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June is the Pride Month “Happy Pride Internationally”
By: Juntee Terrenal, GMS, Strategic International Business Leader, Adviser & Coach
We are left mourning for love ones, friends, neighbors and unfamiliar names who were victims of the horrific terror and hatred that attacked the #LGBTQs members who were enjoying an evening in #Orlando’s #Pulse Club.
That massacre of innocent #LGBTQ lives, each one of the victims had full of dreams, personal and professional ideals longing of sharing these with their love ones, families and friends; however those have been curtailed by an evil act of a ‘hater’; and their loved ones were left puzzled and grieving with their loss. It was unfair.
Massacres of both children and adult Americans have become a familiar event across the United States. The LGBTQ communities have been a constant subject of prejudice, discriminatory practices, insulting viewpoints and disregards. When will these actions end is now a constant question among people like us who advocate peace, love and reject inequalities. As Americans, we need to unite as human beings and show respect, kindness and love for each other instead of allowing prejudices and divisions.
It’s been puzzling to understand the main intent of such a horrific killing of 49 young LGBTQ lives at the #Pulse in #Orlando. In the succeeding ten hours after the massacre, the stories of friends, families and co-workers about those who were killed were heart breaking to accept, now they are gone. I did not know any of them but i felt those sorrows of losing like their friends and families are experiencing. Thanks to Anderson Cooper for sharing an emotional tribute about their lives. Only those memories will linger at each other’s hearts in the years to come. Everyone did not deserve such intense grief and bereavement.
The souls of each victim will be blessed and the goodness of their individual selves will be remembered forever. Their lost lives will be added into the “LGBTQ Memorials” because they sacrificed their young lives in defeating inequalities and hate towards the #LGBTQ communities around the world. #LoveWins will defeat those who will continue to wage hate and discrimination towards humanity.
We will remain hopeful for better peace with love and respect to everyone.
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By: Juntee Terrenal, GMS, Strategic International Business Leader, Adviser & Coach
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I always enjoy looking these types of documentary photographs as they speak and radiates the emotions during that time. Great works!
Department of State Secretary Kerry Announces Visa Changes for Same-Sex Couples
Per White House Public Engagement, earlier today Secretary of State John Kerry delivered remarks at the U.S. Embassy in London, that, effective immediately, the State Department will consider the visa applications of same-sex spouses in the same manner as opposite-sex spouses:
“One of our most important exports by far is America’s belief in the equality of all people. Now, our history shows that we haven’t always gotten it right. As I mentioned yesterday in Islamabad, slavery was written into our Constitution before it was written out. And we are still struggling to make equal the rights between men and women and to break the glass ceiling and to make sure that all people are created equal. That is what we try to do, I think wearing our heart on our sleeve, and sometimes our warts, more than almost any other nation on the face of the planet. We believe in working to do better and to live up to these higher values, and we try to do it in a lot of different ways.
Today is one of those days. I’m very pleased to be able to announce that effective immediately, when same-sex spouses apply for a visa, the Department of State will consider that application in the same manner that it will consider the application of opposite-sex spouses. And here is exactly what this rule means: If you are the spouse of a U.S. citizen, your visa application will be treated equally. If you are the spouse of a non-citizen, your visa application will be treated equally. And if you are in a country that doesn’t recognize your same-sex marriage, then your visa application will still be treated equally at every single one of our 222 visa processing centers around the world.”
Credit Source: Office of Public Engagement, The White House
The US Supreme Court has issued its ruling on two controversial issues that divided Americans for many years.
In June 26, 2013, the American LGBT Citizens gained equal respect, rights and privileges to their counterparts in the American Society within the Federal Level of government. The Supreme Court Judges removed the second class classification that was provided to the LGBT Citizens and recognized all Same-Sex Marriages in all states that allowed marriages, as equal to their counterparts among heterosexuals.
“This ruling is a victory for couples who have long fought for equal treatment under the law; for children whose parents’ marriages will now be recognized, rightly, as legitimate; for families that, at long last, will get the respect and protection they deserve; and for friends and supporters who have wanted nothing more than to see their loved ones treated fairly and have worked hard to persuade their nation to change for the better” – Pres Obama
“DOMA is unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment,” “The federal statue is invalid” wrote Justice Kennedy.
A New York City immigration judge, Barbara Nelson, immediately adjourned Brooks’ deportation hearing after reading the Supreme Court ruling, specifically section 3 of DOMA which recognized only marriages between a man and a woman and granted federal benefits to such marriages. By striking down Section 3, the Supreme Court has allowed same-sex couples to receive more than 1,000 federal benefits and entitlements linked to marriage status.
It’s not just a generation gap that explains the profound shift, pollsters are discovering — even some older Americans are changing their minds about gay marriage, as are citizens in rural areas, from religious backgrounds and in traditionally conservative jurisdictions.
All Five Justices who demonstrated their decision in removing the discriminatory parts of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) will be remembered in the annals of history. They stood for the people who were being discriminated by such Law, that was signed in 1996 by then President Bill Clinton, of which he recently expressed regret and advocated the Supreme Court’s invalidation.
President Obama and his administration will be appreciated forever by Same-Sex Marriages including their families, friends and communities.
Where do we go from here?
In addition to our rich US History, today it illustrated that we have achieved another significant level of respect and dignity – Marriage Equality. While everyone do not agree to the Supreme Court Ruling, it is important to celebrate the correction of a wrong doing. The most important is the federal recognition of the same-sex marriages that exist within communities, will now have equal treatment with the heterosexual marriages. Same-Sex Spouses are now publicly documented in any legal documentations for both federal and state (where same-sex marriage is allowed) governments.
“So we welcome today’s decision, and I’ve directed the Attorney General to work with other members of my Cabinet to review all relevant federal statutes to ensure this decision, including its implications for Federal benefits and obligations, is implemented swiftly and smoothly.” – President Obama
A Salute to Everyone involved, who participated hard in this discrimination fight. Prayers to the souls of those who were discriminated, lost their lives and did not see today’s invalidation of DOMA.
Anderson Cooper’s AC360 covered a Highlight of the Day in his program! It is worth listening to their conversations. Awesome for Anderson to share this episode of AC360, More Power.
Credit to Sources:
People should not be treated unfairly when both of them are paying their taxes at due time. Equality must be for everyone … because taxes is enforced to everyone including the LGBT society.
My dads currently have separate health care insurance. But when one of them was not working because he was transitioning to a different type of job in his career, he was on my other dad’s health insurance. And in doing so, he had to pay extra taxes on the value of the health care coverage compared to straight married couples. This is really unfair. Since the federal government does not treat same sex couple equally, the costs of getting health care for these couples adds up quickly. I hear people say why they are against same sex marriage, but when all is said and done, it’s an issue of fairness and equitable costs. Here is a great article why health care costs are unfair for same sex couples.
Here are some great excerpts:
“According to a report published by two think tanks, the Center for American Progress and the…
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