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HarperCollins Refuses To Publish Book Until Author Renounces Gay Daughter

Author Dawn Bennett has been told by HarperCollins Christian Publishing that she will have to condemn her daughter’s sexual orientation before her book can be published, reports Human Rights Campaign.

BXLSvElftuSRpRI-580x326-noPadBennett’s book centers on her story as a Christian mother supporting her lesbian daughter and “the hurt and harm that my daughter and our family has experienced at the hands of certain biblical interpretation.”

In an email from the publisher’s content evaluation department - managed by HarperCollins subsidiary Thomas Nelson publishing group, which considers homosexuality to be sinful behavior - Bennett was told any mention of “homosexual behavior” would have to be “presented as a sin”.

The email also insisted “the person who committed the act is remorseful and has or currently is taking steps to change their lifestyle.”

Bennett has attacked the implication that homosexuality is "sinful behavior that can and should be changed" and highlights the harmful effects of so-called "ex-gay" therapy, a practise that was recently banned in Washington, D.C.

Bennett says the publisher, which has many LGBT titles in its catalogue, "shouldn’t be able to take our money with one hand and then shame us with the other."

Bennett has started a petition on Change.org to make customers aware of the publisher’s actions, especially where it “promotes causing others harm.”

No stranger to controversy, the Thomas Nelson subsidiary was sued back in 2008 by a man who said that versions of their Bibles which call homosexuality a sin violated his consitutional rights. HarperCollins Christian Publishing is also marketing and promoting a number of Christian-themed products from the Duck Dynasty family.

UPDATE: Towleroad has receieved the following message from HarperCollins in response to our post:

As soon as we learned of Ms. Bennett's petition we looked into the situation and determined that there was a third-party subjective application and misinterpretation of the editorial guidelines. It was not an accurate reflection on the editorial standards of Thomas Nelson, or any other publishing group within HarperCollins. We issued an apology to Ms. Bennett immediately, refunded her money and offered for her to continue the publishing process with WestBow. We are taking the appropriate steps to ensure that this does not happen again. We are sincerely sorry to her and her family for any harm, pain, or embarrassment that this may have caused.


Robbie Rogers Talks New Book, Coming Out, MLS Cup Win - VIDEO

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Robbie Rogers, the first openly gay man to compete in a major North American sports league, has opened up about his journey to becoming an out-and-proud pro soccer player.

Speaking with Blaine Stewart for News Channel 3, Rogers discusses his candid memoir “Coming Out To Play”, coming out in his 20s, his big win in the MLS Cup and becoming a role model for LGBT youth.

In October, it was announced ABC closed a deal for a new sitcom called "Men In Shorts," based on Robbie's life.

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New Zealand Pastor Says Gays Should Kill Themselves Or Be Put To Death By The Government: VIDEO

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Gay people are "filthy child-molesting fag[s]" who should commit suicide, according to one New Zealand pastor. And if they don't kill themselves, it's government's job to put them to death. 

Logan Robertson (above), pastor of New Zealand's Westcity Bible Baptist Church, made the comments in an email to a gay Christian author and in a TV interview over the weekend. 

MarjoramAuthor Jim Marjoram (right) said he emailed 400 churches in the Auckland region of New Zealand about his new book, It's Life Jim, which recounts his struggles as a gay Christian. Marjoram received only two responses, one of which came from Robertson.

"We are not interested in your filthy lifestyle or book," Robertson wrote to Marjoram. "Romans 1 clearly says God has rejected homos and they are worthy of death. You cannot be saved. I pray that you will commit suicide, you filthy child molesting fag."

After Marjoram shared Robertson's comments on Facebook, they went viral. Robertson later told a gay reporter from ONE News he would never grant an interview to a "filthy faggot" and doubled down on his statements in an interview with Sky News

"I think every single one of them should be put to death," Robertson said. "Christians shouldn't be doing it, I'm not going to do it, it's the Government's job to be doing it."

The leader of the Baptist Churches of New Zealand said Robertson's church, which the pastor reportedly runs out of his home, is not affiliated with the group. Robertson told Sky News he received death threats after his comments were reported, but Marjoram cautioned people against that. 

"The guy's deceived and a fruit-loop, but he doesn't deserve the same type of treatment," Marjoram said. 

Marjoram said Robertson's email was especially hurtful since he struggled with thoughts of suicide as a closeted Christian for most of his life. Marjoram and his wife ran an "ex-gay" counseling service before he came out after she died a few years ago. 

Proceeds from It's Life Jim, released today, will go toward Marjoram's support group for gay Christians, the Silent Gays Project.  

Watch news reports about Robertson's statements here and here

In related news from earlier this morning, America's own "kill the gays" pastor Steven Anderson recently compared gay people to ax murderers and Adolf Hitler in a heated exchange with an Arizona news anchor. 


Joyce Brabner’s ‘Second Avenue Caper: When Goodfellas, Divas, And Dealers Plotted Against The Plague’: Book Review

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SecondavenueJoyce Brabner’s nonfiction graphic novel recounts the early years of the AIDS crisis as experienced by a tight-knit circle of “gay artists, writers, actors, musicians, dyke activists, drag queens,” who respond to the devastation of the disease with acts of remarkable daring and generosity. 

Brabner’s story centers on Ray, a struggling playwright who earns his living as a nurse. When a doctor he works with offers to hook him up with his “connections in Mexico” in “a potentially beneficial business deal,” Ray begins selling pot to his circle of friends. “The NEA isn’t giving grants to Avant queers,” his partner Ben reasons. “This is our Colombian Arts Council Grant!”

They’re careful to sell only to people they know, and we meet Ray’s vibrant circle of friends, most of them artists, writers, and performers—among them Brabner herself—as they come to his apartment to buy weed. “Fabulous herb…fabulous fantasies…and fabulous friends,” Ray muses, and his apartment becomes the site of “a celebratory, slightly stoned, queer-communal pleasure.”

BrabnerThese early pages of the book are exuberantly joyful, as Ray’s apartment is packed with friends eating and drinking and smoking together, playing games and singing songs, throwing out ideas for plays and musicals, and above all gossiping, cattily and lovingly. Mark Zingarelli’s direct and emotive illustrations capture beautifully the intimacy and trust between these queer outsiders, who create a rich and sustaining family for themselves.

The strength of that community will be tested by the new disease afflicting Ray’s patients. He cares for a man who is “the 24th known case” of what would eventually be called AIDS, and as the scope of the crisis becomes clear, he calls on his friends to “locate gay doctors, researchers, people with some medical training,” quickly creating a network both for information gathering and for providing care to those caught by the wave of infections that sweeps through Ray’s community.

Ray is terrified by the speed with which he loses his friends. “One went so suddenly,” he says, “we knew about it only when we learned he had been buried in a potter’s grave because no one had come to claim him.”

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Robbie Rogers Unleashes His Monster: VIDEO

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Living in the closet "creates a monster inside you that you just want to get rid of," according to gay MLS star Robbie Rogers.

Rogers made the comments to Today's Maria Shriver during an interview about his new book, "Coming Out To Play," which was released Tuesday. 

BookRogers also said that during his brief retirement after coming out in 2013 — it was working with young gay people through groups like GLSEN that inspired him to get back in the sport.

"I realized that just by playing and being on the soccer field, that's a symbol right there, and that can encourage and give people hope," Rogers said. "It was really those kids inspiring me that was kind of like my final decision — I need to sack up, I need to go back into soccer.'" 

In an interview about the book with the Associated Press, Rogers says he's surprised more pro athletes haven't come out since he was joined by the NBA's Jason Collins and the NFL's Michael Sam. 

"To be honest, I thought when I came out and Jason and Michael, I thought there'd be a chain reaction. It's been a lot slower. I guess that just reminds me how big a problem it is in sports culture with homophobia. They don't feel comfortable."

But the best way to combat that homophobia may be to come out, Rogers suggests. He told The Hollywood Reporter that while he used to hear a lot of gay slurs in the locker room, that's not the case anymore: 

"When I was closeted, I would hear the most ridiculous homophobic things…and now it’s totally different. People are more sensitive and more aware of what they’re saying. They’re very, very supportive, and we’ll talk about things like marriage equality. I would be petrified, so scared to bring up a conversation like that with my teammates, but my teammates come to me. We still have the banter and the jokes, and yes, there still are a bunch of naked men taking showers together, but it’s a very different atmosphere. I’ve been naked and had discussions with guys in the shower and them asking me, 'Is it hard for you to shower with guys?' I’ve been doing it for so long and…teammates become like brothers."

In the book, Rogers reveals that he went through a similar process with his family, which once ridiculed him for his interest in "My LIttle Pony" and for playing with dolls. Since he came out, his parents and siblings have become his biggest supporters. 

Rogers has several book-signing events planned on the West Coast if you'd like to try to catch up with him. 

On a side note, two days before the book came out, Rogers' LA Galaxy won the first leg of MLS' Western Conference Finals. They meet again Sunday.  

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Wingnut Linda Harvey's New 'Ex-Gay' Book Is The Perfect Christmas Gift For Your Child - LISTEN

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“Ex-Gay” activist Linda Harvey has a suggestion for a Christmas gift for your favorite teen or college student struggling with their sexuality, reports Right Wing Watch.

Mission America’s Harvey says that Maybe He’s Not Gay? “is for America’s youth and the bright future they can all have, regardless of the turmoil of adolescence, which for some, may include same sex attractions or gender confusion.”

6a00d8341c730253ef017c31cbab4d970b-800wiOriginally published last year, the book was removed by Amazon because of its abusive content. Harvey and her publishers said that they pulled the book because they didn’t want it be harmed by an “uninformed and vicious campaign stimulated by ‘gay’ blogger[s].” Whereas Harvey’s opinions are informed by reason and science because she is correct in her claim that gay people do not exist.

Speaking on her radio program the other day, Harvey told her listeners that the book would make a perfect Christmas gift:

“If you were wondering what to get your teen or college student for Christmas, how about giving them the gift of common sense and morality? This is the way many people have described my book, Maybe He’s Not Gay: Another View On Homosexuality.

“Same-sex relationships are not what anyone was born for yet there are reasons why people get there and even more reasons why they can leave those feelings behind.”

In September, Harvey warned parents that gay people are preying on young people at LGBT youth centers.

Last month, Harvey joined “culture warrior” Pat Buchanan in a call for Christians to rise up in mass "civil disobedience" against the Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage.

Listen to Harvey's pitiful rant, AFTER THE JUMP...

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