Random Quotations – LGBTQ – May 18th, 2018

Five items in total…

“The Boy Scouts decided in 2015 to allow gay troop leaders and announced last year it would allow girls in its ranks. Last week, the organization said it will change the name of its flagship program next year to Scouts BSA to account for the inclusion of girls… Like other conservative faiths, the Mormon church opposes gay marriage and teaches that being in a homosexual relationship is a sin.” – Assoc. Press, “Mormons severing all ties with Boy Scouts, ending long bond” – Toronto Sun, May 9th, 2018.

“Lively has also repeatedly vilified LGBT people as ‘perverts,’ ‘deviants’ and ‘dangerous,’ and equated homosexuality with pedophilia. His other books, like the 1997 ‘Poisoned Stream’, claims that homosexuality is a ‘dark force’ throughout human history.” – Southern Poverty Law Center, “Anti-LGBT hate group leader Scott Lively garners enough votes for Massachusetts gubernatorial primary” – May 7th, 2018.

“[I]t feels we’re still in the immature, demagogic phase. In some quarters, it remains fashionable to act theatrically repulsed by transgender people, emphasize their weirdness, and make populist appeals to the preposterousness of women asking to be called ‘him’ or surgeons amputating penises and so forth” – Columnist J.J. McCullough, quoted by John Nolte in “National Review column calls for surrender on transgenderism” – Breitbart, May 11th, 2018.

“Toronto’s annual flag-raising to mark the fight against hate toward gay and transgender residents got a key new element Thursday… (Mayor John) Tory told an audience that Gapka helped educate him personally, as well as the city and beyond, on the struggles and needs of people whose gender identity does not match the body with which they were born.” – David Rider, “First transgender person to be given key to the city in Toronto a ‘role model and inspiration’.” – Toronto Star, May 17th, 2018.

“Joshua M. Ferguson, who identifies as neither a man nor a woman and uses the gender-neutral pronoun ‘they,’ returned home from a trip abroad to find the birth certificate in the mail last week… ‘I’m feeling good to finally have my birth certificate that correctly displays who I am,’ the 35-year-old said over the phone from their home in Vancouver… ‘This moment not only reaffirms who we are, and our protection under the law in Ontario and in Canada, but it’s a relief because we are counted. That’s quite an incredible feeling, because it makes it clear that we exist’.” (Emphasis added) – Maija Kappler (CP), “Filmmaker receives non-binary birth certificate ‘that correctly displays who I am’ after legal battle with Ontario” – National Post, May 8th, 2018.