E. Winter Tashlin

Poor Christmas Spirit Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed By E. Winter Tashlin | December 26, 2012 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: Albany, Catholic church, Christmas, John Kerry, LGBT employees in India, Prop. 8, religious bigotry, religious support for same sex marriage, reparative therapy, winter solstice

This Christmas, the Catholic Church came out swinging hard against LGBT equality and same sex marriage:


So... Happy Birthday Jesus?

I'm not a Christian. In fact, I've never been a Christian, and I obviously can't speak for people who are. That said, I imagine that if I was a Christian, I'd be pretty pissed off right now.

As if having one of your holy celebrations perverted into one of the most craven and debased exercises in greed, consumerism, and manufactured nostalgia in history isn't demeaning enough, now men whose focus is meant to be faith and piety are using the day honoring the birth of the Prince of Peace to engage in emotional and spiritual warfare against a persecuted minority.

But I'm not a Catholic or a Christian of any stripe. Rather, I'm a polytheistic pagan, whose practices include celebrating the wheel of the seasons. As I read the articles and quotes above, I was reminded of our own celebration at this time of year. The Winter Solstice is the longest night, a time to take shelter against the dark and the cold, and look with hope towards the coming spring as the days slowly grow longer.

If we're lucky and the gods are just, the hateful teachings of men like these will lose their power as the tide of acceptance of LGBT people continues its advance, just as the night and dark loose their power over us as the days lengthen and the air warms in the coming spring.

Now, here's what you need to know today:

  • Conservative Christian colleges are seeing a dramatic increase in the number of underground and open LGBT student organizations.
  • A cheeky statement from the 9th circuit ruling against Proposition 8 has been declared one of the top legal quotes of 2012 by the National Law Journal.
  • The nomination of LGBT ally Sen. John Kerry, for the position of Secretary of State is being looked on favorably by LGBT advocates.
  • The California law that would ban licensed counselors and health professionals from engaging in so-called "reparative" therapy on minors has been blocked pending a review of its constitutionality.
  • More than two hundred and fifty rabbis, pastors and bishops are publicly supporting a push in Illinois to make same-sex marriage legal.
  • The Albany NY trans* community and police department are partnering to revise police training and protocol, to help ensure ensure trans* people are treated with dignity in their interactions with the police.
  • After the billboard of a pair of gay Los Angeles radio hosts was vandalized, they decided to turn it into a piece of art with the help of a local artist.
  • Mexico has repealed its ban on gay and bisexual men from donating blood, instead replacing it with a ban on people with HIV or Hepatitis, and those of any gender/sexual orientation who engage in high risk sexual behavior.
  • Using education and peer mentoring to improve the business climate for LGBT employees in India.
  • For the first time, a Latino Institute has been formed for the NGLTF's Creating Change conference.
  • Finally, if you haven't seen it yet, you won't want to miss this fabulous offer from Andy Richter. Also featuring George Takei

(img scr: Magnificent sunrise by Svendsgaard Kurt, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

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