Gay groups say loss won’t alter strategy

6 11 2009

By Ashley Surdin
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, November 5, 2009

Gay rights advocates across the country are regrouping after a crushing defeat at the ballot box in Maine, pledging to continue their state-by-state effort to promote marriage equality and to turn their attention to a federal court case in California……

Amy Hinton

PFLAG-Laurel, MS

Parents, Friends, and Families of Gay and Lesbians

Email: pflag.laurelms


Who would give a law to lovers? Love is unto itself a higher law. ~Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy, A.D. 524

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Obama inks defense bill with hate crimes provision

28 10 2009

WASHINGTON – Trumpeting a victory against careless spending, President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed a defense bill that kills some costly weapons projects and expands war efforts. In a major civil rights change, the law also makes it a federal hate crime to assault people based on sexual orientation….

Strength in Numbers

28 10 2009

Advocates and opponents of gay rights both eagerly await new census data on same-sex couples.

…For the first time in the centuries-long history of the census, the number of same-sex couples who self-identify as married—license or no license—will be tabulated and released to the public. The move is seen as both a friendly nod to the gay community—which had pinned its hopes on President Obama and has, at least in some quarters, been frustrated by a perceived slow response to gay-rights issues—and a boost to policy fights, from challenging laws that limit gay adoptions to the nationwide legalization of gay marriage….


26 10 2009

Good article.. The comments amuse me with talk of what “girls” and “boys” should do… and “tradition”…. I guess as an intersex person, I should have worn a half tux/half drape… thank goodness my mom knows how to sew… or would that be mocking tradition?


Amy Hinton

PFLAG-Laurel, MS

Parents, Friends, and Families of Gay and Lesbians

Email: pflag.laurelms


Who would give a law to lovers? Love is unto itself a higher law. ~Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy, A.D. 524

Don’t Call Them Hermaphrodites – The Daily Beast

25 10 2009

They prefer the term “intersex.” And now that a South African track star has thrust them into the spotlight, this surprisingly large minority group thinks their Stonewall moment just may have arrived.

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23 10 2009

Good news!

http://www.hhs. gov/news/ press/2009pres/ 10/20091021a. html

News Release

Contact: AoA Press Office
(202) 357-3507
HHS to Create a National Resource Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and
Transgender Elders
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced plans to establish the
nation’s first national resource center to assist communities across
the country in their efforts to provide services and supports for older
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals.

Experts estimate that as many as 1.5 to 4 million LGBT individuals are
age 60 and older. Agencies that provide services to older individuals
may be unfamiliar or uncomfortable with the needs of this group of
individuals. The new Resource Center for LGBT Elders will provide
information, assistance and resources for both LGBT organizations and
mainstream aging services providers at the state and community level to
assist them in the development and provision of culturally sensitive
supports and services. The LGBT Center will also be available to educate
the LGBT community about the importance of planning ahead for future
long term care needs.

The LGBT Resource Center will help community-based organizations
understand the unique needs and concerns of older LGBT individuals and
assist them in implementing programs for local service providers,
including providing help to LGBT caregivers who are providing care for
an older partner with health or other challenges.

The Administration on Aging will award a single Resource Center grant at
approximately $250,000 per year, pending availability of funds.
Eligible entities will include public-private nonprofit organizations
with experience working on LGBT issues on a national level. The funding
announcement for the Resource Center will be made available on the
following website very soon.
http://www.aoa. gov/AoARoot/ Grants/Funding/ index.aspx
<http://www.aoa. gov/AoARoot/ Grants/Funding/ index.aspx>


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PFLAG-National For Immediate Release: October 22, 2009

23 10 2009

Contact: Nikki Willoughby | 202/467-8180 ext. 214 / Nikki@PFLAG. org

PFLAG Praises Senate Passage of Matthew Shepard Act and Celebrates a
Long Overdue Victory Paving the Way for Full LGBT Equality

New hate crimes bill targets violence against LGBT people, provides
greater assistance in prosecuting offenders; one of several important
legislative issues that aim to end discrimination on the basis of sexual
orientation and gender identity

Washington, DC; October 22, 2009: PFLAG National-Parents, Families and
Friends of Lesbians and Gays-is celebrating today’s passage of the
Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. The
historic passage of this bill marks the first time that sexual
orientation and gender identity have been included as protected
categories in federal law.

In a speech earlier this month where he confirmed his support for the
LGBT community and called PFLAG’s story, “the story of America,”
President Obama announced that the bill was set to pass and pledged that
he would sign it into law.

“PFLAG is proud of the members of the Senate who supported this
important bill,” said PFLAG National Executive Director Jody Huckaby.
“As we know, crimes against LGBT people have long been among the most
violent and most numerous, and our loved ones have gone too long without
protections afforded to other citizens. This bill is a tremendous step
forward, but it is only a single step and there are many more to take,
including passing ENDA to give LGBT workers more of the rights that
their co-workers already enjoy.”

The Act is named for Matthew Shepard, a college student who was murdered
in Laramie, Wyo., in 1998 because he was gay. Shepard’s murder brought
the national spotlight to the issue of hate crimes against LGBT people.
According to FBI statistics, hate crimes based on sexual orientation
make up approximately 17 percent of all hate crimes. Considering that
LGBT people make up approximately 3 percent of the U.S. population, the
FBI statistics suggest that these individuals are victimized at a rate
approximately 6 times higher than that of the average American.

The Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act was introduced in the
111th Congress by Representatives John Conyers (D-MI) and Mark Kirk
(R-IL) in the House, and the Matthew Shepard Act was introduced by the
late Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) in the Senate. On April 29, 2009, the
House of Representatives passed H.R. 1913 by a vote of 249-175. On July
16, 2009, the Senate voted 63-28 to proceed with the Matthew Shepard Act
as an amendment to the Department of Defense authorization bill, which
passed the Senate with the Matthew Shepard Act as an amendment on July
23, 2009. The Senate and House versions of the bill were then reconciled
in a conference committee. On October 8, 2009, the House voted to pass
the conference report of the FY 2010 Defense Authorization bill, with
the Matthew Shepard Act included, by a vote of 281-146.