Jenna Talackova, a trans woman, has been disqualified from the Canadian Miss Universe pageant.
HRC: Anti-gay marriage group tried to 'drive a wedge' between blacks, gays; 'interrupt process' of Latino assimilation
News release from Human Rights Campaign, HRC:
- Full list of now unsealed documents: http://www.hrc.org/nomexposed/entry/must-read
Solmonese: NOM’s brutal honesty on "gays and blacks" is game-changer
WASHINGTON - Last night the Human Rights Campaign obtained a series of documents marked “confidential” that outlined the National Organization for Marriage’s multi-year plan to stop marriage equality in the United States. In one of the documents titled “NOM Deposition Exhibit 25: National Organization for Marriage Board Update 2008-2009” these passages appear:
- The strategic goal…is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks—two key Democratic constituencies. Find, equip, energize and connect African American spokespeople for marriage; develop a media campaign around their objections to gay marriage as a civil right; provoke the gay marriage base into responding by denouncing these spokesmen and women as bigots…
- The Latino vote in America is a key swing vote, and will be so even more so in the future, both because of demographic growth and inherent uncertainty: Will the process of assimilation to the dominant Anglo culture lead Hispanics to abandon traditional family values? We must interrupt this process of assimilation by making support for marriage a key badge of Latino identity - a symbol of resistance to inappropriate assimilation.
“Nothing beats hearing from the horse’s mouth exactly how callous and extremist this group really is,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese. “Such brutal honesty is a game changer, and this time NOM can’t spin and twist its way out of creating an imagined rift between LGBT people and African Americans or Hispanics.”
The documents detail NOM’s goals, including “2010 Priority: Roll Back Gay Marriage in New Hampshire, Iowa, and D.C.” and “keeping gay marriage controversial in Massachusetts, Vermont, and Connecticut.” Marriage equality has in fact not been rolled back in either of these states or D.C.
In NOM Deposition Exhibit 12, the group notes that it plans to spend $100,000 on a “study of what schools are teaching in gay marriage/civil union regimes.”
"These documents confirm my worst beliefs about NOM's cynical politicking,” said Jeremy Hooper, editor and publisher of Good As You and NOM Exposed partner. “It's hard to find joy in such divisive political games, but I'm certainly glad we know NOM's hurtful plans now before more folks are hurt.”
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
Customs rule change would expand definition of family to include partners in long-term relationships
BY STEVE ROTHAUS, SROTHAUS@MIAMIHERALD.COM
A proposed federal rule change would expand the definition of “family” and allow nonmarried couples and others who live in one household and are traveling abroad together to reenter the United States with a single U.S. Customs declaration.
“It’s really an acknowledgement of what’s obvious to most people: that gay families are families and should be treated as such when they enter the United States,” said Rachel B. Tiven, executive director of Immigration Equality in New York.
In addition to adults in committed, long-term relationships, the rule change would also include foster children, stepchildren, half-siblings, legal wards, other dependents, according to the proposal by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Homeland Security and the Treasury departments.
Nowhere does the proposed rule change mention gay or lesbian partners. The wording specifies “two adult individuals in a committed relationship wherein the partners share financial assets and obligations,” not including “roommates or other cohabitants.”
Also, the change removes the phrase “regardless of age” to include adult partners, children and others. The proposal will be officially released Tuesday for comments and could take effect in two months.
Customs estimates an annual savings of 72,600 “burden hours” under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The government believes the change would effect more than a million travelers a year or four minutes per response.
Gay activists say the savings go beyond dollars.
At present, gay couples traveling together must each go through Customs separately.
“I’ve experienced it personally and it’s humiliating,” said Nadine Smith, executive director of Equality Florida, the state’s leading gay-rights group. “I know of people returning from their honeymoon and it’s a particularly cruel slap in the face.”
Also, many gay families today travel with their children. “We should never have to explain to our child why the person at the desk says we’re not family,” said Smith, who co-parents son Logan, nearly 11 months, with wife Andrea Smith.
Key West real estate brokers Rudy Molinet and Harry Hoehn, partners for 19 years, were married in 2003 in Canada. Last September, they had their “lunch counter moment” when confronted by a Customs official at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.
“When Harry and I approached the customs officer to enter, we walked up together as did every other married couple in line. I was ordered to ‘get back in line, only families can come up here together,’” Molinet wrote on his personal blog.
“My partner was like, ‘Oh my God, what’s going to happen?’” Molinet said Monday.
Molinet said he and Hoehn, returning to the U.S. from Paris, faced off with the armed Customs agent.
“We were very professional. We did not get irate. If you do get irate, they arrest you,” Molinet said. “He let us through because we stood our ground. Begrudgingly. Rudely, I might add. We were being treated like criminals. Some people might think it was not big deal, but it was a big deal. ... It’s a metaphor for all the things gays and lesbians go through.”
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In this video, Houston Mayor Annise Parker speaks to the journalists about being elected to a second term; her longtime life partner Kathy Hubbard and being co-chair of Mayors for the Freedom to Marry; and the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida.
Video by STEVE ROTHAUS / Miami Herald Staff
Click here to read the LGBT | POV article Lesbian Houston Mayor Annise Parker: ‘I Have a Son Who Looks Like Trayvon Martin’ by Karen Ocamb.
Click here for Dallas Voice conference coverage.
Click here to view a gallery of photos from the conference, which also featured speakers Nina Perales, litigation director of MALDEF, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund; R. Clarke Cooper, executive director of Log Cabin Republicans; Jerame Davis, executive director of National Stonewall Democrats; Marc Solomon, national campaign director of Freedom to Marry; Steve Walker, deputy political director of the Democratic National Committee; Tiffany Muller of Victory Fund; and Mara Keisling, executive director of National Center for Transgender Equality.
From Nancy Starr:
Sunset Tavern and Nancy Starr present:
Kiss N Bang Thursdays
Sunset Tavern: 7232 SW 59th Ave, South Miami, FL 33143
Event Time: 10:00PM - 3:00AM
Begins: April 5, 2012
Kiss N Bang Thursdays
On Thursday April 5th 2012, Sunset Tavern in South Miami will open its doors for the highly anticipated return of its infamous Lady’s Night- with Miami’s finest, DJ Nancy Starr, at 10 pm for the opening night hype.
DJ Nancy Starr will be spinning an eclectic array of dance music; her music is featured on iTunes. Feel free to tune into her weekly 2 hour global radio broadcast, Ego Trip, weekly on Fridays from 1pm-3pm EST via LazerFM.com.
Slovenians reject law in referendum that would have allowed gays, lesbians to adopt partners' children
BY ALI ZERDIN, ASSOCIATED PRESS
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia -- Slovenians rejected in a national referendum on Sunday a new family law that included a highly contested clause that would allow same-sex couples to adopt children in some cases.
The law drafted by Slovenia's former center-left government - and opposed by conservatives close to the Catholic Church - would have allowed gay couples to adopt the biological children of their partners. It did not allow the adoption of children from a third party.
With 98 percent of the vote counted, about 55 percent of those who took part in the referendum rejected the law, while about 45 supported it, the state referendum commission said. Turnout was low, about 26 percent.
2012 GLAAD award winners in New York (plus video of Naya Rivera, Cory Monteith, John Stamos kiss auction)
News release from GLAAD:
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, Pariah, Dancing with the Stars & Katy Butler honored at 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards presented by Ketel One and Wells Fargo
Lady Gaga, Ricky Martin, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The New York Times, and Anderson Cooper 360 among award recipients
ABC News with Diane Sawyer, Black Enterprise, and Metro Weekly accept awards at New York event presented locally by Delta Air Lines and Prudential
New York, Sunday, March 25, 2012 – Glee’s Naya Rivera and Cory Monteith hosted as the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) honored producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Chicago, Hairspray, Smash) and the best in television, film and journalism last night at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York. Bernadette Peters, Dakota Fanning, John Stamos, Harvey Weinstein, Megan Hilty, Russell Simmons, Kim Wayans, Carson Kressley, Padma Lakshmi, Vinny Guadagnino, and Tracey Gold were among the special guests.
The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and the issues that affect their lives. The GLAAD Media Awards also fund GLAAD's work to amplify stories of LGBT people and issues that build support for equality.
Photographs from the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York may be found immediately at www.wireimage.com or www.glaad.org/mediaawards. Video clips of the ceremonies will be released soon at www.youtube.com/glaad.
At the ceremony, Broadway legend Bernadette Peters and actor John Stamos presented the Vito Russo Award to producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. The Vito Russo Award is presented to openly LGBT media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality for the LGBT community.
"I want to thank GLAAD for selecting us to be honored, and for their extraordinary work every single day," Zadan said in his acceptance speech. "When we did The Reagans, we had death threats for telling the truth about that President's outright refusal to acknowledge the growing AIDS crisis in America. We would not have survived that ordeal, I must point out, without the help of GLAAD. They got us through the political firestorm leveled against us by the Republican National Committee. So we got to see first hand what GLAAD's capable of accomplishing when they mobilize the troops, and thank God for them."
Zadan finished his acceptance by thanking his late friend and GLAAD's founder, Vito Russo, "Some people become your heroes and they don't even know it. [Vito Russo] was mine. And the lucky thing for me was I got to tell him while he was here. I want to thank…my guru and inspirational life-force Vito Russo, who is responsible for every aspect of my social consciousness that brought me to this stage tonight to get this award that bears his glorious name. Thank you so much."
Meron accepted the award by saying, "I just love being gay. [It's] part of who I am, so it impacts the work that we do, and I love the work that we do. So it's great." Pointing to the youth in the balcony, Meron continued, "It's great for you guys to understand that it's really great to be gay. I really thank GLAAD for this wonderful honor and it's very, very meaningful to me."
Also at the event, The Weinstein Company Co-Chairman and outspoken anti-bullying advocate Harvey Weinstein presented a Special Recognition award to openly gay high school student Katy Butler. Butler launched a Change.org campaign last month to advocate that the 'R' rating of the upcoming documentary Bully be changed to 'PG-13.' Her Change.org petition has nearly 500,000 signatures.
Accepting the award from Weinstein, Butler said, "This award belongs to every student like me, who has been bullied and beaten just for being who they are. Please know that we're working hard to make it better. And judging from what we've already seen tonight, I'm thankful that we have groups like GLAAD on our side. Stay strong." She continued, "A few weeks ago, I started a petition on Change.org urging the Motion Picture Association of America to change the rating of Bully from R to PG-13 - so students across America can see this life-changing film. I want to personally thank each and every one of the nearly half a million people who have signed my petition on Change.org. Your signatures, stories, and ongoing support have inspired a national dialogue on our nation's bullying epidemic and have given hope to struggling students everywhere."
Zach Wahls, who appeared in a GLAAD Media Award-nominated episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show this year, received a standing ovation as he spoke to the crowd about the impact of his 2011 speech to the Iowa senate in which he spoke about his lesbian moms. The viral video has received over 18 million views on YouTube.
Pariah stars Adepero Oduye and Kim Wayans with the film's producer Nekisa Cooper accepted the award for Outstanding Film - Limited Release. Carson Kressley, who with Chaz Bono appeared on the GLAAD Media Award-nominated season of Dancing with the Stars, picked up the statuette on behalf of the show which receive the award for Outstanding Reality Program. The award for Outstanding TV Journalism Segment was accepted by ABC News Correspondent Josh Elliott for his report "Battle Against Bullying," which aired on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer. In his acceptance speech, Elliott thanked his father, who came out as a gay man when Elliott was 13 years old. Openly gay journalists Carolyn M. Brown and Chris Geidner shared the award for Outstanding Magazine Article for their stories in Black Enterprise and Metro Weekly respectively. Brown's article "Black & Gay in Corporate America," explored the increasing presence of openly gay African American employees in the workplace. Geidner received the award for his four-part series looking back at the passage of the Defense of Marrage Act (DOMA) during the Clinton administration.
Glee’s Naya Rivera and Cory Monteith hosted the evening. Other guests and presenters at the event included: Dakota Fanning (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn); hip hop icon Russell Simmons; Megan Hilty (Smash); Padma Lakshmi (Top Chef); MSNBC's Thomas Roberts; Cheyenne Jackson (30 Rock); La La Anthony (La La's Full Court Life); Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir and his husband Victor Voronov; Vinny Guadagnino (Jersey Shore); Ted Allen (Chopped); Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (Becoming Chaz, Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys); Alex Newell, Emily Vasquez, Marissa Von Bleicken (The Glee Project); Tracey Gold (Starving Secrets with Tracey Gold); Wendy Williams (The Wendy Williams Show); Laverne Cox (Musical Chairs); Jay Manuel, Isis King (America's Next Top Model); the cast of Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys; Janet Mock (People.com); Emil Wilbekin (Essence); Jamie Clayton (Hung); Stephen Karam, Charles Socarides (Sons of the Prophet); Robin Skye (Southern Comfort); Mega TV's Javier Ceriani (Paparazzi Magazine); and GLAAD Acting President Mike Thompson. Attendees enjoyed performances by recording artist Todd Alsup and The Rockettes.
Now in its second year in New York, Young Adults @ the GLAAD Media Awards allowed over 400 youth and young adults from the greater New York-area to attend the event for free. Support was provided from corporate partners Madison Square Garden–The Rockettes Company and Major League Baseball. Additional support from underwriters including Bridgestone Americas, Cirque du Soleil, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Tom Ford & Richard Buckley, Billie Jean King, Bishop Gene Robinson and Steve Tisch allowed GLAAD to make this program possible. Students affiliated with the AIDS Center of Queens County, the Creative Arts Team Youth Theater, the City College of New York Straight and Gay Alliance, and the Staten Island LGBT Community Center enjoyed the show, as well as a pre-reception advocacy fair and a private after-party.
Following is a complete list of GLAAD Media Award recipients announced Saturday in New York. Additional awards will be presented in Los Angeles on April 21 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, and in San Francisco on June 2 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. To receive the latest updates on the GLAAD Media Awards, follow @glaad on Twitter and use the hashtag #glaadawards.
• Vito Russo Award: Craig Zadan & Neil Meron (presented by Bernadette Peters and John Stamos)
• Special Recognition Award: openly gay 17-year-old anti-bullying advocate, Katy Butler (presented by Harvey Weinstein)
• Outstanding Film- Limited Release: Pariah (Focus Features) [accepted by: Adepero Oduye, Kim Wayans and producer Nekisa Cooper]
• Outstanding Reality Program: Dancing with the Stars (ABC) [accepted by: Carson Kressley]
• Outstanding TV Journalism Segment: "Battle Against Bullying" ABC World News with Diane Sawyer (ABC) [accepted by: reporter Josh Elliott]
• Outstanding Magazine Article: TIE: "15th Anniversary of the Passage of the Defense of Marriage Act" (series) by Chris Geidner (Metro Weekly) [accepted by: Chris Geidner] and "Black & Gay in Corporate America" by Carolyn M. Brown (Black Enterprise) [accepted by: Carolyn M. Brown]
• Outstanding TV Movie Or Mini Series: Cinema Verite (HBO)
• Outstanding Talk Show Episode: "Coming Out on the Oprah Show: 25 Years of Unforgettable Guests" The Oprah Winfrey Show (syndicated)
• Outstanding TV Journalism - Newsmagazine: "The 'Sissy Boy' Experiments" Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN)
• Outstanding Newspaper Article: "Led by the Child Who Simply Knew" by Bella English (The Boston Globe)
• Outstanding Newspaper Columnist: Frank Bruni (The New York Times)
• Outstanding Newspaper Overall Coverage: The New York Times
• Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage: The Advocate/Out
• Outstanding Digital Journalism-Multimedia: "Injustice at Every Turn" (ITLMedia.org)
• Outstanding Blog: Towleroad (http://www.towleroad.com/) and Mombian (http://www.mombian.com)
• Outstanding Music Artist: Lady Gaga, Born This Way (Interscope Records)
• Outstanding Comic Book: Batwoman by J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman (DC Comics)
• Outstanding Los Angeles Theatre: No Word in Guyanese for Me by Wendy Graf
• Outstanding New York Theatre: Broadway & Off Broadway: The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures by Tony Kushner
• Outstanding New York Theatre: Off-Off Broadway: Southern Comfort book and lyrics by Dan Collins, music by Julianne Wick Davis
• Outstanding Daytime Talk Show Episode: "Lesbianas celebran 10 años" Caso Cerrado (Telemundo)
• Outstanding Talk Show Interview: "Entrevista con Raquel Gómez y Mony Ruiz Velasco" Al Punto (Univision)
• Outstanding TV Journalism - Newsmagazine: "Asesino" Primer Impacto (Univision)
• Outstanding TV Journalism Segment: "Ángeles del cambio" Noticiero 34 (KMEX TV-34 [Los Angeles, Calif.])
• Outstanding Newspaper Article: TIE: "Casamiento e hijos biológicos para pareja gay hispana de EEUU" by Claudia Torrens ( Associated Press) and "Madre hay una sola, no necesariamente" by Virginia Gaglianone (La Opinión)
• Outstanding Magazine Article: "Nueva York ♥ la igualdad" by Michelle Oyola (People en Español)
• Outstanding Digital Journalism Article: "Las 7 señales de un niño transgénero" by Paula Andalo (Univision.com)
• Outstanding Music Artist: Ricky Martin, Música + Alma + Sexo (Sony Music Latin)
• Special Recognition: El Diario la Prensa
More than 100 corporate partners are showing their support, including National Presenting partners Ketel One and Wells Fargo, New York Presenting partners Delta Air Lines and Prudential, Los Angeles Presenting partner Delta Air Lines, and San Francisco Presenting partner Southwest Airlines. GLAAD is also grateful to the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards Platinum Underwriter corporate partners: Anheuser-Busch, Inc., Comcast/NBC Universal, Disney-ABC Television Group/ESPN, IBM, Sheppard Mullin and Time Warner, as well as Underwriter corporate partners: Allstate Insurance Company, AT&T, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, David Yurman, Food Network/Cooking Channel, New York City Marriott Marquis & Renaissance Hotel, PricewaterhouseCoopers, VPI Pet Insurance, and Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites.
For a full list of corporate partners and information on how to become a corporate partner, or to become a table host, purchase tickets or place a tribute in the tribute book, please visit www.glaad.org/mediaawards or call (212) 219-0111.
About GLAAD: The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality. For more information, please visit www.glaad.org or connect with GLAAD on Facebook and Twitter.