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Colombian Bishop Worries That Gay Dad Could Develop Sexual Attraction To His Two Adopted Boys

When asked about Mr Burr’s suitability as a father the bishop said, “I do not know him and I am not accusing him of anything, but one thing is clear and that is that he has homosexual tendencies and he is going to receive a boy of 10-years-old and an adolescent of 13, and between them there won’t be a father-son relationship.” He continued, “He will receive two children at an age when they may be attractive to him, which could be a temptation“.


To balance the crazy a little, though, is this fantastic article about a supportive family with a transgender child: Jonas and Wyatt Maines were born identical twins, but from the start each had a distinct personality. The twin boys were identical in every way but one. Wyatt was a girl to the core, and now lives as one, with the help of a brave, loving family and a path-breaking doctor’s care. Check the first page for a picture of the now-14-year-old twins, Jonas and Nicole.
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Y'all, I just don't even know, any more. I have always given to the Salvation Army during the holiday season; my spare change any time I was out and about went into one of their red kettles. And now, well. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lexicale, I know differently. Copied from her post:

A reminder this holiday season!

Pass by those red buckets, ignore those jingling bells.

The Salvation Army is a church not a charity. They are an anti-gay religious group that openly discriminates in its hiring process and denies benefits to same-sex partners. They are also pro-life.

But more significantly, they use the money they get to pay lobbyists to pass anti-gay legislation.

Here is a list of legislative action that the Salvation Army has funded to deny homosexuals their rights, or even make homosexual sex a criminal act.

For every dollar you put in their bucket, some of it will be spent to oppress gay men and women and make the world a worse place.

Here is a PDF from their own website detailing their bigoted and ugly views on sexuality -- a view point that has contributed to the bullying of and suicide of gay teens in this country.

There is the argument that they do feed the hungry -- and they do -- but please keep this in mind.

In 2004, when NYC planned to require businesses to extend benefits to same-sex partners, the Salvation Army threatened to close all their soup kitchens and leave the city. To be clear: The Salvation Army would rather people starve to death than recognize the rights of gay people.

They are a disreputable and bigoted group that do not deserve your support, especially when there are so many other, better charities out there working to feed the hungry.

So when you go shopping this season, please remember to pass by those buckets. Do not give them a cent. Money that you earned, that you worked for, that you donated in good faith, should not be used to back hate legislation.

Instead, please consider donating to one of these reputable charities:

Goodwill
The Red Cross
Doctors Without Borders
Habitat for Humanity
The Trevor Project

PLEASE spread this message and let your friends know. You can repost this info in your own journal, or link back here to mine.

Deceitful businesses such as the Salvation Army do not deserve your support. Taking people's money with the explicit goal of feeding the hungry, and then using it to back hate legislation, makes them dishonest at best, thieves at worst, and bigots either way.


EDIT: I added a link to cite the incident with NYC. Also, I got the date wrong -- it was 2004, not 2001. My apologies! I definitely want to keep all my facts straight and honest :)

EDIT 2: I changed the last line to explain why I believe the actions of the SA to be dishonest.
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I know a lot of people have posted about this project in the last few days, and I want to add my voice, too.

Project It Gets Better was started by columnist Dan Savage and his husband as a way to get the word out to LGBT kids that life does get better. The project is a series of videos hosted on a YouTube channel, with people talking about their experiences, their lives, how it got better for them.

[livejournal.com profile] rivers_bend has a post here that has links to some heart-breaking stories about gay teens bullied until they took their lives.

Take a moment to read the articles, and watch some of the videos. Then pass the word along to anyone you think might be willing to participate, or who might be comforted by the knowledge they're not alone and it does get better.

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