First trans* person running for office in Florida →
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.
Two grooms in Macy's ad spark controversy →
Look at these images closely. If you really scrutinize the one on the left, you’ll see the cake topper of two grooms that’s magnified on the right. Not too visible, right?
Apparently the grooms are enough to get a small conservative group outraged with Macy’s, who sent this ad to homes last week to encourage people to join Macy’s gift registry.
An antigay group called One Million Moms, somehow related to the American Family Association, attacked Macy’s for “inappropriate marketing” and “offending conservative customers.” Well, well, well. A good portion of their statement can be found at the link above.
Macy’s is a known supporter of LGBT causes, both through its generally pro-equality advertising and its consistently high ratings with HRC. If this group thinks it can take a corporate giant down for one ad, it’s sadly mistaken. Tough luck.
"I always say how bullied I am, but no one listens. What do I have to do so people will listen to me?"
14-year-old JAMES RODEMEYER, in a Facebook posting on September 9; days later, he would commit suicide over anti-gay slurs directed at him at school and on the Internet.
Rodemeyer taped a message four months ago as part of the “It Gets Better Project,” saying, in part, “Love yourself and you’re set. I promise you, it does get better.”
This is what happens when our leaders allow people to think, and accept, that it’s okay to hate others based on their sexuality, their gender, their race, their ethnicity, their religious beliefs.
This is why we stand up for others. To prevent good people like James from dying at the hands of ignorant, cruel, bullying brutes.
Tumblr’s thoughts and prayers are with James’s family for their terrible loss.
(via the New York Daily News)
(Source: inothernews, via vivrelamoustache)
#dont ask dont tell
#gays in the military
With the formal end of DADT less than a month away, GQ’s Chris Heath spent six months assembling an oral-history-of-sorts about what it was like to be a gay man serving in the U.S. military. The resulting piece, which appears in our Sept 2011 issue and runs a bit longer at GQ.com, is funny, sad, horrifying and, above all, surprising. Life under DADT is both everything—and nothing—like one might expect. A brief sample below, from a heartbreaking section of the piece titled “Invisible Partners”:
Air Force #4 (senior airman, four years): “Right now our relationships don’t exist.”
Air Force #3: “I’ve had three deployments [while] with the same person. Every time it’s been ‘All right, see you later.’ All the spouses get together, do stuff. He’s just there by himself, fending for himself.”
Marines #2: “The relationship lasted for about four years, but I always felt like I was disrespecting him, to have to pretend he didn’t exist when I went to work. When I got deployed, he was there with my family when I left. It kind of sucked—to shake his hand and a little pat on the back and ‘I’ll see you when I see you’ kind of thing. And when you’re getting ready to come back, the spouses were getting classes—here’s how you welcome your Marine back into the family—and my boyfriend didn’t get any of that. I had a really hard time adjusting to being home. We tried to make it work for a year but he was getting more and more paranoid about people finding out about us. It killed me that he felt that way because of me. I don’t think we ever really had a chance, ultimately.”
Air Force #3: “When I was deployed, every Sunday we would sit down on opposite sides of the world and we would each order a pizza and we would watch a movie together over Skype. We weren’t doing anything bad except trying to spend some time together. But there was no ‘I love you.’ Certainly nothing sexual, or anything like what some straight guys do over Skype.”
Navy #2 (captain, twenty years): “Personally, I haven’t had a lot of struggles. The hardest thing that I faced was about eight years ago. I was dating somebody for about two years who had gotten out of the army. He was HIV positive, and I didn’t know that, and he ended up dying—it just happened very quickly. I am not positive, luckily. So I had a lot of difficulties grasping with that personally, dealing with his death, and I had to take time off work, but still not tell them. I couldn’t go to the doctor or the psychologist. There wasn’t really anybody to talk to.”
More insurance companies provide benefits to same-sex couples →
Esurance and other insurance companies are now allowing policyholders to qualify for a discounted rate by indicating they’re in same-sex marriages, partnerships or civil unions.
Married couples can usually save 10% off auto premiums. From the Advocate:
Though State Farm and Allstate already give reduced rates to gay couples in states that recognize same-sex marriage equality, civil unions, or domestic partnerships, Esurance is also offering the same benefit in a handful of states (California, Illinois, Oregon, and Washington). The small company is also exploring that option in other states. State Farm spokesman Dick Luedke said that married drivers are also less likely to get into accidents, part of the reasoning behind a reduced rate for married drivers. ”Marriage is marriage,” Luedke said. “It doesn’t matter if you are married to someone of the same sex.”
Couldn’t have said it better - marriage is marriage.
Crimes against LGBT community are up, despite social gains - USATODAY.com →
A report last month by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, a group that supports victims of anti-LGBT harassment, found:
•Hate incidents against LGBT people and HIV-affected persons increased 13% from 2009 to 2010.
•Murders of LGBT people numbered 27, the second-highest total recorded.
•Half of victims did not report the crimes to police, and 61% of victims who did said they experienced indifferent or abusive police attitudes.
•Offenders were mostly strangers, white and non-transgender men.
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Notre Dame advocates anti-gay violence in student newspaper. In a deplorable example of catholic insensitivity and open homophobia the Notre Dame student newspaper The Observer published a reprehensible cartoon endorsing anti-gay violence.
The cartoon entitled “The Mobile Party,” was drawn by three Notre Dame students. One character, who appears to be a hacksaw, asks the other character: “What is the easiest way to turn a fruit into a vegetable?”
"I don’t know," replies the other.
"A baseball bat," says the saw.
"Fruit" is used as a derogatory term to describe a homosexual. "Vegetable" is used as slang for someone in a coma. The joke: beat a gay person with a baseball bat and put them in a coma. Very funny.
Hate rolls down hill. What does one expect from an institution and a religion that is led by a former Nazi, and the architect behind the massive cover up of the sexual abuse of children by the Catholic clergy?
When the Pope claims homosexuality is a threat to civilization, he implicitly sanctions both jokes about hate crimes as well as the crimes themselves. By claiming gays are an ‘attack on creation’, as well as his December, 2008 statement that the world needs to be protected against gays and transsexuals, the Pope might as well put a target on the back of every member of the LGBT community.
The irony is that the Pope, like the church itself, is without moral credibility. The fact that such a cartoon was published in the Notre Dame school paper simply reinforces that notion.
Since publication of the offensive cartoon, and the mini-media storm that ensued, the paper has issued an apology and a retraction.
The episode is but another sordid reminder of the hatred and bigotry religion so often promotes.