Posts Tagged ‘LGBT issues’

Kim Davis is No Rosa Parks (and Christian Hegemony is Not a Civil Right)

It is an axiom of modern American politics: whenever someone does something that you really don’t like, they are to be immediately analogized to Hitler. Conversely, when someone does something you support quite a bit, you are to proclaim them the modern day incarnation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Or at least Rosa Parks. Thus, [...]

Racism, Straight Supremacy and the Futility of “Oppression Olympics”

Here’s a fascinating story, indicating the inherently fucked up nature of the company known as Facebook… So, a few days ago I posted the below commentary on my Facebook friends page and Facebook fan page. It was a relatively sober-minded defense of the struggle for LGBT liberation, and a critique of those who have sought [...]

Historical Memory and the Implicit White Supremacy of American Conservatism

Sometimes racism isn’t about vicious bigotry and hatred towards those with different skin color than your own, let alone a willingness to walk into a church and massacre nine of those others because you think they’re “taking over your country.” Sometimes, racism is manifested in the subtle way a person can dismiss the lived experiences [...]

Hate Swallows: Reflections on the Passing of Fred Phelps

By the time you read this, Fred Phelps will be dead. Fred Phelps, who more than anyone in the last two decades has come to symbolize the most viscerally evil edge of Christian heterosexism — and who made a name for himself by picketing the funerals of soldiers killed in combat with “God Hates Fags” [...]

Feeling No Pain – America’s Deepening Culture of Indifference

A segment of a longer speech, delivered on September 22, 2011 at Spalding University in Louisville, KY. In this clip, I discuss the ways in which the U.S. political culture is becoming increasingly indifferent to suffering and injustice, whether in the criminal justice system, with regard to health care, war, bullying or any number of [...]

Child Abuse by Any Other Name: When Ignorance and Bigotry Become Parental “Rights”

Some things stick with you. I can still recall, vividly in fact, an exchange I had with a woman in one of my audiences seventeen years ago, who had come to my talk at Kansas City Community College: an address in which I examined the intersectionality of racism and heterosexism. The woman, who identified herself [...]

Rainbow Bear Confronts Homophobic Bear – My First Xtranormal Video

Here is my first animated short, created at This one addresses homophobia and heterosexism. Future installments will examine racism, privilege and white denial, among other things. You can create your own at their website, so check it out!

What to Do When Fred Phelps and His Cult Are Picketing…

OK, so again, this was a had-to post. The evil little trolls at the Westboro Baptist Church (Topeka, KS) were recently protesting a Jewish Federation (not sure where), because they’ve apparently decided it’s not enough to just bash LGBT folks, they also gotta get back at the “Christ Killers” too. Naturally. Anyway, the folks from [...]

“Dr.” Laura’s Reign of Error (and General Absurdity)…

Lizz Winstead (co-creator of The Daily Show) does the ultimate takedown of Dr. Laura through the years…

With Friends Like These, Who Needs Glenn Beck? Racism and White Privilege on the Liberal-Left

This is the second part of a two-part series on racism on the right and left of the United States’ political/ideological spectrum. Part one, which can be found here, provided the reader with a working definition of racism, and then explored how racism at both the ideological and institutional levels is connected to and enhanced [...]