LONDON, United Kingdom (The Adobo Chronicles, Berlin Bureau) – As she celebrated her 90th birthday, Queen Elizabeth had a message to Great Britain’s LGBT community: don’t travel to the U.S.A.
The gay-friendly queen mother was reportedly pissed at the growing anti-LGBT sentiment in America, particularly in two states which recently passed discriminatory legislation against those who pledge allegiance to the rainbow flag.
But it was not only the Royal Palace that cautioned lesbian, gay, bisexual and transagender citizens about travel to America. The British Foreign Office also issued — for the first time — a travel advisory specifically addressed to the LGBT community. It warned travelers to be aware of controversial new laws in North Carolina and Mississippi before visiting the United States.
Although the advisory was directed at North Carolina and Mississippi, organizers of Pride celebrations across the U.S. — from San Francisco to New York — are weary that there will be less attendance in their respective celeberations this June.
Moral of the story: you can piss off the Prime Minister, but you’d better not piss off the Queen!
JACKSON, Mississippi (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed House Bill 1523 into law on Tuesday, and while supporters believe the new law will protect people’s right to “religious freedom” from “government discrimination,” critics argue that it’s the “most sweeping anti-LGBT” legislation in the U.S.”
But there is one fine print provision of the new law set to take effect July 1st, that is not being reported in the media: HR 1523 drops all the S’s from the state’s name.
Legislators unanimously agreed that the double S’s in Mississippi will only remind people of the very issue the law wants to ban: same sex.
So effective July 1, the state will be renamed Mihhihhippi, with the H’s standing for “heterosexual.”
SAN FRANCISCO, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Francisco Bureau) – Equality California (EQCA), the nation’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization dedicated to creating a fair and just society, announced today it was changing its name to better reflect its mission to achieve and maintain full and lasting equality, acceptance, and social justice for all people in the diverse LGBT communities.
No details of the decision for the name change were revealed other than a graphic (see image) which EQCA released to the media. “It should be self-explanatory,” a spokesperson said.
Henceforth, the organization will be known as Equity California.