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Sacramento Transgender Day of Rememberence Event Today

image_2Transgender Day of Remembrance in Sacramento
Source: lgbtsacto.com

A Church For All will host an annual interfaith candlelight vigil in observance of the International Transgender Day of Remembrance. Sat November 22, 2008, 6:30-8pm at A Church For All, 721 North B Street, Sacramento. All are welcome. Among our speakers will be: Rev. Dr. Rosario Vargas, Minister, Rev. Doretha Flournoy, Pastor, A Church For All, and, Ben Hudson co-founder of Sacramento Transgender Coalition. This year’s vigil will be specially dedicated to the memory of Ruby Molina, whose recent tragic death has shaken the Sacramento community. Refreshments will be served after the memorial. See also: transgenderdor.org

November 22, 2008 Posted by gaysac | Events Reminder, Transgender | , , , , | No Comments

Transgender Day of Remembrance Event

image_2Transgender Day of Remembrance in Sacramento
Source: lgbtsacto.com

A Church For All will host an annual interfaith candlelight vigil in observance of the International Transgender Day of Remembrance. Sat November 22, 2008, 6:30-8pm at A Church For All, 721 North B Street, Sacramento. All are welcome. Among our speakers will be: Rev. Dr. Rosario Vargas, Minister, Rev. Doretha Flournoy, Pastor, A Church For All, and, Ben Hudson co-founder of Sacramento Transgender Coalition. This year’s vigil will be specially dedicated to the memory of Ruby Molina, whose recent tragic death has shaken the Sacramento community. Refreshments will be served after the memorial. See also: transgenderdor.org

November 20, 2008 Posted by gaysac | Events Reminder, Transgender | , , , , , , , , , | No Comments

Sacramento rally protests Proposition 8

148-4w6prop82embeddedprod_affiliate4Source: Sacramento Bee
By Jennifer Garza
Published: Nov. 06, 2008
Story And Slideshow: sacbee.com

The country had elected its first black president Tuesday night, a major step for civil rights. But as news spread of the likely passage of Proposition 8, many gays felt their own rights had been taken away. The ballot measure bans same-sex couples from marrying. “We went to bed that night excited that Obama won and thought it was going to go our way,” said Kevin Hindz, 38 of Sacramento. “But then we woke up today. I don’t know what to say – it’s been hard. It’s a slap in the face.”

Nearly a thousand Prop. 8 opponents gathered Wednesday evening for a candlelight vigil in front of the Sacramento Gay and Lesbian Center in midtown. About 300 people rallied at the state Capitol. The signs they carried said it all: “Sad Day For California,” “2nd Class Citizen,” “American Equality for Some.” “Honestly, I’ve been sick to my stomach,” said Denyse Kurtright, 49, of Sacramento who married her longtime partner, Elaine Verbarg, in July. “It looks like we’re the last group of people that voters care about.” The mood in the crowd was somber, subdued. “We’re a community in mourning,” said Stan Lowry of Elk Grove. “It’s unbelievable that we can have our rights taken away from us just like that.”

Proposition 8 was the most closely watched – and one of the most divisive – ballot measures in the country. Supporters, which included many religious organizations, declared victory late Tuesday night. Fueled Wednesday by the proposition’s victory margin and millions of uncounted ballots, many opponents held onto hope for most of the day. They checked their computers for the latest news and texted friends to see if they had heard anything. The vigil was not planned until the afternoon. “At least when we’re together we don’t have to wonder what the other person is thinking,” said Sandra Bonneker of Sacramento. “At work, I kept thinking, ‘Did my co-workers vote for this?’ “

Same-sex marriage was ruled legal by the California Supreme Court in May, and the marriages began in June. Since then, an estimated 17,000 same-sex couples married before Tuesday’s election. Now, many gay couples wonder about the fate of those marriages. “I’m very disappointed and concerned,” said Randy Beach, 28, of North Highlands. On Oct. 29, Beach married his longtime partner, Robert Clemons, at the Sacramento County Clerk Recorder’s Office in a simple ceremony in front of a few family members.

“One week, and then we have our rights taken away,” said Clemons. Many couples now wonder, what’s next? They expect their marriages will be challenged and that the cases will end up in the legal system. “We’re going to be a part of any class-action suit,” said Kurtright. Some say the election margin was a victory. “I’m very sad and there’s a lot of crying tonight,” said Bonnie Osborn of Sacramento. “But then you have to remember how close the election was. This was unthinkable a few years ago. It will happen.”

November 6, 2008 Posted by gaysac | Marriage, Proposition 8 | , , , , , , , , | No Comments

Police Prepare Riot Gear At ‘No On 8′ Vigil

l_bdf36d51600b456ab7eabc6918280adeSource KCRA.com

Police are getting riot gear ready at a candlelight vigil being held in midtown Sacramento where opponents of a ban on gay marriage have gathered. The vigil, which is being held at 19th and L streets, comes a day after California voters passed a ban on gay marriage. The vigil has been mostly peaceful, but a shouting match broke out when a group of “Yes On 8″ supporters gathered across the street from the rally. Shouts for equality can be heard from the “No On 8″ supporters. A group of supporters of “No on 8″ have also gathered on the steps of the Capitol.

In San Francisco, hundreds of people gathered on the steps of City Hall to protest voters’ approval of a ban on gay marriage. People are holding candles and carrying signs that read “We all Deserve the Freedom to Marry” as part of the event, which was sponsored by groups opposed to Proposition 8. In backing Proposition 8 on Tuesday, California voters supported a constitutional amendment overturning a state Supreme Court decision that gave gay couples the right to wed just months ago. The measure’s passage represents a crushing political defeat for gay rights activists, who had hoped public opinion on the issue had shifted enough to help them defeat the measure. Sacramento County, acting on the advice of an attorney, joined several other counties around the state that have stopped issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

James Eslick and Jake Rowe tried to get married Wednesday morning in Sacramento, but they were turned away by county officials in the wake of the passage of Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage. Attorney General Jerry Brown said Wednesday that same-sex marriages performed up until Tuesday are valid and he will defend them. But he added that any such marriages performed Wednesday or later are not valid because Prop. 8 is in effect. Celebrity attorney Gloria Allred said Wednesday she is representing a lesbian couple in a lawsuit against Prop. 8. Allred said the lawsuit will contain a new and controversial legal argument as to why Prop. 8 is unconstitutional.

November 6, 2008 Posted by gaysac | Uncategorized | , , , , | No Comments