25 cool coming outs in 2012

As 2012 winds down, you can’t but help reflect on the year and there is so much to be super thankful for and super excited about when it comes to gay right and the noble cause of equality.  The Advocate has a GREAT article about 25 heroes that came out in 2012 and I wanted to share it.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, and again…and again: There is no greater activism that does more good than the simple act of coming out.  Click the link below to see which of the 25 the Advocate mentioned in my article caught my eye!

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Churches mirroring the voters

This article in the Advocate was submitted by one of our readers and I thought I’d pass it along…

Every now and then, a spotlight shines on our American democracy, and when it does, a respectful nod should be offered—if not a rousing standing ovation. Surely this is the case, given how far our country has come in our most recent election regarding the LGBT community. This isn’t to suggest that we have arrived as a nation. We haven’t. But it’s important to say, even though we have a long way to go, we also have come a long way.

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Conservative Blogosphere in uproar: Liberal media ignoring attack on gay conservative

Kyle Wood, Madison, Wisconsin

Conservative blogs around the country are in an uproar over what they allege to be the liberal gay media’s failure to report on an assault of a gay conservative.

In a posting at her own site, The Snark Who Hunts Back, and reposted here at Queerlandia, Meredithancret states the liberal gay media believes “we deserve it, so why should they bring attention to a story about a gay conservative who has been brutalized.  They think we deserve to be assaulted and put in our place.”   That, of course, is not the case.

The only local newspaper coverage of the incident I could find, and it didn’t appear to make it into the printed edition, was a short online article in The Cap Times, and it does not indicate the police are investigating the alleged incident as a hate crime.  That coverage is left to The Daily Caller, the source of every other report echoing around the conservative blogosphere.

Dan Savage had some comments about the coverage, and lack thereof, at The Slog.  The short version:  the report doesn’t smell right.

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What Other 80s TV Stars Say About Equality

Kirk Cameron is in the hot seat lately with regard to ‘homosexuality’ (I really don’t like that word, by the way-it feels antiquated and reminds me of the days it was considered a disorder in the DSM). The Advocate has an interesting piece on what other 80s TV stars have said about it. It isn’t groundbreaking and doesn’t really matter, but it’s worth a look.  Or, actually, maybe it does matter in the sense that our social attitudes are influenced (for better or worse) by those we see in the media and especially by those who have achieved some level of notoriety. It doesn’t mean their views are more valid than anyone else’s, but they are certainly more visible than most. Here’s a blurb and you can read the rest here:

Posted on Advocate.com March 07, 2012 01:15:00 AM ET

What Other ’80s Teen Stars Have to Say About Equality

See how the views on gay rights and marriage equality of other teen stars of the 1980s such as Brooke Shields, Christopher Atkins, and Sarah Jessica Parker measure up with Kirk Cameron’s.

By Josh Hinkle

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Eighties teen idol Kirk Cameron, who played Mike Seaver in the sitcomGrowing Pains from 1985-92, sparked a media frenzy with his antigay comments on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight show last week. 

“I think that it’s unnatural,” Cameron saidwhen asked if homosexuality was a sin. “I think that it’s detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.” 

 

Supportive Straight Allies

I’m a supporter of gay rights.  And not a closet supporter either.  From the time I was a kid, I have never been able to understand attacks upon the gay community.  There are so many qualities that make up a human being… by the time I get through with all the things that I really admire about people, what they do with their private parts is probably so low on the list that it is irrelevant.  ~Paul Newman

When I read things like this, it makes my heart swell with pride, and almost makes me forget people like Fred Phelps and his hateful antigay attacks. I think that support is much more powerful when it comes from someone who really has nothing to gain (and perhaps something to lose) by speaking out for us. (Interestingly, I am currently drinking some of Paul Newman’s brand of coffee that I just plucked out of my new and exciting Keurig coffee maker). Gays (I’m using this as an inclusive term for the LGBT community here) gaining the rights we deserve isn’t likely to affect Paul Newman much at all, unless he has a lesbian daughter or a gay grandson, or some other family member or friend who is queer in some form. For me, that makes his statement all the more meaningful and endears him to me.

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RaGaPa steps up to the plate

So David wrote a blog yesterday about a cafe he frequents starting to blog gay news sites.  You can read that original blog, entitled “For whose safety?” by scrolling down a few blogs or by clicking here:

http://queerlandia.com/2011/04/07/blocked-for-whose-safety

Well, the very nice folks at RaGaPa, the company who now handles their internet service, responded to our concerns very readily.  You can read their comment on David’s original blog and you can read their official email response to us by clicking the link below:

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