SOLO OR NOT, HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Ben & Company-Illustration by Lisa Larson-Walker. Source paintings via Wikimedia Commons.
Ben & Company-Illustration by Lisa Larson-Walker. Source paintings via Wikimedia Commons.

Yes, Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at QueerLandia, and it’s easy to say, but not necessarily for the many, who may be single, and not welcomed by family, and if you are invited to the annual feast, the reception may be close to chilling…

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11/27/78 San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk assassinated

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On November 27, 1978, San Francisco Mayor George Moscone  and Supervisor Harvey Milk were assassinated in their City Hall offices by former Supervisor Dan White.  White, who had resigned his office,  failed in his attempt to convince Mayor Moscone to reappoint him.  After it became clear to White that Moscone, after pressure from Milk and others, would refuse, he entered the building and shot the Mayor, then walked to Milk’s office and shot him.

The infamous “Twinkie Defense” sprang from White’s attempt to establish diminished capacity in his defense.

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Chick-Fil-A Holds Fundraiser For LGBT Youth?

Quite a surprising turn of events…to say the least, but a Chick-Fil-A located in Hollywood, California recently held a fundraiser for Campus Pride. This organization is known for their nonprofit commitment to making college campuses safe for LGBT youth.

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CHINA ON GAY CONVERSION THERAPY

China's Hunan province May 17, 2013. Photo/AFP/Getty Images
China’s Hunan province May 17, 2013. Photo/AFP/Getty Images, anti-discrimination march.

I discovered recently, that it seems like China isn’t quite ready to ban gay conversion therapy, even thou in 1997 the government decriminalized homosexuality and in 2001, removed homosexuality as a mental illness.

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National Same-sex marriage by the numbers

Photo by AFP Getty Images
Photo by AFP Getty Images

Many of us know, that either this term or next, the U.S. Supreme Court will most likely take on the case of same-sex marriage, and hopefully rule to strike down any bans, and making it the law of the land.  And if it sounds, that I’m approaching this cautiously, I’m really not.  I just want to point out one thing I discovered today.     Continue reading

Former Conversion Therapy Director Marries Same-Sex Partner

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John Smid and Larry McQueen (facebook)

I’ve often wondered what goes thru the mind of a gay man when he invests himself in ex-gay therapy.  I would only guess, that they in some way, feel extremely conflicted in their sexuality, even tormented.  However, for many, it’s a learning experience.  A time when the perspective can change, and hopefully, for the better.  For which I believe is the case, for John Smid, formally the director of Love in Action, a Memphis based “straight camp” for teens.     Continue reading

THE HOPES OF CHILDREN-404 | A RUSSIAN LGBT SUPPORT GROUP

Yelena Klimova, the journalist who runs the Children-404 online support group for LGBT teenagers. (file photo)
Yelena Klimova, the journalist who runs the Children-404 online support group for LGBT teenagers. (file photo)

As I was about to start this post, I was alerted, that Czar Putin had just made a statement, that he wouldn’t be Czar for life.  In fact the constitution prohibits him from serving beyond 2024.  Well, that won’t be quite soon enough for Yelena Klimova, the journalist who runs Children-404, an online support group for LGBT teenagers in Russia.     Continue reading

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