Today In Hate

The American Family Association placed this silly ad in today's Washington Post. Basically, it warns SCOTUS that it will meet the fate of an angry god if it rules in favor of marriage equality this June. Ridiculous.

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Watch: Here’s a Bunch of Texan White People Protesting Same-sex Marriage

 

Here are the States Hoping to Pass Damaging Anti-LGBT Legislation

Realizing that they have lost the fight against same-sex marriage, anti-gays have quickly moved to pass (or hoping to pass) major anti-LGBT legislation:

Advocates of same-sex marriage are getting closer to a full victory in the US: it’s now legal for gay and lesbian couples to marry in 37 states and Washington, DC. But while this progress occurs, state legislators are introducing bills that would claw back some recent legal gains for LGBT rights.

A new report by the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT rights organization, found that lawmakers in at least 26 states have proposed a wave of anti-LGBT bills.

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It is likely that many of these laws will not pass muster, but it is scary to think what will happen in places that do pass this damaging legislation.

Let’s keep our eyes on this.

via How state legislators plan to limit LGBT rights next, in one map – Vox.

Why ‘Glee’ Mattered

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While I haven’t watched since the first three seasons, ‘Glee’ officially ends its run tonight.

After six seasons, the show says good-bye in a special two-hour event. When the show first premiered, it changed television. The format was fresh and the talent strong – I could even stand Lea Michele back then. We found Finn foxy and watched Kurt blossom as gay youth do.

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But what made the show so special was that it brought LGBTQ issues to the mainstream. The religious right has hated the show due to the attention it has given to bullying, same-sex relationships, physical disabilities, transgender issues and all-around relevant topics that we have faced in the 2010s. It exposed America to the hate and discrimination that all of us in the LGBTQ community have faced. Cory Monteith‘s death from a drug overdose reminded us that what we see on the surface may not represent the demons who lie underneath.

It revived the Journey song ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ as too many groups to count lip synced and copied the ‘Glee’ version of the song (and its choreography). When I saw ‘Rock of Ages’ on Broadway, the closing number was that song. While likely a coincidence, the ROA cast did not do justice to the song. After all, it had a larger audience on ‘Glee.’ The show covered songs from the childhood of every living generation. I don’t think I had listened to Paul Anka’s ‘We’re Having a Baby’ until Finn sang it in season 2 since it came out in the 1970s.

‘Glee’ seemed to spawn movies like ‘Pitch Perfect,’ and likely led to revival of high school glee clubs everywhere.

Tonight, the show is over. And it mattered.

As we walk down memory lane, here is the first musical number (‘Don’t Stop Believing’) and the last – Lea performing a ballad written by castmate Darren Criss.

Will you be watching?


Gallup: San Francisco Has More LGBTs Than Any Other U.S. City

Gallup has released a new poll that establishes San Francisco as the gay capitol (of at least the U.S. – if not the world):

The San Francisco metropolitan area has the highest percentage of the adult population who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) of any of the top 50 U.S. metropolitan areas, followed by Portland, Oregon, and Austin, Texas.

Variation in the percentage who identify as LGBT across the largest metro areas is relatively narrow, with San Francisco's percentage just 2.6 percentage points higher than the national average of 3.6%, and the lowest-ranked metro area — Birmingham, Alabama — one point below the national average.

The top 10 includes metro areas from every region of the country except the Midwest. Given the long history of a visible and politically active LGBT community in San Francisco, the city's ranking at the top of this list is not surprising. Similar to San Francisco, Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) like Portland, Seattle and Los Angeles in the West, and Boston in the Northeast, are known for their progressive social and political climates and active LGBT communities. Hartford is the capital of Connecticut, which has permitted same-sex couples to legally marry longer than every state except Massachusetts.

MSAs like Austin and New Orleans in the South, and Denver in the Rocky Mountain region, all have reputations as socially progressive cities within states and regions that are much more conservative, perhaps making them regional hubs for the LGBT population.

The ranking of Salt Lake City in the top 10 may seem surprising because Utah is one of the most conservative states in the country. However, the state recently passed a law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment and public accommodation, the first state to do so since 2007. The majority of states still do not have such laws on the books.

These results are based on responses to the question, “Do you, personally, identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender?” — included in more than 374,000 Gallup Daily tracking interviews conducted between June 2012 and December 2014. This is the largest ongoing study of the distribution of the LGBT population in the U.S. on record, and the first time a study has had large enough sample sizes to provide estimates of the LGBT population by MSA.

The number of interviews conducted in each MSA between June 2012 and December 2014 is large enough to allow for estimates of each of the 50 largest metro areas' LGBT population. Each MSA except two had at least 3,000 interviews, with the lowest sample size of 2,674 for New Orleans and the largest of 36,947 for New York. The LGBT percentage, along with the number of completed interviews conducted in each MSA is presented in the accompanying table.

Birmingham, Alabama has the lowest number of LGBTs per capita – which may or may not come as a surprise

You can read more about the poll at Gallup's site.

 

 

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