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Rob Ford wants rainbow flag removed from Toronto’s City Hall

The Globe and Mail (via fuckyeahtoronto)

It’s not about the substance use anymore Toronto (it should never have been about the substance use) - it’s about Ford’s blatant and disgusting disregard for the LGBTQ community in this city. It’s his open homophobia and bigotry that makes him an unsuitable and unfit representative for Toronto.

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coldeyesthatburn:

invisibleblackunicorn:

dumbthingswhitepplsay:

gayinterest:

FULL PIECE HERE

This is where we’re driven.

This is being queer and black, this is being a feminine black man.

1) Don’t read the comments, just… Don’t.

2) I wanna cry, for this mother who is only trying to keep her baby safe and her son who has to go to a school and live in a world that wants him DEAD.

This brought tears to my eyes, but hey its all about marriage equality tho right?

Later today I’ll be back with a transcribed version of this. 

Coldeyesthatburn, word. 

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A Dialogue With My 86-year-old Grandmother About LGBT Rights & Marriage Equality

I saw this article:
http:
//www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/29/gay-activists-grandparents-marriage-equality_n_1310537.html
earlier this afternoon and I got suddenly curious how my 86yo grandmother felt about marriage equality and LGBT rights. Since she's often hilarious, I decided to interview her on the phone and post it here. I put it on speakerphone, recorded it, then transcribed it. She's in Miami, and Cuban-born, so this is translated from Spanish. She's a pretty feisty lady. I want to be her when I grow up. Here's what she said:
Me:
Grandma, what do you think about this couple in their 90s supporting their gay grandkids in the fight for marriage equality?
Grandma:
I think it's very nice. You have to support your family, no matter who they are. You can't reject people for things like that.
Me:
If you had gay or lesbian family, would you do the same?
Grandma:
I don't know if I could make a video like those people. They speak English.
Me:
What about in Spanish? Would you make videos supporting marriage equality in Spanish.
Grandma:
Ay... don't get any ideas. I don't want to make a video.
Me:
But is it okay if I post this on the Internet? On one of my websites
Grandma:
Ignorant people might yell at you.
Me:
Oh, that's okay, I don't mind.
Grandma:
Yes, you can put what I said on the Internet.
Me:
Okay. So do you support gay and lesbian people getting married?
Grandma:
I think gay people should be able to get married. Times have changed. Even my ideas have changed. There used to be a lot of ignorance and rumors about gay people, mostly because they had to live in hiding, you know, you couldn't be yourself out in public like they can be sometimes now. So I think people just made things up. But think gay people should be allowed to live their lives like everyone else.
Me:
Would you go to a gay wedding?
Grandma:
Yes, I would. It would probably be more lively than a regular one. I hate weddings. They're so boring.
Me:
They really are. What do you think about people who protest gay marriage?
Grandma:
Oh. Idiots.
Me:
They're wrong?
Grandma:
Idiots. Dumb people with nothing better to do. Out of all the things to protest. They should be out trying to do some good in the world instead.
Me:
Do you think you would have felt the same way when you were my age?
Grandma:
(Pauses) I don't think I gave it any thought. People didn't talk about these things back then. There was a lot of ignorance. Everybody knew gay people, of course, but people didn't talk about it in normal conversation, much less in public like on the news now. I think that's good. Talking is always good. When people know things, they can make up their own minds.I would like to think that maybe with a little information and thinking about it, I would feel the same way.
Me:
Do you think gay people should be able to adopt kids?
Grandma:
Of course.
Me:
As a Christian, what do you think the Bible says about gay people?
Grandma:
The Bible is very clear that Jesus doesn't care about race or gender or where you came from or anything. He loves everyone.
Me:
What about the parts of the Bible that says gay people should be stoned to death?
Grandma:
We don't stone people to death anymore...
Me:
So you don't think that applies?
Grandma:
I think God gave us some common sense to be able to figure out what parts were meant for forever, like "don't kill" and "don't steal" and "be good to people," and what parts were just a record of the society people lived in back then. We don't hide women in the dark during their periods anymore, either. Things like that.
Me:
What about gays in the military? Do you think that should be allowed?
Grandma:
You know, when I heard President Obama had helped made that legal, I was surprised it already wasn't. If you're willing to pick up a gun and go fight in some war somewhere for my freedom, I'm not willing to do that, so if you are, I don't care if you have a boyfriend or a girlfriend or fifteen cats.
Me:
Yeah, I think most people supported that one.
Grandma:
It's like I told you. God gave us common sense for a reason.
Me:
I know you've had a few close gay male friends. Have you ever had a lesbian friend?
Grandma:
I did in Cuba. She was my neighbor and she did everyone's hair on the block. You couldn't really tell she was a lesbian, but she told me, after many years of knowing her.
Me:
What do you mean by "you couldn't tell she was a lesbian?"
Grandma:
Well, she was very glamorous. She looked like a movie star all the time - that's why she did everyone's hair. Some lesbians, you can tell.
Me:
In English, they call the ability to tell if someone's gay "gaydar." Like "radar" but for "gay."
Grandma:
Oh! I think I have that.
Me:
You think you have good gaydar?
Grandma:
Well, I was an artist, so I was around a lot of gay men. And I can usually tell, but Paula fooled me.
Me:
The slang term for lesbians who are very conventionally feminine in English is "lipstick lesbian."
Grandma:
She did wear lipstick!
Me:
Do you think a lot of older people think like you do?
Grandma:
I think so. A lot of older people keep up with the news better than you think. And you get to be my age and you realize a lot of past mistakes in your thinking. You realize that a lot of things you think mattered, really don't. And the people who don't think like that, it's mostly because they don't know any better. But even at my age, people can be taught.
Me:
Thank you, Pupa.
Grandma:
You should show me your website when you put this up. I hope a lot of people read it.

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Tory MEPs vote for gender identity to be on list of mental and behavioural disorders

fuckyeahgenderstudies:

Tory MEPs have voted against the withdrawal of gender identity from the the International Classification of Diseases’s list of mental and behavioural disorders.

Daniel Hannan and Nirj Deva voted alongside the likes of the BNP’s Nick Griffin and Andrew Brons in opposing Labour MEP Richard Howitt’s amendment to human rights legislation, with other Tories abstaining.

The amendment was passed; 353 votes to 268 (52 abstentions).

Among other things, it:

  • Calls on the Commission to advocate the withdrawal of gender identity from the list of mental and behavioural disorders in the negotiations on the 11th version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) and to seek a non-pathologising reclassification;
  • Reiterates its request that the Commission produce a comprehensive roadmap against homophobia, transphobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, also addressing human rights violations on these grounds in the world;
  • Reasserts that the principle of non-discrimination, also embracing grounds of sex and sexual orientation, must not be compromised in the ACP-EU partnership;
  • Calls on the Member States to grant asylum to people fleeing persecution in countries where LGBT people are criminalised, taking into consideration applicants’ well founded fears of persecution, and relying on their self-identification as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

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Sophie is now posting photo’s of people and where they live on her blog. Please, even if you haven’t had contact from her, or even if she’s not affecting your life, report her. Her name is Sophie M Herold, and she is destroying lives for no reason. Don’t just ask them to shut down her blog, this will do nothing to stop her, she needs to be reported to authorities, what she has done is illegal.

lostgrrrls:

strugglingtobeheard:

curiouslycool:

stfuconfederates:

edman93:

For those who don’t know what this person has done, she has taken the names, addresses and other personal info of LGBTQ people, and is sending this information out to the whole world, and outing these people against their will.

This is her blog here.

My name is Edward Lucas, and I am putting a stop to her, I am standing up to her, and I will end it. Reblog this, all of you, I don’t care if it makes your blog “ugly” or whatever. This is peoples lives at risk.

And Sophie, if you’re reading this, I mean every word I say.

Reblog and report PLEASE.

What the fuck.

i hope she knows if someone is harmed because of her actions, she might be at fault.

The blog is gone, but she should be reported to the authorities somehow.

It doesn’t seem like the blog is gone… I can still see it. This is reckless and dangerous behaviour. If you haven’t yet, report her. 

EDIT (5:07 EST) - the blog linked above is gone, I’m not sure if she has others though?

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Senate approves 3rd-ever gay judicial nominee

gaywrites:

This week the Senate approved the judicial nomination of Michael W. Fitzgerald, an openly gay nominee for the federal bench and the third openly gay nominee from the Obama administration.

With a 91-6 floor vote, Fitzgerald will fill an empty seat in California. He’s already earned his fair share of scorn from conservative groups who say he’s radical or extremist because of his LGBT activism, but still only six votes were cast against him.

President Obama nominated Fitzgerald to the federal bench in July. “His impressive career stands as a testament to his formidable intellect and integrity,” Obama said in a statement last summer. “I am confident he will serve the people of California with distinction on the District Court bench.”

Once again, it’s good to have people in high places who know what’s right. Congrats to him.

Filed under lgbtq Obamarama Michael W. Fitzgerald American Politics

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iamateenagefeminist:

knowhomo:

LGBTQ* Allies You Should Know
(and probably never heard of)
ZELDA RUBINSTEIN
(following text from ADVOCATE)
The fearless contributions of one tough “mother.
Back in 1984, when the mere mention of aids induced panic, Poltergeistactress Zelda Rubinstein did something truly brave by lending her face to one of the first state-funded safe-sex campaigns directed at gay men.
Posters depicting Rubinstein as a caring mom urging her “sons” to play safe were plastered all over Los Angeles’s buses and buildings before going national and then international-they were spotted on phone booths as far away as Madrid. 
“I paid a very big price careerwise,” Rubinstein says of the attention, which predated Elizabeth Taylor’s and Madonna’s AIDS involvement by at least a year. 
A quarter century after their debut, Rubinstein’s posters have found a second life — no séances required. Physician Irene Adams, an AIDS specialist in Brazil, is bringing Mother’s lessons to her nation as part of a new youth outreach initiative. 
The 76-year-old Rubinstein is ready to help once again: “I would do a fund-raiser for this cause anywhere in the world.
(Rubinstein passed in 2010)

Very cool, and cute!

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iamateenagefeminist:

knowhomo:

LGBTQ* Allies You Should Know

(and probably never heard of)

ZELDA RUBINSTEIN

(following text from ADVOCATE)

The fearless contributions of one tough “mother.

Back in 1984, when the mere mention of aids induced panic, Poltergeistactress Zelda Rubinstein did something truly brave by lending her face to one of the first state-funded safe-sex campaigns directed at gay men.

Posters depicting Rubinstein as a caring mom urging her “sons” to play safe were plastered all over Los Angeles’s buses and buildings before going national and then international-they were spotted on phone booths as far away as Madrid.

“I paid a very big price careerwise,” Rubinstein says of the attention, which predated Elizabeth Taylor’s and Madonna’s AIDS involvement by at least a year.

A quarter century after their debut, Rubinstein’s posters have found a second life — no séances required. Physician Irene Adams, an AIDS specialist in Brazil, is bringing Mother’s lessons to her nation as part of a new youth outreach initiative.

The 76-year-old Rubinstein is ready to help once again: “I would do a fund-raiser for this cause anywhere in the world.

(Rubinstein passed in 2010)

Very cool, and cute!

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Kerry proposes legislation to protect LGBT couples against housing discrimination

gaywrites:

Sen. John Kerry has introduced federal legislation that would protect same-sex couples from discrimination in matters related to housing. A version of the bill was introduced in the House as well. 

The Housing Opportunities Made Equal Act, or HOME Act, would amend the 1968 Fair Housing Act to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. This would relate to issues dealing with credit, acquisition of housing and custody of children, among other things, including making it easier for LGBT couples to fight back against discrimination. The Advocate article linked above has more of the legal details.

“It’s hard to believe that in 2011, any law-abiding, tax-paying American who can pay the rent can’t live somewhere just because of who they are,” Kerry said in a statement. “Housing discrimination against LGBT Americans is wrong, but today in most states there isn’t a thing you can do about it. This legislation would end discrimination that continues to hurt people.”

Now that is what I’m talking about. 

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Despite the overwhelming data that bisexuals exist, other people’s assumptions often render bisexuals invisible. Two women holding hands are read as “lesbian,” two men as “gay,” and a man
and a woman as “straight.” In reality, any of these people might be bi―perhaps all of them.

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Or pansexual.

Or queer.

Or not identifying with any specific orientation.

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