Coretta Scott King Vs. Alveda King – Who Knew MLK Better?

Unsurprisingly, the virulently anti-gay niece of Martin Luther King, Jr. issued a press release decrying the recent NAACP’s endorsement of full civil marriage equality:

Neither my great-grandfather, an NAACP founder, my grandfather Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. an NAACP leader, my father Rev. A. D. Williams King, nor my uncle Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. embraced the homosexual agenda that the current NAACP is attempting to label as a civil rights agenda. In the 21st Century, the anti-traditional marriage community is in league with the anti-life community, and together with the NAACP and other sympathizers, they are seeking a world where homosexual marriage and abortion will supposedly set the captives free.”

On the other had, Dr. King’s wife, Coretta Scott King had this to say about LGBT rights:

I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people and I should stick to the issue of racial justice. But I hasten to remind them that Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

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Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood. This sets the stage for further repression and violence that spread all too easily to victimize the next minority group.

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Gays and lesbians stood up for civil rights in Montgomery, Selma, in Albany, Ga. and St. Augustine, Fla., and many other campaigns of the Civil Rights Movement. Many of these courageous men and women were fighting for my freedom at a time when they could find few voices for their own, and I salute their contributions.

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Lesbian and gay people are a permanent part of the American workforce, who currently have no protection from the arbitrary abuse of their rights on the job. For too long, our nation has tolerated the insidious form of discrimination against this group of Americans, who have worked as hard as any group, paid their taxes like everyone else, and yet have been denied equal protection under the law.

I think I’m more inclined to believe the woman who married Dr. King, helped him create a national dialogue about civil rights, helped him take up and lead the civil rights movement in this country, raised his children and buried him after he was assassinated by a white supremacist than the words of a Christian supremacist who has dedicated her life to denying rights to women and LGBT citizens. Just sayin’

Dan Savage Invites NOM’s Brian Brown to After Dinner Debate

After Dan Savage told high school journalism students, “We can learn to ignore the bullshit in the Bible about gay people.” He was challenged to a debate by the head bigot at the National Organization for Marriage, a virulently anti gay group with ties to both the Catholic and Mormon Churches. The New Civil Rights Movement reports that Dan has named the time and place:

“So, what I’d like to do is invite you to dinner. Bring the wife. My husband will be there. I will hire a video crew and we will video sort of an after dinner debate.”

“You have to acknowledge my humanity by accepting my hospitality, and I have to acknowledge your by extending my hospitality to you.”

I love Dan Savage. He is unapologetically honest about what he believes and is never intimidated by the opposition. I can’t wait to see how this goes. I wonder if Brown will accept the offer… It will be hard to spout his hateful lies in the Savage home.

Read the full article here.

Video: Marriage News Watch for 5/21/12

This week’s update from Matt Baum at AFER

Ricky Martin: Mom & Dad

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Although not a huge fan, I always thought Ricky Martin was a fun pop singer with catchy tunes – and he’s very easy on the eyes. After he came out, I started to pay more attention. I realized how important and daring it was to be out as a popular Latino heartthrob.

This past March, my husband and I travelled to NYC to get married. I was looking for a Broadway Show to see, and heard that a friend from my high school days was in the new production of Evita. I had done a Summer Theater production of Anything Goes in 1980 with Rebecca Eichenberger. She was the most talented singer I’d ever heard.

I got tickets and contacted her through Facebook to see if we could meet up after the show. In the back of my mind I thought, “Ricky Martin will be interesting as Che, but he’ll never pull it off vocally.”. How wrong I was!
I knew Becky would be amazing, and she was. As Evita’s mother, her voice rang out and I remembered how transfixed I was the first time I hear her sing in a production of No No, Nanette when I was in high school. What took me by surprise was Che.

Mr. Martin did a great job. He had great stage presence and sang the role beautifully. After the show, we went out with Becky for a drink. She said Ricky was so personable, humble and had a personal connection with everyone in the show.

Wow! Looks, talent, advocate, mom, dad and a nice guy to boot. Who could ask for anything more…. Except maybe an autograph…. Next time!

Good News Out of Africa

There has been a string of terrible anti LGBT news from Africa for a long time.  For the first time since South Africa legalized Same Sex Marriage in 2006, there is some positive movements toward LGBT rights in Africa.  The new president of Malawi, Joyce Banda announced last week during her state of the nation address:

“Indecency and unnatural acts laws shall be repealed,” said the former vice-president, referring to legislation that criminalises same-sex relationships.

Its another indication that, even in a rabid anti-gay area of the world like Africa, strides toward acceptance are happening.

Read the article here.

Today is the International Day Against Homophobia

May 17 is International Fight Homophobia Day . The Canadian based organization says it is a day to reach out to one another.

It got me thinking. As a gay man I see and hear a lot of homophobia all around. Bigots in the news scream “abomination” and spread horrific lies. I hear terms like fag, sissy, pansy every day. I hear people refer to things that they deem silly or undesirable as “gay”. Stereotypes are a real time saver and many folks assume all gay men are flamboyant cross dressers having sex with anyone they can get their painted nails on. Lesbians all play softball and drive Subaru Foresters. Sometimes it gets me down.

But then I remember what my ex-wife Kay told me. My biggest weapon against the bigots and ignorant and self-hating closet cases is to be happy about who I am. By showing the world I am a happy, healthy man who is a professional, a dad, an athlete, a husband, a friend – All the things That make me “me” – and I’m also gay.

The more the world sees us as whole human beings with normal, mundane lives, the harder it is to vilify us.

So today I’m proudly showing all the haters that I matter, not by whining and yelling about injustice, but because I’m a valuable man full of love and happiness and madly in love with a 6 foot 1 Canadian.

How are you combatting homophobia?

Jay Z States Supports Marriage Equality

Rapper and entrepreneur Jay Z publicly supports President Obama’s and endorses marriage equality. In recent days many other public figures have done so as well, but this one stands out to me.

Jay Z and wife, Beyonce Knowles are very influential with young people in general and African American youth in particular. Right now, when so many African American ministers are denouncing the president and calling for something akin to Biblical Law to replace our constitution, it’s nice to see someone identified as one of the most influential people in America standing up for gay rights.

In a recent interview, Jay Z said:

“What people do in their own homes is their business and you can choose to love whoever you love. That’s their business. It’s no different than discriminating against blacks. It’s discrimination plain and simple.”

Facebook Co-Founder offers $100,000 Matching Gift to support Marriage Equality in Maine

Chris Hughes and his fiance, Sean Eldridge are offering a fundraising challenge to fund Mainers United for Marriage , a marriage equality group. Maine will be voting again this fall on whether to offer marriage equality to all in the state. The matching grant is pledging $100,000.

In 2009, the anti-gay politicians, clergy and hate groups deluged Maine with the usual lies about gays and what granting them equality would mean.

The overall message was that if it happened, all kindergartners would need to be taught about anal sex, and Christians would be shackled and silenced and be forced to marry gays, ducks and myriad farm animals… Oh yeah, and brothers and sisters would be lining up to get hitched.

Raising money to combat the bigotry of the GOP and evangelical ministries is vital. Mr. Hughs and his fiancé using their notoriety and fortunes to educate Maine about how important, necessary and inevitable movement toward Liberty and Justice For All will help drown your the shrill lies from the right.

The matching program runs until June 7 , 2012

Read an article drone the Bangor Daily News here.

Mmmmmm… Donuts!

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Acceptance of Gays the ‘New Normal’

Gallup is calling acceptance of same-sex couple “the new normal” for Americans based on its latest polling.
In a poll released today, Gallup found that 54% of Americans say gay or lesbian relationships are “morally acceptable.”

Read the article from the Advocate here.

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