‘Engaged’ couples sought for research project

This call for participants for this study (below) includes female couples, male couples, and different-sex couples. The researchers are interested in similarities and differences by couples’ gender composition and sexual orientation.

The results of the study are intended to be published in a journal of psychology. Participants of the study as well as As I See It will be notified the results of the study.

For those who qualify and are interested in participating, I have verified all the information, it is legitimate.

Engaged volunteers needed!

I am looking for volunteers for a study of attitudes towards marriage and parenthood among engaged couples. The study consists of a 25-30 minute online survey. To qualify for the study, you must be 20-35 years old, live in the U.S., and plan to marry or have a commitment ceremony within the next 365 days. You and your romantic partner must not have children, and this must be the first marriage for both of you.

You can:

-Help a doctoral candidate;
-Increase the pool of scientific knowledge;
-Support research on marriage and families; and
-Spend some time thinking about your relationship!

I am working with Dr. Charlotte J. Patterson, a Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia. This study has been approved by the University of Virginia Institutional Review Board #2009025800.

If you and/or your romantic partner are interested in participating or want further information, please email me at survey.couples@gmail.com. I will send you a link that you can use to access the study.

Thanks!

Cristina Reitz-Krueger
Doctoral Student
University of Virginia
434-243-8558
survey.couples@gmail.com

We CAN have it all, same-gender marriage & religious freedom

Marriage Equality CoexistNo matter what side you are on in the debate over same-gender marriage, there is a simple path for everyone to get what they want, full civil rights for same gender couples AND protection of the institution of marriage. How? The conversation should never include religion period!

As citizens of this country, we are Americans first. As a democracy, we are governed first and foremost by our Constitution. In that document is the protection for religious freedom AND equal protection under the law.

Although many Americans are Christian, not everyone is! We are Jews, Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, Agnostics, Spiritualists, Atheists, Humanists and everything in-between. Within each of these belief systems are conservative, moderate and liberal factions.

How then as a free democracy can we possibly think we can solve any social or political issue when religion is part of the discussion? It’s worse than trying to herd cats.

Rev. Dr. Welton Gaddy, president of the national Interfaith Alliance, put it very simply, “In a democracy, the Constitution trumps all.”

If you want a theocracy, get an island and start one. If you value REAL freedom and Democracy, let’s separate the legal contract, rights and responsibilities of what we now universally call marriage from religion entirely for EVERYONE.

The solution is civil unions for all and marriage only for religious groups. ALL religious organizations will have an exemption and don’t have to ‘marry’ anyone they don’t want to. However, anyone can become Civilly United.

That’s the easy part.

Each side must to give something up. ALL Americans have to give up the term “marriage” and ALL Religions have to give up preventing LGBT people from obtaining full rights and responsibilities that now come with heterosexual marriage in all states and federally.

That’s the hard part.

KTVB “Cruises” back to 1955. . .

Jody May-Chang©
July 2, 2009 PrideDEPOT.com

Photo by Milwaukee John

Cruising is not a Sex Act as KTVB Channel 7 recently reported. Cruising is an activity aimed at capturing the attention of someone of the same sex. It can lead to a sexual encounter, but it can also be a non-verbal way to communicate to others that they are not alone.

In the 1970s, gay men established a color-coded technique called the “hanky code” as a way to find a sexual encounter. Today, it is looked at as nostalgic since it has become mainstream.

Further back in time, certain word-phrases would be meaningless to heterosexuals, but would signal a possible encounter between gay men. Long before the Stonewall Bar riots, a simple question such as “Do you have the time?” would be a signal. Another was to ask someone if they are “a friend of Dorothy.”

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KTVB Ch-7 misinforms with “cruising” sex story

Jody May-Chang©
June 28, 2009 PrideDEPOT.com

Mark Johnson Ysabel Bilbao KTVB Channel 7 Reporter Treasure Vally Boise Idaho NBC affiliate Gay CruisingPrideDEPOT.com recently reported on the Treasure Valley’s CBS affiliate, KBCI Channel 2’s sensational and inflammatory version of the facts surrounding the arrest of Wayne Olin, 65, who allegedly exposed himself to a Garden City undercover cop in a wooded area near the Boise River.

Olin’s felony solicitation charge was reduced the day after his arrest to misdemeanor indecent exposure. KBCI covered the story as a “Gay Sex Sting” that resulted in the arrest of Olin who has never been identified as a gay man.

PrideDEPOT.com contends that KBCI”s coverage was over inflated and the station”s news judgment was flawed.

This incendiary reporting of a non-news story was not limited to only KBCI. The same arrest took on an entirely different scope and scale from the NBC affiliate, KTBV Channel 7.

Channel 7 exploited the incident with inflammatory coverage that started with Olin then launched into unrelated issues seemingly aimed at promoting misinformation and loathing of gay men.

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KBCI TV-2 manufactures “gay news” for ratings

H. Lukas Green and Jody May-Chang©
June 25, 2009 PrideDEPOT.com

The recent arrest of two elderly men for allegedly attempting to engage in sex with an undercover Garden City police officer became the top story at KBCI TV-2 in Boise as the station launched into a sensationalized version of the facts surrounding the incidents.

KBCI TV-2 manufacture The arrests of Wayne Olin, 65 (left), and an unnamed 80-year-old, took place in a heavily wooded area adjacent to the Boise River in an area known as Plantation Island. Rather than simply report the news, the local CBS affiliate decided to hype the story and push it out as gay story.

KBCI Reporter Adam Rodriguez and Managing Editor, Paul Fredericks, both contacted PrideDEPOT.com for an on-camera comment in an attempt to gin up this story as a gay rights issue.

We chose to ignore these requests because it was apparent from the angle that the station was taking that they were manufacturing this into a gay rights story where none exists. The news value of the story amounts to two adult men who may not have exercised the best judgment, but it did not elevate itself to anything having a direct impact on Idaho’s LGBT community.

Fredericks and Rodriguez apparently saw this differently. They wanted to push this out as a gay issue in time for their evening shows. The story ran for at least four consecutive broadcasts along with sensationalized teasers for later broadcasts.

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Hate is a Lifestyle Choice for Bryan Fischer

Jody May-Chang©
May 18, 2009 PrideDEPOT.com

Bryan Fischer Idaho Values AllianceIt should come as no surprise that Bryan Fischer, executive director of the non-profit “organization,” Idaho Values Alliance, which consists only of himself, is once again being reckless with the facts.

Fischer’s desperate attacks against LGBT people are practically a daily obsession that could easily be dismissed as ridiculous were it not for his malicious tone.

He is Idaho’s front man for the anti-gay industry and he is betting the farm that his lemming-like followers will keep coughing up cash so he can continue his operation of sewing the seeds of fear and loathing.

Fischer’s contempt is so strong he regularly calls us Nazis, fascists, child molesters and more recently his lunatic claim that including sexual orientation in hate crime legislation would protect pedophiles.

Adding a new drum beat to his act, Fischer is parroting other far right extremists with, “GREAT NEWS: Even the left admits there is no gay gene.” A weak and flailing attempt to argue homosexuality is nothing but an immoral lifestyle choice.

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Right-wingers, Lies & Videotape; Deconstructing Bryan Fischer

Jody May-Chang©
March 10, 2009 PrideDEPOT.com

On February 20, the Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee turned its back on equality in a 2 to 5, voice vote by saying no to printing the Idaho Human Rights Act Amendment (IHRAA). They killed the bill in committee and silenced any opportunity for public debate on the proposed legislation. The forces of intolerance made certain that the bill would not get printed, distributed or entered into the public record just as if it never existed.

The IHRAA legislation would have added the “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the already protected classes of people such as race, religion, and national origin in areas of employment, education and public accommodation. The wording also included a religious exemption for legitimate churches and faith organizations that felt threatened if their religious beliefs were not inclusive of LGBT people in their memberships or employment.

Idaho Human Rights Act Amendment IHRAA Religious Exemption
Idaho Human Rights Act Amendment IHRAA Religious Exemption

When it came down to making a decision, the Senate State Affairs Committee listened mainly to the words of Bryan Fischer, executive director of the Idaho Values Alliance, whose letter was delivered to the committee just before the hearing.

Before examining the letter in detail, it is important to examine the author’s background.

Who is Bryan Fischer and what is the Idaho Values Alliance?

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Idaho AG’s Office, says “Family” not specifically defined by law – Marriage law is not a “Family” law

Jody May-Chang©
February 22, 2009 PrideDEPOT.com

When the Nampa Recreation Center (NRC) used Idaho’s marriage law for the basis of denying a same-sex couple and their 4-year-old son a “family” membership, they may find themselves at legal odds* with the State Attorney General’s Office.

*Editor clarification: 02/24/09: The phrase “at legal odds” above is meant simply to illustrate a significant discrepancy. It is not intended to suggest legal action is, or will, be taken by the Idaho State Attorney General’s office against the Nampa Recreation Center or Mayor Tom Dale.

This drama unfolded in early February when Amber Howard and Rachel Dovel where shown the door at the NRC and told that they did not constitute a family and would not be entitled to such membership privileges.

The couple told PrideDEPOT.com that since they could not produce a marriage certificate, they could not be considered a family along with the rest of those who have obtained such privileges. They could, however, produce evidence of a domestic relationship since Howard is listed on Dovel’s workplace health insurance plan as a domestic partner.

Nampa Mayor Tom Dale told several media outlets, including PrideDEPOT.com that family passes are issued “only to families as defined under Idaho law.” Dale also added that the city-managed center would “suffer financially” if couples like Howard and Dovel were awarded such memberships. Continue reading