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  • September 2023
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    Neighbors

    Thanks to the multitude of anti-LGBTQ laws being passed in American states, the Canadian government issued a warning to its queer citizens about the potential dangers of traveling in the U.S.

    I was in Canada last week, and I wish my government had warned me that I'd encounter a restaurant manager so obliging and friendly that I'd yearn to bring him home.

  • May 2023
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    The Powers That Be

    Emboldened by last year's Supreme Court decision allowing a high school football coach to pray with his players, Christian conservatives around the nation are looking to shred the line between church and state.

    But everything is bigger in Texas, where a solid handful of religion bills passed by the Texas Senate are enough to make you reach for the holy water.

    A bill to require that the Ten Commandments be posted in every classroom is getting attention, but it's another offering that indicates to me we have a problem of biblical proportions.

    According to The Washington Post, one bill "would allow uncertified chaplains to replace trained, professional counselors in K-12 school."

    Jesus H. Christ, you know what that means. A kid divulges he's gay, and is informed he's headed to hell. Another kid wonders if they're trans, and the chaplain goes straight to their parents. A girl confesses to liking another girl, and is instructed to wear skirts and quit softball.

    So many queer adults were shunned, abused and vilified as young people by Christian churches. We know what harm this bill would cause.

    Gird your loins. No, I'm not suggesting we go to war and slay 1,000 with the jawbone of an ass. I'm suggesting we call out some boneheads and asses.

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    Throwback

    This week Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed bills in front of a cheering crowd at the evangelical Cambridge Christian School in Tampa.

    I guess that's the best place to be when you're signing bills that will ban gender-affirming care for minors, force trans people to use the wrong bathroom, expand the Don't Say Gay law and target drag shows.

    In the early days of Christianity, Christians were thrown to the lions. Now DeSantis is throwing LGBTQ people to the Christians.

  • March 2023
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    Clamping Down

    If you're caught having gay sex in the largely conservative Christian nation of Uganda, you can go to prison for life.

    But some lawmakers in the African state believe that's not a strong enough deterrent, and it's time for a bigotry boost.

    So yesterday parliament took up a bill that would criminalize simply identifying as LGBTQ.

    Go to prison for being born the person you are. Here's hoping Ugandan politicians don't take a dislike to the left-handed. Or geniuses. Or nose-whistlers.

  • January 2023
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    Ciao 2022

    2022 brought the LGBTQ community some emphatic highs and lows.

    The lows included Brittney Griner's arrest in Russia, Florida's Don't Say Gay law, a blizzard of anti-trans legislation across the nation, violence and threatened violence against drag events and Prides, and the murders at Club Q in Colorado.

    The highs included the Biden administration securing Griner's release, the electoral rainbow wave, and the passing of the Respect for Marriage Act.

    As to George Santos, the recent discovery that the apparently gay congressman-elect is a serial fabulist belongs in the category of the year's lows.

    Or the year's low comedy. Take your pick.

  • July 2022
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    Pottery Barn Doesn't Sell That

    Like most of his GOP colleagues last week, Rep. Glenn Thompson voted against protecting same-sex marriage.

    Three days later, the Pennsylvania congressman attended his gay son's wedding.

    If only his son's wedding registry had included equal rights as well as cheese knives.

  • February 2022
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    A Republican Gets It

    Hell hasn't frozen over, but it's gotten noticeably nippy.

    A Republican state senator in Arizona actually joined with Democrats in successfully voting to kill a bill that would've banned all gender-affirming medical procedures for minors. Furthermore, Sen. Tyler Pace said the testimony from transgender youth and their families influenced his vote.

    "The testimonies we heard today about the many people who are using these avenues of medical treatments to save lives, to improve lives,” he said at a hearing. “I don’t want my vote to stop those great things."

    Satan is now sporting mittens and mukluks.

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    This Week's Quote

    This “don’t say gay” bill in Florida is appalling. Punishing teachers for acknowledging gay people exist is archaic.

    If you want to ban an actual offensive word from Florida schools, may I suggest “DeSantis.”

    Steve Hofstetter

    Source: Twitter

  • January 2022
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    This Week's Quote

    Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay DeSantis is a moron. Gay Gay Gay Bucs lost. Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay. Gay Gay Gay.

    Dana Goldberg after a House committee in Florida passed the "Don't Say Gay" bill

    Source: Twitter

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    Canada Cans Conversion Therapy

    Canada has approved a ban on conversion therapy for both children and adults. The bill passed unanimously in the House of Commons and the Senate.

    Can you imagine the American House and Senate passing anything unanimously, let alone a bill that assumes gay and trans people are fine as they are?

    This new Canadian law feels too good to be true. I expect Ottawa to roll out a compensatory law. Like mandatory conversion therapy for anyone who hates hockey.

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