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By |2010-12-16T09:00:00-05:00December 16th, 2010|Opinions|

Compiled by Howard Israel

“The message in the DVD conflicts with core Christian values of love, compassion, tolerance, and respect. Jesus’ essential teaching is ‘love one another.’ This DVD threatens the well-being of gay and lesbian people, particularly vulnerable young people. It hurts them and all who are connected to them. The manner in which the DVD targets this group of God’s children contributes to dehumanizing and depersonalizing them. It subtly endorses bullying and blatantly endorses bigotry… reflects misguided priorities, and strays from the essential teachings of Christ.”
-In a letter to Roman Catholic Archbishop Nienstedt of Minnesota from, a group of Catholics who rejected the actions taken by the Archdiocese which distributed 400,000 anti-same-sex marriage DVDs by collecting the DVDs and returning them to the Church,, December 10..

“The incident is chilling because it suggests that even in a time of huge progress in gay civil rights, homophobia remains among the last permissible bigotries in America. ‘Think anti-gay bullying is just for kids? Ask the Smithsonian,’ wrote The Los Angeles Times’ art critic, Christopher Knight. One might add: Think anti-gay bullying is just for small-town America? Look at the nation’s capital.”
-Frank Rich, in his column titled “Gay Bashing at the Smithsonian,” about the decision by officials at the National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian Institution in Washington who yielded to anti-gay pressure groups and politicians and removed an AIDS-themed video from the exhibition titled “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture,” a survey of gay identity in art over the last century,, December 12.

“I wish I could say that their results are surprising but unfortunately they are not. Anti-homosexual bias can occur anywhere, such as in the police officer who lets go a teen-aged boy and girl for making out in a park, but charges two teen-aged boys with public indecency. Authority figures ill-at-ease with homosexuality may feel that the non-exclusively heterosexual youth’s transgression may be more indicative of the youth being ‘out of control’ since they consider that his/her sexuality is also a transgression. In this case, they may feel that more sanctions are needed to attempt to steer the youth ‘back’ to more ‘normal’ behaviors.”
-Dr. Karine Igartua, co-founder/co-medical director, McGill University Sexual Identity Centre, about a study titled “Criminal-Justice and School Sanctions Against Nonheterosexual Youth,” that found that LGB teenagers are far more likely to be harshly punished by schools and courts than their straight peers, even though they are less likely to engage in serious misdeeds,, December 06.

“Peppermint Patty isn’t a lesbian, but she was still an extraordinary, even revolutionary character when she was introduced to the strip in 1966: a proud and unapologetic tomboy who wears pants and sandals rather than a dress, and who is apparently the best athlete in town, male or female. This was at a time when such female characters were extremely rare in popular culture, except as objects of ridicule. But the most remarkable thing about Patty is that she was completely unremarkable in the strip. Patty’s implosion of gender stereotypes is accepted by all the other kids without question, as if it’s simply one other perfectly acceptable way to be.”
-Brent Hartinger, in his Q&A column titled “Ask the Flying Monkey,” this posting titled “Is Peppermint Patty a Lesbian?,” about Charles M Schulz’s “Peanuts” cartoon series,, December 06. Schulz stated Peppermint Patty isn’t a lesbian.

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