The dignity and wisdom of Julian Bond on religious liberty and inclusion

By: Thursday June 13, 2013 10:30 am

When it comes to discussing the place of religion and the expansion of basic civil rights to the LGBT community, legend Julian Bond delivers a passionate, common-sense view often missing from the debate. This civil rights hero and ally – the chairman emeritus of the NAACP – so effortlessly states the obvious:  discrimination is wrong. As we await [...]

Pastor Gary Randall Seems To Be Warning Donors Away From Family Policy Institute of Washington

By: Thursday April 18, 2013 4:43 pm

It isn’t every day that one leading anti-gay activist accuses another of misusing cash donations.  Pastor Gary Randall, president of Faith and Freedom Network, appears to be accusing Family Policy Institute of Washington and/or its executive director Joseph Backholm of mishandling funds. It all started with a florist who allegedly broke the law: On April [...]

No surprise: Boy Scouts of America punts – no vote on its ban on gay members

By: Wednesday February 6, 2013 1:58 pm

I have to say that I was not surprised at this news at all. The media maelstrom about this topic rendered the decision by the Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board so hot — the here-come-the-pedophiles/America-values-are-being-destroyed camp versus the camp reflecting the increasing acceptance of LGBTs in contemporary American culture — left the Boy Scouts [...]

NC: Bigoted restaurant owner slips condemning letter to lesbian couple — after they’ve dined and paid

By: Friday January 11, 2013 11:01 am

I love the new homophobia. In the vein of Chik-Fil-a, bigoted establishments welcome gay dollars, but want to condemn at the same time. In New Bern, NC on December 4, Ariel and Shawnee McPhail walked into The Stingray Café, sat down and had their meal, and had this handed to them by the restaurant’s owner, [...]

United Parcel Service to Boy Scouts of America – no funds for your anti-gay org

By: Tuesday November 13, 2012 3:48 am

The Boy Scouts can count on zero donations from UPS. The corporation’s foundation has publicly underscored that it will not give to the anti-gay youth organization because the shipping giant’s criteria for giving says “No” to homophobia, aligning that criteria with the UPS non-discrimination policy. The UPS Foundation seeks to support organizations that are in [...]

WTF from hate group spokesbot Bryan Fischer: neo-Nazi Sikh temple mass murderer is a liberal

By: Wednesday August 8, 2012 10:48 am

This goon Bryan Fischer, the director of issues analysis for the American Family Association (designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center),  is scrambling to spin that the racist piece of sh*te, Wade Michael Page, who blew away innocent Sikhs in their house of worship, cannot possibly share the same hateful world view as [...]

Michelangelo Signorile on the Chick-Fil-A dustup – Where Do We Go From Here?

By: Monday August 6, 2012 12:29 pm

Over at HuffPo Gay Voices, Michelangelo Signorile does his post-mortem on the Chick-Fil-A battle, which didn’t exactlygo well for the pro-equality side, primarily because the pro-bigotry forces were aided by some self-inflicted wounds on our side that handed over the free-speech victim argument. And these people are hypocrites who cared nothing about the first amendment when [...]

Should my family spend $ in NC for my 50th birthday fete next year w/anti-gay Amendment One in place?

By: Monday July 30, 2012 12:50 pm

Note to North Carolina elected officials and its tourism industry – this question is for you as well. Hit me up with your best case explaining why my birthday should be celebrated here on Facebook or pam at firedoglake dot com and I’ll be happy to share your perspective with readers. It’s a relevant question that [...]

Forbes: The Cult of Chick-fil-A – and how it boldly engages in discriminatory practices

By: Monday July 30, 2012 9:56 am

Emily Schmall at has an interesting piece on the anti-gay fast food giant Chick-Fil-A. The purveyor of waffle fries with a side of bible-based  bigotry has been for ages engaging in perfectly legal and ethically questionable ways of ensuring its franchisees adhere to their “Christian” point of view business model. And this was long [...]

The Americans With Disabilities Act hasn’t stopped egregious attempts at discrimination; check out this horror

By: Monday July 16, 2012 9:55 am

The rights of the disabled are still constantly under attack by employers that should know better, given the existence of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. You’d think every human resources department would be well-versed in the obvious: Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibits private employers, state and local [...]

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