The New York Times and ballot initiatives

Today’s Link

Today the New York Times stepped into the fray and endorsed ballot initiatives that support marriage equality in the coming election.  This is notable for a few reasons.  As the article points out, the ballot box is a tricky place for these kinds of things to be happening, not least because these things should really never end up there in the first place.  But the main reason why this is important is because this is a national newspaper.

Although I don’t read the NYT myself, it does have a very wide audience.  In todays declining newspaper market that counts for a lot.  Reaching out to many people helps get people thinking about the issues that are being discussed even if they are not directly to do with their own state, and whether we like it or not people do actually read the endorsements that newspapers make.

Hopefully this will continue the process of educating folks and making people think about the way forward.

Big love,

DMx

 

P.S.  I ate too much chocolate today, hence the pic….

The bigot of the year award at Stonewall.

Today’s Link

The other day I wrote about the fact that Catholic church were referring to Stonewall as being intolerant.  Today I read that Stonewall are holding their award ceremony this week and have an award up for grabs, calling it the bigot of the year award.  Top of the nominations seems to be Cardinal O’Brien, a senior Catholic figure, amongst others.

While I am all for calling out those who are intolerant and need to be held accountable for their views and actions, I don’t agree with Stonewall using langauge like “Bigot of the Year” in an award ceremony.  I don’t personally feel it helps to promote the cause that we are fighting for and does more harm than good.  You can see some of the potential for backlash in todays article.  Hopefully they will reconsider the wording of it all in the light of some of the comments from their sponsors…..

Big love,

DMx

Hurricane Sandy and the Homos

Today’s Link

I’m not normally a fan of the Huffington Post and their tabloid journalism but they were the first to find the “Lets blame the weather on the gays” story this time around.  Yep, folks, yes guessed it.  The homos are to blame for the weather yet again.  Not coal, not oil burning, not pollution, not all that hairspray in the 80’s but your local poofters.

As you’ll read about in the link the hurricane that is about to cause all the trouble in the US is the fault of the fact that gay people exist here in America.  This storm is going to cause some major trouble for a lot of people and I wish that idiots like these would put the energy into helping folks a little more rather than spouting off crap like this.  But I am sure this is not the last that we will hear on the matter.  Any takers as to who will be next?

Big love,

DMx

The other foot.

Todays’ Link

Greetings all and a happy Sunday to you all!  Just a short one tonight folks as I am super busy with school work.  The shoe is sometimes on the other foot these days it seems and folks don’t always like it.  I came across an interesting article whereby the Catholic Church are accusing LGBT campaigners of intolerance these days.

I’ll stop there and let you read the link.  I wonder where the intolerance started out…..

Big love,

DMx

Republicans and LGBTQ tax inequality.

Today’s Link

As we wait to see what will happen in the election it’s important not to forget that there are many cases still awaiting their chance at the supreme court with regard to equality.  As I have written about many times before it is easy to get bogged down in the marriage issue but it is so much more than that.  Todays link looks at it from a tax perspective.

This particular case looks at the fact that when one partner dies in a legal same-sex marriage estate tax is due, something that is not true in opposite sex marriages.  That shifts the argument to one that clearly makes LGBTQ couples pay more tax that their straight counterparts, one that clearly is at odds with the Republican argument of reducing taxes when you consider their vehement refusal to repeal or re-examine DOMA.  Lets hope that this inequality will also be dealt with at the same time as the marriage issue.

Big love,

DMx

12th Annual Intersex awareness day

Todays Link here and here

I certainly wasn’t aware of this one.  Today, Friday, was the 12th annual Intersex awareness day.  Intersex issues were not even something that I was really familiar with at all until I went back to school in 2006.  Then I took a class on sexuality as part of undergrad and the whole intersex issue was a real eye opener.

Rather than go into it all here, here is an additional link to Wikipedia’s write-up on it.  It’s an informative read and one that I think everyone should now be aware of.  You never know who may have been dealing with this issues.

Big love,

DMx

So now our friends deserve to die as well….

Today’s link

And so the craziness continues.  Today’s link comes courtesy of a Maryland pastor who is using scripture to once again say that gay people deserve to die.  In addition he is also going an extra step and stating that those who support gay people, and in this example, marriage equality, also deserve to die.

Religious freedom is one thing.  But it must not be used to scare people into voting on people’s rights.  What we have here is straight forward statement of “if you support marriage equality then you deserve to die if you exercise that choice in a civil referendum”.  That’s pretty scary stuff.  But here in America it seems that a significant chunk of the population go for that kind of stuff.  Heck, even one of the candidates for president subscribes to it, more or less.

Big love,

DMx