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CURRENT EVENT: Slew of Violence Against Gay Men in Long Beach, Another Hate Crime

Gay Hate Crime

It seems that gay hate crimes throughout the country continue to surface.  Recent reports in Long Beach, California, claim that another “gay beating” has taken place, one of which is considered classified as a hate crime.

The Long Beach Police Department amped security in the city’s Broadway Corridor — the section of downtown known for its thriving gay community, where all three incidents occurred.

On July 24, a man allegedly walked up to another man, asked if he was gay, and then beat him after the victim answered in the affirmative, says Sgt. Rico Fernandez, a spokesman for the police department. Police arrested a suspect, Jorge Jhovanoy Ibarria, that night and the District Attorney’s office has filed one felony count of battery with a hate crime enhancement against Ibarria, Fernandez says.

A few days later, a male suspect approached another man who was walking on a sidewalk in the area, Fernandez says. The two men exchanged some words and then the suspect hit the victim and left, Fernandez says. The suspect used some slurs during the exchange, but police don’t believe the violence started because the victim was gay, Fernandez says. Therefore, police are considering it a hate incident, but not a hate crime.

The third incident, which happened Sunday, involved two groups. Two suspects approached a group of gay men and made some derogatory comments, which led to a fistfight, Fernandez says. The two suspects then left, but came back with more people and assaulted the victims. Police haven’t classified the incident yet, as the investigation is ongoing, Fernandez says. Nobody is currently in custody for the second or third incidents.
Despite the proximity of the incidents — all within a few days of one another and all in the same basic area — the police don’t think they’re related. “We think it’s just an unfortunate series of events,” Fernandez says, adding that hate crimes are very rare in Long Beach. “This year alone we’ve only had four hate crimes.”
What is going on?  Why are people hating and discriminating against one’s sexual orientation?  What do you think the limitation is from direct hate to actually becomming a hate crime?

Current Events: Are There Too Many Gay Characters On TV? Some Conservative Groups Think So.

It seems there is a war on gay characters in the television industry.  Religious conservatives are blasting GLAAD, claiming the group is strong-arming networks into broadcasting gay-inclusive programming.

Earlier this week GLAAD released its Network Responsibility Index (NRI). The group gave high marks to ABC Family for positively depicting the lives of LGBT characters on shows like “Pretty Little Liars” and “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.”

The report studied the quality, quantity and diversity of images of gay and lesbian people on five broadcast networks and 10 major cable networks.

The Media Research Center’s Culture and Media Institute (CMI) criticized GLAAD, saying television executives feel forced to feature gay and lesbian characters.

“Note to TV networks: Don’t even think about downsizing the disproportionate airtime you give gay characters and issues. The bean-counters at GLAAD are watching,” the group wrote. “So if it seems that you can’t flip through the channels today without running across gay characters or story lines, you’re right. You can’t. And GLAAD’s there to make sure of it.”

Dwayne Hastings, vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission claims Americans are being manipulated by GLAAD through the entertainment industry.

“For families who seek to follow Christ and earnestly live out their faith, there is nothing happy in this report,” Hastings said. “Those who push for so-called homosexual rights and lobby for same-sex interests … have a powerful ally with deep pockets in the entertainment industry who are more than willing to use their media to recast the homosexual lifestyle as normative.”

What do you guys think?  Even though I personally believe the amount of gay characters in television continue to increase, it doesn’t bother me.  If anything, it adds so much more character and color to the plots that were originally hetero-affiliated.  

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Kurt Hummel and Blaine Anderson broke the mold of usual teen-TV protagonist couples when they met on the Season Two episode of Glee, Never Been Kissed. Kurt told Mr. Schue he was in love with Blaine in A Very Glee Christmas. They began dating since Original Song when they shared their first kiss. They are currently together. In New York, Blaine told Kurt that he loved him, and after a slight delay, a shocked Kurt told Blaine he loved him too. In The Purple Piano Project, Blaine transferred to McKinley to be with Kurt because he can’t stand being away from the person he loves (Kurt).

In the past, Glee has covered sensitive topics such as gay bullying and peer acceptance. Hopefully, the show will continue being progressive with Kurt and Blaine’s relationship throughout season 3.

A soldier makes the life-changing decision to tell his father that he’s gay.

Phillips says, “Called my dad to tell him the hardest thing that gay guys will ever have to say.”

The video, which has over 2.5 million views already, is pretty epic. To capture such a life changing conversation, that many of us have gone through, is pretty magical. I’m glad he did it, and I’m glad he shared it with others. I’m sure it has and will continue to inspire those still afraid to utter the words, “I’m gay,” to their parents. I know when I came out I beat around the bush as much as possible saying, “I don’t like girls.” It was almost impossible to say the word “gay,” but eventually I did.

Phillips wasn’t sure when he’d see his father again, having already been away for almost a year now – so he figured he should just tell him now. Phillips uploaded the video the day that DADT was officially repealed.

Read more here.

USC is now recruiting participants for an ONLINE 3D VIDEO GAME STUDY.

Are you bored of the same routine of going online and browsing through never-ending pages of the internet? Add a little spice up to your life and take action by participating in a national online 3D video game study conducted by the University of Southern California (USC). One of the best perks about taking the study is that there’s even a chance of winning $150 just for completing the study! All you have to do is click on the RIDE 3D GAME picture below or click here to go directly to the website.


After withdrawing from the Irish presidential race in August due to a sex scandal, Sen. David Norris has made an extraordinary comeback and is now back in the running.   Norris changed his mind after what he calls “overwhelming public support” and as a result was able to get his name back on the ballot. Despite running against a record 7 other candidates in the October 27th election, the openly gay senator is still viewed as the frontrunner with a weekend opinion poll showing him with 21% support. If Sen. Norris wins, it would make him the first openly gay president of the Republic of Ireland. Who knows, with a gay head of state on top (no pun intended) maybe the rest of the world will follow their lead. Thoughts?

GAY NEWS: Andras Tilcsik, Harvard Researcher, Finds Gay Resumes 40 Percent Less Likely to Secure Job Interview

Andrew Johnson Statues Gay Rights Discrimination

It’s an upsetting discovery; a new study reveals that gay applicants are 40% less likely to get a job interview. Andras Tilcsik, Harvard Researcher, wrote 2 resumes and sent them to same 1,700 job openings. One wrote about their experience as “a treasurer in a gay college campus organization” whereas the other was “involved in a progressive and socialist alliance”. In the end, non-gay resume had 11.5% chance of getting an interview, compared with 7.2% of the other resume.

The chances of getting an interview was correlated to the location of the job opening. Southern and Midwestern states, ie Texas, Florida, and Ohio, had the larger differnce, than Notheastern and Western, ie. Nevada, California, and New York.

Though discriminition exists, it’s still shocking to see the study and percentage so high. However, there is hope. Everyday, we make progress and studies like so help bring awareness to everyone.

Read more about it: LINK

The study was published today in American Journal of Sociology


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“When I found out that Jamey Rodemeyer killed himself — I felt deeply troubled. But when I found out that Jamey Rodemeyer had made an ‘It Gets Better’ video only months before taking his own life — I felt indescribable despair. … In light of Jamey’s death — it became clear to me in an instant that living a gay life without publicly acknowledging it — is simply not enough to make any significant contribution to the immense work that lies ahead on the road to complete equality. Our society needs to recognize the unstoppable momentum toward unequivocal civil equality for every gay lesbian bisexual and transgendered citizen of this country. … I believe in the power of intention to change the landscape of our society — and it is my intention to live an authentic life of compassion and integrity and action.”

Zachary Quinto, confirmed he is gay after years of speculation about his sexual orientation. After this blog entry on his website, he was interviewed by New York. In the interview he “officially” confirmed for the first time he is gay.

We’re already fans of Quinto, ever since he played Spock in J.J. Abrams “Star Treck,” and we applaud his bravery.


Happy Spirit Day! Millions (including you?) are wearing purple today to show support for the LGBT youth community.

Teenager Brittany McMillan started this campaign in response to the recent spike of suicides among the LGBT youth.  Corporations and celebrities such as Ricky Martin, Cyndi Lauper, Conan O’Brien, Julianne Moore, Chaz Bono, and Mia Farrow have all jumped on board to support the cause.

Even MTV and Facebook have announced their support and are encouraging participation!

NEWS: Gay Adoption Rates Triple!

According to the US Census, gay adoptions have increased hugely within the last decade, despite many existing discriminatory laws.  

In 2009, about 21,740 same-sex couples adopted children, compared to the 6,477 couples in 2000.  And, 32,571 adopted children live with same-sex couples, increasing from 8,310 in 2000.  

Another survey from a New York adoption agency reports that most gay couples who are adopting come from Massachusetts, California, New York,and unexpectedly, Texas.  

One reason for the spike in adoptions may be because many more states are allowing couples to adopt from foster care, making healthcare and college already paid for.  This allows many more couples, and not just the wealthy ones, to be able to start families.  

A report from the Adoption Institute states that 60% of adoption agencies in the US accept applications from non-traditional couples and about 40% of the agencies have placed children with non-heterosexual parents.