The Atlantic reported on research which followed 82 children in LA County – 22 of whom were adopted by gay/lesbian parents at the average age of 4 – and evaluated them after two months, one year, and two years after they were placed with their adoptive families. The study, “Can Gay and Lesbian Parents Promote Healthy Development in High-Risk Children Adopted From Foster Care?” is the first of its kind to compare children who were adopted out of foster care by gay, lesbian, and heterosexual couples, and to track their progress over time, explained lead author Justin Lavner, a doctoral candidate at UCLA.
Here’s a complete list (so far) of U.S. mayors who support Freedom to Marry. The statement the group signed includes: “As mayors of great American cities, we proudly stand together in support of the freedom of same-sex couples to marry. We personally know many gay and lesbian people living in our cities who are in committed, loving relationships, who are active participants in the civic life of our communities, and who deserve to be able to marry the person with whom they share their life…”
Is Your Mayor On The List?
- Michael Bloomberg – New York, NY (Chair)
- Thomas Menino – Boston, MA (Chair)
- Annise Parker – Houston, Texas (Chair)
- Jerry Sanders – San Diego, CA (Chair)
- Antonio Villaraigosa – Los Angeles, CA (Chair)
- Samuel Adams – Portland, OR
- Tom Bates – Berkeley, CA
- William Bell – Durham, NC
- David Berger – Lima, OH
- Richard Bloom – Santa Monica, CA
- Cory Booker – Newark, NJ
- Bruce Botelho – Juneau, AK
- Ardell Brede – Rochester, MN
- Christopher Cabaldon – W. Sacramento, CA
- John Callahan – Bethlehem, PA
- Stephen Cassidy – San Leandro, CA
- Craig Cates – Key West, FL
- Mark Chilton – Carrboro, NC
- Joshua Cohen – Annapolis, MD
- Chris Coleman – St. Paul, MN
- Dennis Coombs – Longmont, CO
- Joy Cooper – Hallandale Beach, FL
- Frank Cownie – Des Moines, IA
- John Duran – West Hollywood, CA
- Paul Dyster – Niagara Falls, NY
- Rahm Emanuel – Chicago, IL
- Bill Finch – Bridgeport, CT
- Peter Fosselman – Kensington, MD
- Bob Foster – Long Beach, CA
- Laura Friedman – Glendale, CA
- Ava Frisinger – Issaquah, WA
- Marie Gilmore – Alameda, CA
- Mike Gin, Redondo Beach, CA
- Vincent Gray – Washington, D.C.
- George Heartwell – Grand Rapids, MI
- John Hieftje – Ann Arbor, MI
- Bobby Hopewell – Kalamazoo, MI
- Sylvester James, Jr. – Kansas City, MO
- Edward Kelly – Cleveland Heights, OH
- Mark Kleinschmidt – Chapel Hill, NC
- Mark Kruzan – Bloomington, IN
- Don Lane – Santa Cruz, CA
- Timothy Leavitt – Vancouver, WA
- Edwin Lee – San Francisco, CA
- Lee Leffingwell – Austin, TX
- Craig Lowe – Gainesville, FL
- David Lublin – Town of Chevy Chase, MD
- Karen Majewski – Hamtramck, MI
- Jan Marx – San Luis Obispo, CA
- Mike McGinn – Seattle, WA
- Alex Morse – Holyoke, MA
- Lori Moseley – Miramar, FL
- Jeri Muoio – West Palm Beach, FL
- David Narkewicz – Northampton, MA
- Don Ness – Duluth, MN
- Michael Nutter – Philadelphia, PA
- Frank Ortis – Pembroke Pines, FL
- Kitty Piercy – Eugene, OR
- Steve Pougnet – Palm Springs, CA
- Jean Quan – Oakland, CA
- Thomas Richards – Rochester, NY
- Clarissa Rowe – Arlington, MA
- Matthew Ryan – Binghampton, NY
- RT Rybak – Minneapolis, MN
- Robert Sabonjian – Waukegan, IL
- Helene Schneider – Santa Barbara, CA
- Ann Schwab – Chico, CA
- Pedro Segarra – Hartford, CT
- Eric Senter – Franklinton, NC
- Jeffrey Slavin – Town of Somerset, MD
- Paul Soglin – Madison, WI
- Marilyn Strickland – Tacoma, WA
- Angel Taveras – Providence, RI
- Nick Tell – Manhattan Beach, CA
- Elizabeth Tisdahl – Evanston, IL
- Setti Warren – Newton, MA
- Bruce Williams – Takoma Park, MD
- Dana Williams – Park City Park, UT
The Los Angeles Gay Pride 2011 takes place from June 10 to June 12 featuring several performances, shows, and parties. Oh, and a parade. This year it will be 41st anniversary of the LA Gay Pride making it one of the oldest gay events in the world. The 3 day event will begin with the Dyke March and Purple Party which will take place on Friday June 10 on San Vicente Boulevard. There will be free party that will start around 5pm until midnight.
LA Pride Festival with plenty of entertainment, exhibition will take place June 11 and 12 within West Hollywood Park, on San Vicente Blvd. from Santa Monica Blvd. to Melrose Ave. The main event of the LA Gay Pride will be LA Pride Parade that will take place on Sunday June 12.
The Grand Marshal of this year’s parade will be Johnny Weir. More than 400,000 people are expected to participate in the parade that will be full of music, dance colorful dresses etc. The Parade will start at 11am from the corner of Santa Monica Blvd. and Crescent Heights Blvd.and will end at the Robertson Boulevard.
[via Easy Destination Blog]
The Pop Luck Club, a non-profit organization that supports gay fathers throughout Southern California hopes to raise awareness, support and understanding for gay dads and their families with the launch of its “Raise a Child” ad campaign. The campaign was created to help dads and prospective dads as they explore the many routes to creating families, including surrogacy, fostering and adoption. The campaign includes radio PSAs and bus shelter ads featuring family portraits of its members.
The ad campaign hopes to reduce stigma around gay parenting. “We make lunches for our kids, get them to music and karate lessons… just like every family,” says Richard Valenza, co-president of the Pop Luck Club. He adds, “With this campaign, we are putting a real face on gay parenting.”
Since its founding in 1998, the Pop Luck Club has grown from a handful of fathers to over 500 members. It facilitates monthly “pot luck” play dates, discussions and support groups, online resources and news groups, family events and mentorship programs for prospective fathers.
(Image: The Pop Luck Club)
Grand Marshals of the LA Gay Pride Parade – Sharon and Kelly Osbourne [pictured] – fought back when they passed an anti-gay group of protesters at the 40th annual Parade in Hollywood. A group of homophobes approached Sharon and Kelly’s float and started yelling profanities.
Sharon scolded the protesters, shouting: ‘You should be ashamed of yourselves!’ Then Kelly took to the mic, leading the crowd of GLBT supporters into chanting: ‘God loves gays!’ Pro-gay chanting got so loud that it drowned out the protesters – who left defeated.
A source told MailOnline: ‘The protesters were obviously defeated and left pretty quickly. As they were leaving everyone was screaming and clapping, it was amazing! Sharon and Kelly are gay icons and they proved why on Sunday – they really are friends to the gay community, and in return we love them.’
KTLA.com reports that California Cryobank announced Tuesday that it has started posting photos of celebrities who resemble their donors to give prospective clients a better idea of what their potential offspring might look like.
“The number one client question we get is: `Who does this donor look like?”‘ said Scott Brown of California Cryobank. “We decided this would be a great way to give thorough and consistent answers. Clients love it. Look-a-Likes has only been available for a week and our Web site traffic is up 50 percent.”
Brown said the sperm bank is choosy, accepting fewer than 1 percent of people who apply to be donors. The screening process includes genetic testing, regular blood tests, a three-generation family medical history, and a sperm count/quality in the top 15 percent of the population, he said.
Clients can search for attributes such as height or eye and hair color, and the database will return a list of donors who each have two or three celebrity look-alikes. Users also can choose from an existing library of celebrities to generate a list of matching donors, according to California Cyrobank, which was started in 1977.
Max Mutchnick [not pictured] offers his unique observations of a major Pride Festival. He recently attended LA Pride with his family [husband and twin girls]. His latest contribution to The Huffington Post allows us to feel his anxiety and share his disappointment about being an outsider at such a supposedly welcoming event.
Max writes: “…when we were planning our weekend, I thought it might be a cool idea to take the kids to Gay Pride after music class. I could just see us putting them in Baby Bjorns and walking amongst our people and really being a part of it. But as I sat in my car, watching from the periphery, I started to worry. Were these my people? I used to get comforting goose bumps at Gay Pride parades. I am a part of something. These sexual outlaws and gender pioneers are my brothers and sisters and we are part of a community. But for the first time, I felt like an outsider.
“Dykes on bikes, Tarzana Trannies, Jewish Leather Daddies and Kathy Griffin’s mom. Don’t get me wrong. I love these people. Let’s call them the “Usual Suspects.” They fought for my rights and taught me how to dance. But they should no longer be representing “the pride.” It’s a different time. For god’s sake, Larry Craig is a life-long homosexual. What I’m trying to say is that “unremarkable” mainstream people are gay, too. So I cringe when a local newsperson shoves a microphone in the face of some young 95-pound twink [pictured] (Straight Translation: a twink is a skinny homosexual with a lot of moxie). The twink looks into the camera and screams into the reporter’s microphone: “Get down here now. The drinks are big. But you know what’s bigger…” He laughs in a high-pitched cackle and his “girlfriends” join in. I wish they’d read more and drink less.
“I’m depressed. Why is this the voice speaking for me?”
According to BBC News, The LA Fertility Institutes expects a trait-selected baby to be born next year. The clinic also offers sex selection.
UK fertility experts are angered that the service will distract attention from how the same technology can protect against inherited disease. The science is based on a lab technique called preimplantation genetic diagnosis, or PGD. This involves testing a cell taken from a very early embryo before it is put into the mother’s womb. Doctors then select an embryo free from rogue genes – or in this case an embryo with the desired physical traits such as blonde hair and blue eyes – to continue the pregnancy, and discard any others.
But Dr. Gillian Lockwood, a UK fertility expert and member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ ethics committee, questioned whether is was morally right to be using the science in this way.
“If it gets to the point where we can decide which gene or combination of genes are responsible for blue eyes or blonde hair, what are you going to do with all those other embryos that turn out like me to be ginger with green eyes?”
She warned against “turning babies into commodities that you buy off the shelf.”
Image: BBC News
L.A.’s KABC-TV is reporting that local agencies are reaching out to members of the gay community, launching a new campaign to encourage them to adopt children.
Proponents of the statewide campaign say there are thousands of kids who need loving homes. Opponents say it is an attack on traditional family values.
Several agencies launched a campaign called “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Family” on Tuesday to persuade members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community to adopt children.
“They provide loving, stable and permanent homes for kids who need them,” said Robyn Harrod, Southern California Adoption Agency. “And, it makes absolutely no difference whether they are gay, straight, single, married … They just need to love kids and want to provide a home for them.”
According to a UCLA study, about 65,000 U.S. children now live with gay adoptive parents.
Non-profit organization GetToKnowUsFirst.org produced five 30-second commercials featuring gay and lesbian families, with the message “Marriage promotes families. Support marriage equality.” The ads, while not tied to any current election, are the result of California’s passage of Proposition 8 in November. The group aired the spots in 42 of the states’ 58 counties – everywhere the initiative passed by 50% or more – during Tuesday’s coverage of the Presidential Inauguration. KABC is the only station that refused to sell the ad space.
The rejected ad profiles two African American men raising five children ages 6 through 25. Ironically, the family lives in Los Angeles.
The media buy was attempted by the organization’s ad agency, New and Improved Media. Its CEO, Keith Fisher, was surprised that KABC rejected the group’s money. Fisher said, “We usually only see this with risque content, as in a trailer for a movie.” He added, “If KABC thinks they have to protect the public from this family, something’s obviously very wrong over there.”
Chris Yokogawa, the ad agency’s media buyer, worked with the station, attempting to ease any concerns they might have. He said, “We went back and forth a couple of times. I explained that this family is far from controversial. They were firm in their rejection. They said it was too controversial to air during the Inauguration, since ‘many families will be watching.'”
The ad aired across California on Tuesday – before, during and after the Presidential Inauguration on Good Morning America, The Today Show, Despierta America (Univision) and Levantate (Telemundo) broadcasts, as well as on a wide range of regional news stations, CNN and FoxNews during evening coverage of the day’s events.
Project Coordinator John Ireland expressed astonishment at KABC’s rejection. He said, “This ad is about families. I challenge anyone to watch the commercials and articulate what is inappropriate about airing it at any time of day.”
One week prior, at attorney Gloria Allred’s urging, Rev. Rick Warren indicated he would be willing to show the ads to his congregation at Saddleback Church in Orange County. Days before the Presidential Inauguration, he changed his mind, dropping the offer.