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It is NOT a choice. Here’s why it matters.12/01/2014 Duration: 13min
The discussion over LGBT rights and equality is rife with emotion, debated with passion, and unfortunately, peppered with misinformation. Many of the discussions from those opposed to LGBT equality use words like “lifestyle,” “behavior,” and my favorite, “sodomy.” Of course, there’s the even more religious sounding variation — sodomite. We talk about issues like marriage, the workplace, and even walking down the street holding hands. Through it all, an astonishing discussions, arguments, and debates are based on the single greatest myth: that sexual orientation is a choice. The post It is NOT a choice. Here’s why it matters. appeared first on Skipping to the Piccolo.
The Folly of the Right Wing Rage Machine06/01/2014 Duration: 11min
Quick. Think of a public figure who made statements about homosexuality outside of his regular job and was dismissed from his job as a result. Now imagine the right wing outrage that came as a direct result of this dismissal. First Amendment! Censorship! If you were thinking of Phil Robertson, you assume correctly that the rage was instantaneous. If you were thinking of the slightly more recent article written by former Minnesota Vikings kicker Chris Kluwe, well, his outspokenness was on the opposite side, so we get crickets from the right wing. The post The Folly of the Right Wing Rage Machine appeared first on Skipping to the Piccolo.
What the Duck? Why the Right Wing has Totally Quacked21/12/2013 Duration: 09min
Yes, we are all tired of the Phil Robertson and Duck Dynasty “controversy.” My own posts on Facebook on the topic drew fever-pitched debates and even resulted in one person un-friending me because I insisted that it has nothing to do with “Freedom of speech.” Once I stopped reading and rolling my eyes at the ridiculous comments on the whole ducking issue, I realized that if this was the front line of today’s culture war, then it was nothing more than a distraction of where the real battles were being fought. The post What the Duck? Why the Right Wing has Totally Quacked appeared first on Skipping to the Piccolo.
Religious Liberty Does Not Trump Individual Rights, Part 207/12/2013 Duration: 13min
Early last year, I discussed the emerging debate over religious liberty versus LGBT equality. Sadly, the debate has only gotten more fever pitched due to the incessant drumbeat of hateful bigots like Matt Barber, Peter Labarbera, Bryan Fischer, and a myriad of other anti-gay blowhards. The fruit of their vitriol has started to bear; this time in the case of a Colorado bakery called Masterpiece Cakeshop. The post Religious Liberty Does Not Trump Individual Rights, Part 2 appeared first on Skipping to the Piccolo.
A Conversation over Coffee and Pizza24/04/2013 Duration: 18min
Imagine for a moment a private conversation between five evangelical pastors and one gay rights advocate. I think any of us could expect a wide range of possible outcomes of such a gathering, especially since three of them have (or had) strong ties to the Assemblies of God, one a Nazarene, and a Methodist. And then the gay guy — me. The post A Conversation over Coffee and Pizza appeared first on Skipping to the Piccolo.
The ex-gay myth and why it failed me20/03/2013 Duration: 19min
I've never been an ex-gay. I've never gone through an ex-gay ministry, or tried an ex-gay program, and never went into a live-in camp where gay men are taught to behave as straight men. Despite all of this, I can say without any hesitation that ex-gay ministries are no good whatsoever. In fact, they present a great deal of harm to LGBT people, especially LGBT Christians. The post The ex-gay myth and why it failed me appeared first on Skipping to the Piccolo.
Trigger Points: Find out why I’m mad as hell19/03/2013 Duration: 15min
I’m a bitter, angry, rejected, hurting gay man. My writing has gotten entirely critical of the Church, Christianity, and Christians. I’m a spiteful gay activist that has nothing to offer except being another bitchy queen looking to rub soot in the eyes of the next religious person to cross my path. Well, at least that's the story. The post Trigger Points: Find out why I’m mad as hell appeared first on Skipping to the Piccolo.
Exactly how will you pray for me?17/03/2013 Duration: 13min
Every once in a while, I encounter a fellow Christian who is completely taken back by my assertion that I am both gay and Christian. It’s pretty rare that the conversation immediately goes to, “Great! Got a boyfriend?” Usually, I have to explain that Romans is all about Idolatry, Leviticus is not relevant for today’s society, and that Sodom was not destroyed because of the gays. I’m pretty used to that by now. The conversation usually ends with the person telling me that they’ll pray for me. The post Exactly how will you pray for me? appeared first on Skipping to the Piccolo.
White History Month and Straight Pride Parade: The final throes of bigotry?24/02/2013 Duration: 12min
Every year, February marks a particular focus on Black History, and June brings out the rainbow flags for Gay Pride month. This is a time where both minorities celebrate a little about themselves, their lives, and their history. Interestingly, the frustrated mantra from both anti-gay and white supremacy viewpoints is a stunted whine that there is no “straight pride” or “white history” month. The post White History Month and Straight Pride Parade: The final throes of bigotry? appeared first on Skipping to the Piccolo.
Middle School and the Battle for Gays to Exist17/02/2013 Duration: 11min
Now that Tennessee state senator Stacey Campfield has found a House sponsor for his Super Don't Say Gay bill, gay advocates throughout the state have dug in to fight the measure with everything they have. Unfortunately, Tennessee isn't alone in their battle to give our kids the freedom to be themselves. One county in Florida is fighting like hell to keep gays from even forming a club. The post Middle School and the Battle for Gays to Exist appeared first on Skipping to the Piccolo.
Freedom with a Purpose11/02/2013 Duration: 11min
Whenever someone makes the difficult decision to come out as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, the first thing we hear about is how they’re “free.” Coming out is definitely one of the most important elements in the life of any LGBT person, and sometimes it’s not by choice. The post Freedom with a Purpose appeared first on Skipping to the Piccolo.
Tony Perkins Lies, Says Boys Will Share Tents with Gay Men05/02/2013 Duration: 10min
Tony Perkins is a liar. There’s no other way to put it. Between him and his “Senior Fellow,” Peter Sprigg, the Family Research Council has worked to systematically strike fear into the hearts of people all across the nation — by lying. Repeatedly. About gays. And Scouts. I have stated publicly that I support the inclusion of gay boys and men into the Boy Scouts of America — as it provides an opportunity for all men and boys to build character, strength, and their intellect in ways that they rarely have inside their homes or classrooms. I speak from experience — having spent a large chunk of my childhood with a Cub Scout pack and a Boy Scout troop. The post Tony Perkins Lies, Says Boys Will Share Tents with Gay Men appeared first on Skipping to the Piccolo.
Why anti-gay groups are almost right about gays and the Titanic13/04/2012 Duration: 16min
Truth in Action Ministries (the religious group started by D. James Kennedy as Coral Ridge Ministries) posted a video this week that used the iceberg that Titanic hit in 1912 as an analogy for how the “radical homosexual agenda” will sink American society. The short film features a small army of anti-gay activists and preachers, all presenting a sordid picture of American culture of those horrible gays get their way and are able to claim equality. Watch highlights from the video and read my full analysis after the jump.