LGBTQ* Profile/Status Tags Blowing Up the Internet
USA Marriage Equality /Supreme Court Debate Pro-Marriage Icons
LGBTQ* Speeches You May Have Missed:
The following is the text from a speech in favor of marriage equality given by Republican David Frum on the steps of the Supreme Court building this morning. Today is an exciting day for the LGBTQ* community, and we at KNOWhomo are looking forward to the possibilities and hope it brings.
"I speak here today as one of the more than 130 Republicans and conservatives who signed Ken Mehlman’s brief in favor of equal marriage rights.
Republicans and Democrats have enough to disagree about - no shortage. Yet there are some issues that are the property of no one party. The freedom of every American to pursue happiness under the law - that promise signed in the Declaration of Independence so many years ago is the promise that is coming true in our time.
For a conservative, the remarkable thing about the movement for same-sex marriage is that it is a civil rights movement that is less about claiming rights than it is about accepting responsibilities.
Marriage is a source of great joy. But - and I speak as one who’ll celebrate a 25th anniversary this summer - it’s also a solemn undertaking: an undertaking to care for another person, to nurse that person when ill, to sustain her or him in time of trouble, to raise children together, to provide for those children, to mourn when it comes time to mourn.
No agency of government can ever begin to do for anyone what loving spouses do for each other. The stronger our families are, of every kind of family, the less government we’ll need.
Today your families gather before this house of the law to claim the right to live as others do, without shame and without fear.
The mind of a nation is changing. It’s an awesome thing to see - and to be part of. Your words - your actions -and your example have power. And will overcome.”
LGBTQ* Internet Flash Mobs Going On At The Moment
Red Support - HRC & the Stand for Marriage
From the Human Rights Campaign:
Who’s wearing red tomorrow (Tuesday)? Show your support for marriage equality — make your profile image red for tomorrow and check out www.hrc.org/StandForMarriage for more ways to get involved!
LBGTQ* News You May Have Missed
Personal Note: Shout out to businesses in ROANOKE, VA! Way to go! I’m proud to say that I moved to a community taking action and moving forward.
(text from HRC’s webpage)
WDBJ reports an inspiring story out of Roanoke, Va., where nearly a dozen local businesses rallied in support of a bullied gay student.
Between March and May of this year, Jordan Addison’s car was vandalized four separate times with homophobic slurs and other hate speech, with damage totaling around $2,500.
Richard Henegar, Jr., manager of Quality Auto Paint and Body, heard Addison’s story and organized ten local businesses to pitch in and repair Addison’s car free of charge. The upgrade included new tires, windows and a paint job, alongside a new stereo and security system.
LGBTQ* Quotes and Remembrance
"For many Americans, coming out will be the hardest thing they ever do. While it’s a shame that Americans were not able to experience this aspect of Sally while alive, we should all be proud of the fact that like many LGBT Americans, she proudly served her country, had a committed and loving relationship, and lived a good life." — Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin
LGBTQ* Terms and Definitions
Transgender V. Transsexual - As defined by different organizations, dictionaries and websites
(Graph from Northwestern University’s Medical Department)
LGBTQ* Charts and Graphs
HRC Polls Christian Support
What are you trying to protect heterosexual marriages from? There isn’t a limited amount of love in Iowa. It isn’t a non-renewable resource. If Amy and Barbara or Mike and Steve love each other, it doesn’t mean that John and Mary can’t.
- ~Ed Fallon