LGBT

Tell Senator Forrester to meet with his minority constituents or step aside

In light of Senator Forrester's refusal to meet with us, PFLAG and many African American constituents who have contacted me remain steadfast in our effort to reach out to the Senator. We would like to extend an invitation one more time to the Senator and ask him to join his minority constituents in a meeting or forum to discuss diversity and minority sensitivity. See the blog link on Pamshouseblend for the complete story. It's also in the Gaston Gazette.

Harry Potter to work to help in gay suicide prevention

Harry Potter star involved in gay suicide prevention.

Harry Potter

Guess he just lost the radical conservative and christian right audience !!

"Oh GAWD, Ethel...we can't let little Johnny see a Harry Potter movie!!! He supports gaaaayyyyysssss ".

Personally, I'm proud of his involvement in this.

NC: The Blend interviews pro-equality U.S. Senate candidate Kenneth Lewis

I was surprised to receive a phone call from the Kenneth Lewis campaign a couple of weeks ago; I knew a few things about the Durham attorney, who has jumped into the U.S. Senate race to dislodge Richard "Bank Run" Burr from his seat -- 1) he has little name recognition; 2) he has not held public office before and 3) he has worked behind the scenes in politics for a long time, fundraising and organizing on several campaigns, including the U.S. Senate campaigns of Harvey Gantt and Erskine Bowles. In 2008, he was part of the finance team in North Carolina for the Obama campaign.

Try, try, again: want to join our table at the Equality NC Foundation's 2009 Gala?

11/5/2009: So I receive this email from Kay Flaminio of Equality NC and she said no one signed up to dine with us at the ENC Gala! Wow, rejection, that sux! Is it the drive to Greensboro, or are all social calendars booked? In any case, I'm running this post again just in case someone's game...


Kate and I don't want to dine alone as we celebrate a great year of legislative gains in North Carolina, so why don't you join our table at Equality NC Foundation's 2009 Equality Gala on Saturday, November 14 (6:30PM-9:00PM) at the beautiful Empire Room in downtown Greensboro?

This year Equality NC Foundation will be honoring Sen. Julia Boseman for her courageous leadership in getting the School Violence Prevention Act passed. Special recognition will also be given to Winston-Salem's young Kate Mabe for drawing statewide media attention to how it feels to be bullied and to the strength of character our young people need to move forward in a tough world.

There will also be a special presentation by Lennie Gerber. She and her partner Pearl Berlin are currently gracing billboards in Greensboro, the latest campaign by Triad Equality Alliance to show through pictures that we're just like everyone else. Click here to see the beautiful photo of Lennie and Pearl.

Want to join our table at the Equality NC Foundation's 2009 Gala?

Kate and I don't want to dine alone as we celebrate a great year of legislative gains in North Carolina, so why don't you join our table at Equality NC Foundation's 2009 Equality Gala on Saturday, November 14 (6:30PM-9:00PM) at the beautiful Empire Room in downtown Greensboro?

This year Equality NC Foundation will be honoring Sen. Julia Boseman for her courageous leadership in getting the School Violence Prevention Act passed. Special recognition will also be given to Winston-Salem's young Kate Mabe for drawing statewide media attention to how it feels to be bullied and to the strength of character our young people need to move forward in a tough world.

Excuse me?!

I was searching the Library of Congress page for bills on LGBT equality, when I stumbled upon something odd, that I dismissed at the time as I was running late for a meeting anyway. Then I saw it again today on another site. And I was livid.

Equality NC Conference & Gala

Nov 14 2009 8:30 am
Nov 14 2009 9:00 pm

Equality NC Foundation's 2009 Conference & Gala in Greensboro

Info here

Equality NC Conference and Gala

The Equality NC Foundation Conference and Gala will be held on Saturday, November 14 in Greensboro.

Registration is open now for the daytime conference, the evening gala, or both! Prices go up after October 30, so register early.

Full schedule here

The daytime conference at UNC-Greensboro's Elliot University Center includes an opening session, three breakout sessions with five workshops to choose from during each breakout session, and a closing keynote in the afternoon.

The evening gala will be held at downtown Greensboro's Empire Room. Senator Julia Boseman is this year's Legislative Leadership Award recipient.

My keynote address at NC Pride 2009 - with video and photos

For me the best part of attending my statewide Pride celebration is capturing the anti-gay fundamentalists along the parade route.

This year, I managed to do that, but I took the pix while riding in one of the cars in the parade this year, as I was asked to deliver the keynote address. Oy. Really, I don't understand why people think blogger=public speaker, but not all of us are extroverts. More on that later.

This year's crop of bible-beating losers was interesting.

Right: Pastor Billy Ball, a "fan" of my blog who has written me damnation Valentines and other deranged emails, made the trip all the way from Primrose, GA.

I rode in the "celebrity" jeep with Stormy Ellis, who is the only out Assistant District Attorney in the entire state of NC -- of course she is in Durham. The Grand Marshall of the parade, Mark Kleinschmidt, is an out gay Chapel Hill town council member who is running for mayor there this year.

Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez Sr., who is one rocking supporter of the LGBT community, spoke; the officers at the parade volunteered to be there and those on the force who are LGBT are not in the closet.

So in this environment, our 2009 fundies found themselves wildly outnumbered; poor Billy Ball didn't even bring a bullhorn. Talk about unprepared. But we had these new ones (one reader called them Agent Smiths with "all their asinine Matrix sunglasses") who really wore the loser label quite well...

And the guy carrying this sign is a three-time attendee; he also shows up at the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival here.

In terms of the keynote, rewritten over and over up until the last moment, I was definitely nervous, since I wasn't delivering a traditional rah-rah keynote. After all, if you give me the podium, knowing my content, you may be asking for trouble -- or at least a generous amount of stepping on some third rails.

My keynote is below the fold (w/video and a slideshow).

Gordon Smith Stands Up For LGBT Population in Asheville

If you like what you read here, please visit my campaign website and donate or volunteer!

While we’re working towards marriage equality for same-sex couples who want the same rights as their heterosexual equals, the City of Asheville can take a step toward social justice by offering same-sex health benefits to its employees.

City employees are currently empowered to include their spouses on their health plans and can take bereavement leave in the case of a spouse’s death. Same-sex couples, even if legally married in another state, are not eligible.

The gay and lesbian citizens of Asheville deserve equal recognition and equal benefits. To deny these benefits is to relegate gay and lesbian couples to second-class status. We all know that Asheville is a gay-friendly city, and our city government ought to reflect our commitment to honoring the civil rights of all our citizens.

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