Matt Baume explains the new rule change at the Boy Scouts of America allowing gay scout leaders, and whether that means any young scouts are now at more risk.
While 79% of the National Executive Board of The Boy Scouts of America voted to lift its nation-wide ban on gay adult scout leaders, local chapters are still allowed to decide whether they will discriminate against gay scout leaders.
“The Boy Scouts are a private group, and they’re free to decide who can be a member. In fact, individual chapters are still allowed to deny access to LGBT leaders. Non-discrimination laws just don’t apply here, like they do for public facilities and businesses.”A former scout himself, Baume explains why having openly gay scout leaders will make a difference in the lives of LGBT youth:
“I didn’t know that I was gay when I was a 7 year-old Boy Scout. I just knew that I was different. And nothing would have been more important to me than to know that I wasn’t alone. And when I got a little older to have seen that people like me aren’t a threat and are just as trustworthy, and helpful and loyal as anyone else.”
Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer is caught in the middle of a social media shit storm as the Telegraph has reported that the American hunter hunted and killed a popular attraction, Cecil the lion, from a national park in Zimbabwe.
Conservation groups in Zimbabwe reacted angrily to the news that the 13-year-old animal had been killed: partly because the lion was known to visitors and seemingly enjoyed human contact, and partly because of the way in which he was killed. He was lured out of the national park and shot.
“As far as I understand, Walter believes that he might have shot that lion that has been referred to as Cecil,” a spokesman for Mr Palmer said.
During the hunt – which the organisers later admitted was badly carried out – Cecil was lured at night about half a mile out of the national park using bait, and then shot with a bow and arrow. The next day he was found wounded by the hunters and killed, before being beheaded and skinned.
Animals cannot be killed within the confines of the park. The hunters then removed his collar – further contravening park rules.
In 2008, court records show, he (Palmer) pleaded guilty to making a false statement to federal wildlife officials concerning the exact location of the slaying of a black bear during a guided hunt in Wisconsin. He was sentenced to a year probation.
Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force's Johnny Rodrigues gave this statement to The Guardian:
The hunt took place around 6 July. “They went hunting at night with a spotlight and they spotted Cecil,” Rodrigues said. “They tied a dead animal to their vehicle to lure Cecil out of the park and they scented an area about half a kilometre from the park.”
The hunter first shot at Cecil with a bow and arrow but failed to kill the lion. “They tracked him down and found him 40 hours later when they shot him with a gun,” Rodrigues said.
The 13-year-old lion was wearing a GPS collar as part of an Oxford University research project that had been running since 1999, making it possible to trace his last movements. Rodrigues said the hunters tried to destroy the collar, but failed.
Emmanuel Fundira, the president of the Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe, confirmed at a news conference that Dr. Palmer is wanted for the death of Cecil the lion, but that his whereabouts were unknown.
UPDATE: Walter Palmer issued the following statement today regarding the killing of Cecil:
"In early July, I was in Zimbabwe on a bow hunting trip for big game. I hired several professional guides and they secured all proper permits. To my knowledge, everything about this trip was legal and properly handled and conducted.
"I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt. I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt.
"I have not been contacted by authorities in Zimbabwe or in the U.S. about this situation, but will assist them in any inquiries they may have.
"Again, I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion."
A petition has been launched demanding justice for Cecil.
Vanity Fair has released a behind the scenes documentary on their now iconic Caitlyn Jenner issue featuring never before seen footage and emotionally moving interviews with Jenner and the staff behind the carefully guarded photoshoot.
Footage of Jenner includes video taken throughout the shoot and an interview with Jenner just moments after photographer Annie Liebovitz took her final shots of the issue. Interesting tidbits are revealed including how Vanity Fair managed to fight the internet, safeguarding the story and photoshoot from hackers leading up to the final print while Jenner discusses what it was like hiding in her Malibu home from paparazzi leading up to the issue’s public reveal.
Don’t miss Jenner discuss an emotional moment she shared with Annie Liebovitz on set, among other previously unrevealed information, in the documentary below:
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1982’s Querelle — adapted from Jean Genet’s 1947 novel Querelle de Brest — starred Brad Davis as the infamous homme fatale Georges Querelle, a lascivious Belgian sailor who sleeps, steals and murders his way through Brest, France while there on shore leave.
It’s like On the Town without the songs and if Gene Kelley and Frank Sinatra just gave into their passions and called it a gay. Querelle remains a classic today not only in the queer cinematic canon but as director Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s final film.
Harper’s Bazaar China took a page and a still from Querelle for a stunning editorial shot by Feng Hai and styled by Wei Yang with model Tarik Lakehal slipping into the seaman’s high-waisted pants.
I could’ve used some more man-on-man action, but when can’t I? Check out more photos from the shoot at The Fashionisto.
Les Fabian Brathwaite — our lady of the showers.
Brazilian couple Felippe and Marlon wanted to raise awareness about homophobia in their country. So they did what any good homosexuals do when the want to protest: They stripped down to their birthday suits and boots and posed for a photo shoot on Paulista Avenue, one of the busiest streets in the heart of São Paulo.
The couple teamed up with photographers Fabio Lamounier and Rodrigo Ladeira for the photo shoot. Their goals was to create a metaphor. Stripping naked strips away prejudices, and, in the process, opens hearts and imaginations.
Thanks, guys. Consider our imaginations opened.
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See the uncensored photos here.
h/t: Gay News Network
Two rabidly anti-gay billionaire brothers from Texas have made a record contribution to Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign.
Dan and Farris Wilks (above), who made their fortune in the West Texas fracking boom, have contributed $15 million to Keep the Promise, a super PAC supporting Cruz. According to AllGov.com, it’s the largest contribution so far in the 2016 race, and represents nearly half of the $38 million raised by Keep the Promise.
The Wilks brothers, whose net worth is estimated at $1.5 billion each, have contributed millions to anti-LGBT hate groups including the Liberty Counsel, Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council.
Last year, the Wilks brothers gave a rare media interview to The Christian Broadcasting Network, according to Right Wing Watch:
CBN’s (David) Brody reported, “The Wilks brothers worry that America’s declining morals will especially hurt the younger generation, so they’re using the riches that the Lord has blessed them with to back specific goals.” One of those goals may be David Lane’s insistence that politicians make the Bible a primary textbook in public schools.
Here’s Dan Wilks speaking to Brody: “I just think we have to make people aware, you know, and bring the Bible back into the school, and start teaching our kids at a younger age, and, uh, you know, and focus on the younger generation.” And here’s Farris: “They’re being taught the other ideas, the gay agenda, every day out in the world so we have to stand up and explain to them that that’s not real, that’s not proper, it’s not right.”
Although the Wilks brothers rarely speak to the media, they’ve made their anti-gay views known — not only through financial contributions but also via the sermons of Farris Wilks, who’s a pastor at The Assembly of Yahweh (7th Day), which was founded by their father.
From Right Wing Watch:
He read scripture passages that referred to the story of God’s destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah in what he said was punishment for “base and demented” sexual practices, the tolerance of which in America “could bring about the end of our nation.” He warned that allowing same-sex couples to get married would soon lead to bestiality being promoted and accepted. “I do believe we live in a nation that will start to vomit some of its people out,” he warned. …
“If we all took on this lifestyle, all humanity would perish in one generation…So this lifestyle is a predatorial lifestyle in that they need your children and straight people having kids to fulfill their sexual habits. They can’t do it by their self. They want your children….But we’re in a war for our children. They want your children. So what will you teach your children? A strong family is the last defense.”
More on the Wilks brothers’ record contribution to Cruz from CNN:
Driven mostly by their opposition to abortion and their fear that their religious sect — which interprets every word of the Bible literally — is under attack, Dan and Farris Wilks have slowly become more accustomed to funding campaigns. As recent billionaires, however, they haven’t yet risen to the profile of the other conservative siblings that have revolutionized outside spending: the Koch Brothers.
Now, though, they are prepared to step right into the middle of a potentially nasty Republican nomination fight that could cost hundreds of millions of dollars.
“We need a true leader in Washington,” Farris’ younger brother, Dan, 59, said in the statement. “A leader that will stand up for biblical morals. We need a leader who is proud of America, not one who apologizes for us. We need a leader who encourages hard work, not one who tells people who don’t work that they should make the same living as people who do. We need a leader who will make sure America doesn’t end up a socialist nation.”
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Colorado state representative Gordon Klingenschmitt (R, to put it conversatively) is a perilously free thinker who’d prefer a gay scout leader with “a millstone… hung around his neck… drowned in the depths of the sea” to a gay scout leader who’s accepted into the ranks of the BSA.
“If your boy is in one of those organizations, you need to get him out of there,” he argues, unseemly tableaux flickering through his brain. “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.”
Unlike, say, the Biblical torture porn that you can paw at in your moments of need. Klingenschmitt then whips out one of his favorite sexy passages from the Book of Matthew: “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depths of the sea.”
This, the lawmaker reveals, “is what Jesus said about child molesters. If you are going to cause a child to sin, it would be better if you just had a millstone hung around your neck and you were drowned in the depths of the sea. Compared to the judgement that almighty God is going to implement on child molesters when he throws them into hell. Personally, I would rather be drowned in the depths of the sea than face the wrath of almighty God for having caused any of these little ones to sin.”
And personally, we’d rather be drowned in the depths of the sea with all the millstones than listen to some creepo in a blazer and mock turtleneck unloading his untoward sexual fantasies. But here you go:
The Daily Show host Jon Stewart covered President Obama’s trip to Africa last night, including the President’s remarks on gay rights given during his visit to Kenya.
Said Obama during a press conference last week,
“As somebody who has family in Kenya and knows the history of how the country so often is held back because women and girls are not treated fairly, I think those same values apply when it comes to different sexual orientations.”
Making note of how gay rights have only recently begun to advance more rapidly in the US, Stewart quipped, “I mean what kind of backward intolerant country would treat people differently just because they’re gay? That is so one month ago.”
Or so right now if you live in a state that doesn’t have laws protecting you from being discriminated against on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.
Watch the clip of Stewart dissecting President Obama’s ‘African vacation’, which also proved that Trump jokes are a unifying force across all cultures, below:
A Colorado woman is challenging her insurance provider, Aetna, after they refused to cover her gender reassignment surgery even though she and her doctor say it is medically necessary.
The Transgender Legal Defense Fund & Education Fund is siding with transgender woman Ashlyn Trider saying Aetna’s refusal to cover Trider’s surgery as prescribed by her doctor directly violates Colorado law.
Colorado’s Department of Regulatory Agencies bulletin B-B.49 supports Trider’s and TLDEF’s claims stating that health insurers may not deny coverage of treatments for transgender policyholders if the same treatments are covered across the board for other policyholders.
HIPAA law prevents Aetna from discussing Trider’s information, but a denial letter Trider received and shared with the public says her “plan has a specific exclusion for the requested service or treatment.” However, Aetna claims it supports the greater LGBT community and those seeking gender reassignment surgery in a statement addressed to The Denver Post:
“Moving to include gender reassignment procedures in our plans is consistent with other changes we have made to better serve the needs of the LGBT community. In 2015, Aetna started covering gender reassignment surgeries for our 33 Aetna plans offered to federal employees … Aetna also is expanding coverage of gender reassignment surgery in many of our fully insured commercial plans … and will continue to roll (such plans) out over the next couple of years as we re-file our plans with the states. We will be introducing the product in West Virginia, Utah, Idaho, Missouri, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Louisiana, South Carolina (for our fully-insured plans) this year.”
Although Trider’s surgeon submitted a preauthorization request for gender reassignment surgery on Jan. 28, Aetna denied the request the following day citing her policy excludes coverage for all transgender healthcare. TLDEF appealed the denial of coverage on behalf of Trider on July 20. Aetna has 30 days to officially respond.
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It’s so deep. But sometimes I sit and get so upset when I think about all the hundreds and thousands of gay men and woman all over the world, who are going through such heartache and hard times for just wanting to love someone they love. It makes me so sad and sometimes feel so guilty that I have that simplest freedom whilst others don’t. Sorry to get so deep, but it kills me. I don’t understand why more of us aren’t doing something about it. I’ll leave it there. But fuuuuck…”