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When We Rise

Just finished watching the When We Rise four-episode mini-series. It has been airing on ABC this week, but is also available on Hulu, which is how I saw it. At the end of one of the episodes, Cleve Jones asks what the current generation has gone through and done for gay liberation. That naturally made me think through my own political experiences in this area, which of course is only one facet of my broader activism interests.

#NCPride2015 Photo Blog

In continuing my nearly annual tradition of posting a NC Pride photo blog here on Blue NC, I have some more photos to share! Though rainy, this was the first NC Pride since marriage equality became the national law of the land, which gave a certain spirit to all the festivities. As usual there were no shortage of political causes and politicians on hand to celebrate and get their message out there.

The 2010s revisited

I wrote this blog entry over a year ago as a fictional retrospective on the 2010s from 50 years out and what it meant for LGBT equality. It occurred to me recently that much of what is written there has come pass, so I thought I'd look back at that checklist.

Transgender day of remembrance 2014

Today is the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance that started in the late 90s. It is often marked by words, prayers, moments of silence, and the reading of the names of people who have faced violence and death over the past year. Policy and elections are places we often look to make changes, but I feel like events like this are important too for changing the culture and supporting each other in the LGBTQ and allied community. Not that there isn't policy to address.

Did you know our government doesn't allow gay and bi men to donate blood?

There is so much work to be done for LGBT equality beyond just fighting for marriage equality. Marriage equality is incredibly important to the emotional, financial, familial, and political equality for so many LGBT couples and it is something I've written about here often over the years. But it's not the only LGBT equality issue out there.

One way to mentally divide up the struggles the LGBT community faces is into those that actively ban gay people from participating, those protections that are missing under the law, and then just the hearts and minds battle to have truly lived equality.

A nonpartisan video guide to voter registration

Though the Democracy Summer college interns have graduated from the program recently, they produced a lot of great materials along the way. With the legislative session setting and the voter registration season rising I thought it would be a great time to share this video starring Trenton, one of the Democracy Summer interns from the class of 2014. You can check out more content produced by the interns throughout the summer at the Democracy Summer blog.

Amendment done - 4th circuit rules in favor of marriage equality

From CNN:

The 4th Circuit opinion also will affect marriage laws in other states within its jurisdiction, including West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Only Maryland has legalized same-sex marriage.

Though I believe the opinion is stayed until the Supreme Court likely weighs in next year, this is a precedent that spells an end to amendment one. It didn't even take 20 years. Join Equality NC's celebration at Motorco in Durham at 6:30pm!

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