rosiedoes: (Mood: Sad)

"Fidelity": Don't Divorce... from Courage Campaign on Vimeo.

Ken Starr, who led the campaign to impeach President Bill Clinton, filed a legal brief last month -- on behalf of the "Yes on 8" campaign -- that would forcibly divorce 18,000 same-sex couples that were married in California last year before the passage of Prop 8.

Watch "Fidelity" and sign our letter to the state Supreme Court. Tell the Supreme Court to invalidate Prop 8, reject Ken Starr's case, and let loving, committed couples marry. DEADLINE: Valentine's Day.

This is an issue that is deeply important to me - please take the time to sign this petition - whether you are directly affected by it or not.

Don't let this man ban love.
rosiedoes: (Mood: Gay!)
According to the agenda just published on the new White House website, this is what our new President claims he's going to fight for:

- Expand Hate Crimes Statutes: In 2004, crimes against LGBT Americans constituted the third-highest category of hate crime reported and made up more than 15 percent of such crimes. President Obama cosponsored legislation that would expand federal jurisdiction to include violent hate crimes perpetrated because of race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or physical disability. As a state senator, President Obama passed tough legislation that made hate crimes and conspiracy to commit them against the law.

- Fight Workplace Discrimination:
President Obama supports the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and believes that our anti-discrimination employment laws should be expanded to include sexual orientation and gender identity. While an increasing number of employers have extended benefits to their employees' domestic partners, discrimination based on sexual orientation in the workplace occurs with no federal legal remedy. The President also sponsored legislation in the Illinois State Senate that would ban employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

- Support Full Civil Unions and Federal Rights for LGBT Couples: President Obama supports full civil unions that give same-sex couples legal rights and privileges equal to those of married couples. Obama also believes we need to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and enact legislation that would ensure that the 1,100+ federal legal rights and benefits currently provided on the basis of marital status are extended to same-sex couples in civil unions and other legally-recognized unions. These rights and benefits include the right to assist a loved one in times of emergency, the right to equal health insurance and other employment benefits, and property rights.

- Oppose a Constitutional Ban on Same-Sex Marriage: President Obama voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2006 which would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman and prevented judicial extension of marriage-like rights to same-sex or other unmarried couples.

- Repeal Don't Ask-Don't Tell:
President Obama agrees with former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff John Shalikashvili and other military experts that we need to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. The key test for military service should be patriotism, a sense of duty, and a willingness to serve. Discrimination should be prohibited. The U.S. government has spent millions of dollars replacing troops kicked out of the military because of their sexual orientation. Additionally, more than 300 language experts have been fired under this policy, including more than 50 who are fluent in Arabic. The President will work with military leaders to repeal the current policy and ensure it helps accomplish our national defense goals.

- Expand Adoption Rights: President Obama believes that we must ensure adoption rights for all couples and individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation. He thinks that a child will benefit from a healthy and loving home, whether the parents are gay or not.

- Promote AIDS Prevention: In the first year of his presidency, President Obama will develop and begin to implement a comprehensive national HIV/AIDS strategy that includes all federal agencies. The strategy will be designed to reduce HIV infections, increase access to care and reduce HIV-related health disparities. The President will support common sense approaches including age-appropriate sex education that includes information about contraception, combating infection within our prison population through education and contraception, and distributing contraceptives through our public health system. The President also supports lifting the federal ban on needle exchange, which could dramatically reduce rates of infection among drug users. President Obama has also been willing to confront the stigma — too often tied to homophobia — that continues to surround HIV/AIDS.

- Empower Women to Prevent HIV/AIDS: In the United States, the percentage of women diagnosed with AIDS has quadrupled over the last 20 years. Today, women account for more than one quarter of all new HIV/AIDS diagnoses. President Obama introduced the Microbicide Development Act, which will accelerate the development of products that empower women in the battle against AIDS. Microbicides are a class of products currently under development that women apply topically to prevent transmission of HIV and other infections.
rosiedoes: (Mood: Heritage)
Here's to the future, everybody.

Don't look back.

And another thing:

Saturday, 6 December 2008 07:46 pm
rosiedoes: (FOB: SrsBiz)
Dear Americans (particularly those in print),

The correct spelling of the term used when a minor blunder is made is "OOPS" - that's two 'o's and one 'p'. It is NOT 'Opps'.

I know we have differences is some spellings, but this is simply wrong.

Irritated, of Brighton.

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Friday, 5 December 2008 01:43 am
rosiedoes: (FOB: SrsBiz)
American (and particularly Chicagoan) friends: is there a convention for using terms for roads on the grid system?

For example, when talking of the junction/block on W Wilson Ave and N Broadway, would you be obliged to use one particular road first? For example, east-to-west coming first, rather than north-to-south, and vice versa.

Is there a difference (or error) in saying Wilson and Broadway, or alternatively, Broadway and Wilson?

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Wednesday, 5 November 2008 02:45 pm
rosiedoes: (FOB: Spoon)
Yesterday, there was a huge step forward for the USA, but at the same time there seems to have been a huge step back, as Prop 8 and several propositions like it, seem to have been passed across the country.

Well, that is depressing. It is. It's fucking atrocious that people will allow such small minded hatred to dictate and destroy the futures or others. But I find hope in this document and this statement:

Obama Supports Complete Repeal of DOMA.
Obama believes we need to fully repeal the
Defense of Marriage Act and enact legislation
that would ensure that the 1,100+ federal legal
rights and benefits currently provided on the
basis of marital status are extended to samesex
couples in civil unions and other legally recognized

We may have lost those battles, but we haven't lost the war, and the Democrats now hold the Senate and the House by some margin. There's still hope.

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Wednesday, 5 November 2008 05:37 am
rosiedoes: (FOB: SrsBiz)
For those of us on the chat tonight, wishing to stay in touch with new friends, here is a list of usernames:

Matte - [ profile] likethepaint
Evian – [ profile] shinko
Ashe – [ profile] ashe_frost
Jamie – [ profile] azrielen
Edge – [ profile] edgiko
Nerysa – [ profile] lordgroovius
Beanie – [ profile] beanie_j
Julie – [ profile] shiny_starlight
Sara – [ profile] puckinnichild
Nicole – [ profile] alternatending
Ashley – [ profile] sweetnovicane
Valerie – [ profile] akindofmagic
Elena – [ profile] jedi_iwakura
Kimberly – [ profile] kimpuff

If I missed anyone, let me know.

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Wednesday, 5 November 2008 04:01 am
rosiedoes: (Mood: Remember)

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Tuesday, 4 November 2008 11:36 pm
rosiedoes: (FOB: SrsBiz)

Who's watching the coverage outside of the US?

AIM CHAT: ElectionWatch2008

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Tuesday, 28 October 2008 08:47 pm
rosiedoes: (FOB: SrsBiz)
[Poll #1286869]

Edit: where the hell are all the people not on my flist COMING FROM?!

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Saturday, 4 October 2008 01:27 am
rosiedoes: (Canada: Eh)
I have to wonder, though: how many Americans really want a vice president with a Canadian accent?

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Thursday, 7 August 2008 12:41 am
rosiedoes: (FOB: SrsBiz)
This news anchor person is hilarious. And suddenly, Paris Hilton is so much more likeable.

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Tuesday, 29 July 2008 08:03 pm
rosiedoes: (FOB: OMGRLY)
LA has just been hit by an earthquake, measuring around 5 5.8 on the Richter scale.

CNN article.

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Thursday, 8 November 2007 09:24 pm
rosiedoes: (Mood: News)
Comedy for the Brits:

I'm talking to Jay about the differences between the UK and the US, and he just complained that the price of gas/petrol over there is $3.00 per gallon.


*keels over and dies of teh funneh*

(Non-Brits: we pay that per litre.)

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Thursday, 21 June 2007 12:18 am
rosiedoes: (Mood: Shocking)
Further to my last post, this happened on CSI, once.

God bless America.

Life on the Murder Scene

Wednesday, 20 June 2007 09:03 pm
rosiedoes: (Mood: Remember)
Sometimes, I think I would like to live in the US.

Then I read things like THIS and I remember why I don't.

Not for the faint hearted, kids.

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