Archive for September 2009

Ben & Jerry’s Joins Gay Marriage Equality Battle

I just saw a Google ad on GayWallet.com that said “Ben & Jerry’s Is Proud To Support A Woman’s Right To Marry Anyone. Even Another Woman.” As long as they also support a man’s right to marry another man, I’ll make sure I add Ben & Jerry’s to my next shopping list. My partner and I are huge ice cream fans!

Ben & Jerry’s Freedom to Marry web page reads:

In partnership with Freedom to Marry we are gathered here to celebrate Vermont and all the other great states where loving couples of all kinds are free to marry legally. We have ceremoniously dubbed our iconic flavor, Chubby Hubby to Hubby Hubby in support, and to raise awareness of the importance of marriage equality.

A recent press release explains Ben & Jerry’s interest in marriage equality:

Ben & Jerry’s has a long history of commitment to social justice, including gay rights. Its partnership with Freedom to Marry, a national leader in the movement for marriage equality, aims to raise awareness of the importance of marriage equality and to encourage other states to follow the blazing trails of Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, and Maine. Freedom to Marry promotes the national conversation about why marriage equality matters and brings together partner organizations into a larger whole – a shared civil rights campaign.

“At the core of Ben & Jerry’s values, we believe that social justice can and should be something that every human being is entitled to,” said Walt Freese, Chief Executive Officer of Ben & Jerry’s. “From the very beginning of our 30 year history, we have supported equal rights for all people. The legalization of marriage for gay and lesbian couples in Vermont is certainly a step in the right direction and something worth celebrating with peace, love and plenty of ice cream.”

I checked anti-gay AFA’s web site and I don’t see a Ben & Jerry’s boycott listed yet. I think the folks over at AFA are little busy prayin’ for their leader and founder Don Wildmon. The news scroll on their site says he’s sick. As soon as Wildmon makes a full recovery, I’m sure he’ll be insisting that all “good Christians” eat their ice cream elsewhere.

LGBTQ Equality Activists Discuss DC Gay Rights March on SistersTalk Radio

On September 9, SistersTalk Radio hosted a panel of LGBTQ equality activists who discussed the DC gay rights march scheduled for October 11, 2009. Joining us were: Jason Morris – editor and publisher of JaySays.com, a blog highlighting the “Stupid Things People Say About Gays” series. Derek Washington – Director of Diversity Outreach for the National Equality March and Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge, creator of Whosoever.org an online magazine for LGBT Christians. You’ll also hear pre-recorded messages from Kate Bornstein, a transgender activist who works diligently to help prevent suicide in queer youth, Jeremy Hooper of GoodasYou.org and Jude Stevens, a straight ally who blogs regularly with Jason Morris over on JaySays.com.

Download the podcast here.

Register for the march by clicking here.

Daily Tweet Digest

What I Posted on Twitter Yesterday:

  • 05:28 Bill designating ‘Harvey Milk Day’ draws fire – tr.im/yeNW #
  • 05:37 Kelly Clarkson: ‘I Ain’t no Lesbian!’ – tr.im/yePO #
  • 05:43 @ActsofFaithblog Yep! And a whole lot of Clarkson’s fans are lesbians! #
  • 06:43 Today is NOT the day for Gmail problems. I NEED to access my email today (of all days!), damnit! #
  • 06:46 @Im_X1 Some people are having problems with Gmail; some are not. You’re one of the lucky ones. #
  • 06:49 @proud2bTess Yes, it works in iGoogle. Thanks for the suggestion. #
  • 07:12 @lunarpages What’s with the unannounced downtime? #
  • 08:21 I’m trying to figure out how one becomes a web celebrity. Is that the same as the self-anointed Twitter Rockstars? #
  • 08:34 Ok, I’m totally crushing on @tyrabanks. Somebody save me from this madness. #
  • 08:36 @lunarpages Your mythica server is actin’ funny. Error message: The server at mythica.lunarservers.com is taking too long to respond. #
  • 08:38 @mojustice Yes, @TyraBanks is growing on me. She’s on my list of "yummies" – right below Jennifer Hudson. #
  • 13:00 Lesbian musician Melange Lavonne discusses lesbian domestic violence & shady gay rights groups – tr.im/ydEl #fb #
  • 13:03 Have you added your gay-owned (or gay-friendly!) business to the FREE Gay Business Directory yet? www.gay-business-directory.com #
  • 18:37 About 20 minutes to go before we start discussing the gay rights march live on SistersTalk Radio: tr.im/wis2 #
  • 20:36 Tonight’s gay rights panel discussion podcast is now available for download – tr.im/wis2 (great show! you’ll love it) #

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