Tag: LGBT families

Waiting to Learn the Fate of Our Families

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.


November 3, 2009 2

LGBT Heroes Project: Dr. Stephen Erich, Ph.D: Gay & Lesbian Parents of Adopted Children

First of all, thank you Jude for giving me the opportunity to talk about a social issue that is very important to me. I have been doing research and speaking about adoptive families with gay and lesbian parents since 2002. As, no doubt many of you know, there has been an abundance of research on families with gay and lesbian parents whose children emerged from previous heterosexual relationships or who were planned through donor insemination. The 20+ years of research on these families is uniformly positive and has certainly influenced the emergence of research on adoptive families.


October 7, 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 – (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

LGBT Notable News Happenings (June 2, 2009 – June 6, 2009)

WA LGBT Group Might Expose Petition Signers – There has been a lot of discussion lately about publicly recognizing people who are anti-LGBT in their actions. Previously, contributors to anti-LGBT legislation such as Prop. 8 in CA have been listed on weblogs and other internet sites. When a registered voter signs a petition, and it has been properly certified, the names then do become a matter of public record. Now two organizations are planning to create a similar type of post showing those who sign petitions for Referendum 71. Recently WA passed an expansion of their Domestic Partner Bill and Referendum 71 is an attempt to overturn that approved expansion of LGBT rights.
Denmark Study – Kids of Lesbian Moms More Mentally Healthy – According to a study done in Copenhagen – children raised in families headed by Lesbian mothers have a lesser chance of developing mental illness than those children raised in families headed by heterosexual parents. Merete Lauberg of the University of Copenhagen said, “The findings suggest that concerns that alternative families have a negative effect on child development are over.” Hopefully this will be the beginning of many more adoptions by LGBT parents – to be. Good news and definitely very interesting news for our community.


June 8, 2009 0