Artist Olan Montgomery Brushes Up on Gay HateBarry Winchell

by Jason Lumiere

Artist Olan Montgomery paints societal conditions and their affect on the individual. His past collections have shined the light on topics like New York’s hidden gay underground, summer resort enclaves like Provincetown and Rehobeth Beach; and Chase Manhattan bank tellers.

In his latest collection, Atrocities, Montgomery presents his most heart wrenching work yet, depicting some of our nation’s most horrific gay hate crimes.

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Ammiano Reintroduces Bill to Tax and Regulate MarijuanaFile photo of Assemblymember Tom Amiano testifying before an LGBT Health hearing in the Assembly

Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) has reintroduced his landmark marijuana regulation bill (AB 2254) today, building on the momentum from the Assembly’s first formal consideration of marijuana legalization in American history in early January.

The Marijuana Control, Regulation, and Education Act (AB 2254) would create a regulatory structure similar to that used for beer, wine and liquor, permitting taxed sales to adults while barring sales to or possession by those under 21.

 

Read more: Ammiano Reintroduces Bill to Tax and Regulate Marijuana

 

New Hampshire House Overwhelmingly Rejects Attempt to Repeal Marriage Rights

The New Hampshire House of Representatives has rejected a bill that would repeal the states new gay marriage law, just an hour after it also rejected a resolution seeking to amend the state constitution to restrict marriage between a man and a woman.

Both attempts by same-sex marriage opponents were soundly defeated, the first by a 210-109 vote and the second by 201-135 vote. The constitutional amendment required a three-fifths majority to pass.

Read more: NH House Rejects Repeal Marriage Rights

 

Funding Awarded for a National Resource Center for LGBT Elders

An award totaling $900,000 over three years has been made to Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) to establish the nation’s first national resource center to assist communities across the country in their efforts to provide services and supports for older LGBT individuals.

The resource center will be tasked with engaging, empowering and supporting mainstream aging providers, LGBT providers and LGBT older adults to ensure that LGBT elders have the necessary and culturally appropriate supports and services to successfully age in place.

Read more: National Resource Center for LGBT Elders

 

Anti-Bias Law Enacted in Albania

Albanian lawmakers have approved an anti-discrimination bill that will protect Albanians from all forms of discrimination, including on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Article 1 of the bill defines equality, and includes sexual orientation and gender identity among the reasons equality should not be infringed upon. Article 3 defines discrimination, incorporating every ground mentioned in article 1. The bill was approved on February 4, 2010.

Read more: Anti-Bias Law Enacted in Albania

 

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