Tag: LGBT

Memorial High School Transgender Protest

San Antonio School to Make Changes After Transgender Student Leads Protest

Yesterday, we learned that Jayden Blake Castillo, a transgender student at Memorial High School in the Edgewood School District of San Antonio, Texas


February 26, 2015 0

Stupid Things People Say About Gays – Anti-Gay Pastor James Manning Admits Homosexual Fantasies?

James Manning, a Pentecostal minister in New York who is no stranger to controversial statements, recently recorded a rant in which he interpreted God’s loving words as follows: “It is time now for those of us who know the truth to stand up and push back against this homosexual lesbianly LGBT agenda, and those are the correct alphabet. It is time for us to stand up and declare that homosexuality is not normal, it is abnormal.”


November 8, 2010 0

When is a Hate Crime Not a Hate Crime? – When SAPD Investigates

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.


March 20, 2010 21

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 (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

Why Would You Say That – Really?

When I was a shop steward and a union activist (not so very long ago) I fought for the rights of my co-workers and myself. We had a contract between our Union and the major corporation we worked for – and as shop stewards our purpose was to make sure that the rights of not even one person were violated under that contract. Another side of that same purpose was to educate and assist our co-workers so that no union members knowingly violated the contracted either. More importantly we worked really hard to try to resolve issues before getting to the point of needing to file grievances or other types of legal complaints.
There were dissenters within our membership who felt from time to time that the Union was handling things wrong and they were entitled to their opinion. My fellow stewards and I found that communication and compassion was a very important part of what we did. It was a job I gladly volunteered for and, although it took a significant amount of my own time, I’m still glad I was a part of that.
Saying things about other people when you don’t really know … – now I’m thinking you are likely wondering how in the world I jumped to this topic. Well, it has to do with what I have already mentioned and with what I am about to mention.


June 3, 2009 2

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

LGBT Notable News Happenings (May 18, 2009 – May 23, 2009)

Rodger McFarlane was a gay activist who set up the first AIDS hotline in 1981, using his own home phone and an answering machine. He went on to establish many other organizations and services to help those with AIDS. In addition to being an activist, Mr. McFarlane was a very lively man and made seven over-ice expeditions to the North Pole. Mark Thompson, a Los Angeles author, said, “He was one of those fantastically energetic, self-possessed visionary people who knew what had to be done.” In 2002 Mr. McFarlane broke his back in an Eco-Challenge race and his health had been deteriorating since then.

CA School Agrees to Settlement – A high school in the Vallejo Unified School District has agreed to pay a former student named Rochelle $25,000, and adopt new policies regarding bullying and prohibiting discrimination.


May 25, 2009 0

LGBT Notable News Happenings (May 7, 2009 – May 13, 2009)

Marriage Issues in The UK – Our community has been fighting for LGBT rights around the world and the UK is no exception. Looks like our brothers and sisters in Ireland have decided, according to a poll, that Civil Partnerships are not good enough for them either. The LGBT community in Ireland joins us in solidarity for marriage equality.
Health Insurance Obstacle for Couples – Gay and Lesbian couples, especially those with families, find additional difficulties in obtaining health insurance. Some employers do offer options for Domestic Partners but those options (when available) can be costly and legally daunting. Even in states with Legal Domestic Partnerships – some employers end up deferring to DOMA and do not make the insurance available.
Helem Protects LGBT in Beirut – the only overtly gay rights organization in the Arab world is preparing for a campaign to overturn the law which makes Homosexuality illegal. The organization put together what is believed to be the first gay rights protest in a downtown Beirut square where nearly 2 dozen gays and lesbians gathered.


May 18, 2009 1

Upcoming Closet Talk Episodes

Here’s a line up of the upcoming episodes of Closet Talk with jaysays. Remember, if you are interested in being a guest on the show, please visit the Closet Talk page and complete the form!


April 24, 2009 0