Lavender Hill: 6/2/13

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Lavender Hill is Lincoln’s first and only LGBTQA news and talk program. Hosted by Corwin and Phil every Sunday morning on KZUM, bringing you news, views and interviews from the LGBTQA community with a focus on Lincoln and Omaha, NE.

This week’s edition jumped around from Lincoln and Omaha to Illinois to Nepal to Puerto Rico and elsewhere around the globe.

Articles and Links Talked About

The Music

  1. (What If We Are) Just Like/Shannon’s and Lisa’s Song 
  2. Lesbian Bus Crash – Waxed

The President’s Pride Month Proclomation:

LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER PRIDE MONTH, 2013 — BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A PROCLAMATION

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.

My 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 We extended hate crimes protections to include attacks based on sexual orientation or gender identity and repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”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, prohibiteddiscrimination 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 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.

BARACK OBAMA

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2 thoughts on “Lavender Hill: 6/2/13

  1. Sherri Gray says:

    Dear Lavender Hill Friends…i just found out you posted my marriage equality song on your site (i’m 72 and not adept at cyberspace navigation!) and i want to thank you for that. Today, 6/26/13, is a big day for LGBTs and those of us who love and support them — but we still have work to do — both in this country and around the world. I am so proud that my song and I are ‘on the right side of history’, and thank you again to Lavender Hill for giving us this space. I have received so many positive messages from more than 100 countries in the world, and i am committed to continuing this work. Some of the comments I’ve rec’d are from folks in countries where even ‘coming out’ is a crime…so tragic! But they say ‘What If We Are Just Like You’ gives them hope for the future. If you believe in the song’s message, i hope you’ll share it with others. big hug to you, LH! tks again – Sherri Gray

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