“Eight Things I Don’t Need To Hear From Straight People”
Oh, this fag can rap?’ Yeah, they saying that, they listening.”
The lyrics are from the Harlem-based MC Mykki Blanco. But the sentiment expressed in her after-hours party anthem “Wavvy” is shared by other pioneering rappers who bristle at being defined by their sexual orientation—even as it helps bring attention to their work.
The seven artists in this portfolio are wildly diverse, but they’re all about as far from the down-low as possible. In the “Wavvy” video, Blanco evolves from a male street tough in a backwards Raiders cap to a vamping glamazon in stilettos. When the rap duo House of Ladosha played New York City in July, Dosha Devastation accentuated her beard with a leopard-print sarong, gold hoop earrings, and a waist-length wig; Cunty Crawford Ladosha, all six feet eleven of him, rocked In Living Color Fly Girl-style biker shorts; and the group closed with their calling card, “B.M.F.,” short for “black model famous,” a paean to being as fabulous as Naomi Campbell. Artists such as these—once confined to gay clubs and art-world openings—are inching toward the mainstream.
Whether you believe America was founded on Christian principles or democratic principles, we are all in the same boat. And to ride the river of time, safely to the other side of the future is a delicate process.
In our democratic republic we call the United States, we have always maintained our society with the help of everyone’s hand. When the hand that reached down into the rubble to grab those in need, out of the ashes of the World Trade Center, out of the wreckage of Katrina, or out of the dangerous battlefield in Iraq and Afghanistan, did it matter if that hand was Black, White, or Hispanic? Or if that hand was that of a homosexual or a Muslim?
This is precarious time in our nation’s history and there is nothing more precious right now than empathy and the citizenry duty we have to each other. Everyone is poorer, our boys and girls cant come home yet, it’s harder to get an education and there is a possibly undesirable future for our children around the world in our wake. The last thing we, as a nation, need is more messages of separation and division amongst our gay, straight, and Christian brothers and sisters.
Chick-fil-A ceo, Dan Cathy has come out publicly, admitting to heavily donating financial contributions to radical religious organizations through Chick-fil-A’s charity foundation, Win Shape. Which in return, these organizations actively pursue to suppress legal efforts to assert civil equality amongst the greater population for lesbian, bi-sexual, gay, transgender, queer, and HIV positive (LGBTQH) citizens. Many of these “Christian” organizations act as “community outlets” for extremist, religious fundamentalists to express and proselytize hate and bigotry about homosexuality and other “lifestyles”. Anti-gay organizations such as the Family Research Council, National Christian Foundation, Focus On The Family, Family Life, Serving Marriages Inc., and the Alliance Defense Fund all preach and educate people about how “those who fall in love with others of the same sex” or “people who don’t conform to gender stereotypes” are “living decadent, filthy, unnatural, heinous lives of sin”. Many of these hate groups interpret Biblical scripture in perverse ways so as to twist God’s words into a “divine precedent” for cultural segregation, institutionalized discrimination, school bullying, and motivated killings of LGBTQH peoples.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has revealed what kind of spiritual education the Alliance Defense Fund provides in regards to relating to gay peoples:
“Their strategy is twofold: dilute moral values so that homosexual behavior is thought to be normal, natural, and good, while suppressing the religious and free speech rights of those who disagree. If they successfully impose their radical legal agenda, then all people - especially Christians - who do not affirm homosexual behavior could be silenced, punished, and possibly even jailed for so-called discrimination and intolerance.”
Dan Cathy has decided to use his corporation, Chick-fil-A, as an expensive and expansive tool to combat LGBTQH segments of the American population in their civil rights struggle to integrate fully into our democratic society.
For those still alive today that remember the racial segregation of African Americans in the 50’s and 60’s and the horrible violence brought upon the black and gay communities of the time, don’t let the same suffering, the same sadness, the same hate wash over your grandchildren. Don’t let your grandchildren grow up scared of everyone because of who they are and how they were born and who they love. Don’t let this era become one of déjà vu.
“Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.”
The reason for this boycott is to assert the human and civil rights of lesbian, bi-sexual, gay, transgender, queer, and HIV positive Americans to live peacefully and equally amongst the greater public. We love, we live, we bleed, we work, we marry, we reproduce, we bleed, we die. We are human. We are people. We are here. We are queer. Get used to it.
GOD DOSENT HATE
“I was wearing an old Salvation Army shop boy’s suit. As I went to the bathroom I heard people saying, ‘Hey, faggot’. They slammed my head into a locker. I fell to the ground and they started to kick the shit out of me. I had to have stitches. The school kicked me out, not the bullies.
“Years later, I went to a coffee shop and I ran into one of the girls who’d kicked me, and she said, ‘Winona, Winona, can I have your autograph?’ And I said, ‘Do you remember me? Remember in seventh grade you beat up that kid?’ And she said, ‘Kind of’. And I said, ‘That was me. Go fuck yourself.’’
Gay rights laws in America have evolved to allow — but in some cases ban — rights for gay, lesbian and transgender people on a range of issues, including marriage, hospital visitation, adoption, housing, employment and school bullying. The handling of gay rights issues vary by state and follow trends by region
Fancy interactive diagram that shows the extent of gay rights in the US.
Homophobia is more pronounced in individuals with an unacknowledged attraction to the same sex and who grew up with authoritarian parents who forbade such desires, a series of psychology studies demonstrates.
The study is the first to document the role that both parenting and sexual orientation play in the formation of intense and visceral fear of homosexuals, including self-reported homophobic attitudes, discriminatory bias, implicit hostility towards gays, and endorsement of anti-gay policies. Conducted by a team from the University of Rochester, the University of Essex, England, and the University of California in Santa Barbara, the research will be published the April issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
“Individuals who identify as straight but in psychological tests show a strong attraction to the same sex may be threatened by gays and lesbians because homosexuals remind them of similar tendencies within themselves,” explains Netta Weinstein, a lecturer at the University of Essex and the study’s lead author.
Despite the fact that there’s scant evidence in the Bible that Jesus was an asshole who commanded his followers to bully gay children to death, a group of American Christian parents seem to think Christ has called upon them to act like jerks. That’s why they’re actively working against the passage of anti-bullying laws at the state level — they believe that by making repeated, ongoing cruelty illegal, lawmakers are interfering with their Jesus loving child’s right to point out that homosexuality is wrong and bad and hellbound.
“Bullying children is wrong and bad” may sound like the most basic tenet of human decency, but if you ask conservative lobbying groups like Concerned Women for America and Focus on the Family, making it a crime to taunt someone until they kill themselves is akin to interfering with religious freedom. According to AlterNet’s Katherine Stewart, conservative groups across the country have opposed various anti-bullying measures because they say outlawing bullying is akin to state endorsement of the homosexual lifestyle. You know, Madonna and glitter and buttsex and all-women’s softball teams all that. The homosexual lifestyle.
Funeral of murdered gay man held in Chile
Thousands mourn Daniel Zamudio, who was beaten and branded with swastikas by neo-Nazis.