Week in Review (May 5 – May 11)
Obama Administration Affirms Marriage Equality Rights
This week, Joe Biden, the White House Press Secretary and President Barack Obama himself all made public statements in support of gay Americans having equal marriage rights as their straight counterparts. For President Obama, this is a deviation from his previously stated support of civil unions, but not marriage, and his social “evolution” about the subject. To watch video of President Obama’s announcement, visit GLAAD.
“The Real Lesson of North Carolina’s Amendment One”
This week, North Carolina voters approved an amendment to their state constitution that not only banned gay marriage (again, since it was already illegal), but denied legal rights to any partnership outside of marriage. From the article:
“Predictably, the right wing legislators and advocacy groups pushing this amendment framed this as a bill to “protect traditional marriage.” Although that is often a code for anti-gay marriage, they’ve used that frame to argue against social safety net programs for the poor, and paint unmarried families and single-parent households with the same brush.”
Read the rest of Kenyon Farrow’s article on ColorLines.
“Obama Loves Queers! (Except Not)”
Mia Mckenzie thinks it’s nice that President Obama has affirmed the marriage rights of (traditional, monogamous) gay couples, but thinks we should be underwhelmed by his neglect of other more pressing concerns for the LGBT community. Read her entire blog at Black Girl Dangerous.
“Beyond Second-Class Citizenship for Transgender People”
Transgender advocate Laverne Cox appreciates President Obama’s gesture in support of marriage equality, but reminds us that there are more dire issues to be addressed for transgender people, especially those of color. See the Huffington Post article as well as a short video of her speaking on behalf of the Gender Expression Nondiscrimination Act here.
Celebrating Mothers’ Day in a Non-Traditional Way
Colorlines’ Jamilah King reports on an Oakland-based activist group, Strong Families, who once again is making Mothers’ Day e-cards available for the marginalized families that Hallmark habitually ignores. All of the cards feature non-traditional families of color, from immigrant to queer. To read more of King’s article and learn more about this initiative, continue here.
“CeCe McDonald Deserves Our Support, ‘Innocent’ or Not”
“While many of us were hoping to see McDonald fight the charges and hopefully win an acquittal, I certainly hope that the transgender activists, the LGBT community and other allies don’t abandon McDonald, as is so often the case when the question of being ‘innocent’ becomes the framework for the investment of sympathizers.
But it’s not just black queers who have to deal with the question of innocence, or what is the so-called “proper” way for Black people to respond to incessant threats. In the case of Trayvon Martin, in all of the media that came in the wake of his murder, very little was discussed about the constant levels at which black people, particularly black young people, feel unsafe in the world, despite the fact that they are always portrayed as the thing creating the possibility of violence for others.’
Read Kenyon Farrow’s entire piece at ColorLines.
Writer of “Black Women and Fat” Responds to Outrage
In a recent NY Times op-ed, Alice Randall infamously claimed that “Many black women are fat because we want to be.” Now she’s responding to the inevitable backlash, standing by her original article and opining that black women should be able to share their own personal experiences without being accused of painting broad strokes about all black women in general. Read about her original article and her response on HelloBeautiful.