Month: April 2010

Everything Mississippi Should Have Learned from Glee.

It’s starting to seem like the State of Mississippi has declared an outright war on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teens. This bully pulpit is evident in numerous decisions by school districts to exclude openly LGBT kids from school activities.

There’s the obvious and well publicized case of Constance McMillen, an openly lesbian student at Itawamba Agricultural High School (“IAHS”), who, after receiving notice that same-sex couples would not be allowed at the school’s prom, requested permission from school officials to take a same-sex date.

April 30, 2010 2

The Cost of Free Speech – City Ordinances and Permit Fees

In 2007, the International Woman’s Day March planned to hit the streets of San Antonio to support women around the globe. However, San Antonio parade ordinances require not only permitting, but a fee for the services by the police department for traffic control and other safety matters.

April 23, 2010 0

Biphobia and Discrimination from within the LG…b…t… Community.

Not enough thought is given to attitudes of lesbian and gay people toward our bisexual community members. In fact, many times our own community turns against the “B” and sends them out, tail between their legs. While some biphobia translates into small slights against individuals, such as the incident discussed with Drea on Closet Talk, others ring more fully and show the issue in full light.

After a team from San Francisco finished second in the Gay Softball World Series, a complaint was filed by an opposing team because three of the San Francisco team-members were not “gay.”

April 21, 2010 0

VIDEO: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Protests Interrupt Obama Fundraising – Dan Choi and Others in Chains Again

GetEQUAL activists interrupted President Barack Obama during a speech designed to raise funds for California Senatory, Barbara Boxer’s re-election campaign. The group shouted for the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the U.S. Military’s policy prohibiting openly gay soldiers from serving this country.

President Obama attempted to regain control of the speech and stay on topic, by acknowledging the group, then returning to endorsements for Senator Boxer.

April 20, 2010 2

Stop the Destruction of the Rain Forest – Repeal DOMA Now.

Shortly after the passage of Proposition 8 in California, the rights and privileges of opposite-sex couples were enumerated and totalled, at the Federal level, 1138 rights of marriage that are not enjoyed by same-sex couples. Since that time, that list has shrunken slightly, to 1136 rights.

April 15, 2010 1

SAPD Admits Murder of Troy Martinez Clattenburg Was a Hate Crime (Finally).

As previously reported here, Troy Martinez Clattenburg of San Antonio, Texas, was shot in the back of the head. His murderer, Cody Carmichael, confessed to shooting Troy because Troy allegedly made sexual advances toward Cody. During the investigation, Detective Cardenas of the San Antonio Police Department continually denied that Troy’s murder was a hate crime and stated that it was not being investigated as such.

April 14, 2010 7

Mississippi High School Curriculum: It’s Better to be Cruel than Gay.

Remember the story of Constance McMillen, the Mississippi student whose school canceled prom rather than let her bring a same-sex date? Today, reported that Fulton, Mississippi held two proms – one, Constance was invited to and had 7 couples in attendance, the other is reportedly the “real” prom said to have had district personnel help in the planning.

April 5, 2010 3

Army Secretary McHugh’s Big Fat April Fool’s Joke on the Gay Community.

When reports hit the blogosphere that Army Secretary, John McHugh, was ceasing prosecutions under the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law, there were more questions than answers. But before our minds could fully wrap themselves around the implications, Secretary McHugh backtracked, stating that:

?With regard to the three soldiers who shared their views and thoughts with me on ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’…” (more after the jump)

April 1, 2010 2

Equality Across America – Texas Conference. Are “Ya’ll” Ready to Rumble?

You can stop asking what you can do to help further equality in the United States (and beyond) now. As previously discussed on Closet Talk with Tanner Efinger, Equality Across America has made a call to action for the week of Harvey Milk Day (May 22). In response, grassroots organizations and activists have been popping up all over the country.

Organizing of the EAA – Texas conference is well underway, with most of the logistics already worked out. Now, we get to do the fun stuff. Remember though, even if you can’t help organize, you can start planning to attend.

April 1, 2010 1