We had to do it in a musical format.
The History Of The “Gay Rights Movement” In The USA
We had to do it in a musical format.
Funny to see that most people still care about what sexually-deprived people have to say on Sexuality. I just don’t get it. Not to mention the ridiculous idea of caring about living up to the rules written by people from the Bronze Age. I loved Jenny Bartle’s participation.
BBC’s Big Picture Covers Britain’s Anti-Gay Christian Hoteliers Case
Funny to see that most people still care about what sexually-deprived people have to say on Sexuality. I just don’t get it. Not to mention the ridiculous idea of caring about living up to the rules written by people from the Bronze Age.
I loved Jenny Bartle’s participation.
A Gay Agenda for Everyone
By Dan Savage
The New York Times Comments:
I’m not an idiot: Now that the Republicans hold the House, only wishful thinkers and the deeply delusional expect to see any movement on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender legislative agenda this year or next. Nevertheless, President Obama should address gay rights in his State of the Union speech this week, and he should tackle the biggest, most meaningful right of them all: the right to marry.
When he was a candidate for the Illinois State Senate in 1996, Mr. Obama told a gay publication that he supported “legalizing same-sex marriages.” Twelve years later, right about the time he decided to run for president, he came out against marriage equality. But, as the president likes to say, “The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.” Where a Gallup poll in 1996 found that just 27 percent of the nation supported equal marriage rights for same-sex couples, a CNN poll last summer found that a majority now supports marriage equality.
The president — perhaps after introducing Daniel Hernandez Jr., the openly gay intern credited with saving Representative Gabrielle Giffords’s life — should declare that the trend is clear: this country increasingly believes that Mr. Hernandez and other lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans should have all the same rights and responsibilities as other citizens.
Gay Americans are eventually going to win on marriage just like we won on military service, the president should tell Congress, so why not save everyone on both sides of the debate a lot of time, trouble and money by approving the entire gay rights agenda? Send the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, the Student Non-Discrimination Act, the Uniting American Families Act and the repeal of the odious Defense of Marriage Act to his desk for his signature.
He can assure the lawmakers that, yes, there’s something in it for Americans who disapprove of homosexuality too.
Social conservatives long to raise their children in a country where they don’t have to hear about homosexuality every time they turn on the news. I’d like raise my son in a country like that too. And guess what? In countries like Canada — where the fight over gay rights is essentially over, where there is gay marriage, open military service and employment protections — homosexuality hardly ever makes the front pages of newspapers. There’s nothing much to report.
Conservatives can’t get rid of us, but they can hear less from and about us. They just have to bend toward justice.
Clinton Amends Passport Change
Last December the State Department announced that passport applications would begin using the terms “Parent 1” and “Parent 2” rather than “mother” and “father.” But predictably, anti-gay and Christianist groups have been screaming their heads off and today Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordered an amending of the planned change:
The State Department said Saturday that Clinton had instructed the department to retain “mother” and “father” in passport applications as well as in a form known as a “Consular Report of Birth Abroad” that U.S. embassies use to document the birth of a child to expatriate Americans. It said the forms will now ask for the names of the child’s “mother or parent 1” and “father or parent 2.” Gay and lesbian groups had applauded the initial change, which was announced with little fanfare in late December. But conservative groups criticized it as an attack on traditional marriage and family values.
CANADA: Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Challenge To Hate Speech Law
In 2005 former male prostitute and Christian “ex-gay” activist Bill Whatcott, the Canadian version ofJames Hartline, was found to have violated Saskatchewan’s hate speech law after he stuffed residential mailboxes with pamphlets describing gay men as “filthy pedophiles” and “sodomites.” Last year Whatcott successfully appealed his conviction. Yesterday Canada’s Supreme Court agreed to hearWhatcott’s challenge to the very basis of the hate speech law, which he says violates the Canadian constitution.
Whatcott’s lawyer, Tom Schuck, says what has been the traditional Christian message on appropriate sexual conduct has morphed into being characterized as hate speech. Human rights commissions should remain neutral on such moral issues, he suggests. “The problem that I have and many others in the Christian community (have), is that this law is being used to charge Christians — Christians who have a different view as to what is right and wrong on sexual behaviour and in particular same-sex sexual behaviour,” Schuck said Friday in a phone interview from his office in Weyburn, Sask. “The argument is that our Constitution, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, gives all Canadians the freedom of speech, freedom of press, freedom of religion. And the utilization of human rights commissions to stop someone from saying that same-sex sexual activity is wrong infringes on all three of those charter rights.”After his 2005 conviction, Whatcott became a folk hero among American anti-gay activists and Christianists, who have long pointed to Canada’s stringent hate speech laws as a harbinger of a coming chilling of free speech in the United States. However few have noted last year’s overturn of his conviction and most continue cite the 2005 incident in their materials.
“[Homophobes/Conservatives] say that being gay is unnatural, cause the Bible says so… I’ve read the Bible [and] it’s full of unnatural shit that happens in that book. I would say that a dude dying and raising from the death… is far more unnatural than me sucking a cock”
Dear Alex R. Orue,
Now, our eyes are trained on 2011.We’ve had some enormous accomplishments this year – for our movement, for equality, and for our nation. From “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to hospital visitation rules to standing up against bullies, progress like this would never have happened without the incredible support of our online supporters like you.
Gabriel – in just a few hours, clocks will strike midnight and 2011 will begin, bringing with it a far more conservative Congress and a resurgent right wing across the country. They’re ready to spread hate through million-dollar ad campaigns and massive political contributions, taking on every piece of progress we’ve made – especially marriage equality.
If you too refuse to let the right-wing hate groups roll back marriage equality and undo all we’ve accomplished, then please stand with us now.
Together, our success in repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” this month was just one of many tough fights and inspiring victories we were a part of in 2010. Here are some of HRC’s other accomplishments, driven by our members every step of the way:
To repeal DADT, HRC organized a 50-city “Voices of Honor” Tour and a Veterans Lobby Day event with hundreds of service members calling for DADT repeal. HRC helped over 1,000 constituents pay lobbying visits to their members of Congress, and generated over 625,000 emails and 20,000 calls to Congress, all demanding final repeal.
HRC worked with local groups to successfully bring marriage equality to Washington, D.C. and to fight for progress on equal marriage in California, New York, Delaware, Hawaii, and Illinois.
HRC fought back against bullies large and small – forcing an anti-gay school board member in Arkansas to resign in disgrace and demanding that a leader of the Mormon Church in Utah amend his hateful comments.
HRC took on Target and Best Buy, calling on them to “make it right” after they made donations totaling $250,000 in support of an ultra-conservative, anti-LGBT candidate for governor in Minnesota.
HRC pushed the Obama administration to ensure that LGBT Americans can buy a house and visit loved ones in the hospital without discrimination, that they have equal access to family leave, that they get federal employee benefits for loved ones, and that they receive the same domestic violence protections as heterosexual Americans.
In partnership with the Courage Campaign, HRC launched NOM Exposed to hold the so-called National Organization for Marriage accountable for its hateful agenda.
HRC helped elect our nation’s fourth openly gay member of Congress, even in a tough election year. In total, HRC deployed staff to 17 states to work for pro-equality candidates, recruited more than 4,500 volunteers, and generated over 85,000 phone calls to mobilize voters around the country.
All of this – and so much more – is possible only because of you.
Gabriel, to bring the same energy and resources to bear in 2011, we need you to stand with us as a first-time HRC member. And together, we’ll stand against anyone who says LGBT people are flawed, or inferior, or second-class citizens.
The obstacles to equality will only grow next year, so we’ve got to grow our ranks to match them. Let’s go into 2011 strong.
Happy New Year,
“Gay people who want to marry have no desire to redefine marriage in any way. When women got the right to vote, it did not redefine voting.”
at the New Yorker Festival, October 1, 2010.
BBC On Elton John Flap: We Had That “Kill Gays” Guy On For Balanced Coverage
Yesterday the BBC ended a story about the birth of Elton John’s son with an “opposing view” from the head of a Christianist hate group that has endorsed Uganda’s plan to execute homosexuals. Today Pink News reports that even in face of widespread condemnation, the BBC sees nothing wrong with their action. Here’s their terse statement.
The practice of surrogacy is a sensitive subject and remains controversial in some quarters. Our short news bulletin featured Elton John talking about wanting to have a child and an opposing viewpoint. All sides of the debate on surrogacy have been widely reported in the news media and our coverage has reflected this.Pink News isn’t having it.The decision to include an interview with Stephen Green was hurtful not just to the millions of LGBT license fee payers but also to millions of Christians who do not hold or subscribe to the extremist views of Christian Voice. Most Christians would not support the abhorrent views of Mr Green and his small band of supporters who simply smear the name of the Christian faith. As many on Twitter, Facebook and PinkNews.co.uk comment pages have pointed out, the BBC’s logic would suggest that a racist be asked to comment on a mixed race couple having a surrogate child in order to reflect ‘debate’ in the country. Indeed the membership of Christian Voice is considerably smaller than that of many ‘racist’ organisations.Here’s how to complain to the BBC.
“I feel like I’ve contributed monumentally to the success of the gay movement in America, and if anyone wants to argue that, I’m open to it. You’re welcome.”
to The Advocate, March 1, 2010.