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  • 1. bayareajohn  |  April 14, 2021 at 9:50 am

    Who would have thought that being offline intermittently, then left broken so recent comments can't be seen anymore would basically end all activity here but for the last couple dedicated users?

    Anyone who does web, that's who. Someone wants this to be over.

  • 2. VIRick  |  April 14, 2021 at 10:44 am

    The blank "Recent Comments" side-bar has been particularly annoying, continuing to remain blank now for well over a month, without any word as to when, if ever, it will be fixed. Given that its emptiness seems to indicate that there are no recent comments, and have not been any recent comments for some length of time, leads one to suspect/believe that the site is dormant, as that blank space shouts "Move on, nothing new to see here!"

    And the biggest concern is that this implication is turning into a self-fulfilling prophesy. In looking back through the previous thread, all I can do is shake my head, and wonder, "Where is everyone else?"

  • 3. bayareajohn  |  April 14, 2021 at 10:50 am

    The home page, with one "open thread" empty listing header after another furthers the immediate impact as being a dead-and-gone site. Why would anyone click through to verify the absence of content?

  • 4. ianbirmingham  |  April 14, 2021 at 12:46 pm

    I created a Reddit group during a similar period of instability about a year ago.

    Obviously, things have only gone downhill since.

    Let me know if people are interested now… or we can all just wait for the EoT ship to finish sinking…

  • 5. bayareajohn  |  April 14, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    I may not be alone in feeling that moving to Reddit is abandoning the respected outlet we once had in favor of just another sub along with endless fringe. It seems that the house should not be demolished because the front door is stuck.

  • 6. ianbirmingham  |  April 14, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    Is the front door accidentally stuck, or is the owner of the house deliberately nailing the door shut?

  • 7. bayareajohn  |  April 14, 2021 at 1:08 pm

    Honestly, it seems no one knows who the landlord is anymore…

  • 8. ianbirmingham  |  April 14, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    If the windows are being boarded up, and the front door is being nailed shut, does it even matter?

  • 9. VIRick  |  April 14, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    I have also deliberately left the link to my own archives displayed in my summary profile here at EoT, just in case we were to experience another EoT site crash. At the moment, one can view said link by simply hovering your cursor over my avatar.

    And in the event of another site crash, one can view the same info, and more, via Intense Debate:
    https://www.intensedebate.com/user-dashboard

    My own archives predate my presence here at EoT. However, since joining EoT, I have continued to maintain the same information at both locations. If EoT were to die off, I will continue to post new information in my archives. That is basically what I did during the last several crashes here at EoT, hoping that EoT would be revived, but having no clue as to whether it would actually happen.

  • 10. Deeelaaach  |  April 14, 2021 at 3:43 pm

    When the site went down for several days and attempts to link to it would give me a DNS error, I went a‘googlin’ for site information, specifically the WHOIS info. It revealed that the site’s registration was to end in about a month. During or immediately after the site outage, I checked again and the site registration had been updated for another two years, now expiring in April 2022.

    I even tried to see if I could find some information about EOT at Courage Campaign, but was unsuccessful, primarily because I was having difficulty figuring what to look for. I think in part I was trying to find out if there was anyone I could contact, as the FB page for EOT has been dormant for years also. I even tried to figure out how to contact you via IntenseDebate, but it seemed I couldn’t do that unless I was following you, and I couldn’t figure out how to do that.

    But you’re right. Actual activity has dropped, and people like me who lurk, regardless of reason, are not helping. I used to post more often back in the Prop8Trial Tracker days, but my activity went way down after we had to convert to using IntenseDebate to login.

    And the number of comments per post disappearing some time ago (on the main page), then the Recent Comments column going blank, does scream “Move along.” Which is what I was wondering when I checked the WHOIS to find out if the site was going to disappear permanently. The (formerly) impending expiration did not help to disabuse me of that notion.

  • 11. VIRick  |  April 14, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    "I even tried to figure out how to contact you via IntenseDebate, but it seemed I couldn’t do that unless I was following you, and I couldn’t figure out how to do that."

    You need to set up who you are "following" now, while EoT is functioning. Once EoT has (again) crashed, it is too late. About 2 minutes ago, I selected to follow you. For whoever you wish to follow, you click on their username (in blue). That will take you to their "homepage." Then, in the upper left, there is a box to click to "follow" that person.

  • 12. Deeelaaach  |  April 14, 2021 at 4:12 pm

    Rick, I don't know how I missed that before. Now following you. And thanks for the info, I do appreciate it!

  • 13. VIRick  |  April 14, 2021 at 4:17 pm

    I just looked again, and in my case, that box now tells me that I am "following Deeelaaach." Overall, I have been "following" quite a few of the more prolific posters, and have been doing so for a long time. Until you mentioned it, I did not realize that the suggested "make-do" work-around via Intense Debate does not work well if one is not already "following" a fair number of other posters.

    Apparently, Intense Debate only archives one's own posts, plus those from "people I'm following," because suddenly, your comments are now there, right above those of "ianbirmingham" and "bayareajohn," two long-term stalwarts here at EoT who I have been "following" since whenever.

    It is also worth noting that one needs to register beforehand in order to access my archives, "Sex and the Law." This is due to the fact that the over-all site, Measurection.com, has been deemed to contain "adult" content, which theoretically, should only be accessed by "adults."

  • 14. ianbirmingham  |  April 14, 2021 at 6:20 pm

    Actually, it's very easy to contact people via IntenseDebate. Simply use this form:

    intensedebate.com/people/username

    So for example,

    intensedebate.com/people/devilwearszrada

    shows that Devil's last post was 2 weeks ago, and you can then click the 'follow' button at the upper left if you wish.

    If you don't fully remember the username, you can type this into a search engine:

    "part of the username" site:intensedebate.com

    So for example,

    scream site:intensedebate.com

    leads rather quickly to

    https://www.intensedebate.com/people/scream4ever

    where you can now proceed as described above.

  • 15. VIRick  |  April 14, 2021 at 10:20 am

    Maryland: LGBT Summary of 2021 General Assembly Session

    The Maryland General Assembly adjourned its 2021 session on Monday, 12 April 2021. During this session, the General Assembly passed LGBTQ-related bills that updated gender in the state’s hate crimes law, waived the publication requirement for name-change requests, and joined DC and Virginia in banning the LGBTQ "panic" defense.

    The latter two measures, that is, the name-change bill and the bill banning LGBTQ "panic" defense, still await Gov. Larry Hogan’s signature.
    https://www.washingtonblade.com/2021/04/14/md-gen

  • 16. VIRick  |  April 14, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    Pennsylvania: State Democrats Introduce Bill to Repeal Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    State Democrats filed a bill to repeal the defunct state bans on LGBT marriage. A group of Chester County legislators are pushing for legislation that would update Pennsylvania law to reflect the state of marriage equality and the right of same-sex couples across the nation to marry.

    Although the US Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in "Obergefell v. Hodges" on 26 June 2015 made it clear that marriage should be available to all, Pennsylvania retains outdated and unnecessary sections of law that prohibit marriage equality, say those involved in the bills in both the state Senate and state House of Representatives.

    State Sen. Carolyn Comitta, D-19th, of West Chester, introduced the legislation in the state senate on 14 April 2021. Comitta’s bill, as yet unnumbered, is a companion of House Bill 824, recently introduced by state Representatives Malcolm Kenyatta and Danilo Burgos, both of Philadelphia. Comitta, who serves on the General Assembly’s LGBTQ-plus Equality Caucus, said the change is not only a matter of upholding the constitution, but is also a matter of recognizing and reinforcing the rights of same-sex couples at a time when members of the community continue to face discrimination, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric from opponents of same-sex marriage.

    Specifically, the bill would repeal a section of state law that currently only recognizes marriage between a man and woman. Pennsylvania only ever enacted a statutory ban against marriage equality (now deemed unconstitutional). The state never enacted a state constitutional ban.
    https://www.pottsmerc.com/news/local/local-lawmak

  • 17. VIRick  |  April 14, 2021 at 6:30 pm

    Florida House Passes Trans-Exclusionary Sports Bill, Sends Bill to Senate

    On Wednesday, 14 April 2021, legislation requiring transgender female student-athletes to play sports on all-boys teams passed in the Florida House of Representatives. But the bill’s future in that state’s Senate remains shaky.

    Florida representatives passed the bill, House Bill 1475, even after the National Collegiate Athletic Association made clear it could pull national championship sporting events from states that bar athletes from competing based on their gender identity. In the case of Florida, that could mean the loss of 50 events with a $75 million economic impact. The Republican-controlled chamber still passed the bill, sponsored by the clueless Republican Rep. Kaylee Tuck.

    The bill, which affects sports in public schools and state colleges and universities, passed on a near-party line vote, even as LGBTQ Florida lawmakers pleaded and openly wept at what they called an attack on children.
    https://www.advocate.com/transgender/2021/4/14/fl

  • 18. VIRick  |  April 14, 2021 at 7:05 pm

    Perú: Marriage Equality Plaintiff Wins Seat in National Congress

    Per Alberto de Belaunde:

    Felicitaciones a los congresistas electos el domingo, el 11 de abril 2021. En especial, quiero saludar a mi amiga, Susel Paredes. Hizo historia el 2006 como la primera candidata abiertamente lesbiana, y este 2021 vuelve a hacer historia como la primera congresista abiertamente lesbiana del país.
    https://twitter.com/AlbertoBelaunde/status/138246

    Congratulations to the congressional winners elected on Sunday, 11 April 2021. In particular, I want to salute my friend, Susel Paredes. She made history in 2006 as the first openly lesbian candidate, and in 2021 she returns to make history again as the country's first openly lesbian congresswoman.

    Susel is also the lead plaintiff in the second (next) still-pending marriage equality case slated to soon come before the Supreme Constitutional Tribunal of Perú (Tribunal Constitucional del Perú), an appeal very likely to be heard while Susel is a sitting member of congress. Thus, this is a major new "first," as we have never previously had such a highly-placed political figure doubling as the lead plaintiff in a major marriage equality legal case anywhere in the world. Ironically, though, Susel is more likely to win marriage equality for Perú through the court, rather than through the congress.

  • 19. ianbirmingham  |  April 14, 2021 at 8:15 pm

    'The moderate left is gone': Republicans condemn Dems' plan to pack Supreme Court with four new justices

    The announcement came as progressive groups launched a campaign demanding Breyer, 82, resign for saying there shouldn't be more justices on the bench.

    Some are also urging Breyer to consider retiring so that Biden can appoint another liberal to the bench.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9472687/

  • 20. scream4ever  |  April 14, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    I mean the Republicans have been open about packing the bench so why can't the Left?

  • 21. bayareajohn  |  April 14, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    Because the left has a small problem – they still believe in fairness and compromise and imagine that this is somehow present in the republican mindset.

  • 22. scream4ever  |  April 15, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Bingo

  • 23. VIRick  |  April 15, 2021 at 2:14 pm

    Guanajuato State Deputy Presents Marriage Equality Bill in State Congress

    Guanajuato: Presentan Iniciativa para Aprobar Matrimonio Igualitario en el Estado

    El 15 de abril 2021, el diputado del PVEM (Verde), Luis Gerardo Suárez Rodríguez, presentó una nueva iniciativa para que en el estado de Guanajuato se apruebe el matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo.

    En la sesión del pleno del Congreso estatal, Luis Gerardo Suárez presentó la propuesta de reformas al Código Civil en la que también se establece el derecho al reconocimiento de la identidad de género, es decir, que el Registro Civil expida actas de nacimiento sexo-genéricas, sin necesidad de que las personas tengan que recurrir a un amparo.
    https://periodicocorreo.com.mx/al-fin-presentan-i

    On 15 April 2021, the PVEM (Verde) deputy, Luis Gerardo Suárez Rodríguez, presented a new initiative for the approval of same-sex marriage in the state of Guanajuato.

    In the plenary session of the state Congress, Luis Gerardo Suárez presented the proposal for reforms to the Civil Code in which the right to recognition of gender identity is also established, that is, that the Civil Registry issue generic-sex birth certificates, without the necessity of requiring individuals to resort to an amparo.

  • 24. VIRick  |  April 15, 2021 at 3:10 pm

    EU Court: Bulgaria Should Issue ID to Child with Two Mothers

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Bulgaria should issue identity papers for a child with two mothers in a same-sex marriage, the top EU court’s advocate-general said in an opinion issued on Thursday, 15 April 2021, although the bloc cannot force the country to legally recognize their marriage or parenting. The opinion by the European Court of Justice’s advocate-general relates to a case of a Bulgarian-British married couple in which both women are recognized as mothers on their child’s birth certificate, originally issued in Spain where they live.

    But Bulgaria, which does not recognize same-sex marriage, refused to name both as mothers on a national birth certificate the couple had sought in order to obtain a Bulgarian – and hence an EU – identity document for the child. A final ruling by the Luxembourg-based court, which does not have to, but usually does, follow the preliminary opinion, is expected in the coming months.
    https://www.reuters.com/article/eu-bulgaria-court

  • 25. ianbirmingham  |  April 15, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    Nancy Reagan's hypocrisy, Ronald Reagan's homophobia

    Nancy Reagan – who famously told America to Just Say No to drugs – took so many 'uppers and downers' that White House doctors had to tell the president his wife had a pill problem,' new book reveals… She even offered the pills to the president to ensure he slept properly on foreign trips, but they left him feeling so groggy he stumbled on the stairs in the Kremlin during a 1988 visit to Moscow.

    Among the blackest stains on the Reagan legacy is the president's failure to handle the AIDS crisis in the US – which Tumulty reveals was partly due to homophobia.

    It was not until 1985, about five years into the epidemic, that the Reagan administration even uttered the name of the disease and only the death of actor Rock Hudson, who had AIDS, appeared to have changed their minds.

    White House press spokesman Larry Speakes recalled that in private Reagan trafficked in gay stereotypes.

    After his weekly shampoo, Reagan would flick his wrists and adopt a lisping voice to say: 'I washed my hair last night and I just can't do a thing with it.'

    'He does a very good gay imitation. He would pretend to be annoyed at someone and say: "If those fellows don't leave me alone, I'll just slap them on the wrist!",' Speakes said.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9471693/

  • 26. VIRick  |  April 16, 2021 at 3:40 pm

    North Dakota, Alabama, Tennessee, Arizona: More Anti-LGBT Bills Passed

    The North Dakota Senate approved the trans-exclusionary sports bill on Thursday, 15 April 2021, after the state’s House of Representatives had passed it the day before, the "Grand Forks Herald" reports. Gov. Doug Burgum has not taken a public position on the matter, although a year ago he denounced anti-LGBTQ language endorsed by other Republicans in the state party platform.

    North Dakota lawmakers have also passed and sent to Burgum a bill that would allow student groups at public schools and state colleges and universities to discriminate against LGBTQ people and others, even if they receive financial and other support from the institution.

    On Thursday, 15 April 2021, the Alabama Senate approved a trans-exclusionary sports bill, making minor changes to the version already passed by the House, and the House quickly accepted them, the Associated Press reports. Gov. Kay Ivey has not made her stance on the bill known.

    On Wednesday, 14 April 2021, in Tennessee, where a trans-exclusionary sports bill has already been signed into law by Gov. Bill Lee, legislators gave final approval to a bill that “would require school districts to notify parents of any instructions related to sexual orientation and gender identity” and let parents opt their children out of it without repercussions, "The Tennessean" reports. Legislators are also considering a bill that would ban LGBTQ content in public school curricula altogether.

    On Wednesday, 14 April 2021, Arizona lawmakers approved a bill requiring signed, written consent from parents for their children to attend classes discussing sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV and AIDS, sending it on to Gov. Doug Ducey, according to Phoenix TV station KTAR.
    https://www.advocate.com/politics/2021/4/15/anti-

  • 27. ianbirmingham  |  April 16, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    First guilty plea from a Trumpanzee is accepted in federal court

    "On this 100th day since the horrific January 6 assault on the United States Capitol, Oath Keepers member Jon Schaffer has pleaded guilty to multiple felonies, including for breaching the Capitol while wearing a tactical vest and armed with bear spray, with the intent to interfere with Congress's certification of the electoral college results," acting Deputy Attorney General John Carlin said.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/federal-pros

  • 28. Elihu_Bystander  |  April 18, 2021 at 5:59 am

    Rick, thank you for bringing that story to our attention, especially in times of such turmoil as 2020 has been, and it continues in 2021. Yes, we still have our scars but we go triumphally forward a bit at a time. I am 84 years old, and I cannot believe the amazing progress our queer community has made in the last ten years. This has happened in our civil communities and in our faith communities. By faith communities, I am inclusive of all belief traditions.

    But, I also realize that we cannot rest on our victories because there are still the uninformed, but very loud, minority that hates us, and they are trying to do everything in their power to snatch away our successes. Therefore, we must remain vigilant.

  • 29. VIRick  |  April 18, 2021 at 10:11 am

    At the time when I lived in the region (first in Brasil, then in Chile), Bolivia was a chaotic mess. So, for me, to witness Bolivia pushing past many of the other Latin nations in its quest for LGBT parity is truly astounding, with much of that push emanating from the non-Eurocentric majority population, a totally different phenomenon which heretofore had not been widely noted.

    Originally, in Latin America, the strongest push for LGBT rights has occurred, and continues to occur, in the most Eurocentric portions of the most Eurocentric nations, namely in the big cities of Argentina, Uruguay, Brasil, Colombia, and Mexico, with strong spill-over into all of the larger cities in almost all of the remainder. Then, along comes Bolivia, one of the poorest, most Indigenous nations of them all, with its own "Third World" viewpoint, shattering even this Latin American stereotype.

    In Bolivia, the strongest drive for LGBT parity has been independently undertaken by the traditional Inca transgender women, and by their modern urban counterpoint, the "transformistas." The quoted article noted that one of the lead plaintiffs in the Bolivian recognition case, David Aruquipa, is an urban "transformista."

    Years ago, when I lived in southern Veracruz state, I can recall encountering, but not truly understanding, any number of "Muxe" from neighboring Oaxaca state, the modern "transformista" equivalent among the Zapoteca people. After 400 years, the "Muxe" from Oaxaca have finally been legally recognized within Oaxaca in terms of both gender identity and marriage equality. However, I am also quite aware that resistance among the majority mestizo population has continued to block the same legal recognition of similar "transformista" groups in Guerrero state, as well as in Yucatán state among the Maya.

  • 30. VIRick  |  April 18, 2021 at 2:36 pm

    Total Number of Venezuelan Migrants Currently in Other Countries

    Per Wilsoncenter.org as of 1 December 2020:

    Colombia . . 1,800,000
    Perú . . . . . . . 830,000
    Chile . . . . . . .456,000
    Ecuador . . . . 363,000
    Brasil . . . . . . .265,000
    Argentina . . . .179,000
    Other LAC . . .408,000
    Other . . . . . . .885,000

    Total . . . . . .5,186,000, or 18.4% of Venezuela's total population.

    As of the current date, around 28,300,000 people still remain in Venezuela. In contrast, Colombia's population has swelled to about 51,300,000 people. Notice the recent jump in Colombia's growth rate due to the influx of Venezuelan migrants:
    https://www.worldometers.info/world-population/co

    And here, watch the extraordinary negative dive in Venezuela's growth rate, markedly declining in population every year since 2015:
    https://www.worldometers.info/world-population/ve

    It should also be noted that during this extended crisis, no Latin American nation has ever forcibly deported a single Venezuelan citizen back to Venezuela against that person's will. In addition, according to Colombian officials, only about 11,000 Venezuelan citizens have voluntarily repatriated themselves (via Colombia) back to Venezuela.

  • 31. VIRick  |  April 18, 2021 at 6:12 pm

    Missouri: "College of the Ozarks v. Biden," an ADF Suit in Federal Court

    Per Equality Case Files:

    The College of the Ozarks, a small, private, "religiously christian" college is suing the Biden Administration in federal court in the Western District of Missouri, under the auspices of the ADF, over an alleged HUD directive that, in their words, "requires private religious colleges to place biological males into female dormitories and to assign them as females’ roommates."

    They are complaining because, in their words, "the Directive imposes an immediate and binding legislative rule under the Fair Housing Act, prohibiting all regulated entities, including the College, from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity both in occupancy of their dwellings and in policies governing those dwellings."

    The short answer to their own self-induced "predicament," of course, is to either stop discriminating, stop accepting federal funding, thus dodging the requirement regarding "regulated entities," or close their doors and simply go out of business. In any event, their 70-page, hate-filled complaint is here:
    http://files.eqcf.org/case/621-cv-03089-1/

    College of the Ozarks is a Christian liberal-arts college in Point Lookout MO, 3 miles from Branson MO, with an enrollment of 1,426, that provides a hands-on vocational experience that allows students to work for their education full-time. Its vision is to develop citizens of Christ-like character who are well-educated, hard-working, and patriotic. The College focuses on developing young men and women in accordance with biblical teaching, including traditional notions of family, marriage, and sexuality.
    https://www.keetercenter.edu/

  • 32. VIRick  |  April 19, 2021 at 7:33 pm

    Biden Nominates Gay Police Chief to Lead Customs/Border Protection

    President Biden has announced that he plans to nominate the openly gay police chief of Tucson AZ to become the next US Customs and Border Protection commissioner. Chris Magnus has been the chief of the Tucson Police Department since 2016, a diverse city approximately 70 miles north of the US-Mexico border.

    He was previously the police chief in Richmond CA and in Fargo ND. Magnus’ bio, released by the White House on 12 April, notes that he has been with his husband, Terrance Cheung, for 15 years. The White House further notes that “because of Tucson’s proximity to the border, he has extensive experience in addressing immigration issues.” Magnus has also criticized Trump’s hard-line immigration policies.
    https://www.washingtonblade.com/2021/04/19/biden-

  • 33. VIRick  |  April 20, 2021 at 11:49 am

    Kansas: Governor to Veto Anti-Transgender School Sports Bill

    Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly (D) has signaled that she will veto a bill passed by the Republican-dominated legislature that would bar transgender girls from playing school sports. “I can tell you that we know from past experience not only what this will do and how it will make these kids feel, but also how it might exacerbate some of the mental health issues that we’re already seeing,” she said. “Kansas doesn’t need to be passing any sort of anti-progressive or really regressive legislation.”

    Kelly did not definitively announce that she will veto the bill, saying that she hasn’t read it. However, she did point reporters to the executive order issued by her office that prohibits discrimination against LGBTQ people as an example of where she stands on the issue.
    https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2021/04/kansas-govern

  • 34. VIRick  |  April 20, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    Tennessee: Trans Billionaire to Move Business Out of State over Anti-Trans Laws

    The first trans billionaire in the world is warning Republican lawmakers in her home state of Tennessee that she may move her company out of the state if anti-trans laws get passed. Jennifer Pritzker is a retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel whose family started the Hyatt Hotels Group. She currently has a personal net worth of $2 billion, and according to the Star Observer, she’s willing to use that wealth and influence to help other trans people like her.

    “As a transgender woman, these unnecessary and hurtful laws are personal to me,” she said at a news conference hosted by the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce. “As a businesswoman, my larger concern is the impact they will have on Tennessee’s reputation and, ultimately, economic well-being, as businesses and tourists turn elsewhere.” She continued, “no state benefits from the perception that it is an intolerant and unwelcome place for people of different backgrounds, and it alarms me gravely to see this state vying for the title of least inclusive in the nation.”

    Pritzker is speaking out against a slate of 15 anti-LGBTQ+ laws that have been put forward in the state. One of them, which bans trans youth from competing in school sports, has already been signed into law by Republican Governor Bill Lee. There are also bills that would restrict hormone therapy for minors, two anti-trans “bathroom bills,” and a bill that seeks to ban LGBTQ+ content from school materials and textbooks. Local activists are referring to the set of bills as the “slate of hate.”

    It’s not just trans business owners who are threatening to move out of the state if more bills are passed, though. Nissan North America, Amazon, Dell, Pilot, Mars PetCare, and Warner Music Group have also publicly said that they’re against the bills and would consider moving out of the state.
    https://www.advocate.com/business/2021/4/20/trans

  • 35. VIRick  |  April 20, 2021 at 3:35 pm

    Evangelical Christian Men Are More Insecure about Their Penis Size than Other Men

    Evangelicals are obsessed with penises when it comes to gender roles and LGBTQ rights, according to a study published in last month’s "Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion." And that obsession is taking a heavy toll.

    So, who knew?? Enjoy the entire informative article here:
    https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2021/04/evangelical-c

  • 36. Fortguy  |  April 21, 2021 at 12:18 am

    Oh, my goodness! Where to begin? I guess I have to pick apart the third from the end paragraph sentence by sentence.

    A father “can help his son learn to throw and catch a ball,” one of Dobson’s newsletters once said.

    Or he can get a dog. Never mind the whole double entendre nature of words such as pitching and catching.

    He can teach him to pound a square wooden peg into a square hole in a pegboard.

    Is this supposed to be an analogy to genitalia and orifices? Must he pound it in rather than gently glide it in? Are straight, white evangelicals supposed to have square, straight-sided equipment? What about round pegs and holes? What about square pegs whose corners fit nicely within round holes or round pegs whose edges fit perfectly in square holes? Would that be gay? Or miscegenation? Or what?

    He can even take his son with him into the shower, where the boy cannot help but notice that Dad has a penis, just like his, only bigger.

    I'm sure the boy has to stay in the shower for a full hour after Dobson steps out just to scrub that whole creepiness out of his eyes. You know this is exactly the type of conduct that Focus on the Penis and the Penis Research Council would accuse gay men of doing when they adopt or parent children through surrogacy.

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