Westboro Baptist Church Hates Lady Gaga

SNL’s Mary Katherine Gallagher expressed her feelings via dramatic monologue, and Westboro Baptist Church members are now expressing themselves via song production.  Yes, it is true.  Yesterday, I discovered that Westboro Baptist Church has moved into the realm of songs and music videos to spread their love and cheer.

Who is the latest Westboro target?

Lady Gaga.  Apparently, someone at Westboro has a direct line to God, and He has it out for Lady Gaga.  The video created by Westboro is disgusting.  I pity the people of Westboro Baptist Church, and I believe in my heart of hearts that each member with this twisted beliefs will have a rude awakening when he/she gets his/her one on one with God.

APC Announces ’10 Dates

Here is the official statement from the Atlanta Pride Committee:

The Atlanta Pride Committee (APC) is excited to report that our October return to Piedmont Park for the 2009 Atlanta Pride Festival  was a resounding success. The great attendance demonstrated that the LGBT community in Atlanta and across the southeast were  glad to have Pride back in our traditional home.

APC is planning the 2010 festival to take place October 9 and 10 in Piedmont Park, pending the permitting process. This  decision was based on numerous factors including finances, feedback from attendees and vendors, the welfare of the park and the ability to have  adequate time to plan and execute a successful event. “The 2010 festival  marks the 40th anniversary for APC and we are grateful to the Parks Department and the City Officials that worked to make sure we will stay in Piedmont  Park,” said APC Events Manager JP Sheffield.

Through the intensive  fundraising, partnership and cost containment efforts of Sheffield and the  Pride Board, APC will begin the 2010 fiscal year in a better financial position than the 2009 year began.“This is excellent news for APC  and the Atlanta LGBTQ community,” said Board Chair Deirdre Heffernan. “Last year was a difficult year.  But again, our community shows its  resilience. Even with all the challenges that we faced, our community came together and made a success of our October event.”

These earlier October dates will enable the 2010 Pride event to build on  and highlight National Coming Out Day (NCOD), which is observed on October 11th in the United States. APC intends on promoting the the Atlanta Pride Festival in markets across the country in hopes of becoming one of the largest events in the nation occurring on NCOD.

APC can also confirm a continuation of the partnership with the Georgia Aquarium. The Official Kickoff Party will take place Friday, October 8th at the Aquarium. “With the first Official Pride Kickoff event under our belt, we look forward to making next year’s event bigger and better with lots of new surprises to be announced over the coming months,” said Will Ramsey, the Georgia Aquarium’s Vice President, Sales.

Additionally, just as they did for 2009, APC will be  organizing events and activities throughout 2010 to build enthusiasm for Pride  2010, including special events during the month of June to commemorate the  anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. The 2009 Stonewall Week calendar consisted of approximately two dozen community based events, ranging from bar events and pool parties to political gatherings and a preview of the Human Rights Exhibit. APC is committed to putting together a strong line-up of activities and events in June that will celebrate and honor our community’s rich history, while also building excitement for the October festival.

*Due to complications from the drought of 2007, Pride  2008 and other class A events were required by the City of Atlanta to find alternative  venues in which to hold their events. The  switch of venue and date in  2008 resulted in lower than anticipated  attendance and revenue, which left APC in serious financial straits. Fueled by the combination of the dire financial situation and overwhelming community feedback that Pride should return to green space, APC worked to find a solution for returning to the park. With the assistance of City Officials and the Parks Department, Atlanta Pride took place in Piedmont Park October 31-November 1st.

Mary Norwood Responds


At 9:46pm, I received a statement from Roman Levit, on behalf of Mary Norwood’s campaign, in regards to the email I sent earlier today.  Please click here to read the email I sent to Mary Norwood (as well as to Lisa Borders and Kasim Reed).

Levit’s statement:
Public safety is a crisis in our city, and we must make sure that our police maintain the support of all our communities have the resources they need to keep us safe, and we as citizens must have confidence that the considerable power we invest in our police is used wisely.  Over the last day, a number of constituents have expressed their concern to me over events at the Atlanta Eagle bar.  While it is not yet clear what transpired there last night, the events of September 10th clearly have a number of Atlantans concerned.    As we learn the details of the events at the Eagle we must ask ourselves three questions:
Were there crimes being committed at the bar?
In a time when violent criminals are roaming our streets, was this the most efficient use of our scarce police resources?
Were the patrons present that night treated fairly and with the dignity and respect they deserve?
Only when these issues are resolved will we be able to have a full picture of what happened and whether everyone acted appropriately.

LGBT Inquiry to Borders, Norwood, & Reed

BordersNorwoodReedAfter hearing about the raid on the Eagle and the incident at Black Gay Pride, I started to wonder what the front running candidates in Atlanta’s mayor race think about these two incidents.  I’m sure they must care how the Atlanta LGBT community feels.  I’m sure they have an opinion on these incidents. and I hope they won’t want to keep their opinions to themselves. So, I decided to send an email to the candidates: Lisa Borders, Mary Norwood, and Kasim Reed.  Here is what I sent to each candidate:

Dear ……,
Within the past week, there have been two incidents involving the Atlanta Police Department and the Atlanta LGBT community. The first incident was at Black Gay Pride.  The second incident was last night at the Eagle.  These incidents are leaving Atlanta’s LGBT community feeling like a target for the APD.  Since you are running for mayor in the city where these incidents occurred, I’d appreciate your response and thoughts on these incidents. 
Thank you for your time, and I look forward to your timely response.
warm regards,

Hopefully, each candidate will respond.   I’ll definitely keep you updated!


Here are some links about the incidents:

Links: Hate Crime to HIV/AIDS to Healthcare to Apple

Hundreds of members and supporters of Israel’s homosexual community have rallied in Tel Aviv a day after a masked gunman killed two people at a gay youth centre.


A new strain of the virus that causes AIDS has been discovered in a woman from the African nation of Cameroon. It differs from the three known strains of human immunodeficiency virus and appears to be closely related to a form of simian virus recently discovered in wild gorillas, researchers report in Monday’s edition of the journal Nature Medicine.


Confusing claims and outright distortions have animated the national debate over changes in the health care system. Opponents of proposals by President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats falsely claim that government agents will force elderly people to discuss end-of-life wishes. Obama has played down the possibility that a health care overhaul would cause large numbers of people to change doctors and insurers.


How Apple can mess with your life

The GA Supreme Court Made Me Smile

Sometimes it pays off to have the news as background noise. 11 Alive just gave a report that made smile. In fact, the news makes me want to give each of the Justices of the Georgia Supreme Court a high five; however, I don’t think it would be well received. But you have to admit, it would be a great photo moment to see a happily flaming me high-fiving the seven Justices in their robes. You know you’d pay to see it.

The following is from Sovo:

Ga. Supreme Court rules against ban against allowing kids around father’s gay friends

The Georgia Supreme Court tossed out part of a Fayette County court’s decision that kept a divorced gay father from allowing his children to interact with his gay friends, according to a ruling today from the state Supreme Court.

In the ruling, Justice Robert Benham wrote the high court acknowledges that trial courts have the discretion to “limit a parent’s exposure of the children to certain people, if it can be shown that the children would be adversely affected.”

In this case, the Supreme Court justices rejected Fayette County Superior Court Judge Christopher Edwards’ ban on having the gay father bring his gay friends around his children. Edwards has been nominated to fill the a seat on the state Supreme Court after Chief Justice Leah Sears steps down at the end of June.

“The blanket prohibition against exposure of the children to members of the gay and lesbian community who are acquainted with husband is another matter,” says today’s opinion. “There is no evidence in the record before us that any member of the excluded community has engaged in inappropriate conduct in the presence of the children or that the children would be adversely affected by exposure to any member of that community.”

Hannibal Heredia represented the gay father, Eric Mongerson, in an appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court and said the order created an unreal living situation for his client.

“He literally could go into a mall with his and if he saw one his friends he’d have to go the other way, that’s how openly worded the order was,” he said today.

The opinion by Benham further states: “The prohibition against contact with any gay or lesbian person acquainted with husband assumes, without evidentiary support, that the children will suffer harm from any such contact. Such an arbitrary classification based on sexual orientation flies in the face of our public policy that encourages divorced parents to participate in the raising of their children…and constitutes an abuse of discretion.” As a result, “we vacate the blanket prohibition against exposure of the children to husband’s gay and lesbian acquaintances.”

Click here for the rest of the article.

Obama and The Gays

Yesterday, President Obama released a press statement proclaiming June 2009 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. This is fine and dandy, almost like a hard candy Christmas.

I think it is great that President Obama references Stonewall. I think it is great that he calls on Americans to end discrimination; however, I would rather President Obama his promise of repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

Back in January, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs answered questions from the Public on Youtube. “Thadeus of Lansing, Mich., asks, ‘Is the new administration going to get rid of the “don’t ask, don’t tell policy?'” Gibbs answered,”Thadeus, you don’t hear a politician give a one-word answer much. But it’s, ‘Yes.'” We need to call on President Obama and ask him to cash in that “yes.”

Back in April of 2008, I interviewed two veterans and asked about Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Check out that interview here.

Below is the President Obama’s proclamation as it appears on www.whitehouse.gov:

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Forty years ago, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City resisted police harassment that had become all too common for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Out of this resistance, the LGBT rights movement in America was born. During LGBT Pride Month, we commemorate the events of June 1969 and commit to achieving equal justice under law for LGBT Americans.

LGBT Americans have made, and continue to make, great and lasting contributions that continue to strengthen the fabric of American society. There are many well-respected LGBT leaders in all professional fields, including the arts and business communities. LGBT Americans also mobilized the Nation to respond to the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic and have played a vital role in broadening this country’s response to the HIV pandemic.

Due in no small part to the determination and dedication of the LGBT rights movement, more LGBT Americans are living their lives openly today than ever before. I am proud to be the first President to appoint openly LGBT candidates to Senate-confirmed positions in the first 100 days of an Administration. These individuals embody the best qualities we seek in public servants, and across my Administration — in both the White House and the Federal agencies — openly LGBT employees are doing their jobs with distinction and professionalism.

The LGBT rights movement has achieved great progress, but there is more work to be done. LGBT youth should feel safe to learn without the fear of harassment, and LGBT families and seniors should be allowed to live their lives with dignity and respect.

My Administration has partnered with the LGBT community to advance a wide range of initiatives. At the international level, I have joined efforts at the United Nations to decriminalize homosexuality around the world. Here at home, I continue to support measures to bring the full spectrum of equal rights to LGBT Americans. These measures include enhancing hate crimes laws, supporting civil unions and Federal rights for LGBT couples, outlawing discrimination in the workplace, ensuring adoption rights, and ending the existing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in a way that strengthens our Armed Forces and our national security. We must also commit ourselves to fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic by both reducing the number of HIV infections and providing care and support services to people living with HIV/AIDS across the United States.

These issues affect not only the LGBT community, but also our entire Nation. As long as the promise of equality for all remains unfulfilled, all Americans are affected. If we can work together to advance the principles upon which our Nation was founded, every American will benefit. During LGBT Pride Month, I call upon the LGBT community, the Congress, and the American people to work together to promote equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2009 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to turn back discrimination and prejudice everywhere it exists.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.