Update: I’ll be liveblogging the ENDA hearing tomorrow over at iQreport.
After last night’s defeat in Maine, I’m sure many in the LGBT community are angry and heartbroken. But don’t let last night’s upset keep you from moving forward in the battle for full equality in all 50 states for all people.
On Thursday, November 5, a Senate Committee will hold a hearing on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (S. 1584). Key witnesses will testify about how vital this legislation is for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workers and their families.
Get involved by contacting your Senators and Representatives. Calls and emails do make a difference, so do one of the following to help get ENDA passed:
Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Give your zip code and ask to be connected to your Senators, and then your Representative. Once you’re connected, please tell them the following:
My name is _____ and I am a proud resident of (your city, state). I am calling in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (H.R. 3017/S. 1584), to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from job discrimination. Please take action to pass ENDA now. I can be reached at _______ (give your phone number). Thank you.
If you prefer to send an email, complete the form email here.
She’s not queer, but I love Jordin – even though I never watched a single episode of American Idol.
America’s Biggest Sleepover is an event created to bring together teen girls from across the country. The event is hosted by American Idol winner Jordin Sparks. The nationwide online event will be hosted on November 7 on beinggirl.com – a Tampax and Always affiliated site.
America’s Biggest Sleepover will feature an exclusive performance from Jordin Sparks, a Q&A with Jordin from beinggirl.com members and sleepover party tips including recipes, fun games and hairstyles.
For every girl who signs up to participate on beinggirl.com, Always will donate $1 (up to $25,000 total) to the Protecting Futures program, which helps girls in developing regions stay in school.
A New York mother said she is fighting for custody of her son with her former partner, a woman who lives as a man, because of a judge’s questionable ruling.
The New York Daily News said Monday the woman and her former partner, identified only by the false names Melanie and Sam, respectively, are mired in a legal custody battle following an October ruling by Brooklyn Justice Esther Morgenstern.
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Mainers’ 53-47 vote to reject gay marriage does more than simply slap down a law that just six months ago had made Maine America’s second state to permit same-sex couples to wed. With voters thronging to the polls, the closely watched — and ultimately not very close — vote extended the winning streak of gay marriage opponents nationwide, who have now prevailed in more than 30 straight state elections over whether to allow gays to marry. Just like Californians one year ago, Maine voters insisted on having their own say on an issue that simply will not go away.
AP: Cecelia Burnett and Ann Swanson had already set their wedding date. When they joined about 1,000 other gay marriage supporters for an election night party in a Holiday Inn ballroom, they hoped to celebrate the vote that would make it possible. Instead, they went home at midnight, dejected and near tears after a failed bid to make Maine the first state to approve same-sex marriage at the ballot box.
Gay Patriot: My biggest fear about the Maine vote is that the President will use it as an excuse not to move forward on issues of concern to the gay community, particularly repeal of Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell.
JaySays: New York Times has called the victory for the Yes On 1 Campaign overturning the rights of taxpaying U.S. citizens.
WTOV: The stars seemed aligned for supporters of gay marriage. They had Maine’s governor, legislative leaders and major newspapers on their side, plus a huge edge in campaign funding. So losing a landmark referendum was a devastating blow, for activists in Maine and nationwide.
Patchwork Nation: After a string of electoral defeats, supporters of gay-marriage rights thought they might have a winner in Maine. The New England state has an ingrained strain of stay-out-of-my-business libertarianism. But 53 percent of voters (according to the tally early Wednesday morning) did not support the law.
Creative Loafing: It was a mixed bag for gay voters last night. The vote to preserve marriage equality came up short in Maine, but great strides were made in local elections — including St. Petersburg’s City Council race.