Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Lifestyles Catering, Denver, Colorado

Written by scott on September 23rd, 2015


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.

At Lifestyles Catering in Lakewood, Colorado, we’re all about the food. Our Chef and his culinary team specialize in bringing restaurant-quality meals to your wedding location, whether it’s in a banquet hall, your home or a Colorado mountain park. Lifestyle Catering menus are inspired by foods from across the culinary spectrum, including traditional French and Italian cuisines. Our menus often celebrate the flavors and traditions of South America and the Orient as well.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – September 23rd

Written by scott on September 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!

OPINION: Bisexuality Visibility Week is a time for us to realize that people still have plenty of misconceptions about bisexuals. full story

ARGENTINA: A province in Argentina has set a 1% hiring quota for transgender workers to local government employment. full story

AUSTRALIA: The New Zealand Herald reported 812 overseas same-sex couples had married in the country since marriage equality was legislated in August 2013. full story

IRELAND: The legislation giving effect to the marriage equality referendum has been introduced in the Dáil to a round of applause. full story

IRELAND: Ireland’s first same-sex weddings could take place by November, after legislation was introduced to the Irish Parliament today. full story

POLAND: In a new PSA from Poland tackling anti-gay hate speech, a teenage woman is shown morphing into Adolf Hitler as she spews homophobic slurs. full story

UK, CHANNEL ISLANDS: By a vote of 37-4, the legislature of the Channel Island of Jersey today voted to approve same-sex marriage. full story

USA: Hillary Clinton will address the Human Rights Campaign next month, getting the chance to pitch herself to 800 activists in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights community. full story

USA: Ultra-conservative Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia has once again poured scorn on his fellow justices, for ruling that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. full story

USA, FLORIDA: Trans women mistreated by the TSA live tweets the whole thing. full story

USA, FLORIDA: Human Rights Campaign wants the Transportation Security Administration to conduct a full investigation into the case of Shadi Petosky, a trans woman who says she was mistreated by TSA agents at Orlando International Airport on Monday afternoon. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: http://www.buzzfeed.com/lanesainty/aussie-same-sex-couples-heading-to-nz#.eypLYJwyP full story

USA, KENTUCKY: What hurts Kim Davis the most. full story

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USA, NEBRASKA: The group that governs Nebraska high school sports is drafting a policy on allowing transgender athletes to compete full story

b>USA, WYOMING: The University of Wyoming is housing an archive dedicated to the history of the Rocky Mountains’ lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. full story


Kim Davis – Let me show you what persecution looks like

Written by Kieran Bohan on September 22nd, 2015

KimDavisABClargeON US TV today (Sept. 22), the clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to ANY couple because she didn’t believe in same sex marriage has said what hurts her most about how she has been treated since she defied the Supreme Court ruling on marriage in June – being called ‘a hypocrite’.

Kim Davis of Rowan County, Kentucky, has been jailed, received a ‘Religious Liberty’ award for fighting ‘legal tyranny’, been called ‘the bravest woman in America‘ and compared to Abraham Lincoln by her lawyer. She has also been called a martyr and a victim of anti-Christian persecutionShe even admitted denying marriage licences to friends, and receiving death threats.

All because she believes in her Christian duty to break the oath she took as a US Government official to uphold the law, in a country whose constitution explicitly forbids the primacy of any religion. The First Amendment clearly states that the US government cannot make any law ‘respecting an establishment of religion.’ In the words of the Supreme Court, this generally means that the government can’t “pass laws which aid one religion, aid all religions, or prefer one religion over another,” or otherwise become entangled in religious affairs.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – September 22nd

Written by scott on September 22nd, 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!

OPINION: How I Was Locked Out Of Healthcare As A Trans Immigrant full story

Julian Cancino

POP CULTURE: I Am Cait, which chronicled Caitlyn Jenner’s education and journey after coming out as transgender, is reportedly renewed for a second season. full story

AUSTRALIA: Coalition MP Warren Entsch has called on the government to introduce same-sex marriage within 100 days of re-election. full story

INDONESIA: Police arrested trans women after receiving complaints from residents who felt they had tainted Islamic Sharia law. full story

IRAQ/SYRIA: Islamic State militants executed nine men and a boy accused of being gay in Syria on Monday (21 September), a monitoring group has said. full story

ITALY: A British student is taking legal action against an Italian political party after her photo was used without her permission in an anti-trans ad. full story

RUSSIA: A Russian media watchdog group has banned five online LGBT youth groups on the grounds they violated the country’s ban on “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors.” full story

SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s most repressive and homophobic countries, will chair a UN panel on human rights. full story

UK: The Lib Dems today adopted a party policy calling for ‘male’ and ‘female’ to be phased out from documentation, as part of a trans and intersex rights motion. full story

UK: Prince William speaks out publicly against homophobic and transphobic bullying full story

UK: The British Vets Association is backing a new initiative supporting LGBT colleagues in the veterinary professions. full story

USA: The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest LGBT rights advocate, on Saturday condemned Mike Huckabee’s comments on an openly gay nominee to lead the U.S. Army full story

USA: A network of LGBTI military personnel is demanding that former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee apologize for hois comments about President Barack Obama nominating an openly gay man to be the next US Secretary of the Navy. full story

USA: On Fox News last night, Huckabee also said that inviting openly gay people to meet the pope is like setting up an open bar at meeting for Alcoholics Anonymous. full story

USA: Senator and Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz was booed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Monday night as he attempted to explain to Colbert why he thinks the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. full story

USA: Matt Baume on trans bathroom panic. full story

USA: A new survey provides a rare glimpse into the experiences of transgender college students, who report a high rate of serious non-consensual sex acts. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: The California Republican Party in a near-unanimous vote removed anti-gay communications from its platform and added language in support of the LGBT community. full story

USA, INDIANA: Tech For Equality is a new advocacy organization created by the former CEO of Angie’s List Inc, Bill Oesterle, to help promote LGBTI equality legislation in the state. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Rowan County, Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis has booked her first national news interviews, with FOX News’ Megan Kelly, and Paula Faris of Good Morning America. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Good Morning America this morning aired their interview with an always sobbing Kim Davis, who says that she’s prepared to return to jail and that God is the only authority she obeys. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Gay couples in Kentucky are questioning the validity of altered marriage licenses issued by a defiant county clerk and have asked a federal judge to order her to reissue the licenses or put the office in receivership and have someone else do it. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Four of the six people who work for Rowan County, Kentucky, Clerk Kim Davis told a federal judge that no eligible couples have been denied marriage licenses. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: The only denial of a marriage license application that has occurred within the last two weeks was to a gentleman who stated that he wanted a license that would permit him to marry “Jesus,” full story

USA, NEW YORK: Marlow White, a 51 year old African American transgender father of four daughters, filed a $2 million federal lawsuit against the NYPD. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: A girl will be allowed back to school – after she was kicked out for wearing a ‘Nobody Knows I’m a Lesbian’ t-shirt.
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USA, TENNESSEE: The Greene County Commission approved a resolution 27-2 in opposition to same sex marriage in Tennessee. full story

USA, TEXAS: A Collin County gay couple who were lead plaintiffs in the Texas same-sex marriage lawsuit announced Monday they will celebrate a newly legal marriage this fall in Frisco. full story

USA, WASHINGTON DC: A Roman Catholic teacher fired over her same-sex marriage says she has been invited to the White House to help welcome Pope Francis. full story

USA, WASHINGTON DC: Bisexual advocates met at the White House on Monday to policy issues and disparities that uniquely affect that segment of the LGBT community. full story


Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Crossan Studios LLC, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Written by scott on September 21st, 2015

Crossan Studios LLC

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 provide candid photography for Gay and Lesbian parties/events, portraits and weddings. Beach and outdoor weddings can be challenging to photograph and we specialize in them. With over 25 yrs. of professional photography experience we place an emphasis on customer service and client satisfaction. We’ll travel to your location wherever needed. Please feel free to call and discuss your event and we will work you up a custom quote for photography.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – September 21st

Written by scott on September 21st, 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!

OPINION: Lindsey Kirkham on why we need Bisexual Awareness Week. full story

POP CULTURE: Aydian Dowling, the bodybuilder who is on a mission to become the first transman on the cover of Men’s Health magazine, sat down with vlogger Raymond Braun recently to discuss the Men’s Health Ultimate Guy Search competition and what it’s like dating in the trans community. full story

POP CULTURE: Jeffrey Tambor won the first Emmy of his long career on Sunday for his performance as a transgender woman in the Amazon series Transparent, and dedicated his win to the trans community. full story

POP CULTURE: Transparent creator Jill Soloway won an Emmy for outstanding direction of a comedy series and used the moment to call for transgender equality. full story

Transparent creator Jill Soloway

POP CULTURE: Andy Samberg on Kim Davis: “If I wanted to see an intolerant woman dance, I would’ve gone to one of four of Kim Davis’ weddings. It’s amazing that Kim Davis came out of jail to ‘Eye of the Tiger,’ considering how many guys have boned each other to that song.” full story

Andy Samberg

POP CULTURE: Actress Evan Rachel Wood last week shared a powerful message about her bisexuality ahead of Bisexual Awareness Week, which began on 20 September. full story

EUROPE: In Romania and Finland, it’s legal to have sex with a live pig – but not to marry someone of the same sex. full story

FRANCE: A new poll released in France has revealed 56% of French people are against gay marriage, down from about 63% in 2013. full story

PERU: The first Peruvian children’s book featuring same-sex parents will be unveiled on September 30. full story

¿Camila tiene dos mamás?

SPAIN: The top brass of Spain’s ruling conservative Popular Party including Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy have attended the same-sex marriage of their deputy secretary-general, giving tacit approval to a law they once bitterly opposed. full story

UK: A Church of England preacher has left the church as he is not allowed to officiate once his planned same-sex marriage goes ahead. full story

VENEZUELA: A new wave of cinema is emerging from the violence of modern Venezuela focusing on gay love affairs and little boys who wear party dresses. full story

USA: Despite the U.S. military’s approval of hormone therapy for Chelsea Manning as part of her gender reassignment, the convicted Wikileaker has been denied her request to grow her hair out to female standards. full story

Chelsea Manning

USA, ALABAMA: The state Supreme Court has told a woman that the Georgia adoption of her ex-partner’s three children is not valid, and that she is no longer their legal guardian, even though Georgia legally authorized it when they lived there. full story

USA, NEW YORK: A woman and and her mother in New York City were mistaken for a lesbian couple and attacked whilst having dinner. full story

USA, NEW YORK: Two New York legislators are leading a campaign to designate Stonewall Inn as the first national park honoring LGBT history. full story



Marriage Equality Round-Up – September 20th

Written by scott on September 20th, 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!

OPINION: The Value Of ‘I Am Cait’: “Perhaps the most surprising and shocking thing for me has been to learn about the number of problems the transgender community faces.” full story

I Am Cait

AUSTRALIA: Protesters opposing same-sex marriage have gathered in Sydney for a protest, where they clashed with a small group of counter-protesters. full story

FRANCE: A right-wing mayor of a town in France has ruffled some feathers for his decision to take down advertisements for an upcoming lesbian film. full story

La Belle Saison

IRELAND: The marriage equality bill has now officially been published, and in related news, civil partnerships will soon be closed to new couples. full story

UK, SCOTLAND: A St. Andrews bagpipe player has been hailed after he drowned out a noisy anti-gay street preacher – by blasting out Scotland The Brave on his bagpipes. full story

USA: The U.S. government has announced that it will begin using the term “sexual rights” in talks relating to sexual and reproductive health issues globally. The remarks were made at a UN meeting this week. full story

USA: Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee slammed President Obama’s choice of an openly gay official to lead the Army as an attempt at “appeasing America’s homosexuals.” full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: Three longstanding LGBT legal activists will be honored by the American Bar Association Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity with its third annual Stonewall Award during a ceremony on Feb. 6, 2016, at the ABA Midyear Meeting in San Diego. full story


USA, NEW HAMPSHIRE: New Hampshire could be the next state to pass a ban on ex-gay therapy for minors, but it will be because a conservative Republican proposed it. full story

State Rep. Eric Schleien (R)

USA: Lesbian activist Martha Shelley is working with a new campaign calling for designation of a Stonewall national park site recognizing the initial uprising that was key to starting the modern LGBT movement. full story

USA: full story

USA, PENNSYLVANIA: Mayor Michael A. Nutter, if given the chance, plans to speak with Pope Francis during the papal visit to Philadelphia about barriers faced by the LGBT community in the United States and to ask the pope to “end judgment” of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Catholics. full story

Mayor Michael A. Nutter

USA, TENNESSEE: The Hamilton County judge who refused to grant a Signal Mountain couple’s divorce petition last month because of the U.S. Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision changed his mind Friday afternoon, according to a court order. full story

Chancellor Jeffrey Atherton

USA, TEXAS: Ammon J. Taylor, a 27-year-old man from San Antonio, Texas has formed a federal super PAC to fight the US Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage. full story

Ammon J. Taylor

USA, WASHINGTON DC: Several guests invited to the White House for the welcoming ceremony for Pope Francis are reportedly troubling the Vatican including openly gay Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson, Mateo Williamson, is a former co-leader of Dignity USA Transgender Caucus, and Sister Simone Campbell, the pro-choice nun who is executive director of NETWORK, a 44-year-old national social justice lobbying group. full story


Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Sooke Harbour House, Sooke, British Columbia, Canada

Written by scott on September 19th, 2015

Sooke Harbour House

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.

Welcome to Sooke Harbour House, a quaint, seaside boutique hotel near Victoria, British Columbua, where all your senses will come to life. One night’s sleep feels like a week-long vacation, one meal and your taste buds will explode, a treatment in our spa will make you feel younger, a tour of our art gallery will lift your spirits. Take a walk through our edible gardens and feel your whole body begin to relax.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – September 19th

Written by scott on September 19th, 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: According to Frito-Lay, all 10,000 bags of rainbow Doritos have been sold and no more will be produced, at least not this year. The promotion netted $100,000 for the It Gets Better Project. full story

POP CULTURE: The Disney Store has stopped classifying its children’s Halloween costumes by gender. full story

POP CULTURE: Rapper Waka Flocka Flame told The Breakfast Club Caitlyn Jenner’s transitioning was an: ‘Affront to God.’ full story

GAMBIA: Gambia’s ambassador to the U.S. on Friday defended his country against criticisms over its human rights record that includes anti-LGBT persecution.
full story

NEPAL: The Constituent Assembly of Nepal has overwhelmingly approved a groundbreaking new constitution that explicitly mentions the human rights of LGBT people. full story

UK: The Former Bishop of Oxford has spoken candidly about the link between homophobia and religion. full story

UK: Raidio host Iain Dale has demolished a ‘Christian’ preacher who ranted about homosexual ‘sodomites’. full story

USA: A new GLAAD survey shows the number of Americans who report knowing or working with someone who is transgender has doubled in the past seven years – rising from 8% in 2008 to 16% today. full story

USA: President Obama, in a historic first for the Pentagon, has chosen to nominate Eric Fanning to lead the Army, a move that would make him the first openly gay civilian secretary of one of the military services. full story

USA: President Obama gave Amanda Simpson a promotion from Executive Director of the U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives to Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy, making her the highest ranking openly trans official in the country. full story

Amanda Simpson

USA: Ted Cruz’s father said “The devil overplayed his hand” on same sex marriage. full story

USA: Rick Santorum says the Obergefell decision is not valid because “That’s not the way nature functions.” full story

USA: Chelsea Manning has penned an autobiographical essay that details her struggles as a homeless transgender teenager on the streets of Chicago, and links her incarceration as a trans woman to struggles for reform in what she calls the “military and prison industrial complexes.” full story

USA, INDIANA: Emails just released by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) reveal the tremendous damage Gov. Mike Pence’s anti-LGBT “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (RFRA) inflicted on Indiana’s economic climate. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: A lawyer for the deputy clerk in Rowan County issuing marriage licenses as Kim Davis continues to abstain from that practice is raising the possibility she may have violated court orders by altering the marriage forms in her office. full story

USA, MAINE: The Maine Supreme Judicial Court was asked Friday to determine if the day a same-sex couple was married out of state is their legal wedding date or if the union only became official more than four years later when Maine’s gay marriage law went into effect. full story

USA, MASSACHUSETTS: Harvard joins other colleges by embracing gender-neutral pronouns. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: A bar in Fayetteville has come under fire after its owner told a gay couple to leave. full story


USA, TENNESSEE: Jim Obergefell’s tweet chastises state lawmakers for anti marriage equality bill. full story

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Featured Gay Wedding Vendor: Black Walnut Point Inn, Tilghman Island, Maryland

Written by scott on September 18th, 2015

Black Walnut Point Inn

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.

Welcome to Black Walnut Point Inn on Maryland’s Tilghman Island, a private estate at the end of a fifty eight acre bird sanctuary. Our property is one of three gay owned and operated businesses on Tilghman Island. Our Tilghman Island B&B offers the seclusion and charm of the 1840’s – offering one of the most unique wedding venues on the eastern shore. We’re located just two hours from Washington, DC, Baltimore and Philadelphia. It’s hard to believe the peace and quiet provided by our beautiful gardens and lawns surrounded on three sides by nine miles of water. There are nesting eagles, otters and schooling fish all around us.

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