Yoruba Richen has been shooting “The New Black,” the film from which this Op-Doc video is adapted, for the past three years. In the course of production, she realized that the issue of gay rights in the black community is in many ways a fight over the African-American family, which has been a contested space since the time of slavery. So marriage is not just about marriage for black people — it’s also about how blacks have become accepted as legitimate participants in American society. Now this issue is playing out in Maryland. In February, the State Legislature passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. And just as with Proposition 8 in California, opponents to this bill collected enough signatures to put it on the ballot tomorrow.
Watch the op-doc at The New York Times.
No Fucking Duh: Lesbians Are Great Parents
A study about lesbian families, Adolescents with Lesbian Mothers Describe Their Own Lives, found that the children of lesbian parents are ridiculously well-adjusted brainiacs. Nobody is surprised but I think this is worth forwarding to all our bigoted relatives who are voting for Romney because they’re scared that gay people are going to sneak in their windows in the middle of the night and force marriage onto them. Also, let them know that nobody wants to marry their bigoted asses, anyway. Then, sit back and enjoy many cheerful and relaxed family dinners this holiday season!
Check out the findings on Jezebel.
Black Churches May Be More Friend Than Foe to Gay Congregants
It’s time to stop scapegoating black churches as though they are the gay population’s Public Enemy No. 1. There is simply no evidence that this is true, despite the common narrative pushed by the National Organization of Marriage and other antigay activists, who have attempted to create a wedge between the black community and the gay community. In fact, it’s white, right-wing evangelicals and the Catholic Church who have invested millions of dollars to wage a political war against gay rights, not the black church. Sure, the organizations have been able to buy the allegiance of a handful of black clergy to help champion their message.
More at American Progress.
LGBT History Month Icon Of The Day: Isis King
Isis King shot to fame — and consequently became voice for transgender women — when she competed in cycle 11 of hit reality TV show “America’s Next Top Model.” As the show’s first trans competitor, King’s brought mainstream attention to transgender issues, including the transitioning process and LGBT homelessness (King was in assisted living before the show), as the model openly shared her story with fellow contestants and the judges.
Continue reading on the Huffington Post.
Biden Calls Transgender Discrimination ‘Civil Rights Issue of Our Time’
Vice President Joe Biden spoke with a woman at a campaign event Tuesday in Sarasota, Fla., telling her that discrimination against transgender people is the “civil rights issue of our time.”
Find out why at the Advocate.