Tag Archives: LBGT rights

HomoQuotable – Ian Reisner

“You know, it’s so ironic — I wanted to build kind of a community center in the gateway to Hell’s Kitchen, which in 2008–2009 was already a gay place and now it’s even gayer. Very close to Broadway. We decided there’d be so many different ways to give back to the community. We show gay artists there. For gay performers, ...

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FLASHBACK: That Time Ted Cruz Passed On Defending Sodomy Laws At SCOTUS

Bloomberg gives us some interesting history: [Ted] Cruz is making the gay marriage debate the cornerstone of a bid to rally conservatives to his 2016 presidential bid, but same-sex issues haven’t always been the top priority for a lawmaker who built his profile as a limited-government, Tea Party-aligned conservative. As Texas solicitor general when the Lawrence v. Texas case came ...

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BREAKING: Missouri! (But Stayed)

Read the ruling. UPDATE: Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is appealing to the Eighth Circuit Court.

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Rob Tisinai On Uganda’s “Kill Gays’ Bill

Here’s another instructive video from Rob Tisinai. In this one he deconstructs the Christianist lies about Uganda’s “kill gays” bill.

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Frank Rich: Why Is Obama Waiting?

New York Times columnist Frank Rich goes after the Obama administration again today in an essay about the march towards full LGBT rights. Obama has long been, as he says, a fierce advocate for gay equality. The Windy City Times has reported that he initially endorsed legalizing same-sex marriage when running for the Illinois State Senate in 1996. The most ...

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Sunday: Intn’l Day Against Homophobia

Learn more about the International Day Against Homophobia. The goal: “To make the general population and, more specifically, ethno-cultural communities of all backgrounds more aware of gay and lesbian issues, and sexual diversity.”

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Anti-Gay Photog Loses Case In New Mexico

Elaine Huguenin, the New Mexico photographer who refused to work a lesbian wedding, has been found guilty of discrimination by the state’s Human Rights Commission and ordered to pay $6600 in attorney fees and court costs. The case has outraged both libertarians and conservatives. From The Volokh Conspiracy : I haven’t seen any written statement of reasons, but the order ...

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Adoption Rights For Euro Gays

Good news from Europe: (Strasbourg, France) In a ruling that could have far-reaching consequences the European Court of Human Rights said Tuesday that the exclusion of individuals to adopt children simply because of their sexual orientation is discriminatory and in breach of the European Convention of Human Rights. [snip] “Henceforth, France will no longer be able to refuse approval to ...

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California Approves Gay Marriage. Again.

For the second time, today the California legislature approved same-sex marriage. And Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to veto the gay marriage bill as he did in 2005. He has until October 14th to sign or veto. California presently permits same-sex couples to register as domestic partners. Equality California Executive Director Geoff Kors said, “We call on the governor to ...

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Queer Justice League To Protest Caliente

On Sunday at 1pm the Queer Justice League will be protesting in front of the West Village’s Caliente Cab Company restaurant in response to their Pride Sunday ejection of a butch lesbian for using the ladies restroom. They plan to repeat this action every Sunday until the restaurant “resolves the situation favorably”, which I presume means agreeing to QJL’s demand ...

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Desperation Moves

In an “open letter to the black community” televangelist Rev. Harry Jackson Jr. is calling on African-Americans to oppose the Matthew Shepard Act, the Senate version of the LGBT-inclusive hate crimes bill that recently passed in the House. Jackson: “As a pastor, I am concerned about the potential of being charged with a crime as the result of the actions ...

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Rome Protests Gay Rights

Several hundred thousand Italians protested proposed gay rights laws in Rome on Saturday, in a giant rally called “Family Day.” The rally was organized by a consortium of Catholic groups and was attended by many nuns and priests. The new law would give expanded rights to gay and unmarried couples in matters like welfare and inheritance rights, but does not ...

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Open Thread Thursday

Yesterday the California Assembly passed a bill making it easier for same-sex partners to take the surname of their partners or to create a new surname entirely. The bill must pass the state Senate and by signed by Schwarzenegger to become law. Currently only seven states (including New York) allow a man to take the last name of his wife ...

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Gay Partners Residency Bill Before Congress

Legislation was introduced in Congress today that would allow Americans to sponsor their foreign same-sex partner for legal residency, a right currently afforded only to married heterosexuals. The bill is called the Uniting American Families Act and was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and in the House by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY). The bill would add ...

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