June 30, 2011

Mark Zuckerberg:Next Week Will Be 'Something Awesome': So don't Bend Down. adamfoxie* says



Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Announcement
SEATTLE (Reuters) - Facebook, the world's biggest social networking website, is set to launch a new feature next week, possibly in the mobile or tablet arena, its CEO said.
Chief Executive and founder Mark Zuckerberg told reporters in a visit to Facebook's Seattle office on Wednesday that the company planned to "launch something awesome" next week.
He said the project had been developed at the 40-person Seattle office, Facebook's only major engineering center outside of its Palo Alto, California headquarters.
There has been speculation in technology blogs in recent weeks about various mobile products in development at Facebook, including the release of a long-awaited Facebook app for Apple Inc's iPad and a specialized app for photo-sharing on the iPhone.
Facebook's Seattle office has made a mark on the company's mobile efforts, playing a central role in the development of Facebook's unified mobile site, unveiled in March.
A Facebook spokesman declined to provide further details about Zuckerberg's comments.
Facebook, the world's largest Internet social network with more than 500 million users, is increasingly challenging established online companies like Google Inc and Yahoo Inc for consumers' time online and for advertising dollars. According to the company, people that use Facebook on mobile devices are twice as active on the service than users on PCs.

Charlize Theron has decided marriage isn't for her, but it could be for any gay person


Charlize TheronCharlize Theron has decided marriage isn't for her, but still thinks anyone who does find the institution important should be allowed to marry.
Meanwhile, she worries her "bit of OCD" when it comes to closets might hurt her in the long-term-relationship department.
"I really want for myself a long-term relationship, and I have been in long-term relationships, and so ... that's the kind of union that I want," the actress said Wednesday on "Piers Morgan Tonight." "The actual ceremony is not something that's important to me."
Theron said in 2009 that she would not marry then-boyfriend Stuart Townsend unless same-sex marriage were made legal. After nine years together, she broke up with him in the wake of a Christmas 2010 trip to Mexico.
So, now that she's single -- there's the closet thing.
"I have a thing about things that are hidden," Theron said. "Like I will -- yes, I have a hard time, especially when I'm, like, renting a house if I'm working on a film and I don't know what's in all the -- I have to know what's in all the -- this is so pathetic. I cannot believe we're talking about this."
Pressed for details, she revealed that upon arrival in a new place, the first thing she does is inspect every closet and drawer. Then she has to put things where they belong, in a manner that allows access a certain way, and -- did she mention, Piers, that this is pathetic?
"Seriously, would you stop talking about it? Really beginning to freak me out now," she said. "I am single. I need to find a man. ... This is not going to help."
Somehow, we can't imagine it hurting that much either.

Gays: Rhode Island's Civil Unions Bill "Dangerous,Discriminatory"

Gay activists want the civil unions bill to be vetoed
Gay rights campaigners in Rhode Island are urging the state’s governor to veto a civil unions bill because they say it contains “dangerous” and “discriminatory” language.
The bill is expected to be passed by the Senate this week but campaigners are deeply concerned about some of the religious provisions within it.
One clause allows any religious body – including faith-run schools, hospitals and cemeteries – to disregard civil unions. The clause says they – or their employees – cannot be fined or penalised for failing to recognise civil unions or provide goods and services in relation to civil unions.
Gay rights activists say the “dangerous” and “discriminatory” amendment will have severe consequences for gay people, who may find they are barred from making medical decisions for spouses if faith-run hospitals decide not to recognise civil unions.
It was tabled by Democrat representative Arthur J Corvese, who is against gay marriage.
Yesterday, Marriage Equality Rhode Island (MERI) and nine other equality groups wrote to governor Lincoln Chafee: “The bill put forth by the legislature would create onerous and discriminatory hurdles for same-sex couples that no other state has ever put in place. As a result, we ask you to veto the bill should it come to your desk in its present form.”
The letter adds: “By allowing individuals and institutions a free-floating licence to discriminate against a whole class of people, in defiance of a general law, this bill represents a huge step backward from both Rhode Island’s longstanding nondiscrimination commitments and the balance and language embraced in the law throughout the country.
“This amendment could allow individuals, who are legally required to recognise everyone else’s legal commitments, to opt out of doing so only for gay and lesbian people.”
This week, 14 lawmakers wrote to Mr Chafee to argue the same point. The governor is in favour of gay marriage.
Earlier this year, gay rights campaigners pushed for progress on gay marriage but House Speaker Gordon Fox – who is gay – said there was not enough support.
Five states – Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, New Hampshire and Vermont – and the District of Columbia – currently allow gay couples to marry.
In several weeks, gay couples will begin marrying in New York after a bill was signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo last week.
Recent national polls have found that just over half of the population support marriage equality.

Canada says Gay Activism Is Still Got Miles to Go

by Marcus McCann / National 


In the lead-up to Pride season across Canada, we look at the fights gays and lesbians are still fighting. The targets range from the courts to the media, from elementary schools to the world of professional sport. We've come a long way, but this list illlustrates that the work isn't over.

1 Creating a society free of violence 
Reported gaybashings continued to rise in 2009, the most recent year for which statistics are available. And, compared to racially motivated or religiously motivated crimes, gaybashings were more likely to turn violent and result in injuries, according to Statistics Canada.

2 Including all parents on birth certificates
It’s the “known donor” conundrum. One half of a lesbian couple becomes pregnant with the sperm of a friend — either through traditional means or a turkey baster. If the father is known to the couple, then the woman’s partner usually can’t be named on the birth certificate, until she goes through a second-parent adoption process. It’s one example of the paucity of clear family law surrounding gay parents and their children’s birth records.

3 Ending bullying in schools
More than one in five queer high school students reported being physically harassed by classmates, according to Egale Canada’s climate survey. The solutions — education, zero-tolerance policies, proactive principals and teachers, dedicated queer-issues staffers — must be fought school board by school board across the country.

4 Promoting gay-straight alliances in all schools

When the Halton Catholic District School Board banned gay-straight alliances in late 2010, it touched off a media firestorm and revealed disturbing details about school boards’ official policies on gay issues in Canada’s publicly funded Catholic schools.




5 Creating and delivering a non-judgmental sex-ed curriculum
Sexual education makes parents uncomfortable, but all the research suggests that
 age-appropriate, non-judgmental, clear, detailed sexual education — including about
gay and lesbian sex — improves health outcomes for young people.

6 Adding gender identity to the Human Rights Act
With May’s federal election, the most concerted effort to date to get gender identity
 added to the Canadian Human Rights Act died. NDP MP Randall Garrison has vowed
to reintroduce the private member’s bill, but, with a Conservative government, the future
of the bill is far from certain.

7 Ending the ban on gay blood donors

A man who has had sex with a man, even once, since 1979 is forbidden from donating
 blood forever. University students challenged the rule — as did two gay men in
separate court cases. A 2010 Canadian Medical Association Journal editorial endorsed
 their activism.



Leanne Iskander marches with
 Catholic Students for GSAs.
(Andrea Houston)
8 Ending the seizure of books and movies at the border
On a sunny day in 2008, Rick Frenette and his husband, Shawn, were returning to Canada from the US. When their laptop was seized because of homemade porn — which featured the couple — they joined the hundreds of gays who’ve had material seized by the Canada Border Services Agency.

9 Broadening representations of gay and trans people in mainstream media
Since at least the 1950s, gays have been concerned with their representation in the news, on television and in literature. But it took The Celluloid Closet, a 1981 book and 1995 documentary, to elevate media criticism to the realm
of activism.

10 Breaking down hetero assumptions about parenting
Every year, parents are given enrolment forms, memos are distributed in schools, and
 children receive family tree projects that presume their parents are heterosexual. For
some parents, it becomes a constant battle with school administrators, who are reluctant
 to recognize and accommodate gay parents.

11 Changing the culture of sport

No NHL hockey players are living out, proudly gay lives. Ditto professional baseball,
football and basketball players. As we search for ways to make it easier for gay athletes
to live openly, we also change the culture of casual homophobia among sports fans, and,
 ultimately, the country.

12 Eliminating gender from government identification and forms
While easing the burden of proof for changing the gender marker on government ID
would go a long way, we also need to ask why we need gender on most of these
documents at all.



Valerie Scott smiles the day an Ontario judge ruled Canada's hooking laws unconstitutional.
(Marcus McCann)
13 Ensuring queer groups aren’t 
shut out of funding formulas
All organizations are not created equal.
 Canada’s funding formulas can be
 suspiciously vague — like a federal
economic development program that
 supports only “family friendly” tourism —
 and that often means that queer
 groups are excluded, as Montreal’s
 Black &
 Blue festival has been since the
Conservatives came to power in 2006.

14 Keeping the state out of our
 dungeons
Ever since the Supreme Court of Canada
released its decision in R v Butler
(1992), the law has taken a dim view
 of bondage and kink. In Butler,
 the court
 said that SM porn is inherently
demeaning. Subsequent decisions,
including a
recent case dealing with consent to
rough sex, seem to agree.

15 Ending the criminalization of HIV
HIV-positive people have been charged with sexual assault for not disclosing their status
 before giving blowjobs, or when they used a condom during sex, or when they had a low
 viral load. HIV activists point out that the law is so broad and ill-defined that poz folks don’t
 know what behaviours might land them behind bars.

16 Ensuring that gay refugee claimants get a fair shake 
If you were asked to prove your sexuality, could you? That’s the odd predicament gay and
lesbian refugees face when they arrive in Canada. And if you lived in an overwhelmingly
homophobic environment, would you have photos or love letters to prove you’re gay?

17 Winning a safe labour environment for sex workers
In fighting for the decriminalization of gay sex, we said that Canadians should be free to
 have the kind of sex they want — so long as it’s consensual — without state intervention.
Sex workers Amy Lebovitch, Valerie Scott and Terri-Jean Bedford are making that case in
the courts.

18 Promoting a vibrant queer culture
Queer artists are some of the best and brightest in the country. Their work — whether
transgressive, feminist, anti-authoritarian or overtly sexual — must be protected from
 censorship and given the space to flourish.

19 Looking after seniors and aging gay and trans people
Canada’s first generation of out, proud activist gays is gradually retiring. At some point,
many will need long-term care facilities — facilities that are often run by religious groups
 and are notoriously prudish. The work of transforming these spaces from phobic to
 welcoming has just begun.

20 Including sex reassignment surgery in provincial health insurance
Ontario, BC and Quebec cover sex reassignment surgery as part of their provincial health
plans. In most of the rest of the country, trans people who want surgery are on their own.
 Add to that the expenses of recovery, and it’s out of reach for all but a few.

21 Reducing state surveillance
During the last election, Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised to make it easier for
 police to track your movements on the internet. Meanwhile, airports now use full-body
scanners. Gay and trans people are the frequent target of surveillance, meaning we
must watch them (watching us) closely.

22 Promoting queer and human rights abroad
Increasingly, gay activists in Canada have looked to bolster gay and trans activism in
 other parts of the world. People in Toronto, Vancouver and elsewhere are looking to
 funnel resources to those fighting for gay rights in Russia, Jamaica, Uganda and elsewhere.

23 Dialling back Canada’s HIV infection rates
Infection rates are not going down. New HIV cases in 2008 and 2009 are higher than they
 were at the beginning of the decade. Add to that outbreaks of other sexually transmitted
 infections, like syphilis, and a picture emerges of prevention work in need of a shot in
the arm.

24 Striking Canada’s polygamy law 

Lawyers in BC are arguing whether or not Canada’s 100-year-old polygamy law should
be struck, in a case that will likely go all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada.
The law is so broad that mistresses, roommates-with-benefits and polyamorists could
 face prosecution if it is upheld.

25 Empowering youth in their sexuality 
In 2008, Canada raised the age of consent from 14 to 16, but conservatives at the time
grumbled that the age of consent should be 18. Meanwhile, organizations that serve
 youth complain that a high age of consent is a barrier to safer sex material, condoms
 and abortions. It’s one more front in the fight for sexual self-determination.

To Catch A Predator or Cheater: Chris Hansen Gets Caught Cheating

 by Dan Abrams 

At first blush, it seems like the ultimate case of hypocrisy exposed. America’s favorite undercover T.V. sleuth Chris Hansen caught on tape much the same way he has humiliated dozens of perverts, scam artists and hucksters. The National Enquirerclaims to have video evidence that Hansen, whose name alone has become synonymous with undercover video busts, was cheating on his wife with a local Florida T.V. reporter. Not surprisingly they offer up the savory and salacious details including where they dined and what time they retired to their quarters. Insert punchlines here. Gotcha.
But let’s be clear: this is no Eliot Spitzer or David Vitter case where their public roles or positions were in direct conflict with their private conduct. No, this was just a guy who has been tirelessly exposing bad guys, sometimes placing himself in harm’s way to do so, allegedly getting caught cheating on his wife. Does that make him a “bad guy”? Well it would make him a bad husband; but this is not remotely comparable to the sleazebags and dangerous practices he has exposed. If he were simply exposing cheating husbands, I would agree that this was a clean hit. But that is not what he covered.
Chris Hansen is everything I want in a reporter: tough, unafraid and willing to to do the sort of undercover investigations that are all too rare these days. He doesn’t just investigate online perverts either. He has uncovered counterfeit drug rings, child sex traffickers, international identity theft and even exposed a group with ties to Al Qaeda attempting to buy missiles with nuclear components from American citizens.
For whatever it’s worth, he has also long been viewed as one of the few “good guys” in the business. I didn’t get to know Chris that well during my tenure at NBC, but I know that he is one of those rare souls who never let his fame (or infamy) get to his head.
Sure, some believe Hansen’s pieces go too far. The To Catch a Predator investigations shame people who in some cases seem mentally unstable. Others call it entrapment. One who was soon to be the subject of a story killed himself before being exposed. I understand and appreciate that his exposes are controversial to say the least. But those are debates for a different forum. Are we really going to compare alleged infidelity to child sex predators? Does this mean that any reporter who does controversial undercover work should expect that his or her personal laundry may soon be aired? With undercover reporting already on life support, do we really need another reason to make reporters shy away from tough reports?
I say this not to blast the much maligned Enquirer — this is what they do– and, on occasion, they do important investigative work. Furthermore, Chris Hansen is a high profile individual and must expect to be treated like any other well known personality. But the rest of the media (including this site) appear to be relishing the “aha” aspect to catching the  To Catch A Predator guy with a hidden camera. This a classic media moment with the always entertaining turning of the tables, but I hope it does not lead to fewer real media moments on stories that truly matter.

Brad Pitt and The Tree of Life



France Cannes Brad Pitt Portraits
'Look! It's Brad Pitt!' … the Tree of Life star in Cannes in May. Photograph: Joel Ryan/AP/Press Association Images
'You hear stories of intense actors who can't shed their character and who don't know who they are for a week or two after. I'm not that guy, man," says Brad Pitt. "My happiest moment is the day they call wrap and I'm free. I'm not looking back." Pitt finished shooting The Tree of Lifethree years ago, but now that Terrence Malick's film is finally with us, he's not just looking back, he's still performing one of the roles that came with the movie: that of the director's earthly representative. Malick is the most notorious recluse in cinema, a man of secretive working methods, absurdly extended absences (20 years elapsed between his second and third movies), and a genuine disdain for any kind of publicity or press engagement. Not even when The Tree of Life won the Palme d'Or at Cannes two months ago was he drawn out of hiding, despite being in Cannes at the time. Thus it falls to the movie world's most photographed man to speak on behalf of its least photographed.
  1. The Tree of Life
  2. Production year: 2011
  3. Country: USA
  4. Runtime: 138 mins
  5. Directors: Terrence Malick
  6. Cast: Brad Pitt, Dalip Singh, Fiona Shaw, Jackson Hurst, Jessica Chastain, Joanna Going, Kari Matchett, Sean Penn
  7. More on this film
"He's an extremely internal man," says Pitt. "A Rhodes scholar, studied philosophy, has a love of science, a love of nature, a love of God; I have great difficulty just completing a sentence. I don't feel right speaking for him but I have  to take a stab at it." Pitt denies Malick is in any way aloof or enigmatic for the sake of appearances, though. "When he started making films in the 1970s, you just made films. Today there are two parts to the job: you get to make something, but it's also become incumbent on us to suddenly sell our movies and that's just not his nature. Terry's more the painter, or even the guy that's plastering the walls or laying the stone. He's just a very humble, sweet man."
In Malick's absence, though, there's a lot to explain with The Tree of Life. To say it expands on Malick's trademark themes is a woeful understatement. The introspective voiceovers, golden sunlight, tangential observations, and unearthly, spiritual pitch of his previous works are all in place, but the movie's most talked-about sequence renders the entire history of the universe, from the formation of galaxies to the evolution of dinosaurs, with heavy use of special effects. For much of the rest of the time, however, the film is a fragmented, impressionistic recollection of growing up in 1950s Texas, as recalled by the grownup Sean Penn in the present day. Pitt plays the conflicted, authoritarian patriarch of the family, Jessica Chastain the gentle, loving, mother. They are archetypal polar opposites between which Penn's character pinballs towards a cryptic ending. As Salon's critic neatly put it: "If the cosmic astronaut God-baby from the end of 2001 came back to Earth and made a movie, this would be it." But where 2001 was detached and clinical, Malick's movie plays like a beguiling, rapturous hallucination, far beyond classical cinema conventions. In terms of movie language, it's as if Malick is speaking  in tongues.
"He's like an underwater diver who's waiting for the sea turtle to go by, and then he follows till he's not even near the boat any more," Pitt says of Malick's directing technique. "It was a really freeform, butterfly-net kind of way of catching moments – counterintuitive to the way we do things in Hollywood." Despite having written a hefty script, they didn't really stick to it. Instead, Malick created a few blocks of 1950s neighbourhood and practically set his actors loose on it. Explains Pitt: "On a normal set it's very loud, generators going, over 100 crew members. There was none of that on this. There's one guy with a camera on his back, no lights, and we're free to roam wherever we want to roam." Each day would start with Malick presenting the actors with a few pages of notes he'd written, often Kerouac-style, stream-of-consciousness musings (the child actors were barely told anything), then they would go and see where it took them. "He doesn't want to do what he calls 'hammer and tonging' a scene as its written," says Pitt. "He doesn't want to do more than two takes. And on the second one, he'd often throw in a dog or send in one of the kids, or just do something surprising to change the tenor of a scene. Then he'd laugh and laugh."
That's the other thing. Pitt says Malick is nothing like the ascetic monk he's often imagined to be. The 67-year-old film-maker might have once translated the works of Heidegger, but he'll sit on the porch of an evening, beer in hand. Between takes he'd play ball with the cast in the street. "This guy was an incredible athlete, it turns out," says Pitt. "And he's quite competitive. I never expected it. He's so soft spoken and so sweet and attentive to everyone on set, but get a ball in his hand and man, he's vicious."
At least Pitt had a handle on Malick's unorthodox ways, having grown up in the same part of the world: Malick grew up in Texas and Oklahoma, Pitt in Oklahoma and Missouri. The story is clearly based on Malick's own experiences, which means Pitt was, in effect, playing Malick's father, though it was never articulated to him as such. "I knew where he was coming from," Pitt says. "We talked about home a lot, we both grew up having a love of nature and science. I can't say how personal it was to him but it was personal to me as well, though not with the father figure and the family dynamic."
The father role was originally intended for Heath Ledger; Pitt, who was on hand as producer, stepped in as a replacement after Ledger's death, but he fits the part extremely well. This isn't the charming hero we're used to seeing Pitt play; he's jowly and sulky and racked with a sense of failure, a threatening and disciplinarian family presence. His sons never know if he's going to hug them or hit them – not an easy thing to communicate to the three young non-actors playing them, especially when they're thinking: "Look! It's Brad Pitt!"
"We had an incident the very first day of filming," says Pitt. "We had a scene where I was supposed to be getting on their case, and they're laughing. They weren't taking it seriously because they were having fun, you know, with a movie guy. So I had to take the eldest two off the set and say: 'This is serious. This is what we're here for, and don't come back until you're ready.' After that, they stopped looking at me as the guy they'd seen in movies."
That Pitt's real family were staying  close by also presented complications. He and Angelina Jolie take it in turns to look after the family (at that stage four children; Jolie was pregnant with twins) while the other works, and they travel as a unit. But where Pitt and Jolie go, legions of paparazzi follow. For a recluse such as Malick, it's a different world – possibly his definition of hell. "It was terribly, terribly uncomfortable for him," Pitt admits, recalling the time a photographer ambushed them together at a local restaurant. Does he envy Malick's well-maintained privacy? "Sure I do! He gets to just make things. It took me a good decade of hiding in my house and not going outside to even, like, get my arms around this idea of celebrity, where suddenly people are looking for you to pick your nose or get a shot of you kissing some woman. It's a very discombobulating thing. But Angie and I have got it down pretty well. We have to hide behind some walls, but we're good."
On a theological level, Pitt and Malick were also in different worlds. As its title suggests, The Tree of Life is shot through with biblical, or at least spiritual, symbolism. It begins with a quote from the Book of Job and ends with what could be construed as some form of rapture or afterlife, with much musing on nature, grace and God in between. Would Pitt describe his own upbringing as religious? "Are you kidding me? I grew up in the fuckin' buckle of the Bible Belt!" He replies. "Terry and I, we have our areas where we meet and we have our respectful disagreements. He sees God in science and science in God, and I respect that. But this idea of an all-powerful, watching being that's controlling our moves and giving us a chance to say he's the greatest so we get into some eternal heaven – that just doesn't work for me, man. I got a real problem with it. I see the value of religion and what it offers to people as a cushion and I don't want to step on that. On the other hand, I've seen where I grew up how it becomes separatist, and I get quite aggravated and antagonistic. I see religion more as a truck stop on your way to figuring out who you are."
The Tree of Life is probably too unconventional to reach audiences in America's Christian heartland, but it would be interesting to see what they would make of it. They could find little to object to in its tone and content, but it is led by two of the country's most notorious "Hollywood liberals": Pitt and Sean Penn, both of whom seem to be red rags to the Christian right (among other causes, Pitt has campaigned for same-sex marriage, and once declared that he and Jolie would not marry until gay couples were allowed to). Alongside the biblical overtones, The Tree of Life also advances a Darwinist history of creation. The movie could give churchgoers a serious headache. But like Malick, Pitt has no time for critics of the movie – and there are many. It was both booed and applauded at Cannes.
Pitt has moved on. His and Jolie's twins were born straight after the movie had been shot – "I remember because we were thinking up names during the shoot" – then he went on to Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. He's currently shooting the action thriller World War Z. "I like extremes. A little highbrow, a little lowbrow." He talks of wanting to pursue his love of architecture, but his time working with Malick seems to have stayed with him, and not just because he's still operating as the director's media ambassador. It seems to have brought his own beliefs into sharper focus: "Watching the film, and I've seen many cuts, I'm a guy who fights the idea of heaven but what I do respect is that there is a greater power than anything we understand, and for me the film is about that. Perhaps we don't need these religious concoctions to pillow the fear of death. Just the fact that there is an unknown, and something greater, can bring a feeling of peace. That's enough for me."
• The Tree of Life is released on 8 July.

We Don't Want Civil Unions We Want Equality: NJ Couples File Suit


Seven gay and lesbian couples plan to file a lawsuit in New Jersey state court Wednesday arguing that the civil union law fails to provide the same legal protections as marriage.

The couples will file suit along with Garden State Equality and Lambda Legal in Trenton Wednesday morning. Their move comes less than one week after neighboring New York passed a marriage equality law that will take effect July 24, and it represents the latest step in a long legal and legislative battle.

According to the Associated Press, which withheld details of the lawsuit, “One man says he was denied being able to make urgent medical decisions for his partner. Another saw his partner and children's health insurance canceled by a skeptical auditor. One woman had to jump through legal hoops to adopt the baby of her civil union.”

New Jersey governor Chris Christie, a Republican, opposes marriage equality, and he reiterated this week that he would veto any bill presented him by the Democratic-controlled legislature. An effort to pass a marriage equality law stalled in the in legislature in 2010 right before Christie took office. This month Senate president Stephen Sweeney, a Democrat, apologized for abstaining on the marriage equality vote and called it a political calculation.

Civil unions became law in New Jersey after the top court ordered lawmakers to extend equal legal rights and protections to same-sex couples in late 2006. Advocates attempted to have the state Supreme Court take up their original case, but that request was denied, resulting in the latest lawsuit.

Michele Bachmann’s Therapist Husband: gays are ‘barbarians’


I think I may have just discovered why Michele Bachmann has such unnatural hatred and anger for gay men.
The following audio clip is from Michelle Bachmann’s therapist husband, Marcus Bachmann. Don’t just read the quote — listen to the audio with your best gaydar on. Then tell me, do you hear what I hear?
“We have to understand: barbarians [gays] need to be educated. They need to be disciplined. Just because someone feels it or thinks it doesn’t mean that we are supposed to go down that road. That’s what is called the sinful nature. We have a responsibility as parents and as authority figures not to encourage such thoughts and feelings from moving into the action steps.
“And let’s face it: what is our culture, what is our public education system doing today? They are giving full, wide-open doors to children, not only giving encouragement to think it but to encourage action steps. That’s why when we understand what truly is the percentage of homosexuals in this country, it is small. But by these open doors, I can see and we are experiencing, that it is starting to increase.”
Not to perpetuate gay stereotypes, but it sounds to me like Marcus would make a fine First Lady of the United States if nothing else.
On a more serious note than Mr. Bachmann’s flamer tendencies, it turns out that this therapist apparently eschews the dangerous practice of ‘repairative therapy.’ Here’s a description from a session he hosted at a pastor’s summit in 2005:

Marcus and Michele Bachmann

Curt Prins, a 35-year-old marketing executive from Minneapolis, attended. Prins, who is gay, says he went because he was “curious” and wanted to “understand the language” of the antigay movement.
“There was so much bile, I nearly had to leave,” Prins recalls. For Marcus Bachmann’s session, Prins says there were more than 100 people crammed in a room at Grace, and most of the presentation involved stereotypes of gays. “He was saying how homosexuality was a choice, that it was not genetics,” Prins says. “He was claiming there was a high predominance of sexual abuse in the GLBT community. There was no research to back any of this up.” (Marcus Bachmann refused to answer questions about the seminar.)
The climax of the presentation was when, according to Prins, Bachmann brought up “three ex-gays, like part of a PowerPoint presentation.” The trio, two white men and a black woman, all testified that they had renounced their homosexuality. “One of them said, ‘If I was born gay, then I’ll have to be born again,’” Prins recalls. “The crowd went crazy.”
“Listening to him,” Prins surmises, “it becomes clear that he’s had a huge impact on her. He might be the spearhead of this whole religious/gay issue.”
Compounding that, the Huffington Post this week put out an article alleging that Michele Bachmann had been using government funds to fund her husband’s clinic:
The previously unreported payments are on top of the $24,000 in federal and state funds that Bachmann & Associates, the clinic founded by Marcus Bachmann, a clinical therapist, received in recent years under a state grant to train its employees, state records show. The figures were provided to NBC News in response to a Freedom of Information request.
[snip]
Michele Bachmann lists the Lake Elmo, Minn.-based clinic — which aims to provide “quality Christian counseling in a sensitive, loving environment,” according to its website — as one of her assets on her financial disclosure forms.
That begs the question — how much tax money has been spent to attempt to ‘lovingly eradicate’ homosexuality and ‘educate’ these ‘barbarians?’ Presidential candidate Bachmann has a lot of answering to do. Will the media hold her feet to the fire?

The Whole World is in a Pride Celebration


Pride around the world 



Posted in: Events
By GayNZ.com

It's gay pride season in the more northern parts of the world, where all eyes have been on New York following the passage of gay marriage legislation. We've gathered some of our favourite inspiring, sexy and fun pictures for you to enjoy! 

New York

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San Francisco

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Picture by breyeschow (http://www.flickr.com/photos/reyes-chow/)



Mexico

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Sao Paulo

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Berlin

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Istanbul

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Barcelona

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