Thursday, January 16, 2014

Anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera goes overboard talking about 'gay sex' (again)

Peter LaBarbera's penchant for vulgar talk  and pictures disguised as giving the "truth" about the lgbt community at times exhaust the hell out of me.

Most of the time, I laugh his homophobia off. Other times, I take the role of a parent chastizing an ignorant child.

This is the time where I feel like the latter. He posted the following on his webpage today:

Warning: Homosexual Perversion Described
AFTAH has cited this quote before by homosexual writer Jack Hart. Here it is in a stand-alone post for easy searching on the web. From his book Gay Sex: A Manual for Men who Love Men [a future pose will reprint Hart's entry on "rimming"]:

Sexually Transmitted Disease
“(An illness commonly spread by sexual activity also known as STD, venereal disease, or VD.)
“Many sexual transmitted diseases (STDs) occur more often among gay men than in the general population. Several factors contribute to this difference: Gay men have the opportunity to engage in sex with more people than do most heterosexual men, and some practices common among gays–especially rimming [oral-anal perversion*] and anal intercourse–are highly efficient ways of transmitting disease….”

*Hart describes “rimming” in his item on this repulsive homosexual sex act as follows: “Orally stimulating, exploring, and massaging a partner’s anus with the tongue, scientifically known as anilingus.” AFTAH will post his full (and horrifying) entry on “Rimming” shortly.

Source: Hart, Jack, Gay Sex: A Manual for Men who Love Men (Revised & Updated, Second edition, October 1998). Published by Alyson Books (Los Angeles, New York), pages 194, 212-213.

I am so sure that LaBarbera will go into much "detail" about the practice of "rimming." However, here is something he won't tell you.

That practice is not a sex act done by gay men alone. LaBarbera won't tell you that "rimming" is a sex act performed by heterosexuals.

And he won't tell you that there is even a heterosexual genre in porn devoted to it. You can see the titles here and here.  (Editor's note - The links I include merely contains title names and not any pictures. However, during my research, I did run into a heterosexual paysite which includes pictures - and I'm not even going to talk about the salad dressing. I only provided a link to it for perpetuity. I wouldn't click on it if I were you.)

Geez, Peter. Where will it end?  Doctored pictures of gay Congressmen, huge pictures of STDs (see this link on LaBarbera's webpage at your own risk), and now it has come to this - attacking gay men for a sex act which is also done by heterosexuals. 

I find it ironically hilarious that this man has at times cast the lgbt community as "intolerant bullies" out to supposedly silence Christians. LaBarbera claims that we are the "real haters" because we won't allow him to get away with attacks on us.

 LaBarbera swishes back and forth between offering up Biblical verses about the so-called sin of homosexuality to posting lurid pictures and descriptions of alleged gay sexual acts with the fervor of a Venus and Serena Williams tennis match.

And he claims that he does this because he "loves" us.

Who the hell is he trying to kid?

However, even as we are justified in poking fun at LaBarbera, we can't forget the semantics behind what he is doing. It's a crude, unsophisticated version of the attacks launched on our community by organizations such as the Family Research Council or the National Organization for Marriage, i.e. keep actual information about lgbts out of the picture while pushing awfully lurid images into the minds of those not familiar with who we are.

The methods of these organizations are a bit more high-brow than that of LaBarbera, but in the end, it's all the same thing.

A reliance on fear and ignorance shielded by a false sense of Christian entitlement.

SC legislator files bill letting gay couples file joint tax returns

With nationwide momentum moving towards marriage equality, you really don't expect us folks in South Carolina to be left out, do you:

State Rep. Todd Rutherford, D-Richland, has filed a bill -- H.4461 -- that would allow legally married same-sex couples file joint state tax returns.

Same-sex marriage is illegal in South Carolina. But it is legal in 16 states and the District of Columbia. And the federal government officially recognizes those marriages even if they live in a state -- like South Carolina -- where gay marriage is illegal, allowing them to file joint federal tax returns.

The state Department of Revenue has proposed a rule that would require legally married same-sex couples in South Carolina to file separate state tax returns.

"Requiring legally married same-sex couples to file excess paperwork and additional tax forms is not only discriminatory, but it is a waste of time and tax dollars," Rutherford said in a news release. "By putting this additional burden on legally married couples, the state of South Carolina is intentionally creating bureaucratic red tape for political purposes. It simply isn't right and it is our responsibility to change this discriminatory policy."

Rutherford also filed a bill -- H.4460 -- that would ask voters to approve a constitutional amendment that would repeal South Carolina's same-sex marriage ban. Voters overwhelmingly approved the same-sex marriage ban in 2006.

Read more here:

'Photo of gay black couple & their children causes twitter freakout' and other Thursday midday news briefs

Photo of black gay couple getting their kids ready for school caused twitter freakout.

Photo of black gay fathers causes Black Twitter to overreact. But why? - A photo of a black gay couple getting their children ready for school apparently caused some black folks on twitter to overreact. Now before you all start about "homophobia in the black community," please be advised that it's rare to see this sort of thing in the lgbt community in general. I mean I adore seeing pictures of Neil Patrick Harris's family but let's diversify a bit. The overreaction is probably partly due to homophobia and partly due to the unfortunate invisibility of lgbts of color in both the black and gay communities. And just whose fault is that? 

Churches campaign against possible fairness ordinance in Danville - And the lies never die.

 Arizona Lawmaker Proposes Religious ‘License To Discriminate’ Against LGBT People - Here we go again.
Publix Ordered to Pay Cake Decorator $100,000 for Firing Him Because He's Gay - Publix's explanation for the firing sounded shady to me too.  

Family Research Council now agrees: Gay couples form loving relationships - The miracle of the day, with a caveat of course.  

Sally Kern Slams Oklahoma Gay Marriage Ruling: 'Homosexuality Is Not A Civil Right' - Poor Oklahoma legislator Sally Kern. She is all upset that an Oklahoma judge has ruled for marriage equality.

Throwback Thursday - NOM's plan to create tensions between black and gay communities

Unfortunately, some of us in the lgbt community have a habit of forgetting certain things. The phrase "out of sight, out of mind" applies greatly to many of us, but there are some things we must never forget. Remember how the National Organization for Marriage attempted to play the black and gay communities against one another: