Category: religion and gay hate

Religion & Gay Hate; Daniel Radcliff on Michael Sam; AIDS Film & Gay Dancers

Religion & Gay Hate

A guy named Victor Sadet allegedly followed a group of gay men out of a restaurant and started shouting hateful slurs at them. But more than that, he quoted from the bible and then said that his deep religious beliefs led him to behave this way. He felt he was right doing what he did.

Calling Tweedie a “f*cking fa**ot”, the holy roller was certain to clarify that the book of Leviticus called for Tweedie’s death. The man was later interviewed by WILX 10 News and confirmed that it was indeed his religious principles that drove him to act like an utter lunatic.

There’s more here, with a video.

I don’t think I’ll ever live long enough to understand this kind of hate coming from so-called religious people who claim to be acting in the name of their respective religions. If you look at this all from a logical POV, one thing completely cancels out the other.

My only other comment is that it’s a good thing he didn’t pull this act on another type of gay man. I think if he’d pulled something like this on me, or even on Tony, he would have been left standing in that parking lot in tears. And, he never would have done something like that to a gay person again.

Daniel Radcliff on Michael Sam

I recently read something J.K. Rowling did that was very generous. I can’t remember exactly what it was, but I always find that like Rowling, Daniel Radcliff from the Harry Potter films always does or says the right things. In this case, he’s commenting on how much he admires Michael Sam, the NFL player who recently came out in public and literally changed the landscape for all gay athletes.

Radcliffe is impressed with how Sam has handled the scrutiny and being one of the last picks.

‘I think he’s amazing, frankly. In interviews, at no point does he allow himself to be portrayed as a victim or someone who deserves extra sympathy. He’s brilliant at shutting that down. I think everybody else just hopes he does fucking brilliantly this year, and that there’s [going to be] a list of quarterbacks who got sacked by a gay defensive end.’

He makes more comments here. He’s evidently a fan of the sport, too. Take note, James Franco, this is how you act and react the right way. I never see anyone in the press going after Radcliff.

AIDS Film & Gay Dancers

This is an interesting link because it’s about a film that deals with AIDS, but it’s not a depressing film. The title of the film is Test and it’s about professional dancers dealing with AIDS. Director Chris Mason Johnson claims the film is uplifting and it’s not something we would normally expect from a film about AIDS. He talks about how difficult it’s been to market a film like this to the mainstream because they expect depressing when it’s related to AIDS. But I think I like this comment he makes the most…more than any other comment I’ve read in a long time because I’m always talking about this here on the blog, and it falls mostly on deaf ears.

 ‘I think one of the things we like about TEST is because the characters are gay but they’re not stereotypes.

 ‘I think we’ve made a huge amount of progress but I think there’s still one way the mainstream is comfortable with gay people being portrayed and that’s the clown and the court jester and I’m kind of tired of that.

 ‘I do think it’s easier to cast a straight actor in a gay role. It becomes a badge of honour, it gives them status. Ultimately, Johnson wants Test to speak for itself.

I’m tired of it, too. I think most of us are tired of it. Though I’ve never used the terms clown and court jester, I’m tired of the way they treat us like pet poodles. Either that, or as if we’re lab rats put on this earth to be picked and examined to see how we work.

There was a discussion about this last week on social media and one person made the comment that he/she thinks he/she doesn’t have to be gay to understand what it is to be gay. Interesting.

You can read the rest here.

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Transgender Murder Documentary; Anderson Cooper on Alec Baldwin; Minister Convicted for Gay Marriage

Transgender Murder Documentary

Last night we watched an HBO documentary for the first time titled, Valentine Rd. It covers the murder of transgender teen, Larry King, and the events leading up to his death. I’d been following the story for a while and I new most of the basics, but what I didn’t know was how the jury reacted when it came time to hand down a verdict to the teen who murdered Larry King in cold blood. According to the facts, it was pre-meditated, the intent to kill was obvious, and the DA presented a case that seemed about as solid as they get. And yet the way in which the jury interpreted the law, and the murder of a transgender, made me wonder how could it be possible to get that many stupid people together in one group at the same time.

In February 2008, 15-year-old openly gay eighth-grader Larry King flirtatiously approached classmate Brandon McInerney and asked him to be his valentine. A few days later Larry was dead, shot twice in the back of the head by Brandon.

The film, which airs tonight at 9 ET/PT . on HBO, chronicles the Oxnard, Calif., murder, which has been described as the most prominent gay bias crime since the murder of Matthew Shepard a decade earlier. The case brought widespread media attention to issues of teen gender expression and sexual identity, as well as gun violence at schools.

From what I gathered according to this documentary, the jury members felt sorry for the murderer because transgender Larry King embarrassed him in front of all his straight male peers. Larry King was open about being transgender and even wore high heels and make up to school. Straight boys found that uncomfortable at best. Most of the people on the jury associated with the trial who seemed so supportive of the murderer were women.

You can read more here.

Anderson Cooper on Alec Baldwin

I posted about Alec Baldwin’s most recent gay slurs yesterday, and this is a follow up to a few more things Anderson Cooper had to say about it.

Speaking to a panel on Monday’s “AC360 Later,” Cooper laid into Baldwin, calling him a liar for saying that he was unaware that “c-ksucking” could be used in a homophobic way.

“For him to say, I was informed of this afterward, I mean come on!” he said.

He later added that he didn’t understand why Baldwin was getting a “pass” for his comments.
“If Alec Baldwin had yelled the n-word to that photographer, or yelled some anti-Jewish slur, it would be over!” he said.

If you don’t think Anderson Cooper is right, all you have to do is reflect on what Paula Deen said last summer. And she did that years and years ago and not even in the same vicious context with which Baldwin made his remarks.

I don’t think people are actually getting it yet.

Read more here.

Minister Convicted for Gay Marriage

I saw this on the news last night on TV, and the tone with which the local anchor man read it sounded like complete disgust…as if he couldn’t even believe something like this would happen. And this anchor man is usually objective expressionless about everything.

A United Methodist pastor was convicted Monday of breaking church law by officiating his son’s same-sex wedding and could be defrocked after a high-profile trial that has rekindled debate over the denomination’s policy on gay marriage.

The Methodist church put the Rev. Frank Schaefer on trial in southeastern Pennsylvania, accusing him of breaking his pastoral vows by presiding over the 2007 ceremony in Massachusetts.
You can read more here. I’m not all that surprised.