Posts tagged Lgbt
Posts tagged Lgbt
Queerness isn’t defined by the degree in which you eschew heteronormativity (ooh, big words). In fact, I think one of the guiding principles of being queer is that anyone who thinks they’re queer is queer. Ta-da!
Completely unacceptable. Please get in contact with your MP to demand Canada’s government to re-recognize the thousands of marriages that have just be invalidated.
I hope everyone had a restful holiday. Here at Laurier we barely had anytime off it seems, but c’est la vie.
The Rainbow Centre opened this week and our hours are still 10-5 Mondays - Fridays. We’re pleased to welcome some new volunteers this term and of course, we’re always hiring, so if you or someone you know is interested, send them our way!
This term promises to be an exciting one. As of right now we have our two official campaigns in the works, Support Love in February and Oath of Silence later in the term.
Aside from that, we have a few projects we’re working on, which will be discussed at our volunteers meetings and then unveiled.
Personally, I’m super excited about this term because I think it’s going to rock, we have a lot of cool things planned and I’m itching to get to it.
Exploring anti-Homophobia Education beyond anti-bullying policy making in light of recent teen suicides in Canada and the United States
This week is Queer Awareness week here at Laurier. The Rainbow Centre aims to create a space for dialogue and awareness on Queer Issues.
From Monday to Wednesday we will have a booth open outside of MacHouse with books, pamphlets, and buttons (condoms too!). Stop by and see what we’re up to!
On Wednesday, we’ll be watching X-Men in the Rainbow Centre. CLICK HERE to see the event on Facebook.
On Thursday we have our Queer Awareness Week discussion in MacHouse Lounge. We will be discussing Queer Issues, and all are welcome. CLICK HERE to see the event on Facebook.
While many folks regard the Dyke March as just another branch of the Pride tree, it’s worth noting that it has its own unique history, purpose and problems. So ditch your bra, grab your water gun and let’s take a hike down memory lane.
What are some of the differences between Civil Unions and Gay Marriage?
Recognition in other states: Even though each state has its own laws around marriage, if someone is married in one state and moves to another, their marriage is legally recognized. For example, Oregon marriage law applies to people 17 and over. In Washington state, the couple must be 18 to wed. However, Washington will recognize the marriage of two 17 year olds from Oregon who move there. This is not the case with Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships. If someone has a Domestic Partnership, that union is recognized by some states and not others. Some states have even ruled that they do not have to recognize civil unions performed in other states, because their states have no such legal category. As gay marriages become legal in other states, this status may change.
A United States citizen who is married can sponsor his or her non-American opposite-sex spouse for immigration into this country. Those with Civil Unions have no such privilege. Even legally married gay and lesbian couples cannot sponsor their spouses for immigration because of the Defense of Marriage (DOMA) law.
Civil Unions are not recognized by the federal government, so couples would not be able to file joint-tax returns or be eligible for tax breaks or protections the government affords to married couples. Again, because of DOMA, same-sex couples have to file single on their federal tax returns.
The General Accounting Office in 1997 released a list of 1,049 benefits and protections available to heterosexual married couples. These benefits range from federal benefits, such as survivor benefits through Social Security, sick leave to care for ailing partner, tax breaks, veterans benefits and insurance breaks. They also include things like family discounts, obtaining family insurance through your employer, visiting your spouse in the hospital and making medical decisions if your partner is unable to. Civil Unions protect some of these rights, but not all of them.
graphic from: www.sodahead.com)
Spoken Word piece by Staceyann Chin, author of The Other Side of Paradise