Tag Archives: LGBT rights

Senate Hate Crimes (Matthew Shepard Act) Vote Tomorrow

From yesterday’s HRC’s Backstory: This afternoon, Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA), one of the lead sponsors of the Senate hate crimes bill, took to the Senate floor to urge the Senate to pass the hate crimes bill (S. 1105) and for President Bush to sign the legislation into law. Earlier today, Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) filed a cloture motion on the ...

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Progressives Pile On Ahmadinejad

Gay rights groups were quick to condemn Iran president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s claim that there are no homosexuals in Iran. HRC’s Joe Solmonese: “Today’s assertions by President Ahmadinejad that there are no homosexuals in Iran would be simply absurd were it not for the fact that international human rights watchers have long documented some of the most horrific acts of persecution ...

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Ahmandinejad: “We Have No Homos In Iran”

Iran president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke at Columbia University today at their World Leaders Forum as hundreds of vocal protesters marched outside the venue in a media firestorm. Last week, Ahmandinejad spurred outrage when he requested permission to lay a wreath at Ground Zero. His request was denied. The Iranian dictator’s invitation to speak at Columbia launched a nationwide controversy on ...

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Tomorrow: LA Gay Center’s March
And Rally For Gay Marriage

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Marriage Equality has posted a list of cities across California who are also staging marches and rallies on Tuesday, September 18th. Click here to find your city and where to stage for the demonstration. Tuesday, September 18th (tomorrow), the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center will sponsor a march and rally in support of the recently approved California ...

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NYS Benefits Now Open To Gay Married

Big news! A New York judged has ruled that the state retirement system must treat all legally married same-sex couples from outside of New York the same as opposite-sex couples, dismissing a challenge from the Arizona-based anti-gay Alliance Defense Fund. The ADF filed suit based on a 2004 decision by then State Comptroller Alan Hevesi to recognize gay couples married ...

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Cal Passes Student Civil Rights Act

California legislators have approved a bill called the “Student Civil Rights Act” to protect all California students from harassment and bias in public schools based on their gender identity or sexual orientation. A similar bill was passed last year but vetoed by Gov. Schwartzenegger. Of course, the right-wing is going apoplectic (see graphic), claiming that gay sex will now be ...

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ENDA Hearings Today

Via HRC’s Backstory: The Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Subcommittee of the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee will hold a hearing on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), H.R. 2015, at 10:30 in 2175 Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill. The hearing will take place in two sections. The first will feature the testimony of Congressman Barney Frank ...

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Iowa Judge Overturns Gay Marriage Ban

An Iowa judge struck down that state’s Defense of Marriage Act today, ruling it unconstitutional. Lambda Legal and Iowa’s former counsel general represented six couples denied marriage licenses in 2005, arguing that under equal access and due process guarantees in Iowa’s state constitution, the couples should not have been barred from marrying. The Iowa Civil Liberties Union and others filed ...

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Fortune 500: 93% Protect Gay Employees

Equality Forum reports that a whopping 466 of Fortune 500 companies now offer protection to their gay employees. Highest ranked of the holdouts is #2 Exxon Mobil, but you have to go all the way down to #95, Liberty Mutual, to find the next company still witholding protection. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Texas leads the list of states with the most non-compliant ...

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Rights Rally At UN: Noon Today

Human rights activists will gather at the UN’s Dag Hammerskjold Plaza at noon today, marching through the plaza and laying a wreath at the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial. LGBT activists including Brendan Fay and Gilbert Baker are calling on UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, to ensure the rights of LGBT persons ...

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Gay Activists Disrupt UN Secretary General Speech In San Francisco

Gay activists interrupted the San Francisco appearance of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon yesterday, protesting the United Nations’ refusal to address the plight of LGBT people being murdered, attacked and imprisoned around the world. Led by local activist Michael Petrelis, activists disrupted Ban’s speech to the World Affairs Council of Northern California, chanting, “Break the silence! Talk about gays!” (Photo ...

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Tubing The Dems

Tonight’s CNN/YouTube debate for the Democratic presidential candidates was fascinating. The format, which involved candidates responding to the YouTube’d video questions from the general public, was unique and effective. I’m betting we see more of these. Here are two clips of the candidates responding to questions about gay marriage and about religion-based discrimation against LGBT people. Chris Johnson has the ...

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NJ Gov Steps Into UPS Debate

The governor of New Jersey is demanding that UPS abide by state law and offer domestic partners benefits to the civil unioned. UPS says that under its federal collective bargaining agreement, union employees’ benefits are covered by federal laws that only recognize fully married couples. Non-union UPS employees do have access to domestic partners benefits in New Jersey. In Massachusetts, ...

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On The Scene At Flush Naugle Rally

Roving JMG reporter Father Tony is in Fort Lauderdale where he dropped in at the Unite Fort Lauderdale-sponsored Flush Naugle rally in the parking lot of the Shoppes of Wilton Manors, Fort Lauderdale’s all-gay shopping center. Local activists are demanding the Major Jim “Robo-john” Naugle either step down or apologize for his anti-gay statements. At the rally, Tony interviewed Waymon ...

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And Baby Makes Three

My pal Little David just penned a lovely and amusingly sarcasm-laden tribute to his friends Mark (pictured) and Dan who have just adopted an infant girl, Ella. Go read David’s dissection of his friends’ “flagrant attack on the American family”, resulting in their getting Ella via a “godless municipal government in thrall to the homosexual agenda.” Good stuff.

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LGBT Rights Advance In Cuba

Primarily fueled by the activism of Fidel Castro’s niece, Mariela Castro, LGBT rights are advancing in Cuba. The Communist Party is about to introduce a law which would legalize same-sex unions, allow gays to adopt, and grant lesbians access to state-run reproductive services. Trans people are being granted name-change rights, hormone treatments and surgery. Cuba has been under the rule ...

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UPS Ships 2nd Class To Gay Employees

UPS is refusing to grant spousal benefits to gay couples who have civil unioned in New Jersey, saying that they can only do so for couples that are married, as the company does for married gay employees in Massachusetts. UPS joins a growing list of New Jersey companies refusing to recognize state law requiring full benefits be granted to the ...

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Gay Adoption Rights Advance Nationwide

Time Magazine on gay adoption: While adopted children in gay and lesbian homes were scarce a couple of decades ago, they now number 65,000, or more than 4% of adopted children in the U.S., according to a new study by the Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Washington’s Urban Institute. Almost 2% of the nation’s 3 ...

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LA Is Sorry, So Sorry

In what one city council member called “a major hit to the city’s budget”, a Los Angeles jury yesterday awarded black lesbian firefighter Brenda Lee $6.2M in her discrimination suit against that city’s fire department. Lee returns to court today while the jury considers punitive damages, which could ratchet the award much higher. Earlier this year, a straight male coworker ...

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Too Butch For The Ladies Room

A butch lesbian was ejected from a West Village restaurant after last week’s Pride parade for using the ladies room. Khadijah Farmer, 27, was confronted in the restroom of the Caliente Cab Company by the restaurant’s bouncer, who escorted her back to her table and forced her party to pay their tab and leave. Farmer, who says she is occasionally ...

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