Via Press Release from Georgia Equality:
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT:
Columbus Georgia Family Justice Project Public Discussion
Join the Georgia Family Justice Project Community Discussion at 6:00pm on Wednesday, June 7th at the Columbus Public Library Auditorium, 3000 Macon Road, in Columbus. This communication discussion is aimed to raise public awareness of the need for broader, more inclusive definitions of ‘family’ in public and workplace policies.
Only 20% of today’s families identify as a “nuclear” family; mom, dad and two kids. Our families are multi-generational, blended, multi-lingual, have LGBTQ parents, and other non-traditional forms of family. However, the legal definition of ‘families’ found in public policy from adoption to hospital visitation, and workplace leave do not include many of us.
The Columbus discussions is the first of a series of statewide community dialogues to raise awareness through family stories and conversations for the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Additionally the “Typical Georgia Families” photography exhibit highlighting the diversity of Georgia’s families will be on display for this event.
So join us for the Georgia Family Justice Project Community Discussion at the Columbus Public Library Auditorium at 6:00pm on Wednesday, June 7th. Lite fare and refreshments will be provided.
To RSVP go to www.georgiaequality.org.
It is common for ambassadors to resign their posts upon a new president’s inauguration, but it’s still sad to see Wally Brewster leave office for new adventures. Big up to Ambassador Brewster!
Gay U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic James “Wally” Brewster on Wednesday announced he will resign once President-elect Trump takes office.
“At midday on Jan 20, 2017, I will submit my resignation as U.S. ambassador to the Dominican Republic and Bob and I will leave in search of new adventures,” said Brewster in a statement the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic posted to its Twitter page. “Our spirits will remain with you forever.”
Source: Gay U.S. ambassador to Dominican Republic to resign on Jan. 20
Madonna is an MVP for LGBT youth.
The queen of pop, and our hearts, has proven her worth once again as she spent Thanksgiving with homeless children living in an LGBT youth centre.
The Ali Forney Centre in New York City provides a home for LGBT youth and gives them the tools necessary to live independently.
In an adorable group selfie, Madonna explained that she opted to spend the holidays with the kids because “everyone deserves to be loved and everyone deserves a home.”
Source: Madonna spent Thanksgiving with kids at a LGBT homeless youth centre · PinkNews
Tragedy in Albany, NY. From NewNowNext:
Three people have been wounded, and one killed, after shots were fired early Thursday morning at the Rocks, a popular gay bar in Albany, New York.
Police were alerted to shots fired at about 2am and are reportedly still on the scene.
One man died as a result of his injuries, while three other victims, one male and two females, were taken to Albany Med with non-life threatening injuries.
Source: Three Wounded, One Killed, As Gunman Opens Fire In Albany Gay Bar | NewNowNext
A deplorable scandal in Texas, wronging four women.
Four lesbian women, who were wrongly accused of child abuse, have been exonerated this week after serving nearly two decades in prison.
Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassandra Rivera, Kristie Mayhugh and Anna Vasquez, later named the ‘San Antonio Four’, who were 19 and 20 at the time of their arrest in 1994, were accused of sexually abusing Elizabeth’s nieces’ and ‘satanic rituals’.
“These four women have unquestionably established that they are innocent of these charges,” Texan judge David Newell wrote. “Those defendants have won the right to proclaim to the citizens of Texas that they did not commit a crime. That they are innocent. That they deserve to be exonerated.”
This outcome will allow the four women, who are now in their 40s, to clear their names and take them off the sex offenders list. It will also allow them to seek up to $80,00 USD in compensation for each year they were imprisoned – 17 years ($1,360,000 USD) for Elizabeth and 13 ($1,040,000 USD) for Cassandra, Kristie and Anna.
Source: Four U.S. lesbians, wrongly accused of child abuse, have been exonerated · PinkNews
I mean, really? Who thought this was gonna happen?!
From The Hill:
“Elton will not be performing at Trump’s inauguration,” the rep told the New York Post. Anthony Scaramucci, a vice chair of the presidential inaugural committee, claimed Tuesday that John would play on the National Mall for the inauguration in January.
John endorsed Hillary Clinton over Trump during the 2016 race, however, and headlined fundraisers for the Democratic presidential nominee as recently as last month.
Source: Elton John not playing at Trump’s inauguration: rep | TheHill