LGBT and undocumented

LGBT equality is an immigration issue. Immigration is an LGBT issue. For more than just reasons of bi-national gay couples being split up through deportation because DOMA prevents recognition of those marriages even in states where it's legal. At least a quarter million more reasons.

This short video is the latest from the Center for American Progress. It's about the intersection of LGBT and immigrant communities and the issues they face. As one of the top 10 most populous states and as a state in the south we're one of the areas where this intersection is more prevalent than you might think. Between amendment 1 and the 2nd class driver licenses, these communities are under attack, but they also represent an opportunity for intersectional and coalition-based organizing in North Carolina.

LGBT Forum - Tuesday, August 21st, 7:00pm in Charlotte at Fox & Hound Uptown (330 N Tryon St. Charlotte, NC)

Just got word of this. It is being hosted by the Libertarian Party of Mecklenburg County and has a really impressive list of panelists:

Charlotte, NC – On Tuesday August 21st, in honor of Pride Week, LPMeck will hold a forum addressing LGBT issues in North Carolina. A special guest panel has been invited to weigh in on these issues and hold an open discussion on the current political landscape in North Carolina and how it relates to members of the LGBT community.

The event will begin at 7:00pm in the upstairs banquet room at Fox & Hound uptown. The discussion will be moderated by LPMeck Chairman, Tim Doran.

Should my family spend $ in NC for my 50th birthday fete next year w/anti-gay Amendment One in place?

Note to North Carolina elected officials and its tourism industry - this question is for you as well. Hit me up with your best case explaining why my birthday should be celebrated here on Facebook or pam at firedoglake dot com and I'll be happy to share your perspective with readers.

It's a relevant question that I'd like to hear your thoughts on because many thoughtful people here in North Carolina, who pay taxes to a state government that put the anti-gay measure on the ballot that passed this May, are wondering how they should spend their discretionary dollars and what they should tell equality-minded friends and relatives to do.

A Message to the LGBT Community From an NC. Gay Man.

Somebody sound the alarm. It is time my LGBT Brothers and sisters awake from their slumber.

It has not been a pleasant couple weeks for our community since North Carolina in effect branded us second class citizens. In fact it left many of us depressed, wore out and in a shrug your shoulders, roll your eyes kind of mood. We spent countless hours fighting the inevitable tidal wave of bigotry that came our way and still feel the sting of defeat.

However something wonderful happened the day after the Republicans thumbed their collective noses at us (I say Republicans because although there were some from other political persuasions who voted for the Amendment, the Republican Party did so not only out of a warped religious conviction, but for political gain). I digress; now back to something wonderful happening on May 9th.

President Obama declared, “It is important for me personally to go ahead and affirm that same-sex couples should be able to get married.”

CA Church posts Apology billboard on Billy Graham Pkwy about Amendment One

According to WECT:

"A California church says 'sorry' to people in North Carolina after the state passed Amendment One, recognizing marriage as only between a man and a woman.

The billboard, sponsored by the Missiongathering Christian Church in San Diego, appeared for the first time on Wednesday.

The church apologizes for what it calls 'the narrow-minded, judgmental, deceptive, manipulative actions of those who denied rights and equality to so many in the Name of God.' "

This is very interesting. To have Christian churches not only be tolerant of Same Sex Marriage, but actually outspoken in its defense and against its religious detractors is a sign that the tide may have turned for good. Let us hope.

Read the whole article here:

Join Libertarian candidate for Gov, Barbara Howe, to shred marriage license in front of Gen Assembly in protest of Amendment 1

Statement from Barbara Howe:

"When some people are denied freedom, no one is truly free. Please join us, as we and others shred their North Carolina marriage licenses in front of the General Assembly on Jones Street in Raleigh NC on Tuesday, May 29th at 11am."

Howe is the current Libertarian candidate for North Carolina Governor, winning the LPNC nomination uncontested. Recently, in 2012, she ran for NC House District 32(receiving 23% of the vote.)

She has served 4 terms as Chair of the Libertarian Party of North Carolina and is an avid activist for La Leche League and against unnecessary NC licensing requirements for midwifes.

About Barbara

Progressives: now is time to seize on political progress (as messy as it can be) and build a larger coalition

After President Obama's declaration of support for marriage equality for gay couples, we should pick up on this political progress and RUN with it. Don't let our disappointments hold us back, and don't let the election on Tuesday splinter our potentially larger coalitions--which would benefit all our causes including gay rights.

From the Young Democrats of North Carolina

From YDNC Secretary Zoe Riddle-Fawcett:

I woke up yesterday morning with hope. For months, I refused to listen to those who said we were fighting an impossible battle. In a society that was built on and continues to thrive off of inequality, one must always have hope. When I heard Amendment One had passed, the emotions I felt were almost unbearable. The hope I had managed to hold onto had been crushed. I looked down at the "I'm Voting AGAINST Amendment One" pin still attached to my purse and tears immediately began to pour from my eyes as I thought of all the citizens in North Carolina whose lives will be unjustly disrupted by this amendment.

One Presidential Candiate Openly Supports Marriage Equality

"Gay marriage equality is not a trick question, and we shouldn’t be getting trick answers from the President of the United States. Gay Americans deserve better than a President who winks and nods and tries to convince them that he will protect their rights, but refuses to emerge from the closet and support one of the most basic rights – the right to equal access to marriage. And frankly, even opponents of gay marriage deserve the truth from the White House. Is the President for it or against it? Right now, the Administration is trying to have it both ways."

Gary Johnson - Libertarian Party Nominee for President

Gary Johnson is a two-term governor from New Mexico who is a vocal advocate of marriage equality, ending Marijuana Prohibition, responsible Immigration reform, and responsible, efficient government. He won the Presidential nomination of the Libertarian Party with 70% of the vote on the first ballot.

An Apology for Amendment 1

As a Libertarian, I don't believe in collective guilt or responsibility. It is individuals that act and they deserve the blame or credit for their actions. However, after the disappointing results of the Amendment One vote, I find myself wanting to apologize to the LGBT community and everybody who will be affected by this amendment on behalf of North Carolina.

That is not right.

One person cannot apologize for another. Plus, that would be ignoring an important fact about this fight - many people voted against this horrible initiative and still others worked very hard to defeat this amendment (canvassing, calling, speaking in public, writing op-eds, educating, etc) and they have nothing to apologize for. While I won't apologize for other people, I will apologize for myself. That I CAN do.

I apologize that I didn't walk up to 5 more house while canvassing or call 3 more numbers while phone banking.

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