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New Poll Shows 7% of LGBT Community Opposes Marriage Equality

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

titleAn interesting new poll shows that a small sliver of the US LGBT population opposes marriage equality.

The Washington Post reports:

A new chart from Pew, based on 2013 data, shows that 7 percent of LGBT Americans said they oppose same-sex marriage. And another 18 percent said they favor it, but that they didn’t feel strongly. Perhaps most striking, 39 percent of the LGBT community said the marriage fight was taking focus off other issues of import to them.

Opposition to gay marriage in the LGBT community, such as it exists, is driven by three groups: LGBT blacks, LGBT Republicans, and bisexual Americans.

While 12 percent of the black LGBT community opposed gay marriage, nearly one in five (19 percent) Republicans did, too. Only 45 percent of LGBT Republicans said they strongly favored gay marriage — the lowest of any group. Fifty-eight percent of LGBT blacks said they strongly favor it.

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Why Don’t the LGBT and African American Communities Stand Together?

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

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Matthew was tied to a fence in rural Wyoming after being pistol-whipped and tortured — left to die. The moment we heard about his death, long before it was ever classified as a hate crime, in the very pits of our stomachs we knew that’s exactly what it was. But some voices, apparently unfazed by the horror of the crime, tried to rationalize that he must have created “gay panic” by coming onto his attackers.

Bryan’s unconscious, battered body was found in the Castro near dawn, badly beaten. Days later he was removed from life support. While some suggested he was probably just a victim of robbery, the immediate watery eyes and shudder felt by gays and lesbians evoked a knowing that something far more sinister caused his death.

Marichuy, a transgender woman detained among men in an Arizona immigration detention center, was raped — even after she had reported being harassed, bullied and threatened with rape. Many suggested she got what she deserved for her non-normative gender expression. Others, as is the case for many women who are raped, speculated about what she must have done to deserve it.

Those who have themselves survived such crimes wept aloud — or they wept quietly, alone.

Michael, an unarmed young, black man of considerable stature, was gunned down by a police officer in Missouri. Many quickly labeled the killing as justified, because the young man might have stolen something earlier in the day, or because he probably did something to deserve it — while the hearts of the black community broke. Again.

Authored By Todd Whitley – See the Full Story at The Dallas Voice

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President Obama to Sign LGBT Employment Executive Order Monday Without Religious Privilege

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

President Barack ObamaPresident Obama will sign the long-awaited executive order on monday, preventing federal contractors form discriminating against LGBT workers.

The Washington Blade reports:

President Obama is set on Monday to take executive action to prohibit discrimination against LGBT employees working for federal contractors and the federal government, the Washington Blade has learned. In a conference call with reporters on Friday, senior administration officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Obama plans to amend existing executive orders barring discrimination against workers to include protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Obama intends to amend Executive Order 11246, which prohibits federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, to add the categories of sexual orientation and gender identity. Additionally, Obama plans to amend Executive Order 11478, which prohibits discrimination in the federal civilian workplace — and was already amended by President Clinton to include sexual orientation — to include gender identity.

Although there will be no religious privileges included in the order. an older executive order still applies to some groups:

No further exemption for religious entities will be included in the executive order, but the update also won’t repeal President George W. Bush’s amendment to EO 11246, which allows religious-affiliated federal contractors to discriminate on the basis of religion, officials said. “You can use religion to only hire people who share your religion, but you can’t discriminate against somebody who is of your faith who happens to be LGBT, unless they fall within the ministerial exemption,” officials said.

It’s great that the President is doing this, but it’s both a sad commentary on the inability of congress (because of conservative stalling) to take any action on the matter for how many years now? And it could be reversed with the stroke of a pen by the next conservative President.

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England, UK: Cameron’s Support Among LGBT Community Up Amid Marriage Equality Push

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

UK: PM Cameron's Support Among LGBT Community Up Amid Marriage Equality PushA series of polls for PinkNews.co.uk has found that the popularity of the Conservative Party has grown since the general election, with David Cameron now a more popular choice to be prime minister than Ed Miliband. Most LGBT people said that by proposing same-sex marriage, David Cameron has positively altered their opinion towards the Conservative Party. Support for the Liberal Democrats has sunk, reflecting national opinion polls.

Over four days, PinkNews conducted two studies, one with the PinkNews voter panel, a selected and demographically weighted group of 864 LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) voters that have been tracked since 2010 and a self selecting group of 1432 PinkNews readers.

At the last general election in 2010, 39% of the PinkNews panel who voted in the most recent poll said that they voted for the Liberal Democrats, 27% for the Labour Party and 11% for the Conservatives. The Greens had 6%, SNP 1.6% and 0.5% Plaid Cymru. If there was a general election tomorrow, 38% said they would vote for Labour, 30% for the Conservatives, 13% for the Liberal Democrats, 9% for the Green Party, 2.4% for the SNP, 0.6% for Plaid Cymru and 0.69% for UKIP. In the self selecting poll, 42% said they would vote for Labour, 30% Conservative, 10% Liberal Democrat and 10% Green.

Authored By James Park – See the Full Story at Pink News

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USA: Why the Republican Platform is So Bad for the LGBT Community

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

Why the Republican Platform is So Bad for the LGBT CommunityThe Republican Party just ceded much political clout to extreme right-wing forces, and formalized new goals to oppress LGBT citizens via its official party platform. Even before the vote, evangelical Christian Dominionists from anti-LGBT hate groups were bragging how their Family Research Council wrote key planks of the platform which was adopted on August 28 at the national convention in Tampa, Florida.

Using both new and revised language, the party says it will permanently restrict the lives of all LGBT Americans in ten major areas, including: marriage, taxes, human rights, employment, civilian worker compensation, military/veteran compensation, religious freedom, scouting, adoption, and immigration.

Authored By Ned Flaherty – See the Full Story at PolicyMic

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Time for the LGBT Community to Get Engaged

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

The moment that everyone is talking about is Thursday night’s Republican debate, when audience members booed a gay soldier who asked a question about “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

And candidate Rick Santorum didn’t help matters by giving a sleazebag answer conflating gays serving openly in the military to sexual intercourse:

This piece is not a sell for Barack Obama, but a plea for the gay community to recognize who our true enemies are.

Full Story from LGBTQ Nation

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US: Hate Crimes Against LGBT Community Increased in 2009

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) has issued their annual report on the number of reported violent crimes against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people in 2009. While the findings are disturbing enough, keep in mind that such statistics are notoriously under-reported, with many law enforcement agencies not collecting, reporting, or recognizing anti-LGBT animus in violent crimes or including crimes in which perceived (not actual) sexual orientation or gender identity are factors.

NCAVP’s conclusions are still extremely worrying:

  • Murders at second-highest rate in a decade
  • Spike in anti-LGBTQ violence at time of federal hate crimes law passage
  • Economic crisis depletes resources for LGBTQ survivors of violence

Even more telling are how the crimes disproportionally effect communities of color and transgender women or feminine-presenting people in the LGBT community.

Full Story from the Huffington Post

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US: Tips for Responding to the Census for the LGBT Community

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Per the recent Northwest News brief in the latest edition of Just Out (out now at a coffee shop, downtown corner, bar, restaurant or virtually any other business near you), for the first time in history, the 2010 U.S. Census will allow same-sex couples to self-identify as either married or unmarried partners. The data collected is poised to have a huge impact for the gay, lesbian, bi and trans community in coming years.

Andrew McIlrath of the U.S. Census Bureau, and partnership specialist for gay, lesbian, bi and trans communities in Oregon, has supplied a great F.A.Q. to ensure that the pesky questionnaire is filled out correctly by the LGBT community.

Check it out after the jump, and make sure you’re represented correctly! Census forms will be delivered to households in mid-March, and completed forms should be mailed back by April 1. From April through July, census takers will visit households that did not submit a form through the mail, and the Census Bureau delivers population information to the President for apportionment in December. Each of the 10 questions on the census form helps to determine how more than $400 billion will be allocated to communities across the country.

Full Story from Just Out

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