19 Jun 2013

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act Reaches Milestone with Its 52nd sponsor

The Washington Blade reports that Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) is about to sign on to the 2013 version of ENDA. That means the bill  has more sponsors than the 2001 version of the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act; it held the previous record for the most sponsors of any LGBT bill.

19 Jun 2013

Delaware Poised to Adopt a Transgender Rights Law [Updated]

Update (7:30 pm Wednesday): The Delaware Senate has approved the amended bill passed yesterday by the House, and Gov. Markell has signed it into law. Congratulations Delaware! Delaware is on the verge of protecting transgender residents under its anti-discrimination and hate crimes laws.  From Washington Blade: The Delaware House of

18 Jun 2013

DOMA and Prop 8 Decision Day Events

The US Supreme Court is due to rule on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 by the end of June.  Decision Day events are being planned across the country so folks can learn about the rulings and celebrate (or commiserate?) together.  Check out the website

18 Jun 2013

Marco Rubio’s Bigotry is the Worst Kind

  Remember the above sound byte from Florida Senator Marco Rubio from a while back? He was whining about being called “bigoted” because he is allegedly “pro- traditional marriage.” Of course this is how he feels about the ability to fire someone for being gay (hint – he supports it):

17 Jun 2013

Is Gender Discrimination at the Heart of the Marriage Equality Battle?

Last week  I came across a piece by Sonja West at Slate that was quite interesting, given all of the chatter about the upcoming Supreme Court rulings on Prop 8 and DOMA. The major arguments that have been made about the civil right of gays and lesbians to marry have

16 Jun 2013

Goodbye Pam’s House Blend: after nine years, closing the coffeehouse July 1

It’s as good as any time to share this; the blog started without any fanfare back in 2004, so why not drop the news when people should be out (hopefully) enjoying life offline, and fellow bloggers are heading off to Netroots Nation. It’s also only fitting that this occurs as

15 Jun 2013

If Gabriel Gomez Supports ENDA, Why Doesn’t He Say So Publicly?

Today Washington Blade claims that “Gabriel Gomez endorses ENDA“, the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act.  Congressman Ed Markey and Mr. Gomez are vying for the U. S. Senate seat recently vacated by Secretary of State John Kerry. In an email provided to the Washington Blade, Gabriel Gomez, a former Navy SEAL,

15 Jun 2013

Tackling racism and lack of diversity in the LGBT community

The lgbt community in general and I myself have had negative things to say about Washington Watch host Roland Martin as it pertains to the us. However this is a time which I am giving him praise for this recent panel discussion in Racism and a Lack of Diversity in

13 Jun 2013

President Obama’s Remarks At the White House LGBT Pride Reception

Today President Obama delivered the following remarks at the LGBT Pride Month celebration at the White House. {!hitembed ID=”hitembed_1″ width=”560″ height=”315″ align=”none” !} REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AT A RECEPTION FOR LGBT PRIDE MONTH THE PRESIDENT:  All right, I will not beat that act.  (Laughter.)  We could not be prouder

13 Jun 2013

The dignity and wisdom of Julian Bond on religious liberty and inclusion

When it comes to discussing the place of religion and the expansion of basic civil rights to the LGBT community, legend Julian Bond delivers a passionate, common-sense view often missing from the debate. This civil rights hero and ally — the chairman emeritus of the NAACP — so effortlessly states the obvious:  discrimination