Esquire Theme by Matthew Buchanan
Social icons by Tim van Damme

14

Jul


As the president approached, Webb threw his hand down and slapped the counter dramatically. “Equal rights for gay people!”
"Are you gay?" the president asked.
"Only when I have sex."
"That’s when he laughed and said, ‘Bump me,’" Webb says.

As the president approached, Webb threw his hand down and slapped the counter dramatically. “Equal rights for gay people!”

"Are you gay?" the president asked.

"Only when I have sex."

"That’s when he laughed and said, ‘Bump me,’" Webb says.

(Source: talkingpointsmemo.com)

24

Jun

I got asked about an issue, and instead of saying, ‘You know what, we need to be a really respectful and tolerant country, and get back to talking about, whether you’re gay or straight you need to be having a job, and those are the focuses I want to be involved with,’ instead of getting — which I did, I readily admit, I stepped right in it… If you really are going to be the party that’s going to talk to everyone, we say, ‘Listen you may not agree with all of my positions, but giving you and your family and your loved ones the opportunity to get a better life, if we create a climate in this country where you’re going to have a job, and a good job, and a good paying job’ — if we’ll do that, then I think we’ll be successful.
Texas Governor Rick Perry says he "stepped in it" in regards to earlier comments in which he compared homosexuality to alcoholism.

07

May

The fact of the matter is, it doesn’t matter whether or not you think homosexuality is a sin. Let me say that again. It does not matter if you think homosexuality is a sin, or if you think it is simply another expression of human love. It doesn’t matter. Why doesn’t it matter? Because people are dying. Kids are literally killing themselves because they are so tired of being rejected and dehumanized that they feel their only option left is to end their life. As a Youth Pastor, this makes me physically ill. And as a human, it should make you feel the same way. So, I’m through with the debate. When faced with the choice between being theologically correct…as if this is even possible…and being morally responsible, I’ll go with morally responsible every time.

28

Apr

Album Art
385,525 plays

feministsongs:

Angel Haze - Same Love

"At age thirteen, my mom knew I wasn’t straight
She didn’t understand but she had so much to say
She sat me on the couch, looked me straight in my face
And said you’ll burn in hell or probably die of AIDS”

Pansexual rapper exchanges Mackelmore’s no-homo lyrics for a freestyle about her experience as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community.

04

Apr

For American media, Pakistan only exists in the context of security concerns: the Taliban, terrorism, fundamentalist Islam, and the war in Afghanistan. Outside of this context, there is no Pakistan.

By comparison, consider how the U.S. media reported on related developments in India. When the Delhi High Court threw out an Indian law banning gay sex, American newspapers trumpeted the news. As the New York Times reported, “In a landmark ruling Thursday that could usher in an era of greater freedom for gay men and lesbians in India, New Delhi’s highest court decriminalized homosexuality. ” Plenty of other U.S. media outlets sounded off too.

But the heavy U.S. coverage of the Indian Supreme Court’s decision also fits into a pre-existing Western narrative of India. As the story goes, India is a growing democracy and a rising economic power. In that context, the story of the expansion of Indian equality easily resonates in the American mind. Not only is the U.S. simultaneously addressing similar challenges faced by gay and lesbian Americans, but there is a strong underlying belief that democracies perfect themselves over time through an expansion of liberty across society.

Unfortunately, Pakistan’s story of expanding equality for transgendered citizens doesn’t quite fit the pre-written American narrative. After all, Pakistan was supposed to be on the verge of becoming a “failed Islamic state.” How can the same country possibly have a Supreme Court that bars discrimination against a sexual minority?

You can imagine the cognitive fit that such a news story might induce in the mainstream U.S. media. How can an Islamic jurist advocate for transgender communities? Why weren’t there Pakistani riots when the decision came down?

None of this, of course, fits within the dominant U.S. narrative on Pakistan. First of all, transgender equality in Pakistan isn’t a security issue. Second, Muslim jurists and courts aren’t expected to advocate for the rights of sexual minorities. Third, it carries the subtle implication that U.S. support for Musharraf actually delayed the pursuit of equality for an aggrieved community.

No wonder the mainstream U.S. media couldn’t find space for this story. It just doesn’t fit.

Sanjeev Berry

Best part? This happened in 2009 but obviously it didn’t cater to the standard American comprehension of scary, evil Pakistan. Most of you are probably reading about this for the first time.

(via mehreenkasana)

16

Mar

I’m disappointed that this year, I will be unable to participate in the parade. As mayor of the city of Boston, I have to do my best to ensure that all Bostonians are free to participate fully in the civic life of our city. Unfortunately, this year, the parties were not able to come to an understanding that would have made that possible.
Boston Mayor Martin Walsh in a statement released Sunday morning announcing that he will not be attending the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade because of organizers’ ban on the participation of LGBTQ groups.

26

Feb

Texas’ current marriage laws deny homosexual couples the right to marry, and in doing so, demean their dignity for no legitimate reason.
A Texas federal judge ruled state’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional on Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia issued a stay on his decision until expected appeals against his ruling have been heard by higher courts.

21

Feb

After the Arizona House passed legislation allowing religious-based discrimination on Thursday which opponents are calling "state-sanctioned discrimination towards the LGBT community," one Arizona restaurant posted this sign. (via Vote Latino)

After the Arizona House passed legislation allowing religious-based discrimination on Thursday which opponents are calling "state-sanctioned discrimination towards the LGBT community," one Arizona restaurant posted this sign. (via Vote Latino)

12

Feb

applebottomclaudiajeans:

annielauries:

arcaneimages:

Texas Sportscaster Gives Best Response to Michael Sam’s Coming Out Ever

I REALLY like that he said he’s not always comfortable when a man tells him he’s gay. Because he’s like “Yeah, this is something that’s tough for me to understand, but that doesn’t mean people deserve lesser treatment.” And that is great.

HOLY SHIT THIS IS THE BEST THING I’VE EVER SEEN.

(Source: demonews.org)

22

Jan

I took four days off. I had to leave my home state and make a little wedge of time to marry the woman I love. They can get over it. You don’t commit 23 years of your life to someone to make a political statement.
Houston Mayor Annise Parker in response to criticism over her decision to marry long-time partner, Kathy Hubbard, in California. (via @elisefoley)