Tag: Iraq

LGBT Notable News Happenings (June 7, 2009 – June 12, 2009).

Salt Lake Celebrates LGBT Pride – There were brightly colored floats, rainbow banners, marching and dancing men and women in brightly colored attire. This year the Utah Pride Center, organizer of the celebration, also held a political rally in conjunction with the festival. Grand marshal was LGBT activist Clive Jones – who incidentally thanked The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for supporting Proposition 8. Clive said, “We thank you for unifying us as never before. We thank you for teaching our young people that they must be prepared to fight for freedom.” It is easy to feel like part of the fun – just go to the article and click the “play multimedia” link on the red and white striped face!! Happy LGBT Pride month everybody!!
D.C. Pride Fest Honors Franklin Kameny – Franklin Kameny is known as one of the original LGBT activists, and this year he was honored as a part of the Pride Fest in D.C. Kameny was part of the first Gay Rights picket in front of the White House in October 1965 – and although he has been involved in many parts of the LGBT rights movement – he prefers to be remembered for coming up with the slogan “Gay is Good” in 1968. The slogan is really very important to him. Mr Kameny said, “The phrase encapsulates the whole underlying driving force and rationale for everything that I’ve been involved in.”


June 15, 2009 0

LGBT Notable News Happenings (May 24, 2009 – May 29, 2009)

British Clergy Fear New LGBT Rights Bill in UK – In the U.S. some Church leaders, and others on the far right, have expressed major concerns that the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Bill now in the Senate will hurt the rights of the Church to preach to Church members. Well, it looks as though our community here in the U.S. is not alone in trying to correct misinterpretations and misunderstandings. In Britain there is an existing law titled the “Criminal Justice and Immigration Act”, and this year a new “clause” has been proposed. Our brothers and sisters in the UK seem to be experiencing similar frustrations. The Public Order Act of 1986 includes Part 3 which prohibits expressions of “racial hatred”. This new “clause” is simply extending the protection to the LGBT community. The “clause” or Part 3 is not meant to cause any new concerns to leaders of a Church.
LGBT Hate Crime in Cape Cod – A young man named Eric Patten, just 23 years old, was quite drunk and was asked to leave a club in Provincetown. According to police he began screaming anti-homosexual slurs on the sidewalk outside the club and approached and began attacking two lesbian women.


May 31, 2009 0