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Marriage Equality Round-Up 7/28/14

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Wikipedia Marriage Equality MapHere’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!

Denmark: Copenhagen celebrates 25 years of legal recognition for same sex couples. full story

Jamaica: A new documentary highlights the lives of homeless gay, bisexual and transgender (GBT) youth in Jamaica. full story

Mexico: A lesbian couple has won the legal right to have children in the state of Michoacan full story

Sweden: Sweden’s largest LGBT rights group has ranked the Green Party as the country’s most gay-friendly parliamentary party. full story

Turkey: A new documentary looks at Istanbul’s transgender sex workers. full story

UK, Scotland: The Government is launching a new “Scotland believes in equality” campaign. full story

USA: Wikipedia has a new marriage equality map. full story

USA, Alabama / Arkansas / Mississippi: HRC has hired Kendra Johnson to direct its efforts for LGBT equality in the three southern states. full story

USA, Alaska: The state Supreme Court is ruling on marriage equality around the edges. full story

USA, Arkansas: HRC releases a new study on the state’s LGBT community. full story

USA, Colorado: Attorney General John Suthers on Monday filed a motion with the Colorado Supreme Court to try to force Boulder County clerk Hillary Hill to stop issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples. full story

USA, Texas: Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office tried to refuse delivery of marriage equality petitions this week. full story

Every Circus Needs a Clown

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Nash GrierI enjoy the circus acts I have seen in the past with clowns completing all sorts of acrobatic tricks, juggling routines, breathing fire, and keeping the audience on the edge of their seats. This is one act I could have missed and lived the rest of my life happily ignorant. It is one of those images that once seen, cannot be unseen, no matter how hard I try. I am, of course, referring to Nash Grier, and his repugnant comments on Vine. The story about his rude and demeaning comments can be found on The GailyGrind.

I raised the question on our Facebook page, what are we doing wrong? I meant that about ME4PA, not about his parents or society at large. We have been reaching out to Pennsylvanians to promote equal rights, fairness, and an understanding about the LGBTQ community. We have rallied people, sent letters to the editors of newspapers, and done our very best to inform with the most up-to-date information we can get. We admit when we make mistakes, and we correct them as quickly as possible. We struggle to gain 300 to 400 readers per article we post. Meanwhile, Nash has attracted nearly 9 Million viewers to his sideshow tent on Vine.

One of our followers on ME4PA, Brian John noted that, “People always line up for freak shows — but once the novelty wears off, they move on to the next one. This kid has 8.7 million followers today, but by next year he’ll be forgotten. Meanwhile, the truths you post will endure for generations to come.” I take some comfort in that thought, but I also know that the Internet is slow to forget what is posted to it. His image, and his message will resonate to his millions of viewers. What really concerns me most is that he has people who while sitting in their homes, or watching on their I-phones, are nodding in agreement with him. As he reaches a rather young audience, he is poisoning their minds with the message he is sending. For all the work we do to fight back against bullying, it only takes a handful of clowns like this one to destroy a child’s life.

My takeaway from this message is twofold. We need the genuine support of our friends, families, and loved ones. We need people who care about us in our lives, and we need them to stand up for us, when we come under assault. This young man is a poison to the nearly 9 million children who watch his message and silently agree with him.

My second takeaway to consider is that according to the CDC, in 2011, in the United States, children between the ages of birth and 19 years old had 2,485 people contract HIV. In 2011, another 8,045 people between the ages of 20 and 24 contracted the disease. Overall, since records began through 2010, over 214,000 people with HIV infection became infected as a result heterosexual contact. HIV is not a gay disease. To see more CDC statistics, click here. My advice to all is to get tested.

Marriage Equality Round-Up 7/6/14

Sunday, July 6th, 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!

Jersey: A Senator from the island of Jersey is trying to stall or kill the marriage equality bill there. full story

UK: The United Reform Church has put off a decision on supporting marriage equality until next year. full story

USA, Florida: The Tampa Bay Times is calling on AG Pam Bondi to drop her defense of the state’s marriage equality ban. full story

USA, Florida: The state can expect an economic boom from same sex weddings if the marriage equality ban is overturned. full story

USA, Utah: Lawyers representing the state’s marriage equality lawsuit are raising funds to fight an expected US Supreme Court appeal. full story

Five Nightmare Scenarios the Hobby Lobby Decision Could Bring About

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Hobby Lobby

When the Supreme Court hands the LGBT community a victory, it’s hard to hide it. After all, allowing states to legalize marriage is not something you can sneak by the nation. But when the Supreme Court unleashes a nightmare, it’s not easy spot. But that’s exactly what the court did this week in a ruling that has the potential to wreak havoc on everything from marriage equality to HIV treatments.

The case involved the craft-store chain Hobby Lobby. The store had sued the federal government because it did not want to provide contraceptives to employees, as mandated under the Affordable Care Act. Hobby Lobby objected on religious grounds, arguing that corporations have the same right to religious expression as individuals.

The Supreme Court agreed. In his majority decision, Justice Samuel Alito took pains to insist that the ruling applied only to “closely-held” corporations and even more specifically was “concerned solely with the contraceptive mandate.”

Don’t you believe it.

Authored By John Gallagher – See the Full Story at Queerty

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Trans Navy SEAL delivers letter to SECDEF – Lift the ban on Transgender Military:

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014
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SECDEF Chuck Hagel (Photo Credit Getty Images)

 

 

Kristin Beck, the first open Trans Navy SEAL in the history of the United States armed forces personally gave a letter to the staff of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on June 28th. The letter is a plea to the Secretary to begin tackling the Transgender Military ban with more urgency – citing 15,000 Trans Soliders, Sailors, Airmen and Marines suffering under the “new Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” The letter is as follows:

 

 

 

 

June 28, 2014

 

The Honorable Chuck Hagel

Secretary of Defense

1000 Defense Pentagon

Washington, DC 20301-1000

 

Dear Mr. Secretary,

 

I was a Navy SEAL for twenty years and my loyalty resides with our county and our brothers and sisters in arms who defend our Constitution. I understand you have many pressing issues and issues of equality and justice within the ranks may rate fairly low, but media and many special interest groups are pushing for transgender service members inclusion in the U.S. Armed Forces.

 

A documentary has been released that will bring even more import and substance to this current issue. in our military. The trailer of the film can be viewed at www.ladyvalorfilm.com and after watching this minute long video you will understand why I am broaching this subject directly with you.

 

There are over 15,000 transgender service men and women in uniform right now, estimated in The Williams Institute study by Gary J.Gates and Jody L. Herman in May 2014.   In your address, which I was present, at the signing of the “DoD HUMAN GOALS CHARTER”you spoke of equality and staving to make military service a model of equal opportunity for all.

 

A first step of making “Gender Identity Dysphoria”(GID) a condition that would NOT be grounds for expulsion would be a giant leap forward for so many and cost the department nothing.

 

The 15,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines are under constant fear and duress; hiding and covering their identity to maintain their jobs; most of these service members don’t want to hide any longer. These 15,000 men and women are serving with HONOR and want to continue serving our country.

 

Second, a panel of volunteers to work with a small DOD staff to come up with recommendations and regulations to update stances on transgender service in the DoD. Many Transgender leaders including myself who have served in the military would volunteer in a split-second to help the DoD in this matter.

 

Primary to this panel would be to update the Departments regulations to the recent release of the American Psychiatric Association Manual of Mental Disorders version Five (DSM-V). The DSM-V removes Gender Identity as a disorder and so should the DOD. Thirteen other countries and all of the US Government agencies allow Transgender service. This is not a leap into the unknown and we will move forward as you stated “our strength is the ability to self-correct and adjust our course.”

 

These two things would cost nothing to the Department, but it would add so much to the lives of up to 15,000 service members. You will be restoring hope in our nation that we are ALL really created equal and can thus defend our constitution as equals.

 

Respectfully,

Kristin Beck

US Navy SEAL(ret)

Kristin@ladyvalor.com

 

 

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Kristin Beck (Photo Credit CNN)

FOX13 Memphis attacks LGBT Troops, Pride Month and “Transgenders” – calls for separation of “Gay and State”

Friday, June 27th, 2014

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Want to see the irony of two African American men saying that embracing diversity in the United States does not advance “Military Values?” In a poor journalistic report, Fox13 Memphis displayed some of the most disgusting, biased and hateful speech against LGBT troops and referred to Transgender people as “Transgenders.” You’re going to want to see this. A spouse and co-organizer of this LGBT Pride event, Jonathan Beebe-Franqui posted on his Facebook his disgust at this interview:

“Don’t you ever… disrespect the United States Navy again by reading and mocking the Navy’s mission statement. Or any branch of the armed forces. You should be ashamed of yourself! People dedicate their lives to that mission statement and died to protect the country in which you live free in sir! And further more, if you both think you’re educated enough to question my Husband who is a Master Chief in the United States Navy on their “Mission Statement….” Than ANCHOR UP!”

View the video HERE

LGBT Youth Website Coming Back… Again… Hopefully

Thursday, June 26th, 2014
The Gay Youth Corner

The Gay Youth Corner

It has been quite some time since I wrote a blog article, and seeing that certain *cough* other authors have beaten me to the Indiana ruling that found my home state’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional, I thought I ought to write something before Scott revokes my access to the blog. Nice to see you guys again!

So we all know that the LGBT movement would be nowhere near where it is today if it wasn’t for the advent of the Internet. Not only has the Internet decreased the ignorance in society surrounding LGBTs, such as the myth that only gays get AIDS, but it has also provided an outlet for LGBT individuals to express themselves and get support from people who are in the same situation. The Gay Youth Corner, or the GYC for short, was established for that very purpose.

The GYC was originally established quite some time ago. I discovered it when I was eleven years of age and first accepting the fact that I was gay. (That was five years ago) I left the GYC after religion (*collective groan*) had me convinced that such activities as conversing with other homosexuals would send me to straight Hell. (and, I was pretty sure I was too young for the site anyway) Fast Forward a few years. I had returned to the GYC to discover that the site’s features had been reduced to a few mere chatrooms. I couldn’t login with my original account. Not too long afterwards, the website was shut down with promises of a revamp… that was in 2012.

Now, two years after the first promise of a revamp, it looks like the GYC miiiiggght be returning… again… maybe… hopefully. They revamped their greeting page (thegyc.com) and posted a new profile picture on their Facebook page:

 

Posted June 21st, 2014

 

Previous members of the original GYC have been very frustrated with the stalled development of the GYC, mainly because most of them will be too old to join when (if?) the GYC reopens. However, one must imagine the large legal hurdles the owner of the GYC must make to ensure that the GYC is a safe site to use. One can only imagine how much illegal activity could take place on a website like the GYC, not only regarding pedophiles, but also other teenagers who might use the GYC for certain sexual advances. (Which is still illegal in many jurisdictions, from my knowledge) Also, as a fellow web developer, these things take a lot of work. Seriously, when I develop, it takes me at least two hours just to plan the initial layout of the website.

Only time will tell whether or not the GYC is released to the public. I really do hope it does, but it isn’t foolish to assume that the GYC might die like many other great web projects on the big hunk o’ wires we call the Internet.

My name is Prometheus. I am a closeted teenager, LGBT and Secularist activist. I live in the great (questionably) red state of Indiana. (a.k.a. Cornland) I am proud to be an LGBT person. Thank you for reading my article. Please comment and share with your friend!

-Prometheus

a.k.a. Zion Moulder, Kendallville, Indiana

Oh God, I hope no one from my family comes across this!

South Dakota Restaurant Makes Employee Wear “Gaytard” Name Badge

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Gaytard name tagHeres one for all those folks who say there is no discrimination against gays and lesbians in the workplace.

Queerty reports:

Fast food restaurants are always looking for convenient ways to make your life easier, and a Taco John’s in South Dakota has come up with a remarkable new innovation. The Yankton restaurant made a 16-year-old employee named Tyler Brandt wear a nametag reading “Gaytard,” making it simple and convenient for consumers to identify Tyler as a retarded homosexual. Great idea! Tyler claims the manager forced him to endure lots of abuse, and didn’t want to jeopardize his job so he went along with it, miserably. Finally, after the nametag ordeal, he quit.

The manager is a disgusting excuse for a human being. But under South Dakota law, what he did was perfectly legal. Under US law too.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up 6/25/14

Wednesday, June 25th, 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!

Russia: president Vladamir Putin has pledged that the country will “improve legislation” dealing with gays and lesbians. But he didn’t make it clear whether such improvement would mean lessening or tightening restrictions on the LGBT community. full story

UK: The Church of England has denied that it keeps a blacklist of all clergy who have married same sex partners. full story

USA: The IRS has agreed to pay NOM $50,000 for supposedly leaking confidential tax information about the group. full story

USA: The new White House Press Secretary, Josh Earnest, refused to rule out a religious exemption in the President’s planned executive order on protections for LGBT workers. full story

Homophile Marriage

USA: Andrew Sullivan at The Dish points out that the idea of marriage equality goes back to at least the early Sixties in the US, when it was called Homophile Marriage in an early gay magazine: “I think it is high time the modern homophile movement started paying more attention to homophile marriage. … Homophile marriage is not only a strictly modern idea that proves our movement today is something new in history, it is the most stable, sensible, and ethical way to live for homophiles.” full story

USA: Joe Biden spoke out again for LGBT rights, saying they must trump national cultures and social traditions. full story

USA: White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice said Tuesday that protectung gays is one of the most challenging international human rights issues facing the US. full story

USA: Melanie Nathan tackles the US State Department’s denial of visas to LGBT Africans she invited to march at SF Pride. full story

USA: Edie Windsor has had a very busy year since the US Supreme Court ruled in her favor last June. full story

USA Today Map

USA: USA Today has a great interactive map showing four things – states that allow marriage equality, states where judges have ok’d it pending appeal, states that recognize other state’s marriages but not their own, and states that still have bans. full story

USA, Florida: Attorney General Pam Bondi, who wrote a particularly nasty brief in one marriage equality case, is moving to defend the state’s ban in two others. full story

USA, New York: The tea party challenger who received last-minute support from NOM failed in her bid to unseat US Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY) who had supported the US Supreme Court’s repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. full story

USA, Virginia: A recall petition against noted homophobe Eugene Delguadio was tossed out by a judge. full story

Gambia Plans to Ban the Gays

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Gambia - Apple MapsThe poison seeds of Scott Lively and his ilk continue to find fertile ground in Africa, as Gambia plans to ban all gay people and groups.

Gay Star News reports:

The Gambia has revealed a new bill to ban all homosexuals and charities from the country. Secretary General and Minister for Presidential Affairs Momodou Sabally has said a bill has been submitted to parliament saying it will ‘strengthen’ Gambian culture…

If the bill passes in parliament, it is likely it will be supported by President Yahya Jammeh. He has proclaimed ‘war’ on gay rights and has branded homosexuals as vermin that should be squashed like mosquitos. Jammeh said his country would defend its sovereignty and Islamic beliefs, and has threatened to ‘behead’ LGBTI people.

I hope the American Pastors who went to these African Nations to preach hatred of gays and lesbians will be brought to account when heads start to roll in Gambia.

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