Posts Tagged ‘ LGBTQ ’

The triumph of trans Lysenkoism

February 10, 2016
posted by

Rod Dreher The American Conservative
by Rod Dreher  

"[Dr. Kenneth] Zucker's crime? He is against the idea that children who experience gender dysphoria should be rushed into transitioning via hormone therapy and surgery, preferring instead a more cautious approach, given that unstable gender identity in childhood and adolescence sometimes resolves itself in time. This position is anathema to trans activists. Note well: Dr. Zucker is in favor of gender transitioning; he simply says that the scientific knowledge we have at this point advises a more cautious approach. For this, he got fired, and his clinic shut down." (02/10/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/the-triumph-of-trans-lysenkoism/  

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Anglican leader hopes meeting can avoid homosexuality split

January 11, 2016
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LaCrosse Tribune    

"Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said Monday he hoped this week's meeting of world Anglican leaders could avoid a split over homosexuality in the worldwide fellowship and lead to 'finding ways to disagree well.' However, Welby said there's little he can do if some of the 38 leaders quit the meeting in Canterbury. Welby is the spiritual head of the 85-million-member Anglican Communion but, unlike a pope, he has no authority to force a compromise. ... The communion, a fellowship rooted in the Church of England, has been fracturing for decades over gay relationships and women's ordination, among other issues. The rifts blew wide open in 2003 when the Episcopal Church, the Anglican body in the United States, consecrated the first openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson, in New Hampshire." (01/11/16)

http://lacrossetribune.com/news/world/anglican-leader-hopes-meeting-can-avoid-homosexuality-split/article_27ed2276-d91d-53b1-a129-c99f0f687aa6.html  

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Ireland: Marriage apartheid ends for same-sex couples

November 16, 2015
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Yahoo! News Yahoo! News    

"Ireland's new same-sex marriage law comes into force from Monday, six months after the country voted to allow gay unions in a historic referendum. Existing same-sex marriages registered abroad will be immediately recognised in Ireland, while other couples can now submit their intention to marry. ... In May, Ireland voted 62.1 percent in favour of allowing marriage between two people 'without distinction as to their sex,' the first time anywhere that gay marriage has been legalised in a referendum." (11/16/15)

http://news.yahoo.com/ireland-gay-marriage-law-comes-force-043531644.html  

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UT: Hundreds rally against new Mormon policy; many file forms to quit the faith

November 15, 2015
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Salt Lake Tribune    

"More than 1,000 inactive and active Mormons -- along with their backers -- rallied in City Creek Park on Saturday to protest the LDS Church's recent policy decisions involving same-sex couples and their children. ... At one of several tables, attorney Mark Naugle helped Mormons expedite their paperwork to resign their memberships in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. ... Top LDS authorities have a new policy in place that states Mormons in same-sex marriages or similar relationships must face disciplinary councils -- and possible excommunication -- and that their children generally must wait until they turn 18 to be baptized into the faith." (11/14/15)

http://www.sltrib.com/home/3178894-155/hundreds-rally-against-new-mormon-policy  

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US Reform Jews poised to adopt sweeping transgender rights policy

November 5, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Temples and synagogues affiliated with the nation's largest Jewish movement could adopt gender-neutral bathrooms and their rabbis would be encouraged to give sermons on transgender topics, under a groundbreaking resolution expected to pass at a conference of Reform Jews on Thursday. The proposal features some of the most far-reaching policies for transgendered men and women seen among any of the nation's mainstream religious organizations, according to advocates for gay and transgendered rights. It also has generated little discord within the movement of 1.5 million North America Jews affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism, the organization that will vote on the measure as part of its biennial conference in Orlando." (11/05/15)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/05/us-usa-religion-transgender-idUSKCN0SU1VU20151105#4UEhH4IW3GGvDxSY.97  

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TX: Houston non-discrimination ordinance goes down to defeat

November 4, 2015
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"Houston voters rejected a controversial measure Tuesday that would have barred discrimination against gays and transgender people in the wake of an 18-month battle that pitted advocates of gay rights against those who believed they were defending religious liberty. The vote had been expected to be close. But with about 30% of precincts reporting, the measure was trailing badly, 62% to 38%, and the Associated Press called the election for foes of the measure. ... Opponents say the measure, which they call Proposition 1 or the 'bathroom ordinance,' infringes on their religious beliefs and poses a public health risk by allowing [sic] transgender women into women's restrooms." [editor's note: This ordinance would have banned employers, landlords and other property owners from deciding how their property is used and for that reason it SHOULD have gone down; "public," i.e. government, facilities shouldn't be allowed to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, though - TLK] (11/03/15)

http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-houston-nondisrcimination-vote-20151103-story.html  

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A libertarian-gay divorce?

October 13, 2015
posted by

Scott Shackford Reason
by Scott Shackford  

"The Libertarian Party, Boaz noted, has called for decriminalizing gay behavior and treating gay people equally under the law since the organization was founded in the early 1970s. Many other libertarian organizations (including reason) have been taking such positions for just as long or even longer. And since then, the United States has seen the abolition of sodomy laws, the end of officially sanctioned government discrimination against gay employees, and now -- with the Obergefell v. Hodges decision in June -- the end of government non-recognition of same-sex marriage. So: Is that it, then? Is the gay movement ready to declare victory and go home? Don't bet on it. Now that government discrimination is largely tamed, gay activists are going after private behavior, using the government as a bludgeon. After a long alliance with libertarians, the two camps could be settling into a new series of conflicts." (for publication 11/15)

https://reason.com/archives/2015/10/13/a-libertarian-gay-divorce  

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Boy Scouts OK gay leaders; Mormon church may quit

July 28, 2015
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Seattle Times    

"The Boy Scouts of America on Monday ended its nationwide ban on openly gay adult leaders. But despite a compromise allowing conservative church-sponsored units to pick their own volunteer leaders, the Mormon church, the country’s largest sponsor of Scout units, said it might leave the organization. ... Mormons use the Boy Scouts as their main nonreligious activity for boys, and the Cub Scout and Boy Scout units they sponsor accounted for 17 percent of all youths in Scouting in 2013, the last year for which data have been published." (07/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nmntaxm  

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How liquor licenses sparked the Stonewall riots

June 28, 2015
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Reason Reason
by Nick Sibilla  

"Just three years before Stonewall, gay New Yorkers won the right to drink in bars. But that right was contingent on hiding any trace of a queer identity: Kissing, dancing, or trying to find someone of the same sex to take home for the night were all lumped under the designation 'disorderly conduct.' Bars could lose their liquor licenses if caught playing host to such criminality. Sensing an opportunity, the Mafia opened establishments under the ruse of being members-only 'bottle clubs' that had no need for a license. One of their more popular -- and more profitable -- bars was also one of the few places queer men and women could dance: the Stonewall Inn." (06/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oukusbf  

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Turkey: Police riot against gay pride parade

June 28, 2015
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NBC News NBC News    

"Turkish police used water cannons and tear gas to clear a gay pride rally from Istanbul's central square Sunday. Between 100 and 200 marchers were chased away from Taksim Square after a police vehicle fired several jets of water to disperse the crowd. ...the timing of the parade coincides with the holy month of Ramadan, something that could cause conservative Muslims to bristle. ... While homosexuality is not a crime in Turkey -- unlike in several other Muslim countries -- homophobia remains widespread." (06/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/om5kdcu  

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Don’t let transgender be the new black

June 12, 2015
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Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"The use of legal force to impede -- or advance -- social change is always a bad idea. Transgender people should not be forced to march through Selma in order to claim equal treatment under the law. As always, the libertarian approach is most fit for getting us through this transition period. Libertarianism is the only political philosophy which allows everyone to answer 'yes' to the question 'can we all get along?'" (06/11/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/1732  

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CO: School asks for outside review of ban on gay student speech

June 4, 2015
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Houston Chronicle Houston Chronicle    

"Under pressure from a congressman, the Colorado school that stopped a valedictorian from delivering a commencement speech in which he planned to come out as gay has asked outside lawyers to review what happened. In a letter on behalf of the school to Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, Denver lawyer Barry Arrington said Twin Peaks Charter Academy is hiring a law firm to look into the case." (06/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oflqa8m  

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AR: Town’s vote opens fight over law cast as anti-gay

May 13, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"A northwest Arkansas town's vote to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity could pave the way for a legal fight over a new state law criticized as anti-gay. Residents in Eureka Springs, a town known both for its 66-foot-tall Jesus statue and for being a gay-friendly tourist destination, voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to uphold the anti-discrimination ordinance. It's the most direct challenge to a state law aimed at preventing local protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people." (05/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nodusny  

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Gay rights and religious liberty: A zero-sum game

May 12, 2015
posted by

Rod Dreher The American Conservative
by Rod Dreher  

"Lots of pushback against my saying that the advance of gay rights is at the present moment the greatest threat to religious liberty. People don't want to believe it. For the record, I believe in granting employment and housing protections to gays; I'm not opposed across the board to gay rights. It's only that the overall gay rights project is triumphing at the clear and substantive expense of religious liberty. It cannot be any other way, not when the religions in question -- Christianity, mostly, but also Orthodox Judaism and Islam -- have clear teachings on homosexuality, ones that cannot be reconciled with the moral legitimation of homosexuality." (05/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ofepvt4  

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Religious Americans support gay marriage

April 28, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Robert P Jones  

"The Supreme Court hears oral arguments on Tuesday in a case that weighs whether state bans against same-sex marriage violate the constitution’s guarantee of equal protection for gay and lesbian couples. Ahead of the ruling, many religious conservatives are reiterating their opposition to allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally. Although public opinion has shifted dramatically, especially among religious Americans, many leaders of the conservative Christian political movement continue to act as if public opinion were frozen in the 1970s. But in fact, more religiously affiliated Americans now support same-sex marriage than oppose it." (04/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mev2vwa  

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Marriage equality gets its day in court

April 27, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Garrett Epps  

"As the oral argument in the same-sex marriage cases nears, the smart money remains on a 5-4 decision upholding the right of individuals to be married in their own states and to have those marriages recognized by other states. In fact, under the surface, a lot of the briefing seems to be less about whether the Court will affirm marriage equality and more about how. If history is a guide, the Court will speak in oblique, even oracular terms. A strong, clear opinion would serve the nation better." (04/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oukffhl  

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Ben Carson’s gay epiphany

April 21, 2015
posted by

Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"Republican potential presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson, experienced an epiphany recently after taking some heavy flack for expressing his opinion that homosexuality is a 'choice' and backing up the argument by declaring that people 'go to prison straight -- and when they come out they're gay.' Upon serious reflection, and to his credit, the good Dr. apologized for his ignorant insensitive comments. He now says that he no longer wants to talk about LGBT issues." (04/21/15)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2015/04/ben-carsons-gay-epiphany.html  

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CO: Senate committee rejects bill to ban torture of LGBTQ youth

April 9, 2015
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Aurora Sentinel    

"Colorado Republicans in the Senate rejected a bill Wednesday to ban gay-conversion therapy [sic] for kids. The bill, sponsored by Democrats, would have banned therapists from trying to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of children. It failed 3-2 on a party-line vote in a Senate committee." (04/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kmjx8jm  

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Obama calls for end to gay conversion “therapy”

April 9, 2015
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The Virginian-Pilot    

"President Barack Obama is calling for an end to psychiatric therapy [sic] treatments aimed at changing the sexual orientation or gender identity of gay, lesbian and transgender youth. The move comes in response to an online petition posted on the White House website following the death of 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn. The transgender teen committed suicide in December and left behind writings mentioning religious therapy [sic]. In a statement late Wednesday, White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said the administration supports banning so-called conversion therapy [sic] treatments for minors. ... The White House is not explicitly calling for congressional legislation to ban the therapies [sic] nationwide. But Jarrett's statement highlighted states that have outlawed the practice and expressed hope that there will be broader action." (04/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p6jt9ca  

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From Ireland to Indiana the spread of gay-marriage groupthink

April 8, 2015
posted by

Brendan O'Neill spiked
by Brendan O'Neill  

"What is striking is the extent to which the critics of gay marriage are now treated in a similar way that gays were treated for decades. Homosexuality wasn't decriminalised in Ireland until 1993 -- making you wonder where the Irish state gets off now posing as super-gay-friendly -- and before that gays were seen as a blot on the moral landscape. They were seen as psychologically disordered (not just in Ireland, but across the West) and their words and culture were often censored for fear that they would traumatise young people and tear the moral fabric. Sound familiar? Yes, the same is now done to those who hold traditional views on marriage and the family. In Ireland, as elsewhere, the illiberal, intolerant tactics once used against homosexuals have been turned against those who dare to criticise homosexual lifestyles." (04/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o44zb6b  

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Japan: Tokyo ward first to recognize same-sex marriage

March 31, 2015
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Seattle Times    

"Fumino Sugiyama will finally be able to marry his girlfriend of four years. He couldn't before, because same sex marriages weren't recognized in Japan, and he is legally a woman. With a landmark vote Tuesday by the assembly of Tokyo's Shibuya ward, the district famous as a mecca for trendy youngsters became the first locale in Japan to recognize same sex partnerships as the 'equivalent of a marriage,' guaranteeing the identical rights of married couples, including hospital visitations and apartment rentals." (03/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nm2hwyl  

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It’s not about religious freedom. It’s about freedom.

March 27, 2015
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Some state legislatures are rolling out 'religious freedom' laws specifying that bakers don't have to bake and photographers don't have to photograph if doing so conflicts with their religious beliefs. But wait a minute: Why should freedom to associate or not associate with, or to work for or not work for anyone, be conditioned on religious beliefs?" (03/26/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/755  

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Why Utah’s Mormon/LGBT compromise is just awful

March 23, 2015
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Walter Olson  

"The law resulted from an unprecedented compromise between leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who have historically stood against extending anti-discrimination laws to gays, and LGBT advocates including the statewide Equality Utah and national Human Rights Campaign. The law applies only to employment and housing settings; atypically, Utah law does not ban discrimination in so-called public accommodations, which took off the table the big and contentious set of 'bake my cake' controversies involving florists and other wedding providers. Some centrist commentators, notably Jonathan Rauch and Bill Galston of the Brookings Institution, have hailed the accord as lighting a way off the culture war battlefield; unsurprisingly, many strong advocates on both the LGBT/anti-discrimination-law and religious-conservative sides are having none of it, and are likely to oppose such compromises elsewhere." (03/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o8n2qcn  

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Chile: Lawmakers approve same-sex civil unions

January 29, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"Chilean lawmakers gave final approval on Wednesday to a bill that recognizes civil unions between same-sex couples. The legislation now goes to President Michelle Bachelet, who is expected to sign it. Government spokesman Alvaro Elizalde welcomed the bill's passage as 'a breakthrough that we are proud of as a government.'" (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o6rpb2n  

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Google apologizes, fixes homophobic slurs in translator

January 28, 2015
posted by

Forbes    

"Google's apologized for a flaw in its Translate tool that's seen the word 'gay' translated into a range of offensive terms. ... The insulting translations were spotted by Andre Banks, executive director of LGBT campaign group All Out. The group launched a petition calling for Google to make changes, garnering over 52,000 signatures. And Google's taken heed." (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mcp8wx3  

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