Pope Francis, Again; Gays Donating Blood; Openly Gay Cast Member In SNL Not Included; Meadows Are Not Forever

Pope Francis, Again

Many seem to be up in those cliched arms because Pope Francis recently compared transgender people to nuclear weapons.

He said this:

Pope Francis has compared trans people to nuclear weapons, saying both do not ‘recognize the order of creation’.

The argument could be made that if transgender people are, indeed, part of the order of creation then the Church and society are more like nuclear weapons than anything else for judging and going against this natural order. The trans people I know did not choose to be trans, they were born that way. If you believe in God, then God created them. No one manipulated them.

He also said this:

‘Let’s think also of genetic manipulation, of the manipulation of life, or of the gender theory, that does not recognize the order of creation.’

This could also be argued in more than one way. For one thing, if the Pope’s argument held truth than fire, the wheel, and penicillin wouldn’t have been created. It’s all science related, so how do you choose one against the other?

You can read more here about what the Pope says. He also wears a white maxi dress and a matching white hat. With all due respect to the Pope, would you take any advice from a strange elderly bald man on the street wearing the same outfit?

Gays Donating Blood

I’ve posted about this before…gays donating blood and organs. You can read more about that here.  As you’ll see below, it’s not a simple matter.

Tony winner Alan Cumming has a big problem with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) blood donor deferral policy for gay and bisexual men. 

‘If you’re gay and you want to save lives, the FDA will let you. You just can’t have sex for a year,’ Cumming points out in a video released today to raise awareness about the policy.

In a mocking video, Cummings offers suggestions about how to abstain from sex for one year.

The 31 year old ban dates back to the first days of the AIDS crisis, when people were infected because of contaminated blood that had been donated by people with AIDS…without knowing it. Back then no one knew much about AIDS and it took years to figure out the concept of safe sex alone. I was young, but I do remember hearing about it all.

But the FDA wants to replace the policy – enacted during the early days of the AIDS epidemic in the US – with a one-year deferral that would only permit gay and bisexual men to donate blood if they have not had sex with another man in the past year

Many are considering this discrimination, and count me among them. You can read more here.

Openly Gay Cast Member In SNL Not Included

Recently, there was a 40th reunion of Saturday Night Live (SNL) and you would have thought the heavens opened up and God came down from straight heaven if you were on Twitter that night. Twitter is like that whenever there’s an award event or something straight people just can’t seem to get enough of. Personally, I never watched SNL more than once or twice in my life because of the straight humor. I found myself yawning and the time just didn’t pass quickly enough.

In any event, I obviously didn’t watch the 40th reunion either so I didn’t know about this until just now. It’s a form of passive aggressive homophobia I post about often. Evidently, a gay cast member from SNL, Terry Sweeney, wasn’t recognized on the reunion show and now there’s talk about why.

Sirius XM Radio talk show host Frank DeCaro was among those outraged by what he considered a slight. 

‘Leaving Terry Sweeney — the only openly gay male cast member in the forty-year history of Saturday Night Live — out of the anniversary special doesn’t sit well with me,’ DeCaro wrote in a Facebook post. 

‘His Nancy Reagan impression could easily have been included in the political clip montage.’

Up until 2012, Sweeney had been the only openly gay cast member ever on the show…notice I emphasize the word openly here. But this isn’t all there is to the story.

According to a 2012 Gawker article entitled He’s Not Chevy, He’s an Assole: A History of Chevy Chase’s Horrific Behavior, Chase suggesting that Sweeney star in a sketch where they weighed him every week to see if he had AIDS. 

‘So then he ended up having to apologize and actually coming to my office,’ Sweeney says in the article. ‘He was really furious that he had to apologize to me.’

The one redeeming aspect of this article is that Lorne Michaels of SNL was very supportive of Sweeney during a time when gay people were dealing with all kinds of discrimination because of AIDS. That’s called going down on the right side of history.

You can read the rest here. 

New Release: Meadows Are Not Forever

I have another new release out today, Meadows Are Not Forever, that’s a contemporary gay romance with all classic romance elements. I didn’t waver on this one because I wanted it to be a romance. Right now it’s up on Smashwords, and I’ll post more links when I get them.

Meadows Are Not Forever 

Fred Karger: Openly Gay Presidential Candidate Still Running

As I write post this, Fred Karger, an openly gay man, is still running for President of the United States.

According to this e-mail I received earlier today:

I have known Fred for 20 years and have watched him closely the last two years as he has crisscrossed this country dozens and dozens of times as a candidate for President. He is constantly fighting the good fight for so many of us.

Today Fred is celebrating his 62nd birthday in Detroit – 2,200 miles away from home. In fact, he has been campaigning all over Michigan this past week for the February 28th Michigan Primary. Fred is one of only 6 candidates still running who will be on the Michigan ballot.

I asked him this morning what he would like for his birthday, and he replied, “I could sure use a contribution to our campaign. We need to make our Michigan commercials and buy TV time here right away.”

I thought I would surprise Fred with a $62.00 contribution to “Fred Karger for President.” I hope that you will contribute too and celebrate all that he has done.

Let’s surprise Fred by raising $10,000 today! Please send in $62.00, or whatever you can afford to make this a very happy birthday for our friend.

Thank you for your support.

Here’s the link if you are so inclined to contribute. This is Fred Karger’s web site and you can also read more about him there.

MIKE MANNING on Supporting Fred Karger, Openly Gay Man, For President

What surprises me is that I have yet to see anything about Fred Karger in the mainstream media. He hasn’t been mentioned on TV, in magazines, or in newspapers. I know all about Herman Cain’s excellent adventures, more than I care to know about, frankly. But not one word about Fred Karger…good or bad.

Fred Karger is gay and he’s open about it and he’s making serious bid to become President of the United States.

And I haven’t heard or seen anything about it in the m/m romance community either. I don’t know about anyone else, but as an openly gay man I find it interesting that someone like Fred Karger would even attempt to run for President. I may or may not vote for him. That remains to be seen. But I’d like to be educated about him so I can form a decision based on solid information given to me.

And I think he deserves just as much attention as good old Herman Cain, Bachman, or Romney.

Court Ends Ban: Openly Gay in the Military

I read this tonight and wanted to post about something I think is important. And no one ever mentions this aloud, at least not from anything I’ve read or heard from the media.

I can tell you all first hand there are gays in the military. I’ve dated marines, naval officers, privates in the army, and once I had a six month relationship with a guy in the national guard. Most people didn’t even know we were gay when we were out in public.

I know other gay men who have dated other guys in the military, and nothing bad happened. The churches are still standing; God didn’t come down and strike us all dead.

There are plenty of gay men in the military now, and there always have been. I didn’t turn the guys in the military I dated gay. In fact, the aggressive military guys always pursued me. It’s simple, it’s natural, and there’s nothing wrong with it.

Here’s the link, and here’s the article:

A federal appeals court in San Francisco issued a ruling Wednesday that ends enforcement of the law banning openly gay people from serving in the military, citing the Obama administration’s recent determination that gays and lesbians have suffered a history of discrimination.

The statute known as “don’t ask, don’t tell” was ruled unconstitutional by U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips in September, and a ban on its enforcement was imposed a month later. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals stayed Phillips’ ruling, though, while it was being appealed and to allow the Defense Department time to prepare for integrating gays into the armed services.

A three-judge panel of the appeals court lifted that stay in a two-page order Wednesday, granting a motion brought by the Log Cabin Republicans, a gay-rights advocacy group that sued the federal government over “don’t ask, don’t tell” seven years ago.

The 9th Circuit order signed by Chief Judge Alex Kozinski and two appointees of President Clinton cited recent changes in administration policy calling for “heightened scrutiny” of laws that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, like the Defense of Marriage Act, which deprives same-sex married couples of federal benefits.

“Gay and lesbian individuals have suffered a long and significant history of purposeful discrimination,” the administration said last week in ordering equal treatment of the spouse of a lesbian lawyer who works for the 9th Circuit.

The appeals panel also noted that the Defense Department “is well under way” in its training of soldiers and sailors for the transition to openly gay service by mid-summer.