The Scandal of Ken from Glendora and Not Living in Sin Enough

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Meet Ken.  Ken was a hugely popular teacher at St. Lucy’s Priory High School in Glendora, California, USA.   He was clearly valued by the administration as he had been working there for seventeen years and was the head of the English department.  He also taught dance and was trusted with the task of moderating the school yearbook.  He had also been open about his same sex relationship with his colleagues and employers, even introducing his partner to administrators.  Ken, being an upstanding member of the community decided to make an honest man of his boyfriend and, when it became legal in California, they got hitched.

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Enter the upside down logic of the Catholic Church.  While it seems it was perfectly respectable to have an unmarried gay teacher, living in ‘sin’, with his partner, that teacher getting legally married seemed to dissolve that respectability immediately and Ken was fired.  They didn’t even try to sound nice about it. They told him he had been fired because he had gotten married.  Wait a minute. Run that past us again.  He was employable as a gay man living with a partner but not employable as a gay man married to his partner?  Make much sense to you?  Us either.

Great Teacher from School With Useless Administration

But that’s the nature of religion and the power that it has as an excuse, justification and weapon in the oppression of others whenever someone wishes to do so.  It is with this in mind that Act of Gay would like to remind religious people that the world would be a much better place if we saw more of this:

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and less of this:

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Of course there is more as Act of Gay has not even been able to boastfully announce the examples of demonstrations of the power of the gay, so we shall continue.    Every cloud does seem to have a silver lining because an ex student has started a campaign to have Ken reinstated.  He inspired so many students that they have rallied in his support and now have 45,000 signatures on a petition demanding he gets his old job back.  This is what his ex student had to say:

“As a proud alum of St. Lucy’s, I am hurt and saddened by this blatant discrimination against Mr. B. No one should be fired for marrying the person they love.  Along with current and former St. Lucy’s students, I look forward to taking this message, along with 45,000 signatures, directly to my alma mater. It’s the Christian thing to do.”

We must admit that we wish she was doing this because she thought it was the ‘right thing to do’ and didn’t need to involve Jesus, but we still admire her spunky little attitude. (no spunky jokes from the Brits! please)  We also love that other students in the community are coming out in support of marriage.  Oh the irony.  Act of Gay applauds Catholic School Girls for being pro marriage.  All you have to do is stick the word ‘gay’ in that sentence between ‘pro’ and ‘marriage’  and the whole thing goes crazy again.  Maybe that’s why we need to remind everyone that unless saying ‘straight marriage’ becomes the norm to refer to heterosexual marriages, we should just drop the sexuality bit and call them all ‘marriages’ and celebrate and honor them all equally – and then eat cake together.

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Because we’re proud of the spunky students from St. Lucy’s (OK we know we’re pushing it!), we feel that we would bestow the town of Glendora with some of our spunk (can’t help ourselves)  inspired miracles.

How is saving a senior citizen from injury or death?  Would that qualify if Act of Gay really wanted to impress you with miracles?  Well a 71 year old woman crashed her car into an ice cream place and right through the big glass window and escaped unscathed in Glendora.  Isn’t that a surprise?  Act of Gay gets Glendora in it’s radar and suddenly people become almost immortal.  We wonder if this 71 year old lady just happened to be an old student from St. Lucy’s.  An important question we think.

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Not impressed enough yet?  We truly believe that these students and ex students from St. Lucy’s deserve more appreciation in their little town for their huge effort for their teacher.   We start with a word of advice.  When you’re shooting a movie for school that involves fake guns and a play acting robbery in a country where shooting people is very common, you might want to let the police know first. I’m sure everyone is probably thankful that Act of Gay may have just prevented those students from being shot by a trigger happy cop.  We also think that trigger happy cop also owes us some gratitude as it could have turned out very differently.

“One officer got ready to shoot when another intervened.

“When he didn’t drop the gun, one of the officers reached out and pulled the gun out of his hand,” said Capt. Tim Staab of the Glendora Police Department.”

Students Wave Fake Gun Around And Nearly Get Themselves Killed (but Act of Gay may have saved them – just sayin’)

That should have allayed all questions about the power of Act of Gay.  Never mis underestimate (borrowed, we believe from a US President) us.  Finally we leave our Act of Gayers and the people of Glendora with this final offering overflowing with our benevolence.

Could it be a coincidence that a shop celebrating religious harmony has just opened in Glendora?  Definitely.  Could it be a coincidence that Act of Gay is watching Glendora though it’s beady little pink eye?  Perhaps

Forget Your Gods and Love Each other in Glendora

If you won’t listen to us, then listen to St. Lucy.

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“It’s perfectly all right with me,” she replied. “Some of the most gifted people I’ve ever met or read about are homosexual. How can you knock it?”  Lucille Ball

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Mugabe is Shit

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We’re not known for mincing our words or mixing our metaphors (well OK, we do mix metaphors from time to time) and so there will be no holding back when discussing this piece of human detritus, Robert Mugabe.  This is a man who has systematically destroyed his beautiful homeland, through corruption, exploitation, racism, brutality, homophobia and generally by behaving like a totalitarian, greedy piece of shit.

The party he leads is called the Zanu PF and despite ‘winning’ an ‘election’ yet again, they have yet to demonstrate anything representing leadership.  They have though, true to form, behaved like a bunch of idiots.  Here’s one of their more intelligent campaign messages.

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It truly saddens us that this man and his lackeys have brought what was once a tremendous country, prosperous and full of hope into disrepute around the world.  Now, when people hear about the country of Zimbabwe, they think of torture, corruption, devastation and, most recently, homophobia.

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This awful picture, taken last year, when two men were accused of being caught having sex and one was stoned to death, gives just a little bit of insight into what Mugabe’s poison has created for LGBT Zimbabweans.

Thugs Murder Man in Homophobic Attack in Zimbabwe

‘Now the real fear is kicking in,’ said one LGBT Zimbabwean after homophobic leader Robert Mugabe claimed an election victory this week.

‘While [Mugabe] was campaigning for votes, he was castigating us. Before, people knew about homosexuality but didn’t want to talk about it, now they openly condemn us, and the violence is just too much.’

Other LGBT people are saying it’s best for them to keep silent, since self-identifying as homosexual is becoming increasingly dangerous.

GT from Chitungwiza said: ‘In my hometown we have been subject of insults, being forced to go to meetings and chant anti-gay slogans.

‘We are known to be a lesbian couple and the harassment and intimidation is too much. We once reported a physical attack to the police, but the case was silenced. Now we can’t even report the people harassing us as the police are also on their side. So we have resorted to keeping quiet.’

Did We Mention that Mugabe is Shit?

During the recent election campaign, Mugabe compared homosexuals to a variety of animals and then said that if they were locked up in  a house together and didn’t produce any children, they should be beheaded.  Yes, this is the sort of unintelligent shit that comes out of Mugabe’s 89 year old mouth.  Please. Someone.  Put him out of his misery.  No.  Put him out of our misery.  If anyone should have an epitaph on their headstone that says one thing only – ‘SHAME’ – Robert Mugabe would fit that bill.

Mugabe Should be Locked in  a House – for a VERY Long Time

Just in case you’re wondering how this nasty man could have ‘won’ an ‘election’, we thought we’d enlighten you with some experiences from local women.

“At least six women said they left home with their 12 young children after facing intimidation from village heads in Mukumbura district, Mashonaland Central Province soon after the 31 July poll. “

When He’s Not Busy Picking on the Gays, He Intimidates Women and Children

Act of Gay has been somewhat overwhelmed by trying to balance dealing with the shittiness of Mugabe without wanting to wish any more terror upon the people of Zimbabwe, but enough is enough already.  So, Act of Gay is just putting out a little reminder to Mugabe about what is possible and the power that we hold.

Perhaps he noticed the fact that the Zimbabwe stock market plunged following his ‘win’ of the ‘elections’.  That can’t be a coincidence now, can it?    I’m sure it’s really wonderful that Mugabe winning has resulted in:

“Most banks in Zimbabwe have stopped making new loans because of concern about economic policy under the new government, two chief executive officers of lenders said, declining to be identified because they didn’t want to anger the government.”

Winning Means Your Country Suffers – Fuck Off Mugabe

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Act of Gay would like to extend our love, support and encouragement to all the brave LGBT people in Zimbabwe as we know that your future looks uncertain and with the growing aggression from Mugabe and his supporters towards gay Zimbabweans we know that must be a very frightening place to be.

Last year’s Mr. Gay Zimbabwe was forced to pull out of the the Gay World Pageant in Cape Town, South Africa because his family were terrorized by the government and we have no doubt that things are unlikely to get better in the current climate.  Act of Gay, must admit to being very worried about our LGBT brothers and sisters across Africa, where it seems that things continue to get worse but we also are in a constant state of admiration for their courage and honesty.

Mr. Gay Zimbabwe Forced to Withdraw from International Pageant

So, just in case you ever meet Mugabe and are worried you might not recognize him, Act of Gay wanted to make sure that it would be easy for you.  Just print out the picture below, cut it out and carry it with you. When you see someone who looks like that, just walk up to them and say ‘Mugabe, is that you?  You look like shit.’

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Get Fake Gay Married in Curacao

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As Act of Gay readers, you’ll know that not only does Act of Gay love to present fabulous blessings to those who are nice and natural disaster like Acts of Gay to those who are naughty, not in an nice way.  But we have a greater obligation that we have discovered through our journey and that is to improve world geography knowledge among the LGBT community.  Knowledge is Power!

So, today we present you with Curacao.  Curacao is a cute little island off the coast of Venezuela.  It is part of the ‘Kingdom of the Netherlands’.  Netherlands, of course, having nothing to do with your ‘nether’ region, but more to do with Holland!  Oh yes, Holland, who we proudly covered recently in Act of Gay.  Being associated with the very gay friendly Dutch and being a Caribbean island could cause some consternation and confusion and guess what?  By golly, it does.  But before we go there, I must remind you that in our previous coverage of Holland, we discussed the Dutch (Dutch are people from Holland; Holland is the Netherlands and also part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands) journalists  arrested in Russia for spreading homosexuality.  Yes, we know there is no actual law using the term ‘spreading homosexuality’, but we think it fits and we like the word ‘spreading’. So be it.  Anyway, it turns out that one of the journalists that was arrested was from Curacao and that, combined with the encouragement of an intrepid Act of Gay reporter, brought us back to investigating this little island.  But before we move on, we do have to announce that all of those arrested in Russia have been released.

Curacao promotes itself, as a country, being something like an LGBT heaven sack floating on the turquoise waves of justice.  OK, well maybe not, but the country even issued a press release celebrating the success of same sex marriage in the USA.  It went like this.

“The southern Caribbean island of Curaçao, one of the most welcoming Caribbean islands for gay travelers, proudly joins the LGBT community in celebrating the recent decision to overturn the “Defense of Marriage Act”. Curaçao has long welcomed the world’s LGBT community to its tropical paradise, offering a friendly, safe, and inclusive experience for all travelers. The island’s “melting pot” history has led to a progressive ‘live and let live’ philosophy that makes Curaçao the ideal destination for Caribbean commitment ceremonies and honeymoons.”

Celebrate in Gay Paradise?

Wow!  Let’s all move to Curacao quickly. It truly is …..wait a minute.  (sound of brakes screeching).   People from Curacao can’t get married if they have the same bits in their ‘nether’ regions.  Two penises = no marriage in Curacao.  Two vaginas = no marriage in Curacao.  This is just a little bit confusing to us.  The country celebrates equal marriage in another country, while denying its own citizens the same?   Oh no, could it get worse? Please tell it it doesn’t.

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So, let’s recap.  The island markets itself as a gay friendly destination.  It advertises ‘wedding’ packages on the island.  It celebrates the legalization of gay marriage in other countries.  You can’t get married there if you are gay.   Even if your marriage in another country is recognized in Curacao, you still don’t have the same rights as a married couple. Confused much?  We are.

The law, as it stands in Curacao, is that because of its membership to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, it recognizes same sex marriages officiated in Holland (remember, that’s where the Dutch come from), a few islands that are part of the Kingdom and which have recognized gay marriage; Saba, Bonaire and Sint Eustatius and anywhere else gay marriage is legal.  But residents nor tourists nor anyone of the gay or even gayish persuasion can get married in Curacao.    You can, of course, get pretend married if you like though and that’s what seems to be on offer.

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The image above is from a real pretend gay wedding in Curacao.  We love these guys and they are very handsome and it looks like a beautiful location.  We also congratulate them on their real gay marriage in New York!  But we did feel obliged to use their images to illustrate that no matter how wonderful a place looks and how happy they are to take your tourist dollar, a pretend wedding is …well…a pretend wedding.

Curacao seems to be confused by many things such as whether they have oil or not.

Does Curacao Actually Have Any Oil

According to one scientist:

There are no proven, probable, possible, inferred, undiscovered or any other type of reserves of oil or gas that have ever been identified, qualified or quantified. To my knowledge there is no history of any seeps or shows. Therefore statements by some parliamentarians to the effect there is an “over 90 percentage” chance of discovery or “most likely oil and gas in the Curacao territorial waters”, while adding to popular mythology, are without sound technical basis.

We’re somewhat curious as to whether this is the attitude towards gays and gay marriage there as the commonly given reason for not allowing gay marriage is ‘Catholicism’.   So, as long as there are no gay marriages, there are probably no gays?  So, because they have no gays, they have a natural niche perhaps and so they have to advertise for foreign gays to come and get pretend married.  A bit like getting foreign oil companies to come and drill for pretend oil?

Well, we’re pleased to hear that Curacao LGBT people have had enough and have planned their first official Pride Celebration to be held in September this year.  Even more so they are hosting All Caribbean Pride in May, which will welcome gays (most of whom are sadly unwelcome in their own country) from all over the Caribbean.  So, even though gays can only get pretend married in Curacao, the island nation seems to be working positively with pride to remain true to it’s reputation as the Caribbean’s most gay friendly island.  Given the Caribbean’s general attitude to LGBT people, just not beating them up and killing them would make them seem gay friendly.   Credit where credit is due.

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So, we’re going easy on Curacao today. We like the fact that they welcome our money.  We also like the discounts offered, but really, we’d love you to let your LGBT citizens get real married.  In the meantime, here’s a gentle Act of Gay word of warning and advice.

You see how your economy has shrunk in the last year?  Yeah, it’s not wonderful, is it Curacao?  You really want to see your economy grow.

Curacao Has Less Money Than Before

Just imagine what Act of Gay could do to help your economy if you allowed real gay marriages.  All that pink and rainbow money fluttering down from the skies and floating in on cruise ships.  Curacao, just keep that vision in your mind for now, work towards making it a reality and then come back to us. Act of Gay will be happy to send some of our powers your way to make sure that your economy is happy and merry and gay in the future.

Meanwhile, Act of Gay is proud of the LGBT community in Curacao and will be sending lots of Act of Gay powers their way in September for excellent weather, no locusts or pestilence.

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