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!


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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Anita Bryant’s Home State “Scores One” for Gay Adoption
September 20, 2008

Florida and Mississippi have laws forbidding Gays to adopt children. However, the Miami Herald online reported on September 9, 2008:

“A Monroe Circuit Court judge has ruled Florida’s 31-year-old gay adoption ban ‘unconstitutional’ in an order that allows an openly gay Key West foster parent to adopt a teenage boy he has raised since 2001.”

“Declaring the adoption to be in the boy’s ‘best interest,’ Circuit Judge David J. Audlin Jr. said the Florida law forbidding gay people from adopting children is contrary to the state Constitution because it singles out a group for punishment.”

Because the particulars of this case involve adoption by someone who was already a guardian, it may not qualify as a precedent-setting ruling to open the way for gay adoption in the state of Florida. Nevertheless, it is a victory to be celebrated, and Curcuit Judge David J. Audlin Jr. is to be applauded for his ruling.

Most of the comments to the online story were positive, with only one complaining about a “left-wing judge” ruining the country.

(see http://www.miamiherald.com/news/breaking-news/story/679552.html for complete story)

As we move forward in our quest for equal rights under the laws of this country (United States) we are constantly reminded that more and more of the populace at large have become more accepting of us as LGBT people in the community.

I celebrate this tiny victory today. A toast to claiming new ground! Orange juice, anyone? 🙂                          -MsQueer


P.S. If the “Anita Bryant” reference has you baffled (proving you were most likely born after 1970) see my addendum giving a little background information in the first response by MsQueer.

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John McCain and the LGBT Community
September 8, 2008

Okay, here we go. MsQueer goes political. (Is that like “going balistic?” Maybe this election…)

I have another blog where I’ve gotten very vocal regarding this election, despite my original intentions to steer clear of that. And I had a couple of great lines about Gay Republicans, but then I remembered that this site is about Dignity and Respect. (Sigh!)

So, I’ll just deliver this straight (you should pardon the expression) off the cuff. Although we as LBGT people have seemingly become one of the primary groups to be courted for our vote in this election, John McCain isn’t even trying. Give him an “A” for honesty. But give him a big “F” for anything resembling an equal rights/human rights view of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals or Transgendered persons.

I found a great article that summarizes Mr. McCain’s view and background as a politician thus far.  Thanks to Kathy Belge at About.com: Lesbian Life, I give you the portal to her wisdom:


Let the LGBT Voter beware: when asked about Gay Adoption, McCain replied that he felt two-parent families were best suited to adopt. Two-parent families? So one partner counts and the other is — chopped liver?

I can honestly say that McCain doesn’t make it hard for a person to find out where he stands on LGBT Rights issues. Some candidates hide their truth amongst cleverly crafted interweavings of platitudes and promises that pale once you discover some off-the-cuff comment made “in private” or a carefully planned agenda for securing special interest votes.

At any rate, I have been pretty vocal about the other side of the ticket at http://debadler.wordpress.com. Let’s just say that as a woman, the Dems have pretty effectively alienated me, but not as much the Republicans with their choice of a woman VP that was supposed to get my vote because I’m a woman? PLEASE!

Each of us will ultimately have to make up our own minds based on criteria that will likely include our LGBT identities as only one aspect of our total being and interests. No election has ever been a cut and dry, black and white simple decision, and 2008 will be no exception. Its important that we vote based on a criteria each of us can fully embrace at heart, not just intellectually based on others’ recommendations.

Whatever the outcome, one thing is certain. We, as LGBT people, have more work ahead of us to resolve prejudices between us, as well as between us and others. Perhaps as we become more fully united amongst ourselves, with true compassion and acceptance of our diversity, we will have less opposition from those who view us as opposed to their values. Perhaps they will come to see that we share their values of the importance of family and community in a far more inclusive way. -MsQueer

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