By Dinah Cardin/Salem Gazette
Karen Kahn and Pat Gozemba have only been married since last September, but they know the history of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts backwards and forwards. That’s why they are writing a book on the subject.
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The site not only provides many of the features that users have come to expect from online communities, including the ability to design customizable profiles, write blogs, send instant messages, and post bulletins, but also gives its members the ability to share their "coming out" stories and learn about gay and lesbian activism events across the globe. "MyRainbowSpace offers us the opportunity to share our life stories with each other, make new friends, engage in activism, and still have tons of fun," said the site's co-creator, Bonnie Koellhoffer, a part time student and New Jersey resident.
Koellhoffer said the idea for the site came from her own frustration with existing social networking sites. "As a lesbian woman, I found it difficult to navigate through the existing sites to find people with similar interests," ...Read the entire article here VIA Gaywired!
"We are thrilled to announce that Tammy is pregnant, and expecting our twins sometime around this fall," the singer and the actress say in a joint statement on Etheridge's official Web site.
Photo: Candidates for Maryland’s open U.S. Senate seat include (clockwise from top left) Kweisi Mfume, Lise Van Sustern, Allen Lichtman, Rep. Ben Cardin, Lt. Gov. Michael Steele and Kevin Zeese. More of them support gay marriage than oppose it. (Washington Blade)
By ELIZABETH WEILL-GREENBERG
More Democratic hopefuls seeking the Maryland U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Paul Sarbanes support marriage equality than oppose it.
Kweisi Mfume, Lise Van Susteren and Allan Lichtman support full marriage equality for gay couples. Green candidate Kevin Zeese has also announced that he supports marriage rights for gays.
Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, the leading Republican...read more at Washington Blade
Pell came out as a lesbian in the early 1990s. She was a lobbyist for gay rights legislation in the Rhode Island Statehouse and served as president of the Rhode Island Alliance for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights.Her father, a Democrat, invoked his daughter's name during a 1993 Senate debate in which he supported... read more here via 365gay.com.
by The Associated Press
April 13, 2006 - 8:00 am ET
Coffin had been suffering from congestive heart failure and had been under the care of a hospice, said his daughter, Amy Coffin.
The California Supreme Court on Wednesday again refused to hear an appeal challenging the state's domestic partner law. The high court's dismissal, hailed by LGBT rights advocates, reaffirms current legal protections for same-sex couples and their families.Opponents of domestic partner rights had... Read Calif. High Court Lets Partner Law Stand?
by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff
(Abuja) A proposed law that would impose a prison sentence on same-sex couples who marry has been toughened by the Nigerian Senate to include anyone who attends a gay wedding or is a member of any LGBT organization.The marriage ban was proposed by President Olusegun Obasanjo and is likely to pass easily, received first reading in the...Read Nigeria Toughens Criminalization of Gay Marriage Bill?
by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff
April 11, 2006 - 9:00 pm ET(Frankfort, Kentucky) Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher celebrated "Diversity Day" by dropping sexuality from a longstanding executive order that bars discrimination in the public service.
As several hundred school students watched, Fletcher declared Tuesday to be "Diversity Day" and signed a new executive order replacing one signed in 2003 by then-Gov. Paul Patton.Fletcher told the students that state employees should not be...Read Diversity Doesn't Include Gays?
Every Sunday, Michele Newcombe and her partner, LaShea Saunders, travel more than 100 miles from Bridgeton in South Jersey to attend church services in New Brunswick
The couple say the nearly two-hour drive is worth it because of Pastor Kevin Taylor, who started the Unity Fellowship Church of New Brunswick five years ago as a house of worship where gays and lesbians would be welcomed.Newcombe, 51 and Saunders, 37, joined the New Brunswick church because of Taylor, a charismatic man and a skilled orator who, they say, can talk about the Bible in "plain English."
"I was away from the church a long time," Newcombe said. "Being raised a Catholic, my choice of sexuality was condemned. It really turned me off from religion, period."Since its first service in a living room, the church has grown to 125 members and a home of its own in a warehouse on Jersey Ave...Read Church Welcomes Gays and Lesbians?
Thoughts on Gay Marriage from the Pulpit
"Equality Forum began in 1993 as PrideFest Philadelphia, a non-profit organization hosting 15 regional organizations presenting substantive programs in a weekend. In 1999, PrideFest changed its name to PrideFest America and expanded to seven days. In 2003 the Board renamed the organization to Equality Forum to reflect the inclusion of international programs and an annual Featured Nation.
Equality Forum's mission is to advance national and international GLBT civil rights. Equality Forum undertakes high impact initiatives, produces documentary films, highlights GLBT history and presents annually the largest national and international GLBT civil rights forum.
Founder and Executive Director: Malcolm Lazin"
Last December media reports said that the Pentagon has been spying on “suspicious” meetings by civilian groups, including student groups opposed to the military’s "don't ask, don't tell". (story)
The reports said that the Pentagon had spied on New York University law school’s LGBT advocacy group OUTlaw and gay groups at the State University of New York at Albany and William Patterson College in New Jersey.In February, the DoD acknowledged in a letter to the Senate Armed Services Committee that it had ‘inappropriately’ collected information on ...Read Pentagon Admits Spying on Gay Groups?
by Michael J. Meade, 365Gay.com Boston Bureau
Boston, Massachusetts) The Massachusetts legislature will meet in joint session on May 10 to consider a proposed amendment to the state Constitution that would end same-sex marriage in the only state that allows gays to wed.
The proposed amendment also would prevent the state from...Read Mass.Legislature Mulls Gay Marriage Ban?
Five Soulforce activists were cited for trespassing and escorted off the campus at Brigham Young University Monday, after demonstrating against the Mormon church's antigay policies as part of the Equality Ride. A rally was held later that day at nearby Kiwanis Park in Provo, Utah.
The five were members of Soulforce, a gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender group, and have been taking part in a... Read Equality Riders Cited?
by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff
(New York City) The number of churches leaving the United Church of Christ over the denomination's support for same-sex marriage and other LGBT issues continues to grow.
So far more than 50 churches have left the faith. That number is relatively small, leaders of the Church say, and represents less than one percent of the UCC's 5,725 churches.
The latest to disaffiliate is Shepherd of the Hills United Church of Christ in Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania.
"We believe a marriage is between one man and one woman," said Keith Leonard, president of the church consistory."Our name will remain Shepherd of the Hills Church, with additional designation to...Read UCC Continues to Lose Churches?
by Doug Windsor, 365Gay.com New York Bureau
The survey shows that 53 percent of prospective voters support marriage equality for gays and lesbians, while 38 percent do not.
The poll was conducted by Global Strategy Group in March for Empire State Pride Agenda, the state's largest LGBT civil rights organization and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percent.It is the third Global Strategy poll for Pride Agenda and shows as New...Read New Yorkers Support Gay Marriage?
'...a scrubbed-up, politely tidy image of gay men and women -- a portrait meticulously devoid of the drag queens, pierced nipples and campy vamping one often sees when a local TV station rushes off to cover a gay-themed event.'Speaking as someone who was there and obviously gets no special consideration for offering my opinion (as in: nobody offered ME a Freakin' cruise!) I wish to share the truth about the people I met from that ship as it arrived on Key West that June.
'She also sees hypocrisy in the failure to accept gay marriage.
"You are who you are, you love who you love," she says. "That's just the way it is. If you can go to Vegas and get married by Elvis, what's the big deal?"'
"John Stemberger, state chairman of the Florida4Marriage.org, called for the launch of “155 in 155,” a movement calling for 155,000 petitions to be signed in 155 days, which began Feb. 8 and ends July 12, 2006. “If there was ever a time for direct democracy, this was it,” Stemberger said at the rally.'Read It?