1924 posts categorized "News"

July 02, 2015

OK Supreme Court: Remove Ten Commandments monument from capitol grounds

Good. If your faith requires an imprimatur by the government, you are going straight to hell! The Goddess just whispered that to me.

July 01, 2015

Clinton emails: ‘We should emphasize LGBT human rights’

DHS unveils new guidelines to protect trans detainees

Six arrested during protest against detention of LGBT immigrants

5th Circuit: Obergefell is law of the land

Not that there was any doubt, except in the minds of foot-dragging right-wing demagogues.

June 30, 2015

Mozambique legalizes gay sex

Some good news from Africa.

A county clerk who needs to lose her public paycheck

Dear Ms. Lang, take a hike.

SCOTUS allows Texas abortion clinics to remain open

Some good news, if temporary, on the reproductive choice front.

After marriage ruling, Southern states fall in line

"These are the days of miracle and wonder." (Paul Simon, "The Boy in the Bubble," Graceland)

Marriage equality arrives in Alabama as Roy Moore sows confusion

As Roy Moore sows confusion, love goes on.

June 26, 2015

Gay Men's Chorus of Washington sings National Anthem after SCOTUS ruling

I am so proud today to be a co-founder of this chorus. Thanks, guys.

President Obama: 'Justice that arrives like a thunderbolt'

Thank you, Mr. President.

Supreme Court rules for marriage equality, cites Fourteenth Amendment

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We won marriage equality this morning by a 5-4 vote in the Supreme Court of the United States, and we won in a big way. Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy writes for the majority:

The fundamental liberties protected by the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process Clause extend to certain personal choices central to individual dignity and autonomy, including intimate choices defining personal identity and beliefs....

Applying these tenets, the Court has long held the right to marry is protected by the Constitution. For example, Loving v. Virginia....

The right of same-sex couples to marry is also derived from the Fourteenth Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection. The Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause are connected in a profound way....

No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.

June 25, 2015

SPLC Wins Fraud Suit Against New Jersey 'Ex-Gay' Torture Group

Next up at OED: Cisracial?

Kyrgyzstan's anti-gay bill, even worse than Russia's, will become law

Anti-gay conservatives threaten secession, civil war and civil disobedience over marriage equality

The Devil made me do it.

#SCOTUS upholds ACA subsidies 6-3

OPM to ban trans-exclusion in federal health plans

What? The Obama administration is working to advance transgender equality? Outrageous! Interrupt the president at the Pride Month reception!

Dear GetEqual: If you can't get some manners, get a frigging clue.

Black gay group receives death threat

Very disturbing.

Boorishness-as-activism interrupts LGBT Pride Month reception

Here is the video from yesterday's Pride Month reception at the White House, GetEqual heckler and all. The Blade reports. The heckler explains herself. Our friend Ernest Hopkins wrote on FB about the heckler:

Over the line. Protest is an honorable way to make a point and be heard. However, this was no way to treat the LGBT community members at the White House to mark LGBT Pride Month and the advances that we have achieved together with this Administration. The question can be reasonably asked: What do I get by being your friend if you treat me as badly as people who don't give you the time of day?

Holding principled positions because they are right is one thing, but inviting individuals to the White House for cocktails and lovely food and dessert is not a prerequisite. Respectful engagement is preferred when talking with friends, even when we disagree. Too bad this planned protest was timed for this celebratory event at the White House. The cause is just, the tactic was lousy.

Amen.

June 24, 2015

Feds Order Federal Employee Health Plans To Cover Transgender Health Services

Our friend Dana Beyer writes on Facebook:

Good story by Geidner on the continuing progress towards trans equality in the administration. We're now at the stage where muscle needs to enforce the words as they're being clarified.

June 23, 2015

Kameny inducted into Labor Hall of Honor

On Tuesday I joined hundreds of other LGBT activists and federal employees at the U.S. Department of Labor for the induction of our late colleague and gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny into the Labor Hall of Honor. It was very gratifying to witness this well-earned recognition. Frank's fellow Mattachine Society of Washington veteran Paul Kuntzler, a co-founder of GLAA, was in attendance and received a standing ovation from the capacity crowd. Thanks to the staff at DOL for the gracious ceremony, including Labor Secretary Tom Perez, as well as Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton.

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(Photo of Rick Rosendall by Michael Beer)

McAuliffe orders Confederate flag off Virginia license plates

June 22, 2015

White supremacist cited in Dylann Roof manifesto gave to GOP candidates

June 19, 2015

An awesome display of faith amid grief

It was awesome and humbling today to hear the families of the murdered church folk in Charleston expressing forgiveness at Dylann Roof's bond hearing. There is no better display of a community's unconquerable strength than these people, in their grief, reaching into the heart of their faith as they spoke to a young mass killer twisted by evil and made it clear that despite their bottomless sorrow, he could not defeat them.

June 18, 2015

Ta-Nehisi Coates: Take down the Confederate Flag. Now.

Ta-Nehisi is right.

Clarence Thomas upholds Texas's right to bar Confederate flag on license plates

Every once in a while, Justice Thomas rediscovers his soul and does the right thing.

Federal GLOBE founder Len Hirsch dies at 59

This is very sad news of our colleague and friend. Former GLAA president Craig Howell writes, "A real loss, coming so close on the heels of the death of his partner Kristian Fouchald." May Len and Kristian both rest in peace.

9 people including pastor killed by white gunman in historic Charleston church

R.I.P. Rev. Clementa Pinckney of historic Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston and the other eight victims of this act of domestic terrorism. ‪#‎StopHate‬

June 16, 2015

Vatican indicts ex-ambassador for sex abuse

It's about time.

Michael Sam left the Montreal Alouettes because 'he wanted to go home'

This is sad and makes no sense.

Guam Archbishop: Marriage Equality the 'Road to a Totalitarian System'

For a Roman Catholic archbishop to stoke fears of totalitarianism is pretty rich, the idiocy of the remark aside.

June 15, 2015

Mexican Supreme Court effectively legalizes same-sex marriage

Archbishop Wesolowski to stand trial for sex abuse

Penis transplant recipient impregnates his girlfriend

The wonders of modern medicine never cease.

#RachelDolezal plagiarized 19th century artist

June 13, 2015

Indianapolis rallies around its gay citizens after a law sets off a flood of support

June 12, 2015

The Task Force celebrates defeat of #TPP

I am not sure that defeating a trade bill does anything to help the LGBT folk who are oppressed in some of the affected countries; but the National LGBTQ Task Force makes the case.

Florida repeals gay adoption ban