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Meme of the week: Redneck Randal ain’t no homo

Redneck Randal reminds me of a guy I went to high school with who used to walk around saying, “I ain't gay, I drive a truck” or “I ain't gay, look at these arms” as he would flex his biceps in an attempt to impress all of the guys around him.

Yes, bicep size is an indicator of sexual orientation, but I'm sure you knew that already.

While the Redneck Randal meme has mostly picked on the stereotype of a southern, inbred NASCAR fan that likes to speed date at family reunions, this Redneck Randal meme highlights the backward views of marriage equality that some 60 percent of North Carolina voters expressed yesterday when they voted to enact Amendment One.

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N.C. student petitions to overturn Amendment One

Not even 24 hours old and already activists in North Carolina are pushing to have Amendment One, a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, overturned.

Some 60 percent of North Carolina voters supported Amendment One on the ballot.

Jenn Halweil, a North Carolina college student, has taken matters into her own hands and has created a petition on Change.org calling for one million people to demand the state supreme court overturn the constitutional amendment.

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Meme of the week: Scumbag N.C. preacher

Pastor Sean Harris of Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville, N.C., made quite the stink this week when an audio transcript of one of his recent sermons was made public. In the audio, Harris said, among other vile things, "Dads, the second you see your son dropping the limp wrist, you walk over there and crack that wrist. Man up. Give him a good punch. Ok?"

Harris was preaching on the sanctity of marriage and the immorality of the homosexual lifestyle.

Harris continued, "And when your daughter starts acting too butch you reign her in. And you say, ‘Oh, no, sweetheart. You can play sports. Play them to the glory of God. But sometimes you are going to act like a girl and walk like a girl and talk like a girl and smell like a girl and that means you are going to be beautiful. You are going to be attractive. You are going to dress yourself up.’"

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Family blog: LGBT equality and retirement

Spending the Fourth of July weekend at my parents' retirement community has me reflecting on what my retirement will look like. Whether at their Florida retirement community or the North Carolina one (they change residences based on the temperature), I always find myself walking their neighborhoods looking at the different style houses and picking out the one I would get if I was in retirement. Of course, it is always something different from my parents’ house.

At Atlanta Pride every year, there are always a few queer retirement communities looking for prospective retirees to buy into their communities. I always thought it was cool for those retiring sometime soon, but I really thought it wouldn’t be needed by the time I retire. I am fairly optimistic about our future and had thought we would be far enough along the road to equality and acceptance that my wife and I would live in an integrated community of straights and queers.