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Shocker: Texas police raid gay nightclub, arrest 7

I have to agree. I faced a moment of stunned silence when I read the headline. After finishing the article and watching the CBS news clip I'm more than stunned. I'm puzzled. Now, given this is Texas (the state that gave us George W. Bush)where you can find Confederate flags flying proudly over people's doorways, this is STILL an outrageous act. And the date chosen for it is even MORE profoundly puzzling. Just what message did they intend to give the community by raiding a gay bar with violence on the celebrated 40th anniversary of Stonewall? On the face of it, one must assume it's intimidation. But just HOW dumb are they to think that this form of intimidation will not be answered and protested loudly from all parts of not only their own state, but the other 49 as well? Or are they wily enough to think that by causing an outcry among the LGBT folk in the US, that the answering firestorm by those who wish to oppress us will be greater, and thereby quash us into non-existence - or worse yet, back into the "closet" ? But then one has to remember those idiots in the American south who set dogs on, and fired fire hoses at people with television crews right there filming it all. Or did they go into a new gay bar on the anniversary of Stonewall in hopes that the patrons would reenact the riot of 40 years ago, thereby giving them license to tear the place apart? Their actions sure seem provocative. Well Texas, the eyes of the world are upon you right this minute. How are you going to respond? With the bullish macho bravado of W? Or with the intelligent questioning and thorough investigative skills of Molly Ivans?  (Jun 29, 2009 | post #17)

Gay/Lesbian

LGBT leadership invited to a Big Gay Party at the White H...

I agree. I think it would be very unwise for LGBT leaders to attend this cocktail party at the White House. No more crumbs. It's time for OUR piece of the cake.  (Jun 21, 2009 | post #1)

Gay/Lesbian

President Obama issues GLBT Pride Month proclamation

Doctor Das!! You wear it well, my dear!  (Jun 1, 2009 | post #31)

Gay/Lesbian

President Obama issues GLBT Pride Month proclamation

JCofe! What happened in Fresno this last Saturday? What was said? What's going on??  (Jun 1, 2009 | post #30)

Gay/Lesbian

Christian Teacher Suspended Over Gay Rights Promotion Com...

Ohhhhh this is rich, so very rich!! from the article: "But the staff complained to the school’s principal that they felt ‘harassed and intimidated’ by the letter and, after an investigation, Mr Peat was placed on paid leave. He is now being supported by the Christian Legal Centre. ‘I am very disappointed, although not shocked,’ the married father of three said last night. ‘I am the one who has been harassed and intimidated – for expressing my religious views.’" LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL - I know the feeling. I felt the same disappointment, and distinct lack of shock, when I was terminated with three days notice when my school board found out I was gay. And mine wasn't any "leave with pay".... Ohhhh that shoe sure pinches when it's on the other foot! LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLO L  (Apr 25, 2009 | post #7)

Gay/Lesbian

WalMart did WHAT?

Uh huh. Nice. Let's face it Native, you and I will never agree. So you go your way, and stay the hell out of mine. Your false sense of security will dwindle as rapidly as support for your oppressive, authoritarian policy endorsed expressions of bigotry. Very soon, you will be a public embarrassment, your opinions laughed at and ridiculed behind your back. Poor you, it's probably already started. But of course, you wouldn't have noticed.  (Apr 14, 2009 | post #67)

Gay/Lesbian

WalMart did WHAT?

OK Native, you've given me quite a few good chuckles here all day long... But now seriously - You can't possibly think that not one of your dollars goes into gay pockets? Assuming that we're talking inclusively of all lesbians, gays, bisexuals, inter-sexed and transgendered folks we're talking at least the bare 2% the ultra conservatives give us, or more likely the 10% that the Kinsey Report of the mid 20th Century reported of the total population. But just breaking that down for you a little: In a shopping mall where there are one hundred retail stores, concession stands, restaurants, and service businesses, at least two are owned by LGBTQI folks - more likely ten of them. If 1,000 employees work at the mall, between 20 to 100 of them are LGBTQI. Hospitals are filled with us. We're doctors, nurses, aides, hospice counselors, and other staff members. Travel much? We're pilots and attendants, porters and engineers. We own gas stations, mechanic shops, fast food franchises, and high class restaurants. We're fighting shoulder to shoulder with straight firefighters, police officers, and throughout the Armed Services to protect you and yours, as well as us and ours. We're your best friend's dear Uncle Bob, the gentleman bachelor, and your sister's husband's elder aunt who lived her life with her "best friend". You've met us, plenty of us. You may admire and even love some of us. Why don't you know who most of us are? Because it's unnecessary during our interactions to notify you of our personal information. In other words, whether or not we're LGBTQI is none of your business when you're interacting with us in a professional capacity. Our sexuality is such a small part of the totality of who we are. For you to be so hung up on what goes on between two consenting adults in the privacy of their own bedroom shows that you're opinion is based purely upon the "ick" factor. You feel all "icky" about what we do to express our physical love for our partners. So because you feel icky, you leave your beloved New Testament and resort to the Jewish Old Testament to justify your icky feelings. You can't use the words of Jesus against us, because you dear benighted fool, He never spake any. Believe me, if He had, we'd know.  (Apr 14, 2009 | post #64)

Gay/Lesbian

WalMart did WHAT?

You're the idiot. Jesus also NEVER ONCE DENOUNCED, CENSORED, OR EVEN MENTIONED homosexuals, to Christians or Jews. So for you to be all Holier-Than-Thou about the Old Testament makes you - well - an idiot.  (Apr 14, 2009 | post #57)

Gay/Lesbian

WalMart did WHAT?

I think this post is MARVELOUS!! I DO hope that you'll stop shopping at WalMart, and start canning your own vegetables and making your own clothes!! Just remember not to mix fibers, or can vegetables that come from these new hybrids. Also avoid all shellfish, and take that ding dang pig skin away from the kid, will ya? Don't forget to stone your daughter next time she curses her parents! The rest of us won't miss you one bit as you busy yourself in your old fashioned remedies... buh bye  (Apr 14, 2009 | post #17)

Gay/Lesbian

Is Amazon Censoring LGBT Books?

Here's the automated email response I received in response to my phone call and email: Hello, Thank you for contacting Amazon.com. This is an embarrassing and ham-fisted cataloging error for a company that prides itself on offering complete selection. It has been misreported that the issue was limited to Gay & Lesbian themed titles - in fact, it impacted 57,310 books in a number of broad categories such as Health, Mind & Body, Reproductive & Sexual Medicine, and Erotica. This problem impacted books not just in the United States but globally. It affected not just sales rank but also had the effect of removing the books from Amazon's main product search. Many books have now been fixed and we're in the process of fixing the remainder as quickly as possible, and we intend to implement new measures to make this kind of accident less likely to occur in the future. Thanks for contacting us. We hope to see you again soon. Sincerely, Customer Service Department Amazon.com  (Apr 13, 2009 | post #33)

Gay/Lesbian

Is Amazon Censoring LGBT Books?

You are so very welcome Rose! I just knew you two would get along... I did Google Amazon, and eventually found a phone number. It took four transfers, but I did finally get to someone who took feedback. She said this has been the number one issue she's been dealing with all day. I sent her an email with links to three blogs all centering on this topic. The woman on the phone is also "family" (as she put it), and said she'll keep asking till she gets answers, and if it turns out Amazon is censoring LGBTQ books, she'll be looking for another job! She thinks it was just a "glitch" in the system. Maybe. Seems to have struck a squeaky wheel (me) and I'm likely to keep squeaking until I get a good answer!  (Apr 12, 2009 | post #8)

Gay/Lesbian

Is Amazon Censoring LGBT Books?

How would one reach the Amazon company to inquire?  (Apr 12, 2009 | post #1)

Gay/Lesbian

Anti-Gays Scam Insurance Providers

LOL! Frivolous lawsuit, indeed! I just love the way you laughed at your own spelling struggles!! Pssst.... for moments like this I keep www.dictionary.com on a Bookmark link....  (Mar 27, 2009 | post #7)

Gay/Lesbian

Gay student stripped of university student senate seat

Good luck and good fortune to Ms. Kolasa. I have to applaud her caution when taking on the powers that be at her college of choice. She must, above all else, prepare herself for life at large. But that doesn't mean that the rest of us can't let the University know just how much of a minority being LGBTQ really is. I took the time to look up Valparaiso University and found this: University Relations Kretzmann Hall Email: University.Relatio [email protected] I'm letting them know what I think. I hope you will too.  (Mar 27, 2009 | post #3)

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