Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Clair Pruett Photo and Video, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Written by scott on July 28th, 2015

Clair Pruett Photo and Video

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

We are an 83 year old 3rd generation family owned studio that service Philadelphia and Suburban areas, as well as Delaware and South Jersey areas. We specialize in Photography and Video services., Award winning, Clair Pruett Studios is the area’s leader in the wedding and social event industry specializing in wedding and event photography and video.

See the Clair Pruett Photo and Video Expanded Listing on Purple Unions Here

Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in Pennsylvania

 

Marriage Equality Round-Up – July 27th

Written by scott on July 28th, 2015

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

PEOPLE: Meet 28-year old Elle Hearns, an activist who is fighting for black, trans women to have the right to be safe. full story

POP CULTURE: Colin Farrell has promised to be best man at his brother’s wedding in Ireland, now that same-sex marriage is officially legal in the country. full story

POP CULTURE: I Am Cait, the reality doc-series about Caitlyn Jenner’s life post-transition, premiered on E! on Sunday, July 26. full story

POP CULTURE: ThinkProgress invited three trans people and one ally to watch the premiere of Caitlyn Jenner’s reality show ‘I Am Cait.’ full story

POP CULTURE: Janae Marie Kroc, who made a name for herself as powerlifter Matt “Kroc” Kroczaleski, has come out as transgender. full story

Janae Marie Kroc

GENERAL: Queerty looks at Asexuality in the culture. full story

IRAQ/SYRIA: Yet another huge crowd has gathered to watch ISIS execute a man accused of being gay – some even brought their children. full story

UK, NORTHERN IRELAND: The tide of public opinion has shifted decisively in favour of gay marriage in Northern Ireland and it is only a matter of time before it is legalised, a leading campaigner has claimed. full story

USA: Members of Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board on Monday voted 45-12 to end the organization’s ban on openly gay adults from holding leadership positions. full story

USA: The Mormon Church issued a press release in which they threaten to end their relationship with the Boy Scouts over the end of the ban on openly gay leaders. full story

Boy Scouts

Photo by Michael Key

USA: The Justice Department has been slammed for ducking on whether the trans exclusion in ADA is unconstitutional. full story

USA: More than 100 lawmakers on Monday called upon the State Department to deny visas to the spouses of diplomats from countries that refuse to recognize the same-sex spouses of Foreign Service personnel. full story

USA: The head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana area has come out as gay in an emotional sermon at a recent ELCA youth conference, but says he will stay with his wife. full story

USA: Kicking off an afternoon swing through Central Florida, Jeb Bush told a group of pastors that Christian businesses should not be “compelled” to participate in gay weddings. full story

USA: Several major LGBT and workplace equality organizations are urging Walmart CEO Douglas McMillion to reimburse employees denied health care benefits for their same-sex spouses. full story

USA: Thirteen counties in Alabama are still refusing to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. full story

Alabama Counties Map

USA, CALIFORNIA: The Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, a public arts high school in San Francisco, will soon be offering an LGBT history class. The planned course will cover the Stonewall riots, the AIDS crisis and marriage equality. full story

USA, COLORADO: A school which refused to allow a valedictorian come out as gay in his graduation speech did not discriminate, a lawyer for the school claims. full story

USA, MISSOURI: The Missouri Courage Scholarship announced today it has raised $12,000 in 12 days – 1K for each month the Missouri county voted to mourn traditional marriage – receiving donations from across the country and as far away as Brazil. full story

USA, NEVADA: The American flag was lowered over the weekend, replaced temporarily with the LGBT pride flag. By Sunday evening, the pride flag had been removed. full story

USA, TEXAS: the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas announced it will continue to prohibit same-sex marriages in its congregations after the church’s new laws take effect Nov. 1st. full story

USA, TEXAS: Anti gay groups are are planning an eight-city “Faith Family Freedom” tour in August, September and October. full story

Faith Family Freedom tour

USA, TEXAS: GOP Rep. Dan Flynn is claiming that same-sex marriage licenses issued in Texas are void, and that benefits extended to the spouses of gay state employees are invalid, despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges. full story

Dan Flynn

USA, UTAH: The poll shows 58 percent of residents oppose the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling that made same-sex marriage a constitutionally protected right, while 37 percent support it. full story

USA, VIRGINIA: At a hearing today, Gavin Grimm, 16, went before a Federal District judge to fight for his right to use the bathroom of the gender he identifies with. full story

USA, WASHINGTON: Blogger Anthony Rebello, known for calling gay marriage a “cry for attention,” was the sole participant in a straight pride parade he created and held at Seattle’s Capitol Hill Saturday full story

 

Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Chestnut Hill Bed & Breakfast, Orange, Virginia

Written by scott on July 27th, 2015

Chestnut Hill

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

With its Southern charm and historical background, Chestnut Hill Bed and Breakfast has become the premier wedding venue in Charlottesville’s wine country. It is ideal for a small, intimate gathering or a grand affair with up to 200 guests. We would love to help you make your perfect wedding a reality at our beautiful wedding venue.

See the Chestnut Hill Bed & Breakfast Expanded Listing on Purple Unions Here

Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in Virginia

 

Marriage Equality Round-Up – July 27th

Written by scott on July 27th, 2015

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

AUSTRALIA: Senator Penny Wong teared up during emotional speech on marriage equality. full story

ETHIOPIA: A rainbow has appeared in Ethiopia ahead of a visit from US President Barack Obama – who is expected to raise the country’s anti-gay law with leaders. full story

ETHIOPIA: The country’s leaders opposed President Obama’s stance on gay rights ahead of his upcoming visit. full story

ITALY: An Italian politician thinks passing same-sex marriage is a “waste of time,” and has proposed instead that gay and lesbian people change their gender identities. full story

KENYA: A White House official told the Washington Blade that LGBT advocates were among the more than 70 members of Kenyan civil society who attended a “town hall” with President Obama in Nairobi. full story

KENYA: Church leaders in the country have praised President Uhuru Kenyatta for rebuking President Obama during a press briefing held at the State House over the weekend. full story

MEXICO: Thousands of people on Saturday turned out to demonstrate against a recent ruling by Mexico’s highest court that effectively allows gay and lesbian couples to marry. full story

USA: The Advocate profiles the transgender women killed in the US in 2015. full story

Transgender Women Killed in 2015

USA: The Mennonite Church is still struggling with the concept of same sex marriage. full story

USA: The Log Cabin Republicans has indicated it might not endorse a sweeping new Equality Act because it does not provide religious exemptions. full story

USA: At least three Christian colleges – Goshen College, Eastern Mennonite University, and Hope College – have amended their policies to include employees in committed, monogamous, same-sex relationships, as well as recognizing gender identity. full story

USA, ALASKA: An LGBT activist has bought up a web domain in the name of Governor of Arkansas Asa Hutchinson – and re-directed it to a gay chatroom. full story

 

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Battlefield B&B, Gettsyburg, Pennsylvania

Written by scott on July 26th, 2015

Battlefield Bed and Breakfast

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Our Civil War theme bed and breakfast has an historic barn reception venue, beautiful wedding lawns and gardens for ceremonies, 10 guest rooms, and thirty acres of privacy. Carriage rides arranged. Weddings up to 140 guests. Appointments suggested for tours.

See the Battlefield B&B Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Pennsylvania

 

Marriage Equality Round-Up – July 26th

Written by scott on July 26th, 2015

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

AUSTRALIA: A group of Canberra young people are planning to give federal Parliament a wake-up call on marriage equality on Sunday, with hundreds expected at a walk around Lake Burley Griffin. full story

AUSTRALIA: Labor leader Bill Shorten will move to legalise same-sex marriage in his first 100 days if he becomes prime minister. full story

AUSTRALIA: At the same time, the Labor Party has confirmed its MPs will be given a free vote on upcoming same-sex marriage legislation – and will not be forced to vote in favour. full story

ITALY: Italian activists say civil unions aren’t enough, and are calling for full marriage equality. full story

KENYA: At a joint news conference with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi today, President Obama made good on his plan to discuss the issue of gay rights in Africa. full story

USA: The Boy Scouts of America is set to confirm on Monday that it will end its ban on openly gay adult leaders. full story

USA: GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz was all doom-and-gloom at his sparsely attended congressional hearing about the dangers of ‘judicial tyranny.’ full story

USA, GEORGIA: Openly gay Pastor Rick Sosbe, whose church was vandalized with anti-gay phrases, said his church will continue to “spread the message of God’s inclusive love” by welcoming all to worship, feeding the homeless and doing volunteer work in the community. full story

USA, ILLINOIS: Earlier this week, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed HB 3930, an enhanced hate crime protections law that explicitly includes crimes against transgender people. full story

USA, MICHIGAN: Lawyers for a Hazel Park couple who helped legalize same-sex marriage across the nation asked a federal judge Saturday to force the state to pay more than $1.9 million in legal fees. full story

USA, MICHIGAN: The Citizens Research Council of Michigan, a respected group that publishes reports on public policy, believes it’s time to ask voters to erase parts of the constitution that are dead, including the ban on same sex marriage. full story

USA, NEW YORK: A gay couple living in Wynantskill, New York had their home and car struck by vandals this week, including the phrase “Jenner Fags”. full story

Jenner Fags

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: A mixed-race couple who was denied a marriage ceremony in Forsyth Co. decades ago thinks that history is repeating itself. full story

USA, OREGON: In an interview with Willamette Week, Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman, the lesbian couple turned away by Melissa’s Sweet Cakes, finally break their silence on the story and detail the shame and embarrassment felt after being turned away from Sweet Cakes owners Melissa and Aaron Klein. full story

cryer

USA, SOUTH CAROLINA: In a heartwarming new video from Mashable, trans teen Chase Culpepper and her mother Teresa recall the conversations they’ve had together over the years as the two of them came to terms with who Chase really is. full story

VATICAN: The Pope’s approval rating has plummeted among US citizens – after the Church ditched planned to ‘welcome’ gay people and rallied against same-sex marriage. full story

 

Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Bacon Mansion B&B, Seattle, Washington

Written by scott on July 25th, 2015

Bacon Mansion

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Ideal Capitol Hill location for weddings and receptions for up to 75 in summer months and 50 other months. Though primarily a bed and breakfast we have a nice outdoor patio, large living room with grand piano, library and large dining room for buffet receptions. Accommodations also available for your guests but not required.

See the Property Expanded Listing on Purple Unions Here

Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors

 

Marriage Equality Round-Up – July 25th

Written by scott on July 25th, 2015

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

POP CULTURE: “Big Brother’s” first transgender houseguest Audrey Middleton was finally evicted with a nine-to-one vote after a summer long campaign to get her out of the house. full story

Audrey Middleton

Photo: Sonja Flemming/CBS

AUSTRALIA: The lesbian sister of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is campaigning for marriage equality. full story

AUSTRALIA: A colourful parade and rally in Adelaide has drawn hundreds of supporters of marriage equality. full story

CARIBBEAN: A leading Jamaican LGBTI activist and lawyer has made a convincing case that the European Court of Human Rights decision that Italy must provide legal recognition to same-sex relationships sets a legal precedent that can apply as far away as Britain’s remaining possessions in the Caribbean – The Cayman Islands, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Monserrat, and The Turks and Caicos Islands. full story

CYPRUS: Accept-LGBT Cyprus on Friday welcomed a decision by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), and hoped that it would lead to civil unions for same sex couples. full story

GERMANY: A majority of Berlin members of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) are still opposed to same-sex marriage, it was announced on Friday. full story

IRELAND: The President of Ireland has signed the state’s new Gender Recognition Act into law – meaning transgender people will be legally recognised this year. full story

IRELAND: The Catholic Church has admitted it will not stop performing legally-recognised weddings in Ireland, despite threatening to over same-sex marriage. full story

KENYA: President Obama on Thursday dismissed the series of anti-gay comments that Deputy Kenyan President William Ruto made earlier this month. full story

POLAND: Polish parliament has passed the country’s first ever transgender recognition legislation. full story

TAIWAN: The Taipei City Government Department of Civil Affairs petitioned the Constitutional Court to legalize same sex marriage. full story

UKRAINE: After walking through the streets of Kiev holding hands, a gay couple was approached by a dozen or so neo-Nazis, and things quickly escalated. full story

UNITED KINGDOM: A Petition to the UK Parliament to allow transgender people to self-define their own legal gender has gained nearly 10,000 signatures. full story

USA: The US Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling also opened the door for some transgender couples to marry. full story

USA: Matt Baume debunks the opponents of the Equality Act. full story

USA: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton endorsed the Equality Act. full story

USA: Former New York governor and 2016 presidential hopeful George Pataki made his pitch for LGBT support. full story

USA: Rep. Dan Lapinski (D-IL) is the only democrat to sponsor the woefully misnamed First Amendment Defense Act. full story

USA: Pink News has the details of National Organization for Marriage’s plan to reverse marriage equality in the US. full story

USA, ALABAMA: On Friday, retired Baldwin County Circuit Court Judge James Reid granted the adoption for Cari Searcy in Mobile County Probate Court. His approval of the measure ended a winding and politically fraught legal battle for Searcy and her wife Kim McKeand, Khaya’s biological mother. full story

USA, GEORGIA: A black preacher has delivered a fiery sermon against antigay church leaders. “We have done what the slave master did to us,” he stated. “Dehumanize us, degrade us, demonize us, but then use them for our advantage.” full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Lawmakers — both Republican and Democrat — have proposed at least two measures to protect county clerks who refuse to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. full story

USA, TEXAS: The Texas Supreme Court on Friday suspended the enforcement of a recently enacted LGBT non-discrimination ordinance in Houston, ordering the city council to repeal the measure or put it on the ballot before voters. full story

USA, TEXAS: Houston Mayor Annise Parker says the city will put the HERO ordinance before voters, and is confident it will pass. full story

 

Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: All Ears DJ, Kansas City, Missouri

Written by scott on July 24th, 2015

All Ears DJ

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

It’s ok to admit that you’re scared of wedding DJs. Here is the good news: it does not have to be that way. All Ears DJ will rock your wedding party with music that exudes good taste.

See the All Ears DJ Expanded Listing on Purple Unions Here

Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in Missouri

 

Marriage Equality Round-Up – July 24th

Written by scott on July 23rd, 2015

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

Gay Rights

INTERNET: ComingOut.space, a Web site devoted to sharing coming out stories with a new generation of young LGBT people, has been launched. full story

CHINA: The country’s first-ever queer show, an online sitcom has reached a viewership of 24 million people over several streaming platforms. full story

KAZAKHSTAN: Human Rights Watch on Thursday issued a 31-page report documenting violence and discrimination that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people face in the Central Asian nation. full story

KENYA: A nude protest against homosexuality did not take place on Wednesday following a call from State House, its organiser has said. full story

UGANDA: A new revealing report on persecution and discrimination against Uganda’s LGBTI community has been released by the Consortium on Monitoring Violations Based on Sex Determination, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation. full story

UK: A new poll estimates that thousands of U.K. medical professionals believe that same-sex attraction can be “cured.” One in 10 respondents in this field reported overhearing their co-workers express such a view. In London, that ratio increased to 1 in 5. full story

UK, SCOTLAND: Glasgow’s Free Pride has decided to rescind its ban on drag performers. full story

USA: FCKH8’s beautiful new video shows us that there is still a long fight before LGBT Americans have full and equal rights. full story

USA: Swing-state voters in Colorado, Iowa and Virginia are embracing the recent Supreme Court decision on gay marriage, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday. full story

USA: Great fanfare marked the introduction of legislation in Congress on Thursday that would enshrine sweeping protections against anti-LGBT discrimination in all areas of civil rights law. full story

USA: Apple, Dow and Levi have embraced the Equality Act, a comprehensive federal LGBT rights bill. full story

USA: Democratic presidential candidate and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley became on Thursday the first candidate in the 2016 race for the White House to endorse the Equality Act. full story

USA: U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen refrained from backing the equality act because “I have concerns about the current proposal’s broadness and how it will impact religious organizations”. full story

USA: Rachel Maddow sat down with Rick Santorum on her show, and gave him a lesson in civics. full story

USA, ARKANSAS: The state Supreme Court voted on a narrow part of the state’s case over gay marriage last month but only planned on issuing that decision if the nation’s highest court didn’t legalize same-sex marriage, a justice said Thursday full story

USA, INDIANA: A Southern Indiana woman is suing the county and the county clerk for firing her after she refused to process same-sex couples’ application for marriage licenses because doing so goes against her “sincerely held” religious beliefs. full story

USA, MICHIGAN: Nine Methodist pastors in Michigan may face a church trial and for attending a same-sex wedding. full story