Owing up to the kiss

June 28, 2007

From Planet Out News…

The Newark, N.J., city schools superintendent apologized to a gay student Tuesday for having staffers black out a picture of the student kissing his boyfriend from the high school yearbook, calling the incident “a homophobic moment.”

Superintendent Marion A. Bolden said she spoke with senior Andre Jackson, 18, a day after she issued him a written apology that said she regretted the decision to censor his personal page in the East Side High School yearbook.

Wow.  If only I had a boyfriend in high school, much less a picture of us kissing in the yearbook!  Times are a’ changin’! 

Full story here.

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From the press release, here: 

WASHINGTON, June 27 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc., today released the first comprehensive analysis of the top 19 candidates for the 2008 presidency on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues. Democrats discussed in this report include Hillary Clinton, John Edwards and Barack Obama. Republicans include Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and Mitt Romney.

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Statement by Matt Foreman, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

“The differences between the Democratic and Republican fields of candidates on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues are shockingly stark and profoundly depressing. Over time, the majority of Americans have moved to support basic fairness for LGBT Americans, including nondiscrimination and hate crimes laws, repeal of ‘Don’t Ask Don’t’ Tell,’ and protections for our families. Sadly, the Republican field has gone in the opposite direction, still clearly pandering to the venom of the so-called ‘religious right.’ This only means that they will continue to use our lives as cultural wedge fodder whenever it’s deemed politically expedient.

“The public statements and voting records of the Democratic candidates show that they are clearly light years ahead of the Republicans on almost every issue important to the LGBT community. Nevertheless, the lack of courage on marriage equality is disturbing on both political and moral grounds. Politically, being for civil unions but against marriage doesn’t bring a single voter over from the other side. Morally, it’s hard to understand how a Democratic candidate can say to people they know individually and to one of the most loyal and generous voting blocs the party has, ‘Sorry, I just can’t go there — you understand, right?’ Actually, we don’t.” 

Get the full report here.

FYI – I’m out of town for a wedding for a few days so this is likely my last post until Sunday.

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OK, this is like, 8 months old, but I just saw it and liked it.  Since the Hate Crimes PSA was really popular I thought I’d pass this on too.

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From Planet Out News:

More than 200 Orthodox and right-wing Russians, including a fiercely anti-gay member of parliament, sailed an icon-bedecked ship down the Moscow River on Sunday to cleanse the waters after a gay cruise took the same route the night before, the Interfax news agency reported.

Read the whole story here.

Once again we see bad theology intruding into our lives in a way that causes a real justice issue.

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I’m reading James Fowler’s Faith Development and Pastoral Care right now– I haven’t linked it on my “What I’m reading” tab because it’s kind of an academic read.

Anyway – while the Covenant isn’t really new news right now, I don’t feel up to writing about the Canadian antics.

I have always loved Fowler’s work, though.  I have posted about it elsewhere on my blog.  His best known stuff is a developmental model of faith development– surprisingly enough called Fowler’s Stages of Faith Development.  It essentially describes how most people navigate from birth through adulthood in their faith journey-  from the mythical age where the imagination runs wild to the rarely achieved universalizing faith (most conservatives I’ve known are in stage 3 or 4– and incidentally don’t like/agree with his work).

The book I’m reading now is more focused on practical applications, though.  And what I found interesting in one particular chapter was how Fowler described vocation– which doesn’t mean “job” but rather “identity”– particularly community identity. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Gospel of Inclusion

June 25, 2007

From CNN, a great piece about a fundamentalist preacher in Tulsa, OK, who undergoes a change of heart.

 Click here to watch.

It’s part of a series which is listed here.  Two Episcopal parishes (Trinity and Christ-the-King, Santa Barbara) are highlighed in this piece.

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