Friday, February 28, 2014

TICKETS: Gay Central Valley & Wicked in Fresno



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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

AZ's SB1062: VETOED!

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said Wednesday that she has vetoed a bill that would have allowed businesses that asserted their religious beliefs the right to deny service to gay and lesbian customers.


Judge Rules Texas Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Unconstitutional

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A federal judge has ruled that Texas’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the equal protection guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. According to Judge Orlando Garcia, a Clinton appointee, the state’s marriage laws deny same-sex couples the right to marry, and therefore “demean their dignity for no legitimate reason.” Garcia stayed his decision pending appeal.

The case was brought by two couples: Victor Holmes and Mark Phariss, who want to marry in Texas, and Cleopatra de Leon and Nicole Dimetman, who want their Massachusetts marriage recognized. Dimetman and De Leon are raising a child together.


Garcia is the seventh judge to rule against a ban on same-sex marriage since the Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act last summer.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Attempt to Repeal School Success & Opportunity Act Fails




For Immediate Release
February 24, 2014

Media Contacts:
Erik Olvera, National Center for Lesbian Rights, 415.365.1324, EOlvera@NCLRights.org
Rebecca Farmer, ACLU of California, 415.621.2493, x374, RFarmer@ACLUNC.org
Steve Roth, Equality California, 323.936.1831, steve@outthinkpartners.com  
Jill Marcellus, GSA Network, 415.375.9526, Jill@GSANetwork.org
Mark Snyder, Transgender Law Center, 415.865.0176, x310, Mark@TransgenderLawCenter.org


Attempt to Repeal the School Success and Opportunity Act Fails

(San Francisco, CA, February 24, 2014)—Today, the effort to repeal the School Success and Opportunity Act—California’s new law ensuring that all children have opportunities to do well in school—failed to qualify for the ballot.

The law—also known as Assembly Bill 1266—went into effect on January 1st, ensuring that schools have the guidance they need to make sure all students, including those who are transgender, have the opportunity to do well in school and graduate.

The law is
modeled after policies and practices that are already working well in several schools, and gives important guidance to educators so they can work with students and families on a case-by-case basis.

Oakland’s Redwood Heights School is among the California schools with policies in place that provide transgender young people with fair chances. Like other schools with similar policies across the state, the policy has been successful since it was established five years ago.  

We want our students to know that when they walk onto this campus, they are welcomed for who they are,” said Redwood Heights Principal Sara Stone. “Every educator I know went into the education field because they truly care about young people and making sure they have everything they need to do well in school.”

The law helps students like Zoey, a 12-year-old transgender girl from the Los Angeles area who transferred out of her school after administrators there refused to acknowledge her as a girl or allow her to use the girls’ restroom. Her mom, Ofelia Barba, says that the law makes it easier for her daughter to go to school and be herself.

“I love my daughter and want the same things for her that other parents want for their children,” Barba said. “I want what’s best for her, for her to be happy, and for her to be able to do well in school. No one wants to see any kid singled out and excluded from school because of who they are.”


The Support All Students campaign is comprised of a broad coalition of nearly 100 state and national organizations supporting the new law. The coalition includes Equality California, Transgender Law Center, National Center for Lesbian Rights, ACLU of California, Gay-Straight Alliance Network, L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, Gender Spectrum, LGBT organizations, racial justice organizations, statewide teacher and parent organizations, and others committed to ensuring that all kids have the opportunity to do well in school and graduate.

Said Transgender Law Center Executive Director and Campaign Chair Masen Davis: “This law gives schools the guidelines and flexibility to create an environment where all kids have the opportunity to learn. We need to focus on creating an environment where every student is able to do well and graduate. This law is about doing what’s best for all students—that’s why it’s supported by school boards, teachers, and the PTA.”


To learn more about the School Success and Opportunity Act and the Support All Students campaign, visit
www.SupportAllStudents.org.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Their day in court!


Florida middle school student sues after being denied the right to start a Gay-Straight Alliance Club. A year ago an eighth grade student at Carver Middle School in Leesburg, Florida requested to start the group but was denied. The students started a petition online and got the attention of the Florida American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
February 10, 2014 the ACLU lobbied on the students behalf. Argued that the school had violated the students rights to establish a club to combat bullying.The school changed their policy to only allow academic clubs. The school board also lobbied to redefine the term "secondary school" to no longer include six to eight graders. Successfully disqualifying them from using the federal law that grants equal access to all extracurricular clubs.
The judge has not ruled on the case yet but both sides are being heard on the issue. More on this article at:
 http://m.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/thenewcivilrights/#!/entry/florida-middle-school-students-sue-to-start-gaystraight-alliance-club,53065a20025312186cd40610
and
http://aclufl.org/2014/02/10/aclu-of-florida-argues-in-federal-court-for-lake-county-middle-schoolers-gay-straight-alliance/

EVENT: Expression Not Suppression 2014



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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Transgender lawmaker arrested in Sochi

Vladimir Luxuria by Giovanni Dall'Orto (Creative Commons)



Full story here.

A prominent Italian gay rights campaigner and former MP has been arrested in Sochi while watching the Winter Olympics with a banner reading “Gay Is Ok” in Russian, two activists have said.

Vladimir Luxuria, a television personality and actor who became Europe’s first openly transgender parliamentarian when she was elected to the Italian chamber of deputies, reportedly called the heads of two gay rights organisations in Rome to say she had been detained on Sunday by Russian police.

“She was arrested by the police at Sochi while she was watching the Olympics with a banner which read, in Russian, ‘Gay is ok’,” Imma Battaglia, honorary president of the Di’Gay Project, told Corriere.it.

MEETINGS: Merced PFLAG




STARTING MARCH 11th, 2014

PFLAG MERCED will be hosting a NEW PARENT and FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP for people who have discovered that a loved one is gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender and need support from other people who are experiencing the same thing.

JOIN US MARCH 11th, 7 to 8pm.

MEETINGS are the 2nd Tuesday of the Month at the UNITED METHODIST CHURCH of MERCED.

899 Yosemite Parkway, Merced. Use Cypress St. parking lot. We meet in the Fireside Room. 
We also offer a CIRCLE of SUPPORT for any LGBT individuals in attendance.

We are not directly affiliated with the church; however, UMC of Merced has been a great supporter of our efforts for the past 8 years. Families with a religious background seeking support for LGBT members may want to contact the church directly.

PFLAG Merced 
Meetings: 2nd Tuesday of the month, 7pm, at the United Methodist Church in Merced
899 Yosemite Parkway, Fireside Room, (use the Cypress St. parking lot)

PO Box 2446 - Merced, CA - 95344
209.341.2122 (leave a message and someone will return your call)
see our website at pflagmerced.org

We offer support for parents, families, and friends who are dealing with issues regarding an LGBT loved one. Join us for support! Or refer us to someone who may need it.

EVENT: USP/GLSA at Fresno State



USP/GLSA at Fresno State: The first five years (1987-1991)
Join United Student Pride as three-time graduate PETER ROBERTSON (BA ’92, MA ’95, MBA ’05) shares about our student organization’s early history.

WED. FEB. 26TH • 6:00 - 7:30 PM
UNIVERSITY STUDENT UNION #308 • FRESNO STATE

Free admission • Park in metered lot near Henry Madden Library

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Ellen Page: Tired of Lying by Omission.



"I’m here today because I am gay," Page, 26, told the HRC audience "And because maybe I can make a difference. To help others have an easier and more hopeful time. Regardless, for me, I feel a personal obligation and a social responsibility."

"I am tired of hiding and I am tired of lying by omission," Page proudly and defiantly declared. "I suffered for years because I was scared to be out. My spirit suffered, my mental health suffered and my relationships suffered. And I’m standing here today, with all of you, on the other side of all that pain."




UPDATE on "Gay" Kennedy

You might have seen the internet flurry about JFK's grandson, a student at Yale coming out as gay in an article and then the article mysteriously disappearing.

Conspiracy?

Nope.

 

UPDATE: Gawker reports to have heard from Jack via his Yale e-mail address, who writes, “The article was written by someone who impersonates me online. I did not write the article and, for the record, am not gay. Thanks.”

UPDATE: The Twitter account @JJSchlossberg, has been deleted.


So, there you have it.