Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Stacey Campfield Chosen as Newt's TN Campaign Co-Chair

Posted By on Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 2:49 PM

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It looks like GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich isn't even trying for the moderate Republican vote in Tennessee. After all, he's chosen notoriously anti-gay state senator Stacey Campfield to co-chair his Tennessee campaign.

Not only did Campfield author the "Don't Say Gay" bill, which would ban talk of homosexuality in grades K through 8, but the senator was thrown out of a Knoxville restaurant on Sunday following some dangerous and inappropriate remarks made regarding AIDS on Sirius/XM OutQ's The Michelangelo Signorile Show. See yesterday's post to read Campfield's comments.

The Nashville Scene's "Pith in the Wind" blog has more.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Stacey Campfield Refused Service at Knoxville Eatery

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 1:52 PM

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State Senator Stacey Campfield got a taste of his own medicine on Sunday night when the "Don't Say Gay" bill author was denied service at Bistro at the Bijou in his hometown of Knoxville.

Bistro at the Bijou owner Martha Boggs posted on Facebook about her decision to turn the senator away: “I hope that Stacey Campfield now knows what it feels like to be discriminated against.”

Boggs' decision to turn Campfield away stemmed from some remarks he made during an interview on The Michelangelo Signorile Show on Sirius/XM's OutQ gay talk radio station. In the interview last Thursday, which was supposed to be about his state bill that would ban discussion of homosexuality in grades K through 8, Campfield said the following:

"Most people realize that AIDS came from the homosexual community — it was one guy screwing a monkey, if I recall correctly, and then having sex with men. It was an airline pilot, if I recall."

"My understanding is that it is virtually — not completely, but virtually — impossible to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex...very rarely [transmitted]."

"What's the average lifespan of a homosexual? It's very short. Google it yourself."

Boggs told the Knoxville News-Sentinel that denying Campfield service was her way of standing up to a bully: "He's gone from being stupid to dangerous."

Click here to listen to Campfield's entire interview on OutQ.

And click here to hear another juicy interview (and read Truth Wins Out blogger Evan Hurst's funny commentary) by David Pakman with Stacey Campfield. Among the many ditties in that interview, Campfield says not having sex with Africans helps one's chances at avoiding AIDS.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Mardi Gras Comes Early

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 11:20 AM

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Mardi Gras doesn't happen in New Orleans until February 21st this year, but the Mystic Krewe of Pegasus is getting the party started early in Memphis with Mardi Gras Ball IX at Minglewood Hall on Saturday, January 28th.

The annual event features music, drinks, Mardi Gras royalty, and a tableaux-style floor show with costumes designed and created by the Krewe members. This year's event benefits Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services. Guests are encouraged to dress up like movie stars from Hollywood's Golden Age since this year's theme is "Guys and Dolls."

Entertainment for the evening will be lead by Miss Gay America 2012 Kirby Kolby of North Carolina.

Check out the Krewe's Facebook event page to purchase tickets.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Free "Safe Space" Kits Available for Schools

Posted By on Tue, Jan 24, 2012 at 3:01 PM

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Another gay Tennessee teen took his own life last week. Phillip Parker, a 14-year-old gay kid from Gordonsville in Middle Tennessee, killed himself after enduring years of bullying and harassment by his peers. His death came just a few months after the November suicide of Ashland City teen Jacob Rogers, another gay kid who had endured bullying by classmates.

Now, GLESN of Middle Tennessee (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) is trying to get the word out about their free "Safe Space" kits for schools.

“There are professional development opportunities and Safe Space Kits offered to educators and administrators on how to effectively address anti-LGBT bullying and create safer spaces for these youth,” said Brad Palmertree, co-chair of GLSEN's Middle Tennessee chapter. “This shouldn’t be happening. Each school in Tennessee should be a safe environment in which to learn and grow. We have the resources, and we’re more than willing to help. But the school has to invite us in because, unfortunately, this kind of diversity training is not required.”

Each kit includes a 42-page guide on being an ally to LGBT students and educating about anti-LGBT bias, 10 Safe Space stickers, and two classroom posters. The stickers may be placed on office doors or windows to show students which administrators or teachers they can turn to for help against anti-LGBT bullies.

Kits may be requested on GLSEN's website.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

"Don't Say Gay" Bill Hearing Deferred

Posted By on Wed, Jan 18, 2012 at 3:22 PM

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Tennessee Equality Project members had been gearing up support to attend a planned hearing today on the "Don't Say Gay" bill in the state House of Representatives, but that hearing has been deferred. Now the bill will be placed on the calendar with other education bills aimed at the elementary and middle school curriculum.

The "Don't Say Gay" bill, co-sponsored by Knoxville Senator Stacey Campfield and Hohenwald Representative Joey Hensley, would "prohibit the teaching of or furnishing of materials on human sexuality other than heterosexuality in public school grades K-8.”

The state Senate passed the bill in May with an amendment that restricts the law to only banning discussion of homosexuality in prepared lesson materials.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

YouTube Tea Party

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 11:26 AM

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If you have a personal memory of being bullied in school or harassed by educators, the Tennessee Equality Project (TEP) wants you to share your story for a YouTube video project aimed at promoting safe schools throughout the state.

TEP members will record video messages over tea and treats at this Sunday's Safe Schools Tea and Video Workshop. The tea party will be held at the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center (892 S. Cooper) on January 15th from 2 to 4 p.m.

The event is a response to two bills aimed at Tennessee schools. The "Don't Say Gay" bill, which would prevent any discussion of homosexuality in the classroom in kindergarten through the eighth grade, is back this session. And the another bill, dubbed the "License to Bully" bill, would make it okay for bullies to harass other students so long as the bullies claim their views are of a "religious, philosophical, or political" nature.

For more information, check out the event's Facebook page.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Mardi Gras Ball Tickets On Sale

Posted By on Fri, Jan 6, 2012 at 1:41 PM

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The Mystic Krewe of Pegasus Mardi Gras Ball IX will be held at Minglewood Hall on Saturday, January 28th, and tickets are now on sale for the general public.

The annual event features music, drinks, Mardi Gras royalty, and a tableaux-style floor show with costumes designed and created by the Krewe members. The party has historically been invitation-only, but the Krewe is selling a select number of tickets this year since the event benefits Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services. Guests are encouraged to dress up like movie stars from Hollywood's Golden Age since this year's theme is "Guys and Dolls."

Entertainment for the evening will be lead by Miss Gay America 2012 Kirby Kolby of North Carolina.

Check out the Krewe's Facebook event page to purchase tickets.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Family Action Council of Tennessee Supports Pro-Bullying Bill

Posted By on Wed, Jan 4, 2012 at 2:23 PM

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David Fowler, president of the Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACT), blamed the December suicide of gay Ashland City teen Jacob Rogers on alcohol and drug abuse and an eating disorder, despite the fact that the teen's friends have reported that he was bullied by his peers on a daily basis because of his sexual orientation.

The Nashville Scene reported that, according to FACT, Rogers' suicide was a result of "the rotten fruit of the all-about-me individualist culture that comes when we deny the existence of God and his image in us."

FACT is currently pushing a state bill that would redefine school bullying polices so as not to "infringe upon the First Amendment rights of students" and not to "prohibit their expression of religious, philosophical, or political views as long as such expression does not include a threat of physical harm to a student or of damage to a student's property." In other words, this bill would make it easier for young Christian conservatives to bully gay kids, so long as they don't threaten them, beat them up, or break their stuff.

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