Gay news, gay acceptance Netherlands, scouts can discriminate, bullying law passes Senate, bigots at Twin Cities Pride

24 06 2010

The accepting of gay people in the Netherlands still leaves a lot to be desired. According to a SCP poll gays are not excepted well by religious people, lowed educated one and Turkish and Moroccans(surprise, surprise) More than half on gay teens has thought about suicide. I can relate, so did I. Still think overall it is pretty good with the acceptance here, but we are not there yet.

A federal court ruled in Philadelphia , that the Boy Scouts can still discriminate against gays even though that goes against the city’s anti-discrimination law. They cannot be kicked out of a city-owned building and do not even have to pay rent, all because of their First Amendment rights. I do not know the specific details about this case/the U.S law enough to know if the city could even get them out with the First Amendment rules in mind but it is ridiculous that gays are still not allowed at the Boy scouts.

After being 9 years in the making New York finally passed an anti-bullying law though the Senate that now only needs to go to Governor Paterson’s desk for a signature. It passed 58-3, except for 3 Republicans. It is only for public school and applies to events on school grounds and school events and will prohibit harassment and discrimination based on gender, sexuality, color, religion and more. Took forever but great is passed.

Am anti-gay Evangelist couple Johnson is allowed to distribute bibles and anti-gay leaflets at Twin Cities Pride. The organizers paid the city 36.000 for the day and want to decide themselves who can have a booth at the parade and want to ban the Johnson’s trough a court-ruling. The religious law firm ADF filed a complaint and say they should be able to be there and speak their hate. The Johnson’s were banned last year but showed up anyway and got arrested. Here is a clip from last year before the arrest. I dunno about this one, there is Freedom of Speech, but these people are just doing it to hate and cause trouble.





Gay news, Lady Elton/Rush, Cali IRS to recognize gay couples, straight men more accepting of gays, fake gay weddings in NY

6 06 2010

Anti-gay conservative Rush Limbaugh is marrying for the 4th time(Viva Viagra) and none-other-then Elton John is performing at his wedding in Palm Beach. Elton gets a million bucks for it, but still. I thought he had better morals, he does not need that money.

The IRS in California will start to recognize gay couples as a pair for tax purposes. This means that income earned by registered domestic partners will be treated as community property income for federal income taxes. Suppose that 1 partner makes 100K and the other 60K, they used to each file their own. Now they can each report 80K and this new law could reduce federal taxes for some domestic partners. Back in 2006 the IRS was against this law. A small step in the right direction.

Fo the first time in history the percentage of straight people morally accepting gay relationships has gone over 50%. The biggest change is in straight men 18-40 where is has gone up almost 20% in 2 years. Quite stunning. The NY times has 3 theories for this. 1 they know more and more out gay men so it is harder to discriminate. 2 men got more and more at ease with things that are “different” and see it is not a disaster like previously thought.3 Virulent homophobes are being exposed as gay a lot lately and men do not wanna be associated with this. Anti-gay is the old gay. Not cool. I think 1 is the most important.There is still a long way to go though because accepting of gays as an idea is a lot easier than accepting the act of being gay. So it is fine as long as they do not have to think about gay sex.

NY is hoping to get extra money by offering fake gay wedding ceremonies for partners that want to “dignify their partners status with a ceremony similar to real weddings.” Only 2 people showed up friday on the first day. Not a surprise, how can it be with dignity if it does not mean anything. It is almost an insult and copy-catting Las Vegas.