Month: October 2009

Closet Talk: Ami and Ruby – Are We Married?

Ami and Ruby were married in a ceremony that was not recognized by their state; however, once marriage was allowed in California, and knowing that Proposition 8 was looming, the couple headed south and tied the knot. Now, they are trekking around the country through many states that don’t recognize their marriage with the goal of visiting all states that do (including the District of Columbia).


October 30, 2009 0

Yes We Do – Help in WA, ME and MI

You’re help is needed now more than ever in the quest for equality. It’s time we start taking action. Obama told us “Yes we can,” but first, we have to DO. I’ve signed up to help in Washington already, and moments after posting, I’ll be heading over to sign up to help in Maine. But one person isn’t enough. Send everyone you know the following information, courtesy of Equality Texas and fight along with me for equality for ALL!


October 29, 2009 0

LGBT Heroes Project: Laura Gentle and the Atlanta Eagle Raid

Laura Gentle was the first straight Co-President in Lambda’s some 35-year history and was also heavily involved in women’s rights as the founder of the University of West Georgia’s first feminist organization that fostered straight, lesbian and bi-sexual feminist ideology.

After moving to Midtown, she lent support to many LGBT and civil rights organizations, including: the Stonewall Democrats, Georgia Equality, AID Atlanta and YouthPride through financial contributions and volunteering.


October 28, 2009 0

When Wishes Come True – Hate Crimes Legislation Passes Senate

The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Hate Crimes Act just passed the Senate. If Obama signs the legislation, it will be the first inclusive federal law on the books.

Today is also my birthday and this morning I joked on my Facebook that it would be fantastic if my birthday wish for passage of the Hate Crimes bill by the Senate came true.

A few moments ago, my wish became a reality.

I remember when Matthew Shepard was murdered for being gay.


October 22, 2009 5

Videos: Why We Marched – The National Equality March

During the National Equality March, I was one of numerous LGBTQ bloggers on the ground snagging pictures and interviews with people by way of iQreport. I was determined to get as many stories as possible from all sorts of people, but I wasn’t prepared for the emotional flood that would overcome me as I saw the faces and heard the stories from the crowd.

Many of these stories happened off camera, like the man whose (would-be) husband was concerned about him appearing on video because he could lose his job, or the young boy who, after we talked with his family, wanted to do an interview of his own.


October 21, 2009 0

The Gay Panic Defense: It Even Works Over Seas

The gay panic defense is catching on over seas. Our friends down under have successfully followed most of the rules and have managed to downgrade charges of murder to “manslaughter” after arguing that the sexual advances of another man warranted defending themselves. Had they followed them to a “T,” an acquittal would have been certain!

As discussed in Queensland Pride, Jason Pearce, 38, and Richard Meerdink, 40, were on hallowed ground last after getting drunk on cask wine. They encountered 45 year old Wayne Ruks who was allegedly also intoxicated.


October 21, 2009 0

An Open Letter to the Residents of Maine

I’ve only visited Maine once in my life. It was late September and the leaves were just barely starting to show variations in their colors. I spent a long time at the airport in Bangor waiting for the luggage the airline had lost. While at the airport, authorities spotted a suspicious package and evacuated the entire terminal. I stood outside with a hundred or so other people. We were all caught off guard, a bit confused and some of us were even a bit scared.


October 21, 2009 0

LGBT Lessons for Straight People: The Endangered White Male Species

If you are like me, you can always think of a great comeback to an offensive comment. One day later.

This last week was a whirlwind for me. One week past the National Equality March and I’m still processing everything that I experienced and felt. I felt so prepared to take on the world with such powerful words given to me by the speakers, with such energy and friendliness from everyone that I met.


October 21, 2009 0

What is the Gay Community?

We always hear the words “gay community” when talking amongst ourselves, but what is it? Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people span a spectrum of diversity that doesn’t lump us together by class, race, religion or really any binding character, trait or belief. The only commonality most of us have with one another is that we are discriminated against socially and in our judicial system. Perhaps, that is enough to create a “community.”


October 17, 2009 6

Louisiana Judge Refuses to Preside Over Interracial Marriage

According to an article in the Huffington Post, a Justice of the Peace in Hammond, Louisiana has denied an interracial couple their right to marry. The Justice claims he is not a racist, but is concerned for the future offspring of the children.

I’m continually struck by the number of people that claim not to be racist or bigots while practicing racist or bigotted things. Apparenlty, they know that being a racist or a bigot is wrong, and they are on the side of right — right?


October 15, 2009 5