LGBT

NC Pride 2013

North Carolina's annual Pride event is coming up this weekend. It's the first NC Pride since the pro-equality Supreme Court decisions this summer, so there should be a lot of energy out there. The main event is of course on Saturday with the fair grounds style tent set up, speakers, and marches around the Duke East Campus and 9th street areas. It's a lot of fun, and you should check it out if you've never been.

New Don't Be Gay in Russia Law

I know this isn't NC related, but the mainstream media is doing such a poor job covering it, that I felt obligated to share it where I could. Warning, you may not want to see the image or video at the bottom.

http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/putin-signs-%E2%80%98gay-propaganda%E...

Putin signs ‘gay propaganda’ bill into law

Russian president has signed the nationwide bill, passed by the State Duma and Senate unanimously, into law. Many gay rights campaigners say it will incite hate crime

http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2013/07/russia-gay-dutch-tourists-arrested-...

RUSSIA: Gay Dutch Tourists Arrested For Violating Homosexual Propaganda Ban

The Russian LGBT Network reports on Facebook:
"URGENT NEWS! In Murmansk city (North Russia) 3 Dutch citizens detained by the police on charges of gay-propaganda. "

The gay brain drain

One of the more conservative national publications has tackled a gay rights issue in an op-ed today - the "brain drain" of gays in states with laws that discriminate against LGBTs.

The piece highlights a report by the Michigan Civil Rights Commission on the economic impact of that state's laws barring domestic partnership benefits for same sex partners.

In a section of the report titled, "Discrimination Impacts the Economy," the commissioners found, "People are leaving the state … and seeking out jobs with employers that have policies and environments inclusive of and favorable toward LGBT employees."

May Day in Raleigh

Earlier this week a lot of good people got arrested trying to protest the insanity that is happening at the General Assembly. If that inspired you to make your presence and your opposition to these attacks on voting rights and on the people of North Carolina known, then check out this event.

Schedule: http://maydaytrianglenc.wordpress.com/schedule/
3 pm: Welcome and Teach-ins (Moore Square, Raleigh, NC)
4 pm: Sidewalk march steps off (Moore Square going to Halifax Mall with stops along the way)
5-5:30 pm: Arrive at NC Legislature
5:30-8 pm: Rally, speak-outs, music, and more!! (Halifax Mall, Raleigh, NC)

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:

http://www.wect.com/story/18656849/church-posts-billboard-apology-for-amendment-one

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