Is it Illegal to be Queer in Alabama?

Received an email from allout.org today that I felt needed to be shared:

 

Pop quiz: Can you go to jail in the United States of America for being gay?

Answer: NO! But, if you’re a student in Alabama, your teacher is required by law to tell you that it’s a criminal offense. Really.

We have a chance to stop the lies right now with a brand new bill that was just introduced. But we have to act fast, because there’s only a few weeks before this legislative session is over for the year. 

Tell lawmakers to pass the “Oppose hate in the classroom” bill (HB 496) before the next class of students graduates. A group of Alabama students will deliver your signatures straight to the legislators on Tuesday, April 9 so they know how many of us are watching!

Sign before Tuesday: https://www.allout.org/alabama

An entire generation of students are being lied to in Alabama. This includes thousands of LGBT youth, who are being given false information by their own teachers. These lies have the terrible power to hurt students’ mental and physical health, and increase the stigma and shame of being gay.

Right now, Alabama is making it even more likely students will be bullied by their peers, and attacked by their communities if they dare to come out. If Alabama lawmakers don’t feel the pressure from the public and the media right now, this new bill that would end the anti-gay lies won’t even get to a vote. And, we won’t have another chance before 2014. 

Sign now and help make schools a safer place for LGBT students in Alabama: https://www.allout.org/alabama

This law is a remnant of a not-so-distant time when you could be jailed for being gay in Alabama, as is still the case in 76 countries around the world. The scary thing is that the negative effects are still being felt by LGBT youth today even though it’s no longer a crime.

We’re coming together now with our partners at Advocates for Youth and AIDS Alabama to say that it doesn’t matter what part of the world you’re from. All people deserve to be treated with respect and dignity no matter who they are or who they love.

Sign before April 9 and your signature will be delivered straight to Alabama lawmakers: https://www.allout.org/alabama

Thanks for going All Out.

Best,

Andre, Hayley, Jeremy, Marie, Sara and the rest of the All Out team.

Homosexual “Recruitment”

According to Conservapedia,

“Homosexual recruitment is the active recruitment by homosexuals of youths in primarily heterosexual institutions, seeking to bring them into the homosexual lifestyle. Homosexual recruiters will typically prey on depressed and vulnerable heterosexuals and will “counsel” any troubled heterosexual. The recruiters begin by poisoning the victim’s mind with false ideas that paint traditional Christian conservative values in a negative light. The recruiters use deceit to convince the victim that their problems stem from these values. They then offer a solution: become a homosexual. The recruiters then promise that if the victim becomes a homosexual they will be accepted unconditionally, and all their problems will magically disappear, which is, of course, a lie.

While some have known for many years that this practice occurs, the first real warnings about this came in the 1960′s, with the birth of the homosexual movement. “

I’ve had it with conservative homophobes using the LGBTQ community for scapegoating. The last time I checked, we as a community promoted tolerance and acceptance, not hate and intolerance. I’ve never seen groups of queers knocking on anyone’s door trying to recruit them, but I have seen many different religious groups do just that.
This “meme” was meant to depict just that. Homosexual recruiting is a scare tactic to deflect from the truth and gets a “FAIL” in the Queerd books.

Sue Everhart thinks we want a free ride…

Someone's been watching too much "Chuck and Larry"

Someone’s been watching too much “Chuck and Larry”

Well folks, it’s happened! The arguments against legalizing LGBTQ folks to get married has hit a new low. According to Georgia Republican, Sue Everhart, we aren’t really fighting for equality. People like us are fighting to scam the system and get a “free ride”.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but if all I wanted was to scam the system, I could go down to my local courthouse with one of my gay male friends and we could get married. I could claim all of his benefits and he could put me on his insurance and we could possibly make out like bandits.

But really, we value marriage too much. We know what it means to fight for love.

British Man Jailed for Setting Fire to Gay Man

The BBC is reporting that Jordan Sheard has been sentenced to three and a half years in jail for the death of Steven Simpson after Sheard plead guilty to manslaughter charges.

According to the Huffington Post, In June of 2012 Steven Simpson, who was a gay man living with Asperger’s syndrome, a speech impairment, and epilepsy, was dared to strip down to his underpants and told to dance around before having hateful messages such as “Gay Boy” and “I love D*ck” were scrawled on his body.  Immediately after, Steven Simpson was doused with tanning oil and then set on fire.

 

Queerdo’s Call to Action: STOP BEING COMPLACENT!

Watching the my news stream on facebook yesterday was as disheartening as watching the actual news.  Hundreds of thousands of people flooding to a large corporate fast food chain to show the world how much they “hate the queers” (Yes, that is an actual quote. *sigh*) 

One girl who I have known for twenty years, proudly boasted that she was “Eating a (Corporation’s Name) Sandwhich, and watching Will & Grace”.  She, like many others believed that this wasn’t an issue about being homophobic but the real issue was free speech.  Which is the excuse that was immediately conjured up by right wing homophobic Christians who wanted to justify the owner of this corporations right to fund hate groups and be blatantly homophobic.

As I saw the number of “haters” and homophobes that stood in those lines, I became even more motivated and empowered than I have been in a long time.  I’m worth MORE than a chicken sandwich damn it!

The issues we have had in the past are still with us.  Maybe a few of these issues aren’t as bad as they were before but let’s face it, we still don’t have federal protection against employment discrimination, marriage equality, a federal hate crime law to protect those who are attacked, gender identity protection, there is not enough education on homosexuality because it is still not acceptable to be taught in school, nor is any type of pride or information about LGBTQ historical figures taught.  Earlier this week, it was reported that the religious right in this country is further pushing for tougher legislation in Africa where corrective rape is considered to be okay and “proposed legislation would invoke the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality.”‘

Aggravated homosexuality?  What about aggravated ignorance? 

We are at a critical time in our “fight” for equality and we need more people to stand up and STOP BEING COMPLACENT! 

If anything came out of yesterdays demonstration of hate, I hope that at least the straight allies of the LGBTQ community have learned something by all of the hatred that has come out of this [corporate name withheld] shit.  This is the kind of world we live in where too many of us in the LGBTQ community have our lives threatened and our ability to be happy threatened by people like Dan Cathy, Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, and more. If it were up to them, we would all disappear or be placed into institutions to be “saved” from our sins, and apparently receive the death sentence for living. We would become victims of exorcisms, labotomies, and corrective rapes.   You can say this isn’t an important cause and that we need to stop worrying about a fast food chain, but for me, it’s extremely too personal and just the beginning of what needs to be a major fight.  Believe me folks, we are some of the friendliest people out there because of all of the crap we have to endure (for some of us it’s an every day struggle). We get to watch our heterosexual counterparts celebrate love when they find it whether through simple hand holding or marriage ceremonies but have to keep quiet about our own expressions of love.  We are your bankers, doctors, lawyers, fire fighters, police men and women, friends, family members, and neighbors, yet because of the genitals between the legs of myself and my partner(s), we are called everything from perverts to pedophiles to sinners and monsters, fags, dykes, etc. We are bullied by society and yet we still find a reason to celebrate life. It’s called LOVE. We love each other and if that’s wrong then Jesus, God, any Goddesses, Angels, Allah’s etc, please come and take me to where I belong because the desire to hurt one another on this planet is seriously killing me.

Anyone who says they “don’t get it” at this point, doesn’t want to get it.  We shouldn’t have to spend millions of dollars on commercials to be accepted.  We shouldn’t have to walk on eggshells around people who are uncomfortable with the idea of two queers being together.  No body asks me how I feel about a man and woman being together.  I mean, I don’t understand it, and I don’t understand how it’s enjoyable but I’m not going to go out and push for them to get fixed to fit my mold.

The time has come to take a stand once and for all.  Complacency is over.