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"The D.C. Council voted today to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, on the same day that Vermont became the fourth state to legalize same-sex unions.
Domestic partnerships are already legal in the nation's capital, and gay couples married in other states are recognized as domestic partners when they move to the city. But today's legislation, billed as an important milestone in gay rights, explicitly recognizes them as married couples."
OMG! I'm having a gay-rights-gasm"The D.C. Council voted today to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other... more
The Vermont House and Senate voted to override the gubernatorial veto on same-sex marriage. Vermont is officially the first state in the country to legalize same-sex marriage through the legislative process and the fourth state in the country to recognize same-sex marriage. Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, and Vermont legalized same-sex marriage. New York recognizes marriages from these states, Canada, and the 18,000 California same-marriages that were licensed before Prop 8 passed.
***UPDATE: HRC’s David Smith, vice president of programs, just sent out this congratulatory statement to the HRC family:
Just moments ago, Vermont representatives joined their colleagues in the State Senate in voting to override the governor’s veto and make Vermont the first state in the Union to enact marriage equality through the legislative process. Lesbian and gay couples can begin marrying in the Green Mountain State on September 1.
As with most legislative victories, this one did not happen overnight. In fact, today’s votes are the result of years of work. At the Human Rights Campaign, we sent several action alerts and phoned our members in Vermont more than once over the past weeks and months. And we’ve been having strategic conversations with leaders at the Vermont Freedom to Marry Task Force since last year. Perhaps most significantly, our national field director Marty Rouse has travelled to Vermont several times this year and has been on the ground since yesterday calling in every chit he has from his many years helping elect Democrats to the State Senate and House. We are inspired by the many courageous lawmakers who stood their ground today and stood for equality, and we are proud that our own Marty Rouse helped elect so many of those lawmakers during their first campaigns for office. It is certainly no exaggeration to say that today’s result would not have been possible without Marty’s efforts.
We will soon go to the roof (twice in one week!) to hang the flag of another state that recognizes that all loving and committed couples should be treated equally.The Vermont House and Senate voted to override the gubernatorial veto on same-sex... more
Despite huge margins in the Vermont Senate and House, Gov. Jim Douglas - R vetoed the bill that would have given all Vermont residents equal status under the law. The House and the Senate can still over ride the veto with a 2/3 vote. Three votes are needed in the House, the Senate has overwhelming support for a veto. They are both reconvening on Tuesday to consider overriding the Veto.Despite huge margins in the Vermont Senate and House, Gov. Jim Douglas - R vetoed the... more
I wrote this on April 3, 2009 as my partner and I realized that we were finally equal in our home state. While it has been several days, I can hardly believe it is real.
[pictured, Joe Brokken left, Joe Mirabella right]I wrote this on April 3, 2009 as my partner and I realized that we were finally equal... more
"BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Six gay men were shot dead by members of their tribe in two separate incidents in the past 10 days, an official with Iraq's Interior ministry said.
In the most recent attack, two men were killed Thursday in Sadr City area of Baghdad after they were disowned by relatives, the official said.
The shootings came after a tribal meeting was held and the members decided to go after the victims.
On March 26, four additional men were fatally shot in the same city, the official said, adding that the victims had also been disowned by their relatives.
The official declined to be identified because he is not authorized to speak to the media.
Witnesses told CNN that a Sadr City cafe, which was a popular gathering spot for gays, was also set on fire.""BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Six gay men were shot dead by members of their tribe in... more
In a vote of 95 - 52, the Vermont house ruled in favor of gay marriage. The senate approved marriage equality earlier with a vote of 26-4. Republican Gov. Jim Douglas said he will now veto the bill. It will take 2/3 of both chambers to override the governor's veto. The house will only need three more votes.
[photo: Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas is hugged by opponents of the gay-marriage bill in Montpelier Thursday. Douglas has threatened to veto the measure.]In a vote of 95 - 52, the Vermont house ruled in favor of gay marriage. The senate... more
The Iowa Supreme Court will release its ruling on marriage equality tomorrow, April 3, 2009. The national implications of this ruling our profound considering Iowa's first in the nation caucus status for presidential races. Imagine in two years as the Republians gear up for their caucus the candidates having to justify their opinions in a state that recognizes full equality.
Iowa's Supreme Court has a long history of pioneering civil rights causes and has been very supportive of gays and lesbians in the past. I personally will be shocked if they rule against equality.
If we get a favorable ruling, the religious right will likely press for a constitutional amendment. To change the Iowa Constitution,the legislature has to approve the change two years in a row. It is very unlikely the democratically run legislature will support a change any time soon.
By a mere coincidence, my partner and I are in Iowa visiting our families. We plan to witness the ruling and may extend our trip so that we can get married. Let's hope it works out.The Iowa Supreme Court will release its ruling on marriage equality tomorrow, April 3,... more
Former staff at a major gay charity which prides itself on promoting equality are claiming of they were victimised and discriminated against by the organisation. Manchester's gay community eagerly await the result of a major employment tribunal.
On Friday we called the press office of the Employment Tribunals Service in London and gave them the relevant case numbers associated with the current case against the Lesbian and Gay Foundation bought by former staff Alistair Gault and Molly Dunn who are claiming unfair dismissal on the grounds of age discrimination. Their case was supported by up to 10 other former staff, trustees and board members.
We were told that the case has now been fully heard and the judge has been given time to deliberate and return a verdict. This could take anywhere between one week and several months.
Paul Martin - one of the defendants and also Chief Executive of the Lesbian and Gay Foundation didn’t appear in court face to face with the claimants and instead sent his barrister.
GayMafiaWatch also spoke to a key witness who we will not name but they did tell a friend “much more might yet come of this than a tribunal verdict”.
Since the story first made the headlines the LGF has seen it's supporters plummet, and various high-profile member of the community have been asking a lot of questions. In a humorous twist some former volunteers have set up a spoof site at http://ww.thelgf.org.uk
You can find out more about dodgy practices in this organisation on our article from May 2008
http://gaymafiawatch.wordpress.com/2008/05/26/crumbling-foundation/Former staff at a major gay charity which prides itself on promoting equality are... more
Protests have been held outside the Student's Union at the University of Manchester following ongoing complaints that the University newspaper "Student Direct". Earlier last year the LGBT Society managed to secure the first "gender-neutral" toilets on campus, hoping to create a space space for all women as well as transgender people. Comments and editorials in Student Direct were accused of being homophobic and transphobic as a result.
The Union's LGBT Secretary , Frankie McGough accused Susannah Birkwood, as editor of Student Direct as being ultimately responsible for what has published in the paper which has a circulation of 60,000 readers. Frankie told Queer News:
"We feel that Susannah Birkwood should therefore be held accountable for the numerous offensive, discriminatory and slanderous articles published this academic year. Susannah Birkwood, as editor of Student Direct, is ultimately responsible for what is published therein."
Watch the Queer News video report for more, including an interview with Joe from the Socialist Students Society who had been the target of personal attacks in the paper's letters page.Protests have been held outside the Student's Union at the University of... more
An appeals panel finds California Lutheran High School in Riverside County is not a business and therefore doesn't have to comply with a state law barring discrimination based on sexual orientation.
More in the linkAn appeals panel finds California Lutheran High School in Riverside County is not a... more
Just like many within the LGBT community and our allies my heart broke and I cried when prop. 8 passed. It was passed with lies and a very mailicious campaign that creates more hate, ignorance and reinforces my idea that church and state need to be separate. The Yes on 8 people have kept their promise and sunk to a whole new low by making families get divorced, oh and I forgot to mention the infamous Ken Starr is behind the lawsuit (YES! THE Ken Starr). Marriage is marriage however you see it because at the end of the day it's just two people sharing a journey together. This is a project to show that these aren't strangers you are divorcing they are brothers, sisters, cousins, and entire families. Join me as we tell California, "don't divorce us"...
Inglewood, CaJust like many within the LGBT community and our allies my heart broke and I cried... more
A proposed United Nations declaration that would condemn “discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity” is being trashed by the Vatican. This is just disgusting. Its HUMAN rights we're talking about.A proposed United Nations declaration that would condemn “discrimination based... more
Divorce destroys the sanctity of marriage and its powerful influence on the betterment of society. This proposition would keep the very meaning of marriage from being transformed into nothing more than a contractual relationship between two adults. Prohibiting divorce between heterosexual married couples will keep the interests of children and families intact. We will continue to celebrate marriage as the union of husband and wife, not as a relationship between Party A and Party B. The marriage of a man and a woman has been at the heart of society since the beginning of time and it promotes the ideal opportunity for children to be raised by a mother and a father in a family held together by the legal, communal, and spiritual bonds of marriage. As a society we should put the best interests of children first, and those interests lie in traditional marriage. Permitting divorce destroys marriage as we know it and causes a profound harm to society. We should be restoring marriage, not undermining it.
And for those of you who voted yes on Prop 8 but disagree with this petition...Why? This petition is copied and pasted from literature from your website, ProtectMarriage.com, but applied to Divorce instead of Gay Marriage. So how can you argue with your own words?
Sign the petition at:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/protect-marriage-protect-children-prohibit-divorceDivorce destroys the sanctity of marriage and its powerful influence on the betterment... more
From the report: Proposition 8 in California still remains too close to call.
“We all know that our marriages did not begin with a court decision and they will not end with a vote on a discriminatory amendment,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese.
“In California, we firmly believe that all votes should be counted before calling the race. Several million votes in CA have yet to be counted. We are waiting to see the final results from those ballots and we should not be speculating about something as important as people’s fundamental rights,” continued Solmonese.
“Although we lost our battles in Arizona and Florida, we will not allow the lies and hate—the foundation on which our opponents built their campaign—to break our spirits. We are on the right side of history—and we will continue this journey.From the report: Proposition 8 in California still remains too close to call.... more
I am completely dumbfounded that Myspace.com is supporting
Yes on Prop 8. I never expected such hate and abuse from a
supposedly progressive website that caters to all types of
different people. Yes on Prop 8 is hateful. Myspace.com is not a political website
so the enticing motive Myspace.com had to support Yes on
Prop 8 (Money, and I’m assuming lots of it), is wrong and
unwarranted. Myspace.com should be ASHAMED of its self and
should offer a public apology for the LGBTQ community, their
friends, their families, and to everyone that has been
offended by this hateful message.
Proposition 8 changes the California Constitution to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry in California and provides that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California. It is hateful, homophobic, discriminatory, and unconstitutional.
Please, if you are a Myspace.com member, write to their customer service and explain your disapproval of their hateful message.
And please Vote No on Prop 8. Its hateful and unnecessary.I am completely dumbfounded that Myspace.com is supporting Yes on Prop 8. I never... more
"A gene variant has been identified that appears to be associated with female-to-male transsexuality – the feeling some women have that they belong to the opposite sex.
While such complex behaviour is likely the result of multiple genes, environmental and cultural factors, the researchers say the discovery suggests that transsexuality does have a genetic component.
The variation is in the gene for an enzyme called cytochrome P17, which is involved in the metabolism of sex hormones. Its presence leads to higher than average tissue concentrations of male and female sex hormones, which may in turn influence early brain development.""A gene variant has been identified that appears to be associated with... more
Time is running out for a bisexual woman who has been denied refugee status in Canada. Jane Okojie is scheduled to be deported to Nigeria on Thu, Jul 10 where she says she and her two children will face persecution because of her bisexuality.
A victim of sexual violence and domestic abuse in her home country, Okojie says she fled Nigeria after being beaten by locals in her village and detained in prison after it was discovered she was bisexual.
"In Nigeria things are very bad for lesbians and gay people," says Okojie. "If you are a bisexual or lesbian or gay you can be stoned to death and you can be sentenced to prison for many many years. The government doesn't care."
Homosexuality in Nigeria is punishable by imprisonment of up to 14 years. The country has been criticized by human rights organizations including Amnesty International over its record of queer and other human rights abuses. In 2006 the Nigerian justice minister proposed a bill that would have made it a crime to support queer advocacy groups or participate in a same-sex marriage ceremony and banned adoption by queers. The bill was brought before the house of the national assembly but was not passed.
After arriving in Canada in July 2003 with her then seven-year-old son Samuel, Okojie attempted to claim refugee status but was denied by the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) in August 2005. She has since received a negative pre-removal risk assessment decision — which means that an IRB member has concluded it's safe for her to be returned to Nigeria — and has also been denied refugee status based on humanitarian and compassionate grounds. Since arriving in Canada Okojie has also given birth to a girl, who is now 18 months old.
"She was told to report for removal together with her 12-year-old child Samuel... but essentially it would also include her Canadian-born child who is 18 months old," says Jesuorobo, explaining that Okojie is the sole caregiver for her daughter. "She has only been given a week's notice for her to get out of Canada with her children.
"I don't want to bring my daughter back to Nigeria to have people ostracize her," says Okojie. "I don't want people in my village to say, 'Look at her, she is the child of a lesbian.' It's already bad enough for children who are born from unmarried mothers — people are always calling them bastards. But it would be worse for my daughter. I don't want her to go through the torture that I had to go through there."
Time is running out for a bisexual woman who has been denied refugee status in Canada.... more
17-year old female-born Sarah Thornton is set to become Britain's youngest sex-change patient. Having lived as a teenage boy for over a year, 'Alex' has been granted permission by his GP and psychiatrist to begin the formal transition process. He is hoping that the female-to-male sex change operation that will include a double mastectomy and a hysterectomy will be completed within the next 12 months.
Having identified as a lesbian before, Alex is convinced that the surgery is the right option for him: 'If I could have had the operation done yesterday, then I would have done. Even the thought of having it makes me feel better, and I'm just looking forward to the day I can start leading my life as a man.'
The doctors' decision to allow Alex to go ahead with the transition process even though he is only 17 years old raises the controversial question of when patients are old enough not only to decide on their gender, but also to physically alter their appearance.
17-year old female-born Sarah Thornton is set to become Britain's youngest... more
As the Mariners played the Boston Red Sox on May 26, Sirbrina Guerrero and her date were approached in the third inning by an usher who told them their kissing was inappropriate, Guerrero said.
The usher, Guerrero said, told them he had received a complaint from a woman nearby who said that there were kids in the crowd of nearly 36,000 and that parents would have to explain why two women were kissing.
"I was really just shocked," Guerrero said. "Seattle is so gay-friendly. There was a couple like seven rows ahead making out. We were just showing affection."
As the Mariners played the Boston Red Sox on May 26, Sirbrina Guerrero and her date... more