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08/22/2014

Rabid Anti-Gay Pastor Rafael Cruz To Receive Award At Hate Group Gala - VIDEO

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At the upcoming Vision America “Heroes of Faith Gala,”  - a gathering of some of the most hateful anti-gay activists in the U.S. - Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is set to collect the “Don Wildmon Award” on behalf of his father Rafael Cruz, reports Right Wing Watch. The award is named for the founder of the American Family Association.

GalaTony Perkins, the leader of anti-gay hate group Family Research Council, is will receive the 2014 “National Hero of Faith Award” at the same event.

Back in June, we reported that Right Wing Watch had compiled a treasure trove of video footage of Cruz senior spouting off about everything from the evils of evolution, to his belief that Obama thinks he's God and Satan controls the government, to his assertion that gays stole the word "gay" and endanger children.

In the same month, Senator Cruz stoked religious fears that gay rights will soon lead to new hate speech laws and will force pastors to perform same-sex nuptials.

Vision America is run by rabid homophobe Rick Scarborough who earlier this month said that it is a miracle that god has not destroyed the U.S. since President Barack Obama started appointing gay ambassadors.

Watch Scarborough’s bizarre claims, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Aug. 22,2014 at 9:25 AM EST by in American Family Association, Evangelical Christians, Evangelicals, Family Research Council, Rick Scarborough, Ted Cruz, Video, YouTube | Permalink | Comments (1)


'Just Missed The Train' By Wilson Knight: VIDEO

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Gay artist Wilson Knight has a new indie-pop single for your listening pleasure: "Just Missed The Train". The slow ballad is an autobiographical account of Knight himself having had to move on from a past relationship that was once holding him back...though honestly the couple in the video seem pretty loving and stable, so there's a bit of dissonance present. And auto-tune; definitely feels like too much auto-tune.  

You can listen to the song and see if it speaks to you AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Aug. 22,2014 at 9:00 AM EST by in Music Video | Permalink | Comments (2)


Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni Signs Law Criminalizing HIV Transmission

MuseveniUgandan President Yoweri Museveni has officially criminalized the transmission of HIV, a move that many public health experts worry could ultimately exacerbate Uganda’s well documented struggles with the virus. Similar to law that sometimes appear here in the U.S. Uganda’s new HIV Prevention and AIDS Control Bill targets those individuals who willfully expose others to the virus without their knowledge. In theory provisions like these would encourage people to exercise safer sex practices. Unfortunately, that is seldom the case. Rather than fostering openness about one’s HIV status, the criminalization of HIV has been proven to be ineffective and ultimately harmful.

The circumstances under which the mandate made its way through the Ugandan legal systems are dubious at best. The law, which surfaced earlier this week, is dated to have have officially been signed in late July, closely following the nullification of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act.

The AHA’s passing was invalidated after legal review revealed that the Ugandan Parliament did not have the quorum of its members necessary to turn the homophobic legislation into law. President Museveni has insisted that the law, which is being reintroduced the Parliament, will be gentler towards adults consensually engaging in homosexual acts. Those found in violation of the original AHA could be sentenced to life in prison but, Museveni says, the revised law focuses solely on the protection of children.

Read the full text of Uganda's law criminalizing the transmission of HIV AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Aug. 22,2014 at 8:40 AM EST by in AIDS/HIV, Uganda, Yoweri Museveni | Permalink | Comments (3)


This Puppy Pool Party Is Cooler Than Your Pool Party: VIDEO

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A swimming pool for dogs because why shouldn't there be? The video of mostly labs and retrievers playing and swimming after toys is wholly adorable, due in no small part to the fact that smell-o-vision isn't a thing.

Rather than dwell on such a thought, or the poor soul who has to clean the filter afterward, enjoy the video of pure canine joy AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Aug. 22,2014 at 8:20 AM EST by in Dogs, Pets, Video | Permalink | Comments (3)


Congressional Staffers Blocked From Making Changes On Wikipedia After Anti-Trans Edits Surface

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Someone using an IP address linked to Capitol Hill has been making anti-trans edits on Wikipedia pages - and it's been happening all month long. Twitterbot @congressedits has tracked the activity which is coming from somewhere within Congress and the program has created a record of those edits on the several of the site's pages, such as one on transphobia.

Business Insider reports:

LavIt's impossible to know whether the edits are coming from one or multiple users, but the changes come from an IP address, 143.231.249.138, that has repeatedly been linked to House of Representatives computers. In the "talk" discussion section of one article, an individual making the changes has also claimed to be a staffer on Capitol Hill.

The anonymous user has demonstrated a relatively specific focus on transgender topics. For example, a Wednesday edit to the "Tranny" article changed the phrase "assigned sex" to "biological sex" — a term that has been criticized as transphobic. Articles on "body integrity identity disorder" and "gender identity disorder" were also edited. Even the Wikipedia article on transphobia was edited on Tuesday to include an external link — since been removed for its reported "hateful or abusive content" — defending transphobia.

"This article is too pro-trans," the user complained after his or her edit was removed. "When I attempted to add an alternative point of view regarding this topic ... it was reverted right away."

A Wikipedia editor blocked the IP address due to numerous offensive adjustments several times this month already but on Wednesday, the website decided to put a stop to any further hate speech by barring all Congress staff members from making edits on the site.

According to The Hill, transphobic new edits that surfaced on Wednesday afternoon related to actress Laverne Cox led to the wide ban:

The final straw came on Wednesday afternoon, when someone from the House edited the page for the Netflix hit show “Orange is the New Black” to change the characterization of an actor from “a real transgender woman” to “a real man pretending to be a woman.”

GLAAD has responded later that afternoon:

"It's chilling to think that this dangerous misinformation about transgender Americans could be coming from our nation's Capitol," said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. "At a time when transgender people still face horrific rates of violence, trailblazers like Laverne Cox are helping millions understand that ignorance like this can have life-threatening consequences."​​

Posted Aug. 22,2014 at 8:00 AM EST by in Laverne Cox, Transgender, Wikipedia | Permalink | Comments (6)


Tenth Circuit Extends Stay in Ruling Striking Down Colorado's Gay Marriage Ban

Yesterday afternoon, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals extended a stay on a federal judge's ruling from last month that found Colorado's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.  

Equality on Trial reports:

Colorado[U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore]  had issued a preliminary injunction against enforcement of the ban in July. The court then halted proceedings in the case, pending issuance of the mandate in Kitchen v. Herbert, the challenge to Utah’s same-sex marriage ban in the Tenth Circuit. A request to halt the injunction was denied, but a temporary stay, until August 25, was granted so that the state could ask the appeals court for a stay pending appeal.

Without this new stay, marriages could have begun in Colorado on August 25.

The Utah case is in the Supreme Court, and the Justices are likely to have their first opportunity to grant review during their conference on October 10. The mandate in the Kitchen case wouldn’t issue until the Supreme Court denies review or rules on the merits.

Posted Aug. 22,2014 at 7:30 AM EST by in Colorado, Gay Marriage, News | Permalink | Comments (1)


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