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.
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.
Remember the story of Constance McMillen, the Mississippi student whose school canceled prom rather than let her bring a same-sex date? Today, LezGetReal.com 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.
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)
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.
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.