OneMillionMoms.com, a division of the American Family Association, is is calling for JC Penney to replace Ellen DeGeneres as their new spokesperson because she is a lesbian.
"Funny that JC Penney thinks hiring an open homosexual spokesperson will help their business when most of their customers are traditional families," the group writes on its website.
"DeGeneres is not a true representation of the type of families that shop at their store. The majority of JC Penney shoppers will be offended and choose to no longer shop there. The small percentage of customers they are attempting to satisfy will not offset their loss in sales."
Thankfully, it seems most of country disagrees with One Million Moms. Over 94% of Los Angeles Times readers said they support DeGeneres and more than 24,000 people have signed a petition at Change.org backing her partnership with JC Penney.
GLAAD noted that there are still 29 states where a person can be fired for being gay.
Whether or not same-sex marriage will be legalized in Maryland remains to be seen, but one local girl has made her stance on the issue clear.
The girl, who identifies herself as Sarah and says she is home-schooled, told Maryland's Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee that not only was it her 14th birthday, but that it "would be the best birthday present ever if you would vote no on gay marriage."
She goes on to note, "I really feel bad for kids who have two parents of the same gender...I don't want any more kids to get confused about what's right and OK."
She concludes, "People have the choice to be gay, but I don't want to be affected by their choice."
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An Ohio-based gay couple has alleged they were subjected to horrific abuse by Cleveland police officers, including being denied pants, because of their sexual orientation.
Fox 8 News reports that Jonathan Simcox and his partner Steven Ondo are claiming they were subjected to "excessive force and undisguised prejudice" in April of last year, after an off-duty Cleveland police officer confronted them when they were in the midst of an argument.
As Towleroad, Queerty and other outlets are reporting, Simcox told the site, "He came out over shouting, saying, 'Shut up, you`re disturbing the peace.' I pushed to get past him, as soon as I did that he knocked me on the ground, and just started beating me, hitting me, standing over top of me, and punching me repeatedly."
Though no charges were initially filed, the couple were awoken at their home a week later by "six or seven members of the SWAT/and or Warrant team," who hauled them off to jail in their underwear on charges of assaulting a police officer. Once in jail, Simcox claims they were called "faggots" by officers, who did not permit them to get dressed because "faggots don't deserve to wear pants in jail."
Simcox and Ondo have since filed a federal lawsuit against several officers in light of the incidents.
International lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights activists are expressing concern over reports that an 11-year-old German transgender girl is in danger of being institutionalized.
Though exact details on the case are slim (at least in the English language media), International LGBTQ Youth and Student Organisation (IGLYO) declared their support for the girl and her mother yesterday. The girl, identified by various media outlets only as "Alex," reportedly lives with her mother, who is supportive of her daughter, in Berlin. However, Alex's father, who is divorced from her mother, reportedly "rejects this view of his daughter's gender identity and wants to force her to grow up as a boy."
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A gay Russian flight attendant was allegedly forced to marry a woman in order to keep his job, a number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) news outlets are reporting.
According to Pink News, 25-year-old Maxim Kupreev wed Sofia Mikhailova, a former high school girlfriend, after being ordered to do so when he attempted to found an LGBT support network at Aeroflot Airlines. In another twist, Mikhailova had to dissolve her real marriage to Grigoriy Andreykin in order to marry Kupreev.
"Aeroflot effectively broke a real marriage and created a sham one," prominent Russian LGBT activist and Moscow Pride founder Nikolai Alekseev tells Gay Star News. Alekseev and other local LGBT activists are now reportedly planning to stage a Feb. 9 boycott outside Aeroflot's head offices in Moscow.
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A number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates and media outlets are expressing concern over recent Canadian air travel regulations which they feel exclude transgender passengers from flights.
Among the first to draw attention to the regulation was blogger Christin Scarlett Milloy, who points to one specific passage which states that "an air carrier shall not transport a passenger if...the passenger does not appear to be of the gender indicated on the identification he or she presents."
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Global lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists have slammed a YouTube video produced in the United Arab Emirates which allegedly depicts how gay men can be cured of their sexuality.
Ironically titled "Be Yourself," the video itself is unfortunately not subtitled, but appears to show a long-haired, effeminate-acting gay man being given a "straight" makeover by two men in traditional Emirati garb. The two men trim the gay man's fingernails, cut his hair and scrub his face with soap.
In the final scene, the men re-group, with the now "butch"-looking man less distinguishable among the crowd. As Pink News notes, his friends seem happy and proud of what they did and finish by thanking Allah, who helped bring about the "change."
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North Carolina Pastor Patrick Wooden, a prominent pastor who Right Wing Watch notes is a "no fringe figure" and cites as a driving force behind passing an amendment to the North Carolina Constitution banning marriage for gays and lesbians via the ballot this spring, defended many of controversial remarks he's been making in recent weeks about gay male sexual activity. In one very graphic interview he'd said most gay men, when they reach later life, will be in diapers and using a "butt plug" to supposedly stop uncontrollable bowels, caused by damage from anal sex. In another interview he said that many gay men were going to the emergency room to have various objects removed from their anuses, including cell phones, and baseball bats.
Speaking with HuffPost Editor-at-Large Michelangelo Signorile on Sirius XM OutQ, Wooden, who's been described by some LGBT critics as having an "obsession" with anal sex, went into great detail about gay sexual activity, discussing "glory holes" and "fisting all way up to the armpit." Contradicting himself, he actually defended oral sex and anal sex for heterosexuals -- even though he'd previously said, in speaking about gays, that God "made the human sperm, the God of the Bible designed it, and it was not designed to be emptied into an area that is filled with feces."
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Seattle resident Babylonia Aivaz looked every inch the blushing bride at her weekend wedding -- but the nuptials themselves were anything but traditional.
As WCTI and Towleroad are reporting, Aivaz tied the knot with a 107-year-old abandoned warehouse in the process of being demolished. The local activist, who was among the Occupy Seattle protesters and said she hoped to save the building for use as a community center, deemed her wedding a "gay marriage" as the building is a woman.
On her Facebook invitation to the wedding, Aivaz wrote, "Yes, I'm in love with a 107 year old building! Yes, ITS A GAY MARRIAGE! How is that possible? Well there must obviously be a deeper story." The event drew about 30 attendees, who sang songs, enjoyed refreshments and made merriment before Aivaz said her vows.
POZ magazine rides the "Sh*t Girls Say" YouTube wave with "Sh*t People Say About AIDS." It's proof positive that misperceptions, myths and stigma still surround HIV.
A wide variety of "enemies" appear in the clip -- along with some allies.
Here's a full list in order of appearance: Tina Fey; Ronald Reagan; Bryan Fischer, American Family Association; Dave Chappelle; Tennessee State Senator Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville) with Michelangelo Signorile; clip from the TV series True Blood; U.S. Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas); clip from the TV series Designing Women; clip from the song "I Got AIDS" by Lil B; clip from the TV series Family Guy; Chris Rock; Matt Barber, Liberty Counsel; clip from the TV series Seinfeld; Rush Limbaugh; clip from the TV series South Park
A Christian pastor is asking customers to boycott Starbucks due to the company's support of a bill to legalize gay marriage in Washington state, King 5 News reports.
"Christians are upset with Starbucks for turning against God...Starbucks can follow Satan if they want to," Steven Andrew, and evangelical pastor and president of the USA Christian Ministries in California, said in a statement. "However, pastors are to help Christians. Are you on the Lord's side? Will you help the USA be blessed by God?"
The call for the boycott was released Tuesday, a day prior to the bill's passage in Washington's State Senate Wednesday night, according to Reuters.
USA Ministries is also asking for Christians to stop serving the brand at their church facilities and events.
Virginia legislators have passed a bill allowing private adoption agencies to deny placements that conflict with their religious or moral beliefs, including opposition to homosexuality.
The state House voted 71-28 to pass the legislation Friday. Earlier in the day, a Senate committee endorsed its version of the Republican-backed measure on an 8-7 party-line vote. Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell is expected to sign the bill.
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As gay couples and their supporters cheered the Washington state Senate's unexpectedly swift and decisive passage of a same-sex marriage bill, opponents were already considering how to take down the anticipated law.
With the bill seemingly headed for swift enactment, several parallel efforts by opponents are shaping up to rally Washington voters against the prospective law. Their options included two possible ballot measures in November -- a referendum to repeal the gay marriage statute outright and an initiative defining marriage as being exclusively between one man and one woman.
The National Organization for Marriage, which opposes same sex marriage, also has pledged to provide financial backing for conservative challengers to the four Republican senators who supported the bill when they run for reelection.
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