Wednesday, July 27, 2016

LGBT Spin On DNC Platform

The Democratic National Convention ratified one of the most pro LGBTQ & progressive platforms in its history. Russell Roybal, Deputy Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force stated, “The Democratic Party’s 2016 platform builds on the pro LGBTQ & progressive legacy of President Barack Obama. It’s presents policies that are rooted in the idea that in America, people encompass a wide range of identities — we can be LGBTQ, a person of color, a person living with disabilities, a person of faith & many other things that make us unique. We are truly the most diverse nation in the world. This platform promotes important policies on issues as varied as: LGBTQ freedom, justice & equality with a focus on comprehensive protections in the areas of housing, employment, public accommodations, credit, jury service, education & federal funding & ending the epidemic of violence against transgender people of color….While the platform advances many of the policies that the National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund has fought for, there are some areas that it should have addressed. For example, a comprehensive strategy to combat the misuse of religion & faith to justify the on-going attack on reproductive health care. It is vital that our community remembers that legal decisions regarding reproductive rights are at the heart of recent historic legal decisions on issues such as marriage equality & that reproductive rights are LGBTQ rights. We must strongly resist any effort to misuse cherished faith to roll back & remove these rights that are so clearly linked to everyone’s lived freedom, justice & equality.”
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

AG Healey Provincetown Event

This fabulous  Provincetown event comes in the middle of a very busy summer for the Attorney General Maura Healey who is almost halfway through her second year in office. The reception honoring Attorney General Maura Healey takes place Sunday July 31st at the Crown & Anchor at 247 Commercial Street in Provincetown, Massachusetts from 5:30P to 7P. This event will provide the opportunity to celebrate & hear about what crucial issues AG Healey is addressing for Massachusetts & especially for our LGBT community. Attorney General Healey stated, “I’m so excited to be in Provincetown with many of our old friends & hopefully, a lot of new ones. The support I continue to receive throughout Massachusetts is so encouraging & so important given the issues we’re taking on every day in our office.” Earlier this month Maura led a public bill signing for the state’s powerful new transgender equality law & in the aftermath of the Orlando Massacre she issued an important & courageous new directive on assault weapons in Massachusetts telling gun dealers they can no longer sell copycats of many of the same weapons used in recent deadly mass shootings. Healey is also leading a group of Attorney Generals taking on Exxon Mobil over their efforts to mislead the public on climate change. Don’t miss out on this important intimate gathering with Healey’s team & Event Chair Bryan Rafanelli & the Host Committee including Jacques Abatto & David Goldman, Mary Breslauer & Rebecca Haag, Elyse Cherry, Sean & Kelly Curran, Lisa Drapkin, Christopher Flynn & Daniel Newton, Gabby Hanna & Marcy Feller, Jack Hornor & Ron Skinn, Arline Isaacson, Steve Kerrigan & Jacob Watts, Marc LaCasse & Todd Katzman, Janet Lehman & Ann Maguire, Neal Minahan, Rick Murray & Bill Dougal, Rick Musiol, Eleanor & Ro Pannesi, Hon. Sarah K. Peake, Kate Perrelli & Lynn Kappelman, Alix Ritchie & Marty Davis, Lynda Tocci & Hon. Dan Wolf.
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Monday, July 25, 2016

Sarah McBride To Speak At DNC

Sarah McBride who became national press secretary for HRC last month will appear at the DNC in Philadelphia this Thursday becoming the first openly transgender person to speak at a major party convention. McBride stated, “I’m honored for this opportunity to share my story & to be the first transgender person to speak at a major party convention. People must understand that even as we face daily harassment, tragic violence & an onslaught of anti-LGBTQ political attacks across the country, we are real people merely seeking to be treated with the dignity & respect every person deserves. I’m so proud to stand with the LGBT Caucus & speak out in support of Hillary Clinton, because we know she stands with us.” Last May when we asked Sarah what her personal commitment is to LGBT equality she stated, “I come to this work not only as someone who is transgender but as someone who has loved someone who is transgender. I met my future husband Andy fighting for trans equality & we fell in love. A couple of months after we started dating Andy was diagnosed with cancer & despite getting a clean bill of health several months later eventually his cancer came back & it was terminal. Andy & I decided to get married in August of 2014 & just 4 days after we married he passed away. For me I carry my relationship with Andy with me in my LGBT advocacy work. I carry it with me because one of the most important lessons that I have learned from that experience at 23 years old at the time was that every day matters & this fight every day matters building a world where every person can live their life to the fullest; where every person has a roof over their head & job opportunities based on their skills & their talent & their work ethnic & not on their identity. Every day matters when it comes to just being yourself & so for me that’s probably my biggest personal motivation in this work. It’s not just about who I am but people I love.”
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Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Real LGBT Presidential Ticket

Hillary Clinton announced that she has chosen Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her vice presidential running mate after she made an unscheduled visit to the site of the Orlando Massacre. Rick Zbur, Equality California Executive Director stated, "With her selection of Senator Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton has highlighted the stark differences between her ticket & her opponent’s. In contrast to the extremes of racism, xenophobia, sexism, homophobia & transphobia on vivid display by Donald Trump & his running mate, Kaine presents an alternative; a pragmatist who works across ideologies & across the aisle to get things done. After exhibiting the same ‘evolution’ on LGBT issues as the nation as a whole, Kaine is now solidly pro-LGBT equality. As governor, he issued an executive order banning discrimination against lesbian & gay state employees & campaigned against a ballot measure barring gay & lesbian couples from marrying. He has spoken out strongly in favor of marriage equality & adoption by gay & lesbian couples, receiving a 90 percent rating from the Human Rights Campaign. Donald Trump’s feigned concern in his speech for the perils LGBT people face abroad ignores the very real danger presented by his own party here at home. The virulently anti-LGBT Republican platform, Trump’s choice of the anti-LGBT Mike Pence as his running mate, & a campaign based on fear, bias & hatred clearly foreshadow what LGBT people can expect from a Trump administration. It is imperative that the LGBT community do all it can to ensure that Hillary Clinton is the next president of the United States.”
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Friday, July 22, 2016

NBA Supports LGBT Equality

The NBA announced it will move their 2017 All Star Game from Charlotte, N.C. to another state because of North Carolina’s controversial anti-LGBT House Bill 2 law stating, “While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, & country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2.” Jason Collins the first openly gay NBA player added, "As a member of the NBA family & as a gay man, I’m extremely proud to see the NBA take initiative & move the All Star Game from North Carolina. Their decision is an extremely poignant one & shows that discrimination of any kind is not welcome in sports & is not acceptable in any part of our society. The NBA has set the best kind of example & precedent moving forward for all to follow." We definitely hope the NBA will consider Massachusetts to be the home of their 2017 All Star Game. Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo called on the All Star Game to come to Boston following the NBA announcement that it would seek a new venue other than Charlotte, N.C. Especially now that Governor Charlie Baker recently signed into law “An Act Relative to Transgender Anti-Discrimination” which prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in public places in the Commonwealth joining 17 other states, Washington D.C. & more than 200 cities & towns across the country that have passed non-discrimination laws protecting gender identity in public spaces.
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Donald Trump & LGBT Equality

Before Republican nominee Donald Trump takes the stage in Cleveland once again, HRC has passed on some interesting & crucial facts all LGBT Americans & allies should know about Trump’s position on LGBT civil rights provided by JoDee Winterhof, Senior Vice President for Policy & Political Affairs for the Human Rights Campaign: Fact One: He has told multiple media outlets that he would appoint Supreme Court justices who would reverse nationwide marriage equality – a fundamental right that you & I fought to secure. Fact Two: Trump wants to sign the so-called "First Amendment Defense Act" into law, a bill to enable Kim Davis-style discrimination against LGBTQ people nationwide. Fact Three: He would encourage states to decide individually to enact discriminatory, hate-fueled laws like North Carolina's HB2. Fact Four: Trump says he looks forward to repealing President Obama’s executive orders, meaning the anti-discrimination order protecting LGBTQ employees working for federal contractors is at risk. Fact Five: Throughout his campaign, Donald Trump has attacked, belittled & maligned anyone & everyone he considers different. So how scary is that? Remember this info as you watch Trump & his supporters on network television spew their dangerous rhetoric & make sure your friends & family have the facts as well as & don't forget that the Republican National Convention platform supports so-called conversion therapy, calls for the banning marriage equality, rejects LGBTQ families & bans transgender & gender non-conforming people from using restrooms that match their gender identity.
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Orlando LGBT Faith Event In NYC

Union Theological Seminary will present leaders of the Orlando & New York LGBTQ faith communities for a public discussion about ways to build lasting bridges among faith groups & marginalized communities across the nation. The session is free & will be held on Thursday, July 21st 12:30P to 2P at James Chapel located at Union's Morningside Heights campus at 3041 Broadway at 121st Street in New York City. The mass slaughter at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 12th left the nation reeling & searching for answers on how to stop violence against members of the LGBTQ community, lessen resentment of immigration & senseless gun violence. The Rev. Fred Davie, Executive Vice President of Union Theological Seminary who served by appointment of President Obama on the White House Council on Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships & currently serves on the New York City Mayor's Clergy Advisory Council will lead the panel discussion stating, "Bigotry in America is real -- it is ontological. It has being. Fear & insecurity are its lifeblood. It presents in all forms. Overt. Ugly. Aggressive. Lethal. Subtle. Micro. Genteel. And we feed our American beast of bigotry with fears of all kinds & arm it with guns & so it metastasizes into a mass killer of men, women & children. We need to begin a sustained national public conversation about concrete ways to reduce violence, increase respect & tolerance & tackle the festering & explosive underlying issues of race, bigotry & class in America. We at Union want to support this critically needed public discussion which is the basis for hope & a more peaceful future."
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