Author Archives: Tom Janus
Yesterday, I discovered a video that seems to be making the web-rounds recently, which reveals how tragic this 20 year old’s life had become during a hidden camera conversation, on telling his parents that he was gay. The reaction from the family, at least for me, was almost unbelievable, the screaming and physical violence can make it hard to watch. especially if events like this trigger emotions you wouldn’t want to relive at this time. Please think about that before you hit the play button.
This last Tuesday, in a Chicago courtroom, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals would decide whether or not to uphold lower court rulings that, Wisconsin’s voter-approved constitutional amendment, and Indiana’s statutes, are unconstitutional. Led by Judge Richard Posner, a Republican Appointee, who has an unapologetic bias toward reality and logic, when posing questions at lawyers for Wisconsin and Indiana attempted to defend their state’s marriage bans, Posner issued a series of bench slaps that unmasked anti-gay arguments as the silly nonsense that they are. There is no doubt that I’m becoming very fond of the 7th Circuit.
Checking out what has been happening on the web today I ran across these signs, and these abhorrent messages are courtesy of some Christians, Jews and Muslims.
Sign 1. Menage a Trois with God
As many of us may remember, Chelsea Manning, is currently serving a 35-year sentence for leaking classified national security documents to WikiLeaks, and now has accused the military of refusing to provide promised hormone treatment and gender transition assistance, despite authorization from Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. According to Manning, she has received nothing more than “lip service” from Hagel and the Army as she attempts to move forward with her transition.
I really wasn’t expecting it, but I guess in their hearts, they just couldn’t let the country down, and as if there wasn’t enough going on in Ferguson, Missouri, members of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church have announced that it plans to protest the funeral of Michael Brown on August 25, 2014 in Ferguson.
Starting today, the Smithsonian, the National Museum of American History will add photographs, papers and historical objects documenting the history of LGBT people.
Personally, I think it’s rather noteworthy in the first place, that any teen (gay or not) has the forethought to be an organ donor. Such was the case for A.J. Betts, a 16-year-old Iowan who committed suicide after a year and a half of ceaseless bullying on account of his orientation.