Friday, April 17, 2009

Mental health break

This video has nothing to do with the usual subject matter of this blog. It's just a great use of YouTube. I liked it a lot.

Colbert on the NOM ad

Apologies in advance if you've already seen this. Steven Colbert takes apart the recent anti-gay marriage ad. Special bonus for gay Mormons starting at 4:15 and then again 5:30.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Amazon Fail

I'm sure many of you have heard the news that Amazon.com recently reclassified virtually all gay-themed books as "adult." This eliminated them from the bestseller lists and in some cases disabled search. They have claimed (contrary to prior communications with customers) that this is a software "glitch."

I can accept this explanation, but the sales rank issue is not the only anti-gay part of Amazon. Did you know that Amazon's "search suggestions" feature is completely disabled for searches using "gay" or "lesbian" as their first word?

Normally Amazon shows you suggestions as you type characters in the search box. For example if you type "Christian m" you will see a list of suggestions including "Christian marriage". You don't have to type the full search, just select from the suggestions.

If you try this same search by typing "gay m" you get nothing. Unlike the term "Christian", the word "gay" just shuts off the search suggestions feature completely. Same for "lesbian."

If you type the search characters "hustler" you get plenty of search suggestions, including some I can't print here since this is a family blog. Clearly, the issue isn't adult topics... it's anti-gay prejudice, and it's not a glitch. (Go to the Amazon Web site and try this out yourself.)

I'm mulling over what I should do to convince Amazon to quit suppressing gay and lesbian search terms. Any suggestions?

Offered without comment

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Another voice from the ranks

This is a video by a gay Mormon man in a mixed-orientation marriage.



I found it interesting that he obliquely refers to the issue of suicide near the end.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

If only

My favorite April 1st blog post is found here.

In a surprising move, the head of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today has publically apologized for some of the Utah based church's past missteps.

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The statement reverses the official LDS position opposing same-sex marriage. "We regret our participation in this battle for human rights. As of today, we agree to cease any official sponsorship of anti-gay causes and encourage our members to prayerfully ponder their own participation in such causes."

It appears that as of today, April first, the church will be reviewing its policies towards women and gays, modifying existing teaching materials and pamphlets to vigilantly oppose discrimination based on race, gender, creed or sexual orientation.

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Read the entire post.