March 15, 2011
Stars ask Obama to legalize gay marriage.
This is a copy of the letter 32 celebrities have sent to President Obama as a part of the “Say I Do” campaign. President Obama has sent loud messages lately that discrimination of LGBT will not be tolerated. Our President hears us and we cannot let our voices fade! Thank you to these 32 people that happen to be celebrities, some gay, some straight for sending this letter! It is getting better!
STAND IN YOUR TRUTH!
March 9, 2011
Today NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo held a closed door meeting with leaders of many gay advocacy groups. Gov. Cuomo has decided to put the rights of citizens at the forefront. Advocacy leaders described Mr. Cuomo’s words as unexpectedly forceful and passionate. He instructed his aides to give their FULL attention to legalizing same-sex marriage in NY. It does seem as though Gov. Cuomo is using all his political muscle to ensure equal rights to all NY’s citizens. He is taking this issue very personally. He is quoted by New York Times as stating “to me this is more than a piece of legislation, this is about the lives of people I have known for many years, who currently live without the rights to which they are entitled”. Bravo Gov. Cuomo! IT GETS BETTER!
STAND IN YOUR TRUTH!
March 8, 2011
I was so beyond excited to read in The Advocate that Lady Gaga has officially taken her deal with Target and Billboard off the table. Lady Gaga is a STRONG advocate for the LGBT community and our causes. Target has recently come under fire within our community for funding the failed campaign of Tom Emmer in 2010 when he ran for MN Gov. Emmer has strong Anti-Gay platforms and Target gave to his campaign and although Target was made aware they offended our community they have made ZERO attempts at correcting this mistake. Lady Gaga was in negotiations with Target and Billboard for her deal and her requirement was that Target had to start redeeming itself and giving to LGBT causes. Target did not comply with Lady Gaga’s request and she stood for us and dissolved the deal! THANK YOU Lady Gaga!! Target must learn that they are going to be held responsible as a corporation for their poor choices. They cannot single us out and publicly spew HATE.
I used to shop at Target all the time but now if they were the last store I’d never step foot in another until they make an attempt to redeem themselves. Clearly they do not like who I am so the last thing I will do is step foot in a Target and spend my lesbian money! Lady Gaga made a clear choice. She chose to do what is right over what would be better for business. The very least our community can do is to avoid giving Target our hard earned money so they can use it against us. Thank You Thank You Thank You Lady Gaga!!!!
STAND IN YOUR TRUTH!
March 8, 2011
The LGBT is so lucky to have several great organizations out there working for us. One of my favorites is SAGE, Services and Advocacy for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Elders. SAGE is working hard to provide a voice for the aging LGBT community that are often neglected or forced back into the closet to receive proper care.
This country often defines LGBT in terms of sexual activity, and we cannot let that happen. We are individual people that deserve our dignity at any age. Since 1978, (then called Seniors Action in Gay Environment), SAGE has worked with our community to create new “family” networks and ensure the voices of our elderly are not silenced.
The services provided by SAGE are given to LGBT aged 60+ (50 if HIV+). Services are not just physical well being, but programs about sex and dating, finances, the arts and culture, and history and heritage. There are group and individual counseling sessions as well as walking and bus trips. SAGE also provides options to receive their care in SAGE Clinical & Social Services facility, in-home, or even by telephone.
SAGE services are located all over the country and are always in need of volunteers. I highly recommend working with seniors, it will truly touch your soul! I feel much safer knowing as I age that organizations like SAGE exist for us, so please support them.
Visit sageusa.org to help!
STAND IN YOUR TRUTH! (AT ANY AGE)
March 7, 2011
A couple was in their 20s when they met. Each had gone to college got their respective degrees and made a successful professional life. They went through all the highs and lows of life. Through the happy and sad they made it and watched a lot of their friends marry and re-marry and remarry and remarry. Their union stood the test of time. They retired each earning and saving millions of dollars. At the age of 84 one became sick. With a body filled with illness and a heart full of love one passed away leaving the other behind for the first time in 60 plus years. The couple never had children and all of the estate was left to the other remaining partner.
Never accepting the life of their sibling the deceased partner’s sister came and took the living partner’s inheritance away and there wasn’t anything that could stop her. At 80+ years old the living partner lost 1/2 of what they had owned at the time of their partner’s death.
Why? Where were the laws to help this now elderly person? Oh, wait, this was a same-sex couple. In this country this is what happens everyday to life long loving couples, simply because they are not legally allowed to marry. The same right that straight couples use, abuse, and take advantage of sometimes multiple times in their lives but same sex couples cannot do this even once. Why?
Progress must be made. We must have marriage equality to protect ourselves! We are not second class citizens. Organizations that “protect” marriage, I challenge you to if you are indeed protecting marriage, accept same-sex couples because we LOVE. Marriage is about LOVE not sex, or what’s between someone’s legs. It’s not about reproducing there are plenty of male/female couples that cannot or choose not to have families but are still allowed to be married. What are you protecting?