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Homo Heroes Upset Hate Group “Moms”

10:33 am in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

The HOMOPHILE!

(Photo: octothorpopus/flickr)

The “organization” One Million Moms — actually some dudes on Facebook who hate homosexuality with an astonishingly acute blazing hatred and get money from a SPLC-designated hate group to pursue their all-consuming hatred that’s garnered such incredible success — has decided that the comics industry has crossed a bright line by revealing the gayitude of several characters. And that one of them, with the not-gay name of Northstar, will marry.

In the comics!

And we’re not just talking about Kevin Keller in the lame Archie comic. No, these are superheroes the “moms” are upset about.

The notoriously anti-gay group that bills itself as One Million Moms, but in reality has only about 47,000 supporters judging by its Facebook page, is now targeting Marvel and DC Comics over their announcements to introduce and marry gay characters in their mainstream comics.

The moms find the homosexuals-in-comics trend shocking:

Children desire to be just like superheroes. Children mimic superhero actions and even dress up in costumes to resemble these characters as much as possible. Can you imagine little boys saying, “I want a boyfriend or husband like X-Men?”

Yes.
Yes, I can.

What say you other 953,000 “moms,” anyway? Are you really cool with this? If these 47,000 FB-likers have the same success for the get-gays-out-of-comics that they got with JCPenney against Ellen DeGeneres and with SGKomen Foundation against Planned Parenthood, we’re likely to see mandatory same-sex marriage in every comic book.

Do you 953,000 really want to be on the hook for that?

Slow your roll, turbo. Your success has gone to your heads.

The View‘s Right-Winger, Elizabeth Hasselbeck, to the Left of Obama on Marriage Equality

6:07 pm in Executive Branch, Government, LGBT, State Government by Teddy Partridge

Well, this is embarrassing for Team Obama: the resident right-wing bomb-thrower on The View, who campaigned alongside Sarah Palin in 2008, has said she supports something called "gay marriage" — which I presume is what the rest of us call marriage equality. This puts her to the left of President Obama.

I am not ultra-ultra-conservative on every issue. I actually support gay marriage…. I think the gay marriage thing would definitely surprise people. I mean, for some people, it will surprise them to the point that they won’t want to hear it.

No matter how much Team Obama wants to avoid talking about marriage equality, through 2012 if possible, it’s the issue that’s on every activists’ radar now, and not just in the coastal elite states. Too many states have taken equality hits through battles over constitutional amendments defining marriage.

It’s as if the entire LGBT community nationwide is looking to the White House for leadership on this — and we’re only getting leadership from two odd-couple lawyers, two same-sex California couples, and a "progresive activist San Francisco judge."

Kerry Eleveld at The Advocate explains that while state-based LGBT organizations may have cut the Administration some slack on some of "our issues," the one place they stood their ground in an August meeting was on marriage equality:

Why? Because on that issue state activists have been the proverbial tip of the spear, if you will. They may not have a front-row seat to the maddening process of trying to chisel equality from the gut of an ossified federal government, but state-by-state they have shed blood, sweat, and tears for the recognition of their love and their families.

No one more clearly conveyed this point to me than Michael Kenny of the Florida Together Federation, who was at the White House briefing.

“We want and deserve absolute full marriage equality, and we’re not going to be satisfied until the president is advocating for it himself,” Kenny said. “It’s heartbreaking because we fought marriage amendments here in ’08 and we were really in the trenches. We made personal sacrifices for months and in some cases years, and then we watched discrimination be enshrined in the state constitution.”

Make no mistake, this is an issue that the president’s chief advisers have misjudged from day one. They underestimated how angry people were that candidate Barack Obama wasn’t more vocal in his opposition to Proposition 8; they dismissed the devastation felt by millions of queers who poured their hearts into electing Obama only to watch Prop. 8 proponent Rick Warren give the invocation at the inauguration; they remained silent in 2009 as gay Mainers fought to preserve their right to love, marry, and build a life with their partner; and then David Axelrod reassured the nation two weeks ago that the president still opposes granting the freedom to marry to all Americans.

Misjudging supporters’ expectations seems to have become a rather specialized skill within this White House. I have to wonder, as right-wing darlings like Elizabeth Hasselbeck take up the ‘gay marriage’ issue, who is going to be left behind? Is there a place for LGBT Americans outside the Democratic party?

“99 Percent Supportive”

1:56 pm in Executive Branch, Government, LGBT by Teddy Partridge

No, the Obama Administration is NOT 99 percent supportive of our issues, most of which happen to be the civil rights issues of the 21st century. Let’s review, shall we?

Can’t get married: The President opposes our right to marry.

Can’t have marital rights even where we can marry: The President’s Department of Justice compares our relationships to pedophilia and incest.

Can’t have access to Social Security or other federal benefits: The President’s Department of Justice defends the federal Defense of Marriage Act in court.

Can’t serve our country in the military: The President’s Department of Defense discharges loyal patriots who serve our country under Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell.

Can’t even continue to serve our country once we’re outed: The President refuses to issue a Stop-Loss order to end DADT discharges.

Can’t keep a job if we’re outed and the boss doesn’t like it: The President and his party in Congress won’t pass the inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

It’s good that everything else Team Obama does support constitutes 99 percent, because 99 percent is exactly how much support they can count on from the gAyTM and the GayOTV this fall.

Enjoy that 99 percent, Team Obama.

It’s a Lie to Call Vaughn Walker Openly Gay — But It’s Not a Smear

11:18 am in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

The right-wing is in overdrive attacking Judge Vaughn Walker’s bias, since they say he is ‘openly gay.’ Of course, Walker isn’t openly gay by any stretch of the imagination. But Michaelangelo Signorile perpetuates a dangerous stereotype, difficult to shed for men of my generation and Vaughn Walker’s, by calling these lies ‘smears’ in his otherwise excellent HuffPost article today entitled Judge Vaughn Walker Gets Smeared By the Media. It’s not a smear to call someone openly gay, since there’s nothing wrong with being gay in the first place.

Signorile:

The way that the sexual orientation of Judge Vaughn Walker — the federal judge who overturned Proposition 8 last week — has been targeted and exploited by proponents of Prop 8 is not only an example of the ugly smear tactics of the theocratic thugs who call themselves Christians; it’s a testament to how easily the media is manipulated by the right into doing things about which editors and reporters claim to be staunchly opposed.

I’m talking about that fact that every far-right organization, from the National Organization for Marriage to the evangelical American Family Association, has attacked Walker’s decision as biased because he is supposedly "openly gay."

How did the media choose to report on Judge Vaughn Walker’s sexual orientation after the Perry decision was announced?

But more grotesque is the lie Perkins is spinning out, because Judge Walker is in fact not "openly" gay. Perkins surely knows that, as an obsessed proponent of Prop 8 following the trial day in and day out. Judge Walker has not ever confirmed to anyone in the media what sexual orientation he may be. And yet most major media organizations, from the New York Times and ABC News to the Washington Post and National Public Radio, have reported on him as gay or had commentators saying it.

Signorile contrasts the difference treatment from the mainstream media of the Kirby Dick/Mike Rogers documentary film Outrage and points out that most outlets elected not to name the names the film did in their reviews.

Then Signorile goes too far, I believe, in labeling the discussion of whether Vaughn Walker is openly gay a ‘smear’ conducted by ‘smear artists.’ It may very well be a lie to broadcast that Vaughn Walker is openly gay, since he’s never discussed his sexual orientation publicly.

Well, there was NPR last week, in an "All Things Considered" report, jumping on the bandwagon, like the Washington Post and others, reporting on Judge Walker as "openly gay" in the context of the criticisms against his ruling. The only difference was that this time the claims were coming from right-wing smear artists, whom the mainstream media are only too eager to accommodate.

It is no smear in the 21st century to call someone openly gay, because there’s nothing wrong with being gay. Our commentators play into the subtle characterization of ‘wrongness’ when we call an error a smear. It’s wrong, bad journalism, and untrue to call Vaughn Walker openly gay.

But it is certainly no smear.