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comedycentral:

The Texas GOP has officially endorsed reparative gay therapy. Click here for more from The Daily Show.

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— 1 month ago with 68109 notes
Fred Phelps Is Dead. →

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Possibly the most hated — and hate-filled — man in America died last night.

Is there irony to be found in knowing that Fred Phelps died literally hours before the first day of spring? There’s certainly a metaphor, as the decades-long, no — centuries-long — cold winter for LGBT people is clearly at an end. The death of one of the most hate-filled anti-gay men in America should stand to usher in a new season of equality and fairness, and hopefully, a gentler time for all.

But before we say goodbye, it’s important to remember who Fred Phelps was.

The founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, which liked to market itself as “God Hates Fags.”

A minister. A lawyer — disbarred in 1979 from practicing in his home state. A 1992 Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate.

Phelps and his clan picked the funeral of Matthew Shepard, the gay, 21 year-old college student who stood 5′ 4″ tall, and weighed just one hundred pounds. Shepard had been lured out of a bar by two men. He was robbed, pistol whipped, brutally beaten and tortured, and tied to a fence and left for dead until someone came by and found him in a coma eighteen hours later. (At first they thought he was a scarecrow.) Matthew died six days later.

Shepard’s funeral was a prime target for Phelps and his family. They picketed, holding signs that read, “God Hates Fags” and “Matt in Hell.”

Surprisingly, in the 1960′s, Fred Phelps worked to end racial discrimination. ”I systematically brought down the Jim Crow laws of this town,” he told Mother Jones in a 1999 interview:

Phelps sees no difference between the cause he stood for then and the one he stands for now. Today, he says, the increasing acceptance of gays in America reflects a growing immorality to which much of society is turning a blind eye, just as it once did to racial discrimination. And considering how unpopular his cause as a civil rights attorney must have been in Kansas in the early 1960s, it’s not surprising Phelps would link the two.

At this point, it’s important to think about all the other anti-gay activists, pundits, politicians, and preachers who have been equating fighting for racial equality with fighting to support discrimination against LGBT people.

And for those of you against tax-exempt status for religious institutions, here’s an uncomfortable shocker from MJ’s 1999 interview:

The IRS considers it a church, though, and that qualifies Westboro for tax breaks on “church activities,” including the $250,000 the family spends traveling to protests each year.

Yes, your tax dollars help support the Westboro Baptist Church.

LOOK: America Spends $71 Billion Annually Subsidizing Tax-Exempt Religion

A statement issued today by the Westboro Baptist Church on the passing of the Phelps patriarch notes:

God forbid, if every little soul at the Westboro Baptist Church were to die at this instant, or to turn from serving the true and living God, it would not change one thing about the judgments of God that await this deeply corrupted nation and world.  That is the pinnacle of your hopes, and by far the most vain.  Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, or the power of God.

The Southern Poverty Law Center writes of Phelps’ death:

Phelps, 84, and his extended family, which made up the bulk of Westboro’s congregation, spent almost a quarter of a century issuing vulgar and incredibly spiteful rhetoric against LGBT people and their supporters. The group was especially loathed for picketing the funerals of American soldiers who died in Iraq and Afghanistan, saying God was punishing a “fag-enabling” nation.

That’s not all. Phelps and his followers attacked school children killed in bus crashes, victims of crazed killers, Nobel Peace Prize laureates, schools, synagogues, and a whole host of others for supporting homosexuality, typically in the most tangential of ways. When Al Qaeda attacked the United States in 2001, Phelps’ response was to savage the murdered pilot of one of the downed airliners as “the filthy face of fag evil,” among other things. He also attacked Jews, picketing synagogues and saying Jews’ “vermin ancestors” had killed Christ.

To say Phelps and his followers were vitriolic hardly covers it. As the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has reported, the Westboro congregants were known for doing things like hissing to one little girl, as she went with her parents to see the “Nutcracker” ballet, “Did your Daddy stick his prick in your ass last night?” He told his young grandchildren at a 2001 Westboro service attended by an SPLC staffer never to “have sex with feces” or “drink semen” like “sodomite fags.”

In “Don’t Revel in Anti-Gay Preacher’s Dying, Shepard Foundation Head Says,” the executive Director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation cautioned against expressions of joy over the passing of Phelps, and says there is “no moral basis whatsoever to celebrate another human being’s suffering.”

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— 4 months ago with 180 notes
221cbakerstreet:

lgbtlaughs:

Garon Wade and his husband Jamie were prepared for their son in 2012. They were not prepared for what strangers had to say.
(Cab Driver in Florida directly after getting in) Where’s his mom?  (Us) He doesn’t have a mom.  (Long Awkward Silence)
(Cashier at a Surf Shop, see’s just me and my little boy)  Oh man, you were given Daddy duty today huh? (Me)  It’s Daddy Duty everyday at my house bro. (Confused look)
Do you think he’ll be more likely to grow up gay? (Me)  No. But I’ll love him for whoever he is, so it doesn’t really matter does it?
(Man on a plane next to me, completely out of nowhere)  So did you leave his mom in DC or are you taking the baby to his mom in Florida?  (Me) He doesn’t have a mom, he has two Dads. (Complete Silence)
Are you guys going to tell him he’s adopted one day? (Us)  Yea, but I’m pretty sure even if we didn’t, at some point he’d figure that one out right?
You shouldn’t take babies on planes for the first many months because they get sick right away.  (Us). He’s already been on 20 flights. (Silence)
(Random Guy on the street) Where’s his mom?  (Us) She didn’t want him, so I guess that makes us the next best thing.
(Random Stranger at the grocery store) That baby’s so cute. Does your wife breastfeed?  (Me).  No he’s got two Dads so we give him formula. (Lady)  What??
(Another Random Lady at the grocery store).  That baby is so young.  You should NOT be out with him like this at the grocery store! (My husband) Oh I’m sorry are you a pediatrician?  (Lady) Excuse me?  (Husband)  Are you a pediatrician?  (Lady)  Well, no.  (Husband) Then I’m not that interested in what you have to say.  My pediatrician said it’s fine to take him out. Have a good one.
(Yet another Random Stranger) Where’s his mom? (Me) Where’s your mom?
The Funniest Things Strangers Said to Us After We Adopted Our Dude

"where’s your mom" perfect

221cbakerstreet:

lgbtlaughs:

Garon Wade and his husband Jamie were prepared for their son in 2012. They were not prepared for what strangers had to say.

  1. (Cab Driver in Florida directly after getting in) Where’s his mom?  (Us) He doesn’t have a mom.  (Long Awkward Silence)
  2. (Cashier at a Surf Shop, see’s just me and my little boy)  Oh man, you were given Daddy duty today huh? (Me)  It’s Daddy Duty everyday at my house bro. (Confused look)
  3. Do you think he’ll be more likely to grow up gay? (Me)  No. But I’ll love him for whoever he is, so it doesn’t really matter does it?
  4. (Man on a plane next to me, completely out of nowhere)  So did you leave his mom in DC or are you taking the baby to his mom in Florida?  (Me) He doesn’t have a mom, he has two Dads. (Complete Silence)
  5. Are you guys going to tell him he’s adopted one day? (Us)  Yea, but I’m pretty sure even if we didn’t, at some point he’d figure that one out right?
  6. You shouldn’t take babies on planes for the first many months because they get sick right away.  (Us). He’s already been on 20 flights. (Silence)
  7. (Random Guy on the street) Where’s his mom?  (Us) She didn’t want him, so I guess that makes us the next best thing.
  8. (Random Stranger at the grocery store) That baby’s so cute. Does your wife breastfeed?  (Me).  No he’s got two Dads so we give him formula. (Lady)  What??
  9. (Another Random Lady at the grocery store).  That baby is so young.  You should NOT be out with him like this at the grocery store! (My husband) Oh I’m sorry are you a pediatrician?  (Lady) Excuse me?  (Husband)  Are you a pediatrician?  (Lady)  Well, no.  (Husband) Then I’m not that interested in what you have to say.  My pediatrician said it’s fine to take him out. Have a good one.
  10. (Yet another Random Stranger) Where’s his mom? (Me) Where’s your mom?

The Funniest Things Strangers Said to Us After We Adopted Our Dude

"where’s your mom" perfect

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— 4 months ago with 52419 notes
"The truth is, though, that everyone’s gender is a story; it’s just that trans folks are more likely to be - perhaps I could say “are given the gift of having to be” - aware of it."
— 4 months ago with 506 notes

tastyblkman:

Braden Summers traveled to six different countries to prove that no matter where you are, love is equal.

(Source: thereverieinrealityy, via matsiinthecity)

— 4 months ago with 268817 notes

thetrevorproject:

Disney Channel’s “Good Luck Charlie” broke new ground on Sunday with the inclusion of a lesbian couple, the cable network’s first openly gay characters in a series.

In the episode “Down a Tree,” Amy and Bob Duncan set up a play date for their daughter Charlie and one of her new friends, Taylor — who just happens to have two moms. [via]

Glad to see different types of families represented!

(Source: lgbtlaughs)

— 5 months ago with 4837 notes

semi-charmedmike:

When you’re closeted, you come up with so many excuses and reasons and merits to staying closeted you almost convince yourself it’s valid. When you’re out and honest with your life, you can’t hardly imagine living another way.

(Source: theimportanceofbeingernest)

— 6 months ago with 62 notes
New Mexico Republican Gov. Susana Martinez Won't Legislate Against Gay Marriage: 'It's The Law Of The Land' →

conditionnm:

holygoddamnshitballs:

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez says she won’t support or seek an amendment to ban gay marriage in the state, saying the issue is settled, the Santa Fe New Mexican reports:

Martinez

Martinez said several times last summer — when several county clerks across the state began issuing…

I don’t like Susana Martinez put this moves her up a notch in my book. This puts her at notch one.

— 6 months ago with 17 notes
LGBTQ Humanist Council: Honor Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20th →

americanhumanist:

Today we honor those who’ve been lost to violence and discrimination with the international Transgender Day of Remembrance. Lucas McCahill of the LGBTQ Humanist Council of Baltimore shares the history of this day and explains why all humanists should participate in supporting Trans rights.

— 8 months ago with 47 notes
equaldex:

Today Is The Transgender Day of Remembrance
Take a moment to honor and celebrate those lives that were lost due to anti-transgender hate. Above is a list of the individuals who lost their lives this year. This is just a fraction of the trans people who were murdered this year — many more were documented but were unidentified in the media.
View the full listLearn more on transgenderdor.org
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Sign up for early access to Equaldex, the collaborative knowledge base for the LGBT movement.

equaldex:

Today Is The Transgender Day of Remembrance

Take a moment to honor and celebrate those lives that were lost due to anti-transgender hate. Above is a list of the individuals who lost their lives this year. This is just a fraction of the trans people who were murdered this year — many more were documented but were unidentified in the media.

View the full list
Learn more on transgenderdor.org

Sign up for early access to Equaldex, the collaborative knowledge base for the LGBT movement.

— 8 months ago with 2334 notes

thetrevorproject:

Transgender Day of Remembrance is an important day for trans* people and the LGBTQ communities, and it can also be a difficult day. If you’re having a hard time, we’re here to support you: 866-488-7386. You matter to us so much.

— 8 months ago with 969 notes

the-treble:

willowpedia:

crazymolerat36:

ewitsmichelle:

not just followers, everyone.

same

I’m here if any of you need to talk<3

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— 8 months ago with 1145464 notes

buzzfeed:

This 13-year-old boy got suspended for wearing a Vera Bradley purse.  

(Source: BuzzFeed, via penice)

— 8 months ago with 105539 notes

fucknointernetignorance:

buzzfeed:

Everything you wanted to know about transgender people but were afraid to ask. 

A handy guide for y’all

-Kevin

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— 9 months ago with 151263 notes