LGBT news 9.27.14

“Would you oppose attempts to add ‘homosexuality’, ‘transsexuality’, or ‘pedophilia’ to the anti-discriminations laws in Michigan?”-a survey sent out to political candidates by Public Advocate of the United States, a Virginia based non-profit run by Eugene Delgaudio.  Josh Derke was shocked to read this survey. The Michigan House hopeful shot back at PAofUS and Delgaudio:

“You and your group should be ashamed for sending this pile of excrement,” Derke wrote. “And I hope that if there is even a shred of humanity within you that you feel a twinge of guilt and shame for comparing loving couples and parents to pedophiles.”

Of course Delgaudio doesn’t see things that way:

Delgaudio, for his part, stood by the questionnaire, noting that Michigan candidates on both sides of the aisle have already accepted campaign contributions from wealthy LGBT rights supporters.

“We’re against any kind of bizarre behavior being protected under anti-discrimination laws. If you’re saying homosexuality is not bizarre, I understand, that’s your position,” he told MLive.

“We’re not singling out gays and saying gays are pedophiliacs, or that they’re supporting pedophilia. We’re just asking, would you agree to oppose that?”

The survey only allowed a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer.  How is someone supposed to read it any other way than “these things are all bad-do you support them or not”?  Homosexuality and transsexuality should be protected by anti-discrimination laws.  Pedophilia, which is actively harmful to children, should not. But for people like Delgaudio, they think they’re all bad, so of course they conflate all three. Fuck you Delgaudio and thank you to Josh Derke.

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If you have an outdated cellphone or computer, consider donating it to at risk LGBTQ kids.

The Trevor Project, Human IT and Straight But Not Narrow have released two new videos in support of their new Power On campaign which aims to provide refurbished technology to underprivileged LGBTQ teens.

Donated hardware will be refurbished free of charge by Human I-T with resources for LGBTQ youth, including access to The Trevor Project’s accredited instant messaging service for youth in crisis, TrevorChat, and the organization’s social networking platform for LGBTQ youth, TrevorSpace. The refurbished laptops, smart phones, and tablets will then be distributed to LGBTQ centers and shelters around the country.

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 Department of Justice will ask Supreme Court to uphold same-sex marriage

I can just hear the wailing and teeth-gnashing of bigots everywhere.  I laugh. I LOL. I guffaw  at their tears.

This evening NBC News’ Pete Williams said that the U.S. Department of Justice “will ask the Supreme Court to uphold same-sex marriage.” Eric Holder, Williams reports, says the country is ready for marriage equality.

“Once again, Attorney General Eric Holder and the Obama Administration have stood up for marriage equality at a critical moment,” said HRC President Chad Griffin said in a statement. “As the nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court gather on Monday to evaluate several marriage equality cases for full hearing, I hope they consider two facts—that the nation is ready for marriage equality, and that there are painful consequences to inaction. Committed and loving gay and lesbian couples can’t afford to wait any longer. It’s time to settle this constitutional question, once and for all.”

LGBT news 9.27.14