Friday, May 11, 2012

Ellen DeGeneres Cheers President Obama For Marriage Equality Endorsement 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Rachel Maddow: Our “Historic Day”

This aired last night.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

USA: President Obama Endorses Marriage Equality

CALIFORNIA: Harvey Milk Street Approved For Hillcrest In San Diego
NBC News reports: 

The San Diego City Council unanimously voted to change the name of Blaine Avenue to Harvey Milk Street in Hillcrest on Tuesday.
Harvey Milk was the civil rights activist who was also the first openly gay man elected to public office in a major U.S. city. Milk was later shot and killed in 1978 when Supervisor Dan White shot him at San Francisco’s city hall.
San Diego is the first city in the country to honor Milk with a street bearing his name.
The cost of the signs for the name change has been paid for by private contributions, according to Councilmember Todd Gloria’s office.
“It is an honor to vote today to solidify Milk’s position as a true advocate for under-represented people, and a privilege to have my colleagues stand united with me for this historic action,” Gloria said in a statement.
Blaine Avenue will become Harvey Milk Street in time for Milk’s birthday on May 22.

CALIFORNIA: Harvey Milk Street Approved For Hillcrest In San Diego

NBC News reports: 

The San Diego City Council unanimously voted to change the name of Blaine Avenue to Harvey Milk Street in Hillcrest on Tuesday.

Harvey Milk was the civil rights activist who was also the first openly gay man elected to public office in a major U.S. city. Milk was later shot and killed in 1978 when Supervisor Dan White shot him at San Francisco’s city hall.

San Diego is the first city in the country to honor Milk with a street bearing his name.

The cost of the signs for the name change has been paid for by private contributions, according to Councilmember Todd Gloria’s office.

“It is an honor to vote today to solidify Milk’s position as a true advocate for under-represented people, and a privilege to have my colleagues stand united with me for this historic action,” Gloria said in a statement.

Blaine Avenue will become Harvey Milk Street in time for Milk’s birthday on May 22.

Sunday, May 6, 2012
Debra Messing Tweets About Vice President Joe Biden’s Remarks On Will & Grace

Debra Messing Tweets About Vice President Joe Biden’s Remarks On Will & Grace

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
PENNSYLVANIA: Gets First Out Gay Lawmaker  
Joe.My.God. reports: 

The Victory Fund writes us to announce that yesterday Pennsylvania elected its first-ever openly gay member of the state legislature.
Brian Sims tonight has won a decisive Democratic primary in his Philadelphia district and will become Pennsylvania’s first openly gay state representative. Sims defeated a longtime incumbent to capture the Democratic nomination in the heavily Democratic District 182, and will face no Republican opponent this November. Sims, a former member of the Victory Campaign Board, is a distinguished policy attorney and civil rights advocate from Center City Philadelphia. The former Staff Counsel for Policy and Planning at the Philadelphia Bar Association, he recently stepped down as the President of the Board of Directors of Equality Pennsylvania.

PENNSYLVANIA: Gets First Out Gay Lawmaker  

Joe.My.God. reports: 

The Victory Fund writes us to announce that yesterday Pennsylvania elected its first-ever openly gay member of the state legislature.

  • Brian Sims tonight has won a decisive Democratic primary in his Philadelphia district and will become Pennsylvania’s first openly gay state representative. Sims defeated a longtime incumbent to capture the Democratic nomination in the heavily Democratic District 182, and will face no Republican opponent this November. Sims, a former member of the Victory Campaign Board, is a distinguished policy attorney and civil rights advocate from Center City Philadelphia. The former Staff Counsel for Policy and Planning at the Philadelphia Bar Association, he recently stepped down as the President of the Board of Directors of Equality Pennsylvania.
Monday, April 23, 2012

CALIFORNIA: Rep. Nancy Pelosi Honored At AIDS Memorial Grove In San Francisco

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Titanic: The Untold Gay Story

Monday, March 19, 2012

ACT-UP Documentary: How To Survive a Plague 

This film will be played this week in Manhattan.

Friday, March 16, 2012
USA: Out Gay Federal Judge Approved
Joe.My.God. reports:

After months of obstructionism by the GOP, the U.S. Senate today finally approved President Obama’s nomination of Michael Fitzgerald to the federal bench, making him the fourth openly gay federal judge in the nation. Chris Geidner reports at Metro Weekly:Fitzgerald’s confirmation will make him the first out LGBT Article III judge serving outside of New York City. Article III judges — referencing the judicial powers detailed in the Constitution — are nominated by the president, given consent by the Senate to serve and have lifetime tenure. The vote, which began a little after 2:24 p.m. today, came after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Monday, March 12, announced that he would be forcing debate and votes on 17 of Obama’s judicial nominees if no deal was reached. On Wednesday, March 14, an agreement was reached between the parties’ leaders to have the Senate vote in the coming weeks on 14 of President Obama’s judicial nominees — including Fitzgerald.

USA: Out Gay Federal Judge Approved

Joe.My.God. reports:

After months of obstructionism by the GOP, the U.S. Senate today finally approved President Obama’s nomination of Michael Fitzgerald to the federal bench, making him the fourth openly gay federal judge in the nation. Chris Geidner reports at Metro Weekly:
Fitzgerald’s confirmation will make him the first out LGBT Article III judge serving outside of New York City. Article III judges — referencing the judicial powers detailed in the Constitution — are nominated by the president, given consent by the Senate to serve and have lifetime tenure. The vote, which began a little after 2:24 p.m. today, came after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Monday, March 12, announced that he would be forcing debate and votes on 17 of Obama’s judicial nominees if no deal was reached. On Wednesday, March 14, an agreement was reached between the parties’ leaders to have the Senate vote in the coming weeks on 14 of President Obama’s judicial nominees — including Fitzgerald.

Thursday, March 15, 2012
European Union: European Parliament Resolves To Protect Gay Couples’ Inheritance Rights
Pink News UK reports:

The European Parliament has adopted a resolution calling on member states to ensure gay couples inheritance rights are respect around the EU.The report adopted by the Parliament says individual countries who do not recognise legal partnerships between gay couples should not be able to deny a gay widow or widower the rights they have to their late spouse’s estate under the law of their home country.It said a state “should not be able to apply the public-policy exception in order to set aside the law of another State or to refuse to recognise, or, as the case may be, accept, or enforce a decision, an authentic instrument, or a court settlement from another Member State when doing so would be contrary to the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, and in particular Article 21, which prohibits all forms of discrimination.”Denmark, the UK and Ireland do not participate in the legislation as they have long exercised an opt-out in some parts of the Parliament’s area of freedom, security and justice policies.The Parliament made clear the law creates no new inheritance rights but ensures the law under which a couple married can be enforced in another country.As the LGBT Intergroup explains, a Spanish woman who married an Italian woman under Spain’s equal marriage laws could enforce her Spanish inheritance rights on her deceased partner’s estate in Italy, though Italy does not recognise such unions itself.Dennis de Jong MEP, Vice-President of the LGBT Intergroup in the European Parliament, said: “Free movement will only become a full reality when all couples can move across the European Union without worrying about their children, their families, their estate, and one another.”“Death is a terrible moment, and we must make sure the dignity of same-sex partners is protected, even beyond their life.”Eva Lichtenberger MEP, responsible for the report on behalf of the Greens/EFA group, added: “We are very pleased the European Parliament stands by EU values of equality and non-discrimination in the field of succession. The Rapporteur, Kurt Lechner, also stands firmly by this position and will make sure European governments do not allow discrimination.”The Parliament also adopted an annual report on gender equalityand made recommendations for gay and trans equality in the EU, with particular focus on countries including Lithuania, Romania and Hungary which have defined ‘the family’ in a way which disadvantages gay parents.The report says the Parliament “regrets the implementation by some Member States of restrictive definitions of ‘family’ in order to deny legal protection to same-sex couples and their children”.Sophie in ‘t Veld, author of the report and Vice-president of the LGBT Intergroup, explained: “I don’t know what it is about Europe that allows us to recognise bread as bread and cheese as cheese when they go from the Netherlands to Germany, but not love as love. Conservative colleagues keep trying to cage same-sex families in their own country. But freedom of movement is for everyone in the EU, and equality will prevail.”

European Union: European Parliament Resolves To Protect Gay Couples’ Inheritance Rights

Pink News UK reports:

The European Parliament has adopted a resolution calling on member states to ensure gay couples inheritance rights are respect around the EU.
The report adopted by the Parliament says individual countries who do not recognise legal partnerships between gay couples should not be able to deny a gay widow or widower the rights they have to their late spouse’s estate under the law of their home country.
It said a state “should not be able to apply the public-policy exception in order to set aside the law of another State or to refuse to recognise, or, as the case may be, accept, or enforce a decision, an authentic instrument, or a court settlement from another Member State when doing so would be contrary to the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, and in particular Article 21, which prohibits all forms of discrimination.”
Denmark, the UK and Ireland do not participate in the legislation as they have long exercised an opt-out in some parts of the Parliament’s area of freedom, security and justice policies.
The Parliament made clear the law creates no new inheritance rights but ensures the law under which a couple married can be enforced in another country.
As the LGBT Intergroup explains, a Spanish woman who married an Italian woman under Spain’s equal marriage laws could enforce her Spanish inheritance rights on her deceased partner’s estate in Italy, though Italy does not recognise such unions itself.
Dennis de Jong MEP, Vice-President of the LGBT Intergroup in the European Parliament, said: “Free movement will only become a full reality when all couples can move across the European Union without worrying about their children, their families, their estate, and one another.”
“Death is a terrible moment, and we must make sure the dignity of same-sex partners is protected, even beyond their life.”
Eva Lichtenberger MEP, responsible for the report on behalf of the Greens/EFA group, added: “We are very pleased the European Parliament stands by EU values of equality and non-discrimination in the field of succession. The Rapporteur, Kurt Lechner, also stands firmly by this position and will make sure European governments do not allow discrimination.”
The Parliament also adopted an annual report on gender equalityand made recommendations for gay and trans equality in the EU, with particular focus on countries including Lithuania, Romania and Hungary which have defined ‘the family’ in a way which disadvantages gay parents.
The report says the Parliament “regrets the implementation by some Member States of restrictive definitions of ‘family’ in order to deny legal protection to same-sex couples and their children”.
Sophie in ‘t Veld, author of the report and Vice-president of the LGBT Intergroup, explained: “I don’t know what it is about Europe that allows us to recognise bread as bread and cheese as cheese when they go from the Netherlands to Germany, but not love as love. Conservative colleagues keep trying to cage same-sex families in their own country. But freedom of movement is for everyone in the EU, and equality will prevail.”

Monday, March 12, 2012
CALIFORNIA: Bid To Repeal Gay-Friendly Education Bill Launches Petition Drive
Joe.My.God. reports:


Randy Thomasson, of the newly certified hate group Save California, says children are already being brainwashed and SB48 hasn’t even been implemented yet.
"In an apparent attempt to keep children enrolled for the purpose of sexual indoctrination and average daily attendance funding, the California Department of Education is deceiving parents about the mandate of SB 48, which requires, through supplement instructional materials right now, and new textbooks in three years, that children admire ‘lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans.’"
The petition deadline is July 11th.

CALIFORNIA: Bid To Repeal Gay-Friendly Education Bill Launches Petition Drive

Joe.My.God. reports:

Randy Thomasson, of the newly certified hate group Save California, says children are already being brainwashed and SB48 hasn’t even been implemented yet.

"In an apparent attempt to keep children enrolled for the purpose of sexual indoctrination and average daily attendance funding, the California Department of Education is deceiving parents about the mandate of SB 48, which requires, through supplement instructional materials right now, and new textbooks in three years, that children admire ‘lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans.’"

The petition deadline is July 11th.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon Urges For Global LGBT Rights

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Trailer: Love Without Borders 

This is, ladies & gentlemen, the first Belorussian Gay-Themed movie. Hope it’ll come with subtitles.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Thomas Roberts: Top Ten 2011 Moments In LGBT Rights