A group of Toronto city councillors will file a motion on 28 May to cut the grant to Toronto Pride unless the organisers agree to ban the participation of a pro-Palestinian LGBT group, Queers Against Israeli Apartheid. They also want to ban the use of the term Israeli apartheid. >>>
Announcing the release of a research paper published by the LGBT Representation and Rights initiative at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. "Out in Office: LGBT Legislators and LGBT Rights around the World" is based on "Representation and Rights: The Impact of LGBT Legislators in Comparative Perspective," American Political Science Review, Vol.107, No.2 (May 2013).
'They say court martial!—We say Grand Marshal!' exclaim supporters of anti-war whiste blower. Governing officials of the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade are facing a severe backlash after u-turning on their decision to make embattled military whistleblower Bradley Manning an honorary Grand Marshal at the city's well-attended and much celebrated LGBT event in June. >>>
Over the past few weeks there have been several music-related media stories making the rounds in the LGBT community: the homophobic rant by Michelle Shocked and the subsequent fallout, and the Indigo Girls' commitment to stand with the trans community at the iconic Michigan Womyn's Music Festival (MWMF). The way these two stories developed exemplifies the difference in power and influence between the two communities, gay and trans, which are united except when they're not.
The organizing committee want activists, artists, educators, journalists, policy-makers, students and others involved in sexual orientation and gender identity human rights work to submit presentations to be considered to be shown at The WorldPride Human Rights Conference 2014. >>>
The Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College is pleased to announce 15 finalists for the $25,000 Kalamazoo College Global Prize and 3 finalists for its $5,000 Southwest Michigan regional social justice leadership award. >>>
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a new LGBT Global Development Partnership, a public-private partnership between the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, the Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute (GLVI), the Williams Institute, and Olivia Companies, which further promotes foreign assistance to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality in emerging markets and developing countries.
During a Supreme Court hearing to determine whether Proposition 8 (marriage shall only be between one man and one woman) was constitutional, a number of anti-gay marriage arguments got spectacularly demolished. >>>
(CNN) -- Edith Windsor, who filed the original case that could upend the Defense of Marriage Act, says just getting the case to this point is a kind of victory.
"We've made a huge step forward and a huge difference in how people look at us," she said. "And so, it'll happen. Another year if not now."
It was the death of Windsor's life partner, Thea Clara Spyer, that led to the case. >>>
The American Academy of Pediatrics declared its support for same-sex marriage for the first time on Thursday, saying that allowing gay and lesbian parents to marry if they so choose is in the best interests of their children. >>>
In a first-of-its-kind analysis that will be released at this event, the Williams Institute at UCLA has estimated the number of LGBT-identified adult undocumented immigrants living in the United States. Its analysis also uncovers a number of key demographic characteristics about this population. The Center for American Progress will also be releasing a comprehensive report at this event outlining the particular disparities, hardships, and challenges this population faces. >>>
The fact that President Obama is supporting efforts to overturn Prop 8 is a major deal, but the ASA denunciation of the Regnerus study is also a huge victory for the LGBT community. When religious right groups find a piece of information to use against the LGBT community, they tend to use it continuously. Thanks to the ASA, whenever they cite the Regnerus study, the LGBT community now have a huge caveat we can make use of.
A judge in Orange County, California has ruled that the local Vietnamese community’s annual Tet Parade can legally bar LGBTs from marching as a group. There will be no formal LGBT entries in this year’s Little Saigon Tet Parade after an Orange County judge ruled that organizers were within their First Amendment rights to bar them from taking part.
A group representing the Vietnamese American gay community plans to demonstrate Monday afternoon in front of the office of Tet parade organizers out of concern that the group won't be allowed to participate in the annual event. The Partnership of Viet Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Organizations submitted an application and a $100 fee a week ago. The group didn't get a definitive answer, but the reception was lukewarm, said Pierre Tran, a spokesman for the gay group. >>>