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bloomingOUT – May 8, 2014

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Reverend Irene Monroe discusses blacks in athletics and entertainment, Mother Teresa and other related issues.  Director of Development for the Indiana Youth Group (IYG) Sarah Popkin provides updates about the organization and highlights their annual IYG Art Auction to be held on Saturday 10 May 7-10 pm at the Indiana Landmark Center in Indianapolis. Featured artist is Gracie Curran & The High Falutin’ Band.  Musical selections are “Even With the Rain” and “Can’t Getta” from their “Proof of Love” CD.

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Producer Carol Fischer
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Associate Producers Sarah Hetrick & Kenzie M.
News Director Josh Vidrich
Original Theme Music Mikial Robertson
Announcer Sarah Hetrick

bloomingOUT – February 13, 2014

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Activist, lecturer, blogger Reverend Irene Monroe chats about black role models in sports and in general, the relevance of black history month and other related topics.  LGBTQ Outreach Coordinator for the Multicultural Efforts to end Sexual Assault (MESA) at Purdue University Skye Brown phones in with information about their upcoming Violence Prevention workshop on 22 February in West Lafayette IN. IU Associate Professor of Gender Studies and American Studies Marlon Bailey is in studio to discuss his latest book Butch Queens Up in Pumps: Gender, Performance and Ballroom Culture in Detroit.

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www.indiana.edu/~gender/people/bailey.shtml

Bloomington City Council Passes Resolution Supporting Same-Sex Marriage in Response to HJR6

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The Bloomington City Council passed a resolution in support of same-sex marriage yesterday. The four-page resolution was a response to House Joint Resolution 6, which seeks to add a same-sex marriage ban to the Indiana Constitution. One of the resolution’s sponsors, Council Member Susan Sandberg, defended the council’s choice to take a position on the issue.

“This is the right thing to do at the right time in our history,” Sandberg said, “I stand up proudly for it and I will take any criticism from the media. We have plenty of time to take care of the ‘traditional’ city business but when it comes to resolutions, this council has always taken stands that people say are not in our jurisdiction, we take these opportunities to allow these to serve as public forums.”

11 members of the public spoke in favor of the resolution.

Faith Hawkins, a citizen, said she married her partner in 1996, but the marriage is not legally recognized. Hawkins declared that her reason for support is that she doesn’t want to be at the hospital not being able to find out her partner’s medical status because her next of kin relationship with her is not recognized.

Another member of the public, Glorianne Leck, said she and her partner traveled to New York to get married earlier this year. She said there were financial reasons for the marriage. She wants for her partner to be able to collect her social security but that the cost of the trip should have gone to regular wedding costs.

“I have long said that being queer is what I’m most proud of because I’m not conforming for anybody,” Leck said, “But now I’ve been hogtied into marriage because of the financial need we have as elders.”

Charlotte Zietlow also addressed the council. Zietlow is a member of the city’s Board of Public Works, and she served on the City Council in 1975, when the council voted to include sexual orientation in the city’s Human Rights Ordinance. She said the provision came up for discussion again during the 1990’s.

“I’m touched because those meetings were very conentious and hate-filled,” Zietlow said, “Tonight we have a group speaking from the heart without fear of being yelled at by other members of the community. That is such an incredible sign of progress we should be proud of.”

No one spoke against the resolution, and the council approved it unanimously.

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