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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.

gayinnj:

Jamey Rodemyer, 14, Committed Suicide in Response to Incessant Tormentors

Jamey had been bullied for years in school and online for not only his sexual orientation but also his weight and hateful speech of all kinds was sent his way. In May he came out to his friends as bisexual, and even made his own “It Gets Better” video to spread the message of hope he desperately wanted to believe in himself. But it seems that the hateful words only increased to an unbearable point, and feeling he had no one to turn to, on Sunday September 18th, only days before the anniversary of Tyler Clementi’s death last year, Jamey killed himself outside his home in Williamsville, NY.
You might have heard the news that Jamey was a huge Lady Gaga fan, even claiming that she was “the reason why I am alive.” The news of his death has left Gaga and people across the world both saddened and angry. Gaga is now pushing for President Obama to “make bullying illegal”, and the Paws Up Forever Project is circulating on YouTube to honor Jamey by discussing the harsh reality of suicide and the horrible bullying that has lead to so many lately.

So what can you do? Keep reaching out to the quiet kid in your class or dorm. Keep telling the ones you love that you are there for them and that they are amazing and beautiful. It might seem simple or even silly, but you never know how your words can heal over the ones that hurt.

gayinnj:

Jamey Rodemyer, 14, Committed Suicide in Response to Incessant Tormentors

Jamey had been bullied for years in school and online for not only his sexual orientation but also his weight and hateful speech of all kinds was sent his way. In May he came out to his friends as bisexual, and even made his own “It Gets Better” video to spread the message of hope he desperately wanted to believe in himself. But it seems that the hateful words only increased to an unbearable point, and feeling he had no one to turn to, on Sunday September 18th, only days before the anniversary of Tyler Clementi’s death last year, Jamey killed himself outside his home in Williamsville, NY.

You might have heard the news that Jamey was a huge Lady Gaga fan, even claiming that she was “the reason why I am alive.” The news of his death has left Gaga and people across the world both saddened and angry. Gaga is now pushing for President Obama to “make bullying illegal”, and the Paws Up Forever Project is circulating on YouTube to honor Jamey by discussing the harsh reality of suicide and the horrible bullying that has lead to so many lately.

So what can you do? Keep reaching out to the quiet kid in your class or dorm. Keep telling the ones you love that you are there for them and that they are amazing and beautiful. It might seem simple or even silly, but you never know how your words can heal over the ones that hurt.

An amazing piece of photographic history from the first march.
Christopher Street Gay Liberation Day - June 28, 1970  (by Gay Freedom Day)

An amazing piece of photographic history from the first march.

Christopher Street Gay Liberation Day - June 28, 1970  (by Gay Freedom Day)

Source: flickr.com

1975 Gay Freedom Day Program (by Gay Freedom Day)

1975 Gay Freedom Day Program (by Gay Freedom Day)

Source: flickr.com

Miss Manners: Gay man defends against busybodies ⇢

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am a 26-year-old man living near my family, with whom I have very close relationships. This often brings me into contact with their friends, many of whom I have never met or are acquaintances at best.

What is a polite way for me, as an openly gay man, to address their questions about girlfriends or girls I’m dating?

I’ve been “out of the closet” for years and feel it is appropriate to be known for who I am. I’ve been accused of “pushing an agenda,” which annoys me, because I’ve never proceeded with these people to divisive topics like gay equality. I’ve also never told children (of friends, cousins, etc.) of my sexuality when asked similar questions.

It is important to me that I live an honest and open life. But I feel at times that people interpret my honesty as unnecessary and intentionally inappropriate.

Gentle Reader: People you hardly know are asking about your love life and then accusing you of being pushy if you respond? Miss Manners sees this as yet another reason, among many, not to attempt to satisfy busybodies. It is amazing how many people think that a charming conversation opener with the younger generation is “So, are you seeing anyone?” or the ever-popular “Why aren’t you married?”

Miss Manners would hardly blame you for giving matter-of-fact answers (“Yes, I have a boyfriend” or “I haven’t met the right man”) followed by “But enough about me — tell me about yourself.”

Should there be shock, complaints or further questions, your response should be, “But didn’t you just ask me?” followed by the all-important change of subject.

I love Miss Manners’ response!

Source: mercurynews.com

everyone should have this in their back pocket to send to the uncomfortable parent, homophobic friend or random jerk flaming you on the internet.  this guy is excellent.  i would love to see his entire hour-long lecture.

jaundicedeye:

What’s Morally Wrong with Homosexuality (via johncorvino)

Gilbert Baker - The Gay Betsy Ross

Gilbert Baker created the Rainbow Flag, symbol of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender movement in June 1978.The original flag consisted of 8 colors (pink, red, orange, yellow, green, turquoise, indigo and violet) with meaning subscribed to each color.  When Gilbert ran out of pink fabric, the number of stripes where reduced to 7, eventually becoming the more common version of the pride flag of 6 colors when display constraints in San Francisco required an additional change.

Gilbert still makes flags today and his work can be found on his website.

Where Pride Parades began 41 years ago.
Stonewall Bar in NYC 6/25/2010

Where Pride Parades began 41 years ago.

Stonewall Bar in NYC 6/25/2010

This sounds like a really interesting new project and its done by another Smith Alum.  Check it out!
"We Are the Youth" is a photographic journalism project chronicling the  individual stories of queer teenagers in the United States. "We Are the  Youth" aims to capture the incredible diversity and uniqueness among  LGBTQ youth.   We want to give you a chance to tell your story. By taking your picture and interviewing you, we hope to capture the  subtle moments in your lives. “We Are the Youth” is a collaborative endeavor and something we want you  to feel ownership of. We’ll take your picture where you want, in  whatever way you feel comfortable, and when we interview you, the story  will be in your words.
All the details are HERE

This sounds like a really interesting new project and its done by another Smith Alum.  Check it out!

"We Are the Youth" is a photographic journalism project chronicling the individual stories of queer teenagers in the United States. "We Are the Youth" aims to capture the incredible diversity and uniqueness among LGBTQ youth.

We want to give you a chance to tell your story.

By taking your picture and interviewing you, we hope to capture the subtle moments in your lives.

“We Are the Youth” is a collaborative endeavor and something we want you to feel ownership of. We’ll take your picture where you want, in whatever way you feel comfortable, and when we interview you, the story will be in your words.

All the details are HERE

A Climate of Uncertainty for Gay Rights ⇢

Very interesting article from Newsweek that underscored two major issues for me.  First, the LGBT equality movement (sorry for turning it into some monolith, but here it is does mean everything) is failing at educating Americans about the actual status of our rights. Second, that all the incremental change the Obama administration is providing, while nice, hands lots of talking points to the anti-equality side.

First, failure to educate

"Polling has shown that 61 percent of heterosexual Americans don’t realize that federal law does not provide protections to employees based on sexual orientation."

My biggest issue with many advocacy campaigns for LGBT issues is that they seem to not be conceived of with the general public in mind.  Advocates spend a lot of time talking to the proverbial choir. For example, a large majority for Americans support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) that prevents LGBT people from losing their job based on sexual orientation.  Sadly, a majority also think it already passed.  We, as an activist community, need to start thinking about new ways to educate and engage the average American (gay or straight) on where current law actually stands and how they can effect change.

Second, incrementalism gives anti-equality groups power

Even conservatives like Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council have readily admitted in conversations with NEWSWEEK that smaller gains, such as hospital visitation rights, help conservatives fight larger ones like the legalization of gay marriage.

Its fantastic that there are incremental changes happening that positively affect families in need (hospital visitation and expansion of the FMLA), but there is a downside in the overall winning of equality.  For every baby step we take, we provide one more item to the list that groups like FRC can site as being resolved, so let’s not change marriage law.  Bullshit I know, but when you are talking to voters that have not made a decision or are difficult ideological moves, those little things can have a huge impact.  Advocates need to be nimble enough in their messaging that they have a wealth of talking points that extend beyond the standard heartbreaking, hospital visitation story.  I don’t mean to be flippant, but we need some new talking points because incremental change is destroying many of the current pathos laden stories.  I love what GLAD is doing in this area with the DOMA Stories, focusing on the actual monetary impact of not having marriage equality.  It weaves personal, emotional stories in with fact that being in a same-sex marriage comes with a huge financial burden that straight married couple don’t have.

Newsweek

Gay workers to get family leave ⇢

Excellent News!!

WASHINGTON — The Labor Department intends to issue regulations this week ordering businesses to give gay employees equal treatment under a law permitting workers unpaid time off to care for newborns or loved ones.

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis planned to announce Wednesday that the government would require employers to extend the option that has been available to heterosexual workers for almost two decades, two officials briefed on the plan said Monday. Neither was authorized to speak publicly ahead of the announcement.

Read rest of the story (via The Washington Post)

Washington Post

Gay and Transgender Youth Homelessness by the Numbers

Very distressing numbers about the number of homeless youth that are LGBT and their struggles.  Snapshot below.  Read the entire breakdown from the Center for America Progress here.

An alarming number of gay and transgender young people are homeless

1.6 million to 2.8 million: The estimated number of homeless youth in the United States.

20 to 40 percent: The portion of the homeless youth population who are gay or transgender, compared to only 5 to 10 percent of the overall youth population.

320,000 to 400,000: A conservative estimate of the number of gay and transgender youth facing homelessness each year.

14.4: The average age that lesbian and gay youth in New York become homeless.

13.5: The average age that transgender youth in New York become homeless.

Homeless gay and transgender youth see higher rates of abuse and victimization

58 percent: The portion of homeless gay and transgender youth who have been sexually assaulted, compared to 33 percent of homeless heterosexual youth.

44 percent: The portion of homeless gay and transgender youth who reported being asked by someone on the street to exchange sex for money, food, drugs, shelter, or clothes, compared to 26 percent of straight homeless youth.

love is love. (by sonya ann.)

love is love. (by sonya ann.)

Source: Flickr / esotericcc

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