LGBT Civil Rights Archives

Local clerk in New York refuses to sign gay marriage licenses

From: discoverfeminism.com |

I have so little patience for this bullshit. After New York legalized same-sex marriage last June, some local clerks resigned rather than have to sign marriage licenses for gay couples. But in Ledyard, a rural upstate town, the town clerk Rose Marie Belforti avoids committing that terrible sin by having her deputy sign all marriage licenses instead. She explains, “God doesn’t want me to do this, so I can’t do what God doesn’t want me to do.”

NFL adds “sexual orientation” to anti-discrimination language

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Too bad the NFL wasn’t super public about this change, but glad to see the news nonetheless. Amanda Terkel reports:

The official end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

From: discoverfeminism.com |

At 12:01 am this morning, the horrible policy that was Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell ended. The U.S. Department of Defense will formally repeal the inequitable policy that has been law since 1993. The repeal which was voted on by Congress during the lame duck session will now officially take effect.

Yes to Gay YA–But Don’t Stick It In the Issue Books Corner

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Authors Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith lit the young adult book world up yesterday with a piece for Publisher’s Weekly discussing a situation where an agent asked them to change the sexual orientation of their main character. I’ll give you three guesses as to what the character’s orientation was. They said no, and were shocked and appalled, and wrote a piece about it, discussing their moral objections, and talking about the larger implications for the publishing industry:

Queering Your Politics, Politicking Your Queers

From: discoverfeminism.com |

In California last week, the jury in the Larry King trial deadlocked on whether Brandon McInerney was guilty of manslaughter or murder when he shot his classmate for being too gay in 2008. Meanwhile, opponents of the recent legislative move to mandate the teaching of gay history started collecting signatures to get a repeal on the ballot, and Proposition 8 supporters won the right to continue the fight in court.

The TSA makes it dangerous to fly while trans

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Flying while trans is an act of bravery. Transgender travelers are disproportionately targeted for questioning and pat-downs as a result of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) policies that lead to us being “outing” as trans. Outed in airports – big, crowded, public spaces. Yeah, it sucks.

Where do 2012 Presidential candidates stand on LGBT issues?

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Ned Flaherty at Marriage Equality USA has compiled this handy dandy chart showing where each of the twelve confirmed 2012 Presidential candidates, plus President Obama, stand on LGBT rights. Flaherty has examined the candidates’ stances on marriage rights, DOMA, adoption, and open military service, as well as several other issues, and here’s what it comes down to:

Quick hit: Poll finds most New Yorkers don’t want to overturn gay marriage ruling.

From: discoverfeminism.com |

In a poll of 600 New Yorkers it turns out a larger percentage (55%) of people support gay marriage than oppose it (37%).

Thought leader Rick Santorum converts me on gay marriage

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Leading social theorist, eloquent and diplomatic visionary, logician extraordinaire, king of the brown stuff, and official candidate for the GOP presidential nomination Rick Santorum has put forward such a convincing argument against same sex marriage that he has compelled me to change my previous position.

Suquamish Tribe approves same-sex marriage

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Interesting and awesome news coming out of the Kitsap Peninsula this week. On Monday, the Suquamish Tribal Council formally changed its ordinances to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples. Starting this week, gay couples will have the same rights as heterosexual couples on the reservation (where the Suquamish have tribal sovereignty), and in other places in which gay marriages are allowed by law.

Hombre y hombre? It’s love

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Via Colorlines, a beautiful video from Somos Familia, a project that works to promote acceptance of LGBTQ people in the Latino community.

State College Settles DP Benefits Law Suit

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Following up on my earlier post about how the school district in State College, PA (home of Penn State) provided benefits to the domestic partners of its heterosexual, but not its lesbian and gay employees, the school board there has now not only extended domestic partner benefits to its lesbian and gay employees but has also added sexual orientation and gender identity to its nondiscrimination policies.

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