“As a married person myself, I don’t know what it’s like to be told I can’t marry somebody I love, and want to marry. I can’t imagine how that must feel. I definitely think we should all have the right to love, and love publicly, the people that we want to love. Our church is gay friendly. Above all, God wanted us to love others. It’s not about setting rules, or [saying] ‘everyone has to be like me’. No. We’re all different. That’s what makes us special. We have to love each other and get on with each other. It’s not up to me to judge anybody.” – From an interview with the Independent when talking about Carrie’s first UK tour.
Also in the interview, Carrie condemned “people who use the Bible for hate”, adding: “That’s not how I would want myself as a Christian to be represented.”
In what has been called the largest margin of defeat for the proposal in recent memory. By an 80-20 margin of defeat, ExxonMobil shareholders have voted down once again a proposal to add gay and transgender employees to the Irving-based corporation’s nondiscrimination policy.
Meeting at the Meyerson Symphony Center in the Dallas Arts District, the ExxonMobil shareholders voted 80 percent to 20 percent against a resolution asking the corporation to amend “its written equal employment opportunity policy to explicitly prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and to substantially implement the policy.” The 80-20 margin of defeat was the largest in recent memory for the proposal, which has been introduced each year since Mobil and Exxon merged in 1999. The percentage of shareholders voting for the policy had increased steadily over the years to about 40 percent, before dropping off significantly this year.
Mobil was one of the first companies in the world to include sexual orientation in its nondiscrimination policy and offer benefits to the same-sex partners of gay employees. But ExxonMobil rescinded those policies after the merger.
This year, the resolution was initiated by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, who wants the company to not only amend the nondiscrimination policy, but also to begin offering health benefits to the spouses of employees married in the Empire State.
The comptroller controls the state’s pension funds. As of May 18, New York’s pension fund held more than 16 million shares of ExxonMobil worth more than $1 billion.
Exxon Mobil has called the measure unnecessary. It says the company is a “meritocracy” for its 82,000 workers worldwide, and that it already prohibits all forms of discrimination.
ExxonMobil maintains the lowest possible rating on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, with a minus-25.
BOYCOTT EXXON-MOBIL! If you don’t you are hurting your own people and supporting a company that does not care about equal rights and human dignity.
And for once it would be nice to see the Task Force, Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD and all other LGBT Organizations grow some balls and stand up and say to the community BOYCOTT EXXON-MOBIL and lead this boycott instead of being afraid they might lose a possible donation in the future.
Mariela Castro, a noted gay rights advocate and head of Cuba’s National Center for Sex Education, led a colorful march of over 400 hundred LGBT and straight allies and advocates through the sweltering streets of the capital for LGBT equality. The event is linked to the International Day Against Homophobia on May 17
Mariela, niece of Fidel Castro and daughter to the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro earlier this weel praised Barack Obama on the final stage of his “evolution” to supporting same sex marraige:
The U.S. president delivered a message that was humane, understanding, in which he even recognizes that he too has been changing his opinion in favor of marriage, the free union of same-sex couples,” said Mariela. “Hopefully his words will be taken seriously in the political and legislative decisions made in different states and in the whole world.”
Mariella Castro has predicted for years that Cuba’s parliament was on the verge of legalizing gay marriage, but it has yet to happen. She said she hopes legislators would finally follow through when they next meet in July.
Lincoln, Nebraska resident Jane Svoboda delivered a simultaneously terrifying and hilarious anti-gay rant recently at the Lincoln City Council meeting because of a “proposed LGBT protection ordinance”
Svoboda’s rant that is so INSANE that your jaw will drop in disbelief! (The real highlight of the video is the reaction of the young man sitting directly behind Svoboda. HYSTERICAL!)
Here are a few transcribed highlights:
*”A huge percent of gay men in school grounds molest boys, partly because they don’t have AIDS yet…”
*”Gays can transform to be celibate to live to be 80 years old.”
*”P- E- N- I- S goes into the anus to rupture intestines. The more a man does this the more he’ll be a fatality or a homicider…” *”Jesus was kissed by Judas, a homo, who tried to sabotage Jesus’ kind ideas. Do you choose Jesus, a celibate, or Judas, a homo? You have to choose!”
It also seems that Ms. Svoboda’s craziness is well known, especially among University of Nebraska-Lincoln students who have a Facebook page dedicated to her. as “the blue coat lady” Svoboda rants and hands out fliers to students for hours at a time on campus and/or at other public spaces of the city because God himself appeared before her in 1994, has since dedicated her life to educating younger generations about the issues God instructed her to address.
Reiner:“We view this as the last leg of the civil rights race we’re running… The gay community is the only community in America that is viewed as less under the law of any group so this last little piece that we can hopefully put in place with our federal court challenge to Prop 8… There’s still a lot of work to be done and I don’t want anybody to think that we’ve won this. By no stretch of the imagination have we won this. Years from now we’ll look back and say, ‘what was all that fuss about?’ People will look back and say, you mean there was a time that women couldn’t vote? There was a time that blacks couldn’t vote or blacks couldn’t marry whites? I mean, we look at those things as ridiculous now and we will look at this as being ridiculous but right now we’re in the middle of a fight and we have to keep fighting… We’re going to win this, but we’ve got to keep our foot on the gas.” – Emmy-winning actor, director and activist Rob Reiner on Stephanie Miller’s Talking Liberally (Click the link to hear the full interview)
“Happy Easter, Gay People of the World: you have indeed risen in the last few decades from centuries of persecution and oppression. May this be a great holiday for you all wherever you are. You are winning the battle for equal rights. And your victory over discrimination and hate is a victory for all oppressed persons. Happy Easter!” – Anne Rice,
You might remember that Anne, whose son Chistopher is a gifted gay writer, left organized religion because of its intolerance and persecution of the LGBT Community.
Twelve years after her return to Catholicism, Rice said she still believed in God, but that, “In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be anti-Democrat. I refuse to be anti-secular humanism. I refuse to be anti-science. I refuse to be anti-life.”
“Compared with the other civil-rights battles in America, especially the epic struggle over race that has stained and hobbled the nation since its birth, the fight over gay equality is remarkable for its relative ease, compact chronology, and the happiness of its pending resolution. There’s no happier ending to any plot than a wedding. But, as last June’s celebration has gradually given way to morning-after sobriety, it’s also clear that something is wrong with this cheery picture. Two things, actually.
The first is obvious: Full equality for gay Americans is nowhere near at hand. One of America’s two major political parties is still hell-bent on thwarting and even rolling back gay rights much as Goldwater Republicans and Dixie Democrats (on their way to joining the GOP) resisted civil-rights legislation and enforcement in the sixties. In most states, sexual orientation can still be used to deny not only marriage but also jobs and housing, as well as to curtail adoption rights. America’s dominant religions remain largely hostile to homosexuality, and America’s most cherished secular pastime, professional sports, is essentially a no-gay zone. The bullying of gay and transgendered children remains a national crisis. While Nielsen tells us that gay concerns and characters are “the new mainstream” of television—figuring in 24 percent of broadcast prime-time programming last season—we do not yet live in the United States of Glee.
The second thing that’s wrong with the picture is far less obvious because it has been willfully obscured. In the outpouring of provincial self-congratulation that greeted the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York, some of the discomforting history that preceded that joyous day has been rewritten, whitewashed, or tossed into a memory hole. We—and by we, I mean liberal New Yorkers like me, whether straight or gay, and their fellow travelers throughout America—would like to believe that the sole obstacles to gay civil rights have been the usual suspects: hidebound religious leaders both white and black, conservative politicians (mostly Republican), fundamentalist Christian and Muslim zealots, and unreconstructed bigots. What’s been lost in this morality play is the role that many liberal politicians and institutions have also played in slowing and at some junctures halting gay civil rights in recent decades.
It was, after all, the trustees of the Smithsonian Institution, not a Bible Belt cultural outpost, who bowed to pressure from the militant Catholic League just fifteen months ago to censor the work of a gay American artist who had already been silenced, long ago, by AIDS. It was a Democratic president, with wide support from Democrats on Capitol Hill, who in 1996 signed the Defense of Marriage Act, one of the most discriminatory laws ever to come out of Washington. It’s precisely because of DOMA that to this day same-sex marriages cannot be more than what you might call placebo marriages in the eight states (plus the District of Columbia) that have legalized them. DOMA denies wedded same-sex couples all federal benefits—some 1,000, including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and veterans’ programs—and allows the other 42 states to ignore their marriages altogether.”
Well thats about sums it up nicely.
Hopefully next Frank will take on the Human Rights Campaign’s’s “no rush” attitude. After all with Full equality comes the end of their cocktail parties and salaries.
You van read Frank Rich’s FULL Column: Whitewashing Gay History by clicking HERE
During President Obama’s State of the Union address last night, his last before the 2012 elections in November. President Obama drew sharp contrasts against Republicans on such high-profile issues as taxes, job creation, and the housing market and warned Congress that he “intends to fight obstruction with action.”
But only once did Obama mention the gay community and that was near the end of his speech and was lumped into a section about Americas Armed Forces.
“Those of us who’ve been sent here to serve can learn from the service of our troops. When you put on that uniform, it doesn’t matter if you’re black or white; Asian or Latino; conservative or liberal; rich or poor; gay or straight. When you’re marching into battle, you look out for the person next to you, or the mission fails. When you’re in the thick of the fight, you rise or fall as one unit, serving one Nation, leaving no one behind.”
There was no mention of LGBT Equality, DOMA, same sex marriage, or ENDA and the discrimination that LGBT folk face mainly because of the Republican party.
Now as many gay Obama supporters say “This president is the most LGBT-friendly president in active office EVER!” and thats true. Is he the tenacious advocate he promised to be “no”. Do we have any other choice but to vote for him “no” anything else and even not voting at all is insane because we MUST keep the GOP out of office. But just because Obama has done some little things SKIRTING AROUND DOMA instead of pushing to dismantle it does not give him a pass on the larger issues.
Many in our community say to be grateful and not complain that the President has larger fish to fry at the moment than LGBT equality. But to think that in the year 2012 in the United States of America the “greatest country in the world” that a section of its population is demonized, discriminated against and purposely treated differently by their own country as second class citizens is a pretty GODAMM BIG FISH.
I will continue to complain that it’s not enough because IT ISN’T ENOUGH! And if you choose to accept less than those around you then sit by and take the scraps that are doled out to you and are wiling to wait for something that may never come than that’s all that you deserve.
Massachusetts State Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren spoke out loudly and clearly for FULL EQUALITY (Which is refreshing for a Democrat)in a post at Blue Mass Group:
As other states grapple with whether to support marriage equality, I’m ready to move to the next step: End the two-tiered system created by the Defense of Marriage Act. Our federal government should not be in the business of selecting which married couples it supports and which it treats with contempt. States define marriage among couples, and, once married, all those couples and their families should have the same protections, the same benefits, and the same tax treatments. Fairness and equality are foundational values in our country, and nowhere is that more important than in our families.
In the workplace, people should be hired for what they can do and evaluated on their performance – period. I strongly support the fully inclusive Employee Non-Discrimination Act. Particularly in these uncertain times, people must have confidence that they will be judged on the merits. Again, this speaks to the fairness and equality that mark us as a people.
Finally, Massachusetts has been a leader in combating the rise of bullying. After college, I taught elementary school and saw first hand how important it is for kids to learn in a safe and welcoming environment. We need to help teachers and administrators create and foster an environment that welcomes students and their families, whether kids are being raised in a single parent household, by their grandparents, or by their lesbian moms or gay dads.