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Agents tell YA authors: lose the gay characters and I'll get you a deal. Posted by Cory Doctorow on Monday, Sep 12th at 1:17pm. Rose Fox from Publishers Weekly sez, "Authors Rachel Manija Bro...
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Today was the first time I met someone who openly expressed that they viewed acting on homosexual urges as a sin.

I thought on this. One question that came to mind is below and I hope +Pam Spaulding or +Peter C. Equality Frank.

Say someone believes that homosexuality is a sin but believes there should be no work-placed discrimination based on sexual orientation or even more extreme that civil unions are acceptable. Would this person be called homophobic?

My roommate said that as soon as someone believes being gay is a sin they are homophobic. I would agree but I've recently been reading about pro-choice and came across the following stand point that made me question my gut reaction to the aforementioned question: many women are pro-choice but they state that they would never personally seek an abortion. In the same vein, could someone be pro-gay rights but not believe that a gay lifestyle would be a choice that they would make?
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Ah, okies; the statement was unfinished so I had no idea what you were hoping/expecting me to do.

Personally, I don't think that one's belief in homosexuality being a sin has anything to do with one being homophobic. There are lots of folks I know who believe that "homosexual acts" are a sin but believe in full equality under the law; they're able to separate out their religious and civic/legal beliefs and recognize that not everyone may ascribe to their religious point of view.

Homophobia, by definition, is

...an extreme and irrational aversion to homosexuality and homosexual people.
...a term used to refer to a range of negative attitudes and feelings towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and in some cases transgender and intersex people. Definitions refer variably to antipathy, contempt, prejudice, aversion, and irrational fear
...the hatred or fear of homosexuals
...the irrational fear and hatred of homosexuals and homosexual behavior. It may also indicate a fear of being gay
...literally an uncontrollable fear of homosexuals and of homosexuality, but the term is generally used for a negative and contemptuous attitude to same-sex sexual relationships and to those who participate in them
...hatred, fear, discomfort or violence towards gay, lesbian, bisexual, intersex, transexual or transgender people.

Well, you get the idea. :)

Now, just because one believes something to be a sin doesn't mean that one is expression fear, hatred, aversion, discomfort, violence, or negative attitudes and/or thoughts toward it. Case in point, your discovery that a large portion of pro-choice women would not, themselves, have an abortion, due to personal/religious beliefs.

This is, quite simply, a case of, "I may not agree with that you have to say or what you are doing but I will defend to the death your right to say and do as you wish."

It's what living in a free, democratic republic is all about.

Is that enough of a comment for you? ;p
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This made me really happy to see.

I came across this while my Dad was saying he thinks Rick Perry is the only GOP candidate with a chance. I responded with, "he has really conservative social views" and later on during the conversation, "he wants to take away people's civil rights." I really wanted to scream through the phone, "Dad, I'm gay and he wants to fucking kill me and people like me." We ended the convo by talking about how much we hope the Tea Party gets destroyed in the upcoming election.
Richmond, Virginia LGBT Group Resurrects 1987 Billboard: 'Someone You Know is Gay... Maybe Someone You Love' -- Gay Blog for gay guys with the gay news about -- News, Richmond, Virginia
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Work has taken over all my time. VMA's were awesome last night though I wish the tribute to Britney was better.

I agree with Jo on this one

Just before exiting the stage, Calderone left the crowd with one last word on Bitney: “”She’s f-ing hot. I don’t know. You know, Gaga is my girl, but Britney is f-ing Britney Spears.”
Watch the full length music video "Yoü and I (Live)" from Lady Gaga for free on MTV.com.
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Beautiful.
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Freedom of speech? This article reminds me of Minority Report
Two men – whose posts did not result in riot-related event – sentenced at Chester crown court after arrests last week
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Yumm.
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Sign & share! Grant equal access to Gay-Straight Alliances in schools! via @CHANGE http://chn.ge/p9MKqC #NOH8 #LGBT
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<3 <3 <3 I am so excited for the season finally tomorrow.
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Very interesting read.
A genetic mutation causes a very rare few to be born without fingerprints, a new study says.
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I'm really excited for the WPS playoffs. I'm glad NY gets to host but I'm conflicted about what I want to see in the final match up.
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Worth a look.
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