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thetrevorproject:

Yay! Congrats to U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, who was sworn in today and became the first out LGBT senator in U.S. History! READ MORE.

thetrevorproject:

Yay! Congrats to U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, who was sworn in today and became the first out LGBT senator in U.S. HistoryREAD MORE.


— 1 year ago with 351 notes
#glaad  #tammy baldwin  #senator  #lgbt  #lgbtq  #glbt  #lesbian  #trevor project  #first  #openly gay 

kfffunk:

I made a coming out comic for facebook. Have a happy coming out day, and may the odds be ever in your favor.

— 1 year ago with 11544 notes
#lgbtq  #trans* 
equalitopia:

Transgender Awareness Week Infographic
glaad:

fenwayhealth:

In honor of Transgender Awareness Week, our youth health center, The Borum, is highlighting some of the challenges faced by trans and gender nonconforming youth.
Though we still need more research to better reflect the diversity of trans youth’s experiences, what we know now clearly points to a need to do more to care for and empower them.
Learn more here.
Our thanks to GLSEN, the National Center for Transgender Equality, and all the other great organizations whose work contributed to the creation of this graphic. 
Download/share a high-res PDF of this infographic here.

Learn more about Transgender Awareness Week: http://www.glaad.org/transawarenessweek 

equalitopia:

Transgender Awareness Week Infographic

glaad:

fenwayhealth:

In honor of Transgender Awareness Week, our youth health center, The Borum, is highlighting some of the challenges faced by trans and gender nonconforming youth.

Though we still need more research to better reflect the diversity of trans youth’s experiences, what we know now clearly points to a need to do more to care for and empower them.

Learn more here.

Our thanks to GLSEN, the National Center for Transgender Equality, and all the other great organizations whose work contributed to the creation of this graphic. 

Download/share a high-res PDF of this infographic here.

Learn more about Transgender Awareness Week: http://www.glaad.org/transawarenessweek 

(via equaldex)

— 1 year ago with 3067 notes
#lgbtq  #lgbt  #transgender  #gay  #homophobia  #lesbian  #bisexual  #data  #infographics 

Gay Marriage, the Family, and the Church

“Gays and lesbians have something so many others don’t: a fundamental understanding about what love really, truly is, how it has to be fought for, how difficult it can be, and what an elusive prize it remains. Our partnerships don’t come easily; we fight for them, fighting with society and often with each other. And we have an innate ability to form families — not traditional two-kids-and-the-dog type families, but extended families. Look around your queer holiday table — the “island of misfit toys,” as I once called it — and you’ll see how the great despair and oppression we sometimes feel carves out a cavern that we then fill with love and joy, the love and joy of those related by blood and of those related by love.” —Charles Karel Bouley

Moreover, the United States has a very important election coming up. The political parties took stands on laws barring same-sex marriages in platforms adopted at their recent national conventions.

The Democratic platform supports the movement to get equal treatment under the law for same-gender couples. The Republican platform affirms the rights of states and the federal government not to recognize same-sex marriage. It also backs a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

What do you all think? Comment below and/or share this video! Or contact me on:

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Some resources available: 
NOH8 Campaign: http://www.noh8campaign.com/
Human Rights Campaign: http://www.hrc.org/
It Gets Better Project: http://www.itgetsbetter.org/
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission:http://www.iglhrc.org/cgi-bin/iowa/home/index.html

— 2 years ago with 98 notes
#lgbtq  #submission 
America’s 6 Out Bisexual Elected State Officials →

bialogue-group:

Former Connecticut Democratic State Rep. Evelyn Mantilla came out as the nation’s first bisexual state official in 1997. Since then the number of bisexual state-level officials who have come out during their term has slowly grown to six. According to the Victory Fund, there are more than 7,000 state-level legislators in the US, about 90 of who identify as LGBTQ. In her book Bisexuality in the United States: A Social Science Reader, author Paula C. Rust describes the discrimination that bisexuals face from the gay and straight communities, resulting in exclusion and lack of recognition.

  • Evelyn Mantilla, Connecticut, State Representative The nation’s first out bisexual state official, who came out in 1997, was in the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1997 to 2007. Mantilla received several awards from the Connecticut Institute for Community Development and from the National Association of Social Workers, among others. Mantilla came out at a June LGBT Pride festival; in her speech she also proposed to her partner, Babette. In 2006, Mantilla decided not to run for reelection and her term expired in January 2007.
  • Angie Buhl, South Dakota, State Senator First elected in 2011, Buhl is not only bisexual, but she’s also the youngest woman to ever serve in the South Dakota Senate. Her efforts can be seen in a variety of arenas, including working as a small business consultant, advocating for women’s rights, protecting employment for seniors and veterans, and serving on Judiciary, Commerce and Energy, Retirement Laws, and Interim Rules Review Committees.
  • Micah Kellner, New York, State Representative First elected in 2007 and currently up for reelection, Kellner has since pursued environmental and socially-conscious legislation, including affordable housing, mass transit, animal rights, marriage equality, and increased funding for New York City’s public schools. Kellner, who was born with cerebral palsy, is also a strong advocate for rights of persons with disabilities.
  • Kyrsten Sinema, Arizona, former State Senator, now running for Congress Sinema is running to represent Arizona’s 9th Congressional district. Defeating her Republican opponent would make Sinema the first out bisexual member of Congress. Sinema has said her impoverished childhood ultimately propelled the desire to run for state senator in 2011. During her first term in state office, Sinema secured funding for veterans, fought against budget cuts toward health care for children and the elderly, and prevented budget cuts in education.
  • Kate Brown, Oregon, Secretary of State Brown is the highest ranking out bisexual official in the U.S. (since Oregon has no lieutenant governor, Brown is second only to the governor). Brown has served Oregonians for more than 20 years, working in family and juvenile law, teaching at Oregon State University, and working with the Juvenile Rights Project. Her legislative achievements since 2009 include leading efforts to reduce health care costs, ensuring education dollars reach classrooms, and pushing to get legislative meetings held in communities to ensure political transparency.
  • JoCasta Zamarripa, Wisconsin, State Representative First elected in 2010 as a Democratic member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, District 8, Zamarripa is now running for reelection. Before taking office, Zamarripa worked as a nonprofit professional as educator and community outreach coordinator for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.

Three of the legislators Hon. JoCasta Zamarripa, Hon. Angie Buhl and Hon. Micah Z. Kellnerer are all currently Obama delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Charlottee NC.

(via bisexualmind)

— 2 years ago with 183 notes
#bisexual  #lgbtq 
thetrevorproject:

bonfireephemera:

For all of those infuriated by yesterday’s Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day and the number of people who came out to stand in line against gay rights, one woman has a way to use the chicken sandwich to support the gay agenda of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. 
In a letter written to the Major Gifts Officer of the The Trevor Project, Lorainne Lecesne Whittington wondered “how the nation has become engulfed in a gay rights referendum of sorts that is measured in chicken sandwiches of all things.”  
In thinking about the intent of the people standing in line for waffle fries and chicken on a bun, she admits to giving the patrons the benefit-of-the-doubt and thinking they aren’t outright mean, but writes, “I don’t think they know how scared I am for people I love in the face of their unbridled enthusiasm for quashing gay-rights even if it is in the seemingly innocuous form of purchasing more chicken sandwiches.” (It is no wonder why, with such wide-spread activism against gay rights, we as a country are dealing with the sizeable problem of suicide amongst young gay people.) 
“It’s just a chicken sandwich.  I keep telling myself that.  It’s just a chicken sandwich. People like chicken sandwiches.” This is where the letter comes in: to take back the power of the chicken sandwich back for the good of gay rights.
Whittington found that the cost of a classic chicken sandwich on a bun, a side order of waffle fries, and a small drink costs $7.35 at the nearest Chick-Fil-A restaurant, and decided to donate that amount for each of the gay loved-ones in her life to The Trevor Project—an organization committed to saving the young lives of LGBTQ youth. 

I would like to donate the cost of these for my brother, my nephew and his husband, the two sets of gay parents of students of mine and their kids, my long time lesbian married friends Peggy and Jane and my friends Ron and John whose surprise wedding in Provincetown will always be something I remember.  This totals 17 people, plus one for myself so my donation on behalf of Chick-Fil-A is enclosed here at $132.30.

The true genius of the donation comes at the end:

If you wouldn’t mind sending [Chick-Fil-A] an acknowledgement of my donation on their behalf I would be grateful.  Their corporate address is 
Mr. Dan Cathy
CEO
5200 Buffington Road
Atlanta, GA 30349

I say, let’s all follow her lead! HERE’S HOW: 3104988653
Everyone who stands against what Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day stands for, donate to The Trevor Project via this link: (note: currently the minimum on the site is $15—I’ve contacted them and I will update the post if they agree to open it up to include $7.35)
http://www.thetrevorproject.org/Onetimegift
Then, send an email note to Major Gifts Officer Brian Davis at Brian.Davis@TheTrevorProject.org 
tweet the following message: 
“I just donated my chick sandwich to @TrevorProject on your behalf @ChickfilA. Thanks for your support of LGBTQ youth! http://bit.ly/NMxVsu”
And post on their Facebook wall as well. 
Read the full letter below: 

Brian Davis
Major Gifts Officer 
The Trevor Project
Administrative Offices
8704 Santa Monica Blvd., Ste. 200
West Hollywood, CA 90069 
Dear Brian:
The recent uproar over Chick-Fil-A has started to hit home for me as friends began to post their support for the company’s right to free speech as thousands show up to buy chicken sandwiches further voicing their opposition to gay rights. As I see photos of people celebrating the so called Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Days, I’m wondering how the nation has become engulfed in a gay rights referendum of sorts that is measured in chicken sandwiches of all things.
It’s just a chicken sandwich.  I keep telling myself that.  It’s just a chicken sandwich. People like chicken sandwiches.  They’re going to get them because they’re good.  They’re not mean people who want to harm anyone, right?  Well, maybe they’re not mean. At least they don’t mean to be mean, but I don’t think they know how scared I am for people I love in the face of their unbridled enthusiasm for quashing gay-rights even if it is in the seemingly innocuous form of purchasing more chicken sandwiches.
When my brother was a young man (sorry, I meant to say younger man) he went to bars like I did to find romance and have a bit of fun dancing with friends.  The difference was the bars he went to were frequently raided, and customers like him could be jailed.  They were lucky if they weren’t senselessly beaten by cops or others in holding tanks simply because they were gay.  To be themselves meant to live in fear created of hate, plain and simple.
I often tell a funny story about my brother, except it’s not so funny, really.  I was driving him and two other gay guys to a summer stock location.  Deep, deep in Pennsylvania we needed gas. Problem was it was self-serve.  Believe it or not no one in the car knew how to pump gas. (In New Jersey where I grew up it was practically illegal to pump your own gas!)  We had this kind of hilarious conversation in the car where no one wanted to pump the gas. None of us wanted to get out and stand around the pump like idiots trying to figure it out. The guys didn’t want anyone to think their lack of knowledge made them look gay in this rural outpost.  My brother realizing that we HAD to get gas said, “Oh for crying out loud, I’ll do it.  I’m an actor. I can fake it.”
To live in a world where you have to fake your life in order to live with less fear is not right.  To live among people who generate fear and make it fearful for others to go about their business is wrong, even if it’s just buying a chicken sandwich. 
I know Chick-Fil-A has a right to say what they want with their corporate profits, but I’m sure I won’t be buying a chicken sandwich from anyone who thinks using those rights to target those I love with fear is a good use of resources.  I just wouldn’t feel comfortable with my family in such a place, and really no chicken sandwich is that good.
So what to do?  I’ve decided that instead of buying a chicken sandwich, I think I’ll make a donation to my favorite LBGT charity, the Trevor Foundation, in the name of the Chick-Fil-A Corporation.  
I went online and found out that a Chick-Fil-A classic sandwich on a wheat bun, a side order of waffle fries and a small drink costs $7.35 at the nearest Chick-Fil-A restaurant.  I would like to donate the cost of these for my brother, my nephew and his husband, the two sets of gay parents of students of mine and their kids, my long time lesbian married friends Peggy and Jane and my friends Ron and John whose surprise wedding in Provincetown will always be something I remember.  This totals 17 people, plus one for myself so my donation on behalf of Chick-Fil-A is enclosed here at $132.30.
If you wouldn’t mind sending the corporation an acknowledgement of my donation on their behalf I would be grateful.  Their corporate address is 
Mr. Dan Cathy
CEO
5200 Buffington Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
Thank you for the work you do to make the world a safe and loving place for young people when they need it most.
Yours truly,
Lorraine Lecesne Whittington


Thanks for your generous gift, Lorraine! $7.35 may not sound like very much, but it adds up. In fact, we received nearly $7,000 yesterday from more than 200 people! That money will go toward saving lives and supporting our mission of making a better and brighter future for youth everywhere.

thetrevorproject:

bonfireephemera:

For all of those infuriated by yesterday’s Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day and the number of people who came out to stand in line against gay rights, one woman has a way to use the chicken sandwich to support the gay agenda of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. 

In a letter written to the Major Gifts Officer of the The Trevor Project, Lorainne Lecesne Whittington wondered “how the nation has become engulfed in a gay rights referendum of sorts that is measured in chicken sandwiches of all things.”  

In thinking about the intent of the people standing in line for waffle fries and chicken on a bun, she admits to giving the patrons the benefit-of-the-doubt and thinking they aren’t outright mean, but writes, “I don’t think they know how scared I am for people I love in the face of their unbridled enthusiasm for quashing gay-rights even if it is in the seemingly innocuous form of purchasing more chicken sandwiches.” (It is no wonder why, with such wide-spread activism against gay rights, we as a country are dealing with the sizeable problem of suicide amongst young gay people.) 

“It’s just a chicken sandwich.  I keep telling myself that.  It’s just a chicken sandwich. People like chicken sandwiches.” This is where the letter comes in: to take back the power of the chicken sandwich back for the good of gay rights.

Whittington found that the cost of a classic chicken sandwich on a bun, a side order of waffle fries, and a small drink costs $7.35 at the nearest Chick-Fil-A restaurant, and decided to donate that amount for each of the gay loved-ones in her life to The Trevor Project—an organization committed to saving the young lives of LGBTQ youth. 

I would like to donate the cost of these for my brother, my nephew and his husband, the two sets of gay parents of students of mine and their kids, my long time lesbian married friends Peggy and Jane and my friends Ron and John whose surprise wedding in Provincetown will always be something I remember.  This totals 17 people, plus one for myself so my donation on behalf of Chick-Fil-A is enclosed here at $132.30.

The true genius of the donation comes at the end:

If you wouldn’t mind sending [Chick-Fil-A] an acknowledgement of my donation on their behalf I would be grateful.  Their corporate address is 

Mr. Dan Cathy

CEO

5200 Buffington Road

Atlanta, GA 30349

I say, let’s all follow her lead! HERE’S HOW: 3104988653

Everyone who stands against what Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day stands for, donate to The Trevor Project via this link: (note: currently the minimum on the site is $15—I’ve contacted them and I will update the post if they agree to open it up to include $7.35)

http://www.thetrevorproject.org/Onetimegift

Then, send an email note to Major Gifts Officer Brian Davis at Brian.Davis@TheTrevorProject.org 

tweet the following message: 

“I just donated my chick sandwich to @TrevorProject on your behalf @ChickfilA. Thanks for your support of LGBTQ youth! http://bit.ly/NMxVsu

And post on their Facebook wall as well. 

Read the full letter below: 

Brian Davis

Major Gifts Officer 

The Trevor Project

Administrative Offices

8704 Santa Monica Blvd., Ste. 200

West Hollywood, CA 90069 

Dear Brian:

The recent uproar over Chick-Fil-A has started to hit home for me as friends began to post their support for the company’s right to free speech as thousands show up to buy chicken sandwiches further voicing their opposition to gay rights. As I see photos of people celebrating the so called Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Days, I’m wondering how the nation has become engulfed in a gay rights referendum of sorts that is measured in chicken sandwiches of all things.

It’s just a chicken sandwich.  I keep telling myself that.  It’s just a chicken sandwich. People like chicken sandwiches.  They’re going to get them because they’re good.  They’re not mean people who want to harm anyone, right?  Well, maybe they’re not mean. At least they don’t mean to be mean, but I don’t think they know how scared I am for people I love in the face of their unbridled enthusiasm for quashing gay-rights even if it is in the seemingly innocuous form of purchasing more chicken sandwiches.

When my brother was a young man (sorry, I meant to say younger man) he went to bars like I did to find romance and have a bit of fun dancing with friends.  The difference was the bars he went to were frequently raided, and customers like him could be jailed.  They were lucky if they weren’t senselessly beaten by cops or others in holding tanks simply because they were gay.  To be themselves meant to live in fear created of hate, plain and simple.

I often tell a funny story about my brother, except it’s not so funny, really.  I was driving him and two other gay guys to a summer stock location.  Deep, deep in Pennsylvania we needed gas. Problem was it was self-serve.  Believe it or not no one in the car knew how to pump gas. (In New Jersey where I grew up it was practically illegal to pump your own gas!)  We had this kind of hilarious conversation in the car where no one wanted to pump the gas. None of us wanted to get out and stand around the pump like idiots trying to figure it out. The guys didn’t want anyone to think their lack of knowledge made them look gay in this rural outpost.  My brother realizing that we HAD to get gas said, “Oh for crying out loud, I’ll do it.  I’m an actor. I can fake it.”

To live in a world where you have to fake your life in order to live with less fear is not right.  To live among people who generate fear and make it fearful for others to go about their business is wrong, even if it’s just buying a chicken sandwich. 

I know Chick-Fil-A has a right to say what they want with their corporate profits, but I’m sure I won’t be buying a chicken sandwich from anyone who thinks using those rights to target those I love with fear is a good use of resources.  I just wouldn’t feel comfortable with my family in such a place, and really no chicken sandwich is that good.

So what to do?  I’ve decided that instead of buying a chicken sandwich, I think I’ll make a donation to my favorite LBGT charity, the Trevor Foundation, in the name of the Chick-Fil-A Corporation.  

I went online and found out that a Chick-Fil-A classic sandwich on a wheat bun, a side order of waffle fries and a small drink costs $7.35 at the nearest Chick-Fil-A restaurant.  I would like to donate the cost of these for my brother, my nephew and his husband, the two sets of gay parents of students of mine and their kids, my long time lesbian married friends Peggy and Jane and my friends Ron and John whose surprise wedding in Provincetown will always be something I remember.  This totals 17 people, plus one for myself so my donation on behalf of Chick-Fil-A is enclosed here at $132.30.

If you wouldn’t mind sending the corporation an acknowledgement of my donation on their behalf I would be grateful.  Their corporate address is 

Mr. Dan Cathy

CEO

5200 Buffington Road

Atlanta, GA 30349

Thank you for the work you do to make the world a safe and loving place for young people when they need it most.

Yours truly,

Lorraine Lecesne Whittington

Thanks for your generous gift, Lorraine! $7.35 may not sound like very much, but it adds up. In fact, we received nearly $7,000 yesterday from more than 200 people! That money will go toward saving lives and supporting our mission of making a better and brighter future for youth everywhere.

— 2 years ago with 319 notes
#chickfila  #chick-fil-a  #chicken  #sandwich  #fast food  #chick-fil-a day  #lgbt  #lgbtq  #glbt  #trevor project 
equalitopia:

Chick-fil-A in California vandalized on “National Same-Sex Kiss Day”From the Los Angeles Times:

“On a day that some gay-rights activists are planning a “National Same Sex Kiss Day,” a Chick-fil-A in Torrance, California was vandalized overnight with hateful graffiti.” 

Read the full article on Los Angeles Times(Photo credit: KTLA-TV)

equalitopia:

Chick-fil-A in California vandalized on “National Same-Sex Kiss Day”

From the Los Angeles Times:

“On a day that some gay-rights activists are planning a “National Same Sex Kiss Day,” a Chick-fil-A in Torrance, California was vandalized overnight with hateful graffiti.” 

Read the full article on Los Angeles Times

(Photo credit: KTLA-TV)

(Source: equaldex)

— 2 years ago with 296 notes
#lgbtq  #gay  #chickfila  #chick-fil-a  #homophobia  #lgbt  #glbt  #california  #united states  #north america  #lesbian  #bisexual 
First trans* person running for office in Florida →

gaywrites:

A trans* woman who is running for the Orange County Commission in Florida could be the first transgender person elected to office in the Southeast.

Gina Duncan is a small business owner focusing her campaign on economic issues. She’s unopposed in the Democratic primary and will face a Republican incumbent in November.

Here’s the Advocate.com writeup of Duncan’s recent appearance in a TV segment for local media:

The segment focuses on her tireless campaign efforts and her emphasis on job growth in the region, treating her transgender identity as incidental, while acknowledging the potentially history-making nature of her candidacy, as she would be the first transgender person elected to office in the southeastern United States. Reporter Chase Cain does ask her when being transgender will not longer be an issue, and she says, “Maybe not in my lifetime, but someday being transgender means no more than being right- or left-handed.”

Good for her! Excited to see what comes of the race. 

— 2 years ago with 318 notes
#lgbtq  #news  #transgender  #politics  #florida 

gsanetwork:

Wisdom from Gay-Straight Alliance youth activists at #GSAcamp

— 2 years ago with 783 notes
#lgbtq  #GSAcamp  #gsa  #gay-straight alliance  #LGBT  #LGBT youth  #ableism  #body positivity  #trans  #transgender 
recycledcleverness:

Boy Scout returns his Eagle Scout award protesting the treatment of gays in Boy Scouts of America.
Well done, sir.

recycledcleverness:

Boy Scout returns his Eagle Scout award protesting the treatment of gays in Boy Scouts of America.

Well done, sir.

(Source: queenozymandias)

— 2 years ago with 2897 notes
#lgbtq  #Boy Scouts  #Gay Rights  #Activism  #Eagle Scout  #Standing Up  #Politics  #BSA 
saveroom4coffee:

alexorue:

TEXAS: State Democrats Add Marriage Equality To Platform
The Dallas Voice reports: A marriage equality plank was added to the Texas Democratic Party’s platform during this weekend’s state convention in Houston. QSanAntonio has the full text of the marriage equality plank:
“Texas Democrats join President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in calling for and affirming equal rights including marriage equality for all Americans. We, along with our President and Vice President, recognize that same sex marriages should be valid and legal in America.
“Texas Democrats support President Obama and the United States Justice Department in recognizing that the Federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and in refusing to defend DOMA in any Federal Court proceeding. We call for the total repeal of DOMA.
“Eight states and the District of Columbia have now recognized marriage equality and have legalized same sex marriages.
“Texas Democrats support the full inclusion of all families in the life of our state, with equal respect, responsibility, and protection under law, including the freedom to marry. Government has no business putting barriers in the path of people seeking to care for their family members, particularly in challenging economic times. We support the repeal of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act, the Texas Defense of Marriage Act and the Texas Constitutional Marriage Amendment and oppose other attempts to deny the freedom to marry to loving same sex couples.”
[snip]

The other big piece of news from this article is that the Texas Democrats elected a transexual national delegate. So, awesome all around for the Texas Democrats.

saveroom4coffee:

alexorue:

TEXAS: State Democrats Add Marriage Equality To Platform

The Dallas Voice reports: A marriage equality plank was added to the Texas Democratic Party’s platform during this weekend’s state convention in Houston. QSanAntonio has the full text of the marriage equality plank:

  • “Texas Democrats join President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in calling for and affirming equal rights including marriage equality for all Americans. We, along with our President and Vice President, recognize that same sex marriages should be valid and legal in America.
  • “Texas Democrats support President Obama and the United States Justice Department in recognizing that the Federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and in refusing to defend DOMA in any Federal Court proceeding. We call for the total repeal of DOMA.
  • “Eight states and the District of Columbia have now recognized marriage equality and have legalized same sex marriages.
  • “Texas Democrats support the full inclusion of all families in the life of our state, with equal respect, responsibility, and protection under law, including the freedom to marry. Government has no business putting barriers in the path of people seeking to care for their family members, particularly in challenging economic times. We support the repeal of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act, the Texas Defense of Marriage Act and the Texas Constitutional Marriage Amendment and oppose other attempts to deny the freedom to marry to loving same sex couples.”

[snip]

The other big piece of news from this article is that the Texas Democrats elected a transexual national delegate. So, awesome all around for the Texas Democrats.

(via thominoz-deactivated20140627)

— 2 years ago with 461 notes
#texas  #lgbtq 

equalitopia:

North Carolina Pastor: Put Gays And Lesbians In Electrified Pen To Kill Them Off

Pastor Charles L. Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church — located at 3283 Providence Mill Rd, Maiden, NC 28650 — is seen here from a service posted to the church’s website dated May 13, 2012 calling for the starvation and ultimate death of “queers and homosexuals.”

(via Huffington Post)

(Source: equaldex)

— 2 years ago with 80 notes
#homophobia  #gay  #lgbt  #lesbians  #homosexuality  #lgbtq  #north carolina  #charles worley  #providence  #united states  #hate  #videos  #news