From the national headlines of Trayvon Martin to the local hate crime against Brian Denham, it is highly evident that hate crimes are still prevalent in America. While all of society’s systems are in need of work to help put an end to crimes of hate, the legal system is in desperate need of change. President Obama may have signed a bill into federal law to include sexual orientation and gender as federal hate crimes, but state laws tell a different story of where our nation stands in terms of laws against hate crimes.
Five states still have no hate crime laws at all, and fifteen of the states that do have hate crime laws do not include sexual orientation of gender identity within their hate crime laws.
Click here to view a map that clearly defines which states have what laws pertaining to hate crimes.
There is much work to be done to fight against hate crimes and state laws must show an effort to join in on this fight.
“Give a Damn” about hate crimes.
Today is a day to remember those who have fought for the rights of women, the rights of everyone, and to remember the fight still continuing. We fight against the brutality of comments made by people like Rush Limbaugh and we look to the strength of the hundreds of women marching in Egypt demanding change and the new laws being passed in Turkey to protect women and children from abuse.
Today is International Women’s Day, a day celebrated around the world. Events to celebrate this day are happening everywhere:
(International Women’s Day 2012 Official Site)
Click here to see what else is happening around the world for International Women’s Day.
Today in Chico, two events will mark International Women’s Day, click here to see what is going on tonight.
“Failure is impossible.” Susan B. Anthony
Archie Comic’s gay wedding issue has recently sold out after being released in January. Although stirring up some protest by the anti-gay group One Million Moms, Archie character’s Kevin Keller and Dr. Clay Walker were proudly married in the beloved and popular 16th issue of Life With Archie. Click here for the full story from The Wall Street Journal.
Click here to see more Archie Comics, and to also be able to download the Kevin Keller, Dr. Clay Walker wedding issue via iTunes.
(Photo courtesy of Archie Comics)
Check out some pictures from the Masqueerade 2012 “A Royal Affair”. This exceptional event raised proceeds for the victim of a hate crime incident. Mini-Merna, along with many others performed, while attendees danced the night away.
Click here to check out Mini-Merna’s YouTube channel and click here to check out the MasQueerade 2012 Facebook page for more pictures.
(Photo Credit: Jodi Rives Meier)
The NOH8 campaign is everywhere, including here in Chico. Below are some pictures of NOH8 locals. To learn more about the NOH8 campaign you can click here.
(Photo credit: Jodi Rives Meier)
LEAD With Love is a documentary created in order to help parents and families with their child’s coming out process. No families are depicted within this film who are immediately accepting, however the intended audience is for those families struggling with the coming out process. Below is a trailer of the film and you can click here for a link to the actual film.
The following video is of a young man actually coming out to his mother on camera, which he himself set up. This gives a different perspective than the previous, with a mother who is immediately accepting toward her son. For the full article from The Huffington Post, click here.
14th Amendment: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 7: “All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.”