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Color Our World with Rainbow Pride

We must create global collaboration and community to truly color the world with rainbow pride. Perhaps no country speaks better of the potential of such collaboration than South Africa. In 2006, South Africa became the fifth country in the world to gain marriage equality—before every other state in the United States except Massachusetts—thanks to specific sexual orientation protection in their constitution. Two years ago, US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg praised the South African Constitution—a true product of international collaboration—as “a fundamental instrument of government that embrace(s) basic human rights,” and calling it “a great piece of work that was done.” This year’s Pride celebrations remind us that we have much more great work to do together. Read more…

“There is no wrong time for justice.” – Edie Windsor

“There is no wrong time for justice.” – Edie Windsor

In celebration of the one-year anniversary of the Windsor decision, we are proud today to launch the first in our series of intimate MEUSA interviews with Edie Windsor. Read more and view the first interview…

Taking on Conversion Therapy in Texas

When Ryan Kendall, a young gay man living in Denver, heard the news back in 2008 that the Califor­nia Supreme Court had ruled in fa­vor of the freedom to marry, he was so excited that he had to participate personally in the movement. He reached out to us as leaders of Mar­riage Equality USA, and we soon learned that Ryan as a 14-year-old boy had survived brutal so-called “conversion” therapy to change his sexual orientation. When Ryan’s parents had learned he was gay by secretly reading his journal, they shipped him off to a conversion program in Southern California.

Right now Ryan lives in Texas, and last Saturday the Texas Republican Party enshrined a pro-conversion therapy plank in its party platform. After testifying at the Prop. 8 trial, Ryan has testified before legisla­tures across the country and has been instrumental to passing state laws protecting LGBT youth from conversion therapy. Ryan shared with us his reaction to Saturday’s news. Read more…

US Air Force Base in Conservative Utah Embraces LGBT Equality

MEUSA’s Colleen Mewing has been a contractor for 27 years at Hill Air Force Base, and never expected her base, located in conservative Utah, to take the lead in standing up for LGBT Pride. But this year Hill AFB becomes the first military installation in the U.S. to support LGBT activities during Pride Month, and Colleen is helping to make that happen. Read more…