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Hayden Panettiere and her clueless looking boxer boyfriend Wladimir Klotschko were spotted protesting the annual dolphin hunt in the Japanese fishing town of Taiji.
Apparently their presence along with other environmental activists wasn't well-received in the village and they were rejected for a meeting with the mayor.
Better luck next time! We don't agree with it at all, but the residents consider the dolphin hunt "a proud legacy," and it's bound to be difficult to break!
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What a brave girl!!
We reported earlier that a Mississippi county school board cancelled prom for an entire high school after a lesbian student attempted to fight a rule that banned her from bringing her girlfriend to the dance.
The student, Constance McMillen, returned to school today for the first time since the announcement, and despite backlash from her peers, is holding her ground!!
"My daddy told me that I needed to show them that I'm still proud of who I am. The fact that this will help people later on, that's what's helping me to go on. Somebody said, 'Thanks for ruining my senior year.' I guess they would rather do that than what's right, what's constitutionally correct. It's a small town in Mississippi, and it's run by an older generation with money. Most of them are more conservative and they don't agree with it."
She seems like such a smart, well-adjusted young woman with a good head on her shoulders!!
Daryl Presgraves, spokesman for the advocacy group Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education network, says:
"A lot of schools actually react rather than do the research and find out what the rights of these students are. It sends a message that these students shouldn't be treated the same."
So unfair and sad.
We said it before, but hang in there, Constance!!
We know how hard this must be for you, but by holding your head up high and not backing down, you are no doubt inspiring TONS of gay kids everywhere to believe in who they are!!
We think you're a real hero!!
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Yeah! We're sure Jesus would have stood by THIS 100%!!
This effing sucks so hard.
The archdiocese in Denver, Colorado, has denied two CHILDREN re-enrollment in a Catholic school next year because their parents are lesbians!
So UNBELIEVABLY effed up!! They're KIDS - only in kindergarten and preschool!!
They've already started at a school, and now they won't be allowed back because the church suddenly decides it's not cool?
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput says:
"The Church does not claim that people with a homosexual orientation are 'bad,' or that their children are less loved by God. Quite the opposite. But what the Church does teach is that sexual intimacy by anyone outside marriage is wrong; that marriage is a sacramental covenant; and that marriage can only occur between a man and a woman. These beliefs are central to a Catholic understanding of human nature, family and happiness, and the organization of society. The Church cannot change these teachings because, in the faith of Catholics, they are the teachings of Jesus Christ. People with a different understanding of marriage and family life have other, excellent options for education and should see in them the better course for their children."
We're SURE every student in that school has married parents completely committed to one another and conform COMPLETELY to every single obscure Catholic teaching!!
Luckily, there has been a MASSIVE public outcry in the community to this blatant and hateful discrimination.
Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director of DignityUSA, says:
"The Archdiocese of Denver has acted very unjustly in singling out this child for exclusion. Until every student's parents are tested on Catholic teaching, this action by Catholic officials cannot be understood as anything other than discrimination on the back of a child. At a tender age, this child has learned that Catholic officials are willing to inflict pain on children and families."
SPOT ON. So unbelievably cruel.
How are young children supposed to feel when the school they are a part of suddenly decides they're not welcome anymore?!
Jarret Barrios, the president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, agreed:
"These actions by the Denver Archdiocese harm the student by taking the child away from friends, teachers and community. It's deeply troubling to see any school remove a child from their educational program simply as the means of rejecting that child's parents."
If there's any light in this shitstorm of a story, Boulder Pride - which is a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center - organized a protest outside of the church Sunday, supported by 30 opponents, most of whom were reportedly heterosexual allies of the gay community!!
We're sure the support was very much appreciated!!
We still can't even process this. Those poor children are way too young to have to endure that kind of discrimination.
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That's right, Miranda!! Damn the man!!
Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon has spoken out on behalf of Fight Back New York, a political action committee attempting to take senators in New York State who voted against equal rights out of office!!
She is so well-spoken - and right ON ALL COUNTS!!
Equal rights for ALL!
We're pretty stunned. Especially because we may have been fooled by it.
Writer and activist Micheal Stinson, who apparently hates Sarah Palin more than we do, flew to El Lay with his wife to be in the audience during the newly re-Leno'd Tonight Show, which featured the Alaskan trainwreck as a guest on its second night.
Now Stinson has come forward with some SHOCKING allegations against NBC and the talk show, claiming they manipulated Sexy Sarah's interview by dubbing laugh tracks over to make her appear funny and well-received, when apparently she got nothing but awkward silence her ENTIRE segment.
You can read the full article here, but it's a little lengthy, so here are some highlights:
But when Jay brought out Sarah Palin, she was completely nerved. Watch the video, check out her breathing, she's freaked and talks a mile a minute. Both my wife and I agreed - when you actually get close enough, she's just plain creepy, and those yech vibes filled the room.
And while NBC Sold Palin, she sold her body, jiggling, teasing, pushing the cutesy-pie, what we used to call in the military, a "prick tease." She short circuits brains, deflects the fact that most of what she says is nonsense or hateful, as lizard layers of right wing men's brains hum a sexual fantasy tune, and women who have thrown all sense of propriety to the wind, watching her strip, want to be just like her. Rich. Stupid. The sweet "Bite Me" bitch attitude she's honed to an art form. No, she doesn't just "wink" - she uses her whole body to sell the package. Turn off the sound, just watch her body language. I find it whorish, repulsive, and I'm no prude.
They added laughter where there was none during uncomfortable portions. Well, there was some laughter. Mine, of derision. During those pregnant pauses in her performance I was laughing long and loud, couldn't help myself as much of what she was saying was utterly surreal, ridiculous, hypocritical - nonsense, spewed platitudes, pushed buttons. I was seriously thinking of leaving as it was getting hysterically unfunny.
After sitting through the taping of the show in the studio I can recount many portions where there was little or no laughter or response, but at the later broadcast they are smoothed over with applause and laughter that WERE NOT THERE at the taping. Groans, hoots, grumbling, or just dead silence - all missing.
They should bear some responsibilty for hawking a defective product. This is corporate shilling in the worst way, not only to raise Leno's ratings, but to push Palin on a crowd with fake laughter and applause. The applause sign is one thing, an American institution. But INSERTING Laughter for Sarah Palin? Try to realize that while you may be laughing at the things she says, because she's a train wreck, the corporate powers that be are ADJUSTING the laughter so it appears APPROPRIATE. I worked in a mental institution. The very basic definition of insanity is "inappropriate laughter" WHO decides what's "appropriate?" Apparently, corporations. Not you. The Tonight Show is a lie, more than ever a corporate shill that's performing a cultural engineering service. Selling garbage, that is literally ruinous to our nation and women's rights.
While this dude clearly has a serious agenda against Palin, if he's being 100% truthful, this is seriously effed up and despicable.
Once again, this proves that Jay Leno has no problem being a complete DOUCHE and throwing whatever is in his way - whether it be what's left of his integrity or a certain unnamed ginge - under one of his 745 cars to get more publicity and money.
Hopefully audiences at home will see the segment and establish on their own what an effing hateful psychopath Palin is, but to deliberately attempt to manipulate viewer's opinions through laugh tracks - gross.
Shame on you, NBC.
What do U think? Was anybody else there who can vouche for or deny this report??
This is so effing cool of him.
Mraz has been very open in the past about his support of sustainable living and equal rights, especially regarding marriage!!
Abby Schwartz, the Community Center's Women's & Senior's Resource Coordinator, said:
“Jason is a really unique, warm and caring person committed to spreading love through his music and his travels. He is surrounded by LGBT folk both personally and professionally and is passionate about issues that affect those he’s closest to. Jason realizes he has a platform that many do not and wants to use it to share a message of love, acceptance and equality for all.”
He apparently also plans on attending Sir Elton John's Oscar Party on Sunday so he can discuss a possible collaboration with the diva!!
We think it's FANTASTIC that Mraz would take the time out of his day just to learn about issues that our effecting the LGBT community!! What a great guy!!
We APPROVE!! Kudos to you!!