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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Melissa Coe Ceremonies, Portland, Oregon

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Melissa Coe Ceremonies

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.

Melissa Coe joyfully officiates 50+ weddings a year, more than half of which are for LGBTQ couples. She is a professionally educated and certified Wedding Officiant, Celebrant, Interfaith Minister and LGBTQ Ally who is also the OR & ID Celebrant Chapter Facilitator, Wedding Wire winner, a featured enGAYged Wedding exhibitor as well as the co-founder of Wedding Professionals United for Marriage- an outreach program of Basic Rights Oregon /Oregon United for Marriage.

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USA: Bill Reintroduced in U.S. Senate To Remove Unfair Tax Burden On LGBT Families

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

US CongressTwo US Senators, a Democrat and Republican, are introducing a bill that would help level the tax playing field for LGBT citizens. LGBTQ Nation reports:

U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) on Monday introducing the Tax Parity for Health Plan Beneficiaries Act, a bill that would end the taxation of employer-provided health insurance for domestic partners, as well as the penalty imposed on employers who provide equal benefits to their LGBT employees. The bill, which was also introduced in the 112th Congress, addresses inequality in the U.S. tax code dealing with same-sex partners and spouses.

While the bill is highly unlikely to pass in the current gridlocked environment in Congress, we applaud Senators Collins and Schumer for making the attempt.

Should We Take LGBT Off the Menu? (

Friday, October 15th, 2010

LGBTRefer to me as a member of the LGBT community and I will probably correct you. Tell me I’m part of a bigger group with even more letters (LGBTQIA, etc.) and I’ll likely cringe. I am a gay man, and as far as I’m concerned that’s a perfectly good label.

Why? Because I’m not a lesbian, a transgender, or a bisexual, and beyond a basic human level, I don’t relate to those who are.

It all started when lesbians seceded from the union. Prior to the sexual revolution, those who practiced non-heterosexual behavior were called simply “homosexual” or “homophile.” After that came the term “gay” – which, if you’re a fan of old movies, you’ll know used to mean “happy.” (This was back in the day when “gay” was strictly an adjective. Popular culture has since added an “s” and turned it into a noun, of which I am not a fan.) In my opinion, being labeled “gay” is fine, but evidently lesbians weren’t happy being lumped together with us. And I can’t say I blame them. The social practices and mating rituals of homosexual women are very different from those of homosexual men. In my opinion, they are completely different species.

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