Gay Friday


I've always been a fan of Howard Stern, despite his crude behavior and antics. I love him even more after this fairly serious discussion on his Sirius radio show yesterday. Okay, a few tasteless asides, but Howard has been a supporter of the gay community for years. He's got a legion of straight male followers, so I bet their mouths were hanging open. Listen to it above. The language is salty so might not be safe for work, school or church.

Republican Rep. Virginia Foxx called Matthew Shepard's murder a "hoax" on the floor of the US House during debate on expanding the hate crime bill to include sexual orientation. She later apologized, but didn't mean it. This is another conservative, right-wing Christian crazy hellbent on demonizing and taking the rights of the GLBT community. My hope is that North Carolina voters send this witch packing during the next election cycle. The right wing loonies are up in arms over the bill, which should have been passed years ago, but failed because Bush threatened to veto it. The new law would define hate crimes as those motivated by prejudice and based on someone's race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. It's about fucking time. Let's get it passed in the Senate and to Obama's desk. He's already said he'll sign it into law.

New Hampshire and Maine are in the early stages of approving gay marriage, if the governors don't wussy out. Step by step, one state at a time, human and civil rights for all. California...your day is coming.  

I'm sure many of you have heard about the suicide of 11-year-old Jaheem Herrera, who committed suicide on April 16 after months of bullying and anti-gay taunts. Although Jaheem never identified as gay, the issue has become a lightening-rod in the GLBTQ community. Of course, bullying of all sorts has gone on since time began, but there has been an increase in the use of the word "gay" and "faggot" to taunt and diminish other children whether they are gay or not. "Gay" has also become slang for "lame" or "stupid," and so taken out of context that I believe many young children really don't understand the origin. Parents and teachers should step in, but most of the time they don't. A soft spoken or shy boy and girls who are tomboys really doesn't have a chance in schools these days because the bullies, who often have trouble at home or are suppressing desires they can't yet explain, know exactly which buttons to push. After the brutal murder of gay kids like Lawrence King and other suicides, what is it going to take for school districts and parents to wake the fuck up and realize there is a serious issue and stop looking the other way? 

Comments

Happyflower said…
yay! If you check out my facebook wall, you will see I am trying to "enlighten" a leader(preacher) of church about it. He's out there in his church and on facebook spewing this stuff, and if he would actually read the bill, he would see the bill actually protects us all, him included. He thinks it is to prevent him from speaking his viewpoints. Okay I know we went to the same rural conservative school in Indiana, but didn't we all learn about the right to free speech? I am so happy I got out of that pocket of the country and actually educated myself on the real world, not the conservative Amish world. lol
KATE EVANS said…
Thanks for the summary of so much that's been happening on the queer front lately. We're living in amazing times. When I first came out eons ago, there wasn't this kind of national attention about such varied issues related to gay rights. As distressing as the verbal and physical violence is against queer people (especially those who present some version of gender-bending), I'm so glad that it's a topic of national discussion--and that the bigots are being called on it by high profile people.

Did you see that the new UK poet laureate is a lesbian? I just posted on FB about it.
Emily Lloyd said…
Re:bullying--yep, parents & school districts need to wake up. But that's only the tiniest part of what will help. Kids find ways of bullying behind adults' backs now more than ever these days--mean text messages, MySpace comments, etc. Adults will never be able to effectively police this. What needs to happen? There needs to be a sense of shame associated with making an anti-gay remark, as there currently is (in many places) in making a racist remark or the kind of idiotic remark Obama made about Special Olympics. People need to widely see that behavior as shameful and unacceptable. If kids don't see it that way, it won't make much of a difference if parents do.
Anonymous said…
Love the Howard Stern clip. Thanks for posting.

GAV
jessica handler said…
a hoax? A HOAX??? I'd like to hit her.
Anonymous said…
Too long overdue! "human rights and civil rights for all"
Maggie May said…
i am a huge Stern fan.
ButtonHole said…
Yeah, a HOAX? What, so Matthew Shepard is actually alive and well, just hiding out, chillin'? Or is she not denying that he died but saying that it was not a hate crime? Back where I'm from, folks aren't beaten and tied to fences out of love.

Disgusting! Horrid enough the way he died; to deny any aspect of his death is to kill him again.
christine said…
I hate that any kids suffer at the hands of bullies. And you're right, some of those bullies feel urges they don't understand, and live in homes where the parents are ignorant.

Howard Stern is a plain-spoken guy. Wonder if he'll change anyone's mind...

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