FROM BSA TO BPSA: Kicked Out Boy Scout Troop Finds New Home in Baden-Powell Service Association
June 26 – Seattle – For those who believe the biggest hurdles of the LGBTQ community are centered in
marriage equality, I present Scoutmaster Geoffrey McGrath. He’s had an action-packed couple of months
leading Seattle’s 98th Rainier troop of the Baden-Powell Service Association. The 98th Rainier used to be Troop
98 and Pack 98 of the Boy Scouts of America until McGrath (who is openly gay and an Eagle Scout, himself)
contributed to a news item profiling troops in the BSA.
Capitol Hill gay club Neighbours was in the middle of a fantastic New Year’s party when an arsonist poured gasoline on a carpeted stairway and lit it on fire, effectively shutting the place down for the rest of the night.
According to the police report, a party-goer quickly put the fire out with a fire extinguisher, and the fire alarm was pulled causing the sprinkler system to go off. Everyone evacuated in an orderly fashion, and no one was hurt.
The good news is no one was hurt, Neighbours is still standing, AND they plan to finish the New Year’s Party!
Our first official link count for 2013 is in! As a part of upgrading our blog for the new year we (re)launched our city-specific pages with links to all things gay in the area. Each of our 12 local blogs had a page dedicated to gay stuff in their local cities and we definitely wanted to bring back that local flavor in 2013.
I came across this really cool site today and I wanted to share with all of our readers. From their website:
Embodiment: A Portrait of Queer Life in is an archive and a journey through a rapidly changing community and the lives of people who offer brave new visions of what it means to be queer in America today. Stopping in churches, parks, high school classrooms, back yards and bedrooms, I have collaborated with individuals from both urban and rural areas for over 6 years.
WASHINGTON: The anti-gay megachurch Mars Hill has moved it’s way into Seattle’s gayborhood, and slithered into the historic First United Methodist Church building on Fifth Avenue and Marion Street.
Tim Gaydos, the lead pastor at the new location said Mars Hill Church plans on using the new location to minister to the homeless, business people, and of course the satanic LGBT community.
“Being closer to Capitol Hill is a blessing as we are serving and ministering to those who are infected with AIDS on the hill,” said Gaydos in a release to KOMO News.
What looks like 165+ people showed up at Seattle’s City Hall to cheer all of the beautiful, beautiful newlyweds. Couples were given flowers and congratulations while walking down the steps by perfect strangers. The feeling of love and joy everyone has in the video is so palpable, it can’t help but warm my heart. There’s even a fun rendition of “Going To The Chapel” sung by a a group dressed as a rainbow. Really touching stuff, check out the video after the jump.
If you’re looking to buy a wedding, engagement, or a “Honey I’m really, really, sorry” ring for Christmas and you’re in the Washington state area, you might want to take a look at Turgeon-Raine.
Found via: Reddit
Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage gets together with Dan Savage at his home for a debate about the bible and same-sex marriage over dinner. I’ve just started watching it, so it’ll be interesting to see how it goes!
Kicking off the morning with a small departure from my usual Starbucks.
When NOM got their panties in a bunch because Starbucks stood up and supported Marriage Equality in Washington, SumofUs.org responded by saying if they could collect 40,000 signatures to give Starbucks “moral support to keep standing up for equality” they would deliver a ‘thank you’ card to their headquarters in Seattle.
Well, thanks to the efforts of SumOfUs.org, MoveOn.org, and Washington United for Marriage, a gigantic ‘thank you’ card was delivered with over 640,000 signatures on Wednesday! That trumps NOM’s measly 28,000 signatures for “Dump Starbucks” by a landslide, further proving it is better for companies to support Marriage Equality.