Fun little PSA from Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund, reminding all of us to give a damn.
It’s common sense, of course–marrying the person you love, serving your country openly, not being kicked out of your house as a teenager just because of who you are–but it’s worth repeating and reminding and remembering. We forget that equality, in 2010, is not enjoyed by everyone.
It’s nice to hear these familiar faces promoting a cause for the common good.
Filed under: gay rights, cyndi lauper, gay rights, marriage equality, true colors
January 29, 2010 • 6:09 pm
Dickensen and Sugg, partners for 30 years, were denied spousal benefits from AT&T. (Photo from the Dallas Voice)
Someone recently asked me, “Why isn’t a civil union good enough?”
Besides the fact that legal precedent has thrown out the notion of “separate but equal” decades ago (and despite that fact that racism, prejudice and xenophobia persist–but in more subtle, institutionalized forms), a quick comparison of the concrete rights granted by marriage are extensive. It’s not a religious issue or fodder for the culture wars–it’s about basic human rights like tax breaks, adoption rights, and access to medical decisions for the one that you love.
In the case of Bryan Dickenson and Bill Suggs, partnered but unmarried men in Dallas, the marriage rights afforded to a heterosexual spouse were denied by Dickenson’s employer, AT&T. Under the provisions of the Family Medical Leave Act, Dickenson requested vacation time to care for his ailing partner of 30 years. Suggs suffered from a stroke last fall.
Let’s hope that AT&T, recently listed as one of the most gay-friendly companies by the Human Rights Campaign, does the right thing.
Filed under: gay rights, at&t, dickenson, hrc, marriage equality, suggs
October 23, 2009 • 10:25 am
A moving video of Philip Spooner, an 86 year-old WWII veteran, who testified for gay marriage in Maine. “A woman at my polling place asked me, ‘Do you believe in equality for gay and lesbian people?’ I was pretty surprised to be asked a question like that. It made no sense to me.”
Spooner continues, with candor and compassion: “Finally, I asked her, ‘What do you think I fought for at Omaha Beach?”
As election day nears, polls show that Maine voters are split on marriage equality: 48% in favor; 48% against. Critics worry about a repeat of the Prop 8 fiasco in California. Now, more than ever, we need to voice our support for marriage equality as clearly as Philip Spooner.
Filed under: gay rights, maine, marriage equality, omaha beach, philip spooner, veteran, world war II, wwII
September 2, 2009 • 12:31 pm
Prominent gay rights activist Cleve Jones talks with Bil Browning of The Bilerico Project about the National Equality March scheduled for October 10-11 2009 in Washington, DC. Jones addresses criticisms of the march–its apparent lack of focus–and encourages a change in strategy from the state level to the national stage.
Jones, of course, was one of the prominent activists who helped to elect Harvey Milk and collaborated with Dustin Lance Black on the Oscar-winning screenplay of Milk. Seems that he’s fully behind the National Equality March coming up over Columbus Day weekend. With anti-gay sentiment in the Obama administration’s support of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (not to mention DOMA), it’s critical to make the road trip to D.C. to show our numbers to Congress and the nation about the need for LGBT equality.
“I want our people to stop accepting second-class citizenship,” Jones says. “To reject incrementalism, to reject compromise, to reject delay.”
Filed under: gay rights, bilerico project, cleve jones, gay, marriage equality, national equality march
September 2, 2009 • 7:19 am
Oh, Ben and Jerry. The infamous (and infamously liberal) ice cream company celebrates the legalization of same-sex marriage in their home state of Vermont by renaming their popular “Chubby Hubby” flavor to “Hubby Hubby”. This has been my favorite ice cream flavor–the pretzels and peanut butter perfectly mixed with vanilla ice cream–even before its spanking new name.
In April, Jon Stewart joked about Ben & Jerry’s renaming the flavor in a monologue. Instead of “Chubby Hubby” it would be called “Chubby Hubbies”. Apparently, the B & J folks didn’t go for that one.
Filed under: gay rights, ben and jerry's, ben jerry, chubby hubby, gay marriage, jon stewart, marriage equality