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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 
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 2893 notes
#lgbtq  #Boy Scouts  #Gay Rights  #Activism  #Eagle Scout  #Standing Up  #Politics  #BSA 

equalitopia:

White House releases “Progress For The LGBT Community” infographic

The White House just published an inforgraphic that overviews the progress of LGBT Americans. @BarackObama tweeted: “From safer schools to ending #DADT, take a look at three years of progress for LGBT Americans.”

From their post:

“Three years ago, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was the law of the land, and the words “lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender” appeared nowhere in the federal register.

Today, gay and lesbian men and women can serve their country without hiding who they are. The Obama administration has declared the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, and the President is working to make our schools safer for LGBT youth.

As we celebrate three years of progress for LGBT Americans under President Obama — and work toward another four — here’s a look at how far we’ve come since the President took office.”


View the full infographic

(Source: equaldex)

— 2 years ago with 663 notes
#barack obama  #dadt  #data  #equality  #gay  #infographic  #infographics  #lesbian  #lgbtq  #photos  #rights  #united states  #white house  #lgbt  #politics 
Gary Johnson, Republican Presidential Candidate: Politics: GQ →

"His fiscal conservatism is unmatched by anyone in the race. And his socially liberal cred—the only pro-gay and pro-choice Republican candidate—is unmatched even by some Democrats.”

— 2 years ago with 10 notes
#gay rights  #lgbtq  #republican  #candidate  #politics  #primaries  #gary johnson 
"I signed a bill saying that every hospital must treat gay and lesbian partners the same as heterosexual partners, because NO ONE should have to produce a legal contract to be able to hold the hand of the one they love."
President Barack Obama - Human Rights Campaign Dinner (10/1/11)

(Source: thesoapboxschtick, via jakeprescott-deactivated2013060)

— 2 years ago with 9476 notes
#barack obama  #quotes  #equality  #politics  #issues  #hrc  #gay  #lgbtq 

gq:

Don’t Ask, Don’t TELL

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.”

(via livingunderdadt)

— 2 years ago with 4707 notes
#news  #DADT  #dont ask dont tell  #politics  #gays in the military 
"We must make it clear that a platform of ‘I hate gay men and women’ is not a way to become president of the United States."
Jimmy Carter, relevant now more than ever. (via gaywrites)
— 2 years ago with 5682 notes
#lgbtq  #quotes  #jimmy carter  #politics 

Election 2012: Stances on LGBTQ Rights (source)

Election 2012: Stances on LGBTQ Rights 
(source)

(Source: tyleroakley, via tornater)

— 3 years ago with 4305 notes
#elections  #politics 
“I know that you cannot live on hope alone, but without it, life is not  worth living. And you… And you… And you… Gotta give em hope.” - Harvey  Milk

“I know that you cannot live on hope alone, but without it, life is not worth living. And you… And you… And you… Gotta give em hope.” - Harvey Milk

(Source: pinkpanthers)

— 3 years ago with 93 notes
#harvey milk  #hope  #politics  #gay  #lesbian  #bisexual  #transgender  #queer  #LGBTQ 
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States, in a reversal of Bush administration policy, has decided to sign on to a U.N. declaration that calls for the decriminalization of homosexuality, the State Department said on Wednesday.
U.S. |  FRANCE |  JAPAN
State Department spokesman Robert Wood said the Obama administration, which took office eight weeks ago, would now join 66 other U.N. member states who supported a U.N. statement in December that condemned human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
"The United States is an outspoken defender of human rights and critic of human rights abuses around the world," Wood told reporters.
"As such, we join with other supporters of this statement, and we will continue to remind countries of the importance of respecting the human rights of all people in all appropriate international fora."
Gay rights groups immediately welcomed the move.
"The administration’s leadership on this issue will be a powerful rebuke of an earlier Bush administration position that sought to deny the universal application of human rights protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals," said Mark Bromley, who chairs the Council for Global Equality.
The U.N. General Assembly had been split over the issue of gay rights, with many Muslim countries refusing to sign on to the statement because of opposition to international attempts to legalize homosexuality.
A rival statement read out by Syria at the time gathered about 60 signatures from the 192-nation assembly.
The United States was the only western state not to sign on to the gay rights document. All European Union member states endorsed it, as did Canada, Australia and Japan.
'NO LEGAL OBLIGATIONS'
In a move that angered U.S. gay rights groups, the Bush administration argued that the broad framing of the language in the statement created conflict with U.S. laws.
The rationale was that favoring gay rights in a U.N. document might be interpreted as an attempt by the U.S. federal government to override individual states’ rights on issues like gay marriage.
Pressed on this issue, Wood said a “careful” interagency review by the Obama administration found that signing on to the U.N. document “commits us to no legal obligations.”
Division in the General Assembly over the U.N. declaration reflects conflicting laws worldwide on the issue.
According to the sponsors of the Franco-Dutch text of the document, homosexuality is illegal in 77 countries, seven of which punish it by death.
At a townhall meeting in Brussels earlier this month, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was pressed on her views on gay rights.
"Human rights is and always will be one of the pillars of our foreign policy," she said. "In particular, persecution and discrimination against gays and lesbians is something we take very seriously."
(Additional reporting by Patrick Worsnip at the United Nations; Editing by John O’Callaghan)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States, in a reversal of Bush administration policy, has decided to sign on to a U.N. declaration that calls for the decriminalization of homosexuality, the State Department said on Wednesday.

U.S. |  FRANCE |  JAPAN

State Department spokesman Robert Wood said the Obama administration, which took office eight weeks ago, would now join 66 other U.N. member states who supported a U.N. statement in December that condemned human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

"The United States is an outspoken defender of human rights and critic of human rights abuses around the world," Wood told reporters.

"As such, we join with other supporters of this statement, and we will continue to remind countries of the importance of respecting the human rights of all people in all appropriate international fora."

Gay rights groups immediately welcomed the move.

"The administration’s leadership on this issue will be a powerful rebuke of an earlier Bush administration position that sought to deny the universal application of human rights protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals," said Mark Bromley, who chairs the Council for Global Equality.

The U.N. General Assembly had been split over the issue of gay rights, with many Muslim countries refusing to sign on to the statement because of opposition to international attempts to legalize homosexuality.

A rival statement read out by Syria at the time gathered about 60 signatures from the 192-nation assembly.

The United States was the only western state not to sign on to the gay rights document. All European Union member states endorsed it, as did Canada, Australia and Japan.

'NO LEGAL OBLIGATIONS'

In a move that angered U.S. gay rights groups, the Bush administration argued that the broad framing of the language in the statement created conflict with U.S. laws.

The rationale was that favoring gay rights in a U.N. document might be interpreted as an attempt by the U.S. federal government to override individual states’ rights on issues like gay marriage.

Pressed on this issue, Wood said a “careful” interagency review by the Obama administration found that signing on to the U.N. document “commits us to no legal obligations.”

Division in the General Assembly over the U.N. declaration reflects conflicting laws worldwide on the issue.

According to the sponsors of the Franco-Dutch text of the document, homosexuality is illegal in 77 countries, seven of which punish it by death.

At a townhall meeting in Brussels earlier this month, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was pressed on her views on gay rights.

"Human rights is and always will be one of the pillars of our foreign policy," she said. "In particular, persecution and discrimination against gays and lesbians is something we take very seriously."

(Additional reporting by Patrick Worsnip at the United Nations; Editing by John O’Callaghan)

— 4 years ago
#LGBT  #Gay  #Equal  #civil Rights  #Human rights  #Homosexuality  #news  #politics  #obama administration  #bush administration  #hilary clinton  #foreign policy 
"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States, in a reversal of Bush administration policy, has decided to sign on to a U.N. declaration that calls for the decriminalization of homosexuality, the State Department said on Wednesday."Great! Good Job United States…. Now if you could just lead by granting your own gay citizens full equality under the law… You can start by striking down DOMA or maybe by getting rid of the 30 state constitutional amendments restricting equality for gay people. Just a thought.

text and picture found at http://current.com/items/89896920_us-signs-u-n-gay-rights-document-reversing-bush-policy.htm


for more info go to http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSTRE52H5CK20090318
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"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States, in a reversal of Bush administration policy, has decided to sign on to a U.N. declaration that calls for the decriminalization of homosexuality, the State Department said on Wednesday."

Great! Good Job United States…. Now if you could just lead by granting your own gay citizens full equality under the law… You can start by striking down DOMA or maybe by getting rid of the 30 state constitutional amendments restricting equality for gay people. Just a thought.

text and picture found at http://current.com/items/89896920_us-signs-u-n-gay-rights-document-reversing-bush-policy.htm

for more info go to http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSTRE52H5CK20090318

[We will be posting that content shortly as well]

— 4 years ago with 20 notes
#politics  #news  #LGBT  #equal  #gay  #rights  #homosexuality  #UN  #US  #Bush Administration