Showing posts with label Homophobia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Homophobia. Show all posts

February 20, 2017

Homophobia Engulfing A Previous Diverse Town of Rochester, NY




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I was sent to work in Rochester by my company after being given choices of Conn and PA. 
I decided to stay in NY State on which I had spent most of my life.  Rochester had a good reputation as a growing good community and therefore a good environment to continue the expansion of a retail chain of stores.

In Rochester to my surprised, I found a large gay community many of which where out in the sense they had partners and were not hiding that fact. The people there used to mind their own business and not afraid of other people. You had Xerox and Kodak in the heart of Rochester, therefore you had people coming from out of the area to work for these two Monmouth companies.  As a result you had different communities establishing foot there.

I was only in Rochester for a year before being transferred a couple hours south to Buffalo. Years after I was out of NY altogether I heard of the bad news concerning both Xerox and kodak, particularly Kodak which had been hit so bad in those economic times and was laying off people instead of hiring. I can only imagine what the unemployment could have done to that town. 
It is a universal fact in  the United States and in most countries that when things go bad there is always someone within the community to blame. Now we have a President who encourages bias to people born else where. These things matter in bringing out the bias some people carry naturally due to their upbringing and environment which usually starts with bad economic times or when you have the people on top of the governing cheering discrimination on. This is how it manifests in brining out  homophobia, bias and bigotry.
                                                                               

The Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley says there has been an increase in reports of bias-motivated incidents in the Rochester area in the last three months.

Rochester police are investigating the apparent theft of two gay pride flags and one Black Lives Matter flag on Garson Avenue over the weekend.

Gay Alliance executive director Scott Fearing said he was told by a board member who lives on that street that closer to ten LGBTQ flags are missing from residents' yards.

Fearing said since the November election, his organization has received calls about six separate incidents, including the burning of a gay pride flag on Election Day.

"And we're also hearing more incidents of name-calling and what you might want to call bullying, but is actually about a hate crime and bias-motivated incidents; people being put down, called names."

Fearing said he spoke to the victim of an alleged hate crime in Victor who was reportedly one of two men physically assaulted at a tavern last week. WXXI News has been unable to confirm any details of the alleged incident with Ontario County law enforcement or the district attorney’s office.

Fearing believes the reports his office is receiving are connected to the current political climate in the country, and people feeling empowered to act out against others who see as unworthy.

"I thought we had moved on in the world and we were starting to understand that diversity isn't a bad thing and that we're all neighbors and the better that we treat each other, the better we all can live. Seeing the spike here in these bias-related incidents is very disheartening both personally and professionally."

Fearing said of the six incidents he personally knows about in the past three months, only two have been reported to law enforcement. He said victims are often afraid to go to police because they fear the crimes won't be taken seriously.

A spokesperson for RPD says police have yet to make any arrests in connection with the burned rainbow flag in Winton Village in November.

January 27, 2017

Homophobia Seemed to Surge in Mexico After Peña Gay Marriage Proposal


Let me just quantify the tittle: The homophobes were always there like Trump voters were here, they just kept quiet about it…..



 Homophobia has surged in Mexico since president Enrique Pena Nieto proposed to legalise same-sex marriage in May, a gay rights group said, reporting 26 hate-fueled murders this year. Alejandro Brito, head of the Citizen Commission against Homophonic Hate Crimes, said there was a “defamation campaign” against gays.

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"This can trigger a wave of violence and an increase in attacks against homosexuals. We think that it's important for the authorities to take care of this before a tragedy takes place," he said yesterday. "Homophobia has worsened this year due to the opposition to the initiative that the president has sent to Congress," Brito said at a news conference.
"We don't want an Orlando in Mexico," he said, referring the murder of 49 people by a gunman at a gay nightclub in the Florida city in June. Pena Nieto has proposed a constitutional reform that would legalise same-sex marriage nationwide after the Supreme Court ruled last year that state bans were unconstitutional.
Currently only a handful of the country's 31 states and Mexico City allow such weddings. Brito said that at least 26 people from the LGBT community were killed so far this year, with some brutal homicides perpetrated after the president's announcement.
On June 25, two lesbians were verbally attacked by a man for their sexual orientation while they were outside a store in the northern city of Monclova. The couple left but the man hit their car with his vehicle and shot one of the women in the neck, killing her, Brito said.
The Mexico Equality Movement has documented two other murders of gays after Pena Nieto's announcement. One was run over and the other one was tortured. Brito's group reported 44 homophobia-fueled murders in 2015, down from 72 in 2014. An average of 71 anti-LGBT murders have taken place every year in the past decade.
But Brito said the figure is likely much higher as the statistics are only based on news reports.
"For each case reported in the press, there are at least two others that are not reported," he said. Pena Nieto’s initiative has been opposed by Mexico's Roman Catholic Church and members of conservative parties. The leftist Democratic Revolution Party and LGBT rights groups filed complaints in the interior ministry and the government’s anti-discrimination agency against bishops and a cardinal, accusing them of violating the constitution for their public stance against same-sex marriage.  firstpost.com
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What’s missing from Mexico vis a vis United States gay marriage is education. What should have happened would have been for both public and private sectors to explain why should there be gay marriage. Who are the gay people? In United States there was a campaign before and after there was gay marriage showing the population that gays were in everyone’s family. Either in the past or in the present and if not, there are still gays we interact every day from friends and co workers that don’t talk about it and we don’t know their sexual orientation.
In United States we started the fight of going from state to state but realized some states were too far behind in recognizing gays as comparable human beings and it was the same states that had problems with the right to vote, inter-race marriage and even the end of slavery.
We realized we needed the same power that made all of those things I just mentioned happen and that was the power of the Supreme Court.
I don’t know the constitution of Mexico but if it proclaims that all citizens are to be treated equally then the highest courts there is the way to go.

Companies and Education:

The private sector also played a big role in education in the US. Many of those companies are also in Mexico. McDonalds, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, etc., can also make the effort there to educate and have equal hiring and opportunities for all and let the public know.

It was great that President Peña went for gay marriage and the timing seemed right since the Supreme Court in the US had made the decision but it seemed like there was a vacuum in education and for backing from organization the public respected. Yes,  the Catholic Church coming down hard against it is not helping but they also did in the US.

You have to teach people and find out why they oppose gay marriage and gay rights.
If its religious then you have to point out many things people do daily that does not square with the scriptures. If it’s sex, well that is private.  Is it the way we dress? Not everybody dresses the same way and the people they probably think are gay is because they are perceive to be effeminate in some way.
Then show them the figures in sports globally and in companies such as Apple, Mozilla,Pay Pal and others were their CEO’s are gay and nobody would know if they were not out to the public.

When you have organized opposition like the church and then you have new groups with Putin-Russian scare tactics you need to counter them and bring the truth out and the lie exposed to the light of that truth. This thing that kids cannot be told about gays like if kids were stupid needs to go besides it needs to be pointed out that gays are not made but born. There are gay kids and they should feel that there are other solutions for them besides suicide and getting married to go in the down-low.

I hope that the gay community there learn from us and other nations how they have done it. In  all cases education is key.
You are not going to have everyone accept you but at least the misinformed and uneducated can be brought to your around and for the hard core homophobic which many times are gay themselves or afraid of being gay, for those only time is the answer.
Adam Gonzalez

January 16, 2017

Defense Ministry Gay Themed TV Episode Shown on China Pulled by YouTube



  

TAIPEI, Taiwan --YouTube has pulled an episode of the Defense Ministry's TV show that features a soldier broken up with by his same-sex partner.

Titled "Rainbow," the half-hour segment of the Ministry of National Defense's "Ju-guang Corner" (莒光園地) showed service members supporting a gay soldier who recently loses an off-base love interest.

The show is broadcast nationwide over Chinese Television System (華視) on Thursday, with reruns on Friday and Saturday.

The official online version of the video was removed by YouTube after users flagged it on grounds that it violated community guidelines. Cached backups of the episode remain online.

The Alliance of Crying for Hope (搶救台灣希望聯盟) blasted the "Rainbow" segment -- calling the government "shameful" and "needing medical attention."

"Imagine what kind of island Taiwan would become if the military became the breeding ground for AIDS. Taiwan's own self-destruction means that China wouldn't even need to invade," the post added.

Before the video's removal, a majority of comments in the discussion section was supportive of the episode, with some applauding the ministry's decision to face the issue of LGBT service members.

In a statement released on Facebook on Friday, the MND said it was "thankful and respectful of diverse societal opinions."

"The segment highlights the consolidated workings of counseling and members of the military supporting one another during difficult times. Combined with support from families, the counseling framework ensures that soldiers can serve with peace of mind," the MND stated.

Taiwan’s Legislature is poised to consider groundbreaking amendments to its civil code this year that legalize same-sex marriage.

The China Post news staff

October 24, 2016

“Let’s make America great Again Like Before the Homosexuals"



A Trump supporter part of a focus group on Face the Nation is asked what they would expect from a Trump Administrations versus a Clinton Administration. The answer she gave is not shocking coming from a Trump supporter what is surprising is that it was aired on national TV by a major network.

Im limiting my comments because the live video is so self explanatory and it speaks volumes that someone in this nation will feel like is 1982 again and such a wish can just be granted by the President of the United States and furthermore that is ok to say so on 2016.

There will always be subversives, bigots and homophobes no matter how good things are but usually they are shamed to be on their own circles and do their own hating to themselves. On this election cycle the unredeemable among us feel they have a place at the table and all they need is a Trump to make their dreams which at one point it was just a misguided notion but now is a dream that our system of government can make true. Are they right? Of coarse they are right. Notions of liberty and freedom to live undiscriminated by our government because of the type of people we love is something that will always have to be defended. We know this because there were times in history in which taking up a same sex partner and enter a union was not seen as abnormal.  Those times were reversed with a vengeance.

The voice from this woman admonishes us not to be contempt but to always be vigilant we are not regressing instead of moving forward. Money issues and the blaming of others for our self creating messes is always lead to people putting those things ahead of social issues. It’s always been so.

Adam Gonzalez


September 13, 2016

JSM*: Homophobia An Impulsive Attraction to Same Sex





Often political and religious leaders who campaign against gay rights are implicated in sexual encounters with the same sex.

Ted Haggard, for example, was once one of America’s most charismatic and powerful evangelical leaders with an audience of more than 30 million people.
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Haggard opposed same-sex marriage and gay rights, but was later exposed for paying a male escort for crystal meth. He later admitted he spent years trying to deny his attraction to men and that "if I were 21 in this society, I would identify myself as a bisexual".
 
So, in the study, the group of homophobic men were challenged to prove this theory wrong, by proving that they are straight.

THEY FAILED. 

*The Journal of Sexual Medicine published the study, by researchers at the University of Geneva, where they tested 38 heterosexual male subjects for their impulsive approach tendencies toward homosexual stimuli.

"These findings confirm the importance of considering the variability in impulsive processes to understand why some (but not all) men high in homophobia have homosexual interest. These findings reinforce the theoretical basis for elaborating a dual-process model for behaviors in the sexual context."

Okay, some but not all.

However, direct comparisons may be made between this study and another one conducted in 1996.

This study literally monitored increases in penile circumference in response to sexually explicit videos and their conclusion was similar.




"Only the homophobic men showed an increase in penile erection to male homosexual stimuli. The groups did not differ in aggression. Homophobia is apparently associated with homosexual arousal that the homophobic individual is either unaware of or denies."

So let your homophobic loved ones know, honey it’s okay to be gay because you might be.

April 21, 2016

The Origins of Homophobia and Gay Myths in Russia




                                                                             







                                                                                                                                                                                                
                                                                    











Most Rus­sians want gays liq­ui­dated or os­tra­cized. That’s ac­cord­ing to a re­cent poll that showed hard­en­ing at­ti­tudes to­wards all mi­nori­ties in Rus­sia, but es­pe­cially to­wards the coun­try’s LGBT com­mu­nity. Be­hind Rus­si­a’s blos­som­ing ha­tred for gays are sev­eral pow­er­ful myths that make up the Krem­lin’s nar­ra­tive of ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity as a West­ern con­spir­acy aimed at de­stroy­ing Russ­ian tra­di­tions. Over the last four years these myths have emerged as major pro­pa­ganda themes for me­dia in Rus­sia and be­yond. Coda set out to iden­tify four of the most pow­er­ful myths and to un­der­stand how they were spun into fuel for ho­mo­pho­bia.

MYTH 1: Pedophile parties are now in power in Europe.

In Vladimir Putin’s Rus­sia, ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity is of­ten equated with pe­dophilia. Con­cepts of “tol­er­ance” or “po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness” carry deeply neg­a­tive con­no­ta­tions. In Sep­tem­ber 2013 dur­ing his an­nual speech at the Val­dai Club, a tele­vised gath­er­ing of a se­lect group of Rus­sia ex­perts, Putin talked about “the ex­cesses of po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness” which, he said “reach the point where there are se­ri­ous dis­cus­sions on the reg­is­tra­tion of par­ties that have pro­pa­ganda of pe­dophilia as their ob­jec­tive.” The Russ­ian pres­i­dent was ap­par­ently re­fer­ring to a le­gal case around a Dutch foun­da­tion called Mar­tijn, which was es­tab­lished in 1982 to pro­mote the le­gal­iza­tion of con­sen­sual sex be­tween adults and chil­dren. The group had three of­fi­cial mem­bers, who tried and failed to reg­is­ter as a po­lit­i­cal party, and the group was even­tu­ally banned by the Nether­lands Supreme Court. But none of that was re­ported in Rus­sia. A week af­ter the Val­dai Club speech, Putin’spress sec­re­tary Dmitry Peskov said the in­for­ma­tion about a pe­dophile party in Eu­rope “had been ver­i­fied in the most thor­ough method, in­clud­ing by our For­eign Min­istry,” and the head­line “Pe­dophile par­ties are ac­tive in Eu­rope” be­came part of the Russ­ian me­dia nar­ra­tive.

It also spread be­yond Rus­si­a’s bor­ders, and not only through the me­dia. In a 2015 in­ter­view with the BBC, an Or­tho­dox priest in Geor­gia, Fa­ther Io­tame, said the West posed a dan­ger be­cause of the “pe­dophile par­ties tak­ing over Eu­rope.” He said that he first heard of the Eu­ro­pean pe­dophile par­ties dur­ing what he de­scribed as a re­li­gious “boot camp” or­ga­nized by fel­low Or­tho­dox priests vis­it­ing from Rus­sia. The work­shops, he said, fo­cused on re­sis­tance to the “wave of filth” of ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity and pe­dophilia com­ing from the West.

MYTH 2: Сhildren in Europe are encouraged to masturbate from age four.

In 2014, Rus­si­a’s main Chan­nel 1 re­ported that in some sex-ed pro­grams school­child­ren in Berlin are en­cour­aged to play pan­tomime de­pict­ing or­gasms, pornog­ra­phy and sado­masochism.
Sex ed­u­ca­tion in Eu­rope’s schools is, in fact, one of the fa­vorite sub­jects of Russ­ian state-con­trolled tele­vi­sion sta­tions and one of the most re­peated “facts” is that chil­dren in Eu­rope are forced to mas­tur­bate from age four.
The source is a 68-page doc­u­ment pro­vid­ing sex ed­u­ca­tion guide­lines pub­lished by the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion in 2010 that men­tioned early child­hood mas­tur­ba­tion sev­eral times along with a va­ri­ety of other nor­mal psy­cho­sex­ual phe­nom­ena that teach­ing pro­fes­sion­als should be pre­pared to deal with and ap­pro­pri­ately re­act to.

Early child­hood mas­tur­ba­tion, the guide­lines ex­plain, is dif­fer­ent from adult mas­tur­ba­tion and in­cludes any­thing from gen­i­tal touch­ing to suck­ing a thumb.

“Par­ents in Lithua­nia are con­vinced EU par­lia­ment mem­bers are try­ing to per­vert their chil­dren” reads the head­line on the state-owned chan­nel TV Cen­ter. The host even awk­wardly mum­bles an apol­ogy be­fore pro­nounc­ing out the word “mas­tur­ba­tion”. The myth quickly spread be­yond Rus­sia and “the news” of “forced mas­tur­ba­tion” fo­mented pub­lic out­rage in Geor­gia, Ar­me­nia, and through­out the Baltic states. The myth per­sists in these coun­tries and is of­ten cited as an ar­gu­ment against in­te­gra­tion into Euro-At­lantic po­lit­i­cal and se­cu­rity struc­tures.

MYTH 3: Gays are responsible for Europe’s demographic crisis.

Rus­si­a’s de­mo­graphic sta­tis­tics are dis­mal: the com­bi­na­tion of low fer­til­ity and high mor­tal­ity rates and em­i­gra­tion means the Russ­ian pop­u­la­tion is shrink­ing fast. Putin’s so­lu­tion? Rus­sia, he said in 2014, should “cleanse” it­self of ho­mo­sex­u­als.

In Rus­sia ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity is of­ten por­trayed as the ul­ti­mate cru­sade against fam­ily, a “re­jec­tion of chil­dren” as one jour­nal­ist stated on Russ­ian tele­vi­sion and there­fore in­com­pat­i­ble with Rus­si­a’s fu­ture sur­vival. To il­lus­trate just how bad ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity is for birth rates, Russ­ian tele­vi­sion reg­u­larly points to Eu­rope. “Eu­ro­peans are dy­ing out...and gay mar­riages don’t pro­duce chil­dren,” said Putin in the same 2014 ad­dress. Pop­u­lar Russ­ian blog­ger Dmitry Belyaev has writ­ten that Eu­ro­pean val­ues like “lib­eral democ­racy” are de­stroy­ing “Fam­ily and Tra­di­tion.” Eu­rope, he wrote in a 2012 post, has re­placed God with tol­er­ance and as a re­sult “chose a path to the grave.”

Myth 4: Rainbows subliminally advertise homosexuality to children.

Putin’s 2011 anti-gay pro­pa­ganda law did­n’t ban ho­mo­sex­ual acts. It banned pro­pa­ganda of ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity to mi­nors, which legally isex­actly as vague as it sounds. With­out a clear de­f­i­n­i­tion of ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity, some­thing as in­nocu­ous as rain­bow lo­gos on chil­dren’s lan­guage books or the Park In­n’s multi-col­ored logo can po­ten­tially be con­sid­ered gay pro­pa­ganda and put com­pa­nies at risk of be­ing shut down and fined. While “rain­bows sub­lim­i­nally mass ad­ver­tise ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity to kids” may sound ridicu­lous, the mul­ti­ple news sto­ries about sep­a­rate move­ments to ban rain­bows in pub­lic places il­lus­trate how many Rus­sians con­sider ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity to be a con­spir­acy: an in­fec­tious idea that can be spread by pro­pa­ganda rather than a hu­man rights is­sue or le­git­i­mate bi­o­log­i­cal norm.

In 2013, a small re­gion in Rus­si­a’s Far East along Chi­na’s bor­der came un­der pres­sure to change its flag. The re­gion called the Jew­ish Au­tonomous Oblast uses a flag that is white with seven stripes in the cen­ter, all dif­fer­ent shades of the rain­bow. The lo­cal gov­ern­ment de­bated whether the flag vi­o­lated the fed­eral anti-gay law. One man was quoted in a news story ar­gu­ing that since the flag has a rain­bow stretch­ing across a white back­ground it ac­tu­ally sym­bol­izes ho­mo­sex­u­als sur­ren­der­ing. How­ever, just in case, the re­gional gov­ern­ment de­cided that the flag could be only used with spe­cial per­mis­sion and rain­bows dis­ap­peared from build­ings and bus stops across the re­gion.
But me­dia cov­er­age of a rain­bow con­spir­acy con­tin­ued. On the state-owned chan­nel Rus­sia-1, Saint Pe­ters­burg law­maker Elena Babich spoke out against the “ag­gres­sive gay” in­va­sion via rain­bows. “Mas­sive pro­pa­ganda and protests — they are si­mul­ta­ne­ous and every­where,” Babich warns. The broad­cast shows her vis­it­ing a book­store, pick­ing up chil­dren’s books, and ask­ing the cam­era, “Why is a rain­bow nec­es­sary here?”

Un­sus­pect­ing com­pa­nies can find them­selves at risk. In 2012 an activist from Norodni Sa­bor, an or­ga­ni­za­tion set up to protect fam­ily val­ues, brought a case to the at­tor­ney general over cartoons of the Jolly Milk­man (“Vesely Molochnik”) dairy com­pany. Dis­counted car­tons of milk fea­tured a Jolly Milk­man char­ac­ter car­ry­ing pails of milk, his brown cow to the left and a new ad­di­tion: a rain­bow stretch­ing above the fields be­hind the pair.

In a more re­cent case, Vi­taly Milonov, a St. Pe­ters­burg law­maker and one of the most vo­cal sup­port­ers of the anti-pro­pa­ganda law, de­manded that the Gen­eral Pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice ban from Russ­ian ter­ri­tory an Amer­i­can sports brand’s sum­mer col­lec­tion fea­tur­ing rain­bowsneak­ers and T-shirts. The brand, Milonov argued in June 2015, was im­pos­ing a pro-gay ide­ol­ogy, de­priv­ing Russ­ian peo­ple of their own ideas of what is ac­cept­able and what is de­viant.

Coda Story Site

                                                                           


April 19, 2016

Meet The Gay Turtle Some Customer’s Wont Buy



A recent video aiming to present challenges faced by LBGT people in society went viral among Turkish social media users.

Prepared by Amnesty International's Turkey branch and released on Monday, the video shows prospective buyers of a turtle in a pet shop for three days. The shop owner tells them the turtle they like is gay, and all buyers change their decision, some even get angry at the shop owner saying that his talk is 'inappropriate'.

Within twelve hours after its release, the video published on Amnesty Turkey's official Facebook page was watched more than 300,000 times and share by 10,000 users, in addition to dozens of websites and social media accounts sharing the video.

Although the country's laws ban all kinds of discrimination, LGBT people in Turkey often come face to face with violence and discrimination in daily life.

Nevertheless, gay rights have found a place in politics recent years, while gay prides have been held in large cities over the last decade.
DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL 


March 15, 2016

“We must conquer AIDS before it affects the heterosexual population”



 “We must conquer AIDS before it affects the heterosexual population and the general population,” said President Ronald Reagan’s health and human services secretary, Margaret Heckler, in 1985. By then, ten thousand Americans had been diagnosed, and half of those had died.
That same year, First Lady Nancy Reagan refused a request from Elizabeth Taylor that she attend or at least lend her name to a fundraiser for AIDS.
Two years and fifteen thousand more American deaths later, President Reagan finally gave a speech about the epidemic. He appalled many listeners by proposing mandatory HIV testing for some groups of Americans. Public health experts opposed this and other ideas that Reagan’s religious-conservative advisers flirted with, like quarantining everyone who tested positive or tattooing their arms and buttocks.
So it was deeply enraging for LGBTQ people and their allies when Hillary Clinton told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Friday, during coverage of Nancy Reagan’s funeral, that the Reagans had “started a national conversation” about HIV/AIDS, “when before nobody would talk about it.” She credited Nancy Reagan with “low-key, effective advocacy.”
Clinton has since apologized for the remarks, rightly acknowledging that “generations of brave lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, along with straight allies” had started the conversation during the AIDS crisis. While that retraction is not exactly an explanation for how this happened, perhaps it was a matter of ill-deployed decorum: Most of us can accept a former First Lady not wanting to criticize another former First Lady on the day of her funeral. If she’d praised Nancy Reagan’s advocacy for gun control and embryonic stem-cell research without mentioning AIDS—as an initial tweeted apology implied had been her intention—few would have blamed her. But what Clinton said, for whatever reason she said it, felt particularly cruel because, while Reagan got a nationally televised funeral, so many others’ deaths once went unmourned.
The AIDS crisis elicited countless private acts of cruelty, rarely discussed today. Parents, and yes even lovers, turned their backs on the dying. As funerals became a way of life for many, families locked gay partners out of homes and stripped them—and an illness that they considered shameful—from obituaries. The last will and testament of a young man named Roland Pena, which I found while researching his papers in Chicago, specified, “It is imperative that the word AIDS be printed in my obituary. If I die from some other unrelated cause, say that I had AIDS.” *
In An Early Frost, a 1985 made-for-TV movie, paramedics refuse to pick up a man dying from AIDS from his parents’ house because they are afraid to touch him. Fully a decade later, in 1995, the Clinton White House apologized after the Secret Service donned rubber gloves during a visit by a group of gay elected officials. Princess Diana was famously photographed touching people with AIDS. That’s low-key, effective advocacy. Nancy Reagan did no such thing. For those who buried lovers and friends—among whom, perplexingly, Clinton counts herself according to her statement—the pain of those years has not gone away.
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Perhaps in the wake of this particular cycle of gaffe and apology, there’s an opportunity for revisiting the real history—a history that is too often oversimplified. For one thing, while the Reagan administration’s slowness to respond to AIDS was criminal, it was also a major factor in the growth and radicalization of the gay movement in the second half of the 1980s.
In cities like Newark, queer people of color led the effort to connect the related struggles against poverty, sexism, and racism and taught people how to survive through safe sex. More widely known today is the story of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT-UP), founded in 1987 in New York, which grabbed attention from the mainstream media. ACT UP members shut down Grand Central Station at rush hour. They draped an enormous condom over the house of Jesse Helms, the ultra-homophobic North Carolina senator who passed a ban on federal funds for any AIDS prevention materials that discussed gay sex at all. A 1987 ACT UP graphic by the artist Donald Murphy showed Ronald Reagan’s face and a day-glo orange caption, “He kills me.”
After ignoring AIDS in his first term, President Reagan appointed a presidential commission on AIDS in 1987 and stacked it with social conservatives who strongly opposed condom distribution and other lifesaving AIDS prevention tools. Only one member was an out gay man.
Yet, despite this largely shameful narrative, when historians began to dig into the Reagan archive, they found that the administration’s response to some directly AIDS-related policy matters was more complicated than you’d think. The historian Jennifer Brier has argued that the administration was actually characterized by “splits and disagreements” on AIDS policy during the second term, with a moralist faction led by William Bennett and Gary Bauer, both domestic policy advisors working in the Department of Education, and a public-health faction led by Surgeon General C. Everett Koop. By mid-1988, the Koop faction won a key debate, and 100 million copies of a pamphlet, “Understanding AIDS,” went to every American household. It wasn’t perfect, but it was a start.
That said, Reagan’s urban policies also worsened the crisis in many indirect ways. Reagan’s huge tax cuts were paired with massive cutbacks to federal funding for social services and Medicaid, which became the insurer of last resort for many people living with AIDS who lost jobs and housing. He cut funds for inner-city hospitals and clinics. Big cities, already reeling fiscally and crushed by deindustrialization, were forced to take on the burden of paying for AIDS care without meaningful federal assistance until long after Reagan left the White House. With help from Taylor and other entertainers, AIDS activists got Congress to pass, and George H.W. Bush to sign despite misgivings, a law helping cities pay for such care. This landmark Ryan White CARE Act of 1990 was named for an Indiana teenager with hemophilia who contracted the virus through a blood transfusion—a so-called “innocent” victim who did not contract the virus through sex or drugs.
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During the dark days of the ’80s, Clinton was the First Lady of Arkansas, a place where gay and AIDS activists had little or no clout. But once she reached the national stage with Bill’s election in 1992, the issue was squarely in her line-of-sight; indeed, the Clinton administration absolutely marked a more progressive approach to HIV/AIDS. You’d think Hillary would want to brag about that, rather than lending a false good word to a predecessor.
Of course, Bill Clinton’s record was far from perfect. He refused to drop the federal ban on funds for needle exchange programs, which had saved countless lives in the U.K. But his presidency actually contributed to the decline of radical AIDS activism, not by suppressing it, but rather because he seemed so much less hostile and callous than Reagan and Bush. As Deborah Gould wrote in her landmark book on ACT UP, “the revival of hope following Clinton’s election” played an important role in “the demise of the direct-action AIDS movement.”
If nothing else, the response to Hillary’s remarks shows that we’ve come some distance since Ronald Reagan’s death in 2004, when fewer spoke of his AIDS record, toward remembering what actually happened.
The crisis goes on for many Americans, and millions around the world. In the apology she posted on Medium, Clinton rightly attacked Republicans who have blocked Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. This has especially hurt African Americans living with HIV in southern states.
There’s room for her to draw an even sharper contrast, however, while educating Americans about the history of HIV/AIDS. The Clintons faced hecklers from ACT UP, but—except in the eyes of fanatical Republican critics—they weren’t icons of greed, rapacity, and callousness in the 1980s. More to the point, they weren’t pulling down municipal tax abatements for luxury apartments that could have gone to help people living with AIDS afford to stay in their homes. When ACT UP’s New York chapter created a Housing Committee in 1988, as the historian Tamar Carroll recently noted, it was obvious where they should hold their first protest, and others to come: Trump Tower.
  By Timothy Stewart-Winter an assistant professor of history at Rutgers University-Newark, where he co-directs the Queer Newark Oral History Project. He is the author of Queer Clout: Chicago and the Rise of Gay Politics and is working on a new book on the history of HIV/AIDS in the U.S.

March 4, 2016

Caitlyn Jenner Finds Homophobe Ted Cruz Her Fav


                                                                      
                                                                     
I would not be surprised that one of these days Caitlyn Jenner would find the she still that penis after all. You would think as someone who is suppose top belong to a misunderstood gender she will be flabbergasted for someone as callus,  homophobe as this Senator who wants to be president. I knew she would not be Hillary or Bern’s type but I thought she might be a Trump gal. Well, I was wrong she goes for Cruz.

Caitlyn Jenner said her favorite presidential candidate is Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and is willing to be a  rans ambassador" for the conservative politician who once dismissed the idea of gender-open bathrooms as "lunacy."

"I like Ted Cruz," Jenner told the Advocate in an interview marking the start of the second season of her reality show "I Am Cait" on the E! network.

Jenner, a gold-medal Olympic decathlete and a lifelong Republican, said she met Cruz before her transition to a woman last year and found him very nice."

She called Cruz "a great constitutionalist, and a very articulate man." But she also acknowledged that, as an evangelical Christian, Cruz is "probably one of the worst ones when it comes to trans issues."
Cruz told a conservative radio host in November that it was "lunacy" to allow "boys, with all the god-given equipment of boys" to share a shower room with girls, according to BuzzFeed.
But other things are more important, Jenner told the magazine.

"Number one, if we don't have a country, we don't have trans issues," Jenner was quoted as saying. "We need jobs. We need a vibrant economy. I want every trans person to have a job. With $19 trillion in debt and it keeps going up, we're spending money we don't have. Eventually, it's going to end. And I don't want to see that. Socialism did not build this country. Capitalism did. Free enterprise. The people built it. And they need to be given the opportunity to build it back up."
Jenner said she'd be willing to advise Cruz on trans-related issues — as his "trans ambassador."

February 9, 2016

Homophobes Don’t care if Gays were Born That Way



                                                                       
                                                                      
                                                                           
                                                                         


For decades activists have worked tirelessly to spread the message that sexual orientation is not a choice—a fight that Lady Gaga took to pulsing heights in 2011 with her hit anthem “Born This Way.” And over time, the message has begun to take hold. While in 1985 only about 20% of Americans believed that people are born gay, that figure more than doubled to around 47% in 2015, according to the Pew Research Center.

But what if teaching that gay people are “born that way” isn’t the most effective way to erase homophobia? A new study reveals that even those who believe sexual orientation is not a choice can be homophobic—just as those who know race is not a choice can be racist. Do activists, community leaders, and even parents need to tweak their message?

For the study, published in the Journal of Counseling Psychology, researchers from the University of Tennessee and University of Missouri-Colombia recruited 645 college students to answer questions about their beliefs involving sexual orientation. Respondents were presented with statements such as “It is impossible to truly change one’s sexual orientation,” then asked to rate each statement’s validity on a scale of one to five, with one being “strongly disagree” and five being “strongly agree.” Others statements included:

“Sexual orientation is a category with distinct boundaries: A person is either gay/lesbian or heterosexual.”
“People who share the same sexual orientation pursue common goals.”
“It’s useful to group people according to their sexual orientation.”
Based on their answers, participants were given scores in the four categories below. The higher the score in a category, the more the person endorsed that particular belief:

Discreteness: Sexual orientation groups are clear and have and non-overlapping boundaries. Thus being gay makes you completely different than being bi or being straight.
Homogeneity: Believing that members of a certain sexual orientation are all similar to one another.
Naturalness: Belief that someone did not choose their sexual orientation, but rather they are born that way.

Informativeness: By knowing someone’s sexual orientation (SO) you can glean other information about them. In other words, their identity is tied to their SO.
The researchers discovered that many participants scored very high on the naturalness scale—meaning they endorsed the idea that being gay is not a choice. However, many simultaneously scored high in the other categories, which measured “homonegative” beliefs.

So what does this reveal? People may be fine saying, “sure, they’re born that way”—but they may also hold beliefs that suggest that being gay makes someone fundamentally different as a human, and thus opens the door for prejudice and discrimination.


“We found that most of respondents believe that sexual minorities are ‘born that way,’ and that sexual orientation is not changeable,” Patrick Grzanka, a professor of psychology at the University of Tennessee and the study’s co-author, told me over e-mail. However, he continued, “We found that people who are high in all four of these beliefs were more likely to be straight, and that people high in all four of these beliefs were more likely to be homophobic.”

In other words, homophobia is not always revealed by a person’s belief in naturalness, but in an endorsement of other beliefs as well.

If you think this sounds nuanced, you’re right—but it’s also vital information. In order for the LGBT community to gain equal rights across the board, we must find a way to combat homophobia at it’s source: how people think.

“The promotion of ‘born this way’ ideology is not likely to substantially reduce homophobia,” Grzanka argues. “We need to target these other beliefs, which are largely absent in conversations about the nature and origin of sexual orientation.”


Suzanna Walters, the director of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Northeastern University and the author of the book The Tolerance Trap: How God, Genes, and Good Intentions are Sabotaging Gay Equality, agrees—and believes our culture is at a tipping point, in which the “born this way” argument may even start to do more harm than good.

“Historically, biological arguments for identity are largely used in the service of quite heinous political movements like slavery, the Holocaust, and the history of racism,” she told me.

So it’s no shock that people who believe sexual orientation is biological may also harbor homophobic beliefs, she continued, because, on some level, they believe being gay is abnormal.

The “born this way” argument is problematic “because it presumes that there is something wrong there,” she said. “No one is looking for the straight gene. Why are straight people the way they are? We look for causes for things we already think are problems.”
 
Grzanka, the author of the study, made a point to clarify that the purpose of his research is not to determine why sexual orientation varies. “We are NOT interested in what makes people gay,” he told me, but rather in “better understanding what people believe sexual orientation is, and the implications of those beliefs for social attitudes.”

As Walters points out, “the idea that we can isolate some thing called sexuality and test it is a crazy way of thinking about sexuality. I mean, are we looking at sexual identity? Desire? Sexuality? Sexual acts?” she asked, adding, “How many acts constitute an identity?”

Her suggestion for the path forward is simple: “I think the answer is—however you experience your sexuality, you experience it, but it shouldn’t be a part of the public discourse on civil rights.”

Going forward we most emphasize our humanity and equality to any other person. Just like blacks did not emphasized that they were born black but that they were no smarter or less than anyone else. They could perform what the whites could wether it was to die for our country or be a Doctor saving lives. We are a community that has its bad apples but its got also its Diamonds. Wether in sports, politics, science or the arts we have people that excel. Being that so many of us have come out in different sections of the economic scale we can point out examples of great stars on Broadways or the movies. We have poor gays and rich gays. We need to emphasize not the uniqueness but what makes us as special as any human being, in other words our humanity and what makes just as human as anybody else. 
As we defend our humanity we most be careful not to trample on other people’s humanity. Either because they are immigrants or poor we can’t be doing to others what others do unto us. I have seen how many gays have been quickly to judge other people that are being rejected because the color of their skin not realizing that they are putting on the robes of homophobes to judge others. Having been rejected by many should instill a sense of compassion and understanding toward other minorities.



November 4, 2015

Boxer Champ ‘Yusaf Mack’ Admits to Not being Drugged but Liking Sex with Men



                                                                            
 No! Yusaf Mack (right) is NOT about to kiss Carl Froch, they are about to fight.  


HE LIED. We suspected as much, but now Philly boxer Yusaf Mack is outright admitting that he lied about being drugged into doing gay sex for a XXX-rated porn flick.
"I was ashamed," the former champ told me yesterday. "I'm sorry for lying. I've always been curious.''
By now, you've probably heard about Mack and the infamous "Holiday Hump'n" sex tape circulating that shows him engaging in a steamy threesome with two other hunky men.
It’s been the talk.
 
                                                                       
Still of Porn shot of movie with ex light heavy weight champ Yusaf Mack,
Who claimed he didn’t know what he was doing. In fact he was enjoying he was getting paid to do it with two tough looking guys like him.

Not just in Philly but nationwide. My front-page column describing his accusations about having been drugged and tricked into doing gay porn went viral last week, with versions of the story popping up as far away as London’s Daily Mail.

During the course of reporting on Mack's crazy tale of traveling in June to New York City by train and blacking out after someone handed him a pill and vodka, I contacted medical experts who said it was possible that he could have been drugged and still been able to perform sexually.
Yesterday, though, Mack shut that possibility down when he admitted what many already suspected about his eyebrow-raising tale of returning to consciousness on a train at 30th Street Station with $4,500 in his pocket. It was all made up.

"I needed the money. Times were hard," admitted Mack, unemployed father of 10 kids and grandfather of three. "I just want people to know I did it because I had to take care of my children . . . It was better than going out and robbing somebody.”

His admission came days after DawgPound USA, the company that markets the porn flick on its website, issued the following statement:
“DawgPoundUSA.com is a reputable company which has produced high quality videos of men-of-color since 2002.

"At no time have we ever coerced or drugged any of our models. The claims made by Mr. Mack are false, slanderous, and vehemently denied on our part. We intend to take all legal steps necessary to protect our good name and reputation against these patently false and preposterous claims."
Since the story hit, Mack's life has been full of wild ups and downs. Would-be sex partners - female, gay and transgender - have flooded his in-box on Facebook with offers to hook up. One relative was so disgusted that he told Mack to kill himself. Mack’s children - the ones old enough to understand - have been understandably upset, and his fiancee walked out on him.

"She couldn't handle it," Mack explained. "I was up front with her . . . she couldn't handle it. I don't even want her back. If you weren't there for me through this time, I don't need you."
Anthony Cherry, a Los Angeles-based hairstylist/crisis public-relations manager, was so moved by Mack's situation that he reached out to him on Instagram and offered to represent him for free. On Sunday night, Cherry wrote up a statement on Mack’s behalf, which he mailed to a gossip website, TheShadeRoom.com.

According to the website, it reads in part: "This is an issued public apology from my heart. I want to address a few situations with the first being the false claims I made about being drugged during the Dog Pound adult film. I have never spoke negatively about the company that produced the film although the claim to have been given a drug by someone during set was a lie. I was completely aware and fully conscious during the film.

"The second situation . . . concerns my lifestyle. I did participate in the adult film because at the time I needed money but also because I am a bisexual man. Meaning I enjoy safely being intimate with whomever I choose.

"Lastly I would like to address the reason I lied. My life was completely destroyed once it had been outed that I participated in a gay film. I selfishly tried to cover the truth and remain in denial, rather than accept the fact that I was leading a double life secretly.”

During interviews, Mack doesn't talk much and even yesterday while we were speaking during a conference call, he slipped back into denial, making the excuse, "It was the first time, though." A photo that's been circulating of him with two different naked men begs to differ.
I listened as Cherry urged his new client to stop holding back and to be honest, saying, "You have to walk in your truth." At one point, he flat out asked Mack, "Are you gay or bi?"
“All of the above," Mack answered.

Dewitt Drayton, a family friend who's been helping Mack and also was in on the call, said a book about the boxer's life called After the Bell is in production.
First, though, Mack needs emotional help badly. He has serious problems when it comes to the truth. Mack also needs to accept who he is.

Drayton wants to get him away from Philadelphia for a while. Mack's representatives are in talks with a producer from "Dr. Phil," which plans to fly Mack to Los Angeles next week.
The timing couldn't be better for Mack, who retired from professional boxing last year. "I need to get away to clear my head," he said.

Jenice Armstrong
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November 2, 2015

Assaulted by Cop, GayCouple in Hawaii Paid dearly for a simple PDA



                                                                     
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(CNN
What started as a kiss inside a grocery store on an island vacation landed Courtney Wilson and Taylor Guerrero in jail and stuck far away from home without money for months, they say.
It was supposed to be a relaxing holiday in the place that feels closest to paradise -- Hawaii. The women in their 20s had been dating for two years and wanted a break from their daily grind in Los Angeles. 
    Then came the kiss at a Foodland store in Honolulu.
    "We were holding hands and I was kissing her cheek," Guerrero said. "We were just happy to be out here," Wilson chimed in. "We were just being goofy," Guerrero added.
    They were interrupted by yells and saw two people -- one a man in uniform. 
    "They called after us and told us basically you can't do that. Take that somewhere else," Wilson said. She said she thought it was just a couple of rude random guys. So the women went about buying their snacks.

    Calling police on police

    But when they made their way to the checkout counter, the man in uniform, off-duty police officer Bobby Harrison, followed them.
    "He told us that he was going to find the manager he was going to sign a trespass form and that we were no longer going to be allowed in any Foodland establishments because of the conduct of our behavior. So, being confused as to what exactly we did and how that was just I called the police myself," Wilson said. 
    CNN has reached out for comments from Officer Harrison.
    After Wilson called 9-1-1 saying an officer was harassing her, the situation escalated, she said. Wilson claimed she tried to walk outside to find the store's address to pass on to police, but Officer Harrison grabbed her and wouldn't let go. 
    Then her girlfriend tried to intervene, getting between the two.
    While she talked to 9-1-1, Wilson said she tried to walk outside, and Officer Harrison grabbed her and then pushed her girlfriend.
    "He would not let go of her," Guerrero said.

    Exchange of punches

    Then Guerrero fell and hit her head on the counter, Wilson said. A tussle ensued. Guerrero said the officer punched her in the face when she tried to push him off her girlfriend. 
    They also dealt blows themselves, kicking and pushing Harrison, and hitting him in the face, Wilson and Guerrero said. His glasses broke. It ended with the two women in zip tie handcuffs and an employee holding them down. 
    When police they had called showed up, officers arrested Wilson and Guerrero on charges of assaulting an officer, the women said.
    They spent two days in jail and spent all their vacation money to bond out, they said. They were told they would have to check in every couple of weeks with the bail bondsman until their initial court date.

    Stuck, no money

    But with no more money they were forced to stay in Hawaii. Wilson and Guerrero found a friend of a family member who took them in for a while, then a stranger they met who did the same, but eventually they ended up on the streets until they found temporary jobs.
    They are now staying with co-workers they hardly know, they said.
    "It has been really really tough, but so many good people have helped us," Wilson said.
    About five months after being arrested suddenly, they were free to go. 
    The women filed a civil suit against the city and Officer Harrison. The court documents said that the court dropped the criminal case against them "with prejudice," which means police cannot re-file on the same incident.

    Officer 'on full duty'

    The police department has responded to the civil lawsuit in a statement.
    "The Honolulu police department opened an internal investigation based on the allegations in the lawsuit. The officer has 26 years of service. The officer is currently on full duty," it said.
    The women say there may have been surveillance video of the incident, but that they were told the tapes went missing. CNN contacted the store for comment, but is has not responded.
    Wilson and Guerrero finally have enough funds to buy their plane tickets out of Hawaii. They never thought they’d be so happy to be able to leave what they once considered paradise.

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