Tag Archives: LGBT Discrimination

Bigot of the Week Award, July 1

1 Jul

Here to discriminate not protect!

Thank you to my friend Bonnie for inspiring this story.  Bonnie is not only my wonderful granddaughter butt she is a fierce and tremendous gay ally. If the census data are to be believed, Atlanta has the third largest LGBT population in the United States. Given the numbers of LGBT people, one would think there would be a modicum of equality extended. The article in this week’s Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC), would prove other wise.  The AJC exposed the homophobic and unethical behavior of the Atlanta Police Department (APD) when they raided the Eagle, a gay bar, for no reason last year. All of the subterfuge and lies on behalf of the APD earn them the BWA.  Here are just a few of the unethical and homophobic efforts of the APD:

At least 10 police officers lied and then many of them deleted data on their  cellphones in an attempt to hide their actions the night of a raid on a Midtown Atlanta gay bar… top police officials gave misleading information to the public when they answered reporters’ questions about the controversial raid at the Atlanta Eagle bar on Sept. 10, 2009…The reports conclude that most of the officers involved in the operation did not conform to the APD’s standard operating procedures.

What I find particularly disgusting and profoundly sad is that the very people charged with the task of protecting the citizens of Atlanta have abused their power to discriminate against an already marginalized population.  Shame on you APD!

In a somewhat optimistic note, Mayor Kasim Reed said, “the resolution of this matter a top priority.”

When I first read this article, I thought I was reading an article from the early 1970s.  This horrific incident shows how much work has yet to be done in the area of civil rights for LGBT people.  Again, it  is imperative that we be OUT and VISIBLE.  Click here to read more.

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Celebrating LGBTQ History Month: June 9, Leonard Matlovich

9 Jun

Leonard Matlovich

Today I would like to honor and pay tribute to Leonard Matlovich. Matlovich, who was decorated with both a Bronze Star and Purple Heart, was discharged from the Air Force after coming out of the closet; it was a dishonorable discharge.  Matlovich was a race relations instructor and was the first openly gay person to be on the cover of Time Magazine, 1975.  After a very protracted battle in the court system, Matlovich won an honorable discharge from the Air Force in 1980. Matlovitch died in 1988.  The inscription on his tombstone reads: “When I was in the military they gave me a medal for killing two men, and a discharge for loving one.”

More on Marriage Equality

29 May

I am going to continue to push the issue of marriage equality until it happens!  As most of you know by now, committed LGBT couples are denied over 1,000 benefits accorded to our heterosexual brothers and sisters. Even simple little benefits such as hospital visitation, insurance, and right of survivorship. Right of survivorship is an extra filing fee that LGBT couples have to pay that states property owned by the couple will go to the survivor, should one of the partners die. Heterosexual couples do not have to pay this additional fee, it is automatic.  Other benefits we are denied include social security and retirement.

My husband and I have been together now for 12 years, longer than any of the marriages of Britney Spears has had.  Is my marriage really that threatening that heterosexual can justify their bigotry and discrimination on a matter of civil rights?   Click here to see this brief article regarding marriage equality.

The Royal Wedding and the Institution of Marriage

28 Apr

I know many people are focused on the Royal wedding tomorrow and I am happy for the young couple as they start their lives together in a legally recognized union, albeit I am not a monarchist, I can still be happy for the young couple. I would like to focus on the institution of marriage here in the United States and how when we deny marriage equality on the federal level, we also allow discrimination that tears apart bi-national couples.

For example, if a heterosexual couple gets married here in the U.S. and one of the partners is from a different county, there marriage prevents deportation, as it should. The same is not true for LGBT marriages.  Many LGBT couples that may have been married in their home sate are not protected by federal law and thus one of the partners can easily be deported. I highlight this point because I firmly believe we will be a healthier nation once we have full marriage equality.  Click here to see this video about how our federal government can legally separate same sex couples.  I apologize that the video is from NBC.  I and others are now boycotting NBC until they FIRE the bigot Donald Trump.  To help bi-national couples, take action here.

I think it is important to put real lives and their stories to issues.  Click here to see a music video of friends of mine that are being discriminated against.

Nike Stands Behind Bigot Bryant: Follow Up Interview

19 Apr

Boycott Bigots of Nike

As TSM reported, Kobe Bryant has appealed the fine assessed for calling a referee a “faggot” during a Lakers game last week. Nor have we learned of any action to substantiate his words of apology.  What is worse is that Nike has made it clear that they will support the bigoted Bryant regardless; after all he is an “athlete.”  When I asked Nike for a response regarding Bryant’s appeal to the fine, I got:

There has been no change in Nike’s position or statement beyond our conversation on Friday. I would decline to comment further at this time.

I then asked if Nike would could please explain what are the criteria for hiring an “athlete” as a spokesperson.  Nike’s official response:

Michael, again, I am going to decline to comment further at this time.

The diversity statement that Nike publishes on their website apparently is just as hollow as Bryant’s apology.  Nike must use the Senator Kyl philosophy where their words are not intended to represent truth. While Bryant may not have intended to specifically refer to that individual referee as a “faggot,” it is clear that it was the first word that came to mind. Nike has now made a clear decision, sadly true, that it is perfectly acceptable to use a pejorative against the LGBT community. I can only wonder what all of the LGBT employees at Nike must be thinking.  Like Target, I am now calling for a world-wide boycott of Nike. I encourage all LGBT folks and LGBT allies to contact the HRC to change the status of Nike.

When will it finally be unacceptable to use slurs against the LGBT community? This seems like a perfectly appropriate opportunity to call your attention to how attitudes shape the risk of suicide attempts amongst LGBT youth.

“If you have questions, concerns or would like more information about Nike’s manufacturing practices, environmental issues, diversity or philanthropic policies and activities around the world, please call us at 1-800-344-6453 – (7 a.m. – 4 p.m. PT, Monday through Friday).”

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