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  1. LGBT Rights Calculator


    CNN: "Find out which states match your values when it comes to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. Select the answer to each question and then move the slider between "not important" and "very important" depending on how strongly you feel about your answer. Click "submit" and you'll see all 50 states ranked according to your point of view. No. 1 most closely mirrors your values."

    Use the calculator to see your results


    It would be very interesting to hear how your state matches your values.
    ~ Lori
  2. Amid all the negative response to Arizona being on the verge of becoming the first state in the union to put into law the ability to discriminate based on one's religious beliefs, "[senators Bob Worsley, Adam Driggs and Steve Pierce] acknowledge the bill has become a public relations black eye for the state - a development they seem to blame more on those opposed to the bill as the spirit of the legislation itself." --Pressure builds on Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to veto anti-gay bill, Greg Hernandez, gaystarnews.com

    If there have been enough people and organizations to put this much pressure on Arizona's politicians to trash SB1062, this suggests to me that legislators are not acting based on the wishes of their constituents, or on what's morally right, but on their own bigotry...otherwise, they would never have created and passed what's been dubbed the "license to discriminate" bill. It has apparently dawned on even a few who voted for the bill, that such a law could enable those who so choose to go down that path, to discriminate against other than just gays and lesbians. Such a bill could potentially erase decades of hard-won rights for a variety of peoples. Least ways, in the state of Arizona.

    According to one article dated 2.20.14, Arizona Gov. Brewer had five days to sign or veto the bill. If she does nothing at all, the bill become law automatically (hmmmm ). A later article (2.22.14) indicated she was out of state at the moment. I suppose the Governor has until Thursday if she intends to sign it. Time is ticking...

    -Michael


    Related:
    February 20 2014 7:59 PM ET
    Arizona House Passes 'License to Discriminate' Bill
    February 22 2014 6:00 AM ET
    Phoenix Mayor: Bill Is 'Wrong Direction to Go'
  3. MIRANDA BLUE | Right Wing Watch | Thursday, July 25, 2013
    "Back in 2010, Target Corporation was forced to apologize when it came out that it had funded campaign ads on behalf of virulently anti-gay Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer. The controversy hit the Minnesota-based company hard, in part because it vocally supports gay rights and has a reputation as a supportive workplace for LGBT people." --lgbtqnation.com

    Target gives $50K to group supporting anti-gay Va. candidate Ken Cuccinelli

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  4. Written by WiG, Jun 4, 2013
    "The report, announced June 4, provides a clearer picture of support for anti-discrimination legislation in the business community. Surveys – and policies – have for years shown strong support at some of nation’s largest and wealthiest companies, the Fortune 500 members. Also, activists on the right have long maintained – erroneously – that broadening anti-discrimination laws to include LGBT people puts an added and unwanted burden on small business owners." --wisconsingazette.com

    Small business survey finds strong support for laws protecting LGBT workers
  5. California Democrat Alan Lowenthal displayed the gay pride flag outside of his office Tuesday, in what is reported to be a first for Congress members.

    BY Michelle Garcia, March 26 2013 6:53 PM ET
    "California Rep. Alan Lowenthal is believed to be the first member of Congress to present a gay pride flag outside of his office, as it was placed out in the hallway of his Cannon House Office building headquarters on the same day that Proposition 8 was challenged in the Supreme Court." --advocate.com

    Rep. Lowenthal Flies Pride Flag In Solidarity
  6. Filed: Monday, March 11, 2013
    "Jones said the deputy yelled at her to leave immediately. Jones complied, but said she told the deputy she had a legal right to use the restroom. Jones said the deputy replied she had to leave “regardless of what the law is.”" --lgbtqnation.com

    Iowa judge says transgender woman faced discrimination
  7. The marriage equality bill for England and Wales still presents some problems for transgender partners as it finishes its Committee Stage in parliament
    12 March 2013 | By Helen Belcher
    " For trans women seeking gender recognition, this redefinition means survivor benefits for spouses would be affected. Any contributions paid before either 1988 or 2004 into public sector and occupational pensions, depending upon the pension scheme, would simply be ignored for this purpose. This means trans people, some of whom will be either near retirement or already retired, may be signing away many years of contributions in exchange for gender recognition. In some cases, it may be the spouse’s pension would be reduced by as much as two thirds to what they would have had if their trans partner hadn’t chosen gender recognition." --gaystarnews.com

    Pensions and partners could still cost trans people dear in same-sex marriage bill

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    Why does something so SIMPLE have to be made SO difficult? -Mike
  8. Lucas Grindley | February 17 2013 10:32 AM ET
    "Mark Miller of the Juneau Empire is shown in video of the moment asking the question: "I was just curious, would the caucus support the idea of having domestic partnerships or civil unions open to same-sex couples?"" --advocate.com

    Alaska Republicans Laugh at Reporter Who Asks About Gay Couples (w/Video)
  9. Here we go again...

    Clea Kim, February 11 2013 3:21 PM ET
    "A group of Indiana students, parents and a teacher say they want a separate prom that would ban gay students." --advocate.com

    Indiana Town Launches Gay Panic Over Prom

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  10. Pope Benedict XVI will seek an interreligious team to fight against marriage equality, especially in Western countries

    22 December 2012 | By Joe Morgan
    " Pope Benedict XVI has said the ‘traditional family’ must be protected, and stressed all faiths, even non-Christian religions, must come together to stop marriage equality." --gaystarnews.com

    Pope wants all faiths to unite to fight gay marriage




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  11. Two women sued after one's name was omitted from their stillborn son's death certificate, and a judge has ruled that both should be listed.

    BY Trudy Ring, December 20 2012 11:04 PM ET
    A judge earlier this month ordered that both Jennifer and Jessica Buntemeyer of Davenport be listed on the certificate as the legal parents of their son, Brayden, who was stillborn in October 2011, TV station WQAD reports. They said both of their names were originally listed on the documentation filed with the state, but Jennifer’s name was removed (Jessica was the birth mother), so the couple sued. Officials with the Iowa Department of Public Health denied removing her name. --advocate.com

    Iowa Lesbian Couple Win Fight Over Child's Death Certificate
  12. Tiwonge Chimbalanga, who became known internationally in 2009 for being jailed for marrying her partner, has spoken out on Malawi

    09 December 2012 | By Joe Morgan
    "A transgender woman who was jailed for 14 years under Malawi’s anti-gay laws has spoken out about her marriage ceremony that triggered her arrest." --gaystarnews.com

    Trans woman jailed under Malawi’s anti-gay laws speaks out
  13. Filed: Thursday, October 25, 2012
    A transgender Army veteran has been named to head the newly combined organization advocating for the interests of LGBT service members.

    Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) and OutServe, the association of actively serving LGBT military personnel, on Thursday announced the selection of Allyson Robinson to lead the newly combined organization. Robinson assumes the post as the two organizations are slated to finalize their combination this weekend.

    Allyson Robinson

    A combining of the two organizations was announced in July. -lgbtqnation.com

    Transgender Army veteran tapped to lead LGBT military advocacy group
  14. Written by AP Sep 13, 2012
    "Voters in Salina, Kan., will decide on Nov. 6 whether to repeal the city’s new ordinance barring discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity." -wisconsingazette.com

    Kansas town to vote on repealing nondiscrimination ordinance
  15. Michelle Garcia, August 09 2012 6:46 PM ET
    "We support the right of all families to have equal respect, responsibilities, and protections under the law. We support marriage equality and support the movement to secure equal treatment under law for same-sex couple." -advocate.com

    Democrats Propose Full Marriage Backing, DOMA Repeal for Platform

  16. "The Minneapolis-based retail giant is selling t-shirts intended to raise money for the benefit of a group working to defeat an attempted Constitutional ban on marriage equality in that state." -Brigette P. LaVictoire, lezgetreal.com

    Target Selling T-Shirts To Benefit Minnesota Marriage Equality
  17. Chris Gentilviso, Huffington Post
    05/19/2012 4:46 pm Updated: 05/19/2012 5:22 pm
    "Less than two weeks after President Barack Obama announced his public support for gay marriage, a prominent African-American civil rights organization is following suit."

    NAACP Endorses Gay Marriage
  18. If equating gays to murderers wasn't bad enough...

    Nick Wing, Huffington Post
    05/18/2012 6:06 pm Updated: 05/18/2012 6:10 pm
    "Mississippi state Rep. Andy Gipson ® weighed in on President Barack Obama's gay marriage decision last week, invoking a bible passage that calls for gay men to be "put to death.""

    Andy Gipson, Mississippi GOP Lawmaker, Blasts Gays, Cites Bible Passage Calling For Their Death

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    So, uh...what's he really saying? And could Gipson's invoking of the biblical passage be interprested by extremists, fanatics and bigots as a green light to some kind of justified murder?
  19. Posted: 04/18/2012 5:23 pm
    "Twelve-year-old Isak Atkins-Pearcy loves Legos, doughnuts, and fighting for what he believes in.

    "I think in a world where everything is right, you could love anyone you wanted to," he said."

    Love = Love: 12-Year-Old Boy Stands Up for Lesbian Moms and Fights Amendment One (w/Video)
  20. Posted: 04/19/2012 9:08 am Updated: 04/19/2012 9:22 am
    "Among those to praise the results was Human Rights Campaign (HRC) President Joe Solmonese, who called support for LGBT equality "common sense.""

    While I think it's great that people aren't [currently] burning a path to the polls to make sure that same-sex marriage remains illegal, I'm not so sure this is a sign of support as the HRC president seems to think. I think it's more a case of being able to feed your children and keep a roof over their heads is more important at the moment. -Michael

    Gay Marriage Not A Top Concern For U.S. Voters: Pew Research Center Poll
  21. Posted: 04/18/2012 12:27 pm
    ""I came out and basically made a personal apology to [LGBT] folks for really not understanding their issues, not really taking the time to understand their lives and really not doing my homework,”"

    Mormon Church Shifting Its Views On Homosexuality, Say Gay Rights Activists (w/video)
  22. Posted: 04/18/2012 10:54 am Updated: 04/18/2012 11:43 am
    "Tyrrell says she assumed the role of den leader -- a post she held for over a year -- after registering her son for the Boy Scouts last year. "Throughout the year, my cubs performed volunteer service at a local soup kitchen, collected canned goods for area churches to distribute in food baskets, participated in bell-ringing for the Salvation Army..."

    Jennifer Tyrrell, Boy Scout Den Mother, Forced To Resign Because She Is A Lesbian
  23. Posted: 04/12/2012 12:45 pm
    Updated: 04/12/2012 12:50 pm
    "...Peter TerVeer now says he was subjected to harassment after his manager John Mech learned he was gay after he liked the "Two Dads" page on Facebook, a group for same-sex parents which helps "promote the gay and lesbian community..."

    Peter TerVeer, Gay Library Of Congress Employee, Claims Facebook 'Like' Got Him Fired
  24. Toni Newman, 04.12.2012, 5:13 pm
    "President Obama believes that advancing the human rights of minorities and the marginalized is a fundamental American value. He is the first President of the United States to have a closed-door meeting with transgender activists concerning transgender rights."

    President Barack Obama and Transgender Rights: The Real Deal

    Toni Newman is a transwoman, the author of I Rise - The Transformation of Toni Newman, and is a law student.
  25. She was called "the accidental activist." One article was headlined, "Prom victim to Pride hero."

    After speaking up in 2010 against the discrimination at Itawamba Agricultural High School which refused to allow her to wear a tux and bring her girlfriend to the prom, Constance McMillen became a sudden celebrity.

    McMillen was awarded damages in excess of $30K; the school district was ordered to pay her legal fees, and agreed to implement policies to prevent discrimination of LGBT students; talkshow host, Ellen DeGeneres, gave McMillen as $30K scholarship; Glamour mag named her '2010 Woman of the Year;' the NY Pride Parade chose her to be Grand Marshal; and Obama invited her to the White House.

    McMillen had transferred to a new school and graduated in 2011. According to an October 2011 article, she is a psychology student at Northeast Mississippi Community College.

    Not familiar with Constance? Learn a little more about her in the threads, "," and "" here on TGG.

    Sources: glamour.com, salon.com, care2.com