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Malawi “People Like You” Given 14 Year Sentence

Jim Burroway

May 20th, 2010

Declaring that he wanted to protect the public “from people like you,” Judge Nyakwawa Usiwa-Usiwa of Blantyre Magistrates Court sentenced Steven Monjeza, 26, and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 20, to 14 years in prison with hard labor, the maximum sentence under Malawi law, after having found them found guilty of gross indecency and unnatural acts: “I sentence […]

Ex-Gays Celebrating Misery And Tragedy In Lives Of Gay People Is Hardly New

Daniel Gonzales

May 19th, 2010

Earlier today Ex-Gay Watch posted on a statement made by Exodus president Alan Chambers on his Facebook fan page: Heard from a couple this morning who have been praying for their daughter and her partner to come to Christ for 22 years. Both accepted Jesus, broke off their relationship and are pursuing a life in […]

Exodus Co-Founder: When People Left Our Program They Just Disappeared

Daniel Gonzales

May 13th, 2010

As notable ex-gay survivor Peterson Toscano wrote in 2007, ex-gay programs and Exodus have absolutely no sort of after-care or follow-up when a participant leaves a program: Never once has an ex-gay program I attended ever done any sort of follow-up. I mean I can’t buy a soy latte these days without having to fill […]

To Exodus’ VP, compassion is not for real gay people

Timothy Kincaid

May 12th, 2010

Mike Goeke is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Exodus International. He is also a counseling pastor at Stonegate Fellowship, a Southern Baptist church in Midland, TX. He and some of his fellow parishioners prepared a video patting themselves on the back for their out-reach to same-sex attracted people. But as you listen to […]

Exodus Co-Founder: Inequality Under The Law Is OK As Long As It Persuades People To Go Ex-Gay

Daniel Gonzales

May 11th, 2010

Modern day Exodus and president Alan Chambers provide a near non-stop supply of illogical and bizarre statements that keep watchdog sites like Truth Wins Out, Ex-Gay Watch, and BoxTurtleBulletin busy documenting and analyzing them.  My personal favorite is Alan’s claim that he might never have come to Jesus and become straight if gay marriage had […]

Desmond Tutu: LGBT People Are a Part of the African Family

Jim Burroway

March 12th, 2010

In a column appearing in this morning’s Washington Post, Nobel laureate and retired South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu lays out the moral wrongs of what is happening to LGBT people across Africa, as only he can: In my country of South Africa, we struggled for years against the evil system of apartheid that divided human […]

Gays Gain Right To Cheapen Marriage Just Like Straight People

Jim Burroway

February 26th, 2010

Straight people have been turning weddings into cheap stunts for eons, whether it’s a nude wedding in the Berkshires or a wedding chappel in Las Vegas featuring Elvis impersonators. While most of those who have been fighting for marriage equality have taken the ideals of marriage very seriously, we shouldn’t be too surprised to see […]

People With HIV Can Have Near Normal Life Expectancies

Jim Burroway

February 26th, 2010

That’s according to two new studies presented at the 17th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) being held in San Francisco. The first study from the Netherlands followed 4612 newly diagnosed patients between 1998 and 2007. The study excluded those who start antiretroviral therapy (ART) less than six months after diagnosis or who already […]

Miss Beverly Hills thinks gay people should “surely be put to death”

Timothy Kincaid

February 23rd, 2010

This is Lauren Ashley, the Miss Beverly Hills contestant to the Miss California USA beauty pageant. Yes, that Beverly Hills. I kid you not. And following in the shoes of Carrie Prejean, Lauren wants everyone to know that she too opposes marriage equality for gay people. But if we take her at her words, she […]

Michigan Christians sue because the Matthew Shepherd Act restricts their rights. They must want to violently attack gay people

Timothy Kincaid

February 5th, 2010

Hate crimes, as defined by Federal law, are violent crimes that are motivated by a victim’s actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. The Matthew Shepard Act is very clear that it relates to violent crimes, not to preaching: (3) CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTIONS- Nothing in this Act shall be construed to prohibit any […]

AFA Radio Calls for Criminalizing LGBT People

Jim Burroway

February 1st, 2010

Uganda’s Parliament will return after its long winter recess tomorrow, and it is expected that its first order of business will be to take up the Anti-Homosexuality Bill for its second reading. The anonymous blogger GayUganda says that police round-ups are continuing under the current law even as we speak. Does anyone doubt that there […]

Insurance company arrogance is one big reason people are unhappy about health care

Timothy Kincaid

January 29th, 2010

Most Americans have health insurance. And most Americans are content with their level of coverage. But “most” is not enough to quell the dissatisfaction that is growing in the nation over the way in which health issues are treated. But unlike the politicians, I think the underlying discontent lies not in whether there is a […]

Peter LaBarbera Wants To Kill Gay People

Jim Burroway

January 21st, 2010

… and he wants to get a Christian professor who thinks that is a bad idea fired. He also admits that he has no idea what Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill would actually do, but apparently thinks it can’t be all bad. Those are the highlights of Peter “Porno Pete” LaBarbera’s latest broadside, who thinks that no […]

Ugandan News Blog: “What Makes Someone Gay and Can People Change Orientation?”

Jim Burroway

January 14th, 2010

When I saw that title appear on the Uganda Talks blog of that nation’s The Independent newspaper this morning, I was prepared for the worst. But then I saw the byline: Warren Throckmorton. He alone among American evangelicals was out front on this issue clear back in March of last year. I hope this article […]

David Bahati Is A Boy Scout — And Other Examples of Ugandans Talking About Gay People

Jim Burroway

December 15th, 2009

A BTB reader from Uganda sent some fascinating clips from the independent Daily Monitor, saying “people are actually talking and thinking, so… that’s another positive development.” I hope he’s right. The items he sent give us some indication of the kind of talking and thinking that is taking place as a result of the controversy […]

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