Category Archives: Comic Relief

This brilliant video from the comedians at Heck Bender is a bit edgier than the stuff I usually post, and I hesitated before posting it, as I worried that some people might think that I (or the video) was making light of violence. But after giving it more thought (and talking with others), I’ve concluded that my initial worries were misguided. Click here or on ‘Read More’ to view the full post and to see additional videos.

LGBT Video Highlights: November & December 2013

Posted by MK on Dec 6, 2013 @ 12:40 pm

For this post, I’ve collected some of the best LGBT-themed videos making the rounds on the Internet over the last six weeks.

In the first video, NBC Chicago reports on the first same-sex couple to receive a marriage license in Illinois. Lambda Legal, which successfully represented the couple, recently wrote about the case on its blog.

Illinois approved marriage equality legislation last month, but the new law won’t take effect until June 2014. The couple in this video sought and received a special judicial order to allow an earlier wedding.

Comic Relief: Stephen Colbert

Posted by MK on Apr 5, 2013 @ 6:16 pm

I try to steer reasonably clear of political partisanship on this blog, but I can’t resist posting this Stephen Colbert video, which pokes fun at a certain political party’s recent youth survey. I’m confident that most readers will find at least parts of the video amusing, regardless of which political party they typically favor.


Emily Bazelon Authors Book on Bullying, Appears on Colbert

Posted by MK on Feb 21, 2013 @ 11:00 am

Emily Bazelon's Book, Sticks and StonesEmily Bazelon, author and blogger extraordinaire, has just published an important new book on bullying, Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. New York Magazine reports that the book combines “immersive storytelling with a sturdy base of science underneath, and draws its authority and power from both.” Author Rachel Simmons writes that “Emily Bazelon is doing the most honest, hard-hitting investigative work on bullying in America today. Sticks and Stones is a page-turner, combining compelling personal stories, rigorous reporting and practical advice for parents and educators. Read it: It’s essential.”

I’ll be writing more about the book here at LGBT Youth Allies. In the meantime, you can read a New York Times interview with the author here, listen to an NPR interview here, and buy the book from Amazon here. Below, I’ve posted two related videos, one from Emily Bazelon’s website, and the other from the Colbert Report.


Anti-Gay Andrew: The Shirvell Saga Continues

Posted by MK on Aug 10, 2012 @ 12:01 am

The strange saga involving the unabashedly anti-gay, former Assistant Attorney General of Michigan Andrew Shirvell continues, as I noted in a News Roundup the other day.

[8/17/12 Update: Rampant Homosexual Shenanigans and a $4.5 Million Verdict]

Shirvell faces a lawsuit for, among other things, allegedly stalking and defaming a gay college student. Apparently, the plaintiff, Chris Armstrong, would drop the suit if Shirvell apologized for his behavior. For those who don’t know or don’t remember what gave rise to all of this, check out this video of Shirvell on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart from back in 2010. I have no idea why he agreed to appear on the show. I also have no idea how this man became an Assistant Attorney General. (Video is best for mature audiences only. Requires flash player.)


“It Gets Better”: Kermit the Frog

Posted by MK on Aug 3, 2012 @ 9:42 pm

Kermit the Frog

Kermit got verbally attacked by an extremist on the radio this week, so I thought I’d honor the venerable frog and some of his Muppets co-stars with a few videos.

The attack came from anti-gay extremist, pastor, and radio host Kevin Swanson. Swanson spun a fanciful tale (presented as truth) on the air about how “that form of life” known as the homosexual had, supposedly thanks to the death penalty, “pretty much been eliminated except here and there” for around 1,500 years of human history (or maybe it was 1,000 years, he added, and maybe the gays were just in the closet that whole time…he never really locked down these details). Anyway, this homosexual-free era ended, Swanson claimed (with some apparent disappointment), sometime around 1850. Not content merely to blurt out a few inconsistent and inaccurate historical claims, Swanson proceeded to attack the Muppets for ending their association with Chick-fil-a because of its president’s recent anti-gay comments and actions. And at this point, Mr. Swanson really became a caricature of himself by suggesting that Kermit should be killed and eaten because he had (in Swanson’s view) “taken the sodomy route.” (You can’t make this stuff up: Here’s a link that includes an audio of the radio show.)  Swanson and his co-host ultimately concluded, though, that killing and serving up Ms. Piggy would be a better sell for Chick-fil-a. I kid you not.

In light of this hostility, I’m posting a few video links in the Muppets’ honor, including an It Gets Better video featuring Kermit. Click for the full post, with video links