The University of Cincinnati is conducting an online survey to learn about how same-sex relationships develop and how same-sex partners symbolize their commitment to one another. We also will examine how different relationship formation processes are related to relationship stability and emotional wellbeing of partners. The important information we gather from this survey will be used to inform policy and relationship education programs designed to help same-sex attracted individuals initiate and maintain healthy relationships.
If you are at least 18 years of age, are in a same-sex relationship that has lasted for at least 6 months, and are currently living with your romantic partner, then we would like to invite you to participate in this research study!
This is yet another step in Gay Central Valley's plan to facilitate
LGBT Cultural Competencyin the Central Valley. This brochure
will assist officers in dealing with the LGBT population in Fresno.
Kate Henry, board member of Gay Central Valley, who also
works with the Marjaree Mason Center and sits on the Chief's Advisory Board as
our LGBT voice, is to be congratulated for working from the ground up to bridge
the gap between the LGBT Community, Marjaree Mason Center and the Fresno Police
Department to make this happen. She totally committed to this and worked
diligently to make it happen. We're very proud.
Also a great big thanks to all members of the Fresno
community who donated funds to help us reach our goal of $500 to make this
"That's so gay" has been
part of the adolescent lexicon for some time, but a new University of Michigan
study has revealed the phrase could have deep consequences for lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students.
The resulting data found that LGBT
students who heard the phrase frequently were more likely to feel isolated and
experience headaches, poor appetite or eating problems than those who didn't.
Still, the study also revealed another troubling statistic: a mere 14
respondents (13 percent) hadn't heard "that's so gay" at all
throughout the duration of the survey.
"Given the nature of
gay-lesbian-bisexual stigma, sexual minority students could already perceive
themselves to be excluded on campus and hearing 'that's so gay' may elevate
such perceptions," Michael Woodford, an assistant professor of social work
and co-author of the new study, said in a statement. "'That's so gay' conveys that
there is something wrong with being gay."
Video description: "This is a video of incredibly attractive men in Speedos intelligently parodying One Direction in order to expose all the ridiculous things about Mitt Romney's campaign. If that doesn't make you want to watch, I don't know what will."
Real quick: GCV in no way endorses any political candidate or platform. We just thought you might enjoy this One Direction parody.
Big news for California's LGBT youth in the foster care system!
Assembly Bill 1856, which was designed to make foster care safer and more supportive for LGBT youth has been approved by the California state Senate!
The bill passed with a vote of 23-12. It was authored by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano and sponsored by Equality California and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center.
According to LGBT Weekly, the bill "will require existing training programs for foster youth caregivers to include best practices for serving LGBT youth, including LGBT competency and sensitivity training."
Bill 1856 is now headed to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk after what's being described as "a routine concurrence vote" in the Assembly.
LGBT youth face many different dangers in the foster care system from harassment and bullying to basic misunderstanding of their unique needs.
The bill provide guidelines to ensure that they're given the care that they need.
Assemblymember Ammiano says, “AB 1856 ensures that foster care providers have the necessary tools to adequately respond to the unique issues specific to LGBT youth. This bill will help to provide comfort, safety and support to LGBT foster youth while reducing harassment and discrimination.”
Congrats to all involved in pushing this necessary legislation through!
The trial court judge in California who has taken over hearing the federal court case challenging Proposition 8, the state's amendment limiting marriages to one man and one woman, ordered the case closed today — which would allow same-sex couples to marry in California.
The order comes despite the fact that proponents of Proposition 8 have requested the Supreme Court to review the case because, Judge James Ware wrote today, all requests to stay the judgment in the case have been denied. The proponents made no request of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court to stay the case pending resolution by the Supreme Court.
It is not immediately clear what impact Ware's order will have or whether the proponents of Proposition 8 will seek a stay of the order with a higher court.
This comes on the heels of this weekend's announcement:
The plaintiffs in the Prop 8 case, Hollingsworth v. Perry, filed their opposition brief to the proponents'petition for a writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court. The plaintiffs, as expected, oppose Supreme Court review of this case, writing that "this Court's traditional standards for the exercise of certiorarijurisdiction lead inexorably to the conclusion that this Court's review is not warranted."
While suggesting that "the question whether the States may discriminate against gay men and lesbians in the provision of marriage licenses is the defining civil rights issue of our time," and that in some ways this case is "an attractive vehicle for approaching" the issue, review is nonetheless unwarranted, because the Ninth Circuit's decision does not "conflict with any decision of this Court or any decision of a court of appeals or state court of last resort." The filing also argues that the Ninth Circuit applied Romer v. Evans properly to the circumstances set out in the state of California.
They suggest that proponents' "claim of Article III standing to appeal is predicated on a novel legal theory: that a ballot initiative proponent who has suffered no injury personal to himself nevertheless may seek to vindicate the State's interests in the validity of the initiative." If the Court decides that proponents lack standing to appeal, the Court could not reach the merits of the case anyway.
Lastly, the filing argues that alternative theories would lead to the same result the Ninth Circuit reached; because denying gays and lesbians the right to marry violates both the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the 14th Amendment, and because the Court may decide to apply a heightened form of judicial scrutiny to laws that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, Proposition 8 would be struck down in the end.
The Court could take up the petition as early as Sept. 24, and we may know as soon as the next day if they will review the case.
To the dismay of gay-rights activists, the Food and Drug Administration is about to implement new rules recommending that any man who has engaged in homosexual sex in the previous five years be barred from serving as an anonymous sperm donor.
The FDA has rejected calls to scrap the provision, insisting that gay men collectively pose a higher-than-average risk of carrying the AIDS virus. Critics accuse the FDA of stigmatizing all gay men rather than adopting a screening process that focuses on high-risk sexual behavior by any would-be donor, gay or straight.
“Under these rules, a heterosexual man who had unprotected sex with HIV-positive prostitutes would be OK as a donor one year later, but a gay man in a monogamous, safe-sex relationship is not OK unless he’s been celibate for five years,” said Leland Traiman, director of a clinic in Alameda, Calif., that seeks gay sperm donors.
This debate took place on August 15th, 2012. Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage, and Dan Savage, writer of the Savage Love column, met at Savage's home in Seattle for dinner and a debate over same-sex marriage and the Bible.
You want to see the obvious power in the initial shots of this video? Look at the research and preparation in front of Dan Savage and then look at what's in front of Brian Brown...hmmm...
"The notion of the uniqueness of men and
women is not some side thing in scripture, it's a key part of our view of
humanity," Brown noted during the debate. "Even without children, the
unitive nature of marriage brings together the two great halves of
humanity...we will always have this view, there will be Christians who will
always have this view."
He added, "What I see attempted
here...is the notion that...those of us who know that marriage is the union of
a man and a woman are deserving of treatment less than others because we are
bigots and we deserve what we get. I don't think that's true."
Savage countered, "People have a right
to conclude that same-sex marriage is wrong and then they're free not to enter
into same-sex marriages. If you conclude that that same-sex marriages are wrong
because of your faith, you don't have a right to impose that limitation onto
people who happen to disagree with you."
"We don't want to change the institution
of marriage, the fact of the matter is heterosexuals have changed the
institution of marriage," Savage added. "It's not a gendered
institution anymore, it's not about babies, it's about commitment and love.
Marriage just isn't defined by sex roles or the presence of children. The only time
we hear that marriage is defined by children, or monogamy, or faith is when gay
people want to get married."