The controversy over the Tribeca Film Festival’s decision to show the film “Ticked of Trannies with Knives” hasn’t stopped brewing. In fact, it’s resulted in several articles, blogs, new stories, emails and even a RuPaul-Intervention. Most of the criticism, one must assume, comes from the use of the word “trannies” in the film title. This seems to be the case as currently only sneak peaks/trailers are available for public viewing. Few calling for a boycott of the film have seen it.
Last night on Rachel Maddow’s show, Rachel exposed the republican email scams using healthcare reform and fake election candidates as a platform for raising funds. Unfortunately, using the momentum of others to raise funds for your cause isn’t just a republican strategy; it’s also being used by “Gay, Inc.”
The San Antonio Police Department has refused to investigate the murder of Troy Martinez Clattenberg as a hate crime in spite of a confession from his murderer, Cody Carmichael, wherein Carmichael stated to police that he shot Clattenburg because the victim made sexual advances toward him.
Thursday, March 18th, three LGBT activists were arrested. Lt. Dan Choi, Captain Jim Pietrangelo and Robin McGehee. It made more news than the 200,000 LGBT equality supporters made when they marched on Washington D.C. last October.
Today, I learned that action is inspiring. Tomorrow, I hope to learn that it’s also contagious.
As my facebook, twitter and email exploded today with little clips of the DADT Rally, I marveled at an act of well timed genius. While the HRC was negotiating equality with the well-oiled political machine, the people were speaking. Grassroots activists took to the streets refusing to negotiate their rights… our rights.
PGH Lesbian, a blog devoted to the Pittsburgh LGBT community has deemed today “Blog for Equality Day” to raise awareness about Pennsylvania’s Senate Bill 707, which is designed to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. The Blog for Equality Day has been largely focused on PA regional bloggers, but in the spirit of making small dreams bigger, my non-PA blog is determined to contribute. Why? Because amending state constitutions to take away the rights of consensual adults to entire into legally binding contractual agreements is not only wrong, but repugnant – something better left to theocracies (which, as an aside, the U.S. likes to invade and blow up).
Being on the side of justice and “what’s right” isn’t always easy. Just ask anyone who has had to fight for equality under the law. Many will tell you stories about hate mail, the toll activism takes on their relationships, the shouting matches and derogatory comments made to and about them. However, when you are a member of a “suspect class” finding and using your voice is a bit easier; after all, you’re fighting for yourself – your own family. Who wouldn’t fight hand and fist to defend their own family?
But there is a rare breed of activist that I’ve often heralded as our great defenders – the straight allies. They come out for equality as they recognize that the pursuit of happiness involves not only “the American Dream,” but the most pure of emotions… love.
School board members in Fulton, Mississippi have taken a harsh stance against girls dating girls. On February 5, 2009, the school board circulated a memorandum stating that same-sex couples will not be allowed to attend prom, in direct violation of legal protections against discrimination. Constance McMillen, however, wanted to take another girl to the prom as her date.
The following is inspired by the recent gay sex scandal of the Roman Catholic Church – or more specifically, of the papal house. It was recently revealed that a member of the house was actively seeking male prostitutes – not to save their souls, but to lay with them as they say we should lay with woman. You may recognize some of the phrases below from the Book of Job, chosen because that book dealt with Job’s struggles with Satan which I feel has an interesting metaphorical relationship with the LGBTQ’s community struggle with (and within) the Catholic church. For the “story” of the sex scandal, I encourage you to read this post at thenewcivilrightsmovement.com.
Our country, and the entire world, is faced with a huge risk brought on by the actions of heterosexuals. These sexually active persons, perhaps unwittingly, are placing our social and economic well-being behind their needs to get off. In 1997, the International Journal of Epidemiology published a study regarding this horror afflicting heterosexuals titled, “Heterocopulative syndrome: clinico-pathologic correlation in 260 cases.”