I’m gonna disagree with you Quentin and say that it makes sense to be proud to be gay, because it takes a lot to give up on the direction society is telling you that you have to go in, and to instead say “No I’m going to do this thing you don’t like.” Being gay is something you’ve done, because you always have the choice to play it straight, and I think if you are being authentic to yourself, even though everyone is telling you that you’re wrong, that may be something to be proud of.
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When A.J. Betts, a 16-year-old from Iowa, died by suicide, his family saw to it that his organs were donated to those in need, per his wishes.
A.J.’s liver, lungs, kidneys, and heart were accepted — in fact, his heart went to a 14-year-old boy. But of all things, his eyes were rejected because of an FDA policy barring men who have sex with men from donating tissue. A.J.’s mother could not confirm whether her son had been sexually active, and so his eyes couldn’t be accepted as donations.
“My initial feeling was just very angry because I couldn’t understand why my 16-year-old son’s eyes couldn’t be donated just because he was gay,” A.J.’s mother Sheryl Moore said.
Regulations established during the early days of the AIDS epidemic in the U.S. restrict gay men from donating certain types of tissue. A ban on blood donation, established in the ’80s, is also still in place for this demographic, despite a critical need for both organ transplants and blood transfusions.
“This is archaic, and it is just silly that people wouldn’t get the lifesaving assistance they need because of regulations that are 30 years old,” continued Moore, who hopes her son’s story will help inspire a policy change.
Talk about an outdated policy being used in the weirdest possible way. I hope A.J.’s family finds peace in knowing that some of his organs were used to help others, and that so many of us around the world are thinking of him and his ongoing generosity.
Worth mentioning that in 2010 a public committee voted on whether or not to get rid of the blood ban, but ultimately decided to keep it in place.
An angry, angry man in Vancouver disguised himself as part of a well-known humanist organization in order to sneak into Pride celebrations last weekend and distribute hate materials undercover.
Bill Whatcott has previously been found guilty of publishing and distributing materials that qualify as anti-LGBT hate speech. This time, he made up a fake name and pretended to represent a ministry of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (a real organization) in order to get into Vancouver Pride.
He showed up with pink hair and a FSM flag, apparently ready to have a good time. Then, he handed out anti-LGBT leaflets disguised as condoms and went about his day with other Pridegoers.
“I want homosexuals to turn to Jesus and I believe that people can leave that lifestyle behind,” Whatcott says. “I made this Pride parade way more diverse. It’s not all leather men and naked dudes. Now it includes Christian people with diverse messages on homosexuality. True diversity.”
In the “gospel condom” that he distributed to parade-goers, Whatcott claims that everyone is “anatomically heterosexual” and that gay people “suffer grievously because of their sin.”
“In spite of billions of dollars being spent fighting sexually transmitted diseases ravaging the homosexual subculture, homosexuals are still suffering and dying from AIDS and other homosexually acquired diseases,” writes Whatcott, who believes that Jesus Christ can free gay people from the “bondage of homosexuality or any other sexual addiction.”
Oh, lord. Some people will stop at nothing. What a weird story.
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