Category: LGBT

Happy Deathday, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

Happy Deathday, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

Amazingly, the sky is still up

One year ago today, President Obama oversaw the end Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Today, we celebrate its death.

President Obama’s statement on the one-year anniversary of the repeal after the jump.

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Vice President Joe Biden on marriage equality in America: “It’s going to happen”

Vice President Joe Biden on marriage equality in America: “It’s going to happen”

THIS is change you can believe in Vice President Joe Biden made a campaign stop in Chillicothe, Ohio today, popping in at a local Obama for America (OFA) office to fire up volunteers and speak with folks who were being called by the phonebank that was in progress. During the visit, he pulled off to the side to speak to […]

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Homophobic stalker Andrew Shirvell ordered to pay Chris Armstrong $4.5 million

Homophobic stalker Andrew Shirvell ordered to pay Chris Armstrong $4.5 million

Shirvelling has its consequences … and its price

Over the past two years, I’ve been following the story of former assistant Attorney General and confirmed stalking homophobe Andrew Shirvell as he made a mockery of our legal system. To recap, he was stalking University of Michigan student body president, Chris Armstrong, posting offensively Photoshopped images on an anti-Armstrong website, writing defamatory things about Armstrong (an openly gay man) and conducting one-man protests outside the home of Shirvell and his friends and family. It got so bad the Shirvell was eventually banned from campus.

Armstrong obtained a personal protection order from Shirvell. He asked for a new judge because the judge he had was the sister of someone who didn’t like him. That was denied. He was fired from his Asst. AG job and then counter-sued Armstrong for that. He tried to have his deposition sealed but was denied that. Armstrong eventually sued him.

Yesterday, a jury awarded Armstrong $4.5 million.

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Chevy hits homerun with Motor City Pride, LGBT-targeted ad

Chevy hits homerun with Motor City Pride, LGBT-targeted ad

Go, Chevy!

A Chevy ad released last month to celebrate the Detroit Pride festival has gone viral beyond anyone’s prediction. The ad, originally a tiny $750 buy in the Motor City Pride edition of Between the Lines, has been viewed by well over 10 million people.

See the ad after the jump.

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Democratic Party set to place marriage equality for LGBT couples in the party platform

Democratic Party set to place marriage equality for LGBT couples in the party platform

Welcome to the real world

It’s a big day for LGBT rights in America today. First, a new Pew poll shows that a plurality of Americans support the rights of same-sex couples to marry. Then, on the same day, we learn that the Democratic Party are set to place support for same-sex marriage in the party’s 2012 platform.

Lots to cheer about after the jump.

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Astronaut and physicist Sally Ride passed away this week, her partner to receive NO federal benefits (UPDATED)

Astronaut and physicist Sally Ride passed away this week, her partner to receive NO federal benefits (UPDATED)

THIS is how we treat our heroes?

Astronaut and Stanford physicist Sally Ride passed away this week from pancreatic cancer. She was the first woman American* and the youngest American of either gender to travel into space. My family has a small but important (to us) connection with Dr. Ride. When my daughter was in grade school, she had a project where they dressed as their heroes and, during an open house, played the role of their hero, answering questions and chatting with the parents that visited. My daughter was there, dressed in a blue jumpsuit and sporting my motorcycle helmet, a third grade astronaut. Her picture even ended up in the local newspaper.

When Dr. Ride, a lesbian, passed away this week, she left behind her partner of 27 years, Dr. Tam O’Shaughnessy. Because of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), O’Shaughnessy will receive no federal benefits, benefits she would receive if she were a man. Despite their life-long partnership, she is treated as if she were just an acquaintance.

The two met when they were 12 years old.

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Federal Appeals Court rules Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional

Federal Appeals Court rules Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional

FORWARD!

In a major step forward in giving same-sex couples the ability to marry and have the same rights and protections as heterosexual couples, a federal appeals court in Boston today ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional.

[More after the jump.]

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