Tag: lgbt

A Letter to My Gay Friends

 

June is widely recognized as “Pride Month,” and I’m sure we’ll see lots of reminders of that over the next few weeks. Most people aren’t aware that the Pride movement was inspired by, and is in part to commemorate, a specific series of events, the Stonewall Riots in New York City in 1969.

Like members of many other minority groups in American history, homosexual men and women faced discrimination, both legal and cultural, that was overcome only slowly and often at great personal cost. But it was overcome: today people who experience same-sex attraction have the same rights as heterosexuals and enjoy widespread public acceptance.

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A few minutes ago I learned that Nigerians are required to obtain a “National Identity Number” on pain of 14 years jail time.  I was thinking about that and wondering how we’d respond: Which led me to remember that essentially all of us have Social Security Numbers. But then I remembered something else.  All male […]

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Sprinting Towards Sodom

 

OK, that is a deliberately provocative title. But there’s a new Gallup poll about LGBT self-identification in the US and the results are alarming for a traditionalist like myself, with an unexpected twist. The title of this post is intended as a homage to Robert Bork’s terrific Slouching Towards Gomorrah, published in 1996. I highly recommend the book, which is available online free (here), though I can’t vouch for the copyright legitimacy of this version. I have it in my Audible library.

Onto the data and graphics. The latest Gallup poll, released this week but reporting polling data from 2020 (here), reports an increase in LGBT self-identification to 5.6%. The prior reported figure, from 2017 (here), was 4.5%. That’s an increase of about 24% since 2017. Here’s how it breaks down by age cohort:

On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky and Staff Editor Madeline Osburn break down the events, people, and legislation that shaped the cultural momentum to reclaim biological sex as a concept and push back on transgender politics.

Welcome back from Thanksgiving break! Grab a stool as Jim and Greg dissect good, bad, and crazy martinis today. First, while Greg laments another Ohio State win over Michigan, they love the powerful pro-life story involving OSU’s star running back. They also slam Michael Bloomberg for saying taxes on poor people are good because then poor people won’t make as many bad choices for themselves. And they roll their eyes as LGBT activists complain about the absence of same-sex romances in Hallmark and Lifetime Christmas movies. You’ll also enjoy their unvarnished analysis of the Hallmark movies as they currently exist.

et tu, Chick-fil-A?

 

Unlike Kanye, I have never written a song comparing my beloved to Chick-fil-A though it might work just plugging it in to Shakespeare’s Sonnet #18: Shall I compare thee to a Chick-fil-A?  Like most people, Christians included, I just enjoyed a good chicken sandwich.  I also appreciated a rare corporate entity that offered a polite nod to my faith instead of trying to make me forget it or apologize for it.  

So, I was quite taken aback to see news reports that Chick-fil-A would end its support for so-called “anti-LGBT groups.”  Who are these groups?  The Salvation Army and The Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  Huh?  Labeling these organizations “anti-LGBT groups” is quite curious.  To be sure, they are formally “Christian” organizations that hold traditional Christian views about homosexuality and same-sex marriage.  But the work they perform in the communities they serve cannot be characterized as “anti-LGBT” in good faith.  Yet, the litany of news stories about this shift in policy has identified them as such without any qualification.  

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There’s been a lot of reflection in 2018 about the year 1968, a half century past.  Generally regarded as one of the most disquieting years in American history, there were assassinations, urban race riots, the ongoing and controversial war in Viet Nam, all the campus protests and unrest, the Democratic National Convention which descended into […]

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. . . the special interest groups which form the left worldwide get their panties (jocks?) in a wad about the other groups from time to time.  Here’s this tidbit from across The Pond: https://pjmedia.com/trending/lesbians-blame-transgenderism-for-conversion-therapy-and-rape-culture-at-london-pride-parade/ Preview Open

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David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America celebrate the Supreme Court decision that upheld a portion of President Trump’s travel ban, overturning lower court rulings. They also applaud the SCOTUS decision in favor of Trinity Lutheran Church against the State of Missouri in a religious liberty case. And they question Pride Month’s “inclusivity” as LGBT members of the Jewish community are ejected from a Chicago pride march for having the Star of David on a rainbow flag.

Milo to be Keynote Speaker at CPAC

 

CPAC has announced that this year’s keynote speaker will be Milo Yiannopoulos, the controversial Breitbart editor whose talk was shut down earlier this month through violence at the University of California at Berkeley.

Yiannopoulos told The Hollywood Reporter that he will discuss his “experiences in America battling feminists, Black Lives Matter, the media, professors and the entertainment industry.”

…According to The Hollywood Reporter, those protests are part of the reason CPAC Chairman Matt Schlapp decided to host Yiannopoulos as the meeting’s keynote speaker.

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An internet dating site for Christians is run by a private company.  They also have separate sites for Catholic singles and Adventist singles. California is forcing them to include gay singles.  Whereas they only had two entry categories (“single man seeking woman” and “single woman seeking man”) now they will have to just let anyone […]

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I’m seeing more and more anecdotes in the news about LGBT individuals and groups coming out in public support for the second amendment. It makes me wonder how they’ll vote this November, given the vehement anti-gun rhetoric coming from the Democrats. I also wonder how the LGBT folks feel now about the Ninth Circuit’s recent […]

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Some in the Firearms Community Are Helping Some in the LGBT Community

 
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As you might imagine, this week’s episodes of “Cam and Company” — a Second Amendment news broadcast show that I produce for NRA News — have focused on the horrific massacre in Orlando, Florida. One of the stories that host Cam Edwards discussed that’s been gathering steam all week is about the number of people in the LGBT community who have decided to arm themselves for self-defense. The Washington Times reported yesterday that Pink Pistols, a LGBT gun-rights group, has seen membership spike after Orlando attack:

Don’t Blame “Self Loathing.” Blame Jihadism.

 

pulse-orlando-shootingDon’t rush to infer motivations, some warned after Omar Mateen’s attack on Orlando’s Pulse nightclub in Sunday’s early hours. We simply don’t know, certainly in the first 24 hours, why a disturbed individual would choose to go on a terrible killing spree. Who knows what abnormalities are at work in such a person’s mind? Even if they say Napoleon or Space Commander Alpha sent them, we can hardly take their word for it.

To be sure, certain clues might have seemed vital. For example, not only had Mateen vowed allegiance to Islamic State in a 911 call during his attack (and also on Facebook, it later turned out), but IS itself within hours accepted his vow and welcomed his actions via a news agency, quite a bit faster than it acknowledged the allegiance of and praised the husband-and-wife attackers in San Bernardino last year. In fact, as New York Times reporter Rukmini Callimachi pointed out, Mateen, like the San Bernardino attackers and the attackers at a Garland, TX, cartoon exhibition (and like a number of attackers in Europe) had followed closely a protocol laid out by IS itself for announcing loyalty contemporaneously with an independently carried out act of violence.

Some of the wait-and-see commentators seem to regard news developments in the days since then as having vindicated their position. For example, no evidence has emerged that Mateen coordinated his attack in advance with any IS leadership. The problem here is that, as Callimachi points out, IS’s own recommendations for attacks on the West emphasize exactly the avoidance of such pre-coordination, which would give investigators more trails to follow leading to IS actors. Mateen had also followed other steps typical of IS recommendations, including taking hostages in a closed space, which increases the chance of a drawn-out siege (good for media interest) ending in the death of the attacker (who therefore cannot be debriefed for intelligence.)

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Credit where it’s due – those who were pushing this issue have made “LGBT” a term so familiar it needs no explanation. (Although as an aside: why do we need an L and a G? Isn’t the G enough?) But I noticed during the push for gay marriage that it was only about the L […]

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