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On Fire! Amazon’s Jeff Bezos pledges $2.5 Million to support marriage equality
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Although same sex marriage was legalized in Washington by the state’s legislature back in February, opponents of the new law were able to get a referendum on the ballet to put the matter before voters and were raising considerably more cash than pro-gay rights groups. Were being the operative word, Via The New York Times:

Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder of, and his wife, MacKenzie, have agreed to donate $2.5 million to help pass a same-sex marriage referendum in Washington State, instantly becoming among the largest financial backers of gay marriage rights in the country.

With the gift, the couple have doubled the money available to the proponents of Referendum 74, which would legalize same-sex marriage in the state by affirming a law that passed the Legislature this year. Courts or lawmakers have declared gay marriage legal in six other states, but backers of such measures have never succeeded at the ballot box.

Proponents of the effort in Washington State called it a game-changing gift that gives them a fighting chance in November.

“To get this from a straight, married couple sends a powerful message that marriage is seen as a fundamental question of fairness,” Zach Silk, the campaign manager for Washington United for Marriage, said Thursday in an interview.

Mr. Bezos, who founded in 1994 in Seattle and remains its president, now tops a growing list of heterosexual business executives who are replacing wealthy gay people as the some of the biggest donors to the movement behind same-sex marriage and equality for gay men and lesbians. Bill Gates and Steven A. Ballmer of Microsoft each gave $100,000 to the referendum campaign, according to its officials.

But with the seven-figure gift, Mr. Bezos — a famously private executive who runs a $48 billion-a-year retail empire — has now set the bar even higher.

How this came about is interesting: On Sunday, Jennifer Cast, a mother of four children, one of Amazon’s very first hires—and a lesbian—wrote a very personal email to Mr. Bezos pointedly hitting up her former boss for between $100,000 and $200,000 to fight the referendum.

“I want to have the right to marry the love of my life and to let my children and grandchildren know their family is honored like a ‘real’ family,” Ms. Cast wrote. “We need help from straight people. To be very frank, we need help from wealthy straight people who care about us and who want to help us win.”

In an interview on Thursday night, Ms. Cast said she had no idea how Mr. Bezos would respond. Though she had worked closely with him when Amazon had only a few dozen employees, she left the company in 2001 and said she had never talked about same-sex marriage with him.

“We were chatting about the biz. We weren’t chatting about our lives,” she said, recalling her time at the company. “I never, ever in my life talked to him about gay marriage.”

It took Bezos two days to reply:

“Jen,” the e-mail said, “this is right for so many reasons. We’re in for $2.5 million. Jeff & MacKenzie.”

Right on, Jeff Bezos, and well done Jennifer Cast!

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We Don’t Need This Fascist Groove Thing: Boy George’s fierce ‘No Clause 28’ protest song, 1988
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One of Boy George’s best pieces of music—well, in my book, anyway—is 1988’s seldom-heard slice of fierce, dance music protest, “No Clause 28.” I picked it up, neither knowing what it was about, nor having actually heard it, because of the amazing cover artwork by Jamie Reid depicting Boy George as Enid Blyton’s “Noddy.” It’s a pretty amazing record of its time, in more ways than one.

Clause 28 or Section 28, as it was also known, was an addition to the Local Government Act of 1988. Clause 28 stipulated that local government councils in the UK “shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality” or “promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship.”

This was the end of the Thatcher era and due to newly widespread awareness—and fear—of AIDS, then considered a gay disease, homosexuality was frowned upon in such a way that it was thought necessary to officially condemn it and protect children from it. The matter was largely a symbolic issue, but it caused many gay and lesbian groups at high schools and universities to close shop.

The night before Section 28 became law (May 24, 1988) a lesbian chained herself to the desk of BBC Six O’Clock News presenter Sue Lawley. Parliament was also invaded by lesbian activists scaling the building like rock climbers.

In many ways, Clause 28 is what saw the cohesion of Britain’s modern gay rights movement. Aside from Boy George, many big name celebrities spoke out about Clause 28, such as Ian McKellen, beloved One Foot in the Grave actress Annette Crosbie, Helen Mirren, Jane Horrocks and comics great, Alan Moore.

The Section was repealed on June 21, 2000 in Scotland, and in the rest of Great Britain in November of 2003. It’s worth noting that Prime Minister David Cameron was vocally in support of keeping the Section intact, although he thought better of this later and apologized in 2010.

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Same sex ‘kiss-in’ protest aimed at Chick-fil-A

After Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and The Jim Henson Company criticized the fast-food chain Chick-fil-A for their political donations that went to anti-gay rights groups and then the push back from conservatives like Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum (who trolled about eating at Chick-fil-A on his Twitter feed) upped the ante even further, now LGBT advocates are arranging a “kiss in” protest on August 3rd. The protest will take place just two days after Huckabee’s proposed day for conservatives to “affirm a business that operates on Christian principles.”

Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy recently told The Baptist Press that his company is actively opposed to gay marriage. “Guilty as charged,” as he put it. In 2010 alone, Chick-fil-A reportedly donated nearly $2 million to religious advocacy groups that oppose gay marriage.

Last Thursday, after the controversy initially flared up, Chick-fil-A management said that “going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”

It’s a little late for that. And now they’re going to get a much-deserved taste of their own shit sandwich. This is not a religious issue, it’s a civil rights issue. It’s time that Christian conservatives understood the difference.

Here’s the National Same Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A page at Facebook

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Tweet of the Day: Mitt doesn’t get it
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The wrong side of history


I’m sure he meant well…

Follow The Mountain Goats on Twitter.

Via reddit/r/politics

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Muppets dump Chick-Fil-A for anti-gay stance

Bert & Ernie, together since 1969

The Jim Henson Company has severed their partnership with fast food chain Chick-Fil-A. The company’s “Creature Shop” toys are being given away with kid’s meals, but that’s coming to an end, due to Chick-Fil-A’s conservative Christian President-CEO Dan Cathy’s anti-gay public statements.

The Jim Henson Company posted this statement to their Facebook page:

The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors. Lisa Henson, our CEO is personally a strong supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the payment we received from Chick-Fil-A to GLAAD.

The comments are fascinating.

Meanwhile Boston mayor Tom Menino has publicly stated his opposition to a Chick-Fil-A opening in Beantown. It’s not like a mayor can single-handedly decree something like this, but Menino can make damn sure that opening the Boston branch of Chick-Fil-A is a very, very slow and expensive process for Dan Cathy and his crew.

Not eating at a Chick-Fil-A is an easy way to send a message that this kind of thing won’t be tolerated in your community, either. Why give Truett and Dan Cathy your money to fight marriage equality? Bigotry = bad business. It’s time Chick-Fil-A’s stockholders and franchise owners realize this and kick Dan Cathy to the curb. He’s a PR disaster.

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Straight Eagle Scout returns medal over Boy Scouts of America’s anti-gay policies
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Martin Cizmar, you deserved that Eagle Scout medal, too!

July 19, 2012

Boy Scouts of America
1325 Walnut Hill Lane
P.O. Box 152079
Irving Texas 75015-2079

To Bob Mazzuca, Wayne Brock and the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America,

My name is Martin Cizmar and I am returning my Eagle Scout badge to protest the Boy Scouts of America’s policy of discriminating against gay scouts and scouters.

I earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1998 as a member of Troop 361 in Tallmadge, Ohio. I was also given the Vigil Honor in 1997. I was an extremely active scout, serving as Lodge Chief of Marnoc Lodge 151, trekking at Philmont and visiting three National Jamborees.

I am not gay. However, I cannot in good conscious hold this badge as long as the BSA continues a policy of bigotry. Though I did not know at the time, I was acquainted with a number of gay scouts and scouters. They were all great men, loyal to the scout oath and motto and helpful to movement.  There is no fair reason they should not be allowed to participate in scouting, I suspect you know this, too. As an adult, I also understand that such a policy changes are fraught with complications, possibly including the defection of members affiliated with certain religious groups with dire financial implications. It’s a tough position, but a scout is brave.

It’s not easy to part with a badge that represented my young life’s biggest accomplishment when it was pinned onto me by my mother with handshakes from my father and the Scoutmaster I respected more than any other adult I knew. But I know this is the right thing to do.

Scouting is a remarkable movement which bettered me in more ways than I can count. I have always been loyal to the ideals and the organization that shared them with me. Though I am not giving up hope, along with this badge I am surrendering my personal loyalties. A national policy on sexuality forces good, principled people from scouting. I can only hope that someone inside the BSA has the courage to fix this policy before the organization withers into irrelevance.

I don’t want to be an Eagle Scout if a young man who is gay can’t be one, too. Gentlemen, please do the right thing.

Martin Cizmar

Via Towleroad

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Mitt Gets Worse: It’s hard to imagine even George Bush saying something this dumb!

Julie Goodridge, who was one of the two lead plaintiffs in Goodridge v. Dept of Public Health—the lawsuit that brought same-sex marriage to Massachusetts—describes her personal meeting with then governor Mitt Romney and the shockingly cold thing he said to her about her child.

Goodridge (powerfully) describes her encounter with Thurston Howell III Mitt Romney as “the most frustrating experience in the entire marriage case.”

More at the Mitt Gets Worse Project.

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The Departure Of Roger Scott: Worse than ‘The Room,’ it blows the lid off the ‘homosexual agenda’
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The Departure Of Roger Scott was written and produced by Kleg Seth in 1982. For some inexplicable reason this hard-hitting drama about a gay man struggling to leave the homosexual lifestyle and find redemption and spiritual fulfillment in Christ hasn’t found the audience that Tommy Wiseau’s similarly accomplished and heart-wrenching film, The Room, has managed to reach. That could change now that Dangerous Minds has decided to apply its considerable influence to introduce the world to Seth’s passionate cinematic cri de couer.

It’s not every day that I find a film this extraordinary. Here at the Campbell household, my Muslim love slave, Xanax addicted chihuahua and 16-year -old, grossly overweight, schizophrenic cat have had a sort of collective low-rent spiritual epiphany (a high similar to inhaling a box of whippits) while watching The Departure Of Roger Scott and have concluded, based on what we’ve seen in the film, that homosexuals like a stiff drink to help allay their constant sense of sexual guilt, need the heft of a Bible to anchor their constantly groping hands while enjoying the testicle teasing fit of a tight and perfectly creased pair of Jordache jeans or comforting caress of form-fitting polyester bell-bottoms. And they possess a panic stricken expression in their eyes that recalls the reaction shots in a Herschell Gordon Lewis movie.

We may be a motley, brain-addled crew but we do know our movies and we also posses an unwavering respect for the homo aesthetic…although we’d rather eat a pair of asbestos underwear than slip into anything made of polyester (That plastic shit fucks with your aura).

So here’s 14 minutes of The Departure Of Roger Scott . If you want to see the film in its entirety, visit Kleg Seth’s website and he’ll sell you a DVD of the whole film. This is the kind of personal movie that John Cassavetes might have made if he had suffered a severe blow to his head, become a born-again Christian and married Jimmy Swaggart instead of Gena Rowlands…

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The Filth & The Fury: Christeene’s LA album launch, tomorrow night!
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Christeene live photo by Donald Mason
Hey LA, watch out, ‘cos Christeene is comin’ for you! Tomorrow night sees the obscene (and obscenely talented) drag phenomena bringing her filthy ass to your town, to terrorise the locals, and officially launch her debut album Waste Up, Kneez Down with a live performance at Trannyshack on Sunset Blvd.

And what a damn good album it is! Make no mistake: Christeene may come across like a novelty act, pushing drag to its most unacceptable social limits, but there is a true artist at work here, with a style, voice and a sound that is completely unique.

Waste Up, Kneez Down is the best album to come out of any kind of “queer” underground in a loooong time. Christeene (aka performance artist Paul Soileau) has really come through with the potential she showed in her early clips, and delivered a fully-rounded, tight-as-hell, funky and filthy album that can hold its own against anyone else in dance and electronica.

Producer JJ Booya has done an excellent job here. There’s shades of the dirty south and British dubstep in the bass and the beats, with a majority of the tracks being guaranteed dancefloor dynamite. The less dancefloor-orientated songs are like the demented, bizarre offspring of R Kelly and Beyonce, kids that came out all wrong and remain chained up in the basement, but in their isolation have developed a surreal and shocking humour all of their own. Just what exactly are you “Workin’ On Grandma” with, Christeene?!

I haven’t been as excited about a queer act since I first heard Yo Majesty, and there’s even some mumblings about Waste Up, Kneez Down being the first true successor to The Teaches Of Peaches. And maybe it is. Yeah, it’s that good.

You can buy (and hear) Christeene’s debut album over at CD Baby, and if you are anywhere near Trannyshack LA tomorrow night, then this is one show that’s a MUST. To whet your appetite, here’s an interview with the lady herself, care of the very nice people at Austin’s Vesper magazine, who did us all a favour by subtitling Christeene’s guttural drawl. There’s also some neat footage of Christeene performing live (and performing lewd acts) with her dancers, so you know what to expect.

Watch the video after the jump…

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‘I’m not homophobic…’
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A bit like wearing an “I’m with Stupid” tee-shirt that has an arrow pointing upwards, isn’t it?

Via Joe.My.God.

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