Equality Roundup: A Big Week For Ammiano, Anchors & Athletes and Married Couples on Facebook

July 2, 2012 By Josh Steichmann

tom ammiano anderson cooper chris hughesWhile most students are shorts-deep into summer, when they get back to school they’ll be safer: Seth’s Law took effect July 1. The law, from Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), was one of Equality California’s successes from 2011.

This year, Ammiano introduced AB 1856, which would require cultural competency on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues. Yesterday, AB 1856 made it through the California Senate Human Services committee by a vote of 4 to 2, meaning the next step is the state senate floor.

Coming from the senate, Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) has introduced a bill that recognizes the equal validity of our sometimes complicated 21st century families by removing the limit of only two legal parents. This allows all blends of families to have full access to legal protections; the law doesn’t change who can qualify as a parent, just eliminates the limit of two. 

Elsewhere:

You’ve probably heard that Anderson Cooper came out (hat tip to Metafilter for “gayja vu — the feeling that someone had already come out). The LA Times’ Matt Pearce on why that matters. For many folks, it was less surprising that finding out he was Gloria Vanderbilt’s kid, and Diane Arbus subject.

Eric Anderson hopes more celebrities come out, especially athletes.

The Minnesota attack on equality is getting rough but Maine still looks good. Illinois finally found someone to fight against the freedom to marry, a couple of downstate county clerks, but the current defense seems to rely on the idea that it wouldn’t be fair to have different laws in Cook County. The easy answer? Let everyone marry. And get car insurance discounts.

Facebook’s cofounder Chris Hughes married long-term boyfriend Sean Eldridge, and whadayaknow, Facebook has new icons for wedded same-sex couples.

Texas is still reeling from the shooting of Mary Kristene Chapa and her girlfriend Mollie Olgin, but Chapa has regained consciousness.

Laos just celebrated their first pride, with support from the US State Department.

And finally, 50 comics and characters that resonate with LGBT readers. What with Northstar getting married and the retconned gay lantern of Alan Scott, it’s a good time for LGBT folks in comics.

One Response to “Equality Roundup: A Big Week For Ammiano, Anchors & Athletes and Married Couples on Facebook”

July 03, 2012 at 8:10 pm, Josh Steichmann said: Update: AB 1856 passed the state senate's committee on human services by a 4-2 vote.

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