Equaldex: the collaborative LGBT knowledgebase!
A crowd-sourced, verified, beautifully presented representation of equal rights (and how they are specifically denied) for LGBT folks. [via reddit]
Manoj and Maninder recall their harrowing year-long escape
from brutality in India. They smuggled themselves into the United States, where they encountered further abuse in a detention center in El Paso, Texas. In the aftermath of the ruling on India's sodomy law
, they've been granted asylum, but they continue to fear for their lives.
In Conversation: Antonin Scalia "On the eve of a new Supreme Court session, the firebrand justice discusses gay rights and media echo chambers, Seinfeld and the Devil, and how much he cares about his intellectual legacy ("I don’t")." [more inside]
Boy Scouts reaffirm policy denying membership to gays. [Reuters]
"The Boy Scouts of America on Tuesday said the organization would continue to deny gay people membership, saying that the policy "is in the best interest of Scouting."
Why A Heterosexual, Married, North Carolinian Father Of Three Cares About LGBT Equality
. Married father of three boys writes eloquently about the reasons why he opposes the proposed constitutional amendment banning any legal relationship recognition for same-sex couples. The amendment goes before voters in May primary election
, when heavy Republican turnout is expected. Meanwhile Senator Goolsby
says that it is all about "empowering voters" "so no activist judge is able to decide on his or her own what marriage is." [original
Today, Judge Donovan of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles ruled
[link is to pdf of decision] that DOMA
is unconstitutional. 19 judges join his opinion. [more inside]
UK respite and foster parents may no longer be homophobic, even when it is due to religious belief.
An English Christian couple acting as foster parents have been banned from further placements due to their statement that they could not tell children that homosexual relationships were of equal value, with judges stating that their claims that adoption should still be allowed as a "a travesty of reality
". Reaction from the UK religious right (such as it is) is venomous
. [more inside]
Right before the 10th anniversary
of the first same-sex marriage in Canada, Saskatchewan's highest court has ruled
that a proposed law allowing provincial marriage commissioners to refuse to wed same-sex couples is unconstitutional.
gives its thoughts on the decision and the social context surrounding it.
Petition against Anti-Gay Bill Delivered to Ugandan Parliament.
Fierce debate continues in Uganda over the Bahati Bill, a controversial anti-homosexual law currently under consideration by the Ugandan government (prev
). [more inside]
Queer female webzine Autostraddle
, who interviewed media celebrity Tila Tequila
shortly before the death of her fiancée, socialite Casey Johnson
, uses the aftermath to discuss the complications of not having legal rights as a gay couple when the relationship becomes dysfunctional
We don’t look at those crazy-ass toxic relationships that were so intense they carved a hole in your heart and you knew, no matter how deep the emotional connection, that at any minute your loved one could get up, walk out the door, and never speak to you again, and that it wouldn’t matter if you’d paid their bills or built a life around their demands. There is nothing tying you together besides your feelings. And that’s really frightening.
a bill on same-sex marriage, New Hampshire's governor today signed the bill
into law. [more inside]
The California Supreme Court has just overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriages
. Read the decision
ENDA House hearings start tomorrow
--a record 94% of Fortune 500 companies
now provide Sexual Orientation Discrimination Protection, and 89% of Americans
polled believe Homosexuals should have equal rights in terms of job opportunities
. Repeatedly introduced and then killed since 1994,
the 2007 version--H.R. 2015--Employment Non-Discrimination Act
(text of bill)--includes transgender protection for the very first time. The TVC is just one of many organizations fighting it. (there is a religious exemption, but groups like the TVC would be covered by it)
Warning: Explicit sexual content.
"These firefighters dedicated their lives to save the lives of others. They did not sign on to become unwilling props to a controversial political and social agenda," says Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, representing a group of brave men in uniform who were subjected to "vile sexual taunts" at a San Diego gay pride parade
. Via Gawker
Washington Initiative Requires Proof of Procreation From Married Couples
-- in response to a ruling made by the Washington Supreme Court last year stating gay and lesbian couples could be prevented from marrying by the state because Washington has a legitimate interest in preserving marriage for couples who can procreate.
It's been accepted by their Secy of State, and only needs signatures now to get on the ballot. Press release here
, which adds: The time has come for these conservatives to be dosed with their own medicine. If same-sex couples should be barred from marriage because they can not have children together, it follows that all couples who can not or will not have children together should equally be barred from marriage.
Ernest and Bertram
--short film, formerly one of the best films you can't see
after debuting at Sundance in 2002, with Sesame's lawyers then cracking down and forcing it to be pulled--now on youtube.
Laurel Hester, RIP
--because she and her partner fought, New Jersey police and fire department employees can now name anyone--not just a spouse--as a beneficiary for pension rights, helping to protect those they love after they're gone. Just one person who made a difference.
Wedding Bells in NYC??
-- with a beautifully-written ruling, NY Supreme Ct. Justice Doris Ling-Cohan states that denying marriage to gay and lesbian New Yorkers is unconstitutional: ... There has been a steady evolution of the institution of marriage throughout history which belies the concept of a static traditional definition. Marriage, as it is understood today, is both a partnership of two loving equals who choose to commit themselves to each other and a State institution designed to promote stability for the couple and their children. The relationships of plaintiffs fit within this definition of marriage.
Similar to opposite-sex couples, same-sex couples are entitled to the same fundamental right to follow their hearts and publicly commit to a lifetime partnership with the person of their choosing. The recognition that this fundamental right
applies equally to same-sex couples cannot legitimately be said to harm anyone. ...
California Supreme Court voids all San Francisco same-sex marriages
. Said the mayor overstepped his authority and that the city violated the state law.
You just knew that as soon as gay marriages were legal
they'd be screwing in the trees, and damned if it didn't happen
Every gay and lesbian federal employee has just lost their protection from discrimination. Gay and lesbians in the entire federal workforce have had their job protections officially removed by the office of Special Counsel. The new Special Counsel, Scott Bloch, says his interpretation of a 1978 law intended to protect employees and job applicants from adverse personnel actions is that gay and lesbian workers are not covered.
Bloch said that the while a gay employee would have no recourse for being fired or demoted for being gay, that same worker could not be fired for attending a gay Pride event.
"We need to keep them out of here,"
said Commissioner J.C. Fugate, who introduced the motion.
Rhea County, Tennessee
commissioners have voted 8-0 to ask state lawmakers to introduce legislation amending Tennessee's criminal code so the county can charge homosexuals with crimes against nature. If Rhea County sounds familiar, it may be because it was the setting for the Scopes Monkey Trial
British Columbia joins Ontario
as the second province in Canada to allow gay marriage. Not everyone
is happy though.
Providence firefighters forced to march in gay parade.
Is firefighters' participation in a gay rights parade "...an important demonstration of community solidarity"
as claimed by one side, or should participation by public servants be limited to volunteers?