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November 6, 2010

Poll on CNN psychologist Jeff Gardere’s “worst nightmare” assertion.

CNN psychologist Jeff Gardere’s response  to the five year old boy who dressed as Daphne from Scooby Doo and his supportive mother is now the subject of a Box Turtle Bulletin poll.  I voted for “blithering idiot” but you may choose one of the other options.

Dr. Jeff Gardere is not a hater. The celebrity couples therapist isn’t out to attack the rights of gay people. But he may be making assumptions about parents that are based more in his own internalized prejudices than on reality.

He was a guest last night on CNN to discuss blogger Nerdy Apple Bottom’s posting about her five year old son’s decision to go to a Halloween party as Daphne from Scooby-Doo. In addition to scolding the mother for “outing her son”, he announced a rather shocking and surprising declaration:

Read the rest and vote in Timothy Kincaid’s poll here.

UPDATE:  Gardere subsequently ‘apologized’ in an interview with AfterElton.com though his explanation for |worst nightmare| is ultimately very unconvincing. Read the ‘apology’ here.

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November 6, 2010

Ask not for who the bell tolls…

Whenever I hear someone supporting Venezuela’s leader Chavez and lionizing him for his advanced views  – I think of this. His cozy relationship with Iran handily ignores the reality of what the Iranian Government really stands for.

 

November 6, 2010

How long must we sing this song?

Thirty four years ago people were  also out in the streets protesting.

And I suppose this would be why. If you don’t stand up for your rights as a human being it is surprising how quickly they can be taken away from you.

November 6, 2010

Yet another death from religious pressure.

Eric Ethington of Pride in Utah has posted another disturbing article about the death of a young man whose was led to kill himself because of a conflict with his family’s religion. In this case it was mormonism ( I still refuse to capitalize it) the same church that raised my blood pressure every time I watched 8: the mormon proposition.  As Eric points out it is even sadder that the family chose to ignore his sexuality in the obituary. Bullying takes many forms and it has no age limits. Denying someone their natural right to be who they are is reprehensible.

According to friends, Colt had a fight with his father the night before he died over the Mormon faith and his refusal to be a part of it. However, his obituary reads that he was a member of the Mormon church and despite never going on a Mormon mission, the family is asking that donations be made to the Mormon Mission fund. The obituary also never makes any mention that he was gay.

Colt’s family is refusing to let his friends attend the funeral, presumably presided over by a Mormon Bishop, calling it a private family affair.

The Utah LGBT community will remember Colt for who he was. A beautiful, intelligent young man who worked for several years at Try-Angles, beloved by many.

Read more at Pride in Utah.

UPDATE 10/8/10: Eric at Pride in Utah has issued an update on his initial post that you can read here.