from my mother
just because someone desires you
not mean they value you.
desire is the kind of thing that
leaves you starving.
The Color of Low Self Esteem (Nayyirah Waheed)
New York may soon become the next state to ban harmful ex-gay “conversion” therapy for minors.
Yesterday, the New York State Assembly voted 86-28 to prohibit health care professionals from practices that attempt to change sexual orientation for anyone under age 18. Next the measure will go before the State Senate.
The vote was applauded by Sen. Brad Hoylman, a gay politician and a cosponsor of the bill.
“Being an LGBT young person isn’t an illness that needs to be cured,” he said. “Banning conversion therapy is a nonpartisan issue that should receive full consideration by my colleagues in the Senate.”
Get it, New York.
Rachel Maddow reports on an expected executive order from President Obama that would bar discrimination based on the sexual orientation or gender identity of Americans working for federal contractors.
Join us in celebrating the first anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. To gear up for the June 26 anniversary, msnbc will feature couples’ and individuals’ reflections on the impact the decision has had on their lives and the future of the LGBT rights fight in the United States.
In the last year, marriage equality has come to six states. Federal judges have also struck down same-sex marriage bans in Idaho, Oklahoma, Virginia, Michigan, Texas, and Utah, though their decisions are on hold pending appeals.
No ban on same-sex nuptials has survived in federal court since DOMA’s demise. And, as of Friday, every remaining ban has been hit with a legal challenge. Both marriage equality advocates, and opponents alike, believe it won’t be long before the issue is once again before the U.S. Supreme Court, and ultimately legalized throughout the nation.
To read more about each of the couples and individuals featured above, visit: speakout.msnbc.com
Caught On Camera. Over the weekend, U.S. Marine Corps captain Matthew Phelps proposed to his partner Ben Schock during a visit to the White House.
Tatjana Plitt is journeying across the country and photographing military families to demonstrate that the so-called Defense of Marriage Act hurts real couples and real families. This couple, for example, Ashley and Liliana, recently welcomed a baby boy into the world, Brice. However, even though Ashley is on her son’s birth certificate, DOMA prohibits her from receiving the “paternity” leave that any other military spouse would receive in the event of the birth of a child. Reblog this photo or click the heart to stand with Ashley and Liliana, and check out all SEVEN amazing portraits.
"Maria & Ashley have been together for three years and are planning to legally wed once Ashley returns from her deployment. The end of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) would mean the ability to start their family legally protected as other military families are. Regardless, their love is stronger than DOMA in every way."
That’s just adorable! How could anyone hate that?!