NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -
The Tennessee state constitution defines marriage as being between a man and a woman, so state lawmakers have designated a day each year to celebrate that.
Legislators have decided to designate one day each year to celebrate what they consider “traditional marriage,” so Aug. 31 is now known as “ido4life Traditional Marriage Day” in Tennessee.
While the day is still months away, it already has plenty of people talking, and at least one group says it plans to ignore the resolution and call that day something else.
Pastor Lyndon Allen takes a special interest in marriage, as he mentors newlyweds and married couples at Woodmont Bible Church.
“Without marriage, the place just falls apart,” Allen said.
That is why Allen said he’s worked all legislative session to get lawmakers to pass the resolution declaring Traditional Marriage Day. The idea, he said, is to get single men and women to take the next step.
“Men who are single earn less than their married counterparts,” Allen said. “Children who are born to unmarriedparents have an 80 percent higher risk for poverty.”
But not everyone thinks the state resolution sends the right message.
Chris Sanders, with the Tennessee Equality Project, has been watching the resolution all year, and when it passed, Sanders and his organization printed out a statement of their own, proclaiming Aug. 31 as “Tennessee Marriage Equality Day” instead.
“We’re not opposed to traditional marriages, but we believe traditional marriage should be for everyone,” Sanders said.
Allen, who does not support gay marriage, said, “I may not agree with your coupling: men with men and women with women, but I do applaud your pursuing in culture what is valuable which is marriage. I wish more heterosexual cohabitational households would pursue marriage with the same degree of passion. We need to get married,” said Allen.
Allen is hosting a rally in Nashville on Aug. 31.
“How to Make Love to a Trans Person” by Gabe Moses
text from banner featuring various queer and trans API folks reads, “we urgently need to raise $10,000 by April 16th. donate at visibilityproject.org. contributions will fund: translations of interviews to multiple asian languages, archive and preservation of materials, publishing an online resource guide, 1 year of web and video hosting, mini tour of the midwest, and edit and upload of 63+ completed interviews.
here’s some more info on the fundraiser:
The Visibility Project is the most comprehensive intergenerational national photo and video platform that publishes collected histories of the Queer Asian American Women and Trans* community. My name is Mia Nakano and I’m the Director working from behind the camera and doing all the production. Over the past five years I’ve interviewed 120 people, in 14 cities, and 11 states. One big goal is to do a video/photo shoot in all 50 states. I urgently need your support to continue this work ensuring that LBTQ Asian American voices are heard, that our faces are seen, and that our histories are not lost. Please donate to this unique project today.
$11 = one dollar for each state I’ve visited
$30 = storage space cost for one shoot/interview
$76 = one dollar towards video to translate
$90 = luggage fee for a roundtrip airline
$120 = one dollar for each person photographed
$150 = one year of web-hosting + domain names
$200 = one year of a pro video hosting account
$300 = average roundtrip airline ticket or backup hard-drives
$400 = a fireproof safe to protect the project
$500 = one hundred dollars for each year I’ve invested
$780 = one dollar for each hour I worked in 2012
$1000 = one full day shoot (travel, studio, housing, etc)
WHAT YOU’RE DIRECTLY FUNDING
• Paying for a year of web and video hosting
• Development of a comprehensive resource guide cataloged and searchable by geographic region, communities served, and topic. Immigration, legal, youth support, health, and more.
• Hiring community members to translate interviews to numerous Asian languages
• Edit and upload of 30+ backlogged videos and photos
• Fireproof safe to protect the digital media of the project
• A mini Midwest tour: Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Madison.
HOW ELSE CAN YOU HELP?
Every little bit you contribute counts. If you can pitch in a few dollars, maybe you work for a company that does matching donations! Or you can get 5 friends to pitch in a few dollars too! This fundraiser is critical to the future of this project.
WHO IS BEHIND THE PROJECT?
Mia Nakano is a freelance media artist, educator, and activist based out of Oakland, CA. She is the Director and lead artist hustling to make the Visibility Project work though in-kind donations, asking friends and strangers to volunteer, and just basically making asks. Wherever and whenever she can use art to make social justice, Mia is there. She’s worked with Colorlines, the Applied Research Center, the FreetheHikers movement, Salon.com and is the founding photo-editor of Hyphen magazine. Nakano is currently a board member of the Queer Cultural Center (QCC).
Fiscal sponsor: The Visibility Project is fiscally sponsored by Chinese for Affirmative Action San Francisco. All donations are tax deductible.
“The Switch” claims to be the world’s first comedy series about the lives of transgender people and the first to cast transgender actors in all of the transgender roles, rather than using cisgender actors.
Produced by Trembling Void Studios in Vancouver, Canada, “The Switch” is about Sü, an unemployed transgender woman who is sleeping on her ex’s couch in East Vancouver. Facing marginal living, social inequity and quasi-legal employment, will she find her way back to her old life or will she adapt and thrive?
The creators of “The Switch” say it was especially important for them to cast transgender actors in all of the transgender roles.
“What we usually see in media is that cisgender people portray trans people and it’s not very flattering to trans people. Also, trans people are not getting cast for trans roles and they’re also not being cast for any central roles. Essentially, casting agents are deciding that trans people aren’t allowed to act and we’d like to change that,” Amy Fox, the creator and executive producer tells Huff Post Gay Voices. “We’d like to see ourselves representing ourselves. We want trans people to turn on their Internet and not feel that we’re not good enough to play ourselves.”
Domaine Javier plays the role of the main character Sü. Javier was introduced to the world when she publicly came out as a transgender woman in the award-winning, MTV documentary-reality show, “True Life: I’m Passing.”
One of my friends was outside the Supreme Court yesterday protesting for GetEqual. She post this on Facebook today.
“The Human Rights Campaign asked us to take down our trans* flag because ‘marriage equality is not a transgender issue.’
They said this to one of our activists as well as a transgender person who held the flag. We stood our ground, and flew our flag proudly.
That flag flew behind the podium ALL day today, keep an eye for it on the news.”
This apparently happened twice. Well done, HRC. Well done. But I’m not allowed to be critical of your campaign. Get the fuck out of here.
Chile-Gay couple w/ baby using hidden camera walk park to see reactions of Chileans i.actup.org/12FN2WE
Turn on captions to get the English subtitles!
Employee Fired For Wearing HC “I Support Same-Sex Marriage” Shirt; Band Issues Statement
An employee was fired at Rocketown in Nashville, TN was fired for wearing a Hostage Calm “I Support Same-Sex Marriage” shirt. The band has released a statement on the incident and you can read it below by clicking “Read More.”
LES LOVE BOATS has awesome binders. I have two of them that I’ve had for 1-2 years now and then one that I recently bought. It is a taiwan company. I have never tried Underworks and can’t compare the two, but I just find Les Love Boats to have more variety and it looking like its made specifically for LBGTQ binding purposes.
I bought one from T-Kingdom once, but the material is not as up to par as Les Love Boats.
AIR M Pullover Short Chest Binder -> tight around the bottom (go a size up)
Sports Pullover -> the best one out of all three. It’s perfect for swimming/sports/all occasions and sleepable.
High Performance Velcro Binder -> Although it makes for awkward hugs if someone hugs you and feels it. Sometimes it can be weird in situations like attempting to get a massage too (haha), but it’s actually a really good buy too. It’s adjustable and the lines of the binder don’t show through when wearing shirts.
Boston observed the Transgender Day of Remembrance yesterday. Tomorrow, communities will gather again to remember those lost to anti-trans violence and discrimination.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was started by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor her memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence that year and began an important memorial that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.
Participate in the Transgender Day of Remembrance by attending or organizing a vigil on November 20 to honor all those whose lives were lost to anti-transgender violence that year. Vigils are typically hosted by local transgender advocates or LGBT organizations, and held at community centers, parks, places of worship and other venues. The vigil often involves reading a list of the names of those who died that year. See the TDOR website at www.transgenderdor.org.
Resources for media/bloggers
- Check out GLAAD’s Media Reference Guide
- Check out GLAAD’s resource kit for journalists covering Transgender Day of Remembrance
- Check out GLAAD Blog posts about transgender issues
- Learn more about transgender people at GLAAD’s resource page
- Check out the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition’s Transgender Awareness Week
- Go to GLAAD’s Transgender Day of Remembrance page
- Check out GLAAD Blog posts about transgender issues
- Watch videos as part of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition’s Trans People Speak video series
- Find out more about Transgender Day of Remembrance at www.transgenderdor.org
- See the list of people who died because of anti-transgender violence in 2012
Did you know 50% of transgender people surveyed reported having to teach their medical providers about transgender care?
Next week is Transgender Awareness Week, a series of statewide events and educational opportunities to inform people about the trans community and raise awareness of issues facing trans and gender noncomforming people in Massachusetts.
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Two gay men who are raising 12 children adopted from foster care have been named two of Esquire’s Fathers of the Year. While the headline on this story is slightly off-putting, the piece from AZ Central is really kind of cute.
Steven and Roger Ham live in Phoenix, AZ, where marriage equality is illegal and adoption by same-sex couples is restricted. But they have finalized adoption proceedings for 12 kids, six of whom were “separated siblings the Hams fought to reunite.” Together they have taken in more than 30 foster kids, and they have worked their tails off to make the best lives possible for those they adopted:
While strangers recognize the Hams as a family, the legal documents that bind the family create challenges.
Arizona does not allow same-sex couples to marry or adopt, or for a same-sex partner to adopt a partner’s children. So legally, the 10 children adopted in Arizona were legally bound only to Steven.
The two other children, Isabel, 14, and Logan, 8, had been adopted in Washington, which allows same-sex couples to adopt, so both dads’ names appear on their birth certificates.
Because they can’t co-adopt in Arizona, Roger legally changed his last name to Ham in 2007, so everyone would have the same name and there was less explaining to do when he picked up the kids from school or took them to the doctor.
Years ago, an attorney drew up papers that, in case something happened to either dad, guardianship of the children goes to the other. Medical releases ensure that either dad can take the kids to urgent care, and paperwork filed at school means either can pick the kids up.
One day I want to be as great a parent as these two people. Read the story. It’ll make you smile.
Now that’s how you beat the system.
holy damn, that was so good it gave me goosebumps, I kinda want to cry.
Watch part 1 of the Thai movie Yes or No w/ Eng subs.
Pie (Sucharat Manaying) is a sweet girl who moves into a new college dorm room where she finds out that her new roommate Kim (Supanart Jittaleela), is a tomboy who looks and dresses like a boy. As their friendship develops, Pie and Kim begin to wonder if the feeling they feel for one another is just an ordinary friendship or true love.
Me and my sister watched it last night, hilarious! Love asian movies with comedy and love the thai language. Quirky, adorable, informative. Not all thai people are openly accepting.