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* USA Laws and Enforcement You May Not Know
Despite the landmark Supreme Court Lawrence v. Texas case that invalidated anti-sodomy laws and, therefore, essentially made sodomy legal, there are still 14 states in the country where sodomy is on the books as “illegal,” plus an additional four where sodomy is illegal only if you’re gay.
“Texas isn’t the only state that’s still legislating bedroom activity,” Tim Murphy wrote atMother Jones last year. “Fourteen states currently have laws on the books outlawing anal sex between two consenting, unrelated adults—referred to variously as ‘deviate sexual conduct,’ ‘the infamous crime against nature,’ ‘sodomy,’ and ‘buggery. And it’s taken a concerted effort to keep those laws on the books. Since Lawrence, efforts to formally repeal laws in Montana, Kansas, Utah, Louisiana, North Carolina, and, most notably, Texas have all faced resistance before fizzling out in their respective state legislatures. Conservatives in those states know they can’t enforce the laws, but by keeping them in the code, they can send a message that homosexuality is officially condemned by the government.”
Andrew Sullivan on Thursday offered two short related clips which are worth the quick read, including Barry Deutsch’s:
For me, the fact that Lawrence and Garner hadn’t actually been having sex when they were arrested perfectly illustrates the real meaning of anti-sodomy laws. The cops didn’t really witness any sex going on, but they did recognize that the men were gay, and that was reason enough for the cops to arrest the men. This is sodomy laws at their most pure: It’s not about stopping sex, it’s about criminalizing existing while homosexual.
And that’s exactly the problem: The radical right — which isn’t that many people, but they are the ones who hold the power — still believe we are criminals and sinners. Because their Bibles tell them we are.
Image via Mother Jones
Transgender Day of Remembrance
November 20th, 2012
Map of Trans* related violence from TransRespect-Transphobia.
(from TransRespect) The update shows reports of murdered or killed trans people in 29 countries in the last 12 months, with the majority from Brazil (126), Mexico (48), and the USA (15), followed by Venezuela (9), Honduras (8), Colombia (6), Uruguay (6) and Guatemala (5). In Asia most reported cases have been found in India (6), Pakistan (5) and the Philippines (4), and in Europe in Turkey (5).
List of NAMES/Information of those attacked HERE.
For more information, visit GLAAD.
(First photo from GLAAD.org)
LBGTQ* Signs and Slogans
LBGTQ* Maps and Charts
OkCupid’s Chart of “Gay Curious USA & Canada”
**OkCupid.com is a free online dating/meeting site. It recognizes sexuality as “gay/lesbian/bi/straight” and gender as “male/female.” It can be assumed that the data from the map above was collected from the series of survey questions members of the website fill out in order to find a more compatible match. Graph from 2011.
LBGTQ* Art and Mural History
Oil Painting Mural from Gold Coast bar, 1973, by Dom “Etienne” Orejudos.
The Gold Coast bar opened in 1958, making Chicago the first city in the country to have a leather bar.
LGBTQ* Political Cartoons
1st Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
LGBTQ* Statistics We Can No Longer Ignore
It is estimate 160,000 students skip school in the US each day because of bullying
TRIGGER WARNING - ALL THE TRIGGER WARNINGS!
The Homosexual - A “PSA” Video from the 1950s
Note: The above video is painfully incorrect and lacking any intelligent thought with the information it provides. Usually this blog tries to create a positive silver lining or alternative perspective to heavy hearted and upsetting material.
After nearly a year of working on KNOWhomo’s blog, I feel that both the KNOWhomo family and greater Tumblr community will know that some things posted on this blog are for historical and reflection purposes.
Keep On, Keeping On! - Rebecca
LGBTQ* Equality in the United States of America
DID YOU KNOW? —
(Yes, you can be fired for being LGBTQ* in the workplace.)
29 States DO NOT Offer Protection To Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual* Employees.
35 States DO NOT Offer Protection To Trans* Employees.
ONLY 15 STATES (!) ban discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation.
(picture from blogger: buckmire )
Florida is the ONLY state in the USA that says gay adoption is illegal.
However, Colorado, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Utah all make adoption by same-sex couples difficult because only married couples can adopt children. Other states have voted extensively in the last years about adoption proceedings (such as Arkansas in 2008). These laws are continuously being challenged by both sides of the argument.