January 2009 Archives

''The whole purpose of sending one's child to a religious school is to ensure that he or she learns even secular subjects within a religious framework.'' Justice Betty Richli of the 4th District Appeals Court in San Bernadino, CA, in a unanimous, 3-0, ruling that determined that a religious school had the right to expel two 16-year-old girls for engaging ... [Read]

''Now that we've processed this through, my current counselor says you're a heterosexual with complications. And -- and so I don't think the boxes work for me. I think I have -- I have some thoughts in my life and some processes in my life that just don't fit neatly into the boxes, which I think is true for a ... [Read]

''If there ever needs to be sunshine on a political issue, it is with a ballot measure.'' US District Judge Morrison England, Jr, in his court ruling against the supporters of Proposition 8, the voter initiative that has essentially made gay marriage illegal in California. The judge ruled that all of the contributors names must be made public because, a ... [Read]

"I would say the most remarkable thing about this bill is that it is unremarkable. Instead of the cultural wars that we have seen year after year, we see a Legislature that is mostly on board in moving forward on protecting all of Washington's families.'' State Sen. Ed Murray, of Seattle Washington, one of six open-gay members of the Washington ... [Read]

''She is a senior parliamentarian, she is respected and loved by all of Iceland.'' Thorunn Sveinbjarnardottir, a fellow Alliance party member to Johanna Sigurdardottir, 66, a lesbian who was just appointed as Prime Minister of Iceland. She has reportedly been a member of parliament since 1978, currenly lives with her female civil partner, Jonina Leosdottir, but was previously married to ... [Read]

Pepsi launches gay commercial in UK [video]

Posted by JD Uy
January 27, 2009 11:10 AM |
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''It wasn't at all a settlement to make him be quiet or not tell his story. Our desire was to help him. Here was a young man who wanted to get on with his life. We considered it more compassionate assistance -- certainly not hush money. I know what's what everyone will want to say because that's the most salacious ... [Read]

"I do not see any relationship that I ever had with Sam as me being taken advantage of. I do not feel like I was ever a victim.... I saw it as a friendship that had crossed the line a couple of times, but I saw it as a friendship," Breedlove said. "When I say cross the line, I ... [Read]

''Gillibrand's positions may have evolved. She may yet be a defender of LGBT rights, but what's she's saying today doesn't square with her voting record. Why are these groups coming to her defense instead of asking the Senator-Elect why she didn't support legislation that would help the gay community previously? HRC says that Gillibrand "supports repeal of Don't Ask, Don't ... [Read]

''Porn is porn.... I say I'm straight, and I really am. I'm married, 3 kids.... I don't really get aroused for anybody but my, but, for my fans. Knowing that, in the back of my mind, that they're watching me -- if they want me to perform at my best, that gives me a little motivation.... I feel more ... [Read]

''My clients want to move on with their lives, but they've got to do it so there's no financial or political burden left on them with having this marriage kind of sitting out there. It's about recognizing what other states have recognized and allowing those individuals who choose to live in the state of Texas to be able to dissolve ... [Read]

''The biggest mistake is we turned everything over to professional consultants, and we would never do that again. We should have been in the strategy room with them.'' Geoff Kors of California Marriage Equality, a group that fought Proposition 8, reacting to participant sentiment at the ''Equality Summit '09'' that one of the reasons the anti-gay marriage initiative Proposition 8 ... [Read]

''As one of the leaders of the gay community, I want to apologize to the gay community for embarrassing them. I should have been truthful from the very beginning.... Well I wasn't thinking clearly, that's for sure. I was not thinking appropriately, either. I was recently out of a relationship of eleven years -- the first time in my life ... [Read]

Support for the LGBT Community Expand Hate Crimes Statutes: In 2004, crimes against LGBT Americans constituted the third-highest category of hate crime reported and... Fight Workplace Discrimination: President Obama supports the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and belie... Support Full Civil Unions and Federal Rights for LGBT Couples: President Obama supports full civil unions that give same-sex couples legal rights and ... [Read]

''The Lesbian and Gay Band Association. They are a national music organization who has concert and marching bands from cities across America, that makes up a network of Lesbian and Gay bands. Their participation marks the first time that an openly-gay and lesbian group has been invited to march in an Inaugural Parade.'' WTTG Fox5 news anchor Brian Boulter announcing ... [Read]

''The Producer of the Concert has said that the Presidential Inaugural Committee made the decision to keep the Invocation as part of the pre-show.'' A statement from the HBO Network to AfterElton.com explaining why openly-gay bishop Gene Robinson's pre-concert Invocation was cut from the program that aired on television. (Rachel Maddow via YouTube) ... [Read]

''[I]n the wake of the election many were concerned with the impact Proposition 8 could have on the personal lives of people they work with every day, and on California's ability to attract and retain a diverse mix of employees from around the world. That's why we've signed an amicus brief (PDF file) in support of several cases currently challenging ... [Read]

... [The Episcopal Church has] already considered me an adversary after partnering on projects with Kolini, Orumbi, and Nzimbi, and writing the TIME bio on Akinola. But since last summer... I've been on Gene Robinson and other's attack list for my position on gay marriage. ....[Our] brothers and sisters here at St. James in Newport Beach lost their California ... [Read]

''This offence is so serious that only an immediate sentence of imprisonment can be justified for it.'' Judge David Radford during the sentencing hearing of George O'Dowd -- a/k/a former pop singer& DJ Boy George -- who found guilty last month of imprisoning and using a chain to beat an alleged male escort he met online via Gaydar. O'Dowd ... [Read]

''Well, you're the first minister, I ever heard say being gay was a gift from God, I can tell you that.'' Oprah Winfrey looking rather like she didn't know what to say after Rev. Ed Bacon told Sedrick, a gay man seeking financial advice, that "Being gay is a gift from God." A fellow spiritual leader, Michael Bernard Beckwith, who ... [Read]

Obama supported same-sex marriage in 1996

Posted by JD Uy
January 15, 2009 6:23 AM |
''I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.'' From a 1996 survey submitted by Barack Obama to Outlines, a gay and lesbian publication in Chicago at that time. The Windy City Times has published an analysis that details the President-elect's evolution on the same-sex marriage issue. More recently, he has stated publicly that he does ... [Read]

''You don't hear politicians give a one-word answer much. But it's 'Yes.''' Obama administration spokesperson Robert Gibbs responding to a question from Thaddeus of Lansing, MI on the Change.gov website. Thaddeus question appears at the end of the video response: "Is the new administration going to get rid of the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy." (Change.gov via YouTube) ... [Read]

''I am writing to tell you that President-Elect Obama and the Inaugural Committee have invited me to give the invocation at the opening event of the Inaugural Week activities, We are One, to be held at the Lincoln Memorial.... I am humbled and overjoyed at this invitation, and it will be my great honor to be there representing the ... [Read]

Gay video game players celebrate 'Fable II'

Posted by JD Uy
January 12, 2009 8:58 AM |
''There is a history of GLBT characters appearing in video games, but it's few and far between. Assuming that we continue to develop games that either allow the player to choose their own sexuality or feature GLBT characters as a 'normal' integral part of the plot or story, this will hopefully lead to more developers adding these characters in.'' Tracy ... [Read]

''We just want to live our lives with the basic civil rights that everyone else has.'' Donna Lee, 60, a MTF post-op transgender woman who reportedly moved to Gainsville, Florida after a trans-friendly city ordinance passed there that expanded the rights of transgender individuals in regards to the use of public restrooms. In an effort to repeal the law, ... [Read]

''If it's a distraction of that sort, it's not worth the candle.... Every night, when I'd take my clothes off, you know what I used to do? Pull in my stomach. That's pathetic. I was playing an old man. I should have let it all hang out, and I couldn't do that.'' British actor Sir Ian McKellen remarking on his ... [Read]

''Several donors have indicated that they will not contribute to committee plaintiffs or similar organizations in the future because of the threats and harassment directed at them as a result of their contributions ... and the public disclosure of that fact. Indeed, there is significant evidence that, because of the disclosure of their names, donations to groups supporting the passage ... [Read]

''It's probably nothing, but the economy is really screwing all the bars right now, and the last thing we need is something ramping up the not-go-out mode people seem to be in right now. It's really freaky that someone would do something like this at a time like this.'' Keith Christensen of the Eagle bar in Seattle, WA. Eleven gay-friendly ... [Read]

''I'm one of those really bisexual types -- I can never make up my mind.... If I had my own daytime show it would be 'Gays of our Lives.' ... I would like to be a role model for the trans community. We are very under represented, and I think, even the people who are portrayed on camera now ... [Read]

''"It's crazy. [The treatment] is amazing, but it's crazy. There are things in there that I was like 'Can we do that?' It's real John Waters-y stuff, and it was more like a sequel to his movie than to our movie. Which I love, because then that becomes re-interpreted.'' Director Adam Shankman speaking about the developing storyline for John Waters' ... [Read]

Maryland will see opposing gay-marriage bills

Posted by JD Uy
January 6, 2009 2:38 PM |
''I'm like a dog. When I get hold of a bone, I don't let go.... [Proposition 8's approval] was a great encouragement. We have been considered the California of the East Coast.'' Republican Maryland Delegate Don Dwyer of Glen Burnie who is planning on reintroducing his anti-gay marriage bill in the General Assembly soon. (The Capital) ... [Read]

''Let's just say it's likely the president-elect will be occupied with many other activities.'' Linda Douglass, spokesperson for Barack Obama, telling ABC News that the President-elect will not be attending the Centaur MC Leather Weekend events. (ABC News) ''Certainly many of our guests are happy about the inauguration and some people will be attending both, but for us we're celebrating ... [Read]

''There are so many things they could be doing. Why are they not putting their energies on real issues that affect families like health care, education and homelessness?'' Reverend John Tamilio III is pastor of Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ Church, a gay-inclusive church, that objects to the efforts of other Cleveland, OH ministers to remove the city's new ... [Read]

We are good parents and more than capable of deciding who we should trust to care for our children, without the state's assistance. It is our parental right to decide what is in the best interest of our children and Act 1 infringes upon this right.'' Meredith Scroggin of Little Rock, AR who, along with her husband, believe they ... [Read]