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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California: Proposed ‘Intolerant Jackass Act’ Introduced to Counter Proposed Scary ‘Shoot the Gays’

California: Proposed ‘Intolerant Jackass Act’ Introduced to Counter Proposed Scary ‘Shoot the Gays’

You have probably read about the crazy proposed law in my state of California where a Southern California attorney is collecting signatures for a proposed ballot measure that would enable authorities to shoot gay people in the head for being gay. While the proposed measure is likely to fail, an activist is introducing a counter bill called the ‘Intolerant Jackass Act.’ This whole thing is fucking nuts:

A California resident has filed the “Intolerant Jackass Act” to take out her frustration against the state attorney general’s inability to stop a ballot measure calling for gays to be killed.

Huntington Beach attorney Matthew McLaughlin submitted a proposal, along with a $200 filing fee, last month for the “Sodomite Suppression Act,” which calls for “any person who willingly touches another person of the same gender for purposes of sexual gratification be put to death by bullets to the head or by any other convenient method.”

Attorney General Kamala Harris is required under state law to prepare the initiative, which was properly filed, and forward it to California’s secretary of state so supporters may collect the 365,000 signatures needed to place the measure on the 2016 ballot.

Charlotte Laws said she was “fighting fire with fire” by filing a competing measure with language that mirrors McLaughlin’s but mandates three hours of sensitivity a month for 12 months and a $5,000 donation to an LGBT rights group for anyone found to be an “intolerant jackass.”

Laws, a community activist, said she is aware that her proposal will never become law and likely violates the First Amendment, but the measure is intended to be symbolic.

“We have a very open-minded state and country,” she said. “This is one guy, and there are millions of us who do not agree with this.”

Via Raw Story

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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?


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