Sunday, September 8, 2013

LGBT Community Celebrates Pride in Austin: Don't Mess With Equality

Austin, Texas celebrated LGBT equality yesterday! It was the first pride my spouse and I marched in for Austin. It was great to see the throngs of LGBT and allies lined up from The Capital Building on Congress all the way to 4th Street. 4th Street is of course Austin's version of The village in NYC. The main strip that is home to most of Austin's gay clubs.

Although we marched in NYC in June, it was great to do so in our new state. The battle here will of course be a harder one. It is one that I hope and know my peeps in NYC  (which will always be in my heart) will help with. While Austin Pride was wonderful, we will have our work cut out for us. The venue here has to be expanded, with perhaps more star power. It is definitely something I will be working on. I know many like Dan Savage and others that I follow and who follow me back, will no doubt be more than willing. Which leads to this years Austin Pride:
Love Unites!

Let's hope that we can make others see that "Same Love" and be united for equality and make progress not only here in Texas, but everywhere. Like I like saying in my motto/ signature at @blogexpression #equalitystrengthens.

Keep your Pride on!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

One Step Closer To Equality With Treasury Department Ruling

Today the majority of married gays and lesbians who are legally married can breathe a little easier.

In what is a good fallout of the United States Supreme Court's ruling  on DOMA (The Defense of Marriage Act) The Treasury Department has stated that all gay/lesbian married couples will be able to file as such for 2013.

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced:

“Today’s ruling provides certainty and clear, coherent tax filing guidance for all legally married same-sex couples nationwide. It provides access to benefits, responsibilities and protections under federal tax law that all Americans deserve. This ruling also assures legally married same-sex couples that they can move freely throughout the country knowing that their federal filing status will not change"

It seems that the many whom like myself got married and now live in a state that does not recognize their marriage have even more reason to fight. Texas and fighting fit LGBT rights in Texas just got off to a great start for me. Here's to the fight! Or as I like to say on my Twitter page: Equality Strengthens! 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Defense of Marriage Act Ruled Unconstitutional

In a long awaited ruling, the so called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) has just been ruled unconstitutional! The 5-4 decision was just ruled! Thank you justice Kennedy! Supreme Court has also dismissed Prop8, which means Marriage Equality will resume in California! Oh happy day!