2357 posts categorized "Families"

August 25, 2016

Entire neighborhood flies rainbow flags after bigots egg their gay neighbors

Gay couple makes history in South Africa with birth of triplets

August 24, 2016

Attack of the Closeted Church Queens

Preach, Sampson!

Ciara and Russell Wilson moved wedding to London after NC's HB2

Good for them.

August 16, 2016

Vincent Orange resigns from the D.C. Council

It became official yesterday, August 15: Vincent Orange is gone from the D.C. Council. This City Paper article from 2010 shows some of the reasons why I consider this good news. In addition to having called his rival mayoral candidates in 2006 morally unfit for supporting marriage equality (he lost badly in that race), he falsely took credit for reforms at Pepco (and wrongly invoked my name while doing so).

Orange did some good things, though one bill he moved for us he only did after another Councilmember (I believe it was Jack Evans) held up one of his bills until Orange marked up the bill we wanted. Orange finally decided to support marriage equality after we had won. But he was the least trustworthy member of the Council, and his self-promotion was endless and exhausting. Democratic At-Large nominee Robert White, who is expected to be appointed to the vacant seat on an interim basis, will be a breath of fresh air on the Council.

July 25, 2016

Trump's GOP Inherits the Wind: Time to turn back a fascist mob

My new Blade column gapes at Trump's fascist rally in Cleveland, as well as the growing scandal over Russian interference in the American election. And I examine the sharp contrast between the two parties' vice presidential candidates. Have a gander while you watch self-defeating leftists trying to sabotage the proceedings in Philadelphia.

July 20, 2016

Animated gay dads to make Nickelodeon debut this week

She would not, could not, with a goat

The Tina Fey of 2016 has emerged, and it is our best girl, @LauraBenanti. Now I have something to look forward to during the rest of this campaign. Brava, Laura. You nailed it. My favorite moment is her squinting at the teleprompter.

July 15, 2016

JJ Abrams on George Takei's 'preposterous' reaction to Sulu being gay in new Star trek flick

July 13, 2016

LGBT rights vs. 'religious freedom' on full display at hearing

More on Tuesday's anti-gay FADA hearing on Capitol Hill.

Barney Frank testifies against anti-gay 'religious freedom' bill

A fine performance by the former congressman at yesterday's disgraceful hearing on the anti-LGBT, so-called First Amendment Defense Act, which is simply a continued attack on gay families waged under a new (and false) banner.

July 06, 2016

Philly Archbishop: No communion for sexually active gays

Gaping injustice and grief in Baton Rouge

Have you had occasion in your life to sob uncontrollably? Do you remember the raw grief and the sense of being lost, the free fall of despair? Were you 15 years old and facing TV cameras as Cameron Sterling was in Baton Rouge? His father Alton was shot multiple times point blank while already restrained. It is too awful for words; yet the heartbreaking video of Cameron's grief may be the only way to touch the humanity of some people. 61 years ago, Emmett Till's mother was faced with the awful decision of whether to have a closed casket or to open it and allow photographers to capture the horror. "I want them to see what they did to my son," she said. It is natural to want to grieve in private. Once again, a family reeling from the devastation of brutal injustice has found the courage to allow the cameras in. We are too good at distancing; we need to be confronted by the barbarity done in our name. But oh, for a child to have to bear that burden. I hope Cameron at least gets some sense of the countless strangers who longed to hold him as he shook. But he wants his father back, and we cannot give that to him. We must do more than cry in sympathy. We must make this stop.

Below, the horrific video of this point-blank killing of Alton Sterling while he was restrained. All cops are not monsters. But we have a terrible and recurring problem, and a big part of it is a refusal by people all along the chain of justice, including juries, to hold racist, murderous officers accountable. We have got to find a way to change this. But at least we can make some noise. Joan E. Biren writes: "Let the BATON ROUGE PD (@BRPD) know what you think. I did."
PHONE: (225) 389-2000
EMAIL: brpdinfo@brgov.com

Note: After he was shot, Sterling was mortally wounded but not dead. He died subsequently.

June 28, 2016

The 2016 anti-LGBT March for Marriage was a complete flop

June 27, 2016

Breaking: Federal Judge Rules Clerks Cannot Cite Religion to Recuse From Issuing Marriage Licenses

Mike Huckabee pays $25,500 for using Eye of the Tiger at Kim Davis rally

June 14, 2016

Instead of a wedding,couple killed in Orlando will now be buried together

June 09, 2016

Cuba same-sex marriage campaign gains traction

Federal judge permanently bars Alabama from blocking gay marriage

June 01, 2016

Barack Obama, Transformer: @POTUS breaks the mold on foreign policy.

My Blade column this week uses the president's historic visit to Hiroshima as a jumping-off point for a consideration of his ground-breaking approach to foreign policy.

May 25, 2016

Desmond Tutu’s daughter married a woman, and was forced out of the South African clergy

May 19, 2016

HRC taps Ted Olson in fight against NC anti-LGBT law

The Human Rights Campaign goes the celebrity route again. HRC President Chad Griffin, then leader of American Foundation for Equal Rights, previously brought Olson in, along with Democratic attorney David Boies, for the court fight against California Proposition 8, known as Hollingsworth v. Perry. Olson and Boies ran up more than $6 million in legal fees in that case, despite the fact that other attorneys working in marriage equality cases often worked pro bono. So how much is HRC going to pay Olson?

It should be noted, by the way, that the Perry case did NOT win the nation marriage equality. It was sent back to a lower court by SCOTUS in 2013 for lack of standing. The 2013 SCOTUS overturn of the discriminatory federal definition of marriage in DOMA was in another case, United States v. Windsor, where Edith Windsor's attorney Roberta Kaplan argued before the high court. The ruling that granted civil marriage equality throughout the country came with Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015. The plaintiffs in that case were represented at oral argument by civil rights lawyer Mary Bonauto and Washington, D.C. lawyer Douglas Hallward-Driemeier.

GOP congresswoman stands up for LGBT rights alongside her transgender son

The Lehtinens were at the Trans Equality fundraiser Wednesday evening at The Hamilton, where Rodrigo gave his mother an Ally Award. Another member of Congress honored was Rep. Mike Honda.

May 18, 2016

Mexican president proposes legalizing same-sex marriage

May 13, 2016

Mr Gay Syria stands defiant against extremists who beheaded his boyfriend

Italian civil unions bill receives final approval

May 08, 2016

Same-sex couples finally being given right to adopt in Ireland

Gay US diplomat found true love in Shanghai, marries Chinese boyfriend

Meet My Child: Parents of Transgender Kids Speak Out

A lovely video from Trans United Fund.

April 29, 2016

Colombia legalizes same-sex marriage

April 27, 2016

Gay dads win custody battle against homophobic Thai surrogate mother

A reminder that one must be careful in surrogacy agreements.

Gay vulture couple adopts egg after mother rejected it

April 26, 2016

Colorado Supreme Court denies appeal from anti-gay baker who refused to make wedding cake

April 24, 2016

Obama credits daughters, gay friends with marriage evolution

Former US Senator Writes of His Love for His Wife of 48 Years, and His Upcoming Marriage to a Man

Good for Harris Wofford. He has been in the relationship for 15 years.

April 19, 2016

Christian Attorney Trying To Marry His MacBook

Personally, to avoid provoking jealousy, I close the MacBook on my desk before taking my iPad to bed.

April 14, 2016

China judge rejects country's first same-sex marriage case

It is a long struggle to win equality. Here is wishing our Chinese counterparts strength and endurance.

Gay dads Caleb and Kordale back together, are expecting fifth child

Social Security lifts penalty on same-sex couples

April 08, 2016

Inside Pope Francis’ statement on the family

Our friend Peter Tatchell writes from London:

Pope Francis has failed LGBT people
Gentler words do not assuage Vatican opposition to gay equality

"The Pope promised reform but has reconfirmed traditional Catholic doctrine on same-sex relationships. He has ignored submissions and appeals by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Catholics. Gentler words do not assuage Vatican opposition to gay equality. Joy of Love offers a change of tone, not of substance,” said LGBT and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.

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