Here we go again – as discussed on Joe. My. God, South Carolina’s anti-gay Lt. Governor Andre Bauer has been outed as a gay. While I often feel a certain level of vindication when anti-gay politicians are outed, and even give a little squeal of joy seeps out occasionally, the fact remains that it sets a dangerous precedent. Essentially, by outing these people, we aren’t saying that “gay is ok” but instead saying that the person is “just as immoral as we are.”
You may remember a short time ago, the U.S. Senate attached Hate Crimes legislation to a tourism promotion bill – prior to moving it over to the defense spending bill. At that time, I wrote an article asking what sexual orientation and tourism have in common. Well, now we finally have our answer.
Let’s face it, Iowa isn’t exactly the tourism capital of the United States. In fact, it’s likely one of the last places mentioned when you ask someone where they would like to spend their summer vacation.
Even a summary of Allyson Robinson’s life and work within the LGBT community would fill a book. Allyson is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, a pastor with a Masters in divinity, the Associate Director of Diversity for the Human Rights Campaign, a wife and a mother. Allyson is also transgender. In this episode of Closet Talk, we discussed Allyson’s life before coming out/transitioning and her life now.
Recently, we were asked by our friends over at Queers United to help spread the word asking folks to write to Dr. Phil and demand accurate and positive information regarding LGBT individuals. I can’t read Dr. Phil’s mind nor can I read the minds of those at Queers United, but I can read my own as well as the scientific and psychological literature on this topic. The word is that the Dr. Phil show is planning two new episodes, “Teen Experimenting With Bisexuality?” and “Struggling With Sexual Identity?”
Trial Date Set for Fed Lawsuit Against CA Same-Sex Marriage Ban – Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker announced that the trial will begin January 11, 2010. Judge Walker also ordered the depositions and the discovery process to start right away. Dates were also set for other processes related to the case. The Judge also indicated that he was surprised Governor Schwarzenegger has taken such a passive role in the case.
Lesbian Couple Embraces Then Asked to Leave Restaurant in MD – They noticed a heterosexual couple kissing in another booth of the family restaurant – so they embraced each other – but did not kiss. Aiyi’hah Ford and her partner Torian Brown were then asked to leave the restaurant in Silver Spring. They did return with some supporters hoping for an apology – but the manager would not apologize. Once they stepped outside the waitress followed them and apologized.
LGBT Tenants in New York Mistreated by Co-Op Board – A group of tenants who live at Kew Gardens – happen to be Gay and Lesbian. The problems started with a terrace which began leaking during a rain storm.
Just because those of us who blog like to think we know everything, doesn’t mean we do – so here’s your chance to help me learn a thing or two. My guest this week on Closet Talk will be Allyson Robinson, Association Director of Diversity for HRC. We will be discussion Allyson’s transition process and I’ll be getting a lot of questions about the transcommunity answered for myself.
The Wisconsin Attorney General, J. B. Van Hollen, has stated that he will not defend the legislatures domestic partnership law in filings seeking to overturn it. The republican Attorney General feels the legislation, which provides hospital visitation and inheritance protections to same-sex couples, is a violation of the Wisconsin Constitution which holds that no relationship between same-sex couples can be recognized in Wisconsin which is “similar to” marriage.
Utah Newspaper Rejects Gay Wedding Announcement – Tyler Barrick and Spencer Jones live in San Francisco and were married June 17, 2008. Mr. Jones is originally from Utah and wanted the announcement printed in his hometown paper – prior to a family party there. The clerk at The Spectrum initially accepted the announcement information along with the payment – then later the announcement was decined. The Spectrum had been on GLAAD’s list of inclusive newspapers – and GLAAD did try to help but without success. The announcement has since been published in The Salt Lake Tribune – another local paper.
Tennessee Schools Agree to Remove Anti-LGBT Filter – In April 2009 the ACLU sent a letter to the Nashville school district. The district had set up filters on school computers – blocking access to LGBT friendly websites. Students were having to out themselves to their teachers to try to gain access.
A bronze plaque memorializing what might have been and what should have been, same-sex marriage right, is being placed in California’s West Hollywood. The City Council will unveil the plaque at its September 8th meeting and place it at Hollywood Park off North San Vicente Boulevard.
The plaque will bear an interesting quote from an even more interesting person, former South African president, Nelson Mandela.
At some point I have to face it, no matter how hard it is for me to accept. I can deny it all I want and make jokes with my friends about the fact that I’m not a white man, but I am – even though I think I’d make a good Latino (well, except I don’t like guacamole). Having spent my entire life as a white man and often being perceived to be your standard WASP (White, Anglo-Saxon Protestant), there are certain privileges that have been bestowed upon me.