Famed singer and conservative talking head Pat Boone has written a curious commentary at the rabidly anti-gay “news” website WND.com. In the “exclusive commentary,” entitled, “Are you ready for a gay America?”, Boone laments the loss of what he sees as his traditional America and the forthcoming “breakdown of society,” “last period of history,” “a decaying, irreligious world” and “social anarchy.”

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Bailout must aid all Americans

A New York third party has laid out a bailout plan that would benefit all Americans, not just the Wall Street investors, financiers and bankers who got us in this mess to begin with.

I’m not a Wall Street or economic expert, but unlike John McCain, I at least know something about how our economy works. The New York Working Families Party has made a two-part plan that might just work, especially when it comes to helping America’s average, working families.

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What’s wrong with Kansas?

My attention was drawn to an article from a Kansas TV station this morning while browsing The Washington Blade‘s website. A teen in a small town of about 800 people was severely beaten inside his home by a classmate who had heard rumors he was gay. The rumor was false. The perpetrator also had with him a small explosive. His intent: To kill the 16-year-old boy.

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Raleigh safer than D.C.?

Yeah… a once Raleigh native told Washington, D.C.’s Metroweekly magazine that he felt safer in Raleigh, as well as in Boston:

At the same time, Mark Hayes, another local gay man, was finding himself similarly fed up. While Perry is a Washington native, Hayes came to the District about five years ago, having lived in Boston and Raleigh, N.C. His experiences here, he says, indicate a level of entrenched homophobia he’s not experienced elsewhere.

”D.C. is very different,” says Hayes, recalling that he and three friends were recently taunted with shouts of ”faggot” by a passing Lincoln Navigator with Maryland plates as they neared Nellie’s, a gay sports bar, walking along 12th Street NW. ”Even though North Carolina has a reputation for not being as gay friendly, the big gay bar in Raleigh is right downtown. I’m not terrified, but I don’t have the level of safety that I felt in Boston.”

Hayes says he believes D.C. has a ”major problem with homophobia. I think it starts in schools and goes on up.”

I really don’t know how this can be. You’d think, stereotypically, that a larger city — and, in general, a more progressive city — would be a safer place for LGBT folks to live and work. Hayes definitely disagrees. His statement in the latest issue of Metroweekly comes right on the heels of the death of a supposed gay-bashing victim killed near D.C. gay bar BeBar. The Washington Blade has more.


NC Pastor: Stop condeming, start healing

The Winston-Salem Journal, my lovely hometown newspaper, published a great column by John Railey. Interviewing an African-American minister, Railey’s column delves into just some of the multitude of issues that make stopping HIV/AIDS difficult in black communities and in the black church:

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This and that

Ditto: I stopped keeping up with media’s obsessive coverage of 22-year-old Lindsay Lohan a few years ago, just before she entered rehab for the first time. Sarah Warn, 365gay.com

Hot play, hot boy: [Sean] Knapp likes roles “where I don’t do what I’m supposed to do” and he sure has one in “Speech & Debate” at Southern Rep. He plays Howie, a character who’s been “officially ‘out'” since he was 10 years old, danced like George Michael at a Boy Scout jamboree, wants to form a Gay/Straight Student Alliance at the high school where he’s “the new kid” and has inadvertently gotten involved in an Internet sex scandal involving the mayor and one of his teachers. Times-Picayune (photo courtesy John Barrois)

Update: For Mr. Kaufman and his colleagues, returning to Laramie, a town of 25,000 near the Colorado border, is far from a theatrical exercise. They plan to use the new interviews to write an epilogue to the play before the 10th anniversary of Mr. Shepard’s death, on Oct. 12; it will be added to the published version of the script and will be included in future performances of “The Laramie Project,” which has had about 2,000 productions since it opened off Broadway in 2000. New York Times

Bullshit: “I would encourage you to refuse to sign marriage licenses with ‘Party A’ and ‘Party B,’” Bird said in a letter to area churches. “If ever there was a time for the people of the United States to stand up and let their voices be heard – this is that time.”

Bird told The Bee that the decision not to register their marriage was “personal – not religious.” 365gay.com

The Charlotte Observer today published a front-pager on the new book edited by Mitchell Gold, featuring 40 stories of gay and lesbian people’s ordeals growing up gay in America and their experiences in the church.

“CRISIS: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing Up Gay in America,” to which I contributed a chapter (excerpted at The Charlotte Observer‘s website, mind you) “includes stories from actor Richard Chamberlain and U.S. Rep. Barney Frank as well as area contributors – Charlotte’s Matt Comer, editor of Q-Notes; Hickory’s Brent Childers, a straight evangelical Christian who has renounced his anti-gay views; and Myers Park Baptist Church Minister Stephen Shoemaker, whose church was booted from the Baptist State Convention for welcoming homosexuals.”

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A Sunday reflection

A new verse for an old hymn (one of my favorites, actually)…

Come thou fount of every blessing,
Teach your children to love free,
Bringing in our outcast siblings, let us all be family,
From your love we learn compassion,
Your grace does forever lead,
Come thou fount of every blessing,
Seeing Christ in harmony.

Words: Ro­bert Ro­bin­son, 1758; New verse: Matt Comer, 2008.
Music: Net­tle­ton, Wyeth’s Re­po­si­to­ry of Sac­red Mu­sic, Part Se­cond, by John Wy­eth, 1813


New Kid on the Block

There’s a fresh face to Carolina gay blogging. Found it tonight… Sick -N- Tired is definitely a breath of fresh air to all of the LGBT community across the country. Unique perspective? You betcha. And, like me, this blogger’s a late-nighter. I like her/him already!

Check’em out.


Reel them in…

From the day job blog

For a man who still cries when he hears the national anthem, I’m livid someone would question my patriotism based solely on my sexual orientation and party affiliation. My 80-year-old, heterosexual, U.S. Marines WWII/Korean War veteran, Old South, Democratic grandpa would kick your ass if he heard you questioning my love for this country.

That’s my response to a Log Cabin Republicans’ statement calling gay Democrats unpatriotic. As I said at InsideSource, Patrick Sammon — you need to reel your local chapters in real quick.

On a related note… Chris Crain has a wonderful post on the LCR’s endorsement of John McCain and how he thinks LCR could have done better. Check it out.

Oh… and while I’m sending you around to every website in the world, check out monthly LGBT Carolinas publication Out in Asheville and their report on the in-crisis-mode Asheville PrideFest. There’s a great comment thread going on.