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President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said,

“We must scrupulously guard the civil rights and civil liberties of all citizens, whatever their background. We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred is a wedge disguised to attack our civilization.”

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'Matthew’s Passion' by Tony Kushner

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Matthew’s Passion

by Tony Kushner

Aug 28 1999

When Trent Lott heard the news about the murder of Matthew Shepard, the first thoughts that flashed through his mind were all about spin. Trent Lott worried about how to keep his promise to the religious right, to speak out against the homosexual agenda, without seeming to endorse murder. Trent Lott endorses murder, of course; his party endorses murder, his party endorses discrimination against homosexuals and in doing so it endorses the ritual slaughter of homosexuals.

A lot of people worry these days about the death of civil discourse. The Pope, in his new encyclical, Fides et Ratio (Faith and Reason), laments the death of civil discourse and cites “ancient philosophers who proposed friendship as one of the most appropriate contexts for sound philosophical inquiry.” It’s more than faintly ludicrous, this plea for friendship coming from the selfsame Pope who has tried so relentlessly to stamp out dissent in churches and Catholic universities, but let’s follow the lead of the crazies who killed Matthew Shepard and take the Pope at his word.

Video: Boy, 16, drops out of school rather than stop un-'manly' 'art dressing'

Not ‘manly’ enough for school?
Jonathan Escobar is a 16-year-old boy who was told to stop wearing high heels, hot pink wigs and makeup to school. Jonathan says he is not a cross-dresser, and that his fashion is his art. He has chosen to leave school rather than hide “who he is.” CNN’s Prime News reports.

San Diego holds kiss-in Wed., July 22, at Mormon temple in solidarity with Salt Lake City gay, het couples’ 2 kiss-in protests

San Diego group plans ‘Kiss-In’ protest at big Mormon temple
By 365gay.com and The Associated Press
Jul 21 2009
(Edited)

Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Location: San Diego Mormon Temple
Street: 7474 Charmant Drive
City: San Diego, CA 92122
Please RSVP here.

An equal rights group in San Diego plans to stage a mass kissing demonstration outside the San Diego Mormon temple as a show of support for a gay couple insulted, man-handled and handcuffed in Utah by “temple police” and cited by Salt Lake City Police for trespassing after sharing a kiss on so-called “temple property”.

The Empowering Spirits Foundation says the “kiss-in” is intended as a peaceful rally to encourage dialogue between Mormons and the gay community.

The event is scheduled for Wednesday evening at 5:00 p.m. at an enormous Mormon temple on a hill overlooking the freeway near La Jolla, Calif.

Two “kiss-in” protests have already been held, including both opposite-gender and same-gender couples, since Matt Aune and Derek Jones were cited on July 9 for trespassing on property still called Main Street Plaza in downtown Salt Lake City, the sale of which (along with all public easements onto the formerly, still visually, public property) to the Mormon religion the Mormon-majority city council of Salt Lake City inappropriately orchestrated, and the Mormon-majority courts in Utah upheld.

LaTeisha Green’s killer convicted of manslaughter and bias crime

This is an update to this previous post.

According to the Associated Press, jury deliberations ended Friday, July 17, resulting in the manslaughter conviction of Dwight DeLee for the killing of 22-year-old Lateisha Green.

The Syracuse jury, in upstate New York, also convicted DeLee of fatally shooting Green outside a house party in November because of “anti-gay bias”, according to the AP.

The jury deliberated for about six hours over two days.

DeLee faces additional prison time because he was convicted of a bias crime. He becomes just the second person in the U.S. convicted of a bias crime that involved a transgender person.

Lateisha Green anti-transgender murder trial goes to jury in NY

UPDATE:

According to the Associated Press, jury deliberations ended Friday, July 17, resulting in the manslaughter conviction of Dwight DeLee for the killing of 22-year-old Lateisha Green.

The Syracuse jury, in upstate New York, also convicted DeLee of fatally shooting Green outside a house party in November because of “anti-gay bias”, according to the AP.

The jury deliberated for about six hours over two days.

DeLee faces additional prison time because he was convicted of a bias crime. He becomes just the second person in the U.S. convicted of a bias crime that involved a transgender person.


Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund

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Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund

July 16, 2009

As many of you know, TLDEF staff members have been on the ground in Syracuse, New York, working with the family of slain transgender woman Lateisha Green, who was shot and killed in an alleged hate crime last November. The trial has put a tremendous strain on Lateisha’s family, and that strain has only intensified now that the jury has begun its deliberations.

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