In today’s news, Washington, D.C., may soon legalize gay marriage. DADT is sinking faster than Riese, Alex, and Jess’s hurricane-bound lesbian cruise ship! Unfortunately, The Man is still lurking around high schools, keeping girls from dancing together.
Maine is over me. But I just can’t get over Maine. Welcome to the first “Riese’s Pieces” column, where I turn feelings into sentences and hopefully, sometimes, actual points.
The defeat of same-sex marriage in Maine may lead New Hampshire voters to overturn their own gay marriage laws, Maine makes nation take stock of strategy. I wish Google News had a “good news” filter. In lieu of that, I also have a funny Onion video about Glenn Beck and photos of hot girls!
Maine voted to strike down gay marriage tonight with 53% voting Yes on Question 1, which is depressing. Good news for the gays in Washington, North Carolina and Michigan, however!
Autostraddle will be “live-blogging” election happenings coming in from Maine (voting on Question 1, could reverse law permitting same-sex marriage) and Washington (voting on Referendum 71 which would permit “everything but” marriage for Washington same-sex couples). And you know, whatever else happens. Hopefully no-one will get hurt this time.
On November 4th, big elections are gonna go down in Washington and Maine. Where do the polls stand and what’s at stake? Also; the NFL has a homophobe and the MLB has a gay winner,
The ex-gay movement and Pat Robertson’s religious righteousness army want you to think they’re going to be persecuted under the Hate Crimes Law (but they’re not). THAT’S GAY does ex-gays, Wanda Sykes gives her Obama eval and Argentina considers gay marriage.
Maine Equality shatters the misconception that anyone over the age of 60 is auto-homophobic. Anti-gay bullies try to get Obama’s progressive safe schools czar outsed, how Immigration law hurts same-sex couples, and Colbert does Washington’s Referendum 71.
With only ten days to go, the marriage equality fight in Maine heats up — we bring you the latest arguments from all sides on how to win this thing. Also, an interesting perspective on hate crimes and the war-spending budget attached to the Matthew Shepard Act.
The Obama Administration is making small steps towards helping the LGBT community with the Shepard Act & new initiatives from the departments of Housing and Urban Development and Health and Human Services. Also; Dan Choi gives great interview to the Metro Weekly – with tales of a childhood spent praying “Jesus, make me pop a boner for Michelle Pfeiffer, in Jesus’ name, amen!”
Have we said all there is to say to people who passionately oppose full & equal rights for gays and lesbians?
California judge dares to ask anti-equality lawyer how exactly gay marriage will affect opposite marriage. Another Prop 8 Crusader says the effect on him is being seen as a bigot for doing bigoted things. Also; Maine Update, Mormon squabbles, SECULAR SABOTAGE and … teletubbies?
A Louisiana justice of the peace denied a straight interracial couple a marriage license out of concern for their future children. A high school student in Mississippi is kicked out of the yearbook for wearing a tuxedo. And where’s the progress on DADT?
Our final thoughts on the National Equality March: Katrina reports and recaps the entire day, including her interview with Cynthia Nixon. Riese presents Autostraddle’s NEM VIDEO, with appearances by Haviland, Dan Choi and Kristin Chenoweth.
After this weekend you’d expect the gay rights movement to be more united than ever. Instead, it seems to be dividing. A special comment from Autostraddle on what happens next.
On one of the last straggling days of summery skies and subsequent sunburns, Equality Across America lured queer freedom fighters, the out & proud, the ambitious allies and the hungover & downtrodden to Washington, D.C. for The National Equality March for GLBTQ rights.
Somewhere between 20,000 and 200,000 gays & supporters marched on Washington on Sunday — a commentary roundup. Also; speeches by Lady Gaga & Cynthia Nixon (and Gaga’s HRC Dinner performance of “imagine,” a bus breakdown derails Chicago marchers, black people feel left out of gay rights agenda, and the haters hate back.
Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize after only nine months in office, surprising everyone in the world including him. Lesbians suffer more under DADT, and the possibility of gay marriage in D.C & New Jersey.
Skyler James grew up believing that joining the military “was the best thing you could do to make your parents and your country proud.” Now 21, James was denied the DADT discharge she expected and wants you to know the true story of her appeal to Canada for asylum.
Only four days left to make dramatic statements about Obama’s HRC speech on Friday! Stories of gay Iraqis escaping to New York to avoid getting beaten, tortured and killed at home. Anderson Cooper tries to get Elaine Donnelly to make a good point for DADT and stop talking over Dan Choi. And HAVILAND’s new column!