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New — (July 26, 2016) Our three part series on the anti-LGBTQ backlash against marriage equality, with guest Michelangelo Signorile, author, journalist, and LGBTQ activist.
(July 1, 2016) OutCasting OffAir, a new monthly online feature from OutCasting — July 2016 edition now available. Westchester OutCaster Brianna reacts to Orlando and reflects on the different realities occupied by straight people and LGBTQ people.
We at OutCasting join everyone who condemns the Orlando shooting. We wish we could say that we join the rest of the nation in condemning the massacre, but there are too many who, because of their own homo-trans-LGBTQ-phobia or because of their opposition to any reasonable gun controls, bear real responsibility for this latest horror.
Thanks to the courageous leaders who have rightfully condemned the Orlando shooting and called for action. Unfortunately, there are many who oppose LGBTQ equality and reasonable gun regulation, and for the most part, they're offering "thoughts and prayers." Enough of that. Offering "thoughts and prayers" while refusing to do the real work necessary to stop these shootings is truly meaningless, so thank you for nothing.
To elected officials and others who are anti-LGBTQ, and to anti-LGBTQ religious leaders, the Family Research Council, the American Family Association, the National Organization for Marriage, and other hate groups: You OWN a piece of this. Your rhetoric about LGBTQ people being less than fully human and deserving of the equal protection of the laws and equal recognition of our fully human status has contributed heavily to the creation of an environment in which this imbecile with a gun thought it justified to invade a gay club and murder masses of people, or in which those imbeciles in Wyoming considered it acceptable to murder Matthew Shepard, or set fire to the UpStairs bar in New Orleans in 1973, or committed any number of other atrocities against LGBTQ people. Please carefully consider that fact, do some honest introspection, and let it guide you to a more accepting attitude in which we live up to our so-called American ideals of equality and justice. If you don't, shame on you. And if you're not going to be part of the solution, if you contribute to this environment that enables the more violent among you and makes them feel justified in doing violence against us, your "thoughts and prayers" are meaningless and hypocritical, and you should just keep them yourself.
We'll be talking about this in our upcoming programs on the backlash against the LGBTQ community, featuring interviews with Michelangelo Signorile.
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