LGBTQ* (USA) Politics You May Have Missed
LGBTQ* Same-Sex Couples Dropped from Immigration Reform Bill This Week
If you haven’t heard, LGBTQ*individuals were dropped from equal protections under the newest immigration bill to move through congress. It is speculated that this was done to gain favor with more conservative members of Congress.
From the Washington Post:
“Today it became clear that our so-called ‘friends’ don’t have the courage or the spine to stand up for what’s right,” Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez, co-director of the social-justice organization GetEQUAL, said.
The team at KNOWhomo will do their best to continue to update our family and friends on the progression of this bill. In the mean time, remember, if you are able to vote, it also means your voice is important to your state representatives. Send a message with sincere thoughts and feelings to your local representative and express your right to share your need for equal representation.
LGBTQ* Online Comics You May Have Missed
LGBTQ* Law and Protection History
The Gif above showcases the LGBT legal changes of same-sex/gender recognized marriages in the United States from 1970-2013.
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!
LGBTQ* Marriage/Civil Union Equality Info Graphics
Here are the numbers:
There are benefits beyond health insurance or retirement security that unions offer LGBT workers. Union workers can be fired only with just cause and often have access to grievance procedures and arbitration. Additionally, many union contracts do what federal law does not: prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. And unions are out front to ensure that transgender people have equal access to benefits
LGBTQ* Minnesota House Testimony for Marriage Equality You May Have Missed
Very emotional testimony by Lynne Osterman on the House file 1054 for marriage equality in Minnesota. Lynne testifies that when she was a representative she voted in favor of DOMA and implores the current house to pass marriage equality because its the right thing to do, not the expedient thing to do. (from YouTube)
LGBTQ* Infographics + Breakfast = Marriage Equality?
Blake Ink United takes on marriage equality with their newest info graphic.
LGBTQ* Speeches You Should Watch
“Human beings are not one dimensional.”
(following from TED)
iO Tillett Wright thanks her parents for not asking her to define herself as a child. Her experience of growing up without having check boxes like “female,” “male,” “gay” or straight” thoroughly infuses her art.
iO’s photography can be seen regularly in two features in The New York Times: Notes from the Underground and The Lowdown. She is also the creator of Self Evident Truths—an ongoing project to document the wide variety of experiences in LGBTQ America. So far, she has photographed about 2,000 people for the project. Her goal: 10,000 portraits and a nationwide rethinking of discriminatory laws.
(post from co-moderator, Cael)
LGBTQ* License Plates You Won’t Get To See in Georgia
(following from Buzzfeed)
Atlanta resident James Cyrus Gilbert is suing the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Driver Services for rejecting three of his vanity plate requests.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the state has a “ridiculously ambiguous” policy regarding statement plates. They’ve rejected G0DROKS, G0DWH0, ILUVGUNS, GAYPWR and FEMM. They’ve allowed G0D4EVR, GUNLUV, FEMFTAL and, most notably, GAYGAY.
But they rejected all of Gilbert’s, [seen above].
Gilbert says he’s suing because he believes the department’s decision was political.
“If I want I could get a tag that said straight man, but because it had gay on it, it’s not available,” he told AJC.
LGBTQ* Inforgraphic and Map Sites You SHOULD Know
Photos above highlight different indexes you can explore on the map. Scrolling over each state (while on the site) will lead you to local political offices and share state information with you.
LGBTQ* Phrases To Reevaluate
It’s marriage. Not a “gay” marriage.
Personal Note from Rebecca of KNOWhomo:
Please note that the moderators at KNOWhomo understand the difference of struggles between PoC and the queer community. We are not looping them into the same oppression, nor do we feel they should be used in comparison in argumentative dialogue. This graphic is being shared in order to showcase how we currently use language within the United States and how it can be oppressive (even when used to describe changing laws and equality).
LGBTQ* Support You May Have Missed
Seattle’s Crowd Outside of City Hall
LGBTQ* Photos You May Have Missed
Washington State’s Newest Married Couples
As of Thursday, December 6, 2012, Washington state now issues equal gender identity and gender pairing marriage licenses.
#2. Source KVAL, Amanda and Kelly
#3. Source The Blaze, Brendon and Jesse
#4. Source Indecison Forever, Jane and Pete-e
#7. Source Freedom to Marry , Cori and Keith
#8. Source TowleRoad, Dan Savage and husband, Terry
“Gay marriage legalized on the same day as marijuana makes perfect biblical sense. Leviticus 20:13: ‘A man who lays with another man should be stoned.’
Our interpretation has just been wrong for all these years”
Via Facebook. Credited to:
— George Takei / — Katie Stephens
- LGBTQ* Humor and Quotes