Also.Also.Also: Anti-Gay People Are Wreaking Havoc Worldwide and Other Stories We Missed This Week

Hello, Autostraddle! It’s Wednesday but I actually completely forgot because I lost track of time and the Gregorian calendar whilst at A-Camp. It was fucking amazing. Here’s the stories we missed this week while I was dancing at Klub Deer.

Anti-Gay Bullshit

In New York City, yet another hate crime – and this time, the target is a gay rights activist. In Virginia, the Lieutenant General thinks the gays are “icky.”

For Better…. or Worse

Tegan and Sara aren’t getting married until we can all get married which is a huge relief to those of us who want to be sure we still have time to make out with them.

Unless you already have or something.

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In France, protests about the terror of gay marriage turned violent. What a surprise! People who spend time hating other people are usually just so pleasant, y’know?

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In Russia, 30 people tryna be proud got arrested. In Pakistan, the first-ever married lesbian Muslim couple in the region is seeking political asylum due to its intolerance for the gays.

Meanwhile, in Colorado, the House Speaker just got civil unionized.

F*ck Michele Bachmann

Have you heard the amazing news? MICHELE BACHMANN IS GOING AWAY!

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, the antigay Minnesota Tea Party darling and one-time GOP presidential hopeful, announced that she will not seek reelection late Tuesday night in a scripted video posted on her website.

In the eight-minute video, Bachmann never explicitly mentions why she won’t be running, but she does promise constituents that her decision “was not influenced by any concerns about my being reelected,” nor was it “impacted in any way by the recent inquiries into the activities of my former presidential campaign.”

You Go, Grrl / Human / Celestial Being

+ Chai Feldblum, lesbian attorney, has been nominated for a second term in the Obama Adminstration.

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+ Famous anonymous gay priest Rev. Gary Meier is no longer anonymous at all. He’s out!

Rev. Gary Meier of St. Louis, Mo., wrote about his life in Hidden Voices: Reflections of a Gay, Catholic Priest. The book was published anonymously in 2011. Meier took a leave of absence last year from the Saints Teresa and Bridget Church in St. Louis. His book was republished this month with Meier’s name.

“I have tried over the years to reconcile my silence as a gay priest with that of the Church’s increasingly anti-gay stance. I have been unsuccessful,” Meier writes in the book. “I was hopeful that I could find a way to have integrity while remaining part of a hierarchy that is anti-gay—I was unsuccessful.”

+ Brittney Griner rules. Just ask all the players in the WNBA she just outdid.

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+ Italy’s Speaker of the Parliament wants to talk gay rights with a suicidal 17-year-old.

What happens in Italy is heavily influenced by the Vatican. The teen, whose parents are Catholic, told La Repubblica that although his parents have accepted him, few others know about his sexual orientation. His letter came specifically as a response to an antigay activist’s suicide at the altar in Notre Dame in France, which has just legalized same-sex unions. The teen said that although the suicide was the act of a madman, it’s also in his view a last option for a gay teen in Italy.

Speaker Laura Boldrini posted an open letter in response to the boy, noting that she has a daughter about his age and was “deeply disturbed by your cry for help.”

“A country that considers itself civilised cannot afford to live without a law against homophobia, an evil that drives many young people to take their own lives,” she wrote, according to the Independent.

Bears.

This seemed appropriate after Camp.


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Carmen

Carmen spent six years at Autostraddle, ultimately serving as Straddleverse Director, Feminism Editor and Social Media Co-Director. She is now the Consulting Digital Editor at Ms. and writes regularly for DAME, the Women’s Media Center, the National Women’s History Museum and other prominent feminist platforms; her work has also been published in print and online by outlets like BuzzFeed, Bitch, Bust, CityLab, ElixHER, Feministing, Feminist Formations, GirlBoss, GrokNation, MEL, Mic and SIGNS, and she is a co-founder of Argot Magazine. You can find Carmen on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr or in the drive-thru line at the nearest In-N-Out.

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15 Comments

  1. Go on Meier! We need to be radical about human rights and not shy away. There’s no such thing as homophobia, people are just so afraid of what they don’t understand. They victimize and persecute people. That’s unacceptable.

  2. I leave for France in two weeks and am so excited that they are taking steps in the right direction… and the wrong one as shown above. Ma corres was very excited when what she calls ‘the gay wedding’ passed and I of course was although I have not come out to her. I kniw that one of her friends is gay and most of my friends (all straight until proven gay) have adopted him as the token gay best friend. We will be in Paris during Pride which will be amazing and such a great year to go! But still I am nervous because it will be my first Pride ever and I may have to celebrate it as the straight half of me.

  3. Oh France. There are frequently protests in France but it still makes me sad to see such a large number come out for this. At least France passed the bill but I think as a young gay kid seeing that many people against you would be upsetting.

    I am sure they will accept it eventually though.

  4. If you follow the links inside the article about the Moscow arrests, you’ll find this: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/russian-pro–anti-gay-activists-arrested-after-defying-ban/480492.html and if you scroll down a bit:

    “Ukraine’s First Gay March Held Under Police Protection.”

    Police in Kiev actually PROTECTED the gay rights marchers from attacks. Man, with all the bad news surrounding the region, the fact that gay people in Ukraine were protected by the official police force makes my heart explode into puppies and rainbows.

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