A rose by any other name

A rose by any other name

Politics, Queer Voices, Trans
[caption id="attachment_557" align="alignright" width="240"] Donna Rose[/caption] Recently, we had a chance to sit down with Donna Rose.  Donna, as you may recall, is a post-operative transsexual woman who rose to National Leadership on the Boards of HRC, GLAAD and NGLCC.  She also figured prominently after HRC’s mishandling of EDNA. As Donna turns 50 next month, we sat down to learn about a life lived fully. Give us a little background – You could say that my life is divided into two distinct chapters.  The 1st chapter is about life as a guy named David.  My father was an academic, so we moved around a lot.  I attended 6 schools in 7 years.  But all along I knew I was different.  It  was very confusing for me.  I knew I had…
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Idaho Wants to Add the Words

Idaho Wants to Add the Words

Advocacy, Opinion, Politics
On June 26th, 2015 when gay marriage was legalized in the United States I was camping with my good friend Andrea and her wife, Sam. When we found out the news we were elated! Andrea and her wife had just celebrated their one year wedding anniversary a few months before and now their marriage was recognized throughout the entire country. We all texted friends and family, wrote about the news on our Facebook walls, and changed our profile pictures with a rainbow filter. It was such a big moment for us and such a huge moment in history. Unfortunately, one ruling is not all it takes to create equality. There are still many steps to take for the LGBTQ community, but this step was definitely one to be celebrated. Idaho…
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How do Republicans typically justify their opposition to same-sex marriage?

How do Republicans typically justify their opposition to same-sex marriage?

Politics
Answer by Brian Dunlap: From what I've seen, most who are opposed to it often justify their opposition on account of: Moral imperative.  Due to their religious beliefs, they simply have no real choice but to oppose it.  While it may seem to conflict with their belief in minimal government interference in peoples' lives, there are just some things they have a moral obligation to attempt to push for or enforce.  Abortion would be another one of these - there would seem to be few things more intrusive than many of the methods through which Republicans are attempting to interfere with a woman's access to abortions, but some of these Republicans feel lives are at stake (the child's) and so they are obliged to oppose abortion every way they can.…
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Lost in space: Danger LGBT community, danger

Lost in space: Danger LGBT community, danger

Politics
by Mark Segal A couple years ago, my friend Jerry Hose was invited to the White House LGBT Pride Reception. Like me, Jerry was at the very first gay Pride march, which we called Christopher Street Gay Liberation Day. It was in commemoration of the Stonewall riots the year before and, like Jerry, I was the only one in the room at this year’s White House Pride Reception who had been at that first march. I still have my marshal’s badge — a 3-by-5 card with the stamp of CSLDC on it. We didn’t have much money in those days — there was no Gay Inc. then. So when the president entered to make his speech, I hung to the back of the room along with an old friend from the…
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Religion or Conservative Values?

Religion or Conservative Values?

Politics
Romney’s faith isn’t the problem Mark Segal, PGN publisher, is the nation’s most-award-winning commentator in LGBT media. He can be reached at mark@epgn.com Does religion matter in the race for president? Seems like a simple question with a simple answer, doesn’t it? But this year it might not be, since the Republican candidate is a Mormon, and not only a Mormon, but a member of the Mormon clergy, a bishop (similar to a pastor in other religions) and a stake president, where he presided over several congregations. Considering the teachings regarding the LGBT community by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and how diligently they worked to pass Proposition 8 in California, this might seem alarming. But wait, there’s a true Mitt Romney twist: During the late 1980s and…
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World AIDS Day/Day Without Art/National Portrait Gallery Exhibit crisis

Politics
Today is World AIDS Day and, in recognition of that, it is also a Day Without Art, a way of recognizing the losses we all have experienced because of AIDS. Today we are also in the midst of terrible attack on art and culture as a series of conservative groups have savaged the National Portrait Gallery's  exhibition "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture", one of the first major exhibitions exploring LGBT representation at a national museum. In addition to the typical complaints about American tax dollars being spent on LGBT-themed art, these groups, as well as representatives John Boehner and Eric Cantor, have erroneously stated that the NPG and the curators of this exhibit are purposefully being anti-Christian by showing a video by David Wojnarowicz in which ants crawl…
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Republicans use filibuster to block efforts to repeal ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ policy

News, Politics
Gay rights advocates waiting for the Senate to repeal "don’t ask, don’t tell" got the message loud and clear from Republicans on Tuesday -- don’t hold your breath. Voices of Honor tour -These 800 flags are in place for the Voices of Honor tour and each of them represent a specialist that has been discharged under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Senate Republicans have blocked a military spending bill that includes a repeal of the controversial policy, using a filibuster the Democrats needed 60 votes to overcome. Senate Republicans use filibuster to block efforts to repeal 'don't ask don't ...
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Debating recognition of same-sex unions in the EU

Politics
European Parliament debates the recognition of same-sex unions in the EU European Parliament debates the recognition of same-sex unions in the EU STRASBOURG, 8 September 2010 — Yesterday night, Members of the European Parliament from 4 political groups[1] told the Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship that more must be done to uphold same-sex couples’ fundamental rights throughout the European Union. Currently, same-sex couples in a marriage[2] or civil partnership[3] often lose custody, fiscal and consular rights when moving from one EU Member State to another—despite EU law guaranteeing freedom of movement. MEPs expressed dismay at the patchy application of a 2004 Directive on Freedom of Movement for citizens in same-sex unions, and called on Commissioner Viviane Reding to ensure all married or in-civil partnership couples could exercise their…
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ACT NOW for Family Immigration Rights!

Parenting, Politics
Grassroots Call - ACT NOW for Family Immigration Rights! Immigration Equality Comprehensive Immigration Reform This Year! All Families, Gay and Straight, Must be Included! We invite you to join Congressman Mike Honda, Bishop Minerva Carcaño, and families impacted by our broken immigration system on a call designed for activists and concerned community members like you. Hear how YOU can press Congress to act now! Date and Time: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 8:00 p.m. Eastern, 7:00 p.m. Central, 6:00 p.m. Mountain, 5:00 p.m. Pacific Duration: 1 hour Call-in Number: 1-866-740-1260, passcode 6946500# *If you are located outside the United States and Canada, you must register at www.LGBTforCIR.org by Monday, July 26 to join the call. To register and receive materials for the call: go to www.LGBTforCIR.org Hear from: • U.S. Congressman…
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Prop 8 Love Stories

Calendar, Politics
THE MAGIC THEATER * ONE NIGHT ONLY! TICKETS: http://www.fortmason.org/boxoffice Purchase tickets by phone at (415) 345-7575. GO TO http://8lovestories.blogspot.com/ FOR DETAILS & PHOTOS Actors 10 to 17-years-old interviewed 8 couples (3 mixed gender & 5 same gender) about LOVE, LIFE, & DISCRIMINATION. Now watch these young actors portray those couples, word for word, in the most potent, moving, and hilarious theatre you've ever seen. Gender-blind casting so the audience won't necessarily know who is gay & who is straight. Or even who is male and who is female. Link to Argus-Courier article... http://www.petaluma360.com/article/20100624/COMMUNITY/100629740/1373/COMMUNITY03?Title=Getting-down-to-the-heart-of-the-matter&tc=ar REVIEWS "Oh. My. God. What an incredible evening. I fear that mere words can not adequately describe how compelling, funny, memorable, touching, and satisfying this entertainment is." -Ken Gallegos, Executive Director, Human Resources San Rafael City Schools…
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