Posts Tagged LGBT issues

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 ...

Honoring Brooklyn’s oldest Black-owned gay bar: The Starlite Lounge

I moved into my neighborhood in Brooklyn just a few weeks after the Starlite Lounge, the cities oldest Black-owned bar, shut down.

Founded on a principle of non-discrimination in 1959, the Starlite Lounge was a cherished meeting place for people of all walks of life and famous for being the oldest Black-owned bar in the heart of Brooklyn. Throughout enormous social change over five decades from civil rights to gay liberation to AIDS activism, the Starlite Lounge has been a fixture and central space in these movements. Just as the Starlite community has been deeply affected by these waves of change, the bar has also felt the impact of rapid gentrification in central Brooklyn. By following the eviction of Brooklyn’s ...

I moved into my neighborhood in Brooklyn just a few weeks after the Starlite Lounge, the cities oldest Black-owned bar, shut down.

Founded on a principle of non-discrimination in 1959, the Starlite Lounge was a cherished meeting ...

Lady Gaga launches Born This Way Foundation

A new initiative from pop super-icon Lady Gaga purportedly will “will focus on youth empowerment and equality by addressing issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development,” according to the Washington Post.

The new website for the initiative keeps it simple, with the only description being:

This Way, Towards Bravery
Where Youth Are Empowered.
This Way, Towards Acceptance
Where Humanity is Embraced.
This Way, Towards Love
Where Individuality is Encouraged.

To be totally honest, I haven’t been able to wrap my mind around Gaga. She seems one part super-genius for the way she’s launched herself to super stardom, but also one part WTF?

I think mega-celebrities have an obligation to use their power and wealth to give back, so ...

A new initiative from pop super-icon Lady Gaga purportedly will “will focus on youth empowerment and equality by addressing issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development,” according to the Washington Post.

The

On Spirit Day, push for enumerated anti-bullying policies

Today is the nation’s annual Spirit Day. Today, I think of 18-year old Tyler Clementi, 11-year old Carl Walker-Hoover, 13-year old Asher Brown — or 15-year old Jamie Hubley, who ended his life just this past weekend because of anti-LGBT bullying.

While the major “ask” on Spirit Day is for folks to wear purple in order to raise awareness around the issue of anti-LGBT bullying, I’d also like to talk problem-solving. We need to use today not just for awareness-raising, but to make specific calls for action, like pushing for enumerated anti-bullying policies in school districts (which means the listing of protected categories, such as race, religion, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation) — and calling ...

Today is the nation’s annual Spirit Day. Today, I think of 18-year old Tyler Clementi, 11-year old Carl Walker-Hoover, 13-year old Asher Brown — or 15-year old Jamie Hubley, who ended his ...

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