Out Music: ‘Love Will Not Rest’ In Support Of Black Lives Matter LA

The new music video in support of Black Lives Matter LA by

The new music video in support of Black Lives Matter LA by

“Love Will Not Rest” is a song created to support the movement for black lives and collective liberation.

100% of the proceeds will go to Black Lives Matter – Los Angeles.

From the creators of the project: “If it’s within your means, let’s redistribute our wealth into imperative movement work and lean into radical change to create a future where all people are provided for regardless of race, ability, gender, sexual orientation, age and class.”

Sung by TaRhea Ray, Kaiice, Liz Chanel, and Royvine
Producer: Austin Danson
Mix/Master: Brady Waibel
Vocal Engineer: Sam Garfield
Songwriter/Video Editor: Royvine
Lyric Video: Kathy Inoue
Single Artwork: Christopher Versackas

Alabama: 13 Counties Are Still Refusing To Issue Same-Sex Couples Marriage Licenses

Southern Equality reports that 13 counties in Alabama are still refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Come on, kids. What’s it gonna take to get you to do your duty as an elected official? You can’t  pick and choose what parts of your job you will or will not do.

Across the 13 impacted counties, projected annual lost revenue totals $132,106.50 due to probate judges closing county offices.

A total of 330,236 people live in the 13 Alabama counties that are not issuing marriage licenses to any couples. Additionally, an estimated 313 same-sex couples live in the impacted counties, with an estimated 18% of them raising children.

More at the Campaign for Southern Equality.

Arkansas: Judge Orders The State To Recognize Same-Sex Marriages Performed Last Year

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen issued a ruling today instructing Arkansas state officials to recognize same-sex marriages that were performed in-state last year during a window of time that marriage licenses were issued to same-sex couples.

The result of the order means those 500+ couples will have access to many benefits such as filing taxes jointly and enrolling in state health insurance plans.

From ABC News:

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza struck down as unconstitutional a 2004 voter-approved same-sex marriage ban and an earlier state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Justices suspended his decision a week later, halting the marriages.

The attorney general’s office argued before Griffen Monday that the marriages weren’t valid because Piazza’s initial ruling didn’t specifically strike down a state law barring clerks from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Piazza struck down that law in a subsequent ruling six days later.

Griffen rejected that argument, saying it was clear that Piazza meant to strike down any prohibition on same-sex marriage.

“Put simply, Judge Piazza’s intent in his May 9 order was to stop the state of Arkansas from prohibiting same-sex couples from being married,” he wrote.

HRC Arkansas State Director Kendra R. Johnson issued this statement:

“Virtually every day, we continue to see tremendous signs of progress toward realizing the dream of marriage equality for gay and lesbian Arkansans.

“While we await a final decision by the United States Supreme Court to resolve the issue of marriage equality nationwide once and for all, Judge Griffen’s ruling demonstrates yet again the unmistakable momentum of LGBT equality in the Natural State.”

New Read: “It’s Not Over” By Michelangelo Signorile

LGBT activist and author Michelangelo Signorile has written a powerful new book, It’s Not Over.

A long-time personal hero of mine, Signorile chronicles the gay rights movement in regard to not only where we’ve been, but where we go from here. The book serves cautionary notice that the fight is far from over, noting in Chapter One – “Victory Blindness,” that folks can suffer from what he calls “Victory Blindness.”

Speaking to the Huffington Post, Signorile shares this:

“Victory blindness is something we all succumb to at times. It’s a term I use to describe the phenomenon in which we focus on the wins, so starved for validation, that we allow them to blind us to the continued bigotry we face. We become enthralled, intoxicated — spellbound by even a little bit.

“The effect is that it obscures our reality — literally our vision — and it makes us lose our gumption, not wanting to rock the boat, fearful that we’ll lose what we’ve gained and not get what little bit we think we need, when in fact we need a lot and we should be strong and confident knowing our allies will stay with us.

“In that chapter I use a vivid example, in a section titled “A Story of Victory Blindness,” in which too many activists, claiming that we’d gotten a lot and had a banner couple of years, asked us to accept a situation that validated bigotry and urged us to be “magnanimous,” fearful that the right would portray us as going too far — but in fact this only allowed the backlash to grow because we seemed disjointed and that made us seem weak. We were and are still hated and despised by many — despite having so many allies now — and we have no rights in most states nor federal protections.

“So this is victory blindness, and it can have the terrible effect of actually allowing the backlash to grow because it telegraphs that we will back down.

Other chapters include “We Don’t Serve Fags Here,” “Hiding In Plain Sight,” “Not Up For Debate” and an epilogue “Charting A Path Forward.”

The entire book is required reading in my opinion. Eye-opening, compelling, and powerful, Signorile is exhilarating in his honesty, and illuminating with his insight.

A definite “must-read.” Period.

Available online and in major book stores today.

Matt Baume: St. Patrick’s Day Parades March Toward Equality

LGBT folks have fought for decades for the right to march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Boston. And this year – they did!

(Well, two LGBT groups got to…)

Some people wonder why it’s important that gays get to take part in the annual Irish parade. And there is a reason. A very good one.

Matt Baume explains in this quick, easy and rather Irish video. It’s actually more than you think.

Birmingham News: “It Is Time For Gay Men And Women In America To Stand Equal”

Bravo to the editorial board of the Birmingham News.

I encourage you to read the entire editorial, but for now, just the big finish:

We believe the Supreme Court will rightly hold that the unalienable rights of Americans include the right to marry, for all. Since the legal framework of marriage is provided by our governments, it must provide for equality.

Some argue that when the Declaration and Constitution were written, the framers did not conceive that their notion of rights extended to gay men and women, and marriage. No doubt true. For many at that time, such thinking did not even extend to equality for America’s black citizens.

But when America moved to right that wrong, Alabama stayed on the wrong side of history for too long (and our own 1901 state constitution purported to forbid interracial marriage until 2000, long after that had been rendered unenforceable by the Supreme Court.)

Alabama should consider whether it wishes to be in that place again. Times change, and the notion that laws should be interpreted within the nature of those times is also part of America’s Constitution. The first words of the Declaration of Independence are: “When in the course of human events…”

In the course of human events, it is time for gay men and women in America to stand equal. Laws that impede this are not in line with our Constitution, and must fall.

I hadn’t seen that point made about the Declaration of Independence in regard to marriage equality.

“When in the course of human events…”

Yeah. That works for me.


International Olympic Committee Adds Sexual Orientation To Principle 6

From Buzzfeed: On Monday, the International Olympic Committee voted unanimously to add sexual orientation to the list of traits for which an athlete can not be discriminated against.

Recommendation 14 was to add sexual orientation to the 6th Fundamental Principle of Olympism, which currently reads:

“Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement.”

The issue of LGB discrimination in the Olympics has been a hotly debated subject since the 2014 Sochi Olympics due to Russia’s many discriminatory laws.