New Web Site: www.happygaynews.com!

Drumroll please…we have our own domain, a new look, and a lot more happiness planned.  So check us out at www.happygaynews.com.

There will be no more updates to this site.  All updates will be on www.happygaynews.com. So please come visit us there.

In addition, I imported all the old stories into the new site, so please leave comments on the new site.

So what are you waiting for?  Come check out the new happiness!

Published in: on May 3, 2009 at 9:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

Big News for HGN!

Sorry all, no Happy Gay News stories for today, but I’ll cover the entire weekend either tomorrow or Monday.  But I do have big news for Happy Gay News!  But patience, patience.  I’ll tell you tomorrow.

Happy dreams all!

Published in: on May 2, 2009 at 10:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

Happy Gay News for May 1, 2009

Better late than never, right?  We watched Seven Pounds last night, which should have been sponsored by Kleenex.  We were balling our eyes out but liked it.  OK, enough about that, let’s get right to the happy gay news for May 1, 2009.

Another Poll Shows Big Jump In Support for Gay Marriage in Just One Month

CBS News/New York Times Poll Data from 4/22-26/2009 (CBS graphic)

CBS News/New York Times Poll Data from 4/22-26/2009 (CBS graphic)

Just since March 2009, support for Gay Marriage has increased 9%!  So all the coverage over the protests and rallies are the voices of a dwindling minority.  And when NOM says they represent the majority of Americans, then they are simply mistaken (surely they wouldn’t knowingly tell an outright lie).

Forty-two percent of Americans now say same sex couples should be allowed to legally marry, a new CBS News/New York Times poll finds. That’s up nine points from last month, when 33 percent supported legalizing same sex marriage.

Support for same sex marriage is now at its highest point since CBS News starting asking about it in 2004.

Here’s another happy gay number: when you combine marriage & civil unions, 67% of Americans support legal recognition for gay couples.  That’s pretty darn happy!

Read more…

Polls, Polls, and More Polls

It’s fun, oh yes fun, to check out how the numbers have changed over the years. PollingReport.com shows polling results back to 1998.

Read polling results until your heart’s content and your head’s swimming…

National Equality Rally Sunday, May 3rd in Philly

Too cool! I wish I lived anywhere near Philly.

Join organizations, grassroots activists and straight allies from across the nation as we demonstrate at Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell—the site where the Gay Pioneers launched our movement with protests each Fourth of July from 1965 to 1969.

Call on Congress and our new president for:

  • Passage of trans-inclusive hate crimes legislation and Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)
  • Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)
  • Support for GLBT health issues
  • Equal benefits for same-sex families
  • Same-sex marriage Equality

As Harvey Milk said: “All men are created equal. No matter how hard they try, they can never erase those words. That is what America is about.”

www.nationalequalityrally.com

Lesbian chosen as UK poet laureate

Congratulations to Carol Ann Duffy!

Britain on Friday awarded the role of national poet laureate to Carol Ann Duffy – the first woman to hold a post that has been filled by William Wordsworth, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Ted Hughes…

A witty and popular writer whose work is widely taught in British schools, Duffy is also the first openly gay laureate.

Duffy, 53, said she had thought “long and hard” before accepting the high-profile job, which has a 10-year term. She said she’d given the final decision to her 13-year-old daughter.

“She said, ‘Yes mummy, there’s never been a woman,’” Duffy said.The laureate is officially appointed by the queen on the advice of the government. Prime Minister Gordon Brown called Duffy “a truly brilliant modern poet who has stretched our imaginations by putting the whole range of human experiences into lines that capture the emotions perfectly.”

Read more of the news story…

Learn more about Carol Ann Duffy…

Read a fun interview with Carol Ann Duffy by lesbian novelist Jeannette Winterson (3 years ago)…

Out Lesbian To Replace Souter As Supreme Court Justice?

OK, we’re really all just guessing at this point, but wouldn’t we love to have an out member of the Supreme Court?  Yes, yes we would.

Stanford Law School professor Kathleen Sullivan, widely considered one of America’s top constitutional scholars, is being mentioned as a possible replacement for Supreme Court Justice David Souter, who has announced he will retire at the end of the court’s current term.

Read more…

That’s all for now.  Apologies again for late publication. Have a wonderful Saturday everyone!

Published in: on May 2, 2009 at 9:25 am  Comments (1)  

Happy Gay News for April 30, 2009

Hello all!  Let’s get right to the happy gay news for Thursday, April 30, 2009.

An Unexpected Conversation With The Governor of  Maine

Governor Baldacci called one of Pam’s House Blend’s bloggers at home.  Seriously.  You just gotta read the whole thing.  Just wow.  So go read it and then read the story below…

Seriously, you should read this…

Maine Senate Approves Gay Marriage

Just imagine the beautiful weddings in Ogunquit, Maine…can you see it?   We’re getting so close.

The Maine Senate on Thursday approved a bill to provide equal marriage rights to gay couples. The state of Maine is now poised to become the sixth major victory for same-sex marriage in six months…

Smith says now the bill must go to the House, where it is expected to find relatively easy approval. It will then have to go back to the Senate and the House for final votes before it can be sent to Democratic Governor John Baldacci.

Read more…

Most Americans Want End to Military ‘Openly Gay’ Ban

Fifty-six percent of Americans told Quinnipiac University pollsters that gays should be allowed to serve without having to hide their sexual orientation, while 37 percent were against dropping the policy, the survey conducted from April 21-27 showed.

Read more…

Levi’s Provides Grants for LGBT’s

On May 1, “501 Day,” Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&CO.) employees across the United States will take the day off from their usual work to volunteer with nonprofit organizations in their communities, and the Levi Strauss Foundation will make cash grants to those organizations to support the critical community services they provide. This year, those grants include donations to organizations that serve the San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community and support issues that are important to the LGBT community, including HIV/AIDS.

Read more…

Howard Stern: A Great GLBT Ally…Seriously!

Howard Stern is known for his outlandish antics.  However, I have heard that away from the microphone, he is a kind, lovely person.  Well, he clearly has our back.  Here’s just a little snippet from his show (please pardon his French):

So I think we have a responsibility to make [gays] acceptable.  We have to get past all this bullsh*t, so that some gay kid going to high school doesn’t get the sh*t beat out of him just because he’s gay.  And like, what is this hang up with gay marriage, you know? Who cares?!

Read more love from Howard…

That’s all for tonight.  Happiness to all!

Published in: on April 30, 2009 at 9:19 pm  Comments (2)  

Happy Hand Washing

When I was in college, I worked in a large public hospital. Since then, I have become an ardent hand-washer.

The current overarching suggestion to help prevent the spread of H1N1 (AKA Swine Flu) is hand washing. Doctors suggest washing your hands for at least 15 seconds, which roughly equates to the time it takes to sing the Happy Birthday song to yourself.

If singing Happy Birthday to yourself multiple times a day every day makes you happy, then please knock yourself out.  Personally, I feel silly.

So I try to see it as an opportunity to take those oh-so-soothing deep breaths. So as I wash my hands, I take about 5 deep breaths (since the good ones should take 3-5 seconds).  It helps to reground me and clear my head.

So happify (oh yeah, now I’m making up words) your hand washing in whatever way works for you.

Happy day all! ♥

Published in: on April 30, 2009 at 10:55 am  Leave a Comment  

Why Gay Happy News?

I, like many in the GLBTQ community, lead a rather ordinary life.  I have a job, a partner, a mortgage, dogs, cats, blah, blah blah.  I’m an average American who also happens to be gay.

I’m not an activist, but I’m so very grateful for those who are. I, like many of you, just hope that my life and knowing me will help change individual hearts and minds.  I write the occasional email to my Congressmen and donate time and money to GLBTQ activist groups, but basically, I’m leaving the activism to the pros. I’m just not cut out for it.

However, I do want to stay in the loop in GLBTQ news, so I peruse multiple web sites to find the stories that matter to me.  But several weeks ago I realized that when I did this, I got really antsy and fidgety.  So what’s up? It was having to read the ugly headlines about the Haters stressing me out.

This religious leader says this.  This protest happened here.  This legislation shot down. This random person said this hateful thing.  Most days, I just don’t want to hear it because the majority of the time, it simply doesn’t really matter.

The recent Miss California thing is such a great example.  I just don’t consider the opinion of this one individual person to be news. The media have made it news, but is it really? Personally, I don’t think so.

So here at Happy Gay News, we silence the Haters.  We don’t give them a voice.  We don’t publish the bad news.  We don’t publish the whining.  We don’t publish the bickering.  We don’t publish the hating.

We publish the progress. We publish the happy news.  We publish the fun stuff. We publish the good stuff.

People can argue all day long if being gay is a choice (personally, I’m glad to be gay, so I don’t care if it is nature or nurture or both), but happiness really is a choice.  So if the Haters are getting you down, you can always come here for a pick-me-up.  Choose happiness…you deserve it.

You are a fabulous human being. Please don’t forget that. ♥

Published in: on April 29, 2009 at 9:21 pm  Comments (3)  

Happy Gay News for April 29, 2009

Hello dears!  Here’s the happy gay news for Wednesday, April 29, 2009:

U.S. House Passes Hate Crimes Bill

Not only is the Hate Crimes Bill looking promising, but it includes protections for my transgender friends!

The LLEHCPA (Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act) gives the Justice Department the power to investigate and prosecute bias-motivated violence where the perpetrator has selected the victim because of the person’s actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. It provides the Justice Department with the ability to aid state and local jurisdictions either by lending assistance or, where local authorities are unwilling or unable, by taking the lead in investigations and prosecutions of violent crime resulting in death or serious bodily injury that were motivated by bias. It also makes grants available to state and local communities to combat violent crimes committed by juveniles, train law enforcement officers, or to assist in state and local investigations and prosecutions of bias motivated crimes.

President Obama issued this statement of support earlier in the week:

This week, the House of Representatives is expected to consider H.R. 1913, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009. I urge members on both sides of the aisle to act on this important civil rights issue by passing this legislation to protect all of our citizens from violent acts of intolerance – legislation that will enhance civil rights protections, while also protecting our freedom of speech and association. I also urge the Senate to work with my Administration to finalize this bill and to take swift action.

So we’re not done yet, but I still think this kind of progress should be celebrated. The Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act still needs to be voted on in the Senate, so we’re not there yet, but it’s looking good.

http://www.fighthatenow.org

http://www.matthewshepard.org

New Hampshire Senate Passes Gay Marriage Bill

I waver on if I should post stories like this.  Sometimes I think I should wait until the bill is officially law, but this bill looked like it was dead in the water, but then the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee had a change in heart and now supports the revised bill.  That is pretty darn happy!

The New Hampshire Senate approved a same-sex marriage bill Wednesday that puts the Granite state on the track to becoming the fifth state in the nation to do so.

The Senate voted 13 to 11 to do just that and then approved the new version of the same-sex marriage bill Wednesday afternoon. The amended bill must now go back to the House where victory was also snatched from a near defeat.

The House concurrence vote is likely to take place next week. Meanwhile, Democratic Governor John Lynch, who opposes same-sex marriage, looms as a wild card. The governor has not indicated whether he will sign or veto the measure.

Read more…

Colorado partner benefits bill heads to governor

Colorado would be a lovely place to work…

Legislation to provide health insurance and other benefits to the same-sex partners of Colorado state workers is on its way to the desk of Gov. Bill Ritter who is expected to sign it.

The state House passed the bill on a 34-30 vote on Tuesday.  It had already passed the Senate.

Read more…

England’s Equality Bill

I debated posting this one.  I do like the spirit of this bill, but I’m a little hesitant. Decide for yourself:

Analysis: New bill aims to entrench gay rights in all aspects of public life

‘Pride and Joy’ conference helps parents, kids connect

Too cool!

…250 individuals, including 45 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families, came together for three days to participate in educational workshops and social activities revolving around the joys and challenges of being part of a same-sex family.

Read more…

Have a happy evening all!

Published in: on April 29, 2009 at 8:54 pm  Comments (3)  

Ice Cream & Firefighters

Man o man this seems like a really random post, but I do love ice cream and am so grateful for the people who are willing to run into burning buildings, so I can’t resist.

My partner’s uncle is a Fire Captain, so her aunt always keeps us in the loop about everything firefighter-related.  Today she sent an email about 31 cent night at Baskin-Robins.  Here is the info from the official web site:

Join us for 31 Cent Scoop Night at Baskin-Robbins® and help us honor America’s firefighters with a $100,000 donation to the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) National Junior Firefighter Program.

Participating stores will reduce prices of small ice cream scoops to 31 cents*. At some locations, you may also have an opportunity to make a donation to local fire charities.

So enjoy some ice cream this evening, Wednesday, April 29 from 5-10pm, and support and honor our firefighters.

http://www.baskinrobbins.com/Spotlight/31CentScoopNight.aspx

…and don’t forget to make your reservation for Dine Out for Life tomorrow, April 30, to benefit local AIDS service organizations.

Happiness and ice creamy goodness to all! ♥

Published in: on April 29, 2009 at 9:37 am  Comments (1)  

Happy Gay News for April 28, 2009

Happy Tuesday all!  Here’s the happy gay news for Tuesday, April 28, 2009.

Americans Shift Sharply in Favor of Marriage

A poll release by CBS/New York Times shows a recent very sharp shift in support for marriage equality. For the first time, support for marriage went above 40% and opposition to all forms of recognition dropped below 30%. And, for the first time, “marriage” is the most preferred of choices offered.

Read more…

Argentinian Bank Ad

Just wow. I’m trying to remember where I heard about this ad today.  I think it was on OutQ.

Trans Chilean Tennis Player Goes Pro

What is in the water in Argentina? I love it!

A Chilean transgender woman who once wished to play professional tennis is living out her dreams after the International Tennis Federation cleared her to play… “They’ve been very nice to me,” she said in the interview. “I believe that the people in Argentina are much nicer and more understanding than they are in Chile, and maybe that’s because there are a lot more transsexuals in Argentina.”

Read more…

New Mexico Agrees to Provide Retirement Health Insurance to Domestic Partners of State Employees

ALBUQUERQUE – In response to a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, New Mexico has agreed to provide retirement health insurance to the domestic partners of state employees…”This is fantastic news. We can finally start planning our retirement,” said Havens Levitt who has been a teacher for the Albuquerque public school for 25 years.

Read More…

History, Birthdays, and more

1970- The Daily Texan runs an ad announcing the first public meeting of gays and lesbians in University of Texas history. 25 people showed up.

1978- A new Canadian immgration law comes into effect; allows gays to enter Canada legally for the first time.

1992- The Santa Cruz city council passed an extensive protection ordinance.

Birthday

1929- John Paul Hudson, gay journalist. Was one of the first gay writers to take up gay rights and become involved in the media. He wrote for the periodical Gay in 1969, The Advocate in 1970 and contributed to David, Gaysweek, News West, Flash and Vector. A tireless activist he is credited with being one of the founders of the gay rights movement that grew out of the Stonewall riots.

Get your learning’ on…

Short and sweet tonight. Love to all.

Published in: on April 28, 2009 at 9:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

Happy Gay News for April 27, 2009

Thanks again for the day off yesterday as we travelled home from a happy vay-cay.  So let’s get right to the happy gay news for today, Monday, April 27, 2009.

Same Sex Couples Wed In Iowa Today!

It’s a good day to be gay and in love in Iowa! ♥

Bursting with happiness for our gay Iowan friends? Sign OneIowa.org’s virtual guestbook for couples marrying in Iowa.

First Lady Marks John Berry’s Start at OPM

As the Director of the Office of Personnel Management, John Berry is highest-ranking openly gay official in the Obama Administration.

First Lady Michelle Obama was onhand for an event recognizing John Berry as the new Director of the Office of Personnel Management. Berry, the highest-ranking openly gay member of the Administration, took his oath of office before a crowd of 300 people this week.

The Stonewall Democrats web site posted some great photos from the event, including the following photo of  Berry with Frank Kameny, one of the most important figures in the gay rights movement.

(Photo by M.V. Jantzen using a Creative Commons license): Frank Kameny posing with newly sworn-in OPM director John Berry. Theodore Roosevelt Building, Office of Personnel Management 1900 E St NW, Washington, DC.

Paving the Way Photo by M.V. Jantzen using a Creative Commons license): Frank Kameny posing with newly sworn-in OPM director John Berry. Theodore Roosevelt Building, Office of Personnel Management 1900 E St NW, Washington, DC.

Frank Kameny is a brilliant, amazing man. Take a moment and read a little about this fabulous human being.

See more photos from the event…

National Center for Transgender Equality Lobby Day

Happy NCTE Lobby Day!  The annual event is April 26-28, 2009.

Read more…

Iceland Retains First Woman, Gay Prime Minister

Iceland formally elected Johanna Sigurdardottir, who is both the first woman and openly gay Prime Minister in the nation’s history in general elections Saturday. She is currently the only openly gay national leader in the world.

Read more…

The tide is turning: Public opinion favoring gay partnerships increased from 47 percent to 63 percent between 2004 and 2008

Polling by Newsweek shows that the percentage of the public that favors legal recognition of gay partnerships — either through marriage or civil unions — increased from 47 percent to 63 percent between 2004 and 2008.

Read more…

Fun New Gay Travel Web Site from Logo: http://www.tripoutgaytravel.com

I took a moment to peruse the site, and it looks pretty good. I checked out my own town, Atlanta, and thought they covered it pretty well.  Maybe I’ll do a post sometime about my picks for gay Atlanta.  Not tonight…too sleepy.

www.tripoutgaytravel.com

Gay and Gray Conference

This week, the Centralina Area Agency on Aging will host “Gay and Gray, ” a conference at the Levine Jewish Community Center to discuss issues facing members of the GLBT community as they age, and how organizations and facilities for older adults can be sensitive to this population and their needs.

Read more…

Go to workshop web site…

The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for LGBT Employees List

What makes a company the right place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender employees–and their friends and families–to work? To determine this list, we looked at several factors, including inclusive benefits for same-sex partners of employees, strong diversity training programs, recruitment efforts aimed at LGBT people and the vitality of the company’s LGBT employee-resource group.

Read more…

Boeing named best company for diversity

Boeing has been named the most preferred employer in a readership survey conducted by a career-guidance and recruitment magazine…Equal Opportunity magazine.

Read more…

Today’s Gay History, Birthdays, and Quote of the Day

Get your learnin’ on…

That’s all for today.  This sleepy one is going to go crash. Happy dreams all!

Published in: on April 27, 2009 at 9:09 pm  Comments (2)  
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