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Tuesday
Jan192010

A busy week and its only Tuesday!

What a week it has been and it is only Tuesday!  Here is a brief recap of some of the things that we here at whatisyourgay.com are keeping track of.

The people of Haiti continue to pull bodies from collapsed buildings as international aid groups doubled the estimated number of casualties to 200,000.  The United States has also come under fire for its management of the single runway airport in Port-au-Prince even as the United States Navy works to deliver some 200,000 gallons of water a day into the crippled city.  I am the first to admit that the United States is not a perfect country, but I have a hard time keeping my mouth shut when I hear critics slamming the US government for a poor response.  For all of the faults of the United States they have done an admirable job responding to this disaster.  I-as many have-would call for the international community to stop bickering and focus on the work that needs to be done.  Additionally I would like to remind everyone that this recovery will be years in the making and while your money is valuable now, your time and money will most likely be needed in the future. I highly encourage you to keep your eye on organizations like Habitat for Humanity if you wish to volunteer.

Changing gears to some news for the LGBT community, last week the Courage Campaign that has been running the Prop 8 trial tracker was served with a cease and desist order from the lawyers of Protectmarriage.com (the defendants in the Prop 8 trial).  The letter stated that the Courage Campaign logo for the Prop 8 tracker was infringing on Protectmarriage.com’s trademarked logo.  This is perhaps the best part of the letter from the lawyers from protectmarriage.com “…In evidence of that, Courage
Campaign has altered the logo above, changing the male figure on the left to that of a female,
wearing a dress.  Such alteration is not readily viewed by the casual observer.”  If you want to read into this, what the lawyer for Protectmarriage.com and the Courage Campaign staff themselves point out is that you can’t distinguish between a happy family with heterosexual parents and a happy family with homosexual parents.  For more about this particular story or to read the cease and desist order in its entirety and the Courage Campaign response click here.

Today is a very important day in Massachusetts and National politics.  Voters took to the polls in Massachusetts to vote in a special election on who will fill Ted Kennedy’s seat.  With a final vote on healthcare due very soon, a loss for the Democrats would be a bitter pill to swallow.  The seat held by Ted Kennedy for 46 years is in a state that has perhaps one of the most progressive health care policies in the nation.  Living in neighboring New Hampshire I have gotten to see all of the lovely campaign commercials, and campaign coverage for both the Democratic and Republican candidates, and I have to say neither of them have swept me off my feet.  However, the Democrats and President Obama have a lot riding on this election, and from all of us here at whatisyourgay.com we wish the best to Martha Coakley as she tries to defeat her Republican rival Scott Brown.  For those interested John Stewart did a great job summing up this unusual campaign and what a loss for the Democrats could mean for President Obama (see the clip below).

Finally, yesterday the nation celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  For some people that meant a day off and for many others it meant a day of volunteering.  What did you do to mark MLK day?  Leave us a comment and let us know.

 

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Thursday
Jan142010

Tragedy in Haiti and Prop. 8 Update

As many of you know on January 12th there was a serious earthquake that hit Haiti measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale.  There is a lot going on and aid has begun to pour in though it has been hard to distribute some of it.  We here at whatisyourgay.com would like to do our part by passing along a few links as well as to offer our condolences to those affected by this tragedy.  If you are in a position to donate money to aid in the relief efforts you can do so in a number of different ways.  Below are some links that you can click on to donate, or if you prefer you can text YELE to 501501 to support Yele Haiti.  Sending your text will donate 5 dollars on your behalf that will be charged to you by your mobile phone company.

Oxfam

Doctors Without Boarders

Yesterday the United States Supreme Court ruled that the hearings of Proposition 8 will not be broadcast on television or YouTube.  While this is a disappointing outcome there are many organizations covering the trial in the best way that they can.  The Courage Campaign has setup a live blogging feed where those interested may read along as the trial unfolds.  They also compile all of the blog entries at the end of the day so that you can read them all at once in chronological order.  Click on the Prop. 8 trial tracker icon to check it out.

Stay tuned for an interview coming next week as Whatisyourgay.com hits the road.  It promises to be an interesting perspective on LGBT life over the past 30 years.