Wednesday, November 26, 2008
This is the last sweep that we'll post until Monday, December 1. The Pride Agenda wishes everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday.
The Syracuse Post-Standard editorializes on the recent bias-fueled murder of a trans woman and suggests that Syracuse could use a "heavy dose of communication and education about transgender people and issues...A community's ignorance can easily morph into prejudice and violence."
A circuit court judge in Miami ruled yesterday that Florida's decades-old law banning same-sex couples from adopting is unconstitutional.
The reviews are in for Milk--and they're glowing: the Times' A. O. Scott said it was "the best live-action mainstream American movie I have seen all year."
A state commission in California will be looking into whether or not the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints overstepped the legal limits of campaign funding in their support for Prop 8.
The New Republic analyzes the likelihood of a repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" by the Obama Administration, noting that it's a much different situation that what Pres. Clinton faced in 1993.
Swedish tennis hero Bjorn Borg recently added a gay-friendly dating service to his bjornborg.com website and is marketing it using a fabulous video of two priests getting married.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
The New York Times editorial board writes on why
The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board feels the opposite: that overturning Prop. 8 would overturn the will of the voters.
The only CA Supreme Court justice who voted against hearing the Prop. 8 case has a history of being supportive of LGBT rights, so legal experts are wondering what her motivation was.
The latest Prop. 8 opinion poll shows that since the election, 8% of CA voters have changed their mind and wish they hadn’t voted in favor of banning same-sex marriage.
Monday, November 24, 2008
In accordance with Gov. Paterson’s instructions, The NY State Insurance Superintendent has issued a letter to insurance companies telling them that they must respect legal out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples.
Carmen’s Place, a
Obama may delay taking action on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” until as late as 2010, so he can first focus on “foundation building and reaching consensus.”
Nothing like a little not-so-friendly sibling rivalry to get the week going: Candace Gingrich, LGBT rights activist and sister of Newt Gingrich, wrote a scathing note to her “big bro” on Huffington Post in response to his recent anti-gay comments.
Friday, November 21, 2008
A local news station in
Transgender activist Donna Rose reflects on TDOR.
SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) faces sizable budget cuts under the Bloomberg administration’s current plans.
Gay City News summarizes all the New York Prop. 8 protest action and gets reaction from local LGBT leaders, including the Pride Agenda’s Alan Van Capelle.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
The L.A. Times editorializes on the complexities of the Prop. 8 case.
The first in a series of gay rights bills being proposed in
The former police officer accused of beating Duanna Johnson, the
The online dating site eHarmony has settled a lawsuit brought against the company for its refusal to offer matching services for gays. The site will launch a same-sex matching branch called Compatible Partners by March 2009.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tomorrow, Nov. 20, is the Transgender Day of Remembrance, a national day established in 1998 to memorialize transgender and gender non-conforming individuals who have been killed because of who they are. The Day of Remembrance is also a day to raise public awareness and increase education about anti-transgender violence, and it’s a chance to renew our commitment to ending the prejudice and discrimination that leads to these crimes.
As a tragic reminder of why the Transgender Day of Remembrance is so important, one person being memorialized this year is Latiesha Green, a 20-year-old from Syracuse who was murdered just last weekend.
Another person being memorialized this year is Lawrence King, the 15-year-old
Also, let's remember is Sanesha (Talib) Stewart, 25, who was stabbed to death at her home in the
There are Transgender Day of Remembrance memorials and educational events all over
Sign up here to join the campaign for GENDA and here for Dignity for All Students, so that you can help bring us closer to the day that legal protections and social acceptance will overcome this hate.
The tragic victim of a brazen murder in
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee told the ladies of “The View” that gay rights aren’t civil rights because LGBT people haven’t had violence committed against them. Oh really? Please see above, Mr. Huckabee.
A task force met in
The lead sponsor of a federal bill to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” says it could be passed within the first year of Obama’s presidency.
Queerty identifies several openly gay members of Obama’s transition team.
The group that won marriage equality in
The controversial plans for an LGBT high school in
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
President-elect Obama’s transition website now lists his civil rights agenda for the LGBT community, including expanding hate crimes statutes, fighting workplace discrimination, supporting civil unions and federal rights for same-sex couples, opposing a federal DOMA, repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and expanding adoption rights.
More than 100 retired
The murder of Duanna Johnson, a
The outgoing governor of
Monday, November 17, 2008
Igualdad de derechos para todos
Los latinos han luchado muy duro y por mucho tiempo por la igualdad de derechos. Por eso debemos unirnos y apoyar a un sector de nuestra comunidad que aún sigue siendo más discriminada que cualquier otra: los gays y las lesbianas.
Este fin de semana en todo el país hubo protestas contra las medidas que prohíben los matrimonios entre parejas del mismo sexo. La medida es golpe duro para esta comunidad en California, donde miles de parejas se han casado desde que la Corte Suprema de Justicia legalizó el matrimonio entre homosexuales la primavera pasada.
Tras esa decisión, el gobernador David Paterson anunció que los organismos del estado de Nueva York reconocen los matrimonios del mismo sexo realizados en otras jurisdicciones.
Sin embargo, aquí también hay fuertes voces contra el matrimonio gay, entre ellos está el senador estatal y pastor Rubén Díaz.
El reverendo Díaz y otros quieren quedar bien con todos: supuestamente están en contra de negarle derechos a los gays y las lesbianas, pero creen que el matrimonio debe ser entre un hombre y una mujer. Sin embargo, es esta misma posición discriminatoria la que sirve para excluir a las parejas gays y negarles sus derechos, sus beneficios y el trato que a los heterosexuales se les da por entendido.
Este uso de las creencias religiosas para bloquear los derechos civiles básicos socava la cláusula de separación de la Iglesia y el Estado en esta nación, fundamento de en el que se basaron algunos de los primeros colonizadores de América – Ellos huyeron de la persecución religiosa en otros lugares y salieron a buscar de la tolerancia y la libertad en el "Nuevo mundo".
Los latinos - así como otros grupos - deberían tener una conversación honesta acerca de la homofobia que hay dentro de nuestras comunidades. La discriminación sobre la base del color de la piel, el estado de inmigración o la sexualidad no es aceptable.
Al mismo tiempo, una agenda de los derechos de los homosexuales debe ser representativa del LGBT (Lesbianas, Gays, Bisexuales, Transexuales) y de los latinos y de las profundas injusticias que tienen que enfrentar. Es necesario cerrar las diferencias entre las luchas por los derechos de LGBT y las luchas por la justicia económica y social.
A tragic murder in
Blackmail is commonly used against gay men in
Friday, November 14, 2008
Newsday writes on
A New York Times blogger provides personal anecdotes of the grief over Prop. 8 passing.
There is still confusion over when same-sex marriage in CA officially became invalid, as some couples were able to obtain marriage licenses after Nov. 4.
If legal challenges to Prop. 8 fail, reinstating same-sex marriage will most likely be on the ballot in 2010.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Gay City News covers last night’s protest against Prop. 8 in NYC and the backlash against the
Much of the organizing against Prop. 8 nationwide is occurring online.
Same-sex marriages began in
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Same-sex marriage could come soon in
An op-ed in the New York Times laments the new
More than a third of
Criticism over the way the “No on Prop. 8” campaign was run is now abundant.
The L.A. Times suggests the critics learn from the Prop. 8 mistakes and get ready to continue the battle.
Apparently, people who voted for Prop. 8 are annoyed by all the protests. Kind of like the protesters are annoyed by their hateful votes.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
A message from Todd Plank, our Western New York Field Organizer:
Bess Watts and Ann Tischer, volunteers who have been involved with the Pride Agenda for years, received the Community Leadership Award at the Equality Leadership Conference in
Bess Watts and Anne Tischer have been involved as Marriage Ambassadors with the Pride Agenda, and their energy and enthusiasm have inspired those around them.Watts, for example, is an active member in the County & State Employees Association (CSEA), one of the largest unions in New York State, and has founded a Pride @ Work Rochester Finger Lakes Chapter that is active in the Pride in Our Union program. Both are indefatigable activists who have elevated public consciousness of the injustices faced by people of color, the impoverished, and local laborers without fair representation, as well as LGBT people.
The Obama transition team has made it specifically clear that it will not allow bias based on sexual orientation or gender identity in its hiring.
A ruling on the legality of Prop. 8 could come as soon as this week from the California Supreme Court.
Gay rights leaders in
Gay rights leaders in
USA Today argues that same-sex marriage supporters shouldn’t push the envelope too far – they should aim for civil unions, instead.
TIME also looks at what’s next for gay rights activists.
Keith Olbermann’s Special Comment on same-sex marriage has been making news online – his emotional plea is particularly moving.
Monday, November 10, 2008
The Albany Times-Union reports that
Nearly 300 gay rights activists protested Prop. 8 in
A protest against Prop. 8 is planned for this Wed., Nov. 12 in
The Washington Post editorial board expresses disappointment against all of the same-sex marriage bans that passed.
Antipathy toward Obama in
The small city of
Anti-gay religious groups, enthusiastic about their win in
Pride Agenda Board Co-Chair Frank Selvaggi writes on David Mixner’s blog on the need for the LGBT community to recommit to the fight against inequality now that Prop. 8 has passed.
A Bilerico Project guest blog explains why Prop. 8 is devastating to straight allies as well as the gay community.
Friday, November 7, 2008
A CNN legal analyst predicts that the legal challenges to Prop. 8 will go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Catholic Church and
Kerry Eleveld at The Advocate writes eloquently on the change the LGBT community can hope for in the future despite the setbacks we now face.
The passage of Prop. 8 is already negatively affecting businesses that had benefited from the same-sex wedding boom in CA.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
The Albany Project has a roundup of stories about
The New York Times summarizes the effects of the three new same-sex marriage bans in CA, AZ and FL. Thirty out of 50 states now have same-sex marriage bans, and while same-sex couples in CA will still be able to get civil unions, AZ and FL have no such option.
The Times editorial board writes on their disappointment over the passage of the four ballot measures that write discrimination against same-sex couples into state constitutions.
Several openly gay politicians won significant state and national seats in this election, including Jared Polis for U.S. Rep in
CNN’s exit polls found that 27% of gay voters chose McCain. Towleroad is surprised.
Prop. 8’s passage has resulted in protests and legal action.
There is still much uncertainty as to whether same-sex marriages performed in California before Nov. 4 will be recognized as legal now that Prop. 8 has passed.
The “No on 8” campaign is holding on to hope – they say that until provisional ballots are counted, it’s too early to say if Prop. 8 has passed.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Pardon our lateness in posting the sweep – we’ve been recovering from being out in the field yesterday and seeing the results pour in. We’ll have much more on election results for you tomorrow!
The New York State Senate has flipped from a Republican Majority to a pro-LGBT Democrat Majority. Democrat Brian Foley defeated Republican incumbent Caesar Trunzo in Long Island and Democrat Joseph Addabbo defeated Republican incumbent Serphin Maltese in
Barack Obama, President-elect, is already at work preparing his transition team.
Democrats also gained at least five seats in the U.S. Senate.
Four major LGBT bills will face the new U.S. Congress.
And now for the bad news:
Gay rights activists react to the passing of Prop. 8.
Monday, November 3, 2008
The New York Times outlines the benefits that same-sex couples who are married or have civil unions typically have, versus those they still need to be concerned about.
The Daily News writes on the most hotly contested NYS Senate races.
The Daily News also summarizes the news surrounding Prop. 8.
Although Obama and McCain have both said they are against same-sex marriage on a federal level, McCain has endorsed Prop. 8 while Obama has spoken against it.
This past weekend, the L.A. Times made a final, compelling argument against Prop. 8. Prop. 8 opponents made the final push against the same-sex marriage ban personal this weekend by going door-to-door and sharing personal stories.
Prop. 8 opponents made the final push against the same-sex marriage ban personal this weekend by going door-to-door and sharing personal stories.
The ballot measure calling for a Constitutional convention in Despite all the campaigning done for
Despite all the campaigning done for
U.S. World & News Report writes that gay adoptions may be the next big LGBT rights issue.