As we enter an unsettling phase at the SCOTUS — where gay marriage rights could feasibly be in jeopardy (already) — check out this fascinating series of interviews with the late, great Edie Windsor, which go a long way toward explaining our victorious struggle to bring marriage equality to the U.S. ...
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Edie Windsor did so much for LGBTQ rights — she's deeply missed. Now, New York's Gov. Andrew Cuomo is declaring today Edie Windsor day in honor of what would've been her 89th birthday.
Here she is at the Out 100 party in NYC in 2013:
Hillary Clinton — who I love but who I would never argue was Harvey Milk, yet who has shown herself to be a reliable LGBTQ ally — was a surpise eulogist at Edie Windsor's funeral Friday, prasing the equality hero and imploring all within earshot to stand up for justice.
It went way better than her Nancy Reagan eulogy. Way. Better.
Keep reading for some of her words, and for more of the day's hottest links, including McCain's trans ban declaration, Wesley Woods's full moon and Olivia de Havilland making Ryan Murphy her B-word ...
Edie Windsor, whose court case led to the end of DOMA, will receive the Icon Award at TrevorLIVE New York June 19.
Being honored by The Trevor Project is a very big deal for me. I'm thrilled and humbled to be recognized by an organization that does so much for our LGBTQ young people. The fact that The Trevor Project continues year after year to be there 24/7 helping prevent suicide and averting crisis gives us all a future we can believe in.
The fundraiser will also feature Imagine Dragons, whose lead singer Dan Reynolds will be named a Trevor Hero.
More info here!
In an exclusive Q&A with the Washington Blade, Hillary Clinton has forcefully asserted her commitment to LGBTQ issues and rights, and deflected criticism that the Clinton Foundation accepts monies from anti-LGBTQ countries.
On the passage of an Equality Act:
As President, I’ll make fighting discrimination against the LGBT community a top priority – including by working with Congress to pass the Equality Act. And we won’t stop there. We’ll also take on harassment, bullying, and violence – and youth homelessness, which disproportionately hurts LGBT kids. We’ll end the harmful practice of so-called “conversion” therapy for minors, because LGBT kids don’t need to be “cured” of anything. And we’ll bring people together to reform our gun laws and keep guns from falling into the wrong hands, so that what happened at Pulse never happens again. All of these things are part of my vision for a hopeful, inclusive America where everyone counts, and everyone has a place.
On the Clinton Foundation dealing with Saudi Arabia:
I am so proud of the work the Clinton Foundation has done on behalf of vulnerable people all across the world – especially the work to combat HIV and AIDS, an epidemic that disproportionately impacts LGBT communities around the globe. Due to the work of the Clinton Foundation, 11.5 million people in the developing world have access to HIV medication at 90 percent lower cost. That’s more than half of all adults and ¾ of all children receiving treatment today.
I’ve always believed that we shouldn’t shy away from confronting human rights abuses around the world – against LGBT people or anyone else. That’s why, as Secretary of State, I actively stood up to these countries and have advocated for the rights of many, including declaring that “gay rights are human rights,” and made advancing the rights of LGBT people around the world a cornerstone of our foreign policy, including advocating for the first ever United Nations resolution on LGBT rights. Donald Trump, on the other hand, has conducted business deals worth millions of dollars in or with some of these countries and has done it for the sole purpose of padding his own pockets.
Here’s the bottom line: As your president, I will continue to fight for LGBT rights here in the United States and around the globe.
More of Hillary's remarks here.
SNL's season-opening show reeled 'em in with Baldwin's meh (sorry!) Trump and McKinnon's wow Clinton.
Christie jumps on the Trump-as-genius bandwagon regarding tax-avoidance. Huh?!
Trump once pressured Marla Maples to go nude in Playboy, negotiated big-bucks deal; she refused.
OMG, marriage-equality veteran Edie Windsor just got remarried at 87! CONGRATS!
Thursday night was the Out 100 party, celebrating Out Magazine's issue in which its editors honor 100 influential out figures from all walks, the most famous of which get the cover treatment. (This year, Edie Windsor, Jim Parsons, Lee Daniels and the very recently out Wentworth Miller made the cut.)
I'd never been invited to this party before, and kept complaining and being told, "Next year!" Finally, I got the invite, so no way would I miss what Kenneth swears is the year's most fun party.
The venue is conducive to having a fun party with live acts (Debbie Harry was headlining, with Steve Grand, The Dolls and Charli XCX of Icona Pop fame supporting), but not so great for a red carpet. Still, Out did a nice job with a second-floor carpet, my only complaint being that the DJed party music drowned out the interviews somewhat.
I was surrounded by nice people, except for an inconsequential sourpuss who looked about 12 years old who was frowning his way through the night for ET, and being near sane individuals helps loads.
The first person down the carpet was Sharon Needles, looking more glam (and alive) than ever. My question for everyone was to describe their best and worst coming-out experiences (see video above), but she said hers had all been good because she'd been "gay as hay-ull" since age 4 and had a supportive family who knew she liked dick. The most X-rated "awww!" ever.