Why We’re Winning: This Week’s Equality Milestones
October 26, 2012 by Dan Rafter, Associate Director of Communications
President Obama announced his support for marriage equality in Maine, Maryland, and Washington State; acclaimed director Lana Wachowski opened up about her journey as a transgender American; and Outserve-SLDN is getting a promising new leader. Check out all of the milestones in equality we saw this week.
- President Barack Obama announced his support for marriage equality in the key ballot states of Maine, Maryland, and Washington. The president made history last May when he became the first sitting president to endorse full marriage equality for same-sex couples. He’s also previously spoken out against the proposed constitutional amendment in Minnesota that would ban marriage equality for loving, committed couples.
- OutServe-SLDN, the association of actively-serving LGBT military personnel, announced that HRC’s own Allyson Robinson was taking over as the new executive director. Allyson becomes the first transgender person to head a national LGBT organization. Congratulations, Allyson!
- Bill & Melinda Gates donated $500,000 in support of marriage equality in Washington State. This wasn’t the first time the Gates spoke up in support of the LGBT community – earlier this year they donated $100,000 toward marriage equality efforts.
- Acclaimed director Lana Wachowski – who is behind the hit Matrix trilogy and the new movie Cloud Atlas, opened up about her journey as a transgender American while receiving HRC’s Visibility Award in San Francisco. Check out the powerful video below.
- A new UCLA study adds to the growing amount of scientific research that says children of LGBT parents are not at a disadvantage. The study found that high-risk children adopted and raised by gay or lesbian parents “achieved significant gains in their cognitive development, and their levels of behavior problems remained stable. Their IQ scores increased by an average of 10 points, from about 85 to 95 — a large increase, from low-average to average functioning.”
- Last but not least, a new ad from Lexus includes a very cool nod to equality – the commercial, which features The Real L Word’s Tracy Ryerson – includes a shot of the actress wearing HRC cuff links. Check out the ad below, under the Lana Wachowski video.
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