Some People Area Bi. Get Over It! official from Stonewall
Well sing hallelujah! Some people Finally do actually respond to their constituents (hint, hint IDAHO), get over themselves and admit that bisexuals are actually part of the LGBTQ+ community! Only took what, 5+ years? *snark* *snark* *snark*
Stonewall Got Over It!!!!
What do you think?
Dharun Ravi yesterday was sentenced to 30 days in prison for the actions that preceded Tyler Clementi’s suicide. Many are upset because they say the sentence was too short. But others, even LGBT activists, believe there shouldn’t have been one at all.
This article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette looks at the opinions of people who say Ravi shouldn’t have been the center of the case because it takes away from the more important point of the story: the varying, often preventable factors that lead a person to depression and/or suicide. The article was published before the sentence was announced, so it’s slightly confusing to read, but the message is still there:
As repugnant as his behavior was, they say, it was not the blatantly bigoted or threatening actions that typically define hate crimes. Some fear that a sentence that over-reaches might provide tinder to anti-gay sentiment — a New Jersey talk-radio host complained soon after the verdict of the “gay lobby” railroading Mr. Ravi.
While Clementi’s suicide in September 2010 galvanized public attention on the struggles of gay, lesbian and bisexual teenagers, the question of how to punish Mr. Ravi has revealed the deep discomfort that many gay people feel about using the case as a crucible.
“You’re making an example of Ravi in order to send a message to other people who might be bullying, to schools and parents and to prosecutors who have not considered this a crime before,” said Marc Poirier, a law professor at Seton Hall University who is gay and has written about hate-crimes legislation. “That’s a function of criminal law, to condemn as general deterrence. But I think this is a fairly shaky set of facts on which to do it.”I completely agree that a lot of coverage surrounding bullying and suicide unfairly links the two in a way that’s too strong, implying a cause and effect relationship and ignoring the other factors that lead to something as tragic as suicide. However, I also believe that Ravi knew his actions were wrong and that he carried them out anyway, and he deserves to be punished for them.What say you?
North Carolina Pastor: Put Gays And Lesbians In Electrified Pen To Kill Them Off
Pastor Charles L. Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church — located at 3283 Providence Mill Rd, Maiden, NC 28650 — is seen here from a service posted to the church’s website dated May 13, 2012 calling for the starvation and ultimate death of “queers and homosexuals.”
(via Huffington Post)
So easy to judge Catholics as a group. But it is important to look at individuals. My very supportive husband, my son’s loving father, is Catholic. They have that Pope and all but Catholics don’t speak with one voice. Also see Dignity USA.
Eric Fehrnstrom, a top aide and political strategist to presumptive Republican presidential candidate former Gov. Mitt Romney (MA), made headlines earlier this year with a gaffe comparing Romney in the primary fight to an “Etch a Sketch” that you can flip over and shake and start over with as a blank slate in the general election. Before he was an adviser to Romney, Fehrnstrom was a political columnist for the Boston Herald. According to a profile in GQ, in 1992, he outed recently-elected Massachusetts Rep. Althea Garrison (R) as a transgender woman, effectively ending her political career.
To Mara Keisling, director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, the malicious outing and the presence of Fehrnstrom on Romney’s staff is simply unacceptable.
Do you have a runner’s heart? Read this great post by Alaska Pride blogger Susan Halvor to learn more!
Archbishop Desmond Tutu: I can’t for the life of me imagine that God will say, ‘I will punish you because you are black, you should have been white; I will punish you because you are a woman, you should have been a man; I will punish you because you are homosexual, you ought to have been heterosexual.’ I can’t for the life of me believe that is how God sees things.