Tag Archives: activism

Fort Lauderdale Commission To Vote On Resolution Endorsing Same-Sex Marriage
UPDATE: Resolution Passes By 3-2 Vote

The vote is tonight. Via the Broward-Palm Beach New Times: A Fort Lauderdale measure asking commissioners to openly support marriage equality and gay rights is in danger of not having enough votes to pass Tuesday. The measure, sponsored by openly gay Commissioner Dean Trantalis, is nonbinding. However, it would speak loudly for city officials to openly support marriage equality — ...

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Gays Plan Visit To Texas “We Don’t Serve Fags” Diner, Owners Plan To Call Cops

Members of the Dallas-area LGBT community say they are planning on a mass visit to the Texas restaurant that kicked out a gay couple, telling them, “We don’t serve fags here.” The owners say they are ready to call the cops if that happens. “If there’s any problems, they will be taken care of appropriately,” says Christina Cheney, who is ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Rally For Homeless LGBT Youth Shelters On Monday June 2nd

Via press release: National Campaign for Youth Shelter calls for 22,000 beds for homeless youth: The Ali Forney Center and the National Coalition for the Homeless have released the list of speakers for the LGBT Rally for Homeless Youth, to be held in Washington Square Park at 6pm on Monday June 2nd. The National Campaign for Youth Shelter New York ...

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Larry Kramer’s Fight For The Normal Heart

The HBO movie debuts on Sunday at 9PM.

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Matt Foreman: Pull The Plug On ENDA

“It’s pathetic that four decades have gone by without Congress extending basic civil rights protections to LGBT Americans. It’s even more pathetic that what’s left of Bella Abzug’s comprehensive legislation is ENDA – a small-bore bill that is now riddled with giveaways to anti-gay forces, including a religious exemption big enough for an 18-wheeler to cruise through. It’s time to ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Gay Couples Mark Ban Anniversary By Demanding Licenses

Two years ago today North Carolina’s Amendment One enshrined anti-LGBT bigotry into the state constitution. This morning gay couples are marking the anniversary by demanding marriage licenses in the state capital. Via Freedom To Marry: A lot has happened in North Carolina in the past two years: New relationships have formed. Children have been welcomed into the world. Families have ...

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EW Cover Story: The Normal Heart

Entertainment Weekly on the decades-long journey from stage to screen for The Normal Heart: Despite involvement from names like Barbra Streisand, who owned the rights for 10 years, The Normal Heart appeared to be destined for only theater until Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy acquired the rights in 2009 with his own money. “I really believed in it,” explains Murphy, who ...

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LOS ANGELES: Stars And Activists Protest Brunei’s Brutal Sharia Laws

The top clip features a rousing speech by Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center CEO Lori Jean.

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GEORGIA: Gay Couples Rudely Denied When Applying For Marriage Licenses

Via the Savannah Morning News: The Probate Court is responsible for issuing marriage licenses, and the couples made their way up to the courthouse’s fifth floor, the location of the Probate Court, but they say their warm welcome at the courthouse suddenly turned sour. “We knew we would get denied,” Hardnett said. “But it was still discouraging to be treated ...

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Freedom To Marry Celebrates 10 Years

Last night I attended the tenth anniversary celebration of Freedom To Marry. The evening included a performance by Tony winner Laura Benanti and a gorgeous short film based on a new poem by Richard Blanco, who read his work at Obama’s 2012 inauguration. (The film will debut at Cannes next month.) Pictured above: CNN commentator Margaret Hoover,  Freedom To Marry ...

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HRC Unveils Southern Initiative

Via press release: Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced Project One America (POA), a comprehensive campaign to dramatically expand LGBT equality in the South through permanent campaigns in Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas. This substantial and lasting initiative—with a three year budget of $8.5 million and a dedicated staff of 20—is the largest coordinated campaign for LGBT equality in the ...

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Sullivan Doubles-Down On Mozilla Flap

Yesterday Andrew Sullivan acknowledged that the resignation of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich was not the work of gay activists but came as the result of pressure from the “techie straight left.” (Ben Shapiro appears to concede that point as well.) But Sullivan remains outraged. A civil rights movement without toleration is not a civil rights movement; it is a cultural ...

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Signorile Vs Sullivan

Yesterday Andrew Sullivan denounced the campaign against now-former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, declaring that if the Eich controversy represents the gay rights movement today, he no longer wants any part of it. Michelangelo Signorile responded to Sullivan this morning in a post which contends that it wasn’t Eich’s donation to the Prop 8 campaign that did him in. An excerpt: ...

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Activists Protest Harlem Hate Church

Members of ACT UP and other activists protested outside Harlem’s ATLAH Church on Saturday in reaction to the church’s billboard calling for the stoning of homosexuals. Via press release: Over fifty LGBT activists protested for over an hour in the rain yesterday outside ATLAH World Missionary Church in Harlem, demanding that the church’s controversial pastor, James David Manning, emerge and ...

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TOMORROW: Activists To Picket Harlem Hate Church, Request Collective Stoning

Tomorrow ACT UP and others will picket Harlem’s ATLAH World Missionary Church and demand that they be collectively stoned to death. Via press release: LGBT activists in New York City are calling for a peaceful protest outside ATLAH World Missionary Church Saturday, March 29th, 11:30 a.m. The controversial Harlem church is located at 36 West 123rd Street at Lenox Avenue, ...

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ILLINOIS: Activist Vernita Gray, First In State To Legally Marry, Dies At 65

Back in November, an Illinois judge ruled that longtime LGBT activist Vernita Gray (above left) could marry her partner Patricia Ewert (above right) ahead of the scheduled start date due to her terminal illness. Gray passed away yesterday at the age of 65. Gray died late Tuesday of cancer at the same Chicago home where she married Patricia Ewert in ...

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Danes Protest Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law

Danish LGBT activists and allies protested outside the Ugandan embassy in the Copenhagen suburb of Hellerup this weekend: Hundreds of protesters marched together to the front of the Ugandan embassy to protest against the anti-gay legislation in Uganda after the Ugandan president signed The Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Act also known as the “Kill the gays bill.” The Ugandan woman Nakiganda Hasifah ...

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Matt Baume Is At SXSW

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TEASER: The Normal Heart

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QUEENS: Irish Drag Activist Panti Bliss Joins Gay-Inclusive St. Patty’s Parade

Many more photos are at Panti’s Twitter page. Also marching in today’s parade were NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio and members of the City Council, all of whom are boycotting the main parade in Manhattan for banning gay groups from participating.

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