In spite of being legally married in the U.S. State of Iowa, Inger Knudson-Judd and Philippa Knudson-Judd don’t get to spend much time together or with their 12 year old daughter. In fact, prior to this most recent 5 week visit, the couple hadn’t seen each other in 6 months.
The Department of Defense has sent surveys to roughly 400,000 active and reserve service members to obtain information on how a repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell will affect them, their unit and the readiness of our nations military. Of note is the fact that no such survey was done to implement the discriminatory policy.
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.”
Malawi recently made news when its President, Bingu wa Mutharika, condoned the establishment of a gay rights organization. This green light was particularly remarkable in the South African country because homosexuality is illegal there. Those convicted of homosexuality can be sentenced up to 14 years hard labor.
Now, Malawi is making gay news again, only this time because magistrate, Nyakwawa Usiwausiwa, refused bail to two men, Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza, charged with public indecency after holding a marriage ceremony.
After Adam Lambert’s performance on the American Music Awards resulted in people screaming about gay kisses all over the internet and thousands of calls complaining to the network, ABC canceled two scheduled appearances bythe performer . Since then, activists far and wide have called out ABC for its discrimination against Lambert. Then the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (“GLAAD”) stepped in.
At first, ABC remained mum on why Adam’s appearances were canceled, but after questions became louder, they responded that Adam wasn’t axed because of his sexual orientation, but because he can’t stick to a script.
The hardcore religious (they are anything but) right has become so paranoid that their twisted logic has led them to believe that they are the victims. Their solution? The Manhattan Declaration, a statement of Christian convictions on the matters of life, family, and religious liberty. Let’s go through parts of it.
“The preamble to the declaration reads, “While the whole scope of Christian moral concern, including a special concern for the poor and vulnerable, claims our attention, we are especially troubled that in our nation today the lives of the unborn, the disabled, and the elderly are severely threatened…”
Today, three major human rights issues are being placed in the hands of the voters of Washington state, Kalamazoo, Michigan and Maine. In Washington State, voter’s are being asked to approve Referendum 71, which essentially gives same-sex couples all state (but not federal) rights provided to opposite-sex couples. It’s a “separate but equal” initiative, but will help our families tremendously in dealing with legal challenges and medical issues. Ballots are mail-in only, so it could be a while before we know the results.
In Kalamazoo, the voters are being asked whether or not an amendment to the current City Ordinance should take effect.
Take a moment to imagine this: You are a U.S. citizen, a hardworking productive citizen whose job requires travel to foreign countries. You are HIV positive. It doesn’t matter how you contracted HIV. Your gender, race, age and socio-economic class don’t matter. You are HIV positive. You take your medications, you know how the illness is transmitted. You are healthy otherwise. You don’t have tuberculosis or any other casually transmitted disease.
Caster Semenya, a young female athlete from South Africa, is making headlines due to genetic and hormonal testing that was performed when she was suspected to be male. Setting aside for a moment that she was tested without her knowledge and that the result should not have been made public, setting aside that I wish she had not dropped out and that this is a heart breaking story, I would like to take a moment to let you know that your high school biology teacher was wrong.
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.