Gay Pride Events in Uganda
“The importance of this Pride event cannot be understated. The fact that these brave activists could pull this off in this milieu of persecution is a great victory for the community. Visibility like this notes the ongoing legacy of late activist David Kato, it defies the export of American Evangelical hate, and it helps ensure defeat of the Bahati Bill. It shows leadership for all of Africa, and above all it shows that the LGBT people of Uganda simply refuse to give up their right to exist and to live their natural born sexual orientation.”
you can read the full article here
Their bravery is inspirational.
It’s long been suspected, and now the truth is out.
Noted journalist and talk show host Anderson Cooper has come out of the closet as gay in an email exchange with Daily Beast writer Andrew Sullivan. Read the full thing here. Cooper said it was time to come out because he felt his silence may have been portrayed as shame.
I’ve also been reminded recently that while as a society we are moving toward greater inclusion and equality for all people, the tide of history only advances when people make themselves fully visible. There continue to be far too many incidences of bullying of young people, as well as discrimination and violence against people of all ages, based on their sexual orientation, and I believe there is value in making clear where I stand.
The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.
I have always been very open and honest about this part of my life with my friends, my family, and my colleagues. In a perfect world, I don’t think it’s anyone else’s business, but I do think there is value in standing up and being counted. I’m not an activist, but I am a human being and I don’t give that up by being a journalist.
Welcome, Anderson. It’s good to have you.
Argentina JUST PASSED a groundbreaking gender identity bill!!!
From now on, people will be able to change the name and gender on their ID without needing psychiatric permission or any body modifications. Furthermore, anyone who does want hormones or surgery will be able to access them for free through the public and private health system.
It was passed unanimously today by the Senate :-D
In an ABC interview today, President Obama has officially endorsed the rights of same-sex couples to get married.
OBAMA: I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.
OH MY GOD.
Kirk Cameron, a former actor and icon from Growing Pains, ruined his teen heartthrob status this week with a slew of homophobic comments on CNN.
During an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan last night, the former Growing Pains star-turned evangelist said he views homosexuality as being “unnatural… detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.” Cameron spoke out against same-sex marriage, saying, “Marriage is almost as old as dirt, and it was defined in the garden between Adam and Eve. One man, one woman for life till death do you part. So I would never attempt to try to redefine marriage. And I don’t think anyone else should either.”
Wasting no time, GLAAD has launched a campaign to show Cameron just how wrong he is, including a petition where you can tell the former star he’s “no longer your idol.” In addition, there’s information about celebrities who do support marriage equality - there are plenty.
Can we just remember for one second that “traditional” marriage, the one everyone is trying so desperately to protect, was actually between man and property? And also that not everyone in the country believes in Adam and Eve? People who think this way terrify me.
This is not quite new, but UK clothing store Polarn O. Pyret still has the right idea in selling clothes for kids without distinguishing boys’ clothes from girls’ clothes. More on their strategy here.
Dallas judge Tonya Parker says she won’t conduct any marriage ceremonies until she and every other gay person in Texas have the same right to marry. When she turns straight couples away, Parker tells them: “I’m sorry. I don’t perform marriage ceremonies because we are in a state that does not have marriage equality, and until it does, I am not going to partially apply the law to one group of people that doesn’t apply to another group of people.”
Parker passes the ceremonies on to other judges so that straight couples can get married.
“It’s kind of oxymoronic for me to perform ceremonies that can’t be performed for me, so I’m not going to do it,” says Parker.