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dasmondschaf:

http://www.dallasvoice.com/lesbian-couples-trans-partner-marry-dallas-courtroom-10167552.html

Two lesbian couples, each with a trans partner,  married in Judge Carl Ginsberg’s court Friday morning.

Genevieve Jonte and Ashley Boucher said they contacted every justice of the peace in Dallas County, but none would perform their wedding. Then they contacted other judges. Ginsberg was the only judge who responded affirmatively.

Dani Pellett and JJ Larsondecided to join them.

Ginsberg asked which couple was going first after the 100 guests filed into the courtroom.

“Dibs,” Pellett said.

The couple’s mothers signed the marriage license and kissed the brides.

Jonte and Boucher’s two children, ages 3 and 5, dressed in top hats for the occasion and held flowers as their moms got married.

The courtroom erupted in a standing ovation after Ginsberg announced, “You are now a happily, lawfully wedded couple,” after each of the ceremonies.

However, a court ruling inCorpus Christion Thursday may affect the marriages. In that case, a judge ruled that a marriage between a man and a trans woman was legal. That overturns a 1999 case that prevented a trans person from having a heterosexual marriage, effectively legalizing same-sex marriage if one partner is trans.

The marriage licenses were issued to the two Dallas couples prior to the ruling, and it is unclear whether they remain valid under Texas law or whether Attorney General Greg Abbott will challenge their validity.

Progress in Dallas! An old high school friend, Johnny, finally got to have their special day on Valentine’s Day, along with their lovely partner and two of their friends. It’s been astonishing how much hatred they’ve been receiving; the CBS article on their wedding was linked on Drudge Report and the other usual suspects when it comes to right-wing hatred. Boo hatred! Yay love! Here’s to Ashley and Johnny; JJ and Dani: best of luck in your lives together!

Survey for People who Identify as Religious/Spiritual and LGBTQ

We are interested in the positive perceptions and experiences of people who identify as religious/spiritual and LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer).  If you are at least 18 years old, identify as LGBTQ, and consider yourself to be religious or spiritual, please share with us the positive aspects of your identity in a short survey.
 
Please visit https://uky.qualtrics.com/WRQualtricsSurveyEngine/?SID=SV_5zhxYUkVmmBBJwV&_=1 for more information. If you volunteer to participate, the survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.
 
If you are not eligible for this study but know someone who is, please help us by passing this information along!
 
Sharon Rostosky, Ph.D. Professor of Counseling Psychology, and Ellen Riggle, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science and Gender and Women¹s Studies at the University of Kentucky are conducting this study.  For more information on them and their research program, please visit www.prismresearch.org. This study has been approved by the University of Kentucky Institutional Review Board, IRB Protocol Number: 13-0732-P4S.
It’s a short and very open-ended survey, and it’s all about the positive parts of the combination of queer and religious/spiritual identities, so if you fit that bill, do the project a favor and go tell it a little about yourself! Be a data point!

After years of negligent silence, President Ronald Reagan finally uses the word “AIDS” in public. He sided with his Education Secretary William Bennett and other conservatives who said the Government should not provide sex education information. (They are still saying it!)
On April 2, 1987, Reagan said: “How that information is used must be up to schools and parents, not government. But let’s be honest with ourselves, AIDS information can not be what some call ‘value neutral.’ After all, when it comes to preventing AIDS, don’t medicine and morality teach the same lessons.”
(via ACT UP)

After years of negligent silence, President Ronald Reagan finally uses the word “AIDS” in public. He sided with his Education Secretary William Bennett and other conservatives who said the Government should not provide sex education information. (They are still saying it!)

On April 2, 1987, Reagan said: “How that information is used must be up to schools and parents, not government. But let’s be honest with ourselves, AIDS information can not be what some call ‘value neutral.’ After all, when it comes to preventing AIDS, don’t medicine and morality teach the same lessons.”

(via ACT UP)

fyodorpavlov:

My darlings, a reminder about the incredible show my husband Lewd Alfred Douglas and his wonderful co-producers Cassandra Rosebeetle and JZ Bich are putting on this Thursday at the historic Stonewall Inn! The show’s cast is dazzling and sexy, and so are the generous sponsors supplying us with their wares - there will be Tito’s vodka, beautiful rainbow floggers from Knot Very Nice, sexy booty shorts from Booty and the Geek, and even delicious ice cream from Big Gay Ice Cream to the first 100 guests, and so much more!

I will be raffling off prints, comics and paper dolls, and a piece of original art - the sailor pin up that was featured in my 2013 calendar!

A correction to the flyer - all proceeds from this amazing event will be donated to the Russian LGBT Network, a non-profit organization that directly benefits members of Russia’s persecuted LGBTQ community within Russia itself, including personal and psychological support as well as broader legal help, activism and awareness.

This cause is very important to me and hits very close to home. I was born and raised in Moscow until I was 13, and up until I was 18, I would go back to visit every summer for several months at a time. Though I have now lived in the US for as many years as I did in my home country, I still don’t feel like an American, or even a Russian-American. My heart breaks for my country, but despite everything that has been happening there, I still love it and I still believe in it. Contributing to this event is the least I can do to help, and I’m so grateful to every single person who is helping to make it a reality. Please join us. I hope I’ll see you on Thursday.

exemplaryetoile:

confessionsofamichaelstipe:

THIS IS WHAT A WORLD LEADER LOOKS LIKE.  
DESMOND TUTU, I OFFICIALLY LOVE YOU.
      -MICHAEL STIPE  

"I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven. No, I would say sorry, I mean I would much rather go to the other place," Archbishop Tutu said at the launch of the Free and Equal campaign in Cape Town.
"I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this."
Archbishop Tutu said the campaign against homophobia was similar to the campaign waged against racism in South Africa.
"I am as passionate about this campaign as I ever was about apartheid. For me, it is at the same level," he added.
[source: BBC News]

exemplaryetoile:

confessionsofamichaelstipe:

THIS IS WHAT A WORLD LEADER LOOKS LIKE.  

DESMOND TUTU, I OFFICIALLY LOVE YOU.

      -MICHAEL STIPE  

"I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven. No, I would say sorry, I mean I would much rather go to the other place," Archbishop Tutu said at the launch of the Free and Equal campaign in Cape Town.

"I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this."

Archbishop Tutu said the campaign against homophobia was similar to the campaign waged against racism in South Africa.

"I am as passionate about this campaign as I ever was about apartheid. For me, it is at the same level," he added.

[source: BBC News]

latimes:

Scenes of celebration following today’s rulings on Prop. 8, DOMA

The Supreme Court handed two major victories to the gay marriage movement this morning, ruling a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, and effectively ending Proposition 8 in California.

You can read the full opinions of the court here, or just keep looking at the joy over the rulings captured above.

Photos: Charles Dharapak, Eric Risberg / Associated Press, Win McNamee, Justin Sullivan, Mark Wilson / Getty Images, Jim Lo Scalzo / EPA, Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Alt-Folk Singer Michelle Shocked Goes On Homophobic Rant, Tells Audience “God Hates Fags” / Queerty

justinspoliticalcorner:

Michelle Shocked, an alt-folk singer who had success in the 1980s and ’90s, shocked audience members at Yoshi’s in San Francisco Sunday night with a homophobic rant that wound up clearing out the club.

The crowd had come, presumably, to hear songs like “Come a Long Way” and “On the Greener Side,” which got airplay on MTV back in the day. (“Greener Side” was even up for a VMA against Madonna’s “Vogue.”)

Instead they were treated to a tirade that allegedly included Shocked announcing “God hates fags.”

Matt Penfield, who was live-tweeting the show from onstage called her rant, delivered during her second set, “totally sincere [and] super anti-gay and hateful.”

We’re still trying to get the full text of her speech, but apparently she told fans “you can go on twitter and say Michelle Shocked said ‘God hates fags.’”

Another Twitter user posted that Shocked “said she lives in fear that the world will be destroyed if gays are allowed to marry.”

The singer has been open about being a born-again Christian, but was still active in progressive politics. (She was arrested at an Occupy L.A. event in 2011).

“I am a believer. I am a devout practicing Christian,” she told Edge on the Net in 2008. “I don’t like the ring of that because I know so many people who profess the faith, and I look at their social conscious, and I can’t see how they reconcile their faith with their politics.”

In that same 2008 interview she confessed to some “inconvenient truths,” like how the Bible teaches homosexuality is immoral. “But homosexuality is no more less a sin than fornication,” she said. “And I’m a fornicator with a capital F.”


h/t: Queerty

Just because I believe that states should have the right to define marriage in the traditional way does not make me a bigot.

Marco Rubio

Actually Mr. Rubio, here’s the definition of a bigot:

a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group with hatred and intolerance (source)

Which means supporting legislation directly targeted at our gay neighbors to deny them a basic right every other of-age member of American society can enjoy is bigoted. Period.

(via world-shaker)

Victor Garber confirms he's gay

gaywrites:

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All the cool kids are doing it.

In an interview with blogger Greg Hernandez of Greg In Hollywood, Victor Garber confirmed what had been suspected, if not already known: that his partner of 13 years is another man. Garber is recently well-known for appearing in Argo, but if you’re like me, you loved him in Milk, Titanic, Legally Blonde and Annie too. 

So I got up, walked into the lobby of the Langham Huntington Hotel and found Garber. I just decided to ask him: “Wikipedia lists Rainer Andreesen as your partner. I wondered if that’s something that’s public, that you’ve confirmed.”

He seemed surprised by the question but said: ‘I don’t really talk about it but everybody knows.”

Garber then added: “He’s going to be out here with me for the SAG Awards.”

That was easy! I will always love him. 

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