Thunder-ous Real Hugs

My shouts of glee must have woken Lilly, because she raised her head and looked at me quizzically. “What are you so excited about?” she asked, “I thought you were rooting for the Heat.” Lillie is our dog, but she sometimes communicates with me telepathically. And she also has a pretty good understanding of basketball—-for a Labrador.

“I’m not shouting about the game. I’m tickled that they’re showing all the players hugging. Look-—players and coaches ~read more~

general strike–creatively

The Occupy movement is calling for a General Strike: “no work no school no housework no shopping” on May 1, 2012. Natasha Lennard suggests that there are many ways to participate, even if you must work or go to school, etc., that day. Beyond the usual recommendations (MayDayNYC‘s “If you can’t strike call in sick. If you can’t call in sick hold a slow down.”), Lennard offers two basic goals: do not support the oligarchy, and ~read more~

Sex-Positive Religion (worship; 120212)

Sex-Positive Religion Service celebrated at the First Unitarian Church of Hobart, Indiana, on 12 February 2012

 

OPENING WORDS Denver Butson was born in Maryland, in 1965; this is his poem, “Tuesday 9:00am”

A man standing at the bus stop reading the newspaper is on fire Flames are peeking out from beneath his collar and cuffs His shoes have begun to melt

The woman next to him wants to mention it to him that he ~read more~

Coming-Out Day (sermon excerpt)

I do not mean to imply that all people who oppose same-sex marriage—or who oppose homosexuality in general—are liars or hateful.  Many of them may be good people, trying to live according to their beliefs.

The ones who are not lying, not deliberately confusing and inflaming things, usually base their beliefs on one of four reasons.  Many people who oppose same-sex marriage cite a biblical injunction against it as the reason for their opposition.  Others ~read more~

Easter equals “winning”?

NorthRidge church thinks using Charlie Sheen’s “winning” phrase makes them relevant and hip; I think they are merely pouring old wine into new wineskins.

The nondenominational NorthRidge Church has several billboards that read “NorthRidge + Easter = ‘winning!’” One church member says, if the ad campaign “gets people’s attention and …draws them to Christ, then they worked,” according to a local news story.

The church’s Senior Pastor, Brad Powell, goes further. He blogged, “I think it’s absolutely ~read more~

Men Are Alright (sermon; 110306)

The Men Are Alright

Service celebrated at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent, Ohio; on 06 March 2011

CALL TO WORSHIP We gather here this morning to create meaning together. Among us are straight men who enjoy sports, and straight men who hate sports. There are gay men who love sports and there are gay men who consider sports a waste of time. In Unitarian Universalist congregations, across the country this morning, there are some ~read more~

it gets better–pixar, trevor

Pixar Studios’ extraordinary “It Gets Better” video is one of the most powerful I’ve seen:

Note that it ends with a link to The Trevor Project, a resource for children and youth with questions about sexuality and gender identity.  It includes “Dear Trevor” — a non-time-sensitive resource, and a confidential, toll-free, 24-hour lifeline, 866.4.U.TREV (866.488.7386).

make them look you in the eye

When choosing how to have your privacy violated (method A, nude x-ray photographs, or method B, invasive “pat-downs”) at the airport, Elusis blogs that we should opt for the pat-downs, while looking the patter-downers in the eye.  She compares TSA screenings to Stanley Milgram’s experiments on obedience to authority, and notes that compliance dropped–subjects refused to administer (fake) electric shocks to other people–when they were in the same room, confronted with the humanity of those being shocked.

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e-married in Texas, Skyped from D.C.

The two grooms in Texas were married by an officiant in Washington DC, via Skype. Mark Reed and Dante Walkup had to travel to DC first, to register there in person, but their ceremony was in Dallas, with a 6-by-8 foot screen behind them. The legality of the ceremony may be challenged in court, according to the Dallas Voice.  Reed and Walkup are working with legislators in states where same-sex marriage is legal, to encourage ~read more~

does it get better?

Is the “It Gets Better” project anything more than a feel-good panacea, diverting energy away from real activism for BGLT rights? Alana Smith blogs that for some (too many!), their lives will likely *not* get better. Smith also links to Zoe Melisa’s ten points against the Dan Savage-inspired YouTube channel, where many different people and groups encourage bisexual, gay, lesbian and transgender youth to refrain from suicide, and soldier on, because “it gets better.”

Smith ~read more~