Featured Gay Wedding Vendor: Derek Chad Photography, Phoenix, Arizona

Written by scott on November 24th, 2014

Derek Chad Photography - Phoenix, Arizona

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Gay Wedding Photography / Videography in Phoenix, AZ, USA. I take a modern, casual approach to wedding photography. I like to capture all the special moments and emotions on your wedding day in a relaxed and artistic way. It can be challenging for couples to find a gay wedding photographer who they feel comfortable with who is also talented. I hope to be that talent and comfort for you on their wedding day.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – November 24th

Written by scott on November 24th, 2014

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

India: Transgender students in New Delhi are now considered “disadvantaged”, and are eligible for free tuition in public schools. full story

Ireland: A member of the ruling party plans to introduce a “discriminate against gays” bill. full story

USA / Canada: A new hotline, Trans Lifeline, is being launched for transgender people, staffed by transgender people. full story

USA: Google play has just pulled a homophobic game called Ass Hunter, where the goal was to shoot naked gays as they ran at you from the bushes. full story

Ass Hunter

USA: Queerty has an update on the dad who discovered his son was gay from his search history and asked the internet for help. full story

USA:The Dish profiles evangelical Matthew Vines, a Christian who changed his mind on marriage equality. full story

USA: Gay Star News looks at the difficulty same-sex couples face when they want to divorce in non-marriage equality states. full story

USA: USA Today looks at HRC’s latest report, and points out the worst cities in the US for LGBT rights. full story

 

Matt Baume’s Marriage News Watch – November 24th

Written by scott on November 24th, 2014

Matt BaumeWe picked up three states with marriage this week — well, two, and then a third that’s still trying to make up its mind. Kansas clerks have been pretty inconsistent about granting or refusing to grant marriage licenses, and there’s no sign of when it’ll be resolved.

And there’s also some fun news this week: NOM’s finances are looking even worse than we thought. Oh well!

Authored By Matt Baume – See the Full Story at AFER

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: The Golden Hotel, Golden, Colorado

Written by scott on November 23rd, 2014

The Golden Hotel

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Gay Wedding Event Location in Golden, CO, USA. The Golden Hotel would be a perfect venue for your wedding with our breathtaking views and our wealth of full-service amenities. We are located on beautiful Clear Creek nestled in the heart of Golden and only 12 miles from Downtown Denver. Our professional reception coordinator will ensure every detail for your reception is perfect, leaving memories that will last a lifetime. Our spacious guest rooms will be a home away from home.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – November 23rd

Written by scott on November 23rd, 2014

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

USA: Ten businesses to avoid if you support LGBT rights. full story

USA, Montana: Two straight college students tried to get married before the state’s ban on marriage equality was knocked down, to experience for themselves the discrimination gay couples face. full story

USA, Montana: The Ninth Circuit has set a date for Attorney General Tim Fox’s appeal of the ruling against the state’s marriage equality ban. full story

USA, Texas: Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson says the city should not have received a zero score from HRC on LGBT rights, because the city is safe for gays, has an annual drag show, and because the LGBT community is already protected by state and federal laws in Texas (they’re not). full story

 

Featured Gay Wedding Vendor: LA Exposures, Los Angeles, California

Written by scott on November 22nd, 2014

LA Exposures - Los Angeles

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Gay Wedding Photography / Videography in Los Angeles, CA, USA. Here at LA Exposures we customize our wedding photography coverages to fit the needs/budget and tastes’ of each couple. Every wedding is different, and we treat it as such. We work hand in hand with each couple to ensure their wedding photos and big day come out exactly as they’ve always dreamed!

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LGBT Organizations Should Not Criticize President Obama’s Immigration Move

Written by scott on November 22nd, 2014

President Barack ObamaDear LGBTI Activists, Advocates and Organizations,

Now that the dust is settling I want to again applaud President Barack Obama for his push toward immigration reform with the Executive Order (EO) he spoke of last night.

The President could not feasibly do much more than he did – because of the current political climate, which necessitated the EO in the first place. Hence I do not believe LGBT organizations should criticize President Obama for not doing more at this time, and should instead support this move as a courageous and imperative tool toward full comprehensive immigration reform for all.

The speech and resulting EO is clearly orchestrated to provide as little ammunition to the Republican Party as possible. The President kept it to an enforcement order only, issuing a challenge for the Republicans to get to work on the immigration legislation they are pretending is not there. Remember Comprehensive Immigration reform already passed the Senate and has been at Speaker Boehner’s feet for how long?

President Obama cannot legislate in place of Congress; that is their job. This EO serves as a push-and-shove challenge to the Republicans to now get off their obstructive butts to finally govern on the issue of immigration.

It really is a political tool to challenge the Republicans to do something or choose death in 2016. That is clearly why the President could ONLY give ‘so little,’ as some may see it, at this time – and yet to so many parents and children he has given so much! Almost 5 million will be impacted in a life changing way.

As LGBT activists we should applaud helping the millions consisting of families with children, including many in our community too. Some LGBTI people may be left out – as are many heterosexual people and others in our LGBT community may be excluded simply because our families do not have equal rights – to that I say – where is our Full Equality Bill? Therein lies the real fight for us as a LGBT community. And of course we all support Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) for all; and we all ought to support the President in urging the newly elected majority Republican Congress to legislate appropriately on this issue of a broken immigration system. The EO goes mere inches in this direction as it only is enforcement related and does not provide a path to citizenship.

As LGBTI activists our job is not to criticize the President for his immigration EO when he is so clearly faced with the limitations he has – he can only issue an enforcement related EO – as the safest way to tackle these Republicans and do the much needed push.

This has still taken courageous leadership and for that we should be grateful. As an LGBT community with a very supportive President, why would we want to participate in setting him up for EO’s that could be challenged successfully by his enemies? It is bad enough as it is – they will challenge him on this EO and do anything than can to find a way to impeach. They were talking impeachment in their speculative rhetoric before they even knew what he was going to propose. Instead they got an in the face challenge; a call to do their job. Now let us see if they are able to govern or not or will this be yet another excuse to continue to obstruct? However this time the ball lands squarely in their court and they can chose to hit it back or let it drop to the ground and trail off into a distant corner of the court.

We cannot forget that the President has all the guns of the Republicans pointed at him, fingers on the triggers, ready to shoot him down. And so he cleverly crafted this move in a way that points a canon right back at them. He could not do much more.

He said: We will refrain from deporting families and we will deport felons!” He said: “Stronger borders!” He basically said – ‘Now you, Mr. Speaker, its time to legislate on immigration and you Republican Party it is in your hand to fix this broken immigration system.’ All he could offer is something concrete and meaningful to spark this critical challenge.

We must now align with the President and so as a unified community we should focus on the Republicans and demand that they introduce the comprehensive immigration reform that will include all, as well as LGBTI people, as soon as possible.

The President gave us this EO as a tool, a mere tool, for just that – and any LGBTI activist or organization who cries foul, saying the EO is not enough is shooting this process in the foot, derogating from the Congress’s responsibility, and turning their back on the President in his hour of need.

If the Republicans were smart and wanted to save their 2016 chances of anything, they would have a CIR bill on the President’s desk in the first week they govern with their majority in both houses. Alas I think their anti-immigrant stance will prevail and will deliver something unacceptable or not at all. With that said we have to see this as a strategy so we can use the immigration issue toward taking over the Congress and Presidency in 2016. I am on board – how about you?

Best,

Mel

This post originally appeared on O Blog Dee O Blog Da

 

Baja California Official Stops Same Sex Wedding

Written by scott on November 22nd, 2014

Baja California - Apple MapsLast week, the Mexican Supreme Court cleared the way for a same-sex couple in Baja California to get married. But yesterday, a local official did everything she could to block the wedding.

SDGLN reports:

Outside the Mexicali City Hall, anti-gay protesters prayed and shouted slurs… A judge stood by to marry the couple, and a local television station began a livestream broadcast of the historical moment. The small room at City Hall was crowded with the media along with family and friends of the couple. The mood was upbeat.

But then Rosa Maria Real, who is charged with officiating marriages with the Mexicali government, showed up to stop everything in its tracks. She told everyone: “I know nothing” about a marriage today, according to a tweet by Sandra Dibble @sandradibble, who covers Baja California news for U-T San Diego. Nevermind that their names were listed in the Civil Registry, El Mexicano reported. Her remarks sparked screams of protest.

The couple’s attorney, Jose Luis Marques Saavedra, objected and eventually got on a phone with federal officials seeking to hold the government of Mexicali in contempt of the Supreme Court. Then there was a bomb threat. The bridegrooms, family and friends refused to evacuate the room, considering it a hoax. Eventually, everyone was cleared out of the room and the wedding ceremony was not conducted. Local media reported that the wedding party planned to return at 2 pm today to see if the legal mess could be resolved by that time.

But even after all this, she still wasn’t done. She then claimed that the signature of a witness did not match one another documents. Then she said she found inconsistencies on the birth certificates of both men, and other things that concerned her. It’s a transparent attempt to block this legal wedding, and it’s disgusting.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – November 22nd

Written by scott on November 22nd, 2014

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

China: The landmark gay conversion case in China appears to have stalled, as the court hearing the case has missed a deadline. full story

Ireland: Singer Danny O’Donoghue, of the band The Script, has come out in support of the marriage quality referendum in Ireland. full story

Russia: The parents of Matthew Shepard are going to Russia to try to change hearts and minds, as they share their story and talk with parents of LGBT youth. full story

USA: The Human Rights Campaign has a list of 10 things you should know about the Concerned Women for America. full story

USA: More than 100,000 people have signed a petition asking TLC to dump the show “19 Kids and Counting” after recent anti-gay statements made by members of the family. full story

USA: Transgender actor Kingston Farady, star of the new short film Black is Blue, talks about his powerful journey of love and hate. full story

USA: The National Organization for Marriage has vowed to stop marriage equality, even if it takes 100 years. full story

USA: Gays and lesbians who live in non-marriage equality states are receiving letters from the Social Security Administration denying and death benefits for their spouses. full story

USA, Arkansas: No immediate decisions were made in marriage equality cases before a federal court and the state Supreme Court. full story

USA, Arkansas: Michelle Dugger has in making Robo calls against the proposed ordinance that would allow transgender people to use the bathroom corresponding with their gender. full story

USA, Florida: Two Florida counties voted to support marriage equality this last week – Alachua County and Palm Beach County. full story

USA, Florida: the anti-gay Liberty Counsel has filed an amicus brief against marriage equality at the 11th circuit. full story

USA, Idaho: At her father’s direction, a transgender woman was presented as a man at her funeral. full story

USA, Maryland:A member of GOP governor elect Larry Hogan’s transition team once compared gays to pedophiles and serial killers. full story

USA, Michigan: Archbishop Allen Vigneron banned a Catholic LGBT rights group from using a Detroit parish for a meeting with a pro-gay-rights speaker. full story

USA, Mississippi: The state Supreme Court will hear a same-sex divorce case on January 21st. full story

 

“God’s Cock” – A Gender Stereotyped “god” Who Hates Trans people? – By Kristin Beck

Written by Sean Sala on November 21st, 2014

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“God’s Cock” – By National Transgender Military Liaison Kristin Beck 

Originally seen on MilitaryFreedomCoalition.org

I grew up very religious as a youngster and have read the Bible, parts of the Koran, Kabala, Book of Five Rings, Siddhartha and many other foundations of religion books. I served in the military for 20 years and worked with people from around the world; many people who believed in many gods. I appreciated and respected all of the people I met along the way, even the ones who were trying to kill me.

So why the “cock” and why did God send it? I am told many things and most of it I don’t agree with. I am told that I am transgender, from male to female. I am told I am evil, Satan, weird, miscreant, infidel and many other things. I even am told that I should be put to death. Most of this hate and misunderstanding  comes from religious people. The more you look the more you see that religion is the basis of most of our pain, suffering, war, scourge, guilt and punishment. Religion has gone sideways. So “God’s Cock” is a ROOSTER that is telling you religious folks to wake up!

The religion of today’s world is going to destroy the earth. I really believe this is true. I don’t worry about global warming or the politics of China or communism; I worry about religiosity.  The two biggest culprits today are the Christians and the Muslims with communism (void of religion, but full of indoctrination and zeal) – taking up a poll position. The Christians had their Crusades and Inquisitions and their hunting of outcasts and naysayer; which includes people like me throughout time (I will not drink hemlock). Now Islam seems to be following suit and maybe, thanks to modern technology and greater population density could out kill the Christians.

The worst or funniest part is that all of the hate, discontent, killing and war between Christians and Muslims are ironically that they are from the same tribe! They are all from Abraham – the same God.

Religion based killing and hate is destroying themselves and the world with it. So why do I even have an opinion worth stating?

In my position of being hated by all of the religions with equal zeal I guess I can have an opinion and maybe it’s worth it. I am living my life as my spirit guides. I prefer two-spirit or twin flame. I am not in the wrong body and I have transitioned nothing; I have not changed. My life now, showing two-spirits has put me in direct fire of the prejudice and outright mistreatment toward women, minorities and people who live outside of norms. I see the issues and weep over the subjugation of women and minorities around the world. I lived as a man and now as a woman; I am living a path of two-spirits and the religious zealots say, “This is against god’s plan.” I ask you, “How do you know?”

What if my journey while here on earth is to live in both genders? What if this is god’s plan? This body is not mine and it is not forever. This mortal body you see is just a shell and my color, race, gender, sex, height and weight mean nothing in the end. You can’t bring your money or your penis to the afterlife, if there is such a thing. My spirit is forever… my spirit and energy is made in a creator’s (god’s) image, not my body. Be sure that you understand that your actions while here on earth are forever and your spirit will not forget. Everything you do leaves an imprint on others and yourself. Regardless of what religion you are, look into another person’s eyes and tell me you could hate that person? Tell me they are different than you and are less than you. Can you see the spirit or just their body? Everything I do while in this body should be in the spirit of love, kindness and promoting others to do their best.

Why don’t we teach love and compassion in religion? Why do most religions have so many rules that are based on worldly possession and power? Why is division such a vast array between us? The differences between us are less than a millionths of the eye of the needle?

Its foundations are covered in religion – In reality based upon kings and power, the dominion over the masses of people. It is control and manipulation of the ignorant and the peasant. Don’t tell me that female circumcision has any basis in care or the wearing of clothing that covers every inch of skin is healthy. Wearing your hair a certain way or tying your beard up under your chin. Are any of the religion based prerogatives healthy or care-giving and to whom? Who requires prayer, tithing, confessions and all the trappings of religion? Who thought of magic underwear, fish on Friday, walking 6 steps behind and promises of virgins in heaven?

Does god need money and power or numbers in a congregation? Does anyone really think that a creator or god cares about any worldly possessions or rituals in minutia? How about The Children’s Crusade? Would a creator or god of love only endorse Fatwas of hate and suffering? Of killing and bombs connected to power, oil and land grabs… When was the last Fatwa of PEACE? When was the last Crusade to feed the poor? A Fatwa/Crusade of compassion and understanding would go a long way in god’s eye, believe me.

God’s Cock is a rooster that is crowing really loud around the world for you to wake up and stop all this madness of hate filled agendas. Religious leaders need to WAKE UP and start leading the flocks of followers on a path to understanding and compassion for each other.  Every person is responsible for themselves. You have one chance to live and your spirit is forever. Start living well and good. If your leader is teaching hate, call them out or lead yourself.

God’s Cock is crowing loudly to end the Fatwas and Crusades of hate.