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Need help with this important petition re: Mormon/LDS Bigotry

Please sign and share everywhere if you can. We need to send these bigots a message.

Refuse to play Brigham Young University over discriminatory and homophobic policies


Brigham Young University is owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the LDS Church) and is the largest religious university in the United States. Students who attend BYU are required to follow an honor code that mandates behavior in line with LDS doctrine, meaning they’re required to accommodate changes like the new ones outlined below.

Recently updated policies of the LDS church were leaked online and are extremely detrimental to the LGBT community within Utah and at BYU in particular; in an unexpected doubling back on their previous efforts to connect with LGBT families the LDS church has taken aim at children of same sex parents by listing ‘sexual cohabitation’ as a ‘Serious Transgression’ on the same level with rape and murder. The new doctrine prevents children of same sex couples from being baptized or blessed until they turn 18, at which point they must disavow "homosexuality" and no longer live in a same-sex household, forcing them to disown their parents in order to be a part of the religion.

This policy drives a wedge between families and forces children to pick sides between their religion and the people that they love, as well as opening up the possibility for BYU students of same-sex parents to be penalized for not denouncing their families much in the same way that students who lose their faith leader endorsement are kicked from the school.

These new policy changes come right after Brigham Young University was ranked one of the least LGBT-friendly campuses in the United States, and one year after the school’s only LGBT group on campus was ordered to disband by LDS church leaders and will only further the school’s hostile environment towards LGBT students.

It should also be acknowledged that this action being taken by the NCAA would not be unprecedented. In the 1970's Stanford and San José State refused to play BYU because the LDS Church refused to allow black people to hold the priesthood. With this in mind, we ask that the NCAA stand with the LGBT community of Brigham Young University, as well with their families, and refuse their inclusion in NCAA directed activities until their policies are changed in a way that is humane and non-discriminatory.

Thank you!

Stunning photo - Chippewa Indian girl, 1907

Portrait of an Ojibway, or Chippewa Indian girl by Roland W. Reed, National Geographic, 1907

Just beautiful.

Dear MSNBC: I will not watch Michael Steele host any show. ever.

I already refuse to tune in for any show with Chuck Todd and Joe Scarborough. MSNBC seems to be giving me plenty of reasons not to watch these days...

Read this if you love someone that is struggling with depression

10 Ways to Show Love to Someone With Depression

Do You Love Someone With Depression?

If you have a partner or are close to someone who struggles with depression, you may not always know how to show them you love them. One day they may seem fine, and the next they are sad, distant and may push you away. It is important that you know that as a person who is close to them and trusted by them, you can help your friend or partner have shorter, less severe bouts of depression. Mental illness is as real as physical illness (it is physical actually, read more about that here) and your partner needs you as much as they would need to be cared for if they had the flu.

Your relationship may seem one-sided during these times, but by helping your partner through a very difficult and painful affliction, you are strengthening your relationship and their mental health in the long term.

1. Help them keep clutter at bay.

When a person begins spiraling into depression, they may feel like they are slowing down while the world around them speeds up. The mail may end up in stacks, dishes can pile up in the sink, laundry may go undone as the depressed person begins to feel more and more overwhelmed by their daily routine and unable to keep up. By giving your partner some extra help sorting mail, washing dishes or using paper plates and keeping chaos in check in general, you’ll be giving them (and yourself) the gift of a calm environment. (I’m a fan of the minimalist movement because of this, you can read more about that here.)

2. Fix them a healthy meal.

Your partner may do one of two things when they are in a depressed state. They may eat very little, or they may overeat. In either case, they may find that driving through a fast food restaurant or ordering a pizza online is just easier than fixing a meal. Eating like this, or neglecting to eat will only degrade your partner’s health, causing her to go deeper into her depression. Help your loved one keep her body healthy, and her mind will follow. This is a great article that talks about the “Brain Diet” which can help the symptoms of depression, and this article talks about how our modern diet could contribute to the recent rise in depression. Here is a recipe for a trail mix that is quick to make and has mood-boosting properties.

More: http://www.thedarlingbakers.com/love-someone-with-depression/

I too have battled this since I was a kid, and have been dealing with a particularly tough episode the past few months. Excellent advice!

Gay "Prisoner of Conscience" Dies in Cameroon

In this July 2012 photo, Roger Jean-Claude Mbede poses for a picture in the home of a friend where he had sought refuge, in Yaounde, Cameroon. Mbede, a gay man who was jailed for sending a text message to another man saying 'I'm very much in love with you,' and who was later declared a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International, died on Friday after his family removed him from the hospital where he had been seeking treatment for a hernia, lawyer Alice Nkom said. 'His family said he was a curse for them and that we should let him die,' she said. (AP Photo/Anne Mireille Nzouankeu


RIP, Mr. Mbede. I am sorry that you had to suffer so much for your love.

No golden years for LGBT seniors

According to studies, queer seniors are poorer than their straight counterparts. They’re half as likely to have health insurance, and two-thirds as likely to live alone. Not to mention facing discrimination in medical and social services, retirement homes, and nursing care facilities. So much for the “golden years.”
Here in San Francisco, LGBT seniors face another grave threat: evictions. Many of our elderly live in rent-controlled apartments that are targeted by real-estate speculators and investors out to make big bucks turning them into tenancies-in-common.

With median rents close to $3,000 a month and vacancy rates low, the odds are pretty good that an evicted senior won’t find an affordable place in the city. For a senior with AIDS, an eviction is especially threatening since our city offers the best treatment and services. Studies show that people with AIDS who lose their apartments tend to die sooner, especially if they become homeless.

The only LGBT organization that actually addresses the housing needs of queer seniors is Open House. Its 110 units at 55 Laguna will be the first affordable queer senior housing development in the city. I hope it’s not the last. As for seniors with AIDS, there’s only one AIDS organization in the vast list of groups and services -- the AIDS Housing Alliance -- that actually finds housing for its clients. It was started by Brian Basinger, a gay man with AIDS, after he was evicted and his apartment was sold as a TIC.

No one knows how many LGBT seniors have been, and are being, evicted. Ditto for how many seniors with AIDS end up on the streets. We also don’t have stats on how many transgender seniors are victims of real estate greed or live in absolute terror of losing their homes.


Wealth Inequality - Mind-blowing illustration

You don't fight for peace

I guess I'm a peace purist as well. May all sentient beings find peace. _/l\_

The Obama Tar Sands Pipeline? Kudos to Van Jones for speaking truth to power

Mr. Bernstein said it best

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