Archive for April, 2009

Matthew Shepard Bill passes the House, despite crazed comments from conservatives

April 30, 2009

History was made yesterday as the House swiftly passed H.R. 1913, also known as the Matthew Shepard Act. The act would expand the 1969 hate crime law by including crimes against others based on their sexual orientation, gender identity or perceived gender and disability.

But boy did it throw several legislators into a tizzy. A number of conservatives  argued against it vociferously; one highlight came from  Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann as she referred to the bill as promulgating “thought crimes.” Really?

Perhaps the most repugnant comments of all came from Republican Congresswoman Virginia Foxx who used the word “hoax” when describing Matthew Shepard’s murder. Don’t believe me? See for yourself …

She’s already received the ire of Keith Olbermann and many around the country. But worst of all, her comments have disgraced Michael’s family and his death and add to the denial that hate crimes against gays, lesbians and transgendered people are nothing special but just “crimes.”

A Facebook group has been set up against Foxx called “Firefoxx.” You can also let her know how you feel by calling the numbers below:

Washington, DC: (202) 225-2071
Clemmons, NC: (336) 778-0211
Boone, NC: (828) 265-0240

The bill moves on the the Senate and, according to Judy Shepard, Matthew’s mother, has the support of majority leader Harry Reid and President Obama.

Going Out, Derby Edition: DJ Samantha Ronson at HOTEL, 4/30

April 28, 2009

Superstar DJ (also known as Lindsay Lohan’s ex) Samantha Ronson will be coming to Louisville this Thursday, doing what she does best. Hotel will be hosting the Ronson as a highlight of this year’s Kentucky Derby Festival.

This event will sell out quickly (VIP tables are limited). For ticket and pricing info, please contact Daniel Cole at (502) 548-4082 or
bdanielcole@yahoo.com and Ellen Hagans at (859) 539-8358.

WHEN:
Thursday, April 30
11 p.m. – 4 a.m.

WHERE:
Hotel Nightclub
410 S. Fourth St

HOW MUCH:
TBA – please contact Daniel Cole to reserve a VIP table and for pricing information (phone and e-mail listed above).

Going Out, Derby Edition: ‘Down and Derby’ 2009

April 28, 2009

The next few days are guaranteed to be insane as Louisville preps for the Kentucky Derby Festival and the entourage of celebrities and socialites. But if you’re looking for an alternative to Churchill Downs and the over-priced events, you may want to consider this year’s Down and Derby Party. For only $20, you get two drinks, great food and even greater company. Best of all, proceeds go to the WINGS Clinic and the Louisville AIDS Walk.

For more info, check out the Facebook event.

WHEN:
Saturday, May 2
8 p.m. – 12 a.m.

WHERE:
Louisville Water Tower
3005 River Road

HOW MUCH:
$20 (CASH ONLY)

Bring your talents to Fairness tomorrow!

April 22, 2009

Fairness LogoThe Fairness Campaign wants YOU!

If you are an artist, photographer, writer, activist or have some sort of skill, then come tomorrow to Fairness’s volunteer meet-up. They’ll be prepping for this year’s Kentuckiana Pride Festival coming up in June. If you want to get involved and haven’t had the chance to, now’s the time!

To RSVP on Facebook, click here.

WHEN:
Tomorrow, April 23, 6-7:30 P.M.

WHERE:
Fairness Campaign
2263 Frankfort Ave

She said WHAT?!

April 20, 2009

This isn’t Louisville-related, but everyone around the country has been talking about last night’s YouTube moment from the Miss USA Paegant. When asked by guest judge Perez Hilton about whether states should legalize same-sex marriage she …

Well, she didn’t win. Here’s the video, followed by Perez’s response.

If you follow Miss USA, you’ll remember the bumbling response from Miss South Carolina in 2007.

Commentary: Marriage Equality highlights and signs of hope

April 11, 2009

While this isn’t necessarily related to Louisville, some major things happened this week:

The Iowa Supreme Court overturned a ban restricting marriage to heterosexuals. The ruling was unanimous and overturned the 10-year old ban. A little later in the week a bill proposed to reject same-sex marriage was shot down in the House.

The Vermont legislature passes a measure allowing marriage between same-sex couples. While vetoed by Governor Davis, the Senate overrode the veto 23-5; it was overrode by the House in a much closer vote of 100-49, with one vote separating the difference. This makes Vermont the fourth state to legalize gay marriage and the first  through legislative process.

Washington D.C. voted to recognize marriages between same-sex couples. Marriages that are valid in other states that currently allow gay marriage will be legal in D.C. The vote was 12-0, making it unanimous.

This is great news for not only the GLBTQ community, but America. While we still have 46 other states to go, including California (in which the Supreme Court has about 53 days to hand down a decision about Prop 8), it’s a definite sign that things are changing for the better. Not to mention that we have a fantastic president who actually supports gay rights.

Whether same-sex marriage foes like it or not, equality is on its way, faster than ever.  Other regions around the world, such as Norway and Sweden, have recently allowed it, but how long will it take for universal acceptance here? Nate Silver from FiveThirtyEight compiled a chart estimating when states would legalize same-sex marriages. While several states in the South have some ways to go, it is very possible that gay marriage will be universally legal in about 25 years. For Kentucky, it’s about 8-11 years.

That’s not that long at all. Until then, the fight for equality wins a huge battle in the neverending war for civil rights.

Going Out: G3 Soiree at Avalon Tonight

April 2, 2009

g3G3 gets set for spring as the magazine hosts another monthly soiree, this time at Avalon on Bardstown Road. If you’ve never been, here’s all you need to know:

-cocktail specials
-hors d’oeuvres
-good company

Did I mention it was nice outside too? There really isn’t a good excuse for you to miss this event, so head on out!

WHEN:
Tonight
8-11:30 P.M.

WHERE:
Avalon
1314 Bardstown Road

HOW MUCH:
Free