Before 1999, Exxon and Mobil were two different companies. Mobil was generally progressive on lesbian, gay, bisexual and trasgender employment rights and had a fully inclusive employment non-discrimination policy. By that, I mean their policy prohibited discrimination in employment matters based upon sexual orientation AND gender identity.
I’ve been following the story of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga since their wedding day. When the couple became the first men in Malawi to get “married,” they knew the risk they were taking. Shortly after their ceremony, they were arrested and charged with public indecency. OnMay 20, 2010, a fter being denied bail because it would be unsafe for the couple to return to society, the two were sentence to 14 years hard labor.
ZONKERS!!!! Imagine my surprise when I opened my email box and discovered a tip advising me that the San Antonio Chapter of the Human Rights Campaign is holding its Gala and Silent Auction at the Grand Hyatt Riverwalk in San Antonio. On the Facebook event page, the Chapter makes this statement:
“The Gala will be held on October 23rd at the brand new and beautiful Grand Hyatt on the RiverWalk! Your dinner co-chairs will host a Happy Hour there soon. Stay tuned for details!”
During her testimony at the hearing, Elaine Donnelly, President of the Center for Military readiness, invoked the argument against a repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell we hear all too often – that a repeal would result in :”exotic forms of sexual expression”, “forcible sodomy” and declaring a repeal would lead to a “sexualized atmosphere.”
Before the world knew that Neil Patrick Harris was gay, we graciously accepted his heterosexual role as Doogie Hauser and his brilliantly hyper-masculine performance in Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle. However, according to a recent Newsweek article, gays just can’t play the role of straight people and pull it off.
The Newsweek article, written by a gay man, Ramin Setoodeh, claims:
“…the truth is, openly gay actors still have reason to be scared. While it’s OK for straight actors to play gay (as Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger did in Brokeback Mountain), it’s rare for someone to pull off the trick in reverse.”