“My activism did not spring from being gay, or for that matter, from my being black. Rather it is rooted, fundamentally, in my Quaker upbringing and the values that were instilled in me by my grandparents who reared me. Those values are based on a concept that of a single human family and the belief that members of that family are equal.”—Bayard Rustin, activist/author
The best reason to discourage th[e] belief [that homosexuality is congenital] is that it is untrue and, moreover, should be politically and socially unnecessary in a democracy.
If our country believes in the individual’s right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, then surely one has the right to pursue happiness through consenting sexual and affectionate relations with another adult, regardless of gender.
“While you are celebrating Obama publicly making comments supporting gay marriage, his actual policies are putting queer and transgender people at risk. While you are signing Think Progress forms thanking Obama for making comments an interview, transgender women in immigration detention centers face extraordinarily high risks of rape because of Obama’s stances on deportation and PREA. While you are saying Obama has your vote because he said something sensible, B Manning, a member of the LGBTQ community, faces the death penalty for blowing the whistle on war crimes.”—
Is it wrong that I wish gay marriage would be made legal just so we don’t have to fucking keep talking about it like it’s the end-all-be-all of queer politics? Hell, despite all the hoopla here in New York state about legalizing same-sex marriages last year, how many residents of this state know that just last week GENDA (Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act) was passed through the assembly yet again, sending it to the senate that has quashed it four years running? No matter how often I insist to other (non-queer) students around me that the marriage equality fight does indeed suck up all the money, manpower, and media exposure to the detriment of other issues of far greater concern to the less white, less cis, less wealthy segments of queer society, none of them ever want to believe me. Fuck you Bravo watching, HRC donating motherfuckers who care infinitely more that queer people can’t get married in North Carolina than the fact that those same queer people in that same state have no formal legal protections from being fired or evicted unscrupulously.
“The principal factors which influenced my life are 1) nonviolent tactics; 2) constitutional means; 3) democratic procedures; 4) respect for human personality; 5) a belief that all people are one.”—Bayard Rustin
“Freedom from discrimination based on sexual orientation is surely a fundamental human right in any great democracy, as much as freedom from racial, religious, gender, or ethnic discrimination.”—Coretta Scott King
A prominent Russian gay rights activist was convicted on Friday of spreading “gay propaganda” among minors in the first such ruling in Russia’s modern history.
Nikolai Alexeyev told the Associated Press that a city court in St. Petersburg fined him 5,000 rubles ($170) for breaching the law, which was controversially introduced by lawmakers in Russia’s second-largest city in February. He pledged to appeal the decision.