One Equal World

Posts Tagged ‘lesbian

Hillary Clinton campaigns at the Iowa State Fair on August 15, 2015.

Hillary Clinton campaigns at the Iowa State Fair on August 15, 2015. Photo: Hillary for America | FlickrCC.

Recently, Hillary Clinton made a speech to the Human Rights Campaign articulating her plan to continue her LGBT support moving forward. But her speech comes at a time that might be more than a coincidence: it’s not unlikely that Clinton is trying to regain lost ground in the current presidential election, as she was the last of potential Democratic contenders for the presidency to embrace LGBT issues, after Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.

So do we believe that her address was heartfelt? Do we forgive her, pleased by her political turnaround—and do we forgive others in similar positions?

Clinton told the group that she would sign the Equality Act, to make repairs to a 1964 act to outlaw discrimination in housing and employment for LGBT individuals. But years ago, she was also highly supportive of Bill Clinton’s Defense of Marriage Act. It’s possible that her address was genuine, but it’s equally possible that her interest is in getting votes rather than making amends.

Clinton isn’t the first politician to switch sides. Ken Mehlman, former manager of George W. Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign, once held anti-gay sentiments. But when he came out in 2010 as gay himself, Mehlman became one of the very few openly gay members of the Republican Party. He came out to mixed but generally supportive reactions, despite his previously anti-gay beliefs. Subsequently, Mehlman and amici have written a brief in opposition to religious freedom laws’ impingement of gay rights.

Mehlman’s situation is different than Clinton’s because he has a personal stake in LGBT issues, and that makes his former sentiments and behavior easier to forgive. The ethics here are tricky, but as a gay Republican, Mehlman holds remarkable political power that could be used to further LGBT rights.

But what about Clinton? Her stake isn’t personal, it’s political. But at least she finally wants to work to support LGBT legislature. Better late than never.

You’ve helped change a lot of minds, including mine, and I am personally very grateful for that,” Clinton said in her speech.

Clinton can’t be quite as easily forgiven as Mehlman, whose history elicits a bit more empathy. But she can be forgiven, and she does have the power to help the LGBT cause. Calling Clinton on her tardiness to the issues without alienating her is the way to show her how to make amends—if her mind can be changed, so can the minds of many others, particularly with her guidance.

A balance of integrity is needed here. Mindful, open, and deliberate forgiveness will be the best approach, with the hopes of educating and forgiving others who have also been mistaken.

Advertisements

Cameron Diaz, the sexy Charlie’s Angel, known for dating celebrities like Alex Rodriguez, Justin Timberlake and Diddy, said in the May 2014 issue of Glamour UK that she thinks “all women have been sexually attracted to another woman at some point.” Starring most recently in The Other Woman, Diaz was on ‘Plead the Fifth’ on Watch What Happens with Andy Cohen.

“Have you, yourself, ever swam in the lady pond?” Cohen asked her.

“Yes, I have been with a lady,” Diaz replied.

“More than once?” Cohen pressed.

“You didn’t ask explicitly how I was with a lady, but I have been with a lady,” she returned.

“I love women – and I don’t believe in female jealousy,” Diaz told Glamour UK. “I don’t feel like it’s a good feeling to have. My parents always told me that whatever someone else had – in all areas – it wasn’t mine to be entitled to. That all I can do is the best that I can do – and that what’s most important is whether I can do better at what I’m doing.”

Back in 2010, the sweet blonde told USMagazine.com, “If I’m going to be with a woman sexually, it doesn’t mean I’m a lesbian. We put these restraints and definitions on people, but it’s hard to define.”

There are several female stars that have been open about the fluidity of their sexuality, including Megan Fox, Angelina Jolie and Drew Barrymore. Hopefully this definition of sexuality—not just black or white, but all the greys in between, too—become more acceptable in mainstream society as more male and female icons have open and honest dialogue about it.

New Year's Eve 2014

Celebrate the New Year with Autostraddle’s 2014 calendar.
Image: Shutterstock

The New Year is upon us, and one organization that is commemorating the occasion in a wonderful, queer way is Autostraddle, with its newly minted 2014 calendar.

Founded in 2009 by Riese Bernard and Alexandra Vega, Autostraddle is an online presence run by a dedicated team of authors, creators, and progressive thinkers. It is an “intelligent, hilarious, and provocative voice and a progressively feminist online community for a new generation of kickass lesbian, bisexual, and otherwise inclined ladies (and their friends).” Autostraddle has been nominated for and taken home a handful of awards including the 2012 Bloggies’ Weblog of the Year Award, and for “Outstanding Blog” in the 24th Annual GLAAD Awards. At its core, Autostraddle is a safe online space, a community of radical thinkers and a strong collective entity.

One of Autostraddle’s most popular facets is its annual calendar, a beautiful collection of stories, images, and diverse queer and lesbian bodies. “Every year we conceptualize, design, shoot, produce, and give birth to a brand-new Autostraddle calendar. These calendars showcase a diverse group of amazing and accomplished queer women,” explains Autostraddle contributor, Alex. Unlike many calendars that objectify each month’s subject, the women in the Autostraddle calendar are featured on the website, along with their detailed personal stories.

These women celebrate their bodies, and celebrate themselves, by sharing their coming out stories, personal anecdotes, hopes and dreams. Autostraddle’s annual calendar features a diverse array of bodies, another distinction between this calendar and others. As Danielle, aka Miss June explains, “I had to fight for this body. Since the day I was diagnosed with bone cancer at age fifteen, I began to wage wars on multiple fronts,” of having to adjust to losing her entire right leg to her disease. This woman is proud, courageous, and absolutely stunning; she is unafraid of sharing a part of herself that is unconventionally beautiful, and is photographed standing tall, her prosthetic leg exposed.

Danielle is just one of the twelve inspirational models the calendar is comprised of, a work of art that showcases queer, unapologetic, dynamic women. For more information about Autostraddle and its annual calendar, visit the organization’s official website.

LGBT pride

LGBT pride
Image: Shutterstock

It’s that time of year again; Pride month has arrived! June 1st marks the beginning of LGBT Pride Month, a nationally, and internationally recognized celebration of socially marginalized sexual orientations and gender identities. This month allows people from around the world to rejoice in their differences with pride, with many cities holding events and creating safe spaces for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer people and their allies.

Colorful and joyous Gay Pride Parades, Dyke Marches, parties, rallies, and speak-outs are soon to appear all around the country, especially in major cities like San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, Boston, and New York. This time of year is important to so many people, as it is an occasion to celebrate with great pride the diverse and strong LGBT community, as well as to honor those who have lost their lives to violence and HIV/AIDS.

According to the Library of Congress, LGBT Pride Month originated as an effort to honor the 1969 Stonewall Riots in Manhattan. The riots were a response to police brutality and targeting of gay and transgender people at the Stonewall Bar, which patrons regarded as a safe and “open” space for them to be. This moment was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States, and now, each year Pride exists as a time to reclaim safe spaces, celebrate each other, and create awareness about LGBT people and their rights.

This month, the gay pride flag will fly higher than ever, as a colorful reminder of the importance of solidarity in the LGBT community, a history of strength and triumph, as well as the continual struggle for rights and universal social acceptance. Overcome

Keep a lookout for LGBT Pride Month events taking place in your community this month!

According to the Movement Advancement Project, Family Equality Council, and the Center for American Progress research shows that children raised by LGBT parents aren’t any different than those raised by non-LGBT parents.

The three different think tanks published a report in November that concluded that sexuality of parents has nothing to do with how happy and healthy children in a family are.  Having scientific data like this is good news for people like Sari Grant, Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services recruitment administrator, even if it isn’t a surprise.

 

“We need them,” she explained.  “For us, they’re not a second choice but as good a choice as other families. The sexual orientation of adoptive parents is not really relevant. We look for whether they can provide safe and loving homes.”

 

In fact ,according to Laurie Rein, adoption program manager at the private nonprofit Penny Lane Centers based in North Hills, , LGBT families may have an advantage over traditional ones when it comes to foster children- especially those that are victims of abuse or neglect.

 

“I think gay and lesbian applicants, because they may have gone through adversity themselves – including societal disapproval and rejection, even in their own families – sometimes can actually relate better to the difficulties that the children have gone through.”