Disney Fun: Bloom Remix Video

I found this video on my morning trek through the blogs (courtesy of Unicorn Booty), and you have got to see it.

The YouTube video that I’ve placed in this post is the original version. Click on it to get it started, but then click here to run the video through the YoooouuuTuuube player, which brings up a new window that makes the video fantastic. After the video starts scrolling through your screen, make it full size and then “flux” it. The settings to do that can be found on the lower right hand corner of the screen. When you flux it, you can control the direction of the video with your mouse.

Have fun.

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NC Family Values Organization: Gays Murder Marriage

As I’ve posted before, the battle for marriage equality is heating up in North Carolina. A state constitutional amendment defining marriage is slated for the polls in May, state senators are now backpedaling from the wording of the bill they helped create, and even a North Carolina Baptist Church is standing up for gay marriage.

Proponents of marriage inequality, however, are launching their assaults against gay marriage, as reported by Queerty.

The North Carolina Family Policy Council, a self-professed “defender of traditional marriage” (as worded on their website), has published its quarterly publication titled Family North Carolina that “doesn’t just single out the gays as murderers of traditional marriages. It singles out the gays and everyone who supports them!”

The bride and groom caught in the crosshairs, which is the featured image for this post, is the image the NCFPC is using in their publication. Apparently, according to the NCFPC, anyone who favors equality is attempting to murder the rights of “traditional” people everywhere. What people like the NCFPC fail to see is that the people in the crosshairs are those who are being discriminated against!

Think about it. In the 1960′s when civil rights for African Americans were at the forefront of this nation’s civil liberties fight, who was really in the cross hairs? The white majority who felt their rights were being infringed upon or the African Americans who were being discriminated against?

Equality and Love: Gay Marriage Documentary

This short YouTube video made by students for a course at California State University Long Beach contains interviews with various couples on love and marriage and what those mean to gay Americans in our nation. As one man in the video states, “We’re just people just like everyone else. Some of us are assholes and some of us are awesome. And some of us are just whatever. But what it comes down to is that we’re all just people. Just like you.”

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(video via Towleroad)

Tweeting Ignorance: Ron Paul’s Newsletters

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Don’t you just love it when someone makes broad generalizations about a community based upon the actions of a few? I had hoped Ron Paul would prove better than that, even though I knew better. Perhaps it’s his recent rise in the polls, with only a few points separating him from Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, but it seems Paul is falling in step with bad mouthing the gay community just like his fellow Republican presidential hopefuls.

Sigh.

(story via Towleroad)

 

Chicago Cardinal Compares Gay Pride Parade to KKK

This year, the Gay Pride Parade in Chicago was rerouted, and the new route happens to pass in front of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. This has caused much consternation for the church who fears that they will not be able to have mass that Sunday because the parade will interfere with their services.

The pastor expressed his concern to Catholic Cardinal Francis George, who made the following comments, as reported by ThinkProgress:

Well, I go with the pastor. I mean, he’s telling us that they won’t be able to have Church services on Sunday, if that’s the case. You don’t want the gay liberation movement to morph into something like the Ku Klux Klan, demonstrating in the streets against Catholicism. So, I think if that’s what’s happening, and I don’t know that it is, but I would respect the local pastor’s, you know, position on that. Then I think that’s a matter of concern for all of us.”

Cardinal George has just shown what an idiot he is. To compare a celebration of gay pride to a Klu Klux Klan parade is not only revolting but maddening. The KKK is a bigoted, hate mongering group who used to revel in their parade of men dressed in white sheets. Their parades were about lynching minorities. Their parades were designed to instill fear and spread hate. Their parades included violence and cross burning.

Gay pride parades are about celebration, about being accepted for who you are, and about not being afraid to celebrate being gay. I see no comparison between a gay pride parade and the KKK.

Cardinal George apparently doesn’t agree. Either that, or he just doesn’t get it. The Chicago Gay Pride Parade isn’t a march against Catholicism. In fact, when Chicago’s LGBT community learned about the pastor’s concerns, they met with him and arranged to start the parade at a later time to give the congregation of Our Lady of Mount Carmel the time they needed to worship. If the parade was truly some secret march against Catholicism, they wouldn’t have done that.

Of course, the Holy Cardinal is trying to eat his words now saying, “Obviously, it’s absurd to say the gay and lesbian community are the Ku Klux Klan, but if you organize a parade that looks like parades that we’ve had in our past because it stops us from worshipping God, well then that’s the comparison, but it’s not with people and people — it’s parade-parade.”

Sorry, Cardinal George, you can’t take back your hateful words, and your attempt is weak at best.

And there are some out there who are calling for action. Change.org, an online organization that mobilizes petitions for change, is calling for George’s resignation. Also Equally Blessed, a pro-LGBT rights Catholic organization, stated that George “has demeaned and demonized LGBT people in a manner unworthy of his office. In suggesting that the Catholic hierarchy has reason to fear LGBT people in the same way that blacks, Jews, Catholics and other minorities had reason to fear the murderous nightriders of the Ku Klux Klan, he has insulted the memory of the victims of the Klan’s violence and brutality.”

Thankfully, George is facing the consequences of his actions. Perhaps, the good Cardinal needs to learn a lesson in prudence. I’m sure the Bible has something to teach about that.

Official Trailer for Prometheus–Alien Prequel

The first official trailer for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, the prequel to the Alien film Scott first directed in 1979 has arrived! For more information on the movie itself, click here for my previous post on the subject.

The trailer has some eerie music reminiscent of the blaring klaxons that echoed throughout the Nostromo as Ripley made her way to the shuttle. You also get some glimpses of the Space Jockey’s ship, which was the whole reason the Nostromo crew set down on the planet to begin with.

Interestingly enough, the tagline appears to have changed. It’s no longer “In Space, Something Can Hear You Scream.” It’s now, “They Went Looking for Our Beginning. What They Found Could Be Our End.”

Anyway, enough of my rambling. (Can you tell I’m excited?) Here’s the trailer.

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DADT Repeal: One Year Later

It’s been a  year since President Obama officially signed the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and guess what? The world hasn’t ended. Terrorists haven’t taken over America. Soldiers aren’t being harassed in the showers. Battle-ready effectiveness hasn’t decreased.

In fact, as reported by ThinkProgress, “leaders who opposed the change are embracing it and gay servicemembers are reporting acceptance within the ranks.”

It seems that many politicians and nay-sayers didn’t have faith in the men and women who serve our country. I guess they incorrectly assumed that our soldiers were just as bigoted as they were. Epic fail for them!

NBC Nightly News also did a piece on the DADT repeal last night. Based on the video, I say our soldiers are thriving.

In New Hampshire: Marriage Equality Advocates Fight Back

Yesterday, I posted about the ads currently being circulated in New Hampshire by conservatives who are trying to repeal the marriage equality law in their state. Click here to read that post.

Today, marriage equality advocates, Standing Up for New Hampshire Families, have released their own video asking New Hampshire voters not to take away the right to marriage equality.

As they say in the video, “Freedom is for everyone. Every. Single. Person.”

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Coming Out on Christmas Videos

Every year, gay men and women everywhere contemplate coming out to their family during the holidays. For many, the struggle is difficult and often heart wrenching as they wrestle with the consequences of letting the horses out of the barn. So for those people considering coming out, here are some videos to lighten your mood and to let you know that many of us have been there. For all my straight friends, enjoy!

The first video is from Funny or Die, and the main character is in for quite a surprise when she comes out to her family.

The second video is the London Gay Men Chorus singing about coming out to their families.

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