Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Russell Tovey says He’s Glad he isn't Effeminate

In an article posted in The Guardian, hottie Russell Tovey talked about a lot of things like being bullied and teased. teased. But the real story is how glad he is for not being a sissy gay.

He said:
“I feel like I could have been really effeminate, if I hadn’t gone to the school I went to. Where I felt like I had to toughen up. If I’d have been able to relax, prance around, sing in the street, I might be a different person now. I thank my dad for that, for not allowing me to go down that path. Because it’s probably given me the unique quality that people think I have.”
Down that path? I guess being effeminate is like being a drug addict or some criminal. Russell, I don't think you meant harm in your statement, but honey, being effeminate isn't bad. Being effeminate is being true and real. Being effeminate is embracing all the things you love and celebrate. Being effeminate is being yourself, straight no chaser, boo.

So, please don't talk about how lucky you are to be sissy free. Because, that's something you shouldn't be so proud of.

Monday, March 2, 2015

In California: Christian Activist Files Ballot Measure to Execute Gays with a Bullet to the Head

Wow, my Twitter is blowing up about this.

So, this man, Matt McLaughlin is a California lawyer who has filed a crazy ballot initiative called “The Sodomite Suppression Act.” What's crazy about it? EVERYTHING, y'all! The Wonkette has the goods about this mess.

The key pieces are:
a) The abominable crime against nature known as buggery, called also sodomy, is a monstrous evil that Almighty God, giver of freedom and liberty, commands us to suppress on pain of our utter destruction even as he overthrew Sodom and Gomorrha. 

b) Seeing that it is better that offenders should die rather than that all of us should be killed by God’s just wrath against us for the folly of tolerating-wickedness in our midst, the People of California wisely command, in the fear of God, that any person who willingly touches another person of the same gender for purposes of sexual gratification be put to death by bullets to the head or by any other convenient method.
Joe.My.God. reports
In order for the gay death penalty to be put to California voters, the backers of an initiative must pay the $200 filing fee (which has been done in this case) and then collect petition signatures equal to 5% of the total votes cast in the last gubernatorial election. Per the results of the 2014 election, McLaughlin must gather about 366K names. Below is opening text of his Sodomite Suppression Act.
This is so ridic, I mean really, somebody wants to put this on a ballot? I mean, I shouldn't be surprised, but seriously there should be a watch on this guy.

Eric Holder on Supporting Marriage Equality

AG Eric Holder writes an op-ed in USA Today on why the DOJ supports Marriage Equality.

Here's a piece of his post:
This week, the Justice Department will file a brief setting forth our position that state bans on same-sex marriage violate the fundamental constitutional guarantee of "equal protection of the laws." It is clear that the time has come to recognize that gay and lesbian people deserve robust protection from discrimination.

Nothing justifies excluding same-sex couples from the institution of marriage. Denying them the right to marry serves only to demean them and their children, to degrade the dignity of their families and to deny them the full, free and equal participation in American life to which every citizen is entitled.

Marriage bans inflict concrete harms that touch nearly every aspect of daily life for gay and lesbian couples. The bans intersect with issues as varied as workers' compensation, taxation and inheritance, posing challenges to basic financial security. Same-sex couples living in states with bans too often face obstacles to adopting and raising children together. And restrictions on medical decision-making and hospital visitation impose devastating burdens during the moments when a partner is needed most.

The mental and emotional injuries are just as acute. A marriage ban written into state law broadcasts the state's view that same-sex couples and their children are second-class families, undeserving of the rights and protections offered to opposite-sex couples. It creates a stigma that pervades society, encouraging individuals to harass or belittle even their loved ones because of pressures brought by their community. And it harms relationships between family members by perpetuating a destructive notion that some individuals — and some children — should be shown less love and support simply because of who they are. That is a view the Department of Justice flatly rejects. And with our brief, we will make clear that the United States stands firmly on the side of equality.

U.S. judge rules Nebraska's Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

Well, hey Nebraska.

U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon ruled that Nebraska's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.
He issued a preliminary injunction, calling Nebraska's ban an "unabashedly gender-specific infringement of the equal rights of its citizens." I like that, BTW.

Judge Bataillon denied a state request to stay his decision, but lawyers for the state said they would seek a stay in the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

More to come on this awesome story.

So What Do You Think of Empire's Jamal?

Jamal is the main gay character from the mega hit series, Empire.

Actually, he's the most talked about gay character right now, especially after last week's episode (He Came Out).

 In this clip, Jamal sings his way out to the public and mostly to his father.

I don't want to completely spoil the goods, but I'm curious if you're watching and what you think about all of this?

READ Mo'Nique's Open Letter to the Black Community about LGBT Love and Support

I can remember the first time I was introduced to the gay community. I was 16 years old. It was a group of beautiful young Black men. They were friendly, kind and funny. They introduced me to the gay nighliife scene–The Clubhouse in Washington DC and The Garage in New York City– and can I say, I’ve never partied so hard in my life! What a moment in time. It was at The Garage that I saw Grace Jones rocking out on top of a speaker, completely naked.

For as great as these experiences were, I was heartbroken to hear over and over again as most of my gay friends had the same unnerving story about being ostracized for being who they were made to be. Some of them had families rejecting them, others were simply not accepting of themselves. That made those clubs their safe haven. I found out that I had a lot in common with them, despite my own gender and sexual orientation, I was a plus-sized Black woman who knew what it was to be ostracized and rejected by both my own family and society because of my size.

When my husband, Sidney and I received the script for Blackbird from Isaiah Washington through our attorney Ricky Anderson, we knew we wanted to be a part of this necessary and amazing film. Blackbird is our love letter not only to the gay community, but to the church community as well. We all want to be loved.

Our hope is with this movie people can start living the life that they were given and not the one someone thinks they should live.

As a little girl, I had an uncle named Donald. My family treated him different and I didn’t understand why until I got older and understood that he was gay. Uncle Donald never really seemed to be too happy, and the only time I really saw him laughing was when he was drunk. “What a way to live,” I would always think to myself. Not being accepted for simply being how you were made to be. With this campaign #ThisIsLuv, maybe we can truly understand the meaning of the word ‘love.’ We believe the moment we practice the meaning of love, people can stop ‘coming out’ and simply just be who they are. Imagine having to make an announcement that you’re heterosexual. Imagine one day that to be considered normal, you must stop being heterosexual based on someone’s belief and go against everything you feel inside of you–just to survive, to be accepted!. Sounds silly, right? It is.bird

Blackbird is a movie that allows you to come inside and see the journey that one family has to take on the road to acceptance. Julian Walker, who plays Randy, is fearless and brave to tell this story through his eyes and own personal journey. For the parents who may be struggling to accept their baby for who they were made to be, this film is for you. For the parents who are full of acceptance, this film is for you. For every LGBT person who has ever faced resistance for living their truth, this film is for you. With this film and this campaign, we are truly trying to make a difference. We hope not just the Black community, but all communities will come to a place of acceptance so people can really live their truth.”


Jonathan Knight on being outed and how ‘The Amazing Race’ helped his anxiety

Sunday, March 1, 2015

CPAC Attendees found on Grindr

Sen. Rand Paul is the CPAC straw poll

So, Rand Paul is CPAC's pick for president.

In a straw poll, Rand came out on top.

He said:

“I am humbled by the enthusiastic support and encouragement I received this week at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Our party is filled with constitutional conservatives who have chosen to stand with me for a third consecutive straw poll victory. Since President Ronald Reagan, the Conservative Political Action Conference has been the gold standard on where conservatives stand. The Constitutional Conservatives of our party have spoken in a loud and clear voice today. I plan on doing my part and I hope you will join me as I continue to make the GOP a bigger, better and bolder party."

Here are the results for the rest of the possible candidates.