Archive for November, 2008

Anita Bryant’s Home State Scores AGAIN for Gay Adoption
November 29, 2008

Tueday, Novemeber 25th, 2008, Florida Circuit Judge Cindy S. Lederman wrote a 53-page opinion that included the statement, “There is no question, the blanket exclusion of gay applicants defeats Florida’s goal of providing dependent children a permanent family through adoption,”

She further states that “The best interests of children are not preserved by prohibiting homosexual adoption.”

see the full story at http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/11/25/florida.gay.adoption/index.html

So, Anita, “Save Our Children” has taken on a whole new meaning! Yes, loving, caring LGBT people can save Florida’s and any other state’s neglected children from living lives thinking no one cares. These children can enjoy loving homes with two parents who will look after their best interests and teach them about accepting and respecting others for being part of the Human family.

🙂 MsQueer.

 

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Great Tribute to The L Word and Queer as Folk
November 28, 2008

This is a new tribute to two great shows that portray LGBT people in positive, healthy ways, as well as whatever drama we experience through being HUMAN. We are seen as people “loving, living, laughing, etc.”   

Thanks to Kati (Editor) on MySpace:

http://myspacetv.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=47267438

-Can’t post it here directly because WP won’t accept MySpace vids 😦

 

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The Birthday Gift That Keeps On Giving! Laurel Holloman Fans Rock!
November 24, 2008

It all started with a handful of dedicated Laurel Holloman (actress portraying Tina Kennard in The L Word) fans wanting to show their appreciation and admiration for her off-camera work in support of humanitarian causes. So they got together and started an online campaign to donate $10,000 to Doctors Without Borders, one of Laurel’s chosen charities.

Word spread like wildfire through chat rooms, electronic bulletin boards, message boards and “threads” on TLW and ShowTime websites as well as others. The goal of $10,000 was quickly surpassed and by the time Laurel’s birthday came around, there had been better than $14,000 raised.

Contributions continued to come in from all over the world, and by early fall some of the organizers sent the word out to ask about a holiday “push.”  This would be an especially significant gift in that The L Word will be airing its final season of first-run shows starting this January, 2009.  The response was again overwhelming. In the past few days, generous fans topped the $20,000 mark at the official donation site

www.firstgiving.com/laurelhollomanonline

There’s a recorded acknowledgement from Laurel to her fans at http://www.laurelhollomanonline.com/media/sound/dwbthanks.html

More information is available from two previous MsQueer posts:

https://msqueer.wordpress.com/2008/04/28/loving-fans-donate-to-actress-favorite-charity/

and

https://msqueer.wordpress.com/2008/08/05/tlw-laurel-fans-still-supporting-doctros-without-borders/ (where you can view a video created by LH fan Hereden about Doctors Without Borders worldwide work.)

There is also a Happy Birthday Blog that was created by fans for Laurel at

http://laurelsbirthday.wordpress.com/

LET’S KEEP THE GIFT

KEEP ON GIVING!

Go to www.firstgiving./laurelhollomanonline

😉 MsQueer

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SUCCESSFUL NATIONAL ANGER INTO ACTION WEEKEND
November 20, 2008

Here’s an update from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund.  This email message from Executive Director Rea Carey begins with,

This past weekend, all across the country, hundreds of thousands of LGBT people and our allies came together to demand the most basic tenet of the American promise – the right to equality and justice for all.” 

Read the rest of this email message here: anger-into-action-weekend4

The Supreme Court of California has already agreed to review the constitutionality of Proposition 8. We will be heard!

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POSITIVE ACTION TO RESOLVE PROPOSITION 8
November 20, 2008

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has launched an “Anger Into Action” response to the passing of California’s Proposition 8, as well as other constitutional amendments and state legislation that retracted or denies LGBT rights to marry or to adobt children.

I so appreciated the intelligence of the naming of this campaign when I first saw the email. Finally we are realizing that we have to take the emotion of anger and transform it into position energy and action that will move change forward, otherwise the anger will only fester inside of us and take us down.

This is a significant step forward. We will succeed in creating change with this strategy!

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Read the November 11 2008 letter introducing the Anger Into Action Campaign from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force: anger-into-action

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Transgender Day of Remembrance
November 20, 2008

I received this as an email from the Communty of LGBT Centers. You can find out more about this organization at www.lgbtcenters.com

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The Transgender Day of Remembrance, which honors the memory of those murdered because of anti-transgender prejudice, is recognized annually on November 20. CenterLink mourns the loss of those lost to violence and oppression and encourages you to take part in observances in you local area.

In 2007 the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Projects reported that 16% of their overall reports were anti-transgender motivated, and that 231 transgender women filed reports of violence. Attacks against transgender men went up 65%. According to the International Transgender Day of Remembrance website, there have been 14 known transgender people murdered during 2008 in the U.S. alone. As murders of transgender people are often underreported, or the identity of transgender murder victims are misreported, there is no way to know accurate numbers.

Local events may vary, so be sure to check with a local LGBT Center, Gay-Straight Alliance or other support group likely to be participating. Click on the links below for more information on observances at local community centers.

Wingspan
Tucson, AZ
http://wingspan.org/content/evt_details.php?event_id=2732

L A Gay & Lesbian Center
Los Angeles, CA
http://www.lagaycenter.org

Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center
San Jose, CA
http://www.defrank.org/cgi-bin/calendar.pl?view=Event&event_id=7194&popup=1&clickday=20

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore
Baltimore, MD
http://www.eqmd.org/tdor

Affirmations
Ferndale, MI
http://www.goaffirmations.org

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center
New York, NY
http://www.gaycenter.org/node/1929

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of Greater Cleveland
Cleveland, OH
http://lgcsc.org/thecenter/articles.php?req=read&article_id=77

Terry Stone
CenterLink
http://www.glbtcenters.org

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