It gets better

 Posted by at 15:13  General
Oct 152010
 

In case you missed it, skipped over it or haven’t had the chance to see it yet…

The story as reported by The Fort Worth Star-Telegram follows…

Fort Worth councilman offers hope to youths struggling with their sexuality

FORT WORTH — Just hold on. It really does get better.

That’s the message Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns shared in an emotional speech during Tuesday night’s council meeting, saying his goal was to reach out to youths everywhere who are struggling with being gay.

During a moving speech, Burns said it tears him up each time he hears about youths taking their own lives somewhere in America after being bullied because of their sexuality or simply struggling with it.

Burns, who is gay, said he’d like to give his 13-year-old self — who also struggled with being gay — glimpses into the future.

His younger version would see him meeting his partner, being loved by his parents, winning a City Council election, Burns said.

“High school was difficult, coming out was painful,” he said. “I want to tell any teen who is watching this, life will get better. … Life will get so, so, so much better.”

Burns’ sometimes tearful comments drew praise from his fellow council members.

“So very proud of my friend and colleague Joel Burns for his stance against bullying of gay youth and those perceived to be gay,” Councilwoman Kathleen Hicks wrote on Facebook during the meeting. “I am sure he saved many tonight.”

Councilman Sal Espino echoed Hicks’ thoughts.

“Burns displayed tremendous personal courage today in speaking out against bullying against youth and children particularly gay youth in light of the recent tragedies,” he also posted on Facebook. “Fort Worth is a diverse community and we believe that all of God’s children should be treated with dignity, compassion, and love.”

 

Gay and Mormon

 Posted by at 13:00  Lifestyle, Religion
Dec 142007
 

matthew-murray.jpgMatthew Murray, 24 years old, went on a shooting spree in Colorado last weekend. He killed four people and then himself. You may have heard about it on the news.

Joe. My. God. says that young Murray was fighting “the gay.”

The Deseret Morning News reports that Matthew had recently been baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon). (KSL TV report here.)

Gay and Mormon… That’s a heavy burden to bear. The Mormon faith is not very tolerant of homosexuals. Somehow, though, a lot of people manage to do it without becoming mass murderers.

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Oct 202007
 

The evangelical right wing of the Republican party never cared much for the Harry Potter books. I could never quite fathom why, though. It seems to me that if you are able to believe that a man who lived in Jerusalem over 2,000 years ago could walk on water, turn water into wine and bring the dead back to life, you should have no problem believing in modern day wizards.

At any rate, they gained another reason to dislike the books today. It turns out that Albus Dumbledore, master wizard and Headmaster of Hogwarts, was gay…

Dumbledore is gay, ‘Harry Potter’ author reveals

dumbledore3.jpgNEW YORK (AP) — Harry Potter fans, the rumors are true: Albus Dumbledore, master wizard and Headmaster of Hogwarts, is gay.

J.K. Rowling, author of the mega-selling fantasy series that ended last summer, outed the beloved character Friday night while appearing before a full house at Carnegie Hall. After reading briefly from the final book, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” she took questions from audience members.

She was asked by one young fan whether Dumbledore finds “true love.”

“Dumbledore is gay,” the author responded to gasps and applause.

She then explained that Dumbledore was smitten with rival Gellert Grindelwald, whom he defeated long ago in a battle between good and bad wizards.

The article uses the present tense, as in “is gay.” If you’ve read the books, though, you know that the proper tense to use would have been the past… as in “was gay.”