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Facing the Backlash From Religious Addicts

Duck Dynasty Hate    We're now in the throes of a backlash against equal rights for LGBT people that's in full swing while many think the fight is over. Its ferocity and meanness has been predicted not only in this column but elsewhere, with numerous warnings for us to prepare for this moment.
    Anticipated in April is: It's Not Over: Getting Beyond Tolerance, Defeating Homophobia, and Winning True Equality, a new book by Michelangelo Signorile. In it he warns that it's a dangerous illusion to believe now that victory is inevitable. He writes of the bigotry of the current religious conservative backlash against LGBT rights while challenging the complacency and hypocrisy of supposed allies in Washington, the media, and Hollywood.
    I 'm looking forward to his insights He's one of the strongest and most well-informed analysts in the LGBT community. But before his book appears, let's make sure we're equipped with an understanding of how to deal with the right-wing backlash we're seeing now all around us that's not waiting until April.
    We're experiencing it in statehouses around the country, among reactionaries in the US House and Senate, and among regressive judges throughout state judicial systems. We're seeing it in backlash referenda, bills trying to redefine marriage and adoption, states overriding local protection ordinances, the rollback of state executive orders for employment protection, and religious leaders calling even for executions of LGBT people.....

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LJWorld.comDr. Minor on July 13, 2014, again responds to a
Lawrence Journal World "Faith Forum" question:
"What Is Your Opinion on People Getting Ordained
Online to Perform Weddings?
"

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Dr Minor speaking at ASU"Arguing About Families - Gay, Straight or Neither"

Dr. Minor's keynote address, "Arguing About Families - Gay, Straight or Neither," given at the Symposium "Legally Gay" at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University on March 9, 2012, is now available in print and online in the Law Journal for Social Justice.

"A lot of very bad arguments take place using the word 'family.' By that, I mean they are based in falsehoods about the history and psychology of families. They are steeped in very creative, and current-position-affirming mythology, and void of what we historians call data. And they are found in every sphere, from religion to politics to law...."

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Mark Karlin: "George Lakoff: In Politics,
Progressive Need to Frame Their Values'"
(November 23, 2014)
"An interview with Professor George Lakoff about his latest effort,The All New Don’t Think of an Elephant!, to convince progressives to 'frame' their political language and appeals based on deep-seated and active values. These are positions and actions that most of the public supports, but absent appropriate 'framing' often vote their fears instead of progressive beliefs. It is necessary to ground a nurturing politics for the common good and core values in language and a moral foundation that appeals - rhetorically and emotionally - to the better selves of voters...."

Read Zoe Wlliams: "George Lakoff: In Politics, Progressives Need to Frame Their Values"


NW PFLAG Leadership WorkshopThe Fairness Project On-Line Activist Tool Kit

The Fairness Project is in the process of making available the handout materials from Dr. Minor's popular workshop: "Being an Activist Without Being a Victim." These materials are chosen because they encourage activist leadership to proceed from a progressive, healing model which contradicts the models of leadership found in most popular forms, models that are meant to keep the system in place rather than to make changes that support humanity, and result in burnout among leaders.

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Dr. Minor on Love, Dating, and Relationships
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     "It’s a cultural myth with, as most myths go, a lot of power. It’s deeply entrenched, and we’ve had many years of absorbing it.
     It’s the stuff of Disney, movies, and romance novels. We’ve learned to invoke it to explain our personal failures to find Prince Charming or Sleeping Beauty.
     It sets up expectations and dreams that overwhelm our thinking about relationships. It nags us into feeling that the relationships we do have are less than what they should be.
     It sets us up to be victims rather than actors in our lives. And it keeps us from exploring what real intimate relationships can be.
     It’s the cultural romantic myth....".

Read more in Dr. Minor's latest column: "Is Romance in the Stars?"


When Religion Is an Addiction
Dr. Minor's Newest Book

A refreshingly unique analysis and more effective response to the Christian right-wing in
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