this is so sweet!

this is so sweet!

(Source: wertheyouth, via lgbtlaughs)

gaywrites:

Writer and activist Janet Mock will be joining the staff of Marie Claire magazine as a contributing editor, with her first piece appearing in the print magazine in the fall.

One of the first times Janet came into the public eye was in 2011, when her story about being a trans woman was published in Marie Claire magazine. That piece has been referred to over and over in her career, and while she has stated that it was imperfect, she’s returning to the magazine to tell more stories about what it means to be a woman. 

Mock writes in “Redefining Realness” that her success has resulted in what she calls “survivor guilt.” Since the publication of the essay in Marie Claire in 2011, Mock has become a national figure in the transgender movement. She knows that not all transgender women, and especially not all transgender women of color, have the kind of access she has to employment, health care and personal safety. She told Poynter that she hopes having been open and vulnerable in the book and in her other work will show other women that their stories matter and empower women to share those stories.

Fulenwider said she hopes that the magazine can be a place women see themselves, no matter who they are.

“People who have been kept in the shadows, or feel that they’ve been kept in the shadows, or who feel that they don’t have a public forum, or feel that they’ve had to hide, I hope will feel a bit more validated or just a part of the larger cultural conversation,” Fulenwider said. “You shouldn’t feel ashamed of who you are.”

Yes yes yes. ALL about elevating trans women/TWOC’s voices in mainstream women’s media, and Janet is the perfect person to start the movement. 

outrising:

A community of gamers have held a virtual Pride parade to celebrate same-sex unions coming to a hit gaming franchise.

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Last month, it was announced that the fourteenth edition in the Final Fantasy series would include the option for characters to ‘marry’ others of the same sex. Now, members…

Well, this is interesting. What are your thoughts on this?

Get the latest updates on the marriage equality cases, news, and events in the sunshine state!

gaywrites:

Commissioners in Hillsborough County, Florida voted unanimously this week to move forward with a bill protecting LGBT people from discrimination.

An ordinance banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation was enacted in the county in 1991, but it was repealed in 1995. Trans people have never had legal protection in Hillsborough. The city of Tampa and nearby Pinellas County have both enacted LGBT protections, but Hillsborough County “developed a reputation that Equality Florida CEO Nadine Smith termed ‘screechingly homophobic’ for the 1995 repeal and 2005 commission vote to ban county recognition of gay pride events.”

Wednesday’s vote did not make it illegal to discriminate against gay and transgender people in Hillsborough in hiring, housing or public accommodations. Commissioners asked the county attorney to write a draft ordinance that would, and two commissioners remained silent on the issue, which will probably not come back for a vote until fall.

But if Republican Commissioners Ken Hagan or Al Higginbotham intend to vote no, they will have to do so in the face of an array of supporters marshaled by Commissioner Kevin Beckner, Hillsborough’s first openly gay commissioner, who proposed Wednesday’s discussion.

I’ve been having lots of Florida feelings this week, what with the marriage vote in the Keys and now this, in the county where I grew up! I really never thought I’d see the day when Florida started making things better, but it seems we’re on our way. 

(via unassuminglighthouse)

BREAKING: Emergency Motion to Lift Stay filed in Monroe County. Read the motion here: http://bit.ly/1qX9msm

BREAKING: Emergency Motion to Lift Stay filed in Monroe County. Read the motion here: http://bit.ly/1qX9msm

gaywrites:

It’s official! President Obama has signed an executive order granting workplace equality to LGBT federal workers. This is a historic day — but we’re not done yet. Next up, let’s enact workplace protections for every LGBT employee, everywhere in the country. 

(via unassuminglighthouse)

gaywrites:

The U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. This decision upholds a ruling from a district judge in January. 

However, a stay pending appeal was part of the decision, so no same-sex marriages will occur in Oklahoma at this time.

Writing for the majority in a 46-page decision, U.S. Circuit Judge Carlos Lucero, a Clinton appointee, said the court’s ruling in the Oklahoma case “is governed by our ruling” in the Utah lawsuit, Kitchen v. Herbert.

“Facts and arguments presented in this case differ in some respects from those in Kitchen,” Lucero writes. “But our core holdings are not affected by those differences. State bans on the licensing of same-sex marriage significantly burden the fundamental right to marry, and arguments based on the procreative capacity of some opposite-sex couples do not meet the narrow tailoring prong.”

The three-judge panel consisted of Lucero; Jerome Holmes, an appointee of President George W. Bush who wrote a concurring opinion; and Judge Paul Kelly Jr. an appointee of President George H.W. Bush, who wrote the dissent. It’s the same panel that affirmed Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

Ooooklahoma! 

(via unassuminglighthouse)

LOVE WINS! Moments ago, Judge Garcia ruled that Florida’s marriage ban is unconstitutional! No one can get a marriage license until July 22nd in Monroe County - Stay tuned and we’ll have developing news throughout the day! Find a Decision Day Gathering in your area, and let’s celebrate this historic ruling together: http://bit.ly/eqflmarriage

LOVE WINS! Moments ago, Judge Garcia ruled that Florida’s marriage ban is unconstitutional! No one can get a marriage license until July 22nd in Monroe County - Stay tuned and we’ll have developing news throughout the day! Find a Decision Day Gathering in your area, and let’s celebrate this historic ruling together: http://bit.ly/eqflmarriage

equalityfl:

Register - Post Marriage Decision Tele-TownHall
The tele-townhall will be held within days after the first ruling on any of the marriage cases currently in the Florida courts is announced. 
Please fill out the form below, so you can take part in our tele-townhall. The day of the townhall, we will call the number you have listed below, so you can join in the conversation. 
We will have attorneys and other legal experts on the call to answer questions about the ruling handed down by the judge, what’s next, and what it means for Florida families. 
If you want to participate in the tele-townhall, you need to register below. Thanks!
*As we know more details about the tele-townhall, it will be posted on this page.*
 
Fill out my online form.

equalityfl:

Register - Post Marriage Decision Tele-TownHall

The tele-townhall will be held within days after the first ruling on any of the marriage cases currently in the Florida courts is announced. 

Please fill out the form below, so you can take part in our tele-townhall. The day of the townhall, we will call the number you have listed below, so you can join in the conversation. 

We will have attorneys and other legal experts on the call to answer questions about the ruling handed down by the judge, what’s next, and what it means for Florida families. 

If you want to participate in the tele-townhall, you need to register below. Thanks!

*As we know more details about the tele-townhall, it will be posted on this page.*
 
Fill out my online form.

(via equalityfl)