The Employment Non-Discrimination Act Reaches Milestone with Its 52nd sponsor

By: Wednesday June 19, 2013 10:30 am

The Washington Blade reports that Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) is about to sign on to the 2013 version of ENDA. That means the bill  has more sponsors than the 2001 version of the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act; it held the previous record for the most sponsors of any LGBT bill. In my opinion, sitting down [...]

Delaware Poised to Adopt a Transgender Rights Law [Updated]

By: Wednesday June 19, 2013 10:16 am

Update (7:30 pm Wednesday): The Delaware Senate has approved the amended bill passed yesterday by the House, and Gov. Markell has signed it into law. Congratulations Delaware! Delaware is on the verge of protecting transgender residents under its anti-discrimination and hate crimes laws.  From Washington Blade: The Delaware House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a [...]

DOMA and Prop 8 Decision Day Events

By: Tuesday June 18, 2013 10:02 pm

The US Supreme Court is due to rule on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 by the end of June.  Decision Day events are being planned across the country so folks can learn about the rulings and celebrate (or commiserate?) together.  Check out the website to see if an event [...]

Marco Rubio’s Bigotry is the Worst Kind

By: Tuesday June 18, 2013 7:26 am

  Remember the above sound byte from Florida Senator Marco Rubio from a while back? He was whining about being called “bigoted” because he is allegedly “pro- traditional marriage.” Of course this is how he feels about the ability to fire someone for being gay (hint – he supports it):   Or adding gays to [...]

Is Gender Discrimination at the Heart of the Marriage Equality Battle?

By: Monday June 17, 2013 7:00 am

Last week  I came across a piece by Sonja West at Slate that was quite interesting, given all of the chatter about the upcoming Supreme Court rulings on Prop 8 and DOMA. The major arguments that have been made about the civil right of gays and lesbians to marry have primarily rested on sexual orientation [...]

Goodbye Pam’s House Blend: after nine years, closing the coffeehouse July 1

By: Sunday June 16, 2013 2:46 pm

It’s as good as any time to share this; the blog started without any fanfare back in 2004, so why not drop the news when people should be out (hopefully) enjoying life offline, and fellow bloggers are heading off to Netroots Nation. It’s also only fitting that this occurs as major Supreme Court decisions on [...]

If Gabriel Gomez Supports ENDA, Why Doesn’t He Say So Publicly?

By: Saturday June 15, 2013 6:50 pm

Today Washington Blade claims that “Gabriel Gomez endorses ENDA“, the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act.  Congressman Ed Markey and Mr. Gomez are vying for the U. S. Senate seat recently vacated by Secretary of State John Kerry. In an email provided to the Washington Blade, Gabriel Gomez, a former Navy SEAL, announced his support for the [...]

Tackling racism and lack of diversity in the LGBT community

By: Saturday June 15, 2013 2:48 pm

The lgbt community in general and I myself have had negative things to say about Washington Watch host Roland Martin as it pertains to the us. However this is a time which I am giving him praise for this recent panel discussion in Racism and a Lack of Diversity in the LGBT Community. While Martin [...]

President Obama’s Remarks At the White House LGBT Pride Reception

By: Thursday June 13, 2013 7:23 pm

Today President Obama delivered the following remarks at the LGBT Pride Month celebration at the White House. REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AT A RECEPTION FOR LGBT PRIDE MONTH THE PRESIDENT:  All right, I will not beat that act.  (Laughter.)  We could not be prouder of Zea and Luna for the introduction.  And welcome, all of [...]

The dignity and wisdom of Julian Bond on religious liberty and inclusion

By: Thursday June 13, 2013 10:30 am

When it comes to discussing the place of religion and the expansion of basic civil rights to the LGBT community, legend Julian Bond delivers a passionate, common-sense view often missing from the debate. This civil rights hero and ally – the chairman emeritus of the NAACP – so effortlessly states the obvious:  discrimination is wrong. As we await [...]

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