We’re at a very strange moment in civil rights history, thanks to SCOTUS

By: Wednesday June 26, 2013 7:32 pm

Thanks to SCOTUS over the last two days: 1) If you’re a same-sex couple and live in CA, you can marry. 2) If you live in NC (or any other state with a “marriage protection amendment”) and were legally married elsewhere (in my case, Canada), your marriage is not recognized in terms of filing joint state [...]

DOMA Struck Down; Prop 8 Case Rejected On Jurisdiction

By: Wednesday June 26, 2013 11:01 am

Ruling for DOMA: UNITED STATES v. WINDSOR, EXECUTOR OF THE ESTATE OF SPYER, ET AL. Ruling for Prop 8 case: HOLLINGSWORTH ET AL. v. PERRY ET AL. Statement from the White House: THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 26, 2013 Statement by the President on the Supreme Court Ruling [...]

Photographing Gay Pride Is The Radical-Right’s Prurient Pursuit

By: Tuesday June 25, 2013 3:42 pm

I had to laugh at today’s email from anti-LGBT Illinois Family Institute because it is so emblematic of the radical-right.  Folks on the radical-right express disgust at gays and, especially, transgender and genderqueer people, yet they can’t resist posting whole photo albums of same.  From IFI’s email, which is all about Chicago Pride: WARNING: Offensive pictures [...]

Here’s a milestone – Disney Channel to feature two-mom family on kid series

By: Friday June 21, 2013 1:05 pm

Disney’s already been boycotted (unsuccessfully) by the professional anti-LGBT crowd, so The Mouse House is likely ready for the explosion from the fringe any moment now as the channel plans to feature its first two-mom family on its children’s show Good Luck Charlie. (Via Mombian): TV Guide reports that the episode involves a secondary storyline where the [...]

Will there be a black vs gay Prop. 8 meme redux, or will the work building stronger coalitions prevail?

By: Thursday June 20, 2013 2:53 am

I recall all too well the conflicting feelings I had on election night 2008 — Barack Obama was elected as the first black President of the United States, and enough California voters cast ballots to pass Proposition 8, intended to “protect” marriage from gays. The despair turned into rage by some in the LGBT community, [...]

Pray-away-the-gay group Exodus International is shutting down

By: Thursday June 20, 2013 1:12 am

The organization that came to symbolize the toxic, dangerous “pray-away-the-gay”/reparative therapy movement is biting the dust, according to its head, Alan Chambers.  He (finally) admitted that he still has same-sex attraction urges and recently apologized for the harm his work has caused the LGBT community (though he still personally believes in the need to suppress [...]

A chat with Michelangelo Signorile about the end of the Blend

By: Thursday June 20, 2013 1:04 am

On Tuesday I went on the Michelangelo Signorile Show on Sirius XM Satellite Radio to talk about the upcoming close of the coffeehouse on July 1. I am honored to call Mike — a legendary LGBT activist and journalist — a dear friend and he’s been a big booster of the Blend over the years. [...]

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 [...]

Secretary of State John Kerry Celebrates LGBT Pride Month

By: Monday June 10, 2013 12:36 pm

Transcript of Video Remarks Celebrating LGBT Pride Month: Hello! I wanted to take a moment to join people around the world in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride month. This month is about the assertion of equality and dignity. It is about the affirmation of fundamental freedoms and human rights. It is about people [...]

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