To many people in the United States and around the world, the gay, lesbian and bisexual lifestyle is something that will always be controversial and abnormal. After the Supreme Court's ruling to over-turn DOMA on June 26th, I am curious and overjoyed to watch as thousands of couples take the final steps they have been denied for centuries.
Half of this article is about how Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and some of his staff were a part of San Fransico's Pride Parade. The other half is how Facebook played an undeniable role in helping to bring awareness to gay and lesbian rights and ultimately over turning DOMA.
Restaurants, hotels, travel, beverages and entertainment have been the traditional businesses sponsoring and marketing to the audience, but with the opportunities rising and acceptance increasing, banks, malls, auto dealers, pharmacies, and jewelers are adding the LGBT target to their marketing plan. The list of local businesses supporting the LGBT events reads like a Who’s Who of South Florida businesses. They include Wells Fargo, Adams Furniture, The Isle Casino, Broward Health, Daoud’s Fine Jewelry, Arrigo Automotive, and Macy’s. From the 65 mile Pinecrest to the Keys Smart (Bike) Ride, to the Stonewall Parade and Festival in Wilton Manors, businesses have many sponsorship opportunities.
With Pride month drawing to a close, some of the world's largest Pride celebrations will be happening this weekend in cities like New York, Paris, San Francisco, London, Dublin, Toronto, and Seattle, among others.
This article is simply amazing. It gives me chills and renews my hope in the human race. This page shows 36 companies that are showing their support for LGBT people. These ads make me want to buy their products because they show their support (which my sinical side makes me question whether it is partially an economic ploy). Regardless, it's beautiful and spectacular and I love it!
ABC News Changes to DOMA Critical Given Higher Risk of Poverty among the LGBT Chicago Tribune A 2009 report by the Williams Institute, Poverty in the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Community, points out that LGB families are at much higher risk of being...
Morgan Grebing's insight:
This article brings to light the struggles LGBT elderly people face. In 2009 it was found that elderly gay and lesbian men and women, but especially lesbian women had a higher risk of poverty due to many factors. A mjority of them were not married and did not have children therefore they did not have a support group. Even if some had been married, they were not entitles to health benifts through their spouse. Another problem that must be faced by LGBT individuals is the concern of spousal benefits because Section 2 of DOMA is still in-effect. This means that whether or not the spouse in a LGBT couple receives benefits or not and as of right now only 13 states recongnize same-sex marriage so this is another obstacles that needs to be broken down.
Reflecting and shaping the culture in which it is embedded, religion has historically been hostile to LGBT-identified people and communities. However, over the last three decades more denominations, congregations and individuals have come out in support of honoring the full humanity of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered people. Today, hundreds, if not thousands, of religious communities are truly places of celebration, healing and hope for all people.
This initial list of 15 ground breaking individuals is just a sampling of the many LGBT religious leaders who have reclaimed religious traditions and communities. We hope that you will use the feature on this slideshow to add gay religious leaders who you feel should be included. Meanwhile, we thankfully acknowledge the ongoing contributions of these inspiring religious leaders.
Relgious organizations have been one of the primary groups againt LGBT people having the rights they deserve but in the past 30 years several religious leaders have stepped up and helped open the minds of their congregations. Even if they only help a handful of people see LGBT in a new light, that is a huge step.