Love Should Not Be Hidden, But Proud

Article: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/persistence-pays-in-fight-for-marriage-equality-99411.html

I interviewed a Communications Major student at Texas A&M University, who happens to be a mother. This is her response to the article and the issues covered within it:

Me: “Do you think it’s fair that Edie and Thea were engaged for so long and that they couldn’t wear an engagement ring? Do you think it’s right that they are denied tax status and health benefits, things that other married couples have the privilege of?”

Interviewee: “No it’s not fair. This is a nation founded on so many freedoms. We still haven’t learned from the past! Stop unfairly treating people. Leave them alone. Be who and what you want to be and let others do the same.”

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Look at how happy they look!

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Gay Does Not Equal Crap, Your Math Is Wrong

Article: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/24/using-gay-mean-crap-bullying-gap-people

Words.

They can tear people down, and build people up.

They can mean absolutely nothing, and they can mean absolutely everything.

In this society, people frivolously use words like “faggot” and “gay” without considering the repercussions of their careless language.

We were given a mind to use caution, discretion, and prudence. We were given a mind and heart to care for people, not to fester hatred.

Bullying is a problem, especially for LGBT people. The definition of “gay” has evolved. The fact that “gay” and “crap” are used synonymously is not right.

Let me put this into perspective, “23% of gay or bisexual young people have tried to take their own lives and 56% have self-harmed.”

Verbal bullying has the power to tear people down. We need to make a change.

Stonewall is a gay charity with a campaign who is fighting anti-gay language. I will encourage you to learn more about this charity, and to support them.

The only way to change is through exposure to an alternate way of doing things.

Will you stand up for those who are cast off to the wayside? Will you be a voice to the unheard?

Where Church And Hate Shouldn’t Meet

Article: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/pa-pastor-facing-church-trial-gay-marriage-20916701

“A Pennsylvania pastor charged under United Methodist law with officiating his son’s same-sex marriage is scheduled to go on trial.”

This is an absolute outrage. Banning same-sex marriage has already been deemed unconstitutional. I don’t recall ever being more offended in my life. If I was the son of Reverend Frank Schaefer, I would want my father to officiate my wedding.

The interesting part about this “trial” is that it will be held at the church’s retreat.

Another problem with their argument is that he officiated the wedding ceremony in 2007. Get over it, people!

There are so many other things in this world that should be focused on.

This is not a good representation of how God says in the Bible to treat people fairly.

I’m disappointed by this specific situation. For others who have faced or are facing the same situation, I am utterly sorry.

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“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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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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