Posts tagged ‘Box Turtle Bulletin’

January 28, 2012

Bobbi Campbell

As I learned from Box Turtle Bulletin today is the birthday of  the late Bobbi Campbell. I remember that time all too well.

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December 29, 2011

PNP headed for landslide win in Jamaica.

courtesy Box Turtle Bulletin

As my Facebook friend, author Nicholas Laughlin so eloquently put it a few moments ago :

“To summarise: in Jamaica, widely considered the most homophobic country in the Caribbean, the ruling party runs a gay-bashing general election campaign and loses by what can only be called a landslide.”

Some background on the campaign from the Washington Post here.

According to Reuters as of right now the ruling party is, how do they say this politically again? Oh yes, they are getting a massive dose of whup ass.

(Reuters) – Jamaica’s ruling party appeared headed for defeat in national elections on Thursday, as the Caribbean country’s leading opposition party capitalized on voter discontent over growing economic woes.

Preliminary results showed the governing Jamaica Labor Party, or JLP, winning just 21 of the 63 parliamentary seats at stake in the national election.

With about 50 percent of ballots counted, the opposition People’s National Party, or PNP, looked set to win 42 seats, according to results from the national electoral office posted on the website of the Jamaica Observer newspaper.

The moderately left-leaning PNP is led by Portia Simpson Miller, a former prime minister who became Jamaica’s first female leader in 2006 and now looks set to ride a wave of popular disillusionment back into office.

I would like to be optimistic and think the change of government will make a difference for the LGBT community in what Time Magazine called “The Most Homophobic Place on Earth” but I doubt it will. It will however prove that trying to win an election by stirring up hatred against a minority sometimes comes back to kick you in the teeth.

November 4, 2010

False equivalence

In following some of the many debates on LGBT matters globally I have noticed a tendency to believe that both sides  carry equal weight. This especially bothered me in a recent NPR radio programme on school bullying in which, in what must have been a misguided attempt at ‘fairness’ , some right wing  religious groups we allowed to give ‘their side’ of the issue. Following that logic during the US Civil rights movement should have considered the feelings of the bigots before marching from Selma to Montgomery.

As usual, Timothy Kincaid of  Box Turtle Bulletin gives a thoughtful analysis of false equivalence. I don’t necessarily agree with his charitable view but the substance of the article is indisputable.

I am becoming increasingly frustrated by the notion of “balance” that some in the anti-gay industry are espousing.

I support the right of those who believe that homosexual acts are sinful and wish to encourage abstinence to have their voices heard. And those who think that the social acceptance of same-sex couples in society reduces public morality and will lead to social ills should be given the space to present their case.

But the false equivalencies that have been presented lately do not speak to an exchange of ideas, but rather to the assumptions of entitlement to which anti-gay activists think they are due.

The counterbalance to “I wish to advocate for gay rights” is not “you must be kept silent.” And there is no moral equivalency between “I wish to live unharmed” and “I wish to beat you to submission.” Yet these are not greatly exaggerated from that which we see presented.

Read more here.

 

October 29, 2010

Box Turtle Bulletin on teenage suicide

One of my favorite online publications Box Turtle Bulletin has just published a most interesting article titled Suicide, Responsibility and the Teenaged Brain by Rob Tisinai. Given my feelings on the issue of kids being driven to suicide because of bullying and society’s ignorance I think it is a must read.

Anti-gay activists are working hard to duck responsibility for anti-gay bullying and teen suicides. These attempts occasionally veer into sheer lunacy, as when they claim gay teens are in despair because society is too accepting of homosexuality. But there’s one dodge I find particularly offensive. From the comments on NOM’s Facebook page:

The only people responsible for the suicides are the people that comitted them.

Nobody forces anyone to take his own life; ergo, only those who commit suicide are responsible.

Each person is responsible 4 their own actions. U make believe u r gay. God did not make u gay & He does not make u commit sucicide. nor does anyone else

I don’t know if gay is always a choice, or not. But suicide is ALWAYS a choice. The ultimate cop-out.

Read the rest of the article and see a disturbing video of Jimmy Swaggart here.