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Gay Jersey City Board of Ed Member Wears Rainbow Flag As Religious Bigots Complain About LGBT History Curriculum

Gay Jersey City Board of Ed Member Wears Rainbow Flag As Religious Bigots Complain About LGBT History Curriculum

A debate over the state-mandated LGBT history curriculum has been at a center of a heated battle between the Jersey City Board of Education and the members of the Coptic Christian, Muslim, and Orthodox Jewish community prompting gay Board of Ed Trustee Gerald Lyons to drape an rainbow PRIDE flag over his shoulders in response to the extreme anti-gay rhetoric the religious groups have been using.

The groups argue that their freedom of religion and the First Amendment are being attacked.

Johnny Yacob, a Coptic Christian from Jersey City attacked a lesson on Harvey Milk claiming that Milk was a pedophile, “Basically, they are glorying him and creating an icon out of him and to be completely honest is that really who we want our kids to look up to?”

Elizor Richtor, a Hasidic Jew, said the schools are teaching children to be gay. “Martin Luther King is turning over in his grave that people think this is what he meant he said equality,

Board members have tried to repeatedly explain that the district will be teaching about LGBT members’ role in history to no avail.

Lyons while still wearing the rainbow flag draped over his shoulders called the comments hateful and said he was offended that Richtor used King’s name “to spread his message of hate.”

As Lyons spoke,a member of the Hasidic Jewish community walked up closer to the board and stared down Lyons.

“Do you have an issue? Do you want to sit back down?” Lyons said. “Did I sit while you were talking spewing your hatred? I did.”

New Jersey is only the second state in the nation after California to pass a law requiring LGBT curriculum, which will be determined by the board. The Department of Education sets academic standards, but does not write curriculum.

Uber Driver Kicks Lesbian Couple Out Of Car For Being Gay - VIDEO

Uber Driver Kicks Lesbian Couple Out Of Car For Being Gay – VIDEO

An intolerant Uber driver in Camden, N.J. is about to get in a whole lot of trouble.

Kristin Michele and Jenn Mangan were in an Uber on their way to a Zac Brown Band concert in Camden, N.J. on Friday night when Michele leaned over and gave Mangan a kiss on the cheek.

The driver then stopped the car and immediately told the women to get out.

‘I can’t ride with that. I won’t have that.’ The Uber driver said. The driver said she was a “Christian” and “didn’t believe in that.”

Michele started recording a video right after that, in which she asks, “Are you kicking me out because I’m gay?” and the driver responds, “Yes, I am. Yes. Get out.”

Michele continued arguing with the driver. The woman threatened to call the police, which Michele encouraged, but the driver never did, she said.

“Eventually it was obvious this wasn’t getting resolved, so I just got out of the car,” Michele said, after about five minutes of back-and-forth.

The women reached out to Uber and heard back from the company, which said they would handle the incident, but didn’t specify what would happen, according to Mangan.

It is illegal in New Jersey to  discriminate against LGBT’s in employment, housing, and public accommodations.

This is not the first time that an Uber driver has been accused of homophobic targeting of passengers.

In late November of 2018 Taray Carey put his arm around his husband, Alex Majkowski, in the backseat of an Uber ride in the East Village of Manhattan and were subjected to a “hate-filled assault” by a middle-eastern driver.

*UPDATE: In a statement, the company says, “Uber does not tolerate discrimination in any form and we have been in contact with this rider. We removed the driver’s access to the app as soon as we were made aware of this incident.”

Facebook Co-Founder Chris Hughes Questions Mark Zuckerberg’s Support of N.J. GOP Gov Chris Christie

Chris Hughes gay

Earlier this week Facebook co- founder Mark Zuckerberg announced that he will host a fundraiser next month in his Palo Alto home for Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, stating that they  “admire [Christie’s] leadership on education reform and other issues.”

Today,  openly gay Facebook co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of The New Republic Chris Hughes, joined ABC News and talked about how he felt about Mark Zuckerberg hosting a fundraiser for  Christie..

“I, for one, have a lot of questions about Chris Christie, particularly because less than a year ago he vetoed a marriage equality bill in the New Jersey state legislature. Which for me personally, I got married to my husband last June, [it] was just really personally frustrating. I mean, there are tens of thousands of couples in New Jersey that can’t share their love and be recognized under the law because of that decision. I’m not a single issue voter, and I think most people aren’t either, but for me personally, it would raise serious concerns about supporting someone like him.”

In 2012 despite Legislative passage Christie vetoed a bill that would have made same -sex marriage legal in N.J.. The Republican governor accompanied his veto with a call for lawmakers to appoint an advocate for same-sex couples under the state’s existing civil union law.

Christie defended his VETO of the Bill saying  that voters should be the ones who decide (civil rights) and what defines marriage in his state.

Source: Curtis J. Villarosa – ABC News/ “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”

National Organization For Marriage HATE-APOLOOZA UPDATE PART 2! – NOM to Trot Out Maggie Gallagher At Indiana Rally Monday, July 26th – Call To Action

When NOM comes rolling into Indiannapolis, IN  Monday, July 26th it will be bringing out its prized heifer, “big guns, NOM’s EX- President and now Chairman Maggie Gallagher and Curt Smith, President of the Indiana Family Institute.

NOM is obviously playing to its base.  I have been follwing the email alerts from anti-gay groups across the Midwest for the past two weeks and they have been pushing for large attendance at the Midwestern events.  Obviously NOM knew that it would not play well in the Northeast and has scheduled about half its stops in Ohio, Indianna, Minnestota, and Iowa. 

It is IMPORTANT that we make a strong showing at each of these events. 

So calling all LGBT and Straight Friendly allies in the Indianapolis Area.  PLEASE attend and help counter the Indianapolis NOM STOP.  The Midwest is thier foothold.  If we don’t stanbd up here then they win.

Monday, July 26th
East Steps of the Indianna State House
12:00 Noon – 1:00PM
CLICK HERE for Directions

PLEASE feel free to pass this along and repost it.

National Organization For Marriage HATE-APOLOOZA UPDATE! – Trenton, NJ and Mayland MASSIVE FAIL, Brian Brown Speaks, Jay Lassister Of Blue Jersey Takes On NOM, NOM’s Fake Propaganda News Report (Video)

Less than 50 people bothered to come to NOM’s  “One Man, One Woman” HATE-APOLOOZA stop in Trenton, NJ yesterday where members of Garden State Equality out numbered the NOMBIES and while there was no shouting the mesage was heard loud and clear that The Garden State wasn’t going to listen to haters like Brian Brown and cultist followers.

Watch below as Jay Lassiter of Blue Jersey chimes in on NOM and what happened inside the State House while the NOM protest happened outside.

Also yesterday while the pro equality groups rocked the crowd to standing room only crowd Brian Brown himself  poo-pooed away the low numbers of NOM’s recent tour attendance to the Courage Campaigns cameraman who has been following the event and who today in Maryland where a whopping crowd of 17 people showed up Brian Brown had police officers remove  the CC’s cameraman from the Maryland rally — or risk arrest!
And last but not least NOM has created and posted on it’s hateful blog a  propaganda FAKE NEWS REPORT concerning the events in Providence R.I this weekend when “Protestors stormed the podium. threatened young children.and the  police stooding by and did nothing!” 
Please Mary………
Oh and that “hispanic woman” they are talking about who was threatened by protestors standing in front of her better make sure that her immigration papers are in the correct order because who do you think the type of people who follow NOM is coming after next you moronic bitch.