E. Winter Tashlin

Spirit Day Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed By E. Winter Tashlin | October 19, 2012 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: Alan Turing, Arizona Daily Wildcat, latino support for gay marriage, Madonna, Maude, NOM, Spirit Day

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It's Spirit Day today, and hopefully you've got on some purple to support LGBT youth. GLAAD has a massive list of celebrities and entertainment figures who'll be participating this year, and there's been hopeful talk of President Obama and/or Mitt Romney joining in, although personally, I'd be beyond surprised if that actually came to pass.

The hope and vision of Spirit Day is that through a large and public showing of solidarity, not just by media figures or politicians, but by everyday people of all ages, genders, and sexual orientations, victims of bullying will feel less alone, less vulnerable, and less hopeless.

Likewise, it'd be nice if today's display could have an impact on the perpetrators of bullying and bias crimes as well. Perhaps by showing that there's a whole world of people out there showing their support, and working to make things better for LGBT youth, potential bullies will find them a less tempting target.

On that thought, here's what you need to know today:

  • The percentage of the Latino population supporting same-sex marriage has grown to more than %50.
  • For shame! One day after unanimously voting on protections for trans* students, the East Aurora, IL school district rescinded the policy under pressure from opponents of LGBT equality.
  • A Belfast judge has ruled that same-sex couples should be able to adopt children, but the government of Northern Ireland is promising to appeal the ruling.
  • A new report finds that in the four battleground states on same-sex marriage, NOM and the Catholic Church are responsible for %60 of all anti-marriage funding.
  • Ari Ezra Waldman over on Towleroad has an in-depth analysis of what the Second Circuit Court of Appeals' decision on DOMA means going forward.
  • Promising poll numbers on support for same-sex marriage may not be telling the whole story.
  • University of Arizona's Arizona Daily Wildcat has apologized for running a homophobic cartoon making light of anti-LGBT violence and parental rejection.
  • Madonna has been served papers in the ongoing fracas over her violation of a "gay propaganda" law during her most recent Russian tour.
  • Remembering Alan Turing during LGBT History Month.
  • Finally a delightful look back to 1977, when Bea Arthur's Maude addressed the issue of LGBT equality in a funny and fair way that sitcoms today should still aspire too (it's a bit long, but worth it).

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