Tag Archives: LGBT History

NYT On The Decline Of The “H” Word

The New York Times yesterday explored the vanishing use of the word “homosexual” by almost everybody except anti-gay groups. Consider the following phrases: homosexual community, homosexual activist, homosexual marriage. Substitute the word “gay” in any of those cases, and the terms suddenly become far less loaded, so that the ring of disapproval and judgment evaporates. Some gay rights advocates have ...

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REPORT: AFER Paid $6.4 Million To Law Firms In Proposition 8 Case

Michael Lavers reports at Washington Blade: The American Foundation for Equal Rights between 2009 and 2013 paid more than $6.4 million to two law firms that successfully argued against California’s Proposition 8. Tax filings indicate former U.S. Solicitor General Ted Olson’s law firm – Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP – received $1,691,714 from AFER for “legal and ancillary legal expenses” ...

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TRAILER: The Day It Snowed In Miami

Especially relevant in light of today’s passing of former Florida Gov. Reubin Askew, coming soon to PBS is a documentary about Anita Bryant and Miami’s famed battle for LGBT rights. The film premiered last week in Miami Beach. For those too young, some back story: As promotion of civil rights for African Americans, women and other disadvantaged groups expanded, a ...

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FLORIDA: Former Gov. Reubin Askew, Ally To Anita Bryant, Dies At Age 85

Former Democratic Florida Gov. Reubin Askew, who supported Anita Bryant’s campaign to ban gay schoolteachers and who in 1977 signed Florida’s statutory ban on same-sex marriage and gay adoption, has died of pneumonia at the age 85. Despite his opposition to LGBT rights and his other conservative positions, the New York Times today hails Askew as a progressive for his ...

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TEASER: The Normal Heart

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TRAILER: Fred

A documentary about the 2012 campaign of Fred Karger.

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Tweet Of The Day – Jason Collins

ESPN reports: Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins met privately with the parents and brother of the late Matthew Shepard following the team’s 112-89 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night at Pepsi Center. The player gave Dennis and Judy Shepard an autographed, No. 98 black and white jersey, and laughter could be heard throughout the 10-minute meeting. Collins, who ...

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Today’s New York Daily News

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Jason Collins At Pre-Game Presser: I Know How To Play Basketball, I’m Ready
UPDATE: Standing Ovation As Collins Enters Game At Start Of Second Quarter

At this writing, the first quarter has ended and Collins has not yet entered the game. Fans and assholes are tweeting up a storm from the arena. UPDATE: Collins has entered the game. And THAT, folks, is LGBT history being made tonight. UPDATE II: Sports reporters on Twitter are calling it a standing ovation but the clip below only catches ...

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VIRGINIA: AFER And Marriage Plaintiffs Hold Celebratory Press Conference

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White House: Thank You Edie Windsor

A message of thanks to DOMA champion Edith Windsor was posted today on the White House blog. The statement is attributed to White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett. An excerpt: When the Court handed down its decision last June, President Obama called Edie from Air Force One to congratulate her on her victory. And earlier this week, the President invited ...

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Edith Windsor Attends White House State Dinner Honoring French President

DOMA champion Edith Windsor was among the guests attending last night’s White House state dinner honoring French President Francois Hollande, who guided his nation to marriage equality last May.  Climbing out of his limousine just after 7 p.m., he [Hollande] was greeted by the Obamas, the first lady in a full liberty-blue skirt and black beaded top by Carolina Herrera. ...

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NYC Preservationists Seek Landmark Status For The Historic Stonewall Inn

The historic Stonewall Inn and the nearby Julius, NYC’s oldest gay bar, are both within the Greenwich Village Historic District and any physical changes to the buildings must by approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.  But the Greenwich Village Society of Historical Preservation is seeking individual landmark status for both sites to further protect them as icons of LGBT history. ...

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Swag Tuesday

Courtesy of Universal Entertainment, today’s Swag Tuesday prize is the Dallas Buyers Club video combo pack, which went on sale today online and at physical retailers nationwide. Enter to win a Dallas Buyers Club Blu-ray™ combo pack! An all-star cast led by Golden Globe Award® winners Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto inspire in Dallas Buyers Club – the epic true ...

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UK: It’s Raining Men Re-Enters Pop Chart

Earlier this month a member of Britain’s far-right UKIP party declared that God was flooding the country in anger over the legalization of same-sex marriage. That prompted a Facebook campaign to push It’s Raining Men to #1 on the singles chart more than 30 years after its release. The Guardian reports that might happen: Three decades after its original release, ...

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Kickstarter For AIDS Quilt Documentary

From the website for The Last One: Now more than 50 miles long were it to be laid out end-to-end, The AIDS Memorial Quilt is too large to display in any one location. Yet, even at this size, it does not begin to reflect the number of people who have succumbed to the pandemic. As the film traces The Quilt’s ...

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BOOK TRAILER: Sean Strub’s Body Count

The book went on sale yesterday at Amazon.

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The Man Who Invented San Francisco

The Days Of Anna Madrigal, the ninth and final installment of Armistead Maupin’s legendary Tales Of The City series, will be published later this month. Yesterday the Guardian heaped praise upon Maupin. An excerpt: Quentin Crisp once introduced him with the boast: “This is Mr Maupin. He invented San Francisco.” More importantly, Maupin virtually invented the mainstreaming of gay life ...

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Happy New Year, JMG Community!

Yet another eventful year has come and gone for this here website thingy. In 2013 we saw nearly 28 million pageviews on just over 10,000 posts on which you folks left over a million comments.  As I mentioned in this post last year, news blogging is like a homework assignment that is never done, but is always due. Nevertheless, you ...

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AFER Looks Back On 2013

Clip recap: In 2013, AFER took our case against Prop 8 to the US Supreme Court. Standing with us was an unprecedented groundswell of support, including you. It was the first time a marriage case for gay and lesbian Americans had ever been briefed before the nation’s highest court. And we won. Gay and lesbian couples can now get married ...

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