Credence: The first Sci-Fi to challenge LGBT portrayal in film

Support for #Credence GLBT Sci-Fi film is Beautiful

Director Mike Buonaiuto creates stunning trailer for Credence, a first of it’s kind Sci-Fi film that will challenge the way gay characters are portrayed in film. After posting the project on the social fundraising site Indigogo, the project smashed it’s 6,000£ target in only 3 days. In fact, the film raised 8K£ within the first 72 hours of posting. 

The support has continued to grow in the following week and the film is now closing in on 20,000£ in raised funds for the project. The additional money will be put toward making an even better product than originally envisioned with some of the money going toward film festival submissions and more stunning visual effects.

The film trailer, while only 90 seconds long, manages to fire a bullet right to the heart of the national debate on marriage equality and glbt family rights. The success of the fundraising is a testament to our pent-up need to see better representation of our families in film. The film goes beyond a niche project directed to the gay community.  It poignantly catapults the very notion of “what is family” into the international spotlight.

-Bryce Thomason, GayAgenda.com

Readers of Gay Agenda can support this amazing project by visiting: http://bit.ly/SupportCredence

SYNOPSIS

#Credence tells the story of a family torn apart during the last evacuation on earth after violent storms have made survival impossible. Hope has been found in the form of new worlds that support human life, however due to limited rocket capacity and life expectancy only children are permitted to evacuate, and even then – only the rich have ended up getting tickets. Our short film follows 2 fathers’ decision to make the ultimate sacrifice to give up all their possessions to ensure the survival of their daughter, and the entire human race.

Same-Sex Marriages Legalized Outside of Oregon Get Benefits

In a memo sent to state agencies on October 16, state Chief Operating Officer Michael Jordan said same-sex couples married in places where it’s legal are immediately eligible for the same benefits as other heterosexual couples. Said Matt Shelby, spokesman for the Department of Administrative Services, “it’s pretty wide- ranging if you think about all the places where a married couple could interact with a state agency. Whether it is income taxes or filing a business or the other multitude of places where a married couple would have some rights or responsibilities, this decision be applied in many other states with constitutional bans.”

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N.J. Supreme Court’s Ruling Legalizes Same-sex Marriage

Court Denied Christie’s Request for Delay

Starting at 12:01 a.m. on October 21, same-sex couples in New Jersey will finally be able to wed, the Supreme Court ruled on October 18, 2013. The Court denied the Christie’s Administration’s request to delay a lower court order that the state recognize gay marriage.

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#LGBTHistoryMonth – The #LGBTHM Come Unity Mix

#LGBTHistoryMonth – The #LGBTHM Come Unity Mix

“‘Cause love’s such an old fashioned word/And love dares you to care for

The people on the edge of the Night/And love dares you to change our way of/Caring about ourselves”

– from “Under Pressure,” Queen and David Bowie

In the United States, October Is LGBT History Month

LGBT History Month fills the month of October with celebrations of those we love, those we have unfortunately lost, and those of us who are valued here, now and always. The month-long holiday commemorates LGBT persons of experience and is particularity related to civil rights and LGBT rights history and movements. Enveloped in LGBT History Month is its sister celebration, National Coming Out Day (October 11).

In the UK, LGBT History Month takes place during February, celebrating the 2005 abolition of Section 28, which previously forbade educators and schools from bringing LGBT topics or support to students or teaching it in schools.

Particularity in the United States, no one organization “owns or presides over” the holiday—rather, several groups worldwide recognize and celebrate it conjointly.

HRC  prepares its own events, campaigns and educational brochures to inform folks about LGBT History Month, though much of its efforts during the month focus on its own National Coming Out Day campaign.

Meanwhile, Equality Forum celebrates the day of recognition by designating and recognizing LGBT icons each year—one for each day of the month—voted in by the public and archived in an historical database. (Place your votes for LGBTHistoryMonth.com 2014 Icons here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFhoRjNZMjIyUzV1cVZGVnRBay16RXc6MQ)

Naturally, several other individual groups, publications, sites and services such as Outhistory.org, GLBTQ.com, Quistapp.com and more celebrate and educate in their own ways.

We’ll save the controversies about LGBT History Month Festivities and Teach-In’s for another day–if you’re reading this, we know it’s because you want to celebrate–not debate.

Icons, anthems and selections abound, which we love. This list of songs that we claim and exclaim are for us or by us is ever-expansive, and we welcome you to add to the mix in the comments box below.

Meanwhile, have fun with these cuts. While there aren’t any new ones, you might find a few that are “new to you.”

 

The LGBT History Month Come Unity Mix

* Namoli Brennet – We Belong http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zddc7IUtN3Q

* Queen Latifah – Unity – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8cHxydDb7o

* Cheryl Lynn – Got to Be Real – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoXvDleWJ5U

* Latrice Royale & Manila Luzon — The Chop (Official Music Video) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlHzdXFCJ-c

* Diana Ross – I’m Coming Out - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-mjl63e0ms

* RuPaul – Free to Be – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eaah3_kDLEg

* Elton John – Philadelphia Freedom – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhJHL34DiBY

* Village People – Macho Man – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AO43p2Wqc08

* Marilyn – Give It Up – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9t-LcPkoiDM

* Erasure – A Little Respect - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiKVjS3gR88

* David Bowie and Queen – Under Pressure - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gpn8MANhdLU

* Joe Jackson – Real Men – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BA65lg1HWt4

* Billie Holiday – The Very Thought of You http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPJuFxl0bxY

* Bessie Smith- I Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meuwKhPGItk

* Melissa Etheridge – Come to My Window - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1QIuAJoS94

* Cole Porter – You’re The Top – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njzqv5gWt6k

* k.d. lang – Constant Craving - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SraGoEVxOwQ

* Jill Sobule – I Kissed A Girl – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FdwUGwasck

* Ani Difranco – Slide – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eqwww-lLz74

* Garbage – Androgyny – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVs6Fekh0RY

* Velvet Underground – Candy Says – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPgGjUSEWss

* Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Same Love feat. Mary Lambert – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlVBg7_08n0

* Blur – Girls and Boys – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDswiT87oo8

* Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgzGwKwLmgM

* Cabaret – Liza Minnelli – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moOamKxW844

*C_nty – Kevin Aviance – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYTuzFNZftY

* The Origin Of Love – Hedwig And The Angry Inch Cast – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zU3U7E1Odc

* Rent-Seasons of Love - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsj15wPpjLY

* Closer to Fine – Indigo Girls – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUgwM1Ky228

* Madonna What It Feels Like For A Girl – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQeOpTWPBfQ

* Lady Gaga – Born This Way – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wV1FrqwZyKw

* Culture Club – Love Is Love – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_5s3yRcohE

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To hear the entire playlist, click the link below:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBRcoGrPV–ZxK3qVocF1q5cz_ovovKM2

 

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For more information about LGBT History Month, visit:

LGBT History Month – Equality Forum & Icon List for 2013

http://lgbthistorymonth.comhttp://www.equalityforum.com/lgbt-history-month-2013-icons-announced

Trans Oral History Project http://transoralhistory.com

The Lesbian Herstory Archives http://www.lesbianherstoryarchives.org

(Book) Transgender History – Susan Stryker http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_Stryker

GLAAD: LGBT History Month Celebration Timeline http://www.glaad.org/blog/celebrate-lgbt-history-month

BiNet – A Brief History of the Bisexual Movement http://www.binetusa.org/bihistory.htm

June Mazer Lesbian Archives http://www.mazerlesbianarchives.org

GSA Network’s Class Syllabus and Event Ideas http://www.gsanetwork.org/lgbthistorymonth

Wikipedia’s LGBT Portal  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:LGBT

GLBT Historical Society http://www.glbthistory.org

ONEArchives.org  http://www.onearchives.org

HAPPY LGBT HISTORY MONTH, Y’ALL!

#NiceUp And Dance: Queer-Friendly Reggae And More | YouTube Playlist

 

“It ain’t about who ya love/it’s all about do ya love”

- From “Do Ya Love,” Michael Franti and Spearhead

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#NiceUp And Dance: Queer-Friendly Reggae-Plus Playlist 

There’s nothing that touches your body, mind and spirit quite like Reggae—same with all musics inspired by or related to it.

If you’re at all lyrics-conscious, finding queer-friendly Reggae and Dancehall music can be a bit of a minefield to say the least (not even going to get into live shows right now!) But if you proceed carefully, you’ll find that many Reggae and related jams songs apply to us whether or not the creators intended to include us in their musings.

(Plus you know we’ve got some Diana King up in this mix—the Strong Diva among Divas who recently came out to the press.)

This playslist includes bits and pieces of Reggae or Reggae-influenced tracks—there’s some Dancehall, Ska, Dance, Pop, Soul, R&B, and many songs here are simply “irie for irie’s sake.” Too, there are some uplifting, empowering cuts up in this: a Diva over here, a Diva over there….

Many of these performers are in the community or advocate for LGBTQ folks. Some songs were just co-opted for goodness’ sake. All and all, these tracks flow with that Nice Up And Dance Vibration, so we got you!

Enjoy.

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Erykah Badu – On & On Reggae Remix (A7 Remix)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6hIdyLjy2g

“On and on, and on and on, my cipher keeps moving like a Rolling Stone:” it’s a keep ya head up jam if you’ve ever heard one.

Lauryn Hill – Lost Ones (reggae version by reggaesta)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCsgMypQfQ0

Speaking of keeping your head up: we love you, Lauryn, peace and blessings. Much, much love. Lauryn Hill is one of the best rappers and/or toasting musicians in the game (and one of the most underrated—ironically).

Boy George – Turn 2 Dust OFFICIAL VIDEOhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdnAqR2nqZU

Personal life aside (his violent incidents in the past were made very public), this track is a beautiful plea for getting spiritually aligned and replacing all hatred with love. The queer aesthetics in the video and diversity of dancers, singers and performers drive the point home with that much more inclusiveness. Nice one, George.

Mista Majah P The Maverick – Gay Marriagehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiC6Sq3hrU4

You may know Mista Majah P from our earlier feature: he’s an openly-out, lion-hearted and prolific Reggae artist who advocates on our behalf via activism and in song regularly.

Beautiful how he reclaims the words “Legalize it” in the context of same sex marriage. You go, Brother.

No Doubt – Settle Down http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pb_zZ3xItPI

Fashion-diva and totally O.G. Ska-Pop Diva Gwen Stefani is a queen: what more do you need to know? Now get to skankin’…. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skank_%28dance%29)

Bob Marley – One Love - www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ou5pzKuKP8w

Y’all know…

Ziggy Marley – Set Your Piggies Freehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7pU-ygiFPk

Adorable. True! Totally naturalist and organic. Love.

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Say Hey (I Love You) - www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehu3wy4WkHs

Speaking of walking around the world in naturally bare feet, Michael Franti’s all about it—he’s well-known for staying well-rooted, down to his strong, bare feet. Born and raised in San Francisco, Michael Franti is a regular advocate for many humanitarian causes, including LGBT advocacy.

Lauryn Hill – Lost Ones - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56wrMKBLUvA

The original.

The Specials – Free Nelson Mandelahttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgcTvoWjZJU

Activism and love is powerful. Music helps support that power. This tune is forever uplifting.

Diana King ft GunJun – Yu Dun Know – Reggae Music Videohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzP4cypb35c

This song doesn’t mess about. Of course she’s singing from a regal throne in this video. Yes, but of course.

Big Mountain – Baby I Love Your Wayhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5VQV8jTl5Q

Classic slow jam, plus: smiles for miles just waiting to happen.

And all the rest of the goodness…!

 

Michigan And Smiley-Nice Up The Dance Part 1+2.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-n2kElk_1A

Beyoncé – Standing On The Sun (SOS Reggae Mix) -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONZWRTACXHo

Ziggy Marley – Tomorrow Peoplehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnYfENJZVuI

Jimmy Cliff – I Can See Clearly Now - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jsw_r0hILQ

Bob Marley – Iron Lion Zion - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tESLeLhYg0M

Matisyahu – King Without A Crownhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-w1Va4DqDWs

Private Domain and Pato Banton – Absolute Perfection -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjcHzRey7tw

Zap Mama – Rafiki - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6onXt2bwDY

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Do Ya Love - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNo41BY-Xc0

“Sunshine and loveiness/ain’t nobody feelin’/no ugliness tonight.”

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Skin On The Drum - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Z8qpqOlwic

“I keep on living with the fullness of The One/like the heat on the sun/or the skin on the drum.”

Michael Franti & Spearhead – All the Freaky People - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=580NWAdGaAo

Zap Mama & Erykah Badu – Bandy Bandy - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEj9QZakbxU

Erykah Badu & Stephen Marley – I’m In Love With You - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lF0TzvImsl0

Luscious Jackson – Don’t Look Back - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3tuSNMO-u4

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Check out the entire playlist here:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBRcoGrPV–ar_MF44mcH3cff8NkDH8pK

 

May the irie, chill forces be with with you.

 

 

N.J. Same-Sex Marriage Now Legal on October 21

But Gov. Christie Vows Appeal

New Jersey Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson’s ruling on September 27 would make New Jersey the 14th stateto allow same-sex couples to marry. Judge Jacobson directed that her ruling take effect on October 21 to allow the state enough time to put the ruling into place or to appeal it.

Christie Expected to Appeal Decision

Republican Governor Chris Christie favors civil unions which New Jersey has had in place since 2007. Under the state constitution, civil unions guarantees those same-sex couples the same rights and benefits of opposite- sex married couples.

Governor Christie opposes gay marriage and plans on appealing the head judge of Mercer County’s deccision – all the way to the Supreme Court. Christie wanted to have a referendum on gay marriage on Election Day. He argued that the matter was out of Jersy’s hands since the only pressing questions were over federal, not state benefits.

However, since the Democrat -contolled Legislature refused to allow the people to decide, the state Supreme Court will make the constitutional determination which could take months. In the interim, Jacobson’s order may be frozen while the appeal is pending.

State Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-Essex) and U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) are both urging Christie NOT to appeal. The Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey Udi Ofer, stated that a coalition of groups would keep pressing state lawmakers for an override of Cristie’s gay-marriage veto last year.

The Law According to Jacobson

According to Jacobson, who granted an emergency request by six couples, said that gay couples would be denied federal benefits if the state kept allowing only civil unions. Jacobson modeled her decision on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on United States v. Windsor.

This is the first state judicial ruling ordering same-sex marriage since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act last June. The judge wrote in her 53-pageopinion that “same sex couples must be allowed to marry in order to obtain equal protection of the law under the New Jersey constitution. The ineligibility of same-sex couples for federal benefits is currently harming same-sex couples in New Jersey in a wide range of contexts. For example, civil union partners who are federal employees living in New Jersey are ineligible for marital rights with regard to the federal pension system, all civil union partners who are employees working for businesses to which the Family and Medical Leave applies may not rely on its statutory protections for spouses, and civil union couples may not access the federal tax benefits that married couples enjoy.”

New Jersey to Become 14th State Allowing Gay Marriage

If the ruling stands, New Jersey will be the fourteenth state to allow same-sex marriage. If not appealed, “October 2 should be a very exciting day for many loving couples. Justice has already been denied for far too long. Let’s clear the way for equal rights for all families.”

Hawaii’s Special Session for Gay Marriage

Although one of the first states to outlaw gay marriage, Hawaii looks to be the most likely next candidate for legalized same-sex marriage.

 

Monday September 9, Governor Neil Abercrombie called for a special session of the Hawaii legislature to deliberate the “Hawaii Marriage Equality Act of 2013.” This comes after the Supreme Court dashed parts of the Defense of Marriage Act, and because of recent decisions made about tax law by the IRS and the U.S. Treasury department.

 

The special session is set to begin October 25, and if things go quickly, Hawaii Attorney General David Louie estimates that marriage licenses could be issued by the state starting as soon as just three weeks later, November 18.

 

The main reason Governor Abercrombie gives for the special session is that it will allow “the Legislature to focus squarely on this important issue, without having to divert attention to the hundreds of other bills introduced during a regular session.” He also wants to expedite the passage to allow “various tax and other financial issues to be achieved for citizens” when recognized as legally wed couples.

 

Court clerks estimate that if the legislature cooperates and moves things along quickly (which Governor Abercrombie thinks is possible), a four or five day session could cost around $28,500. While the passage of the bill isn’t guaranteed, democrats outnumber republicans in the House 44-7, and 24-1 in the Senate.

 

Governor Abercrombie said in his statement this week that the bill strikes a “delicate balance” to make a compromise on same-sex marriage possible for the state. “Every variation on a view with regard to the issue of marriage and equitable treatment for those engaged in marriage has been aired, has been analyzed, has been discussed. No one has been left out or has been marginalized in the process to this point.”

 

If the bill passes, Hawaii would join the other 13 states and the District of Columbia with legalized gay marriage. Hawaii is already one of the few states with civil unions as an option for same-sex couples, but proponents of the current bill say that civil unions do not go far enough. In 1998 Hawaii passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage throughout the state in an odd reversal of an earlier court case. Even opponents to the bill cite it as clearly written and able to protect the rights of individuals with religious reasons for not officiating a same-sex wedding.

 

Stay tuned for updates on the latest in gay marriage across the U.S and the world!

Author: Eugene Riordan, Jr.

Gay Cakes May Save the Business: Discriminating Cake Shop Closing Doors

It’s nice to be reminded that public pressure does mean something in the business world, especially where queer rights are concerned.

 

Last January, Oregon bakery “Sweet Cakes by Melissa” denied a lesbian couple’s request for a wedding cake. Now, seven months later, the bakery has had to close up shop, reporting a more than 50% decrease in sales since the event.

 

A Portland same-sex couple filed a complaint with the Oregon Attorney General’s office after Aaron and Melissa Klein told them that they wouldn’t make a cake for their wedding because they “don’t do gay weddings.” Investigations are still ongoing into whether or not the bakery couple broke the Oregon Equality Act of 2007, which prohibits discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation. Klein’s response to the allegations has been that they’ll sell products to anyone regardless of orientation or gender, but that they wouldn’t bake for gay weddings because it is against their Christian faith.

 

In response, Duff Goldman, the star of Ace of Cakes and the head baker for “Charm City Cakes” offered to make the queer couple a unique bride’s cake free of charge because “there’s injustice involving cake!” The couple accepted and had a wonderfully special wedding day, surrounded by great cake and lots of love.

 

This wasn’t the end for Sweet Cakes, however. The bakery will still be selling its wares, but not in their main storefront. The couple left a note on their window after their closure elaborating on their thoughts on the whole ordeal: “This fight is not over. We will continue to stand strong. Your Religious Freedom is becoming not Free anymore. This is ridiculous that we can not practice our faith. The Lord is good and we will continue to serve Him with all out heart.”

 

The Kleins have reported that they’ve been under a lot of pressure since their refusal of the same-sex couple. They cited a break-in to their bakery truck, as well as people harassing and threatening their vendors to the point where vendors could not refer customers to their establishment. They’ve also stated that it has felt like “mafia tactics” have been used against them simply because of their religious beliefs.

 

The Kleins remain optimistic about their futures with the business despite the hardships and hope people will accept them and their religious beliefs. Seems like they want what all queer people want as well. Equality sure works in funny ways.

Author: Eugene Riordan, Jr.

Alaska Soon To Recognize Gay Partners as Immediate Family

Same-sex partners Eligible for Medical Leave Despite Gay Marriage Ban

The definition of immediate family may be redefined for purposes of medical leave by The Alaska State Personnel Board in a meeting scheduled for September 19. The board will most likely at that time change a rule that would add same-sex partner to the definition of what constitutes ‘immediate family.’ If this is approved, state employees would be allowed to take family leave in the event that their partner has a serious illness.

Baby Steps Towards Equality

Alaska, since 1998, has had a constitutional amendment that bans the state from recognizing same-sex marriage. In 2005, The Alaska Supreme Court ruled that state employee benefits extended to married couples must also be applied to same-sex couples In 2012, Alaska’s two U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich, voted to end the ban of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Requirements for New Immediate Family

Nancy Sutch, Deputy Director of the State Government’s Personnel Office, said the proposed regulations will set out requirements that are similar to those for insurance coverage, in effect since 2006. If certain requirements are met, currently same-sex partners of state employees can qualify to be on their insurance. Requirements are: couples must certify, among other things, that they’ve been in committed, exclusive relationships for at least the past year and plan to continue their relationship indefinitely. For at least a year, they must have lived together and considered themselves to be members of each other’s immediate family.

Catalysts for Change

The proposed change in rules stems from a recent review of a 2005 Alaska Supreme Court decision. Attorneys wrote in the past June to the commissioners of Corrections and Administration on behalf of a Juneau corrections officer who wanted to take family leave to care for her partner, who was undergoing cancer treatment.

Legal director for American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska, Tom Stenson, said “that you don’t have to be a great humanitarian or anything to realize people need support at those times and that is what the law is there to protect. People shouldn’t have to suffer through cancer alone because they are gay. This is such a basic human right to be able to support somebody when they’re getting medical treatment. It’s so fundamental it’s hard for me to see what the counter argument is.”