265 posts categorized "Public Education and Youth"

April 13, 2014

On a day of silence, an anti-gay message

One anti-gay student interviewed said something familiar: he has no problem with people being gay as long as they don't go parading about the school. Translation: It's okay to be gay as long as you're completely invisible and don't organize to stop bullying.

April 03, 2014

Anti-Gay Activists: Day Of Silence Is 'Medical Malpractice,' 'Silences Conservatives'

Right Wing Watch reports:

Conservative groups including the American Family Association, Concerned Women for America and Liberty Counsel are urging parents to keep their children at home on April 11, the annual anti-bullying Day of Silence, in order to avoid exposing them to protests against anti-LGBT bullying.

As usual, the homo-haters act like they are the true victims of bullying, claiming that they are being silenced. If someone is silencing them, how are they still talking?

November 09, 2013

California’s Battle Over Transgender Student Rights

Time reports:

The latest battle in California is over 37 words. They are the final clause in a law that Gov. Jerry Brown signed this summer affirming the rights of transgender students to use facilities and play on sports teams that align with their gender identity. On Friday, groups led by the same strategist who masterminded the successful drive to ban gay marriage in California will submit a petition to the state that could lead to the landmark measure being overturned.

October 26, 2013

Daubenmire: Not Allowing Christians To Bully Gays Is A Form Of Bullying Against Christians

Right Wing Watch shares this video from "Coach" Dave Daubenmire that illustrates the topsy-turvy perspective of the anti-gay right: Not letting them bully us constitutes bullying them. Their religious freedom entitles, indeed obligates, them to trample everyone else's religious freedom by imposing their religious views on everyone else using the power of the state.

October 17, 2013

Little Rock Catholic High School Disregards Pope Francis, Threatens Gay Teacher with Dismissal

Paul Guequierre at HRC Blog reports.

Happy SpiritDay - against bullying

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I have nothing purple to wear, but happy Spirit Day - and thanks to my many fellow advocates who work to stop bullying. Here is an essay I wrote on the subject: "Strange Fruit".

August 01, 2013

I figured that O'Reilly would blame the victim, but Don Lemon?

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Terrell Jermaine Starr at NewsOne slams CNN's Don Lemon for taking up the topsy-turvy reasoning of Fox's Bill O'Reilly, who responded to the Zimmerman verdict by saying "you've got to stop young Black women from having babies out of wedlock," and "you've got to demand discipline in your public schools in the inner cities." Lemon's contribution was to criticize young black men who wear saggy pants.

Wow. What came over Don? He seemed quite reasonable before (though I don't watch CNN much). Going into the saggy pants discussion in the context of the Zimmerman verdict is classic blame-the-victim stuff, which is especially gratuitous because Trayvon was doing no such thing. They might as well have started criticizing "scary African hairstyles," which would have been equally egregious and gratuitous and laughable and unintentionally revealing. Is George C. Wolfe writing a play about this? Did we fall into a time warp? Next up, top ten things women should do to avoid being raped, plus if you weren't so damn queer you wouldn't get beaten up. Meanwhile, I can't get out of my mind the image of the lifeless body of an innocent kid the same age as the ones I advise on their thesis topics. These kids whose vulnerability to racist violence should make us all ashamed in 2013. STFU about their fashion choices and stop killing my kids.

(Hat tip: H. Alexander Satorie-Robinson)

July 23, 2013

The Hunted and the Hated: An Inside Look at the NYPD's Stop-and-Frisk Policy

The Nation reports. A quick-witted 17-year-old surreptitiously turned on his iPod after being stopped-and-frisked for the third time.

A secret audio recording of a stop-and-frisk in action sheds unprecedented light on a practice that has put the city's young people of color in the NYPD's crosshairs. Read the full story here.

This crap has to stop.

Update: Just watched it again. Outrageous beyond words. The shame of this persistent injustice should hound Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly to the end of their days.

July 22, 2013

Casa Ruby named 'fiscal agent' for Wanda Alston House

Lou Chibbaro reports in the Blade:

In a little-noticed development, an organization that oversees the city’s housing programs for the homeless terminated its contract with the local group Transgender Health Empowerment to operate the Wanda Alston House, the city’s only residential facility for homeless LGBT youth.

The Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness on July 1 awarded the Alston House contract to Casa Ruby, an LGBT community center on Georgia Avenue in Northwest D.C. with an outreach to the Latino and transgender communities.

The action by the Community Partnership, which is funded by the D.C. Department of Human Services (DHS), came after it determined that T.H.E. was no longer capable of overseeing the Alston House due to financial problems that forced it to lay off most of its employees in May, sources familiar with the organization said. T.H.E. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on July 7.

Best of luck to Ruby, and thanks to her for stepping up.

July 17, 2013

Anti-bullying activist takes his own life

This sad news of 17-year-old Carlos Vigil is a reminder that bullying can kill even the strongest youth. We can pass model laws, and thank goodness we have GLSEN to provide leadership and resources. But changing the expectation of student peer groups from fear and isolation to intervention against bullying has proven extremely difficult.

Kids have high-tech tools in their pockets without the wisdom to use them properly, and they act as accelerants that magnify and worsen the impact of bullying into something that can overwhelm. I remember being relieved as a youth that others were bigger targets for bullying than I; isn't that awful? But we didn't have cell phones or the Internet then, and a bullying incident was pretty much localized. As we mourn another lost child, we must keep looking for ways to stop the cruelty and the isolation.

July 04, 2013

Cardinal Dolan's corruption

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NYT editorializes:

Tragic as the sexual abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church has been, it is shocking to discover that Cardinal Timothy Dolan, while archbishop of Milwaukee, moved $57 million off the archdiocesan books into a cemetery trust fund six years ago in order to protect the money from damage suits by victims of abuse by priests.

Cardinal Dolan, now the archbishop of New York, has denied shielding the funds as an “old and discredited” allegation and “malarkey.” But newly released court documents make it clear that he sought and received fast approval from the Vatican to transfer the money just as the Wisconsin Supreme Court was about to open the door to damage suits by victims raped and abused as children by Roman Catholic clergy.

If this surprises you, you are a nincompoop.

(Image source: www.patheos.com)

June 13, 2013

NC church kicks out Boy Scouts for welcoming gays

Upholding Christ's love in Mecklenburg County. The Southern Baptists weigh in.

June 06, 2013

June 11 - GLAA Meeting

Friends,

Happy LGBT Pride! It's been a busy year for LGBT advocacy in D.C., and below is a list of highlights.

GLAA's next meeting will be on Tuesday, June 11 at 7:00 pm in Room 104 of the John A. Wilson Building at 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. (Closest Metro stations: Metro Center, Federal Triangle.) Click here for the meeting agenda. Please bring your concerns and issues you want us to address, and your ideas and suggestions for our next efforts. I am going to propose that we change from the quarterly meeting schedule that we implemented earlier this year to a monthly meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. (I expect, however, that we will take the months of July and August off.)

Three bills that GLAA called for in our Agenda: 2012 policy brief are currently before the D.C. Council:

  1. Bill 20-118, the Marriage Officiant Amendment Act of 2013, passed the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety on June 6 on a voice vote. The bill allows people other than ministers, judges, and court clerks to serve as marriage officiants, thus giving more options to couples planning their weddings. GLAA testified for the bill at a hearing on March 14.
  2. Bill 20-142, the JaParker Deoni Jones Birth Certificate Equality Amendment Act of 2013, passed the Committee on Health on June 5 and Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety on June 6 on voice votes. It was jointly assigned to Health and Judiciary. Thanks to Councilmember David Catania for introducing the original bill. With the changes requested by GLAA and our allies, this is model legislation allowing people to obtain new birth certificates, in particular transgender people who have faced considerable ID-related discrimination over their gender identity. Thanks to Andy Bowen of DC Trans Coalition and Lisa Mottet of NGLTF (who has recently moved to the National Center for Transgender Equality) for their leadership on this bill. GLAA testified for the bill at a joint hearing by the Health and Judiciary committees on June 16.
  3. Bill 20-32, the Surrogacy Parenting Agreement Act of 2013. We will testify at a hearing scheduled for June 20. This bill legalizes and regulated parenting surrogacy agreements. At present such arrangements are against the law in the District, which causes hardship on many LGBT families. Thanks to Councilmember David Catania for introducing the original bill. A redraft is underway by committee director Anne Phelps in consultation with LGBT family law experts Nancy Polikoff and Michele Zavos. Here's a link to GLAA's discussion of the issue in Agenda: 2012.

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June 05, 2013

Andy Bowen on transgender organizing in DC

The fabulous Andy Bowen talks about her work as Social Policy Organizer for the DC Trans Coalition. This video is part of the oral history project of students at Cesar Chavez Public Charter High School on Capitol Hill.

Oral history on winning marriage equality in DC

This 52-minute video on how we won marriage equality in Washington, D.C., was made by students at the Cesar Chavez Public Charter High School on Capitol Hill in March, 2013. Thanks to them and teacher Ayo Magwood. There are many more videos by a variety of advocates in various fields, and I will post some of them in the days ahead.

May 21, 2013

Jason Collins Honored with GLSEN Courage Award

Amid the continued violence, the need for role models is all the more clear. This guy is golden.

May 03, 2013

Why it matters that Jason Collins is black and gay

Saeed Jones writes on BuzzFeed that "black gay kids need heroes too."

February 18, 2013

GLAA Announces 2013 Distinguished Service Awards

Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance of Washington, DC
P.O. Box 75265
Washington, D.C. 20013
www.glaa.org
www.glaaforum.org (blog)

For Release:
Monday, February 18, 2013

Contact: Rick Rosendall
(202) 667-5139

GLAA Announces 2013 Distinguished Service Awards

The Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance of Washington, D.C., is pleased to announce its 2013 Distinguished Service Award recipients. GLAA presents awards to local individuals and organizations that have served the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in the national capital area. The awards will be presented at GLAA’s 42nd Anniversary Reception on Thursday, April 25 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm at the Washington Plaza Hotel at 10 Thomas Circle, NW. Tickets are $55 and can be purchased by contacting GLAA at [email protected] or (202) 667-5139; a range of donor levels is also available.

GLAA’s 2013 Distinguished Service Award recipients are:

  • Diana Bruce, DC Public Schools
  • Clarence J. Fluker
  • Brent Minor
  • Peter Rosenstein
  • Jason A. Terry

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February 06, 2013

Happy National Gay-Straight Alliance Day

Today, February 6, is National Gay-Straight Alliance Day. Stand up against bullying, and for every young person's right to a safe educational environment.

February 05, 2013

Happy birthday, Trayvon

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Trayvon Martin would have been 18 today. Jonathan Capehart writes about the viciousness his death at the hands of George Zimmerman last year has provoked in some people.

As I have mentioned before, I am a thesis advisor for HS students in DC who are the same age as Trayvon was when he was killed. As I witness their energy and curiosity and passion and hopes, I keep thinking of him. And I think of the George Zimmermans of this country and say, You are going to lose, because the DNA of this country is with these kids, and you can never kill them all, and those you do cut down will remind those who are left to carry on of what is at stake and of the ancestors who are lifting them up. I normally include some curse words, but I am cleaning this up. The heartbreak at the center of this story is ultimately greater than the anger. But a bottomless pit of anger is there.

January 29, 2013

Cheh, Bowser introduce LGBTQ Homeless Youth Reform Act of 2013

I'm a bit late with this, but wanted to bring it to your attention: Councilmembers Mary Cheh and Muriel Bowser on January 8 introduced the LGBTQ Homeless Youth Reform Act of 2013. It was co-sponsored by Alexander, Bonds, Barry, Grosso, Wells, Catania, Evans, McDuffie, Pmendelson. It is always welcome to see pro-LGBT bills co-sponsored by a super-majority of councilmembers.

The bill's stated purpose is:

To amend the Homeless Services Reform Act of 2005 and the Office of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Affairs Act of 2006 to ensure that at least every 5 years the Interagency Council on Homelessness coordinates with the Office of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Affairs to calculate the population of homeless youth in the District who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning, to ensure that the Interagency Council on Homelessness and the Office of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Affairs develop and outline policies that will reduce the rate of homelessness in the District among youth who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning, to provide funding to homeless service providers for additional beds that are specifically reserved for homeless youth who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning, and to require homeless service providers to implement best practices for the culturally competent care of homeless youth who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning.

This is consistent with GLAA's call for greater resources for homeless LGBT youth. We look forward to a hearing being scheduled on the bill. Thanks to CMs Cheh and Bowser and their co-sponsors.

(Hat tip: Martin Garcia)

January 28, 2013

GLAA releases LGBT policy brief, questionnaire for special election

Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance of Washington, D.C.
P.O. Box 75265
Washington, D.C. 20013
www.glaa.org
www.glaaforum.org (blog)

For Release: Monday, January 28, 2013

Contact: Rick Rosendall 202-667-5139

GLAA releases LGBT policy brief, questionnaire for special election

The Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance of Washington, D.C., today launches its 2013 Election Project and releases both its questionnaire for D.C. Council candidates and its policy brief on local LGBT issues in Washington, D.C., "Agenda: 2013." This updated compilation of local advocacy on a wide range of issues is intended for candidates in the April 23 special election for At-Large Councilmember as well as journalists, activists, and the general public. "Agenda: 2013" is online, in both PDF and HTM formats, at:
http://tinyurl.com/glaa2013pdf
http://tinyurl.com/glaa2013htm

GLAA's D.C. Council candidate questionnaire is online at: http://www.glaa.org/archive/2013/cqspecial.pdf

GLAA's Election Project 2013 main page is at: http://www.glaa.org/archive/2013/election2013.shtml

The "Agenda: 2013" policy brief is divided into six broad subject areas: Marriage and Family, Public Health, Public Safety and Judiciary, Human Rights, Youth and Seniors, and Consumers and Businesses. It is prefaced by a two-page Action Item Summary listing specific actions GLAA seeks from D.C. officials. Included are 88 footnotes to provide documentation and to facilitate further investigation of the issues raised.

The following are some of the legislative and oversight actions GLAA seeks from D.C. Councilmembers:

  • Pass Bill 20-0032, "Surrogacy Parenting Agreement Act of 2013."
  • Repeal the so-called Prostitution Free Zones (PFZs) law, which facilitates anti-transgender profiling.
  • Allow for the issuance of new birth certificates for individuals who undergo treatment related to gender transition; end the requirement for publishing notice of a name change in the newspaper; and allow issuance of new birth certificates via administrative process instead of a court order.
  • Ensure enforcement of LGBT nondiscrimination policies in District homeless shelters and transitional housing.
  • Ensure that all health insurance policies sold and used in DC cover the full spectrum of transgender health care needs.
  • Enforce the anti-bullying law in all D.C. public and charter schools.
  • Ensure equal Medicaid spousal impoverishment protections for same-sex partners.
  • Eliminate legal standing for ad hoc protest groups and citizens associations in liquor licensing cases, to permit input by all community stakeholders via the great weight already accorded Advisory Neighborhood Commissions.

GLAA President Rick Rosendall stated, "It is a tribute to the strength of coalition efforts in the District that 'Agenda: 2013' reflects input from allies across the District's entire LGBT community and its supporters. The resulting policy brief is the most comprehensive single document advancing LGBT issues in D.C."

On January 28, 2013, GLAA will email its questionnaire and policy brief to every candidate in the April 23 special election for At-Large Councilmember. (The filing deadline for the primary was January 23.) The deadline for receipt of candidate responses is March 7, after which GLAA will assign ratings to the primary candidates (on a scale of -10 to +10) based on their questionnaire responses and their records on LGBT issues.

For more information on GLAA and its four decades of nonpartisan advocacy, visit GLAA's main website at www.glaa.org and its blog at www.glaaforum.org.

Founded in 1971, the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance of Washington (GLAA) is an all-volunteer, non-partisan, non-profit political organization that defends the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the Nation's Capital. GLAA lobbies the D.C. Council, monitors government agencies, educates and rates local candidates, and works in coalitions to defend the safety, health, and equal rights of gay families. GLAA remains the nation's oldest continuously active gay and lesbian civil rights organization.

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January 23, 2013

Class actor

A high school senior comes out to his classmates.

Update: Cyd Zeigler tweeted:

‏@CydZeigler
Cool kid, but how can someone "come out as LGBT"? He's clearly G, but LBT? A person isn't LGBT - a movement is.

That occurred to me too. It's a bit weird for someone to come out as "LGBT." Please pick one. (Now I'm wondering who will be outraged by this comment.)

January 19, 2013

Former UNC dean of students says she was forced to underreport sexual assault cases

Salon reports. (Hat tip: Pam Spaulding)

January 15, 2013

More on those "radical homosexuals"

The above Youtube video featuring Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel is accompanied by a description that begins thus:

As Rhode Island liberals gear up again to attempt to force through same sex "marriage" in Rhode Island - the second most Catholic state in the country - please watch Part 1 and Part 2 of Stop Same Sex "Marriage" in Rhode Island to see the attack that same sex "marriage" is on God, on morality, on religious freedom, on the health of those who engage in homosexual behavior, on the the economy, and on population. And see evidence of how children are being indoctrinated in our public schools through radical homosexualist groups like GLSEN and by Dan Savage, the aggressively anti-Christian bigot and bully's "It Gets Better" campaign.

The promotion of the radical same sex agenda is part of an overall atheistic communistic attack on the United States. It was the communist dictator Joseph Stalin, who said....

Feel free to visit the Youtube page if you really want to see what Joseph Stalin, that great ally of the International Gay Conspiracy, had to say. But one old trope that Barber repeats here interests me: his reference to the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) as "a radical homosexual indoctrination organization," which he slams for supporting the Day of Silence in which LGBT students and their non-gay allies show their opposition to bullying.

What's darkly amusing here (and I apologize for my choice of words to my friend, comedian Sampson McCormick, who is "darkly amusing" in an altogether positive context, and speaking of the altogether he's even done a gig at a nudist colony, but I digress) is that people like Matt Barber routinely use the phrase "radical homosexual" to mean, simply, a gay person with the slightest amount of self-respect. Everyone from the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival to Log Cabin Republicans, from Barney Frank to Andrew Sullivan, counts as a "radical homosexual."

The only way to be a non-radical homosexual is to be the most treacherous Uncle Tom, by which I don't mean Barney's long-running description of Log Cabin but the gay version of Samuel L. Jackson's character in Django Unchained. For example, if you're a closet case who overcompensates by touting reparative therapy and attacking gay couples as harbingers of the Apocalypse, you might avoid being tarred as a radical homosexual. But that is mainly because your anti-gay allies will pretend that you are straight.

Speaking of the Apocalypse, if gay folk are its harbingers, shouldn't the far-right loons welcome us? After all, the End Timers seem to crave the Apocalypse more than anything else.

December 28, 2012

Andrea Lafferty Cites CT School Shooting to Rally Opposition to Non-Discrimination Policies

Brian Tashman reports at RWW:

Andrea Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coalition used the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in order to bolster her campaign against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act over the bill’s protections for LGBT employees. While speaking to Janet Mefferd yesterday about the Orange County, Florida, school system’s new non-discrimination policy that is similar to ENDA, Laffery said that just as parents are upset about the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting and are concerned about keeping their children safe, they should also be worried about ENDA’s “devastating effects” as schools will have “people with some real issues playing out their personal problems in the classroom.”

Can you say desperate? Follow the link for audio.

December 20, 2012

Arms and the teacher

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(Hat tip: Americans Against the Tea Party)

Rocks

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(Hat tip: Gil Gerald)

December 14, 2012

President Obama speaks on school shooting in Newtown, CT

President Obama is emotional as he speaks on today's horrific mass shooting in an elementary school in Connecticut.

December 07, 2012

Landfill Harmonic

This wonderful story is of poor children in Paraguay learning to play classical music with instruments made from trash. Watch it. It's amazing. And check out the Facebook page.

November 28, 2012

She lost me at hello

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(Photo of Michelle Rhee by Sarah L. Voisin / The Washington Post)

Loose Lips has an entertaining piece in which he looks at former D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee's upcoming book, Radical: Fighting to Put Students First. Here's a great paragraph by LL:

The only person who appears interested in diagnosing Rhee’s unpopularity as chancellor is her husband, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson (also a former point guard for the Phoenix Suns). After campaigning for Fenty east of the Anacostia River and hearing residents complain about the mayor and Rhee, Johnson tells his wife that “you can’t make change from the top alone.” Later, when Rhee is beginning to map out her plans with advisers for Students First, Johnson scolds: “There’s no diversity in this room … What did we learn in D.C.? We can’t make the same mistakes. Why are we here? To build a group that appeals to white, male Republicans? Is that what we are doing?”

Thanks to LL for reading Rhee's book so we don't have to. Her willful political obtuseness and smug know-it-all attitude turned me off instantly, and I have never found reason to change my mind.

Oh, and thanks to LL for sharing this line from Rhee on Fenty: "His head shined. His eyes burned." Fortunately or not, there appear to be no heaving bosoms and bodice-ripping involved.

Controversial questions

I have been advising some high school students on their senior theses, and one thing that the teacher asked them to do was to gather questions from their sources (including me) on their chosen controversy. I think this can be useful pedagogically as well as rhetorically, so I am sharing the ones I came up with today for students who chose the subject of marriage equality. Feel free to suggest others. (Note: I have deliberately resisted the impulse to do language policing. The standard movement term is "marriage equality," but these kids and their teachers tend to say "gay marriage." Don't tell Michael Crawford of Freedom to Marry that I said this, but it's really not that big a deal. Getting them to ask questions that will illuminate the issues involved is more important for their learning. Second note: the questions are of course only one part of the overall project. Research is a big part of it, and I gave them a reading list — and loaned them some of my own books — at the beginning of the school year.)

  1. Are religious arguments against gay marriage honest, or are they just a mask for prejudice?
  2. Does religious freedom belong to everyone, including those whose faith is gay-affirming, or only to people who disapprove of homosexuality?
  3. Should the decision to marry be up to the couple involved, or should it be up to the entire community?
  4. Is marriage a fundamental right for everyone, or should it be denied to some people if politicians can win votes by attacking them?
  5. Is the public debate over marriage more about civil rights or religious rites?
  6. Is “civil rights” just about ending racial discrimination or is it about ending all discrimination, including discrimination against sexual minorities?
  7. Should all children be protected legally, or just the children of straight couples?
  8. If allowing gay marriage cost the government more, would that justify denying it or is it an equal right regardless of its impact on public revenue?
  9. Should your neighbors have a say on whether and whom you can marry, or is it none of their business?
  10. Should states have the right to establish different marriage laws, or should the federal government impose the same marriage law nationwide?
  11. If people are offended by gay marriage, do they have a right to prevent it legally or just to express their opinions against it?
  12. Is same-sex marriage a slippery slope to incest, polygamy, and bestiality, or is it just one more public policy change like no-fault divorce?
  13. Is talk about “traditional marriage” really a defense of a key social institution, or is it a pretext for maintaining heterosexual male dominance over women and gay people?
  14. When people quote Biblical passages against gay people, are they being honest or are they picking and choosing passages and taking them out of context while ignoring the parts that are not convenient for them?
  15. Does our society’s religious diversity mean we have to tolerate one another’s differences, or do conservative evangelicals get to impose their doctrine on everyone?
  16. Is the "Natural Law" argument against gay marriage real science or is it religious doctrine disguised as science?
  17. Is the Bible Belt’s higher divorce rate a good reason to prohibit marriage in those states, or do people have the same right to marry regardless of their reasons or their chances of staying together?

November 16, 2012

McKellen participates in UK anti-bullying campaign

Good spot, except that the "T" is missing.

November 13, 2012

Kevin Clash accuser retracts sexual misconduct allegations

NBC reports. That was an awfully fast turnaround. False accusations of this nature can ruin lives. I hope the accuser gets help.

November 05, 2012

"My Classroom"

From Marylanders for Marriage Equality. As an advisor to some high school thesis students myself, I know the huge difference that our fight to protect all families has already made for the next generation. Historic wins on ballot measures this election day will be another huge boost. Let's win one in Maryland.

October 21, 2012

Weapon of Mass Instruction

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From Nick Anderson of the Houston Chronicle.

October 09, 2012

Mister Rogers defending PBS at 1969 Senate hearing

We have posted this video of Fred Rogers's moving 1969 Senate testimony before, but it is timely again in light of Mitt Romney's pledge to cut funding for Big Bird. Mister Rogers was often lampooned over the years, but his straightforward explanation of what his programs did for children shows what a national treasure he was.

October 03, 2012

Wisconsin anchorwoman takes on a bully

Jennifer Livingston, the morning anchor at WKBT News 8 in La Crosse, Wisconsin, responds to a bully. Jonathan Capehart gives her a "You go!"

August 24, 2012

From the San Francisco 49ers: It Gets Better

Thanks to the 49ers. They should have more company.

August 09, 2012

Moten Calls on Mayor Gray and DC Council to Address Rapes and Violence at DC Jail

We received this from Republican Ward 7 D.C. Council candidate and Peaceaholics co-founder Ron Moten:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Ron “MO” Moten
Phone: 202.615.0204
Email: [email protected]

Moten Calls on Mayor Gray and DC Council to Address Rapes and Violence at DC Jail

Who: Ron Moten, Friends of Transgender Victims and Members of Check-It
Why: To Address Jail Cover-Up
Where: DC Jail Entrance
When: 12pm Thursday, August 9, 2012

Washington, DC August 8, 2012 – A source close to Ron Moten, Co-founder and former managing partner of the Peaceoholics, a non-profit anti-gang organization, tells Moten that violence and drugs are running rampant in the DC Jail and the Correctional Treatment Facility. Now Moten wants Mayor Gray and city legislators to address rapes of transgender and gay youth with the same urgency that they spoke to the Chic-fil-A matter.

Moten was contacted by a transgender youth who was violently raped while in custody at the DC Jail. Before this incident, another source told Moten that a gay youth was raped by a 32 year old inmate, who has a history of sexual assaults. The source added that the violence against inmates was not limited to other inmates, noting that another transgender youth had been sexually assaulted and one gay youth raped by this alleged serial rapist and another by a CTF staff member.

Moten said he was particularly saddened by the alleged rape of one of the young people, because he had personally worked with this transgender youth who is a member of the “Check It” Gang. Many members are now working and reenrolled in school. This young man was taking a step in the right direction as Mr. Moten encouraged and transported the youngster to turn himself in to authorities due to a warrant for his arrest.

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