Blogs by Dani Heffernan, Media Strategist at GLAAD
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Today, marriage equality advocates in Maine delivered 105,000 signatures to the Secretary of State's office in support of placing a Citizens Initiative on the state's 2012 election ballot that would allow same-sex couples to legally marry.
At Pepperdine University, administrators have refused to officially recognize the school's only LGBT club, Reach OUT. Members of the club have started a petition on Change.org in hopes of persuading university officials to reconsider this discriminatory policy.
Celebrities, both LGBT-identified and not, have been rightly called out for using slurs or terms that perpetuate dangerous stereotypes about LGBT people. And while some have defended this usage, claiming that words such as "F*g" or "tra**y" do not spur hate and harm, a new study is proving otherwise.
Yesterday, advocates in North Carolina launched the Coalition to Protect All NC Families, a campaign working to defeat a proposed constitutional ban on marriage equality in the state. The ban, known as Amendment One, would not only deny same-sex couples marriage, but would strip all unmarried couples of many legal protections, such as those afforded by domestic partnerships and civil unions.
As the new year approaches, self-proclaimed "Christian cartoonist" Joe King has illustrated a calendar of twelve cartoons called, "I'm Not Gay, I'm Just A Sissy." Amazon has the calendar available for sale in their online stores, generating a response from LGBT advocates.
Last week, Val Burke of Middle Tennessee was prevented from visiting her partner of three years at Rolling Hills Hospital. Tennessee Equality Project contacted the hospital to inquire about the incident and ensure that Burke and her partner were able to see each other.
Outside of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, a billboard advertising the shooting range Pro Shots reads, "Converting Pansies Daily," referencing the stereotype of effeminate gay men in need of a 'masculine' activity in their lives. The ad, which contained an image of a pansy flower and a gun, has been removed following complaints from North Carolina advocates.
Last week, Mayor Daniels of Troy, Michigan, was admonished in the public comment portion of a City Council meeting for her use of an anti-gay slur on Facebook. Comments from Troy resident, Amy, were particularly moving as she spoke about the love she has for her wife, Tina, and their two children.