U.S. Supreme Court Reschedules Consideration of Whether to Hear Proposition 8 Case
Prop. 8 and DOMA Cases Now Distributed for Nov. 30 Conference
Washington, DC – Today, the United States Supreme Court indicated that it has rescheduled the date when it will consider whether to grant review in Hollingsworth v. Perry (formerly Perry v. Brown), the federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8.
The Perry case, along with several cases challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), have been distributed for consideration at the Justices’ private Conference scheduled for Friday, November 30. The Proposition 8 and DOMA cases had previously been distributed for the Conference of Tuesday, November 20. Continue reading →
Greenwald, who was in Boise recently to speak at the annual Bill of Rights dinner sponsored by the ACLU in Idaho, took time to visit with me after his presentation to hear about the ongoing actions of VanderSloot against the LGBT community, free speech, and hounding by his legal team to silence his critics.
With the documentation I provided to him and the intense research he compiled on his own, he posted a blazing article on Salon.com that speaks to the heart of what Idaho bloggers, news organizations, and national media outlets have confronted when bullied by VanderSloot and his lawyers.
I would like to personally thank Glenn and Salon.com for their brilliant journalism and their willingness to stick their necks out in support of me and this vital issue so aggressively.
Their commitment to First Amendment and good journalism is the standard that all bloggers, journalists and media outlets should aspire too.
The Propagandist is an in-depth investigative piece about Fischer’s history in Idaho written for the Southern Poverty Law Center by Idaho journalists Jody May-Chang and Jill Kuraitis, both of whom have closely followed Fischer’s activities for many years. The article is included in a 23-page report issued by the SPLC Oct. 10, 2011
Oct 14, 2011 May-Chang discusses Fischer and the SPLC Report on Fox talk radio KLIX 1310, Twin Falls Idaho.
To hear the entire KLIX interview and download the full report, “THE PROPAGANDISTS: Bryan Fischer, the American Family Association & the Demonization of LGBT People”, please visit: http://may-chang.com/?p=3686
Independent journalist Jody May-Chang discusses the Southern Poverty Law Center Report: THE PROPAGANDISTS: Bryan Fischer, the American Family Association & the Demonization of LGBT People on Fox talk radio KLIX 1310, Twin Falls Idaho.
Download the full Southern Poverty Law Center Report Here!
BREAKING UPDATE: 1:00 PM MTDT Sources in Kampala just reported the Ugandan House adjourned today without addressing the AHB. Not able to obtain a quorum with only 35 of the required 80 members to vote, the bill is expected to be on the agenda Friday May 13.
The Unitarian Universalism Association is coordinating an effort over the developing human rights situation in Uganda with the escalated homophobia in light of the looming passage with the Anti-Homosexuality, expected to become law, will jail or execute LGBT Ugandans.
Whether the bill passes or not, the homophobia has escalated since American Evangelicals exported hatred toward LGBT people to such a degree, LGBT Ugandans are in increasing danger of being beaten or killed. If not by the government, by angry mobs.
The UUA is coordinating with the Unitarian Church in Kampala and extended it’s commitment commitment and support to their congregants and partners. The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) also is pursuing opportunities for coalition work opposing the bill.
And your donation to the UUA/UU-UNO LGBT Uganda Fund will continue to support important LGBT civil rights work in Uganda even if the AHB does not pass – but becomes even more essential if this bill does pass.
TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION HERE NOW!Amnesty International is urging a letter writing campaign to the Uganda Parliament not to pass the bill in its current or amended form.
Sign the international petition to Stop the “Kill the Gays” Law Now!
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By Jody May-Chang
Originally published on BoiseWeekly.com Nov. 18, 2010
About 300 braved the cold night air Nov. 16 on the steps of the Statehouse for a rally and candlelight vigil to draw attention to the increasing epidemic of youth suicide brought brought on by anti-gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender bullying in schools in Idaho and across the nation.
Casey Dempsey said he witnesses bullying “almost every day” at Centennial High.
“One day I was in the hall minding my own business and someone spat on me. There is nothing worse in my mind than feeling worthless and being spat on,” said Dempsey. “One day you are straight and everyone thinks you’re the coolest person, the next you’re not straight and they stop talking to you and all of a sudden you’re getting bullied by people who you were friends with just days before.”
BSU student Justin Baxter described the years of bullying and taunting he endured in both middle and high school in Sandpoint, Idaho. Walking home one day after a bullying incident in his gym class locker-room, Baxter was struck in the head with a glass bottle. He fell unconscious to the grown breaking his nose as his attackers kicked him.
“People do no understand what it is like to be in that kind of darkness,” said Baxter. Continue reading →
UPDATE: May 7, 2011 Exporting Homophobia took 2nd place at the Idaho Press Club’s Best of 2010 banquet category: Weekly Print Media Watchdog / Investigative Report
What other’s are saying about Exporting Homophobia
“I was curious enough to do some research, and came across your excellent article. We’ve known for a long time about the U.S. Evangelical right exerting it’s influence in Africa…Thank you for shedding light on a truly troubling, frightening in fact, subject.”
Michelle Faul, Chief Africa Correspondent, Associated Press
“Some of Jody May-Chang’s story on homophobia in Uganda you’ve heard before. If you’ve read any of writer Jeff Sharlet’s work on The Family, or heard him on NPR’s Fresh Air, much of what you’ll read in “Exporting Homophobia” will not surprise you. This month, Sharlet is back on the airwaves and back on stands with a follow-up, and May-Chang interviewed him earlier this year as that work was just going public. It’s a dense read, but one I think is worthy of the page space and your time.”
– Rachel Daigle, Editor-in-Chief Boise Weekly
Exporting Homophobia: American far-right conservative churches establish influence on anti-gay policy in Africa — Gay Ugandans face daily fear for their lives