This week, Governor Martin O’Malley signed into law a bill that will extend marriage equality to same-sex couples. Maryland will become the 8th state to offer this equality (plus Washing D.C.). The law will not go into effect until 2013.
Washington State previously passed a marriage equality law that will go into effect in June, 2012. That means that over 15% of United States will have marriage equality beginning in 2013. This has been a very good year for us.
Image from the Washington Post
The White Horse bar is one of my favorite place to hang out these days. This is a great place to go with friends and socialize. The bar has great music, a large dance floor and a big smoking area. The drinks are good and the staff is wonderful. They have two pool tables, a fire pit, pinball games and rotating DJs.
The thing that I love the most about the White Horse bar (aside from the staff of course) is that I can have a conversation with friends in one room and then walk into the back and dance when the right song comes on. With a lot of clubs, you only get one or the other: The bar where you can socialize and hear each other talk or the bar with the pounding music and a dance floor. The White Horse has both, which makes it a great place for most any group of friends.
“The White Horse Inn still stands at the corner of 66th Street and Telegraph in Oakland. Built in 1936, it’s the oldest continuously operating gay and lesbian bar in the Bay Area and possibly the second oldest in the United States (the Doubleheader in Seattle, opened in 1934, is likely the oldest). But like so much of pre-1960s gay life, most of what we know about the bar is based upon rumors, conjecture, and fuzzy memories. If there are any old photographs of the tavern or its patrons, they were tucked away years ago in a photo album, hidden from family or neighbors.”
For more information, check out their site here.
I started blogging many years ago. Most of my blogs would start off well, but then fizzle over a couple of months. I kept starting new blogs, though, because I knew that I had a voice and a vision to share. Last year, this all changed and I find myself trying to outdo myself in the new year.
Last year, Mike Martinez contacted me about contributing to Queer Oakland. He wanted me to take the reins and run the blog like a pack of wild dogs. While I never got the full pack going, I did manage to get some puppies out there. Over the year I had good weeks and bad weeks with Queer Oakland, but in the end I found myself being a better communicator. For this, I would like to thank Mike even as the doors were closed on Queer Oakland.
I also spent much of last year working on Back to Me and Queer Landia. In hindsight, I wish I would have focused more attention on these two as ultimately, they are the tools for my vision in the coming year. Queer Landia gives me a place to share my moderate views on politics, queerdom and many other topics. I look forward to seeing where this blog will go this year. Back to Me gave me a place to share my random thoughts and appreciation for sexy men and humor. This year this will expand as my blog grows. Continue reading
I don’t know how I feel about this. I kind of feel like an abused wife who is getting a new dress from the abusive husband. Does the Church of Latter Day Saints really believe that taking away our rights can be rectified by putting a queer on the pulpit? Do they really think that having a celibate gay man preaching to the world is going to fix anything?
If the Mormons really wanted to patch things up with our community, they would spend millions of dollars and man hours to get Prop H8 overturned.
Under Federal laws, LGBT citizens do not enjoy full equality. I received the following email from Representative Jared Polis asking me for help in writing a new bill. Instead of having numerous bills with limited focus, Jared would like to create an all-inclusive bill.
This is your chance to give your Congress your opinion. What do you think is the number one priority for equality? What areas of the law are we treated unequally? There is even a place where you can share your own personal story.
I know that the fight for equality is extremely hard, time consuming and very expensive. We don’t get many opportunities to make a difference by spending 5 to 10 minutes on our computer. Please don’t let this opportunity pass by without giving your voice, even if this doesn’t directly effect you. If we don’t speak up, how will anyone hear us?
While I do agree with the exemptions that New York passed, I think the Rhode Island exemptions go a little too far. The exemptions allow religious hospitals, cemeteries and schools to ignore the unions.
While I also agree that religious groups should be allowed the freedom to follow their religious beliefs, I believe that organizations that are critical for human needs and organizations that receive public tax money should not be allowed to discriminate under any circumstances. Continue reading
Do you have an urge to be on television? Are you between the ages of 16 and 24? Are you out and proud or wanting to be? Well, MTV is looking for a few good queers for their upcoming special for National Coming Out Day. Check out the details below
Bunim-Murray Productions and MTV are seeking extraordinary people who appear to be between the ages of 16-24, who want to share their coming out stories. Whether you have already come out, or you want to come out, you can be part of a revolutionary TV special airing on National Coming Out Day (October 11).
-Do you have a particularly unique coming out story that you are willing to share?
-Do you hope to inspire others to gain confidence to come out as well?
-Are you tired of not being able to be completely honest about yourself with a relative or friend?
-Do you have someone in your life whom you have still not come out to and wish to involve in this special event?
-Who are you most scared to come out to? Why?
-Has there been a recent life incident that has inspired you to come out?
If you are interested in applying please go HERE: www.bmpcasting.com/comingout
Jen DeMartinoCasting DirectorComing Out SpecialBunim-Murray Productions
Now we have another reason to sing “New York, New York”
New York legislators cleared the last major hurdle to legalize same-sex marriage Friday when the state Senate followed the Assembly’s lead in approving legislation to do so.
Earlier in the day, the Assembly passed a version of the bill that included an amendment about religious institutions. The Friday night vote in the Senate means the legislation’s fate is now in the hands of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who proposed it.