Sunday Funday Is Excited for a Very Queer New Year

Welcome to the first Sunday Funday of 2016! Let’s get down to business and dig in to some good news to start the new year right.

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Looking Back / Moving Forward

+ The Washington Post editorial board is trying to look on the bright side in 2016. And they’re certain that momentum for gay rights will be a given in the new year.

Bill O'Leary, The Washington Post

Bill O’Leary, The Washington Post

Alternet on how the fight for gay rights has changed America.

+ These were the 12 biggest wins for LGBT people in 2015.

Michigan’s Constitution May Soon Get a Gay Rewrite

An LGBT rights group in Michigan is trying to amend the state constitution to ban discrimination against queer and trans folks. And they’ve just been given permission to take the next step in their push to do so by the Board of State Canvassers, who have approved their petition for circulation.

Alex McDougall, The Ann Arbor News

Alex McDougall, The Ann Arbor News

“Fair Michigan wants to ensure that all of Michigan, including women, are constitutionally protected from discrimination on the job, in the housing market or while dealing with their government,” attorney Steven Liedel told the board.

Organizers will need to collect at least 315,654 valid signatures by July 11 in order to qualify for the ballot, a process that is expected to start next month.

Good News for Gay Marriage

+ Utah just recognized its first-ever gay common-law marriage. Nicki Bidlack fought to have her eight-year relationship with Sara Clow recognized as such in order to take better and necessary care of Clow’s biological son in the wake of her death.

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+ A law in Estonia opening the door for gay partnerships took effect Friday, amidst some confusion, but still.

+ 5,000 same-sex marriage licenses have been issued in Clark County, Nevada. So let’s celebrate in Vegas!

The Cat Oscars Are Very Real

Meow Mix’s 2016 “Cat Oscars,” also known as the Cat’s Meow Awards, honored the cuddly critters that are close to your heart. And there’s videos!


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Carmen

Carmen spent six years at Autostraddle, ultimately serving as Straddleverse Director, Feminism Editor and Social Media Co-Director. She is now the Consulting Digital Editor at Ms. and writes regularly for DAME, the Women’s Media Center, the National Women’s History Museum and other prominent feminist platforms; her work has also been published in print and online by outlets like BuzzFeed, Bitch, Bust, CityLab, ElixHER, Feministing, Feminist Formations, GirlBoss, GrokNation, MEL, Mic and SIGNS, and she is a co-founder of Argot Magazine. You can find Carmen on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr or in the drive-thru line at the nearest In-N-Out.

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4 Comments

  1. It kills me that we (Australia) have a Prime Minister who openly supports marriage equality. But due to under the table deals to secure the PMship, he has to follow the party line of his awful predecessor. So there’s no marriage equality, suggestions of a very costly and unnecessary plebiscite, continued awful human rights abuses called “protecting our borders”, further cuts to education and more protection and tax cuts for awful big business. I truly love my country but I’m disappointed in and embarrassed by my country right now.

    • I fully agree, I am a “Trans” lesbian and I am appalled at the Religious minority of Australia telling me and you who we can shack up with and be considered legal.

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