LGBTQ* Political Cartoons
Sunny with a chance of Fabulous.
Illinois will become the 15th state that recognizes LGBTQ* marriages in 2014. (…we are assuming no one will spend the time or money required to deny people rights and lock this law up in court)
KNOWhomo Repost to Remember an Amazing Leader
LGBTQ* People You Should Know
Bayard Rustin (March 17, 1912 – August 24, 1987)
* Civil Rights and Activism Leader
* Practiced Nonviolence (Member of Fellowship for Reconciliation)
* Organized the 1963 March on Washington (the LARGEST nonviolent protest in the United States)
* Strategist and Adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
* Worked to strengthen labor unions and promote equal working enviroments
* Rustin was arrested more times for being homosexual than for participating in civil rights protests as a man of color (in the 1960s, homosexuality was still criminalized)
* In the 1970s-1980s, Rustin worked with Freedom House.
— From Rustin’s Speech “The New Niggers Are Gays”
Today, blacks are no longer the litmus paper or the barometer of social change. Blacks are in every segment of society and there are laws that help to protect them from racial discrimination. The new “niggers” are gays… . It is in this sense that gay people are the new barometer for social change… . The question of social change should be framed with the most vulnerable group in mind: gay people.
Bayard Rustin’s life is briefly mentioned in the film BEFORE STONEWALL, discussed in COMING OUT OF THE PAST and featured in the documentary Brother Outsider.
**PLFAG MOM also posted about Bayard Rustin earlier today. Her blog includes a video of Rustin speaking. You should check it out for more information.
LGBTQ* Political Cartoons in the Press
Adam Zyglis is the staff cartoonist for The Buffalo News. His cartoons are internationally syndicated by Cagle Cartoons.
Know Your LGBTQ* Rights!
The thing about living in the United States is: not everything is mandated by the federal government. Some laws are left up to individual states and their constituents. Unfortunately, this means that not all states provide legal protection for you as an LGBTQ*-identified employee. In fact, in several US states, workplace rights and protections vary by county, or even by city. How frustrating and confusing is that? Have you checked on your rights lately?
States that prohibit bias in hiring, promotion, job assignment, termination, and compensation, as well as protection from harassment based on your sexual orientation:
Delaware, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, parts of Wisconsin.
States that prohibit bias in hiring, promotion, job assignment, termination, and compensation, as well as protection from harassment based on your sexual orientation AND your gender identity:
California, Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Colombia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington.
States where it is currently legal to discriminate based on an LGBTQ*-identity:
Alabama , Alaska , Arizona , Arkansas , Florida , Georgia , Idaho , Indiana , Kansas , Kentucky , Louisiana , Michigan , Mississippi , Missouri , Montana , Nebraska , North Carolina , North Dakota , Ohio, Oklahoma , Pennsylvania , South Carolina , South Dakota , Tennessee , Texas , Utah , Virginia , West Virginia , Wyoming.
Note From Ruth Elizabeth: Feeling as sick to your stomach as I am? Send a letter to your congress-person and tell them you want them to pass ENDA (the Employment Non-Discrimination Act). This would provide federal protection for discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, so you can stop googling your workplace rights every time you move cities, counties, or states.
LGBTQ* Studies You Might Have Missed
(following reported by the Phoenix Business Journal)
The study from the Williams Institute examined 33 research studies and concluded that policies that support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals lead to greater job commitment, improved workplace relationships, increased job satisfaction and better health outcomes among LGBT employees.
“We now have a strong body of evidence that LGBT-supportive policies have a variety of benefits for companies that extend beyond the employees those policies impact directly,” said M.V. Lee Badgett, one of the study’s authors and research director and professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts. “As our nation’s workplaces become more diverse, businesses that respond to that trend will benefit.”
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.