“I am a straight scoutmaster with a wife, two children and a golden retriever so it does not impact me other than the loss to our troop of some great volunteers to the program. What we did was carry the American flag proudly at the front of the parade; and having scouts in color guards in parades is as American as apple pie.”
— Peter Brownstein, Salt Lake City BSA volunteer • Commenting on what he a reprimand that he and fellow Salt Lake City resident Neil Whitaker received from the Great Salt Lake Council of the Boy Scouts of America after participating in the Utah Pride Parade on June 2. The two men have apparently been told they could be kicked out of the BSA, for violating rules which bar leaders from using the BSA to advance political positions, if they don’t apologize to local organization officials for participating in the parade. Both men have indicated they have no plans to apologize. source
Service to your community.
“The first thing they did was try to get rid of the lesbians in the organization. They said it was ruining how they looked. They were really separatists. There was so much negative male talk, and the men in my life were nice people.”
— Edith Windsor, interviewed in the New York Times
, when asked why she was never active in NOW or the women’s rights movement.
NBA star Jason Collins reveals he is gay
Sports Illustrated: Washington Wizards center Jason Collins reveals he is gay in a story published Monday.
Collins writes in the story:
I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, “I’m different.” If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m raising my hand.
“Can you imagine if it was a man who did the exact same thing? Everyone’s head would have exploded.”
— Jim Buzinski, founder of Outsports.com, a website about sports and homosexuality, reacting to the indifference
of the sports world and media in light of Brittney Griner, WBNA’s purported #1 draft pick, coming out.
“Mr. Obama’s more than three-to-one edge in exit polls among the 5 percent of voters who identified themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual was more than enough to give him the ultimate advantage…”
— New York Times article
citing research that Obama’s lead among LGBT voters may in and of itself have been decisive in his victory over Romney.
“I wish my moderate Republican friends would simply be honest. They all say they’re voting for Romney because of his economic policies (tenuous and ill-formed as they are), and that they disagree with him on gay rights. Fine. Then look me in the eye, speak with a level clear voice, and say, ‘My taxes and take-home pay mean more than your fundamental civil rights, the sanctity of your marriage, your right to visit an ailing spouse in the hospital, your dignity as a citizen of this country, your healthcare, your right to inherit, the mental welfare and emotional well-being of your youth, and your very personhood.’ It’s like voting for George Wallace during the Civil Rights movements, and apologizing for his racism. You’re still complicit. You’re still perpetuating anti-gay legislation and cultural homophobia. You don’t get to walk away clean, because you say you ‘disagree’ with your candidate on these issues.”
Pulitzer and Tony winning playwright Doug Wright (via ilikeyourwigjanice; abloodymess)
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. And this is mine, put in better words than I ever could.