Oak Lawn’s Legacy of Love becomes a memorial to the victims in Orlando

Legacy of Love monument

Former Dallas Voice intern Raul Oliver just sent this photo to me that he took of the Legacy of Love monument at the intersection of Oak Lawn Avenue and Cedar Springs Road. As the young woman’s sign says, what we need is “More love, less hate.”

There will be a vigil at 8 p.m. tonight (Sunday, June 12) at Resource Center, 5750 Cedar Springs Road, in Dallas, and another vigil tomorrow night (Monday, June 13) at Celebration Community Church, 908 Pennsylvannia Ave., in Fort Worth.

 

—  Tammye Nash

BREAKING: Dallas Police stepping up Oak Lawn patrols

Screen Shot 2016-06-12 at 10.23.30 AMDallas police are increasing patrols around gay bars and other areas in Oak Lawn in response to the mass shooting in Orlando this morning.

Dallas LGBT police liaison Laura Martin said Dallas police have been in touch with federal law enforcement partners. She said there have been no specific threats against Dallas bars, but police are increasing the patrols to support the LGBT community. The added patrols will be paid for with overtime pay.

A vigil for the victims of the Orlando attack will be held this evening (June 12) at 8 p.m. at Resource Center, 5750 Cedar Springs Road. Martin assured that there will be a good police presence to assure the safety of people planning to attend.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the victims of the attack.

—  David Taffet

Authorities identify Pulse nightclub shooter

Omar Mateen

Photo of a man said to be Omar Mateen, the man who killed at least 20 people inside an Orlando gay bar early Sunday morning

The man who opened fire inside a crowded gay bar in Orlando shortly before 2 a.m. has been identified as Omar Mateen, 29, of Fort Pierce, Fla.

Authorities have said they don’t know the motivation behind the shooting, but they are referring to it as an act of terrorism, because of the number of casualties, and early on suggested the shooter might have been “radicalized” through possible ties to Islamic jihadists.

Washington Post is reporting that Mateen’s family is from Afghanistan, but the shooter himself appears to have been born in the U.S. Relatives said Mateen’s family is in shock and is very sorry for what happened.

—  Tammye Nash

As LGBT community mourns, Dan Patrick sends judgmental tweet

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A screen shot from Dan Patrick’s Twitter page this morning, Sunday, June 12, shortly before 7 am. The tweet about FWISD, just below the quote from Galatians, was tweeted Friday, June 10

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Dan Patrick

As the details of a mass shooting inside a Florida gay bar continued to unfold Sunday morning, and the LGBT community — indeed, the country — mourned the more than 60 people killed or wounded in what officials are calling an act of terrorism, Texas’ right-wing lieutenant governor continued to prove what as an ass he is by posting a judgmental tweet that seems obviously tied to news of the attack.

“‘Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.’ Galations 6:7.”

The tweet was sent shortly before 7 a.m.

Thanks, Dan Patrick. As the rest of the country responds with shock, grief and sympathy, you have once again embarrased Texas with your hatefulness.

—  Tammye Nash

‘Keep running’

From the Pulse Orlando Facebook page:

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—  Tammye Nash

What’s Brewing: Sally Kern’s book; poll shows strong support for marriage equality in Ireland

Your weekday morning blend from Instant Tea:

1. Anti-gay Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern has written a book (right) about the national outcry over her comments in 2008, when she said homosexuality is a bigger threat to America than terrorism. Below are some of the tags Amazon users have associated with the book.

2. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, a new poll shows that 73 percent of people in Ireland support same-sex marriage.

3. Fewer than 1 percent of state legislators in the U.S. are openly LGBT, but their impact has been huge when it comes to pro-equality legislation, the Associated Press reports. Texas, of course, is one of 18 states that lack an out legislator.

—  John Wright

Count Bryan ‘gay sex is a form of domestic terrorism’ Fischer in the Carl Paladino fan club

NY gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino has found himself a public supporter. This new voice of solidarity comes in the form of the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer, a man who has claimed that “homosexuals in the military gave us…six million dead Jews,” who’s said “homosexuals should be disqualified from public office,” who has called on Christian conservatives to breed gays and progressives out of existence, has called gay sex a “form of domestic terrorism,” who’s said only gays were savage enough for Hitler, has compared gays to heroin abusers, has directly compared laws against gay soldiers to those that apply to bank robbers, who once invoked a Biblical story about stabbing “sexually immoral” people with spears, saying we need this kind of action in modern day, and who has spoken out against gays serving as public school teachers.

Take it (way, way) away, Bryan:

Everything – every single thing – that Paladino said about the homosexual lifestyle yesterday was dead on the money. What he said is so true and so evident and so obvious that the real 6A00D8341C503453Ef01310F3588E8970Ccontroversy here is that there is any controversy at all.

The fact that homosexual activists will now bare their fangs, veritably dripping saliva as they go for Paladino’s carotid artery, and will do so with the full-throated blessing of the out-of-the-mainstream media, only illustrates the enormously dangerous clout these purveyors of perversity have been given in our culture.

Paladino properly shamed Cuomo for marching in New York’s gay pride parade with his two daughters, saying, “that’s not the kind of example we should be showing our children.”

Referring to the unconscionable way impressionable young children are being indoctrinated (rather than educated) in our public schools, he said, “I don’t want them to be brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option – it isn’t.”

He affirmed unapologetically that “marriage is between a man and a woman. Period,” and vowed to veto any same-sex marriage bill that reaches his desk on the grounds that it would be “immoral legislation.” He spoke the simple truth when he said that our children “would be much better off and much more successful getting married and raising a family.” Good for him.

In the written remarks he prepared for delivery to Hasidic Jewish leaders, he added that there is “nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual.”

There frankly is no other kind of homosexual than the dysfunctional kind. Homosexuals are dysfunctional by the very nature of the aberrant sexual conduct in which they engage. As the Roman Catholic Church correctly says, homosexual behavior is “intrinsically disordered.”

Bryan Fischer: Carl Paladino gets right up in the grill of homosexual activists [AFA]

Oh, you’re so silly, Mr. Fischer. We gay activists aren’t baring our fangs. Because why would we, when baring both your and Mr. Paladino’s intense hostility for a vibrant population sect is far more advantageous to our equality fight?



Good As You

—  John Wright

Homobigot Sally Kern revives her ‘gays worse than terrorism’ zombie meme

The homo-hating, illegal pistol-packing bigot Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern (sallykern@okhouse.gov) is back and Evan Hurst of Truth Wins Out points us to this report —

Sally Kern made her infamous statement about homosexuality being worse than terrorism over two years ago. Now she is trying to explain what she meant! It’s not a matter of quality, but a matter of quantity, you see:
When you mention the name Sally Kern, most people think of the now-infamous speech she gave two years ago, declaring homosexuals more dangerous to America than terrorists. But that is the first of many misconceptions Kern says she wants to clear up.

“Here in America we’ve had what maybe three known real big terrorist attacks on our nation,” Kern said. “But every day our young people especially, all of us, but our young people especially are in a sense bombarded with the message that homosexuality is normal and natural.”

You can see video of Kern (and and her trans political opponent Brittany Novotny) here, as FOX 25 profiles the race for State House seat 84.

Related:

* Oklahoma: Homo-hating Sally Kern now turns to heterosexuals and divorce

* Sally Kern on Obama’s radical homo agenda (?!) and her Proclamation of Morality

* Bam Bam Barber and The Peter gab with Sally Kern

* Mike Signorile: The RNC Sally Kern Interview


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—  John Wright

Sally (Kern) rides again

You remember Sally Kern, right? She’s the Republican Oklahoma state representative who in 2008 became famous when an audio clip hit the Internet of her telling other Republicans that gays and lesbians are a bigger threat to America than terrorism.

Homosexuality, she warned back then, “is deadly, and it’s spreading, and it will destroy our young people.”

When the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund made her warnings public, Kern became more famous than she had probably ever expected to be. But not famous in the way she wanted, I am sure.

Well, guess what. Sally rides again. There’s more brilliant speechifying from her out on the Internet, this time as part of a campiagn ad for Brittany Novotny, the transgender attorney from Oklahoma City who is running against Kern this year for the District 84 seat in the Oklahoma House of Representatives,

I am posting Novotny’s campaign ad below, but here’s the punch line, an audio clip of Kern speaking on Aug. 7 — a little over  week ago — and explaining her comments from 2008. She says:

“I was talking to a group of Republican activists, telling them about a group of homosexual millionaires who for years have been working secretly to change the society of America, the political society of, America, so there will be freedom and equality for everyone.”

No, Sally! Really?! Freedom and equality for everyone?! Oh, the horror of it all! We are so lucky to have people like Sally Kern out there fighting that terrifying demonic specter of freedom and equality for everyone.

Think I’m making it up? Then just listen for yourself.

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