Happy New Year from The Dyke Squad! Good luck to all in 2006!
Progressive. Queer. Feminist. Opinionated.
This is a pretty interesting post from AMERICAblog using the following arguement: if the far right thinks we should at least "present the argument" between evolution and intelligent design, then shouldn't we also present other arguments - like the one (using biology and psychology) that says being gay is normal and healthy?
America's Taliban thinks that any effort to stop teachers from talking about creationism in science class is "educational censorship." Okay, great. Then I assume they don't mind every grade school and high school teacher in the country telling their students that many people, including all the top scientific organizations and a number of mainstream religions like Reform Judaism, think being gay is 100% a-okay.
Anything less would be educational censorship. Don't you agree?
I'm serious. If the intelligent design debate is going on in your school district, then put forward a proposal that all the health classes, social studies classes, science classes, and any other class that even vaguely touches on marriage, human relationships, sex ed, or sexual reproduction in humans or animals teaches that the preponderance of scientific research says that being gay is genetic, normal and healthy, but that some people disagree.
This could get interesting:
And just in time to make it an issue in the 2006 election cycle, the U.S. Senate will take up early in the new year a House-passed bill that, disguised as anti-child Orrin_hatch pornography legislation, poses a serious threat to both Hollywood and to millions of American Internet users. The legislation is called the Children’s Safety Act of 2005. Already passed by the House, it has now been introduced by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orin Hatch (right), the Utah Republican, and fast-tracked for speedy passage.
Current law requires that producers of material containing actual sexual conduct keep documentation—known as 2257 records after the section of federal statute governing them—of the names and proof of age of all actors shown in video and online material they distribute. But the House-Hatch bill would expand those requirements to include “simulated” sexual conduct; any tiny error or omission in keeping these 2257 records—which must be available to federal government inspectors upon demand according to the law—could result in stiff fines and two years’ imprisonment.
You know what phrase I love?
Lithuania might ban and Ireland might allow.
In her Dec. 21 column, Wacky McCrazums (also known as Ann Coulter) announced:
I have difficulty ginning up much interest in this story [the spying story] inasmuch as I think the government should be spying on all Arabs, engaging in torture as a televised spectator sport, dropping daisy cutters wantonly throughout the Middle East and sending liberals to Guantanamo. [link]
Oh, and by the way? Be careful while watching 'Brokeback Mountain.' Because you might be allowing the liberal media to indoctrinate you. Just sayin'.
And just when you thought the Westboro church couldn't get any more loopy.
In the recap (PDF) of their latest picket, one can find the lyrics to such destined to be holiday classics as:
(sung to the tune of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town")
Don’t leave your kids with this red fright
Just like the priests he’ll rape them at night
Santa Claus will take you to hell
You tell the children he is real
You know that’s just a lie
To justify your own vile sins
That’s the only reason why
So get this fact straight
You’re feeling God’s hate
Santa’s to blame for this nation’s ill fate
Santa Claus will take you to hell
This is just funny. (Okay, scary and sad, too, but mostly funny).
According to recent press reports, Pentagon officials have been spying on what they call “suspicious” meetings by civilian groups, including student groups opposed to the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual military personnel. The story, first reported by Lisa Myers and NBC News last week, noted that Pentagon investigators had records pertaining to April protests at the State University of New York at Albany and William Patterson College in New Jersey. A February protest at NYU was also listed, along with the law school’s LGBT advocacy group OUTlaw, which was classified as “possibly violent” by the Pentagon. A UC-Santa Cruz “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” protest, which included a gay kiss-in, was labeled as a “credible threat” of terrorism.
I feel bad for not posting sooner about how wonderfully England is handling the gay civil unions. (See, America? Some queers got married and the world DID NOT fall to pieces! Imagine that!)
I was wondering what was holding this thing up.
A hate crimes bill, which has passed the Senate three times before, is now stalled because of disagreements over extending specific protections for gender identity, according to Congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.).
Gay Congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) says the inclusion of transgender language in a federal hate crimes bill is 'an obstacle' to passage in the Senate.
“The inclusion of the transgender provision is clearly holding up the bill in the Senate,” said Frank, who is gay. “It’s clear to me that the inclusion of transgender language is an obstacle.”
This is really scary to me:
More American women are having babies they didn't want, a survey indicates, but federal researchers say they don't know if that means attitudes about abortion are changing.
U.S. women of childbearing age who were surveyed in 2002 revealed that 14 percent of their recent births were unwanted at the time of conception, federal researchers said Monday.
In a similar 1995 survey, only 9 percent were unwanted at the time of conception. [link]
SNL just made a delightful joke about 'Brokeback Mountain.' Yes, it's a gay joke, but if you feel we're being insensative ... dude. We've called our blog the Dyke Squad. Clearly we know sense of humor.
...making history as the first western where the good guys get it in the end.
Will someone tell O'Reilly to stop using the word "lesbian" to excite viewers. It makes me feel ... gross.
John Stewart replied to O'Reilly's "War on Christmas." You can get it here. (We <3 Crooks and Liars!)
Stewart: Apparently we liberal, secular fags here at Comedy Central have fired a devastating year-old, six second long joke - that doesn't even make sense to us anymore - across the bow of Christianity!
It's not like we didn't know this was coming: Vatican Says Gays Unfit To Be Parents.
The Vatican's top man in America has asked Boston Archbishop Sean P. O’Malley to step in and stop allowing Catholic Charities of Boston to place adoptive children with same-sex couples.
Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo Higuera, the papal nuncio to the United States made the recommendation in a letter to O'Malley, the Boston Herald reports, quoting an unnamed source.
NewsHounds has been following O'Reilly's discussion about the so-called War On Christmas for a few weeks now. (Here's the most recent update about this).
I like to think that I try to look at both sides of the story, but sometimes that's really hard.
A conservative Christian law practice that already is suing several universities over gay rights regulations has filed suit against San Diego State and Cal State Long Beach claiming Christian students are being discriminated against.
The schools have refused recognition to campus groups which bar membership to gays and lesbians.
In a suit filed in federal court in San Diego the Alliance Defense Fund says the policies violate Christian students' constitutional right to free association.
I apologize for our very scarce posts lately. Please understand that this blog is run (for the most part) by college students, and so there are times of the year - like, say, finals - when posting is a little more difficult.
This article presents suggestions for avoiding heterosexual bias in language concerning lesbians, gay men, and bisexual persons. Problems in language occur when terminology is unclear or when terminology has been associated with negative stereotypes. The article suggests preferred terminology and also presents ways of increasing the visibility of lesbians, gay men, and bisexual persons in language.
So this isn't especially gay or political, but will you just look at this?
Passers-by were reportedly too late to stop the attack by the black squirrels in a village in the far east, which reportedly lasted about a minute.
They are said to have scampered off at the sight of humans, some carrying pieces of flesh.