Classic Guiness ad, made but never broadcast, has resurfaced. h/t to Gay Star News
The story of Ruth and Naomi and their deep love has often been used to illustrate love between women in the Bible. There is more to the book than that alone, for a queer reading. Although the book begins as the story of Ruth and Naomi, it ends as that of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz, as Mona West makes clear in her chapter on Ruth for The Queer Bible Commentary, concluding with a reflection on its lesson for queer families – in all their variety.
With the strong public interest in the struggle for marriage equality and gay adoption, we often overlook the simple but important fact that not all queer families are imitations of conventional families, differing only in the minor detail of being headed by a couple of the same biological sex. We come in a multitude of forms – like the family I meet recently, comprising three men who have just celebrated 25 years of living as a mutually supportive and committed triple. This obviously does not fit with the modern conception of “traditional” marriage and family – but nor do the families of Jesus and his disciples in the New Testament, and nor does the family of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz, as we know it by the end of the book.
b. 12 November 1660
d. 3 February 1711
- Boswell, John: Christianity, Social Tolerance and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the 14th Century
- Crompton, Louis: Homosexuality and Civilization
- Duffy, Eamonn: Saints and Sinners: A History of the Popes
- Fletcher, Lynne Y: The First Gay Pope and Other Records
- Quattrocchi, Angelo: The Pope is Not Gay!
- Boswell, John: Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century
- Crompton, Louis: Homosexuality & Civilization
- Duffy, Eamonn: Saints and Sinners: A History of the Popes; Third Edition
- Fletcher, Lynne Y: First Gay Pope
- Quattrocchi, Angelo: The Pope Is Not Gay!
- Gay Popes: Leo X (r. 1513-1521) (saints.queerchurch.info)
“Two extraordinary people … that have spent the greater part of a half century … fighting for their right to live the way so many of us, frankly, take for granted.“
– San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom
The cross-dressing saints of the Church.
St Matrona /Babylas of Perge is one of a number of female saints in the early church who dressed as men to be admitted to all-male monasteries. The stories and motives of these women are remote from our time, and ‘transvestite’, or cross – dressing, is not to be confused with ‘transgendered’. Still, whatever the full historic truth, it seems to me these are useful stories to hold on to as reminders of the important place of the transgendered, and differently gendered, in our midst. Many of us will remember how difficult and challenging was the process of recognising, and then confronting, our identities as lesbian or gay, particularly in the context of a hostile church. However difficult and challenging we may have found the process of honestly confronting our sexual identities, consider how much more challenging must be the process of confronting and negotiating honestly a full gender identity crisis. Their stories collectively also carry a sobering reminder of the differing regard given by society of the time to male and female lives – else why would women have sought out male monasteries, in spite of the risks and discomfort to themselves of their lives in disguise, if not expectation of some greater spiritual reward than in a female convent?
November 6th 2012 was a great day for LGBT political progress to equality, at all levels of American government.
- In Minnesota, where Republicans in the state legislature, with Catholic bishops as cheerleaders, initiated the proposed constitutional ban, the GOP lost both houses of the state legislature.
- In New York, where the NOM and the rest of the religious right went after four GOP state senators who supported gay marriage last year, the Republicans appear to have lost the state senate, which they have held for years. (One key race has not yet been settled, but the Democrat holds a still lead).
- In Iowa, where the Democrats control the state senate and have resisted attempts to initiate a repeal of gay marriage, the Republicans failed in a determined attempt to take control. Also in Iowa, where two years ago voters unseated three of the judges who had ruled in favour of gay marriage, this year a similar conservative assault on a fourth judge failed. Same – sex marriage in Iowa is here to stay.
- In Colorado, where the GOP Speaker of the state House blocked a bill for civil unions that would have passed simply by refusing to allow a vote, the Democrats have regained control. Speaker McNulty will soon be ex-Speaker, and is likely to be replaced by – an openly gay man. Expect civil unions, or even full marriage equality, to feature high on his to-do list for 2013.
As recently as 2004 the Republican strategist Karl Rove prompted Republicans in key states to put up gay marriage bans in the federal election. The object was to anger the base and draw Christian conservatives and religious black voters out to the polls, and in so doing bolster the vote for George Bush jnr. It worked, and for a time some Republicans believed they could use fear of gay marriage to maintain a permanent majority.
The results across America on Tuesday night appear to put the notion to rest
– Sydney Morning Herald
State House election gains:
Seven state legislatures gained their first or only openly LGBT state lawmakers this year, including North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia, New Mexico, Texas, Pennsylvania and Florida, which went from zero to two gay legislators. And in Oregon and Colorado, state legislative election results have positioned two out lawmakers to become House Speakers.
- Ricardo Lara
- Mark Leno
- Tom Ammiano
- Toni Atkins
- Susan Eggman
- Richard Gordon
- John Perez
- Jessie Ulibarri
- Patrick Steadman
- Dominick Moreno
- Paul Rosenthal
- Mark Ferrandino
- Joann Ginal
- Sue Schafer
- Joe Saunders
- Dave Richardson-State House of Representatives
- Simone Bell
- Karla Drenner
- Keisha Sean Waites
- Deb Mell
- Sam Yingling
- Kelly Cassidy
- Denise Andrews
- Carl Sciortino
- Sarah Peake
- Justin Chenette
- Andrew McLean
- Matt Moonen
- Terry Morrison
- MN-Scott Dibble
- Susan Allen
- Mike Colona
- Christine Kaufmann
- Bryce Bennett
- Marcus Brandon
- Joshua Boschee
- David Pierce
- Chris Pappas
- Jacob Candelaria
- NV-David Parks
- James Healey
- Andrew Martin
- NY-Brad Hoylman
- Harry Bronson
- Matthew Titone
- Danny O’Donnell
- Tim Brown
- Nickie Antonio
- Al McAffrey
- Kay Floyd
- Kate Brown
- Virginia Linder
- Tina Kotek
- Brian Sims
- Gordon Fox
- Deb Ruggiero
- Frank Ferri
- Angie Buhl
- Mary Gonzalez
- Herb Russell
- Matt Trieber
- Suzi Wizowaty
- Jamie Pederson
- Marko Liias
- Jim Moeller
- JoCasta Zamarripa
- Stephen Skinner
- Cathy Connolly
While visiting friends in the Baltimore area, I saw Dan Rodricks’ column “A priest speaks up for same-sex marriage” (Nov. 4). As a Catholic priest myself, I am dismayed by Archbishop William E. Lori’s assertion that “preaching … requires subordination of personal views to the word of God” in response to the Rev. Richard T. Lawrence’s nuanced distinctions. It was precisely Jesus’ personal views that led him to freely and frequently dissent in interpreting Torah Law (word of God). This is what prompted the religious leaders of his day to accuse him of “stirring up the people,” according to Luke 23:5. It is the Reverend Lawrence, not Archbishop Lori, who is being faithful to the dissenting tradition of Jesus by distinguishing between marriage as a sacrament and as a social contract.
Emmett Coyne, Exeter, N.H.
(letters page, baltimoresun.com)
- US Election’s Big Winners: LGBT (and Straight Ally) Catholics?
- Baltimore priest speaks his mind in homily on gay marriage
- States Make History With Gay Marriage (huffingtonpost.com)
- No one’s listening to the pope (salon.com)
- A Catholic pastor in Maryland dissents from archbishop on gay marriage (seattlepi.com)
Rector of Christ Church Anglican Cathedral in Vancouver tells congregation of Dunedin’s St Paul’s Cathedral that gay marriage has increased respect and tolerance
05 NOVEMBER 2012 | BY ANNA LEACH
An Anglican leader told the congregation at St Paul’s Cathedral in Dunedin yesterday that gay marriage has strengthened Canadian society.
The Very Rev Dr Peter Elliot, Rector of Christ Church Anglican Cathedral in Vancouver was visiting New Zealand from Canada, where same-sex marriage was legalized in 2005.
Dr Elliot, who is gay, told Otago Daily Times that respect and tolerance for gay people had increased since the legalization of gay marriage.
The second reading of the bill, after consideration of submissions from the public, is expected next year.
via Gay Star News.
Director Mike Buonaiuto questions why same-sex parent families go unrecognised in Europe
05 NOVEMBER 2012 | BY ANDREW WHITTY
Today (5 November) sees the launch of a new campaign focusing on gay parenting rights throughout Europe.
The short film, entitled Invisible Parents, features the voice of a woman reminiscing about a happy childhood with her two fathers, before stating that the majority of Europe does not recognize families with gay parents.
The film is directed by Mike Buonaiuto, the man behind Homecoming, the video that went viral earlier this year. Invisible Parents launches to coincide with the UK’s National Adoption Week.
Michael Cashman, Member of European Parliament, is fully supporting the campaign.
He said: ‘Gay and lesbian parents can often find themselves legally invisible in a large percentage of the continent, putting their entire family in a very vulnerable situation especially with regard to healthcare, holidays or family legal systems.
And the Archdiocese issues admonition against personal views from the pulpit
Last Sunday in Baltimore’s St. Vincent de Paul Church, its longtime pastor, the Rev. Richard T. Lawrence, delivered a thoughtful and nuanced argument for support of the Question 6 ballot referendum.
This, of course, was news in Roman Catholic circles — an opinion from the pulpit fully at odds with the hierarchy of a church that has devoted much time and money to voter rejection of a Maryland law that allows couples of the same sex to wed.
Lawrence is the most eloquent homilist I’ve ever heard. I didn’t attend the Mass where he delivered his pro-Q6 homily. But I saw and listened to the video posted to the parish’s web site. I found it courageous, illuminating and inspiring. That was Monday.
Two days later, the video was gone. It had been deleted from its Vimeo platform at 3:27 am Wednesday.
I inquired about what had happened, but the pastor declined to comment and I haven’t heard back from St. Vincent’s. I assume Lawrence’s superiors might have had something to do with the removal of the video. The same day it disappeared, a message about “the teaching role of priests” appeared on the archdiocesan web site.
- MD Catholics Light Up Marriage Equality Message at Basilica & in Newspapers; Baltimore Pastor’s Pro-Equality Sermon Is Removed from the Web (newwaysministryblog.wordpress.com)