Happy Gay News for April 25, 2009

Happy day all! Thanks for the day off yesterday – I’m enjoying a wonderful vacation in the sun. So let’s catch up on the happy gay news for today, Saturday, April 25, 2009.

Lesbian Mom Gets Deportation Reprieve

While we are still fighting for the The Uniting American Families Act, at least this one family gets to remain one.

Shirley Tan of Pacifica, California was set to be taken from her partner of 23 years, Jaylynn Mercado, and their 12-year old twin boys after her immigration status came into question in January…However, on the evening of Wednesday, April 22, Tan got good news of her deportation reprieve. Senator Diane Feinstein of California introduced a private bill in Congress that will buy Tan nearly two more years in the United States.

Read more…

Maine: Bishop supports ‘rights and obligations of civil marriage’ for all state citizens

This happy story is a great reminder that not all religious people are anti-gay or anti-gay marriage.

During a hearing April 22 in Augusta, Maine, a representative of Episcopal Diocese of Maine Bishop Steven Lane told legislators that they ought to “extend the rights and obligations of civil marriage to all Maine citizens.”

“To deny those rights to certain persons on the basis of sexual orientation is to create two classes of citizens and to deny one group what we believe is best for them and for society,” Lane said in testimony submitted by Heidi Shott, the diocese’s canon for communications and social justice.

Read more…

Russell Simmons Shows Support for Marriage Equality

…as your friend and supporter, we know you can do much more, if you forget about what the poll numbers say and let your heart lead. You have recently done this in showing support for the legalization of gay marriage.

Read the entire unedited letter…

Beloved Bea Arthur dies at age 86

While the loss of  such a talented actress and wonderful human being is sad, we should celebrate her life since she made so many of us laugh.

Joe.My.God did a fun compilation of movie clips: http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2009/04/bea-arthur-86.html

People are sharing their thoughts about her on AfterElton: http://www.afterelton.com/blog/michaeljensen/gay-fave-bea-arthur-dies

“A Spot of Good News”

Take a moment to read this sweet story about two guys going to Prom together on Pam’s House Blend: http://www.pamshouseblend.com/diary/10619/a-spot-of-good-news

Happy Gay History, Birthdays, and Quotes

Happy history for April 25:

1993– The third March on Washington, DC, has an estimated attendance one million people.

1995– Lawrence, Kansas, passes an ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. The law, the culmination of a 7-year struggle, is the only one of its type in the state of Kansas.

2007– The European Union passes a resolution calling on Poland to stop encouraging its leaders to discriminate publicly against gays, and sends a mission to Poland to investigate. The EU acted in response to an announcement by Poland’s deputy education minister that the conservative Catholic country was proposing a law to punish teachers it deemed were promoting homosexuality.

Happy history for April 24:

1947– Pulitzer Prize-winning lesbian author Willa Cather dies in New York City at age 73. (OK – this isn’t happy, but my partner is related to Willa Cather, so she is beloved in our home.)

Birthday

April 24, 1952– Jean-Paul Gaultier, French fashion-designer, born in Arcueil. Gaultier worked for Madonna.

Happy Gay Quote

“The dead might as well try to speak to the living as the old to the young.” – Willa Cather

For more history, birthdays, and quotes…

That’s all for today. Have a happy day!

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  1. This is a funny coincidence, but I was in Lawrence, Kansas, just a couple of weeks ago. It’s a wonderful, fun, beautiful little town with a lot of great things to do. I didn’t realize they’d passed an ordinance banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, but, having been there, I’m not surprised. The University of Kansas in Lawrence has a great art museum and a really interesting natural history museum too. They’re both worth checking out. And then there’s Massachusetts Street, which is full of great restaurants and shops, all within walking distance of each other.


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