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leader-of-standing-purgatorians:

princess-romanova:

So I hadn’t yet come out to my mum and today I got home to see that someone had changed the cover on my bed to this

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And then I saw that they left a note on the bed, so I went over to take a look at it and

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My mum is the best 

Whenever I see this I think well what if you weren’t gay and you came home one day to this

Good point. We like to encourage acceptance, but what if?

lgbtqblogs:

Map: Dozens of countries still punish homosexuality with prison and death
Lawmakers in Gambia recently passed a bill that would increase the country’s punishment for some homosexual acts to life imprisonment, reports the Associated Press.
The bill, which reportedly contains language similar to Uganda’s struck-down anti-gay law, now awaits the approval of Gambia President Yahya Jammeh, who’s been openly hostile to the LGBT community in the past. In 2008, he demanded gays and lesbians leave the country or risk having their heads cut off. In February, Jammeh said on state television, “We will fight these vermins called homosexuals or gays the same way we are fighting malaria-causing mosquitoes, if not more aggressively.”
While the actions and comments of Gambia’s leaders are shocking, they are far from alone in

I really fucking hate people right about now!

lgbtqblogs:

Map: Dozens of countries still punish homosexuality with prison and death

Lawmakers in Gambia recently passed a bill that would increase the country’s punishment for some homosexual acts to life imprisonment, reports the Associated Press.

The bill, which reportedly contains language similar to Uganda’s struck-down anti-gay law, now awaits the approval of Gambia President Yahya Jammeh, who’s been openly hostile to the LGBT community in the past. In 2008, he demanded gays and lesbians leave the country or risk having their heads cut off. In February, Jammeh said on state television, “We will fight these vermins called homosexuals or gays the same way we are fighting malaria-causing mosquitoes, if not more aggressively.”

While the actions and comments of Gambia’s leaders are shocking, they are far from alone in

I really fucking hate people right about now!

Up to 12 suspects sought in Center City Philadelphia hate crime

via 6abc.com

This group of cowards beat two gay men nearly to death! Twelve of them ganged up on two!

Philadelphia police say as many as 12 suspects are being sought for an assault in Center City that is being characterized as a hate crime.


The incident happened at 10:45 p.m. on Thursday, September 11th near Rittenhouse Square.

Investigators say the victims, a 28-year-old man and a 27-year-old man, were on the 1600 block of Chancellor Street when they were approached by a group of ‘unknown males and females.’



The group approached and, according to police, ‘made disparaging remarks about their sexual orientation.’

The group then pounced, with some of the suspects holding the victims while others punched them in the face, head and chest.

One of the victims dropped a bag containing a cell phone, wallet and credit cards.



As police approached the scene, investigators say one of the suspects picked up the bag as the group fled.

Both victims were taken to the hospital with multiple injuries. Police say one victim was treated for fractures and deep lacerations to his face requiring surgery and his jaw wired shut.

Philadelphia police described the suspects as “a group of approximately 10-12 white male and females all in their early 20’s “clean cut” and well dressed. One suspect was described as having a husky build, brown hair, wearing a brown shirt and shorts.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Philadelphia Police at 215.686.TIPS (8477), text a tip to PPD TIP or 773847 or visit PhillyPolice.com.

gaywrites:

Remember that online fundraiser to build a pro-LGBT billboard in the Westboro Baptist Church’s hometown? It worked. Feast your eyes on the “God Loves Gays” billboard, standing proud in Topeka, Kansas for all to see. If any additional funding comes through, it will be used for bus ads in Topeka, donations to LGBT youth organizations, and possibly a similar billboard in Utah. Bless. (via the Huffington Post)

This is a brilliant idea!

But… I made the mistake of commenting on the "God Loves Gays" Billboard Project youtube video page and oh. my. god. the crazies came out of the woodwork! One tried to change the dialogue to an argument over the existence of God which, in my opinion, is irrelevant to this project.

If you can, please donate to help put up more of these billboards areound the U.S.

Remembering the Everyday Heroes of September 11th

Why does it take a tragedy for us to treat each other like human beings?

The thing I remember most about that Warm and Beautiful Day in September is people’s unconditional willingness to help one another.

I spent most of the day today trying to come up with something brilliant as a tribute to the memory of the many lives lost in, and those affected by, the 2001 terrorist attacks. I wanted to say something about America’s resilience. But looking back at the past four years of childish political posturing, and the increasing frequency of racist violence perpetrated by those entrusted to protect and serve, it’s hard to imagine that we ever all stood together as one United States.

But we did! I saw it with my own two eyes. People with absolutely nothing offered total strangers food to eat, a place to get cleaned up and rest, or just a safe place to sleep for the night. In my own city, which was not directly affected, everyday people did whatever they could. Some traveled to affected areas to join the rescue effort. These were everyday heroes.

Then on September 13th, just Two Days Later, Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson appeared on The 700 Club and claimed that God smote America because of all the “Pagans, Abortionists, Atheists, Feminists, Gays, and Lesbians, the ACLU, and People for the American Way”. What a vile, evil thing for two purported men of God to say.

Why must Americans be so ugly to one another every chance we get?

For a few months following the September 11th attacks, most of us stood together and pitched in where we could. We did it because we cared. We did it to help heal the open wound. We did it because it was the right thing to do.

But why does it have to take a tragedy for us to treat each other like human beings?

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My dash did a thing thanks to being-gay-is-0kay and buzzfeedlgbt.
Perhaps this alignment is a sign from the ether to everyone going through a tough time that the fates are with you.

My dash did a thing thanks to being-gay-is-0kay and buzzfeedlgbt.

Perhaps this alignment is a sign from the ether to everyone going through a tough time that the fates are with you.

aljazeeraamerica:

Kenyan film tells stories of LGBT lives

A man arranges a sexual liaison with another man and sits in a hotel room, waiting for a knock on the door. Teenage girlfriends face an awkward reunion after being pulled apart by school officials. A woman and her female partner dream up an escape plan as angry mobs threaten to evict gays from their homes.

These and other real-life stories, drawn from a collaborative project to document the lives of members of Kenya’s LGBT community, were the inspiration for “Stories Of Our Lives,” a collection of five fictional vignettes that will have its world premiere tonight at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Continue reading.

Photos: Dan Muchina / Jim Chuchu / NEST Collective

BREAKING: Michael Sam set to join the Dallas Cowboys, will become 1st openly-gay NFL player in history

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Michael Sam is about to be a Dallas Cowboy.

Outsports has confirmed the Cowboys are bringing Sam to Dallas for a physical and have the intention of signing him to their practice squad. That would make him the first openly gay member of a regular-season team.

Adam Schefter and Ian Rapaport have also confirmed the news:

The Cowboys, by the way, were Sam’s favorite team while he was growing up in Texas.

The Cowboys happen to play the St. Louis Rams in week 3.

Last year the Cowboys had the third-worst pass defense and the worst overall defense in the NFL, allowing over 415 yards per game. They recorded only 34 sacks on the season, and quarterbacks racked up a 96.0 average passer rating against them.

These are not good numbers. Sam can have an immediate impact on the team in the coming weeks.

The Cowboys were always a potential great fit for Sam on the field. They currently have five defensive ends on the active roster, the fifth of which is Lavar Edwards whom they acquired in a trade from Tennessee this weekend. They also have DE Kenneth Boatright on the practice squad. Edwards graded out at -1.7 by Pro Football Focus in the preseason; Sam graded at +0.6.

Tyrone Crawford, a backup defensive end on the squad, spent last season on injured reserve.

These spots are all up for grabs for a guy like Sam, meaning there are far more opportunities to make the active roster with the Cowboys than existed with the D’line-heavy Rams.

Mea culpa here - I said pretty loudly early this year that I didn’t think the Cowboys were a great fit for Sam for other reasons, namely leadership. I’ve learned a lot about the NFL in the last six months. Sam and his Rams teammates taught me a lot about where NFL locker rooms really are today.

While I thought six months ago that Sam could be just a circus act in Dallas, I haven’t thought that for months as I learned more about how teams - including the Cowboys - really operate. I’ve spent much of the last 48 hours very publicly wondering why the Cowboys have not brought him in. I’ve feared that it was trepidation about how fans in Texas would react to their beloved Cowboys signing a gay player.

Today they put those fears to rest and made a great football decision. It’s the perfect football fit for Sam, and I think Dallas is a powerful landing spot for him.

Culturally, this signing would be an earthquake. Texas is held up by the gay community as this country’s great bastion of homophobia. For the revered Cowboys to bring him in and sign him would send a very clear message that yes, at the end of the day, the NFL is a true meritocracy. If the Cowboys make the move, this is the second team in the Bible Belt to sign Sam.

On Wednesday, the Dallas Cowboys could become a model for inclusion.

Source: Cyd Zeigler for Outsports