Tag Archives: LGBT rights

Uganda Proposes Gay Death Penalty

Homosexuals in Uganda will face the death penalty if a new law proposed by Parliament member David Bahait is adopted. Aggravated homosexuality will be punished by death, according to a new bill tabled in Parliament yesterday. The private member’s bill was tabled by Ndorwa West MP David Bahati (NRM). A person commits aggravated homosexuality when the victim is a person …

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Kalamazoo’s First Non-Discrimination Ad

In January, the American Family Association forced the repeal of Kalamazoo’s new LGBT rights law. The issue has been put to a public vote and here is the first ad in support of next month’s ballot.

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Barney Frank On Joy Behar

Barney Frank talks to Joy Behar about health care reform, then at the 4:00 mark, defends his comments ripping the National Equality March.

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New York’s Top Court Hears Appeal Of Marriage Recognition

Today the New York Court of Appeals began hearing a case by the anti-gay Alliance Defense Fund, who were rejected by lower courts in their bid to overturn New York state’s recognition of same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions. New York state law stipulates the recognition of marriages that are legal elsewhere unless such a union is “abhorrent to state policy.” …

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Joe Solmonese: HRC Dinner Attendees Know Best

On Sunday, HRC head Joe Solmonese told CNN that the membership of the HRC was diverse and “absolutely representative of the LBGT community,” and not a group of white elites as many have charged. We’re the largest LBGT organization in the country with nearly a million members. Most of them are small donors and supporters all over the country. And …

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Andrew Sullivan: HRC Head Joe Solmonese Must Resign

Livid about Joe Solmonese’s recent comment that criticism of Barack Obama should be reserved until the end of his second term, Andrew Sullivan says that Solmonese must resign. Sullivan calls Solmonese a “craven tool of the Democratic Party.” (Is that Sullivan’s husband conducting the interview?)

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HomoQuotable – Dan Savage

“People don’t go to demonstrations or marches to be talked to death, they don’t go to be harangued, they don’t go to listen—God forbid—to poetry. They show up because they want to do something, they want to do something themselves, they want to take symbolic action. Part of what made ACT-UP so successful back before it was overrun by the …

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Activists React To Obama’s Speech

Last night Lt. Dan Choi, Dan Savage, Michelangelo Signorile, and Hilary Rosen appeared on CNN to give their reactions to President Obama’s speech. Dan Savage was mostly unimpressed. Signorile said he heard “nothing new.”

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Obama’s Speech To The HRC

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Cleve Jones Vs. Joe Solmonese

Last night Cleve Jones and Joe Solmonese went head-to-head over the Obama administration’s commitment to LGBT rights.

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Solomonese Explains

HRC executive director Joe Solomonese has issued an update of his widely criticized statement about judging the performance of President Obama. I’ve seen some reactions to my weekly message, that I gave the President a free pass not to fulfill his campaign promises until 2017. Here’s something from what I wrote that the authors didn’t include in their pieces: “I …

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HomoQuotable – Joe Solmonese

“But what has he [Obama] done? I’ve written that we have actually covered a good deal of ground so far. But I’m not going to trot out those advances right now because I have something more relevant to say: It’s not January 19, 2017. “That matters for two reasons: first, the accomplishments that we’ve seen thus far are not the …

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Montana Supreme Court Grants Parental Rights To Lesbian Partner

In a landmark 6-1 decision, the Montana Supreme Court has ruled that the lesbian ex-partner of a woman is entitled to share in the parental rights over the children legally adopted by the woman during their relationship. While a state Supreme Court decision Tuesday on a former same-sex couple’s parental rights didn’t directly address homosexual rights in Montana, Justice James …

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Wayne Besen Talks Obama On O’Reilly

Last night Truth Wins Out founder Wayne Besen appeared on the O’Reilly Factor to discuss President Obama’s speech at the HRC. Besen on the HRC picket: “It’s important for us to be inside and outside that dinner.” NOTE: I’ve replaced the hilariously wrong clip with the above correct one. Sorry about that, I was on a plane all day and …

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Tory Leader David Cameron: Our Allies Are Not Homophobic

British celebrities including Stephen Fry, Eddie Izzard, and Ewan MacGregor sent a letter to the UK’s Conservative Party leader David Cameron, urging him to repudiate the homophobic policies of the Polish Law and Justice Party, a Tory ally. Cameron responded by denying the charges, but also said that Poland is a Catholic country, so what can you do? Speaking to …

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Required Reading

It’s too perfect to excerpt here, but please check out this Daily Kos diary entry titled, I’m Heterosexual And It’s Just Freakin’ Fantastic!

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UK Conservatives Go Gay: Tories Throw Giant Gay Club Night

The party of Margaret Thatcher wooed LGBT support yesterday by throwing a massive gay club night in Manchester, where the Tories are holding their annual party conference. “Party with your fellow conservatives” read the poster. Skin-tight T-shirts, posters of semi-naked men and buckets of condoms on the tables. This was not a typical fringe event at the Conservative party conference. …

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PhoboQuotable – James Bowman

“If reason were to be readmitted to the debate, we might find something in the history of military honor to justify the principle now enshrined in the law decreeing that “homosexuality is incompatible with military service.” We know that soldiering–I mean not training or support or peacekeeping or any of the myriad other things soldiers do, but facing enemy bullets–is …

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The High Cost Of Being A Gay Couple

Today’s New York Times features a fascinating breakdown of the added costs that gay couples bear as incomplete and unrecognized members of society. The authors created a hypothetical gay couple and enlisted tax, insurance, and financial planning experts to run many scenarios on how much more it costs to be a gay couple in the United States. Our goal was …

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Illinois Senate Introduces Marriage Bill

Yesterday Illinois state Sen. Heather Stearns introduced a marriage equality bill. Via Equality Illinois: “This is not an issue of sacred versus secular – there are plenty of synagogues and churches that both recognize and perform same-sex marriages,” said Bernard Cherkasov, Chief Executive Officer of Equality Illinois. “Rather, marriage is a civil right – plain and simple. The state cannot …

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