Tuesday, February 19, 2008

De-Constructing the "Ex-Gay" Myth Memphis Conference

Beyond Ex-Gay is having an "ex-gay" survivors conference in Memphis this week (Feb. 22-24) featuring a number of events and workshops to counter Focus on the Family's anti-gay "Love Won Out" Conference. For more information and resources visit Deconstructing the Ex-Gay Myth: A Weekend of Action and Art It's good to see somebody organizing events to expose the truth about the "ex-gay" movement.

Personally, I don't have any problems with religious fanatics who want to repress their own homo-desire, but when they align themselves with political groups who oppose the civil rights of LGBT people, I have a problem. I believe many people are "bisexual" and should have the right to choose their own sexual preference and identity, and that includes those who want to choose a "straight" life. We should not, however, allow the anti-gay religious right to make the issue of choice the basis of our civil rights. People should have the right to choose their sexuality, just like they have the right to choose their religion. No one should be forced to "change" to suit other people's religious beliefs. And we should respect the rights of those who Choose to Be Gay!

One of the organizers of the conference, and one of the founders of Beyond Ex-gay, Peterson Tuscano has posted some videos about his experiences with Love in Action in Memphis.

Here's a preview of one of the films being shown at the conference, "This Is What Love in Action Looks Like"

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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Racist, Homophobic Black Preachers Attack Cohen Again

Once again, racist/anti-gay black preachers are attacking Rep. Steve Cohen (TN-09). An anti-Semitic flyer proclaiming Steve Cohen and the Jews Hate Jesus is being circulated in the African America churches, apparently by Rev. George Brooks of Murfreesboro, TN. Cohen's challenger in the Aug. 5 Democratic primary, Nikki Tinker, denies any knowledge or part in the flyer. The Anti-Defamation League condemned the flier for attempting to incite racial tensions between African-Americans and Jews.

Last August Cohen was attacked by the Black Baptist Ministerial Association for supporting the Hate Crimes bill because it would include sexual orientation and cover gays and lesbians. One minister, Robert Poindexter of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church proclaimed, "He's not black and he can't represent me."

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Another School Shooting: Why?

The Northern Illinois University Shooting should put gun control back into the U.S. political discussion, but both parties ignore the problem of guns and pander to the gun nuts, the NRA, and the gun lobby.

Steve Kazmierczak, the shooter who killed at least 6 people at North Illinois University, used the same website as the Virginia Tech shooter, Seung-Hui who purchased a gun to kill 32 people at that school.

Gun violence and mass kills are almost daily news:

Virginia Tech, the Omaha mall shooting, Colorado church shooting, the Missouri City Hall shooting, as well as the three other school shootings — in the last week — in Louisiana, Tennessee, and California

Also, this week: In an apparent hate crime, a Gay Teen Shot in the Head, Declared Brain Dead
Why is it so easy for people, even people with mental problems, to buy handguns and assault weapons in the U.S.? Why won't our political leaders, especially the so-called "progressive" ones, stand up to the NRA and gun lobby?


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Friday, February 08, 2008

Obama Has Clear Lead Over McCain (Clinton Ties)

Two polls this month show that Barack Obama has a Clear Lead over John McCain

According to a CNN Poll, Obama leads McCain by 8 points (52% to 44%). Hillary Clinton only leads by 3 points (50% to 47%) but that's within the margin or error, so they are statistically tied.

In the TIME Poll, Obama leads McCain by 7 points (48% to 41%), while Hillary Clinton and McCain are tied with 46% each.

Clinton has the highest negatives, 44% say they don't like her compared to 36% who don't like McCain and 31% who don't like Obama.

The big difference is among men. Men give McCain an 18 point lead over Clinton (57% to 39%). Against Obama, however, McCain's lead among men shrinks to 3 points (49% 5o 46%). Clinton does not draw well among men, Obama does.

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Right-Wing Groups Ready for Hillary

The right-wing attack machine is gearing up to take on Hillary Clinton.
David Bossie, who was one of the relentless investigators of Clinton in the 1990s, and his right-wing PAC Citizens United are selling Hillary: The Movie which has been screened by conservative groups around the country and is being distributed on DVD. Citizens United is also working on TV attack ads. If Hillary is the Democratic nominee, it's not going to be pretty.
This will make the anti-Kerry "Swift Boat" Ads look tame.

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Monday, February 04, 2008

More Obama Endorsements

Rep. Steve Cohen Endorses Barack Obama
I went into the Obama HQ here in Memphis to try to get some Obama buttons (they are out!) and walked in on Steve Cohen's press conference announcing his endorsement of Barack Obama.

Joan Baez Endorses Obama The first time the folk singer/legend has endorsed a political candidate!

Obama Offers Presidential Leadership Among the Ruins, Gary Hart

How Obama Could Create a Long-Term Democratic Majority, Paul Roget Loeb

Can the Democrats Blow it Again?