News, Notes, Tidbits and To Do List Index
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Don't Ask Don't Tell
Many important updates - don't miss them! Internal survey leaked; important
decision in California, and much, much, more.
Letter from Parents
A compelling argument from parents of a discharged person - another who served
valiantly, who happened to be gay.
Prop 8 Trial
Defenders of Prop 8 are using arguments long ago proven to be factually and
historically inaccurate. While an uninformed populace may believe them - or
choose to suspend disbelief in support of their own personal prejudices, we need
to hope that the Court will not be so easily swayed, or mislead. Live
here. More on equal marriage rights
Check out our shopping sections and advertisers for GLBT positive/affirming
gifts. In the interim, enjoy a note I sent to Cherry Moon Farms whose
solicitation lost them my business:
I was all set to order when I noticed you wanted me to send a
special gift to "him" rather than "that special someone" --- my special
someone is a woman, and I'll deal with a company which recognizes that
possibility. Thank you.
Take Action Now - AFA Continues its Hate
The American Family Association bought an hour of air-time on local network
TV this Saturday to air a special on "the radical homosexual agenda."
Feature: Not Coming Out
Ace Baxter shares why one can't always come out - and asks for your input.
An except: Most people have a distinct memory of ‘finding out
they were gay’ which I never had…I never really ‘found out’. I
realize that’s odd, but so are most things until you understand
them. I honestly believe that everything is possible, I always did,
so when I heard stories where mommies and daddies loved each other,
I never once doubted that mommies and mommies, or vice versa daddies
and daddies could be together. I mean really, why not? As I grew up
my thinking obviously did too, but the basics stayed the same. As a
great person once said: I’m attracted to people, not genders.
News From Florida
Organizations United Together, a new federation of local lesbian,
gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and allied local organizations
held its first meeting on Saturday, January 24, 2009, in Orlando,
Florida. Nearly 100 local leaders from across the state met to
share information, network, and strategize together.
Where have all the drag queens gone? The campy spectacle has
lost favor with a generation of young gay
men. Can RuPaul's new reality show bring it back
Campbell's Soup's New Ad
Gays are still good business. Wildmon and the AFA are annoyed.
Happy Holidays indeed!
Obama and Rick Warren
Anti-Choice and Anti-Equal rights for queers. Yuppers. That's
exactly the type of change I was seeking. And people wonder why my
"Clinton" bumper sticker is still on my car....a friend of mine
suggests - how about the Grand Duke of the KKK for Keynote speaker.
Just another point of view, right?
Introducting "Snippets." Little things which speak for themselves.
Keep your eyes open as we start to take a look at the major, and
minor candidates and laws we'll be voting on as we look towards
2008. No, it's not too late to start looking at the candidates
for the US Presidential election in 2008, their views on issues
affecting the civil rights of gay and lesbians across the country.
We'll also be looking at local races where able, along with ballot
measures and other things of which nightmares (or dreams) are made.
A Blow for Equality
On December 14, 2006, the
New Jersey legislature passed two bills which will help to ensure
equal civil rights and liberties for its gay and lesbian residents,
and also afford employment protections for any citizen with
non-traditional gender identification.
Tom Cruise is Still Not
I don't know about you, but I am amazed at the lengths Tom
Cruise will go to establish he's not gay.
WNBA star comes out - what does it mean in general, and for women's basketball?
Salvation Army continues to say, "GLBT folks, take care of
yourselves." We do have alternatives
for you, however.
Military Continues to Discharge Service Members
SLDN Reports At least 10 online outings since January; group issues advice on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ and the Internet.
Love In Action Co-Founder: "My Ministry Shatters Lives"
Wayne Besen, Co-founder of ministry that runs teen "ex-gay" boot camp, says group shatters lives and can cause suicide.
West Virginia Comes
There is cause to rejoice, the West Virginia Supreme Court awarded
custody of a 5 year old boy to his biological mother's surviving
Hatred- More Pope
The new Pope proves that a leopard never changes its
Colorado Comes Through
The Colorado Legislature passes a measure that would ban discrimination against gay,
lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees while refusing to push forward
an anti-gay amending to the state constitution.
Health Insurance Crises
Too many go without including a higher percentage of gays, lesbians, bisexual, and transgender adults
MCC takes a close look at the newly elected Pope Benedict XVI, the former
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, and is not happy with what it sees.
Toys R For Everybody
Toys "R" Us greatly expands its non-discrimination
policies to include transgender and is on track towards providing
domestic partnership benefits.
Six Feet Under: Out of Burial Site, Out of Mind?
San Diego Bishop refuses Catholic Funeral Service for Gay Club Owner, then later reverses himself but it's too little, too late.
Back to the Chapel
Marriage is back on for gay and lesbian couples in California as a Judge rules that the state definition of marriage as "a relationship between a man and a woman" is unconstitutional.
Don't Ask Don't Tell
Don't .... Oops!
More and more high ranking military voices call for an end to the Don't Ask
Don't Tell policy.
Silver Linings - 2004 Election
No, the 2004 election did not bode well for us. Tom Brokaw estimates that
43% of the American Public identify at "Evangelical Christians," while
some of those include gays, lesbians, and others who would not deny equal civil
rights under the law based on religious principles, that is still a sobering
The "Federal Marriage Amendment" was defeated before it could even
Office Joins Opposition To Federal Marriage Amendment
The Lutheran Office for Governmental Affairs (LOGA), Washington
D.C., the federal public policy office of the Evangelical Lutheran
Church in America (ELCA), joined 25 other religious organizations
June 3 to urge members of the U.S. Congress to reject the proposed
"Federal Marriage Amendment." The religious
organizations said the proposal threatens individual civil rights
and religious freedom.
Freedom Rings Some More
The Massachusetts Supreme Court points the state in the direction of equality in
marriage - but what will happen next is still very much up in the air.
Achaea: Land of Dreams (but not all dreams)
Great RP game. Great world. Not perfect. Help fix it.
Let Freedom Ring
The U.S. Supreme Court finally rights a prior wrong, and kicks the state
out of the bedrooms of consenting adults, in a decision that will be of great
benefit to all aspects of our fight for equal civil rights.
Memo Koufax: See Cruise
My thoughts on Sandy Koufax's reaction to the suggestion that he might
The Year in Review: 2002
A review of news and other items of note from the United States,
and around the world.