To their left leaning counterparts, conservative gay and lesbian voters are “self-loathing.” Their votes for a Republican Party and presidential candidate that has largely identified itself as the “anti” to the gay rights agenda confuses many. But, many gay and lesbian voters choose to identify as conservative, and are forced to prioritize campaign issues in ways that straight voters do not.
After New York legalized same-sex marriages in 2011, many activists were able to breathe a sigh of relief. But while New York joined five other states and DC in establishing marriage equality, the organizations that headed the state’s campaign haven’t stopped working. Now they’ve turned their attention to the national level.
In late September, Edie Windsor’s challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act was heard before the U.S. Court of Appeals. Upon the death of her wife in 2009, Windsor was forced to pay more than $300,000 in estate taxes than she would not have paid had she been married to a man. Almost by accident, Windsor has become the face of challenges to DOMA.
The planned $17 million relocation of New York’s largest LGBT synagogue, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST), from the West Village to Midtown West faces a delay of its scheduled 2013 opening due to a $5.5 million fundraising shortfall.
Rising rental prices have forced the Ali Forney Center, which provides services to LGBT youths, to open in Harlem in advance of closing its current Chelsea site.
September 20 marked the one year anniversary of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” a law banning gays and lesbians from openly serving in the military. While the repeal has made significant changes for gay and lesbian service members, inequalities due to sexual orientation still exist.
The LGBTQ community finds congregations that welcome everyone for holiday worship.
When the Department of Homeland Security announced new prosecutorial discretion guidelines over the summer, many bi-national same-sex couples were optimistic. As some couples later learned, federal policy still stood in their way.