Joseph Gentile

Women of Color Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed By Joseph Gentile | July 19, 2012 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: BSA, Chick-fil-A boycott, Gov. Bill Haslam, Hilah Johnson, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Jamaica, Jeanette Bennett, Julie Goodridge, Mitt Romney, O'Hare International Airport, same-sex marriage, Scouts for Equality, Tea Party, Tennessee, Utah Valley Magazine, women of color, WYNTK, Zach Wahls

Waiting.jpgIn junior high, skipping Picture Day typically meant a dishonorable mention in the class yearbook that June. Perhaps you maybe "missed the bus," or your "dog ate your homework." Jeanette Bennett, a Utah Valley Magazine editor, merits an extra special mention. She didn't see anything THAT out of touch about posing her exclusively white - lest I forget "bright" - staff for an editorial shot depicting them as "Women of Color." Now Bennett's out with an apology, of sorts, explaining that she too "can understand minority groups feeling misunderstood and misrepresented by the media" as a Mormon waiting to exhale. I wouldn't suggest she hold her breath. Before you lose consciousness, here's what you need to know:

  • Following yesterday's announcement from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) that their super-secret committee of executive leaders and volunteers voted unanimously to uphold their anti-gay ban, activist Zach Wahls - and other aggravated Eagle Scouts - are taking flight to form Scouts for Equality. Both former and current Scouts and adult leaders are encouraged to submit their stories about how the BSA's current policy has uniquely impacted their lives. Share your story.
  • Parodying the popularity of columnist Dan Savage's 'It Gets Better' campaign, the message that Julie Goodridge - one-half of the legal challenge that brought marriage equality to the Bay State - has for LGBT voters isn't a laughing matter. "I don't really care what you tell your adopted daughter. Why don't you just tell her what you've been telling her for the last eight years," Goodridge asserts then Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney told her and her partner, Hillary, at MittGetsWorse when asked how they should explain to their eight-year-old daughter, Annie, why he opposed their marriage.
  • It became a matter of 'fight or flight' for one airline attendant recently after a passenger preparing to board called him a "stupid faggot." In response, the gatekeeper at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport kept his cool, but lost her reservation, after he admittedly "walked [himself] over to a ticket agent and had her removed from her flight home to Charlotte," [and that's not the best part!]

(Waiting to Exhale graphic via Photobucket)

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