All posts by Tom Janus

Student of Life, Equality Advocate

Symantec Drops Sexual Orientation Filter

Symantec no longer thinks non-explicit LGBTQ content needs to be filtered.
Symantec no longer thinks non-explicit LGBTQ content needs to be filtered.

I can remember, not too long ago in high school during the surge of computer availability, one of the near impossible things to do was get past the school imposed internet security filters.  So anytime you wanted to get an answer or research LBGT life, you were blocked because the filter wasn’t set to separate porn from safe sites such as the HRC, Gladd, or Glsen.  According to an AP article, Symantec isn’t the first internet security company to do this, but jumping on board is still a welcomed move.  Here’s a statement from Symantec after the jump.

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Harry Potter | Casting His Spells on the Millennial Generation

Publicity Photo09202014_0712I ran across an article just recently, that discusses the likely impact that, thru J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, had on those of us who are millennials, which is someone who was born 1980 thru around 2000, and this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, as this generation pretty much grew up with the Harry Potter series. Continue reading

Study Estimates 24,000 Transgender People Will Be Disenfranchised By Voter ID

A_TransGender-SymbolCertainly, most of us have heard about the controversy regarding voter ID laws, growing like weeds, in many states around the country.  Designed mainly by republicans, thru redistricting, to reduce the number of likely democratic voters.  But, it did surprise me today when I discovered the possible impact it may have with our transgender community.

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UN Celebrates Year of Global Campaign for LGBT Equality

free & equalIn New York City, on September 10, 2014, Free & Equal, the United Nations Human Rights Office’s global public education campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) equality, released “UN Free & Equal: One Billion Rising” a video highlighting the campaign’s impact to date.

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Yet Another Gay Catholic School Teacher Gets Fired

barb_webb_facebook-615x345A Detroit-area teacher, Barb Webb, teaching at Marian High School in suburban Bloomfield says she was fired from her post at a private Catholic all-girls high school after she and her lesbian partner announced they were expecting a child through non-traditional means, or as some would say, “outside the Catholic way.”

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Judge Posner’s Opinion | Amazing, Bitchy And Delicious.

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Andrey Popov Shutterstock

On Thursday, federal judge Richard Posner of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court’s ruling striking down gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana. This marks the 22nd time since the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act last year, that a federal court has found bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.  As I posted last month, Judge Posner has little patience with states like Wisconsin and Indiana attempting to defend their state’s marriage bans, refering to their unmasked anti-gay arguments as the silly nonsense that they are.

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Bring Your Banner | Gay Groups Can Now March In NY’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

irish2The organizers of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade said on Wednesday that they were lifting a ban on openly gay groups marching under their own banner, bringing to a close more than two decades of bitter protests and controversy that thrust an annual celebration into the national gay rights debate. Continue reading

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