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Jean Ann Esselink

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On Our Radar – What It Is Is Beautiful – Fourth Graders Take On LEGO

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 9:49 AM June 22, 2014
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Wisconsin elementary school students asked LEGO to “represent and celebrate more cultures.” Today, ending gender and cultural stereotyping is On Our Radar.

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Terry McAuliffe Is First Virginia Governor To Proclaim June As Pride Month

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:22 AM June 21, 2014
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Governor Terry McAuliffe became the first Virginia governor to recognize June as LGBT Pride Month when he issued an official proclamation this week.

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Soldier Discharged For Being Lesbian Gets Honorable Discharge After 35 Years

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 12:51 PM June 20, 2014
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Thirty-five years after being discharged for being a lesbian, Lisa Weiszmiller has had her discharge status changed from “other than honorable” to “honorable”.

Discrimination

Presbyterian Church Votes To Allow Clergy To Marry Same-Sex Couples

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 8:23 PM June 19, 2014
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The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. voted today to allow clergy to marry same-sex couples in any state it is legal to do so.

Asides

Mary Cheney Chooses Some Strange Bedfellows

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 3:55 PM June 19, 2014
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Mary Cheney has teamed up with some very Republican Republicans to launch Vox Pop Polling, including the woman who ran her sister Liz’ senate campaign PAC.

Bigotry Watch

North Dakota Congressman Is ‘Not Even Sure’ Discrimination Is A Problem

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 3:23 PM June 19, 2014
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A North Dakota Tea Party congressman says there’s no need for a workplace non-discrimination law, because he’s never heard about any discrimination.

Discrimination

St. Petersburg, Russia, Repeals Its Gay Propaganda Law

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 2:03 PM June 19, 2014
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One of the first communities in Russia to pass a “don’t say gay” law has repealed it ahead of a European Court of Human Rights decision.

Civil Rights

Sixth Circuit Court Of Appeals Will Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases From Four States August 6

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:30 AM June 18, 2014
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The 6th Circuit Appeals Court has scheduled arguments in marriage cases from Michigan, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Ohio, August 6 in front of a three-judge panel.

Families

Twelve-Year Old Transgender Boy Is First Canadian To Get New Birth Certificate

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 3:49 PM June 17, 2014
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In an historic first, a twelve-year-old Canadian transgender boy was awarded a birth certificate reflecting his gender.

Celebrities

Steve Martin Shoots Down Rumors Of A “Gay” Father Of The Bride Sequel

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:30 AM June 17, 2014
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Steve Martin has dismissed rumors that there is a Father Of The Bride III in the works, which would revolve around the wedding of his character’s gay son.

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Judge Eviscerates North Carolina Legislature’s New Protest Rules

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 9:38 AM June 17, 2014
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A judge has restrained the North Carolina state legislature from enforcing their new rules which were meant to impede the weekly Moral Monday protests.

Families

Read One Texas State Senator’s Father’s Day Letter To His Gay Daughter

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 2:39 PM June 16, 2014
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“You are my daughter — you deserve the same love and acceptance and to share in the same freedoms to marry the person you love.” – Texas State Senator Chuy Hinojosa

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Mayor De Blasio Says He Won’t March In Any Parade Not LGBT Inclusive

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 12:20 PM June 16, 2014
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“You will see Chirlane at this parade, and me at this parade, but you will not see us at a parade that excludes members of the LGBT community. – New York Mayor de Blasio

Families

Father’s Day On Our Radar – Roger and Steven Ham – Fathers of Fourteen

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 10:32 AM June 15, 2014
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They thought they’d see if anyone would let them adopt one child. Now they have fourteen. On this Father’s Day, Roger and Steven Ham are On Our Radar.