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The United States will begin using American foreign aid to promote gay rights abroad, Obama administration officials said on Tuesday.

President Obama issued a memorandum directing American agencies to look for ways to combat efforts by foreign governments to criminalize homosexuality.

The new initiative holds the potential to irritate relations with some close American allies that ban homosexuality, including Saudi Arabia.

But Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton underscored Mr. Obama’s remarks, in a speech delivered in Geneva in connection with International Human Rights Day on Dec. 10.

“I am not saying that gay people can’t or don’t commit crimes,” she said. “They can and they do. Just like straight people. And when they do, they should be held accountable. But it should never be a crime to be gay.”

The directive comes after the Parliament in Uganda decided to reopen a debate on a controversial bill that seeks to outlaw homosexuality, a move that could be expanded to include the death penalty for gay men and lesbians. That bill had been shelved earlier this year amid widespread international condemnation.

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The New York Times, “U.S. to Use Foreign Aid to Promote Gay Rights Abroad.”

In-fucking-credible first step.

(via inothernews)

Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant. Yes. 

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thedailywhat:

Tweet(s) of the Day: Immediately following tonight’s passage of the Marriage Equality Act in the New York Senate, Neil Patrick Harris and his partner David Burtka proposed to each other — and they both said yes.
[@actuallynph / @davidburtka.]

thedailywhat:

Tweet(s) of the Day: Immediately following tonight’s passage of the Marriage Equality Act in the New York Senate, Neil Patrick Harris and his partner David Burtka proposed to each other — and they both said yes.

[@actuallynph / @davidburtka.]

(Source: thedailywhat)

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drinkyourjuice:

New York Senator On Fence About Gay Marriage Asks Public How They Think He Should Vote 

Republican senator, Greg Ball, has opened up a discussion on Twitter about gay marriage. The New York Senate needs ONE MORE VOTE to pass the  gay marriage bill, and today is the last day of their legislative  session.  So, you should all send him a tweet and tell him how you feel. - Matt Stopera

Yes is pro-marriage, no is anti-marriage.

drinkyourjuice:

New York Senator On Fence About Gay Marriage Asks Public How They Think He Should Vote

Republican senator, Greg Ball, has opened up a discussion on Twitter about gay marriage. The New York Senate needs ONE MORE VOTE to pass the gay marriage bill, and today is the last day of their legislative session. So, you should all send him a tweet and tell him how you feel. - Matt Stopera

Yes is pro-marriage, no is anti-marriage.

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Will you fight for its right to marry and love?
Will you scream as loudly as you have just now to make sure it isn’t hurt, abused and shamed for who it is?
Will you fight to make sure it’s quality of life is equal to that of a heterosexual?
If you call yourself “Pro-Life” you need to accept that life doesn’t end when a child leaves the maternity ward.
Protect everyone for their entire lives. Fight for them until the day they die. Otherwise be quiet.

Will you fight for its right to marry and love?

Will you scream as loudly as you have just now to make sure it isn’t hurt, abused and shamed for who it is?

Will you fight to make sure it’s quality of life is equal to that of a heterosexual?

If you call yourself “Pro-Life” you need to accept that life doesn’t end when a child leaves the maternity ward.

Protect everyone for their entire lives. Fight for them until the day they die. Otherwise be quiet.

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Gays Seeking Asylum in U.S. Encounter a New Hurdle

fuckyeahgenderstudies:

Very interesting—and enraging—article over at the New York Times about how gays seeking asylum on account of their sexuality are increasingly being scrutinised for how well they conform to popular (and outmoded, and wrong) stereotypes about lesbians and gays.

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King said in an interview that this photograph was taken as he tried to explain to his daughter Yolanda why she could not go to Funtown, a whites-only amusement park in Atlanta. King claims to have been tongue-tied when speaking to her. “One of the most painful experiences I have ever faced was to see her tears when I told her Funtown was closed to colored children, for I realized the first dark cloud of inferiority had floated into her little mental sky.”

firebolting | ionsquare | presidents | boltupright | apsies:

King said in an interview that this photograph was taken as he tried to explain to his daughter Yolanda why she could not go to Funtown, a whites-only amusement park in Atlanta. King claims to have been tongue-tied when speaking to her. “One of the most painful experiences I have ever faced was to see her tears when I told her Funtown was closed to colored children, for I realized the first dark cloud of inferiority had floated into her little mental sky.”

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“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” Martin Luther King, Jr., Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, 1967

“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” Martin Luther King, Jr., Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, 1967

(Source: jockohomoremix)

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renamok:

mohandasgandhi:

“An individual who breaks a law that conscience  tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of  imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its  injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

We need another voice like his right now. We need it badly.

renamok:

mohandasgandhi:

An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.

Martin Luther King Jr.

We need another voice like his right now. We need it badly.

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healywu:

benzado:

For today: an interview with Nichelle Nichols. It’s long, but it’s a funny/charming story and I urge you to watch. In 1966, at the end of the first season, Nichols was preparing to leave Star Trek to return to her first love, the musical stage. Skip ahead to 4:12 to hear about her coincidental meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Don’t you understand what that man is doing? He’s put you in the command crew. You’re fourth in command, you can’t abdicate this. You’re out there on a five year mission!”

“For the first time, the world is seeing us as we should be seen. Not just as beautiful entertainers or domestics. For the first time, there’s a whole human being there.”

“Do you know how important this show is? This is the only television show that my wife Coretta and I allow our little children to stay up and watch.”

“We have enough marchers. We have enough famous people. We need you on the great communicator. We need you on that screen. Because that is 300 years from now. That’s telling the world: it already is.”

I did not leave. And I never looked back.

When Dr. King’s kids grew up I got meet all but one, and each one told me separately and equally, “You know, we didn’t believe our daddy when he came home and told us he met Lieutenant Uhura.” I said, “Did you know who your father was?!” He said, “Yeah, he was out getting beat up.”

Dr. King realized that images are powerful, and that television is educational, whether we like it or not.

Nichelle Nichols will be a guest on The View today (Monday, January 17 at 11:00).

Possibly my favorite story / event of all time.

This is beautiful. It’s even more amazing when you think that Star Trek wasn’t even very popular back when it first aired. Tuning into The View right now.

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radmax:

Heterosexual couple begin legal fight after being refused civil partnership
 

A couple who want to become the first heterosexuals in Britain to have a civil partnership said they would begin a legal challenge after a council refused their request today .
Tom Freeman and Katherine Doyle, both 25, want the same legal rights as any husband and wife, but said they did not want to be seen to be “colluding with the segregation that exists in matrimonial law between gay civil partnerships and straight civil marriage”.
The couple applied for a civil partnership at Islington register office, in north London, but were refused because UK law bans opposite-sex civil partnerships.

This story is a bit dated (November 2009), but I’m only just finding it so I’m still going to post. 
Anyway, there’s nothing about this I don’t like. People taking a stand for lgbtq rights and the sexist overtones of “traditional” marriage at the same time.
Eff yeah.

radmax:

Heterosexual couple begin legal fight after being refused civil partnership

A couple who want to become the first heterosexuals in Britain to have a civil partnership said they would begin a legal challenge after a council refused their request today .

Tom Freeman and Katherine Doyle, both 25, want the same legal rights as any husband and wife, but said they did not want to be seen to be “colluding with the segregation that exists in matrimonial law between gay civil partnerships and straight civil marriage”.

The couple applied for a civil partnership at Islington register office, in north London, but were refused because UK law bans opposite-sex civil partnerships.

This story is a bit dated (November 2009), but I’m only just finding it so I’m still going to post. 

Anyway, there’s nothing about this I don’t like. People taking a stand for lgbtq rights and the sexist overtones of “traditional” marriage at the same time.

Eff yeah.

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The true story of MKL and Lt. Uhura | Daily Astrology & Adventure by Eric Francis

daisies-and-vervain:

One of the organizers came up to me and said that there was someone who wants to meet you; and he says that he’s you’re best, biggest fan and I’m thinking it’s a Trekkie! [laughs] and so I said certainly and I got up and turned around and maybe 10 or 15 feet coming towards me I see Dr. Martin Luther King and I remember thinking whoever that little fan is, he’s going to have to wait, because here’s Dr. King, who walks straight up to me with this big, magnificent smile on his face and says, “I’m the fan!” because I’m sort of looking around for someone else, and he says, “I am your best fan, I am your biggest fan!” and I… I was at a loss for words, and if you know me, I am never at a loss for words.

I just couldn’t say a thing and he began to tell me how important my role was, what an inspiration it was. And you have to understand we were in the middle of the Civil Rights Movement, people were regularly being attacked by dogs, and marchers were being hosed on the television every night, real life things, and here I am in this futuristic thing on TV and he was so complimentary, he told me “I was so important and the way you have created this role,” and I am just looking at him and looking at him and I remember I just kept hoping he’d never stop talking. Because his voice is just… you know the voice. And I finally just start saying, thank you so much Dr. King and I am shaking his hand and still shaking from nervousness and I said thank you so much and I am really going to miss my co-stars.

And at this his face totally changed, and he said “What are you talking about?!” and so I told him I would be leaving the show, because; and that was as far as he let me go, and he said, “STOP! You cannot! You cannot leave this show! Do you not understand what you are doing?! You are the first non-stereotypical role in television! Of intelligence, and of a woman and a woman of color?! That you are playing a role that is not about your color! That this role could be played by anyone? This is not a black role. This is  not a female role! A blue eyed blond or a pointed ear green person could take this role!” And I am looking at him and looking at him and buzzing, and he said, “Nichelle, for the first time, not only our little children and people can look on and see themselves, but people who don’t look like us, people who don’t look like us, from all over the world, for the first time, the first time on television, they can see us, as we should be!

As intelligent, brilliant, people! People in roles other than slick tap dancers, and maids, which are all wonderful in their own ways, but for the first time we have a woman, a WOMAN, who represents us and not in menial jobs, and you PROVE it, this man [Gene Rodenberry] proves and establishes a precedent that validates what we are marching for because three hundred years from today there we are, and there you are, in all our glory and all your glory! And you CANNOT leave!”

And I did not leave.

This gave me chills.

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