I make no bones about the fact that I’m a liberal Democrat. I also make no bones about the fact that Republicans are a big part of what’s wrong with this country right now. I don’t dislike Republicans simply because the are Republicans. I dislike, and disdain them as a political party, because they are wrong on almost ALL of the issues that are important to democracy and equality. Case in point: Senate Republicans yet again blocked a vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act that would help ensure women get the same pay for doing the same job as men.
Certainly, 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.
In 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.
The 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
Gay gamers convention formally known as GaymerX, is alive and kicking under their new name, GX3: Everyone Games! GX3 will stay in the Bay Area, and will still focus on attracting and creating a safe place for all LGBTQIA gamers to get together and have some fun.
The gay hookup app Grindr has disabled the distance feature amid concerns that a recently published exploit could allow the exact location of users to be determined. Although the feature only listed the distance to another user, but no direction, it became known that it was possible to pinpoint someone’s location using the application. Concern was immediately expressed for users in places where being gay can get you arrested and killed. (One hopes the 134 users in North Korea are all secret police, and that they will spend their time chasing each other!)
This all girls school isn’t afraid of change. For the first time in the schools 162 year history they will be accepting applications from individuals who identify as female. This California based college recently changed their admissions policy allowing for more applicants to apply. They are now saying that anyone who falls under the umbrella of self identification as a women is now allowed to attend the university. Those assigned female at birth but who transition to male while enrolled will also not reportedly be asked to leave the university.