theatlantic:

Federal Court Agrees that California’s Prop. 8 Is Unconstitutional

On Tuesday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that Prop. 8, the voter approved ban on California gay marriage, is unconstitutional, upholding a lower court’s ruling that the ballot measure. The court also rejected the argument that U.S. District Court Chief Judge Vaughn Walker should have recused himself from the case because he is gay and has a longtime partner.
The Los Angeles Times reported before the ruling that the losing party can appeal the ruling to a larger panel of the 9th Circuit, which would delay a Supreme Court review for many months or longer, or go directly to the high court. Read more.
[Image: Reuters]

theatlantic:

Federal Court Agrees that California’s Prop. 8 Is Unconstitutional

On Tuesday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that Prop. 8, the voter approved ban on California gay marriage, is unconstitutional, upholding a lower court’s ruling that the ballot measure. The court also rejected the argument that U.S. District Court Chief Judge Vaughn Walker should have recused himself from the case because he is gay and has a longtime partner.

The Los Angeles Times reported before the ruling that the losing party can appeal the ruling to a larger panel of the 9th Circuit, which would delay a Supreme Court review for many months or longer, or go directly to the high court. Read more.

[Image: Reuters]

Categories: lgbt,
vicemag:

To celebrate the striking down of Prop 8, here are some pictures Richard Kern took of gay couples. Aww!

vicemag:

To celebrate the striking down of Prop 8, here are some pictures Richard Kern took of gay couples. Aww!

Categories: lgbt, portrait,
via vicemag
Former U.S. Army First Lieutenant Daniel Choi, an LGBT activist, put on  a sticker to show support for Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier accused  of carrying out the biggest heist of U.S. government secrets in history  and passing them on to the website WikiLeaks.

Former U.S. Army First Lieutenant Daniel Choi, an LGBT activist, put on a sticker to show support for Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of carrying out the biggest heist of U.S. government secrets in history and passing them on to the website WikiLeaks.

Categories: usa, lgbt, soldier,
A member of a a community of castrated men, transvestites and  transsexuals mourned outside a hospital in New Delhi Monday, after 15  comrades were killed in a fire Sunday night at a ceremony to honor  deceased friends.

A member of a a community of castrated men, transvestites and transsexuals mourned outside a hospital in New Delhi Monday, after 15 comrades were killed in a fire Sunday night at a ceremony to honor deceased friends.

Categories: lgbt, portrait,
From left, Robert Biedron, Poland’s first openly gay lawmaker, spoke  with Anna Grodzka, Poland’s first transsexual lawmaker, during the first  session of the Polish Parliament in Warsaw.

From left, Robert Biedron, Poland’s first openly gay lawmaker, spoke with Anna Grodzka, Poland’s first transsexual lawmaker, during the first session of the Polish Parliament in Warsaw.

Categories: poland, politics, lgbt, portrait,

Australian passports will now have three gender options — male, female and indeterminate — under new guidelines to remove discrimination against transgender and intersex people, the government said Thursday.

Intersex people, who are biologically not entirely male or female, will be able to list their gender on passports as “X.”

Transgender people, whose perception of their own sex is at odds with their biology, will be able to pick whether they are male or female if their choice is supported by a doctor’s statement. Transgender people cannot pick “X.”

Previously, gender was a choice of only male or female, and people were not allowed to change their gender on their passport without having had a sex-change operation. The U.S. dropped the surgery prerequisite for transgender people’s passports last year.

Any country that complies with the International Civil Aviation Organization’s specifications for machine-readable passports can choose to introduce a gender “X.”

Australian Sen. Louise Pratt, whose partner was born female and is now identified as a man, said the reform was a major improvement for travelers who face questioning and detention at airports because their appearance does not match their gender status.

“‘X’ is really quite important because there are people who are indeed genetically ambiguous and were probably arbitrarily assigned as one sex or the other at birth,” Pratt said. “It’s a really important recognition of people’s human rights that if they choose to have their sex as ‘indeterminate,’ that they can.”

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said the new guidelines removed discrimination on the grounds of gender identity and sexual orientation.

"This amendment makes life easier and significantly reduces the administrative burden for sex and gender diverse people who want a passport that reflects their gender and physical appearance," Rudd said in a statement.

Attorney-General Robert McClelland said while the change would affect few Australians, it was important because it would allow them to travel free of discrimination.

Peter Hyndal, who negotiated with the government on the reforms on behalf of the human rights advocacy group A Gender Agenda, said the new guidelines were in line with more flexible approaches to gender issues in passports issued by the United States and Britain.

"It’s amazingly positive," Hyndal said. "It’s the biggest single piece of law reform related to transgender and intersex issues at a commonwealth level ever in this country — mind-blowing."

As many as 4 percent of people are affected by an intersex condition, but most never become aware of their minor chromosome abnormalities.

Categories: australia, lgbt,
absinthedisco:

The first gay wedding in Shenzhen
“I take him for my wedded mate. I will love, honor, comfort, and cherish  him from this day forward, forsaking all others, keeping only unto him  for as long as we both shall live.” There was a special wedding in a  hotel of Luohu district, Shenzhen on August 19. There was no bride, but  two bridegrooms: the 25-year-old Mark and 23-year-old An An. This is the  first gay wedding made public in Shenzhen. They shared the cake, bowed  to heaven and earth, exchanged the rings and kissed each other like  other couples. They hope that they can get blessings and understanding  from the society.
I teared up a bit at the “bowed to heaven and earth” part. :’) Small steps for my country.

absinthedisco:

The first gay wedding in Shenzhen

“I take him for my wedded mate. I will love, honor, comfort, and cherish him from this day forward, forsaking all others, keeping only unto him for as long as we both shall live.” There was a special wedding in a hotel of Luohu district, Shenzhen on August 19. There was no bride, but two bridegrooms: the 25-year-old Mark and 23-year-old An An. This is the first gay wedding made public in Shenzhen. They shared the cake, bowed to heaven and earth, exchanged the rings and kissed each other like other couples. They hope that they can get blessings and understanding from the society.

I teared up a bit at the “bowed to heaven and earth” part. :’) Small steps for my country.

Categories: china, lgbt,
Marcos Chaljub, left, and Freddy Zambrano were the first male couple in New York to be married Sunday after the passage of the same-sex marriage law last month. 

Marcos Chaljub, left, and Freddy Zambrano were the first male couple in New York to be married Sunday after the passage of the same-sex marriage law last month. 

Categories: usa, lgbt, marriage,
People attended the Roze Maandag Tilburg in the Netherlands, Monday. ‘Roze Maandag’ (Pink Monday), is a special day for gay men and lesbians. 

People attended the Roze Maandag Tilburg in the Netherlands, Monday. ‘Roze Maandag’ (Pink Monday), is a special day for gay men and lesbians. 

Categories: netherlands, lgbt, portrait,
Peruvian citizens Sara Cohello, left, and Yovana Solis were showered  with rice after a wedding ceremony at a civil registry office in Buenos  Aires Monday. The women said they are the first Peruvian same-sex couple  to get married.

Peruvian citizens Sara Cohello, left, and Yovana Solis were showered with rice after a wedding ceremony at a civil registry office in Buenos Aires Monday. The women said they are the first Peruvian same-sex couple to get married.

Categories: peru, lgbt, :),
Activists of the transsexual, gay and lesbian  community participate in a protest demanding for the right to choose a  name according to their gender along a street in San Salvador on  November 15, 2010. The slogans on the T-shirts read, “I choose to be  called… Lucero/Pamela”.

Activists of the transsexual, gay and lesbian community participate in a protest demanding for the right to choose a name according to their gender along a street in San Salvador on November 15, 2010. The slogans on the T-shirts read, “I choose to be called… Lucero/Pamela”.

Categories: el salvador, lgbt,
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