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Obama’s proclamation for the LGBT community

June 2, 2009

Obama just scored some major points this week by declaring this month, releasing a proclamation in support of rights for LGBT citizens. While some have previously felt he has fallen short on his promises since stepping in, it reaffirms his committment to the community in a loud and powerful way.

Here’s part of it:

“Due in no small part to the determination and dedication of the LGBT rights movement, more LGBT Americans are living their lives openly today than ever before. I am proud to be the first President to appoint openly LGBT candidates to Senate-confirmed positions in the first 100 days of an Administration. These individuals embody the best qualities we seek in public servants, and across my Administration — in both the White House and the Federal agencies — openly LGBT employees are doing their jobs with distinction and professionalism.

The LGBT rights movement has achieved great progress, but there is more work to be done. LGBT youth should feel safe to learn without the fear of harassment, and LGBT families and seniors should be allowed to live their lives with dignity and respect.”

Read the entire proclamation from the Whitehouse.gov site.

McConnell: Repeal DoMA protest, tomorrow 3:30-7 PM

May 8, 2009

It’s about time for DOMA to disappear. Who’s with me?

Don’t know what it is? Well, the age-old Defense of Marriage Act, which was signed by President Clinton 13 years ago, federally declared that marriages were only between a man and a woman, and, equally as important, that states didn’t have to recognize same-sex marriages. Since then, five states have allowed them, but many more have banned them via statute or amendment (KY bans any kind of same-sex union by amendment).

And guess who voted for it? Senator ‘Ditch Mitch’ McConnell.

There will be a protest tomorrow in conjunction with the University of Louisville’s School of Law graduation where McConnell will be present. The protest will take place outside out of respect for the graduates. For more details, please contact Curt Morrison or RSVP via the Facebook event.

WHEN:
Tomorrow, May 9th
3:30-7 PM

WHERE:
W.L. Lyons Brown Theater
315 West Broadway

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.

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

BREAKING: SB 68 likely to die

March 11, 2009

We’ve just got word from the Cincinnati Inquirer and Deborah Yetter at the Courier-Journal that SB 68 will probably die.  More details here.

Senator Tapp acknowledged that it was too late to vote on the bill. Even if it passes the Senate, there would only be three days left to vote on it in the KY House, which doesn’t appear likely at all.

This is great news, especially to children across the state who are in need of homes. While SB 68 is not officially “dead” yet, it looks like it will more than likely be rescinded.

Senator Tapp, however, wants to propose the bill again next year, so this is not over.

SB 68 Vote TOMORROW in Frankfort – Can you come?

March 9, 2009

Fairness Campaign will be headed to Frankfort tomorrow in preparation for the vote on SB 68, the nasty anti-gay adoption bill proposed by Shelbyville Senator Gary Tapp. They’ll be lining the steps of the capitol at 1 p.m. and you can join them. If you are able to take some time off for this critical issue, Fairness will be carpooling from Louisville at 8 a.m.

Also, there is still time left to make your voice heard about SB 68. Call (800) 372-7181 and leave a message for KY House Speaker Greg Stumbo or call him directly at (502) 564-2363. You can also reach him here. Let all your friends and families know how devastating this bill will be for KY families, kids and the state budget.

BREAKING: SB 68 passes in Senate Judiciary

March 5, 2009

Page One just broke the news that SB 68 sneakily passed in the Senate Judiciary committee. And, if KY House Speaker Greg Stumbo doesn’t assign the bill to a committee where it will die, it will pass in the House and may be signed by Gov. Beshear.

We need YOUR help. You can contact the lawmakers in Frankfort directly or call them at 1 (800) 372-7181. If you want to reach Greg himself, here are his numbers (via Page One):

Home: (606) 886-9953
Annex: (502) 564-2363
Capitol: (502) 564-3363

Tell Greg how discriminatory this bill is and how devastating it will be for Kentucky families and the state’s foster care system. The bill will not only affect gay couples with children but EVERYONE who is unmarried (e.g., grandmothers raising their children’s children) and will add an unnecessary burden to KY’s troubled budget.

Please take action on this awful, unnecessary bill. We need as much support as possible before it’s too late.

Prop 8 Oral Arguments Live!

March 5, 2009

The oral arguments against and for Prop 8 are taking place right now. You can see them here and also on KABC’s Channel 7 feed. The California Channel will have an archive of proceedings in case you miss it.

Kentuckians Value Fairness – Recap and photos from last week

March 2, 2009

So, I was a little behind on posting the photos from KVF Day last Wednesday, but they have now been uploaded!

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The rally drew hundreds of people from all over the state and various speakers, including a gay couple with a daughter, added to the magnetic and incredible atmosphere. To see the rest of the photos, visit the Queer Louisville Flickr page.

What kind of press did we get? Quite a bit (tips c/o Jacob Wellington) …

WHAS-TV (video)

Courier-Journal (photo album here)

Lexington Herald-Leader

Progressive Democrats of America

National Gay News Web site

LEO

Planet Transgender

Towleroad

Yahoo News

And we still need your help! SB 68, the nasty bill that will prevent unmarried (read: gay) couples from adopting is still up in the air in the legislature, so it is critical that you write your senator! Find yours by clicking here and feel free to call the weekly hotline at (800) 372-7181. Let them know how you really feel about this discriminatory, hateful measure and how devastating it would be for KY families and the commonwealth as a whole.

Reminder: Kentuckians Value Fairness TOMORROW in Frankfort

February 24, 2009

We’re skipping the Music Tuesdays post to talk about one the most important days of the year for the GLBTQ community in the Bluegrass State and how you can be a part of it.

Kentuckians Value Fairness Day takes place tomorrow in Frankfort, culminating a statewide event for equal rights. Gay advocate and progressive groups around the region will be speaking with legislators and rallying in the rotunda for a state law that will prevent discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation based on sexual orientation and gender. They’ll also be speaking out against the nasty SB 68 that has received a lot of coverage.

The following information is provided by the Fairness Campaign, who will be carpooling from Louisville at 7 a.m. Please call (502) 893-0788 for further details. If you are completely new to lobbying, feel free to meet up with the folks from Fairness! Here’s their schedule:

8:30 a.m.: Meeting and Lobby Training in Capitol Annex 111
9 a.m.-Noon: Meet with Legislators
12:30-1:30 p.m.: Rally in Rotunda

There will be countless other groups there, including the Kentucky Fairness Alliance, ACLU of Kentucky, University of Louisville’s Common Ground, University of Kentucky Gay-Straight Alliance,  all gathering for the major rally at 12:30 p.m. If you are able to come, use vacation time or can carpool, please do it! Your presence will not only show legislators how much you care about this issue, but present a collective and public affirmation that discrimination should not be part of Kentucky’s legacy.

WHEN:
Tomorrow, February 25
All Day, starting at 8 a.m.

WHERE:
Capitol Building
700 Capitol Ave
Frankfort, KY 40601-3410

DIRECTIONS TO FRANKFORT:

Louisville: Take 1-64 to exit number 53-B to Highway 127 (Northbound) Drive North on 127 to intersection of 127 and 676 (the East-West Connector). Turn Right on Rt 676. Go down the hill. At the stoplight at the bottom of the hill, turn left onto Rt 420. (If you cross over the KY River you’ve gone to far.) Follow Rt 420 as it runs parallel to the Kentucky River. Parking Garage will be on your left.

Lexington: Take either 1-64 or U.S. 60 to Frankfort. From 1-64, take exit 58 and turn right onto US 60. Follow U.S. 60 past the East-West Connector, also called Rt 676. Stay on US 60 as it bends sharply to the left and becomes East Main Street. Follow this road towards downtown Frankfort.

Cincinnati: Merge onto 1-71 S (crossing into Kentucky). Continue until 1-71 S becomes 1-75 S. Merge onto the 1-64 W via Exit 118. Make a right on US-127 N Exit, exit number 53-B toward Frankfort. Turn right onto US-60/Louisville Road and make a right onto Lafayette Dr. Make a left onto Shelby St. and then turn right onto W State St.