LGBT Fast Friday News 12/14/12

I’m sorry for the long silence, dear readers … between the holidays, vacation and a conference, I have been too busy to post.  Hopefully, I can resume a normal schedule again.  Thanks for your patience and support.

Fast Friday is a weekly feature in which I provide links to news items and other resources of interest to the LGBT community.

STUDY: Marriage Improves Mental Health Of Same-Sex Couples

Donors Supporting Marriage Equality in 2012 Dwarfed Those Who Opposed It

New Poll: Support for Marriage Equality Sees 21-Point Jump in Last Eight Years

Iowa Supreme Court Hears Lambda Legal Case Seeking Accurate Birth Certificate for Lesbian Mothers

You did it! ‘One Million Moms’ abandons call for Ellen to be fired, says group is “moving on”

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LGBT Fast Friday News 10/12/12

Fast Friday is a weekly feature in which I provide links to news items and other resources of interest to the LGBT community.

WATCH: Sally Field’s Amazing Speech About Her Gay Son

San Diego Pride Donates $30,000 To San Diego LGBT Center

Waiting for the one (Kate Fagan)

Cory Booker: New Jersey Will Legalize Gay Marriage

One Million Moms Protests Jennifer Lopez’s New TV Show ‘The Fosters’

Had to pass this along to you … One Million Human Beings Against One Million Moms

Gay-Lesbian Youth Support Group To Host Town Hall Meeting This Month To Discuss Teen’s Suicide

This from a former Alabama Chief Justice … Roy Moore says gay marriage will be ‘ultimate destruction of our country’ (video)

IMPORTANT:  I received the following press release from GLAD and it is time limited, so please act right away.

Come to Maine for a “Volunteer Vacation” and have a life-changing experience! You will be trained and work side-by-side with experienced campaign staff and other volunteers to do critical work to ensure that we win in November. Not only will you walk away with amazing memories, but you will come away with new or honed campaign skills and friends in Maine.  Mainers United for Marriage provides a home-stay, and travel assistance may be available.

For more than a decade, GLAD has been fighting for marriage equality throughout New England.We are diligently continuing our public education, telling Mainers: All loving and committed couples should be able to get married, and to accept the responsibility, stability and happiness that go along with that decision.

This November, Question 1 on Maine’s ballot will read: “Do you want to allow the state of Maine to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples?”

Join us for a volunteer vacation  – for a week or a weekend – and help ensure that Maine’s answer to that question is Yes!

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One Million Moms Targets the GAP for Gay Advertising

One Million Moms (which should really re-think its name being as there are less than 50,000 members) is at it again.  Perhaps they are slow learners.  After their protest of JC Penney’s decision to hire lesbian comedian Ellen DeGeneres as their spokesperson backfired, you’d think they would have figured out that they are wasting their time.  Nope.

The under-enlightened group, which calls itself “a project of the American Family Association (AFA),” has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).   This time around, the moms are calling for a boycott of The Gap and urging the clothing retailer to discontinue its “Be Bright, Be One” campaign.  Why?  Because The Gap advertised on a Los Angeles billboard using the image of two men sharing a tee shirt:

Get over it, moms!  The Gap doesn’t just sell its wares to your little families, it sells them to gay folks as well.  Honestly, what is the point of flipping out over this?  Other than to look foolish.  Speaking of foolishness, here’s an excerpt of their latest anti-gay rhetoric:

In Los Angeles, CA, GAP has a billboard located downtown that reads: “GAP- BE BRIGHT- BE ONE” with two homosexual men pressed together under a shared t-shirt. They are hugging each other and facing the camera cheek-to-cheek. “BE ONE” is in large letters which emphasizes the same-sex relationship.

GAP Inc. Brands, including Old Navy, Banana Republic, Piperlime, and Athleta, does not deserve, nor will it get, money from conservative families across the country. Supporting GAP is not an option until they decide to remain neutral in the culture war. GAP needs to seriously consider how their immoral advertising affect the youth of our nation.

Christians should urge for the removal of GAP’s offensive billboard in Los Angeles and any other city where it is located. GAP will also need to cancel any plans to use the “Be One” ad campaign elsewhere including store-front posters, its website, and in print magazine ads.

Do me a favor, dear readers … let The Gap know you won’t be boycotting them for including a couple of gay guys in their advertising campaign.  Thank them for the inclusion and let them know you will continue to support their efforts.  In addition to The Gap, the company also owns Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime, and Athleta.

Here is the contact information for Gap Inc.’s global headquarters:

Gap Inc.
2 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
650-952-4400

By the way, the moms parent organization, American Family Association, is boycotting Home Depot for supporting ‘the homosexual agenda.”    Wow.   You really must enjoy that irony!

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LGBT Fast Friday News 5/4/12

Fast Friday is a weekly feature in which I provide links to news items and other resources of interest to the LGBT community.

I was away this week — with spotty wi-fi and cell reception — so please forgive the lack of posts.  I do have a few tid-bits to pass along on this glorious Fast Friday.  Enjoy!

In Romney’s Gay Rights Mess, Silence Wasn’t An Option   [Buzz Feed Politics]

Dan Savage Under Fire After Challenging Bible Talk   [Advocate]

High school yearbook article sparks furor in Lenoir City. Parents, students outraged at gay piece [KnoxNews]

I love this one … “One Million” moms target JC Penney again, this time over lesbians in catalog
[San Diego Lesbian & Gay news]

Finally, here’s a Press Release L.A. Theatre Works:

L.A. Theatre Works recording of all-star “8” is set to release on audiobook and air nationally on public radio for Gay Pride month in June. L.A. Theatre Works (LATW) has recorded “8,” a dramatization of the legal fight against California’s Proposition 8 written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter and American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) founding board member Dustin Lance Black, for release on audiobook and for broadcast on LATW’s nationally syndicated radio theater series. Directed by Rob Reiner and featuring an all-star cast that includes Kevin Bacon, George Clooney, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christine Lahti, Jane Lynch, Brad Pitt, Martin Sheen and John C. Reilly, “8” will air on public radio stations across the U.S. during the week of June 9 (check local listings for times). The broadcast, which also includes conversations with Black, Reiner, George Clooney and other members of the cast, as well as interviews with lawyers David Boies and Ted Olson who led the charge against Prop 8, will be heard locally in Southern California on Sunday, June 10 from 8-10 pm on 90.7 FM KPFK, and will also be available for streaming on demand at www.latw.org. The audiobook will be available on CD and for digital download on June 1 through all major retailers, including iTunes and Amazon. Review copies are available on request.

“8” is the unprecedented account of the Federal District Court trial in Perry v. Schwarzenegger (now Perry v. Brown), the case filed by AFER to overturn Proposition 8, which stripped gay and lesbian Californians of the fundamental freedom to marry. The script is based on the actual words of the trial transcripts, first-hand observations of the courtroom drama and interviews with the plaintiffs and their families.

L.A. Theatre Works recorded the West Coast premiere reading of “8” on March 3 at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, where the benefit event, presented by AFER and Broadway Impact, unfolded in front of a sold-out crowd and a worldwide audience watching on YouTube and raised more than $2 million for the fight to secure full federal marriage equality.

“It was an honor to record this significant work which has the power to change hearts and minds,” said L.A. Theatre Works producing director Susan Loewenberg. “This project is a great example of what the creative community does best—using its celebrity and talent to serve a just cause.”

“This play will continue to show Americans—one by one—that truth and justice can prevail over prejudice and fear,” said AFER board president Chad Griffin. “Try as they might, the anti-marriage proponents of Proposition 8 cannot hide their discriminatory arguments from the American people. The fight to secure marriage equality is at the heart of our generation’s search for greater freedom—this play shows why.”

The L.A. Theatre Works recording of “8” features an all-star cast led by Golden Globe Award-winner and Academy and Emmy Award-nominee Brad Pitt as United States District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker, who found Proposition 8 unconstitutional after presiding over the historic twelve-day public trial; and Academy and Golden Globe Award-winner and Emmy, and Award-nominee George Clooney and Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winner Martin Sheen as Plaintiffs’ lead co-counsel David Boies and Theodore B. Olson, the renowned attorneys who notably faced-off in Bush v. Gore.

Academy, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winner Christine Lahti and Golden Globe Award-winner Jamie Lee Curtis star as plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, a lesbian couple together for eleven years and the parents of four boys. Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony Award-nominee Matthew Morrison and acclaimed White Collar television star Matt Bomer play plaintiffs Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, a gay couple together over ten years.

Golden Globe Award-winner and Emmy Award-nominee Kevin Bacon plays Charles J. Cooper, the lead attorney for the anti-marriage proponents of Proposition 8. Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winner Jane Lynch stars as prominent opponent of marriage equality Maggie Gallagher, co-founder and former chairman of the National Organization for Marriage. Academy, Golden Globe and Grammy Award-nominee John C. Reilly plays David Blankenhorn, founder and president of the Institute for American Values.

Additional roles are played by Emmy Award-winning journalist Campbell Brown; Golden Globe Award-winner, SAG and Emmy Award-nominee Chris Colfer; Emmy Award-nominee Jesse Tyler Ferguson; prominent gay rights activist Cleve Jones; Tony Award-nominee Rory O’Malley; acclaimed Star Trek television and film star George Takei; Emmy Award-winner Yeardley Smith; and Vanessa Garcia, Jansen Panettiere, James Pickens, Jr. and Bridger Zadina.

L.A. Theatre Works can be heard on the following stations (check local listings for broadcast times): 90.7 FM KPFK (Southern CA); 89.7 WGBH, Boston; 91.5 FM WBEZ, Chicago; 94.9 KUOW, Seattle; 91.1 KRCB, North Bay (San Francisco); and in over 100 markets nationwide. “8” will be available for streaming on demand at www.latw.org beginning June 9. LATW’s entire catalog of plays is available on CD and via digital download on iTunes and Amazon

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