Friday, May 24, 2013
The latter has some bloggers and activists upset, with good reason, especially with regards to the latter.
Personally, I don't understand why any parent, gay or straight, would even want to have their LGBT orientated children became part of an religious organization which trains their kids to hate gay people. Or a gay youth for that matter; But that's neither here nor there.
As someone else noted, the Boy Scouts did make a big step forward, and I applaud those who pushed for the change.
Puerto Rico became a lot less homophobic this week with legislators passing a non discrimination bill which adds sexual orientation and gender identity and expression to the island’s domestic violence laws.
Congratulations to me.
Forgot to mention how LGBT's weren't included in an amendment to add LGBT couples to the Senate immigration reform bill and the lame promises made by Senate Democrats. Much like with the BSA decision, this too has some bloggers and activists upset.
I supposed I would be too if I had a foreign born boyfriend or was binational. I don't. I'm not.
Enjoy your holiday weekend, everyone. Be safe.
Legislation to extend legal protections to gays remained in limbo in Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives after a marathon session that saw Gov. Alejandro García Padilla step in to assure passage by his Popular Democratic Party-controlled Legislature.
The lower chamber had been expected to pass a Senate measure that would shield gays from discrimination in employment and another House measure to extend the Law 54 domestic violence statute to all couples regardless of marital status or sexual orientation.
Packaged in with those two bills was pledged legislative reform legislation.
After a wild, 10-hour session that stretched into early Friday morning, all three bills remained unpassed.
García Padilla met at the Capitol with House Speaker Jaime Perelló after midnight and emerged with word that the legislative reform and workplace protection bills would be approved in a session set to start Friday at 11 a.m.
The Law 54 amendment will apparently not be brought for a vote today.source: http://www.caribbeanbusinesspr.com/news/gay-rights-bills-still-snagged-in-house-84885.html
Lawmakers have been facing intense lobbying efforts by religious groups against the gay rights bills.
So far, no official reaction from the activists, bloggers, and LGBT Groups in the island on what happened (which is understandable, given how many of them waited all night for a vote to occur.)
Update: The Puerto Rico House of Representatives returned to session shortly after noon time, and following a three hour debate, approved, by voice vote, in favor of the two bills that would extend rights to LGBT Puerto Ricans.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Outraged? You should be. But not at the prosecutor. You should be mad at yourselves instead for being cowards on the issue of sex offender registries.
UPDATE FRIDAY, May 24, 2013
According to WPEC, Kaitlyn Hunt refused the plea deal offered by the state attorney's office.
More info at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/24/kaitlyn-hunt-refuses-plea-deal-gay-teen-charged_n_3331434.html?1369413068&ncid=edlinkusaolp00000008
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
"We condemn in the strongest possible way the murder of a gay man in New York by a killer who apparently hurled anti-gay insults at him moments before the killing. This senseless act cannot be condoned in America or anywhere, and we urge that the perpetrator be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Our heart goes out to the family of the victim, and we hold them in our prayers. While this killing appears to have no connection to the current debate about redefining marriage, there is no room for violence toward any American — whether they support traditional marriage or not. No person should be subjected to violence because they are gay or lesbian or because they believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. There is no place for violence, period."
Statement from Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage,which came hours after Scott Wooledge, a Daily Kos blogger, put himself on a pedestal to remind them - via this image - and other opponents of LGBT rights about a joint statement gay rights groups put out immediately in response to the shooting that occurred at the Family Research Council's headquarters in Washington, DC.
LGBT rights orgs have been very clear violence will not be tolerated. Opponents of LGBT rights however have never made it clear to their followers that anti-gay violence is not a tactic to "fight the gay agenda." After a big spike in anti-gay hate crimes in 2012, can they not issue a joint statement such as gay rights groups did here:http://bit.ly/1a14SqI
And remind people, we can disagree without hurting each other?
“While we disagree on many things, Americans can all agree everyone has a right to live their lives free of fear of violence,” Wooledge told The New Civil Rights Movement in an email conversation. “The spree of shocking hate crimes in New York City are reminders that the threat of violence is lamentably omnipresent for too many gay, lesbian and transgender Americans, even in the country’s most progressive areas. I appreciate the National Organization for Marriage acknowledging that sad reality and hope it signals a newfound sensitivity to the effect inflammatory and hyperbolic rhetoric can have on American citizens’ daily lives.”I'm sick to my stomach.
"We denounce any and all acts of unprovoked violence. No American should be the target of violence - period. We hope and trust that justice will be served in that the perpetrator of this senseless act of violence will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," Perkins said.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
There’s another Pride controversy; This time it’s with Utah Pride who apparently had elected, then unelected Joe Jervis as its Grand Marshall.
Shame on Tony Adams for extorting the Executive Director of Utah Pride Center.
Jervis has no business being grand marshal. He’s not a fair representative of the entire LGBT community, only with those who support his narrow minded lifestyle or views.
The latter incident is unconfirmed.
Mayor Bloomberg and the NYPD held a news conference this afternoon to discuss the recent spate of hate crimes taking place in New York City.