The Center for Sexuality, Gender and Religion at the Claremont School of Theology gave all graduating students a rainbow tassel this year, hoping they’d wear it alongside their regular tassels at graduation as a sign of support for LGBT inclusivity and greater diversity in the field. The vast majority wore them proudly, from graduates to faculty and staff. (via Feminism and Religion)
Two in a row!
The Illinois Senate Executive Committee voted today to approve a marriage equality bill, paving the way for the bill to move on to the full Senate next week. The Senate president plans to move the bill to the full Senate floor on February 14 if it has enough votes.
The marriage equality victory signifies the first successful step in a plan to swiftly pass the bill in the new session of the General Assembly, something the sponsoring lawmakers Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago) and Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) pledged to achieve since last month.
If passed on the full Senate floor, the bill would then need to pass through both a House committee and then a full House vote before it could land on the desk of Governor Pat Quinn, who said he will quickly sign the legislation into law.
Come on, Illinois. Do this for us. YOU CAN DO IT.
Awesome new deck … Illuminati Tarot …
Sunday, May 26, 2013: On Being a Matador and Sexual Urges in Oxen
This week was something else, and feels rather as though it were a month. The farm intensive students arrived, all of them awesome and lots of fun. Monday was training, soil blocking, and seeding, fairly uneventful….
A great read!!!
Andy Rooney’s thoughts on women over forty:
As I grow in age, I value women who are over forty most of all. Here are just a few reasons why: A woman over forty will never wake you in the middle of the night to ask, “What are you thinking?” She doesn’t care what you think.
If a woman over forty doesn’t want to watch the game, she doesn’t sit around whining about it. She does something she wants to do. And, it’s usually something more interesting.
A woman over forty knows herself well enough to be assured in who she is, what she is, what she wants and from whom. Few women past the age of forty give a hoot what you might think about her or what she’s doing.
Women over forty are dignified. They seldom have a screaming match with you at the opera or in the middle of an expensive restaurant. Of course, if you deserve it, they won’t hesitate to shoot you, if they think they can get away with it.
Older women are generous with praise, often undeserved. They know what it’s like to be unappreciated.
A woman over forty has the self-assurance to introduce you to her women friends. A younger woman with a man will often ignore even her best friend because she doesn’t trust the guy with other women. Women over forty couldn’t care less if you’re attracted to her friends because she knows her friends won’t betray her.
Women get psychic as they age. You never have to confess your sins to a woman over forty. They always know.
A woman over forty looks good wearing bright red lipstick. This is not true of younger women. Once you get past a wrinkle or two, a woman over forty is far sexier than her younger counterpart.
Older women are forthright and honest. They’ll tell you right off if you are a jerk, if you are acting like one! You don’t ever have to wonder where you stand with her.
Yes, we praise women over forty for a multitude of reasons. Unfortunately, it’s not reciprocal. For every stunning, smart, well-coiffed hot woman of forty-plus, there is a bald, paunchy relic in yellow pants making a fool of himself with some twenty-two-year-old waitress.
Ladies, I apologize.
For all those men who say, “Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free,” here’s an update for you. Now 80 percent of women are against marriage, why? Because women realize it’s not worth buying an entire pig, just to get a little sausage.
The U.S. Senate is likely to reauthorize a version of the Violence Against Women Act which provides resources for victims of domestic violence, including LGBT people.
The bill was originally introduced two weeks ago and pushed forward for a full vote Monday. Here’s what it includes:
This version of the law would include sexual orientation and gender identity after vigilant lobbying from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs. Currently 96% of law enforcement agencies have no specific services for LGBT people when dealing with domestic violence. LGBT survivors of violence do face discrimination: 45% are turned away from shelters, and 55% are denied orders of protection. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, lesbians and bisexual men and women largely report higher numbers of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner than heterosexual men and women. Gay men’s rates (26%) are slightly lower than heterosexual men’s (29%).
Very good to see our legislators acknowledge that domestic violence is not limited to opposite-sex couples. Everyone deserves equal protection—no exceptions.