The Salvation Army in Canada fully and emphatically rejects the statements made by the media director of The Salvation Army Australia Southern Territory regarding the LGBT community. The Salvation Army opposes any discrimination, marginalization or persecution of any person. There is no scriptural support for demeaning or mistreating anyone for any reason including his or her sexual orientation. Anyone who comes to The Salvation Army will receive assistance based solely on their need and our capacity to provide help. The Salvation Army in Australia has also rejected the opinions stated and provided additional information which you can view here. We deeply apologize for the hurt that these statements have caused.
It doesn’t make up for the damage or prevent lower level Salvationists from being awful, but it exists.
This is fucked up beyond belief and is going on in Kingston, a community about 3 hours east of Peterborough in southern Onterrible. Fuck this place!
We are a small but dedicated group of Kingston residents devoted to removing the scourge of homosexuality in our city. We know you and have been following you for the past several weeks and we wish for you to leave this city, before it is too late, for you. This will be the first of many reminders, each escalating to higher and higher levels of harassment and derailment. Since we have nothing personal against you, only against your sexuality, we suggest you move to more conductive climes like Vancouver, or preferably San Francisco. Our base, head office in Deep South, has been energized by the recent US Supreme Court decisions legalizing same sex marriage. We feel that unless homosexuals reconvert to heterosexuality that life under this planet, under the umbrella of our Lord Jesus Christ, will become unbearable. Having observed you, we feel that you are committed lesbians unlikely to convert, hence this (first and only) gentle attempt to make you move. If you do not, and take this letter to police, as we expect, we will know about this, since we have contacts in Kingston Police. Our efforts to relocate you will escalate. We wish to avoid this scenario. We are primarily non-violent, but use violence surgically to persuade people. We hope you understand without us painting to lurid a picture. In the last several years we have relocated a few people like you from the Kingston area, through a set of incentives and effective persuasion. Please join their ranks ASAP. We will watch and wait, and then strike, at home and office, as need arises. These are not empty threats. MOVE, or else! Thank you for your attention. We await effective action on your part, ASAP> You are not going to be safe at home, office or anywhere else if you ignore this message! However if you take this seriously, and make attempts to move, someone from our organization will contact you to make your relocation easier financially. If, additionally, you persuade another couple like yourselves to move, we will provide them financial assistance and yourselves a bonus for your help. We are a committed bunch and come hell of high water, we will move you out. Best under congenial circumstances, don’t you think? In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, our saviour.”
Heading home to Kingston this weekend… Now I really don’t want to. I hope someone catches these people.
Signal boost please
This is a passage from Jodi Picoult’s book “Lone Wolf” which my mother is reading. She said this passage stood out to her. I love my mom :)
Hey Guelph and surrounding area queers (and allies)! Come kick off this years Guelph Pride with the annual dance at the Holiday Inn. Tickets are $15 at the door or $10 advance tickets are available at Out On The Shelf (141 Woolwich facing Eramosa). Check out the Facebook event here.
You know it’s going to be rad because I made the high-school-computer-lab-prom-chic poster!
And if you love drag shows (I know you do), check out the Drag Cabaret on May 12 @ eBar. It is ALWAYS a blast (and Athena might be there too).
Weekend killed me.
Everyone should watch it. It transcends sexuality. It’s an enchanting yet heartbreaking film that explores the dynamics between two people in a brief encounter.
But from a queer perspective, it’s an exploration of the debate of those who just want to settle down and live a more heteronormative lifestyle vs. those who think we don’t need to (or shouldn’t) become an imitation of the romantic heterosexual experience.
Personally, to each his own. There’s no right or wrong way to live your life, so long as you are happy and healthy.
In summary, watch this movie. It will kill you with it’s adorableness.
You (obviously) don’t have to be in Guelph to follow! It will be a page with guest posts, featured resources (some of which are hilarious, such as a Cher fitness VHS), and any CanQueer related news/happenings.
If you live in Guelph or the surrounding area and want us to promote an event on our page, shoot me a message!
Follow and enjoy!
Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke was honoured by PLFAG Canada (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) with the “Ally Award” on Monday. Here is part of his speech via MapleLeafs.com (Photo: Mark Blinch/Reuters):
I believe that the PFLAG “Ally Award” has great significance, and I was flattered to accept it on Monday night on behalf of the Burke family. But I hope the day comes, and soon, when this award is retired as obsolete.
A parent’s unconditional love and acceptance of their child is unremarkable, and should be automatic. It deserves no accolades or praise. Make no mistake, the hero here was Brendan. What Brendan did took courage. Coming out in arguably the most macho of the professional sports. Now that was worthy of an award.
Most walls in society have been breached or levelled over time. But not this one – professional sports in North America has no gay presence. And certainly the NHL does not. These walls have not been breached, have not been levelled. Bias, suspicion and prejudice still prevail. Our goal has to be to continue to level these barriers.
Great progress has been made. But much hard work still lies ahead. Gradual change has been interspersed with radical statements and positions. Brendan’s lot as a gay man in general was far better than it would have been in 1980. But the process must continue. Today, we are talking about battling ignorance, fear and bias. And I am going to ask everybody to agree to take three steps going forward – and to eliminate homophobia.
Why am I receiving this award? Because my son was gay. And I lost him in a car accident on February 5, 2010. Brendan came out in a very public way shortly before we lost him. He changed lives, and he has inspired me to do the same.
[TRIGGER WARNING: Transphobic Violence]
I believe if I was standing at a dressing room and my wife or one of my daughters was in the dressing room and a man tried to go in there — I don’t care if he thinks he’s a woman and tries on clothes with them in there — I’d just try to stomp a mudhole in him and then stomp him dry.
Don’t ask me to adjust to their perverted way of thinking and put my family at risk. We cannot continue to let these people dominate how society acts and reacts. Now if somebody thinks he’s a woman and he’s a man and wants to try on women’s clothes, let him take them into the men’s bathroom or dressing room.
Tennessee State Rep. Richard Floyd defending his state’s extremely transphobic “bathroom bill”
This turns my stomach. And so flawed:
Don’t ask me to adjust to their perverted way of thinking and put my family at risk.
Really? Risk of WHAT? Obviously after your disturbingly violent statement, transgendered people are clearly (and always have been) the one’s at risk. Not the other way around.
Anti-bullying bill subverts Catholic curriculum: group
A private group of Catholic parents is worried Ontario’s proposed anti-bullying legislation, Bill 13, will force the religious schools their children attend to change fundamental Church teachings on homosexual behaviour.
“Our concern is that this anti-bullying legislation is meant to bring a change in the Catholic curriculum,” said Teresa Pierre, director of Ontario Catholic Parent Advocates, which wants to see Bill 13 dropped. “We are concerned about the potential erosion of Catholic principles.
“The province’s goal is to change Catholic social teaching in our schools under the cause of ending homophobia. I think they’re following the momentum of a social agenda that has been at work for the past 10 years.”
“We would not tolerate negative speech toward anyone based on his or her sexual orientation in our schools,” she said. “Nevertheless, we don’t want society telling the Church what is proper behaviour and what it should teach.” (Photo: Peter J. Thompson/National Post)
This drives me nuts. Sometimes it seems like people will do anything to prevent tolerance, especially under the guise of “morality” and “religious freedom”. The church has Western society by the balls, so you can relax.
Also, if you’re receiving public funding, you’re going to have to make some compromises. If you want to operate totally to your own accord, I suggest you stop taking money out of taxpayer’s pockets. Thanks.
Thin Skin Jonny - What Do Gay People Talk About?
This had me in hysterics. Courtesy of Colby Keller on his Big Shoe Diaries blog. He is my favourite internet discovery, possibly ever.
Today is the Transgender Day of Rememberance.
This is Venus Xtravaganza, featured in the documentary (and one of my favourite films) Paris Is Burning.
Venus died the year I was born in 1988 while the film was still being produced. She used prostitution to finance her transition and was found four days after she was strangled to death under a motel bed.
Venus has been a major influence on my life, because she pursued being herself without any reservation. And obviously to the point of putting herself in danger.
Many trans people have suffered or died at the hands of the ignorant purely because they refused to be anything less than themselves.
Gender is a social construct. Identity is fluid. Everyone has the right to become what they feel they truly are.