Author Archives: Jim Reeves

Grindr disables distance feature amid safety concerns

grindr_logo The gay hookup app Grindr has disabled the distance feature amid concerns that a recently published exploit could allow the exact location of users to be determined.  Although the feature only listed the distance to another user, but no direction, it became known that it was possible to pinpoint someone’s location using the application.  Concern was immediately expressed for users in places where being gay can get you arrested and killed.  (One hopes the 134 users in North Korea are all secret police, and that they will spend their time chasing each other!)

No mention of the shutoff has yet appeared on Grindr’s website, so it’s not yet known if the service will permanently discontinue the distance feature, or if a change will be made that will allow it to return.  John Aravosis has details at Americablog.

California Legislature Passes Bill Outlawing “Gay Panic” Defense

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California’s state legislature has passed and sent to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk a bill that will remove “gay panic” as a defense in murder cases.  AB 2501 was approved by the Assembly August 27, 2014 with a vote of 58 to 15.  It passed the Senate on August 26, with a vote of 25 to 9.  If Governor Brown signs the bill (as is expected), California will become the first state to say discovering someone is LGBT is not a reasonable cause to act violently in a crime of passion that results in death.

By claiming “gay panic”, defendants would attempt to lower charges from homicide to voluntary manslaughter.  This bill: Read the rest of this entry

You’re possessed by a demon, and he stinks!

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Rae-el. Not my demon, apparently. Damn.

I just had an epiphany.  Really, it just struck me like a bolt of lightning.

As a gay man, I’m possessed by a demon, and he stinks.  This, I’m assured, is true, and fixable, by no less a man of God than Bert M. Farias, on his blog The Flaming Herald.

“Here’s the raw, naked truth: Homosexuality is actually a demon spirit. It is such a putrid-smelling demon that other demons don’t even like to hang around it. A genuine prophet of God told me that the Lord allowed him to smell this demon spirit, and he got sick to his stomach. And yet as humans, many embrace this demon. Yes, you heard me right: Being gay is demonic.”

There’s a whole bunch of such stuff in that blog, and if you want you can jump over there and read it, but I’m sure you’ve heard it all before.  For me, however, the stinky-demon is a new revelation, and the source of my epiphany.  ZAP! FLASH OF LIGHT! CLAP OF THUNDER!

I just realized when my demon moved in!

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Hate in a small town, one year on. Porterville, California

Screen Shot 2014-06-22 at 3.46.14 PMLast year I wrote about Porterville, California, in Hate in a small town.  It’s about an attempt by a small town mayor to be inclusive towards the LGBT community in her city by issuing a Pride Month proclamation.  Once she presented the proclamation, all hell broke loose.  Last week, Gay Porterville held a rally to celebrate the one year anniversary of that resolution, and in the words of the group, show that “We’re still here, we’re still proud, and we aren’t going anywhere”. 
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Flag Day (USA) 2014 – Towards a more perfect Union

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The Rainbow, and Old Glory

Long may they wave.

How My Eleven Year Old Son Taught Me That Having a Gay Character in ‘Train Your Dragon’ is Important

Jim Reeves:

The children are watching.

Originally posted on evoL =:

Guest post by Mindy Forsythe.  Mindy is also the adoptive mom in the evolequals story   The Real True Story About How Parents Adopted Out Their Child When He Told Them He Was Gay

 

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My eleven year old son Mason has been a big fan of DreamWork’s “How to Train Your Dragon”. In the new sequel, DreamWorks plans for Gobber the Belch to reveal his homosexuality.  Dean DeBlois, writer-director and openly gay himself, told E! News that the character’s acknowledgement will be subtle.  Subtle or not, this is exciting news for our family.  We have four beautiful children aged eleven to nineteen.  They are typical siblings…fighting one minute and best friends the next.  Two of our children, however, have a relationship that has shown me just how important and influential DreamWorks’s decision to include gay characters really is.

Mason, the baby in our family, is athletic, intelligent, tough as nails…

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“Oh, ye of little faith”

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These signs are posted at the church across the street from my home.  I can’t help but think the smaller one is indicative of a certain lack of faith, but I’m an atheist, and the whole “faith” thing is not one of my strong points.  Apparently the heavenly host doesn’t include a security service.

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