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elocin-times-one:

I’m a 22 year old college student who is majoring in art, has a cosmetology licence and loves psychology. I am latina Puertorican, I have a big mix of races running through my veins including African blood. I am also a lesbian. These are all things that people do not see when they see me, but they are a part of what makes me “me”. Maybe they’re not a big part of the definition of me, but they are in that giant mixing pot. I’m glad to say that I barely ever hear racial slurs and when I do, someone is quick to say that’s wrong. But right now, in our present day we are mostly dealing with the issue of homosexuality and today was a perfect example. In my class we were covering the subject of a homosexual poet. People were uncomfortable and one even had the balls to announce that he was sure everyone wanted to get the subject over and done with. My professor decided to put her 2 cents in. She said she has no problem with homosexuality and she’s known them all her life. She did add toward the end, but…. I am completely against gays getting married. Completely. In order to remain composed, I left the classroom, put the anger away and went back to class. Being gay and being exposed to these things in daily settings sucks. I’m not gonna sugar coat it, it’s horrible. It feels like fingers are being pointed at you and you’re natural biology is being judged and criticized. It’s not something that can just be laughed off, it is hard to swallow. This right here is why there are gay rights activists, advocates, public speakers, celebrities who speak of this issue, the list goes on. We need to spread awareness that hypocrisy and prejudice of this magnitude and more severe magnitude exist and how difficult it is to be in settings like these. I know for a fact that being gay is not a choice, because people wouldn’t willingly decide to be gay, to be judged for something that should be seen as normal.


latimes:

Supreme Court strikes down Defense of Marriage Act

In a landmark victory for gay rights activists, the Supreme Court has ruled DOMA unconstitutional in a 5-4 decision. The 1996 law denied all benefits and federal recognition of same-sex couples, sparking a lengthy legal battle that has culminated in today’s ruling. You can read the full opinion of the court here

The court’s second ruling on gay marriage today, regarding California’s Proposition 8 ban, has yet to be announced, but we’ll update this post when it arrives. Or, you can head over to Politics Now for live updates on the fallout from the court’s rulings today.

Photos: Charles Dharapak, J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press, Win McNamee / Getty Images


comingoutjournal:

Vienna Pride 2013 (Regenbogen Parade), June 15, 2013.
Pictures by petermwien and Christian Leitner on flickr.


elocin-times-one:

equalityabovehate:

Protest in Amsterdam against the Russian president Putin and his anti-gay legislation.

I would’ve loved to have been a part of this


I really hope the supreme court listens clearly to everyone who’s standing up for equality and holds an open mind. The world isn’t how it was 100 years ago anymore. Freedom of expression is difficult to maintain but never the less, it’s rewarding beyond comprehension. We’re all aware of the difficulties we’ve had to face in society, as well as the hardships others have had to deal with, but we need to be strong and stand together against ignorance and oppression, but most importantly, we need to know who and what it is we’re fighting, and fighting for.
Good luck to everyone working hard to make equality happen. You’re an inspiration to us all who are fighting the same battles. Thank you for being a never ending support to the voiceless. 

I really hope the supreme court listens clearly to everyone who’s standing up for equality and holds an open mind. The world isn’t how it was 100 years ago anymore. Freedom of expression is difficult to maintain but never the less, it’s rewarding beyond comprehension. We’re all aware of the difficulties we’ve had to face in society, as well as the hardships others have had to deal with, but we need to be strong and stand together against ignorance and oppression, but most importantly, we need to know who and what it is we’re fighting, and fighting for.

Good luck to everyone working hard to make equality happen. You’re an inspiration to us all who are fighting the same battles. Thank you for being a never ending support to the voiceless. 


alloutorg:

Tumblr, we need you! A rogue Arizona State representative, John Kavanagh, wants to pass a bill that would thow trans people in jail for using public restrooms. Anyone could be asked for I.D. to “prove” their gender, and if there’s a discrepancy they could face a fine or jailtime.
When asked why the bill targeted trans people, Kavanagh explained that it’s because he thinks “they’re weird.” Outrageous.
We can stop this bill by taking action at www.allout.org/arizona and spreading the word far and wide. Will you help?

alloutorg:

Tumblr, we need you! A rogue Arizona State representative, John Kavanagh, wants to pass a bill that would thow trans people in jail for using public restrooms. Anyone could be asked for I.D. to “prove” their gender, and if there’s a discrepancy they could face a fine or jailtime.

When asked why the bill targeted trans people, Kavanagh explained that it’s because he thinks “they’re weird.” Outrageous.

We can stop this bill by taking action at www.allout.org/arizona and spreading the word far and wide. Will you help?


Everyone talks about how horrible bullying is, but do they do anything, even the smallest things to try and prevent it?

Sign this, and other petitions against bullying so that people can know that there are those who actually care deeply about this matter and want to see a change.


The brutal gang rape and murder of a young woman on Saturday have led to an outpouring of anger among South Africans, frustrated with a national epidemic of sexual violence.

 

In South Africa, rape is so common it barely makes the news. The rapes of elderly women and babies are outlined in four-line stories on the inside pages of local newspapers, but most sexual assaults get no public attention.

The country has one of the highest rates of rape in the world, with some 65,000 rapes and other sexual assaults reported for the year ending in March 2012, or 127.6 per 100,000 people in the country. One in four South African men has admitted to having raped a woman, according to a widely cited study from 2009.


So even though its been a very very long semester and I haven’t been able to get on the blog much at all, I still want to take a couple of seconds to show you guys a picture of the equality march we had in my town in Puerto Rico this week. This march is held once every year in memory of Jorge Steven who was a young man murdered for being in drag in 2008. This has been the 4th event since and every year we try to bring awareness by taking to the streets and having multiple performers from the community  either sing and dance, or share stories with us. This year we were having an issue with the mayor of the city who did not want us to participate in public grounds but we defied him and worked our way around it and ended up performing on the same grounds he tried to keep us out of. Sometimes I still get surprised by these little problems that rise up because they show us that homophobia and ignorance are still very much alive. That is why it is not enough to just have a blog about awareness or pride. We need to go out into the world and make ourselves clear just as all these people in the photo and many others do every day.  Did I participate in the march personally? Hell yeah. I´m in the maroon shirt. After missing out on the 2nd one because I wasn’t around you can bet that I´m going to make it an issue to be in every single one to come. And I believe that there will be more. Because the LGBT comunity is as much a part of society and the world as any other human being.


Reverend Sharpton said: “You cannot be a part-time civil rights activist,” he said. “You cannot be for civil rights for African-Americans but not for gays and lesbians.”
If Marylanders vote in favour of equal marriage, they will be the first state to do so in a referendum. Maine, Minnesota and Washington states will also be voting on the same issue.

Reverend Sharpton said: “You cannot be a part-time civil rights activist,” he said. “You cannot be for civil rights for African-Americans but not for gays and lesbians.”

If Marylanders vote in favour of equal marriage, they will be the first state to do so in a referendum. Maine, Minnesota and Washington states will also be voting on the same issue.


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Ellen Page will play a lesbian mechanic at the center of a real-life landmark LGBT equality case in a feature film adaptation of the Oscar-winning documentaryFreeheld, reports Deadline.
Page will portray Stacie Andree, a New Jersey car mechanic who, with her girlfriend Laurel Hester, battled to secure the latter’s pension benefits after Hester was diagnosed with a terminal illness. The film’s screenplay is written by Ron Nyswaner, the Academy Award-nominated writer ofPhiladelphia, the 1994 drama which won Tom Hanks an Oscar as best actor.
The film is an adaptation of the 2007 film of the same name which chronicled the case and which won the Academy Award for best documentary short subject. Cynthia Wade, who direted the short, will serve as one of the feature film’s producers. Page, an Oscar nominee herself for the 2007 comedy Juno, has been attached to the project since 2010.

Ellen Page will play a lesbian mechanic at the center of a real-life landmark LGBT equality case in a feature film adaptation of the Oscar-winning documentaryFreeheldreports Deadline.

Page will portray Stacie Andree, a New Jersey car mechanic who, with her girlfriend Laurel Hester, battled to secure the latter’s pension benefits after Hester was diagnosed with a terminal illness. The film’s screenplay is written by Ron Nyswaner, the Academy Award-nominated writer ofPhiladelphia, the 1994 drama which won Tom Hanks an Oscar as best actor.

The film is an adaptation of the 2007 film of the same name which chronicled the case and which won the Academy Award for best documentary short subject. Cynthia Wade, who direted the short, will serve as one of the feature film’s producers. Page, an Oscar nominee herself for the 2007 comedy Juno, has been attached to the project since 2010.


The Bishop of Buckingham has become the most senior member of the Church of England to join the Out4Marriagecampaign to introduce equal same-sex marriage in the UK. But a spokesman for the Church says that his message of equality is not the official view of the Church of England.

Released just days after the Mayor of London joined the cross-party and cross-religion campaign group Out4Marriage, the bishop said “the Church of England took a leading role in decriminalisation homosexuality 50 year ago. Today, I wish we could get our head round blessing gay people’s relationships.

“It all comes down to how we see gay people and how we see God. We don’t actually believe gay people are sick or stunted or criminal. We don’t believe God is an angry old man out to get us – let’s stop behaving as though we did. Recognising gay people are equal means they won’t dilute or spoil marriage, but potentially enrich it.”

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