Seattle Seahawks Christopher Clemons a homophobe?

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Last week Seattle Seahawks Christopher Clemons tweeted his displeasure that an NFL player might come out of the closet, calling it “a selfish act” that will “separate a locker room and divide a team”. (Seriously?)

Wrote Clemons:

Who on Gods earth is this person saying he’s coming out of the closet in the NFL? … If you didn’t do it when you were in high school or college then why wait til your in the NFL? Whoever he is he didn’t just start … I’m not one to judge anyone because that’s there personal preference. … it doesn’t matter how good they are. That will immediately separate a lockerroom and divide a team … I’m not against anyone but I think it’s a selfish act. They just trying to make themselves bigger than the team.

The Seahawks have been silent about Clemons’ remarks, so Dominic Holden at Slog contacted them “about a dozen times” and finally heard back:

“We’re not going to comment,” said Seahawks spokeswoman Suzanne Lavender. “You know, it’s just his personal view.”

Adds Holden:

“We haven’t gotten that many fan comments so we are not going to make public comment,” Lavender explained. But she refused to provide a phone number or an e-mail for the fans to comment. So apparently this is how it works: The team gauges whether it needs to make a statement based on how many fans comment, but—pysch—there’s no way for fans to comment.

After Holden provided a link to the contact page info for the team management, they took it down!

So he has kindly provided one at their site. We’ll see how this develops.

Read more: TOWLEROAD
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Hate Crime Against Lesbians Result in Man Being Jailed

luann brnach lesbian seattle washingtonA 71-year-old man is accused of road rage and a hate crime after allegedly attacking two women in Tacoma.

LuAnn Branch and Kelli Nichols of Vashon Island say they were headed to a medical appointment Monday when they say the suspect ran into them.

The women said the suspect, identified by prosecutors as William Zesbaugh, calmly got out. He allegedly opened the trunk, grabbed his “Club” steering wheel lock and hit Branch with it.

According to court documents, Zesbaugh said to the women, “I can tell you’re lesbians. I should beat the crap out of you.”
Zesbaugh has been charged with assault and malicious harassment, a hate crime. He was booked into the Pierce County Jail on $10,000 bail.

Video at KING 5

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Mars Hill Church Moves into Seattles Gayborhood

mars hill gay church SEATTLEAn anti-gay church  moves into Seattle’s  very gay neighborhood.

The Mars Hill Church Downtown Seattle’s new home is blocks from Capitol Hill, which is known locally as the “gayborhood.” The church plans to use the new location as a base to minister to the city’s business people; the homeless; and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

“Being closer to Capitol Hill is a blessing as we are serving and ministering to those who are infected with AIDS on the hill,” said Tim Gaydos, lead pastor of Mars Hill Church’s Downtown Seattle branch said in a release to KOMO News.

Local LGBT rights organizations are not happy with Gaydos’ statement and its implications. Shaun Knittel, founder and board president of Social Outreach, a LGBT rights coalition, called the comments a “lower form of hate speech — ignorance speech.”

“What the pastor is saying is that gay neighborhoods equal AIDS neighborhoods, ” Knittel told the Daily News. “That just because you’re gay or lesbian on Capitol Hill, that means you have HIV/AIDS.”

 

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Record Number of LGBT Couple Marry in Seattle

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King County marked a milestone just after noon today, with the 1,000th and 1,001st marriage licenses issued since a new marriage equality law took effect in Washington State on Dec. 6.

“December is typically our slowest month for marriage licenses, but due to the new marriage equality law, that’s not been the case this month,” said KC Recording Manager Jon Scherer. “Our volume of business this December has been more like a typical July, when we can issue as many as 2,000 marriage licenses.”

 

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Social Outreach Seattle Gay Marriage Video

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Social Outreach Seattle (SOSea) is proud to present a video made by our video production manager, Dru Dinero, founder and CEO at Visual Affairs.

 

One week ago, Washington State acknowledged the right of LGBTQ couples to marry. Same-sex marriages took place as early as 12:01a.m. on Dec. 9. Social Outreach Seattle (SOSea) Video Production Manager was there to film the historic event every step of the way.

VIEW THIS VIDEO HERE

 

“This past week has had me doing a lot of soul searching and recollection about what 2012 meant to me. I hit my 1-year anniversary in Seattle on August 3rd, and had already accomplished some of the things that have left me feeling proud of not only myself, but also my new and old friends. In the first quarter of this year, I saved up all of my lunch money, like a big kid, and made one of the first investments in my career. A brand new Canon 7D was purchased and this Latin boy set off on his dream to become a respectable filmmaker.In July, I was blessed by being given the opportunity to help make a video that won a contest from The White House and sent Shaun Knittel, Heather Carter, me, and a few of our friends to Washington D.C. for an event inside The White House where my video was screened. The experience, as you can imagine, was surreal. I came back knowing that my teenage fantasy, about being an activist for positive change, was knocking at my door.See, I’d witnessed and experienced the ugliness of racial profiling and prejudice growing up. Several of my best friends constantly live on edge because of their illegal immigration status in this country. I understand that the educational system that I was taught under isn’t stellar. I also am very aware that our environment is suffering from our carelessness, and these issues are just the beginning. So when I moved to Seattle and realized that the law saw my new and old friends as second-class citizens because of who they are, this Straight boy knew exactly what he had to do. I’ll be the first to admit that fearlessly and tirelessly endorsing Marriage Equality did not come with a lack of fear. However, I knew that this was the right thing to do. “Nothing worth doing is ever easy.”

Fast forward to September, the Social Outreach Seattle 10-video campaign for Marriage Equality had begun. After assembling a crew which consisted of 3 Straight boys and one Gay boy, we began our filming. The next three months would prove to be the busiest and most engaging months of my life, thus far. Day after day, I met new, dedicated, tireless, fearless individuals who were all doing their part to ensure that on November 6th, Marriage Equality would be the law of the land in Washington State. I worked my crew and myself to the bone… and then some. I immersed myself mentally, physically and emotionally into this campaign and I am glad that I did.

We released a video a day, leading up to the election, starting on October 1st. My crew and I also overshot and ended up with 25 campaign videos, instead of just 10. I guess you can say I was excited and got a little carried away! Alongside with the campaign ads, I was also covering events that were happening all around the Greater Seattle area.

November 6th, eventually came about. We waited anxiously. This was the day that all of our efforts were going towards. This was the main event. As crowds gathered around Capitol Hill, we excitedly embraced when the results came back for the Presidency. We howled when we learned that Minnesota, Maine, and Maryland had approved Marriage Equality. Finally the news struck. All of our efforts, our sleepless nights, all of the long hours, blood, sweat, and tears had paid off. It was finally recognized that all of the members of our society in Washington deserved the right to marry the person that they love.

I was numb. The smile on my face meant my brain understood what this meant, but I think many of us can relate when I say that my heart still didn’t feel it was real. I suppose happiness at that level takes some time to register.

Obama was re-elected and Marriage Equality was now a truth. Oh, and you can smoke pot legally now too! We sure made the myths here in Washington.

Marriage Equality did not become real to me until I began the filming of this video. That cold evening was made warm as I looked through the lens of my camera and captured the real human emotion of happiness. Hundreds of same-sex couples were realizing their dreams that evening and many more will in the future because of the work we did. I am happy and humbled that I could be a part of such beautiful time in our history.

To those who guided me and/or were there for me during this amazing time in my life, thank you. This was truly a blessing to experience.

Shaun Knittel, SOSea Founder, Executive Director
(206) 769 -0238
socialoutreachseattle(at)gmail.com

It’s amazing what everyday human beings can accomplish when the cause is just and the driving force is love.” –Dru Dinero

 

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Seattle Begins to Issue Gay Marriage Licenses

gay seattle news travelSeattle Issues First Same Sex Marriages Licenses After Nov.Election

by Shaun Knittel

 On December 5, Governor Chris Gregoire (D-WA) and Secretary of State Sam Reed certified Referendum 74, the marriage equality bill that makes same-sex marriage legal in the state .

“This is a very important and historic day in the great state of Washington. For many years now, we’ve said, ‘One more step. One more step.’ This is our last step,” Gregoire said. “To the couples that are here today that will finally be treated with the equality they’ve deserved
for many years, congratulations to each of you.”

On midnight, December 6, King County Executive Dow Constantine signed the first same-sex marriage license in Washington State for Jane Abbott Lighty and Pete-e Petersen at the King County Recorder’s Office in Seattle, Washington. The office opened at 12:01 a.m. to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples for the first time after Washington voters chose to legalize same-sex marriage in November’s election…

Dozens of gay and lesbian couples attained their marriage licenses.  King County, the state’s biggest county, opened the doors to its auditor’s office shortly after
midnight.

PHOTO ABOVE - 56-year old Larry Duncan and 48-year old Randy Shepherd receiving their marriage license in Washington State this morning.

Photographer Meryl Shenker snapped it and, as the photo became an internet sensation, told Seattle PI she focused on the men because she wanted to challenge stereotypes. She did her job well, and we should all be grateful.

 

King County Executive Dow Constantine said, “People who have been waiting all these years to have their rights recognized should not have to wait one minute longer.”

In Seattle, the mood was festive.

Volunteers distributed everything from roses and coffee to fruit. Champagne was poured. Different groups of men and women serenaded the waiting line, one to the tune of “Going to the Chapel.”

According to the Associated Press, “Hundreds of people,” (many of whom had waited all night and had lined up hours earlier”  snaking around the downtown Seattle building on a chilly December night.

“We knew it was going to happen, but it’s still surreal,” said Amanda Dollente, who along with her partner, Kelly Middleton, began standing in line at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Among those getting marriage licenses was Dan Savage, who said, “It’s been a long fight but it ain’t over. We still have to fight (the Defense of Marriage Act) and there’s 41 other states were same-sex couples aren’t allowed to marry.”

Savage plans to marry his partner on Sunday in a ceremony at City Hall.

Washington has a three-day waiting period, so the first
same-sex marriages can’t be performed in the state until Sunday. Several
members of the clergy have volunteered to perform marriages at three locations,
on Sunday. They are also planning to perform weddings later in the week,
particularly on Wednesday, which carries the notable date of 12-12-12

Washington will be the seventh state to recognize same-sex
marriages. Maine will follow on Dec. 29 and Maryland on Jan. 1 as the result of
votes in those states on similar ballot measures. The other six states (by
order of adoption) are Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire
and New York. Washington, D.C. also allows gays and lesbians to marry.

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Where to Spend your gay Pink Dollars – and Where NOT!

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This was VERY SURPRISING to me! Look who is on the NOT Side!
HARPO and OWN!   Netflix!  Neiman Marcus!!  Oh No!
With no federal employment nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people, and limited state protections, corporate America has taken the lead on fair workplace policies. That sentence might make one say, “Thank goodness for corporations,” but the truth is that it also puts a burden on the LGBT consumer. We must seek out and support businesses that treat LGBT employees and their families with dignity and respect. But how do we do that when businesses don’t post their employment policies in their windows, and even if they did, who wants to read a manual before walking into a store?
Fortunately there is an easy way to determine which businesses support LGBT equality, and it’s only a click away. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation publishes the Corporate Equality Index annually. The CEI rates the entire Fortune 1,000, the AmLaw 200 (the nation’s top law firms) and other businesses on their equal employment opportunity policies, employee benefits, organizational LGBT competency and their public commitment to equality and responsible corporate citizenship. An easy search at hrc.org/cei will show you exactly which companies have shown a commitment to their LGBT workers, and just as importantly, which companies have failed this large segment of the workforce.
There is also a great PDF you can read, the reveals a lot about the businesses – good and bad!
So think TWICE, before giving your dollars to someone on the  NOT HERE side.

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SEXY SEATTLE I’m Coming Out video, to get Referendum 74 APPROVED

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The coming out process is a brave one. “The Closet” is full of fear, oppression and self hate, which fuel bigotry. However, LOVE conquers all. Once you accept yourself, embrace what you believe in, and allow yourself to let go of “The Closet”, life becomes brighter and happier for everyone. Love the fear out of hate.
With respect to National Coming Out Day, Social Outreach Seattle (SOSea) put together a special (and very sexy!)   APPROVE REFERENDUM 74 ad to show that it isn’t only LGBTQ people who come out today.
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