The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio sent a letter to Celina High School yesterday, urging administrators to reconsider their unconstitutional decision to prohibit students from wearing shirts that express their support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students.
“Schools should be a place where students are free to express their beliefs,” said ACLU of Ohio Legal Director James Hardiman. “None of these young people acted inappropriately, and only wished to express their support for all members of their community. Expressing their views did not disrupt the learning environment, but now the administration’s unconstitutional overreaction has.”
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Today is the one year anniversary of the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT), a policy that discriminated against lesbians, gays and bisexuals in the military. The idea behind DADT was that if heterosexuals in the military knew they were serving beside lesbians, gays and bisexuals, they would freak out and fall apart. The policy forced people who are not heterosexual to live in fear and to have to hide important and vital parts of their lives. It punished upstanding people, who only wanted to serve their country. It reinforced negative attitudes toward LGBT people in America. [...]Full Story... →
On June 8th, Mayor Coleman, Columbus City Council President Andrew Ginther, and Councilman Zach Klein (pictured above) proposed creating a domestic partner registry for the city of Columbus. At the time, the language of the legislation was still being worked out. They hoped to be able to introduce it to the full council by the end of July. Last night they achieved their goal. The vote in support of the legislation was unanimous.
Kim Welter, the Interim Executive Director for Equality Ohio was there to testify on behalf of the proposal last night. Paul Feeney, Board Chair [...]Full Story... →
Tomorrow is Equality Chicken Day! Or #MarriageEqualityDay as the kids are calling it on Twitter. The ongoing boycott of the fast food chain has produced some interesting developments. Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee called for a National Chik-Fil-A appreciation day tomorrow, encouraging supporters to give money to the company so they can continue to use that money to work against equality. In response, on August 1st, equality loving people everywhere will donate the cost of a Chik-Fil-A Combo (approx. $6.50) to their favorite gay rights & equality charities and organizations.
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Gay pride is a positive stance against oppression, exploitation, discrimination and violence toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. Gay pride is the attitude we embrace in order to promote self-affirmation, equal rights, increase visibility, build community, and celebrate diversity and gender variance. Pride is the antidote to the poison of shame and social stigma. It is how we as a community declare that we belong, and will not tolerate second class citizenship status. When we celebrate pride our allies are invited to join in. Our allies are often bullied and suffer oppression simply because they stand [...]Full Story... →
Have you heard of “Equality Express 2012” yet? I went to the launch party last night. Here’s a video I created about it…
Equality Express is a statewide bus tour created by the organization Equality Ohio. It will last for 2 1/2 weeks and travel to 10 cities. Eleven crew members, who are students at colleges throughout Ohio, will participate in the tour. Each crew member was chosen by a panel of community members. The crew will participate in community service projects, educate people about the legislation we’re working on getting passed to advance equal rights in Ohio, [...]Full Story... →
no one should be discriminated against when all they are trying to do is find a place to call home
Did you know that discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people is generally legal in Ohio? Recent surveys show Ohioans overwhelmingly oppose discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The people of Ohio clearly place a high value on justice and equality. Most are shocked to learn that it’s legal in Ohio to be fired from your job, denied an apartment, or refused service at [...]Full Story... →
Bullying and harassment is a crisis in our schools. Surveys show that 56% of surveyed teenagers in Ohio have been verbally or physically harassed or assaulted during the last year because of a particular characteristic, such as gender, disability, sexual orientation, or race. Nearly half (43%) of Ohio students report that bullying is a serious issue in their schools. Yet almost two-thirds (66%) of students say they never report incidents of bullying, often because they don’t believe they can do anything about it.
In April, my fellow Plunderbund blogger Greg, wrote a powerful article about his experience seeing [...]Full Story... →
Last night we gathered with other members of the LGBT community to celebrate President Obama’s historic statement. Now we are proud to say that not only is he our first African-American president, he’s also the first American president to come out in support of marriage equality. Here’s a video of our community’s thoughtful, emotional, playful and silly responses to this joyous occasion for America…
At the event, I also had the honor to also speak with Stephen Hill, the gay soldier who was booed at a Republican debate. President Obama’s leadership on the repeal of [...]Full Story... →
As most of you know by now if you’ve been following my blogging, I’m a bisexual who is engaged to be married to a woman. We’ve been together for six years and my partner proposed to me at a Center for Progressive Leadership event at the Riffe Center in September of 2010. We agreed to wait to get married until it was legal, because we don’t want a merely symbolic wedding that isn’t recognized by our government as valid. We are waiting for society to grant us our Constitutionally protected right to full equality under the law. Because of [...]Full Story... →
The rightwing is trying to scare you. But you’ll be hard to scare because you know too much. The scattershot of fear will most likely hit your friends and neighbors. Let’s figure out how you can protect them.
On Sunday I interviewed Justin Barasky, Communications Director for Senator Sherrod Brown, about the obscene amounts of money (nearly 5 million) already being spent to smear Senator Brown. Here’s the video….
You know the truth about Senator Sherrod Brown. Here’s what a few Plunderbund followers have told me about how Senator Brown’s work has helped them.
Joseph Pavelka from Berea, Ohio [...]Full Story... →