When I decided to compile my thoughts in a more organized fashion, my niece said, “Oh, a blog!” So I suppose I now have a “blog.” What I don’t have yet is many followers, so please come back often, share the content, and tell your friends to spread me wide. I hope to put out a thought or two regularly, and I do promise to read and respond to as many fan comments as I can get to! Oh Myy!
Students in China once again lead a daring and defiant protest against lack of democratic freedoms. In the former British colony of Hong Kong, considered a bastion of capitalism and commerce, demonstrators filled busy Central Commercial District, alleging the Chinese government, which resumed control over the city in 1997, has reneged on its promise to allow for open nominations for Chief Executive of the region. The Chinese government now requires that all nominees standing for election in 2017 be hand-picked by Beijing.
A 5-4 majority of the U.S. Supreme Court (comprised of all men) delivered a stunning set-back for women’s reproductive rights in the Hobby Lobby case yesterday. The conservative majority ruled that a crafts chain store (here, one with over 500 outlets) whose owners espouse “sincere religious beliefs” can refuse to provide insurance covering contraception to its female employees.
Much has been said about the moment when Michael Sam kissed his boyfriend on national television, as they joyfully and spontaneously celebrated the news of Sam’s drafting by the Rams. They embraced and kissed just like many other happy heterosexual couples do when one of them receives life-changing, great news.
Congratulations. You are now the first state actually to pass a bill permitting businesses–even those open to the public–to refuse to provide service to LGBT people based on an individual’s “sincerely held religious belief.” This “turn away the gay” bill enshrines discrimination into the law. Your taxi drivers can refuse to carry us. Your hotels can refuse to house us. And your restaurants can refuse to serve us.
To enter the contest, submit a photo (see submission form, below) no later than midnight on Halloween (PDT) in one of our four categories (Adult Individual, Adult Group, Children or Pets) with a caption describing your theme.
Brad and I will pick finalists in each category and fans will have 24 hours to vote for the winner. The winners of the Group, Children and Pets categories will each receive an Allegiance Postcard autographed by me.
It’s been bubbling for some time, but the controversy over Russia’s draconian “gay propaganda” law has now boiled over.Last week, Russia’s Sports Minister confirmed that the country intends to enforce its laws against visiting LGBT athletes, trainers and fans, meaning anyone even so much as waving a rainbow flag (and I presume many men enthusiastically watching and dramatically commenting on figure skating) would be arrested, held for weeks and then deported.Given this position, the IOC must do the right thing, protect its athletes and the fans, and move the 2014 Winter Olympics out of Russ
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