Friday, January 31, 2014
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Presented without comment ….
Okay just one: this is a picture of a semi-talented media whore who’d sell anything to make people talk about her.
And she’s with Miley Cyrus.
Brianna Hoskins and Crystal Reese were legally married in New York and, as many married couples do, they wanted to share the same last name.
Easier said than done.
After returning home to Chesterfield Township in Michigan, the couple went to the Social Security offices Brianna’s name was legally changed to Brianna Reese. Afterwards, she went to the local Secretary of State, her marriage license and social security documentation in hand, and was told she would be placed on a six month probationary period before the name change can take place.
"It's discrimination based on sexual orientation, and it's just so ridiculous. We live in 2014, what are we on probation for - for being gay?" — Crystal ReeseThe couple was given a phone number, in Lansing, to call, and when Brianna inquired as to why she had to wait six months — when straight couples face no such “probationary” period — and explained that she was legally, federally, married, the voice on the other end of the line said, “Well, if you would have married a man you'd have no problem changing your name.”
A spokesperson with the Secretary of State says the only way for legally married, federally recognized legally married, same-sex couples to get a name change is to go through the courts or get a common-law name change, which takes six months.
And, while this may seem minor to some folks who would say, So what? Wait the six months, it’s just one more obstacle for same-sex couples to deal with, and why should we?
Legally married. Brianna Reese is in the military and the military has recognized her marriage and accepts her name change; Social Security accepts the name change; the federal government accepts it, as does the Internal Revenue Service. But the Secretary of State of Michigan says she needs to wait six months for the state to accept, not her marriage, which as of now is not legally recognized in Michigan, but simply accept that she has a new name.
Luckily, a trial begins in federal court next month to overturn Michigan's ban on gay marriage and so maybe Brianna won’t have to wait the six months to change her name to her wife’s name.
I never knew hurling was a sport, I always thought it was I’d done after a slew of Purple Hooters at a bar one night.
But it is a sport, and this week one of its stars, Conor Cusack, came out as gay in a blog post entitled “To Thine Own Self Be True”:
"I’ve known for a good while now that I have been sexually attracted to men. In that time, I’ve had relationships with women, and enjoyed them immensely but I’ve always had more fulfillment from being with a man. I’m not sure what label society would categorise me under. I remember a doctor one time telling me I was a bi-polar depressive and a different guy a few weeks later telling me I was a manic depressive. Go figure that one out! Life for me is never black or white (though I know a lot about the blackness) but more about different shades of grey....
...I have been comfortable with this area of my life and I never felt the need to discuss it with anyone. That is until recently. As I crossed the border from Galway into Clare and then back home to Cork and through the towns of Buttevant, Charleville and Mallow, I thought strongly about the current Mental Health work I am involved with. I thought about all the different people that I have spoken to and about all the upcoming events that I have committed to. I asked myself the question ‘Do I need to talk and discuss this aspect and area of my life?" — Conor Cusack
Welcome out Conor! And please accept, as our gift to you from HOMO HQ, the United Sates Chapter, the obligatory Coming Out Toaster Oven and a copy of The Gay Agenda.
And do us one favor? Give a belated Happy Coming Out to your brother, Donal Og Cusack, who came out in 2009 [see HERE] and tell him to expect our gifts, too.
Welcome out, Brothers.