“As people of faith, affirming the Christian teaching that before God all people are equal, we will no longer participate in this discrimination,” the church’s statement says.
The vote was unanimous and brought tears to the eyes of some of the 100 or so members who stood to vote in favor of the “statement on marriage ceremonies.”
"I owe the gay community an apology."
Dr. Robert Spitzer, the author of a 2003 study claiming gays could be “cured” through reparative therapy. Now nearly 80 years old, Dr. Spitzer has acknowledged that reparative therapy actually harms more than it helps. More. (via gaywrites)
I hope this helps people who believe in this shit to shut up.
"Well, what else could we do? He was hopeless. I’m no bully; I never hurt a nigger in my life. I like niggers—in their place—I know how to work ‘em. But I just decided it was time a few people got put on notice. As long as I live and can do anything about it, niggers are gonna stay in their place. Niggers ain’t gonna vote where I live. If they did, they’d control the government. They ain’t gonna go to school with my kids. And when a nigger gets close to mentioning sex with a white woman, he’s tired o’ livin’. I’m likely to kill him. Me and my folks fought for this country, and we got some rights. I stood there in that shed and listened to that nigger throw that poison at me, and I just made up my mind. ‘Chicago boy,’ I said, ‘I’m tired of ‘em sending your kind down here to stir up trouble. Goddam you, I’m going to make an example of you—just so everybody can know how me and my folks stand.’"
Just 45 years ago, 16 states deemed marriages between two people of different races illegal.
But in 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court considered the case of Richard Perry Loving, who was white, and his wife, Mildred Loving, of African American and Native American descent.
The case changed history - and was captured on film by LIFE photographer Grey Villet, whose black-and-white photographs are now set to go on display at the International Center of Photography.
Twenty images show the tenderness and family support enjoyed by Mildred and Richard and their three children, Peggy, Sidney and Donald.
The children, unaware of the struggles their parents face, are captured by Villet as blissfully happy as they play in the fields near their Virginia home or share secrets with their parents on the couch.
Their parents, caught sharing a kiss on their front porch, appear more worry-stricken.
And it is no wonder - eight years prior, the pair had married in the District of Columbia to evade the Racial Integrity Act of 1924, which banned any white person marrying any non-white person.
But when they returned to Virginia, police stormed into their room in the middle of the night and they were arrested.
The pair were found guilty of miscegenation in 1959 and were each sentenced to one year in prison, suspended for 25 years if they left Virginia.
They moved back to the District of Columbia, where they began the long legal battle to erase their criminal records - and justify their relationship.
Following vocal support from the Presbyterian and Roman Catholic churches, the Lovings won the fight - with the Supreme Court branding Virginia’s anti-miscegenation law unconstitutional in 1967.
It wrote in its decision: ‘Marriage is one of the basic civil rights of man, fundamental to our very existence and survival.
‘To deny this fundamental freedom on so unsupportable a basis as the racial classifications embodied in these statutes, classifications so directly subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment, is surely to deprive all the State’s citizens of liberty without due process of law.’ [Read more]
Words honestly cannot describe how I abhor what has been done to MLK Jr.’s legacy
MLK Jr. didn’t ask for rights, he wasn’t pandering or sweet to the forces that oppressed him. He was a threat to whiteness through and through.
MLK Jr. wasn’t violent not because he wanted to gain some brownie points from whitedom but because he KNEW, FIRSTHAND, what violence does to a people, both those who are abusing and those who are being abused.
MLK Jr. didn’t dress in his Sunday best and speak clearly with diction so as to pander or kiss up to white folk. He did it for himself and for his people, to show what form his black identity took. That we in this society read speaking fearlessly and intelligently with passion and power in the face of oppression as “white” is beyond me, because that’s a black attribute through and through.
MLK Jr. didn’t have a problem with individual white people, but with their racism and ignorance on a whole, with their white supremacist society, and with their complacency and willingness to see it perpetuated at the detriment of him and his people. He knew that those who were quiet, who made excuses, who willfully stayed staunch in their ignorance and hatred were just as much a part of the problem as those who were more blatant and aggressive in their hatred. Any compassion coming from him was borne from himself, NOT from anything white people did, not something they at all merited or deserved.
The general way his legacy is portrayed, this whole “Peace & Non-violence” shit is all a ruse to make it about white people. “He was so nice to us, he was polite and peaceful, that is why we chose to give black people rights!”
My fuckin’ ass.
If MLK jr. was so accommodating and nice to whiteness, then why was he was arrested so much and assassinated, huh?
What’s more, white people didn’t give shit. Black people fought for those rights and ripped them from their aggressors’ hands.
That’s how it’s always been. The oppressor is never going to willingly give up power or own up to wrongs and abuse. To destroy oppressive systems you have to be a threat to the way they run, to the privileges and the benefits the people who run it and who get privileged by it gain. Things will get uncomfortable and shitty and you’ll be falsely accused of being violent/aggressive/bitter/stuck in the past/oppressive/over-emotional/uppity, and sometimes, you risk everything for it, but that’s just them trying to silence you, to kill your collective voice by making an example of some of you, to separate you from your justified and righteous rage, the only thing that gives you power and that lends you the voice necessary to hold them accountable.
More importantly than what he was to white people and white supremacy is what he was to black people and people of color. We waste so much fuckin’ time analyzing shit from a white perspective we don’t even talk about how important what he did was for African Americans and other people of color.
That’s the shittiest thing to do to him, to ourselves. Let’s take some time to rethink how we talk about these things.
"Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."
MLK (via holyhomoeroticbatman
Canadian Gov.'t Dissolves Every Same-Sex Marriage of US Citizens
Thousands of Americans have gone to Canada over the past few years to get married. As of today, their marriages are nullified, thanks to conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s new policy.
Dan Savage is one of the people whose marriage was unceremoniously dissolved last night.
This is a perfect example of trans-misogyny. Also this person is an oppressive assshole.
Meet Taylor, a 14-year-old Girl Scout, who is boycotting Girl Scout cookies this year because GSUSA allows transgender girls into their troops. Calling herself an “honest” Girl Scout, Taylor wants to sniff out the “dishonest” girl scouts.
This is gender policing at its finest and most harmful as this young woman, who I am sure does not understand what it means to be transgender or gender identity for that matter, even cites hysteria about sleepovers and bathroom use.
I’ll be buying Samoas by the truckload this forthcoming cookie season.
Oh. My. God.
I am nearly shaking with rage right now. This girl obviously just doesn’t get it. I wish I could have a decent conversation with her. I am so upset by this. And fuck yeah, I’m going to buy a shit ton of cookies this year.
Do vegan Girl Scout Cookies exist? If so, buying the shit out of them.
I don’t think there are any vegan girl scout cookies. Their site says that they just don’t have enough demand for them. Total bummer. I would buy a ton as well. This girl is ridiculous.
I’ll buy your guys’ share for you
Gimme some girl scout cookies. This bitch can suck it
This pisses me off so much. I’m buying 5 boxes of each kind of cookie this year.
Not entirely sure why she thinks she would be “unsafe” if she is around transgendered people??
Jesus CHRIST people are so ignorant.
I was a Girl Scout for 7 years. This campaign or whatever she wants to call it does not align with what they taught.
Someone said this OP must have been trolling. So I checked Your Open Book, and lo and behold, here are eight (out of many) people who have repeated that story. They can’t all be trolling!!!! Some people really believe this is possible*, and that it somehow makes people MORE likely to want to give birth!
*Or that it’s a good story with a point about abortion, or something
RE: my boycott of ABC’s “Work It” on LGBT Laughs
Wow, cis people, you need to stop. If trans people say it is offensive, you don’t get to pull your “I don’t see how it’s so bad”, “so do you disapprove of ‘Some Like It Hot’, too?” crap. Check yourselves. I can’t believe the number fellow cis people crying up in the ask box about how it’s “not offensive”.
- Blog # 67: YES, “Work It” Mocks REAL Transgender People!
- GLAAD: Why ABC’s New Sitcom Hurts The Transgender Community
- Tell ABC today: Programming Should Not Mock Transgender People
- Work It: Transphobia is as easy as ABC
- ABC’s Work It Unnecessarily Injurious to Transgender Americans
- ABC’s “Work It” exploits transgender stereotypes
- Work it harms the transgender community. Period
- No One Needs to Watch ‘Work It’ in Order to Have Standing to Judge it
- Work It: ABC’s New Low
- ABC’s “Work It” should be Fired Immediately
- New Sitcom Promotes Trans Toxicity
- Work It – ABC, What Were You Thinking?
- A New Sitcom About Women In The Workplace, Starring Men
- ABC’s Work It Could Be the Worst Television Show in History
- Work It, ABC’s New Sitcom, Laughs at Gender Variance
- How About the Abhorrent Sexism of ABC’s “Work It”?
And here’s some cis-fail on the whole thing from HRC:
A Baptist church in North Carolina has voted to stop legally marrying ANYONE until homosexuals have marriage equality.
The fact that an entire church is supporting this is SO MUCH more amazing and meaningful than a few hipsters deciding that boycotting marriage until gay marriage is legal is a great way to get out of proposing to their long-term girlfriend.
I’d like to see more churches being this vocal about equality. I know they’re out there, but they’re being drowned out by all the Fred Phelps and Pat Buchanans. (Pat Buchanan’s is a racist asshole, btw.)