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Towleroad Talking Points: Illinois to Wait a Bit Longer for Equality

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Gay marriage supporters make their way to the Illinois State Capitol. 


A look back at today's top stories


We will be waiting on Illinois for some time longer, as the House failed to take a vote on a much-anticipated marriage equality bill. Watch Rep. Greg Harris break the painful news here.

With Pride Month beginning tomorrow, President Obama has released a proclamation that notes the strides that the LGBT community has made of late and the importance his administration is placing on gay and trans rights. That doesn't mean gays won't be poor though




At least one member of The Wanted (the b-level One Direction) is sure that one of the Directioners is gay and the answer probably won't surprise you. Jane Lynch and Jordan Peele play out the end of the very toxic relationship that exists between Church and State. And Oprah takes a look at the dramatic uptick in public support for gay marriage



An 8th grader from the New York area won this year's National Spelling Bee by spelling a word that he will certainly never use again. A woman on last night's Wheel of Fortune won a million dollar prize for just the second time in the show's history and, do your super fly dance moves help you get into people's pants?

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Rep. Greg Harris Weeps Announcing Illinois House Will Not Vote on Marriage Equality: VIDEO


Today, on the last day of the session, after weeks of lobbying and support from President Obama and prominent Democrats, a tearful Rep. Greg Harris made an emotional announcement that the Illinois House would not be voting on marriage equality because certain lawmakers wanted more time.

Said Harris: "I apologize to the families who were hoping to wake up tomorrow as full and equal citizens of this state."

Harris was followed by openly gay Rep. Deborah Mell, who delivered a blistering condemnation of the bill's failure.



Posted May. 31,2013 at 8:49 PM EST by in Gay Marriage, Greg Harris, Illinois, News | Permalink | Comments (129)

Illinois House Fails to Vote on Marriage Equality as Some Lawmakers Ask for More Time on Issue


Rep. Greg Harris, the sponsor of Illinois' marriage equality bill, just made an emotional statement on the Illinois House floor announcing that no vote would be taken because several lawmakers have asked for more time.

The statement elicited boos and shouts of disapproval from the gallery...

Said Harris: "I apologize to the families who were hoping to wake up tomorrow as full and equal citizens."


(audio via good as you)


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Watch LIVE: Illinois House, Possible Vote on Marriage Equality



The Illinois House is in session. It's unclear if the marriage equality bill, SB10 will be brought up for a vote, though that has been promised by Rep. Greg Harris, the bill's sponsor.

There are numerous measures under consideration, and no indication when the bill might come up.

Watch LIVE (opens in new window) AFTER THE JUMP...

Today is the last session of the legislature. The bill must get a vote today.

An alternate feed is available HERE.

Posted May. 31,2013 at 6:35 PM EST by in Gay Marriage, Illinois, News | Permalink | Comments (26)

Gang of Teens Attacks Gay Man in NYC's Prospect Park in Homophobic Hate Crime

A gang of at least four teens age 13-18 who may have been drinking attacked Kevin Kiadii, a 25-year-old gay freelance make-up artist, in Brooklyn's Prospect Park on Wednesday night and were arrested at the scene, CBS2 reports.

KiadiiThe trouble began when Kiadii encountered the teens, he says:

As a gesture of kindness, Kiadii said he offered one of them a bottle of soda.

“The shortest one out of them, he was a hot head, he jumped in my face and started saying anti-gay slurs,” Kiadii said.

He said that one took on a fighting stance, and Kiadii told them they should back away.

“When I said that, the one that was really intoxicated jumped into my face and said ‘I’m going to [expletive] you up’ and do this and ‘you F and [expletive],’ and I went into my bag, and pulled out my bottle of perfume, to imitate pepper spray,” Kiadii said.

Kiadii said he received mainly bruises and cuts:

“One of the dudes tried to kick me in the face, but just missed and he got me in my shoulder,” Kiadii said.

The victim said he was able to quickly dial 911 on his phone and hand it to a bystander, but police who were nearby were already responding, taking four into custody.

Kiadii is the 10th victim of an anti-gay hate crime in NYC this month.

Posted May. 31,2013 at 6:32 PM EST by in Crime, New York, News | Permalink | Comments (57)

President Obama Releases 2013 LGBT Pride Month Proclamation: READ

The White House this afternoon released an LGBT Pride month proclamation by President Obama. The proclamation notes the progress across the nation toward marriage equality and notes the progress toward protections for transgender Americans.

ObamaObama also makes note of the inclusive Violence Against Women Act and his intent to advance equality for LGBT people around the world. It also reaffirms his commitment to an inclusive ENDA and the repeal of DOMA. Advocates have been pushing for Obama to sign an executive order given ENDA's poor legislative chances for passage.

Read Obama's full proclamation below:




For more than two centuries, our Nation has struggled to transform the ideals of liberty and equality from founding promise into lasting reality. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans and their allies have been hard at work on the next great chapter of that history -- from the patrons of The Stonewall Inn who sparked a movement to service members who can finally be honest about who they love to brave young people who come out and speak out every day.

This year, we celebrate LGBT Pride Month at a moment of great hope and progress, recognizing that more needs to be done. Support for LGBT equality is growing, led by a generation which understands that, in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." In the past year, for the first time, voters in multiple States affirmed marriage equality for same-sex couples. State and local governments have taken important steps to provide much-needed protections for transgender Americans.

WhitehouseMy Administration is a proud partner in the journey toward LGBT equality. We extended hate crimes protections to include attacks based on sexual orientation or gender identity and repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." We lifted the HIV entry ban and ensured hospital visitation rights for LGBT patients. Together, we have investigated and addressed pervasive bullying faced by LGBT students, prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in Federal housing, and extended benefits for same-sex domestic partners. Earlier this year, I signed a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in the implementation of any VAWA-funded program. And because LGBT rights are human rights, my Administration is implementing the first-ever Federal strategy to advance equality for LGBT people around the world.

We have witnessed real and lasting change, but our work is not complete. I continue to support a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act, as well as the Respect for Marriage Act. My Administration continues to implement the Affordable Care Act, which beginning in 2014, prohibits insurers from denying coverage to consumers based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, as well as the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which addresses the disparate impact of the HIV epidemic among certain LGBT sub-communities. We have a long way to go, but if we continue on this path together, I am confident too that one day soon, from coast to coast, all of our young people will look to the future with the same sense of promise and possibility. I am confident because I have seen the talent, passion, and commitment of LGBT advocates and their allies, and I know that when voices are joined in common purpose, they cannot be stopped.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2013 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.


Posted May. 31,2013 at 5:43 PM EST by in Barack Obama, Gay Pride, News | Permalink | Comments (25)


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