“Many are asking why as tax payers we need to pay for 35 years of imprisonment for Chelsea Manning, Beth. Now, that's an unnecessary expense.
Additionally, the fact that many are conflating hormones for transgender people with some sort of cosmetic surgery is just one indicator of how little understanding many of the folks posting here have about transgender people and issues.”
MBrad10590 on Aug 27, 2013 at 21:32:31
“Bradley Manning is in a military prison because he committed criminal offenses that require that he be locked away.
What he needs is for enablers like yourself to quit helping him live in his delusion.”
“There are a lot of awfully confident comments here coming from people who actually seem largely ignorant on the subject of transgender people. I'd encourage you all to take a break and actually read up on the subject before assuming you know precisely what's going on in Chelsea Manning's body and mind. Otherwise, you're just spreading and reinforcing ignorance and bigotry. http://www.apa.org/topics/sexuality/transgender.aspx”
Hedgesxlr on Aug 31, 2013 at 15:25:20
“You assume these people will read your references. As sad as this is, it is very true . Just leave them to their ignorance, and know these people are vanishing completely”
KEBLAAB on Aug 27, 2013 at 14:13:18
“"Otherwise, you're just spreading and reinforcing ignorance and bigotry."
(Spreading and reinforcing ignorance and bigotry is the primary objective HP has in printing "non-news" like this !!! )”
beth422 on Aug 27, 2013 at 13:14:42
“Robert: I think most folks commenting don't really care about the subject of transgender people, I think most of problem is the PC attitude that taxpayers should be footing the bill for any treatment. Manning's lawyer has threatened a lawsuit against the military prison, may I tell you who the "military prison" is it's ME AND OTHER TAXPAYERS.....
If Manning wants hormone therapy and possible surgery it should be on his dime when he's released. Sorry, he's in military prison for a reason, he'll have to live with it and when Manning's released he can see about hormone therapy, etc.”
“So you're afraid a gay guy will come on to you in the shower or something? I've got news for you. If you've showered with a bunch of guys before, you've showered with gay gays. Grow up.”
Konstantine on Mar 5, 2013 at 22:51:50
“I never said I was afraid of that. Nor do I oppose gay men showering with straight men. I agree that it's childish to oppose that.
But let's keep our analogies and arguments straight (no pun intended), shall we? You'll get more straight men to side with you if you just appeal to them as mature human beings instead of accusing them of victimizing women.”
“Precisely, Well said. As a straight guy, when I was younger (and more homophobic), I got hit on a couple times and felt uncomfortable, but adapted and learned to find it flattering, even as I turned down advances. BUT if anything, gay men have been far more careful about coming on to straight men, than straight men in general are about coming on to women. So I find the whole argument being made pretty meat-headed, but about what you'd expect from guys this dull in their thinking (e.g. Bryan Fischer and company).”
momamazed on Mar 5, 2013 at 19:49:06
“Exactly. Straight men are afraid gay men will treat them the way they treat women - which is very poorly. That's where the fear is coming from.
I've read so many accounts of women riding mass transit being hit on by men who become belligerant and scary if the woman doesn't respond to their advances. Whatever would straight men do if gay men started doing that to them?”
“Being nauseous about something which doesn't have any personal impact upon you at all is pretty much the very definition of "phobic." An irrational fear of a natural phenomena. And that's precisely what homosexuality is: a naturally occurring phenomena. There's zero evidence to indicate otherwise.”
“LGBT students who attend universities and colleges like these most often grow up within a family and community structure, which is not at all friendly to LGBT people. Therefore, when they come to the school, they're often wrestling with or trying to repress their feelings because they've been told all their lives that their natural sexual orientation is immoral or even "an abomination." They may go to the school hoping their attendance will help them to be "a good Christian."
Even more simply, however, the parents of these kids often insist they go to such a school and will refuse to support them (morally or financially) if they go elsewhere. Having grown up in such a restrictive environment, these kids literally aren't equipped (yet) to stand up to their parents and go elsewhere.
It's a complicated scenario. I know, I went to one of the schools mentioned. By the time, I graduated, I was ready to move away from fundamentalism and never look back. When I first arrived, however, I knew nothing else and, somewhat ironically, I was happy to be there.”
mira chancleta on Aug 26, 2012 at 23:34:12
“I hope you are living YOUR life today...”
PatrickNM on Aug 26, 2012 at 13:47:06
“State schools are available where they can get a superior education and get aid. I know some financial aid requires parents to chip in, but if they refuse, the student gets more aid.”
“Every gay person in Montana shouldn't have to leave just because you and others like you don't see the restrictions against homosexuality as what they are: a human rights violation. You are asking gay people to stop feeling sorry for themselves, a ludicrous suggestion, considering the fighting they're doing on their own behalf simply to attain the same rights you enjoy. We're just asking you to stretch yourself a little intellectually, a feat which apparently proves especially trying for you.”
“So asserting one's right to exist makes you a "cry baby"? Perhaps if someone made your right to exist illegal because you were left-handed or red-headed or something else completely natural, harmless and beyond your own control, you'd better sympathize.”
“To follow up on my last comment (if you'll forgive the self-promotion), just two days ago, I also wrote a blog entry on why I thought the mosque (or community center) *should* be built there - in response to a friend's post on Facebook, asking me to explain why I thought so.
“A very thoughtful and interesting article, Parvez. This incident does seem like a great opportunity for Americans to learn about the real Islam, tho. Even if you don't find this particular, slick spokesperson (Rauf) palatable, isn't there a danger that by caving to demands to move the mosque, we (Americans) allow for the conflation between Islam as a religion and radical, ultra-violent groups like Al Qaeda?”
Changing one mind isn't always a positive move. I've known many people whose opinions (by my standards) changed for the worse, going from enlightened and rational to dogmatic and wrong-headed. Given more time and more wise comments from people like yourself, perhaps Ms. Gallagher's opinions too will change and become more in line with your own.”