Category Archives: LGBTq News

Current happenings in the LGBTq Community.

Let Bert & Ernie Get Married on Sesame Street

“In this horrific age of LGBT kids taking their own lives, they need to know that they ARE BEAUTIFUL and their lives are worth living. Aside from those that are committing suicide, the bullies that facilitate these tragedies need to learn that homophobia is NOT okay. They need to know that acceptance of their fellow human beings would indeed plant a seed of peace that will reverberate throughout the world. We are not asking that Sesame Street do anything crude or disrespectful by allowing Bert & Ernie to marry or even adding a transgender character to the show. It can be done in a tasteful way. Let us teach tolerance of those that are different. Let Sesame Street and PBS Kids be a big part in saving many worthy lives. Please visit our Facebook  page.”

http://www.change.org/petitions/let-bert-ernie-get-married-on-sesame-street

All I can say is: I love this. Children are, surprisingly, some of the most accepting of homosexuality because their minds are still pure, untainted by adult bigotries and biases. If such a petition were to pull through, I know that seeing a homosexual marriage on a children’s show like Sesame Street would not seem like a great step forward for the LGBTq community, but I guarantee that it would be. Publicizing the fairness, the equality, and the tolerance of a homosexual marriage would further teach our younger generation the characteristic of acceptance. We can hope that they are able to further our country’s tolerance and acceptance of differences; equality is a TV show away. If our generation is unable to bring acceptance and equality to the LGBTq community, hopefully the next one can. Watching two of their favorite childhood characters marry on public television would help that.

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First Gay Marriage in NY: 24 July 2011, 12 am EST

As of midnight, July 24th 2011, homosexual couples can legally marry in New York. See the post on The Gay & Lesbian Task Force Blog here: http://thetaskforceblog.org/2011/07/24/task-force-celebrates-ny-marriage-equality-as-couples-begin-to-wed/

On an emotional level, here’s a YouTube clip of the first gay wedding in New York: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGegTRa5TWk&

Their story: Gaitley and Jim Stevenson-Mathews were married in a religious service before 200 people at St. Paul’s Chapel on the Campus of Colombia University on May 7, 2005. The service was officiated by Rev. Mitties DeChamplain and was followed by a reception and dance held on the campus of St. John the Divine.

On May 7, 2010, the couple joined another gay couple and a lesbian couple and were legally married in Connecticut. Many from Glen Cove, Long Island traveled with the couple to witness the ceremony attended by over 70 family and friends. Couples (gay and straight) were invited to renew their vows as part of the celebration.

On July 24, 2011 at 12:03 am the couple were finally married in their home state of New York by Glen Cove Mayor Ralph Suozzi. This was New York State’s first same-sex wedding. Our heartfelt congratulations to the couple and to the many couples who have waited so long for this historic day.

President Obama Certifies DADT Repeal (And Responses)

After hearing from senior military leaders that repeal posed no threat to the armed forces, President Obama certified the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”  His signature of the certification sets in motion the open service of lesbian, gay and bisexual troops.  The certification step was part of the legislation he signed in December and now after a 60 day period built into the law, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” will be a relic of the past. View the full story here: http://www.hrcbackstory.org/2011/07/president-obama-certifies-dadt-repeal-certification/

This has already started gaining feedback, especially from Rep. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, who Friday welcomed the news that President Barack Obama and the Pentagon have certified the U.S. military is prepared to accept openly gay and lesbian troops. In a statement, Baldwin said troops that have been discharged under the policy deserve an apology. View the full story here: http://www.gaypolitics.com/2011/07/22/baldwin-discharged-troops-deserve-apology/

I think Rep. Baldwin has a point. To suppress a person’s sexuality just so they appear to fit the typical role of a soldier is not only disrespectful, it tarnishes everything upon which our country was built: Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Doesn’t everyone, especially these soldiers, who, gay or straight, risk their lives every day, deserve to live as they choose, the liberties that everyone else enjoys, and to pursue whatever (or specifically in this case, whoever) they want without worrying about bigotry and disrespect? Think about it.

LGBT Lawmakers Make a Difference

USA TODAY’s Susan Page reports on the growing number of openly LGBT candidates running for public office, and how they’re able to effect real change on equality issues once they’re elected. Read more at: http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/2011-07-19-gay-candidates-politics_n.htm

 

After reading Susan Page’s article, I’m stricken with the feeling that every quote Page includes within it is a quote that creates a more “duh-like” feeling. For example, she cites Paul Maslin of Wisconsin: “‘At some point, you reach the what’s-the-big-deal stage of all this,’ says Paul Maslin, a Democratic strategist based in Madison, Wis., part of Baldwin’s congressional district. That day isn’t here, but he sees it approaching.

‘These candidates, if they’ve been in office a long time and grown in terms of stature and credibility, are now being judged for lots of other reasons than sexual preference,” Maslin says. “It becomes not meaningless, but a relatively unimportant consideration.'”

This is something gays, activists or not, have been trying to get the rest of the world to notice: That homosexuality is not something that will hinder the progress of American values. A person’s sexual preference is unimportant considering the intensity of other, more exigent, issues such as the national debt, homeland security, etc. etc.

Page also cites Donald Haider-Markel of the University of Kansas, who answers, “clearly yes” to her posed question, “Does having openly gay elected officials affect governmental policies?” This, again, should have been obvious from the beginning, and if more openly gay politicians gain credibility and force in office, it should not be too long before we see public policies that include equal rights for homosexuals.

Page continues with Haider-Markel: “‘It helps push these issues forward,’ [he] says. ‘There’s also the role-model aspect of having legislators see openly gay and lesbian legislators in their mix, and basically seeing that they’re just like them. It makes it hard to frame or portray gays and lesbians as really bizarre human forms that don’t look anything like us when legislators are introducing their partners of 20 years and talking about their relationships and their adopted children.'”

The stereotypes with which homosexuals are faced every day seem to be fading into nothingness as more and more become active and credible politicians. I think there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, everyone. Maybe, just maybe, we’ll see true equality in all forms in the near future. 

What are your thoughts about the article?

 

 

Michigan Sees More Openly Gay Politicians

Though Michigan continues to lack many legislative victories that are seen as important by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents, the state is also seeing the rise of more openly gay elected officials on the local levels.

Read the full story here: http://michiganmessenger.com/50945/michigan-sees-more-out-gay-politicians

California Governor Signs LGBT History Bill

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) today signed legislation authored by openly gay State Sen. Mark Leno (pictured) that will require the state’s public schools to teach LGBT history. Read more at: http://www.gaypolitics.com/2011/07/14/california-governor-signs-lgbt-history-bill/

 

 

Tammy Baldwin Posts Big Q2 Fundraising Numbers

U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., who is considering a 2012 bid for the U.S. Senate, today announced she raised more than a half million dollars in the second quarter–a performance sure to impress the political establishment. For the full story, visit: http://www.gaypolitics.com/2011/07/13/tammy-baldwin-posts-big-q2-fundraising-numbers/

Gay Rights in Ohio

The Daily Beast ranked Ohio as one of the least tolerant states on gay rights, while Columbus ranks among the most gay metros in the country.

To listen to the full episode of All Sides, click the following link: http://beta.wosu.org/allsides/intolerant-ohio/

Newest Congresswoman Supports Marriage Equality

(Taken from https://www.facebook.com/victoryfund)

Janice Hahn, a member of the Los Angeles City Council, won a special election last night to represent California’s 36th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, beating Craig Huey, a tea party-style Republican who opposes marriage equality and abortion rights.

To see the full story, follow this link: http://www.gaypolitics.com/2011/07/13/newest-congresswoman-supports-marriage-equality/

To visit Janice Hahn’s campaign website, follow this link: http://www.janicehahn.com