This is a blog for Mormon SSA* men who wish to follow the teachings of the LDS church while owning their Homosexuality. It can be done! This blog-spot is written by a sort-of smart gay man who is a card-carrying member of the LDS church and hopes to remain so. He will remain so by following the teachings of the prophets. His motto for today is "Many a true word spoken in jest," and he will try to not be so charming.

Mr. Thompson thinks he knows just about everything. Lately, it has been proposed that he may, in actuality, not. He is trying to be open to that thought.



Wednesday, March 12, 2014

OJ, bread, and planning to come out

So, how is this for a love note?  I had to wipe my nose when I read this.  Of course, that could be due more to my killer spring allergies than an emotional letter from a father to a son that looks like was written on an envelope.

What a kind, heart felt, normal, everyday kind of letter -- especially from a dad!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Disney pulls suppor from scouting due to ban on gay leaders

The Walt Disney company will no longer give charitable contributions to the Boy Scouts of America program.
 
Let me explain.  Disney has never given money directly to either the national organization or local BSA councils. It does allow,  through its VoluntEARS program, employees to do volunteer work in exchange for cash donations to the charities of their choice. 
 
"Disney employees taking part in the VoluntEARS program will no longer be able to submit the funds to the Boy Scouts", the organization said. This new policy will not affect Walt Disney employees who volunteer with the Scouts, the company said. 
 
"We believe every child deserves the opportunity to be a part of the Scouting experience, and we are disappointed in this decision because it will impact our ability to serve kids," BSA spokesman Deron Smith said in a written statement. "America's youth need Scouting, and by continuing to focus on the goals that unite us, we continue to accomplish incredible things for young people and the communities we serve."
Though the Boy Scouts voted last year to allow gay youths to join its ranks, the group maintains a ban on gay Scout leaders.
 
According to Disney's charitable giving guidelines, organizations become ineligible to receive Disney funding if they "discriminate in the provision of services unlawfully or in a manner inconsistent with Disney's policies on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, marital status, mental or physical ability, or sexual orientation."
We believe every child deserves the opportunity to be a part of the Scouting experience, and we are disappointed in this decision because it will impact our ability to serve kids. America's youth need Scouting, and by continuing to focus on the goals that unite us, we continue to accomplish incredible things for young people and the communities we serve.–BSA spokesman Deron Smith

A chart on Disney's corporate website shows that in 2010, employees raised $4.8 million via 548,000 volunteer hours, totaling $8.79 an hour. Among the events for which employees volunteered were a
triathlon for Children's Hospital Los Angeles, the Revlon Run-Walk for cancer, Children's Hospital of Orange County Walk at Disneyland Resort and the Champion 5K at ESPN for the V Foundation, according to Disney.
 
Deena Fidas, the director of workplace equality for the Human Rights Campaign, said Disney's decision "carries a unique weight. When you think about brands that exemplify childhood, you think of Disney, and with them dissociating with BSA, it speaks volumes of where we are with the views we want to send to young people."
 
In a recent report, HRC cited numerous victories in its quest to ensure workplace equality and applauded the majority of Fortune 500 companies that now offer sexual-orientation and gender-identity protections to their employees. Despite that, "we know that over 50 percent of (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) employees remain closeted on the job," the report said.

On Thursday, Scouts for Equality, which says it works to end discrimination within the BSA, praised a separate decision by Walt Disney World to end local support for the BSA's Central Florida Council."We're never happy to see Scouting suffer as a result of the BSA's anti-gay policy, but Disney made the right decision to withhold support until Scouting is fully inclusive," Eagle Scout and Scouts for Equality co-founder Zach Wahls said in a statement.

Scouts for Equality says Disney joins Lockheed Martin, Caterpillar, Major League Soccer, Merck, Intel and UPS as companies who have ended partnerships with the Scouts because of its policy.