Last year Texas state senator Donna Campbell (R) introduced a measure that would allow business owners and services to refuse service to the LGBTQ customers if doing so would violate their religious beliefs.
The Republican senator has full support from the anti-gay group 'Family Values' and now a new political religious group by the name of 'Plano Citizens United' as the group is based on 3 pastors I can see in video I watched.
The pastors identified are Pastor Charles Flowers from the Faith Outreach INTL (pictured), which is in San Antonio TX, Pastor David Welch from the Houston Area Pastor Council, Pastor Jeremy Flanagan from the Pathway Baptist Church and Mark Gonzales from the National Black Robe Regiment.
The Plano Citizens United political religious group was set up on the 2nd January to voice for their religious freedom and oppose anything against their fundamentalist religious views especially when it comes down to discrimination against the LGBTQ community.
The pastors mentioned are basically saying that especially Pastor Charles Flowers who actually denounces the comparison between LGBT Rights to Civil Rights era. Their main cause for this petition is
to Repeal the Amendment to 2-11 allowing males who perceive themselves to be female (and vice versa) to go into women's' restrooms & locker rooms in businesses with more than 15 employees.
TVNZ OneNews source - A petition has been organised for historic gay sex convictions to be wiped from New Zealanders' records, after the Government announced it would consider the move.
Sex between men was illegal until 1986 and punishable by up to seven years in prison, and many in the gay community say that stigma still hangs over them.
Well before he found literary fame as Frank Sargeson, Norris Frank Davey was arrested for having a series of homosexual encounters during the late 1920s.
Sex between men was illegal until the Homosexual Law Reform Bill was passed 29 years ago.
"People like myself and others who were very vocal and very out, if the bill didn't go through we would have been targets," says Des Smith, a gay rights activist.
Mr Smith and his partner John Jolliff have been fighting for gay rights for decades, and now they want the hundreds of gay sex convictions held by New Zealanders to be wiped.
And they're not alone. Wellington man Wiremu Demchick has started a petition.
"It allows for people still living with the public disgrace brought by conviction to live the last years of their life in a better state than before," he says.
A petition has been organised for historic gay sex convictions to be wiped from New Zealanders' records, after the Government announced it would consider the move.
The Rhodes brothers are fraternal twins from Ohio and their names are Austin and Aaron, and they are on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter.
Today on YouTube we at WOGP have discovered social media buddies and brothers The Rhodes Bros who are Austin and Aaron (pictured).
Both twin brothers had already told the rest of their family and close friends but had one last job to get off their chests as to tell their dad who did not know both brother were gay.
So the best way for both Austin and Aaron was to tell their dad over the phone while pre-recording their first video together for 2015.
We at WOGP say well done to both Austin and Aaron Rhodes. Please feel free to watch the video below:
Report from Pink News today that actor from CSI:NY Gary Sinise was going to attend a 'anti-gay' Catholic summit put on by the Legatus organization has now backed out on a Facebook post today.
Sinise has not said specifically what his reasons for backing out but we think at WOGP for obvious reasons that its to do with Catholic Timothy Cardinal Dolan from New York, plus Sinise does suggest that he does not want to be associated with people with controversy in his Facebook announcement.
Posted on whosay.com from Gary Sinise -
For me, faith has been a catalyst for my mission to honor the men and women who serve in our nation’s military. When I accepted the invitation to speak at the Legatus conference about Veterans issues and share my story, I was unaware of the controversy surrounding some of the participants, and their views on personal matters. I don’t want my mission—which is designed to be unifying—to be disrupted by these, or any controversies, and therefore have decided to withdraw.
On Wednesday in the UK in a small town called Luton in Bedfordshire which is the smallest district compared to Bedford and Central Bedfordshire two male radio DJ's from BBC Three Counties took it upon themselves to do a little gay experiment with holding hands in public in the ever growing conservative town of Luton even though its a safe Labour seat.
Putting politics aside as this experiment was indeed a way to help with the ever ongoing divide from some of the judgmental public in Luton with a stigma still out there that homophobia still exists in the UK.
Still today you think that homophobia is the thought process and fear of gays from conservative Christians spouting out religious verses of hate, but no, even people without the use of religion can still be homophobic when two men holding hands in public is wrong and disgusting. As quoted in the video that the DJ's that is Ian Lee and Justin Dealey (pictured) who were not afraid to do this experiment and see for themselves how some ordinary gay couples deal with a daily stigma towards them in the public with holding hands. Remember if no one bats an eye for heterosexual couples holding hands in public so why with the constant stigma towards homosexual couples especially gay men?
Mr Lee said: “On Wednesday’s show we spoke to a young gentleman who suffered homophobic abuse… he also let me know that quite often when he’s walking down the street holding his boyfriend’s hand, he gets abuse, he gets funny looks, he gets things shouted at him.
“For one day only – meet my boyfriend. We’re going to take a walk through Luton holding hands, and see if anything happens.”
After just ten minutes walking around the town, the pair recieve a number of dirty looks and comments.
When they challenge a man on his reaction, he calls the pair “disgusting”.
Another woman says: “I don’t like it in my face, to be honest”.
New Year's Eve is a special time for many, and for Craig Friesen and Matt Wiens, it was especially meaningful.
The Saskatoon couple was married on Dec. 31 in Osler, Sask., in the presence of family, friends, and the church community.
The men's wedding marks a point in history for the Mennonite denomination in Canada. Friesen and Wiens are the first same-sex couple publicly married in a Canadian Mennonite church.
"Our relationship doesn't feel different, but our relationship with our community and with our faith has changed at least a little bit. It was really beautiful and freeing," Friesen said.
Craig Friesen and Matt Wiens were married on New Year's Eve. (Rachel Bergen/CBC News)Friesen and Wiens are hopeful other LGBT Mennonites will learn from their example that they don't have to choose between their faith and their sexuality.
"Historically, the church has been oppressive to the queer community," Wiens said. Full story here<<<
From NPR in a Sunday discussion with Pastor Allan Edwards from Kiski Valley Presbyterian church in west Pennsylvania discusses his life living of sin while still married to his wife who is pregnant and expecting their first child in July.
Allan Edwards is the pastor of Kiski Valley Presbyterian Church in western Pennsylvania, a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America. He's attracted to men, but considers acting on that attraction a sin. Accordingly, Edwards has chosen not to act on it.
Feel free to listen and download the file just below, the interview is just over 10 minutes long...
"I think we all have part of our desires that we choose not to act on, right?" he says. "So for me, it's not just that the religion was important to me, but communion with a God who loves me, who accepts me right where I am."
Where he is now is married. He and his wife, Leanne Edwards, are joyfully expecting a baby in July.
But let's start earlier, in the mid-'90s, when Allan in high school, when he found himself thinking about boys more than girls. "It was a pretty immediate realization that it was in conflict with my faith," he says.
He didn't understand how he could resolve his feelings, he says, and had little support from his friends. "I didn't know anyone else who experienced same-sex attractions, so I didn't talk about it much at all," Allan says.
But at a small, Christian liberal arts college, he did start talking.
"My expectation was, if I started talking to other guys about this, I'm going to get ostracized and lambasted," Allan says. "I actually had the exact opposite experience ... I actually was received with a lot of love, grace, charity: some confusion, but openness to dialog."
Allan considered following a Christian denomination that accepts gay relationships, but his interpretation of the Bible wouldn't allow it, he says.
"I studied different methods of reading the scripture and it all came down to this: Jesus accepts the rest of the scripture as divined from God," he says. "So if Jesus is who he says he is, then we kind of have to believe what he believes."
Allan first met Leeanne in when they both worked as teenagers at a Christian summer camp. "I always joke with her that she was one of the cool kids and I was a raging fundamentalist nerd," he says.
They didn't click at the time, but in 2006 they both applied for the camp director job, and Leeanne got it. When she was ready to leave the position, he took her to lunch to scope out the job.
"We got off talking about the job and started talking about our experience of the last couple years," Allan recalls. "I don't want to be gushy or romantic, but I just melted inside, and thought, this is someone who understands graciousness. This is someone who understands acceptance, and this is someone I want to spend as much time with as possible."
He was drawn to her heart and soul, he explains. "Out of that was birthed our intimate relationship."
Leeanne says she knew Allan struggled against a sexual attraction to men. "I wondered if he was going to be able to put something like that behind him, or if it was going to be something that would affect our relationship," she says.
But they way they see it, people in any marriage must work to resist attractions from outside the relationship, whether from the same or the opposite gender.
"There's always going to be situations where a partner is sexually attracted to someone else and isn't necessarily dealing with sexual attraction with their partner," Leeanne says.
"Everybody has this experience of wanting something else or beyond what they have," Allan says. "Everyone struggles with discontentment. The difference, I think, and the blessing Leeanne and I have experienced is that we came into our marriage relationship already knowing and talking about it. And I think that's a really powerful basis for intimacy."
Allan says he does not identify as gay.
"I think I made conscious choices along the way to say this is something I experience," he says, "but this isn't the thing that defines who I am personally."
WOGPNEWS: Recently in an interview with Billboard, Dolly Parton made the risky decision to point the finger at Christians for judging the LGBT community.
“They know that I completely love and accept them, as I do all people,” Parton said of her gay fans. “I’ve struggled in my life to be appreciated and understood. I’ve had to go against all kinds of people through the years just to be myself. I think everybody should be allowed to be who they are, and to love who they love. I don’t think we should be judgmental. Lord, I’ve got enough problems of my own to pass judgment on somebody else.”
But Parton didn’t stop there—she went on to criticize Christians directly.
“But as far as the Christians, if people want to pass judgment, they’re already sinning,” Parton concluded. “The sin of judging is just as bad as any other sin they might say somebody else in committing. I try to love everybody.”
What do you think of Parton’s comments?
The period New Zealand men have to wait before donating blood after anal or oral sex with another man, has now been dropped from five years to one on Monday 15th December.
The recommendation was made by a team which carried out a review for the New Zealand Blood Service.
The new 12 month stand down period for gay and bisexual men who want to give blood comes into effect Monday 15th December, after being approved by Medsafe.
It means men who haven’t anal or oral sex with another man in a year can donate.
The ban period was dropped from five years to 12 months at the recommendation of team which carried out a review for the New Zealand Blood Service. Full GayNZ article here <<<
Here is a full list of countries that still ban or have probational bans on gay blood donations:
1 year Bans - Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Japan, New Zealand (15th Dec 2014, 5 year ban lifted to 1 year ban), Sweden, United Kingdom (Excludes Northern Ireland).
5 year Bans - Canada
Indefinite Bans - Algeria, Austria, Belgium, China, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Malta, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Philippines, Slovenia, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United States, Venezuela.
Non Deferral - Chile, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Uruguay.
Apparently according to several sources the American Family Association (AFA) has upset their own crowd by not using their brain when they posted a pro-gay Kellogg's advert to their Facebook wall this week.
The AFA rather did seem to garner most attention from both their anti-gay religious followers and some fighting support from the LGBTQ community, the LGBTQ supporters and allies where very clever to let the AFA haters know that love is love and gender should never be an issue when its between two consenting humans (adults).
According to CNS News, the ad reads, "At Kellogg's, we're an evolving culture that respects and accepts employees' sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression so that all employees can be authentic and fully engaged."
However, the Christian-based American Family Association recently slammed the ad on Facebook: "Guess who was a huge sponsor of the Atlanta Gay Pride march and festival last month? They even put an ad in the 'Pride Guide.'"
"Our policy toward corporate America and companies that serve the public is that we ask them to remain neutral in this battle over same-sex marriage," Ed Vitagliano, research director for AFA, told The Christian Post.
However, that wasn't the case in 2012 when AFA Internet radio host Buster Wilson expressed his support for Chick-Fil-A when its president Dan Cathy spoke out against gay marriage, noted RightWingWatch.org (video below).
"Chick-Fil-A is an extremely successful company, just like the word of God said you’d be by the way," said Wilson. "God’s word says let not these words depart your mouth but meditate on them day and night so that you may be careful to do everything written in them and then shout your way, be prosperous and successful."
"That’s what God told Joshua in Joshua 1:8, and we have a living example right in front of us Chick-Fil-A, prosperous and successful, because they live according to God’s word," added Wilson.
In response to the uproar over the Tony the Tiger ad, Mark King, Kellogg's Global Head of Diversity, recently told The Huffington Post, "Kellogg's is firmly committed to diversity and inclusion and puts a tremendous amount of effort toward ensuring equality through our policies, benefits and culture. We are honored to have been named a Top 50 company for Diversity by DiversityInc, and for achieving a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index.”
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