When we first achieved 13 states with Marriage Equality, I thought it would have been a cool idea if an artist made a portrait of Betsy Ross or a Betsy Ross drag queen sewing on Pride Glory with the rainbow flag and thirteen stars on the field of blue. It looks like the folks over at Freedom to Marry have taken a somewhat similar approach with the flag below.
MakeitEqual.org is using the Flag of Marriage Equality as a visual representation of the states that have achieved marriage equality. The stars are arranged in order in which the states came into the Union; from upper left to lower right.
Learn more about the Flag of Marriage Equality at MakeItEqual.org
A Kentucky gay couple, who were arrested for staying in a Jefferson County clerk’s office past closing time to protest the office’s denial of a marriage license to them, had their trial end with a trespassing conviction and a fine of 1 cent. What makes this a notable event is the effect that the men’s story seemed to have on the jurors. From courier-journal.com:
After three hours of testimony in which their lawyers hailed them for their civil disobedience, while the prosecution urged jurors to stick to the facts, Blanchard and James were convicted Tuesday of trespassing — but fined only a penny.
Blanchard called the penalty a vindication of their protest in support of same-sex marriage.
The ending lines of Effie’s memorable power ballad in Dreamgirls are ‘you’re gonna love me.’ And love them I did. The ‘Salute to the Divas’ drag revue put on a show-stopping version of Dreamgirls for their December 2013 production at The Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C. Though it was minimalist in set, the girls and guys of this cast put their heart and soul into the production.
A drag version of Dreamgirls could lend itself to an overall theme of camp and silliness that would turn the production into one of hysterics; taking you out of the story, but these fine men and women crossed over into camp only occasionally. They used it more Continue reading
A federal judge should strike down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban because the precedent has been set by the U.S. Supreme Court and discrimination has gone on long enough…
From an Associated Press article via theindependent.com
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From WRIC in Richmond, Va.:
Chief Ray Tarasovic has appointed an officer to be the first ever liaison between the department and the LGBT community.
Major Odetta Johnson, who already has several roles within the department, will now be the LGBT Community Liaison.
An article in the South China Morning Post from April 23, 2013 points out the struggle and progress in how Hong Kong accepts and markets to members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community:
Members of the Hong Kong lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community have heard the story time and again: a man and his husband check into a hotel after a long flight and grow increasingly exasperated as the smiling but confused receptionist asks for the third time: “Are you sure you don’t want separate beds?”
A gay activist who works in the travel business recalls a memorable Valentine’s Day promotional dinner when a waiter walked up to every table and presented each woman with a rose, but awkwardly Continue reading
[Pier Kids: The Life] follows the lives of three LGBTQ homeless youth of color that congregate on Christopher Street and the surrounding piers in New York City every night, showing what it means to still be, even in light of the recent progress of gay rights, treated unjustly and unequally.
Visit the Pier Kids: The Life website