Equality Roundup: LA Pride & Beyond

June 12, 2012 By Josh Steichmann

eqca la pride paradeWe’re just back from LA Pride, where we saw the LA Weekly, LA Times, NBC, maybe Christina Aguilera, and about 400,000 people in total. Whew.

At least there were more religious folks this year — and they were on our side. And the LA Weekly used it as an opportunity to ask luminaries about what it means to be gay now. Also, Marriott wants you to crash there.

One of Equality California’s 2012 legislative goals is to restore the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender servicemembers discharged prior to the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell — here’s Stephen Hill (the gay soldier booed at the Republican presidential debate) and his husband Josh Snyder talk about the inequalities that still exist post DADT.

As marriage is likely to be up for a vote in Washington state this November, it’s worth remembering Fargele ben Miriam, né John Singer, who applied for a marriage license back in 1971. Ben Miriam, who died this week, was a gay liberation activist and one of the first to challenge the unfair denial of the freedom to marry.

That freedom is part of a larger social justice commitment that’s now uniting racial justice and LGBT leaders more than ever before.

When it comes to minorities, the American public is just bad at estimating exactly how many there are, something that applies to LGBT folks too. Americans think about 25 percent of the public identifies as LGBT — it’s actually closer to 3.5 percent, or about 10.5 million nationwide. (People who identify as having had a same-sex sexual experience is about 8.7 percent, or 27 million.)

The Transgender Law Center was in Washington D.C., supporting the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, including live-tweeting the testimony and blogging it on Facebook. Go give TLC a little TLC for their good work.

In other news: The Olympics struggle with policing femininity; North Carolina’s use of churches as polling places comes under scrutiny in wake of Amendment 1; Liberal blames liberals for ruining America and ceding moral focus to conservatives.

Finally, professional dancer Benji Schwimmer in a two-hour interview about sexuality and faith.

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