Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Best. Mother. Ever. (Aside from my own.)

Mother of gay son berates Irish minister over civil partnerships - from Pink News - all the latest gay news from the gay community - Pink News

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Read a letter sent by the mother of a gay son in Ireland, after they passed recent legislation extending certain benefits to same-sex couples. My favorite line:
"You will not tell my sons that they are not equal to their brothers, friends and the rest of society."

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Straight makes claim for homophobic abuse.

Straight teacher makes claim for homophobic abuse - from Pink News - all the latest gay news from the gay community - Pink News

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I couldn't make up my mind about what I thought about this, so I thought I'd throw it out there. I was going to write something about discrimination based on actual or perceived sexual orientiation or gender identity. And yes harrassment is harrassment. But is this guy going too far? I'm admittedly confused.

Please comment.

The harm in blatant discrimination.

Court throws out ban on exposing children to gays | ajc.com

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I'm glad there's a court out there that recognizes what the real priorities are.
The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday threw out a judge’s order that prohibited children in a divorce case from having any contact with their father’s gay and lesbian friends.
The ruling was hailed by gay rights groups who said the decision focuses on the needs of children instead of perpetuating a stigma on the basis of sexual orientation.
The state high court’s decision overturned Fayette County Superior Court Judge Christopher Edwards’ blanket prohibition against exposing the children to their father’s gay partners and friends.
“Such an arbitrary classification based on sexual orientation flies in the face of our public policy that encourages divorced parents to participate in the raising of their children,” Justice Robert Benham wrote.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

We are not godless, hedonistic, Christian bashers.

The Barna Group - Spiritual Profile of Homosexual Adults Provides Surprising Insights

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“People who portray gay adults as godless, hedonistic, Christian bashers are not working with the facts,” declared the best-selling author of numerous books about faith and culture. “A substantial majority of gays cite their faith as a central facet of their life, consider themselves to be Christian, and claim to have some type of meaningful personal commitment to Jesus Christ active in their life today.

“The data indicate that millions of gay people are interested in faith but not in the local church and do not appear to be focused on the traditional tools and traditions that represent the comfort zone of most churched Christians. Gay adults clearly have a different way of interpreting the Bible on a number of central theological matters, such as perspectives about God. Homosexuals appreciate their faith but they do not prioritize it, and they tend to consider faith to be individual and private rather than communal.

“It is interesting to see that most homosexuals, who have some history within the Christian Church, have rejected orthodox biblical teachings and principles – but, in many cases, to nearly the same degree that the heterosexual Christian population has rejected those same teachings and principles. Although there are clearly some substantial differences in the religious beliefs and practices of the straight and gay populations, there may be less of a spiritual gap between straights and gays than many Americans would assume.”

Monday, June 29, 2009

Human rights to sport?

Sarkozy accused of abandoning human rights after Yade is moved to sport - from Pink News - all the latest gay news from the gay community - Pink News

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Bad news.
Ms Yade, 32, had been outspoken in her support of gay rights. She took the lead at the United Nations calling for the universal decriminalisation of homosexuality. France submitted a draft declaration at the UN General Assembly in December. 66 countries supported it.

Color me queer.

We've Trained the Media to Think We're Rich and White. That's a Problem / Queerty

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Queerty raises an interesting and important point of discussion about the [lack of] representation of queers of color in the media.

Anyone want to collaborate on an inclusive, alternative PRIDE publication?

On a related topic . . . I was at the New York City Heritage of Pride Parade yesterday. I couldn't catch all of it, but from what I did see, there were some disparities, mainly along racial and ethnic lines. It wasn't hard to see that the major groups where severly lacking in diversity, but so were the groups whose missions were outreach to LGBT persons of color. I can't help but think these groups undermine their causes by not reaching out and gathering support from all sectors of the LGBT community.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Marriage isn't the only issue.

New Protections for Transgender Federal Workers - NYTimes.com

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John Berry, the director of the federal agency in charge of such workplace issues, the Office of Personnel Management, said in an interview on Tuesday that the administration was not trying to hide its work on the new provisions. Mr. Berry noted that he had mentioned them last week at a news briefing about the president’s same-sex benefits plan, though it came up only briefly in a discussion that mostly focused on the complaints.
Ok, so the same-sex benefits plan doesn't include health care or retirement benefits. And there was the motion to dimiss the DOMA case. Surely there's a lot to complain about. But there's still a lot more headway to be made in terms of other LGBT human rights issues, especially in terms of transgender issues. It's just sad to see that this news item got lost under all the complaints. It's still a long road to same-sex marriage across all 50 states, and I think we can make even more progress on other issues. And while I wish that there was more press coverage of the legislation guaranteeting protection, I can appreciate President Obama sneaking it through. He's making steps, albeit little, towards full-equality for LGBT persons. We'll see if this strategy works.