Happy Sunday Funday, y’all! Today is a day of rest, relaxation, and good vibes – so go butter your english muffin and get ready for your weekly cocktail of good gay news, heartwarming stories, and adorable animal photos.
Are you ready?
Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsk Just Got Born
Chelsea Clinton had her baby! And it’s a girl!
AND IT’S A TINY, BABY CLINTON!
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 27, 2014
Here’s to hoping she develops premature political ambitions.
Photobomb in a Million
Justin Anderson is taking a stand for gay rights. No, like literally, he stood up and held a sign. Did I mention he’s a straight Mormon dude from Utah.
“The rally wasn’t just an attack on same-sex couples, but on their character,” Anderson told BuzzFeed News when reached by phone. “This was not just about opposing same-sex marriage, but it was opposing the character and integrity of the LGBT community.”
… Anderson said he was invited to participate as a volunteer at the rally by the National Organization for Marriage, a group notorious for opposing marriage equality across the country, and had initially planned on going merely as an observer. That changed hours before the event, when he made his sign in hopes of being joined by others who support LGBT rights — but nobody did.
“What sort of inspired me to do this is that I believe opposing same-sex marriage violates peoples’ rights,” he said. “If I don’t stand up for someone’s rights, then who am I to ask someone to stand up for me when I need it?”
Signs of (Intelligent) Life and Other Small Joys
+ Members of Congress are fighting for equal access to Autostraddle for young queers who rely on Internet connections at school and in libraries to surf the web by urging the FCC to make sure those places never block LGBT content for visitors.
+ The UN Human Rights Council has adopted a
gay agenda resolution against anti-LGBT violence and discrimination.
“The Human Rights Council has taken a fundamental step forward by reaffirming one of the United Nations’ key principles — that everyone is equal in dignity and rights,” said Jessica Stern, executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, after the vote. “This resolution puts the U.N. on a trajectory to address the discrimination and violence LGBT persons suffer daily across the world.”
Laurindo Garcia, founder of the B-Change Foundation, a Filipino LGBT advocacy group, told the Washington Blade in an e-mail from New York that he hopes the resolution will spur his country’s lawmakers to pass a national anti-discrimination bill.
“What passed in Geneva means that violence perpetrated against us in our homes and communities will not be tolerated,” said Garcia. “It means that our police serve to protect us and our families in the same way they protect every other Filipino citizen. Philippine businesses need to know that they can no longer discriminate against trans Pinoys who want to access services or gain employment. And our health providers and insurers can no longer deny health from LGBT communities. We’ve got a long way to go, and we needed a win like this to reenergise the community.”
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere No Way
In snippets from Elle‘s interview with the Notorious RBG, the Supreme Court Justice who lives in all of our hearts told love stories, celebrated the fellow women of her bench, remembered some feminist antics of yore, talked politics, and promised not to retire yet.
Sherlock: Solving Mysteries, Stealing Hearts
All those folks coming and going from Schipol airport in Amsterdam are so gosh darn forgetful! That’s why KLM Dutch Royal Airlines hired Sherlock, a dog that returns lost items to their rightful owners.