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25
May 10

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE FOR LESBIANS

The true and extraordinary story about a 19th century same sex marriage in the UK is about the screen on the BBC, doing for lesbians what Pride and Prejudice did for millions of other women 15 years ago.

The movie is about the formidable Anne Lister – mine owner, businesswoman, political activist, land-owner and lesbian who lived in Britian 200 years ago.  The Secret Diaries of Anne Lister – starring Maxine Peake (as Anne Lister) and former Coronation Street star Tina O’Brien, will screen on 31 May.  Here is an interview with the writer behind the movie.


10
May 10

OBAMA CALLS ON AMERICANS TO REFUSE TO BE DENIED THEIR RIGHTS

President Obama not standing by gays and lesbians on marriage equality

An example of how Obama's ambiguity on gay rights leads to his position being misused against gays

US President Barack Obama rightly says that young Americans should take inspiration from Dorothy Height, the civil and women’s rights icon who died in April 2010. Height was extraordinary in “Refusing to be denied her rights, refusing to be denied her dignity, refusing to be denied… her piece of America’s promise,” says Obama.

That is what every person standing up for marriage equality is doing – refusing to be pushed into a second-class for an arbitrary reason.  So we should take Obama’s message about Dorothy Height and push it back at him on marriage.

Obama is explicitly against marriage equality, as this video shows, but presuming that he does not support racial segragation, he really shouldn’t be supporting marriage segregation either.

Obama can’t credibly pursue the ridiculous idea that separate is equal for gays, but not for blacks. It’s one or the other – but you can’t hold both positions without being either a coward or a hypocrite.

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18
Apr 10

LONGEST MARRIED GAY COUPLE: INTERVIEW

Ivan Larsen and Ove Carlsen

Ivan Larsen and Ove Carlsen at home

Read Ivan and Ove’s story here.

Modern marriage equality started one autumn day in 1989 on the steps of the Copenhagen town hall, with the legal wedding of Ove Carlsen and Ivan Larsen under a shower of rice and confetti and the flashes of the world’s press.

“We are obviously married. I would never describe Ove as my ‘registered partner’ and no-one else has either. He’s my husband,” say Ivan, a priest, in my interview with the couple

(Jack Baker’s 1970 wedding to be covered on the 40th anniversary in May)