Gay Rights

Bridging the Chasms that Cause A Great Divide

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Winnie the Pooh and Friends

If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together.. there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart.. I’ll always be with you. — Winnie the Pooh

It Does Not Matter What Anyone Really Thinks About Us

It does not matter what anyone really thinks about us. They have their opinion, whether it be right or wrong. What does matter is that we know who we are, and more importantly, Whose we are. We are all children of a loving Heavenly Father. It is His stamp of approval that we should seek, and not the approval or disapproval of man.

None of us are exempt from life’s trials and challenges. We all face our own battles – our own Goliath – as we travel on this pilgrim journey. Whether or not people understand our struggles ought not be our main concern.

I have come to realize that those who truly care and want to understand will do their best to understand, and those who don’t care are not worth spending the time and energy to extend an explanation, as no explanation would suffice anyway.

At the end of the day, whether we are true to ourselves is what matters, and not being overly concerned about what others say about us, or think about us. God, our Heavenly Father loves each of us, and to Him, we are all special.

~ Keith Lionel Brown

Coca-Cola Gay Anti-bullying Campaign

Coca Cola Gay Anti-bullying Campaign

The short video below will not get any air time in the United States, nevertheless, Coca-Cola is making a big gay bold statement in Latin America with a new short film and advertisement called “The Text.” The film, written and directed by Dustin Lance Black for Coca-Cola, centers on bullying and two gay teens in love.

Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black EngagedDustin Lance Black is an American screenwriter, director, film and television producer and LGBT rights activist. He has won a Writers Guild of America Award and an Academy Award for the 2008 film “Milk.” Dustin, 41, and his long-term boyfriend, Tom Daley, 21, have recently announced their engagement. Tom is an English diver and television celebrity. His specialty is the 10 metre platform event, and he was the 2009 FINA World Champion in the event at the age of 15. He started diving at the age of seven and is a member of Plymouth Diving Club. You can read an article in the Huffington Post where Tom sat down with The Guardian for a revealing interview in which he discusses coming to terms with his gay identity in the public eye, his relationship with Dustin Lance Black, and his life as an athlete.

Coca-Cola recruited Black to direct three short films for the company to air in Latin America that would challenge young people to choose compassion over bullying. He told AdWeek that one of the campaigns was specifically “aimed at the LGBT community.” He further stated that the intent was to show “a crossroads moment where you’ve got to make a decision: Are you going to go the way of kindness, or are you going to go for the easy joke when someone’s having a tough time?” The moral, he says, “If you do something with acceptance and kindness, you can create a true friendship.”

Source: Best Gay News; Category – Youth

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No importa lo que realmente piensa de nosotros

No importa lo que alguien realmente piensa acerca de nosotros. Ellos tienen su opinión, ya sea bueno o malo. Lo que importa es que sabemos lo que somos, y lo más importante, de quién somos. Todos somos hijos de un amoroso Padre Celestial. Es su sello de aprobación que debemos buscar, y no a la aprobación o desaprobación del hombre.

Ninguno de nosotros está exento de pruebas y desafíos de la vida. Todos nos enfrentamos a nuestras propias batallas – nuestro propio Goliat – mientras viajamos en esta peregrinación. Sea o no la gente a entender nuestras luchas no deben ser nuestra principal preocupación.

Me he dado cuenta de que los que realmente se preocupan y quieren entender lo hará su mejor esfuerzo para entender, y los que no les importa, no vale la pena gastar el tiempo y la energía para extender una explicación, ya que no hay explicación sería suficiente de todos modos.

Al final del día, si somos fieles a nosotros mismos es lo que importa, y no estar demasiado preocupado por lo que otros dicen de nosotros, o piensan de nosotros. Dios, nuestro Padre Celestial ama a cada uno de nosotros, y para él, todos somos especiales.

~ Keith Lionel Brown

Love is love, and gay is OK

Judging Another Person

One Voice – To My LGBT Brothers and Sisters

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My dear LGBT brothers and sisters, I love all of you and hold no malice towards any of you, nevertheless, I make no qualms about the fact that I have grown weary of all the murmuring and bickering among members of the LGBT community about how they feel that their rights are being violated, when in the same breath, they deny other people their religious freedoms.

The LGBT community needs to respect that there is no obligation on the part of any church or religious organization, nor should they be forced or coerced, to denounce their doctrines and teachings to appease any group of people regardless of who they are or what they claim to represent. If there are members of the LGBT community who have an issue with a particular church or denomination, then they should disassociate themselves with that particular congregation. It is really that simple. If, however, they do decide to stay as a member of a particular congregation, then they must either accept, or at least be willing, to abide by what that church teaches, and stop trying to get the congregational leaders to revise the structure that is already in place to suit their particular needs and behaviors.

Personally, I do not appreciate the fact that a large populous of the LGBT  community have band together to single out one Church – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – as the target of their hatred, malice, and ill speak. Even some gay members of the Church have joined with the masses in bashing the Church and its leaders.

In all fairness, if the LGBT community has a problem with religious organizations in general, then they need to take a look at ALL religions and religious organizations and see where each stands on the Gay Rights issues. For the record, at this very hour, there are some organizations and even Christian churches that are rallying together to pass legislation that will ban people from certain establishments based on their sexual orientation. Please note that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not among that group. In fact, the Church is fighting for, and standing up for, equality as far as civil rights for all people are concerned, regardless of their sexual orientation.

Yes, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does teach that marriage is between a man and a woman, and it is full within its rights to teach that principle based on the doctrines and principles of the gospel that it teaches and preaches. Everyone has their free agency. A person can either accept or reject the teachings of a religious organization. That is his or her personal choice. However, no one has been given a poetic license to force or coerce a religious organization into renouncing its teachings and practices to appease any group of people. Members of the LGBT community decry that their rights are being violated, but at the same time, they refuse to respect the rights of others, especially about religious freedom guaranteed by the United States Constitution.

I also feel that the LGBT community needs to stop beating a dead horse as far as whether people believe that being gay is a choice or not. There are many people who agree that being gay is not a choice. What members of the LGBT community fail to understand is that the Church is saying that even if being gay is not a choice, being actively engaged in homosexual activities IS a choice. And for the record, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints  is not the only church that takes that stand.

Here is something to think about. If the Church were to dissolve a lot of its doctrines and teachings in favor of the LGBT agenda, a lot of faithful members who live in countries where homosexuality is punishable by imprisonment or death would become open targets because they would be considered either supporters of the Gay Movement or gay themselves. In the grand scheme of things it really would not matter which side of that proverbial coin a person is on as they would still be declared guilty. Gays in the United States, and especially members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which is a worldwide Church, need to ask themselves if what they think they are demanding is really worth risking the lives of other  innocent people.

Finally, I ask that the Gay Rights Movement not be compared to the Civil Rights Movement. The issues are not even remotely the same. The LGBT community supposedly stands for and embraces peace, love, and unity, but I simply cannot see where that applies with all the bashing that is taking place, and all the hatred being spewed forth. With all due respect to my LGBT brothers and sisters, in many ways, the LGBT community needs to wake up and wise up, or else sit down and shut up. Equality is a two-way street. If you want people to respect your rights, then you also have to respect the rights of others.