United Nations Passes Historic Resolution

This past Friday, the United Nations (U.N.) passed a ground breaking resolution – for equal rights for everyone, including those in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) community. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State International Organizations Suzanne Nossel called it “a key part in setting a new norm that gay rights are human rights and that that has to be accepted globally.” President Barack Obama called it a “significant milestone in the long struggle for [LGBT] equality.” The resolution was introduced by South Africa. What makes it so ground breaking? It is the first ever U.N. resolution that includes equal … Continue reading

Chick-fil-A War Continues

To eat at Chick-fil-A or not? Suddenly, THAT is the question. The whole outrage against or support for (depending on your views) Chick-fil-A thing continues. The whole thing started when Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy told Baptist Press in an interview that the company is against gay marriage. Naturally, that made some celebs (Ed Helms being the latest to voice his opinion) call for a boycott. Several LGBT groups also called for boycotts. Philadelphia City Councilman James Kenney said, “There is no place for this type of hate in our great City of Brotherly and Sisterly Affection.” Boston Mayor Thomas Menino … Continue reading

Miss Universe Canada Disqualified

When you read this headline, you might thing “What does this have to do with Green Living?” Well, if you’ve read my blog before, you know that I believe that social conscious and civil rights are a huge part of living green. Yes, it is great to recycle your flip flops, but if those flip flops were made by slaves in a third world country, it’s still not green. As a child of the ‘60s, I’ve seen people protest for equal rights for African Americans and women. Now, at least in America, it seems the big civil rights struggle is … Continue reading

Cynthia Nixon Riles Gay Activists

It seems to me (and forgive me if I am wrong) that most gay people believe they were born that way, that it wasn’t a choice. I mean, after all, many ask who would choose to be persecuted and discriminated against as they often are? Still, some people think it is a choice. Unlike someone who is female, African American, or physically handicapped, you can’t look at someone who is gay and know why. Some say they always felt gay, but were afraid to express it. But, there is no physical sign to the fact that they are gay and … Continue reading

Christian Bale Roughed Up in China

Actor Christian Bale was in Beijing, China this week to promote his latest film, “The Flowers of War.” The film, by Director Zhang Yimou, is about an American priest that sheltered prostitutes and female students during a 1937 Japanese invasion. While there, Bale decided to go see Chen Guangcheng, an attorney and proponent of human rights. The forty-year-old Chen, who is blind, was under house arrest for six months in 2005-2006 after talking to Time magazine about forced abortions performed in the Shandong Province of China. In 2006, he was arrested for destruction of property and disrupting traffic by assembling … Continue reading

October 20th is Spirit Day

Not long ago, I blogged about It Gets Better, an organization to help fight against bullying of LGBT teens and young adults. Many LGBT teens and young adults have committed suicide recently after bullying and abuse by peers. To help further raise awareness, October 20th has been declared Spirit Day by Canadian teenager Brittany McMillan. Last year was the first observance, but since then, many organizations such as the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and many celebrities are donning purple to show their support. The color and name was derived from the rainbow flag. In the flag, the … Continue reading

What is World Peace Day?

September 21 is World Peace Day, also known as International Day of World Peace. The United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly declared September 21 International Day of Peace and the first occurrence was celebrated in 1982. So what exactly is World Peace Day? Well, it is all about peace. In some cases, it may be used for a temporary cease fire in the case of war. Each September 21, the day starts out with the “Peace Bell” being rang at the UN Headquarters in New York City. For those that don’t know, the “Peace Bell” is made of coins donated from … Continue reading

It Gets Better

I am one that was born to read bumper stickers. Nothing is more frustrating than to see an interesting bumper sticker that I can’t read. The other day, I saw one on the car in front of me that simply said “itgetsbetter.org.” I was hoping I’d be able to remember that address to look it up when I got home. It has been almost a year since Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi committed suicide by jumping from the George Washington Bridge after learning his roommate had secretly set up a web cam to broadcast his sexual encounter with another man. I … Continue reading