August 31, 2010

Adam Lambert Praises Freddie Mercury's Flamboyance




BY ON TOP MAGAZINE STAFF 
PUBLISHED: AUGUST 31, 2010


Pop singer and over-the-top entertainer Adam Lambert has
praised Freddie Mercury for his flamboyance.

The lead singer of the legendary band Queen died in 1991 from
complications from AIDS.
“There's definitely something missing in today's music scene,”
Lambert says. “We don't have a lot of men on stage doing flamboyant or theatrical. We have a lot female pop stars doing it, but where are the guys? Where's the classic pop-rock showman?”
The openly gay singer certainly is not shy about theatrics.
 His performance at last year's American Music Awards was labeled
“lewd and filthy” by social conservatives because it featured Lambert
locking lips with a male keyboardist.
Lambert went on to say that Mercury's voice is “supersexy.”
“Freddie's voice has so much texture to it,” he says. “He kind of
 grabs at everything, he squeezes it.”
And he praised Mercury's flamboyant showmanship: “He was
 completely over the top in the best possible way. Music, most
of the time, is about sexuality, whether you are straight, gay
or in between. It's about love and sex. That's rock 'n' roll.”

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Watch Out! Wanda Sykes Takes On Ken Mehlman, Sarah Palin




BY ON TOP MAGAZINE STAFF 
PUBLISHED: AUGUST 31, 2010


The openly lesbian comedian spoke with King about her coming out,
Ken Mehlman's coming out and Sarah Palin, who's increasingly
 backing anti-gay candidates and groups.
Sykes, who announced she's gay in 2008 to protest California's
 passage of a gay marriage ban, Proposition 8, said she came out
 late in life because she was concerned about how her parents
would react.
“I have parents who are still alive that's why and you suppress all that,
you bury it to try and fit in,” she told King. “I'm 46, so back then, religion everything else. You weren't exposed to gay people. … I know without
 a doubt my family, they love me, we're working on it.”
She wasn't holding anything back when King asked her about former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
“She's smart in the way that she's an opportunist but she's not smart
enough to pull it off,” she said, referring to Palin's presidential
aspirations. “All you have to do is just give her enough rope and
 she's going to say something stupid.”
“He's family, I didn't know,” Sykes said about former RNC chief
 Ken Mehlman, who came out gay last week. “Here's this guy,
 he says it's taken him like 43 years to be comfortable with himself.
Which I understand, it took me awhile to publicly come out.
But when he was in the Bush administration, they knew he was
gay and he had to sit there and listen to all this anti-gay stuff.”
“[Mehlman] probably took so many of those showers that, you know,
rape victims take, they're scrubbing themselves. He probably had
 a lot of those kind of showers.”
Sykes is the host of The Wanda Sykes Show, which premiered
 on Fox in November

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Mexico's Catholic Church Argues It's Not Homophobic For Opposing Gay Marriage




BY ON TOP MAGAZINE STAFF 
PUBLISHED: AUGUST 31, 2010


The Catholic Church in Mexico has rejected accusations that it is
 homophobic for opposing gay marriage.
In a op-ed published in the weekly Desde la Fe (From the Faith),
the Archdiocese of Mexico said it is “a myth and a fallacy to believe
 that anyone, because of their personal status, is discriminated by
 the church, or excluded from the requirements of the Christian way
to achieve salvation. The Church is not in the world to condemn, but
 to save.”
In the editorial Gays and the Church, the church says it is “absurd”
to believe that gay men and lesbians don't have a place in the
 Catholic Church.

Sandoval Iniguez accused Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard and
 his government of bribing the high court to rule in favor of its gay
marriage law and condemned the court for betraying Mexico, the
 family and natural law. Ebrard responded with a lawsuit.
“I do not know of any of you who would like to be adopted by a pair
 of lesbians of a pair of fags,” Sandoval Iniguez said during a press
conference in Aguascalientes. “I think not.”
While the church reconsidered the language used over the past
 few weeks, it also reiterated its opposition to gay marriage,
saying such unions should not be called marriage “because they
 lack any element to be considered as such.”

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Glenn Beck's Gay Marriage Views Aid 'People Who Want To Use The Anus For Sex'



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BY ON TOP MAGAZINE STAFF 
PUBLISHED: AUGUST 31, 2010

Social conservatives are continuing their attack on conservative
celebrity Glenn Beck for his lukewarm support for gay marriage.
Bryan Fischer, director of issue analysis at the Christian conservative
group American Family Association (AFA), says Beck's recent
comments on gay marriage support “people who want to use the
 anus for sex.”
Appearing on Fox News' the O'Reilly Factor, Beck said he didn't cover
 the “culture warrior stuff” on his radio and TV programs because he
felt conservatives have “bigger fish to fry” and added that the
government has nothing to do with marriage. “That is a religious
 right,” he argued, adding that he would get more involved in
 opposing gay marriage if it stifled a church's right to free speech.
Beck's assertion that gay marriage is not “a threat to the country”
riled Fischer.
“Glenn, Glenn, wake up and smell the arsenic, my friend,” Fischer
 wrote at the group's website.
“It's a threat to freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of
association, and worst, represents a clear and present danger to
children. What were you thinking?”
“Glenn, Glenn, Glenn: if special rights are given to people just because
they want to use the alimentary canal for sexual purposes, no social
 conservative will be able to criticize homosexual behavior on biblical
or moral grounds without running the risk of legal punishment.”
“Glenn, Glenn, Glenn: what about vulnerable children who are
 deliberately being stuck in households headed by people who engage in unnatural sexual behavior and in households where they are going
 to grow up missing either the love of a mother or a father or both?”
Fischer has previously called Beck a “deserter” in the “battle for
sexual normalcy” for suggesting he's OK with gay marriage.

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Marine Gay Bashers Off The Hook On Hate Crime Charges


Lance Corporal Christopher Stanzel and Corporal Keil Cronauer, the two Marines accused of gay bashing Kieran Daly outside a pizza joint in Savannah in June, won't be facing any felony counts. Which means no hate crime charges for these two.
The pair will face onlymisdemeanor charges for punchingDaly, says the Chatham County District Attorney's office. How come? Because according to DA spokeswoman Alicia Johnson, "for a crime to be considered a felony [which a hate crime is considered to be] there has to be proof of a sustained injury. It’s my understanding Daly suffered only a punch. Based on his medical records we could not upgrade the charge from a misdemeanor to a felony."
On what earth bruising to the brain and causing Daly seizures is considered "only a punch" I will never know. And how the DA can ignore the lead up to the attack — the Marines blasting Daly after finding out he's gay — only they can tell you. It's also unclear how involved the FBI became in using the federal Matthew Shepard Act to bring charges, but their hands might be tied: Without felony charges, there's no way to include the upgrade.
If convicted of the lesser offense, Stanzel and Cronauer face less than a year in jail and bruising fines of up to $1,200.

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Fidel Castro: Blame Me For Cuba's Persecution of Queers

Is There Such a Thing As A Gay Super hero?


If there’s such a thing as a gay superhero, Mike Rogers just might be it.  (Our research department has yet to determine whether he wears the tights, however.)  Rogers’ blog (blog.blogactive.com) and investigative work were the inspiration behind the 2009 documentary Outrage, which told the stories of several closeted politicians who were actively promoting anti-gay legislation. We asked Rogers to give us his thoughts on former RNC chairman Ken Mehlman’s coming out, as well as the current Senate campaign by Charlie Crist. Want to hear Rogers’ opinion on FOX News’ Bill “Is-He-Or-Isn’t-He” Hemmer? You’ll have to listen to the full interview to find out.

KEN MEHLMAN COMES OUT, BUT DC HAS KNOWN FOR YEARS
“This is no shock in washington that Ken Mehlman is gay….This has been a well-known secret in Washington DC.  I reported on this four years ago.”
WHEN ASHBURN MET MEHLMAN

“Here’s a man who did exactly what Ken Mehlman did for many many years….Any time anybody comes out and is able to say I’m gay, this is a good thing.  Someone like Ken Mehlman has been so heinous when you look at what he has done…There’s so much that he should be atoning for….and someone like Roy Ashburn of course will come to the defense of a Ken Mehlman because he’s really coming to the defense of himself….I’m glad to see that Ashburn has his changed ways, but Ken Mehlman has some answering to do.”

KEN’S THREE-PART ROAD TO REDEMPTION
“I list the three things that Ken Mehlman can do to show he is really sincere.  One, actually apologize…and put that up on YouTube so it is a real accessible apology….Second, he should have to spend some time with people who were affected negatively by the campaign.  Maybe with a woman whose partner lay dying as she couldn’t see her because of discrimination laws, or maybe the parents of a teenager who took his own life….And then finally, you know, these people who get to keep all of these ill-gotten gains, it’s unbelievable to me how people give them a pass….You’re doing this now not because you care, but because you want to write the book…and without the book doesn’t come the TV…and without the TV doesn’t come the speaking tour.”
THE MEDIA PACT
“It’s what I call the pact of protection.  In which politicians protect the media and the media protects politicians.  So the media knows what’s going on.  Who owns all these places?  Everyone’s biased. If CNN leaves that in [Bill Maher outing Ken Mehlman on Larry King Live], then they will be denied the big guests.”

CHARLIE CRIST: NO MORALS

“Charlie Crist is a very interesting individual.  He will say what he has to say, when he has to say it, to keep one thing happening — and that’s to keep Charlie Crist in power.  He really has no morals….He will change the topic in the same day….He’s known for that left and right.
August 31, 2010 by James Hipps by 

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Why Do Religious Schools Reject the Children of Gay Parents?


Picture it. A woman is traveling 'round the countryside, trying to find a place to give birth to her son. Bouncing around from place to place, she's continually turned down by place after place, told that proverbial line about how there's no room in the inn. Rejected.
Ironic, then, that 2,000 years later, some of the folks who treat the birth of Jesus as the epicenter of their religious belief find themselves practicing that same form of rejection. And it comes in the form of religious schools, namely Catholic and Christian schools, denying the children of gay parents a chance to enroll.
The latest incident comes out of Texas, where an Anglican school, St. Vincent's Cathedral School, told a lesbian couple that their child would not be welcome to enroll in classes. The exact words from school administrators? That their school was not "a good fit for the child."
St. Vincent's is hardly the only offender. Earlier this year a Catholic school in Massachusetts, St. Paul Elementary School, told a lesbian couple that their third grader would have to find an education elsewhere. A priest at the school, Fr. James Rafferty, told the couple that their family "was in discord with the teachings of the Catholic Church."
And just outside of Denver in March 2010, a Catholic school expelled two elementary school children because their parents were lesbians. In justifying the school's decision to reject the children, the Archbishop of Denver, Charles Chaput, said: "If parents don’t respect the beliefs of the church, or live in a manner that openly rejects those beliefs, then partnering with those parents becomes very difficult, if not impossible."
None of these schools did anything technically illegal, given that as private schools, they're able to dictate the criteria for admission. But does it seem odd that a religion that got its start with a story of liberation over discrimination, now finds itself exercising a rejecting hand? Sorry, kids. There's no room at this inn.
That's a question asked today by the Dallas News, as it relates to the decision of St. Vincent's to deny enrollment to the child of two moms. Their faith panel, comprised of folks from a variety of religions, both progressive and conservative in their worldview, has some pretty interesting thoughts on the matter. And though folks articulate it differently, the general consensus is that when a school says no to the child of a set of gay parents, they're turning their backs on a pastoral commitment to love beyond measure.
I'm drawn personally to a couple statements. One is by Darrell Bock, a Professor at the Dallas Theological Seminary. While Bock agrees that religious schools have the right to turn down children of gay parents, it seems like a move not entirely steeped in the reality of today's world.
"[St. Vincent's] avoided the awkwardness of having to deal with this family and their choices as a part of their own community. In this way, they shut out to a degree the world as it is today, not exactly the best principle by which to face life and educate," Bock says. And it hits the nail on the head. Does St. Vincent's believe that so long as gay families don't exist within their community, that they don't exist in the real world, either?
Amy Martin, the head of Earth Rhythms, also makes a strong point about religious schools that draw the line at gay families. "Why the issue of gay parents, rather than adultery and domestic violence than infect families of all incomes and identities, and why not the sins of larceny, tax evasion and other all too common financial crimes?" Seriously. If schools like St. Vincent's are going to suggest that the children of gay families are incompatible with their religious mission, then what about the children of parents who commit other sins? Is somehow having two moms worse than having a parent who steals from the company, cheats on their spouse, or skips Mass on Sunday?
And lastly, there's something powerful about the comments from Rev. Joe Clifford, a Presbyterian Pastor in Texas. Rev. Clifford notes that in Christian theology, children are often considered to be the mirror image of God. "Wouldn't it be a shame if in the name of protecting their morals and values, a Christian School failed to welcome the presence of Christ?" Rev. Clifford asks.
And in that I have no doubt, in that if Jesus himself walked up to St. Vincent's, St. Paul's, or Sacred Heart school in Colorado, he would no doubt be turned away. "A virgin mother?" "You pal around with prostitutes?" "You want people to do WHAT with their money and possessions?"
Yeah, I'm guessing Jesus wouldn't even be allowed on the premises.
Photo credit: Scary toy clown
Michael Jones is a Change.org Editor. He has worked in the field of human rights communications for a decade, most recently for Harvard Law School.

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