Tag Archives: LGBT rights

HomoQuotable – Peter Tachell

“This vote is another nail in the coffin of homophobia. The defeat of the religious fundamentalists is a just reward for their deceitful scare-mongering campaign.” – British gay activist Peter Tachell, celebrating that despite vigorous protest and lobbying by British fundies (remember Monday’s video?), the Sexual Orientations Regulations was approved by the House of Lords yesterday. Zod saved the queens!.

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LGBT-Inclusive Hate Crimes Bill Introduced In Congress

Yesterday, with the support of a broad coalition of professional organizations, including many law enforcement groups, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) introduced the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which will extend hate crimes protection to the LGBT community. Today the American Family Organization issued an action alert to stop the legislation, saying that the hate crimes ...

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Few NJ Civil Unions So Far

Early figures are showing that gay couples in New Jersey aren’t exactly rushing to be civil unioned. Only 229 couples have applied for licenses in the first month (although not all municipalities have reported in), which some activists say is indicative of a feeling that gay marriage will eventually come to the state, causing many couples to wait. If true, ...

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Two Daddies Or Ten Daddies

Here’s a bit of YouTube nastiness courtesy of British fundies who are planning to protest Parliament’s plan to enact a “Sexual Regulations” bill allowing schools to educate children about gay families. Unbelievable.

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Magicially Queerlicious

ABOVE: Irish Queers member JF Mulligan sets up. (Embiggen to read the banner.) Forget “Erin Go Bragh”, the real chant of today’s NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade was “Queers can march in Dublin! Queers can march in Cork! Why can’t queers march in New York?” Or at least that was the favored chant in the Queer Corral, which is what ...

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Alva On CNN

Openly gay Iraq vet Eric Alva appeared on CNN’s Paula Zahn Wednesday night to challenge Gen. Peter Pace on DADT..

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Spitzer Nixes Parade

New York Governor Elliot Spitzer has announced that he will not march in tomorrow’s NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the first NY governor to skip the parade in over a decade. Although Spitzer doesn’t specifically cite the parade’s ban on gays as his reason, his refusal to participate is consistent with his vigorous support of LGBT rights. Spitzer has promised ...

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HomoQuotable – Eric Alva

“This kind of prejudice is going to continue to have a direct impact on our national security as we allow qualified gay men and women to lose their jobs for no good reason. This policy, and General Pace’s bigotry, is outdated, unnecessary and counter to the same American values our soldiers are giving their lives for each and every day.” ...

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The Peter Principle

“I believe homosexual acts between two individuals are immoral and that we should not condone immoral acts.” – Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Peter Pace, adding that he supports DADT. Pace went on to say that no Marine should have a cock bigger than his own (shown), effectively ruling out Matt Sanchez. UPDATE: The Servicemembers Legal Defense ...

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Haliburton OK’s Gays

Defense contractor Halliburton has amended its corporate governance rules to protect gays from discrimination. Last year, the Halliburton board of directors fought vigorously to prevent such an amendment. According to the news article, there’s no evidence that the move has anything to do with Mary Cheney’s pregnancy or if Grandpa Dick had a hand in the rule change. Still, when ...

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Battle Cry For Hate Crimes Bill

The current issue of The Advocate features a joint column by HRC head Joe Solmonese and activist Judy Shepard calling for immediate action on a national hate crimes law, as this may be the best year to get such a bill passed. Fear of violence remains a horrible reality for millions of GLBT Americans—even in places that many consider “tolerant” ...

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Hillary Wants The Gays

On Friday, Hillary Clinton made a keynote speech to the Human Rights Campaign, telling them that she wanted a “partnership” with gays in her presidential campaign. What she did not do, however, was publicize the speech via either her Senate office or her campaign office. Clinton’s spokeman said the event was not publicized because the HRC board meeting is closed ...

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Florida Town Sacks Pre-Op TG Manager

Largo, Florida, population 76,000, a Gulf Coast town near St.Petersburg, has decided to fire their city manager rather than allow him to transition to a woman. Steve Stanton, 48 and a married father of one, appeared before 500 people at a town meeting listening to residents like Pastor Ron Saunders say, ”If Jesus was here tonight, I can guarantee you ...

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DADT Repeal Near

Legislation to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was introduced in Congress today by Rep. Marty Meehan (D-Mass.), with more than 120 members as co-signers. Meehan is confident that the bill will pass this time, now that Democrats are in power. So which is it? Is this a shining result of the hard work of gay activists united in a just ...

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First New Jersey Civil Union

Congratulations to Daniel Gross and Steven Goldstein, the first gay couple in New Jersey to have a civil union ceremony. Today New Yorkers have another reason to move across the Hudson, besides the cheaper real estate.

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Nigeria Poses Sweeping Anti-Gay Laws

Nigeria, the 9th most populous nation in the world, is about to criminalize “virtually all forms of gay expression.” Legislation being considering by the Nigerian National Assembly reads: “Any person who is involved in the registration of gay clubs, societies and organizations, sustenance, procession or meetings, publicity and public show of same sex amorous relationship directly or indirectly in public ...

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No Kiddies = No Marriage For You!

The Washington State Supreme Court recently ruled that the state could prevent gay and lesbian couples from marrying because the state has a legitimate interest in preserving marriage for procreation. In a clever response, gay marriage activists have filed a state initiative that will allow only couples capable of having kids to marry, and require that they file “proof of ...

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Newsom Fucks Up (And Around)

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newson, the darling of some gay marriage activists, has been exposed for having an affair with the wife of his election campaign manager. Newsom is up for re-election this year and faces a grassroots campaign urging openly lesbian state Sen. Carole Migden to run against him. Not all gay marriage proponents are Newsom fans. Some activists ...

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Florida To Consider Gay Rights Law

Florida lawmakers have been presented with a bill that would outlaw anti-gay discrimination in employment, housing, and public accomodations. Two legislators from liberal oasis Boca Raton, working at the behest of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council, introduced the bill to the state Senate and House of Representatives. As regular readers know, I am from Florida, where like most ...

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