Toledo Bans Conversion Therapy & Protects Gender Identity

LGBTQ rights in Toledo Ohio - gay and transgender rights

Yesterday the Toledo, Ohio City Council unanimously approved a measure banning anti-gay conversion therapy while adding gender identity to their city’s anti-discrimination protection classes. While many in the religious conservative community opposed it arguing its mental health counseling requirements would affect them (they won’t), those actually credentialed to provide such care lauded the vote. The Toledo Blade reported: Conversion therapy, which is designed to change a […]

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Nevada Pence Rally Audience Boos Military Mother

Military mother Catherine Byrne booed for asking Mike Pence about Trump attack on Khan family

In what’s becoming regular practice for Trump and his supporters, yet another military family experienced the wrath of the Trump campaign at a Pence rally in Nevada. The incident happened when military mother Catherine Byrne asked Indiana Governor Mike Pence about Trump’s attacks on the Khan family and whether he would “tolerate” such disrespect from his running mate. “Time and time […]

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GOP Platform Descending into Far Right Madness

the 2016 GOP Convention Platform

While the GOP Platform Committee absolutely refused to add language recognizing the threat ISIS poses to the LGBTQ community in the wake of (and on the anniversary of) the Orlando LGBTQ massacre, they did manage to skew the platform further to the right than it has been in several years. Adding everything from conversion therapy and Christian proselytization in public schools […]

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GOP Platform: Jesus in Schools & Overturning Marriage Equality

the 2016 GOP Convention Platform

Leading up to the GOP convention in Cleveland the GOP Platform Subcommittee is working diligently to present the 2016 version of the Republican Party for the nation and world to see. And what does that image look like? Thus far the committee has agreed to shut down LGBTQ marriage equality through either judicial action or a constitutional amendment in addition […]

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Arrest Made in Brutal Murder of Marc Pourner

After finding openly gay Marc Pourner’s slumped body next to his burnt out truck just north of Houston over the weekend police investigated several promising leads and made an arrest in the brutal murder. Working with law enforcement in Lafayette, Indiana, police apprehended 22-year-old David James Brown, Jr. of Montgomery County, Texas after receiving a tip he was hiding out in […]

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Houston-Area Gay Man Bound, Tortured & Murdered [UPDATED]

Marc Pourner

Police found 28-year-old Marc Pourner of Spring, Texas in a wooded area slumped beside his burned truck. He’d been bound and gagged, tortured, and eventually murdered. Though he suffered a blunt force trauma to the head an autopsy scheduled for Monday will reveal the ultimate cause of death. The perpetrator(s) additionally set Pourner’s truck on fire. Though authorities remain tight-lipped regarding their investigation of […]

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Morality and Religion: Not Exactly Connected

By Sheila Kennedy [Originally published at SheilaKennedy.net on December 24, 2014] Click to Enlarge A Post/ABC survey taken after the release of the Senate’s torture report has generated results which–displayed in tabular format–have been making the rounds on social media. The question was whether the torture tactics had been justified. Responses were broken down by religious affiliation; significant majorities of Protestants and Catholics […]

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No Doubt: Dick Cheney’s Defense of the Indefensible (Torture)

By Sheila Kennedy [Originally published at SheilaKennedy.net on December 18, 2014] Yesterday’s post dealt with the issue of arrogance, and the difference between religious faith–which requires a certain suspension of doubt–and the sort of unquestioning certainty that leads to all manner of horrific acts in the name of religion. Which leads us to a consideration of Dick Cheney. Not that Cheney’s views appear […]

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The Five’s Terrorism Solutions: Cut Off Toes, Spy On Muslims, Torture Detainees

Fox’s The Five had this to say about using torture to combat terrorism (despite every published report stating torture yields no valuable information that can be used to combat terror): GREG GUTFELD: It boils down to a simple fact that almost anybody can understand: There’s no logic in having no last resort, because when all else fails, then what do […]

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Fox Hosts Baselessly Connect Sydney Hostage Situation To Torture Report

From the December 15 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends courtesy of Media Matters: Tim PeacockTim Peacock is the Managing Editor and founder of Peacock Panache and has worked as a civil rights advocate for over twenty years. During that time he’s worn several hats including leading on campus LGBT advocacy in the University of Missouri campus system, interning […]

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