Assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr!

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On the 46th anniversary of his assassination, I know Dr. King is looking down on all of us and shaking his head! I bet he is saying continue killing, robbing, stealing, and doing all of these evil things to one another after all that freedom fighting he and his comrades (male and female) did for us! I would personally like to apologize to Dr. Martin Luther King, and all those who fought for civil rights for all people, for all of the disrespectful things we as people are doing in this world today!!

 

 

Bayard Rustin to be Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

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President Barack Obama has posthumously named Bayard Rustin as one of sixteen recipients (along with Oprah, Sally Ride, and others) of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, “the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States.”

For those who don’t know Bayard Rustin, he is probably THE person who organized the historic March on Washington back in 1963. He was the right hand man of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the civil rights movement. And as the country celebrates the 50th anniversary of this great event, it’s great to see President Obama acknowledge this man efforts!

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You can read more about Bayard and get the acclaimed documentary on his life on this website – http://rustin.org/

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Gay Bashing in Atlanta

Well with all the progress the LGBT is making (i.e. Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Same Sex Marriage, etc.), we still have to deal with very ignorant people who have internalized their homophobia and in turn used violence on others to repress their feelings. And to see this happen in Atlanta which is truly the gay black mecca of the South is disturbing. Sadly, both gay and str8s have this love for thugs. And if that is the case, I would hope you would reconsider after watching this video. Also, I doubt we will see a large amount of gay/bi men of color denounce this violence and rally around the victim like they would gather for a Beyonce concert, or Sex Party or pack a club to see the cutest boys. 😦
You can view the video below or by clicking here!. It’s very hard to look at!

Black History Month – Rosa Parks


Today I honor Rosa Parks who was born on Feb. 4th, 1913. Known as the Mother of the Freedom Movement, her deviant stance to not move to the back of the bus for a white man set the Civil Rights movement in high gear! She truly became an Icon in the civil rights movement!

You can read more about her here!

The end of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell"


As of 12:01am on Tuesday, the discriminatory law, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was repealed and now openly gay men and women can now serve our country without hiding! Many thanks to President Obama and the congressmen and congresswomen who made it possible to repeal this law.

OUTSERVE, has a great issue out now that celebrates this historic change in military policy. Covering the issue is Two Time Iraq war veteran Anthony Woods who unsuccessfully ran for Congress in the 10th District in California. The current OUTSERVE magazine highlights over a 100 once faceless military personnel who were either discharged or currently serving the military.

Thelma and Jean – 50 years of love!


There is a great article in Bed Stuy Patch of Thelma and Jean who have been partners for almost 50 years. The anniversary was on the eve of the date (July 24th) for Same Sex marriages in New York State. They are contemplating whether to make their relationship “official” with the new law. Their story of love spanning over five decades is definitely inspiring and very heart felt.

You can read the article here!

President Obama certifies repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

President Obama has certified the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” completing another major step in abolishing the 17-year policy.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen, along with President Obama, had to sign a certification stating that GLBT individuals could serve openly in the military without disruption to their units.

There will now be a 60-day waiting period before the repeal is fully implemented.

HRC President Joe Solmonese released the following statement:

“For far too long, the ban on openly gay service members has harmed our security and tarnished our values. The President’s certification of repeal is a monumental step, not just for those forced to lie in order to serve, but for all Americans who believe in fairness and equality.

“There are many people who brought this historic day to fruition starting with the President’s tremendous leadership and the steadfast allies in Congress who refused to give in to the lies and fear mongering. Additionally we thank all of the brave men and women who have continued to wear the uniform under a policy that forced them to hide who they are. The end of that shameful time is thankfully near.”