Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Friday, August 17, 2012

Group of Memphis area clergy call for marriage equality

Group of Memphis area clergy call for marriage equality » The Commercial Appeal

Clergy Defending Rights for All, an interfaith group comprised of roughly thirty clergy members from the Greater Memphis area, announced itself to the community at a press conference on Thursday, calling upon congregations everywhere to join them in support of marriage equality.

Thursday's press conference was intentionally planned to coincide with a fundraiser for the Memphis-based Coalition of African American Pastors — a group whose founder, Rev. William Owens, has been prominently featured in the national media for his condemnation of President Barack Obama following the president's declaration of support for same-sex marriage last May.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

"Family Research Council" BLAMES Southern Poverty Law Center for Shooting

Tony Perkins says Southern Poverty Law Center gave ‘license’ for shooting | The Raw Story

Tony Perkins and the Family Research Council are trying to take advantage of the shooting at their office in D.C. by blaming the Southern Poverty Law Center for giving "license" for the shooting because of their designating FRC an anti-gay hate group.

LGBT organizations roundly condemned the shooting, but SPLC defends it's designation of FRC as a hate group, and rightly so.  FRC promotes fear, hate and hostility toward LGBT people.

SPLC: Family Research Council License-to-Kill Claim "Outrageous":

"The SPLC has listed the FRC as a hate group since 2010 because it has knowingly spread false and denigrating propaganda about LGBT people — not, as some claim, because it opposes same-sex marriage. The FRC and its allies on the religious right are saying, in effect, that offering legitimate and fact-based criticism in a democratic society is tantamount to suggesting that the objects of criticism should be the targets of criminal violence.
As the SPLC made clear at the time and in hundreds of subsequent statements and press interviews, we criticize the FRC for claiming, in Perkins’ words, that pedophilia is “a homosexual problem” — an utter falsehood, as every relevant scientific authority has stated. An FRC official has said he wanted to “export homosexuals from the United States.” The same official advocated the criminalizing of homosexuality.
Perkins and his allies, seeing an opportunity to score points, are using the attack on their offices to pose a false equivalency between the SPLC’s criticisms of the FRC and the FRC’s criticisms of LGBT people. The FRC routinely pushes out demonizing claims that gay people are child molesters and worse — claims that are provably false. It should stop the demonization and affirm the dignity of all people."

“...yesterday’s senseless act of violence does not exonerate the Family Research Council and other anti-gay hate groups from the decades they’ve spent slandering, demonizing, and actively lying about the LGBT community,” added John Becker, TWO’s Director of Communications. “The Southern Poverty Law Center – a venerable civil rights organization that monitors and documents extremism across the country – rightfully labeled the Family Research Council an anti-gay hate group because of its extensive history of spreading malicious, hateful falsehoods about gay people. FRC is not a hate group because of its public policy views, as Mr. Perkins has alleged. It is a hate group because it earned that designation.”

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

U.S. Senate candidate Clayton urges Obama to back off support of same-sex marriage

U.S. Senate candidate Clayton urges Obama to back off support of same-sex marriage |

This Imposter won the Democratic Primary for U.S. Senate in Tennessee.  He doesn't think I should have the same civil rights he has because I'm gay.  He doesn't think my partner and I should have the same legal rights he and other straight people have.

I'm running a write-in campaign against him, gay bigotry, and the Republican Bob Corker, who agrees with  him.

And we have other disagreements about equality, freedom and social justice...

TN Dems Nominate Anti-Gay Conspiracy Theorist for Senate

TN Democratic Party Disavows Senate Nominee

Jim Maynard: Gay Activist Write-In Candidate For U.S. Senate

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Memphis Gay Socialist Jim Maynard Running for U.S. Senate (Again)

Since the TN Democratic Party has basically forfeited the 2012 U.S. Senate to Republican Bob Corker, I'm offering my name as a write-in candidate to those who want their write in vote counted. (Paperwork is being filed with the TN Election Commission to make the write-in votes count.)

 I'm a 48 year old gay, humanist, democratic socialist activist in Memphis, Tennessee. I've been fighting for economic and social justice, LGBT equality, separation of church and state my whole adult life. In 2004 and 2006, I ran a write-in campaign against Harold Ford Jr., who betrayed the Tennessee LGBT community and progressives, and ran for Congress as a right-wing Democrat, opposing LGBT civil rights and siding with Republicans on many issues.

 I have no illusion of winning this election. Neither does the Tennessee Democratic Party, which could not find and support a viable candidate to oppose Republican Bob Corker, and allowed an unknown anti-gay right-wing nut to "win" the primary. The TNDP has urged everyone to write-in a "candidate of your choice," I offer my name if you want to stand up to the right-wing Tea Party Agenda of Bob Corker and the Republican Party, and if you want your write-in vote to be counted.

TN Dems Nominate Anti-Gay Conspiracy Nut for U.S. Senate
TN Democratic Party Disavows  Senate Nominee

Jim Maynard Write-In Candidate for U.S. Senate 2012

Here's My Progressive Platform