Michigan Hunger Strikers for equality.

Today’s Link

Evening all.  (A little English TV flashback there….if any of you remember the show it was from, let us know in a comment!)  No, I haven’t dropped off the face of the earth.  I know my blog and pictures have been absent for the last few days.  I have been a little over extended in my life and basically took on more than I could chew.  Painting the house, editing pictures, working for a living, holding pre-meets for a wedding shot, and numerous other things.  That left me out of time on a number of things….and one was the blog.  Fear not, though, if the only reason you hang around is for the pictures.  I did keep up with those.  I just haven’t been able to post them yet.  I’ll be posting them up to Flickr tomorrow.

Today’s link is really disturbing.  You’ll see that some folks in Michigan are going on hunger strike to protest at the treatment of LGBTQ folks.  Michigan as a state has seen a number of setbacks in recent years, some of which you can read about in the link.

This is extreme stuff.  I’m not really sure of what to make of it.  I obviously support the fight for equality, but I don’t want people to hurt themselves.  I applaud these people for taking a step I could never do myself.  I just hope that they remain healthy.  I also hope that this will make some people sit up and take notice.

Big love,

DMx

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Target gets cosy with the homos.

Today’s Link

Just a short one today folks.  Target, the store that only last year was busy giving money to candidates who ran on anti-equality platforms, has been changing its position of late.  So much so that as you’ll see in the link today, they are now providing same-sex registry in their store with some pretty prominent advertising.

Is this a change of heart or a desire for raking in the moolah?  I hope it’s a change of heart….

Big love,

DMx

The Scottish marriage equality consultation figures.

Today’s Link

Happy Wednesday to all of you!  Today’s link is very interesting in the points that it raises.  Scotland has recently been going through a consultation process on marriage equality, as has England.  Today the Scottish Government announced that it was moving up legislation to allow marriage equality and they also released the findings of the consultation itself.

Read it carefully.  It’s really interesting that when all forms of consultation responses were factored in, the majority were against.  When only official responses were counted the majority were for equality.  What does that mean?  It means that organisations who are against equality are still exceptionally well organised.  Even though they don’t play by the rules they still have the power and ability to raise a terrific response against equality.

We must learn to be as well organised ourselves.  That is clearly going to become more and more important as the fight for equality continues around the world.

Big love,

DMx

Republicans in Maine.

Today’s Link

My link for today is a continuation in my (very) occasional series about Republicans who support marriage equality.  I don’t say that to be sarcastic; I say it because I don’t see many articles.  But when I do I like to feature them.

You’ll read here about some Republicans who have changed their tune since the last time marriage equality came up for a vote in Maine.  Interestingly, I came across this on a UK site and have not seen it reported on a US site.  While these kinds of stories are still painfully rare it does show that maybe the Republican party is continuing to change.  Here’s to hoping they carry on!

Big love,

DMx

Sally Ride.

Today’s Link

It would have been too easy to write about the Muppets today (though I wanted too)!  Instead an article about Sally Ride, the first American woman to go into space, caught my eye.  Ms Ride died today.

According to the Advocate in today’s link Ms Ride was gay, although she was married at the time.  You can read about her life and see some pictures in the link.

I didn’t know that she was gay.  The article talks about the fact that if she had been out she wouldn’t have been allowed to fly.  So therefore she must now be added to the long list of LGBTQ people who have been forced to remain in the closet but still have served the country.  I hope that this list will soon become static and that no more people will be added to it.  RIP Ms Ride.

Big love,

DMx

Chick-Fil-A in Boston.

Today’s Link

Justa short one tonight folks as I am super tired.  It’s been a long weekend!  You’ll see in todays link that things may not be rosy for Chick-Fil-A in Boston after their recent comments.  I am not sure whether or not the city can actually do this, but if they can force people to not discriminate then that is super.  Well, in fact they CAN discriminate.  They just won’t be allowed to do it in Boston….

Good for Boston, a progressive and inclusive place in my mind, for standing up for equality!

Big love,

DMx