CA Bill 1172.

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CA Bill 1172 was signed into law this weekend.  This law now makes it illegal in the state of California for reparative therapy to be used on minors.  Reparative therapy basically attempts to convert gay people into straight people.  There is so much scientific evidence out there that shows how damaging this kind of therapy can be and it is fantastic that states are starting to take action against it.  Once again it is California who is in the vanguard of such legislation.

Will we see other states introduce such measures?  I am sure we will but it will likely take a long time to do so.  Seeing as we have fights over adoption, marriage, and employment rights, this is likely to be at the back of a very long line.  But it’s a good start.

Big love!

DMx

How small to have rights?

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I ran across an interesting link today back in the UK.  The Christian Institute is claiming that there are two few LGBT people, according to the recent surveys on marriage equality, for the law to be changed.  In their words this is a monumental change on behalf of such a tiny proportion of society.

How small should a section of society be before it’s rights should be considered inconsequential then becomes the question.  Is it 1%, 5%, or 10%?  These are dangerous questions surely and the concept of precedent is an alarming one.  I wonder what the CI would think if the same yardstick were applied over religion….

Big love,

DMx

Queer art back in the news.

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Happy friday to all of you once more.  It seems that even with in the LGBTQ world art causes debate.  This one though is an odd one.  Todays link deals with the fact that the nations largest LGBT museum is refusing to show an exhibition of works that they had signed up to exhibit.

Their argument?  They have school children who come to the museum.  There is no sex in these pictures.  There are men in bath robes, yes.  There are men in their underwear, yes.  There are men in leather, yes.  But all of them are single.  Most of them are sitting on the couch.  Or standing there.  None of them are doing anything untoward.  They are certainly not likely to be frightening the kiddies.

As the article states, the scariest thing is likely to be the decorating in some cases…..

Big love,

DMx

New York and marriage equality….again.

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It seems that the issue of marriage equality is never going to go away in some places.  Having seen equality become law in New York because of the brave vote of some Republicans’ last year, this year we see them running in tight races with people actively campaigning to have them removed, with their marriage votes being used as weapons against them.

It’s sad to see such social policy decisions being wielded as bully clubs by sections of the public like this.  But it seems, looking at the polls, that it is an ever decreasing section of the public.  That is the only solace that one can take from all of this.

You can read more in the link.

Big love.

DMx

The return of Piss Christ.

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Greetings all and a happy Wednesday to you.  A short one for you today as I am sick with the flu.  It’s Bill Donohue, who has popped up talking about Andre Serrano and his piece of art Piss Christ.  He wants to know how he can get a grant for a piece of art about a statue of President Obama dumped in a jar of (fake) faeces.  Not sure why this popped up on some of the LGBT news sites, but as an artist it was worth responding to anyway!

Donohue fantastically quotes just one thing from Serrano, about how the piece is to question what is acceptable and what is not acceptable, cleverly skipping out everything else that Serrano has ever said in the 20+ years since the piece was create (how’s that for selective quoting…lol).  I could debate this one for hours, but instead will pick an easy one.  Mr Donohue, how about you tell me how the property of shit causes the light to give a beautiful golden glow to the form of the President in the jar.  That’s one of the reasons why Serrano chose to use urine in this instance (he also made the same piece with milk, blood, and other matter).  Urine refracts light in special ways, causing all kinds of amazing spectral qualities.  If you see this piece you’ll be amazed at the way it looks.  The heavenly and glorious way it looks is almost reverential.  This piece is worth debating for many reasons but this deliberate formal quality is but one of its many virtues.

Why do I mention this?  because it just goes to show the lengths the people who campaign against us will go to.  And how silly they can be.

Big love,

DMx

Paul Ryan and traditional marriage.

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Cincinnati seems to be the stop for all the politicians this election.  Obama has been here three or four times already, as has Romney.  Now Paul Ryan has been too.

Today he was asked about marriage equality.  His response?  Well, it seems he just re-framed the question by re stating it with the word “traditional” in front if it and saying that those were the most important values.  Each time this happens it becomes clear by the non-answer that the Republicans are clearly wishing to not addresss the issue of equality.

Not wishing to discuss it is just as bad as discussing it and saying no.  So please don’t fall into the trap of thinking that this means that they like us and are willing to just ignore us and leave us be.  Remember they still want to pass a constitutional amendment to ban equality.

Big love,

DMx

The Courts, DOMA, and what it all means.

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I often get asked what is happening with all the bills and appeals that seem to be going on with regard to marriage in the United States.  It all seems very complicated is the main thing I hear.  It makes me smile a little because as a Brit I generally have less of a clue than most Americans that I meet.  Today I was pleased to see that those lovely people at the Advocate have put together a handy little guide to what is currently going on.

It makes for interesting reading.  It’s also a scary read and an example of the kinds of knots that exist when people get to vote on other people’s rights.  It shows just how difficult it can be to untangle the mess that hate and bigotry makes.

Big love,

DMx