Vatican Scraps Pro-Gay Language from Synod Document

A dramatic shift in tone from the Vatican regarding gay people that was evident in the draft of a document produced by Catholic leaders at its synod on the family has been scrapped and all evidence of it removed by conservatives in the Church, the Guardian reports:

VaticanIn the final report of an extraordinary synod on the family which has exposed deep divides in church hierarchy, there is no mention – as there had been in a draft version – of the “gifts and qualities” gay people can offer.

Nor is there any recognition of the “precious support” gay partners can give each other.

A paragraph entitled “pastoral attention to people of homosexual orientation” – itself a distinctly cooler tone than “welcoming homosexual persons” – refers to church teaching, saying there can be “not even a remote” comparison between gay unions and heterosexual marriage.

“Nevertheless,” it adds, “men and women of homosexual tendencies must be welcomed with respect and sensitivity.” They should not suffer from discrimination, it adds.

But the shift in tone is clear. And even this watered-down passage failed to pass the two-thirds majority needed for it to be approved.

The other two paragraphs that failed to pass majority dealt with people who had divorced and remarried and whether they should be allowed to take communion.

The pro-gay text's rejection began shortly after the draft was released to the public. NYC Cardinal Timothy Dolan was among those who suggested the document needed "major reworking".

Posted Oct. 18,2014 at 4:57 PM EST by in Catholic Church, News, Pope Francis, Vatican | Permalink | Comments (60)

Gay Iconography: Robbie Rogers Leaves His Mark


After a history of extraordinary gay athletes, like Martina Navratilova, Orlando Cruz and Glenn Burke, the last few years have seen more active players beginning to open up publicly about their sexuality. Jason Collins may have been the first publicly gay active athlete in a North American team sport, but it was the Los Angeles Galaxy’s Robbie Rogers who was the first out athlete to actually play after coming out.

RogersBefore making history, Robbie had played on the United States men’s national soccer team as well as for Leeds United. In 2013, a 25-year-old Rogers simultaneously announced that he way gay and retiring from soccer in a blog post.

“I always thought I could hide this secret. Football was my escape, my purpose, my identity. Football hid my secret, gave me more joy than I could have ever imagined… I will always be thankful for my career. I will remember Beijing, The MLS Cup, and most of all my teammates. I will never forget the friends I have made a long the way and the friends that supported me once they knew my secret.

Now is my time to step away. It’s time to discover myself away from football. It’s 1 A.M. in London as I write this and I could not be happier with my decision. Life is so full of amazing things. I realized I could only truly enjoy my life once I was honest. Honesty is a bitch but makes life so simple and clear. My secret is gone, I am a free man, I can move on and live my life as my creator intended.”

He wouldn’t stay retired for long. He played his first match as a substitute for the Galaxy on May 26, 2013, (just weeks after Collins came out and credited Rogers for blazing a trail).

Even though his retirement was short-lived, his place in history has been secured. Hear Robbie’s thoughts on coming out, professional sports and more of our favorite clips,

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Posted Oct. 18,2014 at 3:54 PM EST by in Gay Iconography, Robbie Rogers | Permalink | Comments (19)

Meet Idaho's Most Outspoken Anti-Gay Bigots and Their Hateful Truck: VIDEO


Boise, Idaho-area couple Justin and Melanie Sease are driving around in a car painted with phrases like "HOMOSEXUALITY is a sin & a abomination", "Just Say NO to Gay Marriage", and "GOD'S NOT DEAD". They say they're speaking out for others who are afraid to do the same in light of the recent arrival of marriage equality in the state, and whine to KBOI that they're being ridiculed for it:

2truck"We've had a few homosexual extremists who cuss us out and get very angry with us and threaten us."

Why are they on a crusade?

Says Justin, who claims he's "taking a stand for the Heavenly Father":

"We can never accept public homosexuality. It's wrong, and it's wrong in God's eyes first. He's very clear in the Bible. The Bible says that when homosexuality is publicly accepted, basically it spreads like a cancer....This is kind our little way of protesting the homosexual extremist movement..."

Said Melanie:

"If nobody else is going to do it, why not start doing it. Hopefully, other people will join us and follow us and do what we're doing.Most everyone who has seen our vehicles gives us a thumbs up, waves, smiles, or honks."


(h/t vocativ)


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Posted Oct. 18,2014 at 2:45 PM EST by in Gay Marriage, Idaho, News | Permalink | Comments (71)

CDC Advises Quarantine For Two Male Strippers Potentially Exposed To Ebola - VIDEO


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After realizing that they sat near Ebola-infected nurse Amber Vinson on an airplane, male strippers Axl Goode and Taylor Cole have elected to put themselves into a self-imposed quarantine at the suggestion of the CDC. The pair of adult performers came into close contact with Vinson on a flight from to Dallas from Cleveland where they had attended Romanticon, an erotic novel convention.

“I had just come back from a book conference and while there I read on how ebola affects the body and what it does when you contract the disease and how terrible it is,” Good told the AP via a Skype interview. “So certainly--a lot of fear, a lot of panic. It took a while for it to hit me. That was pretty scary.”

Banfield_ebolaFor the next 21 days the CDC is asking Goode and Cole to remain within their houses and at least three feet away from anyone. The men are not allowed to board planes or cruise ships, and while the quarantine is currently voluntary, it is likely to be made mandatory.

The reasoning behind Goode and Cole’s quarantine stems from the CDC’s desire to assuage public fears about the threat of an Ebola outbreak within the U.S. Neither of the men reported having come in direct contact with Vinson or being exposed to any of her bodily fluids in the course of their flight. Though the media’s ebola-panic narrative has spooked 40% of American adults into worries about potential infection, the actual mechanics of ebola transmission make it exceedingly difficult to transmit in most circumstances.

Amber Vinson became infected with the virus after treating Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who began presenting symptoms and eventually died in Dallas, Texas. Duncan, who was visiting his wife and son who live in the U.S., was likely exposed the virus in Liberia while caring for other stricken by the disease. Upon coming to the U.S. and seeking medical attention, Duncan was met with a fair amount of gross negligence due to not having insurance.

By the time the Liberian man had been admitted to a local hospital and administered the experimental drug brincidofovir, far too much time had passed and he died. Vinson’s infection is due to the fact that she had much more consistent and direct contact with Duncan and his soiled clothing.

Watch Goode and Cole's interview with CNN's Ashleigh Banfield about being asked to put themselves into quarantine AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Oct. 18,2014 at 1:45 PM EST by in Ebola, Health, News | Permalink | Comments (13)

Vandals Destroy Sexually-Suggestive 'Tree' Installation in Paris Square: PHOTO


Vandals pulled the plug on Paul McCarthy's wondrous inflatable sex toy 'tree' in Paris's Place Vendome last night when a security guard wasn't looking.

And this is why we can't have nice things.

Posted Oct. 18,2014 at 12:45 PM EST by in Art and Design, News, Paris | Permalink | Comments (21)

Here's the Steamy Gay Office Scene from Thursday's 'How to Get Away with Murder': VIDEO

Shonda Rhimes's new Thursday night ABC show How To Get Away with Murder promised a lot of gay sex and has been delivering on those promises.

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Thursday's show did not disappoint in that regard, in an episode focusing on Jack Falahee's gay law student Connor Walsh, which leads to this way-steamy-for-network-TV scene in an office copy room with Paxton, the intern to one of his professor's clients.



Are you watching yet?

Check out the scene, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Why's It So Hard to Get Away with Gay Intimacy on Network Television? [tlrd]


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Posted Oct. 18,2014 at 11:45 AM EST by in How to Get Away with Murder, Jack Falahee, News, Television | Permalink | Comments (32)

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