Divine’ s Song From Lust In The Dust….

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The New Gay Orthodoxy….

The New Gay Orthodoxy

To appreciate how rapidly the ground has shifted, go back just two short years, to April 2012. President Obama didn’t support marriage equality, not formally. Neither did Hillary Clinton. And few people were denouncing them as bigots whose positions rendered them too divisive, offensive and regressive to lead.

But that’s precisely the condemnation that tainted and toppled Brendan Eich after his appointment two weeks ago as the new chief executive of the technology company Mozilla. On Thursday he resigned, clearly under duress and solely because his opposition to gay marriage diverged from the views of too many employees and customers. “Under the present circumstances, I cannot be an effective leader,” he said, and he was right, not just about the climate at Mozilla but also, to a certain degree, about the climate of America.
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Something remarkable has happened — something that’s mostly exciting but also a little disturbing (I’ll get to the disturbing part later), and that’s reflected not just in Eich’s ouster at Mozilla, the maker of the web browser Firefox, but in a string of marriage-equality victories in federal courts over recent months, including a statement Friday by a judge who said that he would rule that Ohio must recognize same-sex marriages performed outside the state.

And the development I’m referring to isn’t the broadening support for same-sex marriage, which a clear majority of Americans now favor. No, I’m referring to the fact that in a great many circles, endorsement of same-sex marriage has rather suddenly become nonnegotiable. Expected. Assumed. Proof of a baseline level of enlightenment and humanity. Akin to the understanding that all people, regardless of race or color, warrant the same rights and respect.

Even beyond these circles, the debate is essentially over, in the sense that the trajectory is immutable and the conclusion foregone. Everybody knows it, even the people who still try to stand in the way. The legalization of same-sex marriage from north to south and coast to coast is merely a matter of time, probably not much of it at that.

There will surely be setbacks, holdouts, tantrums like the one in Arizona, whose Legislature in February passed a bill that would have allowed discrimination against gays and lesbians on religious grounds. (Mississippi enacted a vaguely similar measure last week.) Arizona’s governor of course vetoed the legislation, after being pressured by corporate leaders, and their lobbying underscored the larger and more lasting story. At least beyond the offices of Chick-fil-A, it’s widely believed — no, understood — that being pro-gay is better for business than being antigay. Hence the inclusion of a same-sex couple in the famous faces-of-America commercial that Coca-Cola unveiled during the Super Bowl. Hence a more recent television spot, part of the Honey Maid food company’s “This is Wholesome” ad campaign. It showed two dads cuddling their newborn.

The Mozilla story fits into this picture. Eich was exiled following not just employee complaints but signs and threats of customer unrest: The online dating site OkCupid was urging its users to boycott Firefox.
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The business community has in fact been a consequential supporter of marriage equality. Wall Street firms lined the coffers of the campaign for marriage equality in New York, and 20 major financial service companies pay substantial membership dues to belong to and underwrite Out on the Street, an industry group that advocates for L.G.B.T. equality.

“You want to talk about a sea change?” Todd Sears, the group’s founder, said to me. “Fourteen financial services companies signed onto an amicus brief in the Edie Windsor case.” That was the one that asked the Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, which the court essentially did last June.

The language in the high court’s ruling “demolished every argument put forward to justify marriage discrimination,” said Evan Wolfson, the founder and president of the advocacy group Freedom to Marry. And that ruling, he added, helped to pave the way for all the court victories — in Utah, in Oklahoma, in Texas — since. This coming Thursday, the United States circuit court in Denver will hear an appeal of the decision by a federal judge in Utah to allow gay and lesbian couples there to wed. The case could have a sweeping effect on a region of the country not typically considered progressive. It could also wind up at the Supreme Court and give the justices a chance to do what they stopped short of last year: decree marriage equality nationwide.

Wolfson noted a fascinating angle of the recent court rulings and of the blessing that Eric Holder gave in February to state-level attorneys general who didn’t want to defend bans on gay marriage. Both invoked racial discrimination in the country’s past, casting bans on same-sex marriage in that context.

Increasingly, opposition to gay marriage is being equated with racism — as indefensible, un-American. “What was once a wedge issue became wrapped in the American flag,” said Jo Becker, a Times writer whose sweeping history of the marriage-equality movement, “Forcing the Spring,” will be published this month. Becker mentioned what she called a rebranding of the movement over the last five years, with two important components. First, gay marriage was framed in terms of family values. Second, advocates didn’t shame opponents and instead made sympathetic public acknowledgment of the journey that many Americans needed to complete in order to be comfortable with marriage equality.

There was no such acknowledgment from Mozilla employees and others who took to Twitter to condemn Eich and call for his head. Writing about that wrath in his blog, The Dish, Andrew Sullivan said that it disgusted him, “as it should disgust anyone interested in a tolerant and diverse society.” A leading supporter of gay marriage, Sullivan warned other supporters not to practice “a fanaticism more like the religious right than anyone else.”

I can’t get quite as worked up as he did. For one thing, prominent gay rights groups weren’t part of the Mozilla fray. For another, Mozilla isn’t the first company to make leadership decisions (or reconsiderations) with an eye toward the boss’s cultural mind-meld with the people below him or her. And if you believe that to deny a class of people the right to marry is to deem them less worthy, it’s indeed difficult to chalk up opposition to marriage equality as just another difference of opinion.

But it’s vital to remember how very recently so many of equality’s promoters, like Obama and Clinton, have come around and how relatively new this conversation remains. It’s crucial not to lose sight of how well the movement has been served by the less judgmental posture that Becker pointed out.

Sullivan is right to raise concerns about the public flogging of someone like Eich. Such vilification won’t accelerate the timetable of victory, which is certain. And it doesn’t reflect well on the victors.

Frank Bruni – The New York Times

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HRC’s “10 Shocking Facts About The American Family Association”….

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What do teen suicide, the Holocaust, ISIS and pedophila all have in common? According to the American Family Association, they’re all caused by gay people.

Like death and taxes, one of the unfortunate certainties in life are the outrageous assertions made by the American Family Association (AFA) whenever any advancements are made for equal right for LGBT citizens. Last week was no exception, when Bryan Fischer of AFA radio drew a ridiculous parallel comparing the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear same-sex marriage cases with the 1857 Dred Scott decision, which denied African Americans the rights of citizens.

“The nearest parallel we can find to what happened yesterday is the Court’s 1857 decision legitimizing the institution of slavery,” Fischer said. “The Court duplicated its wrongheaded and grossly immoral Dred Scott ruling yesterday by imposing same-sex marriage on the entire country. This is tyranny.”

AS AFA bills itself as being “on the frontlines of America’s culture war” and “one of the largest and most effective pro-family organizations in the country,” Human Rights Campaign’s blog pulled 10 “pro-family” statements and stances out of AFA:

1. AFA’s Bryan Fischer blames the Holocaust on LGBT people, stating, “Homosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and six million dead Jews.”

2. AFA’s Fischer has called for an “Underground Railroad” to take children from gay and lesbian parents.

3. Fischer has compared the criminalizing of LGBT people with bans on murder, stealing, child molestation, delicious trans fats and prostitution.

4. AFA says God is going to use ISIS to punish America for being tolerant of LGBT people.

5. AFA supported the passage of Uganda’s deplorable anti-gay law, which calls for LGBT Ugandans or anyone “promoting” homosexuality to be jailed — potentially for life.

6. AFA thinks that kids belonging to the Boy Scouts of America would be better off drowning in the sea than the organization allowing LGBT Scouts.

7. AFA compares LGBT people to pedophiles and people who have sex with animals: “We should discriminate against unnatural and aberrant sexual behavior, whether pedophilia, bestiality, or homosexuality.”

8. AFA thinks fewer students will commit suicide if adults tell young people it is wrong to be LGBT and help them to “choose” to be straight — a practice that has been condemned by every major medical and mental health organization in the country.

9. AFA thinks the NFL celebrating Michael Sam coming out as gay is the same as the NFL celebrating “a brain concussion.”

10. AFA supports criminalizing LGBT people and, when talking about punishment, asks, “Do you put them to death, do you lock ‘em up… what do you do?”

In 2010, the Southern Poverty Law Center designated AFA as a hate group for the organization’s “propagation of known falsehoods and demonizing propaganda.”

Edge: New England

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Millions Expected To Dress In Purple, In Person And Online, For Spirit Day 2014….

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Millions of LGBT people and their allies will dress in purple on Thursday — both in person and online — to mark the fifth annual Spirit Day, a day demonstrate support for LGBT youth and to speak out against bullying.

Now observed annually, millions of individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, media professionals and celebrities are expected to wear purple on Thursday, and color their social media profiles purple as well.

GLAAD offers these tips for participating in this year’s Spirit Day:

Go Purple for Spirit Day: Take a stand against bullying. Wear something purple, and use GLAAD’s Spirit Day tools to turn your social media profile photos purple to show your support for LGBT youth.

Tell your friends about #spiritday on Facebook and Twitter: Share the #SpiritDay graphics on social media and help spread the word!

Tweet to your school about #spiritday: Tell your school or alma mater to support Spirit Day

Join #spiritday on Facebook: Join the official #SpiritDay event on Facebook and invite your friends.

Check out the Spirit Day Resource Kit: The Spirit Day Resource Kit will help you engage the participation of your friends, colleagues, local media and public officials.

Download the #SpiritDay App: You can take part in Spirit Day right from your phone!

An estimated 1.6 million people around the world observed the first Spirit Day in October 2010, following the deaths of numerous young LGBTQ people, who committed suicide after enduring years of anti-gay bullying.

In response, Canadian teenager Brittany McMillan campaigned on social media websites, encouraging people to wear purple to demonstrate support for LGBT young people who are victims of bullying.

Spirit Day now occurs every year on the third Thursday in October, during National Bullying Prevention Month, and has become the most visible day of support for LGBT youth.

The color purple was chosen because it symbolizes “spirit” on the Rainbow Flag.

LGBTQ Nation

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Winnipeg Family Says They’re Bullied Because Daughter Is Transgender….

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A Canadian family says they are being bullied because their daughter is transgender and the school district isn’t doing enough to stop it.

Izzy and Dale Burgos said ever since eight-year-old Isabella was four, she knew she was a girl inside.

And that’s how she returned to school to start third grade last month — as a transgender girl.

Isabella Burgos said students haven’t been bullying her since she returned to school, but on at least three occasions, a parent has. And now, the Burgos say, the verbal attacks have extended to their son and themselves.

Before the bullying started, the school allowed Isabella to uses the girls’ restroom, but has since changed the rules and is requiring her to use a gender neutral restroom instead.

LGBTQ Nation

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Gay Flamingos Adopt Chick After It Was Abandoned By Its Parents….

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A pair of gay flamingos at Edinburgh zoo have adopted a baby chick, after it was rejected by its straight parents.

The rare Chilean Flamingo was born to a straight couple as part of the zoo’s breeding programme, but was left helpless after it fell out of its nest before even hatching.

According to the Mirror, zookeeper Nick Dowling said: “We weren’t short of drama in the flamingo flock this year.

“When the first egg arrived the parenting couple got really excited and accidentally knocked it off the nest – their natural instinct was then to abandon the egg.

“We don’t usually intervene with our flamingo flock but as this was our first egg since 2010, we carefully picked it up and placed it back on the nest.

“Luckily, one of our same-sex male couples went straight onto the nest, fostered the egg and raised it as their own.”

Head of birds Colin Oulton added: “This year has been good for us so far.

“We’ve had five chicks and it’s the first time we’ve bred since 2010. We are obviously delighted.

“We’ve been able to utilise these male male bonds and it’s working out fairly well. Male male pairs are equally able to rear youngsters.”

Same-sex animal pairings raising neglected babies is common both in zoos and in the wild.

Earlier this year, a Kent zoo said that a pair of gay penguins who are raising a baby together are doing a much better job than their straight counterparts.

A zoo in Japan revealed last week that it has accidentally spent four years encouraging a pair of male hyenas to breed.

In 2005 children’s book ‘And Tango Makes Three’ was released about Roy and Silo, a famous pair of male penguins in New York Zoo who raised an egg together.

The story has topped an index of commonly banned books at least six times.

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Jeffrey the series: “Merchandise” (Episode 8)….

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