Ray Hill kicks off campaign for Texas House with YouTube videos

Ray Hill

Ray Hill

As previously reported by Houstini Ray Hill, the iconic and iconoclastic Houston LGBT activist, announced this year that he would challenge ten-term incumbent state representative Garnet Coleman in next spring’s Democratic Primary. Hill is running what he calls an “unfunded campaign,” relying on social media and support from community members to get his message out.

We haven’t heard much about the campaign since Hill filed at the beginning of the month (perhaps he’s been distracted by his recent arrest during an attempt to prevent the HPD vice squad from harassing strippers), but Hill seems to have gotten back into the campaign saddle, releasing two YouTube videos about his campaign and why he thinks he’s the best choice to represent district 147 (they can be viewed after the jump). The audio’s not the best (tip: taping next to a roaring waterfall does not produce the best sound), but in both videos Hill expresses his belief that the common people of the district will vote him into office. Judge for yourself:

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Chronicle blogger blames ‘It Gets Better” project for LGBT teen suicides

Kathleen McKinley

Kathleen McKinley

Kathy McKinley is a self-described “conservative activist” who blogs for the Houston Chronicle under the monicker “TexasSparkle.” In a recent post McKinley took the “It Gets Better” project to task for what she believes is their culpability in the suicides of LGBT teens:

“These kids were sold a bill of goods by people who thought they were being kind. The “It will get better” campaign just didn’t think it through. They didn’t think about the fact that kids are different from adults. They handle things differently. They react differently. Why? BECAUSE THEY ARE KIDS. You can grumble all day long how unfair it is that straight teens can be straight in high school, and gay kids can’t, but life is unfair. Isn’t the price they are paying too high?? Is it so much to ask them to stand at the door of adulthood before they “come out” publically? Because it may save their life.”

McKinnley’s primary confusion about the “It Gets Better” campaign (other than its name) is the assumption that the goal is to encourage teens to come out of the closet, or encourage them to become sexually active:

“Why in the world would you give teenagers a REASON to tease you? Oh, yes, because the adults tell you to embrace who you are, the only problem? Kids that age are just discovering who they are. They really have no idea yet. The adults tell you to “come out,” when what we should be telling them is that sex is for adults, and there is plenty of time for figuring out that later.”

I would like to encourage Ms. McKinley to watch the “It Gets Better” project’s founder Dan Savages’ video. Please, Ms. McKinley, listen, and tell me if you hear Savage or his partner Terry say anything about teens coming out or having sex. I think what you’ll hear them say is that all of the things that most kids, gay and straight, dream of (falling in love, starting a family, having the support of their parents, co-workers and friends) are possible for LGBT teens. I think you’ll hear them talk about how difficult their teen years were, and about the fears they had that their parents would reject them, that they’d never find success and that they’d always be alone.

Choosing to have sex is one of the most personal decision a person will ever make. For LGBT people, choosing to come out is another. I have not watched all of the thousands of videos from people who have participated in the “It Gets Better” project. It’s possible that there are a few that tell kids to come out right away, or to become sexually active, but I doubt it.

Every video in the project that I have seen has had the same simple message: that the person making it understands how tortuously awful the experience of being Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender in Junior and High School can be, but there is a wonderful world of loving, vibrant, successful, engaged LGBT adults out there and if queer teens can just hang on, just for a few years, they can join it. I doubt that any of the contributors to the project think that hanging on for a few years will be easy. I suspect that most of them remember, with excruciating clarity, contemplating ending those temporary years of terror with a permanent solution and that is why they choose to reach out.

I grew up without role models, where people like Barbara Gittings, Bayard Rustin and Harvey Milk didn’t exist . I grew up in a small town where the two men with the pink house were talked about in hushed tones that immediately fell silent when I walked into the room, because it wasn’t appropriate for children’s ears. I grew up in a world where my mother wouldn’t tell me what “gay” meant, where the evening news was turned off if it reported on the AIDS crisis, where I wasn’t given words to describe who I was, and so the only word I could find was “alone.”

I was lucky. My suicide attempt failed.

I was lucky, I survived, and went to college, and found a church that embraced and loved LGBT people. That’s where I met doctors and lawyers and business owners and teachers who were like me. That’s where I met two wonderful women who had built a life together for over 50 years. That’s where I discovered I wasn’t alone and that being gay didn’t mean that i couldn’t have all of those things I’d dreamed of.

That is what McKinley missed in her blog post. In her haste to lay blame on anything other than the overwhelming prejudice perpetuated by schools, churches and governments against LGBT people McKinley missed the fact that kids need role models. In her rush to shove queer teens back into the closet she forgot that human beings need the hope of a better world, lest they give up in despair.

McKinley got one thing right in her post. She titled it “Are Adults Also To Blame For Gay Teen Suicides? Yes.” Adults are to blame for LGBT teen suicides. When adults hide the stunning diversity of God’s creation from their children they create a vision of reality that some of those children can’t see themselves in. When adults tell LGBT teens that they should be invisible then it is all too clear who is to blame when those teens believe them, and take steps to make themselves invisible permanently.

To all the LGBT kids out there: it does get better. There are adults who care about you and want all the wonderful things you dream of to come true, but you have to hang on. If you need to keep who are secret to remain safe then do so. If you need someone to talk to please call the Trevor Project at 866-4-U-Trevor (866-488-7386).

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Watch: YouTube Videos From Tuscon Shooter Jared Loughner

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We're learning more about the alleged 22-year-old gunman who shot earlier today several people at a public event in Tuscon hosted by Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, severely injuring her and several others and taking the lives of at least two others. Jared Lee Loughner had both a Myspace page and a YouTube channel that might help bring some insight into the mind of the man.

About 15-20 shots were reported to have been fired at the Safeway where the event was taking place. A 9 mm Glock was recovered at the scene.

We know that Loughner was once a volunteer for the Tucson Festival of Books.

Loughner's Myspace page has since been taken down but not before information and screen grabs of his page were captured. Two of those photos are above. His page listed his interests as "reading, and I studied grammar. Conscience dreams were a great study in college."

Loughner Five videos were posted on Loughner's YouTube channel (username: Classitup10) in November and December of 2010. The videos are  bizarre and nonsensical. In the videos, which are simply text, graphics and music, Loughner talks about dreaming, "currency government," religion, mind control and other things, not much of which makes much sense.  He also claims this in one of the videos: "I define terrorist."

Watch them for yourself, AFTER THE JUMP.

 

 



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Navy Tells Capt. Owen Honors To Sit This One Out While His Videos Are Investigated

Capt. Owen Honors, the chief of the USS Enterprise who was the second-in-command when he filmed those awful "training" videos, has been temporarily relived of his post pending an investigation. The "Support Captain Honors U.S.S. Enterprise" Facebook page has already launched; it's got about 800 members thus far.


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Anti-LGBT, bestiality-suggestive Navy videos produced by captain — with your tax dollars

Wow. And to think that the Pentagon was tiptoeing over whether gays and lesbians can openly serve. Jeebus H… I can’t believe this disgusting behavior by a commanding officer in the name of “fun.”

No wonder the military has a problem dealing with changing its culture – it’s not the homos in the ranks that are the issue; it’s Porky’s mentality. (Military.com):

In one scene, two female Navy sailors stand in a shower stall aboard the aircraft carrier, pretending to wash each other. They joke about how they should get six minutes under the water instead of the mandated three.

In other skits, sailors parade in drag, use anti-gay slurs, and simulate masturbation and a rectal exam. Another scene implies that an officer is having sex in his stateroom with a donkey.

They’re all part of a series of short movies produced aboard the Norfolk-based aircraft carrier Enterprise in 2006 and 2007 and broadcast to its nearly 6,000 sailors and Marines. The man who masterminded and starred in them is Capt. Owen Honors — now the commander of the carrier, which is weeks away from deploying.

What an irony – a captain named “Honors” — there sure isn’t any in this news. By the way, do you feel a bit lighter in your pocket? It’s the sensation of Honors and his charges pickpocketing your tax dollars to produce this shite.


The videos, obtained by The Virginian-Pilot this week, were shot and edited with government equipment, many of them while the Enterprise was deployed supporting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

At the time, Honors was the carrier’s executive officer, or XO, the commanding officer’s deputy. He took command of the ship in May.

In the videos, Honors indicates that he’s trying to entertain the crew. They were shown roughly once a week on closed-circuit shipwide television, according to a handful of sailors who were assigned to the Enterprise at the time. The sailors requested anonymity for fear of retribution.

Honors called the showing of these videos “XO Movie Night.” One of those who handled the video shoots said “He was the one coming up with scripts and the jokes. He was the one planning it.”

Please go read the rest. It’s extremely disturbing giving how much time, effort and tax dollars were spent just in 2010 to stall movement on DADT repeal with that long-winded, freepable study about “concerns” of service members re: gay and lesbian troops.

The videos with Capt. Owen Honors were shot and edited with government equipment in 2006 and 2007. Here is one featured on the Pilot’s web site.


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Watch: Navy Aircraft Carrier Commander Produced Raunchy, Anti-Gay Videos as Shipboard Educational Entertainment

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Captain Owen P. Honors Jr., the commander of the Norfolk-based USS Enterprise, produced and starred in a series of raunchy, sexist, anti-gay videos shot and edited with government equipment and broadcast to the ship's 6,000 sailors and Marines while the ship was deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq in 2006 and 2007, the Virginian-Pilot reports.

Honors At the time, Honors was the ship's executive officer, or XO.

Watch the video, AFTER THE JUMP

Some of the content in the videos included:

…a series of clips displaying Honors and other sailors, including officers, pretending to masturbate. It's set to a song called "Spank."

After that, the video returns to Honors. "Finally, let's get to my favorite topic — something foreign to the gay kid over there: chicks in the shower," he says.

He gestures to the person next to him — who, through a trick of video, is Honors wearing the blue coveralls of a Navy surface warfare officer, or SWO. SWOs include the officers who crew the ship; they don't include fighter pilots and other aviators. Repeatedly in the videos, Honors, a former Top Gun pilot, draws distinctions between aviators and SWOs and refers to SWOs as "fags."

The video then shows two female sailors pretending to shower together and two male sailors pretending to shower together. While the shots imply nudity, they don't show any; the men are filmed from the waist up and the women from their shoulders.

The Virginian-Pilot adds:

"The Enterprise, the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, is set to deploy overseas this month. The videos raise serious questions about Honors' judgment, especially while the carrier is under way, said another sailor, an officer aboard the Enterprise who was also there when the videos were being shown. 'When the ship pulls away from that pier, he's it,' the officer said. 'To me, that's scary.'"

The Navy released a statement in response to the videos: "The videos created onboard USS Enterprise in 2006-2007 were not created with the intent to offend anyone. The videos were intended to be humorous skits focusing the crew's attention on specific issues such as port visits, traffic safety, water conservation, ship cleanliness, etc."

Honors and his then-commanding officer Larry Rice have not responded to requests for comment.

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Dieux du Stade 2011 Rugby Videos

LES DIEUX DE STADE X390 (STADE.FR) | ADVOCATE.COMThe men of the French rugby club Stade Francais are back with the 2011
Dieux du Stade calendar. The photos are always a
big sell, but the behind the scenes videos are where all the action
really takes place. Watch here. 
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Today In Teabagger Videos

Joe. My. God.

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Today In Teabagger Music Videos

Remember when country music wasn’t all teabaggery, cloying, tired, faux patriotic cliches? Me either. That’s how long it’s been.

Joe. My. God.

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Watch: Intense Videos from the Brooklyn ‘Tornado”

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Those of you in NYC know what an incredible storm passed through here this evening.

Check out this video from a surveillance camera in Brooklyn, which was hit the hardest.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP

Gothamist and the NYT both have good reports on the storm, with photos. Blabbeando has some shots of tree destruction.


Here's another of the storm, as it approached Brooklyn.



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