Tomorrow night President Obama will be holding a $1,250 per plate “Gala with the Gay Community,” hosted by Doogie Houser (NPH) at The Sheraton Hotel in New York City.
“The LGBT Leadership Gala” (some leadership) is the first fundraising event with the LGBT community held by a sitting president to ask the LGBT Community’s help to get him elected in 2012. Also tomorrow night President Obama IS NOT expected to endorse same sex marriage.
The nerve, the gall, the utter balls this man has coming to us for support when he delivered a mere fraction of the promises he made while writing pretty proclamations and throwing LGBT cocktail parties and crumbs to FOUR YEARS without putting any REAL PRESSURE or taking any REAL ISSUES truly to task.
Obama’s campaign strategists, are quick to point out the president’s record of support for the LGBT community, highlighting his repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” which never would have happened in his first term if we, the gay community did not exert an ENORMOUS amount of pressure on the White House to get Congress to push through before the new Republican regime was seated in 2010, and his decision to withdraw legal support for the Defense of Marriage Act, only after being called out for the lies about “having to defend any laws on the books and the Department of Justice DEFENDING DOMA for the first two years of his office by likening it in legal briefs to incest and people marrying children.”
Obama may have argued from the beginning for equal legal rights, equal benefits. but lets face it, hat’s basically all he’s done. He’s brought (some) equal benefits to the federal government but only a very tiny portion with LGBT Federal workers still not having the full benefits of their counterparts. And Obama could not even exert enough or be bothered to exert enough pressure to get the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) through Congress.
It takes a lot of balls for Obama to stand up in front of the LGBT Community to ask for money and support for 2012. Perhaps he should use those balls during his first four years of his presidency and ACTUALLY DID SOMETHING FOR THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE instead of just using them for fundraising.
You want the money? You want the LGBT Community’s full support and backing? Then keep the promises that you made, do the job you were sworn to do and “evolve” already because we may not have much of a choice in voting for you. But we DON’T have to “support” you.
No Liechtenstein as in the smallest yet the richest (by measure of GDP per capita) country in the world.
As of Saturday Liechtenstein is now one of many countries who has beaten America, the land of liberty, equality and freedom to granting gay and lesbian couples the right to formally register their partnership be put on a par with heterosexual couples when it comes to inheritance, social security, immigration and taxation.
The government says 68.8 percent of voters approved the law in a binding referendum Sunday. About 31.2 percent voted against those of which stood in line with the Liechtenstein Catholic Church.
Last week The United Nations Human Rights Council passed a resolution supporting equal rights for all regardless of sexual orientation
The resolution which expressed “grave concern at acts of violence and discrimination, in all regions of the world, committed against individuals because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.” was strongly backed by the U.S., the European Union, Brazil and other Latin American countries.and is supposed to persuade South Africa to take the lead on the resolution so that other non-Western countries would be less able to claim the West was imposing its values. The irony is the United States IS a country where LGBT discrimination is legal and acts of violence has been on the rise for the past 10 years and gays are still treated as second class citizens. Of course not nearly as bad and as brutal as other countries. But LGBT American citizens aren’t treated as well as in some other countries either.
According to Amnesty International, consensual same-sex relations are illegal in 76 countries worldwide, while harassment and discrimination are common in many more including within the United States
It is the height of hypocrisy for America to strongly back this resolution without being a leader on this issue, and while it is a worthwhile issue especially to those in third world counties and the Middle East who are killed for being gay, lesbian, and transgendered. The United States should not be given a pass and be hailed as a backer of LGBT rights while it still allows LGBT discrimination and second class citizen treatment to LGBT individuals in its own country.
Thomas Niederbühl, an openly gay Councillor for the Rosa List Party, in Munich, Germany has been working on a plan to build a monument to the memory of gay amd lesbian Holocaust victims since 2008. And now thnaks to him, Munich was the site of the beginning of the Nazis terrible persecutions against homosexuals in 1934 will have a highly symbolic memorial to homosexual victims of Nazism.
The memorial will form part of a new pedestrian development in the center of Munich and will be placed at the corner of Oberanger and Dultstrasse, outside what was the Scwharzfischer (The black fisherman), a famous gay bar in the 30s. On October 20th 1934, the Nazis conducted a major raid in the gay scene of Munich, including the Schwarzfischer. This was the beginning of Nazi persecution against homosexuals: it is estimated that more than fifty thousand people were eventually arrested and most were interned in concentration camps. Most of those who survived the war were kept in jails as homosexuality remained criminalized.
The sinister Paragraph 175 which criminalized homosexuality was in effect until 1969. In 1985, gays and lesbians had wanted to place a plaque in the camp at Dachau, but it was not until 10 years later, in 1995, that gays and lesbians have been recognized as a group of victims.
The project has broad political support: from both parties currently in power but (The Red and Green parties) but of course Christian Democrats oppose it. . Richard Quaas, spokesman for the Christian Democrats said: “Until now, there was a consensus not to establish differentiation of victims on monuments or monuments. Other groups of victims of Nazism have no specific memorial in the public arena in Munich.”
After over a week of downtime citing “emergency technical problems”, Queerty.com has officially closed.
Queerty owner David Hauslaib, explained the shutdown via email to the NGBlog:
As many of you know, last year Queerty partnered with the folks at 353Media to handle its operations. I transitioned out of my original role to make time to tackle some unrelated projects, and a trusted crew took the reins. Sadly last week, in a scenario that began with some technical headaches, has ended with 353 opting not to continue operating the site. It is a decision I was saddened to hear, and I worked to find an amenable solution that would keep Queerty online. That effort was unsuccessful.
And that’s all she wrote.
Fox Chicago News, presented an excellent expose about Peter LaBarbera and his hate group, Americans for Truth About Homosexuality. The report even went so far as to send in 2 undercover college students into an AFTHA meeting.
Special props to Andy Thayer of Chicago’s Gay Liberation Network for setting up the protest against AFTHA and working with the news team to publicly expose LaBarbera and his group to the citizens of Chicago.
“This hearing makes a mockery of the federal judiciary,” said Brian Brown, president of NOM. “Citizens are entitled to a guarantee of impartiality from their judiciary. Yet here we have the spectacle of a federal appeals court justice ruling on a case in which his wife represents a group that is a participant. A cynic would be left to wonder if the fix is in for marriage in the Ninth Circuit.
The long road to determine the constitutionality of Proposition 8 cannot be allowed to go through the courtroom of a Judge whose wife is a key participant in that case,” said Brown. “It’s obvious that Reinhardt will vote to overturn Prop 8. We can only hope that once this case reaches the U.S. Supreme Court, that the people of California will finally get an impartial day in court. When they do, we are confident that marriage as the union of one man and one woman will be vindicated.” – National Organization For Marriage President, Brian “Butt Boy” Brown
Blah, blah, blah, yadda, yadda, yadda.
Considering that Judge Smith is a MORMON that “impartial judge” dog just don’t hunt Brianna.
What Miss Brown’s REAL poroblem is is that now t20 million people will see the actual arguments, he’s left with is only tactic – to complain about the judges. Please notice that “his fatness” didn’t address the merits of the Proponent’s case? Why? Because they weren’t any merits
Watching justice slowly nibble away a bigot is the sweet savory smell of meat..
Dance clown, DANCE!
On June 29 Lt. Dan Choi’s discharge from the Army under the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy was finalized. Choi’s National Guard unit informed him by registered mail and with phone messages. Dan has not publically disclosed the action.
On June 28, 2009 Choi talked with President Obama at a White House reception commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion, Obama said to Choi and the crowd, “I believe ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ doesn’t contribute to our national security.” Obama had promised to repeal the law, which requires the military to fire any openly gay, lesbian or bisexual service member”
Two days later, a military review board in Syracuse, N.Y. recommended that the Army discharge 1st Lt. Dan Choi, and now one year later Choi has been offically released from service and is out of the Army.
WHEN will this bullshit end?