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KATE WINSLET SAYS IT MAKES NO DIFFERENCE TO HER IF HER SON IS GAY

Sep 12th, 2011 03:48 PM By

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In the new issue of V Magazine, Oscar winner Kate Winslet shares how it makes no difference to her if her son is straight or gay. We applaud Kate for being such a wonderful role model and parent. Here is an excerpt from her interview:

“I like the diversity that my children are exposed to every day. I love the way their brains work. Joe [her son] turns to me the other day and says, ‘One day, I will have a girlfriend. But I might have a boyfriend. If I’m gay.’ He’s 7! And I said, ‘You might have a girlfriend or a boyfriend, darling.’ And he said, ‘Which would you prefer?’ And I said, ‘My love, that would be entirely up to you, and it doesn’t make any difference to me.’ But that he knows! It’s a real privilege. Talk about the best education.”

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HRC: NORTH CAROLINA LEGISLATURE MAY VOTE TODAY ON ANTI-MARRIAGE EQUALITY BILL

Sep 12th, 2011 12:23 PM By

According to our friends at the Human Rights Campaign:

Today HRC and Equality North Carolina staff and volunteers are pulling out all the stops to ensure that the anti-marriage equality amendment goes down in defeat. The delivery of 45,000 postcards to legislators is underway, as is the delivery of a letter signed by nearly 500 clergy and people of faith. The North Carolina legislature is poised to take up the discriminatory bills this week, and will likely vote today or tomorrow. Should they pass these bills, a constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality will appear on the 2012 ballot.

If you live in North Carolina, your legislator needs to hear from you today. Please contact your legislators right now and urge them to oppose these hateful bills.

Take Action! Tell your representatives that the legislature was sent to Raleigh to tackle jobs, the economy and the state budget, not to advance a divisive social agenda.

Volunteer at one of our in-person phone banks in Raleigh, Greensboro, Asheville, and Pinehurst and find out about our rally for equality tomorrow.

If you’re not able to join us at one of our in-person phonebanks, we’ve made it easy for you to help from your home, your office or anywhere in the state through our virtual phonebanks. Sign up today!

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TREVOR PROJECT: TALK TO ME CAMPAIGN

Sep 06th, 2011 11:30 AM By

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WHY TALK?

Sure, it’s easier to text, poke, like, or chat. But, when you TALK to someone you get a sense of how they’re really feeling. You’ll show that you care enough to listen. And, when a person has someone to talk to, they feel supported and are more likely to ask for help when they need it.

WHY NOW?

September 4th – 10th is National Suicide Prevention Week. Now is the time to check in with friends and family. Let them know that you’re available to talk. And, make sure you know what to do if someone is in crisis.

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PASTOR JAY BAKKER ON INCLUSIVITY IN CHRISTIANITY

Aug 24th, 2011 06:33 PM By

CNN’s Don Lemon talks with Pastor Jay Bakker, son of televangelists Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye Bakker Messner, about his inclusive and welcoming views of gay people in religion and Christianity.

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DOLLY PARTON ON ACCEPTANCE

Aug 23rd, 2011 11:28 AM By

Longtime equality advocate Dolly Parton shares her inspiring views on acceptance:

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HOUSTON JUDGE LIMITS THE RIGHTS OF A GAY FATHER

Aug 22nd, 2011 05:05 PM By

According to The Houston Chronicle:

“A Houston judge entered an order on June 24 which prohibits a father from leaving his children alone with any man they aren’t related to ‘by blood or adoption.’ Because there was no allegation of abuse in the case, family law practitioners say the order is an unheard of infringement on the rights of parents and a judicial condemnation of the fact that the man, William Flowers, is not only gay but married to his partner, Jim Evans.

“William and Jim were married on March 19 of last year in Connecticut, one of seven states which recognize same-sex unions. It was a second marriage for both.

“When William and his ex-wife divorced in 2004, they agreed that their three children would live with her. Wanting to change the arrangement, William recently filed for custody in Harris County. A jury found that she should keep the kids, though his regular visitations would continue. Neither William nor his ex-wife alleged that the children had been abused or were in any danger of being abused.

“Following the trial, Harris County Associate Judge Charley E. Prine, Jr. issued a ruling which included an injunction applicable only to William. It prohibits him from leaving his children alone with any male to whom the kids are not related by ‘blood or adoption.’ So if, for example, William wants to visit his mother in the hospital (where she’s been for several weeks), he can’t leave his kids at home with his husband. As written, the injunction also prohibits male doctors, teachers and pastors from being alone with the children.

“Attorneys who practice family law in Texas point out that in cases of abuse, it is common for courts to prevent children from being alone with specific people. But those same lawyers say that they’ve never heard of a case in which a step-parent or long-term partner is permanently enjoined from being alone with his or her step-children when abuse is not even alleged, let alone proven. No lawyer consulted for this story has ever heard of an order which prohibits children from being left alone with an entire gender.”

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STRAIGHT BUT NOT NARROW: NEW PSAs

Aug 22nd, 2011 03:23 PM By

Our friends at Straight But Not Narrow have released some new PSAs to help you spread the word about why it is important, especially for all you straight guys out there, to stand up for equality. Watch and share with your guy friends!

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HRC: GOVERNOR O’MALLEY STANDS UP FOR MARYLAND FAMILIES

Aug 10th, 2011 12:07 PM By

The following is from the Human Rights Campaign’s blog HRC Backstory:

martin-omalleyWe learned yesterday that the archbishop of Baltimore, Edwin O’Brien, sent Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley (D) a letter urging him to reconsider his stance on marriage equality. The archbishop argued the Governor’s position “conflicts” with his Catholic faith. O’Malley respectfully disagreed in a follow up letter. “I have concluded,” he wrote, “that treating the children of families headed by same-sex couples with lesser protections under the law than the children of families headed by heterosexual parents, is also unjust.” (Full letter is here.)

The Washington Post points to a trend that “may be surprising to some: across a range of issues regarding rights for gay and lesbian Americans, Catholics are more supportive than the general population and are more supportive [of marriage equality] than any other Christian group.” Sixty-three percent of Catholics supported making it legal for gay and lesbian couples to marry, according to a Post poll released in March. A majority of Maryland Catholics agree, even though the church hierarchy goes in the opposite direction.

Marylanders for Marriage Equality, the diverse coalition that includes HRC, SEIU, ACLU of Maryland, Pride in Faith, and others, will continue to make the case over the coming months that committed loving gay and lesbian couples across the state should have the opportunity to make that lifetime commitment to each other and to protect their families.

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SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE: ‘S.F. GAY MARRIED COUPLE LOSES IMMIGRATION BATTLE’

Aug 09th, 2011 11:07 AM By

According to The San Francisco Chronicle:

“Citing the Defense of Marriage Act, the Obama administration denied immigration benefits to a married gay couple from San Francisco and ordered the expulsion of a man who is the primary caregiver to his AIDS-afflicted spouse.

“Bradford Wells, a U.S. citizen, and Anthony John Makk, a citizen of Australia, were married seven years ago in Massachusetts. They have lived together 19 years, mostly in an apartment in the Castro district. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services denied Makk’s application to be considered for permanent residency as a spouse of an American citizen, citing the 1996 law that denies all federal benefits to same-sex couples.

“The decision was issued July 26. Immigration Equality, a gay-rights group that is working with the couple, received the notice Friday and made it public Monday. Makk was ordered to depart the United States by Aug. 25. Makk is the sole caregiver for Wells, who has severe health problems.

“‘I’m married just like any other married person in this country,’ Wells said. ‘At this point, the government can come in and take my husband and deport him. It’s infuriating. It’s upsetting. I have no power, no right to keep my husband in this country. I love this country, I live here, I pay taxes and I have no right to share my home with the person I married.’”

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THE BEN COHEN STANDUP FOUNDATION LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

Aug 04th, 2011 03:21 PM By

HomepageCongratulations to our friends at The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation on launching their new website today.

The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation is the world’s first foundation dedicated to raising awareness of the long-term, damaging effects of bullying, and funding those doing real-world work to stop it. They stand up against bullying regardless of to whom it happens. Because lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are often targeted by bullies, they give particular attention to this community. They include removing homophobia from sports as central to our mission.

Ben Cohen, MBE, is an England Rugby World Cup champion, and among the world’s greatest athletes. He ranks second in all-time scoring for England, and first among straight professional athletes to focus his philanthropic efforts for the benefit of the LGBT community.

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