This Dad's Superhero Cape Is A Skirt ⇢

Fantastic story on Buzzfeed.

Do you hate men?

hahahahahahahaahahaha!  i mean… really?! REALLY?!! hahahahahahahah! if you don’t know that lesbian does not equal hates men I can’t help you. 

Seeing this put a huge smile on my face last Sunday…I’m not lesbian or bisexual, but am a supporter of those who are and their rights :)

Seeing this put a huge smile on my face last Sunday…

I’m not lesbian or bisexual, but am a supporter of those who are and their rights :)

I'm curious, do you support ron paul? :]

Hell no.  I’m not a fan of the libertarian philosophy, nor the anti-gay and anti-choice opinions that Mr. Paul and his son have introduced into said philosophy. 

The only Paul I support is Ru Paul. 

I love the image you used of the group at Le Monacle. Can you tell me who the photographer was?

Apologies I have been dark on this blog for a while due to life getting a little crazy.  Going through all the messages before I start posting again.

I found the image on flickr that someone had upload from what looks like book scan.  There are a few additional images here that are fantastic.

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Washington State Set to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

YAY WASHINGTON

SEATTLE — Washington on Wednesday became the seventh state to legalize same-sex marriage, with the State House giving final passage to the bill and Gov. Christine Gregoire having promised to sign it.

The measure easily passed the State Senate last week, 28 to 21, despite concerns that the vote would be close.

The developments in Washington parallel an appeals court decision in California on Tuesday in which a panel of judges ruled 2 to 1 to strike down that state’s ban on same-sex marriage, known as Proposition 8. The two deciding judges wrote that the ban violated the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause.

Washington is among more than 30 states that have passed laws defining marriage as between a man and a woman, but it has steadily expanded rights for gay couples since 2007. That year, the Democratically controlled Legislature approved domestic partnerships. In 2009, it passed an “everything but marriage” bill. Full marriage rights began speeding toward approval last month, when Ms. Gregoire, a Democrat, announced that she would support the bill to make same-sex marriage legal.

The governor had previously said that she did not believe the state was ready for same-sex marriage and that churches should play a decisive role on the issue. Ms. Gregoire’s marriage bill, modeled after one approved by New York last June, allows churches and religious groups to choose not to perform same-sex marriages and to deny same-sex couples access to their facilities for marriage services.

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Ellen DeGeneres Rips ‘One Million Moms’ For Calling for Her Firing

(via Towleroad)

On a show taped today for broadcast tomorrow, Ellen DeGeneres praised the 9th Circuit’s ruling on Proposition 8, and then launched into a tirade at the AFA organization ‘One Million Moms’ for calling for her firing, E! reports.

Watch the clip, AFTER THE JUMP

As you may recall, the hate group called for JC Penney to fire her as spokesperson because she is, in their words, an “open homosexual”.

Wrote the group:

Funny that JC Penney thinks hiring an open homosexual spokesperson will help their business when most of their customers are traditional families. More sales will be lost than gained unless they replace their spokesperson quickly. Unless JC Penney decides to be neutral in the culture war then their brand transformation will be unsuccessful.

Says Ellen: “Normally, I try not to pay attention to my haters—but this time I’d like to talk about it, because my haters are my motivators. This organization doesn’t think I should be the spokesperson because I’m gay,” DeGeneres continued. “They wanted to get me fired, and I’m proud and happy to say that JCPenney stuck by their decision to make me their spokesperson. Which is great news for me because I also need some new crew socks. I’m really going to clean up with this discount.”

Ellen then read some of the comments from her supporters on the Million Moms Facebook page.

Added Ellen: “I usually don’t talk about stuff like this on my show, but I really want to thank everyone who is supporting me. Here are the values I stand for. I stand for honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you’d want to be treated and helping those in need.To me, those are traditional values. That’s what I stand for…I also believe in dance.”

Source: towleroad.com

Canadian marriages of same-sex couples are not in jeopardy | Freedom to Marry ⇢

After a Canadian government official took an anti-gay position in a trial-level divorce proceeding today, some same-sex couples worried that their marriages would no longer be valid. But no worries- your marriage is just as valid today as it was yesterday! Below is a joint release we just issued with the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Lambda Legal, the ACLU, and GLAD:

We write to respond to a news report from Canada that a lawyer in the current government has taken a position in a trial-level divorce proceeding that a same-sex couple’s marriage is not valid because the members of the couple were not Canada residents at the time that they married, and the law of their home jurisdiction did not permit them to marry at the time.

No one’s marriage has been invalidated or is likely to be invalidated. The position taken by one government lawyer in a divorce is not itself precedential.  No court has accepted this view and there is no reason to believe that either Canada’s courts or its Parliament would agree with this position, which no one has asserted before during the eight years that same-sex couples have had the freedom to marry in Canada.

Canada permits non-residents to marry and thousands of non-resident same-sex couples have married there since Canada first began recognizing the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in 2003. Indeed, Canada’s Parliament codified the equal right to marry for same-sex couples in 2005.

The message for same-sex couples married in Canada remains the same as it is for same-sex couples validly married here in the United States: take every precaution you can to protect your relationship with legal documents such as powers of attorney and adoptions, as you may travel to jurisdictions that don’t respect your legal relationship. There is no reason to suggest that Canadian marriages of same-sex couples are in jeopardy, or to advocate that people try to marry again elsewhere, as that could cause these couples unnecessary complications, anxiety, and expense.

thank you to lunaraeron for the link!!

Canadian Gov't Dissolves Thousands of Same-Sex Marriages ⇢

Thousands of LGBT couples across the world awoke this morning to learn that they are no longer married.

A Department of Justice lawyer under Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party of Canada government has nullified all same-sex marriages performed in Canada in which the couples’ native country does not permit gays and lesbians to marry.

The reversal of federal policy is revealed in a document filed in a Toronto test case launched recently by a lesbian couple seeking a divorce. Wed in Toronto in 2005, the couple have been told they cannot divorce because they were never really married – a Department of Justice lawyer says their marriage is not legal in Canada since they could not have lawfully wed in Florida or England, where the two partners reside.

The two women – professionals in the their early 30s – cannot be identified under a court order. But Martha McCarthy, a prominent Toronto lawyer who represents them, said the government’s about-face is astonishing.

“It is scandalous,” she said in an interview. “It is offensive to their dignity and human rights to suggest they weren’t married or that they have something that is a nullity.”

Ms. McCarthy, who played an instrumental role in the fight to legalize same-sex marriage, said Ontario has tried to duck the volatile test case by deferring to the federal government.

“It is appalling and outrageous that two levels of government would be taking this position without ever having raised it before, telling anybody it was an issue or doing anything pro-active about it,” she said. “All the while, they were handing out licences to perform marriages across the country to non-resident people.”

Newspapers across the world are covered in headlines about this savage and unprecedented attack on LGBT people.

Dan Savage, who wed his husband (now boyfriend) in Vancouver in 2005, weighs in:

There will be lawsuits, time and money will be wasted, oceans of ink and pixels will be spilled, before this issue—the full civil equality of gays and lesbians—winds up before the Supreme Court of Canada. I’m confident that justice will prevail—God bless the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms—but the decision to reopen this issue is going to be one massive distraction for the Canadian government.

Gays and lesbians inside and outside of Canada are going to make sure of it.

Now if you’ll excuse me I need to go wake up my husband and tell him we got divorced last night.

Critics of this attack on LGBT people have noted both online and off that if gay marriages are now without legal standing in Canada if the couple’s homeland forbids them, are Middle Eastern women living in Canada now stripped of their rights to vote, drive a car, or even show their hair? Is being gay now punishable by death in Canada if you’re from Uganda? Is blogging or criticizing your government now illegal for Egyptians living in Canada?

We can hardly believe we are reporting this. Expect massive coverage in the coming days.

How would you feel to wake up divorced by a foreign government after years of marriage?

*so very very wrong*

Gay-marriage law assault perplexing ⇢

(via the Nashua Telegraph)

One of the more contentious battles confronting the New Hampshire Legislature when it returns to work in January will be the misguided effort to repeal the 2009 law legalizing same-sex marriages. Put on hold earlier this year so lawmakers could concentrate on more serious issues, such as the state budget, taxes and creating jobs, this pointless distraction is back on the legislative agenda for reasons that escape rational explanation.

New Hampshire is one of six states, along with the District of Columbia, that allow same-sex marriages. Another 13 states permit civil unions. Elsewhere in the country, same-sex marriages and/or civil unions are prohibited by either statute or constitutional amendment. The same-sex marriage repeal legislation up for review next month seeks to bring back civil unions, which were legalized in New Hampshire in 2007, and grandfather existing same-sex marriages. The state estimates 1,800 gay couples have been married here in the past two years.

Make no mistake, the only reason the anti-same-sex marriage legislation exists at all is because conservative Republicans were emboldened by their landslide victory in 2010. Huge majorities in the House and Senate created an irresistible opportunity to push mischievous, oppressive, veto-proof forays into statutory social engineering.

It would be one thing if there were evidence the current law has had negative repercussions for the state or its citizens. There isn’t. No jobs have been lost. No revenues have been compromised. No little children have been traumatized. If anything, the law has bolstered the state’s respected libertarian reputation.

More importantly, the law has broad public support. In April, the University of New Hampshire Survey Center reported 55 percent of state residents support same-sex marriages, while 39 percent opposed them. This followed an earlier poll that found Granite State residents oppose the GOP’s effort to repeal same-sex marriages by 62 to 29 percent.

These results are consistent with other polls. A Public Policy Polling survey in July found 51 percent of New Hampshire voters favor legal same-sex marriages while 38 percent oppose them. It also found 80 percent support some sort of legal recognition of same-sex couples, with marriage favored by 45 percent and civil unions by 35 percent. Only 19 percent of the respondents opposed any legal recognition of same-sex couples.

In total disregard for this overwhelming evidence of public support, Republicans are marching forward with their crusade. The House Judiciary Committee voted 11-6 in October to recommended the bill’s passage. The full House is expected to concur. Passage is expected in the Senate as well, The big question is whether the margins of victory will be large enough to sustain Gov. John Lynch’s promised veto.

Not much has changed from earlier this year when the same-sex marriage repeal effort was pushed aside in favor of more pressing issues. There are still big holes in the state budget, businesses are still struggling to survive and too many people are out of work. What Republicans considered a priority in January is unfinished business today.

The words of House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt, R-Salem, ring as true now as they did 11 months ago when he described the same-sex repeal effort as a controversial “assault” on the GOP’s agenda that had the potential to deflect attention from “New Hampshire’s outstanding financial issues.”

One teacher’s approach to preventing gender bullying in a classroom

togetherforjacksoncountykids:

“It’s Okay to be Neither,” By Melissa Bollow Tempel

Alie arrived at our 1st-grade classroom wearing a sweatshirt with a hood. I asked her to take off her hood, and she refused. I thought she was just being difficult and ignored it. After breakfast we got in line for art, and I noticed that she still had not removed her hood. When we arrived at the art room, I said: “Allie, I’m not playing. It’s time for art. The rule is no hoods or hats in school.”

She looked up with tears in her eyes and I realized there was something wrong. Her classmates went into the art room and we moved to the art storage area so her classmates wouldn’t hear our conversation. I softened my tone and asked her if she’d like to tell me what was wrong.

“My ponytail,” she cried.

“Can I see?” I asked.

She nodded and pulled down her hood. Allie’s braids had come undone overnight and there hadn’t been time to redo them in the morning, so they had to be put back in a ponytail. It was high up on the back of her head like those of many girls in our class, but I could see that to Allie it just felt wrong. With Allie’s permission, I took the elastic out and re-braided her hair so it could hang down.

“How’s that?” I asked.

She smiled. “Good,” she said and skipped off to join her friends in art.

‘Why Do You Look Like a Boy?’

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Michele Bachmann Heckled By ‘Gay Robot’

BY ON TOP MAGAZINE STAFF 
PUBLISHED: DECEMBER 23, 2011

Michele Bachmann on Thursday was heckled by a gay robot during a campaign stop in heavily Democratic Iowa City, the Iowa City Patch reported.

The man dressed in a robot suit shouted Bachmann down during her rapid 20-minute campaign stop at Hamburg Inn No. 2.

“I am a gay robot. I oppose Bachmann’s position on gays, whether they are human or robot,” said the man, who declined to give his name but conceded he was the same robot who heckled Bill Clinton at the University of Iowa in 2007.

The gay robot was booed and quickly asked to leave the popular diner where about 100 people had come to see the GOP candidate. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

A group of about 15 Occupy Iowa City protesters also heckled Bachmann over gay rights.

“Michele Bachmann will fix the economy by laying off workers and cutting their pay,” they shouted. “Michele Bachmann fights proudly for marriage unless the couple happens to be gay. You’re not wanted here. You’re not wanted here so go, just go.”

Bachmann did not speak to the crowd nor comment to the media.

(Mr. Lawrence on left in above photo)
John Geddes Lawrence, of Lawrence v. Texas, Has Died at 68
John Geddes Lawrence, the lead named plaintiff in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that declared sodomy laws unconstitutional across the country, died on Nov. 20, according to an obituary posted by R.S. Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee, Texas. He was 68.
According to the obituary, Lawrence was born in Beaumont, Texas, on August 2, 1943, served in the U.S. Navy for four years and worked as a medical technologist in Texas hospitals until his retirement in 2009.
In the facts underlying the Supreme Court case,Lawrence v. Texas, Lawrence and Tyron Garner were arrested under Texas’s Homosexual Conduct Law after police entered Lawrence’s home on Sept. 17, 1998, and saw them “engaging in a sexual act.” The couple challenged the law as unconstitutional, Lambda Legal backed their challenge, and the couple fought it up to the U.S. Supreme Court. Jenner & Block partner Paul Smith then argued the case for Lawrence and Garner on March 26, 2003.
Three months later on June 26, 2003, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the court’s opinion, holding, “At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life. … Persons in a homosexual relationship may seek autonomy for these purposes, just as heterosexual persons do.”
At the time, Lambda Legal executive director Kevin Cathcart told The Advocate, “Because Tyron Garner and John Lawrence had the courage to challenge homophobic sodomy laws, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized that love, sexuality, and family play the same role in gay people’s lives as they do for everyone else. That’s a colossal legacy and one for which his community will forever be thankful.”
According to Lawrence’s obituary, “his dearest friend and partner, Jose Garcia,” cared for him at the end of his life. Funeral services were held on Nov. 23.
According to the obituary, in addition to Garcia, Lawrence was survived by his brother, sister and her husband, two nieces and two nephews, as well as a host of grand nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Garner had died earlier, on Sept. 11, 2006.
In concluding the court case, Kennedy wrote an expansive defense of an evolving understanding of rights, later used in Massachusetts and elsewhere by courts holding that same-sex couples have a constitutional basis for equal marriage rights.
"Had those who drew and ratified the Due Process Clauses of the Fifth Amendment or the Fourteenth Amendment known the components of liberty in its manifold possibilities, they might have been more specific. They did not presume to have this insight," Kennedy held. "They knew times can blind us to certain truths and later generations can see that laws once thought necessary and proper in fact serve only to oppress. As the Constitution endures, persons in every generation can invoke its principles in their own search for greater freedom."

(Mr. Lawrence on left in above photo)

John Geddes Lawrence, of Lawrence v. Texas, Has Died at 68

John Geddes Lawrence, the lead named plaintiff in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that declared sodomy laws unconstitutional across the country, died on Nov. 20, according to an obituary posted by R.S. Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee, Texas. He was 68.

According to the obituary, Lawrence was born in Beaumont, Texas, on August 2, 1943, served in the U.S. Navy for four years and worked as a medical technologist in Texas hospitals until his retirement in 2009.

In the facts underlying the Supreme Court case,Lawrence v. Texas, Lawrence and Tyron Garner were arrested under Texas’s Homosexual Conduct Law after police entered Lawrence’s home on Sept. 17, 1998, and saw them “engaging in a sexual act.” The couple challenged the law as unconstitutional, Lambda Legal backed their challenge, and the couple fought it up to the U.S. Supreme Court. Jenner & Block partner Paul Smith then argued the case for Lawrence and Garner on March 26, 2003.

Three months later on June 26, 2003, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the court’s opinion, holding, “At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life. … Persons in a homosexual relationship may seek autonomy for these purposes, just as heterosexual persons do.”

At the time, Lambda Legal executive director Kevin Cathcart told The Advocate, “Because Tyron Garner and John Lawrence had the courage to challenge homophobic sodomy laws, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized that love, sexuality, and family play the same role in gay people’s lives as they do for everyone else. That’s a colossal legacy and one for which his community will forever be thankful.”

According to Lawrence’s obituary, “his dearest friend and partner, Jose Garcia,” cared for him at the end of his life. Funeral services were held on Nov. 23.

According to the obituary, in addition to Garcia, Lawrence was survived by his brother, sister and her husband, two nieces and two nephews, as well as a host of grand nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Garner had died earlier, on Sept. 11, 2006.

In concluding the court case, Kennedy wrote an expansive defense of an evolving understanding of rights, later used in Massachusetts and elsewhere by courts holding that same-sex couples have a constitutional basis for equal marriage rights.

"Had those who drew and ratified the Due Process Clauses of the Fifth Amendment or the Fourteenth Amendment known the components of liberty in its manifold possibilities, they might have been more specific. They did not presume to have this insight," Kennedy held. "They knew times can blind us to certain truths and later generations can see that laws once thought necessary and proper in fact serve only to oppress. As the Constitution endures, persons in every generation can invoke its principles in their own search for greater freedom."

More monumental than making the news is that this lovely photo was also posted to the Navy’s own website.  I look forward to the day this is not news, but it is wonderful to see and such a lovely message to all LGBT troops right before the holidays.
Thank you for your service ladies!!

More monumental than making the news is that this lovely photo was also posted to the Navy’s own website.  I look forward to the day this is not news, but it is wonderful to see and such a lovely message to all LGBT troops right before the holidays.

Thank you for your service ladies!!

In first, lesbian couple get first kiss at Navy homecoming

By Corinne Reilly  The Virginian-Pilot  © December 21, 2011
VIRGINIA BEACH
It’s a time-honored tradition at Navy homecomings – one lucky sailor is chosen to be first off the ship for the long-awaited kiss with a loved one.
Today, for the first time, the happily reunited couple was gay.
The dock landing ship Oak Hill has been gone for nearly three months, training with military allies in Central America.
As the homecoming drew near, the crew and ship’s family readiness group sold $1 raffle tickets for the first kiss. Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta, 23, bought 50 - which is actually fewer than many people buy, she said, so she was surprised Monday to find out she’d won.
Her girlfriend of two years, Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell, 22, was waiting when she crossed the brow.
They kissed. The crowd cheered. And with that, another vestige of the policy that forced gays to serve in secrecy vanished.
"It’s something new, that’s for sure," Gaeta told reporters after the kiss. "It’s nice to be able to be myself. It’s been a long time coming."
For the historical significance of the kiss, there was little to differentiate it from countless others when a Navy ship pulls into its home port following a deployment. Many onlookers waiting for their loved ones to come off the ship were busy talking among themselves.
The money raised by the first-kiss raffle was used to host a Christmas party for the children of sailors. David Bauer, commanding officer of the Oak Hill, said the crew’s reaction upon learning who was selected was positive.
"It’s going to happen and the crew’s going to enjoy it. We’re going to move on and it won’t overshadow the great things that this crew has accomplished over the past three months," Bauer said. The crew of more than 300 participated in exercises involving the militaries of Honduras, Guatemala, Colombia and Panama as part of Amphibious-Southern Partnership Station 2012.
Both women are Navy fire controlmen, who maintain and operate weapons systems on ships; Snell is based on the guided missile destroyer Bainbridge. They met at training school where they were roommates and have been dating for two years, which they said was difficult under “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
"We did have to hide it a lot in the beginning," Snell said. "A lot of people were not always supportive of it in the beginning, but we can finally be honest about who we are in our relationship, so I’m happy."
Snell said she believes their experience won’t be the last one for gays and lesbians in the military.
"I think that it’s something that is going to open a lot of doors, for not just our relationship, but all the other gay and lesbian relationships that are in the military now," she said.

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In first, lesbian couple get first kiss at Navy homecoming

VIRGINIA BEACH

It’s a time-honored tradition at Navy homecomings – one lucky sailor is chosen to be first off the ship for the long-awaited kiss with a loved one.

Today, for the first time, the happily reunited couple was gay.

The dock landing ship Oak Hill has been gone for nearly three months, training with military allies in Central America.

As the homecoming drew near, the crew and ship’s family readiness group sold $1 raffle tickets for the first kiss. Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta, 23, bought 50 - which is actually fewer than many people buy, she said, so she was surprised Monday to find out she’d won.

Her girlfriend of two years, Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell, 22, was waiting when she crossed the brow.

They kissed. The crowd cheered. And with that, another vestige of the policy that forced gays to serve in secrecy vanished.

"It’s something new, that’s for sure," Gaeta told reporters after the kiss. "It’s nice to be able to be myself. It’s been a long time coming."

For the historical significance of the kiss, there was little to differentiate it from countless others when a Navy ship pulls into its home port following a deployment. Many onlookers waiting for their loved ones to come off the ship were busy talking among themselves.

The money raised by the first-kiss raffle was used to host a Christmas party for the children of sailors. David Bauer, commanding officer of the Oak Hill, said the crew’s reaction upon learning who was selected was positive.

"It’s going to happen and the crew’s going to enjoy it. We’re going to move on and it won’t overshadow the great things that this crew has accomplished over the past three months," Bauer said. The crew of more than 300 participated in exercises involving the militaries of Honduras, Guatemala, Colombia and Panama as part of Amphibious-Southern Partnership Station 2012.

Both women are Navy fire controlmen, who maintain and operate weapons systems on ships; Snell is based on the guided missile destroyer Bainbridge. They met at training school where they were roommates and have been dating for two years, which they said was difficult under “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

"We did have to hide it a lot in the beginning," Snell said. "A lot of people were not always supportive of it in the beginning, but we can finally be honest about who we are in our relationship, so I’m happy."

Snell said she believes their experience won’t be the last one for gays and lesbians in the military.

"I think that it’s something that is going to open a lot of doors, for not just our relationship, but all the other gay and lesbian relationships that are in the military now," she said.

Love it! 

Source: hamptonroads.com

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