Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker announced that the trial will begin January 11, 2010 in the federal lawsuit against California’s same-sex marriage ban. Judge Walker ordered the depositions and the discovery process to start right away. The Judge 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 (August 19, 2009)
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 returned with some supporters hoping for an apology – but the manager would not apologize. Once they stepped outside the waitress followed them and apologized, then advised them that this sort of thing happens a lot at the restaurant.
LGBT Tenants in New York Mistreated by Co-Op Board (August 20, 2009)
A group of tenants who live at the Kew Gardens apartments have made complaints to the Co-Op Board regarding a leaking terrace that has caused damage to apartments connected to and below the area. The apartments which were damaged are occupied by gay and lesbian tenants. After filing the complaints, the tenants began receiving homophobic threats.
Late Lesbian Writer to be Honored in Ohio (August 20, 2009)
Writers have been honored previously in the state of Ohio – but never with their sexual orientation noted on the marker. The marker, honoring Natalie Barney, might be the first with that distinction. Natalie Barney was born in Ohio and was the author of lesbian and feminist themed stories. She passed away in 1972. The vote on the honor is scheduled for August 26, 2009.
West Hollywood Park Will Have Plaque Honoring Same-Sex Marriages (August 21, 2009)
The City Council of West Hollywood has decided to unveil a bronze marker at West Hollywood Park to honor Same-Sex Marriages. The plaque will be unveiled on September 8, 2009 and bear a quote from Nelson Mandela: “I am not truly free if I am taking away someone else’s freedom, just as surely as I am not free when my freedom is taken from me. The oppressed and the oppressor alike are robbed of their humanity.”
Lesbian Families Gain in Parental Rights in Tasmania (August 21, 2009)
A bill which would give parental rights to both mothers in a lesbian family has passed the Lower House in Tasmania and is on it’s way to the Legislative Council. The Gay and Lesbian rights group in Tasmania has praised this step forward.
Mayor in Massachusetts Will Marry her Partner (August 21, 2009)
Denise Simmons is known as the first black lesbian mayor in the United States. She was elected as mayor of Cambridge in 2008 and has served on the city council since 2001. Ms Simmons will marry Mattie B. Hayes on Sunday August 30, 2009.
Copenhagen Might Change Wording of Civil Unions Slightly (August 25, 2009)
Copenhagen already has Civil Unions for LGBT couples. Currently when a couple enters a Civil Union, the presiding official pronounces the couple as Registered Partners. A majority of the Copenhagen City Councilors are in favor of a proposal to change just one aspect of the current Civil Union which would allow LGBT couples to be declared Married.
Tucson Man Convicted in Attack on Transgender Woman (August 25, 2009)
Janey Kay is a Vietnam veteran who completed gender reassignment surgery early last year. While at a a dog-racing track, Janey Kay was approached by Richard Ray Young and asked if she was a “Drag Queen.” Ms. Kay answered no then Mr. Young began verbally and physically assaulting her. Before police arrived Mr. Young broke away from security staffers and assaulted Ms. Kay once again. Richard Ray Young was convicted of assault and disorderly conduct for the attack. Mr. Young has said he is gay.
mj: MJ, a/k/a pngwnz, is summarizing LGBT current events each week for jaysays.com and the Why Would You Say That – Really? series. She is an out lesbian with an affinity for the music of Phil Collins and Carole King.