Archive for October, 2010

October 28, 2010

The remarkable manifesto of Bishop John Shelby Spong

My Twitter friend @megatonlove pointed me to this article which I think is remarkable. In it the goodly Anglican Bishop says the time has come for the Christian Church to stop treating homosexuality as an issue and start practicing inclusion. He outlines his strong views in the form of a personal manifesto:

I have made a decision. I will no longer debate the issue of homosexuality in the church with anyone. I will no longer engage the biblical ignorance that emanates from so many right-wing Christians about how the Bible condemns homosexuality, as if that point of view still has any credibility. I will no longer discuss with them or listen to them tell me how homosexuality is “an abomination to God,” about how homosexuality is a “chosen lifestyle,” or about how through prayer and “spiritual counseling” homosexual persons can be “cured.” Those arguments are no longer worthy of my time or energy. I will no longer dignify by listening to the thoughts of those who advocate “reparative therapy,” as if homosexual persons are somehow broken and need to be repaired. I will no longer talk to those who believe that the unity of the church can or should be achieved by rejecting the presence of, or at least at the expense of, gay and lesbian people. I will no longer take the time to refute the unlearned and undocumentable claims of certain world religious leaders who call homosexuality “deviant.” I will no longer listen to that pious sentimentality that certain Christian leaders continue to employ, which suggests some version of that strange and overtly dishonest phrase that “we love the sinner but hate the sin.” That statement is, I have concluded, nothing more than a self-serving liedesigned to cover the fact that these people hate homosexual persons and fear homosexuality itself, but somehow know that hatred is incompatible with the Christ they claim to profess, so they adopt this face-saving and absolutely false statement

Read the rest of his manifesto here.

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October 28, 2010

Televangelist Oral Roberts’ gay grandson says “it gets better”

Amazingly moving stuff. He writes a letter to his gay uncle Ronald David Roberts, who committed suicide in 1982, about the parallels in their lives.  Via Towleroad.com

Some background on Randy Roberts Potts and his story from DallasVoice.com here.

And another article written about his life and his relationship with his grandfather by Potts himself.

October 28, 2010

Don’t piss off Anderson Cooper…

I watched this last night and could see from the expression on Anderson’s face that he was pissed. One thing I have learned for certain is that when it comes to bullying it is best not to get on the wrong side of CNN’s Anderson Cooper or he will go after you like a Tomahawk missile.

Video link via @JoeMyGod

October 27, 2010

Interview with Brendon O’Brien of CAISO

This interview with Brendon aired today on ieTV Channel 1 on the FLOW cable network. The group CAISO ( Coalition Advocating for the Inclusion of Sexual Orientation) is the one that held the t-shirt protest against a visiting ex-gay minister on October 20, 2010 – the first such protest in the country. I guess as Bob Dylan famously sang – The Times They Are a-Changin

For those puzzled by the first list item, “Crix” is a  cracker made in Trinidad & Tobago and is widely considered a food staple.

(NEW) on Vimeo as one high quality video

or on YouTube in two parts

CAISO has just posted an entry on their blog about the issue. Read it here.

October 27, 2010

A perspective from the other side of the world…

Being a voracious reader I was pleased to run across an Indian e-publication called Gaylaxy which covers issues affecting India’s LGBT community. So far it has been a fascinating read  from a unique perspective.  I especially liked an article called OMG! He’s Gay!!! written about  youth homophobia:

In their state of the nation poll, CNN-IBN last year had shown that 73% Indians think homosexuality is unnatural while 86% Indians believe that homosexuality should not be legalised in India. In a nation driven by biases and prejudices in every section of the society, the findings were not astonishing. However, it is unfortunate that a developing nation like India is still in the clutches of homophobia. Homophobia is a social malaise, is what we believe. And it is for us to educate the masses about ourselves.

Read more here.

October 26, 2010

Putting a face to the issue

Brendon O'Brien of CAISO

I conducted an interview today with Brendon O’Brien of the group CAISO ( Coalition Advocating for the Inclusion of Sexual Orientation) . This is the group that conducted a t-shirt protest of a visiting ‘ex-gay’ minister visiting from the US. They attended one of his seminars , making up about half of those present , and asked questions. Afterwards the group went to a local mall for dinner still wearing their t-shirts. In many other parts of the world this would be no big deal but here it was a pretty radical act.

Brendon is only 20 and , being a spoken word poet, very charismatic and a good communicator. His passion for fighting for equal rights was palpable and I think it made for an interesting interview. Heck, just having someone young talking about the subject in these parts is interesting enough. We discussed why there is suddenly a voice on the subject now and how social networking is a powerful tool for organizing young people. He seems very confident that the movement for changing  the society here will grow from strength to strength as he noted that people of all orientations are joining in. We shall see. One thing is for certain the fact the group escaped any violence or verbal taunting puts T&T miles ahead of Jamaica in that regard.

As usual the best part of the chat was with him and the other members of CAISO after the cameras stopped rolling – but what happens after the interview stays after the interview.

The interview will air tomorrow on ieTV at 7pm ( streaming  on Ustream live) and will be on YouTube at the same time. It will be linked here tomorrow.

Addendum – The video has now been uploaded and you can click here to see it.

October 26, 2010

Facebook staff for It Gets Better Project

October 26, 2010

Promised I would lighten up a bit…

This was highlighted on Towleroad and it is, quite literally, too cute for words. Enjoy.

October 26, 2010

Bishop Tutu speaks out – again

I really don’t see how people fail to see that discrimination based on gender identity is just as wrong as discrimination based on race . Bishop Tutu , who has considerable experience in the latter,  understands. He speaks out in an open letter to Essence magazine. Thanks to CAISO and my friend Alvin for the link.

Today I pray for people in Africa and throughout the world who long for freedom because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. It grieves me to be retiring at this crucial moment in history, so I write to you in this open letter, to invite you to pick up the work that remains to be done. More than 70 countries still imprison or execute gay and transgender people, and bullying and murders are all too common. This must change.

Read more here.

October 26, 2010

I am pissed off about the fools in Uganda

Okay… I am very tired but watching this video pissed me off. Royally. Uganda was already in first place as my most f$%ked up country in the world.  And then I saw this..

Can’t embed so read  here.