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Pride isn’t just a ‘Party’ it’s How you Should Live Daily

From San Francisco to New York the LGBT community and their friends are celebrating Gay Pride this weekend.

As wonderful as it is, there are so many rural areas of the country where there is no parade,no Pride flags hanging and no support groups rallying for equality. But that doesn’t mean the fight for equality is relegated to the cities.

Every one of us can and should carry the ideals of Pride to every corner of this great country. It’s each individual’s actions that carry those ideals forward. Whether you’re out and proud in small town America, act as a role model to others in the work place, or by just being yourself and changing the hearts and minds of neighbors, family and friends you advance the opportunity for equality.

The parades celebrate how far we have come but it’s up to each of us on a daily basis to continue to build a future for the next generation so they can live their lives without prejudice, without bullying and without fear of losing their jobs.

I’m constantly reminded and motivated by the words of Harvey Milk.

It takes no compromising to give people their rights. It takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no survey to remove repressions.

Now go… Go celebrate Pride in your own way, enjoy how far we’ve come and continue the daily fight for full equality!

CBOT Traders- “We Are the One Percent!”

October 20, 2011 1 comment

The Occupy Chicago demonstrations are still going strong even after Chicago City Police arrested 175 demonstrators for spending the night in Chicago’s 319 acre Grant Park.

CBOT Trader Sign

As protestors marched past the CBOT (Chicago Board of Trade); traders dropped leaflets saying “We are the 1% Paying for This”…

I guess the traders have already forgotten December 16th 2005 when CBOT laid-off 5% of their workforce after technology made their jobs redundant.  Perhaps it’s time for another round of cuts to refresh their memories!

Chicago Sun Times

December 16, 2005

CBOT to lay off 40

…On the same day that its share price fell by more than 4 percent,

the Chicago Board of Trade said Thursday it will lay off 40

people….The cutbacks affect about 5 percent of the exchange’s work

force and should be completed by Dec. 31, the exchange said after the

market’s close. CBOT President Bernard Dan said extensive spending on

technology made the jobs expendable.

via Google Answers: Chicago-area job cuts.

Honda Calls for Hearing on Republican’s Legal Tab of $1.5m Spend to Defend Discriminatory Law

October 19, 2011 1 comment
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WASHINGTON DC – Today, US Congressman Mike Honda (CA-15), Ranking Member of the House Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee, sent a letter to the Subcommittee’s Chairman calling for a hearing to shine light on the House Republican Leadership’s irresponsible, backdoor use of taxpayer money to pay the private law firm Bancroft PLLC to represent the House in support of the constitutionally-questionable Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  After having Bancroft PLLC blow through the original cap of half a million dollars, the House Republican Leadership recently modified the contract, likely tripling the cost for the American taxpayer to $1.5 million.  During a time of professed fiscal responsibility, the House Republican Leadership has chosen to continue to spend taxpayer money to protect discrimination through a process that has lacked any semblance of transparency.

via Rep Honda Calls for Hearing on Republican Leadership’s Legal Tab of $1.5m in Taxpayer Money to Defend Discriminatory DOMA Practices.

Pentagon Suspends DADT in Wake of Court Ruling

July 9, 2011 Comments off
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The Pentagon has ordered a halt to all separations of gay troops under “don’t ask, don’t tell” and will begin accepting applications from prospective recruits who identify themselves as homosexuals.

The moratorium issued Friday came after a ruling Wednesday by a federal appeals court in California ordering the Defense Department to immediately stop enforcing the law. The court said the law is unconstitutional because it treats gay Americans differently under the law.

Meanwhile, defense officials will continue to prepare for the law’s formal repeal, which Congress approved in December. The law will be formally repealed 60 days after the defense secretary and chairman of the Joint Chiefs “certify” that it will not adversely impact military readiness.

via Pentagon suspends DADT in wake of court ruling – Army News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq – Army Times.

 

Santorum and Bachmann Sign Anti-Gay, Anti-Porn, Pro-Slavery Vow

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Republican presidential contenders Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum have lined up behind a new pledge focused on social issues put forth by Bob Vander Plaats, a former candidate for governor who now reigns as a conservative kingmaker in the Hawkeye State. Vander Plaats heads the Iowa-​based Family Leader, a conservative group. Signing “The Marriage Vow — A Declaration of Dependence Upon Marriage and Family” is a requirement for earning the organization’s endorsement. Standing behind the pledge entails supporting a “federal Marriage Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which protects the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman.” Among other things, it also means backing a ban on pornography.”

via Santorum Follows Bachmann, Signs Anti-Gay, Anti-Porn, Pro-Slavery Vow | The New Civil Rights Movement.

It’s virtually impossible to add any commentary here, when their bigoted actions speak for themselves.

God save America from the likes of Bachmann, Santorum and Vander Plaats.

Is America Ready for a Utah Mormon Republican Pro-Gay Civil Union Candidate?

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Jon Huntsman, former Utah Governor and multi-billionaire is not only seeking the Republican nomination for President, but quite possibly, endorsement from the LGBT community.

Just like cavemen, Jon and the Republican party are trying to evolve (well, whenever it’s politically advantageous to do so…).

[Jon]Huntsman has voiced his support for civil unions and other equality measures such as non-discrimination protections for members of the LGBT community. However, he has not gone so far as to endorse full marriage equality and he supported a 2004 measure that added an amendment to the Utah constitution banning same-sex marriages.

“I am where I am on civil unions. Some will like it. Some will not … We have not done an adequate job in terms of equality and fairness where it comes to reciprocal beneficiary rights,” Huntsman told talk-show host Sean Hannity.

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As public opinion sways toward supporting pro-LGBT legislation, more and more Republicans are coming out in support of civil unions, non-discrimination laws and a more equal taxing structure, Clarke Cooper, the executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans, said.

via Huntsman seeks support from queer groups | QSaltLake – Utah’s Gay and Lesbian News and Entertainment Magazine.

Is America’s LGBT community ready to throw it’s weight behind a Mormon Republican whose ideals are ‘evolving’? And should we be?

In the Great State of Utah where morality is issued from a small one block section in the center of downtown Salt Lake City, Jon Huntsman was a moderate light at the end of a very dark tunnel for the LGBT community.  He supported fair-mindedness. A virtue often unavailable in an extremist political and religious culture that permeates the local Utah mentality.

As a multi-billionaire Governor in a small state, Huntsman never did enough to advance the human rights of the LGBT community.  He may have provided fair-minded rhetoric when politically advantageous, but he never put those dollars of his to work.  There’s no LGBT Huntsman Center, or Huntsman Act for non-discrimination or marriage equality.  This is a man who clearly had the political and financial clout to change the course of equal rights in this state, yet NEVER put his money where his mouth is…

As you begin forming opinions about candidates for President of this great country.  It’s important to remember that we’re not a democracy. We’re a Republic.  As such, you don’t vote for a man, you vote for a party.  Put your vote and your dollars to a party who represents your rights and the rights of other minorities and second-class citizens.

Unlike Jon Huntsman, most of us can’t afford to be a Republican.  Unless of course, you don’t want equal rights, first class citizenry or the right to employment and housing.  Think about that, before you ‘evolve’…

Human Rights Hate Groups Rally after Loss in NY

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Opponents of the modern American family and civil rights are regrouping after being defeated in New York, which recently passed legislation allowing marriage for all citizens in their state.  However, these bigoted hate groups are using their defeat to scare American’s into donating to their cause by publishing fact-less anti-gay claims, using pseudo-scientific data by disreputable ‘scientific’ studies and lying to American’s that their own marriages are threatened.

Less than 24 hours after the New York Senate’s vote, made possible by four Republican defections, a leading anti-same-sex-marriage group started sending out defiant pleas for money.

“This fight is far from over,” the [SPLC Hate Group] National Organization for Marriage told supporters as it pledged to spend $2 million in 2012 to defeat New York’s four “turncoat senators” who “betrayed marriage.”

The organization, which says it expects to raise $20 million this year from Roman Catholic and evangelical Christian groups as well as individual donors, is gearing up for intense battles over same-sex marriage in several other states. So far, voters in 29 states have adopted constitutional amendments banning it.

Since the vote, the Family Research Council [another SPLC Hate Group], one of the largest conservative Christian advocacy groups, started hearing from more followers who wanted to defend traditional marriage, and officials said they expected a jump in donations.

“More than ever before, people are seeing this as a national issue,” said Tom McClusky, senior vice president of the council.

via Same-sex marriage foes rally forces with N.Y. law.

Battles for human rights and the rights of modern American families continue to heat up in Maryland, New Hampshire, Maine, and Minnesota where anti-American hate groups plan to dump millions of dollars in media blitzes selling their lies to an unsuspecting public.

Rush on the Importance of Marriage to Liberals (Because it’s Not important to Conservatives)

July 6, 2011 Comments off
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Rush Limbaugh implies that marriage has always been important to conservatives, but liberals who in the 60′s saw marriage as old fashioned have only taken up the cause for marriage since ‘the gays’ wanted to get married.

However, as a ‘leader’ of the conservative movement, Limbaugh has been married four times, busted for drug abuse and doctor shopping, and in 2006 busted again for smuggling prescription drugs back into the country.  Clearly the right wing conservatives don’t care about marriage or drug abuse.  In fact the only conservative values they favor are values that hold them above morality or the law.  Thank God the Liberals are carrying the torch of decency, equality and fairness.

Austin Hendrix: The Coming Out Story of a Now Openly Gay Athlete

April 12, 2011 Comments off

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YPSILANTI, Mich. —

Austin Hendrix thought he would be free once he got to college.

There would be no more hiding the fact he’s gay, no more denying something that is as much a part of him as the color of his eyes. He could be himself, not the muted version he’d been presenting to the world, to his friends and his teammates in Eastern Michigan‘s track and cross-country programs.

That was the plan, anyway.

“I was new here. I didn’t know anyone on the team, I didn’t know anyone on the campus at all. So nobody knew that I was gay,” said Hendrix, whose wiry frame immediately pegs him as a distance runner. “I had to make the decision on whether or not to confide in my teammates, coach, classmates, whatever, that I was gay and tell them my sexuality, or just keep it a secret.

“You want to fit in, you want to have your teammates’ respect. And a lot of people are ashamed to come out because they think their teammates will think less of them.”

So Hendrix stepped back into the closet.

Only now it felt more like a prison.

via Sports | Coming Out: The story of one openly gay athlete | Seattle Times Newspaper.

Herman Cain and Mitt Romney Won’t Hire Muslims, Santorum Blames Abortion for Social Security

You gotta love this:

GOP Candidate Herman Cain wouldn’t hire Muslims if he became President because Muslims aren’t dedicated to the constitution, and they’re trying to force Muslim law on this country.  He implies that only ‘Christian’ law has a place in the country.

GOP Candidate Newt Gingrich wouldn’t hire Muslims because they’d impose athiesm on the country.  He questioned whether Islam is even a real religion.  This from the man married 3 times after cheating on each previous wife?

GOP Candidate  Rick Santorm… the Social Security system is in trouble because of abortion.  If we didn’t have abortion, there’d be enough workers to support the Social Security system.  Wait a minute. Don’t we have 15 million already unemployed?

And Mitt Romney… Muslims won’t be apart of their cabinet.  He said, Muslims are radical and there is no talking to them and no negotiating with them.   Isn’t Mitt a Mormon who’s family evacuated the United States in 1847 because of thesame  lack of religious freedom and oppression?

My how the bigots after getting power and authority apply the same standards to others in which they were originally discriminated against…

Walmart Firing Of Anti-Gay Employee Upheld by Appellate Court

April 10, 2011 Comments off
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When an Apostolic Christian employee began screaming and harassing a lesbian employee at Walmart, Walmart took action when ended in termination for the harasser.  As expected, the ‘Christian’ sued Walmart claiming her religious rights were violated. Last time I checked, bigoted remarks and discriminatory behavior weren’t part of Sunday School, but perhaps I was sick that day.  Anyway:

An appellate court has ruled that Walmart did not discriminate against the religious freedoms of an employee by firing the woman for caustic anti-gay remarks directed at a homosexual coworker.

From the Seventh Circuit Court Ruling:

“Over the next three months, Wal-Mart investigated the incident by interviewing and obtaining statements from employees who were present during the conversation. In her statement, Amy reported that Matthews was ’screaming over her’ that God does not accept gays, they should not ’be on earth,’ and they will ’go to hell’ because they are not ’right in the head.’ Five other employees confirmed that Matthews had said that gays are sinners and are going to hell.”

via Walmart Firing Of Anti-Gay Employee Justified, Appeals Court Rules.

By the way… Maybe it’s time to go back and shop at Walmart and skip the anti-gay contributing Target Corp next time I’m out and about…

Lady GaGa Confronts Protestor

April 9, 2011 Comments off
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During a recent promotion of GaGaVision, Lady GaGa encountered a right-wing fire and brimstone protestor.  After introducing herself to the protester, he says that Lady GaGa’s “pervert ways….the homo stuff” is going to send her to Hell…  He was kind enough to print and provide her with a ‘Get out of HELL’ free card…

YouTube – Lady Gaga – Gagavision no. 41.

Illinois High School Celebrates New Civil Unions’ Law and AFTAH is Pissed (Again)

March 28, 2011 Comments off

 

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Peter  LaBarbera of AFTAH (American’s For The Advancement of Homosexuality… oops! I meant American’s For Truth About Homosexuality) is at it again.  He and at least one of his readers are upset at a local Illinois High School for promoting Illinois latest Civil Union law.  The law which was signed by the Governor in January allowed for the Civil Unions of heterosexual and homosexual couples within the state.  Apparently, that law degrades marriage (although if it degrades marriage then why don’t they just call it marriage rather than a civil union?) and promotes that elusive gay agenda (you know.. the one about equal human rights for all citizens).  Instead, Pete would prefer you to believe that allowing people (both heterosexual and homosexual) is somehow going to destroy an institution of marriage which he’s worked hard to make sure civil unions aren’t apart of?  On the blog board on AFTAH one concerned parent hinted at making sure that school board members responsible for allowing the poster board (which promotes a STATE law) should somehow be held accountable and removed from office at the next election.

It’s simply one more example of a group who claims to be pro-American doing just the opposite, trying to stifle the rights and pursuits of all Americans.  AFTAH is only fine with freedom when it supports their anti-modern family agenda.

Dear Readers, each pro-homosexual law makes it easier for school administrators and teachers to allow the one-sided promotion of homosexuality in their school, as occurred recently at Lyons Township High School in LaGrange, Illinois (see photo). The state’s Democrat-dominated General Assembly passed a “Civil Unions” bill in a lame-duck session last year (before a new elected, more conservative legislature could take office) — and Gov. Pat Quinn (D) signed it into law January 31. (The bill, which also allows heterosexual “civil unions,” thus further undermining marriage, takes effect June 1.)

America’s public schools are becoming de facto ”Homosexuality-Promotion Zones” — directly undermining the authority of parents to guide their children’s moral upbringing — and subjecting Christian and moral-minded students to one-sided pro-homosexuality propaganda like the above. — Peter LaBarbera

via Illinois High School Allows Display Celebrating Homosexual ‘Civil Unions’ Law » Americans for Truth.

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AFL-CIO Backs Same-Sex Marriage in Rhode Island

March 25, 2011 Comments off
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PROVIDENCE –– The Rhode Island AFL-CIO executive board has, for the first time, voted to endorse legislation that would allow same-sex couples to marry in the state.

The announcement came the same day as Marriage Equality Rhode Island, a gay-marriage advocacy group, said that the Newport Democratic City Committee had voted recently to endorse gay-marriage legislation.

Rhode Island AFL-CIO President George Nee called the discussion of same-sex marriage a “fundamental civil-rights issue.”

He cited a 2004 General Accounting Office report that showed that there are 1,138 federal civil statutory rights and responsibilities associated with the word “marriage” to which Rhode Island same-sex couples are now denied.

via AFL-CIO backs same-sex marriage legislation | General Assembly | projo.com | The Providence Journal.

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