We believe in human dignity — that every person is created equal, no matter who you are, or what you look like, or who you love, or where you come from. Instead of targeting our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters, we can use our laws to protect their rights. Instead of defining ourselves in opposition to others, we can affirm the aspirations that we hold in common. That’s what will make America strong. That’s what will make Europe strong. That’s what makes us who we are.
—  President Obama, at the at the Palais Des Beaux-Arts, Brussels. 
You can watch his full speech here.
 

4 months ago · 40 notes · Source

4 months ago · 8 notes

It’s my strong belief that when people love each other and are desirous of creating a committed relationship with each other that they should be allowed to marry, regardless of their sexual orientation.
—  Wendy Davis, Texas state Senator and gubernatorial candidate, in interview with San Antonio Express-News editorial board, regarding same-sex marriage.

6 months ago · 71 notes · Source

7 months ago · 17 notes

9 months ago · 30 notes

First Openly Gay Senator, Tammy Baldwin, Delivered an Impassioned Speech in Support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)

via Advocate.com

Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin was the first to take to the Senate floor and speak in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act as the chamber opened its initial debate on the subject this afternoon.

"The citizens of Wisconsin made history, electing our state’s first women to the United States Senate, and electing the first out gay or lesbian person to the United States Senate in the history of our great nation. But I didn’t run to make history, I ran to make a difference — a difference that would give everyone a fair shot at achieving their dreams."

"I realize that for some, this is not an easy vote, I understand that for some, they may believe that it’s not good politics. But I want to say that I have a deep respect for those who choose to stand on the side of progress for our country this week. So for those that stand up this week and answer the call for courage, I can say with confidence your courage will be respected and remembered when the history of this struggle is written."

You can watch the speech above.

9 months ago · 32 notes · Source

The Italian Parliament’s lower house broke out in a kiss-in on Thursday in the midst of debate over an LGBT rights bill.
Michelle Garcia / Advocate.com

Members of an Italian political party staged a kiss-in protesting the strength of a proposal to update the national hate crimes law with language to protect LGBT people.
The measure would expand the 20-year-old law to heavily prosecute crimes based on homophobia or transphobia. However members of the M5S or MoVimento 5 Stelle, staged a same-sex kiss-in, while other members held up signs urging “more rights”.
The bill passed in the lower house Thursday, 354-79, but it is not expected to easily pass the Senate, where members of President Silvio Berlusconi’s People of Freedom party have already promised that the bill would fall because it restricts freedom of speech.

This is amazing folks. You can also read more here.
You can watch the video of kiss-in by clicking here.

The Italian Parliament’s lower house broke out in a kiss-in on Thursday in the midst of debate over an LGBT rights bill.

Michelle Garcia / Advocate.com

Members of an Italian political party staged a kiss-in protesting the strength of a proposal to update the national hate crimes law with language to protect LGBT people.

The measure would expand the 20-year-old law to heavily prosecute crimes based on homophobia or transphobia. However members of the M5S or MoVimento 5 Stelle, staged a same-sex kiss-in, while other members held up signs urging “more rights”.

The bill passed in the lower house Thursday, 354-79, but it is not expected to easily pass the Senate, where members of President Silvio Berlusconi’s People of Freedom party have already promised that the bill would fall because it restricts freedom of speech.

This is amazing folks. You can also read more here.

You can watch the video of kiss-in by clicking here.

11 months ago · 569 notes · Source

Carl Sciortino, Gay Democratic Candidate, ‘Comes Out’ To His Tea Party Dad In New Campaign Ad

via Huffington Post:

In a new campaign ad set to go on the air Wednesday, openly gay Democratic House candidate Carl Sciortino Jr. comes out to his tea party father.

As a liberal Democrat.

Sciortino’s ad features his father, Carl Sciortino Sr., lightheartedly bemoaning his son’s liberal leanings.

Watch the video above.

11 months ago · 56 notes · Source

11 months ago · 16 notes

1 year ago · 24 notes