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UN Human Rights Council makes slow progress for LGBT rights

Last week, activists from around the world gathered in Geneva for a meeting of the UN Commission on Human Rights to discuss global LGBT rights. This convening marked the first time the UN Human Rights Council has focused on human rights, gender identity and sexual orientation. UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, opened the event by saying,

“To those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, let me say: You are not alone. Your struggle for an end to violence and discrimination is a shared struggle. Any attack on you is an attack on the universal values the United Nations and I have sworn to defend and uphold. Today, I stand with you … and I call upon all countries and people to stand with ...

Last week, activists from around the world gathered in Geneva for a meeting of the UN Commission on Human Rights to discuss global LGBT rights. This convening marked the first time the UN Human Rights Council has focused ...

Court rules Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional

“Proposition 8 served no purpose, and had no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California,” the court said.

The ruling upheld a decision by retired Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker, who struck down the ballot measure in 2010 after holding an unprecedented trial on the nature of sexual orientation and the history of marriage.

In a separate decision,  the appeals court refused to invalidate Walker’s ruling on the grounds that he should have disclosed he was in a long term same-sex relationship.  Walker, a Republican appointee who is openly gay, said after his ruling  that he had been in a relationship with another man for 10 years. He has never said ...

“Proposition 8 served no purpose, and had no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California,” the court said.

The ruling upheld a decision by retired Chief U.S. District Judge ...

Friday Feminist Fuck Yeah: queer family models

In this video, Shawnta Smith and Jas Cruz, who are are ex-wives or best friends depending on which one of them is doing the telling, talk about the home they’ve built together and what it means to them and their community. It’s wonderful. They have separate beds but their bookcase is merged. I mean, that’s just poetry.

The video is part of I’m From Driftwood, a project that brings together stories from LGBTQ folks around the world. This month, they’re spotlighting stories from the black LGBTQ community. Check ‘em out.

Transcript after the jump.

In this video, Shawnta Smith and Jas Cruz, who are are ex-wives or best friends depending on which one of them is doing the telling, talk about the home they’ve built together and what it means ...

Proposed bill in Tennessee would essentially legalize anti-LGBTQ bullying

No joke. Former Republican Senator David Fowler is pushing the Tennessee legislature to take up a new bill he’s proposed that would create a loophole in the current anti-bullying policies in the state that would — rather than protect students from being bullied — protect students’ right to bully. TPM reports:

The proposed bill would amend the state’s current anti-bullying laws to specify that the anti-bully policy should “not be construed or interpreted to infringe upon the First Amendment rights of students and shall not prohibit their expression of religious, philosophical, or political views” as long as there’s no physical threat or threat to another student’s property.

And specifically, as stated in a newsletter ...

No joke. Former Republican Senator David Fowler is pushing the Tennessee legislature to take up a new bill he’s proposed that would create a loophole in the current anti-bullying policies in the state that would — rather ...

Another positive story of trans identity in the media

In seems there has been a recent spate of articles featuring trans folks in positive ways. It’s a really important departure from the past trend of only writing sensationalized articles, or worse, only writing about trans folks when the stories were crime related: murders, sex work, hate crimes. I’ve been happy to see trans stories portrayed in positive light. Or at least in a more neutral light.

The latest is a story in the Chicago Tribune, Finding Their Gender Identities. It tells the story of three trans people, of varying ages, races and genders and how they came to identify the way they do.

By most accounts it’s a great story. Let’s the people featured speak for themselves, ...

In seems there has been a recent spate of articles featuring trans folks in positive ways. It’s a really important departure from the past trend of only writing sensationalized articles, or worse, only writing ...

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers historic LGBT rights speech in Geneva

Yesterday, the Obama administration announced that the United States would use all the tools of American diplomacy to promote LGBT rights around the world. President Obama issued a memorandum in Washington, D.C. and Secretary of State Clinton gave the following speech in which the administration vowed to actively combat efforts by nations who criminalize homosexuality conduct and deny LGBT citizens equal rights.

(Transcript.)

“Some have suggested that gay rights and human rights are separate and distinct,” Secy. Clinton said at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, “but in fact they are one and the same.”

The speech and memo is aimed at raising LGBT equality on the administration’s foreign policy agenda. I particularly value the connection of social justice issues ...

Yesterday, the Obama administration announced that the United States would use all the tools of American diplomacy to promote LGBT rights around the world. President Obama issued a memorandum in Washington, D.C. and Secretary of State Clinton ...

Who Will Speak for the Closeted Christmas-Celebrators? Rick Perry, that’s who!

Who will speak for the persecuted Christians?

“I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a Christian…But you don’t have to be in the pew every Sunday to know that there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military, but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school. As president, I’ll end Obama’s war on religion, and I’ll fight against liberal attacks on our religious heritage.”

That would be Rick Perry, who, in his latest campaign ad, laments that, thanks to that Muslim-atheist-Nazi-Communist Obama, we live in a world run by the gays and secularists… a world in which our ...

Who will speak for the persecuted Christians?

“I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a Christian…But you don’t have to be in the pew every Sunday to know that there’s something wrong in this ...

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers historic LGBT rights speech in Geneva

Yesterday, the Obama administration announced that the United States would use all the tools of American diplomacy to promote LGBT rights around the world. President Obama issued a memorandum in Washington, D.C. and Secretary of State Clinton gave the following speech in which the administration vowed to actively combat efforts by nations who criminalize homosexuality conduct and deny LGBT citizens equal rights.

(Transcript.)

“Some have suggested that gay rights and human rights are separate and distinct,” Secy. Clinton said at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, “but in fact they are one and the same.”

The speech and memo is aimed at raising LGBT equality on the administration’s foreign policy agenda. I particularly value the connection of social justice issues ...

Yesterday, the Obama administration announced that the United States would use all the tools of American diplomacy to promote LGBT rights around the world. President Obama issued a memorandum in Washington, D.C. and Secretary of State Clinton ...

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