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Pride At Work Leads LGBT
Response Against TPP
(Pride At Work) In June of last year, four national LGBT
organizations --- Pride At Work, the Human Rights Campaign,
the National LGBTQ Task Force, and the National Center
for Transgender Equality --- co-signed a letter to President
Obama demanding that Brunei and Malaysia be removed from
the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) until their laws that target
LGBT people and women were revoked. In February of this
year, Pride at Work called upon the newly appointed Special
Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons to address this
issue as well.
Substantive negotiations for TPP have been ongoing since
2010, yet Pride at Work points out that Brunei enacted a
"stone the gays" law just last year.
The classification of TPP as a top-secret document means
that no one who has read the text is allowed to talk about the
specifics in the language. According to the editorial, sources
who have reviewed the document claim that they cannot find
enforceable human rights standards in the more than 1,100
pages of the deal.
When the Senate passed the Fast Track bill enabling TPP to
move forward, it included a strong, enforceable anti-slavery
provision that was directed at Malaysia. The State Department,
lists Malaysia as a Tier 3 human trafficking nation.
The protesting organizations have asked to see an
enforcement of human rights standards contained with the
language of the document.
The full editorial penned by Pride At Work Executive
Director, Jerame Davis, and NAMES Project Founder, Cleve
Jones is available at (http://bit.ly/1FVT60h).
An in-depth examination of TPP's potentially damaging
effects on the HIV/AIDS community can be found at (http://
Fisher-Price and Proud Parenting
Launch LGBT Program
(EDGE) Fisher-Price and Proud Parenting announced the
launch of the Proud Parenting LGBT Family Photo Gallery,
presented by Fisher-Price. The goal of the program is to
increase the visibility of LGBT parents and to encourage
interaction and support between LGBT parents, their friends
and their allies.
The Proud Parenting LGBT Family Photo Gallery is a
curated photo collection of LGBT parents with their families.
It provides an authentic look into the proud lives of these
modern families. New families will be featured throughout
the summer across the Proud Parenting digital media outlets
and will be promoted on LGBT websites, social media and
"We are excited to partner with Fisher-Price on the Proud
Parenting LGBT Family Photo Gallery," said Jeff Bennett,
Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Proud Parenting. "With a long-
standing history of diversity and inclusiveness, they are now
leading the way for a new generation of families."
LGBT parents represent an emerging market opportunity
for family-friendly brands. An estimated 3 million LGBT
Americans have had a child and as many as 6 million
Americans have an LGBT parent. While same-sex marriage is
not yet legal in all parts of the country, married LGBT couples
comprise 50 percent of the Proud Parenting audience and 61
percent have two or more children in their household.
"By partnering with Proud Parenting, Fisher-Price is using
its strong family brand to help bring greater visibility to LGBT-
headed families," said Gabriel Blau, Family Equality Council
Executive Director. "We applaud their support of sharing our
family stories with the nation."
Mexico Supreme Court Opens
Doors to Gay Marriage Nationwide
(AP) Mexico's supreme court has ruled it is unconstitutional
for Mexican states to bar same-sex marriages.
But the court's ruling is considered a "jurisprudential
thesis" and does not invalidate any state laws, meaning gay
couples denied the right to wed would have to turn to the
courts individually. Given the ruling, judges and courts would
have to approve same-sex marriages.
The high court ruled that any state law which considers
the ultimate purpose of marriage to be "procreation, and or
defines (marriage) as celebrated between a man and a woman,
Gay marriage is legal in some parts of Mexico, including
Mexico City and the northern state of Coahuila.
The ruling was delivered June 3, but didn't become known
until this week.
Compiled by Jillian Melero
Disrupt Boston Pride
(EDGE) On Saturday, June 13, 2015 about a dozen
LGBTQ activists of Color and allies participated in a
sit-in to disrupt and shut down the 45th Annual Boston
Pride Parade. The sit-in served to refocus attention on
those most marginalized in the LGBTQ community,
honor the lives of trans women of color, and raise
awareness to the lack of representation and resources
available to LGBTQ people of Color in Boston. The
sit-in intentionally lasted for 11 minutes to symbolize
the 11 lives of transgender individuals who have been
murdered in the United States this year.
A statement released around the time of the protest
acknowledged the success of securing same-sex
marriage in Massachusetts while also pointing out
the failure of the mainstream LGBTQ community to
respond to the murders of transgender individuals of
Using #WickedPissed (as opposed to Boston Pride's
official hashtag #WickedProud), the group also created
buzz on social media throughout the Boston Pride
Parade on how the annual celebration is exclusionary
to people of Color, transgender communities,
low-income communities, and small non-profit
organization. Others participated by contributing their
own thoughts on how the Boston community excludes
those most marginalized in the LGBTQ community
and offering their suggestions on how the city can do
Photo: Wiki User Thelmadatter.
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