I’m guessing the answer is no – and I’m guessing that most of you probably don’t feel the need for a particular time to be proud of who you are and who you love, because our families and society are usually affirming and supportive, reinforcing heterosexuality without a second thought all the time. In choosing this headline I have assumed, as our society does all the time, that everyone is (or should be) heterosexual.
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Pink News reports:
The New York Senate has blocked bills which banned ‘gay cure’ therapy for minors, and protected trans people from discrimination. The ban on therapy to ‘cure’ homosexuality in minors had already been passed by the Assembly earlier this month, but was blocked by the Senate alongside the Gender Expression Nondiscrimination Act. The Senate leadership ended the legislative session without allowing the bills to go to a vote, despite support from both Democrats and Republicans.
The traitorous democrats (or is that DINO’s) who gave control of the state Senate over to the GOP are the gift that just keeps giving.
President Obama spoke at a Democratic LGBT fundraiser last night at Gotham Hall to a rousing crowd, ticking off a list of the many items he has accomplished for the LGBT community, making note of the advance of marriage equality, the Harvey Milk stamp, the drafting of Michael Sam, and the recent HBO production of The Normal Heart, noting that the work against AIDS is not done. Finally, he noted his plans, reported this week, to sign an executive order protecting LGBT employees of federal contractors.
Where would we be at this point federally if we had President McCain and a conservatively-packed US Supreme Court? The fight’s not over, but we’ve come a long way in six years.
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Gay Star News reports:
When it comes to gay marriage, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan thinks the Catholic Church has been ‘out-marketed.’… ‘I think maybe we’ve been out-marketed, sometimes,’ the influential cardinal said. ‘We’ve been caricatured as being anti-gay. When you have forces like Hollywood, when you have forces like politicians, when you have forces like some opinion-molders that are behind it, it’s a tough battle.’
It’s not a caricature if it’s true. And I like that idea – hate is out-marketed by love.
On Top Magazine reports:
A gay male couple got engaged at the Frying Pan on Manhattan’s West Side with the help of a flashmob dancing to Nina’s 99 Red Balloons. Lance was led to believe he and boyfriend Harry were at the restaurant to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Instead, Harry prodded him along as they followed the dancers. Lance resisted – “Why is he taking our picture?” he asked – but Harry insisted before being swept away by the crowd. On the restaurant’s top deck, the dancers released dozens of red balloons, then parted as Harry, holding a red balloon, made his way to this boyfriend.
Enjoy! The actual proposal starts at about 4:00. Made me cry.
Edge Boston reports:
A lesbian couple urged New York’s human rights agency Wednesday to rule that a wedding venue outside Albany broke the law when it refused to book their wedding last year. Melisa and Jennie McCarthy, formerly of Albany, filed the complaint against Liberty Ridge Farm in October 2012. They’re asking for unspecified damages and an order telling the farm not to reject customers based on sexual orientation. Attorneys from the New York Civil Liberties Union argued Wednesday before the Division of Human Rights that the 100-acre farm is a business open to the public and subject to the state’s anti-discrimination laws. “We are asking for some damages. We are not asking for very much,” NYCLU attorney Mariko Hirose said.
The couple who owns the farm says their first amendment rights trump state law. I’m confused. Has anyone told them they aren’t free to loudly and continuously complain about gay marriage?
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