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Justice Dept: HIV Criminal Law Should Reflect Science Facts

According to amfar.org, there are approximately 1.1 million people living with HIV in the United States. Almost one-fifth (18.1 %) of those people don’t know they are infected. With those statistics, doesn’t it make sense to protect yourself from HIV/AIDS?

NEVER assume the person you are having sex with is free of disease. (S)he may not even be aware of his/her own status.

Take responsibility for your own sexual health.

The best way to avoid STIs is through abstinence. BUT, if you’re going to have sex, use a condom EVERY TIME!

Condoms are much less expensive than thousands of dollars a year in healthcare costs.

For questions about Safer Sex, start with Planned Parenthood.

There

s also the Ultimate Guide to Safer Sex.

There’s also the STD Project

…or you can ask the school nurse. ;P

(Source: projectqueer)

10 Terrifying Serial Killers (Who Are Free Right NOW!) by Matthew Santoro

This from a guy who kinda looks like he might have serial killer tenancies. :P

All kidding aside. The reason I’m posting this rather creepy video is the glaring statistic that the vast majority of serial killer victims are women. Let that sink in a minute. Still think there’s no such thing as ‘Rape Culture’?

What About Protection For LGBT Families??

#MarriageEquality What About Protection For #LGBT Families?? We’ve come a long way, baby. #PrideMonth

*Note: this piece has been sitting in my drafts folder for almost a year. Since then the U.S. Supreme Court has deemed The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional and several more states have struck down their anti-same sex marriage laws. A lot has changed since I wrote it, but the sentiment remains. I’ve witnessed the damage that happens to gay couples because they didn’t have the legal protections afforded to their heterosexual counterparts. This isn’t about hurting straight couples. This is about protecting LGBT couples. Nothing more.

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Anyone who has lived through the height of the AIDS crisis understands why Same Sex Marriage is necessary.

I’ve witnessed countless gay men lose everything as the families of their deceased partners swooped in like vultures, devouring everything in sight. It reminded me of the peasants picking through Scrooge’s things in the Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol. These family members weren’t close to the deceased. In most cases they had disowned their gay son. Some were so fearful of AIDS that they refused to come visit their son or brother in the hospital, leaving the survivor to care for his sick partner alone. — Strange. Where was their fear of HIV/AIDS when they were picking through the dead man’s belongings?

It pissed me off to no end seeing these cowards walk in after the fact and claim property simply because they were family. Where was their “Family Values” when their relative was sick??

One woman had the arrogance to tell a friend of mine that his 15 year relationship with her brother was nothing more than playing house. “My husband and I have been married for ten years,” she said. “You two may have lived together, but it was not love.” WHAT?? Was she out of her friggin mind??

One of my friends challenged his deceased partner’s family. The father, who was a lawyer, told his son’s partner, “I have infinite resources. You will go bankrupt if you try to challenge me.” My friend’s case never made it to court. He was forced to move less than a year later.

Those are just two examples of the complete disregard for and discrimination of LGBT families. Did you know it is legal to fire someone simply because he or she is Gay in 29 states? Twenty-Nine States! That’s the reason ENDA is so important. AND… Gays and Lesbians can be DENIED housing in another 29 states. What the hell!

“But what about the children?”

Yeah. Conservatives love to hold children hostage over every issue they don’t approve of. For some reason, they think legalizing Same-Sex Marriage will somehow interfere with the raising of their children. I don’t understand the resistance to educating children, in an age appropriate way, about the world around them. Besides, what of the Gay and Lesbian couples who are raising children? Where is the protection for their families?

If the foundation or your marriage so fragile that it would crumble under the weight of another couple’s happiness, I feel sorry for you.

Here’s the thing. Same Sex Marriage is a conservative idea. It’s personal liberty. It’s “Family Values”

Fifteen years ago, when the idea of Same-Sex Marriage was in it’s infancy, I may have settled for Civil Unions, but Civil Unions are NOT equal to Marriage. A Marriage grants you 1,138 federal rights, protections and responsibilities   A Civil Union does not.

Depending on which state you live, it will cost you between $50 and $100 for a Marriage license. In order to acquire some of (but not all) those rights an LGBT couple must hire a lawyer and spend hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars. Why do I need to make a lawyer rich just to enjoy the same rights as any two strangers can get just because they said, “I Do” at a Las Vegas Drive-Thru wedding chapel?

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It heartens me to see that we have accomplished so much since I first drafted this post. At this moment nineteen states and the District of Columbia have given the ‘go ahead’ to same sex marriage. We still have a long way to go, but I cannot overlook the accomplishments of just this last year. LGBTs and their allies have much to be proud of.

Happy Pride Month Everybody!

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Judge Strikes Down Arkansas Ban On Gay Marriage

Holy iSht! This is HUGE!!

(Source: showthemwhat)

Stuff you should know: Brunei's anti-gay laws could endanger LGBT people worldwide

gaywrites:

The sultan of Brunei, a tiny country on the island of Borneo, has decided to impose Sharia law into the country’s penal code. Among other torturous punishments, the new law means the death penalty for homosexuality. 

The United Nations has spoken out fiercely against the law, but the sultan and foreign minister won’t budge. It’s causing localized controversy in the United States, too, as the sultan personally owns a number of hotels in Los Angeles. But the international implications are far greater, as BuzzFeed notes: 

Brunei is tiny country, but its plans could have a wider impact. “It is definitely of major concern in Indonesia and Malaysia,” said Indonesian LGBTI activist Dédé Oetomo, where Islamist politicians have made similar, though yet unsuccessful, attempts.

Brunei is part of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) along with countries including Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia, which is working towards greater cultural and economic ties throughout the region.

A fight broke out in 2012 over an unsuccessful effort to include language protecting LGBTI people in an ASEAN human rights declaration, and this could further polarize ASEAN around LGBTI issues. It also could embolden anti-LGBTI forces in Malaysia, which is also officially a Muslim nation.

There’s a lot going on with this story, with new developments seemingly every day. But even though the country is the size of Delaware, these laws could have a major influence around the world. This story will definitely be around for a while, so keep an eye out for more. 

When ‘Religious Liberty’ Was Used To Deny All Health Care To Women And Not Just Birth Control

bspolitics:

If the supreme court upholds Hobby Lobby’s religious freedom BS, my head is going to explode.

People use God for all kinds of evil things. Why not use it to deny workers healthcare too?

BREAKING: Appeals court suspends same-sex marriages in Michigan until at least Wednesday, citing the injury to bigots and homophobes.

(via teapartycat)

How dare those homosexuals think “Liberty and Justice for All” pertains to them! :\

What Kind of Ass**** Shoots a Gun Into a Car Full of Teenagers?

There is an ongoing battle in my neighborhood between residents and teenagers in parked cars blaring loud music. Not once, in the years that I’ve been living here, has any of us pulled a gun on one. single. teenager.

Not once!

To be sure, blaring your music at top volume, with the bass up so high it shakes my house, is inconsiderate at best. It shows a lack of respect for your neighborhood. It shows the world that you’re the worst kind of ass who’s probably trying to overcompensate for some major insecurities. But it’s not reason enough for me, or anyone for that matter, to take a life.

Most of the time, as with Mr Davis and his pals, it’s just teenagers being teenagers. They haven’t had enough life experience to understand that the people who live in these houses have to get up in the morning to go to jobs they hate, jobs that don’t pay very much, so that they can pay an outrageous amount of rent. They don’t need to listen to some punk kid showing off his bad taste in music. Oh… Don’t think you have bad taste in music? Just wait until you’re an old head like me and some snot nosed kid blasts your house with whatever passes for music at that point.

But I’m in a residential neighborhood where there’s a certain expectation of a reasonable noise level. Something just above a whisper would be nice, but probably unrealistic. Mr Dunn was at a gas station where there is no such expectation.

He was at a friggin gas station convenience store, for crying out loud! It is reasonable to expect that there will be lots of noise! Hell, it’s almost guaranteed!

I wasn’t on that jury so there’s no way of knowing what the hell was going on during deliberations. But there’s one fact that I just can’t get past. After shooting ten rounds into an SUV full of teenagers, Dunn left the gas station and drove 40 miles away to a bed and breakfast in St. Augustine, where he “walked his dog, ordered a pizza, and drank rum and cola.

A normal human being would have called for an ambulance.

But then, a normal human being wouldn’t have fired a gun into an SUV full of teenagers over loud music.

What an ass****!

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Did you know, Roxane Labs developed a synthetic THC called MARINOL which, besides being somewhat toxic, is so expensive many insurance companies won’t cover it. In the early 1990s, doctors prescribed it as an alternative to marijuana, to combat nausea and wasting associated with the medical treatments for cancer and AIDS. The problem, other than costing about $150 for a month’s supply, is the side effects. In a person who is vomiting, a pill is useless. Those lucky enough to actually get the pill to stay down have to wait upwards of one to two hours for it to take effect. And when the pill finally starts to work - buckle up. “A 2.5 milligram Marinol pill absolutely knocked me out,” reports one man with AIDS. “I wound up lying on the sofa for days, just totally drugged and unproductive.” 

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See also the side by side comparison of Marijuana vs. Marinol at medicalmarijuana.procon.org/

Did you know, Roxane Labs developed a synthetic THC called MARINOL which, besides being somewhat toxic, is so expensive many insurance companies won’t cover it. In the early 1990s, doctors prescribed it as an alternative to marijuana, to combat nausea and wasting associated with the medical treatments for cancer and AIDS. The problem, other than costing about $150 for a month’s supply, is the side effects. In a person who is vomiting, a pill is useless. Those lucky enough to actually get the pill to stay down have to wait upwards of one to two hours for it to take effect. And when the pill finally starts to work - buckle up. “A 2.5 milligram Marinol pill absolutely knocked me out,” reports one man with AIDS. “I wound up lying on the sofa for days, just totally drugged and unproductive.”

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See also the side by side comparison of Marijuana vs. Marinol at medicalmarijuana.procon.org/

(Source: thisnightmarishlife)

Coach Defends Students Arrested at Bus Stop - RochesterHomepage.net

aka14kgold:

bapgeek:

note-a-bear:

lifeforliberation:

The boys were with about a dozen basketball teammates Wednesday morning on Main Street waiting for a school bus to take them to a scrimmage at Aquinas. There was no school that day and their coach had arranged for a pick-up at a central meeting spot.

An officer asked the boys to disperse and they refused. The young men say they tried to explain to him they were waiting for a school bus. The officer arrested three of the players.

"We didn’t do nothing," said Raliek Redd. "We was just trying to go to our scrimmage."

"We was just waiting for our bus and he started arrested us," said Wan’Tauhjs Weathers.

"You just downtown, minding your own business, and next thing you know, anything can happen," said Daequon Carelock.

The police report says the students were obstructing “pedestrian traffic while standing on a public sidewalk…preventing free passage of citizens walking by and attempting to enter and exit a store…Your complainant gave several lawful clear and concise orders for the group to disperse and leave the area without complaince.” 

The report does not accuse the boys of using abusive or obscense language.

A department statement issued Wednesday evening affirms the account in the paperwork.

The boys’ families had to post $200 bail to make sure they were home for Thanksgiving.

Their coach, Jacob Scott, who is also a district guidance counselor, arrived at the location as the three students were placed in handcuffs. Scott said he pleaded with the officer to let the boys go, saying he was supervising them.

"He goes on to say, ‘If you don’t disperse, you’re going to get booked as well,’" Scott said. "I said, ‘Sir, I’m the adult. I’m their varsity basketball coach. How can you book me? What am I doing wrong? Matter of fact, what are these guys doing wrong?’"
Scott said a sergeant showed up and backed up his officer.

"One of the police officers actually told me, if he had a big enough caravan, he would take all of us downtown," Scott said. 

Well, they were being black in America, of course. Thats what they were doing wrong. FUCK this country. 

remember what I said about folks really being on that Black Codes tip?

They were obstructing citizen’s use of the sidewalk? Aren’t THEY citizens using the sidewalk?!

Aren’t THEY citizens using the sidewalk?!

Aren’t THEY citizens using the sidewalk?!

Aren’t THEY citizens using the sidewalk?!

Aren’t THEY citizens using the sidewalk?!

That. Because no, of course they aren’t; Black people can’t be citizens, everyone knows that. Know your place, and stand in the gutters, amirite?

"obstructing “pedestrian traffic while standing on a public sidewalk…preventing free passage of citizens walking by" are obscure laws meant to keep the sidewalks clear in case of emergency. These laws, meant to disperse crowds, are rarely enforced except to harass people. They’ve been used for decades as an excuse to arrest gays, most recently as the mid/late 1990s.

These cops were wrong and they know it. The kids will win their day in court and possibly be awarded financially in a civil suit, but why put them through this crap?? Just so some insecure officer of the law can make himself feel more manly???

Please. Click on the link and watch the video. See it for yourself.

(Source: talesofthestarshipregeneration)