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Join the Straight Pride March!

Straight Oregonians join in the celebration of diversity this Sunday! Bring your spouses, fiance(e)s and children and show our strength and power.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rev. Douglas E. Mackenzie, Sarah Mackenzie, Franklin C. Stanton, Molly A. Stanton
Straight Pride Contingent Steering Committee


PORTLAND, Or., June 8, 2003--A multitude of family-oriented, heterosexual and patriotic Americans will display their strength and celebrate their love between men and women this Sunday in downtown Portland at the annual Pride Northwest.

Straight individuals and families are urged to join the city's homosexuals and bisexuals in Oregon's largest celebration of sexual diversity by bringing their spouses, fiance(e)s and children. The parade commences on Sunday, June 15, 12:30 p.m. at Lincoln High School next to KGW television station on Southwest Jefferson Street.

The heterosexual pro-family participation in this event does not endorse homosexual lifestyle; rather it will create a healthy alternative to increasingly violent counter-protests that lack in civility. Although the Straight Pride Contingent Steering Committee is formed by a group of Bible-believing Christians, it is open to all heterosexual people regardless of race, religion or marital status.

Due to the new restrictive policies and security fences set by the Pride Northwest Inc. this is the only way in which straight, pro-family Americans will be allowed to voice and celebrate their pride in heterosexuality and belief in God-ordained heterosexual lifestyle.

To meet and join the contingent, assemble on Sunday at noon at the northwestern corner of the high school athletic field under the Lincoln High sign. Street parking spaces are available and additional parking are open at TriMet's Sunset Transit Center. The MAX light rail serves the high school from the park-and-ride.

The Straight Pride Contingent Steering Committee was formed last month as a product of church discussion groups on evangelism and world mission, and is supported by Christians of various denominational backgrounds. The Committee will not tolerate violence or bigotry, both within the Straight Pride contingent against the homosexuals, and within the militant homosexual activists against the pro-family heterosexuals.

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Hi Molly! 09.Jun.2003 19:21

me

Molly ... you've been busy, haven't you?

good grief 09.Jun.2003 19:34

tg

>>>"Due to the new restrictive policies and security fences set by the Pride Northwest Inc. this is the only way in which straight, pro-family Americans will be allowed to voice and celebrate their pride in heterosexuality and belief in God-ordained heterosexual lifestyle"<<<

Straight people get to celebrate and openly acknowledge their sexual orientation every day of the week. Get over yourselves.

well... 09.Jun.2003 19:46

me

well, at least planning this event has kept Molly of the boards here lately. And while i agree that this is fucked up, dumb and that they should get over themselves, at least it's a tiny step up from throwing bombs into gay nightclubs. This is a little more articulate and less damaging.

Not to be picky... 09.Jun.2003 19:47

ranger

...but "Mr and Mrs. Franklin Stanton"? Sounds a little subservient to place the male's name in a saluation for a married couple. That's a little dated, like 1950-esque. Come on Molly, what is it you are trying to say with this march? Sorry to burst your darling bubble, but gays are every bit as civil and patriotic as bible toting Christian. In fact, some are darn Republicans.

the bible can bite me 09.Jun.2003 21:02

GRINGO STARS gringo_stars@attbi.com

Laura Schlessinger is a US radio personality who dispenses sex advice to people who call in to her radio show. Recently, she said that as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abominaton according to Leviticus 18:22 and cannot be condoned in any circumstance. The following is an Open Letter to Dr. Laura penned by a US resident, which was posted on the Internet:


Dear Dr. Laura:
Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your radio show, and I try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the specific Bible laws and how
to follow them.

a) When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord (Lev. 1:9). The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

b) I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her? She's 18 and starting University. Will the slave buyer continue to pay for her education by law

c) I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness (Lev. 15:19-24). The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

d) Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify?
......Why can't I own Canadians?

e) I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or should this be a neighborhood improvement project ?

f) A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination (Lev. 11:10), it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this?

g) Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here? Would contact lenses help?

h) Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev.19:27. How should they die?

i) I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

j) My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? (Lev.24:10-16) Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.

Your devoted disciple and adoring fan.

More information to participants 09.Jun.2003 21:10

Molly Anne Stanton

According to the Pride NW, here are the rules.

1. You can create and carry any sign inside the festival zone at the Tom McCall Park if you carry it on the parade too.
2. You cannot however make a sign that demeans, oppresses or defames anyone. So it is not okay to display signs like "FAG SIN" or "GOD HATES FAGS" or even "Got Aids Yet?". These are in poor taste, not polite, and will dilute our lifesaving message. Instead, signs such as "God loves you all" or "John 3:16" are fine. Think of this as a little version of March For Jesus or any similar positive event. Don't identify yourself by what you're against, but by what you are for. Bring glory to the Lord, if you're a Christian, Jewish or Muslim (everyone else is welcome too). This is a celebration of our place as heterosexual families within the diverse culture of Portland, not a protest.
3. Other than a few limitations set forth by the Pride NW, anything that is not illegal is allowed. So look joyful and happy. If you look like sad and angry, no one wants to be free from homosexuality. Bring your kids too. It's a good learning experience for them, and this is probably the only day of the year where they can walk in the middle of busy streets!
4. No solicitation of donations, tithes or love offerings on the street or anywhere. Don't sell anything either. Handing out tracts are okay (subject to the rule #2). Please, no Jack Chick tracts. They'll make us look stupid and hateful. You can purchase more presentable and professionally done tracts at the Pilgrim Discount on SE Stark or the Christian Supply superstore on SE Division.
5. No weapons. No AK-47 or anything. This is not an NRA rally, and we are not al-Cuaeda. We are just happy pro-family activists showcasing our love.
6. Pride NW is particularly concerned about altercations. If any militant homosexual approaches you with messages of hatred, think what would Jesus (for those who are not Christian yet, think of Gandhi, Buddha or someone like that) do in this situation. If they shout at you, simply shout "Hallelujah!" -- happy are those persecuted for the sake of Righteousness.

Happy PRIDE for everyone!

In love of Christ,
Molly Anne Stanton

Oregon

And your problem with this is .... what? 09.Jun.2003 21:24

skate

As rules go, these don't seem particularly onerous.

Nor do they more than loosely approximate what's on the Pride Northwest web-site. There, you'll see ...

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Everybody has rules. Here are ours:

- Nothing may be sold, and donations cannot be solicited by any participant along the parade route or formation area. Pride Northwest does not have a permit for this, and can be fined.

- Due to insurance liability and the possibility of city clean-up costs, please refrain from throwing or handing out materials until your group has reached the festival site at Waterfront Park.

- Please use trash containers and/or carry your trash with you.

- All parade participants are responsible for any and all acts or omissions on their part or on the part of their agents, volunteers and/or employees, which may result in damage to themselves or other parties and/or property. Registrant(s) specifically agrees to hold the City of Portland and Pride Northwest, Inc. free and harmless from any and all claims arising out of any such acts or omissions.

- Pride Northwest, Inc. and its agents reserve the right to ask any participant to alter his or her behavior, dress, or placard if it appears to be a hindrance to the progress of the parade, to place other participants or spectators in physical danger or to oppress, demean, or stereotype any person because of gender, race, age, physical differences, mental capability, religious convictions, political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender presentation or differing economic resources and means. Failure to comply will result in removal from the parade.
Alcohol and illegal drugs will not be allowed at the formation site or along the parade route. Failure to comply will result in removal from the parade.

A question 09.Jun.2003 22:19

Yanqui

I have a question for you, molly. Is a nun (or other religious person who chooses not to marry or raise children, such as priests, monks, or religious lay People) concidered anti-family by you or your organization? i'm not trying to prove a point, i just would like to know your opinion.

Haha, Funny! Oh wait...You're not joking...Shoot 09.Jun.2003 23:56

House of Leaves

You are not a pro-family organization. No one who is that unaccepting could ever even come close to raising a happy/sucessful family. Your argument about presenting an opposite to homosexuality merely reveals you for the quasi-christian you are. Your selective readings of the bible and intolerant speech are pretty much as un-christ like as you can get.
Unfortunately, I fear that no good argument can be made with you people. You merely run back to the bible, and your ever flowing love. I can only hope that your children, when watching the pride celebration, come to realize how ignorant you are.

P.S. I hope that you are offended and you realize that your mission is evil. This may seem petty and low...but sometimes you people just don't get it. You are the kind of person who sends gay youth suicides rates up. I hope that someday you are presented with the horrible truth of your hateful actions. You should try lying in bed and trying to reason out why it is that you just aren't good enough to love. Try reasoning out why it is that you just aren't worth the rights that everyone else enjoys. Think about why you are twisted and wrong, and simply need christ in your life, for surely, christ's lesson are all about why certain people are just plain bad.

free? 10.Jun.2003 07:01

proud

>>If you look like sad and angry, no one wants to be free from homosexuality<<

Are you trying to convert? If so, Gay Pride is the wrong place to do it! We're here, we're queer, we're proud! I have no interest in your "alternative" and seriously doubt that any other gays there would either.

Oh, and about those "militant homosexuals" -- remember Matthew Shepard.

Christian Family Values 10.Jun.2003 11:06

Loki

Luke 14:26

'Jesus said it, I believe it, that settles it!'

It would be so easy to dismiss as being insane those people who choose to pattern their lives after some selective interpretation of this self-contradictory, superstitious, plagiarized work of fiction known as the bible, if only there weren't so damn many of them! Not that it makes them any less insane, just harder to ignore...

frankie and dougie: a fine thank you! 10.Jun.2003 12:23

u.g.

my dearest, BIGGEST daddy-men,

upon our last tryst you both swore undying love...now i come upon (no pun intended) this straight pride business--is this how you give thanks to the one that you have nick named "our amorous alter boy"?!?

i shall now longer accomodate my schedule to be at your beck and call. i forever banish you from my life (my goodness, how i'll miss those spankings that you both administer so well via those big, leather bibles...) i am also uninviting you both to my 14th birthday party. sulk all you want. this is the highest form of betrayal! was our bunk bed truly a bed of lies? this thought i cannot bear...

goodbye forever,
little stevie

p.s. by the by, that nasty rash and discharge has finally cleared up. the balm of frankincense and myrrh that you prepared for me really did the job. how you both used to love to apply it to my young, undulating flesh...

just say no to sex 10.Jun.2003 13:19

done with it

Who cares what a person sexual orientaion is. It is not significant. Sex is just a vector for speading diseaes, and creating overpopulation. Get over it.

Interesting? maybe 10.Jun.2003 16:48

Depressed

The Episcopalians will ordain their first openly gay bishop this summer at their national conference in Minneapolis. An openly gay Episcopal priest was just ordained in Lake Oswego this year. Yes Molly, they're coming to get you!

Whenever I hear the sort of remarks made here by Molly and her ilk, I always want to remind them and all their backwards, small-minded, un-christian friends that the fictional character of Jesus dined with the tax collectors, philosophized with the prostitutes, slept in strangers' houses and walked from town to town with nothing but the shirt on his back. He was, for all intents and purposes, a homeless drifter who regularly championed the oppressed and the scorned while challenging the rich and powerful to question their secular (i.e. greedy, arrogant, judgemental and selfish) ways.

Would jesus be here in Portland trying to "convert" gay people? Or would he be in Iraq, Afghanistan or anywhere in Africa trying to help people with no food or medicine? Would Jesus praise Molly and those like her for being humble servants, or would he scold them for being arrogant, judgemental and self-righteous?

Get your god damn priorities "straight," Molly. (ha ha)

And if you're going to continue to screw up our society by believing that mythology is history, the very least you could do is practice what's actually written.

question 10.Jun.2003 20:39

unsure

I read this post and was and thought it was a bit silly but...

....what is wrong with 'straight pride', or for that matter 'white pride'??? Am I supposed to be ashamed because I am straight and white? If gay pride and black pride are ok why is straight pride and white pride not?

This is a serious question, I'd like to know what people think about this.

My Answer 10.Jun.2003 22:49

ranger

...because our entire culture is built on straight, white pride. If you need pride, find it inside yourself. Straights
and whites (in general) have not been a target of offense. If anything, economics have held poor whites back,
not their whiteness or their straightness. That's why we need to stick together, because, ni the eyes of the
corporate elite, you're all in the same boat. Don't celebrate what the man represents, celebrate yourself. Well,
I hope I made some sense.

Straigh Pride 11.Jun.2003 00:05

House of Leaves

This is kind of a long post. The Straight Pride question is only answered in the first sentence or two and as per usual i get side tracked from there.

Straight Pride is fine. The reason that most people are taking issue with this Straight Pride event is that it is trying to discourage Gay Pride. Be proud of who you are as long as that pride doesn't try to impose itself upon others, as this straight pride group is trying to do. I, for one, think that Gay Pride, in its current corporate form, is a waste of time.
The mass disillusion that we are doing this for the kids needs to be dropped. Go on with Gay Pride, but admit that it is an excuse for a huge block party. It time to take the government to the courts and really set down some firm rights. Even the Canadians are a step ahead of us in the gay rights department. Any kind of pride reinforces the idea that you are oppressed and a victim. While the gay community is certainly both, i think its about time that we get away from this victimhood and make a move to claim the rights that belong to us. The huge Pride celebrations are useful but have passed their point of full potency. While most gay people can tell you the dates of pride events, few seem to care enough to learn about sodomy laws and things like the Federal Marriage Admendment. Pride is too easy to take as a simple idea and not think about it. Pride extends far beyond a rainbow and a parade.

I'm going to post an essay i wrote a while ago. This is mostly because this is the first audience i've found for it. Just read it, i'm not really looking for any response. There is something exciting to know that people are reading (hopefully) your material.

One of the oft made arguments against homosexuality is that it is a learned behavior. It really isn't worth the time right now to disprove that, so we are just going to stick with the knowledge that sexuality is sexuality, not a learned behavior. But the idea that some parts of homosexuality can be learned is actually an accurate one. No, I'm not siding with Pat on this one, the point I'm trying to make is about the sexual enculturation that kids experience. Heterosexuality relies on teaching kids behaviors. Without this social education, the relationships (heterosexual) that we see around us would be quite different. While the majority of boys know that they would much rather have sex with a girl, they really don't have much idea on how to achieve this end. They learn about masturbation, dating, marriage, sex, and almost all sexual material from their peers, parents, siblings, and media.
The point being made here (I know I'm an incredibly clear writer... ) is that most sexual behaviors are imprinted throughout life, while sexuality is decided before birth. This leads us to the gay kids. Culture in general (I'm talking about America) still leans heavily against the average gay, and when it does endorse a gay person, it makes sure to minimalize said persons homosexuality. The problem of course being that where do the gay kids go for enculturation? At some point most gay kids are going to get fed up with their straight peers, being driven out into the wide world to find their ilk. I believe that this is why gay culture in general is so often presented as a homo(haha)geneous structure. While straight kids are getting input from all sides, the gay kids are being presented with one single slant at being gay. They see and learn about Pride, but aren't introduced to any other segment of the gay population. This in turn serves to make the issue of coming out even harder. These kids don't want to be trapped into this one life, so they infinitely delay their coming out (for lack of a better phrase).
This leads, inevitably, to the paradoxical gay life. You really want to come out, but won't, for fear of being slotted into that one life. The only way to avoid this though is for other gay people to show you that there are other sides to gay life. You, most likely, are one of those people who could provide the proof of a 3-D gay life. Isn't it wonderful? I'm pretty sure that my point here is that all people, gay or straight, must drop the Pride rhetoric and see what this idea is really doing to all youth. You are creating a narrow (and unpleasant for some) vision of the world. You must do your best to show that each person is free to live how they want. The gay kids growing up today must feel free to use their enculturation as they will, not trapped into one life. Stop stamping kids with the rainbow, and take a minute to actually think about what gay means...

pride 11.Jun.2003 01:25

me ze

I am proud to be straight. I am proud of gay friends. I am pretty good at being straight. I wouldn't be so good at being gay. Most gay folks I know wouldn't be so good at being straight. I would love to walk in a Pride march. In this march we would all be proud of ourselves and each other and it wouldn't be exclusive. I get the reason for Gay Pride though so I get a real kick out of people marching to claim more rights and calling it pride. It is good to be proud of each other as well. The person who wrote the open letter to Dr Laura should be super proud. I was weeping in laughter. I am saddened that these people think straight pride is something exclusive that gay people should feel bad about. I am straight aand these straight people made me feel bad about being straight. This doesn't sound like pride to me...

On a side note, homosexuality shouldn't be marketed for us by the gap and those who routinely steal the pride of our children. This is as bad as gay children committing suicide...

Have you registered? 11.Jun.2003 07:38

Christopher

I cut this from the Pride Northwest web site. Has your group already registered, or do you plan to crash the parade? Following the precident set by New York's St. Patricks Day parade banning GLBT contingents, and upheld by the Supreme Court, I suspect that the organizers have every right to not accept your group. Don't be surprised if you find that law enforcement is on the side of the organizers, since they are the ones that have purchased the parade permit.

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Our Portland Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans Parade is your opportunity to march down the streets of downtown Portland showing your pride! The parade registration fee is still $25.00 per contingent. All parade applications received by May 31st, 2003 will have their lineup position determined by lottery. Parade applications received after May 31st will be placed in the lineup on a first come, first served basis.

To help keep our parade flowing we ask that each contingent have 2 people acting as designated monitors for your group. Besides identifying the contingent, these folks will try to stay close to the group ahead. We ask that there be only 2 motorized vehicles per contingent to keep the parade compact. Exceptions may be granted by the Parade Chair on written request of the contingent.

Step-off will be at 12:30pm from Lincoln High School, 1600 SW Salmon Street. Registration and formation happens on SW Taylor Street (the north side of Lincoln's campus). Maps and volunteers will be on hand at 10:30 AM on Sunday, June 15th, to help locate your group's position and handle last minute changes

Excuse me?? 11.Jun.2003 07:50

skate

"Even the Canadians are a step ahead of us in the gay rights department."

Even the Canadians? What's this supposed to mean?

Is Canada somehow the lowest common denominator against which social progress is measured?

It's okay kid, you're not doing very well, but at least you're better than Canada?

Canada 11.Jun.2003 10:09

House of Leaves

The Canadian Lower Court just upheld a decision that a ban against same-sex marriage was illegal. Same-sex couples in Canada can now get officially married. Although the Canadian government could appeal the case to the Supreme Court it most probably won't because the case has already set a huge precident (sp).
The reason I compare us to the Canadians is because Americans are so proud of our liberties and rights and often seem to point to Canada and call it the 51st state. For a country that most people dismiss out of hand, Canada is way ahead of the US (and many other countries) is giving all of it's people full rights.
I'm sorry if i offended any Canadian sensiblities, my comparison was a poor one. It was supposed to knock people of their "America's #1" horse. But this site is hardly full of those people, making the comment slightly off-color. My bad.

Even the Belgians are a step ahead of us in the gay rights department.

canada comment 11.Jun.2003 11:42

lisa

just to make it clear, same sex canadian couples can get married in the province of Ontario only, not in other provinces. This is an Ontario ruling, which does not include all of Canada. That's why the Canadian federal government can appeal the decision if it so chooses. Ontario marriages will not necessarily be legal outside of Ontario. it's still great, but don't believe that Canada has passed gay marriage. this is a link to a clear and concise article about yesterday's ruling (you have to scroll down a little to read it) http://reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=2906900

Right 11.Jun.2003 11:48

House of Leaves

True true. I got a little carried away. BC is also challenging the law.
My apologies to everyone about not being straight with the whole canada thing. Its way to easy to get wonderfully carried away.
Another point is that if this ontario ruling isn't challenged, it basically throws the door open in the other courts. I hope...

Parade Registration 11.Jun.2003 13:25

The Great and Powerful OZ

Pride Northwest welcomes all registered parade contingents. The Straight
Pride contingent is welcome to register either online at www.pridenw.org, or
in person on the day of the event. However, all marchers must be
registered, so SP must either join another contingent or register
themselves. as an FYI Pride Northwest's Freedom of Expression Policy is
pasted below:

Pride Northwest, Inc. celebrates all members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual,
and trans communities in all our diversity. Pride events are produced in
cooperation with the City of Portland and therefore, all participants must
observe City ordinances during Pride events. In addition, participants at
Pride events will not be allowed to oppress, harass or demean each other
because of our differences. All behaviors and speech which are neither
illegal nor derogatory will be allowed. It is our hope that we can come
together in unity as one larger community, all of whom will be able to
participate freely and openly. We ask that any participant who is offended
by others' behaviors remember that this is an opportunity for all queers to
celebrate and that tolerance is part of being a member of a community


co-opt those folks 11.Jun.2003 16:00

str8 subversive pride

What if a bunch of folks joined the str8 pride contigent with
a very pro-healthy sexuality, anti-oppression message.

We are proud to be str8 & proud some of you are gay/bi/queer/lesbian!
Kinda- PFLAG like, ya know,

If dialogue occurs, let the "straight but not narrow" folks be the educators.
(Just like whites should take the lead combatting racism)

Wow, free speech is a quandry 12.Jun.2003 00:18

auntiesocial

Wow, free speech is a quandry. You can't be for just the free speech you agree with, or can you? Well, Stalin was, but...

Free Speech 12.Jun.2003 00:49

House of Leaves

Yes, you actually can. The idea here of course is that both groups will be simiarly attached to their rights and will do anything to defend them. Stalin had nothing to do with free speech. It was a totalitarian dictatorship corrupt to the core. Although the US isn't perfect, there are people on both sides of the fence who hold there right to free speech very dearly. The Gay Pride group, of the two groups being discussed, is by far in the most danger of being over-ridden.
I've got no problem saying that I would eliminate protections for this particular Straight Pride group. I'd do the same to Focus on the Family, the Heritiage Insitute, the Carlyle Group, Neo-Nazi's, and the KKK, to name a few. This is where the system (cooler heads) step in and say that just won't do. I can only support my group because if the other side carries any weight with anyone, they too will have people that support solely them. So i'm being close-minded and selfish...i can do that because i'm not in a public position where i'm beholden to uphold the rights of all. I'm out for my rights...and these people are standing in the way.

(The above paragraph does not necessarily represent the opinion of the author in his more stable moments. He is rather upset and actually likes getting carried away. Were he presented with his own logic in this matter, he would most surely reject it. He is making this case because it has to be made to combat the simple gingoistic comment posted above. (The author also enjoys being a pompous ass.))

not a serious proposal 12.Jun.2003 04:10

sorry

Molly is not an organization.

She's a ridiculous neo-Nazi who says homeless people ought to be rounded up and put in camps.

re:portand gay/les.trans pride 12.Jun.2003 22:02

nat

You have gotta be kidding?!! We have 1 weekend out of the year and "you people "want to ruin that. Stop pushing your ways down out throats.let us be happy!

wtf 12.Jun.2003 22:19

emily

It's just as simple as this: Why shouldn't straight people have a straight pride parade????? Why not????? WHY THE HELL NOT?????? Why does one have to be a minority to have some pride? No good reason whatsoever why they shouldn't. While I'm at it, I want a "Caucasian History Month" along with my Straight Pride Parade. I want to celebrate and honor what I represent too! damnit!

Pride=Silly 13.Jun.2003 00:09

House of Leaves

Emily: You have no idea what its like to be a hyper-minority. Take the gender gap between men and women and multiply. I would believe that you could actually grasp that some people actually do have it harder than you. I know that violates several American standards but... Straight Pride Day is every day of the year. Same goes for White Pride.
Nat: It is impossible to reduce any segment of society into just one day. Stop boxing everyone in. There is no reason to be so paraniod as to assume that you can't make everyday your own Pride day.

Reading careful I realize that I'm writing myself in circles. Its hard being a minority, but there's nothing to be afraid of. Haha. Wonderful. I guess that I'm just trying to get across that gay people (myself included) need to divorce ourselves from our own oppression (Pride...et all) but we need the straight people to understand that our situation is worse than theirs and we need their support.

Okay...that almost makes sense.

One only needs to look here... 13.Jun.2003 01:56

someone SleepingBlyx@msn.com

...  http://www.willametteweek.com/flatfiles/News4007.lasso ... to see what Molly's intentions are.

They want to "love gays into straightness" during Gay Pride Week.

Is there a way to love ill-intentioned "Christains" off the planet?

Freedom not to be gay! 13.Jun.2003 12:56

Molly Stanton

Remember from my earlier post: I used to live a lesbian lifestyle for many years until I attempted suicide (remember also: homosexuality causes higher suicide tendencies in youth and young adults). Because of someone who cared about me more than gay political agenda, I was set free from homosexuality and was married to my Mr. Right.

The people who speak at the upcoming Love Won OUT are about freedom. Freedom to be happy despite political persecutions from the socialists, democrats and communists all funded by the wealthy pro-gay foundations, which in return are funded by multinational corporate giants and international banking giants.

For someone who talked of "co-opting" the straight PRIDE, it is also one of plans of Frank's and mine to start a PFOX chapter here in Oregon! (If you don't know what PFOX is, it's the Parents and Families of eX-gays and gays.)

Traditional and wholesome Oregon family in the USA.

Spending my energy elsewhere 13.Jun.2003 15:12

erin

Having read over all the comments so far I have made the decision to IGNORE these folks. It seems like the crazy "religious right" people have come up with a very good tactic to waste our energy. They want to distract, annoy and otherwise get our attention. A bit like a two-year old. And much a like a two year old who won't listen to reason (can't?!), I am going to ignore them. Besides, the wave of love, positive energy, and FUN that spills out of the Pride paragde is enough to drown out whatever these assholes are trying to do.

Where were you? 27.Jun.2003 12:38

Christopher

Well, I went to the parade, and even worked at the set-up site. Molly, where was your group? The organizers were going to welcome you, and even had a spot in the lineup set aside. A good spot near the middle of the parade surrounded by religious and family organizations. Too bad you and your group did not have any courage behind you convictions. Since you refused to follow through on your "march" would Christ consider your press release to be a lie, or just hypocrisy?

Oh well, I still love you, Sinner Molly, just not your sins.

Hope 27.Jun.2003 20:53

A Christian

I have read the comments posted here and I sincerely feel sorry for you people who are either promoting or are enslaved by homosexuality. Homosexuality was wrong when Moses handed down the Law to the Israelites, it was wrong when, following Jesus's sacrifice, Paul condemned it in his letter to the Romans, and it is wrong today. That is the truth, whether you accept it or not.
Before, you begin all the hate-filled, intolerant comments about Christian intolerance or religious zealotry, understand one thing. I am not perfect, in fact very far from it, and thereofre I am not qualified to pass judgement on you. However, it is not me that you have to be concerned with. There is only one who will judge us all. Jesus came and died for you, the same as he did for me. God indeed loves everyone but does not tolerate everything. I earnestly pray that you realize this before it is too late.

yes you are far from perfect 28.Jun.2003 10:32

not a christian

You do not understand that to love someone means to be tolerant and to give someone free will means you cannot judge their actions. It's good to see christians admitting they are not perfect and not qualified to pass judgement. Now you need to take another step and realize that God's love is unconditional, without restriction or qualification. There will be no damnation in the afterlife for anyone, regardless of their beliefs. Remember, Moses was not Jesus and Paul was not Jesus; they were just men, who made mistakes like you or I; that acted on their own agendas like you and I. Jesus never condemned homosexuality because he was tolerant and loving and accepting, as we all should be, as many of us are striving to be. I hope that more christians will follow the way of Jesus, the world would be a much better place if they did. Remember, God's love is unconditional and I earnestly pray that you realize this before it is too late.

Secret Pro-Gay Conspiracy! 30.Jun.2003 22:27

Molly Stanton

On the day of the parade, as we travelled down from Maupin, Oregon, we have been pulled over by the OSP twice (on I-84 between The Dalles and Corbett), once by Gresham Police and twice more by Portland Police Bureau. Each time we were detained for a short time. We arrived in downtown Portland around 1:30 p.m., and the parade was already in progress half-way. I smell that the homosexual militant lobby has bribed the cops to intercept and obstruct our acts of holy righteousness!

Molly Stanton

homosexual militant cops 01.Jul.2003 12:19

outraged

Molly, I hope you write letters on behalf of of everyone in the city to the police departments telling them we will not stand for the homosexual militant lobby bribing and influencing them. Perhaps these same police departments have themselves become a breeding ground for homosexual militants who are now armed. We need to take action and I'm sure you're the one who can do it.

Faulty Logic 30.Jul.2003 11:44

yeah

Molly said, "homosexuality causes higher suicide tendencies in youth and young adults"

A more correct statement is "suicide rates are higher in homosexual youth". You can't establish a causal link between correlates without further data. It is far more probable that society's treatment of homosexuals, not their orientation itself, is what causes the increased suicide rates.

Here's another example. Homicide rates are higher in black youth. Now, using your logic, that means the state of being black causes bullets to fly at you. Pretty ridiculous.

I'm very sorry that society has filled you with such self-hatred. I wish you would take a more healthy approach.

Straight Shame March 30.Jul.2003 20:45

Kim

Pride is a sin, Skippy. One of the seven deadly ones. I guess you do the Bible buffet style--a little of this, none of that, plenty of this.

My Statement 30.Jul.2003 22:58

K

Homosexuality is not something to fear, or something to look down upon. Being homosexual is not being less of a person, or being strange, or weird, or bad or wrong. If you're in love with someone, it doesn't matter what gender they are, or what gender you are. It doesn't matter what sexual orientation either of you are. Love is a bond that's deeper than anything... deeper than race, gender, religion, sexual orientation.

Why taint love with all of this? Why make people feel uncomfortable because they love someone that's the same gender that they are? In a day and age where people are supposed to welcome and embrace new ideas, why is it that we're so far behind here? Why is it that the president of the United States does not want to embrace gay marriages? Why is it that the Pope - a religious figure that millions look to for inspiration - is against the union of homosexuals? Why is it that people cannot just accept that some love in an "unconventional" way?

Straight Pride, so to speak, is celebrated everyday. It is the norm. Straight couples can show displays of affection in public, they can hold hands and kiss and say "I love you," without fear of harassment and assault. It's sad that gays, lesbians, and bi-sexuals cannot share these rights.

I'm ashamed to see that people think that homosexuality is wrong. I'm ashamed to know that people are stuck in the mindsets of the last century. I am ashamed that we cannot seem to accept people for who they are. Molly, you said you once "lived a lesbian lifestyle." Should we hate you? Should we not accept you? Should we think that you are wrong, that you are something to be feared and looked down upon and sneered at? Sure, you may me straight now, or pretending to be straight, but really, if you weer once involved in that sort of "riff-raff", shouldn't we make you feel unwelcomed and unwanted?

Please, people, think before you act this way. Molly said that suicide was higher among homosexuals. Maybe this is so because of people like her. Of people like this that cannot accept others. Of people that are bigoted and hateful, and people that set back all the rights that others work for. Love is good. Hatred is terrible.

-Disgusted.

Confused 31.Jul.2003 12:59

MM

In an earlier message, Molly Stanton write, "...think what would Jesus (for those who are not Christian yet, think of Gandhi, Buddha or someone like that)."

For those of you who are not Christian YET? It doesn't say anything in the above information about the march also intending to convert non-Christians. Why would you mention them if you only want Christians? There is a discrepancy in how you address religion. Is this a religious organization or not? What are your intentions?

Respectfully,
MM

I cannot believe this. 31.Jul.2003 18:19

Proxima1

You all are ridiculous. Straight people do not get beat up for being straight. Straight people do not get called "sinners" by the head of our country. They do not have to worry about their families disowning them for being different. In short, straight people have gone through no trials to get to where they are today.

Religious homophobes, get over yourselves.

Oh Please 05.Aug.2003 20:51

Mandy

The more I read of Molly's bible-thumping Nazi-sounding rants (and the rants of her 'followers), I realize just how happy I am that I choose not to embrace any particular religion. The letter at the top of this page asking the broadcaster for her advice emphazised my own feelings on religion - it doesn't make any sense, it's convoluted, and if you follow it, you can pick and choose what you want to follow.

I am a heterosexual woman who will fight alongside her homosexual friends until they receive the equality in life they deserve. Never before have I been so proud as I am now to be Canadian - for the steps our government has taken, are finally going in the right direction.

I approve of LOVE Molly, not hatred, fear, bias and bigotry. I approve of families, regardless of what makes that family up. I support freedom - to believe in what you want, and to love who you want.

Personally Molly, I think you and your ilk are the evil ones - you know, Hitler liked to put those who acted or thought or felt differently into camps. I thought your God was supposed to be about unconditional love - I'm sensing a lot of conditions here.

Do not pray for me. I do not want your prayers, nor would I ever want to think for one second that you were even thinking of doing so. If there is something waiting for me after my life ends, I'd like to think it would similar to the Elysian fields of Greek Mythology - you know, the Greeks? Those brilliant people that created the concept of democracy for you and happened to look favorably upon homosexuality?

Molly, you sicken me.

Does Anybody Know? 12.Oct.2006 18:21

Keili McCormack(Jefferson HIgh School G.S.A Student Leader)

Does anybody know when the Bay Pride March for 2007 will be? I am a student leader of the G.S.A at Jefferson High School, and I would like to get that information to give out to some of our participants that are interested. If you have any information on this, please e-mail it to me at  yo_babygurl@hotmail.com Thank you!

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