Marriage Equality Roundup – November 18th

Written by scott on November 18th, 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!

LGBT-AfricaAfrica: Thom Senzee takes a look at the state of LGBT rights in Africa. full story

Ireland: Conservative Cardinal Raymond Burke, who was just demoted by the Pope, says he will deny communion to any politicians who support marriage equality. full story

Ireland: Three Democratic Unionist Members of Parliament have launched a petition in support of the bakery that refused to make a marriage equality cake. full story

Morocco: The government has dropped all charges against the gay British tourist who was jailed briefly this summer for “homosexual acts”. full story

Romania: Newly elected president Klaus Iohannis has opened the door for discussion of LGBT rights and marriage equality in the country. full story

Turkey: The country has a new umbrella organization for LGBT rights. full story

UK, Scotland: Independent candidate Philip Mitchell has pledged to “easily” stop same-sex marriages from happening if he is elected. full story

UK, Wales:The Liberal Democrats are leading a debate tomorrow on transgender issues in the country. full story

USA: Openly gay football player Michael Sam has been chosen for the cover of GQ’s men of the year issue. full story

Michael Sam GQ Cover

USA, Florida: Atty. Gen. Pam Bondi has formally appealed two marriage equality rulings. full story

USA, Kansas: 15 same-sex couples married in Wichita on the first full day of marriage equality in the state. full story

USA, Kansas: The mass wedding was interrupted by a protester chanting, “God says no.” The crowd full of gay rights activists chanted back saying, “God says yes.” full story

USA, Kansas: A state judge ordered three southeastern Kansas counties to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. full story

USA, Kansas: Now that the US Supreme Court has refused to step in, the Kansas Supreme Court is weighing the marriage equality issue. full story

USA, Michigan: The Detroit Free Press has some excerpts from the petition that marriage equality advocates filed with the US Supreme Court. full story

USA, Mississippi: The Human Rights Campaign has released the second in its “All God’s Children” marriage equality ad series. full story

USA, Missouri: A Christian homeless center has said that it will not allow married same-sex couples to stay together under its roof. full story

USA, North Carolina: The ACLU is challenging the GOP’s appeal of an already settled marriage equality case. full story

USA, Ohio:GOP Sen. Rob Portman says he feels “very comfortable” talking about his position of support for marriage equality. full story

USA, West Virginia: Officials at a West Virginia high school have reversed course, and will now allow a Gay Straight Alliance. full story

 

Transgender Day of Remembrance: We Need the Deaths to Stop

Written by scott on November 17th, 2014

Rizi Xavier TimaneEvery November 20, transgender individuals and their allies around the world commemorate the Transgender Day of Remembrance. But make no mistake: this is not a holiday, and the ceremonies we hold are certainly not celebrations. Rather, the Day of Remembrance is a solemn time when we can come together and reflect upon the battles we have fought and continue to fight and those individuals we have lost–the transgender and other gender nonconforming individuals who were innocent victims of violence because of who they were, because they had the audacity to live as their authentic selves.

I would like to say I’ve never experienced this extreme sort of prejudice before, but like most trans people, I have my stories. While thank God there have never been any attempts on my life, there have been people around me who thought I would be better off–or they would be better off–if I were dead. While I was a university student in London, another young person studying there passed away, and some of my fellow African students (I am from Nigeria) made a point of saying, loudly and closely enough that they knew I would hear, that it should have been me instead.

Besides the defeating personal implications of hearing such a thing, this incident continues to be a sad reminder to me of how deeply many people undervalue transgender lives and how at any moment, someone out there could hate us enough to kill us. That it could easily be our pictures shown at memorial services on the Transgender Day of Remembrance. However, this is part of what the day is for: to remind us that we all share this heavy burden–that we are not alone in our persecution and suffering.

Is this comforting? In some ways, yes; it’s always a comfort to know someone else feels as we do. But it’s also problematic. That we even have to have such a day is, in my opinion, shameful not for those of us who participate or those we remember but for society as a whole–for the culture of conformity and hatred that keeps us hidden within ourselves, afraid to come out for fear of rejection and outright violence. I don’t want a day of remembrance; I want a pride day, like the LGB community has, or no day at all because the murders of transgender individuals have ended in every nation around the world.

How can we make this happen? How can we eradicate the need for a Transgender Day of Remembrance? In general we need more allies, more compassion, more understanding, and more tolerance. We need more safe spaces in which we can raise our voices and share our stories. We need mandatory diversity training in schools and universities, police departments, hospitals, and businesses so everyone will be aware of and understand transgender individuals and issues. We need nationwide laws to ban discrimination based on gender identity and presentation. We need all this for our safety. Most of all, we simply need the deaths to stop.

About the Author

Rizi Xavier Timane is a transgender minister, an author, a recording artist, and an outspoken advocate for the LGBT community. He has performed many of his positive LGBT inclusive inspirational music at venues all across the USA and internationally. In his memoir, An Unspoken Compromise, he shares his journey to self-acceptance as a trans man of faith; he also writes for the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance blog, is a sought-after public speaker on the intersection of religion and LGBT civil rights, and holds a master’s in social work and a PhD in Christian counseling.

As the founder of Rizi Timane Ministries and The Happy Transgender Center, he provides affirming spiritual support to people of all faiths, sexual orientations, and gender identities. Having been subjected to what he terms, “involuntary religious-based abuse” in the form of multiple exorcisms to pray the gay or trans away and the subsequent self-loathing and drug/alcohol abuse that resulted from that, Rizi is a firm believer in Spiritual Affirmation for the Trans Community. His greatest accomplishment has been the establishment of an annual Transgender Surgery and Hormones Scholarship for Trans-persons who, for whatever reason (insurance denial, financial crisis or otherwise) want to have surgery or hormone treatment (HRT) but cannot afford to do so.

 

Matt Baume’s Marriage News Watch: Which States Still Don’t Have Marriage Equality?

Written by scott on November 17th, 2014

Matt BaumeStates have been gaining marriage equality at the rate of one or two a week lately, but a few stubborn holdouts may remain a serious challenge.

There are currently 17 states with marriage bans still in effect, mostly concentrated around the plains, midwest, and southeast.

You can’t get married in Montana, though that could change very soon. A Ninth Circuit decision overturned bans in neighboring states, and a federal judge has indicated that he’ll be ready to rule on Montana’s ban any day now. State attorneys could conceivably appeal that decision, but they’re unlikely to get a friendly reception from the Ninth Circuit at this point.

Authored By Matt Baume – See the Full Story at the Huffington Post

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – November 17th

Written by scott on November 17th, 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!

Worldwide: A group of US investors worth $210 billion are pushing top firms to support their LGBT workers around the world. full story

Australia: Australian Idol runner-up Anthony Callea married his actor boyfriend in New Zealand. full story

Brazil: At Rio’s GayPride celebration, activists called for an end to homophobia in the country. full story

India: The video game Dragon Age: Inquisition will not be released in India because it contains a gay character. full story

Israel: The country is started issuing new ID cards to the children of same-sex parents which allow them to be listed as father and father or mother and mother. full story

USA: David Lampo at The Hill suggest the Republican wave resulted in part from a de-emphasis of social issues, including gay marriage, by GOP candidates. full story

USA, Arizona: Cathy Herrod, the president of the anti-gay Center for Arizona Policy, is profiled. full story

USA, Colorado: Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado is complaining the President Obama is prioritizing LGBT rights while ignoring religious persecution abroad. full story

USA, Kansas: A mass gay wedding will take place in Wichita today. full story

USA, Michigan: The state’s marriage equality case will be appealed to the US Supreme Court today, joining the other Sixth Circuit cases from Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio. full story

USA, Mississippi: Anti-gay religious leaders in the state are calling a new Human Rights Campaign ad, which makes a Christian argument for LGBT rights, misleading full story

USA, Mississippi: The case of a woman who wants to divorce her same-sex spouse is before the state Supreme Court. full story

USA, North Carolina: County commissioners in Gaston County, North Carolina has just approved a non-binding resolution opposing marriage equality. full story

 

Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Fairfield Inn & Suites, Hazleton, Pennsylvania

Written by scott on November 16th, 2014

Fairfield Inn & Suites Hazleton PennsylvaniaPeriodically 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.

Gay Wedding Event Location in Hazleton, PA, USA. The Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott would love to host your out of town guests for your upcoming wedding . We have the quality and courteous service you and your guests deserve. Our staff are thoughtful of your needs, organized and prepared to help in the making of your special day. We are committed to providing everything just the way you like it to make every part of this experience more than meets your expectations.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up 11/16/14

Written by scott on November 16th, 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!

NoH8 PhotoTOP STORY:

USA: The NoH8 photo of a straight 11-year-old boy who is possibly harassed because of the kids think he is gay went viral yesterday. full story


France: Former conservative president Nicholas Sarkozy is calling for the marriage equality line the country to be repealed. full story

USA, Kentucky:The Sixth Circuit ruling in the Kentucky marriage equality case has now been appealed to the US Supreme Court. full story

USA, Nevada: The Reno Gazette Journal profiles how marriage equality may change the city’s wedding industry. full story

USA, South Carolina: The Greenville News is calling on state government to drop its opposition to marriage equality in an editorial. full story

USA, Texas: Sen. Ted Cruz is headlining an anti-gay conference in Texas this weekend. full story

 

Featured Lesbian Wedding Photographers: Swope’s Mountain Photography, Jackson, Wyoming

Written by scott on November 15th, 2014

Linda & Linda

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.

Gay Wedding Photography / Videography in Jackson, WY, USA. We are Team Linda – Linda Swope & Linda Marquis. Call our style “flattering photojournalism.” With 35 years of experience, we will capture the moment and make you look great. Known by thousands of couples across the country for good humor, enthusiasm, and professionalism, we approach your wedding with joy and pride. We draw our creativity from your love and happiness and the positive energy a wedding day brings.

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Transgender Day of Remembrance – Remembering Our Trans Dead

Written by scott on November 15th, 2014

Transgender Flag“I have always been more for celebrating accomplishments and victories and I have never really loved the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), to be honest,” said Helen Kramer, author of My Husband Betty, to LGBT Weekly. “I know so many vibrant, interesting, awesome trans people, and it upsets me that there are so many people who only first learn of the [trans] community through these violent deaths.”

And that’s a difficult reality for those of us in the trans community. What many trans people find true, even within LGBT spaces, is that many don’t know very much about us – don’t know very much about us trans people as individuals.

In the LGBT community though, if one knows much at all about the T subcommunity of the LGBT community, one likely knows that the TDOR is an observance Nov. 20 each year that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.

This year, there are over two hundred names of people who’ve have passed in the last year due to that violence. “I have been conducting Knoxville, Ky. TDOR every year since 1999 (Gwen Smith was a friend of mine when I lived in Sacramento),” Bear Rodgers told LGBT Weekly.”First year only trans women attended – then no one would.”

Authored By Autumn Sandeen – See the Full Story at LGBT Weekly

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71% in Indiana Want US Supreme Court to Decide Marriage Equality Issue

Written by scott on November 15th, 2014

titleA new poll Indiana highlights the fact that the state is ready for the fight over marriage equality to be over.

WISH-TV reports:

Gay marriage has been legal in Indiana for just over two months as the result of a federal appeals court ruling. That follows a battle that lasted more than a decade in the General Assembly and the Hoosier Survey found that support for gay marriage has leveled off… 47 percent favor it. That’s down a tick from 48 percent a year ago, but it’s still a tick above the 46 percent who remain opposed… Curiously, the Hoosier Survey found greater support for gay marriage in other states. 56 percent say that marriages conducted elsewhere should be recognized here, with just 40 percent opposed… But here’s the most interesting finding in the Hoosier Survey: more than two-thirds, 71 percent, would like to see the U.S. Supreme Court end the legal wrangling. Just 24 percent like the status quo.

Barring a surprise overturning of marriage equality in 33 states by the US Supreme Court, the fight IS over in Indiana.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – November 15th

Written by scott on November 15th, 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!

Gibraltar: And LGBT rights group in this British territory is calling on the government to introduce marriage equality. full story

Taiwan: Gayway, one of Asia’s largest gay websites was shut down for “disturbing obscene material”. full story

USA: Joe.My.God shares with us a new US marriage equality map – the Happy Purple Marriage Map. full story

Happy Purple Map

USA:Joe.My.God has the new US marriage equality map from Wikipedia, which now seems like a daily event. full story

Wikipedia Marriage Equality Map

USA: A new study shows that transgender men who conceive experience a lot of hostility. full story

USA: The Human Rights Campaign says a proposed change in policy for gay men who donate blood doesn’t go far enough. full story

USA, Alabama: In trying to defend its marriage equality ban, the state is bringing in discredited anti-gay researcher Mark Regnerus. full story

USA, Alabama: State Rep. Patricia Todd has renamed her LGBT employment protections bill for Apple CEO Tim Cook. full story

USA, Florida: Atty. Gen. Pam Bondi filed an appeal in a marriage quality case to the 11th circuit. full story

USA, Kansas: Several Topeka pastors, just minutes from the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church, have indicated they are ready to start marrying same-sex couples. full story

USA, Kansas: Johnson County is asking for permission to marry same-sex couples while an appeal proceeds through the court system. full story

USA, Michigan: The status file legal briefs arguing that 300 weddings performed on March 22 in the state should be invalidated by the Sixth Circuit ruling against marriage equality. full story

USA, Montana: A federal judge has indicated he will rule on the state’s marriage equality ban without a hearing. full story

USA, Ohio: The ACLU has appealed the Sixth Circuit decision in the marriage equality case here to the US Supreme Court. full story

USA, Ohio: A state Supreme Court justice says language on marriage equality, for or against, doesn’t belong in the Ohio Constitution, but he would like to see that and the legal rights of same-sex couples addressed by the Legislature. full story

USA, South Carolina: Atty. Gen. Alan Wilson is asking the Fourth Circuit for a stay on this week’s marriage equality decision. full story

USA, South Dakota: The state’s request to dismiss the marriage equality lawsuit was denied by a federal judge. full story

USA, Tennessee: The National Center for Lesbian Rights has appealed the Tennessee case to the US Supreme Court. full story

Vatican: The Pope has invited a number of anti-gay US figures to a meeting on marriage at the Vatican. full story