From across the globe: new queer tax guide is made available, cultural competency requirements laid out, trans White House liaison is congratulated, cohabitation agreements decline in the wake of same-sex marriage, new military rights leader takes post and an initiative that targets LGBT businesswomen is launched.
Milton Howard was, quite literally, born to be a party animal.
“Growing up, I pretty much was always that party kid, always liked to go out,” the Huntersville, N.C., native said. “It has always been my passion. Maybe I’m a victim of my birth: I was actually born on New Year’s Eve. And here it is, almost 50 years later, and I’m still kicking it!”
“The human soul can always use a new tradition. Sometimes we require them.” The lines, which appear in Pat Conroy’s award-winning book, “The Lords of Discipline,” resonate with our community at a time when so many gay and lesbian couples who have dreamed of a traditional “white wedding” can now realize those dreams.
Ever since the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, anti-gay crusaders have been touting a somewhat obscure piece of legislation called the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), which would prohibit the federal government from “taking discriminatory action against a person on the basis that such person believes or acts in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction that: (1) marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, or (2) sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.”