Friday, October 29, 2010

Know Your LGBT History - Maude

Maude was an excellent situation comedy created by Norman Lear (All in the Family, The Jeffersons) which starred the late Bea Arthur as a neurotic but likable liberal woman living with her fourth husband, Walter and sharing adventures with her daughter (Adrienne Barbeau), and screwy friends, played by Conrad Bain and the late Rue McClanahan.

The show, like All in the Family and The Jeffersons, also introduce some very controversial topics. Probably the most controversial was when Maude had an abortion.

But for the purpose of this blog, let's look at the episode in which Maude tries to stop Bain's character from picketing a gay bar in an attempt to close it down. I found the episode fresh, funny, and not dated in the least - okay maybe the reference to orange juice, but us lgbts will probably get it:

Past Know Your LGBT History posts:
Know Your LGBT History - That Certain Summer

Know Your LGBT History - Boat Trip

Know Your LGBT History - Staircase

Know Your LGBT History - Beautiful Thing

Know Your LGBT History - Armed and Dangerous

Know Your LGBT History - The Proud Family

Know Your LGBT History - Suddenly Last Summer

Know Your LGBT History - Gay TV Now

Know Your LGBT History - Stewardess School

Know Your LGBT History - Up the Academy

Know Your LGBT History - Don't be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood

Know Your LGBT History - A Different Story

Know Your LGBT History - Victim

Know Your LGBT History - The Color Purple

Know Your LGBT History - Making Love

Know Your LGBT History - A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge

Know Your LGBT History - Noah's Arc

Know Your LGBT History - Ode to Billy Joe

Know Your LGBT History - Adorable Adrian Adonis

Know Your LGBT History - The Night Strangler

Know Your LGBT History - All in the Family

Know Your LGBT History - Tongues Untied

Know Your LGBT History - The Celluloid Closet

Know Your LGBT History - Querelle

Know Your LGBT History - Theatre of Blood

Know Your LGBT History - Strange Fruit

Know Your LGBT History - Designing Women

Know Your LGBT History - The Children's Hour

Know Your LGBT History - Sylvester

Know Your LGBT History - Once Bitten

Know Your LGBT History - The Boys in the Band

Know Your LGBT History - Christopher Morley, the crossdressing assassin

Know Your LGBT History - Midnight Cowboy

Know Your LGBT History - Dracula's Daughter

Know Your LGBT History - Blacula

Know Your LGBT History - 3 Strikes

Know Your LGBT History - Paris Is Burning

Know Your LGBT History - The Women

Know your LGBT History - Soul Plane

Know Your LGBT History - The Player's Club

Special Know Your LGBT History - Fame

Know Your LGBT History - Welcome Home, Bobby

Know Your LGBT History - Barney Miller

Know your lgbt history - The Jerry Springer Show

Know your lgbt history - Martin Lawrence and that 'gay guy' on his show

Know your lgbt history - The Ricki Lake Show

Know your lgbt history - Which Way Is Up

Know your lgbt history - Gays in Primetime Soaps

Know your lgbt history - Boys Beware

Know your lgbt history - The Boondocks

Know your lgbt history - Mannequin

Know your lgbt history - The Warriors

Know Your LGBT History - New York Undercover

Know Your LGBT History - Low Down Dirty Shame

Know Your LGBT History - Fortune and Men's Eyes

Know your lgbt history - California Suite

Know your lgbt history - Taxi (Elaine's Strange Triangle)

Know your lgbt history - Come Back Charleston Blue

Know your lgbt history - James Bond goes gay

Know your lgbt history - Windows

Know your lgbt history - To Wong Foo and Priscilla

Know your lgbt history - Blazing Saddles

Know your lgbt history - Sanford and Son

Know your lgbt history - In Living Color

Know your lgbt history - Cleopatra Jones and her lesbian drug lords

Know your lgbt history - Norman, Is That You?

Know your lgbt history - The 'Exotic' Adrian Street

Know your lgbt history - The Choirboys

Know your lgbt history - Eddie Murphy

Know your lgbt history - The Killing of Sister George

Know your lgbt history - Hanna-Barbera cartoons pushes the 'gay agenda

'Know your lgbt history - Cruising

Know your lgbt history - Foxy Brown and Cleopatra Jones

Know your lgbt history - I Got Da Hook Up

Know your lgbt history - Fright Night

Know your lgbt history - Flowers of Evil

The Jeffersons and the transgender community    

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'Porno Pete' LaBarbera is mad at me, bigot will resign from school board, and other Friday midday news briefs

First, I have a confession to make. From time to time when I post something about the religious right, I send what I have written to subject of the post. The goal is to get them try to refute what I have written. I have been very unsuccessful when it comes to refutations, but sometimes, the answers I do receive are very interesting. This morning, I emailed Peter LaBarbera my post about him embracing the lies of the discredited Paul Cameron. He sent the following back to me:

You are one hateful dude, Alvin. If I called you a name like that you'd freak out. What a hypocrite you are. But you are formally invited to come to Chicago to hear Hutch at our banquet Nov 13 (you'll have to lay down $50). You need God's forgiveness and love, but that means leaving your homosexual sin and that awful pride behind. Yes, Jesus Christ can set you free, Alvin, and no, you cannot be a faithful Christian and celebrate sin like you do every day of your life thru that moronic blog. God bless you.

PS. Stop the Hate. :)

Of course I had to answer him back:

I find it sad that you have the temerity to talk about my supposed sins when on a daily basis you commit the sins of lying and bearing false witness.

Look at yourself, Peter. You are a sad, bloated excuse of a man who has made it his life work to demonize and harm a group of people who haven't done you a bit of harm. You sow the seeds of hate and help to create an atmosphere which causes vulnerable lgbt children to end up hating and harming themselves. Just in case you are wondering, yes I am blaming you in part for these lgbt children committing suicide. And then you talk to me about Jesus's love. You wouldn't know Jesus's love if you died of a heart attack and he raised you from the dead. "Porno Pete" is too nice of a monicker for you, but since I'm being polite, I will only tell you that you shouldn't worry about what I will do when I stand before God. You had better worry about the explanation you intend to give Him for your lifetime of needless hate.

And by the way, I will keep my $50 dollars.

Now on to news briefs:

Bigoted school board member resigns on television- Let the doorknob hit ya where the good Lord split ya:

God disowns gays, and other Knight tales - Another Paul Cameron enabler, Robert Knight says not everyone is a child of God. Funny, Knight doesn't look like God so how would he know.

Barber Wants Obama Investigated for "High Crimes and Misdemeanors" - Matt Barber continues to try and beat out Peter LaBarbera for the ignorance championship title.

Gays should pressure GOP lawmakers, Obama says - I'm inclined to agree with him here. We give our allies more hell than our enemies and I don't agree with that.

Most troops wouldn't oppose serving with gays - Some good news in the midst of the madness.

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Porno Pete LaBarbera embraces Paul Cameron

I haven't written about Peter LaBarbera for a long time.

Luckily he has done something today which I couldn't resist to mention. He actually vouched for the discredited Paul (gays stuff gerbils up their rectums) Cameron:

Researcher Confirms Cameron Hypothesis: Children of ‘Gay’ Parents More Likely to Identify as ‘Gay’

No surprise here, except that an academic has the guts and integrity to report findings that challenge ”gay” activist propaganda. Parents are role models for their children. Homosexual parents are more likely to have children who identify as homosexuals (like their ”moms” or “dads”…). Duh. Note that try as he might, Schumm could not invalidate the hypothesis of Family Research Institute founder Paul Cameron — whom “gay’ activists and their fellow travelers have gone to considerable lengths to demonize.

LaBabera was prefacing a LifeSite news article which reached the exact same inaccurate conclusion - that researcher Walter Schumm proved Cameron's study to be accurate.

The irony is that this comes over a week after several folks concluded that Schumm's work was fraudulent. Of course Schumm's work validate's Cameron's mess because Schumm used the same bad research tactics that Cameron committed in his original study. According to Box Turtle Bulletin:

Schumm’s paper seeks to replicate Cameron’s work while acknowledging some of the criticisms of Cameron’s 2006 paper. It’s important to emphasize however that Schumm only acknowledges someof the criticisms. The most important criticism — the completely non-random nature of the so-called “dataset” that Cameron used — Schumm not only ignores, but he repeats that same flaw and embellishes it in a grandly enlarged form.

. . . Schumm’s “meta-analysis” (and Cameron’s before him) doesn’t even have the benefit of being built off of random convenience samples. There were no convenience samples in any of the ten prior works that Schumm used for his meta-analysis. In fact, they weren’t even professional studies. They were popular books!

That’s right, each of the ten sources that Schumm used to construct his “meta-analysis” were from general-audience books about LGBT parenting and families, most of which are available on Schumm read the books, took notes on each parent and child described in the book, examined their histories, and counted up who was gay and who was straight among the kids. The ten books were:

* Abigail Garner’s Families Like Mine: Children of Gay Parents Tell It Like It Is
* Andrew Gotlieb’s Sons Talk About Their Gay Fathers: Life Curves
* Noelle Howey and Ellen Samuels’ Out of the Ordinary: Essays on Growing Up with Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Parents
* Maureen Asten’s Lesbian Family Relationships in American Society: The Making of an Ethnographic Film
* Mary Boenke’s Trans Forming Families: Real Stories About Transgendered Loved Ones
* Jane Drucker’s Families Of Value: Gay and Lesbian Parents and their Children Speak Out
* Peggy Gillespie’s Love Makes a Family: Portraits of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Parents and Their Families
* Louise Rafkin’s Different Mothers: Sons and Daughters of Lesbians Talk About Their Lives
* Myra Hauschild and Pat Rosier’s Get Used to It!: Children of Gay and Lesbian Parents
* And Lisa Saffron’s What About the Children: Sons and Daughters of Lesbian and Gay Parents Talk About Their Lives

Furthermore, according to Box Turtle Bulletin, Schumm copied how Cameron distorted certain books:

Schumm used Abigail’s book in precisely the same illegitimate way that Cameron did. Despite the fact that Abigail expressly said that she intentionally made her balance of gay kids to straight kids at about 50/50, Schumm used that sample as part of his “meta-analysis” to conclude that gay parents are more likely to create gay kids. Schumm doesn’t say how many of his 262 “samples” he derived from Abagail’s book. Cameron said he used “over 50″ of Abigail’s interviews, so it is likely to be a considerable chunk of Schumm’s “dataset” as well.

So in other words, Schumm didn't validate Cameron's work. He just copied it.

The irony of LaBarbera's piece is that if he sought to somehow enhance Cameron's - and Schumm's - credibility, he failed miserably.

Nothing anyone on the right can do or say will ever make Paul Cameron a credible expert. He has too large of an ugly paper trail. But what LaBarbera did was further destroy his own credibility and given the lgbt community another weapon against him to remind folks just how phony and hateful he actually is.

Personally, every time LaBarbera's name comes up, I'm going to remind people of his "love" of Paul Cameron every chance I get.

And I mean every chance I get.

Related post:

AOL article sanitizes Paul Cameron and bad science

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