"Hell yeah I'm gay / And I don't care what people say / Hell yeah I'm gay / And I will never change my ways." And so begins my new personal anthem! Or rather, it's the (new?) track from … actually, I have no idea. And that's where I need your help! I'm always on the search for pro-gay songs that aren't, well, crappy and cheesy (e.g. Reichen Lehmkuhl's "Up To The Sky"). And with lyrics like, "Society hates me / 'Cause I love the pussy / Church is scared of me / 'Cause to them, they think I'm the devil's parody," well, that's exactly what "I'm Gay" isn't. (And check out the closing shot, with the t-shirt for Mitrice Richardson.) From the opening credits we see the video is a production of DJ and music video proudcer Marcus "CRASH" Miller, but that's as far as the clues lead me. Who are this proud ladies?
“I am always perplexed to hear adult homosexual men talk about how they “knew they were gay” from a very young age, say, five years old. Normally, boys don’t even know what sex is, much less homosexuality, in their early years, so such comments in an of themselves seem to indicate dysfunction, at best, or victimhood at the hands of a predator, at worst, in the young lives of these homosexually identified men.” [SOURCE: AFTAH's web site, find the link yourself]
Pop culture is filled with imagery of little boys and girls, hand in hand, fetching pails of water or sneaking sweet kisses. Young mothers celebrate kid crushes, complete with predictions of future marriage for the growing tots. In Hollywood and in life, these portraits of youth are painted as the epitome of human purity and innocence:
But leave it to Peter LaBarbera to sexualize these feelings as they apply to LGBT children. Since he’s already internalized the notion that the adult gays he challenges lead with the crotch and/or leather ball gag, Peter feels compelled to apply these same outlooks to the LGBT population’s youthful counterparts. Peter takes the tales of what caught young gay eyes — which are just as sweet and innocent (and vivid) as hetero peers’ own remembrances — then puts them through his typical spin machine (one that not only slights LGBT children’s memories, but also indicts their home lives). The resultant meme is one where lil’ Johnny, fresh off a bender of juice boxes and candy cigarettes, bides time between molestations by luring his fellow innocents into rounds of salacious Wii playing. Where lil’ Susie turns her back yard pool party into a mini Dinah Shore weekend. Where kid-sex guides the play dates. Where crushes become dysfunctional, simply because the in-born attractions weaken the far-right’s requisite “it’s a choice” strategy.
So okay, whatever — Peter can act like he’s “perplexed” all he wants. He knows exactly what he’s doing here. If he’s honest with himself, he knows that all humans have stirring attractions and exciting feelings in their minds long before they have any kinds of growth spurts. In our hyper-analyzed world, these instinctual responses should be among the easiest to let play out naturally. It’s only because of certain grown adults’ fetish for screwing gay people that the natural course of things becomes a point of interest, conflict, and controversy.
Slog’s Wm. Steven Humphrey on this “train wreck” from next week’s Glee: “This particular train leaps off the tracks, barrels through a kid’s chemo treatment center, runs over 37 baskets of puppies, and then explodes in a firestorm of WHAT THE FUCK. (Or rather, what the ‘forget.’)”
He’s the most powerful man in the free world. But now the American Family Association’s incredibly incendiary Bryan Fischer is suggesting that at his heart, President Obama is actually little more than a petulant third grader:
“The president developed a habit during the campaign of subtly flipping people off by scratching his face with his middle finger“…“Now I believe the president has done it again. Go to the 1:27 mark in this video to catch Jake Tapper’s question, and watch the president flip him off at the 2:19 mark for asking such an irritating and awkward question”
“If this indeed is what is happening, it reveals something dark and thuggish about the president’s character, something far beneath the dignity of the office. The president is beginning to remind me of a juvenile delinquent as much as anything else: immaturity, an absence of moral values, and a perverse delight in destroying things (like the American economy) just for the pleasure of it.“
“God is our ultimate authority, and we think that we did God’s will by standing up to the three judges who would try to redefine God’s institution and say that marriage is anything other than one man and one woman”
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Tammy Aaberg is the mother of 15-year-old Justin Aaberg (pictured), the Anoka High School student in Minnesota who hanged himself after suffering the torment of high school bullying, and after breaking up with his boyfriend. "These kids, they just hate themselves," says Tammy, whose son came out at age 13, and whom she didn't know was suffering so bad inside. "They literally feel like they want to die. So many kids are telling me this."