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LGBT slogans are catchphrases or slogans which express support for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities and LGBT rights.
|"Gay? There's nothing queer about it"||This slogan is used in the first-ever TV-commercial about homosexuality in the world of football in name of the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB). It is a translation of the original Dutch pay-off "Homo? Boeit geen flikker" by Delight Agency, a creative and strategic agency from Amsterdam which specializes in communication for a better world.|
|"Gay Is Good"||Coined by early gay activist Frank Kameny, modeled on the African American slogan "Black is beautiful".|
|"Gays Bash Back"||This slogan is often used by more militant gay people and implies self-defense against gay bashers.|
|"Majority doesn't exist"||This slogan was popularized by MAKEOUT in Belarus during the 2016 opening of the "meta- queer festival".|
|"We're here. We're queer. Get used to it"||This slogan was popularized by Queer Nation.|
|"Hey, hey! Ho, ho! Homophobia's got to go!"||Used by National Organization for Women (NOW).|
|"We're here, we're queer and we'd like to say hello!"||A variation of the above used by Queer Nation during the 1992 opening of the "Queer Shopping Network".|
|"Silence=Death"||Designed by six people, including Avram Finkelstein, this slogan was used by ACT UP to draw attention to the AIDS crisis in America. It was often used in conjunction with a right-side up pink triangle.|
|"Two, Four, Six, Eight! How Do You Know Your Kids Are Straight?"||This slogan against heterosexism was also used by Queer Nation. Another variation is "One, Two, Three, Four! Open up the closet door! Five, Six, Seven, Eight! Don't assume your kids are straight!"|
|"Out of the Closets and into the Streets"||This slogan was also used by Queer Nation.|
|"Rainbows Reign"||Used most notably on banners of the Pink Pistols organization.|
|"Gay by birth, fabulous by choice"||Made popular by Birmingham City University LGBT Society|
|"Let's get one thing straight, I'm not"||Made popular by Rob, Bureau of matters concerning discrimination of The Hague area and mid-Holland, The Netherlands|
|"Why be afraid to be enGayged"||Brooks foundation|
|"Sorry girls, I suck dick"||Used on shirts by the Swedish magazine and Internet-community QX.|
|"Armed gays don't get bashed"||The slogan for the Pink Pistols organization.|
- Blasius, Mark; Phelan, Shane (1997). We Are Everywhere: A Historical Sourcebook in Gay and Lesbian Politics. Psychology Press. ISBN 978-0-415-90859-7.
- ^Kameny, collected in Blasius and Phelan, p. 374
- ^"We're here, we're queer, I'm sick of it" - Salon
- ^"Militants Back 'Queer,' Shoving 'Gay' the Way of 'Negro'" - New York Times
- ^NOW website, Equal Marriage Rights ChantsArchived 2010-05-05 at the Wayback Machine.
- ^Green, Jesse (December 2003). "When Political Are Mattered". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-07-08.
- ^"Aids—20 Years And Counting - Panel Discussion". Interview in Arts. July 2001. Archived from the original on 2007-11-16. Retrieved 2007-07-08.
- ^"ILGO Fights Hate's Snarl" - Newsday
- ^Reichert, Tom; Lambiase, Jacqueline (2003). Sex in Advertising: Perspectives on the Erotic Appeal. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. p. 232. ISBN 978-0-8058-4118-3.
- ^"San Francisco's recent election offers a tale of two pinks" - National Review
“I wanted to ensure that we have the greatest number of providers that are working on placing children,” Mr. Solano said. “I’m not coming out and saying that somebody in the L.G.B.T. community should not be eligible for getting a child placed with them. What I hope is that we have organizations out there that are ready and willing to assist them in doing these adoptions.”
But as a practical matter, lawyers who specialize in L.G.B.T.Q. family law say that in some areas, religiously affiliated adoption organizations are the only ones within a reasonable distance. Moreover, they say, such laws harm children who need homes by narrowing the pool of people who can adopt them, and they are discriminatory.
“There is a very serious hurt caused when you’re told, ‘No, we don’t serve your kind here,’ and I think that gets lost in the public discourse a lot,” said Susan Sommer, director of constitutional litigation for Lambda Legal. “There’s just this narrative that absolutely ignores, and almost dehumanizes, L.G.B.T. people. They’re missing from the equation here.”
There are a number of laws that can affect L.G.B.T.Q. families, from restrictions on surrogacy to custody, and the landscape is constantly shifting.
Within a single state, there can be layers of befuddling complexity, with certain rules in place that help gay families and others that restrict them. But even in states that tend to have friendly laws, life is more complicated for gay parents.
Alice Eisenberg and Anna Wolk live in Brooklyn, and they decided together to get pregnant. Ms. Eisenberg carried the child, and Ms. Wolk was an equal partner every step of the way. For legal reasons, the couple was married before their daughter, Olympia Bruce Lavender Wolk, was born, and both parents’ names are on the birth certificate.
Nonetheless, they are in the middle of doing a second-parent adoption.
The process varies from state to state — some states do not have them at all, instead offering stepparent adoptions — but in New York, the process is lengthy and complicated. Ms. Wolk must be fingerprinted and provide every address where she has lived, down to the month, going back decades. A social worker must do a home visit with the couple. The whole process will cost them about $4,000, they said, and could take a year to complete.
“We won marriage, and people thought the fight was over,” Ms. Eisenberg said. “But having to adopt your own child feels way more invasive, upsetting, disturbing.”
The Supreme Court has ruled that an adoption in one state must be honored in another, so even if a nonbiological parent is on the birth certificate — a right that stems from a recognition of the couple’s marriage — L.G.B.T.Q. family law experts strongly recommend an adoption, or some kind of judicial decree as the strongest protection.
“It seems both insulting and ridiculous,” said Ms. Sommer of Lambda Legal. “But sadly, the reality is, if you can manage it, you should do it.”
After all, what if something happens to the biological parent, and their family members want custody of the child? While traveling internationally, parental rights that stem from a judicial order are more likely to be respected than rights that come from being married if a country does not recognize your marriage. And if a couple breaks up, lawyers say that without an adoption, the nonbiological parent may have to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in court to establish the right to custody.
“We don’t know which policies will continue on,” said Diana M. Adams, who owns an L.G.B.T.Q. family-law firm in New York City. “You’ll always be safer in more-conservative states and more-conservative countries if parentage is reliant on an adoption rather than on same-sex marriage.”
For many couples, that uncertainty is the most compelling reason to do a second-parent adoption, to head off problems they cannot foresee.
“We’re still coming from a place of fear about it,” Ms. Wolk said. “I don’t feel like right now we’re going to get into trouble not having completed it, but you never know what’s going to get overturned tomorrow.”
The political climate has made many people especially nervous, lawyers say. Alana Chazan has a family law practice in Los Angeles, and she said that the busiest day of her career was Nov. 9, 2016, the day after Donald J. Trump was elected president.
“I have been telling people for years: Do a second-parent adoption, do a second-parent adoption, do a second-parent adoption,” she said. With the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision in 2015 that made gay marriage legal nationwide, an expansion of parenting laws in California, and a feeling that the country was marching toward acceptance, Ms. Chazan said, many people seemed to think it would not be necessary.
“It was almost as though they thought I was scamming them as a lawyer, that I was just trying to take their money,” she said. “But no. With the election of Trump, a lot of people got that.”
When a second-parent adoption is finally complete, it can be a relief — but Ms. Wolk and Ms. Eisenberg said that when they leave the courthouse with their adoption decree, they have no plans to celebrate.
“I’m not going out to lunch to celebrate this,” Ms. Eisenberg said. “This feels like something, as a movement of queer people, we should be rallying against.”Continue reading the main story