Week in Review (October 19 – October 26)
Two presidential election cycles ago, talking about gays was all the rage. Anti-marriage-equality measures littered state ballots across the country. There was even talk that they brought social conservatives out in numbers that gave President George W. Bush an edge in 2004 over Sen. John Kerry, the Democratic nominee. This year, not so much. And that’s a good thing. No, it’s a great thing.
More over at the Washington Post.
President Obama Publicly Backs Same-Sex Marriage Laws
Ever since Obama came out in support of same-sex marriage — which he adorably spun as an adorable lesson he learned from his adorable daughters — and called the Department of Justice off defending DOMA, he’s been on his gay-marriage game. Which is great, he damn well should be. He recently issued statements in Washington, Maine and Maryland about their marriage equality ballot measures.
Read what he had to say on Jezebel.
The Difference Between Equity and Binders Full of Anybody
ColorLines Magazine’s Rinku Sen breaks it down: “Diversity is about variety, getting bodies with different genders and colors into the room. Equity is about how those bodies get in the door and what they are able to do in their posts.”
Read more on Colorlines.com.
Study Proves Black LGBT Community No Longer Invisible
The proof is in the pudding. Black LGBT people are here and they’re here to stay. However, nothing is more important for full equality than being out, particularly if you’re black and gay. We have the data, now it’s time to have the dialogue. The black LGBT community needs to be visible, be proud, and live their lives—authentically and unapologetically. It is up to black America to start the often hard-to-have conversations within our homes, churches, schools and workplaces. There’s a proud and out family of tens of thousands of black LGBT people and allies ready and waiting to welcome our black LGBT brothers and sisters home.
Continue at theGrio.com.
Family Believes Teen Slain Because He Was Gay
On Friday Terrance Wright lost his life at 99th and Yates on Chicago’s South Side. Police are calling it a robbery, but the family of an 18-year-old murder victim says his death wasn’t about money or valuables.
Read the details at CBS Chicago.
LGBT History Month Spotlight: Marsha P. Johnson
A beloved mentor and fearless trans activist, Marsha was a revolutionary who dedicated her life to helping transgender youth and other marginalized people living on the streets of New York.
More about the trans icon here.