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thomasdonovanpr May 8, 2009 at 3:35 pm

What Our Love is Made Of – Thomas Donovan’s break-through release is an elecro arrow aimed at the heart of social injustice. The video is high-energy media activism shot amidst a same-sex marriage rally featuring protestors brandishing signs emblazoned with 'Hate Is Not A Family Value' and 'Marriage for All'.

watch the video: http://www.thomasdonovan.com/assets/video/videoWh

tim pfaff June 11, 2009 at 3:46 pm

Just recorded a new song in support of gay marriage. Come Into the Distance can be heard at http://www.myspace.com/timpfaff.

tp

richard Blancas July 8, 2009 at 7:24 pm

I have lived in and out of Texas,hometown El Paso, and statute 21.06 was overturned long time ago. In the 70s, it, Homosexual conduct, deviant behavior between same sex (meaning sexual intercourse and contact between certain parts), was a felony, that eventually we campaigned against to make Class C misdemeanor till overturned. Recently, some who were KISSING each other in a restaurant were first asked to leave by security, then when police came, the police threatened to use this outdated 21.06 statute against them. I have attached television interview of one of the attending young men.

richard Blancas July 8, 2009 at 7:27 pm
richard Blancas July 8, 2009 at 2:44 pm

precedent of DPS officer reprimanded for using 'homosexual conduct' code against gay men kissing:http://www.glapn.org/sodomylaws/usa/texas/txnews0

richard Blancas July 9, 2009 at 4:46 pm

Texas Senator Shapleigh came out yesterday on KVIA talking about misappropriate use of 21.06 statute and its need to be taken off books. see kvia.com.

richard Blancas July 10, 2009 at 6:44 am

This is my fourth reply. This is a big deal now in El Paso. EVery day in the news. FRont page of the newspaper. Protest today and tomorrow of the restaurant by gay groups and still noone from this website seems interested. Hmm. Police chief spoke today at city council meeting. All being documented on kvia.com and el paso times.

richard Blancas August 10, 2009 at 5:19 am

El Paso city council recently approved health benefits for their city employees: same sex couples or couples living together that meet certain criteria. The religious communtiy went into an uproar because there was no public vote on this recent budget proposal. So now several religious leaders among them, a Pastor Larry Wilkins ( who just came out tonight on kviatv.com saying he knows some former gays and that noone is born gay) is getting a petition to get this proposal put on a public ballot. Meanwhile the gay community has also met again to counter the religious community which has already started badmouthing the health benefits proposal. This had no relation to the restaurant kissing issue; this was on the agenda beforehand.

WeCareALot October 3, 2009 at 5:41 am

Visiting site for the first time, so I don't know if this has been discussed here. I believe any constitutional amendment that defines marriage as "between a man and a woman" will unravel if it includes an attempt to define "man and woman", or "male and female". The Family Values crowd does not have a tidy category to fit transgendered people into, and that will likely be what opens the gates to marriage between any adults who desire it. "Same-sex" sounds odd when we've got citizens with male chromosomes and female anatomy, or any combination of traits that defy categorization.

Furthermore, conservatives argue that same-sex marriage opens the door to marriage with children or animals, neither of whom can legally consent to enter into contracts. Marriage is (at least in the western world) a contract between consenting adults. They also argue that it could lead to polygamy. Maybe it does. They don't have to like it.

Casey Andrews December 7, 2009 at 8:12 pm

There is a wonderful gay rights organization called the Empowering Spirits Foundation. They work side-by-side with groups that are typically against us to bring about positive dialogue. I went to their last event and it was a lot of fun. Check them out. http://www.empoweringspirits.org

Tamara Wilkins December 27, 2009 at 11:14 pm

This website is absoulutley great. It offers so many information, ideas and discussions. I will be following it daily especialy in relation to gay matters. keep up the good work and keep us informed!

Tamara Wilkins December 27, 2009 at 11:14 pm

This website is absoulutley great. It offers so many information, ideas and discussions. I will be following it daily especialy in relation to gay matters. keep up the good work and keep us informed!

Quinton Smart March 11, 2010 at 11:53 pm

I need a favor for all the facebook users. The next time you're on facebook I need you to report the user "Jack Scabs Bowser" because this anti gay coward has violated facebook terms and copyright terms and has posted one of my pics without my permission in the Anti-Gay group "Keep Queers Out Of America"

Courtney March 19, 2010 at 10:58 pm

he's back again. this time under "scabs returns" and he's completly atacking people's groups. :(

Charlotte Hunt April 9, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Lesbian photographer Alix Smith is among 1143 artists being considered for a whopping $250,000 grant from Pepsi. For the last two years, Smith has been working on an award winning photography project/social action campaign that addresses inequality in civil rights – specifically, in the rights afforded to gay and lesbian individuals. Through gesture, color scheme, background and lighting, the photographs that comprise States of Union are loosely based on classical paintings. The goal of the project, which was exhibited at The Morgan Lehman Gallery in New York, and in Los Angeles at Manifest Equality, is to show LGBT youth – and indeed all Americans – that LGBT families, couples, and loves are no different than heterosexual ones and deserve the same love, support, and admiration.

Pepsi's "refresh everything" campaign seeks to reward "people, businesses, and non-profits with ideas that will have a positive impact" and will change their community. Smith believes that encouraging positive identify formation in gay and lesbian youth by exposing them to images of familial love that they can relate to is critical to changing all American communities for the better. States of Union has been compared to the AIDS Quilt in its power to have a profound emotional affect on those that see it.

Voting for the winner of this grant began on April 1 and Smith's project has already moved from 215th place to 61st, but in order to win she must move to 1st place. Supporters may vote daily for this project online athttp://www.refresheverything.com/statesofunion

* Alix Smith is available for interviews about the project, and we're happy to provide jpegs of her work if you'd like to post them.

IN THE LIFE is doing a segment on Alix Smith and States of Union. It is the second story in the "Dismantling Hate" episode. You can see it online at:http://www.inthelifetv.org/html/watchitl.shtml

To learn more about States of Union go to:http://www.statesofunion.com

Thanks for taking a look at this project and we hope you'll consider voting, passing the information to people you know or organizations you are apart of and we hope you'll consider posting about it!

Charlotte Edwards Hunt

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Charlotte Edwards Hunt
Executive Assistant
STATES OF UNION http://www.statesofunion.com
statesofunion.wordpress.com
charlotteedwardshunt@gmail.com

El Jefe April 20, 2010 at 9:12 pm

I thought marriage was a religious thing? stop whining and live your life.

David Badash April 21, 2010 at 1:23 am

Actually, in AMERICA, marriage is a legal "thing." Just so you know.

ANNETTE HARDIN July 3, 2010 at 6:59 pm

SINCE THE GREAT "HYPOCRITE" RUSH LIMBAUGH HAD ONE OF THE BIGGEST GAY;S IN AMERICA PLAY AND SING AT HIS SO CALLED WEDDING, WHO HAS DONE NOTHING BUT BASH GAY'S ON HIS RADIO SHOW. MAYBE HE IS IN THE CLOSET?? DID HE HAVE " THE BANKING QUEEN " DO THE SERVICE? HEY RUSH DID JOHN TURN HIS BACK ON YOU!!! U KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS [ YOUR SAYING ] YOU JUST LOST A LISTENER. AND I HOPE A LOT MORE. NOW I KNOW YOU ARE FULL OF IT. AN EX BELIVER.

SilverDragon123 December 10, 2010 at 12:21 pm

I'm a straight male. I am a musician. My father was a die hard Republican and Col in the army. Even he did not care who fires the shot that could save his life. I would not give a damn if your Gay, Straight, Bi-Sexual….or a trained Chimp, (George Bush?) as long as you are a good soldier helping to protect me and this country.

Sarah Palin on the other hand would worry the hell out of me if I was in the trenches with her. Six shots to kill a moose? FIVE missed?! We can only hope for the same performance in her White House bid.

Sarah Palin and her shooting buddies, (GOP) are fighting to keep Gays out of the Army. Don't ask, Don't tell, is a joke. Of course Don't ask is the GOP's platform. Just do as they say is more like it.

@msvavirgo February 23, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Umm Byron – when you can figure out how to get all the HETEROSEXUAL people to stop having GAY BABIES who then grow up into GAY ADULTS – then you can have the right to tell us where or how to live!! Now take your stupid, bigotted little mind & MOVE ON!!

Byron February 23, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Got a great idea,, Why don't all the queers buy an island and all of um' move there then they can all fuck and suck each other out of existance! they would never reproduce and after a while they would all be gone from our children and society for once and for all. wouldn't that be great!!! What kind of man thinks shoving a dick up his ass is normal??? It is sick and perverted and always will be…;.

Joseph Farah February 26, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Death to the Koch Brothers!!

Jerome Corsi February 26, 2011 at 5:16 pm

And, like, totally pervy!

ken palmer March 8, 2011 at 5:35 am

Please consider using same gender marriage. This term helps outsiders with confusion of sexual orientation, transgender and gender identity. It humanize us more thanks

Izzo March 15, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Hi, Love your site but just wanted to let you know that i saw adds for the salvation army. The salvation army is a notoriously anti-gay group. here is there statement on homosexuality taken from their site.

"Scripture forbids sexual intimacy between members of the same sex. The Salvation Army believes, therefore, that Christians whose sexual orientation is primarily or exclusively same-sex are called upon to embrace celibacy as a way of life. There is no scriptural support for same-sex unions as equal to, or as an alternative to, heterosexual marriage."

maybe you want to think of taking them off of your site. they are in contradiction to what you are about…

JUDICIALLY RAPED April 11, 2011 at 6:18 pm

HOW CAN THE UNITED STATES MAKE EXCEPTIONS TO SLAVERY?
there is a need for re-examination of the entire concept of alimony and the continuing viability of that concept in contemporary society. Put another way, the question is whether a judicially imposed system of involuntary servitude is to be continued wherein one human being is placed in bondage to another for what is effectively the remainder of his natural life. This makes the united states no different than countries like Libya and Cuba. It makes our US constitution which is suppose to protect its people against slavery a joke. It has become an exception to slavery instead of protection against it. This slavery has no color or gender.Its time to stand up and bring our constitution back to what is was meant for.

Sincerely
Judicially Raped

jerodkillick February 5, 2012 at 12:35 am

Good day friends from the GLBT community. I have just published a novel called, "Without A Testimony." The work addresses the conflict that emerges within gay youth raised Mormon. I believe this is a very important project for our times. I really am excited about peoples feedback. I love this site and have no doubt in my mind that our fight for equality is far from over. http://www.jerodkillick.com

Blaque Swan April 4, 2012 at 1:22 pm

I support your cause. I just thought I'd point out that the "old" Civil Rights Movement never really ended. As it were. Race is is still a big problem in the US. In calling this the "new" civil rights movement, it's like there's no longer any concern for issues of race. Also, it's like you're saying the Movement as it stands today isn't broad enough or inclusive enough to address gay rights. It's just . . . insulting.

The truth is I don't know of any leader from that time who doesn't support gay rights. Calling yourself the "new" civil rights movement just places a wedge where the need be none. You're kinda helping NOM out, you know?

I'm not saying you're racist. I'm NOT saying that. I'm just pointing out an easily addressable problem. I mean, just acknowledging the still pervasive impact of racial bias in your "about" section would go a long way. Cause I assume you're not changing the name of your site at this point. As a blogger, I get that. It's just that I also get that communities of color and the LGBT community need to be allies, and your claiming the mantel of the "new" civil rights movement doesn't help in that cause.

I hope you'll consider my thoughts.

All the best!

AdamSOF May 1, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Hi there! My name is Adam Sass. I offer gay news roundups with a lighthearted, humorous spin at StayOnFountain.com. If you can, please visit my site. I think a light heart is something we all could use right now. I have also started a book series based off my research, “A Look at the Great Gay Tipping Point” at Book.StayOnFountain.com. Thank you for taking the time out to visit.

Fabianzzz June 7, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Caiden Cowger closed his account.
Should this be news?

dlmifflin July 11, 2012 at 6:53 am

I just read the article about Major Jiminez and Beau Chandler having to appear in different courts at the same time for their Criminal Trespass charges related to their attempt to obtain a marriage license. Can we find out when their court dates are, and what court they are in? I think it would be great for as many of us as possible to cram into the court rooms and support them since they won't be able to support each other. let's get the word out and show Texas we support our family even if they don't. I live in Houston but I'll take a day off from work to support them.

TheKristaLeigh July 13, 2012 at 4:34 pm

(Sorry, wasn't sure where to put this.)

I've been looking for a way to send this to Mr. Rose directly because I didn't want it to seem like shameless self advertisement by posting in a public forum, but I'm unable to find his contact information. I just thought he (and possibly a few others here) might enjoy an opinion piece I wrote about this appalling "study." Granted, my tiny blog was only started as a project for a Texas Government course, so practically no one reads it besides my professor, classmates and friends on Facebook, but it was written with heartfelt intent.

kristagollihar.blogspot.com/2012/07/gay-bashing-and-bad-science

I just wanted to let Mr. Rose and everyone else in the GLBT community know that there are at least a few of us left down here in Texas who are NOT disgustingly discriminatory, painfully prejudiced people. Though we are clearly and unfortunately the minority in this God-forsaken state (pun intended), I speak for myself and all of my wonderful, equality-loving friends when I say, for what little it's worth, there are many Texans who would like to extend to all of you our total and heartfelt support. The pursuit of equality, tolerance, acceptance, justice and the fair extension of civil rights and liberties to ALL of America's citizens is a worthwhile endeavor indeed, and we are immensely proud to stand in your corner.

Also, my husband and I live here in Austin (he is currently a PhD student at UT and I will likely be transferring there soon myself) so if there is anything we can do locally to help the cause, please don't hesitate to ask.

Sincerely,
Krista Gollihar

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Fabianzzz August 22, 2012 at 8:01 pm

The Sims 3, a popular game where you choose how your sims live, is adding kissing booths in the next expansion. The kissing booths will have the option of having a male and a female kissing on the front, however they will NOT have either gay or lesbian couple insignias. A petition garnering support for equality has already been started:
http://www.change.org/petitions/ea-add-in-same-se

Fabianzzz August 22, 2012 at 8:01 pm

The Sims 3, a popular game where you choose how your sims live, is adding kissing booths in the next expansion. The kissing booths will have the option of having a male and a female kissing on the front, however they will NOT have either gay or lesbian couple insignias. A petition garnering support for equality has already been started:
http://www.change.org/petitions/ea-add-in-same-se

spectrumhr November 3, 2012 at 2:20 am

Help to stop homophobic retailer to discriminate people in the US!
Sign this petition, please! https://www.causes.com/actions/1692319

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