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Notre Dame University Accussed of Being Anti-LGBT, Faces Backlash For Hosting Ex-Gay Speaker

Notre Dame Students Walk Out On Mike Pence’s Commencement Speech At Graduation

Notre Dame Students Walk Out On Mike Pence's Commencement Speech At Graduation

When Mike Pence took the stage at Notre Dame’s commencement on Saturday, more than 100 students (1/3 of the class) quietly got up from their seats and left.

This was not a surprise, but rather a staged protest some students had been planning for weeks. When Notre Dame announced that the vice president and former governor of Indiana would be the university’s 2017 graduation speaker in March, the student organization WeStaNDFor began brainstorming ways to take a stand.

Bryan Ricketts, who served as Notre Dame’s student body president from 2015-16 and graduated Sunday with a dual-degree in political science and chemical engineering, was one of the leaders. Ricketts told IndyStar that many of his peers were “upset and hurt” by the school’s decision to invite Pence because his “policies have impacted the humanity of certain graduates.” The Indianapolis Star

 

Trump VP Pick Mike Pence Wanted to Use HIV/AIDS Money to Fund Gay Conversion Therapy Torture

Trump VP Pick Mike Pence Wanted to Use HIV/AIDS Money to Fund Gay Conversion Therapy Torture

 

Mike Pence, the very anti-gay Indiana Governor and Donald Trump’s running mate,  in 2000 was in favor of sending money allocated to care for people with HIV/AIDS to organizations that provide gay conversion therapy torture.

BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski reports: 

During his first successful run for Congress in 2000, now-Indiana Gov. Mike Pence wrote on his website in a section on LGBT issues that money from a program to help those with HIV/AIDS should go to organizations “which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.”

That section on LGBT issues was called, “Strengthening the American Family.” It read:

  • Congress should oppose any effort to put gay and lesbian relationships on an equal legal status with heterosexual marriage.
  • Congress should oppose any effort to recognize homosexual’s as a “discreet and insular minority” entitled to the protection of anti-discrimination laws similar to those extended to women and ethnic minorities.
  • Congress should support the reauthorization of the Ryan White Care Act only after completion of an audit to ensure that federal dollars were no longer being given to organizations that celebrate and encourage the types of behaviors that facilitate the spreading of the HIV virus. Resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior. 

In other words Pence was in favor of taking money away from organizations that achieve the above goals if they ‘celebrate and encourage’ homosexual sex and sending money to groups that endorse the belief that you can pray away the gay.

As if we needed even more proof that Pence is a vile piece of walking human shit.

Bullied Indiana Gay Teen Expelled From School For Protecting Himself Beaten At Local Mall

Last week I wrote about Indiana gay teen Dynasty Young, who was bullied and then later expelled from Indianapolis’ Arsenal Tech High School  for carrying a stun gun to school to defend himself.

Today Bil Browning at The Bilerico project is reporting that Dynasty was attacked and assaluted at a downtown mall by a 34 year old man named Khyran R. Delay who “recognized him from the news”

According to court documents, Delay told mall security officers that he recognized 17-year-old Darnell “Dynasty” Young from news coverage of his story and tried to talk to Young about it. He said Young got in his face and that he pushed Young.

But Young and Donald Richardson, a janitor who witnessed the incident, told police that when Young walked past Delay’s table in the food court, Delay told Young to get away from him and used homophobic slurs. They said that Delay pushed Young and then hit him in the face, according to court documents. Richardson said he radioed for mall security, and then Delay came toward him because he was mad that Richardson had called security. Security officers arrived and detained Delay.

Delay has been charged with a misdemeanor count of battery.

The heartland has no heart.

Source – Bil Browning, The Bilerico Project

 

Indiana Gay Teen Faces Expulsion From School For Carrying A Stun Gun To Protect Himself From Bullies

Darnell “Dynasty” Young  a teen-aged gay student at Tech High School in Indianapolis, Indiana is facing expulsion for carrying a stun gun to school that his mother gave him to protect himself bullies because the school cannot

According to the Indianapolis Star Darnell’s troubles started when he moved from Arizon to Indianapolis to live with his mother:

When he arrived at the new school, his new classmates were more confrontational. His outgoing personality made stand out from the other students. Even some of the other gay students were unfriendly, he said.

They cursed at him in the school hallways and taunted him with homophobic slurs.

They followed him home from his bus stop and threatened to beat him up.

One night, as he walked home from his after-school job, they threw rocks at him.

“All day I’d be on my guard,” he said. “It never got better. It always got worse.”

Young broke down in tears when a rumor circulated that he performed sex acts in the bathrooms. He said he thought about committing suicide.

When Darnell and his mother made bullying complaints to the the school than 10 times, but Tech High did not formally investigate any of their complaints except for one.

Danell’s mother called the school about students following him home from the bus stop, but school officials said they could not do anything since the students were not on school property and when  she complained other times Larry Yarrell, the Tech principal, said school staff said they would try to help Darnell and suggested that  “tone down” his accessories.

In response Darnell’s mother gave him a stun gun for protection because she says she feared for his safety and says she would never have given him a real gun or a knife:

The small weapons come in a range of voltages. They do not shoot bullets but give an electric shock that temporarily incapacitates people. Unlike Tasers, they don’t have barbs that shoot out of the gun and embed in people’s flesh. Instead, the shooter must place the gun on or close to people to shock them. They’re not considered deadly under Indiana law, but they are not allowed on school property.

One day, when the bullies threatened him again, he pulled it out and fired it in the air. School officials were then alerted that he had it, and Darnell now faces expulsion from the school..

Why are the victims always punished for defending themselves, but nothing ever happens to the bullies?

In the Midwest and other heavily socially conservative states, this is the mentality. It is not bullying that is the issue, it’s gay people. If you were less of a queer, you wouldn’t get bullied, and that’s essentially what the staff at Tech High said to Darnell and his mother and passively gives the bullies permission to harass Dynasty.

It’s the mentality behind the Don’t Say Gay bills, behind the paranoia about marriage equality, and the fear of teaching gay history in schools.

Its stories like this that point to the real problem in LGBT teen bullying cases.  And that is that its  not only the bullies themselves that are to blame but also the adults in their lives, their parents, and in some cases their schools that exasperate the bully epidemic by turning a blind eye and blaming the victim instead of the criminals and they too should be held into account and punished accordingly.

Indianna Republican State Representative Eric Turner: Women Will Lie About Rape To Get Abortions

The GOP of Indiana it seems not only has LGBT Rights in  its cross hairs to destroy but is also taking aim at abortion and a woman’s right to choose.

Tuesday by an overwhelming majority of 40-10 the GOP-dominated Indiana Senate voted to add a ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions in the state constitution joining Ohio by having the toughest anti-gay DOMA laws in the Nation and now they are going after abortion. Indiana already has the potential for I.R.S. audits for rape victims thanks to H.R. 3’s “no taxpayer funded abortion” and now they are one step away from making a women prove that they have been raped in order to let them get an abortion

OUTRAGEOUS!

And why?  Because as GOP  Representative Eric Turner (pictured left) has said,  there should be no exception for rape or incest victims when it comes to potential taxpayer funded abortions, since women might just lie in order to get the procedure covered.

Via Talking Points Memo:

Turner, in response, argued that this would create a “giant loophole,” where “someone who could — I want to be very careful, I don’t want to disparage in any way someone who’s gone through the experience of a rape, or an incest — but someone who is desirous of an abortion could simply say that they’ve been raped or there’s incest.”

He added that the amendment doesn’t allow for any “confirmation” of that, “so I would ask you, as I think most Americans and most Hoosiers believe that abortion coverage of any kind should not be a part of the federal health care act.”

Its incomprehensible that could even make a statement that “some women might lie about being raped to get abortions.” What kind of sick disgusting human being our political party could even think that or publicly use that for a reason. 

I live next to Indiana and believe me they aren’t exactly a “cosmopolitan state” but they aren’t exactly “Podunk” either.  THIS is a new low even after the anti-gay marriage/civil union amendment,  Republicans and Johnson County Prosecutor Brad Cooper said Carlos Lam 19 emails to the WI Governor Scott Walker to  stage a FALSE FLAG OPERATION on the unions, and now this.  The people of Indiana should be ashamed of their state politicians and also themselves for voting such vile disgusting creatures into office.

And as for the Democrats.  It’s mind blowing that they don’t have the brains and the balls to use whats happening in Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio, and other states around the country and stand up in protest to fight, there’s no hope for them.

Since the Democrats can’t or won’t stand up and fight for us then its time that women stand up for themselves and we the LGBT Community need to stand with them asthey need to stand with us, and all of us who the GOP want to destroy need to stand together and fight together for each other.

Its the only way to bring them down and win.

*Many Thanks to @LaynieDane of Twitter for turning me onto this story.

VIDEO – Jim Carrey Calls Out Letterman Over His "Gay" Questions: "No offense Dave, for god’s sakes, have you ever seen a gay man?"

Last Friday night, Jim Carrey appeared on Late Night with David Letterman to promoter his upcoming (FINALLY TO BE RELEASED AFTER ALL THESE UMPTEENTH MONTHS)  film I Love You Phillip Morris, Jim Carey called David Letterman on his asinine line of questioning.

Asked Dave: “And, in terms of a leading man, a heterosexual playing a homosexual, do homosexuals say ‘well, that shouldn’t have been a homosexual’ or do you worry about your image as a heterosexual leading man playing a homosexual?”

Replied Carrey: “Boy, we haven’t grown at all, have we? We haven’t grown at all…. We’re still children in the schoolyard. Honestly. No offense Dave, for god’s sakes, have you ever seen a gay man? Are there gay people in Indiana? Is it ok to be gay there, is what I’m asking. There’s not a policy against gay people there or here?”

ONLY Jim Carrey could put David Letterman in his place and make him look uncomfortable

The “reading down” begins at the 4:30 mark in the video below

15 Year Old Greensburg, Indianna Boy Commits Suicide Over Anti-Gay Bullyling At High School

15 year old Billy Lucas never told anyone he was gay at Greensburg High School in Indinanna.  But that did not stop the bullies in the school from makinf his life a living hell.  Only one month into the school year Billy couldn;t take it any longer and committed suicide.

“‘People would call him ‘fag’ and stuff like that, just make fun of him because he’s different basically,’ said student Dillen Swango. Students told Fox59 News it was common knowledge that children bullied Billy and from what they said, it was getting worse. Last Thursday, Billy’s mother found him dead inside their barn. He had hung himself. Students said on that same day, some students told Billy to kill himself. ‘They said stuff like ‘you’re like a piece of crap’ and ‘you don’t deserve to live.’ Different things like that. Talked about how he was gay or whatever,’ said SwangoWXTU

Friends of Billy say that he had been tormented for years. In a statement from Charles Robbins, Executive Director of the Trevor Project (Which you can read in full after the jump) “While the school district does have anti-harassment and anti-bullying policies, the policies do not specifically protect youth from harassment due to real or perceived sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression. Only eleven states in the country offer fully inclusive anti-harassment and anti-bullying education policies, and Indiana is not among them.”

Principal Phil Chapple of Greensburg High School doesn’t deny that students are bullied in the high school, but he said he didn’t know Billy was one of the victims. “We were not aware of that situation,” said Chapple. and added “What could you do that could have made a difference in his life?” But on a memorial page created in Billy’s honor many people knew students bullied him.

Perhaps if Chapple and his staff  did their jobs as a disciplinarian at that school and, actually would be aware of whats going on around them and actively l;ooking out for their students instead of waiting for complaints. This might not have happened.   Those bullies questioned his worth. Told him that he should kill himself. Those are violent words that extend beyond gay issues that, in themselves, aren’t acceptable in a place of learning.  Principles and teachers shouldn’t be enabling bullies to participate in society in this way  Those who were involved should be kicked out of that school immediately and the Principal and his staff should be investigated. 

What a sad, awful, and tragic end of life.  All because the school staff is ineffectual or just doesn’t care.

My heart breaks for Billy.  I know what its like.  But I also know if school personnel get actively involved it can be prevented.

Please visit Billy’s Facebook Page and leave a message of support.

Rest In Peace Billy.

***You can read the FULL Statement of Charles Robbins, Executive Director of the Trevor Project and watch Local  WXIN’s news report after the jump.

“We are saddened to once again hear of another young person who died of suicide as a result of school bullying. Billy Lucas, a 15-year-old at Greensburg High School stood out among the 630 students in the school because he was different. Other students perceived that Billy was gay and he was relentlessly tormented as a result.
While the school district does have anti-harassment and anti-bullying policies, the policies do not specifically protect youth from harassment due to real or perceived sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression. Only eleven states in the country offer fully inclusive anti-harassment and anti-bullying education policies, and Indiana is not among them.
Currently, there is no national standard to protect all of our children from bullying and harassment at school. Yet, we know that as many as 1 in 10 sexual minority youth have been physically assaulted at school, and that when youth are threatened or get into fights, or have property stolen at school, their risk of attempting suicide more than doubles. That is why The Trevor Project supports fully inclusive federal legislation, like the Safe Schools Improvement Act currently under consideration in the Senate, to offer the protections all of our children need from torment and ridicule at school, regardless of their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.
Only with an enforceable national standard that offers resources and support to educators and staff, no matter the size of a school district, will we be able to prevent future tragedies like Greensburg High School has experienced. The death of Billy Lucas is a tragedy, and one that might have been prevented if his school district had the support of a fully inclusive anti-harassment and anti-bullying law.”

 

National Organization For Marriage Supporter Larry Adams Brings Gay Hate Signs With Nooses To Indiannapolis Rally And NOM Allows Them At Rally (Video)

Bil Browning founder of The Bilerco Project is an Indianna native and today attened The National organization For Marrigaes “One Man, One Woman” rally in Indiannapolis where he saw the sign above being displayed by one of the 29 NOM supporters who were in attendance.  NOM did nothing and said nothing until the man and let the sign be displayed until the maker of the sign, obviously inbreed sheep fucker Mike Adams agreed to an interview with the Courage Campaign team and just as the interview began, one of the NOM flacks rushed over to warn him, “We don’t want anything inflammatory said.”
 
So NOM doesn’t want anything infammatory said but its okay to carry signs at thier rallt’s that promote the lynching gays.

But remember.  Maggie says WE’RE the haters.

Utterly disgusting.

Homo Say What – Insensitive Asshole Senator Evan Bayh (IN-D) Makes AIDS Joke At Fundraiser Dinnner. (Video)

Fruday night at the 2010 Indiana Jefferson Jackson Day Fundraiser Dinner Indiana Stonewall Democrats walked out  after Sen. Even Bayh had the nerve to make an AIDS joke onstage during a speech.
Bayh needs to learn that the quirks of his auditory comprehension are often best left unknown by others. That and the fact that he stole that joke from a South Park episode from 2002. 

So I’m walking through the airport and people were kinda being nice and making eye contact and a couple come up and say hello. This one person runs up all excited and I’m prepared to say “Hello,” and he says, “Senator Bayh! Senator Bayh!”

I said “Well, yes?” and he looked at me and said, “Do you have AIDS?”

[audible gasps]

I said, “Huh?”

He said, “Yeah. Do you have AIDS?”

I was dumbfounded. I didn’t know what to say.

He said, “I’ve got a letter I want to give you, do you have someone I can hand this to? Do you have an aide with you?

[laughter]

So you never know what people are going to say.

My next question is though why the Stonewall Democrats were there in the first place? Bayh is barely more supportive of gay folks than most Republicans and ultra conservative Congressman Brad Ellsworth has been chosen by the Democrat’s State Central Committee to replace Bayh on this fall’s ballot and Ellsworth has anti-gay voting record much worse than Bayh.

Whats "Too Gay" Today? – "Coming Out" Mystery Celeb Wants To Break Open The Closet Doors ALONE, "India’s Brokeback Mountain" Set To Open, Lawyers for P. Diddy: For the Record, He’s Not Gay!, and Happy 30th Birthday Channing Tatum! (See Him In His Birthday Suit!)

*  Well if you plan on coming out on May 5th  make sure you check with this celebrity first. Since he believes that his coming out is more important than your coming out, he will not appreciate your stealing his thunder. In fact, he may even call you up to ask you to put your announcement on hold. Kind of tacky actually since he should spend more time fixing his own mess of a life rather than calculating how much publicity he can get for disclosing things everyone already knew.”

* Well “Mystery Mo” won’t ned to worry about Sean “Puffy” Combs stealing his coming out party.  Lawyers for Puff Daddy sent blogger Sandra Rose a cease and desist letter denying a blind item was about their client:

“This law firm represents the internationally renowned entertainer Sean ‘Puff’y’ Combs. The article you have published on your website SandraRose.com, titled ‘Not So Blind Item’ (the ‘Article’) is laden with scandalous and false information about Mr. Combs, is libelous per se and portrays Mr. Combs in a false light. For the record, Mr. Combs is not homosexual.”

Denying a blind item? Someone is touchy?  Doth she protest too much?

Oh and by the way Sean……we don’t want you anyway.

Dunno Y … Na Jaane Kyun, a film featuring India’s first cinematic gay kiss, is scheduled to go on general release within weeks.  Already dubbed India’s answer to Brokeback Mountain it tells the story of an aspiring model who travels to Mumbai, India’s commercial and film capital, to seek his fortune and enters into a homosexual relationship, in part to further his career.  For decades Bollywood avoided graphic depictions of even heterosexual kisses, with films famously cutting away to images of budding flowers, breaking waves or crashing waterfalls at the crucial moment. (Much like American TV!)

*  Happy 30th Birthday Channing Tatum!  And in honor of  it why shouldn’t we get a little present?  Here is the star of GI Joe, Stop-Loss and Step Up in his birthday suit!