PHOTOS: Christian music duo (and partners) Jason & deMarco Saturday at MCC

I don’ t know how this show snuck in, but I found out about it late last week. Fortunately, one of our photographers got out to the show and snapped a few pics of the night.

The gay Christian pop duo Jason and deMarco came to Dallas for a benefit show Saturday at the Metropolitan Community Church in Carrollton. They headlined a night that also included Ray Norris, Buddy Shanahan and Kim Wisdom among others. The show was a fundraiser for AIDS Interfaith Network.

“Every dollar raised from the concert will go directly to help homeless clients with HIV/AIDS,” said Steven Pace, executive director of AIN. “We are so grateful to MCC-GD for their unwavering support.”

View more of Eric Scott Dickson’s photos from the event after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez

Red Party Foundation Kickoff Party at BJ’s

The Red Party Foundation Kick-Off Party at BJ’s NXS on April 21 raised an estimated $4,000, according to J.T. Williams, co-founder of the organization. The money will go straight to the Red Party Foundation, which was formed earlier this year as a 501(c)(3) by Williams and Jared Pearce. Last week’s fundraiser was the first of several leading up to the annual Red Party in September benefiting the Legacy Counseling Center and Founders Cottage. “I was pleasantly surprised at how well the underwear auction went,” Williams said. “James Deets and John Rieger were the big bidders, both bidding $200-plus for a pair of Candid Underwear that was worn at the time by BJ’s bartenders and dancers.” The Red Party Foundation’s website, at www.RedPartyDallas.com, is under construction by Clint Thomson of Celeratec, who is donating his services.

Photos by Chuck Dube/MarceloMedia

—  John Wright

New Study Offers Remarkable Statistic on Teens Raised by Lesbian Mothers

The following comes from the Director of HRC’s Family Project, Ellen Kahn:

A Nice, Round Number Says A Lot

Amid the ongoing public debate about whether LGBT parents are “good enough,” and assertions from our conservative opponents that children raised by lesbian and gay parents are “at risk,” another powerful study published today that should put a pall on this conversation.

0%—that is the number of 17 year olds raised by lesbian moms, who report being physically or sexually abused by a parent or other adult caregiver in a recent report from the U.S. National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study.  This number is quite remarkable, particularly in contrast to the dreadful statistic that in general, 26% of adolescents report being physically abused by a parent or caregiver, and 8% report being sexually abused.

In addition to the 0% abuse statistic in this study, just 2.8% of these same teens identify as gay or lesbian, consistent with statistics in the general population.  This should go far in debunking the myth perpetrated by anti-LGBT forces that children raised by gay parents are more likely to be gay themselves (as if that’s a bad thing!)—that we can somehow wield that kind of influence on sexual orientation. I’m sure many of our parents would be the first to testify that as hard as they tried, prayed or wished for us to be heterosexual, they could not influence us.

78 teens were included in this groundbreaking longitudinal study headed by Dr. Nanette Gartrell, all of whom were born into lesbian-headed families.  I hope that people pay attention to this study and are curious about why these particular families do not experience violence. I also hope that professionals and organizations that support families and children can identify effective approaches to supporting the millions of children and youth who do face abuse in their own families.


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Watch: Voices Raised Over ‘DADT’ on Hardball, with Gay Vets Dan Choi and Alex Nicholson

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Chris Matthews raises the hackles of Dan Choi, asking why no Republicans are on board with DADT repeal, and what the President could possibly do to help out.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP


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Video: I was raised in a Methodist family, so you should watch this video

Pennsylvania state Rep. David Millard (R-109) is the incumbent. Dan Rae (D) and Tom Anderson (L) are providing the challenge. And just like in so many other races across the country, lesbian, gay, and bisexual people’s basic civil freedoms (and by extension those of their respective families) are being used as a test:



[BloomUToday]

Ugh, “I was raised in a Catholic family and I do not support gay marriage” is a complete non sequitur! It’s like saying “I was born into an Orthodox Jewish family and I do not support the right to use a civil drivers license on Shabbat.” Or “I was raised in an atheist family and I do not support the right of churches to exist.” Or “I was raised in a Satan-worshipping family so I do not recognize American flags made of satin.” And so on and so on. Because (a) we are talking about the CIVIL MARRIAGE CONTRACT, (b) there are plenty of Catholics who do support equality, and (c) failing to personally support something because of faith views doesn’t mean you ban that something in the shared civil society!

Then the other two candidates fall where you’d expect them to in a blue state in 2010. In fact, one of the most striking things about the debate is how straight out of Central Casting both the candidates and the soundbites seem to be. Of course it’ll be up to local voters to now rank the positions according to perceived merit. But if we had one hope, it’d be that those merits would be stacked in accordance with the constitution and the fair and free America that we all share, not predominantly based upon the number of communion wafers the candidate did or did not consume as a youth.




Good As You

—  John Wright