Posts tagged ‘California’

January 4, 2012

Lessons for America: How Gay Marriage Became Legal in Canada

For those who mightn’t know the history – an excellent TV Ontario condensation of the road to marriage equality in Canada. Please note this is yet another reason to dislike Stephen Harper and to observe exactly how odious the Conservatives are.

January 4, 2012

Interview with the remarkable Toby Johnson PhD

The author who transformed 2011 for me. I am completely addicted to his writing which, in addition to being very readable, changes the way we view the world and our spirituality. He is being interviewed by filmmaker Nils Tanager.

Toby Johnson, PhD, Lambda Literary Award-winning author of some ten books, including Secret Matter, Gay Spirituality: Gay Identity and the Transformation of Human Consciousness and Gay Perspective: Things Our Homosexuality Tells Us About the Nature of God and the Universe, is past editor of White Crane Journal of gay wisdom and culture.

Former Roman Catholic monk and comparative religions scholar turned gay activist, psychotherapist, community organizer, bookseller, ‘zine editor and publisher, spiritual writer and novelist, Johnson was a student and friend of Joseph Campbell, the renowned mythologist best known for his life-affirming aphorism “Follow Your Bliss.”

You can find out more about Toby and purchase his books at

Get his books on Amazon here.

December 12, 2011

I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus

So my favorite family in the  world Depfox  has uploaded another video.  Seriously, this is an indictment of all the traditional ideas of family. Two amazing guys and their amazing kids proceeding with their lives. Except – Prop 8 says they are 2nd class citizens.

I think not.

October 18, 2011

The Right to Love: An American Family

A really interesting documentary featuring the Leffew Family  ( Depfox on you tube)  looking at the fight for marriage equality. It is scheduled for 2012.

From their description.

“The Right To Love: An American Family” chronicles one story of courage born out of the highly mediatized and controversial Prop 8 2008 election results in California. A private Californian married gay couple and their two adopted children fight back against discrimination, ignorance and hate through home videos posted on their YouTube channel, ‘Gay Family Values’.

March 18, 2011

The Bonnie Hansen (At Burton High School) Make It Better Project

Excellent and very touching video by the kids at Burton High School in San Francisco. Excellent production values too.

“The GSA at Burton High School in San Francisco created a “Make it Better” video that features students and staff sharing how they are going to make Burton a better place for all students. This video was shared at a school wide cultural assembly. The school responded positively and cheered on the GSAers as they came out as gay or an LGBTQ ally, while they pledged to stand up to bullies and to make it better.”

November 2, 2010

As  marriage equality continues before the courts in California regarding Proposition 8 in Perry vs Schwarzenegger both sides have been been presenting their cases. As part of the process, supporters of each side are allowed to provide amicus briefs (or amicus curiae) which is informed testimony presented with a view to helping the court decide the case.

Howard University School of Law Civil Rights Clinic has weighed in on the matter. As one of the oldest black universities in the US, the Howard School of Law is quick to make a connection between this struggle and the struggle that black Americans had to endure not too long ago.

VIA Box Turtle Bulletin

Marriage is a symbol of civil freedom, a marker of social equality, a badge of full citizenship, and a social resource of irreplaceable value. Yet this fundamental expression of human dignity has also been misused as a political sieve for separating individuals into a preferred class, to which society grants a broad complement of legal rights and privileges, and a lesser class, to which it accords less than a full measure of equality. Such was the case when slaves prior to Reconstruction and interracial couples in the days of segregation were denied full marriage equality. Today, while there is no longer any serious claim that marriage rights should be denied on the basis of race, opponents of marriage equality have attacked same-sex couples, using precisely the same flawed arguments that oncewere used to justify racial slavery and apartheid. We are now long past the time when anyone would seriously claim that race-based marriage equality threatens the moral fabric of our civilization, is contrary to nature, or is harmful to children.Therefore, the onus should be on opponents of marriage equality to demonstrate how arguments that time and experience have so thoroughly rejected in the context of race should now be dug up, dusted off, and given any consideration, much less credibility, in the context of marriage for same-sex couples.

Read the rest on Scribd here – and it makes for a pretty compelling read..