any repercussions what-so-ever.”
That was in February, which, by the way, was at about the same time that Donald Trump promised to overturn the “shocking” Supreme Court decision that struck down bans against marriage equality:
I think they (Evangelicals) can trust me on traditional marriage… and frankly, I was very much in favor of having the court rule that it goes to states, and let the states decide. And that was a shocking decision for you and for me and for a lot of other people, but I was very much in favor of letting the states decide and that’s the way it looked it was going and then all of a sudden out of nowhere came this very massive decision and they took it away. But I was always in favor of state’s rights; states deciding.
And here’s what he tweeted on the day of that Supreme Court Decision:
Once again the Bush appointed Supreme Court Justice John Roberts has let us down. Jeb pushed him hard! Remember!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2015
June 17th, 2016
Police were still identifying and removing bodies from the Pulse gay night club in Orlando when Sacramento pastor Roger Jimenez of Verity Baptist Church posted a sermon on YouTube equating gay people with pedophiles and wishing that more people were dead. “If we lived in a righteous government, they should round them all up and put them up against a firing wall, and blow their brains out,” he said. “The tragedy is that more of them didn’t die. The tragedy is — I’m kind of upset that he didn’t finish the job!”
The video was removed by YouTube for violating its standards on hate speech. But Jimenez was unrepentant on Tuesday, telling the Sacramento Bee:
All I’m saying is that when people die who deserve to die, it’s not a tragedy,” he added. Jimenez spoke these words in a kind monotone befitting a loan officer discussing interest rates at a local bank branch. …Though he didn’t talk long, he wanted people to know he wasn’t backing down from his words. “There are many people who agree with us,” he said. “In America, you are no longer allowed to have an opinion that goes against mainstream society.”
Jimenez is wrong on so many things, including about whether he’s allowed to have an opinion. Of course he is, and he’s also allowed to express it. And so do the hundred or so protesters who gathered at the Verity Baptist Church parking lot on Wednesday, for what had been planned as a silent protest. It became anything but silent:
Wearing a small LGBT pride heart on her T-shirt, Sakler watched as congregants filed past the crowd of activists and a line of police officers. They were men and women in church outfits, couples holding hands, parents with crying babies, small children giggling – all of them hurrying inside, ignoring the cries of “We are Orlando!” from the protesters.
For some queer protesters, seeing the families in attendance was a painful reminder that people in suburban California share the hateful and violent beliefs of Jimenez – and that the pastor is not just a fringe extremist preaching to anonymous bigots in the dark corners of YouTube.
“We have so far to go,” said Sakler, wiping tears from her eyes while clutching a rainbow candle.
The tense scene that unfolded outside the church – where protesters screamed “Would you kill me?” as the silent parishioners passed by – offered a window into the anguish of LGBT people across the country, who are coming to terms with the unprecedented attack on the queer community less than one year after same-sex marriage became the law of the land in the US.
And by the way, Jimenez has at least one other pastor coming to his defense:
Manly Perry, a Texas pastor who has given a sermon at Jimenez’s church, said in a phone interview on Wednesday that the Sacramento preacher was a “mentor” who is skilled at bringing people into the church – and has a wide reach.
“That church in my opinion has the best-organized program and outreach in the community,” he said. “He’ll be looked at as a hatemonger, but he’s actually the exact opposite … He’s got a genuine love for people. He wants to see people saved.”
Perry also repeated several times: “The Bible is very clear that homosexuals should have the death penalty.”
June 17th, 2016
Rebecca Ruiz at Mashable noticed something odd about the Republican National Committee’s statement about Orlando: a sentence is missing. when the statement was first released on Sunday, it contained an rather awkward sentence that nevertheless acknowledge the attack against the LGBT community. “Violence against any group of people simply for their lifestyle or orientation has no place in America or anywhere else,” it said. Clumsy, sure. A lot of people gagged on the “lifestyle” reference. But at least it was some kind of an acknowledgement, even if it sounded like it was written by Aunt Betty.
But by Monday, the statement was updated with no explanation, and that update obliterates all acknowledgment, klutzy or otherwise, of the attack on the LGBT community. An RNC Spokesman said the revision was meant to be “more inclusive.” Log Cabin Republican president Gregory T. Angelo wasn’t having it.
“Scrubbing an early draft of their press release for any specific mention of gay people or sexual orientation is indicative of the cowardice a lot of Republicans exhibited in the aftermath of the shootings,” Angelo told Mashable.
— LogCabinRepublicans (@LogCabinGOP) June 14, 2016
This is mart of a larger pattern among several Republicans and social conservatives who have refused to mention exactly who was attacked. It’s as if the shooter had attacked a shopping mall or a Denny’s. As Ruiz notes:
The RNC’s decision to remove the sentence from its statement highlights the party’s challenges as it tries to embrace the victims and show solidarity with the LGBT community without alienating Republican voters who often describe so-called identity politics as divisive.
June 17th, 2016
Malik Gillani, a Shia Ismaili Muslim in Chicago who is married to his husband, Jamil Khoury, who is Antiochian Orthodox Christian. Gillani, has a fantasy. In involves the mosques of Chicago inviting gay people to share a meal with them during the holy month of Ramadan:
Come break bread with us, the imams would say, and let us hear your stories. Tell us what it’s like to be two men who love each other. To be two lesbians raising a child. To be a young gay man rejected by his family.
In Gillani’s fantasy, the recent massacre in an Orlando, Fla., gay nightclub would turn into an opportunity for gay people and Muslims to connect with each other through their stories of struggle.
The Orlando massacre has been particularly hard for Gillani:
Gillani was asleep Sunday at home in Chicago when his husband woke him with the Orlando news.
“Oh my God” was his first thought, “Who’s killing gays?”
And then he heard the shooter’s name, Omar Mateen, and he felt too sick even to get out of bed to gather with his gay friends to mourn.
He kept thinking, “Why are we killing gays?”
He felt the “we” of being Muslim as deeply as he felt the “we” of being gay. He identified with the killer and the victims. Guilt blended with sorrow.
“Collective guilt by association,” he says.
He came out to his family, involuntarily, when his brother outed him. His family accepted him. He was lucky. Another brother began driving him to Chicago’s Boystown because he wanted Gillani to be safe. When he married, his family also welcomed his husband. He wrote about all that for the New York Daily News on Tuesday.
The Daily Agenda for Friday, June 17
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old
Omar was originally from Cleveland, where his mother still lives. a former teacher remembered him as “a ray of sunshine.” Omar’s sister, Belinette Ocasio-Capo said that Omar wanted to be a star. “He was one of the most amazing dancers,” she said. “He would always call me and say, ‘I’m going to be the next Hollywood star.’ He really did want to make it and be known. …Now his name ended up being all around the world, like he wanted — just not this way.” She said that Omar was due to audition for a play on Tuesday.
His cousin, Leonarda Flores, also remarked on his outgoing personality. “He did not care, he loved himself, and he loved others. He was very open, he lived who he was. He knew he was beautiful, he knew it, and he flaunted it.”
His 70-year-old coworker at a Starbucks located in a Target in Kissimmee found him brash at first, but she warmed to him after getting to know him. “I realized he had a very outgoing personality,” said Claudia Mason. “His sense of humor was definitely his defining personality trait. …Omar got along with everyone. Young, old, male, female, gay, or straight, it didn’t matter to Omar.”
Omar loved dancing. His friend Daniel Suarez-Ortiz said, “The reason why he moved to Orlando was for his acting and dancing career, and it hurts that he is not able to do that anymore.” The last image that his friends have of him is a video showing him dancing around Pulse with his friends. The Snapchat video was taken at about 12:30 a.m., just a couple of hours before the gunman opened fire.
In November 2015, after the massacre at Paris’s Bataclan nightclub, he updated his profile picture in solidarity with the French victim. This week, an entire cabin full of JetBlue passengers showed their solidarity with Omar’s grandmother.
I didn’t want it to be a political speech. I just wanted to share what was in my heart, and that’s what came out.
…I think it’s pretty sad that a speech by a Lieutenant Governor in Utah is getting this much attention just by saying that we should love each other. I mean, how low is the bar in our country?
You can see Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox’s speech and read a transcript here.
His real name was Wladziu Valentino Liberace (May 16), but like Cher and Madonna and other gay icons, he was known by a single name. He started as a classical pianist, but he quickly added schmaltz and elements of Las Vegas showmanship (extravagant costumes, massive diamond rings, and his signature candelabra) to his repertoire of classics, show tunes, film scores and popular songs, all of which took his performances in a decidedly unclassical direction. His curly black hair, long eyelashes and bright smile made him a sex symbol for an odd collection of somewhat nerdy teenage girls, their middle-aged mothers and even their grandmothers — and for not a few gay men who understood what they were seeing. His flamboyance had long provoked questions about his sexuality (Oct 7), but those questions didn’t do much to dent the popularity of his hit television series and packed concert halls.
But in 1956, a Daily Mirror columnist who went by the pen name Cassandra (real name: William Connor) wrote a scathing article the day after Liberace’s arrival in London for a live BBC broadcast and a European tour. If everyone else was willing to go along with Liberace’s persona of being sweet, sensitive, sensational and straight, Connor had no intention of playing along:
He is the summit of sex – the pinnacle of masculine, feminine, and neuter. Everything that he, she and it can ever want. I spoke to sad but kindly men on this newspaper who have met every celebrity coming from America for the past 30 years. They say that this deadly, winking, sniggering, snuggling, chromium-plated, scent-impregnated, luminous, quivering, giggling, fruit-flavored, mincing, ice-covered heap of mother love has had the biggest reception and impact on London since Charlie Chaplin arrived at the same station, Waterloo, on September 12, 1921.
Liberace replied with at telegram: “What you said hurt me very much. I cried all the way to the bank.” But he also decided to sue for libel. The case finally reached a London courtroom in 1959. On June 6, Liberace took the stand and denied that he was gay. He also denied that he was even a sex symbol. “I consider sex appeal as something possessed by Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte Bardot. I certainly do not put myself in their class,” he said, prompting laughter in the court room. When Connor took the stand, he denied trying to imply that Liberace was gay, although he found it difficult to square that claim with his word choices for his column. The most damning phrase, according to news accounts of the day, was his use of “fruit-flavored.” Apparently that was not the phrase to be tossed around at just anyone.
With no proof of actual homosexual activity on Liberace’s part — there were no former lovers to testify, no police arrests to report — the jury returned a verdict of guilty against Connor and the Daily Mirror, and awarded damages of $22,400. Liberace’s pop idol status also probably helped. One upper-middle-aged lady on the jury gave Liberace what was described as “a broad wink” and mouthed “it’s all right” before the verdict was read. Spectators also picked up on the signal, and murmurs of “he won” spread through the courtroom. She later turned up at his hotel and told reporters that she thought he was wonderful — “a real smasher.” This was after she
But today of course we know what was true all along: that he was actually gay even though he never came out of the closet during his lifetime. His estate and many of his remaining fans continued to deny for many years the numerous reports that when he died in 1987, it was AIDS that killed him.
The documentary The Queen makes its premiere in a theater in New York City. The film, shot almost entirely with hand-held cameras, is a primitive pre-Stonewall prequel to Paris is Burning, and follows the behind-the-scenes preparations for the Miss All-America Camp Beauty Pageant – a national drag queen competition in New York City. The conversations recorded in the dressing rooms about draft boards, sexual and gender identity, sex reassignment surgery, and being a drag queen captures a very specific time in LGBT history. If you are ever lucky enough to see it, keep a very sharp eye out whenever the camera pans to the audience. You might just get a quick glimpse of Andy Warhol in his trademark platinum wig.
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.