Richard Socarides on Jo Becker’s new book, which gives an inside account of the behind-the-scenes effort to get Obama to complete his long evolution on the issue of same-sex marriage: http://nyr.kr/1md7bPK
Above: Barack Obama hosts a reception in honor of national Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month in June, 2012. Photograph by Chip Somodevilla/Getty.
The Marriage Equality Map You Need To Know: A lot is happening as courts across the nation rule on same-sex couples’ marriage rights. Here’s where things stand as of March 12.
A report from the National Transgender Discrimination Survey conducted by the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality, found that transgender people faced double the rate of unemployment of the general population, with 63 percent of the transgender people surveyed reporting they experienced a serious act of discrimination that majorly affected their ability to sustain themselves. These numbers are even worse for trans people of color, especially trans women of color, the deaths of whom have been deemed a “state of emergency.”
Trans women have been saddled with the responsibility of taking on trans-exclusionary feminists for far too long—but it’s not their issue to deal with alone.
Read: It’s Time to End the Long History of Feminism Failing Transgender Women by Tina Vasquez at BitchMedia.org. Type illustrations by Michelle Leigh.
Hello. My name is Chris Kluwe, and for eight years I was the punter for the Minnesota Vikings. In May 2013, the Vikings released me from the team. At the time, quite a few people asked me if I thought it was because of my recent activism for same-sex marriage rights, and I was very careful in how I answered the question. My answer, verbatim, was always, “I honestly don’t know, because I’m not in those meetings with the coaches and administrative people.”
This is a true answer. I honestly don’t know if my activism was the reason I got fired.
However, I’m pretty confident it was.
The Guardian has a break-down of gay rights by state: see where your state stands.
"TO SPEAK OR NOT TO SPEAK: USA Today’s Doug Robson gathered a handful of Russian players’ answers to questions about the country’s new anti-gay laws under president Vladimir Putin as next year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi approach. “I didn’t hear anything about it,” said Maria Kirilenko, while Vera Dushevina and Dmitry Tursunov made similar remarks. Nadia Petrova expressed support for Putin (“To be honest, he’s done some good things for the country”) and for gay marriage (“If it makes [someone] happy, why not?). Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova evoked the repressive nature of one law, which punishes public expressions of pro-gay sentiment with fines and detainments. “I have my own opinion about this,” she said, “but I don’t know if I should comment.”
IT spoke with Svetlana Kuznetsova about the issue after her first-round win over Mallory Burdette. “I heard something is going on, but I cannot judge, I have totally no idea who said what,” Kuznetsova said. “I understand that in Russia they have this law, and in the rest of the world there are different laws. It’s hard for me to judge. This law doesn’t bother me because I’m not so public, I don’t discuss these things. I have nothing against these people. I’m so friendly and I love everybody … You can be whoever you want to be, as long as you’re happy.”
On the subject of Putin, Kuznetsova was a bit clearer. “Actually, if you don’t support Putin,” she said, “You are in big, big trouble.”
Decided to post this on here because for one, it’s an interesting, albeit a bit short, read. And also I feel like some of the Russian players like Kirilenko are getting some hate on twitter for their comments. Obviously, Kirilenko, Tursunov, and Dushevina have heard of the anti-gay laws, but as Kuznetsova points out “Actually, if you don’t support Putin,” she said, “You are in big, big trouble.”
As professional athletes they have an image to keep up with and if they say something bad about their nation’s leader it could be very detrimental to their image. Which in turn, could seriously hurt their tennis game. So, I’m okay with player’s brushing the question off. It’s not like Kirilenko expressed support for the anti-gay law. No, she understands that has fans all around the world, and if she picked a side someone would have been hurt.
Although you can’t help but feel bad for some players like Pavlyuchenkova who seem to support gay marriage, but cannot express it. It’s no secret that we need more athletes female and male to come out in support of being gay. But unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like we’ll see a Russian athlete do so anytime soon.
If Russian athletes are understood to be under a sort of gag order about the topic then I’m doubly curious what people like Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova are saying (since they have the freedom to). I’d rather Kuzie not have come out and said “This law doesn’t bother me” though, because, uhh, it should, dudes. I feel a bit sorrier for the gay people (athletes or otherwise) who can’t enjoy all their rights than the athletes whose public image might or might not suffer because of the polarized opinions, nor do I have a lot of sympathy for the fans who’d get hurt when their favorite athlete supports laws that lets all human beings enjoy full rights rather than those that’d take them away. But right, regardless, if they can’t talk about it then athletes from other countries certainly might be able to and I’d love to see a strong stance develop in the tennis community.
after winning the 4X400m gold at the the world athletics championships held august 17 on their home soil, russian athletes kseniya ryzhova and tatyana firova defy and protest the country’s new anti-gay law with a public kiss. photos by grigory dukor and yuri kadobnov
Let us realize that in fact, sport is cultural. It does not exist in a bubble outside society or politics. The idea that sport and politics don’t connect is worse than disingenuous, worse than stupid. It is wickedly, willfully wrong. Everyone knows politics interconnects with everything for “politics” is simply the Greek for ‘to do with the people’.
An absolute ban on the Russian Winter Olympics of 2014 on Sochi is simply essential. Stage them elsewhere in Utah, Lillyhammer, anywhere you like. At all costs Putin cannot be seen to have the approval of the civilised world.
He is making scapegoats of gay people, just as Hitler did Jews. He cannot be allowed to get away with it." -
Stephen Fry • In an open letter, published via his personal website on Wednesday, to British Prime Minister David Cameron and all other members of the International Olympic Committee, imploring the IOC to relocate the 2014 Winter Olympics in the wake of Russia’s vow to uphold the country’s new anti-gay laws when athletes from around the globe travel to Sochi next year. source (via shortformblog)
^ My love for Stephen Fry grows with every passing day <3
Outrage Over an Antigay Law Does Not Spread to Olympic Officials
via the NYTimes
The Winter Olympics begin six months from today in Sochi, Russia. Athletes find themselves in a risky situation. On the one hand, they face prosecution for advocating for gay rights. On the other, they face banishment by Olympic officials for publicly opposing Russia’s discriminatory new law.
Just as Russia now prohibits “propaganda” in support of “nontraditional” sexual orientation, the Olympic charter prohibits athletes from making political gestures during the Winter and Summer Games.
So it is entirely possible that any bobsledder or skier wearing a pin, patch or T-shirt in support of gay rights could be sent home from Sochi, not by Russian authorities, but by another group that suppresses expression: the International Olympic Committee.
Would the I.O.C. inflict such a public-relations disaster on itself? Perhaps not. But Olympic officials worldwide, including those in the United States, along with NBC and corporate sponsors, have put themselves and athletes in an awkward position by only tepidly opposing the Russian law that bans “homosexual propaganda.”
Photo: Ken Kidd and other protesters at the Russian Embassy in New York on July 31, rallying against a Russian law that bans “homosexual propaganda.”Justin Lane/European Pressphoto Agency
DHAKA: Marriage between two persons of same sex is an exception in a country like Bangladesh, though it is being witnessed frequently in different parts of the world, especially in the West.
Sanjida and Puja, two teenage girls have not only fallen in love, they have also got married to each other, of course secretly. But they could not keep it secrete for a long time. It is now in the hands of police.
Hailed for country’s southern district Pirojpur Shrabanti Roy Puja (16) and Mosammat Sanjida (21) had developed relationship between them a couple of years past. Being introduced through cell phones, they later fell in love and took decision to marry each other.
The newly knotted couple left their home district on July 14 and took rented a house in Mohammadpur area of the capital.
On the other hand, Puja’s father filed a case on July 20 claiming that his daughter went missing.
Investigative officer of the case Badal Krishna appointed a source to nab the abductors. The source informed him a woman abducted Puja.
On Tuesday, police detained Sanjida and Puja from capital’s Mohammadpur area with the help of RAB-2.
Sanjida, an Honors student of Firojpur Government Suhrawardy College said they loved each other for long days. At last they came to Dhaka to marry each other.
Puja put question to RAB official Lieutenant Sazzad: “If a male can love a female, why couldn’t a female love another female?”
She added: “According to Hindu law we married each other on Monday evening.”
RAB official Lieutenant Sazzad said this is the rare example in our country.
After interrogation at RAB Shiya mosque office, they were handed over to investigative officer Badal Krishna.
Billie Jean King
Perhaps his attitude to women hasn’t changed so radically. What about homosexuality? “I don’t have a problem with gay people. I got some gay homies.” He looks round the room and laughs. “Yeah, for real. People who were gay used to get beat up. It was cool to beat up on gay people back then. But in the 90s and 2000s, gay is a way of life. Just regular people with jobs. Now they are accepted, not classified. They just went through the same things we went through as black.”
He recently spoke out in support of gay marriage in America. Does he think that Frank Ocean coming out is a sign of progress in the rap world? “Frank Ocean ain’t no rapper. He’s a singer. It’s acceptable in the singing world, but in the rap world I don’t know if it will ever be acceptable because rap is so masculine. It’s like a football team. You can’t be in a locker room full of motherfucking tough-ass dudes, then all of a sudden say, ‘Hey, man, I like you.’ You know, that’s going to be tough.”
Taylor Swift is on here, and … I don’t trust that, lol. And a few people on here seem more like “It’s none of my business, whatever” rather than “I support”. Also I don’t get the Blake Shelton thing what is he even saying.
Also why do people say “I have gay friends and coworkers” why.
But yeah, Chely Wright you go girl.