If every straight person honestly answered this question, we’d wipe out homophobia tomorrow.
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So let me tell you about the shittiest parent on the motherfucking planet.
I work at a grocery store and this man comes in with his 11 year old son. He buys a pack a cigarettes and a two cases of beer. The son was holding a two dollar drawing pad and placed it on the belt and I guess the dad didn’t notice it at first but when I was about to scan the pad he asked where’d it have come from and turned towards the kid and asked “Did you put that shit up there?”. He told me to put it back and then told his 11 year old child that he “ain’t paying for that gay ass notebook.”. So I looked at the kid, who was close to tears and saying how he ran out of paper at home and my heart broke. So I gave the pad to him, for free, and told the dad I would take care of it. I gave the kid some tokens for a game outside and said I would look forward to buying some of his drawings and paintings when he’s all famous. He kids face was so priceless and I thought everything was good. But then, about 10 ten minutes after giving the kid his notebook, I walked outside and saw this. The drawing pad all ripped up and tossed on the pavement. I could only imagine what happened in the parking lot, but I know that that poor kid heart is fucking ripped apart, just like this pad.
I’m fucking horrified that there are parents like this, who, just because it’s not masculine or gender specificthey won’t let their children follow their true passions or explore interests that lead to their happiness. Even more so, I’m horrified that parents don’t care about the fine arts anymore because it doesn’t have job security. Since when did it ever matter to a child if their passion makes them money or not? Parenting is about supporting whatever makes your child happy. Have some fucking consideration for your child’s wants not your homophobic and anti-art ideals.
Tumblr, I think you know what to do.
MARRIAGE EQUALITY POLL BOMB, ACTIVATE!
Senator Claire McCaskill: And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. I Corinthians 13 ›
The question of marriage equality is a great American debate. Many people, some with strong religious faith, believe that marriage can only exist between a man and a woman. Other people, many of whom also have strong religious faith, believe that our country should not limit the commitment of…
The American Academy of Pediatrics declared its support for same-sex marriage for the first time on Thursday, saying that allowing gay and lesbian parents to marry if they so choose is in the best interests of their children.
The academy’s new policy statement says same-sex marriage helps guarantee rights, benefits and long-term security for children, while acknowledging that it does not now ensure access to federal benefits. When marriage is not an option, the academy said, children should not be deprived of foster care or adoption by single parents or couples, whatever their sexual orientation.
The academy’s review of scientific literature began more than four years ago, and the result is a 10-page report with 60 citations.
“If the studies are different in their design and sample but the results continue to be similar, that gives scientists and consumers more faith in the result,” said Dr. Ellen Perrin, a co-author of the new policy and a professor of pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine.
The New York Times, “Pediatrics Group Backs Gay Marriage, Saying It Helps Children.”
“Shut up with your science,” said ignorant people.
When we advance the idea that some people should be treated differently because of who they are, demeaned in public as lesser beings, not worthy of the same rights and benefits as others despite their actions as good citizens and neighbors, then we deny them equal protection under the laws. America has walked this path before, and courageous people and the Court brought us to the right result. We urge the Court to repeat those actions here.
This Awesome Video Is The Closest Thing We Have To New Episodes Of 'Arrested Development' — For Now ›
BRB, watching this adorableness on repeat until new episodes of Arrested Development hit Netflix on May 4th.
As a lesbian couple exited The Stingray Café, restaurant owner Ed McGovern handed them a hastily scrawled and poorly spelled letter condemning their love for each other because apparently their committed relationship is ruining lives.
He says he gave them the letter “out of love,” but anyone who has the nerve to say something like this to other human beings is just a jackass in my book.
The funny thing about arguing that same-sex couples will damage the lives of the children they raise is that never once has a same-sex couple conceived a child by accident. Every single gay and lesbian couple who decided to have a child together must plan for it, often in great detail; whether this is a lesbian couple who need to find a sperm donor, a gay couple who must find a surrogate mother or either of these looking to go through the lengthy and often difficult process of adoption. Every single child brought into the home of a gay or lesbian couple is wanted.
an incredible point which i have been trying to put into words for years
With the presidential election finally just hours away, I felt the need to make a clarification for the friends and family of mine—few though they may be—who are still undecided, or who are planning on voting for Mitt Romney. I know of some of you, and I expect there are a lot more I don’t. Either way, I hope you read this and take it to heart because it means the world to me.
The difference of vision between the Gov. Romney and President Obama is vast, and as we know, the policies they champion represent two very different approaches to how Americans can and should find success and happiness in their lives. When you think about it, it’s incredible the kinds of very nuts-and-bolts values that are at play here: personal responsibility, equal opportunity and access, the importance of education and the value of competition. That such a complicated and important decision comes down to our individual personal worldviews is remarkable, and our ability to apply our beliefs to our government is a universally celebrated American quality. There are many issues to consider when casting your vote, and you should absolutely apply your (hopefully informed) beliefs and make careful choices at the ballot box tomorrow.
I try very hard not to take politics personally. I like the idea that we can all discuss these divisive issues and still walk away from the table respecting each other’s humanity (if not intelligence). But if you vote for Mitt Romney as your candidate, know that you’ve cast a vote for someone who has openly and repeatedly classified me, my partner, and most of my friends as second-class citizens. And if he wins, you will have empowered him to effectively cripple any chance I have of ever entering into a marriage that is recognized on a federal level. No matter what other reasons you may have, a vote for Romney cannot be disassociated with a vote against my humanity, my rights and my chance at having a legally recognized and equally protected family. It’s just that simple, and you had better believe I am taking it personally.
This is a critical time for the LGBT equality movement for several reasons, but here is perhaps the biggest reason of all.
The person who wins the presidency tomorrow will have a lasting part to play in how the relationships between gay people are regarded in the eyes of the law. We have seen scattered successes in the legalization of gay marriage in various state legislatures, but as it stands we also have the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on the books, which was signed into federal law in 1996 to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. The law dictates that even if individual states allow same-sex marriage, as some six or so now do, the gay couples married within those states are still not entitled to federal benefits—about 1,000 of them, including Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare and veterans’ programs—and allows the rest of the states to ignore their marriages altogether.
In recent months, DOMA has been deemed unconstitutional by two separate federal courts, and will likely be heard by the Supreme Court in next year or two. Several of the Supreme Court’s progressive justices are aging; Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a progressive, is 79 years old; Stephen Beyer is 74. Even the conservative Scalia is 76. None is at death’s door, exactly, but whoever wins this presidential election will likely have the chance to nominate one or even two new justices. Romney has vowed to appoint staunch conservatives whose rulings are almost certain to help preserve DOMA. President Obama will of course make more progressive appointments, who are more likely to acknowledge just how antiquated and discriminatory this law has become—just as more and more Americans understand and accept gays and lesbians as their friends, neighbors, co-workers and family members.
Setting aside that Mitt Romney has presented no viable, specific tax plan to do a better job than President Obama has at cutting our deficit; that at Bain Capital he was instrumental in a machine that exported untold thousands of jobs overseas; that he has reversed his position on who knows how many proposed policies (including the Affordable Care Act) for reasons of political convenience; that he has blamed president Obama for the debt ceiling crisis and the partisan gridlock that even a fool knows was a result of militant obstructionism by the party he represents—Mitt Romney has vowed to underscore my current status as a second class citizen in the eyes of the law, and to fight any effort to elevate it. If you chose to cast a vote his way (and if you are gay, transgender, black, Hispanic, a woman, or a member of the middle class, there is honestly no rational reason why you should) you are agreeing with that assessment in as official a capacity as possible. And you know what? I have every right in the world to take that personally.
Please, please PLEASE vote tomorrow for the candidate you honestly feel will better the condition of all Americans. But know that your actions have real-life consequences, and for me and my friends and loved ones who are gay, and all the other gay people you may know and care about, those consequences will make a lifetime of difference.
BRB, crying. (via President Obama Responds to Little Girl with Two Dads | Strollerderby)
So proud to have Obama as my president. Four more years!
I can’t support Romney’s policies as I have a lot of gay friends and I don’t think it’s fair they can’t get married. [I’ve] been reading online about the debates and I’m probably going to vote for Obama again, even though I’m a Republican at heart.
Oh, I know, I know. Those shows are aimed at 3 to 11 year olds. That’s always the cry of creators who have to “defend” their cartoon characters against the gay thing. But that’s some kind of ridiculous. The problem with that argument is that it supposes the only thing gay characters in gay relationships would do is have gay sex. Like if you tell a kindergartener that Princess Bubblegum and her sometimes arch-nemesis/sometimes BFF Marceline are lesbians, the first thing she is going to do is ask how scissoring works. She won’t. You know how I know? Because she didn’t ask whether or not Ariel and Prince Eric do it missionary-style.
Heather Hogan for AfterEllen (X)
That’s what I’ve been saying for ages. Thank you, Heather!
One of the most common biphobic narratives is that the penis is what counts. A woman who has sex with men is really straight, even if she also fucks women; a man who has sex with men is really gay, even if he also fucks women. If a man fucks a man, even once, he is forever corrupted from the heights of heterosexual masculinity.