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High school students, community stand up to Westboro Baptist Church - by Walter Smolarek
On June 9, nearly 1,000 students and community members gathered outside Wilson High School in Washington, D.C., to stand up to the notorious bigots of the Westboro Baptist Church. Wilson High was targeted by WBC because the school was celebrating LGBTQ Pride, shortly after the school’s principal, Peter Cahall, came out as a gay man.
Posted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 12:09PM
The AIDS fight back: reflection from a revolutionary - by Preston Wood
I remember in the 1980s having to sneak into the hospital to be with my partner, lover, best friend, when he lay dying. Obviously, the hospital administration didn't consider our life-partner commitment was in any way valid. He was suffering with severe pain, clogged airways, and covered with KS lesions (Karposi Sarcoma). He was confused and alone — except for me, plus comrades and friends who were always there. Photo: A New York City march in the 1980s
Posted: Tue May 20, 2014 10:32PM
Rallies demand justice for transgender teen - by Chris Garaffa
On April 25, more than 50 people rallied outside the Connecticut Department of Children and Families headquarters in Hartford to demand justice for a transgender 16-year-old girl who has been held in York Correctional Center, an adult prison, since April 8. “Jane Doe,” as she is known because she is a minor, has not been charged with any crime and is being held in near-solitary conditions for 22-23 hours a day.
Posted: Fri May 2, 2014 5:38PM
Conn. Dept. of Children and Families places trans girl in male prison - by Connecticut PSL
In an almost unprecedented move, the Connecticut Department of Children and Families is attempting to transfer a 16-year-old transgender girl (“Jane Doe”), to Manson Correctional Center, a high-security, 21-and-under male-only prison. Due in part to widespread community outrage, the DCF decision is currently being challenged in Conn. state court. The 16-year-old’s advocates point out that the transgender youth does not have any adult criminal charges and is therefore unfit for a prison ...
Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 2:39PM
Jasmine and Dora 4-Ever - by Carol Leigh
We are launching this video on the eve of a debate and vote by the European Union on whether to support criminilisation of clients of sex workers and the buying of sexual services. In 2012 I met and interviewed Petite Jasmine along with Pye Jakobbson from Rose Alliance of Sweden. Petite Jasmine was murdered one year later, a victim of the stigmatisation and legal discrimination that sex workers face. Dora Özer was murdered in a wave of attacks against transgender people and especially transg...
Posted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:18PM
ACLU Sues Utah for Not Recognizing Valid Marriages of Same-Sex Couples - by ACLU
SALT LAKE CITY – The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Utah, and Strindberg & Scholnick, LLC filed a lawsuit on January 21 in Utah state court on behalf of four same-sex couples who were legally married in Utah after a federal court struck down a state ban, but before the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily halted marriages from taking place while the state challenged the decision. Although the marriages were valid, the state has announced that it has placed recognition of their marria...
Posted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 1:40PM
Are Lesbians Being Written Out of the LGBT Community? - by Joan Annsfire
The more I read the end of the year wrap-ups of the queer community, the more I fear that XX chromosome lesbians are being marginalized.
Posted: Fri Jan 3, 2014 12:35PM
non binary history project - call for submissions - by dusty
call for submissions to a publication documenting non binary/genderqueer identities
Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 5:46PM
Allegations of a series of arrests of transsexual people in Thessaloniki - by Carl Valentin
Daily arrests of trans individuals without any reason have been taking place in Thessaloniki since Thursday 30th of May, as reported by the Greek Transgendered Support Association (SYD). SYD denounces the unaccaptable and offensive behavior of the police, while connecting the barrage of arrests to the statements of local authorities against Thessaloniki Pride.
Posted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 7:46AM
For Transgender Rights, Putting the T in LGBT - by Steven Argue
[Photo: GetEQUAL organized protest on in Washington, D.C., 2010. Photo credit: by Alex Wong/Getty Images]
Posted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 10:12AM
Of Mixed Marriages and Marriage Equality - by Steven Argue
[Photo: Mildred and Richard Loving, 1967. Richard was sentenced in the state of Virginia to a year in prison for being in a mixed marriage.]
Posted: Sat Jun 29, 2013 12:23PM
LGBTQ PRIDE - Nike Smashed in Portland in Memory of Late Trans Women - by Portland Queers
As LGBTQ Pride approaches, in the spirit of May Day 2012 in Seattle, the Nike store alongside a major street in Portland, Oregon had about half of its front windows smashed out with a baseball bat late in the night a few weeks ago.
Posted: Sun May 26, 2013 6:29AM
Queering Snitches, Landlords, and Bosses? Why Anarchists Must Not Host "Queering Anarchism - by qu@ck
We are writing to inform you about concerns we have with the book Queering Anarchism, recently published by AK Press. This is not a critique of the politics within Queering Anarchism, albeit we have many, rather it is to offer you vital information on some of the contributing authors. We believe this information to be damning and contrary to anarchy, anarchism, and revolutionary movements alike.
Posted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 1:12PM
Transgender Rights Push Us All Toward Equality - by Joan Annsfire
(The gradual demise of the gender binary is good news for feminism. Roles and stereotypes become harder to pursue as gender identity blurs)
Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:55AM
Gorky Park - by jabber
Just after the revolution, at least during the first decade of Soviet rule one could speak about a great improvement in the sexual emancipation and gender equality. For instance, in the Criminal Codes of the RSFSR of 1922 and 1926 there were no articles concerning the criminal responsibility for being gay, since Soviet legislation was unaware of the “crimes against morality”.
Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 7:12AM
Out4Immigration Prepares for SCOTUS Review of DOMA Cases - by Out4Immigration
SAN FRANCISCO – DECEMBER 12, 2012 – Out4Immigration welcomes the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) to hear two cases challenging the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The court announced its intent to review the law on December 7th. A final decision is expected in June 2013.
Posted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 11:40AM
Same-Sex Couples Struggle to Stay Together Despite U.S. Laws - by GetEQUAL and Out4Immigration
How many more holidays must we go through apart? Will we have to celebrate our ten-year anniversary over the phone, as we celebrated our five-year anniversary? There is no reason for the United States to maintain these unjust laws other than bigotry, pure and simple. But we, as Americans, can choose to stand up and tell the government that we will no longer endure the pain and suffering being inflicted upon American citizens. It is time for comprehensive immigration reform that includes LGBT ...
Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 10:48AM
United In Anger: An Interview with Sarah Schulman & Cyd Nova (audio/mpeg 11.3MB) - by KPFA Women's Magazine
Kate Raphael talks with producer Sarah Schulman about her new film, United In Anger: A History of ACT UP. They're joined by HIV prevention worker and activist Cyd Nova. Audio 24:37
Posted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 6:42PM
SCLC not likely to join NAACP in endorsing same sex marriage - by Smith Johny
Today the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) passed a resolution endorsing same sex marriage as a civil right. The vote was taken by the Board of Directors at its second quarterly meeting in Miami.
Posted: Sun May 20, 2012 12:52AM
Obama, Labor and Marriage Equality - by Mark Vorpahl
Since President Obama made his very calculated public statement announcing that he was “personally” in favor of same sex marriage, among the many commentators who have rushed to his support have been a significant number of Labor leaders.
Posted: Wed May 16, 2012 12:02PM