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Monday, August 11th, 2008
5:26 pm - New GLBTQQIA Community

amor_demi_alma
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Hi All!
I just created a community at
glbtq_disabled
. It's for members of the GLBTQQIA community to make friends and discuss being gay AND disabled in any way, be it physical, mental, learning, etc. Anyone, gay or straight or anything in between, is welcome to check it out and join. Be sure to tell your friends!
Thanks,
Caitlin

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Wednesday, August 15th, 2007
3:36 pm - Homophobic judge in Federal Court?! Hell NO.

denisia
From the Human Rights Campaign:

*****
In Mississippi a few years ago, the courts took away a woman's 8-year-old child.

Why? In part because the child's mother was a lesbian.

Two of the judges in the majority went so far as to write and sign an additional opinion, unnecessary to the case's outcome, which stated that the mother must accept the fact that losing her biological child was a possible consequence of her sexual"choice."

One of those two judges was Leslie Southwick. And today, Southwick is dangerously close to being appointed to the Federal bench by President Bush.

Only the Senate stands in the way of his confirmation - will you take action with me?

Make sure your Senators return from their August break with a full in box saying NO on Southwick's nomination!

America's highest courts are meant to be protectors of justice, not prejudice. Yet Southwick's record as a Mississippi judge raises serious doubts about his ability to apply the law fairly to all Americans. In this case alone, Southwick:

* Went so far as to cite Mississippi's irrelevant and outdated sodomy laws, which have since been invalidated.
* Focused on "the practice of homosexuality" - refusing to even mention gay individuals as human beings.
* Cited Mississippi'slaw prohibiting same-sex couples from adopting children - even though this was not an adoption case!

The American Psychiatric Association has long held that sexual orientation is not a "choice," and that lesbian and gay parents are just as successful as their heterosexual counterparts.

Yet Judge Southwick disregarded widely accepted science in favor of his personal bias. This man MUST NOT be given the responsibility to protect the basic rights of gay and lesbian Americans.

Write to your senators here.

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Wednesday, April 25th, 2007
11:37 am - Brighten your day: Mess with bigots!

pegkerr
coffeeem posted this:
The American Family Association is doing a website poll in the hopes of determining that, yes, Americans hate homosexuals, and would go fifty miles out of their way to avoid shopping at a supermarket where the bag-filler-upper might be gay. (Hey, it's their fantasy, not mine; I'm just describing the outcome.)

So please, visit their poll page at http://www.afa.net/petitions/businesses/businesses.asp ! Answer their question honestly! And yes, they ask for your mailing address and e-mail, but if you answer the way I did, I kind of doubt you'll be hearing from them anytime soon.
Right now the totals stand as follows:

If a corporation supports the homosexual agenda [their words, not mine], you would:

Be more likely to do business with that company. 6,238
Be less likely to do business with that company. 188,722
It would not affect my buying decision. 3,946

Let's change those ratios!

Edited to add: It looks as though the poll has been taken down sometime today.

As coffeeem notes, pointing to this January 04 Wired article, these people are slow learners.

current mood: mischievous

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Saturday, December 2nd, 2006
10:44 pm - I don't normally do this...

sleepydragon_26
An awesome thing is going on at i-tunes. The band Hanson (remember
Mmmbop?) has released a single called The Great Divide and they are
selling it exclusively on i-tunes. The proceeds are going to AIDS
research and relief in Africa. It's a very simple way to provide
support to a great cause. You may be surprised at the band's new (and
greatly improved, in my opinion) sound.
You can preview the song here:
http://www.flashenhanced.com/hansonecard/hanson.html

And if this isn't okay with the group you can delete this message, I
just thought that this was a great cause.

Thanks very much for your time,
Amber Marie.

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Thursday, November 30th, 2006
8:15 pm

julesndairyland
In honor of World AIDS Day on December 1st,

Bristol-Myers Squibb, the pharmaceutical monolith is

donating $1 to the National AIDS Fund for each person

who simply visits their website and "virtually lights

a candle."

Please, take a minute to "light a candle":

http://www.lighttounite.org/

It's completely free, quick, and painless. Then,

after you light your candle, "pass it on" to your

friends.


Namaste

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Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006
9:48 pm - 10 Reasons Why Gay Marriage is Wrong

shelaghc
From tracy_rowan

  1. Being gay is not natural. Real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning.

  2. Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.

  3. Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract.

  4. Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn't changed at all; women are still property, blacks still can't marry whites, and divorce is still illegal.

  5. Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were allowed; the sanctity of Britany Spears' 55-hour just-for-fun marriage would be destroyed.

  6. Straight marriages are valid because they produce children. Gay couples, infertile couples, and old people shouldn't be allowed to marry because our orphanages aren't full yet, and the world needs more children.

  7. Obviously gay parents will raise gay children, since straight parents only raise straight children.

  8. Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That's why we have only one religion in America.

  9. Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home. That's why we as a society expressly forbid single parents to raise children.

  10. Gay marriage will change the foundation of society; we could never adapt to new social norms. Just like we haven't adapted to cars, the service-sector economy, or longer life spans.


Re-post this if you believe love makes a marriage.

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Monday, May 8th, 2006
10:09 pm - Do You Really Have An Excuse Not To?

quidditchgrrl
Federal Marriage Amendment Act, Take Action, Sign Postcards

Links to a post in gaystr8alliance

current mood: content

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Monday, April 17th, 2006
9:00 am

rakshanda

The Day of Silence will be held April 26th this year.

From Wikipedia:

The Day of Silence is an annual student-organized day of action to protest the bullying and harassment of homosexuals. Students take a day-long vow of silence to symbolically represent the silencing of LGBT students and their rights.

 

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Friday, April 7th, 2006
12:16 pm - "Not Better in the Bahamas"

shelaghc
Time for an old-fashioned boycott.

Mark Riley's blog at Air America Radio had a short column today about the homophobic situation in the Bahamas entitled:
Not Better In The Bahamas
...not showing a gay themed movie only touches on a much larger problem. Homophobia is rampant in the Caribbean, and in the Bahamas, anti-gay sentiments have erupted in violence in the past. In 1998, lesbians shopping on Bay St., Nassau’s main shopping area were literally chased off the street by an angry mob.

Last September, Miss Teen Bahamas lost her title after she admitted to being a lesbian. Cruise ships carrying large numbers of gay passengers were subject to large protests from Christian groups who argued gays eroded their precious family values.


The Hinesburg Journal out of Canada goes into a bit more detail, citing several other incidents including people who walked off their jobs during a visit by a "shipload of gays."

The Rainbow Alliance of the Bahamas states:
...the Employment Bill of 2001, which had a clause barring discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation, was passed with that clause removed, falling short of internationally accepted standards.


crossposting to my LJ and green_stripe

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Monday, March 13th, 2006
7:33 am - One of my personal heros: Jacob Reitan

pegkerr
I have always admired Jacob Reitan. He writes a column for Lavender, a local gay periodical, called Faith in Action, which is about the struggle for gays to carve out a spiritual life in a world where their religions often reject them. I sent him an autographed copy of The Wild Swans, along with a letter of appreciation, care of the magazine; those of who have read my book know that one of the things I explored in Swans is the needless agony that gays have to endure when they feel that they don't have a spiritual home. I was sorry that I never got a reply from him.

Jacob has spent the last two years organizing the Soulforce Equality Ride, which is modeled after the Freedom Rides which took place in the 60s in the heyday of the Civil Rights movement. Equality Ride's mission is to take riders to Christian colleges, to organize informational exchanges and conversations. See an article here. He has just been arrested yet again, for daring to bring gays onto "private property," i.e., Christian college campuses.

Jacob Reitain, you rock. Good luck with your mission. Here's a young man whose career I will be following with a great deal in interest. It is great to learn from the column that he has a supportive family.

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Thursday, March 9th, 2006
7:06 am - Let the recruiters in?

shelaghc
I have to admit - I never would have thought of this one:
Memo to Universities: Let in Those Army Recruiters -- and Then Educate Them
If there was ever a time to fight fire with fire, this is it.

When the Supreme Court unanimously rules that military recruiters must be granted access to university students, is this a disaster? No. It's an opportunity. Now is the time for gay and gay-friendly students all over this country to sign up for a chat with one of those recruiters -- and tell him exactly why the military's policy is dead wrong.

Go read the rest of that blog post. The guy's a genius!

Crossposting to my blog and green_stripe

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Tuesday, February 21st, 2006
9:46 pm

eruberueth
A group of bikers is taking a stand against Rev. Phelps.

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Saturday, February 18th, 2006
9:44 pm - Cool!

quidditchgrrl
From the gaystr8alliance community:

Complete List of Gay Movies and TV Series

However, they seem to have missed In The Gloaming, which is one of my favorite movies ever. *submits*

current mood: happy

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Friday, February 10th, 2006
1:57 pm - Gays at the White House Easter Egg Roll

pegkerr
I have been following, with increasing fascination, a story which is heating up in the news, which I first discovered in a local gay publication, Lavender, but I see it is being picked up by the mainstream media. The White House Egg Roll is an annual event which takes place at the White House, which began in 1878. The President, First Lady and the Easter Bunny join moms and dads who cheerfully watch as their kids struggle to push pastel-colored eggs across the White House lawn with a spoon.

This year, Family Pride Coalition, the largest organization representing GLBT families, has decided it's time for gay and lesbian moms and dads with their kids to take part in this annual event. FPC is joining with organizations such as Soulforce, PFLAG, Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force to recruit families to take part in the event.

Aware of the problems that could arise if the religious right got word of the plan, FPC and its partners tried to keep word of their event known only within the GLBT community.

Unfortunately, hopes for subterfuge were dashed when the Institute for Religion and Democracy (IRD), a fundamentalist organization, caught wind of the event via a Soulforce e-mail alert.

On January 13, IRD sent out a press release which not surprisingly misconstrued the nature of the plan. Its headline read "Pro-homosexuality 'Soulforce' to Crash White House Easter Egg Roll." This touched off a firestorm of angry reaction on the religious right. Read the rest of the story here.

Here is the Weekly Standard's article. Mark Tooley of the IRD, writing for the Weekly Standard, claims that "Seemingly few (if any) Washingtonians have ever tried to exploit the annual White House Easter Egg Roll for political purposes." Here is a pretty typical conservative blog's reaction: ("In their latest attempt to appear mainstream, an activist gay group is planning on ruining the annual White House Easter Egg Roll by turning it into a political demonstration . . .How an activist gay group thinks that crashing an annual family event at the White House and turning it into a parade of human debris will make mainstream America accept them is beyond me.") I was intrigued by one of the comments on this blog and the reaction:
Nancy Says:

January 21st, 2006 at 4:11 pm
Maybe if you get really close, you can spit on their kids while they try and gather easter eggs. After all, if those kids are reckless enough to belong to people you don’t approve of, surely you can hate them too.

Nick Says:

January 23rd, 2006 at 10:28 am
Nancy,

I never said I hated anybody. What I do hate is that these people will be turning a traditional kids’ event into a political event. If gay people want to bring their kids to this event, fine, but there is absolutely no need to turn it into a political spectacle. That isn’t going to help anyone, least of all the kids.
(He calls gays and their children "human debris" but he doesn't hate anybody. Right.) It seems very clear to me that this is a struggle by both sides to make a powerful claim for their of own some very important national symbols (the White House, the President, the concept of "family," religion itself, since it is an Easter event) in order to frame the debate their way. If gays can succeed by their rights as Americans in claiming these important symbols as their own (and which conservatives have always assumed have belonged to them), then they have taken a very important step towards national acceptance. The conservatives know this, and so they are fighting angrily tooth and nail to keep gays out, as if gays are attempting to steal something that belongs to them. Their defense seems to be that having Gays and Lesbians at the event ("crashing it," when traditionally tickets are available to families first come, first served) would be "politicizing" it. The Weekly Standard article notes: "Although Soulforce insists this will not be a political protest, only a gathering for families, its supporters will arrive with special 'non-political' t-shirts to identify themselves as 'LGBT.'" What the Standard does not say is what, exactly these t-shirts would say: Not "LGBT" but "Love Makes a Family."

And as for Tooley's claim that the Egg Roll has never been used for political purposes, well, hmm. On conservative chat rooms, some critics of Family Pride suggested the White House could make the egg roll an invitation-only event, as it did in 2003 when attendance was limited to military families. (Of course, that could not be considered a "political purpose," could it?) Other critics said conservatives should mobilize to outnumber gay families at the egg roll.

See more coverage: NBC, and CNN. I will be watching this story. I wonder what the White House will do.

current mood: intrigued by the controversy

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Wednesday, January 18th, 2006
9:42 am - Best thing read today

pegkerr
Thanks to realdaisygamgee for pointing to this link:

I'm a conservative Christian, and this film made me change my mind.

If you haven't seen Brokeback Mountain, what are you waiting for?

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Saturday, January 14th, 2006
11:23 am - i just don't get it

iheartsantino
a while ago i was talking to a friend of mine about equal rights for gays and all that. we are both friends with a lesbian that we know so i figure my friend feels the same way about this kind of stuff as i do. i was wrong and i can't get over it.

i was talking to my friend about somehow making it very well known that we support gay marriage... and then she told me that she was against gay marriage. so i think to myself, ok. i'll bite. i have to respect her opinion for her to respect mine.

i asked her why she was against, very casually because i really wanted to know why she felt that way...

her response: "i don't know, i just don't think they should be allowed."

she didn't even have a fucking reason! not even that "it's not natural" or "marriage is holy" or any of that crap. she had NO REASON.

so the conversation ended right there because i feel very strongly about gay marriage and didn't want to say something that would jeopardize our friendship. but i can't get over it.

i think that people being against gay marriage w/o a reason at all is worse than all of the other reasons that we hear about.

any comments?

~Stephanie~

current mood: confused

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7:59 am - hello. i'm new

iheartsantino
i was searching for some communities to join and i found this one and i'm really excited about it. its good to have people with the same views as you.

~Stephanie~

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Thursday, January 12th, 2006
3:53 pm - Gay rights in MD

rakshanda
I was just updated on what has been happening in my state. A law that would have allowed gay people to visit their partners in the hospital, or make medical decisions on their behalf was vetoed by the Governor, and they can't override it. Oh, they could have, if my local delegate had voted for it.

Also, that delegate and another are SPONSORING an amendment to the state Constitution to make same-sex unions invalid and to nullify any arrangement that would confer the rights of a married couple to a same-sex couple. They will be hearing from me.

Don't ever let anyone tell you that one vote doesn't make a difference. One vote made it possible for the first African American to win a seat on the local city council. That was my vote.

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Friday, January 6th, 2006
4:16 pm - GOOD NEWS

rakshanda
365Gay.com
January 6, 2006
http://www.365gay.com/Newscon06/01/010606njPartner.htm

N.J. Senate Passes Sweeping Expansion Of Gay Partner Law by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

(Trenton, New Jersey) The New Jersey Senate late Thursday passed sweeping amendments to the state's domestic partner law that would, upon a partner's death, give the surviving partner control of the estate and inheritance in the absence of a will.

The legislation also would give the surviving partner control of burial decisions absent a directive otherwise.

In a vote that stunned even LGBT civil rights advocates the Senate vote was unanimous - 35-to-0.

"This is the most lopsided pro-LGBTI-rights vote in New Jersey history and one of the most lopsided pro-gay votes in American history," Garden State Equality spokesperson Steven Goldstein told 365Gay.com

The bill must still be approved by the Assembly. A vote is scheduled for Monday.

The widespread support for the measure, said Goldstein, is the impact Lieutenant Laurel Hester has had in the state.

Hester, 49, a 23-year investigator for the Ocean County Prosecutor's office is fighting lung cancer and has less than six-months to live.

Her employer, Ocean County, has refused recognize her same-sex relationship so that her partner will get her death benefits.

Hester wants the county to pass a resolution, as provided for by New Jersey's existing Domestic Partners Act, to extend pension and health care benefits to the gay partners.

Hester fears that without her $13,000 death benefit, partner Stacie Andree, 30, will be forced to sell the house they now share after Hester dies.

Last month more than 100 gay rights advocates, led by Garden State Equality, demonstrated to protest Ocean County's refusal to pass the resolution.

Hester's condition continues to decline and the Ocean County Freeholders refuses budge. But her plight has spurred several other communities in the state to amend their laws to allow municipal workers to have their benefits passed to same-sex partners.

New Jersey's domestic partner law will become two years old later this month. Former Governor James E. McGreevey signed the measure on January 12, 2004 and went into effect 180 days later.

It guarantees hospital visitation during illnesses, gives same-sex partners of state employees health and pension benefits and gives municipalities the power to give their workers health and pension benefits.

But even with the revisions passed by the Senate Thursday night same-sex couples will not have any of the more than 1,000 rights straight couples get through marriage Goldstein said.

"The New Jersey partnership law will provide only about 10 of the 1,049 rights of marriage," he told 365Gay.com "That's less than one per cent - so we are not going to rest until we get 100 percent of marriage equality."

Goldstein said that even with the existing partnership some law hospitals and companies refuse to recognize same-sex couples.

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Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006
8:39 am - Hell Has Frozen Over and the Devil's Going Ice Skating

quidditchgrrl
From the gaystr8alliance community:

Falwell Speaks In Favor Of Gay Civil Rights

*thud*

current mood: O.o

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