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Arizona Cardinals Video Director Rob Brakel Comes Out As Gay

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Rob Brakel, video director for the NFL's Arizona Cardinals, said the response has been overwhelmingly positive since he came out publicly as gay this week.

"Reception has been unreal," Brakel told Towleroad. "Couple players that know were awesome. The head coach, GM, and our owner Michael (Bidwill) have been nothing short of AMAZING. They have my back and are happy for me." 
 
But Brakel, who came out Wednesday in an interview with OutSports before the Cardinals' game against the St. Louis Rams on Thursday, also said that for him, the decision hasn't really sunk in yet.  
 
"Busy with game last night, flying back, went to bed at 4am and just woke up to phone going crazy," he told Towleroad on Friday. "I do need a few more hours of sleep but I have to get to work soon. In time I think it will be great for me." 
 
The Cardinals defeated the Rams and are atop the NFC at 11-3, adding to what Brakel called "the biggest year for me." 
 
Brakel, a 17-year veteran of NFL video crews, told OutSports he was inspired to come out publicly while reading gay MLS player Robbie Rogers'' book, "Coming Out To Play," on the team plane Wednesday. OutSports reports: 

"I don't care anymore," Brakel said from his hotel room, the shaking coming through his voice over the phone. "Everyone around me knows who I am. I'm a guy who will give the shirt off his back to help you. I'll do whatever I can to help people. And I've had enough." ... 

As Brakel read the book, the rest of the Cardinals filed past him on the plane. He knew some might look down and see his choice of reading material, but he didn't care. Not only was he engrossed in the story, many of them already knew or suspected he was gay.

Those who've known Brakel was gay include Cardinals head coach Bruce Ariens, to whom Brakel came out at the NFL combine as Michael Sam made his NFL debut earlier this year. And those who've suspected include star wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who did "the gay math" on Brakel. 

Brakel acknowledged it's tough being gay around the NFL, and he's thought about quitting at times.

A Twitter search for "gay" and "Cardinals" over the last few days shows exactly Brakel and others are up against — and why it's so important for them to come out.


Christians Protest At 'Kill All Gays' Pastor Steven Anderson's Arizona Church - VIDEO

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About 100 people held a peaceful demonstration outside Steven Anderson’s Faithful Word Baptist Church yesterday morning to protest the “Christian” pastor’s announcement earlier this week that the only way to cure HIV/AIDS is to stone all gay people to death, reports AZ Central.

Earlier today we reported that when Anderson was taken to task for his comments by Phoenix TV station KPNX anchor Mark Curtis, the pastor compared gay people to ax murderers and Adolf Hitler, said that homosexuality is a “fallacy” and admitted he would reject his children if they were gay.

The protesters gathered before Anderson’s Sunday morning sermon carrying signs with messages including "Teach love not hate," "Jesus loves everybody", "Honk if you support love" and "AIDS is not a gay disease."

Anderson3While Reverend Jeffrey Dirrim gave communion to protesters, Rabbi Dean Shapiro of Temple Emanuel of Tempe read a prepared statement to the crowd:

"We deplore this pastor's hate speech and calls for violence, especially when these statements come from a man who purports to be a faith leader in our community and especially during this season when we long for peace, justice and reconciliation.”

Watching the demonstrators with members of his congregation, Anderson - who like many a wingnut before him appears to be revelling in the attention - said:

"A lot of businesses pay to have sign-wavers. I'm just glad people know we're here. I'm not ashamed of what I believe, I'll preach it from the housetops. And anybody who wants to read it can go to the Dollar Tree and pick up a Bible."

He added that although he does not condone violence, he strongly believes that homosexuality should be banned.

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'Kill All Gays' Pastor Steven Anderson Compares Gay People To Ax Murderers, Hitler - VIDEO

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An Arizona news anchor has challenged nasty anti-gay preacher Steve Anderson on his recent call for the stoning to death of all gay people, reports the Advocate.

Anderson, who has in the past wished for death by brain cancer for President Obama, gay people, and Michelangelo Signorile, told his followers in a World AIDS Day sermon that the best cure for HIV/AIDS is to kill all gay people. Anderson also told his congregation that “all homosexuals are pedophiles.”

In an interview with Phoenix TV station KPNX anchor Mark Curtis, Anderson refreshingly doesn’t claim to not hate gay people and refers to himself as a “religious zealot.”

Anderson, pastor of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, claims that “according to the Bible, homosexuality is a capital crime."

He masterfully avoids Curtis’s question as to whether he would want one of his own children to die if they were gay, arguing that homosexuality is a “fallacy” because people only become gay when the reject god. He admits that if he did have a gay child he would reject them.

Anderson bizarrely compares gay people to Adolf Hitler and murderers:

“That’s like saying, what if your daughter, you know, grew up to be an ax murderer?” he says. “What if your son grew up to be like Adolf Hitler?”

Watch the interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

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'Kill All Gays' Pastor Doubles Down on Hate, Claims Gay People Are 'Basically Rapists' - VIDEO

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Arizona pastor Steven Anderson, who recently suggested that the only way to cure HIV/AIDS is to stone all gay people to death, has since posted a video on Facebook that reveals “the truth about sodomites,” reports NCRM.

 

Although Anderson made much of his personal Facebook page private following revelations of his latest homophobic rant, he reposted a 2013 video titled “The Truth About the Sodomites” on his church’s page along with the standard anti-gay circular argument that people who stand up to bigots are bigoted themselves.

AndersonSeething a level of hatred possibly beyond even that of wingnuts Scott Lively and Mat Staver, in the hour-long video Anderson says that gay people are vile, unclean, against nature, “haters of the lord,” “filled with murder” and “basically rapists.”

He also compares gay sex to an animal eating its own vomit, bestiality and suicide and states that gay people “will hump just about anything.”

Watch the full sermon, AFTER THE JUMP...

No stranger to disgusting outbursts, in 2009 Anderson wished for death by brain cancer for President Obama, gay people and Michelangelo Signorile.

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Arizona Lesbian Couple Nelda Majors, Karen Bailey Marry After 57 Years Together: VIDEO

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When they met in their college dorm in Texas in 1957, Nelda Majors and Karen Bailey never dreamed of telling anyone they were gay — let alone getting married. 

In fact, Majors and Bailey didn't come out publicly until they'd been together for 50 years — when they were inadvertently outed by lesbian Houston City Councilwoman Sue Lovell during an inauguration ceremony. 

After almost 57 years together, Majors and Bailey finally celebrated their marriage at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Phoenix on Sunday.

Majors and Bailey, who have two daughters, spent most of their lives in Houston, but retired to Arizona.  

They were among the plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challenging Arizona's marriage bans, which were struck down in October. They also were among the first couples to receive marriage licenses

Majors and Bailey invited the public to the ceremony on Sunday, and hundreds showed up. 

From AZfamiliy.com

"They feel that 56 and a half years together is a long engagement, but today they now have 1,134 federal laws on their side to protect their relationship," the officiant said. … 

"Oh it's much more than what we envisioned," Bailey said. "I don't think we could have ever imagined the people that have helped us, the vendors that have helped us. Our wedding assistant was unbelievable and we could have never imagined that it would be as wonderful as it's been."

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Meet Cathi Herrod, Arizona's Leading Anti-gay, Pro-Discrimination Bigot: VIDEO

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Earlier this month, NBC's Phoenix affiliate Channel 12 News had a "heart to heart" with one of Arizona's leading anti-LGBT culture warriors - Cathy Herrod, the president of the Center for Arizona Policy.

Herrod, who was the architect behind Arizona's proposed license-to-discriminate bill that made headlines earlier this year, spoke at length about her anti-gay, pro-discrimination policy positions - all while keeping a softspoken, almost "grandmotherly" demeanor....which somehow makes her even more of a creep than she already is.  

Listen to her spout b.s. about the "social science" on gay relationships:

The social science data shows that marriage between a man and a woman is still the best family unit for men, women and children. This is never aimed at any individual, but it's aimed at what's the best public policy. 

And why she thinks its a-okay for religious folks to turn away LGBT customers:

HerrodShould the photographer or the baker be able to have the freedom to practice their religious beliefs in their businesses and not be compelled by the government to participate, for example, in a same-sex wedding ceremony that goes against their conscious? This is people of faith and no faith and that's not trying to shove religion down someone's throad, its simply saying 'Let me live my life according to my faith'"

Watch the full interview, AFTER THE JUMP...(warning: autoplay)

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