Gay News Today

Was Jesus Gay? Elton John seems to think so. He stated as much in a recent Parade magazine interview. Of course the mere idea struck terror into the hearts of all homophobic Christians and those who choose to interpret the bible as saying "discriminate openly" rather than "love thy fellow man".

And what about those silly gay people who want to serve in the military? Surprisingly, a recent CBS News poll asking about Obama's wish to repeal the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, finds that a majority of the public support allowing openly gay men and women to serve. But what's even more surprising is that the same poll doesn't want homosexuals to serve. I suppose the poll was worded badly. Or maybe the people who answered that poll still think gay means 'having or showing a merry, lively mood'. In that case, who wouldn't want a bunch of merry old souls in the military?

In more depressing news (and yes, this is old but it counts), one of the men accused of a Gay related hate crime in New York, came forward to say that he is gay himself and should therefore not be given the additional hate crime charges. The alleged attacker, Anthony Fortunato, thought it was bad enough that he was charged with the manslaughter, robbery and assault of Michael Sandy. Because when you add in the hate crime factor, you add many years to the possible sentence. Mr. Fortunato admits that he lured the victim to a private area by saying he wanted to date him, and therefore he can't possibly hate gay people. Makes perfect sense, right?

And bad news for the gay community in Africa where anti-gay sentiment is on the rise. In Malawi, a gay couple is on trial for “unnatural practices”. In Kenya, police arrested guests at a gay wedding -- supposedly to protect them from an angry mob. But in Uganda, where homosexuality has always been illegal, a born-again Christian parliamentarian is proposing the death penalty for gay sex, under certain conditions. The article lists the conditions.

But in better news, Fjodor Molenaar, an alderman from the Green Left party in Holland has proposed that gay men be the ones to kiss the winner of the first leg of the Giro d'Italia (one of Europe's premier bicycle races) instead of a couple of pretty girls. As he says, one rider in ten is gay, and his proposal is winning support. "It's an appealing proposal that fits well with the Amsterdam's tradition of supporting gay emancipation," said city spokesman Bas Bruijn.
     Posted By: Nethie - Fri Feb 19, 2010
     Category: Body | Contests, Races and Other Competitions | Crime | Domestic | Government | Law | Politics | Religion | Sexuality | Africa | Europe

For my brother, the only deeply conservative gay Republican that I know, who says there's never any interesting gay news to be found online. 😊
Posted by Nethie on 02/19/10 at 11:04 PM
great post nethie! i love the pick from rocky horror. :lol:
it's a shame that there is so much hate and discrimination in this world though.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 02/20/10 at 12:21 AM
Stick around for awhile, Wyoming, we'll get back around to it sooner or later. In fact, we get around to just about everything here at WU sooner or later.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 02/20/10 at 09:14 AM
look patty! we've got some hate and discrimination right here for us to feel shameful about.
Posted by Nethie on 02/20/10 at 10:30 AM
Richard, You are welcome to your beliefs, just as I am welcome to mine.

Unfortunately, your reaction seems to be based on a very narrow interpretation of my comment. I did not say all Christians are homophobic. I didn't even imply it 😊 You can easily disapprove of the gay lifestyle without being homophobic.

However, there are Christians who are homophobic, just as there are homophobic muslims, jews, buddhists, wiccans, jedis... etc. The only reason I solo'ed out Christians was due to the nature of the article itself. Did you read it? It states that "The Catholic League, the largest US Catholic rights group, condemned the comments (by Elton John)." They were the only religious group mentioned, therefore they were my prime target.
Posted by Nethie on 02/20/10 at 02:15 PM
thanks mario, i can use all the help i can get, right back at you too.
those of you who are familiar with me here on wu know i try to be kind to everyone. i love all the regulars here and welcome newbies. as far as alex, paul and chuck, they are just great and well loved by more than just me here. that said...

wyoming, i really do not have the patience for bigots. if you came here bandying about the "n" word after a post on black history month you would get slapped down so hard you wouldn't show your face here again, and rightly so. we aren't about hate here. take you biggoted comments and views and shove them. there are deviants (gay and straight) out there, but not all gay people are deviants or pedophiles. just as not all devout christians are biggoted idiots. obsessing with what and who other people do in their bedrooms (or wherever) is a deviant behavior in and of itself. good people are good and bad people are bad and after reading your comment you appear to belong to the latter group rather than the former. 'judge lest not ye be judged'

okay, i'm done. a very dear friend of mine is gay and i do not tollerate gay bashing- period. i despise all biggotry, but gaybashing sets me off immediately.

nethie as i said, i loved the post, i hope you make it a continuing feature love!
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 02/20/10 at 05:27 PM
dumbfounded you are really are a great guy. that little red head is the lucky one i think. 😊 oh and actually 77 is better because you get 8 more. (that works better when spoken)
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 02/20/10 at 07:10 PM
So, anyhow, what'cha' think about gays?
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 02/20/10 at 11:52 PM
well said mario! absolutely right about free speech as well. the dude had his say and is just crying because no one here agrees with his position.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 02/21/10 at 01:35 PM
I personally think Elton John is weird, regardless of what he says. I think he fits in well here. I also find it more funny and a bit sad, than weird, that we don't seem to know that being gay and being homosexual is the same thing. I find it extremely weird that a man would claim he is gay just to avoid more prison time. And I feel it is weird that people are still being persecuted in this world for doing or thinking things that do not harm others.

So, I think everyone's opinion about what is WU worthy is different. I have seen a number of posts here that I didn't feel were weird at all, based on my own life experiences and what have you. But I base my posts on the WU mission statement: Weird Universe explores every aspect of a human and natural cosmos that is not only "stranger than we imagine, but stranger than we can imagine." And for that, everything posted on WU is covered. 😊
Posted by Nethie on 02/21/10 at 05:35 PM
fletcher, i am so sorry for your pain and the mistreatment that has been put upon you. rise above it my friend and let God's love and the knowledge that not everyone is like your tormentors heal you soul. pray for their enlightenment rather than punishment, it makes you the better man and more in His image. gay or straight God does love you and so do i my friend.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 04/17/11 at 09:12 PM
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