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Tuesday, April 13th, 2010
12:51 pm
[jeanne_d_arc]
ENDA
It's Do-or-Die Time for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act: Whip Count Now Under Way. Call your Rep right now at 202-224-3121 (for those who don't live in DC) to demand an inclusive ENDA with gender identity protections. If passed with gender identity included, the law will protect LGBT people from workplace discrimination.
Monday, February 1st, 2010
4:01 pm
[jeanne_d_arc]
Imbolc
Happy Imbolc and Groundhog Day.
How is everyone celebrating?
Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
5:21 pm
[jeanne_d_arc]
Lisa Simpson comes out of the broom closet.
Check out this article on WitchVox:
http://www.witchvox.com/va/dt_va.html?a=usny&c=words&id=13713

(I don't watch enough TV to know if this article is accurate).

Please comment.
Wednesday, December 30th, 2009
5:00 pm
[jeanne_d_arc]
Our Friend Ro
Here is an NPR Intern Edition piece on my friend Ro, a Transgender Lesbian Wiccan, whom Lexi and I got to see in our recent visit to DC:
http://www.npr.org/internedition/fall09/story.php?id=3
Thursday, November 19th, 2009
11:39 am
[jeanne_d_arc]
Call Congress TODAY about ENDA
The fate of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) will be decided by YOU!

TODAY & TOMORROW CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE!

The bill should be moving in the House shortly after Thanksgiving, but it’s critical that our elected officials hear from us TODAY to ensure that all LGBT people are protected from workplace discrimination once and for all.

Just follow these three steps:
1) Call the Capital Switchboard at 202.224.3121 and ask to speak to your representative. (If you’re not sure who your representative is, simply give the operator your zip code and they will connect you.)

2) Follow this script:

My name is _____ and I’m a proud FAITH VOICE in (your city, state). As a (your faith/spiritual identity) I am calling in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (H.R. 3017) to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from job discrimination. No one should have to fear losing their job simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Please pass ENDA THIS year. Thank you for your time.

3) Go back to step 1 and call at least one of your senators — we need to make our voice for equality as loud as possible.
Tuesday, October 20th, 2009
1:43 pm
[jeanne_d_arc]
International Talk Like a Quaker Day
Friends, I am pleased to announce that Tenth Month 24 (10/24/09) will be the third annual International Talk Like a Quaker Day.

Basically, this is a day to use Plain Speech (thee/thy instead of you/your) and/or talk about Quaker principles, such as peace and equality.

I had no idea how popular this event would get when I first created it, so let's keep the Light shining!

Here are some examples:

ITLAQ Day is the 24th day of Tenth Month and it is Seventh Day (of the week). This day is also William Penn's birthday and United Nations Day.

Mind the Light.

Friend Obama, thy policy of increasing troop levels in Afghanistan is not in keeping with the Peace Testimony.

I have posed myself a query in the spirit of John Woolman and William Penn: where among my possessions and actions are the seeds of war and what I am doing to change that?


(PS- There is a Facebook page International Talk Like a Quaker Day!)
(PPS- For those who are wondering, I'm a Quaker Pagan or Quagan.)
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009
10:44 am
[gayling]
oracles
...mm ...oracles are only fun, when you hear what you want to hear... and yes: I only just realised that^^ - never had a bad oracle on anything that was important to me in my life before, so there... well, okay: so it wasn't of course 'bad' - it was just not at all what I wanted to hear... #sigh#... I am SO not for patience where love is concerned^^... hope you had a great Mabon, everyone !... bb...
Monday, September 21st, 2009
9:48 pm
[gayling]
autumn equinox

...Happy Mabon, everyone !!!... :D ...Yay for the Gods !!!... ;P

...mm ...I'm going to ask the Gods about me and my love tonight - think some good thoughts for me, folks !^^... bb...
Wednesday, June 10th, 2009
7:42 pm
[jeanne_d_arc]
Tuesday, June 9th, 2009
11:53 am
[jeanne_d_arc]
LGBT Events in Michigan
LGBT People with Disabilities Pride Picnic
The first one (that we know of) in Washtenaw County, Michigan will take place Sunday, June 14 from 1:30 to 3 pm in the picnic shelter of County Farm Park. The entrance is on Platt Rd, just south of Washtenaw Ave in Ann Arbor. The picnic shelter is near the playground. Families, including dogs, are welcome!

Working Together Forum
LGBT people and allies are welcome to this grassroots discussion about where our movement for equality should go and what strategy we should use. The meeting takes place Monday, June 15 from 7 to 9 pm at the Ypsilanti Public Library, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti. This is the first of a series of such forums around the state.
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009
4:25 pm
[jeanne_d_arc]
Tuesday, May 26th, 2009
3:59 pm
[jeanne_d_arc]
We lost in California
The California Supreme Court held up the anti-equality Prop 8 Constitutional amendment, banning all future same-gender marriages. Those who were already married during the short window that the state issued licenses will still have theirs recognized.

Please go to http://www.dayofdecision.com/ to find a protest in a city/town near you.
Sunday, April 19th, 2009
12:16 pm
[jeanne_d_arc]
Michigan Lobby Day Against Bullying
Already this year six young people in the United States have died due to bullying, with countless others attempting suicide or dropping out of school completely to avoid the unnecessary torment. It is time to put an end to the violence in our schools so all children can be safe.

Please join us and other Michigan organizations for the All American Lobby Day to end bullying in Michigan! Join us Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. at Teamsters Hall (local 580), located at 5800 Executive Drive in Lansing, MI. We will lobby for SB 0159*, a law to protect all Michigan youth from bullying and increase the safety in Michigan schools. Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer will be train participants that morning on how to effectively lobby. Midday, we will host a press conference to let all Michigan residents know about this important bill.

We need your help getting the word out to others about this Lobby Day, so please work with us to inform, invite and mobilize your friends, family and peers in the upcoming weeks to get as many people involved as we can.

Some of the sponsoring and endorsing organizations include: the Michigan Democratic Party LGBT & Allies Caucus, the Michigan Democratic Party’s Youth Caucus, Michigan Equality, The University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) College Democrats, Project Light, Order of St John the Beloved (a Catholic organization), the American Family Committee and the Kalamazoo Gay and Lesbian Resource Center.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Phil Volk at philvolk2004 at yahoo.com or (734) 474-5290.
Want to get involved prior to Lobby Day?

Each Tuesday beginning April 14th we will have a ‘work parties’ in Ann Arbor at 7:00p.m. in the lower level of Starbucks at 222 S. State St.
*Please read this important section of Bill SB 0159:

(iv) Is based on a pupil’s actual or perceived religion, race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, height, weight, gender identity, socioeconomic status, or any other distinguishing characteristic or is based on association with another person who has or is perceived to have any of these characteristics.
Tuesday, April 7th, 2009
12:28 pm
[jeanne_d_arc]
Good News from Vermont!
Vermont Legalizes Gay Marriage With Veto Override

By DAVE GRAM
The Associated Press
Tuesday, April 7, 2009; 12:16 PM

MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Vermont on Tuesday became the fourth state to legalize gay marriage _ and the first to do so with a legislature's vote.

The House recorded a dramatic 100-49 vote, the minimum needed, to override Gov. Jim Douglas' veto. Its vote followed a much easier override vote in the Senate, which rebuffed the Republican governor with a vote of 23-5.

Vermont was the first state to legalize civil unions for same-sex couples and joins Connecticut, Massachusetts and Iowa in giving gays the right to marry. Their approval of gay marriage came from the courts.

Tuesday morning's legislative action came less than a day after Douglas issued a veto message saying the bill would not improve the lot of gay and lesbian couples because it still would not provide them rights under federal and other states' laws.
Friday, February 27th, 2009
12:13 pm
[mdm_sosostris]
Signal boost: God Hates Them What Hate the Gays
Thought this might be of interest.

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Cambridge Rindge and Latin has one of the oldest high school Gay-Straight Alliances in the country. Fred Phelps, of "God Hates Fags" protesting and internet fame, dislikes this. You remember Fred Phelps, right?


Yeah, that Fred Phelps. He'll be at the school on 13 March, expressing his displeasure.

Project 10 East, the GSA in question, and Driving Equality are hosting a Phelps-a-thon in response. They're taking pledges for every minute Phelps is on their sidewalk. The money goes to Project 10 East, to help make Cambridge Rindge and Latin a more welcoming place for queer students. And Fred Phelps gets a thank you card for the donation. Good deal.

Donate here, if you have the means. And if not, please pass the word along.

Remember, god is our best fag. Xe'd want you to pass along your pennies.
Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
10:01 am
[vervain13]
Mark Of The Wilde: Sister Guild to MoonBough


Greetings all!

It is with great pleasure to announce the nearly complete charter of Mark of the Wilde, MoonBough's sister guild on the Horde side. Mark Of The Wilde is an LGBT-friendly guild which began due to another gamer's observation of what we were doing in building MoonBough. Both guilds fully support each other and are having a blast pooling resources and experience to enhance gameplay for all members. Feel free to contact Hester or Wotak ingame for further information.

See you ingame! 



Current Mood: accomplished
Wednesday, February 18th, 2009
2:11 pm
[jeanne_d_arc]
My wife and I attended my grandmother's funeral this Sunday. During the eulogy that my aunt gave she said that Grammy made a point of telling everyone that she could see how much my wife and I love each other, that we make each other happy and that she supports our marriage. I cried so hard to hear that! It's not every grandmother who would be so supportive, loving and accepting. It's not every aunt who would be willing to say so publicly.
Perhaps being part of a minority group that is so vilified by much of society makes one truly appreciate being loved and accepted in a way that straight people take for granted. I was also pleased to see that my cousin's foster children and all Grammy's children's and grandchildren's spouses (including my wife) were included in the list of relatives in the eulogy and in the obituary published in the newspaper.
I'm sad to lose my last grandparent and sad to think that my own children will not know their great-grandparents on my side of the family and indeed may never know any of their great-grandparents.
Sunday, February 15th, 2009
8:24 am
[vervain13]
Lupercalia

 

Berry cocktails

Goat gouda

Homemade jambalaya with lamb, shrimp, and GimmeLean

Luscious chocolates

Red wine

Specialty candles burning long into the night

 

More than just the sap is rising, ;-P



Current Mood: content
Saturday, February 14th, 2009
11:08 am
[vervain13]
MoonBough Guild...It's Official!
Greetings all! I am going to shamelessly plagiarize from my response to a fellow LJer who made inquiries about MoonBough.

Last night we officially became MoonBough guild, with me as guild leader and Hubby and I as co-founders. The final signature came from an LJer who responded to the MoonBough post here. Nice guy and a great player. The guild is primarily Alliance, but there are members who also have/want Horde characters which they wish to play as well. Currently the level range is from low (7 or so) to high (DK). There's a lot of experience among the players which brings great benefit to everyone...especially those of us who are the newbs, ;) Presently most of us are either A) leveling up lower level characters on solo quests or B) playing similar level characters in group quests...the idea being to form raiding parties and have a blast killing monsters, saving the regions from encroaching evil, and of course, getting lots o'loot, :)

We're psyched and surging forward.

*doing the Happy Dance*

P.S.
One continuous note resounding through the guild is how members are really happy to have a LGBT venue in which they can be themselves and enjoy gaming without fear of harassment.

Current Mood: excited
Friday, February 13th, 2009
9:13 am
[vervain13]
Wow...Feel The Love Weekend
Okay. This weekend we are setting aside a lot  of time for gaming on Cenarion Circle. We, MoonBough, are only one signature away from submitting the charter and have every confidence that we'll accomplish our goal this weekend. Our group has the coolest people in it and we have a blast questing, chatting, and just hanging together ingame. If you want to join in, (yes that is an invitation), drop on in to Cenarion Circle and look for Vrethij. That's my character and she has the charter. Besides, we need more fabulous peeps onboard.

See you ingame!






Current Mood: excited
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