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 on: July 06, 2011, 10:31:30 PM 
Started by Feral - Last post by Feral
FUFBUF has been inactive for some time. "Completely comatose" might be a better description. This is an understandable and acceptable state of affairs.

The number of spam registrations, however, has not only been continuous, but has increased dramatically.

Spam just isn't permissible here, whether any of the real members wish to discuss anything or not.

So new registrations are just plain closed.

Should this prove an intolerable imposition, interested persons may register over at the GLR forum. Once that is accomplished, it is entirely possible for a registration to be added here at FUFBUF manually.

 on: July 22, 2008, 06:16:25 PM 
Started by Feral - Last post by Feral
The student complained to college administrators that the answer was "offensive and unscientific," according to court documents filed this week.


In its lawsuit the Arizona-based ADF argues that Sheldon was properly providing students with information on the issue of nature versus nurture.

Ah... why am I ever surprised that a case is not as reported in the press? Further perusal of the plaintiff's side of the equation turns up a wee bit more to the "student complaint" than a disagreement over the validity of Dörner's work. Several other statements were alleged to have been made, statements that I would readily agree were "offensive and unscientific." The plaintiff, however, denies having made them.

That particular tiff will, no doubt, be settled by evidence. It would be convenient if there were evidence.

The plaintiff's suit draws attention to a number of irregularities in this matter that really could amount to a violation of due process. That issue, too, will be settled by evidence.

It's an interesting case.

 on: July 19, 2008, 03:37:16 PM 
Started by Feral - Last post by Feral
Curious reporting there. I'm not too surprised.

The case is Sheldon v. Dhillon et al.

It's early yet. The defendents have yet to be heard.

I am puzzled by all these cryptic references to "a German scientist." They're all over the web on this topic. "A well-known German scientist" turns up as well. It's odd: Günter Dörner is both German and well-known (I had heard of him, at least) and his name appears repeatedly in Ms Sheldon's complaint. I have to wonder why his name is being so pervasively avoided.

 on: July 19, 2008, 02:56:20 PM 
Started by Feral - Last post by berto
Nurture Vs Nature Heads To Court

The issue over whether homosexuality is the result of nature or nurture is likely to be key in a wrongful dismissal suit brought by a former San Jose  City College professor who claims she was fired for advocating people chose to be gay.

The conservative Christian Alliance Defense Fund filed the suit this week on behalf of June Sheldon.

The lawsuit alleges that Sheldon was fired in February from her job as a biology professor when a student complained about her answer to a question about the impact of heredity on "homosexual behavior in males and females."

In her answer Sheldon referenced a German study claiming a link between homosexuality and maternal stress.

The student complained to college administrators that the answer was "offensive and unscientific," according to court documents filed this week.


In its lawsuit the Arizona-based ADF argues that Sheldon was properly providing students with information on the issue of nature versus nurture.

"The textbook itself points out that the causes of homosexual behavior are a subject of debate in the scientific community," ADF attorney David Hacker told the Mercury News. "This teacher did nothing more than explain this fact."

 on: July 16, 2008, 01:39:17 PM 
Started by berto - Last post by berto
The Importance of the West Village and those God-Damned Christopher Street Kids

I want to start this blog entry by prefacing that, yes, I realize the Christopher street kids are loud, that they loiter and yes, I feel for those residents plagued by the noise pollution, crowded and dirty sidewalks and youths running amok. I realize all of this and I sympathize with the problems and annoyances the residents of Christopher St. face regarding these children and their noise.

But I'd also like to say that I sympathize with the youth too. It's a fact- these mostly minority, almost all inner-city youths come to Christopher Street because for 40 years this street stands as the known place where one can be as openly gay as they are. Just take a look around. If you want to know where community pride is- look to these kids. Many of them unapologetically effeminate, the young fems hold the hands of their butchie partners and all of them are decked out in some form of rainbow attire. They're here, they're queer and they are on Christopher Street to be just that. There is no Christopher Street in Newark or The Bronx or Brooklyn or Queens- so is it any wonder these kids take hour-plus train rides, escaping their homelands to be here, on this small strip of a street?

Lots, lots more at the link...

 on: January 04, 2008, 12:36:48 PM 
Started by Rain - Last post by Rain

 on: November 20, 2007, 09:27:52 PM 
Started by vanrozenheim - Last post by Feral
That is what she is saying, yes.

This peculiar idolization of "gentrification" is puzzling. I somehow suspect that "the surge in the property values" will be less than delightful when the new property tax assessments arrive.

 on: November 20, 2007, 07:00:36 AM 
Started by vanrozenheim - Last post by vanrozenheim
Deb Price did it again...
"We planted flowers at the Ferndale Historical Society. We started a pub crawl, and within a few years had 400 people joining us. We integrated with the straight community," he explains, adding that, as the town gentrified, the surge in the property values delighted homeowners.

When Covey ran again for City Council in 1999, he won. Four years later, he was re-elected. And on Nov. 6, he was among at least 32 victorious gay candidates nationwide.

The United States has 20 gay mayors, including in Providence, R.I.; Maywood, N.J.; Key Biscayne, Fla.; Palm Springs, Calif.; and my home town of Takoma Park, Md., according to the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, which helps elect gay candidates.

Covey's years in Ferndale are a gay how-to manual on transforming a town into a place where you really feel at home. He laughs with pride that as mayor he makes $8,000 a year and has a huge say in such things as sidewalk crack repairs and garbage pickup.

Last year his city, sometimes called "Fabulous Ferndale" and now about 15 percent gay, passed a gay rights ordinance 65 percent to 35 percent on the third try.

The lessons of Ferndale can be applied anywhere, Covey says: "Instead of separating (into a gay ghetto) or demanding our rights, we are achieving what we wanted, neighbor by neighbor."

Ferndale and its new mayor -- what a fabulous example. Where's my paintbrush?

Indeed: instead of demanding their rights, Gays might consider cleaning up after straights, making their arts, teaching their kids, consoling them as their priests, taking care for their wounded soldiers, looking for their disposed old folks... wait, aren't we doing this anyway for millenia? This assimilationist drivel is sickening -- what they actually insinuate is, that if Gays were just a little bit more loveable, perhapts straights would tolerate them near themselves. Come on, faggots -- you clean that dirt from the street, plant a flower bed, and mayby 65% of the populace will agree that beating the crap out of you isn't something a decent person should do.

 on: November 14, 2007, 05:13:36 AM 
Started by vanrozenheim - Last post by Feral
What a bizarre screed.

I'm going to be nice here... maybe the man has had a stroke. Maybe this is just the product of a neurological deficit.

 on: November 13, 2007, 01:37:46 AM 
Started by vanrozenheim - Last post by vanrozenheim
It is impossible to assimilate into a society that defines you as "other".  It will never happen.

But obviously, one can try -- and try hard. The following piece is one in a raw of compassionate statements of former Gays who commit a cultural suicide to pleadge their whole assimilation into the straight society. This time, it's Mark Ravenhill:

My pink fountain pen has run dry
Now, I'm surprised to say, I'm happy never to write another gay character again. It feels as though every aspect of the gay experience has been narrated, performed and picked over in the past 30 years. It has left us with some brilliant work. Alongside all the bad generic gay work, artists such as Derek Jarman, Alan Hollinghurst, Tony Kushner and others have left a body of work that is both gay and great. But that work seems over now.

Right now, I'm eager to explore the strange, twilight world of the heterosexual - to expose its anguishes and mysteries and unconscious comedies. Maybe one day there will be something to pull me back to the gay experience, the sense of something new to be said about the gay world. But, for the moment at least, my lavender quill is at rest.

The fellow actually thinks that the depth of Gay love apparently has been explored to its entirety within the last 30 years, thus switching to heterosexuality which apparently has either not been explored as deeply in the past 3,000 years of written history, or has to offer unimaginable treasures of complexity inaccessible to homosexeulas... Well, well - perhapts heterosexuality simply offers a much richer archives of stuff for an autor running out of ideas, and certainly sells better. Even I could come up with lots of ideas concerning boy-meets-boy stories (not to mention the "general" life performance of Gay individuals). What's wrong with those folks who ran out of pink ink? They bore me to death.

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