Mark's Media Spotlight

Mark's views on what's happening in the media.

Meet the Contestants of Amazing Race 21

For complete details  go to the Reality Fan Forum at,27200.0.html  (the credit names are forum members)   Each picture clicks to details within the forum.  

  The Teams
  Photos courtesy of Slowhatch, Chateau d If and reta!

M/M  Gary Wojnar and Will Chiola (Friends)
Team identified by ovalorange!

M/M Jaymes Vaughan & James Davis (Chippendales Dancers)
Team identified by Slowhatch and Cocoa!

M/M Brent Ridge & Josh Kilmer-Purcell (Fabulous Beekman Boys)
Team identified by georgiapeach and Chateau d If!

I’m especially excited to see this team perform based on their performance on their Beekman Boys Series.



p[M/M James LoMenzo & Mark “Abba” Abbatista (Metal Musician & Manager)
Team identified by Macaroons!

M/F Trey Wier & Lexi Beerman (Dating)
Team identified by north09 and boston_jen!

M/F Rob Scheer & Sheila Castle (Engaged Lumberjacks)
Team identified by georgiapeach!

F/F Brittany Fletcher & Caitlin King (Friends)
Team identified by Al!

F/F Nadiya Anderson & Natalie Anderson (Twins)
Team identified by Chateau d If, amazinglatinoamericafan and Alenaveda!

M/F Amy Purdy & Daniel Gale (Couple)
Team identified by boston_jen!

M/F Ryan Danz & Abbie Ginsberg (Couple)
Team identified by TARdevotee!

M/F Rob French & Kelly Carrington French (Married Monster Truck Drivers)
Team identified by georgiapeach!

August 20, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Salvation Army’s Practices Make Chick fil-A Seem Tame

Salvation Army Should Not Receive Any Gay Dollars…

With all the recent hoopla we’ve gotten over Chick fil-A (deservedly so), let’s not forget about a far worse organization in terms of practices to their own employees and open discrimination. 

I received the following letter today and I thought I’d share….

Mark –

I loved my job at the Salvation Army. I’ve spent much of my life working for Christian organizations, and it made me feel great to work to help poor people. But last week, I was fired because I revealed my sexual orientation.

The Salvation Army has great social service programs that help so many people, but I was uneasy about the organization’s policies about sexual orientation. My unease grew more serious when I heard about an Australian Salvation Army official who was forced to apologize after he said that gay people deserve to die.

So I went to my supervisor to express my concerns, and in the process, I came out as bisexual. That was a Friday afternoon. On Monday morning, I was fired — and I was told explicitly that I was losing my job not because of poor performance, but because my “personal beliefs and position do not 100% align with the values of the Salvation Army.”

I don’t think it’s right that an organization that does so much good should be so prejudiced against people who aren’t straight. So I started a petition on asking the Salvation Army to change its policies and not fire anyone else on the basis of sexual orientation — click here to add your name.

After I was fired, I was so angry at the Salvation Army. But this past weekend, I walked by a homeless man who asked me for help. I went into a restaurant and bought him some pizza, and sat and talked with him for a while. He made me realize how much I miss my job, and how devastated I was to leave my clients.

The sad truth is that now, instead of worrying about my clients, I have to worry about whether I’ll be able to provide for my own daughter.

I know that petitions on have prompted major companies — like DynCorp, a giant military contractor — to offer employment protection to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees. I hope that if enough people sign my petition, we can convince the Salvation Army to do the same. 

Click here to sign my petition asking the Salvation Army to pledge never again to fire someone on the basis of sexual orientation. 

Thank you,
Danielle Morantez


August 1, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment