FDL Movie Night: FRED

By: Monday August 18, 2014 4:59 pm

FRED gives an inside look at a grassroots political campaign, one that upset the prevailing powers that be, while providing an engaging portrait of a man who by embracing and loving himself has has found away to integrate his political skills with his true self. It’s a sweet smart documentary that reveals so much about our country, the progress we’ve made, and the progress we’re still working on.

 

Dustin Lance Black Shamed by Alma Mater, Canceled as Graduation Speaker

By: Saturday April 19, 2014 7:53 am

Academy Award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black has been uninvited to speak at Pasadena City College’s 2014 graduation. Black attended Pasadena City College, part of California’s two year community college program, and received an Associate of the Arts degree from PCC.

Black discovered he was no longer the speaker from a newspaper report.

Mozilla CEO Steps Down Amid OkCupid Led Backlash to Anti-Gay Marriage Views

By: Friday April 4, 2014 5:01 pm

That this decision was inspired by a dating website standing up for the rights of their membership is a pretty powerful reminder of how far we’ve come.

Judicial Sarcasm Takes Down Michigan’s Anti-Marriage Equality Amendment

By: Saturday March 22, 2014 9:05 am

As I’ve watched the series of marriage equality cases move forward, I’m struck by how each ruling has its own flavor. Mark Cady in Iowa wrote movingly about the illogic of restricting marriage while proclaiming equal protection. Vaughn Walker in California was meticulous in getting facts into the record and weaving together the legal logic to take down Prop 8. Arenda Wright Allen in Virginia was powerful in her use of Loving v Virginia to lift up the role of the courts to forge justice “from fires of indignities and prejudices suffered”. Now comes Judge Bernard Friedman of the US Southern District of Michigan, who brought a sense of wit and sarcasm to bear on the target-rich environment of those opposed to marriage equality in the case of Deboer v Snyder.

It’s not just the ruling striking down Michigan’s Marriage Amendment [MMA] that makes me happy, but the withering way in which Friedman took on the arguments presented by the defendants. . .

Marriage Equality Moves Ahead, Thanks to Virginia Federal Judge Wright Allen

By: Saturday February 15, 2014 9:05 am

The push toward full marriage equality took another big step forward in Virginia on Thursday evening, just in time to make Valentine’s Day that much more happy for LGBTs and their allies. In a very readable, very well-written 41 page opinion, US District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen (Eastern District of Virginia) struck down Virginia’s prohibition on same sex couples getting married in Virginia and those who were married elsewhere having their marriages recognized within the state.

The whole thing is great, but the very best parts of her opinion were in the footnotes . . .

Remember, Remember the 5th of November: Anonymous Gets Things Done

By: Tuesday November 5, 2013 6:53 pm

When Anonymous erupted on the streets some five and half years ago to protest Scientology, their branding is what caught everyone’s eyes: The majority of protestors wore the Guy Fawkes mask from the movie V for Vendetta, in part because of the movie’s message and in part from EFG, Epic Fail Guy, a meme on 4Chan, the board where members can post images anonymously.

Dear Prop 8 Supporters, You Lost. Stop Now or Continue to Make Fools of Yourselves

By: Tuesday August 6, 2013 6:16 pm

Those who support Prop 8, the law that once, but no longer, outlawed marriage equality in California, can’t seem to get the idea in their heads that they lost.

Raven-Symonè Comes Out via Twitter, No Plans to Marry

By: Saturday August 3, 2013 7:53 am

Teen star Raven-Symonè, who starred as Bill Cosby’s youngest child, Olivia Huxtable on The Cosby Show, and later on Disney’s That’s So Raven, came out today on Twitter.

Ender’s Game: Comic-Con Panel, Filmmakers Discuss LGBT Issue: Basically “Please Don’t Boycott”

By: Friday July 19, 2013 5:50 am

This guy is a homo-hatin’ seditionist. That’s a good reason not to give him money at the box office!

NOM Says That Same-Sex Weddings Aren’t Happening in California

By: Thursday July 11, 2013 4:06 pm

Perhaps NOM did attempt to “order” the clerks to ignore the court order that allowed same-sex marriages to resume in California, but that hasn’t stopped clerks from issuing marriage licenses to hundreds of loving, committed same-sex couples since the Supreme Court’s ruling in late June.

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