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Santorum: The last thing you’d expect covered in glitter January 2nd, 2012
Santorum: The last thing you’d expect covered in glitter Frothy Presidential hopeful Dick Santorum is practically filled to the brim after his swelling bump in the polls before this week’s Iowa caucus. But is it enough for him to edge his way across the finish line? Doubtful. Thankfully there was a friend of Dorothy who reminded him of what he means to us queers - he's nothing more than the herpes of the arts and craft world. On Friday night, an unnamed man went up to Santorum and shook his hand. Seconds later he pelted the ex-senator with glitter and shouted, “Stop the hate! Taste the rainbow!” Skittles could not be reached for comment. Glitter bombing seems to be all the rage this season, with almost every Republican candidate hopeful getting their fill of the gay-confetti, but I am really starting to question the effectiveness of the act. To quote P!nk, "Have you ever thrown a fist full of glitter in the air?" It isn't exactly the most accurate medium to be using.  Just look at the countless videos out there of attempted glitter bombings. More often than not, it winds up everywhere except where you want it. All I have to say is that I hope that all these glitter bombings don't lead to some ...

Republicans in the LGBTQ Community August 21st, 2011
Republicans in the LGBTQ Community

The repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and the passage of gay marriage in New York have made plain the stark divisions between Democrats and Republicans on LGBTQ issues. In each case, great attention was paid to just how many Republican votes were needed—that every Democrat would vote in favor was usually assumed. Those GOP members that “switched sides” were lauded for “breaking with party.” Because of this tendency to assume that party lines are black-and-white, blue-and-red, many people think that members of the LGBTQ community must belong to the Democratic Party—or, at least, that they should never support the Republican Party. And yet, there are, of course, gay Republicans. There are even conservative, yet pro-LGBTQ political parties, such as the Log Cabin Republicans and GOProud. The Log Cabin Republicans, on their website, state: “The core of the political philosophy known as conservatism is unbounded faith in liberty. This is driven by two beliefs: the power of the individual to self-direct his/her life and the proper role of government to protect and expand liberty, not to limit it. These dual beliefs validate gay and lesbian equality as sound conservative politics . . .” Their sill resolution also outlines specific beliefs and legislative goals for ...

Obama’s Proclamation To The World August 6th, 2011
Obama’s Proclamation To The World

“The United States’ enduring commitment to respect for human rights and humanitarian law requires that its Government be able to ensure that the United States does not become a safe haven for serious violators of human rights and humanitarian law and those who engage in other related abuses.” -President Obama   On Thursday, August 4, 2011, President Obama produced new regulations for gaining entry into the United States. Above is a statement from President Obama in which he denounces those from other countries that perpetuate hate and violence, but specifically the persecution of LGBT people. The language of President Obama’s proclamation is explicitly inclusive as it applies the language “sexual orientation and gender identity”. The proclamation also specifies that entry will not be granted to those who “attempted or conspired to do so”; therefore, this makes it clear that whether you carried out the act, you will still face consequences if you were an accessory to the hatred. This order from President Obama gives the authority of the Secretary of State and Secretary of Homeland Security to gauge the threat of all immigrant or non-immigrant aliens as they attempt entry. The hope of this proclamation is to deter situations like the “kill the gays” ...

Marriage Equality passed in the New York State Senate June 24th, 2011
Marriage Equality passed in the New York State Senate

What does this mean? Governor Cuomo must sign the bill. 30 days thereafter, legal same-sex marriage will be able to be performed in the State of New York. Same-sex couples will enjoy all benefits married couples enjoy provided by the State of New York. They will not enjoy those provided by the Federal Government. This means that same-sex married couples will still have to file as "single" on their federal taxes. What was negotiated? In order to gain the necessary votes, Democrats and Republicans provided exemptions for religious clergymen, affiliated non-for-profits and fraternal organizations that wish not to marry or provide services to same-sex couples. Why is this significant? New York has become the most populous State in the Union to recognize the performance of same-sex marriage. These are the facts.

What’s Holding up Marriage Equality in New York? June 21st, 2011
What’s Holding up Marriage Equality in New York?

The days are numbered in Albany this week. The Legislature breaks for summer recess as of Friday. A vote on Marriage Equality must take place between now and then. So what's holding it up still? Ostensibly, there is one remaining issue up for negotiation- exemptions for religious groups that do not wish to recognize same-sex unions. In the final bill, this may account for less that fifteen words, but they are critical none-the-less. There are rumors going around asserting that churches and clergy members would have to perform Marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples against their will. In fact, that is true... in states like Connecticut that mandate it, if a clergy member wishes to perform a service, the member must use the word "Marriage". In New York, the situation is wildly different. The Marriage Equality bill passed in the Assembly allows clergymen to excuse themselves if they personally oppose same-sex unions. The bill also stipulates that fraternal organizations, such as the Knights of Columbus, can not be compelled to rent their venues or provide services to same-sex unions. This is a particularly large concession considering fraternal organizations are commonly held to the same anti-discrimination standards that non-for-profits are. So what remains? Some ...

“Glitter Bombs” for Equality? June 18th, 2011
“Glitter Bombs” for Equality?

Cross-Posted at Not Your Average Feminist First it was Newt Gingrich... Then it was Pawlenty... And TODAY, Michele Bachman became the latest receiver of the glitter shower. The glitterings seem to only be related in the sense that the first incident inspired other individuals to act independently, but the latest video of the glittering calls for people everywhere to join the "glitterati movement." While the first person to throw glitter was not involved with GetEqual, the organization is now asking for others to "Get Equal" with glitter. I literally can't decide how I feel about throwing glitter on politicians. A part of me thinks it's hilarious and harmless and bringing much needed attention to some anti-queer happenings, but another part of me can't help but feel that it will ultimately hurt queer political efforts. Some are calling the glitter showers "glitter bombs" and categorizing them as assaults. The latest glitter protester explains the reasons behind her actions: How do you feel about it?

ScandaList: Rick Santorum May 29th, 2011
ScandaList: Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum is launching his campaign for the Presidential Primaries on June 6th. Why is this a problem? Well, if you've read our post about Urban Outfitters, you'll have some idea, but for those of you who don't let's get you up to speed. Rick Santorum is a Republican who is a former U.S. Senator. In addition to having an extremely unfortunate last name, he also holds an extremely unfortunate view about gay marriage. Maybe the two are linked? Hmmm. I digress. Santorum's made a name for himself as being an ultra conservative politician and has some interesting views on a number of topics: immigration, Hurricane Katrina and intelligent design among them. The real interesting thing about Santorum is that he's flipped his steadfastly held position on marriage equality in recent months, saying “I have no problem from a public policy point of view with homosexuality,” in a CBS News report. Interesting how his flip coincides so perfectly with the Primaries. Keep in mind this is the man who is quoted to saying that banning gay marriage ‘the ultimate homeland security issue,’ essentially arguing that the existence of gay couples and gay families represented a threat to the safety and security of the nation. As David Badash wrote ...

ScandaList: Urban Outfitters and Richard Hayne May 29th, 2011
ScandaList: Urban Outfitters and Richard Hayne

We've never added an entire corporation to our ScandaList before, but hey, there's a first time for everything. Urban Outfitters was recently exposed to lifting not just the jewelry design, but even the brand name and text-copy of an independent designer who sells on The line is called "The World/United States of Love" and features various sterling silver charms of countries and/or states with a tiny heart punched out of it. The real kicker? Apparently Urban Outfitters has a long history of ripping off independent artists. Trust me, there was more than enough reason to hate Urban before - or, rather, its founder, Richard Hayne, who we're adding to this post as well. Hayne and his wife have contributed over $13,000 to fellow ScandaList member and Republican former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, whose extremely anti-gay statements have been floating around since 2003, but have recently gotten the attention of Miley Cyrus. While I haven't been able to locate the direct quote Cyrus uses in her tweet, Santorum's gone on record saying more than enough unfounded and uneducated things about LGBT people/marriage equality. In a lengthy article published byPhiladelphia Weekly, we learn that Hayne's contributions to Santorum aren't just privately made. "When PW asks Hayne about his ...

Inverview with Richard Socarides from April 9th, 2011
Inverview with Richard Socarides from

LGBT rights champion and President of Richard Socarides answers some questions about current issues facing our community. Richard served as a Senior White House Advisor to President Bill Clinton and has been instrumental in advancing equality for the past 20 years.