Archive for March 2010
The rollercoaster continues for gay Georgia High Schooler Derrick Martin – whose decision to take his boyfriend to the prom has led to accolades from the gay community – but animosity from his own community. Read the rest of this entry »
Gay marriage strategists in California have released the results of a messaging study – to determine what works and what doesn’t when discussing marriage equality. The “Let California Ring coalition” is a public education campaign, led by Equality California, which includes more than 50 national, state and local groups. The coalition analyzed 75 research studies on marriage messaging to find the way forward.
LGBT rights supporters gathered in front of a J Crew clothing store in New York on Sunday – to protest what they said are the company’s unfair and discriminatory hiring practices – and to call attention to apparently widespread violations of New York City laws protecting transgender workers and applicants. Read the rest of this entry »
The former directors of October’s National Equality March on Washington have created an online community for LGBTQ activists – just months after leaving the grassroots gay group that put on the event. Read the rest of this entry »
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation opened its 2010 awards season in New York City over the weekend, with a star-studded ceremony headlined by Sigourney Weaver, Meredith Viera, Alan Cumming and others. Read the rest of this entry »
Supporters of gay and transgender rights will be doing some heavy lobbying this week in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Read the rest of this entry »
The ACLU is suing a Mississippi High School – which cancelled its prom, rather than let a lesbian wear a tux and bring a female date. Read the rest of this entry »
Thousands took to the streets in Austin, Texas over the weekend in support of two gay men brutally beaten after leaving a popular gay night club. Jarrod Allen has more from Austin.
“This morning, I was watching CTV, and they were showing the highlights, and they talked about Pride House, and I just started to cry,” said Whistler Pride House’s Dean Nelson. “I’m just so emotional right now. It’s crazy.”
Nelson and his business partner, Ken Coolen, invested three years of work and close to C$100,000 of their own money into Whistler’s Olympic Pride House with the goal of raising awareness of homophobia in sport and giving LGBT sports fans a friendly place to watch the events. Vancouver’s LGBT community center, Qmunity, got on board last year to create a similar space in Vancouver–only with the added goal of providing immigration and refugee services to any LGBT Olympic visitors who might need them.
So was it a success?
“Well you know, our number one goal was to get people talking about it, and I think we achieved that goal,” said Nelson. ” The amount of press we were able to engage [to] get people thinking about fixing the system, that was really big for us. We’re moving in the right direction in that we’re making it much safer and more inclusive for all our athletes. It would’ve been nice if we’d had more athletes and maybe even more spectators come through and share that, but that was a secondary goal.”