Author: MJ

LGBT Notable News Happenings – (September 3, 2009 – September 10, 2009)

Gay Sailor Brutalized by Own Unit and Discharged in CA – Former Petty Officer Third Class Joseph Rocha was brutalized for more than two years by members of his own unit in Bahrain. He was returned to CA suffering from P.T.S.D. and was forced to admit to his sexual orientation – then was discharged under D.A.D.T. Others were also brutalized and the military is investigating.
Bill Recognizing Harvey Milk’s Birthday Passes CA Legislature – Once again a bill to recognize Harvey Milk is waiting for the signature of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger – and would recognize Harvey Milk on his birthday – May 22nd. If signed – Harvey Milk would join the only three other days of recognition in the state. The link also displays a photo of Harvey Milk at the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade in 1978 – five months before his assassination.
LGBT Activist Runs For Mayor in Idaho Town – Melissa Sue Robinson happens to be an LGBT activist who is also a Transgender woman running for mayor of Nampa. She was previously married for 17 years and her ex-wife now plays a major role in her election campaign.


September 12, 2009 0

LGBT Notable News Happenings – (August 26, 2009 – September 2, 2009)

FL Gay Adoption Ban Goes to State Appeals Court – November 2008 a Miami-Dade County judge ruled that the Gay Adoption Ban is unconstitutional. The ruling was made in the case of Martin Gill and his partner who had adopted two young boys. State attorneys have taken the case to the court of appeals and and the ACLU is representing Mr. Gill.
Men to be Tried for Murder of Lesbian in South Africa – Last year a group of men assaulted and then stabbed to death Eudy Simelane (29 yrs) who played on national sport teams. Gay Rights activists are using this case to show that women continue to be raped in an attempt to change their Sexual Orientation. Lesbians who attended the hearing were threatened by young men and the three men accused have pleaded not guilty.
Proposal in MI to add Sexual Orientation to Anti-Discrimination Law – The House Judiciary Committee heard testimony recently on whether to add Sexual Orientation to their existing Anti-Discrimination laws.


September 6, 2009 0

LGBT Notable News Happenings – (August 19, 2009 – August 25, 2009)

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.


August 28, 2009 0

LGBT Notable News Happenings – (August 13, 2009 – August 19, 2009)

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.


August 21, 2009 0

LGBT Notable News Happenings – (July 25, 2009 – August 1, 2009)

LGBT Author E. Lynn Harris Passes in CA – E. Lynn Harris wasn’t always a novelist. He had lived the earlier part of his life as a heterosexual – but on the “down low” as a Black Gay man. While at the University of Arkansas he was the first Black yearbook editor – as well as the university’s first Black male cheerleader. His “down low” life continued. Mr. Harris became a successful computer salesman for three of the leading major corporations after graduation – and lived in several locations in the eastern half of the country. While at a corporate conference in 1983 he met a person whose encouragement helped Mr. Harris to change his life. The person he met was Maya Angelou – and she strongly encouraged him to write. In 1990 he made some serious changes in his life – and then he moved to Atlanta to devote himself to his writing. His first book was self-published using the last of his savings – that was in 1992 when he published “Invisible Life”.


August 5, 2009 0

LGBT Notable News Happenings – (July 11, 2009 – July 24, 2009)

Canada Health Collective Rx Denies Transgender – A new pharmacy opened in Vancouver, Canada – operated by the Vancouver Women’s Health Collective. The pharmacy however does not offer its services to Transgender or Transexual women. A group called the “Femininjas” went to the pharmacy during the hours posted on the Collective’s website and found the doors locked. A statement which appears on the Collective’s website reads: “We feel that it is essential that a woman be born a woman and have the physiology of a woman and the psychological experiences of living as a girl and a woman in order to embrace the work of the Vancouver Women’s Health collective.” The “Femininjas” are not the first group of ladies to be denied service.
Defendant in NY Murder Charged with Hate Crime – They were just attending a party – that’s all. It was last November on a Friday night. Lateisha Green was a Transgender woman – still in transition.


July 27, 2009 0

LGBT Notable News Happenings – (July 4, 2009 – July 12, 2009)

Australian Sailors Competition Under Investigation – Australia is not the first country to be embarrassed by its military – the US has had a couple of investigations of its own. This time it’s Australia’s turn. A vessel of the Australian Navy was docked in Singapore during this past May. While the vessel was in port there – something along the lines of a contest was discovered. It seems that a group of sailors on this ship had a contest (with cash prizes) for bedding their female colleagues. That’s right. There was an extra (cash) incentive for bedding or seeping with an officer (female), or a Lesbian or having sex in an unusual place (pool table). The name of the ship is the HMAS Success – no my fellow readers I am not kidding. That is the true name of the vessel. The Success has a crew of 220. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said that the allegations are “disturbing.” Hopefully all those involved will feel full and appropriate justice for their “alleged” contest.


July 14, 2009 0

LGBT Notable News Happenings – (June 27, 2009 – July 4, 2009)

Civil Partnership in Ireland Celebrated With Parade – Dublin was the scene of a loud and happy celebration where it was estimated that 12,000 people were gathered. Some of those who attended were dressed in tuxedoes or wedding gowns to celebrate the new Civil Partnership Bill – which granted many of the rights of heterosexual marriages. There were others who were also happy – but “some 60 people dressed in a half tux or wedding dress … the move was to symbolise the ‘half measures’ offered in the Bill”. The Bill – which will be enacted and operatonal by the end of the year – gives statutory rights to Gay and Lesbian couples. Some of the rights included are the “protection of a shared home, pension rights, the right to succession and equality with married couples of treatment under the tax and social welfare codes.” Congratulations to our brothers and sisters in Ireland. There are some important rights missing – but this seems like a good start. The theme of the celebratory Pride Parade was – “Pride and Prejudice.”
LGBT Pride Month Recognized in US Labor Bldg – The agency headquarters for the US Dept. of Labor prominently recognized LGBT Pride Month by installing and displaying Gay Pride posters in their building.


July 6, 2009 0

LGBT Notable News Happenings – (June 15, 2009 – June 27, 2009)

Coalition Reports Gay Bias Killings Up in U.S. – The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs reports that the number of people of the LGBT community killed in bias-motivated incidents increased by 28% in 2008. This is the greatest increase documented by the Coalition since 1999. Although the FBI reports slightly different figures – “the FBI doesn’t record bias crimes against transgendered people because gender identity isn’t covered by federal hate-crime law”. The figures reported by both the FBI and the Coalition might be a little lower than reality because some (understandably) fear retribution and do not report the crimes at all. Some victims also do not report the crimes because they are not ready to out themselves to the police – possibly fearing bias from the authorities themselves. Sharon Stapel theorized that some of the violence from 2008 was due to backlash against issues from the presidential campaign. She said, “The more visibility there is the more likely we’re going to see backlash, and that’s exactly what we see here.” Whether or not that is the reason for the increase – hopefully the Hate Crimes Bill will pass in the Senate and there will be more justice and less hate.


June 29, 2009 0

Why Would You Say That – Really? A Mark Sanford Moment.

Here we go again folks – another political figure “bites the dust”. First he disappears – not into thin air (so to speak). He does exist someplace on this planet we call Earth. According to the media his family – meaning his wife – becomes concerned because he doesn’t usually miss the Father’s Day celebration. Now I didn’t find information as to whether or not his grown sons had planned to spend the day with him on Sunday – but truly I have no concern as to how they celebrate Father’s Day (and I don’t really care – it’s their personal business). Actually I consider Father’s Day another commercial greeting card opportunity – and I believe that parents who have earned the respect of their children should be honored every day.


June 26, 2009 0