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Public Advocate Bill de Blasio married to woman who was out and proud in the 1970s
Chirlane McCray penned a seven-page article for Essence magazine in 1979 titled 'I Am a Lesbian' that detailed her emotional path to coming out as a gay woman.
By Tina Moore / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 8:44 PM
Egan-Chin,Debbie New York Daily
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio with wife Chirlane McCray.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn won't be the only mayoral hopeful who can make a personal appeal to gay voters next year.
While Quinn is running a historic campaign to become the city's first lesbian mayor, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is married to a woman who was out and proud in the 1970s.
De Blasio's wife, Chirlane McCray, penned a seven-page article for Essence magazine in 1979 titled "I Am a Lesbian" that detailed her emotional path to coming out as a gay woman.
"I survived the tears, the isolation and the feeling that something was terribly wrong with me for loving another woman," McCray wrote at the time. "Coming to terms with my life as a lesbian has been easier for me than it has been for many. Since I don't look or dress like the typical bulldagger, I have a choice as to whether my sexual preference is known."
After the article surfaced Thursday on the Politicker website, de Blasio's campaign released a statement from McCray.
"In the 1970s, I identified as a lesbian, and wrote about it," she said. "In 1991, I met the love of my life, married him, and together we've raised two amazing kids. I'm reminded every day how lucky I am to have met my soulmate."
During his successful 2009 campaign for public advocate, de Blasio was accused by some of pandering to black voters by featuring McCray — who is black — in his advertising.
McCray and de Blasio have been staunch supporters of gay marriage but have not publicly discussed her past sexual orientation since he began running for office.
Essence described McCray at the time as a 24-year-old "free-lance writer." She wrote that she was "fortunate because I discovered my preference for women early, before getting locked into a traditional marriage and having children."
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Sunday, December 9, 2012
December 8, 2012
Radical EU Resolution Must be Stopped!
No matter where you live, we are urging you to help us stop the European Parliament (EP) from advancing a dangerous measure disguised as a resolution on fundamental rights. This motion will be debated Tuesday evening and voted on by all EP Members on Wednesday morning. As noted below, we have a simple, one-click method to send a quick email to 52 key leaders in the European Parliament.
The following are specific serious problems with the resolution:
- Encourages Member States to criminalize and characterize opinions against homosexuality as "hate speech" and calls for an inappropriate expansion of criminal offences to include expressions based on "homophobic or transphobic intent."
- Promotes the legalization of same-sex marriage and abortions where not already legal. (Abortion is a competency of Member States, not European Union (EU) law, and thus not the European Parliament.
- Encourages liberalizing laws regulating comprehensive sexuality education. (Click here to see the serious problems with this kind of education.)
- Calls on Member States to protect "the freedom of those without a religion not to suffer discrimination as a result of excessive exemptions for religions from laws on equality and non-discrimination."
Can you guess which organizations helped draft the content of the proposed resolution?
They are many of the same activist non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that recently bashed Mr. Borg's nomination as EU Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner, falsely claiming that his personal and religious beliefs concerning the family, homosexuality, marriage and abortion did not conform to "European values." You can read a copy of FWI's letter to key committee chairmen on the Borg nomination here.
The NGOs that want to radicalize European values through this proposed resolution include:
The European Humanist Federation, the LGBT lobby (International Lesbian and Gay Association, or ILGA for Europe), Social Platform (an umbrella organization of activist NGOs), and International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF).
Many of these NGOs advocate the same radical sexual rights agenda at the United Nations level, and we cannot allow them to advance their agenda in a large region such as the EU.
Now for the kicker: The proposed resolution also "Calls for the revision of the procedural rules of the CJEU [Court of Justice for the EU] and General Court in order to facilitate third-party interventions, by human rights NGOs in particular."
If these rules were modified per the resolution, it would expose the independent judicial system in the EU that defines human rights to political pressure by NGOs to redefine and radically expand them.
Many of the NGOs that drafted the resolution and that would likely intervene in judicial cases receive significant funds from the European Commission, creating a serious separation of powers problem. In fact, the resolution also calls for a "permanent scoreboard on justice."
Time is short. Many leaders of the EU are sensitive to world public opinion. We urge you to email the suggested message attached below to the 52 key leaders of the EP with just the click of your mouse. By doing so, you are sending the email pasted below.
Please take a few minutes to make your voice heard on these dangerous social policies being considered by the European Parliament. If they are adopted, they will set a dangerous precedent that other governments will be pressured to follow.
Email opposing EP motion for a proposed
resolution on fundamental rights
Dear Party Leader,
We respectfully request that you and your party members vote against the Motion for a European Parliament Resolution on the Situation of Fundamental Rights in the European Union (2010-2011), tabled as Text A7-0383/2012 by the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. The proposed resolution would encourage Member States to redefine and radically expand fundamental human rights as defined in European law.
As Amendment 4 to the motion submitted by the PPE Group recognizes, "the EU has become a symbol of freedom, fundamental rights, democracy and the rule of law for millions of people outside the Union." However, those of us outside of the Union are concerned with recent social developments within the EU, and the excessive influence that some NGOs have on your legal institutions.
The NGOs who want to radicalize European values through this proposed resolution, the contents of which they helped draft, include the European Humanist Federation, International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA for Europe), Social Platform, and International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). Many of these NGOs also promote a radical sexual rights agenda at the United Nations. In the resolution, they "urge the Commission and Council to improve cooperation with international organizations dealing with fundamental rights," including the parent organizations or affiliates of these NGOs.
The proposed resolution would encourage Member States to remove restrictions on sexuality education; criminalize and characterize opinions against homosexuality as "hate speech"; and legalize same-sex marriage and abortions (where not already done by Member States). These provisions raise the following problems:
- Sexuality education, as defined by the NGOs and others who push the program at the UN, sexualizes and strips children of their innocence. This program contradicts the prior fundamental right of parents "to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children." Universal Declaration, Article 26(3) (1948).
- Abortion is a competency of Member States, not European Union (EU) law, and thus the EU Parliament should not interfere in the matter through the proposed resolution.
- In addition to calling for an inappropriate expansion of criminal offences to include expressions based on "homophobic or transphobic intent," the proposed resolution calls on Member States to protect "the freedom of those without a religion not to suffer discrimination as a result of excessive exemptions for religions from laws on equality and non-discrimination." If Member States followed such guidance, they could easily undermine the fundamental rights to freedom of expression and religion guaranteed by Articles 10 and 11 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.
The proposed resolution also raises significant separation of powers concerns, as it calls on the EU judiciary that defines human rights "to facilitate third-party interventions, by human rights NGOs in particular." Excessive intervention in judicial proceedings by human rights NGOs such as the ones that helped draft this provision, some of which are heavily funded by the EC, undermines the independence of the EU judiciary. In fact, the proposed resolution also calls for a "permanent scoreboard on justice."
Thank you for your attention on this matter.
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