News Round-Up: From the LGBTQ Front
Girl Scouts of Colorado Welcome Transgender Youth
Following the story of a child who was denied enrollment in a local Girl Scout troop despite identifying as a girl, the Girl Scouts of Colorado released a statement saying that the associate responsible for that troop was unaware of the organization’s policy. “Girl Scouts is an inclusive organization and we accept all girls in Kindergarten through 12th grade as members,” the statement says. “If a child identifies as a girl and the child’s family presents her as a girl, Girl Scouts of Colorado welcomes her as a Girl Scout.” (Via glaad.org)
That’s what I’m talking about! Way to go Girl Scouts of Colorado. Way to go.
Amtrak Lets You Surf The Web While Traveling – But Nothing Gay
Maryland’s local government has instituted an overly aggressive web filter for government employees, that seems to block all sorts of sites that mention things about gays or lesbians. And they’re not just doing sitewide blocking, but picking out news articles on the subject — suggesting that it’s not just a case of an overactive blacklist of sites, but a system that specifically blocks pages with words related to gays and lesbians. (Via techdirt.com)
Bunch of ass-wipes!
Poland Elects First Openly Transgender Politician
On October 10th, Anna Grodzka, president of TGEU (Transgender Europe) member organization Trans-Fuzja was the first openly transgender woman to be elected into the Polish parliament.
Grodzka, who has been working for transgender and intersex issues for more than 4 years now, was a candidate of the Palikot Movement, a new political party which has come forward with progressive ideas especially on LGBTQI matters during elections. (Via tgeu.org)
The first of many openly transgender people to be elected as a public officials in Poland. We need more acceptance, that is all.
Lesbian Couple Elected Homecoming King and Queen
After recent reports that LGBTQ youth are significantly more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers, it’s been difficult to maintain the hope that it does, in fact, get better for LGBTQ teens and their allies. Two gay high school students at Patrick Henry High School in San Diego, however, proved Saturday night that the world doesn’t totally suck when they were elected homecoming king and queen at their school’s homecoming dance. While senior Rebecca Arellano (left) was crowned homecoming king at a pep rally last Friday, her girlfriend Haileigh Adams (right) was elected homecoming queen at the dance last night. (Via nerve.com)
Motherfucking yes! Pretty darn awesome. Let’s see more of this!
Conan O’Brien Officiates Gay Wedding on his Show
As planned, Conan O’Brien officiated a same-sex wedding on his show [Nov 3rd 2011], capping off a week-long stint in New York. The ceremony, between Conan’s costume designer Scott Cronick and Cronick’s longtime partner David Gorshtein, took place onstage under a chuppah, after Cronick was walked down the aisle by Bravo’s Andy Cohen.
Who doesn’t love Coco? I know I do. I have a little bit of a crush on him, and if the rumors are correct so does the rest of the world.
When I first heard of this wedding I thought it was a gag of some sort, but nope, Coco really officiated a wedding on his show, and it was pretty darn sweet if you ask me. Yes, I said sweet!