Today in LGBT History: The World’s First LGBT Same-Sex Couple Registry

via Joe. My. God.

On October 1st 1989, An event unlike any before in history took place at the Copenhagen town hall in Denmark. That Sunday, a national law went into effect that allowed same-sex couples to be joined in a civil union, and 11 gay male couples did just that — a school psychologist, a Lutheran minister, and a high school teacher among them. One of the grooms, Eigil Axgil (née Eskildsen), then 67 years old, told Rex Wockner, an American journalist who was there covering it, “We just never could have dreamed that we would get this far.” They had plenty of reason for doubt. Four decades earlier, Eigil’s partner, Axel Axgil (née Lundahl-Madsen), launched Continue reading

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A View Into The Mind of Gay Sociological Analysis

What’s it like to be a gay person? What’s it like to be constantly evaluating, analyzing, checking yourself in social situations to determine if you will be accepted, tolerated, discriminated, snubbed or even attacked? College Student Andrew Gelwicks gives us a good overview in his Huffington Post blog contribution:

During one of our moves, a girl saw us and ran over, squealing with excitement. “OH. MY. GOD. You two look so cute! Let me get a picture!” She immediately grabbed a cell phone, pointing it at us. William automatically put his arm around me, pulling me closer to him. I could feel his supportive hand on the arch of my back.

Once the pictures were taken (of course with flash, because there wasn’t enough attention on us already), I quickly took a step back, separating myself from my attractive date. “Really,” the girl continued to gush, “you two look adorable.”

After she ran away, I thought back to our hotel room, Continue reading

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Today in News We Already Knew: LGBT Support DOESN’T Hurt The Business Bottom Line

The threat of ‘taking our business elsewhere’ and the fear of losing profits has, in the past, been something that kept business from being too supportive of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees or too vocal about it. But a study from Credit Susie reported in the New Republic confirms something that many of us already suspected. Being supportive and inclusive of the LGBT community does not alienate profits:

To create their own index of LGBT friendly publicly traded companies, Credit Suisse took the 1,500 companies listed in Standard and Poor’s Composite 1500, one of the best known equity indices, and applied a minimum CEI score of 80 to qualify, resulting in 225 companies across all ten S&P industry sectors. After the index was launched, they made a happy discovery: Having pro-LGBT policies does not negatively affect stock performance. The CS LGBT Equality Index has performed inline with the S&P 500 index since its inception in 2002.

“What our research shows is that Continue reading

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New Grant Fund Created to Support North Florida LGBT Organizations

LGBT Community Fund for Northeast FloridaJacksonville Business Journal reports on the development of a new grant funding source for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in North Florida. Called The LGBT Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, the fund recently awarded $100,000 in grants to North Florida organizations.

“Years ago, we started informally asking the question, ‘what would happen if …?’ And now we’ve got this dedicated group that can address the goals of raising capital and meeting the unique needs of the LGBT community and their families,” said [Jeff] Chartrand [underwriter of the exploratory group that lead to the Fund's creation]. “The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida is the container space that makes it possible –they’re embraced here and have integrity. It takes courage.”

Four specific concerns – elders, workplace, youth and faith communities – led to the selection of grant recipients.

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In Case You Missed It: Tim McGraw #amexUNSTAGED

September 16, 2014, the same day Tim McGraw’s CD Sundown Heaven Town was released, McGraw put on a live concert for the American Express cards AMEX Unstaged series. If you happened to miss it, you can catch some highlights of the concert though YouTube clips.

Country Weekly Magazine describes the below clip thusly in their top 10 moments:

How does Tim stay so fit while on tour? We discovered it during last night’s show. The amount of squats he does during his set is impressive, especially on “Truck Yeah.” So much so, it can be made into a workout routine: squat down as he sings “truck” and rise when he sings “yeah.” We feel the burn already.

That what must be what’s got his slacks fitting so good ;)

See more #amexUNSTAGED highlights

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50 Plus 1, Marriage Equality Fight Comes to Puerto Rico

In June of 2014, all 50 states in the union had cases to challenge the remaining bans on gay marriage bans; North Dakota completed that list. Now, we’ve got one more. The United States territory of Puerto Rico joins the list as well.

From Lambda Legal:

…in the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, Lambda Legal filed a motion for summary judgment seeking to end the discriminatory ban on marriage for same-sex couples. Lambda Legal joined the lawsuit, Conde v. García Padilla, in June on behalf of five gay and lesbian couples and Puerto Rico Para Tod@s, an organization that represents lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and transgender (LGBT) people and their families.

Lambda Legal Staff Attorney Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, said: Continue reading

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Show Your Family Pride with #MyQueerFamily

From The Huffington Post comes this request for photos of what our families look like; be they your close friends, pets, spouses or you and the kids:

For queer people, the term “family” can mean many things — from two gay dads and their kids to a bisexual woman, her boyfriend and their dog to a troupe of drag queens and everything in between (and outside of those examples). But all too often that word is withheld from us or used against us by those who claim we don’t have a right to it because we don’t look or act like what a “traditional” family looks or acts like.

But we’re having none of that. And thanks to the Twitter hashtag #MyQueerFamily, we’re sending Continue reading

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