Matt Staver, the anti-gay chairman of the equally anti-gay Liberty Counsel, offered simpatico website WND an "exclusive" prediction on what will happen to the United States if Barack Obama is elected for a second term: basically, the entire red, white and blue will become pink and paisley.
Staver first criticized the U.S. Embassy in Prague for, like many other embassies around the world, celebrating gay pride, a trend Staver claims cannot be stopped under a sustained Obama presidency.
"If Obama is elected, there won’t be any way to block it unless the House defunds the embassy," said Staver. He then, in one fell swoop, inserted Obama's alleged gay agenda into every governmental orifice imaginable: "But it is not just the embassy that is involved; it is all the agencies in the Obama administration."
He continues, "President Obama has pushed the radical homosexual agenda down through all of his agencies." Gnarly.
Serbian MP Dragan "Palma" Marković says that the Belgrade Pride Parade meant to be held on October 6 has been cancelled for "security reasons," which is a euphemism for "institutionalized homophobia".
IBM's super computer Watson may soon enter the virtual cloud to answer all of mankind's many, many questions. Well, that's the plan, at least.
Adam Lambert opens up about his work with Marylanders for Marriage Equality: "I hear a lot of arguments against [marriage], where [activists] say, 'We should be focusing on economic issues and not human rights issues, for the election.' There's some value in that. But I also think, 'You know what? This is an economic issue for gay people. We should have the same right as a straight couple to have a tax exemption..."
Dutch teen and her family escorted to undisclosed location after a viral Facebook invite brings 30,000 to her sweet sixteen.
Expect more questions about Mitt Romney's 2011 tax returns, because the Democrats already smell manipulation, like the under valuing of charitable donations to maintain tax levels.
Lady Gaga's a busy lady, but she recently took time for her number one fan.
Legendary music producer Quincy Jones thinks rumors about his sexuality are absolutely ridiculous: "Man, this is the biggest age of haters I have ever seen in my life. I’ve been called a blonde-lover, a pedophile, gay, everything. I don’t care, man. Imagine my daughter being engaged to Tupac and me trying to make love to him? And I’m not into no men, man. I’m a hard-core lesbian. Are you kidding? All my life, all my life."
Juvenile fashion icon Tavi Gevinson and James Franco bonded over being both freaks and geeks. "I did meet James Franco once and I said I was a big fan of Freaks and Geeks and he was like, 'So are you a freak or a geek?' And I was like, 'I'm kind of both' and probably went into my life story, which he probably didn't care about, and he was like, 'Yeah I feel like I'm both too sometimes.'"
Celebrate Autumn by making some apple bread.
From UrbanFaith.com: "Brian Hughes is conflicted about the president’s gay marriage stance as well, but as an employee at the local GM plant, he gives Obama credit for saving hundreds of jobs in the area."
New York police plan to arrest a man who was mauled by a tiger after climbing over a fence at the Bronx Zoo. The man says he wanted "to be one with the tiger," but the zoo says he was trespassing.
The release of Mitt Romney's 2011 tax return provides Democrats with plenty of material to use in their efforts to raise red flags about Romney's economic ethics. Among the details found in the documents and included in a new Obama campaign video called "What else is he hiding?": Romney has "substantial investments" in a Chinese oil company, owns stock in a Russian oil company and is "betting against the dollar" by investing in foreign currencies or "stashing" funds around the globe in "notorious tax havens".
The narrator also takes on Romney for limiting the number of financial statements he's willing to release. Even his father, the viewer is reminded, released 12 years of tax returns.
Watch the advert AFTER THE JUMP.
Omaha City Councilman Ben Gray was not having right wing radio host Tom Becka's "silliness" during a recent debate about the Nebraska city's LGBT-inclusive anti-bias laws, laws Gray successfully lobbied to passage. Becka claims those laws are unnecessary because, according to either his willful ignorance or desire to be a Limbaugh-like blowhard, discrimination doesn't exist.
Despite mountains of evidence presented during hearings on the law, Becka claims, "You have no proof, there's no evidence of people losing their jobs because of their sexuality."
Here is more of that conversation, via AKSARENT:
Becka: ...There are people with agendas and politicians that will use it for votes when the reality is there's not a problem. There's all sorts of laws that are passed all the time by both sides, the left and the right of feel-good legislation, of laws that aren't necessary but because somebody has an agenda and some special group wants to get something through even though there's no need for the law. I mean, you'd agree with that, right?
Gray: Not necessarily, no. I mean that there's things that go on because people have different agendas. They do it all the time, but... I didn't do this because I have a specific agenda.
Becka: But yet you have no proof, there's no evidence of people losing their jobs because of their sexuality.
Gray: Yeah, there's been proof and documentation that was presented at the public hearing.
Becka: Well, how many? ...[When] the other side isn't there to defend themselves, I'm not sure that qualifies, do you?
Gray: You know... we passed a law... There has been documentation that there is discrimination that exists. It exists at all levels from the time you're a child to the time you're an adult. That has been documented and pointed out by several studies and several organizations. So, to assume that it doesn't exist would be purely... it would be stupid, quite frankly, because there's enough evidence that says that it is.
Becka: ...It [discrimination] doesn't stop with the government forcing something on businesses.
Gray: Well, most businesses already have it as a policy...
Becka: Well then, why do you need the law?
Gray: For those that don't.
Becka: Because we can't allow people to make their own free choices?
Becka then tries to push the argument into a more extreme direction, claiming that if people like Gray believe in anti-discrimination laws, they should start advocating for overweight or unattractive people, at which point Gray says Becka is being too "silly" and hangs up, like any person with common sense would do.
Here is a link to the audio, which begins around the 3:55 mark, if you want to take a listen for yourself.
In one of the more effective and touching "It Gets Better" videos, men and women from the Austin Police Department come together to send a clear message: "Before we put on our uniform, before we go to work protecting the citizens of Austin, we are a part of Texas, and we are gay." The officers and other staffers then tell their personal stories, most of which involve isolation and fear, emotions with which most LGBT people can relate.
But there's also humor and hope, as when one lady officer admits she didn't want to be the damsel in distress, "I wanted to protect the damsel in distress".
Get misty while also having a giggle AFTER THE JUMP.
In the five years since, McClatchy has done a lot of thinking and growing and today, in an interview with The New York Times' Frank Bruni, came out of the closet.
"I’ve got a birthday coming up where I’m turning old," the soon-to-be 50 year old told Bruni. "I’ve spent 30 years — or whatever the number is specifically — not talking about my personal life, lying about my personal life."
But McClatchy, heir to the McClatchy newspaper chain, says his announcement, a big one for the wide world of sports, where despite greater acceptance of LGBT culture as a whole not one major player has come out while still on the court, field or pitch, is about more than just private acceptance. He hopes to inspire a player to come out.
"Tens of thousands of people have played either professional minor league baseball or major league baseball. Not one has come out and said that they’re gay while they’re playing," he said. "You’re not going to solve any problem until you start a dialogue. And there’s no dialogue right now."
Chris Kluwe, the Minnesota Vikings football player who's also a vocal advocate for equality, said the biggest problem for an openly gay player wouldn't necessarily be homophobia, but narcissism: the fear from players that a gay teammate will ogle them in the locker room. "[But] that assumes that a gay person in the locker room is going to find you attractive, which I think is pretty narcissistic,” said Kluwe. "Isn’t that the shallowest kind of thinking: that all of a sudden if a gay guy comes out, he’s going be staring at you?"
As for McClatchy, he's happily in a committed relationship and just as invested in baseball as ever: "That passion is evident in his home, where one room is devoted entirely to baseball memorabilia and the main area for watching television has three large screens, lined up in a row, so that he can follow multiple games at once."