It’s Pride month, which means corporations will be rolling out their LGBT-friendly ad and social-media campaigns. Marriott hotels has launched #LoveTravels, a portrait series “that shows the world how love travels the moment you walk through our doors.”
Subjects photographed by Braden Summers for the campaign include NBA player Jason Collins and transgender model Geena Rocero.
“At Marriott®, there is no room for inequality,” reads a state,emt pm the hotel chain’s LGBT micro-site. “We believe that every guest, whoever they are, wherever they go, should feel comfortable and welcome the moment they walk through our doors.”
The Hotel came under fire after its owner, the Sultan of Brunei, declared homosexuals should be stoned to death. While Ellen DeGeneres, Kim Kardashian and other stars are forgoing the luxe accommodation, McGowan thinks a boycott only hurts the staff.
“Rose and I came up with the idea for this whole thing together,” McGowan’s friend Amanda Goodwin told The Huffington Post. “I’m gay. I’m married to a woman. I hate what the sultan is doing to people in Brunei. But I don’t think that responding to what he’s doing with more hate is the answer. I really feel that way. I think it’s great that we’re here, being gay, sitting on his sofa. I really want to gay this place up.”
McGowan explained that she wanted to bring together “a group of men and women—and hopefully some adulteresses—that would be stoned in Brunei but that will be welcome at the BH.”
A wedding invitation company in England has refused to print invites for a same-sex wedding because the owner is a Jehovah’s Witness.
Gary O’Reilly and his fiancé have been together a decade, and were eager to tie the knot after same-sex marriage became legal in England and Wales this year.
But Jill Wilson, who runs Just For You Invitations, said she would not offer her services to the couple, because of her religious beliefs.
“So sorry to let you both down but I am a Jehovah’s Witness and therefore can’t make you invitations,” Wilson wrote in an email. Well, at least she’s polite in her bigotry.
O’Reilly is baffled by Wilson’s refusal: “We would understand if her company was solely aimed at her religious group – but it’s not,” he told Pink News. “She does not refuse anyone due to their religion yet she is quite happy to refuse us because of our sexuality.”
Legal expert Richard Cohen says Wilson could be in violation of the UK’s Equality Act, “which makes it clear that business cannot discriminate on the grounds of the sexual orientation of their customers or potential clients.”
Hypocrites are also fighting against equality in Florida, where Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi has declared that recognizing same-sex marriages from outside the state would “impose significant public harm”—even though she’s twice-divorced and currently living out of wedlock with her boyfriend.
“Florida’s marriage laws, then, have a close, direct, and rational relationship to society’s legitimate interest in increasing the likelihood that children will be born to and raised by the mothers and fathers who produced them in stable and enduring family units,” Bondi’s office said in court documents.
Bondi also maintained that recognizing same-sex marriages would create significant financial and logistical problems for the state’s pension and health insurance programs.
Meghan McCain, the progressive Republican daughter of former GOP presidential candidate John McCain, has been appointed to the board of GLAAD.
As the daughter of U.S. Senator John McCain, Meghan McCain was propelled into the national spotlight at an early age, involved in everything from community events to national conventions.
A powerful role model for young women and Republicans alike, she passionately discusses women’s issues, social issues, and marriage equality, among other LGBT issues.
In 2013, McCain launched her genre-busting docu-talk series ‘Raising McCain’ on Pivot, Participant Media’s new television network aimed at the Millennial generation. Most recently, Meghan has signed on to co-host the late night news program ’TakePart Live’ on Pivot—a nightly live show that decodes the news stories of the day with irreverence and insight, and points viewers to related actions.
Thanksgiving dinner is gonna be awkward.
A majority of Americans support the right of same-sex couples to adopt children, according to a new Gallup poll. Some 63% said same-sex parents should legally be able to adopt children—significantly higher than the 55% who support marriage equality.
So they’re okay with us having kids, just not getting married? So much for family values.
But not everyone in the world wants gays to adopt: A couple whose children were taken away when social workers learned they were being beaten and left unkempt, is outraged the youngsters have been placed with a gay couple.
According to PinkNews, the birth parents, “proud” Catholic Slovaks who settled in England, filed suit to have the children, ages 2 and 4, removed from the adoptive parents.
“Slovakia still does not recognize same-sex couples and so their Slovak roots and values will not be maintained,” they maintained. “If, as expected, our children will try to find us… they will discover huge differences between our culture and the way they’ve been brought up. This is likely to cause them great upset.”
Oh yes, so much upset—unlike regular beatings and sitting in your own filth.
Thankfully Family Court Judge James Munby wasn’t having it: “There is nothing in all the material I have seen to suggest that the children’s placement with the prospective adopters was inappropriate or wrong, let alone irrational or unlawful,” he wrote in his decision. “The [birth] parents… have made their life in this country and cannot impose their own views either on the local authority or on the court.”