Two ways to help with Nepal disaster relief

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Shannon Shepard, left, in Haiti in 2011 building houses with Habitat for Humanity

Over the weekend, an earthquake hit Nepal and at least 3,600 are believed dead at this time.

Here’s a way to help.

Shannon “Shep” Shepard is a Habitat for Humanity volunteer. He’s done a number of local builds in the U.S. and spent time in Haiti after their earthquake on a build with Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter. When he lived in Dallas, Shep was a member of Congregation Beth El Binah, a volunteer at Ranch Hand Rescue and a producer of Robert Camina’s film Raid of the Rainbow Lounge as well as his upcoming Upstairs Inferno.

Shep works for Microsoft and was transferred several years ago from the Irving office to Seattle. His fundraising page indicates he’s still raising the $5,000 to participate in this build. He told me this morning he’s already paid for his trip and anything raised now will go directly to Habitat for Humanity to help with immediate needs.

His trip is scheduled for Nov. 1 when there will still be a need for housing. Recovery from a devastating disaster takes years. Obviously, with the current situation, the need for housing has suddenly grown exponentially. I can think of no other organization better prepared to provide housing than Habitat for Humanity.

Shep has been working on raising money for this build for over a year. I know him personally, and I know that he funds the cost of his trips himself. His volunteer work helps give people their lives back.

By the way, he’d hate this kind of coverage, which is why I’m not telling him I’m making this appeal until after it’s out there.

Here’s another suggestion for donating to Nepal disaster relief:

An LGBT organization that will get your money directly to those doing relief work is The Rainbow Fund. Founded in 2000, Rainbow World Fund is the world’s first and only all-volunteer, LGBT-based humanitarian aid organization. All money donated to The Rainbow Fund goes directly toward relief work and no money toward administrative costs.

—  David Taffet

3.5 magnitude earthquake hits and this time it’s personal


Lawn chairs were overturned in the most damaging Irving earthquake to date

An earthquake registering 3.5 magnitude hit Irving at about 3 p.m. today (Jan. 6).

This is the largest earthquake to hit Irving and the largest in the area since a 3.6 magnitude earthquake hit Azle in 2013.

In the Dallas Voice office, the earthquake was felt by people on one end of the office, but not by those in the center of the building.

Executive Editor Arnold Wayne Jones said, “It sounded like a bull came barreling through the office.”

Advertising Director Chad Mantooth said he felt the earth move under his feet. He felt the sky come tumbling down, while social media manager Stephen Mobley mostly just screamed like a little girl.

Others on staff said, “What the frack? The gays caused it.”

—  David Taffet

WATCH: Lizzy the Lezzy’s take on rabbi blaming the gays for Tuesday’s earthquake

Lizzy the Lezzy

Earlier today, John Wright posted a video by Rabbi Yehuda Levin in which the rabbi explains why we LGBTs are to blame for yesterday’s earthquake in the northeast U.S. The video has now been removed from YouTube for violating the site’s prohibitions against hate speech, which means that the video embedded on our site from YouTube doesn’t work either. But you can still check out Lizzy the Lezzy’s response to Rabbi Levin below:

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Fundies warn that if Prop 8 is struck down, an earthquake will take out California

My West Coast peeps, be prepared for a wild ride courtesy of the Man Upstairs — based on the prayer alert detailed by fundies Cindy Jacobs and Chuck Pierce. Apparently the Heaven Hotline they are privy to has death and destruction on the way based on a possible earthly legal ruling (via Right Wing Watch). Please protect thy keyboards…

Yesterday, January 4th, I was called by a key intercessor in Santa Ynez. (Please note as you proceed, yesterday was the same day prop 8 was sent to the California Supreme Court) She reported two visions from separate individuals in the area:

A pastor of a large Nazarene Church had a dream of a very large earthquake on the central coast. He shared this at the Christmas gathering for all the Santa Maria Pastors and 5 cities area. Because of the destruction and intensity of the quake he thought he should tell the Pastors so they could pray into it.

Another intercessor in the area had a dream and saw a map of California. She noticed on the map how Pt. Conception juts out into the water. As she looked she saw an 8 with a circle beside it in the waters off Pt Conception.

Regarding these dreams the issue of 8 is significant: Yesterday, January 4th, Prop 8 went to the California Supreme Court … Prop 8 is a foundational covenant issue, i.e. issue of marriage, in the state. If the state supreme court does not uphold it, a covenant issue is broken with God. Judgment is looming. Also, of note yesterday it was announced on the radio and sent to me by another intercessor that in San Diego, there is a Korean war memorial. A judge has ruled that a cross that was dedicated in the 1950’s, cannot be there, as it is, because it stands for the the government embracing “a religion”. The implication was that it had to be “modified”. She stated in her note to me, “the MOMENT I heard this I had a “sinking feeling” in my heart and said out loud in my car. God will not contend this any longer, judgment is coming.”

Many are feeling the weight of this hour and time. There has been a very real assignment of death and destruction as many have faced health issues, even serious ones. We are at a critical “hinge point” and much will depend on our prayers and actions now. An earthquake from Point Conception would divide impact the state in three major fault lines and could potentially divide the state in half. We pray this stirs your hearts towards God’s purposes. Our hope and trust is in Him.

Have they telephoned Gov. Brown to put out a warning to residents yet? FYI, Cindy Jacobs also claims to be able to cast out “gay demons.”

During an October 7, 2008 evening ceremony at the conference Jacobs conducted a mass exorcism, casting out not only “spirits” of homosexuality but also spirits of pornography, addiction, lust, bisexuality, and perversion. [below: exorcism of “homosexual spirits” begins 40 seconds into video]

Pierce, on the other hand, claims even greater powers. Apparently he and other “prophetic interceptors” were key players in the capture of Saddam Hussein, documented in his book “The Future War of the Church: How We Can Defeat Lawlessness and Bring God’s Order to the Earth.”
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U.N. votes to remove protection of gays, lesbians, transgenders from execution

The Bahamas thinks it’s OK to kill you.

In a 79-70 vote, the United Nations voted last week to remove LGBT people from a list of protected groups that have historically been targeted for genocide. Seventeen countries abstained and 26 countries were not present.

For the past 10 years, sexual orientation was included on the list of protected groups, which also includes members of ethnic, religious, and linguistic minorities.

The motion to eliminate sexual orientation from the list was introduced by Benin, a small country in West Africa.

Most of the votes to remove sexual orientation from the list came from African and Muslim countries. However, enough votes came from the Western Hemisphere to pass the resolution. Some of the countries that voted in favor of the resolution are popular LGBT travel destinations.

The Bahamas, Jamaica and St. Lucia voted that it is OK to kill the LGBT community. While Jamaica has a poor record on LGBT rights, the Bahamas does not and their prime minister has said that homosexuality is not illegal and welcomed LGBT tourists.

Belize is a popular Central American tourist destination that also voted to kill gays.

After the earthquake, the LGBT community in Dallas organized the largest relief fundraising event in North Texas for Haiti. That country said thank you to the Dallas LGBT community by voting with the majority to kill gays.

South Africa was the first country in the world to include equality based on sexual orientation into its constitution. Same-sex marriage is legal in South Africa. That country voted for killing gay people.

Caribbean countries that are popular travel destinations and abstained were Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago. Other popular gay travel destinations that abstained were Fiji and Thailand.

The United States condemned the motion and voted against it.

—  David Taffet

Haitian AIDS organization loses 14 people in earthquake

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission reports getting word from Steve La Guerre, the director of SEROvie, the AIDS organization in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Of those at SEROvie at the time of the quake, 14 people were killed, two survived.

La Guerre wrote:

We were having our usual support group meeting on a quiet Tuesday afternoon when the worst happened. The sound is unforgettable. I can’t even describe the horror as the ceiling and the wall of the conference room started to fall and the chaos started. Fourteen young men were lost forever in the earthquake. Paul Emile, the leader of the group, and Stacy were the only survivors.

It is now more than ever that SEROvie and ACCV (Civic Action Against HIV) are needed to provide the quality services we have been providing to our beneficiaries: food, clothes, and any type of help is needed for our members. Any help will do.

Light a candle for these souls and for Haiti. Lord help us.

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission is directing 100% of donations made on their site to help SEROvie and other groups helping the LGBT community. Donations can be made here.vzlomat-pochtu.comанализ и проверка сайта

—  David Taffet

Limbaugh tries to out-crazy Robertson

Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh
Radio shock jock Rush Limbaugh

Usually, when one right-wing nut job puts his foot in his mouth and gets called out on it, the others shut up. Not this time.

Earlier this week, Pat Robertson said that the earthquake in Haiti was caused by the Haitians who made a pact with Satan to get rid of French rule.

So along comes Rush Limbaugh. In the face of the greatest loss of life since the tsunami, the most destruction in this hemisphere since Katrina, the utter devastation and complete loss of their government infrastructure, hospitals, homes … we get this.

The earthquake was “made to order” by Obama. OK, so he’s not saying Obama caused the tsunami. Robertson cleared that up for us earlier this week. That pact with Satan actually caused the tsunami. Limbaugh is angry because any relief effort by the United States will make Obama look good.

So he’s out to stop it. Don’t donate, he said. “We’ve already donated to Haiti, it’s called the US income tax.”

Wow. I’ve been getting slammed because I recommended donating through the Rainbow Fund to bundle LGBT dollars. I recommended giving to CARE, which is 100% volunteer, is in Haiti already distributing food and 100% of your relief dollars go toward aid. I recommended giving to Mazon, which also provides food aid, gets the money where it’s needed fast, has helped here in Dallas and was co-founded by a member of Dallas’ Congregation Beth El Binah.

However, I didn’t recommend one particular agency. I didn’t say don’t give to them. I didn’t give reasons they’re not my favorite until their volunteers kept pushing me for it. I simply recommended a variety of other agencies that are in Haiti now helping and said give here, here, here and here. WOW.

And with his outrageous statement, Limbaugh will make the news, keep a number of people from donating in the name of hurting Obama and not only be allowed to continue polluting the PUBLIC airwaves but next year can negotiate an even larger contract. His salary is estimated at $33 million per year (not including fees for speaking engagements, book royalties, investments).

So here’s my suggestion. Give to Rainbow Fund. They bundle LGBT dollars and steer the money to other groups with particular immediate needs that provide relief without discrimination. And do it in Limbaugh’s name. Let him know that his words are generating donations, not stopping for boysпродвижение сайта реклама

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LGBT organization sets up Haiti relief fund


When making donations for the Haiti relief effort, make sure you are donating to an organization that is established and has the ability to get the money where it is needed. The $10 text message donations are going to the Red Cross. In the past much of the Red Cross money was actually banked and used for the next relief effort, not the one you are donating toward. After outrage about that practice after Katrina, the claim to have fixed that problem.

Here’s an alternative. The Rainbow World Fund was established in 2000 and contributes to the general relief effort, but makes sure your money does not go to groups that exclude the LGBT community or discriminate in providing help.

From their Web site:

  • Rainbow World Fund (RWF) is an international relief agency based in the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and friends community. RWF’s mission is to promote LGBT philanthropy in the area of world humanitarian relief. RWF works to help people who suffer from hunger, poverty, disease, oppression and war by raising awareness and funds to support relief efforts around the world. RWF provides a united voice, a large visible presence, and a structure to deliver LGBT charitable assistance to the larger world community.

One of their current worldwide relief partners is CARE, which operates in Haiti and has been providing food since the disaster struck the country.

Donations to Rainbow World Fund can be made here. More information about the organization is available on their Web site. Donating through Rainbow World Fund is a way to pool money to make a measurable impact while assuring that during a disaster, sexual orientation and gender identity are not obstacles to receiving help. Yes, some groups even use catastrophes to discriminate. Of note, the Red Cross is NOT listed on their Web site as a relief partner.уникальность сайта онлайноптимизация сайтов тольятти

—  David Taffet

Blame the victim

I’d never impose my opinion here, but Pat Robertson is an idiot.

Robertson said that the earthquake in Haiti, which may have killed 100,000 people, was caused by Haitians who made a pact with the devil to rid themselves of French rule. No really. I didn’t make that up. Here. Watch him:

Now this is certainly not the first time he’s said hateful and stupid things.

After Sept. 11, he and buddy Jerry Falwell said that the gays caused the World Trade Center attack.

And after a series of hurricanes hit Florida, again, it was the gays. Yes, once you earn your toaster over, apparently, you are bestowed with a powerful ability to cause catastrophic weather conditions.

But Hurricane Katrina? That one had to do with legalized abortion.

Here are some of his most moronic quotes:

“The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.”

“Maybe we need a very small nuke thrown off on Foggy Bottom to shake things up.” Foggy Bottom is where the State Department is located. Why isn’t this man investigated as a terrorist?

“Just like what Nazi Germany did to the Jews, so liberal America is now doing to the evangelical Christians. It’s no different. It is the same thing. It is happening all over again. It is the Democratic Congress, the liberal-based media and the homosexuals who want to destroy the Christians. Wholesale abuse and discrimination and the worst bigotry directed toward any group in America today. More terrible than anything suffered by any minority in history.”

Here’s my question to mainstream media. You report on these stupid statements of him. But then you forget all about it and run back to him to come on the air as a commentator. Why is he taken as a serious religious man?racer game daownloadяндекс интернет реклама сайта

—  David Taffet