With the celebrations of the last few days, it’s easy to forget that there is still a giant, treacherous mountain in front of us when it comes to equality for all.
While Friday’s ruling for same sex marriage is a giant win in a long and tiring fight for equal rights, there are still big fights to fight:
Whether I am legally married or not, the rainbow flag of LGBTQ equality will never shield my black body from a reckless police officer’s bullet. I cannot summon enough pride to prevent my black, gay body from being the target of white racial supremacy. I cannot selectively choose which fight I can show up for, because mere survival requires me to fight for racial, sexual, gender, economic and social justice at once.
I slightly disagree with the below – I think even with the passiveness of the ‘slacktavist’, clicking a button to change their profile showing their support and celebrating what is a major win for equality spreads awareness and acceptance – however, I think it’s important to point out that this can’t be seen as the end point of our fight, merely another tick on a long list of changes that must happen in our society.
LGBTQ celebration should not overshadow the tragedy of black death and inequity. Not while white LGBTQ people refuse to confront the anti-black racism within their liberal communities. Not while marriage equality work can amass more money than programming for trans women of color and LGBTQ youth. Not while undocumented LGBTQ people continue to be detained and abused by the state. Not while I must daily argue for the mattering of black lives.
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What a great, great, last few days this has been. Rather than include another announcement of the Supreme Court ruling on Friday making gay marriage a constitutional right – the rainbow waterfall that was my newsfeed over the weekend thanks in most part to facebook.com/celebratepride shows me majority of my social circle are pro-equality – instead I thought I’d share this beautiful article of landmarks around America rainbowing it up!
Wow this is great! So eloquently put. Evanna Lynch (the actress who plays Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films) wrote what is essentially an essay schooling homophobic followers and banishing them from her social profiles.
Some choice snippets below.
I don’t want your poison all over my carefully curated wall of light and positivity.
It is possible to not like the idea of homosexuality, to find it a wholly alien, uncomfortable concept and to not impose this view on the people it affects and above all to not shame people for the way they are.
I encourage you to read more here >
It’s been an exciting 24 hours in Australian politics with two movements for equality slowly starting to gain some traction for change:
- Joe Hockey (Federal Treasurer) has agreed to lobby the states and territories to make sanitary products exempt from GST thanks to an online petition with over 90,000 signatures (originally shared on this blog two and a half weeks ago at which time their were approximately 12,000 signatures). While this is a great first step in the right direction, historically similar past campaigns have not resulted in change. Let’s keep our fingers and toes crossed and keep sharing and encouraging sign ups to the petition here.
- Bill Shorten (Opposition Leader) has confirmed Labor will move a bill to legalise same-sex marriage next week after the Greens stated they would bring marriage equality up for debate in the Senate later this year.
Exciting times, it’s just about a decade late. Read more at ABC.net.au on the tampon tax and marriage equality.
As Ireland celebrates the legalisation of same sex marriage, our Prime Minister continues to stick his head in the sand with his ancient ideals and has dismissed the idea of Australia following suit.
Ireland is the 19th country in the world to legalise gay marriage and the 14th in Europe.
Australia is now the only developed, English-speaking country that doesn’t allow same-sex couples to marry.
– Australian Marriage Equality national convener Rodney Croome
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I love this! Vienna has installed same-sex couple pedestrian lights! Disappointingly they will only be up until June for a host of events including Eurovision, but these are so cute let’s hope we see them pop up somewhere again soon!
Read the full article here >
I love the good wife, and last week’s episode was absolutely on point.
This episode centers around a case of a , the legalities around where religious freedom ends and anti-discrimination laws begin.
The most impressive thing about the episode, however, is that Diane never preaches from a bully pulpit or turns the courtroom into a soapbox. Instead, and with just the slightest glint of gay rights-crusading twinkling in her eye, she works through a logical, irrefutable legal defense that uncovers the hypocrisy of commercial enterprises that cite religious accommodation as justification for what is so clearly bigotry and unlawful discrimination.
Read the full review of the episode *spoiler alert* here >