Well, who would have guessed, but according to a new report from the RAND Corp. Marines have more sex than any other branch in the United States military. The survey was completed in 2015 for the Health Related Behaviors Survey, included about 17,000 participants and covered all branches of the military.
It was found that Marines are more than likely to “engage in riskier sexual behavior” by having “more than one sex partner of the course of one year.” You could just look at it this way Marines are more sex-positive than soldiers, sailors, and airmen.
Dr. Sarah Meadows who lead the study cautioned people to not cast judgment over the findings. She stated: “We’re not trying to blame anyone for this, but the Marine Corps does tend to stand out,” she says. “Each of the services has their own culture. “ She added, “Marines tend to be young men. Compared to young men on college campuses, it’s pretty similar.”
The study also revealed that Marines are significantly more likely to smoke cigarettes, cigars and e-cigarettes and binge drink.
The Georgia chapter of the Log Cabin Republican has decided to endorse Brian Kemp (R.) for Georgia’s governor race and with the full knowledge that he supports anti-LGBT “religious freedom” legislation. Kemp won the gubernatorial nomination in a runoff last Tuesday, then proceeded to reiterated his support for the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
“My position on RFRA is not going to change. I’m not going to change,” Kemp, who is also endorsed by Donald Trump, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution last week. “It’s the same thing that Gov. [Nathan] Deal voted for in Congress. It’s the commonsense thing to do, and I will do that as governor. And I’ll be glad to sit down with any business entity in the state and talk them through that.”
As a congressman Deal supported the federal RFRA in 1993, at the time the legislation was not being used against LGBT people. It was a mandated that the government show a compelling interest if it takes any actions limiting religious liberty, and use the least restrictive means of doing so. Originally it was to ensure that the government didn’t interfere with religious practices, for example, Native Americans use of hallucinogenic drugs in religious ceremonies.
Currently, laws have been proposed that allow business owners or public employees to refuse service to individuals that conflict with their religious beliefs. Deal (R.) in 2016 vetoed a “religious freedom” bill that would prohibit the government from taking any punitive action against an individual or faith-based organization that refuses services based on “religious or moral conviction.”
There are opponents that fear such legislation would create a negative impact on Georgia’s business climate, especially as Georgia is a finalist for Amazon’s second headquarters.
The Log Cabin Republicans didn’t waste any time in endorsing Kemp after he won the GOP nomination and in the organization’s 23-year history they have never endorsed a candidate for governor. “We offer him our full endorsement and look forward to working hard to help him win in November against radical liberal Stacey Abrams,” said a press release.
Stacey Abrams is a Democrat and a former state legislator is the first black woman to win a gubernatorial nomination from a major party. She is also opposed to the RFRA and a strong supporter of LGBT rights.
When the Georgia Log Cabin was asked about Kemp’s position on the RFRA is refused to comment, but instead released a statement from Cameron Mason, the group’s spokesman:
When Project Q Atlanta asked the Georgia Log Cabin group about Kemp’s stance on the RFRA, it did not address the issue but released the following statement from spokesman Cameron Mason: "Georgia Log Cabin Republicans endorsed Brian Kemp because our organization is based on Republican principles, and Brian Kemp represents many of those principles. He is a small business owner who wants to put Georgians first and not pit them against each other. Kemp will continue the amazing legacy of Gov. Deal by creating jobs and making Georgia a great place to start businesses.
"Meanwhile, Stacey Abrams is supported by out-of-state liberals and socialists. The Democratic Party seeks only to exploit the LGBT community by putting identity politics over the real needs of Georgians. Republicans across the state are ready to stand firm and united to help Brian Kemp win in November."
Well, it appears that two more major league baseball players had to apologize Sunday after tweets that used anti-gay and racial slurs surfaced, sent while they were teenagers (18).
Sean Newcomb pitcher for the Atlanta Braves and Trea Turner a shortstop for the Washington Nationals both apologized in various degrees, and well as their respective teams. The two become join Josh Hader of the Milwaukee Brewers who have had to publicly apologize for their offensive tweets. Major League Baseball said that Newcomb would meet with league executive and former player Billy Bean, who is openly gay as part as of diversity training. Turner might have to I certain at some point do the same, his tweets were found late Sunday night.
Newcomb’s tweets were sent when he was 18 and a freshman in college. He used the word “fag” in six tweets and made racist comments including using the word “nigga.”
Turner as well made his when he was 18 and playing college baseball. They were summarized by the Washington Post:
Two of Turner’s resurfaced tweets were replies in which acquaintances were called homophobic slurs. In another, the tweet reads “unless ur gay” in a reply to a former North Carolina State teammate. A fourth tweet suggests that if a woman working at a drive-through were to ask who the [faggot] in the back of a car was, it would be Turner. A fifth tweet reads, “Once u go black, u gonna need a wheelchair,” a line from the movie “White Chicks.”
Both players did manage to apologize, Newcomb’s, to be honest, was less than convincing.
“I felt that it would be good to address it right away and just let people know that I meant nothing by it,” Newcomb said. “I didn’t mean to offend anybody and I’ll make sure it doesn’t happen again. I’ll be smarter. I think that people who know me know that’s now the kind of person I am.”
Lame, that’s all I can say of that apology, there is nothing sincere or contrite about it and it’s a stark contrast to Hader’s reaction when his tweets surfaced.
Turner’s mea cupla was better:
“There are no excuses for my insensitive and offensive language on Twitter,” Turner said in a statement released by the Nationals. “I am sincerely sorry for those tweets and apologize wholeheartedly. I believe people who know me understand those regrettable actions do not reflect my values or who I am. But I understand the hurtful nature of such language and am sorry to have brought any negative light to the Nationals organization, myself or the game I love.”
Both teams also issued statements:
“I have spoken with Trea regarding the tweets that surfaced earlier tonight,” Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo said. “He understands that his comments — regardless of when they were posted — are inexcusable and is taking full responsibility for his actions. The Nationals organization does not condone discrimination in any form, and his comments do not in any way reflect the values of our club. Trea has been a good teammate and model citizen in our clubhouse, and these comments are not indicative of how he has conducted himself while part of our team. He has apologized to me and to the organization for his comments.”
From the Atlanta Braves:
“We are aware of the tweets that surfaced after today’s game and have spoken to Sean who is incredibly remorseful. Regardless of how long ago he posted them, he is aware of the insensitivity and is taking full responsibility.
“We find the tweets hurtful and incredibly disappointing and even though he was 18 or 19 years old when posted, it doesn’t make them any less tolerable. We will work together with Sean towards mending the wounds created in our community.”
In a weird side issue, it appears it wasn’t a coincidence that Turner’s tweets surfaced hours after Newcomb’s, according to the Post. “The offensive messages surfaced after a Nationals-centric Twitter account earlier Sunday dug up racist and homophobic tweets sent by ... Newcomb.”
In another weird side issue, Turner “lends his time to MLB’s ‘Shred Hate’ program, an anti-bullying initiative.” I guess he can use himself as an exhibit from now on.
The MLB has ordered that Hader take sensitivity training and choosing not to impose a fine or suspension since the tweets were before his time with the MLB. Newcomb and Turner will most likely get the same.
You can forgive both Newcomb and Turner for their homophobia and racist comment as teenagers if they’ve both changed. Turner, I am more convinced, but to be honest Newcomb’s response was lame. But you have to give credit to the MLB, they have directly addressed the issues, but I would suggest that these players spend some time going over their Twitter (social media) accounts and take care of business.
As we say in the south, bless his heart!
It appears that some Christian conservatives are appalled at Fox News and its recent direction. Apparently because LGBTQ acceptance has crept into the last bastion of good, Christian values – right-wing propaganda.
Doug Mainwaring who writes for Life Site is now taking the network to task for supposedly endorsing sodomy and losing sight of our Lord and Savior. As an example he used Guy Benson’s Fox colleague’s reactions when Benson announced plans to marry his longtime boyfriend. Well, Jesus mush have rolled over in his grave when he received well wishes.
This is what Doug had to say:
In [congratulating Benson on his engagement], they reveal they are not true conservatives, and that the Catholics among them are not fully dedicated to Catholic teaching. They have a soft spot for romantic sodomy. He goes on to list all the out Fox News personalities, making sure to use condescending quotations when he talks about their “marriages.”
Later he manages to get a decent burn in at D.C. gays, though it’s really only funny out of context, not the way he meant it — that because Fox films in NYC and D.C., they clearly have been infiltrated by pro-gay factions.
“Gays and lesbians are nothing special in D.C. In fact, they are exceedingly ordinary,” he writes, tongue nowhere near his cheek.
Then he argues that “Fox…publicly favor[s] sodomy for gays over and above chastity.”
Boy, if Fox News is becoming too left-leaning for you, it’s time for a long, hard look in the mirror.
Written by: Mike G. - Personal Opinion
This is going to be a long and very homophobic rant, but it truly is how I feel. I am sorry if I offend anyone, but I just need to let this all out.
I absolutely hate being gay, I hate it more than anything in the world. I feel like I'm in a bubble of my own looking out at everyone living happy straight lives. My god how I envy straight people. I look at them with such adoration, how they were born the way Mother Nature intended it to be. I feel so miserable watching how perfect it looks to me, a man and woman together, the way it's always been through time, the way we all came to be.
Nobody knows that I am gay. I live in a very homophobic family and I doubt my friends would accept me. Just so god tortures me more I live in the gayest friendly city on the planet, New York City.
All I think about is how dreadful the future will be when I start to see my friends getting married and having children while I'm left out on my own like I always am. How will I continue to keep this secret in the future? Every single happy moment of my life, in the back of my head, I remember that I am gay and instantly I know this happiness won't ever last.
My parents, my friends, everyone in my life, it's all just fake. If they ever knew I was gay they would treat me differently. I would always be that "gay" friend. I envy them so much, how normal they are. They don't need to carry this kind of burden. Hell, I've built such a straight life around me that nobody would even believe me if I came out.
I feel like if I were straight, I would be a whole person. I never function as well as I can. I never truly smile like I mean it.
The worst part is that I've entered into relationships with girls, they would start off strong, but after a while I would be so consumed with guilt about secretly lying to them I would put less and less effort into the relationship because I figured it's all fake anyway, and Im not normal no matter how normal I seem when I have a girlfriend. In the beginning though, it feels SO perfect.
I hate your sex obsessed culture, I hate your "sassy gay" way of talking, I hate your vanity, I don't want to be part of it! I'm not a twink! Or a bottom! Or a top!
I hate that I don't see men as romantic partners, only sexual ones. I hate anal sex, I hate how I feel after masturbating to gay porn. I hate that there is no light at the end of the tunnel. I'm 21 years old, I want to be out meeting girls, having fun, living life. Gay people are such a small percentage of the population, WHY the hell did I have to end up this way?
Bradley Kim who is a defensive back for the Air Force Academy made history this past Friday when he came out as gay. He becomes the first football player in the Air Force, Marines or Army to come out and publicly say he is gay.
Kim wrote on his Instagram: “Jeremiah 29:11 God made me this way for a reason. I did not think this day would ever come, but I’ve finally reached the point where I am comfortable and confident enough with myself to say that I am gay. It’s been a long road to get to this point and I definitely would not be here without the love and support of my amazing family, teammates and coaches here at the academy, and my equally amazing friends. I feel blessed to have such receptive and understanding people in my life. ”
He further added: “I hope that I can serve as an example to those who are allowing their fear of acceptance to change who they are. I almost gave up my dream of playing division 1 football for fear of not being accepted by everyone, but today I am happy to say that I am a cadet at the Air Force Academy playing the sport I love with amazing people standing behind me and supporting me. If anyone feels like they don’t have a voice or feel like they are alone, just know there are plenty of people out there like you and me, and more that are willing to talk to you about it. God bless all and thank you to everyone who has made me feel comfortable to live my most genuine life.”
OutSports profiled his story with the following: Earlier in the day, Kim, a safety with the Air Force Falcons, came out to the other defensive backs on the team. He said they gave him a standing ovation. Going into that conversation, he had already told his parents, various former teammates from high school, several teammates at Air Force, various people at the Air Force Academy not affiliated with the football program, and various coaches with the team. Every one of them, including head coach Troy Calhoun, had a reaction of full-fledged support.
“They tell me they appreciate the fact that I felt confident enough, and they meant enough, for me to tell them,” he said.
Kim said their reactions, along with the supportive environment of Air Force, left him with no fear or anxiety going into his conversations with his teammates, or posting his message on Instagram.
’I’ve spent too many years worrying what other people will think and letting it affect what I do in my daily life. And I’m kind of done with that. It doesn’t affect my ability to play football. It doesn’t affect my ability to serve my country. No one cares here. We all go through the same thing, we all go through basic training. What we go through going through the Academy goes way deeper than worrying about what someone will think.”
18-year old Seth Owen from Jacksonville, Florida was thrown out by his parents for being gay and not adhering to their religious beliefs will graduate as co-valedictorian of his class. Owen spoke to News4Jax that his parents saw a photo of him and started to demand that he attend a church that has a strict anti-LGBTQ view on homosexuality. “They made it clear the intention was to make me straight. (That) was their end goal,” he stated.
Despite being homeless Owen maintained a 4.16 GPA and now trying to raise funds to attend Georgetown University. A GOFundMe campaign was set up for Owen to help pay for his tuition, and has to date has raised more than $25,000. Tuition at Georgetown is about $77,000 and will receive some financial assistance from the University. You can donate HERE.
Owen’s former biology teacher wrote the following:
“I taught Seth biology and mentored him throughout his high school years. He was the ring bearer in my wedding. Last month, I watched him walk across the stage in a Jacksonville arena weighted down by more cords and medals to count. I’m writing this community for help.
Earlier this year (after a year of attempted conversion therapy), Seth’s parents gave him an ultimatum. He would either continue to attend the church that outwardly attacked him and his sexual orientation or he would need to leave home. For his own well-being and safety, Seth chose the latter. He’s been living with friends and working to sustain himself since financially. His parents have refused to support him emotionally or financially because they deem his sexual orientation inconsistent with their religious beliefs. Throughout this all, Seth held his head high and continued to work almost full-time while finishing high school at the top of his class as the co-valedictorian.
Seth was admitted to Georgetown University and received a financial aid package based on the premise of parental support. Seth appealed this decision with letters from mental health professionals, school personnel, mentors, and community organizations, but Georgetown University has refused to amend his financial aid package leaving Seth with $20,000 bill to cover his first year.”
Thanks to generous donors Owen has made his first year’s goal.
A guest on This Morning has been slammed for his homophobic and transphobic comments.
Tradesman Jamie Richardson joined Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford on the sofa of the TV show today (July 26) to join a discussion about men taking their tops off in public.
Richardson – who attended the ITV show without a top on and showed off his tattoos including one about England winning the World Cup – got into a heated debate with guest Liz Brewer who argued that he was an “exhibitionist”.
However, Richardson went on to argue that why they talking about men are going topless in public when there are “transgender people and men marrying men”.
He said: “I’ll be honest with you now in this day and age, you’ve got transgender people, men marrying men, men going to the same toilet as women and we’re talking about a man after he’s been at graft all day.
“If I want to walk down the street and take my t-shirt off – I work hard and pay my taxes. I’m English and I’m proud to be English.”
Understandably, his argument didn’t sit well with viewers at home to take to Twitter to slam the tattooed bigot and his comments.
Watch the full interview below:
Bev Nance, 68 and Mary Walsh 72 were looking for a new place to call home and be surrounded by friends and extra care if needed. However, when they applied at the Friendship Village senior living community in St. Louis, they were rejected because they are married.
In a federal lawsuit, the women are alleging discrimination based on sexual orientation, but this will be a tough case to win. The women are represented by The National Center for Lesbian Rights.
After paying a $2,000 deposit the received a letter from the administrator stating: “Your request to share a single unit does not fall within the categories permitted by the long-standing policy of Friendship Village Sunset Hills.” The couple visited other retirement communities and were told that their living together wouldn’t be a problem.
“And the guy looked at me like I had three heads and said, ‘No, we don’t have any problem at all.’ He looked at me so strangely I never asked the question again,” Walsh told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I thought, ‘Well, this has all been resolved with the Marriage Act, isn’t this great.’ So when we visited Friendship Village on several occasions, I never asked the question,” Nance said.
The website for Friendship Village states that it is guided by Biblical values, [we] continually serve the senior community with quality offerings that promote lifelong well-being.” The couple say they were told living together would violate their cohabitation policy that defines marriage as “the union of one man and one woman, as marriage is understood in the Bible.”
Julie Wilensky, a senior staff attorney for NCLR stated: “Mary and Bev were denied housing for one reason and one reason only—because they were married to each other rather than to men. This is exactly the type of sex discrimination the Fair Housing Act prohibits,” and “their story demonstrates the kind of exclusion and discrimination still facing same-sex couples of all ages.”
The reason Nance and Walsh selected Friendship Village was mainly for financial reasons, and the community offered additional options that were not offered at other placed without additional cost.
“Friendship Village maintains and enforces a written policy rejecting all same-sex couples who apply for admission to Friendship Village. This is discrimination, plain and simple. Friendship Village’s policy harms the many same-sex senior couples living in the St. Louis Metro area,” local St. Louis attorney Arlene Zarembka said.
But veteran court watchers are not as sure this case will survive mainly because the retirement community a private corporations and LGBTQ people aren’t protected under the federal law with regards to discrimination. “My gut instinct is they’re probably out of luck,” Anders Walker, a constitutional law professor at St. Louis University, told the Post-Dispatch. “When a private body doesn’t want to rent a room to you, for them, that’s freedom of association. They’re probably entitled to their deposit back.”
Friendship Village and it’s management company didn’t respond to request regarding the lawsuit only to say that: “We have just been made aware of a lawsuit that we have not yet seen and have not had an opportunity to review,” a statement read. “This matter will be discussed with legal counsel and [we] have no further comment at this time.”