gaywedding-071Dear opponents of marriage equality,

As the time for SCOTUS to weigh in on DOMA and Prop 8 nears, I’ve noticed that y’all are becoming slightly shriller (if such a thing is possible) in your insistence on the dire consequences of permitting same-sex couples to marry. All of these objections are ludicrous. They would have to be, since there are no legitimate, compelling reasons to deny loving couples the ability to legally commit to one another.

The most offensive of these objections comes in the form of the slippery-slope argument. It goes something like this: “If we allow same-sex couples to marry, we’re going to have to allow polygamy! We’ll have to allow people to marry children! And their pets! And toasters!”

Setting aside how offensive it is to compare gay relationships to pedophilia, bestiality, and polygamy (and it’s incredibly offensive), this argument is easily deconstructed — so easily, in fact, that it has been thoroughly debunked countless times before, but I’m going to go ahead and do it again, just this once.

Authored By Jessica Gerson – See the Full Story at The Huffington Post

Pacific Justice Institute logo CNA US Catholic News 11 5 12-250x250An anti marriage equality attorney has admitted to feeling same sex attraction as a teenager, Gay Star News reports:

Pacific Justice Institute president Brad Dacus has admitted to past same-sex attractions in a discussion with gay rights activist and YouTube personality Jeff 4 Justice and has apologized for a 2008 speech he gave which referenced Nazism and Adolph Hitler in speaking about same-sex marriage. ‘We all have our things we’re working through. I have my dark closet like everyone else,’ Dacus said while speaking to Jeff about human sexuality. Asked if he had ever experienced same-sex attractions Dacus said ‘In early adolescence that’s very common.’

As we learn over and over again, we are our own worst enemy.

BRAZIL KIDSX4400 FBMy favorite story of the week:

Nine days after transgender student Maria Muniz was fined by school officials for wearing a skirt, a group of her Colegio Pedro II classmates decided to stage a protest: both male and female students would all wear skirts on the same day. Soon after their demonstration an ecstatic Muniz learned that the school’s decision was overturned, reports the UK’s Orange News. Pedro II’s principal told Brazil’s Globo that the school will consider relaxing their dress code. After the protest, school officials posted a picture of their male and female students wearing wearing skirts to social media, where it became widely shared. Supporters have been writing their support to Muniz using the hashtag #VouDeSaia.

I mean, how cool is that?

Authored By Mitch Kellaway – See the Full Story at The Advocate

supreme-court-250x250 copyToday is the first day the US Supreme Court could actually choose a case or cases in the marriage equality fight this year.

NBC News reports:

The justices, who will meet in a closed-door conference on Monday, will consider whether to hear any of three same-sex marriage lawsuits during the next term, which officially starts Oct. 6. If they decide to review one or more of the cases, a ruling could be reached by July on whether same-sex marriage must be allowed nationwide. If they choose not to hear the cases, the decision would allow gay nuptials in the ten states covered by the three lawsuits. The court could also wait for a circuit court to disagree with the others and support the state bans. The justice have until January 2015 to make their decision. Both opponents and supporters of gay marriage predict that the justices will hear at least one of the cases.

Which case do you think they will take, if any? Utah, Oklahoma, or Virginia?

reese-ramirezHere are the official details: Saturday, Oct. 4th at The Big Red Church 2131 N. Van Ness in Fresno, CA. will be the date and venue of Reese Ramirez's celebration of life! The celebration will be from 5-10pm. There will be a small service with a speaker on behalf of the family. Appetizers will be provided by the family, and drinks will be sold as a contributions toward non-profit organizations such as: (Trans E Motion, Fresno Pride, Suicide Watch). If you would like to submit pictures for the slideshow, please send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
We are putting on a drag show in Reese's honor, as this is something he loved to watch and do as well! You will be encouraged to tip the performers, as all will be donated to our wonderful organizations. Shirts will be here in about a week, I will post details asap. All are welcome to join us in wearing the shirts at the service. Entry is FREE. Thank you everyone.

 

Comments and memories may be posted by commenting below.  We'll be sure to pass them along to the family.  

us-supreme-court-bwThe US Supreme Court has asked the petitions be ready for all seven marriage quality cases that have reached the court.

Scotus Blog reports:

Matching the speed of lawyers and lower courts in handling the same-sex marriage controversy, the Supreme Court on Wednesday set the stage for its first look at all of the pending cases, when the Justices assemble on September 29 for a private Conference. Seven petitions — three from Virginia, and one each from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wisconsin — will be submitted to the Justices at that session. There is, of course, no certainty that they will act on any or all of them at that point, but the option is there. With all sides agreeing that the time to rule is now, it would be a surprise if the Court opted to bypass the issue altogether in its new Term… Together, the petitions raise two constitutional questions: do states have power to refuse to allow same-sex couples to marry, and do states have power to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states? In all of the federal appeals courts’ decisions being challenged in these cases, state marriage bans of one or both of those kinds were struck down under the federal Constitution, either under equal protection or due process guarantees, or both.

Another set of cases before the Sixth Circuit could be decided soon.

Towleroad.com reports:

…the Supreme Court could have more cases headed its way very soon. Many are focsued on 4 pending cases before the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, a court some legal analysts suspect is more likely than others to uphold marriage bans: “If that happens, it’s a virtual certainty that the Supreme Court would step in and resolve the disagreement.”

The cases awaiting Supreme Court consideration on 9/29 are from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

the-normal-heart

TO WIN A WAR, YOU HAVE TO START ONE.

StageWorks Fresno Presents

A Special Performance of

THE NORMAL HEART

in conjunction with the Bulldog Pride FundThurs. Sept. 25th • 8:00pm
Bonner Auditorium • Fresno Art Museum • 2233 N 1st St 
$30 per person • Limited Seating

Purchase your online tickets now
Includes post-performance champagne and dessert reception with director and cast

 

The story of a city in denial, THE NORMAL HEART unfolds like a real-life political thriller—as a tight-knit group of friends refuses to let doctors, politicians and the press bury the truth of an unspoken epidemic behind a wall of silence. A quarter-century after it was written, this outrageous, unflinching, and totally unforgettable look at the sexual politics of New York during the AIDS crisis remains one of the theatre’s most powerful evenings ever. Winner of the 2011 Tony Award® for Best Revival of a Play.

 

Fresno Premiere. Contains adult content.

Please note: This is the stage play, not a screening of the HBO film.
THE FRESNO BEE review:
http://fresnobeehive.com/archives/36668#more-36668

 

• Additional performance dates of THE NORMAL HEART are September 26-28.
• Tickets: http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/eventSearch.jsp?event_id=1001001

reese-ramirezLocal trans activist and community member, Reese Ramirez passed away overnight.  A facebook post by his mother states:

Friends of Reese Ramirez.......
This is his mom, Denise Michelle Ramirez. Reese has many, many friends throughout CA and beyond, and this is the only way I can reach most of you.

It is with deepest sorrow that I have to let you know of his passing. We believe it to be related to natural causes.

We will keep you updated on the date and location of the service, as I know Reese would want you there to celebrate the wonderful and rich life that you were a part of.

Our family and I truly look forward to meeting each one, of his very special and valued friends.

 

Comments and memories may be posted by commenting below.  We'll be sure to pass them along to the family.  Funeral service details will be available on his page in the coming days.

rainbow-flag-600I picked up my 20-something son, David, at the Metro a few weeks ago. After he got into the car, he put out his hands towards me, and asked:

“Do you like this color? Kind of a deep purple. I get a lot of compliments on it.”
Yes, David wears nail polish — bright, glossy, frequently-changing-colors nail polish. And it doesn’t bother me. In fact, I like the deep purple shade.

When David first told us he was gay in his junior year in high school, my husband and I were somewhat surprised, but when we thought about it, it began to make sense. At first I worried about the increased chances that he would develop AIDS and I was concerned about problems he would likely face being accepted as a gay man in the less tolerant world we lived in a decade ago. But the gay part? We had an inkling. Okay, more than an inkling. (What parent doesn’t?)

As an avid reader and news-watcher, I did have some knowledge of the evolving gay community. I was aware of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, I remember when Barney Frank became the first U.S. congressman to come out as gay in 1987 and when a New York Court ruled in 1989 that it was legally possible for a same-sex couple to constitute a family.

Authored By Nancy L. Wolf – See the Full Story at The Washington Post

Reel Pride

Fresno Reel Pride is gearing up for its biggest year yet!

Grab the one page printable film schedule here.

 


Film Schedule

Friday, September 19

5:30pm - EAT WITH ME - Tower Theatre

5:30pm - BROKEN GARDENIAS - The Voice Shop

7:30pm - TRU LOVE - Tower Theatre

7:30pm - TIGER ORANGE - The Voice Shop

9:30pm - 10-YEAR PLAN - Tower Theatre

Saturday, September 20

12:30pm - THE CIRCLE (Der Kreis) - The Voice Shop

12:30pm - FUN IN GIRLS SHORTS - Tower Theatre

2:30pm - LETTER TO ANITA - The Voice Shop

2:30pm - FUN IN BOYS SHORTS - Tower Theatre

4:30pm - DISCOVERIES: YOUTH SHORTS PROGRAM - The Voice Shop

4:30pm - LILTING - Tower Theatre

7:30pm - APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR - Tower Theatre

7:30pm - CLUB KING - The Voice Shop

9:30pm - HAPPY END?! - The Voice Shop

9:30pm - BOYS (Jongens) - Tower Theatre

Sunday, September 21

1:00pm - 20 LIES, 4 PARENTS AND A LITTLE EGG - The Voice Shop

1:00pm - LIMITED PARTNERSHIP - Tower Theatre

2:30pm - REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG - The Voice Shop

3:00pm - 52 TUESDAYS - Tower Theatre

4:30pm - BORN TO FLY: ELIZABETH STREB VS. GRAVITY - The Voice Shop

5:00pm - Centerpiece Screening: BLACKBIRD - Tower Theatre

6:00pm - TRANSCENDENT: TRANS SHORTS - The Voice Shop

7:30pm - LIFE PARTNERS - Tower Theatre