Tag: same sex marriage

Same-Sex Marriage Around the World

We’re all aware of the wonderful news that came out of Australia just recently in relation to the “yes” result in their postal vote for same-sex marriage. The hope is that the Australian politicians will now enact the will of the people into legislation and the talk is that it might even happen before Christmas. What a fantastic Christmas gift for the people of all orientations in Australia!

Achieving the same marriage rights as straight couples is a journey that has been hard fought and not without its conflicts for many countries all over the world. People have gone out and canvassed, marched, protested in their droves in order for this issue to even be brought to the polls in many countries around the globe. Being legally allowed to marry in a country gives couples of the same sex equality in relation to many important issues like inheritance, tax and lots more and it’s just more of a point of principle too of course.

The people at Carvaka have put together this extensive video which details the timeline of these same-sex marriage votes around the globe. Watch the video and marvel at the joy and the struggle that it has taken to achieve this result in all of those countries.

Same-Sex Marriage Around the World

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Toledo Pride 2015

Toledo Pride – Last year over 18,000 people joined us during the Toledo Pride weekend to celebrate diversity, acceptance and unity in Promenade Park in Downtown Toledo.  This year, we’re doing it all again from August 28-30 (the weekend before Labor Day) at Promenade Park in Downtown Toledo.  We’re planning a great weekend for you, as well as some events leading up to Pride like the Toledo Pride Pub Crawl. Toledo, OH.

Toledo Pride 2015

Toledo Pride 2015

This year will once again have your favorite events:

  • Toledo Pride Nite Glo 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run, Walk or Roll
  • KISS ‘N’ Drag
  • Toledo Pride Parade
  • Toledo Pride Festival with over 100 vendors and great entertainment all day and night
  • Sunday FUNday


EqualityToledo works for equality for all Ohioans regardless of their marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression through education, anti-defamation efforts, and activism.


As a response to the passage of Ohio’s Issue 1 amendment in November 2004, which created a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman, Equality Toledo was formed. The founding members were actively involved in opposing Issue 1 and educating our communities about the harmful consequences of its passage.

Today, members of the community can look for EqualityToledo to become more visible through various communication methods and increased events with Safe Schools, Equality @ Work, and Faith & Fairness programs.

EqualityToledo’s future will include continuing to fight for civil rights and advocacy to ensure LGBT equality, exploring more of what Northwest Ohio has to offer for the LGBT community and expanding the organization.

Community Involvement

Want to become a member of EqualityToledo and become more involved in the fight for equality? Contact Sherry Tripepi, EqualityToledo Executive Director, at info@equalitytoledo.org or visit www.equalitytoledo.org

The Pride of Toledo Foundation was established in 2011 as a registered 501(c)(4) non-profit as the primary host of Toledo Pride- an annual area celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and allied (LGBTQA) community. Last year, the Pride of Toledo Foundation along with many other area sponsors welcomed over 10,000 pride participants who took part in Toledo Pride 2012.

In 2013, Pride of Toledo hosted Opera Ain’t No Drag in coordination with Toledo Opera to bring together the local LGBT and arts communities.  Over 350 people filled the Collingwood Arts Center for a fantastic night of live opera, drag queens and kings.

In the coming years, as the Pride of Toledo Foundation continues to grow, thanks to the support of our community, we aim to financially aid area events, organizations, programs and businesses that support the LGBTQA community. For more information, please contact info@toledopride.com.

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Marriage Equality in Europe

My name is Maria and I am owner at Maria Assia Photography (http://mariaassia.com/). I regularly write about marriage and I produced this info-graphic attached about the legality of same-sex marriage in Europe.

Marriage Equality in Europe

Following the historic U.S Supreme Court decision to legalize same- sex marriage in the United States, I figured it would be interesting to see where Europe stands on the issue. It was interesting to find out that the Netherlands was the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage, but it was surprising to see that countries like Italy do not recognize same-sex relationships. Support for same sex marriage amongst the public also varies a lot from country to country.

Many countries in Europe only allow registered partnerships but these partnerships do not have the same rights as a marriage. It was interesting to read about the key differences between same-sex marriages and registered partnerships.

Marriage Equality in Europe

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Camp for Long Island and New York City LGBT Families

August 27, 2015toAugust 31, 2015

LGBT Rainbow Mishpacha Family Weekend – The LGBT Network and The Samuel Field Y are excited to announce a historic partnership resulting in the debut of Rainbow Mishpacha (LGBT Families).  In what will become an annual event,Rainbow Mishpacha is an exceptional opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) parents raising children to enjoy a long weekend family camp filled with fun, adventure, friendship and the rich tradition of Jewish summer camping. Queens, NY.

Camp for Long Island and New York City LGBT Families

Camp for Long Island and New York City LGBT Families

In Hebrew Mishpacha means family and our family camp weekend will create exciting family experiences that will last a lifetime by spending a gorgeous 4 days in the Pocono Mountains.

Family camp weekend is open to LGBT-headed households (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) and their families. Come experience the warmth and spirit that has made Samuel Field Y’s Premiere Residential Camp, Camp Poyntelle Lewis Village*, a special place for nearly 70 years!

During the action packed weekend, LGBT Rainbow Mishpacha campers will take part in every activity Poyntelle has to offer.  Events will include: boating and swimming on the 70 acre exclusive lake, playing sports, outdoor adventure, a campfire, traditional Friday Night Shabbat Service, our famous BBQ, and what camp experience would not be complete without….s’mores! 

Space is limited – Registration required by July 27th, 2015!

Registration costs $150/Adult and $125/Children – Payment is required at the time of registration. Once you are fully registered, you will receive a welcome packet via e-mail.

If you have questions regarding The LGBT Rainbow Mishpacha Family Camp, please contact Michelle Raider, Center Family Project Coordinator, by phone: 631.665.2300 or by email: mraider@lgbtnetwork.org 

*Limited electricity is available inside of the cabins.

About The Network: The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Network (LGBT Network) is an association of non-profit organizations that serve Long Island and Queens’ LGBT community throughout the lifespan – Q Center: Queens LGBT Community Center, Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY), The Long Island LGBT Community Center (The Center), and Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders – Long Island (SAGE-LI)). Together, each organization is working to end homophobia and transphobia, provide a home and a safe space for the LGBT Community and advocate for equality under the law.

About The Samuel Field Y: The Samuel Field Y, known as “The Everybody Place,” is a not for profit, multi-service agency with flagship sites in Little Neck, Forest Hills and 34 additional sites throughout the community that provides a diverse array of programs and services to over 35,000 people. Since our inception, almost 60 years ago, the Samuel Field Y has been dedicated to the core element of our mission – enhancing the quality of individual, family and communal life through service to people of all ages, ability levels, stages of life and backgrounds.

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North Carolina Annual Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2015

August 14, 2015toAugust 22, 2015

North Carolina Annual Gay and Lesbian Film Festival – The North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (NCGLFF) is the second largest gay, lesbian and transgender film festival in the Southeast, attracting thousands of patrons yearly. Since its beginning in 1995, the Festival has featured a diverse array of shorts, documentaries and feature films. The Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau named the NCGLFF a Signature Event for Durham, the highest honor bestowed on a cultural event or attraction by the organization. Durham, NC.

North Carolina Annual Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2015

North Carolina Annual Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2015

NCGLFF Schedule of Events

Thursday, August 13 — 20th Anniversary Kick-Off Party

NCGLFF festival donors and VIPs are invited to help celebrate the kick-off of the 20th NCGLFF at Durham Hotel (315 E. Chapel Hill St.) from 7 – 9 p.m. (Invitation Only)

Saturday, August 15 — Family Day with Free Screening of The Wizard of Oz

Families are welcome to stop by the plaza in front of the theatre for free popcorn and soda, clowns, balloon art, face-painting, activities and a free screening of The Wizard of Oz, which begins at 10:45 a.m. in Cinema 1. (Courtesy of Producer Level-sponsor BASF)

Sunday, August 16  — Free Screenings of Out To Win at Full Frame Theatre 

The Carolina Theatre and LGBTQ Center of Durham co-host two free screenings of Out To Win — a superbly crafted overview and examination of the lives and careers of aspiring and professional gay and lesbian athletes from all over the world — at Full Frame Theater at American Tobacco Campus, Durham from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Sunday, August 23 — LGBTQ Center of Durham Block Party

Expect food trucks & fun as the LGBTQ Center of Durham co-hosts a Block Party with Carolina Theatre/NCGLFF at 114 Hunt St. from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Food Trucks will include Captain Pancho’s Taco Truck, Urban Entrées, The Parlour and Fahsyrah’s Lemonade.

Two decades of leadership
The non-profit Carolina Theatre of Durham, Inc. is one of downtown’s most loved and established arts organizations. Operating the city-owned Carolina Theatre complex for nearly two decades, we are funded by ticket sales, individual and corporate contributions, and an annual management stipend from the City of Durham.

150,000 fans and counting
Each year we present over 60 concerts, daily film and film festivals, serve 15,000 school children with our Arts Discovery educational series, and provide a home for numerous nonprofits and other organizations that utilize the facility – in all attracting more than 150,000 people to downtown.

More than numbers
People who love downtown Durham crave the distinct personality, programming, and atmosphere that we specialize in.  The Carolina Theatre is more than a building, it’s an experience that can only be found in Durham.

Our mission is to serve greater Durham and the Triangle region with vibrant, thought-provoking programs of the performing and cinematic arts in our historic treasure, The Carolina Theatre. We strive to contribute to the cultural and economic vitality of downtown Durham and to delight and educate our children and future leaders.

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