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August 3, 2011

Hump Day Headlines: It Gets Better — Even for Adventists, BRAZIL’S ‘STRAIGHT PRIDE,’ ‘VALUES’ IOWA BUS TOUR…

by Accidental Bear

NPR’s Featured ‘Ex-Gay’ Guest Commits Over $200,000 To Dangerous, Unscientific Ex-Gay ‘Coachings National Public Radio has yet to apologize for the platform it provided Rich Wyler on Monday to spout as many lies about sexual orientation as he could fit into the segment. NPR featured Wyler for being ex-gay and allowed him to testify about all the promise he believes reparative therapy offers to people not happy with their same-sex attractions, despite the fact that there is scientific consensus that ex-gay therapy is harmful and ineffective. But NPR made another big journalistic mistake besides its inappropriate framing of ex-gay therapy — the story neglected to mention that Wyler makes his entire living off of providing ex-gay therapy to vulnerable and insecure men he convinces to try to change.

It Gets Better — Even for Adventists While activists within the denomination are trying to change its policies, the official Adventist position is not accepting of LGBT people. That position, as spelled out on the denomination’swebsite, is that sexual activity is reserved for marriage between a man and a woman and that “God’s Word does not countenance a homosexual lifestyle.” The church characterizes homosexuality as “a manifestation of the disorder and brokenness in human inclinations and relations caused by sin coming into the world.”

HIV Rates Up Significantly for Young Black Gay, Bi Men On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released newBLACK AFRICAN AMERICAN MAN X390 (PHOTOS) | ADVOCATE.COMstatistics on HIV infections from 2006 to 2009, and while the rate remained relatively stable, alarming trends emerged among men who have sex with men, especially African-American MSM.                                                                                                                                        

BRAZIL’S LARGEST CITY MAY HOST ‘STRAIGHT PRIDE’ DAY  Lawmakers in São Paulo, Brazil have “advanced a measure that would establish a “Straight Pride’ Day” in the country’s largest city. The bill, which seeks to address some of the “privileges” afforded to the gay community, is currently “awaiting the approval from Gilberto Kassab, the city’s mayor.” Brazil offers same-sex couples many of the same benefits as opposite-sex couples, but does not recognize marriage equality. Last month, however, a judge allowed a same sex-couple to wed.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           PAWLENTY AND SANTORUM JOIN HATE GROUP’S ‘VALUES’ IOWA BUS TOUR The Family Research Council, National Organization for Marriage, and Susan B. Anthony List, along with Reps. Steve King (R-IA) and Louie Gohmert (R-TX), are chartering an anti-gay, anti-choice “Values Voter” bus tour across Iowa next week. GOP presidential candidates Tim Pawlenty and Rick Santorum have already committed to participating in the tour and Michele Bachmann and others are expected to join as well. The hate-driven tour will hit 22 cities over four days, passing through 47 of Iowa’s 99 counties.

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April 17, 2011

Brazilian Volleyball Fans Show Outpouring of Support for Gay Player

by Accidental Bear

Brazilians are not just know for their skimpy man thongs, but starting to get a reputation for tolerance. In the sports arena machismo runs rampant. World, I am addressing you as a whole, lets look over Brazils shoulder and learn a thing or two about compassion.

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via www.afterelton.com

Last week we mentioned the story of a Brazilian volleyball player (volleyball is huge in Brazil) namedMichael who came out and was heaped with abuse by opposing fans when his team, Volei Futuro, played a match against Sada Cruzeiro. Much of the abuse included having fans yell “Bicha! Bicha!” which translates to “faggot.”

Afterward, Michael discussed being stunned by the chants and fearing it would happen again. Well, it turns out he need not have feared that as both his teammates and other fans are showing him tremendous support. First his teammates wore special pink jerseys during the warm up for a later match and then the team’s “libero” (pictured above with Michael) wore a special rainbow jersey during the match. The crowd also unfurled a huge banner reading “Vôlei Futuro Against Prejudice” and then waved pink “thundersticks” turning the entire stadium pink.

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