Our Editor-in-Chief Ed Salvato is on the ground in Toronto, celebrating the 28th annual World Pride (and some beautiful Toronto weather!) Toronto is one of our favorite cities (and one we covered in our Sept. 2012 issue) and this week of festivities is a big reason why. For World Pride, more than 34 bars have extended their last calls to 4a.m. so the celebrations can continue into the early morning dawn. There are also tons of parties and official events worth checking out if you’re in town.
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to hit Loring Park this weekend as part of the annual Pride Festival in Minneapolis.
The event, which celebrates the LGBT community and gay rights, is one of the largest of its kind in the entire country. The event is highlighted by the annual Pride parade, which is at 11 a.m. Sunday in downtown Minneapolis. It goes along Hennepin Avenue, starting at 3rd Street and ending at Spruce.
There’s also a Rainbow Run 5K race at Boom Island, and several buildings in Minneapolis are getting into the Pride Spirit. The 35W bridge is lit up in rainbow colors, as is the WCCO Weather Watcher.
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!
Bans on Same Sex Marriage failed both the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals for Utah and a Federal Judge in Indiana! The 10th Circuit Court put an immediate stay in effect pending appeal, however the Federal Judge in Indiana did not, allowing LGBT couples to immediately begin marrying in that state!
10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver:
A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that states must allow gay couples to marry, finding the Constitution protects same-sex relationships and putting a remarkable legal winning streak across the country one step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The three-judge panel in Denver ruled 2-1 that states cannot deprive people of the fundamental right to marry simply because they want to be wedded to someone of the same sex.
The judges added they don’t want to brand as intolerant those who oppose gay marriage, but said there is no reasonable objection to the practice.
“It is wholly illogical to believe that state recognition of love and commitment of same-sex couples will alter the most intimate and personal decisions of opposite-sex couples,” they wrote, addressing arguments that the ruling could undermine traditional marriage.
The decision by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel upheld a lower court ruling that struck down Utah’s gay marriage ban. However, the panel immediately put Wednesday’s ruling on hold so it could be appealed, either to the entire 10th Circuit or directly to the nation’s highest court.
A federal district judge struck down Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday, saying the law violates the equal protection clause of the Constitution.
Judge Richard Young did not issue a stay on his ruling, so couples can start marrying immediately. Marion County Clerk Beth White in the state’s capital city said she is prepared to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in her office downtown.
The Iowa Ethics & Campaign Disclosure Board is currently investigating the group for hiding the identities of the people who give them money.The board is looking into actions of NOM during 2010 and 2012, when justices fought to keep their jobs three of seven were removed in 2010 by voters…
“This is just the latest example of how NOM doesn’t believe laws apply to them,” Human Rights Campaign vice president of communications Fred Sainz said in a release. “NOM has a penchant for portraying themselves as a grassroots organization, but their own tax returns tell a different story. Brian Brown and his antigay cohorts went into Iowa with the goal of intimidating justices all across the country.”
- NOM Plays Victim of ‘Witch Hunt’ (advocate.com)
- NOM in Iowa – big bus, big bucks, but no guts (thegazette.com)
- ETHICS COMPLAINT: NOM Under Scrutiny (whotv.com)
- NOM: Campaign Finance Disclosure Investigation Is A ‘Witch Hunt’ That Violates Civil Rights (thinkprogress.org)