Social Security Opens to Survivors of Same-Sex Couples Who Could Not Marry

Challenging a policy that limited survivor’s benefits to married couples, even though some couples were legally barred from marriage, took years.

#elderly, #finances, #helen-thornton, #lambda-legal-defense-and-education-fund, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #social-security-us, #social-security-administration, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

My Gay Retort to All the Grimness

Not everything in our country and our world has deteriorated.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #discrimination, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #internal-sub-only-nl, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

Pastor Who Appeared in Drag on HBO’s ‘We’re Here’ Leaves Church

A United Methodist Church pastor in Indiana stepped down after performing in drag and speaking about inclusion on the show “We’re Here.”

#evansville-ind, #gofundme, #home-box-office, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #indiana, #methodist-church, #ministers-protestant, #pierce-dj-shangela, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #tidicue-caldwell, #united-methodist-church, #united-states, #were-here-tv-program

Chile Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage at Fraught Political Moment

The legalization of same-sex marriage in Chile comes as the conservative country grapples with sweeping demands for social change.

#bachelet-michelle, #chile, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #inter-american-commission-on-human-rights, #latin-america, #pinera-sebastian, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships

At Long Last, Onscreen Portrayals of Lesbian Relationships Are Getting Complex

The shift comes after decades of stories that minimized romantic love between women as fruitless, or as some kind of phase.

#buffy-the-vampire-slayer-tv-program, #holiday-issue-2021, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #master-of-none-tv-program, #movies, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #television, #the-l-word-generation-q-tv-program, #waithe-lena

Gay Choir Director and Music Teacher Fired Over Catholic ‘Minister’ Role

Matthew LaBanca is bringing attention to a legal loophole that allows religious institutions to exclude people in same-sex civil marriages from jobs by deeming them ministers.

#catholic-school, #discrimination, #freedom-of-religion, #gay-teacher, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #new-york-city, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #queens-nyc, #roman-catholic-church, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships

Swiss Voters Approve Law Allowing Same-Sex Marriages

The legislation, endorsed in a referendum, will also allow same-sex couples to use sperm banks and to adopt children for the first time.

#adoptions, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #politics-and-government, #referendums, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #switzerland, #western-europe

A Journey Through Merkel’s Germany: Affluent, Anxious and Almost Normal

As Germany heads into an election that will see Angela Merkel step down after 16 years as chancellor, she leaves behind a country profoundly changed — and anxious about changing more.

#alternative-for-germany, #daimler-ag, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #elections, #germany, #immigration-and-emigration, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #merkel-angela, #neo-nazi-groups, #politics-and-government, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships

Seimone Augustus Found Her Voice Long Before Coaching

Augustus, laden with championship rings and now an assistant with the Los Angeles Sparks, first realized her true strength fighting for L.G.B.T.Q. rights.

#augustus-seimone, #basketball, #black-people, #coaches-and-managers, #content-type-personal-profile, #discrimination, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #los-angeles-sparks, #louisiana-state-university, #minnesota-lynx, #racial-profiling, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #womens-national-basketball-assn

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis Marries His Longtime Partner

Mr. Polis is the first sitting governor to have a same-sex wedding.

#colorado, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #polis-jared-s-1975, #politics-and-government, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #weddings-and-engagements

George W. Bush 2021, Meet George W. Bush 2001

The former president was an active participant in the politics he now bemoans. 

#ackerman-spencer, #bush-george-w, #presidential-election-of-2004, #republican-party, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #september-11-2001, #shanksville-pa, #united-states-politics-and-government

Why My Daughter Got (Temporarily) Married at 13

Having been shamed about my sexuality when I was young, I was determined, as a mother, to celebrate my child’s romantic wishes.

#dating-and-relationships, #love-emotion, #muslims-and-islam, #parenting, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships

How Same-Sex Parents Share the Mental Load

For many couples, it’s less about a perfectly equal division of tasks, and more about communication and respect.

#homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #parenting, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships

Pope Sends More Mixed Messages on L.G.B.T.Q. Rights

An encouraging note from Pope Francis capped an especially disorienting week on the Vatican’s stance toward gay rights.

#discrimination, #francis, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #italy, #martin-james-a, #politics-and-government, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships

Pride in N.Y.C.: How to Celebrate This Weekend

The annual Pride March in Manhattan will be held virtually without a large in-person component. But many other events are planned.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #new-york-city, #parades, #reclaim-pride-coalition, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #social-works-exhibit

Modern Love Podcast: The Right to Fail at Marriage

The queer comedian Cameron Esposito on how the equality of love can also lead to the equality of heartbreak.

#brandeis-gayle, #dating-and-relationships, #esposito-cameron, #love-emotion, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships

Madeline Davis, Who Spoke to the Nation as a Lesbian, Dies at 80

She was the first openly gay woman to speak to a major party’s national convention, asking Democrats in 1972 to include an anti-discrimination plank in their platform.

#davis-madeline-d, #deaths-obituaries, #democratic-national-convention, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #united-states-politics-and-government

Queer Y.A. Literature’s Healing Power

New Y.A. literature, television and film let me imagine a better future. 

#books-and-literature, #love-emotion, #marriages, #movies, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #transgender-and-transsexuals

A More Perfect Union

Sasha Issenberg talks about “The Engagement,” and J. Hoberman discusses the story of Hollywood as told through 10 books.

#books-and-literature, #hoberman-j, #issenberg-sasha, #movies, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #the-engagement-americas-quarter-century-struggle-over-same-sex-marriage-book

Israeli Ultra-Orthodox Excluded From Coalition, Face Loss of Power

A new coalition that aims to remove Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from office could also usher in a more liberal civil rights agenda.

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #orthodox-judaism, #politics-and-government, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships

Cancel Culture Works. We Wouldn’t Have Marriage Equality Without It.

Naming and shaming were key parts of the campaign to make gay marriage legal.

#american-family-assn, #boycotts, #brown-brian-s, #california, #californians-against-hate, #campaign-finance, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #national-organization-for-marriage, #referendums, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships

As Life Slowed Down, They Got Creative

The actor and comedian Niecy Nash and her wife, Jessica Betts, a musician, reveal how crab legs, skinny dipping and therapy improved their life as newlyweds.

#marriages, #nash-niecy, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #ventura-county-calif

Biden Recognizes Pride Month, Vowing to Fight for LGBTQ Rights

The official recognition is a turnabout from the policies of President Donald J. Trump, who refused to acknowledge the celebration.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #buttigieg-pete-1982, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #defense-of-marriage-act-1996, #democratic-party, #desantis-ron, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #harris-kamala-d, #health-and-human-services-department, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

On Pride and the Song of the Cicadas

The cycles of queer progress.

#bush-george-w, #cicadas-insects, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #republican-party, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #transgender-and-transsexuals

How the Religious Right Made Same-Sex Marriage a Gay Rights Crusade

A detailed history of the fight for same-sex marriage, Sasha Issenberg’s “The Engagement” casts fresh light on the role of conservative churches in compelling gay rights activists to embrace the issue as a cause.

#books-and-literature, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #issenberg-sasha, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #the-engagement-americas-quarter-century-struggle-over-same-sex-marriage-book

Kay Tobin Lahusen, Gay Rights Activist and Photographer, Dies at 91

She and her partner, Barbara Gittings, were on the front lines long before Stonewall, and Ms. Lahusen photographed protests during the movement’s earliest days.

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #daughters-of-bilitis, #deaths-obituaries, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #gittings-barbara-1932-2007, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #kameny-franklin-e, #lahusen-kay-tobin-1930-2021, #photography, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships

State Dept. Ends Citizenship Policy in Win for Same-Sex Families

The previous policy, which predated the Trump administration, required a child born abroad to have a biological connection to the American parent.

#americans-abroad, #artificial-insemination, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #discrimination, #immigration-and-emigration, #reproduction-biological, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #state-department, #united-states

The Glennon Doyle-Abby Wambach Story Now Includes a Podcast

Inside the relatably argumentative, highly downloadable marriage of retired soccer star Abby Wambach and best-selling author Glennon Doyle.

#content-type-personal-profile, #doyle-glennon-1976, #podcasts, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #soccer, #untamed-book, #wambach-abby

Pope Francis Faces Another German Reformation

The liberal wing of Roman Catholicism tests how far a liberalizing pope will let them go.

#congregation-for-the-doctrine-of-the-faith, #francis, #germany, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships

San Francisco Makes Home of Lesbian Couple a Landmark

The home of Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin, the first same-sex couple to legally marry in California, was an integral meeting spot for activists.

#historic-buildings-and-sites, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #lyon-phyllis-1924-2020, #martin-del, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #san-francisco-calif, #women-and-girls

This Mother Strives to Change the World, One Hug at a Time

Sara Cunningham, the founder of Free Mom Hugs and a supporter of L.G.B.T.Q. people, doesn’t want anyone to be without the love of a parent on their wedding day.

#content-type-personal-profile, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #hugging, #nonprofit-organizations, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #weddings-and-engagements

In Poland, an L.G.B.T.Q. Migration As Homophobia Deepens

An escalation in verbal attacks by the Polish government, with the support of the Roman Catholic Church, as well as the threat of physical violence on the streets of many cities, has triggered an exodus of gay people.

#hate-crimes, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #kaczynski-jaroslaw, #poland, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #spain, #transgender-and-transsexuals

A Wave of Anti-Transgender Legislation

Across the U.S., dozens of bills have been proposed that aim to restrict the lives of transgender youth. What’s in those bills? And why are they being introduced?

#same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #state-legislatures, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #transgender-and-transsexuals

On Trans Rights, Republicans Could Learn From My Grandmother

The Equality Act would provide consistent safeguards for L.G.B.T.Q. people, without taking anything away from anyone else.

#homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #womens-rights

Japan Court Backs Same-Sex Marriage. Laws Still Block It.

A court found that it was unconstitutional for the country not to recognize the unions. But change would come only if Parliament passes legislation.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #japan, #law-and-legislation, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #politics-and-government, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Vatican Says Priests Can’t Bless Same-Sex Unions

In a ruling made public on Monday, the Vatican said the Roman Catholic Church should be welcoming toward gay people, but not their unions.

#francis, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #roman-catholic-church, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #vatican-city

More Adult Americans Are Identifying as L.G.B.T., Gallup Poll Finds

A survey found that 5.6 percent of adults described themselves as L.G.B.T. in 2020, up from 4.5 percent in 2017.

#discrimination, #gallup-poll, #gay-and-lesbian-alliance-against-defamation, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #polls-and-public-opinion, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #trevor-project

Enduring Miles and Months Apart to Keep the Love Alive

Long-distance — especially international long-distance — relationships have always been difficult. The pandemic has made spending Valentine’s Day together even more elusive.

#dating-and-relationships, #immigration-and-emigration, #love-emotion, #online-dating, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #travel-warnings, #valentines-day, #visas, #weddings-and-engagements

Margaret Court to Get a Top Australian Honor, Drawing Outrage

Margaret Court, an Australian record breaker known for her homophobic comments, is set to receive one of the nation’s highest public service awards.

#australia, #awards-decorations-and-honors, #court-margaret, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #tennis

The Stories of Those Who Lost Decades in the Closet

A new photography exhibit invites viewers to contemplate the emotional toll of discrimination.

#discrimination, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #photography, #sage-advocacy-and-services-for-lgbt-elders, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #women-and-girls

Kim Chernin, Who Wrote About Women, Weight and Identity, Dies at 80

In a memoir, she also recounted her upbringing as the daughter of Rose Chernin, a Communist organizer convicted of trying to overthrow the government.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #eating-disorders, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #women-and-girls, #writing-and-writers

At the U.S. Women’s Open, a Love Story

They met playing against each other in rec league hockey. Now Alena Sharp and her caddie, Sarah Bowman, are honeymooning on the golf course.

#arizona, #barrett-amy-coney, #bowman-sarah-caddy, #content-type-personal-profile, #golf, #ladies-professional-golf-assn, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #sharp-alena-1981, #united-states-womens-open-golf

Deb Price, a First as a Columnist on Gay Life, Dies at 62

If she wrote for mainstream Americans about same-sex couples in everyday situations, she thought, society would have a harder time denying them equal rights.

#deaths-obituaries, #gannett-company-inc, #gay-life, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #journalism, #newspapers, #price-deb, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships

Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s Choice

Will she join the Supreme Court’s grievance conservatives?

#barrett-amy-coney, #constitution-us, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-religion, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #gorsuch-neil-m, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #new-york-state, #roberts-john-g-jr, #roman-catholic-church, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #sotomayor-sonia, #supreme-court-us, #thomas-clarence, #trump-donald-j

Leftists and Moderates, Stop Fighting. You Need One Another.

In the Democratic civil war, both sides are partly right.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #green-new-deal, #kerry-john, #presidential-election-of-2004, #presidential-election-of-2020, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #voting-and-voters

The Supreme Court Is Now 6-3. What Does That Mean?

Will we see a cohesive conservative alliance? Or a disparate group of conservative justices?

#alito-samuel-a-jr, #constitution-us, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #republican-party, #roberts-john-g-jr, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #senate, #supreme-court-us, #thomas-clarence, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Pope Backed Gay Civil Unions but Didn’t Change Doctrine, Vatican Says

The Vatican said the pope’s statements in favor of civil unions for gay couples did not change church doctrine.

#benedict-xvi, #francis, #grupo-televisa-sab, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #roman-catholic-church, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #vatican-city

China’s Stance on Homosexuality Has Changed. Its Textbooks Haven’t.

A lawsuit brought by a student is part of an effort to get schools, editors and publishers to recognize that being gay is not a mental disorder.

#china, #colleges-and-universities, #discrimination, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships