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Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Sen. Ted Kennedy's Shout-Out to Gays
While watching last night's television coverage of the Democratic convention (Hi, I'm Brett. I'm a newsaholic), we were all agog when Sen. Ted Kennedy mentioned "gays and straights" in his remarks! What was also interesting was the deafening silence after including us in his speech. There was no roar of the crowd, or uptick in applause. Yet he did mention us!
On queerty.com and towleroad.com, there was coverage of Andy Tobias, the openly gay treasurer of the Democratic party. And there have been other visible signs of the LGBTQ community at the Democratic convention in leadership and speaking positions, though you have to go to CSPAN to capture many of those moments--darn you other cable shows and MSM. Click here for Andy Tobias comments.
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I am a dad, who happens to be gay, with two amazing young adult children who have taught me, my partner, and their mom what grace, faith, hope, and love are all about. I am also an ordained clergyperson in the Presbyterian Church (USA), involved in congregational life, sometimes preaching here and there, and an oblate of St. Benedict's Monastery in St. Joseph, MN. I taught at Duke Divinity School at Duke University for over a decade, and I currently teach at North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC. I teach Ethics, World Religions, and English. And I am the Director of a religious non-profit, "School of the Pilgrim" (www.schoolofthepilgrim.com), in which I take people on actual pilgrimages to break out of the religion of rush hour in order to find their inner spiritual path. I am also glad to work with and be an advocate with people living with disabilities in faith communities, who teach me more about life in all its wonders and quirks. Enjoy the blog! And for more information about the book ON BEING A GAY PARENT, go to www.onbeingagayparent.com. Email contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, and phone is 919-444-9111