Anti-gay monk kicked out of church for calling pope heretic

The Vatican – A notoriously anti-gay monk has been excommunicated from the Catholic Church after accusing Pope Francis of being a “great heretic.” Damon Jonah Kelly was booted from the church by his superior, the Bishop of Argyll and the Isles, after he wrote a scathing blog post attacking the pope for “behaving in an ambiguous fashion towards homosexuals.” According to the Scottish Sun, Kelly was asked to take down the post. When he refused, he was excommunicated. That means he may no longer participate in the sacraments of the church or act in any official capacity. Kelly called the […]

Boy George: changing your pronouns is attention-seeking

London – Boy George, the androgynous 58-year-old lead singer of the band Culture Club, has been accused of transphobia after tweets that seemed to disparage people’s pronouns. After the singer published an incorrectly punctuated tweet reading, “Leave your pronoun’s at the door!” a fellow Twitter user asked George, “Do you not know what the fuck pronouns are?” The singer responded, “A modern form of attention-seeking?” When someone wrote, “Disappointing” to the singer’s reply, the singer retorted, “Most things are! But being disappointed is the most disappointing.” When another Twitter user pointed out to Boy George that it costs nothing to […]

Texas school district threatens to sue parents using gay flag

Wimberley, Texas – The Wimberley Independent School District is threatening legal action against a group of parents who “expressed their support for LGBTQ students” by creating a graphic that combined the Wimberley High School Texans logo with a rainbow flag, posting the graphic on Facebook and then making t-shirts with that logo during the city of Wimberley’s first LGBT Pride March last fall, according to an article by Brian Klosterboer on the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas website. Bryan Burke, parent of a WISD student, said that creating and posting the graphic “symbolize[d] a hug to those kids that […]

California woman held in threat to bomb DC girls prep school

Washington, DC – A California woman has been charged with threatening to bomb, burn, and kill people at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, a Catholic all-girls high school in Washington, DC. Sonia Tabizada pleaded not guilty on January 3rd to federal charges of obstructing religious exercise by threat, and transmitting bomb threats in interstate commerce, according to court records. Tabizada has been in custody since her arrest and faces a January 21st detention review hearing before US District Judge Carl J. Nichols in DC. A judge ordered her held in jail until court proceedings begin. According to court documents, a nun […]

UN official condemns US detention of Manning as torture

New York City – The World Socialist Website reports that in an official letter to the US government, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer stated that its ongoing imprisonment of Chelsea Manning is a violation of international law “fulfilling all the constitutive elements of torture or other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment.” Manning has been jailed since May 16th “in contempt of court” for refusing to give testimony to a grand jury against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and potentially other representatives of the media organization. In his letter on Manning, sent in October and publicly released […]

Despite reforms two wear blackface at Mummers parade

Philadelphia – Two men wore blackface in the 2020 Mummers Parade, plaguing the nearly 120-year-old tradition with racism and bigotry, again. In 2016, a member of the Finnegan New Year’s Brigade was caught on video yelling “Fuck the gays! Fuck the gays!” In the same parade, other members of the Finnegan NYB portrayed Caitlyn Jenner’s transition from male to female to the song “Dude Looks like a Lady,” while other members held offensive signs making fun of Jenner. After the homophobic outburst in 2016, as well as an instance of one Mummers group dressing as tacos and in brownface, Ian […]

How Dare Leo Herrera Pretend AIDS Never Existed?

What would the lives of gay men be like today if AIDS never happened? Filmmaker Leo Herrera’s answer to that question is a genre-busting web series “The Fathers Project.” A dreamlike mix of actual historical information and clever wish-fulfilment – with plenty of sex for good measure – Herrera’s series takes us on quite a fantastical journey (the complete series is included in one video, below). “Fathers” also gave me a strange pang of discomfort. As someone who has chronicled the epidemic since it began, there was a small but persistent voice in my head as I watched the series, […]

Remembering Ed Jeunette

Edward Jeunette, a longtime attorney for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services, community activist, and former aide to City Councilwomen Mary Pat Clark when she was president of the city council, died suddenly on New Year’s Day after developing pneumonia. He was 62 years old and lived in Mount Washington with his spouse and husband of 30 years James “Jeb” King. Ed was the son of Edward R. Jeunette, an attorney, and Margaret Clark Jeunette, who died when Ed was 11. Like his father and two brothers, he attended and graduated from Mount Saint Joseph High School. He then […]

The World is Changing

However, we are making strides – like on NBC, their Wednesday night, prime time, biggest show, they had a story line of a transgender female. I hope some of y’all saw me on Chicago Med season five, episode six. I was honored to be able to help tell one of our stories. I struggled with accepting who I was for many years. I was ashamed – even embarrassed – about who I was. It wasn’t until a series of family tragedies before I could embrace who I was. Five years ago, my mother and brother died on the same weekend. […]

Aim for Thriving

I’ve sat down many times over the last several months to write this series of articles. Every time I came up short. After all, it’s difficult to say to others like myself that in a world which is fundamentally unsafe to us and threatens to destroy us that we must find a way to know ourselves, be ourselves, and embrace ourselves. Regardless of all the stigma we’ve internalized or externalized, the rules that are placed upon us by a heteronormative society, or even the rules that are placed upon us by our own LGBT community itself – somehow we must […]