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Obama To Back Marriage For Same-Sex Couples In Prop. 8 Case

February 28, 2013 By John O'Connor

When we asked you to contact President Obama and encourage him to file a friend-of-the-court brief in Hollingsworth v. Perry, the Proposition 8 case, we knew that the strength of our movement has always been in the simple, honest yearning for equal respect and dignity. We knew that by asking you to contact the President, and giving a way for you to share your stories, that the President would listen.

And he did. The Justice Department filed a friend-of-the-court brief today urging the Supreme Court to strike down the unfair and unjust Proposition 8, which denies the freedom to marry to millions of Californians.

So today we thank President Obama for following his words with actions and giving our love his support from the highest office in the land. And we thank you. Your letters and stories made this possible, and when we look back at this historic moment, you can feel a justified pride in being a part of it.

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Statement by the President on the One Year Anniversary of the Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

September 20, 2012 By Shaun Osburn

don't ask don't tell repeal one year anniversaryTHE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 20, 2012

Statement by the President on the One Year Anniversary of the Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

A year ago today, we upheld the fundamental American values of fairness and equality by finally and formally repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Gay and lesbian Americans now no longer need to hide who they love in order to serve the country they love. It is a testament to the professionalism of our men and women in uniform that this change was implemented in an orderly manner, preserving unit cohesion, recruitment, retention and military effectiveness. As Commander in Chief, I’ve seen that our national security has been strengthened because we are no longer denied the skills and talents of those patriotic Americans who happen to be gay or lesbian. The ability of service members to be open and honest about their families and the people they love honors the integrity of the individuals who serve, strengthens the institutions they serve, and is one of the many reasons why our military remains the finest in the world.

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Equality Roundup: Obama Salutes Gay Recruits And Tony Perkins For Dinner

May 30, 2012 By Josh Steichmann

obama and tony perkinsBack from all the barbecues?

While we were getting fed, Obama was officiating the Air Force Acadamy’s graduation — the first one with openly gay cadets. Money quote? “We just got told that this is what’s gonna happen, and we all need to be adults about it.”

Speaking of being an adult about it, last week Brooke Baldwin played the adult and called out Tony Perkins, head of the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council. Part of Perkins’ prattle was about how he’d never actually had dinner with a gay or lesbian couple. So Jennifer Chrisler, executive director of the Family Equality Council, invited him over. Perkins has reportedly accepted, and all parties are now scheduling the night.

While Equality California keeps building support for SB 1172, which would ban gay conversion “therapy” in CA, (VOTE TOMORROW — you’ve sent your letter right?), here’s a little more video on the kind of travails inflicted on youth by so-called “therapists”: Samuel Brinton on Young Turks.

How young do kids know they’re transgendered? Sometimes, by five. And that kid might be safer than ever, too.

Will Presbyterians be the newest congregation to extend full equality to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members of their flock? Michael Adee, of More Light Presbyterians hopes so, and is encouraging a grassroots petition in order to show support for the issue.

There’s faith up in Harlem too — Rivers at Rehoboth was borne of a merger between two open and affirming congregations, and now has enough of a following that they’re looking to expand.

Curious about the ongoing freedom to marry and marriage equality lawsuits? NY Times columnist Bill Keller looks at Justice Kennedy.

Finally, a bit of high and low culture: Les Amies de Place Blanche, a photo set by Christer Strömholm, explores the transsexual community in Place Blanche, Paris, in the ’50s and ’60s. If photography’s not your thing, Green Lantern is being rebooted as gay. No word on whether his weakness is still “wood.”

Equality Roundup: Immigration Reform, X-Men Marry & NAACP Shows Support

May 24, 2012 By Josh Steichmann

x-men homophobia racism naacpWhen Equality California works with other groups in support of immigration reform, sometimes we get asked why. Well, for instance, Takako Ueda and her wife Frances Herbert just supporting the freedom to marry. It’s hard to overstate, and hopefully you’ve already heard about it, but kapow: “‘Civil marriage is a civil right and a matter of civil law. The NAACP’s support for marriage equality is deeply rooted in the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution and equal protection of all people,’ said Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP.”

Of all of the comic book heroes, the X-Men have consistently been an all-purpose anti-discrimination metaphor, with “anti-mutant” hysteria serving first as racism, and now as homophobia. Which is part of what gives the current Northstar gets married arc such resonance. Northstar, a speedy Canuck, has been out since ’92, one of the first characters to embrace being gay. Now writer Marjorie Liu is using the recent New York (home of the X-Men) embrace of the freedom to marry in order to tell a story she describes as being, “About love, not politics.”

One of our big priorities this summer is to pass SB 1172, which would end the anti-gay conversion efforts inflicted on minors. NPR’s Talk of the Nation interviews Dr. Robert Spitzer and concludes that everything has changed. We’re working to end this quackery here in California, and it’s great that NPR is reminding people just how damaging and relevant this pseudo-science is. Read the rest of this entry »

Obama Implements the Prison Rape Elimination Act

May 18, 2012 By Shaun Osburn

prison rape elimination actYesterday, the Obama Administration ordered federal, state and local agencies to adopt zero tolerance for prison rape. The Presidential order comes with detailed regulations intended to reduce the number of victims of sexual attacks at the hands of other prisoners and detention facility staff.

LGBT Prisoners are at an increased risk for sexual attacks. 40% of all gay prisoners report abuse, with 50% of this abuse being perpetrated by staff members.

“It’s a huge day. Standards certainly don’t end abuse.” said Chris Daley of Just Detention International. “But it’s still a huge step forward in ending abuse in prison.”

Click here to read the full Presidential Memorandum.

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Equality Roundup: Obama Tastes The Rainbow, Delays in Colorado And RPG Stats For Straight White Men

May 15, 2012 By Josh Steichmann

Just as Obama is reaping the praise over endorsing the freedom to marry, a major donor to Romney’s campaign has pulled out over Romney’s recent pledges to push for a federal constitutional amendment to ban same-sex couples from marriage.. It just underscores the point that marriage is personal.

Speaking of Mittens, Michelangelo Signorile gives a bit more context to Romney’s claim that homosexuality wasn’t on the radar in 1963. At least one story of ’70s homophobia has a happy ending, when a student apologizes to his teacher.

Meanwhile, Colorado Republicans use procedural manipulation to doom civil unions, sending the bill to an inappropriate committee to avoid a losing vote — Colorado has both the popular and legislative support to take another step towards equality.

But dogmatic Republican obstructionism might not last too much longer: Top Republican pollster advises “evolution” on LGBT issues.

Tangentially related to LGBT rights, sci-fi author gives privilege a compelling metaphor. The next time a nerd in your life objects to “privilege,” feel free to redirect them here.

And for our peeps in DC: Stay safe. threats have been called in to DC offices of the Human Rights Campaign, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Black Justice Coalition, and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.

Equality Roundup: Is Romney Forcing Obama’s “Evolution?”

April 27, 2012 By Josh Steichmann

obama evolveCongrats to Herndon Graddick, new president of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Discrimination. With loads of experience as GLAAD’s communication vice president prior to his new job, he’s in a great position as a national spokesman for full equality. An incisive Washington Blade article highlights his forceful style.

Speaking of new leaders, we’ve launched a search for a new executive director here at EQCA. Have a vision for the biggest (and we hope best) statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality organization in California? Help us continue our groundbreaking work!

And speaking of articulating visions: How Romney’s choice of Richard Grenell should force Obama to “evolve” his LGBT positions. How Grenell squares his outspoke support of the freedom to marry with Romney’s opportunistic vacillation is up to his conscience, but maybe he’s supporting ’94 Romney. You know, the one that supported gay Boy Scouts.

No word on what 2012 Romney thinks yet.

Yet another poll finds growing support for the freedom to marry. As per usual, this is outside of an election context, when support tends to drop, in part due to the scaremongering tactics of the opposition — tactics that Equality California works directly to counter with our support for the Breakthrough Conversation. But it’s heartening to see that the longer marriage is legal for everyone, the less of a big deal it is. The poll also found growing support for gun ownership — good news for Pink Pistols, right?

Some of the encouraging news is to see that Catholic laity now support marriage for same=sex couples, even if the church itself is still as stiff as boiled leather.

In the Navy: LGBT leaders urge new submarine to be named for Harvey Milk. Harvey Milk may be better remembered for his trailblazing LGBT equality work than his military record, but he served in the Korean War as a rescue diver, and later as a diving instructor in San Diego. While we’re still undoing the damage left from generations of institutionalized homophobia (see Sen. Mark Udall’s letter to the defense department about streamlining paperwork here), naming a ship after an LGBT hero would be a good step in the right direction toward honoring the service of all Americans.

Finally, can we just say we’re chuffed about the new Ray-Ban ad, from the “Never Hide” campaign? Never hide indeed.