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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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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Happy Gay News for April 23, 2009

Happy day all! Let’s get to the happy gay news for today, Thursday, April 23, 2009.

Connecticut Governor Rell signs marriage equality bill

One more reason that I think I would love to live in Connecticut.

This is a great day for loving, committed couples in Connecticut, their families, and everyone who supports marriage equality.  We congratulate and thank Gov. M. Jodi Rell, Sen. Andrew McDonald, Rep. Mike Lawlor, and the other legislators who voted for this bill, as well as Love Makes a Family, and other organizations and activists, including HRC members, for working to build support for this legislation.  This is another important step toward equality, and it’s exciting to see another state legislature overwhelmingly pass marriage equality legislation. (Joe Solmonese)

Read more…

Washington Governor OKs Transgender Hate-Crime Protection

It’s official! Governor Chris Gregoire signed the SB5952 today.

Senate Bill 5952 added “transgender” to the definition of sexual orientation in the state’s hate crime law, meaning people who commit violent crimes against someone because of gender identity or expression can be charged with hate crimes and face harsher penalties.

Read more…

New Jersey Voters Support Gay Marriage

Not only does someone pump your gas for you in New Jersey (seriously, I love that law), but chances are that person might also support gay marriage.

A new poll finds New Jersey voters support allowing gay couples to marry…This poll finds 49 percent supporting gay marriage; 43 percent are opposed.

Read more…

NC Presbyterian churches could allow gay ministers

A Presbyterian group representing 150 central North Carolina congregations has narrowly approved a constitutional change that could enable gays to serve as ministers and elders…The Rev. Lou East of Epiphany Presbyterian in Greensboro added: “I believe God’s church is big enough for all of us.”

Read more…

Why women are leaving men for other women

CNN picked up an Oprah.com story (that now I’m picking up) about female sexuality.  It’s an interesting read. Here’s a little snippet:

In a 2004 landmark study at Northwestern University, the results were eye-opening. During the experiment, the female subjects became sexually aroused when they viewed heterosexual as well as lesbian erotic films. This was true for both gay and straight women.

Among the male subjects, however, the straight men were turned on only by erotic films with women, the gay ones by those with men.

“We found that women’s sexual desire is less rigidly directed toward a particular sex, as compared with men’s, and it’s more changeable over time,” says the study’s senior researcher, J. Michael Bailey, Ph.D. “These findings likely represent a fundamental difference between men’s and women’s brains.”

Read more…

11th annual Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

If you’re in South Florida, sounds like this year’s Film Festival will be great.

Organizers of the 11th annual Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival say they’ve learned their lesson — this year’s program won’t be headlined by dark, weird, experimental movies that two years ago drove away some filmgoers. Instead, audiences will get more mainstream gay comedies and dramas — plus notorious Pink Flamingos director John Waters live on stage and Twilight heartthrob Robert Pattinson on-screen in the nude.

Read more…

Gay-themed library celebrates opening in Fort Lauderdale

A gay library!  I will have to make a pilgrimage.

The Stonewall Library and Archives, a collection of gay-themed materials that was the subject of political controversy two years ago, celebrated its grand opening in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday…The grand opening coincides with the Gay and Lesbian Literary Arts Festival, which will be held at the library Friday and Saturday.

Read more…

Gay rights groups in NY suburbs honor Harvey Milk

His legacy lives on.

A network of Long Island gay and lesbian advocacy groups is honoring slain gay rights hero Harvey Milk.

Read more…

Various Voices: sing, if you’re glad to be gay

This story is for my friends in the gay men’s chorus…

As 60 gay choirs from around the world arrive in the UK for a special festival, our correspondent discovers what changed their tune from political anger and mourning to celebration and joy

Read more…

Today’s Happy Gay History

1968 – The Student Homophile League at Columbia University pickets to protest the psychological theory that homosexuality is a mental illness.

Today’s Gay Birthday

1791 – James Buchanan, 15th US president (1857 – 1861). Whether or not the bachelor president was gay is in dispute, but his very closest friend, Senator William Rufus De Vane King was called “Miss Nancy” by his detractors.

Today’s Gay Quote

“We all look at Nature too much, and live with her too little.” – Oscar Wilde

Read more for the full history lesson…

My Indulgent Story of the Day – La Femme Nikita

I gasped.  Yes, I literally gasped when I saw this tweet from Natazzz: “YouTube Thursday: Peta Wilson in La Femme Nikita“.  This is one of my favorite shows ever, so I found Natazzz’s post quite fun.

Peta was also in a Bally commercial. If this doesn’t want to make me go to the gym, nothing will:

Watch more Peta Wilson on natazzz.blogspot.com

That’s all for today from Florida where the weather is perfect, the sunset is lovely, and my puppies are exhausted from their first full day at the beach. Life is good (and my t-shirt agrees).

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Happy Gay News for April 22, 2009

Happy day all! There’s just tons of happy gay news today, Wednesday, April 22, 2009, so let’s get to it.

Washington’s Governor Gregoire Signs Transgender Hate Crimes Bill

Good stuff!  Love me some state of Washington!

Washington’s hate-crime law makes it a felony to threaten, damage the property of, or physically injure someone because of ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, disability or sexual orientation.  The law Gov. Gregoire just signed will expand the definition of sexual orientation to include “gender expression or identity” so that our hate crimes statutes protect transgender people too. (Pam’s House Blend)

And special love to Equal Rights Washington, Washington Student Lobby, and David Iseminger, in particular. Great work!

Read more on Pam’s House Blend…

Nevada Senate Passes Domestic Partnerships

Although it still has a little ways to go before becoming law, this is a great reminder that we are making progress everywhere.

Read more on Box Turtle Bulletin…

America’s First Transgender Mayor: “I Dress To Thrill”

Congratulations to Stu Rasmussen, Mayor of Silverton, Oregon, who is our country’s first transgender mayor.

Read more on the Gay News Blog…

www.sturasmussen.com

Ancient Gay Marriage

Gay marriage is not a new concept.

As Africa was the birthplace of civilization it should come as no surprise to find that the earliest known reference to same-sex marriage in history can also be found there. (World of Wonder)

Read more on World of Wonder…

Great Twittering from GLAD Today

GLAD Twittered from the Maine marriage equality hearing today.  There are some amazing stories (even at Twitter length) from GLBT families.  You should definitely take a moment to read through today’s coverage. Here are a sampling of some of my favorite Tweets:

This bill about two people, who love each other, have agreed to care for each other, as long as they both shall live. (Bill sponsor Senator Dennis Damon)

Rep Kange: It is wrong to send rights of a minority out to a majority vote.

Kate’s mom: You know proponents are serious when they are willing to acquire mothers-in-law!

Bev: With wife Sue, son Ben. With lovely gram in wheelchair and lots of family.

Bev: Another Ben was her grandpa. Staunch Catholic, was afraid to tell him till his 60th wedding anniversary. He was happy for her.

Bev: Beg you to allow my grandfather to see my legal marriage from heaven.

Bob Talbot: Older civil rights leader. Married white woman. They said it was against nature. Sound familiar?

Bob Talbot: Discrimination was wrong 40 years ago; it’s wrong now! (APPLAUSE)

Paul Rediker, wife, and 2 beautiful adult daughters. We are Catholics and support LD 1020.

Mr. R: I’m a bear protecting his cubs. One daughter, straight, will get married this summer. One daughter, gay, cannot.

Mr. R: We love our daughters equally. Marriage is not a prize or a privilege, it’s a right. Rights belong to everybody.

Philip Spooner: 86 yr old Republican. All 4 sons, including gay son, were in the service. Was WW II medic.

Mr. Spooner: Was in Battle of the Bulge and liberation of Paris. What do you think I fought for? Equality.

Mr. Spooner: This is a nation worth dying for. I’ve seen consequences of systems that make some people less than others.

Mr. Spooner: Raised all our boys to be hardworking Americans, and they all did good. Let gay people have the right to marry. Thank you.

…Dr. Daniel Summers, pediatrician speaking on behalf of American Academy of Pediatrics in support of LD 1020.

Dr. Summers: Love & devotion of g/l couples to their children differs not a bit from that of straight people. Quality of parenting counts

Dr. Summers: We support LD 1020 because it has important implications for children, and can help them emotionally and financially.

There is lots more…and it is so worth the read!

http://www.twitter.com/GLADLaw

Britney comes out for gay marriage following Miss California row

I am really tired of this Miss California story.  However, I am enjoying hearing who is speaking out against her.

Expressing her thoughts through Twitter, Britney wrote: “Love is love! People should be able to do whatever makes them happy!”

Devout Christian Miley Cyrus also used her Twitter page to show her support for same-sex marriage inisisting Jesus loves people of all sexual orientations equally: “Jesus loves you AND your partner and wants you to know how much he cares! thats like a daddy not loving his lil boy cuz hes gay and that is WRONG and very sad! like i said everyone deserves to be happy.”

Read more from PinkNews…

Adoption and fostering by gay couples to become easier in Scotland

Scotland’s Children’s Minister, Adam Ingram, has announced that the Scottish Government will introduce regulations to make it easier for gay couples to jointly adopt children. A decision that has already outraged the Scottish Catholic Church.

Read more from PinkNews…

Justice for Angie Zapata

Although this isn’t really a happy story, justice being served is such a good thing. Allen Ray Andrade is guilty first degree murder and multiple other counts. He was sentenced to life without parole.

It was the first time in the nation that a state hate crime statute resulted in a conviction in a transgender person’s murder, the advocacy group Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation said. (CNN.com)

Read more on Pam’s House Blend…

Read more on CNN.com…

http://twitter.com/justiceforangie

Today’s Happy Gay History

1999– New Hampshire’s ban on adoptions by same-sex couples is overturned by the state senate by a vote of 18-6.

Today’s Gay Birthdays

1766– Anne Louise Germaine Necker, aka Madame De Stael, near Paris. De Stael seduced and lived for 19 years with Juliette Recamier the most celebrated beauty of her time.

1858– Ethel Smyth, opera composer, suffragette, and admirer of Virginia Woolfe, in Marylebone, England.

1946– John Waters, American film director.

Today’s Gay Quote

“I thank God I was raised Catholic, so sex will always be dirty.” – John Waters

Read more (if you also want the the not happy gay history for today)…

That’s all for today. Happy Earth Day 2009 everyone!

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