Prominent LGBT Lawyer Committed Suicide

Heartbreaking when someone feels that this is the only way to solve any problem.

Domingo Morales was not initially concerned when he got a text message from his mentor, David S. Buckel, at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, calling out sick.

Twenty-five minutes, later, Mr. Buckel sent him an email: “I apologize for leaving this world early and leaving you with some big challenges to tackle. But I have to at least try to make this planet a better place for having lived on it.”

Mr. Buckel, a nationally known civil rights lawyer and, in his final decade, a master composter directing the sprawling site at the Red Hook Community Farm in Brooklyn, set himself on fire around dawn Saturday in Prospect Park. It was, according to his suicide letter, to make a statement about people protecting the environment.

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A Netflix Doc Has Ignited Debate Over LGBT History

On Friday, David France’s award-winning film, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson, began streaming on Netflix. It is a stirring piece of art that explores the controversial death of Johnson, a black woman who was an icon of transgender rights in the United States. Her attitude toward the cultural conservatism of the time was captured by her self-chosen middle initial, P, which she said stood for “pay it no mind.” She is rumored to have been among the first to confront police during the Stonewall Rebellion of 1969, she co-founded one of the first grassroots groups to provide do-it-yourself social services to transgender women in New York City’s West Village, and she remained a staple of the LGBT-rights movement until her body was discovered floating in the Hudson River on July 6, 1992. France’s film tells the story of those left to grapple with her death and carry on her legacy.

Outstanding Woman

Ellen Degeneres – should be Degenerous – is an amazing woman who recognizes other women who are equally amazing. This certainly got me teary-eyed, so fair warning. We should all emulate Tamika Watkins and her selfless decision to give back. And kudos to her for the two degrees she possesses. Though it wasn’t explicitly stated, I’m betting she got these degrees after having children which is a greater accomplishment, in my opinion.

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There’s A Gay Guy Dressing Up As Mike Pence Collecting Money for Charities

Although the original focus is on this brilliant man collecting money specifically for Planned Parenthood, he has collected money for other causes as well, including The Trevor Project. He’s done it all dressed like VP-Elect Pence.

Howard Sherman, an arts administrator who lives in Manhattan, was walking through Times Square earlier this month when he noticed a man bearing a striking resemblance to Vice President-elect Mike Pence dressed in short shorts.

Sherman, whose hobby is photographing the various characters in Times Square, told BuzzFeed News said he then started taking photos of the man but did not engage with him in any way.

Sherman posted the photos to his Facebook page, where people soon helped him to identify the Pence lookalike as Glen Pannell, who Sherman then interviewed on his own website.

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This Vehemently Anti-Gay Church Might Get The Ultimate Karmic Smackdown

Now THIS is what I call Karmic Justice!!

A New York church notorious for posting homophobic messages on its billboard may be on the auction block. But if fundraising efforts are successful, the parish’s history of hate could be repurposed into something truly beautiful.

A New York state judge has ordered the ATLAH World Missionary Church to be sold at a public foreclosure auction, according to court records cited by DNAinfo New York. The church, which has been known to display messages like “Jesus would stone homos” and “Obama has released the homo demons on the black man” on its billboard, has reportedly amassed debts and tax liens totaling more than $1.02 million.

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Foster-care agencies step up efforts on behalf of LGBT youth

This is GREAT to see. I know there are a lot of children in foster care and they all need help, but far too often LGBT youth are marginalized. I’m thrilled to see they are being focused on. Now if adoption rules and regs would just step up their game and allow more gay and lesbian couples to adopt, there would be fewer kids out there without a stable family.

NEW YORK (AP) — When she entered a foster-care group home in 2012, Delilah Ramos was, by her own description, a hard-drinking teen with a wild streak. And as a lesbian, she was unsure how her sexual orientation would be received.

Today, three years later at age 19, Ramos could leave Marian Hall, her group home in Manhattan. But she wants to stay two more years.

“I consider this building a safe place,” she said. “I’m really grateful, living here.”

Her positive experience reflects a profound transformation in how gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youths across the United States are treated after they enter foster care.

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Supreme Court Decision On Marriage Equality ‘Just The Beginning’

“Our fight for LGBT equality is not nearly over,” Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) stated emphatically in an interview with me last week on SiriusXM Progress. “And I’m hopeful, very hopeful, that the Supreme Court will say it’s unconstitutional to ban gay marriage. But that’s really just the beginning of fighting for our rights. We have to actually make sure all LGBT couples can have full parenting rights, have full social security and other federal benefit rights. We want to make sure companies can’t discriminate against members of the community because of who they love and who they are. And it’s really important [to take on] discrimination wherever it exists.”

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NYPD Saves Failed Brooklyn Bridge Marriage Proposal

Hello Lovelies! I hope that if this kind of thing happens to other LGBT folk, there will be two equally helpful police officers ready to help out.

A romantic proposal had its own happy ending thanks to the New York Police Department when the engagement ring fell through the wooden planks of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Olivia Fader and girlfriend Mal Harris of Halifax, Nova Scotia, had planned a vacation to New York City with two friends last month.

Unbeknownst to Fader, Harris planned to propose while they attached a lock with their initials to a bridge railing. On another lock, with the engraved words, “Don’t Freak Out,” Harris attached a gold cut emerald diamond ring. But as Harris used a key to pop the lock open, the ring fell between two planks of the boardwalk.

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