That is to say, Family Guy creator Seth Macfarlane joins the panel with Bill Maher and discussing gay rights & religion. On a weekend where I just watched Religulous on NetFlix, this is the perfect icing on the cake of my Bill Maher worship. [Pun intended]
Conservative Christians have been up in arms over a certain PC game "pushing the homosexual agenda". The game in question? Classic board game The Game of Life.
Hasbro's PC version of the popular Milton Bradley board game - where the objective is to drive your little car around a track that represents your path through life, moving from "leaving school" to "marriage" and "buying a house" until "retirement," collecting pegs to represent your spouse and children, while trying to build up enough money to retire rich - was first brought to the attention of the Conservative Christian site World Net Daily by a concerned mother.
After her six year old asked how come she could marry a woman, concerned mom shrieked to WND, "I had no idea how insidious they were being with pushing the homosexual agenda."
WND's position is this is "too mature" a theme for kids. But, getting married and having kids the traditional (good ol' hetero way) isn't. Once again, knowledge is being attacked by the narrow-minded cretins on the right who flock to sites like Town Hall, WND etc for their daily dose of intolerant stupidity, and the mantra: Yes, by all means, let your kiddies grow up to be big ol' homophobes like their parents. It's the American way. ~~
TO HEAR THE AUDIO TO THIS VIDEO, PAUSE THE MUSIC PLAYING ON THE JUKEBOX IN THE RIGHT SIDEBAR
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Non-profit organization GetToKnowUsFirst.org produced five 30-second commercials featuring gay and lesbian families, with the message "Marriage promotes families. Support marriage equality." The ads, while not tied to any current election, are the result of California's passage of Proposition 8 in November. The group aired the spots in 42 of the states' 58 counties -- everywhere the initiative passed by 50% or more -- during Tuesday's coverage of the Presidential Inauguration. KABC is the only station that refused to sell the ad space.
The rejected ad profiles two African American men raising five children ages 6 through 25. Ironically, the family lives in Los Angeles.
Sometimes its too much. Convincing people you are worthy of the same rights and respect as they are should be a no-brainer. It's not. Obama's historic inaugural preparations are underway; in less than a month an alleged man of god will give the invocation, despite taking numerous repugnant positions in the past - not the least of which equating gay sex to pedophilia. Some say he didn't really mean it that way. It doesnt' really matter. It was a ham-fisted analogy which exposed his ugly heterosexist heart -- in his eyes, we (gays) will never be as good as them (straights).
Watching Taylor Swift sing this song (yes, I love country music) and visually capture the magic that LOVE can be and wrap it in a fairy tale, all I could think was they wanna keep it all to themselves. That bastard Warren, the ex-Hitler-Youth turned Pope, and countless other wannabe men (and women) of God want to keep all this magic and fantasy and fairy dust to themselves. They want to rob us of our fairy tale love stories; force them back into the shadows and alleys and dark corners of our past.
I've made my position on Warren very clear. Now is not the time to burn effigies. As a black man I wanna celebrate this event in just 21 days. I wanna cry hot tears because its been a long time coming.
Then, President Obama, after all the confetti is swept away we're coming to take our love stories back -- because everyone deserves a fairy tale. And like my grandma used to say (and its oh so fitting here!) - "You can believe that like you read it in the Bible." ~~
Written by CHRISTOPHER HICKS-MARSHALL a.k.a. CHUMA
Ok, so I’m just going to give it to you straight, no chaser, no editing, no zen, no nice-nice. I am so fucking pissed off that Proposition 8 eliminated the right for same-sex couples to marry. It’s so goddamn unfair. And if I could just slap the shit outta all those mother fuckers that voted for that shit, I would!
Okay, now that I got that out of my system, let me return to peace and share with you how my partner and I affirmed our union. On October 3rd, Dammeon and I finalized our legal name change at the Superior Court of Georgia to reflect our union as being one family. We merged our last names together, making us now the Hicks-Marshall family.
It was such a liberating and affirming process to complete. Although in our hearts we were already married, legally changing our names personally and spiritually confirmed the longevity of our relationship, as far as hope for the future. We plan to be together for the rest of our lives, so taking this step was a declaration made without doubt or concern regarding the strength of our bond. Also, in an effort to make a powerful statement, the reason we merged our names was to apprise the world we are a part of each other—a oneness, to clearly define it. Heterosexual people get that opportunity through the institution of marriage, why can’t we have the same expression?
I must say these past few months have felt really special to change our names on all of our paperwork, wills, deeds, insurance, beneficiary information, and whatever else that show our togetherness as a family. But the best part of writing down our new names has been during the holiday season. Sending out cards that say Happy Holidays from Christopher and Dammeon Hicks-Marshall made me feel deep down in my heart, through the bond of our relationship, we somehow defeated Proposition 8. But I know for the sake of reality that is just an illusion. As a same-gender loving and LGBT community, we have more battles to fight and triumphs to capture. Equality will be ours someday, but in the meantime….fuck em! Oops, did I say that????
Be on the lookout for Chuma’s January 2009 release of memoirs and poems entitled My Ancestors Traveled Them Home, published by CHUMA SPIRIT eBooks, a subsidiary of CHUMA SPIRIT Books, LLC.
"People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, they make them." -- George Bernard Shaw
Dancing With The Devil
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More Than Mortar and Stone: The Meandering Mental Path of a Brokenhearted Woman
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A SOCIO-ANTHROPOLOGICAL CROSS GENRE THESIS DEALING WITH RACE, CLASS, AND GENDER
COREY delivers a defly written post entitled Audacity of Change regarding his feelings about Obama becoming our president. Check it out at his blog, I'll Keep You Posted.
December 17, 2008
QIANA MARTIN, DREAM FULFILLER
One of the most thoughtful and spiritually grounded people I know, Qiana Martin took a risk and jumped on an opportunity to go to Brazil to fulfill a dream many would be fearful to try. In these profoundly dreary economic times, quitting a job at a prestigious law firm to pursue a passion is rare and courageous. Read her story here.
December 16, 2008
MARCOS LUIS, THE ART OF GIVING
My buddy, Marcos Luis, runs an Open Mic Showcase in Alphabet City, and he's being featured in an online blog called NewYorkNightsOnline.com. He's a really special person who wants nothing but to give back to the artistic community. Check out the article here.
December 8, 2008
CLEO MANAGO, LEADING MAN
Acitivist, Cleo Manago is honored as a 2008 Leading Man in Instinct Magazine.
Odetta, the singer whose deep voice wove together the strongest songs of American folk music and became an accompaniment to the black-and-white images of the freedom marchers who walked the roads of Alabama and Mississippi and the boulevards of Washington in quest of an end to racial discrimination, died on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008 at the age of 77. Read more.