Tag Archives: LGBT rights

HomoQuotable – Jennifer Crisler

“We were proud to join the many diverse families attending the White House Egg Roll this year. For the second year in a row, gay and lesbian-headed families participated in a great American tradition. Despite the cold weather and freezing temperatures, gay and lesbian families came and made their presence known, making our existence real to millions of Americans.” – …

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Victory Dances

It’s been a good week for the movement. -The ACLU claimed a victory in Okeechobee, Florida, a small town near the northern edge of the Everglades, where their federal lawsuit forced Okeechobee High School to recognize the Gay-Straight Student Alliance. The school had banned the group as a “sex-based club”, saying it violated their abstinence-only policy. -New Hampshire’s state house …

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Fairies Can Tie The Knot At Disney

Walt Disney has announced that its Fairy Tale Wedding package will now be available to gay couples, meaning that LGBT folks can stage ceremonies at either U.S. resort or on their cruise line. No word on whether they are changing the name of the wedding package (which starts at $8000), but let’s hope they don’t. If I got married at …

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Queer Superpowers, Unite!

The first meeting of the Queer Justice League will take place at NYC’s Gay Community Center on Thursday, April 12th at 7:30pm. This meeting will be a space for long-term ACT UP members and new young activists to come together and discuss the future of the fight for LGBT equality. If you want to have a voice in the next …

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Incest, Kiddie Sex = Gay Marriage

The Archbishop of Italy, Angelo Bagnasco, has compared the current battle in Italy for same-sex marriage to incest and pedophilia, saying, “Why say ‘no’ to forms of legally recognised co-habitation which create alternatives to the family? Why say ‘no’ to incest?” Why say ‘no’ to the pedophile party in Holland?” Italy is preparing for a vote on a civil union …

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LGBT Athletes To Speak At Final Four

The Human Right Campaign, Nike, ESPN, and the Women’s Sports Foundation are jointly hosting a discussion panel on LGBT athletes at the NCAA Final Four competition in Atlanta on Friday. Openly gay athletes expected to appear include former NBA star John Amaechi, former pro baseballer Billy Bean, former NFL players Esera Tuaolo and Dave Kopay, and others. The press release …

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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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