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FSU Avoids Further Weakening GLBT Support

… FSU’s associate general counsel D. Michael Cramer asked that the student union’s policy be more in line with the university’s, which does not include sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and socio-economic status. My bottom line is I don’t write about my former jobs unless I have positive things to say, but given the […]

Zero Percent

That’s the number of references to same-sex couples in the Census Bureau’s “Facts for Features” for Unmarried and Single Americans Week 2007 — or for 2006 or 2005, although this information was cited in the Facts for Features for 2004. (The Facts for Features series is intended for media consumption, and “consist[s] of collections of […]

Got Soldiers? The HRC’s Tour Against “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

The Human Rights Campaign has launched A Legacy of Service Tour where gay veterans will talk about serving their country. If you’re in Orlando, note the appearances this Wednesday. This is a timely moment for reconsidering “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” This morning NPR was a-buzz about the Army missing its recruitment quota the second month […]

Someone ‘Splain this to Me…

Scraped from Alison Bechdel’s blog: the USPTO refuses to trademark Dykes on Bikes, claiming that “dyke” is a vulgar term. Now, I am just not dykey. I’m not. I shave my legs. I am bad at softball. O.k., in the Air Force I was pretty good with a .38, but I throw a ball like […]

UCC Votes Overwhelmingly for Marriage Equality says that the UCC today voted for “same-sex marriage,” but it’s more accurate to say that over 80% of the delegates to the Synod of this traditionally liberal Protestant denomination voted for marriage equality, affirming their support for the right to marry without discrimination. “The resolution calls on member churches of the liberal denomination […]

Good for You, Microsoft!

As the Seattle Times reported this morning, Microsoft reversed its position and will again support gay rights legislation, stating “if legislation similar to HB 1515 is introduced in future sessions, we will support it.” Without further ado, I’m pasting in the entire memo, forwarded to me by way of one of umpty-ump mailing lists. It’s […]

Microsoft and Gay Rights: Linux, Anyone?

I waited two days in case I was misreading the situation. Hey, just because it’s on the front page of the New York Times doesn’t make it true, unless you still believe there are WMD hiding in a big ol’ cave somewhere in Iraq. But it’s true, as Scoble’s memo shows. Microsoft, which has not […]

God is Still Speaking; NBC and CBS are Mum

See “The UCC’s first 30-second television advertisement – part of the denomination’s new, broad identity campaign – began airing nationwide on Dec. 1, stating that – like Jesus – the United Church of Christ seeks to welcome all people, regardless of ability, age, race, economic circumstance or sexual orientation. … On the eve before […]

A Gay-Bashing Weekend

First, the Washington Post takes money to distribute a divisive, homophobic advertorial. Find a summary of the kerfuffle and a link to the drekkish material at “Editor and Publisher”: Next, I learn that last night, 20/20 aired a show challenging that Matthew Shepard’s death was a hate crime, a show called “intellectually brave” by […]

This Uppity Lesbian Is Telling You to Blame Someone Else

We’ve already heard the hints (including from Di-Fi) that gay-rights supporters helped bring down the election. Please, find other folks to blame. Yes, conservatives turned out in record numbers to vote for “values,” and yes, Republicans exploited the gay rights issues. But two things. First, the younger electorate is overwhelmingly with us on this issue. […]