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Apple Shares Pride Video Featuring Its Employees at San Francisco Pride

From the video’s description:

"On June 29, thousands of Apple employees and their families marched in the San Francisco Pride Parade. They came from around the world — from cities as far as Munich, Paris, and Hong Kong — to celebrate Apple’s unwavering commitment to equality and diversity. Because we believe that inclusion inspires innovation."

(h/t to Graham for sharing)

Posted by Dan Leveille at 12:50am
OkCupid Asks Firefox Users To Switch Browsers Over Mozilla CEO’s Opposition For Gay Rights
As of today, when you visit dating site OkCupid in a Mozilla Firefox browser, your experience will be interrupted with a notice about how Mozilla’s new CEO is an opponent for gay rights.

"Mozilla’s new CEO, Brendan Eich, is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples. We would therefore prefer that our users not use Mozilla software to access OkCupid.
Politics is normally not the business of a website, and we all know there’s a lot more wrong with the world than misguided CEOs. So you might wonder why we’re asserting ourselves today. This is why: we’ve devoted the last ten years to bringing people—all people—together. If individuals like Mr. Eich had their way, then roughly 8% of the relationships we’ve worked so hard to bring about would be illegal. Equality for gay relationships is personally important to many of us here at OkCupid. But it’s professionally important to the entire company. OkCupid is for creating love. Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame, and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure. “

The issue they reference was when Eich supported California's Proposition 8 back in 2008. The donation became public a few years ago and caused an initial uproar, which was then reignited when Mozilla appointed Eich their new CEO
What are your thoughts? Happy to see OkCupid take a stand? Or is OkCupid going too far?
Equaldex is a collaborative LGBT knowledge base visualizing LGBT rights by country.

OkCupid Asks Firefox Users To Switch Browsers Over Mozilla CEO’s Opposition For Gay Rights

As of today, when you visit dating site OkCupid in a Mozilla Firefox browser, your experience will be interrupted with a notice about how Mozilla’s new CEO is an opponent for gay rights.

"Mozilla’s new CEO, Brendan Eich, is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples. We would therefore prefer that our users not use Mozilla software to access OkCupid.

Politics is normally not the business of a website, and we all know there’s a lot more wrong with the world than misguided CEOs. So you might wonder why we’re asserting ourselves today. This is why: we’ve devoted the last ten years to bringing people—all people—together. If individuals like Mr. Eich had their way, then roughly 8% of the relationships we’ve worked so hard to bring about would be illegal. Equality for gay relationships is personally important to many of us here at OkCupid. But it’s professionally important to the entire company. OkCupid is for creating love. Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame, and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure. “

The issue they reference was when Eich supported California's Proposition 8 back in 2008. The donation became public a few years ago and caused an initial uproar, which was then reignited when Mozilla appointed Eich their new CEO

What are your thoughts? Happy to see OkCupid take a stand? Or is OkCupid going too far?

Equaldex is a collaborative LGBT knowledge base visualizing LGBT rights by country.

Posted by Dan Leveille at 8:14pm
Posted by Dan Leveille at 12:00am

Eight States Have Laws Banning Promotion of LGBTQ Topics, Similar to Russia’s Ban on Gay Propaganda

GLSEN published three interactive maps showing discrimination laws in the United States, which the Washington Post compares to Russia’s anti homosexual propaganda policies in some regard.

Eight states limit speech about homosexuality in ways similar to, though not as far-reaching as, the Russian ban that has received international criticism ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The Trevor Project explains that these laws “ban educators from talking about LGBTQ people, issues or history” and points out that they may prevent LGBTQ people from being in a safe environment.

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Posted by Dan Leveille at 2:28pm

Watch: The Most Adorable Choreographed Marriage Proposal At Home Depot

Watch as Stephen creates a choreographed dance performance at Home Depot to propose to his boyfriend, Dustin.

Dustin arrived at the Home Depot in Salt Lake City thinking he was there to help his roommate pick out some lighting for a party. When he was taken to the lumber aisle, what he found waiting for him was a mob of friends and family as his marriage proposal unfolded to the song, “Somebody Loves You” by Betty Who.

More: LGBT Rights in Utah, United States

Posted by Dan Leveille at 5:34pm
In 29 States You Can Be Fired For Being Gay [Infographic]
Barack Obama tweeted his support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act on Monday morning. “It’s time to put aside politics and extend basic workplace protections for LGBT Americans” the site’s campaign said.
Obama tweeted the infographic:

In 29 states, no state law protects you from being fired for being gay. Let’s fix that: http://OFA.BO/SfVv1Z #ENDA 

View the campaign’s site
View more LGBT infographics

In 29 States You Can Be Fired For Being Gay [Infographic]

Barack Obama tweeted his support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act on Monday morning. “It’s time to put aside politics and extend basic workplace protections for LGBT Americans” the site’s campaign said.

Obama tweeted the infographic:

In 29 states, no state law protects you from being fired for being gay. Let’s fix that:  

View the campaign’s site

View more LGBT infographics

Posted by Dan Leveille at 7:33pm

WATCH: Child Yells at People Outside Church That Vowed to Support Gay Marriage

A church in North Carolina vowed to stop performing marriages until its pastors are allowed to officiate weddings for gay couples. A young boy stood outside the church yelling remarks to the churchgoers and their support of same-sex marriage.

The Church posted the following statement:

"On the matter of same-sex marriage, Green Street UMC sees injustice in the legal position of state government and the theological position of our denomination.  North Carolina prohibits same-sex marriage and all the rights and privileges marriage brings.  The Leadership Council has asked that their ministers join others who refuse to sign any State marriage licenses until this right is granted to same- sex couples."

(via Reddit)

Posted by Dan Leveille at 3:36am
Gay Couples Kiss in Front of Westboro Baptist Church Protesters

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 27: Two same sex couples kiss in front of Westboro Baptist Church protesters, at the U.S. Supreme Court, on March 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. Today the high court is scheduled to hear arguments on whether Congress can withhold federal benefits from legally wed gay couples by defining marriage as only between a man and a woman.

(Mark Wilson / Getty via Huffington Post)

Gay Couples Kiss in Front of Westboro Baptist Church Protesters

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 27: Two same sex couples kiss in front of Westboro Baptist Church protesters, at the U.S. Supreme Court, on March 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. Today the high court is scheduled to hear arguments on whether Congress can withhold federal benefits from legally wed gay couples by defining marriage as only between a man and a woman.

(Mark Wilson / Getty via Huffington Post)

Posted by Dan Leveille at 6:40pm

Nonprofit Buys House Across From Westboro Baptist Church, Paints It Rainbow Colored

Aaron Jackson, one of the founders of charity Planting Peace, decided to purchase a house across from the homophobic Westboro Baptist Church and then paint it the colors of the gay pride flag.

According to The Huffington Post, the organization purchased the Topeka, Kansas house for roughly $83,000. Planting Peace calls it “Equality House” and is the beginning of a campaign against the hate group.

"I didn’t know anything about the church or where they were located, but that story kept popping up. And one night I wondered, Where is this church? I got on Google Earth, and I was ‘walking down the road,’ and I did a 360 view. And I saw a ‘For Sale’ sign sitting in the front yard of a house. Right away it hit me, Oh my gosh, I could buy a house in front of the WBC! And immediately I thought: And I’m going to paint that thing the color of the pride flag."

Read the full article at The Huffington Post.

(Photos: Carol Hartsell / Huffington Post)

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Posted by Dan Leveille at 4:49pm

Alabama Teacher Caught Ranting About ‘Queers’ and 'Fat Butt Michelle Obama'

From Mashable:

When Alabama high-school teacher and football coach Bob Grisham went on a rant against “fat butt Michelle Obama” and “queers” in a classroom, little did he know that an unidentified student was recording audio of his remarks.

More: LGBT Rights in Alabama, United States

Posted by Dan Leveille at 5:12pm