May 25, 2015

Remember The Brave LGBT Members Of The Armed Forces

It's Memorial Day, and the graphic has a patriotic red and blue theme, with an American flag and a rainbow flag flying, and the inscription says "Let's remember the brave LGBT members of the Armed Forces who lost their lives fighting to defend our liberty and freedom.

by Roy Steele

We resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for equality, liberty, and justice for all.


Memorial Day is our remembrance day, when we honor and remember the brave members of the Armed Services who lost their lives while serving their country.

May 23, 2015

TV Talk: Morally Bankrupt Huckabee Rushes To Duggar's Defense

Mike 'Holy Horny' Huckabee and reality television star Josh Duggar of TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" with the text "two faced" above Huckabee's head, and "Hello my name is Morally Bankrupt" below the image. size= 650px by 650px

Huckabee and the Duggar’s are counting on “praying away” the child predator problems, just like they counsel people to “pray away the gay,” which has been found to be soul destroying and totally ineffective.


by Roy Steele

Right-wing extremists and so-called social conservatives never fail to disappoint.

That psuedo-Christian pack of wolves falsely claim that gay and transgender people should be stripped of our civil rights, because we’re all child predators. Is it a surprise that one of their own, a star of an alleged Christian family reality television show, got away with being an actual child predator?

I think not.

In Touch magazine reports that reality television star Josh Duggar, of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting,” molested several young girls when he was a teenager.

May 22, 2015

Gay Marriage: What Does The Bible Really Say

What is marriage? What does the Bible really say about marriage?  Image size=650px by 650px A photograph of a white wedding cake, and text that asks "what is marriage?"

Is religious freedom and bigotry synonymous?

I wrote an article for “Medium” entitled “What does the Bible really say about marriage.”
Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) excitedly told a crowd of evangelical Christians that “There is a liberal fascism that is going after believing Christians who follow the biblical tenets on marriage.” 
The “liberal fascists” in this case is the gay community, and Senator Cruz and his supporters are the “believing Christians” who are under attack. 
Excuse me while I look for my sympathy, and fetch my violin. 
Poor Senator Cruz was feeling victimized.

May 20, 2015

Election 2016: Anti-Gay Carly Fiorina Will Go Nowhere Fast

A photograph of anti-gay bigot and candidate for the Republican nomination for President, Carly Fiorina.

Candidate Profile: Where does Carly Fiorina stand on gay rights?


By Roy Steele

Republican Carly Fiorina, is 60 years old and a breast cancer survivor, was an executive at AT&T for nearly 20 years, before she was hired as the CEO of Hewlett-Packard (HP) in 1999. Her tenure at HP from 1999 to 2005 was controversial, and the Board of Directors forced her to resign.

Fiorina was the 2010 Republican nominee for US Senate in California.  During a campaign that was characterized as “disastrous,”  Fiorina disagreed  with Federal Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional.  Proposition 8 was the ballot proposition banning gay marriage, and on the campaign trail she said that the California voters had spoken, and that the courts should respect what the voters want.

May 16, 2015

TV Talk: Louis, Lily, Ru & Jane Are At The Top Of Their Game

Jane Fonda as Grace Hanson and Lily Tomlin as Frankie Bergstein in the Netflix original series "Grace and Frankie." The graphic contains the quote "If anybody is going to sit on Ryan Gosling's face, it's gonna be me," which is taken from the series.

Louie, RuPaul’s Drag Race, & Grace and Frankie, Personify The New ‘Golden Age’ Of Television


by Roy Steele

A complete stranger sent me an email, and asked if I was the "gayest" person I knew. I know that the email was meant to insult me, and I disappointed the sender because I thought it was funny. I think I’m a complex person with varied interests that stretch far beyond my sexuality. Being gay is a large part of who I am, though I don’t think my sexuality defines me.

Regular readers of this blog might think that I’m a gay man, who is gay gay gay, because I live in a very gay city, and heartily endorse frequenting gay businesses, and have a geopolitical view of the world that some might view as militant and inflexible and in your face. While some of that is true, largely the opposite is true.

May 15, 2015

The Big Gay Hate Machine Is Searching For Our Next Victim

This graphic asks "Why is Reagan silent about Aids? What is really going on at the Center for Disease Control, the Federal Drug Administration, and the Vatican?" Which are questions that gay activists posed in the 1980's during the height of the AIDS pandemic.

We have laws in this country that are meant to protect gay people from anti-gay discrimination, and when those laws are broken there are consequences.


by Roy Steele

When the butcher, or the baker, or the candlestick maker, consciously decide to deny their goods or services to gay people, under the guise of “religious freedom,” they are breaking the law, regardless of how they choose to justify their discriminatory action.


I think it’ funny how “conservatives” don’t want undocumented immigrants to be given legal status, because they allegedly “broke the law,” but it’s ok to break the law when discriminating against the gay community.

This double standard from the right, and in the right-wing media, goes on and on, and they don’t seem to be accountable to anyone.

I’m going to take the unusual step of answering and refuting an opinion piece that was written by Dr. Susan Berry, and published on the website Breitbart.com. The headline is provocative and inflammatory, and it’s entitled “Who will be the next victim of the big gay hate machine?”

May 13, 2015

The Anti-Gay Wig Wearing Plagiarizer And Wannabe President


by Roy Steele

The Kentucky Senator believes that persistent anti-gay discrimination should be protected, because homosexual behavior can be changed.


First he confessed that gay marriage “offends myself and a lot of other people.”

Then he attributed the expansion of marriage equality to a “moral crisis.”
“Don’t always look to Washington to solve anything. In fact, the moral crisis we have in our country, there is a role for us trying to figure out things like marriage, there’s also a moral crisis that allows people to think that there would be some sort of other marriage.”
He has no respect for the LGBT community if he can’t say same-sex marriage or gay marriage out loud. He has to use offensive language that demeans our relationships, which is why he said “some sort of other marriage,” instead of same-sex or gay marriage.

May 9, 2015

Jesus’ 2 Dads, Hemsworth Is A Hunk & Huckabee’s Sunk

Chris Hemsworth in a still photograph from the movie "Vacation."

Chris Hemsworth has a baby’s leg in his briefs.


When I was a kid, I had a subscription to National Lampoon magazine. It was a humor magazine of questionable taste, and outrageously funny content. The magazine spawned several movies, including National Lampoon’s Animal House. I loved the Chevy Chase films National Lampoon’s Vacation, National Lampoon’s European Vacation, and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

I just saw the trailer for a new Vacation film that is going to be released on July 29, 2015. It’s written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (in their directorial debuts). Starring in the Warner Bros. release is Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Leslie Mann, and Chris Hemsworth.

May 8, 2015

Two Gay Men and A Right-Wing Extremist Walk Into A Bar

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) said  "There is a liberal fascism that is dedicated to going after believing Christians who follow the biblical tenets on marriage."

Village Idiot Ted Cruz Created A New Anti-gay Slur That Makes No Sense: “Liberal Fascists”


by Roy Steele

Anyone can tell you that it’s never easy and breezy being gay. Whether it’s a bully picking on kids at school because he or she thinks they’re different, or a United States Senator making a public speech that denigrates the gay community because he or she does not believe in equal rights, we see and hear the defamatory remarks on a daily basis.

I know lots of people in the LGBT community that steer clear of reading newspapers, or don’t watch the evening news, because of the anti-gay hate and vitriol, that dominates much of the reporting in the news today.

Shining a light on the lies and bigotry is a moral imperative, to counter their blasphemous claims  and irrational arguments, and to also report the truth and verify or disprove "facts."

May 1, 2015

Gay Marriage Round Two: 150+ Years Of Fights For Equal Rights

An anonymous man waves the rainbow flag in front of the US Supreme Court Building in Washington, DC on April 28, 2015.
This work "Rainbow Beacon" is a derivative of SCOTUS April 2015 LGBTQ 54663  by Ted Eytan used under CC BY. "Rainbow Beacon" is licensed under CC BY by jiveinthe415.com

by Roy Steele

If there are at least five Justices that vote to extend marriage equality to everyone across the land, we will win. When I say “we,” I include the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, as well as our country at-large. We all win if the court affirms marriage equality for all.


Washington, DC: Unless you’re living under a rock, you know that there was a historic gay marriage hearing this week,  at the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC. The cases being litigated before the penultimate panel of legal arbiters, as provided for in our plutocracy Constitution, will determine whether same-sex marriage will be legal in all fifty states, and the territories, that comprise these United States.

I have to admit that this writer is tired and weary from listening to the cacophonous noise disguised as opinion, related to marriage and LGBT people, polluting our airwaves. The clueless pundits offered a variety of regurgitated opinions leading up to the oral arguments, and the smorgasbord of both intelligent and ignorant summaries in the days immediately following, have fried my analytical brain and dulled my senses.

What Happens Now Batman?


The nine Justices will be in conference today, and a vote will be taken to decide the collection of cases known as Obergfell vs. Hodges et al. If there are at least five Justices that vote to extend marriage equality to everyone across the land, we will win. When I say “we,” I include the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, as well as our country at-large. We all win if the court affirms marriage equality for all. If we lose, which is always a distinct possibility, we will be angry and hurt and pissed and heartbroken, and the fight will intensify.

Whenever I write or speak about gay marriage, and the gains we’ve made over the last decade, I always say that this is just a first step. It might take decades and decades, or more than a century (egads!), to prohibit discrimination, and build the legal framework to extend and guarantee equality, in equal measure to us all.

A Thomas Jefferson Quote from the Declaration of Independence "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

Patience Is NOT A Virtue


Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence in 1776, notifying King George III, that the United States are thirteen newly independent sovereign states that were no longer a part of the British Empire.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
Since the Declaration was written two hundred and thirty nine years ago, our nation of immigrants have gone to war with each other over those “truths” that are “self-evident.” Neighbors and family members fought together in the Civil War, and some opposed each other, on battlefields and towns up and down the east coast. That war was over one hundred and fifty years ago, and we still have to hold our public and private institutions accountable for racism, discrimination, and the pervasive inequality, that is prevalent today.  

The New Civil Rights Movement?


People say that the fight for “gay rights” are the new frontier in the “civil rights” movement, and I disagree. We are waging a war to extinguish racism, eliminate sexism, and eradicate homophobia. We want to empower people of color, women, and gays, to stand together and demand the equality that Thomas Jefferson brilliantly articulated long ago.

While the weapons in the war have changed, we’re still debating what our ancestors took up arms for. The fights have moved from the battlefields of yore, to our living rooms and kitchen tables, to courtrooms and legislative chambers, on talk radio and the evening TV news, in every city and town across the country. Whether it was the Civil War of yesterday, or this so called “culture war” today, it’s really hard to believe that the issue is the same.

Equality. The struggle for civil rights throughout our nation’s short history, is synonymous with the fight for equal rights.

Equal Rights = Great Big Fights


Are we an egalitarian society that embraces equality, or will we maintain discrimination, and keep the status quo?

Europeans emigrated here in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to escape religious persecution and government oppression. It’s quite an accomplishment that a diverse group of people, with different languages and religious beliefs, came together and successfully fought off the British, to give birth to a new nation.  

Our founding fathers believed in liberty, equality, free speech, free association, religious freedom, freedom of expression, and free uncensored thought, which is why they established a secular government. They wanted to guarantee that Americans would be free from both religious and government tyranny, in order to enjoy “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

The base principal of equality, wherein we’re all created equal, enjoy the same status, have the same civil rights, with a level playing field that personifies equal opportunity, is what America is all about.

Mike 'Holy Horny' Huckabee Is At It Again


The former governor of Arkansas, Mike 'Holy Horny' Huckabee, reflects the worst of what our country has to offer, and is NOT what America is all about. He makes inflammatory statements about the LGBT community that have no basis in fact, in order to fuel people’s fear, and scare people away from us evil and wicked gays.

The snake oil salesman says he’s a capable leader that’s qualified to be president, as he falsely claims that the criticism he gets for inciting anti-gay hate, is religious persecution that infringes upon his liberty.

Brian Tashman, a fantastic Research Associate at Right Wing Watch , wrote about a conference call that Huckabee had last week. He spread more lies to the listeners of the call,  and complained that political donors treat anti-gay politicians as “pariahs.”
In a conference call with conservative pastors today organized by the anti-gay Family Research Council, Mike Huckabee let loose with a litany of falsehoods about how marriage equality will lead to the “criminalization of Christianity” and demanded that states simply defy the Supreme Court if it strikes down bans on same-sex marriage.
“Christian convictions are under attack as never before,” Huckabee said in the call, which was meant to rally pastors to participate in the FRC’s upcoming “Stand for Marriage” event. “Not just in our lifetime, but ever before in the history of this great nation. We are moving rapidly towards the criminalization of Christianity.”
The former governor and likely GOP presidential candidate predicted that the government will bring “criminal charges” against those who oppose gay rights and pastors who preach against gay marriage. He even defended ex-gay therapy, claiming that the government is barring chaplains from telling those they counsel to “seek assistance” for a “homosexual lifestyle.”
It’s no wonder that our Constitution guarantees the separation of church and state.

Huckabee has no respect for the rule of law. “Christian convictions” are NOT under attack, it’s anti-gay bigotry and hate speech that’s under attack. ‘Horny Holy’ Huckabee can think what he wants, and he can say what he wants, and he can believe what he wants, and he can worship any religion he wants. What more could he want?  Ohhh that’s right, he wants every civil right taken from LGBT people. He doesn’t believe that we are all entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, so fuck him.

Racism, Sexism, and Homophobia Run Rampant
 

We have to eliminate inequality and discrimination wherever we see it. Whether it’s Ferguson or Baltimore, the systemic racial bias in government institutions have got to stop. The  homophobia in the texting scandal that has rocked San Francisco, must be eliminated.  

When the LGBT community, people of color, and women, join forces and work together to build a framework that supports equal rights, discards discriminatory legislation, and promotes life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for everyone, we will see real change and be a formidable political force to be reckoned with.

At the end of the day, you can trace many of our nation’s problems, right back to inequality.

Equality represents a simple idea and a Herculean task, and I know we’ll get it right, one of these days.

The Supreme Court will issue their ruling in June. I hope and pray that THEY get it right.

straight talk in a queer world.            jiveinthe415.com

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