Anti-LGBTQ activist Michael Brown scolds Anderson Cooper for having a child in an op-ed on CharismaNews.
Isn’t it an amazing feeling to be a father? To know that the precious little baby that you hold in your arms is, in a real sense, your own flesh and blood? That in a unique way, he carries part of you in his very life and soul? Yet when I saw the announcement of his birth, I felt sadness more than happiness. Sadness for him and for you.
Anderson, a boy deserves his mother, yet if I understand your plan correctly, your son will not be raised together by her and by you. That’s what saddens me the most.
To be clear, I don’t believe that you simply chose to be gay one day. I don’t believe that any more than I “chose” to be straight.
And I don’t mean that you won’t try to be an amazing dad. And a devoted dad. And a caring dad.
In many ways, you are a private person, and I’m not trying to intrude in your life. And you may simply write me off as a hateful gay basher.
But it is love that compels me to write. What is best for Wyatt Morgan Cooper?
Brown has a longtime antagonistic history with the LGBTQ community.
The Willowbranch location of the Jacksonville Public Library in Florida had planned a Pride Month event for young people called ‘The Storybook Pride Prom’ this coming Friday.
The announcement for the prom at the Willowbranch Library for teens 14-18 read, “To celebrate National Pride Month, LGBTQ teens are invited to create their own ‘happily ever after’ at The Storybook Pride Prom! Come dressed inspired by your favorite book character — casual, formal, or in drag — whatever makes you feel great. Be you!”
Sounds like a wonderful event, no?
But virulently anti-LGBTQ activist Elizabeth Johnston mounted her broom and pushed a phone campaign that forced the Jacksonville Public Library to cancel the inclusive event due to threats of violence from homophobes.
“Express your disgust that this perversion is taking place in a taxpayer funded library!” Johnston wrote in a Facebook post.
After a deluge of phone calls and threats, Jacksonville Public Library wrote on its Facebook page that “the library is not confident that it will be 100% prepared to provide a safe, secure environment for customers, staff, volunteers, contractors, protestors and active supporters, and most of all for the teens themselves.”
When attending Pride events, eventually we come across the protesters – you know, the haters with their icky signs telling us all how we’re going to Hell.
Although now that Gay Hell exists in Michigan, who knows? Maybe we’ll take a road trip.
Anyway, most of the time I think we all just ignore them. Who knows what kind of crackpot they might turnout to be?
But other times, they can make you want to break out in a robust chorus of Taylor Swift’s, “You Need To Calm Down.”
In a video posted to Twitter, one proud gay decided he’d fight fire with lust.
There the hater stood with his “God Hates Pride” sign, complete with sayings like “When PRIDE cometh, then cometh SHAME;” “A man’s PRIDE shall bring him low;” and “The PRIDE of thine heart DECEIVED thee
Bible in hand while wearing a t-shirt with sleeves covered with large letters spelling, “REPENTANCE, the protester stood there, making his sad contribution to the day.
And then, up walks a hottie in tank top and gym shorts who begins making out with a furry, shirtless, gay wearing a rainbow bandana.
The passionate kiss works its magic quickly as the protester can’t get out of there fast enough.
Our heroes are left there to enjoy Pride (and the kiss) in peace.
Dancing to drown out the hate at Rowan University (screen capture)
The students at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey, were not having it when demonstrators showed up on their campus holding anti-LGBTQ, anti-women and anti-Muslim signs.
According to the university’s online newspaper, The Whit, one of the signed held high read, “Warning: homos, whores, porno freaks…Muslims, drunks…obey Jesus or hellfire.”
At the time, a social media post went out among students which claimed the demonstrators make their appearances on college campuses around the country in an attempt to make money.
The social media message implored the students not to engage:
“Dude so just so you know the thing happening is this group of guys who travel across the country to public college campuses and yell controversial things with the signs that they have, they do this to make money by hoping that students will get riled up and physically attack them, and then they can sue the students or even the school. They can also make money if the campus police or Glassboro police kick them off the campus; because this is censorship of freedom of speech of the first amendment, they can sue the school for a lot of [$$$]. They are con artists and scammers, don’t give them the time of day and spread this message.”
Note: There hasn’t been any evidence that confirms the anti-LGBTQ demonstrators were looking to have their appearance escalate to violence for financial gain.
It wasn’t long before hundreds of students showed up with their own signs and Pride flags forming their own, largely peaceful, protest.
One student, Elijah Olumakin, brought a speaker and music to try and distract from the demonstrators.
“I felt as though, to protest the poisonous words they’re trying to infect our minds with, we need to infect the heart with positive messages,” Olumakin told The Whit. “Whether you’re black, white, Spanish, Indian, broke, poor, gay, straight or non-binary, you love good music.”
The music led to dancing, and pretty soon the students turned the incident into a big party drowning out the hate speech.
Student government president Rbrey Singleton got on the mic at one point to congratulate the students for standing up to hate speech.
“I am so proud of everybody – we are stronger together,” Singleton told his peers. “We came out here, we stood up to hate. We’re going to keep turning our backs to hate.”
Later, in a message to the university community via email, Singleton praised the students writing, “You continue to amaze me every day by your strength and resilience.”
“We’ve been standing in the face of hate today, and many in our community have been standing against hate their entire lives,” he continued. “Let’s be bigger and turn our backs on hate. If we don’t give prejudice and bigotry our attention or power, it WILL leave. Let’s continue to spread love, inclusivity and pride everywhere we go, on and off campus.”
Rowan University President Ali Houshmand issued a statement emphasizing that, while freedom of expression is allowed at all times, hate speech has no place on campus.
“Rowan is obligated as a public institution to allow freedom of expression, but we do not endorse or condone hate speech in any form,” wrote Houshmand. “Rowan University is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for all members of the community and rejects the abhorrent sentiments expressed by the protesters.”
One of the many things we love about out Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy is that he does not suffer fools lightly.
With the annual Breck Pride Week happening this week (April 3-7) in Colorado, the Breckenridge Ski Resort posted a photo on social media last week featuring skiers racing down the mountain with a rainbow Pride flag.
But, right on cue, anti-LGBTQ haters had to show up and troll the posts.
“Okay, my question is, why don’t we have a straight event for those who are straight, why does being lgbt make you more special than anyone else?”
“Really breck? This is almost forcing you views on to other people that are just tryna shred. You are making the place that people go to escape filled with political bs. Go ahead and comment hearts as me but just know you’d be better off without this.”
“I wonder when is ‘normal’ people parade?”
“Why celebrate something that is not even a 1% of the us and even less in the world?”
“Wow this was my favorite resort as a kid to ski at. Now people are being bombarded with a pride parade when all they are trying to do is enjoy a nice vacation at a ski resort. Just keep to being a ski resort nothing more.”
And then there were the simple, “Just NO” and “#unfollow” comments.
We’re not sure a simple photo on social media qualifies for “bombardment.”
For its part, Breckenridge Ski Resorts social media team would simply reply with a rainbow of heart emojis.
But our man Gus was not having it.
Always saddened by the homophobia on Pride posts. If seeing a rainbow flag while you’re on vacation upsets you then please do the world a favor and stay the fuck at home. Thank you to the many ski resorts that designate a week to making more people feel welcomed, included & safe! pic.twitter.com/410uLAySIF
“Always saddened by the homophobia on Pride posts,” he tweeted as he shared screen caps of the hateful comments. “If seeing a rainbow flag while you’re on vacation upsets you then please do the world a favor and stay the fuck at home. “
He added, “Thank you to the many ski resorts that designate a week to making more people feel welcomed, included & safe!”
Since coming out in 2015 after winning the silver medal at the Sochi Olympic Games, Gus has been all kinds of out, loud and proud and we wouldn’t want him any other way.
Even though he didn’t medal in last year’s Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, he served up furry gay goodness kissing his boyfriend, actor Matt Wilkas, at the bottom of the ski slope on world-wide television.
The 27-year-old recently announced he plans to raise $1 million for the upcoming AIDS/LifeCycle event in June which raises funds for HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns.
A protester armed with a gun barged into a Houston public library this past weekend in an attempt to disrupt Drag Queen Storytime.
James ‘Doc’ Greene Sr., who was previously issued a trespassing warning by the Houston Public Library for similar protests, entered the Freed-Montrose Library on Saturday at 1:45 p.m., just minutes before the monthly story time event.
When Greene refused to leave, library management called the police for help.
A spokesperson for the Houston Police Department told Outsmart Magazine, “A manager asked us for assistance because [Greene] was banned from the library, and would not leave when he was asked.”
“He was previously banned for filming children at the library, and has been known to cause disturbances,” she added. “Several officers had to escort him out.”
Greene, a conservative radio host for Raging Elephants Radio, was disarmed by the police, put in handcuffs, and placed in a police car. At that point, he began to complain of chest pains.
An ambulance was called and Greene was transported to a local hospital. The District Attorney declined to press charges.
At some point after the police arrived, Greene began recording the incident. He posted part of the video to YouTube where you can see he questions why he was being ejected from the library.
“How am I trespassing?” asks Greene in the video. “I want the law, I want to see the law. How many cops does it take to tell me what the law is?”
“You were given a trespass warning,” an officer responds. “They have requested you to not be on the property anymore.”
After several minutes of citing his status as a taxpayer and “member of the press,” at the 4:10 mark, Greene is shown the trespass affidavit but he disregards it.
The police then escort him out of the building where he declares for the camera, “We have a bunch of homosexuals that are molesting children, and they are doing it with your help.”
Organizers of Drag Queen Storytime say protesters are nothing new for the event, which features drag queens reading to children and their parents to encourage imagination and creativity.
On January 3, Chief U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal dismissed a lawsuit by anti-LGBTQ activists who were attempting to stop the events.
For some time now, streaming service Netflix has been giving more and more representation to the LGBTQ community with its original programming.
The new Spanish high school drama Elite, for example, features an oh-so-cute gay couple – “Omar” (Omar Ayuso) and “Ander” (Aron Piper).
Over the weekend, Netflix shared a still of the couple (fondly nicknamed “Omander”) just about to lock lips on its Instagram account with the caption, “The only thing I want is to be with you. #Omander”
A post shared by Netflix US (@netflix) on Oct 13, 2018 at 9:46am PDT
Now, as Taylor Swift likes to sing, “haters gonna hate, hate, hate.” And they did.
There were tons of very supportive comments but one, from a user named ‘judas_priest12321’ caught the attention of the folks handling the Netflix account.
The hater left this little bon mot: “Get the f*ckoff my Instagram. Not ever person on the planet is gay. You are trying way to hard.”
Grammar and spelling issue aside, the negativity reeked. But Netflix was not having the hate.
Amid a flood of rainbow emojis, Netflix slapped back writing, “…sorry couldn’t read your comment while surrounded by all these beautiful rainbows…”
That comment inspired thousands of rainbow and pride emoji themed responses.
The post has garnered over 400,000 ‘likes’ so far, and an amazing 12,000 comments.
This isn’t the first time Netflix has defended its LGBTQ-themed programming.
Back in August, when the service announced Dancing Queen, a new docu-series following RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Alyssa Edwards, the folks running the network’s Instagram clapped back at several haters who felt the need to hate on the upcoming series.
In 2007, Diane Cervelli and Taeko Bufford of Long Beach, California, traveled to the Aloha state to visit a friend who had just given birth.
The child apparently was having some health issues at the time, so the couple decided to seek accommodations nearby. The closest option was The Aloha Bed & Breakfast.
But when the couple called Phyllis Young, owner of The Aloha B&B in Honolulu’s Hawaii Kai area, Young told the couple same-sex relationships are “detestable” and “defile our land.”
Hawaii’s public accommodation law specifically bans establishments that provide lodging to transient guests from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation, race, color, ancestry, religion, disability and sex —including gender identity or expression.
Later that year, Cervilli and Bufford filed a complaint with Hawaii’s Civil Rights Commission.
Although Young asserted she had the right to discriminate since her business was in her home, the commission determined Young had openly discriminated against the couple.
Cervilli and Bufford consequently filed a lawsuit against Young in 2011.
In 2013, a Hawaii First Circuit Court judge ruled that Young had violated the state’s public accommodation laws and ordered her to stop discriminating.
In a last ditch effort, the B&B owner asked the state’s Supreme Court to review the case. The high court declined to do so today, and effectively affirming the lower court ruling that Young had discriminated.
Earlier this year, Bufford told QVoiceNews, “I can’t tell you how much it hurt to be essentially told, ‘we don’t do business with your kind.’ It still stings to this day.”
“We thought the days when business owners would say ‘We’re open to the public – but not to you’ was a thing of the past,” she added. “You don’t have to change your beliefs,” she said, “but you do have to follow the law just as everyone else does.”
Lambda Legal Senior Attorney Peter Renn hailed the decision saying in a statement:
“In letting the existing decision stand, Hawai‘i today joined a long line of states across the country that understand how pernicious and damaging a religious license to discriminate would be.”
“In fact, since the U.S. Supreme Court’s narrow ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop in early June, three state courts – in Arizona, Oregon and now Hawai`i – have either ruled against or refused to review rulings against business owners who have claimed religious justifications to discriminate.”
Jeremiah Brent (L), daughter Poppy and Nate Berkus (R) (Image via Twitter)
Out interior designer Nate Berkus’ and his partner Jeremiah Brent have a new show on TLC called Nate & Jeremiah By Design.
In only three episodes, the telegenic couple has already developed a wide audience.
But after the cable network shared a photo of Nate and Jeremiah with their daughter Poppy, former TLC personality Derick Duggar (remember the Duggars???) had a big problem calling them “a travesty” and lamenting the “perversions” being exposed to their child.
What a travesty of family. It’s sad how blatant the liberal agenda is, such that it both highlights and celebrates a lifestyle so degrading to children on public television as if it should be normal. https://t.co/xicRm1nsW7