Sunday Funday is Fighting for LGBT Rights with Rosie and Bruce Springsteen

Happy Sunday Funday! Here’s some good gay news for your heart, soul, brain, whatever. I don’t know your life!

Marriage Equality Has Finally Hit Colombia

Colombia’s Constitutional Court voted to approve marriage equality this week in a 6-3 decision that took effect immediately. Let the wild rumpus start!

(Oh, and an appeals court this week re-affirmed that Puerto Rico does, indeed, have marriage equality. So there.)

Let’s Hope They’re Mayors for Life Honestly

Ten mayors have come together from across the country to protest the slew of anti-LGBT laws passing in states like North Carolina and Mississippi. Mayors Against Discrimination will work together to put those states at an economic disadvantage by vowing to cut nonessential government travel to those states and refuse contracts with them. Honestly, that’s change I can believe in – as a mean girl and a queer girl.

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Rosie O’Donnell Channels Grease’s Rizzo to Mock Donald Trump

I stole that headline in all of its glory because nothing else would do. In the same vein, I’m not even writing a description for this video. You just need to see it.

Monkey + Snowsuit + Chickens + Goat = This F*cking Video

Yep. Just like I said.

‘Ello, Governor

+ Delaware’s Governor Jack Markell recorded a video message affirming trans lives this week in reaction to the “bathroom bill” trend.

+ South Carolina’s Republican Governor, Nikki Haley, ain’t got time for the bullshit a state Senator is pushing this week with the introduction of a bathroom bill in her state. Her response was that the legislation was unnecessary:

“When I look at South Carolina, we look at our situations, we’re not hearing of anybody’s religious liberties that are being violated, and we’re again not hearing any citizens that feel like they’re being violated in terms of freedoms.”

Haley told reporters that she hasn’t heard complaints about trans people in South Carolina posing a danger to others in public bathrooms.

Of the more than 200 localities across the country that allow trans people to use the bathroom that most closely aligns with their gender identity, there have been no verified instances of someone “pretending” to be transgender to gain access to sex-segregated spaces for nefarious purposes. By contrast, however, transgender people face a much higher risk of being the victims of physical and verbal assault in sex-segregated spaces, compared to their cisgender (nontrans) peers.

+ Pennsylvania’s Governor is expected to sign an executive order putting LGBT protections in place for workers in the state.

Bruce Springsteen Hates HB2, Loves You, Is Perfect

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The Boss cancelled a show in North Carolina this week and released a statement in protest of HB2 and in support of LGBT rights. I want to listen to a thousand Bruce Springsteen records right now in celebration, but maybe that’s just me.

“I feel that this is a time for me and the band to show solidarity for those freedom fighters. As a result, and with deepest apologies to our dedicated fans in Greensboro, we have canceled our show scheduled for Sunday, April 10th. Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them. It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.”

Yes, There Is A Dog Cafe In Los Angeles

How have I not been there yet?


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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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7 Comments

  1. That song is just beautiful, and I’d like to take a moment to appreciate that amongst all the genuinely appalling complaints to be made about Trump, an enormous percentage of people have gleefully leapt onto the Tiny Hands Train out of sheer glorious pettiness and spite.

  2. Who’d have thought just a mere 8 years ago, that famous musicians, city majors, governors and big companies would be openly supportive if the LGBT community. Change truly is possible.

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