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Cincinnati Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld Comes Out For Same Sex Marriage and LGBT Equality

P.G. Sittenfield

Current member of the city of Cincinnati’s City Council P.G. Sittenfeld, today on Twitter publicly came out in favor of same sex marriage and LGBT anti-discrimination laws. Both issues are currently making rapid strides of becoming legal in the state of Ohio.

In a twitter exchange with Back2Stonewall.com, when asked where he stood on LGBT Equality, same sex marriage and non-discrimination on jobs and housing? Sittenfield replied that he “strongly supported it all” and that it was “an honor to get to do the right thing”.

Sittenfeld  who was born and raised in Cincinnati attended attended Princeton University, and graduated from Oxford University

At age 27, Sittenfeld is also the youngest person ever elected to Cincinnati City Council and is up for re-election this year.

VOTE P.G.!

Sittenfield Tweet

Macklemore Wins MTVVA for “Same Love” Proclaims “Gay Rights Are Human Rights.” – Video

Macklemore MTV VMA Same Love

Gaga gaga-ed, Miley twerked,  Robin Thicke humped the air, Kevin Hart bombed, and NSYNC reunited sans walkers last night at the MYV Music Video Awards.  But one of the best moments of of the night was when gay friendly rapper Macklemore & Ryan Lewis top winners last night, accepted their awards for best hip-hop video and best cinematography for “Can’t Hold Us,” and best video with a social message for “Same Love.” which they performed with Mary Lambert and Jennifer Hudson in a show-stopping moment.

Macklemore gave an impassioned speech about equality when he accepted the award for “Same Love”:

“I’ll be honest, I really wanted to win the Best Rap Video, but this Moonman right here stands for a lot more. I’ve been writing songs, since I was like 15 years old and out of every single song I have ever written, this is the most important record out of all of them. To watch this song, in the last year, spread across the world is a testament to what is happening right now in America on the forefront of equality. Gay rights are human rights, there is no separation.”

Watch the video below. (Sorry about the quality)

WWE Wrestling Legend “Stone Cold” Steve Austin Comes Out For Gay Marriage

Steve Austin HOT

Steve Austin better known by his ring name “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, producer, and retired professional wrestler signed to WWE has joined the growing list of professional athletes supporting LGBT rights.  Austin on his radio show spoke out in favor of gay marriage in no nonsense. straight to the point way that “Stone Cold” is famous for. (Language NWSF) 

Thanks Steve!

Source: Jeremy Hooper @ As Good As You

Henry Rollins Bitchslaps The GOP: You’ll Always Be The Party of STUPID

Henry Rollins nakedBad News for the Haters Dept.:

You realize that all those obnoxious 16-year-olds you see everywhere, texting their friends who are standing next to them, will be able to vote in the 2016 elections. Do you think you will be able to sell them on your anti-gay/anti-woman/anti-brown/black platform? Do you think they want to end up like you? I bet they don’t. Gov. Bobby Jindal said that you all have to stop being the stupid party. I don’t think you can do it. How did equality become political? Because you can’t handle science, change or the truth. America is on the move, you are not.

 Roe v. Wade is still under attack. Check out what Gov. Rick Perry of Texas has been up to. The Supreme Court’s recent decision on the Voting Rights Act could make the 2014 and 2016 elections pretty tricky. The demise of DOMA, while great, is also a smack to the hornet’s nest and there will be a whirlwind to reap, so please, prepare for many challenges up the road. The pushback will be considerable. America is changing and, historically, we don’t handle it well.

The Supreme Court’s DOMA decision was good, but the best part of the story is how it got to their door.

That was you and me never shutting up, never relenting and never being satisfied for too long. – – Henry Rollins, writing for LA Weekly.

Rollins is that rarest combination of men Smoking hot + smart + heart of gold.

If he and Chris Kluwe ran America I’d be so happy.

ROLLINS/KLUWE in 2016

 

Minnesota Vikings Straight Ally Chris Kluwe To Homophobic NFL Players: “Grow The Fuck Up.”

Chris Kluwe naked

Straight talking, straight ally Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe penned one of his great op-eds for CNN in which he talks about when there will be an openly gay NFL player and about how some players might think it be “distraction” to a team. And as usual the awesome Kluwe,  does not mince words and lays it all out on the line.

“Instead of looking at an openly gay player as a distraction, ask yourselves — how much better would that player play if he didn’t have to worry about hiding a core part of who he is? How many more sacks would he have, free of that pressure? How many more receptions? How many more rushing yards?

Fans, media — will an openly gay player be a distraction? Only if you make it one. Only if you insist on denying someone the freedom to live his own life on his own terms, instead of under someone else’s control. Stop worrying about who a player dates; worry about his completion percentage, or tackles for loss, or return average. I can promise you, on Sundays the only thing he’s worried about is lining up and doing his job to the best of his ability, or else he’s going to be cut (just like any of us).

Players — Those of you worried about a gay teammate checking out your ass in the shower, or hitting on you in the steam room, or bringing too much attention to the team — I have four simple words for you. Grow the f*** up. 

This is our job, we are adults, so would you kindly act like one?”

Do yourself a favor and read the whole op-ed. The man is awesome.

Love me some Chris Kluwe!

 

Marie Osmond Stands Up Against Her Anti-Gay Family Speaks Out For LGBT Equality: VIDEO

Coming right on the heels of her families hateful anti-gay “Celebration of Marriage” rally in Salt Lake City, UT this past week Marie Osmond talked with Diane Sawyer and let her know that she believes in marriage equality.

“The God that I believe in is a god of love, not fear. I don’t tell my children if you’re not good you’re going to Hell. I tell my children that God will be there for them when they struggle. That’s the God I believe in…I believe in [my lesbian daughter’s] civil rights, as a mother. I think my daughter deserves everything that she desires in life. She’s a good girl. She’s a wonderful child. I don’t think God made one color flower. I think he made many…”

It is nice to see Marie Osmond finally standing against her anti-gay family and the Mormon church and speaking out for the civil rights of gays and lesbians and supporting her lesbian daughter.

BRAVA DIVA!

Amazing Straight GLBT Ally John Fugelsang: “Stop Calling It Bullying!” – Video

It always amazes me that are straight LGBT allies deliver such strong and powerful messages for us.  Much more powerful than our own organizations which actually says a helluva lot.

As much as I like to “hit on” John Fugelsang, Ben Cohen and Chris Kluwe I am so appreciative that they stand up fo us and speak their mind and admire them and thank them for it.

Minnesota Vikings’ Chris Kluwe Tackles Bigoted Baltimore Raven’s Matt Birk’s Anti-Gay Editorial

Yesterday we posted about bigoted Baltimore Raven Matt Birk and the anti-same sex marriage editorial that he penned for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.   Later that day Birk had the nerve to increase the gay hate by maing a video for the Minnesota Catholic Conference against same-sex marriage.

Well lucky for us America’s answer to the UK Rugby stud Ben Cohen, Minnesota Viking and equality advocate Chris Kluwe responded to Birk’s homophobic nonsense with six reasons why Birk is wrong.

Problem the firstYour argument lacks facts, sources, or statistics. You can’t just say “Same -sex marriage is bad for kids because I think it’s bad for kids, and I think it’s bad for kids because it’s bad for kids”. That’s called circular reasoning and it’s a logical fallacy. If you want us to understand why same-sex marriage is bad for kids, you need to provide some sort of substantial evidence. Tell us that children from same-sex couples are more likely to grow up broke and miserable and alone and will end their days starving in a gutter. Just don’t use a study like this one, which displays clear source and confirmation bias (as outlined neatly in this article from Slate). Use something like this (sadly behind a paywall, but the abstract should give you the high notes). I’ll sum it up for those who don’t want to click on links: there’s no difference between children raised in heterosexual relationships and same-sex relationships, as evidenced by a meta-study of nineteen different LBGT studies.

Problem the secondYour argument that “government recognizes marriages and gives them certain legal benefits so they can provide a stable, nurturing environment for the next generation of citizens: our kids” is flawed on two counts. The first flaw is one of simple mathematics – if “marriage” is so necessary to the proper raising of children, why are we not passing an amendment to outlaw divorce? Current statistics from the CDC put the national divorce rate at approximately 50% (of roughly 2.1 million marriages a year, 1 million will end in divorce). They also put the number of same-sex couple households at 685,000, and those with children at 160,000. Let’s say, purely for the sake of example, that every single one of those same-sex households got married. You’re telling me you’re more concerned with the impact of those 160,000 households, as opposed to the 1 million heterosexual couples getting divorces? If this is truly about the children, shouldn’t divorce be first up on the constitutional amendment list, in order to save more children?

The second flaw is that you’re actually arguing in favor of same-sex marriage. If children having a stable home is the main crux of your concern, then denying gay couples the benefits of 1100 federal laws can only harm the children they will raise. Not allowing those children the same health benefits, family care benefits, survivor benefits; that can only be a detriment to the upbringing and care of a child, correct? Or do you propose that same-sex couples should be unfit for adoption, should be unfit to raise children?

Problem the thirdYou’re conflating “‘if it feels good, go ahead and do it’” with couples that want the stability and benefits of marriage and just so happen to be gay. There’s plenty more heterosexual couples that marry because “it feels good, go ahead and do it” with no intention of ever having children than there are same-sex couples (again, simple mathematics). Should we deny marriage to anyone who doesn’t plan to have kids? What about the infertile couples? The old people? You yourself say “Marriage is in trouble right now — admittedly, for many reasons that have little to do with same-sex unions.” So why the discrimination? Why should we be passing a constitutional amendment denying legal rights to American citizens who pay taxes and serve in our armed forces? If “marriage” is so important, why aren’t we going after all those “many other reasons” first?

Problem the fourth Marriage has already been redefined multiple times over the years. Marriage used to be one man and multiple women. Marriage used to be a way to exchange property between two families. Marriage used to be between brother and sister to keep the royal bloodline pure. Marriage used to be between children. Marriage used to be only for people that were the same skin color. Marriage used to be a lot of things, many of them oppressive towards women and minorities. I think I’d rather marriage be between two people that love each other and are committed to each other no matter what combination of fleshy bits are hanging off their bodies; not a reality TV show.

Problem the fifthYou’re trying to raise a religious argument in a secular matter. The First Amendment isn’t just about the freedom FOR religion, it’s also about the freedom FROM religion. The word “marriage” appears in thousands of legal documents and laws in this nation, and to attempt to narrowly define it through a religious application means you’re trying to assert a religious viewpoint on those who may not necessarily hold the same views. Our founding fathers knew quite clearly the dangers that state sponsored religious persecution could inflict (they lived through it!), and the First Amendment is worded in favor of state neutrality for a reason. I will support your right to worship at whatever altar you choose, but I will not support you trying to force it on someone else, or to deny someone else legal benefits due to religious reasoning.

Problem the lastThe only impact same-sex marriage will have on your children is if one of them turns out to be gay and cannot get married. What will you do (and I ask this honestly) if one or more of your kids ends up being gay? Will you love them any less? What will your actions speak to them, 15 years from now, when they ask you why they can’t enjoy the same relationship that you and your wife have now? And if your response is “We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it”, well, for a lot of people that bridge is here right now. They’re trying to cross it, but the way is barred, and I will do my best to tear those barricades down any way I can because I believe that we are infringing on the free will of other human beings by denying them their basic right to live free of oppression. I love my daughters for their minds and their personalities, not for who they love as adults. That’s none of my damn business, and I will support them in life no matter who they want to marry.

Seriously want to swap brains with Chris Kluwe for just a week so that I can voice my myself as brilliantly as he does. But, since I can’t I am so glad that he’s on our side.

As for Matt Birk (who in the past has been paid by  The National Organization for Marriage) in his “editorial” he states he  “encourage people on both sides to use reason and charity as they enter this debate. ” But on YouTube where his anti  same-sex marriage video for the Minnesota Catholic Conference is posted the comments are “disabled”

Get A Kluwe! – Minnesota Vikings’ Chris Kluwe Once Again Writes and Fights For LGBT Equality

Awesome straight LGBT ally and Chris Kluwe of the Minnesota Viking is once again tackling bigotry and homophobia in his eloquent wat this time replying to Mormon fundie by the name of Reilly Balling (an associate attorney at Fogg & Powers LLC.) who wrote an op-ed for the Star Tribute stating that same-sex marriages “do not provide safe environments for children.” and harms his “traditional marriage”

“Same-sex marriage falls short of producing safe environments for children because it, at the very least, reinforces changes to the marital definition…….  This modern view is directly culpable for the rise in broken homes and its resulting negative effects. Because same-sex marriage is made possible by this modern view of marriage, if we make same-sex marriage equivalent to traditional marriage, we only more firmly impart to future generations that marriage is about personal fulfillment……. Thus, any change to the definition of marriage affects our marriage. Our “traditional” marriages and the children they produce are our greatest source of happiness, and we desire that our children will live in a world that will promote their ability to make the same choices that brought us happiness.”

What a crock of bullshit.  And Chris Kluwe felt the same way responding to Elder Bigot Balling by writing: (excerpts)

Chris Kluwe naked“I can only assume that you’ve never been trained in classical logic, debate techniques, or basic empathy, so I will humbly offer my own meager knowledge in these fields as it relates to your literary masterpiece “Why same-sex marriage affects my marriage”.

When you state that “As we have seen, and understandably so, people in homosexual relationships are trying to change society to more readily embrace and promote their view of their identity. This is possible largely due to the dissociation between sexual relationships and procreation.”, what you’re really saying is “Those gay people do sex things that I find icky, and we should oppress them because they can’t have babies.” You completely ignore the fact that “people in homosexual relationships are trying to change society” not just because they want to have teh buttsecks (or rise and grind for the ladies), but also to avoid, oh I don’t know, things like being tortured and tied to a fencepost until you die (Matthew Shepard), shot to death while attending school (Lawrence King), shot to death for being transgender (Moses King), committing suicide by hanging due to repeated bullying and taunting (Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover), shot to death and burned while standing military guard (Seaman August Provost), stabbed to death after serving in the Vietnam War (James Zappalorti) – every single one of these attacks because of the victim’s sexuality. Let’s not even get into the over 1100 federal benefits gay couples are legally unable to obtain in this state because they can’t get married – things like health care, survivor benefits, legacies to pass on to their families (including children); things like tolerance, acceptance, and compassion.

You see, Mr. Balling, since you don’t actually provide a definition of what “traditional marriage” is, I think your definition of “traditional marriage” boils down to “I want to make other people who believe differently than I do miserable by taking away their free will so I’ll cloak my hate in the guise of ‘tradition’ and ‘history’ without knowing what those words really mean”, and, well, I’m not really ok with that.

Is Chris Kluwe becoming the Americans sports counterpart of Ben Cohen?

Lets hope so.  And we could really use a lot more like him!

KLUWE IS KEWL!

Theres MUCH MORE of Chris taking calling to task which you can read HERE