So it’s the most terrible time of year again, which means those pesky bell ringers are out in full force collecting donations for the Salvation Army.
You probably all know this already, but the Salvation Army is an Evangelical church, not a charity — and they have a pretty nasty history of discriminating against the queer community.
I could post a myriad of links to articles that support this, but if you do a simple google search for “salvation army lgbt” you’ll have several hours of repugnant material to read through.
The organization has recently responded to anti-queer allegations stating “We firmly oppose the vilification and mistreatment of gays and lesbians. Any such incident is in clear opposition to all established Salvation Army policy.”
But just 4 months earlier, one of their officers — Major Andrew Craibe — was on Australian air telling journalists Serena Ryan and Pete Dillon that non-celibate queer people should be put to death. If you’d like to listen to that, it’s here: http://soundcloud.com/johnmbecker/salvation-army-major-lgbt (comments regarding death begin at 6:15)
I keep coming across mention of these ‘downloadable vouchers’ to drop into their kettles as a protest, but they’re all fairly low quality (and don’t look particularly nice to begin with). I’ve made my own voucher to drop into kettles here in Toronto, but I want to share it with you folks as well. It’s a pretty small file, high resolution, print ready with crop marks.
Or if you prefer a smaller .pdf file, that’s here: http://www.mediafire.com/view/?7e1wrzdfkmw7859
Use it if you like, or reblog this post to spread the word. Print + protest.
good stuff to know people
It’s known that Romney stands against rights for LGBT people. In August 2011 he signed the National Organization for Marriage’s (NOM) pledge to stand against marriage equality, appoint Supreme Court justices who would also oppose marriage equality, and support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would block the federal government from ever recognizing marriages between gays and lesbians. It should also be noted that Romney won the endorsement of the virulently anti-gay NOM after signing the pledge. It was later revealed that Romney also happens to be a major contributor to NOM. And all this despite a 1994 interview in which he said he would be “better than Ted [Kennedy]” on gay rights.
This week Romney apparently believes that it should be up to the states to decide whether or not a spouse or child of gay and lesbian men and women should have the right to visit their loved ones in the hospital. He believes that being able to visit a dying spouse in the hospital is a “privilege,” not a right. Following mixed messages from Romney regarding his pledged support for the federal anti-gay-marriage amendment, Romney campaign adviser Bay Buchanan told Buzzfeed’s Chris Geidner, “Governor Romney also believes, consistent with the 10th Amendment, that it should be left to states to decide whether to grant same-sex couples certain benefits, such as hospital visitation rights and the ability to adopt children.”
In April 2010, recognizing the extraordinary miscarriage of justice and horrifying stories of families being split apart when fathers, mothers, husbands and wives were barred from visiting one another in the hospital, Barack Obama signed an executive order mandating that any hospital that receives government funding (including Medicare and Medicaid) recognize the relationships between gays and lesbians. One of the inspirations for the signing of this bill was the story of Janice Langbehn, who, along with their adopted children, was barred from visiting her wife as she lay dying in a Florida hospital.
By combining support for same-sex marriage and civil unions for same-sex couples that provide the same benefits as marriage, a May 2012 poll showed that 62 percent of Americans support equal legal recognition of LGBT relationships.
You guys, get out there and vote. Our future is in our hands. If you can, you must.
Berkeley, California, may be the first city in the country to officially proclaim a day recognizing bisexuals.
On Tuesday Berkeley City Council unanimously declared September 23 to be Bisexual Pride and Bi Visibility Day. Bisexual pride celebrations have been held on September 23 in Los…
You GO Berkeley!