American Airlines Shuts Down Homophobe On Twitter

15aaWhat started out as a complaint on Twitter about a flight delay turned into a massive shade-fest when Nathan Lorick, the director of evangelism for Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, questioned American Airlines’ use of the rainbow flag in its avatar.

Lorick initially tweeted about flight delays on American, which prompted the air carrier to reply back with an apology along with an assurance that he would be en route to his destination shortly. He followed up with an inquiry about “the rainbow colored image” on American’s profile photo. When the airline clarified that its Twitter avatar was in support of Pride month and the LGBT community, Lorick expressed his disappointment in “a poor choice from a company that certainly has many customers who do not agree with that lifestyle.” Although the tweets are no longer publicly viewable, the exchange was captured in screenshots. Continue reading

Arkansas Lawmaker Outraged Over Gay Pride Being Held On A Sunday

Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Conway, presents a resolution during a meeting of the Legislative Council in Little Rock, Ark., Friday, June 20, 2014. The Council approved the non-binding measure that urges the state Supreme Court to uphold a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Arkansas State Senator Jason Rapert is pissed off that his hometown of Conway, AR just hosted their twelfth annual Gay Pride parade on Sunday.

Rapert posted a book length rant on his official Facebook page (Check on the Facebook Rant HERE) over the weekend accusing gay people, or as he likes to refer to us “anti-Christian activists,” of “crossing the line” by purposefully planning their parade on a Sunday (aka “the Lord’s Day”) to “mock” and “intimidate” Christians.

“They understand that the lifestyle they are glorifying on our streets is considered sin by every Bible-believing Christian,” Rapert exclaimed, “and they use their parade on a day reserved to worship God and reverence the Lord to mock Christians.” Continue reading

Ten Things The Christian Learned About Gay People in Ten Years (Part 2)

7c623122Jesus talked about equality a lot; it made the powerful quite uncomfortable.

Written by Kathy, and originally published on canyonwalkerconnections.com

6. ASKING GAY PEOPLE TO DENY THEIR NATURAL SEXUAL ORIENTATION IS DESTRUCTIVE. Recall, homosexual orientation is no more a “behavior” than is heterosexual attraction.  Both are orientations, innate attractions. Reparative therapy (Exodus-type programs that offer results that take away “unwanted sexual attractions” or allude to a gay-to-straight conversion) treats homosexuality as if it were a “behavior” akin to other life choices like drug and alcohol usage, adultery, cheating and lying.

You would expect that the elimination of bad behaviors would result in life benefits.  However, if you force a gay person to “not be gay,” loneliness, depression, isolation and shame can result.

Some gay people do make a choice to live celibate lives.  This is called “Side B” for gay Christians; they come to a personal conviction that God is calling them to be celibate. This is not the same as the imposition of celibacy by an outsider for acceptance before God. Celibacy does not take away attraction; it only means a person is not engaging in sex. A celibate straight person is not “no longer straight” simply because they are not being sexual.  Likewise, a celibate gay person is not “no longer gay” simply because they are not being sexual. Continue reading

So That We Might Not Forget

FOREWORD: In the comments section of a post updated here awhile ago, some commenters derided the notion of gay pride, labeling it as a bit too much in the making of a point about the existence of homosexuality in the society. Some people expressed the opinion that they believe Gay Prides to be unnecessary. A Kitodiariesian dug up the write-up you’ll read below, to explain why Gay Prides are necessary. It is a symbol which serves to make the international gay community not forget the horrors of the world before.

The piece is a bit of history, originally titled ‘The Gay Holocaust’ and published on stop-homophobia.com. Check on it.

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holocaustIn 1928, there was an estimated 1.2 million “out” homosexual men living in Germany. As Adolf Hitler rose in power, gay organizations were banned and scholarly books regarding homosexuality were burned. Hitler’s racial state ideology branded homosexuals not only as “parasites” and degenerates, but as enemies of the state. In 1935, the Nazi government significantly expanded the criminalization of homosexuality.

Under the direction of SS head, police drew up “Pink Lists”, and embarked on a vicious crackdown on homosexual men and women. Many were sent to mental hospitals, others were castrated by court order, and 100,000 of these men were sent to concentration camps. The pink triangle (now a symbol of Gay Pride) was placed on the prisoners to mark that they were homosexuals. An estimated 55,000 were executed. Continue reading

The Future Of Sexuality. . . And The End Of LGBTI?

downloadWritten by Peter Tatchell, Originally published in petertatchellfoundation.org

Does LGBTI Pride have a future? Is gay identity just a phase?

The annual season of LGBTI Pride celebrations is drawing to close. It is time to blow our whistles but also to pause and reflect.

As many western nations progress towards a post-homophobic society, how will the increasing equality and social acceptance of LGBTI people affect the expression of human sexuality? If we evolved into a society where the differences between hetero and homo no longer mattered, what would this mean for the future of same-sex desire and queer identity?

What are the implications for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) human rights? Continue reading

Uganda holds its first gay pride following overturn of anti-gay law

imageUganda has hosted its first gay pride rally since a draconian anti-homosexuality law was overturned by the courts.

Sandra Ntebi, organiser of the rally held on Saturday in Entebbe, 35km from the capital Kampala, said police had granted permission for the invitation-only “Uganda Pride” event.

“This event is to bring us together. Everyone was in hiding before because of the anti-homosexuality law,” she said. “It is a happy day for all of us, getting together.”

The overturned law, condemned as “abominable” by rights groups but popular among many Ugandans, called for proven homosexuals to be jailed for life.

The constitutional court rejected the law on a technicality on 1 August, six months after it took effect. The government swiftly filed an appeal, while MPs have signed a petition for a new vote on the bill.

Homosexuality remains illegal in Uganda, punishable by a jail sentence. However, it is no longer illegal to promote homosexuality and Ugandans are no longer obliged to denounce gays to the authorities.

Amid music, dancing and laughter, activists gathered in a park on the shores of Lake Victoria, close to the country’s presidential palace. “Some Ugandans are gay. Get over it,” read one sticker a man had pasted onto his face. Continue reading

Let’s Discuss…About When Spirituality Intervenes

Blog_Let's DiscussI know a guy, an acquaintance, who has a family of…well, seers. His mother and his sister. Driven by the ‘Holy Spirit’, they dream about things, things that are happening or could happen, so they can use the foreknowledge to better the present. This acquaintance of mine says it is this gift of these women in his family that has helped his father’s career over the years and sustained their family.

And he’s currently distraught. His ‘Holy Spirit’ sister – in the same vein as his mother did years ago – called him to inform him that she was warned in one of her dreams to ask him to stop homosexuality. According to her, it was the second time the premonition was coming up in her dream. Now, he isn’t out of the closet. So of course, he laughed away his sister’s fears and assured her that he is not a homosexual.

But he is still distraught, caught up in that vortex where he’s asking the question: ‘If my sexuality isn’t wrong, then why is my spiritual family getting warnings in their dreams and being told to ask me to quit being gay? Does that mean my sexuality is bad, and continuing being gay portends evil for me in future?’ Continue reading

Tweet Of The Day

Stumbled on this tweet as I cruised twitter this morning. The thread that led to this was just another spat between tweeps, one side homophobic and the other side gay. And one tweep snapped, ‘STFU Faggot!’ To which this guy responded with the tweet below. I loved the response. I loved the attitude that prompted it. And I thought to share.twee

Gay Pride And Tel Aviv’s Rainbow Colours

tel_aviv_city_hall_lit_rainbow_flag_colours_for_gay_prideThe Israeli city of Tel Aviv has gone all out to celebrate gay Pride this year, with the authorities lighting up city hall in rainbow colours.

More than 480 LED light bulbs were used to create a rainbow flag lighting effect on the Tel Aviv-Yafo municipal building, making it, according to The Jerusalem Post, the biggest rainbow flag in the world.

The lights will be lit from 8pm until 11pm every night this week until Friday, when the city’s 16th annual Pride Parade takes place. The parade is expected to attract around 120,000 participants and will conclude with a huge beach party.

Considered the most gay friendly city in the Middle East, Tel Aviv’s Pride celebrations also feature an LGBT Culture Festival and an International LGBT Film Festival.

The Mayor of Tel Aviv, Ron Huldai, who will be launching the parade, said that the arrival of summer “is also the arrival of the Pride events that declare with voices, colours, music and culture a clear saying to our residents and our guests: The city of Tel Aviv-Yafo stands for equality, believes in equality and marches for equality.”

Tel Aviv’s LGBT community is the largest in Israel and consists of 15% of its residents. The city was recently named by CNN as one of its “10 gay honeymoon hotspots” in the world.