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I'm sure most of us have had experiences with an overly aggressive man trying to strong-arm you into a sexual relationship. Why does this happen? My theory is simple. These men overcompensate. They fight this, they embrace "bro" culture -- anything to feel they have "reclaimed" this lost masculinity.
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It's gotten a lot longer over the years.
The attack and its aftermath has underscored the confluence of homophobia and Islamophobia.
John Carpay's condemnation of the Ontario Superior Court alleges that 'half-truths' have been relied on to scuttle Trinity Western University's quest to establish a law school. Ironically, Mr. Carpay's own analysis is built upon factual and legal mischaracterizations. These are designed to stoke suspicions of a nonexistent anti-Christian bias among legal institutions and to undermine the crucial public policy considerations invoked by the Law Society of Upper Canada in denying TWU's accreditation. The dispute surrounding TWU is about the public interest obligations of law societies to promote equal access to the profession, not about meddling with university policies or religious doctrines.
As the SCOTUS decision permeates business and marketing discussions, there have been a few arguments against brands publicly supporting equal marriage and LGBT rights. And not always the kinds of truthiness inspired arguments you might expect, but rather, reasoned (if ill-informed) arguments based on a few common assumptions. I'd like to address those here.
I wanted to share the words of my dear friend Wes with you: "Marriage is a curious thing, especially a straight-looking marriage like ours. We are not straight, I am not straight. I am a man who was born a woman, and I began my transition to male about four years ago. I'm marrying a woman who was born a woman, in three weeks. It has taken longer than it should to appreciate that the love my partner and I share exists in two worlds. It has taken longer than it should to appreciate that we are more than one thing. More specifically, it has taken me 27 years to figure out just how many things I am."
A recent performance by Toronto's famous drag queen was nothing short of hate speech, racism, and violence. Yes, sitting in my chair, sinking in deep, and looking around to see the mix of applauding and blank stares I couldn't have interpreted this event as anything other than an act of violence.
Living while being gay still gets you killed in many parts of the world. Pulsing with hate, powered by bigotry, mobs have brutally attacked and killed fellow citizens solely because the sexual orientation of their victims differed from that of the majority. In hostile settings it makes sense for minority groups to join together in common businesses, networks and programs. There is some safety in numbers. There is also economic leverage.