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Obama signs Hate Crimes Prevention Act, 10/28/2009
"President Barack Obama signed the Matthew Shepard
and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law this
afternoon. It is the first pro-gay legislation to pass Congress
since Stonewall and passed after 14 separate Congressional floor
“...We appreciate everyone who worked so hard on this bill. My son
was taken at such an early age and we hope this law will help
prevent other families from going through what we experienced,” said
Stella Byrd, mother of James Byrd. “Even though we’re different
colors and different sexual orientations or gender identities, God
made us all and he loves us all.”
The Choice of Rick Warren as Obama's Invocation Choice, 12/17/2008
Rick Warren commented, regarding Proposition 8, the
anti-gay marriage that recently passed in California:
..."For "5,000 years, every culture and
every religion...not just Christianity...has defined marriage as a
contract between men and women." "...There is no need to change
the universal, historical definition of marriage to appease two
percent of our population." As Warren puts it: "This is not a
political issue -- it is a moral issue that God has spoken clearly
Warren believes that two men marrying is indistinguishable from an
adult marrying a child, a brother marrying his sister or polygamy.
Barack Obama opposed Proposition 8, California's
ban on gay marriage. Warren is also right to life and opposed to stem
cell research. Obama also opposes him on these issues. So why did
Obama chose Warren to deliver the invocation at his inaugural
Whatever the reason- friendship, a quid pro quo-
it doesn't matter. At a personal level, I believe that the Warren's
attitudes towards gays is not merely a social stand- not merely a
biblical interpretation- but an effort to dehumanize gays- to make it
more difficult to grow up gay and as a youth believe that you are
normal and entitled to the same quality of life that straight people
By bolstering Warren in this way, Obama
contributes to undermining the gay community. It diminishes his voice
as a leader of integrity. It reminds people of his view of politics
and change- one that foreshadows weakness- not strength. As is always
the case, shallow manipulations by politicians or others will
ultimately have no effect on the course of history and emergence of
the truth. So as Obama returns a favor to his friend and reaches out
to the evangelical Christian right- the struggle for gay rights
marches on and will prevail.
Greenberg, 12/17/2008; See also:
Warren Does the Gay Rights Shuffle, 12/25/2008
California Middle School Student Murdered in School Because of Sexual
Orientation: Remembering Lawrence King, 2/14/2008
My name is Lowell Greenberg. Thank you for giving me the
opportunity to make a
brief statement. As a 51 year old gay professional, I ask you to end my
as a second class citizen in the state of Oregon. I urge the legislature
people like me- my brothers and sisters- the rights we are entitled to. By
doing we will all be freer and our lives ennobled.
Today is also the day the Civil War ended. That war was fought partly over
the issue of slavery. Please let one more vestige of oppression fall.
-Statement to the Oregon House and Senate as they began hearings on
Senate Bill 2 (SB 2) & House Bill 2007 (HB 2007). SB 2 bans discrimination
based on sexual orientation and HB 2007 legally recognizes same-sex
relationships. 4/9/2007. On May 9, 2007, Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski
signed both bills into law.
cannot prevent anybody from getting angry, or mad, or frustrated. I
can only hope they’ll turn that anger and frustration and madness into
something positive, so that hundreds will step forward, so that gay
doctors come out, the gay lawyers, gay judges, gay bankers, gay
architects. I hope that every professional gay would just say,
‘Enough!,’ come forward and tell everybody, wear a sign, let the world
know. Maybe that will help. These are my strong requests, knowing that
it could happen, hoping it doesn’t . . . and if it does, I think I’ve
already achieved something. I think it’s been worth it."-
Harvey Milk's final recording of his wishes in the event of his death.
I am gay, out & proud, so the issue of LGBT rights
obviously has a special poignancy and significance in my life. While
my homosexuality is only one aspect of my character, acceptance of it
is fundamental to my happiness and well being. Society's lack of
acceptance is therefore a tragic reminder of the importance of being
who I am and the struggle that can entail.
Even though we seek to live our lives with joy- we cannot but be made
to feel powerless- in part for who we are, for not accepting what
society says we should be. Every time there is a denial of rights, a
slight, an injustice it cannot but effect us and remind us of who we
are and what that means in this world. It is this experience that
binds us as a community and we all share it. -
Portland Pride, 2005
"I am on fire.
Everything fills me with life. I flow and shine- a lake filled
with the sun's dancing light. I care, I dance, I cry- I am
exploding. I am not alone—I am Gay- I am happy. Sunrises and
sunsets- new beginnings and endings…Life.
I am in pain and in joy. How much I want, have and need love- A
life without love is not worth living.
I am brilliant and beautiful- Gay and alive…I am me and I will
not let anyone take that from me. For to do so is to take
Shout out! Be free; Never hide! So much love- open your heart-
here it comes. A dog, a cat, a fly- a tree a flower a friend.
This is who I am- deal with it!-
pain is bad and sometimes the closer you come to life, the
closer you are to death. Imagine being a frozen sea. Life
trapped inside- changing, but frozen- not really alive. Then a
change- a gradual melting-a flood- now teeming with life. The
sun shimmers on an ocean that dances to the sky.
But oh- how I fear the return of the cold- the freezing of the
sea- I would rather die then live that again- yet it was so
much a part of me. God, please don’t let me die.
Now I cry, now I cry, but still I am free inside- at least for
now. The sun shimmers on an ocean that dances to the sky.
"To be nobody but
yourself - in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make
you everybody else - means to fight the hardest battle which any human
being can fight; and never stop fighting."
— ee cummings
"...In his honor, I dedicate this story to all the
freaks, misfits and rebels who have advanced our society by pushing
the boundaries of what is acceptable, and to those who daily challenge
the status quo by their mere existence and still find wholeness,
strength and compassion in a world wrought with so much
division."- Wade McCollum,
Actor and performer in
Hedwig and the Angry Inch, dedicating his work to the late Dennis
Bigelow, who directed the first production of Hedwig in Portland in
“When I dare to be powerful—to use my strength in the service of my
it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”
So I say to you
Be strong, be proud, be courageous."
Boykin,quoting from Audre Lorde
"I believe it is quite impossible for people to
struggle creatively if they do not truly believe in themselves. I
believe that dignity is first." - Bayard Rustin, from the
"Bayard Rustin Meets Malcolm X," reprinted from January-February,
1993 issue of Freedom Review, a publication of Freedom House.
The quality of being proud. I.1. A high or overwhelming opinion of
one’s own qualities, attainments, or estate. 2. The exhibition of
this quality in one’s attitude, bearing, conduct, etc. 3. A
consciousness of what is befitting or due to oneself or one’s
position 4. A feeling of elation or high satisfaction derived from
some action or possession. II.1. Magnificence, splendor; pomp,
display. +6. Sexual desire, ‘heat’. (1604). So, get out your pink
triangles, your black triangles, your rainbow flags, your freedom
rings. Better still, melt down these usual signifiers of same sex
identity and make something new." -
Allan Klusacek, from the
Interpride Web Site
This weeks’ Just Out editorial had an article
about how some in the LGBT community have a jaded or negative view
towards Pride. I have a message for them and anyone who has a
preconception of what Pride should or shouldn’t be:
You may find yourself comfortably ensconced in middle class values-
but do not forget- the struggle is not over. Most in society do not
accept who you are.
If you are a teenager whose parents believe gays should be put to
death- you are not free.
If you are thinking of committing suicide because you can’t admit to
yourself who you are- you are not free.
If you are afraid of losing your job if you come out in the
workplace- you are not free.
If you or a family member are a victim to a hate crime- you are not
If you or your partner have fewer benefits and rights than the
straight population- you are not free.
Pride is a way of saying to society that we have freed ourselves and
we will free our brothers and sisters.
Pride says I am proud to be who I am- something few in society can
Pride is about empowering and power.
So if you are a cynic- then I say that you are blind- blind to your
slavery. We are not free until we are all free.
wish that society did not actively seek for ways to discriminate
against, ostracize and hurt minorities. Yet for no minority is this
more tragically the case than that of LGBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual
and Transgender people). Yet is there any reason why LGBT people
should not be totally accepted by society? My answer is a resounding
NO! In a healthy society we should look for reasons to include
not exclude our fellow human beings. For when we close
ourselves to others, a little of our own humanity dies as well. -
"When we close our hearts to someone else we
may think that we are insulating ourselves, or those we love, from
danger. The very act of closing our hearts, though, often does
more damage than the risk we are trying to avoid."
Alan and Cheryl Greene
From a religious perspective, I do not believe God loves one less
because he or she is gay or engaged in a gay relationship.
Unfortunately, some in the Catholic Church see homosexual
behavior as "intrinsically disordered" or contrary to natural
law. From the
Catechism of the Catholic Church:
"2358 The number of men
and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not
negligible. They do not choose their homosexual condition; for
most of them it is a trial. They must be accepted with
respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust
discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These
persons are called to fulfill God's will in their lives and,
if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the
Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their
The views of some in the Catholic Church also echo
Catholic League president William Donohue:
“...At the close of a
typically vulgar gay pride parade in Rome, the pope simply
quoted from the Catholic Catechism what has been a long
standing teaching of the Church regarding homosexuality.
The pope did not attack gays as ‘disordered,’ rather
he said the homosexual ‘inclination’ is disordered, a
position that is consistent with the teaching that
homosexual acts are ‘contrary to the natural law.’
The pope then said that homosexuals ‘must be accepted
with respect, compassion and sensitivity.’
“One more thing: if
Graham [Washington D.C. Councilman Jim Graham] is really
concerned about injury to gays, he ought to admonish them to
practice sexual restraint.
It saves lives better than any condom ever will...”
comment seems cynical- not reflective of any real love or
understanding. Why is the gay community singled out for the
admonition on sexual restraint? Obviously, the one sure way
to avoid HIV infection through sex is not to have sex
(homosexual or heterosexual). No serious leader in the gay
community doubts the importance of safer sex- a continuum
of choices that is more likely to appeal to many homosexuals
than abstinence. Further, sexual restraint by itself is not
enough- any high risk behavior is dangerous. Will
offending the homosexual community build credibility with
the same? Does referring to the Gay Pride parade in Rome as
typically vulgar help build bridges? Volleying of
insults back and forth between the Church and the gay
community only seeks to undo the good works of both.
The Catholic group,
"envisions and works for a time when Gay, Lesbian,
Bisexual and Transgendered Catholics are affirmed and experience
dignity through the integration of their spirituality with their
sexuality, and as beloved persons of God participate fully in all
aspects of life within the Church and Society."
Gay and Lesbian Mormons serves the needs
of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Mormons and their
supportive family and friends through social and educational
is a volunteer service organization, a diverse collection of Mormon
families engaged in the cause of strengthening families with
homosexual members. They "share witness that gay and lesbian Mormons
can be great blessings in the lives of their families, and that
families can be great blessings in the lives of their gay and
lesbian members." X'd: Confessions
of a Mormon Boy, is a compassionate and deeply honest one man
play acted and written by Steven Fales. It that shares his road from
denial to full self-acceptance as a spiritual, caring, loving and
responsible father and gay man.
John Shelby Spong, the 8th bishop of Newark Diocese of the
Episcopal Church has been a leader in espousing the belief that,
"...homosexuality and heterosexuality are morally neutral, that both
can be lived out with beauty, honor, holiness, and integrity and
that both are capable of being lived out destructively." Also
read Bishop Spong's,
"A Message to the Anglican Communion on the Subject of
On 8/5/03, Rev. V. Gene Robinson was confirmed as the first openly
gay bishop in the Episcopal Church.
later, the Episcopal Church gave official recognition to same sex
The United Church of
Christ allows homosexuals to be ordained ministers. It, along
Unitarian Universalist Church and the
Jewish reform congregations support
same-sex marriages. Affirm
United / S'Affirmer Ensemble [AU/SAE] is an organization of
persons working through education and social integration for the
welcoming of diverse peoples, especially the inclusion of gay,
lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons in the life and work of
the church. AU / SAE is composed of people of all sexual
orientations and gender identities and so it is open to all people
within the United Church of
Canada who support these goals. The Metropolitan
Community Church is a worldwide fellowship of Christian churches
with a special outreach to the world's gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgender communities. Members of the
Association of Welcoming &
Affirming Baptists (AWAB) are churches, organizations, and
individuals who have joined together to advocate for the full
inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons within
Baptist communities of faith.
See the PFLAG publication,
"Faith in Our Families." See also:
Mel White's JusticeNet, " "I'm
gay. I'm proud. And God loves me without reservation." &
Psychological Association long ago abandoned the idea that
homosexuality is a mental illness. The following is from a statement
published January 26, 1990, by Bryant Welch, J.D., Ph.D., Executive
Director for Professional Practice, American Psychological
Association. See also the
APA Policy Statements on Lesbian and Gay Issues and
APA Amicus Brief relating to the nature of sexual
on homosexuality is very clear. Homosexuality is neither
mental illness nor moral depravity. It is simply the way a
minority of our population expresses human love and sexuality.
Study after study documents the mental health of gay men and
lesbians. Studies of judgment, stability, reliability, and
social and vocational adaptiveness all show that gay men and
lesbians function every bit as well as heterosexuals.
Nor is homosexuality a matter of individual choice. Research
suggests that the homosexual orientation is in place very
early in the life cycle, possibly even before birth. It is
found in about ten percent of the population, a figure which
is surprisingly constant across cultures, irrespective of the
different moral values and standards of a particular culture.
Contrary to what some imply, the incidence of homosexuality in
a population does not appear to change with new moral codes or
social mores. Research findings suggest that efforts to
"repair" homosexuals are nothing more than social prejudice
garbed in psychological accoutrements.
All targets of discrimination, be they blacks, women,
handicapped, or religious sects, have a uniquely horrible
dimension to their suffering. This is true for gay men and
lesbians as well. Psychologically, sexuality and sexual
orientation represent life forces which form the most
sensitive bedrock of our being. They not only shape our
attitudes and our passions, but they are so fundamental to our
personality structure that they, in large part, determine our
sense of personal cohesiveness and our level of comfort in the
world. They are the driving force with which we love, work,
For patients [in psychotherapy], the societal assumption that
homosexuality [is] sick and/or immoral creates an emotional,
sensual, and spiritual prison where self-expression, love, and
the deepest forms of human connectedness [are] stultified
though anguishing guilt and self-loathing. For those of us in
psychology who have had this kind of experience working with
gay men and lesbians, the impact has been quite profound. For
over two decades now, the American Psychological Association
has advocated the elimination of discrimination against gay
men and lesbians.
Finally, if one thinks about the vast real problems
confronting our society and attacking our family
structure--problems such as family violence, divorce, drug and
alcohol abuse, child abuse, homelessness, and isolation, it
becomes clear that individuals who are obsessed with how a
minority of our citizens express love and sexuality have,
indeed, established a most peculiar set of priorities, both
for themselves and for others.
Healthy and secure heterosexuals do not feel threatened by
homosexuality. Healthy heterosexuals don't need to oppress
homosexuals. Healthy heterosexuals don't need to "repair"
The real issue confronting our society today is not why people
seek love and understanding as they do, but why some seem so
unable to love and understand."
Dr. Alfred Kinsey, a leading researcher on sex,
proposed a 7 point scale. Quoting from:
Kinsey, et al. (1948).
Sexual Behavior in the Human Male:
not represent two discrete populations, heterosexual and
homosexual. The world is not to be divided into sheep and
goats. It is a fundamental of taxonomy that nature rarely
deals with discrete categories... The living world is a
continuum in each and every one of its aspects, (p 639).
While emphasizing the continuity of the gradations between
exclusively heterosexual and exclusively homosexual histories,
it has seemed desirable to develop some sort of classification
which could be based on the relative amounts of heterosexual
and homosexual experience or response in each history... An
individual may be assigned a position on this scale, for each
period in his life.... A seven-point scale comes nearer to
showing the many gradations that actually exist, (pp. 639,
"37 percent of the total male
population has at least some overt homosexual experience to
the point of orgasm" (p. 650); and "10 percent of the males
are more or less exclusively homosexual ... for at least
three years between the ages of 16 and 55" (p. 651)."
AIDS as a Gay man's disease, conveniently forget that
the victims of AIDS also include
children, women, and heterosexual men. Those who would
not show full compassion to
all AIDS victims, regardless of how they contracted
the disease are guilty of an unimaginable sin. Their
personal emptiness and coldness of heart in this life would
almost seem punishment enough. See:
On Tolerance, Love and Things That Go Bump on the Net,
by the late Kathy Williams,
for more thoughts and feelings on this topic.
Why do I feel compelled to write this essay? In part,
because I fear that somewhere there is a teenager who is
depressed, angry and agonizing over his gay, bisexual or
transgender feelings. A teenager who is contemplating
suicide. The statistics show that gay teenagers represent
one-third of all teenage suicides even though gays
represent less than one tenth of the population. In a
nationally representative study of adolescent health, gay
youth reported significantly greater degrees of both
depression and substance abuse, both significant risk
factors for teenage suicides. I want that teenager to
realize that being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender
and/or having gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender feelings is
natural, normal and healthy.
LGBT people can lead as happy and fulfilling lives as their
straight counterparts. I don't want him or her to lose their
life because there are elements within the society that are
abusive, cold, unforgiving or ignorant. Most importantly, I
want that teenager to know that there are numerous people
and groups that they can trust and that offer support and
acceptance. Gabi Clayton writes very movingly about her late
son in her
Portrait of a Son's Suicide:
Also read the story of Greg Congdon,
Sport Tackles Tough Season."
See also the
"Be Yourself," that addresses various questions and
answers for gay, lesbian and bisexual youth. The
Day of Silence Project is a national youth movement
protesting discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender people and their allies. The
believes all young people, regardless of sexual orientation
or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in
which to achieve their full potential. HMI creates this
environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and
questioning youth between the ages of 12 and 21 and their
families. Families Against
Hate provides support, guidance and assistance to
families and individuals dealing with incidents based on
bias; and to the people, organizations and agencies who
serve and support them.
Though the lives of LGBT people can be difficult, in some
ways their lives are blessed. They know what it means to be
mocked and persecuted by some elements in society- sometimes
even by their very own families. This rejection can breed
resentment. But it can also enlarge one's compassion and
understanding for all who are oppressed. Every LGBT man or
woman at every stage in his or her life must weigh the
social and psychological consequences of "coming out of the
closet" or not "coming out." Coming out can be a process
that takes place over many, many years. Sometimes the most
difficult part is coming out to oneself and the self
acceptance this implies. Often the choices made can be both
courageous and difficult- fraught with peril as well as
relief, acceptance and great joy. Read the a letter a
"supportive grandfather and retired police officer wrote to
his 18 year old grandson when he knew the youth was ready to
come out to him:
"Grandfather's Day," The Advocate, 6/14/02." The web
Acceptance," details the the experiences of a family
coping with the fact that their son is gay. It is a story
told with love and pain- poignant, detailed and uplifting.
Gays, Lesbians, Bisexual and Transgender people are entitled
to the same legal protections afforded other minority groups
in society. This includes giving same-sexed partners the
same legal rights and responsibilities afforded married
heterosexual couples (See:
Same-Sex Marriage). Why is it so hard for people to
realize that we all comprise some minority? We all need our
rights defended against the majority. Perhaps we are
disabled, sick, short, tall, left handed, whatever.... we
all are entitled to basic human rights, love and acceptance.
As for love, do not think it felt less
because one is LGBT. Nor underestimate the shame, confusion
and guilt that LGBT men and women sometimes feel- even about
their own love. As
William Shakespeare wrote:
confess that we two must be twain,
Although our undivided loves are one:
So shall those blots that do with me remain
Without thy help by me be borne alone.
In our two loves there is but one respect,
Though in our lives a separable spite,
Which though it alter not love's sole effect,
Yet doth it steal sweet hours from love's delight.
I may not evermore acknowledge thee,
Lest my bewailed guilt should do thee shame,
Nor thou with public kindness honour me,
Unless thou take that honour from thy name:
But do not so; I love thee in such sort
As, thou being mine, mine is thy good report
Sonnet XXXVI, William Shakespeare
It is thought by some that
Shakespeare (perhaps Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of
Oxford), was addressing the Sonnets to the
Earl of Southampton.
In the play, "Hamlet," the "tedious
old fool" Polonius, told the young Hamlet, "This above
all, - to thine own self be true; And it must follow,
as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to
account these words as wise, but what if Shakespeare
was implying that you cannot be true to yourself and
be true to society-
given its false outer conventions
and deep prejudices. Shakespeare revealed himself
through his plays' chief characters- yet his own
life was secretive. If he had not kept his secrets,
would his plays have survived through time? Would he
have lived long enough to complete them? Perhaps-
but this makes his life no less tragic. However, if
today, we do not try to remove the veil of secrecy
from our own lives- the burden of others now and
later will be that much heavier.
Let us thank Shakespeare for leaving
markers in time -gifts not unlike the great pyramids
and the temples of old- left to future generations to
uncover their true meaning.
And then there is love...
Let me not to the marriage of true
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.- Sonnet 116
There are many forms of love- but to find this love
with one person..I don't even know if is
possible..but my heart does yearn for it.
And there was the great gay
American poet, Walt Whitman, who wrote:
Once I pass'd through a populous
city imprinting my brain for future use with its
shows, architecture, customs, tradition,
Yet now of all that city I remember only a man I
casualy met there who detained me for love of me,
Day by day and night by night we were together — all
else has long been forgotten by me, I remember I saw
only that man who passionately clung to me, Again we
wander, we love, we separate again, Again he holds
me by the hand, I must not go, I see him close
beside me with silent lips sad and tremulous. -Once
I Pass'd Through A Populous City
I will therefore let flame from
me the burning fires that were threatening to
I will lift what has too long kept down those
I will give them complete abandonment,
I will write the evangel-poem of comrades and of
Starting from Paumanok
"Because I have known only men; and you know
that...the fairy makes me laugh, amuses me with his
womanish itch to wash, iron and sew, to paint
himself, to wear skirts, to speak with effeminate
faces and gestures. But I don't like it. Normality
is neither your way of knowing only women, or mine.
What's normal is love without limits. Because love
is more and better than the morality of a dogma,
Catholic morality; there is no one [that] can make
me resign myself to the sole stance of having
children. In my way there is no misrepresentation.
Both are as they are. Without switching. There is no
assigning of roles. There is no substitution or
imitation. There is only abandon and joyous mutual
possession. But it would take a real revolution. A
new morality, a morality of complete freedom. That
is what Walt Whitman was asking for."-
Greg Dawes, in his essay,"On the Textualization of
Sexuality and History in Hispanism," quoting a
passage by Federico Garcia Lorca from Richard L.
Predmore book, Lorca's New York: Social Injustice,
Dark Love, Lost Faith (Durham: Duke University
Press, 1980): 82-83.
LGBT Rights Resources
Allows Faith Based Groups To Discriminate Against Gay Workers
"(Washington) Legislation to allow
faith-based groups which receive federal money to circumvent local and
state human rights laws protecting LGBT workers has passed the House
Johnson, 365gay.com, 3/3/05
contacted Media Matters, but left questions on advocacy ads
Comment: CBS in a reprehensible move decided to not air a United
Church of Christ ad that says all are welcome in the church- including
sexual minorities...See also:
Communicators React to CBS, NBC Nixing of Church Ad &
United Church of Christ
files petition with FCC over networks' refusal of church advertisement
In response to Media Matters for America's
December 1 item about CBS's decision not to air a United Church of
Christ ad, a CBS spokesperson contacted Media Matters to make the case
that the network's policy on advocacy advertisements is consistently
applied. The spokesperson, however, was unable or unwilling to explain
why the network ran advocacy ads that support Bush administration
positions while rejecting those deemed contrary to administration
Statement from Judy and Dennis Shepard Concerning
20/20 Report aired on 11/6/2004 on the Murder of
"On November 26, 2004, 20/20 will air a piece that
promised 'new information and facts' about Matt's
beating and subsequent death. Dennis and I reviewed an
advance copy of the show and were dismayed and
saddened by the tabloid nature of the show, its lack
of serious reporting of facts in evidence, and the
amateurish nature of asking leading questions to the
people who were interviewed..."
promotional efforts to the contrary, 20/20 has not
presented a 'new' theory. Much of this information
was included in a Vanity Fair story in March 1999. What
is new is the unfortunate downslide of
a reputable news magazine show when its highly
respected host retires. 20/20 has sacrificed years of
professional journalistic ethics and values for a stab
at revisionist history ... and ratings."
Kerry Campaign Accuses GOP Of Homophobic Dirty Tricks,
Schools In Two States Targeted For Ill Treatment Of
(Washington) The ACLU is battling
school districts in two states alleging they are
systematically targeting LGBT students for abuse.
In Missouri, the ACLU has come to the defense of a
high school junior who was sent home twice from school
for wearing t-shirts bearing gay pride messages. The
principal cited concerns that other students may be
offended by the shirts worn by Brad Mathewson.
Commentary: In the 3rd 2004 Presidential
Debate that took place on October 13, 2004 at Arizona
State University, Senator John Kerry made the
following statement when asked "Do you believe
homosexuality is a choice?
"We‘re all God‘s children. And I
think if you were to talk to Dick Cheney‘s daughter,
who is a lesbian, she would tell you that she‘s being
who she was, she‘s being who she was born as.
I think if you talk to anybody, it‘s not choice. I‘ve
met people who struggled with this for years, people
who were in a marriage because they were living a sort
of convention, and they struggled with it."
minorities should be afforded all civil, economic and
political rights afforded any other societal group.
Kerry's statement regarding choice agrees with
the American Psychological Association's view that
sexual orientation is not a choice.
Mary Cheney's view on choice is best ascertained by
asking her, though I suspect she would agree with
Kerry, the APA and many others.
Mary herself has been out of the closet for a over a
Sierra Leone: Lesbian Rights Activist Brutally
"The government of Sierra Leone should bring to
justice those responsible for the brutal murder of
FannyAnn Eddy, founder of the Sierra Leone Lesbian and
Gay Association and a lesbian rights activist known
across Africa, Human Rights Watch said today.
FannyAnn Eddy was a person of extraordinary bravery
and integrity, who literally put her life on the line
for human rights.
Eddy, 30, was found dead on the morning of September
29. While she was working alone in the Sierra Leone
Lesbian and Gay Association’s offices the previous
night, her assailant or assailants apparently broke in
to the premises. She was raped repeatedly, stabbed and
her neck was broken."
LGBT leaders decry 3 Republican
convention speakers, 8/30/2004
'Moderate' Face of Republican National Convention
Can't Hide the Truth: Bush Administration 'the most
anti-gay in history of gay rights movement,' says
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force- 8/27/2004
Ruling in Mass. Sets Up 1st Gay Marriages in U.S.
"The highest court in
Massachusetts declared yesterday that the state
legislature may not offer "civil union" instead of
marriage for same-sex couples, a ruling that paves the
way for the first state-recognized same-sex marriages
in U.S. history." -
Charles Lane, Washington Post, 2/5/04
Massachusetts high court OKs gay marriage
"The Massachusetts Supreme
Judicial Court ruled Tuesday that civil marriage
licenses in the state must be made available to
same-sex couples in 180 days." -
Ann Rostow, Gay.com/Planet Out Network, 11/18/03
11/2/2003: The Episcopal Church became the first major
Christian denomination to make an openly gay man a
consecrating V. Gene Robinson on Sunday as bishop of
New Hampshire. The act almost certainly means
disgruntled conservatives will break from the church.
6/26/03, Lawrence v. Texas: U.S. Supreme Court upholds
that the state cannot demean the existence or control
the destiny of homosexuals by making their private
sexual conduct a crime.
There is, according to the Court, a
promise of the Constitution that there is a realm of
personal liberty which the government may not enter.
According the Justice Kennedy, "Had those who drew and
ratified the Due Process Clauses of the 5th Amendment
or the Fourteenth Amendment known the components of
liberty in its manifold possibilities, they might have
been more specific. They did not presume to have this
insight. They knew times can bind us to certain truth
and later generations can see the laws once thought
necessary and proper in fact serve only to oppress. As
the Constitution endures, persons in every generation
can invoke its principles in their own search for
"The Bush administration is working with the
nation's largest charity, the Salvation Army, to make it
easier for government-funded religious groups to practice
hiring discrimination against gay people, according to an
internal Salvation Army document," Dana Milbank, Washington
Post, July 10, 2001.
LGBT Rights Resources
100 Best Lesbian and Gay Novels
Online community for the non-traditional
LGBT adoptive and pre-adoptive Families.
Here's where you'll find
gay teen books, gay teens
in high school,
gay youth resources,
books about gay teens, books for gay
teens, gay young adult books, gay young
adult novels, gay coming of age books,
gay teen novels.
An international organization dedicated
to Muslims who are lesbian gay bisexual
transgendered those questioning their
sexual orientation and/or gender identity
as well as their families friends
partners and allies.
"A great nation deserves the truth,"
John Aravosis, a gay journalist &
political consultant in Washington, DC
who cares about gay politics & likes
getting involved & making a difference.
The Association for Gay,
& Bisexual Issues in Counseling
The site emphasizes HIV/AIDS prevention, and there is
a large and very popular section for young people, but
there is also help provided for HIV positive people,
with new pages on HIV treatment, and extra pages of
stories from people living with HIV and AIDS.
Exists to provide information for & about
same-gender-loving lesbian gay bisexual
& transgendered people of African descent.
Body Electric School
School of the healing arts committed to
helping people experience their potential as healers of self
and others through touch, conscious breath, and honoring the
wisdom of the body.
Web site of John R. Ballew, Licensed
Professional Counselor & Certified Massage Therapist. Site
is geared to issues concerning gay youth and gay
Bonus Round Gay Youth
Canadian Lesbian & Gay
"Who are we? The answer, in brief, is a
group of volunteers working in Toronto to
preserve lesbian and gay history in
Canada and beyond. We've been at it
since 1973. And we're organized to continue
this work - and preserve that history
- long into the future."
of Lesbians & Gays Everywhere
Supporting young people with gay,
lesbian, bisexual, & transgender parents.
Children with AIDS
Assists organizations that have a significant
impact in areas such as AIDS education
& advocacy, & the empowerment of gay
men, lesbians, bisexual & transgendered peoples.
In addition to its grant making activities,
the Foundation annually bestows the Courage
Awards for bravery in the face of discrimination,
intolerance & bigotry based on sexual
Umbrella organization for groups that
hold a variety of social events (and
occasional educational activities) that
provide member couples with the opportunity
to meet and interact with other gay &
lesbian couples in an atmosphere that
is supportive of our relationships.
Clark , Ph.D.
"Being gay is an ability to love..Don
is a psychologist and author of the classic,
"Loving Someone Gay."
Edward Carpenter Community
A group of gay men committed to caring, trusting, personal
growth, sharing, creativity and other principles and
intentions aimed at nurturing 'community'.
"This website is written by parents for parents.
We are not ministers or therapists with
professional credentials to give you advice.
We are small-town American neighbors. We do
not have a political or cultural agenda. We are
sharing our story in the hopes of providing for you what
we could not get for ourselves: Support, comfort and
understanding on a difficult issue- having a child who is
Provides adoptive and pre-adoptive families with a
centralized resource for information and support.
of Gay Games
Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego
Clayton's LGBTQ & Other Resources
Web site of John Aravosis. A gay
political consultant in Washington, DC who
cares about gay politics and likes getting
involved & making a difference.
The Gay Financial
About empowering the LGBT community
financially. Dedicated to delivering the
complete range of financial service products
to the Gay & Lesbian market.
History & Literature
Essays by Rictor Norton
Gay and Lesbian National
Gay and Lesbian Organizations & Publications
Gay Spirit Visions
men who love men. We pursue
nurturing, healing heart connection with
other like-minded men. We celebrate
our varied spiritual paths."
Online culture, politics, health,
entertainment, reviews, people, & world
Literature- Gay &
Lesbian Reading Group
Devoted to Literature about Gay,
Bisexual, & Trans (GLBT) life – past,
present, and future; it is also the home
of the Gay & Lesbian Reading Group.
Gay travel, entertainment, politics & sex.
Believes all young people,
regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve
a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve
their full potential. HMI creates this environment for
lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning
youth between the ages of 12 and 21 and their
How Gay was Lincoln?
Article by Andrew Sullivan discussing C.A. Tripp's
"The Intimate World of Abraham Lincoln."
The Imperial Sovereign Rose Court is
dedicated to having fun while raising
money for charities within the gay, lesbian,
bisexual & transgender community.
and Lesbian Healthcare
Vision is to provide opportunities for
gay & lesbian Iranian healthcare providers
to network, establish a sense of unity, &
challenge homophobia within the Iranian
Male, nude erotic gay art.
for Gay and Lesbian
Unbiased, independent research that
counters right wing think tanks and other
groups that disseminate misinformation,
distortions, & blatant lies about lesbian,
gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
International Gay and Lesbian Review
Provides abstracts & reviews that relate to
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgendered
Studies. Selected unpublished Ph.D.
dissertations & MA theses may also be included.
& Gay Parenting
An encyclopedia of gay, lesbian, bisexual,
transgender & queer culture.
Gay in Russia | Go
Loves Makes a
To work for social change to create a supportive
environment within our communities and to provide a
public voice for all families, especially those
subjected to social, economic, and legal
discrimination due to sexual orientation or gender
"It is now believed that the
terrorists on Flight 93 intended to crash the airplane
into the United States Capitol where I work, the great
house of democracy where I was that day," the senator
said. "It is very possible that I would have been in
the building, with a great many other people."
"I may very well owe my life to Mark and the others
who summoned the enormous courage and love necessary
to deny those depraved, hateful men their terrible
triumph. Such a debt you incur for life."
U.S. Senator John McCain,
Online content written specifically
and questioning youth.
Institute & Archives
Houses large research library on Gay, Lesbian,
Bisexual, & Transgendered heritage
Online Diary of Steve Schalchin
Out in America
The National Coalition for Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Youth. Contains a wide
range of resources available for youth and educators.
Overcoming Heterosexism & Homophobia:
with a History: An Online
Mission is to inform people living with HIV, their
caregivers and their healthcare and service providers
about the treatment and monitoring of HIV disease;
Advocate to facilitate research towards a cure and for
appropriate regulatory policies, legislation and
funding for HIV research, treatment and care; and
Inspire people to make informed choices, take
effective action in the fight against HIV and choose
hope over despair.
Online portal for gay, lesbian, bisexual &
transgender parents & their families
The Publishing Triangle
The purpose of the Publishing Triangle is to
further the publication of books & other
materials written by lesbian & gay authors
with lesbian & gay themes.
"We realize that artistic identity is
molded by myriad factors, an amalgam
of gender, racial, ethnic and sexual, to
name a few. But we also know that
honest artistic expression by the queer
community plays a role in combating
homophobia and advancing the principles
of intellectual integrity."
Online resources integrated with the best visual and
textual resources in Queer Culture, Queer Theory,
Queer Studies, Gender Studies and related fields.
Rainbow World Fund
bisexual, transgender &
supportive heterosexual humanitarian
service agency. Rainbow World Fund’s
mission is to promote LGBT philanthropy
in the area of world humanitarian relief.
RWF provides a united voice, a large visible
presence, and a structure to deliver LGBT
charitable assistance to the larger world
Sexual Minority Youth
SMYRC is a safe space free from drugs,
alcohol & violence where Lesbian, Gay,
Trans, Bi and Questioning youth in the Portland,
Oregon area, age 23 & younger, can
socialize, read, use computers, find support
and create art. Diverse resources provide
them with tools to find jobs, friends, food,
counseling, mentoring & safety.
Network of friends learning non-violence
from Gandhi and King. Seeking justice
for God's Lesbian Gay, Bisexual &
Established in 1985, the STOP AIDS
project works to prevent HIV transmission
among all gay & bisexual men in San
Francisco through multicultural,
Suddenly, Last Winter
"...Luca and Gustav, two men in their 30s, have
been a stable couple for eight years now.
No significant news in a western European
country, one would assume. One would, and
wrong too. As a matter of fact, they live in Italy
and it turns out there are still places out there in
Euroland where the acknowledgment of Luca and
Gustav’s basic civil rights as a couple are an issue,
and big news in fact..."
Non-profit organization dedicated to
addressing the needs of
intersex and trans
survivors of domestic and sexual
violence through caring action, education &
expanding access to resources &
to opportunities for action.
Retrospect of the works of the legendary gay
artist, Tom of Finland,, nude erotic gay art.
Goal is to provide the Transgender
community with quality
Committed to publishing the most
site of services &
information, accurately representing
the Transgendered community, in a
Crane: A Journal of Gay Men's
Explores gay spirituality to uncover the
variety of the manifestations of spiritual quest
among contemporary gay men & to reclaim
their place in the development of human
consciousness, committed to the intuition that
gay consciousness plays a special and important
role in the evolution of life on planet Earth.
Seeks to support the dignity & spirit
of gay lesbian bisexual & transgendered
persons around the country.
Online News Journal For Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgendered Christians
History of Male Love
Dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ
youth. Aims to educate & inform LGBTQ
youth about their importance in society
by placing their individual stories in an
international forum; to foster and encourage
the exchange of ideas by queer youth on
issues pertinent to queer youth (to allow
their voices to be heard); & to promote
positive self-image & sense of belonging.
Youth Guardian Resources
Provides support services on the
Internet to gay, lesbian, bisexual,
transgendered, questioning, &
straight supportive youth.
Let My People Go- the Global Fight
for LGBT Rights.
Gay-Rights Activists Hopeful About Agenda's New
Prospects: Groups say they're close to getting a hate
crimes measure passed in the new Congress
"...With the realignment of the
House and Senate next month, gay and lesbian groups
say they are tantalizingly close to having enough
votes to ensure passage of at least the hate crimes
bill, and perhaps the discrimination measure, which
once failed in the Senate by one vote.
Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), who is gay, said the hate
crimes bill had a "very good chance of going to George
Bush's desk … in the first half of the year."
He said the discrimination measure might be further
off, noting that Democrats may not want to push for
too much too soon.
"...The hate crimes bill would provide federal
resources to local law enforcement officials; it has
the backing of 175 organizations, including the
National Sheriffs' Assn., the International Assn. of
Chiefs of Police and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
The legislation — prompted by the 1998 killing of
Matthew Shepard, a gay man who was beaten and left for
dead outside Laramie, Wyo. — has passed the Republican
Senate three times and the GOP House once but has
never reached the president's desk.
Some gay-rights activists now are demanding that the
bill include transgender individuals, which could
complicate passage."" -12/3/2006
A Blinding Flash of the Obvious
"Following the successful 2004 campaign to encourage
Cincinnati voters to overturn an anti-gay city charter
provision approved a decade earlier, People For the
American Way Foundation Director of Interfaith Outreach
Rev. Steven Baines had a vision of educating people about
the lessons learned in Cincinnati. He wanted to develop a
means for fairness advocates across the country to
replicate the success of Cincinnati. On February 15, PFAWF
celebrated his vision with the premiere of “A Blinding
Flash of the Obvious: A Film About Fairness and How It Was
Won” at the National Education Association.
The 30-minute film, produced by PFAWF, includes interviews
with local officials and activists as well as national
civil rights leaders. The film is being distributed to
activists nationwide as a part of a toolkit outlining how
the Cincinnati campaign might serve as a model for other
ACLU: Lesbian & Gay Rights
(AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power)
is a diverse, non-partisan group
of individuals united in anger and committed
to direct action to end the AIDS crisis. We
advise and inform. We demonstrate.
WE ARE NOT SILENT.
Mission is to end discrimination based on sexual
orientation and gender identity in Oregon.
News, analysis and fact checking of anti-gay rhetoric
Campaign to End Homophobia
Day of Silence Project
"Please understand my reasons for
not speaking today. I am participating in the Day of
Silence, a national youth movement protesting the silence
faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and
their allies. My deliberate silence echoes that silence,
which is caused by harassment, prejudice, and
Information and resources on the national effort to make
schools safe for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender
Works to inspire philanthropy and support nonprofit
organizations throughout Oregon that further its mission
to build communities that embrace the dignity and worth of
all people. Originated by Oregon’s lesbian and gay
community, Equity works to promote social justice,
education and the welfare of the people of Oregon.
Dedicated to protecting the rights of LGBT people in Washington State through lobbying in the
state legislature and political contacts in the state and
Clayton's LGBTQ & Other Resources
Gay & Lesbian Medical
Works to maximize the quality of health
services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and
transgender people through public
advocacy and increase the visibility of
the specific health concerns of LGBT patients.
Gay and Lesbian Organizations & Publications
Gay-Straight Alliance Network is a youth-led organization
that connects school-based Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) to
each other and community resources. Through peer support,
leadership development, and training, GSA Network supports
young people in starting, strengthening, and sustaining GSAs
and builds the capacity of GSAs to:
-Create safe environments in schools for students to support
each other and learn about homophobia and other oppressions,
-Educate the school community about homophobia, gender
identity, and sexual orientation issues, and
-Fight discrimination, harassment, and violence in schools.
Focused on the needs issues & concerns
of gender variant people in human society.
is to secure equal opportunity
for all people, regardless of sexual
orientation or gender identity.
Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) is a New England
legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination
based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity
and expression. Providing litigation, advocacy, and
educational work in all areas of gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgender civil rights and the rights of people living
with HIV, GLAD has a full-time legal staff and a network of
cooperating attorneys across New England.
GLAAD, Gay &
Strives to assure that each member
of every school community is valued and respected
regardless of sexual orientation or gender
Provides truthful information and
support to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and
allied persons who have attended, are attending,
employed by, or associated with religious
education institutions through support, education and
Rights Campaign |
Provides a national voice on gay and lesbian
issues. The Human Rights Campaign lobbies
Congress; mobilizes grassroots action in
diverse communities; invests strategically
to elect a fair-minded Congress; and increases
public understanding through education &
Coalition of immigrants, attorneys & other
activists who address the widespread impact
of discriminatory immigration laws on the
lives of those in the gay, lesbian, bisexual
& transgender community and immigrants
who are living with HIV/AIDS.
International Gay and
Human Rights Commission
mission of the International Gay
and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
is to secure the full enjoyment of the
human rights of all people and communities
subject to discrimination or abuse on the
basis of sexual orientation or expression,
gender identity or expression, and/or
National organization committed to achieving
full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians,
gay men, bisexuals, the transgendered, &
people with HIV or AIDS through impact litigation,
education, & public policy work.
Addresses issues of concern to lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgender Latinas/os at local, state, regional,
national and international levels.
Loves Makes a
To work for social change to create a supportive
environment within our communities and to provide a
public voice for all families, especially those
subjected to social, economic, and legal
discrimination due to sexual orientation or gender
The Foundation is carrying out Matthew's legacy by
supporting educational projects, activities, and
documentaries that raise awareness of the issues involving
discrimination and diversity. To date, all contributions
made to the Foundation directly support these programs.
Through her annual series of speaking engagements to high
schools, colleges, communities and corporate
organizations, Judy Shepard is sharing Matthew's values of
respect and dignity for all.
National Center for Lesbian Rights
Gay and Lesbian Task Force
National progressive organization working for
the civil rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual &
Grassroots Democratic lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender organization. Focuses on creating change
in three ways: educating the lgbt community about the
differences between the political parties; mobilizing
the lgbt community to get out to vote on Election Day
for fair-minded Democrats; and standing up when
Republicans attack lgbt families & civil rights while
leading the Democratic party to continue improving its
record on issues important to our community.
Transgender Advocacy Coalition
Works for the advancement of understanding and the
attainment of full civil rights for all transgendered,
intersexed and gender variant people in every aspect of
society and actively opposes discriminatory acts by all
means legally available.
Social justice organization that advocates
for & with young people who are lesbian, gay,
bisexual, transgender, or questioning
(LGBTQ) in an effort to end discrimination
against these youth and to ensure their
physical & emotional well being.
Peter is a Christian who has "survived" the ex-gay movement
and does a series of one man comedic shows on queer related
issues. His performances are tinged with both sadness and
creative humor. Also:
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PFLAG, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians
and Gays, is a national support, education &
advocacy organization for gay, lesbian,
bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people, their
families, friends and allies. It offers families
& friends support groups where they can learn
to understand and love one another & to offer
help where needed.
The purpose of Pride At Work is to mobilize mutual
support between the organized Labor Movement and the
LGBT Community around organizing for social and
Community based foundation working to strengthen our
gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT)
community today, and build an
endowment fund for tomorrow.
The Safe Schools Coalition offers
resources as a starting point for educators,
parents/guardians and youth. The organization is a
public-private partnership in support of Gay, Lesbian,
Bisexual & Transgender youth.
Scouting for All
Advocates for the restoration of the traditionally
unbiased values of Scouting as expressed &
embodied in the Scout Oath & the Scout Law,
& to influence the Boy Scouts of America to
serve and include as participating members ALL
youth & adult leaders, regardless of their spiritual
belief, gender, or sexual orientation.
Service Members Legal Defense
Legal services, watchdog & policy organization
dedicated to ending discrimination against &
harassment of military personnel affected
by "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and related forms
Stonewall is a national charity for gay, lesbian &
bi-sexual equality with offices in England, Scotland &
Wales. Track record includes taking the British military
to court to allow gay men and lesbians to openly serve
without fear of discharge, adoption rights and most
recently winning civil partnership rights (marriage) for
same sex couples. One of their largest projects at present
homophobia & homophobic bullying in schools across the
Non-profit organization dedicated to
addressing the needs of
intersex and trans
survivors of domestic and sexual
violence through caring action, education &
expanding access to resources &
to opportunities for action.
The Trevor Project is a nonprofit
endeavor created by the makers of TREVOR to promote
tolerance for gay and questioning youth, and to aid in
suicide prevention among that group.
Statistics have shown that gay teens are three times
more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual
peers, and The Trevor Project hopes, through its
efforts, to prevent some of those tragedies from
On August 11, 1998, The Trevor Project launched The
Trevor Helpline, the first round-the-clock national
toll-free suicide hotline for gay and questioning
youth. It's open 24 hours a day, seven days a week,
365 days a year. Teens with nowhere to turn can call
866-4-U-TREVOR, where they can talk to trained
counselors, find local resources and take important
steps on their way to becoming healthy adults. All
calls are free and confidential.
Law & Policy Institute
The Transgender Network hosts the
Transgender at Work,
The Crystal Club
and It's Time
America. It's Time America
seeks to secure & safeguard the rights of
all transgendered & Gender Variant persons;
the Transgender at Work project is a focal
point for addressing workplace issues for
the transgendered; and Crystal Club is
a Support Group for Crossdressers,
Transvestites, Transsexuals, & Their Families.
The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund is recognized as the
leading national political organization that identifies,
trains and supports open lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender candidates and officials. We are the only
national organization committed to increasing the number
of openly gay and lesbian public officials at federal,
state and local levels of government.