Vancouver Pride Parade & Festival 2012

Vancouver Pride Parade & Festival 2012

Calendar
Each year, the annual Pride Parade draws more than 600,000 people. The 34th annual Pride Parade - located in the heart of Vancouver's West End - is the event of the summer! Vancouver Pride The Vancouver Pride Parade route travels along Robson street to Denman, follows to Beach Avenue and ends at Sunset Beach Pride Festival event. In celebration of the unique spirit and culture of the LGBTTQ community we produce quality, inclusive events such as the Pride Parade. In doing so, the VPS strengthens a sense of community and contributes to the vibrancy, health and overall well-being of all persons in the LGBTTQ community. For more information about our events visit our Facebook Fan Page. EAST SIDE PRIDE SATURDAY JUNE 30TH, 2012 MC SPADDEN PARK As our signature grassroots…
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Maine LGBT Civil Rights March

Advocacy, Calendar, Politics
From May 28th to the 30th, kick off rallies will happen all over the great state of Maine, in the name of marriage equality for all. The marriage equality fight isn't about gay rights, it is about civil rights. The right to marry a person someone loves is the basic freedom every person should have. We want kickoff rallies in every corner of the state. Fort Kent to Kittery. Bar Harbor to Jackman. Lewiston to Monticello. We want YOU to be involved and make this the best event it can be. http://www.civilrightsmarch2010.org
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RI allows funeral planning rights for gays.

News
Rhode Island lawmakers override governor's veto. Rhode Island State Rep David Segal explains how he and his fellow legislators stood up to the Governor's veto and calls  NOM to task.  It's clear that people are seeing NOM for what it is. Rhode Island to Buck National Organization for Marriage, Override Veto of Domestic Partner Death Rights NOM's revolting stand on this issue should be broadcast far and wide, wherever they work in opposition to gay marriage. The group's radically anti-gay agenda cuts much deeper than opposition to marriage equality: In this instance NOM has demonstrated a willingness to sacrifice the well-being of straight couples, just so gays don't achieve a meager increment of headway alongside them. I suppose every war has its collateral damage. And not to be out done…
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Seasons of Pride

News
We are pleased to bring you the very best of the  LGBT community and now we offering you as many options as possible to get your Gay, Lesbian, Transgender news - here of course, Facebook and Twitter! Seasons of Pride Facebook Fan Page Seasons of Pride on Twitter Methodist Minister Comes Out to His Congregation as Transgender - Towleroad, More than gay news. http://bit.ly/jSGc Ben & Jerry celebrates Marriage Equality with Chubbie Hubbies! http://bit.ly/176RlU Leiomy Gets Read | Seasons of Pride http://bit.ly/1awDNk F**K You! Manchester Pride does Lily Allen http://bit.ly/2ydXCL Come Out, Come Out - where ever you are! http://bit.ly/sHbQo Jason Mannino: Lessons In Hope and Inspiration From Harvey Milk http://bit.ly/18Qykr Joe. My. God.: WaPo Profiles NOM Head Brian Brown http://bit.ly/jK2oX Justice for Jimmy Lee Dean: Singleton Gets 75 Years…
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Sally Kern is off her meds and Sarah Palin resigns

News
There should be a house landing any moment now . . .   Obama's Reality On Civil Rights, Gay Rights - http://bit.ly/CdUVV     Poverty in the LGBT Community - http://bit.ly/b8vVX     During the McCarthyist period 1947 to 1953 more people lost their jobs for being homosexual than for involvement with the Communist party.    7/2/1953 The Los Angeles Herald-Express reports that the state department in California had fired 531 sex perverts and other security risks. Rep Sally Kern is off her meds, again-http://bit.ly/nhSLV          Judge clarifies purpose at federal Proposition 8 hearing - http://bit.ly/2oS7sX          Gay marriage case will go to Supreme Court: attorney - http://www.reuters.com/arti...          Google Marches in Gay Pride: We believe in the Gay Dollar.  It is one of the most important…
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Well said . . .

Politics
I think Richard Cohen's editorial in the Washington Post puts it quite succinctly. . . "I can understand Obama's desire to embrace constituencies that have rejected him. Evangelicals are in that category and Warren is an important evangelical leader with whom, Obama said, 'we're not going to agree on every single issue.' He went on to say, 'We can disagree without being disagreeable and then focus on those things that we hold in common as Americans.' Sounds nice. But what we do not 'hold in common' is the dehumanization of homosexuals. What we do not hold in common is the belief that gays are perverts who have chosen their sexual orientation on some sort of whim. What we do not hold in common is the exaltation of ignorance that has…
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Light Up The Night

Politics
Jointheimpact is organizing a candlelight vigil on Saturday. Check their website for details in your city. In San Francisco, it's at Union Square at 5pm. WHAT WILL WE BE DOING? * Hosting peaceful candlelight vigils * We will stay silent unless asked a question, we will not yell, instigate, or bear signs. Instead, we will let our shirts do the talking and our candles pay our respects. Bring candles (battery powered if you'll be huddling inside). * Singing and/or silence encouraged...chanting is not....keep it peaceful and in the holiday spirit.
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Where do we go from here?

Advocacy
Kate Kendell leads the National Center for Lesbian Rights, a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education. [caption id="attachment_283" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Kate Kendall"][/caption] While I wasn’t really surprised, I was crushingly disappointed. We always knew this was going to be a neck in neck battle. But I had believed that we had gained significant traction and were clawing our way back in the polls. I believed that up and through the 4th. Even then, I still believed we were going to win – the exit polls showed we were going to defeat Prop 8 and while the early numbers showed us behind, each hour that passed showed improvement.…
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Got Hope? Harvey Milk

Seasons of Pride
You Gotta Give Them Hope   This month marks the 30-year anniversary of Harvey Milk's assassination.  This clip, which animates the words to one of Milk's most inspiring speeches, reminds us that in the wake of Proposition 8, Amendment 2, Proposition 102, and the ban on gay adoption in Arkansas, there is still hope.  To quote Milk:  "Without hope, not only gays, but those Blacks, and the Asians, the disabled, the seniors...the Us's...without hope, those Us's give up."
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Sean Penn As Harvey Milk – Gay Rights Take Center Stage

Film
By Deborah King [caption id="attachment_598" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Milk - Sean Penn"][/caption] When Hollywood needed to find a star for the movie Milk, about a San Francisco gay politician named Harvey Milk who was murdered in 1978, tough guy Sean Penn showed he could morph into any character at all. He disappears into the role of Milk with tenderness and true artistry. Penn and his co-stars - James Franco, Emile Hirsch, and Diego Luna - felt totally comfortable playing gay roles, which shows how times have changed in Hollywood. Previously, playing that type of role could have kept an actor off the A list, so progress has been made. However, top stars who are actually gay don't feel safe enough to come out of the closet yet, so there is still…
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