Yeah...yeah... I'm gay, and it seems that a good hunk of the news I focus on is GLBT-related, but I'd like to offer a quick reason: perhaps the greatest example of social injustice in the modern era is that which is done to the GLBT communities. I mean, in 2010, we should be farther along in areas of tolerance than we are, yet...well, we're not. So, not to bore you with more gayness in the headlines, but here goes:
In stupid laws news: Since the early 1980s, gay men have not been allowed to donate blood by law. This was due in large part because the populace feared HIV and AIDS, and they had no idea how it was passed. It was assumed to be a gay disease. Last week, this discriminatory policy was put to a vote. In short: the gays lost. The decision was upheld in a 9-6 vote by the Federal Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability. This assumes, of course, that gay men are more likely to contract HIV and AIDS due to their sexual practices. Not only is this idea archaic, but it's actually plain wrong. African Americans - accounting for 13% of the total population - account for 49% of all HIV/AIDS diagnoses (according to the Centers for Disease Control - CDC). I just wonder if anybody over at the FAC plan on outlawing black folks' ability to donate blood. I'd just like it noted that we can now test people's blood for the HIV/AIDS virus before they donate. In fact, we can know within minutes if someone is infected or not.
One last note on the subject: it is reported that 219,000 MORE pints of blood would be donated per year if gays were allowed to donate.
The American Red Cross also expressed disappointment about the decision, stating that "while the Red Cross is obligated by law to follow the guidelines set forth by the FDA, we also strongly support the use of rational, scientifically-based deferral periods that are applied fairly and consistently among donors who engage in similar risk activities."
In military shame news: 2 Marines are charged with battery after beating a man named Kieran Daly until he was unconscious. My apologies. That's wrong. Two Marines assumed that Daly, a gay guy, was so unabashedly attempting to sex them that they beat him in the back of the head as he was attempting to leave. The Marines defended their actions by saying they were upset, because they thought Daly was winking at them. Due to their assumption of said wink, they approached Daly and - according to witnesses - beat Daly in the back of the head when he attempted to flee. Though, of course, the Marines are saying they were trying to get away from the situation.
EXCEPT THEY BEAT THE GUY IN THE BACK OF THE HEAD. In no way can you hit someone in the back of the head if: a) they are approaching you or b) you are fleeing. Their story doesn't hold water. They were obviously two overly-homophobic creeps that need to be put in prison for this hate crime. Incidentally, the state in which they committed their crime has no Hate Crimes statute. Thus, they were only charged with misdemeanor battery and released to military police. A misdemeanor is a parking ticket. It's a fine, maybe a obscenely small amount of time in jail, but they're not even going to serve that as they were released.
Daly said after his friends performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation at the scene, he was taken to Memorial University Medical Center and diagnosed with bruises to his brain. He had two seizures immediately after the attack and was expected to remain at Memorial for several days.
How is this justice? I'd seriously like to know. It's disgusting, and it's wrong. This is the kind of story that makes me sick, but it also makes me understand why they're taking so long to implement the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell. If we don't do this right, more of our men and women could become victims of uneducated intolerance.
My favorite bit was the part of the article where the Marines said they wanted respect, because they served in Iraq. Because, you know, winking is so disrespectful. VOMIT!
In potentially sigh-inducing news: Adam Lambert just came out with a new music video for his song "If I Had You." According to the reports, Lambert says his video was inspired by his attendance of the Burning Man festival 5 years ago. I only include this, because I'm starting the countdown right now before some well-read pagan blog picks up the story as supposed proof of Hollywood's ever-progression towards paganism. Just like Perez Hilton outs the gays, certain pagan bloggers seem to be trying to out the pagans.
And, as my last countdown proved so effective (apparently there are idiots claiming to be Na'vi'kin), I'm fairly sure that somebody will soon be saying ADAM LAMBERT'S A PAGAN!
For your enjoyment I've included the video below.
Love and Lyte,