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First Openly Gay Senator, Tammy Baldwin, Delivered an Impassioned Speech in Support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)
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.
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.
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.
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Istanbul Pride 2013, June 30, 2013. - Part 2
According to news sources, tens of thousands of people attended the pride this year, with also contribution from protestors from Gezi Park demonstrations to show their support for LGBT groups that were known to be active since the first days of Gezi Park protests.
Some of the signs read “Keep calm and #direnayol” where #direnayol was the hashtag used to promote this year’s pride, with reference to gezi Park protests, similar way to #direngeziparkı meaning “resist gezi park”; “I am on my LGBT student’s side”, “Gender? - Male - Female [-] Human”, “If God did not like us, we wouldn’t be created this colorful” and “We know how to be gay well enough” as a reference to PM’s sayings in the similar way of “We know how to be ___ well enough” which he was used during Gezi Park protests to threaten the demonstrators.
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The New Yorker’s Cover Story: Bert and Ernie’s “Moment of Joy”
“It’s amazing to witness how attitudes on gay rights have evolved in my lifetime,” said Jack Hunter, the artist behind next week’s cover, “Moment of Joy.” Hunter, who originally submitted his image, unsolicited, to a Tumblr, continued, “This is great for our kids, a moment we can all celebrate.”