Hardly a day goes by anymore, that a positive LBGT story, article or report doesn’t get presented by some form of the media, and to think, it hasn’t been that long ago, when all I seemed to hear or read was either negative or heartbreaking. That said, I’m not saying they no longer exist, I’m just saying, I get a mental uplift more often than I used to, as is the case for the recently held 2014 San Francisco Pride Event, where Silicon Valley connects with Pride…
As if it wasn’t bad enough, that during the 2008 election period, we were entertained by Ol’ Crazy Eyes, Michelle Bachmann R-MN with all anti-gay rhetoric she could put out, along with lies, misinformation, and discredited studies, and wouldn’t you know it, now we have Bob Frey, a Republican candidate for the Minnesota House of Representatives repeated a false theory this week that AIDS was caused by sperm enzymes entering the anus of another male.
No doubt, that the life of Ian Thorpe, has had its ups and downs, and he shares that in a sit-down interview to be broadcast tonight. The swimmer had a five-medal performance at the 2000 Olympics in Sidney, and what I find even more interesting, was that he was an inspiration to another hottie, Michael Phelps, who has his own record to be proud of, but sadly not gay.
It’s definitely a victory for same-sex unions of gay men and lesbians who work for the United Nations Secretariat, that they will now be recognized, and it’s a great way to spread the message of support and equality. Announced by Farhan Haq, the deputy spokesman, said it reflects Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s support for “greater equality for all the staff”.
A recently conducted study from the University of Melbourne, in Australia, found that the children of same-sex couples fare better “than the general population on measures of general health and family cohesion.” Now, if you’re like me, you may have heard of similar studies in the last several years, and I really am supportive of them, mainly because, quite often the religious right and those who are anti-gay, anti same-sex marriage, and anti-gay adoption speak in terms of “protecting the children”, and that “children need a mom and a dad”, plus use discredited studies to support their rhetoric, so when I hear of a new documented study, like this one, I couldn’t be more pleased. Now, on to the story…
It hasn’t been that long ago, that we heard words like “Intrinsically Disordered” and “defection in human nature” from the mouth of Pope Benedict XVI, and now it’s Pope Francis I, who from the start seemed to have a somewhat softer tone towards the LBGT community, especially with his “Who am I judge” statement, which many applauded, but still held on with a “wait & see” attitude. The big question is whether Francis can deliver all, or in part of his rhetoric on LBGT issues. Well, we might be at one of those moments now, because last Thursday,
For those of you in the Chicagoland area, if you didn’t know about it, you know about it now, that tomorrow June 29 will be Chicago’s 45th annual Pride Parade. You know there will be moms and dads of gays and lesbians marching under the PFLAG banner. You know there will be hot guys, in Speedos and box-cut shorts of every color, dancing on floats. And, because this is an election year, you know there will be plenty of politicians getting face time. But for everything else you need to know about Chicago’s 45th annual Pride Parade, here’s a quick primer: