It’s DADT News, and we’ve got good news and bad news. Dan Choi has been called back to active duty! Yes, really! Autostraddle catches up with DADT discharge Lissa Young for her reaction to last week’s hearing (“exhilarating and infuriating.”) Study shows black women disproportionately discharged under DADT (and the affects of all anti-gay laws hit the black community harder). Also; Iowans and New Jersey on gay marriage actions/reactions, Rhode Island’s gay marriage bill and more on Judge Walker.
Top 10 Reasons Homosexuals Should Not Be Allowed in the Military (a world wide web roundup), how Florida used default scary lesbians to scare conservatives about gay adoption, Hot 100 Lists Dissected, Casey Johnson & Brittany Murphy’s cause of death reports revealed, the Guardian rips into Perez Hilton, GLBT suicide risk, Tyra’s multiple vagina show, Wanda Sykes and The Dollhouse social network.
Important announcement today as top defense officials seek to end DADT — but there is one catch. And also, John McCain is cranky about it. We’re happy to see that Obama is actually making some forward progress on repealing DADT! Newly-elected Senator Scott Brown explains his position on gay rights. Plus, Hawaii has rejected civil unions, Utah legislators shelved anti-discrimination laws, and CBS makes even more weird Super Bowl ad decisions.
Tonight the President told us all to be nice to each other, made some jokes, and said that we should stop fighting and being cynical. So we’re going to start doing that ASAP. But first; our State of the Union Recap (With DADT repeal mention!) or should we say, “State of my Pipe Dream.”
Rob Tisiani explains it all for you and how Yes on 8 prefers to spread false homophobic messages rather than actually combat the real issues surrounding child sexual abuse — it’s a must-see. Also WSJ takes Obama to task on DADT and looks ahead towards our first hearing on the issue since it was enacted in 1993, and Jon Stewart does Keith Olberman.
In October we interviewed Skyler James, a lesbian soldier denied the DADT discharge she expected when outed — she wanted you to know the true story of her appeal to Canada for asylum. In November Skyler WON her appeal, so we caught up with Skyler regarding Skyler’s plans for the future (her first Tegan & Sara concert, for starters).
The New York Times looks at sexual harassment in the military and many commenters agree that the problem is that women are too sexy and men will be men. We vehemently disagree, obvs. The Prop 8 trial will be tweeted from within, which means we are finally in the future! Oh wait, nvm — anti-equality morons in Iowa are already gearing up to vote for a constitutional ban on human rights in 2010.
Here’s our roundup of the biggest, best, and worst events for gay people in 2009.
In October we interviewed Skyler James, a lesbian soldier denied the DADT discharge she expected when outed — she wanted you to know the true story of her appeal to Canada for asylum. Today, we’re happy to report her success! Also; San Fran tells feds to back off and let it grant benefits to same sex couples, gay panic will be cited in Mercado case and NY looks ahead for same-sex marriage.
The Catholic Archdiocese in Washington, D.C., threw a Hail Mary and threatened to stop their charitable programs if the city council passes a same-sex marriage bill. DADT might get repealed in 2010. And Eastwick was canceled, but there might be some hope for its return!
Nicole Kidman and Gwyneth Paltrow will play a couple in “The Danish Girl.” The New York governor is pushing for a vote on same-sex marriage today. And a new survey of troops says support for DADT is on the decline.
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!”
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.
Obama to the HRC: “I’m here with a simple message. I’m here with you, in that fight.” Obama pinky-swore and pretty-promised to do everything we want him to do. So, lesbians – what now?
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.
Churches love/hate us, Mormons have signs for us, Jersey wants you to have a chance to vote against us, and Dan Choi is on NPR’s THE MOTH!
To shed some light on DADT as it relates to gay women, Autostraddle has been fortunate enough to snag an interview with Lissa Young, an insanely intelligent, aware, reflective and accomplished woman. Lissa graduated from West Point in 1986.
Dan Choi & his boyfriend give Autostraddle some exclusive homosexual conduct. And we say “it is good.”