A man in Winnipeg, Canada has been banned from a church’s food bank because he would not sign off on the church’s view that marriage is between one man and one woman.
Richard Friesen went to volunteer at the Winnipeg Harvest food bank at the Bethlehem Aboriginal church and discovered a clause in the church’s volunteer form that requires volunteers to “respect the relationship of only a man and a woman in marriage.” After raising questions about the clause, he says he was banned from volunteering at and using the food bank.
“One particular thing that struck me as very very odd, especially with today’s world that we live in was the ‘must respect the relationship of only a man and a woman in marriage’ [clause]. To me that’s a very outdated way of thinking.
The church has since changed its volunteer form to omit the clause in question, but Friesen’s ban has not been lifted:
“I cannot go there and I cannot get food based simply on the fact that I had questions about a lifestyle agreement that they were then forced to change.”
Friesen’s father said they had contacted the Human Rights Commission and that what the church was doing “is not legal”:
“That can’t be. Like I say, the Church has since changed its application form, but in the mean time, they are still discriminating against my son.”
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Satisfying story of how West Point grads/gay hubbies Daniel and Larry Lennox-Choate were gay-bashed ... and then bashed back.
Don't attack gay men with combat training, you dumb-fucks.
Oh, hayyy, Nico Tortorella. Nice shirtless series!
Stephen Amell & Jared Padalecki go shirtless, side by side.
Caitlyn's doing good, but her Republicanism's gotta go.
RNC as anti-gay as ever.
Amy Schumer teams up with cousin Chuck vs. guns.
Hysterical deleted scene from The Comeback.
New Bryan Cranston show: Sneaky Pete.
Gee, Darren Wilson doesn't sound racist at all.
Do NOT tell Adam Lambert he should date Ricky Martin.
Zendaya, 18, has wise words on cultural appropriation vs. appreciation.
Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale have announced they're divorcing after 13 years of marriage. The rockin' parents have weathered some storms in the past (Rossdale denied then had to admit he'd had a relationship with gender-bending '80s artist Marilyn when he was a twink-about-town), but fans are pretty surprised.
Reba McEntire and her husband of twice as long—26 years—also announced they're calling it quits.
Designer (and former mega-agent) Sandy Gallin and his hubby are calling off their gay marriage after about 18 months, and a total of five years together. Friends cite the 40-year age difference. Gallin met his soon-to-be-ex after fucking the guy's twin brother. Insert allegedlys here 'n' there.
Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez might be about to split, too.
Not to be outdone, the Smiths asserted yet again that they are not divorcing.
Gay Staten Islander Louis Falcone will today announce a lawsuit against four NYPD cops whom he alleges beat him while shouting gay slurs and taunting him by saying he probably had AIDS.
Salient points from Falcone's allegations:
A homophobe in New York has learned the hard way why you shouldn’t pick a physical fight with someone who is bigger and stronger than you.
Daniel Lennox-Choate and his husband, Larry Lennox-Choate, were minding their own business at a bodega in SoHo over the weekend when, all of a sudden, a man approached them. First he started shouting antigay slurs at them. Then he tried throwing a punch at Daniel.
Unbeknownst to the homophobe, both Daniel and Larry, who were married in 2013, graduated from West Point Military Academy. In addition to that, Daniel served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“He left covered in his own blood with his tail between his legs after I handled the situation and tossed him in the street like the coward loser he is,” Larry wrote on Facebook
“We refuse to be victims and are thankful we can defend ourselves, but are saddened by the fact that idiots like this guy might not pick two guys who went through Plebe Boxing next time,” he continued.
Police say that no arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.
The incident happened just days after three homophobes stormed into a West Hollywood Starbucks and left covered in
coffee sweet iced tea, thrown on them by none other than Leslie Jordan.
h/t: New York Daily News
Broadway actor Matt Doyle recently teamed up with musical duo Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley (aka The Skivvies) for a, er, stripped down medley of boy band songs that’s pitch perfect.
You may recognize Doyle from Spring Awakening, Bare: a pop opera, Gossip Girl or Private Romeo.
Doyle and The Skivvies cover all the pop bases: I Want It That Way (Backstreet Boys), Quit Playing Games With My Heart (Backstreet Boys), I Swear (All-4-One), You Got It (The Right Stuff) (New Kids on the Block), Summer Girls (LFO), Tearin’ Up My Heart (‘N Sync), Bye Bye Bye (‘N Sync), and All or Nothing (O-Town).
Revisit the best boy band hits ever, below:
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Just last week, we brought to you a tale of macabre courtesy of Colorado state representative (and former military chaplain) Gordon Klingenschmitt, who terrorized the world with his giddily gruesome views that gay Boy Scouts leaders will be “hung around his neck… drowned in the depths of the sea.”
“If your boy is in one of these organizations,” he urged, “you need to get him out of there. Because what they’re going to do is promote homosexual men to mentoring and camping with your boys in the woods. And it will lead to child abuse… The children are in danger. It’s not about the sexual pleasure of the adults.”
Which is why it’s deeply perplexing, if not deeply surprising, that Right Wing Watch has now revealed Klingenschmitt recently featured a certain David Dorty on his video ministry Pray In Jesus’ Name News on July 16; an El Paso politician who has been twice convicted of sexual child abuse, once by a person in a position of trust.
It seems the difference is that Dorty and his posse assure that he’s been “reformed” with a little help from his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Klingenschmitt, who called Dorty a “new friend” during the segment, is now beginning to backtrack as this story makes the rounds. The Gazette reports that he’s now insisting he wasn’t aware of Dorty’s prior convictions at all.
“Last month we met Mr. Dorty for the first time at the Western Conservative Summit and interviewed him on our show,” he told the paper, “but of course he did not tell us about his past.” He said if provided with evidence of Dorty’s convictions — which put the man behind bars for nearly 14 years — he’ll remove the segment from his news archives.
Well, since Klingenschmitt clearly doesn’t know the subtle nuances of navigating Google, we’ve done a bit of legwork for him and tracked down Dorty’s Registered Sex Offender page.
“What it says to me is that Klingenschmitt’s hypocrisy knows no bounds,” said Amy Runyon-Harms, executive director of Progress New Colorado. “And I also find it stunning that the Republican leadership within his party hasn’t yet reprimanded him.”
By Amy Lowell, 1874 - 1925
Drops fell and flattened on the tin roof,
And rang like little disks of metal.
Ping!—Ping!—and there was not a pin-point of silence between
The rain rattled and clashed,
And the slats of the shutters danced and glittered.
But to me the darkness was red-gold and crocus-colored
With your brightness,
And the words you whispered to me
Sprang up and flamed—orange torches against the rain.
Torches against the wall of cool, silver rain
On Monday we told you about a new lawsuit that’s been filed against Mayor Annise Parker and the city of Houston, alleging they violated the civil rights of anti-gay pastors who are trying to repeal LGBT protections in the nation’s fourth-largest city.
Meanwhile, the City Council is set to decide Wednesday whether to repeal the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) or place it on the November ballot, after the Texas Supreme Court ordered it to do so last month.
Also pending is a petition seeking to enshrine a transgender bathroom ban in the Houston city charter. After officials rejected the anti-trans petition, a judge ordered them to count the signatures, but the city says it plans to appeal.
All told, Houston has become an epicenter in the post-marriage-equality struggle for LGBT rights. However, in a column published by The Huffington Post, Media Matters’ Carlos Maza claims pop megastar Beyonce, a Houston native, could put the whole thing to rest with one Instagram post (prompting local activist Brad Pritchett to create the images above and at right):
Opponents of LGBT equality have fought to put HERO on the ballot for a repeal vote this November, and thanks to a recent Texas Supreme Court decision, they’ll likely succeed.
That means Houston is in for a nasty, dishonest and divisive campaign to repeal HERO and legalize discrimination against LGBT Houstonians. These kinds of campaigns don’t usually end well for LGBT people: they’re dehumanizing, traumatic and usually result in LGBT people losing their basic civil rights.
But that could change if the world’s proudest and most famous Houstonian decides to stand up for her LGBT fans and speak out in favor of keeping HERO. With a single post to her over forty million Instagram followers, Beyoncé could change the debate over Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance and mobilize support for protecting LGBT Houstonians from discrimination.
While Beyonce could certainly help draw attention to the HERO fight, it’s probably a stretch to say she could end it with a single post on social media. Rather, the real key to this fight will be outspoken support for HERO from the many large corporations based in Houston. It would also be nice to have the NCAA and the NFL come out against the effort to repeal HERO. The Final Four will be in Houston in 2016, followed by the Super Bowl in 2017.
In any case, Mayor Annise Parker issued the following statement Monday in response to the lawsuit alleging she violated anti-LGBT pastors’ civil rights:
This new lawsuit is not about civil rights or religious freedom. It’s about politics. It is being waged by a small group that wants to take Houston backward instead of moving it forward. I respect the pastors’ right to use our legal process how they see fit, but their energy would be better invested in making sure Houston remains a welcoming, inclusive city that does not discriminate. Houston simply isn’t the City it was 20 or 30 years ago. We are a diverse mixture of residents who get along and are accepting of each other’s differences. It is this open and inclusive atmosphere that helps make Houston attractive to new residents, new business, major sporting events like the Super Bowl and more. The ongoing effort by this group threatens to hurt that image and our progress.
You can read the pastors’ full complaint and watch KHOU-TV’s report in it below.
If it feels like the world is off its axis or it’s been an especially long period of Mercury Retrograde it might be because the cowboy (Randy Jones) and the Indian (Felipe Rose) from legendary disco band The Village People are feuding. Here’s hoping they soon bury the hatchet and pass the peace pipe. Thankyouverymuch!
Your favorite movie characters have been singing “Uptown Funk.” Don’t believe me? Just watch!
Kim Richards, late of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, has been arrested for shoplifting (!) at a Target (!!) in the not-very-glam suburb of Van Nuys. (!!!)
Lea DeLaria, who is flat-out awesome as Big Boo on Orange is the New Black, says she thinks “nelly fags” and “butch lesbians” like herself are the pariahs of the LGBT community.
Why are all our favorite celeb couples splitting up? On the heels of the Ben Affleck-Jennifer Garner break-up, comes news that country superstar Reba McEntire and husband-manager Narvel Blackstock are going their separate ways after 26 years together. So, too, are rock stars Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale (below), but definitely not Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, who refer to one another as “king” and “queen.”
Justin Bieber has a new single coming out soon (woo hoo! kidding, kidding) and has enlisted his fans to help spread the word, including this guy soaking in a tub who also talks about the Bieb’s penis.
An Alabama state senate committee approved a bill on Monday that would get the state’s probate judges out of the marriage license business.
Last week, we reported that 13 Alabama counties were still refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
The Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee on Monday approved the bill to do away with state-issued marriage licenses. Instead, spouses would file a signed marriage contract at probate offices. […]
Sen. Greg Albritton, the bill’s sponsor, says the bill could be a solution to lingering disputes over gay marriage.
Lawmakers are in special session to deal with a budget shortfall. Bills outside the governor’s call for a special session have a slimmer chance at passing because they require a two-thirds vote.
Watch a news report below:
Boston’s Emerson College is the nation’s most LGBTQ-friendly school, while Grove City College in Pennsylvania (below, right) is the least LGBTQ-friendly, according to The Princeton Review.
The publication released its “Best 380 Colleges” book for 2016 this week, ranking schools in 62 categories based on surveys of 136,000 students.
More on the methodology behind the rankings:
Our student survey has 80 questions in four sections. We ask students about: 1) their school’s academics/administration, 2) life at their college, 3) their fellow students and 4) themselves. Students answer by selecting one of five answer choices that range across a grid or scale. The answer choice headers might range from “Excellent” to “Awful” or “Extremely” to “Not at All”: some are percentages with ranges from “0–20%” to “81–100%.” This answer choice five-point scale—which is called a Likert scale—is the most commonly used measurement for this type of survey research: a consensus-based assessment.
We give each college a score for its students’ answers to each survey question. Similar to a GPA, it is a metric that provides us with a numerical base to compare student opinions from college to college—apples to apples, as it were. Using these scores (which we compute out to several percentage points), we are able to tally our ranked lists. Schools that make it onto any of our 62 top 20 lists are those at which the surveyed students (as a group) indicated a very high consensus of opinion about that topic.
For another resource on LGBTQ-friendly colleges, check out the Campus Pride Index.
Here are The Princeton Review‘s full lists of Most- and Least LGBTQ-Friendly Schools:
Most LGBTQ-Friendly Schools
1. Emerson College (Boston)
2. Warren Wilson College (Asheville, North Carolina)
3. Sarah Lawrence College (Bronxville, New York)
4. Bryn Mawr College (Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania)
5. Oberlin College (Oberlin, Ohio)
6. Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut)
7. Stanford University (Stanford, California)
8. College of the Atlantic (Bar Harbor, Maine)
9. Wellesley College (Wellesley, Massachusetts)
10. University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, Wisconsin)
11. Smith College (Northampton, Massachusetts)
12. New College of Florida (Sarasota, Florida)
13. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering (Needham, Massachusetts)
14. Macalester College (St. Paul, Minnesota)
15. Pitzer College (Claremont, California)
16. Brandeis University (Waltham, Massachusetts)
17. Prescott College (Prescott, Arizona)
18. Grinnell College (Grinnell, Iowa)
19. Mills College (Oakland)
20. Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, New York)