Archive for September, 2011

Patrick Touts Mass. Gay Marriage Law

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick on Wednesday offered a spirited defense of Massachusetts’ same-sex marriage law. The governor was addressing a meeting of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, a progressive legal organization that he helped form in 2001. Tuesday night’s tenth anniversary ACS event in the Great Hall of the Supreme Judicial  Read More »

A milestone reached, but a long way to go

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Will Welch, right, state coordinator for GetEQUAL Wyoming, marches on Grand Avenue Tuesday in support of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Aaron LeClair/Boomerang staff While the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy marks a milestone in civil rights, local civil rights organizations said more can be done to improve the rights  Read More »

It Was a Strange History, Indeed!

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

We’re thrilled to have been part of HBO’s recent documentary, “The Strange History of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’” and even more thrilled to have played a role in repealing this discriminatory and un-American law. Since the December 2010 repeal of DADT, GetEQUAL has been building a national network of LGBT and allied organizers who are  Read More »

Gays Serve Openly In the US Military

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Gay-rights groups are celebrating the fact they can now openly serve in the military. As of Tuesday, military personnel “Can Ask and Can Tell”. The new policy won’t change everyone’s perceptions overnight. “This will be a non-issue. I don’t think you’ll see it immediately but I do believe you’ll see that,” says Fresno gay-rights activist  Read More »

Gays, lesbians may now serve openly in the armed forces

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

WASHINGTON After years of debate and months of final preparations, the U.S. military passed a historic milestone today with the repeal of a ban on gays serving openly in uniform. Repeal of the 18-year-old legal ban took effect at 12:01 a.m. EDT, ending a prohibition that President Barack Obama said had forced gay and lesbian  Read More »

DADT: Goodbye Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, Hello To A New Civil Rights Movement

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

When Tanya Domi joined the Women’s Army Corps 37 years ago as a “slick sleeve” Private in 1974, she had no idea how the “Gay Ban” military policy which preceded “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell ” by 52 years would affect her life. Its ultimate repeal, fought successfully by a new generation of veterans and activists  Read More »

LGBT group to protest ‘blatant discrimination’

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

GetEQUAL Texas, a branch of the national lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) rights group, will hold a protest today on campus . The group says it is protesting for “full federal and complete social equality” for all members of the LGBT community “immediately.” The event is part of coordinated national actions across the country  scheduled in conjunction with  Read More »

Gay rights supporters to stage protest in Boston

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

BOSTON—Supporters for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights are marking the end of the military “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy by staging a protest in Boston to draw attention to the fact that transgender American are still unable to serve openly in the military. The protest is part of a coordinated action across the country  Read More »

LGBT activists protest inequalities

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – The Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy officially ended at midnight Tuesday. The 18-year-old policy prevented homosexuals or bi-sexuals from openly serving in the United States Armed Forces. A protest organized by GetEqual Virginia, occurred Tuesday morning at the intersection of Hampton Boulevard and Terminal Boulevard in Norfolk. GetEQUAL Virginia is a  Read More »

TONIGHT: “#ProBono” Viewing Parties Held Across the Country in Support of Chaz Bono on “Dancing With the Stars” Premiere

Monday, September 19th, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept.19, 2011 Contact: Brad Luna, Luna Media Group, (202) 812-8140 cell or TONIGHT:  “#ProBono” Viewing Parties Held Across the Country in Support of Chaz Bono on “Dancing With the Stars” Premiere Parties Celebrate First Transgender Contestant and Highlight Demand for Equal Federal Rights for All LGBT Americans LOS ANGELES, CA – Tonight, September 19, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT)  Read More »