‘Not Born This Way’ Banner Flies Over Lady Gaga Concert

On Monday, the Florida Family Association paid for a banner reading “Not Born This Way” to be flown over the stadium where a Lady Gaga concert was taking place:

‘Not Born This Way’ banner flies over a Lady Gaga concert (Chona Kasinger – Seattlepi.com)

The $1,900 publicity stunt didn’t really accomplish anything… but it did earn some media coverage for the FFA. (That’s pretty much the same reason American Atheists flew a banner of their own on Independence Day and during last year’s Super Bowl.)

If you want to push back against the FFA’s bigotry, here’s a simple way to do it: Donate to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation. Donations “will go toward empowering young people, and addressing the issues important to us: self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development.”

(Thanks to Rebecca for the link!)

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  • Gus Snarp

    What planet are these people on? They’re so terrified that the notion that people are born gay reveals everything they say and do as rank bigotry that they have to fight it by flying a banner over a concert of a pop star with a song called “Born this Way”, which may or may not have anything at all to do with homosexuality? What idiots. They don’t realize that even if gay people weren’t born that way, the Florida Family Association (I refuse to use the abbreviation because the Future Farmer’s of America don’t deserve to be smeared that way and should probably sue the Florida Family Association) would still be rank bigots.

    • newavocation

      The FFA was probably born this way.

      • Bad_homonym

        Actually they were not! Prime example of the beauty of religious indoctrination tho!

        • http://www.flickr.com/groups/invisiblepinkunicorn Anna

          Yes, it’s a shame. At one time, all the FFA members were innocent little kids who didn’t have any negative thoughts about homosexuality.

  • Cincinatheist

    To mangle a quote that’s oft-attributed to Voltaire: I won’t defend their “beliefs.” But I’ll defend their right to fly their hateful banner. Hemant’s spot on: don’t like it or don’t agree with it? Continue give your support/time/money/publicity to organizations that don’t drive young people to depression and suicide.

  • Jas.

    Yeah, the FFA were probably taught to be that superstitious, bigoted, and willfully ignorant.

  • observer

    Oh, a plane banner, stating (ambiguously) that people are “Not Born This Way”. Yeah, that’s a Christian effort Jesus would do, not like putting the effort and money to, say, feed the poor, cloth the naked, give home to the homeless, etc.

    Yep, a plane banner, that’ll help solve divorce, spousal abuse, and other stuff that drives families apart. Thank you, Florida Family Association.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brian.westley Brian Westley

    If humans were meant to fly,

    oh wait.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=504525766 Michael Harbour

    Born this way or choose this way; either is fine.

    (The whole “born this way” thing, while I understand the intent, implies – unintentionally, I’m sure – that it’s not OK to choose to be “this way” (whichever way it is) but that being “this way” has to be accepted because it isn’t a choice. I don’t think it matters whether it’s hard-wired or chosen – it’s still OK.)

    • trj

      Yep, “homosexuality is a choice” is essentially just a euphemism for “I don’t like it” and carries as much weight.

      Is it a choice? Is it something we’re born with? It doesn’t matter one bit. The only reason we’re having that discussion is because religious bigots want to use it to justify their bigotry. But they’re still bigots, and the immorality of gays which they preach exists only in their heads.

  • jdm8

    I guess I wouldn’t know if this degree of political tone-deafness is genetic or learned.

  • Conuoy

    I’m glad they acknowledge that hatred and bigotry is not natural for children.

    • http://twitter.com/SladeFoster Slade Foster

      Best. Comment. Ever.

  • Baal

    I’m ok with them flying the insulting banner as a matter of free speech. I’m also ok with folks sending checks to HRC or similar and then sending the FFA a letter saying, “I sent them $$ since you’re engaging in speech I don’t like.”

    The local anti-abortion group here flew pictures of an aborted fetus behind a plane at the State Faire a few years ago. I complained to the FED FAA – that’s beyond offensive to do. I also gave to Planned Parenthood and sent a letter showing the donation to the group who flew the offensive image. I then also told my conservative friends and co-workers what bothered me (target audience included kids…totally unfair) and let them know I was working to have as many other folks as possible do the same.

    • http://www.flickr.com/groups/invisiblepinkunicorn Anna

      There’s a nutcase near me who drives a truck with huge billboards of bloody, dismembered fetuses. I’ve always wondered if there isn’t some law to prevent him from doing that. Can you imagine being his neighbor? Especially if you have kids? I have no idea how they put up with it. It must drive property values way down, since there’s no way anyone would want to buy a home on that street.

      • Gus Snarp

        I used to drive by a clinic near my son’s daycare, and the protesters would be lined up with their horrible graphic pictures. I drove around out of my way to avoid it, but it made it pretty clear that they’re not the least bit concerned with the well being of living children. They don’t care if their signs traumatize the toddlers and pre-schoolers driving by every day. It’s just disgusting.

  • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

    I would have at least made more sense if they’d said “Not Born that way”. As it is, they’re implying that they were all born gay but changed to straight.

    Wait a minute…

  • metaphid

    Just sent the BTWF a donation “in honor of” the FFA. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

  • pagansister

    Florida Family Association is not representative of my family—-and I live in Florida. Yes, they have the “freedom” to do so, but haven’t they got anything else to do? Jeeze! Oh, yes I guess they do—continue to promote their “Christian” hatred!

  • A3Kr0n

    I’ve always liked seeing an airplane with a banner even though for the life of me I’ve never been able to read them.

  • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

    They’re right, though. It takes years and years of twisted teachings and deliberate lying (to oneself and to others) to make people (such as the Florida “Family” Association) so damned hateful and bigoted.

    Nobody is born that way.

  • Godlesspanther

    I’ve always wondered if those folks were born that stupid or if they have to work at it.

    I’m glad they cleared that up for me.

  • TheExpatriate700

    Gaga should have done what Marilyn Manson did when a couple of conservative protesters showed up in the upper seats of one of his stadium concerts: have the entire crowd give them the finger.

  • Floyd Kirk

    a plane banner thats amazing i like it i sould go to see there concert.
    Lady Gaga


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