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I’m an otherwise straight man (who fell in love with his best friend)

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Emails reveal school canceled musical for ‘homosexual themes,’ then lied about it

Think Progress

Earlier this summer, a northern Pennsylvania high school announced it was canceling a production of the musical Monty Python’s Spamalot next spring because it included a same-sex wedding. Despite the school’s attempt to spin a different rationale, emails procured by Keystone Progress through Pennsylvania’s “Right To Know” law confirm that it was, in fact, canceled for its “homosexual themes.”

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Pat Robertson: Possibly gay teen will be straight if he has a man in his life

On Tuesday’s edition of the “700 Club,” a viewer told Robertson that her 13-year-old step-son, who “lives with his mother most of the time,” has “crushes on boys” and wanted the televangelist’s help.

Repeating the myth that homosexuality is the result of a lack of parental bonding, Robertson said “his attraction is now toward other men because he’s raised by a woman.”

“I would get him male companions, I’d get him some man to help him, some mentor, someone who cares about young men,” Robertson advised. “He is being raised by a single woman and that is skewing his orientation.”

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HRC report examines World Congress of Families’ anti-gay influence, extremism

WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign on Monday released a new report examining what it calls one of the most influential groups in America promoting and coordinating the exportation of anti-LGBT bigotry, ideology, and legislation abroad: the Rockford, Ill.-based World Congress of Families.

WCFLabeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and active in several nations across five continents, the World Congress of Families (WCF) has organized large international “pro-family” conventions that bring together the most fringe activists engaged in anti-LGBT extremism since 1997.

The group, together with its dozens of partner organizations, has been working to promote anti-LGBT rhetoric and legislation abroad, including in Russia and several African countries.

In July, WCF announced that its next annual international convention will take place in Salt Lake City, making it the first ever hosted on American soil.

“The World Congress of Families coordinates a dangerous group of activists spreading anti-LGBT rhetoric and promoting laws and policies that criminalize LGBT people and the speech of those who support them,” said Ty Cobb, HRC Foundation’s Director of Global Engagement.

“They praise Vladimir Putin as the standard-bearer for traditional ‘family values’ and honored a Nigerian activist who claims LGBT advocates conspire with the terrorist group Boko Haram with a “Woman of the Year” award. Their advocacy abroad harms LGBT people from Russia to Nigeria and beyond,” said Cobb.

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The report by the HRC Foundation, the educational arm of HRC, documents: WCF’s origins and founding members; a timeline of its major international events; affiliations with prominent American officials, political groups, and religious organizations; engagement and lobbying with leaders and lawmakers abroad; and the primary regions in which the group has been most active.

According to the report, the WCF and its affiliates are connected to anti-LGBT advocacy in Uganda, Russia, Nigeria, and many other countries.

“This organization and their affiliates’ global advocacy have corresponded with a dangerous rise in anti-LGBT laws, discrimination, and even violence around the world,” said Cobb.

The World Congress of Families partner organizations include: American Family Association, Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, Concerned Women for America and the Family Research Council.

The report is here.

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AFA’s Bryan Fischer: Homosexuality ‘causes an inner revulsion’

KYLE MANTYLA | Right Wing Watch

American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer kicked off his radio program Thursday with a discussion about the revulsion that God feels whenever gay people have sex, which is the same disgust that all human beings feel when thinking about it unless, that is, they have been brainwashed by society to accept it.

Homosexuality, Fischer explained, is an “abomination” because “it causes an inner revulsion. In other words, when you see it, you think about it, you recoil from it. Your instinct is to recoil from it in some kind of disgust.”

“Homosexual behavior is an abomination to God,” he continued. “When God sees it, it causes him to recoil. And when we think about the actual act of homosexuality, we have exactly the same reaction. Most people think about that, they don’t want to think about that, they don’t want to visualize it because it is disgusting. And if people aren’t politically conditioned to accept it, their natural reaction is that’s just not normal, that’s just not natural, that’s not what human beings were designed for, that’s not what they were made for”:

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Sen. Ted Cruz to join anti-gay activists in honoring his father

Next month, Rick Scarborough’s Vision America will host its annual “Heroes of Faith Gala” where the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins will receive the 2014 “National Hero of Faith Award” and Rafael Cruz, a Religious Right activist and father of Sen. Ted Cruz, will be honored with the “Don Wildmon Award,” named for the founder of the American Family Association.

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‘Ex-Gay’ activist claims schools teach kids that ‘gay sex is wonderful’

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Renowned chef Anthony Bourdain voices support for marriage equality

Emmy Award-winning chef, author and TV host Anthony Bourdain voices his support for marriage equality in the latest video from the Human Rights Campaign’s “Americans For Marriage Equality” campaign.

In the video, Bourdain states, “A common thread of the people I admire – whoever they are, wherever they are – are people who are proud and do things with love, and feel a sense of responsibility to others. What sensible person could be against that?”

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Bourdain is a renowned chef, bestselling author and Emmy winning TV host, as well as a trailblazer and outspoken commentator who provides unique insights into food, current events, and cultures around the world.

He is known for his 2000 book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, and in 2005 he began hosting the culinary and cultural adventure program Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations on the Travel Channel.

In 2013, he joined CNN to host Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, which has won both an Emmy Award and a Peabody Award.

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Columnist: Disney is ‘indoctrinating’ children with ‘pro-gay agenda’

A conservative columnist for the Tampa Tribune criticized the Walt Disney Co. for allegedly pushing a “pro-gay agenda,” asserting that the company is using its programming to “indoctrinate” children about “gay lifestyles and gay marriage.”

Douglas MacKinnon

Douglas MacKinnon

In his August 12 column, Douglas MacKinnon – a former aide to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush – charged that Disney was peddling the “gay agenda” to “impressionable children” by exposing them to “openly gay characters and couples”:

Beginning with the takeover of the company by Michael Eisner in 1984 and continuing under the leadership of Robert Iger since 2005, it can be argued that Disney has been working overtime to redefine “family values.”

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Back in the late 1990s when I worked with former Sen. Bob Dole, I had the pleasure to interact with Iger. He was professional, respectful and could not have been more kind or considerate. Since taking over, he has only made the company more profitable. But beyond his fiscal responsibility to shareholders, does Iger have an even greater responsibility to impressionable children?

Disney has made no secret that it pushes a pro-gay agenda. That is most certainly its right. But where does the company draw the line? A former Disney executive I spoke with told me the company has taken direct aim at children to indoctrinate them about gay lifestyles and gay marriage through shows it airs on The Disney Channel and Disney XD.

The former executive said one of the more subtle techniques is to incorporate the colors of the gay-pride flag in as many shots as possible. The colors are woven in as a wink and nod to the gay community and show up on shirts, hats, posters, stacked cups and rings. The practice has been picked up by other children’s networks and national advertisers.

Disney also pushes the gay agenda by introducing openly gay characters and couples on its children’s programing. Again, that is their right, but should they be in the business of entertaining children or indoctrinating them? [emphasis added]

MacKinnon never explains what harm might be caused by featuring gay-inclusive programming - suggesting that he sees an inherent harm in simply letting children know that gay people exist and have families.

MacKinnon’s attack on Disney’s alleged “pro-gay agenda is just the latest in the columnist’s history of rabid right-wing rhetoric.

As a syndicated columnist, he has staked out hardline positions and has often articulated decidedly paranoid views about President Barack Obama, whom MacKinnon once wrote “has been handed most of his ‘achievements’ in life.” MacKinnon has also dubbed the president a socialist. Just before the 2008 election, MacKinnon warned that if then-Sen. Obama ascended to the presidency, he would usher in a “draconian” leftist government by censoring conservative talk radio hosts and using “any means” necessary to “crush dissent.” The fact that Obama even had a chance of winning, MacKinnon suggested, meant that the United States didn’t truly exist anymore.

MacKinnon also proclaimed the “end of America” in 2007, declaring that the firing of radio host Don Imus after he called the Rutgers women’s basketball team “nappy-headed hos” indicated that “truth and values” no longer had a place in America.

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Nat’l Organization for Marriage claims boycott has slowed Starbucks’ growth

Via: GOOD AS YOU

The National Organization For Marriage’s two year boycott of global coffee giant Starbucks “has been an abject (and laughable) failure,” reports Jeremy Hooper at Good As You.

The pro-equality company maintains 21,000 stores in over 65 countries, and is thriving. NOM, on the other hand, has lost just about every thing it has attempted in the 2+ years since the anti-gay organization told supporters to “Dump Starbucks.”

But leave it to increasingly option-less NOM president Brian Brown to paint a veneer of illusion onto the situation.

In an interview on Catholic radio, Brown claims that NOM’s boycott has persuaded “many countries” to bar Starbucks from entry.

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Starbucks’ stock has soared 55 percent since in the two years since NOM launched the boycott.

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