“Head Figure Head” more about journalism than about Gov. Rick Perry’s sex life

Head Figure Head, the new e-book from Glen Maxey, details the author’s arduous and frustrating six-month effort to investigate rumors of Gov. Rick Perry’s gay sex life. Maxey served as executive director of the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas (now Equality Texas) during Perry’s tenure as a state representative, later serving for 12 years as a state representative, spanning Perry’s time as agricultural commissioner, lieutenant governor and governor. Of all the people who’ve attempted to look into the rumors of Perry’s trysts with men, Maxey is perhaps best positioned to get to the truth, and takes great pains to ensure we are aware of that fact.

The book is the narrative of Maxey’s research, assisted by a journalist from a national media outlet. Like almost every character in the book other than Maxey and Perry himself, “the Journalist” is referred to only as a pseudonym. Maxey and the Journalist begin their search for proof in June 2011 as rumors of Perry’s impending presidential bid are widely circulating. Immediately the pair find that almost every gay man in Austin has a friend who has a friend who claims to have slept with Perry. For the next three months they track those leads and come excruciatingly close to breaking the story.

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Applause: Stage pink

Queer highlights from the upcoming theater season

RICH LOPEZ  | Staff Writer

Anticipation should be strong for the upcoming theater season in general. Ambitious shows like Giant, The Tempest, West Side Story and Hairspray all dot the stage horizon.
But we also like to see some of our own up there. As we look over the upcoming offerings from local theater companies, we always ask, “Where’s the gay?”  In addition to Uptown Players’ first  Dallas Pride Performing Arts Festival, here are some of the others.

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Fall

Although the Dallas Opera canceled the opera she was set to star in, lesbian soprano Patricia Racette will still perform at a TDO gala. (Photo Devon Cass)

Singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik gave an indie music flair to the musical adaptation of the 1891 play Spring Awakening. Set in 19th century Germany, Awakening follows a group of youths as they discover more about themselves and their rapidly developing sexuality.

The original Frank Wedekind play was controversial in its day, depicting abortion, homosexuality, rape and suicide. Now the show just has an added rock ‘n’ roll score. Along with Sheik’s musical perspective, Steven Slater wrote the book and lyrics in this updated version which debuted in 2006 on Broadway and won the Tony for Best Musical. Terry Martin directs.

WaterTower Theater, 15650 Addison Road., Addison. Sept. 30–Oct. 23. WaterTowerTheatre.org.

It’s almost un-Texan if you’re gay and not familiar with Del Shores’ tales of Southern discomfort.  Southern Baptist Sissies and Sordid Lives are pretty much part of the queer vernacular in these parts, but Shores got his start way back in 1987.

How will those northern folks take to Shores work (And by north, we mean past Central Expressway past LBJ)? Jeni Helms directs Daddy’s Dyin’: Who’s Got the Will for McKinney Repertory Theatre this fall. As the family patriarch suffers a stroke, the Turnover family gathers as they wait for his death. This family may just put the fun in dysfunctional.

McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney. Sept. 30–Oct. 7. McKinneyRep.org.

WingSpan Theatre Co. will produce one of the greater comedies of theater-dom this fall: Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, with Nancy Sherrard sparring over the gay wit’s price bon mots as Lady Bracknell.

Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E. Lawther Drive. Oct. 6–22. WingSpanTheatre.com.

Although A Catered Affair might sound a bit like My Big Fat Greek Wedding, it has the added flair of Harvey Fierstein’s wit. That’s because he wrote the book for the show alongside John Bucchino’s music and lyrics. The play is based on the Gore Vidal-penned 1956 film The Catered Affair starring Bette Davis.

When Jane and Ralph decide to get married, Jane’s mom Agnes wants to put on an elaborate spectacle of a wedding. The truth is, she can’t afford it and Jane isn’t all too thrilled about a huge affair. As in most cases, the wedding planning is more about the mom than the daughter and Agnes soon realizes the fact. Jane’s Uncle Winston — the proverbial gay uncle — is left off the guest list and is rightfully pissed. But as most gay characters, he rallies to be the voice of reason and support.

Theatre Three, 2800 Routh Street, Ste.168. Oct. 13–Nov. 12. Theatre3Dallas.com.

Lesbian soprano Patricia Racette was going to be featured in the production of Katya Kabanová but unfortunately the show was canceled by the Dallas Opera. But fear not. Dallas will still get to bask in the greatness that is her voice as Racette will perform An Evening with Patricia Racette, a cabaret show with classics from the Great American Songbook for a patron recital.

Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. Nov. 9. DallasOpera.org

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Spring

Nancy Sherrard will star as Lady Bracknell in WIngSpan Theater Co.’s fall production of Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest,’ perhaps the greatest comedy ever written by theaterdom’s gayest wit.

Kevin Moriarty directs Next Fall for the Dallas Theater Center next spring. Written by Geoffrey Nauffts, the play centers on Luke and Adam, a couple with some unusual issues. What’s new about that in gay couplehood? Not much, but when Adam’s an absolute atheist and Luke’s a devout Christian, the two have been doing their best to make it work.
The comedy played on Broadway in 2010, garnering Tony and Drama Desk nominations. And now Dallas gets to see how, as DTC puts it, “relationships can be a beautiful mess.”
Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. April 13–May 6. DallasTheaterCenter.org.

Perhaps the most surprising queer offering this next season is Theatre Arlington’s production of The Laramie Project. The show usually creates quite a stir — at least it did in Tyler, thanks to Trinity Wheeler — so how will this suburban audience handle it? Doesn’t matter. Props to T.A. for taking Moises Kaufman’s play about the tragic bashing and death of Matthew Shepard to its community.

Theatre Arlington, 305 W. Main St., Arlington. May 18–June 3. TheatreArlington.org.

Usually the question with MBS Productions is “what’s not gay?” Founder Mark-Brian Sonna has consistently delivered tales of gay woe and love that are sometimes silly and sometimes sweet, but always a laugh.

This season is no different. Playwright Alejandro de la Costa brings back drag queen Lovely Uranus in The Importance of Being Lovely. The last time we saw Uranus, Sonna wore the stilettos and pink wig in last season’s Outrageous, Sexy, (nekkid) Romp.  This time around, Uranus graduates to leading lady status as the show is all about her as audiences follow her through the changes she makes in her make-up, wigs and men.

Stone Cottage Theatre, 15650 Addison Road, Addison. July 16–Aug. 11, 2012. MBSProductions.net.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 26, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens

Ex-Mormons Sharing Truth about Mormon Faith

Ex-Mormons have been flocking to testify on a website, “I-am-an-exmormon.com” and YouTube as to why they’ve become ex-Mormons.

Mary’s story is a good example. She left the church because of retaliatory action taken against her and her husband, Peter, for their support of same sex marriage.“Hi, my name is Mary Danzig and I’m an Ex Mormon.”




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—  David Taffet

The Bible on the gays, the truth might surprise you

Jennifer Wright Knust, writing at CNN:

We often hears that Christians have no choice but to regard homosexuality as a sin – that Scripture simply demands it.

As a Bible scholar and pastor myself, I say that Scripture does no such thing.

“I love gay people, but the Bible forces me to condemn them” is a poor excuse that attempts to avoid accountability by wrapping a very particular and narrow interpretation of a few biblical passages in a cloak of divinely inspired respectability.

Truth is, Scripture can be interpreted in any number of ways. And biblical writers held a much more complicated view of human sexuality than contemporary debates have acknowledged.




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Did anyone really think these gay Doritos ads were gonna air during the Super Bowl?

We know Plano-based Frito-Lay is uber-gay-friendly and all, but seriously, this is the freakin’ Super Bowl. And it’s only Super Bowl XLV, not Super Bowl LXV.

The two gay Doritos ads below began making the rounds in the blogosphere yesterday, with some suggesting one of them might air during the big game.

Well, GLAAD did what many bloggers failed to — they actually contacted Frito-Lay. (Do most bloggers even have phones?) Here’s GLAAD’s explanation:

There has been tremendous confusion however, about what these ads actually are. Some say they could run during the Super Bowl – others say the ads were created by fans of Doritos, and will never air anywhere. So we reached out to Frito-Lay to find out what the truth is.

According to Frito-Lay Director of Public Relations Chris Kuechenmeister, the latter is true. He said the pair of ads in question were two out of 5,600 that were submitted to the company for its “Crash the Super Bowl” contest. Furthermore, the YouTube page on which the ads appear is a fan-made page, and not the official page for the Crash the Super Bowl contest. Kuechenmeister said the ads in question were not among the finalists chosen by a panel of judges, and have no chance of airing during the Super Bowl or otherwise.

—  John Wright

Guest post by Rev. Patrick Cheng – The Truth Will Make Us Free: A Queer Year in Review

Give a hearty coffeehouse welcome to Rev. Patrick S. Cheng, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at

Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The author of
Radical Love: An Introduction to Queer Theology, he shares a year-end piece for discussion. –Pam


The Truth Will Make Us Free: A Queer Year in Review

By Rev. Patrick S. Cheng, Ph.D.

Follow on Twitter @patrickscheng

Anti-gay Christians love to quote John 8:32, which says that “the truth will make you free.” According to them, if only lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people would simply accept the truths of the Christian faith, we would discover the error of our ways, repent of our sins and miraculously change our misdirected sexual orientations and/or gender identities.

As an openly-gay theologian, ordained Christian minister and seminary professor at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, I agree that the truth will make us free. However, the anti-gay Christians have it backwards. As the groundbreaking events of 2010 have demonstrated, it is actually the truth of the fundamental goodness of LGBT people and our lives that will make us free. Ironically, this truth also will free anti-gay Christians of their own heterosexist prejudices and theological blind spots.

What were some of the truths about the goodness of LGBT people and our lives that were demonstrated in 2010? In August, the first fully-litigated U.S. federal court trial about same-sex marriage concluded that there was no rational basis for prohibiting LGBT people from entering into civil marriage. The trial court struck down California Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot initiative that stripped LGBT people in California of the right to marry. Judge Vaughn R. Walker’s ruling demonstrated the truth that LGBT civil marriages are grounded in the same ethical values of love, mutual caring and commitment as non-LGBT civil marriages.

In September, after a rash of horrific suicides by young gay men across the United States, the openly-gay author and syndicated columnist Dan Savage and his husband Terry Miller started the “It Gets Better Project.” This project has resulted in more than 5,000 Internet videos of LGBT people and our allies, speaking directly — and giving hope — to suffering LGBT young people around the world. Each video tells the truth about how even though many of us suffered at the hands of bullies and bigots while growing up, our lives ultimately have become better in the process of coming out and speaking the truth about our lives to the world.

More below the fold.

In December, the U.S. Congress authorized — and President Obama signed into law — the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell statute that had prohibited openly lesbian and gay soldiers from serving in the U.S. military for the past 17 years. The repeal was based upon overwhelming evidence that allowing lesbians and gays to serve openly in the military would have no adverse consequences to national security. In fact, the evidence showed that encouraging truth telling by lesbian and gay soldiers would actually enhance the effectiveness of our armed forces. As most of us learned from an early age, telling the truth is a virtue and not a vice.

There were a number of other encouraging examples in 2010 of speaking the truth about LGBT people. For example, in September a Florida state court struck down an anti-gay statute that expressly prohibited LGBT people from adopting children in that state. Shortly thereafter, the Florida Department of Children and Families declined to appeal the decision, thus conceding the truth of that ruling.

In December, the United Nations spoke the truth by voting to protect LGBT people around the world from extrajudicial killings and arbitrary executions, notwithstanding the strenuous objections of a number of member countries. Even Pope Benedict XVI, in a recent book-length interview with a German journalist, took a first step toward speaking the truth about LGBT people by saying that the intentional use of condoms by a male prostitute to prevent HIV/AIDS infection could be the “first step in the direction of moralization.”

Interestingly, anti-gay Christians love to cite over and over again the half-dozen or so verses in the Bible that purportedly condemn same-sex acts as sinful. However, they ignore the nearly 200 verses in the Bible that emphasize the importance of truth-telling from a theological and ethical perspective, not to mention the explicit prohibition of bearing false witness against one’s neighbors in the Ten Commandments.

These anti-gay Christians would do better to heed the stern biblical warnings against bearing false witness. Recently, the venerable Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) officially designated 13 anti-gay Christian groups — including the American Family Association, the Family Research Council and the Traditional Values Coalition — as “hate groups” for spreading “known falsehoods” against LGBT people. Another five groups — including the Concerned Women for America, Liberty Counsel and the National Organization for Marriage — were cited for their use of “demonizing propaganda” against sexual minorities on the SPLC’s website.

Anti-gay Christians, including those who are affiliated with the above groups mentioned by the SPLC, would do well to read more closely the first chapter of letter of St. Paul to the Romans. In particular, they should read Romans 1 as applying to themselves. Often that chapter is used solely as “proof” of the sinfulness of LGBT people. What anti-gay Christians seem to forget, however, is the traditional doctrine of original sin, as articulated in Romans and interpreted by theologians such as Augustine of Hippo onwards, applies to all people — including themselves!

What if the warning of Romans 1:18-21 against the “ungodliness” and “wickedness” of those who “suppress the truth” — and those whose “senseless minds” are “darkened” — actually referred to those anti-gay Christians who fail to acknowledge the truth and empirical evidence about the fundamental goodness and loving nature of LGBT people and our relationships?

What if the “lusts,” “impurity” and “degrading” actions (including “exchanging the truth about God for a lie”) as described in Romans 1:24-25 actually referred to the lust for political power, wealth and idolatrous self-worship as exhibited by many anti-gay Christians, some of whom scapegoat LGBT people as a convenient way of diverting attention from their own sexual sins?

What if the condemnation of the “shameless acts” committed with “one another” and the “debased mind” described by St. Paul in Romans 1:27-28 actually referred to the brutal gang rape (metaphorically speaking) of LGBT people by anti-gay Christian hate speech – hate speech that has resulted in numerous queer bashings and suicides by LGBT people, including innocent young people whose lives were tragically cut off before reaching their prime?

Although admirable progress was made during 2010 with respect to basic human rights for LGBT people, much more needs to be done. In particular, the rise of state-sanctioned anti-LGBT violence in other parts of the world, including the Middle East, Asia and Africa, is frightening. For example, the upcoming vote by the Uganda legislature on its “kill-the-gays” legislation is one example of this state-sanctioned violence that must be condemned by people of faith everywhere.

As LGBT people, we must remain ever vigilant and hopeful that the truth of the fundamental goodness, and holiness, of our lives and relationships will free us from the sinful bondage of homophobic and heterosexist oppression. However, LGBT people are not the only ones who will benefit from this truth. The truth will also free anti-gay Christians from their own heterosexist prejudices and theological blind spots — shortcomings that would otherwise prevent them from entering fully into the reign of God.

Other year-ender items to click over to:

* Truth Wins Out – Year in Review — LGBT Top 10

* Michigan Messenger – Year in Review: LGBT issues figure prominently in 2010

* Ranker – Top 10 People Out of the Closet in 2010
Pam’s House Blend – Front Page

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The Truth About Bishop Robinson

V GENE ROBINSON X390 (GETTY) | ADVOCATE.COMBishop V. Gene Robinson, the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop, talks to The Advocate about rumors he’s retiring because of death threats and that he brought the worldwide Anglican Communion to “the brink of self-destruction.”
Advocate.com: Daily News

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Giving truth the Schlaf: Iowa For Freedom edition

Another completely misrepresentative take on the recent “Iowa For Freedom” campaign, this time from conservative doyenne Phyllis Schlafly:

The powers that be in Iowa tried to tell Iowa voters that they had an obligation to vote yes on the three judges in order to maintain an independent judiciary. But what kind of an un-ColumnistsschlaflyAmerican election is that when you are told by important people you should vote yes but not no?

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who for several years has been trucking around the country to support judicial supremacy, injected herself into the Iowa campaign by trying to make it unacceptable to vote no on any judge.”

Phyllis Schlafly: Judges Get Their Comeuppance [TownHall]

Okay, first off: The “Iowa For Freedom” campaign was 100% designed to tell voters that they had to vote one way: NO. In fact, IFF supporters were often told that a non-retention vote was the only godly choice available. And they did all this on the basis of one ruling — ONE. RULING! – based on little more than faith-based disdain for same-sex marriage.

On the flip side: The defenders of the judges were not, by and large, saying to vote an unquestionable yes. Supporters were defending judicial independence in general, telling voters to cast a vote on the basis of the judge’s entire careers, after reasoned considerations of all of their rulings (independent of personal faith views), and while using a fair assessment of the judiciary’s role in civil rights conversations. So it’s simply galling for Phyllis to suggest that it was the judicial supporters who were leading their witnesses!

Then, on to Sandra Day O’Connor: Again, the former SCOTUS justice did not at all encourage a blanket “no” vote. What she encouraged was a fair-minded outlook of the retention process and its usage:

We have to address the pressures that are being applied to that one safe place, the courtroom,” O’Connor said. “We have to have a place where judges are not subject to outright retaliation for their judicial decisions. That’s the concept. Sure they can be ousted and that’s part of the system, but what the framers of our federal constitution tried to do was establish a system of judicial selection where the judges would not be subject to retaliation by the other branches for their judicial actions.

IowaPolitics.com: O’Connor touts Iowa’s merit system of selecting judges [IowaPolitics.com]

And what’s even more egregious about Schalfly’s usage of O’Connor now, is that the Iowa For Freedom campaign actually truncated O’Connor’s words and USED THEM AS A WEB AD THAT INTIMATED SUPPORT FOR THEIR CAUSE!:

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Sandra Day O’Connor on Removing Activist Judges [Iowa For Freedom]

From start to finish, the Iowa For Freedom campaign was one with no legs to stand on, so they manufactures bully clubs to support their platform instead. Now Schlafly is keeping that same mentality alive, suggesting that it was her socially conservative team that managed to triumph over the cruel tyranny of her opposition. We’re just not sure when basic civics, mindful examinations, informed legal opinion, and one co-equal branch of government became the tyrants here.




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More “Truth” On “Sex Change Operations”?

Thumbnail Link to HRC's Back Story: HRC's New Corporate Equality Index Requires Removal of Exclusions to Transgender Healthcare and Benefits

“This is social insanity, and further proof that modern liberalism is completely bankrupt in its escalating kowtowing to deviance and enthusiastic promotion of sex/gender confusion. If corporate executives allow themselves to be “bullied” by HRC into covering these tragic, body-disfiguring procedures for the severely gender-confused, they will cause more men and women to commit this ultimate rebellion against their Creator. The harsh truth is: American corporations are incentivizing sin and self-destructive behavior, and ultimately our culture’s descent into evil. These ‘Sex Reassingnment Surgeries’ (the PC term for them) are horrifying and the ultimate Crime Against Nature…”

~Peter LaBarbera, Americans For Truth About Homosexuality

Remember that less-than-honest argument against Heathcare Reform put forward by Matt Barber and Matt Staver of the Liberty Council, Martha Kleder of the Concerned Women For America,  and “Chaplain” Gordon James Klingenschmitt of the Pray In Jesus Name Project, Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association and Peter LaBarbera of the Americans For Truth About Homosexuality? The one where ObamaCare was going to be Obama Tranny-Care — with the government mandated “sex change operations”?

Well Matt, Matt, Martha, Gordon, and Peter, I’m still waiting for those government mandated “sex change operations” (better stated in this context as genital reconstruction surgery, by the way). Should I start holding my breath waiting wanting for my Obama Tranny-Care genital reconstruction surgery?

Well, holding my breath here probably wouldn’t be a great idea.

What I totally “get” though regarding religious right discussions of  ”sex change operations” is always discussed in terms of how transsexual people — especially transsexuals who identify with the transgender community — are freakish bogeymen contributing to the moral downfall of America. Trans people seem to be perceived as foreign, scary, and extreme  people to these religious right Christians; they perceive trans people to be such an affront to their vision of societal sex and gender norms that they can’t seem to help bringing us up over and over again — holding us up as freaks in a freak show.

An, you know how much Peter LaBarbera loves things he perceives as gay and freaky, so it shouldn’t any surprise at all that Peter LaBarbera has yet again pulled out the evil bogeymen of transsexual people — and genital reconstruction surgery — out of his antigay playbook again. It doesn’t matter that all trans people aren’t gay, lesbian, or bisexual — LaBarbera publicly fretting about what he labels genital mutilation done by gender confused people as treatment for a recognized medical condition is him standing up those whom he perceives to be homosexuals, and the homosexual agenda. In his Americans For Truth About Homosexuality piece New HRC Corporate Scorecard Demands Coverage of Transsexual ‘Sex-Change’ Operations; Will businesses cave to homosexual lobby group’s brazen demands? he states the following:

[More below the fold.]

Folks, every time I think I’ve seen it all regarding the Homosexual Lobby’s fanatical demands, they come up with something new that dumbfounds me in its astonishing arrogance and chutzpah. Thumbnail link for Americans For Truth About Homosexuality article: New HRC Corporate Scorecard Demands Coverage of Transsexual 'Sex-Change' OperationsCheck this out: the anti-Christian, anti-Bible (and yes, anti-God) homosexual lobby group Human Wrongs Rights Campaign (HRC) has added coverage for transsexual sex-change operations to its 2012 Corporate Scorecard criteria. These perverse criteria gauge how compliant major corporations are to HRC’s radical homosexual/bisexual/transsexual agenda. The D.C.-based lobby organzation wants at least ,000 in “health” coverage for tranny sex-change operations for the corporation to get a perfect rating.

Like many within the religious right, Peter LaBarbera can’t seem to grasp the differences between gay and trans people, can’t seem to stay away from pejoratives (“tranny” in this case), and can’t seem to grasp that his own Bible not only doesn’t condemn genital surgeries, but also highlights the Godliness of gender variant people. LaBarbera also claims that the HRC is anti-Christian and Anti-Bible while failing to acknowledge that the HRC does put significant focus on religion and faith.  Further in LaBarbera’s piece:

The following is an excerpt of what HRC stipulates for its revised 2012 Corporate Scorecard “Criteria 3.0″ (yes, they upgrade them periodically, like Microsoft Windows) under “Health Insurance for Transgender Employees and Dependents”). If a corporation agrees to this for 2012 — and all of HRC’s other homosexual/transsexual demands [see this AFTAH article on the current rating criteria] — it gets a 100 percent rating:

LaBarbera then quotes from the HRC’s 2012 Corporate Scorecard “Criteria 3.0″:

Benefits available to other employees must extend to transgender individuals.

Where available for employees, the following benefits should all extend to transgender individuals, including for services related to transgender transition (e.g., medically necessary services related to sex reassignment):

• Short term medical leave

• Mental health benefits

• Pharmaceutical coverage (e.g., for hormone replacement therapies)

Thumbnail link to the HRC's document 'Corporate Equality Index 3.0; Understanding The New Criteria'• Coverage for medical visits or laboratory services

• Coverage for reconstructive surgical procedures related to sex reassignment

LaBarbera then adds the quote from the beginning of this piece, and this:

Suffice it to say that I have great pity for anyone who would even consider doing this to his or her body – they desperately need help and God’s love – but you and I should NEVER be forced to subsidize these sickening operations – and especially not with our tax dollars. (Next week: how the Obama administration is telling LGBT activists to lobby for “sex change” operations to be covered under “Obama-care.”)

One last thing: just as homosexual militants insist on propagandistic, pro-”gay” programs in schools to stop “bullying,” they want Americans to subsidize transsexual sex-change operations in the name of ending “systematic discrimination” against “transgenders.” No doubt the left-leaning media will echo their demands. Are you feeling manipulated yet? Me, too.

Well, not me too on the manipulation. And good golly gosh, I can hardly wait for his piece on how “Obama-care” doesn’t really didn’t cover genital reconstruction surgery — as he and his peers apparently engaged in bald-faced lying about to say it did — and then explain to all of us how the Obama Administration is telling lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual (LGBT)   to lobby for  ”sex change” operations to be covered under “Obama-care.”

And, of course, he again used me as his “tranny” poster child for transgender people, transsexual people, and people who identify as both transgender and transsexual. He again used my picture of me from 2004; again he again lied about my personal history in saying this in the caption that I left my wife and children, and then adds an indirect statement from my ex-spouse that inaccurately indicates when she first learned that my gender expression sometimes didn’t match societal sex and gender norms. What any of LaBarbera’s comments about me has to do with the HRC’s standards for trans people in their Corporate Equality Index in just beyond me — he just seems to get personal pleasure in acting in an uncivil and un-Christian way towards me.

It’s beyond me how Peter LaBarbera doesn’t understand that his personal attacks against me — based pretty much only on my transsexual and transgender identifications — really identify him as a transphobic bigot.

This is the United States of America. We are all guaranteed in our constitution the right to petition our lawmakers, and we can, and no doubt should, aim to have our elected representatives in our government represent legislative goals we want accomplished. We don’t live in a theocracy where only religious right Christians have a voice in our representative democracy. It works with businesses too — if LGBT organizations can petition businesses to make a difference in how LGBT people are treated in the nation’s workplaces, then that is something our LGBT civil rights organizations can, and no doubt should, be doing.

If I were going to complain about the HRC’s efforts regarding healthcare on behalf of trans people, it would be that they didn’t move quickly on this to my liking.

If I were going to complain about Peter LaBarbera’s behavior regarding trans people — well, Peter LaBarbera doesn’t understand that his repeated use of antitransgender pejoratives indicate he’s a transphobic bigot.

I hope no one ever manages to shut LaBarbera up. He has the right to free speech, for sure, and he should be free to exercise it. Beyond that though, I find his over-the-top style of writing quite entertaining. And, he makes a good case, by the negative example of his bigotry of trans people, as well as lesbian, gay, and bisexual people, of the real world need for LGBT people to be treated with dignity and respect by both government and corporate America.

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Truth Wins Out Announces Philadephia Protest Of “Ex-Gay” Group NARTH

Truth Wins Out, our heroes in the battle against the cruelties of the “ex-gay” industry, have launched the Lift My Luggage! website to promote their November 6th protest at the annual convention of NARTH in Philadelphia.

The National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) is having its annual convention in Philadelphia (Nov. 5-7). The notorious “ex-gay” group is hoping that Americans have amnesia and don’t remember that its most “prominent” board member, George Rekers, was forced to resign in May. Rekers stepped down after he was caught vacationing with a male escort he met on RentBoy.com. When asked why he had hired the young man, Rekers said it was to, “lift his luggage.” As the infamous quacks at NARTH gather for their annual convention, let’s Remind America that NARTH is a pseudo-scientific organization that is more about Rent Boys than research.

PROTEST SPONSORS: Equality Forum, William Way LGBT Community Center, MCC Philadelphia, Pam Spaulding (Pam’s House Blend), Joe Jervis (Joe.My.God) and Jeremy Hooper (Good As You).

As noted above, JMG is a co-sponsor and I’m already on the hunt for a fabulous pink suitcase to wheel up to the doors of the NARTH convention. Visit the Lift My Luggage! site for directions to the event. I hope to see lots of you in Philly on November 6th! Drinkies at Woody’s after?

Joe. My. God.

—  John Wright