The Hijras of Ancient to Modern India

The uniqueness of Hijras lies not only in their existence beyond social structure but also in Indian society’s historical acceptance of that position. By Sibsankar Mal / 03.29.2018 PhD Candidate in Population Studies Sukumar Sengupta Mahavidyalaya (Keshpur) College Introduction A hijra named Geetu, dancing at a hair shaving ceremony in Delhi / Photo by Whitney[…]

The Men Killed under England’s Buggery Act in the 18th Century

Convictions under the Buggery Act 1533 were punishable by death / British Library, Public Domain Exploring three executions under the Buggery Act during the 1800s, looking at how they were reported in the media of the time.  By Steven Dryden Broadcast Recordings Curator British Library The Buggery Act of 1533, passed by Parliament during the[…]

Do You Remember the Ancient History of HIV/AIDS?

Elvert Barnes Photography/Flickr By Ian Lekus / 11.26.2015 How do I teach the history of HIV/AIDS to today’s students? I find myself pondering this question, trying to figure out how to convey the dramatic story of a catastrophic, culturally charged epidemic (one that has claimed nearly 40 million lives) to students for whom HIV has[…]

Pending Executive Order Legalizes Discrimination Disguised as ‘Religious Freedom’

“By even considering this discriminatory order he has broken his promise to be a president for all Americans,” says Human Rights Campaign. (Photo: @HRC) ‘Nothing could be more un-American’ than order protecting those with a religious objection to same-sex marriage, transgender people, and reproductive rights. By Deirdre Fulton / 05.03.2017 Rights groups protested outside the[…]

How The Religious Right Made Life More Difficult & Dangerous For World’s LGBT People In 2016

By Peter Montgomery / 12.28.2016 U.S.-based Religious Right groups have a long track record of collaborating with their counterparts in other countries to restrict women’s health choices and make life harder and more dangerous for LGBT people around the world. This year was an especially active one in this global human rights struggle. U.S. Religious[…]

Perkins Asks Trump to “Ferret Out” LGBT Supporters in State Department – Trump Calls the Request ‘Absurd’

By Stephen D. Foster, Jr. / 12.18.2016 Conservatives apparently want a witch hunt in every government department. Earlier this month, Donald Trump’s transition team demanded that the Energy Department give them a list of names of employees who study climate change and the labs used to research it. It is assumed that Trump’s team wanted[…]

Rick Scarborough: Gay Marriage Has Made It Illegal For Christians To Serve As Federal Judges

Pastor Rick Scarborough By Kyle Mantyla / 10.06.2016 Vision America’s Rick Scarborough appeared on the American Pastors Network’s “Stand In The Gap” radio program earlier this week to discuss his effort to encourage pastors to mobilize their congregations to vote and declared that, thanks to the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling last year, Christians are[…]

Hateful Arizona Pastor Deported From Botswana After Saying Gays Should Be ‘Stoned to Death’ (VIDEO)

By John Prager / 09.20.2016 Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just kick bigots out of our country? Well, that’s exactly what happened when anti-gay Arizona pastor Stephen Anderson stopped by Botswana for a visit and decided to preach hate. Anderson’s road to Botswana was an eventful one, with the United Kingdom banning him from so[…]

Sacramento Baptist Preacher Praises Orlando Gay Nightclub Attack, Says Orlando Safer and Calls for More Death

Pastor Roger Jimenez, Verity Baptist Church From Angela Musallam at CBS Sacramento / 06.13.2016: A Sacramento Baptist preacher’s sermon praising attack on an Orlando nightclub that killed 50 people has the local LGBT community outraged. Recordings of the sermon by Pastor Roger Jimenez surfaced under the Verity Baptist Church’s YouTube account. “Are you sad that 50[…]

Sandy Rios: Transgender Rights Will ‘Mainstream Pedophilia’ And ‘Create Chaos’

American Family Association official and radio host Sandy Rios By Brian Tashman / 05.25.2016 American Family Association official Sandy Rios spoke today with Andrea Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coalition about how the two Religious Right groups are fighting efforts in government and the business community to allow transgender people to access the facilities of[…]

Franklin Graham Wants to Know if You’ll Take a Bullet Fighting Transgender Rights – More Martyr Speak

By Matthew A. McIntosh / 05.16.2016 Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Franklin Graham, son to evangelist Billy Graham and heir to his empire, posted on Facebook yesterday about transgender rights and exhorted his followers to stand firm in their defense of bathrooms. Of course, he’s exalting them to “Godliness” and saying that they must contest as a unified[…]

Yet Another Pastor Who Rails about Gay ‘Sin’ Arrested for Child Porn (SEVENTY Counts)

Pastor David Reynolds, Cornerstone Bible Fellowship Church By Randa Morris / 05.15.2016 On May 9, Pastor David Reynolds, formerly of Cornerstone Bible Fellowship Church in Sherwood, Arkansas, was arrested on 70 counts of child pornography. According to the Sherwood Police Department, Reynolds’ arrest followed a lengthy investigation which began with a tip to the National[…]

North Carolina Man (Not Transgender) Charged with Taking Pics of Little Boy Using Bathroom

Seattle SEA-TAC Airport Transit / Wikimedia Commons By Matthew A. McIntosh / 04.30.2016 Brewminate Editor-in-Chief A man from North Carolina, Joshua Gitlin, was arrested by Seattle police after being caught by an 8-year-old boy’s father taking a picture of the boy in an adjacent stall in the bathroom by raising his phone above the stall.[…]

Fox’s Chris Wallace Dispels Myth that Predators Will Pose as Transgendered People with Pesky Facts (VIDEO)

By Stephen D. Foster, Jr. / 04.24.2016 A Fox host actually debunked a conservative talking point by doing what a real journalist does best: research. An anti-LGBT conservative columnist appeared on Fox News Sunday to defend anti-LGBT laws that ban transgender people from using the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. Ben Domenech argued[…]

Richard Land: LGBT Rights Advocates Practice ‘Child Abuse’

Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission during the House Judiciary Committee hearing on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law subcommittee hearing on “The Ethical Imperative for Reform of our Immigration System”, July 14, 2010 in the Rayburn House Office Building. (Photo By Douglas Graham/Roll Call[…]

Tony Perkins Whines: But ‘Religious Freedom Laws’ Prevent ‘Forced Servitude’ (VIDEO)

Tony Perkins, Fox News Screen Capture By Joe Clark / 04.19.2016 Family Research Council President Tony Perkins once again showcased his amazing dancing skills as he tapdanced around all logic and reason during an interview with Fernando Espuelas on the issue of religious freedom laws. Perkins was recently Espuelas’ guest on his Matter of Fact[…]

Two Male Lions Photographed ‘Mating’

Portrait of a male lion basking in the sun on a rocky outcrop in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania (not part of photos) / Wikimedia Commons By Matthew A. McIntosh / 04.17.2016 Photographer Nicole Cambré caught two male lions “mating” on a recent photo shoot in Botswana. Same-sex relations, even long-term and monogamous, have long[…]

Exploding the Nuclear Family

© Leon Edler Test-tube babies, surrogates, single parents, gay fathers – the modern era is redefining what a family is. Linda Geddes finds out if the kids are alright. By Linda Geddes Lesley and John Brown had been trying to conceive for nine years. The ongoing failures took their toll: Lesley became depressed, and at[…]

Court Tosses Challenge to Couple’s Same-Sex Marriage License in Texas

Sarah Goodfriend, second from left, and Suzanne Bryant, center, with their daughters (far left and far right) and Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir, second from right. DeBeauvoir issued Goodfriend and Bryant a marriage license on Feb. 19, 2015. By Alexa Ura / 04.15.2016 The Texas Supreme Court on Friday tossed out Attorney General Ken Paxton’s effort to[…]

Pope Francis New Document Includes Statement on LGBT Families – We Love You, But You’re Still Black Sheep

By Matthew A. McIntosh / 04.08.2016 Pope Francis released his anticipated post-synodal Apostolic exhortation today, the Amoris Laetitia.  In the document, he speaks to inclusion of LGBT individuals and “non-traditional” family groups. Some were expecting a possible doctrinal shift in the Catholic Church today, but that was not to happen. The Pope did denounce anti-gay[…]

Mississippi Republican Legislators Get Words of Wisdom from Christian Cake Baker

Flicker Creative Commons By Stephen D. Foster, Jr. / 04.07.2016 When Mississippi Republicans passed a discriminatory anti-LGBT law, the last thing they expected was backlash from Christians. But that’s exactly what is happening. House Bill 1523 or the “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act,” as Republicans have named it, allows open discrimination by[…]

Islamic Scholar Riles Florida Community, Proposes ‘Compassionate’ Death for LGBT People (VIDEO)

Dr. Farrohk Sekaleshfar By Matthew A. McIntosh / 04.07.2016 On March 29, Dr. Farrohk Sekaleshfar spoke at the Husseini Islamic Center in Sanford, Florida, drawing the ire of many local community members while his speech was “well received” according to a member of the center. Sekaleshfar, reports WFTV-9 in Seminole County, has been discussing homosexuality[…]