“Love Is Love”

Article 1: http://www.upworthy.com/love-was-taken-to-court-in-australia-won-and-ate-a-piece-of-marriage-equality-cake-in-the-process

Article 2: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24619686

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0nf52zW0rs

The marriage equality bill has been passed in Australia.

“The Australian Capital Territory has become the first part of Australia to legalise same-sex marriage.”

I look forward to seeing Australia progress in their acceptance.

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Just some facts and stats:

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Switcheroo – I See What You Did

Article: http://goodmenproject.com/arts/switcheroo-a-confrontational-gender-bending-experiment/

As an amateur photographer, I am naturally drawn to and interested in all things photography. However, this article I stumbled across is special. It talks about my passion, marriage equality.

 

“Hana Pesut’s Switcheroo photos expose how gender and identity are defined by the clothing we choose to wear.”

Hana Pesut, the photographer, who composed this brilliant, yet controversial photo experiment, has tested the limits of gender expectations. Women and men are expected by society to wear a specific type of clothing according to their gender, respectively. A question to ask yourself is this: what would our lives look like if we were not confined and judged by the clothing that we wear?

It also reminds me to challenge the traditional view of what marriage looks like. Women can love men. Women can love women. Men can love men. It’s the same love.

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Children React To Gay Marriage

Article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/04/kids-react-gay-marriage_n_4212543.html

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TJxnYgP6D8&noredirect=1

A lot of times in society, we hear the “two cents” of every adult and their dog about gay marriage; everyone has an opinion about everything. However, how often do we make a big deal about what children have to say, even about arbitrary things. What about significant topics, such as marriage equality?

Let me tell you, this video is a B I G  D E A L!

It’s quite interesting; this generation is becoming more and more accepting of marriage equality and gay people in general than previous generations. It’s true that we still have a long way to go, but we are making steps of progress. For those of you actually reading this, let me know what you think of the video.

This video has surely solidified how strongly I feel about marriage equality. Also, a tear or two may have been shed.

See how children of varying ages react to marriage proposals between people of the same gender!

Homecoming Queen and Queen

Article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/04/lesbian-homecoming-queens_n_4214476.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

One thing that most of us remember and associate with our High School years is the celebrated Homecoming dance. Along with Homecoming, there is naturally the Homecoming King and Queen competition. Traditionally, there is one male and one female that are crowned as King and Queen. Calabasas HIgh School of Los Angeles, California broke the tradition and awarded Lily Cohen and Greta Melendez as the two Homecoming Queens. This is significant, because the two teen females happen to be a couple. Melendez also happens to be the “president of the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance” organization. 

What a victory! Their crowning has encouraged similar situations to occur.

Watch the news coverage of their crowning here! :

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_njKSIO_xA

Don’t Let Being Gay Get In The Way

Article: http://nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/04/21305448-maine-gov-candidate-yes-im-gay-but-why-should-it-matter?lite

As people become more accepting of gay people, hopefully they become more understanding of the role gay people can play in society. An example of this is through holding positions of power as an openly gay person. This is what Maine Democratic Representative Michael Michaud, who is a candidate in the race for Maine governor.

“…If he wins in a year, Michaud would be the first openly gay candidate elected governor in history.”

Gay people have the right to hold power just as much as the next person, whether they be homosexual or heterosexual.

Support gay people!

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Depicted above is Michaud. Look at that cheerful face!

Speak Up With Jimmy (And Bradon)

VIDEO: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jimmy-nguyen/speak-up-with-jimmy-bradon-mcdonald_b_4172385.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-marriage

I found this gem today. It is one of the most heartfelt videos I’ve seen concerning gay marriage. Jimmy Nguyen, host of ‘Speak Up With Jimmy’; founder of DiverseStory Project; digital media lawyer, speech expert, and motivational speaker wrote a little blob about one of his episodes. In this episode that I linked to above, Jimmy interviews a finalist Bradon McDonald from Project Runway.

Jimmy and Bradon discussed Brandon’s proposal to his long-time boyfriend, on an episode of Project Runway. It wasn’t until after Bradon won a project with Jesse Tyler Ferguson as a guest judge. Ferguson, who you may know from the ABC sitcom Modern Family as Mitchell Pritchett, is the founder of the Tie The Knot organization, which raises money for marriage equality. After winning this round, Brandon decided to propose to his boyfriend, Josh, of eighteen years on national television. They are now engaged, so the risk was worth it.

What I found interesting in the video is that Bradon was able to change a woman’s mind about same-sex marriage. Bradon received a letter confirming this.

We have the power to change our world by simply speaking up.

Review of Gay Marriage Acceptance

Here’s the article: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/02/gay-marriage-states-supreme-court/3175799/

This article beautifully reviewed the journey the issue of marriage equality has travelled along. Ever since the Defense of the Marriage Act was reviewed in June of this year, acceptance of gay marriage has sky-rocketed. The flood gates have literally swung wide.

Opportunities have arisen since the review of DOMA. For example, lawsuits in southern states such as Arkansas, Tennessee and North Carolina have been filed in hopes of challenging the gay marriage ban that is currently in effect.

“Even so, things are happening a lot faster than Brenda Clark, 66, or her partner of 25 years, Carol McCrory, 69, thought possible.

“I thought I’d be 90 before I saw the laws change,” says McCrory, a retired teacher. The Fairview, N.C., couple plan to marry in New York on Nov. 9.

Two years ago, they had T-shirts made to wear every time there is a development in the fight for gay marriage.

“Before I die,” the shirts say. They’ve been donning the shirts a lot these days.”

Stories like this couple’s are quite common. It’s such a relief to couples that have waited as long as these have for change and progress to be made.

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Couple Therese Struble and her bride are given a toast by Therese’s father. They are another lovely, newly wedded gay couple.

“Therese Councilor, 52, and Tanya Struble, 47, who live an hour north of Albuquerque in Jemez Springs, initially sought and were denied a marriage license, but over the summer, they were among the first to receive a license and get married.

Their wedding capped a love affair that began 23 years ago when the two met while putting on a product show for IBM.”

Hawaiian Church Supports Gay Marriage

Here is the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/29/episcopal-church-gay-marriage-_n_4167686.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-marriage#slide=1731544

“The Episcopal Diocese of Hawaii on Saturday voted to encourage the state Legislature to pass marriage equality, the largest denomination to announce its support of an issue that has divided people of faith.”

You now have yet another excuse to visit Hawaii.

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“Drag Down Bigotry”

Here is the article: http://www.thegailygrind.com/2013/10/29/equality-house-hosts-drag-show-spectacular-across-westboro-baptist-church-video/

Video about the event: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTRyheWCdMs&noredirect=1

“Drag Down Bigotry”, a drag parade/march was held this past Saturday. The event was sponsored by the non-profit Planting Peace. 

It was held in the front yard of the Equality House, which ironically is located across the street from the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church.

Many supporters wore drag costumes to raise money for anti-bullying groups.

“Equality House has played host to a number of events in the past that sought to bring visibility to LGBT individuals and issues just feet from the Westboro Baptist Church’s doorstep, including a gay wedding and a child’s lemonade stand that raised thousands of dollars.”

Kudos to the Equality House, and keep fighting the good fight!

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Largest Asian Gay Pride Parade Ever!

Here’s the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/26/gay-marriage-taiwan_n_4165932.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-marriage

This past Saturday in Taipei, Taiwan’s capital, thousands of people flooded the streets in support of gay marriage. IN fact, this was the largest gay pride parade in Asia EVER! Naturally, the street was sprinkled with color.

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Aren’t they beautiful?

The gay marriage bill has been under review by Taiwan’s legislature as of Friday.

As of now, 53% of people are in favor of legalizing gay marriage in Taiwan, an encouraging number due to how conservative that country is historically.

In comparison, Taiwan is much farther along as far as gay acceptance is concerned.

“Chinese families are still very traditional,” said Jennifer Lu of the counseling group Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association and one of the hosts on the centre stage. “People still emphasize having an heir and passing on the family name.”

Despite this sad truth, Taiwan is taking long strides in the right direction. They even have sexual-orientation education as part of the curriculum in the primary level of the schooling system.

“Neil Peng, co-writer of “The Wedding Banquet”, an early film focusing on a same-sex relationship, said Taiwan’s gay community had been helped by uncensored discussion in the arts.”

I hope discussions such as these in the arts continue to encourage the gay community, hopefully influencing the legislature to amend the gay marriage bill in Taiwan.

“New Zealand became the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to permit same-sex marriage this year and the Australian Capital Territory approved the measure this week.”

Hopefully, having large marches like the one exhibited on Saturday will influence lawmakers to change their minds.

How could you not? Just look at the outfits some Taiwanese wore. They’re just adorable!

As I’ve previously expressed in my earlier blogs, everyone has the right to love whomever they choose.