RobHeartsDH
February 27, 2012
Category: Politics

This photo appeared across the gay blogs this weekend and it's so worth sharing. It's an incredible display of not only just how far we've come, but love in it's purest form.

From the Marine himself:

"To everyone who has responded in a positive way. My partner and I want to say thank you. Dalan, the giant in the photo, can't believe how many shares and likes we have gotten on this. We didn't do this to get famous,or something like that we did this cause after 3 deployments and four years knowing each other, we finally told each other how we felt. As for the haters, let em hate...to quote Kat Williams, everyone needs haters, so let them hate. We are the happiest we have ever been and as for the whole PDA and kissing slash hugging in uniform...it was a homecoming, if the Sergeants Major, Captains, Majors, and Colonels around us didn't care...then why do you care what these random people have to say? In summation thank you for your love and support. I received a lot of friend requests off this. I don't just accept requests so if your request was because of this post message me and let me know. Goodnight all, and Semper Fi." --Brandon Morgan

It's currently up to 17,486 likes on the Gay Marines Facebook page. Pretty amazing.

Via Joe.My.God.

RobHeartsDH
February 24, 2012
Category: Politics

Joe.My.God posted the Top GOP Super PAC donors today, noting that one of the top five was PayPal founder Peter Thiel. And just last week news came to light that Urban Outfitters is a large contributor to gay-hating candidate Rick Santorum. In the past I've heard rumblings of places I've shopped at or dined at (damn you Coldstone!) that have given money to anti-gay political groups and it's pretty disheartening. I have a tendency to avoid these places, but some are just unavoidable. Just last week I had to use PayPal. In the past I would have argued that it shouldn't matter, but now that the Republican party is more or less the Anti-Gay Rights party, it's hard not to let it bother me.

Does a company's political contributions have an effect on where and how you spend your money? And more importantly, should it?

Please begin the lively and respectful debate below.

RobHeartsDH
November 8, 2011
Category: Politics

The progress we've made in the past few years is pretty spectacular when you think about it. Today, the LGBT community is closer than ever to having full equality. We're almost there. And as the dominoes of inequality continue to fall one after the other, we have to remember to keep the momentum going. Which is why today, we're asking you to do one tiny thing to help eliminate the Defense of Marriage Act. DOMA, the unjust law that Republicans still continue to defend at the taxpayers expense, is just days away from the beginning of the end. This Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will meet to consider Sen. Diane Feinstein's legislation, the Respect for Marriage Act. The problem is they still need to collect 50,000 signatures.

Sign the HRC's petition now to push forward the DOMA repeal.

Most of you already know this but in case you don't:

"DOMA is an enormous obstacle to equality for same-sex couples and their families, denying them key marriage benefits and imposing harsh, unfair economic burdens.

They are deprived of crucial Social Security survivor benefits after a spouse passes away. They cannot file joint federal income taxes, and they cannot take unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act. Some couples are...

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RobHeartsDH
November 8, 2011
Category: Politics

The progress we've made in the past few years is pretty spectacular when you think about it. Today, the LGBT community is closer than ever to having full equality. We're almost there. And as the dominoes of inequality continue to fall one after the other, we have to remember to keep the momentum going. Which is why today, we're asking you to do one tiny thing to help eliminate the Defense of Marriage Act. DOMA, the unjust law that Republicans still continue to defend at the taxpayers expense, is just days away from the beginning of the end. This Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will meet to consider Sen. Diane Feinstein's legislation, the Respect for Marriage Act. The problem is they still need to collect 50,000 signatures.

Sign the HRC's petition now to push forward the DOMA repeal.

Most of you already know this but in case you don't:

"DOMA is an enormous obstacle to equality for same-sex couples and their families, denying them key marriage benefits and imposing harsh, unfair economic burdens.

They are deprived of crucial Social Security survivor benefits after a spouse passes away. They cannot file joint federal income taxes, and they cannot take unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act. Some couples are...

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RobHeartsDH
April 27, 2011
Category: Politics
circumciscion

We all know foreskin is no stranger to polarity. People tend to either have really strong reactions when it comes to world's littlest turtlenecks or, like me, have grown indifferent and accustomed to its appearance. But amongst those people who have severe opinions on the matter, there's a group of "inactivists" who are looking to have circumcision banned in San Francisco. When the man behind the proposed ban, first started his crusade against the cut, most people laughed it off like so many other silly San Franciscan bans (remember the one on happy meals?). Well, the measure just got one step closer to realness bringing in the required number of signatures to put it on the ballot this November. Those signatures need to be verified as registered voters of course, but if the 7,168 needed names turn our to be legit it's sure to be a lively debate.

But why wait?

As a Jew, I often wonder what my peeper would look like in it's original encasing. Would it be super long and come to a point far over the head? Would it be the kind that doesn't even seem like you have a hood? Would sex be infinitely better with some natural skin glide? We will never know. But those wonderings wondered, I'm glad it's over and done with. I have several friends who...

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Jim Arnold
April 16, 2011
Category: Politics

Recently, Colorado Congressman Jared Polis voiced his certain support for a sweeping GLBT Omnibus Rights bill, which would take the various piecemeal “gay rights” issues – such as marriage equality, employment non-discrimination, hate crimes, immigration, fair housing, public accommodations, credit, disability, federally-funded programs, the armed forces and more, and put them all into one, big, very gay Civil Rights law. Many of these issues have smaller positions in other current bills and/or are working their way through the various courts.

From Boulder, Princeton grad Polis was elected in 2008 to serve Colorado 2nd District. He is the first openly gay male elected to Congress as a freshman. He’s already been a successful entrepreneur of Internet companies (such as bluemountain.com and proflowers.com) as well as a chain of Spanish-language movie theaters. He’s the former chair of the Colorado State Board of Education (an elected office) and was named Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2000. Also a philanthropist, Polis oversees an educational foundation, and is the founder of a number of charter schools that cater to specific, disadvantaged groups of kids in Colorado.

This proposed legislation is a first for a national politician. If this moves forward, it would completely change the face of the traditional GLBT rights strategy, which has largely been to tackle issues on a separate, and often local, basis (notable exception: DADT). Polis appears to be comfortable doing both at the same time (continuing to push on these separate issues while...

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RobHeartsDH
March 4, 2011
Category: Politics

This week Rep. Barney Frank was quoted as saying he can "foresee now an end to legal inequality based on sexual orientation and gender equality some time in [his] lifetime." And with the momentum we've been building as of late, Frank, who turned 70 this week, may be right. With the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell and the President's decision to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act in the courts, we're well on our way. But it's hard to be hopeful with so many people dead set against any progression of equal rights. And with the seemingly perpetual 2 steps forward, one step back we keep taking, it's only fair that we operate under a "we won't believe it until we see it" mindset.

That being said, it's pretty heartening to hear that it's becoming more and more of a possibility. Can you imagine growing up in a world where you're treated the same as everyone else? Where you can plan a life for yourself and the person you love without consequence? It's a pretty foreign concept to most of us, and I often wonder how the dynamics in our community might change. Would we become more lesbionic in our ways and be inclined to seek out sustainable relationships?

There are so many questions that I look forward to getting the answers to, but in the meantime I'm curious about your predictions. Tell us what you think in the comments below.

RobHeartsDH
March 4, 2011
Category: Politics

This week Rep. Barney Frank was quoted as saying he can "foresee now an end to legal inequality based on sexual orientation and gender equality some time in [his] lifetime." And with the momentum we've been building as of late, Frank, who turned 70 this week, may be right. With the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell and the President's decision to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act in the courts, we're well on our way. But it's hard to be hopeful with so many people dead set against any progression of equal rights. And with the seemingly perpetual 2 steps forward, one step back we keep taking, it's only fair that we operate under a "we won't believe it until we see it" mindset.

That being said, it's pretty heartening to hear that it's becoming more and more of a possibility. Can you imagine growing up in a world where you're treated the same as everyone else? Where you can plan a life for yourself and the person you love without consequence? It's a pretty foreign concept to most of us, and I often wonder how the dynamics in our community might change. Would we become more lesbionic in our ways and be inclined to seek out sustainable relationships?

There are so many questions that I look forward to getting the answers to, but in the meantime I'm curious about your predictions. Tell us what you think in the comments below.

RobHeartsDH
February 21, 2011
Category: Eye Candy

Seems only fitting that we talk dirty about dead president's Lincoln and Washington on the day America's chosen to remember them. So let's keep it simple, who'd you rather: Abe Lincoln or George Washington. You can factor in any kind of extraneous info you like into your decision making, just be sure to tell us in the comments section below.

And while we're at it, and because choosing between these two is fairly limiting, if you had your choice between presidents 1-44 who'd you go for?

Happy President's Day!

RobHeartsDH
February 2, 2011
Category: Politics

This video's been making the rounds since last night, but it's worth a share. Zach Wahls, the son of lesbian mothers, stood up in front of the Iowa House of Representatives in support of gay marriage as Iowans from both sides of the debate argued for and against repealing its 2009 legalization. The 19-year-old University of Iowa engineering student spoke eloquently about what makes a family and went on to argue that he was raised by two lesbians, and "is doing pretty well." At a time when we can't go a day without hearing stories of hate, it's nice to be reminded of all those in favor of love. Especially the young ones, who bring with them the tides of change.

Unfortunately, the House passed Joint Resolution 6, which would ban not only all same-sex unions, but domestic partnerships and domestic partnerships in the state, but it's hard to believe that even the most radical conservatives can turn a deaf ear to Wahls masterful speech. The good news is, Majority Leader Mike Gronstal has vowed to block any such amendment from getting a vote in the Senate, where Democrats hold a majority.