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    Queer Challenge to “We’re Just Like You”
Love this so hard for skewering the homo-normative narrative that mainstream gay rights organizations like Human Rights Campaign (HRC ) is content to sell to politicians an public in order to achieve same-sex marriage (let’s not call it marriage equality, shall we?).
"We’re just like you" glosses over what is truly problematic with heterosexist power structures and institutions, easily ignoring the sexism, racism, and classism that riddles gay life as much as "straight life."
And for gawd’s sake, so many are in relationships that aren’t perfectly middle-class, white, single-national, able-bodied and monogamous, and what, those folks don’t get equality too?

    Queer Challenge to “We’re Just Like You”

    Love this so hard for skewering the homo-normative narrative that mainstream gay rights organizations like Human Rights Campaign (HRC ) is content to sell to politicians an public in order to achieve same-sex marriage (let’s not call it marriage equality, shall we?).

    "We’re just like you" glosses over what is truly problematic with heterosexist power structures and institutions, easily ignoring the sexism, racism, and classism that riddles gay life as much as "straight life."

    And for gawd’s sake, so many are in relationships that aren’t perfectly middle-class, white, single-national, able-bodied and monogamous, and what, those folks don’t get equality too?

    — 12 months ago with 10 notes

    #queer  #sexism  #classism  #racism  #gay  #lgbt  #glbt  #marriage equality  #same-sex marriage  #gay rights  #HRC  #Human Rights Campaign  #heterosexism 
    Missouri man arrested at hospital for refusing to leave gay partner →

    Roger Gorley

    No doubt what has happened to Roger Gorley, as detailed in this report, is contemptible beyond words, but to discuss this event only within the framework of how marriage equality would have avoided such an instance is totally short-sighted. LGBTIQ should not continue privileging marriage as the only other legitimate relationship that deserves the right to be with a partner/family member in the time of medical crisis. We must insist that family is not (just) a matter of blood relations or even a marriage permit, but something more expansive that include close friends/life-long platonic companions, caretakers, etc. who deserve the right to be along the beside of an ailing loved one.

    So let’s not just posit this a marriage equality issue when the larger issue is the more inclusive understanding of family, its legitimacy, and the rights they too should have.   

    [Photo via The Raw Story]

    — 1 year ago with 7 notes

    #lgbt  #glbt  #Roger Gorley  #marriage equality  #equality  #same-sex marriage  #family  #queer  #queer families  #LGBTIQ 

    Does Marriage Equality Reinforce a Conservative Institution or Support Social Change?

    As the U.S. Supreme Court heard two major cases this week on marriage equality, we look at how the issue has divided some in the LGBT movement. Longtime activist and blogger Scot Nakagawa wrote a popular essay this week called “Why I Support Same Sex Marriage as a Civil Right, But Not as a Strategy to Achieve Structural Change.” The article drew so much traffic that it crashed his server, twice. We speak to Nakagawa and Marc Solomon, national campaign director of Freedom to Marry, one of the leading campaigns to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act. “The marriage issue, while very important and a step toward greater freedoms, is not the whole ball of wax, as there’s much more that we need to fight for. I think we recognize that most people in our society do not live in traditional nuclear family arrangements,” Nakagawa says. “Most of us actually live outside of those arrangements and deserve to also have the protections of our government.” Solomon, who attended Wednesday’s Supreme Court arguments, responds, “There’s a lot that you’re saying that I fully agree with, especially the idea that marriage for our LGBT community is not everything. And it’s an important milestone. … I think the challenge is to use the power and the momentum that we’re building through the marriage fights to secure other gains.”

    via Democracy Now!

    — 1 year ago with 1 note

    #marriage equality  #same-sex marriage  #lgbt  #glbt  #queer 
    Chinese Parents Of Gays And Lesbians Demand Same-Sex Marriage Legislation In Open Letter →

    South China Morning Post reports that parents of over 100 Chinese gays and lesbians have written an open letter to the National People’s Congress demanding marriage equality for the nation’s gays and lesbians. 

    Below is the letter (in Simplified Chinese):

    百余位同性恋者的父母致信全国人大代表
          呼吁同性婚姻立法的公开信
    尊敬的全国人大代表您好!
       
        我们来自五湖四海,我们的孩子是同性恋者,我们被称为“同志父母”,我们的孩子因为同性倾向原因,无法与相爱的人合法组成家庭,结为“夫夫或妇妇”,给生活和就医等诸多方面带来不便。
     
        按照社会学常识,同性恋者约占总人口的3-5%,照此推算,中国约有6000万同性恋者,他们因为现行的《婚姻法》规定只能一男一女结合,而被排斥在婚姻殿堂之外。我们的孩子有些跟同性伴侣已生活了近10年,他们相互照应,相亲相爱,却不能在另一伴生病需要手术时合法签字。身为同性恋者的家长,我们时常感到焦虑,因为不能合法结婚,我们孩子在领养下一代、生病手术签字、继承伴侣财产、甚至买房等各方面都受到不同程度的影响。
        匪夷所思的是,我们的同性恋孩子尽管不爱异性,却拥有合法与异性结婚的权利。众所周知,同性恋与异性结婚,造成“同妻”、“同夫”等严重的社会问题,也让更多的人生活不幸福。难道我们的法律是要鼓励同性恋与异性结婚吗?
     
        另外,同性恋并不违反任何现行的中国法律,同性恋者是具有各项权利的中华人民共和国公民,同性恋者的结婚权利不能长期被剥夺。
     
        我们恳请全国人大代表和政协委员们给予关注,倾听1.2亿“同志家长”的心声,体恤6000万同性恋者对平等和尊严的渴盼,呼吁尽早修改《婚姻法》,让中国6000万同性恋公民拥有平等的婚姻权。
     
        感谢您在百忙之中关注此事,并祝工作愉快,身体健康!
     
        此致
     
        敬礼!                          
                              同性恋亲友会家长群部分家长
                                       2013年2月25日
    — 1 year ago with 40 notes

    #China  #tongzhi  #gays  #lesbians  #gay  #lgbt  #glbt  #gaysians  #same-sex marriage  #family  #marriage equality  #gay marriage 
    Poll: People of Color More Likely to Support Gay Marriage Than Whites →

    COLORLINES.com reports on a new Washington Post-ABC News poll that found people of color are more likely to support gay marriage than whites. Moreover, black support is at record high:

    The Washington Post explains the the findings:

    The poll also finds that 59 percent of African Americans say they support same-sex marriage, up from an average of 41 percent in polls leading up to Obama’s announcement of his new position on the matter. Though statistically significant, it is a tentative result because of the relatively small sample of black voters in the poll.

    + here

    — 1 year ago with 4 notes

    #gay marriage  #same-sex marriage  #gay rights  #gay  #lgbt  #glbt  #marriage equality 

    WATCH: 'It's time.'

    Get Up Australia’s RIDICULOUSLY Cute Same-Sex Marriage PSA

    — 2 years ago with 33 notes

    #Australia  #Get Up  #discrimination  #gay marriage  #marriage equality  #same-sex marriage  #lgbt  #glbt 
    The Most Hilariously Effective Signs Supporting Gay Marriage
We’ve seen most of the ones on this list and of those we hadn’t seen before, this one kills us.

    The Most Hilariously Effective Signs Supporting Gay Marriage

    We’ve seen most of the ones on this list and of those we hadn’t seen before, this one kills us.

    — 2 years ago with 9 notes

    #gay  #gay marriage  #gays  #marriage equality  #protest sign  #same-sex marriage  #funny  #humor 
    Australian Greens force gay marriage back on agenda →

    Green MP - Australia - Adam Bandt

    What a difference a Green makes. Adam Bandt, Australia’s sole Green MP in its lower house, was the one member majority that forced “federal politicians to canvass the legalisation of gay marriage in their electorates,” reports NZ Herald News. While Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who has held a hard line against marriage equality legislation, has tried her best to put the question of gay marriage on the back burner, the Greens have followed through on their election promise to fight for marriage rights for same-sex couples.

    This is the kind of political will that garners respect and loyalty from their supporters. I look forward to the day when Greens in the United States can play a similar role in doggedly pursuing a truly progressive political agenda in our government.

    (Above: Green MP Adam Bandt)

    — 3 years ago with 1 note

    #Australian Greens  #Adam Bandt  #Australia  #gay marriage  #same-sex marriage  #marriage equality  #gay  #gays  #lgbt  #glbt 
    "I don’t care who anybody sleeps with. If a couple has been together all that time — and there are gay relationships that are more solid than some heterosexual ones — I think it’s fine if they want to get married. I don’t know how people can get so anti-something. Mind your own business, take care of your affairs, and don’t worry about other people so much."
    Betty White, on marriage equality
    — 3 years ago with 77 notes

    #Betty White  #gay  #marriage equality  #lgbt  #glbt  #actor  #gay icon  #icon  #comedian  #gay marriage  #same-sex marriage