To Michelle Duggar, Michael Brown, and the Rest: Stop Attacking Trans Women

19 Kids and Counting, the oddly popular TLC show about a gigantic evangelical Christian family, may be approaching its final days.

Or so we hope. There are plenty of reasons to find the Duggar family (all 19+ of them) nauseating, and many LGBT folks, atheists, and others who don’t agree with their aggressive conservatism may have been rooting for them to go off the air for years. But the last straw came when the show’s matriarch, Michelle Duggar, recorded a robocall urging Fayetteville, Arkansas residents to vote against a transgender rights law. The ordinance (which passed) allows trans people to use public facilities, such as restrooms and locker rooms, that correspond with their gender identity, rather than their sex assigned at birth.

Duggar’s call reiterated tired, defamatory claims that trans people (particularly trans women) are sexual predators:



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Former Ex-Gay Leader Ties the Knot With Same-Sex Partner

The former leader of a Christian group dedicated to “curing” homosexuality got married this week – to his same-sex partner.

Former Love In Action Director John Smid used to be a loud advocate for “ex-gay therapy,” the discredited, faulty, and harmful practice of trying to rid a person of “homosexual feelings” through prayer and other Christian teachings. Smid’s ministry committed itself to the the same mission.

But Smid resigned from his position as the group’s executive director in 2008 and later spoke out against ex-gay therapy. He divorced his wife the same year. And on Nov. 16, he married Larry McQueen in Oklahoma.



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Louisiana School Bus Driver Tells Teen to “Repent” for “Sin” of Homosexuality

A Louisiana bus driver far overstepped her call of duty when she pulled a 16-year-old boy aside and advised him to repent for his sins.

The ACLU of Louisiana this week sent a letter to the East Baton Rouge Parish School System superintendent, the school district’s director of transportation, and the Broadmoor High Schools principal explaining how the anonymous driver singled out and harassed the student (referred to as John Doe).

Last month, when Doe tried to get off the school bus, the driver pulled him aside for a lecture:

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San Francisco Photographers Close Their Business Rather Than Serve a Same-Sex Couple

Another business has closed up shop rather than serve a gay couple.

When asked to photograph two men for their wedding, Bay Area-based urloved Photography (ironic name, no?) referred the couple to another photographer because of their clashing beliefs. The owners, Nang and Chris Mai, released a statement on their website explaining their version of what happened:



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Why Christians Should — Or Maybe Shouldn’t — Go To Same-Sex Weddings

Should a person of strong conservative faith attend a friend’s same-sex wedding? A curious mind asked this question in a column recently published in Charisma News, and you know the answer will be complicated:

“I am a follower of God wanting to walk in His truth,” this person wrote. “I have been invited to a same-sex celebration of marriage by two, longtime Christian friends.

“I could attend because I love both of them and could celebrate their happiness, but I could not celebrate their union as a marriage. If I go I feel like a hypocrite, and if I don’t go I feel like a hypocrite. I am seeking counsel.”

If the letter-writer wants to be a good and kind person, then yes, they should probably quiet their homophobia for a few hours and just be happy for their friends. But everyone’s favorite loudmouth, Bob Russell, says the answer is a clear “no.”

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